Jonathan Davidson (Voltaire) is a actor from Detriot who has a tendensy of waiting until the last minute to send in his bio, so pleas excuse any typos or mispellings. This is his tird performance with Open Book Theatre and he hopes it won’t be his lost but nothing really lasts forever, do it? He is honoured to be a part of this skillfully effort to tell the story of such a prolific woman, the late and lovely Emilie. He would like two thank the imaculate cast and crew for all there hard work. Thank you for your support and enjoy show. (Editor’s note: Jonathan won the 2017 Wilde Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Failure: A Love Story at Planet Ant)
Patrick Loos (Gentleman #1) is a proud Detroit resident who studied theatre at the Wayne State University as a member of the BFA program, and has been acting in and around the area since 1998. He has appeared on many stages including Planet Ant, The Ringwald Theatre, Matrix Theatre, The Theatre Company at UDM, and others. Credits include Manolo Costazuela in The Odd Couple (The Female Version at Tipping Point Theatre), Skip in Summer Retreat (Williamston Theatre), Liberty Valance in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Tipping Point Theatre), Martin Macabee in Rennaisance Man (The Penny Seats Theatre), and Joel in Beau Jest (Williamston Theatre). He would like to thank James, Sarah, Jill, his castmates, everyone at Open Book, and his family for all of their support.
Caitlin Morrison (Soubrette) is thrilled to be back at Open Book after appearing earlier this season as Ella in Life Sucks. She began 2017 by graduating with her MFA from Louisiana State University. While in Baton Rouge, she was a resident company member of Swine Palace Productions, where she appeared in Vieux Carre, As You Like It, and Noises Off. As her graduate thesis, she researched, wrote, and performed in her own one person show Give ‘er the Gun, a story about sexual assault in the military, which has since seen two productions. Caitlin will next appear in Ancient History at Outvisible Theatre in early February. Caitlin would like to thank both her own, and the Open Book, families for their love and support. CaitlinMorrison.com
Krista Schafer Ewbank (Emilie) is the founding Artistic Director of Open Book. Last season she was nominated for Wilde Awards for her performance in Boy Gets Girl and her direction of Peter and the Starcatcher. A native Michigander, Krista holds a degree in theatre from Northwestern University and has worked in theatres large and small across the country. She is currently the drama director at Grosse Ile High School. Krista can be seen as The Statue of Liberty on the cover of Cootie Shots (published by TCG), in which she was an original cast member, and has appeared in national and regional radio and television commercials. She is humbled to get to bring this amazing woman to the stage, and admires Emilie’s tenacity and wit. May we all examine our lives and the world around us with such passion and joy, and fight for our rightful place at the table.
Cynthia Szczesny (Madame) is delighted to make her Open Book Theatre debut after helping out in various ways behind the scenes since Calypso’s Corner in the spring of 2016. She has worked with Purple Rose Theatre Company, Williamston Theatre – Darknights at Billtown, Water Works Theatre Company, Performance Network, Schoolcraft College, UDM and UDM/Summer Classic Program. Thanks to Sarah, Krista, cast and crew for this opportunity. Thanks to you for supporting live theatre. Huzzah! Thanks also to my family, my mom, and for the tall guy in the back.
Matthew Wallace (Gentleman #2) is so excited to be at Open Book for his very first time! Some of his favorite credits include Forever Plaid (Smudge) and Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (Jacob Marley) both at The Dio, Oliver! (Bill Sikes) at The Riverbank, as well as The Last 5 Years (Jamie) and Macbeth (Macduff) at Eastern Michigan University. Matthew is an avid hiker and enjoys drinking as much tea as humanly possible. JEG.
Jillian Joie Dahl (Stage Manager) is a Detroit based stage manager, hailing from the East Coast where she served as a Young Critic for the Delaware Theatre Company and an apprentice ASM for Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. She graduated from Susquehanna University with a degree in Theatre. She has completed an apprenticeship with The Purple Rose Theatre and Tipping Point Theatre. At TPT, she was the ASM for The Odd Couple as well as Stella and Lou (World Premiere.) This past summer she was ASM for the Michigan tour of Hockey the Musical. As a passionate fan of Shakespeare and creating accessible programming, Jillian is also a board member of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Much love and thanks to my Mom, Sami, Grandma, and David.
Harley Miah (Lighting Designer) is a professional in the entertainment technology industry. He is a freelance lighting programmer for a large number of nightclubs, concerts and festivals across the country, and the chief lighting designer for IKO Global Productions. Harley is the resident lighting designer for Open Book, and has been involved in the technical design of our new performance space from the ground up. He has designed the lights for all of Open Book’s shows, and designed sound for Boy Gets Girl. Harley earned a Wilde Award for Best Design – Lights for his work on Red in 2015. He is also the resident lighting designer for the Outvisible Theatre Company in Allen Park. When not working in the theater, Harley spends his time painting, building Lego stages, loitering in museums, and seeing as many shows as he can in this great theatre community we have in Southeast Michigan. He hopes you do the same.
Cheryl Zemke (Costume Designer) is an award-winning fashion designer and owner of C. Creations Custom Sewing & Design. This is her second show with Open Book: she designed the costumes for Picasso at the Lapin Agile. She loves working alongside directors and actors to help develop characters. Cheryl has her own garment label, C3, and sells her designs at shows and by private appointment, as well as provides custom fashion design and alterations (follow her on Facebook @c3fashions or www.cherylzemke.webs.com). Cheryl produces her own runway shows and participates in area shows like Fashion Massacre, Fashion in Detroit, Michigan Fashion Week, and RAINN. She was featured as one of the top Detroit area designers in the DIA: Samurai Beyond the Armor challenge. Awards include 2016 Best of Show and Judge’s Choice Stand Up Fashion Show, 3rd place Runway Repurposed, and 5 awards from the American Sewing Expo (2009-2012) Passion for Fashion.