The Bald Soprano
[La Cantatrice chauve]
by Eugène Ionesco
Directed by Zac Crofford
Erin Bobruk (Mrs. Smith) began acting and singing at age 3 with her first appearance as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, she went on to play various roles in her youth. Later, she received a B.M. in Voice Performance and a B.A. in Communication from Southwestern. While there, she annually performed in Camarata Pirata, the Opera Theatre program, and participated in theater productions. Last May, she completed her M.M. in Voice Performance at UT Austin. Her roles include: Rose (The Secret Garden), Maria (The Sound of Music), Lucy (Dracula), Cynthia Ann Parker (Quanah), and Mercy Lewis (The Crucible) as well as opera roles in Mozart’s Der Shauspieldirektor (Mlle. Warblewell) and excerpts from Don Giovanni (Susanna) and The Coronation of Poppea (Poppea). Her oratorio credits include: Southwestern’s performance of the Bach Magnificat and Chorus Austin’s Fauré Requiem. Currently, she keeps herself busy as a private voice and piano instructor at both St. Stephen’s and The Austin School of Music while singing and playing bodhran in the internationally recognized Irish-Celtic band, Cluan (www.cluan.com).
Charles Lane Cowen (Mr. Smith) has just received a B.A. in Drama from The University of Dallas where he appeared in numerous shows including: Three Sisters, Mary Rose, and The Beaux Stratagem. He has also directed several productions at the University of Dallas, including: Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, Steve Martin’s W.A.S.P., Jane Wagner’s Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, and Molière’s The Learned Ladies in Rome, Italy. In addition to university theatre, Charles has been a company member of The Texas Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore, Texas and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder, Colorado.
Amelia Pace-Borah (Mrs. Martin) is currently a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studies Social Movement and Performance through the Humanities Honors Program. She plans to graduate in May 2007. Over the course of her collegiate career, she has had the opportunity to play a wide range of roles, including Lisa and Jill in The Heidi Chronicles, Inez in No Exit, and Nina in The Seagull. In addition, she has had the pleasure of participating in the Austin Acting Workshop. She is so pleased to be in collaboration with The Coda Project for the first time. She would like to say a special thanks to dogs, specifically Junior and Sophie, as well as the late Ellie Olsen, who have always inspired her to do her very best.
Ash Robinson (Mr. Martin) was last seen as Max in Dash Mammoth’s production of Bent. He has done lots of other theatre and other things too, such as swimming laps, drinking cokes, and getting dressed in the morning. By day, he works in marketing and teaches Pilates. He is also an expert vacuumer, maybe even the best ever. He says thank you for reading his bio.
Kelli Bland (Mary) received her B.A. in theatre from Stephen F. Austin State University where she directed plays, worked as a stitcher for the costume shop, and managed front of house. As part of her training, she studied theatre and puppetry in Kent, England and Barcelona, Spain. After graduating, she moved to Austin, where she has kept busy. Since her arrival in May, she has performed in Lonely for Hyde Park Theatre, Red Cans for Rubber Repertory/Rude Mechanicals and a reading of A Thought in 3 Parts for Rubber Repertory/Vortex Theatre. She loves Absurdism and relishes the role of Mary—Thank you, Coda!
Ben Wolfe (The Fire Chief) is an Associate Artist for Austin Shakespeare Festival (ASF), a member of Austin Playhouse’s Acting Company, and represented by Acclaim Talent. Most recently, Ben appeared in The Odd Couple (Murray) for Austin Playhouse, The Shape of Things (Adam) for a chick and a dude productions, and 2 Into War (Ali, 2006 B. Iden Payne Nomination) for Crazy Jane Productions/Different Stages. Other Austin credits include: Up in the Old Hotel (Cap’n Charlie, Salinger) for Refraction Arts; The Dog in the Manger (Tristan, 2005 Critics Table & B. Iden Payne Awards), Othello (Montano), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), Romeo & Juliet (Benvolio, 2004 B. Iden Payne Award), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Henry V (Bardolph, Dauphin, Michael Williams) for ASF; A Christmas Carol (Xmas Present, et al.), Travesties (Tristan Tzara), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Banjo), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Pistol) for Austin Playhouse; ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Reefer Madness (The Boss, Dr. Munch) for the Bedlam Faction; Wit with Megan Cole at the State Theatre; and The Possibilities for Public Domain at the old Robert Mueller Airport.