Keri Boyd (Assistant Director) is a 2006 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, holding a bachelors degree from the Department of Theatre & Dance. Past collaborations with Dustin Wills include: Hylas and the Nymphs, Cymbeline, and The Moths. She is a Montessori teacher, a writer, and a cash cab winner. After spending the past couple of years away from Austin she is happy to be back home working with such an inspiring group of artists.
Rebecca Hewett (Dramaturg) has been a dramaturg in the Austin theater community for the past five years. She’s working on her Ph.D. in UT’s Performance as Public Practice Program, and teaching as an adjunct in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M. Rebecca has been the ‘turg for Ophelia since its first production in 2005, and is happy to see it through to this newest incarnation.
Lisa Laratta (Set Designer & Scenic Charge Artist) recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with her Masters of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design. While in school she designed sets for the plays Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back by Jason Tremblay, two different productions of Ashes, Ashes by Eve Tulbert, (one of which was nominated for both an Austin Critics Table Award and a B. Iden Payne Award for Best Set Design in 2008), and Lily Plants A Garden by José Cruz González for which she also designed the lighting. She was the production designer for the short film [jean]=truth directed by SunHee Cho and the feature film jumping off bridges directed by Kat Candler. Before graduate school, Lisa lived and worked in Toronto, Canada as a production designer and scenic artist for numerous theatrical and cinematic productions. Lisa is thrilled to be working with Mr. Wills again and is planning on making Austin her permanent home.
Megan M. Reilly (Lighting Designer), her previous designs seen in Austin include: Trouble in Tahiti (Butler Opera Center), Well Suited (Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company), The King & I (Forklift Danceworks), Portrait (David Mark Cohen New Works Festival), Minus Tide (Bayou Radio Theatre), Flesh and the Desert (UT Austin). Outside of Austin Megan has designed professionally for Lakes Region Summer Theatre (Meredith, NH), The University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH), The Actor’s Collective, New Conservatory Theatre, the San Francisco Fringe Festival, and the EXIT Theatre (all in San Francisco). Megan has also assisted lighting designers on previous productions at the Butler Opera Center and Cincinnati Opera. She is the creator, designer, and director behind Transformations, her series of performance pieces inspired by Anne Sexton’s poetry for which she has received international recognition.
Kim H. Ngo (Costume Designer) designs for theatre, film, television, and other forms of media, based in Austin, Texas. Passionate and self-driven, she has designed for various reputable productions including: feature documentary film Andy Paris: Bubblegum King, experimental films by Cauleen Smith, PBS Show Biscuit Brothers, MTV Overdrive’s Meet the Bulldogs, and St. Edwards University’s Death and the King’s Horseman, and Amphibian Stage Production’s This is How it Goes. Returning from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on a Costume Design Fellowship, she is currently working with Reversal Films on a feature film.
Kara Meche (Hair & Make-Up) started by participating in numerous plays, musicals and dance recitals in Liberty, Texas with Jerre’s School of Dance and the Humphreys-Burson Theater. Whether it was onstage or off, Kara found some way to contribute in most of the performances for 10 years. At the University of Texas, Kara was on crew in wigs and makeup for Way of the World, Marat/Sade, Ashes, Ashes, and Assassins. She is currently working in the wig department for UT making and styling wigs and will graduate in 2009.
Daniel L. Brock (Photographer, Producer) is a third-generation photographer. His first experience with photography was on the other side of the lens as a poster child for the March of Dimes, and it was the Shriners who gave him his first camera at the age of nine. As someone with Cerebral Palsy, Daniel has acquired a unique perspective on the essentials of life and art. Thus, when he set out to be a photographer it was with a desire to explore new ways to communicate the nuances of form, color, texture, and expression while championing a cleaner, more stripped down approach to the craft of image making.
Chris Ashton (Stage Manager) is currently completing his B.B.A. in Marketing at The University of Texas at Austin. Previously he worked as the Stage Manager (2005) and Production Manager (2006) for the First Year Players Organization at UT. Most recently, he was the Stage Manager for the UT Theatre & Dance production of Ashes, Ashes. Chris recently returned from a semester abroad in Hong Kong and is very excited to be back in the theatre.
Michael Caldwell (Assistant Stage Manager) is a recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, and has been working in the field of technical theater for 10 years, having just returned to Austin from a position at the Utah Shakespearean Festival. There is a saying that “dreams come true not free”. She’s definitely learned that lesson as her dream has always been to work in the theater. This show has been an amazing experience and another step in her journey toward excellence in theater.