Alex Cogburn (Derek) was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He began performing on the stage in high school. Having received his B.A. in Theatre and Dance from The University of Texas at Austin, he continues to perform on stage and camera as much as possible. Beginning to study martial arts at an early age, he is grateful to have his current job as an instructor at Aim and Focus Karate which has helped him vastly in his goals as a performer. This is his third appearance with Tutto Theatre Company.
Katie Dahm (Onna/Ensemble) is an Austin-native actress, dancer and comedienne. She is one-third of the improv comedy group Quayle (with Quinn Buckner and Kyle Traughber) and recently worked as stage manager and sound improviser on Showdown, an improvised serial western drama for Gnap! Theater Projects. At FronteraFest 2011 Short Fringe, Katie performed guinea pig hamster sister sister, a new play by Gary Jaffe. Katie received a B.A. in Theatre and Psychology from Denison University. She trained additionally at the Headlong Performance Institute in Philadelphia as a member of their inaugural class. Katie has had an incredible time working with everyone on The Dudleys! Many thanks!
Robert Deike (Tom) has appeared on many stages in and about Austin for the past <mumblemumble>, but makes this his first appearance with Tutto Theatre Company. He primarily digs Shakespeare stuff, which he likes pretty alright, but sometimes a break is necessary, and so a big thanks to Tutto for bringing him on board. Continuing to speak of himself in the third person, Robert would like to dedicate his performance tonight and every night to Grandfather Frank, who passed from a short bout with cancer in March 2011. He faced it with bravery, as one day we all must, and there an end. At ease, Sgt. Frank.
Spencer Driggers (Officer Peters/Ensemble) is Co-Artistic Director of The Getalong Gang Performance Group, for whom he wrote We Have Separation and had a hand in writing Arthuriosis‡, Dolly Would, and Ben Franklin: A Rock Opera. He performed in those shows too, and in everything else the Gang has put up except Post-Oedipus by Steven Gridley (a.k.a. Leegrid Stevens), which he (Spencer) directed. He’s thrilled by the opportunity to work on this innovative play with friends old and new.
Braden Hunt (Vic) is thrilled to be making his debut with Tutto Theatre Company. Originally from Houston he got his training from the University of Houston, the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, and the Stephanie Bradow Voice Studio. Although his most famous work is in japanese animation, his background and love is in musical theatre. Favorite roles include, Drummer in Anansi the Spider, Snoopy in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Hugh Dorsey in Parade, and Bobby in Company. Currently he is also recording an EP album of original music and playing Quentin Collins in the new webseries of Dark Shadows. He attributes his success to support from his family and God.
Jenny Keto (Sylvia) has enjoyed playing Sylvia, the middle child, in The Dudleys!, even though in real life her older brother never let her play video games for fear that she would ruin the controllers. An Austin native, she graduated from UT-Austin in 2008. While at UT, she played Camille in Aisle 7 and Fefu** in Fefu and Her Friends. Since graduating, she has worked in film, including: Sediments of Love, a short directed by Willie Rockefeller; and in live theater including: Butterflies are Free and Lunch Hour for ONSTAGE! Theatre Company, Mary in How the Other Half Loves for City Theatre, and Woman in Furs in Marisol for the Vestige Group. A short play she wrote called Bloody Mary** was produced by the Vestige Group. She is currently developing her own jewelry line and she owes all her creativity and dedication to her parents, Prof. John Wayne Keto and Virginia Lea Keto and she would like to thank her boyfriend John VanDeusen Edwards and you, the audience.
Rachel McGinnis (Aunt Meg) is excited to be performing in her first Tutto production. This season she has been seen as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof**° and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible both for City Theatre, Aunt Julia in Hedda Gabler for Palindrome, Honey in Just Bee** for Pollyanna, and Iris in The Adventures of Iris & Momo for Paper Moon Repertory and Austin Playhouse. Other assorted City Theatre credits include Becca‡ª in Rabbit Hole, Heidi** in The Heidi Chronicles, Lenny in Crimes of the Heart, and Zubaida Ula, et al.* in The Laramie Project. Other favorite Austin roles include Nina‡ in The Nina Variations for Gobotrick. She trained at Northwestern University, is a member of SAG, and is represented by The Atherton Group. She sends love to her fellow castmate and husband Dave, who is, along with Rachel, the Co-Artistic Director of Paper Moon Repertory. Look for Paper Moon Repertory’s The 21 Would-Be Lives of Phineas Hamm this winter.
David Meissner (Anger Therapist/Ensemble) is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Paper Moon Repertory (papermoonrep.com), as well as a company member of City Theatre and Pollyanna Theater Company. David is native to the land and has been active in the Austin theater scene for many years. Some of his recent credits include Hal in Proof for Austin Playhouse and Guildenstern in Hamlet for Black Swan Productions. Some other roles he has had the opportunity to play include: Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband, Howie in Rabbit Hole, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, and the title roles in Hamlet and Richard III. David is the recipient of several local nominations for his work. He is excited to be sharing the stage again with his talented and loving wife, Rachel, as well as the rest of the hard-working Dudleys gang. It’s been a pleasure.
Blake Smith (Waleed/Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his debut with Tutto Theatre Company. He has appeared onstage in Austin with numerous companies including: Laughter on the 23rd Floor for Austin Playhouse; Spirits to Enforce°, Sick, and The Bird and The Bee** all for Capital T; Head Hands and Toes Show and The Three Cuckolds**† both for Tongue and Groove; and Connect for Abby Productions, as well as several others.
Leegrid Stevens (The Gamer, Playwright, Director, Sound Designer/Composer, & Artist-in-Residence 2011, 2012). See Author BIO.
Erin Treadway (Clara) is soooo excited and happy to be away from record snowfall in Brooklyn, New York and here in Austin working at The BLUE with Tutto Theatre Company and the inexhaustible Mr. Jaffe. It has been such a fantastic experience. Erin grew up in Keller, Texas and attended SMU before moving to New York. She is one of the luckiest actresses in the world to have been part of many projects with Leegrid Stevens (a.k.a. Steven Gridley), including: Sun, Stand Thou Still; Post-Oedipus; Still Life, With Runner; Leda’s Swan; The Twelfth Labor; and many smaller projects as well. In New York City, she has worked at LaMama, Theatre for the New City, Columbia University, HERE Arts Center, and numerous hole-in-the-wall venues, full of.....character. Many thanks to Tutto, The BLUE & Tito’s Handmade Vodka for making it possible for us to be here in Austin!
*B. Iden Payne Award.
**B. Iden Payne Award nomination.
†Austin Critics Table Award.
‡Austin Critics Table Award nomination.