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Chris Bizub (Orsino) - Chris is absolutely thrilled to be performing for the very first time with Geauga Center for the Arts. A Wickliffe resident, Chris currently works as a member of the Education staff at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. He has a Masters in Arts Administration from the University of Akron, as well as a Bachelors in Theatre from Baldwin Wallace College. When he is not at work, you can usually find Chris either on stage as an actor or off stage as director across the Northeast Ohio area. Some of his recent acting credit include Spamalot (The Historian) at Cassidy Theatre, Richard III (Richard III) at Rubber City Theatre, The Seagull (Trigorin), Assassins (Leon Czolgosz), and It’s A Wonderful Life (Henry Potter/Mr. Gower) at Western Reserve Playhouse, Julius Caesar (Cassius) for Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, She Kills Monsters (Chuck) for Kent Trumbull Theatre, Dracula (Dr. Seward) at Lake Erie College, Boeing Boeing (Robert) at Aurora Community Theatre, Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Parody Musical (Hans Olo) at Blank Canvas Theatre, and A Raisin in the Sun (Karl Linder) at Ensemble Theatre. Chris would also like to thank his wife Brittany for agreeing to let him be a part of this production, as his addiction to performance keeps him away from home entirely too often.
Jill Kenderes (Olivia) - Jill is thrilled to return to the stage and to be a part of the inaugural season for GCA. Past performances include Katherine (The Taming), Blanche DuBois (A Streetcar Named Desire), Sylvia (Sylvia), Freida Joubert (Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act) and Margaret (Silent Sky). When not onstage, she can also be found working backstage as a costume designer or at home with her family. Thanks to Joe, Anthony, and Samantha
Mia Radabaugh (Maria) - Mia is honored to be able to make Shakespeare accessible to audiences in such a beautiful setting. She has been active in the Northeast Ohio theater scene for the past three years after taking a 15-year hiatus to work up the corporate ladder. Mia holds a BFA in Acting from Ohio University. Some of her recent credits include God of Carnage (Annette), virtual productions of The Seagull (Arkadina), Clue (Mrs. Peacock), As You Like It (Audrey), and Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice). Some of her favorite stage credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Martha), On the Verge (Alex), Emma (Miss Bates) and Tartuffe (Elmire). She has performed all over northeast Ohio, most notably at Avenue Arts, Western Reserve Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre, Cassidy Theatre, and Rubber City Theatre. As always, she would like to thank her mom, husband and friends for always supporting her.
Lauren Koleszar (Viola) - Lauren feels enchanted to be performing live theater again, Shakespeare in the park no less! Her favorite roles have been Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and Nina in The Seagull. She is a senior at Cleveland State, where she studies English Literature and Film. She will soon be seen on stage as Shelby in Steel Magnolias at the Fine Arts Association. Tremendous thanks to the cast and crew at Geauga Center for the Arts!
Casey Venema (Sebastian) - Casey is a freelance actor, director, and intimacy choreographer. You can next see her on stage as Cordelia in the The Access Theatre Project's production of Falsettos! Casey is also the Co-Founder of Nightbloom Theatre Co., an ensemble dedicated to producing daring and experimental plays that strengthen the Cleveland theatre community by providing paid artistic opportunities to emerging artists. You can see more of her work at caseyvenema.com or on Instagram @caseyvenem8
Erik Katko (Sir Toby Belch) - Erik is excited to be working with Geauga Center for the Arts. His recent credits include Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, Peter Pan, She Loves Me, and The Great Gatsby. He would like to thank his wife and family for their support, and a special thanks to Frog for running his lines with him. He would also like to thank the cast and crew for their support.
Daniel McKinnon (Sir Andrew Auguecheek) - Daniel is excited to be a part of Geauga Center for the Arts in Twelfth Night. He has also performed in The Mouse Trap, Lobby Hero, and Waiting for Godot. He works a job as a programmer, rock climbs, and plays volleyball in his spare time. He is excited to perform a Shakespeare piece. He thanks Art for giving him the chance to work with Art again, for giving him this opportunity to work on such a renowned work and helping him grow as an actor.
Kathy Pekarcik (Captain/Curio/Priest/Office/Servant) - Kathy has appeared in Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, Once Upon A Mattress and Bonnie and Clyde at Aurora Community Theater. The Music Man and Annie Get Your Gun at Shore Cultural Center, Anne of Green Gables, It Runs in the Family and Twisted at Western Reserve Playhouse. Guys and Dolls and Death of a Salesman at Brecksville Community Theater. Shrek, At the Corner of Broadway and Twinsburg (a cabaret) and The Wizard of Oz at Twinsburg Community Theater. Southern Fried Funeral and You Can’t Take It With You at Independence Community Theater.
Sydney Goldstein (Antonio/ Valentine) - Sydney is an incoming sophomore at Kenyon College, planning to study English. This is her first production with Geauga Center for the Arts, as well as one of her first times performing Shakespeare. She has been anxious to get back on the stage and is excited to be making her theatrical debut for the first time since lockdown.
AnnaMaria Jadue (Feste) - AnnaMaria is excited to make her Shakespeare debut. Her past roles include Gabriella in Boeing, Boeing and Marcy in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has enjoyed working with such a wonderful cast.
Ryan Davis (Malvolio) - Ryan is a founding member of Geauga Center for the Arts. He has recently been seen as in Sgt. Trotter in Mousetrap, the maitre d' in She Loves Me, Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd. "Jove be praised, we have live theater again. Thank you very much for supporting the arts in Geauga County."
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