Fenix Theatre Company Presents

The Tempest

Directed by Stacey Koloski

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MEET THE CAST OF THE TEMPEST

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Kyle Aarons (he/him)- Stephano - recently found his love for Shakespeare with Fenix in 2019 as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Since then, he has joined the cast of 12th Night as an actor/musician and now steps into The Tempest.  He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia and has toured both the US and Canada in the past decade, as an actor, director, stage combatant, and music director.  Select Regional Credits: Jamie (Last 5 Years), George (Sunday in the Park), Balladeer/Oswald (Assassins), NYC Man (I Love You Because), Skszp (Hedwig), and Orestes (Electra).  His performance is dedicated to his late mentor, David Matthews.  And, as always, love to Mom and John.

Joe Bearor (he/him)- Caliban - is so happy to be returning to the Fenix Theatre stage after five truly long years.  When last he worked with the company it was in the role of “Tuzenbach” as part of 2017’s production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters.  Previous Fenix Theatre credits with a more Bardic bent include “Sebastian” in Twelfth Night and “Costard” in Love’s Labour’s Lost.  Most recently he has appeared as “Charles Vernon” in Good Theater’s world-premiere of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan by Rob Urbinati.  He will next portray Jamie Wyeth in Nureyev’s Eyes, as part of Good Theater’s 20th season!  A lifetime ago, he spent some time in Los Angeles, where he starred in the miniseries Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Double Agent and the John Lennon biopic, Rubber Soul, which premiered at 2014’s SXSW Film Festival.  Since returning to Portland, his stage credits include the Dramatic Repertory Company’s production of Venus in Fur, Outside Mullingar with the American Irish Repertory Ensemble, Sean Mewshaw’s production of True West at SPACE Gallery, and as “Ollie” in Radiant Vermin at Mad Horse Theatre, which Joe has recently joined as a company member!  Joe thanks his friends and family, most especially his wife, Colleen, for their rowdy support and unrelenting goodness.  Lastly, he dedicates this performance to the memory of David Butler, whose kindness, talent, and wit has served as an inspiration to so many.

Peter Brown (he/him) - Prosperobecame Artistic Director of Fenix Theatre Company in 2019, and The Tempest marks his first appearance on the Fenix stage since 2017’s production of Three Sisters. Most recently Peter directed Fenix’s first Holiday production, 12th Night: A Holiday Celebration. For Fenix, Peter has previously directed As You Like It (2014) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009), and performed the roles of Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing (2016), Capulet in Romeo & Juliet (2013), Malvolio in Twelfth Night (2010) and Hortensio in The Taming Of The Shrew (2009). Peter currently serves on the Board of Directors for Dramatic Repertory Company, has been Director of the Portland High School Shakespeare Club since 2002, and is a former Associate Artistic Director of Mad Horse Theatre Company. Other favorite roles include Iago in Camden Shakespeare Company’s Othello, Goneril in King Lear, and Shagspeare in Equivocation (DRC). Peter lives in Portland with his husband R.J. and their son Crosby, who turns 7 during the run of The Tempest.

Matthew Butcher (he/him) - Gonzalo - is ecstatic to be making his first foray back into live performance since March of 2020 with Fenix and The Tempest. Before moving to Portland last fall, he was based in Washington, D.C. and was most notably seen in Otello and Samson et Dalila (Supernumerary) at the Washington National Opera and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (Actor 7), before participating in a Zoom performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander). He wants to thank his friends and family for their unending support, and the wonderful cast and crew for helping him find his sea-legs once again.

 

Morgan Fanning (she/they) - Sebastian - is delighted to be making their Fenix Theatre debut! Recent New England credits include Dionyza/Bawd in Pericles (7 Stages Shakespeare Co.), Hannah in You Got Older (Mad Horse Theatre Co.), and A Year With Frog and Toad (Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine). Morgan holds a BA in Theatre and Music from Luther College.

Campbell Gibson (she/her) - Miranda - is a performer/director/theatre educator in the Portland area who currently holds a B.A. in Theatre and minor in Dance from the University of Southern Maine. She has performed and directed at various venues across Maine including: Waterville Opera House, Deertrees Theatre, Lakewood Theatre, USM, Mad Horse Theatre Company, Monmouth Community Players, and SchoolHouse Arts. In the past couple years Cami has also performed with Lime Arts Productions in LA, performing virtually with other artists nationwide. When Cami is not performing, directing, or teaching at Stages she is currently working on writing her one woman play or reading scripts! She hopes you enjoy this magically written play by the one and only Bard himself!!

Zack Handlen (he/him) - Alonso - is thrilled to be making his Fenix Theater Company debut. This is his first official Shakespearean production, but he would like to reassure everyone that he definitely knows what most of the words mean.

Mara Monaghan (she/they) - Antonio - a West Virginia native, has called Portland home for the past three years. Over the past decade, she has been involved in a wide array of shows whilst wearing a plethora of proverbial hats. While acting was their first love, they’ve also discovered the joys of both directing and lighting design. Some of her favourite acting roles include Helena in Midsummer’s Night Dream, Mash in Stupid F***ing Bird and Mary Debenham in Murder on the Orient Express. As for directing, highlights include Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. She is beyond honored to be a part of such a talented cast and crew to bring the bard’s words to life.

Kat Moraros (she/her) - Ariel - is thrilled to be back in the park with Fenix this summer! Recent regional credits include Dramatic Repertory Co. (The Moors), Portland Stage Co. (tour - A Midsummer Night's Dream), Mad Horse Theatre Co. (Waiting for Alice), and 7 Stages Shakespeare Co. (ShakesBEERience - Midsummer). Recently with Fenix: Comedy of Errors, 12th Night. Chicago credits include American Immersion Theatre, GreatWorks Theatre tours. Training: Bates College, London Dramatic Academy, Black Box Academy. Kat is a proud Fenix board member. More: www.katmoraros.com @katmoraros

Hollie Pryor (she/her) - Trinculo - Hollie has been making theatre in the Portland area since 2014. After getting her B.A. in Theatre from The University of Southern Maine, Hollie became the Program Director at STAGES Youth Theater in Portland, where she teaches, acts, writes, and directs plays and musicals for ages 0-17. Outside of STAGES, Hollie was last seen directing Frederick: The Musical at the Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine this past December. She was also recently in a touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream through Portland Stage, playing Hermia, Titania, and Starveling in schools throughout Southern Maine. Her most favorite award she's ever received is "The-Most-Cheese-Consumed-in-a-Single-Performance-Award" from Virtual FringePVD in 2020. This is Hollie’s third Fenix show, the first two being A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snout/The Wall) and Comedy of Errors (Luciana, Mysterious Woman). She’s so grateful to be frolicking in the park with the bard once again! Much love to Alex and her cat Oracle.

Nate Stephenson (he/him) - Ferdinand - Nate is thrilled to be making his Fenix debut in The Tempest. A 2018 graduate of Bates College, Nate relocated to the Portland area in 2021, where he most recently appeared as The Mastiff in Dramatic Repertory Company's 2022 production of The Moors. Other recent credits include Hector MacQueen (Murder on the Orient Express, Lyric Music Theater), Benedict (Much Ado, Druid Theater Arts Zoom Production), and Damon (Teeter, 2021 Boston Theater Marathon). Nate is a 2017 Irene Ryan Nominee, a 2018 Irene Ryan Semifinalist, and an Actor in Residence with the Boston area Playwright’s Platform cooperative. He would like to thank Fenix Theatre for the opportunity to bring this wonderful play to life, in person, and in the park!

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Keegan Perry (he/him) - Stage Manager - is thrilled to present his first Shakespearean production this Summer with Fenix. He has recently worked with Mad Horse Theatre Company and Oratorio Chorale. In 2021, Keegan graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Arts Management, production managing shows such as Unlock'd, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), The Women Who Mapped The Stars, and Die Fledermaus during his education. When not in a rehearsal, Keegan is running a Dungeons and Dragons campaign or making a cocktail with his friends.

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