Ella Dierberger is very excited for her first year at the Brownville VillageTheatre! She is a theatre major and dance minor at Winona State University. She is currently the Event Coordinator of her university’s theatre club, Wenonah Players, and is the Business Manager of her theatre’s honor society, Alpha Psi Omega. This year she competed in the Irene Ryan competition at American College Theatre Festival, and represented Winona State by performing a choreographed solo at the American College Dance Association. Her goals after graduation are to settle in the Chicago area, and find jobs with theatre companies.
Paul Shaw graduated as a Theatre Major at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and returns for his fourth year. Most recently he stage managed the World Premiere of Snowcatcher at the Midwest Theatre He has appeared in the ASCAP, (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), New Musical Theatre Festival in Lincoln, NE, and in the stage reading of Cross That River. At Doane he appeared in Mother Courage and Her Children, The Drowsy Chaperone, American Idiot, and Assassins.
Sean Krage returns for his fourth consecutive year as a BVT company member and his third year as head of lights/sound. His previous roles at BVT include Piney from A Bad Year for Tomatoes and as Einstein from Arsenic and Old Lace. Though he is from the small town of Winona, Minnesota, where he had the honor of playing Doc in Crimes of the Heart, he is excited to be spending another summer in Brownville!
Lewis Johnson is excited to be joining Brownville Village Theatre this year for the first time! He is a Sophomore with a Theatre Arts and Computer Science double major from Concordia College-Moorhead, MN where some of his credits include Dracula, The Country Wife, Big Fish, and Secret in the Wings. At college he also works in the scene shop as a Technical Assistant, is on the improvisation team, Lasers with a Z, and is a part of the theatre honor society, Alpha Psi Omega.
Rachel Curtiss returns for her fifth summer with BVT. Last summer she made her directing debut and she looks forward to directing, acting, and supervising props this summer! Originally from Colwich, Kansas, she moved to Chicago in 2013. In Chicago, she has performed in The Seagull as Nina, Holiday as Laura Cram, The Fantasticks as the Mute and Our Town as Emily Webb, at the Edge of the Wood Theatre. She graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Performance Theatre. Rachel and Mitchell will be moving to Nebraska this August.
Rosemary Herold is currently a senior at Benedictine College with a double-major in Theatre and Music Performance. Recent roles include Berenger, in a gender-flipped version of Ionesco's Rhinoceros, Anya in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, Cookie in Neil Simon's Rumors, and Karen in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. She holds certification in Lighting Design Technology/Previsualization from the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, and has received numerous nominations for the Irene Ryans, as well as national recognition from the Kennedy Center for her makeup designs. At Benedictine, she's organized and run a 24-Hour Theatre Festival for the past two years, and has experience writing, directing, stage managing, designing lighting, makeup, and costumes, providing props, and operating lights and sound; but all she really wants to do with her free time is write short absurdist skits and watch Jimmy Fallon's Mad-Lib Theatre.
Lizzy Pegler is thrilled to return for her third season at BVT! Lizzy has spent the past year in Providence, Rhode Island as the costume intern at Trinity Repertory Theatre. While in Providence, she had the opportunity to build costumes, work wardrobe on shows, and even design the opera Dido and Aeneas for Rhode Island College! Lizzy graduated magna cum laude from Doane College in 2016 with a theatre major and music minor. She's excited to be back on stage after these few months off! Some of her favorite roles include Sara Jane Moore in Assassins and Dolly in One Man, Two Guvnors both at Doane College, and Missy in Marvelous Wonderettes last season at BVT.
Dr. Charles (Chet) Harper returns for his fifteenth year as Director of Brownville Village Theatre. A former Professor of Speech and Theatre and Director of Theatre at Peru State College, he officially retired in the spring of 2005 after 27 years at the college. Chet received both his M.A. and PhD in Theatre Arts at UNL and served as Director of Technical Theatre at Nebraska Wesleyan University from 1967-1972. During that time, he was BVT’s Technical Director and Designer for the 1968 and 1969 seasons. He was Director of Theatre at Northern Michigan University from 1972-1977.
Xavier Gibson returns for his fourth season as a Brownville Company member. He recently moved back to Nebraska after living in Georgia for a year and half. Xavier realized that Nebraska is home and is very thankful to Doc and the Brownville community for welcoming him back to Brownville with open arms, especially since Brownville is like a second home to him.
Sara Scheidies is excited to return for her third year at the Brownville Village Theatre. You might recognize her as Cindy Lou from BVT's 2016 production of The Marvelous Wonderettes, or as Peggy from BVT's 2015 production of Godspell. Sara is a recent graduate of Doane University, where she earned a degree in theatre. At school, she played roles such as Salome in "The Robber Bridegroom," Arkadina in The Seagull, and Hellena in The Rover. Sara looks forward to seeing what the future holds for her
Terese McCauley graduated with Honors as a Theatre and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies double major at University of Minnesota, Morris, MN. She has performed throughout the Twin Cities and has appeared in various productions in Morris, including Uncommon Women and Others and Eleemosynary, and where she recently directed her first production, STOP KISS. This will be her third season with BVT.
Fred Vogel is thrilled to be returning for his third year at the Brownville Village Theatre. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University this spring with a degree in Speech/Theatre Education, and works as a substitute teacher for both Lincoln and Omaha Public Schools. Recently, he appeared in the Lincoln Community Playhouse production of Mr. Popper's Penguins. Previous roles at BVT include Smudge in Forever Plaid, Jonathan in Arsenic and Old Lace, and Lamar in Godspell, among many others. Fred is ecstatic to be back in what he calls his "second home" with his fellow company members, and hopes you all enjoy the shows this season!
Jarvis Jahner graduated from Dickinson State University in 2004 with a B. A. in Theatre, and in 2011, he completed his M.F.A. in scenic design from the University of Oregon. Jarvis has worked as a carpenter for Theatre IV in Richmond, VA, as the Technical Director/ Scene Designer for the Brownville Village Theatre in Brownville, NE, and Props Master and Scenic Artist for the Oregon Festival of American Musicals in Eugene, OR. He is now an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Communication and Technical Director at Dickinson State University. Jarvis was honored last year with the Outstanding Faculty Award from Dickinson State University.
Chris Skram is returning for his second year at the Brownville Village Theatre. You may remember seeing him in Midsummer Mink, Arsenic and Old Lace, and It Runs in the Family. Chris also appeared on the Theatre Northwest stage in their One Act Festival's production of Sure Thing. He plans to move to Chicago soon after finishing this season at Brownville, to further pursue his career as a stand-up comedian. He would also like to say that he couldn't be happier to be back in this little theater, a place he now considers, a home away from home.
Philip Detrick is very excited to be joining BVT for his third season! For the past two summers, Philip has been a full company member, but this summer he will be serving as designer for the final three shows. In previous seasons, Philip has appeared in Forever Plaid, Arsenic and Old Lace, Godspell and more. Philip looks forward to being a part of the company in a new position as scenic designer, and wishes the rest of the company many good wishes and broken legs for the summer!
Mitchell Bean returns for his fifth summer at BVT. He is a graduate of Central College and holds his Bachelor’s in music & theatre. Mitch has been living in Chicago since 2013 where he stage managed a production of Holiday last fall. He played Matt in Edge of the Wood Theatre’s production of The Fantasticks. You may remember seeing Mitch here at BVT as Frankie in Forever Plaid, Jesus in Godspell and Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Mitch is excited to spend another summer here in Brownville directing, acting, and house managing.
Andrea Boswell returns to BVT for her third summer! She recently graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, with a Bachelor's of Science in Theatre Performance. While at NWMSU, she directed two shows: Defying Gravity by Jane Anderson, and Personal Effects by John McNamara, and was also active onstage and in the costume shop during her four years. She recently costume designed her first full length production Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe. Her plans after the BVT 2017 season are to move to Kansas City and pursue a theatre career.