Alan Bach* (Ren McCormack) is happy to be back on stage at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in Footloose. Other CDT shows include: The Music Man, Grease, Disney’s Newsies and Mamma Mia! Alan has a degree in Vocal Performance from North Central University. He has performed with Theater Latté Da, the Guthrie and was also recently featured as a singer and dancer aboard Holland America Line cruise ships. “Huge thanks to CDT for the opportunity and to my supportive family and wife Janette.”
Dylan Rugh* (Ren McCormack *Tuesday eve & Saturday matinee*, Lyle), most recently seen in The Music Man at CDT, is happy to return for Footloose! Other credits include Chicago at Theater Latté Da (Fred Casely/Billy Flynn u/s), Guys and Dolls at Old Log Theatre (Ensemble), Disney’s Newsies (Jack Kelly), Pippin (Leading Player) at Ashland Productions and Come Blow Your Horn at St. Croix Off Broadway (Buddy). “Thanks to Michael, Tam and Andy. Thanks to my family. All of my love to Emily and Penny.” Proud member AEA.
Michael Gruber* (Rev. Shaw Moore) is delighted to be back performing at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. He has also worked at the Guthrie Theater, History Theatre, Theater Latté Da, Ordway and Artistry. Before moving to Minneapolis, Michael lived in New York City, appearing in nine Broadway shows over a 23-year period. He also works as a choreographer, director, musical director, composer and vocal coach. He is grateful for all the diverse opportunities that the Twin Cities’ theater community provides to local artists.
Ann Michels* (Ethel McCormack) is a Faribault native who now lives in Minneapolis. Aside from over 15 productions at CDT, she has worked at Ordway, Theater Latté Da, Guthrie, History Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company and Jungle Theater, to name a few. She was last seen as Marian Paroo in CDT’s The Music Man. When not on theatrical stages, you’ll find her singing jazz with the George Maurer Group or roaming the woods, photographing area wildlife. “Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.” – Uta Hagen
Maya Richardson* (Ariel Moore) is honored to be making her CDT debut in Footloose! She holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Viterbo University. Most recently, Maya was seen on the national tour of Paw Patrol Live! (Zuma), which is now streaming on Paramount+. Her favorite collegiate credits include: Gary Coleman in Avenue Q, Syllabub in Cats and Wendy in Lost Girl (Peter Pan). “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” – Mary Oliver. mayarichardson.com
Lynnea Doublette* (Vi Moore) feels blessed to be making her CDT debut. She has been in productions with Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park, Children’s Theatre Company, History Theatre, Theater Latté Da, Guthrie Theater, Stages Theatre, Illusion Theater, Zephyr Theater and Theatre in the Round. Her film credits include Turnipseed, Autistic License and His Neighbor Phil. She received a M.Sc. in Healthcare Communications from Saint Thomas University. “Lord, you’re showin’ OUT and I love it!” 2 Corinthians 3:17
Shinah Hey* (Rusty) is ecstatic to return to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres where she was seen in Grease as Frenchy/Sandy U/S and Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. Other favorites include The Kennedy Center, Me…Jane National Tour (Jane Goodall), Elephant and Piggie’s We’re in a Play! National Tour (Piggie); Jungle Theater, Ride The Cyclone (Ocean); Guthrie Theater, The Music Man (Zaneeta); Theater Latté Da, Assassins (Squeaky Fromme), Gypsy (Dainty June and Agnes), Into The Woods (Little Red and Lucinda); Artistry, Little Women (Amy/Jo U/S). “Sending all her love to Andy and Jane.”
Matthew Hall(Willard Hewitt) is thrilled to be making his CDT debut! Other credits include Little Women (John Brooke) at Artistry Theater, Playlist Singer/Dancer at Carnival Cruise Lines, Be More Chill (Jake D.) at Minneapolis Musical Theater, Spring Awakening (Georg) at Shoot the Glass Theater, Shrek the Musical (Donkey) and Disney’s Newsies (Davey) at Ashland Productions. “Thanks to my whole family and my mama who really does give good advice.” Instagram: @matthewzacharyhall
Kayli Lucas (Urleen) is absolutely thrilled to be making her Chanhassen Dinner Theatres debut in this production of Footloose! Most recently she received her BFA in Musical Theater from Ball State University in 2020. Some favorite credits include: The Wolves (#25), Shrek the Musical (Tap Dancing Rat/Duloc Dancer), and TAPestry of Dance (Featured Dancer). “I send huge thanks to my family for their never-ending love and support. You guys are amazing!”
Rush Benson*(Travis) is over the moon to be back on the CDT stage! Credits include: CDT (Mamma Mia!, Newsies, Holiday Inn), Ordway (In the Heights, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, A Chorus Line), Guthrie (Christmas Carol, The Music Man), Old Log (The Wedding Singer), Collide Theatrical (Dracula, Romeo & Juliet), Park Square (Rocky Horror), Artistry and The Flying Foot Forum. Training: Gustavus Adolphus College. “Love to my family, wife Renee, and Tofu.” AEA. rushbenson.com for more info or @shutuprush on social media.
Ben Bakken(Chuck Cranston) is back for his 10th CDT production! CDT: Grease, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, All Shook Up, Footloose, Oklahoma, Joseph…Dreamcoat, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Altar Boyz; Ordway: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Mamma Mia!, The Rocky Horror Show; Theater Latté Da: Once, Five Points, Aida; Children’s Theatre Company: Disney’s High School Musical; History Theatre: Teen Idol. Other Credits: JJHOF Queen Tribute, When a Man Loves a Diva. Theatre Director at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood since 2011.
Maureen Sherman-Mendez*(Wendy Jo) is overjoyed to be back on stage in her 14th CDT production. Favorites include: 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, Footloose (2011), Joseph…Dreamcoat, Grease and Holiday Inn; Guthrie: West Side Story; Ordway: Mamma Mia!, In The Heights; Children’s Theatre Company: Spamtown, USA; Theater Latté Da: Chicago; Artistry: West Side Story. In addition to performing, Maureen also serves as a director, choreographer, wardrobe stylist and theater educator.
Mitchell Douglas (Bickle) is thrilled to be back at CDT after just recently appearing in the ensemble of The Music Man! He’s a Minnesota native, hailing from Litchfield. Recent credits include: Playlist Dancer with Carnival Cruise Lines, a singer in New Voices Cabaret (Lyric Arts) and Ben/Dance Captain in Night of the Living Dead! The Musical! (Minneapolis Musical Theatre). Favorite collegiate credits: Mereb in Aida and Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime. “Much love to every person who’s inspired me to get here today!
Tyson Insixiengmai(Jeter) is excited to be joining the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres community as this is his show debut! Tyson currently is a college student working towards his degree in education. His love for performing sprouted from works he has been a part of during his high school career. Tyson looks forward to future roles and projects he will be a part of. He would like to thank his friends and family for the wonderful love and support.
John-Michael Zuerlein* (Wes Warnicker) is happy to be returning to the Chanhassen stage having just played Olin Britt in the barbershop quartet in The Music Man, and before that, Sam in Mamma Mia! Other credits include Bill in the Broadway tour of Mamma Mia!, Smudge in Plaid Tidings off-Broadway, and regional productions of Sunday in the Park with George and Sweeney Todd. When not here at the theatre, he can be found renovating his 1900 home he just bought in Chanhassen where he lives with his partner, Jeff, and their monster of a dog, Pop-Pop. Proud AEA member.
Shad Hanley* (Coach Dunbar) CDT: The Music Man (Oliver Hix); NYC: A Stoop On Orchard Street (Simon), The Magdalene (Yeshua), Titus Andronicus (Bassianus), A New Brain (Roger), Violet (Monty), Forever Plaid (Sparky); National Tours: Les Trois Mousquetaire (Louis XIII), The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (Thomas); Artistry: Victor/Victoria (King Marchan); History Theatre: Beyond the Rainbow (Vincente Minnelli); Duluth Playhouse: White Christmas (Bob), Mary Poppins (Bert), Cabaret (Cliff), Mamma Mia! (Sam), The Full Monty (Jerry).
Evan Tyler Wilson* (Garvin) Off-Broadway, National Tour: All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 (Drama Desk Award, PBS National Broadcast); Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Grease, The Music Man; Theater Latté Da: Assassins (Star Tribune’s Best Musical of the Decade), Five Points, C., Sweeney Todd; Phoenix Theatre: Les Misérables, Rent, Gypsy, Spamalot. “Love to my fiancé, Evan.” Proud AEA member. evantylerwilson.com
Tinia Moulder*(Lulu Warnicker) has appeared in numerous CDT shows (most recently Ethel Toffelmier in The Music Man) and is thrilled to be back once again. Twin Cities’ credits: The Guthrie, History Theatre, Mixed Blood, MN Jewish Theatre, Ordway Center, Illusion Theater, Old Log and many more. When not on stage, she freelances as a choreographer, director and teaching artist. She is especially proud of her work with student actors. Tinia is lovingly supported by her family in Minnesota and Delaware. Proud AEA member.
Angela Timberman*(Lulu Warnicker) has been a part of the Twin Cities’ theater community for over 30 years. As an actor, she’s performed at the Guthrie Theater, Jungle Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Ordway Center, Illusion Theatre, Playwright’s Center, Artistry, Minnesota Fringe Festival, and here, at CDT. She is also a director. Those production credits include: Park Square Theatre, Artistry, Lyric Arts, and Yellow Tree Theatre. Angela is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Artistic Co-hort at Jungle Theatre.
Lisa Vogel (Eleanor Dunbar) is excited to be making her CDT debut! Other credits include: Yellow Tree Theatre: Another Miracle on Christmas Lake (Martha); Lyric Arts: Steel Magnolias (Truvy), Sense and Sensibility (Mrs. Dashwood); Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company: H.M.S. Pinafore (Josephine U/S); New London Barn Playhouse: The Fantasticks (Luisa), Camelot (Morgan Le Fae); and Lakeshore Players: Beehive: The 60’s Musical (Pattie). “Thanks to my family and friends for their love and support.”
Kersten Rodau* (Betty Blast) is excited to be back at CDT where she was last seen as Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! Other favorite CDT roles include Medda Larkin in Disney’s Newsies, Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Melpomene in Xanadu and Fantine in Les Misérables. Regional credits include The Pirates of Penzance, Damn Yankees and The Sound of Music (Ordway); H.M.S. Pinafore, She Loves Me and Sweeney Todd (Guthrie); Funny Girl and Little Women the Musical (Artistry); Ragtime and Side Show (Park Square); Urinetown (The Jungle); and Carousel with Minnesota Orchestra.
Laura Rudolph* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be on the CDT stage! Favorite CDT credits include: Grease (Sandy), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Hello, Dolly! (Irene), All Shook Up (Natalie), Mamma Mia!,The Music Man, Holiday Inn, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Newsies, Sister Act and Joseph…Dreamcoat. National Tour: Nunset Boulevard; Guthrie: South Pacific, Roman Holiday, H.M.S. Pinafore; Old Log: Million Dollar Quartet (Dyanne). “Love to Eric!” Proud AEA Member.
Mark King*(Principal Harry Clark) was last seen on Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ Main Stage in The Music Man. His Main Stage roles have included: Lumiére in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Bert in Disney’s Mary Poppins, Chef Louis in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cosmo in Singin’ in the Rain and Carmen Ghia in The Producers. Other favorites are: Nachum in Fiddler on the Roof, Sir Evelyn in Anything Goes, Xanadu and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Tony Vierling* (Cowboy Bob) has appeared in over 45 productions at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, as well as 20 productions at the Guthrie and Ordway theatres. Regional credits include Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey, TUTS in Houston, Minnesota Opera, Kentucky Opera, Louisiana Opera, as well as dancing at Disneyland, Holland America Cruise Line and National Tours of A Chorus Line and Little House on the Prairie. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for 36 years.
Janet Hayes Trow* (Ensemble) is grateful to be a continuing part of the Chanhassen acting company for well over 50 productions. Favorites include Lena Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain, Lizzie Curry in The Rainmaker, Polly in Crazy for You and Marian in The Music Man (2002). Other credits include the Guthrie Theater (Roman Holiday, Guys and Dolls), Ordway Center (The Sound of Music, Heaven), History Theatre (Watermelon Hill) and Theatre Elision (If the Spirit Moves). “Love to Danny, Peter and Millie!”
Maura White* (Ensemble) Bio coming soon.
Amelia Barr (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her CDT debut! After graduating college in 2018, she spent 2 years performing around the world with Norwegian Cruise Line. She is pumped to be getting acquainted with the incredible Minneapolis theatre scene! Her favorite roles include Jerusha in Daddy Long Legs and Alison in Fun Home at Renegade Theater Company. Amelia would like to thank her beyond stellar family and friends for always supporting and loving her! ameliabarr.com
Caleb Michael* (Ensemble) is excited to return to CDT for Footloose! At CDT: The Music Man. In the Twin Cities, he was most recently seen in A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (Old Log Theatre); Victor/Victoria (Artistry); Spring Awakening (Shoot The Glass). Outside MN: The Who’s Tommy, Jekyll & Hyde, Mamma Mia! (Thingamajig); White Christmas (LaComedia); SilverSea Cruises; West Side Story, Addams Family & Oklahoma! (Thunder Bay Theatre). Caleb holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Viterbo University. calebmichael.org
Abby Magalee*(Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Chanhassen Dinner Theatres debut! Credits include Ordway Theater: In the Heights, West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, White Christmas; The Kennedy Center: Grey Skies Blue; Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater: Creature. Abby graduated from Towson University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BS in Deaf Studies. She is a proud member of AEA and a certified yoga instructor. Big love and gratitude to her family, Jack, Izzy and Ruby! abbymagalee.com or @abby_thedestroyer
Daysha Ramsey (Ensemble) is ecstatic to return for Footloose after making her debut in The Music Man! She received her BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Other credits include: Duluth Playhouse: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (BJ and Ensemble), The Mountaintop (Camae), Grease (Cha-Cha DiGregorio); U of MN Duluth: Bare: The Musical (Kyra), The Little Prince (Rose/Snake), Sister Act (Tina); Empire Theatre Company: Heathers (MTV Girl), Hairspray (Lorraine, Dynamite Girl).
Andrea Mislan* (Ensemble) CDT: The Music Man, Holiday Inn; Guthrie: Guys and Dolls, Cyrano de Bergerac, West Side Story; Ordway: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (U/S); Collide Theatrical: Dracula, Le Petit Moulin; History Theatre: Dance ’Til You Drop; Chicago the Musical Internat’l Tour; Cirque du Soleil: Viva Elvis; Celine Dion’s A New Day; Pioneer Theatre Company: White Christmas; CFRT: Peter Pan; Royal Winnipeg Ballet (Corps); TV: “The Toy Castle,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Oprah,” “Ellen.”@mlifemovement, mlifemovement.com
Tommy Benson* (Ensemble) is delighted to be in Footloose! He holds a BFA in Musical Theater and a BA in Music from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He has performed in Turkey, China and across the Twin Cities, most recently in The Music Man here at CDT. Favorite roles include David DiNotello in Spandex the Musical, Oscar D’Armano in The Wild Party, Cowboy Bob in Footloose, Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Frog in A Year with Frog & Toad. Proud member AEA.
Emily Scinto (Ensemble) is grateful to be making her Chanhassen Dinner Theatres debut! Other credits include: Old Log Theatre: The Play That Goes Wrong, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder; Ordway: Smokey Joe’s Cafe; Guthrie: A Christmas Carol; Artistry: Footloose, Victor/Victoria; History Theatre: Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story, This Side of Paradise; Children’s Theatre Company: Buccaneers, The Wizard of Oz. Emily holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Instagram: @emilyscinto
Joey Miller* (Swing) THEATER: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres; Mamma Mia!, Holiday Inn, Newsies, Beauty and the Beast. Theater Latte Da; Chicago. Artistry; Songs for a New World. The Ordway; West Side Story, A Chorus Line, White Christmas, Pirates of Penzance, Damn Yankees. CHOREOGRAPHY: The Ordway; Gotta Dance. The Old Log; Gentleman’s Guide…Murder. Cedar Summerstock; Seussical. La Crosse Symphony; Cinderella, Glazunov’s Seasons, Coppelia. Viterbo University; Orpheus, Mystery…Drood, A Funny Thing…Forum. Joey is also a resident choreographer with the La Crosse Dance Centre and a massage therapist. AEA.
Angela Steele (Swing) is happy to be back at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres for this production of Footloose, after appearing in Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn! Originally hailing from New Zealand, her credits include: Cinderella (Children’s Theater Company); Footloose, Legally Blonde (Artistry); Orphan Train (History Theatre); Oliver! (Theater Latte Da). She would like to thank her parents for their endless support of her career.
Michael Brindisi (Artistic Director) happily celebrates his 34th year as Resident Artistic Director for Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. He has been affiliated with CDT since 1971 when he first appeared on stage here in The Matchmaker. In addition, Mr. Brindisi is proud to serve on the CDT ownership team (established in 2010). While he continues at the artistic helm, he adds the title of president to his “credits,” seeing and responding to daily operations. (On your visit, you might see him walking through the dining room, holding a door for a guest, taste-testing a new menu item or assisting where an extra pair of hands is needed.) He directed his first CDT production, Private Lives, in 1988. Since then, Mr. Brindisi has well over 100 Chanhassen productions to his credit. He previously spent several years in freelance directing, overseeing 40 productions in seven consecutive seasons of summer stock; three as Artistic Director of Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan Playhouse and four with Minnesota Festival Theatre. He directed The Two-Character Play and Translations for Actors Theatre of St. Paul and Once in a Lifetime for Theatre in the Round. Other directing credits include The Beauty Part, The Robber Bridegroom, and Twigs for Chimera Theatre and a Minnesota Music Theatre summer stock series with Winona St. Mary’s. Prior to directing, Mr. Brindisi enjoyed a successful acting career. CDT productions include: Annie Get Your Gun, What the Butler Saw, Loot, The Robber Bridegroom, My Fair Lady and his favorite production, Fiddler on the Roof (appearing in 1978, 1987 and 2013 productions). He performed the role of Kenickie in the National Tour of Grease and appeared in the Broadway revival of Once in a Lifetime with John Lithgow and Treat Williams. In 2002, he was a guest artist in the Ordway’s production of Anything Goes with Sandy Duncan and in Singin’ in the Rain. He was honored by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization to co-develop and direct the World Premiere of Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade, which debuted on CDT’s Main Stage in 2007. When able, he takes time to guest direct locally and around the country. Credits include: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and A Grand Night for Singing at the Ordway; and Grease and Hair at the Historic Pantages Theatre. He had the unique pleasure of directing Elmo, Big Bird and friends in the Sesame Street Live National Tour of “Can’t Stop Singing.” On a personal note, life in the theatre is a family affair. Michael is married to actor Michelle Barber, seen on stage here and across the Twin Cities. Their daughter Cat, also a professional actor, is married to actor and director David Darrow. In April, Michael became a proud first-time grandfather to Henry Brindisi Darrow.
Renee Guittar* (Choreographer) is thrilled to be a guest choreographer for Footloose after appearing on stage at CDT in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Camelot, Grease, Disney’s Newsies, Holiday Inn, and Mamma Mia! Other regional performance credits include The Guthrie, The Ordway and The Old Log Theater. Renee has been a company member with Collide Theatrical Dance Company since 2013. Currently, Renee is a teaching artist with the Cowles Center and Ashley Ballet Arts Academy. Her choreography has appeared in over 40 productions on the college, high school and professional stage since 2012. Some favorites include Collide Theatrical’s Frankenstein, The Magic of Jared Sherlock, and CABARAVE. Training: B.A. in Dance with Honors from Gustavus Adolphus College. Renee is lucky enough to spend her life with her dance partner and husband Rush Benson and her dog Tofu.
Andy Kust (Music Director) CDT: The Music Man, Mamma Mia!, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Grease. Other Credits: Next to Normal, Spring Awakening, Rent, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy Elliot, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Bare. An award-winning musical theater artist and educator, Andy currently serves as the Resident Music Director at CDT, and is the co-owner of Twin Cities Musical Theatre Training. Andy maintains a busy studio with clients having appeared on Broadway and in the national touring companies of Wicked, Dear Evan Hansen, Disney’s Frozen, Mean Girls, Hamilton, and Spring Awakening. He has worked as a substitute keyboardist for national tours, serves as the Associate Music Director for Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Program, and collaborates regularly with other theaters that include The Guthrie, Theatre Latté Da, The Ordway, Yellow Tree Theatre, and The Duluth Playhouse. Training: Luther College and Arizona State University. andykustmusic.com
Nayna Ramey** (Resident Scenic Designer) has been the resident designer at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres since 1988. Her work most recently was seen in The Music Man, Mamma Mia!, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Grease and Disney’s Newsies. She is also recognized for her regional work, including 21 seasons at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin, with recent productions including Measure for Measure, Pride and Prejudice, Comedy of Errors and The Seagull. Regional credits also include Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory, Intiman Theatre in Seattle, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, History Theatre in St. Paul, the Ordway’s McKnight Theatre in St. Paul and the Historic Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis.
Rich Hamson (Costume Designer) has designed 64 CDT productions including The Music Man, Mamma Mia!, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Disney’s Newsies, Sister Act, Grease, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Producers, Swing!, 42nd Street, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Misérables and world premieres of the last five shows in Danny Goggin’s Nunsense series. His work has been seen at Park Square Theatre, Minnesota Opera, Guthrie Theater, Jungle Theater, Theater Latté Da, Illusion Theater, Cricket Theatre, Historic Pantages Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, The Ordway, Hey City Theater, Troupe America, Plymouth Playhouse and at high schools and colleges across the state. Rich designed the national tours of The Sunshine Boys starring Frank Gorshen and Dick Van Patten and The Odd Couple with “M*A*S*H” alumni Jamie Farr and William Christopher. Rich’s design work has been acknowledged with three Ivey Awards and numerous other recognitions throughout the Twin Cities.
Sue Ellen Berger (Lighting Designer) has designed on all four Chanhassen stages with over 200 shows to her credit. Sue is also Lighting Designer/Stage Manager for our acclaimed Concert Series in the Fireside Theatre. Away from Chanhassen, her work has been seen with The Finnish National Opera, The Palace Theatre – Wisconsin Dells, Yellow Tree Theatre, Historic Pantages Theatre, Ordway Center, North Star Opera, Music Box Theatre, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Circa 21 and Park Square Theatre, among others. Sue enjoys spending her summers designing for Iowa’s Cedar Summerstock, while also teaching at ChanDT’s Musical Theatre Camp. She has been a guest artist with several universities and high schools, has taught theatre on the primary, secondary and college levels and is currently teaching Lighting Design at Concordia University in St. Paul. Sue is privileged to be a part of CDT’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. In her spare time, she designs for several schools and mentors students interested in tech theatre.
Russ Haynes (Sound Designer) is happy to have designed many productions at Chanhassen, including 8 world premieres. He has worked on several nationally broadcast television series, award winning documentaries, and at various theaters, schools, and churches throughout the region. He continues to produce various projects from his recording studio Rx Audio, based in Saint Michael. His favorite productions are his sons, Wesley and Brian. Russ would like to dedicate this run to the memory of dear Chan friends and colleagues whom we have lost during the pandemic.
Paul Toni (Wigs & Makeup Designer) is happy to be designing another show with Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Their work has been seen onstage here for the past five years. Best wishes to the current and future company members here at CDT.
Thomas Schumacher* (Production Stage Manager) is excited to continue his association with CDT in this new position “behind the scenes.” He came to work here in 1986, and since then he has performed on all four stages, has directed and choreographed several productions, and has worked in the front office for the Guest Relations Department. He is so grateful to the artistic and ownership teams for this opportunity and to have been a part of the CDT family for so many years.
John Trow* (Assistant Stage Manager/Cop) has spent years acting and doing some directing in Minneapolis, Colorado and Florida, John is working on the other side of production as ASM. While acting is his first love he is very grateful for the work Michael Brindisi has provided him the last 14 years. “Love to Janet, Heather and Juliet.”
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association. **Denotes member of the United Scenic Artists Union.