Meet Cast & Staff for CAT with Bios & Pics

October 31, 2018

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Corinna Browning(Mae) is a performer and visual artist hailing from the Texas Panhandle. Her recent credits include “Rose Maybud” in Gilbert & Sullivan Austin's Ruddigore (B. Iden Payne nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical), Ninain Austin Shakespeare's The Seagull, and “Lucinda” in Bottle Alley Theatre Co.'s Apocalypse (Bottle Award Winner, Best Featured Actress). She holds a Bachelors in Theatre from Wayland Baptist University and a Masters in Vocal Performance from West Texas A&M University.  




Gwendolyn Kelso (Maggie) played “Mistress Ford” and co-directed Austin Shakespeare’s summer Merry Wives of Windsor; also Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice); A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche); Taming of the Shrew (Kate).  Regional: Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, Saint Louis Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Saint Louis Shakespeare Co., Gamut Classic Theatre, Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre, New York. Awards: 2014 Best Acting International Fringe Festival for Tennessee Williams’ Interior: Panic. Training: BFA Acting, Conservatory at Webster University, MFA Classical Acting, Shakespeare Theatre DC. Directing: Cymbelinefor American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC), Honk for Imagination Stage (MD). Gwendolyn is a founding member of Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre. 



Ev Lunning Jr.  (Big Daddy) Austin Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew(1999), “Friar Lawrence” in Romeo and Juliet, “Exeter” in Henry V, “Ramsden” in Man and Superman, and “Sorin” in last season’s The Seagull.Ev served on the faculty and staff of the Mary Moody Northen Theater at St. Edward’s University from 1991-2016.  He directed many productions, earning a Ben Iden Payne award for Best Director of a Comedy for the 2003 MMNT production of A Flea in Her Ear. His final appearance as an Equity guest artist was as Mr. Maraczek in the MMNT production of She Loves Me.  Since retiring Ev as appeared in two Different Stages productions—in the title role in Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkmanand as “Sir” in The Dresser. He has staged three productions for Southwestern U:  Heartbreak House, Rumorsand The Fantasticks.  Ev is a member of the chorus of Austin Opera and will appear this January in Silent Night.  A volunteer narrator for the Texas State Library’s Talking Books Studio, Ev has recorded over 70 volumes.  Ev’s voice is featured in the video games Ultima IX: Ascension and DC Universeand in several animé dubbed into English.


Elise Ogden (Big Mama) Austin Shakes: Debut.   Other Austin: The Secretary, Theatre en Bloc,  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. ZACH; Mousetrap, City Theatre. REGIONAL: Oklahoma, The Immigrant, The Real Inspector Hound, Run For Your Wife,Painting Churches, The Real Thing, and Dancing At Lughnasa. TELEVISION/FILM: The Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Blossom, All American Girl, Phenom, Jack’s Place.


Patrick Schmidt (Rev. Tooker)  is an Adjunct Professor of English at Austin Community College with a special interest in early British Literature (especially Shakespeare) and 19th Century American Literature (special focus: Jack London).  In his twenties and thirties, Patrick played: “King Arthur” in Camelot, “Bottom” in Midsummer Night's Dream, and “Feste” in Twelfth Night. After taking a hiatus to help raise a son, he has performed in ZACH’s The Dresser, and Austin Shakespeare's As You Like It(Adam), A Steetcar Named Desire(Doctor), and Wolf Hall(Duke of Norfolk). He also volunteers for Texas Talking Books as a reader and reviewer.



Zac Thomas (Brick) Austin Shakes: Debut.  is a native of Butte, Montana, and studied Acting at the University of Montana. He is an acting company member at Hyde Park Theater and Austin Playhouse. Recent notable roles include “Ned” in Small Mouth Soundswith Capital T Theater (BIP Nom), “Joe” in Waiting For Lefty with Street Corner Arts (BIP Nom), “Patrick” in Any Nightwith EVN Productions (BIP Nom), “Elias” in Johnwith Hyde Park Theater, “Sir Henry Baskerville” in Baskervillewith Austin Playhouse, as well as multiple ensemble roles with The Exchange Artists. Zac is the resident technical director at Hyde Park Theater, the lead singer of the band 'Table', and the founder of RabbitRung Design.


Derek Webster (Dr. Baugh) Derek’s most recent role was “Garth Williams” in Southwest Theatre’s production of Alabama Story. Other roles include the drunk photographer in Different Stages’ production of When We Are Married, with Austin Shakes: Leonato, the father in Much Ado About Nothing, and “Giles Corey” in their staged reading of The Crucible. Derek has performed roles in the US and Canada. He studied improv with ColdTowne Theater, and taught Business Presentation Skills in Saudi Arabia. Recently he has worked on a number of short films in Austin.


Creative Team


Kaitlyn Farrell(Dramaturg ) is a current PhD student in the English department at UT. She earned her BA in English and Film, Theatre, and Television from the University of Notre Dame in 2014, and she completed her masters’ degree at UT Austin in 2017. She is a playwright and literary scholar serving for the first time dramaturg on one of her favorite playwrights, Tennessee Williams. Her dachshund named “Tennessee” approves.


Patrick W. Anthony (Lighting Designer) Austin Shakespeare productions: (Antony & Cleopatra,Merry Wives of Windsor, The Seagull, Much Ado about Nothing 2017, The Crucible, The Comedy of Errors, Old Times, Present Laughter, Wolf Hall, Henry VIII, Macbeth 2016, Medea, A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream). He has a degree in theater from Loyola University New Orleans and has studied in England and Scotland. 

Tara A. Houston(Scenic Designer) is the Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Louisiana State, Baton Rouge.  This year, in addition to Swine Palace, she will be designing scenery for Austin Shakespeare, Casa Mañana, and Skylight Music Theatre.  Over the summer, she participated in the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval in Chicago.  Her design work has been featured at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Austin Shakespeare (The Winter's Tale& As You Like It in Zilker Park), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Music Theatre of Wichita.  Her scenic art work has been featured at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Clarence Brown Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Music Theatre of Wichita. She is a member of USITT, the Guild of Scenic Artists, and is on the Steering Committee for the Latinx Theatre Commons.


BENJAMIN TAYLOR RIDGWAY (Costume Designer) graduated from St. Edward’s University in 2007. In New York City Benjamin designed for Theatre East and Shakespeare NYC. He has designed for: Paper Chairs, Different Stages, Physical Plant, St. Edwards University, and Austin Shakes: Merry Wives of Windsor, The Seagull, Much Ado about Not ing 2017, The Crucible, Old Times, Present Laughter, and Macbeth 2016. Other shows: Mr. Burns post electric play, Mouthful, Rhinoc- eros, and Violetat St. Edwards University. Benjamin will design The Book of Liz this summer for Different Stages.



Lisa Goering(Stage Manager) Stage management includes: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Old Times, Present Laughter, Medea, A Streetcar Named Desire (Austin Shakespeare); Middletown (Mary Moody Northen Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Zilker Theatre Productions); It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Penfold Theatre); Tommy, Ragtime, The Laramie Project/The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Hairspray, August: Osage County, Rent, The Drowsy Chaperone, Our Town, Keepin’ It Weird (ZACH). Lisa has worked in the costume shop at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and has served as production manager for Jarrott Productions in Austin.  Lisa has also worked as an actor at ZACH and with Second Youth.


Jack Ruffer (Assistant Stage Manager) is a sophomore theatre management major at St. Edward’s University. Previous stage management credits: Middletown,Violet (Mary Moody Northen Theatre); The Book of Liz (Different Stages); Liz and LadyBird: WhistleStop 1964 (Original Solo Production); Beauty and the Beast (Stage Left Productions); The Fate Changers (Transit Theatre Troupe).

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