The Utah Shakespeare Festival is excited to present the regional premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher during its 2013 season.  Here on the blog we'd like to introduce two people integral to the success of the production.

Meet Brooke Redler, Stage Manager for Peter and the Starcatcher

Have you ever worked at the Festival before?

No- This is my first time, but it is a place I have wanted to work since college. So happy to be here!

Where’s your home base?

Kansas City, Missouri

What’s your educational/training background?

I went to Johnson County Community College. I have had great training with places like Santa Fe Opera, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Kansas City Repertory theatre where I started 9 years ago as a Production Assistant and am now a Production Stage Manager. 

Where were you working in the last 9 months?

In NYC with a new company called Fault Line Theatre on an Off Broadway premiere, in Kansas City at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and in Creede, Colorado and Arvada, Colorado with Creede Repertory Theatre.

How will you spend your time off while here?

Looking forward to some gardening- I haven't gotten to plant flowers in the summer for years! Also some hiking and rafting. 

Describe what live theatre means to you in one or two sentences...

Theatre allows us as a society to connect and tell our stories. It can be entertaining, cathartic, beautiful, silly and meaningful all at the same time. 

Anything else you’d like us to know?

I am so excited to be involved in the regional premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher!

Good luck with your garden, Brooke!

 

Meet Aaron Galligan-Stierle, playing the role of Smee

Have you ever worked at the Festival before? If so, for how many years and in what roles/capacity?

The 2013 season is my fifth season at the Festival. I was here in 2004 (Frankie in Forever Plaid and Zoltan Karpathy in My Fair Lady), 2005 (Flute in Midsummer and Mordred in Camelot), 2006 (Leo Davis in Room Service and Slender in Merry Wives) and 2010 (Clown #2 in 39 Steps and Laucelot Gobbo in Merchant.) 

Where’s your home base?

I live in NYC.

What’s your educational/training background?

I received a BFA from Shenandoah University in Musical Theater and a MFA from Penn State in Acting.

Where were you working in the last 9 months?

I was working in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway as Monsieur Andre.

How will you spend your time off while here?

Definitely hiking as much as possible and having some family time with my wife and son.

Describe what the Festival means to you in one or two sentences...

The Festival is my artistic home. It is my favorite theater company to work with and is a constant source of inspiration.

As well as playing Smee, Aaron will appear as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes.

 Looking forward to it, Aaron!