OUR ENSEMBLE

Seat of the Pants’ greatest asset is the talented storytellers who join us each year to collaborate on the engaging scripts that constitute our season. We’re privileged to work with and excited to introduce the ensemble for our 2018-2019 season.

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Abraham Adams

(Frank in Molly Sweeney) is honored to be making his Seat of the Pants debut. He is proudly based in Cleveland and has been seen locally at Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, Talespinner Children's Theatre, Mamaí Theatre Company, as well as nationally at Monomoy Theatre in Chatham, MA and A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, WA. Abraham holds a BFA from the University of Utah and an MFA from Ohio University.

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Elizabeth Cammett

(Stage Manager for Smokefall) is a Cleveland native and 2014 graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies, with a focus in Stage Management. She is currently working at Dobama Theatre as an Assistant Stage Manager, and has also worked with several Northeast Ohio theaters, including Playhouse Square, Cleveland Public Theatre, Players Guild Theatre, Lakeland Community College, Porthouse Theatre, and Stagecrafters Youth Theatre. Elizabeth has worked in film and TV, both on-camera and as a talent agent behind the scenes, and participated in various area live events. Select credits include The Slipstream Drive, The Santaland Diaries, The Family Claxon, Intermission, Labio de Liebre: The Lip of the Hare, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Les Miserables, The Giver, Pride and Prejudice, Legally Blonde, Fiddler on the Roof, Working, South Pacific, Almost, Maine, The Rocky Horror Show, Reefer Madness, Ragtime, Agamemnon, 4.48 Psychosis, Mr. Marmalade, The Crucible, Hamlet, Brigadoon and Cloud 9. Joshua 1:9

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Ananias Dixon

(Chuck in The End of the Tour) is extremely excited and honored to be making his Seat Of The Pants debut. He is blessed to be a theater teacher and coach at the Cleveland School of The Arts, Cleveland Play House, and Playhouse Square, and he has also been a member of George Street Playhouse’s educational touring theatre. Theater credits include Sweat (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Sunset Baby, The Effect, An Octoroon (Dobama Theatre), Detroit 67, Julius X (Karamu House),The Claxson Family, How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (Cleveland Public Theater), Black Angels Over Tuskegee (Actors Temple), John Henry (Cleveland Play House), and The Toilet (New Federal Theatre). TV/film Includes “Law and Order: SVU”, “Blue Bloods”, “Person of Interest”,” Boardwalk Empire”,” Upstairs”, “NYC 22”, Antwone Fisher, Home, and Criminal Activity. Ananias was also part of Cleveland Play House’s New Ground Theatre Festival as the AD for The Nolan Williams Project, as well as AD for The Royale under the direction of Robert Barry Fleming.

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Aaron Brown

(Daniel, Fetus One in Smokefall), a Canton native, has performed locally and in Los Angeles, CA as an actor, dancer, director, and producer for more than 25 years. Some of his acting credits include his portrayals of Robert F. Kennedy in the one-act play RFK (2016), Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2011), Hamlet in Hamlet (1999), Billy Flynn in Chicago (2018), and Edgar Allen Poe in Poe (1998). He is excited to partner with Seat of the Pants this season. When not performing, Aaron works with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. He is a husband of 19 years, and a father of 3 boys.

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Stephanie Cargill

(Jan in The End of the Tour) is thrilled to be working in another Seat of the Pants production, having last been seen as Alice Russell in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. Other noteworthy roles include Diana in Next to Normal, Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers, Mother in Ragtime, and Vivian Bearing in Wit. By day, Stephanie works at Stark Library (as Communications Director, NOT as Marian the Librarian). Her favorite two roles, by far, are Nana of three beautiful grandchildren and Wife of one practically perfect husband.

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Scott Esposito

(David in The End of the Tour) is thrilled to make his debut with Seat of the Pants. Previous credits include Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika (Prior Walter) and The Normal Heart (Felix Turner) with Ensemble Theatre, Parade (Leo Frank) at French Creek Theatre, The Bridges of Madison County (Bud Johnson) and Assassins (John Wilkes Booth) at Lakeland Civic Theatre, Mothers and Sons (Will Ogden), Lend Me a Tenor (Max), Jeffrey (Jeffrey), Lord of the Flies (Jack), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander) at Beck Center for the Arts, Godspell (John the Baptist/Judas) at Cain Park, Hair (Claude) and 12 Angry Men (Juror #8) at Blank Canvas Theatre, Arcadia (Valentine) with Mamai Theatre Company, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Billy) with Dobama Theatre, and The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), and Twelfth Night (Sebastian) with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. Scott would like to thank Craig for this opportunity and his husband Vince for his constant love and support.

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Andrew Gorell

(Footnote, Fetus Two, Samuel in Smokefall) has most recently appeared in Bent at Beck Center, As You Like It and The Tempest with the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Peter and the Starcatcher at Dobama, and Little Row Boat and Galileo with Cleveland Play House. National tours include The Lion King (Disney Theatricals) and Richard III and Much Ado About Nothing (American Shakespeare Center). Regional credits include Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Charleston Stage, Philadelphia Shakespeare, and Glimmerglass Opera. Film and TV include Downward Dog (ABC), My Friend Dahmer, and The Bye Bye Man. Andrew is a partner in g2h films, a film production company in Northeast Ohio and also is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

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Stuart Hoffman

Stuart Hoffman (Andrew in The End of the Tour) is a Cleveland-based actor and playwright who is lucky to have worked with many local theaters. He has recently been seen at Ensemble (The Little Prince), Blank Canvas (Cabaret), convergence-continuum (Illuminated), and Mamai (Lady Windermere's Fan). Stuart's written work has been presented at Talespinner Children's Theatre, Ensemble, Playwrights Local, Cleveland Public Theater, where he was a Nord Playwriting Fellow, and Dobama, where he is a member of their playwriting unit: The Playwright's GYM. This is his first SotP show. Thank you for supporting live theater. Love to Nichole.

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Kyle Huff

(Assistant Director for The End of the Tour) is pumped for his first outing with Seat of the Pants and couldn't be happier to be working with such a talented cast. Kyle frequents the Cleveland theatre scene, where you will see him soon in Ensemble Theatre's East of Eden and Around the World in 80 Days with Shahrazad Theatre Company, which he helped co-found. Kyle would like to thank Craig for the wonderful opportunity and everyone else who supports him.

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Sam Landgraf

(Stage Manager for Molly Sweeney) is so excited to be working on her first production with Seat of the Pants Productions. Sam graduated from Hiram College in 2013 and has worked on many productions at Ensemble Theatre since. She also has worked with Shahrazad Theatre Company out of Ensemble Theatre. She would like to thank Craig for asking her to join this production and Jordan for always understanding tech week.

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Anne McEvoy

(Mae in The End of The Tour) believes that her favorite role is whichever one she’s rehearsing for at the time. She’s performed at Actors Summit, Blank Canvas, Clague, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama, Ensemble, Great Lakes Theatre, Karamu, Kennedy’s at Playhouse Square, MAMAI, NaCl Lab Theatre in New York, none too fragile in Akron, the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, True North, and at the Beck Center. In addition to her work at local theaters, she also plays a dozen different characters for Women in History, where she’s been a member for 20 years. Additionally, she’s also a stage director and produced playwright; three of her original plays were produced at Cleveland’s only professional theatre for children, Talespinner’s Children’s Theatre.

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Kelly Strand

(Beauty in Smokefall) is honored to be making her debut with Seat of the Pants. Recent credits include Harper Pitt in Angels in America, Kelly Aspern in Salvage, and Pamela Peabody in The Fox on the Fairway. She has performed with the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Beck Center for the Arts, Blank Canvas Theatre, and None Too Fragile. When not on stage, Kelly enjoys eating ice cream and running, occasionally at the same time. Kelly is a proud alumna of the Barter Players at Barter Theatre and holds a degree in performing arts from Ashland University.

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Chris White

(Norma in The End of the Tour) is very excited to be a part of the production, working with Craig Joseph once again. Chris has been in numerous productions with The Hudson Players, Aurora Community Theatre, Western Reserve Playhouse, and Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. Favorite shows are The Dixie Swim Club, 2 Across, Other Desert Cities, Noises Off, Smell of the Kill, and Steel Magnolias. Chris has been fortunate to win four Regional OCTA Fest Awards, two of which were “Outstanding in Acting”. Chris is thrilled to work with new friends on the stage. As always, Chris thanks her husband, Towar, for his love and support of what she loves to do.

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Jeff Haffner

(Tommy in The End of the Tour) is an adjunct instructor of theatre at Ashland University, and recently taught clowning, commedia dell'arte, and juggling at the Cleveland Playhouse, as part of the Actors' Gym series. He is also the video host for the Cleveland Orchestra's Music Explorers program. Recent credits: Richard/Garnet in Equivocation (Rubber City Theatre), Sir Danvers Carew in Jekyll and Hyde (French Creek Theatre), Nick O'Brien and Eddie Lawrence in Shear Madness (Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, The Palace Theatre in the Dells, and twice at the Old Creamery Theatre), and Chester Drawers in Sleeping Beauty (Winnipesaukee Playhouse). Jeff holds a B.A. from Ashland University and an M.F.A. from the University of Georgia.

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Natalie Sander Kern

(Molly in Molly Sweeney) is excited to work with Seat of the Pants for the first time. Other previous credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Weathervane Playhouse), Same Time, Next Year and Handle With Care (Actors Summit, Akron), Midsummer Nights Dream, Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare at the Castle, Alliance), Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing (Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre), Trepidation Nation, Mad Forest, and Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Mysteries: Part 1 and 2 and Human Interest Story (Son of Semele Ensemble, Los Angeles), and Hamlet (Kingsmen Shakespeare, Los Angeles). She wouldn't be able to be here tonight if it wasn't for the support of her family, and for that she is very grateful.

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Bob McCoy

(Colonel, Johnny in Smokefall) has been a familiar face at Cleveland area theaters for over 40 years. Smokefall will be his third production for Seat of the Pants. He first appeared in 2016's The Best Man, then in last season's staged reading of That Championship Season. He has appeared on many area stages including The Beck Center, Karamu House, Cain Park, Ensemble Theatre, Lakeland Civic Theatre, Rabbit Run, Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, and Aurora Community Theatre, where he first worked for director Craig Joseph as Big Daddy in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

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Brian Newberg

(Mr. Rice in Molly Sweeney) recently retired as an Associate Professor of Theatre and Theatre Director at Kent State University at Stark. Brian’s directing experience (over eighty production credits) includes Broadway, regional, Equity waiver, industry showcases, new work development, and many college productions. He has extensive experience as an actor (over seventy production credits) in the New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Oregon areas. He has also served as an Associate Artistic Director for a regional theatre company, run his own private acting studios, and taught at a number of colleges on the west coast before coming to Kent State. Brian is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and received his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of California, Irvine.

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Megan Slabach

Megan Slabach (Stage Manager for The End of the Tour) is thrilled to be returning for her third production with Seat of the Pants. She studied at Metalworks Institute’s Show Production & Live Event Management program in Toronto, ON, specializing in Audio mixing and design, as well as Stark State with a focus on Audio Recording. She has had the privilege of working in stage management and sound design at several Northeast Ohio and Toronto venues. Her favorite productions to date include Avenue QAssassins, Chesapeake, Les Misérables, Cabaret, and RFK. When she is not at the theatre she is working as an Audio-Visual Specialist at Case Western Reserve University and on various freelance audio projects in the Cleveland area. 

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Heidi Swinford

(Violet in Smokefall) is extremely grateful to be a part of this compelling story. Performing primarily in theatrical productions across northeast Ohio, her recent credits include: Chicago (Velma), Ragtime (Mother), Sweeney Todd (Mrs.Lovett), and Jekyll and Hyde (Lucy) at the Players Guild Theatre, The Best Man (Mabel) with Seat of the Pants, South Pacific (Dinah) with The Akron Symphony, A Night On Broadway (Soloist) with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra, and Songs for a New World (Woman 1) at EJ Thomas Hall. Heidi is married, has two children, and resides in Dover, Ohio. She would like to thank the cast, crew, patrons, and especially Craig Joseph for his incomparable inspiration and encouragement.