Meet the Cast

Richard Ryan
(Mr. Carson)

Richard Ryan is pleased to be returning to the TheatreWorks stage.He was most recently seen as Captain E.J. Smith in "Titanic, the Musical." Richard is a veteran of 30 years of stage performing in the Kentuckiana area in professional and community theatre, the Kentucky Opera, and The Stephen Foster Story. Richard also has 40 years of vocal performing in churches across the United States. Richard lives in Sellersburg, IN with his wife Cathy, and they have three adult children, Briner, Jonathan and Jenna. He wishes to thank Chris Bundy, Hannegan Roseberry, the cast and crew of "Man of No Importance" for making this another great theatre experience! Enjoy the show!

Chris Haulter
(Carney)

Chris Haulter happily returns to the TheatreWorks stage for a second season, having last been seen as J. Bruce Ismay in Titanic. Notable credits include: Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Into The Woods (Baker), The Producers (Max Bialystock & Franz Liebkind), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), Funny Thing…Forum (Pseudolus), Annie (Warbucks), Oklahoma (Judd Fry), Children of Eden (Father), Peter Pan (Smee), Proof (Hal), and All My Sons (George Deever). However, he is proudest of his role as dad to Leigha, Claire, Meghan and Amelia and husband to Katie! Enjoy the show!

Leslie Renee Spitznagel
(Adele Rice)

Leslie "swore she wouldn't spend her life back in Roscommon" so she's heading out west to pursue greener pastures and more theatrical opportunities. She's had a great past year, though, getting to do an all female version of "Glengarry Glen Ross," a new play for the Louisville Fringe Festival "Broken Iris," and studying to become an intimacy choreographer. Here's to the next adventure and leaving the past behind for good!.

Jason Roseberry
(Alfie Byrne)

Dr. Jason Roseberry is the former Co-Artistic Director of the Kandel Theatre Company, an alumni of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprentice program, and a past director at Silver Creek High School. Some of his favorite directing opportunities include:  Richard II (Shakespeare in the Parking Lot - NYC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Kandel Theatre), Proof (TheatreWorks), Moon Over Buffalo​ (TheatreWorks) and Finders Keepers at Expanded Arts (NYC).  Jason is also a playwright and lyricist. Some of his produced plays and musicals include: Burke and Hare and E.A. Poe, Into the Mind of Madness (Edinburgh, Scotland Fringe Festival), The End of the Sentence (The Red Room - NYC, Louisville Repertory Company, Humana Festival/Heideman Award Finalist), The Invisible Man (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, St. Pauls' Parlor Stories), Finders Keepers (OOB-Expanded Arts, Kitchen Sink Festival Winner), Freshman Year (Ball State University), and Romeo & Rosaline (SCHS, Indiana Thespian Festival). Jason is currently the Chief Innovation Officer for Five-Star Technology Solutions - an educational technology company.

Lee Gibson
(Baldy)

Lee is incredibly excited to be back on stage at TheatreWorks of SOIN. He was last seen in December haunting the attic as John, the recently deceased father, in An Old Fashioned Christmas. Lee is a regular performer with Mummers and Minstrels and Young Hearts Theater, sings with The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Louisville and leads worship at his church. Lee is retired from the US Army, UPS and currently works part-time as an administrative assistant for his church. Lee is a
student at Derby City Voice Studio. He is grateful to his wife, Carol, for her love and for supporting his theater dream.

Robbie Steiner
(Robbie)

Robbie Steiner is the Director of Theatre Arts at Floyd Central High School and a native of southern Indiana.  An avid performer during his youth, Robbie has spent most of his adult life directing other budding performers.  His productions of Disney's Newsies and 42nd Street have been seen on the International Thespian Festival Main Stage.  Robbie was last seen onstage as El Gallo in the IU Southeast production of The Fantastics.  He has performed with Stage One, Music Theatre Louisville, Derby Dinner Playhouse, and the Kentucky Opera.  He is thrilled to be directed again by his mentor, Chris Bundy, for the first time since he was 12 years old!

Hannegan Roseberry
(Lily Byrne, Musical Director)

Hannegan is the theatre director at Community Montessori Public Charter School and has a degree in Musical Theatre Performance from Ball State. She finds theatre to be one of life’s greatest creative outlets. When she is not running around with her sons, she is busy performing and/or musical directing with the local theatre community, and specifically with Theatreworks of Southern Indiana, which launches its second season in June 2018. Hannegan lives with her husband, Jason, her three sons, and her three tiny dogs in a historic home in downtown New Albany.

Jacob Cook
(Breton Beret)

This is Jacob's first show with TheatreWorks. Jacob has been acting since a child when he first played a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz with Bob Trinkle Productions at the French Lick Resort. Since then Jacob has tried to be on stage. After some time off he helped direct his high schools production of The Lion King and decided he wanted to get back on stage. Jacob recently played Skye in Hayswood Theatre Production of Mamma Mia. Some of his other favorite roles were Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cornelius in Hello Dolly!! And Horton in Seussical The Musical. Jacob would like to thank his parents for encouraging him to follow his love for theatre and for all the time they have given up driving him to rehearsals.

Jareth Todd Gaddis
(Ernie Lally)

Jareth Gaddis is delighted to be on this stage, making his Theatreworks of Southern Indiana debut. Jareth is a junior at Indiana University Southeast studying Music Education, but is heavily involved in both collegiate and regional theatre, with some of his favorite roles being Charlie Brown in YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, Brad in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Quasimodo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, and Beast in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Jareth empathizes with this audience, not knowing anything about this musical, but has grown to love it and fully embrace it and its message. Enjoy the show!

William Strauss
(Rasher Flynn)

William / Bill, is very excited to be back at TheatreWorks and working with this extraordinary
cast and crew. Performing his first role in a play while in the eighth grade, Bill has been hooked
ever since and holds degrees in Theatrical Performance and Broadcasting from Ball State
University. Throughout his years as an educator, and also as a member of the Richmond Civic
Theatre, Bill has directed numerous plays and musicals. He has also played Ferris Layman in
The Diviners and Dr. Alex Gorman in The God Committee. He appeared as Mr. VanDaan, in the
Hayswood Theatre's production of The Diary of Anne Frank and Richard Maynard in
TheatreWorks' production of Moon over Buffalo. Most recently Bill appeared as Isador Strauss in Theatreworks' production of Titanic. Bill lives in New Albany and is currently an
administrator and English teacher for a private high school.

Sharon Grabowski
(Miss Crowe)

Sharon Grabowski is pleased to be back with her friends at Theatreworks as Miss Crowe in Man of No Importance. She most recently appeared here as Mrs. Isadore Straus in Titanic, the Musical.  “Love Who You Love” is the message of Man of No Importance.

What a beautiful message it is!

Emily Grimany
(Mrs. Curtin)

Emily Grimany is excited to be making her TheatreWorks debut. Some of her recent credits include Ashley in Backstage Secrets, Betsy in Sweet Charity, Rhoda in White Christmas, and Kathy in Company. When not on stage, Emily works as a braille transcriber, and enjoys dancing with her husband and daughter. She would like to thank her husband for always encouraging and supporting her.

Jennifer Poliskie
(Mrs. Patrick)

Jennifer Poliskie (Mrs. Patrick) is delighted to make her TheatreWorks debut with some old friends.  Jenniferhas worked with several local theater companies over the years.  She was most recently seen at Stage on Spring as Erma Bombeck in the one woman show, Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.  Some of her other favorite roles include: The Light in the Piazza (Clara), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Funny Girl (Fanny Brice), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Marguerite), Noises Off (Belinda Blair) and Macbeth (Lady Macbeth).  Love to Josh. For Bryce.

Rick Kautz
(Father Kenney)

Rick Kautz is thrilled to be in his first production at TheatreWorks. Rick hails from Colorado where he studied acting and improv. He has performed at Richmond Civic Theater in Richmond, IN where he played; the dual role of Mr. Hyde/ Dr. Lanyon in Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Delacey in Frankenstein, and Dowdy in Mr. Roberts. Since moving to New Albany he has performed with several theater groups. Rick was Papa in The Nether by Liminal Productions, Terry in Pandora's production of Casa Valentina, and Mr. Dussell in The Diary of Anne Frank at Hayswood Theater in Corydon, IN. This holiday season Rick will be playing Clarence in the Hayswood production of It's A Wonderful Life. Rick also coaches improv in New Albany. When not on stage, Rick can be found every Sunday at High Mass at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in New Albany where he serves as rector. He thanks Chris for allowing him to be part of this tender and funny play and to the great cast of Man of No Importance. #Theaterisfamily

Noah Kelso
(Oscar Wilde)

Noah Kelso is thrilled to be portraying the role of Oscar Wilde in A Man of No Importance, his first show at Theatre Works! Noah recently graduated from Indiana University Southeast with a BA in Theatre. At IUS Noah is most proud of his role as Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, as well as his work directing Zoo Story and The American Dream, a student-run Production

Jason Jones
(Sully O'Hara, Peter)

Jason is making his second appearance at Theatreworks after portraying Jack Jerome earlier this season in Brighton Beach Memoirs. Playing multiple characters and being part of the ensemble in A Man of No Importance is a big difference from the intense character study that was Jack Jerome, and as a character actor it’s a change and challenge that Jason relishes! After earning a degree in theater from Indiana State University and appearing in many productions in Louisville and southern Indiana in the 90’s Jason spent time building a career and starting a family, and is now excited to be embracing his life in the theater once again. Jason is looking forward to working with Theatreworks more in the future.  Coming up this Holiday season you can see him at Hayswood Theater as Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life. Jason is a resident of Corydon, recently having moved back to this side of the river after living in Louisville many years. His day job is as a software developer with Churchill Downs. The most important thing Jason does is being dad to his brilliant teenage son, Jackson.

Lora Anderson
(Mrs. Grace)

Lora Anderson is excited to be acting again with TheatreWorks. She has had a busy year doing shows around the community. Throughout her childhood years, she never let her love for performing die. Lora attended University of Louisville and received a Bachelors in Music Education (Vocal). While studying she was blessed to be a part of a distinguished program with performing opportunities including Carmina Burana and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with the Louisville Orchestra. After graduation she was hired at Paoli Jr./Sr. High School, but her home is now being a Dragon at Doss High School where she is the Director of Choirs and HAVPA teacher. Before college, Lora attended New Albany High School and was able to be a part of many productions there and in the surrounding areas. Her favorite roles during these years and recently were Baby June (Gypsy), Annie (Annie), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), and Sophie (Mamma Mia!). She further would like to thank her family, friends, and students for always supporting her and her dreams. Thanks and appreciation to the directors of Theatre Works and congratulations on another beautiful season!

Tessa Máiréad Scortino
(Kitty)

Tessa is so excited to be a part of her first production with Theatreworks of Southern Indiana.Tessa has been seen most recently at the Aint I a Woman Playfest, in Annie at the Jeffersonville Riverstage, as Jean in Plaza Suite, and in the world premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Paper Mill Playhouse. She cannot wait to be getting back into the swing of theatre as she makes her home along the Ohio river.

Brittanni Shafer
(Customer)

Brittanni is beyond excited to make her performance debut with TheatreWorks Southern Indiana. The performing arts have had her heart since she was a young girl. Some of Brittanni’s most favorite roles include: Rose (The Secret Garden), Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz), Sarah (The Diviners), Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof), and Sarah (God’s Favorite). She is a middle school inclusion teacher at River Valley Middle School during the daytime hours. Brittanni would like to thank her fellow cast & crew for all of their hard work during this journey as well as her amazing friends and boyfriend, Cory, for all of their support. Much love to her theatre fam! 

Colleen McGuirk
(Maureen)

Colleen is thrilled to be in the ensemble of "A Man of No Importance.” She most recently played the role of "Goldie" in "Two by Two." Colleen was also in "Titanic the Musical" at Theatreworks and played the roles of Kate McGowan and Madeleine Astor. Some of her favorite past roles are Marian Paroo in "The Music Man" and Yum Yum in "The Mikado." She is a graduate of Indiana University where she was a four year member of the “Singing Hoosiers” and toured with them internationally in Australia. She studies voice at Derby City Voice Studio. Colleen teaches at Mount Tabor Elementary. She would like to thank her family, friends and boyfriend for their support. 

Kota Earnhardt
(Technical Director)

Kota is a graduate of Floyd Central High School where he was involved in all aspects of the technical theatre program.  He was part of the F.C. tech team that presented the feature mainstage production of the Drowsy Chaperone at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He also contributed with set and sound design for Les Mis at F.C. as well as being involved with numerous other productions.  Kota attended the University of Louisville, majoring in Fine Arts and Graphic Design.  Kota is honored to be the technical director for TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana.

Chris Bundy
(Director)

Having worked in theatre for almost five decades, Chris has directed, designed or acted in four hundred plus productions during his career. He holds degrees in theatre from Indiana University and Northwood Institute, Performing Arts Division. His involvement in educational theatre spanned 39 years beginning with his teaching career at West Washington H.S., followed by Silver Creek H.S. and retiring from many years as Director of Theatre Arts at Floyd Central H.S. He was founder and artistic director of the popular Spring Mill Theatre for the Indiana State Parks System for a fourteen year run and has directed productions for a variety of community theatres as well as directing several shows featured at The International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska and four shows representing Indiana at The Edinburgh, Scotland Fringe Festival. He is proud to have former students working in all areas of the performing arts from Broadway to L.A. and throughout the world. Awards include The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award; The Founder’s Award and Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame Honors; Arts Council of Southern Indiana Arts Advocate Award; WHAS ExCel Award, and I.U. Armstrong Teacher Educator Honors, among others.

Steven Belcher
(Stage Manager)

Steven is excited to have found a home here at TheatreWorks, having volunteered with the company since the beginning of the current season, served as a Production Assistant for Proof, and Stage Manager for Moon Over Buffalo​. He would like to thank the cast and crew of each production for their willingness to share their knowledge and expertise, and an even bigger thanks to each and every audience member – without you, we can't do what we love!