Diane Timmerman (HART Producing Artistic Director) is thrilled to be producing The Winter's Tale for HART this summer and extends her thanks to the HART board, HART’s foundation partners, corporate donors, individual donors and the entire The Winter's Tale team, an amazing group of artists, artisans, volunteers and interns who have given their heart and soul to this production. Diane is happy to partner with Robert Neal and the design/tech/production team who created last year's wonderful production of Twelfth Night: to a person, they rock! As an actor, Diane’s HART appearances include Emilia in Othello, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice. Other acting credits include August: Osage County, Next Fall,November and Bug at the Phoenix Theatre, Spinning into Butter and Beautiful Thing at Ohio’s Human Race Theatre, Angel Street at the IRT, and numerous Chicago credits. A Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, Diane is Professor and Chair of Theatre at Butler University. Her books include Spare Scenes: 60 Skeletal Scenes for Acting and Directing and ninety-minute Shakespeare adaptations for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet. Diane is a grateful two-time recipient of the Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowship.
Robert Neal (Director) has been a professional actor, teacher and director in the regional theatre for 30 years and is a company and board member of Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre. He has also spent the last fifteen seasons with the Indiana Repertory Theatre where he has appeared in nearly 40 productions. He has worked extensively around the Midwest as well as in Europe and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Early Music Festival of Indianapolis and at Lincoln Center in New York City. Television credits include Chicago Fire. Robert holds an M.F.A in Acting from the Pennsylvania State University and a Shakespeare Certificate from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He is a long time member of Actors Equity Association and was a 2007 recipient of the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Creative Renewal Fellowship.
Robert Koharchik (Scenic Designer) is a designer living in Indianapolis where he has designed productions for many of the theatres in town including the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Phoenix Theatre, and the Lilly Theatre at the Indianapolis Childrens Museum. He has also designed productions for: Geva Theatre (Rochester, NY), The Weston Playhouse of Vermont (Weston, VT), Contemporary American Theatre of Columbus (Columbus, OH), and American Players Theatre (Spring Green, WI). In 1999 and 2011 Rob received a Lilly Endowment Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Rob is an Associate Professor in theatre design at Butler University.
Laura E. Glover (Lighting Designer)has lighted TWELFTH NIGHT, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, MERCHANT OF VENICE and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING for Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre. Ms. Glover, the Resident Lighting Designer for Dance Kaleidoscope and for the Phoenix Theatre, has received international acclaim for her lighting with Dance Kaleidoscope, Ballets de San Juan and Workshop Theatre Group. She is also the lighting designer for Time For Three. An adjunct faculty member at University of Indianapolis, teaching lighting design, and a Creative Renewal Fellow, she holds her M.F.A. in Lighting Design from SUNY Purchase.
Guy Clark (Costume Designer) is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. He manages the Indiana Repertory Theatre Costume Shop. During his twenty-one year career in professional theatre, he has created costumes for many original Broadway productions, including The Phantom Of The Opera, Cats, and TheLion King. In 2007, Aretha Franklin commissioned him to design and build a dress for her performance at that year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, and the following year, he created the two gowns she wore to President Obama’s Inaugural Balls. At the IRT he has designed costumes for And Then They Came for Me, An Iliad, The House That Jack Built, God of Carnage, I Love to Eat, Fire in the Garden, and Mary’s Wedding, as well as The Mountaintop.
Nathan Garrison (Stage Manager) is back with HART for his 6th production– he also worked on Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, The Tempest (Stage Manager), & Much Ado About Nothing (Director). He is the Resident Stage Manager at Indiana Repertory Theatre, where he has worked for 19 years.
Jeff Mountjoy (Sound Engineer)
S. Bart Simpson (Props Design) After completing his MFA in Directing at The University of Texas at Austin, Bart returned to Indianapolis and worked with several theatres in the 80s and 90s. He built scenery and props at IRT, travelled to schools across Indiana performing adaptations of Shakespeare with the Indianapolis Shakespeare Theatre Festival's troup WILL POWER. He directed and taught design, creative dramatics and stagecraft at Marian University. Bart also directed plays at the Phoenix Theatre, Theater on the Square and Shakespeare in Garfield Park. For the last fifteen years Bart has designed and built the Haunted House for the Childrens Museum. This year's theme is PIRATE'S REVENGE. Bart can also be seen performing at the Indiana State Fair in his roll with the BLUE MONKEY SIDESHOW. Later this fall Bart will direct a new translation of Plautus' TRUNCULENTUS for Butler University.
Todd Mack Reischman (Sound Designer) This is Todd's 4th show with HART, including In A Dark, Dark House and last Summer's Twelfth Night. Todd is the resident sound designer with Indiana Repertory Theatre, where his sound and original music has been heard in over 60 shows during the past 12 seasons. He also owns and operates LostSound studio and plays in several local bands. Todd is a major supporter of Dollies for Froggies and other Carlin-esque causes. In his spare time he likes to confuse complete strangers with random conversation topics, and point out recycle bins as a diversionary tactic. Todd also placed 19th this year in the 44 year old men's category at the world hula-hoop championships.
B Sutherlin (TD/Set Construction) is a local Carpenter/Artist/Craftsman. In his third year working with HART, he could not be more thrilled to be a part of HART's production of "The Winter's Tale". B also works around the country with various scenic arts companies as well as his own company building sets and scenery for stage, photography and films. As a scenic carpenter B has worked on sets at The Indiana Repertory Theater, The Phoenix Theater, American Cabaret, Theater on the Square and for the last fifteen years has been an intricate part of the design and construction of the Haunted House at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. B has also been a performing member of The Blue Monkey Sideshow since 1999.
Nolan Brokamp (Production Manager)
Kevin Caraher (Sound Assistant) is very pleased to be returning to HART for the third consecutive year, playing the role of the Sound Assistant. Kevin loves to perform Shakespeare as well, and just recently finished a run as The Priest/Gentleman of the Court in First Folio’s production of Hamlet. First Folio also did Henry V at The Studio Theatre in 2013 and Kevin portrayed Bardolph in that production. Other Shakespeare credits include Starveling/Moonshine in the CTS production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Kevin has performed at Theatre On The Square, The Studio Theatre, The Tarkington, and The Indiana Historical Society to name a few. He is most proud of his one man show based on the life of Robert F Kennedy called RFK Remembered. It was performed at The Indiana Historical Society in 2004 and 2012. RFK Remembered also had a run at Marian University in 2007.
LaKisha Cooper (Event Manager & Program Administrator) is joining HART again this year as the Event Manager. After attending HART's Tempest, she knew she wanted to be a part of the team in some capacity. A native Chicagoan, LaKisha has worked on special events in both Chicago and Indianapolis. She is excited to working with HART and building working relationships throughout Indianapolis. She would like to thank Diane Timmerman for this wonderful opportunity.
Janet Hock (Premium Seat Coordinator) is a retired periodontist and biomedical research scientist, who led various research programs in osteoporosis; environmental risks for cancer; community-based research in child nutrition; and clinical trials for stem cells in orthopedics. With her retirement in 2014, Dr Hock pursues her life-long interests and deep commitment to the arts through volunteer work, and advocating for mentoring women and those in poverty. These days, she is studying to become a lyric soprano, trilling 16th century pop songs. She enjoys working with (and watching) HART bring Shakespeare enthusiastically to life in a wonderful outdoor setting each summer.
Caron Morales (House Manager) has always loved Shakespeare being performed outdoors. Because of this love, she joined the HART team as house manager.
Laurel Goetzinger (Craft Services)
Jessica Meister (Assistant to the Artistic Director) is a senior Theatre Studies major at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She co-founded Performing Arts at IUPUI and served as president. She recently co-presented a student playwriting production at IUPUI and directed two of the student written plays. Jessica has had a love of directing, acting, and playwriting since she was a little girl, with some of her favorite productions being: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Ten Commandments, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe, Much Ado About Nothing, and Pride & Prejudice. She was an administrative intern at the Phoenix Theatre last summer and is extremely excited and blessed to be working with HART this summer. She is also thrilled to be participating in the 2016 IndyFringe Theatre Festival. Jessica hopes that you thoroughly enjoy this enchanting and timeless Shakespeare play!
Corbin Fritz (Assistant to the Director) is excited to be working on his second HART production. He graduated from Noblesville High School in 2014 and is now a Junior at Butler University where he studies Theatre. Corbin has served as an Actor, Assistant Stage Manager, Light Designer, Sound Designer, Sound Board Operator and Technical Director for Butler University productions including The Blizzard, Crime and Punishment, #IMPROV #COMEDY, Mad Forest, The Story of Us, and The Water Carriers. He also worked at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre as a stagehand and Noblesville High School as a Technical Director and Light Designer. Corbin would like to thank his friends and loved ones for their continued support.
Nora Chapin-Eppert (Costume/Wardrobe Intern)
Sarah Hunter (Costume/Wardrobe Intern)
Charell Luckey (Marketing Intern) is going into her senior year at Butler University, where she is pursuing a B.A. in Theatre with dual minors in Recording Industry Studies and Digital Media Productions. She got her first acting exposure in South Bend, Indiana, where she performed in an after school children’s group called the Robinson Shakespeare Company. Since coming to Indianapolis, Charell has performed in several Butler Theatre Company shows, such as, Lunar Revolution 2.0, Romeo and Juliet under the direction of Tim Hardy,and her most recent role as Rodica in Mad Forest. She has also been in several independent projects as a Recording Industry Studies student. She is very excited to broaden her understanding of the entertainment industry and media literacy through her work with HART this summer.
Courtney Shelburne (Marketing Intern) is a recent graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where she received her BA in Communication Studies, a Theatre & Performance certificate, and minors in Business and Dance. She is now the Sales Director at the Phoenix Theatre and Co-Director/Choreographer with Zionsville Middle School's drama club. She has long been infatuated with the world of theatre and other arts disciplines from both an artistic and management perspective and is thankful for opportunities - like this one - that allow her to engage and create with other like-minded people.
Sara Frey (Stage Management Intern)is a junior at Purdue University majoring in Theatre Design and Production with a minor in French. She is very excited to begin her first internship with HART. She has worked many shows at North Central High School while in attendance, and has worked with Purdue Theatre on As You Like It as Assistant Stage Manager, and as Stage Manager for the workshop Baltimore and Purdue Spring Dance Show. Other credits with Purdue include Betty’s Diner (PA), The Liar (Costume Assistant), and the workshop The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (ASM). Sara would like to thank her family for supporting her throughout high school and college, Michael Lamirand, and Diane Timmerman for introducing her to the program.
Abigail Tomlin (Stage Management Intern) is a Junior at Ball State University. She is majoring in Theater with a concentration in Stage Management. While at BSU she has been a Production Assistant on As You Like It and the Stage Manager for The New Play Initiative entitled Friends in High Places. She recently returned from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she was the Stage Manager for Cedar Rapids Opera Theater's production of South Pacific.
Zachary Alexander (Production Intern)is the Community Relations and Events Manager at CHIP – Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University where he received his B.A. in Theatre, Creative Writing, and Spanish. Indianapolis theatre projects include interning for HART’s 2015 production of Twelfth Night and projects at VU include serving as the house manager and stagehand for Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice; adapting, artistically designing, and directing The Woman With the Flower in Her Mouth (a contemporization of Luigi Pirandello’s The Man With the Flower in His Mouth); and performing the role of Clitander in David Ives’ The School for Lies. He enjoys drinking coffee and talking about philosophy equally as he does drinking wine and watching Lifetime movies at home. He would like to thank his family and friends for their support, as well as Diane Timmerman him the opportunity to work with HART.
Rachel Kerkes (Production Intern)