Cast

Alexandra Utpadel
(White Rabbit)

Alexandra (Ixy) Utpadel is thrilled to play in Curiouser and Curiouser Too! Previous credits include: Sue in Carrie: the Musical (Brelby); Glinda in The Wizard of Oz (TheaterWorks); Sally in You’re a Good Man... (Ghostlight)and Player in Postcards from the Apocalypse (Brelby, ariZoni nomination). “Most everyone’s mad here… Have fun!”

Ashley Fredricksen (White Rabbit)

Ashley Fredricksen is thrilled to be hopping down the rabbit hole for a second time! Previous productions include Puffs (Cedric, Mr. Voldy), The Yellow Boat (Doctor, Teacher), and Legally Blonde (Leilani). Ashley is so grateful to be performing again in Wonderland, and she wants to thank Chris Hamby for putting his trust in her once again. As always, much love to George Boutell.

Chloe Blinn (White Rabbit)

Chloe Blinn is delighted to be tumbling back down the rabbit hole. Previous TW credits: Curiouser and Curiouser, Anything Goes, Spamalot, A Funny Thing…, Joseph…Dreamcoat, and The Little Mermaid. Special thanks to everyone who made this experience possible and for continuing to make safe theater possible in today’s world. Love to her family, friends, and Jack. 

Clara Bentz (White Rabbit)

Clara Bentz is a TheaterWorks regular who is excited to have been a part of this project since it’s inception. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College in 2017, where she trained with guest artists from the devised theatre companies the Blessed Unrest and Synetic Theater. Times are changing, but the good news is our art can too. Thanks for joining us down the rabbit hole and support your local arts community!

Jennie Rhiner (White Rabbit)

Jennie Rhiner is super excited to be guiding Alice on another wild adventure! Previous credits: A Curiouser Nutcracker (White Rabbit), The Truth About Santa (BLK BOX PHX), Friday the 13th: The Parody Musical (All Puppets Players). As always, much love to her family and friends. See you in Wonderland!

Kaitlyn Johnson (White Rabbit)

Kaitlyn is thrilled and honored to be making her Theater Works debut as one of the White Rabbits. She earned her BA in Theatre and Drama with Grand Canyon University where she focused on acting, directing, and stage management. She’d like to thank her family, friends, and fiancé for the constant support and love. She’d also like to express gratitude to the cast, crew, and production staff of Curiouser & Curiouser Too, for without them, Wonderland would cease to exist. And to all who tumble down the rabbit hole, good luck and don’t let it in!

Brandon Brown (Mad Hatter)

Brandon is thrilled to be joining the Curiouser and Curiouser family this time around! He just recently graduated from Grand Canyon University with a degree in Theatre and Drama. Brandon has performed all over the valley in various productions, but some of his favorites include Crutchie in Newsies (PTC), Sondheim on Sondheim (PTC), Gideon in Seven Brides from or Seven Brothers (HCT), and Baby John in West Side Story (HCT). Brandon would like to thank Chris for letting him be a part of the madness and encouraging him along every step of the way.

Christine Ward
(Mad Hatter)

Christine Ward is thrilled to be involved in Curiouser and Curiouser. She studied acting at Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre and Grand Canyon University, earning her B. A. in Theatre and Drama. Her past credits include: The Crucible (Mary Warren), Major Barbara (Barbara), Tartuffe (Dorine), Who Will Carry the Word (Denise). Special thanks to her friends and family for their constant love and support.

Meija Eller (March Hare)

Meija's been performing since the womb. Literally, her first time on stage was as a baby bump. Whether performing in shows such as The 25th Annual P.C.S.B (Marcy Park) or directing youth theater, she's been inseparable from theater ever since. She thanks her family and friends for their unshakeable support.

Paul Pedersen
(March Hare)

Paul is so excited to be returning for "Curiouser & Curiouser Too", as both the Choreographer and the March Hare. His love of theatre and dance started at a very young age and has continued to grow ever since.  As a performer, Paul has been fortunate to appear on many valley stages. Some of his favorite roles include Craig in "The Normal Heart" (Stray Cat), Paul in "Company" (DFT), Bob Cratchit in "A Christmas Carol" (TheaterWorks), and Sir Lancelot in "Spamalot" (FHT) for which he received an ariZoni nomination for Actor in a Major Role.  His work as a Choreographer has also appeared in productions such as "All Shook Up" (DFT), "The Full Monty" (MET), "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" both at TheaterWorks and both earning ariZoni award wins for Choreography. Finally, Paul would like to thank Chris, Cate, the entire cast, and crew of this production for stepping outside of the box and literally creating a Wonderland for artists and audience members to escape reality by stepping into a world of creativity, play, and inspiration. "We're all mad here." -Cheshire Cat

Christina McSheffrey
(Card Guard)

Christina is excited to be joining the cast of Curiouser and Curiouser Too! After performing in A Curiouser Nutcracker, she couldn’t wait to get started on this production. She is also a Southwest Shakespeare Core Company member, where some past credits include Macbeth, Richard II, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and although she was thankful to be doing virtual plays on Zoom, she is stoked to be doing live theatre once again!

Dylan Rinehart
(Card Guard)

Dylan is excited to finally be back to the theater and to perform with his amazing castmates. He has been in many productions at TheaterWorks, including Centipede in James and the Giant Peach and Fred/Young Ebenezer in 2019 A Christmas Carol. He thanks Chris and the production team for an amazing show.

Griffin LeBlanc
(Card Guard)

Griffin LeBlanc is a recent ASU graduate with a BM in Music Theatre Performance. Most recently he has been seen in ASU’s production of It’s Only Life as Gavin. He wants to thank his friends and family for supporting and pushing him to be the performer he is today.

Seth Tutnick (Card Guard)

Seth Tutnick is very excited to be returning to TheaterWorks! His favorite moments on stage have been as Prince Herbert in Spamalot and Valjean in Les Misérables and. Seth is pursuing a Master’s in secondary education from ASU and plans to teach high school theatre.

Corielle James (Humpty Dumpty)

Corielle is delighted to return to TheaterWorks to be a part of this unique theater experience. Previously, she was seen as Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Rose/the Charwoman in A Christmas Carol, and puppeteer in Secrets of the Rainforest.

Emily Sheppard (Caterpillar)

Emily Sheppard is ecstatic to be returning to TheaterWorks as the Caterpillar.  She recently graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Drama from GCU.  Her previous credits include The Drowsy Chaperone, Godspell, A Year With Frog and Toad, and Peter and the Starcatcher.  If she’s not deafening her two pugs with operatic melodies, you can find Emily at the nearest TacoBell.” 

Savannah Alfred (Caterpillar)

Savannah is ecstatic to return to the stage. Pre-pandemic she was on her first National tour, The Snowy Day, with Childsplay. Previously she was in the Ensemble of Kinky Boots  at The Phoenix Theatre Company. To see her next projects follow her on Instagram (@sassysavy91). All love to her family!

Bill Dyer (Tweedle Dee)

Bill is excited and super grateful to be performing with TheaterWorks for the first time ever! He is the Director and a writer/performer at The SIC Sense Sketch Comedy Troupe – celebrating 12 years this year with NO SHOWS (thanks, 2020) – and is the Music Director for Constellation Cabaret (also temporarily on hold, see: 2020). The chance to perform during this time is a very special one, especially as a part of this particular show. Thank YOU for supporting local theatre!

Shelly Trujillo
(Tweedle Dee)

Shelly R. Trujillo is thrilled to return to Wonderland as Tweedle Dee. She spent the last 2 years in Milwaukee, WI (yes, it’s cold there). While in MKE, she was fortunate to be a founding member of Harmondo!, a Musical Improv house team with Ampersand Theatre. Locally, she served as the Artistic Director of Constellation Cabaret, and has also been seen on the stages of Stray Cat Theatre, Mesa Encore Theatre, and The Sic Sense Sketch Comedy Troupe. Most recently, she had the honor of directing Body Politics with Space 55 Theater. Some of her favorite roles include: Lady Rowena (Once Upon a Mattress – TheaterWorks), and Eulalie Shinn (Music Man – Mesa Encore Theatre). Penny, this one is for you.

BJ Garrett
(Tweedle Dum)

BJ Garrett has been piddling aimlessly around various Arizona performance venues for almost 25 years, but Tweedledumming at TheaterWorks is one of his very favorite piddles. He is a 3-time ariZoni nominee, a partner at local film collective Synthetic Human Pictures, and the Artistic Director of Space 55.

Louis Farber
(Tweedle Dum)

Louis Farber is delighted to be making his Theatre Works debut. Louis is the Associate Artistic Director for Stray Cat Theatre and has performed and directed all over the Valley. Headshot by Reg Madison Photography.

Angel Lopez
(Old Sheep/Narrator)

Angel Lopez is a local creative whose previous performances include Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol and Reverend John Hale in The Crucible (TheaterWorks). He is happy to return as the Sheep from that really strange dream you had that one time.

Matthew R. Harris
(Old Sheep)

Matthew R. Harris is so excited and honored to be returning to this amazing project and to work so many talented friends and individuals. Credits: Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls), Fred Taylor (John Loves Mary), The Duke (Big River), Pseudolus (Forum), Edna Turnblad (Hairspray), and Max (The Producers). To Chris, cast and crew: "Thank you for your Art." To Mom, family/friends: "I love you all!" To Dad "This one's for you, I miss you!"

Lauren Hardcastle
(Queen of Hearts)

Lauren Hardcastle feels very fortunate to be involved in another Curiouser production. Trained at LAMDA in the UK, some of her noted roles across DC and AZ are Emcee in Cabaret, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Mayella Ewell in To Kill A Mockingbird. Thanks to Chris Hamby, Paul Pedersen, Ashley Gennaro, and all involved. Special thanks to Ruth with Leighton Agency for always supporting Commercial/VO actors to work in live theater, and to family and friends for always supporting.

Cassie Chilton
(Queen of Hearts)

Theater Works Debut. Credits: Once, Ring of Fire, Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening (The Phoenix Theatre Company), Toxic Avenger (Zoni Award Winner), Silence! The Musical, Lizzie, and Murder Ballad. Cassie is 1/2 of folk duo Cass & Crossland, with original music streaming on all platforms now. Follow @cassandcrossland. Much gratitude! 

Emily Mohney
(Queen of Hearts)

Emily Mohney has been appearing locally for the past several years in theaters across the valley, including Stray Cat Theatre, Black Theater Troupe, Southwest Shakespeare Company, TheaterWorks, The Arizona Centennial Foundation, Phoenix Theater, Blk Box PHX, and Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival. Love and gratitude to her incredibly supportive family.

Devon Mahon
(Knave)

Devon is an actor and academic advisor in the valley. He graduated from NAU with his BS in Theatre and a minor in Electronic Media and Film. Recent credits include: John Brooke in Meg Jo Beth Amy & Louisa (Tier5/Southwest Shakes), Luis in American Psycho (Stray Cat), and White Dude in Toxic Avenger (MET).

Sky Ponmai
(Knave/Voice of Cheshire Cat)

Sky is 25 and has been performing for as long as he can remember. In addition to acting, he works professionally as a voice actor, audio engineer, and singer. Sky is honored to return to Wonderland a third time. 

Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok: @SkyPonmai

Email contact: SkyPonmai@gmail.com

Resume Link: Backstage.com/SkyPonmai

Creative

Chris Hamby (Production Director/Deviser)

Chris Hamby (Director/Artistic Director) is an award-winning director and was formerly the Education Director for TheaterWorks. Chris has worked with many valley theater companies throughout the years including North Valley Playhouse, Greasepaint, and East Valley Children’s Theatre. He also was a teaching artist for Phoenix Theatre for 10 years where his residencies included work with the Kennilworth Elementary School, the Girl Scouts of America and as a full time teacher for the Franklin Arts Academy. In 1999 he co-founded the Vagabond Youth Theatre and received permission to adapt Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are into a stage musical for the company. In 2003 he served as an education intern with the world famous, Seattle Children’s Theatre. Most recently Chris has directed A Christmas Carol, The Crucible, and Beauty and the Beast. He was also director and concept originator for the completely sold out run of Curiouser & Curiouser. In 2015, Chris participated in the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s ANIMOTION: Puppetry Intensive Training Program in addition to completing the American Express Leadership Academy’s Nonprofit Leadership Management program. He was recently honored with an outstanding service award by the Arizona Thespians for his work for high school theatre students. Chris has over 40 ariZoni nominations for his theatre work and has received 8 ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence for Directing.  Additional ariZoni awards include Best Original Script, Twilight’s Quest (2006), Hair & Make-up Design Twilight’s Quest (2006), and Sound Design for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2011). He also received an ANNIE Award from Desert Foothills Theatre for Directing Hairspray (2015).  His additional accolades include recognition by azcentral’s "Who’s Next" as an outstanding young arts influencer in Arizona in 2017. Chris was just honored with the 2020 Governor's Arts Award in the Artist category. "Thank you for supporting TheaterWorks and helping keep arts alive in our community.”  

Ashley Gennaro (Production Stage Manager)

Ashley Gennaro is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a BA in Theatre and Drama and a personal focus in Stage Management. She is honored to be working with TheaterWorks as both a Stage Manager and as the Event Coordinator. Her TheaterWorks credits include FrankensteinDr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeThe Marvelous WonderettesThe Wizard of OzThe Crucible, and Anything Goes. She also was the Production Stage Manager and part of the devising team for the original Curiouser and Curiouser and A Curiouser Nutcracker. Ashley is thankful for the opportunity to work this unique project, creating (and organizing/scheduling every moment) alongside some of her favorite actors and production members. She would like to thank her family, her friends, and her mentors for all of their support, as well as God for guiding every step she takes. "Thank you for supporting TheaterWorks and for allowing us to call 'Places' again!"

Courtney Stevens
(Stage Manager)

Courtney Stevens (Stage Manager) is a graduate of the Stage Management program at the UofA (2015) and recipient of the 2017-18 Excellence in Stage Management AriZoni Award. Courtney has stage managed over 25 productions at Theater Works; favorite credits include The Secret GardenLes Miserables: School Edition, A Chorus Line, Joseph...Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol (2017, 2018, 2019), A Funny Thing Happened..., Beauty and the Beast, and Spamalot. She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support of her following her passion.

Andrea Small
(Stage Manager)

Andrea Small is a librarian by day and a stage manager by night. Favorite credits include Man of La Mancha and Follies (Theater Works), Das Rheingold (Arizona Opera), Festival of American New Theatre (The Phoenix Theatre Company), and The Wild Party (A/C Theatre Company). Andrea earned her B.A. in Media Arts and English from the University of Arizona, and her MLIS from San José State University. She loves all aspects of theatre and working in production.

Kyle Olson
(Playwright)

Kyle Olson is taking his third trip to Wonderland, having collaborated with the cast and crew on the script for the first C&C, written the script for Curiouser Nutcracker, and now had the pleasure of unleashing the madness in Curiouser & Curiouser Too. He has previously worked with TheaterWorks on their adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, for which he won an ariZoni award for his original script. He is the creator of The Swashbuckling Ladies Debate Society podcast, which is available for free online. He still has a lot to learn. 

Paul Pedersen (Choreographer)

Paul is so excited to be returning for "Curiouser & Curiouser Too", as both the Choreographer and the March Hare. His love of theatre and dance started at a very young age and has continued to grow ever since.  As a performer, Paul has been fortunate to appear on many valley stages. Some of his favorite roles include Craig in "The Normal Heart" (Stray Cat), Paul in "Company" (DFT), Bob Cratchit in "A Christmas Carol" (TheaterWorks), and Sir Lancelot in "Spamalot" (FHT) for which he received an ariZoni nomination for Actor in a Major Role.  His work as a Choreographer has also appeared in productions such as "All Shook Up" (DFT), "The Full Monty" (MET), "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" both at TheaterWorks and both earning ariZoni award wins for Choreography. Finally, Paul would like to thank Chris, Cate, the entire cast, and crew of this production for stepping outside of the box and literally creating a Wonderland for artists and audience members to escape reality by stepping into a world of creativity, play, and inspiration. "We're all mad here." -Cheshire Cat

Ken Goodenberger
(Music Director)

Ken Goodenberger was most recently the musical director of Winnie the Pooh at TW. He has won and been nominated for numerous ariZonis and NYAs for his previous shows: including The Secret Garden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Cabaret, Avenue Q, Beauty and the Beast and many more. Ken is the MD of the Theater Works Kids Alive! troupe, the Director of Music at SHUMC, and the Artistic Director of West Valley Chorale and Showcase Concerts. He is also well known as a singer and an actor in both Musical Theatre and Opera circles. He maintains a private voice studio and lives in Glendale with wife Brenda and their large family: “The Plethora”.

Elizabeth Peterson (Costume Designer)

Elizabeth Peterson is an award-winning theater artist who seamlessly navigates between professional designer, teaching artist, and performer. She is a versatile costume designer who works not only for stage theater, but also  immersive theater, dance, and film. As a performer herself, Elizabeth's work in costume design focuses primarily on the actor. She believes that costumes are an extension of character and a means for communication of ideas and emotion. For Elizabeth, it is crucial that the actor feel powerful and comfortable when enveloped in the design. Many of her designs are inspired by sustainability, and whenever possible she creates her costumes from vintage and previously utilized textiles. Elizabeth enjoys creating interactive and transformative costumes that can become a performance in themselves. Her designs have graced numerous venues including the Historic Balboa Theatre in San Diego, the Ice House in Downtown Phoenix, and recently can be remembered at Theater Works in the production of Wizard of Oz where her costumes became a quick audience favorite. 

Elizabeth studied both design and performance at Arizona State University, where she received a BFA in theater as well as a minor in Design. She began work toward a graduate level degree in Arts Entrepreneurship and looks forward to ultimately completing her MFA. As a teaching artist, Elizabeth has worked as the director of theater arts at multiple schools and previously as the resident costume designer for Scottsdale Community College. Currently, Elizabeth works as the performing arts instructor at Saint Jerome's School in Phoenix. 

Elizabeth considers Theater Works to be her home away from home and she is thrilled to be collaborating on such a unique and innovative immersive theater experience as Curiouser & Curiouser.

Terre Steed
(Hair and Makeup Designer)

While this is his FIRST gig with TheaterWorks, Terre has been a make up and hair designer, as well as an actor and music director in the Phoenix theater community for the last 20+ years. He has worked for companies such as the Phoenix Theater Company, Nearly Naked Theatre, Stray Cat Theater, Southwest Shakespeare Theatre, and Actors Theater. Credits include: Hedwig and the angry inch, The Rocky horror show, RENT, Americano, little shop of horrors, Cookin’s a Drag, Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Thank you to Chris for this wonderful opportunity, let’s do it again!!! All my Love to M&M, K&G, C&R and the ComicCoven. 

DeAndrea Vaughn (Mask Designer)

DeAndrea Vaughn is a Zoni Award-winning make up artist that has been working with Theater Works for 6 years.

She is a self taught artist whose talents include theater make up, mold making, mask making, and sculpture. She has also lent her talents to movie sets, music videos, fashion shoots, and runway shows. Although she likes to work behind the scenes, her hard work and attention to detail are present on each actor she works with, allowing every character to come to life on stage. 

Digger Feeney
(Scenic Designer/Technical Director)

Heather received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and taught Production in Theater at DeSales University for eleven years.  She was an Assistant Technical Director at the Utah Shakespearean Festival at the Adams Theater and the lead welder and rigger for eight years at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival for their musicals.  She moved to Arizona two years ago from Pennsylvania with her family and has greatly enjoyed the sunshine!  She is eternally grateful for her family's support during this enormous undertaking, and especially wishes to thank Bill and Greyson for their unfaltering patience and encouragement.

Jenny Abeyta
(Props Designer)

Jenny Abeyta is a studio artist who received her BA in Fine Arts from NMSU, where she specialized in installation art and sculpture. She has put those skills to use at TheaterWorks as a property designer since 2012. Some of her favorite shows include, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Spamalot, and James and the Giant Peach. She is very excited and thankful to be part of the design team for Curiouser and Curiouser, where she can lose herself in the world of installation art for an expansive project that crawls into every corner of the theater. She couldn’t ask for a better team of amazing people to work with! She would like to give a special thanks to her father, Mike Abeyta, for providing his own artistic expertise along the way. Thanks, Dad, and sorry about the small fires I started in the laser cutter.

Jeff A. Davis
(Lighting Designer)

Jeff A. Davis has been active in the live entertainment industry for 13 years designing lighting and programming shows all over the world, including the World Fair in Yeosu, Korea. Some local companies include: Hale Centre Theatre, Studio 3 Performing Arts, Nearly Naked Theatre, Stray Cat Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Black Theatre Troupe, and Celebrity Dance Competitions. Additionally he has worked on the national touring productions of Footloose (2008-09), The Wedding Singer (2009-10), All Shook Up (2010-11), and BLaST! (2011-2012) where he served as Head Electrician and Moving Light Programmer. Jeff is represented by DAVIS, an Arizona Design & Consultation company founded by Jeff himself. www.davis-e.com.

Bobby Sample
(Media Designer)

Bobby Sample (Projection & Animation Designs) has contributed direction, writing, scenic design, props, masks, puppets, animation, video, poster art, web programming, and some catchy tunes to various theatres in the Valley since 2007, garnering 14 ariZoni Awards of Theatre Excellence and six National Youth Arts Awards. For Theater Works' last season, Bobby designed the set and projections for The Wizard of Oz, and projections for A Christmas Carol. Earlier this year, he directed Dogfight at Spotlight Youth Theatre, where he also designs the sets and projections for most of the shows, designs and maintains the theatre web site, and serves on the board of directors. He thanks Chris, Ryan, Ashley, and all of the great design team at Theater Works for letting him in on this brilliant show concept. 

Andrea Detwiler (Puppet Designer, Fabricator)

Andrea is happy to be working with TheaterWorks. She has been a puppet builder and puppet technician for over 25 years. She has spent most of her career working for the Jim Henson Company. She has worked on a variety of TV shows including Sesame Streetthe muppets, Bear in the Big Blue House, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and Helpsters. Her film credits include The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, and The Happytime Murders. She has worked on theater productions including Broadway’s Avenue Q and has toured with Walking With Dinosaurs and How to Train Your Dragon (The Arena Spectacular). She is a four time recipient of the NATAS Daytime Emmy for Costume Design and Styling on a Daytime Series for her work on Sesame Street.

Stephen Christensen (Sound Designer)

Stephen Christensen is a sound designer and engineer, focused on the rigorous investigation of sound design and emerging technologies in contemporary performance.
To learn more about his work, please visit www.StephenChristensen.xyz
In Phoenix, he has designed with Childsplay, TheaterWorks, Orange Theater, St. Bird Labs, Great Arizona Puppet Theater, Arizona State University, and others. He has also produced work at the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) and HERE Arts Center summer residency on Governor’s Island in New York.
He founded Orange Theatre with Matthew Watkins in 2010 and served as its technical director and resident sound designer until 2018. His work with the company includes hair and fingernails, <solaris>, YOU YOU SHOULDN’T COME BACK, Blood Wedding, ELEKTRANOSTOP, Ida, and Herakles. Orange’s productions have been included in The Phoenix New Times’ “10 Best Plays”, and the company won a Phoenix New Times “Big Brain” award, as well as two Arizona Commission of the Arts: Arizona Art Tank awards. Stephen and other former members of Orange Theatre are currently in the process of co-creating an original piece with New York-based experimental music collective thingNY.
Most recently, he produced, sound designed, and mixed the podcast Mission: Interplanetary in partnership with SLATE. Check it out wherever you get podcasts.
He is currently working as the Sound and Media Supervisor for the School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University, where he also mentors aspiring sound designers and systems engineers.
Big thank you to Chris Hamby and TheaterWorks for inviting me to design on this ambitious project, as well as my family and friends for all your love and support.

Shane Waltz
(Technician)

Shane Waltz is currently almost a senior at Horizon High School and is studying Theatre Production and Advanced Drama. He has a primary focus on Lighting Design and Stage Management. His previous TheaterWorks credits include the previous installments of Curiouser & Curiouser, A Christmas Carol, and Charlotte's Web. Two of his note-worthy school credits include Cash on Delivery!, and Broadway Under the Stars 2021. Shane is thrilled to be chosen to work on Curiouser & Curiouser Too again. He would like to thank his family, friends, teachers, and fellow Curiouser crew for motivating him and inspiring him to do what he loves to do. 

Joanna Emmott
(Master Electrician)

Currently working as Master Electrician for the Arizona Opera. Has also worked as a lighting tech and master electrician for Herberger Theater Center, Theater Works, Phoenix Theater, Gammage, Childsplay, Arizona Theater Company, Davis Entertainment, Ballet Arizona, Arizona Ballet Academy, and Arizona Broadway Theater. Recent lighting design credits include A Christmas Carol and El ZÓCALO Festival with Childsplay, Gutenberg the Musical! With A/C Theater Company and Top Girls and Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play at Mesa Community College. JoannaEmmott.com

Daniel Nishimura
(Media Assistant)

Pressing buttons and making sounds since 1994.

Dori Brown
(Scenic Painter)

Dori Brown is honored to be working with TheaterWorks as scenic artist on Curiouser & Curiouser. As a designer and artist, she truly believes in the power of collaboration and was excited to get to opportunity to work with such great artisans in the creation of this unique production. Her recent work includes designing scenery and scenic artist for James & the Giant Peach, Charlotte’s Web, Christmas Carol, and Beauty and the Beast and along with scenic design only for Little Prince and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde with Theater Works; designing scenery and scenic artist for Edward Tulane, Tuck Everlasting and Freaky Friday with VYT; designing scenery and scenic artist for Suessical the Musical Jr and Frozen Jr. with EVCT.  An extra special thanks to her husband and children for their continued love and support.

Garrett Unterreiner
(Sound Assistant)

His most recent sound design work was done for Teatro Bravo and Borderlands Theater production of Antigone at the Border. This is his first production with TheaterWorks.

Josiah Duka
(Graphic Designer)

Josiah has created the visual marketing/design and shot the promo photography for the past few seasons at TheaterWorks. He is excited to be working on Curiouser & Curiouser Too and getting to help brand such a unique theatrical experience. 

View his latest work at josiahdukadesign.com

Phil Wilson
(Video Content Designer)

When he is not busy winning “Best Short” at the Peoria Film Festival or being nominated for yet another Arizoni for ’video elements’ for a Chris Hamby vision, Phil Wilson is the lead Film Prof and Program Director at Huntington University’s Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts. He enjoys flying dollar store kites, writing/producing sketch comedy, engaging in ‘what if’ sessions with his students, and random trips to San Diego with his wife and 3 punks. He is so so proud of Chris and crew for this highly inventive and incredibly necessary production (!!)- and is thrilled to be a small part of it! Viva la TheaterWorks! 

Kristy Velesko
(Artistic Collaborator)

Kristy Velesko is the owner and operator of Kristy Velesko Photography based in Peoria, AZ. She started her business in 2014 and specializes in digital fine art. With the encouragement and support of her family, photography clients, and community she has been focusing her art career on cultivating her style and visual storytelling to bring you immersive images that transport you to somewhere you have not been before. She hopes her art makes you feel, dream, and yearn to explore. Throughout her life she has taken the path less traveled and takes the same approach to her art she creates, always trying to find a new and different way to look at things. You can see more of her work in person at Iron Key Studios or by visit her website at www.kristyveleskophotography.com

Kathi Miller
(Artistic Collaborator)

Shelby Maticic
(Artistic Collaborator)