Megan Cole created the role of Vivian Bearing in the first production of Wit in 1995 at South Coast Repertory, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics' Circle Award. She has performed numerous times in Seattle at the Intiman Theatre, Seattle Rep, and ACT, as well as many other theaters across the country. Her television credits include "Seinfeld," "ER," "Star Trek," "The Practice," and "Judging Amy," among others. She also performs her solo version of Wit and gives public talks on the human face of medicine for healthcare and end-of-life care venues nationwide (www.megancole.net).
Ms. Bouchard was last seen at Seattle Rep in By the Waters of Babylon. In 2009 she was nominated by the Rep and then chosen by the Ten Chimneys Foundation to receive a Lunt Fontanne Fellowship in its inaugural year, working with Lynn Redgrave and nine extraordinary regional actors. She recently worked with Daniel Sullivan on Alan Alda's new play about Marie Curie, Radiance. And last February, she and two colleagues produced Harold Pinter�s A Kind of Alaska and Ashes to Ashes.
Alexandra Tavares is excited to be here at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Some productions she has appeared in are Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth), The Clean House (Mathilde), Italian-American Reconciliation (Janice) at Actors Theatre of Louisville; the world premiere of the new Jane Martin play, Somebody/Nobody at Arizona Theatre Company; Lenka in Rock n' Roll at ACT; Ellie in Heartbreak House and Irina in Three Sisters at Intiman Theatre; Medea in Jason and the Golden Fleece at Seattle Children�s Theatre, along with several productions at Seattle Shakespeare Company, Strawberry Workshop Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Washington Ensemble Theatre. She has an MFA in acting from University of Washington.
Nick Garrison played the titular role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Re-bar in 2000 and 2004, a role he went on to play in San Francisco, the U.K., and Chicago (Joseph Jefferson Best Actor award). He's also been seen at Seattle Rep in boom, Twelfe Night and The Beard Of Avon; at Intiman in Loot; at The 5th Avenue in The Rocky Horror Show and Cabaret; at The Empty Space in Valley of the Dolls, Vera Wilde, Project X, and (L)Imitations Of Life; and at Strawberry Theatre Workshop in The Laramie Project. At Re-bar he has been seen in his own Randee Sparks: Semi-Precious and What You Sing Might Save You, as well as in Dirty Little Showtunes, Deflowered in the Attic, The Misanthrope, and countless Brown Derby parodies. He appeared in New York in Mae West's Sex and at the Humana Festival in Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls and Life Under 30. Film and TV: Creatures from the Pink Lagoon, �Deadline,� and �Strangers with Candy.�
Recent local credits include Female of the Species, Eurydice, and The Clean House at ACT; Bluenose and The 100 Dresses at Seattle Children�s Theatre; Memory House and Bad Dates at Seattle Rep; Orange Flower Water at New Century Theatre Company; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the 5th Avenue Theatre; and Little Women at Book-It Repertory Theatre. At the Empty Space Theatre, Allison directed the world premieres of Bust by Lauren Weedman, Vera Wilde by Chris Jeffries, 1984 adapted from George Orwell�s novel by Allison Narver and Wayne Rawley, G-D Doesn�t Pay Rent Here (25 Questions for a Jewish Mother) by Judy Gold and Kate Moira Ryan, Texarkana Waltz by Louis Broome, and Valley of The Dolls. Regionally, Allison�s work has been seen at Pittsburgh City Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Alice B. Theater, Boise Contemporary Theatre, Circle X Theater, Redcat, Portland Center Stage, Annex Theatre and The Yale Repertory Theatre. In New York her work has been seen at The Kirk Theatre, The Public Theater, The New Victory Theater, Ars Nova, and The Women�s Project. Allison is the former Artistic Director of The Empty Space Theatre, Annex Theatre, and The Yale Cabaret. Recent projects include Villains by Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen for Disney Creative. Allison has an MFA in directing from The Yale School of Drama.
Matthew Smucker is pleased to return to Seattle Rep where his previous designs include Speech & Debate, Memory House, and Living Out. Other collaborations with Ms. Narver include Orange Flower Water (NCTC), Eurydice (ACT), The Clean House (ACT), and G-d Doesn�t Pay Rent Here (Empty Space). Smucker�s work has appeared locally at the 5th Avenue Theatre (Candide), ACT (Rock�n�Roll, Trip to Bountiful, and Yankee Tavern, among others), Intiman Theatre, New Century Theatre Company, Seattle Children�s Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, The Empty Space, The Village Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, and Youth Theatre Northwest, and nationally at Arizona Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, San Jose Rep, Kansas City Rep, and Childsplay Theatre. Smucker was a founding ensemble member of Deus X Machina and a long-time company member and resident designer with Annex Theatre. He received his MFA from the University of Washington School of Drama.
Melanie Taylor Burgess
Melanie is delighted be return to Seattle Rep and join forces with Allison Narver (Bad Dates). Based in Seattle, she has designed costumes for ACT, Intiman Theatre, The 5th Avenue, Seattle Opera, The Empty Space, The Village Theatre, Tacoma Actor�s Guild, Seattle Shakespeare Company, New Century Theatre Company, and she has proudly designed for Cincinnati Playhouse, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Honolulu Theatre for Youth and Hawaii Opera. Melanie received her MFA from the University of Washington and is adjunct faculty for Cornish College of The Arts.
Allen Hahn has designed productions at City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass, and the Spoleto USA Festival, and internationally for opera companies and festivals in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, and the UK. He has designed world premiere operas at Juilliard and at the Royal Danish Opera. Regional theatre highlights include several productions in his hometown with Pittsburgh Public Theatre and City Theatre. His designs for several productions were selected for exhibition in the 2007 Prague Quadrennial. He is Lighting Design Curator for the upcoming 2011 Quadrennial. Allen has worked with the performance company The Builders Association since its inception in 1994. He has also worked with artist Tony Oursler on installations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and ARoS Kunstmuseum in Denmark.
Paul James Prendergast
Sound Designer and Composer
Other Theaters: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Hartford Stage, Great Lakes Theater Festival, East West Players, Florida Stage, Geffen Playhouse, Atlantic Theater Co., Long Wharf Theatre, Cal Shakes, The Kennedy Center, Alley Theater, Honolulu Theater for Youth, Imagination Stage, Actors Gang, Cornerstone Theater Company. Theme parks: Universal Studios and Knott's Berry Farm. Casinos: Treasure Island, MGM Grand, and Buffalo Bill's.
Museums: J. Paul Getty, Geffen Contemporary, and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Dance: Diavolo Dance Theater, Momix, Parsons Dance Co., Ballet Florida, Demetrius Klein, Teatro du El, and Xing Peds. Paul's work as a singer/songwriter has appeared in films, on recordings, and in music venues nationwide.