CONNOR GALLAGHER (Director and Co-Choreographer) Broadway: Beetlejuice. Other: The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre Company, Astaire Award); Beauty and the Beast (Disney Dream, Brass Ring Award); Found (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Elf (Kennedy Center); The Twelve (Denver Center); Tangled (Disney Magic, world premiere); and productions at The Public Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, ACT Theatre, Two River, Westport, Goodspeed. BFA: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2021 Young Alumni Award). Spent a year on Broadway as a dancing rug. Next up: Walter Paisley in LA. connorgallagher.com @connorga
JAY JACKSON “LAGANJA ESTRANJA” (Co-Choreographer) is a world-renowned drag artist, TV personality, choreographer, musician, cannabis advocate, and LGBTQ+ icon. A U.S. Presidential Scholar in The Arts, Jackson earned a BFA in dance from the California Institute of the Arts. Jackson is most known for her television appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race, So You Think You Can Dance, Bong Appetit, and Chopped 420. To date, Jackson’s performed in 15 countries spanning five continents. www.laganjaestranja.com
ELISA MONEY, they/she/he (Music Director) is a musical Swiss army knife from Vancouver, Canada. Previous Village Theatre credits: Hart Island, Hansel & Gretl & Heidi & Günter. They recently orchestrated, music directed, and performed in Revenge Song at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and have contributed their talents to The 5th Avenue Theatre, The Arsht Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, and many others across North America. Their recorded music is available on all streaming platforms. elisamoney.com @elisamoneymusic
JASON SHERWOOD, he/him (Scenic Designer) is the recipient of two Emmy Awards for his designs of the 2020 Oscars and Rent: Live. Credits include tours for Sam Smith, Spice Girls, the People’s Choice Awards, performances on the Grammy Awards, SNL, The Late Late Show, Ellen, and more. Creative direction work includes the Pride Arch for World Pride, Sara Bareilles tour, Saks 5th Avenue windows, activations for Pandora, Yahoo, and the NY Mayor’s Office.
JEREMY HOLLIS, he/him (Assistant Scenic Designer) is excited to be back at Village Theatre. Recent designs include Patrimony (Red Rover Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cortland Repertory Theatre), and the premiere of The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier (Permoveo Productions). He is a recent transplant to Seattle by way of Chicago. jeremyhollisdesign.com
CHELSEA COOK, she/her (Costume Designer) is a freelance costume designer, educator, and business owner. Her work has been seen at Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Opera, Village Theatre, Kentucky Opera, George Street Playhouse, ArtsEmerson, and more. Prior Village Theatre credits include Pump Boys and Dinettes and Trails. Select favorite designs include Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Second Stage Theatre); O+E (Seattle Opera); She’s Come Undone (Gregory Award Nomination, Book-It Repertory Theatre); Medea (Seattle Shakespeare Company). Love to W&W.
CHIH-HUNG SHAO (Lighting Designer) is a professional lighting designer in Seattle area. His most recent lighting design was An Endless Shift produced by ArtsWest. Other selected lighting design credits include Becoming Othello (Center Theatre); Elf: The Musical (Magnuson Community Center); and Not/Our Town (12th Ave Arts). www.shaochihhung.com
ERIN BEDNARZ, she/her (Sound Designer) spends her time telling stories and amplifying human aesthetics through sound, music, performance, and production. Notable credits: XY (Village Theatre Beta Series); Dragon Cycle (American Repertory Theatre); Mac Beth (Off-Broadway, Seattle Repertory Theatre); Choir Boy (The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre); Wonder Boy (The 5th Avenue Theatre). Press mentions: Wall Street Journal, NY Times Critics Pick, American Theatre Magazine, The Stranger. 2018 Gregory Award Winner.
AHREN BUHMANN (Projection Designer & Technician) is a lighting/video designer based out of Seattle. Previous shows include White, The Revolutionists, Annapurna (Theatre22); Pipeline, Mala, Dry Land, Fade, Grounded (Seattle Public Theater); Dear San Francisco (The 7 Fingers); My Antonia (Book-It Repertory Theatre); Angels in America, White Noise, The Good Book (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); The Trial of Elizabeth Cree (Chicago Opera and Opera Philadelphia); Earnest Shackleton Loves Me (Tony Kiser Theatre).
JESSAMYN BATEMAN-IINO, they/them (Stage Manager) is a Seattle-area prop master and stage manager. Past favorite shows include Cabaret (Reboot Theatre) and miku, and the gods (ArtsWest). Their favorite 80s dance jam is Just Like Heaven by The Cure. They also make cute and creepy crafts, which can be found at mutinyhall.com
KALLEN PISHUE, they/them (Assistant Stage Manager) is so excited to be part of the MISS STEP team! As a former KIDSTAGE kid, they are so glad to be working on another show at Village Theatre. Kallen’s previous KIDSTAGE shows include Head Over Heels, Matilda JR., and Jasper in Deadland (assistant stage manager); In The Heights (stage management apprentice); and School of Rock (teacher ensemble and rock concert fan).
JOSEPHINE KEARNS, she/her (Gender Consultant) is a dramaturg, theatre creative, and gender consultant specializing in queer and transgender identities. Named a “person to watch” by American Theatre Magazine, Josie’s credits include work with The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, MCC Theater, Perelman Center, Delaware Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and Royal Manitoba Theatre, as well as development projects for Broadway and Off-Broadway producers. Josie is also the gender consultant for Actors’ Equity Association and the American Theatre Wing. josephinekearns.com
JUDY BOWMAN (Casting) Village Theatre: Saint Heaven. Current: Incendiary (Woolly Mammoth Theatre); Where We Belong (The Public Theater, Portland Center Stage, and tour); DJ (web series), Down Home (feature film). Recent: A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre); The Great Leap (Cleveland Play House); The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Profile Theatre); Justice, Nina Simone: Four Women (Arizona Theatre Company); and several Broadway/Off Broadway. Collaborations with Humana Festival, Dorset, Merrimack, A.R.T. Film/TV: Hurricane Bianca, Separation, Lost Cat Corona, Gold Star, Copenhagen, Redemption in Cherry Springs (Hallmark); Big Dogs (Amazon). Artios Award nominee, P.T. Barnum Award. www.judybowmancasting.com
DANNY KAM (Vocal Coach) is a singing actor, musical director, and voice instructor who teaches with Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre as well as independently. They are passionate about new work, having appeared in many Village Originals readings and Beta Productions, most recently as Lewis (the dog) in The Passage and Solomon/Abraham in ZM. Up next: Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night at Seattle Shakespeare Company.