Emma adapted by Jon Jory, from the novel by Jane Austen.

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Cast Bios

* Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association.

ChapmanWWARD CHAPMAN (Ensemble) is a senior in the University of Utah’s Actor Training Program. Credits include Death and the Maiden, Bus Stop, The Affair and others (Studio 115); Macduff in Macbeth, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, and Egeus/Entourage in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Babcock). He also appeared as Heracles inAlcestis in the Classical Greek Theater Festival and Brasset in Pinnacle Acting Company’s Charlie’s Aunt. Ward is thrilled to have been selected as a PTC intern.
CoughtryJORDAN COUGHTRY* (Frank Churchill) New York: Murder in the Cathedral as Fourth Tempter, Winter Journey as The Narrator, directed by Alec Duffy; Be Story Free (Inverse Theater, directed by Kirk Wood Bromley). Regional: Twelfth Night as Sir Andrew (Westport Country Playhouse); Candida (Two River Theater Company); Amadeus as Mozart, Romeo and Juliet as Romeo, The Servant of Two Masters as Silvio (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); All’s Well That Ends Well as Bertram, Hamlet as Rosencrantz (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); A Christmas Carol as Fred (Denver Center); Big Bill (Williamstown Theatre Festival, directed by Mark Lamos); OthelloDon Juan (Shakespeare Theatre Company D.C.); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare Theatre Company/RSC); Romeo and Juliet as Romeo (Human Race Theatre).
FabelKATIE FABEL* (Harriet Smith) Katie is delighted to make her PTC debut. Off-Broadway: The Shaughraun andErnest in Love (Cecily) at Irish Repertory Theatre, Belle of Belfast at Cherry Lane Theatre. Regional: Sense and Sensibility (Marianne) – TheatreWorks Palo Alto, Sirens(The Siren) – Penguin Rep; Noises Off! (Brooke), TheTaming of the Shrew (Bianca) and Amadeus all atShakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Cincinnati Playhouse/St. Louis Repertory Theatre and Sight Unseen (Grete) – San Diego Old Globe. UK: The Sound of Music (West End), Arsenic and Old Lace(National Tour); The Wind in the Willows, (Royal National Theatre, Nick Hytner, dir.); Some Gorgeous Accident(Edinburgh Fringe); Carmen, La Boheme andKhovanshchina (English National Opera), and She Loves Me (Amalia) and Orpheus Descending (Lady) – Royal Academy of Music (MFA). Film/TV: Tunnel of Love,Becoming Tina, Crimewatch, and Funnyordie.com.
GallagherRRICHARD GALLAGHER* (Mr. Elton) Broadway: The Importance of Being Earnest, Roundabout Theatre Company. Other New York: 59E59 Theaters, Women’s Theatre Project, Lark Theatre Company and NY Fringe. Regional: McCarter Theatre, Baltimore Centerstage, Yale Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks Palo Alto, North Shore Music Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Theatre Aspen. Film/TV: El Camino (with Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss), Blue Bloods, Law & Order and As the World Turns.
HayengaJEFFREY HAYENGA* (Mr. Woodhouse) New York credits include title roles in Broadway’s The Elephant Man and off-Broadway’s Jeffrey, as well as The Man Who Came to Dinner, Ah, Wilderness!, As Bees in Honey Drown, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Two Rooms, Patient A, Hapgood, Burkie, Hamlet, King Lear, Brand and The Book of Wren. He recently toured the country with The Roundabout Theatre’s award-winning production of Twelve Angry Men. TV audiences have seen Jeffrey in all of theLaw & Orders and Star Trek (Next Generation andEnterprise) as well as the series Jag, Jack and Bobby,Trinity, NY Undercover, Bodies of Evidence and most of the New York soaps. Movies include Other People’s Money, And the Band Played On, Center Stage, The Prince of Pennsylvania, The Unborn and Memron, which won the Slamdance Festival’s Audience Favorite Award.
KiernanPAUL KIERNAN* (Mr. Weston) appeared at Pioneer Theatre Company in The Tempest, The Diary of Anne Frank, Twelve Angry Men, Romeo & Juliet, Pride and Prejudice and Amadeus, among others. At SLAC, Paul has been seen in Freedomland, The Memory of Water, The Beard of Avon, The Water Project and Seeing the Elephant. Other credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Friar Lawrence) with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; Julius Caesar (Brutus) with Salt Lake Shakespeare; Cyrano(Hangar Theatre, Ithaca). Other productions includeMacbeth, The Tempest, As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing with the Shakespeare Theatre of St. Louis. TV and film credits include Disney’s Luck of the Irish, The Maldonado Miracle, Ice Spiders and the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon. A proud member of AEA, Paul has an MFA from Brandeis University.
Mark2ANNE STEWART MARK* (Miss Bates) is happy to be returning after appearing in Annie this season. Other PTC favorites include Sunset Boulevard, White Christmas, My Fair Lady, Noises Off, Paint Your Wagon, Les Misérables,Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Macbeth, Peter Pan,Tartuffe, The Three Musketeers, Laughing Stock,Misalliance, Arcadia, Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, Camelot,Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George and Evita. She has been seen at Salt Lake Acting Company in The Clean House, Hold Please, Going to St. Ives, Master Class and Nine; at the Peterborough Players in Hay Fever, 1940s Radio Hour and Noises Off; and for the Utah Opera Company as ZoZo in The Merry Widow. Also a director of some note, Anne has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for 29 years.
MellenKYMBERLY MELLEN* (Mrs. Weston) is thrilled to be returning to PTC. Performance credits include Utah Shakespeare Festival (A Midsummer Night’s Dream,Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth), Writers’ Theatre (Our Town, Rocket to the Moon, Another Part of the Forest, Arms and the Man, Turn of the Screw), Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre (The Full Monty), Court Theatre (She Stoops to Conquer), Chicago Shakespeare Theater (The Comedy of Errors), Steppenwolf Theatre (Intimate Apparel), Northlight Theatre (She Stoops to Conquer) and Milwaukee Rep (A Flea in Her Ear). Film credits include:The Unborn, Boy with Blue and Joseph: Prophet of the Restoration. She has received Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award and been named “Creative Chicagoan of the Year” by the Chicago Sun Times. She received her BFA from BYU and her MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Love to all the Mellenheads.
MeltonLAURA INNES MELTON (Ensemble) is a senior in the University of Utah Actor Training Program thrilled to be making her PTC debut! Previous roles in the Babcock Theatre include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,the Porter in Macbeth and Nicole in The Would-Be Gentleman. Laura was also seen in Studio 115 as Rhonda in Almost, Maine.
MerceinJENNY MERCEIN* (Mrs. Elton) is thrilled to return to Pioneer Theatre Company, where she was last seen as Desdemona in Othello. Other theater credits include The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Fulton Opera House, Connecticut Free Shakespeare, Florida Studio Theatre, Synapse Productions, Keen Company and New Georges. TV/Film: Law & Order, Ghost Stories, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, and the upcoming IFC release The Prospects. Jenny teaches acting at AMDA in NYC. B.A. Yale, M.F.A. The University of Washington.
RYON SHARETTE (Robert Martin/Ensemble) is a senior in the University of Utah Actor Training Program. Roles performed in the University’s Babcock Theatre include Banquo in Macbeth, Jesus in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, Trigorin inThe Seagull, and Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing. Ryon has also performed for the Utah Greek Theater Festival these last three seasons, playing the Herdsman inIphigenia at Tauris, Admetos in Alcestis, and Pentheus inThe Bakkhai.
SharonMICHAEL SHARON* (Mr. Knightley) is thrilled to be making his PTC debut, and to be returning to Utah, having spent three seasons at the Utah Shakespeare Festival (Twelfth Night, Coriolanus, Johnny Guitar, The Merchant of Venice, Camelot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Favorite roles include Leontes in The Winter’s Tale (GBS Theatre, London), Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Fulton Opera House; Broadway World nom, Carbonell Award nom), El Gallo in The Fantasticks (Long Wharf), and title roles in Macbeth (Los Angeles Theatre Center), Pericles(Connecticut Rep), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Bristol Riverside Theatre). Other credits include Goodspeed Opera House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, the Oregon and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals, The Shakespeare Theatre of D.C. (Helen Hayes nom. Twelfth Night), and Most Happy Fellaat NYC Opera. Film/TV: Identical (LAAFF Winner), Doin’ the L.A. Thing (HBO Choice Award), In Between Men(Indie Soap nom). Michael is a graduate of USC, and received classical training at RADA, London.
SpenceSSUMMER SPENCE (Ensemble) A recent University of Utah graduate with degrees in English Literature and Theatre, Summer is excited to begin her professional career on the Pioneer Theatre Company stage. University credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream(Oberon/Hippolyta), Macbeth (Lady MacDuff), Alcestis(Alcestis), The Rocky Horror Show (Janet Weiss) andTristan and Yseult (Whitehands). Other credits include The Crucible, Twelfth Night, The Diary of Anne Frank and Man and Superman.
SturgisNISI STURGIS* (Emma Woodhouse) is in her second season with Pioneer Theatre Company. Company credits: Ophelia in Hamlet. Broadway/NYC: The 39 Steps; The Pretty Trap, NY premiere (Acorn Theater), Intimate Apparel(Roundabout Theatre/Mark Taper Forum); Dsyphoria andThe Less We Talk with Hoi Polloi. Regional: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: To Kill a Mockingbird, I Capture the Castle, Arms and the Man, andA Streetcar Named Desire; Trying, Merrimack Rep.; Inherit the Wind, Geva Theatre; The Denver Center Theatre Company: Mrs. Warren’s Profession, You Can’t Take It With You, Pride and Prejudice, Doubt, and Richard III; The Old Globe Theatre: Life of Riley, Loves and Hours,Pentecost, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles and Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?; TV: June Thompson in Boardwalk Empire; MFA: The Old Globe Theatre.
SummerhaysELIZABETH SUMMERHAYS (Jane Fairfax/Ensemble) is honored to be making her PTC debut. Currently a senior in the U of U Actor Training Program, recent credits includeMacbeth (Lady Macbeth), Hay Fever (Judith Bliss), The Would-Be Gentleman (Madame Jourdain) at the Babcock Theatre, Bus Stop (Grace Hoylard) at Studio 115, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Hale Centre Theatre. She is the grateful recipient of the Carleen Wallace and Victor Jory Scholarships for the Department of Theater.