Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

“I wonder that you will still be talking, Signor Benedick; nobody marks you.”

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7:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday Evenings
8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday Evenings
2:00 p.m. Saturday Matinees

Cast Bios

* Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association.

AhlinJOHN AHLIN* (Leonato) Broadway credits: Waiting for Godot, Journey’s End (2007 Tony Award Best Revival), The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Voices in the Dark, One Mo’ Time, Whoopee! and Macbeth. Regional – Recently, John appeared in two world premiere plays: A Dram of Drummhicit by Arthur Kopit at LaJolla Playhouse, and Greg Kotis’ Michael Von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards at The Actors Theater of Louisville. Also Pittsburgh Public, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Old Globe, Goodman Theatre, Centerstage Baltimore, Goodspeed Opera House and others. Off-Broadway: Orson Welles in Orson’s Shadow. TV and film credits: Law & Order: SVU, Late Night with David Letterman, Third Watch,The Education of Max Bickford and the Coen Brothers’ movie Inside Llewyn Davis. This is John’s thirty-somethingth Shakespeare production, including nine Falstaffs.


ArcherAUSTIN ARCHER (Ensemble) is a Salt Lake native on PTC’s stage after playing Pfc. Downey in A Few Good Men. Other recent credits include “The Cat” in Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat and “Nephi Jensen” inSaturday’s Voyeur at SLAC, “Mark Cohen” in Rent with Utah Repertory Theatre, “Slim” in Cowboy Mouth with Good Company Theatre, and “Dr. Madden” in Next to Normal at the Ziegfeld Theatre. He studied Musical Theatre at Weber State University.
AtkinsonTTOBIN ATKINSON* (Borachio) Tobin returns to PTC after playing Juror 5 in Twelve Angry Men. Regional credits include roles at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Plan-B Theatre, SLAC, the Asolo (FL), the Studio (DC), and the Shakespeare Theatre (DC). Tobin holds an MFA in directing from the U of U and an MBA from AMU. He served as a U.S. Army rifleman in the 16th Infantry (2000-2004) and was later assigned to Army Entertainment where he led a production safely through Iraq and Afghanistan. He co-founded and ran Plan-B Theatre for eight years with Cheryl Cluff, and co-founded and currently runs Meat & Potato Theatre with Marynell Hinton. He will play the title role in M&P’s May 2014 production of Beowulf(
BaumCOLLEEN BAUM* (Ursula/Master) is from Salt Lake City and is happy to be back at Pioneer Theatre Company. She was last seen at PTC in Our Town, The Heiress, Lost in Yonkers and You Can’t Take It With You. Other theatre credits include Course 86B in the CatalogueCircle Mirror TransformationEnd Days,Rabbit Hole, and Kimberly Akimbo among others at Salt Lake Acting Company, as well as The Laramie Project, Animal Farm, War of the Worlds, and Tragedy: A Tragedy at Plan-B Theatre Company; Blithe Spirit,Always Patsy Cline, The Mousetrap, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) and Blood Brothers at the Old Lyric Repertory Company. Colleen is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
DozierMICHAEL JEAN DOZIER* (Conrade) makes his Pioneer Theatre Company debut. He was last seen as Lennox in Macbeth, a studio production by New Book Press. A graduate from UNCSA (B.F.A.), his theatre credits include Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Baltimore CenterStage); Barnstormer (World Premiere); andTrav’lin: the New 1930’s Harlem Musical (Off-Broadway).  Film/Television: Treme (HBO), Lights Out(FX), Untitled Barry Sonnenfeld Pilot (NBC), and City Island (Lucky Monkey Pictures). Proud member of AEA.
 DuvalCHRISTOPHER DUVAL* (Don John/Fight Choreographer) Chris is very pleased to be making his PTC debut. As an actor and fight director, his work has been seen throughout the country at such theatres as South Coast Repertory, Shakespeare Orange County, Sacramento Theatre Company, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage and thirteen seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he worked on over 25 productions including Othello, Comedy of Errors, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Henry VI, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, and many others. Chris is an Assistant Professor in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah, where he teaches acting, voice and stage combat. He will be a company member for his fifth season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 2014.
SONY DSCALEXANDER ELTZROTH (Ensemble) Originally from West Hills, California, Alex is a graduating senior in the Actor Training Program (BFA) at the University of Utah. Recent credits at the University include:Metamorphoses (Orpheus and King Cyex), Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Giovanni), Fifth of July (John Landis) and Street Theatre (Ceil). Musical credits include the world premiere of Song Poems Wanted (Josh Williams) at the Neil Simon Festival and ensemble dance work in the university productions of Wild Partyand The Rocky Horror Show.
GoodmanTTERENCE GOODMAN* (Antonio) New York roles include the original production of Jesus Christ Superstar, the first revival of Damn Yankees with Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston, and as Captain Smith in Titanic. Major regional favorites include Al Capone inEliot Ness in Cleveland, directed by Hal Prince/Nick Corley at the Denver Center, Great Expectations for Goodspeed Musicals, Oedipus, Private Eye written by Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar (Elf) at the American Stage Company, and Kelly at the York Theatre, Musicals in Mufti. Film starring roles includeOde to Billy Joe, Final Rinse, and 95ers: Time Runnerto be released this spring. Terence has appeared in over 30 guest-star television roles and was a series regular on Days of Our Lives. He now lives in Park City. For you, Jack.

DAVID MANIS* (Don Pedro) was seen recently at PTC in A Few Good Men and last year’s Clybourne Park. Broadway credits include War Horse, Henry IV with Kevin Kline, Exit the King with Geoffrey Rush, Abe Lincoln in Illinois with Sam Waterston, The Rivals, and the U.S. premieres of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia and The Coast of Utopia. Off-Broadway work includes Our Town and Shakespeare In The Park. Regional credits include the Guthrie, the Mark Taper, the Old Globe, Yale Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, the Shakespeare Theater in D.C., The Acting Company, Actors Theater of Louisville, and many others. TV: Frasier, Boston Public, King of Queens, Monk, The Onion News, and a telekinetic weatherman on The X-Files.

OmerAMOS OMER (Ensemble) recently completed his MFA in acting at Western Illinois University. Some recent roles include Lt. Kendrick in A Few Good Men, John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, Picasso in Guernica and Kippy in Take Me Out. He is also an accomplished fight director. He would like to thank the director for giving him this opportunity. He would also like to thank his extremely supportive parents.
PeredaMARCELLA PEREDA (Ensemble) is excited to join PTC again after having understudied Joanne Galloway in A Few Good Men. Marcella is a senior at the U, working on a BFA with an emphasis in Acting. University credits include Aphrodite in Metamorphosesand Annabella in Tis Pity She’s A Whore. She is very grateful for her family, the U and PTC.
PetersonBEBRYCE EDWARD PETERSON (Ensemble) Bryce is excited to make his PTC debut. He is a recent BFA graduate from Brigham Young University. Favorite credits include Roderigo in Othello, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Charlie in The Foreigner, and Ensemble/Firmin understudy in BYU’s Phantom of the Opera, as well as starring roles in local independent films. In 2012, he was also a recipient of the Weissberg Fellowship at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.
RobinsonMAX ROBINSON* (Dogberry) was last seen at PTC inA Few Good Men. He has also appeared in Noises Off,My Fair Lady, The Producers, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Misérables (Thénardier), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Amadeus, The Importance of Being Earnest and nearly 100 other productions at PTC. Max played Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde at The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., which earned him a Helen Hayes Award nomination. He has also appeared the last four seasons at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, at Salt Lake Acting Company, the Grand Theatre, and regional theatres from Seattle to New York. Film and TV credits include Other People’s Money, All My Children, One Life to Live, Touched by an Angel,Woody Allen’s Shadows and Fog and Disney’s Pixel Perfect.
RomneyMILES DAVID ROMNEY (Balthazar) is a countertenor, and occasional transplant from the operatic stage. He sings Renaissance, Baroque, and 20th-century opera, and concert works by Bach, Handel, Dowland, Vivaldi, Britten and others. He sings the world over, in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Favorite roles include Ottone in Monterverdi’s Poppea, Rinaldo in Handel’sRinaldo and Oberon in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
SledgeTERRELL DONNELL SLEDGE* (Claudio) is excited to return to the PTC stage, having first appeared in the premiere of Find and Sign. [Regional:] Cincinnati Playhouse: FLY; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: FLY; B Street Theatre: How We Got On; Lyric Stage Co.: By The Way, Meet Vera Stark; The Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theatre: The Solid Sand Below, Alligator;Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival: How We Got On; Trinity Rep Co.: The Crucible; Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.: Othello. [Off-B’way:] Lark Theatre:Dakota Atoll; P73: Dunkfest ’88; Naked Angels: Find and Sign. [TV/Film:] New Millennium Studios: Blues in the Night, Troop 491. [Other selected credits:] The Threepenny Opera, Vieux Carre, The Lady From Dubuque, Blood Knot, The Duchess of Malfi, We Are Proud to Present…, Much Ado About Nothing, The Piano Lesson, Sally’s Rape (directed), Betrayal(directed). Terrell holds an M.F.A. from Brown University/Trinity Rep and is a Yale University graduate.  Terrell thanks God and his loving family for their support and commitment.
SmithTRT. RYDER SMITH* (Benedick) has appeared on Broadway in War Horse and Equus, and Off-Broadway in Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play and Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and world premieres of plays by Richard Foreman, David Greenspan, Anne Washburn, Glenn Berger (Underneath the Lintel, Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Solo Performer), and Israel Horowitz (the 3-actor, 40-character Lebensraum, Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble Cast). He has worked at the Goodman, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe and others, in world premieres of plays by Doug Wright, Jeffrey Hatcher, Tanya Barfield and Charles Mee. Film and TV credits include appearances on Nurse Jackie, Damages, Blue BloodsWhite Collar,Law & Order: SVU, and The Abolitionists, and the cult film Brainscan. T provides voices for videogames and the TV series The Venture Brothers, performs with Theatre of War, and in the annual radio readings of James Joyce’s Ulysses.
 WarsinskeMARZA WARSINSKE (Margaret) is delighted to return to Utah in her PTC debut. Past stage credits include Vanda in Venus in Fur (SLAC), Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Lyric Light Opera) and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Bag & Baggage). She studied Musical Theatre at Weber State University and now divides her time between Portland and Los Angeles.
RebeccaWatsonREBECCA WATSON* (Beatrice) is delighted to be back at PTC, having had such fun here in Something’s Afoot, …Forum and Peter Pan. Broadway/NY: By Jeeves (dir. Alan Ayckbourn), The Cocoanuts, Romeo and Juliet, Disney’s Hercules. She’s toured in Moon Over Buffalo and done world premieres: To the Lighthouse at Berkley Rep. (American Theatre Critics Nomination), And the Curtain Rises at the Signature and I’ll Be Seeing You at the Kimmel Center in Philly. Regionally, she’s worked with The Shakespeare Theatre in DC, Pittsburgh Public, Portland Stage, Rep. of St. Louis, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Barrington Stage, Studio Arena, PaperMill Playhouse, Goodspeed, Arizona Theatre Co., Fulton Theatre and two seasons with Alabama Shakespeare Festival. TV/Film: The Big C, Deception, Law & Order, Third Watch, Cupid, By Jeeves, Guiding Light, All My Children, As the World Turns and The Normal Heart, with Mark Ruffalo, which will be released in May of 2014.
WickettASHLEY WICKETT* (Hero) A native of Detroit, Michigan, Ashley is thrilled to make her PTC debut! Regionally she has appeared in Once in a Lifetime, A Christmas Carol, and Scapin with Bill Irwin (A.C.T.),Romeo and Juliet (California Shakespeare Theatre and Livermore Shakespeare Festival), The Misanthrope (Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective),As You Like It, A Month in the Country, Almost, Maineand Britannicus (ACT MFA), as well as new plays with The New Harmony Project. Training: American Conservatory Theatre (MFA) and the University of Evansville (BFA). She would like to thank Ken and Margi at Bret Adams, Rich Cole, her family, friends and Patrick.

This production is sponsored by:

Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation