- Montez O. Jenkins
Montez is honored to be making his Know Theatre debut with such an amazing cast and crew! Favorite credits include The Colored Museum, Titanic: The musical, Hairspray, The Wild Party (LaChiusa), Rent, and Traffick (Cincy Fringe).
- Chance Kilgour
Chance is very excited to be doing his second show at the Know, having previously appeared in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson! He has been in numerous shows around the city but most recently was on tour with Madcap Puppets Productions in a show called the enchanted world. Chance looks forward to hunting white whales with an incredibly talented cast and crew and is privileged and humbled to be working with them!
Jon is pumped to return to Cincinnati’s artistic playground, after recently enacting Overseer Jones in The Know’s HARRY & THE THIEF. Since graduating from Miami University with a BA in theatre (’11), Jon has founded Unity Productions, developed Untethered Theatre Co. (’12-’13), and worked with internationally recognized film-makers (George Clooney, Robby Henson), authors (Nic Balthazar, Ron Jones), and theatres (Playhouse in the Park, Human Race). Check out Jon’s work here: www.JonKovach.weebly.com including his original music and writing. Jon would like to thank you for playing your role in Cincy’s arts scene, and his family for their endless encouragement.
- Justin McCombs
Justin is thrilled to be making his Know Theatre debut with this great story. He just began his ninth season as a resident member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Some of his favorite recent roles at CSC include: Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Prince Hal in Henry IV parts 1 and 2. He’d like to thank the whole gang at the Know for inviting him to come play and to Maggie Lou for her love and patience: now and always.
- Sam Ray
A Cincinnati native (Anderson HS, 2010) Sam is very happy to be returning to the Queen City to make his professional theatre debut. Sam recently graduated from Otterbein University with a BFA in Acting. Some favorite shows include The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay), Boeing Boeing (Bernard), Spring Awakening (Adult Men), After the Fall (Quentin), Speed the Plow (Charlie Fox). You may also run into Sam while he’s working at the Kenwood Apple Store! Special thanks to mom and dad who have always been my biggest fans! GO REDS!
- Rico Reid
Rico is excited to return for his sophomore show at the KNOW. A Cincinnati native and self proclaimed late-bloomer, he realized he was an artist at heart while serving in the U.S. Army. His career on the stage began with rap (Fresh Digress), and evolved to playing piano, singing, acting and dance. With a B.A. in Theatre Arts from PBAU, he returned to Cincinnati for a season at the Playhouse in the Park. Favorite credits include Harry & the Thief, She Loves Me, & Ruined. He sends many thanks to the Know artistic team for trusting him with this role and all praise to Jesus Christ for love and new life.
- Chris Wesselman
Chris is, among other things, a native Cincinnati actor who’s appeared numerous times on the Know stage, including Toil and Trouble, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Adding Machine, and Sideways Stories from Wayside School. His experiences writing, directing, and producing shows for the Cincy Fringe, including Aberrant Reflections… and Peyote Business Lunch, lead him to become the festival’s Associate Producer in 2010, a position he holds very near and dear to his heart. He profusely thanks all the staff and patrons at Know for all their support as well as his beautiful fiancé Courtnie for all her love. #bio #wesselmeat
- Daniel Winters
Daniel last appeared in Cincinnati in Know Theatre Serials: Saturday The Fourteenth. He recently returned to the tristate area after 5 years in New York City as a lighting designer where he worked with such theaters as St. Ann’s Warehouse, Stolen Chair Theatre Company, Labyrinth Theatre Company, Creative Destruction, and many others. His work on the 2013 production of The Man Who Laughs earned him a Drama Desk Nomination. He holds a BFA in performance and an MFA in lighting design from Ohio University, where he currently teaches theatrical photography. He is very excited for this opportunity.
- Burgess Byrd
Burgess is thrilled to be back at the Know Theatre! Earlier this year she was a part of The Afghan Women’s Project: We Will Rise with the Know at the Freedom Center of Cincinnati. In the winter she had the pleasure of being in the Regional Premiere of HugoWest Theatricals’ Klingon Christmas Carol as The Ghost of Christmas Present (it’s a Trekkie thing!). Next up she will be in A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Greg Procaccino.She has performed on many local stages in the area and happy to call Cincinnati home. Thank you for supporting live theatre!
- Darnell Pierre Benjamin
Darnell is always ready to come back home to play in Know Theatre’s sandbox. Originally from Louisiana, Darnell has his BFA from UL Lafayette. He received an MFA from University of Houston in 2009. Fortune has shined and given Darnell many opportunities to do some amazing shows: Titus Andronicus and To Kill a Mockingbird at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Around the World in 80 Days at Ensemble Theatre, and Cock and Angels in America here at Know Theatre. He has also performed in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival in 2010 and ’11 with Pones, Inc. Most recently, Darnell played Walter Lee Younger in A Raisin in the Sun at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Aside from performing, for three years Darnell has been teaching Shakespeare at Seven Hills Middle School, where those eighth graders have kidnapped his heart. Soon, the short film Brett and Kyle will premiere in Cincinnati, so be on the lookout to see Darnell in one of the title roles. Much love.
- Piper N. Davis
Piper is delighted to be back on stage at the Know Theatre! She has performed and toured in many shows and cities, has had many on camera roles and enjoys doing voice over work. It has been over six years since her last stage performance, but she knew her hiatus had to come to an end for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast and cool script. Piper has been working at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park since 2010 and serves on several panels, boards and committees promoting and advocating for the arts. She is blessed to have her personal hero, Lydia J. Davis (Mommie), supportive family and friends and loves being a first-time pet owner to her multicultural doggie, Izzy (Grizabella).
- Holly L. Derr
Holly is a writer, director, and professor of theater specializing in the Viewpoints & Composition, the performance of gender, and applied theater history. Currently an Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College, she has also taught and directed at Marlboro College, Smith College, the American Repertory Theater, the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company Consortium, and CalArts. Favorite projects include Twelfth Night, American Medea, and The Front Page. Most recently she directed Romeo and Juliet at Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House. She is also a feminist media critic who has written for HowlRound, Ms. Magazine, and The Atlantic.
- Ken Early
Ken is once again excited to perform at Know Theatre. He was last seen in Pluto as Death/Radio Voice. His other credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Adding Machine: The Musical, and Oklahoma!, a collaboration with Jersey Productions. He’s been seen at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati in The Whipping Man, Around the World in 80 Days, Grey Gardens, Alice in Wonderland, and Snow White. At Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Ken has been seen in To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men. Thanks to friends and family for their support and love.
- Jon Kovach
Recently being awarded “‘Audience Pick” of the ’14 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Jon is jazzed to be back at one of his favorite theatres in town. Since graduating from Miami University with a BA in theatre (’11), Jon founded Cincinnati’s Unity Productions, helped build Untethered Theatre Co. (’12-’13), and has worked with internationally recognized film-makers (George Clooney, Robby Henson), authors (Nic Balthazar, Ron Jones), and theatres (Playhouse in the Park, Human Race). Check out Jon’s work here:www.JonKovach.weebly.com including THE FUNERAL, his critically-acclaimed writing taking place in The Know’s Serials! Jon would like to thank you for supporting local theatre, and his family for all of their support.
- Rico Reid
Rico is a late-bloomer who was born & raised in Cincinnati and attended Walnut Hills. He served in the U.S. Army after graduating and upon completing his contract, worked odd-jobs and did youth ministry. His unplanned career on the stage began with rap (Fresh Digress), which somehow led to playing piano, singing, acting and dance. After receiving his B.A. in Theatre Arts at Palm Beach Atlantic University, he performed in So FLo until returning to Cincy for a remarkable season at the Playhouse in the Park as a member of their Intern Acting Company. Btw, it is way cool to be doing this show with two of his fellow externs. Favorite credits include Two by Two the Musical, She Loves Me, Ruined, The Short Tree and the Bird That Could Not Sing and Blogging Behind Bars. He sends many thanks to the Know team for this opportunity and all praise to Jesus Christ for love and new life.
- Sola Thompson
Sola is to delighted to make her Know Theatre debut. She recently completed a 10-month acting internship with Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. There, she appeared as The Apartment in Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), a part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. She holds a B.A in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She thanks her brilliant circle of family and friends for the continual love and support, both from near and afar.
- Meggy Hai Trang
Meggy is thrilled to be returning to Cincinnati in her debut at the Know Theatre. Meggy was seen most recently as a member of the Bruce E. Coyle 2013-2014 Acting Intern Company with the Cincinnati Playhouse, where she played Barky in Fake Flowers Don’t Die, and wielded a gigantic turkey in A Christmas Carol, among other roles. A California native, she is an alumna of the Full-Time Conservatory at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, NY, with a BA in Playwriting from Wells College. Favorite roles include Rosalind in As You Like It, Leanne in A Piece of My Heart, CB’s Little Sister in Dog Sees God, and Edward in Cloud 9. As a Playwright, she has written and performed her one-woman piece, Tous les Garçons et les Filles, and The War. Ms. Hai Trang would like to thank her family for keeping her sane and sincere, and the city of Cincinnati for welcoming her back to the fold so soon after her departure.
- Brent Vimtrup
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Brent is a resident company member at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company where he has been fortunate to play quite a few amazing characters including: title roles in Hamlet and Richard II, John Proctor in The Crucible (LCT Award for Best Actor), Algy in The Importance of Being Earnest, Henry Baskerville in The Hound of The Baskervilles, and Angelo in Measure for Measure. Brent’s additional credits include:The Lieutenant of Inishmore at Syracuse Stage, The Voysey Inheritance at Milwaukee Rep, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth at the National Shakespeare Company, and Orange Flower Water and Sight Unseen at InProximity Theatre for which he was a nominated for a 2011 New York Innovate Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role. Many thanks to his family for their continued support. And if you get the hankering for some hot yoga, come take a class with him at Modo Yoga Cincinnati!
- Torie Wiggins
Torie is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Dramatic Performance. She has co-adapted and performed a one woman show, Your Negro Tour Guide, at various venues in Cincinnati and toured with it across the country. She has appeared on All My Children, the feature film Love Me Through It and her voice can be heard on numerous national television and radio commercials for H&M, Home Depot, and Burger King, just to name a few. She has previously been a Resident Artist with Know Theatre of Cincinnati, appearing in Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, Collapse, Afghan Women Writer’s Project, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and more recently appeared in the National New Play Network rolling premiere of Pluto. She also appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and performed the title role in Black Pearl Sings! at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, both of which she was nominated for an LCT Award, and performed the role of Camae in The Mountaintop. She is thrilled to be back on stage at The Know!