Anne of Green Gables Cast and Creative Team
D.C. ANDERSON (Matthew Cuthbert) theater/film actor, songwriter, photographer. Film: Mariama Diallo’s Master; Joseph Cedar's Norman; Judy San Roman's Rich Boy, Rich Girl, Fair Market Value; Nathan Adloff's Miles. TV: Blacklist, Enemy Within, Billions, Extrapolations, Lady Blue, Mysteries of Laura. Theater: Phantom of the Opera (B’way & Nat’l Tour), Martin Guerre (Guthrie & Nat’l Tour), Queen of the Mist (Off-B’way), The Ballad of Little Jo (Steppenwolf), Pippin (Nat’lTour), Damn Yankees (Ogunquit), Storyville (off-Bway), Jacques Brel (Seattle), and Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Great Lakes Shakespeare & Nat’l Tour). Eleven albums - Spotify, Apple Music etc. Websites: theatre/film/recordings: dcanderson.net | Photography: dcandersonphotography.com | Instagram and Tumblr: @dcandersonphotography
SHARON CATHERINE BROWN (Marilla Cuthbert) The native New Yorker was recently seen in Tony-nominated Caroline Or Change. Other Broadway credits: Head Over Heels, Effie in Dreamgirls, The Narrator in Joseph…Dreamcoat. Sharon was the first African-American to be cast as Lucy in Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll and Hyde. Nat.Tours/Regional: Papa Ge in Once On This Island, “Seasons Of Love” soloist in RENT, The Blues Singer in A Night With Janis Joplin, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Dorothy in The Wiz. Some of Sharon's film credits: HBO's Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Sister Act 2, and A Chorus Line. TELEVISION: Audra McDonald's alter ego on The Good Fight and the opera diva on A Different World. Sharon created/ hosted the internet lifestyle series The Love It Show. Sharon is the proud mother of Elijah and daughter of June and Johnny Brown aka Mr. Bookman from the hit 70s series Good Times. Sharon was cast as MariIla right before her dad passed. This is for him.
PIERRE MARAIS (Gilbert Blythe), originally from Cape Town, South Africa, is so excited to bring Anne of Green Gables to life at Goodspeed! Broadway: Aladdin. Film/ TV: Scorpion King 2 (Netflix), Black Beauty (Disney+), Wake of Death. Nat’l Tours: Aladdin, A Chorus Line, Flashdance. Big love to DGRW. For my incredible parents. IG: @pierre_marais
JULIETTE REDDEN (Anne Shirley) is so excited to be making her Goodspeed debut! Previous credits include Martha in Spring Awakening (TUTS), Katherine in Newsies (Red Mountain Theater), and Mayzie in Suessical (Wagon Wheel). This show has been a long time coming and she is simply so grateful that we finally made it here. Like Anne said “It's delightful when your imaginations come true, isn't it?”. So much love and thanks to her family, Jake, HCKR, and this crazy redheaded orphan that allows her to live her dreams every night. @julietteredden
AURELIA WILLIAMS (Rachel Linde) B’way: Once On This Island, In Transit. Off B’way: Suffs (The Public Theater), First Date, Sistas The Musical. Regional: Medda Larkin in Newsies, Effie in Dreamgirls, Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray, Sour Kangaroo in Suessical. TV/Film: FX’s Fosse/Verdon, Hallmark’s Holiday For Heroes HBO’s The Sopranos. I dedicate this performance to my wonderful family. Thank you for your constant support!
EMILY AGY (Ensemble) Goodspeed debut! Favorite credits include: Dora the Explorer Live! (UK, SE Asian & Australian Tours), Streetmosphere Opera (Macau). Regional: The Wizard of Oz, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Ragtime, Oliver, Madagascar, Elf The Musical, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Workshops: Disney’s The Jungle Book, Phone Calls From The Tub. Thanks to the HamFam team. Love and laughter to her wonderful husband, family and friends! “Hi dad.” IG @ollylenora
JARRED BEDGOOD (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be returning to Green Gables this summer! He was a part of World Premiere cast back at The Rev and is so happy to be working on this beautiful original piece of theater again. Not every show allows the artists to tell the story in such a unique way. Some Credits: Rent 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour (Benny), Wu-Tang: An American Saga on Hulu (Luther Simmons), The Book of Mormon (On-Stage Swing, Australia), Sister Act (TJ, Asia Tour), Memphis (Gator). Huge thanks to casting and every single creative on this team! @jar95red
TRISTEN BUETTEL (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Goodspeed?she was last here playing Kim MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie! Credits include Jersey Boys (NYC/Tour), Ever After (The Alliance), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (MT Wichita) and productions at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Alpine Theatre & Syracuse Stage. Thank you to Jenn Thompson who is one of a kind, Matte & Matt and Donna Lynn Hilton. My agents at Daniel Hoff, Mom, Dad & John who never stop cheering me on! tristenbuettel.com / @tristenjadee
GIOVANNI DA SILVA (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Goodspeed Opera House debut. Theatre Credits include: Kinky Boots, A Chorus Line (International Tour), New York City Opera (Principal Dancer), Leonard Bernstein’s Candide (European Tour), La Cage Aux Folles (Geva Theater Center), West Side Story (Virginia Repertory Theater). Originally from Los Angeles, California and graduate of Syracuse University BFA Musical Theatre. Much love to the Entire cast, crew, and creative team. Muito amor. Social: @giovannidsilva
AMANDA FERGUSON (Mrs. Barry/Miss Stacy/Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Goodspeed debut! Amanda has performed in multiple theater, TV, and film productions throughout the country, most recently Cry It Out at Shadowland Stages. Also an accomplished cabaret performer, she has appeared at Joes Pub, Cornelia Street Cafe, Pangea, and Minton’s Playhouse. Thank you to Binder Casting and the creative and production team for this opportunity, and as always, her family, both biological and chosen, for the years of unending love and support. www.theamandaferguson.com
PATRICK OLIVER JONES (Mr. Blythe/Mr. Philips/Ensemble) is very grateful for this Goodspeed debut after a two-year absence from theater due to Covid. Off-Broadway credits include The Extraordinary Ordinary, Church & State, and The Magdalene in addition to the national tours of The Addams Family and Evita. Regional performances include Kinky Boots, Bridges of Madison County, and Best Actor nominations for Fun Home and Crazy For You. His top 25 theater podcast “Why I’ll Never Make It” received a 2022 Communicator Award of Distinction. @winmipodcast
NICK MARTINEZ (Ensemble) is so excited to finally be bringing Anne to the stage here at Goodspeed. Past credits include Ride The Cyclone McCarter Theatre (Noel Gruber), The Who's Tommy Kennedy Center (Pinball Lad 1/ Ens), Grease Finger Lakes MTF (Doody), Bat Out of Hell NY City Center (Swing, Tink U/S), Newsies John Engeman Theatre (Crutchie). BFA Elon University. Thank you to my incredible team at DGRW and all my love to my incredible family - Mom, Dad, Sofia and Aamir. Follow @neeneemartin !
MORGAN MCGHEE (Ensemble) is gratified to be joining the Goodspeed family. A native of Baton Rouge, LA and graduate of AMDA and Clark Atlanta University, Morgan was most recently seen on Broadway (Ain’t Too Proud), Off Broadway (Seven Deadly Sins), and television (Showtime: Flatbush Misdemeanors; CBS: FBI, Bull). “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose is to give it away.” @Morgan.eli
JENNA LEA ROSEN (Ensemble) Goodspeed Debut! Regional: Beauty and the Beast (Belle, Moonlight), Sound of Music (Liesl, McCoy-Rigby), Fiddler (Chava, Pasadena Playhouse), Kismet (Dir. Lonny Price), Emma (Harriet, ETC), Evita (Mistress, PVPA), Parade (Monteen, 3DT). Jenna voices multiple animated characters for Disney on Sofia the First, Alice’s Wonderland Bakery, Elena of Avalor, Fancy Nancy, and many more. TV: Call Me Kat, Encore!, and Descendants 3. Love to my family! Instagram/TikTok: @jennalearosen
AVERY SOBCZAK (Ensemble) Tour: Hamilton. Regional: Anne of Green Gables (FMTF), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre). Ithaca College, BFA. Proud member of The BringAbout! Thank you to my incredible family and friends!
ELAINE COTTER (Swing) is thrilled to make her Goodspeed Opera House debut! National Tour: The Sound of Music. Regional: Mystic Pizza (Ogunquit Playhouse), Working, Mamma Mia, Grand Hotel (The Rev Theatre), Sound of Music (Marriott Theatre), Mary Poppins (Cardinal Stage Company), Little Women, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts). Special thanks to the boys at Hoff and much love to Ian and the Cotter fam for their endless support! @elainemcotter
SAM PICKART (Swing) [he/him] is thrilled to work alongside this incredible team of artists. Originally from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, he received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He is currently based in New York City. Credits include the off-Broadway production of Retraction, Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Parade (Frankie Epps), The Secret Garden (Dr. Craven), The Theory of Relativity (Paul) and more. Endless gratitude for family, friends, teachers, Ross and the A3 team. @sampickart
MATTE O’BRIEN (Book & Lyrics) is a playwright and lyricist whose work often focuses on creating and reclaiming queer stories and histories. Select plays and musicals include: The Wonderful Mr. & Mrs. O’Leary, Peter & I, As Flies to Wanton Boys, THE MEANING OF LIFE, The Worst Was This, and The Night Elaine Stritch Died. He received a Jeff Nomination for his musical White Noise, produced by Whoopi Goldberg. He has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and an MFA in Classic and Contemporary Texts from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Instagram: @matteobrien; Websites: www.matteobrien.com, and www.mattandmatte.com.
MATT VINSON (Music) is a New York City based composer, pianist, and arranger. His musical works for theatre include Peter & I, Anne of Green Gables, Exiles in Paradise, Doing Nothing All Day, Willie Mickey & the Duke, and Elfriede’s Story. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music & Humanities from the University of Southern California and is a composing alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
THOMPSON (Director) is thrilled to finally return to Goodspeed after
directing The Music Man (winner of
the 2019 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical), Oklahoma! (nominated for 7 CCC Awards,
including Outstanding Director and Musical) and Bye Bye Birdie (nominated for 5 CCC Awards, including Outstanding
Director and Musical). Other recent Connecticut credits include A Doll's House, Part 2 and The Call at TheaterWorks Hartford as
well as Abundance at Hartford Stage
(CCC nomination: Outstanding Director/Revival). Jenn served as a founding
member of Connecticut's award-winning River Rep at the Ivoryton Playhouse (just
down the river from East Haddam), where she appeared in and/or directed over 50
productions, over 19 seasons.
Recent productions include: Chains (currently running Off-Broadway at The Mint Theater), Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Musical (CTC) and Into The Woods (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). NYC credits include Conflict for Off-Broadway's celebrated Mint Theatre Company, where her 2016 production of Women Without Men garnered Lortel and Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominations for Outstanding Revival as well as 5 Drama Desk Award nominations, including Outstanding Director and Revival. Jenn served as Co-Artistic Director of Off-Broadway's award-winning TACT/The Actors Company Theatre, directing the world premiere of The Gravediggers' Lullaby, Abundance (Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival), and Lost in Yonkers (Drama Desk Nomination - Outstanding Production), among many more. Jenn has developed new works at NAMT, NYMF, AMP, FringeNYC, Rattlestick, The Abingdon, GroundUp, and The Barrow Group. Regional highlights include The Secret Garden and Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Denver Center Theatre), Mary Stuart (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), as well as productions at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Barrington Stage Company, Pioneer Theatre Company, City Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Dorset Theatre Festival and The Rev Theatre Company. Next up: the new National Tour of Annie, heading out, across the country, this fall. Jenn is married to actor Stephen Kunken. They live in Brooklyn, NY and Ivoryton CT, with their 13-year-old daughter, Naomi.
JENNIFER JANCUSKA (Choreographer) is the Artistic Director of the Brooklyn-based company, Jennifer Jancuska +The BringAbout. In the 2022-2023 season, The BringAbout will release a new docu-series on Broadstream, premiere concerts on Little Island, open for international artist Jocelyn Mackenzie, and support the development of new theatrical works by Benjamin Velez, Joel Perez, Jane Bruce, Ross Baum, Kira Stone, Hannah Corneau, and Julian Hornik. Jennifer is known for producing the sold out, bi-annual event BC BEAT, described by The New York Times as a platform to “step into the spotlight and re-imagine the possibilities for dance in musical theater.” Jennifer is currently working on Broadway as resident choreographer and dance supervisor of Hamilton. As choreographer, current projects include Anne of Green Gables (Goodspeed); The Tale of Despereaux by Pig Pen Theatre Company, co-directed by Mark Bruni, in association with Universal Theatrical Group (The Old Globe, Berkeley Rep); Kaze No Denwa (with to-be-announced development in fall 2022), and numerous video and commercial projects. Jennifer is a graduate of Cornell University and member of SDC. JenniferJancuska.com @jencuska
AMANDA MORTON (Music Supervisor) is a music supervisor/director based out of the NYC region. Upcoming, she is on the music team of KPOP: The Broadway Musical, arriving on Broadway this Fall. She also serves as music supervisor for a new musical adaptation of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Other select credits include: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical First National Tour, Ars Nova, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Lightning Rod Special, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Wilma Theater, and Theatre Horizon. She garnered Barrymore Awards for Best Music Direction on Theatre Horizon’s The Color Purple and Into the Woods as well as Wilma Theater’s Passing Strange. She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College. For JT & PJ.
MATTHEW SMEDAL (Music Director) Mrs. Doubtfire (also the Music Director of Doubtfire’s Original Broadway Cast Recording). Off-Broadway: Clueless The Musical starring Dove Cameron. National Tours: The Bodyguard starring Deborah Cox, Matilda (First National), Ghost The Musical, and Catch Me If You Can. Toronto: Matilda (Royal Shakespeare Company + Mirvish Entertainment). Elsewhere: The Bodyguard (Paper Mill Playhouse) Big Fish, Man Of La Mancha, 1776 (Musical Theatre West), Jesus Christ Superstar (North Shore), 20th Annual Los Angeles Alzheimer’s Benefit with David Hyde Pierce and Kristen Bell. Matthew served six seasons as the Associate Music Director for LA’s Reprise Theatre Company conducting for Julia Migenes, Brent Spiner, John O’Hurley, Vickie Lewis and Jason Alexander. As a pianist: Opéra de Rennes’ presentation of Cole Porter’s La Revue des Ambassadeurs, and for Grammy-award nominee Deborah Cox at the US Open Women's Singles Final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.
TRACY CHRISTENSEN (Costume Designer) Goodspeed: Passing Through, Oklahoma! (dir. Jenn Thompson), Guys and Dolls, Good News!, Something’s Afoot, and City of Angels. Broadway: Sunset Boulevard revival starring Glenn Close, Souvenir starring Judy Kaye. Recent premieres: Anne of Green Gables at the Merry Go Round Theater (2018 Syracuse Area Live Theater Award nom.); Scotland, PA (Roundabout); The Prompter (Bay Street); and Kate Hamill’s Pride & Prejudice (Cherry Lane). Other projects: Anyone Can Whistle at Carnegie Hall with Vanessa Williams, Kismet (Granada Theatre), Carousel for London’s English National Opera, Mamma Mia! for Great Lakes Theater (2018 Cleveland Critics Circle Award), Candide at Carnegie Hall with John Lithgow, Lady in the Dark starring Victoria Clark for MasterVoices, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Folger - Helen Hayes nom.), Noises Off! (Asolo), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (HBO, starring Audra McDonald), Sweeney Todd (starring Emma Thompson). Faculty: Purchase College SUNY. www.tracychristensen.com.
WILSON CHIN (Scenic Designer) Broadway: Pass Over (Lortel Award and Drama Desk nominations), Next Fall (Tony nomination for Best New Play), Cost of Living (Pulitzer Prize winner). Off-Broadway: Space Dogs (Lortel Award nomination, MCC); Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi/Public); A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet (DR2); Sweat, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Pericles (Public Mobile Unit); Wild Goose Dreams (Public/La Jolla Playhouse); The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons); My Mañana Comes (The Playwrights Realm); Too Much, Too Much, Too Many (Roundabout); The Jammer (Atlantic Theatre); Sakina’s Restaurant (Audible); Engagements (Second Stage); Informed Consent (Primary Stages). Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Eine Florentinische Tragödie/Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera, Dora Award). Film/television: Pass Over (dir. Spike Lee), Game Theory with Bomani Jones (HBO), Blindspot (NBC). Eastern Region Board member of Local USA 829. Instagram: @wilsonchindesign
PHILIP S. ROSENBERG (Lighting Designer) Broadway: Mrs. Doubtfire, Pretty Woman, The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and It’s Only a Play. Regional: Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, Hartford Stage, Alliance, Huntington Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center Theatre, The Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, The McCarter Theatre, Manhattan School of Music, Portland Stage Company, TACT, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Two River Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, and Westport Country Playhouse.
JUSTIN GOLDNER (Orchestrator) Music producer, orchestrator and session musician Justin Goldner has been privileged to make music with Sting, Ricky Martin, Macy Gray, Donald Glover, Ledisi, Jordin Sparks, Tori Kelly, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Sondheim, Ben Platt, Steve Martin, Jane Monheit, Max Martin, Alan Menken, Jason Robert Brown, Kelli O’Hara, Audra McDonald and a host of others. He’s contributed to Grammy, Tony and Golden Globe-winning projects, including Dear Evan Hansen (Broadway, film) and The Greatest Showman, and performed onstage at such storied venues as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall (Ben Platt Netflix special), the Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden (60th annual Grammy Awards), and Turkmenistan’s Mukamlar Palace. A restless traveler, peripatetic New Yorker and “language junkie,” music has taken Justin to 47 states and 61 countries where he has performed and engaged with local cultures, conducted workshops in 3 languages and exchanged experiences and music with others from across the world. www.FunkyButter.com
J. JARED JANAS (Hair, Wig and Make-Up Designer) Broadway: How I Learned to Drive, American Buffalo, Jagged Little Pill, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Gettin' the Band Back Together, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, The Visit, The Real Thing, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and All about Me. Recent Off-Broadway: Prayer for the French Republic (MTC), Kimberly Akimbo (Atlantic Theater), Seven Deadly Sins (Tectonic), Sing Street (NY Theatre Workshop), and Yours Unfaithfully (Mint Theatre, Drama Desk nomination). Recent Regional: Good Night, Oscar (Goodman); The Bluest Eye (Huntington); Clue (Paper Mill). Recent TV: And Just Like That, The Gilded Age, and Gotham.