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) is so excited to make her Goodspeed debut. The native New Yorker was recently seen in Tony-nominated Caroline Or Change. Other Broadway credits: Sharon was featured in Michael Mayer's Head Over Heels, Effie in Dreamgirls, The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Sharon was the first African-American woman to be cast in the starring role of 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, Grizabella in The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Female Lead in Smokey Joe's Cafe, Velma in Crowns, Georgina in Hallelujah Baby, Dorothy in The Wiz. Some of Sharon's film credits include the role of Etta Jones in HBO's Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Sister Act 2, For Keeps, and A Chorus Line. TV roles include Audra McDonald's alter ego on The Good Fight and Angela the opera diva on A Different World. Sharon created and hosted the internet fashion/lifestyle series The Love It Show. Sharon is the recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Dreamgirls) and an Emmy Award Certificate for NBC's Roe VS. Wade (vocal performance). 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 Marilla 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! She has been a part of the touring & NY company of Jersey Boys, Ever After at The Alliance, Smokey Joe’s Cafe at MT Wichita, has worked at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish, MT & 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 debut. Recent credits include: A Chorus Line (Paul, International Tour), New York City Opera (Principal Dancer), Leonard Bernstein’s Candide (Principal Dancer, European Tour), Kinky Boots (Fulton Theater), La Cage Aux Folles (Geva Theater Center), West Side Story (Bernardo, 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 para minha familia. Obrigado por tudo. IG: @giovannidsilva
AMANDA FERGUSON (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Goodspeed debut! A graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater, Amanda has performed in multiple theater, TV, and film productions throughout the country, most recently Cry It Out at Shadowland Stages in Ellenville, NY. Also an accomplished cabaret performer, she has appeared in such venues as Joes Pub, Cornelia Street Cafe, Pangea, and Minton’s Playhouse. She would like to thank Binder Casting and 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 (Ensemble) is so grateful to be back onstage again after more than a two-year absence due to the pandemic. Off-Broadway credits include The Extraordinary Ordinary, Church & State, and The Magdalene in addition to The Addams Family and Evita national tours. Regional he’s performed in Kinky Boots and Bridges of Madison County with Best Actor nominations for Fun Home and Crazy For You. He also hosts top 25 theater podcast “Why I’ll Never Make It.” @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.
JENN 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 credits include: Into The Woods (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), the world premiere of Anne of Green Gables (FLMTF), and 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. Other NY theatre includes 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. Upcoming projects include the new musical Diary of a Wimpy Kid (CTC/Alchemation). Jenn is married to actor Stephen Kunken. They live in Brooklyn, NY with their 12-year-old daughter, Naomi. jennthompsondirector.com
JENNIFER JANCUSKA (Choreographer) is a choreographer and creative producer, as well as the founding Artistic Director of Brooklyn based company The BringAbout, whose development work has been engaged by award winning writers, directors and producers and has been seen on stages from New York to California. 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 reimagine the possibilities for dance in musical theater.” Jennifer is currently working on Broadway as dance supervisor of Hamilton. As choreographer, she is developing two new musicals with upcoming productions. They include: The Tale of Despereax by Pig Pen Theatre Co, directed by Mark Bruni, in association with Universal Theatrical Group (The Old Globe, Berkeley Rep); and Anne of Green Gables (Goodspeed). Jennifer is a proud member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers and graduate of Cornell University. www.JenniferJancuska.com
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 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.