The Scarlet Letter

Nov 4 - Nov 13, 2011 The New Hazlett Theatre Center for Performing Arts
Performances are typically 2 hours long. Showtimes: Friday & Saturday @ 8:00 PM
Sunday @ 2:30 PM

The Scarlet Letter - Cast Biographies

Ivy Steinberg (Hester)
Ivy is relatively new to the Pittsburgh theater scene and is excited to be making her Prime Stage Theatre debut as Hester. She has performed all across the country and locally with Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Theatre Sans Serif, Pittsburgh Savoyards, and McKeesport Little Theater from which she won Best Actress for the 2010 season for her portrayal of Suzy in Wait Until Dark. Ivy has a BA in Theater and Music from Central Methodist University Missouri, and she studied and worked as a Journeyman with the Warehouse Theater in Greenville, SC. Some past favorite roles include: Alex in On the Verge, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and Hermia in Midsummer Night’s Dream. Coming up, Ivy can be seen bouncing about town in December as the Easter Bunny with Musical Mysteries and More. She thanks her husband (aka best friend & coach) Jamin, and her family for their encouragement, love, and support.

Justin Fortunato (Dimmesdale)
Justin recently graduated Point Park University with his BFA in Musical Theatre.  He is very grateful to be back at Prime Stage for another wonderful show. Past Prime Stage credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie and Mitch Albom in Tuesdays with Morrie. Other credits include Horton in Seussical, Gordon Miller in Room Service, Creon in Antigone, Gander in Charlotte’s Web, Luther Rosser in Parade, Boris Adzinizinadze in Can-Can, Father Flynn in Doubt, Georg Nowack in She Loves Me, Brother Peter in A Child's Guide to Heresy, Leslie Banbridge in Taking Steps, Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd, and Father Frog in A Year With Frog and Toad.   He has also directed Carrnivale Theatric's productions of Ragtime and Into the Woods. He would like to thank the cast and crew, Wayne and Connie, and Katie for this awesome opportunity. I hope you like the show Grandma.

Victoria Perl (Young Pearl)
11 year old Victoria is new to Prime Stage Theater! She loves her school Mary Queen of Apostles in New Kensington where she is in the 5th grade. She also loves to sing, act, and dance. She has been in many shows including the Nutcracker, Children of Eden, Christmas Carol, Plain Princess and more! In her free time she loves to horseback ride, sew, and run. She is very proud to be in Scarlet Letter and hopes you enjoy it!

Rebecca Steer (Older Pearl)
A Chicago native and brand new to this city, Rebecca is thrilled to be making her Pittsburgh stage debut with Prime Stage Theatre. She graduated last year from Emory University in Atlanta where she studied both theater and psychology. She supplemented her training with two internationally acclaimed conservatories — The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Moscow Art Theatre School. Some favorite roles include Maid Marian in Robin Hood for Windy City Players—National Tour, Cassandra in Trojan Women for Theater Emory, and Madelyn in “The Mockingbird” for Herbivore Productions—Independent Short Film. Rebecca is grateful for this incredible opportunity. She sincerely thanks her parents and the love of her life, Micah, for their steadfast support along this unpredictable, artistic journey.

Peter Evan (Chillingworth)
Peter makes his debut to Prime Stage. A native of California, he has performed in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, and now Pennsylvania. His stage credits include The Fantasticks, The Crucible, The Outsiders, A Christmas Carol, and The Wizard of Oz. He’d like to thank God for His guidance, his girlfriend Xiomara for giving him her heart, and his family for their unwavering love and support.

Charlotte Sonne (Mistress Hibbins)
Charlotte is delighted to be returning to Prime Stage Theatre for her 5th show. It feels like a homecoming! Charlotte has appeared with many Pittsburgh theaters including South Park Theatre, Open Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, Red Barn Theater, Old Schoolhouse Players, Throughline Theatre Company and Baldwin Players. Among her favorite roles were Grandma in Lost in Yonkers, Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible, the 3rd Priest in Murder in the Cathedral, Irena in The Music Lesson, Mrs. Markby in An Ideal Husband and, most recently Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Charlotte has degrees in vocal performance from Ohio Wesleyan University and Ohio State University. She has sung about 15 operatic roles, and has an active voice studio in her home.

Bill Crean (Governor Bellingham)
Bill is performing in his third production with Prime Stage, having appeared as Sheriff Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird and Boss in Of Mice and Men. Bill is a local voice talent and commercial actor who has performed at area theaters including South Park, Actors Civic Theater in McKees Rocks, and this summer with Throughline Theater in the Seton Center in Brookline as Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Thanks for this opportunity to continue Prime Stage’s mission of bringing literature to life.

Ken Lutz (Reverend Wilson)
Ken is a retired Pittsburgh Public Schools music teacher. His professional pursuits have included acting for the American Conservatory Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and CLO, announcing for WQED-TV, and conducting for the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Civic Symphony. An active musician, Ken plays clarinet in the East Winds Symphonic Band and the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra. His recent acting roles include George Spelvin in The Actor’s Nightmare with Proudly Presents Productions, Weller in Grand Dream Productions’ The Gin Game, Charles Thomson in 1776 with Artscape, and Dr. Dorn in Wooden Rocket's The Seagull. He has appeared in seven Prime Stage productions, performing the role of Robert E. Lee Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird, Candy in Of Mice and Men, Frankland and Perkins in The Hound of the Baskervilles, Juror #9 in Twelve Angry Men, Prof. Willard and Constable Warren in Our Town, Montague in Romeo and Juliet, and Father Crane, Jurgen, and Balthas in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Cynthia Caul (Goodwife)
Cynthia's excited to be working with Prime Stage for the first time on such a timeless and inspiring piece.  Cynthia received her B.A. in Theatre from American University studying for a semester at the British American Drama Academy in London.  She recently returned from Ghana where she worked in theatre for development with the U.S. Peace Corps.  Favorite credits include Margery in The Country Wife, Laura in The Psychic, The Mother in Machinal, Effie in The Cherry Sisters, and Varya in The Cherry Orchard.

Stacey Rosleck (Goodwife)
Stacey is thrilled to appear in her second Prime Stage Theatre production, with her first being The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. She also has performed in shows with Stage Right Theatre in Twentieth Century, Crimes of the Heart as well as Warren Players in The King and I, There Was An Old Woman in her hometown of Warren, Pa. This past summer, Stacey was an extra in The Dark Knight Rises. She also is a member of the Chancel Choir at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church.

Matt Henderson (Sexton)
Matt is excited to return to Prime Stage after performing the role of Chris Theodorakis in their premiere production of The Westing Game. He is a recent graduate of Seton Hill University's theatre program, where he appeared in Red Herring, Life Is a Dream, The Bald Soprano, The Lesson, Side by Side by Sondheim, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and An Evening of One-Act Plays by Anton Chekov. He has performed at various venues in the Pittsburgh area, including Off the Wall in Boom, Bricolage in Speech & Debate and Weightless, City Theatre in the Young Playwrights Festival, Future Tenant in 12-Sided Die, and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival for In the Frame, Soft Warm Rain, and Reservations Cancelled.

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