This year we are thrilled to welcome some old faces, and some new guest artists to the LTR stage.
David Grapes II* is a full tenured professor and Founding Director of the School of Theatre Arts and Dance at UNC, where he also serves as the Producing Artistic Director for UNC’s 82-year-old professional summer stock company – Little Theatre of the Rockies. An award winning director, actor, and playwright, David has provided artistic and administrative leadership for a wide variety of theatrical institutions including two professional regional LORT theatres, 3D productions – a commercial bus and truck touring company, and two nationally recognized university theatre departments. An active member of SDC and AEA, his work as a director (225+ productions) and actor has been seen in major theatres from coast to coast. As a DGA member, David is the creator or co-creator of seven musical revues and four plays.
Professional acting credits include leading roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Amadeus, The Miser, The School For Wives, The Merchant of Venice, A Christmas Carol, ART, The Cherry Orchard, Talley’s Folly, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Man For All Seasons, and The Drawer Boy. David is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, the Dramatist Guild of America, and is a graduate of Glenville State College and the MFA Acting/Directing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2010, David was honored by Glenville State College as its Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
His UNC/Little Theatre of the Rockies directorial credits include: LA Senior Showcase (2007 – 2016), Candida, Rounding Third, Bleacher Bums, Dracula: The Case of the Silver Scream, The Tempest, Babes in Hollywood, Tuesdays With Morrie, The Drawer Boy, Titanic – The Musical!, Bad Dates, God’s Man in Texas, Heartbreak House, Twelfth Night: or Gun Fight at the Illyria Corral, Doubt, Quilters, The Taffetas, Hay Fever, The Elephant Man, Tintypes, The Lady With All The Answers, Nixon’s Nixon, One More For My Baby, You Can’t Take It With You, Harvey, Ragtime, Escanaba in da Moonlight, Private Lives, Queen Lear, Master Class, 39 Steps, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, God of Carnage, Once in A Lifetime, Sweeney Todd, Marathon 33, and Aida.
Henry Haggard* is a native of Lexington, Kentucky but has lived in Nashville since 1996. He has performed locally and regionally with Nashville Children’s Theatre, The Lexington Children’s Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Mockingbird Theatre, The Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Repertory Theatre, Actor’s Bridge Ensemble Theatre, American Stage Theatre and The Kennedy Center. Selected roles include Prospero in The Tempest, Macbeth in Macbeth, Hugo Taney in God’s Man in Texas, Dr. Amos in Smoke; A Ballad of the Nightriders, Aaronow in Glengarry Glen Ross, Morgan in The Drawer Boy and Ray in Yankee Tavern. Screen credits include Ambush (1992 PBS), Reception to Follow (Sundance Film Channel, 1995), Second Chance (Ruckus Films, 2004), Prism (Sony 2007), The Prodigal Son (Compass Films 2007), Blood Rogues (2009), Veggie Tales: McLarry & the Stinky Cheese (Dreamworks, 2013-14) Beast of Balor (short 2013), Boulevard (Camelia Entertainment, 2014) Closer to God (2014), Paraphilia, (short, 2015), Agents of Fortune, (Web Series 2015) The Committee, (web series 2014-15) Wonderboy (short, 2016). Henry was the 2000 recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Ingram Acting Fellowship, the 1989 recipient of the Kentucky chapter of the National Arts and Letters Society Theatre Award for Excellence and the former Chairman of the Nashville Actor’s Equity Association’s Liaison Committee.
Matthew Herrick* is an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at UNC, where he has directed and/or choreographed, Sunday in the Park with George, Dogfight, Children of Eden, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Altar Boyz, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Fantasticks, Parade, and Shakespeare’s Richard III. As an actor in UNC’s The Little Theatre of the Rockies, he played Alan in God of Carnage (2014), Victor in Private Lives (2013), Dan in Next to Normal (2012) and Harold Hill in The Music Man (2011).
He has worked as a Director/Musical Director of multiple productions in NYC and beyond. Directing/Musical Directing credits include: Homer’s Odyssey (Off-Broadway-Handcart Ensemble, NYC), Ghost Motif (Oracle Theatre, NYC), The Last 5 Years, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Last 5 Years, Songs For a New World, Annie Get Your Gun, and Crazy for You.
Transplanted from NYC, he was working as an actor in theatre, TV, commercials, and soap operas. He formerly taught at New York University and The University of Texas at Austin, and his own private studio in Times Square. He collaborated with Stephen Schwartz on Children of Eden, and debuted his solo-cabaret, Only Heaven Knows, at Don’t Tell Mama. Other select NYC credits: Carnegie Hall soloist, multiple national commercials, As the World Turns, Alcestis (Off-Broadway), The Burial at Thebes (Off-Broadway), Moishe in Warsaw, Mitchell in Berlin. Regional credits: Jamie in The Last 5 Years, Marius in Les Miserables, Adam in Children of Eden, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, and many more.
Education: MFA in Acting from The University of Texas at Austin. BFA in Musical Theatre from Brigham Young University.
John Jankow is thrilled to return to LTR for Sister Act and Peter and the Starcatcher. Past LTR credits include Anthony Reilly in Outside Mullingar, Greg in Sylvia, Reuben in Escanaba in da Moonlight, Charlie in On Golden Pond, David in Enter Laughing, and Charlie in The Foreigner. John was most recently seen as both Eddie and Uncle Louie in Lost in Yonkers at Midtown Arts Center, and in the sketch comedy Christmas show Santa’s Big Red Sack at the Avenue Theater. On camera, he is currently featured in a series of commercial spots for TGIFridays. Denver audiences may know him from productions with Impulse Theater, Rattlebrain Theater, and Paragon Theater, as well as various television and radio commercials. In the Northwest, credits include Wit and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde at Artists Repertory Theater, and an extended run of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding for Hey City Theater. A 1995 graduate of UNC’s acting and directing programs, John also studied acting at Circle In The Square Theater School in NYC. John would like to thank his wonderful wife, Jennie, and his amazing kids, Maddie, Ben, Nicholas and Molly, for their constant encouragement, support and love.
Dontalle Sylvester is excited to return to LTR! He received his theatre and acting education from the University of Northern Colorado. Previous work includes [National Tour: Four Score and Seven Years Ago (Lemeul)] [Regional: Euphoria (Al), Their Eyes Were Watching God (Lee Coker, Ed), Uncle Jed’s Barbershop (Man 1, Mr. Jenkins, Mr. Porter, Preacher 2), A Raisin in the Sun (Walter Lee Younger) and Aida (Amonasro)]. He would like to thank you for taking the time out to come see the show. He would also like to thank the cast, crew and all of his family and close friends who love and support him so much. Enjoy the show!
Megan Van De Hey* has been a professional actress/vocalist for over 15 years. For the past nine years Megan has resided in the Rocky Mountain region. It is here that she calls home and has built a career in regional theatre, taking on such roles as Mother in Ragtime, Diana in Next to Normal, and Edith/Edie in Grey Gardens to name a few. Megan has been a multiple Henry Award, Ovation Award, True West Award, and Marlowe Award winner since relocating after spending 7 years building her career in Chicago, where she was a 3-time Joseph Jefferson Nominee. She was a performer at the original House of Blues in Chicago and was a featured performer at Voltaire Cabaret in Chicago. She can be heard on original cast recordings of Madam X, and Brutal Planet. Megan is a proud card holding member of AEA and currently serves on the Equity Liaison Committee.
Alison Vasquez, from San Antonio, Texas, is an instructor of theatre at San Antonio College. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Theatre at The Ohio State University, and her Bachelor’s in theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. She trained with the Royal Shakespeare Company and their Stand Up for Shakespeare pedagogy. She performed as company member and director with CP Repertory Theater Company for seven years, performing in the North America and seven countries in South America. She is celebrating her thirteenth year of marriage with her husband Rene, and their two-year old daughter, Paloma.
Directing: La Pastorela, Panza Monologues (Teatro Audaz San Antonio); Zoot Suit, Early Music & Shakespeare (San Antonio College); Luchadora!, Zoot, This Above All, The Comedy of Errors (Palo Alto College); La Flor de La Canela, This Above All (The Ohio State University); The Alabaster Jar, Look Ma No Mirrors, Anybody Know the Way?, The Assay, Died October 20th (CP Repertory Theater Company).
*Appears Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association