Of Myth and Mud
By Sarah Saltwick, Directed by Jenny Kokai
November 8-16, 2013 @ Weber State University.

Production Team


Jenny Kokai

Dr. Jenny Kokai teaches theatre history, playwriting and dramaturgy, theatre education and other classes to undergraduates at Weber State. As a scholar, Jenny is currently working on a book project about underwater spectaculars and water based tourism in the United States. In addition, she is currently co-authoring an article with philosopher Mary-Beth Willard on what philosophy can learn from the expressive arts. Jenny regularly presents at academic conferences, like the American Society for Theatrical Research and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. An active playwright and director,she has directed Into the Woods, A Midsummer Nights' Dream, The Ladies of the Corridor, Boomtown, Ghost Town, Tartuffe and other plays for a variety of theatres. She wrote and directed the play Lost Land for the 2008 Frontera Festival in Austin, Texas. The student production organization, AAT, will be premiering her new play "Girl of Glass" in February.
Assistant Director

Scott Nielsen

Scott is an acting/directing major and graduating senior. While at Weber State, Scott has performed in Tartuffe, The Comedy of Oedipus and directed last semester's production of 27 Bags of Cotton. Outside of Weber, Scott has performed in numerous shows and was the full time dramaturge last year for The Ziegfeld Theater in Ogden.

Amanda Sowerby

Amanda Sowerby received her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and her BFA in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts. She worked for several years with the Gary Palmer Dance Company in California’s Bay Area and assisted in setting new and repertory pieces on the National Ballet of Peru and the National Ballet of Chile, as well as implementing outreach programs in dance for Bay Area community members. She has performed with the National Ballet’s of Chile and Peru, Enrico Labayan’s Lab Projekt USA, Yasmin Mehta’s California Contemporary Dancers and Todd Courage. Amanda’s own choreographic work has been presented at NYC’s Dance Theatre Workshop, SF’s Theatre Artaud, Diesel Cathedral, Dance Mission and SLC’s Rose Wagner Theater. In addition to her faculty position at WSU, Amanda sits on the board of the Utah Dance Education Organization as the Higher Education Representative.

Kirsten Billingsley

Kirsten is a Weber State senior with a double major in Theater and English. She played Madame Pernelle in Tartuffe and was the dramaturge for The Will Rogers Follies.
Technical Director

John Bizzell

Scenic Designer

Van Tinkham

Costumer Designer

Catherine Zublin

Catherine Zublin is a Professor of Theatre Arts and costume designer. Last spring three of the students she mentored graduated and all three are now in graduate school programs in costume design. She received her education at the University of Colorado- Boulder (BA) and Indiana University- Bloomington (MFA in costume design). In addition to her design work, she teaches academic classes, advices students and takes an active role in the governance and administration of Weber State University. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Weber State. She is the faculty advisor for the student organization Associated Actor & Technicians. She is the Vice-Chair of Design, Technology and Management for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VIII.
Costume Studio Manager

Jean-Louise England

In addition to the Herculean task of keeping order and mentoring students in the costume studio, the ever-so-creative and talented Jean-Louise, a Weber State alum, also teaches costume makeup.
Hair and Make up Designer

Karrie Freeman

Karrie is a junior studying costume design at Weber State University. She is very excited to be designing hair and makeup for Of Myth & Mud and anxious to enter her designs at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Los Angeles this coming February.
Lighting Designer

Jess Greenberg

Jessica Greenberg, Assistant Professor of Theatre Design, holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Greenberg’s work as a designer has taken her to many venues in New York and around the country, with collaborations on diverse projects in theatre, dance, performance art, exhibits, and events. New York designs include: productions with Red Fern Theatre, Castillo Theatre, Two Headed Calf, Midlantic Theatre, Heiress Productions, The Exchange/Orchard Project, and Epic Theatre Ensemble Education Programs, and associate design credits at Hartford Stage. Professor Greenberg has served as a lecturer or guest designer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hampshire College, Endicott College, Amherst College, Smith College and Yale University. You can view her online portfolio at (www.jessicagreenberg.com).
Properties Designer

David Higley

David Higley is a Senior studying Musical Theatre here at Weber State. He has been on Weber's stage in Lucky Stiff, Xanadu, Tartuffe, Anything Goes, and Our Town. He has also worked in West Yellowstone during the past at the Pinecone Playhouse for Chaps!, Drowsy Chaperone, Leading Ladies, and Calamity Jane.
Properties Mentor

Cindy Nichols

Puppetry and Projections

David Powell

A Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from Weber State University, David Powell has worked in various artistic aspects of theater including conceptual art, specialty costume crafts, and mask making. Sleepy Hollow, Five Carols for Christmas, Romeo and Juliet, and The Lion in Winter are among the projects he has worked on for WSU. Since graduating, he has gone on to be the chief leather armorer for local independent fantasy films such as "Flight From Shadow" by Wheel of Nine Productions, and "Saga: Curse of the Shadow" by Arrowstorm Entertainment. He joins us again as a background artist an animator for "Of Myth and Mud", and will be working as puppet designer for Tracy Callahan's "Mocking Bird" play this spring. David enjoys learning new artistic skills and putting them to use in the world of visual storytelling, and is thrilled to be collaborating with the creative team at WSU this year.

Alex Thedell

Alex Thedell Major: Theater Tech Class: Sophomore Interests: Photography, and play guitar and sing in my band (Sparks Fire) with my wife. Experience: Projection design for The Comedy of Oedipus and Charm Sound Design for One Act Plays Current: Performing lead guitar in Rent
Stage Manager

Taylor Knuth

Taylor Knuth is a Junior in the Musical Theatre Program. Last year he performed in Weber State's production of The Will Rogers Follies. Some of his favorite roles include Yasha in The Cradle Will Rock and Garret the Ferret in Jim Christian's Jingle Jacks.
Assist. Stage Manager

Lydia Pearce

Lydia Pearce is a sophomore at Weber State University majoring in Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Stage Management. She has helped as a projection engineer for Will Rodgers Follies as well as a Lighting Technician for Orchesis Dance Theatre and is incredibly excited to be able to help on more shows for Weber State.
Stage Manager (Currency of Fire)

Courtney Christison

Courtney is thrilled to be working with such talented people here at WSU. It is always exciting to help with new works, and this is a very fun show! Courtney is a senior in Theater Teaching with a minor in Economics. She has done scene painting, stitching, and tech work from a young age. Favorite shows include Lucky Stiff, Cinderella, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Marketing and Publicity

Christie Denniston

Christie joined Weber State this fall as the new Director of Marketing and PR for the Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities. Christie has more than 12 years experience in public relations, marketing and corporate communications for Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and non-profit organizations. She also holds a Master’s degree in public administration, with an emphasis in executive leadership from Drake University.
Web Designer

Derrick Hampson

A Weber State computer science major, Derrick designs web sites for IHC, Jorgenson Companies and theater makeup supplier Special Effect Supply Corporation.