Meet The Team


GAELAN BEATTY (Henry Poe, Ensemble) Off Broadway debut. Other Credits: Bobby – Crazy For You, Anselmo – Man of La Mancha, Trent – The Last Resort, Sonny – Xanadu, Chad – All Shook Up, Claudio – Much Ado About Nothing, Rusty Charlie – Guys and Dolls, Danny – Grease. TV Credits: The 100, Arrow, Fringe, Emily Owens MD.
SHANNON BLANCHET (Elmira Royster, Ensemble) A graduate of the Professional Actor Training program at The University of Alberta, favorite roles include Anna in Trina Davies’ Shatter and Miss Fischer in A Picasso by Jeffrey Hatcher. Video game credits include Gentle Breezes in BioWare’s Jade Empire and Captain Enyala Mass Effect 2. Love to Mom, Dad, Astrogar, Sheldon and Vanessa.
Beth Graham
BETH GRAHAM (Rosalie Poe, Fanny Allan, Sissy Clemm, Ensemble) Beth Graham has acted in Nevermore, Hunchback and The Blue Orphan for Catalyst Theatre. She has toured across Canada with a play that she co-wrote called The Drowning Girls. Her most recent play, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, will be published this spring by Playwrights Canada Press.
Ryan Parker
RYAN PARKER (Rufus Griswold, Ensemble) Ryan is a graduate of two professional actor training programs in Canada: the University of Alberta and MacEwan University. He has been with Nevermore since its first incarnation in 2008 and is overjoyed to be a part of its Off-Broadway premiere. Ryan is also an accomplished Photographer. Check out Love to his wife Claire.
GARETT ROSS (David Poe, Jock Allan, Ensemble) Garett Ross graduated from the professional actor training program at the University of Alberta and the Theatre Arts program from MacEwan University. He has been with Nevermore from its beginning and is extremely excited to be a part of this company in its Off-Broadway premiere. Love to Jenny and the Monkey Cats.
SCOTT SHPELEY (Edgar Allan Poe) Scott is a multi-instrumentalist and a graduate of the professional actor training program from the University of Alberta. He’s been with Nevermore since its inception in 2008. Scott is in an electro-dance band: The Play Plays. Thanks DW, family, Radio Mouse, Catalyst. Lots of love to Tara.
LINDSIE VanWINKLE (Eliza Poe, Louise Gabriella, Muddy Clemm, Ensemble) Off-Broadway: The Magdalene (Mary Magdalene) dir. Richard Maltby, Jr., Flipside: The Patti Page Story (Patti Page). Regionally: White Christmas (Betty Haynes) dir. Randy Skinner, Les Miserables (Fantine), 9to5: The Musical! (Judy Bernly), The Spitfire Grill (Percy), EVITA (Eva Peron), My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle). Proud member of Actors’ Equity! LSMCaF! For Grandad.
JENNIFER BYRNE (Understudy All Female Parts) is thrilled to join the cast of Nevermore! Favorite roles: Linda: Evil Dead The Musical (original OB cast recording), Mrs. Larusso: It’s Karate, Kid the Musical! (NYIT Nomination, NY cast recording), Claire DeLoone: On The Town (FLMTF), Sheila: A Chorus Line (Maltz Jupiter), Brooke Wyndham: Legally Blonde (MGR). Proud member of AEA, CAEA, SAG/AFTRA. Love to family and friends.
STEPHEN CERF (Understudy David Poe, Jock Allan; Understudy Henry Poe) Off Broadway debut! Performance credits: Jersey Boys; Spamalot; The Witches Of Eastwick; A Christmas Carol; Gypsy; Fiddler on the Roof; Les Mis. Producing credits: Tuck Everlasting. Thanks to Jonathan, Laura, Radio Mouse Entertainment and Michael Cassara! Love to Alexandra and Indy. Phillipians 4:13. Follow me @cerfsup on Instagram and Twitter.
ROB MORRISON (Understudy Edgar Allan Poe; Understudy Rufus Griswold; Understudy Henry Poe) NY stage: Avenue Q at NWS (Nicky/Trekkie), Pericles at Eureka Suitcase (Pericles), Pinkalicious at NWS (Peter). TV: PBS’ Emmy-winning Peg + Cat (Beethoven, Big Mouth, Singing Goat, others), Unforgettable, Alpha House. Film: Freedom w/ Cuba Gooding, Jr. Rob composed the score for the award-winning film Sun Belt Express. Member of the folk-rock band The Hollows.


Jonathan Christenson - Director and Writer Nevermore
JONATHAN CHRISTENSON (Writer, Composer, Lyricist, Director) Jonathan is a director, playwright and composer and the artistic director of Canada’s Catalyst Theatre. His plays – Vigilante, The Soul Collector, Nevermore – The Imaginary Life & Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, The Blue Orphan, and The House of Pootsie Plunket, to name a few – have appeared at theatres throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, the U.S. and Canada and at such festivals as the London International Festival of Theatre, Luminato, Le Carrefour, The High Performance Rodeo, The PuSh Festival, and Magnetic North. His work as a writer, director and composer has been honoured by Canada’s Sterling, Betty Mitchell and SAT Awards, Scotland’s Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards, and the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence Awards. He has also received multiple nominations for the UK’s Stage Awards, the Dora Awards, and the Alberta Book Awards. In 2011, Venture Magazine named him one of “Alberta’s Fifty Most Influential People” and Alberta Playwrights Network chose him as one of Alberta’s one hundred most significant theatre artists of the past one hundred years. His plays have been published by Playwrights Canada Press and Newest Press and his work has been featured in American Theatre, Canadian Theatre Review, PRISM International, Canada World View and All Stages Magazine. Last year Bayeux Arts published his first children’s book, Maximilian’s Mistake.

BRETTA GERECKE (Production Designer) graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Interior Design and from the University of Alberta with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design.  She is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre, where she has designed world premieres that have toured internationally to Great Britain, Australia, and the U.S. and across Canada. Bretta also works at The Citadel Theatre, Canadian Stage, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Theatre Calgary, The Globe Theatre, The Stratford Festival and Cirque du Soleil. She is the recipient of over twenty awards, including Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, Jessie Richardson Awards, Betty Mitchell Awards and SAT Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Set, Lighting and Costume Design; The Enbridge Award for Best Emerging Artist; The Global Women of Vision Award; Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40.  She designed a summer home on Devil’s Lake, Alberta, is a marathon runner, and continues her work as an Archaeological Illustrator.

LAURA KREWSKI (Choreographer) has choreographed original musicals Frankenstein, Hunchback and Vigilante for Catalyst Theatre. She choreographed Enron (National Arts Centre), Spamalot (Citadel Theatre), Next to Normal (Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary), Chicago and Footloose (The Mayfield), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  (Belfry Theatre/Vancouver Arts Club), Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore (Edmonton Opera). Laura has received the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award (Arts and Culture), three Sterling Awards and a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Choreography.
WADE STAPLES (Sound Designer) holds diplomas in Music, Recording, and Theatre Production from MacEwan University, where he has been an instructor and designer for the Theatre Production program for the past twenty-one years. A board member of the Associated Designers of Canada, Wade has designed and toured numerous productions across Canada, the United States, and Europe. This summer Wade will be designing sound for the ADC Exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial of Design 2015.
MATTHEW SKOPYK (Music Producer) is an Edmonton-based sound designer, composer and music producer. Music production credits include: Vigilante, The Soul Collector (Catalyst Theatre). Sound design and composition credits include: Titus Andronicus (Free Will Players), Palace of the End (Theatre Network), Enron (National Arts Centre) and Playing With Fire (Alberta Theatre Projects/ Citadel Theatre). Matthew currently resides as the Head of Audio for the Drama Department at the University of Alberta.
Betty Moulton
BETTY MOULTON (Voice, Speech and Text Director) has been vocal director for over 30 years in U.S., U.K. and Canadian professional actor training programs. Professionally: 10 seasons at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Catalyst’s Vigilante, Hunchback, The Soul Collector, and Citadel’s As You Like It, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women and The Three Musketeers. Love to family.
David Wilson
DAVID WILSON (Singing Repetiteur) is a Singer, Conductor, Voice Teacher, Yoga Instructor and Breath Therapist. He is recognized across Canada as the leading authority on the use of Yoga, Functional Vocal Work and Breath Therapy to aid proper singing and speaking technique. He tours regularly, offering workshops to singers, actors, teachers and professionals on vocal power, anxiety relief, and respiratory health. His DVD/Book, The Wilson Method for Singers and Actors will be released in 2015.


MICHAEL CASSARA, CSA (Casting Director) Recent credits include Forbidden Broadway (most recent two editions and cast albums), Fat Camp (off-Broadway and regional), I Love Lucy® Live On Stage (2014-15 national tour), dozens of regional theatres, and countless readings and workshops. Resident Casting Director: NYMF, NAMT, NAAP. Film: The Hyperglot (dir. Michael Urie – Artios nomination for excellence in casting), Contest, Grantham & Rose. Upcoming: The 12 (Denver Center/world premiere). Native Clevelander. Member, Casting Society of America. / @michaelcassara

CANDICE CHARNEY (Production Stage Manager) Originally from Williams Lake, BC, Canada, Candice moved to Edmonton 14 years ago where she graduated from the Technical Theatre Stage Management program at the University of Alberta. Select credits include Frankenstein, Nevermore, Hunchback, The Soul Collector and Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre), Where the Blood Mixes (Theatre Network/Theatre Aquarius/Western Canada Theatre).

TRISHA HENSON (Assistant Stage Manager) Broadway: OrphansSoul DoctorThe Road to MeccaHarvey(Roundabout). Off-Broadway: Tail! Spin!The Divine SisterJudith of Bethulia (DRTM); The Tribute ArtistOlive and the Bitter Herbs (Primary Stages); The Third Story (MCC); Water by the Spoonful (Second Stage); Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova).

PRODUCTION CORE (Production Supervisor) lends support and guidance to theatre companies that produce high quality theatrical performances and need direction/support on the collaboration, planning and execution of the production process. The Production Core team is James E. Cleveland, Jared Goldstein, David Upton, Ron Grimshaw, Maggie Davis, Chasmin Hallyburton, Julie Shelton, Amber Mathis, S.M. Payson, Leah Vogel, Esti Bernstein, Gayle Riess, Felicia Hall, Darielle Shandler, A.J. Jacobs, and Regina Vitale.

JAMES ROBERT BOUDREAU (Catalyst Production Manager) Jim Bob is a freelance Production Manager/Technical Director. Catalyst Theatre productions he has worked on in the past include: Vigilante, Hunchback, Frankenstein and The Blue Orphan. Prior to starting his freelance activities in 1990, he worked for Canadian companies such as, The Stratford Festival; The Banff Centre; The Manitoba Theatre Centre; The Vancouver Playhouse and The Canadian Stage Company. For more information visit his web site at

DR THEATRICAL MANAGEMENT (General Management) Current productions: Clever Little Lies; Stars of David (National Tour); Wiesenthal; Brooklynite (part of the Vineyard Theatre’s 2014/15 Season); Rasheeda Speaking (part of The New Group’s 2014/15 Season). Past productions: Buyer & Cellar (NY & National Tour); TAIL! SPIN!; Annapurna; Love, Loss, and What I Wore (NY & National Tour); My Name is Asher Lev; The Divine Sister; Sticks and Bones; Billy & Ray; Traces; among others.


RADIO MOUSE ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) is an award-winning production company founded by M. Kilburg Reedy and Jason E. Grossman. Radio Mouse theater credits include the Broadway production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony, Drama Desk, NY Drama Critics, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play), the Broadway and National Tour productions of Peter and the Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards), The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway, and the Olivier Award-nominated West End production of Lend Me A Tenor The Musical.

MARTIN HUMMEL (Producer) previously co-produced Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, Off-Broadway, and National Tour) and Langston Hughes’s Little Ham (Off-Broadway), and was the lead producer of Daniel Jenkins’s and Robert Stanton’s Love Child at New World Stages.  A graduate of TDF’s Commercial Theatre Institute (Class of 2003), he also helped to bring Deaf West Theatre’s Big River to Broadway. Martin juggles his lifelong passion for theater with his work as a physicist at a major aerospace company on the West Coast.

CAIOLA PRODUCTIONS (Producer) is an award-winning production company founded by brother and sister team Luigi Caiola and Rose Caiola. Credits include All The Way starring Bryan Cranston (2 Tony Awards including Best Play) and the recent Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf  (3 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play). During the 2014-15 season Caiola Productions is co-producing It’s Only A Play, The Elephant Man, You Can’t Take It With You, and An American In Paris.

TERRY SCHNUCK (Producer) is a multi-award-winning Broadway and Off-Broadway producer whose numerous credits include the current Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and You Can’t Take It With You, and the upcoming Fun Home at Circle in the Square. Past productions over the last decade include the following Tony Award winning productions: Clybourne Park, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Hair, and Spring Awakening. Off-Broadway he produced the acclaimed drama Falling at the Minetta Lane Theater.

SUSAN JAFFE TANE (Producer) is a philanthropist and longtime bibliophile who holds the world’s foremost collection of Edgar Allan Poe literary artifacts. Among her acquisitions are one of only twelve known copies of Tamerlane and the only known manuscript copy of Poe’s poem “The Conqueror Worm.” Ms. Tane sits on various advisory boards and councils for Boston University, Cornell University, The Westport Library, The Morgan Library & Museum and The Grolier Club. She has been listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Women for almost three decades.

HERNREICH-HORVATH PRODUCTIONS (Producer) is Robert E. Hernreich and Holly Horvath. Robert is a past owner of the Sacramento Kings (NBA), the Texas Rangers (MLB), the Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA), and the Arena Football League Arizona Rattlers. Also a philanthropist, Robert is the President of Remonov Capital, Inc. and the Vice President of Remonov & Company, Inc., and is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Broadcasting Company of Arkansas. Nevermore marks Robert’s and Holly’s New York debut as theatrical producers.

CATALYST THEATRE (Producer) Based in Edmonton, Canada, Catalyst Theatre creates original plays under the artistic leadership of Jonathan Christenson, and with the collaboration of Resident Designer Bretta Gerecke. The company’s work is characterized by a bold and distinctive theatricality that integrates evocative music with striking visual imagery, a heightened physical performance style, poetic text, and an often darkly comic sensibility. Catalyst’s multi-award winning productions have toured the UK, Canada, Australia and the USA. These have included The House of Pootsie Plunket, The Blue Orphan, Frankenstein, Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe and Hunchback.

FIREBOAT PRODUCTIONS LLC (Co-Producer) Founded in 2010 by Broadway and regional theatre actor Gordon Stanley, Fireboat co-produced Iron Curtain with Prospect Theatre Company, and last year produced a developmental reading of James Armstrong’s adaptation of Moby-Dick. Gordon was also an investor in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

MARY COSSETTE (Co-Producer) is a five-time NYC Marathon finisher (raising $500K+ for Memorial Sloane Kettering) whose extensive producing credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award for Best Play), Bonnie & Clyde, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War, Will Rogers Follies, and Woody Sez.

MEREDITH LYNSEY SCHADE (Co- Producer) Broadway: Bridges of Madison County; Vanya & Sonia… (Tony Award). Recent: Gun Control Theatre Action Week; Soulographie (La Mama); Venus in Fur, Uncle Vanya (CSC). She produces experimental and classical works both domestically and internationally.  The former Executive Director of ArtWallah, she also founded the e-play periodical StageReads.

CAROL L. BIXLER (Associate Producer) has produced theater in the US, France, Mexico, London, Australia, and Prague, in locations ranging from an abandoned French caserne to Wall Street.

DEEPA DESAI (Associate Producer) made her theatrical debut as an investor in the Tony Award winning play Vanya and Sonia….  She is a former consultant with McKinsey & Co. and a lifelong theatre lover.

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