Meet The Partners

SALLY JO BANNOW is an actor, improviser, singer, director, teacher, and mom. She has been a massage therapist and yoga instructor for many years as an avocation. Her love of animals brought three adorable Wheaten Terriers into her family. Sally Jo loves being a professional actor, and she also has a strong need to be in service to others. That’s why she’s a perfect fit for Phoenix Theatre’s Partners That Heal. She also works with Essential Theatre Company, which does not perform, but rather offers a drama technique that invites the participants into greater compassion and connection with each other. Sally Jo has many creative outlets: drawing, playing piano and violin (and learning ukulele), and painting.




DAVID DICKINSON is a programmer turned actor. Dickinson has been privileged to be a part of the Arizona theatre community for the last ten years, performing for Phoenix Theatre, Childsplay, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Southwest Shakespeare, Shakespeare Sedona, Class 6 Theatre and Desert Foothills Theatre. He is currently a proud member of Partners That Heal with Phoenix Theatre. For the last seven seasons, David toured regionally and internationally with Childsplay, Speelthater Holland and La Jolla Playhouse, delighting young audiences in over 1,000 stage performances.  He has recently begun directing productions with Class 6 Theatre at the Mesa Arts Center and is an Associate Artist of the Megaw Actors Studio where he continues to train and coach. He is represented by the FORD/Robert Black Agency for film and commercial work. On televisio,n he hosts the locally produced show, Food Ball, a teen cooking competition. After a career in software development and completing a Master's degree in Information Management from ASU, he went back to school to complete a degree in Theatre from Scottsdale Community College.  He has also studied at the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. David makes his home in Scottsdale, where enjoys learning French and tinkering with music: he plays the violin well, the piano poorly and the banjo very badly.

MIKE LAWLER Mike’s theatrical credits include The Importance Of Being Earnest, To Kill A Mockingbird, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Arizona Theatre Company); Pippin, Our Town, Noises Off, Company, Will Rogers Follies, Cabaret (Arizoni Award), Beauty And The Beast, Gypsy (Phoenix Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Burning In The Night- A Hobo’s Song (World Premiere, Theater Works); Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Actors Theatre); The Fever (Lannan Foundation); Talley’s Folly (Canyon Moon Theatre); Last Night Of Ballyhoo, The Immigrant, Vilna’s Got a Golem (Arizona Jewish Theatre Co.) Television credits include a co-leading role in the BBC mini-series Spies, Lies, And The Superbomb as well as the Lifetime mini-series Maneater.  Mike was a visiting instructor of theatre at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Co. where he directed productions of Our Town and Fortinbras. He is thrilled to be a member of Phoenix Theatre’s Partners That Heal.

KIM MANNING Her long career has taken her from The Ice Capades, to dance, theater, film, television and back, touring through North & South America and much of Europe. She lived in Spain for 24 years. Some of her favorite gigs there include, The Cheetah Girls 2 for The Disney Channel (directed by Kenny Ortega), various shows on Spanish television including Un Dos Tres and Manos a la Obra (nine seasons each), an invitation to perform in the Edinburgh International Festival and three one-woman shows. She also co-owns a beautiful restaurant in Madrid! Kim moved back to Phoenix in 2008 to be near family and has since worked onstage with Phoenix Theatre, Childsplay, and Rising Youth Theatre. Her heart beats stronger and faster when she works with Partners That Heal. She's a founding member of the group and has been entertaining the kids at Phoenix Children's Hospital and other health care facilities since 2008. She is also very honored to be a part of Essential Theatre, where the work as performer and teaching artist with at-risk youth is an exciting challenge every single day! 

BRIAN E. SWEIS A founding member of Partners That Heal and forever a kid at heart, Brian loves making people laugh. While he believes a good dose of laughter is priceless, what’s most important is being involved with projects that simply make people “feel”- whether it be through the playback theatre work he does with at-risk youth as an ensemble member of Essential Theatre, or as a vocalist in the longest running Christmas Cabaret in the valley during the holidays. Brian has performed on stage with more than 10 theatres across the valley, including Phoenix Theatre. Aside from theatre, he occasionally plays the role of host, MC, announcer, or production manager for live events, and also assists in the training of medical students as a standardized patient for the University of Arizona School of Medicine. He can often be found in the studio doing voiceovers for clients such as Pearson, Amazon, and the University of Phoenix. While Brian continues to love working in theatre, film, commercials, and voiceover, nothing fills his heart more than the work he does with Partners That Heal.

CAROLINE WAGNER Caroline is a professional actress and theatre educator. She has been immersed in the arts her whole life. Caroline studied ballet at the prestigious performing arts boarding school Walnut Hill in Natick, Massachusetts. After receiving her Associates degree from Scottsdale Community College, she graduated from Arizona State University Summa Cum Laude in 2010, majoring in Theatre. Her senior thesis project was focused on “using theatre and humor in healthcare settings." Caroline works as an actress, children's theatre teacher, choreographer, singer, dancer, improviser, college professor, standardized patient, and theatre for social change advocate. However, her favorite job is being a member of Partners That Heal since 2009. She feels honored to be a part of such a special program. It’s the best job in the world!