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Debra K. Stevens
D. Scott Withers*
"Least Likely to Live Up to His Name"
Rusty Ferracane is a professional actor, singer, director and educator, appearing in regional theatres across the country including the American premier of the musical Enter the Guardsman Off-Broadway. Rusty has appeared in many Phoenix Theatre productions over the last 25 years, most recently in Newsies playing Joseph Pulitzer. Some other highlights here include La Cage Aux Folles (Georges), Man of LaMancha (Don Quixote), Evita (Peron) as well as The Music Man (Harold Hill) and South Pacific (Emile de Becque), both with the Phoenix Symphony. As a director, Rusty has worked for Mesa Encore Theatre, Fountain Hills Theatre, Theatre Works and staged readings of the opera Riders of the Purple Sage at Arizona Opera. He has a Masters Degree in Education and is a teaching artist at Arizona School for the Arts. For performance schedule and information on both of his CDs, go to CDBaby.com, ITunes or his website: www.RustyFerracane.com
Least Likely to Apologize Despite Being Canadian
Pasha is thrilled to call Phoenix and Phoenix Theatre his home after spending most of his life in Tehran, Iran, Toronto, Canada and Nice, France. Pasha trained with Cirque du Soleil through FESFO in Ottawa, Ontario, in the fields of Improvisation, Stilt Clowning and Mime. He also performed at the National Jeunes Pour Rire festival in Montreal, Quebec, at the historic Théâtre St-Denis. ASU B.A Journalism Cronkite School French Minor, AAFA Theatre and Film Arts SCC. Selected Credits Include: Acting — Phoenix Theatre — It’s Only A Play, Baskerville, In The Heights (Usnavi), 39 Steps (Clown 1), La Cage Aux Folles (Francis), Nureyev’s Eyes (R. Nureyev), Boeing Boeing (Robert — 2012 ariZoni Award) Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Opus (Alan — 2013 ariZoni Award), Stray Cat Theatre — ... Chad Deity (Vigneshwar Paduar — 2014 ariZoni Award) Off- Broadway — Tada Theatre — Kirt Shineman’s Forbidden Glass (one-man show). Directing — Phoenix Theatre — Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, One Man, Two Guvnors, Our Town, A Christmas Story, Black Theatre Troupe — Looking Over the Presidents Shoulder, Two Trains Running, Coming of the Hurricane, Southwest Shakespeare — Comedy of Errors. International — Ollivander’s Wand Shop Experience at Universal Studios Japan (Director), Trails at the Calgary Stampede (Assistant to Director). Affiliations — Proud member of LMDA, Eugene O’Neill Fellow, National Critics Institute Graduate, Kennedy Center ACTF dramaturgy/Criticism. IMDB. “Don’t give in to your fears, if you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart” P. Coelho
"Most Likely to be Cast in Wicked"
Tony is ecstatic to be making his Phoenix Theatre debut with It’s Only A Play. He’s an ensemble member and teaching artist with Childsplay Theatre and a graduate of Northern Arizona University. Some favorite performances include: Humbug in Phantom Tollbooth, Zachary in The Grumpiest Boy in the World(Childsplay); Dromio of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors, Simple in Merry Wives (SWS); Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night, Male Greek Chorus in How I Learned to Drive (Class 6); Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Mr. Gatch in H2$ (Theatre Works). I love you Rachel!
Debra K. Stevens
"Most Likely to have a Cleavage Clause in Her Contract"
Debra is an associate artist with Childsplay where she works as an actor, director, and teaching artist. She was last seen on the Phoenix Theatre stage as Cora in Calendar Girls. Earlier this season, Debra directed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged for Southwest Shakespeare Company, and performed several roles in Childsplay’s The Phantom Tollbooth. Some of her favorite roles to perform include characters from The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Yellow Boat, A Tale of Two Cities, The Archbishop’s Ceiling, The Belle of Amherst, Romeo and Juliet, and Still Life with Iris.
"Most Likely to Break Out Laughing Inappropriately"
Ashley is so excited to be a part of this all-star cast! She was last seen at Phoenix Theatre in Beehive: The 60’s Musical last season. Other Phoenix Theatre favorites include: One Man, Two Guvnors, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Leading Ladies, Crazy for You and Beauty and the Beast. Other fav credits include: The Fox on the Fairway (North Coast Rep and Actor’s Theatre of Phoenix), Seussical! (TheatreworksUSA), High School Musical, Meet Me In St. Louis and A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Phoenix). Thanks to Matthew and the whole PT family. Love to Mike and my family. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
D. Scott Withers*
"Most Likely to Taste the Prop Food"
D. Scott Withers is thrilled to return to Phoenix Theatre where credits include Anything Goes, Gypsy, Hairspray and Into the Woods (Arizoni Awards) and, most recently, Mamma Mia!, When You Wish andCalendar Girls. Other recent credits: National tours of Dirty Dancing, Elf, Memphis and Catch Me If You Can; Oliver at Phoenix Symphony; The Three Javelinas for Childsplay; Baby for AZ Broadway Theatre. Select directing credits: Man of La Mancha (Arizoni) for Theater Works; To Kill a Mockingbird (Arizoni) for Hale; Androcles and the Lion for Childsplay; The Women for Phoenix Theatre; Jeffrey (Arizoni) for IMCO. Scott holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from ASU.
"Most Likely to Hit His Head on Everything"
Toby is Artist-in-Residence at Phoenix Theatre and is honored to be a part of this fantastic company! Favorite Phoenix Theatre stage credits include Bullets Over Broadway, Baskerville, three productions of Avenue Q, The All Night Strut, The Wizard of Oz, Buyer and Cellar, Mary Poppins, The 39 Steps, Nureyev’s Eyes, ‘S Wonderful, Spamalot, The Spitfire Grill, Hairspray, Glorious, Curtains, Company, Forbidden Broadway, The Producers, Lucky Star, The Full Monty, and Guys and Dolls. Other favorite credits include Hunter Gatherers, Evil Dead: The Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Seussical, several concerts with The Phoenix Symphony (including The Music Man, Oliver!, and two productions of An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein), and numerous galas, industrial shows, and special appearance performances. Favorite directing credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Forbidden Broadway, Runaways, Lucky Stiff, Totally Red!, Devil Boys From Beyond, Oedipus For Kids!, Bat Boy: The Musical, Smile, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Company, Guys and Dolls, Second To Nun, and The Santaland Diaries. Toby is also the musical theatre coordinator on the faculty of ASU’s School of Music. “Thanks to all the coaches, teachers, mentors, friends, and family who guide and support me every day, and thanks to YOU for supporting live theatre in AZ. Love to Chad!”