BAT BOY: The Musical

Story and Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe

Directed by Ilana Ransom Toeplitz
Music direction by Jonathan Goldberg
Choreographed by Christopher Shin

Based on “a true story” in The Weekly World News, this ridiculous, heartfelt musical comedy/horror show is about a half boy/half bat found in a cave in the hills of West Virginia. Even though Bat Boy is taught to act like a “normal” boy, will his happiness be shattered when the town discovers the shocking secret of his unholy origin?

December 6-9, 2023
Semel THEATer

All performances open to the public

Licensed under agreement with Weekly World News. Bat Boy: The Musical is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC. (www.broadwaylicensing.com)

Original New York production produced by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Riot Entertainment, Robyn Goodman, Michael Alden, Jean Doumanian and the Producing Office.
Original cast recording available on RCA/Victor.
Bat Boy: The Musical was developed in New York City at The Directors Company, Michael Parva, Artistic/Producing Director.
Bat Boy: The Musical had its initial production at The Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles, CA.

The Authors wish to acknowledge the generous support provided through the Richard Rodgers Development Award and the Richard Rodgers Production Award. The Richard Rodgers Awards are administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

NOTE TO AUDIENCE: The videotaping or audio and/or visual recording of this production is a violation of United States Copyright Law and an actionable federal offense.

Run Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including an intermission

Content Advisory: This musical comedy includes violence (gun, knife, fire, physical, domestic) including use of prop firearms, murder/suicide, cruelty towards animals, rape, bestiality, and referenced incest.

Sensory Advisory: The production contains flashing lights and gunshot sound effects. 

BAT BOY
Creative Team

Scenic Design

Ava Scanlon

Costume Design

Ava-Sofia Settoon

Lighting Design

Oak Walker

Sound Design

Elizabeth Cahill

Props Lead

Ryan Bates

HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGN

Liv Miller

STAGE MANAGER

Michael Menor

PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR

Emma Alvarez-Roth

FIGHT DIRECTOR

Squier

INTIMACY DIRECTOR

Sean Patrick Gibbons

Dramaturg

Ciara Berardi

A note from the
Director, Ilana Ransom Toeplitz

Dear Audience Member and honorary visitor of Hope Falls, WV,

I hope this note finds you well — and thanks for reading, as I usually skip these! As the director of Bat Boy: The Musical, I first want to express my profound admiration and love for this show, its writers and my collaborators. Who knew a half-bat, half-boy would be the one leading us fearlessly towards the vulnerable reality that is the human experience? 

Dark comedy allows us to confront difficult subjects with a unique blend of wit and irony, providing a cathartic experience for the audience. In times of uncertainty, laughter can be a beacon of light, offering a momentary escape and a fresh perspective on our shared challenges. Through the lens of Bat Boy, we aim to provoke thought, stir emotions, and ultimately celebrate the resilience of the human spirit, reminding us that even in the darkest moments, there’s room for laughter and self-reflection.

While Bat Boy: The Musical is full of laughs and character, the exploration of mob mentality within the narrative sheds light on the dangers of conformity and the potential for irrational behavior when individuals succumb to groupthink. In today’s world, where social media and online communities often perpetuate echo chambers, the message of the musical becomes increasingly relevant.

Furthermore, the musical delves into the theme of othering, reminding us of the consequences of excluding those perceived as different. Through the journey of the titular character, the narrative challenges us to question our prejudices and embrace empathy. In a time where division seems to be on the rise, Bat Boy: The Musical serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of acceptance and understanding.

Finally, the musical’s exploration of finding one’s place in the world is both heartfelt and universal. The characters’ struggles and triumphs resonate with audiences on a personal level, encouraging self-reflection and a deeper understanding of our own journeys. In a society that often pressures individuals to conform to predefined norms, this aspect of the musical encourages viewers to embrace their uniqueness and pursue their own path.

Endless thanks to Avery, Maddie, Chris, Cece, Jon, Annie, David, Josh, Team SM and Team Designers for jumping on this hayride to Hope Falls; thank you for bringing out the best in yourselves, and in me. It’s been such a joy to watch you all take ownership of this show. 

I am honored to be a part of bringing this story to life, and I hope that its messages continue to inspire and provoke thought in you tonight. 

Best regards,
Ilana Ransom Toeplitz
Director, Bat Boy: The Musical

A note from the
Dramaturg, Ciara Berardi

Deciding What’s Human: What is Bat Boy?

Bat Boy: The Musical follows the discovery of Bat Boy, a human-bat hybrid found in a cave by a group of rowdy spelunkers. His arrival causes disarray and panic in the small town of Hope Falls, West Virginia. He is handed off to the Parker family, named Edgar, and is taught how to be human. But a lot of people are still not happy with his presence. With the townsfolk on his back and his thoughts pressuring him to act on impulse, Edgar is desperate to determine: is he human or is he an animal?

In 1992 the Bat Boy character debuted to the public in the fake news tabloid The Weekly World News with the headline: “Bat Boy Found in West Virginia Cave!” From here, the computer-edited creature became the “news” source’s mascot. Just five years after Bat Boy’s release to the world, this musical written by Brian Flemming and Keythe Farley, and featuring music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe, premiered on Halloween at The Actors’ Gang theater in Los Angeles.

Using humor to explore themes of mob mentality, scapegoating, and the misuse of Christian charity, Bat Boy is a darkly comedic delight. Comedy during crises can bring people together through shared experiences, and optimism in a time of tragedy and despair can be key to surviving dark periods. Laughter is a unifier. With the weight of the world, it feels amazing to be able to laugh. And it also feels good to think. Just remember to heed what the story tells you and keep in mind the message of Edgar’s internal conflict. Will the human side prevail or will the animalistic tendencies throw everything away?

Meet the
Cast

Edgar / Bat Boy — MAX CONNOR
Shelley Parker — EMILY BEGLEY
Meredith Parker — JULES FEROLIE
Dr. Thomas Parker — ANDREW BOVA
Reverend Hightower / Mrs. Taylor / Roy / Institute Man — HAYDN KELLEY
Rick / Lorraine / Mr. Dillon — WESLEY MAHON
Ruthie / Ned –– HOPE KIM
Maggie / Ron / Clem –– LAUREN CARTER
Bud / Daisy /Pan /Doctor –– SAM GUIDA
Sheriff Reynolds / Delia –– SEMAJ’ BYRD

Understudies

Shelley, Ruthie / Ned — JULIET SIMON
Meredith, Maggie / Ron / Clem — SYDNEY SIMENAUER
Edgar/Bat Boy, Bud / Daisy / Pan / Doctor — GILBERT ALMARAZ
Sheriff Reynolds / Delia, Reverend Hightower / Mrs. Taylor / Roy / Institute Man — ELIJAH SILER
Rick / Lorraine / Mr. Dillon, Dr. Thomas Parker –– ERICH PHELPS

Musical Numbers

Act 1

“Hold Me, Bat Boy” – Company
“Christian Charity” – Sheriff, Meredith, Shelley
“Ugly Boy” – Shelley
“Whatcha Wanna Do” – Rick and Shelley
“A Home for You” – Meredith and Bat Boy
“Another Dead Cow” – Company
“Dance With Me, Darling” – Dr. Parker
“Mrs. Taylor’s Lullaby” – Mrs. Taylor
“Show You a Thing or Two” – Meredith, Shelley, Bat Boy, Dr. Parker, and Company
“Christian Charity (reprise)” – Sheriff, Dr. Parker, and Company
“A Home for You (reprise)” – Bat Boy
“Parker’s Epiphany” – Dr. Parker
“Comfort and Joy” – Dr. Parker, Meredith, Shelley, Bat Boy, Sheriff, and Company

act 2

“A Joyful Noise” – Reverend Hightower and Company
“Let Me Walk Among You” – Bat Boy
“A Joyful Noise (reprise)” – Reverend Hightower and Company
“All Hell Breaks Loose” – Company
“Stop the Bat Boy” – Company
“Three Bedroom House” – Meredith and Shelley
“Children, Children” – Pan and Company
“More Blood/Kill the Bat Boy!” – Company
“Inside Your Heart” – Bat Boy and Shelley
“Apology to a Cow” – Bat Boy
“Finale: I Imagine You’re Upset” – Bat Boy, Shelley, and Company
“Finale: I Am Not a Boy” – Bat Boy
“Finale: Hold Me, Bat Boy” – Shelley and Company

Meet the
Orchestra

Keyboard 1 — Jonathan Goldberg
Keyboard 2 — Louis J. Toth
Guitar — Tom Young
Bass — Walt Bostian
Drums — Matt Pantanella

Meet the
Artistic and Production Staff

Assistant Director — MADDIE WRIGHT
Assistant Director –– AVERY PIAZZA
Vocal Coach –– VALERIE MADDEN
Movement Coach –– TUSHAR MATHEW
Assistant Choreographer –– CECE LAMPA
Dance Captain –– SAM GUIDA
Assistant Scenic Designer — LINDSEY WETTSTEIN
Assistant Costume Designer — GEORGIANNE TEN EYCK
Hair & Makeup Supervisor –– DAVID SCHELL
Wardrobe Supervisor — HEIDI KEITHAHN
Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor –– ALEXA PETERSON-ISMAIL
Assistant Lighting Designer — DAVIS KRANCHALK
Assistant Lighting Designer –– LORENZO SOSA LOPEZ
Production Electrician — OLIVER HAWKE
Lead Electrician — MATT DANDINO
Assistant Lead Electrician –– LUIS MENA
Production Sound Engineer –– JULIE BEAULIEU
Assistant Production Sound Engineer –– TIMOTHY FINE
A1 –– SARAH MILLER
A2 –– TIMOTHY FINE
Assistant Props Lead — MJ FOX
Associate Technical Director — HARLEY NOVY
Assistant Stage Manager — SUSAN WEINHARDT
2nd Assistant Stage Manager — NATHAN HERNANDEZ
Production Assistant — BROOKLYN WILLIAMS
Assistant Production Supervisor — KYLAH NEE
Assistant Production Supervisor — ELIZABETH TIPPENS
Company Manager — MINA PAZ-LE DRAOULEC
Assistant Company Manager — FIBY DICHTER
Assistant Company Manager — ABIGAIL GRACE LEE
Assistant Company Manager –– SAM DUGGAN
Run Crew
HELENA RAMIREZ BETANCUR, HALEY BROWN, GEORGIA CROWDER, EMERY FROST, SAM GRODIN, MARIA RENEE HERMAN, EMMA KLICK, ZELDA KOSOFSKY, TANK KUPPACHI, ROSIE LISA, HELENA RAMIREZ BETANCUR, NOAH RAQUINO, MATTHEW RYAN, ISABELLA SCHUMACHER, PAIGE SHEPHERD, SPENCER SWETLOW, ELINOR WERTHMAN

Cast Bios

GILBERT ALMARAZ (he/they) — U/S Edgar/Bat Boy, Bud / Daisy / Pan / Doctor

BFA ‘26 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: NewFest Shortworks: Recognition (Martin). Emerson College credits: MTAG’S The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee (Chip); MTS’ You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy); MTS’ Ride the Cyclone (Noel). Thank you to all of my family and friends for all the support! This show has been such a wonderful experience!

EMILY BEGLEY (she/her) — Shelley Parker

BFA ‘24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: The Spitfire Grill (Percy u/s, Shelby u/s), Cabaret (Female Swing). Emerson College credits: MTAG’s A Chorus Line (Val); MTAG’s The Wild Party (Queenie). Endless love for Jules (our sixth production in a row together), Sam, Lil, and Anthony for the late night talks, soda runs and everything in between. Mom, Dad, Kevin, Grandma (+ everyone else), thank you for sitting through every show and loving them all for the past ten years. To the entire team, eternal gratitude for your incredible work. Instagram: @emily.begley, should be sponsored by Pepsi.

ANDREW BOVA (he/him) — Dr. Thomas Parker

BFA ‘25 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Cabaret (u/s Cliff, u/s Schultz, u/s Ernst, Onstage Cello Soloist), Old Jake’s Skirts (u/s Old Jake, u/s Ensemble). Emerson College credits: MTS’ Urinetown (Bobby Strong); MTS’ Heathers (Kurt Kelly), MTS’ The Summer I Turned Pretty (Maxon); Rareworks’ Buck Woods is a Good Man (Buck Woods). He also has various film credits under Emerson Independent Video. Much love to mom and dad and Ally!

SEMAJ’ BYRD (he/him) — Sheriff Reynolds / Delia

BFA ‘26 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage Debut! Emerson College credits: MTAG’s A Chorus Line (Bobby); KA’s Seussical: The Musical (Asst. Choreographer); MTS’ Cabaret of Color (Soloist); and The Assistant Tap Director of Emerson Urban Dance Theatre. All my love and gratitude to this amazing cast, stage management, and directorial team for just being rockstars!! Thank you to my family and friends for always being there for me! Truly couldn’t do this without any one of you!!! @shychain.ig

LAUREN CARTER (she/her) — Maggie / Ron / Clem

BFA ’24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: As You Like It (u/s Phoebe). Emerson College credits: Rareworks’ Gold (June); MTAG’s Spelling Bee (Logainne), The Wild Party (Ensemble/Kegs), and A Chorus Line (Assistant Director). Thank you to my family for coming from far away to see this show and thank you to the cast and crew for creating a wonderful environment and process!

MAX CONNOR (he/him) — Edgar/Bat Boy

BFA ‘24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Next To Normal (Gabe), This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Narrator), The Spitfire Grill (Caleb u/s, Joe u/s). Emerson College credits: MTAG’s The Wild Party (Burrs); and Mercutio Troupe’s The Trial Of Errors (Dexter). Other credits: Rock Of Ages (Ensemble) at the Firehouse Center For The Arts. Thanks to all friends and family for their amazing support. Much love to all! Instagram: @maxjconnor

JULES FEROLIE (she/her) — Meredith Parker

BFA ’24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Cabaret (Ursula/Sailor), The Spitfire Grill (Effy U/S). Emerson College credits: MTAG’s A Chorus Line (Co-Director/Choreographer), MTAG’s Lippa’s The Wild Party (Madelaine True), Kidding Around’s Seussical TYA (Sour Kangaroo), MTS’ Urinetown (Josephine Strong), MTAG’s Rock of Ages (Ensemble/Swing), Rareworks’ Buck Woods Is A Good Man (Sarah). A big shoutout to Mom, Dad, Andrew, Lil, & Zach for the endless support. Thank you Ilana, Jon, Chris, & Michael for this incredible opportunity. A massive shoutout to the best voice teacher in the world, Gary Durham. You have changed my life. This would not be possible without you! Much love to the cast & crew! IG: @julesferolie

SAM GUIDA (he/him) — Bud / Daisy /Pan /Doctor

BFA ’24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Cabaret (Bobby/u/s Emcee). Emerson College credits: MTAG’s A Chorus Line (Cassie), The Wild Party (Phil/Co-Choreo), and Rock of Ages (Franz/Dance Captain); and MTS’ Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry/Dance Captain) and La Cage Aux Folles (Cagelle/Dance Captain). Special thanks to Ilana, Chris, and Jon, my beautiful MT ’24 class, Anthony, Mom, Dad, and Nick for all of your love and support! Instagram: @sam.guida_

HAYDN KELLEY — Reverend Hightower / Mrs. Taylor / Roy / Institute Man

BFA ’26 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage Debut! Emerson College credits: Mercutio Troupe’s Trail to Oregon (Grandpa) and Jelly’s Last Jam (Chimney Man); Musical Theatre Society’s Heathers (Kurt’s Dad/Veronica’s Dad/ Principal Gowan). Regional credits: Ragtime: The Symphonic Concert (Harlem Ensemble Cover *PERFORMED*) at The Boston Pops. All his love and thanks to his family and friends. Big shout out to His West Virginian Family. @haydnkelley

HOPE KIM — Ruthie / Ned

BFA ’26 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage Debut! Emerson College credits: MTAG’s The Wild Party (Kate) and A Chorus Line (Al); MTS’s Cabaret of Color 2023 (Music Director). Thank you to the company for the laughs during this whole process. Special thanks to my brother for supporting me through and through. Instagram: @epoh.kim

WESLEY MAHON (he/him) — Rick / Lorraine / Mr. Dillon

BFA ’24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage Debut! Emerson College credits: MTAG’s Rock of Ages (Hertz Kleinman); MTAG’s Seussical (Ensemble); MTAG’s The Wild Party (u/s Burrs). Thank you to my friends and family for their support and to the cast, crew, and creative team for their hard work on this production.

ERICH PHELPS (any pronouns) — U/S Rick / Lorraine / Mr. Dillon, Dr. Thomas Parker

BFA ’25 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Cabaret (Herman/Max), Old Jake’s Skirts (Storyteller/ U/S Shoestring). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Against the Grain’s A Chorus Line (Mike Costa), Rock of Ages (Dennis Dupree), The Wild Party (Eddie); and Musical Theatre Society’s Heathers the Musical (Ram Sweeney), Urinetown (Robby the Stockfish). I would like to thank the entire company of Bat Boy for this wonderful experience, especially “Bova” and Wes. Thank you Ilana and Chris for yet another amazing opportunity.

ELIJAH SILER (he/him) — U/S Sheriff Reynolds / Delia, Reverend Hightower / Mrs. Taylor / Roy / Institute Man

BFA ‘26 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: How We Got On. Emerson College credits: Kidding Around’s Seussical TYA (Yertle the Turtle); MTS’s Heathers (Big Bud Dean/Ram’s Dad); and MTAG’s The Wild Party (Mr. Black). Thanks to the cast and crew for their dedication and support!

SYDNEY SIMENAUER (she/her) — U/S Meredith, Maggie / Ron / Clem

BFA ’26 Theatre & Performance. Emerson Stage Debut! Emerson College credits: MTS’ EFA Cabaret 2022, MTAG’s Hot Dam (Ms. Garheim), MTS’ The Summer I Turned Pretty (Livie), RareWorks’ Not My Fault (Ms. Hayes), MTS’ Falsettos (Trina). So excited for you to experience this awesome production!!

JULIET SIMON (she/her) — U/S Shelley, Ruthie / Ned

BFA ’26 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage Debut! Emerson College credits: MTAG’s A Chorus Line (Bebe), Mercutio Troupe’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Zoom), MTAG’s The Wild Party (Reno). Regional credits: Ragtime: Symphonic Concert (Ensemble) at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Zoom) at Crave Theatre Company. Thank you to Mom, Dad, Zeke, and Lulu! @juliet.simon

Creative Team Bios

ILANA RANSOM-TOEPLITZ (she/her) — Director
Ilana Ransom Toeplitz is a director, choreographer, writer, and professor specializing in new musicals, thoughtful revivals and comedy. On Broadway, Ilana worked on THE PROM (Tony Nomination – Best Musical), VIOLET (Starring Sutton Foster, Tony Nomination – Best Revival of a Musical) and CRAZY FOR YOU at Lincoln Center with Susan Stroman.  Ilana directed world premieres with Lincoln Center, Drama League, NYMF, Adrienne Arsht Center, Berkshire Theatre Group, York Theatre Company, 54 Below & Boston’s Calderwood Pavilion, as well as directing and choreographing the world premiere of Drew Gasparini’s WE AREN’T KIDS ANYMORE. Associate Director: A CHRISTMAS STORY & DIRTY DANCING. Resident Director/Choreographer: CLICK, CLACK, MOO! and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Assistant Director: MARRY ME A LITTLE (Off-Broadway) &  SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM (Boston Pops) — both in collaboration with the late Stephen Sondheim. Other credits include: REEFER MADNESS (feat. Alan Cumming), CHICAGO, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, …SPELLING BEE, LEGALLY BLONDE & SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, CABARET & RAGTIME (Boston Pops). Ilana is a proud native of Pittsburgh, PA, an SDC Associate Member, SDC Foundation Mike Ockrent Fellow & Drama League Directors Project Alum (Leo Schull New Musicals Directing Fellow). Ilana is an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Emerson College in Boston, MA. www.IlanaDirects.com; @ilanaRansom

JONATHAN GOLDBERG (he/him) — Music Director
Jonathan Goldberg has been teaching in the Musical Theatre program at Emerson since 2004. He works as a Boston-area music director, vocal coach, vocal arranger, accompanist, and keyboard player. Recent music director credits for Emerson Stage include The Spitfire Grill, Into The Woods, Next To Normal, Flora The Red Menace, Working, Urinetown, Titanic, Guys and Dolls, and Carousel. Boston regional productions in recent years include Pacific Overtures, Road Show, Sondheim On Sondheim, and Sweeney Todd (Lyric Stage), and Little Women, Ragtime, and Billy Elliot (Wheelock Family Theatre). Jon’s new cabaret piece, The Couch starring Susan Lambert, recently debuted at Club Cafe and at the Wellfleet Preservation Hall. He has also been part of the orchestras for recent productions of The Addams Family (Wheelock) and The Prom (Speakeasy Stage). Jon has won four IRNE awards for Lyric Stage productions of A Little Night Music, Man of La Mancha, Grey Gardens, and Kiss Me, Kate. Other credits: Pacific Overtures (North Shore Music Theatre), Forever Plaid (Stuart Street Playhouse), and three years with the Boston company of Nunsense, as well as playing keyboard for the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Disney Pride In Concert at Symphony Hall in the summer of 2022.

CHRISTOPHER SHIN (he/him) — Choreographer
Christopher Shin is currently on faculty at Emerson College as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Choreography. He has performed professionally for nearly two decades. Broadway/Tour: Disney’s Mary Poppins, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Regional: Goodspeed Opera House (42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Arena Stage (Anything Goes), Maltz Jupiter Theatre (South Pacific), Walnut Street Theatre (The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Story, The Producers), Kansas City Starlight (Miss Saigon), Sacramento Music Circus (La Cage aux Folles, The King and I), Gulfshore Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Ocean State Theatre Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Arkansas Rep, Merry Go Round Playhouse. Recent Choreography credits include: Newsies (Zilker Theatre Company), Annie, Grease (TexArts). Past EmStage: Cabaret. Upcoming EmStage: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University, BFA in Theatre from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Member of Actors’ Equity Association.

AVA SCANLON (she/her) — Scenic Designer
BFA ‘25 Theatre Design & Technology. Emerson Stage credits: Next to Normal (Props Assistant), Into the Woods (Wig Dresser), The Spitfire Grill (Scenic Assistant), The Secret in the Wings (Scenic Assistant), Cabaret (Scenic Charge). Emerson College credits: MTS’s La Cage Aux Folles (Hair and Makeup Designer), MTAG’s Rock of Ages (Hair and Makeup Designer/Scenic Designer), EVVYs ‘23 (Props Lead). Thank you to my parents Steve and Keith for the constant support and to Ryan Bates for all your help this semester!

AVA-SOFIA SETTOON (she/her) — Costume Designer
BFA ’24 Costume & Production Design for Film. Emerson Stage credits: Mary, Sweet Mary (Costume Design Lead), The Secret in the Wings (Costume Assistant). Emerson College credit: Long Lost BFA Film (Costume Designer). Thank you to Tristan, Richelle, Becky, Laurie and Georgie! Another huge thank you goes out to my wonderful and supportive family, love you guys!

OAKLEY WALKER (they/them) — Lighting Designer
BFA ’24 Theatre Design & Technology. Emerson Stage credits: How We Got On (Co-PE), Mary, Sweet Mary (Co-LD), Paris (LE), The Spitfire Grill (Assistant Props Lead), Three Romances for the Unwell and Otherwise (LE), Marie Antoinette (ALD), Interior of an Artist Without Her Sister (ALD). Emerson College theatre credits: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (ALD) for Mercutio Troupe, ERA Awards (Co-Scenic, Co-PE) for S.E.A.L, Rock of Ages (LD) for MTAG. Thank you to the entire creative, technical, producing, directing, and acting teams for all your hard work. Big thanks to my family for always supporting me.

ELIZABETH CAHILL (she/her) — Sound Designer
Elizabeth Cahill is the Sound Area Head and Resident Sound Designer for Emerson Stage. Recent Emerson Stage design credits include: The Secret in the Wings, This Girl…, Marisol, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Squeaky Fromme Love Song, Working, and many others. Elizabeth has sound designed for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Lyric Stage Co., SpeakEasy Stage, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, New Repertory Theatre, Gloucester Stage, Shakespeare and Company, The A.R.T. Institute, Dance The Yard, Central Square Theatre, New England Conservatory, Fresh Ink Theatre, Bridge Rep, Greater Boston Stage Company, Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard University, Brownbox Theatre Project, Baldwin Wallace University, Boston Conservatory, Moonbox Productions, and more.  A/V Supervisor for operas with New England Conservatory, Boston Early Music Festival, and Boston University.

RYAN BATES (he/him) — Props Lead
Ryan Bates is the Props Director for Emerson Stage, and has worked as a props lead and scenic designer throughout New England, including productions at New Repertory Theatre, Bridge Repertory Theatre, The Umbrella, Gloucester Stage Company, InMotion Theatre, Middlebury College, Longwood Players, Off the Grid, Fresh Ink, and many more. Ryan has taught Stagecraft at Emerson, and served on the faculty at Boston University. MFA: Boston University. www.ryanbatesdesign.com

LIV MILLER (she/her) — Hair & Makeup Designer
BFA ‘25 Theatre Design & Technology. Emerson Stage credits: Bonnets: How Ladies of Good Breeding are Induced to Murder (Hair/Makeup Designer), The Loyals (Wardrobe Supervisor), The Secret in the Wings (Props Lead), Paris (Assistant Costume Designer), Old Jake’s Skirts (Assistant Scenic Designer), Into the Woods (Wig Runner), RAGE (Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor), Next to Normal (Assistant Props Lead). Emerson College credits: MTAG’s Rock of Ages (Hair/Makeup Designer); MTS’s La Cage Aux Folles (Hair/Makeup Artist and Designer). Thank you to the lovely Ava-Sofia and to the costume shop for being such great collaborators during this process!!

MICHAEL MENOR (he/him) — Stage Manager
BFA ’24 Stage and Production Management. Professional credits: Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE (SM/CM Intern) and Mystère (CM Intern), Spiegelworld’s Atomic Saloon Show (ASM) and OPM (ASM), Boston Symphony’s Ragtime: The Symphonic Concert (SM/ASM), World Culture Festival (ASM). Emerson Stage credits: Little Women (P. Supe.), The Secret in the Wings (1st ASM), Three Romances… (1st ASM). Emerson College credits: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (SM). Thanks to Susan, Nathan, Brooklyn. Such a lovely team. Storm and Ajax… let’s go to Vegas!

EMMA ALVAREZ-ROTH (she/her) — Production Supervisor
BFA ’24 Stage & Production Management. Emerson Stage credits: Paris (1st Assistant Stage Manager), RAGE – New Play Workshop ’22 (Assistant Production Supervisor), and Interior of the Artist Without Her Sister (2nd Assistant Stage Manager). Emerson College credit: RareWorks’ Hookman (Assistant Accessibility Coordinator). A HUGE thank you to the amazing production supervision team who made our work possible: Kylah, Tim, and Tippens – thank YOU!

SQUIER (pronouns) –– Fight Director
Bio coming soon!

SEAN PATRICK GIBBONS (he/him) –– Intimacy Director
Sean Patrick Gibbons is a certified Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators mentored under Claire Warden and Cha Ramos. Sean is also an Actor, Voice and Movement specialist, and Theatre Educator. He is also in the process of becoming a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium through Kent State. He has performed Off-Broadway and in various regional theatres across the country including New Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Scranton Shakespeare Festival, Bridge Repertory Theatre, Atlantic Rep, Theatre Lab, and many more. A member of Actor’s Equity, and SAG-AFTRA eligible, he has also worked and taught at the International Theatre and Dance Project in Greece, The University of Scranton, Brandeis University, Wellesley College, American International College, Florida Atlantic University, Harvard University, and Boston Theatre Company. Sean holds an MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University, and two undergraduate degrees in Acting and Theatre Education from MU. Sean is also on the admissions recruitment team for the American Musical Dramatic Academy, and is the chair of the theatre department at the Boston Arts Academy where he teaches Acting and Voice and Movement for the Actor. To learn more about consent-forward advocacy for artists: www.seanpatrickgibbons.com

CIARA BERARDI (she/her) — Dramaturg
BFA ’25 Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Are You Someone To Somebody? (Asst. Company Manager), Old Jake’s Skirts (Asst. Company Manager), The Spitfire Grill (Dramaturg), Into the Woods (Dramaturg). Emerson College credits: emShakes’ Metamorphosis (Producer), Lord of the Flies (Dramaturg) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream! (Co-Dramaturg). Thank you to my friends and family for your never-ending support!

Meet the
Emerson Stage Staff

Staff

Artistic Director — Annie G. Levy
General Manager — David Colfer
Assistant General Manager — Joshua M. Feder
Production Manager — Timothey Sullivan
Technical Director — Kristin Knutson
Head Carpenter
— Connor Thompson
Scenic Carpenter –– Raven Whyles
Scenic Painter
— Joe Keener
Props Director
— Ryan Bates
Assistant Properties Manager
— Lauren Corcuera
Costume Shop Supervisor
— Richelle Devereaux-Murray
Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor
— Becky Pieroth
Draper/Cutter
— Laurie Bramhall
Electrics Advisor — Nicole Cerra
Resident Sound Designer
— Elizabeth Cahill
Sound Technician
— Julie Beaulieu

Advisors FOR THIS PRODUCTION

Stage and Production Management — Debra A. Acquavella
Scenic Design — Ryan Bates
Scenic Painting — Joe Keener
Costume Design — Chloe Moore
Lighting Design — Scott Pinkney
Sound Design — ​Elizabeth Cahill
Fight & Intimacy — Ted Hewlett
Dramaturgy — ​Marissa Friedman

Student Staff

Emerson Stage Office Assistants — Jake Tolentino, Kayla Copping, Alayna Domboski, Samantha Duggan, Karli Fisher, Carly Mentis
Production Management Assistants — Blake Berggren, Esther Chilson
Videographers — Xiao Chen, Ethan West
Scenic Technicians — Casper Apodaca, Cora Glazer, Davis Kranchalk, Bee LaClair, Oscar McQuilkin, Harley Novy, Mercedes Suarez, Elise Tuckwood
Scenic Artists/Painters — Rayan Afif, Nel Blinman, Paige Boyon, Elizabeth Fuire, Sophia Inez Bulbulia, Katherine Kendrick, Elizabeth Nunnery, Leo Servetar, David Staats, Charlize Tabrizi
Paint Shop Assistant
— Maggie Stewart
Prop Shop Assistant
— Delene Beauchamp, Amaya Gonzalez-Mollmann, Oliver Hawke, Mariel Richardson, Ava Scanlon, Mercy Suarez
Stitchers — Izzy Bacallao, David Estabrooks, Madeline Henry, Amanda Jacobson, Lorence Jones-Perpich, Heidi Keithahn, Alexa Peterson-Ismail, David Schell, Ava-Sofia Settoon, Anna Ten Eyck, Nina Turovsky
Laundry Assistants — Angelina Parillo
Stock Attendants — Sierra Bivins, Isabella Fortebuono, Ashleigh Jones, Lucile Lyon
Crafts — Wei Zhao
Light Lab Inventory Assistant — Eli Goldberg