Swell

Written by Craig Abernethy
Directed by Mark Stephan
Assistant Directed by Jessica Crossman


Mark Stephan, Director

Mark Stephan is excited to be directing again in his hometown where he has worked for New Village Arts, Fritz, Compass, and Sledgehammer.  Previous directing credits include:  Danny & the Deep Blue Sea (Actors Alliance Festival; Best Direction & Performance), Brilliant Traces (Inaugural New Village Arts Production; Union Tribune Critics Choice) as well as Rhinoceros and Pyschopathia Sexualis.  He is thrilled to be a part of a festival that supports new work and emerging artists in local theater.


Jessica Crossman, Assistant Director

Jessica just graduated from UCSD and is excited to be branching out beyond her college world.  While at UCSD Jessica she wrote and directed an original play called Rewrite and recently assistant directed
Shanley's Pyschopathia Sexualis at Compass Theatre.  Jessica is thrilled to be working in this festival with so many talented people.




Laura Kaplan
as Marcella

A Long Beach native, Laura earned rave reviews as "the face that launched a thousand ships," Helen of Troy, in Compass Theatre's Troilus and Cressida.  She has performed with the Long Beach Shakespeare Company in roles such as Gwedolyn Fairfax (The Importance of Being Earnest), Roxanna (Cyrano de Bergerac), Princess Katherine (Henry V), Octavia (Anthony and Cleopatra), and Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night's Dream).  Her work in television and film has lead to varying roles, including the MySpace spoof Dirty Soap and several Mossy Nissan commercials.






Kristina Bender
as Gracie

Born in Sacramento California. Now living in San Diego. Started with classes at the San Diego SAG San Diego Conservatory with Lorenzo Rodreguez. Classes With Sarah Simmons for cold reading. Started in the industry this year with explore talent.   Loving every minute of it...








Mary Deaton
as Caroline

Mary recently stepped into the role of Lucille in Psychopathia Sexualis at Compass Theatre; she also performed the role of Pearl in Tobacco Road at the La Jolla Playhouse and has just finished her first film in Los Angeles. In Cincinnati, her hometown, she has performed The Crucible and Into the Woods. She has received her Acting Certificate at the UC-Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.



Ivonne Vielman as Nurse

Ivonne graduated with a BA in Dance from the UC Riverside.  She took classes at California Ballet, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater summer workshop, and APA.  She trained and performed with Eveoke dance theater Youth group; participated in productions at the National Theater in Guatemala City; performed at la Casa de la Cultura in Tijuana; was part of the S.D. City College West Side Story, danced with Eveoke Dance Theater: Funkalosophy.  Lately, she performed at the Arts Around Adams Festival and in The Movement performances presented at the 8Teen site.




Craig Abernethy, Playwright

Recent productions include “PeaceKeeper” at Seattle’s Stone Soup Theatre, and “That’s What I Love About Art” at the Changing Scene NW, Bremerton. Craig was named “Outstanding Playwright” in last summer’s Fritz Blitz for “State of the Art” and a full-length version will be produced in SD this fall.  See also: www.craigabernethy.com.





Blair Robert Nelson, Sound Design

Blair is working toward a Master of Fine Arts in Sound Design at UCSD.  Composer/Sound Designer for Wait Until Dark, Swell, and The Complete Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) and an Assistant Sound Designer for Woyzeck. With a commendation for orchestra conducting Wonderful Town from The Kennedy Center, Blair directed bands at nine private schools throughout San Diego and was the Musical Director for Underground Broadway III at UCSD this year.




Lisa Burgess, Costume Design 

Lisa does  costume design, prosthetics and wig work  most recently for: Swell, New Perspective Festival; Compass Theatre's A Tuna Christmas, Killer Joe, and Bad Night in A  Mens Room Off Sunset Blvd; and  Ariel Performing Arts' Zanna Don't!   She has worked as the sound and light technician for Birthday Suite at OnStage for which she was awarded 2005-2006 Season Best Technician Award.  She looks forward to being the GJH school Drama Club Advisor 2009-10 and helping her students discover their talents via the magic of live theater and the performing arts. Muchas gracias my minions!



Melelani Satsuma, Production Coordinator

Melelani has performed with the Young Actor's Workshop at Contra Costa College in the San Francisco Bay Area and co-starred in a number of shows in Santa Monica, including Fiddler on the Roof, Ubu Rex and No Exit. Most recently, she stage managed Psychopathia Sexualis at Compass Theater in Hillcrest.




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