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Steve Sherman

(Director and Choreograper) is thrilled to make his directing debut at the CBT! He received his MFA in Acting from UT in 2016 and has performed in 12 productions at the CBT including The Whipping Man, Spamalot!, 4000 Miles, Of Mice & Men, The Open Hand and most recently King Charles III. In 2018 he began teaching acting and theatre undergraduate courses at UT. He has worked as an actor and writer all over the country including the new work process at The Kennedy Center and O’Neill Theatre Center. As an undergraduate at Western Washington University he was nationally recognized for acting and playwriting by the Kennedy Center for his play Brian and Joe. On camera work includes several independent films and commercials. His short film The Piano Love Affair, based on the true story of Charlie Brakebill’s WWII deployment, won multiple awards at the 2019 Knoxville Film Festival. Theatre directing credits include The Actor’s Nightmare and Scapino, as well as short play festivals and showcases. All thanks to God, Hana and our little rock star William, Cal and Tom for this opportunity, and the cast, stage managers, designers, crew and creative team.

Carrie Ferrelli

(Scenic and Projections Designer/Camera Operator) Originally from Nashville, Carrie received her BA from the College of Charleston before coming to Knoxville where she is now pursuing an MFA in Scenic Design. You may have seen her work recently at the CBT in People Where They Are and The Real Inspector Hound. Past designs also include Feathers and Teeth (What If? Productions), An Enemy of the People, Rent, Romeo and Juliet (College of Charleston), and the production design for the latest music video for local Knoxville band, The Appetites. As an assistant, Carrie has worked on productions in theaters across the country including Pure Theater, Olney Theatre Centre, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, and most recently with Tony award winning scenic designer Donyale Werle at New York City Center.

John Merritt

(Costume Designer) is a third-year Costume Design MFA candidate. John is elated to be involved with this exciting and fun production. Previous graduate costume design work with The Clarence Brown Theatre includes Detroit ‘67, and People Where They Are. Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, John obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at University of Southern Indiana. Previous design credits include The Glass Menagerie, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Anon(ymous), Fool for Love, and Venus in Fur. He will also be spending his fourth summer working at Great River Shakespeare Festival as a costume design assistant for Great Expectations. John is looking forward to continuing expanding his education with his costume design work at the CBT.

Bill Miller

(Lighting Designer) is currently a candidate for his M.F.A. in Lighting Design at the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of Longwood University with a BFA in Technical Theatre. Bill has worked at regional and summer theatres throughout the East Coast including most recently as Lighting Supervisor for The Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, MA. His Selected Design Credits include the world premiere of People Where They Are at the Clarence Brown Theatre; Steel Magnolias at Oak Ridge Playhouse; Handle with Care, A Doll’s House Part 2, and Jeeves at Sea at North Carolina Stage Company; These Shining Lives at Pellissippi State Community College; Wings (winner 2018 Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design in a Musical from the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle, Honorable Mention 2019 Southeastern Theatre Conference Graduate Lighting Design Competition); Desire Under the Elms (nomination 2018 Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design in a Play; RTCC); Ubu ’84, and Passing Strange at Firehouse Theatre; 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Xanadu, and Extremities at John Tyler Community College; and Theodora at The Staunton Music Festival.

Jack Clark

(Sound Designer) is a junior Theatre student at UT, and is extremely excited about this being his first ever sound design. He has previous experience as the assistant sound designer for Hamlet. He would like to thank Deborah Parkhurst for initially getting him into Theatre, as well as Joe Payne and Mike Ponder for their continuous, extensive support in his education!

Chandler Oppenheimer

(Video Editor) From Fort Collins, CO where he earned his BA in Theatre at Colorado State University and currently earning his Masters for Theatrical Sound & Digital Media Design at the University of Tennessee, he was previously Sound Designer for Clarence Brown’s Theatre’s productions of Blithe Spirit, Exit, Pursued by a Bear, and Detroit ‘67 as well as Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of Every Brilliant Thing. He was also the Projections for UT Opera’s Carmen and Clarence Brown Theatre’s canceled production of A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder. Most recently in the holiday season of 2020, Chandler was Director of Photography and Editor for A Christmas Memory. Presently Chandler is working on multiple projects namely an original online interactive theatre project as part of his Master’s thesis, currently named Clearview.

Kelli Cool

(Stage Manager) is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee Theatre program and she is thrilled to be a part of this amazing production! Her previous credits include The Busy Body (ASM), the strangers (ASM), Candide (ASM), People Where They Are (ASM), A Christmas Carol (ASM), The Lacy Project (SM), and The Real Inspector Hound (SM). She would like to thank Steve and Patrick for all the support.

Calvin MacLean

(Producing Artistic Director) is in his fifteenth year as Theatre Department Head and CBT Company Producing Artistic Director. CBT productions he has directed include: A Flea in Her Ear, The Life of Galileo, The Secret Rapture, A Streetcar Named Desire (with Dale Dickey), Amadeus (with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra), Kiss Me, Kate, Sweeney Todd (with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Dale Dickey), Our Country’s Good, The Threepenny Opera, The Open Hand, The Crucible, Candide (with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra) and Anthony Clarvoe’s People Where They Are. Cal was the Artistic Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival for eleven seasons. Professionally active in Chicago, his productions – mostly at the Famous Door Theatre – earned several Joseph Jefferson Awards for Outstanding Production and Direction. Most notable was Joshua Sobol’s Ghetto, a production that ran for seven months and honored with four Jeff Awards including for Outstanding Direction of a Play. Cal has served as President of the University/Resident Theatre Association and is a member of the National Theatre Conference. He and his wife Rebecca are the proud parents of Sam and Rachael.

Tom Cervone

(Managing Director) Cervone has dedicated most of his professional career (and life) advocating for and working in the best interests of the arts and culture industry, 25 years (and counting) serving proudly as the managing director for the Clarence Brown Theatre/Department of Theatre at UTK. He previously served as the first executive director of the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation and the executive director for Dogwood Arts.Cervone spent many years on the board of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville, and currently serves on the boards of the WordPlayers, the Knoxville Children’s Theatre, Department of Theatre and Foundation Board at West Liberty University, his undergraduate alma mater, as well as the advisory board for River and Rail Theatre Company. He has also served as chair of the curriculum committee for Leadership Knoxville and has been a member of their BOD as well. Cervone remains active within the UTK community as a member of the Exempt Staff Council and Chancellor’s Commission for LGBTQ people. He received the Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Service to the University in 2010. He is a longtime member of the Actors’ Equity Association. Cervone holds his undergraduate degree in Speech and English Education with an emphasis in Theatre from West Liberty University in West Virginia and an MFA (1993) and MBA (2010) from UTK. He is a graduate of and was selected as the Class Representative of the Leadership Knoxville class of 2011.  Cervone is a member of his undergraduate alma mater’s class of 2015 Wall of Honor.

Susan L. McMillan

(Production Manager) is in her sixth year as Production Manager at the Clarence Brown Theatre and UT Department of Theatre. In addition, she teaches Stage Management. Prior, Susan was the Production Manager and Stage Management Instructor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for 6 years. Susan is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, and was a Stage Manager at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 18 years. Additionally, she has stage managed at the Guthrie Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, PCPA, Rogue Valley Opera, Portland Civic Theatre, and has toured to the Kennedy Center. Through science and music (B.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Biology from Oregon Stage University), Susan found her passion in theatre. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunities and adventures, inspirational mentors, artistic and talented colleagues, amazing students, and the love and support of her family and friends.