Guthrie Butler; by Shawn Poynter

Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express adapted by Ken Ludwig was originally staged by McCarter Theater Center, Princeton, NJ; Emily Mann, Artistic Director, Timothy J. Shields, Managing Director. The production subsequently transferred to Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT; Darko Tresnjak, Artistic Director, Michael Stotts, Managing Director

Setting: The principal action of the play takes place aboard the Orient Express as it travels from Istanbul to Western Europe.

Time: 1934

Run Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes including one intermission


Directed by
John Sipes
Musical Director
Terry D. Alford
Scenic & Projection Designer
DJ Pike
Costume Designer
M.J. Hromek
Lighting Designer
(based on original design
by Joshua Mullady)
Kenton Yeager
Sound Designer/Composer
Joe Payne
Production Stage Manager
Patrick Lanczki *
Artistic Director and
Department Head
Kenneth Martin
Managing Director
Tom Cervone
Production Manager
Susan L. McMillan

The Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.
‡ Represented by United Scenic Artists, local USA-829 of the IATSE.
* Members of Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

John Sipes

John Sipes (Director) is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee. Before joining the UT faculty, John was a Director and the Resident Movement Director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for fifteen seasons. Prior to his residency at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he was a Director and Movement Director for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival for twelve seasons and served as the Festival’s Artistic Director for five seasons. Directing and Movement credits include productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater, The Acting Company, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the Clarence Brown Theatre, and others. He is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), and a certified actor/combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. He also trained in corporeal mime with Étienne Decroux in Paris and studied with Tadashi Suzuki in Japan.

Terry D. Alford

Terry D. Alford (Musical Director) Terry is a Distinguished Lecturer in Theatre and teaches Musical Theatre Performance and Honor’s Introduction to the Theatre and Acting. Prior to joining the UT faculty Mr. Alford held the positions of Director of Musical Theatre at The University of Tulsa, and Director of Musical Theatre at The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. He has worked professionally as a performer, director, musical director, and composer at theaters across the country, including the California Theatre Center, Madison Repertory, Omaha Playhouse, Augusta Barn, Fireside Theatre, Light Opera of Oklahoma, and the Clarence Brown Theatre. Terry has directed or musically directed numerous productions and has created the scores for four original musicals and a variety of chamber and vocal music pieces. He is a member of the Clarence Brown Professional Company and regularly directs and musically directs for the Clarence Brown Theatre. Terry is the director of the CBT Summer Acting Workshop and serves as co-facilitator of Outreach and Education hosting Theatre Tours and Talk Backs.

DJ Pike

DJ Pike (Scenic and Projection Designer) recently graduated from the University of Tennessee, earning his MFA in Scenic and Projection Design. He is now teaching Projection Design at the University of Northern Colorado. Recent scenic/projection designs include Hair and She Kills Monsters. Recent projection designs include Something Rotten, Pirates of Penzance, and Beautiful. The Carole King Musical. You can explore more of his work at

M.J. Hromek

M.J. Hromek (Costume Designer) a recent MFA graduate from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville with a focus in Costume Design. They are originally from Baltimore, Maryland and received a BA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Design credits include costume design for Hair, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, She Kills Monsters, and Anon(ymous), as well as assistant costume design on Trouble in Mind. Outside of design, their writing has been published in the Oyster River Pages as well as produced at the Charm City Fringe Festival.

Kenton Yeager

Kenton Yeager (Lighting Designer- based on original design by Joshua Mullady) Kenton heads the Master’s Program in Entertainment Lighting Design and Technology and is the Director of Graduate Studies here at UTK. Being busy over the past 40 years, Kenton has designed or produced more than 700 events for the Corporate World, Theatre, Dance, Music, Weddings, Industrials, Festivals, and Tours both nationally and internationally. He is also the owner and creator of Yeagerlabs, a classroom theater system used in teaching theatre ( His theatre design credits include work for: Walnut Street Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Denver Theatre Center, Milwaukee Rep, St Louis Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Riverside Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Round House Theatre, Folger Shakespeare, The Clarence Brown Theatre, Virginia Stage Co, Arden Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Asolo Theatre, PlayMakers Rep, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Rep, Theatre by the Sea, Pennsylvania Stage, National Shakespeare Co, Camden Shakespeare Co, The Flynn Theater for the Performing Arts, and American Music Theatre Festival. Kenton has designed corporate events for IBM, AIG International, The Olympic Ski Team, University of Tennessee, Vermont Fine Wine and Food Festival, and ESPN. Kenton has also designed concerts for Suzanne Vega, Dave Matthews, John Prine, They Might Be Giants, George Winston, The Kronos Quartet, Bobby McFerrin, The Roches Charles Mingus Big Band, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, George Winston, Slide Hampton, Canadian Brass, Johnny Clegg, James Carter, Sweet Honey in the Rock and, Stephane Grappelli. As an educator, he has taught design master classes at more than 40 Universities, taught lighting design at Penn State, and was Chair/Artistic Director of Interlochen Arts Camps’ Department of Theater. He has taught workshops in Berlin, Munich, Salzburg, Prague, Mexico City, Avignon, Mumbai, and Amsterdam.

Joe Payne

Joe Payne (Sound Designer and Composer) runs the Sound and Media Design MFA program for the Department of Theatre. He has designed sound, projections, and/or composed music for more than 250 professional productions throughout the United States, including twenty seasons at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep, Syracuse Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Round House Theatre and Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD), Marble City Opera, ten years at Pioneer Theatre Company (SLC, UT), Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Virginia Stage Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Utah Opera and Symphony, The Fulton Opera House (Lancaster, PA), and others. Joe is a member of United Scenic Artists USA Local 829, and the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association, and is the Commissioner of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Digital Media Commission.

Patrick Lanczki

Patrick Lanczki (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back for his tenth season at the CBT and his eighth as Production Stage Manager. His regional stage management credits include five years as resident stage manager at Asolo Repertory Theater, as well as multiple seasons at Arkansas Repertory Theater, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Northern Stage, and several Off-Broadway productions. As an actor, starting at age 16, he has appeared in numerous national and international tours, including seven tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, television, movies and voiceovers. A special thanks to my stage management team: Blake, Bailee, Simone, Leah, and LoRen for all of their hard work on this production. Patrick has been a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association since 1984 and dedicates his work on this production to his late father Alex and sister Barbara. AHFOL to Katie, my best friend, favorite actress, and wife.

Kenneth Martin

Kenneth Martin (Department Head, Artistic Director) Ken comes from the University of Missouri, at Kansas City, where he was the Patricia Mcllrath Endowed Professor and Chair of the Theatre Division. His 26-year career in academia also included nearly 18 years serving as chair of the theater departments of Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina and Ashland University in Ohio. Tremendously successful as an administrator at both institutions, Martin navigated curricular revisions and development, managed resources effectively and efficiently, created innovative collaborations, cultivated significant enrollment growth, and forged international partnerships. A member of United Scenic Artists, his designs have been seen at theatres across the country including Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, New Theatre, Ohio Light Opera, Cleveland Ensemble Theatre, Ocean State Theatre and many others. He has also designed shows for many colleges and universities including Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Coastal Carolina University, Cuyahoga Community College, and The Ohio State University. Martin has actively served his profession as a respondent for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, as a consultant for several regional theaters and through active participation in organizations like the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Educational Theatre Association and the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

Tom Cervone

Tom Cervone (Managing Director) Tom is grateful and honored to serve the Clarence Brown Theatre as Managing Director. Cervone has also served as executive director for both Dogwood Arts and the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation, but the CBT/UTK Theatre Department is Tom’s administrative and artistic home. Cervone arrived in Knoxville in 1989 as an MFA candidate in acting and was hired in May of 1993 as the company manager, then promoted to managing director in 1995. And for his brief foray downtown, Tom has been in this chair, blissfully, ever since. Tom is and has been very active within the UTK community, having served as Exempt Staff Council chair for many years, co-chair of the LGBT Commission, a member of the Diversity Council and many other UTK organizations. Cervone is a long-time board member of the WordPlayers and continues to evangelize on behalf of the art and culture community locally and nationally. Tom received the Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Service to the University in 2010. Cervone holds his undergraduate degree in Speech and English Education with an emphasis in Theatre from West Liberty University in West Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts and an MBA from UT. He is a graduate of and was selected as the Class Representative of the Leadership Knoxville class of 2011, the best class ever. Cervone was inducted into his undergraduate alma mater’s class of 2015 Wall of Honor and was appointed by the Governor of WV in 2021 to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of WLU.

Susan L. McMillan

Susan L. McMillan (Production Manager) is in her tenth year as Production Manager at the CBT 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 (B.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Biology from Oregon State University) and music (cellist), Susan found her way into theatre (Minor in Theatre from OSU). She is incredibly grateful for all the opportunities and adventures along the way, inspirational mentors, artistic and talented colleagues, amazing students, and the love and support of her family and friends. And very grateful for Molly – woof!

The Cast

Hercule Poirot
Armando Durán *
Monsieur Bouc
John Pribyl *
Mary Debenham
Rachael Allion
Hector MacQueen
Michael Najman
Michel the Conductor /
Head Waiter
Guthrie Butler
Princess Natalya Dragomiroff
Carol Mayo Jenkins *
Greta Ohlsson
Rachel Darden
Countess Elena Andrenyi
Christine Sage *
Mrs. Helen Hubbard
Katie Cunningham *
Colonel Arbuthnot
David Brian Alley *
Samuel Ratchett
Jed Diamond *
Steward / Waiter #1
Tyler T. Glover
Steward / Waiter #2 / Soldier
J.D. Joiner


Hercule Poirot
Terry Weber *
Monsieur Bouc
Sammy Pontello
Mary Debenham
Develyn Jayan
Hector MacQueen
Denzel Dejournette
Michel the Conductor /
Head Waiter
Clay Cooper
Countess Elena Andrenyi
Gabriela Bulka
Greta Ohlsson
Yashashvi Choudhary
Princess Natalya Dragomiroff
Grace Belt
Mrs. Helen Hubbard
Laura Beth Wells *
Colonel Arbuthnot /
Samuel Ratchett
Andante Petit-Homme

* The actors appear through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

David Brian Alley

David Brian Alley (Colonel Arbuthnot) David is pleased to begin the 2023-2024 season in, well, the same way he began the 2022-2023 season, playing Colonel Arbuthnot in Murder on the Orient Express! Here’s to reaching our final destination this time around! Audiences may recognize David from his recent turns as Scrooge in CBT’s A Christmas Carol, and as Ed in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. David first became a CBT Company member in the Fall of 2000, performing in The Woman in Black, and has appeared now in over 60 CBT productions including Hamlet; King Charles III; The Santaland Diaries; The 39 Steps; The Trip to Bountiful; Noises Off; Kiss Me, Kate; Fuddy Meers; It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play; Moonlight and Magnolias; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Amadeus; Copenhagen; Major Barbara; A Flea in Her Ear; Stones in His Pockets; ‘ART’; The Rainmaker; and The Glass Menagerie among others. Regional: Playmaker’s Repertory; The Mark Taper Forum; Hollywood Actors’ Theatre; The iO Theatre Chicago; and Chicago TheatreWorks. Film: David recently finished filming a Feature-Length film, Angel of Light, which was shot and produced here in Knoxville, soon to be making the festival rounds. He has also appeared in Light from Light; Something, Anything; Prison Break-In; The Heart is Deceitful; Gina: An Actress, Age 29; Borrowers and Lenders; Killing Steve; and The Sleep Seeker. TV: Women of the Movement (ABC); Snapped; Fatal Attraction; Storm of Suspicion; Vengeance; Unsolved Mysteries; and It’s A Miracle. David is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. He is married to his beautiful wife, Jill; is father to his favorite “productions” of all-time, Devin and Caroline; and is step-father to fabulous Abby and Ethan Flowers!

Rachel Allion

Rachael Allion (Mary Debenham) Rachael is thrilled to be back on the Clarence Brown Theatre stage. Her previous roles include Tilly in She Kills Monsters, Catherine Donohue in These Shining Lives, and Edith in Blithe Spirit. Rachael sends her gratitude to all the faculty at UT. And her love to her friends and family, who have shown their continued support throughout the years.  

Gracie Belt

Grace Belt (Understudy / Princess Natalya Dragomiroff) Selected credits include Laguna Playhouse, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Surflight Theatre, Fiasco Theater, River & Rail, and Clarence Brown Theatre. She is a proud alumni of Fiasco Theater’s Conservatory in NYC. Grace is a first-year MFA Acting Graduate Candidate. Love you Griff, F&C, and always EGR. Special thanks to Carol. For more info, visit and

Gabriela Bulka

Gabriela Bulka (Understudy / Countess Elena Andrenyi) Gabriela is excited to join the Clarence Brown Theatre Company and the 2026 MFA cohort. Originally from Krakow, Poland, Gabi moved to NYC where she studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, receiving a Two-Year Conservatory Certificate. She is an actor, dancer, movement director and producer. Gabriela holds a Professional Dancer and Choreographer Diploma, as well as a degree in IP Law. Recent credits include: Off- Broadway Productions: Charlie (producer/mov.dir.), Hamlet Split Apart (producer/mov.dir). Short Films: Cortado (producer), Thoughts (Zen), Sloane & Dom (Julianne). @ga_bulka

Guthrie Butler

Guthrie Butler (Michel the Conductor/Head Waiter) Guthrie is a recent graduate from UT, and he is very excited to be a part of the remount of this show. He hopes you enjoy!

Yashashvi Choudhary

Yashashvi Choudhary (Understudy / Greta Ohlsson) is an MFA Acting candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She comes from the capital of her country New Delhi, India where she received her B.A. (honours) in English Literature from the University of Delhi. She was associated with “The Pierrot’s Troupe Theater Group” ( an internationally renowned theatre group formed in 1989) and performed various plays in her country. Her proudest moment was when she was crowned as the Miss Teen International India where she represented her nation by taking up the cause of mental health. She feels honored to start her journey at UT which will act as instrumental in helping her understand the core ideas and themes that define global theatre and will surely help her grow as an artist.

Clay Cooper

Clay Cooper (Understudy / Michel the Conductor, Head Waiter, Waiter #1) Clay is a first-year MFA candidate from Pinehurst, NC. He is super excited to be joining the Clarence Brown Family! To learn more about him, and see what he is doing next follow him on instagram @Claycooper11

Katie Cunningham

Katie Cunningham (Mrs. Helen Hubbard) Ten years ago this August, Katie made her CBT debut as Brooke/Vicki in Noises Off. She is honored to be a member of this distinguished resident company of actors, designers, artisans, and technicians. Katie began teaching at UTK in 2018, joined the full-time faculty in 2020, and is now Assistant Professor of Theatre and Head of Acting. Select CBT acting roles include: Spamalot (Lady of the Lake); The 39 Steps (Annabella/Pamela/Margaret); Outside Mullingar (Rosemary); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Judy); and Blithe Spirit (Elvira) among many. Other stage credits include multiple seasons at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival (Lady Macbeth, Emilia, and Maria among others) and Asolo Rep; the Resident Acting Company (NYC); TACT/The Actors’ Company Theatre (NYC); NY International Fringe Festival; and a long list of regional theaters across the country. Katie holds an M.F.A. in acting from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a graduate certificate in vocology from the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Lamar University. Katie is a proud union member: Actors’ Equity Association since 2010, SAG-AFTRA, and UCW-CWA.

Rachel Darden

Rachel Darden (Greta Ohlsson) Rachel grew up on the western slope of Colorado – a place that more resembles Mars than anything John Denver sang about. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre from Colorado Mesa University before beginning a decade long journey away from and back to acting (there was a yurt, questionable hair choices, and a lot of pie). She earned her MFA in acting from UT in May of this year. You may have seen her as Judy in Trouble in Mind, Agnes in She Kills Monsters, or Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. You can find out more at Hi Boomer!

Denzel Dejournette

Denzel Dejournette (Understudy / Hector MacQueen) Denzel has had a unique path to acting. Originally, coming from the world of wrestling. He is a division I All-American wrestler and was a wrestler with the WWE. He is now an MFA Acting candidate here at the University of Tennessee to further the exploration of his passions, and to tell stories of everyday humanities.

Jed Diamond

Jed Diamond (Samuel Ratchett)Jed has taught acting and the Alexander Technique at UTK since 2005. Jed has appeared in many roles at the CBT, most recently in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He has also acted at Wheelhouse Theatre Co; The New York Shakespeare Festival; Roundabout Theatre; The Acting Company; Signature Theatre; Arena Stage; Syracuse Stage; etc. Prior to UT, he was founding faculty of the New York Shakespeare Festival Shakespeare Lab and of the Actors Center. He taught at NYU Tisch School of the Arts; Stella Adler Studio; Playwright’s Horizons Theatre School; Fordham University, etc. He is an AmSAT* certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, trained in New York and London. He taught as a guest artist at Chautauqua Theatre Company, Yale School of Drama, Playmaker’s Repertory Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has an MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program. *American Society of the Alexander Technique

Armando Duran

Armando Durán (Hercule Poirot) was a member of the repertory acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for over twenty years, where his roles included Antony in Antony and Cleopatra, Don Quixote in Don Quixote, Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar, Garcia Lorca in Lorca in a Green Dress, and Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge. He has originated characters in over a dozen world premieres including new works by Pulitzer Prize winners Nilo Cruz, Robert Schenkkan, and Frank Galati. He has appeared in productions at Seattle Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, the Guthrie Theater, the Folger Theater, the Repertory Theater of St. Louis, The Old Globe, and South Coast Repertory. His numerous audiobook titles include Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving, and Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Tyler Glover

Tyler T. Glover (Steward/Waiter #1) is a junior undergrad student at UT and is very excited to return in this year’s production of Murder on the Orient Express. Tyler’s previous Clarence Brown credits include the previous year’s Murder on the Orient Express, A Christmas Carol, and Hair. He recently played Sir Toby in a production of Twelfth Night with All Campus Theatre and Grumio in Tennessee Stage Company’s Taming of the Shrew. He is currently majoring in Cinema Studies and English, while also minoring in Theatre.

Develyn Jayan

Develyn Jayan (Understudy / Mary Debenham) Develyn is an MFA Acting student at UT and originally from Kerala, India. Being a professional Indian and contemporary dancer, performing has been a second home to her. After being a part of several dance dramas and street plays, and with a fashion design degree under her belt, she is completely immersing herself to the realm of art. With a black belt in Karate and a flair for writing, Develyn is ready to break the walls that were built around her and prove to all the dreamers out there that nothing is actually impossible.

Carol Mayo Jenkins

Carol Mayo Jenkins (Princess Natalya Dragomiroff) Broadway: The Three Sisters, Philadelphia Here I Come, Oedipus Rex (with John Cullum); There’s One In Every Marriage, First Monday In October (with Henry Fonda); and The Suicide (with Derek Jacobi). Off-Broadway: Zinnia (Drama Desk nomination); Moliere In Spite Of Himself, The Lady’s Not For Burning, Little Eyolf, and The Old Ones. Regional Theatre: MacBeth, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Cymbaline, Love’s Labour’s Lost, As You Like It, The Sea Gull, A Doll’s House, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Pygmalion, Les Liaisons Dangereuse, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (directed by Edward Albee); Death of A Salesman, Amy’s View, The Retreat from Moscow, Otherwise Engaged (with Dick Cavett); Present Laughter (with Louis Jourdan); Collected Stories, Enchanted April, among many others. Television: Fame (NBC); Another World (NBC); The Garden (CBC); MacBeth (PBS); Happy Endings (NBC); Matlock, Max Headroom, and Nightingales, among others. At CBT: The Glass Menagerie, The Road To Mecca, Trojan Women, The Dresser (with John Cullum), Arsenic and Old Lace, Major Barbara, All My Sons, The Music Man, Moonlight and Magnolias, Fuddy Meers, 4000 Miles, The Trip To Bountiful, Outside Mullingar, The Crucible, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Blithe Spirit and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, among many others.

J.D. Joiner

J.D. Joiner (Steward, Waiter #2, and Soldier) J.D. is thrilled to be returning to the CBT for Murder on the Orient Express! He is in his fourth year here at the University of Tennessee and is double majoring in Theatre and History. J.D. made his CBT debut in Hair as Steve, and most recently played Ren McCormack in the WordPlayer’s production of Footloose. He would like to thank God and the director John Sipes for blessing him with this opportunity and his parents for their constant support.

Michael Najman

Michael Najman (Hector MacQueen) Born and raised in Queens, NY, Michael earned his MFA in Theatre at UTK this past spring. His most recent roles at the Clarence Brown Theatre include Bob Cratchit and Old Joe in A Christmas Carol, Eddie Fenton in Trouble in Mind, and Margaret Mead in Hair. At Flying Anvil Theatre (RIP), Greg in A Kid Like Jake. Additionally, Michael has served as voice coach for She Kills Monsters and ACT’s production of Twelfth Night. Michael is in the process of joining Actors’ Equity Association, and he thanks you for your support of the WGA/SAG-AFTRA strike.

Andante Petit-Homme

Andante Petit-Homme (Understudy / Colonel Arbuthnot, Samuel Ratchett) this multi-faceted, witty, funny, smart, hard-working, curious, & dark-skinned human being like no other is overjoyed to be making his regional theater debut with Clarence Brown Theatre as an understudy! Hails from Durham, NC by way of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Newfound Resident Acting Company Member at CBT and first-year MFA in Acting candidate at UT. Has worked professionally in the Los Angeles industry scene for four years now and is returning to his stomping grounds in theater arts during the SAG / WGA strikes. Trained in multiple areas of the arts and entertainment, Andante has come to Knoxville to perfect said talents, in hopes to get to the next level in his artistic / entertainment career! Broadway and Hollywood bound! This man will fight on to the end to make all of his dreams come true!. “I’d love to give HUGE loving thanks to God, the Ancestors, Stardom Petit-Homme, Latoya Nzinha Lewis, Carla Melbourne, Brandon Lee Ward, Anna-Maria Orlu, Orvalle Williams, Katie Cunningham, Jed Diamond, Kenneth Martin, Levern Hamer, Lauren E. Banks, Carol Mayo-Jenkins, Mary Lou Rosato, Leo Wringer, Jackie Snow, Andrew Wade, Jonathan Broadbent, Robert Price and many supporters of The Andante Movement”. Education: C/O 2019 Bachelors of Arts graduate of Howard University. A 2023 British Academy of Dramatic Arts Midsummer in Oxford Programme (in association with David Geffen Yale School of Drama) Alum. #LiveLifeAndante IG: @andante_movement

Sammy Pontello (Understudy / Monsieur Bouc) is an MFA Acting Candidate at the University of Tennessee. Originally from Central Florida, they spent the last two seasons working with Florida Studio Theatre touring in TYA around the state, teaching acting and playwrighting, and working as an actor, director, and dramaturg in New Play Development. Prior to FST, Sammy also worked at the Orlando Shakes in New Play Development. He is thrilled to be joining the Clarence Brown Theatre community. IG: @sjpactor |

John Pribyl

John Pribyl (Monsieur Bouc) This is John’s second show at the Clarence Brown Theatre. He was most recently at American Players Theater (Godot, Endgame, Exit the King and Player in R&G Are Dead) and spent over 20 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival playing roles like Don Armado, Berowne, Leontes, Caliban, and Falstaff. He appeared at the Utah Shakespearean Festival as Shylock, Prospero and Marc in Art. Other theaters include Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Intiman Theater, Geva Theater, Sacramento Theater Company, Tacoma Actor’s Guild, and Seattle Children’s Theater. John has a MFA from Wayne State University and a BFA from Montana State University.

Christine Sage

Christine Sage (Countess Elena Andrenyi)is honored to be back in the theatre with you all. At the CBT: Sheila in Hair, She Kills Monsters, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ruth in Blithe Spirit, and Ghost of Christmas Past, Belle, and Mrs. Cratchit in the last three A Christmas Carol. She comes from Los Angeles, where she won an Ovation Award for her performance in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Now finished with her MFA she is on to New York! Find her @sage_ism   She would like to thank her mother for being her strongest support.

Terry Weber (Understudy / Hercule Poirot) is Professor Emeritus of Theatre at UT (retired after 31 years). He is currently Managing Director of The WordPlayers. Terry’s acting career has taken him to theatres in New York, Seattle, Milwaukee, Louisville, Chicago, Kansas City, Montgomery, Knoxville, Toronto, Orlando, Charleston, Asheville, Cincinnati, and Avignon (France). Recent roles at the Clarence Brown Theatre: Chairman in Madwoman of Chaillot, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Larry Morrow in Dream of the Burning Boy, Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher in Peter and the Starcatcher; Sir Jealous Traffick in The Busy Body, Rev. Parris in The Crucible, Marcus in Titus Andronicus, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker.

Laura Beth Wells

Laura Beth (LB) Wells (Understudy / Mrs. Helen Hubbard) Broadway: Emily Osborn in Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark (original cast). Regional theatre highlights: Alison Bechdel in Fun Home (River and Rail), Patsy Cline in Always, Patsy Cline (CBT), Annie in In The Next Room; or The Vibrator Play (River and Rail), Christmas Present/Mrs. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol (CBT), Heather in Gideon’s Knot (Bridge Street Theatre), Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy (CT Rep), Kafka/The Waitress in All in the Timing (Hangar Theatre). Teaching Artist: UTK, Maryville College, Pellissippi State, Knoxville Children’s Theatre, SF Shakespeare Festival, Hangar Theatre, Cornell University, Syracuse University, SUNY Binghamton. LB holds a BA in Theatre from UTK and an MFA in Acting from Kent State University. Love you, Tiny Family, and Sing Out, Louise!

Agatha Christie was an English writer known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap, which has been performed in the West End since 1952, as well as six novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. In 1971, she was made a Dame (DBE) for her contributions to literature. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling fiction writer of all time, her novels having sold more than two billion copies.

Christie was born into a wealthy upper middle class family in Torquay, Devon, and was largely home-schooled. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six consecutive rejections, but this changed in 1920 when The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring detective Hercule Poirot, was published. Her first husband was Archibald Christie; they married in 1914 and had one child before divorcing in 1928. During both World Wars, she served in hospital dispensaries, acquiring a thorough knowledge of the poisons which featured in many of her novels, short stories, and plays. Following her marriage to archaeologist Max Mallowan in 1930, she spent several months each year on digs in the Middle East and used her first-hand knowledge of this profession in her fiction.

According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author. Her novel And Then There Were None is one of the top-selling books of all time, with approximately 100 million copies sold. Christie’s stage play The Mousetrap holds the world record for the longest initial run. It opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on November 25,  1952, and by September 2018 there had been more than 27,500 performances.

In 1955, Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award. Later that year, Witness for the Prosecution received an Edgar Award for best play. In 2013, she was voted the best crime writer and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd the best crime novel ever by 600 professional novelists of the Crime Writers’ Association. In September 2015, And Then There Were None was named the “World’s Favourite Christie” in a vote sponsored by the author’s estate. Most of Christie’s books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games, and graphic novels. More than 30 feature films are based on her work.

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Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway, seven in London’s West End, and many of his works have become a standard part of the American repertoire. His 28 plays and musicals have been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages and are produced throughout the United States every night of the year.

Lend Me a Tenor won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of
the 20th century by The Washington Post. Crazy For You was on Broadway for five years and won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical.

In addition, he has won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater. His plays have starred, among others, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Tony Shaloub, Joan Collins and
Hal Holbrook.

His stage version of Murder on the Orient Express was written expressly at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate, and his latest play, Dear Jack, Dear Louise, won the 2020 Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play of the Year and is optioned for Broadway.

His book How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published in the Yale Review.

He is a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge and is a frequent guest speaker for groups as varied as The Oxford-Cambridge Society, The Jane Austen Society of North America, The Folger Shakespeare Library, and The Baker Street Irregulars.

For more information, see his website at

“Everyone has something to hide”

The appeal of this story is undeniable. Murder on the Orient Express, one of Christie’s most popular works, has enthralled readers for decades. The novel has sold millions of copies since first published in 1934 and has been made into several major motion pictures, a popular television series, a video game, and the stage adaptation by Ken Ludwig which you are about to see.

The story, an ingenious interlocking puzzle of clues, deceptions and red herrings, is engaging from beginning to end; the characters are a delicious gathering of odd types and suspicious sorts whose personalities draw us into the story making us wonder if they will be the one to commit the murder that is sure to come—it is after all, a murder mystery–or if they will be the one murdered. The story’s setting, the elegant Orient Express with its narrow passageways and claustrophobic compartments, could not be a more fitting place for suspense and intrigue. And what better place for Hercule Poirot, the celebrated Belgian detective, to apply his exceptional deductive abilities in solving a perplexing and deeply troubling crime—one that will challenge his most cherished beliefs in the rule of law and the order it maintains. And one that you too will ponder as you leave the theatre tonight.

It is our hope that you enjoy our production of Murder on the Orient Express as much as we have enjoyed preparing it for you.

– John Sipes

This project [is being][was] supported in whole or in part by federal award number 21.027 awarded to Knox County by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Pilot CompanyEast Tennessee PBSThe Shubert Foundation Inc.Arts & Culture AllianceKnox County Tourism ConsortiumKnox County TennesseeThe Department of the TreasuryTennessee Arts CommissionWBIRKnox News

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Stage Management Assistants
Bailee Boisclair
Leah Cleland
Blake Julian
Simone Ladouceur
LoRen Seagrave


Wardrobe Supervisor
Elizabeth Aaron

Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor
Linzy Monks

Wardrobe Crew
Laura Asmussen
Riya Golden
Emrys Peterson
Zackary Thurber
Catherine York


Deck Crew
Salar Hassan
Austin Taylor
Rachel Winenger

Motor Operator
Kyle L. Hooks

Rail Crew
Tyler Sivels
Alex Dally


Assistant Lighting Designer
Mitch Wilson

Light Board Operator
Joseph Coram

Production Electrician/Rail
Phyllis Belanger

Spot Operators
Caroline Bradley
Shea Snow


Sound Board Operator
Christian Tadlock


Projection Operator
Ada Hermoso

Cearan Costello

Department of Modern Foreign Languages
and Literatures faculty:
Rodica Frimu
Zuszsi Roth Zadori
Stefanie Ohnesorg


Artistic Director/Department Head
Kenneth Martin
Managing Director
Tom Cervone
Business Manager
Tara Halstead
Accounting Specialist
Le Anna Jacobson
Administrative Specialist
Emily Pope
Marketing & Communications Director
Robin Conklin
General Manager
Vickie Carter
IT Specialist
Mark Spurlock
Graphic Designer
Julie Anna Summers


Manager of Ticketing and Sales
Sarah Burton
Box Office Manager
Callie Bacon
Lead House Manager
David Ratliff
Patron Service Associates
Faridat Akindele
George Bull
Desirea Burke
Katherine Doyle
Izzy Fenech
Tyler Glover
Dana Gunningham
Emma Massengill
Anderson McNeil
Faith McManus
Emmy Sinclair,
Jalen Smith
Savannah Smith
Lily Snead
Marissa Speck
Justin Spinella
Jenna Tiger
Madison Wall
Sarah Wahrmund


External Relations Manager
Shelly Payne
Grants, Education, and
Outreach Manager
Hana Sherman
Tours, Workshops
David Brian Alley
Summer Acting Workshops,
Actor Talk Backs
Terry D. Alford


Production Manager
Susan L. McMillan
Rental Coordinator/
Assistant Production Manager
Phyllis Belanger
Production Stage Manager
Patrick Lanczki


Costume Shop Manager
Melissa Caldwell-Weddig
Kyle Andrew Schellinger
Elizabeth Aaron
Amber Williams
Ellen Bebb
Costume Assistants
Alex Heder
Sebastian Van Horn
Kaelyn Williams
Wig Design
Siobian Jones


Electrics Shop Manager
Travis Gaboda
Lead Electrician
Jon Mohrman
Lighting Assistants
Caroline Bradley
Lisa Bernard
Liv Jin


Technical Director
Jason Fogarty
Assistant Technical Director
George Hairston
Lead Carpenter
Jerry D. Winkle
Senior Carpenter
Kyle L. Hooks
Scene Shop Assistant
Grace Bartoo
Scenic Charge Artist
Isabel Isaacs


Props Supervisor
Christy Fogarty
Lead Properties Artisan
Sarah Gaboda
Prop Assistants
Monica Gardiner
Katie Stepanek


Sound Supervisor
Mike Ponder
Sound Assistants
Allison Bucher
Amoirie Perteet


Kenneth Martin
Department Head,
CBT Artistic Director
Casey Sams
Movement & Musical Theatre,
Associate Department Head
Kenton Yeager
Lighting Design,
Head of Graduate Studies


Jed Diamond
Gina Di Salvo
Theatre History and Dramaturgy
Joe Payne
Sound and Media Design
Christopher Pickart
Scenic Design


Kathryn Cunningham
Voice and Speech, Head of Acting
Shinnerrie Jackson
Katie Lupica
Directing, Associate Artistic Director
Lauren T. Roark
Costume Design, Head of Design
Neno Russell
Costume Technology


David Brian Alley
Senior Lecturer in Acting,
Head of Undergraduate Studies
Terry D. Alford
Distinguished Lecturer
in Music Theatre
Steve Sherman
David Crawford
Laura Beth Wells


Misty Anderson
Professor of English and Theatre,
English Department,
Allen C. Carroll Chair of Teaching
Stanton B. Garner, Jr.
Professor of English and Theatre,
Chair, Department of English


Bill Black
Costume Design &
Technology Professor Emeritus
Kate Buckley
Directing Professor Emeritus
Marianne Custer
Costume Design Professor Emeritus
Carol Mayo Jenkins
Acting Company Emeritus
Calvin MacLean
Department Head,
CBT Artistic Director,
Professor Emeritus
John Sipes
Acting, Directing & Movement
Professor Emeritus
Terry Weber
Acting, Voice Professor Emeritus

Julie Howard, Chair
Alexander Waters, Chair Elect
Margie Nichols, At-Large
Will Brewer, At-Large

Jennifer Banner
Larry Brakebill
Will Brewer
Amy Caponetti
Lisa Carroll
Jeff Cheek
Brooks Clark
Katharine Pearson Criss
Leann Dickson
Danielle Ely
Pamela Given
Amy Morris Hess
Michael Higdon
Julie Howard
Delphia Howze
Erica Lyon
Maureen Dunn McBride
Margie Nichols
John North
Sara Phillips
Vladimir Protopopescu
Lee Riedinger
CortneyJo Sandidge
Susan Sgarlat
John Sorey
Pedro Tomás
Alice Torbett
Bob Trigiano
Robin Turner
Terry Tyler
Georgiana Vines
Alexander Waters
Wendel Werner
Donna Wertz
Melanie Wood
Wendy Wortham


Joe De Fiore
Susan Farris
Sheena McCall
Townes Lavidge Osborn

Ex Officio

Kenneth Martin
Tom Cervone
Holly Jackson-Sullivan
Jan Simek
Stephanie Wall


Dr. Meagan Elizabeth Dennison
…..and Jeffrey Navel
Dr. Jeffrey and Virginia Eberting
Pamela and James Given
The Lederer Family
Mrs. Townes Lavidge Osborn
…..and Robert S. Marquis
Linda and Terry Tyler


Jennifer Banner
Dr. Larry and Jeanie Brakebill
Elizabeth W. Carroll
Dr. Jimmy and Ileen Cheek
Bonnie Carroll
…..and Roy Cooper, Jr.
Kenneth and Jane Creed
Dr. Jeffrey and Virginia Eberting
Dr. R. Kent and Susan Farris
Drs. Joseph and Jayne De Fiore
Stanton and Alison Garner
Donna Geckler-Solod
Rosemary R. Gilliam
Tara and Scott Halstead
John George Hoffman III
…..and Susan Hoffman
Julie Howard and Ted Flickinger
Susan and Jerry Kornegay
Theresa Lee and Jacob Love
Maureen Dunn McBride
and Neil McBride
Margie Nichols and John Gill
Linda B. Norris
Dr. Lee L. Riedinger
…..and Mary Zuhr
Susan Sgarlat
Patsy Roux-Sharp
Donna Solod
John F. Sorey III
…..and Delores R. Sorey
Alice Torbett
Robin C. Turner
Nancy Voith
…..and Kenneth Stark
Donna and Terry Wertz


Vickie Ellis
Donna and Randall Riggs
Robin C. Turner


Dr. Myrwood
…..and Susan Besozzi
Drs. John T. Bushore
…..and Betsy Haughton
Dr. Howard C. Filston
Dr. Jeffrey D. Kovac
Dr. Samantha Murphy
and Mr. Justin Roby
Sheena McCall
Marsha Mitchell
Sarah Phillips
Sandra K Stoutt
Jeffrey and Carol Stratton
Alexander Oaks Waters


Jay Aldrich
Andrea J. Anderson
Virginia L. Caperton
Amy Caponetti
Brooks and Karen Clark
Col. Ken and Joan Clevenger
Michael Combs
Dr. Timothy Paul
and Patricia Ann Ezzell
Christopher and
Lauren Herbstritt
Julie Carroll Lohnes
Janet Parkey
Meredith Peccolo
and James Vaughan
Dr. Robert N.Trigiano
Georgiana Vines

David Andrews
Gayle Burnett
Karen Clapp
Deborah Emery
Margie Gill
John Hoffman
Julie Howard
Virginia Kerwin
Jerry Kornegay
Susan Kornegay
Sharon Kreis
Steve Krempasky
Stephen LaVie
Karen Lesieur
Angela Masini
Vanessa McAfee
Maureen McBride
Sheena McCall
Jeffrey Navel
Linda Norris
James Peterson
Sara Phillips
Elizabeth Pollock
Donna Riggs
Helen Sirett
Robin Smith
Julie Thornburg
Alice Torbett
Linda Tyler
Terry Tyler
Georgiana Vines
Nancy Voith
Donna Wertz
Shelly Wilson
Cheryl Zamora

The Educational Interpreting Program began at The University of Tennessee in 1992 within the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Students are trained to work in educational and community settings facilitating communication between deaf and non-signing members of the hearing community. Students take course work in American Sign Language, Interpreting, Deaf Education, Education and Psychology as part of their curriculum. Before graduating seniors complete a 300+ hour internship in a school or agency placement working with professional interpreters. While in the program students participate in volunteer activities at the Tennessee School for the Deaf, Knoxville Center of the Deaf, and the Knoxville Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

In collaboration with:

TPTE Educational Interpreting Program

Carol La Cava

Carol LaCava (Interpreter) Carol has worked for thirty years as the Coordinator/Instructor in the UT Educational Interpreting Program. She has interpreted more than 100 theatrical productions including many at the CBT. She continues to work part time as an interpreter and mentor. She is thrilled to be able to share this experience with two promising new interpreters as her team members for this production.

Emilia Klinzing

Emilia Klinzing (Interpreter) is a senior at Maryville College majoring in ASL/English Interpretation. She first graduated from an Interpretation Preparation Program at Mt. San Jacinto College in Southern California before transferring to MC. Emilia is a Performing Arts Interpreter intern and an intern at Partners Interpreting Agency. Aside from interpreting, Emilia is a self published author and enjoys outdoor activities such as paddle boarding.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith (Interpreter) will graduate in December 2023, from UT, with a degree in Educational Interpreting. Her favorite theater production that she was involved in was, Disney’s “The Newsies.” She was born and raised in Knoxville and is now raising two beautiful children here. She would like to thank Carol LaCava, Gay Baker, Megan Potts, her predecessors, and her family, that has supported and encouraged her on this journey.