THIS IS OUR YOUTH: PROGRAM
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SAM DOMINO (DENNIS ZIEGLER)
A born and raised Austinite, Sam is excited to be a part of Treehouse Players’ production debut of This Is Our Youth. Sam was last seen in Jarrott Productions’ Prodigal Son, in which he was nominated Best Leading Actor for B. Iden Payne, Austin Critics Table, and Broadway World Austin (won). Other past roles include Inmate Gordon in Southwest Theatre Productions' Cages and Brodie in Exit 27. In addition to theatrical work, he also participates in films in the Austin area.
DAVID ALLAN BARRERA (PRODUCER/WARREN STRAUB)
David is the Producer for Treehouse Players, and this is the first production he has ever produced on this scale. He has been working as an actor throughout Austin on both stage and film for the past 8 years. He was last seen as Liam Haber in BAD JEWS (B. Iden Payne Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama) with City Theatre as well as Leo in SMARTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD with Austin Playhouse Theatre. In his biggest role ever, David is a father to the beautiful 5-year-old Mila Isabella. Thank you so much for your support of the arts in Austin.
VIVIAN GLAZIER (JESSICA GOLDMAN)
Vivian Glazier graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A in Drama from the University of Oklahoma. Boom Sooner! In Austin, she performed in the SXSW Activations for HBO’s Westworld and Game of Thrones. She also played Emilia in The Slab’s production of Desdemona: the play about the handkerchief. You may have seen her in various commercials or in various independent shorts and features. In addition to acting, Vivian is a writer. You can find her first poetry book, One Whole World, on Amazon and Kindle. She is repped by TAG Talent.
JEREMY LEE CUDD (DIRECTOR)
Jeremy Lee Cudd recently produced/directed ACTUALLY by Anna Ziegler, assisted Benjamin Summers on the Street Corner Arts production of Ayad Ahktar’s JUNK, and directed CRIME & PUNISHMENT for Penfold Theatre. He just finished his 8th year of teaching at UT Austin where he has directed STUPID F*CKING BIRD, DARK PLAY OR STORIES FOR BOYS, DOGF*CKERS (UTNT), and SOME GIRLS. He is also a filmmaker and directed a music video for Jake Bardin’s HALF-DEGREE, which was an official selection of the 2018 Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase. As an actor, he has worked with theatres like the Alliance, Actor’s Express, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Synchronicity Performance Group and is a member of AEA.
CLARISSA SMITH-HERNANDEZ (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/CO-PRODUCER)
Clarissa Smith-Hernandez is originally from El Paso, Texas and has resided in the Austin area since 2013. In El Paso, Clarissa founded her own production theatre company, Green Apple Theatre Collective, in which she produced or directed or both, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, TopDog/UnderDog, The Vagina Monologues, to name a few. In Austin, she has worked with Shrewd Productions as co-director/producer/dramaturg for As You Like It, Hold Me Well, and The Madres. Clarissa currently works at UT’s Theatre and Dance Department, where she also supports and sponsors the new student organization, LatinX Theatre Initiatives. Clarissa would like to thank her husband Mike and their fur-babies, her friends, colleagues and family for all of their love and support.
LYNN SCHAFFER BEAVER (STAGE MANAGER)
Lynn has spent a good portion of the past 25 years in various positions in Austin area theatre. Recently Lynn has been SM for productions of THE FACE OF EMMETT TILL with King Productions, SWEAT with Southwest Theatre productions, WISH and ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY with The Georgetown Palace TYA and for THE BRUTES and THE FAULT with Theatre Synesthesia. Her favorite part of theatre is working with the incredibly smart, creative people who are drawn to the work. When she’s not backstage Lynn can be found in the audience as a Contributing Editor for BroadwayWorld Austin and as a member of the Austin Critics Table.
TOMAS SALAS (SCENIC DESIGNER)
Tomas Salas, is a master scenic carpenter and lighting tech with 30 years plus working in professional theater, dance, and music shows. His experience includes serving as the technical director for Luis Valdez’ El Teatro Campesino in SJB, CA., and as a Master Electrician for the Mark Taper Forum and Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles. Tomas has also worked professionally as a theatre director and actor. Currently in Austin, Tomas is the Production Coordinator for the Austin Community College Drama Dept. and has worked as a freelance tech for just about every local theatre and dance company. What he enjoys the most is designing, making, and building things from old recycled and repurposed materials. He can also teach folks how make cigar box guitars, as well as dance to Tejano/Conjunto polkas, waltzes, huapangos, and cumbias.
JAKE BRINKS (LIGHTING DESIGNER)
Jake Brinks is a lighting designer, director, and musician based in Sugar Land, Texas. Their previous lighting work includes The Hijabi Monologues and new works The Not Knowing and Video Game Therapy.
TAYO CASTRO (BOARD OPERATOR)
Tayo is an audio engineer who has been involved in theater and production for over 15 years. He has an A.A.S. in Music Business, Performance, and Technology from Austin Community College and regularly works with studio artists, live bands, and other creative professionals through his production company, n.u.m.b. (new underground media brigade).
JENNIFER MURPHY CARTER (HOUSE MANAGER)
Began working in theater in the sixth grade when she wrote, directed and starred in a murder mystery play based on the game, Clue. Directed Godspell and re-wrote the first act in high school. Stage manager for Burn This and co-starred in An Ideal Husband at Santa Rosa Junior College. Featured in Les Liaisons Dangereuses as the Writing Desk at Santa Barbara City College and was the stage manager for Angels in America: Part II at Sonoma State University. Took a 25-year break to direct the raising of two small boys and is returning to the world of the theater as the House Manager.
LAURISSA PITZ (STAGE CREW)
Lauressa is so excited to be helping backstage at the Santa Cruz Theatre! She fell in love with theatre as a child and couldn't wait to be apart of it! She has her BFA in Theatre from Sam Houston State University and tries to be apart of the arts as often as possible. You might have seen her on stage at The Georgetown Palace Theatre in Mary Poppins and Catch Me If You Can. When she's not doing theatre, she enjoys teaching for the Gifted and Talented program. A big thanks to her husband and Avery! Enjoy the show!
ERRICH PETERSON (PHOTOGRAPHER)
Errich is a photographer, filmmaker, and actor. He specializes in headshots, theatrical publicity and productions, live events, short narratives, music videos, and documentaries. His photography has been published in American Theatre Magazine, SXSWorld Magazine, SXSW.com, Austin Monthly, the Austin Chronicle, and the Austin American Statesman. As a filmmaker, he was featured in Backstage.com’s “3 Webseries You Should Watch” and has received awards from the 48 Hour Film Project, Vimeo, and Facing East (Winner: Best Documentary). His work has also helped theatres acquire grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Texas Commission for the Arts, and the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. Follow him at www.errichpetersen.com, www.vimeo.com/errich, and Instagram: @errichp
JONATHAN DENHAM (VIDEOGRAPHER)
Jonathan Denham (JD) is an Austin, Texas based artist. He is an actor, writer, director, and producer. JD entered the world of filmmaking with a passion for understanding the human condition and exploration into the discovery of self. In the last year he created a production company specializing in content creation for corporations who wish to develop their brand identity and bring awareness to their product or service through narration. He is constantly refining his craft by studying and working in each department of film as he journeys through the industry. His appreciation for perspective can be seen in the eye of the lens. In his free time he enjoys educating himself in his areas of interest, going far a swim at the greenbelt, and dancing wholeheartedly about town.
Thank you to ACC for the resources in giving us a set we are all very proud of.