MEET THE ARTISTS

NICOLE ALLEE
STAGE MANAGER

Nicole Allee is a stage manager for various theatre companies in the Milwaukee area. Recently she has worked on Jealous Revolver ep. 3 (Cabaret MKE),  and Becky's New Car (Forge Theater). The only time you will see her on stage is if something has gone horribly wrong, or once a month she performs with Boozy Bard in Shakespeare Raw shows. She would like to thank this cast for being an absolute pleasure to work with and also her mom. 

MAURA ATWOOD
THE STOWAWAY

Maura Atwood has loved creating this show with these magnificent people! She was most recently in The Jealous Revolver with Cabaret Milwaukee, Medea with Voices Found Repertory, and Coriolana with Cooperative Performance. Maura performs with Kohl's Wild Theater and teaches for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Much love to all her nerds. "And all my fortunes at Thy foot I'll lay, and follow Thee my Lord throughout the world."

MAYA DANKS
THE SOLDIER

Maya Danks studied Theatre Arts at the University of Minnesota, and now works as an actor/speech coach/text coach in Milwaukee. Most recent roles include Titus in Titus Andronicus (Voices Found Repertory) and Lovis in The Dutch Lover (Charles Allis Museum). Maya is also currently coaching dialects for Hand To God (Voices Found Repertory). Buckets of love and gratitude to Maya's family, friends, and cast for their unending support!

ETHAN EICHSTEDT-ANDERSON
SET DESIGNER/CONSTRUCTION

Ethan Eichstedt-Anderson is a maker of stuff in the Milwaukee area. Recent credits include set design for Coriolanus, and set construction for Hamlet and Oedpius Rex, all with Voices Found Repertory. Ethan also has done large prop pieces for a few shows in the area. If you want to see Ethan in person, he is a player on the Theatre of the Mind Players Twitch, YouTube, and Podcast shows. He would like to thank his beautiful wife Tawnie Thompson for all her help and support. 

JJ GATESMAN
DIRECTOR

JJ Gatesman is a director/playwright currently working in the Milwaukee area.  Recent directing credits include Jack of Hearts (Milwaukee Entertainment Group), The Beauty of Psyche (A Fool's Enigma/Milwaukee Fringe Festival), and the one act Nesting Dolls (Cooperative Performance).  JJ is the founder and artistic director of Original Practices Milwaukee, a theater company dedicated to producing Shakespeare's plays performed in the historical first folio style. He would like to thank all of the interviewees who contributed to our show with their inspirational stories.

ROSE GRIZZELL
THE PILOT

Rose Grizzell is jazzed to be appearing in her first role with Cooperative Performance. You might have seen her last fall performing in THE PILLOWMAN with The Constructivists. Off the stage, Rose has been enjoying her experience as Skylight Music Theatre's scenic apprentice for the 2018-19 season. She's also a bartender at the Iron Horse Hotel, here in Milwaukee. In her free time, Rose plays the harp and the mandolin, utters futile screams towards the sky, and is a part of Active Improv’s musical improv comedy group BardProv: A Band of Yes, And. Catch them at GenCon 2019 in August. Special thanks to her folks and friends!

DENNIS LEWIS
THE ENGINEER

Dennis Lewis would like to thank you for joining the crew on this strange, whimsical voyage to parts unknown in Machina Persona. He hopes you might recognize him from previous roles as Tony Kartalley in Cabaret Milwaukee's The Jealous Revolver or as James Callifer in Acacia Theatre's most recent production, The Potting Shed. Dennis is an avid student of Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that uses elegant, complex movements to disguise attacks. It's had a heavy influence on his role's movement style and some of his other "traits." Dennis hopes you enjoy the show and, as the Engineer would say, "Uh? Ah, gavou!"

DEBORAH OETTINGER
THE COLLECTOR

Deborah (Deb) Oettinger was born in California to parents with a little gypsy in their souls. She first fell in love with the stage in 8th grade when she got the lead in a one act play called The Ghost Wore White and is now following her lifelong dream of pursuing acting as her passion and vocation. This is her first time with Cooperative Performance and  she hopes you enjoy this production as much as she does!

KELLIE WAMBOLD
THE SCIENTIST

Kellie Wambold has been a Milwaukee actor for about one year and is thrilled to be take part in her first show with Cooperative Performance. Recently she’s been seen in The Company of Strangers’ Pure Enough to Drink and A Fool’s Enigma's The Beauty of Psyche as well as behind the marketing scene with The Constructivists. When she’s not acting or working in human resources at GMR Marketing, she is writing, knitting, or playing her ukulele, named Yookou. She would like to thank her coworkers for letting her ramble excitedly about the show whenever she could and her cast for making this process a wonderful experience.