PRODUCTION TEAM - PHILLY
HEATHER MAYES (Heather) is over the moon to be making her Philadelphia debut at the Society Hill Playhouse, and equally excited to be joining such an extraordinary cast and crew hailing from Act II. Heather is a Virginia native, and now a proud Baltimore resident. She most recently took on the role of in Abby in The Musical of Musicals: The Musical at MetroStage, Alexandria, VA. Before that, she enjoyed aging 50 years every night as Agnes in I Do, I Do, at the Bay Theatre, Annapolis, MD. Other favorites include: Claudia in Nine (Live Arts), Narrator in Joseph...Dreamcoat (Fort Salem Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Virginia Stage); HERITAGE REP: The Spirfire Grill (Percy) Damn Yankees (Lola) Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbitt) Snoopy (Lucy) GRAD ACTING: Private Lives (Amanda), The Way of the World (Lady Wishfort), Big Love (Olympia) The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Edwin Drood) INTERNATIONAL: Encore! Tokyo Disneyland. Heather holds an MFA in Acting, University of Virginia, and a BA in Theatre, Messiah College. She also studied at the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, and enjoyed a semester study at Temple University. Proud member of Actor's Equity. Thank you God, family including kindred friends, and BR. www.HeatherMayes.com
DANIELLE G. HERBERT (Danielle) is both excited to have the opportunity to reprise her 2009 Barrymore-nominated role in Respect and is thrilled to be back working with such a fabulous cast and crew. Since performing in Respect at Act II last spring, Danielle was also lucky enough to reprise her role as one of the Dynamites in the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater's production of Hairspray, just north of the "windy city." Earlier last yea, she performed at the Arden Theatre in A Year with Frog and Toad and before that enjoyed two exciting seasons at the Walnut Street Theatre in Hairspray (Dynamite feature); State Fair; Les Mis (Factory Girl feature); Peter Pan (Indian); Man of La Mancha (Gypsy Dancer feature); and Carousel. Danielle was nominated for the 2008 Barrymore award for her portrayal of Anita in West Side Story at the New Candlelight Theatre in DE. Other credits include: Caroline, or Change (The Radio) also at the Arden; the Walnut Street Theatre's 200th Anniversary Gala, which she helped host; Death and the King's Horseman at the Lantern Theater; Pal Joey at the Prince Music Theater, and a host of others in the Philadelphia region. Danielle is also a former back-up singer for Grammy-winning R&B vocalist, Jill Scott.
CARLY MAYO (Carly) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Respect and to be back at the Society Hill Playhouse where she debuted her original cabaret "Me and My Shadow". A Grad of SUNY Empire State College (B.A. Theatre), Carly recently played Guenevere in Camelot at the Shawnee Playhouse. Other recent credits: Showboat (Dance Captain), All Shook Up (ensemble), Oliver! (Milkmaid) at The Media Theatre; Grease (Marty), Godspell (Robin) at Shawnee. Various cabarets and small performances in the Philadelphia area.
EILEEN MATTHEWS (Eileen) is ecstatic to return to the Society Hill Playhouse stage since performing the role of Pam in David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr.'s musical, Baby. Eileen is genuinely excited to be performing the role of Dorothy in Respect. Past performances include the role of Amy in the Ritz Theatre's production of Company and the role of Joe in the production of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. By day, Eileen is the Production Manager for StudioTEN Creative Group, located in the NBC10 building. She produces national commercials, documentaries and corporate videos. Eileen is a nine-time Emmy¨ award- winning producer.
CHERYL WILLIAMS (Cheryl) is happy to be returning to Respect: A Musical Journey of Women at Society Hill, after the wonderful three-month run at Act II Playhouse. When the show closed last August, Cheryl had the honor of playing Amanda in The Glass Menagerie at Act Out Theatre, participating in a lovely staged reading as Mrs. Stockmann in Ibsen's An Enemy of the People with PAC at Drexel University, and was most recently scene as Francis in David Hare's The Breath of Life at The Lantern. Cheryl has also worked locally with Mauckingbird Theatre Co. in Hedda Gabler, Temple Theatre's Expecting Isabel at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, with Act II Playhouse in The Street of Useful Things, and Mayfair Theatre at Walnut Studio 5 in How I Learned to Drive. She's also participated with InterAct's Writing Aloud series and with PlayPenn in The Specificity of Paradise. Cheryl's been a regional theater actress for many years, working with Chicago Dramatists, Chicago's Court and Goodman Theatres, Chicago Shakespeare, Detroit area's Purple Rose, The Attic Theatre (where she received a Princess Grace Theatre Fellowship), Jewish Ensemble, and Meadow Brook Theatres, The Human Race, Madison Rep and the Three Rivers, Antioch, New Jersey, Orlando and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals, to name a few. She received her MFA in Acting from Wayne State University in Detroit while performing with the Hilberry Classic Repertory Theatre. She currently is a proud member of the Temple acting faculty.
DOROTHY MARCIC (Playwright) - Dorothy's first play was written when she was six years old and was performed in a make-shift theater-tent in her Pewaukee, Wisconsin, backyard. Many years later she became a professor at Vanderbilt University and the author of 12 books, including RESPECT: Women and Popular Music, the basis for this performance, a project she has been working on since 1999. She actually had an Aunt Lilly, Uncle Vernie, and a mother named Leone, all of whose stories are incorporated into the show. To read more about these family members/characters, visit the show's website at www.respectmusicaljourney.com. Dorothy's other books include Understanding Management, Managing with the Wisdom of Love and four children's titles with Golden Books. Many years ago, Dr. Marcic worked on the TV show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. She has traveled the U.S. and the world doing the one-woman show, The Musical History of Women, which has been well-received in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Holland, England, and South Africa. As a Fulbright Scholar, she taught at the University of Economics in Prague, where she lived for four years. She is married to Vanderbilt Professor Dick Daft and has three incredible daughters-Roxanne, Solange and Elizabeth-who are her proudest achievements. Dorothy is grateful to the women in her family for inspiring much of the piece. Her personal website is www.drdorothy.com.
Bud Martin (Producer/ Director) is in his second season as the producing artistic director at Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA. where he most recently directed On Golden Pond. He is thrilled to return to his roots in the theatre after a 'brief, 25-year hiatus' in corporate finance. Bud graduated from DeSales University and received his M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University. He taught theatre in high school, college and graduate school before embarking on a professional producing and directing career in 1978. He entered the corporate world in 1982 and was inducted into the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame in the summer of 2006. While at Act II, he has also directed Married Alive!, Magnetic North and Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, which ran an unprecedented 12 weeks. Just before joining Act II, he produced and directed Michael Friel's highly acclaimed play, The Children of Fatima, for Theatre Catalyst in Philadelphia. He co-produced George Stiles' (Honk!, Tom Jones, Mary Poppins) new musical adventure, The Three Musketeers, at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and North Shore Music Theatre. His Broadway producing credits include The Story of My Life, Dolly Parton's 9 to 5: The Musical, and Burn the Floor. He is co-producing Legally Blonde, the Musical in London's West End and has a number of upcoming Broadway and West End projects.
JOHN DANIELS (Music Director) is excited to be working on his first show at Society Hill and his second with Act II Playhouse. Originally from Wilkes Barre, PA, John studied at Ithaca College and is currently finishing his undergraduate degree in music at Temple University He is due to graduate in May, which will mark the end of a long educational road and the accomplishment of a life-long goal. Before returning to school, John music directed regionally and on the road. Some of his favorite credits include Gypsy starring Karen Mason, Barnum with Terri White and The Hot Mikado, with B.J. Crosby, all at Westchester Broadway Theatre; Aida at Sacramento Music Circus, and Songs for a New World at Act II Playhouse. On the road, he played keyboards with the national tour of Camelot starring Michael York, Rachel York, and James Barbour; Mamma Mia!, and was Music Director for the National Tour of Cabaret.
CARMELA GUITERAS MAYO (Choreographer) is thrilled to be returning to Respect at its new venue at Society Hill Playhouse.. Last season she choreographed it at Act II Playhouse and had the time of her life! She also choreographed Married Alive! at Act II. She has directed Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway (with Al Carmines), music videos and numerous productions at five universities and regional and stock companies up and down the East Coast. She was named Best Director by the Northeastern Pennsylvania and North Jersey Critic's Association and is proud co-founder and Artistic Director of Stages of Imagination, a children's theater company that has won two Parent Choice Awards and two National Telly Awards. Carmela has taught dance in various studios in Phila, NJ and NYC for 38 years and has owned her own Dance Studio in Springfield, Pa for 16 years.This production of Respect has a special twist for Carmela, not only is she working with old friends and a great staff, but also her daughter Carly is in the understudy role! A very proud Mom!
DIRK DUROSSETTE (Set Designer) has been designing in Philadelphia for the past 10 years. He has designed scenery for Temple Theaters, Temple Opera, Villanova Theatre, University of the Arts, Drexel University, West Chester University, Act II Playhouse, 1812 Productions, Azuka Theater, Gas and Electric Arts, Enchantment Theater, Mum Puppettheatre, Theatre Horizon, Painted Bird Productions, Amaryllis Theatre Co., Luna Theater, New City Stage Company, InterAct Theatre, Lantern Theater, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights.
WADE LABOISSONNIERE (Costume Designer) - Previously at ACT II: On Golden Pond, Magnetic North. Broadway: The Story of My Life. Touring Companies: Disney's High School Musical and HSM2, including companies in the US, Australia, Spain and London's West End; US National Tour of White Christmas for Theatre of the Stars. Off-Broadway credits include Zanna, Don't!, Shakespeare's R&J. Regional productions at The Kennedy Center, Center Stage, Goodspeed, Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas Theatre Center, Ford's, Portland Center Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Yale Rep. Written and published two volumes in the Blueprints of Fashion book series. Prior to designing, he performed on Broadway in Cats and On Your Toes and in tours of La Cage aux Folles and 42nd Street. Yale School of Drama Design Program.
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