The Team


Amandla Bearden (Caius Martius aka Coriolanus) Amandla Bearden is a third year Actor MFA Candidate at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Recent UCI credits include: independent project, Sunset Baby (Damon); Clybourne Park (Albert/Kevin); and independent original work project, Woke. Black. Love. (Storyteller). His journey through this production has been a journey through a socio-political playground as well as a wonderful opportunity to be get recklessly mesmerized with the mazes and puzzles that are William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Following CoriolanusAmandla will continue to focus on his last year at UC Irvine, graduating with an MFA in Acting. Following graduation he plans to either stay in California or move to Atlanta. It is here where he will begin to pursue his career in television/film projects as well as theater. With a growing interest in writing and producing, he plans to create his own work and follow those other interests.  He would like to say thank you to his momma, dad, sister, and his people for everything.

image1Alex Raby (Aufidia) Alex is a 3rd year MFA Acting student who could not be more thrilled to be a part of Coriolanus as her last mainstage production at UC Irvine. A third year grad from Indianapolis, Indiana, Alex graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance from The University of Evansville. Her UCI credits include Catherine Stockmann in An Enemy of the People, The Doctor in Woyzeck, Berthe in Boeing Boeing, and Evelyn in The Shape of Things, as well as Elsewhere and Longitude with Annie Loui’s CounterBalance Theatre. Other recent credits include In the Next Room, The Glow Overhead, and Taming of the Shrew with Chautauqua Theatre Company. She is a proud member of The Live Nude People Improv Team as well as the Isolated Incident Neofuturist Collective. She sends all the gratitude and love in the world to PJC, the Octothorpes, the Coriolanus cast and crew, as well as her professors, friends, and family.


Madison McKenzie Scott (Volumnia) Madison McKenzie Scott is a 3rd Year MFA Acting student who hails from North Carolina, where she earned her BA in Dramatic Art and Middle Eastern Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. Recent work at UCI includes producing and appearing in Isolated Incident: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes, as well as roles in Hay Fever, Woyzeck, Matt & Ben, and medea redux. She is very happy to be finishing up her time at UCI alongside so many of her classmates and under the guidance of the fantastic Paul Cook, and she is grateful for the opportunity to play one of Shakespeare’s many strong, complex women.

rebecca-rowland-headshotRebecca Rowland (Virgilia) Rebecca Rowland is in her third year at UC Irvine and is thrilled to be making her main-stage debut in Coriolanus. Originally from Northern California, she has enjoyed bringing free performances of Shakespeare’s works to schools, retirement communities, and public parks in the greater Sacramento area. Her recent work at UCI has included Isolated Incident: 30 Plays in 60 minutes, Sight Unseen, and Hay Fever. She can also be seen bi-weekly as a captain and member of Live Nude People* With Clothes On improv team. She thanks God for the opportunity to be a part of this important show and to work alongside such an inspiring and visionary creative team.

Thovarga-thomas-0481mas Varga (Menenius Agrippa & Movement Director) Thomas Varga is a 3rd and final year MFA acting student at UC Irvine. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon before moving to southern California. Recent appearances on the UCI main stage include this season’s The Iliad: Menin (Rage) (Paris/Diomedes), as well as last season’s Woyzeck (Andres) and An Enemy of the People (Morten Kiil). Other recent credits include work with Counter-Balance Theater, New Swan Shakespeare Festival, Santa Rosa Summer Rep Theatre, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, and Eugene Shakespeare in the Park. This March, Thomas will be reprising his role as the fastidious 18th century clockmaker, John Harrison, in Counter-Balance Theater’s physical theatre adaptation of the book Longitude by Dava Sobel.

headshotRob Tendy (Cominius) Rob Tendy is currently a second year MFA acting student at UC Irvine. Originally from a small town in upstate New York, Rob received a BA in Acting/Directing from Binghamton University before crossing the country to continue his studies. Previously on the Irvine main stage, Rob has appeared in Our Class as Heniek, Enemy of the People as Billing, and Clybourne Park as Karl/Steve. He thanks his classmates, the faculty at UC Irvine, the production team of Coriolanus, and the incredible Paul Cook, who has inspired him in ways that cannot possibly be described in a short website bio.

manfredi-nick-0187Nick Manfredi (Brutus) Nick thanks God for the blessing of being apart of this team, under the fantastic and plucky Paul Cook, for his last main stage show here at UCI. He is a 3rd Year Graduate Actor and wants to thank the entire UCI Drama community: students, faculty, staff, and patrons for their support in his endeavors. He gives his ever love to LNP, to his adopted sibs, to the bridge forming Octothorpe, to his family, and to his fiancé, Samantha Ann who carries his Joy and uncovers his Peace. AMDG

Version 2Nicole Cowans (Sicinia) 
Nicole Cowans is an international performing artist. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, a B.A. in Theatre, and a Minor in Music (vocal performance) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Drama (emphasis in Acting) at the University of California, Irvine, and in the summers she spends her time in Barcelona, Spain interning for Catherine Fitzmaurice for the Fitzmaurice Voicework Teaching Certification 15. Nicole is a member of VASTA (Voice & Speech Trainers Association) and the Brown Bag Theatre Company in Irvine, California. AS an Afro-Latina, she takes great pride in her being fluent in Spanish as a second language. She plays several instruments including piano, alto saxophone, guitar, and voice. Her most recent roles at UCI were Fancine/Lena in Clybourne Park, Teresa in Italian American Reconciliation, as well as the Goddess Athena in Illiad (with Counterbalance Theatre Company).

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Alexa Briana Crismon (Valeria) Alexa Briana Crismon is a senior at the University of California, Irvine. She is a double major in Psychology and Drama. This is Alexa’s first main-stage production at The Claire Trevor School of the Arts and she is excited to have been given the opportunity to do such an impactful piece of theater. She dedicates her performance to her director, Paul Cook, who has worked with her numerous times and has been one of her mentors here at UCI; she also dedicates her performance to her cast-mates whom without she would not of been able to grow, learn, and develop through this beautiful process. She hopes you enjoy the show and she is honored to share her talents with you.


Amy Tilson-Lumetta (Titus Lartius) Amy Tilson-Lumetta is a BFA in Musical Theatre and Honors in Acting Candidate who is loving the chance to live life on the edge in Rome as Titus Lartius, or as she more appropriately puts it, “to fuck some shit up in Rome” and continuing her trend of playing roles originally written for men.  Some of her other adventures include Boeing Boeing (Gretchen), The Iliad (Thetis/Pandarus), Sweeney Todd (Toby), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), and Les Misérables (u/s Fantine).  She is currently writing an original dystopian sci-fi musical, Created, which grapples with genetic slavery in a dark future.  Contrary to popular belief, she is not a natural redhead.  She thanks this wonderful team for their commitment, creativity, and joy.

laurence-turner-headshot-2015Laurence Turner (Young Martius) Laurence Turner is a senior Drama major at UCI. An actor, comedian, and writer, Laurence is incredibly pumped to tackle the Bard for a second time under the direction of Paul Cook, having previously appeared in Paul’s production of Macbeth. Laurence is a passionate comedian and a long-time member of the UCI improv team, Live Nude People *With Clothes On, as well as their offshoot long-form improve team, Nudes 2. Recent UCI credits include Parade (Riley), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf), Man of La Mancha (Jose), and he will be seen later this year on the UCI main-stage as a puppeteer in Avenue Q. He thanks his family for their unending support, as well as the entire Coriolanus team for giving their truth and genuine selves to this incredible production.


Aaron Miller (Citizen) Aaron began acting when he was 10 years old. His first role was as Duke Orsino in an all-children’s production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. He continued to do Shakespeare with the Redlands Shakespeare Festival until he attended high school at the age of 14. His high school produced one Shakespeare play annually, allowing Aaron to continue performing Shakespeare– something he soon realized was a passion of his. Aaron began attending UC Irvine in the fall of 2015 and has been fortunate enough to continue doing the Bard’s work. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Kelsey Deroian (Citizen) Kelsey Deroian is a first year graduate student. Coriolanus is her first show with UCI and is looking forward to being a part of the spring production of I Dream of Chang and Eng.

chsChris Mansa (CitizenChris Mansa is a 1st Year MFA Acting student and thanks God for the opportunity to be making his debut in UCI’s Coriolanus. Chris received his B.F.A in Theatre Performance, from Western Michigan University.



Kkaylaayla Kearney (Citizen) Kayla Kearney is very excited to be a part of Coriolanus! Originally from the Bay Area, Kayla moved to Southern California to complete her B.A in Theatre Arts at Cal State Long Beach. She is very happy to be starting her M.F.A program here at UC Irvine. Her credits include: S/he & Me (Starring Alexandra Billings), RENT (Maureen), Grease (Rizzo) Legally Blonde: The Musical (Vivienne), Distracted (Mama) The Last Five Years (Cathy). Kayla would like to thank her friends and family for the love and support along with the amazing Coriolanus team!


Anica Garcia-DeGraff (Citizen) Anica Garcia-DeGraff is a 1st year MFA student at UCI. She received her BFA from Western Michigan University. She is so happy and blessed to be here at UCI, and is excited to be making her debut and working with all her friends and colleagues in Coriolanus.



Nickdsc_0963 Adams (Volscian) Nick Adams is a third year drama major. His other work at UCI includes playing the Duke/Dr. Carrasco in Man of La Mancha, Katurian in The Pillowman, and John Brown in A Separate Peace.He is looking forward to playing Rod in UCI’s spring production of Avenue Q. When not occupied with a show, he spends his time writing poetry and improvising as a member of the Live Nude People improv team. Nick is excited to work alongside so many talented human beings and is grateful for this opportunity to learn from their brilliant minds.

Grace Theobold (Citizen)

Xander Ritchey (Citizen)

Erika Richards (Citizen)

Connor Marsh (Citizen)

dre3Angelica Rowell (Volscian) Angelica Rowell is a third year drama and vocal performance double major at the University of California, Irvine. This is her second main-stage production with the drama department and her first ever Shakespeare production. She is so excited to explore a new area of theatre and to tell the story of Coriolanus with the phenomenal actors she is humbled to call her cast-mates. Her credits include: Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Sorceress), Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennet), Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts). When not in rehearsals, you can find Angelica writing songs, crafting, or at Disneyland.

Kieran Barry (Volscian)

Spencer Peterson (Volscian)

Tynan Hack (Citizen) Tynan Hack is a fourth year undergraduate student at UCI. Recruited out of high school, Tynan spent three years playing for UCI’s NCAA Division 1 Men’s Water Polo team. Deciding he didn’t want to continue with collegiate athletics, Tynan changed his focus to acting and the dramatic arts, and is now pursuing a major in drama. Coriolanus is his first production since having acted in several plays in middle school.

Production Team

Gary Busby – Producer

Don Hill – Producer

Keith Bangs – Production Manager

Shannon Bicknell – Assistant Production Manager

Jeff Stube – Shop Foreman

Pam Marsden – Props Supervisor

Julie Keen – Costume Shop Supervisor 

Joe Forehand – Lighting Shop Supervisor

BC Keller – Sound Shop Supervisor

Creative Team

Paul Cook – Director

Jane Page – Directing Mentor

Tyler Scrivener – Scenic Designer

Leah Ramillano – Scenic Design Assistant

Dipu Gupta – Scenic Design Mentor

Beau Hamilton – Costume Designer

Ashton Montgomery – Costume Design Assistnat

Marcy Froehlich – Costume Design MEntor

Sarah Resch – Lighting Designer

Wes Chew – Lighting Design Assistant

Jaymi Smith – Lighting Design Mentor

Ben Scheff- Composer & Sound Designer

Andrea Allmond – Compose & Sound Designer

Mike Hooker – Sound Design Mentor

Sam Kolodezh – Dramaturgy 

Nate Chase – Stage Manager

Liv Scott – Assistant Stage Manager

Whitney Carter – Assistant Stage Manager

Ashlyn Weatherford – Production Assistant

Don Hill – Stage Management Mentor

Joel Veenstra – Stage Management Mentor


Audio – Colleen Greenhalgh

Audio – Alexi Ishida

Costume – Illana Degann

Costume – Alyssa Mendoza

Costume – Graco Hernandez 

Costume – Evelyn Chu

E-Hang – Shelby Thach

E-Hang – Janelle Murphy

E-Hang – Nashalah Mcnamara

E-Hang – Andrew Lee

E-Run – Tori Thompson

E-Run – Sam Scheller

Scenic – Lilla Lavanakul

Scenic – Devon Taylor

Scenic – Katie Lynch