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She Kills Monsters

She Kills Monster          
April 22nd- May 1st, 2016
Written by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Adam Noble
Wortham Theatre

Cast List

In alphabetical order

Troy Beckman

Creature Crew

Justin Gibbons

Creature Crew

Zachary Givens

Creature Crew

Zachary LaPlue

Creature Crew

Griffin Hammel


Casey Magin


Alyssa Marek

Evil Tina

Katie Marsh


Jay Mast


Laura Moreno


Valentina Olarte


Mason Patterson


Katherine Pepin

Creature Crew/Fight Captain

Meg Rodgers


Ethan Sims


Skyler Sinclair

Evil Gabbi/Dance Choreographer

Catherine Thomas


Coralee Young



Adam Noble*


Melissa Noble

Aerial and Movement Coordinator

Ellen Misner

Scenic Designer

Hudson Davis

Assistant Scenic Designer

Thomas Murphy

Props Master

Josh Jacobs

Master Carpenter

Lynsey Manley

Lighting and Projections Designer

Jason Cochran

Assistant Lighting Designer

Rigel Nunez

Technical Director

Leah Smith

Costume Designer

Juan Saracay

Assistant Costume Designer

Trent Lira

Sound Designer

Brien Bianchi


Faith Tenney

Assistant Dramaturg

Will Inman

Assistant Dramaturg

Rachel R. Bush*

Production Stage Manager

Stephanie Britton

Stage Manager

Ryan Barrett

Assistant Stage Manager

Benjamin Gallegos

Assistant Stage Manager

There will be two brief 10-minute intermissions.

Any taping, filming, recording or broadcast of this play is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all phones and other electronic devices as a courtesy to other patrons and to the actors.

*Proud Member of Actor’s Equity Association

Program Note/Dramaturgy

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Artist Bios

tTroy Beckman (Creature Crew) is a sophomore BFA actor. Previous UH credits include: First Alderman in Fuenteovejuna and King of France/Soldier in King Lear. Troy was also Kurt Forster in Main Street Theater's production of Peace In Our Time.

Justin Gibbons (Creature Crew) is a sophomore BFA actor.

Zachary Givens (Creature Crew) is a sophomore BFA actor

zZachary LaPlue (Creature Crew) is a freshman BFA actor. Previous credits include: Scapino!, The Farnsworth Invention, Noises Off, and Laughing Stock. Zachary was most recently seen in UH’s production of Fuenteovejuna as the Master of Calatrava. Zach devotes most of his free time outside of the theatre to playing videogames and general fitness.

gGriffin Hammel (Chuck) is a second year MFA actor. He earned his BA in Theatre from Central College. Professional credits include: Rev. William Wood in Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama, as well as A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline and Barnum (Totem Pole Playhouse). He also appeared as Tin Man in The Wizard of OZ, as Ewart Dunlop in The Music Man, and as JP Morgan in the world premiere of Orphan Train (Way Off Broadway). With his free time, he is an avid Green Bay Packers and Iowa Hawkeyes football fan.

cCasey Magin (Narrator) is a sophomore BFA actor. Previous credits include: Evelyn in The Shape of Things, Shen-Te/Shui-Ta in The Good Woman of Szechuan, Lenny in Crimes of the Heart, and Grace in Tigers Be Still. She is also a new member of Comedy Sportz Houston. In her free time, Casey likes to eat pizza and make up silly characters that mostly only she thinks are funny.

aAlyssa Marek (Evil Tina) is a freshman BFA actor. She was last seen in UH’s production of Fuenteovejuna. In her free time, Alyssa loves to do gymnastics, dance, and play with her dog, Bud.

kKatie Marsh (Tilly Evans) is a second year MFA actor. Previous UH credits include: Ann Deever in All My Sons, Pascuala in Fuenteovejuna, Cherie in Bus Stop, Cordelia in King Lear and Lucrece in The Liar. Last summer Katie Marsh toured around the Mid-Western United States with Missoula Children’s Theatre where she had the opportunity to travel, direct, and act in multiple venues. This fall she will be touring with The Hampstead Stage Company in A Christmas Carol and The Prince and the Pauper.

jJay Mast (Orcus) is a first year MFA actor. Recently, Jay performed in Chicago with companies such as: Lifeline Theater, Emerald City Theater and Benevolent Theater. This past winter, he was in the original cast of Hansel and Gretel with Broadway in Chicago and is on the original cast recording (check it out on iTunes). When not on stage, Jay can be found in the kitchen cooking delicious food, rocking out to Franz Liszt on the piano, or getting lost while running.

lLaura Moreno (Vera/Wigs and Makeup) is a senior BFA actor. Previous credits include: Oklahoma!, The Grapes of Wrath, The History of Tom Jones, Antigone, A Chorus Line, You Can’t Take It With You, Agamemnon, Holy Rollers, The Snow Queen, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She was most recently seen as Karen in the world premiere of The End of Side A, La Llorona in the traveling production of ¡Bocón!, and Kitty in Cone Man Running Productions world premiere of Cherry Muffins, written and directed by Elizabeth Keel. Prior to UH, Ms. Moreno spent several years working in the cosmetics and fashion industry in New York City and is a professional makeup artist. She has wigged, costumed and makeup designed a number of productions at the university and throughout the community.

vValentina Olarte (Lilith) is a senior BFA actor. Previous credits include: Una in Blackbird (Hune Company), Queen in Fuenteovejuna (UH)Cecilia/voice keeper in ¡Bocón! (UH), Elsie in The Philadelphia Story (UH), Margarita Xirgu in Blood Wedding (UH), Revolutionary/Maid in Marie Antoinette (Stages Repertory Theatre), and Sofia in The One Who Will Never Leave You (Vagabond Theatre Project).

pMason Patterson (Steve) is a junior BFA theatre educator. Previous credits include: Peace in Our Time, The Philadelphia Story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, The Pajama Game, and Hamlet.

kKatherine Pepin (Creature Crew/Fight Captain) is a junior BFA actress. Previous credits include: Olga in Three Sisters, Whitney in Legally Blonde the Musical, Mlynn in Steel Magnolias and Heath Caprini in Acts of God. She is also a cast member of Dinner Detective Houston.

mMeg Rodgers (Agnes) is a first year MFA actor.  She is a recent graduate of Slippery Rock University where she obtained a BA in psychology. Her past credits include: Sue in All My Sons, Natasha in Three Sisters, Elizabeth in The Crucible, Jean in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Elizabeth in Laundry and Bourbon, Emma in View of the Dome, various ensemble roles in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice. In her free time, Meg enjoys chasing the campus squirrels and drinking copious amounts of coffee.  

Ethan Sims (Miles) is a freshman BFA actor. Selected credits include: The Farnsworth Invention, Our Town, and Picnic.

sSkyler Sinclair (Evil Gabbi/Dance Choreographer) is a senior BFA actor. University of Houston credits include: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Snow Queen, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and the world premiere of Ripley. Professional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stark Naked) as Hermia, Peace in Our Time (Main Street Theatre) as Gladys Mott, and the world premiere of The University of Tamarie (Catastrophic Theatre).

cCatherine Thomas (Kaliope) is a freshman BFA actor. Previous UH credits include: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She appeared in Texarkana Repertory Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, and also as Laura in The Glass Menagerie. Thomas attended the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp twice where she performed Richard in Richard II and Ariel in The Tempest. In her free time, she is teaching herself to play her lute-shaped Ukulele named Montfleury.

yCoralee Young (Farrah the Faerie) is a junior BFA actor. Previous credits include: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Playboy of the Western World, Beth in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Susan Lawrence in Big the Musical, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and Elvira in Blithe Spirit. She enjoys traveling, dancing, and being with friends and family.

Adam Noble* (Director, Fight Director) Mr. Noble is a professional theatre artist and educator, with regional credits across the United States and abroad.  He has been privileged to work with many notable companies, including The Public Theater/NYSF, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Children's Theatre, The Ilkhom Theatre of Mark Weil and the Houston Shakespeare Festival.

Mr. Noble is a Certified Teacher and Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors, and currently serves as the Southwest Regional Representative for that organization.  He is also the Lead Coordinator of the Texas Intensive, an SAFD-sanctioned stage combat workshop here in Houston.

In addition, Mr. Noble is the co-founder and artistic director of the Dynamic Presence Project, a company focused on the revitalization and proliferation of movement theatre and physical storytelling.

At the University of Houston, Mr. Noble serves as Associate Professor of Acting & Movement in the BFA and MFA Acting programs, and the resident Fight Director and Movement Coach.  In previous seasons he has directed Bus Stop and The Beaux' Stratagem for the School of Theatre & Dance.  This fall, he will be helming Shogo Ota’s devastating play without words, The Waterstation.

Mr. Noble is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association and the United Stuntman's Association.  He currently serves as Treasurer for the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.

Melissa Noble (Aeriel & Movement Coordinator) A long time resident of the Pacific Northwest, Melissa Noble became a member of the Robert Davidson Dance Company, with which she toured from 1994-1999. Shortly thereafter, she began touring with Aero-Betty of Portland, Oregon. That 1999 tour culminated in performances at the Macy’s Passport shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles, which were broadcast on national TV.

Melissa has also danced and collaborated with many other West Coast dance companies, including AC Peterson and Dancers, Crispin Spaeth Dance, and The Cabiri. Her ongoing exploration of Aerial Dance and Movement Theatre has led her to collaborate with avant garde theatre companies such as Circus Contraption and the Pacific Performance Project. Melissa Choreographed several original works emfor ARC Dance Company, including their world premiere of her aerial dance piece “Beyond Flight” at Meany Hall. Her professional work has most recently been in the Opera world, working with the Kaneko Project on Madama Butterfly, a touring production on which she has served as Choreographer and performer. She has worked on that production at: Madison Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera North Carolina, San Francisco Opera. At the Jacob’s School of Music she Choreographed for The Magic Flute and Die Fledermaus as well as teaching the graduate opera singers in their Opera Op Workshop. Melissa served as Adjunct Faculty for the MFA in Acting program at University of Washington from 1999-2005, and has served as a Guest Instructor at Indiana University (in both the department of Theatre & Drama and the Jacob’s School of Music/Opera). She started the only STOTT PILATES Instructor Certification in the Dance Department at Indiana University, one of first in the United States offered by a University. Most recently she has been teaching Master Classes in Aerial Improvisation at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA.

Currently she and her husband Adam Noble are co-directors of their physical theatre company, the Dynamic Presence Project. Most recently they have mounted original works at On The Boards in Seattle and the Fringe Festival in Indianapolis.

In addition to her extensive background in Modern, Improvisation and Skinner Releasing and Aerial dance, Melissa has also trained in the actor techniques of Tadashi Suzuki with Corey Hansen at University of Northern Iowa, and with Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson at University of Washington. Aside from her creative work, Melissa is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and certified STOTT PILATESTM Instructor/Instructor Trainer and works extensively with movement re-patterning and injury.

Ellen Doyle Mizener (Scenic Designer) is a second year MFA designer. At UH, she has also designed Fuenteovejuna, The Playboy of the Western World and The Miser. She also served as props master for Intimate Apparel, Three Sisters, The Liar and Bus Stop. She has been actively designing and painting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the last 10 years. Favorite credits include: The Mountaintop, A Few Good Men, Of Mice and Men, The Little Foxes, A View from the Bridge, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, And Then There Were None, Lend Me a Tenor, Macbeth, Urinetown, and Enchanted April. She is also an avid scuba diver and loves to travel when time—and her piggy bank—allow.

Hudson Davis (Assistant Scenic Designer) is a junior BFA production major. In addition to his work at UH, Hudson is a freelance lighting and scenic designer. He predominately makes his living as a stagehand.

Thomas Murphy (Lighting Designer) is a professional lighting and scenic designer based in Houston, TX and third year graduate fellow in lighting and scenic design at the University of Houston. Recent credits include: 39 Steps at Queensbury Theatre, How I Learned To Drive at Obsidian Theater/Landing Theatre Company, The Altruists at The Rice Players, Intimate Apparel, Fuente Ovejuna, Bus Stop, The Playboy of the Western World, The Philadelphia Story, and Blood Wedding. He has designed for a number of dance companies in Houston and has been a regular fixture designing and consulting for Diverseworks. Thomas has assisted on productions at The Palazzo Theater in Las Vegas, Cincinnati Playhouse, the Alley Theatre and a number of other theatre companies in the Houston and Austin areas. Thomas is dedicated to the creation of great art and collaboration with is colleagues. He also spends his time writing and creating visual art.

Rigel Nuñez (Technical Director) is a second year MFA designer.  Her focus is in both technical direction and scenic design.  Upon receiving her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in 2008, she became UIW's Assistant Technical Director.  She designed Scenery for UIW's productions of Eleemosynary and If I Can't Have You No One Can.  While in San Antonio, Rigel served as The Overtime Theater's technical director and resident scenic/lighting designer.  Her favorite Overtime productions include The Happy Couple, The Decorator, Dr. S Battles the Sex-Crazed Reefer Zombies and Life; Or a Reasonable Approximation Thereof.  Her most recent years have been spent freelancing as a scenic carpenter in Chicago and Houston for companies such as the Alley Theatre, the Lookingglass Theatre. Locally, she designed scenery for Guys and Dolls at Pearland High School.

Josh Jacobs(Master Carpenter) is a first year MFA technical director. Josh received his BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington under the direction of Daniel Archibald. Josh has been Technical Director for many shows including: Into the Woods, A Streetcar Named Desire, Government Inspector, A Zookeepers Journal, and Fiddler on the Roof. While his main passion is technical directing, Josh loves all aspects of the theatre including Stage Management; The Pajama Game, Big Love, Mavplays 2014 Theatre Festival, Big River, Scenic Design; Seven's a Crowd, Superhero, and Sound Design; Angels Inc. and Dream.  In his free time, his wife has him use his technical skills in carpentry and painting to enhance their new home here in Houston. 

Lynsey Manley (Lighting and Projections Designer) is a second year MFA lighting design student. She is originally from the New Orleans area. Her most recent credit was as the Projections Assistant at The Alley Theatre for their All New Play Festival. Since getting into theatre, Lynsey has been involved in over 245 productions both on and off stage/camera.

Jason Cochran (Assistant Lighting Designer) is a BFA production major.

Leah Smith (Costume Designer) is a second year MFA designer. Leah received her BFA from Western Michigan University. Previous costume design credits include: The Miser (UH), The Liar (UH), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Pride and Prejudice, and Macbeth (Williams Theatre), Tony and Tina’s Wedding (Cityscape Kalamazoo), The Wedding Singer (Comstock Center Stage Theatre), and Fame Jr. (Battle Creek Junior).

Juan Saracay (Assistant Costume Designer) is a senior BFA production major with a focus in lighting and costume design. Previously, Juan worked at UH as assistant costume designer on Three Sisters and Fuenteovejuna.  He once saw Tom Cruise at an airport but didn't say hi. 

Trent Lira (Sound Designer) is a BFA production major with emphasis on sound design. His most recent productions include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 10 Minute Play Festival, Aliens: LIVE!, Night of the Living Dead and Blood Wedding. In his "spare time," he likes to collaborate with other visual and performing artists on new works and write and produce music.

Brien Bianchi (Dramaturg) is a first year MA Theatre Studies student. Professional acting credits include Scarlett Rat Entertainment's Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles (Faginand The Sterling Renaissance Faire where he studied under Gary Izzo.  Brien is also a trained pastry chef and chocolatier as well as an avid gardener.

Faith Tenney (Assistant Dramaturg) is a junior BFA playwright/dramaturg.

Will Inman (Assistant Dramaturg) is a sophomore BFA playwright. He has directed several original plays in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, most recently The Lesbian Exhibit. He also starred as Picasso alongside his castmate Bonnie Langthorn in the student-directed: A Picasso. This is his first farce (not counting his day-to-day life) and in his spare time he likes to write about dead bodies and strong women.

Stephanie Britton (Stage Manager) is a senior BFA stage manager. Previous UH credits include: Bocón, The Liar and the 10 Minute Play Festival as Stage Manager and Blood Wedding, As You Like It and Ring Round the Moon as Assistant Stage Manager. Recently she was a Deck Assistant Intern at the Houston Ballet on The Sleeping Beauty, as well as, Stage Managed at Stages Repertory Theatre for Panto Sleeping Beauty. In past summers she has interned at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival as an Assistant Stage Manager, as assistant company manager at the Houston Shakespeare Festival and stage manager for the Bayou City Concert Musicals production of New Girl In Town. She is planning on staying in the Houston area after graduation and working at local theatre companies.

Ryan Barrett (Assistant Stage Manager) is a junior BFA Stage Manager. Previous UH credits include: assistant stage manager for the 10 Minute-Play Festival, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and assistant stage manager for The Ensemble Theatre’s production of Step Stewart’s A Soulful Christmas. When not involved in theatre, Ryan enjoys reading, singing, and performing in various places around Houston.

Ben Gallegos (2nd Assistant Stage Manager) is a sophomore BFA stage manager. Ben has been in several productions as an assistant stage manager such as Cuckoo, Bayou City Musical’s Bells Are Ringing, and he recently did an internship with the Houston Ballet for Sleeping Beauty.

Faculty | Staff | Crew


Director of the School of Theatre & Dance Jim Johnson
Assistant Professor, Voice & Shakespeare Sara Becker
Associate Professor, Acting & Directing Carolyn Houston Boone
Assistant Professor, Stage Management Rachel R. Bush
Associate Professor, Dance Teresa Lynn Chapman
Assistant Professor, Theatre Education Jackie deMontmollin
Assistant Professor, Theatre Education Gary Cooper
Assistant Professor, Performance Studies Dr. Keith Byron Kirk
Associate Professor, Design &Technology Jonathan Middents
Assistant Professor, Costume Technology Barbara Niederer
Associate Professor, Acting & Movement Adam Noble
Distinguished Professor, Theatre, Musical Theatre Stuart Ostrow
Assistant Professor, Technical Director Ken Poston
Professor, Scenic & Lighting Design Kevin Rigdon
Associate Professor, Theatre History & Dramaturgy Dr. Robert Shimko
Professor, Head of Dance Program Karen Stokes
Assistant Professor, Dance Rebecca B. Valls
Associate Professor, Makeup & Costume History Claremarie Verheyen
Professor, Scenic & Lighting Design Steven W. Wallace
Assistant Professor, Costume Design & Technology Paige A. Willson
Associate Professor, Graduate Acting Jack Young

Adjunt Facult

Shelly Calene-Black
Elizabeth Bunch
Michael Brucasco
Lauren Cohen
Ruddy Cravens
Jeanne Doornbos
Jon L. Egging
Chris Hutchison
Geni Lanfear
Jacqueline Anne Nalett
Firat Kazbek Ozsoy
Leslie Scates
Jennifer Sommers
Jon R. Stonks
Sophia L. Torres
Toni Valle
Lisa Villegas
Courtney Young

Professional Staff

Draper/Costume Supervisor Margaret Crowley
Scenic Artist/Prop Supervisor Lauren Davis
Asst. Director Business Operations Isaac Davis
Assistant Technical Director Michael Debose
Academic Advisor Erika Jimenez
Box Office Manager Joyce Murray
Lecturer, Theatre & Dance Melissa Noble
Marketing & Communications Manager Michelle Robinson
Office Coordinator Julian Waneck
Box Office Assistant Monnika Young

Production Team

Sound/Electrics Crew: Daniel Regojo, Deion Adkins, Zachary Howard, Michael Wert, Trey Taylor
Costume Running Crew: Maddie Calais, Krystal Uchem, Faith Tenney, Hayley Abbott
Scenic Running Crew: Connor Morrow, Paul O’Neil, Jeana Magallon, Elissa Cuellar, Abby Harris, Rachel Jenkins
Marketing/Publicity: McCoy Rasco
Front of House: Hester Campbell, Grant Dailey

About SOTD

The UH School of Theatre & Dance produces pre-professional plays, dance concerts, studio productions, and Theatre for Young Audiences. Performances are delivered in in the Wortham and Quintero Theatres. The UH School of Theatre & Dance offers bachelor’s degrees in playwriting and dramaturgy, acting, design and technology, stage management and theatre education. Its graduate programs consist of a Master of Arts in theatre studies, a summer Master of Arts in theatre education, and Master of Fine Arts degrees in acting, and design and technology. Noted alums include actors Jim Parsons, Dennis Quaid, Brett Cullen and Robert Wuhl. Faculty includes award-winning playwright, television writer, and novelist, Theresa Rebeck, Tony Award-winning producer Stuart Ostrow and Tony-nominated designer Kevin Rigdon. Past-distinguished faculty are Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Sir Peter Hall, Jose Quintero, Patsy Swayze and Cecil Pickett. In 2012 and 2013, the school was named “Best College Theater” in the Houston Press Theater Awards. For details on UH's School of Theatre & Dance, visit

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