The Laramie Project Ensemble
Derek Cooper – Derek has performed in numerous shows within the Maryland area. His community credits include The Lieutenant of Inishmore at Laurel Mill Playhouse, Romeo and Juliet at Reisterstown Theatre Project, All Shook Up at Dundalk Community Theatre and a variety of performances for Pumpkin Theatre; last seen in their production of Peter Pan and Wendy. He is a 2011 graduate of Lynchburg College with a B.A. in Theatre and a minor in Public Relations. Derek currently works as an Assistant Guest Services Supervisor at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. He would like to thank all of the talented artists he’s worked with and learned from during this experience, as well as his family for their never-ending love and support.
Amy Davis – Amy is honored to be a part of this production of The Laramie Project, especially in the context of the greater Erase Hate Through Art event. Amy believes strongly that art should be a medium for changing the world and the cause of acceptance for all in our society is a story that should always be told. She has performed in the local area for the past several years. Credits include Helene Hanff in 84 Charing Cross Roadwith Off the Quill, Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard with Quotidian Theatre Company, and Desdemona in Othellowith Cedar Lane Stage. She can be found on-line at www.amyedavis.com
Christopher Dochin – Chris is ecstatic to be returning to the big stage and couldn’t be happier to be a part of the cast for the Laramie Project. Chris graduated from Old Mill, Glen Burnie and attended Salisbury University with majors in English and Education and later changing to English, Journalism and Public Relations. But through that change he continued with his minors in Music, Theater and Dance. After leaving college he got a job for the Air Force, has been with them since and has recently become the GLBTQ Coordinator for the union on his installation. Though he has not been on the theater stage since college he has kept up with his love of performances and has been an active member of the Academy of Washington DC, INC. as a male entertainer. He can also be seen entertaining at PW’s in Laurel alongside his Drag Family, The Adams, and other talented Queens and Male Entertainers. He would like to clarify that as a male entertainer he gets on stage and portrays male characters while performing numbers from various genres of music, basically the male equivalent of a Drag Queen and not to be confused with male entertainers of the tube sock and oiled skin variety. He would like to thank Grant Myers for scouting him and convincing him to audition for the Laramie Project. He would like to thank Regina and Ashlee Jozet Adams as well as the Academy of Washington DC, INC. for giving him a means in which he could continue his love of performing. And finally his Mother and Father for always believing in him and pushing him to enjoy life and take what comes with a smile.
Antoinette Greene – Antoinette is happy to be part of the production of The Laramie Project playing a great ensemble of women. She is now finishing up a Western “The Lonesome Trail” where she plays Alice Barnaby, and a series “Bye Chance”. Antoinette has studied with Martin Blank, Delaney Williams and Vera Katz. And works at FOX TV as a Broadcast Technician. And gives much thanks to the production team for allowing me to express myself.
Shealyn Jae – Shealyn is so excited and honored to be a part of The Laramie Project. Her previous roles include Aggie in The Game’s Afoot, Estelle in The Full Monty, The Angry Vagina in Vagina Monologues, and Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone. Many hugs and kisses to the cast and crew for their amazing work. Y gracias por mi amor…sin su apoyo no soy nada!! Te amo mucho mucho!
Dan Kavanaugh – Dan most recently portrayed Captain Taylor in 2nd Star Production’s A Soldier’s Play. Favorite theater roles include Back of the Throat (Carl), Almost Maine(Steve/Randy/Daniel) and The Shadow Box (Joe) with Dignity Players; Copenhagen(Heisenberg) and Lost In Yonkers (Eddie) with Colonial Players; Lost in Yonkers (Uncle Louie), Sylvia (Tom/Phyllis/Leslie), and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Michael) at Bowie Playhouse which was a recipient of the British Embassy’s Ruby Griffith Award for All Around Production Excellence. Dan appeared in the television documentary Capturing Oswald as Detective Jim Leavelle and has played multiple roles in crime recreation shows on the Investigation Discovery Channel. Dan’s voiceover work has included spots for the University of Maryland and various federal agencies. Directing credits include Dracula, The Shadow Box, Bus Stop, and Stop Kiss. Dan performs year-round with the Center for the Application & Scholarship of Theater (CAST) housed at George Washington University School of Medicine which creates original theater and professional development workshops that engage health professionals in how to improve the culture of medicine. Dan invites you to visit his website at www.backstage.com/dankavanaugh and to follow him (and he will follow you back) on Twitter @DKavan1
Tom Tomlinson – Tom – actor and musician, is honored and ecstatic to be part of this landmark work and creative new company. Tom was recently nominated for a WMIFF award for Beat Lead Actor in a Short Film for Public Relations. Other local independent films include The Dark, Split Personality, Incubator, and H.I.Me. He’s also portrayed various detectives, villains and victims for Discovery ID shows such as The Nightmare Next Door andSouthern Fried Homicide. Favorite stage roles include Nat in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens for Spotlighters Theatre, several roles in Ibsen adaptations for the Ambassador of Norway with the Embassy Players, and Gonzalo in The Tempest at Laurel Mill Playhouse. Tom has also been found in the orchestra pit at Laurel Mill, playing bass for Hair and Company, and guitar for Godspell. Much love and thanks to the cast, crew and company of this amazing production.
Suzanne Young – Suzanne is happy to be a part of this riveting play. She most recently played Jessica in Silhouette Stages’ production of Curtains, and the Grand Duchess Olga Katrina in Laurel Mills’ You Can’t Take it With You. Last year, she performed in Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot at Salem Players, Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show at Artistic Synergy, Fiddler on the Roof at Spotlighters and Medea at Mobtown Players. Favorite roles include Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Karen in Plaza Suite, Diana in California Suite, Minnie in Bingo! A Winning Musical and Sonya in Mamaleh! She wishes to thank Melissa, Ed, Grant and the rest of the staff and cast of The Laramie Project for this opportunity.
Kandice C. Wilson – Kandice is a native of Baltimore, Md. After an initial fear of the stage, she was thrust into a lead role in 6th grade and immediately developed a long lasting love for the performing arts. After graduating from McDaniel College with her B.A. in Communication, Kandice has made acting for the stage and screen her focus; outside of the time she spends as a Copywriter for a leading sports retailer in Baltimore. She was most recently featured in a supporting role in the short film, “Ode to Rosa,” the web series pilot “He Said, She Said,” and in the title role of the world premiere of “2 Pens Elijah” at the Strand Theatre in Baltimore. Kandice is excited to join Erase Hate Through Art in the cast of “The Laramie Project” and is looking forward to working alongside this incredible cast.
James Raymond – James is Scenic Designer for Laramie Project and is also in the cast. He has been involved with theatre since 1997. He is a graduate at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, with a BA in Theatre Technology. James worked this summer in Steamboat Springs, Colorado as the Scenic Designer at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. This Past summer, James worked as scenic artist for The Linny Fowler WillPower Tour’s production of Macbeth. He worked closely with scenic designer, six time Emmy award winning Production Designer of Sesame Street, Bob Phillips. James had the opportunity to work with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, a professional Equity Lort C theatre company for the past two seasons. Past credits: The Music Man (Scenic Design), I Love A Piano (scenic designer), Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (scenic designer/Grandpa George), Rent (scenic designer), Chicago (assistant scenic designer/paint charge), 39 Steps (scenic artist intern) starring Steve Burns (Blues Clues), Midsummer Night’s Dream (scenic designer), Charley’s Aunt (scenic designer/Lord Fancourt Babberley), Godspell (scenic designer/Herb), Sweeney Todd (props intern) starring Dee Roscioli (Wicked) and others. www.jvraymond.wix.com/design