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Dialogues of the Travelers: The Cast

JIM BUSTERUD Originally from San Francisco, Jim graduated from Pomona College and received a Masters from the Eastman School of Music. Highlights of his singing career include appearances with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and Santa Fe Opera and a recording of La Boheme with Leonard Bernstein. He participated as a soloist for Queen Elizabeth during her visit to California with then President Reagan in 1983. Mr. Busterud lives in New York City with his wife and their two young children.

DAVID DEWITT* David DeWitt most recently played Monsieur Reyer in The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway National Tour) and performed in the record breaking performance on Broadway. Other roles include Gus u/s in Cats (Broadway National Tour), Adam/Noah u/s in the American Premier of Children of Eden, and Weber in The Last Empress at Lincoln Center. Television appearances include New York News, Law & Order and The Sopranos. Film appearances include Woody Allen's Sweet & Low Down among others.

GWEN EAGLETON* Gwen relocated to NYC from Chicago following 3 and 1/2 years with The Phantom of the Opera National Tour as an Ensemble member and performing the role of Madame Giry. Regional credits include Marian in The Music Man, Anna in The King and I, Pam in Baby, Guenevere in Camelot, and Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd. She has studied with Ted Liss in Chicago, at The Actors Center in London, and most recently with Terry Schreiber. She has her BA from Stanford University, is a proud member of Actors Equity since 1998, and particularly enjoys the collaboration on new theater projects.

STEVEN FREDERICKS Steven Fredericks has appeared with The Dallas Opera as Antonio in Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest, The Chuvash State Theatre (Cheboksare, Russia) as Sparafucile in Rigoletto, The Cinncinati Opera as Timur in Turandot and The Baltimore Opera as Reinmar in Tannhˆ§user. In past seasons, he sang the King in Aida with Mobile Opera, Simone in Gianni Schicchi with Sarasota Opera, Philip in Pala Opera’s Don Carlo at the 1997 Opera America Convention and Lodovico in Otello with The New York Grand Opera in Central Park. Equally at home with Germanic repertory, Mr. Fredericks has performed the Herald in Lohengrin (Paris/Saone-et-Loire, France) and Wotan in both Das Rheingold and Die Walkˆºre.

NATALIE LUROWIST Natalie Lurowist is delighted to be a part of the Dialogues of the Travelers original cast. Previous New York theatre includes Beauty and the Beast at Gateway Playhouse (Belle u/s, Wardrobe, Ensemble), Arabian Nights with the Michael Chekhov Theatre Co. (Scheherazade), and Follies at Yorktown Stage (Young Phyllis). In 2007, Natalie received her B.F.A. in Acting from Syracuse University, where she played leading roles in The Last Five Years, The Winter's Tale, Rookery Nook: A Farce, and Be Me. She also wrote, produced, and starred in Betty Pepper: Housewife of the Year, a cabaret. Natalie has studied in Los Angeles with Aaron Sorkin (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), and in London at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Winner of the 2007 Marcia Mohr Award for Outstanding Female in the Dramatic Arts. Favorite credits include Maria (West Side Story), Anne (A Little Night Music), and Adriana (A Comedy of Errors). Many, many thanks to Georgia, Joe, and Jim for this wonderful opportunity.

ANDREW MACPHAIL* Andrew MacPhail is delighted to once again be working with Georgia Shreve. He has called New York City home since obtaining his degree in Musical Theater Performance from Western Michigan University in 1996. He has performed various roles in numerous productions here in New York, regionally, on the road and abroad. He presently works with Cicatelli Associates Inc, a non-profit organization providing health and human services to underserved communities. Andrew is currently training for the Philadelphia Marathon (November 23), enjoys cycling, and has a keen interest in political history.

GORDON MANISKAS Gordon Maniskas is a recent graduate from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He is extremely excited to have just moved to the city and been introduced to the New York theatre scene. Previous roles at Syracuse University include Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd), Vinnie (Lucky Stiff), Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Rocky Horror Show), Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry (Urinetown), Huey (Italian American Reconciliation), and Rev. Winemiller/Papa Gonzalez (Summer and Smoke). Regional credits include involvement in Fiddler on the Roof and A Christmas Carol both at Syracuse Stage. Much gratitude and appreciation go out to Georgia Shreve for giving him his first opportunity to perform in New York and the rest of the cast for making it so enjoyable. Love goes out to Monkeyface and roommates.

BRITTANY MAYER* Ms. Mayer is thrilled to be a part of this exciting new project! Hailing from San Diego, CA, she has toured nationally with In the Mood, Cam Jansen (Aunt Molly) and Scrooge (Mrs. Crachit). Favorite regional: South Pacific (Nellie), The Fantasticks! (Luisa), A Chorus Line (Cassie), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), and Me and My Girl (Lady of Hareford). Opera: Tosca, Die Zauberflote, and Hansel and Gretel with the Orlando Opera Company, The Mikado (Yum-Yum) and The Beggar’Äôs Opera (Lucy Lockit) with San Diego State University Opera, and the U.S. premiere of Genoveva at the Bard SummerScape Festival. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Mayer has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center, The Yuletide Carolers, the Young New Yorkers’Äô Chorus and with the Village Light Opera. Much love to her family and Sean. Many thanks to Georgia, Howard and Joe for giving her this opportunity!

JEFF REYNOLDS* For the past 25 years, Mr. Reynolds has had an international entertainment career. He’Äôs appeared with the New York Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, and the opera companies of Dallas, Santa Fe, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Memphis, Sarasota, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Chautauqua. Internationally, he sang with the New Israel Opera on four occasions, Antwerp’s Flanders Opera, New Zealand’s Wellington and Christ Church Opera companies, a seven-country tour of the Middle East, in Berlin, Bonn, Lille, Paris and Hamburg, Germany where he was the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera for two years. He also appeared on Broadway in the revival of West Side Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Three Musketeers. He has a business management degree from Baruch College in New York City and continues to work there in the English and Communications Department.

CARLY ZIEN Carly graduated last May from Yale University with a degree in Theater Studies. This performance marks her New York theater debut. Favorite roles at Yale include Harper in Angels in America, Emily in Our Town, Desirˆ©e in A Little Night Music, and Catherine in Proof. Love to her family for their constant support.

*Member, Actors' Equity Association
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