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Cast & Crew

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Administrative

Leslie Berman, Principal and Producer
Carolyn Woosley, Playwright
Allegra Kaough, Administrator
Mark Thompson Leonard, Publicist and Marketing Director
Leila Maoui, Office Assistant

Louisiana Originals

Angelique Feaster, Director and role of Clementine Hunter
Kendra Cherie Gray, Marie Thérèze Coincoin
Sharon Penson, Marie Thérèze Coincoin
Neverlyn Townsel, Nellie Lutcher
Wilma Moore Young, Nellie Lutcher and Clementine Hunter (Understudy)
Charles Montgomery, Technical Director
Roshanda Spears, Front of the House Manager
Alynetta Beck, Front of the House Manager
Samuel Harris, Stagehand, Videographer & Photographer
Sherri Marina, Movement Consultant
Lexton Feaster, “Leaf Wrangler”

Louisiana Visionaries

Carol Anne Gayle, Director and role of Clyde Connell
Kathy Lynn Heath, Company Understudy
Donna Rigdon Jones, Kate Chopin
Molly L. Markwick, Caroline Dormon
Mark Leonard, Technical Director
Diane McCarthy, Front of the House Manager

Clementine & Clyde, New Orleans Fringe Festival

Liza Battestin, Front of House assistant

Production

Marie Anne Chiment, Costume Design
Adley Cormier, Set Design
Phillip Gould, Photography
JudithShakes Designs, Courtney Hebert, Website Design and Construction
Sara Willen, Script Editor
Kathy Lynn Heath, Graphic Design
Tesa R. Pace, Educational Materials
Dee Myers, Technical Assistant & Videographer
Seams Unlimited, Kitty Schweitzer, Costume Construction
Waverlyn Bayard, Additional Costume Construction
AJC/MAC Props, Adley and Melinda Cormier, Set and Props Construction

Design & Marketing

Kathy Heath, Original Louisiana Women Postcards & Flyers
Austin Blalock, Bauhaus Flyers & Pop Art Postcards & Flyers
Alex K. Warnken, Clementine & Clyde Pop Art Image
Brooke Woosley, Clementine & Clyde Postcard, Flyer and Gambit Ad
Tyler Walker, Early Posters/Flyers with Sharp Geometrics

Bios


Leslie Berman, producer and principal of AlterEgo Productions, is an attorney focusing her practice on arts and entertainment transactions and criminal defense. Berman has produced, directed, programmed, emceed and publicized concerts, coffeehouses, music festivals, touring multi-arts works, and theatre projects for more than 40 years. A former music critic for such publications as Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and New York Newsday, Berman writes the biweekly music column, “Eclectic Company,” for Lake Charles’ The Jambalaya News. back to the top


Carolyn Woosley, retired financial planner and Lake Charles-based playwright, is also an activist involved in environmental, educational, inner city, and cultural nonprofit work. Her efforts helped return public radio KRVS to Southwest Louisiana’s airwaves, restored the 75-acre rustic campus of Camp Fire SWLA’s Camp Wi-Ta-Wentin, was instrumental in forming the Music Museum of SWLA, which is currently archiving the region’s music. She is raising awareness of coastal erosion issues of SWLA’s Chenier Plain, Her solo plays have been produced at the Lake Charles Little Theatre and other full-length plays have been workshopped by The Readers’ Theatre. “Fanny,” her screenplay about Felix Mendelssohn’s older sister, is optioned. She is currently revising her play “Walking On Air,” which premiered at the Lake Charles Little Theatre, to a screenplay. back to the top


Allegra Kaough is our administrator, associate publicist, and problem-solver. back to the top


Mark Thompson Leonard’s resume in theater covers the waterfront, from playwrighting to stage managing and all points in between. Leonard has recently relocated from Abita Springs, but he retains his board membership in nearby Covington’s “Playmakers’ Theatre,” one of the oldest community theaters in the State. Leonard’s impressive theatrical accomplishments include a Theater Arts M.F.A. from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, and certification from the University of California, Los Angeles in both Professional Screenwriting and Novel Writing. He is an active member of the California Scriptwriters Association and the Dramatists Guild, and a published novelist and short story writer. It is the “Visionaries” Company’s good fortune to have him as our Technical Director.back to the top


Angelique Feaster is the artistic director of the Mahogany Ensemble Theatre in Shreveport, and founder of the biannual Southern Black Theatre Festival. She collaborated with Shreveport’s most recognized actors, choreographers, and directors to mount “Waiting to be Invited” and “CROWNS.” Her directing credits also include “The Drum and Indigo Blues” by Judi Ann Mason, “Ritual Murder” by Thomas Dent, and a staged reading of “For Colored Girls” by Ntozake Shange. Feaster’s acting credits include television (a co-starring role on the Lifetime Television series THE DIVISION), industrial documentary film (she starred in “The Early Bird” cancer video produced by Feist-Weiller Cancer Center), and regional and local commercials; her stage roles include “CROWNS,” “Frankenstein,” “Having Our Say”, and “The Women.” Feaster is a State-certified creative educator and a motivational speaker on the topics of the arts, etiquiette, communication, empowerment, and self-enhancement. Feaster is a Centenary College graduate with a B.A. in Speech and Theater, and a Masters in Education Administration. In addition to portraying Clementine Hunter, Angelique Feaster is the Director of the “Originals” Company.back to the top


Kendra Cherié Gray, who also serves as the company’s Wardrobe Mistress, is a product of Shreveport schools. Gray credits her Montessori beginnings and her Caddo Magnet High School years with fostering her passion for theater and the arts. Since 2007, she’s worked with Theatre Performing Arts and YAZZY (Youths Celebrating Jazz Music), where she inspires children ages 6 to 18. Gray’s credits include “Yazzy Presents Swing with a Salute to James Brown,” “Monstrous Joys,” in collaboration with the Booker T. Washington Drama Department, and “Cadillac’s Spare Tire: A Salute to Michael Jackson.” Gray is currently working toward a double major in history and theater at LSU Shreveport. back to the top


Projects Manager for the Shreveport Airport Authority, Sharon Penson manages to balance her acting career with her business acumen. Most recently, she played Mamie in “The Face of Emmett Till” with the Extensions of Excellence, the Lady in Blue in “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” with the Mahogany Ensemble Theatre, and Rhea Daye in “Righteous Saints of Greater Faith” with the LaElite Players. Penson was awarded the 2009 Best Leading Actress Award at the Southern Black Theatre Festival. back to the top


Neverlyn Townsel, a popular actor and vocalist in the Shreveport area has appeared as the lead in James Baldwin’s ”The Amen Corner,” a performance that won her the Best Actress Award at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. Recently, she performed to rave reviews in Regina Taylor’s “CROWNS,” for which she again won Best Actress. Townsel has performed in numerous Mahogany Ensemble Theatre Productions, including “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,” ”The Bluest Eye,” and “The Madam C.J. Walker Story.” She has also performed in productions with Extensions of Excellence, including “A Song for Coretta,” “Livin’ Fat,” and “Papa’s Blues.” Townsel is a gifted speaker and vocalist and currently performs with the Adoration Gospel Ministries. back to the top


Wilma Moore Young, an actor and vocalist, is known for her portrayals of strong African American women, among them Mrs. Breedlove in Mahogany Ensemble Theatre’s production of “The Bluest Eye,” and Mama in “A Raisin in the Sun,” and she played Ms. Hattie in Angels of Faith Theatrical Productions’s “I Don’t Want To Go To Heaven.” Her writing, directing and producing credits include “The Hour Glass,” “The Role of Della,” and “United We Stand.” Young is also understudy for Clementine Hunter.back to the top


Charles Montgomery, the “Originals” Technical Director, first found his way into theater when he heckled an actor’s rehearsal performance, and was instantly tapped by the director to fill the role. Montgomery swears he had no thought of acting prior to that moment, but from the first, he was infected with the theater virus, soon finding his niche behind the scenes, while continuing to act, and eventually to branch out into stand up comedy. Montgomery’s technical theatre credits include “Fences” at the Shreveport Little Theater, “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Five Women in the Same Dress” at LSU Shreveport. He enjoys designing, building, and lighting sets.
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Roshanda Spears fills the role of Front of House Manager for the company, but her day job uses all her creative skills:  Spears is a dancer, dance instructor, and choreographer.
Spears is the owner of Shufflin’ Along, and teaches dance and choreography. She is also Dance Professor at Southern University at Shreveport. Originally from Los Angeles, Spears earned a B.A. and two Master’s degrees from Grambling State University. Future projects include a residency at the Alvin Ailey Dance Company in New York.
Alynetta Beck alternates with Roshanda Spears as Front of House Manager. back to the top


Samuel Harris is the company’s stagehand, photographer and videographer. His plans include graduate social work. back to the top


Sherri Marina, Movement Consultant back to the top


Lexton Feaster is the company’s leaf wrangler.back to the top


Carol Anne Gayle, artist and actor, is originally from Cape Cod, where she learned her craft at the Provincetown Playhouse, and later, in New York, in the company of such luminaries as Diane Keaton, from Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse school of acting. After moving to Lake Charles some years ago, Gayle became a fixture on the theatre scene, acting, directing, and creating works of passion and substance for the Lake Charles Little Theatre and others. Gayle’s work includes numerous film credits, as an actor, artist and scenic designer, and at present, she works as Exhibit and Program Specialist for Lake Charles’ Historic City Hall Museum. Lake Charles Little Theatre and Gayle’s own production company premiered five of the currently touring “Louisiana Women,” plus “Rosa” [Hart] and “Celine” [Fremaux Garcia] in 1999 and 2001, under the direction of Adley Cormier. In addition to portraying Clyde Connell, Carol Anne Gayle is the Director of the “Visionaries” Company. back to the top


Kathy Lynn Heath understudies all three roles in Louisiana Visionaries, and in addition is the company’s Wardrobe Mistress. Heath’s talents lie on both sides of the stage – she recently won first prize for her playwrighting as author of “Ebay Blues,” for A Lakeside Theater’s 10- Minute Play Competition. She recently directed a lively production of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” for Lake Charles’s A Lakeside Theater. In 2004, Heath lent her costuming talents to the Lake Charles Little Theater’s “Crimes of the Heart.” Her acting credits are diverse, ranging from Aunt Eller in “Oklahoma!” to Francesca in “The Taming of the Shrew.” Heath is a graphic designer, and has created the print materials for “Louisiana Women.” back to the top


Donna Rigdon Jones (Kate Chopin) actor, director, teacher and mezzo-soprano has performed as an actor/singer with the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival Company, Oberlin Music Theatre, La Comedia Dinner Theatre, May Festival (Robert Shaw conducting), Louisiana Choral Foundation, Lake Charles Symphony, and the Piccolo Opera Company. She appeared in the PBS American Playhouse production of Playboy of the Western World. Jones has directed for university, community, high school and church theatre productions. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia College, graduate degrees in Theatre from the Cincinnati College Conservatory and a PhD from Florida State University. Jones has studied with John Degen, Richard Hornby, Helen Krich Chinoy, Jose Quintero, Hubert Kockritz, and Italo Tajo. She lives in Lake Charles where she directs and performs with the Patrick Street Players and is a member of the Louisiana Choral Foundation.back to the top


Caroline Dormon is portrayed by Molly L. Markwick, currently from DeRidder, who has most often been associated with DeRidder’s Impromptu Players, the area’s highly popular community theater group, where she wears many hats, including that of company secretary. Markwick has graced the stage in memorable roles, including Aunt Martha in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Hazel Nutt in “Radio Gals” and Vesta Poteet in “Radio Station T.B.S.” Molly’s talents span the spectrum of theater credits: acting, directing, stage managing and costuming. She recently expanded her horizons to venture into independent filmmaking as assistant to Carol Anne Gayle in her 2008 film “Good Boy.”back to the top


Diane McCarthy, the Visionaries Company’s front of house manager, moved to Lake Charles in the 1980s and opened an Arthur Murray Dance Studio, in which she trained a whole generation of residents in the arts of ballroom and social dance. For many years, she has been an actor and has held many volunteer administrative positions with the Lake Charles’ ACTS Theatre group. She is president of the Southwest Louisiana Historical Association, and is the 2009 recipient of the Lake Charles Mayor’s Keystone Arts Award. back to the top


Marie Anne Chiment has created sets and costumes for hundreds of productions across America for opera, theatre and dance, including for Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Kennedy Center, Wolftrap Opera and Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre. She has designed national tours of “Grease” and “Carousel,” as well as the GLAMA award- winning world premiere of “Patience & Sarah” for the Lincoln Center Festival. Chiment received her MFA in 1981 from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, winning the J.S. Seidman Award for design excellence. She is currently the Theater Department Chair of Temple University in Philadelphia.back to the top


Adley Cormier designed the sets for “Louisiana Women: Originals,” and with his artist wife Melinda Antoon Cormier, built the sets and props. Cormier, a Breaux Bridge native, avid Southwest Louisiana historian, and a longtime champion of his adopted city, serves as Chair of the Lake Charles Downtown Development Association. His directing credits span 40 years, 35 as Lake Charles Little Theatre’s principal director and designer. He directed five of six currently touring “Louisiana Women,” and as well as Woosley’s “Rosa” [Hart], “Celine” [Fremeaux Garcia], and her one-act play, “Walking on Air.” He has been Guest Director at McNeese State University, using his own translation of Moliere’s “The Imaginary Invalid.” Others of Cormier’s own plays were produced by LCLT, and he has also worked off-Broadway.
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Courtney Hebert’s JudithShakes Designs created our website and the Louisiana Women logo. back to the top


Beverly Hills-based autograph authenticator Sara Willen was editor of the “Louisiana Women” scripts prior to their production in 1999. back to the top


Dee Myersback to the top


Kitty Schweitzer’s Seams Unlimited built the costumes. back to the top


Waverlyn Bayard provided additional costume and set fabric constructions. back to the top


Philip Gould’s photograph of a Louisiana live oak tree provides the backdrop for all of our “Louisiana Women.”back to the top


Tesa R. Pace created educational materials for teachers to use “Louisiana Women” in the classroom. A “seasoned” educator, Pace currently teaches eleventh and twelfth grade English at LaGrange High School in Lake Charles. She considers the classroom her stage and inspires and motivates her students through drama. Pace’s students prefer lively plays to dry books, so she reads scripts in her classroom when possible, as even the most reluctant readers will participate in the democratic process of reading a script. back to the top