Jo feels so lucky to be working at the Playhouse again! She was one of the 2019-20 Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern company members, and was recently in the Pod Play, The Aviators, by Trey Tatum. This summer she will be playing Juliet in the Texas Shakespeare Festival’s production of Romeo & Juliet.
A Cincinnati native, Kearston is grateful to be appearing with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where she caught the acting bug after participating for a couple years in their summer theatre camp as a child! Recent credits include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Other local credits include productions with Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and The Carnegie. Kearston obtained a BFA in Acting from Northern Kentucky University and received additional training at Howard University. Kearston devotes all things to the Divine and is eternally grateful for the infinite love and support from family, friends and ancestors. For more info, visit Kearstonhawkinsjohnson.com.
Julia Gomez is an actor/teaching artist based out of Dayton, Ohio. A recent member of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company, Julia is happy to be back at the Playhouse for Nancy Brew Zoom Dunnit! You may have seen her onstage at the Playhouse in A Christmas Carol (Rose/Caroler) and Stuart Little (Snowbell/George), or heard her voice as Kaylan in The Aviators. She has also worked at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, performing in shows such as West Side Story, Cinderella and the original cast of Dragon Pack Snack Attack. Julia is an honors graduate from Wright State University, where she earned her BFA in Acting and BA in Spanish. She would like to thank her familia and friends for their endless love and support.
Jordan is an actor based in Covington, Kentucky; the endpoint of her Southerly drift from her home state of Michigan. Recent credits are Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Children of the Corn Maze (Laurie) and Killjoy, Ohio (Jordan) with Queen City Flash for the 2020 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Other favorite shows include Puffs (Susie Bones track,) The Absentee (The Operator,) and Neverwhere (Hunter) with Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Jordan is a member of SAG/AFTRA and has performed in various films and television shows, including Netflix's upcoming Hillbilly Elegy, The Old Man and the Gun, My Days of Mercy and Comedy Central’s Detroiters. She is also a freelance illustrator and used to be in a cover band. See more info at www.jordantrovillion.net.
Kyrstin, a freshman at NKU is excited to be a part of the Nancy Brew event at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park! Kyrstin has performed in many shows throughout middle school and high school. Some of her credits include Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Anon(ymous) (Helen Lauis) and Steel Magnolias (Ousier). She would like to thank the Playhouse for this amazing opportunity.
Margot H.G. Manburg is a writer, new play dramaturg, and director specializing in new play development and Theatre for Young Audiences. Over the last decade, Margot collaborated on world premiere and workshop productions with Marin Theatre Company, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Alliance Theatre, and the Kennedy Center, amongst others, and written dozens of theatrical reviews. She led the 37th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival as literary manager of Playwrights Foundation before becoming Alter Theater’s first resident dramaturg. She was honored to work as a dramaturg for the launch of two playwriting-focused programs at the Kennedy Center – the New Play Dramaturgy Intensive and the Undergraduate Playwrights’ Workshop. Margot co-founded the DC chapter of the Dramaturgy Open Office Hours Project, and co-produced and curated FABUM, Inc.’s "A Strong Woman" Festival. Awards include the 2011 National K.C.A.C.T.F./LMDA Runner-Up in Dramaturgy Fellowship and the 2013 Solano County Arty Award for Best Direction of an Adult Drama for her direction of Rabbit Hole (Benicia Old Town Theatre Group). Recently, Margot served as a new play judge for the 2019-2020 Helen Hayes Awards. A California native, Margot resides in Virginia. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology with a Theatre Arts minor from Sonoma State University.www.margotmanburg.org.
Ariana is an accomplished theatre-maker, director and teaching artist who has spent much of her career exploring the interplay between art and education. She has been privileged to work professionally in schools and theatre companies around the country including Metro Theater Company in St. Louis, Jean's Playhouse in New Hampshire, and most recently the White Plains Performing Arts Center, where she was Director of Education. In this position, she increased education offerings in the classroom and on the stage, including creating and producing the Stage 2 program (a pre-professional program for college students and community members) and spearheading the company's Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) productions. During her six-year tenure, she produced over 30 productions and taught hundreds of classes. MFA in TYA: UNC-Greensboro; MAT in Elementary Education: Chatham University; BA in Performing Arts: Sarah Lawrence College. Select Directing credits: Go, Dog. Go!, Junie B. In Jingle Bells Batman Smells, columbinus, Little Shop of Horrors. Ariana is currently the Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.