Brady Anderson (Wessex) is proud to debut with Arizona Theatre Matters with this cast and crew for this show! Once upon a time he was choreographed by Jeanmarie Bishop in an original piece, Woman On Stage, where he played Man on TV with B3 Productions, and she also said some very nice things about him in her Broadway World review of another original show, Depend on Me, where he played Dad with Brelby. Some other roles of his in the Phoenix Valley area include: Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls, Herr Zeller in Sound of Music, Cinderella’s Father in Into The Woods (DST), Ensemble in Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (PVCC) Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd (MCC), Brassett in Charley’s Aunt (Hale), Ezekiel Cheever in The Crucible, Polisher/Winkie General in Wizard of Oz, Grinch/Yertle the Turtle in Seussical (Theater Works). His actual Shakespeare roles include: Burgundy/Oswald in King Lear (SWS) with fellow castmate Tyler Sines, Duke Frederick/Senior in As You Like It, Don John/Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Brelby), and Daniel in Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged (Echo Theatre). Plus a time where he was Snout in the last scene of Midsummer taking place at Japanese Friendship Gardens with Brelby which featured another castmate, Debra Lyman. There was also the time that he designed the lights for Be My Little Baby at Space 55 which featured Matt Clarke. He’s thankful for the support of his family who tolerates his addiction to theatre. By day, he’s a standardized patient at several learning institutions, helping future nurses and doctors simulate their future career encounters. In regards to this show, as someone involved in health care (sort of) he shudders at the thought of encouraging tobacco consumption.
Jeanmarie Simpson (director) is the Founding Artistic Director or Universal Access Productions / Arizona Theatre Matters. In 1989, she founded the Nevada Shakespeare Company, from which she retired in 2009. She has been a teaching artist since 1984 and has served on the Nevada Arts Council and other rosters for nearly 40 years. At 15, Jeanmarie began directing in Toronto and has since directed dozens of educational and regional theatre productions. Her most recent project was Kindertransport, a benefit for the Jewish Federation of Nevada Holocaust education programs. Also in Las Vegas, she directed The Diary of Anne Frank for Actors Repertory Theatre and Pinocchio for the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum. For Nevada Shakespeare Company, Jeanmarie directed Quilters, Painting Churches, The Tempest, Night, Mother, Anything Goes, The Corn is Green, Steel Magnolias, Annie Get Your Gun with Lacy J Dalton, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, The Trojan Women, King Lear, As You Like It, and many others. For UAP/ATM, she directed The Dark Side, Dracula, Hamlet, The Pirates of Penzance, Under Milk Wood and her plays, Pineapple and Other Options and The Jewish Question. This winter, she will direct her play, When Churchyards Yawn, for Northern Nevada’s flagship regional company, Bruka Theatre. To celebrate the Nevadan to Nevadan Poetry Project, the state’s Poet Laureate, Gailmarie Pahmeier, commissioned Jeanmarie to create and direct an original Reader’s Theatre production at the historic Oats Park Arts Center on June 10th. She will direct When Churchyards Yawn in Sydney Australia, in July and August. She is a reader for the Ashland New Plays Festival in Ashland, Oregon, and served on the 2023 National Endowment for the Arts Theatre panel. She is thrilled to be directing the Arizona premiere of Shakespeare In Love with this marvelous cast and company.