Meet Our Staff
Producing Artistic Director
Bri Lindsey is excited to be this season's Producing Artistic Director at the Shawnee Theatre. Last season she served as Educational Direct and acted in Pinnochio and the Annual Melodrama. A White River Valley Graduate, Bri earned her Bachelor's of Science in Theatre at Indiana State University in 2005.
After college she lived in Wilmington, NC where she acted in local film and theatre projects, including choreographing for Journey Productions. Bri was also very involved in Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green, where she sat on the board.
Bri has spent the past three years at Regent University, Virginia Beach, Va completing her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Acting. She teaches theatre at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis.
Betsy Baer (Actor) is thrilled to be joining Shawnee Theatre for three of their 2017 productions! Other work includes "Gloria" in Boeing Boeing (Crossroads Repertory Theatre, IN), "Lucy" in Avenue Q (Crossroads Repertory Theatre, IN), and "Hannah" in Kosher Lutherans (The Pioneer Playhouse, KY). Betsy also played "Nancy" in Closer Than Ever at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, UK, where she received her Master’s in Musical Theatre. Betsy is an Indiana native, and a proud alum of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College (B.A. Music, Women and Theatre). When Betsy isn't performing, she teaches private Musical Theatre Voice, Dance, and acting through her business, Musical Theatre Instruction LLC. Betsy has also choreographed a number of productions at SMWC. She thanks you for coming out in support of live theatre! Enjoy the show!
Rory Behrens (Technical Director/Director/Actor) Rory Behrens returns to the Shawnee Theater after a seven-year absence. In 2010 he served as assistant technical director and scenic designer for Honky-Tonk Angels and Steel Magnolias, and appeared as "Seedless Pete", selling tomatoes for the annual melodrama. He comes to us from Oklahoma City, where he earned a Master's of Music in Voice Performance from University of Central Oklahoma. While at UCO, he appeared onstage as "Bishop" in Floyd Collins,"Arsamenne" in Serse, and "Don Octave" in The Stoned Guest among others. Since then, he has been extensively involved in the formation of Painted Sky Opera and the Oklahoma City chapter of "Opera on Tap." From 2011-2015, Mr. Behrens was the "Number 2" at Tommy O's Playhouse in Hazelhurst, WI as director, designer, carpenter, actor, composer, playwright, stage manager, etc for 29 productions, as well as administrative duties and educational outreach. Selected roles from this period include "Pseudolus" in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, "Harold Hill" in The Music Man, "Buddy Holly" in Buddy: The Musical, and "Henry Gondorf" in The Sting. Originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Rory holds a Bachelor's of Music Education from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. He has worked professionally onstage and off, in local commercials and other media in 14 states and Canada, with such companies as Northern Fort Playhouse, Firehouse Brewing Theater, Minnesota Opera, Colorado Light Opera, McQuillen Creative Group, Missoula Children's Theater and more. He is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and bakes a mean honey whole wheat bread!
Bretteney Beverly (Associate Artistic Director) hails from the great state of Texas. She received B.A. degrees in Music and Psychology from Tougaloo College in 2012. She's spent the last three years cultivating her talents and this past May received her MFA in Acting from Regent University. Favorite theatre credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, 'Night Mother, Flyin' West, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Bus Stop, Big River, Macbeth, South Pacific and She Stoops to Conquer. Favortie Directing credits include For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf, R & J, and Vital Signs. She would like to thank Bri for all of her support and trusting her with this project. Also, the wonderful cast and crew for all of their hard work and dedication. Lastly, she's thankful to God for his grace and mercy. Enjoy the show!
Madison Burton (Box Office Manager) Madison is very excited to be joining the Shawnee Theatre for her second season. Madison will be attending Indiana University in the fall majoring in Biochemistry. Madison has starred in previous shows at her high school. Those shows have included: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie), Once Upon a Mattress (Nightingale), and Seussical the Musical (Jojo). Madison would like to thank her family and friends for supporting the Arts.
Jacob deCastro (Publicity) is a freshman at Indiana University studying Journalism with an undecided minor. He is excited to be working on his first production at the Shawnee Theatre. Jacob has previously been the sound technician at Bishop Chatard High School. He also wrote and directed Spotlight, a play produced as part of Bishop Chatard's New Play Festival.
Christina Dinella (Music Director) New York-based CRISTINA DINELLA is in demand as a musical theater pianist and musical director, and has recently caught the attention of regional opera companies. She brings a unique combination of not only her extensive experience with Off-Broadway, regional, and touring productions to the table, but also a background as a music educator and training in both classical and musical theater vocal technique. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Dinella trained as a classical pianist and accompanist. She is also an experienced arranger and composer, having arranged music for Off-Broadway shows and cabarets at the world famous Feinstein’s/54 Below. She is the Composer for Summers Child, an original musical with Book and Music by Amanda Delalla. When not otherwise occupied with pianist and musical director duties, Ms. Dinella is an avid writer of silly songs, detailing mundane observations of daily life.
Anneliese Garner (Costume Designer) Anneliese Garner is proud to be joining the crew of Shawnee Summer Theatre. Anneliese is a theater major at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and hails from Chicago, Illinois. While at St. Olaf she created fanciful hair and makeup designs for A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as costumes for dance productions and August: Osage County. Last summer Anneliese worked as a Dresser with the Mason Street Warehouse theater in Saugatuck, Michigan. While a student at Jones College Prep High School in Chicago, Anneliese was responsible for costuming six productions including Cabaret and The Wedding Singer. A favorite makeup challenge was creating the special effects makeup for 35 zombies in their production of Night of the Living Dead.
In addition to her costume and makeup work, Anneliese has performed in theater and musical productions at the Harris Theater, Lyric Opera, and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and alongside masters like Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin and Andrea Bocelli. She is grateful to Bri Lindsey for giving her the opportunity to work with the Shawnee Summer Theatre in beautiful Bloomfield, Indiana, giving her the opportunity to live in her fourth midwestern state.
Jonathan Golembecki (Director) is thrilled to be making his directing debut at the Shawnee Theatre. Previous directing credits include Caryl Churchill's A Number, Jose Rivera's Cloud Tectonics, as well as two of his own plays, The Peregrine Heart and Invitation to a Wedding Cake. Jonathan attended a workshop at the Yeats Drama School in Sligo, Ireland, and looks forward to revisiting that magical country (if only in his heart) in Mullingar.
Darl Horning (Stage Manager/Run Crew/Actor) A native of South Central Pennsylvania, is a senior in Regent University's BFA in Acting program. His favorite acting roles include Felix in Blind Date, Boy in Much Ado About Nothing, and Mike/Ensemble in Oklahoma!. In addition to acting, he recently discovered an interest in stage management and enjoys coordinating shows when not on stage. He is excited to spend his summer here at Shawnee Theatre!
Mary Huff (Actor) is a 2016 MFA graduate of Regent University. She is excited be reprising the role of Cindy Lou, as she had the privilege of playing the role last year at Tidewater Stage in Virginia Beach. Other credits include Rhinoceros (Daisy), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Maggie) and Big River (Mary Jane). She currently resides in Lititz, PA with her husband Brian, where they work at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
Joelle Jackson (Actor) is very happy to be appearing for the first time with Shawnee Theatre. She is honored to have performed with various companies in Bloomington, including: Cardinal Stage Company - Brighten Beach Memoirs, Shrek: The Musical, Annie, Willy Wonka, Wizard of Oz; The Bloomington Playwrights Project - Home, Make Me Bad; Bloomington High School North & Monroe County Civic Theatre - Urinetown. Joelle is an incoming Sophmore at Bloomington High School North.
Jackson Janowicz (Playwright) Jackson will be a freshman Acting and Creative Writing double major at Purdue University this fall. He is excited to be involved in his first production with the Shawnee Theatre. Some of his favorite past roles are Charlie in Your a Good Man Charlie Brown and Francis Flute/Thisbe in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Most recently, Jackson's original work- Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives a Guy Fieri Musical- was performed at the Bishop Chatard New Play Festival. Jackson would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support.
Elizabeth Lambert (Actor) recently graduated with her MFA in acting from regent University. Some past favorite roles Helena Landless (Mystery of Edwin Drood), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing) and Aunt Eller (Oklahoma!). She is thrilled to be joining Shawnee Theatre for this production, which has a special place in her heart.
Adam Michael Lewis (Actor) is happy to return to Shawnee for a third summer! Adam teaches at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois as a first year experience instructor where he teaches beginning acting and script analysis, and directs the annual Freshmen Showcase. Adam is a 16 year veteran of ComedySportz, and can often be seen playing at CSZ’s Quad Cities location, The Establishment Theatre, either in their signature family friendly show or late night long form studio series. When not teaching or acting, Adam is usually taking a nap. Thank you for supporting live theatre!
Annie Lewis (Properties Manager) is delighted to be working with Shawnee Theatre this summer. She has her Bachelor of Arts from Regent University in Theatre. Recent acting credits include Mina in Dracula with Regent University. Past tech credits include: Importance of Being Earnest (SM), Much Ado about Nothing (Light Op), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Costumer), Rhinoceros (Props Chief), Dr. Faustus (Props Chief), and The Man Who Came to Dinner (Props Chief). She has a background in dance and musical theatre and previously worked as an electrical GA at Regent’s resident lighting designer, Jeffrey Brangan. Big thanks to her family for supporting her and to God for giving her these opportunities.
Jack Lockrem (Actor) This is Jack's first show here at the Shawnee Theatre. Some of Jack's favorite past roles have been Prince Williams in Snow White and Corey Palmer Sr. in Back to the 80's. He would like to thank his friends and family for supporting him, and Kyle Guyton for always being with him.
Caleb Nally (Actor) will be a senior at Indiana University majoring in theatre and drama. His past credits for Indiana University theatre is Antigone (Creon’s guard) and Duchess of Malfi (Cardinal Officer). For University Players his credits are The Heidi Chronicles (Scoop). Independent projects at IU include Julius Caesar (Trebonius) and The Playboy of the Western World (Philly Cullen). Caleb is from Franklin, Indiana.
Danielle O’Connor (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled for her first summer at Shawnee. She is the proud adopted mom to a three year-old rescued yellow lab, Gabbee Mae. She loves to read plays and crochet while watching BBC crime dramas on Netflix. Danielle is an alum of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN where she is now the Theatre Director and an adjunct professor. Recently, with the help of her Department Chair and local theatre professionals, she was able to revitalize the Theatre minor. She also serves at the Drama Club advisor and as a Residential Community Advisor. Danielle is currently working for her Master’s in Theatre at Regent University, where thanks to Providence, a chance encounter with Bri Lindsey led her to the incredible opportunity to spend her summer doing what she loves with professional artists. Danielle was the first undergraduate student to direct a mainstage production at SMWC. She was the Advisor of the Year in the 2015-16 academic year and is a past board member at the Community Theatre of Terre Haute. At SMWC Danielle studied Women & Theatre and French; she was also a member of the auditioned choral group Madrigals. Danielle currently splits time between Indianapolis and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN. She would like to thank Bri Lindsey for this wonderful experience as well as Betsy Baer ‘09 for the reference. Special thanks goes to her mom, Christine, and her Chair, Tracy Richardson ’88 for the support and encouragement to undertake this opportunity.
Kristen Phaneuf (Stage Manager/Front of House Manager/Actor) is a Philadelphia native actress and stage manager. Acting credits include: BUS STOP (Elma Duckworth), AH! WILDERNESS (Muriel McComber), NEXT TO NORMAL (Natalie Goodman), THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES (Philadelphia V-Day), and other academic credits. Stage Management credits include: Philadelphia Artist Collective (Resident PSM), Resident Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Tidewater Stage. Academic awards include Best Student Director 2016 (Lemon Shaker Pie), Outstanding Undergraduate Student 2016, and Outstanding Undergraduate Actress 2014 & 2015 (Bus Stop, Ah! Wilderness). Much love to her inspiring husband, Zach. Instagram: @kris.possible
Zach Phaneuf (Scenic Painter/Actor) Zachary Phaneuf is a graduate of Regent University's theatre program. He is currently based in Philadelphia, PA, pursuing a life in the theatre. He acts, writes, paints, and works behind the scenes in other capacities as well. He is very excited to be working with several friends from school again. Favorite roles Huck Finn in Big River, Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap and Simian in Moreau. Most recently Zach was the Assistant Stage Manager for Love's Labor's Lost and The Broken Heart performed in rep with Quintessence Theatre Group in Philadelphia.
Aubrey Seader (Actor) is a recent graduate of Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts BFA Acting program. She studied for a year at the Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London, UK, and capped off her year there playing Brutus in Julius Caesar on the outdoor stage. New York: Joanna in The Birds and the Bees Unabridged (Honest Accomplice Theater Company), Mary-Marie in The Motherline Story Project (MLSP). Regional: Susan in 30 Day Mourning Period (Bloomington Playwrights Project), Squirrelle in Elephant and Piggie's: We Are In A Play (Cardinal Stage Company), Isabella in The Birthday Feast. Rutgers Theater Company: Hester Worsley in A Woman of No Importance, England in MacDuff, Bonnie in Fun. Aubrey is an alumni of the Core Company of Apprentices for The Exchange NYC's Orchard Project. Aubrey will produce a series of live, curated, true-story-telling events in partnership with Ivy Tech and their Dean of Fine Arts, Paul Daily, in Bloomington during the 2017-2018 school year. Thanks to Theo and to her amazing family, without whom none of this would be possible. Aubrey studies voice with Ray Fellman. www.aubreymarieseader.com.
Courtney Slough (Actor) is from Coal City, Indiana and is thrilled to be making her first professional debut at the Shawnee Summer Theatre. She graduated from Oakland City University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance. While in college, she was involved with the OCU Drama Club and did eight play productions. Her favorite productions were playing the role of Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Aouda in Around The World In Eighty Days, and Elaine Harper in Arsenic and Old Lace. After college, she was involved in a couple of community theatre companies. She played as Vera in a comedy The Odd Couple: Female Version at the Community Theatre of Clay County in Brazil, Indiana. She played as Sister Amnesia in a musical comedy Nunsense, Louise in a musical fable Gypsy, and Elma Duckworth in a romantic comedy Bus Stop with the Broadway Players at the Princeton Theatre and Community Center in Princeton, Indiana
Andrea Swift-Hanlon (Director) is excited to be spending her summer at Shawnee. Andrea is a professional actor, singer, director, and choreographer whose credits span from the Hawkswell Theater in Sligo, Ireland, to Off-Broadway in New York City. Andrea is a regular at the Boggstown Cabaret in Boggstown, IN and has been a company member of Golden Ticket Productions for the past 10 years. A graduate of Brown County High School, Andrea received her Bachelor’s of Science in Theater from Indiana State University in 2006. She currently lives in Bloomington, IN. This past year, Andrea has served as Faculty at Blackburn College’s School of Performing Arts teaching Advanced Acting, Costumes and Makeup, Scenic Design, and serving as choreographer and technical director for all productions. She will be returning this August as an actor in residence, performing in Twelfth Night and 9 to 5 while also teaching a full course load.
David Wade (Scenic Designer) Comes from Warsaw, Indiana where he spent two summers as the intern to the scenic designer at the Wagon Wheel Playhouse. He moved to Bloomington to attend I.U. School of Music design program. During his schooling, he started working with Bloomington Playwright’s Project where he is now the Resident Scenic Designer and Artist. Finishing his 4th season at BPP he designed these original scripts ROW AFTER ROW, CALLING ALL KATES and 30 DAY MOURNING PERIOD. David also designs for Ivy Tech Theater Department notably designing SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET ST., MR. MARALAUDE, ALL IN THE TIMING and EURYDICE. Oh, and he has been designing and working with a wonderful group of talented young actors here in Bloomfield for 20+ years. If you never have been to a Strut and Fret show, get to this year’s exciting production of, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH. A shout out to Stephen for his loving support throughout our 30+ years together.