wyckham avery (director & playwright)
Wyckham Avery is a theatre maker and educator based in Washington, D.C. Last summer, Andy’s toured her play, My Hero. In the previous season, her touring show, The Amazing Adventures of Arianna Astronaut, received a nomination from the New Hampshire Theatre Awards (now New hampshire theatre alliance) for Best Youth Production. In 2016, she directed the premiere of Qui Nguyen’s Samantha Rai and the Shogun of Fear at Andy’s.
Recently, Wyckham was awarded the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in playwriting. She has also created two solo performances, Cordelia’s Fool – a clown show about King Lear, and Sing Me a Song – an interactive sing-along.
She has performed at the Shakespeare theater company, Wooly mammoth theater company, rorschach theater, Cleveland public theater, Know theater of cincinnati, Omaha community Playhouse, Raleigh little theater, and many others. Wyckham received her MFA in acting from the Catholic University of America and trained at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
montana Schultz (Stage manager)
Montana is thrilled to be returning to Andy’s for her third year on staff and her tenth year at the Playhouse!
She has a degree from adelphi university, having studied both acting and music. At Adelphi she performed in Peter and the Starcatcher (Teacher), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cobweb/ Music Director) and Marat/Sade (Coulmier’s Daughter) a scene of which was invited and performed at the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival (Region 2). Montana has also the opportunity to serve as Assistant Director for The Steak Tartare Caper, an original cabaret, with music written by Jonathan Larson. She has recently served as the Assistant Stage Manager at the peterborough players for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. At Andy’s, she has served as the Stage Manager for Melissa, So Far, and The Things We Keep, in addition to many roles she has played in her six years as an Andy’s Kid. Montana is beyond grateful for the opportunity to keep coming back and working at such an incredible place and to her friends and family for their constant love and support.
Grace Guarniere (Scenic & Props Design)
This will be Grace's first design at Andy's. She is thankful for this opportunity to be a part of this team! She just recently opened Forest Treás at pointless theater as the miniatures designer. Her past scenic design credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Equinox & Solstice, and Plight of the Immigrant at the University of Maryland. Check out her upcoming design of The Cunning Little Vixen at university of maryland next spring. For more work by Grace: guarnieredesign.com
Matt Deinhart (Lighting Design)
Matthew Deinhart is New York based production designer who is currently pursuing his MFA at brooklyn college. Recent design credits include the scenic design for The Lesser Magoo, the lighting design for La Folie (Premiere), Porto, The Sandwich Program (Premiere), and Tongue Depressor (Premiere), and the projection design for the performance art piece This is a Cave (Premiere). Matthew is a 2015 graduate of Queens College with degrees in philosophy and theatre, and has been working as a freelance designer for five years.
Arienne Stearns (costume design)
Arienne is thrilled to be returning to Andy's for her sixth summer! Previous Andy's productions include The Things We Keep, Posted, Viewfinder, Into The Woods Jr., The Kid of Billy the Kid, Shakespeare Remix, Phantasmagoria, and The Block. When she's not at the theatre, you can find her bartending at coopers hill public house, hiking, or at home with her pets. She graduated from keene state college in 2014 with a BA in theatre arts and received her master's certificate in make-up artistry from Make-Up designory in NYC in 2015. In recent years she has also worked wardrobe with The Mint Theatre and bronx opera in New York City. Her youngest sister, Shailee, is an Andy's Kid (Love you!). Love and thanks to all friends, family and Andy's staff and kids!
matt Reckeweg (puppet/mask director)
About the author, William Alexander
William Alexander writes fantasy, science fiction, and other unrealisms for young readers. Honors include the National Book Award, the Eleanor Cameron Award, two Junior Library Guild Selections, a Mythopoetic Award finalist, an International Latino Book Award finalist, a Cybils Award finalist, and the Earphones Award for audiobook narration.
Will is Cuban-American. He studied theater and folklore at oberlin college, English at the university of vermont, and creative writing at clarion. He teaches at the vermont college of fine arts program in writing for children and young adults.