Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Department of TheatreCollege of Liberal Arts

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Biographies and Notes

Designer's Notes

Jinqiu He (Scenic Design)  |  The Two Gentlemen of Verona focuses on a variety of themes, including friendship, passionate love, deception and self-recognition. Our design team is conceptualizing the play in a setting of 1920s America, which was the era of Art Deco and Expressionism, creating a rich environment for this early Shakespearean comedy. The scenic design will place locations on a variety of levels and play with rotating structures [two-sided panels] and other flown elements that can shift quickly. We hope the design will capture the audience’s imagination and embrace the magic of traveling back to the time of the Roaring Twenties.

Caroline Rein (Costume Design)  |  The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare is a dramatic comedy about discovering one’s identity through introspection and intrapersonal relationships. The costumes will support the relationships using color and line. Verona is warmer and has a softer collegiate energy whereas Milan is brighter and has a sleek sophisticated atmosphere.

Allison Jones (Hair & Makeup Design)  |  The hair and makeup design works with the costume design to support the characters’ journeys to discover and accept their true identities through self-reflection and social interactions. The design emphasizes the relationships through color and style. Verona is soft and has a pinker, more feminine quality to express the naïveté of the country, whereas Milan is bolder and grander, with vivid and popping colors to convey the bustling city.

Who's Who on the Production Team

Jinqiu He (Scenic Designer)  |  Jinqiu He, a second-year MFA student, is an active learner and a passionate designer who found her love of theatre in college whilst studying interior design and architecture. The Two Gentlemen of Verona challenges her design approach by shifting from a usual static box set design to a quickly changing unit set. Her work aims to celebrate the dramatic moments within the script. She is pursuing various interests, including: photography, scenic model construction and painting. Jinqiu is using her time at Purdue to enhance her creative aesthetic and develop her skills as a designer.

Baxter Chambers (Lighting Design)  |  Baxter Carlisle Chambers is a first year MFA student in the Department of Theatre at Purdue University. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio with a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and a Minor in Theatre. Before starting graduate school, he worked as the House Electrician at Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in Findlay, Ohio where he worked with a wide range of artists including Johnny Mathis, Jarrod Spector, and Darius Rucker.

Allison Jones (Hair and Makeup Designer & Asst. Costume Designer)  |  Allison Jones is a first-year costume design graduate student at Purdue. She earned her B.A in Theatre Arts from Northern Kentucky University, where she costume designed Bull, Tick, Tick...Boom and Songs for a New World. She has costume designed the one-man workshop Spic-o-Rama, and was Head of Wardrobe for Next to Normal here at Purdue. Allison is excited to further her design capabilities while creating new theatre for all to see. Allison would like to thank Andrew, Bella, and her Mom and Nana for all their love and support.

Krysta Rogers (Sound Design)  |  Krysta Rogers is a senior majoring in Sound for the Performing Arts and minoring in Japanese. After graduation in May, she hopes to work in the audio post production industry, specifically in anime.

Chris Carignan (Composer)  |  Specializing in Music Composition and Sound Design. Chris has been involved in the music business for 25 + years working professionally as a Foley Mixer, Live-Mix Engineer, and Studio Musician. Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and specializes in lead guitar. Currently, he is finishing his BA in Sound for the Performing Arts at Purdue University. 

Mary Beth Van Dyke (Choreographer)  |  Mary Beth Van Dyke received a Master's in Dance and Related Arts from Texas Woman's University. During the past thirty years, she has taught, performed and choreographed at TWU, Purdue University, Lafayette Ballet and many regional American College Dance Conferences. As a faculty member in Purdue’s Division of Dance, Mary Beth has taught modern technique, jazz technique, composition, improvisation and dance appreciation.  Mary Beth is honored to be collaborating with the talented and dedicated actors in the cast of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Audra Weideman (Assistant Stage Manager)  |  Audra Weideman is a second year undergraduate pursuing a degree in Theatre Design and Production. Academic credits include the upcoming She Kills Monsters (Assistant to the Props Master), previously Clybourne Park (Production Assistant), and Theatre Workshop’s Commencing and Final Placement (Stage Manager) with Purdue Theatre. She plans to pursue stage management in the future. Audra volunteers her time taking care of animals at the local animal shelters.

Who's Who in the Cast

Kenneth England (Valentine)  |  Kenneth is a third year Acting M.F.A. student and will graduate from Purdue in May with many memories.  Among them: The Glass Menagerie, The Mousetrap, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Clybourne Park. Kenneth thanks all those who have helped him achieve his M.F.A, especially you, Christy.

Matthew Duncan (Proteus)  |  Matthew J. Duncan is a University of Central Arkansas graduate and MFA candidate at Purdue. He is thankful to have shared time and space with you in Indiana. Regional affiliations include Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Shake on the Lake (NY), PETC (AR), and Foundlings Theatre (Chicago). Boiler. Up. Y'all.

Malena Gordo (Julia)  |  Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Malena is a third-year graduate actor. She was last seen in The Sins of Sor Juana, Final Placement, Rabbit Hole, Cabaret and The Secret in the Wings. She wants to dedicate this role to her mom and sister who support her unconditionally. 

Katrina Guzman (Sylvia)  |  “Mujeres con buen comportamiento rara vez hacen historia...” Katrina Guzman Fontánez Márquez is a third year acting grad in the MFA program. She would like to dedicate her performance to her mother and grandmothers. Gracias por darme la fuerza para defender lo que creo correcto.

Costadina Buelna (Lucetta)  |  Costadina Buelna is a second year Acting major and this is her third main stage production at Purdue. She would like to thank her family, friends, cast, and crew for all their love and support. 

 Brianna Lewings (Antonia)  |  You may remember Don Antonia (Brianna Lewings, MFA Acting, 2019) as Woman 1 in Secret in the Wings, Emcee in Cabaret, Izzy in Rabbit Hole, The Director in Six Characters, Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park, or Vera Stark from By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. She hopes the stories she's told have warmed your heart, made you think, and most importantly, moved your world forward! Peace and Blessings.

Jackson Janowicz (Pantino)  |  Jackson is a sophomore Acting and Philosophy double major. Some past roles on the Purdue stage include Daniel in The Beaux' Stratagem and Alan Seymour in Picnic. He can be seen later this semester in She Kills Monsters. Jackson would like to thank his family and friends for their constant love and support.

Wyndham Maxwell (Lance)   |  Wyndham Maxwell graduated from Clark University in 2014, after which he worked for two years as a theatre artist in the Boston area. He is excited to return as a third year MFA actor at Purdue, where he has performed in Next to Normal, The Secret in the Wings, Cabaret, The Glass Menagerie, The Mousetrap, By the Way, Meet Vera StarkThe Sins of Sor Juana, and Clybourne Park

Carly Christensen (Duchess, Fight Captain and Co-Choreographer, Intimacy Staging Coach)  |  Carly Christensen was recently in next to normal (Diana), Clybourne Park (Bev/Kathy), The Beaux' Stratagem (Kate Sullen), and The Mousetrap (Miss Casewell). Previous favorite projects include bobrauschenbergamerica, The Trojan Women, and an aerial dance performance. Carly, originally from the PNW, loves powerlifting, fitness, and puns. At her alma mater, Carly served as an R.A., managed a coffee shop, and was a member of the choir community. She plans to pursue certification in intimacy choreography. Training: M.F.A (2019) from Purdue U. and B.A. from Willamette U.

Jet Terry (Thurio, Dance Captain)  |  Jet is a freshman Theatre Acting major with a minor in dance. This is Jet’s Purdue Theatre debut! His other theatre credits include Thuy in Miss Saigon and Cornelius in Hello, Dolly!  Jet is also a member of the Purdue University Choir. He would like to thank his family for their never ending love and support. 

Hope Krajnak (Servant, Musician)  |  A junior double majoring in Acting and English at Purdue, Hope is happy to be back on stage with Purdue Theatre. This is her second mainstage production; she was last seen in The Sins of Sor Juana. She has also worked on workshop productions of Picnic and Companion Animals. Hope is grateful to have had the opportunity to witness and participate in such great work.

Izik Metcalf (Outlaw)  |  A sophomore majoring in Acting at Purdue, Izik has spent his life performing for friends and family. He was cast in several plays in his high school, and was last seen performing as an understudy in Purdue’s production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.

Mark Palmerine (Outlaw and Male Understudy)  |  Mark is a freshman in the Theatre Acting program and is participating in his first production at Purdue. At Mt. Lebanon High School, he played the roles of Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein, Tony in You Can’t Take it With You, King Richard in Robin Hood, and Jerry in The Zoo Story, the last for which he won a “Best Performance” award. Also in high school, Mark was an all-section baseball player, and was awarded the Nick Demas Memorial Scholarship from his coaches for “commitment and effort to make the team the best it can be.”

Emma Poor (Servant and Understudy)  |  Emma is a sophomore at Purdue majoring in Acting, Creative Writing, and Classics. She is excited to be in her first mainstage show at Purdue. Previously she has been in workshop productions of Companion Animals (Lizzie) and Six Characters in Search of an Author… (Ashley).  Emma would like to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support!


Producer  |  Ann M. Shanahan
Production Manager  |  Rich Dionne 
Associate Production Manager  |  Fritz Bennett 
Assistant Director  |  Anna Davis
Production Assistants  |  Matthew Mahoney, Sophia Holt-Wilson, Nikita Nayar, Sara Fultz, & Amanda Fordyce
Assistant Stage Managers  |  Madeleine Brown & Audra Weideman
Fight Captain, Co-Choreographer, & Intimacy Staging Coach  |  Carly Christensen
Dance Captain  |  Jet Terry
Assistant Technical Director  |  Janna Jackson
Deck Carpenter  |  Caroline Kester
Charge Artist  |  Jake Wood
Assistant Properties Master  |  Audra Weideman
Scene Shop Supervisor   |   Vincent J. Lobello 
Scene Shop Staff  |  Stephen Frausto, Kenneth England, Dakayla Calhoun, Alexis Lyons, Arthur Koehler, Kevin Murcia-Barrios, & Kaylan Downin
Painters  |  Jade Bryant, Emily Cain, Nayli Ahmad Nizam, Rachel Dexter, Kaylee Granger, Tristan Harris, Caroline Kester, Logan Marshall, Jamie Moriarity, Katie Pischel, Christopher Tabares, Kevin Tarbet, Jiayu Wu, & Tristan Zadravecz
Scenery Build Crew  |   Ashley Kikos, Olivia Martinez-Rice, Amy Paluch, Kaleb Dunn, Emily Greenberg, Issy Block, Shep Dick, & Dustin Andree
Costume Shop Manager  |  Jan Evans
Assistant Costume Designer  |  Allison Jones  
Costume Construction  |   Kendra Gadberry, Caroline Rein, Allison Jones, Courtney Frederick, Hannah Eckert, Kaylee Granger, & Emily Duncan
Wardrobe Head  |  Kaylee Granger
Wardrobe Crew  |  Grace Wang & Ariana Sun
Assistant Lighting Designer   |  Brady Alumbaugh
Master Electrician   |  Jessica Lin
Assistant Master Electrician   |   Pravina Ravichandran
Light Board Operator   |   Clayton St. Martin
Lighting Crew  |  Issy Block, Costadina Buelna, Isabella Campins, Yichen Fan, Garrison Garland, Kellie Hageman, Allison Hemingway, Grace Kindig, Liz Walker, Natalie Willman, Garrett Windler, & Gabriel Zepeda
Lighting Work-Study Students  |  Sophia Holt & Nolan Pilarski
Sound System Designer & Production Sound Engineer   |   Krysta Rogers
Assistant Production Sound Engineer   |   Jacob Mantel
Sound Board Operator  |  John Chung
Assistant Sound Board Operator  |  Ged Hoot

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