MEET THE CAST
(Peter, Aslan, and others) Jesse Corbin, a proud Pittsburgh boy, most recently appeared in the US Premiere of Tim Rice's new musical From Here To Eternity at Merry Go Round Playhouse. Other favorite past productions include Joseph & the...Dreamcoat (Joseph), Les Mis (Enjolras), HMS Pinafore (Ralph),Hairspray (Link) and last year's premiere of Thompson & Webb's The First Noel at The Apollo. Bringing this classic - and personal favorite -story to life each week is truly a magical experience! Col. 1:18 FB & IG: @jessemcorbin
(Lucy, White Witch, and others) Rachel is thrilled be a part of this adventure to Narnia! A graduate of Liberty University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts Performance, she was most recently seen in West Side Story (Anybody's) at Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, and in Merry-Go-Round Playhouse's production ofOklahoma. Other regional credits: The Little Mermaid, 42nd Street, Les Miserables, Tarzan, and Peter Pan. Love to the Lord, my family, and sweet Rylee Jane. www.aboutrachelosterhus.com
Mari Minette Linder
(Understudy) Zander Kirby was most recently seen onstage at Manhattan Repertory Theatre in Zanne Hall's Ethereal Killer. Before that he was in the holiday production of A Hoboken Tale and in the Ducdame Ensemble’s award winning production of Fuente Ovejuna as a part of the New York Fringe Festival. Regional credits include: Oh Gastronomy, HeroDad, Sense and Sensibility (Actors Theatre of Louisville), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oregon Adventure Theater), Licking Batteries (Playwrights West), King John (Linbury Studio). Zander holds a BA in Drama from the University of Portland, is an alumnus of the acting apprentice program at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and holds his MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. www.zanderkirby.com
(Understudy) Mari Minette Linder is excited to join this magical show! She is a graduate of the University of Tampa with a Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts/Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include: Cinderella in Disenchanted at The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, Crissy in Hair at the Caldwell Theatre (Entr'acte Theatrix Production), Hysteria Repeats Itself at the Orlando Fringe Festival (Humor Mill Sketch Comedy Troupe). Mari also served as director for Garden Street Performing Arts Summer Stage Program, directing Annie Kids, Cinderella Kids and The Little Mermaid Jr. Thanks and love to my husband, parents and every single one of my friends and family! IG: @mariminette
(Understudy) Jeff Sundheim, a recent transplant to New York City, from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, is so honored to be making his Off-Broadway debut with this magical story. New York: Men With Money (The Secret Theatre), Looking Back It May Not Have Been Ridgefield High’s Best Production of Our Town (The PIT) and Dogfight (5th Floor Theatre Company). Regional: Three Musketeers (Flat Rock Playhouse), You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (VA Rep), Peter and The Starcatcher (Barter Theatre), Evita (Studio Tenn and Flat Rock Playhouse), Tarzan, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables and The Little Mermaid. Thanks to Julia and Rachel! To my family, especially my mother, for introducing me to C.S Lewis, and reminding me that Narnia is always within reach. This one is for you Mom :) #Aslanisonthemove. James 1:2-5. jeffsundheim4.com
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
Julia Beardsley O'Brien
(Director) NY directing credits include The Rise of Dorothy Hale (Assistant Director); the National Tour of Gilligan's Island, the Musical (Assistant Director); Mad Forest (QED Productions), True Story Project: Faith (Visible Theatre), and Clucky, the Brave Little Hen (Visible Theatre/Stone Barns Center). She has also worked as the Education Director for a non-profit theatre, a teaching artist for various organizations, and is an Off-Broadway Producer and General Manager with Jessimeg Productions. Julia studied theatre at Temple University (B.A.) and Indiana University (MFA program). She was recently directed by Ed Sherin and has trained with, Fay Simpson, Krista Smith and Jean-Rene Toussaint among others.
(Scenic and Lighting Design) Josh Iacovelli is originally from NJ just outside of Philadelphia. He has a BA from Stockton College with focus in Acting and Directing. He later attended the Actors Studio Drama School where he received his MFA in acting. Josh has successfully produced for television, theatre and film. He has Production Managed such hits as Michael Birbiglia's Sleep walk with Me (Bleeker St Theatre) and most recently, the smash hit Silence! (Theatre 80). He has also designed sets and lights for numerous Off-broadway shows. His most recent designs include:The Big Bank (St Clements Theatre) Teeth of the Sons (Cherry Lane Theatre) One Night With Fanny Bryce, (St Lukes Theatre) Zero Hour (St Clements Theatre & DR2) Deitrich and Chevalier (St Lukes Theatre) Black Angels over Tuskeegee (The Actors Temple) and the long-running hit, Danny and Sylvia.
(Mask and Costume Design) Tom Long is the director, playwright, and chief storyteller for Friends of the Groom Christian Theater Company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been a performer for Public Educational Television, and has served as a consultant in youth work and theater for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, the Cincinnati Library, and a number of schools and social agencies throughout Ohio. Tom has an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Cincinnati. His religious plays and musicals have been published by Baker's Plays, Chorister’s Guild, Hal Leonard Publishing, Hope Publishing, and the National Christian Education Council of Great Britain. His work has won the Christians in Theatre Arts sketch writing and one-act play writing competitions, two Telly Awards, and a Dove Award nomination.