Am I White Cast & Crew

When Neo-Nazi terrorist Wesley Connor returns to prison after a failed bomb plot, he is confronted with the two identities that threaten his position within the White Order of Thule most: fatherhood and his own mixed race heritage. AM I WHITE travels between recurring dream and minstrel show nightmare to discover if a singular self exists in an alleged “post-racial” America.

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Lead artists

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Adrienne Dawes

Playwright

Adrienne Dawes' plays include Am I White, You Are Pretty, Jesus Loves Good Christians, and Heritage, Her-i-tage, and Hair-i-tage. Her work has been produced by American Repertory Theatre of London, Live Girls! Theatre, Little Fish Theatre Company, New England Academy of Theater, New Jersey Repertory Company, Hyde Park Theater, St Idiot Collective and American Theater Company (Chicago, IL). Her plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc, Smith & Kraus, Heuer Publishing, Heartland Plays and Vintage Books. Adrienne is the recipient of the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting, Marchbanks Family Foundation Grant, a Fringe Festival Commission Award, Seed Support Grant and Finer Point Funding Grant from ScriptWorks. She was named a semifinalist for the 2003 Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award, 2013 Risk is THIS Festival (Cutting Ball Theatre) and 2012 Princess Grace Award. Her play Am I White was recognized as a finalist for the 2012 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and 2012 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Adrienne is a member of Scriptworks and a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX.


Jenny Larson

Director

Jenny Larson is the Producing Artistic Director of Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT), where she works as a director, actor, and eductor. Jenny began working with SVT as a literary intern in 2001, and has now held the position of producing artistic director since 2008. Directing credits with SVT include: THRUSH by Caridad Svich, Voices Underwater by Abi Basch, Hamilton Township and Civilization by Jason Grote, A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits by C Denby Swanson, Dream Cabinet by Sterling Price-McKinney, Pinkolandia by Andrea Thome, and FROM THE PIG PILE by Sibyl Kempson. Jenny cocreated and costarred with Hannah Kenah in the original piece Guest by Courtesy which toured to Eastern Europe in November of 2013. Jenny received an award for “Outstanding Direction” from the Austin Critics Table for her work on Voices Underwater and another Adrienne Dawes play You Are Pretty, in 2007-2008. Jenny has also worked with several of Austin's leading performing arts companies including Rude Mechanicals, Rubber Rep, Trouble Puppet Theater, Zach Scott Theater, and Austin Playhouse. 


Cast in Order of Appearance

J. Ben Wolfe*

Wesley Connor

J. Ben Wolfe is a member of the Austin Playhouse and Hyde Park Theatre acting companies. Directing credits include Three ViewingsHeroes (AD), The 39 Steps (AD), and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (AD). Other Austin credits include: The Dog in the Manger (B. Iden Payne and Critics’ Table Awards), The Motherf***er With The Hat (BIP Nominee), The Pain & The Itch (BIP Award), The Liar, The Lion In Winter, The Turn of the Screw, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Peer Gynt, A Flea In Her Ear, Frost/Nixon, Speed-The-Plow,Romeo & Juliet (BIP Award), 2 Into War: The Retreating World (BIP Award), Featuring Loretta (BIP Award).  Voice credits: Samurai X, Soul Hunter, Wedding Peach, Zone of the Enders the series, Zone of the Enders: Idolo,Wizard 101, Dishonored, and DC Universe Online. Film and web credits: Holy Hell, The Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence, Second Impression, Project: Rant.

*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association


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Cyndi Williams

Jade

Cyndi Williams has been an actor/writer in Austin, Texas for over 30 years.  Previous performances with SVT include the site-specific projects Dream Cabinet by Sterling Price-McKinney and In This House (Everything is You)- which she helped write and develop, Heddatron by Elizabeth Meriwether, Dan Dietz’s The Difference Engine and Tilt Angel, C. Denby Swanson’s Death of a Cat, and Lisa D’Amour’s 16 Spells to Charm the Beast.  She is an Acting Company Member at Austin Playhouse, where she was recently seen in The Foreigner, Lady Windemere’s Fan, and The Game’s Afoot.  Her film work includes Room (Independent Spirit nomination for Best Lead Actress, the Women Film Critics Circle’s Karen Morley Award), Temple Grandin, Fourplay, Zero Charisma, Computer Chess, and The Preacher’s Daughter.  Voiceover work includes Wizard 101, DC Universe Online, and several anime series.  As a writer, her play Roaring was a part of the Austin Playhouse 2013-2014 Mainstage Season. Other plays include Dug Up (David M. Cohen Award for Best Original Script, Austin Critics’ Table), Where Are They Now? (Best Drama, Austin Critic’s Table), Fish (Top Ten Plays, Dallas Morning News), A Name for a Ghost to Mutter (Live Oak Harvest Festival Best Original Script, Larry L. King Award Best Texas Play), and Cars and Bars (Best Original Play, Austin Circle of Theatres). 


Katie Van Winkle

Polly

Katie Van Winkle is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to a public, artistic exploration of the all-too-timely national nightmares of racial hatred, prison culture, violence, and fear. She learned to love performance here in Austin through programs with KidsActing, homeschoolers' Shakespeare, and the Rude Mechs' Grrl Action, and after studying in Galway, Ireland as a Mitchell Scholar, has returned home to earn a PhD in Performance in Public Practice at UT. You may have seen Katie around town in such productions as the Rude Mechs' Dionysus in '69, Physical Plant's Agnes and Alfred and Adam Sultan, Rubber Repertory's Biography of Physical Sensation, Breaking String's Flying, and The Hideout's Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth. She won an Austin Critics Table Award for her performance as Morse in One Flea Spare.  Katie directs, too: keep an eye out for her collaborations with UT playwrights Lydia Blaisdell and Joanna Garner this coming spring.


Florinda Bryant

Justine

Florinda is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She has worked with Creative Action since 2005 and has been working with at-risk youth for over ten years. She is the Artistic Director of the Austin Project Performance Company, supported by the Center for African and African Americans Studies Department at the University of Texas. She directed and performed in the Artspark Festival 2008, award winning play “HUSH” and starred in the world premiere of Sharon Bridgforth’s new work delta dandi. She has performed with Salvage Vanguard in: In This HouseCivilization (All You Can Eat), From the Pig Pile, and Bright Now Beyond.


Michael Joplin

Ryan

Michael most recently played Semyon in The Suicide (Paper Chairs).  Past SVT shows include Dream Cabinet and Civilization (All You Can Eat). He also performs improv comedy with The Knuckleball Now, The Available Cupholders, Brain Trust, and The Known Wizards.  He teaches improv comedy at Zach Scott for Merlin Works.  Michael is excited to be reunited with SVT artistic director Jenny Larson and playwright Adrienne Dawes (You Are Pretty, 2008). He won Best of Austin, Best Actor from the Austin Chronicle this September.


Production Team

Lowell Bartholomee (Video Design) most recently provided video designs for Austin Playhouse's Roaring, Capital T's PUNKPLAY, and Hyde Park Theater's A Bright New Boise. His sound designs were heard in Cap T's PUNKPLAY and Detroit. He received the Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne Awards for his video design for Breaking String's Vodka, Fucking, and Television in 2013. Apart from design he also occasionally acts (The Foreigner for Austin Playhouse), directs (In On It and A Beautiful View for the dirigo group), writes (THEY'RE COMING TO GET YOU!), and produces. He's an artistic company member of Rude Mechs and a co-artistic director for the dirigo group. 

Ia Ensterä (Set Design) has been designing sets and costumes for theatre and film since the mid-1990s, and has been a part of some estimated 90 productions thus far. You may have seen some of her previous set designs with St. Edwards University, Breaking String Theatre, Hyde Park Theatre, Hidden Room,  Austin Shakespeare, Texas State Opera, Capital T Productions, Soubrette, Zach Scott, and Sky Candy. She has been nominated for numerous design awards by the B. Iden Payne Committee, and has been the recipient of five of them. She was also awarded the Austin Critics’ Table Award for Scenic Design for eight of the shows in 2011-2012. Ia would like to thank Stacy, Elias, and their four furry family members for keeping her grounded and (somewhat) sane.

Natalie George (Lighting Design) is a designer, producer, and artist based in Austin, TX.  She is the founder and Executive Producer of Natalie George Productions, an award winning lighting designer, and is Manager/Producer for Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby) and her show Wake Up Your Weird. After studying technical theater at St. Edward’s University, Natalie worked as a freelance stage manager for theatrical productions and designed lights for corporate events and stage performances throughout the city of Austin. Since 2005 she has also been the resident lighting designer for the Nation Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in CT. She has also served as the Production Manager for numerous other Austin organizations including Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin, Frontera Fest and Physical Plant Theatre, and has held Staff positions at St. Edward’s University as well as The Blue Theatre. In 2009 she left the University to serve as the Producing Director of Fusebox. Producing credits include the short film, The Runner, which was selected by the Austin Film Festival to be screened in 2011 and new plays Sad, Sad, Sad and spacestation1985

Jessica Gilzow (Costume Design) started working with SVT when blood effects were needed for Mud in 2007 and then again during Hamilton Township. Since then she has become a company member of SVT and has designed costumes for them several times over the years. Some of her costumes were seen in Iphigenia (A Rave Fable), Heddatron, A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits, and Pinkolandia. She has enjoyed working with all of the amazing artists, past and present, that have been a part of SVT productions.

Andrew Ashley Hatcher (Stage Manager) is the “Intern Extraordinaire” for Salvage Vanguard Theater, his first home for theater in Austin. He is a stage manager, graphic designer and aspiring director. He recently joined the team of stage managers at Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas, and is looking forward to their upcoming season. Andrew is a graduate of the Theatre Management program at St. Edward's University, where he also served as design chief of Hilltop Views, and assistant to the Music Department and School of Humanities. Theater credits include numerous shows with SVT, Doctuh Mistuh Productions, Fusebox Festival, Breaking String Theater, Austin Playhouse, Mary Moody Northen Theatre, Transit Theatre Troupe and the Music Department at St. Edward’s University. Shout-outs to the roommie, the mom and the wonderful theatre family at SVT and around Austin!

Haley Naiser (Assistant Stage Manager and Property Master) is a stage manager, assistant stage manager, and prop master around town. She's worked with Crank Collective, Tutto Theatre Company, City Theatre, The Vortex, Different Stages, Salvage Vanguard, and The Baron's Men. In fall 2015 she'll be in NYC majoring in Theatre Production and Management and minoring in Arts in Communities at Marymount Manhattan College. Adrienne's written a great show and I hope you enjoy it.

Peter Stopschinski (Composer and Sound Designer) grew up Classical, introduced to Classic Rock and Country by his older siblings, discovered The Geto Boys and Beastie Boys in High School, studied Music Composition in college while simultaneously touring the country with Brown Whörnet (8-piece avant guard hard rock), formed Golden Hornet Project with Graham Reynolds bringing the energy of the NFL to new classical composition, free lance composer, musician etc.