Catherine Buxton (Specialist Maria Sanchez) – Catherine is a Portland-based actor and educator. She recently returned from touring with Speak About It, an educational performance about consent and healthy relationships that reached over 25,000 students this fall. Prior to relocating to Maine, she performed in Boston with Central Square Theater, It’s a Fiasco, and Bad Habit Productions. She looks forward to working on another show celebrating women’s stories.
Kara Haupt (Specialist Sylvia Gonzalez) – Kara has been performing in theater since childhood and most recently has been seen in The Maine Playwright’s Festival with Acorn Productions and The Elephant Piece with Snowlion Repertory Company. When she’s not acting she can be found working in biochemistry in Scarborough.
Rene Johnson (Specialist Terris Dewalt-Johnson) – Rene is a Stage Manager and Actor. Her performing roots start young in Johannesburg. Being a student at Portland School of Ballet for seven years would later solidify in her spirit that being on stage and performing for others was more than just a hobby. Her one woman show geel is currently touring theaters and venues.
Beverly Mann (Sergeant First Class Santiaga Flores) – Beverly is an actor, mask theatre performer/educator, movement theatre artist and mask maker. She was a company member of Faustwork Mask Theatre and IMAGO Theatre, touring nationally and internationally. She has collaborated with several artists in the state of Maine creating original mask theatre performances, and has also performed in many acting roles – most recently Norma Hubley in Plaza Suite at The Midcoast Actors’ Studio in Belfast.
Mary Randall (Specialist Anna Peterford) – Mary has a B.A in Theater and Dance from Colby College in Waterville, ME. She has acted in community theater and at Colby, as well as acted and directed in Berlin, Germany. She is very honored to be a part of The Lonely Soldier, and looks forward to being a part of the process.
Beth Somerville (Specialist Clara Henderson) – Beth is a graduate of Elon University, where she studied acting and stage management. She has since become an accomplished actress in Portland, Maine. Notable roles include Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well, and work in numerous original plays, such as Megan Tripaldi’s Bugs, and Jody McColman’s Schrodinger’s Roulette.
Dana Wieluns Legawiec (Sergeant Miriam Ruffolo) – Dana moved to Bowdoinham, Maine in 2010 after 15 years in Los Angeles working as professional actor, movement coach and theatre educator. She is Co-Artistic Director of Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble and an Artistic Associate of the Bath and Camden Shakespeare Festivals. Dana is a graduate of Princeton University and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater.
Meet the Staff
Jeri Pitcher, Director – Jeri is an Adjunct Theater Professor at the University of Maine at Augusta where she directs and teaches acting. She is also a freelance theater director, playwright, and actor. Jeri worked as a company member and, eventually, Associate Artistic Director of the Theater of Monmouth for 13 years. She has also worked as a teaching artist in Maine schools for the past 25 years, completing over 100 artist residencies in schools from York to Caribou, Bethel to Eastport.
Colby Senior, Stage Manager – Colby is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts focusing in Stage Management, Theatre for Social Change, and Theatre Education. She currently lives in South Portland, Maine.
Scout Hough, Lighting Designer – Scout holds a BFA in Lighting Design & Technology from UNC School of the Arts, where her design credits include: The Comedy of Errors, Of Mice and Men, A Lie of the Mind, and several dance concerts. Regional credits include Guys on Ice, Our Town, and God of Carnage (Penobscot Theatre Co.); The Woman in Black, The Mousetrap, Miracle on 34th Street (Center Theatre for the Performing Arts). Many thanks to Jeri, and everyone at the HHRC.
Zach Greenham, Sound Designer – Zach is a second year student at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is heavily involved with the King’s Theatrical Society. Most recently in 2014 he produced and designed lights for Sam Shepard’s Cowboy Mouth, and Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. He has been involved in theater for most of his life and hopes to continue for many years to come.