Artist Bios

by Sam Shepard 


James Rodríguez (Eddie). Photo: Melissa Hesse.
James Rodríguez (Eddie): Dark & Stormy Productions: The Norwegians, Extremities. Theater: Children's Theatre Company: Peter Pan; Ten Thousand Things: Pericles; Theatre Latté Da: Peter and the Starcatcher, Cabaret, Evita; Park Square Theatre: Amy's View, Of Mice and Men, Ragtime; Mixed Blood Theatre: The Pajama Game; Yellow Tree Theatre: The Rainmaker; Frank Theatre: Three Penny Opera, Cabaret; Workhaus Collective: The Mill; Girl Friday Productions: Camino Real; Theatre Pro Rata: The Woodsman, Waiting for Godot; Pillsbury House Theatre, and others. Film/TV: "Theater People" (web series, season 2). Accolades: Cast member of the Ivey Award-winning production of Cabaret, Theatre Latté Da.

Sara Marsh* (May). Photo: Melissa Hesse.
Sara Marsh* (May): Dark & Stormy Productions: The Norwegians, And So It Goes, Sunshine, Extremities, The Hothouse, The Drunken City, The Receptionist, Speed-the-Plow, Outside Providence. Theater: The Playwrights’ Center; Artistry Theater (the one woman show Bad Dates); Park Square Theater; History Theatre; Pillsbury House Theater; Old Log Theater; Jungle Theater; Gremlin Theater; Thirst Theater; Day in, Day Out Productions; Theatre L’Homme Dieu; Alchemy Theater; others. Film/TV: Love Always, Santa (Hallmark; Brian Herzlinger, writer/director; with Marguerite Moreau, Jay Black); Sugar & Spice (New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.; Wendy Finerman & Greg Mooradian, producers; with Melissa George, James Marsden, Mena Suvari); The Public Domain (Patrick Coyle, writer/director); Best Man Down (Magnolia Pictures; with Justin Long, Frances O’Connor, Shelley Long); How to Kill a Mockingbird; many others. Web Series: “Theater People” (Seasons 1 & 4, Seeka TV). Voiceover: Marsh has lent her voice to thousands of radio and television spots. Accolades: Créme de la créme performance, Extremities, Lavender Magazine. Upcoming: Roller Derby Queen (SOS Theater, with Nancy Marvy & Raye Birk, November 2017). Visit her at

Antonio Duke (Martin). Photo: Melissa Hesse.
Antonio Duke (Martin): Dark & Stormy Productions: Debut. Theater: Penumbra Theatre Company: The Amen Corner; Pillsbury House + Theatre: Buzzer; The Playwrights' Center: Kenjay Karibu, Waiting For Superman; Nebraska Shakespeare Festival: Othello, As You Like It; Open Eye Figure Theater: The Adventures of Katie Tomatie; New Epic Theater: Coriolanus, The Normal Heart; Teatro Del Pueblo: Swimming While Drowning; Pangea Wold Theater: Zafria the Olive Oli Warrior; Day In, Day Out Productions: The Laramie Project. Staged Readings: Jungle Theater: The Flick; Penumbra Theatre: Folktakes, Take a Giant Step, A Homage to Silk Rick, A Casket Sharp; Pillsbury House + Theatre: LeftOvers. Film: Dear White People, Death to Prom. Upcoming: Naked Stages Fellowship (Pillsbury House + Theatre). Training: University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program.
Patrick Coyle* (The Old Man). Photo: Melissa Hesse.
Patrick Coyle* (The Old Man): Dark & Stormy Productions: Debut. Theater: Yellow Tree Theater: Death of a Salesman, Clybourne Park; Jungle Theater: The Pavilion, The Four Poster; Torch Theater: Glengarry Glen Ross, The Mary Tyler Moore Show; many others. Film/TV, as Actor: ABC's In An Instant (2 seasons), The Public Domain, many others. Filmmaking, as Writer/Director: Detective Fiction, Into Temptation, and The Public Domain.


Mel Day (Director): Dark & Stormy Productions: Sunshine, Extremities. Theater: As Director: Artistry Theater: Bad Dates; Theatre Unbound: The Taming, 20% Theatre Company, Gadfly Theatre, others; as Assistant Director: Guthrie Theater (multiple productions); Mixed Blood Theatre; Pillsbury House Theatre; and others. Founder & Artistic Director of Day In, Day Out Productions, which focuses on work by and for LGBTQIA artists. Accolades: Member of the SDCF Observership Program for the Class of 2015-16.

Sam Shepard (Playwright) had his first New York plays, Cowboys and The Rock Garden, produced by Theatre Genesis in 1963. For several seasons, he worked with Off-Off-Broadway theatre groups including La MaMa and Caffe Cino. Eleven of his plays have won Obie Awards including Chicago and Icarus's Mother (1965); Red Cross and La Turista (1966); Forensic and the Navigators and Melodrama Play (1967); The Tooth of the Crime (1972); Action (1974); and Curse of the Starving Class (1976). Shepard was awarded a Pulitzer Prize as well as an Obie Award for his play Buried Child (1979). Fool For Love (1982) received the Obie for Best Play as well as Direction. A Lie of the Mind (1985) won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award in 1986 and the 1986 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding new Play. A revived Buried Child under the direction of Gary Sinise opened on Broadway in April 1996 and was nominated for a Tony Award. Kicking a Dead Horse (2007) and Ages of the Moon (2009) both received their world premieres at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Kicking a Dead Horse transferred to The Public Theater in New York and to the Almeida Theater Company in 2010. Shepard's latest play, Heartless, premiered in 2012 at Signature.

In 1986, Shepard was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1992, he received the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy, and in 1994, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. 

Megan West* (Stage Manager, Lasso Expert): Dark & Stormy Productions: Debut. Theater: Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Mixed Blood, The Playwrights' Center, Children's Theater Company, Orchestra Hall, Torch Theater, Open Eye Figure Theatre. Upcoming: The Story of Crowboy, Tour Manager (In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre).

Annie Enneking (Fight Director): Dark & Stormy Productions: Extremities. Theater: Guthrie Theater: To Kill a Mockingbird, Disgraced, Stage Kiss; Frank Theater: Eclipsed, By the Bog of Cats; Children's Theater Company: Peter Pan, Jackie and Me, Christmas Story, The Buccaneers; Park Square Theatre: Of Mice and Men, Cyrano; Jungle Theater: Noises Off, The Night Alive, Birthday Party; Theatre Latté Da: Peter and the Starcatcher, Ragtime, Aida, Cabaret; Ten Thousand Things: Henry IV, Forget Me Not, Romeo and Juliet; Shakespearean Youth Theatre: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet. Enneking is a recognized Associate Instructor and Fight Director with Dueling Arts International. She teaches stage combat at the University of Minnesota, the Guthrie, and Park Square. Other: Enneking is the front woman and founder of the rock band Annie and the Bang Bang. Accolades: Enneking is a McKnight Fellow (2010), and has received grants from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Minnesota Regional Arts Council to further her work as a theater/music maker.

Mary Shabatura (Resident Lighting Designer): Dark & Stormy Productions: The Norwegians, And So It Goes, Sunshine, Extremities, The Hothouse, The Drunken City, The Receptionist, Speed-the-Plow, Outside Providence. Theater: Theatre Latté Da: Ragtime, Gypsy, A Christmas Carole Peterson; Artistry Theater: Wit, Bad Dates, Secret Garden, Talley's Folly; Guthrie Theater (Assistant Lighting Designer): Cocoanuts; The Moving Company: For Sale; The Guthrie/BFA Program at the Dowling Studio: Peter Piper/The Hidden People; Trademark Theater: The Boy and Robin Hood; Shapeshift Dance: XI:XI, Awakening; many others; she has also worked with The Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and many more. Accolades: Best Lighting Design of 2016, Ragtime, Lavender Magazine. Visit her at

Lisa Jones (Resident Costume Designer): Dark & Stormy Productions: And So It Goes, Sunshine, Extremities, The Hothouse, The Drunken City. Theater: Jones is the Costume Design Assistant at the Guthrie Theater: Sunday in the Park with George, The Bluest Eye, Sense and Sensibility, King Lear, South Pacific, Harvey, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Crucible, A Midsummer Night's Dream, End of the Rainbow, Time Stands Still, A Christmas Carol, and many others; Stages Theatre Company; Great River Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet, Titus Andronicus (in the apprentice program), A Comedy of Errors, Henry IV Part I (as design assistant); others.

Katie Phillips (Properties Designer): Dark & Stormy Productions: And So It Goes. Theater: Artistry: Wit, Secret Garden, Little Shop of Horrors, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Yellow Tree Theatre: 39 Steps, Anne Frank, Steel Magnolias; Burgess Meredith Theatre: U.S.A., Troilus & Cresida, Our Town, Hamlet, Streetcar Named Desire; Stages Theatre: Sideways Stories from Wayside School; Anoka Ramsey Community College: Guys and Dolls, 33 Variations, Rocky Horror Show, Antigone; others. Scenic Design: Yellow Tree Theatre: Grace, A Gone Fishin' Christmas, A Hunting Shack Christmas, Fair Game, Miracle on Christmas Lake I and II, Stay Tuned, Still Life with Iris; Bucket Brigade: Til Death; Stages Theatre Company: Shrek Jr. the Musical, Shadow Thieves, I Like Me; Anoka Ramsey Community College: Antigone, Tartuffe; others. Upcoming: String (Yellow Tree, September 2017). Other: Phillips is adjunct faculty and the resident Scenic Designer at Inver Hills Community College. She also designs escape rooms at the Riddle Room and Missing Pieces.

Aaron Newman (Sound Designer): Dark & Stormy Productions: The Norwegians, And So It Goes. Theater: Newman has worked as a sound designer and technician for companies across the Twin Cities, including: Yellow Tree Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Theatre Unbound, The Walker Art Center, The MN Fringe Festival, the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Program, and others. Training: University of Minnesota B.A. Program in Sound Design and Technology for Live Performance. 

Alec Lambert (Assistant Stage Manager): Dark & Stormy Productions: The Norwegians. Lambert is a freelance actor, technician and theater-maker in the Twin Cities.

Emily England (Assistant Director): Dark & Stormy Productions: Debut. Theater: Children's Theater Company: Jungle Book; Berkshire Theatre Group: Fiorello!, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Constellations; Frank Theatre: The Good Person of Setzuan; Lyric Arts of Anoka: Anything Goes; Paper Mill Playhouse: Pump Boys and Dinettes. Training: England is a proud graduate of Otterbein University.

*Member, Actors' Equity Association
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