LEVELLAND, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — Here is a press release from the Wallace Theatre:
The Wallace Theater is bringing in a creative team from New York and the region to launch its first production of the season, Shakespeare in Hollywood! The Wallace invites you to take a look behind the scenes at the team that brought this iconic tale to life in April.
ANNA HOGAN (Director, Artistic Director) Anna’s professional directing resume spans great musicals like “Urinetown: The Musical” with Duke’s Eye Productions (The Peoples Improv Theatre, NYC), ground-breaking new works like ” Friendly’s Fire” with Rising Sun Performance Company (NYC Premiere, The Theater at the 14 St Y, NYC), intimate pieces like “Elephant” with Rising Sun Performance Company (World Premiere, “Outstanding Direction” Winners, The Flamboyán Theatre, Encore at the Kraine Theatre, NYC), and most recently the sold-out immersive production of “Sweeney Todd” at the Wallace Theater in Levelland, Texas, where she is now Artistic Director.
Anna has assisted many professional directors, including her most recent collaboration with Obie-winning and Oscar-nominated playwright José Rivera for his world premiere of “Lovesong, Imperfect.”
Anna’s passion lies in developing new work such as the NYC workshop of “A Self Help Guide to Killing Your Boss”, a new musical by Justin Smalls and Caroline Dunaway (Alchemical Theater Lab) and the first workshop of “Hold My Spot” by Amir Muhammad (Latea Theatre) – the latter of which she was nominated for “Best Direction of a Staged Reading” and “Outstanding Use of Multimedia” at Planet Connections Theater Festivity in New York. Anna earned a bachelor’s degree in musical theater from West Texas A&M University. She continued her acting education in New York City under the mentorship of Juilliard School of Drama alumnus Joseph Muzikar, with an emphasis on classic lyrics and styles. Recent performance credits include the role of Cassie Flowers in the Off-Broadway premiere of Michael Hagins’ “The Long Rail North.”
Anna’s film work has received international recognition, with a nomination for ‘Best Leading Actress’ at the Nice International Film Festival. Anna has first and second assistant director credits on several feature films, including “Yellow Fever” which starred Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee).
Anna is a proud member of the League of Professional Theater Women and currently a proud member of the Rising Sun Performance Company of New York. www.AnnaMHogan.com
ZAC GOIN (Technical Director/Lighting Designer) – Zac is a New York-based lighting designer who graduated from West Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatrical Design. With over 100 New York shows under his belt, Zac is thrilled to once again join the Wallace Theater and bring a fantastic show to the community. Zac is currently the in-house lighting designer for The Riverside Church in Manhattan as well as the technical director for the Riverside Theater. Past lighting designs include a production of “Chicago” and a children’s show of “Lion King Jr” performing at the Riverside Theatre. The immersive experience of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at the Wallace Theater, which enjoyed sold-out performances and standing ovations every night. One of his all-time favorite productions “Friendly’s Fire” where he received reviews such as “Lighting designer and technical director Zac Goin creates visual splendor with his invigorating illuminations”.
DANIEL PATRICK HOGAN (Set Designer) is a versatile artist living in New York. Daniel attended Texas Tech University and studied classical vocal performance and fell in love with production design. Since then he has worked as a set designer, make-up artist, hairdresser and wig artist and painter. He served as production manager of the Moonlight Dinner Theater and produced musicals in a refurbished dairy refrigerator. He designed many productions for the space, including “My Fair Lady”, “Dancing at the Crossroads”, “The Madrigal Dinners”, “Damn Yankees”, and “Little Shop of Horrors”. Daniel also designed sets for Moonlight Musicals for many seasons at the Wells Fargo Amphitheater. His favorite creations include “The Pirates of Penzance”, “How to Succeed…”, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, and more recently “The Sound of Music” and “In the Heights”.
Daniel has worked extensively in unconventional spaces and in highly conceptualized productions. He is very fond of transforming found spaces and designing new works. He engineered the New York premiere of John Patrick Bray’s “Friendly’s Fire”. His set design blended reality, past trauma and a drug-altered state into a seamless storytelling experience and was nominated for the New York Innovative Theater Awards. He developed a design for Frank Ceruzzi’s “Round Went the Wheel” for the Broadway Bound Theater Festival at Theater Row. This production was set in a dystopian future and required a minimal and brutal design that moved to many places while incorporating projections.
More recently, Daniel designed sets for the Wallace Theater production of “Sweeney Todd”. He created an immersive, multi-level set that placed the audience between different locations on the set. The production used existing elements of the Wallace Theater and provided a unique viewing experience for each audience member. Daniel enjoys telling a story and working to find the heart and soul hidden in the details on stage.
EZEKIEL BRICENO (Set Builder) Ezekiel has been helping behind the scenes in theatrical productions since high school at Lubbock High by building sets and assisting with technical production. After high school, Ezekiel helped in his family’s framing business, honing his skills in structural constructions.
His carpentry skills have only grown since then, becoming the jack of all trades within his community, helping with home renovations and building small projects. He has been on previous Levelland Wallace Theater productions such as Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street last season as a volunteer. With his attention to detail, measuring twice and cutting once, this season Ezekiel leads the set construction team.
While Ezekiel enjoys acting, musicals, and building anything anyone asks, his profession is in HR talent acquisition. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing from Texas Tech University. He went on to earn a Data Analytics Leadership Certificate from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Ezekiel is thrilled to lend his skills for the upcoming season at the Levelland Wallace Theater.
Olivier FOLGER (Assistant Stage Manager) is from the Lubbock area and worked on “Sweeney Todd” at The Wallace as ASM and “These Shining Lives” with “Levelland High School” on the costume team. Oliver currently stars in the ensemble in “Elephant Man” with Levelland High School. They will be graduating from Levelland High School this fall and plan to attend West Texas A&M for Theater Education.
Mary Turner (Hair and Makeup Artist, Scenic Painter) Mary is a portrait artist who started self-employment as a scenic artist in 2016. Mary is originally from Lubbock and attended South Plains College majoring in Fine Art and in commercial music. She graduated from Lubbock Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in social work.
Mary’s scenic paint job includes Lubbock Moonlight Musical’s productions of ‘Into the Woods’, ‘In the Heights’, ‘Sister Act’, ‘Peter Pan’, ‘Seussical the Musical’, ‘Tarzan’, ‘Carousel’ and “Pirates of Penzance.”
Mary has diversified her theatrical contributions to include hair and makeup design, debuting with The Wallace’s production of “Sweeney Todd”.
Callie Combest (Costume Design, Prop Design) Callie grew up in Lubbock, Texas and graduated from Coronado High School in 2004, where she was heavily involved in their theater program. Callie has been an active part of the local community theater scene for the past few years and is thrilled to be working with The Wallace again! Callie is a local entrepreneur, small business owner and artist in a variety of mediums. More recently, she opened Rock•Paper•Shears Hair Studio and Gallery in downtown Lubbock, Texas. She had also written and published a children’s book called The Adventures of Pinkacorn, which is available for purchase on Amazon. Callie would like to thank her assistant Amanda for all she does and her partner Alyssa for always supporting her dreams!
Shakespeare in Hollywood will be presented at the LHUCA Firehouse Theater from April 6-10 due to exciting renovations at the Wallace. This venue was chosen because it met The Wallace’s need for a venue that still allowed The Wallace to meet its mission statement and create the intimate performance experience that audiences love at The Wallace.
For more information, visit: www.wallacetheater.com/
(Wallace Theater press release)