Jess Barbour (Actor) is a full time actor, teacher, and Equity Member Candidate. She earned her BFA in Theatre from Elon University and studied with Bill Esper at The Esper Studio’s Summer Intensive in NYC. She has taught all over the area as choreographer for Apex HS, Sanderson HS, NCT Conservatory, Raleigh Little Theatre and with NRACT’s camps and shows. She also works at Duke University and the American Board of Anesthesiology as a Standardized Patient training medical students in empathy and bedside manner. She has performed professionally all over the Southeast and filmed on industrial, local and national commercials, voice-overs, television, independent and feature films.
Ian Finley (Playwright) holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, where he was awarded the Harry Kondoleon Award for playwriting. He is the author of And There Was War in Heaven (O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference Finalist), Native, The Greeks, 11:50, A Perfect Negroni, Suspense, Jude the Obscure – Parts 1 & 2, 1960, The Nature of the Nautilus (winner of the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith award), and the Our Histories cycle of plays. For this body of work, he was named the Piedmont Laureate in Playwriting and Screenwriting in 2012. In addition to teaching classes for the OLLI program at Duke and NC State Universities, Burning Coal Theatre Company and the Cary Playwrights Forum, he serves as the Chair of Fine Arts at Research Triangle High School.
Jason Gilliam (Artistic Production Manager) Jason is a software architect at Netsertive in RTP by day. As an amateur musician and artist he loves to support others in the local North Carolina art scene and is able to fulfill this goal by serving on the Seed Art Share Artistic Board. In addition, he has worked on numerous Seed Art Share productions over the years serving in different “behind the scenes” roles. Jason is honored to be working with marvelous directors, playwright, cast, and crew to bring these wonderful plays to you tonight. He has also enjoyed the opportunity to work with The Glenwood, The Irregardless, and Joe & Terry Graedon (which incidentally was the soundtrack to his teenage years as his mom was an avid listener to The People’s Pharmacy).
Ryan Huemmer (Production Team) Ryan is a rising Senior Acting major at Boston University’s School of Theatre. His most recent credits include Mother Courage, Cymbeline, Much Ado About Nothing and Marvin’s Room at BU. He is currently employed as a zombie at Raleigh Room Escapes–a slightly different take on immersive theatre. He is incredibly grateful that Renee introduced him to Seed Art Share in high school by casting him in a play where he was stuffed in the trunk of an old civic. Ryan is thrilled to have the opportunity to work once again with such an innovative company and such wonderful theatre talent in the very place he grew up! Come see him perform in Seed’s upcoming production of Miracle Worker!
Byron Jennings (Actor) Byron is excited to be performing in his first Seed Art Share show!! He is a law firm administrator by day and actor by night. Previous credits include Bruce in The Normal Heart, Coalhouse in Ragtime and Othello in Othello. Many thanks to everyone who supports local theater!
Dan Oliver (Actor) Dan is a writer/producer/director for Horizon Productions in Durham. Triangle theater appearances include Dry Powder at Sonorous Road, Maccountant, Hamlet and Celebration for Little Green Pig, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, 10 X 10 and various PlaySlams at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, Shadowlands and Sister Mary Ignatius at REP.
Julie Oliver (Actor) Most recently seen as Gloria Macbeth in “Maccountant” (Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern). She also appeared in “Mr. Burns” (Manbites Dog Theater); “The Heretic,” “Good,” “Brigadoon” (Burning Coal Theatre); “The Iron Curtain Trilogy” (The Cockpit Theatre, London and Burning Coal Theatre); “Seascape” (South Stream Productions); “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” “Superior Donuts” (Deep Dish Theatre). Julie is a member of Burning Coal Theatre’s artistic company and teaches middle school band in Raleigh.
Carnessa Ottelin (Co-Director) Carnessa received her MFA in Directing from UNC—Greensboro where she studied and worked in film and stage. Regionally she has worked with North Carolina School of The Arts and The Actors Theater of Louisville. Locally she has directed for Seed Art Share, The Justice Theater Project, Meredith College, Stillwater Theatre, Peace College, Burning Coal Theatre, and Theatre In The Park. Thank you to Renee and Seed Art Share for letting me play again!! Infinite gratitude to a magnificent co-director, playwright, cast, and crew. I couldn’t work in theatre without the unwavering support of my neighbors and Meal Share family – thank you! And of course, much appreciation to you, the audience, for choosing to be here with us tonight. Bon Appetit!
Joshua Van Hemert (Crew) is a Cary raised intern at Seed Art Share. He is an Industrial Design student at Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Urban Studies. Helen Keller’s water pump for The Miracle Worker was his first Industrial Design Project outside of School. Van Hemert aspires to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and go into furniture design.
WILL VAN DEVENTER (Crew)
Joe Wimberly (Upright Bass)has been involved with Seed Art Share productions since the original Moving Pieces. I am thankful for all the fantastic actors, directors, and crew for this show, and I’m excited to make music in this beautiful space. Come see me in future gigs with Melted Butter and playing in the upcoming Seed production of ‘The Miracle Worker’ as part of the porch band.
Renee Wimberley (Producer) is the creative director of Seed Art Share and honored to be part of the team telling this beautiful story. A Triangle native, actor, director, and playwright, she still uses that BA in Theatre Ed (UNCG) every single day. As a teaching artist, her jam is arts integration and developing theatre activities and projects to enhance other fields of study such as history, science, literature, and geography. She is also deeply passionate about creating opportunities for families to make art together and is grateful to share this project with her own family Joe, Max, Cana, and Stella!
Tom Whelan (Guitar) Joe and Tom have been playing music together as the jazz duo Melted Butter since 2011. Although Tom’s resume as a drummer accounts for almost all of his musical past, he has played guitar as a second instrument for nearly three decades. He plays a 1950’s-spec Fender Telecaster that has been re-wired and tinkered with in his garage.
Brian Yandle (Co-Director) Brian is the co-founder of A Big Wig Production and is a two-time graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BFA in Theatre, Speech and Dance as well as a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. He has performed professionally in film and on stages across the country for almost 30 years. He now calls Raleigh home and is a local actor, producer, and director. In a directing capacity, he was recognized in Indy Week 2013 as one of the best director’s of the year for A Big Wig Production of “Kindertransport.” Catch him this fall in Sonorous Road’s “Killer Joe.” He’d like to thank Seed Art Share and his insightful, bright and talented co-director for this opportunity.