The Incredible Book Eating Boy // Jul 13–Aug 14, 2022 // Hertz Stage // Alliance Theatre (2022)

The Incredible Book Eating Boy // Jul 13–Aug 14, 2022 // Hertz Stage // Alliance Theatre (1)

Jul 13 - Aug 14

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The Incredible Book Eating Boy // Jul 13–Aug 14, 2022 // Hertz Stage // Alliance Theatre (2)

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Cast

Alexander Chen (Henry) is thrilled and honored to return to the Alliance Theatre in his first lead role! He recently played Hyunsoo in Alliance’s production of Bina’s Six Apples, which was Alex’s professional debut. Theatre credits: Wizard of Oz (Atlanta Lyric Theatre); Beauty and the Beast – Salt Shaker and Moana – Hei Hei (Orbit Arts Academy-Atlanta). Alex's performing includes karate, nunchucks, bowstaff, piano, singing and dancing. Alex would like to thank his Mom and Dad for their support and guidance. He dedicates this performance to his four Grandparents without whom this show would not have been possible :) Alex is a Charter supporter of the Foundation to Save the Sharks (F.S.S.) – Reminding you that Sharks are the only thing you need to fear in the ocean. Represented by Ursula Wieldmann Models & Talent Agency. Words cannot describe how excited he is for this production. Please enjoy the show!

Alexander Chen
(Video) "I Ate A Book" from The Incredible Book Eating Boy
Alexander Chen

Henry

Alexander Chen (Henry) is thrilled and honored to return to the Alliance Theatre in his first lead role! He recently played Hyunsoo in Alliance’s production of Bina’s Six Apples, which was Alex’s professional debut. Theatre credits: Wizard of Oz (Atlanta Lyric Theatre); Beauty and the Beast – Salt Shaker and Moana – Hei Hei (Orbit Arts Academy-Atlanta). Alex's performing includes karate, nunchucks, bowstaff, piano, singing and dancing. Alex would like to thank his Mom and Dad for their support and guidance. He dedicates this performance to his four Grandparents without whom this show would not have been possible :) Alex is a Charter supporter of the Foundation to Save the Sharks (F.S.S.) – Reminding you that Sharks are the only thing you need to fear in the ocean. Represented by Ursula Wieldmann Models & Talent Agency. Words cannot describe how excited he is for this production. Please enjoy the show!

Rhyn McLemore(Ms. Penny/Mom/Books) is over the moon to be back at Alliance, where she last appeared as the Ghost of Christmas Past inA Christmas Carol. Other Alliance credits includeDarlin’ CoryandEver After. Atlanta credits:RoeandThe Cake(Horizon Theatre)Fun Home, Stupid Fucking Bird,andCompany(Actor's Express);Cinderella, The Bridges of Madison CountyandSplit in Three(Aurora Theatre);Safety Net(Theatrical Outfit);Dot(Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company). Off-Broadway:Dot(The Billie Holiday Theatre) andA World to Win(The York Theatre). Regional:VioletandThe Crucible(Gallery Players);The Sound of Music(Sierra Repertory Theatre);The Spitfire Grill(Cape Fear Regional Theatre);A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,andOur Town(West Virginia Public Theatre);The CrucibleandThe Comedy of Errors(North Carolina Shakespeare Festival). Proud momma of Sadie the pup. Proud soon-to-be-wife of fellow actor Caleb Clark. BFA, Carnegie Mellon University.

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Rhyn McLemore
Rhyn McLemore

Ms. Penny/ Mom/ Books

Rhyn McLemore(Ms. Penny/Mom/Books) is over the moon to be back at Alliance, where she last appeared as the Ghost of Christmas Past inA Christmas Carol. Other Alliance credits includeDarlin’ CoryandEver After. Atlanta credits:RoeandThe Cake(Horizon Theatre)Fun Home, Stupid Fucking Bird,andCompany(Actor's Express);Cinderella, The Bridges of Madison CountyandSplit in Three(Aurora Theatre);Safety Net(Theatrical Outfit);Dot(Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company). Off-Broadway:Dot(The Billie Holiday Theatre) andA World to Win(The York Theatre). Regional:VioletandThe Crucible(Gallery Players);The Sound of Music(Sierra Repertory Theatre);The Spitfire Grill(Cape Fear Regional Theatre);A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,andOur Town(West Virginia Public Theatre);The CrucibleandThe Comedy of Errors(North Carolina Shakespeare Festival). Proud momma of Sadie the pup. Proud soon-to-be-wife of fellow actor Caleb Clark. BFA, Carnegie Mellon University.

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Brad Raymond (Dad/Doctor/Game Show Host/Books)is so excited to be returning to the Alliance Theatre for his 12th season! He is especially excited about being a part of such a fun family production! Brad has performed as an actor, singer, or conductor at some of the art world’s most esteemed institutions including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Light Opera Works of Chicago, the Ravinia Festival, Arena Stage, The Broad Stage, The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Opera, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, Theater Emory, Horizon Theatre, and Spivey Hall. Some of Brad’s favorite roles include: Homer inLilies of the Field, Fetch inFetch,Clay Make Man, Ronald inBorn For This, and the Suzi Bass Award winning performance as Blue inChasin’ Dem Blues.

Brad Raymond
Brad Raymond

Dad/ Doctor/ Game Show Host/ Books

Brad Raymond (Dad/Doctor/Game Show Host/Books)is so excited to be returning to the Alliance Theatre for his 12th season! He is especially excited about being a part of such a fun family production! Brad has performed as an actor, singer, or conductor at some of the art world’s most esteemed institutions including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Light Opera Works of Chicago, the Ravinia Festival, Arena Stage, The Broad Stage, The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Opera, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, Theater Emory, Horizon Theatre, and Spivey Hall. Some of Brad’s favorite roles include: Homer inLilies of the Field, Fetch inFetch,Clay Make Man, Ronald inBorn For This, and the Suzi Bass Award winning performance as Blue inChasin’ Dem Blues.

India Tyree (Artist/Olivia/Reporter/Books/Student/ASM)is very excited to work with the Alliance again! Last seen here in the TYA Collaboration,Cinderella and Fella(Cinderella). Recent creds: Jennie T. Anderson Theatre’sThe Wild Party(Kate) andThe Last Five Years(Cathy), Aurora Theatre'sCinderella, (Ella) andSong and Dance(Girl). BUICEntennial Productions,Respect.Twelfth Night(Olivia) at Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern,Rock of Ages(Justice) andBurn The Floor(Lead Vocalist) on Norwegian Breakaway.Aida(Aida) at Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Representation: People Store Agency.

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India Tyree
India Tyree

Artist/ Olivia/ Reporter/ Books/ Student

India Tyree (Artist/Olivia/Reporter/Books/Student/ASM)is very excited to work with the Alliance again! Last seen here in the TYA Collaboration,Cinderella and Fella(Cinderella). Recent creds: Jennie T. Anderson Theatre’sThe Wild Party(Kate) andThe Last Five Years(Cathy), Aurora Theatre'sCinderella, (Ella) andSong and Dance(Girl). BUICEntennial Productions,Respect.Twelfth Night(Olivia) at Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern,Rock of Ages(Justice) andBurn The Floor(Lead Vocalist) on Norwegian Breakaway.Aida(Aida) at Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Representation: People Store Agency.

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Juan Carlos Unzueta (Rover/Jeff/Reporter/Books/Student)is an Atlanta based Actor and Arts Administrator. Atlanta credits:Let’s Hang On(City Springs Theatre Company),Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience(Alliance Theatre),NINE in ConcertandChess in Concert(Jennie T. Anderson Theatre),LuminousandThe Best of Broadway(Atlanta Lyric Theatre),Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley(Theatrical Outfit),In The Heights, Christmas Canteen, País de Bicicleta, 2017 Suzi Award Winning TYA ProductionThe Three Billy Goats Gruff,Beat Bugs A Musical Adventure(Aurora Theatre),Little Shop of Horrors, Merrily We Roll Along in Concert, andFun Home(Actor’s Express),Freaky Friday(Horizon Theatre),Songs for a New World(BUICEntennial Productions). Education: BFA, BA, University of North Florida. Other: Graphic Designer and Marketing Associate at Aurora Theatre, Film/TV/Commercial Representation by People Store.

Juan Carlos Unzueta
Juan Carlos Unzueta

Rover/ Jeff/ Reporter/ Books/ Student

Juan Carlos Unzueta (Rover/Jeff/Reporter/Books/Student)is an Atlanta based Actor and Arts Administrator. Atlanta credits:Let’s Hang On(City Springs Theatre Company),Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience(Alliance Theatre),NINE in ConcertandChess in Concert(Jennie T. Anderson Theatre),LuminousandThe Best of Broadway(Atlanta Lyric Theatre),Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley(Theatrical Outfit),In The Heights, Christmas Canteen, País de Bicicleta, 2017 Suzi Award Winning TYA ProductionThe Three Billy Goats Gruff,Beat Bugs A Musical Adventure(Aurora Theatre),Little Shop of Horrors, Merrily We Roll Along in Concert, andFun Home(Actor’s Express),Freaky Friday(Horizon Theatre),Songs for a New World(BUICEntennial Productions). Education: BFA, BA, University of North Florida. Other: Graphic Designer and Marketing Associate at Aurora Theatre, Film/TV/Commercial Representation by People Store.

Director

Jamil Jude (Director)is a highly accomplished director, producer, playwright, and dramaturg focusing on bringing socially relevant art to the community. Jamil is the Artistic Director at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia, where he previously severed as Associate Artistic Director. Additionally, he is the Co-Founder of The New Griots Festival, which is dedicated to celebrating, advocating, and advancing the careers of emerging Black artists in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area in Minnesota. Prior to joining the staff at True Colors, Jamil served as the Artistic Programming Associate at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, a Producer in Residence at Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre, a New Play Producing Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, DC and co-founded the Colored People’s Theatre. Among his many awards, Jamil has been named the recipient of the Turn The Spotlight Fellowship (18/19), Andrew W. Mellon/TCG Leadership U Fellowship (2015/17), Nautilus Music Theater Management Fellowship (2014/15), NNPN Producer Residency (2011/12; 2012/13), Jerome Foundation/The Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Mentorship (2013/14) and the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage (2009/10; 2010/11). Jamil received his Bachelors of Arts from Colgate University.

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Jamil Jude
Jamil Jude

Director

Jamil Jude (Director)is a highly accomplished director, producer, playwright, and dramaturg focusing on bringing socially relevant art to the community. Jamil is the Artistic Director at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia, where he previously severed as Associate Artistic Director. Additionally, he is the Co-Founder of The New Griots Festival, which is dedicated to celebrating, advocating, and advancing the careers of emerging Black artists in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area in Minnesota. Prior to joining the staff at True Colors, Jamil served as the Artistic Programming Associate at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, a Producer in Residence at Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre, a New Play Producing Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, DC and co-founded the Colored People’s Theatre. Among his many awards, Jamil has been named the recipient of the Turn The Spotlight Fellowship (18/19), Andrew W. Mellon/TCG Leadership U Fellowship (2015/17), Nautilus Music Theater Management Fellowship (2014/15), NNPN Producer Residency (2011/12; 2012/13), Jerome Foundation/The Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Mentorship (2013/14) and the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage (2009/10; 2010/11). Jamil received his Bachelors of Arts from Colgate University.

Creative

Christian Albright (Lyricist)is thrilled to be working with the creative team behind the Alliance Theatre’s production of The Incredible Book Eating Boy. Credits include lyricist for the Seattle Film Festival Selectee, The BoomBox Saints, and Librettist and Co-Lyricist for the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival Selectee, Mother of God. Christian continues to write songs and lyrics for numerous artist in Atlanta as well develop musicals and screenplays. Mother of God, co-created with Christian Magby, will be making its main stage premiere this December! Christian is very thankful for the support of his parents, family and friends!

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Christian Albright
Christian Albright

Lyricist

Christian Albright (Lyricist)is thrilled to be working with the creative team behind the Alliance Theatre’s production of The Incredible Book Eating Boy. Credits include lyricist for the Seattle Film Festival Selectee, The BoomBox Saints, and Librettist and Co-Lyricist for the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival Selectee, Mother of God. Christian continues to write songs and lyrics for numerous artist in Atlanta as well develop musicals and screenplays. Mother of God, co-created with Christian Magby, will be making its main stage premiere this December! Christian is very thankful for the support of his parents, family and friends!

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Kat Conley (Scenic Designer)is ecstatic to return to the Alliance. She has designed more than 30 Alliance productions, including Courtenay’s Cabaret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Wizard of Oz. Kat has designed scenery for Arena Stage, Orlando Shakespeare, the Kennedy Center, Georgia Shakespeare, Marin Theatre Company, Actor’s Express, The Atlanta Ballet, The Center for Puppetry Arts, 7 Stages, Theatrical Outfit, Synchronicity Theatre, Theatre in the Square, and Aurora Theatre. She continues to be the Charge Scenic Artist for the Alliance Theatre. Whether dramatically challenging, visionary, or escapist, all theater and art is important; thank you for supporting it in our community.

Kat Conley
Kat Conley

Scenic Designer

Kat Conley (Scenic Designer)is ecstatic to return to the Alliance. She has designed more than 30 Alliance productions, including Courtenay’s Cabaret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Wizard of Oz. Kat has designed scenery for Arena Stage, Orlando Shakespeare, the Kennedy Center, Georgia Shakespeare, Marin Theatre Company, Actor’s Express, The Atlanta Ballet, The Center for Puppetry Arts, 7 Stages, Theatrical Outfit, Synchronicity Theatre, Theatre in the Square, and Aurora Theatre. She continues to be the Charge Scenic Artist for the Alliance Theatre. Whether dramatically challenging, visionary, or escapist, all theater and art is important; thank you for supporting it in our community.

An-lin Dauber (Costume Designer; she/her) is excited to be returning to the Alliance Theatre for The Incredible Book Eating Boy! She previously designed sets and costumes for A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play. Favorite costume designs include Paul Swan is Dead and Gone; What You Are Now (The Civilians), The Song of Summer (Mixed Blood Theatre), The Kind Ones (Magic Theater), Common Ground Revisited (Huntington Theatre Company), It’s A Wonderful Life; Lost in Yonkers (Hartford Stage), Seven Guitars (Yale Repertory Theatre), Into the Woods (Arkansas Repertory Theater), And Then They Came For Me (Alabama Shakespeare Festival),The Thanksgiving Play (Virginia Stage Company), Macbeth (Theater Alaska), The Seagull (Serenbe Playhouse). She is a company member of The Williams Project, a living wage theater company committed to radical hospitality. MFA Yale School of Drama. Member local USA 829.

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An-lin Dauber
An-lin Dauber

Costume Designer

An-lin Dauber (Costume Designer; she/her) is excited to be returning to the Alliance Theatre for The Incredible Book Eating Boy! She previously designed sets and costumes for A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play. Favorite costume designs include Paul Swan is Dead and Gone; What You Are Now (The Civilians), The Song of Summer (Mixed Blood Theatre), The Kind Ones (Magic Theater), Common Ground Revisited (Huntington Theatre Company), It’s A Wonderful Life; Lost in Yonkers (Hartford Stage), Seven Guitars (Yale Repertory Theatre), Into the Woods (Arkansas Repertory Theater), And Then They Came For Me (Alabama Shakespeare Festival),The Thanksgiving Play (Virginia Stage Company), Macbeth (Theater Alaska), The Seagull (Serenbe Playhouse). She is a company member of The Williams Project, a living wage theater company committed to radical hospitality. MFA Yale School of Drama. Member local USA 829.

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CBD (Music Director; he/they, aka “Chris Brent Davis”) Chris Brent Davis aka CBD is an Atlanta-born music director, pianist, conductor, arranger, and goofball. Off-Broadway/National Tour: Greenwood: the Musical (Original Cast — NYMF, starring Andrea McArdle), Della’s Diner (Music Director/Conductor, Springer Theatricals). Regional Credits: john & jen, Spring Awakening (freeFall Theatre Co.), Les Misérables (The Springer Opera House), and Children’s Letters To God (Suzi Nom., The Legacy Theatre). CBD served as Resident Music Director for Serenbe Playhouse from 2015-2019, on their landmark productions of Titanic, Miss Saigon (Suzi Bass Award), and Carousel. Following that, CBD served as Resident MD for City Springs Theatre, working on Holiday Inn, Mary Poppins, Hairspray, and A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder (City Springs). He is a member of the Broadway Dreams Foundation faculty, serving as music director and pianist. This performance and every performance is dedicated to his #1 cheerleader, Nana!

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CBD
CBD

Music Director

CBD (Music Director; he/they, aka “Chris Brent Davis”) Chris Brent Davis aka CBD is an Atlanta-born music director, pianist, conductor, arranger, and goofball. Off-Broadway/National Tour: Greenwood: the Musical (Original Cast — NYMF, starring Andrea McArdle), Della’s Diner (Music Director/Conductor, Springer Theatricals). Regional Credits: john & jen, Spring Awakening (freeFall Theatre Co.), Les Misérables (The Springer Opera House), and Children’s Letters To God (Suzi Nom., The Legacy Theatre). CBD served as Resident Music Director for Serenbe Playhouse from 2015-2019, on their landmark productions of Titanic, Miss Saigon (Suzi Bass Award), and Carousel. Following that, CBD served as Resident MD for City Springs Theatre, working on Holiday Inn, Mary Poppins, Hairspray, and A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder (City Springs). He is a member of the Broadway Dreams Foundation faculty, serving as music director and pianist. This performance and every performance is dedicated to his #1 cheerleader, Nana!

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Jeremiah Davison (Sound Designer) is super excited to be back at Alliance Theatre! Some of his credits include: Do You Love The Dark? (TVY Alliance Theatre); Bootycandy, Home Town Boy, Heather's: The Musical, Head Over Heels, and Audio Engineer for The Color Purple Musical (Suzi Award Winner for Best Sound Design – Actor’s Express). The Light (Horizon); Cinderella, Song & Dance (Aurora Theatre); Fires in a Mirror (Theatrical Outfit), Mirandy & Brother Wind, Ella Enchanted (Synchronicity). And Step Afrika’s National Tour of Drumfolk, which appeared Off-Broadway at The New Victory Theatre. He has also served as the Associate Sound Designer for Hands Up (Alliance Theatre); An Octoroon, Jump (Actors Express); Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night Time, Pipeline (Aurora Theatre); Skeleton Crew (Westport Country Playhouse, CT); Too Heavy for Your Pocket (George Street Playhouse, NJ). He is a University of West Georgia and Georgia State Perimeter College alum. Davison is a Co-Founder and the Director of Operations of Multiband Studios LLC.

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Jeremiah Davison
Jeremiah Davison

Sound Designer

Jeremiah Davison (Sound Designer) is super excited to be back at Alliance Theatre! Some of his credits include: Do You Love The Dark? (TVY Alliance Theatre); Bootycandy, Home Town Boy, Heather's: The Musical, Head Over Heels, and Audio Engineer for The Color Purple Musical (Suzi Award Winner for Best Sound Design – Actor’s Express). The Light (Horizon); Cinderella, Song & Dance (Aurora Theatre); Fires in a Mirror (Theatrical Outfit), Mirandy & Brother Wind, Ella Enchanted (Synchronicity). And Step Afrika’s National Tour of Drumfolk, which appeared Off-Broadway at The New Victory Theatre. He has also served as the Associate Sound Designer for Hands Up (Alliance Theatre); An Octoroon, Jump (Actors Express); Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night Time, Pipeline (Aurora Theatre); Skeleton Crew (Westport Country Playhouse, CT); Too Heavy for Your Pocket (George Street Playhouse, NJ). He is a University of West Georgia and Georgia State Perimeter College alum. Davison is a Co-Founder and the Director of Operations of Multiband Studios LLC.

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Oliver Jeffers (Author) is a visual artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance, and sculpture. Curiosity and humor are underlying themes throughout Oliver’s practice as an artist and storyteller. While investigating the ways the human mind understands its world, his work also functions as comic relief in the face of futility. Jeffers’ engagements and practice are truly international in scope. His critically acclaimed picture books have been translated into over fifty languages and sold over 14 million copies worldwide. His original artwork has been exhibited at such institutions as the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Palais Auersperg in Vienna. Jeffers has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award, Bologna Rigazzi Award, An Irish Book Award, and a United Kingdom Literary Association Award. His nineteenth book as author and illustrator was released in October 2021, and he has illustrated several others. Oliver grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland; he currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers

Author

Oliver Jeffers (Author) is a visual artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance, and sculpture. Curiosity and humor are underlying themes throughout Oliver’s practice as an artist and storyteller. While investigating the ways the human mind understands its world, his work also functions as comic relief in the face of futility. Jeffers’ engagements and practice are truly international in scope. His critically acclaimed picture books have been translated into over fifty languages and sold over 14 million copies worldwide. His original artwork has been exhibited at such institutions as the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Palais Auersperg in Vienna. Jeffers has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award, Bologna Rigazzi Award, An Irish Book Award, and a United Kingdom Literary Association Award. His nineteenth book as author and illustrator was released in October 2021, and he has illustrated several others. Oliver grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland; he currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Christian Magby (Music) is an actor and composer, is thrilled to be back at Alliance Theatre, where he was last seen in A Christmas Carol, 2019. He can currently be seen in the CW hit series, The Flash, as Deon Owens, the Still Force, the latest cosmic force to be introduced to the Arrowverse. Magby can also be seen in the Oscar nominated, Amazon feature One Night in Miami, directed by Regina King, starring opposite Leslie Odom Jr., Aldis Hodge and Lance Reddick. Magby has worked in the music departments for the NBC/Universal musical films Dear Evan Hansen and Pitch Perfect 3. He has worked as an actor and music director in many of the theaters in Atlanta, including Alliance Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Horizon Theatre Company, Theatrical Outfit, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, among others. His newest musical, Mother of God, will be premiering this December at Southwest Arts Center. SCAD Grad. YEA Alum.

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Christian Magby
Christian Magby

Music

Christian Magby (Music) is an actor and composer, is thrilled to be back at Alliance Theatre, where he was last seen in A Christmas Carol, 2019. He can currently be seen in the CW hit series, The Flash, as Deon Owens, the Still Force, the latest cosmic force to be introduced to the Arrowverse. Magby can also be seen in the Oscar nominated, Amazon feature One Night in Miami, directed by Regina King, starring opposite Leslie Odom Jr., Aldis Hodge and Lance Reddick. Magby has worked in the music departments for the NBC/Universal musical films Dear Evan Hansen and Pitch Perfect 3. He has worked as an actor and music director in many of the theaters in Atlanta, including Alliance Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Horizon Theatre Company, Theatrical Outfit, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, among others. His newest musical, Mother of God, will be premiering this December at Southwest Arts Center. SCAD Grad. YEA Alum.

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Ben Rawson (Lighting Designer)is an Atlanta-based Lighting Designer for Theatre, Opera, and Dance, member USA 829. Theatrical/Opera design work can be seen at The Alliance Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Atlanta Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Theatrical Outfit, Actors Express, Aurora Theatre, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, 7 Stages, and Synchronicity Theatre. Dance design work includes choreographers Ana Maria Lucaciu, Troy Schumacher, Danielle Agami, and Claudia Schreier as well as with Atlanta Ballet, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, BalletCollective, Fly On A Wall, Staibdance, Bluebird Uncaged, Proia Dance Project, and Emily Cargill and Dancers. Ben has also worked across the country as an Associate & Assistant Lighting Designer for San Diego Opera (CA), The Alliance Theatre (GA), Berkshire Theatre Festival (MA), Atlanta Opera (GA), Utah Opera (UT), Atlanta Ballet (GA), and Playmakers Repertory Company (NC). benrawsondesign.com

Benjamin Rawson
Benjamin Rawson

Lighting Designer

Ben Rawson (Lighting Designer)is an Atlanta-based Lighting Designer for Theatre, Opera, and Dance, member USA 829. Theatrical/Opera design work can be seen at The Alliance Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Atlanta Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Theatrical Outfit, Actors Express, Aurora Theatre, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, 7 Stages, and Synchronicity Theatre. Dance design work includes choreographers Ana Maria Lucaciu, Troy Schumacher, Danielle Agami, and Claudia Schreier as well as with Atlanta Ballet, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, BalletCollective, Fly On A Wall, Staibdance, Bluebird Uncaged, Proia Dance Project, and Emily Cargill and Dancers. Ben has also worked across the country as an Associate & Assistant Lighting Designer for San Diego Opera (CA), The Alliance Theatre (GA), Berkshire Theatre Festival (MA), Atlanta Opera (GA), Utah Opera (UT), Atlanta Ballet (GA), and Playmakers Repertory Company (NC). benrawsondesign.com

Madhuri Shekar (Playwright) Shekar was born in California and grew up in India. She is currently based in the New York region, having recently graduated from the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Julliard. She writes on themes of love, relationships and sexuality inspired by her cross-cultural background. Madhuri’s plays include Dhaba on Devon Avenue (commissioned by Victory Gardens), House of Joy (California Shakespeare Theatre, San Diego Rep, developed at South Coast Rep, Juilliard, Atlantic, NY Stage and Film), Queen (Victory Gardens—2017 Jeff Award for Best New Play; APAC—NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full Length Script; Geva Theatre Center), A Nice Indian Boy (East West Players, Rasaka Theatre Company, EnActe Arts), In Love and Warcraft (Kendeda Graduate Playwriting contest winner), Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine’s (Alliance Theatre), and Bucket of Blessings (Alliance Theatre). Madhuri was one of the first recipients of Audible’s new commissioning program for emerging playwrights. Her audio drama, Evil Eye, debuted at #5 on Audible’s bestseller list, and won a 2020 Audie Award from the Audio Publishers Association for Best Original Work. The film adaptation is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime. In Hollywood, Madhuri was a staff writer on HBO’s The Nevers and is currently at work on a film to be announced soon. Madhuri is a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists. She has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC, and a dual Master’s degree in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and USC.

Madhuri Shekar
Madhuri Shekar

Playwright

Madhuri Shekar (Playwright) Shekar was born in California and grew up in India. She is currently based in the New York region, having recently graduated from the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Julliard. She writes on themes of love, relationships and sexuality inspired by her cross-cultural background. Madhuri’s plays include Dhaba on Devon Avenue (commissioned by Victory Gardens), House of Joy (California Shakespeare Theatre, San Diego Rep, developed at South Coast Rep, Juilliard, Atlantic, NY Stage and Film), Queen (Victory Gardens—2017 Jeff Award for Best New Play; APAC—NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full Length Script; Geva Theatre Center), A Nice Indian Boy (East West Players, Rasaka Theatre Company, EnActe Arts), In Love and Warcraft (Kendeda Graduate Playwriting contest winner), Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine’s (Alliance Theatre), and Bucket of Blessings (Alliance Theatre). Madhuri was one of the first recipients of Audible’s new commissioning program for emerging playwrights. Her audio drama, Evil Eye, debuted at #5 on Audible’s bestseller list, and won a 2020 Audie Award from the Audio Publishers Association for Best Original Work. The film adaptation is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime. In Hollywood, Madhuri was a staff writer on HBO’s The Nevers and is currently at work on a film to be announced soon. Madhuri is a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists. She has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC, and a dual Master’s degree in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and USC.

Danielle Swatzie(Choreographer; she/her)is thrilled to join the creative team ofThe Incredible Book Eating Boyat the Alliance Theatre. Danielle Swatzie was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance from The University of the Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield in Spring 2019. Swatzie is a Director, Choreographer, Movement Artist, and Freelance Dancer based in the southern city. She has presented growing roots through concrete, her debut dance film premiering at The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (MAD). In addition to her latest work, META, created through Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company as a Dihvinely Konnecked Fellow, which later won Best Music and Dance Video at the BronzeLens Film Festival. Swatzie’s work extends into academia, where she has set work on Spelman Dance Theatre, and has nourished her craft through residencies through organizations like Dance Canvas. As a freelance dancer, she can be seen on Television Networks such as BET, YouTube RED, Amazon Video, and Apple TV, in addition to performance on independent films, and with project based companies.

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Danielle Swatzie
Danielle Swatzie

Choreographer

Danielle Swatzie(Choreographer; she/her)is thrilled to join the creative team ofThe Incredible Book Eating Boyat the Alliance Theatre. Danielle Swatzie was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance from The University of the Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield in Spring 2019. Swatzie is a Director, Choreographer, Movement Artist, and Freelance Dancer based in the southern city. She has presented growing roots through concrete, her debut dance film premiering at The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (MAD). In addition to her latest work, META, created through Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company as a Dihvinely Konnecked Fellow, which later won Best Music and Dance Video at the BronzeLens Film Festival. Swatzie’s work extends into academia, where she has set work on Spelman Dance Theatre, and has nourished her craft through residencies through organizations like Dance Canvas. As a freelance dancer, she can be seen on Television Networks such as BET, YouTube RED, Amazon Video, and Apple TV, in addition to performance on independent films, and with project based companies.

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Understudies

Jontavious Johnson (Dad/Doctor/Game Show Host/Books/Rover/Jeff/Reporter; he/him) is beyond excited for his first performance with the cast ofThe Incredible Book Eating Boyat the Alliance Theatre. Some of his favorite theatre credits include Shango inIn the Red and Brown Water(MNTITS), Buddy Bolden inJelly’s Last Jam(National Black Theatre Festival 2019), and Ace inHoodoo Love(Spelman College). Jontavious is an Atlanta native, starting with the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta and later receiving his Bachelors of Arts from Morehouse College where he studied Theatre and Performance. TV and Film credits include Modern Love (Amazon Prime), Outer Banks (Netflix), and National Champions (2021). He thanks his friends and family for their continuous support! To God be the glory!

Jontavious Johnson
Jontavious Johnson

Dad/ Doctor/ Game Show Host/ Books/ Rover/ Jeff/ Reporter

Jontavious Johnson (Dad/Doctor/Game Show Host/Books/Rover/Jeff/Reporter; he/him) is beyond excited for his first performance with the cast ofThe Incredible Book Eating Boyat the Alliance Theatre. Some of his favorite theatre credits include Shango inIn the Red and Brown Water(MNTITS), Buddy Bolden inJelly’s Last Jam(National Black Theatre Festival 2019), and Ace inHoodoo Love(Spelman College). Jontavious is an Atlanta native, starting with the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta and later receiving his Bachelors of Arts from Morehouse College where he studied Theatre and Performance. TV and Film credits include Modern Love (Amazon Prime), Outer Banks (Netflix), and National Champions (2021). He thanks his friends and family for their continuous support! To God be the glory!

Adrienne Ocfemia (Henry) is ecstatic and honored to make her Alliance Theatre debut! Favorite credits include Matilda the Musical and The Wizard of Oz (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Billy Elliot and South Pacific (City Springs Theatre Company), Madeline in Madeline’s Christmas, 2019 (Horizon Theatre/Atlanta Children’s Theatre), and Dead Man Walking (The Atlanta Opera). Adrienne is grateful to many in the Atlanta arts community who have supported and nurtured her growth as a young actor and performer, including Orbit Arts Academy, City Springs Theatre Company, Namari Dance Center, and Drama Inc. Special thanks to the Alliance Theatre and The Incredible Book Eating Boy team for giving her this amazing opportunity. When not on stage, Adrienne enjoys playing piano and ukulele, doing visual arts, swimming, and spending time with family and friends. Much love to her parents and older sister, Sophia, for their endless support.

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Adrienne Ocfemia
Adrienne Ocfemia

Henry

Adrienne Ocfemia (Henry) is ecstatic and honored to make her Alliance Theatre debut! Favorite credits include Matilda the Musical and The Wizard of Oz (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Billy Elliot and South Pacific (City Springs Theatre Company), Madeline in Madeline’s Christmas, 2019 (Horizon Theatre/Atlanta Children’s Theatre), and Dead Man Walking (The Atlanta Opera). Adrienne is grateful to many in the Atlanta arts community who have supported and nurtured her growth as a young actor and performer, including Orbit Arts Academy, City Springs Theatre Company, Namari Dance Center, and Drama Inc. Special thanks to the Alliance Theatre and The Incredible Book Eating Boy team for giving her this amazing opportunity. When not on stage, Adrienne enjoys playing piano and ukulele, doing visual arts, swimming, and spending time with family and friends. Much love to her parents and older sister, Sophia, for their endless support.

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Kyra Peirce (Ms. Penny/Mom/Books/Artist/Olivia/Reporter; she/her)is so excited to be a part ofThe Incredible Book Eating Boyat the Alliance Theatre. She has her BFA in Acting from Utah State University. She moved to Atlanta from Utah last year and has had the privilege of working with many theatres in both Utah and Atlanta. Some of her favorite credits are Kala in Disney’s Tarzan, Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act, and Vera from Factory Girls. Here biggest supporters are her sweet husband and dog!

Kyra Peirce
Kyra Peirce

Ms. Penny/ Mom/ Books/ Artist/ Olivia/ Reporter

Kyra Peirce (Ms. Penny/Mom/Books/Artist/Olivia/Reporter; she/her)is so excited to be a part ofThe Incredible Book Eating Boyat the Alliance Theatre. She has her BFA in Acting from Utah State University. She moved to Atlanta from Utah last year and has had the privilege of working with many theatres in both Utah and Atlanta. Some of her favorite credits are Kala in Disney’s Tarzan, Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act, and Vera from Factory Girls. Here biggest supporters are her sweet husband and dog!

Crew

Liz Campbell (Stage Manager)local credits include:Bina’s Six Apples, A Christmas Carol, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, Max Makes a Million, The Wizard of Oz, Paige in Full, Winnie the Pooh, The Jungle Book, The Dancing Granny, Cinderella and Fella, Ugly Lies the Bone, Pancakes, Pancakes!, Tiger Style!, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, James and the Giant Peach, Shrek, andCharlotte’s Web(Alliance Theatre);The Drowsy Chaperone, Camelot, The World Goes Round, Million Dollar Quartet, Monty Python's Spamalot, andRagtime. (Atlanta Lyric Theatre);Book of WillandIt’s a Wonderful Life(Theatrical Outfit). She has been the Stage Manager for the GHSMTA (Shuler Awards) since 2015. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Niagara University. Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Co-founder of Atlanta Theatre Artists for Justice. Love to Ali and Maggie.

Liz Campbell
Liz Campbell

Stage Manager

Liz Campbell (Stage Manager)local credits include:Bina’s Six Apples, A Christmas Carol, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, Max Makes a Million, The Wizard of Oz, Paige in Full, Winnie the Pooh, The Jungle Book, The Dancing Granny, Cinderella and Fella, Ugly Lies the Bone, Pancakes, Pancakes!, Tiger Style!, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, James and the Giant Peach, Shrek, andCharlotte’s Web(Alliance Theatre);The Drowsy Chaperone, Camelot, The World Goes Round, Million Dollar Quartet, Monty Python's Spamalot, andRagtime. (Atlanta Lyric Theatre);Book of WillandIt’s a Wonderful Life(Theatrical Outfit). She has been the Stage Manager for the GHSMTA (Shuler Awards) since 2015. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Niagara University. Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Co-founder of Atlanta Theatre Artists for Justice. Love to Ali and Maggie.

Amanda Perez (Stage Management Production Assistant)Alliance Theatre credits include: Bina’s Six Apples, Dream Hou$e, A Christmas Carol, Beautiful Blackbird Live!. Other Atlanta credits include: Chess, Nine (Jennie T. Anderson Theatre); The Best of Broadway, Luminous, Oliver (Atlanta Lyric); Leading Ladies, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Driving Miss Daisy, Bullets Over Broadway (Georgia Ensemble Theatre). She’d like to thank her husband and daughter for all their love and support.

Amanda Perez
Amanda Perez

Stage Management Production Assistant

Amanda Perez (Stage Management Production Assistant)Alliance Theatre credits include: Bina’s Six Apples, Dream Hou$e, A Christmas Carol, Beautiful Blackbird Live!. Other Atlanta credits include: Chess, Nine (Jennie T. Anderson Theatre); The Best of Broadway, Luminous, Oliver (Atlanta Lyric); Leading Ladies, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Driving Miss Daisy, Bullets Over Broadway (Georgia Ensemble Theatre). She’d like to thank her husband and daughter for all their love and support.

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