JARED ALAN BARNES (Sweeney Todd) has been performing for well over half his life. Clearly he loves performance art. He studied performance in school and even integrated elements of theatre, dance and stage combat training into his daily job as a Personal Trainer. Jared has done several shows at artFACTORY and loves working with them and the amazing projects they put together. Shows like this current one; Sweeney Todd. He has been in countless shows, ranging from Jesus in Godspell, Guido in Nine, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown, Bobby in the premiere of Pure Country, Zoser in Aida, Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie, Angus Tuck in Tuck Everlasting, Marius in Les Miserables, Porthos in Three Musketeers, Basil in The Picture of Dorian Grey and many many many many others. (Those are just some of his favorites.) He is happy to be performing in this new adventure as The Demon Barber himself, Sweeney Todd. He would like to thank his wonderful, beautiful, amazing, talented and loving wife, Amy. Without her, he would not be able to do anything. Also a shout out to his children who are soooo fantastic and awesome, and of whom he is very proud! He hopes you enjoy this current project with artFACTORY. Also, check him out at havenartstheatre.com. Jared is the founding Executive Director of Haven Arts Theatre and hopes that you will come see the next production of the hilarious and action packed She Kills Monsters. It will be performing here at the fantastic artFACTORY location. Thank you artFACTORY so much for the opportunities you are providing. See you all on Fleet Street! Just ask if you need a shave.
HEATHER HALL (Mrs. Lovett) is a Houston native and thrilled to back on stage at artFACTORY Houston. Heather graduated early from the University of Oklahoma and has been doing theatre professionally in Houston for the past decade. She is now currently working for bp as a business analyst. artFACTORY credits include: Company (Amy), The Last Five Years (Cathy), Urinetown (Pennywise), [title of show] (Susan), Grease (Frenchie), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona), Disenchanted (Little Mermaid), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Woman 2), Heathers (Ms. Fleming), The Rocky Horror Show (Eddie/Dr. Scott), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Reefer Madness (Mae). Other credits include: STAGES (MacGyver: The Musical, World Premiere), TUTS (Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), TUTS Underground (Reefer Madness), QUEENSBURY (Lady of Agreda), JOHN CARPENTER PRODUCTIONS (Baby in the Bathwater) and OBSIDIAN (Title of Show, Feelin’ Alright). Heather is so excited to be back on stage again after a long pandemic and wants to give a big shoutout to Kyle, her family, and friends who come and support her in every show that she does. Follow her on Instagram & TikTok at @heytherr7.
IVANNA MARTINEZ (Johanna), is elated to be in yet another Sondheim production, making this the second since his passing. New Jersey native and Texas raised, Ivanna began her love for dance at three when she began dance classes in NJ. Not until relocation to TX at eight did she begin studying under Centre Stage’s theatrical school. She owes much of her theatrical education to Queensbury’s Tribble School in Houston, TX. An artFACTORY company member since 2018, Ivanna’s favorite credits on this stage include ROCKY HORROR (Columbia) x2, I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, GATSBY (Myrtle Wilson), MONSTER (Lady Gaga) and most recently COMPANY (Marta). Other credits include DROWSY CHAPERONE (Kitty/Choreographer), SWEENEY TODD (Mrs. Lovett), HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (Heather Duke), LEGALLY BLONDE (Brooke Wyndham), LITTLE WOMEN (Beth March), PARADE (Iola), URINETOWN (Little Becky Two Shoes), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Crystal), DANCE OF THE FEY (Woman), and all time favorite; CHICAGO (Roxie Hart). Ivanna has been ready to tackle Johanna for years now, as her pride and joy is maintaining luscious locks after, unlike Johanna, going blonde proved to be a disaster. ENJOY! @ivanna.mz
COLTON BERRY (Anthony Hope) is an East Coast native, but has called Houston home for over a decade. He has been working professionally in theatre since childhood and has since performed in hundreds of plays and musicals. As a vocalist, Colton appeared in Showtime! At the Apollo, toured France with the French-American Gospel Music Workshop Exchange, sang alongside Thelma Houston and The Temptations, and was a Top 24 Finalist in the Seventh Season of American Idol. In Houston, he has been seen on many stages including performances with TUTS and The Music Box Theatre. In addition to performing, Colton is an accomplished producer and director and is the Founding Artistic Director of artFACTORY Houston. artFACTORY credits include Cabaret (Emcee), Company (Robert), GATSBY (Nick), Pippin (Pippin), [title of show] (Hunter), Urinetown (Bobby Strong), The Last Five Years (Jamie), Wizard of Oz (Lion), The Rocky Horror Show (Frank’N’Furter), Grease (Doody/Teen Angel), Tuck Everlasting (Miles Tuck), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hedwig), Murder Ballad (Tom), Funny Girl (Nick Arnstein), Heathers (JD), …Spelling Bee (William Barfeé), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo), A New Brain (Gordon), Brooklyn (Taylor), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), Sweet Charity (Oscar), Reefer Madness (Ralph/Jesus), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), and Spring Awakening (Moritz). Other favorite credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Triassic Parq (Mime-o-saurus), The Wedding Singer (Robbie), Chicago (Mary Sunshine), The Wild Party (Burrs), Aida (Radames), Big River (Huckleberry Finn), and Bat Boy (Bat Boy). Colton is thrilled to recreate this masterpiece of musical theatre for Houston audiences and would like to dedicate his performance to the life and legacy of the late Stephen Sondheim. @colberry
SEBASTIAN PINZON (Judge Turpin) makes his second appearance on the artFACTORY stage, where he previously performed in its production of Company (David). Previous credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Annas), Fiddler on the Roof (Ensemble), Les Miserables (Joly/Ensemble), and Spring Awakening (Ernst) at the Public Theater in San Antonio, Texas and Die Fledermaus (Dr. Falke) at Trinity University. He has also sung with the Brazos Valley Chorale, The San Antonio Choral Society, and the San Antonio Mastersingers. Sebastian is thrilled to perform with such a talented cast and crew and considers it a great honor to play a role so far outside his comfort zone. Thank you artFACTORY family for this opportunity and making this so much fun. Special thanks to Desiree Chappelle: without her friendship and coaching, none of the theater credits above would have come to fruition. "Thank you for helping me break into the stage nearly a decade ago and discover one of the loves of my life, awkward park bench moments and all."
DAVID MARTINEZ (Tobias Ragg) is thrilled to return to the artFACTORY stage for his third season. Some of his artFACTORY credits include Cabaret (Bobby), Tuck Everlasting (featured Ensemble/Dancer), Pippin (Player), Jasper in Deadland (Paperboy/Brutus/others), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Phantom), The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble/Swing) and the World Premiere of GATSBY (The Butler). David would like to thank his artFACTORY family for their hard work and dedication. He is grateful for his friends and family who have been so supportive and loving throughout the years. Select previous theatre credits include Mamma Mia (Sky), Student Body (Malcom), Spring Awakening (Earnst/Dance Captain), Macbeth (Witch#2), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Phantom/Swing: Frank + Riff/Dance Captain), 1984 (Anti Sex League #1/Guard), American Idiot (Chase Peacock), The Normal Heart (Felix Turner), The Miss Firecracker Contest (Delmount Williams), The Vagina Monologues (ASM), 12 Angry Jurors (Juror #5), Mamma Mia (Pepper), The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket (Jeffery), Beauty and the Beast (Featured Ballet Dancer and Ensemble), The Shape of Things (ASM), Robin Hood (Will Scarlet/Sir Stephen), Audio Recording of original works of Alone With a Phone by Nidal Wadi, The Game of Love by Hanna Cook and The Mad Galley of Neptune by Andi Roberts. David has participated in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as a four year nominee and semi finalist for the Irene Ryan scholarship and invited to perform on the MainStage with LSC-Montgomery’s production of Student Body. When David isn’t dancing about, he enjoys a good script and a bowl of popcorn.@davysgram
MATTHEW STEVEN LAWRENCE (Adolfo Pirelli) was last seen as Paul in artFACTORY’s production of Company. He has been performing nonstop ever since taking his first acting class back when he was twelve years old. He has had the opportunity to work professionally on the West Coast with PCPA Theatrefest and the Great American Melodrama Theater and Vaudville in California, Oregon Cabaret Theater in Ashland Oregon, Utah Festival Opera, The Village Theater, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, and Second Story Repertory Theatre in Seattle Washington. Here in Houston, he has performed with Main Street Theater and artFACTORY. Some of his favorite past shows include Evita (Che), Songs for a New World (Man 1), Sweet Charity (Vitorrio), You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy), Jesus Christ Superstar (Annas), Batboy the Musical (Batboy/Edgar), Into the Woods (Cinderella's Prince/ Wolf) Les Miserable (Joly) Midsummer Nights Dream (Moth), The Music Man (Ensemble) and White Christmas (Ensemble). He is a graduate of PCPA The Pacific Conservatory Theater (Class of 2009) and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. Matthew also works as an Early Childhood Fine Arts coach for the United Way Bright Beginnings Program. There he provides coaching and experiences to hard-working underserved teachers and children that expand their creativity. In addition to that, he supports early childhood centers in gaining more access and awareness to the amazing arts organizations Houston has to offer. You can also catch Matthew sharing acoustic covers of his favorite songs and serenading his two dogs Chad and Cooper on Instagram @matthewsteven86 or on Tiktok: matthewsings2dogs. Finally, Matthew would like to thank Lance as well as the rest of the Westendarp family for all of their incredible love and support.
LUKE HAMILTON (Beadle Bamford) is the Founding Executive Director of artFACTORY, as well as the Resident Choreographer. He has been seen across Houston stages at the Alley Theatre, TUTS, Houston Grand Opera, Masquerade Theatre, The House of Blues, The Landing Theatre Company, Stages Repertory Theatre, and several other local theaters. Recent artFACTORY credits include CABARET (Cliff Bradshaw), COMPANY (Peter), MONSTER, GATSBY (Gatsby), PIPPIN (Director / Choreographer), [title of show] (Jeff), URINETOWN (Hot Blades Harry) THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Rocky), GREASE (Eugene / Director), JASPER IN DEADLAND (Loki), TUCK EVERLASTING (Hugo), I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT NOW CHANGE, MURDER BALLAD, HEATHERS (Kurt Kelly), THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTBAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Leaf Coneybear), THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Clopin), A NEW BRAIN, JEKYLL AND HYDE (Simon Stride), REEFER MADNESS (Jimmy Harper), and SPRING AWAKENING (Hanschen). TUTS credits include ALL SHOOK UP (Featured Soloist / Dancer), OLIVER (Assistant Choreographer / Featured Dancer), A CHRISTMAS STORY, and THE MUSIC MAN. Alley Theatre Credits include four years of their annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Apparition / The Ghost of Christmas Future), HUCK FINN (Tom Sawyer), and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Other favorite credits include TRIASSIC PARQ (Velociraptor of Innocence), NEXT FALL (Luke), OKLAHOMA (Will Parker), THE FANTASTICKS (Matt), GUYS AND DOLLS (Sky Masterson), TARZAN (Tarzan), DOGFIGHT (Boland), METAMORPHOSES, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Simon Zealotes), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Dentist), and THE WILD PARTY (Jackie). Luke attended the BFA Musical Theatre program at Texas State University. He received extensive musical theatre and dance training at the Houston International Ballet Academy, the Tribble School, the Royal Academy for Performing Arts, the Humphrey’s School of Musical Theatre, and he trained privately in dance, voice, and acting for over twelve years. Luke would like to thank his incredible creative team, cast and crew! Follow him on IG: @lukejhamilton
NICOLE ERCAN (Beggar Woman) is thrilled to be back once again working with artFACTORY Houston in the role of the Beggar Woman for Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Nicole has participated in shows with artFACTORY since 2019, debuting with Nine (Ensemble). Since then, she has been seen in Jasper in Deadland (Hathaway), numerous concerts, and most recently as April in Company. Nicole received her BFA in Music for Vocal Performance from New Mexico Highlands University. Some of her favorite credits include Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Christine in Phantom of the Opera.
AUSTIN BRADY (Bird Seller/Ensemble) makes his fourth appearance at artFACTORY Houston with Sweeney Todd. He was previously in artFACTORY’s staged reading of GATSBY (Butler), Monster: The Music of Lady Gaga, and Cabaret (Herman). Some of his favorite roles have been Jeremy in Be More Chill, Trinculo in Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Francis in One Man, Two Guvnors. This is also his first time being in a musical written by Stephen Sondheim and would like to humbly thank him for writing such a beautiful show.
MICHAEL CASTILLO (Mr. Fogg/Ensemble) is from Alvin, Texas. He has been involved in theatre performing and working tech for 7 years. When not performing or in rehearsal Michael loves to hang out with his friends, reading, listening to music, watching movies, cooking, going to concerts, and shopping. He is also a huge collector of pop culture memorabilia. All his life he wanted to be a pop star and an actor and now he gets to actually make that a reality. Fun fact: He didn't decide he wanted to also be an actor until he watched Spice World: The Movie. Michael would love to send out A huge thank you to all his friends and family who support him in every way shape and form. There are so many people I could thank individually but extra special thanks to Alysse (his sister...who is the drummer for RINAS...look them up and listen to their music...yes a shameless plug), Heather and Robyn for always giving me good advice and encouraging me to keep going and not give up and to quit being scared! Haha! Colton and Luke thank you for pushing me to do things somewhat out of my comfort zone and for the many opportunities that have helped me grow and become a better performer. Michael's artFACTORY credits include Monster: The Music of Lady GaGa (Little Monster), GATSBY (Ensemble), Magic To Do (Soloist), Urinetown (Tiny Tom), Wizard of Oz (Barrister/Winkie General), The Rocky Horror Show (Phantom), Grease (Sonny Latierri), Jasper In Deadland (Sisyphus/Ensemble), Tuck Everlasting (Ensemble), I Love You You're Perfect Now Change (Man 4, Bob #1, Spokesperson, Brad, Noah, Computer Voice, and others), Funny Girl (Mr. Keeney), Heathers (Hipster Nerd), …The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ensemble), A New Brain (Richard "The Nice Nurse"), Brooklyn (City Weed), Jekyll & Hyde (Bishop of Basingstoke/Ensemble), Sweet Charity (Herman), Reefer Madness (Ensemble), and Spring Awakening (Otto). Other favorite credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Backup Singer), It's Britney Bitch, Now That's What I Call Broadway, Glam Rock, Boy Bandz, and Emotions: A Mariah Carey Christmas. Michael's Recent tech credits: Cabaret (Stage Manager), Company (Stage Manager), Pippin (Stage Manager/Spotlight), Title of Show, Lizzie (Stage Manager). Michael is ecstatic to work on one of his bucket list musicals with the most talented cast of people that I call my friends! @mc72391
OLIVIA CLAYTON (Ensemble, u/s Beggar Woman/Mrs. Lovett) has been a Houston local since 1999. After a brief stint in Michigan to get her BFA in Music Theatre, she has returned to the Houston theatre scene! artFACTORY credits: the Regional Premiere of JASPER IN DEADLAND (Beatrix Portinari/Cerberus); MISS FIGGY PUDDING'S HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA (Carolle); the World Premiere of GATSBY (Lucille McKee, Female Swing); MONSTER, THE MUSIC OF LADY GAGA ("Stupid Love" Soloist); and COMPANY (Jenny). Some of her other favorite roles include: the World Premiere of SEMANTICS (Collette); SHREK: THE MUSICAL (Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy); SPRING AWAKENING (Adult Women); the Regional Premier of SYMPATHY JONES (Sympathy Jones); THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Alice Beineke); THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Katherine); BASH: LATTER-DAY PLAYS (Woman); and THE GRAPES OF WRATH (Rose of Sharon Joad). Olivia sends her love and thanks to Colton, Luke, Dr. Amanda Pabyan, Mom, & Dad for their continued love and support! She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @olivebranch, and on YouTube under Olivia Clayton.
SUNNY CURDA (Ensemble): A born and raised Texan who has been doing theatre since the age of eight. You've previously seen them at the FACTORY in Tuck Everlasting (Ensemble), Grease (Ensemble), Rocky Horror Show (Phantom), and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). She also does theatre at Christian Community Theater (CCT) where they were in Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl) and also teaches with Christian Youth Theater (CYT) and has choreographed some shows (My Son Pinocchio Jr., Tuck Everlasting, and Honk Jr.). Sunny is so thankful to be back on stage at artFACTORY, and hopes you enjoy the show!
MATT ELLIOTT (Ensemble) is a veteran actor seen in various productions across Houston. His most recent productions were The Picture Of Dorian Gray (Alan Campbell) at Haven Arts Theatre Harvey (Mr. Wilson) A Few Good Men (Corporal Howard) at Stageworks Theatre. Matt is also a film critic writing for https://horrornews.net/author/matt-elliott/.
ALLAN MCFARLANE (Ensemble, u/s Judge Turpin) is thrilled to be a part of artFACTORY’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. The current resident of Houston Texas, hails from San Diego, CA. Allan previously played Larry in artFACTORY’s Company; Buchanon in artFACTORY’s GATSBY (World Premiere); Kerchak in Tarzan; Sweaty Eddie in Sister Act; Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Macbeth; Petruchio in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew; and Don the John in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. When not performing, Allan spends his time as a dedicated family man, 4th grade Teacher, and a Personal Trainer/Nutritionist. Allan would like to thank his son Axal for his support; as well as the Directors, cast, and crew for an enjoyable experience.
RONNIE MCLAREN (Ensemble, u/s Johanna) has lived in Houston her whole life and has been performing almost as long. She got her start in the Cypress, Texas community theater scene in the 4th grade and stayed there until graduating high school. She then attended Rice University where she majored in psychology but remained involved in theater and ultimately became the managing coordinator for the Rice Players, Houston’s oldest student-run theatre organization. Post-college, she retired from theater to start working on her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Houston. Two years later, she realized that doing a Ph.D. program without theater was much harder than doing one with it and returned to the stage in Urinetown (Mrs. Millennium) at artFACTORY just in time for a global pandemic. Since then, she has been so proud to be a part of digital projects including Miss Figgy Pudding’s Holiday Extravaganza (Jolly Holiday) and other virtual concerts and, finally, the return to live theater with GATSBY (Jordan Baker), Monster (Lady Gaga), Company (Kathy), and Cabaret (Rosie). She would like to thank the people who have supported her through this incredibly hectic time; this truly will be OUR doctorate.
NELSON PEREZ (Ensemble, u/s Tobias) is so excited to bring Sweeney Todd to life on the stage of artFACTORY Houston! He is currently attending Houston Community College to get his Associates in Drama, as well as practicing Ballet at Houston Ballet Academy, and has recently started learning Aerial Silks at Future Stars of Houston. Nelson has been singing since he was little and is proud to be growing as a vocalist, he also has studied Violin, Guitar, and Piano to further his music career. Some Houston Credits include: artFACTORY: Gatsby The World Premiere Musical (Ensemble/Party Guest), Monster: The Music of Lady Gaga (Little Monster), Assistant Stage Manager for Company, and Cabaret (Hans). Stages: MacGyver The Musical (MacGyver), as selected from the audience. Houston Community College: Gi60 Film Festival, Very First Kiss (Hunter), Alief Taylor Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), All My Sons (Frank Lubey), Junie B Jones (Handsome Warren), Stuart Little (Ensemble). Nelson is thrilled to have worked on artFACTORY’s 21/22 Season and can not wait to continue doing many more musicals! You can see more of Nelson’s life on Instagram! @TheNelsonPerez
LAURA HASTINGS RENFROE (Ensemble) is originally from Jackson, MS but has been a proud Houstonian since 2013. She has been singing almost as long as she has been talking and has been performing for audiences for over three decades! Laura is a vocal performance graduate of Millsaps College and was a member of New Stage Theatre’s Professional Actor Training Program. She has proudly worked with many theatre companies across the southeast including New Stage Theatre, Carey Dinner Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Orlando Repertory Theatre, and Stageworks Theatre here in Houston. Laura made her artFACTORY debut in the world premiere of GATSBY (Mrs. Michaelis). Other artFACTORY credits include Company (Joanne) and Cabaret (Fritzie/Fraulein Kost). Other favorite credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Drowsy), Beehive (Laura), Nunsense (Sr. Amnesia), Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti), 1776 (Martha Jefferson), Rocky Horror (Janet), Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Georgeanne), Noises Off (Poppy), Don’t Dress for Dinner (Suzette), and Alexander and the Terrible… (Mother). Laura is thrilled to check a dream show off her bucket list with this phenomenal cast and crew! Special thanks to Gill, her family, and her amazing friends for all their love and support. IG: @ladylalabeth
PARI ZANGARA (Ensemble) is excited to be in artFACTORY’s Sweeney Todd! Originally from Portales, New Mexico, she has called Houston home for the last year and a half. Pari’s favorite role thus far has been Sister Mary Robert in The Player’s Theatre Company production of Sister Act. Other previous roles include NEWSIES (Specs/Katherine cover), COMPANY (Vocal Ensemble), GATSBY (Ensemble), TARZAN (Mother), FOOTLOOSE (Urleen), THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON- MARIGOLDS (Tillie Hunsdorfer), and ALMOST, MAINE (Hope). Pari would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support, both in person and in heart, thanks to Sara and Spark Talent Agency, and special thanks to her husband, Joshua.