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COLTON BERRY  (GEORGE)  is an East Coast native, but has called Houston home for over a decade. He has been working professionally in theater 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 Art Factory Houston. Art Factory credits include RUTHLESS (Sylvia St. Croix), STRANGER SINGS: A PARODY MUSICAL (Jonathan Byers/ Steve Harrington),  INTO THE WOODS (The Baker), REEFER MADNESS (The Lecturer),  9 TO 5 (Mr. Hart),  HAIR (Claude), METAMORPHOSES (Midas and others), PIPPIN (Pippin), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Beast), XANADU (Sonny Malone), IT'S BRITNEY, B*TCH! (Britney), SWEENEY TODD (Anthony), CABARET (Emcee), COMPANY (Robert), MONSTER (Lady Gaga), 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 (J.D.), THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY 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 SHOW 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). @colberry

VICTORIA RITCHIE (DOT/MARIE) is honored to be returning to the Art Factory stage in Stephen Sondheim’s SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Victoria is a proud Houston-native, but spent the last 6 years dedicating her time to studying the humanities and the arts in New York City. She recently graduated with a BA in Classics (Classical Languages) and a BFA in Creative Writing (Poetry/Playwriting) from Brooklyn College. While in New York, she studied acting with Brad Fleischer and at Stella Adler Studio of Acting with Jon Korkes. She has studied various vocal techniques with Chris Dilley, Colton Berry, and Shelley Auer. Art Factory credits include PIPPIN [2020] (Leading Player), GREASE (Marty), JASPER IN DEADLAND (Eurydice), HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (Veronica), DISENCHANTED! (Snow White), 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Logainne), THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Ensemble), A NEW BRAIN [2016, 2018] (Lisa), BROOKLYN (Brooklyn), LIZZIE (Emma), JEKYLL AND HYDE (Lucy), SWEET CHARITY (Charity), REEFER MADNESS [2017] (Lecturer), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Audrey II), and SPRING AWAKENING (Ilse). Other favorite credits include BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL (Shelley), INTO THE WOODS (Rapunzel), TRIASSIC PARQ (Kaitlyn), URINETOWN (Soupy Sue), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Mary), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Janet), and ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Winnifred). Victoria is beyond grateful for the opportunity to collaborate and create with the most brilliant artists in Houston. She would like to extend her deepest thanks to the Art Factory creative team and the SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE cast. @toritchie92

CARYN FULDA (OLD WOMAN / BLAIR DANIELS)  is happy to call Houston home after moving around “a lot” as a broadcast journalist. She grew up in and around the New Orleans area, where she made her professional stage debut, and studied voice at LSU. Her most recent credits include RUTHLESS! (Lita Encore), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Amanda), ON BROADWAY (featured soloist), 9 TO 5 (Kathy/Roz us) at Art Factory, and THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Barbara Pitts, Zubaida Ula, Catherine Connelly and seven others)  at  Theatre Suburbia. In 2024 she’ll play opposite Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) in the regional premiere of his comic rock opera, CHEATERS IN LOVE. Among her favorite past productions are INTO THE WOODS (Witch), 42nd STREET (Maggie) and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Beatrice). Voice acting credits include the animated series NEON LIGHTS (AI) She’s also a composer/writer/producer/director, and is co-founder of the sketch and musical comedy troupe, The 80s Kids. She thanks David and spoiled Rottie Liberty Biberty for their patience, love, and understanding “that part of (me) always standing by, mapping out the sky.”

LUKE J. HAMILTON (FRANZ / DENNIS) is the Founding Executive Director of Art Factory. Behind the scenes, he also is the Director for many productions at Art Factory, as well as the Resident Choreographer. Luke has appeared across many 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 selected credits include  STRANGER SINGS: A PARAODY MUSICAL (Mike), INTO THE WOODS (Cinderella's Prince), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Tom), DRACULA: A COMEDY OF TERRORS (Jonathan Barker), HAIR (Berger), 9 TO 5 (Joe), METAMORPHOSES (Vertumnus and others), PIPPIN (Lewis / Director/ Choreographer), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Gaston), XANADU (Terpsichore and others), HEAD OVER HEELS (Musidorous), A NEW BRAIN (Roger), SWEENEY TODD (Beadle Bamford), 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 PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Leaf Coneybear), THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Clopin), JEKYLL AND HYDE (Simon Stride), REEFER MADNESS (Jimmy Harper), and SPRING AWAKENING (Hanschen). Theatre Under the Stars (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 is thrilled to see Art Factory entering its 7th Season, and could not be more proud of the growth this company has made and all of the wonderful, talented, and passionate people involved. Follow him on IG: @lukejhamilton

JARED DEES (JULES / BOB GREENBERG)  is excited to be making his Art Factory debut with SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Dees works full time as a choir director in Missouri City. Passionate about working with his students, he has consistently led his choirs to success and music directed a number of musical productions including: JUNIE B. JONES JR., R&H’s CINDERELLA JR., and FOOTLOOSE JR. Dees has extensive experience performing in the US and internationally as a choral artist, in musical theatre, and in opera, favorite performing experiences have included JEKYLL & HYDE (Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde); LES MISERABLES (Jean Valjean); THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL (Mr. Monopoly) world premiere; THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE (Barney/Stage Doorman); DINNER AT EIGHT (Mr. Hatfield). Dees holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston. He is grateful to God for the powerful gift of art, music, and theatre and the impact it holds in our lives. He is grateful to be sharing the stage with his lovely wife, Emily. 

ALANA SCOTT (YVONNE / NAOMI EILSON) is a proud Louisiana native, active composer and 5th year music educator based in the greater Houston area. Alana has been involved in theater productions with multiple companies for over a decade, including Hairspray (Motormouth Maybel), Godspell (Judas), and In the Heights (Carla). Her most recent composition commissions have been with Homegrown New Music ensemble, based in Tampa, Florida, concordia college in Moorhead, Minnesota, and with Conroe High School in the Northern Greater Houston Area. Alana also volunteers with the Houston Children’s Museum and with Simple Little Publishings, a local publishing house dedicated to children’s mental health awareness. She attended Louisiana State University, earning a bachelors degree in music education with concentrated studies in composition. Alana enjoys great food, great adventures, nature, and small joys. She is thankful to her family: her mother, her brothers, her musical aunt and grandmother, and to God for blessins’, lessons, and the privilege to perform.

PARI ZANGARA (CELESTE #2) is delighted to be in ArtFactory’s SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE!  Originally from Portales, New Mexico, she has called Houston home for the last four years. Pari’s favorite role thus far has been Kira in XANADU. Other previous roles include RUTHLESS! (Eve / Betty Lerman), STRANGER SINGS (Scientist / Joyce U/S), INTO THE WOODS (Little Red Ridinghood), REEFER MADNESS (Sally), THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL (Pickles), 9 TO 5 (Doralee Rhodes), PIPPIN! (Company Player), HEAD OVER HEELS (Philoclea), NEW BRAIN (Waitress / Nancy D.), SISTER ACT (Sister Mary Robert), NEWSIES (Specs / Katherine Cover), COMPANY (Vocal Minority / Wedding Singer), GATSBY (Ensemble), TARZAN (Mother / Dance), FOOTLOOSE (Urleen), THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON- MARIGOLDS (Tillie Hunsdorfer), THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Rosa Bud / Deirdre Peregrine), and ALMOST, MAINE (Hope). Pari would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support, both in person and in heart

LUKE YERPESTOCK (BOATMAN / CHARLES REDMOND)  is thrilled to make his Art Factory debut, as well as his theatrical debut in Houston, in his absolute favorite show ever! Though SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE marks the break of a five-year theatre sabbatical, Luke's experience in his home state of New York goes back 20 years to his high school production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Reuben). Other notable stage credits with various theaters across Western New York include TITANIC (Murdoch), THE WEDDING SINGER (Robbie), HAIR (Ensemble), and ASSASSINS (Czolgosz). YerpeStock is a classically-trained pianist and has played in dozens of theatre orchestras over the years. He has also vocally directed several musicals, including REEFER MADNESS, DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG, THE SECRET GARDEN, HAIR, GREASE, PIPPIN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and CHICAGO, and staged and directed his own original musical, ICON, with the Hinman Production Company in Binghamton, NY in 2013. Separate from his theatrical pursuits, he holds a Master's degree in Adolescent Education from St. Bonaventure University, a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Binghamton University, and an Associate's degree in Computer Science from Jamestown Community College. He works full-time as a mathematics curriculum writer for Houston ISD. He would like to thank everyone at Art Factory for the warm welcome into Houston's theatrical community, and give special thanks to his ridiculously talented wife, Charlotte, for being a constant support and always pushing him to be better.

JULIETTE NEWMAN (LOUISE) is excited to make her Art Factory debut! Juliette is a rising fourth grader at Matzke Elementary and a proud member of the Girl Scouts. She has been singing since around age 3, and performing for audiences since age 6. Some of her favorite credits include THE WIZARD OF OZ (The Wizard), ANNIE (Rooster), and ALADDIN (Shopkeeper/Cave of Wonders). When not on stage, Juliette enjoys painting, crocheting, crafting, playing video games, and annoying her little sister. Juliette would like to thank Luke & Colton for this opportunity, and her family for their love and support.

MATTHEW SHURTZ (MR. / LEE RANDOLPH) is ecstatic to be in this wonder production of Sunday in the Park with George. Born and raised in a small town in New Mexico, Matt moved to the big town of Houston in 2015 and has enjoyed life in the big city. Matt would like to thank Art Factory for giving him the opportunity to be a part of this fun and hysterical production. In his free time, Matt enjoys reading, debating, a good documentary, and attending all of his talented bride's performances

LAURA H.R. NEWMAN (MRS./ HARRIET) is thrilled to be back on the Art Factory stage! Originally from Jackson, MS, Laura has been a proud Houstonian for over a decade! She has been singing since the age of two, when she also recorded her first album of children’s songs, but it was a limited release for family only. She made her stage debut at age 3 and has been performing for audiences ever since!  Laura is a vocal performance/theatre 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 The Garden Theatre and Stageworks Theatre here in Houston.  Laura made her Art Factory debut in the world premiere of GATSBY (Mrs. Michaelis). Other Art Factory credits include 9 TO 5 (Violet Newstead), REEFER MADNESS (Mae), INTO THE WOODS (Jack’s Mother), COMPANY (Joanne), CABARET (Fritzie/Fraulein Kost), SWEENEY TODD (Ensemble), HEAD OVER HEELS (Gynecia), and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Madame). 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). When not on stage, Laura works as Brand Coordinator for This Saves Lives (www.thissaveslives.com), a delicious snack food company that gives back to help end child hunger. Special thanks to Gill, J & L, her family, and her amazing friends for all their love and support. IG: @ladylalabeth

RYAN RICHARD (SOLDIER 2 /BILLY WEBSTER) is happy to be part of this amazing cast of Sunday In The Park With George. This show marks their 3rd production at the Art Factory. Ryan has been living in Houston for most of his life, attending the university of Houston as a dance major. His background in theater includes shows such as Cinderella, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wiz, Into the Woods, Reefer Madness. As well as a long career as a dancer/performer with the Walt Disney Company, Universal, Drapinski Dance Company and Fusion Dance Company.

CARRIGAN MOON (ENSEMBLE/LOUISE UNDERSTUDY) is excited to be back on the Art Factory stage with this amazing cast. She was last seen in RUTHLESS! (Tina Denmark) and SOMEONE LIKE YOU: THE MUSIC OF ADELE. Carrigan is a 10 year old, 5th grader who fell in love with musical theatre when she was 5 years old and has been singing on stage ever since. Favorite credits include MATILDA (Matilda), GUYS & DOLLS JR. (Sarah Brown), and ANNIE JR. (Annie). When not onstage, Carrigan enjoys teaching herself to play the guitar, drawing, swimming, and spending time with her family, friends, and three dogs. When she grows up, she'd like to be a Broadway star or a veterinarian. Carrigan would like to thank Luke, Colton, Elizabeth, and her family for all of their love and support.

 

ABBI RODRIGUE (ENSEMBLE / CELSEST UNDERSTUDY) is a Houston native and graduate of HBU with BME in music education. Her passion for performing comes through in her work as a music teacher and music director. Most recently she was seen in ArtFactory’s Stranger Sings (Beetlejuice/Scientist), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Mother/Snow White), and Reefer Madness (Ensemble). Other recent and favorite roles have been Dividing the Estate (Emily), R&H Cinderella (Portia), James and the Giant Peach (Ladybug), and Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel). She has also been seen music directing shows such as 2023 Holiday Follies, Frozen Jr, Shrek Jr, and both Seussical and Seussical Jr. She would like to thank her dear friends Randi and Kyra (and their dog Jodi) for their constant support, love, and laughter. @abee_not_abbi

 

ATHENA TRY(ENSEMBLE / NURSE UNDERSTUDY) is new to Houston and thrilled to be debuting in her first Art Factory performance. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2023 with a degree in Systems Engineering and spends her day working in the Pepsi supply chain department. In her first year in Texas, she has been seen in Moore Vision Entertainment’s productions of CHICAGO (Featured Dancer), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Belinda), BABY (Lizzie), and NUNSENSE (Sister Leo). Athena would like to thank the Art Factory for taking a chance on a newcomer and helping her become a better performer. She would also like to thank the cast for being so welcoming, her friends and boyfriend for giving her confidence, and the cats outside for letting her pet them.


 

ALLISON GILES (ENSEMBLE / YVONNE UNDERSTUDY)  is an artist based out of Houston, TX who is excited to make her Art Factory debut! She recently graduated with a BFA in Theatre and Highest Honors with the completion of a creative thesis project from Sam Houston State University. Always the performer, Allison has been silly in front of an audience (whether they liked it or not) from a very young age. At Sam Houston, she has performed in 365 DAYS/365 PLAYS: HOLE CYCLE (Mother/Ensemble) and AIRNESS (The Nina), which was an invited production at the 2023 Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. At other institutions, Allison most recently performed in Haven Art Theater’s production of CYMBELINE (Innogen), and San Jacinto’s CC productions of THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE (Pip Price) and THE NIGHT THOREAU SPENT IN JAIL (Lydia Emerson). Allison now plans to remain in Houston and work in the performing arts as part of the Houston Theatre Scene! She’d like to humbly thank everyone at Art Factory for welcoming her with open arms, and her friends and family who were always been supportive and wished her luck or to “break legs.” You can learn more about Allison on IG: @allisonchrisgiles.

 

EMILY DEES (ENSEMBLE / CELESTE UNDERSTUDY) is excited to be making her Art Factory debut with SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Dees is a middle school choir director in Sugar Land. She is grateful to have the opportunity to create an environment for her students to explore their love of music through choir as well as through musical theater. Dees has been the music director for multiple musicals, including: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR., HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 JR., ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR., ALADDIN JR., and THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. 

Dees holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Houston, where she had the privilege of traveling with various choirs internationally and throughout the US. Dees has performed in and stage managed various operas- a few of her most memorable experiences include: THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE; HÄNSEL UND GRETEL; THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES; ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, and SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL. 

She is blessed to be able to share this experience with her husband, Jared, and is grateful to be performing Sondheim’s music with such a wonderful cast.

 

AVIANCA PALMER (ENSEMBLE / FRIEDA UNDERSTUDY)  is excited for her 2nd musical debut at artFACTORY!  She is from Miami, Florida but has been enjoying Houston for almost 20 years. She is a recent Fine Arts graduate from University of Houston Downtown. Her recent Art Factory credits include BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Wolf, Villager,Plate) and other credits include THE BOOKCLUB PLAY (Lily), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Verges), THE AMISH PROJECT (Carol), THE ROYALE (Nina), TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND(Herself) and A CHRISTMAS STORY (Miss Shields) out in Wharton, Texas at The Plaza Theatre. Avi would like to thank Colton and Luke for this opportunity as well as the amazing cast! She also would like to thank her friends, family and classmates for their support!


CHRISTINE MOMPOINT (ENSEMBLE / SOLDIER #1 UNDERSTUDY)  is honored to be involved in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Christine found Art Factory in August of 2022 where she was invited to perform as a featured soloist in IT’S BRITNEY B!TCH. Since then, she has performed in HOLD ME CLOSER BY CANDLELIGHT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Silly Girl #2/Belle Understudy), PIPPIN (Leading Player), 9 to 5 THE MUSICAL (New Employee / Swing), HAIR (Dionne), INTO THE WOODS (Granny / Baker’s Wife Understudy), ON BROADWAY (Featured Soloist),  STANGER SINGS: A PARODY MUSICAL (Lucas/Demogorgan), SOMEONE LIKE YOU: THE MUSIC OF ADELE (Featured Soloist and Director). Christine has also supported Art Factory as the Front of House Manager since September 2022 and the Company Manager since January 2023. She thanks Luke and Colton for their coaching on the industry and looks forward to more opportunities with Art Factory.

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