Cutout of miners at the Granite Mountain Memorial in Butte, MT

No Greater Love Production Team

EDWARD MORGAN (Director / Co-Writer)
Edward Morgan, Director / Co-Writer
Mr. Morgan directed a wide variety of plays at theatres across the country, including Virginia Stage Company, Great Lakes Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Merrimack Rep, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Clarence Brown Theatre, Next Act and Milwaukee Rep, where he was Associate Artistic Director and directed some 30 plays. He and his work have been honored with Helen Hayes Nominations and Awards and he was a Drama League of NY Director's Project Fellow. As a playwright, Mr. Morgan's work has included original plays and adaptations (Faulkner, Twain, Dickens, Ibsen). His plays have been produced at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, North Coast Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Next Act, Clarence Brown, Ball State University, UNLV, ODU and on Milwaukee Public TV. Internationally, he toured India as an actor and director and has directed and taught in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. He's also been on the roster of Fulbright Specialists and worked as a Casting Partner for Cirque du Soleil. As a teacher, Mr. Morgan has taught classes, given seminars and workshops and directed at a score of graduate and undergraduate programs in the USA and abroad. Other acting credits include The Shakespeare Theatre, Trinity Rep, Titan Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Milwaukee Rep, Next Act, The Marcus Center, Virginia Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare-by-the-Sea. Projects next fall include the USA premiere of The Secret Mask in Milwaukee and Richard II for Titan Theatre in New York. His website is www.edward-morgan.com.
MIKE PAUL FINK (Scene Designer)
Mike Paul Fink, Scene Designer
a native of Fairview, Mont., is a Bertha Morton Scholar. He was awarded Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Montana where he specialized in Performance Design/Theory and Theatre Education. Awards and recognition include a Professional Fellowship year-long residency with the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Theatre Bay Area's Eric Landisman Fellowship in scenic design, and USITT's International Research Travel Grant through which he studied marionette carving with Master Puppeteer Mirek Trejtnar of Prague, Czech Republic. His production experience in scenic design and artistry includes collaborations with Montana Repertory Theatre (Missoula), OffSquare Theatre (Jackson Wyo.), New Conservatory Theatre Center (San Francisco), University of Montana School of Theatre and Dance (Missoula), and many other theaters throughout Montana and northern California. He's honored to be working and giving back to the people of Butte - a city that has enchanted him for years.
ZACH HAMERSLEY (Lighting Designer)
Zach Hamersley, Lighting Designer
Zach Hamersley of Missoula holds a Master's in Fine Arts Degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Light Design from the University of Montana's School of Theatre and Dance. He has recently returned from The Montana Repertory Theatre's National Tour of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, serving as the tour's Assistant Lighting Designer and Master Electrician. His most recent lighting designs with The Rep include: Legally Blonde: The Musical, Romeo and Juliet, and Ken Ludwig's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. In Missoula, he has designed The Rocky Horror Picture Show produced by the Montana Actors Theatre for the past three years. He has also designed lights and sound for the past four years for The Rep's Educational Out-Reach Tour, which travels across Montana bringing theatre to rural schools. He was also the sound designer and engineer for The Rep's National Tour of The Great Gatsby in 2015 and the sound designer for All My Sons in 2016.
NICK SPEAR (Sound Designer)
Nick Spear, Sound Designer
has sound designed many regional theatre productions, including Seussical, Stones in His Pockets, Cowboy Christmas, Opal, Charlotte's Web, and The Hobbit. His original recordings have been used on Lifetime and A&E television networks. This July, his original songs will be featured at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of Off the Rails, an adaptation of Measure for Measure. Nick has played his original song "Tap 'er Light" at the Granite Mountain-Speculator Mine Memorial in years past, as well as this centennial year. He is honored to be a part of this world premiere production of No Greater Love, an important project that means so much to the people of Butte and to our national cultural history.
IRENE SCHEIDECKER (Costume Designer)
Irene Scheidecker, Costume Designer
has prior years of costuming experience for high school productions, such as Hello Dolly, Wizard of Oz and Damn Yankees. She is also a committee member for No Greater Love, representing the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives and brings to the project the support and resources that the Archives has to offer. For No Greater Love costumes, Irene has referred to old Archives' photographs circa 1917 and gathered garments from her great-grandmother's trunk.
RENÉE WEAVER (Choreographer)
Renée Weaver, Choreographer
is co-owner of Five- Six- Seven- Eight Dance Studio in Uptown Butte, where she shares a lifelong love of dance through her choreography work and dance instruction for adults. Renée's dance roots began at age 4, within the technical world of classical ballet. Her dance career has involved collaboration and training with legendary teachers and choreographers. She has also studied and performed at the prominent California schools Ballet Petit and Le Studio and in New York with the prestigious Joffrey Co. Ballet School. She was also a company member of The Pasadena Dance Theatre and the Raymond Johnson Dance Company. Rising to the level of soloist, she has performed in numerous major full-length ballets and contemporary ballet pieces, with the leading roles in Cinderella, Gaité Parisienne and Les Partineurs. Over the past four decades she has expanded into the creative arena of choreography and the dance styles of Modern, African, Jazz, Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Blues. Renée made her Montana choreography debut in her current home of Butte, with the Big Sky Rep. in 2013 and also assisted the Moscow Ballet Company as children's dance coordinator. In 2015, she choreographed Butte Hill Burlesque and directed and choreographed her first original ballet, El Ballet de Tango.
JACKIE FREEMAN (Stage Manager)
Jackie Freeman, Stage Manager
Originally from Ohio, Jackie found her love of theatre at the age of 7. After studying Theatre and Psychology at Slippery Rock University, she moved to New Orleans to start her career. During her time in NOLA she worked at six different theatre companies, including Crescent City Lights Youth Theatre, The Shadowbox Theatre, Cutting Edge Productions and playing Annelle in the 25th Anniversary production of 'Steel Magnolias' at the Tennessee Williams Festival. In NYC, Jackie worked for Mainstages, a Jewish based children's theatre company, where she directed the afterschool program at Locust Valley Intermediate School. Jackie worked significantly with Saturday Night Live on their Digital Shorts, including starring opposite of Bobby Moynihan in a Mastercard Commercial. She also spent two seasons working at the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket and the Dreamland Theatre on Nantucket. Currently, Jackie serves as the Artistic Director of Orphan Girl Children's Theatre here in historic Uptown Butte.
CONNOR FORD (Assistant Stage Manager)
Connor Ford, Assistant Stage Manager
Connor has been involved in Butte's performing arts scene since he was a youngster. Now age 17, he has been both an actor and also director in a whole host of productions at the Orphan Girl Children's Theatre and Butte Central Catholic Schools. For the OGCT, he acted in "Beauty and the Beast," "Annie," "Bugsy Malone," "Just So Stories," and "Best Christmas Pageant Ever." In 2014, Butte Central alumni tapped Connor - a 2017 graduating senior - to head up the school auditorium's renovation project. This included installing a new lighting and sound package for the space. Again with the alumni's urging, he also revived the high school's performing arts program by directing "Hairspray" and "Shrek Jr." musicals. Paralleling his theatrical accomplishments, Connor has been Irish dancing since age 4, first under the direction of Cindra and Kerry Powers. He has since honed his technical dancing skills and competed in tournaments around the country. In an adjudicated performance in 2015, he qualified at the World Championship of Irish Dance. His future plans include attending the Loyola University Chicago to pursue degrees in accounting, music, and eventually earning a certification in teaching Irish dance.
PAISLEY WANAMAKER (Assistant Stage Manager)
Paisley Wanamaker, Assistant Stage Manager
A dancer since age 3, Paisley began her theatrical career at age 7 as a chorus member in Aladdin. In middle school she won "Drama Student of the Year" and in high school was featured on both sides of the curtain. In her new hometown of Butte America, she has bloomed in OGCT's productions of The Little Mermaid, Elf Jr, the Musical, and also Alice in Butteland at Butte High School. She also directed John Emeigh's play in OGCT's 24-hour film festival, plans to pursue theater in college and continue working with theater companies both on stage and back stage.
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