Will Block is thrilled to be making his return to live theatre and his debut with ETC Santa Barbara in Christmas at Pemberley! Will is an actor, director, producer, educator, and a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television. Regional credits include The Two Noble Kinsmen (Kingsmen Shakespeare Co), Hally in Master Harold…and the boys (Sacramento Theatre Co), Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (LA Phil), and Macqueen in the West Coast Premiere of Ken Ludwig’s Murder on the Orient Express (La Mirada). He is the Artistic Director of Method and Madness, for whom he played the title role in Richard II, and is an associate artist with the Porters of Hellsgate in Los Angeles, for whom he has appeared as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Lysimachus in Pericles, and Posthumus in Cymbeline. Film credits: For the Night, The Other Wayne. TV: Fix, This is Us. Love to Mum, Dad, Tom, Margaret, and Junebug the Hairless Wondercat. willblockactordirector.com
Nike Doukas (Mrs. Reynolds) is delighted to be appearing for the first time at The Ensemble Theatre. Her regional acting credits include roles at: South Coast Repertory, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Mark Taper Forum, The Ojai Playwrights Festival, The Old Globe, The Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The American Conservatory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), The LA Shakespeare Theatre, The Jewel Theatre (Santa Cruz), and the PICT and Kinetic Theatres (both in Pittsburgh). She was most recently seen on television guest starring on “NCIS.” As a stage director, her credits include The Hot House at the Antaeus Company, Red Ink at Playwright’s Arena, and King Lear at the Harold Clurman Theatre. She is the Head of Acting at the Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles, where she teaches and directs Shakespeare. Nike is a proud member of the Anteaus Company, and a recipient of the 2011 Lunt Fontanne Fellowship, awarded to regional theatre actors. She has an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre.
Kyle T. Hester Recent theatre credits include The Canadians (South Coast Repertory, world premiere), Wild Goose Dreams (La Jolla Playhouse, world premiere), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet (Santa Cruz Shakespeare), Girlfriend (Dezart Performs), King Lear (Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (A Noise Within), and Death and Cockroaches (Chalk Repertory Theatre). He received his MFA from UC San Diego and BFA from NYU Tisch. During the past theatre-less year and a half, Kyle staved off insanity by picking up a pencil and drawing things. His work can be found on Instagram at @kyle.t.hester
Kodi Jackman is thrilled to be making her Ensemble Theatre Company debut. Kodi began her professional theater career working with the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival both in their main stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as a part of their touring ensemble in Shakespeare on the Road. Her final performance in New Orleans was in Woyzeck at the New Orleans Fringe Festival. She then moved to the UK to pursue a BA (Honors) degree in acting at The Guildford School of Acting in Surrey. Since returning to her home state of California she has worked with Shakespeare Orange County (Antony and Cleopatra), Sierra Madre Playhouse (Yellow Face), and Shakespeare on the Deck (Measure for Measure). Kodi is now an Artistic Associate at Foolish Production Company and most recently was seen in a sold-out run of Titus Andronicus. More at kodijackman.com
Chelsea Kurtz is a film, television, and theater actress based in New York City. Favorite tv credits include guest starring roles on “The Flash,” “Scandal,” “The Resident,” “Station 19,” and “Longmire.” Favorite theater work includes Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at Arizona Theater Company, Alais in The Lion in Winter at Laguna Beach Playhouse, and Kat in the world premiere of the Steinberg Award winning play How the Light Gets In at Boston Court Theatre, Los Angeles. She’s thrilled to be treading the boards again.
Rebecca Mozo recently performed as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw with Oldcastle Theater Company in Vermont; Regional theatre credits include Center Theater Group, Pasadena Playhouse, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, The Colony Theater and over 10 productions at the Tony award winning South Coast Repertory, including several world premieres such as The Parisian Woman, Going to a Place Where You Already Are and File Mile Lake. She won an Ovation Award for her role as W in Mike Bartlett’s Cock at Rogue Machine. With Antaeus Theater she played Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Yelena in Uncle Vanya among others. Her film and television credits include Zerophilia, You Bury Your Own, Headless Horseman, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “9-1-1,” “Cold Case,” “Modern Family” “Break a Hip” “Beacon Hill” and “Kittens in a Cage.” Mozo earned her BFA from Rutgers University and studied at The Globe Theatre in London. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Adam Poss is a native of Chicago who splits his time between his hometown and Los Angeles. He is thrilled to be making his Ensemble Theatre Company debut. Television credits include a recurring role on “Chicago Med” (NBC), “Chicago Fire” (NBC), “Chicago PD” (NBC), “The Big Leap” (FOX), “Paper Girls” (AMAZON), “Empire” (FOX), “Shameless” (SHOWTIME), “Crisis” (NBC), “NeXt” (FOX), “The Chicago Code” (FOX), “The Mob Doctor” (FOX), and and the pilots “Controversy” (FOX) and “No Apologies” (FOX). Film credits: “The Middle Distance,” “The Drunk,” “The King of URLS,” “Speed Dating,” and the upcoming feature “Bar Fight.” As a Chicago actor Adam has had the pleasure to work at several notable theatres including Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens, Writers Theatre, Silk Road Rising, and 16th Street. Regionally he has worked across the country at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre DC, Kansas City Rep, and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. He is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University and an ensemble member of Erasing The Distance, an organization that dedicates itself to using theatre and true stories to erase the stigmas that surround mental health. www.AdamPoss.com
ETC Theatre Book Club is a collaboration of Ensemble Theatre Company and the Santa Barbara Public Library. This virtual meeting is your chance to read the play and join the conversation led by Anna Jensen, ETC’s Dramaturg. The discussion will delve into The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley from a dramatic and literary standpoint.
A free, lively, and informative half-hour talk in The New Vic courtyard before each Wednesday performance.
Mingle with friends and enjoy a complimentary martini with your ticket purchase. Held in The New Vic courtyard, 45-minutes prior on the second Friday of the run.
Immediately following the final Thursday evening performance, meet members of the cast and participate in an informal 20-30 minute Q&A about the show.
Sara Miller McCune
John C. Mithun and Mercedes Millington
Gwen and Henry Baker
Pauline and Marc Sylvain