cast

in order of appearance
Bri

Josh Inocalla

Josh Inocalla (Bri) is an actor and writer from Vancouver, Canada. At Actors Bridge he has acted in Heavy and Tiny Beautiful Things. Outside of ABE, he has acted with Ingram New Works, Theater Bug, Nashville Children’s Theater, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Netflix, HBO, and PBS. He was recently featured as the villain in the film Camp Hideout which played in theaters nationwide and is now playing overseas. In July, Josh premiered an original script at Kindling Arts Fest called How to Clean a Wound which is now being developed into a feature film. You can follow him on Instagram at @instocalla.

red/ dana

Caroline Conner

Credits include: Molly, Peter and the Starcatcher (Circle Players); Schwarzy, Putnam County Spelling Bee (Hendersonville Performing Arts Ctr); Ariel, The Tempest (Nashville Shakespeare Festival); Prince, Romeo and Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Dromio of Syracuse, Bombitty of Errors (Act One Players); Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth Night (Lackland Theatre Co). Caroline graduated from Belmont with a double major in Theatre and Math and a minor in Japanese. She is honored to be in her first ever Actors Bridge production!

 

rutabaga/ River

Sofia Apuzzo

Trained in the Meisner Technique under Vali Forrister and C.J. Tucker (Actors Bridge Ensemble); Improv and Stand-Up (Third Coast Comedy Club); Dance Performance under Marsha Barsky (Middle Tennessee State University). Following her performance years, Apuzzo taught dance and choreographed for companies, including QuaverEd, Inc., Moves & Grooves, Inc., West Austin Dance Academy, Westminster School for Young Children, and Hume-Fogg Academic High School’s Musical Theater. She is a current improv troupe member of The Deep End at Third Coast Comedy Club and a volunteer “dance buddy” at Move Inclusive Dance.

Santa 1/ Terry/ angel

Scott Patrick Wilson

Scott is a playwright and performer based in New York City. Originally from Nashville, Scott has performed with the Lipscomb Department of Theatre, Nashville Rep, Studio Tenn, Street, and others. He’s incredibly happy to be home for an extra three weeks during the holidays performing with Actor’s Bridge for the very first time. Many thanks to Vali Forrister, his family, friends, and Emily, the Martha May-Who to his Grinch. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals. Rep: The Mine Agency, @scottpatrickwilson

Santa 2/ Taylor

Betsy Black

Betsy is a freelance photographer and creative director living in Nashville. She is a lifelong theater and film enthusiast and is thrilled to return to acting. This is Betsy’s first production since high school.

Santa 3/ j

Sally Bebawy

Sally Bebawy is a Nashville-based photographer, puppeteer, actress, sculptor, and writer. Her work is a continuous exploration of the stories, experiences, and perspectives that identify us. 

Santa 4/ palmer

Bob Locknar

Hello audience member. Excited? Me too. Christmas is a magical time of year. Actors Bridge is a magical community. This play brings them together.  I am grateful and thankful to be here and to be part of this production. Ruby and Ava, I love you. 

 

elf/ busy career woman

Carolyn Carter

Carolyn has trained at Actors Bridge Ensemble with Vali Forrister and CJ Tucker. She has completed the Meisner Technique program and continues to develop her craft. She is thankful for this community and thrilled to be a part of this production!

AE/ quinn

Stacey Hucks

Credits include: Agnes, When We Were Young and Unafraid (Actors Bridge Ensemble); and Hermia, Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Lakewood Theatre). Stacey is thrilled to serve as House Manager, and new member of the Board of Actors Bridge Ensemble. She is excited to join the stage with so many of her fellow Meisner students to bring this joyful play to life for our beloved audience. She is a longtime student of the Meisner technique, and would like to thank Vali Forrister and CJ Tucker for the many years of brilliant instruction and support.

EA/ Director

Rebecca Scarpati

Rebecca Scarpati began studying The Meisner Technique with Actors Bridge in 2016 and has appeared in a number of student showcases. Her decades of work behind the camera as writer, producer and director of film and video projects instilled in her a love for acting. The Christmas Tree Farm marks her first public performance.

 

Dashing Handsome Man/ drew

Natalie Tita

Credits include: The Vagina Monologues (Actors Bridge), Last Ring Before the Fling (Trash Panda Productions), The Heidi Chronicles (NC State Theatre). Natalie is excited to tell this story with such a wonderful cast and crew. She is also happy this play has given her the gift of Christmas cheer, as she is usually a big, green Grinch. She is eternally grateful for the support of her family and friends. This performance is dedicated to her mom, Lydia.

crew

producer/ director

Vali Forrister

Favorite credits include: Morris, The Nether (Actors Bridge Ensemble), Sarah, Time Stands Still (Actors Bridge Ensemble), Lil’ Bit, How I Learned to Drive (Actors Bridge Ensemble), Sally, Talley’s Folly (Actors Bridge Ensemble), The Elven Queen, The Hobbit (Nashville Children’s Theatre), Titania, Robin Goodfellow (Nashville Children’s Theatre), Maggie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (ACT1). Vali is the co-founder and producing artistic director of Actors Bridge Ensemble. She teaches the Meisner Technique at Actors Bridge and Lipscomb University. She created Act Like a GRRRL in 2004 and Big GRRRL in 2008 and remains Goddess-in-Charge of both today. She was named “Theaterati of the Year” by Jef Ellis at the 2019 First Night Awards. She has received the First Night Star Award, the Louisa Nelson Award, Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, and Vanderbilt’s Women Mentoring Women Award. She was in the Leadership Nashville class of 2014.

stage manager

Kat Tierney-Smith

Credits include: Madea’s Farewell Play Tour (Tyler Perry Studio’s); Kodachrome, The Vagina Monologues, How to Catch a Flying Woman, Citizen: An American Lyric (Actor’s Bridge Ensemble); The Whale, Les Liasons Dangereuses, End of the Rainbow (Actors Express); Of Mice and Men, Time Between Us, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Serenbe Playhouse); All Childish Things, Tigers Be Still (Aurora Theatre), John Adam’s A Flowering Tree, The Remarkable Farkle McBride, Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra); Angry Fags (7 Stages); Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood, Body Awareness (Synchronicity Theatre).  Kat has been a part of the Nashville theatre scene since 2017 and is pleased to call ABE her home base.

scenic designer

Paul Gatrell

Credits include: Director, The DivinersThese Shining Lives and Now, Then, Again (Belmont University); Set Designs, Kodachrome, Citizen, and Sailor’s Song (Actors Bridge Ensemble); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and King Lear (Nashville Shakespeare Festival); Peter and the Starcatcher, Little Women, Argonautika, Three Sisters, and Rumors (Belmont University) Light Design, The Flick, The Nina Variations, and End Days (Verge Theatre); 36, Argonautika, Big Love, and Dancing at Lughnasa (Belmont University). Paul is currently a Professor of Theatre and director of the BFA Directing program at Belmont University. He holds an M.F.A. from the University of Georgia in Design and Technology and a B.S. in Theatre from Lindenwood University.

lighting designer

Richard Davis, LC, MIES

While he has worked on various Film, Television, and Concert touring projects, his specialty resides firmly in lighting for Theatrical and Dance.  Such varied projects include “Peter and the Star Catcher”, “42nd Street”, “Godspell”, “Urinetown” (Belmont University), “The Wizard of Oz”, “Rock  of Ages” (Hillsboro Players), “Detroit 67’’ ,  “Kodachrome”, “Citizen”, “Eurydice”, “Marisol”, “Men on Boats”, “Outside Paradise” , ”The Warrior”, “The Piper”, “Atlanta” (Actor’s Bridge Ensemble), “Les Misérables” ,“Guys and Dolls” (MTSU), “American Idiot”, “The Addams Family Musical” (Circle Theatre) “Twelfth Night”, “The Suppliants” (Vanderbilt University), “The Holbert Suite” (Nashville Ballet), “Coppelia”, “Giselle”, “Swan Lake”, and “Carmen” (Dance Theatre of Tennessee) as well as “Dracula” and “Regarding Henry” (Film).

Costume Designer

Dee Benn

Dee Benn(she/they) is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Carson-Newman University. She started costuming while performing in college musicals and fell in love! You can catch her tye dying vintage clothes and interning with The Nashville Reperatory Theatre in their design program! You may have also seen her designs in “The Naughty Tree” presented by Oz Arts earlier this summer! This will be one of her last projects as she is heading to Brooklyn, NY to peruse her dreams! Wish her well and Enjoy the show!

photography

Sally Bebawy Photography

Sally Bebawy is a Nashville-based photographer, puppeteer, actress, sculptor, and writer. Her work is a continuous exploration of the stories, experiences, and perspectives that identify us.