The Cast of Bull

by Mike Bartlett

  Lauren Diesch (Isobel)   Lauren is an actor, director, teaching artist, and the Director of Education/Associate Artistic Director of CLIMB Theatre. Diesch graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Since graduating, Diesch has performed in numerous productions in her home Pittsburgh (PA) and in Troy (NY) as a resident artist with Bakerloo Theatre Company. In 2009, she collaborated with artist in Augsburg, Germany as part of Yinzerspielen, a bi-lingual theatre event that took place in Germany and in Pittsburgh, PA.  Locally she has performed with Theatre Coup d’Etat (company member), Gadfly Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Open Window Theatre, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Savage Umbrella (company member), and Theatre Unbound. In 2017, Lauren directed Coup d'Etat's acclaimed production of  Baltimore Waltz  Favorite local roles include: Elinor ( Sense and Sensibility,  TRP), Mary Warren ( The   Crucible,  Theatre Coup d'Etat ),   Jill ( Equus,  Theatre Coup d'Etat) and Antigone ( Antigone,  Theatre Coup d'Etat)--which she will revise at Parks Square Theatre in 2019. 

Lauren Diesch (Isobel)

Lauren is an actor, director, teaching artist, and the Director of Education/Associate Artistic Director of CLIMB Theatre. Diesch graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Since graduating, Diesch has performed in numerous productions in her home Pittsburgh (PA) and in Troy (NY) as a resident artist with Bakerloo Theatre Company. In 2009, she collaborated with artist in Augsburg, Germany as part of Yinzerspielen, a bi-lingual theatre event that took place in Germany and in Pittsburgh, PA.  Locally she has performed with Theatre Coup d’Etat (company member), Gadfly Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Open Window Theatre, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Savage Umbrella (company member), and Theatre Unbound. In 2017, Lauren directed Coup d'Etat's acclaimed production of Baltimore Waltz Favorite local roles include: Elinor (Sense and Sensibility, TRP), Mary Warren (The Crucible, Theatre Coup d'Etat),  Jill (Equus, Theatre Coup d'Etat) and Antigone (Antigone, Theatre Coup d'Etat)--which she will revise at Parks Square Theatre in 2019. 

  David Wasserman (Thomas)   David is tickled to be here working with this cast and crew. A native of Iowa City, David attended the University of Northern Iowa where he created his own degree, working in the music, art, and theatre departments until graduating in 2015. He spent the following year as a member of the Commonweal Apprentice Company before migrating to the Twin Cities. Since then, he has performed with Theatre Coup d'Etat, Candid Theater Company, Fortune's Fool Theatre, Mosaic Productions, New Endeavors, and more. His favorite roles past include Moritz and Melchior in  Spring Awakening , Marius in  Les Misérables , Jamie in    The Great God Pan , and Peter in  Peter and Alice.

David Wasserman (Thomas)

David is tickled to be here working with this cast and crew. A native of Iowa City, David attended the University of Northern Iowa where he created his own degree, working in the music, art, and theatre departments until graduating in 2015. He spent the following year as a member of the Commonweal Apprentice Company before migrating to the Twin Cities. Since then, he has performed with Theatre Coup d'Etat, Candid Theater Company, Fortune's Fool Theatre, Mosaic Productions, New Endeavors, and more. His favorite roles past include Moritz and Melchior in Spring Awakening, Marius in Les Misérables, Jamie in The Great God Pan, and Peter in Peter and Alice.

 
  Ben Shaw (Tony)   A Philadelphia original, Ben's a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota / Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. Currently, he and his wife Mackenzie live in Minneapolis, where they both act and help produce shows for the Orchard Theater Collective. Recent acting experiences include productions at Park Square Theatre, Theater at Monmouth, The Guthrie Theater, Kansas Classical Repertory Theatre, and Shakespeare's Globe Education. Ben is thrilled to be working with this cast and making his debut with the Hypnic Jerk Theatre Company. Go  Bull !

Ben Shaw (Tony)

A Philadelphia original, Ben's a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota / Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. Currently, he and his wife Mackenzie live in Minneapolis, where they both act and help produce shows for the Orchard Theater Collective. Recent acting experiences include productions at Park Square Theatre, Theater at Monmouth, The Guthrie Theater, Kansas Classical Repertory Theatre, and Shakespeare's Globe Education. Ben is thrilled to be working with this cast and making his debut with the Hypnic Jerk Theatre Company. Go Bull!

  Rod Kleiss (Carter)   Rod has been unusually fortunate in the past few years to be included in some really memorable productions. He has worked with TRP (Karl,  The Marriage of Bette and Boo;  Mathew,  Anne of Green Gables , Chief Beatty,  Fahrenheit 451)  Candid Theatre Company (Lewis Carroll in  Peter and Alice) and most recently Walter in  Lone Star Spirits  at Festival Theatre   . He is happy to be adding  Bull  to this list.

Rod Kleiss (Carter)

Rod has been unusually fortunate in the past few years to be included in some really memorable productions. He has worked with TRP (Karl, The Marriage of Bette and Boo; Mathew, Anne of Green Gables, Chief Beatty, Fahrenheit 451) Candid Theatre Company (Lewis Carroll in Peter and Alice)and most recently Walter in Lone Star Spirits at Festival Theatre . He is happy to be adding Bull to this list.

  Jessi Kadolph (Stage Manager)   Jessi Kadolph is so excited to be working with Hypnic Jerk Theatre on this production of  Bull!   She has done stage managing and event planning work with theatre groups in Sarasota, Florida; Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa; New York City; and Minneapolis.  Previous Twin Cities credits include:    [title of show], Avenue Q, and The 39 Steps  (The Chameleon Theatre Circle);  Sense and Sensibility  (Theatre in the Round); and  The Baltimore Waltz  (Theatre Coup d’Etat).  Jessi is a theatre graduate from the University of Northern Iowa.

Jessi Kadolph (Stage Manager)

Jessi Kadolph is so excited to be working with Hypnic Jerk Theatre on this production of Bull!  She has done stage managing and event planning work with theatre groups in Sarasota, Florida; Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa; New York City; and Minneapolis.  Previous Twin Cities credits include: [title of show], Avenue Q, and The 39 Steps (The Chameleon Theatre Circle); Sense and Sensibility (Theatre in the Round); and The Baltimore Waltz (Theatre Coup d’Etat).  Jessi is a theatre graduate from the University of Northern Iowa.