Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Production Crew

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Ile Haggins
Ile is thrilled to return to The KC Melting Pot after directing Stew and Like Six O’Clock last season. She feels fortunate to have worked with many talented artists through KCAT (Smart People, Skeleton Crew), KC Melting Pot Theatre (Begetters), The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City (Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous), KC Fringe Festival (After Persephone, Look What the Fire Did), and SM Theatre in the Park (Little Shop of Horrors). Upcoming productions include Jawbone Crack Quick in the Melting Pot’s 10th season. Ile also holds a master’s in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker, when not in a theatre she can be found at the UMKC School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences where she is a teaching professor. She is grateful to friends and family for a lifetime of love and support.
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Stage Manager
Laura Burt
Laura Burt is a stage manager and actor from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked with several theatres in Kansas City including: OCTA, City Theatre of Independence, The Barn Players, Buffalo Room, Fringe Festival, Tradewind Arts, Relevance Productions, KC Melting Pot, and Theatre Lawrence. She is a licensed counselor in the Kansas City area who works primarily with women. Thank you to KC Melting Pot, the Supers, her family, and her amazing partner Richard.
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Assistant Stage Manager
Aalayah Norwood
Aalayah Norwood has worked with companies such as Whim productions, Rising Tide Productions, and KC Public Theatre! This is  her first time being an assistant stage manager. As an actress in Kansas city, Aalayah loves theatre and tries to stay as active as possible in the community. She is honored to be working with Melting Pot Theatre.
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Set Designer
Doug Schroeder
Doug Schroeder is a Kansas native. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is his fourteenth design for KCMPT. Schroeder received a B.F.A. in technical theater from Emporia State University. In addition to working as the technical director for KCMPT, Doug also is the production manager for the Kansas City Women’s Chorus. He would like to thank his partner Chris Palmer for his assistance with set construction and Linda, Harvey, Nicole, and Lewis for the opportunity to work on this new play.
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Light Designer
Warren Deckert
Warren's 50+ years of theatre experience includes being the Artistic/Technical Director for Great Bend Community Theatre, Technical Director/Designer for the Bethel College Drama Department and union membership in I.A.T.S.E., Local 190, Wichita, KS. He has directed or designed over 225 plays, musicals and operas. Highlights include Road to Yonder (Dallas Theatre Center), Man of La Mancha, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Pirates of Penzance (Bethel College), Bernice at Bay/The Butterfly Effect, Gidion's Knot, Any Questions? (KC Fringe Festival), The Taste Test, For Colored Girls... (KC Melting Pot Theatre). He is an assistant house manager/volunteer coordinator at KC Repertory Theatre and a technical director/board member for Just Off Broadway Theatre.
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Sound Designer
Dennis Jackson
Dennis Jackson is a Kansas City native. He has learned the craft of live theater by working with some of the best actors and directors in K.C. He most recently appeared in “Thoughts of a Colored Man.” He has appeared in local productions of “Like Six O’Clock,” “Dying To Party,” “Piano Lesson,” “Two Trains Running”, “King Hedly”, “Barbecue,” and “A Raisin In The Sun” just to name a few. Dennis is also passionate about sound design, having often supported the very productions, in which he appears. He has also designed sound for “Skeleton Crew,” “Is God Is,” “Fairview,” “Black Man, Mo.”, “The Amen Corner”, and “The Session”. Thanks to director Ile Haggins for the opportunity to craft the sound design for this production. Special thanks to Harvey and Linda Williams.
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Melonnie Walker
Melonnie Walker is a theatre historian, educator, and alum of UMKC’s Master of Arts program in Theatre History.  She is the Associate Artistic Director for KC Melting Pot Theatre and has served as the resident research and production dramaturg for five seasons so far.  She is an advisory board member of the August Wilson Society and Regional VP for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Melonnie is grateful for her theatre family here at KCMPT and she is inspired to do the work that preserves and uplifts black theatre history for future generations.
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Daniella Toscano
Daniella Toscano is a costume designer originally from Las Vegas, NV. She received her MFA in Costume Design from the University of California, San Diego. In addition to being a theatrical costume designer, she also has experience in multimedia design, working with graphics and video as another method of storytelling. She designed Lori Laitman's The Three Feathers (Steamboat Opera), Branden Jacob Jenkins Everybody (UCSD Theater), and the new play premiere of Elephant (Benchmark Theatre). She loves the feeling of being swept away into different worlds, experiencing the full gamut of human emotion through the characters on stage, and strives to have this effect on others through her work. Daniella is back after doing the costumes for The Piano Lesson, STEW, and The Amen Corner.