Suite Surrender Cast
Noah McBrayer Jones (Bernard Dunlap)
is an original native of Knoxville, TN. He received his BA in Theatre Arts from Appalachian State University and both his Masters of Letters and Masters of Fine Arts from Mary Baldwin College's program of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance (Directing). He has worked professionally with Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre and Heritage Repertory Theatre, interned with the American Shakespeare Center, owns and operates Clever By Half Productions, and is the Development and Communication Manager for Bridge Refugee Services. He's excited to take the TKD stage again after Murder on the Orient Express and hopes, for the sake of the Palm Beach Royale, that there will be fewer dead bodies this time around!
Christina Scott Sayer (Athena Sinclair)
is a playwright, actor, and purveyor of bespoke nonsense. After receiving her BA in theatre and English from Mary Baldwin College, she stayed on to earn a Master of Letters and a Master of Fine Arts in Renaissance Literature in Performance (Dramaturgy). She has spent the last 14 years as one half of Clever By Half Productions, which specializes in murder mystery dinner theatre and Shakespeare. This is her second production with TKD, having performed in Murder on the Orient Express in 2019. Why don't you come up and see her sometime?
Katy Brockway (Claudia McFadden)
Katy got her start on stage at a young age, participating in small productions with the Nashville Children's Theatre. After relocating to East Tennessee, she set her sights on just about every community theater group she could find, starring in productions of "The Wizard of Oz", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray". With over two decades of training in music, acting, and cabaret dancing, she is thrilled to finally be bringing her skills to the TKD stage.
Julia Dietz (Murphy Stevens)
Julia is a single mom of her favorite person in the whole wide world, Corbin. She loves Corbin more than anything (despite his intermittent teenage attitude) and she's really hoping that this embarrasses him slightly (love you, kiddo). When not at home or work, Julia can usually be found teaching Sunday School for elementary aged children or youth group for high school girls at Central Baptist Church in Fountain City. Julia loves to do God's work by serving the community through a number of volunteer organizations. She is so grateful to Barry and the cast who were so patient and supportive when she missed a week of rehearsals due to COVID.
Matt Brockway (Mr. Pippet)
Matt Brockway (Pippet) - is excited to be making his TKD debut. An alumnus of the University of North Texas, he has been fumbling across stage since high school. Past credits include Dr. Orin Scrivello in Little Shop of Horrors, Rapunzel's Prince in Into the Woods, and Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore. As Pippet, he's thrilled to share the stage with his lovely wife, Katy, and proud to be a part of this hilarious production.
A.J. Tierney (Dora del Rio)
is an Emerson College graduate with a BFA in Comedic Acting and Writing. In addition, A.J. has trained at Stella Adler’s New York and LA studios as well as Uprights Citizens Brigade’s improv center. She has also performed standup in Boston, New York, and London. Theatrical credits include: Proof (Catherine), Twelfth Night (Maria), Paradise Park Zoo (Red Panda), Moses and the Burning George W. Bush (God), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), Cabin Fever (Georgine). A.J. would like to thank Barry for the opportunity, the hilarious cast and crew for being fantastic teammates, and her Brother Wolf coworkers for always supporting her dramatic ventures, both at work and on stage. ;)
Daniel Rickman (Francis)
Daniel is delighted to be making his debut at Theatre Knoxville Downtown. He is a senior at The University of Memphis, where he is earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance, with a minor in Dance. Daniel could recently be seen as “Chris” in Kaleidoscope, a short film by Sean Sloas that premiered at Knoxville Film Festival. Since his initial TKD debut (Of Good Stock, directed by Grechen Wingerter) was canceled due to COVID, he is overjoyed to take the stage and help tell this wonderfully comedic story. He sends love to his family and friends and hopes everyone enjoys tonight’s show. IG: @danielcrickman
Gordon Michaels (Otis)
This is Gordon’s 1st show for TKD. He appears as the villainous Hecklar in Jesse’s Gift, a feature film to be released in 2023. His favorite community theater roles have been in The Odd Couple, Rumors, and House for Sale. In local schools, he directed the musicals Aladdin! and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. A retired physicist, he lives in Farragut with wife Tricia.
Barbara Robertson (Mrs. Osgood)
is excited to be returning to the TKD stage for the 3rd time, previously appearing in Steel Magnolias and 45 Seconds from Broadway. She has also appeared in productions with Powell Playhouse, and has served her church drama ministry through acting, writing, and directing. A retired teacher, she still works at her school part time and also works in kid’s ministry. She loves to camp, travel, garden, and is an active member of the Halls Crossroads Women’s League— the HCWL, not to be confused with the PBLFU. She is grateful for the loving support of her husband, Allen, and his willingness to run lines. Enjoy the show!
Mr. Boodles (Mr. Boodles)
Mr. Boodles is new to the Knoxville theatre scene, and is happy to make his debut with Theatre Knoxville. He loves dog biscuits, long walks on the lawn and the occasional nip of gin. Mr. Boodles is a professional actor who does his own stunts, but will work for scratches and belly rubs.