Matt is thrilled to be directing for West Hudson Arts and Theater Company again. The is
Matt’s fourth directorial project with WHAT. Previously he directed Neil Simon’s Rumor’s, Drop Dead
and Virtually the Last Super as part of WHAT’s virtual one act festival. Matt has also appeared on the
WHAT stage in NOISES OFF (Gary/Rodger), Unlucky Clover (Tim) Almost Maine (Dave), The Great Gatsbey
and Trivia Murder (Jeremy) . Other acting credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Drop
Dead (Chaz Looney/Drools), Dracula (Arthur Holmwood), Loves Labour’s Lost (Longaville), The Real
Inspector Hound (Moon), Merry Wives of Windsor (Doctor Caius), Taming of the Shrew (Christopher Sly)
and A Soldiers Play (Lt. Byrd). Other directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing with Babbling
Brook Player’s, Hamlet with Secret Notebook Productions, and Quite Contrary, which was a part of the
Barn Theaters Summer One Act festival. Matt has a BA in Acting from Ramapo College of NJ. he is also a
member of the American Fight Directors where is certified in unarmed combat, single sword, small
sword, sword and shield, quarter staff and knife fighting.
Producer/Set DesignBrandi-Leigh Miller
Brandi-Leigh has produced and directed multiple WHATCo productions, appeared on stage (Glory, Almost, Maine) and is proud to serve as the president of WHATCo's Board of Directors. She Co-Chairs the Creative Committee. A native of Alabama and Florida, Brandi-Leigh studied Vocal Performance at the Lois Cowles Harrison Performing Arts Center and Florida Southern College, focusing on both opera performance and business management. Beginning in her youth, she performed with local music and theater groups, and later as both a performer and producer at several Central Florida theme parks. After a career in politics and public policy, she relocated to Kearny to join her husband Jim and enjoys volunteering with many non-profit community organizations on issues related to women and youth, the arts, and education. In her professional life, Brandi-Leigh is the global director of attorney compliance for an international law firm. Working with Matt to bring Shakespeare to the WHATCo stage for the first time is a dream come true. Thank you to this beautiful cast and crew for making it such a special experience.
To the sound man, oodles and bunches!
Bay Area Transplant Bong Dizon is ecstatic to make his WHATco stage debut l after having recently choreographed You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown this past spring for this wonderful company. As a Jersey City resident of 16 years, Bong is elated to have been able to perform (and sometimes choreograph) in the Tri-State area in countless projects and various dance companies. Stage Credits include: Messenger (Antigone), Club Owner/Ensemble (Miss Saigon), Angel/George (The King and I), and IQ (Hairspray), just to name a few. Choreography Credits include: Seussical-The Musical, Peter Pan, and Hairspray all at Woodminster Amphitheatre in Oakland, CA and Starting Here, Starting Now, The Taming of the Shrew, Sondheim VS Webber and Alice In Love? at Cal State Hayward. #GoPioneers!
For more info: www.bongdizon.weebly.com
Thank y’all for comin!
Stage ManagerAthena Nakrosis
Assistant Stage ManagerJohn Westling
John is excited to not only be making his WhatCo debut, but his theatrical debut as Assistant Stage Manager for A Midsummer's Night Dream. He's been in awe of the talent exuding from this incredible cast and crew who have been so supportive! He'd like to thank his wife (aka Oberon) for encouraging him to take this leap into the hypnotizing world of theater!
Set Design and ConstructionBrian Sullivan
Brian is excited to work with WHATCo for another season! His prior building credits include set design and construction for Little Shop of Horrors, Rhinoceros, and Bat Boy the Musical with 20 Cent Fiction Theatre Company. His prior work with WHATCo includes You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Great Gatsby, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Outside of theatre, Brian enjoys weekly donut trips with his wife, Samantha, and exploring with their dog, Winston.
Original Creative Team
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. He rose to fame in London as a playwright, actor and partner in a company of players known as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. King James I, after ascending to the throne in 1603, would eventually patron the group, thereby changing the name to The King’s Men. During Shakespeare’s career, he wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets and several other famous epic poems. There are many apocryphal plays thought to be Shakespeare’s and he alone is credited with contributing close to 2,000 words to the English language. He is without question the most highly regarded and studied playwright in the history of literature. In 1613, Shakespeare is said to have retired to the place of his birth. It is believed that he died there on his birthday, April 23, 1616.