Kristen Brooks Sandler
Kristen Brooks Sandler is a purple haired choreographer whose work lives at the intersection of theater & concert dance. She employs narrative in tandem with a dark, avant-garde aesthetic to explore the peculiar. Kristen's career has taken her all over the US and the world, including Japan, Sweden & Denmark. Select Credits: Your Alice (BAM, Edinburgh Fringe), A Chorus Line (Mill Mountain Theatre), Lysistrata Jones (NYITA Nom - Best Choreography), Gilded (Capital Fringe - Best Dance), Shimmer & Shine (Nickelodeon), Sunny Day (Nickelodeon Jr), Sweatsgiving (International Film Channel), She Loves Me (Bartlesville), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Associate, Gothenburg Opera), Jesus Christ Superstar (Associate, Signature Theater. Helen Hayse Nomination).
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Guy Mannick is a New York based actor and dancer, and so humbled at the opportunity to make challenging, new art with such incredible people. Credits: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (nat’l tour), Sweet Charity (nat’l tour), CATS, A Chorus Line, Crazy For You, Singin’ in the Rain, and others.
Taylor was on the Memphis the Musical National Tour. She recently performed in My Fair Lady (Ensemble) at Riverside Theatre. Regional Theatres: Mamma Mia! (Lisa) at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Hairspray (Pearl/ Dynamite) at North Shore Music Theatre, South Pacific and Gypsy (Ensemble) at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Sister Act (Tina/ Ensemble)at Broadway At Music Circus, Mamma Mia! (Lisa) at Ogunquit and Gateway Playhouses. Taylor has performed on Norwegian Cruise Lines in Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndam) and on the Pride of America in Hawaii. Taylor received a BFA (Musical Theatre) and minor (Dance) from Pace University. Huge thanks to my incredible family, Jeremy at Daniel Hoff and Kenny! @tbroadard8
RESIDENT COSTUME DESIGNER
Megan Quarles is a sustainable costume designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work spans multiple genres and costume roles, including building costumes for international dance tours and Broadway, designing costumes for circus, film, and dance, and wardrobe supervising dance, burlesque, and circus productions. Her recent credits include touring with Cirque Du Soleil’s Axel, Your Alice at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and theTONY nominated 2019 revival of All My Sons at Roundabout Theatre in New York City. She has had the pleasure of collaborating with creative minds like Constance Hoffman, Elkhanah Pulitzer, Julie Taymor, Jane Greenwood, Nicole Von Arx, and Kristen Brooks Sandler. She is an advocate
for environmental awareness in costume design, consciousness of life cycles of costumes, and creating less waste in all her projects. She has been a member of the Broadway Green Alliance Off Broadway Committee, a presenter at the Theatre Communications Group, and a sustainability workshop instructor
at USITT in the spring of 2020.
RESIDENT HAIR & MAKE UP DESIGNER
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I came up through an amazing collection of community theatres, and a professional opera company. For my high school years, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre was my home away from home. I started on the stage, but quickly realized my love for costumes and wigs. I loved watching actors that I had been in the rehearsal hall with for weeks come out of the dressing room completely transformed into the characters I had watched them create.
I quickly sought to learn all that I could about my new-found interest, falling into an amazing apprenticeship with local opera wigmaster, Robert Thomasma, and taking on a job as his assistant at Opera Grand Rapids as well as at the Civic. My time there lead me to seek more training at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University where I earned my BFA in Wig and Makeup Design with a second emphasis in Costume Design.
While in St. Louis I had the privilege of working for many local theatres, including: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, The Muny, STAGES St. Louis, and Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. I wake up and pinch myself every day that I get to play pretend professionally!
Kaitlyn Schirard is a NYC based actress & creator. Since graduating from Rollins College, she has been dedicated to sharing her passion and teaching theatre to students of all ages. When she's not in the classroom, Kaitlyn is on stage and often performing Shakespeare. Past teaching residencies include the nationally acclaimed Riverside Children's Theater and Astoria's very own Ophelia Theatre Group among others.
Jesse Kramer is thrilled to be a part of Thistle. Favorite credits include: Off-Broadway: 8 Million Protagonists, Nat’l Tour: Sweet Charity (Daddy’s Asst.) Regional: Peter Pan (Slightly/Dance Capt.), Seussical The Musical (Wick 1/Dance Capt.) Cats (Mistoffeles), West Side Story 3 times! (A-Rab, Big Deal), Footloose (Bickle/ Dance Capt.).