Artistic Director, Actor, Artisan
One of twelve founding members of Specific Gravity, Rand recently directed in the Louisville area: Sweet Bird of Youth, by Tennessee Williams, NOISES OFF!, by Michael Frayn, and William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, all at Indiana University Southeast where he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre. Also, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for the Public Theatre inBowling Green,KY, and a premier staged reading of The Honey Harvest, by Liz Bussey Fentress, at Kentucky Repertory Theatre inHorse Cave,KY.Other directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antigone, Two Booths and aLincoln, Dream of a Common Language, The Sound of a Voice, Two Rooms, No Exit and Zoo Story among others in Louisville,KY,Austin,TX,San Diego,CA, andGalveston,TX.Randalso served as Directing Intern/Assistant Director to Artistic Director Des McAnuff at the La Jolla Playhouse for a production of Macbeth starring John Vickery. Rand has also been seen onstage lately in Bent and The Laramie Project, both by Pandora Productions inLouisville. Other favorite acting roles include, Pantelone in The Three Cuckolds, Dunning Foster in The Stephen Foster Story and Chorus in Silence, Cunning, Exile.Randalso produced and directed two large-scale theatrical educational attractions for the 2001 Cal Expo State Fair, Wonders of the World Ancient Egypt and Ancient China, while working for Ballyhoo Entertainment, LLC.
Over a twenty-two year career as a theatre professional, Rand has worked as a director, actor, producer, executive director, programming manager, scenic designer, scenic artisan, props artisan, stage hand and has owned his own marketing and arts consulting firm.Randhas led non-profit performing arts organizations of varying sizes, with annual budgets of a few thousand dollars to in excess of $2 million. Most recently as Interim Program Director for Indiana University Southeast’s Theatre program,Randwas also the co-founder and Executive Producer of the Blue Sky JAMFEST on Louisville Waterfront in 2002. Rand also served as the first Executive Director of theSpencerTheatrein rural southernNew Mexico, completing construction and opening the doors of a new, state-of-the-art $22.5 million complex. He has also served as Executive Director of the restored vaudeville theatre in Waco Hippodrome, and Programming Assistant and special projects administrator for theUniversityofTexas Performing Arts Center.
Rand holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Directing from The University of Texas atAustinand a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dramatic Arts fromCentreCollege.
Actor, Writer, Web Designer, Business Manager
As a founding member of SGE, Christopher is thrilled to be on the ground floor of such an exciting new theatrical experience. Christopher has been a member of The Footnotes at Derby Dinner Playhouse inClarksville,IN, has performed at Story Station, inLouisville,KYand also performed in a murder/mystery for Mayor Jerry Abramson on The Star of Louisville as part of a benefit/fundraiser. Some of his favorite roles include: Sky Masterson in “Guys and Dolls” at Clarksville Little Theater, as well as Fredrick Fellowes in “Noises Off!”, Mark Antony in “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, Boss Finley in “Sweet Bird of Youth”, Trotsky in “All in the Timing”, all at Indiana University Southeast. He is perpetually finishing up his B.A. in English and Theater. He is a three time nominee for the ACTF Irene Ryan National Acting Scholarship, as well as a published author for his one-act “The Fifth Wall.”
Actor, Writer, Musician, Literary Manager
Christie Baugher is pleased as punch and then some to be joining forces with SGE! And alumna of NYU’sTischSchoolof the Arts Summer Musical Theatre Writing program (Cycle D), she is currently hard at work on “Blue Flame”, a full-length new wave rock opera, and “Sevens”, a play chronicling an alternate history of colonialAmerica. Onstage credits include “A Funny thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” (IUS) “Working and “The Santaland Diaries” (Kandel Theatre), “Children of Eden” (International Thespian Festival – Lincoln), “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (local tour), “Don Carlo” (Kentucky Opera).
Corey Long, resident of Southern Indiana, has long since worked with or around the stage. Starting at the age of five, he began working with the Louisville Ballet and has since worked with numerous companies around the area. Some of his favorite roles include: Chance form “Sweet Bird of Youth”, Dr. Einstein from “Arsenic and Old Lace”, Wadsworth from “Clue”, and Jack from “Into the Woods”. Corey also belongs to two improve troupes and sat on the board of directors at Hayswood Theater for two years. He has also been a three time recipient of the IUS Rassmussen Theatre Award and has been nominated twice for an Irene Ryan. He is currently working for his BA in Theatre Communications at Indiana University Southeast and hopes to graduate very shortly.
A Southern Indian native, Jennifer is a 2002 graduate of Indian University Southeast, holding a B.A. in Theater and English. While in college she has the distinction of being a two-time Rasmussen Theatre Scholar as well as a two-time Irene Ryan Scholarship nominee. Since graduation, she has spent the past few years honing her craft with various theater companies in and around the Louisville area. Her theatrical experience covers an array of periods and styles, ranging from classical to contemporary and comedic to tragic. Moliere, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Paul Rudnick and David Auburn are just a few of the playwrights whose words she has had the pleasure of bringing to life. Although equally at home in either dramatic or comedic works, Jennifer regards musical theater as her specialty. She has had the privilege of performing works by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Wildhorn and Andrew Lloyd Webber, among many others. She seeks to further her growth as an artist and to continue to explore the conditions of the human experience through theatrical performance.
Designer, Artisan, Patron Relations Manager
With 25 years experience in performing arts, entertainment and tourism, marketing and public relations, barb is also an accomplished and award-winning illustrator, graphic artist, and writer. She has worked as a sales and marketing executive in the private sector for the past nine years for both Time Warner Cable and Insight Communications. In the non-profit performing arts industry, Barb served as Associate Director for Marketing and PR and Development at the Spencer Theatre in Ruidoso, NM, and Marketing Director at the University of Texas Performing Arts Center where she oversaw campaigns for the ten season and marketed over 1000 shows in five theaters. Barb also founded, with husband rand, Bacchus Associates, a performing arts and tourism marketing and management consulting firm. Barb has designed and executed national tourism marketing plans for the Ruidoso, NM Convention and Visitors Bureau, and presented workshops for the New Mexico Tourism Association’s annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Her past graphic design clients include 3M, IBM, numerous major pharmaceutical companies, various performing arts presenters around the country, tourism groups in New Mexico, Time Warner cable in Texas, and her art direction has been featured in Print and television advertising in Texas, New Mexico, and Kentucky. She has also been a published feature writer in periodicals in Texas and New Mexico. Barb’s PR work ahs led to front page articles in USA Today, the Austin-American Statesman, and the Albuquerque Journal, as well as featured articles in the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning Herald, the Denver Post, and numerous other U.S. daily newspapers.
Actor, Sponsorship Manager
ASM, Poster Distribution
Actor, Designer, Videographer
Actor, Technical Direction
You’ve seen Adam in roles such as Tom Robinson in “To Kill A Mockingbird”, Dan Hatcher in “Sweet Bird of Youth”, Fredrick Douglass in “The Underground Railroad”, a director’s showcase of “Drugs are Bad”, as well as starring in two Professinal Industrial Videos with the NAPD.
Adam would like to dedicate his theatrical work to Sandra, CJ, Kav, SGE, and Reverend Calvin Pepper; we will meet again… He also gives a special thanks to his family and friends, without you nothing is possible!
Anna Saltsgaver, among playing with SGE endeavors, is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre at Indiana University Southeast. There she has acted in five plays, including “Ten Little Indians” and “NOISES OFF!”. She received Irene Ryan nominations for her portrayals of Babe in Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart”, and for Heavenly in Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth”. She most recently acted in Sight and Sounds’ production of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Actor, Electrical Direction, Lighting Design
Lucas W. Adams
Lucas is happy to be back in Louisville and is ecstatic to be a member of the Specific Gravity Ensemble. Past credits include: 2 tours of The Jungle Book with The Missoula children’s Theatre, Allan in Louisville Repertory Company’s production of Play It Again Sam, and the 3rd annual Louisville Playwrights Festival with Pet Fish Productions. Lucas won the 2005 Heidi Award for central Ohio’s best comedic performance for his role as Don in Rounding Third for Otterbein College. Lucas has been a company member and teaching artist with Walden Theatre where he performed Inventing the Century, a one man show based on the life of Thomas Edison, and he has taught theatre for youth for Otterbein College in Westerville Ohio, where he holds a BFA in Acting.
Actor, Box Office
Julia Leist is excited to join Specific Gravity Theatre Ensemble! A graduate of Centre College, she has been involved in many productions, her favorites include Martin Crimps Attempts On Her Life and Charles Mee’s Summertime. She has worked as a Teaching Artist with the Lexington Children’s Theatre and as a literary intern for The Eugene O’Neil Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. She has done work with Pandora Productions, Sight and Sound, and YES Productions. For Julia, a challenging text and a committed, passionate team of theatre artists pushes her to discover and find life in her work. She is thrilled to join the Ensemble where she is constantly in awe of the talent and total dedication of her fellow artists which inspire her everyday.
Randy D. Pease
Actor, Writer, Director
Since the age of 8, Randy ahs been seen on stages all across Louisville and Southern Indiana. From North Harrison High School to Indiana University Southeast, and from Corydon to the Highlands, his passion for theatre has led him to the Specific Gravity Ensemble.
Randy made his professional debut last summer in Tecumsehl, an outdoor historical drama in Chilicothe, OH. Previously, he has performed with IU Southeast, Hayswood Theatre, the Highland Players,k Righteous Insanity, and RASCAL Improv. Favorite roles include Tompkins (Tecumsehl), Charlie Fox (Speed-the-Plow), Marcus Brutus (The Tragedy of Julius Caesar), Tim Allgood (NOISES OFF!), O’Hara (Arsenic and Old Lace), Charlie Brown (Snoopy!!!), and Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors).
Aside from Specific Gravity, Randy is also involved with Partly Cloudy Productions, a fledgling film company based in the Louisville Metro, preparing for its first shoot early in 2007. He appeared in the short film “Fluffy, or, the Cute Fuzzy Creature from Outer Space with the Button Nose and Big blue Eyes That Will Eat Your Face Off and Pick Its Teeth With Your Toes” with Righteous Insanity Productions. In addition, his talents can be seen at www.righteousinsanity.com, www.sundayschooldropouts.com and www.getyoked.net.
Randy is thrilled to be a founding member of SGE. He encourages everyone to support local theatre, for without the audience, SGE could not exist.
David Smith III