Frost / Nixon Cast and Creatives 

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Craig Marker
Allen McCullough
Stephen Muterspaugh
Alicia Piemme Nelson
Patrick Russell
Adam J. Saucedo
Adam Shonkwiler
Kenny Toll
Jeremy Webb
Elena Wright


Peter Morgan
Leslie Martinson
Nancy Carlin
David Lee Cuthbert
Cathleen Edwards
Ashley Taylor Frampton
Jeffrey Lo
Steven B. Mannshardt
Gregory Robinson
Emily Anderson Wolf
Robert Kelley
Phil Santora



CRAIG MARKER (Jack Brennan) returns to TheatreWorks after previously appearing in Third, Theophilus North, Brooklyn Boy, Dolly West’s Kitchen, and Shakespeare in Hollywood. Recent credits include his roles as Alcippe in The Liar and Ever Montgomery in Dancing Lessons at Center REP. He has performed for California Shakespeare Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Aurora Theatre Co., Shotgun Players, Barbican Theatre (UK), Birmingham Repertory Theatre (UK), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK), and the Cyprus International Festival of Greek Drama. Mr. Marker is a graduate of Cal State East Bay’s theatre program and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. For the latest news and info go to   


ALLEN MCCULLOUGH (Richard Nixon) is making his TheatreWorks debut. Off-Broadway: Amy and the Orphans, The Hairy Ape, Men of Tortuga, Ashes to Ashes, and National Tour of Twelve Angry Men. Regional: The Folger Theatre DC—As You Like It (both Dukes), Romeo & Juliet (Montague); Baltimore Center Stage—Twlefth Night (Malvolio); TheaterWorks Hartford—The Seafarer (Mr. Lockhart); Cape Fear Regional Theatre—Amadeus (Salieri); Westport Playhouse—Diary of Anne Frank; Living Room Theatre—3 Sisters (Virshinin), Circle Mirror Transformation (James), Men of Tortuga (Avery), Exit the King, Cherry Orchard (Gayev), Uncle Vanya (Astrov), Seagull (Trigorin); also Theatre for a New Audience, Williamstown, Long Wharf, and The Shaw Project among others. TV/Film: The Kindergarten Teacher, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Blindspot, Sweetbitter, Vinyl, Law and Order C.I., Martha Marcy May Marlene. Love to Randolyn.


(Robert Zelnick) returns to the TheatreWorks stage after appearing in Cyrano and The Country House as well as Tiny Houses in the 2017 New Works Festival. Regional credits include Southwest Shakespeare Co., Utah Shakespeare Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre, Pacific Conservatory Theatre, Powerhouse Theater, and Geva Theatre Center. He has appeared locally with Jewel Theatre Co., San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, California Conservatory Theatre, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Second Wind Productions, and Marin Shakespeare Co.. When not onstage, Mr. Muterspaugh serves as the Artistic Operations Manager/Company Manager at TheatreWorks. He is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory Theatre and a proud member of Actor’s Equity.


ALICIA PIEMME NELSON (Evonne Goolagong) is making her TheatreWorks debut in Frost/Nixon. Regional credits include WAM Theatre (The Last Wife). Previous Bay Area credits include Berkeley Playhouse, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, SCU Presents, Crowded Fire Theater, Word for Word, and Buck Hill Productions. Ms. Nelson has a BFA in Acting from Boston University and is a TBA Award winner. 


PATRICK RUSSELL (Swifty Lazar/Mike Wallace) has performed in the theatres across the Bay Area, including American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater (As You Like It), Aurora Theatre Co.
(Body Awareness, Trouble in Mind, Awake and Sing!), San Francisco Playhouse (Noises Off, Red Velvet, Seminar, reasons to be pretty, 77%, Trouble Cometh), Magic Theatre (Fool for Love), Marin Theatre Co., Marin Shakespeare Co. (Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Three Musketeers), CenterREP (Old Wicked Songs), and Shotgun Players (Care of Trees). Film credits include Being Us and Rapunzel’s Etymology of Zero. As an educator, he teaches acting and movement at University of California, Berkeley and ACT, and is also the co-founder of The Actors Space SF. Mr. Russell is a member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. He received his BFA in acting from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MFA in acting from ACT.


ADAM J. SAUCEDO (Manolo Sanchez) is thrilled and grateful to be making his TheatreWorks debut. He has most recently worked with El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista in La Virgen del Tepeyac, La Carpa de los Rasquachis, and La Pastorela. Last year, he was also involved with Santa Clara University’s SCU Presents outreach show of Dr. Francisco Jimenez’s The Circuit, and is pleased to be joining them again this year for the adaptation of his second book, Breaking Through. Mr. Saucedo has performed throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, and was last seen at Cabrillo Stage as Gomez in The Addams Family. He is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton’s BFA musical theatre program. As always, he thanks his family, mentors, and friends for their continued love and support. 


ADAM SHONKWILER (John Birt) is a new Bay Area resident, and is excited to make his mainstage TheatreWorks debut in Frost/Nixon after appearing in Pride and Prejudice at this year’s New Works Festival. Regional: Weston Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Theatre Under The Stars, San Jose Repertory Theatre. Mr. Shonkwiler is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, England. 


KENNY TOLL (James Reston) has performed with TheatreWorks in Peter and the Starcatcher. He recently appeared as George Wickham in the world premiere of The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley and Shakespeare in Love at Marin Theatre Co. Selected credits include Bad Jews at Magic Theatre; The Heir Apparent at Aurora Theatre Co.; Julius Caesar and Love’s Labour’s Lost at Kingsmen Shakespeare Co.; Eurydice, Woyzeck and Antigonick at Shotgun Players; Ondine at Cutting Ball Theater; Dracula Inquest at Central Works (TBA Award nomination). Mr. Toll recently moved to New York and is so excited be be back working with this team. He is a proud member of Actors Equity.


JEREMY WEBB (David Frost) makes his TheatreWorks Silicon Valley debut with Frost/Nixon. New York credits: The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center Theater, Original Cast Recording), The Baltimore Waltz (Signature Theatre), Tabletop (Working Theater, Drama Desk Award), Photograph 51 (Ensemble Studio Theatre), among others. Regional credits: Misalliance (The Old Globe); Next Fall (L.A. Theatreworks); A Few Good Men, Holmes and Watson, Fools, and Dracula (Alley Theatre); Spamalot (Theatre Under The Stars); Buyer and Cellar (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis Theatre Circle Award); The Apple Family Plays (Studio Theatre, Helen Hayes Nomination); Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre Center, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Kennedy Center, Long Wharf Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Co., among others. Film & TV: Love Walked In; Law & Order; Law & Order: SVU; Law & Order: Criminal Intent; Guiding Light.


ELENA WRIGHT (Caroline Cushing) was last at TheatreWorks in Silent Sky (Henrietta Leavitt). Most recently she was in Marin Shakespeare Company’s Pericles (Cerimon), and Shakespeare’s Will (Anne Hathaway). Previous roles include: Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Three Musketeers (Milady), Othello (Emilia, BATCC award), Twelfth Night (Viola), As You Like It (Rosalind), Comedy of Errors (Luciana), The Liar (Lucrece), The Spanish Tragedy (Bellimperia), and Richard III (Elizabeth). Other work includes: Red Velvet (SF Playhouse); Betrayal, A Doll’s House, In the Next Room, and The Scene (Capital Stage); The Verona Project (California Shakespeare Theater); Venus in Fur
(Pacific Repertory Theatre); and The Winter’s Tale (Seattle Shakespeare). She has worked with Marin Theatre Co., Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., Central Works, Shotgun Players, B Street Theatre, and is a PlayGround and Symmetry Theatre company member. MFA University of Washington.




PETER MORGAN (Playwright) is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and playwright. His films include The Deal, The Queen (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee), The Last King of Scotland, The Other Boleyn GirlFrost/Nixon (nominated for Golden Globe and Academy Awards), The Damned United, State of Play, The Special Relationship, Hereafter, 360, and Rush, among others. He also wrote for the television’s The Jury, and is the creator of the Golden Globe Award-winning Netflix series The Crown. For the theatre, he has written plays Frost/Nixon (Tony Award nominee) and The Audience. In 2008, The Telegraph named Morgan one of the ”Top 100 most powerful people in British culture.” In 2017, he was named a fellow of the British Film Institute.


LESLIE MARTINSON (Director) returns to TheatreWorks where her many productions include The Four Immigrants, Proof, Water by the Spoonful, The Pitmen Painters, and Superior Donuts. As Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director, she was part of the company’s artistic leadership for over 30 years. A graduate of Occidental College, she has been a Watson Fellow, a member of Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, a participant in the La MaMa Directing Symposium, and served with Theatre Bay Area as an adjudicator and committee member. Silicon Valley Creates has named her an Arts Laureate for artistic achievement and community impact. She is currently working internationally as a Program Director in leadership communication training with Stand & Deliver Group, and as a Creative Director of Fieldwork Creations.


NANCY CARLIN (Dialect Coach) returns to TheatreWorks where she played Miss Maudie in To Kill a Mockingbird and Chelsea in On Golden Pond. A former company member of the American Conservatory Theater and associate artist with California Shakespeare Theater, she has performed, directed, and coached extensively in regional theaters, including American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Co., Shotgun Players, California Shakespeare Theater, Jewel Theatre Co., and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. A theatre arts lecturer for UC Berkeley, UCSC, and SJSU, she holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from ACT. Ms. Carlin is a member of SDC, AEA, and SAG-AFTRA. Upcoming: Edith Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank at Center REP and directing The Year of Magical Thinking for Aurora Theatre Co.


DAVID LEE CUTHBERT (Scenic and Media Designer) designed media for Calligraphy, lighting for Third, and lighting/media for Wild with Happy at TheatreWorks. He lit Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays on Broadway and its subsequent US, Canadian, and Australian tours, as well as the HBO film. Off-Broadway, his lighting and projections for The Snow Queen won the award for best overall design at 2014’s New York Musical Theatre Festival, and his scenic and lighting design for The History (and Mystery) of the Universe has been seen at major theatres across the country. He was a regular collaborator at San Jose Repertory Theatre, and is a frequent collaborator at Arizona Theatre Co. Mr. Cuthbert is a Professor of Design at the University of California, Santa Cruz..


CATHLEEN EDWARDS (Costume Designer) happily returns for her 14th season at TheatreWorks where her previous shows include Crimes of the Heart, Somewhere, Grey Gardens, Triangle, Once on This Island, The Elephant Man, and more. She is well-established in the Bay Area, having designed for many of the regional theatres. When not designing for the live stage, she works in film, television, and commercials. Among her several awards are two Drama-Logue and two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards. A member of both United Scenic Artists and Theatrical Wardrobe Unions, she strongly believes in guiding those who are learning their craft, preparing them for careers in the course of which they can then pass this knowledge on to future generations.


ASHLEY TAYLOR FRAMPTON (Stage Manager) matriculated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and Kent University, England with a BA in Theatre Arts, Film and Digital Media, respectively. Since 2004 she has worked internationally as a stage manager, production manager, master electrician, properties designer, sound technician, and stuntwoman. From theatre to film, music and live events, credits include: San Francisco Sketchfest (Assistant Technical Director), California Shakespeare Theater (Master Electrician), Legion A/V (Head of Lighting), Playfaire Production (Swordsman), The Independent SF (Lighting Technician), Highlander Films (Production Assistant), American Conservatory Theater, Center REP, Cabrillo Stage, Hillbarn Theatre, Magic Theatre, and many more. She trains with mêlée weapons at Davenriche European Martial Arts School where she is an assistant instructor and apprentice to Sir Steaphen Fick. She goes on tour with Grammy nominated guitarist, Zane Carey, in the spring of 2019.


JEFFREY LO (Casting Director) directed TheatreWorks’ The Santaland Diaries, and wrote Waiting For Next, which was part of the 2017 New Works Festival. He was the assistant director for TW’s The Four Immigrants, Water by the Spoonful, and Superior Donuts. A graduate of UC Irvine, he is the recipient of the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award, Arts Council Silicon Valley’s Emerging Artist Laureate, and Theatre Bay Area’s Titan Award. Additional directing credits include Between Riverside and Crazy at San Jose Stage Co., and Yellow Face and The Crucible at Los Altos Stage Co. In addition to his work as a play-wright and director, he is an alumnus of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute and works as an advocate and educator on issues of equity and diversity throughout the country.


STEVEN B. MANNSHARDT (Lighting Designer) has been the lighting designer for over 70 productions at TheatreWorks, having won numerous Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Theatre Bay Area, and Dean Goodman Choice Awards for his work. His regional design credits include Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven; A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle; American Repertory Theater, Cambridge; Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo; Magic Theatre; and Pasadena Playhouse. Mr. Mannshardt currently teaches lighting design and stage management at San Jose State University and previously taught lighting design at Santa Rosa Junior College. He also runs an organization dedicated to improving the education system for both children and adults in Nepal.


GREGORY ROBINSON (Sound Designer) has designed sound for several TheatreWorks productions, including Living Out, You Can’t Take It With You, An American Daughter, Be Aggressive, Present Laughter, and Snow Falling on Cedars. Throughout the past three decades, his sound design, sound effects, music, and recordings have been featured in local, regional, and national radio and televi-sion advertisements, documentaries, corporate video, and theatre. He has created and produced for AC Transit, Amazing People LLC (London), Bank of America, California Lottery, Carlos Santana, HBO, Ivory Coast Pictures (Hollywood), Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Magic Theatre, Safeway, The United Way, Wells Fargo, and many others. He’s currently working on a ’Soundscape’ installation for the city of Berkeley’s new BART Plaza, at the Downtown Berkeley BART entrance.


EMILY ANDERSON WOLF (Assistant Stage Manager) has been the Assistant Stage Manager for TheatreWorks’ Fun Home, Finks, The Bridges of Madison County, The Prince of Egypt, Rags, Crimes of the Heart, Jane Austen’s EMMA, Triangle, Fire on the Mountain, Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweeney Todd, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Little Women, Other Desert Cities, and Wild with Happy. She was also the Assistant Stage Manager for Three Sixty Entertainment’s First National Tour of Peter Pan; Journey to the West at the New York Musical Theatre Festival; and with American Musical Theatre of San Jose. Ms. Wolf also works as a stagehand throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and is a proud member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. She holds a BA in Theatre, Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College.


ROBERT KELLEY (Director) is a Bay Area native and Stanford University graduate. He founded TheatreWorks in 1970 and has directed over 175 TheatreWorks productions, including many world and regional premieres. He has received the Silicon Valley Arts Council’s Legacy Laureate Award; the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award and Jerry Friedman Award for Lifetime Achievement; BATCC Awards for Outstanding Direction for The Hound of the Baskervilles; Into the Woods; Pacific Overtures; Rags; Sweeney Todd; Another Midsummer Night; Sunday in the Park with George; Jane Eyre; and Caroline, or Change; and Back Stage West Garland Awards for his direction of Side Show and Sunday in the Park with George. He recently directed The Bridges of Madison County, Around the World in 80 Days, Constellations, Rags, Daddy Long Legs (Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical, 2017), Outside Mullingar, Cyrano, and Jane Austen’s EMMA.


PHIL SANTORA (Executive Director) joined TheatreWorks in 2007. He has served as Managing Director of Northlight Theatre (Chicago) and Georgia Shakespeare Festival (Atlanta), as well as Development Director for Great Lakes Theatre Festival (Cleveland) and George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick). He holds an MFA in Theatre Administration from the Yale School of Drama and a BA in Drama from Duke University. He has served as Vice President of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Board. Prior board service also includes the League of Chicago Theatres, Atlanta Coalition of Theatres, and the executive committee of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT). He was named 2000’s Best Arts Administrator by Atlanta Magazine and received the Atlanta Arts and Business Council’s 1998 ABBY Award for Arts Administrator.


* Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.