Brian Glick | Artistic Director and Founder
Brian is the Founder and Artistic Director of Revival Theatre Company. During the past 10 years he has directed more than 30 stage productions, earning him high praise for his dynamic and richly layered productions. The Gazette wrote, “Impeccable director Brian Glick allows fine actors with killer voices to explore the themes with equal parts sass and class.” In recent seasons, Brian has directed the midwest premiere of Dogfight and staged the Iowa premieres of White Christmas, Violet and Grey Gardens. Brian has developed musical pieces in non-traditional spaces, creating intimate and contemporary experiences for the actors and the audience.
As a freelance director, Brian has worked on operas, musicals, and plays. Brian produced and directed Side Show as a fundraiser for Families Helping Families and Baby for The Young Parents Network. Most recent credits include: Jim McDonough’s Holiday Grande tour, Victor/Victoria, Parade In Concert, Evita, and Funny Girl with RTC, Amy at the Opus, working with Orchestra Iowa on A Sondheim Cabaret, working on La Boehme, Carmen, Don Giovanni and La Traviata with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.
Brian spent nine seasons with Starlighters Theatre as resident director – Forever Plaid, Oliver, Some Enchanted Evening, Last Five Years, My Way, Scrooge, City of Angels, Anything Goes and Honk. The Music Man with Theatre Cedar Rapids & Orchestra Iowa (Collaboration Award Winner) and multiple concerts and fundraisers. Brian has also worked with the Cedar Rapids Follies as a designer and stage manager.
In 2015, Brian was honored to work with The New York Drama League, where he worked with Tony nominated Director, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Opal with Broadway composer and lyricist Robert Lindsey-Nassif, Academy and First Stage teacher with the Omaha Playhouse. Brian’s strong leadership and vision has caught the attention of industry professionals across the region.
When Brian is not directing, he is working as an adjudicator with the Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards and regularly speaks to area theatre programs. www.bjglick.com
Cameron Sullenberger | Musical Director and Founder
Since his arrival from Texas in 2008, Cameron Sullenberger has been living and working in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area where he has quickly forged a reputation for musical excellence. Performers and students of every age are inspired by his unique and engaging style as a director and teacher.He has been affiliated with numerous recording projects, national broadcasts and musical theater productions in his varied musical career.
He is in demand as a singer, pianist, accompanist, adjudicator, musical director, and choral clinician. He is regarded as a leader in the field of choral music at the middle school level where his choirs have been consistently awarded for their superior performances. His love and passion for musical theatre emerged as a young performer and then into adulthood as he performed extensively in musicals and was also involved as a piano conductor for countless shows.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree with honors in piano and voice from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois.
Locally, he has had the opportunity to musically direct Theater Cedar Rapid’s production of Meet Me in St. Louis and was also the director for The Music Man in Concert in partnership with Orchestra Iowa at the Paramount last fall. The last two Christmas seasons has had him busily preparing the singers for Jim McDonaugh’s Holiday Grande. He has also had the chance to musically direct Baby mounted at Dowes Theatre at Coe College, Opal at CSPS, Urinetown at Kennedy High School, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at Harding Middle School. While on the board and acting as Musical Director for Revival Theatre Company, he is also serving in the same capacity at Noelridge Christian Church where he maintains a private vocal studio.
He is thrilled for what lies ahead for RTC and wishes to thank all the board members, patrons, performers, supporters and audience members for their unwavering support of this new and exciting venture that is sure to add to the vibrancy and energy of an ever thriving arts community.
Alvon Reed | Resident Choreographer
Alvon Reed is a recent graduate from the University of Iowa receiving his Master of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in choreography. He began his dance training at Eisenhower High school under the direction of Evelyn Newman. He holds a degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. Alvon was a fellowship student at The Ailey School and the Milwaukee Ballet School. He has played featured roles in Theatre of Cedar Rapids productions of “Smokey Joe’s Café” and “Follies.” Alvon has also toured the Caribbean and the Hawaiian Islands with Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Mr. Reed has performed lead roles with Inland Pacific Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Opus Dance Theatre, and Jennifer Muller/The Works. He also had the distinct honor of working with renowned post-modern choreographer, Bill T. Jones on the Broadway workshop entitled “Superfly! The Musical.” He has also performed at the world renowned Apollo Theatre with tap dancing legend, Maurice Hines in a variety show called “Apollo Club Harlem.” In addition to his performance credits, he has taught master classes and workshops both nationally and internationally. Alvon has worked as assistant choreographer for Shrek The Musical at the Theatre of Cedar Rapids and choreographer for their productions of The Little Mermaid and Sister Act The Musical.
Additional choreographic credits include American Idiot and Hattie Mae’s Juke Joint. This fall, Alvon began working at Cornell College as their Artist-in-Residence in Dance. He is thrilled to be working with Revival Theatre Company’s production of Evita.
Michelle Perrin Blair | Resident Conductor
Director of Orchestras and Assistant Professor of Music at Coe College, Michelle Perrin Blair is one of 85 women nationwide to be recognized as a leader in her field with the prestigious 2014 PEO Scholar Award. Blair’s other recent honors include the Richard and Nancy Schissler Fellowship in Orchestral Conducting and the Bernard Osher Scholarship (Monteux School). Blair holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Houston, where she studied with Maestro Franz Anton Krager and served as Assistant Director of the AURA Contemporary Ensemble for three years. Blair earned her Master of Music Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington under the tutelage of her lifelong mentor, Dr. Clifton Evans.
In addition to directing the Coe College Symphony Orchestra, Blair is passionate about her work with educational ensembles and in the theatre. Blair begins her new post in Fall 2016 as Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra, and she has been a regular clinician at both the middle school and high school levels for the Jefferson Orchestra Invitational, Kennedy High School, Linn-Mar High School, Fort Bend ISD, the Lone Star Youth Orchestra, and the Texas region circuit. Since moving to Iowa in Fall 2015, Blair has served as Music Director of Coe College’s production of Merrily We Roll Along and Conductor of RTC’s recent run of Funny Girl. She is thrilled to be returning to RTC for the 2018 season!
Off the podium, Blair is an active violinist, and she holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Southwestern University. In November of 2014, Blair was invited to play in the Leipzig Academic Orchestra’s 60th Anniversary Concert, for which the orchestra performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite in the Gewandhaus. Blair studied violin under Andrzej Grabiec, Martha Walvoord, Eri Lee Lam, and Rodica Gonzalez. Blair currently serves as the Violin Instructor at Coe College. When she is not playing, teaching, or conducting, Blair enjoys reading, arts-and-crafting, and going to concerts. Blair lives in Hiawatha, Iowa, with her husband, Aaron.
For more information, Blair invites you to visit her website: http://michellepblair.wix.com/conductor
Deanna Downes | Dramaturge
Deanna received a Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Theatre from University of Colorado Boulder. She has worked with prestigious companies both domestically and internationally and trained in Viewpoints with SITI company founder and director, Anne Bogart.
Deanna has taught and directed at various universities. At Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania she directed “The Exonerated”; a new play workshop and staged reading of “Sheltered” and “Waiting for Godot”, a commedia dell’arte inspired production featuring professional commedia actors. In addition to directing at Eastern University, Deanna also co-founded the summer theater camp Eastern Summer Theater Camp (ECSTC) now known as Yes, And… Deanna has also taught full-time at State University of New York Oswego (SUNY Oswego) where she led a ten-person pre-production research team to tour Istanbul and the western coast of Turkey. Upon returning she directed the university production of the Turkish play, “Pera Palas” which was nominated for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).
Volcano theater company and Deanna became well acquainted over three years of developing the Volcano’s production of “The Africa Trilogy” (three plays dealing with the relationship between Africa and the West). Deanna began as Assistant Director of all three shows and ended the process as Co-Director of “Glo” by Christina Anderson, one third of the trilogy. “The Africa Trilogy” was the critically acclaimed main theatrical feature of Toronto’s 2010 Luminato Festival.
As an auteur Director, Deanna has adapted novels for the stage. such as “Mariposas” adapted from Julia Alvarez’s, “In The Time of the Butterflies” was produced at The Culture Project in NYC as a part of the Women’s Project. Other adaptations include, “Ferdydurke” a novel by Witold Gombrowicz as well as dramatizations of Bertolt Brecht’s poetry. I am especially fond of using found text, adding my own writing to enhance or create the story and then using viewpoints with a creative team of actors and designers to bring it to fruition.
To accompany directing and creative work, Deanna obtained a PHD in Theatre from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder). In the embrace of the flatirons of the Rocky Mountain range she rediscovered black female playwrights from the early twentieth century, which became the source for her dissertation writing. Upon graduation she will publish her dissertation, “Towards a Queer Black Feminist Theatre Aesthetic: Black Theatre by Three Black Female Playwrights in the Years 1915-1920” with a yet-to-be-named printing press. At CU Deanna, taught various Acting and Intro courses for CU Boulder; presidented CU’s student group “Performers Without Borders”; directed shows in the CU fringe festival and the Boulder fringe festival traveling one of those shows to Vancouver, Canada. I have been an Assistant Director for CU’s Interactive Theatre Project (ITP); a tutor of CU’s Athletic Department; as well as an Artist-Mentor at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the “Art for Life” program which works with children who are confined to the hospital. She has also had the opportunity to teach theatre studies courses at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She continues to develop professionally, by serving as the Assistant Director for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s critically acclaimed production Party People and Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. She has also become a dance dramaturg for Gesel Mason Performance Projects, a dance company led by choreographer Gesel Mason. Currently Deanna is a post-doctoral diversity fellow at Coe College and is the dramaturg for a re-envisioning of Scott Joplin’s seminal ragtime opera, Treemonisha, in collaboration with Volcano theater a Toronto-based international theater company
Kathyrn Huang | Costume Designer
Kathryn Huang has been designing and creating costumes for local productions in the corridor since 2014. Most recently, she has done costume design for the 2017 Cedar Rapids Follies, Dead Man’s Cellphone at Theatre Cedar Rapids and Costume Coordinator for Cedar Rapids Opera Theater’s production of Turandot. Kathryn has also been commissioned to create signature costumes for TCR’s productions of Into the Woods and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Ms. Huang is thrilled to be a part of Revival Theater’s production of Ragtime in Concert.