Cast Bios - Sweat
Matthew J. Lindblom (JASON) returns to the Unicorn after a move to Los Angeles, California. Some other KC credits include Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Unicorn), Hand to God (Unicorn), Roof of the World (KC Rep), Equus (The Living Room) and Ref Badge Variations (The Coterie). Check out film updates on his Instagram: _mjlindblom_
Teddy Trice (CHRIS) is ecstatic about returning home and jumping into the world of Sweat. Teddy recently ended a two-year run with the Broadway tour of The Book of Mormon Australia, where he was an original company member. As a native of Kansas City, Teddy is thrilled to be reunited with this incredible arts community and the Unicorn Theatre. Past Unicorn credits include Heathers, and The Brothers Size. Favorite local: The Island (KC Actors Theatre), King Lear (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival), Where the Wild Things Are (Coterie Theatre), and The African Company Presents Richard III (Black Repertory Theatre of KC). Favorite regional: Lucky Stiff (Ozark Actors Theatre). B.A. in Theatre from Drury University. Teddy would like to thank friends, family, patrons, and the Unicorn for their unwavering support. Member of AEA.
Jan Rogge (TRACEY) is excited to return to the Unicorn, where she was last seen in Tribes and Other Dessert Cities. She is a core artistic member with KCAT, where she directed Sea Marks and performed in Blithe Spirit, A Lie In The Mind, My Old Lady, Crimes of The Heart, Good People, Marion Bridge and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? Her other local work include Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet (HASF), Casa Valentina (Spinning Tree Theatre), You Can’t Take It With You (New Theatre). Outside of KC, Jan has worked at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Cornell University, North Shore Music Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Old Globe Theatre.
Cecilia Ananya (CYNTHIA) is a MFA graduate from UMKC, began her acting here, in her hometown of Kansas City, where she’s performed at The Coterie Theatre in Mice and Men as Curley’s Wife & Lorraine Hansberry in To Be Young, Gifted & Black, amongst various other roles, and The Unicorn Theatre in Jar The Floor as Lola and as Sarah in Mud, River, Stone. She has worked in film, television, Off Broadway and with some of the nation’s most prestigious Regional Theatres. Her favorite roles include; Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Lady In Red in For Colored Girls, Lou Bessie in Old Settler, Linda in Does A Tiger Wear A Necktie?, Beneatha and Ruth in Raisin In The Sun (and wants to play Mama one day) and Zora in Spunk. Regional theatre credits: The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Shakespeare Festival of New Jersey, Vinyard Playhouse, The O’Neill, Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Coterie Theatre and The Unicorn Theatre. Cecilia-Ananya is also known for voice-over work— She has represented such products as Biore, L’Oreal, E Harmony, Ford, Dunkin Donuts, SPRINT Wireless, Argosy Casino, Lifetime, WE, Oxygen Network, Hallmark Channel. She is ecstatic to be back at Unicorn Theatre, and thanks Cynthia and Ian for the opportunity. Cecilia~Ananya is also an educator, community organizer, consultant and “artivist”. Her most favorite role is being “Titi” to Sajon and Malaka, and creating community with her husband, Paris.
Vanessa A. Davis (JESSIE) is excited to be able to perform at the Unicorn once again. Previous Unicorn shows include The Ghosts of Lote Bravo and Project Dawn. She was also seen in Bastard and Love Song at The Living Room, and The Normal Heart at Off Center. She is a film and commercial actor, who prefers the stage. She would like to thank Cynthia, Tanya, Ian and Emily for their continued work in making this theatre shine. Plus, a big ol’ kiss on the lips to all of the humans around her, keeping her sane.
Greg Butell (STAN) makes his debut here at the Unicorn, and is beyond excited to be working on Sweat with this terrific cast and crew. Greg recently returned from a quick trip to Ouray Colorado performing in Wonder of the World at the town’s Wright Opera House. Some of Greg’s KC credits include And Then There Were None, and A Streetcar Named Desire (Kansas City Actors Theatre), Funny Money, South Pacific, Solid Gold Cadillac (New Theatre Restaurant), Shear Madness, What the Butler Saw (American Heartland Theatre), Room Service (KC Repertory Theatre), Anna in the Tropics, Awake and Sing (MET). Other favorites include To Kill a Mockingbird, Good People, and Doubt.
Justin Barron (OSCAR) is overjoyed to be returning to the Unicorn. Past Credits: Informed Consent, How to Use a Knife, The Ghosts of Lote Bravo (Unicorn). Local: Man in Love (KC Rep), Hamlet (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival), Sister Act (New Theatre Restaurant), A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Coterie), South Pacific, Guys and Dolls (Musical Theatre Heritage). Regional: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Guys and Dolls, Youth Audience Outreach Tour (Creede Repertory Theatre). Justin holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Central Missouri. He sends his love to Deanna, Quinn, Ivy and his whole family for their support. Justin is a proud member of AEA.
Lewis Morrow (BRUCIE) is an actor and playwright from Kansas City, KS. He has been in productions at KC Melting Pot (Rachel, 2121, Sunset Baby, Ain't No Such Thing as Midnight Black, Radio Golf) and the MET (Gem of the Ocean, Defying Gravity). As a writer his work has reached stages here in Kansas City, Detroit, North Carolina, Las Vegas and Orlando. He would like to thank his mentors Linda Williams, Harvey Williams and Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley at KC Melting and also the Unicorn Theatre for providing the opportunity to work on such an incredible piece with this cast.
Keenan Ramos (EVAN) Keenan Ramos is super pumped to be back at the Unicorn Theatre. He first stepped foot on it's stage in 2004's Take Me Out. Some memorable roles here include My First Time, Grey Gardens, and Water By The Spoonful. He has also worked at the Kennedy Center, including the National Tour of Teddy Roosevelt. He has been on stage in Bostons Hunington Stage. He is most proud to grace the bulk of Kansas City's stages. Keenan attended Kansas State University. Without Cynthia Levin, I would not be the actor I am today. So a thousand thanks to her. This performance is dedicated, as always, to my eight year old lima bean Sloane.