Nora and Delia Ephron

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

March 31 - April 10
Ivy Tech Waldron Auditorium

Artists

ACTORS

Laurie-BurnsMcRobbieLaurie Burns McRobbie is thrilled to be making her Cardinal Stage debut as part of a fabulous cast of women and in support of My Sister’s Closet.  A senior advisor in the IU Foundation, adjunct faculty in the IU School of Informatics and Computing, and IU’s 18th first lady, Laurie serves as an ambassador for the importance of women’s visibility and empowerment in the worlds of philanthropy and technology.  A 10-year resident of Bloomington, Laurie has been involved with numerous local organizations and is grateful for the many opportunities available to contribute to a great community.  Laurie credits her supportive family and especially her performance-minded children for inspiring her to risk public humiliation in service of a good cause.

Beverly-CalenderAndersonBeverly Calender-Anderson is delighted to be making her debut with Cardinal Stage Company and helping to support the important mission of My Sister’s Closet. Beverly is the Director of the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department. This is her first time on stage since playing Lena Younger in a Judson University (IL) production of A Raisin in the Sun. She has her son, James, to thank for convincing her to take on this challenge. Beverly would also like to thank Randy White, Sandy Deykes Keller and the all of the amazing women in the cast for everything they do to make Bloomington a great place to live.

 

MaryCatherine-CarmichaelMary Catherine Carmichael is a 25 year resident of Bloomington, IU grad and native Hoosier. Acting on a lifelong passion for community service and politics, Mary Catherine has served on several boards and commissions and has worked on several political campaigns, most recently John Hamilton’s successful run for mayor in 2015. She was a City of Bloomington Parks Commissioner, and has served on the boards of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County Alumni Association, Bloomington Area Arts Council, CASA, Hoosier Youth Philharmonic and the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, among other volunteer positions. Her last acting role was in The Vagina Monologues. Her favorite role is that of mother to her son, Dylan. She currently serves as the Communications Director for the City of Bloomington.

Cathy-DiersingCathy Diersing was last on stage in theater, (1st grade-circa 1973) and received rave reviews as Mrs. Claus. Years later she moved from Indianapolis to attend IU. She received her Masters from Butler University. Cathy has had the great fortune of serving as a public school educator for 30 years. Her joy is found in her own four children, the thousands of others she has had the pleasure of serving, Disney, and great books. She has had the privilege of working at Clear Creek and Templeton, as well as Indiana University. The last eight years she has found joy as the School Leader at The Project School.  She has traveled through all of these stages, except 1st grade, with her amazing husband Larry.

Lori-GarraghtyLori Garraghty was born in Ohio, but lived all over the US and even overseas growing up in a military family. After all the moving, she is happy she landed in Bloomington, where she truly feels a part of this wonderful community. Usually, Lori is behind the scenes working as the stage manager. Most recently, she stage managed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Mary Poppins, Shrek, and Les Miserables for Cardinal; Collected Stories for JTB; and the Fall & Spring Ballets (Jacobs School of Music). Lori earned her MPA from IU, worked for United Way and Stone Belt Arc as Director of Development and recently joined the staff at SPEA as Executive Director of Development. Love and thanks to Preston and much love to my friends.

 

Jessika-HaneJessika Hane is the Human Resources Director at Oliver Winery and the Vice President of Cardinal’s Board of Directors. A huge fan of theatre and how it is made (thanks Mom and Dad!) she is thrilled to be taking part in this unique and wonderful production. A big shout out to all of the staff at Cardinal Stage for their friendship and support. Jessika would like to dedicate this performance to Bryan, Grace and Eleanor.

 

 

 

Kelsie-HoltKelsie Holt has enjoyed working at The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, for the last four years, managing hYPe (helping Young Professionals excel) and more recently, the Franklin Initiative. Kelsie graduated with a degree in tourism management from Indiana University in 2011, and, like many others, ended up making Bloomington her home. Outside of hYPe, Kelsie can be found hanging out with her friends, stand-up paddle boarding with her boyfriend in the summer and of course, spending a lot of playtime with her cat, Tibbles. She is looking forward to performing with Cardinal Stage Company and excited to support My Sister’s Closet through such a unique opportunity.

 

Ashley-KorusAshley Korus is thrilled to be a part of the Love, Loss and What I Wore cast. She and her husband Michael are supporters of Cardinal Stage and love what their team has done and continues to do with productions like this. Ashley lives in Bloomington with her family, but is a native of Tucson, Arizona. She is a Product Manager at Cook Medical and volunteers as the Chapter Advisor for the Beta Tau chapter of Alpha Phi at IU. Ashley is deeply passionate about developing women to become leaders and active members of their communities. She would like to dedicate this performance to her daughter, mother and grandmother.

 

Macy,-ConstanceConstance Macy returns to Cardinal having recently played Nurse Ratched in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST. Other Cardinal roles include Barbara in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, Jean Louise (narrator) in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and Mrs. Van Daan in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. A professional actor for more than 25 years, Ms. Macy has worked at regional theatres across the country, but prefers to stay close to home. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband Rob and 12-year-old son Mike, and is a regular performer as well as a teacher at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. She co-founded the collaborative ensemble ShadowApe Theatre Company in 1998, and served as producer, performer and writer, adapting the work of Vonnegut, Anne Sexton and others for the stage. She left the company in 2010, but continues to perform with them, most recently in the Indianapolis Fringe production of JEN-CON, written by Bennett Ayres for her and Jen Johansen, with whom she is often confused. Ms. Macy also works with Indiana University Health, where she plays patients and loved-ones in simulated scenarios designed to enhance the training of medical personnel. She has provided voice over for local and national television and radio spots as well as industrial films, training videos, documentaries, websites and audio books. She has appeared onstage with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, reading excerpts from the Harry Potter books during their John Williams concert (best job ever) and frequently reads aloud for events at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. A graduate of Indiana University’s Department of Theatre and Drama, Ms. Macy has been honored by the Indiana Arts Commission, is a two- time Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellow and a Lunt Fontanne National Fellow.

Sylvia-McNairSylvia McNair Grammy-award winner, Regional Emmy-award winner, singer Sylvia McNair has been on the world’s biggest and best stages for 35 years. She has over 70 recordings to her credit ranging from Mozart arias to Brazilian jazz. In May of 2016, her musical autobiography recording, Subject to Change!, will be released on the Harbinger label. Performances this season include concerts with the Chicago Symphony, the Central City Opera, and A Robert Shaw Christmas at the famed Ravinia Festival. Sylvia’s true passion lies in the Great American Songbook and in musical theater repertory although her dream of singing on Broadway has yet to be fulfilled and she’s not getting any younger! Broadway producers and others are invited to visit SylviaMcNair.com. And to all of her wonderful students at the Jacobs School of Music she says: Fly More Than You Fall

Abby-NorooziAbby Noroozi is a small town girl.  Originally from West Terre Haute, she graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in Elementary Education.  After graduation in 2000, Abby and her husband Scott moved south where she was an elementary school teacher at a progressive, private school in the Atlanta metro area.  They started their family in 2005, and moved to Bloomington that same year.  In 2007 she and her husband opened (what is now) The Green Nursery, a retail company that specializes in baby products and toys for modern families.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and has done fundraising work for several other local non-profit organizations. In 2015 she was awarded Top 10 Under 40 by Bloomington hYPe.  This isn’t her first time on a stage, but it’s been a while!  She starred as Dolly in West Vigo High School’s 1995 production of Hello Dolly! and the same year played as Alice in You Can’t Take it with You.

Sandy-SabbaghSandy Sabbagh, a long time Bloomington resident, is a Realtor/Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.  Degrees in Fine Arts and Education prepared her to teach High School English and Drama in Berea, Ohio, near her hometown of Cleveland, and in Terre Haute while her husband Hal was teaching at Rose Hulman. Hal and Sandy are the proud parents of Elias, Kahlil, and Amira. Besides real estate, Sandy loves gardening, cooking, dancing, and anything theatrical, and is very pleased to be a part of this fun production and benefit for My Sisters Closet!

 

 

Lynn-SchwartzbergLynn Schwartzberg is thrilled to be in her second Cardinal Stage production!  She is the General Manager at One World Catering where she also bakes delicious goodies.  Lynn is a member of the Bloomington Arts Commission, a citizen’s commission that advocates for the arts in the City of Bloomington. She sings alto with the Bloomington Chamber Singers.  A committed Lotus volunteer, Lynn manages the Festival Store at the Lotus Festival every year as well as serving on the Volunteer Support Committee and the Edible Lotus team.  Lynn is a member of the Bloomington Rotary Club and serves as its Sargent at Arms.

 

Francescia-SobrerFrancesca Sobrer has been The Director of the Theatre Program for BHSN for going on 17 years now, Francesca is also an active member of the Bloomington theatre scene. She has performed in a few Bloomington Playwrights Productions including Julie D, Sans Merci and Three Views of the Same Object. A member of the Bloomington Arts Commission, Francesca is thrilled to live in a town that recognizes that Art Matters. Thank you to the Cardinal Stage community for creating this wonderful event that supports our community of Art, Theatre and Women!

 

 

Pam-ThrashPam Thrash is a local radio personality who began her radio career in 1989, spending the majority of her professional years at B97 radio. Best known for hosting the Retro Lunch hour, Pam has taken her show out to the local club scene for some of the biggest Retro Dance nights of the year for over 17 years. Pam also spent a few years co-hosting The Weekly Special on IU’s PBS television station, WTIU. A native of Muncie, Indiana, Pam moved to Bloomington in 1984, graduated with a degree from IU, and made Bloomington her home. When not on air, Pam enjoys being involved in the community, is a Cub Scout Den Leader, and happily spends lots of time with her young son.

 

Maria-WalkerMaria Walker was born and raised in cold and snowy Vermont. After completing a vocal performance degree there, she packed up her wool sweaters and flannel shirts and headed to Indiana to pursue graduate studies at the IU Jacobs School of Music. Since then, both her story and her wardrobe have involved many a theater costume, recital gown and all-black concert ensemble throughout her career as a freelance singer and actor-all while wearing one of her very favorite (and most stylish) hats, raising three children with her husband Ron here in Bloomington. Maria is proud and honored to participate in this special production with Cardinal Stage Company that will support and benefit the advancement of women in our community.

Shelli-YoderShelli Yoder Shelli Yoder is an Indiana University educator and Monroe County Council member who is running for Congress to tackle our toughest challenges with the common sense of a mom who understands that we can’t solve anything if all we’re doing is fussing and fighting. Shelli is a native Hoosier who grew up in the small town of Shipshewana, where she learned the values of faith, hard work and community. Driven by her desire to help others, Shelli continued her education and earned a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services from Indiana University in South Bend and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University, where she also researched mental health policy. Following graduation, Shelli married her husband, Josh Perry, a professor of business law and ethics at IU. They live in Bloomington with their three children.