CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Assistant Stage Manager/Actor
Betsey Cooprider Bernstein
Prime Minister Evans
Mark Stevens, Leader of the Opposition
Ghost of Diana/Various
Curtis Edward Jackson
Jason Craig West
Scott Van Wye
Erica Bittner (Jess) is thrilled to work with Cardinal Stage for the first time. Favorite Chicago credits include: Bad Jews (Theatre Wit/ Northshore Center/ Royal George); The Madness of Edgar Allen Poe: A Love Story (First Folio Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane); Pygmalion, Love’s Labours Lost (Oak Park Festival Theatre); Dead Man Walking (Piven Theatre); Richard III: No Beast So Fierce (Oracle Theatre); Dis/Replacement, Laika’s Coffin (Redmoon); Hello Dolly! (Light Opera Works); Peer Gynt (DCASE Storefront); The Giver, Number the Stars, The BFG (GreatWorks Theatre); and work with One Year Chekhov, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. International: The Two Noble Kinsmen (RADA), Momentary Opera (Redmoon). Television: Chicago Fire (NBC), American Greed (CNBC). Erica holds a BFA from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and an Acting Shakespeare certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She is represented by Gray Talent Group.
Kate Braun (Camilla) holds a B.S. in Theatre from IU. She has appeared in over 50 stage productions at the Indiana Repertory Theatre; Phoenix Theatre; Edyvean Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, BPP Theatre, I.U productions, and now has 6 films to her credit. But a highlight of this career involved Cardinal and one of its first productions: SHOCKTOBERFEST!!!!! Thanks Randy.
Caitlin Collins (Ghost of Diana/ various) is thrilled to work with Cardinal Stage Company again after previously appearing in Bachelorette. A Chicago-based actor, her credits include Hand To God at Studio Theatre, Magnolia at the Goodman Theatre, The Crucible at Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Metal Children at Next Theatre, A Christmas Carol at The Palace Theater, The Little Mermaid at Drury Lane Theatre, Frindle with Griffin Theatre Company, Pink Milk with Oracle Theatre/White Elephant, The Beecher Sisters with Awkward Pause Theater, and As You Like It with Two Pence Theatre Company. Television credits include Chicago Fire (NBC), and Empire (FOX). She is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Clare Cooney (Kate) is thrilled to be working with Cardinal Stage for the first time! Based in Chicago, she is a proud graduate of The School at Steppenwolf Class of 2014, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and a Detroit native. Recent Chicago credits include: Pirandello’s Henry IV (Remy Bumppo), Chops (Dashnight Productions), and Beautiful Autistic (Chicago Dramatists). She has also worked with Chicago companies such as Northlight Theatre, Theater Wit, and Redtwist Theatre. She recently appeared in two short films, Bird of Prey and A Wake, and recently wrapped filming on her own short film, Runner. Clare is also the casting director for Theater Wit and has done freelance casting work for PR Casting and independent film projects, web series, and theater projects in Chicago. She is represented by Gray Talent Group. Love to Mom, Dad, the siblings, the little ones, and Shane.
Reid Henderson (William) is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he earned his Bachelor of Fine arts in Drama. King Charles III is his third show with Cardinal Stage Company. He has previously appeared in Cardinal productions of Mary Poppins as Bert and Elephant and Piggie as Gerald. Other roles include Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Joseph Cardin in The Children’s Hour, Bollingbroke in Richard II, The Cat in the Hat in Seussical, and Bobby Child in Crazy for You. Reid also took on the role of director for the first time this past summer with a New Jersey production of Oliver! followed by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Reid thanks the cast, crew, and entire Cardinal team for all of their time and hard work. It’s a real treat coming back to work in Bloomington.
Curtis Edward Jackson (Prince Harry) lives in Chicago but is originally from Philadelphia. He studied Acting at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf in Chicago. Recent Chicago credits include: Hand to God (Victory Gardens Theatre); A Splintered Soul (ARLA Productions); How the World Began (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); the U.S. premier of Brilliant Adventures (Steep Theatre Company); Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) (Jackalope Theatre Company); Men Should Weep, War of the Worlds (Griffin Theatre Company); Tribes, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Ghost Bike (Buzz22 Chicago); Shakespeare’s R&J (Idle Muse Theatre Company); Good Boys and True (Kokandy Productions). Regional credits include: Other Desert Cities (Farmer’s Alley Theatre); Richard III, Twelfth Night (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre); two national tours of Letters Home (Griffin Theatre Company). Film: The Falls: Covenant of Grace; Teacher. Curtis would like to thank his family and Drew for all of their love and support.
Jack O’Hara (James Reiss) has appeared in A Number at the Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis, Another Antigone for the Jewish Theater of Bloomington, The Woman in Black, The Boys Next Door and Heroes at Brown County Playhouse, as well as A Crime in a Madhouse, The Diary of Anne Frank, Treasure Island, Annie, August: Osage County, and 1776 for Cardinal Stage Company. In another life, he was Creative Director for an Indianapolis ad agency.
Gerard Pauwels (Prime Minster Evans) is delighted to be a part of his 12th Cardinal Stage production. His previous appearances include 1776!, Big River, Grapes of Wrath, Diary of Anne Frank, and Inherit the Wind. He has appeared locally in a number of productions at the BPP including Cadillac, Ampersand, and Three Views of the Same Object and two at the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington: Coming to See Aunt Sophie and Halpern and Johnson. He has also worked with Cortland Repertory Theatre, and the South Carolina Repertory, and has had roles in some independent films including Gila!, Camel Spiders, Monster Cruise, Nessie and Me, and Dunkirk, and in several Gudaitis Production documentaries including The Fall Creek Massacre and History of the U.S. District Court for Indiana
Mike Price (Opposition (Stevens)) has acted in Cardinal Stage productions including The Legend of Georgia McBride, Oliver!, Baskerville, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Of Mice and Men, Hairspray, 1776, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The 39 Steps, Les Misérables, Charlotte’s Web, The Lonesome West, My Fair Lady, August: Osage County, Underneath the Lintel, and A Year with Frog and Toad. Mike has an MA in instructional systems technology and has worked as an instructional video producer/director and instructional consultant. He is the associate artistic director at Cardinal Stage Company and assists with fight choreography and movement, sound, projection design and props, photography, website, and technical issues.
Charles Stransky (King Charles) is delighted to be making his debut at Cardinal Stage in King Charles III. A veteran character actor of stage, television, and film, Mr. Stransky worked in Chicago at the beginning of its burgeoning theatre movement before being called to Broadway. On Broadway, he played Lingk in the original production and the National tour of Glengarry Glen Ross in the Goodman Theatre. He was in The Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The Front Page at The Vivian Beaumont, playing Wilson, one of the reporters. Off-Broadway, Mr. Stransky played the role of La Poubelle in The Primary English Class, entirely in French. He performed several roles in Death Defying Acts. Recently, Mr. Stransky portrayed James Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night at The Court Theatre in Chicago, IL. He has performed in numerous regional theatres throughout the U.S. from West to East Coast; from New England to the South. On film, he can be seen in The Spanish Prisoner, Homicide, Things Change, all written and directed by David Mamet, besides many others. Mr. Stransky’s numerous appearances on televison include all six episodes of Embeds (on GO90.com), Patriot (Amazon Fire), Chicago P.D., Ed, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Newhart, Murphy Brown, Frank’s Place, My Sister Sam; several characters on episodes of Law and Order and All My Children. Mr. Stransky has narrated numerous audio books of every variety. He is represented by Paonessa Talent in Chicago, IL. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA); and SAG/AFTRA
Scott Van Wye (Ensemble) is a junior B.F.A. student in musical theatre. For Cardinal Stage Company: Hairspray (Link Larkin), Shrek (Big Bad Wolf). For IU Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar (Pontius Pilate), Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Gibson/Burns), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio) and The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Clive Paget/John Jasper). For IU Summer Theatre: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy), The King’s Critique (King Leopold), Seussical (Wickersham Brother). Independent Projects at Indiana University: Hello Again (Senator), See What I Wanna See (Morito/The Thief/The Reporter), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Satan). An avid fan of Cool Ranch Doritos, Scott is from Indianapolis, Indiana.
Jason Craig West (Ensemble) is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, and this is his Cardinal Stage Company debut. He received his B.F.A. in theatre education at Utah State University and is a third year M.F.A acting student at Indiana University. Jason has regional credits at the Desert Star Playhouse, the Utah Children’s Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre, the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre Company, the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, and the Indiana Festival Theatre. For IU Theatre: Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Bingley), Romeo and Juliet (Paris), Mr.Burns (Matt/Troy), Macbeth (Malcolm), Dancing at Lughnasa (Gerry Evans), and The Duchess of Malfi (Bosola). For IU Summer Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), Sense and Sensibility (John Willoughby), Seussical (The Cat in the Hat). Favorite roles: D’Artagnan (The Three Musketeers), Emmett (Legally Blonde), Oscar Jaffe (Twentieth Century), and Doug (Gruesome Playground Injuries).