TRAGEDY AVERTED ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Teresa Sanderson – Director
Teresa has been producing, directing, and acting in theatres along the
Wasatch front for 30 years. She is thrilled (cautiously) to have the opportunity to direct the first 
show back for PYGmalion after being dark for so
long, and a comedy to boot! It has been a joy to be back in the room and to be working with this talented cast and crew. Masks and all. Teresa is as excited as you are to see their faces. So sit back and let’s laugh together.

Alexandra Petri – Playwright.
Alexandra Petri is an American humorist and newspaper columnist. In
2010, she became the youngest person to have a column in The Washington Post. In high school she wrote plays for a competition at Arena Stage; three of hers were chosen for performance. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a degree in English, concentrating in classics, in 2010; while there she joined the Harvard Stand Up Comedy Society, worked with the Hasty Pudding Club, and wrote for the Internet comedy series On Harvard Time and for the Harvard Crimson. She is a member of a playwrights’ collective in Washington, D.C., called The Welders.Her book of essays A Field Guide to Awkward Silences was published in 2015. Her play The Campsite Rule, a sex comedy whose title is derived from an idea taken from Dan Savage, was premiered at the Capital Fringe Festival.Of her writing, Petri has said, “My goal is to be weirder than everybody else and hope that no one stops me. So far no one has.” Writers and co
medians she has listed as influences include James Thurber, Dave Barry,

Mitch Hedberg, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, and William Shakespeare.

Cast and Production Staff

Natalie Keezer – Lady M
Natalie Keezer is thrilled to be working with the incredible people at PYG
malion Productions. Past PYG credits include, Pre-show in The Weyward Sisters and Belle London in If This Wall Could Talk. Other favorite credits are Rose in Caroline, Or Change (Good Company Theatre), Saturday’s Voyeur (Salt Lake Acting Company), Marjorie Baverstock in The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940 (The Grand Theatre), and Shelly in Buried Child (Silver Summit Theatre Company). Natalie has an MA in Theatre from Idaho State University and is a graduate of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Training Center in Los Angeles.

Allison Billmeyer – Juliet
Allison, (she,her) is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Actor Training
Program and Idyllwild Arts Academy. She has recently performed in Big Love, Macbeth, and She Kills Monsters, at the University of Utah, and in the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival 2021. She thanks Pygmalion for this opportunity and her mom always!

Ryeleigh McCready – Ophelia
Ryeleigh is excited to be working with PYGmalion Productions for the first

time! Ryeleigh graduated with her BFA at Westminster College last May.
She was previously in Fefu and Her Friends (Fefu), Gaslight (Bella), and The Christians (Elizabeth) at Westminster. Her regional credits include The Real Thing (Debbie) with Pinnacle Acting Company, and Fictitious People with Beyond the Line Theatre Company. Other credits include Here Together-A Site Specific Exploration written and directed by Hannah Orr.

Brandy Pehrson – Cordelia
Brandy grew up in Germany the only daughter of military parents. They
retired in Southern California where Brandy was able to first stretch her acting chops. From high school to local theaters to L.A. films and commercials. After wrapping up the theater AFA program at Clark College she then took a seven year corporate hiatus before returning to acting full steam ahead. Brandy loves every aspect of acting from musical theater to background film work. She’s proud of the strength acting gives her; to put her whole heart into everything she does. Brandy’s performance is dedicated to her Aunt Karen who always taught her to look up.

Brianna Meikle – Desdemona
I am thrilled to be a part of this show and to be working with this amaz
ing theater company! Telling stories through the lens of women is powerful, needed, and I believe it can change the world. I have a BFA in Musical Theater from Utah Valley University. I work as a vocal coach and assistant director for One Voice Children’s Choir. Past roles: Margo in Bright Star (HCT Sandy), U/S Amalia Balash in She Loves Me (Harman Theater) Brutus in Julius Caesar (UVU) Jo in Little Women (UVU Blackbox) Ensemble in Jumpers (UVU) I’m super thankful for my family, especially my amazing husband for supporting me and my dreams.

Emily Kitterer – Police
Emily Kitterer is a senior at Westminster College pursuing her BFA in The
atre Performance. Her technical credits include Goodstanding (Stage Manager),Wild Magic, Quiet Chaos (Sound Designer) and was the Production Assistant for the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival. Additionally she assisted in sound designing and engineering for Westminster’s production of Next to Normal.

Jennie Pett – Stage Manager
Jennie is pleased to be stage managing again this year with PYGmalion
Theater company. Previous PYG credits include White Savior, Flying, Two-Headed, Sweetheart Come, Wait!, Red bike, I and You, The Weyward Sisters, amongst many. Other company credits include Stag’s Leap at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Saturday’s Voyeur 2017 at Salt Lake Acting Company, Great Salt Lake Fringe 2016, and WIT for Wasatch Theatre Company. Jennie would like to thank her family for all their love and support and is so thankful that she could be part of the family business! 

Allen Smith – Scenic Design
Allen Smith just recently designed Two Headed for PYG. He has been
teaching set design and designing scenery for the last 13 years. Some of his favorite designs have been Urinetown for Loyola Academy in Chicago; Caroline Or Change and Gloria for Good Company Theatre. He received a Masters in Directing Theatre from Roosevelt University and loves spending his days teaching.

Don Wilhelm – Lighting Design
Don served as a Lighting Designer/Technical Director at several theaters
including The Kenley Amphitheater, Roger’s Memorial Theater, Desert Star, Rose Wagner, Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse, Layton High musicals and is currently Technical Advisor for the Davis Arts Council. Don was Technical Director for the Utah Centennial Celebration. Don studied lighting at the GE Lighting Institute in Ohio. He served as President of the Illuminating Engineering Society and Intermountain Electrical Association. Don occasionally shares his talents on stage with his favorite roles being Tevye and Christmas Present. Don enjoys riding his motorcycle, photography, and any excuse to go to Disneyland. He lives in Layton with his wife Susan and they have three married children and ten wonderful grandchildren.

Andrea Benson Davenport – Costumer Designer
Andrea is currently the costume shop manager and cutter draper for the
Theater department at Westminster College and a freelance costume designer in Salt Lake City. In addition to her degree from Utah State University, she also studied design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has worked for Pinnacle Acting Company, Pygmalion Theater Company, Sackerson, The Lyric Repertory Company, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, and many others. For many years was the designer and shop manager for Dixie State University’s Theater program.

Mikal Troy Klee – SoundScape Design
Since 1998 I have been proudly designing for PYG. Other companies I
have had the honor to design for include Wasatch Theatre, Pinnacle Acting Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Classic Greek Theatre Festival, Dark Horse Company Theatre, The Hive Theatre, and Utah Repertory Theatre Company. SoundScape and Projection designs include Flying, Two Headed, Sweetheart Come, The Red Bike, Antigone, Six Degrees of Separation, Selma 65, 33 Variations, Steel Magnolias, Gypsy, A Behanding in Spokane, The Passion of Sister Dottie S. Dixon, Dottie: The Sister Lives On, The Odd Couple (female version). In case you were wondering, just like Roxie Hart, “I’m older than I ever intended to be.”