Motherhood Out Loud

May 1-17, 2014


Funny, poignant, and utterly unpredictable, Motherhood Out Loud shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. 

Written by Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Anne Weisman, & Cheryl L. West
Conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein
Directed by Shellie Waters
Featuring: Barb Gandy, Betsy West, Michael Canham, Elizabeth Golden & Tamara Johnson Howell

Barb Gandy

Barb’s time in theatre is long and will only give away her age. Barb first performed with Pygmalion in 2002 in Food Chain. Other favorite PYG shows include; Beyond Therapy, Knowing Cario, Sordid Lives, and many others. “It is a privilege to be with the talented folks in Motherhood Out Loud as well as associated with Pygmalion, as a director, actor and Board Member.

Betsy West
Besty was last seen on stage as Mrs. Webb in The Grand Theatre’s production of Our Town. She was also recently seen as Dr. Gertie Landenberger in Silver Summit Theatre’s production of 33 Variations. She has performed in Pygmalion’s productions os Seven, Well and Wonder of the World. Favorite roles include M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias (Pinnacle Acting Co.), Jessie Mae in The Trip to Bountiful, Agnes in I Do! I Do! and Mother Superior in Nunsense (The Grand Theatre). Betsy was fortunate to play the role of Susan in the one-woman show My Left Breast (Plan B Theatre Co.). In her acting career, Betsy has had the honor of performing at Pioneer Theatre Co., Sundance Summer Theatre, and Salt Lake Acting Co. as well as numerous commercials, voice-overs, and industrials. She has a BFA from the University of Utah, Modern Dance Major/Musical Theatre emphasis.

Michael Canham
Michael is thrilled to be back after a two year vacation from the stage. Last seen with Pygmalion as Mr. Daldry in In The Next Room (or the vibrator play), he is pleased to add Motherhood Out Loud to his list of theatrical credits. Favorite roles include; Brother Boy in Sordid Lives, Roat in Wait Until Dark, Brian Runnicles in No Sex Please We’re British and Trotter in The Mousetrap. Michale would like to give a huge thank you to Shellie Waters for her help, support and trusting that he could do this show. “It seems appropriate that I dedicate my performance to my mom. The amazing woman who gave birth to me and continues to care for me every day! Love you mommy!”

Elizabeth Golden
This is Elizabeth’s first production with Pygmalion and she could not be more thrilled to be a part of such a beautiful play. Elizabeth has recently graduated from Utah Valley University, where she studied acting. During her time there, she received the honor of Best Actress from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Other credits include; The Woman in Death of a Salesman (The Grand Theatre), Emilia in Othello (Utah Valley University). Elizabeth is the mother of three beautiful children, who remind her every day what a privilege it is to be called “Mom.” She would like to dedicate this performance to her own mother, grandmother and mother in law, three women who have set the standard for unconditional love and support.

Tamara Johnson Howell
Tamara is thrilled to be a part of this timely piece. Recently, she was seen in The 12 Dates of Christmas, Seven and The Good Body (Pygmalion). Other recent roles include Truvy in Steel Magnolias and Rona Lisa Perrett in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Pinnacle Acting Co.), Steffy in I Oughta Be in Pictures (Utah Theatre Artists), Noleta Netercott in Sordid Lives, Lou in Welcome Home Jenny Sutter and Zoila in Living Out (Pygmalion). Tamara earned her BFA in theatre from the University of Utah.

Production Staff

Shellie Waters – Director
Shellie has been involved in theatre in and around Salt Lake City for over twenty five years and is pleased to be directing for Pygmalion once again. Some of her directing credits include Steel Magnolias (Pinnacle Acting Company), Crimes of the Heart, Wait Until Dark, The Rainmaker (Stage Right Theatre Co.), The Batting Cage and Fat Pig (Pygmalion), Oklahoma (Layton Arts Council), Crazy for You and Brigadoon (Center Point Theatre). During the day Shellie is a Medicare Advisor with CVS/Caremark.

Jesse Portillo – Lighting Designer
Jesse is always happy to work with Pygmalion Theatre Company, where previous credits include In The Next Room, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, and Welcome HomeJenny Sutter. Recent credits include The Little Dog Laughed (Millikin University), Turandot (Mobile Opera), Dido and Aeneas (Baylor University Opera), and Gypsy and Avenue Q (LOOK Musical Theater). Local credits include productions with Plan-B Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, Egyptian Theatre, and the Grand Theatre. Jesse received an MFA in Lighting Design from Indiana University, and is on the faculty of the University of Utah Department of Theatre where he teaches courses in Lighting Design.

Mikal Troy Klee – SoundScape Design
Since 1998 Troy has created SoundScapes for Pygmalion Theatre Company as resident sound designer. Troy is also on the Board of Directors for Silver Summit Theatre Company and recently designed the Set, Sound and Projections for their production of 33Variations as well as the logos for each of their productions. Troy has also worked with The Classical Greek Theatre Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company, The Hive Theatre Company, Wasatch Theatre Company, Dark Horse Company Theatre and Pinnacle Acting Company. Production designs include, Antigone, A Behanding In Spokane, The Passion of Sister Dottie S. Dixon, In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play, The Coming Ice Age, Six Degrees Of Separation, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Dottie: The Sister Lives On, The Lion In Winter, In A Dark Dark House, True West, Popcorn, Sordid Lives, Stop Kiss, Steel Magnolias, Frozen, Dracula and Gypsy. While Troy has been doing theatre since he was nine years old, he is most proud to have been involved as a lighting and sound technician for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Jennie Pett – Stage Manager
Jennie has always been an avid theatre go-er, but has never worked behind the scenes. She is honored to make her first foray into stage management with Pygmalion. It has been an absolute Thrill to be part of creating a compelling & beautiful performance. Motherhood Out Loud is a reminder that there are all types of families and she is proud to be a mom in her own way.

Becca Dupaix – Production Stage Manager
Becca is thrilled to be working on her fifth season with Pygmalion Theater. Favorite projects with this incredible company include; Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), and The Passion of Sister Dottie S. Dixion. As a Weber State University graduate, Becca has had the pleasure of working with many Salt Lake theater companies including Dark Horse Theater, Pioneer Theater Company, New Works Theater Machine, and Pinnacle Acting Company. As the Development Coordinator for Tracy Aviary, a board member for Pygmalion and volunteer at many local non-profit organizations, Becca is always excited to help creativity flourish & give back to the Salt Lake community she loves.