Rumors CAST BIOS
Photos by Ron Abrams unless noted
Nikki Young (Chris/Producer) got her first taste of life in front of the camera at age 6, when she was featured in a Joske’s ad campaign. Since then, her career has brought her to stages across Texas – including the Renaissance Guild productions Bee-Luther-Hatchee, Godspell, and The Left Hand Singing – and screens around the world (in the award-winning film Four Minutes Till The End). Nikki’s recent stage credits include James Venhaus’s White Room for 2009’s TheatreASAP. As a longtime supporter and friend of TRG, she would like to thank the company for the opportunity to act on its stage again, and her family for their unfailing love and support.
Dru Barcus (Ken) turned to acting in junior high after realizing that he was not meant to play the saxophone. A graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word, his stage credits have included The Fantasticks, If I Can’t Have You No One Can, The Lady’s Not For Burning, and The Life and Death of the Amazing Captain Piledriver. Dru would like to thank his parents for believing in his dream and encouraging him to pursue and achieve it.
Danielle King (Claire/Producer) is a practicing Christian, Co-Founder of TRG, and founder of DramaChild Productions. Her recent performances include Proposals, Black & Blue, the award winning film Dating Danielle, and TRG’s Crimes of the Heart. She has won several Alamo Theatre Arts Council Globe Awards, including two in 2008 for Blues for an Alabama Sky and Nuncrackers. You can catch her in her next performance as Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray at the Woodlawn Theatre, August 16-Sep 12. She sends lots of love and thanks to her family, friends, supporters, and mostly to God.
Charles Riley (Lenny) is a San Antonio native and started acting in 2004 with the sketch comedy group called the Woodies. He has acted in multiple shows with TRG, including A Raisin In The Sun, Fences, Dearly Departed, Fabulation and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He has also appeared on TLC’s series Personal Justice. Charles would like to thank God, family and friends for all of their support!
Barry Goettl (Ernie) was born in Minnesota, but found his home in San Antonio after coming here for a job with the Air Force Research Lab. An active performer in his church’s drama ministry, he recently appeared in Agatha Christie’s The Hollow for the Harlequin Dinner Theatre; Rumors is his first production with The Renaissance Guild. Barry would like to thank his lovely wife Pam for giving up their “empty nest” time so he can come out to play, and his daughters Kim and Meghan for years of informal drama training.
Denise Swain (Cookie) began her acting career with a high school production of Lil’ Abner; since then, she has appeared in numerous productions in theaters and churches across the region, including the Alamo Street Restaurant & Theater, S.T.A.G.E., University UMC, and the Sheldon Vexler; for The Renaissance Guild, she has previously appeared in Steel Magnolias, Dearly Departed, and the ActOne Series. When not acting – or acting up – Denise can be found working as a paralegal; she wishes to thank her family, friends, and co-workers for their support when she’s in “Diva Mode”.
Peter Guzman (Glenn) has been acting for over 18 years and graduated from Texas State University-San Marcos, where he first met Nikki Young and Chadd Green. He has performed on stages across Texas in such shows as Blood Wedding, Furious, Henry IV, and Richard III; Rumors is his first TRG production. Peter would like to thank TRG for the opportunity; his parents, family, and friends for their continuous love and support in his artistic ventures; and Chadd and Nikki for remembering him. Hope you as an audience enjoy the show and God Bless.
Louisette Zurita (Cassie) stumbled into acting (almost literally) when she walked into the San Pedro Playhouse during auditions for The Perils of Chastity. Since then, she has performed and taught as an actor, singer, and instrumentalist for audiences across the state, including President George H.W. Bush, Archbishops Flores and Gomez, and the late Governor Ann Richards; she recently appeared in Sheila Rinear’s Heatwave for 2009’s TheatreASAP. Louisette would like to thank her mom for her support!
Stephen Weser (Officer Welch) has been active on stages across Texas, including the Steven Stoli Playhouse, the Sheldon Vexler Theatre, and the Houston Grand Opera. His stage credits include Conversations With My Father, Romeo and Juliet, and Blessed Assurance and the ActOne Series for TRG. Stpehen would like to dedicate this performance to his mother Deborah Weser, a woman who always found humor in the politics of life.
Alexander Berkowitz (Chris/Casey/Pudney Understudy) is a San Antonio native who caught the acting bug after playing Christopher Columbus in a third-grade class play. Since then, his credits have included appearances in A Midsummer Night’s Dream onstage and Donato: King Of The Vampire Drags onscreen. Rumors is Alex’s first production with TRG, and he would like to thank the company for the opportunity to perform on its stage, Jade Esteban Estrada for telling him about the auditions, and his “Shorty” for supporting him.
Rumors CREW BIOS
Chadd Green (Director) received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southwest Texas State University. Since then, he has worked as a director, assistant director, director of photography, editor, designer, and in other capacities on many stage productions and video projects, including several plays for TheatreASAP. His film credits include the award-winning short films Crush, Dating Danielle, and Fantasy, Inc. Rumors marks Chadd’s return to the TRG stage, having previously worked on Riff Raff and The Left Hand Singing, and he would like to thank Paul, Danielle, and his fantastic cast and crew for the warm welcome back.
Angela Bennett (Assistant Director) previously appeared in TRG’s Fabulation and Crimes of the Heart, and has directed three plays in the ActOne Series. She won ATAC Awards for her roles in Spell #7 and In The Blood, and her TV credits include ER, Between Kings and Queens, Sisters In The Spirit, The MC Hammer Story, and a national campaign for Kia. Angela gives thanks and honor to God for the journey, and to her family and friends for all of their patience, encouragement, and support.
Lee Hurtado (2nd Assistant Director) is a San Antonio native and a lifelong supporter of the arts. His writing has been featured in African-American Reflections, SWAG magazine, and the San Antonio Observer; in the award-winning short films Dating Danielle and Fantasy, Inc.; and in his own blog, The Hurtado Street Theater. Lee would like to thank TRG and PrimaDonna Productions, Inc. for the opportunity to take part in his first stage production, and his family and friends for their continued support and belief through his odyssey in the arts.
Steve Wire (Crew Chief) graduated from Texas State University with a B.F.A. in Theatre Directing. He has performed in such productions as Jake’s Women and Proof, and his directing credits include Waiting For Godot, The Elephant Man, and The Glass Menagerie. Rumors marks Steve’s TRG debut, and he would like to thank the company, cast and crew for their support through this wonderful experience.
Jesse Arenas (Light Designer) is the Head of Production Lighting at San Antonio Sound & Light. He is the company’s webmaster and also helps in the lighting design on permanent installations. Recently he designed the lighting for a corporate event that produced a musical revue on Broadway in New York. He has worked in production in San Antonio for over 13 years, including over 8 years with The Renaissance Guild, and loves working with such great people on such great shows.
Ron Abrams (Photographer) was born in Tampa, Florida and moved to San Antonio after retiring from the US ARMY in 2005. He will receive his BS in Management in May of this year. He has worked with The Renaissance Guild since 2008, on such projects as Fabulation and the ActOne Series plays. To see more of his photography, please visit www.abramsphotography.com.
Paul Riddle Jr. (Producer) is a Co-Founder and President of TRG. Paul began his acting career over 16 years ago and some of his on stage appearances include The Gin Game, A Soldier’s Play, Raisin In the Sun, Colored Museum, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Fences, Betrayal, Spell #7 and Blessed Assurance. He has produced several ActOne and Mainstage plays including TRG’s ATAC multi-award winning production of A Raisin in the Sun. He is happy to watch others on and off stage enjoying the magic of theatre and is pleased with TRG’s move into their new venue, The Carver. He continues to thank God for all of the support from patrons, family and friends.