About the Artists
Sarah MacMillan (Sarah) started acting in grade school and went on to study at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She has performed on stages in Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, at the New York City Fringe Festival, several times at the Valdez Theatre Conference, and one summer as a Madam at an Historical Mining Camp in Skagway. Her life in the theatre took off after tackling the role of Nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest in Anchorage, AK. Notable roles to follow include Mary Tyrone in A Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter, Denise Savage in Savage in Limbo, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Sarah Palin in Whacking the Turkey, and a variety of roles in the ensembles of Anton in Show Business, Dracula, Lend Me a Tenor, Medea, The Dixie Swim Club, Nickel & Dimed, Crimes of the Heart, Swimming in the Shallows, Witness for the Prosecution, and Pygmalion. Sarah has spent over a decade as a Guest Artist of Fairbanks Shakespeare, where favorite roles include Pompey in Measure for Measure, Guildenstern in Hamlet, Saturninus in Titus Andronicus and Constance in King John. In Tucson, Sarah has appeared with Borderlands Theatre, Invisible Theatre, The Rogue Theatre, Etcetera at Live Theatre Workshop, and most recently as Herodius in Salome at The Scoundrel and Scamp.
Ben Branch (Depression, et al) hails from Idaho originally, and attended Film School at Scottsdale Community College. His film work, both in front of and behind the camera, includes various music videos, independent films, and most recently working in the Art Department of Christopher Bradley’s ‘The Trigger’ (2017). Ben made his stage debut last fall as Ron Miller in A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney with The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre.
Evan Werner (Anxiety, et al) studied theatre at Depaul University and Pima Community College. He served as Directing Producer for Purple Summer Productions in Bay City, MI, spent three seasons in a variety of roles at The Van Buren Theatre, and one season as a member of Winding Road Theater Ensemble. Notable acting roles include Basil Hallward in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Osric in Hamlet, Jules in boom, (Mac Award Nomination, Best Actor) Ronald in The Altruists (Mac Award Nomination––Best Actor), Howie in Speech & Debate, Haemon in Antigone, Christopher Belling in Curtains, Seductra in Head: The Musical, Sir Oakley in Anything Goes, Algernon in The Importance Of Being Earnest, Beane in Love Song, Clifford in Deathtrap, Amos in Chicago, Hal in Proof and multiple local appearances with Stories That Soar!
Toni Press-Coffman (Playwright) is the recipient of several national playwriting awards. Her play Touch has been produced at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Theatre of N.O.T.E. in Los Angeles, as well as other theatres throughout the United States and Europe. Another play, That Slut! has received favorable notices. In 2000, Press-Coffman was awarded an NEA/TCG Playwright Residency Award. Additionally, she was one of 12 playwrights selected to participate in the 1995 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Toni Press-Coffman has received fellowships and awards from the California Arts Council, the Arizona State Playwriting Contest, the Negro Ensemble Theatre Company, the Invisible Theatre, Wisconsin Women in the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Peninsula Community Foundation (which later merged with Community Foundation Silicon Valley to become the Silicon Valley Community Foundation), and the Shubert Foundation. She has a BA in Playwriting from UCLA and an MA in Theatre and Film from the University of Connecticut, and has taught Playwriting at several major universities. Toni lives, writes, teaches and acts in Tucson, AZ.
Christopher Johnson (Direction) is an actor, director and sometimes playwright. Directing credits include Three Tall Women, Penelope and his adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray for The Rogue; Hedwig and The Angry Inch for The Bastard; boom, Cabaret, The Year Of Magical Thinking, The Altruists and Speech & Debate for Winding Road Theater Ensemble; Wit, Persephone Or Slow Time, The Book Of Liz, My Name Is Rachel Corrie, Say You Love Satan, Robots Vs. Fake Robots, Killer Joe, The Rocky Horror Show, Danny And The Deep Blue Sea, The Importance Of Being Earnest, The Penis Monologues, Savage In Limbo, Bug, Titus Andronicus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Etcetera at Live Theatre Workshop where he served as Artistic Director from 2007–2012. He was last seen on stage as Prior Walter in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Mac Award Winner––Best Actor, Drama) at the Rogue Theatre, where he serves as an Artistic Associate and General Manager.
Shannon Wallace (Lighting Design) graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, focusing on both lighting design and stage management. As an electrician and programmer, she worked on over 20 productions with Arizona Repertory Theatre. She was the lighting designer for their Showcase series for three years and acted as associate lighting designer for mainstage productions of Boeing Boeing and The Full Monty. Shannon currently works at the Rogue Theatre as associate lighting designer, where recent credits include The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Uncle Vanya, Penelope, Macbeth, Celia, A Slave, Bach at Leipzig, and Three Tall Women. She is also serves as resident stage manger for The Rogue Theatre. Shannon is grateful to be working full-time as a theater artist in her hometown.
Susan Collinet (House Manager) earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Arizona in 2008. Decades before returning to college as a non-traditional student, Susan spent twenty years in amateur theater, mostly on the East coast, as well as in Brussels, Belgium in the American Theater of Brussels, and the Theatre de Chenois in Waterloo. She has worked in such positions as a volunteer bi-lingual guide in the Children’s Museum of Brussels, the Bursar of a Naturopathic Medical school in Tempe, Arizona, an entrepreneur with two “Susan’s of Scottsdale” hotel gift shops in Scottsdale, Arizona, and as the volunteer assistant Director of Development of the Arizona Aids Project in Phoenix. Susan continues to work on collections of poetry and non-fiction. Her writing has won awards from Sandscript Magazine, the John Hearst Poetry Contest, the Salem College for Women’s Center for Writing, and was published in a Norton Anthology of Student’s Writing.