Megan Bowers is an actor/comedian based in New York City. She is an ensemble member of LET after appearing as in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Underpants and Tribes.
Favorite credits include: Wren in Five Lesbians, Matt Damon in Matt and Ben, Little Sally in Urinetown, Nellie in Floyd Collins, and Bunny Lingus in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens.
When she's not performing sketch and improv comedy at such venues as Carolines on Broadway, the UCB Theater or the basement of a tile shop, she can be seen hosting at The Ride.
In 2015, she was honored to perform at the NY Comedy Festival, and to be named third on her mother's "comics to watch" list.
Terry Cermak is a founding ensemble member of LET and has designed lighting and scenery for The Glass Menagerie,The Waverly Gallery and The Clean House and scenery for The Underpants, Buyer and Cellar, and Tribes.
After starting out in the burgeoning West Coast regional theatre scene, he spent 9 years at Richmond’s TheatreVirginia as Technical Director, Lighting Designer and Production Manager. He spent 11 years as Production Manager for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where he designed lights for the premiere productions of A Lesson Before Dying and Fair and Tender Ladies. Born in Chicago, he returned to work at the Goodman Theatre, where he was the Production Manager for world premieres of works by August Wilson, Carol Burnett, and Stephen Sondheim, and he designed lighting for The Guys directed by Robert Falls. He has been affiliated with the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina for over 16 years and designed lights and/or sets for more than 40 productions, including Les Miserables, Aida, 42nd Street, and Singin’ in the Rain.
Terry lives in a cottage on the Carolina Coast with beautiful wife and artist Cynthia, their dog, and two cats. Together they forage a life out of theatre, art, music, books, food, libations, and nurturing each other. Their creative endeavors are inspired by and dedicated to the memory of their son Henry.
Upcoming at LET: Constellations.
Resident Stage Manager/Administrative Coordinator
Zach is a Stage Manager based on our very own Hilton Head Islan, SC. Zach is excited to join Lean Ensemble Theater as an ensemble member.
Among his favorite credits: Tribes, Guys and Dolls, As You Like It, The Last Five Years, Shopping & F&%king,The Glass Menagerie, The Andrews Brothers, Macbeth, No Exit, Cloud 9, and also various dance workshops and concerts.
A recent graduate in Theatre & Drama at Indiana University, Zach has been working in theatre and stage management for nearly a decade.
When not working with Lean, Zach enjoys freelancing at Hilton Head Christian Academy and working with high school students to teach them about stage management. Zach is thrilled to continue working with the many talented artists that make up this incredible company.
Clifton “Chip” Egan is dean emeritus of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University. He received his BA in theatre from Hanover College and his MFA in scenography from Northwestern University. Chip began his academic theatre career at Clemson University in 1976 eventually serving as chair of the department of performing arts for nine years during which time the Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts was planned and constructed. He is a past president of the South Carolina Theatre Association and the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) and currently serves on the SETC Nominations Committee.
Chip is now a freelance director/actor/designer who works regularly at the Warehouse Theatre and Centre Stage in Greenville, SC. He recently served as the Interim Director of the Clemson University Emeritus College as well as Interim Artistic Director of The Warehouse Theatre. He and his wife, Diane, have two married children and five grandchildren.
Directing The Diviners at the Circle Rep in New York in 1980 was the most high powered gig Tom ever had. The script was by Jim Leonard, who'd been Tom's student at Hanover College. When Jim began writing Tom advised he look for guidance to the plays of Lanford Wilson, a founder of Circle Rep. Through delightful coincidence, Lanford was dramaturge for the New York production.
In 2010, when Tom staged Talley's Folly in Indiana, in an "Author's Note" Lanford opined:
I'm thrilled to hear Tom will be directing my play. It was great fun hanging out with Jim Leonard and Tom and the "Diviner's" cast--lord, how many years ago? A time I look back on very fondly! And Tom worked such a magical spell on The Diviners--his is a talent and sensitivity I'll be happy to take advantage of for Talley's Folly."
Best review Tom ever got.
Barbara Farrar is no stranger to Hilton Head audiences. Between 2001 and 2014 she acted twelve major roles at the now defunct SCRC--among them Wit, Doubt, Foxfire, Yellow Dog Crossing, Rabbit Hole, and most recently, The Cocktail Hour and Skull in Connemara. Most of these were directed by her husband, Tom Evans.
Barbara has worked in theatre as an actor, director, acting coach, or administrator for fifty-odd years. In 1992, to advance her career she settled in New York City. In 1996, she was cast as a Broadway stand-in for Estelle Parsons in the two-character play, Grace and Glorie. Playing opposite Lucie Arnaz, Barbara went on for Estelle for thirty percent of the run. In the summer of 2014, Barbara turned her 11th performance of Grace at the Shuler Theatre in Raton, NM, where she also played 'Lady Bracknell' in The Importance of Being Earnest.
Bill is honored to be returning to Hilton Head as an ensemble member of the Lean Ensemble Theater, where he appeared in The Underpants. At the invitation of Blake White, he enjoyed working with the South Carolina Repertory Company where he appeared in The Seafarer, Golf With Alan Shepard, The Cocktail Hour, Skull in Connemara and Park Your Car in Harvard Yard.
A member of Actors' Equity, he has appeared in numerous theaters in New York City and upstate NY where he lives with his wife and family. Favorite roles include: Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Orgon in Tartuffe, George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
Off Broadway credits include: Dr. Lanyon in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Basil in The Diviners and Caesar in Julius Caesar.
Upcoming at LET: The Importance of Being Earnest.
Nora Leahy is thrilled to be an ensemble member with LET. She played Laura in The Glass Menagerie and has served as resident costume designer for the 2015/16 season.
Originally from Chicago, she has worked regionally as an actor, director, and writer. She is the co-founder and Managing Director of Two Pigs Productions, a theatre company that produces work at various venues around the country.
As a playwright, Nora has written several full length original plays, including The Bridge and If You Forget Me as well as adaptions of Alice in Wonderland and The Jungle Book.
Nora will be the featured playwright during the 2018 Lean Lab.
Associate Artistic Director & Director of Education
Ian McCabe is an actor, writer and director. Ian has studied comedy, writing, and clown in Chicago and Philadelphia. Ian has appeared in Chicago's The Waltzing Mechanics, Process Theatre Group, Caffeine Theatre, NewBeast Theatre Works and First Folio Theatre. Other regional credits include Cardinal Stage, Two Pigs Productions, Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute, The Shuler Theater, South Carolina Repertory Company, Actors Theatre of Indiana and Bloomington Playwrights Project.
He is also an experienced teaching-artist and community engagement professional, and is currently the Director of Performing Arts at Hilton Head Preparatory School. Ian is proud to be a founding ensemble member with Lean Ensemble, where he began and oversees the education program. Ian has directed LET's production of The Underpants and appeared in Tribes.
Upcoming at LET: Constellations,Tea at 5, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Matt Mundy is a founding ensemble member of LET and has been seen in The Glass Menagerie,The Underpants and Buyer and Cellar.
A New York resident, some of his recent credits there include: Midsummer Night's Dream (NY Classical Theatre), New York Water (Depot Theatre), Swiss Family Robinson (NYMF), The Baby Dance, Othello (Barrow Group Theatre), Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado (Pearl Theatre Co.), In a Heartbeat (Schicker Prod.), Irrationals (Shenango Prod.), Killgore! (Upright Citizens Brigade).
Other fun regional and touring shows include, A Prayer for Owen Meany (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Portland Stage), The Glass Menagerie (Shuler Theater), Red, The Last Five Years, Foxfire (SCRC), Reel Music (Florida Studio), I hate Hamlet (Cape May Stage), WB Concerts' Euorpean Tour of Grease!
Matt is a founding member of Core Artist Ensemble, NYC. A voice over artist, he also has a few silly characters floating in commercials around the country. Also, he can never sufficiently thank his dear family and friends, always leaning forward with their love and support. But he tries. MattMundy.com
Upcoming at LET: Good People.
Director of Lean Lab
Nick Newell, a founding ensemble member of LET, played Michael in God of Carnage and directed The Waverly Gallery and Buyer & Cellar. Nick also founded and serves as director of LET's theatre development initiative, Lean Lab.
He co-founded the Hilton Head Island New Play Festival, and was the Artistic Director of the Book Players. His Off-Broadway credits include: Taming of the Shrew and Elvis People.
His regional theatre credits include shows at Trinity Repertory Company, American Repertory Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival, Chester Theatre Company, New York Stage and Film, Mill Mountain Theatre, Actors Shakespeare Project, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre and South Carolina Repertory Company.
His film credits include: Neo Noir (Sundance Selection) and Locked In (with Eliza Dushku).
Nick directed the world premieres of Sheet Cake Sliding at Theatre of NOTE in Los Angeles and The Baristas at SCRC. He is a Professor of Theatre at Georgia Southern University and is a graduate of the Moscow Art Theatre School and Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.
Upcoming at LET: Good People.
Sarah Newhouse is delighted to join Lean Ensemble Theater as ensemble member after appearing in The Waverly Gallery and Tribes.
She is a founding company member of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, with whom she has performed more than twenty roles in 11 years. Some of her favorites productions include King Lear, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Medea, Twelfth Night, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Taming of the Shrew, and The Comedy of Errors. She has performed throughout New England at such venues as American Repertory Theater (The King Stag), Boston Playwrights (The River Was Whiskey), Central Square Theater (Distracted), The Charles Playhouse (Shear Madness), Gloucester Stage (The Norman Conquests), Lyric Stage Company (Lost in Yonkers), New Repertory Theatre (DollHouse), and Stoneham Theatre (Miracle on 34th Street), and most recently Puck in Midsummer Night's Dreamwith ASP. She has also been fortunate to have travelled as far as Taiwan and Moscow with international play festivals.
While living in NYC, Sarah worked at Playwrights’ Horizons, Kraine Theatre, Manhattan Punch Line, & LaMama, Etc., to name a few. Film credits include ‘Feathers’, ‘The Legend of Lucy Keyes’, ‘Dischord’, ‘Beneath Contempt’, and ‘Bleed For This.' Ms. Newhouse is a graduate of Hampshire College and the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, and lives in Watertown, MA with her husband & son.
Upcoming at LET: Good People
Tony's regional theatre credits include productions at The Warehouse Theatre, SC Repertory Company, Lean Ensemble Theater, Center Stage SC, Cincinnati Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, Shuler Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and four seasons as Resident Lighting Designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
His NY theatre credits include off-off-Broadway scenic and lighting designs with Eleventh Hour Theatre Company at The Culture Project for La Mama and Medicine Show.
He is a member of United Scenic Artists and the resident design staffs of The Warehouse Theatre and Lean Ensemble Theater. He teaches stage lighting, stage management, and computer drafting in the Performing Arts Department at Clemson University where he also serves as Director of Theatre.
For LET, Tony has designed scenery and lighting for God of Carnage and lighting for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Underpants, Buyer & Cellar and Tribes.
Upcoming at LET: Constellations, Tea at 5, Good People, Importance of Being Earnest.
Katie Rasor has been the dramaturg for LET's The Glass Menagerie,The Waverly Gallery and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Other dramaturgy credits: Baristas at the South Carolina Repertory Co; Three Sisters, Not Waving, and Home at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; Copenhagen and The Onion Cellar at the American Repertory Theatre; Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing at the Actors Shakespeare Project; Sheet Cake Sliding at Theatre of NOTE; and Write Now at Indiana Repertory Theatre.
She co-founded the Hilton Head Island New Play Festival, which she wrote about for The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and a BA from Hanover College.
Katie has served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, a Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of Evansville, Hanover College, and Bridgewater State University, and is the Dramaturgy Advisor at Georgia Southern University.
Jim Stark is a founding LET ensemble member known to Lowcountry audiences from his work in such shows as A Final Evening with the Illuminati, A Night in November, Gutenberg!The Musical! and Seeing Red: A Story of Vincent Van Gogh. For LET, Jim played Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
He has worked as an actor, director, and fight director for theaters from HHI to Boston to New Mexico.
Jim is a SAFD Certified Teacher of Stage Combat, and Professor of Theatre at Hanover College in Southern Indiana.
Jeffrey Scott Watkins
Jeffrey Scott Watkins is a founding ensemble member of Lean Ensemble Theater, where he has been seen on stage in God of Carnage (Alan) and The Waverly Gallery (Howard).
Jeffrey's Broadway credits include: Les Miserables (Couferac). National Tours: Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Pharaoh) and Les Miserables (Grantaire). Locally, he has performed at South Carolina Repertory Company In The Pavilion (Peter), Oh Coward (Man 1) and Venus in Fur (Thomas). He has also performed at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in Some Enchanted Evening, Mame, Razzle Dazzle, Cole, The Full Monty, Hooray for Hollywood, Spamalot and 42nd Street.
His film roles include: Loving Generously and Leading Generously (Eddie) and a starring role in the independent feature Perfect Cowboy (Tyler).
He would like to thank his wife Kathleen, and his two proudest productions, Caleb and Dillon, who have changed his world.
Peggy Trecker White
Peggy Trecker White has been working in professional theatre for over 25 years. She is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan with a BFA in Musical Theatre. While on tour with the 2nd National Tour of Miss Saigon, Peggy decided to further her training and went on to earn an MFA in Acting from ART & Moscow Art Theatre's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.
Regional theater credits include American Repertory Theatre, Interlochen Shakespeare Festival, The Warehouse Theatre, Reprise! Broadway's Best, Michigan Opera Theatre, Ordway Music Theatre, South Carolina Repertory Theatre, NY Fringe Festival, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and Lean Ensemble Theater.
She has performed internationally in Abu Dhabi, Russia, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Favorite roles include: Katharine Hepburn in Tea at Five, Desiree Armfelt in A Little Night Music, Gertrude in Hamlet, Marty in Circle Mirror Transformation and Ben Affleck in Matt & Ben.
She is the Director for the Intermediate Musical Theatre Production at Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp and recently assistant directed the opera Il Viaggio e Reims in Kiel and Lubeck, Germany.
Peggy is a founding ensemble member of LET and has appeared as Veronica in God of Carnage and Masha in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike and directed the benefit reading of Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
Upcoming at LET: Constellations,Tea at 5.
Founding Artistic & Executive Director
Blake White founded Lean Ensemble Theater in the winter of 2015 as a celebration of theatre-- the artists that create it as well the patrons who support it. Directing credits for LET include The Clean House, Tribes, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, The Glass Menagerie, and God of Carnage. On stage, Blake has appeared in The Underpants and The Waverly Gallery.
Elsewhere as a director, Blake has staged productions of Shear Madness (Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute), All My Sons (The Warehouse Theatre), The Lonesome West (Brown County Playhouse), The Glass Menagerie, Boeing Boeing (The Shuler Theater), Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Schoolhouse Rock, Live! (Main Street Youth Theatre), Matt and Ben, The Pavilion, The Savannah Disputation, The Lady With All the Answers and Venus in Fur (South Carolina Repertory Company).
As an actor, he has been seen on the stages of Actors Theatre of Louisville, Actors Workshop of Boston, The Shuler Theater, Brown County Playhouse, South Carolina Repertory Company, Cider Mill Playhouse, among others, as well as several off- and off-off broadway venues. Blake has also provided spoken word narration in concerts with the Hilton Head Choral Society and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra.
Blake is a member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society as well as the boards of the South Carolina Theatre Association, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Lean Ensemble Theater.
Upcoming at LET: Good People, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Jenny, an LET founding ensemble member, was in LET's inaugural production of God of Carnage (Annette) as well as The Glass Menagerie (Amanda) and Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (Sonia) and The Clean House (Virginia).
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Jenny holds a masters degree in education and is a middle school English teacher when she is not acting.
Previous productions include: To Kill a Mockingbird, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina; Moonlight and Magnolias, SCRC; Into the Woods, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Annie, Main Street Youth Theatre; and The Glass Menagerie, The Shuler Theater.
When not on stage or in the classroom, Jenny tries to keep up with her four very busy children and her fabulous husband.
Upcoming at LET: Good People, The Importance of Being Earnest.