ALICE RAINEY BERRY, co-founder and Artistic Advisor of Voices of the South, is a graduate from the University of Memphis, Department of Theatre & Dance with a BFA in Theatre Performance and an MFA in Directing. Among the many original productions she has been a part of are: the role of Lily in Cicada, the role of Dewey Dell in As I Lay Dying which was invited to the International Faulkner Conference in Oxford, Mississippi; the role of the Mother in the world premiere of Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge: An Un-natural History of Family and Place for which she received a Memphis Theatre Award; the role of Mardy Murie in both Place of Enchantment which was invited to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Wild Legacy which was invited to tour throughout Alaska. Together with Jenny she co-created the adapted scripts and staging for the four short stories they performed at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Some of her favorite directing projects include It’s All Greek to Me, Old Forest Fairy Tales, The Arabian Nights, Fences and River City.
JENNY MADDEN, co-founder and Executive Advisor of Voices of the South, is a graduate from the University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance with a BFA in Theatre Performance. She also serves as the Director of Drama for St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, TN. As a professional actress, Madden has appeared on stages across the United States. Her favorite roles are Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Emilia in Othello, William Faulkner in Twenty Will Not Come Again and Mo in Parallel Lives. Other Voices of the South tours include The Ugly Duckling at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California, and Place of Enchantment at the Murie Center in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, she performed with Voices of the South in Voices of the South, Beginnings, and Sister Myotis: Southern Fried & Sanctified. New York credits include a month long engagement of Sister Myotis’s Bible Camp at the Abingdon Theatre.
Keegon Schuett is a playwright, filmmaker and performance artist. He is an alum of the Curious New Voices program of Curious Theatre in Denver where his plays Oedipus Vexed and Anniversary both premiered. He graduated in 2013 with his BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Memphis and received his MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Northwestern University in 2015. At UofM, he performed in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Government Inspector, and Medea. He was the recipient of a $5,000 grant to film an original sitcom pilot entitled Out of Sync, a coming of age story about a drag queen in a lipsyncing competition. His plays Slow, Kitty Steals a Dog and Brace Yourselfhave been performed internationally and the former has even been translated into Afrikaans. Big thanks to David, Alice, and the rest of the cast!
Layne is ecstatic to be joining the Voices of the South 2017 Internship with such a hardworking group of people! Layne is currently a junior Theatre major with a concentration in Musical Theatre at The University of Memphis. Previous theatre credits include Chava (Fiiddler on the Roof), Helene (Sweet Charity), and Kate (Oklahoma!). You can see Layne as Guido's Mother in Nine at the University of Memphis in the Fall. Enjoy the festival!
David is a native of Chattanooga, TN and is currently based out of Brooklyn, NY. He is excited to join this team for the 12thAnnual Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival. Previous credits include Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Theatreworks USA), Lucius/Demetrius in Titus Andronicus (Rose Playhouse Bankside), Peter in Comfort (Lincoln Center), Stuff in Sweet Bird of Youth (Gallery Players), Cassio in Othello (TheaterLab) and Dan in A Tree, a Dog, and an Ordinary Man (WorkShop Theater). He received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Memphis. For Kelly. Smile. Skip. Laugh.
Brittni Taylor Rhodes is a fourth-year BFA theatre major with a concentration in musical theatre. UofM mainstage credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Spring Awakening (Ilse), Anon(ymous)
Truman Jepson is beyond thrilled to be originating the role of Tieko. He is currently pursing a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre at The University of Memphis. Some past credits include Spring Awakening, The Music Man, and Stupid Kids. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with David and explore the would he has created. He would like to thank the cast for making this experience as valuable as it was.
Landon Reed Ricker is thrilled to be a part of this new and exciting production. He is currently a senior pursuing degrees in both Accounting and Musical Theatre at the University of Memphis. A few past credits include Melchior in Spring Awakening, Dr. Madden in Next to Normal, and a cast member of Voices of the South's current touring show It's All Greek to Me. He would like to thank Alice Berry and David Couter for this experience. He would also like to thank Michael S. Williams, as well as his parents and grandparents for their unwavering love and support.
Grace Berry is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga seeking a double major in Psychology and Women’s Studies where she also rows on the crew team. She enjoys eating, dancing, rapping and listening to loud music while she does her hair. She wants to thank her family for their support, love, and compliments.