Cast Bios

Joan HessJOAN HESS*: (Angelique Der Kaloustian): TV: Jessica (the "Leggy Blonde") in HBO's Flight of the Conchords.  Broadway credits: Mamma Mia (Tanya), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Sophia), Kiss Me Kate (Edie), Bells Are Ringing (Bridgette) and Crazy For You (Patsy).  She was also seen as Betty in Sunset Boulevard and as Polly in Crazy For You in the Original National Tours.  Favorite Regional: Bridges of Madison County (Francesca), Dessa Rose (Lincoln Center), Same Time, Next Year (Doris - Best Actress Nom), Chapter Two (Jennie), Born Yesterday (Bille Dawn), The 39 Steps (Annabelle/Pamela, Asst Director/Choreographer), and Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (Hermione).  Joan headlines with symphonies from The Philly Pops to the Hong Kong Philharmonic, has hosted and produced live television, and toured South Africa, England and Italy for the Travel Channel.  With big gratitude and love to Michael.  Twitter: Joan_HessInstagram: JoanHess

Kevin McGuire NewKEVIN MCGUIRE*: (Zoravar Der Kaloustian):played lead roles on Broadway, National and International tours of Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Jane Eyre and the The National Company of The Secret Garden, traveling 80,000 miles to 69 cities internationally.  Off Broadway, he has appeared in Forbidden Broadway, Big Maggie, Romeo and Juliet (New York Shakespeare Festival), Hamlet, The Seagull, Much Ado About Nothing, and Midsummer Night's Dream.  His regional theater credits include the Denver Center Theatre Company, the Shakespeare Theater Company in D.C., Hartford Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Juilliard Acting Company.  This will be his sixth performance at the Capital Repertory Theatre, having previously performed in Man of La Mancha, Red, Christmas Carol, Other Desert Cities and Camelot.  Last year Kevin received a Broadway World Award nomination for his role as Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street.  He was born in Cambridge, New York and raised in Hoosick Falls, New York.

Alex PrakkenALEX PRAKKEN* (Jason Karras): is thrilled to be a part of Some People Hear Thunder.  National Tour: Newsies.  Regional credits include: Les Miserables (The MUNY), Next to Normal (Farmers Alley Theatre).  Training: BFA University of Michigan, LAMDA.  Thanks for the creative team, CGF, Broho and as always, my loving family.  Instagram: @alprakken. 



Rachel Rhodes DeveyRACHEL RHODES-DEVEY* (Carole Chapin): is thrilled to be performing in her hometown of Albany with this fantastic new musical. She has performed across the country with the national tours of White Christmas and South Pacific.  Her NYC credits include The Most Happy Fella (City Center Encores!), Carousel (Avery Fisher Hall, PBS Live from Lincoln Center), and Merrily We Roll Along (APAC, NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominee).  Regionally seen at Goodspeed Opera House, Maine State Music Theatre, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, John Engeman Theatre, and Gateway Playhouse.  OCU Alum. Many thanks for Kevin, Gerson, Stephanie Klapper Casting, the women of Judy Boals, Inc, her supportive family and fiancé, Peter.  Proud AEA member!

Brianna BarnesBRIANNA BARNES: (Ensemble): is a recent graduate of The University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she earned her BFA Degree in Musical Theater.  At CCM, Brianna played lead roles in Blood Brothers (Mrs. Lyons), 110 in the Shade (Lizzie Curry) and Carousel (Nettie Fowler).  She was nominated for Best Actress by the League of Cincinnati for her performance in Gypsy (Louise).  Upon graduating, Brianna spent the summer at the Theatre Aspen in Mamma Mia.  She is now enjoying auditioning and newlywed life in New York with her husband, Dylan. 


Michael Berry HeadshotMICHAEL BERRY: (Dikran Andreasian): is thrilled to be a part of this exciting new production!  National Tour: Patsy in Monty Python's Spamalot.  Recent regional credits include the world premiere of Orpheus In The Underworld, Plano, and Poster Boy at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, along with the premiere reading of Huzzah! by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe.  Other credits include Orgon in Tartuffe, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, and Razor in The Provoked Wife.  MA: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, BFA: Boston University.


Shayne David CamerasSHAYNE DAVID CAMERIS: (Daniel Der Kaloustian): is absolutely ecstatic to be a part of this truly exciting adventure.  Some of his credits include: Capital Repertory Theatre: Camelot (Gulliam/Percussionist) and The Blue Sky Boys (CJ Caldwell), Saratoga Shakespeare Company: Love's Labour's Lost (Dull) and The Comedy of Errors (Antonio), Siena College: Endgame (Hamm), Godspell (We Beseech Thee Soloist), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpo) and Measure For Measure (Duke).  A huge thank you to all of his family and friends, old and new, for their unending support.  He would not be where he is today without them.  Especially his wife.


Grace Experience

GRACE EXPERIENCE: (Anoush Andreasian): is honored to be working on this show as the descendent of two survivors of the Armenian Genocide.  Off Broadway: Molasses in January (Gloria, The Davenport).  Regional: Our Town (Emily Webb, Heartwood Regional Theatre), Cinderella (Cinderella, Saint Michael's Playhouse), Dial M for Murder (Margot, The Millbrook Playhouse).  She is an award-winning narrator for Penguin Random House Audio and is a proud member of the Screen Actor's Guild.  Love to Mom, Dad and Stephen, and a giant thank you to Kevin and Gerson.  For Levon Bohjalian and Haigoui Sherinian.


Steve HassmerSTEVE HASSMER: (Nicholas Karras, Reverend Nokhoudian): is proud to be a part of this production at Capital Repertory Theatre and honored to play a small role in shedding light on a historical event that has received far too little recognition.  National Tour: My Fair Lady.  Recent regional credits include: My Fair Lady (Colonel Pickering) and South Pacific (Emile de Becque) at the Mac-Haydn Theatre.  Other: Forever Plaid (Sparky), Ragtime (Harry Houdini), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy).  National Tour: My Fair Lady.  Recent classical performances include Madama Butterfly (Berkshire Opera Festival) and Carmina Burana - featured soloist (Princeton University).  Originally from Virginia, Steve resides in the Berkshires with his wife Casey and their two young children Noah and Lilly.

James OchcioJAMES OCCHIO*: (Charles Chapin, Effendi): is an actor, writer and producer.  During a four year stay in London, he gravitated towards the classics, working extensively in London, Greece, New York and L.A. His credits include Off-Broadway, regional theater, film and television.  Most recently, he has developed his own pieces, including The End Times Salon, a slightly unhinged voyage on the Titanic II and a poignant wander through the early work of Tennessee Williams, stitched from the fabric of the masters own words.  He is featured in an award-winning independent version of Williams' The Lady of Larkspur Lotion and recently appeared in the US premier of In Praise of Elephants by Kevin Dyer.  In addition to acting, James does voice over work and writes fiction.  He is thrilled to be part of this exciting project.

FRamirezFREDDY RAMIREZ* (Dance Captain): is a Bronx, NY born and raised Performer, Choreographer and Teacher.  He began dancing at Broadway Dance Center & STEPS in NYC where he focused his energy on studying all aspects of dance, including Latin, Contemporary, Street Jazz, Ballet & Modern.  His training led him to begin his professional career as a core member and eventually a principle dancer for In Forward Motion modern dance company which debuted works from Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Colin Connor to name a few.  He has performed in music videos and industrials in the U.S. and was featured in Tango! in Italy.  In the musical theatre world, Freddy performed on Broadway, toured Europe and the United States.  His performances include productions of West Side Story as Bernardo (including two 50th Anniversary Productions), A Chorus Line, Grease, Cabaret, Gypsy, Aida, Miss Saigon Anything Goes, Godspell, Cinderella, Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate, Evita and Fosse.  

Matthew WinningMATTHEW WINNING (Ensemble): is a director, actor and theatre educator.  He is proud to be working on this talented and creative team.  Notable acting credits: Thomas Jefferson/1776 (Theatrix Productions), Riff/West Side Story (Park Playhouse), Puck/Midsummer Night's Dream (North Carolina Stage Company).  Notable director credits: Co-Director They Built America (Capital Rep. On the Go), Asst Director Camelot (Capital Rep.) As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Uncovered Theatre Company), Jane Eyre, The Glass Menagerie, South Pacific, Medea, The Hobbit, Godspell (Sterling College). MFA in Acting, Regent University 2010.


JESSICA WOCKENFUSSJESSICA WOCKENFUSS* (Ensemble): National Tour: Irving Berlin's White Christmas (u/s Judy, Ens.), The Little Mermaid (Adella), Monty Python's Spamalot (Asst. Dance Captain, Ens.). Regional credits include: Paper Mill Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, TUTS, PCLO, Kansas City Starlight, Theatre By the Sea.  Other: Hair, Enlightened Theatrics (Choreographer); Holland America Cruise Line.  BFA Elon. Endless love and light to Todd, family - both Wockenfi and Pod - and most importantly, my rockstar Nick. #resist. 


*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.  This production operates under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association.