Julie Bloodworth (Rabbit Hole, God of Carnage, Painting Churches, Good People)
Julie Bloodworth retired as director of Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA), a state-wide summer residential academy for artistically gifted high school students, housed at Missouri State University. Before taking on the directorship, she was on the theatre faculty at MFAA, teaching classes in Shakespeare, script analysis, and script writing. A lifelong educator, Julie has taught speech, theatre, and English in both Texas and Missouri to students in middle-school, high school, and college. She's now teaching theatre classes per-course at Missouri State University, where she earned both her BA in theatre and her MS in Ed (English emphasis) from Missouri State University. Julie has been active for some years in Springfield theatre productions. Recent favorites include lead roles in Dancing at Lughnasa, The Glass Menagerie, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Lion in Winter, The Guys, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Agnes of God, Three Tall Women, Frozen, and 33 Variations. Julie won the 2011 Missouri Citizens for the Arts arts advocacy award and the Missouri Arts Council education award.
Andie Bottrell (Good People)
Andie Bottrell is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC). Andie has been seen on stage and screen across the country, and will be seen in the upcoming film The Weight starring Clayne Crawford. Recent roles include Karen in Tent Theatre's UNNECESSARY FARCE, Ruth in SCT’s TRIBES, Gay Wellington & Olga Katrina in Tent Theatre's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, several women in LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE at SCT, Gavi in The Vagrancy's world premiere of DOWN IN THE FACE OF GOD by Tim J. Lord, Rachel in Coeurage Theatre Company's THE 4TH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE SUICIDE, Libby in Phoenix Rising Theater Company's THE MAIDEN'S PRAYER, and Ms. Maron in a short film written & directed by Andie Bottrell MS. MARON'S COUPLES COUNSELING. Currently, Andie is starring in the webseires SEEK HELP, which she also wrote/directed/produced and edited.
Rick Dines (God of Carnage)
Rick most recently directed Avenue Q for Springfield Contemporary Theatre. On stage Rick was last seen as Dr. Neville Craven in The Secret Garden and has enjoyed roles in such other shows as P.S. Your Cat is Dead, As Bees in Honey Drown, Cabaret, She Loves Me, Bent, Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, Putting It Together, How I Learned to Drive, Into the Woods and The World Goes Round. New York directing credits include Hanky Panky for the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Poundcake! at Don’t Tell Mama and multiple casts in the national tour of the off-Broadway hit Girls Night: The Musical. Formerly the Managing Artistic Director of Springfield Contemporary Theatre, Rick has directed the SCT productions of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, Boeing-Boeing, Lend Me a Tenor, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Talk Radio, The Pillowman, Striking 12, Speech & Debate, Urinetown, The Vagina Monologues, The Rocky Horror Show, The Laramie Project, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Bat Boy: The Musical and the world premieres of James Billings & Herbert Kaplan’s Sheer Will and Ned Wilkinson’s Dawg Pound Blues. Rick also directed The Who’s Tommy at the Landers Theatre and directed the world premiere of Vicki Vodrey’s Hanky Panky for the Kansas City Fringe Festival.
Melanie Dreyer-Lude (Good People)
Melanie is originally from Denver, Colorado and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Theatre Performance in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Missouri State University. She is the former co-artistic director of ShatterMask Theatre (St. Louis) and International Culture Lab (New York City), and has been directing professionally for 25 years in many venues both domestic and abroad. In 2011, she directed and produced S/he in Ithaca, New York and Istanbul, Turkey. In 2007, she directed a bilingual production of Outside Inn with German theater artists from Theater Rampe Stuttgart, which played in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, New York City, and Stuttgart, Germany. She has over 70 productions ranging from storefront theatre to Off Broadway. Good People is her second production with Springfield Contemporary Theatre and her first with Resident Artist Ensemble.
Michael Frizell (God of Carnage)
Michael is a writer, performer, and director who has worked regionally, in various Branson theatres as a comedian, and with several area theatres and schools. He received his BA in Theatre from College of the Ozarks, where he was the recipient of the Jean Cantwell scholarship, his MA in Theatre from Southwest Missouri State University, and his MA in Creative Writing from Missouri State University. He is the director of the In-School Players, a small troupe of Missouri State University Theatre & Dance majors, actors, writers, and performers collaborating to create an entertaining and educational production aimed at bringing live theatre to children. Favorite roles include Gary in I Hate Hamlet, Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker, Sonny in Who’s Happy Now, The Old Man in A Christmas Story, and Wardell in Sordid Lives. He is the writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Reader’s Theatre Parody and Star Trek: Live! for A Class Act Productions, two of the longest-running monthly serial productions in the area. As a writer, his work can be seen online in the National Gallery of Writing, as the editor of the peer-reviewed journal, The Learning Assistance Review, in the Red Ink Journal, among others.