Phoebe Black-Toby

Phoebe is an actor based in New York City. Growing up in Chicago, she first took the stage in the circus; juggling, clowning and stilt walking at the ripe age of 7. This led her to pursue her BFA in acting from Syracuse University, from which she recently graduated. Recent theatre credits include ABCDepression (New York Theatre Festival), Apprentice: White House (Building Company Theater), On the Lake and Blood at the Root (Syracuse University). IG: @phoobaloo

Bernita Robinson

Bernita Robinson (Production Stage Manager) is very happy to be joining the Westport Playhouse family. Credits included: 25th anniversary reunion concert of Ragtime, For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide 2022 revival, Thurgood, Moon for the Misbegotten, Man of LaMancha and the original Ragtime. Off Broadway production of A Man of No Importance, Assassins, Macbeth, The Cradle Will Rock, Arturo Ui, Carmen Jones at Classic Stage Company. Regional productions: The Roof of the World, Evita, and Ring of Fire. The 2022 recipient of the Stage Managers Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Art of Stage Management. Thank you to my family,

Matthew Greene

Matthew Greene is a playwright, librettist, and lyricist whose works have been seen on both coasts and a few places in between. His play Thousand Pines had its world premiere at Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Austin Pendleton.  His original musical The Quiet World was workshopped through Project Springboard last year, presented by the Jerome Robbins Foundation.  The autobiographical Good Standing played at Theater Row as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival and his play Gregorian premiered at Walker Space, produced by Working Artists Theatre Project. Adam and Steve and the Empty Sea had its sold-out world premiere at Plan B Theatre in January, where it was named “Best Original Play” by the 2013 Salt Lake City Arty Awards. It subsequently had a run at the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival and was presented as part of OUTReach’s LGBTQ Youth Summit. His other plays include Job Well Done (national finalist, American College Theatre Festival); Bread of Affliction (Society for the Study of Jewish American and Holocaust Literature); and #Mormoninchief (New York International Fringe Festival). His film Boy with Blue was awarded Best of Fest at the Oceanside Film Festival. He is a proud member of the Tony Award-Winning BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and is the recent recipient of the Stiles + Drewe Prize for a new musical in development. He spends his days working with Opening Act, an organization that provides theatre education to underserved high schools. A California native and proud foster father, Matthew has a B.A. in theatre and currently lives in New York City.

Natalie Hoefling

Natalie Hoefling (She/Her) is delighted to be returning to Westport Country Playhouse after working on Ain’t Misbehavin’! TV/Film: Netflix, Showtime, MGM. Regional credits include productions at Orlando Repertory Theatre, Opera Orlando, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg Entertainment. Event credits include Broadway Teaching Group, Enchant! Christmas. She holds her BFA in Stage Management from the University of Central Florida. Love to Mom, Dad, and Claudia!

Rebbekah Vega-Romero*

Rebbekah Vega-Romero (she/her/ella) is a triracial Latina bruja, performer, and scribe, who resides in her native NYC with her black cat, King Arthur Yoda. Rebbekah has graced stages across America: from Massachusetts (Luisa/The Fantasticks/Cape Playhouse) to Colorado (Martha Cratchit/A Christmas Carol/Denver Center) to Washington (Maria/West Side Story/5th Avenue), as well as in many more productions, readings and workshops. Rebbekah is a 2023 Doreen Montalvo Scholarship honoree. Rebbekah holds a BA in English from Boston University and is a YoungArts award-winning writer. Rebbekah’s poetry has been featured by Sixfold and Ars.Poetica; she is a resident playwright with Playground-NY; she wrote, starred in, and produced the short film “The Question,” a comedy about #DatingWhileMixed. Rebbekah’s solo cabaret show, Ingenuity, premieres March 17th at Chelsea Table & Stage. Rebbekah hopes her work will inspire other mixed-race girls to share their magic.

Matthew Melchiorre

This will be Matthew’s 18th collaboration with Mark Lamos!  Matthew has been touring the country for the past seven years with Steve Martin and Martin Short.  Broadway credits include The Light in the Piazza, The Frogs, All Shook Up, Coram Boy and several others.  Matthew has worked with NY City Center Encores! and Off-Broadway for Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Primary Stages and New York Theatre Workshop and in regional theatre for Westport Country Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Baltimore CENTERSTAGE and Two River Theatre.  Matthew has also spent some time with the New Jersey Symphony and teaching at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  Matthew has been an Actors’ Equity Member since 2003.  Dedicated to Bob McDevitt.

Shane Ann Younts

Broadway:  Newsies, Clybourne Park, Bonnie & Clyde, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Spamalot, Tarzan; Off-Broadway & Regional: The Young Man from Atlanta, Timon of Athens, Edward II, Duchess of Malfi, The Miracle Worker, 1776, Steel Magnolias, Cyrano, Permission, Stunning, Luck of the Irish, Winter’s Tale, Midsummer, Skin of Our Teeth (TFNA); Bedroom Farce, Camelot, Romeo and Juliet (Westport Country Playhouse), Shakespeare in the Park: All’s Well, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Macbeth. Guthrie: Midsummer, Twelfth Night, Antony & Cleopatra.  Tours: Newsies, War Horse, Mary Poppins, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Mis. Faculty: NYU Tisch Graduate Acting https://www.audioshakespearepronunciatonapp

Kate Marvin

Kate Marvin is a New York-based sound designer and composer for theater, film, and puppetry. She specializes in making music using found sounds and everyday objects. Recent designs: Wolf Play at MCC Theater (originally at Soho Rep in collaboration with Ma-Yi Theater), The Best We Could (MTC), Bloodmeal (Theater in Quarantine), Chimpanzee (HERE, The Barbican, Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes), Three Sisters (Two River Theater), as well as projects with Target Margin Theater, La MaMa, 59E59, Playwrights Horizons, and more. Kate is an Associate Artist with Target Margin and a proud member of USA829. MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Emma Deane

Emma Deane is an Indigenous lighting designer, and a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Recent credits: Confederates (Signature Theatre NYC); Trouble in Mind (Hartford Stage); Peter Pan and Wendy (Kansas City Rep); On the Far End, Jennifer Who is Leaving (Round House Theatre); Three Sisters (Two River Theater); BAKKHAI (Baltimore Center Stage); Queen of Basel (TheaterWorks Hartford); Jane Eyre (Geva Theatre Center). Additional credits: New York Theater Workshop, St. Louis Rep, Yale Repertory Theater, The Fisher Center, Court Theatre, The Goodman, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Northlight Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. MFA – Yale School of Drama. USA 829.