Christina Baldwin recently was named Resident Director with the Jungle Theater made possible through a grant from the BOLD Theater Women's Leadership Circle. Christina has worked with Sarah Rasmussen and the Jungle Theater both as an actor and director, and most recently directed their production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. She is an advocate of new work and has served as Artistic Associate, music director, creator and performer with The Moving Company. A collaborator with Theatre de la Jeune Lune for nearly 10 years, she co-adapted and performed the title role in their critically-acclaimed touring production of Carmen. She recently directed Lyric Opera of the North’s Don Giovanni, as well as Hansel and Gretel. She has created opera outreach programs for the young with her sister, Jennifer Baldwin Peden. Christina’s collaborations as a performer range from Shakespeare and contemporary plays, to musical theater and opera. She’s been a recording artist and vocalist with the Minnesota Orchestra, a writer/actor on NPR’s “Wits,” a performer on "A Prairie Home Companion,” and has lent her voice to animated short films by the Dutch filmmaker Rosto, of Rosto A.D (Cannes Film Festival award-winner). Christina returns later this year to the Jungle as a director for The Wickhams.
Megan Burns (Amy March)
Megan Burns is excited to be back at the Jungle working on Little Women! Megan Burns is a Minneapolis actor and Uptown resident who enjoys vegetarian cooking and can’t seem to keep her succulents alive. Megan has had the pleasure of working at theaters all around the Twin Cities, including The Guthrie (Bad News), The Jungle Theater (The Wolves), Theater Latte Da (Peter and the Starcatcher), Mixed Blood Theater (An Octoroon), Walking Shadow Theater (Hatchet Lady), Sandbox Theater (In the Treetops), and Red Eye Theater (Private Party, Early Morning Song, and While You Were Out) among others. When she isn’t performing, Megan is an educator at The Bakken Museum, where she is learning as much about science as the kiddos she teaches.
Isabella Star LaBlanc (Beth March)
Isabella is thrilled to be back at The Jungle! She was last seen diving for soccer balls as #00 in The Wolves. Around town, Isabella has been seen at the Children’s Theatre Company (Peter Pan); Guthrie (Water is Sacred); Minnesota History Theatre (Tales Along the Minnesota Trail); Illusion Theater; Pangea World Theater; New Native Theatre; and Penumbra Theatre. On-camera she has been seen in Missy Whiteman’s film The Coyote Way: Going Back Home courtesy of the Sundance Native Film Lab. In 2017, Isabella was one of twelve selected nationally for CBS's Drama Diversity Casting Initiative. Next, she will be seen starring in Morrisa Maltz’s upcoming feature film The Unknown Country. For my grandmother, who has always loved this story, and who has always supported me and my love of telling stories.
C. Michael Menge (Jo March)
C. Michael is an actor, improviser, and theater teaching artist who loves to highlight stories about people called unlovable or made invisible, in the hopeful pursuit of radical joy. This past spring, C. Michael graduated from St. Olaf College where they played roles from the titular character in Mother Courage and Her Children, to Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, Hermione Granger, Juliet, and more. This is C. Michael’s second professional play after Hand to God, also at the Jungle, and play readings of Sensitive Guys and NO BULL at Mixed Blood Theatre. C. Michael is so glad to be back at a theater they love sharing this fresh, buoyant, new whirlwind of an adaptation with you.
Christine Weber (Meg March)
Christine is excited to be making her Jungle Theater debut. An actor and director from the Twin Cities, she has been seen on stages around the country including the Guthrie Theater, Children's Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Aquila Morong Studios in Los Angeles, and on tour with The Acting Company. Film credits include The Final Scene and Relationship Status. She has directed productions of Tigers Be Still (Laughing Wild Productions), Striking 12 (Bloomington Civic Theatre/Artistry), and Images of Akhmatova (a collaboration with LOFTrecital); as well as workshops/staged readings of The Birds, Mr. Marmalade, Heart Attack With A Knife, and Wannsee. She has served as assistant director to Christina Baldwin (Jungle Theater); Rob Melrose and Lear deBessonet (Guthrie Theater); David Frank and Tim Ocel (American Players Theatre); John Heimbuch (Walking Shadow Theatre Company), and more. She is a member of Minneapolis-based Good Arts Collective.
Michael Hanna (Theodore "Laurie" Laurence)
Michael Hanna is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA. He is delighted to return to the Jungle after his debut in Le Switch. Other recent credits include: The Mermaid Hour: Remixed (Mixed Blood Theatre), This Bitter Earth (World Premiere, New Conservatory Theatre Center in S.F.) The Lion in Winter and Sense and Sensibility (Guthrie Theater), Dracula (Collide Theatrical) Le Switch (A Benefit Reading at the LGBT Center in NY), DOT and Romeo and Juliet (Park Square Theatre), Citizen (Frank Theatre) and Bad Jews (MN Jewish Theatre). You can catch his directorial debut in March with Collide Theatrical’s The Picture of Dorian Gray performing at Park Square.
James Rodríguez (John Brooks)
James Rodríguez is a twin cities based actor who is excited to be returning to The Jungle Theater. Previous theater credits include: Underdog Theater (Luna Gale), Jungle Theater (Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley), Dark & Stormy Productions (Fool For Love, The Norwegians, Extremities), Theater Latte Da (Peter & The Starcatcher, Cabaret, Evita), Ten Thousand Things Theater (Pericles), Children's Theater Company (Peter Pan), Park Square Theater (Amy's View, Of Mice and Men, Ragtime), Yellow Tree Theater (The Rainmaker, I Am Not Batman). James has also been seen working with Mixed Blood Theater, Frank Theater, Pillsbury House + Theater, Girl Friday Productions, among others.
Wendy Lehr (Hannah/Mrs. Moffat/Aunt March)
Wendy Lehr has been a part of The Twin Cities’ theater community for over 50 years. She has appeared locally at The Children’s Theater, the Guthrie, The History Theatre, Illusion, Latte Da, Nautilus Music Theater, The Ordway, Park Square, Pillsbury House Theater and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. She last appeared at The Jungle in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Other Jungle favorites, among the dozen in which she appeared, are The House of Blue Leaves, The Gin Game, Blithe Spirit and Driving Miss Daisy (the winner of the 2014 Ivy award for Ensemble Acting). In 2005 Wendy helped to establish the charter high school, The Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and served as Artistic Director for 4 years. She is the recipient of the 2010 Ivey Lifetime Achievement Award and was named the McKnight Foundation Distinguished Artist for 2013. She is delighted to be back at The Jungle!
Jim Lichtscheidl (Mr. Laurence/Mr. Dashwood)
This marks Jim’s fifth show at the jungle, having previous appeared in Fly By Night, Waiting For Godot, A Life In The Theater, and Journey’s End. Most recently he appeared at the Guthrie in The Legend of Georgia McBride. Last year he performed in London’s West End, costarring with Mark Rylance in Nice Fish, after runs at American Repertory Theater in Boston, St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York, and the Guthrie Theater. Other recent credits include The Children at the Pillsbury House, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play at the American Conservatory Theater, and The Hoopla Train with Sod House Theater, a show he wrote, directed, and toured to historic ballrooms in Minnesota. Other Theater credits include Portland Center Stage, Arizona Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley Theater, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Riverside Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater, Park Square Theater, Children’s Theater Company, Brave New Workshop, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Frank Theater, and over 30 productions at the Guthrie Theater. Jim has served as movement/choreographer for Park Square Theater, Ten Thousand Things Theater, Guthrie Theater, Fifty Foot Penguin Theater, Brave New Workshop, Red Eye Theater, Imagined Theater, and Theater Latté Da.
Tyson Forbes (Musician)
Tyson Forbes is a performer, creator and producer in the Twin Cities with performances in regional theaters throughout Minnesota and the US. He was last seen at the Jungle in Detroit and The Night Alive. He most recently performed in Ten Thousand Things' The Good Person of Szechuan and also performed in their Fiddler on the Roof and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Other local credits include performances at the Guthrie in 1776, Nice Fish, Arsenic and Old Lace, Peer Gynt, The Winter’s Tale, A Christmas Carol, Edgardo Mine, The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, Macbeth, and Harvey. Other credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Terra Nova, Arcadia, Camille, The Homecoming, Equus, Fully Committed, and Don Juan in Hell. Tyson is the co-artistic director of TigerLion Arts, along with his wife Markell Kiefer. TigerLion Arts will continue to tour their original production of Nature throughout the midwest and east coast.