The Pope Joan Company


The Ensemble

HEATHER STEWART (Ensemble) (Joan Understudy) is an accomplished actress and singer-songwriter in Los Angeles. She started her singing career as a background vocalist for the Inda Eaton Band, where she toured around the US opening for such acts as Hootie and the Blowfish, LeAnn Rimes, and Blues Traveler. In April, she released her first CD of original music, Life of the Party. The title track was featured in an episode the ABC television series, Men in Trees and another track was featured in the indie feature, Young, Single and Angry… a film in which Heather also co-starred. Speaking of acting, Heather has performed in a plentitude of plays in LA, including the critically acclaimed, Kimberly Akimbo and Waltzing with Death. Oh, and she recently discovered a talent for and love of stand-up comedy and cabaret. Okay, one last thing, she hosts a daily web show that can be viewed at For more details check out her website at!
ERIN RETTINO (Ensemble) (Martine Understudy) -- A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music, Pope Joan marks Erin’s second show with producer Michael Butler and director Bo Crowell. Her first was last years award winning production of HaiR; marking the 40th Anniversary of the show in Los Angeles. She has also appeared around the Southland in various Civic Light Operas. Her favorite roles to date, besides HaiR, have been Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Pat Bingham in Good News. Erin has also been blessed to be apart of the Grammy Nominated, Gold and Platinum Record winning series, Psalty the Singing Song Book.
VERONICA SCHEYVING (Ensemble) (Lucretia Understudy) -- Veronica’s journey to the stage began just a few short years ago when she decided to fulfill her life-long secret dream of singing and performing. She was first cast as Evilene, the Wicked Witch in The Wiz and got to fly! She was hooked both literally and figuratively! Favorite roles include: Miss Hannigan (Annie), Yente (Fiddler on the Roof), Strange Woman (Big River), Mrs. Medlock (The Secret Garden), and Mama Peterson (Bye Bye Birdie). She is a part of The Academy for New Musical Theatre (ANMT) and is enjoying segueing into film and television. She is currently in a Chaya Tequila commercial, playing Madam Zoraya! She thanks the Lord, husband Keith, daughter Kimberly, and son Joshua for all their love, encouragement and support. Great big thanks to Bo, Brian, and Melia (my “new best friend”) for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful production and to the cast for all the friendship, love, and laughs! “Because I knew you, I have been changed for GOOD!”
PAUL WONG (Ensemble) (Nicholas Understudy) -- Ovation Award winning productions - Sweeney Todd (Anthony) and Pacific Overtures (Multiple Featured); U.S Premiere of revised Anyone Can Whistle (George), L.A. Premiere of Passion (Sgt. Lombardi/ Fosca’s Father/Vocal Director), Red Vs. Blue: The 15 Minute Musicals (Multiple Featured), Shanghai Moon (Dr. Wu/Sir Geoffrey), City of Angels (Angel City 4 /Yamato), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (Multiple Featured), Follies (Roscoe US), Merrily We Roll Along (Charley/ Musical Director), Into the Woods (Jack/Vocal Director), original musicals Beijing Spring (Father) Canton Jazz Club (Quartet), the first (only?) all Asian American production of A Chorus Line (Don). Recipient: 2008 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Music Director – Local Production for Do Lord Remember Me. Proud member of Actor’s Equity. Deepest gratitude to Mom and Dad for the childhood gift of music, Joshua and Jake for artistic guidance, Bo and Brian for this great opportunity, and Tomm and Beamer for love and support.
JUSTIN BEALS (Ensemble) (Lucius Understudy) is a senior in High School, and this is the first professional show he has been in. He is very excited to be a part of this incredible production! Some of his favorite roles he has played are Ponyboy (The Outsiders), Skimbleshanks (Cats) and Abel (Children of Eden). He has a passion for theatre and film and aspires to become a film director and actor someday. He would like to thank his parents, God, Paul Robin-Walter Kehler, Bo, his brother, and his beautiful girlfriend. He hopes you enjoy the show!
ANNETTE REMTER (Ensemble) -- Hailing from Berlin, Germany, Annette performed in tap dance shows and the musicals Company (Jenny) and Baby with the American Allies, did Summer Stock in Kentucky, and played a baby in the musical Babies, Babies, Babies in Ottawa, Canada. In Los Angeles, she performed in the NAACP Award winning play For the Love of Freedom – Toussaint (Josephine, Mme. Libertá U/S) at the Greenway Court Theater, the follow-up Dessalines (Frances), as well as other musicals and plays, including No Exit (Estelle) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice). Her film credits include many short films, two of which she co-produced, and which were in the official selection of the DAMAH FILM FESTIVAL 2006 and 2007. She just finished the SAG ultra-low-budget feature film The Grover Complex. In addition to acting and singing, Annette is currently pursuing her AA degree in Music/Voice at LA City College. For more information and her acting and singing reels, please go to
AMBER ALLEN (Ensemble) is a graduate of American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She hails from Muskegon, Michigan, where she started her musical career at four years of age on the stage of J. P. Allen’s Jazz Club owned by her father. Amber is a Musical Theater major from the University of North Texas. Her credits include: founder and president of Tha RUCKUS Dance Co. that won awards performing throughout the southwest, Babes in Outer Space, Godspell, Into the Woods, The Wild Party, and Micheal Butler’s 40th anniversary of HaiR. Amber gives thanks to her family for all their support throughout the years.
DAWN WORRALL (Ensemble) (Property Master) -- After recieving her BFA in acting, Dawn moved to Los Angeles. Here she earned her way into both SAG and AFTRA working in commercials, film, TV, and as a voiceover artist. Still her favorite is the theatre. Stage roles have included Beth in A Lie of the Mind, Donna in Hurlyburly, Eva in The Rimers of Eldritch and Jo in A Taste of Honey. Dawn has been a member of the Met Theatre since 2001 and played Jeanie in Michael Butler and the Mets’ award winning production of HaiR in 2007.
MEGAN CROCKETT (Ensemble) is a Los Angeles native and delighted to be performing on the Stella Adler Stage. Megan is a proud member of Sacred Fools Theater where she most recently appeared in A Mulholland Christmas Carol. Her past credits include the late night hit Magnum Opus Theatre at Sacred Fools, The Mikado (Yum-Yum), Taming of the Shrew (Bianca), Side by Side by Sondheim (Woman #1), Ruddigore (Rose Maybud) and Carousel (Carrie). Visit her website
JOEL RIECK (Ensemble) -- Joel’s most recent theatre credits include The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, Kid-Simple: A Radio Play in the Flesh at Sledgehammer Theatre (San Diego), and The Music Man at Starlight Musical Theatre (San Diego). Joel received BAs in Theatre and Dance from the University of California, San Diego, where he performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (Bud Frump), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin Scrivello), and Cabaret (Bobby). You can see Joel as Jesus in the 2006 movie Gamers. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
TIM BROWN (Ensemble) hails from Milwaukee, WI. After graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NY & LA), he landed his first gig in a production of Godspell. Since then he has been non-stop with stage credits including, HaiR-2007, Return, Through the Storm, One, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He has also been fortunate to grace the stage with Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson, Daryl Coley, James Ingram, and Stephanie Mills to name a few. He also has been busy with commercial and print work. Tim is pleased to be aligned with this talented cast, as well as the award winning production team. He is barely scratching the surface, and there is much more to come. “The sky is the limit as history has proven it.”
MATTHEW HERRMANN (Ensemble) hails from the Hoosier State. LA Credits include Jesus Christ Superstar and Red Scare on Sunset both at the Attic Theater, Comedy of Errors at the Knightsbridge, and the award winning Woman with Pocketbook at the Avery Schreiber. Other Regional and International Credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Reefer Madness, Tommy, HaiR, Cabaret, Bat Boy, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Matt is a three time Irene Ryan Nominee, and holds a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has also done some television and film work, as well as directed over twenty productions for the legendary French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. Matthew believes the arts are important and thanks those who support local theater.
A. TORRES-SALAZAR (Ensemble) -- A composer, choreographer, actor, singer, and dancer, he started piano at 4 years old and spent years in school and college choirs. As an actor he has played Baylor in A Lie of the Mind and Santiago in Anna in the Tropics. He was trained as a dancer and actor in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles and now conducts a Musical Theatre Workshop at East Los Angeles College which has spanned the last 4 summers. He has worked as Musical Director for The Boyfriend at the Sierra Madre Playhouse and Little Shop of Horrors at the Covina Valley Playhouse as well as Pinoys in Space, Happy End, and The Avocado Kid at ELAC. He composed the scores for Pinoys in Space, which ran at ELAC in 2006 and for Virgin Love, which ran at The Ricardo Montalban Theatre in 2007.
DON FRANKEL (Ensemble) received his BA degree in theatre in New York where he performed on the off-Broadway stages including the Shakespeare rock musical Rubber Nickels, and the original cast album. Don’s TV credits include recurring roles on Gimme a Break, Dear John, Santa Barbara, and the pilot of The Proteens, along with several commercials. His film credits include Punch and Jody and Champion. His LA stage credits include performing improvisational comedy on the stages of The Groundlings and The Second City (Diving for Chickens). He also performed with the Los Angeles Children’s Theater. Don is a multi-instrumentalist and singer. His musical credits include being a Buddah Records recording artist. He has also recorded and toured with members of The Standells, The Grass Roots, The Brady Bunch, The Land of the Lost and The Office. Don is a BMI songwriter and has had his songs on radio commercials as well as T.V. (Poltergeist, The Legacy) and movies (A Beatles Documentary). Don is excited to be performing with this ensemble of talented individuals in Pope Joan.
SYLVIN JANSON (Ensemble) -- A theatre graduate with a BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan School of Music, 'Sly' is excited to be back on stage in Pope Joan. Some of his favorite past performances include roles in: Evita, Angels in America, The American Dream, Marat/Sade, and The Baker's Wife. He has spent the past few years as a member of the Academy of New Musical Theatre, collaborating with other actors and writers. You can also catch him in some of their Guerilla Musicals at In addition, he has performed for the past 8 years with the West Coast Singers, who travelled to Miami last summer to sing with hundreds of choruses from around the world. He would like to thank every member of his WCS choral family because without them, this experience would never have been possible. Special thanx to Mom, Dad, Ryan, and Jeff for all their love and support over the years. Woohoo!
JAMES LAMBERTI (Ensemble) is originally from East Providence, RI, and is thrilled to be making his Los Angeles theatrical debut in Pope Joan. James attended Saint Mary’s University of MN on a theatrical scholarship and later attended Rhode Island College were he continued his theatrical training. During his time in college James played many roles, most notably, Finch in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying . His portrayal of this role earned him a nomination for the Irene Ryan Foundation’s ACTF scholarship award. He would like to thank his college professor and mentor, Bill Wilson, for his guidance and support. He would also like to thank Kiela Daley and Justin Jutras for their constant encouragement.
JOSEPH ZHAN (Ensemble) is a proud member of Actor’s Equity, SAG, and AFTRA. Born in St. Louis Missouri, he has been performing since he was 8 years old. There he also appeared on local television as the “World’s Youngest Entertainment Critic,” winning two bronze Telly Awards, and one NATAS Emmy. After studying at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, he played Kicker in the first national tour of the off-Broadway show, Children’s Letters to God. His favorite roles include Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Charlie in Charlie’s Aunt. Joe would like to thanks Barack for “always being there.”
BRANDON HEITKAMP (Ensemble) is thrilled to be working with the talented people who put this show together. Brandon would like to say an extra thank you to Bo Crowell for the opportunity to work with the wonderful people here at the Stella Adler Theatre. He has recently moved to Los Angeles from Fargo, ND. He was last seen in the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities production of Bye Bye Birdie. Other recent production’s he has been involved in were Cabrillo Music Theatre’s Singin’ in the Rain, and back in Minnesota he was acting with the Strawhat Players Summerstock Company with shows such as Hair, Chicago, Anything Goes, Seven Keys to Baldpate, and Romeo and Juliet. He was also a four time Irene Ryan Nominee. On a more personal note, Brandon thoroughly enjoys a hearty bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and a large glass of Orange Juice. Thanks for coming to the show. Beth you are the light to my candle.


The Pope Joan Company Principal Players

The Pope Joan Company Production Team

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