The Pope Joan Company


Principal Players

WHITNEY AVALON (Joan) is new to Los Angeles but not to performing; she’s grateful to have spent a lifetime entertaining people. Since her recent arrival to the west coast, she has sung a duet with Jack Black during the opening number of the 2008 Spike TV Video Game Awards, appeared in the new musical The Cuban and the Redhead, and starred as a series regular on the web show Making Mistakes, winning the online channel’s Best Actress of the Year award for the latter. Favorite regional theater and tours: The Full Monty (Pam), The Iceman Cometh, Pulp, Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), The Mousetrap (Miss Casewell), Jesus Christ Superstar, Sesame Street Live, The Tempest (Ariel), Chicago, Holes (Kate), Oliver! (Nancy), and The Threepenny Opera. Whitney has also been seen nationwide in commercials and film. Proud member of Actors' Equity, SAG, and AFTRA. Deepest thanks to all who made this opportunity possible!
DOUG BARRY (Louis) (Technical Director) is so pleased to be back on stage and once again working with Bo and Michael Butler. He was most recently seen playing Claude in the Met Theatre’s production of HaiR, named Best Musical of the Year by LA Weekly. Love to family and friends.
CRISTINA DOHMEN (Martine) first stepped on stage when she was 8 years old and grew up performing in theaters throughout her hometown, Honolulu, Hawaii. She moved across the Pacific Ocean to study theater and music at Pepperdine University. She has since been seen in numerous Los Angeles theater productions such as Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), and Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Kate). She got her start in film in the indie short Tijuana Sunrise in the prestigious role of The Beer Girl. Cristina can dance jazz, hula, and Tahitian and loves karaoke, nachos, and sharing a bottle of champagne with her family. You can see her on the big screen in the suspense thriller Duress coming to a theater near you in September 2009!
SUZANNE NICHOLS (Lucretia) is from Oakland, California. Recent credits include Violet Red in The Cotton Club Revisited, a traveling show, and Hibiscus in HaiR at The Met Theatre. In addition to being over the moon about working with director Bo Crowell, she is deeply honored to be surrounded by such talent.
ANTHONY GRUPPUSO (Nicholas) -- Recent LA Stage appearances include Interacts’ Award Winning Urinetown with John Rubenstein, Actors CO-Op’s 1776 (Samuel Chase), LA Shakespeare’s The Fantasticks (El Gallo), Disney’s Snow White, An Enchanting Musical (Grumpy), and the recent workshop and reading of Neil Berg and D.J. Salisbury’s The Man Who Would Be King with Marc Kudish. Anthony has performed in several feature films, television shows, Equity stage productions and national, international, regional, and local commercials, some of which include appearances on The Megan Mullally Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and creating the role of Marvin in the Broadway workshop production of Down to Earth directed by Donald McKayle. He will soon be seen as the Vatican Square Singer in Ron Howard’s upcoming feature film Angel’s and Demons. Much love to wife Doreena and our children Anthony, Alex, and Arianna. For more on Anthony visit his website,
BRYCE BLUE (Lucius) -- Bryce Blue, (yes its real, no he’s not lying) grew up on the many large stages of California’s central coast, appearing in productions of The Music Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Peter Pan, Les Miserables, Annie Get Your Gun, and as Tom in Tom Sawyer at the Great American Melodrama, all before the early age of 17. Bryce then made the necessary choice to dive head-first into his growing career and move to the LA area. At the age of 20, he has recorded an original cast recording of Teen Witch the Musical, landed roles on such shows as E.R. and The Unit, and filmed many independents including director Larry Clark’s Wassup Rockers. When he gets a chance, Bryce can be found fly-fishing, kayaking, running, hiking, and enjoying all the beauty and opportunity California has to offer.
FERNANDO OROZCO, JR. (Anastasis) is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and creative team. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mr. Orozco has written, directed, and produced a play entitled The Race of Life. Since then he has been working on adapting it into a screenplay. Some of Fernando’s most memorable credits include JP Morgan in the Tony Award winning musical Ragtime at Cabrillo Music Theatre, Charley Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along, and Da Baker in the Original Smash Hit Musical Jesus’ Kid Brother which performed at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood, 42nd Street Studios in New York City, ICT Long Beach, and at ASCAP/Disney. Fernando can also be seen in the Movie Musical Short Zombie Prom directed by Vince Marcello and executive produced by Wes Craven. Fernando would love to thank his family and friends for all their support throughout this process.
ALLIE COSTA (Young Joan) was born and raised in Northern California. When not singing, dancing, or acting, Allie is reading, writing, or composing. Regional: Spring Awakening; Gypsy. Additional theatre credits include Anything Goes, West Side Story, The Mikado, Taming of the Shrew, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Her original plays and musicals include Surreal World and Gender Bias.

The Pope Joan Company Ensemble

The Pope Joan Production Team

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