Show Bios

The Woman in Black
Written by: Stephen Mallatratt, Susan Hill
Directed by: Julia Bodiford

October 18th-20th & 25th-27th @ 8PM

Chloe McDowell (Stage Manager) is extremely tired. She is also overwhelmingly, deeply proud of the labour and love that every single member of this hard-working cast and crew have put into this show. It has been one hell of an artistic challenge to change this coffee shop into a black box theatre, and it COULD NOT have been accomplished without the blood, sweat, and tears of A LOT of people working insanely late hours just for the love of the craft. I’m very excited to share this creepy little ghost tale with everyone. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming to see our show, I hope it scares the hell out of you.  

Birdie Holly (Costume Designer) is a local burlesque performer and creative from Denton. She has been a part of previous sundown productions (short works fest 2018/2019) but this is her first time on the production side! Her love for costuming began at an early age and has always been her favorite part of any production. She is excited to continue pursuing her passion for costume in the years to come!

Emily Chambers (Assistant Stage Manager, Lights Op) is a current junior at the University of North Texas, majoring in Psychology and minoring in music and theatre. This is her second time working with Sundown Collaborative Theater and first time ever stage managing. She thanks Sundown for the opportunity and experience she has gained through this process and is excited to learn more. When she has free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, her cat, taking naps, and mindlessly playing puzzle games on her phone.

Jenna Howard (Assistant Sound Designer, Sound Board Op) is an improv alum at the Hideout Theatre in Austin Tx. She is currently in her senior year of her BA with a major in Media Arts and a minor in Feminist Philosophy at UNT. Jenna is also known as Sunny Dijon, a new Denton based burlesque performer and production team member with Glitterbomb Denton, a local queer variety show.

Julia Bodiford (Director) is proud to serve as an artistic associate in Sundown Collaborative Theatre. She was introduced to the company through performing in Eurydice, and has since been involved in multiple productions, most notably directing The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, her favorite play, in 2018. She loves what silence feels, sounds, and looks like when it is introduced on stage and she enjoys art that truly punctures the heart and brain and leaves you with something to think and feel for some time after you’ve seen it. She is currently working on completing her degree at Texas Woman’s University with studies in theatre and psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys cats, drawing, playing around with music, and eating sugar.

Kelsey Smith (Props Designer, Stage Hand) is excited to be working with Sundown Collaborative Theatre for the second time, and is thrilled to have her technical theatre debut be for a ghost play. She could not be more excited to get her technical theatre start by working on a ghost play. Kelsey has had a love for horror ever since she can remember, whether it be through books, movies, or on stage. She is currently working towards her master’s in business at Texas Woman’s University. In her free time she enjoys writing, reading, and being bad at video games.

Kurt Van Zandt is a misguided dilettante who, after recently testing the waters of theatre, has found its embrace invigorating and inspirational. He holds a degree in English Literature from UNT, and is involved with Glitterbomb Denton, Spiderweb Salon, and Salty Lady Burlesque when he is not doing crossword puzzles. His production company Big Stink Productions has a small roster of podcasts for the curious and the hungry. Kurt has never worked with a theatre company other than Sundown Collaborative Theatre, and is not completely sure that others exist. His first major role was Detective Ariel in The Pillowman (2018), and he has enjoyed his on and off-stage involvement in The Short Works festivals of 2018 and 2019. As a sound designer he worked on Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, and for The Woman in Black, he has the pleasure of both acting in and designing the complex soundscape for the bleak, foggy world of the play.  He promises not to cry too much or yell too loud, and asks you to remember that we will all laugh together after the scary part is over.

Lindsey Hall (Makeup Designer) is the Marketing Director for Sundown Collaborative Theatre. She graduated from UNT in 2011, with a concentration in theatre performance and theatrical makeup design. She has been going to Sundown shows since the company’s inception in 2008 and has performed in several productions (Cafe Des Artistes (2011), Paperbacks (2014), Jacob Monroe Hates Clowns (2016), and Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (2019)). She also serves as standby makeup designer for any shows involving blood/gore (Gruesome Playground Injuries (2013),  BUG (2017) and The Pillowman(2018)).

Olivia Dickerson (Props Designer) is thrilled to be back doing props for Sundown, and she couldn’t have asked for a more exciting show than The Woman in Black. She has previously done props for Sundown’s productions of BUG and The Pillowman, and has a background in stage management, working on productions such as The Bald Soprano and The Lesson (Arts 5th Avenue), Men on Boats (Onstage in Bedford), Ashes to Ashes (Fort Worth Fringe Festival) and Night, Mother (Tarrant Actors Regional Theatre). Olivia is so happy to be working with Julia and the rest of the cast and crew, and wishes to thank Kelsey for being a superstar and her family for their endless support.

Robert Linder (Actor) is a graduate of The University of North Texas where he double majored in Theatre and English. Robert has been a member of Sundown since 2009 and is currently serving as secretary, grants director, and a board member. Some memorable performance experiences with Sundown have been Larry in Mr. Marmalade, Rumpel in Happily Ever After, Henry in Carter Stubbs Takes Flight, Autolycus in (The Winter’s Tale), Todd in Far Away, Robot in Dinosaur and Robot Stop a Train, Professor Down in Jacob Monroe Hates Clowns, Father in Eurydice, and Michal in The Pillowman.

Ryan Davila (Lighting Designer, Special Effects, Stage Hand) is the Technical Director of Sundown Collaborative Theatre. He is working on his BA in Theatre at Texas Woman’s University focusing on both acting and technical theatre. Ryan was first introduced to Sundown Collaborative Theatre when he played Big Stone in Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. Since joining Ryan has performed in Sundown’s Short Works Festival in ‘17 & ‘18 and has designed lights for BUG, Pillowman, and Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons. He is also one of the founding members of Everything’s Coming Up Sundown Improv Troupe. Outside of Sundown, Ryan has taught characterization and improv for Denton Community Theatre’s youth education program. Ryan is hoping to be a theatre teacher someday so he can use theatre and art to inspire others the way it has inspired him.

Trish Kennedy (Stage Hand) is known by most people as Waffles. She’s never been a stagehand before but she loves horror and being a part of a group that makes art of any kind.