THEATRE SHOULD BE AN EXPERIENCE. A game, a ritual, a carnival, and a water park. The audience should be able to play however they like, wherever they like, whenever they like. Or just sit and watch the show. THEATRE SHOULD BE PHENOMENAL. Mystical and epic. Reaching for the grand metaphysical mysteries of the deepest, darkest corners of the imagination. THEATRE SHOULD BE ANIMAL. Dogs wrestling for a bone. Dolphins jumping in the surf. Salamanders sunning themselves. Visceral and immediate. Raw and unrefined. Organic. Grass-fed. Free range. A theatre of the senses: seeing the story, feeling the story, hearing, smelling, and tasting the story.
MADDIE BAYNARD (Managing Director) is responsible for the Animals' day-to-day operations, marketing, and touring arrangements. She organized and executed the Bay Fest performing arts festival in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She is a graduate of Chesapeake College where she served in a variety of roles onstage and off including stage managing Carrie: The Musical and True Tales of the Eastern Shore.
LUCY BOND (Ensemble) has appeared in a variety of roles from Maryland's Eastern Shore to upstate New York. Her most recent performances include Steel Magnolias(Shelby) with the Tred Avon Players and Brilliant Traces(Rosannah) at Syracuse Stage.
ROBERT COUSINS (Resident Playwright) has written shows performed in the US, Canada, and Scotland. His full-length play How the Money Goes was awarded an international initiatives grant by the University of Maryland to tour to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2011, and in 2012 his one-act A Wild Play was named "Most Daring" and the London Fringe. He has worked for college and educational theater, most recently adapting Tales of the Eastern Shore for Chesapeake College and a series of holiday vignettes for Odd Act Theatre Group. His adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories, True Tales of the Grotesque and Mysterious, was reviewed by DC Metro Theatre Arts as "one phantasmic night of fun" and has received productions in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
SHANNON LANDERS (Ensemble) is completing her degree at Chesapeake College where she has performed in various shows including True Tales of the Eastern Shore, Carrie: the Musical, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She wrote and directed an original children's play for Bay Fest in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She is a regular contributor to the podcast Occult Confessions.
OLIVIA LITTERAL (Ensemble) appeared with the Phenomenal Animals in the Bacchae at the Walnut Street Theater's Studio Five in Philadelphia, PA. She is a graduate of Chesapeake College where she performed in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (Annabella), The Children's Hour (Mary),Lovetalker (Bun), How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying(Hedy) and Carrie: The Musical(Chris). She was recently in the UMD Maryland Shakespeare Players Twelfth Night (Fabian). She co-hosts the podcast Occult Confessions.
SAVANNAH VERRETTE (Ensemble) made her directorial debut with the Animals' production of Tales of the Grotesque and Mysterious. She graduated from Chesapeake College where she appeared in a variety of productions including How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Gypsy, The Children’s Hour, and The Bacchae. She is a regular contributor to the podcast Occult Confessions.
BRANDON WALLS (Ensemble) is an actor and singer who has performed across the Eastern US. His credits include Charlotte's Web, The Crucible, The Actor's Nightmare, The Bacchae,Gypsy, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,and Carrie: The Musical. Brandon is a regular contributor to the podcast Occult Confessions.
JACOB WHEATLEY (Ensemble) is completing his degree at Chesapeake College. He has acted in musicals, comedies and tragedies at the college including Carrie: The Musical(Tommy Ross), True Tales of the Eastern Shore (Jeremiah Banning/Gilbert Byron), and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (J. Pierrepont Finch). He is a regular contributor to the podcast Occult Confessions.