Meet the Cast
This is Jess Adams’ last hurrah as a senior on the UNC stage. Academically Jess studies humans scientifically (Anthropology), exaggerates her findings in words (Creative Writing) and then pretends to a human in front of other humans (Dramatic Art). Jess enjoys bad Chinese take-out, rolling around on the floor (often in a mask she made), her pet fish (Biscuits Clinton McDouglas) and the sweet, sweet sounds of Queen Latifah. When she graduates, she wants to run away and join the circus. But no, really. She’s actually trying to join the circus.
Margaret Burrus, a Sophomore from Nashville, Tennessee, is a Dramatic Art Major with a double minor in Women Studies and Voice Performance. Past roles at UNC include Susie Friend from Uncommon Women and Others and Charity from Sweet Charity. She has had a blast being a part of the fun and collaborative process in creating the Milford Project. She wants to thank her family for inspiring her to live life playfully and creatively (erms couldn’t have done it without you!).
Bryan is a senior Dramatic Art major from Greensboro, NC. Like many of his fellow seniors in this incredibly fun cast and crew, The Milford Project will be his final theatre production at UNC and, like Jacob Williams says, couldn’t be more “excited to go out with a bang”! While at UNC, he is very grateful to have had to opportunity to work with some simply amazing people at PlayMakers Repertory Company [Young Fool in Big River, understudied in Nicholas Nickleby], LAB! Theatre [William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee], Ground Up Productions [Timothy Sternhill in Letter From Algeria], Raleigh Ensemble Players [CB in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead], and Pauper Players [in Kiss Me, Kate! (with BFF Stephanie Linas eons ago)]. Cinematically, he has had the pleasure of working on-camera with some incredible student filmmakers and television ensembles at UNC and Duke since freshman year, including everyone involved withMax James, Above the Fold, and General College. He also loves goofing off with his improv buddies in the Chapel Hill Improv Players’ “Incubators” when he gets the chance. Bryan is very excited to be making the move to NYC after graduation to pursue his professional acting career full-time and would love to have you follow him along the way on Twitter (@bryan_burton) or Facebook (facebook.com/BryanBurtonActor). He would love to pay special thanks to everyone in the insanely talented MILFORD cast and crew for this phenomenal experience and to his family and closest of friends for their continued, undying support! GO MILF!
Ashley Gunsteens is a senior Dramatic Art and Journalism and Mass Communication double major from Germantown, MD. After this semester she will be moving to New York City to pursue acting/directing where she and Jacob Williams have planned their lives to be exactly like a Friends sitcom. Last fall, Ashley directed How I Learned to Drive, but she is glad that the department has finally recognized that her true talent lies in acting like a bully and dancing around in revealing prep-school outfits. In addition to being a director and costume designer for LAB!, Ashley most recently appeared in LAB! Theatre’s Grenadine, and The Vagina Monologues and Aida with Company Carolina. She will also be playing the roles of Portia and Octavius in LAB!’s upcoming production of Julius Caesar this April.
Matt Jacques is a senior dramatic art major from West Windsor, NJ. He’s had such an amazing time and has loved every minute laughing and having a blast with the entire cast and crew! At Carolina, Matt has most recently appeared as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, and other credits include Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf), The Wild Party (Burrs) and I Love You Because (Director). After graduation, Matt plans on going out to dinner with his family. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Mike, Brie and Lucas!
Todd Lewis is a junior Health Policy and Management major in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Dramaturgy minor (Quite the combination, am I right?). The Milford Project marks his fifth production with LAB! and his eighth production at UNC, having also performed with Pauper Players and as an understudy for Playmakers Repertory Company. Todd has had an exceptionally raucous time creating Gerald, and hopes that his star turn as King of the Pale Kids can help you celebrate your inner-nerd. He would like to thank the cast and crew of Milford for their support, their love, and their laughter, his beautiful friends for always sticking by him, and his Mommy and Daddy for flying all the way to North Carolina to see what a college education can do. Enjoy the show!
Stephanie Linas is a senior Dramatic Art major, double Public Relations and Vocal Performance minor from Richmond, Virginia! She is a Producing Director for the Department of Dramatic Art and LAB! Theatre and has also served on the executive board of Pauper Players. She is super duper thrilled to be returning to the Kenan stage after directing Uncommon Women and Others last semester. Past UNC credits include Taming of the Shrew, Into the Woods, Metamorphoses, A New Dress for Mona, Cinders, The Wild Party, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, and Children of Eden. She intends to move to New York to be a big fancy actress when she graduates, but if that doesn’t work out, she is considering opening a bakery for lactose intolerant people. Or living in Carrboro and being eccentric. Or being a dolphin trainer. Or president.
Wesley Miller is a sophomore Music (Vocal Performance) and Drama major from Asheville, NC. He is ecstatic to be making his LAB! Theater debut! Some favorite roles include Matt in The Fantasticks, Horton in Seussical, and Chicago with the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre. He recently placed first in the Musical Theater category at the NATS voice competition. Wesley also performs in the UNC Opera, performing as Spalanzani in Les Contes d’Hoffman and currently in rehearsal for the role of Nate in Highway #1 USA. He is also actively involved with The Pauper Players here at UNC. Wesley would like to thank his family and friends for their love and continued support.
Cameron Nadler is thrilled to be a part of this amazing production. He is currently finishing his final year here at Carolina and couldn’t be more excited. Cameron is a Dramatic Art major from Wilton, CT. His favorite pastimes include watching old movies and just hanging out. His past roles at Carolina include Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls and Herman in Sweet Charity. When not acting in a show he loves to perform in the show by playing the drums. He will be heard next in Company Carolina’s production of Spring Awakening. He has also just been added to the cast of General College as the part of AJ and cannot wait for his UNC TV debut in a few weeks. Hope everyone enjoys the show! Blah, blah, blah, blah German science words!
Maggie Poole is a first-year at UNC and is very excited to be a part of the Milford Project cast! She has not yet declared a major, but is considering drama with a minor in music. She has previously participated in Once Upon a Mattress, Rent School Edition, Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), and Guys and Dolls (General Cartwright). Maggie would like to thank her previous and current directors for their guidance and support. She would also like to thank her parents, Edie and Gary, and her sisters, Emma and Annie, for their encouragement.
Kevin is super excited to be working on The Milford Project! He was last seen in LAB!’s [sic] this past fall. Kevin is a Dramatic Art major from Long Island, NY. He is a member of the CHiPs incubator improv program here on campus; and has previously trained and performed at The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, NY. Many thanks to friends (new and old), and to his family!
Jessica is a junior drama and music double major. This is her first production with Lab! Theatre and she couldn’t have wished for a better show to be a part of. Her past performances include Pauper Players’ Lippa’s Wild Party (Madelaine True),I Love You Because (NYC Woman), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife) and Westminster Preschool’s Are You My Mother?(Cow).
Scott is thrilled and honored to be a part of such an amazing production! It has been an unforgettable journey to have worked with the inspiring, fun, dedicated, supportive, collaborative, talented, intelligent, and attractive Milford Project team. Scott’s previous roles in the department include Peck in How I Learned to Drive, Macduff in Macbeth, and Haemon in Burial at Thebes. Outside of the Drama Department, Scott is the director of the Chapel Hill Players (CHiPs)- the premier improv and sketch comedy team at UNC. Previous projects include studying acting at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland, and assistant directing for the Tar Heel Tale Tellers children’s theatre company. Currently, Scott is devising an original performance piece during his final semester at Carolina.
Jacob Williams is a senior Drama and Communication Studies double major from Oxford, NC. This will be his final theatre production at UNC and is excited to go out with a bang. Favorite projects include productions of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (Ed) and The Shape of Things (Adam), as well as being a part of the student-produced webseries Above the Fold. Jacob is also a member of the improv/sketch comedy group, the Chapel Hill Players (CHiPs) and has previously studied and performed at DSI Comedy Theater in Carrboro, NC and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. Upon graduation this spring, Jacob intends to return to New York to continue acting and performing comedy.
Hayley Wright is a junior Drama and Jewish Studies double major from New York City. This is her first production with Lab!/DDA and is thrilled to be involved in such an amazing process! Hayley is involved with the student organization Pauper Players, where directed Guys and Dolls this past fall. Last season she was in Sweet Charity (Frug Dancer), Broadway Melodies ’11 (Gretchen Weiners) and Assistant Director of All Shook Up!. Her favorite roles include, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (CB’s Sister) and Urinetown (Little Sally). Thanks to the cast, production staff, her family, and her friends for their continuous support.