Mackenzie (Elker) Shaw

Words Players roles:

Twelfth Night - 2013

Twelfth Night - 2013

  • Acting:
    • Ninth Thornton Wilder One Act Play Festival - 2014
    • Twelfth Night - 2013
    • Our Town - 2013
    • Flannery O’Connor’s Short Stories - 2013
    • Into The Woods - 2013
    • The Sky Is Falling - 2012
    • A Christmas Carol - 2011
    • The Music Man - 2011
    • Sixth Thornton Wilder One Act Play Festival - 2011
    • Original One Act Play Festival - 2010
    • Oliver! - 2010
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream - 2010
    • Fifth Thornton Wilder One Act Play Festival - 2010
    • A Christmas Carol - 2009
    • Original One Act Play Festival - 2009
    • Seussical - 2009
    • Fourth Thornton Wilder One Act Play Festival - 2009
    • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - 2008
    • Third Thornton Wilder One Act Play Festival - 2008
    • Unsinkable! - The Story of Molly Brown - 2007
  • Supporting:
    • Mackenzie worked on many areas of production in every show in which she participated: painting and building sets, and helping with props and costumes, in particular.
  • Stage Managing:
    • The Music Man - 2011
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream - 2010
    • You Can't Take It with You - 2009
  • Directing:
    • As You Like It - 2012
    • Original One Act Play Festival - 2010

Other Roles:

  • Susan in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe - Rochester Civic Theater, 2011
  • Costume Coordinator for The Music Man at Century High School

Currently:


Words Players roles:

Much ado about nothing - 2011

Much ado about nothing - 2011

  • Acting:
    • Much Ado About Nothing - 2011
    • The Music Man - 2011
    • Sixth Thornton Wilder One Act Play Festival - 2011
    • Harvey - 2010
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream - 2010
    • Fifth Thornton Wilder One Act Play Festival - 2010
    • A Christmas Carol - 2009
    • Original One Act Play Festival - 2009
    • You Can't Take It With You - 2009
    • Fourth Thornton Wilder One Act Play Festival - 2009
    • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - 2008
    • Original One Act Play Festival - 2008
    • Tom Sawyer -  2008
  • Costumes:
    • The Pirates of Penzance - 2010 (Designer)
    • A Christmas Carol - 2009 (Assistant Designer)
    • You Can't Take It with You - 2009 (Assistant Designer)
    • The Fantasticks - 2009
    • Seussical - 2009
    • Cinderella - 2007
  • Directing:
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2011
    • The Pirates of Penzance - 2010
  • Writing:
    • Script and song lyrics for Bremen Town - 2014
    • Script for SUPER! - 2015

After Words Players:

  • Ilana has been living in the Twin Cities area pursuing a career in acting. Freelancing her education, Ilana has been taking classes at theatres and colleges as she can afford them and gaining experience by volunteering in many community theatres productions.
  • She has acted in two student short films, Enveloped and Bring It All Back Home.

Currently:

  • Ilana is an assistant director to the Harbor Theatre Group improv team and is auditioning In the Twin Cities area.
  • Ilana is also teaching an acting class to the Trott Brook Homeschool Co-op.

Look at Ilana's profile on IMDB.


Words Players roles:

The Music Man - 2011

The Music Man - 2011

  • Acting:
    • The Music Man - 2011
    • Oliver - 2010
  • Film:
  • Technical:
    • Harvey - 2010 (Graphic design)
    • Seussical - 2009 (Lighting Designer)
    • Hello Dolly - 2008 (Light Board Operator)
    • Cinderella - 2007 (Stage Crew Chief)
    • Honk Jr. - 2006 (Running Crew)

After Words Players:

  • Short Films:
    • The Perspective of Love (2011) - created with the help of many Words Players alumni. Sold out premiere (300+ seats); Certificate of Merit at Williamsburg International Film Festival; Audience Choice Award at On The Edge Film Festival.
    • Enveloped (2013) - silent comedy short featuring Words Players Alumni Nick Rudlong and Ilana Henckel. Best of Fest in Student Short Form at Speechless Film Festival.
    • pAges (2013) - dramatic short featuring Words Players cast members Timothy, Elizabeth, and Trish Alexander.
    • Solve for Y (2014) - Media Arts Capstone project at Bethany Lutheran College about an architect who tries to calculate the cause of his attraction to a young woman.
  • Theatre:
    • Theater Physics -  Vaudeville show conceptualized and actualized by Bethany students and professors.  Contributor/Actor (2011)
    • Set and/or lighting crew for multiple productions since 2011
  • Music:
    • Bethany Lutheran College Concert Choir member (2011-12)
  • Education:
    • andon received a B.A. in Media Arts from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN, in 2014.

Currently:

  • Landon is a free-lance filmmaker living in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, with a wide variety of projects already under his belt.

A special note from Landon:

"A huge thank you goes out to everyone at Words Players for equipping me with wonderful experiences that helped prepare me for who I am today. I count my involvement with Words Players as a pivotal experience in my artistic and personal development. I have never seen such a talented group of artists in one community pull together with so few resources to make great art. Bravo!"

Take a look at Landon's profile on IMDB.


Words Players roles:

Much Ado About Nothing - 2011

Much Ado About Nothing - 2011

  • Acting:
    • Thornton Wilder One Act Play Festival - 2012
    • Much Ado About Nothing - 2011
    • The Music Man - 2011
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream - 2010
    • The Fantasticks - 2009
    • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - 2008
    • Hello Dolly - 2008
    • Second Thornton Wilder One Act Play Festival - 2007
  • Writing/Composing:
    • Music and Lyrics for My Father's Dragon - 2013
    • Music and Lyrics for Bremen Town - 2014
    • Music and Lyrics for SUPER! - 2015
  • Orchestra:
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2011
    • The Pirates of Penzance - 2010

After Words Players:

  • Ian received a degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota.

Currently:

Take a look at Ian's profile on IMDB.


Hello Dolly - 2005

Hello Dolly - 2005

Hannah Driscoll

Words Players roles:

  • Acting:
    • Oliver - 2010
    • The Fantasticks - 2009
    • Hello Dolly - 2008
    • Charlie Brown Christmas - 2007
    • Cinderella - 2007
    • Our Town - 2006
    • Godspell - 2005
    • The Birds - 2004
  • Directing:
    • Oliver - 2010
    • Seussical - 2009
    • Tom Sawyer - 2008
    • Unsinkable! The Story of Molly Brown - 2007
    • Honk! Jr. - 2006
    • The Sign on Rosie's Door - 2004

After Words Players:

Currently:

  • Hannah is working as a personal trainer and freelancing as an actor in New York City.

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Take a look at Hannah's profile on IMDB.


Seussical - 2009

Seussical - 2009

Celeste Johnson

Words Players roles:

  • Acting:
    • You Can't Take It With You - 2009
    • Godspell - 2005
    • The Birds - 2004
  • Orchestra:
    • Seussical - 2009

After Words Players:

  • Celeste graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in piano performance and minor in German from Baylor University in 2011.
  • She spent a year playing for the Baylor A Cappella and Bella Voce choirs (including a 10-day tour of the east coast) and working as a freelance collaborative pianist during the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Celeste completed a Master of Music degree in vocal accompanying at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 2014.
  • Celeste was awarded a full tuition scholarship as a Collaborative Piano Intern for the Hawaii Performing Arts Vocal Program in 2014.

Currently:

  • Celeste is currently living in Baltimore, MD, and is a Collaborative Artist at the Cornett Studio in the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins.
  • She is also making significant progress in training as a Jedi Apprentice and considering future secondary careers in yoga instruction and being a starfish.