Actors & Actresses

Anya Kopischke

Actress Anya is delighted to join the Players, where she spent most of her early summers with her parents.  Anya has trained at First Stage Children’s Theatre in Milwaukee, where she has performed in five productions, including Lucy in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”  She also played Joe Egg in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s …

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Jessie Mueller

Actress  Jessie is happy to spend her summer with such a wonderful company in such beautiful surroundings!  Chicago credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), The Bowery Boys, All Shook Up (Natalie Haller) and Shenandoah (Jenny Anderson) at the Marriott Theatre; the Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol (Belle)and Animal Crackers (Mary, Grace); Drury Lane Oakbrook’s regional premiere of Curtains (Niki Harris) andMeet Me in St. Louis (Esther Smith),  and as Carrie …

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Maggie Carney

Actress This is Maggie’s sixth summer with Peninsula Players.  Credits: Peter and the Starcatchers (Disney Theatricals/La Jolla Playhouse), Salsalandia! (La Jolla Playhouse), Live Radio and The Redundant Colon (both at Yale Cabaret), Bad Dates-Wilde Award, Best Lead Actress (BoarsHead-Michigan), The Tempest and Bill Irwin’s Largely/NY (Seattle Repertory), many shows with Creede Repertory (Colorado) and the Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival, Almighty Bob (Theater at the Center), The Book of Liz (Roadworks), What the Butler …

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James Leaming

Actor Jim returns for his ninth season. His favorite shows include The Foreigner, Caught in the Net and Red Herring.  James and his wife, Carmen Roman, were directed by Olympia Dukakis in the world premiere of Botanic Garden at Victory Gardens and Piccolo Theatre. He performed Shakespeare, Shaw and Dietz at Asolo Repertory in Sarasota, Florida after performing a one-man This Wonderful …

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Kevin McKillip

Actor Kevin returns to the Players where his appearances include Escanaba in Da Moonlight, Born Yesterday, Greetings, Cabaret, Noises Off, Rumors, Elephant Man and others. Kevin’s other credits include The Story (Goodman Theatre), Arcadia (Court Theatre) Intimate Apparel (Milwaukee Repertory), Early and Often and Ghetto (Famous Door), Cyrano de Bergerac, Comedy of Errors, Richard III (American Players Theatre) King Lear, 12th Night (Iowa Shakespeare Festival). Kevin is the recipient of a …

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Carmen Roman

Actress Carmen is thrilled to return for a tenth season at Peninsula Players! Past favorites include: Doubt, Be My Baby, Master Class, Lion in Winter, Communicating Doors, The Cherry Orchard and Red Herring. National Tour: Angels in America, Off-Broadway: The Iphigenia Cycle (Theater for a New Audience from The Court Theatre, Chicago), The Mysteries (Classic Stage Company), Paradise (Gary Allen productions), Regional: Botanic Garden, with husband James Leaming, directed …

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Cassandra Bissell

Actress Cassandra returns to Peninsula Players having appeared previously in Tom, Dick and Harry, Red Herring, Proof, Caught in the Net, and A Man for All Seasons.  Chicago credits: Arcadia, Hamlet (Court Theatre); King John, The Tempest, Richard II, and Short Shakespeare! productions of Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Memory House (Victory Gardens and Actors’ Theatre of Louisville 2005 Humana Festival); In the Blood and Measure for Measure (Next Theatre); Romeo and …

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Rachel Klippel

Actress Rachel makes her Peninsula Players debut in Sunday in the Park with George and the forthcoming The Game’s Afoot as Aggie. Recent Chicago credits include Clara in The Light in the Piazza (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre); Rita/Young Julia in James Joyce’s The Dead (Court Theatre); Joanna in Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Nunsense (Metropolis); Pinkalicious the Musical (Broadway in Chicago by Emerald City Theatre …

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Cassie Slater

Actress Cassie is grateful to be spending her fourth summer on the Peninsula. Previously at Peninsula Players: Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Petra in A Little Night Music. Alongside her work in regional theatre (Chicago Shakespeare, Timeline Theatre, Barrington Stage, among many others), Cassie works extensively in the development of new musicals (BMI …

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Amanda Hartley-Urteaga

Actress Amanda is absolutely delighted to make her Peninsula Players debut! Her favorite Chicago credits include Jar the Floor, eta Creative arts (Jeff nominated 2013 Best Ensemble); The Three Sisters, Piven Theatre; My Fair Lady, Paramount Theatre; Some Enchanted Evening and Jacques Brel, Songs of Love and War, Theo Ubique; Marvin’s Room, Circle Theatre; Moon Over Buffalo, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble; The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan …

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