By Nick Dear 
From the novel by Mary Shelley

Feb. 9-12, 2023, Patricia Corbett Theater

  • Director | Susan Felder
  • Choreographer | Lucia Duque
  • Intimacy/Dialect Director | Sarah Summerwell
  • Fight Director | k. Jenny Jones
  • Scenic Designer | Sean Haffey*
  • Lighting Designer | Sharon Huizinga
  • Costume Designer | Natasha Cox*
  • Sound Designer | Corbin Hopkins*
  • Wig & Make-Up Designer | Kelly Yurko
  • Production Stage Manager | Sarah Patisaul*
  • Props Designer | Hattie Fann*
  • Media Designer | Ben Nicholson

*CCM Student

Content advisory: This production contains adult content, including scenes depicting physical and sexual violence.

Frankenstein will last approximately two hours with a 15-minute intermission.

Frankenstein promotional artwork by CCM student Hunter Trammell

Director's Note

By Susan Felder

What is it to be human? The synapses of the brain fire, we shudder and we respond from the boxes of experience and images that shape us. Or is there something more? What is innate human nature?

During the summer of 1816, 18-year old Mary Shelley arrived in Geneva with her lover, Percy Shelly, her step-sister, Claire, and Lord Byron. Mary’s beloved father condemned her relationship with the much older Shelley and rejected his daughter.   The weather that summer grew dim. Mary writes: “The thunder storms that visit us are grander and more terrific than I have ever seen before.” Forced indoors, they read German ghost stories to pass the time. Lord Byron proposes a challenge, a competition, to write the best ghost story. And in an era defined by scientific advance and exploration, isolated in the splendor of the mountains — from the mind of 18-year old Mary Shelley, Frankenstein is born.  

Nick Dear’s adaptation returns in part to the Creature’s point-of-view in this classic story. The play offers questions of the nature of life and creation. In pursuing creation, where are the boundaries? And what are our responsibilities for what we create? 


Special thanks (music) to Carson Mehlbauer.

The Place and Time

Setting: 1820s Regency Era

Location: Ingolstadt Germany, Geneva Switzerland, Orkney Islands, Polar Ice cap (Arctic Circle)

The Company

  • Creature | Kevin Naddeo
  • Victor Frankenstein | Hunter Trammell
  • Elizabeth | Katie Kinman
  • William | Gavin Duffy
  • Gretel/Servant in Frankenstein Household | Hannah Toronto
  • Agatha/Townsfolk | Kendal Rayborn
  • DeLacey | Cassandra Reeves
  • Felix/Servant in Frankenstein Household | Brandon Cook
  • Female Creature | Chloe Hill
  • M. Frankenstein (Victor’s father, owner of estate) | Malik Smith
  • Clarice/Townsfolk | Gabi Adams
  • Klaus/Serv/Rab | Nick Casey
  • Ewan/Client/Servant in Frankenstein Household | Evan Kupersmith
  • Gustav/Townsfolk/Serv in Frankenstein Household | Kiki Hellerman
  • Constable/Townsfolk/Serv in Frankenstein Household | Madi Burnett
  • Understudies | Galen Arnett and Hannah Toronto

Production Staff

  • Technical Director | Logan Vanderpool
  • Assistant Stage Managers | Indy Caramelli, Annalee Crosser
  • Production Assistant | Kait Naylor
  • Assistant Production Managers | Emma King, Katie Reus
  • Assistant Scenic Designer/Scenic Charge Artist | Liz Mitan
  • Assistant Costume Designer | Amira Rowe
  • Assistant Lighting Designers | Baron Leon, William Meckstroth
  • Wardrobe Supervisor | Savannah Brooks
  • Pattern Maker/Draper | Meredith Buckley, Clara Cavins, Miranda Cotman, Abby Powers
  • Wardrobe Crew Head | Peggie Dona
  • Media Operator and Assistant Media Designer | Oliver Hunt
  • Disguise Programmer and Content Creator | Andrew Gange
  • Wardrobe Run Crew | Kassidy Schley, Nick Feldmann, Ella Gover, Lily Landoch
  • Production Electrician | Gregory S. Falcione
  • Associate Production Electrician | Riley Rowan
  • Associate Production Electrician/Media Tech | Nate Miller
  • Light Board Operator | Charlie Raschke
  • Deck Electricians | Sophia Gamble, Emily Mallendick
  • Electrics Crew | CCM Lighting Department & Technology students
  • Lighting Graduate Assistants | Jessica Drayton, Baron Leon, Kristen Peck, Alaina Pizzoferrato
  • Assistant Technical Director | Gabby Ullman
  • Lighting Programmer | Eli Suarez*
  • Head Carpenter | Iz Dillon
  • Automation Operator ( Creative Connors) | Iz Dillon
  • Set Construction Crew | Matti Andrews, Jeffrey Bell, William Blank, El (Elora) Bowers, Anna Camerer, Nick Feldmann, Raeya Garcia, Ella Gover, Laura Hanks, Willow Heichel, Corvo (Mary) Hopkins, Lily Landoch, Kaitlin Mier, Maddi Myer, Kait Naylor, Molly Powell, Charlie Raschke, Evan Reinhart, Paloma Robles, Kassidy Schley, Moira Seger, Jordan Shaw, Emma Shreve, Morgan Terry, Bethany Untener, Reagan Warvel 
  • Scenic Charge Artists | Ali Flanagan, Suzanne Barnes, Liz Mitan
  • Paint Crew | Sami Tamulonis, Sean Haffey, Simon Knox, Abigail Heyd, Mia Adrian, Melanie Reitman, Molly Powell, Anna Camerer
  • Scene Shop Assistants | McKenna Cameron Brennan, Isabelle /Izzy Dillon, Lukas J. Hummeldorf, Nick Hunley, Benji Lookatch, Grace Elizabeth Mayo, Janay Sukkarieh, Gabrielle Sprouse Ullman, Logan Timothy Vanderpool
  • Set/Props Running Crew | Corvo Hopkins, Anna Camerer, Moira Seger, Emma Shreve, Jeffrey Bell
  • Assistant Sound Designer | Alex Hsiung
  • Production Sound Engineer | Kaitlin Barnett
  • Sound Board Operator/A1 | Brady Smith
  • Sound Shop Graduate Assistants | Kaitlin Barnett, Patrick Kiernan, Bryan Pivaral, Aaron Woodstein, 
  • Assistant Wig and Makeup Designer/ Wig and Make-up Run Crew Head | Tiara Jones
  • Wig and Make-Up Run Crew | Tiara Jones, Declan Smith, Sam Yousuf
  • Wig and Make-Up Graduate Assistants | Shannon Dolinar, Colin Gallaher, Tiara Jones
  • Makeup Artists | Shannon Dolinar, Tiara Jones, Kelly Yurko
  • Costume Dyer/Painter | Erin Donnelly
  • Costume Crafts Artisans | Nato Herman, Emily O’Donnell, Natalie Zimmerman
  • Props Construction Crew | Mia Adrian, Suzanna Barnes, Maddy Byrnes, Anna Carmer, Hattie Fann, Corvo Hopkins, Simon Knox, Liz Mitan, Molly Powell, Melanie Reitman, Moira Seger, Sage Shepard, Emma Shreve, Amber Slater

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Four CCM alumni nominated in 2024 Tony Awards

May 1, 2024

Four UC College-Conservatory of Music alumni are named nominees in the 77th annual Tony Awards, recognizing the excellent work shared in Broadway productions during the 2023-24 season. The nominees, announced Tuesday, April 30, include Isabella Byrd (BFA Lighting Design and Technology, ’09), Shoshana Bean (BFA Musical Theatre, '99), Dorian Harewood and Leslie Kritzer (BFA Musical Theatre, '99).


CCM student wins USITT Make-up Design Award

April 5, 2024

The UC College-Conservatory of Music is thrilled to congratulate current masters student Tiara Jones, who was recently named winner of USITT’s Make-Up Design Award. Jones was recognized as part of the USITT24 Conference and Stage Expo in Seattle, Washington.


CCM Dance Series presents "Little Mermaid" April 12-14

April 4, 2024

UC College-Conservatory Music presents "Little Mermaid" on April 12-14, 2024 in Corbett Auditorium. Directed by Shauna Steele, the performance features music by David Arkenstone. Tickets on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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