Actors, Directors, and Designers from around the country in residence in West Virginia

Shepherdstown, West Virginia: The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University (CATF) has announced its artist company for the 2014 season. The talented group of actors, directors, and designers hail from numerous locations across the United States. All arrived to Shepherdstown in early June for a four-week rehearsal and build process for the season’s five new plays: “The Ashes Under Gait City” by Christina Anderson (world premiere), “One Night” by Charles Fuller (second production), “Uncanny Valley” by Thomas Gibbons (world premiere), “North of the Boulevard” by Bruce Graham (second production), and “Dead and Breathing” by Chisa Hutchinson (world premiere).

The 13-member actor company [all members of Actors’ Equity Association and working under a League of Regional Theaters (LORT) contract] includes Jason Babinsky, Kaliswa Brewster, Willie C. Carpenter (TV’s “Devious Minds”), Biko Eisen-Martin (recently in the world premiere of “Lift” by Walter Mosley), Daphne Gaines, Michael Goodwin (returning for his ninth CATF season), Nathan Lee Graham (Broadway: “The Wild Party”; films: “Zoolander,” “Sweet Home Alabama”), Barbara Kingsley (national tour of “August: Osage County”), Jamil A.C. Mangan (Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination for “The Mountaintop” at Theaterworks Hartford), Shauna Miles, Lizan Mitchell (Broadway: “Electra,” “Having Our Say” and “So Long on Lonely Street”), Alex Podulke (returning for his second CATF season after starring in the acclaimed “H2O” by Jane Martin and directed by Jon Jory in 2013), and Brit Whittle. Babinsky, Brewster, Carpenter, Miles and Whittle will be appearing in two plays in repertory.

Casting for the 2014 season was conducted by Pat McCorkle, C.S.A.

Directing this season’s plays will be CATF Producing Director Ed Herendeen (“One Night” and “North of the Boulevard”), Tom Dugdale (“Uncanny Valley”), Kristin Horton (“Dead and Breathing”), and Lucie Tiberghien (“The Ashes Under Gait City”). Tiberghien returns for her sixth season at CATF.

The designers for the season are David M. Barber, Jesse Dreikosen and Luciana Stecconi (scenery); Trevor Bowen, Therese Bruck and Devon Painter (costumes); John Ambrosone, Tony Galaska and D.M. Wood (lighting); Elisheba Ittoop, David Remedios and Eric Shimelonis (sound); and Matthew Haber (projection).

CATF will present its 24th season July 11 – August 3, 2014. In addition to the five plays in rotating repertory, the Festival will feature stage readings, a lecture series, workshops and classes, art exhibitions, and audience/artist engagement activities. Complete information along with ticket options available via or by calling 800/999-CATF. Social media connections (#catf) can be made at and