Rummaging For Will Cast
Chris Nelson is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and is excited to make his stage debut at Gardner-Webb. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Gardner-Webb, where in his first year he directed Doubt and Urinetown the Musical. Chris received his doctorate from Louisiana State University where he also directed Kindertransport, Scapino! and Talley's Folly. Chris earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Performance from from Indiana University, where he played such roles as Frank Strang in Equus, Manus in Translations, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Hogan in A Moon For the Misbegotten. Other favorite roles include George in Of Mice and Men at South City Theatre in Birmingham; Delmont in The Miss Firecracker Contest, Joseph in My Three Angels and Inspector Rough in Angel Street at the Brown County Playhouse in Indiana; and Ken Gorman in Rumors and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls at Samford University, where he received his bachelors degree. Chris has also enjoyed working with young performers and audiences, including acting with the Birmingham Children's Theatre, Tour Managing with the Playmakers of Baton Rouge, and stage directing performances for young performers such asLes Miserables Student Edition, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast, and Children of Eden, which he also appeared in as Father. This season at Gardner-Webb he is looking forward to directing Rumors in the fall and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in the spring. He has been married to his wife Carrie for 11 years and they have a seven year-old son, James.
Darby Sutton-Foust has worked in many aspects of performance, from competitive ice skating, to stage management, to ballet, to directing. She currently works as a background actor in several major cable and feature film projects. She has most recently been seen on stage with GSCT as Izzy in "Rabbit Hole" and Lenya in Neil Simon's "Fools." She would like to thank her super-supportive husband and two sons for helping her meet the challenges that she sets for herself.
Deany Martin has been in three shows at Gardner-Webb University. The first was "The Diary of Anne Frank" where she played Mrs. Frank. The second was "Richard III," and she played Richard's mother. Most recently, she was in "Steel Magnolias" as Truvy. "It is a treat to be back at Gardner-Webb University and working with students and professionals. I have been involved with community theatre in West Virginia, Shelby, Tryon and Rutherfordton. I could not do theatre if my dear husband did not spend endless hours running lines with me.
Ms. Packard earned her B.A. at the University of North Carolina and M.A. from California State University. She has performed and toured in a variety of roles with Southern California's Mission Performing Arts Company, The L.A. Acting Company, and Hollywood's Theatre Rapport. She has also worked professionally with companies in Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Wisconsin. A native North Carolinian, her regional credits include among others the North Carolina Stage Company, Theatre Charlotte, Belmont Abby Players, and Greater Shelby Community Theatre. She has done feature and promotional films, national TV and radio commercials, voiceovers, and music videos. Ms. Packard and her husband, Dr. John Billinsky, are both adjunct professors at GWU.