Meet the Cast

Hilary Ford (Corie Bratter)

Hilary is excited to be making her TheatreWorks debut in Barefoot in the Park. Ford graduated with a BFA in Theatre and has performed professionally across the United States. In addition to Corie, some of her favorite roles include, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Leading Player from Pippin, and Carol from The Bob and Al Show. Hilary has been seen locally in the inaugural season of the Ain't I A Woman Playfest and Cry of the Banshee with the Wayward Actors' Company. She would like to thank her family and friends for all of their support and the cast and crew without which she would have never made it through this incredible adventure.

Ryan T. Land (Paul Bratter)

Ryan T. Land (Paul) is excited to return Theatre Works! Ryan is a graduate of West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas with a Degree in Performance Theatre. He currently works at the Kentucky Science Center and attends Southern Seminary. Some of his previous credits are Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest, Martin in Seminar, and Stanley in Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Michelle Lori (Mrs. Ethel Banks)

Michelle Lori is thrilled to act again with TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana after performing in Moon Over Buffalo in 2018. An Indianapolis native, Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration-Emphasis Theatre from Butler University and a Master of Arts in Spirituality from Bellarmine University. She has spent most of her adult life in New Albany and Louisville, first arriving to complete a Public Relations internship at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and then working in their Development office and as Festival Coordinator for several years. In the region, Michelle has been seen in Mame and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Music Theatre Louisville), The Yellow Boat (The Alley Theatre), Night of the Living Dead (Stage One Family Theatre), and Furry Tails with a Twist (Dragonfly Theatre). Michelle thanks J.R. Stuart, the talented cast and crew, and You, our audience, for helping to bring Neil Simon’s master wit to life. Enjoy the show!

Jason M. Jones (Victor Velasco)

Barefoot in the Park marks Jason M. Jones’s third appearance at Theatreworks, previously having been seen as Jack, the dad in Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Sully/Peter in Man of No Importance. “I love working with this company,” says Jason. “To have this level of quality work is a gift to both theater practitioners and the southern Indiana community equally.” Jason is a graduate of the Indiana State University Theater Program. When not doing theater, he is a lead software developer for Churchill Downs, and most importantly dad to an “amazing, smart, and insightful” teenage son, who incidentally, is appearing on Teen Jeopardy! In June!

Cody King (Telephone Repair Man)

Cody has previously performed with Theatreworks, starting with their first production, Fools as Leon Tolchinsky, and most recently as Officer Welch in Rumors. Barefoot in the Park will be the 3rd Neil Simon play he has performed with Theatreworks.  In 2017, he was awarded Broadwayworld.com's Best Actor in a Play (local) award for his role of Gary in Noises Off at IU Southeast. This performance is dedicated to his mother, Sara.

Rudy Owen (Delivery Man)

Rudy Owen is veteran radio personality in Louisville, having been on 106.9 Play through December of 2017 and most recently filing in afternoon drive on 107.7 the Eagle. Rudy and his wife Jaci live in New Albany and can be spotted in the audience at Derby Dinner Theatre as well as many of the Broadway Series productions. Rudy has been in several community theatre productions in his hometown of Madisonville, KY. Recently retired, he wanted to get back on the boards and is excited to work with such a talented cast and crew.

J.R. Stuart (Director)

J.R. Stuart is an actor, director and playwright who has been blessed to be a resident actor at Derby Dinner Playhouse for 29 years. He is thrilled to be directing this wonderful cast in this classic comedy and is grateful for the opportunity. A veteran of over 300 productions, some of his favorite directing projects include At Wit's End: Erma Bombeck, The Dresser, The Elephant Man, and The Glass Menagerie at Stage on Spring at St. Marks United Church of Christ where he is the Artistic Director, Cock and Thrill Me for Pandora Productions, two Kaufman and Hart plays for CLT, Annie Get Your Gun and Greater Tuna for the Palm Theatre in Mesa, AZ, Zero Hour for Springfield Contemporary Theatre, and Dixie Swim Club, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Run For Your Wife at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre in Indy. He resides in New Albany with his Jack Russell Terrier, Rufus and thanks all who support Theatre and move the world forward in love.

Steven Belcher (Stage Manager)

Steven is excited to have found a home here at TheatreWorks, having volunteered with the company since the beginning, served as a Stage Manager on multiple productions. He would like to thank the cast and crew of each production for their willingness to share their knowledge and expertise, and an even bigger thanks to each and every audience member – without you, we can't do what we love!

Kota Earnhardt
(Technical Director)

Kota is a graduate of Floyd Central High School where he was involved in all aspects of the technical theatre program.  He was part of the F.C. tech team that presented the feature mainstage production of the Drowsy Chaperone at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He also contributed with set and sound design for Les Mis at F.C. as well as being involved with numerous other productions.  Kota attended the University of Louisville, majoring in Fine Arts and Graphic Design.  Kota is honored to be the technical director for TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana.

Chris Bundy (Set Design)

Having worked in theatre for almost five decades, Chris has directed, designed or acted in four hundred plus productions during his career. He holds degrees in theatre from Indiana University and Northwood Institute, Performing Arts Division. His involvement in educational theatre spanned 39 years beginning with his teaching career at West Washington H.S., followed by Silver Creek H.S. and retiring from many years as Director of Theatre Arts at Floyd Central H.S. He was founder and artistic director of the popular Spring Mill Theatre for the Indiana State Parks System for a fourteen year run and has directed productions for a variety of community theatres as well as directing several shows featured at The International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska and four shows representing Indiana at The Edinburgh, Scotland Fringe Festival. He is proud to have former students working in all areas of the performing arts from Broadway to L.A. and throughout the world. Awards include The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award; The Founder’s Award and Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame Honors; Arts Council of Southern Indiana Arts Advocate Award; WHAS ExCel Award, and I.U. Armstrong Teacher Educator Honors, among others.