An Evening of Illumination
Cast Bios

(in order of height, because that's funny)


Cora Stumpf

Cora Stumpf, age 10, lives for stage time! Mainstage roles: Temple Theatre: Chip (Beauty and the Beast); Nipper (Oliver!); Gladys (Best Christmas Pageant Ever). NC Theatre: Ensemble Orphan (Annie); Cape Fear Regional Theatre: Young Fiona (Shrek: The Musical). She's been Iago, Young Anna, and Tinker Bell in Disney-themed conservatories and acted on-screen in two film shorts (The Portrait of Laura and Dogwood). Sincere thanks to Back-to-One Acting Studio for this opportunity.

Jude Stumpf

Jude Stumpf is a rising seventh-grader from Sanford. Jude is a regular at Temple Theatre with runs as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol, Young Cogsworth/Ensemble in Beauty and the Beast, and Oliver in Oliver! Other favorites include Aladdin Jr. (Aladdin), Willy Wonka Jr. (Charlie), Frozen Jr. (twice as Olaf), and The Sound of Music (Kurt). You’ll next catch Jude as John in Theatre Raleigh's Fun Home in August 2021. 

Alexandra Finazzo

Alexandra Finazzo is thrilled to be a part of this show! Originally from Chapel Hill, she has performed all over the Triangle with companies like Playmakers Repertory Company, Theatre in the Park, Theatre Raleigh, and The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Alexandra was most recently seen in EVITA with Burning Coal Theatre. She is a member of several improv and sketch comedy groups, including ComedyWorx in Raleigh, and earned her Musical Theatre BFA at William Peace University.

Emily Yates

Emily Yates most recently appeared in Brave New Classics’ productions of The Dove and Hearts. Other favorite roles include Carla/Caroline in NC State TheatreFEST’s Go Back for Murder and Catherine in Forest Moon Theater’s The Memory of Water. Thanks to her family and friends for their support. 

Danielle Beazley

Danielle Beazley has been involved in theatre for over 20 years since her early high school days. Inspired by childhood favorites such as Lucille Ball and Saturday Night Live, she decided to take the stage with one goal in mind, to make people smile. She has been involved in numerous local playwright productions over the past 10 years. She would like to thank Gus Allen for allowing her to be a part of his vision/creation. She would also like to thank her family for all their love, support and encouragement.

Stephen Chambers

Stephen Chambers has been acting since he was a child. Pre-COVID he was a performer at Dollywood in the show “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” a part of the Grease ensemble, Harry Bailey(+4) “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Lumiere “Beauty and the Beast,” and the Mysterious Man “Into the Woods.” He has also been the dance captain for two years for the “Robeson County Christmas Show” at the Carolina Civic Center. He would like to extend a thank you to Gus Allen for this opportunity to do what he loves and make people laugh, his family for always
supporting his dream, and to God for blessing him through everything.

Dani Coan

Dani Coan is a rising senior at NC State University majoring in social work and minoring in theater. This year, she is the recipient of the Performing Artist Award at NC State. She just finished Evita with Burning Coal as part of the ensemble/Che. Some of her favorite roles include Emily Webb in Our Town, Miss Pat/Normal Jean in Colored Museum, and Masha from Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike.


Jonathan Maxwell

Jonathan Maxwell has been acting since [enter timeframe]. Throughout those years he has always believed one thing: pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza. With that mentality he has been able to accomplish great things such as; move from WV to FL and then to NC. If you like what you see then you can see more of him by coming back to another night of this show! Or, on YouTube with his show “What the What Show”.

Elizabeth Galbraith

After quite an interesting year Elizabeth is ecstatic to be acting in person again! Resume highlights include Angelica in The Rover (Brave New Classics/ WTF), Spotted Elephant in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical (Broadway Series South), Maddi in STEM! The Musical, Athenian Trio I and Dance Captain in Timon of Athens (Bare), Annie in The Adventures of Peter Rabbit (TR), and Diamond Lil at Tweetsie Railroad. Special thanks to Gus and Bobby for giving me an opportunity to be a part of these wonderful works!"

Mary Rowland

Mary Rowland is a Raleigh native who reads, acts, and directs in the Triangle. She has worked extensively with multiple groups in the area, appearing recently as Sherlock in Baskerville at Raleigh Little Theatre, and Maman in June Guralnick’s Little O+ at Justice Theatre Project. She retired last year from teaching communication and theatre at Wake Tech. 

Jerome Davis

Jerome Davis* is a director and actor in Raleigh. He runs Burning Coal Theatre, where he directed the recent Evita and A Hundred Words for Snow. His production of David Edgar’s Iron Curtain Trilogy received high acclaim in both its Raleigh and London, England productions. Recent acting work: St. Nicholas, Skylight and Talley’s Folly. Also, Skylight in Orlando and King Lear (Lear/Wilmington). Jerry worked or studied with Uta Hagen, Adrian Hall, Richard Jenkins, Horton Foote, Nikos Psacharapolous, Julie Bovasso, Ralph Waite, Oliver Platt, Ben Gazzara and Ellen Burstyn at Trinity Rep, People’s Light, NJ Shakespeare, SoHo Rep, Barrow Group, Phoenix Theatre.

* denotes membership in Actors' Equity Association


Brian Westbrook

Born and raised in Henderson, Brian now lives, works and plays primarily in Durham but always loves coming to play on the Raleigh stages! Thank you for supporting live theatre! Favorite previous roles include Dr. Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Emcee in Cabaret, Lancelot in Monty Python's Spamalot, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd and The D’ysquith Family in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Brian offers profound gratitude to his family and friends for their boundless love and support!


Kurt Benrud

“Hey, it’s good to be back home again!” (Back on stage and back working with Gus. He and I died together when he played “Marston” and I played “General McKenzie” in the Cary Players’ production of Agatha Christie’s And then There Were None – many moons ago!) Now I’m reprising the role of “Kurt” and attempting to fill Doug Kapp’s shoes as “Vincent” – having fun doing both. 


Jon Karnofsky

Jon Karnofsky has been acting in the Triangle for a while, and has been seen in shows at theatres such as RLT, Cary Players, and Deep Dish. Favorite performances include Jerry in The Full Monty, George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, and Charlie Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Thank you to my partner, Cheryl, for all her love and support! 

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