Cast Heads - Fear

About the Artists


Damian @ 72 for programDamian Bowerman, Actor

Damian has acted regionally at CATCO, Porthouse Theatre, Ohio Chautauqua, Wexner Center, Phoenix Theatre for Children, Barn Theatre, Huron Playhouse, Showboat Becky Thatcher, and Findlay SummerStock.

Highlighted performances include The Seafarer, The Foursome, The Underpants, Arsenic and Old Lace, Escanaba in da Moonlight, and The Laramie Project at CATCO. Damian is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association and holds an MFA in Acting from Ohio State.

He lives in Westerville, Ohio with his wife, Marlene, and their sons, Andrew and Aiden.


Farris @ 72 for programJon Farris, Actor

Jon has performed leading roles at major regional theatres across the country, including the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the Champlain Shakespeare Festival, the Cleveland Play House, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the Pittsburgh Irish and Classic Theatre.

At the Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) in Columbus, he played a wide variety of roles in plays such as Nixon’s Nixon, Taking Sides, Uncle Vanya, Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas, What the Butler Saw and in the world premieres of You’re My Boy and Tales from the Grave.

Recent work includes the principal role in the world premiere of Donald Freed’s Patient No. 1 at the York Theatre Royal in England.  Mr. Farris and his wife Dagmar live in Granville, Ohio.


Putnam @ 72 croppedJonathan Putnam, Actor

Jonathan has acted in over 100 shows and directed at least twenty. He began his career in summer stock and dinner theatre and went on to perform regionally in Los Angeles, New York, Cincinnati, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana and other places.

Jon spent 23 years as a resident actor/director at CATCO, acting in Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), The Pillowman, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Blackbird, A Christmas Memory and What the Butler Saw, among many others.

Jonathan has performed “Crumpet the Elf” in David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries over 150 times. He has also played “Joseph” in Short North Stage’s production of The Irish Curse, was a guest artist for Otterbein’s August: Osage County and continues to tour in APT’s premiere production, The Duck Variations.

Jon has an MFA in Acting from OSU and is a long time member of Actors’ Equity and SAG/AFTRA and has performed in or voiced dozens of commercials.


Ed Vaughan 8x10Ed Vaughan, Actor

Ed has played many roles over his long career in the theatre, including King Lear and Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman.

He has also played leading roles in plays such as Neil Simon’s God’s Favorite and Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution.

At CATCO, he was critically-acclaimed for his performance as “Big Daddy” in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, as well as for roles in The Shorts Festival, Dealer’s Choice, The Homecoming, The Loman Family Picnic and Speed-the-Plow.

Ed is a noted acting coach as well as a director, highly praised by critics for his production of The Piano Lesson at CATCO, where he also directed Table Manners, Mere Mortals and Durang Durang.


Geoff @ 72Geoffrey Nelson, Playwright & Director

Geoff premiered an earlier version of Tales from the Grave at CATCO in 1999, with a cast that included Jon Farris and Jonathan Putnam. The APT version of the play also includes excerpts from three satires of radio drama produced for CATCO fundraisers.

He is also the author of 1892, a documentary drama about the city of Columbus in the late 19th century, and The Gift of the Magi, an adaptation of the O. Henry Christmas story that toured for several years.

Geoff has produced, directed and acted for more than three decades,  recently staging The Divine Sister for the Short North Stage and Talking Heads for APT.


Diana Vance @ 72Diana Evans Vance (Sound & Lighting Design)

After serving 38 years as Hilliard Davidson High School’s technical director/theatre teacher and 16 years as Building Manager and as Performing Arts Chair, Diana retired and has been serving as APT’s secretary and technical director/designer as well as a free lance instructor, designer and technician.  Diana has been the recipient of numerous awards including Ohio Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame, Ohio Theatre Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award, The Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame, Ashland Oil’s Golden Apple Achiever, Columbus Theatre Roundtable’s People Who Make a Difference, and Ohio Teacher of the Year finalist while serving on numerous board of directors including Ohio Thespians and Ohio Alliance for the Arts and serving as a coordinator for the All-Ohio Thespian production for 13 years, designing/ tech directing Hilliard Arts Council’s summer musical for 23 years, and performing with her students four times at the Fringe.