THREE ACTRESSES WITH OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF STAGE EXPERIENCE!
Anne Diehl, Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet
Anne is an actress, producer and acting teacher. She spent over ten years in New York City, where she studied with several acting teachers including the renowned Uta Hagen. Her New York acting credits include many Off-Broadway shows and productions ranging from new works to cabarets at the famous Don’t Tell Mama. She became a member of Actors Equity in 1988.
After returning to central Ohio, Anne earned an M.F.A. in Acting from The Ohio State University and served as the Artistic Director of the Irish and American Repertory Theatre for several years, where she performed in The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Molly Sweeney. She has acted in a variety of plays at CATCO, the Contemporary American Theatre Company, including Next Fall, Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo, The Clean House, Kindertransport and Three Tall Women. She also has done many commercials, voice-overs, and films including Six Degrees of Separation, Michael Collins, and Mrs Stevens Hears the Mermaids.
Anne has taught theatre at the Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican University, Kenyon College and Otterbein University. She is also the Founder of CAST, the Columbus Actors Studio.
Linda Dorff, Waiting for the Telegram
Linda has an extensive theatre history in Columbus, beginning with more than 45 leading roles at Players Theatre from 1974 to 1985. Favorites there include Desire Under The Elms, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Hedda Gabler, Mame, Sweeney Todd, Company, A Little Night Music, Candide, I Remember Mama, Present Laughter and To Kill A Mockingbird.
In 1985, Linda began a long affiliation with CATCO, where she has performed in more than 35 productions, including Souvenir: A Fantasy Based On The Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, Talking With, A Lie Of The Mind, The Gin Game, All My Sons, The Grapes of Wrath, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Uncle Vanya, The Laramie Project, A Christmas Memory, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Beyond Therapy.
A member of Actors Equity since 1995, she has appeared as guest Equity artist at Otterbein University in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Steel Magnolias and A Little Night Music. At Dayton’s Human Race Theatre Company, Linda performed in Over The River And Through The Woods and in 2013, in the critically-acclaimed Short North Stage production of Sunday In The Park With George. She performs annually as Mrs. Santa at the CSO and Chorus Holiday Pops Concert.
A 20-year resident of Hilliard, Linda received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Central Ohio Critics Circle in 2008.
Kerry Shanklin, A Lady of Letters
Kerry has been doing theatre since she was six years old when she appeared in Brigadoon, and she hasn’t tired of it yet. Her undergraduate degree is from Ohio Wesleyan and she has an MFA in acting from Florida State and a PhD in History, Literature, and Directing from the Ohio State University. She has been a member of Actors Equity Association for more than twenty years.
Kerry has acted with the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida, where favorite roles included Rosa in A Rose Tattoo and Abigail in The Crucible, and spent four seasons touring with the Asolo Children’s Theatre. She was a professional guest artist for the Michigan State University Festival as Rosalind in As You Like It and Julia in Two Gentleman of Verona, among other roles. Kerry was a member of the acting company of The Boarshead Theatre (Lansing, Michigan) for four seasons, where she played such diverse characters as Sister Rita in The Runner Stumbles and Bunny in The House of Blue Leaves. She has also performed with the Porthouse Theatre including roles in Our Town, Ah, Wilderness! and Deathtrap.
In more recent years, she has done various roles at CATCO including Ana in The Clean House, “A” in Three Tall Women, Birdie in The Little Foxes, and Boo in The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
For 13 years, Kerry worked in the Music Department of Ohio Wesleyan directing the operas, especially enjoying The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, and The Medium. Last fall she directed the premiere of The Secret War of Emma Edmunds for the Ohio Wesleyan Theatre Department and recently staged California Suite for Curtain Players in Westerville. She has also directed for Clark State University, the Silver Phoenix Theatre, and the Asbury Arts Festival. Kerry is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.