MEET THE CAST 

Gerald Louis Campbell,

who plays the role of Justin Timberlake, Harrison Ford and the Father, is extremely proud to be joining the cast of Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake).
He retired from the United States Air force in 2007 and currently resides in Raleigh, NC. In 2017, Louis participated in an acting class at Raleigh Little Theater and was instantly hit by the acting bug. Louis appeared in his first play called “Written on the Heart” produce and directed by Jerome Davis, creator of Burning Coal Theater. Since then he has enjoyed honing the skills necessary to achieve his dream of becoming a professional actor.
Louis would like to thank Ashley Popio, founder of the Woman’s Theater Festival, for her kinds words and vote of confidence. He would also like to thank the director Kayla M. Kaufman and fellow cast members for allowing him to enjoy this valuable experience.

Above all, Louis wishes to thank his fiancé, Davina Byrd, for loving, supporting and allowing him to chase his dream. The couple plans to wed in 2018.

Laquana Henny

will be playing the role of Mother

She co-hosted an Urban music program for BCAT entitled "Urban Overdose TV Show" where she interviewed various Hip-Hop artist. Laquana studied acting at the Barrow Group and improv at the Magnet Theater. You can also find her on the 5th season of "Orange Is The New Black", "Homeland" & ID Channel's "On The Case with Paula Zahn" to name a few.
She has a travel and entertainment video blogfeatured on YouTube called "LQ On The Move", where she promotes great activities and restaurants for dating & group ideas. Cast as "Toya" in season 1 & 2 of the hit web series on YouTube "Cold World Web Series". Currently, host a live-stream talk show that showcases underground entertainers with live performances & playing a few trivia games . The show is called "Beyond the Surface" and you can catch it on Facebook.com/beyondthesurfaceliveevery Sunday @ 3p (e.s.t).

Kimmy Fiorentino

plays Janice
She is an actress currently located in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University in May 2015 with degrees in both Theatre and Psychology. She is passionate about acting as well as technical design, especially stage makeup. She is also a fan of musical theatre in all capacities. Kimmy has been involved in numerous productions both at her college and in her community.

Kimmy is represented by Talent One Agency.

Lauren "Lu" Meeks

plays Barbara

Laurel Ullman

plays The Apartment


Laurel is delighted to be making her WTF debut. She studied theatre at UNCG and is the cofounder of Tiny Engine Theatre Company; she also currently serves as WTF’s submissions manager. Favorite credits include CLOUD 9 and 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE (Tiny Engine); SMALL AND TIRED and CONTRACTIONS (Common Wealth); THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS (ManBites Dog); and CLOSER (Burning Coal/She’s A Nelson).

 MEET THE CREW 

Kayla M. Kaufman
Director
Kayla M. Kaufman is a director, producer, and dramaturg. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2017 with a double degree from the University Honors Program in Theater Arts and Film & TV Production. She loves work that celebrates diversity, provokes discussion, and makes audiences laugh or cry (or both). Her favorite production she’s directed so far has been her thesis, “The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson, which checked all those boxes. She has had the pleasure of working at Portland Stage, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Marin Shakespeare, and with her own group, Pinecone & Tassel Collective. If she's not in the theater, she's probably reading a book, hiking a mountain, or admiring some local trees. 

She is quite excited to direct at such an amazingly forward thinking and inclusive festival like the Women’s Theater Festival, especially with such a new audience for her in Raleigh. She is particularly thrilled to be directing “Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)” by Sheila Callaghan since it celebrates the women it features through showing them as complex, flawed beings with their heart in the right place as they all strive to be heroes of some sort.

Matthew E. Adelson

Lighting Design

Previously for Burning Coal: Darkside, The Greek Trilogy, Written On The Heart, Dark Vanilla Jungle, (London/Cockpit), 2016 Second Stage, Spoonface Steinberg, The Iron Curtain Trilogy (Raleigh and London/Cockpit), The Diary of Anne Frank, Ruined, Shining City, The Shape of the Table, The Seafarer, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, Inherit The Wind, Pentecost, Einstein’s Dreams (1998 and 2006 productions), Miss Julie, James Joyce’s The Dead, The Man Who Tried To Save The World, Travesties, The Doll’s House, and Romeo and Juliet. Recently: The Violin and Some Old Black Man (59E59 New York). Upcoming: Tarzan and Naked (Berkshire Theatre Group) and Charley’s Aunt (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). Matthew is the Production Manager for the Five College Dance Department (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith and the University of Massachusetts Amherst) and is a graduate of the Yale Drama School.

Sarah Koop

Set and Props Design

 is a Meredith College graduate with a Theatre Major and an English Minor. Sarah has also directed The Vagina Monologues (ETC), co-directed I am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler, Space Girl byMora V. Harris (WTF), The Amazing Cunt and Lil’ Bitch Take [Your City] (WTF), and has stage managed Little Women by Lorelei Lemon (WTF). With an eye for design that has been considered an “ad hoc, almost punk aesthetic,” (Woods) she is proud to have scenically designed The Amazing Cunt and Lil’ Bitch Take [Your City], Space Girl by Mora V. Harris, and I am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler. She has also co-founded Plucky Media, a pop culture criticism website, with her sister and creative partner, Katy Koop.

Leslie Castro
Stage Manager

 is a Raleigh native studying Theatre, English, and Medieval & Renaissance Studies at Meredith College. She has worked with a variety of Triangle companies as both an performer and technician, frequently jumping between roles such as actor, fight choreographer, stage manager, and graphic designer. She is thrilled to be back for her third year of working with Women’s Theatre Festival! Previous shows with WTF include Space Girl (Stage Manager) and The Amazing Cunt and Lil’ Bitch Take Raleigh (Fight Choreographer).

Robin Piatt

Costume Designer

is a costume designer who was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been interested in costume design since childhood, and has been drawing characters and costumes since the age of three. She attended Vassar College and received her B.A. in Art History. This background in art history informs her work as a costume designer. Her design credits include The Importance of BeingEarnest: A Queer Adaptation (Vassar College), Vieux Carré (Vassar College), and Take the Car (Williamstown Director’s Studio). She has also acted as assistant costume designer on many productions including Disgraced, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Red Herring at Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine. Along with Portland Stage, Robin has worked with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Robin is incredibly excited to be a part of this production of Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake) at the Women’s Theatre Festival, and is very passionate about the mission of this festival.

Elena Mulligan 

Assistant Director/Assistant Stage Manager 

is a local actress from Raleigh, North Carolina. She holds degrees in Biology and Theatre from Meredith College. Some previous backstage credits include Costume Designer for Women Theatre Festival’s Little Women, Dresser for Theatre Raleigh’s Adventure Road: A Story of Huck and Tom and for Cary Player’s Guys and Dolls, Props Designer and Head Set Builder for Women’s Theatre Festival’s Miss Lulu Bett, and Assistant Costume Designer for Meredith College Theatre’s Suddenly Last Summer. She is currently represented by Talent One Agency.

To create, produce, and promote extraordinary theatre by all marginalized genders

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina