production staff & crew

CAROLINE SELF (Director) is directing The Miracle Worker at Ivy Green for the first time this season, but Ivy Green is a second home to her. She has appeared as a Blind Child (1985), Helen Keller (1987-89), Annie Sullivan (2001-04), and Kate Keller (2018-19). Caroline also directed The Miracle Worker at Harvard-Radcliffe College, the alma mater she shares with Helen Keller, and fight directed the play at both the Long Beach Playhouse and the Sierra Madre Playhouse in California. Caroline is a television producer and editor. Her executive producer credits include: The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Blood Sweat & Heels, and Manzo'd with Children. Other credits include: Project Runway, Big Brother, Hell's Kitchen, and Returning the Favor. Currently, Caroline runs content development for Haymaker East, the production company behind Southern Charm. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 

LAURA CONNOLLY (Assistant Director/Crone) is grateful to return for her 21st season with The Miracle Worker. In 1976 she played a blind child and has since played the roles of Aunt Ev and a crone. This season she reprises her role as crone. She has also worked backstage, in the box office, and as Stage Manager. She currently works as a Hostess at Ivy Green and as the Costume and Props co-chair for the Zodiac Players. Laura has worked on over 140 local theatre productions. She earned her degree in Theatre at UNA. She was president of the Zodiac Players and has co-directed 22 shows with Andrew Maples. Laura wants to thank her mom, Arah Ringnell, for taking her to see plays as a child, her husband, Chris Connolly, and 2 daughters, Christie and Jamie, for their support, understanding, and patience.

ANDREW MAPLES (Technical Director) graduated from UNA in 1992 with a degree in Theatre. He has been involved in Theatre since his first show in 1986. He has worked in every level of theatre and in every possible role. He is excited to be part of the 59th Annual production of The Miracle Worker at Ivy Green.

DR. DAVID K. RUEBHAUSEN (Scenic Design) began his theatrical career in the Kansas City area working as the Student Technical Director for William Jewell College theatre while acting in such productions as Marat/Sade, The Importance of Being Earnest, Romeo and Juliet and The Insect Comedy. While there, he also performed walk-ons with such touring groups as The Acting Company and the Houston Ballet which afforded him the opportunity to work with such directors as Robert Brustein (American Rep) and Thomas MacAnna (Abbey Theatre). While completing graduate work in Minneapolis, Dr. Ruebhausen served as Theatre instructor and Managing Director for the University of Minnesota Theatre and Minnesota Centennial Showboat. While in the Twin Cities, he directed and/or designed for productions such as Children of a Lesser God, The Bourgeois Gentleman, Ghosts, Arms and the Man and Beyond Therapy. He also served as the señor faculty member for UNA Theatre, teaching courses in design, directing, voice, acting, history, dramatic literature and arts management. Dr. Ruebhausen has directed and/or designed for UNA productions of The Man of La Mancha, Dracula, Noises Off, The Tempest, Guys and Dolls, Playboy of the Western World, Lysistrata, Candida, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Once Upon A Mattress. He has also worked with several Shoals community theatre productions. When not teaching or producing theatre, Dr. Ruebhausen pursues his research in theatrical Residence with the Florence Academy of Fine Arts (FAFA) Theatre Department. For FAFA, he has designed sets for Our Town, Peter and the Starcatcher, Take My Seat, and The Music Man.

MALLORY ANNE MARTIN (Stage Manager) is excited to make her Ivy Green debut this year in The Miracle Worker. She is no stranger to the stage and has been Stage Managing for over five years. Some of her favorite productions have been Madagascar, Into the Woods, Seussical and Beauty and the Beast. 

RAGAN WILSON (Assistant Stage Manager/Crone) is seventeen years old and is a senior at Deshler High School in Tuscumbia. After graduation she plans on attending college and studying to become a licensed clinical social worker. Ragan has been performing and working backstage in community theatre productions since she was nine and is very active in the performing arts program at Deshler High School. This year's production will be Ragan's sixth season at Ivy Green. She also reprises her role as a crone in this year's production. Some of her past credits include The Wizard of Oz, The Miracle Worker, Charlotte's Web, Opal, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and The Little Mermaid. When Ragan is not at the theatre, she can be found watching movies, singing, reading, or spending time with her friends and family.

JACKSON MANER (Lighting Operator) is a rising senior at Florence High School. This is his first season working with the crew for The Miracle Worker. His other credits include Sylvia and West Side Story at the Ritz Theatre, as well as The Music Man, Peter and the Starcatcher and The Yellow Boat at Florence High School.  When he is not working on crew, Jackson enjoys films, cooking, and set building. He hopes you enjoy the show!

FORREST PACE (Crew) will be a tenth-grader this fall at Colbert Heights High School. In addition to participating in theatre, Boy Scouts and football, Forrest enjoys playing guitar, piano and drums, watching movies and spending quality time with his family and friends. He has played Tiny Tim in Pillar of Fire’s annual concert readings of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library. He appeared in the 2011-2016 productions of The Miracle Worker, the Gingerbread Players productions of A Christmas Story, The Wizard of Oz, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as well as Time Out For Theatre's productions of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Charlotte’s Web. Forrest lives in Sheffield with his parents, Terry and Anita Pace, and his younger sister, Alexandra.

LIV POTTS (Crew)

JAIDYN QUILLEN (Crew) is 17 years old and a senior at Colbert County High School. She plans on finishing school in December to begin college in January. She has been involved in theater since she was 10 years old. She has been seen as both Beth and Imogene in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web, as well as a blind child and stage crew in The Miracle Worker at Ivy Green. Other credits include: Opal, Dorothy Meets Alice, and The Ritz School Showcase. She has been involved with the Ritz School of the Performing Arts since her freshman year of high school. Jaidyn is the Drum Major in her school's marching band and she is also very involved in her youth group at Grace Life Church in Muscle Shoals. She is thrilled to be returning to Ivy Green and hopes you enjoy the show!

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Helen Keller Birthplace Ampitheatre

300 North Commons Street West

Tuscumbia, AL 35674  

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