January 3-4 at 7:30pm & Jan. 5 at 2:00pm
January 10-11 at 7:30pm & Jan. 12 at 2:00pm
Viking Theatre @ Grand View College
Des Moines, IA
Jami Bassman Ahart
THEATRE THEATREMIDWEST: The Friendly Hour. REPERTORY THEATRE OF IOWA: Glass Menagerie, Diary of Anne Frank, Our Town, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sense and Sensibility, God of Carnage, Blood Red Poe. DES MOINES PLAYHOUSE: Metamorphosis. STAGE WEST: Miss Witherspoon. THEATRE FOR A CHANGE: The Dead Guy, The Taming of the Shrew. DRAMA WORKSHOP: Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
FILM/TELEVISION: Fertile Ground, Strong Medicine, Guilty or Innocent, Girlfriends, E. Confessions, Unsolved Mysteries, I. Sessions, Love You Back.
OTHER: RE/MAX REAL ESTATE GROUP--Agent;
EDUCATION CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS--B.F.A.
THEATRE STAGEWEST: (Acting) The Laramie Project, Fuddy
Mears, The Pavillion, Metamorphoses, Closer, Frozen; (Directing) tick…tick…Boom! The Memory of Water, Miss Witherspoon; REPERTORY THEATRE OF IOWA: All My Sons, Trip to Bountiful, Merry Wives of Windsor, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; CREEDE REPERTORY THEATRE: Actor;
TEACHING & ADMINISTRATION DENNISON HIGH SCHOOL: Directing, Teaching, Coaching Speech; HEARTLAND AEA--Consultant; ANKENY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS--Director of Human Resources; MARSHALLTOWN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS--Director of Instruction; DES MOINES PUBLIC SCHOOLS--Superintendent;
EDUCATION DENVER UNIVERSITY--B.A., DRAKE UNIVERSITY--MEd, Ed.D.
The place is a remote cabin in the North woods. As a blizzard rages outside, a lonely figure, Henry Harry, lies sleeping under a heap of blankets. Suddenly, he is awakened by the insistent knocking of an unexpected visitor.
Rosannah DeLuce is a distraught young woman who has fled all the way from Arizona to escape her impending marriage, and who bursts into the cabin dressed in full bridal regalia. Exhausted, she throws herself on Henry's mercy, but after sleeping for two days straight, her vigor—and combativeness—return.
Both characters have been wounded and embittered by life, and both are refugees from so-called civilization. Thrown together in the confines of the snowbound cabin, they alternately repel and attract each other as they explore the pain of the past and consider the possibilities of the present.
In the end, their very isolation proves to be the catalyst that allows them to break through the web of old griefs and bitter feelings and move toward hard-won understanding, self-awareness and compassion for the plight of others.
Brilliant Traces deals with common issues of love and family, and does so with characters, story and dialogue so fantastic that they could exist only within the enchanted realm of the stage. —NY Times.
Tom Woldt, Director
DIRECTING Repertory Theatre of Iowa: The Diary of Anne Frank, That Championship Season; Des Moines Playhouse: A Streetcar Named Desire; Duluth Playhouse: Singin' In the Rain; Yellow Tree (MN): Expecting Isabel; Williamston (MI): Five-Course Love; Guthrie Theatre (Studio): Hopscotch; Other Professional: Seven Year Itch, Jesus Christ Superstar, I Do! I Do!, Noises Off, Lysistrata the Bluegrass Musical!, Mother Courage, Night at the Carlton With Ray Charles; Guest Residencies; The 39 Steps, One Man-Two Guvnors, On The Razzle, As You Like It, Antigone; Simpson College: Peer Gynt, Learned Ladies, Henry 5, Into the Woods, Trojan Women, Godspell, Quilters, The Woman in Black, Twelfth Night; Other Academic: Machinal, The Winter's Tale, The Marriage of Figaro, The Bacchae; ACTING Goldfinch Theatre: Macbeth; Stagewest: Time Stands Still; Other: Taming of the Shrew, The Glass Menagerie, Brigadoon, Carousel, My Fair Lady, Equus, A Flea In Her Ear. TRAINING Guthrie Theater (Intern-Directing/Stage Management); University of Nebraska-Lincoln (PhD-Theatre); Minnesota State University, Mankato (MFA-Directing); South Dakota State University (BS-Communications and Theatre)
Scenic + Props Designer
THEATRE & RELATED Keeping Up Appearances: A Play About The Tucker Girls (Playwright, Reader); "Parallels with Alison Bechdel's Fun Home-An Artist's Talk" (Des Moines Social Club/Iowa Stage Theatre Company); FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS Iowa Artist Fellow-2018 (IA Arts Council,) Art Project Grant-2019 (IA Arts Council & National Endowment for the Arts); EXHIBITIONS SOLO: Oskaloosa Art Center, Helene Center Galleries, Olsen-Larsen Gallery, ISU's Design on Main, Farnham Galleries, Morris Gallery, Prairie Lights Books, Des Moines Social Club, Octagon Center; GROUP/COMPETITIVE: Dubuque Museum of Art, Juanita Harvey Gallery, Mainframe Studios, PS1 Gallery, Iowa Governor's Office (w/ IA Dept of Cultural Affairs), Constance Gallery, Hillyard Gallery; OTHER Drake University (Anderson Gallery); Graceland University (Professor of Art); TRAINING Texas Christian University (MFA-Sculpture & Ceramics); Midwestern State University (BFA-Studio Art)