48days until
Opening of Season!


Directed by Celeste Cosentino

September 27th- October 20th
When a world-renowned origami artist opens her studio to a teenage prodigy and his school teacher, she discovers that life and love can't be arranged neatly in this drama about finding the perfect fold.

"Mr. Joseph's observant, pitch-perfect script is really quite ambitious, dealing ruthlessly with the fragility of happiness, the tragedy of impulsiveness 
and the tenuousness of hope." 
NY Times.

Fridays & Saturdays @8pm.  Sundays @2pm
Talkbacks with local origami artists!

Katherine DeBoer* (Ilana)
has performed in New York, across the country and at numerous local venues, including Cleveland Playhouse, Dobama Theatre, Carousel Dinner Theatre and Porthouse Theatre.   Recent credits include Diana Goodman in Next to Normal at the Beck Center (dir. Victoria Bussert), Smokey Joe’s Café at Cain Park (dir. Scott Plate) and Frances Black in Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky at Oberlin Summer Theater Festival (dir. Paul Moser).   Other theatrical credits include:  the national tour of The Will Rogers Follies; Man of La Mancha (Human Race Theatre Company); A Little Night Music (FPAC); Caroline or Change (Karamu/Dobama);  An Ideal Husband and Anyone Can Whistle (Lakeland);  Two Gentlemen of Verona  (Ohio Shakespeare Festival).  Katherine began her theatrical and musical training at the age of eight, and over the years has been fortunate to have studied at many prestigious institutions, including Interlochen, Cleveland Institute of Music, and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.   She holds a JD from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and a BA in Theater from Baldwin Wallace College. (*Member of Actors' Equity Association)

Geoff Knox (Andy)
is very excited to be back in Cleveland making his Ensemble debut.  He was last seen at the Ohio Shakespeare Festival's productions of The Comedy of Errors and Cymbeline.  In Summers past he performed many roles at CSU Summer Stages, including Dr Treves in The Elephant Man, Edwin in Booth, and Preacher Haggler in Dark of the Moon.  Other area theatres Geoff has worked at include The Great Lakes Theater Festival and Cleveland Public Theater.  He recently attained his MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida, where he performed the title roles in Hamlet and Tartuffe, among others. 

Andrew Samtoy (Suresh) 
grew up in San Diego and attended Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where he was student body president and co-founded the Pitzer Tea Association. He also studied in Cardiff, Wales, where he was on the Welsh national champion rowing team.  He lived in Oregon, California and Spain before coming to Cleveland to attend Case Western Reserve University for law school, where he served on the Student Bar Association and co-founded the Case Legal History Society.  Since then he has been practicing law at Dworken & Bernstein, L.P.A., started the international Cash Mobs movement, was a member of the Cleveland Bridge Builders class of 2012, co-founded the Cleveland Sandwich Board, serves as chief American correspondent for the London Review of Breakfasts, and has co-founded the Booker T. Cleveland Society for the Learned, the Charles Club debating society and the Cleveland Salon.  In his spare time, Andrew enjoys hosting parties, boxing, ballroom dancing, running, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, playing guitar, sewing, photography and is an extremely competitive sailor. 

Celeste Cosentino (Director) 
has served as an Artistic Associate and Operations Manager for Ensemble Theatre since 2001.  She is well known in the Cleveland Theatre Community having worked with The Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theatre, Clague Play House, Cain Park, Bang and Clatter, The Illusion Factory, Karamu, Willoughby Fine Arts and Weathervane Playhouse.  Ms. Cosentino is a graduate of the Ohio University School of Theatre and recently returned to Cleveland, after two years in New York City.  She is the daughter of Ensemble Founder, Lucia Colombi and has returned home to support her mother's mission by providing a fresh perspective as the next Artistic Director.  She directed last seasons production of  The Gospel According to James.  She played the role of Kayleen in Ensemble's Gruesome Playground Injuries as well as directing Beau Willimon's  Lower Ninth for the 11-12 Season.   She directed the critically acclaimed Huck and Holden for the 10-11 season, her first as Artistic Director.   She was raised by Ensemble Theatre and has a special dedication to it's continuation for many years to come.  She is honored with the opportunity to work on the Cleveland Premiere of this wonderful script.  Thank you Rajiv!

Rajiv Joseph (Playwright) is a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School. His play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, and produced on Broadway, starring Robin Williams.  His film Draft Day is currently filming in Cleveland and other locations and stars Kevin Costner, among others.  He was also wrote for the HBO series Nurse Jackie.  Off-Broadway: Gruesome Playground Injuries; Animals Out of Paper (Lortel nomination for Outstanding Play), The Leopard and the Fox (adaptation), All This Intimacy, Huck & Holden.  Regional credits include: The Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre, Houston); The North Pool (Theatreworks, Palo Alto); Gruesome Playground Injuries (Alley Theatre; Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington, D.C.), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (world premiere – Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre).  Rajiv was recently awarded a United States Artists Grant and is a fomer Whiting Award winner.   He received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University and his M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.

Angelina Herin (Costumes)  Angelina serves as the Resident Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager at CWRU. Prior to joining the the Case faculty, she taught at Ashland University and The University of Montana. In addition to being a Costume Designer, she also has experience as a Wig Designer/Wigmaster and Makeup Artist.  Angelina has designed costumes and worked as a makeup artist for companies across the country.  She is pleased to have her work presented at many venues, including the Seattle Opera, Cleveland Public Theatre, Village Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre, and Theatre South Carolina.  In addition, Prof. Herin has had the opportunity to work with several television production companies as a makeup artist and stylist, including Script to ScreenMad Monkey, and ESPN.  She has also served as the resident Costume, Wig, and Makeup Designer for American Folklore Theatre in Door County, WI for the seven years.  Angelina earned her Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design at The University of South Carolina and two Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and Theatre from Eastern Washington University.  She is a member of USITT and Costume Society of America (CSA).  For Ensemble she has designed Dividing the Estate, Huck & Holden, Waiting for Lefty, Song for Coretta, Lower Ninth, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Normal Heart, Miracle & Wonder, and The Iceman Cometh.  She will also design this seasons production of Prelude to a Kiss.  

Ian Hinz (Set/Projection Design) is a graduate of Ohio University holding a BA in Theater with an emphasis in playwriting.  Ian most recently directed the critically acclaimed The Iceman Cometh, Miracle and Wonder and Waiting for Lefty at Ensemble. He is co- founder of the Ensemble Stage-Wrights' workshop and serves as Operations Manager at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights.  Design credits include set and projections for The Normal Heart, The Gospel According to James, Waiting for Lefty, A Song for Coretta, Grounds for Dismissal and Lower Ninth. Other projection designs include The Pitmen Painters and 33 Variations at the Beck Center in Lakewood.  While in New York Ian worked as a producer on several off off Broadway productions including 4 hours across the stones of fire by Jeff Biggers at the Gene Frankel Theatre. Ian has worked professionally as a director, designer, production stage-manager, Director of Operations and theater educator for over 13 years in Ohio and New York.

Becca Jean (Stage Manager)  Becca is excited to be involved in Animals, her second production with Ensemble Theatre. Most recently, Becca understudied as "Pearl" for the Ensemble production of The Iceman Cometh, where she also served as the rehearsal stage manager and crew.  Other stage managing and technical credits include Camelot, The Nutcracker Ballet, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, and Green Grow the Lilacs. She has treaded the boards as Rosalind (As You Like It), Maggie (A Chorus Line,) Fabiana Cunningham (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,) Dorine (Tartuffe,) Becca (Rabbit Hole,) Antonia (Man of La Mancha,)  Gwendolen (The Importance of Being Ernest,) and various other roles, both on stage and behind the scenes.  After a brief break from theatre, Becca is thrilled to be back behind the table for Animals Out of Paper.  May the folds be with you.

Andrew Eckert (Lighting Design) is excited to continue his work as the Resident Lighting Designer at Ensemble Theatre for the 2013 -2014 Season, where he recently designed The Normal Heart, Miracle & Wonder and The Gospel According to James,  The Colombi New Play Festival shows, and "The Iceman Cometh"He recently served as Master Electrician in the Evans Amphitheatre for CAIN PARK’s 2012 & 2013 Summer seasons.  A recent graduate of Hiram College, Andrew is thrilled to be working with such a great cast and crew.  He would like to thank Rick Hyde, Ian Hinz, Carl Skorepa, and Mum.