MARTI GOBEL – (PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, EDUCATION COORDINATOR, ACTRESS)
Upon receipt of a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Performance Theatre (Philosophy, Minor) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2008, Marti Gobel began a career as a professional actor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2009, Ms. Gobel co-founded, UPROOTED theatre with three Milwaukee Artists of Color. As Producing Artistic Director and Education Coordinator of Milwaukee’s newest African American theatre company, Ms. Gobel frequently engages in public speaking opportunities in an effort to encourage diversity in the arts.
Stage Credits include: Milwaukee Shakespeare (Henry IV, 2), Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (Well, Around the World in 80 days, Broken and Entered), Renaissance Theatreworks (The Persians, Crumbs From the Table of Joy, Neat -2012 and 2013), FirstStage Children’s Theatre (The Neverendingstory), The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre (Yankee Tavern, A Christmas Carol- 2012 and 2013, Clybourne Park), Forward Theatre (In the Next Room), Optimist Theatre (Macbeth) and UPROOTED theatre (Beauty’s Daughter, A Streetcar Named Desire, Pink Champagne, Jack and Jill, Oleanna, Glengarry Glenn Ross, TRUTH: The testimonial…), Next Act Theatre (Perfect Mendacity) and an ongoing role as the Civil Rights suffragist, Ida B. Wells for the Kenosha Civil War Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Ms. Gobel had the extreme pleasure of working with Aaron Greer on the short film Spare Change as well as the new series Gettin’ Grown in 2010.
Ms. Gobel’s most thrilling experience to date was a tour of South Africa performing and teaching workshops to local artists there. She was honored to be the first African American ever to take the stage in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
DENNIS F. JOHNSON – (PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER , CASTING DIRECTOR)
Dennis is a founding member of UPROOTED theatre. Beginning his life as an actor/dancer, he appeared in Skylight Opera Theatre’s production of HELLO DOLLY! Dennis soon discovered his true passion was for directing. For the past decade he’s actively pursued his directing career, Assistant Directing with notable regional directors: Anne Marie Cammarato, David Frank, and his mentor, Angela Iannone. Dennis has directed several skits for Bunny Gumbo Theatre and Assistant Directed at American Players Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and First Stage Milwaukee. Dennis has had the honor of directing his fellow co-founders in several UPROOTED theatre productions, including: CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY in collaboration with Renaissance Theatreworks, the Milwaukee, Memphis and Chicago productions of BEAUTY’S DAUGHTER, the world premier of Neil Haven’s PINK CHAMPAGNE with Milwaukee Gay Arts Center at Tenth Street Theatre, and UPROOTED theatre’s staged readings of YELLOWMAN at Cafe Carpe, and I HAVE BEFORE ME A REMARKABLE DOCUMENT GIVEN TO ME BY A YOUNG LADY FROM RWANDA at The Hamilton Fine Arts Center.
ASHLEY JORDAN- (INTERN 2013/2014)
Ashley is so excited to be working with UPROOTED theatre for the first time. Her journey is just beginning as she explores and continues to work in the Milwaukee theater community. Ashley made her professional debut with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in the one act, A SISTER’s Bond in the role of “Payton”. In addition, Ms. Jordon has worked on Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Alice, No Child with various theater education programs. She now studies at Alverno College working towards her degree in Dance (Theater, minor).
TIFFANY YVONNE COX – (FOUNDING MEMBER, ACTRESS)
Tiffany Yvonne Cox is a founder of UPROOTED theatre. She is now based in Chicago IL where her credits include work at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Provision Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Live Wire Theatre, Living Room Playmakers, Chicago Children’s Theatre, MPAACT, and ETA. Regionally, she has worked at American Players Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Skylight Music Theatre, UPROOTED theatre, Nebraska Shakespeare on the Green along with several others. Some of her favorite roles include Luciana in THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, Gary Coleman in AVENUE Q, and Ernestine Crump in CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY. Tiffany has had guest appearances on NBC’s CHICAGO FIRE and ABC’s BETRAYAL, and has appeared in the feature film THE GLASS HOUSE along with several other commercials and voiceovers. She received her training at Catawba College where she majored in musical theatre with minors in spanish and dance. Tiffany also completed internships at The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts Center.
TRAVIS KNIGHT- (FOUNDING MEMBER, ACTOR)
After graduating from UW-Milwaukee’s BFA training program Travis appeared onstage with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (Well, Moon Over the Brewery), Milwaukee Repertory Theater (Ten Chimneys reading of Idiot’s Delight), In Tandem (The Girl In the Frame, Jesus Christ Superstar), and Renaissance Theaterworks (The Persians). Travis has since moved to Chicago where he was last seen at the Goodman Theatre in Camino Real and Measure for Measure. He has also spent five seasons with the American Players Theatre where he has performed over fifteen plays. His most recent credits at APT are The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Other favorites include Richmond (Richard III), Diomedes (Troilus and Cressida), Ferdinand (The Tempest), and Tom Wingfield (Glass Menagerie). As a founding member of Uprooted Theatre Travis played Stanley Kowalski in the production of A Streetcar Named Desire and the Ace of Spades in Hoodoo Love. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. [Resume]