Cast & Creative

LAUREN BERST (Joan, PRODUCER): Associate Artist with Nashville Story Garden. Moved to Nashville two years ago after living in New York for 15 years. Nashville credits: Sense and Sensibility, Ingram New Works Festival, Writing Room (Nashville Rep). Hamlet (Nashville Shakespeare Festival), Ten-Minute Playground and Rally/Cry. Select NYC credits: St. Crispin’s Day (Off-Broadway), Down the Road, Sacred Water. Member of Amios Theatre Company and Fight or Flight. Webseries: Settling Up and The Ultimate WingWoman Challenge. An accomplished voiceover artist, Berst can be heard on numerous commercials, promos, and narrations. B.F.A. from the University of Evansville and M.F.A. from the National Theatre Conservatory. ◊  Twitter/Instagram :@luluberst ◊ Facebook

AARON MUÑOZ (Beane): Is an actor, playwright, facial hair enthusiast, proud papa & Artistic Director of Nashville Story Garden. Nashville Credits: Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Children’s Theatre. NYC/Regional: SoHo Playhouse (Off-Broadway), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva Theatre, Studio Theatre (DC), Georgia Shakespeare Festival. TV/Film: The Walking Dead, The Saurus (SXSW), Yinz, Cadillac Records. His play, Lost Laughs: The Slapstick Tragedy of Fatty Arbuckle, co-written with Andy Bayiates (Neo-Futurists) will premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in the Spring of 2018. B.A. Columbia College Chicago, M.F.A Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama’s Professional Actor Training Program. Love to Liz & Mabel. ◊ Twitter/Instagram: @stogiemunoz


ERIC D. PASTO-CROSBY (Harry/Waiter)  is a native of Nashville and glad to work with these people on this project. He graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.F.A. in performance studies.  Recent shows: And in this Corner Cassius Clay, Treasure Island, and Cinderella for Nashville Children’s Theatre, Sense & Sensibility for Nashville Rep, The Glass Menagerie for Studio Tenn. He has worked with: Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Colorado Sakespeare Festival, Stage One, Tennessee Shakespeare Festival, and People’s Branch Theatre.  A loyal member of the Society of American Fight Directors and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

TAMARA TODRES (Molly) is delighted to be part of this production. She moved to Nashville from Chicago, where she worked with the side project, Red Tape, CIC and many other companies. Recent credits include Primary User (Ingram New Works Festival), The Strange and Rosemary With Ginger (Chicago Talking Machine Co.), Slasher (Verge) and the Mr. Mysterio Podcast. She is an associate artist with Nashville Story Garden and the lady behind Pie Now. @tamaratodres

HALENA KAYS (Director) originally hails from Chicago where she was the former Artistic Director of The Hypocrites theatre company and a founding member of the artistic collaborative, The Ruffians.  She is an artistic associate with the Neo-Futurists where she has created and directed six world premieres.  Other credits include: Endgame, Ivywild, Six Characters in Search of an Author at The Hypocrites; The Magic Play at The Goodman (and upcoming at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville) , Lord of the Flies at Steppenwolf theatre company; Feast (part of a collaborative effort) with The Albany Park Theatre Project at The Goodman.  Kays is the co-founder and former AD of Barrel of Monkeys, a UT-Austin and Northwestern grad and former member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care unit.  She is currently a professor of directing at MTSU.  Halena has been nominated for a Jefferson Citation for Best Supporting Actress and Best Direction, was the recipient of the prestigious 3Arts Award, and received a signed letter from Mr. Rogers saying she was “special” in 1978.  She also made a really nice kid.


CLAYTON LANDISS (Lighting Designer) is a passionate designer, drafter, and rigger native to Nashville.  His work has been featured at events from music festivals to concert halls, galas to graduations, burlesque reviews to weddings, and theatrical stage to screen.  Clayton is a graduate of Belmont University and is currently the production designer for Bradfield Stage Lighting as well as a freelance lighting designer about town.  He is an avid d.i.y. expert who can just as soon be found digging a garden plot as restoring his 1950’s era camper.  Clayton gives special thanks to his wife Kristin for her love and inspiration.  You can find out even more about Clayton by visiting



EVELYN O’NEAL BRUSH (Costume Designer) is proud to be an Associate Artist with Nashville Story Garden. Acting credits include Nashville Shakespeare Festival: The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing. Studio Tenn: Steel Magnolias, Frost/Nixon. Blackbird Theater: Amadeus, Man & Superman. Actors Bridge: Becky Shaw. Nashville Rep: Ingram New Works Festival and The Writing Room. You can see Evelyn puppeteer with Wishing Chair Productions’ String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music & Puppetry at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and you can hear her in the Mr. Mysterio podcast. Evelyn is also working on her first full-length play, Survived By, with the help of Story Garden and The Writing Room. Love to Chris and Isaac, who are awesome. Follow her adventures in modern quilting, theater, and life on Instagram at @lilstaroftexas_makes