Avery Sharpe is beyond honored to be making his “scripted show” debut here at Dad’s! Being a member of the Dad’s Garage Rookies, one can typically find him on Dad’s stages doing improv, but he is ecstatic for a change of pace to work on this show beautifully written by the always-juicy Jon Carr (take that as you will). While this is Avery’s first scripted show at Dad’s, he is no stranger to stages around Atlanta. Atlanta credits include: The Jungle Book, A Bucket of Blessings, Pearl Cleage’s Tell Me My Dream (Alliance Theatre), Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet (Actor’s Express), and Once Upon a Mattress (Stage Door Players). Most excitingly, he is the co-winner of the 2018 Essential Theatre Playwriting Contest, and Woke, his debut play as a writer, will receive its world premiere production at Essential Theatre this August. He is so thankful for all the family, friends, and supporters that give him the privilege of living his dreams. Much love to Yeshua and Mon Papillion!
Jon is ecstatic to be making his Dad's Garage debut! Wierenga received his BFA in Acting from Michigan State University, completed his apprenticeship at Aurora Theatre, and studies at The Company Acting Studio as part of the Master Class. Some of Jon's favorite theatrical roles include Ben Hecht in Moonlight & Magnolias (Gypsy Theatre), Prince Dauntless in Once Upon A Mattress (Stage Door Players), and Toby in Evelyn in Purgatory (Essential Theatre). He also writes and performs for the weekly news-comedy show, Good Evening, Tonight! at Highwire Comedy Co. Many thanks to Tiffany and Jon, the cast and crew, and to the patrons for making it all possible. Choop to Katie.
Candy graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BA in Theatre performance. She was apart of the 2016-17 apprentice company at Aurora Theatre and her credits include: In The Heights (Co-Pro w/ T.O.), Christmas Canteen, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Sweep, Hunchback of NotreDame (co-pro w/ Theatrical Outfit) and Mamma Mia! all at the Aurora Theatre. She performed @Stone Mountain Christmas in 2017 and was most recently in 110 in the Shade at Theatrical Outfit. She is hella excited to be at Dad’s Garage for the first time! Follow me on IG: @Candymac_24
Mandy is a member of the General Company at Dad’s Garage Theatre and has been an active improviser in Nashville, Richmond, Atlanta, Savannah, and Greenville. She has taught at improv festivals and studios in the United States, Istanbul, and Iraqi Kurdistan. She currently leads the improv program at Newberry College, where she is a tenured Associate Professor of Speech & Theatre and the Director of Performance. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Georgia College & State University and an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mandy has trained and performed with instructors from the Annoyance Theatre, BATS Improv, Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, iO, and Steppenwolf West. Mandy, who has frequently served as a judge for the Chicago Improv Festival’s College Tournament, specializes in applying the Meisner Technique to Longform Improvisation and earned her Meisner teacher certification through the True Acting Institute at Willamette University.
Jon Carr (Writer)
Jon has been a writer and performer with Dad's Garage Theatre Company for over 10 years. He begin his writing career as the creator and one of the writers on the Dad's Garage scripted show Wrath of Con. Since then he has collaborated on a number of other scripted works and been a frequent contributor to the literary show Write Club. He is excited to see his first solo work being produced this season.