GUYS AND DOLLS
Josi (Jones) Schwartz
Markie Swanson (Stage Manager), an Arkansas City native and Cowley alumni, Markie Swanson, completed the performance track here before transferring to Southwestern to finish her bachelor's degree- majoring in general theatre, with a minor in psychology. Some of her latest credits include: stage manager, hair and makeup designer, paint charge, and Mrs. Puff in Southwestern’s summer production of The SpongeBob Musical, stage manager/technical director of Love Letter at the Burford, and stage manager for Southwestern’s production of Sunday in the Park with George. Markie is beyond grateful to have the opportunity to be the stage manager for Cowley Summer Theatre’s inaugural show (something she’s been dreaming to see for five years)!
Emily Rose Parman (Costume Designer) is a New York and Kansas based director, costume designer, and performer. She is overjoyed to return to her alma mater, Cowley College, for their inaugural summer theatre production. Ms. Parman graduated from Cowley with a degree in Theatre Arts in 2003, before moving to New York where she lived and worked professionally for 18 years before returning home to Kansas with her husband Nathan. Favorite Design Credits include The Revolutionists, and Taming of the Shrew at Ponca Playhouse, The Regime is Female with Badass Lady Productions, Three Sisters with HiveMind Theatre, Marrying Mozart with Dicapo Opera, and 10 years as the resident costume designer with NYC Classics company Hudson Warehouse. Ms. Parman is a three time nominee for the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Costume Design, and took home the award for Best Set & Costume Design for Parlor Tricks at the 2019 Fresh Fruit Festival, celebrating LGBTQ+ Theatre in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Undying love and thanks to NLO. www.emilyroseparman.com
Amanda Li (Music Director) recently relocated to upstate New York to teach voice and musical theatre at SUNY Oswego, Amanda was previously an Assistant Professor of Music at Southwestern College, where she music-directed Bright Star, Little Women, and Fun Home, among others. Amanda holds a doctoral degree in vocal performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington. Amanda is absolutely thrilled to be back in the area and work with the incredibly talented cast and musicians in Cowley Summer Theatre's inaugural show!
Jamison Rhoads (Lighting Designer) is the Associate Professor of Theatrical Media at the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to working at UCO Jamison taught at North Greenville University, Newman University, Cowley College, The University of New Orleans, and Tufts University. Jamison was the TD and resident designer here at Cowley for 11 years from 2004 to 2015. He is delighted to be back in Ark City. Jamison holds an MFA in Theatrical Design from Temple University and is an alumnus of The Julliard School. Jamison is married to the love of his life Kate and the two have a precocious toddler names Stella, named after her great grandmother. Jamison is excited to be working on Guys & Dolls with all of these talented individuals in a place that has meant so much to him for so many years.