Back by popular demand, Kari Goetz reprises her role as that lovable, troublesome scamp, Sylvia. Greg and Kate have entered the empty-nest time in life and have moved to Manhattan after 20 years in the suburbs. Greg is struggling with being dissatisfied with his job while Kate is excited about her new teaching opportunities and new found freedom. However, life has a way of giving you what you think you don’t want. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to a hilarious and touching effect. A smart, playful, sophisticated and occasionally gritty comedy about relationships, nature, and growing older.

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Kari Goetz (Sylvia) is thrilled to be back at Stageworks as SYLVIA – everybody’s favorite dog – for the third time. Previously, Kari performed in the encore productions of Morningside as Sophie Navarro and in Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche as Lulie. She seems to have a knack for picking Stageworks shows so nice – we produce them twice! Occasionally, she gets to have fun and directs, most recently with Jobsite Theater for The Thanksgiving Play. A graduate of UF with a BFA in theater, and an MA in Communication from USF, Kari has focused on comedy improvisation as a business communication tool and taught at The Second City and the USF Muma College of Business.  As always she is grateful to Karla Hartley, everyone at Stageworks.

Jonelle Meyer (Kate) is stoked to be in this delightful production! Some of her more recent credits include Morningside at Stageworks, Corky in Meteor Shower with Jobsite Theater, Olive in Odd Couple with Hattrick Theatre and The Queen of Tampa in Sexy Sexy Murder with Hoof Arted and the Tampa Bay Fringe Festival. Jonelle would like to thank Scott and Karla for this wonderful opportunity. She would also like to thank her friends, FLAQ family, biological family and her beautiful girlfriend Chrissy for their constant love and support.

Harold Oehler (Greg) is thrilled to be back at Stageworks for the third production of Sylvia. Harold previously played Captain Isaac Whitaker in A Few Good Men and is casted to be a part of the 2021-22 Stageworks’ season in 12 Angry Men. He has performed in numerous staged readings with Stagework’s Impromptu Players to benefit Stageworks’ programs which serve at-risk children. Harold thanks Karla Hartley and this amazing cast and crew for their support. When not on stage, Harold is a very passionate member several community organizations and supports many children’s charities in the Tampa Bay area. Harold dedicates this performance to his awesome family and friends who have been so supportive on his acting journey.

Ryan Bernier (Tom/Phyllis/Leslie) is a Detroit based actor, director, and teaching artist. He has previously worked with Tampa Rep (Stupid F**king Bird), Hat Trick Theatre (Rumors, The Three Musketeers, What The Bellhop Saw), St. Pete Shakes (Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing), and Stageworks (Judgement at Nuremberg, Psycho Beach Party, A Few Good Men). He has formerly served as the co-artistic director for ThinkTank Theatre and as the head writer Some Sort of Show! Ryan has recently left the area to pursue an MFA in Acting at Wayne State University, but is extremely grateful to be back at the theatre that gave him his first job.

Karla Hartley (Director, Sound & Design) is currently the Producing Artistic Director for Stageworks Theatre in the Channel District. She received a BFA in Theater Studies from Boston University in 1992 and is the owner of three Theatre Tampa Bay awards for Best Director. She was named Best Director 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015 in the Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Awards as well as The Artist Most Likely to Have Been Born On the Planet Krypton.

Heather Krueger (Stage Manager) is our current resident Stage Manager here at Stageworks. She has assisted with all our Resilience Season shows, and has previously appeared on the stage here. Recently, she has been performing fantastic tunes for Stageworks Cabaret’s all across the Tampa Bay. She has an addiction to Dunkin Donuts, is well known for being a fire hot redhead, and an incredible friend and mother of two.

Frank Chavez (Set Design) has worked as a costume and scenic designer for 20 years.  Previous Stageworks design include:  The Divine Sister, Sylvia, Of Mice and Men and Raisin in the Sun and Ain’t Misbehavin. Frank’s designs have also been seen at American Stage (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Hair) and Tampa Rep (Cat on the Hot Tin Roof and Heroes). This year he received his Third Best of the Bay award, two for Scenic Design and one for Costume Design.  Along with local work, Frank has designed numerous productions Off-Broadway and regionally.  He is currently the resident Costume Designer at the University of Tampa.

Jo Averill-Snell (Lighting Designer)is delighted to work again with Stageworks, for whom she has previously litReady Steady Yeti Go, Winter Wonderettes, TheAliens, Broadway Bound, This Wonderful Life, andThe Motherfucker with the Hat. Regional theater audiences may have also seen her designs inEdgar and Emily,Dancing at Lughnasa, andCloud Nine(Jobsite Theater);Copenhagen, Heisenberg, View from the Bridge, The Other Place, SilentSky, andThe Children’s Hour(Tampa Rep); orApples in Winterand theModern Works Festival(Urbanite). Jo is also the Artistic Director for Tampa-based literary performance troupeImprobable Athenaeum. She is a graduate of USF’s theater program. Love and thanks to husband (and actor/playwright) Ned Averill-Snell, son Connor, and the arts patrons for whom we create theater.

Chloe Mastro (Scenic Painter) is ecstatic to be working with Stage Works and other renowned Theaters in the Tampa area. This wouldn’t be possible without the guidance of the amazing Rebekah Lazaridis and her scenic partner Tea. Chloe also loves performing on the stage as well as painting it. Thank you to Scott Cooper for giving her opportunities in performing, art, and developing her love for theatre. Thank you to thr love of her life Ian, her friends, family, and the amazing Tampa theatre community! She hopes everyone stays safe and healthy during the show.

Tea Roberts (Scenic Painter) is so excited to return to Stageworks after spending her last non-masked day of 2020 here just last year! She has worked as an assistant scenic artist for Stageworks since 2019 and looks forward to growing as a scenic artist. She would like to send a big thanks to Scott Cooper for starting her on the right path in the theatre world, to Rebekah Lazaridis for all of her wonderful mentorship and painting prowess, and of course a huge thank you to her partner in paint Chloe Mastro!

Paul McColgan (Technical Director) is honored to be back building his second set for Stageworks. You can usually find him serving as the Production Manager for Hat Trick Theatre Productions, and building both fake and real houses around the Tampa area. A huge thank you to Karla for the opportunity to continue to work at Stageworks, to the cast and design crew of Four Guys Named José and Una Mujer Named María for making everything look so good, and to Bee and Desi for all the love and support.