production team

TIMOTHY A. THRELFALL (Director)

Tim is head of the Music Dance Theatre program at BYU and has directed 14 productions at Tuacahn Amphitheatre, including the regional premiere of “The Hunchback ofNotre Dame.” He also directed the opening production of the 90th season at the historic Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts. Earlier this year, Tim staged the regional premiere of famed composer Frank Wildhorn’s “Wonderland” at BYU as well as the American premiere of his “Count of Monte Cristo” a few seasons ago. Other BYU productions include the American premiere of “Chariots of Fire” on stage and the university premiere of Andrew Llyod Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” as well as the BYU Broadcasting musical “Berlin,” which garnered an Emmy, CINE Golden Eagle and Telly Award. Prior to joining the university faculty, Tim served as the Artistic Director for Seattle Civic Light Opera and Northwest Summer Playhouse, as well as Education Programs Coordinator for Seattle Children’s Theatre. He holds an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington under the direction of the late Robert L. Hobbs and Jack Clay. Tim is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

ANNE PUZEY (Music Director)

Anne has overseen the musical portion of many acclaimed productions, for Hale Centre Theatre, Westminster College, The Egyptian Theatre Company and Utah Rep—including 16 seasons of the musical direction of “A Christmas Carol.” She has worked with Broadway luminaries Will Swenson, Jason Robert Brown, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie, Kate Baldwin, and Pacek and Paul. With Jeanne McGuire and Erin Royall Carlson, Anne is partner/owner of the powerhouse Audition Advantage private vocal studio. She is a fine arts teacher at Bennion Junior High School in Taylorsville. Last summer Anne was workshop, lesson and master class pianist for Broadway Evolved, an intensive training program for students and educators in New York City, with a faculty list that includes Andrew Rannells, Audra McDonald, Gavin Creel, Kelli O’Hara, Laura Osnes, Stephanie J. Block and Will Swenson.

BECKY WRIGHT PHILLIPS (Musical Staging Director)

Becky has been a faculty member in the BYU Department of Dance for 18 years, teaching in the Music Dance Theatre major program as well as in Contemporary Dance. She holds an MFA from the U of U in Choreography. Her works have been performed in countries around the world from Thailand, to Morocco by BYU Dancers’ Company, BYU Young Ambassadors, Belize National Dance Company and more. Before coming to BYU, she was a faculty member at the University of Chicago and Columbia College Dance Center and danced professionally with the Chicago Moving Company. Her choreography has been seen for many years at the Jackson Hole Playhouse, and will be seen at Sundance this summer. Recent musical theater choreography includes “Mary Poppins,” Frank Wildhorn’s “Wonderland” and the KCACTF award-winning “Beauty and the Beast.” Creating the movement scenes for the U.S. premiere of “Chariots of Fire” at BYU was a favorite recent project with director Tim Threlfall, and she looks forward to being on his collaborative team again for “Sweeney Todd.”

JOHNNY HEBDA (Producer)

Johnny is ecstatic to beproducing “Sweeney Todd” as part of the inaugural season of the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts. Johnny is founder of Utah Rep and has produced more than 40 productions since the company’s inception, and now in its seventh season, Utah Rep is a resident company at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Johnny is a graduate of The Florida School of the Arts (AA in Musical Theater), BYU (BFA in Music Dance Theatre) and Roosevelt University (MA in Directing). He has also directed and acted in more than100 productions on stage and film throughout the U.S. and Canada, earning awards and recognition for his performances from BroadwayWorld, the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Theatre Bloggers Association and Salt Lake City Weekly’s Best of State Awards, among others. Some of his notable productions in Utah include “Side Show,” “Carousel,” “Bare: A Pop Opera,” “Carrie the Musical,” “Heathers the Musical,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “Cabaret,” “Grace,” “Afterglow” and “Bonnie & Clyde.” Johnny’s first professional production was a performance in “Sweeney Todd” at the Roxy Regional Theatre, so it’s fun to circle back to that first thrilling production that really influenced his love for musical theater at a young age. Johnny is also Vice President of Sales for AMP Smart and entrepreneur in many facets of his professional career, and he has excelled at producing large events, concerts, master classes, original theater works, live theater and film projects. Visit JohnnyHebda.com for more information.

BLAIR HOWELL (Associate Producer)

Blair never met a musical he didn’t like. Well, almost. His love of musicals began in the Dark Ages, before DVDs, when he would set the alarm to watch Judy Garland and Danny Kaye and others from movie musicals’ Gilded Age on late-night TV, thoroughly researching each performer and creative artist involved. This fascination led to enjoying live theater, regionally in the areas of Santa Monica, California, which he considers home; New Canaan, Connecticut; Salt Lake City; and through frequent travels to Broadway. He is a true Sondheim aficionado, studying and enjoying each of the masterful composer’s works, and saw the original Broadway Hal Prince-helmed production of “Sweeney Todd” with Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou (twice) while a Reader’s Digest intern. A BYU graduate in Magazine Publishing, Blair led the editorial production of a New York-based national consumer magazine for more years than he cares to remember, and has been editor, editorial director, entertainment writer and reviewer for national and local publications, including the Deseret News and BroadwayWorld. Blair’s partnership with Utah Rep began with the company’s first production, “Side Show,” with his son Cooper (now a blossoming professional actorin New York City) in a lead role, and has continued forward to include serving as Producer, Board Member, Marketing Director and currently Associate Development Director for the company. It’s been a thrill to successfully promote Utah Rep productions and introduce new audiences to Broadway and Off-Broadway theater outside of the norm of what is conservatively expected to be staged in Utah, along with neglected classics. “Sweeney Todd” is an exciting collaboration, but there are a few very fun Utah Rep projects on the horizon!

NANCY CANNON (Costume Designer)

Nancy’s passion is costume designing for film, stage, and performing groups. She had the opportunity to be Costume Manager at the Medals Plaza for the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics. She brings over 17 years of experience in various wardrobe capacities –as a costume designer, wardrobe supervisor, set costumer and wardrobe consultant. She is known for collaborative efforts from drawings to finished costume. She enjoys working with all aspects of the wardrobe department and is committed to creating and designing costumes to forward the character, focus on the story arch and how wardrobe can communicate the mental and emotional elements of a character and the story. Nancy is currently Resident Costume Designer for Jackson Hole Playhouse and just recently completed designing the two films for the Lifetime TV network and three films for the Hallmark Channel TV network. She is currently working on “Big River” for Jackson Hole Playhouse and an up-coming film.

JOSH STEADMAN (Set Designer)

Josh is a Show/Production Design Director and Set Designer with over 20 years working in television, theater and themed entertainment. He has worked with numerous clients and on high-profile projects including Shanghai Disneyland,Marvel Avengers STATION in Las Vegas and Singapore, Cartoon Network Wave Cruise Ship, 20th Century Fox World (Malaysia) and most recently Evermore Park in Pleasant Grove. While working at Walt Disney Imagineering, he conceptualized, designed and installedthe Enchanted Storybook Castle Walkthrough for the world’s largest Disney castle in Shanghai. He holds Thea Awards from the Themed Entertainment Association in both Show Design and Production Design simultaneously for his work on Shanghai Disney Resort.

JANICE CHAN (Associate Set Designer)

Janice is a scenic designer based in Utah. She is pursuing a BFA in Theatre Arts Scenic Design at Utah Valley University. Janice has designed over 12 theatrical productions since her debut in 2017. UVU productions include “Urinetown,” “The Laramie Project,” “Agamemnon,” “Tribes” and “Taming of the Shrew”; assistant designs include “Cabaret” and “A Year with Frog and Toad.” Janice has designed a number of productions at An Other Theater Company, including “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” “The Drag,” “Next Fall” and “Fat Pig.” Janice was the Scenic Painter for Sundance Summer Theatre’s production of “Joseph...Dreamcoat.” She also paints scenery for the annual Utah Renaissance Faire in Lehi. Janice grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and currently resides in Sunset Heights, Utah. janicechan.design | IG @ninetiestragedy

MIKAELA KESTER (Makeup Designer)

Mikaela is a Makeup and SFX artist, specializing in film and TV. Most recently, she worked both in the Fabrication Department and as the Makeup Department Head for Evermore Park.

MATTHEW KUPFERER (Sound Designer/Engineer)

Raised in California and currently based out of Utah, Matthew has been designing sound both academically and professionally for seven years. He got his start in high school, when the student previously in charge of sound left and Matthew was tasked with taking over. By the time he left, he was responsible for running and recording the school’s various choir and band concerts every year, and was working with regional dance companies, running sound for their annual performances. While at BYU, Matthew was able to design or mix several mainstage productions, in addition to several other student projects both at BYU and at UVU. Notable credits include the Mariah Eames and Rick Curtis adaptation of “A Doll’s House” titled “Mr. Helmer’s Wife,” Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” (KCACTF Region 8 Sound Design finalist), Mary Zimmerman’s “Argonautika,” Helen Edmunson’s “The Mill on the Floss” (KCACTF Region 8 Sound Design nomination), and “Mary Stuart” by Friedrich Schiller. Favorite mixing credits while at BYU include the new musical “Single Wide” by George Nelson, Frank Wildhorn’s musical “Wonderland,” and a performance by Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti as part of the BYU Bravo! series. Matthew has also had the opportunity to tour the country as the audio and video engineer for both the BYU Ballroom Dance Company and the International Folk Dance Ensemble, mixing the Mountain Strings folk band providing live accompaniment for the dancers. Outside of BYU, Matthew has had the pleasure of working with a variety of local companies and performing arts groups. Favorite jobs include mix engineer for Utah Metropolitan Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker,” audio technician for Poll Sound and assistant sound designer for “Oklahoma!” and lead sound designer for “Joseph... Dreamcoat” at Sundance Summer Theatre

STEPHANIE BREINHOLT (Dialect Consultant)

Stephanie is head of BYU’s BFA Acting Program where she teaches courses in voice, dialects, voiceover and acting. She is a nationally recognized actor, director and educator. She is also a professional actor, voice and dialect coach, director and designer. The roles she is most proud of, however, are wife to Steve and mom to Tate, Lucas and Hannah.

SUSAN KUPFERER (Assistant Stage Manager)

Born and raised in Irvine, California, Susan is a graduating senior from BYU in stage management. Her recent credits include Production Stage Manager of BYU’s productions of “Wonderland,” “Single Wide,” “Christmas Around the World,” “The Barber of Seville” and “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and Utah Vocal Arts Academy’s staging of “Don Giovanni” during their summer opera festival. She was also Assistant Stage Manager for “Oklahoma!” at Sundance Summer Theatre and for “BYU Spectacular,” which will tour to China in May. Susan was previously Touring Stage Manager for BYU’s International Folk Dance Ensemble and Ballroom Dance Company.

LISA ELZEY (Stage Manager)

Lisa is excited to be a part of this production with such a talented group of people. Lisa comes to “Sweeney Todd” with over 20 years of experience as a professional Production Stage Manager. Some credits include “Idina Menzel in Concert—Preshow” and “Alfie Boe in Concert” (UCCU Center), “Keepers of the Flame—Kurt Bestor” (2002 Winter Olympics Arts Festival at Kingsbury Hall), “Evita” (Utah Regional Tour), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Sundance Summer Theatre), “Freaky Friday,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and “My Son, Pinocchio” (Hale Centre Theatre), “The Fantasticks” and “Little Shop of Horrors” (Provo Theatre Company), “The Winter’s Tale” (Sting and Honey Company), “HMS Pinafore,” “Cosi Fan Tutte,” “The Mikado,” “Béatrice et Bénédict,” “The Tales of Hoffman,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Into the Woods” (BYU). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts at BYU and has taught Stage Management as an adjunct professor for BYU’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts for 18 years. She also works full time for Ancestry as a Senior Family Historian and Spokesperson. With Ancestry, Lisa has been lucky enough to work on production and share amazing stories on various television programs, including “Long Lost Family,” “The View,” “CNN Headline News,” “Fox & Friends” and “The Today Show.” Lisa was also featured in the 2019 Cannes Lion award-winning documentary short film “Railroad Ties.” “Thanks to Tim, Anne, Becky, Johnny, Blair, Stephen, Kevin and the amazing cast, crew and production team of this brilliant show. Special thanks to my family for all of their constant love and support.”