Cast Bios - An Octoroon
Rufus Burns (BJJ/GEORGE/M’CLOSKY) is excited to be returning to the Unicorn, where he was last seen in The Motherf*cker with the Hat, Ruined, and The Salvation of Iggy Scrooge. Additional local credits: The African Company presents Richard III (Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City); The Wrestling Season, The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza (The Coterie Theatre); Richard III, Macbeth, Twelfth Night (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Titus Andronicus (The Living Room Theatre). Education: MFA in Acting & Directing from UMKC, B.A. Purdue University.
Logan Black (PLAYWRIGHT/WAHNOTEE/LAFOUCHE) is so happy to be back at the Unicorn; he was last here in Seminar. Other KC credits include I’m Not Rappaport, Journey’s End (KCAT); Our Town, A Christmas Carol (KC Rep); and Merchant of Venice (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival). He has also been seen in his one-man show Bond: a soldier and his dog. Regionally, he has worked with Pioneer Theater, Colorado Shakes, Riverside Theater, Okoboji and the Oak Park Festival Theater. He earned his MFA in acting from UMKC and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. Learn more at www.logan-black.com.
Michael Thayer (ASSISTANT/PETE/PAUL) is thrilled to be working with Unicorn Theatre again after making his debut as Musa in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Local: Our Town (KC Rep); Immeasurable Heaven, The Learned Ladies, Freedom Riders, Mere Mortals, Troilus and Cressida (UMKC Theatre). Regional: Children of Hercules (American Thymele Theatre); Arsenic and Old Lace (Wayside Theatre). Education: MFA in Acting, UMKC; BA, Theatre, University of Maine. Michael would like to give a special thanks to his partner Greg for being his rock and for the countless hours spent helping him learn his lines. One more thing: Hug someone today, we need each other!
Cinnamon Schultz (DORA) is excited to be a part of this production for Unicorn Theatre. She has previously appeared with this theatre in The Whale, Other Desert Cities, God of Carnage, In the Next Room, Mauritius and Proof to name a few. She has also had the pleasure of performing at several other theatres in Kansas City: Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Actors Theater, The Coterie Theatre, Theatre for Young America, the KC Rep, and The New Theatre Restaurant. While performing onstage, Cinnamon has also been quite busy in radio, television and film as well. She appeared as Victoria in the film Winter’s Bone, which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and received four Oscar nominations in 2011, including Best Picture. Cinnamon lives in the KC area with her husband (the talented Brian Paulette) and their amazing children Anika and Leo.
Jessica Franz (ZOE) is excited to be making her Unicorn debut! Her favorite Kansas City acting credits include Long Day’s Journey Into Night (KCAT); Dog Sees God, Carousel (Living Room); Desperate Acts, Amish Project (KC Fringe); and The Seagull (MET). KC directing credits include Big Love (KC Fringe), Proof (Barn Players), as well as being an AD on several KC Rep shows, the latest being Our Town directed by David Cromer. Enjoy the show!
Rasheedat “Ras” Badejo (MINNIE) is excited to be making her Unicorn debut in An Octoroon. It has been a dream of hers to be able to perform for this company. Ras is a generative theatre artist born and raised in Kansas City. She received her B.A. in Theatre-Performance from UMKC in May of 2015. Ras is currently in her second year of her artist residency at the Fishtank Theatre and her first year as an Executive Assistant for the Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City. Ras’ recent credits include The Nine Who Dared (The Coterie), her one-woman show Young Black Victorian (Fishtank Theatre), Every 28 Hours (Fishtank Theatre). Ras would like to thank Heidi Van, Brian Buntin, Jeff Church and Damron Russel Armstrong for their tough love and support in her theatrical growth, her family for believing in her, her boyfriend Phil, for never making her choose between love and her art, Ethan Zogg for being a supportive and understanding roommate and Cassius the cat for supplying snuggles and endless laughter throughout the process.
Amber McKinnon (DIDO) is delighted to make An Octoroon her debut performance with Unicorn Theatre. Previous theatre credits include: The African Company Presents King Richard III, Amadeus, Once On This Island, Sophisticated Ladies and A Mouthful of Birds. Amber holds a BFA in Drama from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She also trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Stonestreet Screen Acting Studios in New York City. Amber has also appeared in numerous television commercials and print ads.
Teisha M. Bankston (GRACE) is delighted to be back at Unicorn Theatre. She joins the Unicorn again after appearing in A House With No Walls and And Her Hair Went With Her... A few of Teisha’s other credits include Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, A Star Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hole in Heaven, Children of the Damned Corn, and Freedom Sisters at The Coterie. Teisha was also featured as Barbara Johns in a French documentary directed by Fabrice Chiambretto entitled Barbara Johns: The Making of an Icon and as a professional backup dancer for Neil Young in his Kansas City Tour engagement at Starlight Theatre, choreography by Russ Tamblyn. Currently, Teisha is the host of a science series on KCPT called SciTech Now. She is a teaching artist, actor, and musician-in-the-works. Teisha holds a BA in Theatre Performance and a minor in Spanish from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Teisha would like to extend her love and gratitude.
Peter Morgan (BR’ER RABBIT/RATTS) This is Peter’s first time working with the Unicorn and he couldn’t be more thrilled. He is currently attending UMKC, working toward a bachelor’s degree in Theater Performance. Most recently he was in UMKC Theatre’s O Beautiful. He would like to thank his family, the cast and crew of An Octoroon, and the UMKC Theatre Department.