On this page, I would like to acknowledge the “inner circle” that has surrounded me, in varying degrees of social distancing and Internet-based involvement, since the beginning of the pandemic. The fine young performers whose pictures and bios you see below have been instrumental in workshopping this piece, ironing out the kinks, and bringing the script and score of Eden in Babylon to fruition.
Many of these Artists have played multiple roles as well. If so, the characters they portrayed are listed along with their bios & photos below.
KELSEY CHAPMAN (Artistic Director)
Kelsey Chapman is an actor, director, and musician from Southern Idaho, currently based in Portland, OR. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Idaho with a minor in Music Performance. Her favorite past projects include her roles as Margaret in ‘Carrie: The Musical’, Amalia Balash in ‘She Loves Me’, her work with Lewiston Children’s Theatre, and, of course, Eden in Babylon. Currently, you can find her playing either Dr. Mordred or the Red Lady at Raven’s Manor in Portland, OR.
Liam Marchant was born in Boise in 1999 and currently studies composition and saxophone performance at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. An outstanding pianist and composer, Liam actively writes for combos, woodwind chamber ensembles, orchestra, wind ensemble, and rock and pop groups. In addition, he plays saxophone, piano, bass, guitar, clarinet, and flute. As a sound designer for the Eden in Babylon demo, Liam was able to combine his considerable musical talents with technical skills in order to help us achieve the unique sounds that signify the Eden in Babylon score.
COOPER KNUTSON (Winston Greene)
Cooper is an actor, dancer and vocalist who has performed in a variety of concerts, stage plays and musicals, and is currently starring in a film production known as “Grave Dave”. With many credits at Lewiston Civic Theatre, he has brought to the leading role of Winston Greene in Eden in Babylon some amazing insights into the character (as well as a fabulous tenor voice.) With the passion for his craft as fuel for his ambition, he hopes to see the world and remind people what it feels like to laugh, to cry, and to appreciate humanity and its many facets.
KEVA SHULL (Taura / Zyowelle)
Keva Shull is a college freshman studying American Sign Language at Eastern Washington University. She has been performing since the age of eight. She found her passion for Musical Theatre in high school and has been highly involved in the theatre community ever since. Professional credits include a feature on MTV and an online performance with The Virtual Stage Co. An outstanding singer-songwriter, she is currently working on her original material. Keva has high hopes for Eden in Babylon and is eager to see this fresh new story be told.
CODY WENDT (Benzo Diablo / Cyrus)
Cody Wendt is a musician, actor, and composer based out of Moscow, Idaho. The majority of Cody’s musical theatre experience has come at the Regional Theatre of the Palouse, where he has acted in a number of shows and worked as an instructor and music director. Some of his original material (much of it in collaboration with his younger brother Ian) may be found at Wendt Brothers Music on YouTube, and also on SoundCloud. A self-styled “Renaissance man,” Cody also works part-time as a sportswriter and high school tennis coach.
KARLIE SMITH (Crispi)
Karlie Smith is 34, a military spouse and mother of two sons. Her passion for music began at a very young age; her family jokes that she sang before she could speak. Karlie has added a fresh new voice as of our 3rd EIB Workshop throughout the Summer of 2021. She has a master’s degree in Psychology, is a Crossfit coach, and loves helping people in any way that she can.
ZAZEN MATOSSIAN (Molly/Koko)
Zazen is a singer, actor, and musician based in Moscow, Idaho. A recent graduate of Moscow High School, she has played Paulette in Legally Blonde: the Musical, as well as many other roles throughout her four years in the MHS Blackfriars Drama Program. Zazen has been with Eden in Babylon ever since it was first workshopped in Moscow in the Summer of 2019, and has participated in each of the subsequent EIB workshops. Having been involved with the Performing Arts since childhood, Zazen has no plans to stop very soon.
MATT PEREZ (John James)
Matt Perez was born in Moses Lake, Washington and moved to Pullman, Washington when he was sixteen. His first exposure to the world of theatre was in a classroom production of Julius Caesar when he was a freshman in high school. Prior to joining our Eden in Babylon workshop, Matt has mostly worked as an independent filmmaker. Having a keen artistic sense, Matt brings to the character of John James a smooth tenor voice as well as a multi-leveled character. His enthusiasm for the Performing Arts is unlikely to wane in the foreseeable future.
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