Matt Hartman as Harry Witherspoon


This is Matt’s first production with The University Wits, but he is no stranger to the Grand Rapids stage. IMG_4241He was last seen as Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical with Caledonia Community Players. Prior experience includes Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince/ Wolf), and Children of the Corny (Job/ Radio Preacher) at Dog Story Theatre, also Ensemble parts in both Chess and Jesus Christ Superstar at Actor’s Theatre and Circle Theatre. Matt would like to thank his family for all their support through each and every show. Also thanks to the University Wits for this great opportunity.


Liz Brand as Annabel Glick

Liz Brand is honored to be onstage at Dog Story Theater again, where she last appeared as Amelia in Theatre616’s production of Bernarda Alba in March. IMG_4258Other recent credits include Chess at Actors’ Theatre, Les Miserables at Civic Theatre, and Boeing Boeing (Gabriella) at Circle Theatre. By day, Liz is the manager of General Synod logistics for the Reformed Church in America (she swears it’s not a made-up job, honestly). She’d like to give special thanks to her husband, Dave, for putting up with all the nights away from home so she can do what she loves. And for not laughing when he catches her dancing in the kitchen to music only she can hear.


Julia Yob as Rita La Porta

Julia Yob is a world-renowned singer-songwriter and performer…or she will be, at least.  IMG_4262In the meantime, she’s written over 125 original songs, including her first CD, “Kissing Frogs.”  She has composed two original musicals with librettist partner Ian Mockerman: “TIPS the Musical” (2014) and “Inferno” (2016).  When not singing, she likes curling up with good books and tall glasses of sweet wine.   Thanks to University Wits for the friendship and faith and to family for the love and support; and here’s to villains needing happy endings, too!


Kyle Walker as Vinnie Di Ruzzio

Kyle Walker is excited to be returning to the stage and is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast.  IMG_4252Previous performances with the Wits include: Murder at Grave’s End, Florist Friar’s, and A Great Blaze of Light.  He has also written/directed Shadows at the Sanford, In a Single Bound!, and The Sixth Guest for the Wits as well as directed the 2014 and 2015 GVSU Shakespeare Festival Greenshow.  He would like to thank his wife, Molly, for all of her support and love and for the support and love he gets from his family and friends.


Ian Mockerman as Luigi Gaudi

Ian is a creative jack of all trades fueled by pork sandwich’s, vodka, and menthol cigarettes. IMG_4270Professional cook by day, and by night an actor, singer, costume and prop designer, cosplayer,  amateur audio-tech, auto mechanic, and writer. He has co-written two full length musicals (TIP$, and Inferno) with his composer/lyricist, Julia Yob.



Javan Reed as Uncle Anthony

Javan Reed (Uncle Tony) is thrilled to be making his theater debut at Dog Story Theater in Lucky Stiff the Musical. JAy BWHe would like to give a huge thank you to University Wits for this opportunity. Special thanks to his partner in crime, J.J., and his children Breanna and Shania for their support.



Emily Parr as Domonique Du Monaco

Emily has been in a lot of different plays in a lot of different places.  IMG_4301Starting as a baseball fan in Damn Yankees, and most recently as an ogre princess in Shrek, with a lot of shows and rolls in between, she is excited to reprise her role as the Dominque du Monaco in the University Wits’ production of Lucky Stiff.




Ross Johnson

Ross is proud to music direct and perform in Lucky Stiff with the University Wits.IMG_4249 Ross got his undergraduate at GVSU in Creative Writing with a minor in Information Technology. By day Ross is a web developer, but by night he enjoys making music, writing, and performing in the theater. He was recently featured in Rocky Horror as Eddie, and in Shrek: the Musical as Donkey.


Meagan Beitner

After taking an accidental post high school break from theatre that lasted way too long, IMG_4237Meagan is excited to be doing her second show in as many seasons & her first show with University Wits. Happy to be back on stage doesn’t even come close to covering it, and she can’t wait to see what’s next!



Betz Lund

Betz Lund is thrilled to be back on stage with the Uni Wits after directing the Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park.IMG_4247 Prior to this she has been seen as Anna (The Sixth Guest), The Maid (A Murder at Graves End), Patricia Kennedy (Marilyn’s Kennedy), and Amos (In a Single Bound). A huge thank you to my parents, siblings and Steve for the endless love and support. Also a gigantic hug and high five to Chuck, Emily, Ross, J.J. and the rest of the cast and crew who make this show fantastic and tolerate my antics. “WHEELCHAIR!!”


Brooke Bruce

This is Brooke’s third time working with The Wits. IMG_4234Prior to this show, she was seen on-stage in the ensemble of the Rocky Horror Show and off-stage as the stage manager of Barefoot in the Park. She’s been active in the GR theater community since 2011, working on- and/or off-stage with Circle Theatre, Civic Theatre, Jewish Theatre, and many others. She has recently joined the boards of both Dog Story Theater and Jewish Theatre. She also may or may not be Deadpool, but either way she definitely has the suit in her backpack. So, there’s that.


Kristin Tomlin

This is Kristin’s first show with University Wits, and she is thrilled to be working with this talented and hilarious cast and crew! IMG_4293 Kristin was most recently seen as Miss Minchin in the Grand Award-winning production of A Little Princess (Grand Rapids Civic Theatre).  Other recent stage credits include Irene Adler in Sherlock Holmes – Final Adventure (Civic Theatre),  Edna Pontillier in The Awakening (Stage adaptation by Max Bush), The Mystic Tale of Aladdin, Treasure Island (Circle Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Pigeon Creek Shakespeare), and Death of a Salesman (Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids).  Kristin would like to thank God for everything, especially her amazing husband Spencer.  Always!