Austin Adler '23, Theatre Major (Performance and Technical Directing)

Austin is an Assistant Director and Sound Editor for The Murder Mystery Hour.  Previous roles at Gustavus Adolphus College include: Cincerella’s Prince in Into The Woods, Ensemble in You’re Invited and Colonel/Sergeant in Mother Courage. Previous roles at Saint Francis High School include: Gaston in Beauty and The Beast, Simeon/Pharaoh in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Tony Delvecchio in Disaster!, Dracula in Dracula: The Musical, Dean Hyde in All Shook Up. Austin competed in Spotlight Education’s Triple Threat Competition through The Hennepin Theatre Trust and was a finalist. This is his first time taking on an assistant director position and he could not be more excited to share the work with everyone. Austin would like to thank the director, Henry MacCarthy, for providing him the opportunity to be one of his assistant directors and sound editors. He would also like to thank the other assistant director, Elijah Simon, as this show would not have been possible with just one assistant director.  

Eli Simon '24, Undeclared

This is Eli's first Gustavus "main stage" theatre experience. He is very grateful for the opportunity to act as the second assistant director and audio production editor. Eli has acted in twelve shows at Faribault High School. Some of those shows include: Joseph & the Technicolor Dream Coat, Almost Maine, 60's Mania, Adams Family...etc. He has also directed two one-act shows at Faribault High School and performed in an original show at Faribault Paradise Community Theatre called A Celebration of Faribault: The 1855 Live Show. Eli wants to thank his parents for always supporting him in his crazy endeavors of theatre, and he appreciates the cast and crew's support as he tries to find his place in the GAC theatre community. He is also extremely thankful for all the support the community shows for the theatre department and school as a whole. Lastly, he would like to thank Henry MacCarthy for giving him the opportunity to participate in the show. 


Sara Cronk '22 - Theatre and Management Double Major with Arts Administration Minor

Sara is the Publicity and Social Media Manager for the show. While Sara has acted at Gustavus in roles such as Florinda in Into the Woods and Saga in Deus Otiosus (Theatre Gallery), she has a strong interest in the behind-the-scenes marketing work. She runs the Gustavus Theatre & Dance social media accounts (including the promotion for this production), as well as writes press releases and blog posts with the Gustavus Fine Arts Office. This summer, she completed an audience research project for Gustavus Theatre & Dance through the Peterson Summer Research Fellowship. 

Annie Galloway '15 Theatre Major (Alum)

Annie is a graphic designer, illustrator, and forever theatre kid. She cut her teeth making posters for the Department of Theatre & Dance while in undergrad at Gustavus. When not running her design business, she enjoys baking, exploring the Cities on foot, reading comics, and dedicating far too much of her time playing DND and board games with her equally nerdy friends (remotely, nowadays).  She lives in Minneapolis with her fiancé Nick (also a Gustavus theatre kid) and their adorable cat Pepper.


Henry MacCarthy, Director: Associate Professor and Co-Chair Department of Theatre and Dance and Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies Program

Henry MacCarthy joined the Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College in 2007, teaching and making performance. He completed undergraduate studies in Acting at the National School for the Performing Arts in Caracas, Venezuela. After working several years as an actor with Teatro del Contrajuego he returned to the U.S. to attend Indiana University’s graduate program in opera directing. He has been part of the directing staff of several opera companies including Houston Grand Opera, Baltimore Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera North, and Opera Omaha, among others. Other professional engagements include the Latin American premiere of Sweeney Todd in Caracas, Venezuela and the premiere in Minnesota of Stephen Dolginoff's musical Thrill Me: the Story of Leopold & Loeb at the Lowry Lab in St. Paul. In addition to Gustavus, he has directed academic productions at Johns Hopkins University and Ohio University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in theatre and music. He was visiting Professor at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan where he taught Physical Theatre.