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David zum Brunnen
David zum Brunnen is a native of Salisbury, NC, where his father, Chester, shared the stage with him several times at Piedmont Players. A Broadcast Journalism major at the University of North Carolina, David found himself equally absorbed in the department of Dramatic Art. David excels at the balance between acting and managing. In addition to his performance skills, David has served as General Manager for Hedgerow Theatre, Philadelphia Area Repertory Theatre, and PlayMakers Repertory Theatre. He has also served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Theatre Conference and has received two INDIE awards for enhancing the cultural life in the Triangle area of North Carolina. He served as Board President for Arts North Carolina and is a member of the 2003 Leadership Triangle class. His performance credits include: New York: Winding The Ball (American Premiere, Mint Theatre). Canada: Nicholas Nickleby in Nicholas Nickleby (Stephenville Festival, Canada), Charlie Brown in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown; National Tour: Elliot Engel's The Night Before Christmas Carol, The Tender Nights of F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Wrights of Passage. Regional: Kruger in The Front Page (under the direction of three-time Tony Award winner and film director, Gene Saks, for PlayMakers Repertory Company), The Author in Deep Dish Theatre's acclaimed production of Via Dolorosa; Henry Carr in Travesties (Piccolo Spoleto Festival); Comedy of Errors (Foundation Theatre, NJ), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Birmingham Children's Theatre, AL); Hotspur and other roles in Henry IV, Parts I & II (Burning Coal Theatre Company); David's father, Chester zum Brunnen, Sr., was a World War II veteran. His letters home are the inspiration for War Bonds.
Serena Ebhardt is a native of Raleigh, NC. She began her acting career at the age of six when she appeared as Gretel in The Sound of Music at Raleigh Little Theatre. Six months later, she found herself touring in a professional production of the same show! By the time Serena was sixteen she had a full professional resume of musical and dramatic credits and was a member of Actors Equity Association. Live theatre is Serena's preferred medium, but she can also be seen in feature films, television, commercials, industrials, and heard in voice-overs. Serena is a charter member of the YWCA Academy of Women and a recipient of the International Television and Video Association Silver Reel Award. A graduate of the University of North Carolina (B.A. Dramatic Art), she was a recipient of the Paul and Elizabeth Green Scholarship. In addition to her performance work, Serena is a director and teaching artist with training from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Serena and David zum Brunnen were married in 1988 and are the very proud parents of son, Carlton. Serena's Professional credits include: International: Nunsense Maritime Tour, Canada. Nicholas Nickleby, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, Rocky Horror Show (Stephenville Festival, Canada). European Concert Tour. New York: Winding The Ball (Off-Broadway, American Premiere, Mint Theatre). National Tour: Anne Frank. Regional: Alcestis, Chapter of Thanatos (92nd St. Y Unterburg Poetry Center, NY-ASU), Travesties (Piccolo Spoleto Festival), The Beggar's Opera (PlayMakers Repertory Theatre), Sister Carrie (People's Light and Theatre Company), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Georgia Ensemble Theatre), A Christmas Carol (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival), Love Letters (Temple Theatre) and Uncle Tom's Cabin (Burning Coal Theatre Company), Various Roles for New River Dramatists Playwrights' Project. Film/TV: Because of You, Postcards, Birthmark (adapted from Doris Betts "This Is The Only Time I'll Tell It."), David Huling;and Kelly's Story.