Alex Bengel was born and raised in Oregon's Willamette Valley. He moved up to Alaska six years ago and has since appeared in productions for the Fairbanks Drama Association, Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre and Interior Independent Theater, as well as a number of other companies. He currently reports for and anchors the nightly news for KXDF.
Nick Hudson has been teaching, writing, and performing music for the majority of his life and is happy to call Fairbanks his current home! His performing career started as a singer/songwriter project back in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and has stretched to create and perform in bands, musicals, and variety shows all over the globe. Nick is very excited to be taking on the role of Director for the first time and is happy to take part in keeping the spirit of theatre alive for the Interior of Alaska and world!
Zachary is a born and raised Fairbanksan, and the vice president of Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre. He realized his passion for musical theatre after graduating from Lathrop High School and has since gone on to perform in several local shows. He was last seen in FLOT’s 2019 production of The Sound of Music. This is his first time taking on a directorial position for the show, but he is excited to be learning his new production role and to be working with such an incredible cast and crew. When Zachary is not doing musical theatre, he can be found studying for his classes at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and running a local business: North Star Tutors.
Michael Laughlin was born and raised in Illinois and moved to Alaska in 2017. He holds a B. S. in Mass Communications – Radio & TV from Bemidji State University and an MBA-Accounting from the University of Phoenix. Michael has been an accountant for nearly 30 years and has also done a variety of jobs from driving a bus to being a TV weatherman. He has managed theatres as well as directed and written Christmas pageants. He is currently the Finance Director for the Bristol Bay Housing Authority. He also hosts “Sunday Potluck” a weekly radio show heard on KDLG-AM Dillingham and KNSA-AM Unalakleet.
Josiah Martin is a young working cinematographer based in Fairbanks for the last five years. He has worked at the television stations KTVF 11 and CBS 13 as a production lead, briefly as an anchor but primarily in commercial production. His production company, JAM Productions is his night job- creating media productions for numerous clients across town. He’s excited to be working in theater again, as that’s where he got his earliest start growing up in Juneau.
Sarah Hulac has been singing and performing in the Fairbanks North Star Borough for a little over a decade and has a love for all things related to the arts and music. Sarah has studied classical voice, sung with the Choir of the North and Fairbanks Symphony Chorus, and toured Europe with the Alaska Camerata under the direction of Dr. John Hopkins at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). She also studied under internationally recognized New York musical theater coach David Sabella. Since 2009 her theater resume continues to blossom as she has held roles such as Hedy LaRue from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Bloody Mary from South Pacific, Princess Fiona from Shrek, Heather Chandler from Heathers, and most recently was cast in an Interior Independent Theatre's production of Evil Dead the Musical as Cheryl. Sarah has a BA in Japanese Studies from UAF and is currently going back to school to pursue a degree in Music Education.
Alex Gagne-Hawes was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska and received a theatre degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He studied at the Moscow Art Theater School in Moscow, Russia as part of the Eugene O’Neill National Theater Institute’s semester abroad. His work has been presented at the Time-Based Art Festival and White Bird Uncaged in Portland, Oregon; On the Boards in Seattle, Washington; and at performing arts festivals across the United States. In Fairbanks, he is currently Technical Director for Dance Theatre Fairbanks. Thanks to family for loving support and to the vibrant arts community of Fairbanks for inspirational efforts!