Cast and Crew


Harrison Baxley - Jean Passapartout -  is an actor, director, and playwright, studying Theatre Arts at the University of South Florida. Most recently, Harrison has been seen as AP in Innovocative Theatre’s production of Columbinus. He is also an actor and writer for Some Sort of Show Tampa. At the University of South Florida he has been seen in Stop Kiss (Peter), The Crucible (Reverend Parris), and Caresses (Little Boy/Young Man). Huge thanks to Georgia and Ryan for bringing him along on this wonderful journey. 


Nathan Juliano - Phileas Fogg - is proud to be a part Think Tank and this group of ridiculously fun actors.  Apart from acting, he loves his work as an educational assisstant at Focus Academy.  He has appeared in various plays in the Tampa area inluding What the Bellhop Saw and These Shining Lives. He'd like to thank his family(they're Italian so it'll take too long to list them), little Niko, the Accola family, Ryan Bernier, and coffee.


Alexander Klass-James - Ensemble Man, Fight Choreographer/Captian - is playing the part of the “neighbors” and many other assorted characters. This is his second show with Thinktank theatre, the first one being Edward Tulane. He is super excited to be able to flex his character muscles and juggle multiple quirky characters on this journey. He has appeared in the sketch show “Some sort of show” and previously has done shows as a student at USF including “She kills monsters” and “They won’t pay we won’t pay”.


Sadie Lockhart - Ensemble Woman -  is thrilled to be making her ThinkTank Theatre debut.  Select regional credits include: Jane Bingley in MISS.BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY; Lou Ann in HAIRSPRAY; Yellow in AMERICA: A MOSAIC; Owl in WINNIE THE POOH; Darcy in RIKKI TIKKI TAVI; Grandma in GEORGE'S MARVELOUS MEDICINE (American Stage);  Mrs. Merman/Professor in THE LITTLE MERMAID (Missoula Children's Theater).  Training: BFA in Acting from Towson University; Acting & Production Apprentice and Emerging Arts Leader Fellow with American Stage.  Sadie is a founding member of ‘The Oven,’ a theater for social change company in Baltimore where she was a producer/creator/performer for COMMODITIES and GONE.  She would like to thank Georgia, Ryan and the entire cast and crew for this joyous opportunity. And her family, friends, boyfriend, and mentors for their unwavering support and endless cheerleading.

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Kara Sotakoun - Mrs. Aouda - recently moved to Tampa Bay and this is her first time onstage with Think Tank. You may have seen her as Christmas Eve in Eight o' Clock Theatre's Avenue Q, and you can catch her as Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Jobsite Theatre at the Straz this winter. Kara is from the Chicagoland area and trained in acting at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Offstage, Kara enjoys singing loudly and amateur Yoga posing.


Ryan M. Sturm - Inspector Fix - We meet again! Ryan is just tickled to be working with the wonderful folks at #ThinkTankTYA, again. He was last seen in TTYA’s Friday, Saturday, A Cabaret and previously in their inaugural production, James and the Giant Peach as Grasshopper. Favorites include Once More with Feeling (Florida Bjӧrkestra), Avenue Q – Bad Idea Bear (Stageworks), Threepenny Opera – Filch (Jobsite), Silence! The Musical – Chilton (Jobsite), and a multitude of other rad productions. Ryan can’t give enough love to this cast and crew – so this is what it feels like to sit at the table with the cool kids. Thanks for the opportunity! Thanks, as always, to mom and dad; love to Katherine; and much peace and love to all you amazing humans out there.


Xander Garabo - Ensemble, YAE - and I am in the Young Artists Ensemble! I attend Sickles High School where I performed in our production of "Grease" last year and performed at IEs this year. As a Junior, I still have much to look forward to with the ThinkTank production of "Around the World In 80 Days," and also since the ThinkTank performance last year was such a blast. I hope you enjoy the show!


Samantha Kaufman - Ensemble, YAE - is a Junior at Alonso High School where she is involved in their theatre program “Encore”. She is a Florida Thespian and absolutely loves theatre and her theatre troupe at Alonso troupe 6299. She is SUPER excited to be involved with the YAE and cannot wait for what comes next! She would like to thank her Mom for always supporting her dreams no matter how big as well as her Dad and Nana.


Toni Keene - Ensemble, YAE - is so excited to be back with ThinkTank Theatre! Some of her most recent credits include Newsies (Medda Larkin) at Patel Conservatory, The Drowsy Chaperone (The Drowsy Chaperone) at Plant High School and Chicago (Mary Sunshine) at Plant High School. Toni is a junior at Plant High School and is actively involved in theatre, chorus and her schools marine science club. Thank you to her Mom and Dad for being so supportive of her arts endeavors! 


Jake Perez - Ensemble, YAE - is 15 and a sophomore at Newsome high school. He is delighted to be a part of the YAE and think tank theatre. He is very active in his schools theatre program and is currently stage managing for the fall production of Steel Magnolias. When not on stage he enjoys watching movies and hanging out with friends and family. 


Blase Roque - Ensemble, YAE -  is super thrilled to be in his 5th ThinkTank show! He's a junior at Plant High School and is the co-vice president of the Plant Theatre Company. Some of his favorite roles include Leaf Coneybear from 25th Annual County Putnam Spelling Bee, Jack from Into the Woods, and Derek from Ripcord. He gives his thanks to his 2 biggest supporters: his parents. He hopes you enjoy the amazing show!

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Lauren Sargent - Ensemble, Asst. Stage Manager, YAE -  aka LS is a senior at King High School. Her recent roles include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Madame Thernadier in Les Miserables, and Harriet in New York Sewer Gator at Tampa Fringe Festival. In addition to acting, Lauren loves stage managing! Other than theatre, Lauren is editor in chief of her school’s yearbook and loves science and reading.


Kate Shamblin - Ensemble, YAE -  is a sophomore at Blake High School- in the theater performance magnet. This is her second Think Tank production and is very excited to continue as part of the YAE family! Her most recent roles include Scapin in the Tricks of Scapin, Marty in Grease, and Liz in Raising 12 on a Nickel and a Prayer at Powerstories Theater. She is the co-president of her high schools GSA+, and has a passion for english, history and technical theater.


Emily Stephens - Ensemble, YAE - is 17 years old and so thrilled to be in her second Think Tank Theatre production! Emily enjoys doing theatre all over the Tampa Bay area, most recently seen in Oxford Exchange’s Shakespeare on the Stairs and Steinbrenner High School’s production of Chicago the musical. Emily is so thankful for all the opportunities God has given her to do what she loves most, and she is so humbled by her friends and family’s support. 1 John 3:18

Ryan Bernier - Director, Sound Designer, Associate Aristic Director - a FloGrown actor, sketch comedy writer, and director based in Tampa, Florida. He currently serves as the head writer for Some Sort of Show, Tampa's premiere sketch comedy group and the Associate Artistic Director for ThinkTank TYA, Tampa's only professional company dedicated to producing work for all audiences. 


When not in a theater, Ryan works in drama therapy for Focus Academy, a school dedicated to serving students of various cognitive and physical abilities. He can also be found taking care of his cat Sweet Pea who seems to require more and more from him everyday. He would like to thanks his friends, family, and cat for their unwavering support. 

Johnny Garde - Stage Manager - has been a professional actor, director, technician, and educator in Tampa Bay since 2012. Johnny has worked with several professional theatres and has also taught with many reputable schools and conservatories. He has worked for several districts in Florida judging their Individual Events and One Act competitions. His teaching has ranged from pre-school age all the way up to high school, and he also focuses and teaches for students with developmental disabilities. Johnny also has a wealth of technical theatre knowledge, working as a stage manager, light board operator, props master, and sound designer and operator. He works and has worked in arts administration and has worn many hats including arts marketing, box office work, audience engagement, and admin work. Johnny graduated from USF here in Tampa with a BA in Theatre Performance and immediately went on to begin working professionally (booking his first professional role while still in school.) As always, special thanks to David and Sue for the never-ending love and support.

Georgia Mallory Guy - Costume and Props Designer, Producing Artistic Director - is a professional actor/director whose regional credits include: Milwaukee Rep., Orlando Shakes, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Florida Rep., American Stage, freeFall Theatre, Jobsite Theatre, Stageworks Theatre, Tampa Rep., ThinkTank Theatre, Banyan Theatre, A Simple Theatre, The Show Palace, Monomoy Theatre and Festival 56.

Georgia currently serves as the Producing Artistic Director for ThinkTank Theatre, Tampa’s professional Theatre for Young Audiences. She is the former Artistic Director for the award-winning children’s theatre company at South Tampa Center for the Arts. In addition to her production work, Georgia has been an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida, Ohio University, a Guest Artist at Troy University’s Summer Spotlight, and has been a clinician around the Southeast at various theatre festivals. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.  

Georgia is originally from Prattville, AL and attended Troy University, then Troy State University, with scholarships for oboe and musical theatre. Here she earned degrees in Music Education, Communications/Theatre, and a minor in Vocal Performance. In 2007, Georgia entered the Ohio University Professional Actor Training Program. She graduated with her MFA in 2010. She currently goes back and forth between Florida and New Jersey and has a very loving, handsome, and supportive husband, Traveis, some amazing puppies – Cooper and Bailee, and her old kitty cat - Sophie., IG – georgiathatguy,

IG – thinktanktya, Twitter @georgiathatguy, @ThinkTankTYA

Jo Averill-Snell - Lighting Designer - is delighted to work with ThinkTank Theatre again after previously lighting The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  Regional audiences may have also seen her designs in other shows at StageWorks, or at Jobsite Theater, Tampa Rep, HCC Ybor, freeFall, or Urbanite Theatre.  

Dan Franke - Set Designer, Technical Director - is a native of the Greater Chicagoland Area and has lived in Tampa with his family for the last five years, where he has been running the theatre program at Plant High School. With more than 75 production credits for acting, designing, and directing, under his belt, Dan is excited to be working with Think Tank again – after performing with the company in A Friday, A Saturday, A Cabaret… His most recent work includes playing Butch Honeycutt in the Gulfport Players production of Next Fall, and he is currently directing and designing The Secret in the Wings for the Plant Theatre Company. Dan is thrilled to announce that he and his wife will be grandparents any day now, and agrees that he looks much too young to have a grandchild. 

Deborah B. Steele - Wig Designer - Constantly drawing inspiration from the individuals she encounters, Deborah Steele utilizes a very personalized approach with every haircut and color client she has the opportunity to work with. Using an innate intuition, she can connect with the very follicle of your hairs’ origin. Full faith! No need to worry.

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Currently in her 13th year of “playing with peoples’ heads”, she can’t imagine doing anything else more worth her time.

Four years ago, she was afforded the opportunity to have her own space where she provides all types of bespoke services for a seriously diverse set of Tampanians. Loving all the ever changing aspects of the hair world, she humbly says yes to most opportunities, acknowledging the importance of creating an environment for change.  Deb provides a beneficial skill set to achieve things still undiscovered,

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Around the World in 80 Days

Is produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc.  NYC