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dEAD dOG pARK presents multiple perspectives of a complex social issue that has taken center stage in America’s news cycles . . . a play that should be seen by everyone to encourage an essential discourse about civil rights.
— Broadway World





DAVIDA studied Theatre Arts at Grand View University and has performed with companies all over the Des Moines metro. Her many credits include Chris in Calendar Girls (Tallgrass Theatre Company); Ruth in Raisin in the Sun (Pyramid Theatre Company); Gail in Akeelah and the Bee (Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre); Sojourner Truth in Truth on Trial: the Ballad of Sojourner Truth (Prairie Playwrights Festival); Dani in The Next Table (Ariesworks Entertainment); and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (Grand View University).

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KELLIE is excited to be a part of this important story with OPEN DOOR REP! She is familiar to audiences state wide as the host of Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Outdoors, but when she’s not exploring our state parks she’s singing and telling stories on stage. Kramer has worked with several area companies including StageWest Theatre Company, The Des Moines Community Playhouse, Tallgrass Theatre Company, Des Moines Social Club, Integral Artists’ Theatre, Des Moines Young Artists’ Theatre, and History Boy Theatre Company. Favorite area shows include Lizzie (Lizzie Borden), Next to Normal (Diana), A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche), The Last Five Years (Cathy), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Nurse Ratched), [title of show] (Heidi), Bash: Latter-Day Plays (Woman; Medea Redux), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona), Angels in America (Harper), and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Pickles), among others. Kramer is a two-time host of the Greater Des Moines Cloris Leachman Excellence in Theatre Arts Awards and is an Iowa High School Musical Awards adjudicator. When she gets a minute of free time she enjoys whiskey, fried potatoes, ukuleles, novelty candy, napping with Olivia (her cat), and finding new places to eat pasta with Drew (her partner).




AARON is a father of five, and has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 23 years. He is a graduate of Grand View University with a degree in Creative Performing Arts.  Over the years, AARON has participated in several productions, with Grand View, Des Moines Playhouse, StageWest and several other local theatre companies. Some of his most notable roles are: Little Shop of Horrors (voice of the Plant); A Raisin in the Sun (Walter Lee Younger); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Aslan); Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker); MountainTop (Martin Luther King, Jr) *Cloris Award Nomination*; Fences (Troy Maxson) *Broadway World Award for Best Actor in a Play*; and A Soldiers Play (Sgt. Vernon Waters) *Cloris Award Winner for Best Male Actor in a Play*.  In Pyramid Theatre Company's 2nd season, AARON was a part of both the cast of Amen Corner (Luke); and Mississippi Goddamn (Robert Earl).  He recently made his directorial debut in Grand View University's Spring production of Clybourne Park.  AARON is very proud to be the Artistic Associate with Pyramid Theatre Company.  He is also the lead singer in the all-educator funk bank, Faculty Lounge. 

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JAMAAL is thrilled to be working with OPEN DOOR REP on such an amazing and important show.  An Oregon native, JAMAAL has been seen locally as Stanley in the DM Playhouse production of A Streetcar Named Desire and Much Ado About Nothing with Repertory Theatre of Iowa.  JAMAAL loves his day job as the Director of Theatre at East High School.




GABRIEL is a multi-talented individual who does what he loves and loves what he does. Raised in Des Moines, Iowa, he’s acted for the stage at Huff Theater, The Des Moines Playhouse and most recently for OPEN DOOR REP. He’s a full time photographer, Vice-President of the Iowa Scriptwriter’s Alliance, short film producer in Iowa (who isn’t though), and likes to dabble in music. He likes eating tamales from Tamale`s Industry. 




TIFFANY JOHNSON is a native of East St. Louis but is a longtime Des Moines resident.  Acting has always been a passion for TIFFANY and she feels it gives her a unique opportunity to ask tough questions, raise awareness on issues and many times, walk right up and touch the elephant in the room. Her recent work includes, Good People and Clybourne Park at StageWest; The Jack Trice Story by Ruth Ann Gaines; Fences at the Des Moines Social Club; The Mountaintop at Integral Artists Theatre and Silent Victory with Pyramid Theatre Company.  She receives a regional Broadway World award in 2014 for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Fences.  TIFFANY has worked primarily as an actress but she is now stepping into the realm of Directing and Producing, which she believes will begin to develop her as an overall talent. She directed the Pyramid Theatre production of A Raisin in the Sun in the 2016 season, and Akeelah and the Bee at Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre and is happy in her new role as a director.  Outside of theater, TIFFANY is very active in her community. She enjoys reading, dining out, spending time with her family and being in the company of friends. 












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BARRY MALAWER's previous plays include: Chrysler; Cadillac, A Comedy; Chokeotte Dreams. The plays together document three generations of a family living in the greater New York area. He is also the author of four collections of poetry and numerous shorter works for the stage. He is currently at work on a screenplay about zombies and a stage play about domestic terrorism. He lives in Westchester, New York and is active in the growing local theater scene.




To Tallgrass Theatre Company

For loaning out your lights and Technical Director, Jim Stephenson, to create a lighting design that showcased the dynamic cast onstage while flooding the warehouse space with a beautiful spectral interpretation of the story. And for his assistant, Mark Mayhew, for having the tools and know-how to help hang the lights in this raw, industrial space.

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 To Lauren & Austin Day, FERN Creative Services & Design  We are forever grateful to you for opening yours doors to OPEN DOOR REP. From the moment we stepped inside, we knew Waterhouse Studio was the perfect backdrop to tell the story of LUNGS.  Thank you for allowing virtual strangers in your space to host a weekend-long party.

To Breanne & Aaron Barnum               

We are forever grateful to you for opening yours doors to OPEN DOOR REP. From the moment we came to your first art show in the scorching hot summer, we knew Barnum Factory was the perfect backdrop to tell the story of dEAD dOG pARK.  

Thank you for allowing virtual strangers to take over your third floor and most importantly, THANK YOU FOR EXISTING for ALL ARTISTS in Des Moines. 


To Laura Jordan

For the STUNNING design she created for the show. You created a piece of art that truly showcased the raw beauty of the show. You are a true champion of this medium, with unparalleled enthusiasm and support. We thank you endlessly, and can't wait to collaborate again.

To Emmett Phillips

For music & artistic contribution, and more. Thank you for your time and talent, patience and perseverance, selflessness and self-awareness. you are a true collaborator! Check out his album Fear 2 Freedom on iTunes.

To Gabriel Tejeda

For the phenomenal trailer, and Riley Shea Glenn and Ben Moeller for the production photos. Your work has given a stark, beautiful, lasting representation of an otherwise impermanent experience. We truly appreciate it!


For loaning out your board member, Josie Gerrietts, AND your Board President, Spencer Gilbert, to respectively Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manage so we could keep our director, actors and crew warm, lit and sane!


For always offering an affordable, clean and central location for our actors to rehearse for upcoming shows.  Your space is invaluable to the theater community and we are so glad you continue to open your doors to OPEN DOOR REP.

To YOU, who bought a ticket for tonight's show, donated a few bucks, enjoyed a drink and took a chance on a brand new, pop-up theatre company in Des Moines after seeing Facebook ads for weeks...thank YOU!!  

To everyone who offered to promote OPEN DOOR REP on your websites, podcasts, radio shows, morning TV shows or just plain shared us with friends...

You're the BEST and we thank you dearly!

To Maxwell, Karen, Joe, Mary, Charlie, Megan, Marnie, Nick, Lyndsy; the members of the first Round Table...
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all your support...of our Mission, of our Artistic Vision and of our First & Future Shows. OPEN DOOR REP would not be on the map without your kindness, generosity, feedback and swift kicks to the ass!
— Josh & April