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David Yurch
DAVID YURCH graduated from Muhlenberg College with a BA in theatre, making his NYC debut in Jekyll & Hyde with Sponge Theatricals. Last year, he appeared in How You Slice It and Underwater as part of the Gallery Players’ Black Box New Play Festival, also taking part in his first short film, Lost Emotions, with 40/30 Productions. David has also studied theatre internationally, having attended the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Most recently, he appeared in The Dream of the Rood with Collectio Musicorum at the American Theatre of Actors.
DJ COPLAND is excited to be returning to Traveling Lantern for his second year! A 2013 graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, DJ has appeared in several festival shows throughout Manhattan and has even won a Supporting Actor Award with Square One Theatre Company. DJ is looking forward to once again helping to make kids laugh, cheer and learn all over the east coast!
Dominik Schwartz
DOMINIK SCHWARTZ After moving to the US from Germany in 2013 Dominik decided at first to be a casual 9-5 worker until late last year. He moved to Chicago very recently to pursue a career in acting. Working for the Chicago PPP (Party Princess Productions) entertaining kids (and adults) is already something he enjoys so he is really looking forward to working for the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company and entertaining kids across the Midwest. With his upbringing mostly in Germany but also in the US he brings humor to the stage, and also off stage, and loves connecting with people from all over the place.
ERIN CARNEY A native of Lakewood, Ohio, ERIN CARNEY moved to Chicago in 2010 to go to Northwestern University, where she studied classical singing, acting and even some music education. Erin’s training has opened up an incredibly diverse performance career; she’s been in plays, operas, choirs, musicals, children’s theatre and films. She’s thrilled to be working with Traveling Lantern; she loves to talk about classical music, and the show reminds her of home because her mom works as a children’s librarian!! She can’t wait to bring the show to the Midwest this summer in her humble but reliable 2008 sedan.  
Jason Buttafoco
JASON BUTTAFOCO is honored to be working for Traveling Lantern. After a few years of halfhearted attempts, in 2014 he quit his high paying 9- 5 job to pursue a full time career in the arts, beginning his career a bit later than most at the age of 28. Born and raised in San Francisco, he believes his unique upbringing in one of the most diverse cities in the world has given him the tools to connect with all different kinds of audiences. He looks forward to bringing his talents on the road and entertaining kids (and hopefully adults too) all over the bay area!
Kourtney Smith
KOURTNEY SMITH is delighted to be joining Traveling Lantern for another season of shows; but on another coast this time! She first joined TL in Portland, OR performing in The Sword in the Stone, A Christmas Carol and The Ribbles Build a Residence. Previous credits include Ellie the Elemental in the Rudie-Decarlo original Annabelle and the Snow Queen Express at the Santa Monica Playhouse, Michael Darling in Margaret Larlham’s Peter Pan + Wendy and as Princess Penelope in the Elly-nominated Princess and the Pea at the 24th Street Theatre. In addition to performing, Kourtney was a teaching artist at the Northwest Children’s Theatre outreach program. She hopes every school and library loves our shows as much as she loves being involved in them!
Samantha Brenner
SAMANTHA BRENNER is overjoyed to be joining Traveling Lantern! A Jersey girl born and raised, she recently graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Musical Theatre and is now working to spread important messages to audiences through the arts. During the school year, Samantha teaches dance classes to children ages 2-5, and loves nothing more than helping children learn, grow and find the confidence to believe in themselves! Samantha looks forward to performing for kids of all ages, and hopes you enjoy the show and can learn something new!   
Samantha Nakagaki
SAMANTHA NAKAGAKI is thrilled to be joining the Traveling Lantern family! It has been quite an acting journey for Samantha—starting college at UC Davis as a chemical engineer and graduating with a BA in Theatre made a pretty big impact on her life. To this day, it has been the best decision she has ever made because she feels Theatre is really what helped her grown as a person. She hopes she can spread and share this magical experience with everyone she encounters. And TL is the perfect place to do so! And to make it even better, she gets to act with her best friend and partner in crime, Jason Buttafoco.
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