Announcing the Cast of Rent

ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 12, 2015 – Actor’s Express announces casting for its summer musical Rent. Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and Julissa Sabino, both seen at Actor’s Express in last summer’s The Rocky Horror Show, will lead the cast as struggling musician Roger and his love interest, Mimi. Patrick Schweigert, seen in Aurora Theatre’s Les Miserables and Mary Poppins, will play Roger’s roommate, filmmaker Mark Cohen. Both making their Actor’s Express debuts, Jennifer Acker (Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s One Slight Hitch) and Jeanette Illidge (Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Ragtime and The Mikado), will take on the roles of performance artist Maureen and her lover Joanne. Austin Tijerina, a 2014 Suzi Bass Award winner for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his role in Serenbe Playhouse’s Oklahoma, will play drag queen Angel, and Greg Hunter (Aurora Theatre’s Mary Poppins) will be his lover Tom Collins. Rounding out the cast is Michael Stiggers (Marius in Aurora Theatre’s Les Miserables) as landlord Benny and a strong ensemble of Actor’s Express veterans and newcomers.

Actor’s Express presents Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking rock musical Rent July 10 – August 9, 2015. Performances of Rent are Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets are $26-$45 and may be purchased online at or by calling 404.607.7469.


Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Freddie Ashley

Rent is the groundbreaking musical that makes us all want to live “La Vie Boheme.” Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Actor’s Express presents Jonathan Larson’s explosive adaptation of Puccini’s La Boheme in a pulsing, reimagined new production like nothing you’ve seen before. From “One Song Glory” to the iconic “Seasons of Love,” the music of Rent will transport you back to the East Village, where life is full of possibilities for those who are young, idealistic and unafraid.


Tickets - $26-$45*

Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9 at 8 PM, $20

Opening Night
Friday, July 10 at 8 PM, $40 (includes reception with director and cast after the show)

Purchase tickets online at or by calling 404.607.7469. Group pricing is available. For info, email [email protected].

*Ticket prices are subject to availability. Order early for best pricing. 8% sales tax will be added to all orders.


Jennifer Acker - Maureen Johnson
Jeremiah Parker - Hobbs Roger Davis
Greg Hunter - Tom Collins
Jeanette Illidge - Joanne Jefferson
Julissa Sabino - Mimi Marquez
Patrick Schweigert - Mark Cohen
Michael Stiggers - Benjamin Coffin III
Austin Tijerina - Angel Dumott Schunard
Chase Davidson - Ensemble
Shelli Delgado - Ensemble
Falashay Pearson - Ensemble
Trevor Rayshay Perry - Ensemble
Dylan Parker Singletary - Ensemble
Jordan-William Snead - Ensemble/Roger u/s
Ashley Tate - Ensemble
Eric Hosford - Ensemble/Swing


Freddie Ashley - Director
Alli Lingenfelter - Music Director
Sarah Turner - Choreographer
Kat Conley - Scenic Designer
Joseph P. Monaghan III - Lighting Designer
Deyah Brenner - Costume Designer
Angie Bryant - Sound Designer
Courtney Greever - Stage Manager


City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
Kilpatrick Townsend
Fulton County Board of Commissioners
Holland IT Consulting
Relevance Advisors
The Shubert Foundation
The Imlay Foundation


Since our founding in 1988, we have sought to nurture the next generation of playwrights through workshops, readings, and full productions of new plays; to develop and nurture Atlanta's artistic community through theatre training; to catalyze the dialogue essential to the vitality of our neighborhood and our city; and to enhance Atlanta's reputation nationally as a thriving center for live performance.

Actor’s Express is located on the west side of Atlanta in the King Plow Arts Center at 887 W. Marietta Street, Suite J-107, Atlanta, Georgia 30318.