CURRENT ALLEY ACTING COMPANY
JEFFREY BEAN is in his 19th season as an Alley Company Artist and has appeared in over 100 Alley productions since 1989. Recently he has appeared in You Can't Take it With You (Mr. De Pinna), The Elephant Man (Frederick Treves), Clybourne Park (Russ/Dan), Death of a Salesman (Charley), November (Charles Smith). Previous Alley highlights include Amadeus (Salieri), Boeing-Boeing (Robert) The Farnsworth Invention (David Sarnoff), Cyrano de Bergerac (Cyrano), The Scene (Charlie), Doubt (Father Flynn), Subject to Fits (Prince Myshkin), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Journey’s End (2nd Lieutenant Trotter), The Pillowman (Michal), Twelfth Night (Feste), The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Billy Bishop), Gross Indecency (Oscar Wilde), The Foreigner (Charlie Baker) and Stones in His Pockets (Charlie Conlon, et al). Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing (Francis) and Amadeus (Kappelmeister Bonno). Film and Television credits include Clinger, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and a Princess Grace Award winner. www.jeffreybean.com
JAMES BLACK is proud to be celebrating his 27th consecutive season at the Alley Theatre where, as an actor and occasional director, he has been involved in over 100 productions. Recent appearances include You Can't Take It With You (Martin Vanderhof) The Hollow (Sir Henry Angkatell), Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Mr. Richards/Mycroft Holmes), The Elephant Man (Man/Conductor/Snork), A Few Good Men (Capt. Matthew A. Markinson), Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot), Noises Off (Lloyd Dallas), The Seafarer (James “Sharky” Harkin), The Seagull (Trigorin), Dividing the Estate (Lewis Gordon), Pygmalion (Colonel Pickering), Amadeus (Count Orsini-Rosenberg), August: Osage County (Steve Heidebrecht), Peter Pan (Captain Hook/Mr. Darling), St. Nicholas, Boeing-Boeing (Bernard), Harvey (Elwood P. Dowd), Mrs. Mannerly (Jeffrey), Our Town (Stage Manager), among others. He has also directed Clybourne Park, A Behanding in Spokane, Doubt, Death on the Nile, Glengarry Glen Ross, Deathtrap, Dial “M” for Murder, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Foreigner, Of Mice and Men and As Bees in Honey Drown. His film and television credits include Olympia, The Man with the Perfect Swing, Houston: The Legend of Texas, Fire and Rain, Challenger, Night Game, and Killing in a Small Town. He received a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actor for Not About Nightingales and a BackStage West Garland Award for his appearance as Eddie Carbone in the Alley’s production of A View from the Bridge.
ELIZABETH BUNCH has appeared in more than 45 shows at the Alley Theatre since 2002 and recently served as Assistant Director for The Seafarer and Amadeus. Performances include Gay Wellington in You Can't Take It With You, Henrietta Angkatell in The Hollow, Christiane de LaBegassier in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Mrs. Kendal in The Elephant Man, Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park, Clarice Bernstein in November, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Karen in August: Osage County, Wendy in Peter Pan, Boeing-Boeing, Harvey, The 39 Steps, Our Town, Mauritius, Cyrano de Bergerac, Othello, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Scene, Doubt, Treasure Island, Steel Magnolias, Proof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? New York theatre credits include The Voice of the Turtle produced by The Keen Company and The Mint Theater, The Water Children at Playwright Horizons, Museum with The Keen Company, The Light Outside with Bat Theater Company, and New World Rhapsody, The Motel Plays, and The Hospital Plays at HB Playwrights Foundation. Other theatre includes Little Foxes at The Denver Center; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Guthrie Theater; Goosebumps, a national tour produced by Feld Entertainment; Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Viola in Twelfth Night, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Isabella in Measure for Measure, Big Love, and Arcadia with Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble. Television appearances include Law & Order: SVU. Elizabeth is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
PAUL HOPE is a native Houstonian and an Alley Company Artist, who has appeared on the Alley stages for 20 seasons in a wide range of roles, including Mr. Kirby in You Can't Take It With You, Edward Raynor in Black Coffee, Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries, William Crocker in The Farnsworth Invention, Beverly Carlton in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Julian Farrar in The Unexpected Guest, among many others. His musical theatre roles include Rohna in Grand Hotel (with Cyd Charisse and Liliane Montevecchi) and Col. Lockert in Dodsworth (with Hal Linden), both at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth; and Beauregard in Mame (with Juliet Prowse), Bienstock in Sugar (with Robert Morse), and M. Renaud in La Cage (with Lee Roy Reams) all at Theatre Under the Stars. He has also performed as Steve Baker in Showboat (with Eddie Bracken) at Houston Grand Opera, and most recently took over for John Lithgow as the narrator of Carnival of the Animals for Houston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. He is the Artistic Director for Bayou City Concert Musicals, which has presented concert stagings of Follies, Falsettos, A Little Night Music, She Loves Me, 70 Girls 70, Assassins, Fiorello, The Secret Garden, Pal Joey, On the Town, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Finian’s Rainbow, One Touch of Venus and The Pajama Game.
CHRIS HUTCHISON is in his seventh season as an Alley Company Artist. This is his 34nd Alley Theatre production since first appearing here as Hal in Proof in 2004.Other favorite roles include Weber in What We’re Up Against, Nicky in The Seafarer, Mervyn in A Behanding in Spokane, Bruno Clemens in Intelligence-Slave, Dennis in Mauritius, Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird. Off-Broadway credits include EST Marathon and revivals of The Second Man, Museum and The Hasty Heart with Obie Award-winning Keen Co. Chris’s solo show TRIP was selected for production by Here Arts Center in SoHo. Regionally he has appeared at the Guthrie Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Hartford TheatreWorks and Capital Rep, as well as six summers as a member of the Acting ensemble at Breadloaf in Vermont, where he most recently played Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. Film and television: Kill the Poor, Ed, Chappelle’s Show, All My Children, Guiding Light and some Movies of the Week. He holds a MFA from the University of Washington. Chris has served as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities, including the University of Houston.
EMILY NEVES is in her fifth season as a member of the Resident Acting Company here at the Alley Theatre. Emily has appeared in more than 20 plays at the Alley since 2007. Some favorites include: Rock ‘n’ Roll, Boeing-Boeing, A Behanding in Spokane, Peter Pan, August: Osage County, Clybourne Park, A Few Good Men and many more. Emily is also a voice actor for Sentai Filmworks, Sony Pictures and FUNimation Studios. Behind the Voice Actors nominated Emily for three of their annual Anime Voice Acting awards for 2012: Female Voice Actor of the Year, Best Female Lead in a film or special (as Inga in Un-go, which Emily won), and Best Female in a Supporting Role in a film or special (as Trig in Starship Troopers: Invasion). Emily recently graduated cum laude from Texas State University with a BFA in Acting. While studying at Texas State in 2012, Emily performed at the Kennedy Center as part of a national finalist team in the Irene Ryan acting competition. Emily is a native Houstonian and a proud AEA member.
MELISSA PRITCHETT is an Alley Company Artist recently appearing in The Hollow (Gerda Cristow), Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Mrs. Hudson/Lucy O’Malley), The Elephant Man (Pinhead/Whore/Miss Sandwich/Countess), Death of a Salesman (The Woman), Noises Off (Brooke Ashton), Ether Dome (Elizabeth Whitman Morton), Pygmalion (Clara Eynsford-Hill), Amadeus (Constanze Weber), Boeing-Boeing (Gretchen), Farnsworth Invention (Agnes), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Gillian/Magda), Eurydice (Little Stone), Cyrano de Bergerac (Lise), Othello (Bianca), Hitchcock Blonde (Blonde), Much Ado About Nothing (Ursula) and The Pillowman (Mother). Other theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast, Brigadoon (Theatre Under the Stars) and Footloose (Great Caruso). As a dancer, she was a principal dancer for Longview Ballet Theatre. She has choreographed several shows for Bayou City Concert Musicals including One Touch Venus, Finnian’s Rainbow and Fiorello! She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.
DAVID RAINEY is in his 14th season as an Alley Company Artist. Recent roles include Col. Julius Alexander Randolph in A Few Good Men, Albert/Kevin in Clybourne Park, Bert/ Spirit of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol, Dwight Grackle in November, Ben in What We’re Up Against, Mrs. Dilber/Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol, Rogers in And Then There Were None, Sterling in Mauritius, Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice, the title role in Othello, Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird, Paryfon Rogozhin in Subject to Fits, Master Jacques in The Miser, Ariel in The Pillowman, Giles Cory in The Crucible, David Keaton in The Exonerated, Lincoln in Topdog/Underdog (Best Actor by the Houston Press, Best Actor Nominations by the Jeff Awards in Chicago and Black Theatre Alliance Awards in Chicago), Lenny in Of Mice and Men and Donald in You Can’t Take It With You. He has performed with The National Actors Theatre, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Acting Company, New York Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep (with Theatre de la Jeune Lune), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Hartford Stage Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Guthrie Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, among others. Film and television credits include Cosby, Law & Order, Vengeance Unlimited, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Lowball, North Starr, Hell Swarm, Starforce, Multifacial and The ‘M’ Word. He holds degrees from Eastern New Mexico University and Juilliard, where he received the Drama Division’s highest honor, the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Prize. He is Artistic Director of The Landing Theatre Company, is on the drama faculty of the University of Houston-Downtown and also teaches professional acting classes.
JAY SULLIVAN is an Alley Company Artist. Alley appearances include You Can't Take It With You (Tony Kirby), The Hollow (Edward Angkatell), Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Prince Nikita Starloff), The Elephant Man (Merrick), A Few Good Men (Cpl. Howard), Clybourne Park (Jim/Tom/Kenneth), A Christmas Carol (Fred/Scrooge at 21), Death of a Salesman (Happy), Black Coffee (Richard Amory), Red (Ken), Peter Pan (Peter), Our Town (George Gibbs) and Eurydice (Orpheus). Jay recently made his Broadway debut in Jerusalem (Lee). Other theatre credits include Durango (Red Angel/Bob) at The Public Theatre and Longwharf; DogSeesGod (Matt/Pigpen) at Soho Repertory Theatre; Orestes: A Tragic Romp (Orestes) at The Folger and Two River Theatre; Afternight Seating (James) at Abingdon Theatre; and The Bilbao Effect (Grole Andacht) at The Center for Architecture, as well as The History Boys (Dakin) and Rock ‘n’ Roll (Stephen) at The Studio Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio) produced by As Written Productions; and Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio) at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Film and television credits include The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU and The Unidentified. Jay is a graduate of Florida State University.
JOHN TYSON has appeared in a wide variety of roles in his 14 seasons at the Alley Theatre. Recent credits include Boris Kolenkhov in You Can't Take It With You. Selsdon Mowbray in Noises Off, Richard Harkin in The Seafarer, Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion, The Storyteller in Peter Pan, Mr. Paravicini in The Mousetrap, Professor Metz/Banjo in The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Librarian in Underneath the Lintel, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace and Tupolski in The Pillowman. Notable performances include Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, AEH in The Invention of Love, both Dromios in The Comedy of Errors and Henry Carr in Travesties. Before coming to the Alley Theatre, Mr. Tyson worked at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Stagewest and Playmakers Repertory Company. At the Alley he directed The Woman in Black and his own play, Act Of Passion. He recently directed The Good Thief at the Mosaic Theatre. He has also written an adaptation of Christmas Carol and, with Santry Rush, written the musical Happy Ending.
TODD WAITE is in his 13th season as an Alley Company Artist. Most recently seen in You Can't Take It With You (Paul Sycamore), The Hollow (Gudgeon), Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Sherlock Holmes), he has appeared in over 60 productions including six Christmas seasons of the one-man show, The Santaland Diaries. Other shows include: Noises Off (Frederick Fellowes), Pygmalion (Henry Higgins), Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Jan), The Goat or Who is Sylvia? (Martin), Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer Brewster), Hapgood (Kerner), Deathtrap (Sydney), Art (Ivan), Stones in His Pockets (Jake), The Devil’s Disciple (Burgoyne), The Mousetrap (Christopher Wren) and The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay). Previously, Mr. Waite spent six seasons with the Shaw Festival, played Enjolras in the Canadian premiere of Les Miserables and guest-starred on all major U.S. and Canadian networks. Awards include the Critic’s Choice Award for Intimate Exchanges at Dallas Theater Center and a Best Actor nomination for his performance in the world premiere of The Coronation Voyage. He has directed several Canadian premieres and was the resident director for Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’ in Las Vegas. A recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship for master actor/teachers, Mr. Waite holds an MFA in Directing, and is an adjunct professor for the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Theatre Education. His private students attend Juilliard, Yale, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Stella Adler School, as well as Stage Door, Interlochen, and Houston’s High School for the Performing Arts.