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CURRENT ALLEY ACTING COMPANY
JEFFREY BEAN is in his 20th season as an Alley Company Artist and has appeared in over 100 Alley productions since 1989. Recently he has appeared in All My Sons (Dr. Jim Bayliss), As You Like It (Touchstone), A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge), Dracula (Dr. Seward), The Old Friends (Albert Price), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Vanya), Communicating Doors (Reece), the World Premiere of Fool (King William), You Can’t Take it With You (Mr. De Pinna), The Elephant Man (Frederick Treves), Clybourne Park(Russ/Dan), Death of a Salesman (Charley) and 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), 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 & 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 29th consecutive season at the Alley Theatre where, as an actor and occasional director, he has been involved in over 100 productions. Recent appearances include All My Sons (Joe Keller), As You Like It (Jacques), Dracula (Van Helsing), Communicating Doors (Julian), Freud’s Last Session (Sigmund Freud), 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), and Our Town (Stage Manager) among others. He has also directed Good People, 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 over 50 shows at the Alley Theatre. Previous performances include Ann Deever in All My Sons, Rosalind in As You Like It, Lucy in Dracula, Joss in the World Premier of Fool by Theresa Rebeck, Jackie inMauritius and Clea in The Scene also by Theresa Rebeck, Margaret in Good People, Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities, Mrs. Kendal in The Elephant Man, Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park, Desdemona in Othello, Bernstein inNovember, Eliza Dolittle in Pygmalion, August Osage County, Peter Pan, Boeing-Boeing, Harvey, 39 Steps, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Doubt, Steel Magnolias, Proof, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. New York and Regional Theater include The Water Children with Playwrights Horizons, The Voice of the Turtle and Museum with The Keen Company, The Light Outside with Bat Theater Company, Little Foxes with The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with The Guthrie Theater. She appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Big Love, and Arcadia with the Breadloaf Acting Ensemble. Television includes Law and 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 Theatre Company Artist, who has appeared on the Alley stages for 20 seasons in a wide range of roles, recently 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, and Julian Farrar in The Unexpected Guest, among many others. His musical theatre roles include Rohna in Grand Hotel and Col. Lockert in Dodsworth, both at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth; and Beauregard in Mame, Bienstock in Sugar and M. Renaud in La Cage all at Theater Under the Stars. He has also performed as Steve Baker in Showboat 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, The Pajama Game and New Girl in Town.
CHRIS HUTCHISON is in his eighth season as an Alley Company Artist. He has appeared in 44 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, Dennis in Mauritius, Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird. Off-Broadway credits include Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon and revivals of The Second Man, Museum and The Hasty Heart with Obie award-winning Keen Company. Chris’s solo show TRIP was selected for production by HERE Arts Center in SoHo. Regionally he has appeared at The Guthrie Theater, The Pasadena Playhouse, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Hartford TheaterWorks and Capital Repertory Theatre, as well as six summers as a member of the Acting ensemble at Bread Loaf 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.
CHARLES KROHN is in his 29th season with the Alley Theatre. His roles include Adam in As You Like It, Beverly Weston in August: Osage County, Dr. Bradley in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Billy Bones in Treasure Island, General Ivoglin in Subject to Fits, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, Anselme in The Miser, Senex in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Father Lux in Our Lady of 121st St., Gravedigger/Player in Hamlet, Martin Vanderhof in You Can’t Take it With You, Charon in The Invention of Love, and numerous others. He played the role of Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, an Alley collaboration with the University of Houston. National Tour: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Theatre LaB: title role inBarrymore. Stages Repertory Theatre: Albee’s, All Over and A Delicate Balance; Pinter’s The Collection, A Kind of Alaska; Tracy Letts’, Man From Nebraska. Main Street Theatre: Captain Shotover in Shaw’sHeartbreak House. Houston Shakespeare Festival: title role in King Lear, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Claudius in Hamlet. Theatre Under the Stars: Over forty productions, including Fagin in Oliver, Merlin in Camelot, title role in Scrooge, and Captain Hook in Peter Pan. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
EMILY NEVES is in her sixth 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 All My Sons (Sue Bayliss), As You Like It (Phebe), A Christmas Carol (Mary Stuart/Fred’s Sister In-Law), Dracula (Miss Wells), Good People(Jean), Communicating Doors (Jessica), You Can’t Take it With You (Essie), 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), Amadeus (Constanze Weber), Boeing-Boeing (Gretchen), Rock ‘n’ Roll(Gillian/Magda), Eurydice (Little Stone), Hitchcock Blonde (Blonde), and more. Other theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast, Brigadoon (Theatre Under the Stars). As a dancer, she was a principal dancer for Longview Ballet Theatre. She has choreographed several shows for Bayou City Concert Musicals including The Pajama Game, One Touch of Venus, Finnian’s Rainbow and Fiorello! She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.
DAVID RAINEY is in his 15th season as an Alley Company Artist. Recent roles include Charles/Corin in As You Like It, Bert/Spirit of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol, Donald in You Can’t Take it With You, Col. Julius Alexander Randolph in A Few Good Men, Albert/Kevin in Clybourne Park, Dwight Grackle in November, Ben in What We’re Up Against, Rogers in And Then There Were None, Sterling in Mauritius, Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice, and the title role in Othello. 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 Executive Artistic Director of The Landing Theatre Company and also teaches professional acting classes.
JAY SULLIVAN is an Alley Company Artist. Alley appearances include All My Sons (Chris Keller), As You Like It (Silvius; Le Beau; William), Dracula (Dracula), The Old Friends (Tom Underwood), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Spike), Freud’s Last Session (C.S. Lewis), 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 includeDurango (Red Angel/Bob) at The Public Theater and Long Wharf Theatre; DogSeesGod (Matt/Pigpen) at Soho Repertory Theater;Orestes: A Tragic Romp (Orestes) at Folger Theatre and Two River Theater Company; Afternight Seating (James) at Abingdon Theatre Company; 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. 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 First Solicitor/Fiddler in A Christmas Carol, 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, Boris Kolenkhov in You Can’t Take It With You, 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 14th season as an Alley Company Artist. Most recently seen in As You Like It, A Christmas Carol, Dracula, Communicating Doors, The Santaland Diaries (Crumpet), You Can’t Take It With You , The Hollow, and 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, 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 Theatre, 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. He is the sole recipient of the 2014 Presidential Arts Award for Teaching Acting, and his students have attended Julliard, Yale, Stage door, Interlochen and HSPVA. Education: BFA (Acting), MFA (Directing).
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