Directions to Theatre @ UH
JEFFREY BEAN (Dr. Carelli) is in his 17th season as an Alley Company Artist and has appeared in over 100 Alley productions since 1989. Recently he has appeared in The Seagull (Sorin), Ether Dome (Dr. Charles Jackson), Amadeus (Salieri), August: Osage County (Bill Fordham), Peter Pan (Smee), Boeing-Boeing (Robert) and The 39 Steps (Man #2). Previous Alley highlights include The Farnsworth Invention (David Sarnoff), Mauritius (Philip), 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), Hapgood (Ridley), Twelfth Night (Feste), The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Billy Bishop), Gross Indecency (Oscar Wilde), Arms & the Man (Bluntschli), The Crucible (Deputy Gov. Danforth), The Foreigner (Charlie Baker) and Stones in His Pockets (Charlie Conlon, et al). Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing (Francis) and Amadeus (Kappelmeister Bonno). Television credits include Law & Order; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 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 BELCHER (Sir Claud Amory/Inspector Japp) is in his 23rd season at the Alley Theatre. As an Alley Company Artist, he has appeared as Shamreyev in The Seagull, Ether Dome, Baron Van Swieten in Amadeus, Charlie Aiken in August: Osage County, Cecco in Peter Pan, Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap, Fritz Engelhardt in Intelligence-Slave, Judge Omar Gaffney in Harvey, Joe Stoddard in Our Town, Leslie Gorrell in The Farnsworth Invention, Milan/Waiter in Rock ‘n’ Roll, Mr. Stanley in The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Rev. Samuel Gardner in Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Ligniere and The Capuchin in Cyrano de Bergerac, Brabantio in Othello, Teddy Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, Squire Trelawney/Bailiff/Job O’Brien in Treasure Island, Heck Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird, Lebedev in Subject to Fits, Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing, Sir Wilfred Robarts in Witness for the Prosecution, The Colonel in Journey’s End, Dave Moss in Glengarry Glen Ross, Judge Hawthorne in The Crucible, Sir Claud Amory in Black Coffee, Captain Lesgate in Dial “M” for Murder, Victor in Our Lady of 121st Street, Antonio in Twelfth Night and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (five seasons). He has a BFA in Drama Production from the University of Texas at Austin and a MFA in Directing from the University of Houston. In 1999, he received a BackStage West Garland Award for his role as Peter in the Alley’s production of The Zoo Story.
JAMES BLACK (Hercule Poirot) is proud to be celebrating his 24th consecutive season at the Alley where as an actor and occasional director, he has been involved in over 100 productions. Recent appearances include 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), The Farnsworth Invention, Rock ‘n’ Roll (Max), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Sheridan Whiteside), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Dilber/Jacob Marley), Cyrano de Bergerac (Le Bret), Othello (Iago), Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan Brewster), Treasure Island (Long John Silver), Hitchcock Blonde (Hitch), A Moon for the Misbegotten (James Tyrone Jr.), Orson’s Shadow (Olivier), Journey’s End (Lieutenant Osborne), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), The Crucible (Proctor), After the Fall (Quentin), Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Marcus Lycus), Twelfth Night (Sir Toby Belch), Sherlock Holmes (Moriarty), Hamlet (Claudius), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (George), One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (McMurphy), How I Learned to Drive (Uncle Peck), A View From the Bridge (Eddie Carbone), and Not About Nightingales (Butch O’Fallon) among others. He has also directed 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.
LAURA E. CAMPBELL (Lucia Amory) is making her Alley Theatre debut. Off-Broadway credits include Dust (director Scott Zigler, Westside Theatre), Taming of the Shrew (director Tony Speciale, Classic Stage Company). Regional credits include The Lion in Winter (director Paul Mullins, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey), Dinner (director David Esbjornson, Baystreet Theater). Film: Doomsdays (director Eddie Mullins, premieres September 2012), Trespasses (director Vanita Shastry). Television: Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Blue Bloods. BA, Tulane University. MFA, Columbia University. www.lauraecampbell.com
JOSIE DE GUZMAN (Barbara Amory) returns to the Alley, having recently appeared as Belinda Blair in Noises Off, Arkadina in The Seagull, Vera Claythorne in And Then There Were None (twice), Barbara Fordham in August: Osage County, Miss Casewell in The Mousetrap, Berthe in Boeing-Boeing, Mrs. Mannerly in Mrs. Mannerly, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Eleanor/Esme in Rock ‘n’ Roll, Maggie Cutler in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Matilde in The Clean House, the title role in Hapgood, as well as After the Fall, Twelfth Night, Sherlock Holmes and House & Garden. She appeared as Mrs. Gibbs in Hartford Stage’s production of Our Town. Her Broadway career includes Tony nominations for Guys and Dolls and West Side Story, as well as creating roles in Nick and Nora, Runaways, and Carmelina. She won the 2002 Connecticut Critics Award for Anna in The King and I, and has appeared extensively at the Public Theatre (where she created roles in Elizabeth Swados’ Runaways, Lullaby and Goodnight and The Haggadah), at BAM (Missionaries) and Off-Broadway (Tamara, Once Removed). Her regional theatre appearances include Hartford Stage (Diosa), Great Lakes (She Loves Me) and Denver Center (Man of La Mancha) as well as such varied classical roles as Carmen, Viola, Varya and Beatrice. Her films include Exiles in New York, FX and FX2, while television appearances include Miami Vice, The Cosby Show, Third Watch, All My Children and Guiding Light. Her recordings include Lullabies for Everyone and Nanas Para Todos (both sold at cdbaby.com), as well as the cast recordings of Guys and Dolls, Carmelina, and Runaways.
JENNIFER HARMON (Miss Caroline Amory) returns to the Alley Theatre having recently appeared as Emily Brent in And Then There Were None and Violet Weston in August: Osage County. Broadway credits include Other Desert Party, Amy’s View, The Little Foxes, School for Scandal, The Sisters Rosensweig, Rumors, Blithe Spirit; and company member for seven years Apa-Phoenix Repertory. National Tour: The Show Off (with Helen Hayes). Off-Broadway: In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe, HOT L BALTIMORE, The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, The Holly and the Ivey and Dr. Knock. Regional credits include Richard III (Chicago Shakespeare Rep), To Kill A Mockingbird, 8 by Tenn, Undiscovered Country and The Greeks (Hartford Stage), A Delicate Balance (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Summer and Smoke (Hartford Stage/Paper Mill Playhouse), Auntie Mame (Bay Street), Tonight at 8:30 (Williamstown Theatre Festival), King John, King Lear (Shakespeare Theatre), The Heiress (Ahmanson Theatre), Later Life (Old Globe), Hamlet (The Guthrie), Danton’s Death (Center Stage), Hedda Gabler, Ghosts (The American Ibsen Theatre); and company member for five seasons at Williamstown Theatre. Ms. Harmon has appeared in many television programs and films including The Good Wife; Eat, Pray, Love; Rescue Me; The “M” Word; Law & Order; Cosby Mysteries; Homicide; Nate the Great; St. Elsewhere, Dallas, Barnaby Jones, The White Shadow, One Life to Live, How to Survive a Marriage, Portrait of an American and Madigan.
PAUL HOPE (Edward Raynor) is a native Houstonian and an Alley Company Artist, who has appeared on the Alley stages for 18 seasons in a wide range of roles, including 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, Duke of Venice in Othello, Officer O’Hara in Arsenic and Old Lace, Charles in The Clean House, Gavin in House & Garden, Richard in Hay Fever, Arthur in Love! Valour! Compassion!, Serge in Art, Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, Frederick in Noises Off and Sgt. “Froggy” Le Seuer in The Foreigner, 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 Mańana 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 and this year, One Touch of Venus.
CHRIS HUTCHISON (Dr. Graham) is in his sixth season as an Alley Company Artist. This is his 29th Alley Theatre production since first appearing here as Hal in Proof in 2004. Other favorite roles include Weber in What We’re Up Against, Medvedenko in The Seagull, 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 also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Houston’s School of Drama, where he has taught Acting and Movement.
JOE KIRKENDALL (Tredwell) returns to the Alley Theatre where he previously appeared in The Food Chain, In the Jungle of Cities and Inherit the Wind. Main Street Theater: The Coast of Utopia: Voyage, Shipwreck and Salvage, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Secret Garden, The Heidi Chronicles, The Constant Wife, The Lucky Chance, The Lady’s Not For Burning. Stages: Jeffrey, Jane Eyre, Swingin’ On A Star. BFA, University of Houston.
JAY SULLIVAN (Richard Amory) returns to the Alley Theatre having previously appeared in 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 the original productions of 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, The Unidentified. He is a graduate of Florida State University.
TODD WAITE (Arthur Hastings) is in his 11th season as an Alley Company Artist. He has appeared in over 60 productions including four Christmas seasons of the one-man show: The Santaland Diaries. Other shows include: Pygmalion (Henry Higgins), Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Jan), The Goat or Who is Sylvia? (Martin), Arsenic and Old Lace (MortimerBrewster), 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 renowned 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 Critics’ 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 a BFA in Acting and an MFA in Directing, and is currently an adjunct professor for both the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Theatre Education, and BFA Theatre Program. 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.
Center for Theatre Production and Administrative Offices: 615 Texas Avenue, Houston Texas 77002. Box office: 713.220.5700