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JEFFREY BEAN (Charley) is in his 18th season as an Alley Company Artist and has appeared in over 100 Alley productions since 1989. Recently he has appeared in November (Charles Smith), Black Coffee (Dr. Carelli), 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 (Stanley) is in his 24th season at the Alley Theatre. As an Alley Company Artist, he has appeared as A Turkey Representative in November, Sir Claud Amory/Inspector Japp in Black Coffee, 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.
JOSIE DE GUZMAN (Linda) returns to the Alley, having recently appeared as Barbara Amory in Black Coffee, Belinda Blair in Noises Off, Arkadina in The Seagull, Vera Claythorne in And Then There Were None, Barbara Fordham in August: Osage County, Miss Casewell in The Mousetrap, Berthe in Boeing-Boeing, Mrs. Mannerly in Mrs. 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 Then There Were None 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.
ELLEN DYER (Jenny) Alley Theatre: Dividing the Estate (Irene), The Seagull, Our Town, A Christmas Carol. Main Street: Urinetown, Secret Garden. BA from University of Houston.
GLENN FLESHLER (Willy Loman) is making his Alley Theatre debut. On Broadway, he appeared in Death of A Salesman, Arcadia, The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, A Behanding in Spokane, Guys and Dolls, and Spring Awakening. He appeared with Meryl Streep in Mother Courage in Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre, Maggie Smith in The Lady From Dubuque in the West End, and the Drama Desk-winning cast of Stuff Happens at The Public Theatre along with many other productions Off-Broadway and around the country. He has had many recurring roles on TV including George Remus on Boardwalk Empire, Pavel Mirminsky on Delocated and Det. Milton Trammel on Damages. He has also made appearances on Law & Orders, Fringe, The Good Wife, Bored to Death, Sex and the City and Third Watch. Films include: Margaret, All Good Things, A Price Above Rubies and the upcoming releases of Gods Behaving Badly, Nightingale with Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, Starbuck with Vince Vaughn and the latest Woody Allen project. He is a proud new papa of a beautiful boy named Nathaniel. Bridge.
DREW HIRSHFIELD (Bernard) is making his Alley Theatre debut. New York credits include plays and workshops with Ensemble Studio Theatre, 59E59 Theaters, Collaboration Town, Pack-awallop, New York Stage & Film. Regional credits include: Premiere Stages, American Conservatory Theater, The Wilma Theater, Berkeley Rep, Huntington Theatre Co, Two River Theater Co, Magic Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. National Tour: DreamWorks’ Madagascar. MFA: A.C.T.
EMILY NEVES (Miss Forsythe) is returning for her fourth season as an Alley Company Artist. She was last seen at the Alley in Amadeus, August: Osage County (Jean Fordham), Peter Pan (Michael/Jane), A Behanding in Spokane (Marilyn), Boeing-Boeing (Gloria), Harvey (Ruth Kelly, R.N.), Our Town (Rebecca Gibbs), The Farnsworth Invention (Pem), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Esme/Alice), The Man Who Came to Dinner (June), Cyrano de Bergerac (Prostitute/Musician/Sister Claire) and understudied the role of Janis Joplin (speaking) in Love, Janis. Other theatre credits include The Emperor’s New Clothes (Princess Liane) with The Houston Children’s Theatre Festival, Broadway 2000 and Broadway 2001 (Featured Performer, both directed by Ann Reinking at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center). Film credits include Starship Troopers: Invasion (Trig), MagCrew (Addison) and Apart (young Julie Gates). As a singer, Emily was featured as a Hollywood semi-finalist on season four of American Idol and was recently featured on the spin-off series American Idol: Rewind. She is a voice artist with Seraphim Studios, most notably appearing in Halo Legends (Spartan in “The Babysitter”), Angel Beats (Angel), Clannad (Kotomi) and High School of the Dead (Yuuki). She recently graduated cum laude from the BFA Pre-Professional Apprenticeship Program at Texas State University. While at Texas State, Emily performed at the 2012 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington D.C. as part a national finalist team in the Irene Ryan acting competition. Emily is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
MELISSA PRITCHETT (The Woman) is an Alley Company Artist recently appearing in 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 Musicals including One Touch Venus, Finnian’s Rainbow and Fiorello! She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.
ZACHARY SPICER (Biff) is proud to be making his Alley Theatre debut with his favorite American play. He was most recently seen in the highly acclaimed sold out run of Man and Superman at New York’s Irish Repertory Theater. He was seen previously in the Tony-nominated Broadway Revival of Wit alongside Cynthia Nixon at Manhattan Theater Club. Other New York theatrical credits include The Whipping Man (MTC), The Irish Play (Irish Rep), Anna Christie (Metropolitan Theater) and American Buffalo (Hartford TheaterWorks). His television and film credits include: Law & Order: SVU, CSI:NY, All My Children, Pan Am, Something Like Reality and The Gary Effect. Graduate of Indiana University and Circle in the Square Theater School. In dedication to Vickie Parker.
REBEKAH STEVENS (Letta) Alley Theatre: Ether Dome (world premiere), The Seagull, A Christmas Carol. Stages Rep: Natalie in Next to Normal (regional premiere). TLH: reasons to be pretty (Carly).
JAY SULLIVAN (Happy) returns to the Alley Theatre having previously appeared in 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 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 (Uncle Ben) is in his 12th season as an Alley Company Artist. Most recently seen in November (Archer Brown), he has appeared in over 60 productions including four 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 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 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 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.
SIDNEY WILLIAMS (Howard) is making his Alley Theatre debut. He is a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company and the Actors Studio. With LAByrinth: Stephen Adley Guirgis’ Little Flower of East Orange, Craig “muMs” Grant’s Paradox of the Urban Cliché, Andrea Ciannevei’s Pretty Chin Up and David Bar Katz’ Atmosphere of Memory. At the Actors Studio: W.B. Yeats’ translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus, The King, and the Weinstein/Bolcolm opera, Dynamite Tonite!. Off-Broadway and New York theatre: Robert Glaudini’s The Identical Same Temptation, Michael Puzo’s The Dirty Talk, Dresser’s Rounding Third, Horvath’s Judgment Day, Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, the Rabinowitz/Weisman opera Darkling and Shakespeare’s As You Like It, The Tempest and Richard III. Film: Jack Goes Boating, Handsome Harry, Up to the Roof, Fear of Falling and Eye Contact. TV: Sopranos, Louie, Law & Order and Ghost Stories. He was the bass guitarist & vocalist for the power trio “homemade sin” and is proud member of the Union: Actor’s Equity and the Guild: SAG-AFTRA.
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