JEFFREY BEAN (Charles Smith) 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 Agatha Christie’s 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 (A Turkey Representative) is in his 24th season at the Alley Theatre. As an Alley Company Artist, he has appeared as Sir Claud Amory/Inspector Japp in Agatha Christie’s 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.
ELIZABETH BUNCH (Clarice Bernstein) has appeared in more than 30 shows at the Alley Theatre since 2002 and recently served as Assistant Director for The Seafarer and Amadeus. Performances include Elizabeth Wells in Ether Dome, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Karen in August: Osage County, Wendy in Peter Pan, Boeing-Boeing, Harvey, The 39 Steps, Our Town, The Farnsworth Invention, Mauritius, Cyrano de Bergerac, Othello, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Scene, Doubt, Death on the Nile, 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: Special Victims Unit. Elizabeth is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
DAVID RAINEY (Dwight Grackle) is in his 13th season as an Alley Company Artist. Recent roles include Ben in What We’re Up Against, Mrs. Dilber/Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol, Rogers in And Then There Were None, Giuseppe Bonno in Amadeus, Noodler/Cookson in Peter Pan, Sterling in Mauritius, Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice, Cuigy in Cyrano de Bergerac, the title role in Othello, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Steward in Death on the Nile, 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.
TODD WAITE (Archer Brown) is in his 12th season as an Alley Company Artist. Most recently seen in Noises Off (Frederick Fellowes), 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 (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 a 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.