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Todd WaiteTODD WAITE (Crumpet) is in his 12th season as an Alley Company Artist. Most recently seen in Death of a Salesman (Uncle Ben) and 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.
 

Alley Theatre Acting Company member Paul Hope.PAUL HOPE (Understudy) is a native Houstonian and an Alley Company Artist who has appeared on the Alley stages for 19 seasons in a wide range of roles, including 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, 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 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, and this year, One Touch of Venus.
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