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GREGORY BOYD (Artistic Director) is celebrating his 23rd season at the Alley. During his tenure the Alley has risen in national and international prominence, winning the Special Tony Award and experiencing record growth in its Houston audiences, while also transferring its productions to major European Festivals (including two in one season at the Venice Biennale), Broadway, and on tour to 40 American cities. Boyd’s addition of artistic associates has enhanced the Alley’s visibility and reputation worldwide; while his commitment to maintaining a resident company of actors has made the Alley unique among American theatre companies. At the Alley, Mr. Boyd has produced over 100 new productions of the widest ranging repertoire in the country, among them the premieres of Not About Nightingales by Tennessee Williams (Alley, London, Broadway), Jekyll & Hyde, (Alley, National Tour, Broadway), The Civil War (which he also co-authored), Shakespeare’s Roman Plays (with Vanessa and Corin Redgrave); Robert Wilson’s productions of Hamlet, When We Dead Awaken and Danton’s Death (with Richard Thomas); Ellen Burstyn in O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Nightand Tony Kushner’s Angels in America Parts 1 & 2 (both directed by Michael Wilson), premieres by Keith Reddin (Synergy); Eve Ensler (Lemonade); and Alley Artistic Associates Edward Albee (The Play About the Baby), Horton Foote (The Carpetbagger’s Children), Ken Ludwig (The Gershwins’ An American in Paris, Leading Ladies) and Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Wonderland and The Civil War). At the Alley, he has appeared as an actor in Danton’s Death (Tom Paine) and Cyrano de Bergerac (Cyrano) and directed over 40 productions including: Seagull, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Eurydice, Cyrano de Bergerac, Treasure Island, Subject to Fits, Hitchcock Blonde, Hapgood, The Pillowman, Jekyll & Hyde, Three Sisters, In the Jungle of Cities, After the Fall, The Greeks, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Macbeth, As You Like It, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directing projects outside the Alley have included Our Town at Hartford Stage (Hal Holbrook), Coward’s Design for Living at Williamstown (Marisa Tomei, Campbell Scott, Steven Weber), Stoppard’s Travesties at Long Wharf (Sam Waterston, Tom Hewitt) and the premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan’s Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. This season, he will direct Death of a Salesman and The Elephant Man. Boyd has served as Panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Massachusetts Council for the Arts. He has taught on the faculties of Carnegie-Mellon, Williams College, the University of Houston, and the University of North Carolina, where he headed the Professional Theatre Training Program. He was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is a Distinguished Alumnus, and at Carnegie-Mellon.
TAKESHI KATA (Scenic Design) returns to the Alley having previously designed Red, The Farnsworth Invention, Subject to Fits, The Clean House and Orson’s Shadow. New York credits include Outside People (Vineyard), Adding Machine, Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Group), Storefront Church, Through a Glass Darkly, Port Authority, Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic Theatre Co.), Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons), Gone Missing (The Civilians). Regionally Kata has worked at American Players Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theatre Center, Ford’s Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Kirk Douglas, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, Nashville Opera, The Old Globe, Skylight Opera, Steppenwolf, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Yale Rep. Kata has won an Obie Award and has been nominated for a Drama Desk and Barrymore awards. He is an Assistant Professor at University of Southern California, School of Dramatic Arts.
ALEJO VIETTI (Costume Design) Alley: Noises Off, What We’re Up Against, The Seagull, Pygmalion, August: Osage County, The 39 Steps, Our Town, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Mauritius, Eurydice, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Unexpected Guest, Othello, The Scene, Death on the Nile, Tryst, A Christmas Carol and Bad Dates. New York: New York City Opera, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, MCC, Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Irish Rep, The New Group, Cherry Lane, Rattlestick, Soho Rep, and Ensemble Studio Theatre among others. Regionally has designed at Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Longwharf Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Minnesota Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Cincinnati Playhouse, Guthrie, Ford’s Theatre DC, New York Stage and Film, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh Public, Saint Louis Repertory, Signature Theatre Washington, Arizona Theatre Company, Goodspeed, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, 5th Avenue Seattle, Wolf Trap Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara, among others. International: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Donetsk Opera in the Ukraine. Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Gold Unit 07/09. Recipient of the 2010 TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.
DAVID LANDER (Lighting Design) Alley Theatre: Ether Dome (2011), Othello (2008). Broadway: The Heiress with Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens, The Lyons with Linda Lavin, Master Class with Tyne Daly, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams (Drama Desk Award; Tony and Outer Critics Nominations for Best Lighting Design), 33 Variations with Jane Fonda (Tony and Outer Critics noms.), I Am My Own Wife (Drama Desk and Outer Critics noms.), A Man for All Seasons, Dirty Blond, Golden Child. Off-Broadway: MTC, NYTW, Playwrights Horizons, Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Signature Theatre, The Vineyard Theatre among others. Regional: Ahmanson Theatre, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, St. Louis MUNY, The Old Globe among others. International: London, Dublin, Caracas, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne among others.
JILL BC DUBOFF (Sound Design) Alley Theatre: Black Coffee, The Seafarer, The Monster at the Door, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing. Broadway: Picnic, Other Desert Cities, Wit, Good People, The Constant Wife, The Good Body, Bill Maher: Victory… Off-Broadway includes: Lincoln Center, Atlantic, MTC, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, Public, Vineyard, Second Stage, NYTW, WP, New Georges, Flea, Cherry Lane, Signature, Clubbed Thumb, Culture Project, Actor’s Playhouse, New Group, Promenade, Urban Stages, Houseman, Fairbanks, Soho Rep, Adobe. Regional: Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Bay Street, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Portland Stage, Long Wharf, Kennedy Center, NYS&F, South Coast Rep, Humana, Williamstown, Berkshire Theatre, ATF. Film: We Pedal Uphill. Television: Comedy Central, NBC. Radio: Studio 360, WNYC News. Awards: 2011 Obie for Sustained Excellence, Ruth Morley Design Award. Nominations: Drama Desk, Henry Hewes. Adjunct Professor at Sarah Lawrence College.
McCORKLE CASTING, LTD. (New York Casting) Pat McCorkle, Casting Director, Joe Lopick. Associate: Pat McCorkle, (C.S.A.) has, for over 30 years, cast memorable Broadway productions of End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Amadeus, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers and A Few Good Men, among many others. Notable Off-Broadway projects include the acclaimed original New York productions of Tribes (Barrow Street), Falling, Our Town (Barrow Street), Almost Maine, Freud’s Last Session, Ears on a Beatle, Killer Joe, Mrs. Klein, Driving Miss Daisy. A partial list of feature film projects include: Premium Rush, Ghost Town, Secret Window, Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Basic, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard with a Vengeance, School Ties, etc. and for television: humans for Sesame Street, Californication (Emmy nomination), Max Bickford, Strangers with Candy, Barbershop, and Chapell’s Show, among several others. Pat is especially proud of her association with the Alley Theatre, providing New York Casting for multiple productions.
STEVE WALDNER (Technical Advisor) entered the Marine Corps in July 1967 and reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego for boot camp training. Upon graduation, he entered the Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Pendleton, where he also went through Basic Infantry Training. From there he went through the Staging Battalion and arrived in Vietnam three weeks before the 1968 Tet Offensive. Assigned to the Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, an artillery battalion, Steve was involved in 18 major operations and was awarded the Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Accommodation Medal with a combat “V” for valor and five other medals. After leaving Vietnam as a Sergeant, he reported to Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. where he was assigned to Alpha Company. He worked in the G3 Division and was given duties with Readiness Central, along with making daily trips to the Pentagon delivering and retrieving top secret documents. Steve was also assigned as aid-de-camp to the Commandant of the Marine Corps for a dinner at the White House in honor of King Faisal from Saudi Arabia. Steve was discharged in 1971 and returned to Houston.
ELIZABETH M. BERTHER (Stage Manager) Her first production at the Alley Theatre was Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women early in 1995. Since, she has stage managed over 65 productions here, the latest being The Santaland Diaries and November.
REBECCA R. D. HAMLIN (Assistant Stage Manager) has been with the Alley Theatre since 1999, most recently as Stage Manager for A Behanding in Spokane and Assistant Stage Manager for Clybourne Park, A Christmas Carol, Noises Off, The Seafarer, Red, Pygmalion, Amadeus, August: Osage County, The Mousetrap, Boeing-Boeing, Harvey, The 39 Steps, Our Town, Sherlock Holmes and The Crucifer of Blood, The Farnsworth Invention, Mauritius, The Man Who Came to Dinner and Cyrano de Bergerac. She has also served as a Stage Manager at Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston’s Main Street Theatre and for The Houston Shakespeare Festival. Becky is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
BRETT ANDERS (Assistant Stage Manager) recently served as assistant stage manager on The Mountaintop, A Christmas Carol, Death of a Salesman and Black Coffee. He has worked as a production assistant at the Alley Theatre for the past three seasons. Previously he worked at Perseverance Theatre, The Dallas Opera, apprenticed at The Santa Fe Opera, and interned at Kanuti Gildi SAAL in Tallinn, Estonia. BFA from Ohio Northern University.
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