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GREGORY BOYD (Artistic Director) 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. His Alley premieres have been nominated for eight Tony Awards – 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). New Alley productions have included: 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 Night and 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 Boyd’s collaborator on The Civil War, a musical theatre production that premiered at the Alley before going onto Broadway and two national tours). In addition, Boyd directed the recordings of “The Civil War” and “Jekyll & Hyde” for Atlantic Records. 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: 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. This season, he will direct The Seagull, Noises Off, and The Seafarer. His recent 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. 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.
LINDA BUCHANAN (Scenic Design) has designed hundreds of stage productions at regional theatres throughout the country and abroad. She has received the Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration, Jefferson Awards for Scene Design for House (Goodman Theatre), Black Snow (Goodman Theatre), and I Hate Hamlet (Royal George), and a Helen Hayes Award for Dancing at Lughnasa (Arena Stage). Recent design work includes Race (Goodman Theatre), Lombardi (Milwaukee Rep), The 39 Steps (Cleveland Play House, Syracuse Stage, and Indiana Repertory Theatre), and The Gospel According to James (Indiana Rep and Victory Gardens Theatre). Notable past projects include the American Premiere of House & Garden at the Goodman, the musical adaptation of Wings (Goodman, NY Public Theatre), and the premiere production of Marvin’s Room and 10 subsequent regional productions, and commercial productions in New York and London. Buchanan was Resident Designer at Court Theatre (1976-1984), and Design Director of R.D. Design Associates (l985-1989) where her work included the State of Illinois Center dedication ceremony and over 100 environments for corporate theatre and special events. Buchanan is Associate Dean for Curricular Development at The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she is also Head of the Scene Design program. She has also taught at the University of Chicago and Columbia College. Her work has been published in Interior Design, Contract, Exhibit Builder, American Theatre and TCI (Theatre Crafts International), and ED (Entertainment Design).
TRICIA BARSAMIAN (Costume Design) returns to the Alley Theatre where she previously designed costumes for The Mousetrap. Other credits include Yank! A WWII Love Story (York Theatre Company), Sistas: The Musical (St. Luke’s Theatre), The Sunshine Boys, Little Shop of Horrors and Fiddler on the Roof (John W. Engeman Theater), With Glee (Prospect Theatre Company), Just in Time (Lucille Lortel Theater). Associate/assistant costume design credits: Taylor Swift Speak Now Tour, Wonderland (Broadway), Sondheim on Sondheim and The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Roundabout Theatre Company), Wicked (National Tour). Tricia holds MFA from NYU and a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts. www.triciabarsamian.com
MICHAEL LINCOLN (Lighting Design) has designed numerous Alley Theatre productions including And Then There Were None, The Mousetrap, Boeing-Boeing, A Streetcar Named Desire, Hydriotaphia, Deathtrap, Proof, Our Lady of 121st Street, Jitney, Synergy, Closer, and Slavs! Among others. Michael’s career spans over 30 years and 300 productions. His Broadway credits include Copenhagen, Skylight, and More To Love, and associate designs for Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, City of Angels, and Anything Goes. Michael’s many Off-Broadway designs include People Be Heard, Mr. Goldwyn, The Bubbly Black Girl..., If Love Were All, Defying Gravity, Bunny Bunny, Swingtime Canteen and You Should Be So Lucky. He has designed for resident companies around the country with long associations at Indiana Rep, Cleveland Play House, Los Angeles Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, and Studio Theatre DC. Awards: L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle and Drama Logue. Michael is currently the Interim Director of the Ohio University School of Theater. www.michaellincoln.net
JILL BC DUBOFF (Sound Design) Alley Theatre: The Seafarer, The Monster at the Door, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing. Broadway: 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.
PAMELA PRATHER (Dialect Coach) is delighted to return to the Alley Theatre after coaching Noises Off, Boeing-Boeing, The Gershwins’ An American in Paris, Othello and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Other credits include: Hartford Stage Company (Our Town dir. Gregory Boyd), Yale Repertory Theatre (Happy Now? dir. Liz Diamond, Black Snow dir. Evan Yionoulis, Miss Julie dir. Liz Diamond,Fighting Words dir. Liz Diamond, The Psychic Lives of Savages dir. James Bundy), Primary Stages (Happy Now? dir. Liz Diamond), Underwood Theatre (Fighting Words dir. Liz Diamond), The Play Company (Trust dir. Erica Schmidt), The Edge Theatre Co. (Living Room In Africa dir. Carolyn Cantor), & (Now That’s What I Call A Storm dir. Carolyn Cantor), New York Classical Theatre (Macbeth & Mary Stuart dir. Stephen Burdman), St. Ann’s Warehouse DUMBO (Hiroshima Maiden), Dance Theatre Workshop (Blood Cherries), Hampton’s Shakespeare Festival (The Winter’s Tale dir. Michael Landman). Pamela has taught at Yale School of Drama, NYU and UCLA. She received her MFA in Acting from UCLA and is certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework®, Laughter Yoga and Prana Yoga. Pamela is the founder of “Laughing Voice.” www.pamelaprather.com
McCORKLE CASTING, LTD. For over 30 years Pat McCorkle (C.S.A.) and associates have cast for Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, film and television. Broadway casts include: End of the Rainbow, High with Kathleen Turner, 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, A Few Good Men and others. Notable Off-Broadway casts include: The Seventh Monarch, Tribes, Freud’s Last Session, Our Town, Almost Maine, Down The Garden Paths, Killer Joe, Mrs. Klein, Driving Miss Daisy. Feature films: Premium Rush, My Man is a Loser, Ghost Town, Secret Window, Basic, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard with a Vengeance, School Ties, etc. And a sampling of television projects: “Sesame Street,” “Electric Company,” “Californication” (Emmy nomination), “3Lbs.,” “Barbershop,” “Chapell’s Show,” “Hack,” and “Max Bickford.”
TERRY CRANSHAW (Stage Manager) has worked at the Alley Theatre on What We’re Up Against, Red, The Toxic Avenger, The Monster at the Door, August: Osage County, Peter Pan, St. Nicholas, Intelligence-Slave, The 39 Steps, Wonderland, Our Town, The Farnsworth Invention, Mauritius, Eurydice, The Gershwins’ An American in Paris, Love, Janis, Doubt, Treasure Island, Hitchcock Blonde, A Christmas Carol, The Pillowman, Steel Magnolias, Bad Dates, Our Lady of 121st Street and numerous other Alley productions. Her additional credits include 42nd Street (European tour), Jekyll & Hyde (directed by Gregory Boyd) and Mame (national tour). Cranshaw has worked with Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars (36 productions), and many regional theatres including the Cleveland Play House, The Shakespeare (Washington D.C.), The Ordway (St. Paul), and The Fifth Avenue Theatre (Seattle). She was Production Stage Manager for the NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards for Super Bowl XXXVIII.
BRETT ANDERS (Assistant Stage Manager) 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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