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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 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 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.
HUGH LANDWEHR (Scenic Design) has designed scenery throughout the U.S. At the Alley he designed scenery for Noises Off, The Seafarer, Peter Pan, Harvey, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Eurydice, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Cyrano de Bergerac, Arsenic and Old Lace, Doubt, Witness for the Prosecution, Journey’s End, Steel Magnolias, Death of a Salesman, The Front Page, Hedda Gabler, Noises Off, A View from the Bridge and Hay Fever. His work on Broadway has included productions of Frozen, Bus Stop, All My Sons, and A View from the Bridge. Off-Broadway, he has designed Last Easter, Scattergood, Filumena, The Baby Dance, The Entertainer and Candide, among others. He has had long and productive relationships with many regional theatres including Center Stage in Baltimore, Denver Center Theatre Co., The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., Kansas City Rep., South Coast Rep., Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Guthrie Theater, Seattle Repertory, and A.C.T. in Seattle. During summers he has designed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Westport Country Playhouse. He is presently a member of the faculty of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has taught at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), The North Carolina School of the Arts and Williams College. He has twice been the recipient of NEA grants as an Associate Artist. Other awards include Murphy Award in Design (administered by Long Wharf Theatre) and the 2003 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Set Design. He was educated at Yale College.
JUDITH DOLAN (Costume Design) has designed costumes for numerous Alley Theatre productions, including The Seafarer, Harvey, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Arsenic and Old Lace, Leading Ladies, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and As You Like It. Her work extends beyond theatre to opera, film and television. Dolan is a Tony Award-winner (Candide) who also earned a Lucille Lortelle Award for The Petrified Prince and two Drama Desk nominations. Most recently she designed the Broadway production of LoveMusik, with music by Kurt Weill, as well as Parade and Hollywood Arms (by Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton). Other credits include Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates and Travesties, both directed by Gregory Boyd. Opera designs include Idomeneo for Wolf Trap Opera, Christholf Von Dohnanyi’s The Magic Flute for The Cleveland Orchestra and Carlyle Floyd’s Willie Stark. Dolan has designed for a number of other companies, including Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, Theatre Clwyd in Wales, The Old Vic, Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre, Goodman Theatre, New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera. She has a Ph.D.in Directing and Design from Stanford University and is Professor of Design in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California, San Diego.
PAT COLLINS (Lighting Design) returns to the Alley, having designed lighting for Noises Off, The Seagull, Harvey, Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Arsenic and Old Lace, Journey’s End, The Underpants, The Crucible, After the Fall, The Real Thing, Hay Fever, A View from the Bridge and Hedda Gabler. Her Broadway credits include Doubt, Proof, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Once Upon a Mattress, An American Daughter, A Delicate Balance, The Sisters Rosensweig, I’m Not Rappaport, Execution of Justice, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Death and the King’s Horseman, Threepenny Opera, and Ten Unknowns. Off-Broadway her work was seen in Doubt, Sight Unseen, Rose’s Dilemma, Burn This and Occupant. Her opera credits include Wagner’s Ring Cycle at The Royal Opera House-Covent Garden and over 100 productions for such companies as The Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera, The Flemish Opera, Netherlands Opera, The Bayerische Staatsoper – Munich, The Paris Opera at the Garnier and the Santa Fe Opera.
JOSH SCHMIDT (Sound Design and Original Music, Alley Theatre Associate Artist) is thrilled to return to the Alley Theatre, where previously he composed and designed music and sound for What We’re Up Against, Pygmalion, Harvey, The Farnsworth Invention, Mauritius, Eurydice and The Clean House. Broadway: House of Blue Leaves, Brighton Beach Memoirs. Off-Broadway: Adding Machine (Minetta Lane Theatre) – 4 Lortel Awards including Best Musical, 2 Outer Critics Awards including Best Musical Off-Broadway, 4 Obies, 9 Drama Desk Nominations, 1 Drama League Nomination; Whida Peru (59E59); A Minister’s Wife (NYC Premiere), When The Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center); Fifty Words (MCC Theater); Crime and Punishment (59E59), others. Regional Work at venues across the country including Stratford Festival (Ontario, Canada); Steppenwolf, Goodman, Writers Theatre In Glencoe (Associate Artist), Next Theatre, Northlight Theatre, ATC, and Seanachai Theatre Company, and many others (Chicago); Kennedy Center and Ford’s Theatre (Washington D.C.); Seattle Repertory Theatre (WA), Arizona Theatre Company (AZ); South Coast Repertory (CA); Kansas City Rep (MO); American Players Theatre (Spring Green); Madison Rep and UW-Madison (Madison), Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Renaissance Theaterworks, and dozens of others (Milwaukee). As a recitalist of new music, he has performed at Kunstverein Genthiner 11 and Rumänisches Kulturinstitut in Berlin, Germany; Barrow Street Theatre (NYC); University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; University of Mississippi-Oxford; and throughout his home state of Wisconsin. He is a recipient of the 2003-2005 NEA/TCG Career Development Program Award, a 2012 Sundance UCross Fellow and was named one of nine emerging designers in Entertainment/Design Magazine in 2004. He has received 3 Jeff Awards, 1 After Dark Award, and multiple nominations for his composition/sound design work in Chicago.
PAMELA PRATHER (Dialect Coach) is delighted to return to the Alley Theatre after coaching Black Coffee, Noises Off, Boeing-Boeing, The Gershwins’ An American in Paris, Othello and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. She has also coached productions for: Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Primary Stages (NYC), Underwood Theatre (NYC), The Play Company (NYC), The Edge Theatre Company (NYC), New York Classical Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse DUMBO, Dance Theatre Workshop (NYC), Hampton’s Shakespeare Festival. Pamela has taught voice, speech and dialects at Yale School of Drama, NYU and UCLA and is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Purchase College, State University of New York. 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. (New York Casting) Pat McCorkle, (C.S.A.) Broadway: End of the Rainbow, High, 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 among many others. Notable Off-Broadway projects include: Tribes, Our Town, The Toxic Avenger, Almost Maine, The 7th Monarch, Ears On A Beatle, Down The Garden Paths, Killer Joe, Mrs. Klein, Driving Miss Daisy. Feature film projects include: Premium Rush, Ghost Town, Secret Window, Basic, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard with a Vengeance and School Ties. Television shows: The Electric Company, Californication (Emmy nomination), Sesame Street, Barbershop, Chappelle’s Show, among several others.
JACEY LITTLE (Assistant Director and Dramaturg) is the Associate Literary Manager and Dramaturg for the Alley Theatre. Before joining the Alley in 2011, Jacey worked as a freelance dramaturg for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, The Landing Theatre Company and Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company. Her Alley credits include Assistant Director and Dramaturg for The Seagull and Dramaturg for Red, The Seafarer and What We’re Up Against.Jacey received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma and is currently completing her MA thesis at the University of Houston.
CLAUDIA LYNCH (Stage Manager) Broadway: Rock of Ages, A Catered Affair, Company, Little Shop of Horrors; The Light in the Piazza, The Rivals, Dinner at Eight, Contact (at Lincoln Center Theater). Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages.Regional: The Old Globe Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Arena Stage. Graduate of SUNY Geneseo. Proud Member of Actor’s Equity Association. Claudia is delighted to make her Alley debut with Death of a Salesman.
BRETT ANDERS (Assistant Stage Manager) recently served as assistant stage manager on Black Coffee and 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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