About Us

The Alley Theatre’s commitment to maintaining a resident company of actors has made the Alley unique among American theatre companies. The Alley’s dedication to supporting the company artists ideal enables artists to deepen their work through long-term collaboration while strengthening their ties to the Houston community.

 jeffrey bean

JEFFREY BEAN is in his 24th season as an Alley Company Artist and has appeared in over 125 Alley productions since 1989. Recently he has appeared in A View from the Bridge (Alfieri), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Quince/Egeus), Born Yesterday (Ed Devery), The Christians (Jay), Around the World in 80 Days (Detective Fix, et al), One Man, Two Guvnors (Francis Henshall), The Foreigner (Charlie Baker), All My Sons (Dr. Jim Bayliss), As You Like It (Touchstone), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge) and The Old Friends (Albert Price). Previous Alley highlights include November (Charles Smith), Amadeus (Salieri), The Farnsworth Invention (David Sarnoff), Cyrano de Bergerac (Cyrano), Doubt (Father Flynn), The Scene (Charlie), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), The Pillowman (Michal), The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon) and Billy Bishop Goes to War (Billy Bishop). Broadway credits: Bells are Ringing and Amadeus. Film & television credits: Clinger, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and a Princess Grace Award winner. jeffreybean.com.

 james black

JAMES BLACK is proud to be celebrating his 31st consecutive season at the Alley Theatre where, as an actor and occasional director, he has been involved in over 100 productions. Recent appearances include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), All My Sons (Joe Keller), As You Like It (Jacques), Dracula (Van Helsing), Communicating Doors (Julian), Freud’s Last Session (Sigmund Freud), You Can’t Take It With You (Martin Vanderhof), The Hollow (Sir Henry Angkatell), Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club (Mr. Richards/Mycroft Holmes), The Elephant Man (Man/Conductor/Snork), A Few Good Men (Capt. Matthew A. Markinson), Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot), Noises Off (Lloyd Dallas), The Seafarer (James “Sharky” Harkin), The Seagull (Trigorin), Dividing the Estate (Lewis Gordon), Pygmalion (Colonel Pickering), Amadeus (Count Orsini-Rosenberg), August: Osage County (Steve Heidebrecht), Peter Pan (Captain Hook/Mr. Darling), St. Nicholas, Boeing-Boeing (Bernard), Harvey (Elwood P. Dowd), Mrs. Mannerly (Jeffrey), and Our Town (Stage Manager) among others. He has also directed An Act of GodGood People, Clybourne Park, A Behanding in Spokane, Doubt, Death on the Nile, Glengarry Glen Ross, Deathtrap, Dial “M” for Murder, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Foreigner, Of Mice and Men and As Bees in Honey Drown. His film and television credits include Olympia, The Man with the Perfect Swing, Houston: The Legend of Texas, Fire and Rain, Challenger, Night Game, and Killing in a Small Town. He received a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actor for Not About Nightingales and a BackStage West Garland Award for his appearance as Eddie Carbone in the Alley’s production of A View from the Bridge.

 Elizabeth bunch

ELIZABETH BUNCH has performed in over 50 productions at the Alley. Favorite roles include Jenny in Dry Powder, The Pilot in Grounded, Dolly in One Man, Two Guvnors, Catherine Simms in The Foreigner, Ann Deaver in All My Sons, Rosalind in As You Like It, Lucy in Dracula, Margaret in Good People, Joss in the World Premier of Fool by Theresa Rebeck, Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities, Mrs. Kendal in The Elephant Man, Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park, Desdemona in Othello, Eliza Dolittle in Pygmalion, August Osage County, Peter Pan, Boeing-Boeing, Harvey, 39 Steps, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Doubt, Steel Magnolias, Proof, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. New York and Regional Theater include The Water Children with Playwrights Horizons, The Voice of the Turtle and Museum with The Keen Company, The Light Outside with Bat Theater Company, Little Foxes with The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with The Guthrie Theater. She appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire, as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Viola in Twelfth Night, Isabella in Measure for Measure, Big Love, and Arcadia with the Breadloaf Acting Ensemble. Television includes Law and Order SVU. Elizabeth is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

 john feltch

JOHN FELTCH is happy to be back home at the Alley, where he recently appeared as Gabriel in An Act of God, Rick in Dry Powder, Marley/Mrs. Dilber in A Christmas Carol, Thesues/Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sims/Papa in The Nether, and Gareth in One Man, Two Guvnors. John was a proud member of the Alley Theatre acting company for eleven seasons and over sixty productions (1989-2000). Other recent roles at the Alley include Oliver in As You Like It, the Father in Eurydice and Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. He has appeared on Broadway in Enchanted April and off Broadway (Roundabout Theatre) in Richard Greenberg's The Dazzle. John has also acted and directed for many of the nation's leading regional theatres, among them American Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, City Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Hartford Stage, Clarence Brown Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and both PlayMakers Repertory Company and Triad Stage in his home state of North Carolina. Films: Tadpole, Looking For Nick and About Time. Education: BA from Williams College, MFA from UNC Chapel Hill. John has taught for Rice University, University of Houston and UNC Chapel Hill.

 josie de guzman

JOSIE DE GUZMAN returns to the Alley having recently appeared as Beatrice in A View from the Bridge, Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Clarissa Halshim-Brown in Agatha Christe’s Spider’s Web, Morris in The Nether, Juliana in The Other Place, Kate Keller in All My Sons, Masha in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, Ruella in Communicating Doors, Penelope Sycamore in You Can’t Take it with You, Lady Angkatell in The Hollow, Club Secretary in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Linda in Death of a Salesman, Barbara Amory in Black Coffee, Belinda Blair in Noises Off, Arkadina in The Seagull, Vera Claythorne in And Then There Were None, Barbara Fordham in August: Osage County, Miss Casewell in The Mousetrap, Berthe in Boeing-Boeing, Mrs. Mannerly in Mrs. Mannerly, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Eleanor/Esme in Rock ‘n’ Roll, Maggie Cutler in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Matilde in The Clean House, the title role in Hapgood, as well as After the Fall, Twelfth Night, Sherlock Holmes, And Then There Were None and House & Garden. Her Broadway career includes Tony nominations for Guys and Dolls and West Side Story, as well as creating roles in Nick and Nora, Runaways, and Carmelina. She won the 2002 Connecticut Critics Award for Anna in The King and I, and has appeared extensively at the Public Theatre (where she created roles in Elizabeth Swados’ Runaways, Lullaby and Goodnight and The Haggadah), at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Missionaries) and Off-Broadway (Tamara, Once Removed). Her regional theatre appearances include Hartford Stage (Diosa, Our Town), Great Lakes Theater (She Loves Me), and The Denver Center (Man of La Mancha), as well as such varied classical roles as Carmen, Viola, Varya, and Beatrice. Her films include Exiles in New York, FX, and FX2, while television appearances include Miami Vice, The Cosby Show, Third Watch, All My Children, and Guiding Light. Her recordings include Lullabies for Everyone and Nanas Para Todos (both sold at cdbaby.com and iTunes), as well as the cast recordings of Guys and Dolls, Carmelina, and Runaways.

 paul hope

PAUL HOPE is a native Houstonian and an Alley Company Artist, who has appeared on the Alley stages for 27 seasons in a wide range of roles, recently including Henry Hailsham-Brown in Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web, Rep. Howard “Judge” Smith, Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, Sen. Everett Dirksen, and Gov. Carl Sanders in All The Way, Harry Dangle in One Man, Two Guvnors, Sergeant “Froggy” Le Sueur in The Foreigner, Mr. Kirby in You Can’t Take it With You, 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, and Julian Farrar in The Unexpected Guest, among many others. His musical theatre roles include Rohna in Grand Hotel and Col. Lockert in Dodsworth, both at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth; and Beauregard in Mame, Bienstock in Sugar and M. Renaud in La Cage all at Theater Under the Stars. He has also performed as Steve Baker in Showboat at Houston Grand Opera, and 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, One Touch of Venus, The Pajama Game, and New Girl in Town.

 chris hutchison

CHRIS HUTCHISON is in his eleventh season as an Alley Company Artist. He has appeared in over 50 Alley Theatre productions since first appearing here as Hal in Proof in 2004. He most recently played Jeff in Dry Powder. Other favorite roles: Orlando in As You Like It, Michael in Good People, Mervyn in A Behanding in Spokane, and Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Other roles include: The Foreigner (Owen Musser), All My Sons (George Deever), What We’re Up Against (Weber), The Seafarer (Nicky), The Seagull (Medvedenko), Amadeus (Emperor Joseph II), August, Osage County (Little Charles), World Premiere of Intelligence-Slave (Bruno), and Mauritius (Dennis). New York and Off-Broadway credits include Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon and revivals of The Second Man, Museum and The Hasty Heart with Obie award-winning Keen Company. Chris’s solo show TRIP was selected for production by HERE Arts Center in SoHo. Regionally he has appeared at The Guthrie Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Capital Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Hartford TheaterWorks, and in six seasons as a member of the Ensemble at Bread Loaf in Vermont, most recently playing Stanley Kowalksi inA Streetcar Named Desire. Film and television: Rose Garden, Kill the Poor, Ed, Chappelle’s Show, All My Children, Guiding Light, Confessions: Two Faces of Evil, and Precious Victims. Chris has an undergraduate degree in English from Lafayette College, and an MFA from The University of Washington. Chris is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actor’s Guild/AFTRA.

 charles krohn

CHARLES KROHN is in his 31st season with the Alley Theatre. He has played a great number of roles including Von Strack in Amadeus, Beverly Weston in August: Osage County, Professor Willard in Our Town, Justin Tolman in The Farnsworth Invention, Dr. Bradley in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Gratiano in Othello, The Rev. Dr. Harper and Lieutenant Rooney in Arsenic and Old Lace, Billy Bones in Treasure Island, General Ivoglin in Subject to Fits, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, Mr. Justice Wainwright in Witness for the Prosecution, Anselme in The Miser, Francis Nurse in The Crucible, Priest in A Christmas Carol, Senex in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Father Lux in Our Lady of 121st Street, Sea Captain/Priest in Twelfth Night or What You Will, Sir Edward in Sherlock Holmes, Gravedigger/Player in Hamlet, Martin Vanderhof in You Can’t Take It With You, Second Houston Ticket Man in The Trip to Bountiful and Charon and Postgate in The Invention of Love. He played a part in The Diary of Anne Frank, an Alley collaboration with the University of Houston. He has toured the U.S. for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and, locally, has appeared at Theatre LaB (Barrymore), Stages Repertory Theatre (All Over, A Kind of Alaska, A Delicate Balance, Old Friends, A Man from Alaska), with Houston Shakespeare Festival (title role in King Lear, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Claudius in Hamlet) and with Theatre Under The Stars (including Beauty and the Beast, Scrooge, Oliver, Camelot, The Wizard of Oz, A Little Night Music). Krohn is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

 melissa pritchett

MELISSA PRITCHETT is an Alley Company Artist recently appearing in Born Yesterday (Billie Dawn), The Christians (Jenny), and One Man, Two Guvnors (Paulene). Other favorite Alley roles include As You Like It (Phebe), A Christmas Carol (Christmas Past), Good People (Jean), You Can’t Take it With You (Essie), Death of a Salesman (The Woman), Noises Off (Brooke Ashton), Amadeus (Constanze Weber), Boeing-Boeing (Gretchen), and Hitchcock Blonde (Blonde). Other theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast, Brigadoon (Theatre Under the Stars). As a dancer, she was a principal dancer for Longview Ballet Theatre. She has choreographed several shows for Bayou City Concert Musicals including Promises Promises, Bells are Ringing and The Pajama Game. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.

 david rainey

DAVID RAINEY is in his 17th season as an Alley Company Artist. Recent roles include Snug in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Charles/Corin in As You Like It, Bert/Spirit of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol, Donald in You Can’t Take it With You, Col. Julius Alexander Randolph in A Few Good Men, Albert/Kevin in Clybourne Park, Dwight Grackle in November, Ben in What We’re Up Against, Mrs. Dilber/Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol, Rogers in And Then There Were None, Sterling in Mauritius, Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice, and the title role in Othello. He has performed with The National Actors Theatre, Joseph Papp Public Theater, 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 Executive Artistic Director of The Landing Theatre Company and also teaches professional acting classes.

 jay sullivan

JAY SULLIVAN is in his sixth season as an Alley Company Artist. Alley appearances include Dry Powder, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Born Yesterday, Around the World in 80 Days, One Man Two Gunvors, The Foreigner, All My Sons, As You Like It, Dracula, The Old Friends, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Freud’s Last Session, You Can’t Take it With You, The Hollow, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, The Elephant Man, A Few Good Men, Clybourne Park, A Christmas Carol , Death of a Salesman, Black Coffee, Red, Peter Pan, Our Town and Eurydice. Before joining the Alley’s Resident Acting Company, Jay made his Broadway debut in Jerusalem (Lee). Other theatre credits include Durango at The Public Theater and Long Wharf Theatre; DogSeesGod at Soho Repertory Theater; Orestes: A Tragic Romp at Folger Theatre and Two River Theater Company; Afternight Seating at Abingdon Theatre Company; and The Bilbao Effect at The Center for Architecture, as well as The History Boys and Rock ‘n’ Roll at The Studio Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing produced by As Written Productions; and Romeo and Juliet at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Film and television credits include The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU and The Unidentified. Jay is a graduate of Florida State University.

 emily trask

EMILY TRASK is in her third season as a member of the Alley’s Resident Acting Company. Previously at the Alley: An Act of God, Roan @ The Gates; Hand to God; As You Like It; One Man, Two Guvnors; The Christians; Around the World in 80 Days; Born Yesterday; Miller, Mississippi; and A Christmas Carol. Broadway/Off Broadway: the World Premier of Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy at The Lincoln Center, work with New Dramatists, 3day Hangover/Drunk Shakespeare, EST, The Public/Shakespeare Society, The Lark, Titan Theatre Co. Select Regional Credits: The Folger Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Yale Rep, Yale Cabaret, over a dozen shows with The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, five seasons Company Member with The Utah Shakespeare Festival. Recordings: Folger Library’s audiobook/app of Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Hamlet (Ophelia), and Julius Caesar (Portia) produced by Simon and Schuster (for which she was also a contributing scholar). Film/TV: Marvel’s Daredevil; The Perfect Murder; End of a Summer Storm (Alison Krauss/Sandra Boynton Music Video), The Violist (numerous independent film awards). Emily is also an acting coach, director, and a nationally published poet. BA, Grinnell College. MFA, Yale School of Drama. emilytrask.net

 John tyson

JOHN TYSON has appeared in a wide variety of roles in 15 seasons at the Alley Theatre. Credits include Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hugo Birch in Agatha Christie's Spider's Web, Eddie Brock in Born Yesterday, Richard Harkin in The Seafarer, Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion, The Storyteller in Peter Pan, Professor Metz/Banjo in The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Librarian in Underneath the Lintel, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, and Tupolski in The Pillowman. Other performances include Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Boris Kolenkhov in You Can’t Take It With You, AEH in The Invention of Love, both Dromios in The Comedy of Errors and Henry Carr in Travesties. At the Alley he directed The Woman in Black and his own play, Act Of Passion. He recently directed The Good Thief and Faith Healer at Stark Naked Theatre, Miracle Worker at A.D. Players, and Three Sisters at University Of Houston.

 

 todd waite

TODD WAITE is in his 17th season as an Alley Company Artist. Recently seen in An Act of God, Agatha Christie's Spider's Web, Around the World in 80 Days, One Man, Two Guvnors, As You Like It, Dracula, and Communicating Doors, he has appeared in over 75 productions including six Christmas seasons of the one-man show, The Santaland Diaries, and three productions of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock). Other shows include: Pygmalion (Henry Higgins), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Jan), The Goat or Who is Sylvia? (Martin), Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer Brewster), Hapgood (Kerner), Noises Off (Frederick Fellowes), Art (Ivan), Stones in His Pockets (Jake), The Devil’s Disciple (Burgoyne), Deathtrap(Sydney),The Mousetrap (Christopher Wren) and The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay). Previously, Mr. Waite spent six seasons with the Shaw Theatre Festival, played Enjolras in the Canadian premiere of Les Miserables and guest-starred on major U.S. and Canadian networks. He was the resident director for Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’ in Las Vegas, Artistic Advisor to the 2015 European Games Closing Ceremonies in Baku, and is the Creative Director of Bayou Bend's 2015/2016 Christmas experience. Mr. Waite is a contributor to The International Baccalaureat Theory of Knowlege textbook (Oxford Press), and coaches for Ted Talks, Inprint Reading Series, and corporate and political leaders. The sole recipient of the 2014 Presidential Young Arts Award for Acting Teachers, his students have gone on to attend Juilliard, Yale, Stage Door, and Interlochen. Education: BFA (Acting), MFA (Directing).