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.
Resident Acting Company
JAMES BLACK is the Interim Artistic Director of the Alley Theatre. He 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 Good 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 is a proud member of the Alley Resident Company. She has performed in over 70 productions with the Alley including Aimee in The Humans, Olivia in Twelfth Night, The Pilot in Grounded, Rosalind in As You Like It, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Desdemona in Othello, The 39 Steps, Dry Powder, Good People, Dracula, Other Desert Cities, The Elephant Man, Clybourne Park, August: Osage County, Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Doubt, Proof, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? New York and Regional credits include Playwrights Horizons, Guthrie Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Keen Company, The Flea Theater. Elizabeth spent six summers with the Middlebury Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble. Some favorite performances there include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Viola in Twelfth Night; Isabella in Measure for Measure and Stella in Streetcar Named Desire. Elizabeth has taught at the University of Houston. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
DYLAN GODWIN is in his first season as a Resident Acting Company member and recently appeared in the Alley Theatre's Crimes of the Heart (Barnette Lloyd), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Albert Einstein), Miller Mississippi (John Miller) at Dallas Theater Center/Alley All New Festival, (end of message) (Max) at the Alley All New Festival, Good People (Stevie), Ether Dome (George Livingston), Amadeus (Venticello), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Dilber/Jacob Marley), Peter Pan (Tootles), and Our Town, National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, 110 in the Shade, Reefer Madness, Music Man, First Date, Bonnie and Clyde, Oliver, Sweet Potato Queens (Theatre Under the Stars); Life Could Be A Dream, AltarBoyz (Stages Repertory Theatre), The Tempest, and Ubu Roi (Classical Theatre Company).
SHAWN HAMILTON is in his first season as a Resident Acting Company Member and recently appeared at the Alley Theatre as Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap, Freddy in Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Great Society. He also played Rev. Martin Luther King in The Great Society at the Dallas Theater Center and Saint Paul MN’s Great American History Theater. He has been seen locally at Stages Repertory Theatre and Main Street Theater. He has performed in over 25 productions at the Guthrie Theatre as well as Yale Rep, Trinity Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Center Stage in Baltimore, California Shakespeare Theatre and Penumbra Theatre Company. Future productions include The Three Musketeers at the Alley. Film credits include Jingle All The Way, Blue Steel, and Wilson. He is a graduate of HSPVA, Circle In The Square, The University Of North Texas and the Yale School Of Drama.
CHRIS HUTCHISON is in his 12th season as a Resident Company Member. He has appeared in over 60 Alley Theatre productions since first appearing as Hal in Proof in 2004. He most recently played Dr. Irving Baer in Quack. Other favorite roles: Jeff in Dry Powder, Orsino in Twelfth Night, 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 in A 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.
MELISSA PRITCHETT is a Resident Acting Company member recently appearing in Crimes of the Heart, Twelfth Night, The Mousetrap, Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Describe the Night (Urzula); Born Yesterday (Billie Dawn); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena); 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), Noises Off (Brooke Ashton), Amadeus (Constanze Weber), Boeing-Boeing(Gretchen), and Hitchcock Blonde (Blonde). Other theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast and 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 is in his 18th season as a Resident Acting Company Member. Recent roles include Reggie in Skeleton Crew, Rev. Ralph Abernathy/Rep. Adam Clayton Powell in The Great Societyand All the Way, Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Charles/Corin in As You Like It, Albert/Kevin in Clybourne Park, 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, NYSF, 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. He holds degrees from ENMU and Juilliard, where he received the Drama Division’s highest honor, the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Prize. He is also Executive Artistic Director of The Landing Theatre Company.
JAY SULLIVAN is in his 7th season as a member of the Alley’s Resident Acting Company. Alley appearances include Crimes of the Heart, Quack, Twelfth Night, The Mousetrap, Holmes and Watson; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; The Great Society; The 39 Steps; A View from the Bridge; Dry Powder; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Hand to God; Born Yesterday; Around the World in 80 Days; One Man, Two Guvnors; 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 the world premieres of Durango at The Public Theater and Long Wharf Theatre; DogSeesGod at Soho Playhouse; 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; 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.
TODD WAITE is in his 18th season as a Resident Acting Company Member. Recently seen in Twelfth Night, Holmes and Watson (Sherlock); and the World Premiere of Describe the Night (2018 Obie Award for Best New Play), he has appeared in over 90 productions including eight Christmas seasons of the one-man show The Santaland Diaries; 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 was the Creative Director of Bayou Bend’s 2016/2017 Christmas experience. Mr. Waite contributes to The International Baccalaureat Theory of Knowledge textbook (Oxford Press) and is the recipient of the 2014 Presidential Young Arts Award for Acting Teachers. Education: BFA (Acting), MFA (Directing).
Resident Acting Company Emeritus
PAUL HOPE is a native Houstonian and a Resident Acting Company Member Emeritus, who has appeared on the Alley stages for 28 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; and Beverly Carlton in The Man Who Came to Dinner; 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 took over for John Lithgow as the narrator of Carnival of the Animals for Houston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Tulsa 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; New Girl in Town; Bells are Ringing; and Promises, Promises. He recently directed Cabaret at Obsidian Theater.
CHARLES KROHN is in his 35th season with the Alley theatre. He has appeared in August: Osage County, Our Town, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Othello, Treasure Island, Subject to Fits, Much Ado About Nothing, Witness for the Prosecution, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Twelfth Night, among others. Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, an Alley collaboration with the University of Houston. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas. Locally, title role in Barrymorefor Theatre LaB. All Over, A Kind of Alaska, The Collection, A Delicate Balance, and A Man from Nebraska for Stages Repertory Theatre. Firs in The Cherry Orchard for Classical Theatre Company. Captain Shotover in Heartbreak House for Main Street Theatre. Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Claudius in Hamlet, and the title role in King Lear for Houston Shakespeare Festival. Over forty productions for Theatre Under the Stars, including Oliver!, Camelot, A Little Night Music, and Beauty and the Beast. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.