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.
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 God, 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 has performed in over 50 productions at the Alley. She was most recently seen in Describe the Night. Favorite roles include The Pilot in Grounded; Jenny in Dry Powder; Rosalind in As You Like It; Margaret in Good People; Eliza Dolittle in Pygmalion; Desdemona in Othello; One Man, Two Guvnors; The Foreigner; All My Sons; Dracula; Fool; Other Desert Cities; The Elephant Man; Clybourne Park; August: Osage County; Boeing-Boeing; The 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; and 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.
SHAWN HAMILTON is pleased to be returning to the Alley Theatre. He was most recently seen in A Christmas Carol, as Assistant Pastor Joshua in The Christians and Martin Luther King in All The Way at the Alley and Dallas Theater Center. He performed in The Royal Family and the regional premieres of The Bluest Eye at Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater and the regional premiere of All The Way at Saint Paul’s History Theatre. He has been seen locally at Stages Repertory Theatre and Main Street Theater. He has performed in over 20 productions at the Guthrie Theatre as well as Yale Rep, Trinity Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Center Stage, California Shakespeare Theatre, and the Penumbra Theatre Company. He will be returning to the role of MLK in the Alley/Dallas Theater Center production of The Great Society as well as performing in the Alley’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile. He is a graduate of HSPVA, Circle in the Square, The University of North Texas and the Yale School of Drama.
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 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 Tow; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Finian’s Rainbow; One Touch of Venus; The Pajama Game; New Girl in Town; Bells are Ringing; and Promises, Promises.
CHRIS HUTCHISON is in his 11th 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 Schrader in Dry Powder, and Louis in A View from the Bridge. 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 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.
CHARLES KROHN is in his 34th 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 Barrymore for Theatre LaB. All Over, A Kind of Alaska, The Collection, A Delicate Balance, and A Man from Alaska 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.
MELISSA PRITCHETT is an Alley Company Artist recently appearing in 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 Ringin; and The Pajama Game. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.
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 is in his 6th season as a member of the Alley's Resident Acting Company. Alley appearances include 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 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 the world premieres of 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.
TODD WAITE is in his 17th season as an Alley Company Artist. Recently seen as Nikolai in Describe the Night; Hannay in The 39 Steps; An Act of God; Around the World in 80 Days; One Man, Two Guvnors; and As You Like It. He has appeared in over 75 productions including eight 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 2016/2017 Christmas experience. Mr. Waite is a contributor to The International Baccalaureat Theory of Knowledge textbook (Oxford Press), and coaches for Ted Talks, Inprint Reading Series, corporate and political leaders. The recipient of the 2014 Presidential Young Arts Award for Acting Teachers, his private students have gone on to attend Juilliard, Royal Central School, Berkeley School of Music, Yale, Stage Door, Interlochen, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Central Royal School . Education: BFA (Acting), MFA (Directing).