The Alley Theatre’s commitment to maintaining a Resident Acting Company has made the Alley unique among American theatre companies. The Alley’s dedication to supporting the company actors ideal enables artists to deepen their work through long-term collaboration while strengthening their ties to the Houston community.
Resident Acting Company
Elizabeth Bunch has performed in more than 75 productions as a member of the Alley Resident Acting Company including 1984, Constellations, Grounded, The Humans, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, Pygmalion, Othello, The 39 Steps, Dry Powder, Dracula, Other Desert Cities, Clybourne Park, August: Osage County, Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Doubt, Proof, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Originated roles in Describe the Night, Fool, and Treasure Island. New York and regional credits include Playwrights Horizons, Guthrie Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Keen Company, and 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. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Dylan Godwin is a Resident Acting Company Member and recently appeared in the Alley Theatre’s Fully Committed; The Winter’s Tale (Clown); Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (Hector MacQueen); The Three Musketeers (King Louis XIII); Crimes of the Heart (Barnette Lloyd); Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Albert Einstein); Enlightened (Mr. Strange), Miller, Mississippi (John Miller) at Dallas Theater Center/Alley All New Festival, and (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. He has appeared in every Alley All New Festival since its premiere in 2016. National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof. Beauty and the Beast, 110 in the Shade, Reefer Madness, The 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 fourth season as a Resident Acting Company Member and recently appeared at the Alley Theatre as Winston in 1984, Camillo in The Winter’s Tale, Monsieur Bouc in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Father/Rochefort/Stanley in The Three Musketeers, Major Metcalf in Agatha Christie’s 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, Jr. in The Great Society at the Dallas Theater Center and Saint Paul MN’s Great American History Theater. He has recently been seen locally at Rec Room Arts as Wynton in The Royale directed by Brandon Weinbrenner and has appeared at Stages Repertory Theatre and Main Street Theater. He has performed in more than 25 productions at the Guthrie Theater as well as Yale Rep, Trinity Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Center Stage in Baltimore, California Shakespeare Theatre, and Penumbra Theatre Company. 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 Sixty plays/15 years as a Member of the Resident Acting Company. Recent: 1984 (O’Brien), The Winter’s Tale (Polixines), Constellations (Roland), and Quack (Dr. Irving Baer). Other favorites: Lieutenant of Inishmore (Padraic), A Behanding in Spokane (Mervyn), Twelfth Night (Orsino), and Good People (Michael). Off-Broadway/ NY credits include: EST Marathon and revivals with Obie award-winning Keen Company. Chris’s solo show TRIP was selected for production by HERE Arts Center. Regional: Guthrie, Pasadena Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Capital Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Hartford TheaterWorks, and six summers as a member of the Ensemble at Bread Loaf/Vermont, where he played Stanley Kowalski in Streetcar Named Desire, among others. Film/TV: Rose Garden, Kill the Poor, Ed, “Chappelle’s Show,” “All My Children,” “Guiding Light,” “Confessions: Two Faces of Evil,” and Precious Victims. Proud member- Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA.
Melissa Molano This is her first production as a new Alley Resident Acting Company member! Previous Alley roles include the Alley Digital Season production of Medea and stage productions of The Winter’s Tale (Dion/Dorcas), Murder on the Orient Express (Countess Andrenyi) , A Christmas Carol (Belle/Fred's Wife), Twelfth Night (Attendant) and Alley All New Festival shows. A local actor to Houston she was featured in Houston Press’ “Actors to Watch" in 2017 and received both a Houston Theatre Award for “Best Breakthrough Performances” and a Laura Award from Landing Theatre Company in 2016. Other previous roles include: Stages Theatre: The River Bride (Belmira), Luna Gale (Lourdes), I and You (Caroline), The Book of Maggie (Maggie); SHSU Musical Theatre and TPAP alumna. She is also a voice actor featured in various projects that stream on HiDive and Netflix. Instagram/Twitter: @melissacmolano. Dreamers- for you. Familia- thank you.
Melissa Pritchett is a Resident Acting Company Member recently appearing in the Alley’s online season in A Christmas Carol (Charitable Woman, Mother in Law, Mrs. Fezziwig) and The Stronger (Mrs. X). Recent Alley work onstage includes The Winter’s Tale; The Three Musketeers; Crimes of the Heart; Twelfth Night; The Mousetrap, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Other favorite Alley roles include Born Yesterday (Billie Dawn); The Christians (Jenny); One Man, Two Guvnors (Paulene), As You Like It (Phebe), A Christmas Carol (Christmas Past), Good People (Jean), Amadeus (Constanze Weber), Boeing-Boeing (Gretchen), and Hitchcock Blonde (Blonde). She has done movement direction for several Alley productions, most recently for The Three Musketeers, Twelfth Night, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Camp David. She also 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 21st season as a Resident Acting Company Member. Recent roles include Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, 4th Party Member in 1984, Shepherd in The Winter’s Tale, Marcel the Head Waiter in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Ravanche/Trevelle in The Three Musketeers, Reggie in Skeleton Crew, Albert/Kevin in Clybourne Park, Sterling in Mauritius, 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 Theater Center, Guthrie Theater, Crossroads Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Ford’s Theatre, Shakespeare Festival LA, among others. Trained at Juilliard, he received the Drama Division’s highest distinction, the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Prize. He is also a professional acting coach.
Christopher Salazar happily returns to the Alley Theatre, after appearing in The Winter’s Tale and The Humans. Select credits include: Three seasons with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and the world premieres of The Copper Children, The Way the Mountain Moved and Off the Rails; Eleven productions at The Old Globe; Thieves at The Public Theater (NYC); Portland Center Stage; The Barter Theatre; The American Shakespeare Center; The Barnstormers Theatre, A Noise Within; Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and the Ovation-nominated and award winning Ameryka with Critical Mass Performance Group; on TV: Robert Torres on Jane, The Virgin. Mr. Salazar’s voice can be heard in video games, animated films, and dozens of audio books. MFA: Old Globe Theatre/USD, BA: UNC- Chapel Hill.
Todd Waite is in his 21st season as a Resident Acting Company Member. Recently seen in the Alley Theatre’s online season including Christmas Carol and Medea; as well as 1984, The Winter’s Tale, The Three Musketeers, Twelfth Night, Holmes and Watson (Sherlock), and Describe the Night (2018 Obie Award for Best New Play), he has appeared in over 95 Alley productions including eight Christmas seasons of the one-man show The Santaland Diaries. Mr. Waite spent six seasons with the Shaw Theatre Festival, played Enjolras in the Canadian premiere of Les Misérables 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 Christmas experience. Mr. Waite contributes to The International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge textbook (Oxford Press) and received the Presidential Young Arts Award for Acting Teachers for his private acting coaching. Education: BFA (Acting), MFA (Directing).
Resident Acting Company Emeritus
James Black 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.
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 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.