Resident Acting Company
Elizabeth Bunch Elizabeth Bunch has performed in more than 80 productions as a member of the Alley Resident Acting Company including Clue, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Sense and Sensibility.
Elizabeth Bunch has performed in more than 80 productions as a member of the Alley Resident Acting Company including Clue, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Sense and Sensibility, Sweat, 1984, Constellations, Grounded, The Humans, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, Pygmalion, Othello, The 39 Steps, 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 include 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. @its_Elizabeth_Bunch.
Dylan Godwin is a Resident Acting Company Member and recently appeared in the Alley Theatre’s Clue (Wadsworth); Born with Teeth (Will); and Sense and Sensibility (John Willoughby).
Dylan Godwin is a Resident Acting Company Member and recently appeared in the Alley Theatre’s Clue (Wadsworth); Born with Teeth (Will); Sense and Sensibility (John Willoughby); Doris Baizley’s A Christmas Carol (Clown 1, Ghost of Christmas Present); Sweat (Jason); 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); Michael Wilson’s A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas (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.
Shawn Hamilton is in his fifth season as a Resident Acting Company Member and recently appeared at the Alley Theatre as Gerald Lamott in Amerikin, Brucie in Sweat, Winston in 1984, and Camillo in The Winter’s Tale.
Shawn Hamilton is in his fifth season as a Resident Acting Company Member and recently appeared at the Alley Theatre as Gerald Lamott in Amerikin, Brucie in Sweat, 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 70 plays/16 years as a Member of the Resident Acting Company. Recent: Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Gordon), Sense and Sensibility (Colonel Brandon), Sweat (Stan).
Chris Hutchison 70 plays/16 years as a Member of the Resident Acting Company. Recent: Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Gordon), Sense and Sensibility (Colonel Brandon), Sweat (Stan). Other favorites: Constellations (Roland), Quack (Dr. Irving Baer), Lieutenant of Inishmore (Padraic), A Behanding in Spokane (Mervyn), 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 Theater, 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 is a Resident Acting Company member. Previous Alley roles include Singing Telegram Girl/ Cook/Cop in Clue, Lucy Steele in Sense and Sensibility, and Eva in 72 miles to go. . .
Melissa Molano is a Resident Acting Company member. Previous Alley roles include Singing Telegram Girl/ Cook/Cop in Clue, Lucy Steele in Sense and Sensibility, Eva in 72 miles to go. . ., the Alley Digital Season production of Medea, The Winter’s Tale (Dion/Dorcas), Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (Countess Andrenyi), Doris Baizley’s A Christmas Carol (Belle), Twelfth Night (Attendant), and Alley All New Festival shows. She was featured in Houston Press’ “Actors to Watch” 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 series and movies that stream on HiDive and Netflix. Follow me on Instagram/Twitter!: @melissacmolano.
Melissa Pritchett is a Resident Acting Company Member recently appearing in the Alley Theatre’s Clue (Yvette), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (The Other Woman), and Sense and Sensibility (Marianne Dashwood).
Melissa Pritchett is a Resident Acting Company Member recently appearing in the Alley Theatre’s Clue (Yvette), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (The Other Woman), Sense and Sensibility (Marianne Dashwood), High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest (Ms. Blow, Mrs. Simms), Doris Baizley’s A Christmas Carol (Charitable Woman, Mother in Law, Mrs. Fezziwig), and The Stronger (Mrs. X). Recent Alley work onstage includes Sweat, 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); Michael Wilson’s A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas (Christmas Past); Good People (Jean); Amadeus (Constanze Weber); Boeing- Boeing (Gretchen); and Hitchcock Blonde (Blonde). She has done movement direction for several Alley productions, Clue, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Sense and Sensibility, Doris Baizley’s A Christmas Carol, and The Winter’s Tale. 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 22nd season as a Resident Acting Company Member. Recent roles include Colonel Mustard in Clue, Evan in Sweat, and Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
David Rainey is in his 22nd season as a Resident Acting Company Member. Recent roles include Colonel Mustard in Clue, Evan in Sweat, Ebenezer Scrooge in Doris Baizley’s 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, and Reggie in Skeleton Crew. He has also performed with The National Actors Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, NYSF, The Acting Company, Berkeley Rep (with Theatre de la Jeune Lune), Hartford Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Crossroads Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Ford’s Theatre, HSF, 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 is a Resident Acting Company Member recently appearing in Clue, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Sense and Sensibility.
Christopher Salazar is a Resident Acting Company Member recently appearing in Clue, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Sense and Sensibility, 72 miles to go. . ., 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 22nd season as a Resident Acting Company Member. Recently seen in the Alley Theatre’s Clue, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Sense and Sensibility.
Todd Waite is in his 22nd season as a Resident Acting Company Member. Recently seen in the Alley Theatre’s Clue, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Sense and Sensibility, High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest, and Doris Baizley’s A Christmas Carol; 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 120 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 is an actor and occasional director and has been involved in over 100 productions.
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.
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, and Othello.
Charles Krohnhas 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.
76th Season Actors
Abraham Kim Regional: Originated the role of Rom in Cambodian Rock Band (Signature Theatre Company, Pacific Playwrights Festival, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse); Son in LA Riots (Cafe-Club Fais Do Do). Music: National and International tours with Run River North, DANakaDAN and Magnetic North & Taiyo Na. Drummer on Magnetic North & Taiyo Na’s album, Home: Word. Music band affiliations: IXS, Monroe St., The Blazing Rays of the Sun, Former Faces, Fyke, Ruth + the Library, Priska, Surrija. Music Producer: Priska (State Change), SGLA (Be Thou My Vision). TV/Film: Good Sessions (CBS pilot). Jasyn’s Theme (YouTube). Education: Craig Kupka, Daniel Yoo, Angelica Thompson. Instagram: @0abrahamkim0.
Adam Gibbs is blessed to be appearing in his fifth world premiere with the Alley Theatre. He’s an avid woodworker, musician, and cook. His greatest blessings are B,M, & R. He’s prominently known as a voice actor for countless anime and video game titles. For booking information and more visit www.iamadamgibbs.com.
ALAN BRINCKS recently arrived in Houston from Iowa via New York City, and continues to work locally and regionally as an actor. As a teaching artist, he has worked with kindergarten to undergraduate age ranges. Alan is a graduate of the University of Houston with a MFA, Nebraska Wesleyan University with a BFA, and has studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
Alex Lydon is thrilled to be joining the Cyclos for their national tour kicking off at the Alley Theatre! Previous credits include As You Like It (Quest Players), Such Things As Vampires (People’s Light), It Can’t Happen Here (Berkeley Rep), Sisters Matsumoto (CenterREP), and the Ground Floor workshop of Cambodian Rock Band. Many thanks to Lauren Yee, Chay Yew, and the rest of the Cyclos.
Orlando Arriaga Off-Broadway: Don Pedro De La Cebolla (Symphony Space). Off-Off-Broadway: Balsero (Treehouse Theater), The Algonquin (Treehouse Theater), The Maltese Walter (Open Tent Theater). Regional: Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Soprano, 72 miles to go… (Alley Theatre); Romeo y Juliet (Cal Shakes); American Mariachi (TheatreSquared); Quixote Nuevo (Hartford Stage Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Alley Theatre); El Chuco Town Forever (Alley Theatre); Fade (Kitchen Theatre Company); The River Bride (Pennsylvania Shakespeare); The Little Foxes (A.D. Players at the George); Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (4th Wall Theatre); The House of the Spirits (Main Street Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Miller Outdoor Theater). Film: The Long Game, A Question of Selves, Dream to Build a Kiss On. TV: Follow Your Arrow (Kacey Musgraves music video), Crimes to Riches (VH1). Education: BA Theatre Arts, Lamar University. Web: orlandoarriaga.com.
Ashley Pérez Flanagan
Ashley Pérez Flanagan Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Off-Broadway: Morning//Mourning, (HERE); Oratorio For Living Things, (Ars Nova) Lucille Lortel Award; Freestyle Love Supreme, (Ars Nova); In The Green, (LCT3) Lucille Lortel nominee; The Lucky Ones, (Ars Nova); Hadestown, (NYTW); In Love With Jobim, (York Theatre.) Regional: The Tattooed Lady (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Life After (Goodman Theatre) A Crossing, (Barrington Stage Company), Moby-Dick, (A.R.T.), The Great Comet of 1812, (A.R.T.), Prometheus Bound, (A.R.T.), Evita, West Side Story, The Sound of Music. Select workshops: The Connector (JRB project), Cowboy Bob, NYSF; The Seeker, (Public Theater). Concerts: Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below. Film: The Kitchen.
Donna Bella Litton
Donna Bella Litton is excited to make her Alley Theatre debut. Previous credits include Sensitive Guys (Stages Repertory Theatre); Pulsate: A Vampire Musical (Prohibition Theater); Side Show (Queensbury Theater), NSFW (Stages Repertory Theatre); Elf the Musical (Queensbury Theater); Talk Radio (Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.); Firerock: Pass the Spark (Littleglobe Theatre); Banned Together annual cabarets 2018 and 2019; student play festivals 2019, 2021, and 2022 (Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.). Donna Bella graduated from Santa Fe University of Art and Design in 2018 with a BFA in musical theatre. She sends love to her parents, sisters, partner, and pets for their endless and unconditional support.
Brandon Hearnsberger Alley Theatre: Fifteen productions including Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Soprano, A Christmas Carol, The Farnsworth Invention, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Othello, and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. 4th Wall: Gloria. Productions at A Noise Within, Dallas Theatre Center, HSF, Unity Theater, and Classical Theatre Company. VO for video games and anime. IG: @brandonhearnsberger.
Derrick J. Brent II
Derrick J. Brent II returns to the Alley Theatre after appearing in Sweat. He has been a working Actor, touring and locally, for over ten years. You’ve seen him locally in Violet (Flick) and Elf the Musical (Chadwick) with Queensbury Theatre, in Fetch Clay Make Man (Muhammad Ali), and I Wish You Love (Jeffrey Prince) with The Ensemble Theatre. Touring, in Peaches (Man) and The Burnin’ (Man) with Progress Theatre. Upon receiving his BA in Theatre from Prairie View A&M University, he serves as Actor, Educator, Producer, and Director. He is currently represented by BEAZ Talent.
Ricardo Dávila Born in Florida to Puerto Rican parents, raised by the backyards of Chile, Brasil, and Argentina, trained in New York (NYU, BFA), matured in Connecticut (Yale, MFA), reborn in New York (National Alliance of Acting Teachers certification), and now journeying through Texas (upcoming: Sin Muros Borderless Theatre Festival @ Stages – May 2023).
Alric Davis holds a B.F.A. from Howard University in Musical Theatre and Playwriting. Favorite acting credits include: Code Feet (Mickey/Officer), The Lawsons: A Love Story (Curtis/Eric), Barrabus The Bus (Barrabus), The Legend of Georgia Mcbride (Rexy), Anything Goes (Moonface Martin), The Color Purple (Harpo), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Trouble in Mind (John). Since 2013, he has served as the Founding Artistic Director of the theatre org The Sankofa Collective. Directing credits include Bashful and the Noize, Twelfth Night, Burden of Proof, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Next to Normal, Miss Evers Boys and The Wiz. His play Different, Damaged, Damned won the Alley Theatre’s H.Y.P.E. in 2013 and appeared at the 2016 D.C. Capitol Fringe Festival & his work Queen Peaches won the Black Box Theatre Festival at The Tank in New York. The commissioned work Reap The Reparations appeared in 2020 for Theatre Alliance and his one act play Bashful and the Noize won the Kennedy Center’s 2021 Page to Stage Festival. IG: @GodisGodandIamNot.
John Ryan Del Bosque
John Ryan Del Bosque is excited to be spreading Christmas cheer this holiday season with you all at Alley Theatre! Other credits include Oskar (Frank) Alley Theatre Education. Pageant The Musical (Miss Bible Belt). Rocky Horror (Riff Raff) Forestburgh Playhouse. Pedro Pan (Ensemble) NYC Fringe. Spelling Bee (Chip) La Llorona (Self) Stages Theatre. Hands On A Hardbody (Jesus Peña) TUTS. Much love to family, friends and my fiancé!
Franchelle Stewart Dorn
Franchelle Stewart DornProfessor, UT-Austin, Department of Theatre and Dance: COFA Excellence in Teaching Award, Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Regents’ Outstanding Teacher. Inducted into the National Theater Conference, and the National Association of Acting Teachers. Professional Credits: Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, Yale Rep, Long Wharf, George Street, Great Lakes Shakespeare Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Arizona State Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Everyman, Guthrie, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Penumbra, Ford’s Theatre. Off-Broadway: Red Bull, Signature. Austin: Zach, and Austin Shakespeare. TV: Dr. Rita Madison on NBC’s “Another World,” Alanis Joyner on “Law and Order,” Host: PBS Working Women and Literary Visions. More than 400 industrials, commercials, and voice-overs. Awards: nominated for eight Helen Hayes Awards, winning three; Austin Critics’ Circle for Best Actor in a Play: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Edge of Peace, Medea. MFA, Yale University.
Michelle Elaine Alley Theatre: Clue, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Sense and Sensibility, Sweat, Quack, All The Way, The Old Friends. Alley@Home: For Steve Wozniak, On His 67th Birthday. Alley All New: Enlightened, Lightning, Quack, When We Left, Cinched and Strapped, The Carpenter, Huck Finn. AD Players: The Christmas Shoes. The Ensemble Theatre: School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls Play, By The Way: Meet Vera Stark, Knock Me a Kiss, Lotto: Experience the Dream, Gee’s Bend, Jitney. 4th Wall: Disgraced. Stages Repertory Theatre: We Are Proud to Present…, Failure: A Love Story, Dollhouse. Classical Theater Company: Miss Julie. The Back Porch Players: God, Death. Theatre Southwest: Bug. TV: “Walker” (CW), “Underground” (WGN), “MacGyver” (CBS). @michelleelaineofficial.
Zachary Fine is thrilled to be at the Alley Theatre! Broadway: China Doll with Al Pacino, Off-Broadway: The Acting Company, Mint Theater Company, Fiasco, Red Bull, TFANA, Pearl, Bedlam. Select Regional: McCarter, Guthrie, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger (Helen Hayes Award for Two Gentlemen of Verona), Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company. Directing credits include the World Premiere of El Bien Del Pais (Helenico, Mexico City), Long Wharf, HVSF, Playmakers, and Key West Theater. His plays include Walled In; Manifest Destiny; Bewilderness; Cooking With Kathryn; Dignity; Always Dignity, and Dennis (premiering 2023 BEDLAM). He is on faculty at NYU and the Fiasco Conservatory as a teacher of Clown/Games. TV/Film: Person of Interest, Blackbox, New Amsterdam.
Francis Jue In the season before the pandemic shutdown, Francis received a Lucille Lortel Award for Cambodian Rock Band, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Soft Power, and a Bay Area Critics Circle Award for The Language Archive. He has appeared on Broadway in Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and M. Butterfly. Recent Off-Broadway credits include Good Enemy, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, and Wild Goose Dreams (Obie Award). His regional credits include Today Is My Birthday, King of the Yees (Bay Area Critics Circle Award), and Tiger Style!. TV/Film: Madam Secretary, Hightown, Law & Order: SVU, Joyful Noise, White Noise and upcoming Our Son.
Christine Friale is delighted to return to the Alley. Previous Alley appearances include Mrs. Dashwood/Gossip in Sense & Sensibility, Clown/Little Caroller/Christmas Present in Doris Baizley’s A Christmas Carol, and Old Woman in The Aves by Jiehae Park at the Alley All New Festival. She has also appeared at other Tony Award®-winning theaters including the Public Theater in NYC, the Denver Center and Utah Shakespeare Festival. She was trained at the graduate Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware and the BFA Musical Theater program at Boston Conservatory. TV/Film credits include several short films and Season 3 of “Magnum P.I.” as the infamous Imelda Marcos on CBS. Favorite roles include Lolita Luna in Dogeaters, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Lady Macbeth, Kate in Shrew and Bloody Mary in South Pacific. Christine is currently developing her solo work for theatre and online platforms. christinefriale.com.
Gabriel Lawrence is a Houston native based in NY. Stage credits include: Montrellous in Clyde’s; Martin Luther King in The Mountaintop; Evan in Sweat and title roles in Macbeth and Julius Caesar. TV: What Would You Do? (recurring); other stage and television credits, education and further information available at mrgabriellawrence.com.
Jeremy Gee is a Houston based actor and is happy to be working at Alley Theatre this holiday season. He graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BFA in musical theatre. Since graduating, Jeremy has worked regionally in Houston, Atlanta, GA and South Carolina. He is also a voice actor and can be heard in many English dubs of popular anime. Aside from acting, he is also a fitness professional and nutrition coach. Jeremy is very grateful for the love and support from his friends and family. Especially Annie and Spooky Mama (she’s a cat).
Geena Quintos was recently seen in Audible Theater’s production of Good Enemy, and in Hartford Stage’s production of Kiss My Aztec! written by John Leguizamo. Other credits include Broadway/Tour: Miss Saigon, A Chorus Line. Off-Broadway/Regional: Soft Power (The Public Theater), Vietgone (Geva Theatre), Emojiland (Duke on 42nd), Here Lies Love (Seattle Rep), Undesirables (Kennedy Center), Interstate (NYSAF), Diamond Alice (Fiasco Theater). Thank you to the entire CRB team for welcoming me with open arms! IG: @geenaquinoa. geenaquintos.com.
Steven Good is thrilled to be making his Alley Theatre debut with Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Soprano! Broadway: Waitress (Dr. Pomatter), Escape to Margaritaville (Mr Utley, Tully U/S). He also performed both of these shows in Houston. Regional: Austen’s Pride (Mr. Darcy, 5th Avenue Theater), Grey Gardens (Ahmanson), Prometheus Bound (A.R.T), Once (A.R.T. Workshop), Woyzeck (SB Ensemble Theater). Film/TV: Younger (Rob Davis), The Blacklist (NBC), Nightmare Nurse (Lifetime), Notorious (ABC), Hart of Dixie (WB). Feature film premiering fall 2022: A Neighbor’s Vendetta. Education: MFA (Acting) Harvard/Moscow Art Theater/A.R.T. BFA UC Santa Cruz (Music Composition/Classical Voice). Endless love and thanks to his babes Phoenix and Minea, to Mom, Dad, to Oma and Opa, Sierra, and Grandma for making this Houston gig possible. Love to his agents at Artists & Representatives and to JZ Casting! @thestevengood.
Philip Goodwin Broadway: Tartuffe, The Diary of Anne Frank, The School for Scandal. Off-Broadway: A Day by the Sea, Mint Theatre; Celebration, Atlantic Theatre; Mud and Drowning, Signature Theatre; Grace (with Lynn Redgrave) MCC; Cymbeline, Pericles, The Broken Heart, and Henry VI (Drama Desk Nomination), Theatre for a New Audience; King Lear (With Kevin Kline), Macbeth, Hamlet, Public Theatre. Regional: Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Guthrie Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Portland Stage, Hartford Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Two River Theater. At Studio Theatre, DC, he performed as critic Kenneth Tynan, in a premier solo play by Richard Nelson. At the Austin (TX) Shakespeare, he appeared in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opposite Franchelle Stewart Dorn. As an Associate Artist at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, he has played many parts, including the title role in Macbeth, also with Fran Dorn. He received Helen Hayes Awards for his performances as Timon, in Timon of Athens, Mayor Stockman in Enemy of the People, and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. He began his professional career in John Houseman’s The Acting Company, touring the country for five years. The very first stop was in Houston at the Alley Theatre, playing a 108-year-old Dr. Quack in The Country Wife. Film and TV: The Pink Panther, The Pink Panther 2, Diary of a City Priest. Law and Order, Law and Order CI, The Equalizer, The Blacklist, EVIL, and Hamlet for PBS.
Brittany Halen is ecstatic to return to the Alley Theatre after previously appearing as the violinist in Around the World in 80 Days! Other theatre credits include TheatreZone: Bright Star (Florence/Fiddler), Me and My Girl (Sally), George M! (Josie Cohan); Mad Cow Theatre: Once (Reza/Violin), The Spitfire Grill (Shelby/Violin); Theatre Under the Stars: Rocky Horror (Dance Captain/Phantom), Reefer Madness (Ensemble), Yankee Doodle Dandy (Ensemble), White Christmas (Ensemble), Guys and Dolls (Hot Box Girl/Ensemble), Urban Cowboy (Ensemble/Violinist); Stages Repertory Theatre: Mack and Mabel (Mae Busch/Violinist) Failure; A Love Story (Jenny June Fail); Queensbury Theatre: Sideshow (Dance Captain/Auntie/Venus), Elf (Dance Captain/Charlotte); Main Street Theater: Civil War Christmas (Raz/Violinist). BrittanyHalen.com.
Ellen Harvey Broadway: Present Laughter (Miss Erikson w/ Kevin Kline), How To Succeed in Business…. (Miss Jones w/ Daniel Radcliffe), Phantom Of The Opera, The Music Man, Thou Shalt Not. Off-Broadway: Little Women, Big Love. Shakespeare In The Park: Into The Woods. National Tours: Mary Poppins (Miss Andrew), Disney’s High School Musical (Ms. Darbus), Mamma Mia, (Tanya). Regional Favorites: Knoxville (Aunt Hannah, Asolo Rep), Company (Joanne, Barrington Stage), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett, KC Rep), Animal Crackers (Mrs. Rittenhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival), Last Night of Ballyhoo (Boo Levy, Bay Street Theater), & Pericles (Dionyza, Two River Theatre) TV: “WeCrashed,” “House of Cards,” “Blacklist,” “Gotham,” “Younger”. ellenharvey.net & @ellenharveynyc.
Brock Hatton is very excited to be making his Alley Theatre main stage debut. Previously at the Alley Theatre he played Oskar in the Oskar vs. Thingamabob tour. He has most recently been seen in Main Street Theater’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Caractacus Potts), and as a company member of Strange Bird Immersive. Other credits include Main Street Theater: Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley (Arthur de Bourgh), Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Mr. Popper), Pete the Cat (Arthur/ Gus the Platypus), The Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion); Unity Theatre: Now and Then (Jamie), A Grand Night for Singing (Martin), Plaid Tidings (Sparky); Houston Grand Opera: Die Valkyrie, Siegfried, Gotterdammerung, Rusalka, Madame Butterfly; Taichung National Theatre (Taichung, Taiwan): Gotterdammerung; Musical Theatre Heritage (Kansas City, MO): My Fair Lady; New Theatre: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Brock is a graduate from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences.
Jackie Burns is known as Broadway’s longest running Elphaba in Wicked. She replaced Idina Menzel in the National Tour of If/Then and was a part of the original Broadway company. Other credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair (OBC) and Rock of Ages. Selected regional theater: PCLO, Sacramento Music Circus, PaperMill, Goodspeed, Casa Mañana, George Street. Film/TV: “Set it Up,” “The Magnificent Meyersons,” “Ghost”. Jackie has sung all over the world with Grammy and Tony Award-winning composer, Frank Wildhorn. She most recently completed a successful run as the lead character in the new musical A Walk on the Moon.
Jamila Sabares-Klemm is a Filipinx-American activist, actor, and singer. Theatre: Merrily We Roll Along, Hamilton, Baby, Sweeney Todd, Hair, The Prince of Egypt, Rent, Miss Saigon, Spamalot, In The Heights, Macbeth. TV/Film: “Law & Order,” “Fugue,” “Helpsters.” Co-Founder of the artist collective Justice Through Arts Music and Movement or J.A.M.M. @jamilajoy @wearejamm.
Jane Lui Singer, songwriter, keyboardist, percussionist. Recent credits include “Opera Evelyn” vocal contributions to the soundtrack of Everything Everywhere All At Once (A24), Arranger/Pou in Cambodian Rock Band (Off-Broadway Signature Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory). Huong in Vietgone (East West Players), Original compositions in All’s Well That Ends Well (OSF), Composer and Music Director in Secret In The Wings (Coeurage Theatre Co). Her electro project, SURRIJA, departs from her past work, exploring glitch and warm electronic design. The album earned a nomination for Best Pop Album at San Diego Music Awards 2021. Her music video “Southern Winds” earned Best Music Video at Dublin Web Fest 2017. She has worked with Matt Chamberlain, Son Lux, Felicia Day, CDZA, and toured internationally. @surrija // Surrija.com.
Joe Ngo is an Obie Award winning actor, writer, and musician who most notably originated, and developed the role of Chum in Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band (Directed by Chay Yew, Music by Dengue Fever) with productions at South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre in NYC; and is elated to make his debut at the Alley Theatre. Regional: Mlima’s Tale (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), White Snake (Center Stage/Baltimore), King of the Yees (ACT/Seattle, Center Stage/Baltimore), Vietgone (Studio Theatre, DC) TV: Crashing (HBO) V/O: Funan (gKids) Education: MFA (UW Seattle) Joe-Ngo.com.
Julia Krohn Original Las Vegas company of Jersey Boys (Lorraine); NYC Credits: ABBA’s Kristina (pre-Broadway workshop), Joy (Off-Broadway); Regional: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Mack and Mable; TUTS: Anything Goes, Cats, A Chorus Line, Spamalot, Camelot; Alley Theatre: A Christmas Carol, Sherlock Holmes, Quack, The Three Musketeers, Towards Zero, Freaky Friday.
Kelsey Angel Baehrens
Kelsey Angel Baehrens is honored to join the Cambodian Rock Band family. Fave regional creds: Cambodian Rock Band (HI); Lizzie, the Musical (Playhouse Square, OH); Wild Swimming (HI); Henry IV, part 1 (HI Shakes Fest). Tour: The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System (Theaterworks USA). Directing creds: Kate Hamill’s Pride & Prejudice at KOA Theater, HI, associate to Erin Ortman on Jeannette, a new musical about the right to vote, associate to Jess McLeod on the NYCLU’s “Sing Out For Freedom.” Education: Baldwin Wallace University, Mid-Pacific School of the Arts. Mahalo nui loa to everyone who said yes, to the ohana, pamilya, and bong. IG: @kelseyangelb. kelseyangelbaehrens.com.
Kyle Ward Born and raised in Houston, TX, Kyle Ward has been seen in Dallas Theatre Center’s “Hairspray,” The Ensemble Theatre’s “Motown Christmas,” and DCPA’s “Choir Boy” for which he received an Outstanding Supporting Actor nomination. Kyle is also noticeable from national commercials including Dell Technologies and Church’s Chicken. Glory to God!
Mai Le Stages Repertory Theatre: Sensitive Guys; Prohibition Theatre: Pulsate: A Vampire Musical; Main Street Theater: Darwin in Malibu, The Hard Problem, Men On Boats; Ensemble Theatre: Smart People; Rogue Productions: Two Mile Hollow; Next Iteration Ensemble: We, the Invisibles; Precious Little; In a Word; Horse Head Theatre: Sensitive Guys, Church; Queensbury Theatre: As Bees in Honey Drown; Landing Theatre Company: All in the Timing; Film: Acid Test. Education: B.A., Stephen F. Austin State University, Theatre. Website: iammaile.com.
Amanda Martinez is thrilled to be making her Alley Theatre debut! Off Broadway: It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play (Mary Bailey), Keith Huff’s (House of Cards, Mad Men) Six Corners (Bernadette Perez), Esther (Queen Esther). Houston Theatre: Srimprov (Barbara), Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (Julia). Regional: Camelot, SMILE!, Jesus Christ Superstar. A big thank you to the Alley, to my family, friends and especially to Chris for all of your love and support! AmandaMartinezActor.com Instagram- @mandimartinez.
Moses Villarama New York: Cambodian Rock Band (Signature Theatre), Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise (The Play Company), Fornicated From The Beatles (The New Ensemble), Chairs and a Long Table (Ma-Yi Theatre), Fast Company (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Select Regional: Henry V, Snow In Midsummer, The Odyssey, The Winter’s Tale (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Vietgone (OSF/Seattle Repertory); Cambodian Rock Band (OSF/La Jolla Playhouse); Our Town (South Coast Repertory); It’s a Wonderful Life (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley); Warrior Class (Alliance Theatre); Swamp Is On (Pig Iron Theatre Company); King Lear (Denver Center). Training: MFA, National Theatre Conservatory. BA, University of San Francisco. All my love to Amy. @themightymos.
Nathaniel Tenenbaum Before: Indecent (Seattle Rep), The Cripple of Inishmaan (tO) Sister Act (5th Ave) During: made key lime pies & 1 strawberry cheesecake, sewed 1 shirt (unwearable) learned 25 German words/day. Post: The Wiz (5th Ave), Much Ado (Seattle Shakes). Thanks to Jes & Brian, you know what you did.
Camryn Nunley Stages: Black Superhero Magic Mama (Corey Brackett), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch/Olive’s Dad/Dan Dad). We Are Proud to Present…(Actor 4); Alley Theater: Oskar’s Not So Simple Comeback: Frank, The Christians (Choir Ensemble) Camryn would like to once again thank his Mom for quite literally everything.
Mia Pinero is beyond thrilled to bring joy and laughter to Houston! Broadway: West Side Story. Regional: My Fair Lady, Yoga Play at PlayMakers Repertory Company, Songs for a New World at Paper Mill Playhouse, In the Heights at Geva Theatre Center, West Side Story at the Guthrie Theater. Her concert credits include venues such as Lincoln Center, the Times Center, and Feinstein’s/ 54 Below where she made her solo debut performance in Growing Up: An Album Release Celebration in Concert!. On camera, Mia played Angelica in Law and Order: SVU, was featured on a CitiBank commercial where she got to eat BBQ chicken wings (a favorite), as well as being featured on The Today Show. This past spring, she released her solo debut album, Growing Up, which is available on all streaming platforms. Special thanks to BWA, JZ Casting, her family, and Dan (my real life Jerry). Instagram: @miapinero.
Luis Quintero is thrilled to be back at the Alley Theatre for the Holidays. Other Alley credits include Doris Baizley’s A Christmas Carol and Sweat. Regionally he has performed in Romeo and Juliet, Mr. Burns, Macbeth, Cyrano, and Into the Woods at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Twelfth Night at Two River Theater; American Mariachi at DCPA and The Old Globe San Diego; The River Bride at Stages Rep; and Around the World in 80 Days at A.D Players. Luis is a teacher with the Alley Theatre and The River Performing and Visual Arts Center. He is also a Playwright and Composer. His Hip-Hopera adaptation of Medea is set to premiere in New York in 2024. He wishes everyone the happiest of Holidays.
Rachel H. Dickson
Rachel H. Dickson is excited to make her Alley Theatre acting debut. Acting favorites: Plenty of Time; Seven Guitars; American Menu; African Company Presents Cinderella; Directing: The Ensemble Theatre: Pipeline; Stages: Cullad Wattah; Northern Stage: Dutch Masters, Main Street Theatre: Grand Concourse, Texas Southern University: The Wiz; University of Houston-Downtown: Medea.
Briana J Resa
Briana J. Resa worked the early morning shift in a fast-food restaurant from her sophomore to senior year in Belton, Texas. Go Tigers! Briana remembers the thrill of manning the drive-thru window, the dance of working “the line,” the terror of switching from the breakfast to lunch menu, grabbing fresh fries for breaktime, and the ravenous rush of customers. But most of all, she remembers the smiles and stories her team members shared while preparing and serving up meals as quickly as they could. Perhaps the SPIRITS of her coworkers PAST are here at PRESENT . . . perhaps they are YET TO COME. Briana appeared on the Alley Theatre’s stage last season in Sense and Sensibility and the world premiere of 72 miles to go. . . Other Alley appearances: Alley@Home production of El Chuco Town Forever and Michael’s Wilson’s A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. She is the recipient of the 2020 Houston Press Theatre Award for Best Solo Show and finalist for Best Actress. Favorite credits: Between Riverside and Crazy (4th Wall Theatre Company); The Secretary and Native Gardens (Main Street Theater); R.U.R. (Classical Theatre Company); one woman show Empanada Loca (Obsidian Theater); Alma En Venta (Stages Repertory Theatre); The Hunchback of Seville, The Moors (Mildred’s Umbrella), A Wonderful Life and Dreamgirls (TUTS). BFA, Sam Houston State University. Instagram: @brianaresa. For you, MOM.
Alexandra Silber Broadway/New York: Fiddler on the Roof, Master Class, The Lucky Star, Einstein’s Dreams, Nell Gwynn, Arlington, Hello Again, Song of Norway. London’s West End: Indecent, Kiss Me, Kate (BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall), Carousel, Fiddler on The Roof, The Woman In White. Regional: Cabaret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Camelot, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Love Story, Murder on the Orient Express. Film/Tv: 1408, Elementary, Mysteries Of Laura; all three Law & Orders. Concerts: Grammy® nominee for Maria in West Side Story with San Francisco Symphony. I Am Harvey Milk (Los Angeles), Trouble in Tahiti at Tanglewood, Symphony Space, Orchestra of St Luke’s, Carnegie Hall, Caramoor, DSO, ASO, John Wilson Orchestra for the BBC Proms. Books: Alexandra’s books ‘After Anatevka’ and ‘White Hot Grief Parade’ are both published by Pegasus Books, and available on Audible.com. Training: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Skyler Sinclair returns to the Alley after appearing in Crimes of the Heart. Previous credits include Gloria, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare in Vegas (4th Wall Theatre); Around the World in 80 Days, Harvey, A Cattywampus Christmas (AD Players); Lysistrata (Classical Theatre); Dry Land (Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre); Doubt (Unity Theatre); Private Lives, The Secretary, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, The Wickhams, Peace in Our Time (Main Street Theatre); The University of Tamarie (Catastrophic Theatre); The Divine Sister (Celebration Theatre); Oleanna (Landing Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Outreach Tour). Sinclair graduated from the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance with a BFA.
Susan Koozin returns to the Alley Theatre after appearing in Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Soprano (world premiere), Clue, and Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Recent Houston performances include Sunrise Coven (world premiere, Stages Theatre),The Secret of My Success (regional premiere),Mary Poppins (TUTS).
Raven Justine Troup
Raven Justine Troupe is excited to be participating in another production with the Alley! Previous Alley credits include: The Emporium (Laurencia); Amerikin (Chris); A Christmas Carol (Belle/Mrs. Fred); Sophia (Xerxes), Alley All New Festival; and Skeleton Crew (Assistant Director). Other credits: The Little Mermaid (TUTS), Sister Act (TUTS), Elf the Musical (TUTS), Spring Awakening (TUTS), Seussical the Musical (TUTS), Mamma Mia (TUTS), The Wiz (TUTS), Little Shop Of Horrors (Stages), For Colored Girls… (Obsidian), and Funny Girl (Art Factory).
Vanessa R. Butler
Vanessa R. Butler 48hours in Harlem (Harlem 9), Scissoring (INTAR Theatre), Terminus (NYTW: Next Door), Queens for a Year, A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage); Jimmy & Lorraine (HartBeat Ensemble); “Billions”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order SVU” (NBC), “Power Book II: Ghost” (STARZ); Connecticut Critics Circle Award 2017 – Outstanding Actress in a Play, www.vanessarbutler.com.
Vi Tran Born in the shadow of Sai Gon, Vietnam and raised in the cattle country of southwestern Kansas, Vi Tran is equal parts sea salt and wheat fields. Creator of The Butcher’s Son, an autobiographical refugee folk musical about his family’s escape from Vietnam, their capture by the Khmer Rouge, and their resettlement in the meatpacking country of America. The Butcher’s Son was nominated for 8 awards at the 2018 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival and winner of Most Promising Musical and Best Leading Performer (Tran). Watch and listen at youtube.com/vitranmusic. Credits: Vietgone (Unicorn Theatre, American Stage); Miss Saigon (Paramount, Western Playhouse); M Butterfly (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Unicorn); Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon (Our Perspective/Steppenwolf/Lookout); Take Me Out (Unicorn, Playhouse on the Square); Molière’s The Pests (Kansas City Actors Theatre); King Henry V (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival).
76th Season Creative Team
Afsaneh Aayani Stages: Black Super Hero Magic Mama, Main Street Theater: Last Stop on Market Street, Charlotte’s Web, Dog Act, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Book of Magdalene (Digital World Premiere), Alley Theatre: (Assistant Set Designer) Sweat, Catastrophic Theatre: (Director) Innominate, (Set Designer) 4:48 Psychosis, The Drama Squad1,2,3, (Assistant Set Designer) Fefu and Her Friends; Rec Room: (Director) The Moonlit Princess, (Assistant Set Designer) Pass Over, The Children; Classical Theatre: R.U.R, Lysistrata; A.D. Players:The Christmas Shoes, Unplugged, David The Best Slinger of The West; University of Houston: (Set Designer) Haroun and The Sea of Stories, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Dear Charlotte, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Luchadora, (Costume Designer) Three Sisters; Landing Theatre: Rapture Blister Burn, Caught, Oleanna; HGO.co: The Pastry Prince, The Puffed Up Prima Donna; Rogue Production: Two Mile Hollow, Pulsate; Actor’s Equity Festival: The Effect. Education: B.A., Art University of Tehran, Puppetry; M.F.A., University of Houston, Scenic Design. afsanehaayani.com.
Ada Westfall (she/her) is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music director, and performer. Broadway: Jagged Little Pill. Off-Broadway: Suffs (Public Theater), David Byrne’s Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (Public Theater), In the Green (Lincoln Center), Songbird (59E59). Regional: The Last Goodbye (Old Globe). Variety: Big Apple Circus (Lincoln Center & Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade), Another Rose (Virgin Voyages). She is an Associate Artist with Theater Mitu and The Civilians. Insta: @adawestfal. www.adawestfall.com.
Adam Noble has over 25 years of experience as a movement specialist, serving the worlds of theatre, film, and opera. He is Head of MFA Acting at the University of Houston, and the Studio Movement Instructor for the Houston Grand Opera. Certified by both the Society of American Fight Directors and by Intimacy Directors & Coordinators, Adam teaches movement both nationally and internationally, and has choreographed the physical storytelling for well over 200 stage and film productions.
Alanna Dorsett is a Houston based artist who spent over a decade in New York City. Alanna holds an MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School, a BFA in Theatre Arts from Five Towns College, and attended the Acting from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and was a member of The Playwright Directors Unit at The Actors Studio. A few New York directing credits include No Exit, Snow Angel, Savage In Limbo, and Tape. Most recently Alanna directed in The New Playwright’s Festival at University of Houston and A Doll’s House Part 2 at 4th Wall Theatre Company here in Houston.
Edward Albee (1928-2016) was born on March 12, 1928, and began writing plays 30 years later. His plays include The Zoo Story (1958), The American Dream (1960), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961-62, Tony Award), Tiny Alice (1964), A Delicate Balance (1966, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award), All Over (1971), Seascape (1974, Pulitzer Prize), The Lady From Dubuque (1977-78), The Man Who Had Three Arms (1981), Finding The Sun (1982), Marriage Play (1986-87), Three Tall Women (1991, Pulitzer Prize), Fragments (1993), The Play About The Baby (1997), The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2000, 2002, Tony Award), Occupant (2001), Peter and Jerry: Act 1, Homelife; Act 2, The Zoo Story (2004), and Me, Myself and I (2007). He was a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and President of The Edward F. Albee Foundation. Mr. Albee was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005 he was awarded the special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Alex Thrailkill is an NYC-based composer and music director for new work. As MD: Cowboy Bob; Another Rose (Virgin Voyages, arr. Ada Westfall); Guys + Dolls (UArts, arr. Ada Westfall); Spring Street Social Society’s Secret Supper: The Musical (co-composed with Jeanna Phillips) and Mermaiden: Or, The Monogamy; Salty Brine’s Record Collection series (Joe’s Pub). New Victory LabWorks Artist, Fresh Ground Pepper PlayGround PlayGroup Artist. Alex and Jeanna create music for kids as Little Bandits.
Annie Tippe Recent: Dave Malloy’s Octet (Signature Theatre/Berkeley Rep; Lortel Award for Best Direction; SDC Callaway Finalist). Other credits: Malloy’s award-winning Ghost Quartet, Britta Johnson’s Life After (Goodman Theatre; Jeff Award Nominee), Julia May Jonas’ Your Own Personal Exegesis (Lincoln Center), Leslye Headland’s Cult of Love (IAMA Theatre Company), Bess Wohl’s Continuity (Goodman Theatre), Tony Meneses’ The Hombres (Two River), and James + Jerome’s INK (co-directed w. Rachel Chavkin) and The Conversationalists (Bushwick Starr). Her film “HELP ME MARY” won Best Narrative Short at the Lower East Side Film Festival. Ars Nova Director-in-Residence, Drama League Directing Fellow, Williamstown Directing Corps. annietippe.com.
Jorge Arroyo is a freelance Lighting Designer based in Boston and New York with over 25 years of experience in theater, dance, concerts, corporate events, opera, and television. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he is one of only a handful of professional lighting designers to hail from the island. His work has been seen at venues and companies such as The Apollo Theater, The Civilians, Carnegie Hall, The Public Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Arden, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Huntington, and others. Jorge is an Organizing Member of La Gente: The Latinx/é Theatre Production Network, comprised of designers, technicians, and managers that are striving for greater visibility, engagement, and advocacy for Latinx/é artists within the American theater. Jorge received his MFA from New York University and is an Assistant Professor of Lighting Design and Co-Chair of Design and Production at Boston University and a member of USA Local 829.
Ásta Bennie Hostetter
Ásta Bennie Hostetter Recent work: Taming of the Shrew (Old Globe), Dom Juan (Bard Summerscape), Gnit (Theatre for a New Audience). Favorite New York world premieres: Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie (Mad Ones), Usual Girls (Roundabout Underground), Dance Nation, Men on Boats (Playwrights Horizons),The Wolves (Lincoln Center), John (Signature). Regional: Goodnight Nobody (McCarter), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cal Shakes), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (KC Rep), El Coquí Espectacular (Two River). Upcoming: directing the September world premiere of Julia Jarcho’s Marie It’s Time at HERE Arts Center with her company minor theater. Member: USA 829, Target Margin, The Mad Ones.
Raquel Barreto is pleased to be back at the Alley Theatre after designing 1984, The Winter’s Tale, and Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Credits include All’s Well That Ends Well (Chicago Shakespeare); Julius Caesar (Theater for a New Audience); The Glass Menagerie, Frankenstein, and Watch on the Rhine (Guthrie Theater); Native Gardens (Pasadena Playhouse and Denver Center); Water by the Spoonful and Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue (Center Theater Group); and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Actors Theater of Louisville/ Portland Center Stage.) Her designs have also been seen at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for five seasons, as well as at Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory, The Folger Theater, Syracuse Stage, Geffen Playhouse, Cornerstone Theater Co, Magic Theatre, Latino Theater Co, Getty Villa, Cutting Ball Theater, and the LA Philharmonic, among others. A native of Brazil, Raquel is a professor of Design at UT Austin. raquelbarreto.com.
Ryan Barrett has been a proud Houston resident for 10 years. He is also a member of Actor’s Equity Association. Previous credits include: Alley Theatre; Lend Me A Soprano, Sense and Sensibility. A.D. Players: Dear Jack Dear Louise, Miracle On 34th Street; Houston Grand Opera: Hansel & Gretel, Elixir Of Love. Ryan is also the founder and show director of The Broad’s Way, a local musical theatre company, showcased every Monday, 9pm at Michael’s Outpost.
Emily Bohannan is in her seventh season at the Alley Theatre where select credits include the world premieres of Amerikin, The Carpenter, and Cleo. Regional credits include two seasons as the resident Assistant Stage Manager at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she served as the stage manager for the world premiere of The Spiritualist by Robert Ford. BA: University of Arkansas, MA: National University of Ireland in Galway. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Caroline Duffin is so excited to work with the Alley Theatre! Broadway: Clyde’s. Off-Broadway: Good Enemy (Minetta Lane), HEART (Minetta Lane), ¡Americano! (New World Stages), My Mother’s Severed Head (Theatre Row), Whisper House (59E59). New York: SuperYou Musical Concert (Carnegie Hall), Bridesmaids: A Dance Narrative (Symphony Space).
Cliff Caruthers is a San Francisco based sound designer and composer with over 300 production credits, including Born with Teeth,1984, The Winter’s Tale, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Born Yesterday for Alley Theatre, Frankenstein: Playing With Fire for Guthrie Theater, Julius Caesar for The Acting Company, Troilus and Cressida for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Man in Love for Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Caucasian Chalk Circle for American Conservatory Theater; TRAGEDY: a tragedy for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Night for California Shakespeare Theater, A Clean House for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Bug for San Francisco Playhouse, and A Dreamplay, Pelleas & Melisande, Ubu Roi, and many others for The Cutting Ball Theater. Mr. Caruthers is co-curator of the San Francisco Tape Music Festival, is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, and teaches sound design at Stanford University and San Francisco State University.
Charles M. Turner III
Charles M. Turner III Broadway: Death of a Salesman, The Skin Of Our Teeth, The Parisian Woman, Hand to God, The Heidi Chronicles, The Performers, Golda’s Balcony, and Metamorphoses. Other credits include: 25 years of Off-Broadway, Regional & International work.
Chay Yew His New York credits include the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizon, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Audible Theatre, Rattlestick, Ensemble Studio Theatre, National Asian American Theatre, and Ma Yi. Regionally, he directed for the Humana Festival, Goodman Theatre, Kennedy Center, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Huntington Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Center Theatre Group, Long Wharf, Alley Theatre, Hartford Stage, Denver Theatre Center, Portland Center Stage, Round House Theatre, Singapore Repertory Theatre, amongst others. His opera credits include the world premieres of Osvaldo Golijov’s and David Henry Hwang’s Ainadamar (co-production with Tanglewood Music Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Rob Zuidam’s Rage D’Amors (Tanglewood). He is a recipient of the OBIE Award for Direction. From 2011 to 2020, he was the Artistic Director of Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. chayyew.com.
Cherie Corinne Rice
Cherie Corinne Rice The Wedding Band (TFANA), Lear (Cal Shakes), Three Musketeers (Cleveland Playhouse), The Bluest Eye, Our Daughters Like Pillars, Skeleton Crew (Huntington), I Am My Own Wife (Long Wharf), Song of the Northwoods, Rapture Season, Bernarda’s Daughters, Evil Eye (Audible.com). MFA, Brown University/Trinity Rep; BA Theater & Performance, UC Berkeley. Current Head of Voice and Speech, Waterwell Drama, NYC. Past teaching appointments, NYU Tisch MFA, Rutgers MGSA and Columbia MFA.
Christopher Bowser is a production and event designer based in Brooklyn and upstate NY. Recently: production design for Salty Brine’s Living Record Collection (Joe’s Pub), Constellations (Geva Theatre), Heather Christian’s Animal Wisdom (Woolly Mammoth); lighting for Dave Malloy’s Octet (Berkeley Rep/Signature Theater). Scenic and lighting designs seen around New York City and at ART Oberon in Cambridge, MA, The Curran Theater in SF, Seattle Theatre Group, Cape Repertory in Brewster, MA, and festivals in Warsaw, Edinburgh, and Nottingham UK. christopherjbowser.com.
John L. Cornelius II
John L. Cornelius II is a member of ASCAP and the American Federation of Musicians (Local 65-699). He has written several works for the lyric theater including Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude, Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, Mirandy and Brother Wind, and The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings. His most recent concert works include several song cycles, cantatas and What Wings They Were (chamber opera), Sweet Freedom’s Song: a Fantasia on the hymn-tune America, The River (MFA-Boston), Colored Carnegie (Dance Suite, commissioned by Urban Souls Dance Company) and PAX, commissioned by The Apollo Chamber Players. Dr. Cornelius is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and is Professor of Music at Prairie View A&M University.
David Weiner is thrilled to continue bringing Chay Yew’s production of Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band to audiences since its world premiere at South Coast Repertory in 2018. The Alley: Cleo, Leading Ladies. Broadway: The Great Society, The Price, Misery, Romeo and Juliet, Dead Accounts, Grace, Godspell, The Normal Heart (Tony – best revival, play), Reasons to Be Pretty, Butley, The Real Thing (Tony – best revival, play), Dinner at Eight, Betrayal. Off-Broadway: The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Class Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Theatre for a New Audience, Vineyard Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf, Goodman, CTG, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter, Huntington, American Repertory Theater, Williamstown. Theme Park: Frozen at Hyperion Theater, Disney California Adventure Park. Architecture: numerous projects including NYC Michelin Star award winning restaurants Al Coro, Saga, Crown Shy and Cote. DavidWeinerDesign.com.
Derek Walcott (1930-2017) was born in St. Lucia, the West Indies, in 1930. His Collected Poems: 1948-1984 was published in 1986, and his subsequent works include a booklength poem, Omeros (1990); a collection of verse, The Bounty (1997); and, in an edition illustrated with his own paintings, the long poem Tiepolo’s Hound (2000). His numerous plays include The Haitian Trilogy (2001) and Walker and The Ghost Dance (2002). Walcott received the Queen’s Medal for Poetry in 1988 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.
Diggle (he/him/his) is a proud Gay Mexican designer with Indigenous Mexica (Aztec) roots. His selected credits include: The Harder They Come (The Public), Gruesome Playground Injuries (St. Louis Rep), Fires in the Mirror (Baltimore Center Stage & Long Wharf Theatre), Shakespeare Call & Response (The Public Mobile Unit), The Conversationalists (Bushwick Starr), Decky Does A Bronco (Royal Family), Red Emma & The Mad Monk (Tank/ANT Fest). Associate Scenic Design credits include work for Clint Ramos, Dede Ayite, & Rachel Hauck. www.diggledesigns.com.
Rachel Dooley-Harris first joined the Alley Theatre in 2013 with Michael Wilson’s A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. She has worked on 30+ productions and digital works with the Alley in the past eight years. Select credits include (Digital Works) Arnett Cobb, Old Black & White Hollywood, Medea, and Choosing Love. (SM) Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Soprano, Fully Committed, Vietgone, Constellations, Doris Baizley’s A Christmas Carol and (ASM) Born with Teeth, 72 miles to go…, Quixote Nuevo, Twelfth Night, The Great Society, and Describe the Night. Rachel received her BFA from the University of Houston, School of Theatre & Dance. She is an Ambassador for the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) and a founding member of the Houston PAAL Chapter. Rachel is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
Emma Y. Lai
Emma Y. Lai (she/her) is a director/playwright based in Minneapolis, MN. Recent credits include assistant directing Vietgone (dir. Mina Morita; Guthrie Theatre) and Your Own Personal Exegesis (dir. Annie Tippe; LCT3). Upcoming projects include Murdered to Death (Phipps Center (WI)), assistant directing the world premiere of An American Tail (dir. Taibi Magar, Childrens’ Theatre Company) and a workshop of The Songs of Bilitis by Rachel Anne Brees. emmaylai.com.
Eric Price has written the lyrics and book to the musicals The Violet Hour, Radioactive, Presto Change-o, Around the World, Hello Out There, The Sixth Borough, and additional material for the stage adaptation of the film Clue. His work has been produced at theatres in New York, around the country, and in Europe. Production experience includes work at such institutions as Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Menier Chocolate Factory, Barrington Stage, Symphony Space, Merkin Recital Hall, Minetta Lane Theatre, Audible.com, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below (including solo show), Birdland, the Ravinia Festival, and more. Eric’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma was commissioned in 2015 and has had over 150 productions around the world. In addition to his career as a writer, Eric was the longtime assistant to 21-time Tony Award®-winning director/producer Hal Prince and worked with him over the course of twelve years on the development of new musicals that premiered in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, London, and Tokyo. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and has degrees in Directing from Indiana University and Musical Theatre Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has been a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center finalist, and a member of Goodspeed’s Johnny Mercer Writers Colony and the Rhinebeck Writers’ Retreat. He is an Adjunct Professor of Musical Theatre at Pace University and Molloy College/CAP21. With his collaborator, Will Reynolds, Eric won the 2018 Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Writing.ericpriceonline.com.
Erin Gioia Albrecht
Erin Gioia Albrecht she/her (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: A Strange Loop, Bullets Over Broadway, Matilda, Bronx Bombers, Hands on a Hardbody. Off-Broadway credits include: A Strange Loop, Wives, Dance Nation, Mankind, Bella, A Life, Men on Boats, Marjorie Prime, The Christians (Playwrights Horizons); The Light, Charm, Punk Rock, The Village Bike, (MCC); India Pale Ale (MTC); Red Speedo (NYTW) Regional: Woolly Mammoth, The 5th Avenue, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse. MFA: UC San Diego.
Ethan Mitchell is ecstatic to return to the Alley after serving as the ASM of High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest last season. Ethan has been a member of TUTS stage management for productions spanning 6 seasons. Some favorites include: Pippin, The Secret Garden, Memphis, All Shook Up, Oklahoma, Sister Act, and The Secret of My Success. Houston Ballet: Coppélia, The Merry Widow, Marie, and The Nutcracker (2019-2022). Ethan is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
Everett Elton Bradman
Everett Elton Bradman 2022-2023 composer/sound designer credits include three world premieres (Lear at Cal Shakes, Mindplay at the Geffen Playhouse, and A Distinct Society at Pioneer Theatre Company), six productions for Oakland Theater Project, as well as shows at Z Space, South Coast Rep, UC Riverside, and Aurora. Other recent adventures include teaching an online sound design course and co-writing a musical adaptation of Giraffes Can’t Dance. Stop by and say hello at eltonsounds.com!
Five OHM Productions
Five OHM Productions is a New York City-based production company specializing in theatrical and experiential audio and video applications. Five OHM has employed hundreds of design and technical artists and has an ever expanding roster of technicians and venues in New York City and beyond. Notable design credits include Video Design with Tal Yarden for the Apollos original production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me performed at the Apollo and Kennedy Center and the eventual subject of an HBO documentary of the same name. Other notable credits include: New York Times Dealbook Conference with Jazz at Lincoln Center, Original Animations and Design for Fahrenheit 451 at the Hippodrome and Cambodian Rock Band Video Design with Luke Norby at Signature Theatre. Special thanks to Luke and Ben on the Houston team.
Isaac Gómez (she/they/he) is an award-winning Chicago and Los Angeles based playwright and screenwriter originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. They identify as na’wi – the third gender marker of the Rarámuri, a Mexican indigenous community in northern Chihuahua, of which she is a direct descendent. He is currently under commission with LCT3, Steppenwolf Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and IAMA Theatre Company. Their plays have been produced and/or developed by Audible Theater, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Alley Theatre, and many others. She is the recipient of the 2018 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award, the 2017 Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award at Primary Stages, and an inaugural 3Arts “Make A Wave” grantee. His television credits include the Netflix Original Series Narcos: Mexico, the upcoming Apple TV+ Limited Series The Last Thing He Told Me starring Jennifer Garner, and the second season of the crime-drama Joe Picket for Paramount TV+. They currently have a series in development with Stacey Sher and FX. On the feature film side, she is currently under development with a full-length feature at Focus Features. They enjoy good bowls of menudo on Sundays (con bolillos not tortillas, porfis) and can slay a game of millennial loteria. He is represented by The Gersh Agency, ReDefine Entertainment, and Granderson Des Rochers, LLP.
Graham Schmidt is a Brooklyn-based theater director. Graham has directed and developed work at the Orchard Project, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Lark Theatre, the Wild Project, the National Winter Playwrights’ Retreat, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Aye Defy, the Blue Theater, the Off Center, NYU Grad Acting, Fordham University, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and UT-Austin. Graham teaches acting in BFA programs at Pace University and Brooklyn College
Amber D. Gray
Amber D. Gray is a theatre Producer, Director, Performer, and Administrator. She received a BFA in Musical Theater at Rockford University. Her first major performances began at a very young age performing around Houston including the Opening of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Superbowl XXXVIII Pre-game show with Josh Groban, for previous Presidents, and much more. Amber previously performed in the Chicago area receiving her Equity Membership Candidacy. Amber then returned to Houston and began directing, choreographing, teaching Musical Theatre, and later becoming a Dance Studio Director. Amber’s career led her to Washington DC where she was the Company Manager at Arena Stage Theater. Following DC, Amber found herself in NYC as the Assistant Line Producer at The Public Theater. She has now returned to Houston Assistant Directing (Alley Theatre’s High School Play, A Nostalgia Fest; Stages Repertory Theatre: upcoming, cullud wattah) and recently performed in Stages Repertory Theatre’s Putnam County Spelling Bee as Marcy. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director for New York’s Reading Series BlackBoard Plays, Artistic Producer for the national Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival, General Manager for Detroit’s Obsidian Theatre Festival, and the Senior Producer for GhostLight Productions, Inc. For more information about Amber, please visit her website at amberdgray.com.
Rebecca R.D. Hamlin
Rebecca R.D. Hamlinis a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Among her favorite shows she has stage managed are Camp David, Grounded, The 39 Steps, A Flea in Her Ear, and Michael Wilson’s A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas. She has staged managed for numerous theatres including Alley Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston’s Main Street Theater and Resident Ensemble Players in Newark, DE.
Haydee Zelideth is a Chicana artist that enjoys sharing stories through what people wear. She grew up on both sides of the border and these experiences inform her point of view and how she approaches her work as a storyteller, giving depth, dimension and color to the specificities of someone’s life. To see more of her work, visit www.haydeezelideth.com.
Eleanor Holdridge Off-Broadway productions include world premieres of Selma ’65 (LaMaMa), Steve & Idi (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), and Cycling Past The Matterhorn (Clurman Theatre). Regional world premieres include David Grimm’s adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists (Cincinnati Playhouse), NNPN Rolling World Premieres of Lauren Gunderson’s Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley and I and You, Meg Maroshnik’s Fickle: A Fancy French Farce, and Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ Queens Girl in the World (Theatre J). She has directed twenty-four of Shakespeare’s plays, some of them multiple times including her most recent Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Upcoming projects include And Then There Were None at Florida Rep and a world premiere of Allyson Currin’s Rejoicing in Broken Pieces. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama, and is a professor and Chairs the Drama Department at The Catholic University of America.
Helen Huang is an award-winning costume designer whose credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, Round House Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Children’s Theatre Company, Classic Stage Company, Disney Entertainment, and The Washington Ballet. International credits include set and costume design for National Opera House of China and the Central Television of China. Awards: Helen Hayes Award and Ivey Award. Helen is a professor of Costume Design at University of Maryland, College Park. Publication: Character Sketch: A Drawing Course for Costume Designers. helenqhuang.com.
Hunter Foster is an Artistic Associate at the Bucks County Playhouse where he has directed: Clue: On Stage (World Premiere), Guys and Dolls, Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Buddy Holly Story (2016 and 2017), National Pastime, The Rocky Horror Show (2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017), Summer of ’42, and It’s a Wonderful Life. Other directing credits include: The Foreigner, Cabaret, My Fair Lady (Cape Playhouse), Grease (North Carolina Theatre), Spamalot (Casa Manana); and has directed productions of the Million Dollar Quartet for the Paper Mill Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse and the Westchester Broadway Theatre. He has also directed the NYC workshops of the upcoming new musicals, Far From the Madding Crowd and One Hit Wonder, which made it’s world premiere at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2017. As a writer, he co-wrote the stage adaptation of the movie Clue and has written the books to two off-broadway musicals: Jasper in Deadland – which had its world premiere at the Prospect Theater Company in NYC, followed by a successful run at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle – and Summer of ’42 which opened at the Variety Arts Theatre in New York City, and was nominated for an Outer Critic Award for best new Off-Broadway musical. Other recent book writing credits include The Circus in Winter (Goodspeed Musicals), Clyde and Bonnie: A Folktale (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Aurora Theatre), The Hollow (Signature Theatre) and Blue Ridge Sky. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County, Hands on a Hardbody, Million Dollar Quartet, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors (Tony nomination), Urinetown, Les Miserables, Footloose, Grease, and King David. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BFA in Musical Theatre).
Izmir Ickbal is honored to be designing at the Alley Theatre for the first time. He is a New York based international multi-disciplinary designer who has worked with numerous theaters and productions across the country and internationally including the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Company One Theater Boston, The Tank, BRIC House, 59E59 theaters, New York Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, National Black Theatre, Mark Taper Forum (Center Theater Group) and Theater For A New Audience. Others include the International Festival of Arts, The Esplanade Theatres, Singapore, and the Auditorio De Tenerife, Spain. In 2019 he was nominated for Best Scenic Design at the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards and the Elliot Norton Awards in Boston. He received a Master of Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama and is currently an Assistant Professor of Theater Design and Technology at Syracuse University. He is a member of USA-829. More info: izmirickbal.com.
Jack Beetle began his professional career as an actor specializing in Shakespeare and musical theatre. This is Jack’s ninth collaboration with the Alley Theatre, having previously vocal coached Lend Me a Soprano this season. Additionally, he has worked locally with the Houston Ballet, Theatre Under the Stars, Stages Repertory Theatre and Generations: A Theatre Company. An active voice teacher, he maintains a private studio in Houston’s Heights neighborhood and is on faculty at Rice University.
Jacob A. Climer
Jacob A. Climer Designer for theater and opera – recent credits include scenery/costumes for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Platee’ (Des Moines Metro Opera), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Olney Theatre Center), and The Texas Rose Festival. His work on the later was covered by the New York Times Style section. Career highlights include new musicals with John Kander and Sarah Ruhl,, The Flying Dutchman (Houston Grand Opera), and the contemporized production of Les Misérables (Dallas Theater Center).
Jason Lynch is a Chicago-based lighting designer and returns to the Alley, where previous design credits include Skeleton Crew. Off-Broadway: You Are Here: An Evening with Solea Pfeiffer (Audible Theatre/Minetta Lane Theatre). Regional: Alliance Theatre, American Players Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, City Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Geva Theatre Center, Goodman Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Seattle Repertory Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Victory Gardens Theater, among others. Honors: 2019 Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, which recognizes emerging theatrical designers within the Chicago area. Jason is a proud member of The Association for Lighting Production and Design and is represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of the IATSE and The Gersh Agency.jasondlynch.com, @jasonlynch.design on Instagram.
Jeanna Phillips (she/her) creates and facilitates communal experiences for people of all ages using music and theatre. Her piece for young audiences, The Last Grove, was the inaugural Atlantic for Kids developmental residency at Atlantic Theatre Company. Jeanna makes and records music for kids with Alex Thrailkill as Little Bandits; they released their self-titled album in 2018. As a performer, she’s developed new musicals with Karen O, Toshi Reagon, Cynthia Hopkins, Elizabeth Swados, and others. Alumna: New Victory LabWorks, FGP’s Playground Playgroup, The Civilians R&D Group, Yale Institute of Music Theatre. Graduate candidate at the City University of New York’s Masters of the Arts in Applied Theatre. For my family, who taught me how to sing.
Jessica Paz Broadway: Hadestown (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award); A Beautiful Noise; POTUS; Associate Sound Designer Dear Evan Hansen; Bandstand; Disaster! The Musical; The Assembled Parties (MCC); and Fela!. Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (Westside Theater); Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout); A Sucker EmCee, and The Muscles in Our Toes (LAByrinth); The Kings Whore (Starcatcher Productions); Becoming Dr. Ruth (Westside Theater). Numerous productions at The Public Theatre including Twelfth Night, Othello, Miss You Like Hell, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Nights Dream, and As You Like It.
Jim Johnson is a Full Professor at the University of Houston where he teaches voice and accents for actors, and he has coached more than 35 productions at the Alley Theatre over the last 20 years, in addition to coaching for Houston Grand Opera, Stages Repertory, and a number of other theatres, as well as film and television. He is an artistic associate with the Prague Shakespeare Company, where he teaches, performs, and directs along with his wife, Carolyn Johnson. Jim founded AccentHelp.com, where he has created materials for over 50 different accents for actors. He spends much of his time touring the US in a camper and traveling all over the world to record people’s accents, expanding the AccentHelp dialect library. Recent projects: The Wreckers at HGO and the upcoming feature film Double Down South.
Jonathan Lynn has directed 10 feature films including the cult classic Clue (he also wrote the screenplay), Nuns on the Run (also written by Mr Lynn), My Cousin Vinny, The Distinguished Gentleman, Sgt. Bilko, Greedy, Trial And Error, The Whole Nine Yards, The Fighting Temptations, and most recently Wild Target. His first produced screenplay was The Internecine Project (1974). For television, Jonathan’s writing credits include dozens of episodes of various comedy series but he is best known for the phenomenally successful, multi-award-winning BBC series “Yes Minister” and “Yes, Prime Minister,” co-written and created with Antony Jay. Jonathan authored the bestselling books The Complete Yes, Minister and The Complete Yes, Prime Minister, which cumulatively sold more than a million copies in hardback and have been translated into numerous languages and are still in print nearly 30 years later. His novel Mayday (1991) is being re-published by Endeavour Press and his latest books Comedy Rules (Faber and Faber) and Samaritans (Endeavour) both received rave reviews. About Samaritans, the Sunday Times said: “This is a book George Orwell would have approved of.” Jonathan made his first professional appearance on Broadway in the revue Cambridge Circus, and his television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” live with 70 million viewers, both at the age of 21. Jonathan’s West End theatre debut, aged 23, was as an actor in the role of Motel the Tailor in the original London cast of Fiddler on the Roof. His subsequent London directing credits include: The Glass Menagerie; Songbook (Best Musical, Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award); Anna Christie (RSC, Stratford and the Donmar); Joe Orton’s Loot; Pass The Butler by Eric Idle, Shaw’s Arms And The Man and The Gingerbread Man (Old Vic). At the National Theatre, he directed A Little Hotel on the Side by Georges Feydeau and Three Men on A Horse (Olivier Award, Best Comedy). As Artistic Director of the Cambridge Theatre Company, he directed 20 productions, producing 20 others, 9 of which transferred to the West End. His numerous awards include the BAFTA Writers Award, Writers Guild (twice), Broadcasting Press Guild (twice), NAACP Image Award, Environmental Media Award, Ace Award – Best Comedy Series on US cable, and a Special award from the Campaign For Freedom of Information. Lynn received an MA in Law from Cambridge University and now lives in New York, describing himself as a recovering lawyer.
Dan Jones has been working at the Alley Theatre since 2018, previously working at the Alley from 2004-2007. Dan regularly works as an assistant light designer on productions at the Alley as well as TUTS. Credits include works at New York Stage and Film, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Madison Children’s Theatre, Madison Rep., San Antonio Lyric Opera, 4th Wall Theatre and San Antonio Ballet. Dan is the proud owner of three spoiled rescue animals.
Samantha C. Jones
Samantha C. Jones Alley Theatre: Skeleton Crew. She is a Los Angeles-based costume designer and educator. Previous design credits include the Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Paramount Theatre (Aurora), Northlight Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Writers Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago Children’s Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Jackalope Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Seattle Children’s Theatre, First Stage, Skylight Music Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Players Theatre and others. Her work can be viewed at samanthacjones.com.
JZ Casting Geoff Josselson, CSA and Katja Zarolinski, CSA are New York-based casting directors, handling productions for theatre, film and television. Recent theatrical work includes productions for Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Cape Playhouse, The Civilians, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Irish Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Signature Theartre, Studio Theatre, Theaterworks Hartford, Weston Theater, Woolly Mammoth. For more information, please visit jz-casting.com.
Kristen Larson has been working with the Alley since 2013. Favorite Alley Stage Manager credits include: A Christmas Carol (digital version); 1984; The Humans; Twelfth Night; Holmes and Watson; Lover, Beloved (world premiere); A Christmas Carol; The 39 Steps; Syncing Ink (Alley All New Festival workshop and world premiere); and The Santaland Diaries. In the 2020-21 season, she served as Assistant Director for several digital offerings including Medea; El Chuco Town Forever; and An Enemy of the People. Locally, she has worked with Stages Theatre and Theatre Under the Stars and out of town in Chicago and Juneau, Alaska. Krissy is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, a member of Actors’ Equity Association, and is currently the Alley’s Production Stage Manager.
Lauren Yee Cambodian Rock Band premiered at South Coast Repertory, subsequent productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Signature Theatre, Victory Gardens, and Jungle Theatre/Theater Mu. Her play The Great Leap has been produced at the Denver Center, Steppenwolf, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and Asolo Rep. Honors include the Doris Duke Artists Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, and the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List. She’s a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, New Dramatists member, Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member, and Playwrights Realm alumni playwright. Current commissions include Arena Stage/Second Stage, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Repertory. TV credits: Pachinko (Apple), Soundtrack (Netflix), Interior Chinatown (Hulu), Billions (Showtime), The Sterling Affairs (FX). She is currently developing pilots for Netflix and Apple. BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD. laurenyee.com.
Linda Cho Broadway: POTUS, Summer 1976, Take Me Out, Grand Horizons, Anastasia (Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Award nominations), The Great Society, A Gentlemen’s Guide… (Tony® and Henry Hewes Awards), Lifespan of a Fact, Velocity of Autumn. Selected credits: Samson and Delilah, MET Opera, Michelle Dorrance at ABT City Center, Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing. MFA, Yale School of Drama. lindacho.com.
Michael Locher is the Alley’s Director of Design and made his Alley debut with Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. His recent and upcoming regional credits include productions for the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Yale Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, Great Lakes Theater, and PlayMakers Repertory Company. Michael’s designs have been seen Off-Broadway and at venues throughout New York and the northeast. His Bay Area credits include numerous productions with the Magic, CenterRep, and the Cutting Ball Theater, where he was a longtime artistic associate. Michael served as a professor at San Jose State University for six years before joining the Alley Theatre as Director of Design in the Summer of 2019. He also works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, specializing in work for the performing arts. Graduate: University of California San Diego, Yale School of Drama.
Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway and seven in London’s West End. His 32 plays and musicals are staged around the world and throughout the United States every night of the year. His first play, Lend Me a Tenor, won two Tony Awards® and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. Crazy For You was on Broadway for five years, on the West End for three, and won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical. In addition, he has won the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater, two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Charles MacArthur Award, and the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year. His other plays include Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway with Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, and Tony Shaloub, in London with Joan Collins); Twentieth Century (Broadway with Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche); The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Broadway with Kristen Bell); Be My Baby (Alley Theatre with Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter); Leading Ladies (Alley Theatre); Baskerville; A Comedy of Tenors; A Fox on the Fairway; The Gods of Comedy; Shakespeare in Hollywood; and The Game’s Afoot. His adaptations include Treasure Island (Alley Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket, AATE Distinguished Play Award); The Three Musketeers (Bristol Old Vic); Sherwood, The Adventures of Robin Hood; and The Beaux’ Stratagem; and his book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published in the Yale Review. His first opera, Tenor Overboard, opened earlier this year at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. His newest plays include Pride and Prejudice, Part 2: Napoleon at Pemberley; Lady Molly of Scotland Yard; and Moriarty. His adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, written at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate, had its European premiere at the Chichester Festival Theatre in June of 2022. For more information, see his website at kenludwig.com.
Matt MacNelly is a musician and actor living in Los Angeles. He co-arranged Cambodian Rock Band and has worked as Music Supervisor on many previous productions, including Signature Theater (NYC), the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, and Victory Gardens in Chicago, among others. He’s been playing guitar and singing for over 20 years. Matt has a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from Georgetown University, and an MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego
Megumi Katayama is a NY-based sound designer. Her design credits include New York: The Nosebleed (Lincoln Center Theatre LCT3), The Life (City Center Encores!), for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (The Public), Our Brother’s Son (Signature), Generation Rise (Ping Chong and Company/New Victory), The Gett (Rattlestick). Regional: 72 miles to go… (Alley Theatre), My Body No Choice (Arena Stage), Dinner and Cake, The Skin of Our Teeth, An Almost Holy Picture (Everyman Theatre), Sister Act (Geva Theatre Center), Pride and Prejudice (Long Wharf), El Huracán (Yale Rep/The Sol Project), Pass Over (Studio Theatre), Rooted (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Mary’s Wedding (Kansas City Rep), Two River Theater, Virginia Stage Company, Dorset Theatre Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company, Skylight Music Theatre, and more. MFA Yale School of Drama. Member of IATSE USA 829.
Merrick A.B. Williams
Merrick A.B. Williams Broadway: The Book of Mormon, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. NY City Center: Call Me Madam (Encores). Off-Broadway: Sanctuary City, Othello, Dreaming Zenzile, An Ordinary Muslim (NYTW); Good Enemy (Minetta Lane); Somebody’s Daughter, The Layover, Invisible Thread, The Other Thing (Second Stage); Gently Down The Stream, Sweat Mobile National, Measure for Measure Mobile (The Public); Daphne’s Dive (Signature). Regional: Seder (Hartford Stage); 10×10 2016 (Barrington Stage); On the Town (Boston Pops).
Mike Brun is a musical chameleon based out of New York City. Upcoming: Orchestrations for The Tempest at Shakespeare in the Park, the score to Gustavo Milan’s short film Unfamiliar Skin, and an album of his own songs entitled Rosebud. www.mikebrun.com.
Mikhail Fiksel he/him – is a Tony Award winning designer, composer, audio producer, and DJ working in theatre, dance, film and audio-forward media. Besides numerous productions of Cambodian Rock Band, other projects include collaborations with Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Victory Gardens, Albany Park Theatre Project, Audible Originals, and Make Believe Association (where he serves as the Director of Audio Production and with whom he just released a new audio drama series “Lake Song” featured at Tribeca Audio Premieres). Film credits include original scores for Glitch, The Wise Kids, and In Memoriam. Other awards include 3 Lucille Lortel Awards, multiple Jeff Awards, 2020 Obie Award for Sound Design. Fiksel is on the faculty at Columbia College Chicago and is a proud member of USA and TSDCA.
Molly Beach Murphy
Molly Beach Murphy is a writer of plays and musicals from Galveston, Texas. Plays include: The Air Got Thick; IKE; Big Bend in the Red Dirt Desert. Molly’s work has been developed with New York Theater Workshop, New York Stage & Film, Williamstown Theater Festival, Ars Nova, Page 73 Productions, The Civilians’ R&D Group, The Orchard Project, Ucross Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers’ Fund, Yale Institute for Music Theater, Village Theater Festival of New Musicals, NYMF, Pipeline Theater Company. Molly was a semi-finalist for the Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship and is a New Georges 2022 Audrey Resident. Published works appear in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Hairpin, Santa Ana River Review & American Theatre Magazine.
Laura Moreno is excited to be returning to the Alley Theatre. She’s had the pleasure of working on a number of Alley projects which include directing Alley@Home’s El Chuco Town Forever, assistant directing Born with Teeth, and directing the upcoming digital work The Odyssey of Professor Blume. Laura is a multi-faceted theatre artist and arts leader, known for her work as a producer, film and stage director, arts administrator, and costume designer. She received her MFA in Theatre, MA in Arts Leadership, and BFA in Acting from the University of Houston. She is an Ambassador for the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) and a founding member of the Houston PAAL chapter, as well as member of the El Zócalo Advisory Committee. Other projects include: Co-founder of Beans & Rice Media Arts, ¡Que Onda! LatinX Theatre Collective, and Co-fellow for DiverseWorks Project Freeway Fellowship.
Broadway: The Skin of Our Teeth (Tony nomination, Lincoln Center Theater); Grand Horizons (Second Stage); The Lifespan of a Fact (Studio 54). Select Off-Broadway credits: Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Minetta Lane, Audible Theater); Merry Wives, shadow/land, Shipwreck, Wild Goose Dreams (The Public); Fefu and Her Friends (Drama Desk nomination, TFANA); Marys Seacole (LCT3); Nollywood Dreams, BLKS, Collective Rage, Charm, School Girls (MCC Theater); The New Englanders, Sugar in Our Wounds, Important Hats… (Manhattan Theatre Club); Eddie & Dave (Atlantic Theater Company); what the end will be; Something Clean, Bobbie Clearly (Roundabout); Fabulation, Death of the Last Black Man… (Signature Theatre); Samara, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Soho Rep.); Today is My Birthday (Drama Desk nomination, Henry Hewes Award, Page 73). Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama. Awards: 2019 Obie Award for “Sustained Excellence in Sound Design;” 2018 and 2020 Henry Hewes Design Award. palmerhefferan.com.
Sharath Patel is an Oregon based designer who works nationally and internationally focusing on experimental, commercial, academic, political and socially conscious theatre. Recent designs: Asolo Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Indiana Rep, Portland Center Stage, Rep Theatre of St. Louis, Seattle Children’s Theatre, A.C.T. Theatre, American Rep, Artists Rep, Seattle Rep, Cal Shakes, Alabama Shakes, The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Arena Stage, Weston Playhouse. Additional work in New York City, San Francisco, L.A., D.C., Boston, Norfolk, Raleigh, Aspen, India, France, England, Germany, Romania. He has previously served as a visiting assistant professor, lead designer, guest artist, instructor, or lecturer at Reed & Whitman Colleges, Yale, Fordham, Columbia, Willamette, Ohio, & Butler Universities. Affiliations: USA829 IATSE, Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association, Arts Envoy for the U.S. Department of State, National Respondent for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Resident Artists at Artists Rep. BFA: Ohio University. MFA: Yale School of Drama. sharathpatel.com.
Ashley D. Polasek
Ashley D. Polasek is the Executive Director of The Ken Ludwig Company, writing, editing, consulting, and contributing to theatrical productions of Ludwig’s plays. She was the Script Associate for Chichester Festival Theatre’s productions of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and Crazy for You, and for the world premiere of Tenor Overboard at Glimmerglass Festival. She holds a doctorate in Adaptation Studies with a specialism in Sherlock Holmes on screen, publishing widely and lecturing on Sherlock Holmes adaptations across the US, UK, Continental Europe, and Asia, and serving as a technical advisor for film and television, most recently on Legendary Pictures’ Enola Holmes and on PBS’s Let’s Go Luna!. She is the author of Being Sherlock: A Sherlockian’s Stroll Through the Best Sherlock Holmes Stories, co-editor of A Companion to the Biopic, co-editor of Sherlock Holmes: Behind the Canonical Screen, and editor of A Plum Assignment: Discourses on P.G. Wodehouse and His World. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, editor-in-chief of the interdisciplinary journal The Conan Doyle Review, and a member of the Baker Street Irregulars.
Robert Ramírez has worked as an actor, director, voice artist, and voice and speech coach at theaters across the country including the Guthrie Theater, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Play House, Hartford Stage, Alley Theatre, and American Players Theatre, as well as numerous Shakespeare festivals in every region. He has been a member of the Recorded Books repertory company in New York City for over 20 years and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and the National Theatre Conference. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Los Angeles Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College and earned his MFA at the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program. Robert is currently the Head of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University.
Debs Ramser is delighted to return to the Alley Theatre for this world premiere! She was an ASM for last season’s 72 miles to go… and stage manager for several plays for Alley All New (including the workshop of 72 miles and readings of When We Left, Nutshell, and Quack). She has stage managed professional theater, musical theater, opera, dance, and concerts for over 25 years, working with Theatre Under the Stars, Main Street Theater, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Prague Shakespeare Company, and Houston Grand Opera, among many others. Debs is a graduate of Rice University and a proud member of Equity.
Kevin Rigdon is an Associate Director of Design for the Alley Theatre. For the Alley, he has created scenic, lighting, and costume designs for 108 productions. He has designed the Broadway productions of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, The Old Neighborhood, Buried Child, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Song of Jacob Zulu, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath, Our Town, Speed-the- Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Caretaker, and Ghetto. His designs have been seen in the London productions of Waiting for Godot, You Never Can Tell, American Buffalo, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Speed-the-Plow, The Grapes of Wrath, and Orphans. He has designed more than 110 productions for Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and has designed for theatres including The Peter Hall Company, The Kennedy Center, American Repertory Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, The Center Theatre Group, and The Cameri Theatre of Tel-Aviv, among others. He is the recipient of two Tony Award nominations, two American Theatre Wing Design awards, and seven Joseph Jefferson awards among many others. He is the Head of MFA Design & Technology at University of Houston.
Kathy Ruvuna Sweat (Alley Theatre); Lion in Winter, Pipeline, Cry It Out, Radio Golf, (Everyman Theatre); Ni Mi Madre, In the Southern Breeze (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Hands Up (National Black Theatre); Bernarda›s Daughters (BRIClab); Circle Jerk, This American Wife (Fake Friends); Good Faith (Yale Repertory Theatre); Twelfth Night (Two River Theatre); The Great Leap, I and You, Read to Me (Portland Stage). B.F.A. in Sound Design – The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, M.F.A. in Sound Design – Yale School of Drama.
KJ Sanchez is the founder and CEO of American Records, making theatre that chronicles our time and serves as a bridge between people. KJ has directed across the country, including Off-Broadway at Urban Stages, The Gene Frankel Theatre and HERE Arts Center. Regionally, she has directed at (select list) Chicago’s The Goodman Theatre, Studio Theatre in DC, The Huntington in Boston, Hartford Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Round House Theatre in Bethesda and Milwaukee Rep. As a playwright, KJ has been produced across the country and internationally. She is the voice of many characters on the cartoons Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go. KJ is a Fox Fellow, Douglass Wallop Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and a recipient of the 2014 Rella Lossy Playwright Award. She is an Associate Professor and Head of the MFA Playwriting/Directing programs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sandy Rustin is an actress and award-winning playwright named to the Broadway Women’s Fund’s “Women to Watch” list. Her adaptation of the film Clue (the most produced U.S. play for the 3rd year in a row) made its East Coast premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse where The New York Times called it “a welcome throwback to an era of physical comedy!” The play is currently touring in the UK (Cluedo). Sandy’s comedy, The Cottage (“Laugh Out Loud!” – The New York Times), was presented by MTC with Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”) directing and is in development for Broadway. Her adaptation of MGM’s Mystic Pizza premiered at Ogunquit Playhouse and will start its life of licensing in the summer of 2022. Sandy partnered with Disney to premiere: Jolly Holiday with Disney on Broadway – at Paper Mill Playhouse in ‘21/’22. Sandy wrote book & lyrics for Mattel’s American Girl Live (U.S. tour). With Sarah Saltzberg, Sandy gave a “thorough feminist scouring” (The New York Times) to Rogers & Hart’s I Married an Angel, adapted for NYC’s City Center’s Encores! Her play, Everything Seems Like Maybe, is licensed by Playscripts and her play, The Suffragist’s Murder, was commissioned for FST’s The Suffragist Project. Her sketch comedy musical, Rated P … For Parenthood (“Wistfully Funny!” – The New York Times), opened Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre and was optioned by ABC Studios. Her play, Struck (“A Charming Comedy!” – The New York Times), enjoyed acclaimed productions at NJ REP & Theatre Raleigh. Her play, Houston, received the New American Musical Award and her comedy, Elijah, was named amongst the Jewish Plays Project “Top Plays of 2020.” Sandy’s film, Sifu, a coming of middle-age dramedy, begins production in ‘22/’23, with award-winning director, Jason Chaet, starring Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”) & Armando Riesco (“The Chi”), produced by Hirsch Giovanni Entertainment. With FST’s Playwright Collective, Sandy developed a Masterclass: Writing Comedy for the Stage, which she teaches to students all over the globe (thank you, Zoom). Sandy is the Founding Co-Artistic Director of Midtown Direct Rep. With her family, she created the Jerry Kraut Memorial Fund, supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Chicago. Northwestern University graduate. Member of ASCAP, SAG, AEA, The Dramatists Guild. Rep’d by A3 Artists Agency & The Cartel. sandyrustin.com.
Jane Shaw Alley: Amerikin. New York: Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre for a New Audience, National Black Theatre, Bedlam, Rattlestick, The Women’s Project, Repertorio Español, New York Theatre Workshop, Second Stage Uptown, and over thirty productions with the Mint. Regional: The Guthrie, Hartford Stage, The Huntington, Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), ACT (San Francisco), American Repertory Theater, Cleveland Play House, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Two River Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Northern Stage, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Theater, Arena Stage, Asolo Rep, Dorset Theatre Festival, Denver Center, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Recognition: Drama Desk, Connecticut Critics Circle, Henry Award, Bessie Award, Premios ACE 2012, NEA/TCG Career Development Grant, Meet the Composer Grant, and several Lortel nominations. Member: USA 829, TSDCA (Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association). Ms. Shaw is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Drama, and hails from Lawrence, Kansas. janeshaw.com.
Cat Tate Starmer
Cat Tate Starmer Recent designs include A Christmas Carol, 1984 (LDI Design Achievement Award), Murder on the Orient Express (Alley Theatre); Hurricane Diane, They Promised Her the Moon (Old Globe); Steel Magnolias, Frankenstein (Guthrie Theatre); Hold These Truths (Theatreworks: Silicon Valley, Guthrie Theatre, Playmakers Rep); The Winning Side (Epic Theatre Ensemble, Off-Broadway). Cat received two Lumen awards and a SOURCE Award for her architectural work with Focus Lighting. She’s an adjunct professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts. MFA: Yale School of Drama.
Jim Steinmeyer was called by The New York Times the “celebrated ‘invisible man’—inventor, designer, and creative brain behind many of the great stage magicians.” His illusions have been featured by Doug Henning, Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, Ricky Jay, and many others. He created the special illusions for Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast, Into the Woods, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Mary Poppins, and Aladdin. He is also the author of books on the history and practice of magic.
Stewart/Whitley Duncan Stewart CSA and Benton Whitley CSA. Broadway/NY: Life of Pi, Hadestown (Artios Award), Chicago the Musical, Paradise Square, Rock of Ages, Lightning Thief, Great Comet of 1812, Elf, On the Town, Pippin, La Cage aux Folles, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. TV/Film: Netflix, 20th Century Fox, NBC, Lionsgate, Disney Channel. Regional: A.R.T., Berkeley Rep, Alley, Bay Street, For The Record, TUTS, Hollywood Bowl, McCarter, Signature, RCCL. Follow: @stewartwhitley and stewartwhitley.com.
Stivo Arnoczy is a projections designer and programmer from New York. NYU:TISCH. Recent work includes: Cabaret (Hangar Theatre), untitled danceshowpartything (Virgin Voyages), First Down (Noor Theatre), Space Dogs (MCC, as Assoc.), Without You (LDK Productions, As Assoc.) Broadway: The Rose Tattoo (as Asst.), Be More Chill (as Asst.), The Band’s Visit (International Tour, as Assoc.) Upcoming: Monsoon Wedding (St. Ann’s Warehouse, as Assoc.) stivo.video.
Takeshi Kata Alley Theatre: Quixote Nuevo, Grounded, A Few Good Men, Other Desert Cities, Red, The Farnsworth Invention, Subject to Fits, and Orson’s Shadow. Broadway: Clyde’s, Derren Brown: Secret. Off-Broadway: Office Hour (Public); Man from Nebraska (Second Stage); The Great Leap, Through a Glass Darkly, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic); Until the Flood (Rattlestick). Regional: American Players Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Central City Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Theatre for the Performing Arts, Ford’s Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, Nashville Opera, Old Globe, Portland Center Stage, Steppenwolf, Williamstown and Yale Rep. Kata has been the recipient of Michael Merrit, Drama Desk, Obie and Jeff Awards and has been nominated for. Ovation, San Francisco Critics Circle, Elliot Norton, TBA and Barrymore Awards. Kata is an Associate Professor at University of Southern California, School of Dramatic Arts.
Tanya Orellana (she/her) designs performance spaces for theatre and opera. Previous collaborations include Fefu and her Friends directed by Pam MacKinnon, Oedipus directed by Jenny Koons at The Getty Villa, The Industry’s Sweet Land, an immersive opera directed by Yuval Sharon and Cannupa Hanska Luger and LEAR by Marcus Gardley directed by Eric Ting. A member of Wingspace Theatrical Design, LA GENTE and a recipient of the Princess Grace Fabergé Theatre Award. MFA-CalARTS. www.tanyaorellana.com.
Jocelyn A. Thompson
Jocelyn A. Thompson is thrilled to be working at the Alley Theatre for the first time and joining forces with Rob Melrose again. Her most recent productions have been with Portland Center Stage (Wine in the Wilderness), and Virginia Repertory Theatre (Airline Highway, Raisin in the Sun, Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Wiz, Once). Previous productions include Pelleas & Melisande, …And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, Ubu Roi, The Chairs with Cutting Ball; The Oldest Profession, Iph…, with Brava! for Women in the Arts; Harry Thaw Hates Everybody with Shotgun Players, and Jesus in India with The Magic Theater. Jocelyn is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Tim Mackabee Alley Theatre: Describe The Night. Broadway: The Elephant Man (starring Bradley Cooper), Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (dir. Spike Lee). West End: The Elephant Man. Off-Broadway: Heathers The Musical, The Last Match (Roundabout), The Penitent, Our New Girl, Describe The Night, Guards At The Taj (Atlantic), Vietgone, Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (MTC), Luce (Lincoln Center Theatre), Gigantic (Vineyard), Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theatre). Regional: The Old Globe, Steppenwolf, Arena Stage, Geffen, ACT San Francisco, Ford’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Center Stage Baltimore, Denver Center, Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theatre Center, Geva Theatre, Yale Rep, Syracuse Stage, South Coast Repertory, Victory Gardens Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre, The Muny, Williamstown. Dance: Doug Varone & Dancers, Cedar Lake Dance. TV: Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo (HBO), Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (HBO), Gotham, Smash, The Today Show. Education: North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama. timothymackabeedesign.com, @timmackabeedesign.
Tom Watson Originally from N. Ireland, headed the wig/makeup department at the Metropolitan Opera for 17 years. He has designed more than 100 Broadway productions: Wicked, Rock of Ages, The King & I, Fiddler on the Roof, Oslo, Falsettos, The Little Foxes, Junk, My Fair Lady, King Kong, All My Sons, Great Society, and Plaza Suite.
Nicole Wee (Costume Design) (she/her) – National Tour: Martin Luther on Trial and The Great Divorce (Fellowship for the Performing Arts). Off-Broadway: Desperate Measures (New World Stages), Sideways (The Peccadillo Project), Closer Than Ever, and Storyville (Henry Hewes and Audelco nominations – Outstanding Costume Design, York Theatre Co.), The Body Politic (59E59), Surely Goodness and Mercy (Keen Co.), The Sensational Josephine Baker (Emerging Artists Theatre). Regional: The Great Leap (Portland Center Stage), Vietgone (Geva Theater Center), The White Snake (Baltimore Center Stage), Indecent (Chautauqua Theater Co.), Back Home Again (Lesher Center for the Performing Arts), Crazy For You, Spamalot (Muhlenberg SMT), I Do! I Do! (Peterborough Players), Tosca (Boheme Opera N.J.), Ruined (regional premiere, Best Costume Design — Best of the Suncoast 2010, Florida Studio Theatre). Interim Director: Playwrights Horizons Theater School. MFA: New York University.
Brandon Weinbrenner is the Alley’s Associate Producer & Casting Director. At the Alley he has directed A Christmas Carol, Fully Committed, The Humans, Venus in Fur, the digital productions of A Christmas Carol and Man.Kind., and several workshops and readings as part of Alley All New. Brandon previously served as the Alley’s Resident Assistant Director, assistant directing over 25 productions. Around town he has directed The Children and The Royale at Rec Room Arts, Fool for Love at The Landing Theatre Co, Stage Kiss at 4th Wall Theatre Company, Buyer & Cellar and Native Gardens at Main Street Theater, and most recently Picnic at the University of Houston. Past theatrical credits include serving as the Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow at Berkeley Rep, producing the 2013 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, and acting in productions at the Guthrie Theater, among others. Brandon is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/ Guthrie Theater BFA Acting Training Program.
Christopher Windom choreographed the feature film Respect for MGM, starring Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin. Off-Broadway: Choreographer, Kid Victory (The Vineyard Theatre) The Alley: Choreographer, A Christmas Carol. Regional Theaters: Director, Fairview; Choreographer, Melancholy Play; Director/Choreographer, A Christmas Carol (Trinity Repertory Company); Director/ Choreographer, Light It Up! (Cleveland Play House); Director, Annie (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Choreographer, Les Miserables (Dallas Theater Center); Choreographer, Frozen: Live at the Hyperion for Disney Resorts. Christopher has performed on Broadway and National Tours of Fosse and Damn Yankees starring Jerry Lewis.
Klara Zieglerova designed numerous productions in the United States, Europe and Asia. On Broadway: Sister Act, The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. West End: Sister Act, Jersey Boys. United States: New York Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Irish Repertory Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Rep, Florida Stage, Williamstown, and others. Ms. Zieglerova designed the interior of New World Stages in NYC (Lumen Award). Other awards: Tony Award nomination, Green Room Award Australia, Best Set Design of the Theatregoers’ Choice Award London (for Jersey Boys); Drammy Award for Best Set Design; Carbonell Award for Best Set Design; sets for the Best Touring Production, L.A. Ovation Award. Ms Zieglerova is a curator of ‘Fragments’ exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial 2023