The School of Drama's excellence in training
is best exemplified by the accomplishments of its alumni. The vast
majority of the School's former students have appeared in numerous
Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theatre productions, in films, and
in television series and shows.
Michael Abbott, Jr.
Michael has appeared Off Broadway in productions of; "Othello", "Taming
of the Shrew", and "Pudd'nhead Wilson"(Lucille Lortel). His regional
theatre credits include; "Bat Boy:The Musical"(Portland Center Stage),
"Dearly Departed"(Tennessee Repertory Theatre), and the World Premiere
production of "BROTHER WOLF"(Traid Stage), among others. He has
appeared in numerous workshop productions (including "The Duke &
The Duchess" starring two-time Academy Award Nominee, Sylvia Miles), is
a member of John Houseman's acclaimed 'Acting Company', and has
appeared nationally as Elvis Presley (including The Kennedy Center and
the HBO & BRAVO Networks). Michael will appear as Cleaman Hayes in
the independent feature film, "SHOTGUN STORIES", written and directed
by Jeff Nichols and produced by David Gordon Green. The film stars
Michael Shannon and will premiere in early 2007.
Writer and actor from Pharr, Texas. His one man show,
“We’re ‘Mericans,” an adaptation of Sandra
Cisneros’ book “Woman Hollering Creek,” has been
performed at the Kennedy Center, District of Columbia Arts Center, and
Theater Alliance. His 10-minute play, “The Lion and the Mouse: a
Radio Show,” is being performed by LEAP throughout schools in
Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn as part of its Aesop Fables for
Youth series. His play “Throat” was selected to be
developed at The Field ArtWard Bound Residency Program; also received a
staged workshop production by The Roundhouse Theatre at the Kennedy
Center’s Page to Stage Festival in Washington, D.C.. A member of
the KITCHEN at the Roundhouse Theatre. Recently performed his new
one-man show “Los Mojados” at the Nuyorican Poet’s
Café. Currently in development on a screenplay, “7 Tales
of Desperation,” which is scheduled for production in fall 2007.
Actor: “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law and
Order: SVU,” AMW, the short film NOBLE CHROME PIRATES and the
feature film THE CHOKING MAN. On stage: "Our Lady of 121st" at Woolly
Mammoth, "Jesus Hopped the A Train" at the RoundHouse Theater, and
"Painted Alice" at Theater Alliance, as well as numerous regional
theaters in Texas, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.
Member of L.A.'s Interact Theatre Company, where he received the
Artistic Director Achievement Award for Lead Actor for portrayal of
Wolf/Prince in the musical "Into the Woods." Other work at Interact
includes lead roles in "Counsellor-at-Law," "110 in the Shade,"
"Arsenic and Old Lace" and "The Nerd." Also performed in Ensemble
Studio Theatre West's "Cherry Orchard" and "Member of the Wedding" with
Esther Rolle. Off-Broadway, appeared in the musical "Surrender,"
"Hazard County Wonder" and "Nice People." Contract roles on daytime
dramas "General Hospital," "Days of Our Lives" (as Jack Deveraux),
"Search for Tomorrow" and "One Life to Live." Primetime television work
includes guest star roles in "Friends," "Dharma & Greg,"
"Providence," "Tom Clancy's Net Force," "Charmed," "Pacific Blue,"
"Burke's Law," and "Quantum Leap." Film roles include BONFIRE OF THE
VANITIES, SPECIES and BILLY'S HOLLYWOOD SCREEN KISS, which was viewed
at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Appeared in Stephen Sondheim's and
Hugh Wheeler's "A Little Night Music."
Lynn has worked professionally as Director, Costume Designer, Teacher,
Administrator, Sketch Writer, Improv Comedienne, Producer, and
Actress in Chicago. She is the Artistic Administrator at
Northlight Theatre in the Chicago area where her duties include
Casting, Internships, and assisting the Artistic Director. For the past
eight years she has served as the Theatre Arts Director of the National
High School Institute (the Cherub program) at Northwestern University;
and as Director of the Musical Theatre extension program. In her 25
years on the faculty of the Cherub program, she has taught Acting,
Voice & Movement, Improvisation, Tap, Children’s Theatre,
Text Analysis and Performance Theory; and has directed ten productions
(including Execution of Justice, The Investigation,
Baby with the Bathwater, Marat/Sade,
Too Much Light…, and The
Beggar’s Opera). She was the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of
the Econo-Art Theatre Company (1983-90) , along with UNCSA alum Marc
Silvia (Drama, ’82). At Econo-Art she was seen in an array of
world-premieres and obscure plays, including The Underpants,
Durang’s Titanic, The Radio Play, Beautiful Dreamer and
the highly acclaimed The Age of Pie, by Peter Hedges (Drama,
‘85). She played Starveling in the Chicago Shakespeare
Theatre’s wildly successful Midsummer Night’s Dream
directed by Joe Dowling. Elsewhere around Chicago, Lynn has performed
at the Goodman Theatre, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Pegasus,
National Jewish Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Body Politic, Practical
(years of improvisational and sketch comedy), Cloud 42, and Stormfield.
She is cited on page 257 of Richard Christiansen’s book A
Theater of Our Own: A History and a Memoir of 1,001 Nights in
Chicago. She can also be seen in a variety of regional television
commercials—most recently in Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower
Best known for role as Oswald on the hit television series, "The Drew
Carey Show." Film credits include MISS CONGENIALITY 2: ARMED AND
FABULOUS, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, EUROTRIP, Gamma in KIM POSSIBLE, Officer
Cheets in THE COUNTRY BEARS, Saber Tooth Tiger in ICE AGE, My-ik in
EVIL ALIEN CONQUERORS, dual role as Jethro and Jethrine in THE BEVERLY
HILLBILLIES, DINOTOPIA, and THE ASSASSINATION FILE. Television credits
include guest appearances on "Still Standing," "Grim and Evil,"
"Cheers," "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Quantum Leap," "Star Trek:
The Next Generation" and the voice of Adonis in Disney's animated TV
series "Hercules." He recently starred in National Lampoon's CATTLE
CALL and is currently filming COOK-OFF!
Thenardier in the Broadway revival of “Les Miserables.”
Received the 2001 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for
his role as Roger DeBris in Broadway's "The Producers." Other Broadway
appearances include "Beauty and the Beast" (Tony and Ovation award
nominations), "La Cage Aux Folles," "Sweet Adeline (Encores!),"
"Doonesbury," "The Moony Shapiro Songbook," "Annie," "Something's
Afoot," and "1776." National tours include "Les Miserables," "Legends!"
"Lend Me a Tenor," "Closer Than Ever," and "Of Thee I Sing" (Helen
Hayes nomination). On TV, appeared on "Will and Grace," "Queer as
Folk," "Kate and Allie," "Cheers," "Sisters," "Murder, She Wrote,"
"Letterman," "Jamie Foxx," "The Wayans Brothers," "Dolly Parton,"
"Saved By the Bell," and "Arliss." Film credits include THE PRODUCERS,
DEFENDING YOUR LIFE, SPACE WORKS, and MAN OF THE CENTURY. Recordings
include "Beauty and the Beast," "Doonesbury," "Symphonic Les
Miserables," and "Sondheim at the Movies." Gary Beach is King Arthur in
the national tour of “Spamalot.”
Appeared off-Broadway as Joshua in "Corpus Christi" (world premiere) by Terrence McNally at Manhattan Theatre Club, directed by Joe Mantello; Ensemble member in “Othello” at The Public Theatre/NYSF directed by Doug Hughes; Antipholus of Syracuse in "Comedy of Errors" and Priest in "O Pioneers!" with The Acting Company; Regional theatre includes Tig in "Balm in Gilead" at The Magic Theatre directed by Ashley Gates; Ariel in “The Tempest” & Speed in the “Two Gentlemen of Verona” at the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival; Biondello in "Taming of the Shrew" at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Bartley in "The Cripple of Inishmaan" & Sahwn Keough in “Playboy of the Western World” at The Pioneer Theatre; Verges in "Much Ado About Nothing" at The Long Wharf Theatre, directed by the late Derek Anson Jones; and Andrija in "Family Stories" by Biljana Srbljanovic at the Market Theater. Live Director & Webcast Producer for New Year’s Eve in Times Square and live events around the world. Co-Founder of Cheesehead TV with fellow alumnus Aaron Nagler- #1 Green Bay Packer site & fan show on the web.
Mr. Bledsoe graduated with a BFA in 2005. His film work includes
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, SEX AND THE CITY 2, as well as THE RIDGE AND BIG
TIME with fellow UNCSA graduates Brett Haley, Ryan Hunter and Jesse
Patch (School of Filmmaking, 2005). Television credits include
recurring roles on Ugly Betty, The Beautiful Life,
Guiding Light, All My Children, As The World Turns
and One Life to Live, with guest spots on Gossip Girl,
Law and Order CI, CSI: NY, Six
Degrees and Lipstick Jungle.
Mr. Bledsoe has been a series regular in
pilots for ABC, the CW and Lifetime. New York theater credits include Impressionism
on Broadway with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen (u/s), Babette’s
Feast off-Broadway with Quin Gordon (UNCSA class of 2007), and Ready
by Mando Alvarado (UNCSA class of 2001) with Will Rogers (UNCSA class
of 2004). Regionally, he has played Mitchell in The Little Dog
Laughed at the Intiman Theater in Seattle. He is a regular
improviser at the People’s Improv Theatre in New York City.
Associate director of the Apprentice & Intern Company at Actors
Theatre of Louisville for three seasons, 2002-05. Played Phebe in the
mainstage show, “As You Like It.” World premiere of Arthur
Miller’s “Mr. Peter’s Connections” at Signature
Theatre, off-Broadway. Played the nurse in the Seattle Shakespeare
Company production of “Romeo and Juliet” which featured
UNCSA alumna Dana Powers Acheson as Juliet and UNCSA alumnus Ian
Merrigan as Benvolio, and was directed by UNCSA alumnus John Langs.
Member of the original cast of “The Exonerated,” written by
Jessica Blank/Erik Jensen, at The Actor's Gang. Directed
“Buses” by Denise Nicholas at University of Kentucky.
Co-starred on CBS's “The District” season finale, titled
“Payback.” Recently appeared in “Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit” with UNCSA alumnus Paul David Story. Can be
seen in “Syringa Tree” at Delaware Theatre Company.
Matthew Brookshire is a songwriter and theater artist based in New York City. Matthew’s collaborations with modern dance choreographer Keely Garfield include the acclaimed Twin Pines (2012 Bessie Award Nomination) Wow (Danspace Project) and Telling the Bees (Chocolate Factory).He is the recipient of multiple Live Music for Dance grants from the American Music Center. Matthew’s music for film includes songs for Palindromes, directed by Todd Solondz. Matthew has released two collections of his music, 8 Songs and Best Friend. For the theater, Matthew co-wrote the book and directed the musical For The Love of Tiffany, starring Nancy Opel. Other directing credits include the one-man show Bullies, a five actor adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, and concert stagings at Joe’s Pub and Carnegie Hall. Since 2009, Matthew oversees the operations of The Actors Fund Arts Center, a performance venue in Downtown Brooklyn. He is a graduate of the High School Drama Program (’92) and the Directing Program (’98).
Tiffany Little Canfield
Tiffany Little Canfield is a casting director with Telsey + Company,
one of the largest casting offices in New York City. She is also
the co-Artistic Director of Sonnet Repertory Theatre, a non-profit
classic theater company in New York City. On Broadway: Baz
Luhrmann's production of Puccini's La Boheme, Rock of Ages,
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Title of Show, and Enron.
Regional/Tours: Midsummer Night's Dream (La Jolla), Rock
of Ages (National Tour), and La Boheme (Ahmanson). Film:
SEX AND THE CITY 2, JONAH HEX, MAIN STREET, SEX AND THE CITY: THE
MOVIE, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, DAN IN REAL LIFE, and RENT. Tiffany is a
proud graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Broadway: “Equus” and “The Country Girl.”
Off-Broadway: Received a Lucille Lortel nomination for her role in
Second Stage’s production of “The Scene.” Also
off-Broadway, "columbinus" at New York Theatre Workshop, "Flesh
and the Desert" at Playwrights Horizons (Summer Play Festival), and
"God Hates the Irish” at Rattlestick Theatre. Regional: "The
Scene," ATL (Humana Festival); "Hay Fever," Baltimore Center Stage;
"The Importance of Being Earnest,” Dallas Theatre Center. Film:
PRETTY BIRD at Sundance 2008, AND THEN CAME LOVE, BOTTLEWORLD. TV:
“The Cashmere Mafia,” “Reinventing the
Wheelers.” BFA graduate of UNCSA.
Richard Corley is a Chicago-based director, playwright, producer and educator whose work has been seen across America and internationally. Most recently Mr. Corley served for six years as the artistic director of Madison Repertory Theatre in Wisconsin, where he created the city’s first new play development program and commissioned, produced and directed numerous world premieres and classics, including the world premieres of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice and Eric Simonson’s Lombardi/The Only Thing, the Midwest premieres of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Mercy of a Storm and Tina Howe’s Rembrandt’s Gift, and Our Town with Andre De Shields. Prior to that, he was associate producing director of The Acting Company, founded by John Houseman, where he directed and produced many plays, including O Pioneers!, Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and several world premieres. Mr. Corley is an associate artist of the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, where he has directed for eight seasons. He has worked at numerous theatres nationally, including Hartford Stage Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Arena Stage, Magic Theatre (San Francisco), American Conservatory Theatre, City Theatre (Pittsburgh), Philadelphia Theatre Company (five seasons), Delaware Theatre Company, The Mint Theatre (New York), Jean Cocteau Repertory (New York), Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Southwest Shakespeare Company, and many others. His New York premiere of Tom Dulack’s play Incommunicado, with Tom Aldredge, received a Drama Desk nomination, and he directed the Russian premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Small Craft Warnings at Moscow’s Sovremennik Theatre. Mr. Corley is the author of the play Tierra Del Fuego, based on the life of Charles Darwin, and original translations of Marivaux’s The Game of Love and Chance, Chekhov’s Seagull (with Nina Familliant) and Three Sisters (with Nadia Vinogradova). He has taught and directed at many universities, including NYU Graduate Acting Program, Brandeis Graduate Acting, UCSD/Old Globe, ACT, Bard College, DePaul, University of Illinois/Chicago, and Lake Forest College. Mr. Corley is the recipient of numerous awards, including the TCG/NEA Director Fellowship, and he has served on the panel for the National Endowment Career Development Program. He is a member of SDC.
In March of 2010, Matt Cowart produced Sondheim: The Birthday
Concert, a celebration of the works of Stephen Sondheim at Avery
Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, which will air on
PBS’ Great Performances in the fall. Currently, he is
working on Annie Get Your Gun at Ravinia in Chicago,
starring Patti LuPone (Associate Director). Other credits include: CAMP
WANATACHI: A New Musical inconcert (3LD Art and Technology Center
in New York City); Two Gentlemen of Verona: The Rock Musical (UNCSA);
On The Razzle (UNCSA); Broadway:
Three Generations (Kennedy Center, co-directed with Lonny Price); Camelot
with the New York Philharmonic starring
Gabriel Byrne, which was broadcast on PBS’ Live from Lincoln
Center (Associate Director); My Favorite Things, a
Rodgers and Hammerstein revue starring Shirley Jones (Associate
Director); Beautiful Girls, starring Zoe Caldwell, Patti
LuPone, Marin Mazzie, Donna McKechnie, and Jenn Colella (Associate
Director); the Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade starring
Audra McDonald (Assistant Director); and Kiki Baby (Eugene
O'Neill Music Theater Conference).
This past summer, Mr. Cowart co-wrote and co-directed the original
children’s musical, Dream Machines, with collaborator
Isaac Klein and composers Joshua Morgan and James Stewart. Mr. Cowart
is the co-Artistic Director of MUDasMAN productions, which he founded
with Mr. Klein. He has served as Associate Artistic Director of the
78th Street Theatre Lab, and as an Associate Producer for PREMIERES. He
was a 2004/2005 Kenan Directing Fellow at the Lincoln Center Institute,
is an alumnus of the 2005 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and is
a member of the Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers. Mr.
Cowart graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the
Arts with a degree in directing. He is currently working on two new
musicals, CAMP WANATACHI, which will open Off-Broadway at La
Mama ETC in early 2011, and Legend of the Word, a new hip-hop
musicalwritten by Isaac Klein and James Stewart.
Made his feature film debut in Twentieth Century Fox’s SOMEONE LIKE YOU, starring Ashley Judd, Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei and Ellen Barkin. Theatre credits include a world premiere translation of Moliere’s The Misanthrope, playing Acaste, at Portland Stage; the New York premiere of Tennessee Williams' Green Eyes with Target Margin; and an extended run of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde at Caldwell Theatre. Has appeared in dozens of national commercials, most notably as the fumbling skateboarder in the award-winning “Don’t Be That Guy” campaign for Fox Sports. Has recorded numerous voice-overs (Wendy's, Dorney Park, America Online ) and created several voices for MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch. Featured in international print campaigns shot by acclaimed photographers Robert Whitman and Howard Berman. Mr. Coyle can be heard singing the songs of Ellington, Gershwin and Sondheim with jazz bands in the New York and Philadelphia areas. Member of Actor's Equity, AFTRA, and Screen Actors Guild.
T. Scott Cunningham
Performed in Tony Award-winning "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Design
for Living" on Broadway. Off-Broadway credits include "As Bees in Honey
Drown" with the Drama Dept. Theater Company, where he is a founding
member. Has appeared at theatres such as Manhattan Theatre Club,
Playwrights Horizons and the Vineyard Theatre in plays such as Nicky
Silver's "Fit to be Tied" and "Pterodactyls." Regional theatre credits
include lead in "Hamlet" at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, "Angels in
America" at the Alliance Theatre, "A Fair Country" with Seattle
Repertory Theatre and "An Enemy of the People," directed by Gerald
Freedman, at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Primetime television
credits include "Frasier," "Cybill," "Law & Order," "Law &
Order: Criminal Intent" and "Central Park West." Recurring role in
daytime's "As the World Turns." Film appearances include OUR VERY OWN,
Crispin in PEOPLE I KNOW and Ryan in SERENDIPITY.
Currently a member of the off Broadway “Blue Man Group.”
TELEVISION: Ridley Scott's The Man in the High Castle for Amazon Studios, FOX's Backstrom with Rainn Wilson, HBO's True Blood & The Wire, The Mentalist, Crisis, NCIS & NCIS New Orleans. FILM: Peter's Plan, Distance, Leave No Marine Behind, The Seer.
THEATRE: The title role in Hamlet at The Denver Center Theatre Company. International: Love's Labor's Lost at The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. Regional: Thirteen productions as an affiliated artist at the Tony Award winning Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, including Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Stacy Keach's King Lear directed by Bob Falls, the world premiere of The Liar by David Ives, As You Like It directed by Maria Aitken, and Octavius Caesar in Antony & Cleopatra. Other favorite credits include Prior Walter in Angels in America Parts 1 & 2 at The Wilma Theater (Barrymore Nomination), Ken Ludwig's A Fox on the Fairway (world premiere) at the Tony Award winning Signature Theatre directed by John Rando, Boom at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Helen Hayes nomination), The Walworth Farce (Helen Hayes nomination) and The Cripple of Inishmaan at Studio Theatre, The Grapes of Wrath at Ford's Theatre directed by David Cromer, Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment and Tabletop at Round House Theatre, and productions at Geffen Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Folger Theatre, Olney Theatre, Theater Alliance, and Theater J, among others.
Aubrey recently voiced all the male characters in a new 3D undersea-adventure game directed and animated by the Academy Award winning animator of Avatar, Andy Jones. He can also be heard as Malcolm in Macbeth and Laertes in Hamlet in recordings for Apple-Audio/iTunes in partnership with Simon & Schuster Publishing.
He is a 2012 Boomerang Fund Grant Recipient for Excellence in the Arts, a professional audiobook narrator for the National Library Service, and he teaches Advanced Shakespeare, Styles, Acting, and Classics at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.
Film: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, LIFE AFTER BETH, METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER, DEVIL’S KNOT, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, LINCOLN, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, LAWLESS, JACK AND DIANE, AMIGO. Broadway: American Buffalo, directed by Robert Falls (u/s). Off-Broadway: The Aliens (Rattlestick Theatre, Obie Award for Best Performance), End Days (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Sixty Miles to Silver Lake (Soho Rep). TV: TRUE BLOOD and IN TREATMENT (HBO), AT RISK and THE FRONT(Lifetime Network), Law & Order: SVU (guest lead), Forest Grove (short). Readings/Workshops: Ars Nova, Alliance Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, The Lark, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Georges, The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, Page 73, and Soho Rep. BFA: UNCSA class of 2008.
Dani on the FX series "The Shield." Notable television guest
appearances include “The Lone Gunmen,” “The
Sopranos,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,”
“Chicago Hope,” “Frasier” and “One Life
to Live.” Film credits include 21 GRAMS, Steven Spielberg’s
TV miniseries TAKEN, THE REPLICANT, THE MAJESTIC, SOMEONE LIKE YOU,
DANGEROUS PROPOSITION, JADED and NOBODY’S FOOL. Recent theatre
credits include “The Country” at La Jolla Playhouse.
Trieste Kelly Dunn
Trieste Kelly Dunn was born and raised in Provo, Utah. In 2004,
she graduated from UNCSA under Drama Dean Gerald Freedman. She
appeared in Paul Greengrass' UNITED 93 and has had series regular
roles in pilots for Showtime, CBS, and FOX. Recent guest
appearances include Bored to Death, Fringe, and Cupid.
She can currently be seen on the big screen in film fest favorites
COLD WEATHER and THE NEW YEAR.
Appeared off-Broadway in "Mr. Marmalade" (New York premiere) opposite
Michael C. Hall (“Six Feet Under”) and Pablo Schreiber
(“The Wire”), directed by Michael Greif, at the Roundabout
Theater Company. Regional credits include Stanley Kowalski in "A
Streetcar Named Desire," directed by Preston Lane, at Triad Stage, and
"The Faithful," directed by the New Group's Ian Morgan, at the Cherry
Orchard Theater. TV credits include "As The World Turns."
Ruth A. Eglsaer
Ruth A. Eglsaer Regional credits include Isabella in “Measure for
Measure,” Julie in “After Ashley,” Belle in “A
Christmas Carol,” and Celimene in “The Misanthrope,”
all at the Denver Center Theatre Company. Other roles include Ann
Whitefield in “Man and Superman” at Kansas City Rep, as
well as Rosalind in “As You Like It,” Ann in “All My
Sons,” and Debbie in “The Real Thing” at the Alabama
Shakespeare Festival. In New York she understudied the part of Abby in
“Fiction” at the Roundabout Theatre Company, and played
Emilia /Mopsa in “The Winter’s Tale” with New York
Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Play in Tom Stoppard’s
“The Real Thing.” Appeared in Noel Coward's "Design for
Living" at The Roundabout Theatre. Film credits include POSSESSION,
SUNSHINE, ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES: ADVENTURES IN THE SECRET
SERVICE and PARADISE ROAD. Won BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a TV
Series for role as Elizabeth Bennet in BBC adaptation of “Pride
and Prejudice.” In London theatre, role as Varya in
“Summerfolk” at The National Theatre.
Richard ”Dikki” Ellis
Richard ”Dikki” Ellis has been associated with the North
Carolina School of the Arts since 1973, when he attended summer school
as a scholarship student. He graduated in 1978 with a B.F.A. in drama.
He went on to study at the Circus Dimitri School in Switzerland and has
been clowning ever since. Ellis moved to New York in 1980 and began his
professional career with the New York City Ballet and George Balanchine
in "The Spellbound Child" for PBS. Soon after he went on tour with the
"Slim Goodbody Show" as a health crusader. He has been associated with
such groups as the "No Elephant Circus," "If Every Fool Inc." under the
direction of John Towsen, and Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade as clown
consultant for more than 10 years. Ellis was featured in the 1988 "East
Meets West" and 1998 "Happy On" shows of The Big Apple Circus under the
direction of Paul Binder and Michael Christensen in New York City. He
was first called in as a horseback rider and soon found his way to
"Dikki" the flying clown, as seen on CBS' "Great Circuses of the
World." Ellis participated in a pilot program, called the "Big Apple
Circus Clown Care Unit," in which clowns dress as doctors and visit
children in hospitals on a regular basis. Life Magazine did a
well-known story on the program in its August 1990 issue. Ellis has
been performing as "Dr. Trikki" for 20 year, making bedside rounds in
the New York City area. As co-creator of his own theatre company, "The
Hanlon-Lees Action Theater," Ellis developed and performed on horseback
with its "First American Joust Troupe" show. The company has been
featured in movies, commercials, television and live at Renaissance
Fairs throughout the country for the past 21 years. Ellis continues to
return to UNCSA as a clown/movement instructor and serves as artistic
director and co-creator, in conjunction with Brenner's Children's
Hospital, of a program called A.R.C.H., “Artists Reaching
Children in the Hospital,” which is celebrating its 10th
anniversary in 2006. Other of his artist-in-residencies include New
York University, University of Texas in Austin, Wake Forest University,
and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
Bill English joins the cast of the Tony-winning revival of “Anything Goes,” starring Sutton Foster and Joel Grey, in 2012. He replaces Colin Donnell in the lead role of Billy Crocker Jan. 26 through Feb. 19. Bill had the lead role in the ABC television pilot THE CAVEMEN, based
on the popular Geico TV commercials. Variety reported in March that:
"CAVEMEN will revolve around three pre-historic men who must battle
prejudice as they attempt to live as normal thirtysomethings in modern
Atlanta." Broadway debut last season in "Twentieth Century" starring
Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche and directed by Tony Award-winner Walter
Bobbie. Recent credits: "The Shaggs" at NYMF, directed by UNCSA alumnus
John Langs; "Many 'Cides," Prospect Theatre Company; "The Full Monty";
and "A Christmas Carol," North Shore Music Theatre; "The Times," Sonnet
Rep; and readings of "Eugene's Home," "Middle of the Night" and
"Streamers," all at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Feature film: THE
BEACH PARTY AT THE THESHOLD OF HELL, written by UNCSA classmate Kevin
Wheatley. TV: “Johnson" the cruncher in a series of commercial
spots for Raisin Bran Crunch.
Drama ’97, Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University in Atlanta, GA overseeing development efforts for the college, recently ranked #20 of all universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. He was Associate Director of Development, Individual Giving, for American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, CA.
In Fall 2010, Ms. Ferrin will begin production on NBC’s new
action adventure drama series, The Cape. She is known for her
work on such series as The Kill Point alongside John
Leguizamo, Life on Mars with Harvey Keitel, 3 lbs
with Stanley Tucci, as well as guest appearances on Fringe,
Law & Order: SVU, Rescue Me, White Collar
and Nurse Jackie. Jennifer is also known for her
work on As The World Turns, for which she garnered
two Daytime Emmy nominations. In 2008, she made her Broadway
debut as a member of the original four-person cast of Alfred
Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. Film credits include NONAMES
starring James Badge-Dale and SEX AND THE CITY 2. Ms.
Ferrin is a 2003 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of
Benim's credits include Broadway’s BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (with Patrick Wilson, Amanda Peet. Directed by Scott Elliot.) and The Roundabout Theatre Company's National Tour of TWELVE ANGRY MEN (with Richard Thomas and George Wendt. Directed by Scott Ellis.) Off-Broadway credits include BECKY SHAW at Second Stage, LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC (Drama League Nomination for Best Play) and The Public Theatre’s HENRY V (Directed by Doug Hughes). Chicago: DISGRACED (world premier, American Theatre Company) Some other regional credits include MERCHANT OF VENICE, THE VENETIAN TWINS, SLEUTH (with Keir Dullea), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, MODERN ORTHODOX, and the world premiers of A HIGHER PLACE IN HEAVEN, and DUPLEX for which Benim received an award for Best Actor from NYC's Midtown International Theatre Festival. Benim starred in the indie film favorite STAGS in which he received a best actor nomination from NYC's Visionfest Film Festival. Other film credits include THE FLYING SCISSORS (with Matthew Arkin), ANALYZE THIS, BROADWAY DAMAGE, the award winning short IMPERFECTION and the IFC's THE UNDESERVED. TV credits include FRINGE, UGLY BETTY, LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER: SVU, GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS, ANOTHER WORLD, and ALL MY CHILDREN.
K. Todd Freeman
Tony nominee for Best Actor, Outer Critics Circle nominee for title
role in Broadway production of "The Song of Jacob Zulu"; also received
a Jefferson Award nomination at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. Appeared
on Broadway in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" opposite Gary Sinise.
Won a Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award as Belize in "Angels in America."
Appeared off-Broadway in "Uncle Tom's Cabin or Life Among the Lowly,"
"Spunk," "Ubu" and "West Memphis Mojo." Film credits include THE CIDER
HOUSE RULES, GROSSE POINTE BLANK, A GENTLEMEN'S GAME, LIFE IN THE FAST
LANE, HOUSE ARREST, JEFFREY, ENDOVIOLENCE, GRAND CANYON, RICOCHET,
STREET HUNTER, SPLIT and KWANZA. TV credits include a recurring guest
role on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "There's No Fish Food In Heaven,"
"Touched by an Angel," "Tracey Takes on New York," "Brooklyn Bridge,"
and guest roles on "NYPD Blue," "A Different World" and "The Trials of
Rosie O'Neill." Resident company member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company
in Chicago and the Alley Theatre in Houston.
Tre Garrett, an award-winning stage/screen director and writer, is the artistic director for Jubilee Theatre, which creates and presents theatrical works that reflect the African-American experience. Garrett has been a show director for Walt Disney Entertainment. He is a two-time recipient of the NAACP ACT- SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) Gold Medal and has received two National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts awards. Trained by legendary director Gerald Freedman, Garrett earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing from the University North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the Academy of Art University. Garrett has been the 2003 Eugene O’Neill Playwright's Conference Directing Fellow, a Society of Stage Directors and Choreographer’s John Gielgud Directing Fellow and a Kenan Institute for the Arts Directing Fellow at Kennedy Center. In 2009, he won the Culley Guest Artist Award.
Garrett has served as assistant director with such directors as Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Julius Caesar on Broadway starring Denzel Washington) Tony Award winner Leonard Foglia (On Golden Pond, starring James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams), director/choreographer Debbie Allen (Dancing In the Wings), Ricardo Kahn (Color Me Dark, a Kennedy Center national tour), Jennifer Nelson
(Two Trains Running ), Je'carius Johnson (Friends and Lovers, the national tour) and Charles Randolph
Wright (Cuttin' Up).
Garret has recently directed Blues for an Alabama Sky (Los Angeles), Emmett Till: The Opera
for the Trilogy Opera Company, Art Tatum: Piano Starts Here at the legendary Apollo Theatre, Draft
Day for the African Continuum Theatre Company, Hambone for the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre
(which received three African American Council of Arts Onyx awards) Breathe and About Lady at the
Kennedy Center, King Christina at the 13th Street Theatre (winner of the New Works Merit Award), Ma
Rainey's Black Bottom for the August in February series, the second leg of Men Cry in the Dark national
tour, the Young Playwrights Tour and An Evening of Short Plays for the New York Working Theatre.
Garrett's play Rain and Rivers produced for New Horizons Theatre Company's 2003-04 season
earned two AACTA Onyx awards. His plays Color and Light and That’s Got His Own earned him two
NAACP ACT-SO awards and an NFAA Arts award. His play Creole Fire was chosen for the New South
Youth Playwrights Festival in Atlanta where he developed two new plays, Loving Langston and A
Month of Sundays, both produced for Horizons Theatre's Young Playwrights festival.
Garrett also heads up Son Up Productions, a San Francisco-based short film production company
where he has recently produced and directed the short films ENOUGH, THE LOVE YOU SAVE, WAKE UP
Avery Glymph recently appeared in the West Coast premiere of The
Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez and The Overwhelming and Stick
Fly at the Contemporary American Theater Festival. Broadway
credits include The Tempest. His Off-Broadway
credits include McReele (Roundabout Theatre Company), Antony
and Cleopatra and Troilus and Cressida (New York
Shakespeare Festival), Maid (Lincoln Center Theater) and ‘Hope’
Is the Thing With Feathers (Drama Department). His regional
appearances include Angels in America (Studio Arena and
Syracuse Stage), Spunk and The Tempest (Actors
Theatre of Louisville), Lost Creek Township (Crossroads
Theatre, Regional Tony Award Season) and Fences (Cape Fear
Regional Theatre). His film and television credits include “Ugly
Betty,” “Oz,” “Law and Order,” “Law
and Order: Criminal Intent,” “One Life to Live,”
“The Electric Company,” “The X-Files,”
“Becker,” “Cosby,” “Spin City,”
“Titus,” “The Beat,” LAST BALL, HE GOT GAME, 13
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING, SHIFT, and I’M WITH LUCY. Glymph
is also a playwright; his first play had its reading at Louisville and
is in plans to mount this fall. He received his BFA from the
(University of) North Carolina School of the Arts.
Director in New York City and regionally. Spends much of his time
developing and directing original musicals for the New York stage.
Currently directing the new Joseph and David Zellnik WWII musical
"YANK!" starring Bobby Steggert, Jeffry Denman and Nancy Anderson. He
first directed "YANK!" in Philadelphia as a developmental workshop and
then again for the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival with Music
Director Rob Berman and Doug Kreeger in the lead role. "YANK!" went on
to win the Outstanding New Musical of 2005 by Talkin’ Broadway
and was first runner-up for the NYMF Audience Award. At the National
Alliance of Musical Theatre (NAMT), Goldin directed Marshall Pailet and
A.D. Penedo’s "The Chocolate Tree" with Music Director Ben Cohn
that starred Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman and Tony nominee
Christopher Sieber. Prior to this production he directed a
developmental workshop of "The Chocolate Tree" at the New Jersey Rep.
He then went on to direct Derek Gregor and Sam Carner’s new
musical "Unlock'd," based on the Alexander Pope poem "The Rape of the
Lock," first for the York Theatre Developmental Reading Series
and then for the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival, where it went
on to win the NYMF BEST IN FEST Award as well as the Outstanding New
Musical of 2007 by Talkin’ Broadway. At New World Stages he
directed the all-star concert "My First Time" starring Matthew
Cavenaugh, Hunter Foster, Ann Harada, John Tartaglia and Mary Testa, to
name a few. In 2006 he developed and directed the dance musical "Common
Grounds" for which he received the NYMF 2006 Award for Excellence in
Direction. Other off-Broadway credits include "A Ritual of Faith" and
"The Snow Queen" with Music Director Barbara Anselmi. Regional credits
include productions of Dan Acquisto and Sammy Buck’s "Like You
Like It" (Theatre Under The Stars/SHSU joint production), "Violet,"
"The Spitfire Grill," "The Full Monty," and "The Complete History of
America (abridged)." A three-time recipient of the OOBR Award for his
work off-off Broadway, Goldin is also an ongoing director of musical
theatre industry showcases at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy
where he has conceived and directed dozens of original musical revues.
He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Played Rikki Coleman (Juror #1) in RUNAWAY JURY with Dustin Hoffman,
Gene Hackman and John Cusack. Other films include: ROAD TRIP, A STROKE
OF GENIUS, SONGCATCHER, MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL,
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT, COBB, CARRIE II, NEW BEST FRIEND, A GOOD BABY,
THE CHESTER STORY, ON PROMISED LAND and LOVE FIELD. Television credits
include “One Tree Hill,” “Dawson’s
Creek,” “Matlock,” “In the Heat of the
Night” and more than 30 television movies, including the
award-winning miniseries FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON. More than 50
productions with regional theatres including Repertory Theatre of St.
Louis, Alliance Theatre (“Angels in America Parts I &
II,” “Proof,” “Dinner with Friends,”
“Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” “Dark at the Top of the
Stairs”), North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (seven seasons),
Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Charlotte Repertory Theatre
(“Eleemosynary,” “Tartuffe,” “Steel
Magnolias”), Theatre-by-the-Sea, Theatrical Outfit. A founding
member – with fellow UNCSA alumni Jay Freer, Kim Shipley and
Steve Bickley – of Actors Theatre of Atlanta
(www.ata-theatre.org), where she has appeared in "Talley's Folly,"
"Collected Stories," "The Good Doctor," and "Two Rooms."
Mr. Guinee’s feature film credits include BLADE, CYRUS, IRON MAN,
IRON MAN 2, THE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE, SWEET LAND, JOHN CARPENTER'S
VAMPIRES, BLADE, COURAGE UNDER FIRE, SUDDEN MANHATTAN, HOW TO MAKE AN
AMERICAN QUILT, THE NIGHT WE NEVER MET, HEAVEN & EARTH, ONCE
AROUND, THE DOORS, TAI-PAN, THE DUKE OF GROOVE (Academy Award-nominated
Short Film), A HOLE IN ONE, LADDER 49, PERSONAL VELOCITY, IMPOSTER, THE
ROAD FROM COORAIN, and THE YOUNG GIRL AND THE MONSOON.
Television credits include
movies-of-the-week ELVIS, BRAVE NEW WORLD and MISSION OF THE SHARK;
BBC's MOBY DICK; Showtime's LILY DALE; CBS/Hallmark Hall of Fame's
BREATHING LESSONS; BBC miniseries COMICS; the role of Wesley in the CBS
miniseries Queen; HBO's Vietnam War Stories; plus
guest roles in CSI: New York, CSI: Miami, In Justice, The West
Wing, Stargate SG-1, Vinegar Hill, Karen Sisco, The Guardian, Law &
Order: Criminal Intent, The Practice, The Outer Limits, Tarzan, L.A.
Law and Wiseguy. Mr. Guinee starred in Strange World
for ABC. His theatre appearances include suburbia at Lincoln
Center, Displaced Persons at Seattle Rep and New York's
Workhouse Theatre, Chelsea Walls at Naked Angels, Richard
II at New York Shakespeare Festival, and Death of a Buick
at Manhattan Theatre Club.
Mr. Guinee has just directed a music video
starring UNCSA classmate Mary Louise Parker.
Presently appearing as Bob Crewe in the Broadway company of
“Jersey Boys” and will open the Vegas company in the spring
of 2008. Last seen on Broadway channeling Marvin Hamlisch and Michael
Bennet in “A Class Act”and Off-Broadway in
“Finian’s Rainbow” at New York’s acclaimed
Irish Rep. Tours include “Into The Woods” (with
Cleo Laine), “Joseph.. (with Donny Osmond), “Fiddler
on the Roof” (with Theo Bikel) and “Forbidden
Broadway.” Favorite regional credits include leading roles in
“Dirty Blonde,” “Born Yesterday,” “Yiddle
with a Fiddle” (Boston Herald Award), “Amadeus,”
“Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “Call Me
Madam” (starring Leslie Uggams),“The Secret
Garden”and “Captains Courageous.” TV:
“Another World,” “Kidsworld” & “Sex
and the City.” Hadley is a director and teaching artist with Camp
Broadway, TADA!, the Yip Harburg Foundation’s “Rainbow
Troupe” and BRAVO’s “On With the Show.” He
directed “Much Ado About Nothing” and
“Tartuffe” for New York’s Sonnet Rep Theatre. Hadley
recently graduated from Brooklyn College with an MFA in directing.
Off Broadway: “Edward the Second” (Red Bull Theater),
“All's Well That Ends Well” (Theater For a New Audience),
“The Hasty Heart” (Keen
Company). Regional: “Hamlet,” “Measure for
Measure,” “The Violet Hour” (The Old
Globe); “Two Noble Kinsmen” (Chicago Shakespeare
Theatre); “Romeo and Juliet” (New Repertory Theater);
“The Tempest” (Pittsburgh Public Theater);
“Cyrano,” “Henry IV parts 1 and 2” (The
Shakespeare Theater, D.C.); “Henry V” (American Repertory
Theatre). Film: THE LOVE LETTER, THE LATE SUMMER. TV: “As
The World Turns,” “Guiding Light.” Hamlet in special
production of “Hamlet” by the North Carolina Symphony,
conducted by John Mauceri and directed by Gerald Freedman.
Author of numerous plays including “Baby Anger”
(Playwrights Horizons), “Good As New” (Manhattan Class
Company) and “Imagining Brad” (Circle Repertory Theatre),
all of which have been published by Dramatists Play Service.
Commissions include the Roundabout Theater/Nederlander Organization.
His newest novel, “An Ocean in Iowa,” was published in
April 1998 by Hyperion Press. His first novel, “What’s
Eating Gilbert Grape,” has been translated into 10 languages;
also wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed 1993 film of the same name
which starred Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for
an Academy Award. Writer and director of PIECES OF APRIL starring Katie
Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt and Derek Luke. Screen
adaptations include Jane Hamilton’s A MAP OF THE WORLD for the
Kennedy-Marshall Company and Nick Hornby’s ABOUT A BOY for New
Line Cinema, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.
Directed DIARY OF A LOST BOY, filmed in New York, and is working on his
third novel. Most recently, Hedges directed and co-wrote DAN IN REAL
LIFE, which starred Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche.
Peter’s third novel, “The Heights,” will be published
by Dutton in 2009. He will also direct his adaptation of Jonathan
Tropper’s EVERYTHING CHANGES for actor Tobey Maguire and Sony
Cast member of August Wilson's "Jitney," which received a special Drama
Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance and Obie Award for
Excellence of Ensemble Performance. Played Stool Pigeon in August
Wilson's "King Hedley II," nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.
Film credits include HE GOT GAME (Spike Lee, director), EVERYDAY PEOPLE
and MARIE (with Sissy Spacek, Jeff Daniels).
Tony Award nominee for “A Few Good Men”; made Broadway
debut in “Equus.” Other theatre roles include “The
Normal Heart” at London’s Royal Court Theatre,
“Nothing Sacred” at the Mark Taper Forum, “Eastern
Standard” at Seattle Repertory Theatre and “Hamlet”
at Shakespeare Theatre. Academy Award nominee for title role in
AMADEUS; Golden Globe nominee for role as Dominick in DOMINICK AND
EUGENE. Other feature film roles include Disney’s THE HUNCHBACK
OF NOTRE DAME, WINGS OF COURAGE, FRANKENSTEIN, FEARLESS, INNER CIRCLE,
SLAMDANCE, PARENTHOOD and ANIMAL HOUSE. Emmy Award winner for THE HEIDI
CHRONICLES on TNT; Emmy nominee for MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI. Also
appeared in title role in THE RISE AND RISE OF DANIEL ROCKET for
American Playhouse on PBS. Nominated for a Drama Desk Award for
Outstanding Director (Play) with Jane Jones for "The Cider House Rules:
Part One, Here in St. Cloud." Tom Hulce is a producer of
Broadway’s “Spring Awakening,” nominated for eleven
2007 Tony Awards, winning eight, including Best Musical.
Marc Damon Johnson
Mr. Johnson was the recipient of the 2010 Obie Award and was nominated
for a Drama League award for his performances in The Brother
Sister Plays at The Public Theater in New York City. He was also
nominated for a Drama League award for his performance in Mr. Fox:
A Rumination at the Signature Theater. Other theatre credits
include The Brothers Size at The Abbey Theater in Dublin,
Ireland, and numerous productions at The New York Shakespeare Festival,
The Kennedy Center, The McCarter Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater,
Arena Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Crossroads
Theater Company and the Great Lakes Theater Festival.
Mr. Johnson’s television appearances
include featured roles on Army Wives, Rescue Me, Law & Order, HBO's
The Sopranos, Law & Order: Criminal
Intent, Deadline, Third Watch, 100 Centre Street, and Time of
Your Life. Film credits include Woody Allen's SWEET AND LOWDOWN,
PREACHING TO THE CHOIR, IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY and GRACE AND GLORIE.
Rebecca Naomi Jones
Rebecca Naomi Jones is returning to the Public Theater this fall for a
pre-Broadway workshop of PASSING STRANGE. She recently participated in
the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, acting in a play called "Wig Out"
by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Off-Broadway: PASSING STRANGE (Public
Theater). Regional/Tours: PASSING STRANGE (Berkeley Repertory Theater.
Bay Area Theater Critics Award: Best Ensemble in a Musical), CAROLINE,
OR CHANGE (OBC Tour directed by George C. Wolfe, Ahmanson Theater and
Curran Theater), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1st National tour directed by
Jerry Zaks), RENT (10th Anniversary World Tour Directed by Evan Ensign
and US/Japan tour directed by Michael Greif). NYC Theatre: FALLEN ANGEL
(NYC International Fringe Festival, The Village Theater. Award: Best
Musical), HOW LOVE IS SPELT (Summer Play Festival, The Lion Theater at
Theater Row). Recording: vocalist for music production company Deetown
with songs in major motion pictures. Rebecca is also currently working
on her own music. Rebecca Naomi Jones is in the Broadway production of
“Passing Strange.” Training: BFA in Drama, North Carolina
School of the Arts.
Jake Lacy grew up in Vermont. Since graduating from the University of
North Carolina School of the Arts in 2008, he has been seen on stage in
Hartford Stage’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s
Dream” as Demetrius and in Oberon Theater’s production of
“Much Ado About Nothing” as Conrad. He had a lead
role in the 2010 Columbia Thesis film “C’est
Moi.” In the fall of 2010, Lacy will be seen as a series
regular on ABC’s new comedy “Better Together” airing
Wednesday nights before “Modern Family.
Preston Lane is artistic director and co-founder of Triad Stage in
Greensboro, N.C. At Triad Stage he has directed more than 20
productions ranging from the theatre's 2002 grand opening production of
"Suddenly Last Summer" to the current (fifth) season's "The Turn of the
Screw," "A Streetcar Named Desire," and David Sedaris' "SantaLand
Diaries." Other productions include "A Tuff Shuffle" (National Black
Theatre Festival), "Overruled" (off-Broadway), "Love! Valour!
Compassion!" (Stage One), and the world premieres of "If Only" and "Get
It While You Can" (Summer Cabaret). Lane was formerly artistic
associate at the Dallas Theater Center, where his productions included
the U.S. premiere of "Inexpressible Island" (Dallas Observer's Best of
Dallas Awards: Best Director, Best Production) and "The Night of the
Iguana" (Dallas Morning News: 2002 Top Ten Theatre List). As a
playwright, he is the recipient of a grant from the Fox Foundation to
develop "Wondrous Love." Other of his adaptations include "Hedda
Gabler," "Dracula," "Mirandolina," "Julie's Dance" and this season's
"Brother Wolf" (Triad Stage), "A Christmas Carol" (Dallas Theater
Center, Sonoma County Rep), and "Three Weeks After Marriage" and
"Helen!" (Summer Cabaret). He has taught at the North Carolina School
of the Arts, N.C. A&T State University, University of North
Carolina-Greensboro, Southern Methodist University and the Professional
Actors Workshop at the Dallas Theater Center. He is an alumnus of the
Drama League of New York's Director's Project. A native of Boone, N.C.,
Lane received his B.F.A. from the North Carolina School of the Arts and
his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.
John Langs is a graduate of The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing
Arts and holds a B.F.A in directing from the North Carolina School of
the Arts. For the past eight years he has worked as a
professional director throughout the United States and
internationally. Mr. Langs served as artistic director for the
Full Contact Shakespeare Company (Sacramento), Dimensions Theatre
Project (Stockton), Golden Mean Theater Company (Los Angeles) and Maui
From 1999-2002, Mr. Langs made his artistic
home in Los Angeles with the Neurotic Young Urbanities, where he
collaborated on many original works, including the award winning
musical "Up the Week Without a Paddle". For his direction of The
Shaggs Philosophy of the World." Mr. Langs received the Backstage West
Garland Award. "The Shaggs" moved on to a Jeff-nominated
production with the Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago, a workshop
at the Manhattan Theatre Club and the NY Music Theater Festival.
Mr. Langs is currently associate artist at
the Seattle Shakespeare Company where he recently directed "King Lear"
and "Romeo & Juliet". Recent productions also include: "A Man
of No Importance" & "The Dead" for UNCSA, "Brother Karamazou" for
the Circle X Theater in Los Angeles, and Lusis Slotins "Sonata" for the
Empty Space Theater in Seattle.
Mr. Langs lives in Santa Monica with his
wife and fellow UNCSA graduate Klea Scott .
Matt Lauria is perhaps best known to his fans as the charismatic Texas high
school football phenom, "Luke Cafferty," in critically acclaimed & Emmy
Award nominated NBC/DirecTV drama, Friday Night Lights. Lauria and his
cast mates were nominated for Best Drama , at the 2011 Emmy Awards.
Immediately following his time in Texas, he traded his cowboy boots for a
police badge, to play ambitious young homicide detective, "Caleb Evers," in
FOX Network's crime drama, The Chicago Code, from Emmy-winning
writer/producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield). Lauria starred opposite notable
actors Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals, and Delroy Lindo.
Lauria first won the hearts of television audiences, as Lindsay Price's savvy
fashion assistant, "Roy Merritt," on the NBC drama, Lipstick Jungle, starring
Matt recently had the great privilege of acting with Blythe Danner, in the
ABC-produced period pilot, Gilded Lilys, set in 1895, New York City.
Through some of his favorite guest appearances, he's also enjoyed working
alongside such notable actors as Ted Danson & Marg Helgenberger ( CSI),
Jim Caviezel ( Person Of Interest), Christian Slater ( The Forgotten ), Alec
Baldwin & Will Arnette (30 Rock), Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice).
Lauria is very proud to have received his training at the prestigious
University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Since graduating from
UNCSA, Matt has continued to pursue his passion for theatre, originating the
lead role of the critically acclaimed New York production of An Upset, by
Tony-Award winning playwright, David Auburn ( Proof). He feels honored to
have worked closely with prolific playwright Terrence McNally, in a staged
reading of his play Some Men, featuring Justin Kirk ( Angels in America;
Weeds), and Tony-Award-winning actors, John Benjamin Hickey (The
Normal Heart) & John Glover (Love! Valour! Compassion!).
Most significantly, to Lauria, he is married to Michelle Armstrong, pop-rock
recording artist, signed to the Austin, TX record label, Playing In Traffic.
Matt, himself, is an avid blues-rock guitarist, and feverishly loves pecan pie.
Recently adapted and directed off-Broadway: "The Geranium on the Window
Sill Just Died," Urban Stages. Off-Broadway/national tours also include
"Studs Terkel's American Dreams: Lost and Found" (world premiere);
"Pudd'nhead Wilson" (world premiere); "As You Like It" and "The Taming
of the Shrew," The Acting Company; and "Lettice and Lovage" (with
Marian Seldes and Dana Ivey), Salon Series, The Culture Project. New
York theatre includes "For the Love of Tiffany," 2003 New York
International Fringe Festival; "Girl Crazy," Musicals Tonight;
Manhattan Theatre Club; Upright Citizens Brigade. Regional theatre
includes "The Food Chain," The Old Globe; "Twelfth Night," Cincinnati
Playhouse in the Park; and "Twelfth Night," Repertory Theatre of St.
Louis. TV includes "Chappelle's Show" and "Tough Crowd" with Colin
Quinn (Comedy Central).
Anthony has a multitude of movie credits including MAN ON A LEDGE (2012), TEN YEAR (2011), WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER? (2011), THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (2011), THE HURT LOCKER (2008), and MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004). He appeared as Narrator in the TV Series "30 for 30: The Best That Never Was (#1.29)" (2010) by ESPN Films. Anthony has over 30 appearances as an actor including more than 20 TV Appearances. Other works include "A Behanding in Spokane," (2010) at the Gerald Schoendfelt Theatre on Broadway in New York City with Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, and Zoe Kazan in the cast. John Crowley was director; the Charles Fuller play “A Soldier's Story” (2005) at the Second Stage Theatre, off-Broadway, New York, New York. "McReele" (2005) play by Stephen Belber (The Laura Pels Theatre, New York City, New York, USA).
A graduate of the UNCSA Visual Arts Program and School of Drama, Angus
MacLachlan has acted with Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Manbites Dog
Theatre and others. He has written and performed three one-man shows,
including “Marginal Living,” which was filmed and shown on
North Carolina Public Television. Among the plays he has written are
“Divertimento,” which was produced at The Wonderhorse
Theatre off-off Broadway; and “Bridge,” which won the 2000
New Works prize presented by Actor’s Theatre of Santa Rosa.
“The Dead Eye Boy,” which was selected as the 2000 Lois and
Richard Rosenthal New Play Prize Award Winner, premiered by Cincinnati
Playhouse in the Park and was a finalist for the Steinberg New Play
Prize. It later played at the Manhattan Class Company in New York,
where it was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, and was produced in
London at the Hampstead Theatre. His play “The Radiant
Abyss,” commissioned by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in
Washington, D.C., premiered at the Kennedy Center and was produced by
Profiles Theatre Company in Chicago. His honors and awards include a
nomination by the Williamstown Theatre Festival for the Kesselring
Prize and an N.C. Humanities Council Award. A short film he wrote,
TATER TOMATER, directed by Phil Morrison, aired on “American
Playhouse” and screened at the Sundance Film Festival. MacLachlan
wrote the screenplay for the feature film JUNEBUG, from Sony Pictures
Classics, directed by Phil Morrison and produced by Epoch Films, which
was selected for the Dramatic Competition for the 2005 Sundance Film
Festival, and won a Special Jury Citation for Acting for Amy Adams. It
was also selected to be in the New Director/New Films Festival
sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of
Modern Art, International Critics Week at 2005 Cannes, the LA Film
Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival. MacLachlan was nominated for an
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and Best Screenplay
by the Washington Area Film Critics. The film was listed on more than
50 Top Ten lists for 2005 including Roger Ebert, The New York Times, LA
Times, NPR, and was given a Special Mention for Excellence in
Filmmaking by the National Board of Review.
Corey Madden‘s wide-ranging career in theatre encompasses work as
a director, playwright, dramaturg, producer and teacher at the
nation’s most prestigious arts institutions. Madden has been
instrumental in leading the theatre to create one of the nation’s
most ambitious and diverse new play development programs. At the Taper,
Madden has worked closely with major artists of her generation
including George C. Wolfe, Tony Kushner, David Gordon, Jeanine Tesori
and Lisa Loomer. She is the producing director of the theatre’s
innovative program for young and intergenerational audiences. World
premieres in that program include Charlayne Woodard’s
“Flight” and new musical based on the award-winning book,
“The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip,” premiered at the
Kennedy Center’s New Voices New Visions Festival in May 2004.
Madden consults for J. Paul Getty Museum and the Riverside School of
the Arts and serves on the board of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for
the Arts. She has directed at the New York Shakespeare Festival, and
has taught at and guest directed in the graduate programs of Cal Arts,
UCLA and the University of Washington. She has recently completed her
first full-length play, “Worth,” and is at work on a
second, “Convention.” Currently she is directing "The
Stones" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Billy Magnussen made his Broadway
debut last year in “The Ritz” with Rosie Perez, directed by
Joe Mantello. After closing on Broadway, Magnussen went on
to shoot one of the lead roles in the feature film BLOOD NIGHT and
starred opposite Demi Moore, Parker Posey and Rip Torn in the feature
film HAPPY TEARS, both to be released in 2009. In the summer of 2008,
he made his off-Broadway debut in the play “Paper Dolls.”
Magnussen recently filmed a guest starring role on “Law &
Order” and will soon shoot the feature film CHOOSE. He can be
seen as the lovable but unpredictable Casey Hughes in the daytime drama
“As the World Turns.”
Tony Award nominee for roles as the Beast in Disney’s
“Beauty and the Beast” and Javert in “Les
Miserables.” Other Broadway roles include Rocky in “The
Rocky Horror Show,” Chavelin in “The Scarlet
Pimpernel,” Greg in “Getting Away With Murder,”
Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” the original Rum Tum Tugger
in “Cats,” Saul in “Rags,” Ringmaster in
“Barnum” and Narrator in “Jerome Robbins’
‘Broadway.’” Film credits include A CHORUS LINE,
CRITTERS, BIG TOP PEE-WEE, Mel Brooks’ SOLARBABIES and MRS. SANTA
CLAUS. Emmy Award nominee for guest role in daytime drama “As the
World Turns.” Appeared as British Gen. John Burgoyne in
“Liberty! The American Revolution” on PBS. Artistic
director of The North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh and director of The
Lost Colony in Manteo. Directed workshop performances of “Romeo
& Juliet: The Musical” at The Norman Terris Theatre in
Chester, Conn., and at the Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, Minn.
Plays recurring role of Daniel Faulkner on daytime TV’s
“One Life to Live.”
Directing credits include “November,” “The
Receptionist,” “The Ritz,” “Three Days of
Rain,” “The Odd Couple,” “Glengarry Glen
Ross” (Tony nomination), “Laugh Whore,”
“Assassins” (Tony Award), “Wicked,” “Take
Me Out” (Tony Award), “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de
Lune,” “A Man of No Importance,” “Design for
Living,” Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie's “Dead Man
Walking” for the San Francisco Opera, “The Vagina
Monologues,” “bash,” “Another American: Asking
and Telling,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!” (Tony
nomination), “Proposals,” “The Mineola Twins,”
“Corpus Christi,” “Mizlansky/Zilinsky (or
Schmucks),” “Blue Window,” “God's Heart,”
“The Santaland Diaries,” “Snakebit,”
“Three Hotels” and “Imagining Brad.” Mr.
Mantello also directed the film Love! Valour! Compassion! As an actor
he appeared in “Angels in America” (Tony nomination) and
“The Baltimore Waltz.” Mr. Mantello is the recipient of
Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence
Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked
Angels and an associate artist at the Roundabout.
In just a few years into her professional career, Krystal Marshall has wasted no time establishing herself as a promising young actress by gaining respect and accolades for her hard work on stage and screen. Classically trained with a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she relocated from NYC to LA to focus her energies on Film & Television. Theatrically, she played the role of "Katie" in the comedy "Playdates" by Sam Wolfson, playwright of "Jewtopia". Krystal received rave reviews and The Metro's award for "Best in Fringe" for her portrayal of 10 different characters during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in a production of "The Laramie Project". Her other theatre credits include: "Sooze", the punk performance artist in "Suburbia", "Alice", the troubled exotic dancer in "Closer" and "Pope Joan", history's only female Pope in "Top Girls" as well as numerous plays and staged readings at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, the Bank Street Theatre in Manhattan and The Adelaide Fringe Festival in South Australia. In addition, Krystal has been seen in national commercials for Nintendo, Nikon, Verizon, and Comcast and modeled in print campaigns for Toms Shoes, Levi's and Microsoft.
Played Sister Delise in "Revelations," a six-part limited series for
NBC, and Carmen Jones in "The American Embassy" for Jersey Television
and Fox. Television credits include recurring roles on "Seventh
Heaven," "Monk," "Kingpin," and "Becker"; supporting leads in Lifetime
movie-of-the-week TAKING BACK OUR TOWN and the CBS Hallmark Hall of
Fame's ELLEN FOSTER; and guest starring roles in "CSI," "Malcolm in the
Middle," "The Bernie Mac Show," "Judging Amy," "The Shield," "Ally
McBeal," "The Division," "Strong Medicine," "ER," "Seinfeld," and
"Touched by an Angel." Her challenge to talk show host Rosie O'Donnell
resulted in numerous appearances on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and
McFadden being crowned the "official" queen of trivia. Her film roles
include AMERICAN GUN opposite Forrest Whitaker, DOUBLE JEOPARDY with
Tommy Lee Jones and Ashley Judd, RANDOM HEARTS starring Harrison Ford
and Kristin Scott Thomas, GLORIA, MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING, EDDIE and
FRESH. Her portrayal of Brownie, the prison matriarch, in the HBO
feature STRANGER INSIDE, which debuted at the 2001 Sundance Film
Festival, earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best
Marilyn McIntyre has been a professional actress for over thirty years
playing leading roles on and Off-Broadway and with several major
regional theatre companies, as well as on television and film. She has
garnered a number of awards for her theatre work in Los Angeles
including two LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, a Theatre LA Ovation
Award and two more nominations, three Back Stage West Garlands Awards
and two Drama-Logue Awards, an LA Weekly Award and two more nominations
and a VTL Artistic Director Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role for
her performance of ‘Linda Loman’.
Marilyn works extensively in television and film, guest starring on
series such as “Cold Case,” “LA Dragnet”,
"Judging Amy", "Diagnosis Murder", "Profiler", "X-Files", "Chicago
Hope" (Emmy Nomination), "Dark Skies" (playing ‘Dorothy
Kilgallen’), "Matlock", "LA Law" (recurring role), et al;
Movies-of-the-Week and mini-series; as well as a series regular on the
primetime serial drama, “Watch Over Me”, on the new FOX
network, MyNetworkTV and also on four daytime dramas including "Days Of
Our Lives". Her film credits include Statistics, The Ring II, First
Daughter directed by Forest Whitaker, What’s Bugging Seth,
Façade, Breaking Dawn, Seven Girlfriends starring Tim Daly, Very
Bad Things, written and directed by Peter Berg, and the live action
short, George Lucas In Love among others. Most recently, Marilyn was a
recurring guest star on “GH: Night Shift”, a weekly
spin-off of “General Hospital”, and played a supporting
role in an indie film, Divided We Stand.
On Broadway, Ms. McIntyre had leading roles in Scenes and Revelations
directed by Sheldon Epps and Gemini by Albert Innaurato; Off Broadway
with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Primary Stages and the
Roundabout; and regionally with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.,
Houston's Alley Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia,
Missouri Rep, Utah Shakespearean Festival, and California's own South
Coast Repertory and Mark Taper Forum. As a member of LA's Matrix
Theatre Company she has appeared in the award winning productions of
Wendy MacLeod's The Water Children; Dangerous Corner, directed by
Andrew J. Robinson (Garlands Award, Ensemble); and Caryl
Churchill’s Mad Forest (LADCC Award, Ensemble). As a Founding
Member of LA's Interact Theatre Company she acted in several
productions including Death of a Salesman, playing ‘Linda
Loman’ opposite Eddie Jones (ADA Award and LA Weekly nomination),
A Little Night Music, playing ‘Desiree’ opposite John
Rubinstein, The Cherry Orchard (LADCC Award for Outstanding Production
& LA Weekly nomination), Richard Dresser’s Bait & Switch
and Bed & Breakfast, Terri Wagener’s Marathons (Drama-Logue
Award) and Elmer Rice's classic, Counsellor-At-Law, for which she
received the LADCC, Ovation, and Drama-Logue Awards for her performance
opposite John Rubinstein.
Ms. McIntyre received her BFA from the North Carolina School of the
Arts and her MFA from Penn State University. In New York she studied
with Michael Shurtleff and at the HB Studio, and was also a member of
the NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) Actors
Workshop. She has studied the disciplines of Suzuki physical training
and Viewpoints in Los Angeles with Burning Wheel and with renowned
director, Anne Bogart and members of the SITI Company. Marilyn has also
studied with Uta Hagen (Master Class in LA) and is proud to be featured
in the documentary/teaching video, “Uta Hagen’s Acting
Class” (Part 2).
Currently, Ms. McIntyre teaches at The Howard Fine Acting Studio in
Hollywood and with the SAG Conservatory at AFI. In the fall of 2007 she
will be a guest instructor with the Old Globe / University of San Diego
MFA Professional Actor Training Program. She is also a regular guest
instructor in the graduate acting program at the University of
Texas-Austin and the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts.
Ashley Austin Morris
Ashley Austin Morris is a recent graduate of the University of North
Carolina School of the Arts. She has been cast in a new play called IN
The Daylight at Second Stage Theatre in New York. She made her
off-Broadway debut as Edith in Charles Busch’s Die Mommie
Die. Other off-Broadway credits include: Paper Dolls (Isabel),
and Bees. TV credits include Harmony on Ugly Betty,
pilots Community Property (written and directed by Mary
Stuart Masterson) and Who You Know (Lyn). Morris can
currently be seen playing Francine on the PBS show The Electric
Company. She will be teaming up again in August with Charles Busch
for the Fire Island production of All About Eve, playing Eve.
She will also appear in Busch’s newest play, The
Divine Sister, playing Agnes. Morris is a member of Actors
Equity, SAG, and Aftra. For more information on Ashley Austin Morris ,
Tony Award winner for best actress as Catherine in “Proof”
(also received the Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk awards) and Tony
nominee for role as Rita in “Prelude to a Kiss.” Winner of
Obie Award and nominated for Outer Critics Circle Award for “How
I Learned to Drive;” other off-Broadway roles include “Four
Dogs and a Bone” and “The Art of Success” at the
Manhattan Theatre Club. Regional theatre credits include “The
Importance of Being Earnest” at Hartford Stage and “Up in
Saratoga” at the Old Globe. Feature film credits include THE RED
DRAGON, THE QUALITY OF MERCY, PIPE DREAM, THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY, THE
CLIENT, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, BOYS ON THE SIDE, MR. WONDERFUL, NAKED
IN NEW YORK, GRAND CANYON, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES and LONGTIME COMPANION.
Also appeared in Hallmark Hall of Fame telefilm A PLACE FOR ANNIE. Emmy
Award nominee for her role as Amy Gardner in NBC’s “The
West Wing.” Co-stars with Al Pacino and Meryl Streep in the HBO
movie of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, two-part play,
“Angels in America.” Mary-Louise Parker can currently be
seen in the off-Broadway production of “Dead Man’s Cell
Phone” at Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theatre.
Featured player with "Saturday Night Live"; sketches and parodies
include Tom Brokaw, Newt Gingrich, Eminem and Sen. John McCain. Has
performed at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Mass.,
Alley Theatre in Houston and with the Los Angeles comedy group The
Groundlings. Film credits include ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON
BURGUNDY, DOWN WITH LOVE and EVIL ALIEN CONQUERORS. Television credits
include "Friends," "Ed," "The Jamie Foxx Show," and "Seinfeld."
Upcoming film: TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY. Upcoming
television series: "Thick and Thin." Chris Parnell plays Vice Principal
Bruce Terry on FOX TV’s “Miss/Guided.”
Broadway: “The Odd Couple” (Pigeon Sisters understudy);
“Dinner at Eight” (Paula, Dora understudy); Baz
Luhrmann’s “La Boheme” (acting chorus). Regional:
“La Boheme” (the Ahmanson Theater); “The Salacious
Uncle Baldrick” (2005 NTC Fringe Festival); “Midsummer
Night’s Dream” (Roanoke Island Summer Festival); “An
Ideal Husband” (SRT). TV: commercials and a spec pilot,
“Zip Code,” for Morgold Productions.
Theatre credits include Elizabeth in “The Libertine” with
John Malkovich at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre; “900
Oneata” with Jon Cryer at New York’s Circle Repertory
Theatre; “Wang Dang” at the Paradise Theatre in New York;
Armandine in “There’s One in Every Marriage” at the
Phoenix Theatre; and “Big River,” “Young Abe
Lincoln” and “The Taming of the Shrew,” all at the
Lincoln Amphitheatre. Film appearances include Mildred in Tim
Burton’s BIG FISH, Ashley in BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, Vera in
HOME ALONE 4, Alexandra in JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS, Thermian Laliari in
GALAXY QUEST, Waitress in AS GOOD AS IT GETS and Kelsey in THE
COTTONWOOD. Also appeared in the “Barry Manilow” episode of
“Ally McBeal” and the final episode of “Mad About
Feature film credits include A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES, which was nominated
for a Special Grand Prize at the Deauville Film Festival; ROOMMATES,
with Peter Falk; the award-winning LORENZO’S OIL; LONGTIME
COMPANION; and THE RESCUE. Made-for-television films include GREGORY K
and GENTLEMAN BANDIT. Notable TV guest roles include the hit NBC series
“Ed,” “Law & Order,” “NYPD
Blue,” “Kate and Allie” and “The
Equalizer,” as well as several pilots and soap operas. As member
of the prestigious Circle Repertory Company, was acclaimed for her role
in RECKLESS and originated the role of June Talley in Lanford
Wilson’s FIFTH OF JULY. Appearances on- and off-Broadway include
“Prelude to a Kiss,” “Extremities” with Farrah
Fawcett and “The Runner Stumbles” with William Hurt.
Numerous commercials, including television voice-overs and radio spots.
Active on the national board of the American Federation of Television
and Radio Arts and the Screen Actors Guild.
Film, television and stage actress Bridget Regan co-stars as Annabelle Granger in the TNT Mystery Movie HIDE, with Carla Gugino, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Kevin Alejandro. The telepic is based on Lisa Gardner's book of the same name.
Regan starred as the beautiful and mysterious Kahlan in "Legend of the Seeker," the live-action epic fantasy series that ran from 2008-10 and was produced by ABC Studios and was distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.
Before "Seeker," she appeared in the SEX AND THE CITY movie; her other film credits include THE BABYSITTERS and BINDERS. She has had recurring roles on the television series "Six Degrees," "The Black Donnellys" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and made guest appearances on "New Amsterdam" and "Love Monkey." From December 2007 through March 2009, Regan starred on Broadway as Cecile in the comedy "Is He Dead?"
A native of Carlsbad, Calif., Regan relocated to New York City to pursue her acting career upon graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In her spare time, Regan enjoys cooking and horseback riding and she plans to take up surfing while shooting the series in New Zealand.
Ashley Robinson, Class of 2004, is in the Ensemble of and understudy
for Fiyero in "Wicked" in Chicago. He was most recently featured in
David Bell's "The Good War" at the Maltz-Jupiter Theatre and a pilot
for Showtime called "Hate."
J. T. Rogers
J.T. Rogers’ made his Broadway debut as a playwright to much
critical acclaim this fall with his searing drama “The
Overwhelming” at the Roundabout (Laura Pels Theatre). The play
had its world premiere at the National Theatre of Great Britain last
spring and toured the United Kingdom. His “Madagascar”
received the 2005 Pinter Review Prize for Drama for best play in the
English language and has just been published in hardback through the
University of Tampa Press. The play also won the American Theatre
Critics Association’s 2005 M. Elizabeth Osborne Award and was a
finalist for the ATCA’s Steinberg New Play Award. It was seen
last season off-Broadway as part of the Summer Play Festival. Rogers is
the author of “White People” (nominated for best play of
the year by the L.A. Drama Critics Circle, Barrymore Award of
Philadelphia, and the Carbonell Award of South Florida), “Seeing
the Elephant” (Kesselring Prize nominee for best new American
play), and “Murmuring in a Dead Tongue,” which was
presented last season in New York City by Epic Rep, where he is a
company member. Regionally, his works have been given full productions
at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, New Actors Union Theatre (Moscow),
the Road Theatre (Los Angeles), New Theatre (Miami), the Adirondack
Theatre Festival (New York), and many times at the Salt Lake Acting
Company, where he was a 2004-2005 NEA/TCG playwright-in-residence.
Rogers has been an artist-in-residence at the Eugene O’Neill
Theater Center and the Edward Albee Foundation, and was the recipient
of a 2004 Playwriting Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts.
He lives in Brooklyn.
Off Broadway: When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center), Creature
(Page 73), Chair (TFANA), From Up Here (MTC), 100
Saints You Should Know (Playwrights Horizons), columbinus
(NYTW), Green Girl (SPF). Regional: Our Town
(Williamstown Theatre Festival), Not Waving (Williamstown), The
Vertical Hour (Pioneer), dark play or stories for boys
(Humana Festival), Mary's Wedding (Actor’s Theatre of
Louisville), This Is Our Youth (Repertory Theatre of
St.Louis), The Salacious Uncle Baldrick (NY Fringe), and Nicky
Goes Goth (NY Fringe). Film: upcoming HAPPY NEW YEARand CERTAINTY.
Television: Mr. Rogers has appeared as the guest lead on Law &
Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law
& Order: SVU, as well as Gossip Girl. He is a
charter member of At Play Productions and a graduate of NCSA (now
Reynaldo Rosales, a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, can
be seen in NBC’s new medical drama “Inconceivable” as
a fertility clinic technician. Rosales stars opposite Ming-Na, Jonathan
Cake, Angie Harmon, Joelle Carter, Mary Catherine Garrison and David
Noroña. Most recently, Rosales appeared in the title role of the
much-acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater production, “One Arm,”
based on a screenplay by Tennessee Williams and directed by Moises
Kaufman. Rosales’ feature film credits include SHE HATE ME (from
director Spike Lee) and FIDEL on Showtime, directed by David Atwood. On
television, he has guest-starred in “The Closer,”
“Numb3rs,” “Law & Order,”
“Smallville,” “Charmed” and “CSI.”
He also appeared in the pilots “Homeland Security” and
“Sucker Free City.” Guest appearances in "The 4400", "Close
to Home", "Medium", and the 20th Century Film "House" it will come out
October 2007. He just finished a pilot called "Company Man" from the
creators of "24".
Ted joins the world premiere production of "Escape" by Susan Mosakowskias part of LaMama's 50th Anniversary Season. Other theater includes: "The Merchant of Venice" National Tour, with F Murray Abraham, Theater for a New Audience, "Ghosts" with Amy Irving, Classic Stage Company, "Birdy", Women’s Project and Productions, "Now That’s What I Call a Storm", Edge Theater Company, "Three Sisters", Chautauqua Theater Company, "Men Without Shadows", The Flea, "The Baby Makes Three", EST, "Twelfth Night". Sonnet Repertory Theater, "Balm In Gilead", a three day rehearsed, one performance happening at Industry City, "The Lover/Bacchanalia", Bay Street Theater, "Hamlet", Aspen Music Festival "The Geranium on the Window Sill", Urban Stages, "Hitting for the Cycle, Famous Door, "Scavengers", Interborough Repertory Theater, "One Little Duck", Crosstown Theater Festival,"Ivanov", "Platanov", "The Cherry Orchard" and "The Seagull", Chekhov at Lake Lucille. Film and TV include “National Lampoon's The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell”, “Clear Out”, “Company K”, “Never Seen”, “A Gifted Man” and a Web Series for BMW.
Klea Scott continues to impress audiences with a diverse range of
characters in features, television and theatre. She currently stars in
the highly critically acclaimed series on the CBC: "Intelligence,"
created Chris Haddock. Scott portrays Inspector Mary Spalding, the
off-center director of intelligence for the Vancouver Organized Crime
Unit. Born in Ancon, Panama, Klea Scott was raised in Ottawa, Canada.
She moved to the United States to study acting after years of dance
training and an early career on the children's sketch comedy show, "You
Cant Do That on Television” (Nickelodeon). After numerous New
York City productions, from Williamstown to Shakespeare in the Park, to
a guest spot on "The Cosby Show," she returned to conservatory training
at the North Carolina School of the Arts. There she received her BFA
and landed a series regular role on Steven Bochco's "Brooklyn South" in
her senior year. Scott's move to Los Angeles has led to roles as a
series regular in the critically acclaimed Chris Carter series
“Millennium” and Michael Mann's series, "Robbery Homicide
Division.” Other of her television appearances range from comedy
("Just Shoot Me") to drama ("ER," "Century City,” "Medical
Investigation") to historical drama ("Sally Hemmings : An American
Scandal." In feature films, she debuted in Steven Spielberg's MINORITY
REPORT and most recently was seen in Michael Mann's COLLATERAL for
Dreamworks/Sony. Her independent films include MANFAST and
LULLABYE. Scott lives and works with theatre director John Langs, and
returns to theatre at every opportunity. In 2003, she played in Des
McAnuff's production of "Tartuffe" at the La Jolla Playhouse, and more
recently in the West Coast premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's "Ten Unknowns"
at the Mark Taper Forum. Scott had the time of her life playing Charity
in Maui Onstage's 2004 production of "Sweet Charity."
On Broadway in “1776” and “The Sound of Music”;
off -Broadway in “Corpus Christi.” Co-starred opposite
Sally Ann Howes in Jerry Herman's musical “Dear World” at
the Goodspeed Opera House in Chester, Conn., and in the Miranda Theatre
Company's world premiere of “The Book of Wren.” Profiled as
an “Up and Comer” in InTheatre magazine.
Recent productions include “Henry IV” with Kevin Kline and
Ethan Hawke at Lincoln Center and the role of Thaddeus in Terrence
McNally’s “Corpus Christi” at the Manhattan Theatre
Club. Played Horatio in “Hamlet” at Shakespeare at the
Beach in California. Starred in the Broadway and international touring
companies of “The Full Monty.” Performed off-Broadway in
role of Man No.1 in “The Mineola Twins” and
“I’m a Seagull” from Chekhov's “The
Seagull” at the Creative Acting Company in New York. Recurring
role as a police officer on “All My Children.”
Lorca Simons was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas where she grew up in her father’s experimental theatre Hip Pocket, performing in numerous plays throughout her life, many written and directed by her father Johnny Simons and produced and designed by her mother Diane. Lorca performed with HPT in Scotland at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. She attended The North Carolina School of the Arts and Duke University before moving to New York City. She has appeared in several Off-Broadway productions, including “Collected Stories” playing opposite legendary Uta Hagen (The Lucille Lortel Theatre), Horton Foote’s “Habitation Of Dragons” (HB Playwrights), “Savage Love” (Culture Project & HPT), “Careless Love” (SoHo Rep), “Trio Molemo” (HERE), and ” Fear and Misery of the Third Reich”(CSC). As well as numerous regional productions including “Restoring the Sun” opposite Richard Easton, “Notebook Of Trigorin”, “Of Mice and Men” (DTC), “Big Love” (DTC), “Syncopation” (The Long Wharf & The George Street Playhouse), “On The Road” (HPT), “The Collected Works of Billy the Kid” (DTC), “Three Tall Women” (The Intiman Theatre), “The Notebook of Trigorin” (A Contemporary Theatre), “The Nina Variations” (ACT), “A Midsummer Night's Dream” (Great Lakes Theatre Festival & HPT), “Collected Stories”(George Street Playhouse), “On the Verge” (Virginia Stage Company), “Picnic” (HPT), “Freaks” (HPT), “Trio Molemo” (HPT), and “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”(DTC). Lorca has performed in several first national tours, including Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women” opposite Marian Seldes and Michael Learned, as well as an extended run of “Collected Stories” with Uta Hagen at The Stratford Festival and The Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts in Canada. Her film and television credits include: Miracle on the Hudson, No Reservations, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, 100 Centre Street, Pluto Nash, 5 Up 2 Down, As the World Turns, and several national network ad campaigns as well as voice-overs. She was given the Critics Forum Award for outstanding performance by an actress in “Savage/Love”. She performed in Donna Karan’s “Urban Zen Initiative” supporting programs that advance integrative medicine. Lorca trained and collaborated with 5 Rhythms pioneer Gabrielle Roth from the mid-90’s and is the co-founder and director of 5RT, the experimental theatre wing of 5 Rhythms Global where she is actively directing “Live Wire” theatre lab; which has been produced this year in London, Hamburg, New York City and Paris.
Currently Lorca is further developing “Water Bearer’s Dream”; a journey across the great waters of the heart embodying the collective and fundamental struggle inherent in becoming a mother, as well as a piece titled “Love Letters to a Raven”.
Jeremy Skidmore has been based in Washington, D.C. for the past nine
years. In that time, he has served for two years as Producer of the
Source Festival, Washington's original city-wide festival for the arts,
and prior to that, served for six years as the Artistic Director of
Theater Alliance where, over the course of five years, he produced 22
productions that garnered 22 Helen Hayes nominations. He has directed
throughout the D.C. area, including for Signature Theatre, Round House
Theatre, Theater J, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, Everyman
Theatre, Catalyst Theater Company, African Continuum Theatre, Rorschach
Theatre, Forum Theatre, Keegan Theater, The Hub Theatre, Adventure
Theatre, University of Maryland, Catholic University, St. Mary’s
College and The National Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Outside of
Washington, Jeremy has directed, produced or taught all over North
Carolina and in New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta,
London, Oslo, Galway, Kilimanjaro, Tokyo, Macau and Tai Pei. Jeremy is
a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Star of film and television, has more than 20 feature films in her
credits. Most notable film appearances include Niobe in THE MATRIX
RELOADED and THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, Spike Lee’s BAMBOOZLED,
RETURN TO PARADISE, SET IT OFF and the award-winning MENACE II SOCIETY.
She was nominated for Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Motion
Picture for BAMBOOZLED, Outstanding Lead Actress for SET IT OFF and
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie for IF THESE WALLS COULD
TALK (segment 1996). Her television work includes guest appearances on
“A Different World,” “21 Jump Street” and
“Ellen.” She is executive producer of UPN’s
“All of Us.”
Feature film credits include WENT TO CONEY ISLAND ON A MISSION FROM
GOD...BE BACK BY FIVE (with Jon Cryer), ZEROPHILIA, THE WARRIOR CLASS,
ASTORIA (named Best Actor for lead role of Alex at the RiverRun Film
Festival). Played Sebastian opposite Helen Hunt in "Twelfth Night" at
Lincoln Center Theatre Company, also for PBS' TV movie. At Hartford
Stage, played Edward in "Long Day's Journey Into Night," opposite Ellen
Burstyn, and Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet." Other of his stage credits
include "A Madhouse in Goa" off-Broadway; Great Lakes Theater Festival;
Alley Theatre in Houston; the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego; and
"Indiscretions" at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Guest television
appearance on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
Currently appearing on Broadway in the Tony Nominated production of
“Inherit the Wind” with Christopher Plummer and Brian
Dennehy. He was recently seen in Mallory Catlett’s (NCSA
‘87), “Oh What War” at the HERE Arts Center
of NY. He played Stanley in, "A Streetcar Named Desire", directed by
John Woodson (NCSA ‘74) at the Porthouse Theatre in Ohio (the day
of Mr. Brando’s passing), and played Steve Hubbell in "Streetcar"
on Broadway with John C. Reilly. Playwrights worked with include:
Romulus Linney (over two dozen productions), Donald Margulies, Edward
Albee, Aaron Sorkin, Ellen MacLaughlin, Mark Finley (NCSA ‘87),
Jason Craig and T. Cat Ford. Other Broadway: BUS STOP with Mary Louise
Parker (NCSA ‘86), A FEW GOOD MEN (Nat'l Tour, LA Dramalogue
Award) Regional and Internat’l Theaters: The National Theatre of
Oslo, The WILMA Theatre, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, The
Longwharf, Willaimstown Theatre Festival, Baltimore Center Stage,
Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Theatre for a New City, Ensemble
Studio Theatre (member), TOSOS II, The Signature Theatre in
N.Y.(Founded with James Houghton and Romulus Linney)
Film Directors:David Wain “The Ten”, M. Night Shyamalan
“The Village”, Steven Soderbergh ”Erin
Brockovich”, Tim Robbins ”Dead Man Walking”,
“The Cradle Will Rock”, Barbara Schock(2000 Acadamy
Award-Short Feature, “My Mother Dreams...”), Paul Thomas
Anderson ”Magnolia”, Phil Johnston ”1,000
Words”, and Susan Batten”Night School”(NCSA‘87)
Television: 11 guest roles on the 'Law & Order' franchise,'Cracker'
(series regular), ‘The Jury’, ‘6 degrees’,
‘The Black Donnelly’s’, 'A Season for Miracles', 'The
Yearling' for Hallmark.
Currently "Bobby" in Steven Spielberg's NBC Drama, SMASH. Broadway: Original "Franz" in Rock of Ages (Theatre World Award/Outer Critics Circle nom); Original "Lucas" in The Addams Family(opposite Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth). Out of town tryout/Off-Broadway: Michael "Mouse" Tolliver in Tales of the City (Best Ensemble Cast-San Francisco Theatre Critics Circle nom); The Addams Family; Rock of Ages; See Rock City. Develpment: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Little Miss Sunshine, Carrie, A Minister's Wife, Women on the Verge..., Myth, Fun Home, Susquehanna, A Dog's Tale.Commercials, Soaps, and many live television performances. Countless voiceover and industrials. Training: Univ. of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA, Drama). Writer, Star, and Co-Creator of "Billy Green," a popular industry webseries, which can be found on youtube or www.BillyGreen.tv
Titania and Hippolyta in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The
Shakespeare Theatre. Appeared on Broadway in August Wilson’s
“King Hedley II” and in the off-Broadway and national
touring productions of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Wit.” TV
appearances include NBC's “Third Watch” and “Law
& Order: Special Victims Unit” and CBS’s
“Presidio Med.” Other theatre credits include John
Houseman’s The Acting Company.
Regional: “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar
Wilde,” “Ten Little Indians,” “A Flea in her
Ear,” “The Gamester” (Repertory Theatre of St.
Louis/Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); “Macbeth,”
“Richard II” (Shakespeare Theatre); “A Midsummer
Night's Dream” (Seattle Repertory Theatre);
“Holiday,” “She Loves Me,”
“Candida,” “Monster,” “Anna
Karenina,” “Piaf” (Olney Theatre Center); “A
Life in the Theatre” (Syracuse Stage); “Deathtrap”
(Cape Playhouse/Ogunquit Playhouse); “A Midsummer Night's
Dream,” “A Christmas Carol” (Great Lakes Theater
Festival); “Two by Two” (Riverside Theatre); “The
Witch of Edmonton” (Brick Playhouse/Festival of Art and Ideas).
New York: “A Midsummer Night's Dream” (Expanded Arts);
numerous off-off-Broadway and comedy club credits with the JokeFun Boys.
Rachel is eagerly anticipating her arrival in Auckland, NZ, where she will reprise her role as Mary Poppins. She is honored to be performing with this fantastic cast in such an incredible country. Previously she played the role of Mary in the 1st and 2nd US national tours. A 2009 graduate of UNCSA, Rachel's favorite school credits includeDot in Sunday in the Park with George and Anita in the 50th Anniversary production of West Side Story, directed by Gerald Freedman, conducted by John Maucerri. Rachel has sung at the US Embassy in Vienna, conducted by John Maucerri. NYC and regional credits include "Solver Girl" in Micheal Friedman and Itamar Moses' Fortress of Solitude (CTG w/s). "Jenny Diver" in Threepenny Opera ( Arden Theater). “Phillipa” in Babette's Feast (Threads Theater). Beautiful Girls and SONDHEIM: A Birthday Celebration with Lonny Price, Paul Gemignani (Lincoln Center). A Christmas Carol (Geva Theatre Centre). Rachel is a Rochester, New York native.
Baroness Schrader in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London revival of
“The Sound of Music,” directed by Jeremy Sams. Broadway
roles include Young Sally in “Follies” and Martha Jefferson
in revival of “1776.” Appeared as Maria/Marian in
“The Heiress” and Heavenly Friend/Julie Jordan in
“Carousel,” both at Lincoln Center. Off-Broadway roles
include the lead in “Violet” (Drama Desk nomination for
Best Actress in a Musical) and Jennie/Bridget in premiere of
“Jack’s Holiday,” both directed by Susan Schulman at
Playwrights Horizons; and Sondheim’s musical “Saturday
Night” at the Second Stage Theater. Regional theatre credits
include Laura in “The Glass Menagerie” and Celia in
“As You Like It” at the Great Lakes Theater Festival;
“The Royal Family” and “Tartuffe” with the Utah
Shakespearean Festival; and Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” at
Rhode Island Shakespeare.
After starring in three network TV pilots, several films and many
commercials, Kevin Wheatley set his sights on creating his own
production company. Under the new company name, "The
International Danger Alliance", Kevin wrote a screenplay for a high
concept post-apocalyptic political comedy entitled "The Beach Party at
the Threshold of Hell". As well as writing the script, Kevin also
acted in the film alongside many other UNCSA alumni and directed the
film alongside UNCSA alum Jonny Gillette. The now completed film
has been given a coveted distribution deal and will be opening
theatrically in 30 cities on October 19th 2007. As for the
future, Kevin is developing a television series that will continue the
film's story, tentatively titled "Life and Times in the Threshold of
Hell". Also, Kevin is developing another screenplay, "The
Henchmen", with plans to begin production in New Orleans in 2008.
Appeared off-Broadway in: the staged reading and radio recording of Geoffrey Nauffts’ “Next Fall” with the cast of LA Theatre Works, he was also in the musical adaptation of Terrance McNally’s “The Visit” a benefit concert for The Actors Fund, Paula Vogel's "The Baltimore Waltz" directed by Mark Brokaw at the Signature Theatre, "Tabletop" (Drama Desk Award), "Summer '69" and "Three O'Clock in Brooklyn." Workshops include: "Tom Jones," "Monica! The Musical" (MTC), "Dance of the Vampires" (John Caird, director), and "Royal Family of Broadway" (Jerry Zaks, director). Also appeared at The Old Globe, McCarter, Long Wharf, Milwaukee, Indiana, St. Louis Repertory, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Westport Country Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Maine State Music Theatre, Actors Co. of Pennsylvania, New York Stage and Film, Hartford Theatreworks, and North Shore Music Theatre. Did "Antony and Cleopatra" and "The Bakkhai" for Gerald Freedman at Great Lakes Theater Festival. Television appearances include: "Law and Order," guest star, co-star of “Boy Gone Astray” episode; "Law and Order: Criminal Intent"; "Law and Order: SVU"; "Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion"; "Blessed Stranger: After Flight 111"; "Lex"; "Pit Pony"; and three seasons of "Guiding Light." Film includes: LOVE WALKED IN. Played Francesco Andreini in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's "The Glorious Ones," directed by Graciela Daniele, October 11, 2007 - January 6, 2008 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Plays George Hastings in “She Stoops To Conquer” at the McCarter Theatre (fall 2009), directed by Nicholas Martin (artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival). Was nominated for a 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Kander and Ebb’s “The Visit.”
Tony and Drama Desk nominee and Outer Critics Circle Award for
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo”; other Broadway credits
include “True West,” “Summer and Smoke,”
“Suddenly Last Summer,” “The Lady From Dubuque”
with Irene Worth and “Loose Ends” with Kevin Kline.
Off-Broadway credits include “Bargains,” “Far Off
Sweet Forever” and “Please Hang Up and Dial Again.”
Regional theatre credits include “Ghost on Fire,”
“The Rose Tattoo,” “Angel Street” and
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Academy Award nominee for Best
Supporting Actress for DEAD MAN WALKING (Tim Robbins, director); other
film appearances include RUNAWAY JURY, HULK, HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10
DAYS, FLIRTING WITH DISASTER (David Russell), UNSTRUNG HEROES (Diane
Keaton), HARD PROMISES (Lee Grant), LITTLE MAN TATE (Jodie Foster), A
NEW LIFE (Alan Alda), THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (Anthony Minghella) and
SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS (Diane Keaton). Well-known for role as Jolene in
CBS series “Alice”; other TV credits include pilots for NBC
and FOX and “The Stronger” for NET.
Ira David Wood III
Founder of Raleigh's Theatre In The Park, Ira David Wood III continues to serve as executive and artistic director. He was raised in Enfield, N.C., and became his hometown’s first Eagle Scout. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, he served as president of the Student Government for two years, directed the school’s first public opera, taught Acting for Dancers, toured with The Nutcracker ballet, and won the lead in the School of Drama’s very first production. Summers during his college years were spent as a leading actor in The Lost Colony, the oldest outdoor drama in the country. Upon graduation, he became the first theatre arts consultant for the Department of Public Instruction. A year later, he became director of The Children’s Theatre of Raleigh. He immediately set about the task of broadening the organization’s scope. During this process, the organization established a home in the Pullen Park Armory, changing its name to Theatre In The Park and quickly becoming the largest community theatre in North Carolina.
Mr. Wood has often been credited with raising the bar of theatrical excellence in the Triangle area, as well as initiating dynamic outreach programming now adopted by many other theatre organizations. He is the recipient of The Builder of Bridges Award from The Babcock Center Foundation, The Morrison Award presented by The Roanoke Island Historical Association, and The Order of The Long Leaf Pine (one of the highest honors the state of North Carolina can award one of its citizens.) Triangle Business magazine awarded him The Legacy Leader Award. He has also been awarded three keys to The City of Raleigh. He has been made an honorary citizen of Columbia, S.C., and Compiegne, France. He wrote and directed the opening ceremonies for the 1987 Summer Olympic Festival, still the largest single event in North Carolina history. He is the only two-time recipient of The Medal of Arts Award, presented by The Raleigh Art Commission. He is also an inductee in The Raleigh Hall of Fame. In honor of his many achievements, Raleigh’s City Council voted unanimously to rename his theatre’s facility “The Ira David Wood III Pullen Park Theatre.”
Consistently voted Best Local Actor in decades of public opinion polls, Mr. Wood has managed to accumulate impressive film and television credits, having appeared on screen with such stars as Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Cliff Robertson, Burt Reynolds and Louise Fletcher.
Though his list of acclaimed theatre roles is unrivaled in the Triangle area, Mr. Wood is probably best known and loved for annually portraying the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in his own musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which has been performed annually since 1974. With three international tours to its credit, and having played to more than 2 million people, the production is now cited as “... one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theatre history.”
Mr. Wood is an award-winning playwright, and his additional works have been produced throughout the United States. He is a contributing writer for the book “Murder in Dealey Plaza,” and the author of a Christmas book entitled “Confessions of An Elf.” Though he went through open heart surgery in 2010, he has happily made a complete recovery. The proud father of two talented young people, Evan Rachel Wood and Ira David Wood IV, David and his wife, Ashley, remain extremely happy to call North Carolina ... home.
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