John Ambrosino* (Robert) returns to the Lyric Stage having performed in Into the Woods, On the Town, Avenue Q. John spent two years in the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys (Las Vegas). Other credits The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (First National Tour), Do Re Mi, When Midnight Strikes (off Broadway). Regional work includes Rent (New Rep), Pageant (Stoneham Theater), and The Wild Party (Provincetown Theater). John is also a producing partner with U Rock Theatricals in New York City — a commercial theater production company that is developing the 1995 Academy Award Winning short film Trevor into a musical for Broadway.
Elise Arsenault* (Susan) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously appeared in My Fair Lady, City of Angels, Into the Woods (IRNE award, Best Ensemble) and Avenue Q (Elliott Norton, Best Ensemble). Recent area credits include Avenue Q, Diary of Anne Frank, King & I (Ocean State Theatre), Beat Generation (Merrimack Rep), Miracle on 34th Street (Stoneham Theatre),The Taming of the Shrew (Colonial Theater), and Footloose (Ivoryton Playhouse). Elise has performed, directed, and facilitated workshops throughout the country with numerous organizations, including the Smithsonian Institute, The Lady Project and Washington National Opera. Television credits include Momsters: When Moms Go Bad (DiscoveryID). As a voiceover artist, she can be heard on commercials and narrating audiobooks. Graduate of George Mason University and the British American Drama Academy. elisearsenault.com
Leigh Barrett* (Joanne) has been seen at the Lyric Stage in Sondheim on Sondheim, City of Angels, Grey Gardens, Souvenir, Nicholas Nickelby, Big River, Animal Crackers, Follies, A Little Night Music, Mikado, Nuncrackers, and Sunday in the Park with George. Recently Leigh appeared in Mud Blue Sky with Bridge Rep. Other area credits include Closer Than Ever, Ragtime, Threepenny Opera, Indulgences, Side by Side by Sondheim, The World Goes ‘Round, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and Wild Party (New Rep), Passion, Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Drowsy Chaperone, Elegies, A Class Act, Adding Machine (SpeakEasy Stage), Marry Me a Little, Jacques Brel (Gloucester Stage), Alice, Sound of Music (Wheelock Family Theater), Company (Moonbox Productions), Gypsy, Picnic, John & Jen, You Never Know, Pal Joey (Stoneham Theatre), A Christmas Carol, Singing in the Rain, and Sweeney Todd (North Shore Music Theatre), and Car Talk, the Musical! (Central Square Theater). She is the proud recipient of two Elliot Norton Awards and two IRNE Awards. She is an independent vocal/acting coach in Reading. Love to HB and my boys Nick and Matt! LeighBarrett.com
Teresa Winner Blume (Jenny) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously performed in Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and The Mikado. Other local theatre credits include Floyd Collins, Company, and Lucky Stiff (Moonbox Productions), Goblin Market and Ragdoll (premiere) (Blue Spruce). She has also appeared in concerts, operas, operettas and recitals with the North Carolina Symphony, New England Light Opera, Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera, Gordon College Faculty Artist Series, and the Boston Singers Resource Recital Series, among others. Teresa earned degrees in classical vocal performance from the University of Illinois and the Eastman School of Music, and collaborates frequently with composers from the New Opera and Musical Theatre Initiative in Boston. She directs a summer musical theatre camp for children in Needham, maintains a private home voice studio, and is raising two lovely daughters with her devoted husband. Teresa serves as the Head of the Voice Program at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick. TeresaWinnerBlume.com
Adrianne Hick* (April) is making her Lyric Stage debut. She has most recently starred in multiple productions of South Pacific (Wick Theatre, FL and Ivoryton Playhouse, CT) and has been seen in the Broadway National Tour of Les Misérables, the critically acclaimed Sondheim revue You're Gonna Love Tomorrow (Bickford Theatre, NJ), The Sensational '70's (Fireside Theatre), Other People's Money (Hampton Theatre Co., NY), Through the Invisible Door (MTL), and in NYC in The Laramie Project and Charles Strouse's Dancing With Time. Featured in Backstage Magazine as a "Breakout Talent," she has appeared as a featured vocalist and guest entertainer aboard Holland America Line and NCL. Up next, Adrianne's adventures include the South Korean tour of Jekyll & Hyde (2016-17) and marrying the love of her life! Special thanks to her Quincy family. Proud member of AEA. adriannehick.com
Maria LaRossa (Kathy) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Recent regional credits include Sweet Charity (Stoneham Theatre), Mary Poppins (Wheelock Family Theatre), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Stoneham Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Ocean State Theatre Company), West Side Story (Palace Theatre), How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (Stoneham Theatre), Chicago (Reagle Music Theatre), A Chorus Line (Reagle Music Theatre). Choreography/teaching credits: Sweet Charity (TAMY Award, Best Choreographer), Lasell College, Salem State University, Somerville High School, The Dance Inn, Boston Ballet, American College Dance Festival, resident choreographer of the Legacy Dance Company, assistant to Broadway/Film Choreographer Joey Pizzi, certified Pilates instructor at Equinox. Maria is an honored recipient of the 2016 Emerging Artist of the Year Award from the W.I.S.E. Foundation.
Carla Martinez* (Marta) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in My Fair Lady last fall. New England credits include The Wild Party (Moonbox Productions), Far From Heaven (SpeakEasy Stage), Mary Poppins, Shrek, Hairspray, It’s a Wonderful Life, Oliver (Wheelock Family Theatre), The Wiz, The Full Monty, Forum, Dreamgirls (Interlakes Summer Theatre). Carla is a performer, teacher, and choreographer currently residing in Boston and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Carla is proud to be making her AEA debut. Endless thanks to family and friends for their continuous love and support. carla-martinez.com
Will McGarrahan* (Larry) returns to Lyric Stage where he performed in Peter and the Starcatcher, Light Up the Sky, Into the Woods, Death of a Salesman, Becky's New Car, The Chosen, The Temperamentals, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens, November, Souvenir and Dirty Blonde. Other local credits include Casa Valentina, Big Fish, Far From Heaven, Next Fall, The Drowsy Chaperone, Reckless, Some Men, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Five By Tenn, Company, The Last Sunday in June, Elegies: A Song Cycle, Ruthless!, A Class Act, and A New Brain (SpeakEasy Stage), A Raisin in the Sun (Huntington Theater), The Wind in the Willows and Happy Days (Gloucester Stage), Nine Circles (Publick Theatre and Gloucester Stage), The Moon For The Misbegotten, Buried Child (Nora Theater), and The Wrestling Patient (SpeakEasy Stage/Boston Playwrights/40 Magnolias). Will worked as an actor, singer and pianist for many years in Seattle before moving to Boston's South End.
Davron S. Monroe* is returning to the Lyric Stage after having appeared in My Fair Lady, City of Angels, Sweeney Todd, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Mikado, Avenue Q, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Musical theatre credits include: Godspell (Moonbox Productions), Hairspray (Reagle Music Theatre), Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Children of Eden, Songs for a New World (premiere, Key West Symphony, Broadway Across America), Smokey Joe’s Café, Cinderella, Streakin’!, a ’70s musical revue, Sweet Charity, Brigadoon, and Show Boat. Cabaret: The All Night Strut. Opera: fully staged or concert/scene productions of Carmen, Treemonisha, Porgy and Bess, La finta giardiniera, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, La fille du régiment, L’élisir d’amore, Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, The Tailor of Gloucester, The Gondoliers, Aida, and Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Monroe premiered the role of Thomas Edison in Juventas’s New Music Group production of Light and Power. He has also appeared with many orchestral and vocal organizations, such as Boston Landmarks Orchestra (Lost in the Stars – a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, and The Chariot Jubilee), the First Church UU, Belmont, the Brevard Music Center (finalist, Orlando Opera’s Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Awards), Disney Entertainment’s Voices of Liberty, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony (young artist), Houston Ebony Opera Guild, the New England Spiritual Ensemble, New England Voices, the Longy School Orchestra, and many other organizations throughout the greater Boston area. Davron is the first recipient of the Bob Jolly Award for up-and-coming local actors.
Tyler Simahk (Paul) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in Fast Company and Peter and the Starcatcher. Other regional credits include Sister Act (Ogunquit Playhouse and Gateway Playhouse), La Cage aux Folles (Reagle Players). Tyler received a B.F.A. in musical theater from Emerson College. Thank you to my family for all their love and support.
Erica Spyres* (Amy) just appeared at the Lyric Stage in Peter and the Starcatcher, and previously in Into the Woods, Avenue Q (IRNE Award), Time Stands Still, The Mikado, Big River, and Nicholas Nickleby. Recent credits include the French premiere of Passion (Théâtre du Châtelet) and Once (first National Tour), Tribes (Elliot Norton Award), The Light in the Piazza (IRNE Award) (SpeakEasy Stage), Camelot (IRNE Award), Marry Me a Little, Master Class (New Rep), Pirates! (Huntington Theatre). Erica coaches for My College Audition and can be seen and heard on commercials and voiceovers across the nation. ericaspyres.com
Kerri Wilson (Sarah) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Recent credits include Sweet Charity (Stoneham Theatre), Hairspray (Wheelock Family Theatre), 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee (Priscilla Beach Theatre), Ragtime (Fiddlehead Theatre). Other area credits include Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Legally Blonde, Anne of Green Gables, and Chorus Line. Kerri also hosts local arts podcast "This Is a Thing?" featuring one-on-one interviews with local art-makers. Check it out! kerripod.com
Todd Yard (David) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Recent credits include The Wild Party (Moonbox Productions), A Little Night Music (Nextdoor Theater), Carousel (Reagle Music Theatre), La Cage aux Folles (The Umbrella), Is He Dead? (Vokes Players), and Spamalot (The Footlight Club). Todd graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts musical theatre program in London and now works as a Principal Architect with Brightcove in Boston developing cloud video solutions for a global client list.
Matthew Zahnzinger (Peter) is making his Lyric Stage debut with Company, a show he first explored with Moonbox Productions. Other regional credits include: Crazy for You (Reagle Music Theatre), Arcadia (Nora Theatre Company), Polish Joke (IRNE award—Titanic Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest, A New Brain, Floyd Collins, Lucky Stiff (Moonbox Productions), Reader, Copenhagen (Flat Earth Theatre), The Singularity (Science Fiction Theatre), Chess, Rock N’ Roll, The Secret Garden (Longwood Players), and 6 Hotels (Hub Theatre). Matthew is also a regular voice over performer with the Colonial Radio Theatre, and has performed with the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire and the Lost Nation Theatre in Vermont. A Brockton native, Matthew holds in B.A. in Theatre and English from Northeatern University, and has studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland.
Spiro Veloudos (Director/Producing Artistic Director), now in his 19th season as Producing Artistic Director of the Lyric Stage, directed Peter and the Starcatcher and Sondheim on Sondheim last season. In previous seasons, he directed Into the Woods (Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards for Best Director, Best Musical, and Best Ensemble), One Man, Two Guvnors, Death of a Salesman (IRNE Award for Best Play),The Mikado, 33 Variations, On the Town, Avenue Q (Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Ensemble, five IRNE Awards including Best Musical and Best Director), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Elliot Norton Award for Best Production and Best Director, five IRNE Awards including Best Director), Big River, Superior Donuts, Animal Crackers, Blithe Spirit, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, and Kiss Me, Kate. Spiro received the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from Salem State College. He was the recipient of the 2006 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. During his tenure, the Lyric Stage has earned numerous awards and honors including Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production (Nicholas Nickleby, Speech & Debate, Miss Witherspoon, The Old Settler), and Outstanding Musical Production (Sunday in the Park with George); IRNE Awards for Outstanding Production (Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Settler, Glengarry Glen Ross), and Outstanding Musical Production (Grey Gardens, Urinetown: The Musical, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George). His numerous directing credits at the Lyric Stage include A Little Night Music (IRNE Award for Direction), Glengarry Glen Ross (IRNE Award), Sunday in the Park with George (Best of the Year in Boston’s Globe, Herald, and Phoenix; Elliot Norton and IRNE Award for direction), Assassins (Best Production of 1998: The Boston Globe), Lost in Yonkers, Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story (Elliot Norton Award, along with Assassins), and Speed-the-Plow (Elliot Norton for Outstanding Production). Mr. Veloudos received StageSource’s Theatre Hero Award (2003) and was named Best Artistic Director byBoston Magazine in 1999. He serves as the president for the Producers’ Association of New England Area Theatres, and is adjunct faculty in Performing Arts at Emerson College.
Catherine Stornetta (Music Director) has been the music director at the Lyric Stage for Animal Crackers, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Avenue Q, 33 Variations, One Man, Two Guvnors, City of Angels, and most recently, My Fair Lady. She is also a musical director for Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Hollywood, and Forbidden Christmas, and has performed in all but four states, on cruise ships circumnavigating the globe, and once, after being bitten by a dog, with only her right hand and left thumb. She has orchestrated both Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Christmas and as a result has conducted the Detroit, Hartford, Winnipeg, North Carolina, Rochester, Syracuse, and Adelaide (Australia) Symphonies. She was the musical director for the three-year run of Menopause, The Musical in Boston. She composed the score for the Cable ACE-award winning documentary Christa McAuliffe, Teacher in Space, produced for the Arts and Entertainment Network "Biography" series, and she has arranged and written music for several shows: Intriguing People (for People Magazine), 12 Angry Reindeer, and All-of-a-Kind Family, as well as shows for the Unione Parke Singers: Reindeer Games, 100 Years of Song, The Seasons, and Oh Look, You’re 80!, In her salad days, she was an occasional soloist with the Boston Pops
Rachel Bertone (Choreography and Musical Staging) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously choreographed City of Angels, Big River, and Animal Crackers. Recent Directing/Choreographing credits include Carousel (Reagle Music Theatre), The Wild Party, The Musical of Musicals (Moonbox Productions), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Turtle Lane Playhouse), and Creative License (NYCFringe). Choreography credits include Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Les Misérables, My Fair Lady (Reagle Music Theatre), Company, A New Brain, Floyd Collins, Lucky Stiff (Moonbox Productions), West Side Story (Turtle Lane Playhouse), A Little Night Music (Metro Stage). Assistant Directeor: fFiddler on the Roof), Les Misérables, South Pacific, and Bye, Bye, Birdie (Reagle Music Theatre). Holding a B.F.A. in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, she has performed with many theaters and dance companies such as Lyric Stage, Reagle Playhouse, Fiddlehead, Liars & Believers, Boston Ballet and Prometheus Dance. She serves on faculty at The Boston Conservatory, A.R.T. Institute at Harvard, Emerson College, Boston Ballet, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio and Artbarn Community Theater. Up next, Rachel will be directing and choreographing Barnum for Moonbox Productions.
Janie E. Howland** (Scenic Design) continues a long-standing relationship with the Lyric Stage including h My Fair Lady, Peter and the Starcatcher last season. Recent productions include Simon Says (Off-Broadway), Guys and Dolls (Emerson Stage), Arcadia (Nora Theatre), Mary Poppins (Wheelock Family Theatre), Urban Nutcracker (Tony Williams Dance Center), Casa Valentina (SpeakEasy Stage), Summer Studios (BCT) ). Work seen at CONSENSES, festival of the senses, conceived by Sally Taylor. Other venues include: Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Central Square Theater, New Rep, Weston Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, A.R.T. Institute, Northeastern University, Boston Conservatory, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Seacoast Rep, Merrimack Rep, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Studio 210. Brandeis University MFA; Co-founder CYCO SCENIC; 4 time Elliot Norton Award winner, 4 time IRNE Award winner. Adjunct faculty at Emerson College, Wellesley College. USA Local 829. janiehowland.com
Rafael Jaen** (Costume Design) has been designing costumes for more than 25 years. His most recent work includes Buyer & Cellar (Lyric Stage), The Pronoun, Aimez-Vous Ionesco?, Madame LeMonde (BeauJest Moving Theatre ), Krazy Kat (Bowdoin College), Museum, Polaroid Stories (UMass Boston), and Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Company One). He sits on the USITT Board of Directors, and he is the national Design-Technology Chair for the Kennedy Center ACTF. He is the recipient of the Salem State Life Achievement Award in the Arts 2016 and the Kennedy Center (KCACTF) Golden Medallion for Excellence in Theater Education 2013. He is an Assistant Professor at UMASS Boston, and he is the author of “Showcase” and “Digital Costume Design” by Routledge, an imprint of FOCAL Press. Member USA 829/IATSE. Website: rafaeljaen.biz
Franklin Meissner, Jr.** (Lighting Design) returns to the Lyric Stage after designing the lighting for Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweeney Todd (IRNE award), By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, Avenue Q, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and The Understudy. Recently he designed the lighting for Sweet Charity at the Stoneham Theatre, where he also designed Romeo and Juliet, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol, Strangers on a Train, Pageant and Miracle on 34th Street. This past winter he designed the lighting for Mary Poppins (Wheelock Family Theatre, Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding Design), where he also designed Oliver!, The Secret Garden, The Phantom Tollbooth and The Wizard of Oz. He has designed extensively for New Rep, including The Snow Queen (IRNE award), Little Shop of Horrors, The Wild Party, Cabaret, Dessa Rose, Sweeney Todd (IRNE award), Into The Woods, Ragtime, Moby Dick (IRNE award) and many others. He also designed the World Premiere of Albatross (Poets’ Theatre, Norton Award, Outstanding Production). His work has also been seen Off- and Off-Off Broadway in NYC, at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (IRNE award), The Boston Conservatory, SpeakEasy Stage, Central Square Theater, the North Shore Music Theatre, the South Shore Music Circus, Sanders Theatre, various corporate events and colleges around the state, and at 40 Carnegie Hall performances. Mr. Meissner is a member of United Scenic Artists. For more information: www.FranklinMeissner.com. For Abby – “Don't be afraid it won't be perfect ... the only thing to be afraid of really is that it won't be.”
Andrew Duncan Will (Sound Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having designed Sondheim on Sondheim, Dear Elizabeth, Sweeney Todd, and Into The Woods, One Man, Two Guvnors, A Man Of No Importance, Speech and Debate, Six Degrees of Separation, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Translations, Rooms: A Rock Romance, and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (2014 IRNE Award, Best Sound Design). Recent local credits include From The Sea To Somewhere Else (Flotsam), The Last Schwartz (Gloucester Stage), That Time The House Burned Down, It’s Not About My Mother, The Clytemnestriad (Fresh Ink), Hard and Fast, Three (Boston Public Works), The Amish Project, Stronger Than The Wind, God Box (New Rep), Detroit (Apollinaire), Sixty Miles To Silver Lake , FUFU AND OREOS (Bridge Rep), 27 Tips for Banishing the Blues (Sleeping Weazel), A Bright New Boise, Twelfth Night, Boston Abolitionists Project, 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love Suicide (A.R.T. Institute), Cabaret (Brandeis University), Good, How I Learned To Drive, and A Question of Mercy (Boston Center for American Performance). Andrew received an M.F.A. in Sound Design from Boston University.
Nerys Powell* (Production Stage Manager) was the AEA Assistant Stage Manager for My Fair Lady and Production Stage Manager for Buyer & Cellar, Fast Company, and Peter and the Starcatcher, all last season. Nerys holds a B.A. in English Literature from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and is a member of the Actor's Equity Association.
Kristin Loughry (Assistant Stage Manager) is making her Lyric Stage debut. She is a Boston area native but spends most of the year in New York City. Previous credits include Million Dollar Quartet, Almost Heaven, Ring of Fire (Infinity Theatre Company), Pitbulls (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Bill W. and Dr. Bob (Soho Playhouse), In Transit (Primary Stages), The Nutrcracker (Gelsey Kirkland Ballet), The Only Girl (Light Opera of New York), A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream, 101 Dalmatians (NewArts), How to Break (National Theatret in Oslo), three seasons with the Hangar Theatre and five seasons with NYU’s Graduate Acting program. Graduate of Ithaca College.
* denotes member of Actor's Equity Association