Michael Hisamoto (Kevin/Butler/Doctor/Pimp) returns to the Lyric Stage after appearing in Fast Company last season. Most recently, he assisted director Moritz von Stuelpnagel on Tiger Style! (Huntington Theatre), and was last seen onstage as playwright David Henry Hwang in Yellow Face (The Office of War Information). Last summer, Michael was in residency at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he had the opportunity to workshop his new play, someone who isn't me. This April, he will be seen as Wilbur in Charlotte's Web (Wheelock Family Theatre) . Michael is currently working on a new audio drama series titled The Ordinary Epic. Endless love to B, his friends, and his family for their support. michaelhisamoto.com
Gillian Mackay-Smith (Millicent/Laurie) returns to the Lyric Stage after appearing in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play last season. Local credits include A Man of No Importance, The Real Thing, Translation, Top Girls (Bad Habit Productions), Greenland (Apollinaire Theatre Co.), The Housekeeper, Outlaw Jean, Distant Neighbors, The Embryos (Fresh Ink Theatre Co.). She can also be seen in Episode 7 of the web series Conversations from the Afterlife. Gillian earned her B.A. in Theater Performance from Northeastern University and studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. www.gmacks.com
Craig Mathers (Husband/Harrison) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Boston appearances include Academy Fight Song with (CentaStage), Henry VI, The Taming of the Shrew, Henry VIII, Troilus and Cressida (Actors Shakespeare Project), Our Town (Huntington Theatre), The Fakus (Centastage),The Banality of Love, Dog Paddle (Israeli Stage), The Three Sisters (Brandeis Theater), Not Enough Air (Nora Theater), Picnic (Stoneham Theatre), and The Light in the Piazza (SpeakEasy Stage). New York credits include I Might Be Edgar Allan Poe ( NY Fringe Festival), Tea and Sympathy (Keen Company), Pera Palas (Second Stage), Poor Folks Pleasure (The Flea), Salt (The Actors Studio), and The Love of the Nightingale (Soho Rep). Regional appearances include The Grapes of Wrath (Syracuse Stage), Edward II, Hamlet (Yale Rep), Travels with my Aunt, Macbeth (Baltimore Center Stage), All My Sons (Indiana Rep), The Adding Machine (Sacred Fools Theater ), and Mass Appeal (Worcester Foothills). TV and film work includes Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Spin City, As the World Turns, CBS pilot House Rules, and NBC pilot Odyssey, as well as the feature films The Last Harbor and The Company Men. Craig is currently an associate professor of Performing Arts at Emerson College and is a designated Linklater teacher.
Will McGarrahan* (Adrian Schwalbach, the director) returns to the Lyric Stage where he performed in Company, 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, A New Brain (SpeakEasy Stage), Mame (Stoneham Theater), A Raisin in the Sun (Huntington Theatre), 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.
Theresa Nguyen* (Angela/Millie/Maid) returns to the Lyric Stage Company having appeared in Fast Company and Water by the Spoonful. New England credits include Orlando (Bad Habit Productions), Sila (Underground Railway Theater), The River and The Sea (New Repertory Theatre’s Next Voices), Mammal Heat (The Huntington Theatre’s New Playwrights Summer Workshop), The Winter’s Tale, Small Steps, The Actor’s Nightmare, and Robin Hood (Emerson Stage). Theresa received a B.F.A in Acting from Emerson College.
Celeste Oliva* (She) returns to the Lyric Stage where she was seen in Rich Girl, Becky’s New Car, and Chinglish (IRNE Award, Best Actress; Best of Boston, Best Actress 2013). Recent credits include the off Broadway production of Shear Madness. Regional credits include the world premiere of Abigail 1702, and It’s a Wonderful Life A Live Radio Play (Merrimack Repertory Theater), Arcadia, Grounded (Nora Theatre), Reconsidering Hanna(h) (Boston Playwrights Theater), and the Boston production of Shear Madness, America’s longest continuous running play. Celeste is a veteran small and large screen actor. Recently she has been seen in the film Bleed for This and has two upcoming films, November Criminals and Thoroughbred, and also the web series Crooks. Celeste is part of the East of Hollywood Team, a group dedicated creating content, putting more Asians on film in leading roles and doing away with the Asian stereotypes perpetuated by the media. Celeste is also a voice over artist, writer, and producer. CelesteJOliva.com
Alexander Platt* (He) previously appeared at the Lyric Stage in Chinglish. Other theatre credits include: Social Creatures, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Mourners Bench, Love Alone (Trinity Rep), Hedda Gabler, Far Away, Festen, Paul, Why Torture is Wrong…, Don Carlos (Gamm Theatre), Hamlet (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Insignificance, Arcadia (The Nora Theatre), Neville’s Island, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stoneham Theatre), The Forgetting Curve (Bridge Rep of Boston), The Etymology of Bird (Providence Black Rep), King Stag, Possible Worlds (Elemental Theatre), Bad Money, Falling Up (Perishable Theatre), and The Pathological Passion of the Christ (La Mama Etc.). Alexander served as Artistic Director of Elemental Theatre Collective in Providence, RI from 2006-2012 and has an M.F.A. from Trinity Rep Conservatory.
Courtney O’Connor (Director) has previously directed Buyer & Cellar, Red Hot Patriot, Rich Girl, Stones in His Pockets, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Associate Director, Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Production, IRNE Awards for Directing, Best Production), Red Herring, and The Miracle Worker for the Lyric Stage. She has also directed productions for Emerson Stage, UMass Boston, Suffolk University, Brandeis University, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (intern company), Shakespeare Now!, AIM Stage, and Coyote Theatre. Courtney is a senior affiliated performing arts faculty member at Emerson College. Through her work with the Coyote Theatre Project, she has overseen the creation of more than 200 new 10-minute plays written by at-risk youth from Boston. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Cabrini College and a master’s degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Courtney is also the general manager of Abella Publishing Services.
Matt Whiton (Scenic Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously designed City of Angels, Tale of the Allergists Wife, Stones in His Pockets, One Man, Two Guvnors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Shipwrecked, and A Year of Magical Thinking. Elsewhere in New England, Matt has designed for ART's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training, Argos Productions, UMass Lowell, Plymouth State University, and Merrimack College. Matt received his M.F.A. in 2007 from the University of Georgia.
Amanda Mujica (Costume Design) returns to Lyric Stage having previously designed Intimate Apparel and Mr Burns, a post-electric play. Recent theater productions include Really, An Octoroon (Company One) and Bootycandy (SpeakEasy Stage). She is a Boston-based freelance costume designer and seamstress. In addition to theater, she has designed for dance, film, and opera, most recently designing Odyssey Opera's 2015 Spring Festival productions of The Zoo, The Bear, and Powder Her Face. She will be designing Odyssey's spring 2017 production of Patience by Gilbert & Sullivan. She earned a B.S. in History from Carnegie Mellon University. amandamujicadesign.com
Chris Hudacs (Lighting Design) returns to Lyric Stage, having previously designed Intimate Apparel and Sondheim on Sondheim. Chris has designed lights for Boston Lyric Opera, Pilobolus Dance Theater, The ART/MXAT Institute, New England Conservatory, Sylvain Emard’s “Le Grand Continental” (Celebrity Series of Boston), Pickleshoes Family Theater, Tiffany Mills Company (NYC), The York Theatre (NYC), Toy Box Theatre (NYC), Nancy Meehan Dance (NYC), Paula Josa-Jones (MA), Trinity College (Hartford, CT), Rites & Reason Theatre (Brown University) and many others. In addition, Chris has toured as a Production Manager/Technical Director with Pilobolus, Shen Wei Dance Arts, David Dorfman Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, and Stephen Petronio Dance Company. www.WhodaxLD.com
Arshan Gailus (Sound Design and Original Music) returns to the Lyric Stage having designed sound and composed music for Fast Company, Chinglish, Avenue Q, The Temperamentals, Superior Donuts, The Understudy, Blithe Spirit, and Legacy of Light. He has created sound designs and original music for companies throughout the Boston area and beyond including ArtsEmerson, Huntington Theatre, Contemporary American Theater Festival, A.R.T Institute, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Brandeis University, Nora Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage, Gloucester Stage, Company One, and New Repertory Theatre. Arshan was recently awarded the 2016 IRNE Award for Best Sound Design (Small Theater) for his design of appropriate (SpeakEasy Stage). He was also a member of the Elliot Norton Award-winning design teams for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Company One, 2012) and Twelfth Night (Actors’ Shakespeare Project, 2011). Arshan teaches Sound Design at Emerson College where he serves as Resident Sound Designer, and he has designed sound and composed original music for independent video games in the Boston area and internationally. Arshan holds a B.S. in Music from MIT. arshangailus.com
Nerys Powell* (Production Stage Manager) was the Production Stage Manager for Company and Murder for Two this season. Last season Nerys was the AEA Assistant Stage Manager for My Fair Lady and Production Stage Manager for Buyer & Cellar, Fast Company, and Peter and the Starcatcher. 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.
Bridget Anderson (Assistant Stage Manager) is a graduate of Syracuse University's stage management program, returning for her third show at the Lyric Stage. Bridget's Lyric Stage credits include wiping fake blood off the set for Fast Company and ringing a bell offstage for Buyer & Cellar. Other theatre credits include stage managing the Summer Theatre Program at Walnut Hill School for the Arts as well as deputy stage managing Macbeth with Youth Music Theatre UK in Belfast and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
* denotes member of Actor's Equity Association