Ramona Lisa Alexander* previously appeared at the Lyric Stage in Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. Noteworthy credits include Milk Like Sugar, Breathe Boom (Huntington Theatre), The Boys from Syracuse (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Boston Landmarks Orchestra), Arabian Nights, Harriet Jacobs, Ti-Jean and His Brothers, Moon for the Misbegotten (Central Square Theater), Seven Guitars (The Artist Repertory Theatre, Portland Or.), The Brother/Sister Plays, King Hedley II (Portland Playhouse, Drammy Award recipient), Intimate Apparel (W.H.A.T), To Kill a Mockingbird (Montana Rep, National Tour), A Christmas Carol (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Postcards from Earth, (Guthrie Theatre), 103 Within The Veil, (Company One, IRNE Award), Doubt (Newton Nomadic Theater), In the Continuum, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Up You Mighty Race Theatre Co, IRNE Award), In the Blood, (Zeitgeist Stage Company). Film: Knock Around Kids (adekoje-filmwerks). Alexander distinguishes herself not only onstage, but also leads creative-place making and arts organizing work with Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), and holds an M.F.A from Brandeis University. Upcoming: CSC’s production of Romeo and Juliet, Boston Common.
Sarah Elizabeth Bedard is making her first appearance with the Lyric Stage. New York credits include One Year Lease Theatre Company, Jewlbox Theatre, Classics on the Rocks, and Mettawee River Theatre. New England credits include Significant Other (SpeakEasy Stage), Intimate Exchanges (Nora Theatre Company), Measure of Normalcy (Gloucester Stage Company), Shockheaded Peter (Company One), Phèdre (Actor’s Shakespeare Project), A Christmas Carol (Berkshire Theatre Festival), DibbleDance (Shakespeare and Company), Three (Boston Public Works), Arcadia, Translations (Bad Habit Productions). Sarah directs with the young company at Stoneham Theatre and works as a freelance fight choreographer and theatre educator. She earned an M.F.A. in Acting from Brandeis University. sarahelizabethbedard.com
Lyndsay Allyn Cox previously appeared at the Lyric Stage in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Boston area acting credits include Zombie Double Feature, It Happened...We Can't Say When (New Exhibition Room), Dearly Departed, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Intimate Apparel, All in the Timing (The Footlight Club), The Overwhelming (Company One), The Heidi Chronicles (The Longwood Players), ClimACTS (The Theater Offensive). In addition Lyndsay has directed for several Boston theatre companies including The Theater Offensive, Fresh Ink, and Another Country Productions. Lyndsay is the Managing Director of Fresh Ink Theatre Company. She studied acting at both Appalachian State University and the University of Florida. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance and a minor in Vocal Music. Lyndsay lives in Boston with her husband and her three-year-old son.
Jackie Davis* is returning to the Lyric Stage after previously appearing in Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. She also choreographed Lyric Stage's production of Crowns. Other credits include Bootycandy, Caroline Or Change (choreographer) (SpeakEasy Stage), Sons of the Prophet (Huntington Theater), Living Room in Africa, Wind in the Willows (Gloucester Stage), Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (Wheelock Family Theater), The Crucible (New Repertory Theater on Tour), Bottom of the Sky (Cape Cod Repertory Theater), The Bluest Eye, Bug, and The Etymology of Bird (Providence Black Repertory Company). Directing credits include Black Arts Drama Showcase, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Gift of an Orange, Hairspray, and most recently, Cosmic Christmas. Jackie is the founding artistic director of New Urban Theatre Laboratory, the producers of The Annual Five & Dime. Jackie is a member of Actor's Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.
Bryan T. Donovan* has performed on Broadway, Off Broadway, and regionally throughout the country. He’s also appeared on television and in a few independent films. In addition to acting, Bryan has also produced several films that have traversed the country playing film festivals such as SXSW, LAFF, Outfest, and Slamdance to name a few.
Adrianne Krstansky* previously appeared at the Lyric Stage in November. Other theater credits include Doll's House, Come Back Little Sheba (Huntington Theater, Eliot Norton and IRNE Awards for Outstanding Performance) Paradise Lost, Britannicus, Ubu Rock (American Repertory Theater), Tribes, Body Awareness, Snakebit (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Blackberry Winter, Imagining Madoff, On the Verge, Holiday Memories, Three Viewings, 2.5 Minute Ride (New Repertory Theater), New Electric Ballroom (Gloucester Stage, Eliot NortonAward, Outstanding Ensemble ), Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), and Gary, Legally Dead (Boston Playwrights Theater.) Film credits: Olive Kitteridge (HB0) and The Company Men. She is an Associate Professor of Theater Arts at Brandeis University.
Deb Martin* is making her Lyric Stage debut. Theater: Arcadia (The Gamm Theatre), Mud Blue Sky, Gidion’s Knot (Bridge Repertory Theater), Casa Valentina, Next Fall (SpeakEasy Stage), and King Lear (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Other productions include Victor/Victoria (2nd National Tour), Ivanov, The Balcony, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Miss Julie. Development workshops with ArtsEmerson, New Repertory Theatre, and German Stage. Film: Spartan with Val Kilmer and William H. Macy, written and directed by David Mamet. B.F.A., Emerson College, and trained with off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company, founded by William H. Macy and David Mamet.
James Milord is making his Lyric Stage debut. He was recently seen in Akeelah and the Bee (Wheelock Family Theatre). Other theatre credits include Clybourne Park (Longwood Players Club), Splendor, Brothers Size Trilogy, The Good Negro, Den of Thieves, Emancipation Of Mandy and Miz Ellie, 103 Within the Veil, Clockwork Orange (Company One), Zooman and The Sign, Feathers On My Arm (Our Place Theatre), and Macbeth (Shakespeare Now). He was honored to receive Best Emerging Actor in 2010 ((David Wheeler Award). Film credits include The Brotherhood (Showtime) and a handful of industrial commercials. He currently works as a theatre educator, and continues to pursue his dreams professionally.
Christine Power is making her Lyric Stage debut. Recent local credits include Faithless (Boston Playwrights' Theater), Good (New Repertory Theatre), A Great Wilderness (Zeitgeist Stage), Six Degrees of Separation (Bad Habit Productions), Equus (Off the Grid), Greenland (Apollinaire Theatre), Chalk (Fresh Ink Theater), In the Summer House (Fort Point Theater Channel), Playhouse Creatures (Maiden Phoenix), The Miracle Worker (Wheelock Family Theater), Neighbors (Company One). For more information, including voice-over and commercial work neactor.com/profile/ChristinePower.
Jasmine Rush* returns to Lyric Stage where she was seen in Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. New England credits also include Laura (Stoneham Theatre), Well (Actors Studio of NBPT), Stories without Roofs: Writing Home (Ministry of Theatre), To Kill a Mockingbird (Firehouse Theatre for the Arts), The Forgetting Curve (Bridge Rep of Boston). Recent television credits include Blue Bloods (CBS) and Difficult People (Hulu). Jasmine is also a producer and stars in the upcoming independent feature film Bonhomme (D. Armas Prod.). She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts at University of MN – Twin Cities and trained at Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC. jasminemrush.com
Summer L. Williams (Director) is returning to the Lyric Stage where she directed Intimate Apparel and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Most recent directing credits include Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Company One), Bootycandy (SpeakEasy Stage), An Octoroon and Colossal (Company One, Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding Director for both productions). Regional credits: Shiv (part of The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy), Shelter Of Last Resort by Miranda Craigwell (part of XX PlayLab 2014), and the New England Premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known As Southwest Africa from the German Sudwestafrika between the Years 1884-1915, Idris Goodwin's How We Got On, The Brothers Size and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet (part of the The Brother/Sister Plays, (IRNE Award, Best Play), Neighbors, Grimm, The Good Negro, Voyeurs de Venus (Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding Director), The Bluest Eye, The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot, Spell #7, Jesus Hopped the A Train (Elliot Norton Award, Best Fringe Production), TWILIGHT: Los Angeles 1992. Ms. Williams is a co-founder of Company One Theatre and thanks her Company One family, her friends, her parents, and WB for all of their support.
Robert O’Hara (Playwright) has received the NAACP Best Director Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, 2 OBIEs and the Oppenheimer Award. He directed the World Premieres of Nikkole Salter and Dania Guiria’s In the Continuum, Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy as well as his own plays, Bootycandy and Insurrection: Holding History. His new plays Zombie: The American and Barbecue world premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theater and New York Shakespeare Festival, respectively. He is currently directing a new musical, Uni/son inspired from the poetry of August Wilson at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a new musical, Bella by Kirsten Childs at Playwrights Horizons. He will direct the world premiere of his play Mankind at Playwrights Horizons this fall.
Jessica Pizzuti (Scenic Design) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Recent Boston credits include Twelfth Night of the Living Dead (Anthem Theatre Company), Informed Consent (Apollinaire Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dog Sees God, and Drop Dead! (UMass Lowell). JP earned her B.A. in Theater Arts from Brandeis University and completed a year-long scenic apprenticeship at the Huntington Theatre Company. PizzutiScenery.com.
Tyler Kinney (Costume Design) returns to Lyric Stage after costume designing Fast Company, One Man, Two Guvnors,The Temperamentals, and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Tyler is an Elliot Norton (Astroboy and the God of Comics) and IRNE (Henry VIII) award-winning costume and scenic designer for the stage and screen. He designs for regional theaters including Shakespeare and Company, SpeakEasy Stage, Actors Shakespeare Project, Stoneham, New Rep, Company One, WHAT, Elm Shakespeare. A member of IATSE USA 829 and Local 481, Tyler has worked in costume departments of major motion pictures for the last six years. Tyler is a B.F.A. Theatre Design/ Technology graduate from Emerson College and alumni of the Rutgers at the Shakespeare Globe program in London, UK. Upcoming projects include CSC’s Romeo and Juliet on the Boston Common this summer. tylerkinney.com
Jen Rock (Lighting Design) is joining Lyric Stage Company for the first time. Most recently, Jen designed Beneath the Gavel with Bated Breath Theatre Company at 59E59 Theaters in New York. Boston credits include: A Future Perfect, Bootycandy (SpeakEasy Stage), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, and The Flick (Company One). Jen is a two-time Eliot Norton Award recipient for excellence in design. Jen holds a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from The University of Connecticut and serves on the faculty at Eastern Connecticut State University.
David Wilson (Sound Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously designed City of Angels. He has designed lighting or sound for over 350 productions of opera, theater, concert, and dance. He has served on the faculty of Brandeis University, heading the graduate program in sound design, and has designed and taught at Boston College, Boston Conservatory of Music, Bowdoin, Emerson, New England Conservatory, Tufts, Suffolk, and UMASS-Lowell. His designs for theater at other companies include Boston Playwrights, Central City Opera, Company One, Dibble Dance, Gloucester Stage, Lyric Stage, Merrimack Rep, New Rep, Nora, North Shore Music Theater, Stoneham, Shakespeare and Co, WHAT, and Wheelock Family Theater. Recent designs include sound and music for The Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Elliot Norton Award), Edward II (Actors Shakespeare Project), and Amadeus (Moonbox). dw-design.com
Amber Vonner (Hair and Makeup Design) returns to Lyric Stage after designing hair and makeup for Fast Company, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, and Big River. Amber is a freelance hair and makeup designer for theater and film. Working for regional theaters such as American Repertory Theater, Actors Shakespeare Project, Company One, and WHAT. Her most current work as hair and makeup artist was with Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education (American Repertory Theater). Amber works with college and high school drama departments designing costumes, headpieces, wigs, and teaching hair and makeup demos for stage. She is the resident costume designer for Newton Country Day School since 2011. Amber received her B.F.A. in Theatre Design/Technology from Emerson College and is a licensed Massachusetts cosmetologist. She can also be found educating and providing makeup services in Follain's Boston locations, a healthy beauty store. ambervoner.com
Diane McLean* (Production Stage Manager) returns to the Lyric Stage having been PSM for Warrior Class and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? this season. She has also stage managed at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Hartford Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Kennedy Center, and was resident stage manager at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY. Diane received her M.F.A. in Stage Management at Boston University. Love to H.
Becca Freifeld* (Assistant Stage Manager) joins the Lyric Stage for the first time on Barbecue. Ms. Freifeld recently served as the Production Stage Manager for Thurgood, and as the ASM for Fiddler on the Roof and Good (New Repertory Theatre). Other area stage management credits include Shoes On, Shoes Off (Brandeis Department of Theater Arts), Romeo & Juliet and Evil Dead: the Musical (Arts After Hours), Hamlet (Wax Wings Productions), and Bully Dance (Argos Productions). Production assistant credits include Freud's Last Session, The Testament of Mary, The Snow Queen, A Number, Broken Glass, Scenes From an Adultery, The King of Second Avenue, and Closer Than Ever (New Rep). Ms. Freifeld is a graduate of Brandeis University, and currently resides in Newtonville.
Allison Davis (Assistant Stage Manager) joins the Lyric Stage for the first time on Barbecue. Allison's previous stage management credits include The Woman In Black, La Cage aux Folles, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Evita, The Light in the Piazza, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Cape Rep Theatre), MOMologues, and She Did All That: Betty Ford Speaks Out (The Company Theatre). Allison is a graduate of Bridgewater State University.
* denotes member of Actor's Equity Association