Dallas Actor’s Lab
Dallas Actor’s Lab is committed to producing challenging and provocative theatre that explores the full range of human experience. By presenting intentionally intimate productions that place primacy on the actor and the text, Dallas Actor’s Lab seeks to create a powerful and unique audience experience.
(New York) developed and appeared in C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E at the Theatorium with The Farm, which became The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. (Chicago) King Lear, Frank’s Home, (both directed by Robert Falls) and Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play (directed by Mark Wing-Davey) with the Goodman; Troilus and Cressida with Chicago Shakespeare (directed by Barbara Gaines); Uncle Vanya with Court Theatre (directed by Charles Newell); Leontes in The Winter’s Tale with Bohemian Theatre Ensemble and the title role in Prometheus Bound at the Around the Coyote Arts Festival. (Regional) Sweet Bird of Youth with LaJolla Playhouse (directed by Michael Greif); Objects in the Mirror (directed by Les Waters). (International) Oedipus Rex (Theater of Epidaurus, Greece ); Telemachus in The Odyssey with Trinidad Theatre Workshop (directed by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott). He is also an Assistant Professor and the Chair of Drama at the University of Dallas where his directing credits include the Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Machinal (theatrejones.com “Best Amateur Production of 2010″) as well as the developer and creator of the original piece about memory i forget a lot of stuff…sometimes. M.F.A. UCSD.
Artistic Advisory Board
Training: University of California, San Diego.
Theatre: The Lion King (North American National Tour, Las Vegas, London). With the Obie winning company, The Civilians, he has performed in Gone Missing (London, Aspen Comedy Festival, New York), Nobody’s Lunch, Paris Commune and Canard Canard Goose. At La Jolla Playhouse he has appeared in Hoover Comes Alive!, directed by Alex Timbers; Blood Wedding, directed by Mark Wing-Davey and Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by Michael Grief. Other credits include A Murder, A Mystery and a Marriage (Two River Theatre Company); Attempts On Her Life, Frankenstein (both at Soho Rep).
He has written and directed several short film projects and has recently co-founded Flowerbox, LLC, a film production company.
is currently the head of casting at Chicago’s Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre. Taking over the position in 2003, he has had the pleasure of working with some of the nation’s top directors while casting a variety of projects including classics, new work, and musicals. As a freelance casting director, he has also has the pleasure of working with many other great theatres such as Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Company, Northlight Theatre, About Face Theatre Company, and Chicago Children’s Theatre, where he was recently added to their artistic council. He is founding member of Serendipity Theatre Collective and served as their Artistic Director until 2005. During his tenure he created 2nd Story, the hybrid storytelling, wine, and music event that is now the company’s primary focus. Adam is a proud emeritus company member of STC and currently serves on their Advisory Board.
Marsha Stephanie Blake
has performed on Broadway, most recently as”Nerissa” in the Tony-nominated “The Merchant of Venice” starring Al Pacino, and directed by Daniel Sullivan. She has also appeared on Broadway in “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” directed by Bartlett Sher and “The Crucible,” directed by Richard Eyre. Notable off-Broadway and regional credits include: This Beautiful City (Vineyard Theatre and Kirk Douglas Theatre), Queens Boulevard (Signature Theatre), Peter and Wendy (with Mabou Mines at Arena Stage), Speak Truth to Power (Culture Project), The Gentleman Dancing Master and The Master Builder (Pearl Theatre), Aunt Dan and Lemon (The New Group): Twelfth Night (Public Theatre/NYSF). Film credits include: “The Architect”, directed by Matthew Tauber; “A-Alike” and “Lifted” directed by Randall Dottin. Television: The Big C, the upcoming A Gifted Man, 6 Degrees, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU , Third Watch. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her M.F.A from UCSD. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her photographer husband and their daughter. She is a proud member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA.
John Blood (bio pending)
received a 2010 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress for her portrayal of ‘Mrs. Daldy’ in Lincoln Center Theater’s Broadway production of In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. She recently starred in MTC’s play Cradle And All. Off-Broadway credits includeThe Hallway Trilogy, The Drunken City, Eurydice, The Wooden Breeks, Pullman Car Hiawatha, Apparition, Alice the Magnet, Cause for Alarm, Gone Missing. Regional: Not Waving (WTF),Songs of the Dragon (Young Jean Lee Theater Company),Trouble in Mind (Baltimore Center Stage), Blur (Dallas Theater Center),Fetes De La Nuit (Berkeley Repertory Theater), Unusual Acts of Devotion and Sheridan (La Jolla Playhouse), Proof(Geva Theater), Romeo and Juliet(ASF), A Midsummer’s Night Dream(Shakespeare Santa Cruz). TV credits include “Louie,” “Fringe,” “Smith,” “Law & Order,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Film credits include MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, MARGIN CALL, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, DOWN THE SHORE, THE OTHER WOMAN, and A NEW YORK THING. Maria is an Associate Artist with The Civilians and holds an M.F.A. from UCSD. Upcoming film projects include: Lola Versus,Keep The Lights On and The Happy Sad.
has been a professional director for the past 30 years, working in many of American’s top regional theatres.
She has had a long association with Arena Stage in Washington, DC , having been Associate Artistic Director from 1992 to 1998 and directed such productions as Well, She Loves Me, Born Yesterday, Tom Walker, The Women, Lovers and Executioners, The Miser, Molly Sweeney, A Small World, Dancing at Lughnasa (winner of Helen Hayes Award for Best Production), Summer and Smoke, A Month in the Country, The School for Wives, Misalliance, Polk County (Helen Hayes Award for Best New Musical), Plough and the Stars, Shakespeare in Hollywood and others. She directed the American premiere of Brian Friel’s Give Me Your Answer, Do! Off Broadway for the Roundabout Theatre and has directed at the O’Neill Theatre Festival (Spoon Lake Blues), Old Globe (Opus, Orson’s Shadow, Midsummer Night’s Dream), Seattle Repertory (Constant Wife, Three Musketeers), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Philadelphia, Here I Come!), Goodman Theatre (The Rover, Dancing at Lughnasa), Steppenwolf Theatre (Molly Sweeney), Huntington Theatre (Ah, Wilderness!, Hyde Park, Aristocrats, Little Foxes), American Conservatory Theatre (Constant Wife), McCarter Theatre and Berkeley Repertory (Polk County), Ford’s Theatre (State of the Union), Court Theatre (Pygmalion, Paradise Hotel), the Humana Festival at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (Zara Spook and Other Lures), A Contemporary Theatre (Collected Stories) Alabama Shakespeare Festival (The Rivals), Studio Theatre (Baltimore Waltz), Signature Theatre (Three Nights in Tehran), Alliance Theatre (To Kill a Mockingbird) and many other regional theaters around the country.
She founded her own acting studio called the Actors’ Center in Chicago which was a leading training center for actors in that city from 1982 – 1992. She is a member of SSDC and winner of the Alan Schneider award from TCG, AT&T Onstage Award, the Helen Hayes Award and the Joseph Jefferson Award and holds the Arthur and Molli Wagner Endowed Chair in Acting.
a fourteen-time Helen Hayes Nominee and four-time Helen Hayes Award recipient just completed a run at Round House Theater as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus, where he also played Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon in 1999 and 2008 and received a Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor both times. Last year he appeared as the title character in Signature Theater’s production of Sweeney Todd. Other credits include David Malter in The Chosen for Theater J at Arena Stage; Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre and Donny in American Buffalo at The Studio Theatre. Other favorites include John in Shining City, Ivan in The Seafarer and Tom Sargeant in Skylight (Helen Hayes Award), Vershinin in Uncle Vanya, and Philip Gelberg in Broken Glass. In 28 seasons with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, he has played 70 Shakespearean roles including Hotspur in Henry IV (Helen Hayes Award), Bolingbroke in Richard II (Helen Hayes Award) and Macduff in Macbeth (Helen Hayes Award). Regional credits include Gloucester in King Lear, The Goodman Theatre; Horace Vandergelder in The Matchmaker at Center Stage in Baltimore. In New York: South Street Theatre and Classic Stage Company. Film and television credits include Die Hard II, Striking Distance, and narrations for The Discovery Channel and PBS. He is an Associate Professor of Theater at George Mason University, and instructor for the Academy for Classical Acting at GWU, and The University of Maryland. He will next appear this fall as Mark Rothko in Red, directed by Robert Falls at The Goodman Theater in Chicago, before coming to the Arena Stage in early 2012. Mr. Gero was featured on the cover of The Washington Post Magazine, which can be read at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/04/AR2009120403233.html
is a New York-based theatre artist and Co-Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed physical theatre company rainpan 43 performance group. He has co-created and performed in all of their works to date. Following a world tour of rainpan 43’s first piece all wear bowlers (2005 Drama Desk Nomination, Innovative Theatre Award), r43 followed up with Amnesia Curiosa (2006) and the OBIE award-winning kinetic junk sculpture play machines, machines, machines, machines, machines, machines machines. Lyford is currently developing an absurd magic show Elephant Room through a commission from LA’s Center Theatre Group and support from Arena Stage and the Creative Capital Foundation. In addition to his work with rainpan 43, Mr. Lyford develops and produces works as an individual artist and is an Associate Artist with the celebrated company The Civilians (Gone Missing, Paris Commune, Nobody’s Lunch, The Great Immensity). He has created original pieces with Philadelphia’s Pig Iron and San Francisco’s Joe Goode Performance Group. Mr. Lyford has performed in Canada, Australia, Italy, Germany, Korea, and the United Kingdom, as well as LA’s Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, HBO Aspen Comedy Fest, ATL’s Humana Festival, Folger Shakespeare Theatre and theatres throughout NYC. Mr. Lyford was the recipient of a Princess Grace Award as well as the Fabergé Theatre Excellence Award and is a 2009 Creative Capital grantee. He holds an MFA from UCSD and has studied further with David Shiner, Bill Irwin, Ami Hattab and Giovanni Fussetti. Trey has taught workshops in England, Italy and the U.S. as well as courses in Acting at the University of California, San Diego, Princeton and the SUNY Purchase Conservatory. He lives in Brooklyn with his beautiful wife and their daughter. For more info visit: http://www.rainpan43.org.
T. PAUL LYNCH
is in his 22nd season with the Goodman Theatre in Chicago where he has stage-managed over 65 productions—most recently the world premiere of The Trinity River Plays at the Goodman and Dallas Theater Center. His credits include Animal Crackers, Hughie/Krapp’s Last Tape and The Good Negro. He stage-managed the world premieres of Oedipus Complex; Frank’s Home; Silk; Finishing the Picture; The Light in the Piazza; Gem of the Ocean; Hollywood Arms; Drowning Crow; The Visit; The Odyssey; Floyd Collins; Griller; All the Rage; Randy Newman’s Faust; The House of Martin Guerre; Cry, the Beloved Country; On the Open Road; Book of the Night and Another Midsummer Night. Other Goodman credits include Shining City; Passion Play: a cycle in three parts; King Lear; Death of a Salesman; Heartbreak House; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?;Wit; House; The Young Man from Atlanta; Waiting for Godot; I Am a Man; Richard II; Dancing at Lughnasa; Arcadia; A Christmas Carol and The Gospel at Colonus, among others. Mr. Lynch has worked with such artists as Robert Falls, Frank Galati, Tina Landau, Harold Prince, Steve Scott, Bartlett Sher, Chuck Smith, Daniel Sullivan, Tommy Tune, Noah Racey, Kate Whoriskey, Mary Zimmerman and the late Michael Maggio. For Steppenwolf Theatre Company he has stage-managed Intimate Apparel and served as production stage manager for The Ballad of Little Jo. Mr. Lynch has also worked at Arena Stage (Washington DC. , Wisdom Bridge Theater and Victory Garden Theater (Chicago)
has spent the last ten years living out of a suitcase while working as a Stage, Company and Production Manager for various touring companies. Some of her favorite adventures have taken place in Asia with 42nd Street and The Sound of Music. She has taken theater almost everywhere possible in North America with such shows as Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Evita, Wonderful Town and Tap Dogs. In order to take theater where some thought it wasn’t possible to go Nicole has worked with the Kennedy Center, Teatro Pregones, Junebug Productions, Roadside Theater as well as the one and only Rich Little. Prior to hitting the road Nicole worked as an Artist Manager with Holden and Arts Associates and as Assistant Tour Director with the Dallas Children’s Theater. BA University of Dallas.
Originally from Kent, OH, Matt is a Chicago based director, teacher, and long suffering Indians fan.
As a stage director, Matt’s recent credits include the world premiere of OBLIVION by Carly Mensch for Steppenwolf’s First Look Repertory, the critically acclaimed revival of THE WEIR for Seanachai Theatre Company, the world premiere of A GIRL WITH SUN IN HER EYES for Pine Box Theater, the staged reading of 4000 MILES also for Steppenwolf’s First Look Repertory (and featuring Tony winner Deanna Dunagan), and the world premiere of GRACELAND for Profiles Theatre (Top 10 Plays of the Year 2009, Chicago Tribune & Sun Times).
As an associate casting director with Paskal Rudnicke Casting, Matt’s film credits include the Chicago casting for THE WEATHERMAN, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, THE ICE HARVEST, STRANGER THAN FICTION, LET’S GO TO PRISON!, THE BREAKUP, THE PROMOTION, THE EXPRESS, and PUBLIC ENEMIES.
Matt is also a proud twelve-year company member of Barrel of Monkeys, a group that provides creative writing workshops for Chicago Public Elementary Schools that lack arts funding. www.mattmillerdirect.com
D. Nicholas Rudall
(Ph.D. Cornell University, 1969) is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Classics at the University of Chicago. Mr Rudall’s translations of Oedipus, Antigone and Oedipus at Colonus were performed by the Washington Shakespeare Theatre to open the Olympic Arts Festival in Athens. His The Trojan Women was performed at the Stratford in Canada five years ago and most recently his translation of The Bacchae was performed by the Public Theatre in Central Park directed by JoAnn Akalaitis with music by Philip Glass. Mr Rudall has directed many classical works at the Court Theatre, of which he is the founding director.
Honors and Awards: Joseph Jefferson Award, Best Actor, Butley (Title role), Joseph Jefferson Award, Best Supporting Actor, Juno and the Paycock (Joxer), Special Award for Contributions to the Chicago Theatre, Best New Translation, The Iphigenia Cycle, After Dark Award for Best New Translation (Oedipus the King and Antigone), University Club of Chicago Artist of the Year 1996 for “outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the City of Chicago”
Translations: Antigone, Electra, Oedipus the King (Sophocles), The Bacchae, Iphigenia in Aulis, Iphigenia Among the Taurians, The Trojan Women, Medea (Euripides) Lysistrata (Aristophanes), A Doll’s House, Ghosts, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder (Ibsen), Paradise Hotel (Feydau).
Additional Publications: Doctor Faustus (Marlowe; adaptor) The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov; editor) The Prince of Homburg (von Kleist; editor) The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville (Beaumarchais; editor) Miss Julie, The Father (Strindberg; editor) The Mysteries: Creation; The Mysteries: The Passion (Editor) Clown Scenes (Remy; editor) Six Characters in Search of an Author (Pirandello; editor) The Wild Duck, When We Dead Awaken (Ibsen; editor), Co-editor with Bernard Sahlins of Plays for Performance series (Ivan R. Dee Publications)
most recently directed the acclaimed Off Broadway world premiere of The Temperamentals by Jon Marans, produced by Daryl Roth, Stacy Shane and Martian Entertainment (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble). Other Off Broadway credits include revivals of A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Director; Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble), Robert Anderson’s classics Tea and Sympathy and I Never Sang for My Father, and John Patrick’s The Hasty Heart, all for the Keen Company, where he serves as Resident Director. Other NY credits include: Red Herring by Michael Albanese (New York International Fringe Festival; Outstanding Direction award), Blueprint by Bixby Elliot (Summer Play Festival), Cocteau’s Indiscretions (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble), The Dadshuttle (Drama League DirectorFest 2003), The Rats Are Getting Bigger (New York International Fringe Festival and The Public Theatre’s New Works Now! festival), A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble), Greater Messapia (Queens Theatre in the Park) and The Train Play (Clubbed Thumb). Regional credits include: Rafta, Rafta… (Old Globe; West Coast premiere), The Fantasticks (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Merton of the Movies and Marry Me a Little (Dorset Theatre Festival), The Triumph of Love (Cleveland Play House), Urinetown and Tick, Tick, BOOM! (Cape Rep Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing and Cymbeline (The Theatre at Monmouth) and Ionesco’s The Chairs (San Diego’s Sledgehammer Theatre).
Jonathan has taught directing at C.W. Post College/LIU and acting at U.C.S.D., where he served as coordinator of graduate Teaching Assistants and helped revitalize the Introduction to Acting syllabus. He has been a regular director with The Department of Dramatic Writing at N.Y.U. and has mentored student directors at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. He has directed educationally at Yale University, The Cleveland Play House, MCC, Columbia University, C.W. Post, and U.C.S.D. He currently teaches an ongoing scene study class. Jonathan was featured as one of 2009’s Out 100, Out Magazine’s annual list of the most outstanding and inspiring men and women of the year. Jonathan is a graduate of the MFA directing program at UCSD and an alumnus of The Drama League Directors Project. Member, SDC.
Alison Weller sang The Hallelujah Chorus every night and understudied Jan Maxwell in her Tony-nominated performance as Mrs. Lynch in Coram Boy on Broadway. She is a longstanding Associate Artist with the Obie Award winning The Civilians with whom she was an original collaborator on Gone Missing (Belt, Aspen Comedy Festival, Gate-London, Barrow Street Theatre) and This Beautiful City (Kirk Douglas, Vineyard Theatre). Other notable Off-Broadway credits include The Ladies, directed by Anne Kauffman, Aphrodisiac at PS 122, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, and Ken Urban’s The Female Terrorist Project. Favorite regional projects include Sheridan at La Jolla Playhouse, directed by Mark Brokaw, Pride and Prejudice at Portland Center Stage, directed by Jane Jones, and The Cherry Orchard at The Shakespeare Theater of NJ, directed by Bonnie Monte. She has worked at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Lyric Stage Company, New Georges, The Sundance Theatre Lab and The O’Neill Festival. Alison has a twenty-year history with Cape Cod Repertory Theatre in Brewster, MA and has served on their Board for the past two years. She and her husband, Damian Baldet, have just formed a production company, flowerbox, and are currently developing his one man show, Man Up, the screenplay of Thomas H. Cook’s The Last Talk With Lola Faye and a pilot about the Las Vegas you’ve never seen. Alison has a BA from Harvard and an MFA from UCSD.