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Nico performed in a number of regional repertory companies before moving to Santa Fe where he worked with The New Mexico Repertory Theatre and Shakespeare in Santa Fe. In the 1980s and ’90s he founded and operated the Santa Fe Actors’ Theater. Notable New Mexico appearances include Prospero in The Tempest, Ahab in Mother Road’s production of Moby Dick, Dostoevsky in Jewel in the Manuscript, multiple roles in Sylvia with New Mexico Actors Lab, the world premiere of Cascarones at Teatro Paraguas, and Ben in Ironweed’s production of Death of a Salesman. He also has numerous film and television credits, including the title role of the indie, The Incredible Voyage of Captain Hook. Mr. Ballas holds an MFA from CalArts.
Within just a decade, Miles has almost thirty dramatic productions under his belt. He has collaborated with a wide range of companies, from Valley Youth Theatre to the Arizona Opera. Miles has also been thrice recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his work in stage performance and sound design. Having loved performing and listening to musical scores since childhood, his extensive knowledge now serves him well as a sound designer. His innate verbal skills were honed by his international background and cum laude degree in Asian Studies at ASU, leading to both a deeper understanding of other cultures and a self-produced and -performed noh play.
Miles is equally at home onstage or backstage, and takes great pride in being part of the entire theatrical experience!
Zoe is an actress, director, and theatre educator who recently moved to Santa Fe from Wichita, Kansas. She directed more than twenty productions in Wichita, including everything from classical pieces such as Antony and Cleopatra and Cyrano de Bergerac to productions of contemporary musicals like Hairspray and Godspell. Favorite Wichita acting credits include Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Rosaline in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Kristine Linde in A Doll’s House, and Evelyn in The Shape of Things.
Santa Fe credits include Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (both with the Santa Fe Shakespeare Society) and Susan in Strawberry Jam for Theatre Walk 2018.
New to the area, Mallorie is a versatile performer with experience in acting, directing, improv, and choreography. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from Lindenwood University, where she performed as Cinderella in Into The Woods, Aunt Eller US: Laurey in Oklahoma!, and most notably Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical directed by Broadway’s Nikki Snelson. She also has familiarity with Shakespeare, as Diana in Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
Her awards include The JR Strezlec Musical Theatre Award, Captain of Nick of Time Improv Players, and President of the Theatre Fraternity Alpha Psi Omega, where she was well known for the creation of Lindenwood University’s “24-Hour Play Festival” where she served as Artistic Director for three consecutive years.
Originally from Fort Worth, Mallorie has performed in the Dallas, Fort Worth, and St. Louis areas. She is professionally trained in ballet, tap, and jazz. She is an accomplished roller skater, cheerleading stunt coach, and fitness trainer. She is bilingual, and has great rapport with children.
Daniel is an actor, writer, mover, and director who was practically raised on the Santa Fe Playhouse stage. He attended the New Mexico School for the Arts for its inaugural year and was in its second graduating class. Recently, he has graduated with a B.F.A. in acting from the California Institute of the Arts.
Some of Daniel’s favorite recent credits include work with The Neo-Futurists (Chicago), acclaimed Polish director Natalia Korczakowska, and he can be seen next performing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. He still has family in Santa Fe, and is always looking for a reason to go back home.
Kate is an actor, writer, and director, originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a proud founding member of Up & Down Theatre. After finishing her MA in Theater at Brown University, she moved to Madrid, Spain where she spent five years working with a variety of theater artists as dramaturg, writer, and director. She then completed the two-year training course in Lecoq Performance Technique and Theatre Creation at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). Favorite projects include Seven Quiet Acts of Domestic Violence (London), Catching Flight by Lila Rose Kaplan (London), Muerde la Boca (Madrid), and The Penelopiad (Albuquerque).
Kate is also a screen actress who can be seen most recently on the USA series Dig, the short film Anomaly (dir. Dominic Garcia), and the feature films Cents (dir. Chris Boone) and Death and Taxes (dir. Peter McCarthy). She is currently on the theater faculty at the New Mexico School for the Arts.
Cindy received her formal theatrical training at the University of Texas in Austin, then moved to Dallas where she performed regularly in local theaters. Favorite roles include Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Elvira in Blithe Spirit. She has also appeared in numerous industrials and radio ads for companies including American Airlines, JC Penney, and Sprint. Cindy is a versatile performer capable of many dialects and is an experienced choreographer. Santa Fe has been home since 2007, and she has performed at Aux Dog Theatre, Teatro Paraguas, and Santa Fe Playhouse. When not acting, Cindy teaches fitness classes at Santa Fe Community College.
Bronwen has served Santa Fe as an actor, playwright, director, and producer since 1991. Her acclaimed one-woman productions include Crowned Heads (all wives of Henry 8 on a chessboard) and Mon Coeur Solitaire/A Portrait of Mary Cassatt, a multimedia piece, both of which she wrote, performed, and produced.
Her work as an actor in Santa Fe includes her plays Crowned Heads, Woodrose Productions; Mon Coeur Solitaire, Almost You, The Ferry Back, Clearstory Productions/The Santa Fe Theatre Company; Waiting for Gaia, Clearstory Productions/Santa Fe Playhouse; The Book of Wren, Clearstory Productions/Theaterwork; Full Dress, Clearstory Productions/Women’s Voices Festival; The Terrace, Chamber Theater.
Her acting credits outside of Santa Fe include The Ferry Back, Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Runner Stumbles, The Norman Conquests, La Ronde, Albert’s Bridge, A Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, Tartuffe.
Bronwen is a skilled v/o actor with many voice-over commercial and animation credits.
She excels in accents of every kind. She is remembered for her snoring kitten and yawning turtle.
Jody Hegarty Durham
Jody is a native New Yorker and graduated from New York City’s Circle in the Square Theatre Conservatory, where she completed the Professional Acting Workshop. She also studied at Neighborhood Playhouse and privately with Irma Neverow. She has worked on numerous projects in theater, television, and film.
Jody is a founder and former co-artistic director of The Unbound Theater Company in New York City, where she appeared in productions of Jean-Claude Grumberg’s The Workroom and Dylan Thomas’s Under Milkwood. Since moving to Santa Fe in 2005, she has performed in Rumors, Hysteria, The Importance of Being Ernest, Tartuffe, Anna Karenina, The Blue Room, The Room Next Door, Out of Thebes, Death of a Salesman, Salome’s Dance, Proof, the web-based series Cyphers, and others.
Ambrose got his start in theater as an injured boy in Commedia dell’Arte when he was five and has since performed in Colorado, New Mexico, and North Carolina. Some of his favorite roles are Jack Worthington in The Importance of Being Earnest, John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, John Hancock in 1776, Pablo Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart, and Miles in The Drawer Boy. He got to sing steel as The Douglas in Henry IV Part 1, and went on to serve as the fight captain, lead fighter, fight trainer, and fight director in a number of shows, including Romeo and Juliet, Les Miserables, Extremities, Cyrano, Macbeth. Ambrose can be seen in the feature film Eyeborgs and in various TV shows (usually playing some kind of cop).
He is a certified Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and a member of Screen Actors Guild.
Tone has been a theatre pro for 50+ years as actor, director, stage manager, production manager, and co-founder of Red Thread Santa Fe Productions. A SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity member, he is also a Life Member of The Actors Studio. Credits include stage, film, television, and commercials, as well as many roles in Santa Fe theater. Tone is also well known in Santa Fe as a bass player and has hosted the Canyon Road Blues Jam at El Farol for the past decade.
Lisa studied acting at St. Edwards University, in NYC at the Gately-Poole Studio, and at HB Studios with Uta Hagen and Carol Rosenfeld. While in NYC, she was head of the Theater in Education program at American Place Theater under the direction of Wynn Handman, and was a dancer with Nina Winthrop and Dancers. She studied Shakespeare with UT’s Shakespeare at Winedale and with Earl Hyman in NYC. In Santa Fe, she has played Heather in Gideon’s Knot, Haikumom in Water by the Spoonful at Teatro Paraguas, and the Countess Olivia in Santa Fe Shakespeare Society’s Twelfth Night. Other favorite roles in regional theater have included Goneril in King Lear, Karen in The Children’s Hour, Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Marion Froude in Biography.
Marianna is an actress with a degree in Theatre Arts from New Mexico State University. While completing her degree she moved to San Francisco, where she performed in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet. Marianna can be seen in a few local commercials as well as the Paramount Series Waco. She is currently performing with members of Working Classroom in Albuquerque and often works with the Adobe Rose in Santa Fe. Feel free to see her full rèsumè and samples of her work on her web site, MariannaGallegos.com
Lynn has performed many roles off-Broadway and regionally and has had principal and supporting roles in film and television. In New York City, as a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater, she worked directly with numerous accomplished playwrights such as Horton Foote, Richard Greenberg, and Romulus Linney. With playwright Dale Dunn, Lynn serves as Co-Artistic Director of Just Say It Theater teaching playwriting and performance to artists intent on keeping live theater alive.
Lynn earned her BA in theater from Yale, MFA in writing from Columbia, and advanced certificate from UCLA in screenwriting.
Jennifer has enjoyed a career in the theatre for almost twenty-five years, studying in New York with Uta Hagen, Michael Shurtleff, and Kathleen Bishop, using John Barton’s techniques. She spent several years on ABC’s All My Children, toured regional theater in such classic parts as Kate in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Hedda in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, and opened several plays off-Broadway such as David Hare’s Slag, with Christine Lahti at the Second Stage.
Jennifer and her husband, Michael Graves, ran a small off-off Broadway company called The Undercroft Players where new plays were developed from authors such as Tim Mason and John Cooper, as well as performing classic theatre from Shaw, Ibsen, and Chekov. They also performed together in New York in J.R. Gurney’s Love Letters and Athol Fugard’s Road to Mecca.
Jennifer moved from New York City to Santa Fe in 2011 and has performed in numerous plays including Dale Dunn’s Body Burden; the Santa Fe Playhouse Benchwarmer series, play readings, Other People’s Money, and In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, by Sarah Ruhl; The Madwoman of Chaillot with her husband, Michael Graves; and Rosemary Zibart’s The Jewel in the Manuscript. She has also been focusing on film performance in New Mexico and has been studying with Lora Cunningham in Albuquerque. She has also performed in Ron Bloomberg’s Queen of Madison Avenue, with Ali McGraw. Jennifer currently studies acting with Wendy Chapin.
Scott Harrison is a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute in Cambridge, MA, and also studied at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory in Washington, D.C. He has performed regionally in New York, Boston, Miami, and Washington, D.C. in productions including The Taming of the Shrew, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, SubUrbia, and Wit.
Since moving to Santa Fe in 2002, Scott has performed with Fusion Theatre Company, the New Mexico Actors Lab, Theaterwork, Theater Grottesco, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, the Greer Garson Theatre Company, and at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in productions that include The Rainmaker, Freud’s Last Session, The Other Place, Wenomadmen, The Guys, Driving Miss Daisy, and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. In 2005, he founded Ironweed Productions and he has performed in Ironweed’s productions of Fool for Love, True West, Rabbit Hole, Buried Child, and Good People. Most recently, Scott appeared in the Just Say It Theater production of Constellations, directed by Lynn Goodwin. Scott has also appeared in two short films with Pieboy Films, Heat Lighting and The Lark Snare, which won Best American Short in 2008 at the Napa/Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival.
Barbara is an actress, director, teacher, and is currently teaching theatre at the New Mexico School for the Arts. She was the Managing Director for Theater Grottesco for five years. Her recent directing credits include The 39 Steps and The Madwoman of Chaillot and was most recently seen in several productions at the Santa Fe Playhouse, including Sylvia, by A. R. Gurney (directed by Robert Benedetti) and Rosemary Ziebart’s production of The Jewel in the Manuscript as Ana Snitkina; at The Playhouse as Jenny Malone in Chapter Two By Neil Simon; and with Shakespeare in Santa Fe’s All For Your Delight, and more.
She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and lived and worked in France for nine years, earning a Master’s Degree in Art History.
Glenna Hill is a native of the UK. She has lived in Santa Fe now for many years on and off. Trained in theatre in London, San Francisco and Santa Fe. She has worked for the Santa Fe Opera, Theatrework, Red Thread Collective, and Santa Fe Playhouse. Most recently seen as Gilberte in Michel Tremblay's play Bonjour La, Bonjour at The Adobe Rose Theatre, directed by Wendy Chapin.
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Robin is a composer, actor, writer, and director who works throughout the United States and Europe. He has composed music and lyrics for several full-length musical shows including Cosmic Jazz Cabaret, which he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival, and After Hours, a one-man musical, recently performed at Rancho La Puerta in Mexico. With Up & Down Theatre, he is co-creator of Winning The Future, a satirical comedy cabaret, with ongoing performances in New Mexico and New York City. Robin is an accomplished jazz and classical musician, having appeared at Chicago Symphony Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. He has shared the stage with Jon Hendricks, Cleo Lane, and Bobby McFerrin.
Robin holds a Bachelor’s degree in jazz piano from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and a Master’s in jazz piano from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He also holds an acting diploma from the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC, and a degree in Theater Creation and Performance from the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). Robin works as a music and theater educator at the New Mexico School for the Arts, and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Vaughn has performed in more than forty professional shows in eight states and the District of Columbia. A former member of Actors Equity, his Santa Fe credits include Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at the Santa Fe Playhouse and Lobby Hero at the Adobe Rose Theatre. Vaughn is Artistic Director at the Santa Fe Playhouse.
Contact Vaughn: ArtisticDirector@santafeplayhouse.org
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Love to sing, dance, and act since age 11. Pursued theatre throughout high school (Holly Dolly, Grease, cabarets & short skits). Six years in high school as vocalist in five-part harmonies with 12-female group touring Colorado. Four years in duo act as vocalist & percussionist. Currently work solo gig playing cover tunes for special events. I sing, dance, ride horses, ski, hike, fly fish, Audubon/bird, master crochet. Naturally funny, can imitate characters/celebrities, many accent voices.
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Kelly holds a BFA in Theatre Arts and has worked in professional regional theatre and film for more than twenty years. She trained extensively in classical theatre during her tenure as a young company member of the American Stratford Festival Theatre in her home town of Stratford, CT, with artistic director and Broadway producer, Louis Burke. While a company member, she had the privilege to study Shakespeare with John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company as a participant in his Playing Shakespeare USA tour, and also studied Chekhov with Professor Murray Biggs of Yale University.
Kelly has performed numerous Shakespearean roles as well as other classical and contemporary parts.
Suzanne Lederer has starred both on and off Broadway, in regional theatre and on television opposite such notable personalities as John Lithgow, Frank Langella, and Katharine Hepburn. In Santa Fe, most recently, Suzanne portrayed Daisy Werthan in the much acclaimed New Mexico Actors Lab production of Driving Miss Daisy. She was featured in Robert Benedetti’s Shakescenes, as well as the Ainadamar Festival sponsored by the Santa Fe Opera.
Suzanne originated the role of Queen Elizabeth I in Craig Barnes’ play, Kings Yellow, and appeared with Shakespeare in Santa Fe as well as with the New Mexico Repertory Company.
She is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association since 1971.
Suzanne is also a playwright and a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America since 2014.
Aaron Leventman attended Columbia University’s Graduate School for film where his thesis screenplay was given a professional reading at the Union Square Theatre in Manhattan. He moved to Santa Fe from Provincetown after his involvement as a writer/director/actor with the Provincetown Theatre Company. When living in Santa Fe, he performed with most of the local theatre companies in productions of True West, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, For the Love of Three Oranges, Macbeth, Opus, I Never Sang for my Father, and many original plays. He’s also appeared in industrials, short films, and features. Aaron’s plays have been performed all over the country, many of which are published and available on Amazon.com. He recently co-produced an evening of his own short works titled Almost Adults that met with tremendous acclaim including the Mayor declaring LGBT Theatre Day in Santa Fe, NM on opening night.
Linda C. Loving
A new Santa Fe resident, Linda was delighted to perform as Scrooge at the Santa Fe Playhouse in December. Prior to that, several roles over the years at Midwest Theatre companies, ranging from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams to the comedies of Ayckbourn, Simon and Ludwig. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Theatre/Acting and Art History.
For over 26 years Linda performed the one-woman drama Julian by J Janda, over 90 performances in 25 states around the country and in England, where she filmed it in Julian's original Norwich cell, the DVD of which is still in distribution. Linda is the sole owner and executive director of Spirited Voices LLC. Linda has just published her book A New Song to Sing: Breast Cancer as Journey of Spirit.
Quinn received his MFA in Acting from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Recently he directed the successful and well-received production The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds at The Santa Fe Playhouse. He has acted in New York, Santa Fe, and regionally. Local roles have included Bradley in Buried Child for Ironweed Productions, Bob Cratchit in The Santa Fe Playhouse production of A Christmas Carol (directed by the wonderful and dearly missed Dan Gerrity), and Jaques in As You Like It. Other favorite roles include Robert in Betrayal, Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and King Henry in Henry V.
Debrianna is a New-York–trained actor with a passion for activism. She trained at the great Circle in the Square before coming to the Land of Enchantment. Shortly after arriving in Santa Fe, Ms. Mansini began producing theatre with a company she founded called Tin Roof Productions that eventually became Santa Fe Performing Arts Company, where she continued to perform and produce theatre. She was a company member for ten years, performing on the main stage and touring children’s theatre throughout northern New Mexico. As a member of For Giving Productions, she recently performed in the wildly popular Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Imagining Brad, and played Margaret in David Lindsay Abaire’s Good People. All three shows toured Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Durango.
Ms. Mansini has trained with such greats as Kim Stanley, Jose Quintero, Edward Albee and, most recently, Alan Arkin. She has worked Off-Broadway in New York City at the Soho Rep.
Robert has lived and worked in Santa Fe for about 25 years and is a staff reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and also studied theater at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In Santa Fe he has written, directed, and acted in a number of plays for various companies – some good, some bad, and quite a few falling somewhere in-between. He is the author of four non-fiction books, including He Ran All the Way: The Life of John Garfield and recently contracted with McFarland Press to write a book about the films of the cult film director Budd Boetticher.
Lindsey Hope Pearlman
Lindsey is a writer, director, and performer. Original works include Lucy (Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation), Rainbow Funk Squad, VIV Is For Vengeance, The Geographical History of America (Critic’s Pick, Backstage Magazine) and Winning the Future. Other favorite directing projects include The Rocky Horror Show (Barn Arts Collective/Criterion Theatre), Slaughterhouse Five (NMTC/O'Neill Theater Center), Devotedly, Sincerely Yours: The Story of the USO (The Broadway Theatre of Pitman), No Traveler (Hollywood Fringe), and Elizabeth May’s Old Souls. Associate directing/observership credits include Leap of Faith (Christopher Ashley & Beatrice Terry), All In The Timing (John Rando), and A Sign Of The Times (Gabriel Barre). Performing credits include Lady Macbeth in Drunk Shakespeare, which Rebecca Mead of The New Yorker said she “performed with verve.” Lindsey’s a graduate of the London International School of the Performing Arts (LISPA) and received her B.A with honors from Hamilton College.
Geoffrey has a BS with Honors from Skidmore College where received the Periclean Scholar Award for his performance as Peck in How I Learned To Drive, and is an honors graduate from the British-American Drama Academy in London. His New York and California theater credits include Rabbit Hole, Cowboy Mouth, The Immigrant, Waiting For Lefty, The Hostage, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Antigone, Arcadia, as well as Verklarte Nacht at Carnegie Hall. His television and film credits include Better Call Saul, Manhattan, and Monsters Vs. Aliens. As a writer, Geoffrey’s short film, Hypothetically, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.
Talia is a recent import from Canada, where she enjoyed a long career with many professional theatre and film credits. Highlights include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which she performed using her aerial dance silks on silks and hoop, and a lead role in the acclaimed Guy Maddin film, The Saddest Music in the World.
Since relocating to Santa Fe this year, Talia has appeared as Ofelia in Anna in the Tropics for the Desert Rose theatre in Albuquerque, and as Madame Salomé in Rosemary Zibart’s All Too Human at Warehouse 21. She has performed many one-woman plays on stages in NYC, Minneapolis, Toronto, Cape Town, SA, and her former hometown of Winnipeg, where she taught theatre at the University of Winnipeg. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Equity.
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Danielle Louise Reddick
Danielle came to New Mexico after touring as a company member of the International Broadway tour of STOMP. Prior to STOMP, she was an actor, solo performer, puppeteer and percussionist in New York City. Some of the roles she has performed as an actor in New Mexico include: Mrs. Muller in Doubt: A Parable with Ironweed Productions, Ariel in The Tempest with Theaterwork, multiple roles in Hellcab and Lilith in The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer both with Mother Road Theatre Company, Elizabeth in In the Next Room with Santa Fe Performing Arts, Van Helsing in Dracula directed by Shepard Sobel, founder of the Pearl Theater in New York City and La Marguise de Merteuil in Les liaisons Dangereuses directed by Jon Jory, formerly of the Actor’s Theater of Louisville. Danielle earned a B.F.A. in theater/acting graduating magna cum laude from Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Danielle has worked as an actor in film, television and new media. She performs two solo shows: Ask Louise and Hypnopompic.
Currently, Dani is an ensemble company member of Theater Grottecso. She is co-owner of RedQuyn Productions and curator of RedQuyn Space. Danielle is a wood carver specializing in puppets and a member of the Baumann Marionette Puppet Troupe.
Jonathan has appeared in a wide range of leading roles on the Santa Fe stage, including the first production of the New Mexico Actors Lab, Sylvia, in 2014. Film credits include Blood: Thinner than Water, Independence Day: Resurgence, and narration of the Oscar-nominated documentary Never Give Up. His TV credits include Breaking Bad and Manhattan. Jonathan is a novelist, political cartoonist, and film critic.
Tallis attended the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in theater. Since then she has worked with the New Mexico Actor’s Lab on two very special productions, Proof and A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, as well as 1984 for the Santa Fe Playhouse.
Ann’s varied professional career has included television, musical theatre, plays and clubs from D.C. to New York to Sydney to L.A. to Santa Fe. She has worked with such notables as Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Mary Tyler Moore, Kathy Bates, Brian Dennehy, Bob Newhart, Julie Harris, and other wonderful talents.
Her introduction to Santa Fe theatre was as a teenage boy in The Shakespeare Society’s Midsummer Night's Dream, and she has been seen at the Santa Fe Playhouse dancing with a ghost in I Hate Hamlet, playing a Granny in Moon Over Buffalo, two Benchwarmers, and another teenager in Kimberly Akimbo. At the Adobe Rose, she played a dopey sister in Bonjour, La Bonjour, and lately a grande dame in All Too Human at Warehouse 21.
Karen Gruber Ryan
Since joining the Santa Fe theatre community in 2014, Karen has been seen onstage at the Santa Fe Playhouse (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Cabaret, and The Madwoman of Chaillot), Oasis Theatre Company (The Water Engine), and with the Santa Fe Shakespeare Society (The Tempest). Prior to that, Karen lived and performed in Seattle. Favorite roles there include Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Dorothy in Act a Lady, and Mrs. Boeuf in Rhinoceros. She was also a performer and writer with the critically-acclaimed comedy group, Bald Faced Lie, producing more than twenty original shows and touring to comedy festivals around the country. Television credits include roles on the sketch comedy show, The John Report with Bob, and on Bill Nye the Science Guy’s The Eyes of Nye. As a singer, Karen has appeared in numerous musical and jazz cabaret productions.
Matt Sanford is a native Santa Fean. In the past twenty years, he has either written, directed, designed, produced, or appeared in more than one hundred different productions for the stage and screen. Credits include The Sundance Kid in Gunslingers, Macbeth in Macbeth, among many others, including having co-written and directed, designed and starred as Count Dracula in Doc Watson vs. the Vampires.
Matt is currently the Master Electrician and Internship Director at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, where he mentors and instructs eighteen high school interns in the basic skills of Technical Theater every school year. Outside of stage and screen, Matt is a devoted father and husband to Hero and Scarlett, avidly shoots Polaroid photography, and writes and performs experimental guitar compositions under the moniker King Witch. He secretly loves Yoo-Hoo and not-so-secretly loves the Sangre de Cristos in the autumn.
Since becoming a full-time resident of Santa Fe in 2014, Danette has been in over a dozen plays and staged readings, the latest being Linda, Meet the Authors for Benchwarmers 2017. Her performances have included The Pillowman, She Kills Monsters, Lucy Gardner Makes Hats, Confessions of a Character Actor, and The Hat at the Santa Fe Playhouse; Almost Adults, Warehouse 21; and Enfrascada at Teatro Paraguas, which she co-directed. Danette has a BSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a minor in Theater, and she was a director for several years of children’s theater in Bannockburn, IL.
Noah G. Simpson
Noah is an actor, director, and pianist, as well as a public speaker and emcee.
Paul Walsky, a practicing neurologist, has been active in theater since his college days. In Albuquerque and Santa Fe, over nearly four decades, he has played many leading character roles in both dramatic and musical theater. Shakespeare remains his first love. While he had the privilege of playing Lear once in the past, he is determined to get it right this time.
Carolyn joined the theater community in Albuquerque after moving here in 2015 from out of state. For three years she toured as Georgia O’Keeffe in the one-woman play O’KEEFFE!
In Albuquerque, she has appeared on stage in Enchanted April at Mother Road Theatre, Deathtrap and Dividing the Estate at Adobe Theater, and The Lady in Question at Vortex Theatre. Some of her other favorite roles are in Superior Donuts, Royal Family, Equus, Pride and Prejudice, Beauty Queen of Leenane (Column Award, Best Supporting Actress), A Skull in Connemara, The Women (DFW Critics Forum Award/Best Ensemble Cast), and Kindertransport.
Carolyn has also appeared on TV in Better Call Saul, Longmire, Prison Break, and In Plain Sight. She works in film and television, and is represented by The O’ agency.
Alaina Warren Zachary has more than 45 years of performance under her belt. She earned a BFA from Boston University as an acting major and went on to appear in three major Broadway original cast musicals: Grease, Nine, and Baby. She is on the Nine and Baby albums.
With roots in improvisational theatre, Alaina was a member of the famed Cambridge-based troupe The Proposition created by Jeremy Leven which later opened off-Broadway. Alaina performed hundreds of television and radio commercials including voice-overs for Tampax, Maxwell House, and more, and has more than 100 acting credits.
Crossing over into a classical singing genre in her post-Broadway career, she won a grant to record a CD of the never-recorded songs of French composer Cecile Chaminade in 2001, Mon Coeur Chante! She continued studies at the Mannes College of Music in Manhattan. Alaina sang with Saratoga Opera and was a founding member of the Hudson Opera Theatre. She is active as an actress, writer, and producer.
Recent film and television credits include featured roles in Abe Makes a Movie, Night Shift, Graves, 2 Years of Love, Grandma’s House, Better Call Saul, Specter Realty, and a drooling inmate in Merry Maids of Madness. Alaina’s screenplay These Broken Wings took first place in the Tale Writer’s Open Competition
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