In the HeightsMay 10 - June 30, 2013
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by Paul Daigneault
Musical Direction by Nicholas James Connell
Choreographed by Larry Sousa
Scenic Design by Jenna McFarland Lord
Costume Design by Elisabetta Polito
Lighting Design by Karen Perlow
Sound Design by Eric Norris
Stage Management by Amy Louise Spalletta*
Assistant Stage Management by
Dawn Schall Saglio*
“A musical tribute to family and home that will send you out of the theater dancing.” – Boston Globe
Winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical, In The Heights is a potent reminder of the importance of chasing one’s dreams and finding where you belong. Set in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, this exuberant show spices up traditional Broadway fare with hip hop, salsa and rap to tell the stories of the residents of this close-knit Latin community.
Run time: approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 15-minute intermission
Anthony Alfaro …Piragua Guy
Jorge Barranco …Sonny
Tony Castellanos* …Kevin
Jared Dixon …Benny
Merissa Haddad* …Daniela
Sean Jones …Graffiti Pete
Diego Klock-Perez …Uznavi
Jasmine Vivian Knight* …Carla
Nicole Paloma Sarro …Camila
Carolyn Saxon* …Abuela Claudia
Santina Umbach* …Nina
Alessandra Valea* …Vanessa
Christian Denzel Bufford, Sarah Crane, Lauren Csete, Melanie Porras, Chris Ramirez, and Adrian Ruz
Cast & Crew
ANTHONY ALFARO SpeakEasy: Debut. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Anthony is currently finishing up his senior year at The Boston Conservatory where he’s pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. Boston credits include Bat Boy: The Musical (Rev. Hightower) with Metro Stage Co.; Jesus Christ Superstar (Annas);HAIR (Woof); and The Apple Tree at The Boston Conservatory. Other favorite credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Frank-N-Furter), Forever Plaid (Jinx), and White Christmas (Bob Wallace). Anthony is also a proud graduate of LaGuardia Arts HS. Love and gratitude to everyone at SpeakEasy and mi familia bonita.
JORGE BARRANCO returns to SpeakEasy, having played Sonny last spring in In the Heights, a role for which he received both a 2014 IRNE Award nomination and a 2014 My Entertainment World nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. He is a 2014 graduate of The Boston Conservatory, where he appeared in productions of Company, Miss Saigon, Between Time and Timbuktu, Reefer Madness, Urinetown, and The Apple Tree. In his hometown of Miami, Jorge has had the honor of being a part of The Area Stage Company’s production of Cabaret, and appeared in productions of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Rising Stars, Bat Boy and Thoroughly Modern Millie at New World School of the Arts. This performance is dedicated to his loving family and friends for their constant love and support.
RYAN BEGAN (Assistant Director) returns to SpeakEasy after assistant directing In the Heights,Clybourne Park, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson last season. Other recent credits include: a Charpentier double-bill of La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs; Almira andNiobe: Regina de Tebe (Boston Early Music Festival); Alexander…Day andJames and the Giant Peach (Boston Children’s Theatre); These Seven Sicknesses (Suffolk University); Car Talk: The Musical!!! (Central Square Theater); The Diva Monologues (Intermezzo Opera Company); Mortal Terror (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and Animal Crackers (Lyric Stage Company). He currently serves as SpeakEasy’s Producing Fellow. Ryan holds a BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Directing from Suffolk University.
CHRISTIAN BUFFORD is elated to be making his professional debut as a choreographer for SpeakEasy Stage Company. Previously seen in SpeakEasy’s production of In the Heights, he is honored to be a part of this creative team. Originally from North Carolina, he is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Now a senior at The Boston Conservatory, Christian studies musical theatre. Recent performing credits include The Donkey Show with the American Repertory Theater and The Rocky Horror Show with the Gold Dust Orphans. He was also seen inGershwin Spectacular! with the Boston Pops as well the infamous Car Talk: The Musical!!! at Central Square Theater. He has also had the pleasure of dancing for the incomparable Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. A huge thanks to Paul, Mom, Dad, and Kayla.
TONY CASTELLANOS* making his SpeakEasy debut is a native of Phoenix, AZ now lives in New York. BFA Musical Theatre U of A, Tucson, AZ. Theatre Credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tour), Zapata! The Musical (NYMF), The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre by the Sea), Red! Hot! and Blue! (Musicals Tonight), The Yellow Brick Road (Theatreworks USA tour), City of Angels (The Gallery Players) Tony is excited to finally be doing In The Heights!!! I’d like to give a big thanks to the SpeakEasy for this opportunity. Para mi Papi y Mami! Puerto Rico y Mexico!!! Tony is a proud member of R.Evolucion Latina in NY! revolucionlatina.org
NICHOLAS JAMES CONNELL (Musical Director) is so happy to be back in Boston at his favorite theatre company. He is an award-winning singer/songwriter and music director from Las Vegas with a BM in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music. Past SpeakEasy shows include music direction forThe Color Purple, In the Heights (IRNE Award for Best Musical Direction),Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Xanadu, Next to Normal, The Drowsy Chaperone, Nine, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Check out his original pop music on iTunes and Spotify. www.nicholasconnell.com
SARAH CRANE* (Girl in the Water/Dance Captain) returns to SpeakEasy after appearing in In the Heights. New England credits: The Bluebeard Project (Huntington Theatre); The Donkey Show (ART); Spamalot (Theatre By The Sea) and Car Talk: The Musical!!! (Central Square Theatre). Sarah is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory (BFA) and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. So many thanks to Pauly D, Larry, Mom, Dad, and Aaron! www.sarahcrane.net
LAUREN CSETE is delighted and honored to make her SpeakEasy debut! Lauren will be a senior in musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory this fall. Recent credits include: How To Succeed, 9 to 5, Jesus Christ Superstar, and will be in Throughly Modern Millie early this spring. She wishes to thank Paul D, Sam, Boco buds and her family for all of their loving support!
PAUL DAIGNEAULT (Producing Artistic Director) was the recipient of the 2014 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence by the Boston Theater Critics Association. Since founding SpeakEasy in 1992, he has produced over 100 Boston premieres. SpeakEasy directing highlights include: The Color Purple; In the Heights; Xanadu; Next to Normal; Nine; Body Awareness; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The New Century; Some Men; Zanna, Don’t!; Parade (2008 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Midsize Company); Almost, Maine; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out; Company; A Man of No Importance (co-production Súgán); Bat Boy: The Musical (2003 Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Small Company); Passion; A New Brain; Violet; Songs for a New World; Floyd Collins; Jeffrey; and Love! Valour! Compassion! Regional credits: Grand Hotel and Nine (The Boston Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music); Rent, City of Angels, Sunday in the Park with George, and Merrily We Roll Along (The Boston Conservatory); and Into the Woods, Urinetown, and Blue Window (Boston College). Paul is also on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory where he teaches musical theatre and directing. He has also been honored with the Boston College Arts Council’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2007, and served as the 2011-2012 Rev. J. Donald Monan S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts. Outside the theatre, Paul serves on the Boards of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center and the ICU Patient & Family Advisory Council at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
JARED DIXON is excited to return to both Boston and SpeakEasy after appearing in In The Heights (Benny). His other Boston theatre credits include Ragtime: The Musical (Booker T. Washington),A Little Princess (Pasko), and an upcoming production of Hello Again (Senator). Jared has been a featured soloist in theBound For Broadway series in NY and the Songs of A Dream Concertin CT. He has also written and released two R&B albums: Back2Love The EP (2010) and EPic: Volume No.1 (2013).
LAUREN DUFFY SpeakEasy: Other Desert Cities, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Adding Machine: A Musical. Other select credits: Little Shop of Horrors; A Christmas Story; afterlife: a ghost story; Frankie and Johnny and the Claire de Lune; andKite Runner (New Repertory Theatre). Company One debut: special effects for Bengal Tiger and the Baghdad Zoo. Lauren has served as a scenic artist and properties coordinator for Boston Children’s Theatre as well as properties coordinator for Central Square Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, and The Barnstormers Theatre. Lauren is also Charge Artist for the Des Moines Metro Opera in Iowa where she will be returning for her third season in June.
ERIK FOX is joining SpeakEasy for his third production, having been the Assistant Lighting Designer on In the Heights and Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind. Lighting design credits include The Velveteen Rabbit, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Pippin, andHair (Boston Children’s Theatre); Romeo and Juliet,Urinetown: The Musical, andThe Crucible (The Groton School); Hedda Gabler, Songs for a New World,Rock ‘n’ Roll (Longwood Players); Sand Mountain (Hub Theater); Gross Indecency, Much Ado About Nothing With a Twist! (Bad Habit Productions); Into the Woods andLegally Blonde (The Next Door Theater). New York designs include Racine D’or,Moontides in 23,149 Parts,and Wanderlust (The Movement Workshop Group). Erik also designs for the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio. Learn more online at www.foxyLD.com.
MERISSA HADDAD* SpeakEasy: debut. Merissa, a Massachusetts native, is best known for her role as Mary Delgado in Jersey Boys, appearing in the BROADWAY, Chicago and Las Vegas companies, for which she was nominated for a Las Vegas BroadwayWorld Award for “Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.” Prior Los Angeles regional credits include: Bye Bye Birdie, Cinderella, Kiss Me Kate, Twice Upon A Time, Tip-Toes, and The Wild Party. Since moving back to Boston, Merissa has been featured in several regional commercials. She has a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. Love to Mom, Dad, Matthew and Shane.
QUIARA ALEGRIA HUDES received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Water By the Spoonful. Previously, her playElliot, A Soldier’s Fugue was a Pulitzer Finalist, and her most recent work, The Happiest Song Plays Last will premiere next season at The Goodman Theatre. Hudes wrote the book to the Broadway musicalIn the Heights, which premiered off-Broadway and earned the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. In the Heights transferred to Broadway where it received the Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony Nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and was named a Pulitzer Finalist. Hudes wrote the book and lyrics for a children’s musical, Barrio Grrrl!, which premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and toured nationally. Hudes was born and raised in Philadelphia, where she recently returned to receive a Resolution from the City of Philadelphia. Her first play was produced in the tenth grade by Philadelphia Young Playwrights, where she now serves as a board member and mentor to other young writers. After graduating from public school, she received a B.A. in music composition from Yale and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown, where she studied with Paula Vogel. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter.
SEAN JONES is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut. Born and raised in Hawaii, Sean will be a senior at The Boston Conservatory this fall. He has been seen in One Touch of Venus, Curtains, The Apple Tree, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Thoroughly Modern Millie at the conservatory. He has also performed with Terrance Mann in Man of La Mancha and Pirates of Penzance at the Connecticut Rep Theater. Sean is so blessed to be a part of this production and thanks all who have helped him get to where he is today.
DIEGO KLOCK-PEREZ returns to SpeakEasy after appearing in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson as Black Fox / Henry Clay. Other recent credits includeThe Boston Pops: A Gershwin Spectacular at Symphony Hall, and Car Talk: The Musical!!! at Central Square Theater. Diego is a full-time student at the Boston Conservatory, pursuing a B.F.A. in Musical Theater.
JASMINE VIVIAN KNIGHT* is so excited to be making her SpeakEasy debut! She was last seen as Monito in the world premiere of Amigo Duende (Music & lyrics by Tony Nominee Joshua Henry and under the direction/choreography of Luis Salgado) which ran at El Museo Del Barrio Theatre in NYC. Some past credits include Alice (Big River) at The Barnstormers theatre, Evilene (The Wiz) at The Red House Arts Center, and Ronette (Little Shop of Horrors) at The Showpalace Dinner theatre. Many thanks to Mom, Jen, and Julian for their everlasting love and support. For Dad. Paciencia y Fe!
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA is the Tony-winning composer-lyricist of Broadway’s In the Heights. In the Heights received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical), with Lin-Manuel receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Off-Broadway, In the Heights received 9 Drama Desk Nominations (including Best Music, Best Lyrics) and an award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.In the Heights also won the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. Additionally, Lin-Manuel received an Obie Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the show. In the Heights also took home a 2009 Grammy Award for its Original Broadway Cast Album. In the Heights was also recognized as a Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. As an actor, Lin-Manuel received a 2007 Theater World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance, and the 2007 Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male Performance courtesy of Actor’s Equity Foundation. Lin-Manuel also received the ASCAP Foundation’s Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and is a National Arts Club Medal of Honor recipient. Lin-Manuel appeared as Charley Kringas in the 2012 City Center Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Alongdirected by James Lapine, and can be heard on the 2012 Cast Recording released by PS Classics. In May of 2009, Lin-Manuel received the degree of Doctor of Human letters, honoris causa, from Yeshiva University, the youngest recipient of such an honor in the University’s 123-year history. Lin-Manuel is a co-founder and member of Freestyle Love Supreme, a popular hip-hop improv group that performs regularly in New York City. The group has also toured the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as the Aspen, Melbourne and Montreal Comedy Festivals. Lin-Manuel is the co-composer (with Tom Kitt), and co-lyricist (with Amanda Greene) of Bring it On: The Musical. Bring It On has toured the United States and Canada, and enjoyed a limited engagement on Broadway that closed on Dec. 30, 2012. Lin-Manuel has contributed new songs to the revival of Stephen Schwartz’ Working and worked with Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim on Spanish translations for the 2009 Broadway Revival ofWest Side Story He performed for President Obama and the First Family at the White House during Its first-ever Poetry Jam. He previewed his upcoming work, The Hamilton Mixtape, at Lincoln Center Theater’s 2012 American Songbook Series. His TV and film credits include The Electric Company, Sesame Street, The Sopranos, House, Modern Family, The Sex and the City Movie and the The Odd Life of Timothy Green. He lives in New York.
MAURA NEFF (Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor) is happy to be return to SpeakEasy. Previous credits include CARRIE the musical; The Whale; The Color Purple; Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind; In The Heights; Xanadu; Next Fall; In the Next Room; The Great American Trailer Park Musical;[title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer -The Opera; and The History Boys. Maura has worke as stage management and wardrobe for many local companies including A.R.T., Huntington Theatre, WGBH & Brian O’Donovan, BEMF, BYSO, NEC, The Boston Conservatory, Brandeis University, Central Square Theater, Company One, and New Bedford Festival Theatre. She also paints for New England Scenic. Maura is a member of the 2005-2006 Professional Stage Management Program at the Juilliard School and a proud graduate of the University of Vermont. Much love and thanks to family and friends.
ERIC NORRIS SpeakEasy: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Next to Normal, Xanadu. Company One: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Eric is a Midwest native, now Brookline resident and graduate of the New England Institute of Art with a BS in Audio and Media Technology. He has experience working in studio/freelance recording (Mike Davidson Recording/Zippah Recording), live sound mixing and plays bass/electric guitar in the band Grand Resort.
AMANDA OSTROW (Wardrobe Supervisor) Amanda is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy after working on: Far From Heaven,CARRIE the musical, The Whale, The Color Purple, Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind, Tribes, In the Heights,Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Xanadu. International touring credit: The Aluminum Show. Local credits include work at: Gloucester Stage Company, Hanover Theatre, Bad Habit Productions, Lyric Stage, Reagle Music Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Nora Theatre Company, and the Publick Theatre. Amanda received her BA in Media Studies and Business at the University of Southern Maine and is an EMC in Stage Management.
KAREN PERLOW (Lighting Design) is ecstatic to be back at SpeakEasy, where her favorite productions include: The Color Purple, In the Heights, Reckless, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The History Boys, Five by Tenn, Bat Boy, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, A New Brain, and A Man of No Importance, the last a co-production with Súgán Theatre Company. Upcoming productions include: Dear Elizabeth at Lyric Stage, Reconsidering Hannah at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and Arabian Nights at Central Square Theater. Karen teaches English to speakers of other languages, as well as Lighting Design at Northeastern University. She is a three-time IRNE Award-winner for Best Lighting Design. karenperlowlightdesign.com
ELIZABETH POLITO (Costume Design) previously designed The Color Purple, Kurt Vonnegut: Make up your Mind, In the Heights, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Other recent work includes Bartered Bride, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Boston Midsummer Opera). Into the Woods, Water by the Spoonful, Stones in His Pockets, Time Stands Still (The Lyric Stage). Unbleached American, Bernarda Alba, These Shining Lives, The Nutcracker, The Rimers of Eldritch (Stoneham Theatre). The Love of the Nightingale (Emerson College), The Cherry Orchard, Hairspray, Metamorphoses, Imaginary Invalid (Concord Academy), Calvin’s Monster (Boston Children’s Theatre), Medea (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Dr. Faustus (Suffolk University), 1001 (Company One), Funnyhouse of a Negro, Three Sisters (Brandeis Theatre Company), Hamlet (GAN-e-meed Theatre Project), and Cyrano (Apollinaire Theatre). She also assisted costume designer Charles Schoonmaker on Don Pasquale (Boston Midsummer Opera) and Nine (SpeakEasy Stage). She holds an M.F.A. from Brandeis University. elisabettapolito.com
MELANIE PORRAS SpeakEasy: debut. Melanie is BFA Musical Theatre major at Emerson College, class of 2015. Credits include: Clubland: The Monster Pop Party (Dance Captain)at American Repertory Theatre’s Club Oberon, West Side Story (Consuelo) and Brooklyn (Faith) at Emerson College, and Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad) and Rent back home in New Jersey. Special thanks to everyone at SpeakEasy for this opportunity and to her family for their undying love and support!
CHRIS RAMIREZ is thrilled to be making his professional debut as a part of the cast of SpeakEasy’s In the Heights! I want to extend my greatest gratitude to my mother, father, and sister for giving me life and saving it as well! Love you all more than I could ever express! MUCH AMOR POR TODOS!
ADRIAN RUZ is honored to be making his SpeakEasy debut in a show that hits so close to home. Born in Venezuela and raised in Miami, FL, Adrian recently received his BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory ’13. Other credits include: I Love You Because (NYC Man); Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter); Curtains; Opening Note!; andStrike Up The Band. Special thanks to all the mentors and teachers who have helped me through this incredible journey. Shout out to Paul D, The BoCo Family, New World School of The Arts, and French Woods Festival. This one is for you Abuela Lolita and Mami. DALE!
NICOLE PALOMA SARRO is making her SpeakEasy debut in a show close to her heart! She did the 2nd National Tour of In the Heights as a member of the ensemble and understudy for Abuela, Camila & Daniela.Most recently, she appeared as Camila inHeights at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Favorite regional:Xanadu, The Secret Garden, Guys & Dolls andSide Show. Nicole, a Los Angeles native, married actor JP Sarro here in Boston this past October and they now reside in NYC. They also make beautiful music together…no really, they have a cabaret act called “The Sarros”. www.NicolePalomaSarro.com
CAROLYN SAXON* (Lula Buffington / Almeta / Bus Passenger). SpeakEasy: The Color Purple, In The Heights (IRNE Nomination), Far From Heaven. Broadway/National Tours/NY Theatre: The Civil War; Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk; Hair; Purlie; Can-Can; Timmy the Great (Savion Glover, dir.); Linda Eder: The Christmas Concert. NY International Fringe Festival Film: Sweet & Lowdown, Small Time Crooks, Curse of the Jade Scorpion (dir. by Woody Allen). Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Connecticut Repertory, Paper Mill Playhouse, Studio Arena Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Weston Playhouse, Forestburgh Playhouse, Artpark, MusicalFare, Struthers Library Theatre. Other: Boston Pops Gospel Choir, Carnegie Hall, Indianapolis Symphony, Boston Community Choir, NEC Millennium Choir, Mystic Chorale. Proud member of AEA. Love and thanks to Jamie.
DAWN SCHALL SAGLIO* (Production Stage Manager) has stage managed 15 shows for SpeakEasy, among them: CARRIE the musical; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Reckless; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer – The Opera; The Light in the Piazza; The History Boys; The Women; Five by Tenn; and The Last Sunday in June. Other local credits include productions at the Huntington Theatre, Gloucester Stage, BPT, and The Nora. Her greatest credits are sons Nick, Eric, and Tucker. Dawn serves on SpeakEasy’s board of trustees and has been a member of Equity for 14 years. Love to Doug!
LARRY SOUSA (Choregrapher) returns to SpeakEasy having previously directed Places Please!, and choreographed In the Heights (IRNE Award), Carrie the musical, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Larry has directed and choreographed musicals at theatres across the country including Pasadena Playhouse, Musical Theatre West, Goodspeed Musicals, The Joyce Theatre, Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre, Coronet Theatre LA, the NY Fringe Festival, Utah Musical Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Boston Children’s Theatre, and Reagle Music Theatre. He is a recipient of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, two IRNE Awards, the L.A. Ovation Award, the Garland, and has twice been named “Choreographer of the Year” by the American Dance Awards. Larry has appeared in TV sitcoms, films, commercials, and several musicals on Broadway. He is the choreographer of the new Broadway-bound musical Merry Go Round written by the legendary Sherman Brothers. www.larrysousa.com
AMY LOUISE SPALLETTA* previously stage managed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Next to Normal, Next Fall, Nine, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) for SpeakEasy. Previous Boston-area credits include: Our Town, God of Carnage, Educating Rita, The Miracle at Naples, and Third (Huntington Theatre); All’s Well That Ends Well (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Hot Mikado, Opus, Indulgences, Speed-the-Plow, Mister Roberts, Exits and Entrances, Cabaret, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Eurydice(New Repertory Theater); The Scene, This Wonderful Life, and Miss Witherspoon (Lyric Stage); and Mr. Marmalade (Company One). Other regional credits include: The Europeans and Scenes from an Execution (PTP/NYC). Amy graduated from Boston University with a concentration in stage management and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
ALIX STRASNICK (Technical Director) Alix is excited to be back at SpeakEasy for her third season as the company’s Technical Director. Past SpeakEasy credits include Tribes; In the Heights, The Whale, and Next to Normal. Alix also served as Master Electrician for SpeakEasy’s productions of Next Fall and The Divine Sister. She is the Assistant Technical Director at the Groton School and worked on their productions of HairSpray and Romeo and Juliet. Other credits include Good Person, The Land (Fort Point Theatre Channel), Rock ‘n’ Roll, Lend Me a Tenor (Longwood Players), Much Ado About Nothing (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: Apprentice Showcase) and She Kills Monsters (Company One).
SANTINA UMBACH is thrilled to be returning to the SpeakEasy Stage after a year of touring overseas with Norwegian Cruise Lines! Other SpeakEasy credits include Lina Darling in Nine and Pickles in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, earning her an IRNE Nomination. She has appeared in numerous readings in NYC and is a proud 2011 Boston Conservatory graduate. Thanks to BRS, Paul, and her always supportive and loving friends and family!
ALESSANDRA VALEA* recently appeared in SpeakEasy’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Rachel Jackson) and is thrilled to be back! Alessandra is finishing up her senior year at The Boston Conservatory where she’s pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. Aside from being a student, she’s also a certified dance teacher through Dance Educators of America and a choreographer. Regional: NYMF (with Liars & Believers) inLe Cabaret Grimm (Helga), Goodspeed Opera House in their 8thAnnual Festival of New Artists. BoCo: The Hypochondriac (Beralda), The Apple Tree (Barbara), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Aurora), Curtains (Jessica Cranshaw), Very Good Eddie (Georgiana Kettle) and Sweet Charity (Frug Soloist). Love and gratitude to ‘the Pauls’ and the SpeakEasy family!