The UnderstudY CAST
Tom Amandes (Bill)
Tom debuted with IAMA in last season’s A Species Native to California. He began his career in Chicago, working in acting ensembles at the Body Politic, Court and Victory Gardens Theaters. He’s a graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul. He’s known for his TV work on Everwood, Parenthood and Scandal. Films include The Long Kiss Goodnight and Saving Lincoln. Recent credits include The Magicians, Arrow and the indy feature A Million Little Pieces. Tom plants trees and picks fruit with the Hollywood Orchard. He has three amazing children, two feisty grandkids and is married to Nancy Everhard, who starred opposite him on the series The Untouchables.
Keliher Walsh (Ginny)
New York - Manhattan Theater Club - Singular Life of Albert Nobbs, Gardenia. Circle In The Square, Vineyard Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater (member). A founding member of The Dear Only Knows resident company at the West Bank. Regional- Guthrie Theater, Portland Stage, Penn Stage. Writing: 2016 recipient of the Jerome Fellowship, nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize for her play, Year Of The Rabbit. Winner of the Kentucky Women’s Writers Conference 2011.
John Lavelle (Mark)
Broadway: The Graduate. Off-Broadway: The Royale (Lincoln Center Theatre), Catch-22 (The Lucille Lortel), Rope (Drama Dept), Spatter Pattern (Playwrights Horizons), Burleigh Grimes (New World Stages), The Iliad (CSC), The Jew of Malta (TFANA), Peace with Taylor Mac (Here Arts Center/Target Margin), Twelfth Night (The Connelly Theatre). International Theatre: The Merchant of Venice (The Royal Shakespeare Company), The Illiad (Syros Festival of Greece). Regional: On The Razzle (Williamstown), Much Ado about Nothing (La Jolla), Time Pieces (McCarter), As You Like It (Shakespeare Center LA), Bell Book and Candle, Red Velvet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Macbeth, Midsummer Night's Dream, Merchant of Venice, The Royale (The Old Globe). Film: Selma, Frozen, Zootopia, The Taking of Pelham 123, Heirloom, August, Born Guilty. Television: Grace and Frankie, Num3rs, Forever, The Black Donnellys, Guiding Light, All My Children, Sixteen to Life. Education: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Upright Citizens Brigade. Writing: Woulda Coulda Shoulda (The IAMA Reunion), Sinner's Laundry (IAMA Mainstage/Ovation Recommendation), Forever Brentwood (IAMA One Day Plays), Partners (ABC Discover Talent Showcase). Awards: Craig E. Noel Nomination, Drama Desk Award.
Laila Ayad (Rachel)
Laila Ayad is a founding member of IAMA Theatre Company and was last seen as Kate in IAMA’s world premiere production of D.G. Watson’s Unbound. Other world premieres with IAMA include Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette and Reverb, and Christian Durso’s Shiner. She was also recently seen in the Los Angeles premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s French Waitress and Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries, both with L.A. based Triptych Theatre Company. She developed the DreamWorks animated film The Prince of Egypt for the stage in the role of Tzipporah, and recurred for several years as Charlotte Reid on ABC’s Scandal. She received her B.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Melissa Stephens (Evie)
Melissa Stephens loves pilates with the machines and brunch with the girls. When she isn't brunching she's studying acting. She's a people watcher. Something her Aunts and Uncles constantly nagged her about when she was growing up. Some would even say maybe it's creepy. One of Melissa's favorite pass times is to study a person and then become them. She's not an impersonator as much as she is a facilitator. You might have seen her in the new Tide commercial as well as the older Dodge Caravan one. She wrote, directed and starred in her first webseries and she is so excited for you all to see it. Go to www.Imwithcheese.com to see the first 30 episodes. Shout out to Helen and Trevor for being the family she got to choose! Here's to more shoeless Saturdays!
For everything else go to www.melmstephens.com (Stand Up Comedian, Actor, Writer, Director)
Tina Huang (Pippa)
Tina Huang is a first generation Taiwanese-American actress, producer, director and was raised in New York City. Tina attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and is a NYU Tisch School of the Arts Alum where she studied acting, directing and design. She is currently serving as Co-Artistic Director of Ammunition Theatre (Ammo) and is a member of IAMA. Tina was a participant in the ABC Diversity Talent Showcase: LA. She was a series regular on Hollywood Heights (Nickelodeon) and recurred on Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), The Night Shift (NBC), Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC), and most recently, Arrow (CW). Other TV (partial): Scandal (ABC), Shameless (Showtime), CSI (CBS), The Kroll Show (Comedy Central), and The Office (NBC). Theatre: Amy Tan’s award winning Immortal Heart (West Coast and French tour), Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over (rave reviews/ LA Times & LA Weekly), and Ammo's Judgment of Fools. Tina is also Co-Founder of 1:1 Productions, LLC. and is proud that their first short film that she wrote, Xin, premiered at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2018 in May. Most recently she co-directed/produced the upcoming web series, Wed-Locked. She is repped by Sweeney Entertainment & Ellis Talent Group. Tina is honored to share the stage and work on this piece with the entire incredible Cult of Love team.
Christian Durso (Johnny)
Christian is proud to close out the seventh play with this extraordinary company. Los Angeles Theatre: Tom in The Glass Menagerie (Sierra Madre Playhouse); World Premiere of A Nice Indian Boy (East West Players). NYC Theatre: Cinephilia (Theatre Row); Fernando (The New Ohio). Regional: Romeo in Romeo And Juliet (Great Lakes Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival); Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, King Lear, The Tempest, Taming Of The Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentleman of Verona, The Madness Of George III, Amadeus (The Old Globe); Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); A Midsummer Nights Dream (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival); Television: One Life To Live (ABC); Guiding Light (CBS). Christian is the Co-Artistic Director of IAMA Theatre Company. Proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and WGAW. BFA: NYU. MFA: USD.
Sarah Utterback (Lauren)
Theater credits include The Accidental Blonde and Surfer Girl (IAMA), Sinner's Laundry (IAMA u/s), Mud, North of Providence, Il Bidone, Ladybird, Hamlet, BASH, Taken in Marriage (Steppenwolf Garage Theater), Macbeth (RADA), Full Circle and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (NYU). TV & Film: Grey’s Anatomy, The Mysteries of Laura, NCIS, Cold Case, Medium, Ghost Whisperer, Family Guy, Pathlights and My First Time Driving. BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and 2003 graduate of the School at Steppenwolf. Founding member of IAMA Theatre Company.
Christine Woods (Diana)
Christine is thrilled to be back on stage for her 3rd main stage play with IAMA! Television credits most recently include HBO’s Room 104, CBS’s Man with a Plan, and The Untitled Erin Foster pilot for FOX (fingers crossed). As well as HBO’s Hello Ladies, The Odd Couple for CBS and The Walking Dead. Recent Film credits include the Duplas Brother’s Paddington, Handsome; A Murder Mystery directed by Jeff Garlan, Macon Blaire’s I Don’t Feel At Home in this World Anymore, and most notably Wild Man, co-directed by fellow IAMA Theatre Company’s co-artistic director Stefanie Black. She’s obsessed with Dogs, most notably her own.
Graham Sibley (James)
Graham is a founding member of IAMA Theatre Company and a member of EST-LA. AT IAMA: World Premiere Productions of Leslye Headland's Cinephilia and Assistance, as well as Christian Durso's World Premiere Productions of Shiner and Redline and Micah Schraft's World Premiere of A Dog's House. RECENT TV: Chicago Med, The Affair, G.L.O.W, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Jane The Virgin, Bosch. RECENT FILM: Sully (directed by Clint Eastwood), Threshold (Sony), Before The Sun Explodes (SXSW Premiere). Graham also stars in three features coming out in 2018: The Honor List (Lionsgate), Better Off Zed (Sony) and Poor Greg Drowning as well as the new digital anthology series Dark/Web. Special love and undying gratitude to Marilyn, Mom and Dad, Ran, the entire IAMA fam, Leslye, Annie and the whole cast and crew. This one is for my Grandpa.
Sharon Lawrence (U/S Ginny)
After earning a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sharon has gone on to be prominently featured on stage and screen over the last 25 years. Her television work includes her multiple Emmy nominated and SAG award winning run on NYPD Blue, as well as notable stints on hit shows such as Queen Sugar, Desperate Housewives, Shameless, Law & Order: SVU, and Rizzoli & Isles and The Ranch on Netflix and The Last Tycoon on Amazon. She also earned another Emmy nomination for her work on Grey's Anatomy. Sharon's film work includes the indie hit Middle of Nowhere from Ava DuVernay and last year's Sundance entry Deidre and Laney Rob a Train amongst many others. An accomplished stage actress, and 2012 Ten Chimneys Fellow, Sharon recently completed what was called a tour de force performance in the family political drama The City of Conversation for the Ensemble Theatre Company. Her other stage work includes Broadway productions of Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret, The Mystery Of Love and Sex and Poor Behavior at the Mark Taper Forum, Under the Blue Sky, Paint Your Wagon at the Geffen and A Song At Twilight and Orson’s Shadow at Pasadena Playhouse. She also played twenty different women in the Noel Coward cabaret Love, Noel at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Philanthropy has played a major role in Sharon's life - she has chaired the Women in Film Foundation, served ad the Western District representative for the UNC-CH General Alumni Association, currently sits on the boards for Heal The Bay and Green Wish, and is a Trustee of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.
Jenna Johnson (U/S Evie)
A native of the Bay Area, Jenna attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and received her MFA from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She has been on stage at the Shakespeare Center of LA, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and several others across the country. Jenna was featured on Showtime’s Shameless last fall, and will be in the upcoming feature Krystal, directed by William H. Macy. She costarred in and co-produced the short romcom Matchbreakers which went on to play several festivals. Off stage, Jenna has the pleasure of being a teacher at John Rosenfeld Studios in West Hollywood. She would like to thank her friends and family for their support and love.
Anisha Adusumilli (U/S Pippa)
Anisha is a first-generation Indian-American actress born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She transitioned to LA as a UCLA student where she studied both Business and Theater. Anisha recently performed in the ABC Discovers: Los Angeles Talent Showcase and has been featured in a number of TV Shows including New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS: Los Angeles, Days of Our Lives and more. Her latest feature film We Take the Low Road is in post-production. Her first self-produced short film, First Date, which she wrote, directed and acted in, had a very successful film festival run and won multiple awards. She's so excited to be in her first IAMA production! www.anishaadusumilli.com
Erin Pineda (U/S Rachel)
Erin is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles. Stage credits include Worst Laid Plans (co creator) at Upright Citizens Brigade, My Break-Up Playlist (Writer/Performer) at Rogue Machine Theatre, Bunny Bunny at The Falcon Theatre, The Glass Menagerie at Ensemble Theatre Company and Neil LaBute's Filthy Talk for Troubled Times (UK premiere) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Screen credits include: American Housewife, Major Crimes, Happy Endings, Comedy Bang Bang, NCIS, Criminal Minds, and Dependent's Day (Cinequest 2016 Audience Award). Training: BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. This fall she can be seen recurring on Jenji Kohan's new show, American Princess.
Josh Bywater (U/S Mark)
Josh is thrilled to be working with IAMA for the first time. His regional credits include Nocturne (Greenhouse Theatre-Chicago), Fat Pig and One Arm (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Story (Goodman Theatre), Bea Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (Ars Nova-NYC), The Aliens (Opera House Arts), The Crucible (Ozark Actors Theatre), Falling (NYCFringe). His television credits include Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Betrayal, Crisis, and Grey's Anatomy. He has worked on dozens of films including The View From Tall and Steve McQueen's upcoming Widows. He studied at the School at Steppenwolf, is a company member of NY Madness, and a Resident Artist with The CRY HAVOC Company in NYC. Endless thanks to all the wonderful hearts that are IAMA.
Tim Peper (U/S Johnny)
Tim Peper has worked extensively in television, starring in ABC’s Carpoolers as well as pilots for CBS, ABC, and Fox. He has played dramatic roles on hit series like The Good Wife, Law & Order, The Affair, and Complications for USA. He got his start in film including the cult hit Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of the Bar Mitzvah Emcee and Disney’s The Greatest Game Ever Played. In 2015 he starred in the AMC pilot, White City, directed by Stephen Gaghan. Most recently, Peper was in Amazon’s comedy series, Jean Claude Van Johnson. As a new member of the company, Tim is thrilled to have found a creative home in IAMA, and to be working with such talented artists on a show that means so much to this growing theatre company and to its founding playwright, Leslye Headland. Congrats Leslye. So proud. So honored.
Emily Rowan (U/S Lauren)
Emily Rowan is a USC graduate and a proud new member of IAMA. Theatre credits include: Species Native to California (IAMA - u/s), Unbound (IAMA - AD), Mary’s Wedding (Malibu Playhouse), Mercury is Perpetually in Retrograde (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Recent TV/Film: Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories (Adult Swim), Departure (EP James Franco), Swingtime (Austin Film Festival) and Giselle (Vimeo’s Short of the Week). Training: BFA from the USC School of Dramatic Arts, RADA, Williamstown Theatre Festival Apprentice Program. Emily also serves as Associate Literary Manager for IAMA.
Anna Rose Hopkins (U/S Diana)
Anna Rose Hopkins is an interdisciplinary artist, performer and professional chef.
TV: High Maintenance (HBO), Orange is the New Black (Netflix), House of Lies (Showtime), The Mentalist (CBS), Unforgettable (CBS), CSI:Miami (CBS), Law & Order (NBC), Law & Order SVU (NBC)
Indie Film: Like Company, Dr. Brinks and Dr. Brinks, Dark Night (Sundance, Venice, AFI), Gregory Go Boom (Sundance Short Form Jury Prize), Shame. Art Film: Amos World (Art Basel, Switzerland; Channel 4, UK), Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide (Human Resources, Los Angeles)
Alex Alcheh (U/S James)
Alex is thrilled to be playing with IAMA again! Previously he understudied the role of Jeff in Species Native to California last fall. You can catch him on season 1 of Dear White People, in the recent feature Home Again, and most recently as the most boring Intro to Dinosaurs teacher you ever did see on Bizaardvark. BFA Syracuse University.
Performance and Culinary Art: Port Capa (PST, a Getty Initiative), Sun: Adjacent (Barbara Seiler Gallery, Zurich), Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geological Time (Boston University, RICE University)
UPCOMING: Making the Best of It: Jellyfish (UCLA Laboratory of Environmental Strategies)
A Note from the PLAYWRIGHT
Written by Leslye Headland
Directed by Annie Tippe
Produced by Thomas DeTrinis & Amy Rosoff Davis
Assistant Director: Colleen Labella
Musical Director and Arrangement: Anthony Lucca
Stage Manager: Sarah Dawn Lowry
Assistant Stage Manager: Lexi Sloan
Assistant Stage Manager: Kimberly Sanchez
Co-Lighting Designer: Josh Epstein
Co-Lighting Designer: Ginerva Lombardo
Prop Master: Michael O'Hara
Costume Designer: Melissa Trn
Set Designer: Jeff McLaughlin
Sound Designer: Chris Moscatiello
Fight choreographer: Edgar Landa
House Manager: Nikita Chaudhry
IAMA Co-Artistic Directors: Stefanie Black, Christian Durso, & Katie Lowes
IAMA Associate Artistic Director: Margaux Susi
Leslye Headland (Playwright)
Leslye is a New York based playwright, screenwriter and director. This is Headland’s seventh world premiere with IAMA Theatre Company. The other plays IAMA premiered in the Seven Deadly Sins cycle are Cinephilia, Bachelorette, Assistance, Surfer Girl, Reverb, and The Accidental Blonde. Other theatre credits include: Bachelorette and The Layover (Second Stage) and Assistance (Playwrights Horizons). Film: Bachelorette, Sleeping with Other People and About Last Night. TV: Terriers, Blunt Talk, and SMILF. Later this year Paramount Network’s Heathers and Netflix’s Russian Doll.
Annie Tippe (Director)
Annie (creator/director) is a Brooklyn-based director and creator of new work. Directing includes Dave Malloy's Ghost Quartet (The Bushwick Starr, etc); Bess Wohl's Continuity (The Goodman Theatre); Anne Washburn's When the Tanks Break (Drama League); Washeteria (Soho Rep); MUSEUM: Lecture and Aaron/Marie (both co-directed w. Rachel Chavkin); Far Away (Harvard University); COWBOY BOB (Yale Institute for Music Theatre; Ars Nova; Polyphone Festival) and I Heard Sex Noises (Ars Nova). Creator/Director of web series BASIC WITCH. Associate Director for The TEAM'S touring productions of Mission Drift and RoosevElvis (dir. Rachel Chavkin) and Gabriel Kahane's The Ambassador (BAM; dir. John Tiffany). Ars Nova's 2016 "Director-in-Residence", Drama League Directing Fellow, Williamstown Directing Corps. UPCOMING: Premiere of Dave Malloy’s Octet (Signature Theatre, 2019). www.annietippe.com.
Tom DeTrinis (Producer)
This marks Tom's third production with IAMA on the producing team. Recently, he played Lance in Die, Mommie, Die at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of their 2018 Block Party and made his Off Broadway debut in Bright Colors and Bold Patterns at the SoHo Playhouse this past winter. For more information: detrinis.com
Amy Rosoff (Producer)
Amy is a graduate of Tisch School of the arts and a founding member of IAMA Theatre Company. Amy co-Produced IAMA’s workshop of Jon Caren’s The House that Jake Built last year and also produced Headland’s play Bachelorette with IAMA nearly 10 years ago. She produced her first feature last year with Sara Zandieh, which starred Rita Wilson and IAMA’s very own James Eckhouse. Amy has acted in three of Leslye Headland’s Seven Deadly Sins Series, and is so honored to produce the final installment: PRIDE
Colleen Labella (Assistant Director)
Colleen is so grateful to be working on her first IAMA show with this wonderful team! Most recently, Colleen produced and co-directed a production of Almost, Maine on the LA stage. Colleen is the artistic director of her own theatre company, Four Walls and a Stage, and she dedicates her time to projects that elevate the voices of women and the LGBTQ community. She is also an actor and earned her BFA in acting from the University of Connecticut. TV credits include: Criminal Minds, My Crazy Ex and Supreme Justice. Thanks to Annie, Mom and Dad, and her girlfriend, Olivia. For more, www.colleenlabella.com.
Sarah Dawn Lowry (Stage Manager)
Sarah Dawn graduated with a B.S. in Theater and Business from Weber State University in Utah. While she started out performing at a young age, she found her true passion as a stage manager with her first backstage experience working on The Scarlet Pimpernel. She has been stage managing for the last 17 years in Utah, South Korea, and California. A few additional highlights in her career include: Coriolanus, Quartet, Cabaret, The Clowns, and Evita. This is Sarah Dawn’s first production with IAMA and she’s loved being a part of the family.
Arun Storrs (Assistant Stage Manager)
Arun graduated from Yale. She splits her time between Los Angeles, where she acts in film and theater, and Nepal, where she runs a non-profit to help orphaned girls. She's very excited to be a cog in this incredible show.
Josh Epstein (Co-Lighting Designer)
IAMA Redline, Sinner’s Laundry, Species Native to California, A Dog’s House. THEATER Josh has designed lighting at many of the top regional theaters in the country including the Mark Taper Forum, Guthrie Theater, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, South Coast Repertory, Trinity Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PlayMakers Repertory, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Paper Mill Playhouse. TEACHING Lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. AWARDS Ovation Award Winner, Recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers; Member of the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Artistic Council. EDUCATION M.F.A., NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. www.joshepsteindesign.com
Ginevra Lombardo (Co-Lighting Designer)
Ginevra is a freelance lighting designer for theater, opera and musical theater based in Los Angeles.
Her recent credits include: Buyer & Cellar and Taking Sides (Rubicon Theater), directed by Stephanie Coltrin; The Hothouse (Antaeus Theater Company), directed by Nike Doukas; Unbound (Hudson Theater) directed by Jennifer Chambers, Carousel (Freud Playhouse), directed by Jeremy Mann; Mille Miglia (Williamstown Theater Festival), directed by Gabriel Vega Weissman; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Little Theater, UCLA) directed by Ellen Lauren; I due Figaro (Freud Playhouse) directed by Peter Kazaras and the West Coast premiere of the Polish play Trash Story, directed by Monica Payne. Her assistant lighting designer credits include Proving Up, directed by James Darrah, (Opera Omaha); The Legend of Georgia McBride, directed by Mike Donahue; The Fantastiks, directed by Seema Sueko; And No More Shall We Part, directed by Anne Kauffman; Barcelona directed by Trip Cullman; Moon for the Misbegotten directed by Gordon Edelstein, A Dog’s House directed by Trip Cullman and The Country House, directed by Daniel Sullivan.
In addition, Ginevra has worked at the Williamstown Theater Festival for 2015 and 2016 seasons, and she holds an MFA in lighting design from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Michael O'Hara (Prop Master)
Michael is happy to be asked backed by IAMA after working on Redline and Sinner’s Laundry last year. He is a freelance props designer in Los Angeles whose work has appeared on stage at the Garry Marshall, East West Players, the Blank, Circle X, Coeurage, The Road, Theatre of NOTE, and Celebration (where he is also Managing Director). His original designs have also been incorporated into shows at the Kirk Douglas as part of Block Party (Failure and Die Mommie Die). Thank you to the IAMA team and the Cult of Love team for letting me play with you. And thank you for supporting theatre in Los Angeles.
Anthony Lucca (Musical Director and Arrangement)
Anthony is a bi-coastal music director, pianist, and composer, based in Los Angeles and New York City. Music direction credits include: Mutt House (Center Theatre Group), Honeymoon in Vegas (Musical Theatre Guild), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well (Odyssey Theatre Ensemble), Assassins (Red Blanket Productions), Into the Woods, Floyd Collins, Songs for a New World, Merrily We Roll Along (Musical Theatre Repertory), Futurefest, Showsearch (Foundation of New American Musicals). Film composing credits include: It’s You Not Me, Relative Persuasion, Slice, Life on Mars. Orchestration and arranging credits include: Her Turn (House 10), Who. What. Wear., The Music Box (Minnesota Fringe Festival), TakeTen (MTR). He also performs with his jazz trio and as an accompanist: Playboy Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Long Beach Jazz Festival, Birdland, Eugene O’ Neill Theater Center, Feinstein’s 54 Below, Rockwell Table and Stage. Anthony is currently resident Music Director and Accompanist for the National Theater Insitute at the Eugene O' Neill Theater Center and teaches at the School of Dramatic Arts at USC and Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
Melissa Trn (Costume Designer)
credits include: Redline, Sinner's Laundry, Species Native to California, Jon Caren's The House That Jake Built and The Recommendation (IAMA Theater Company), Our Country (The Wilderness, Getty Villa/Broken Flowers/ Under the Radar), The Trojan Women: After Euripedes (BAM/SITI Company, NYC/Getty Villa) Antigone (SITI Company, NYC), The Roommate (San Francisco Playhouse), Future Thinking (South Coast Rep), Friends in Transient Places and Reunions! (Fresh Produce'd LA), Twelfth Night (Asolo Rep), 39 Steps (Triad Stage), Roller Disco (ART's Oberon), From The Fire (composed by Elizabeth Swados), Richard II (Yale Rep), The Me Nobody Knows (Black Rep, St. Louis), as well as over eight productions for Telluride Theater in Telluride, CO where Melissa is an Associate Artist. Melissa's work will be seen this summer at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in NYC. Melissa has a MFA from The Yale School of Drama.
Lexi Sloan (Assistant Stage Manager)
Lexi is thrilled to continue her work with IAMA for Cult of Love after co-producing the IAMA One Day Plays in early February. When she isn’t wrangling talented actors, she works for a VFX company, takes Groundlings improv classes, and creates her own comedy-driven content. If it’s not tech week, Lexi can also be found teaching American Sign Language and driving around town babysitting for a handful of incredible families that can’t get rid of her. Lexi would like to say thank you to IAMA for this opportunity, her family for the endless support, and Ben and Jerry’s for brilliantly making hand packed pints that can have multiple flavors in one. Merry Christmas in May!
Paintings on loan from Jim Davis. Inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastel Sketch by Graham Sibley. Inquiries email@example.com
SPECIAL THANKS TO
Murisa Harba at ABOUT THE WORK, Center Theatre Group
LA Stage Alliance
Atwater Village Theater
Jamie Davis and Portola Paints
Additional Casting by Jordan Bass
PR by Lucy Pollack
Fight Choreography by Edgar Landa