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Paul F daigneault

PAUL DAIGNEAULT (Producing Artistic Director) was the‚ÄĮrecipient of the 2014 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, which is‚ÄĮpresented by the Boston Theater Critics Association. Since founding the award-winning SpeakEasy Stage in 1992, he has produced over 150 Boston premieres. As …

Michael Appell

Board of Directors Michael¬†Appell¬†joined the SpeakEasy Board of Advisors (BOA) in 2012 and became¬†Chair in 2017. He serves as the ex-officio representative for the BOA on the SpeakEasy Board.¬†¬†Michael¬†is a faculty member and the Assistant Director in the Social Impact …

Julita Bailey-Vasco

Board of directors Julita Bailey-Vasco¬†is a communications professional, working at the intersection of K12 education and philanthropy. While storytelling has always been central to¬†Julita’s life she is currently exploring ways on how stories can shift mindsets, especially in such a …

Amy Barker

AMY BARKER* (Mrs. Green) is happy to return to SpeakEasy Stage having previously appeared in¬†[title of show].¬† Other select credits include¬†A¬†Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along¬†(Huntington Theatre);¬†The Full Monty, Incident at Our Lady …

Marianna Bassham

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MARIANNA BASSHAM*¬†(Emma) has appeared with SpeakEasy in¬†Blackbird,¬†A Future Perfect,¬†Reckless,¬†In The Next Room (or the vibrator play),¬†Admissions,¬†Hand to God, and¬†Small Mouth Sounds¬†(as the teacher!) She has appeared at the Huntington, Playwrights Horizons, Actors‚Äô Shakespeare Project, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Underground Railway Theater, …

Claudia Bennett

Associate Production Manager Claudia Bennett (she/her) graduated from Emerson College in 2021 with a B.A. in Visual and Media Arts, and since has been pursuing a wide range of artistic mediums. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest with a background …

Kadahj Bennett

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KADAHJ BENNETT¬†(Foster) is thrilled to be returning to SpeakEasy Stage. Previous works include¬†Isolated¬†Incidents¬†Broadway Podcast Network; Regional:¬†Hype Man: Film,¬†A.R.T; Watertown¬†Historical Moving Plays: The Charles W. Lenox Experience, New Rep;¬†Pass Over, SpeakEasy Stage;¬†Dream Boston,¬†Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Huntington Theatre Company;¬†This Place …

Dru Sky Berrian

(Pam) is delighted to make her SpeakEasy debut in this production. She is a student at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee where she studies Contemporary Theater. In addition to acting, she also studies aerial arts, devising, and other movement-based theater …

Randy Biagas-Hill

Development¬†Coordinator – Operations and Events Arts Administrator by day, future global megastar at every other time if you ask him. Randy Biagas-Hill is an up-and-coming actor based out of Boston, MA. Born and raised in New York City, Randy has …

Dominique D. Buford

Dominique D. Burford¬†(she/her/hers) is a native of Austin, Texas but has been a proud member of the Boston theater community for nearly 15 years. As a Production Manager and AEA Stage Manager, she has worked at various theaters in Boston …

Mary Callanan

MARY CALLANAN* (Dee Dee Allen) is so happy to return to SpeakEasy – it’s been a minute! ‚Äď after previously appearing in Bat Boy: The Musical; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Yes, it’s been …

JAMES CANNON

Sound Designer James Cannon is excited to make his return to SpeakEasy having previously worked on The View Upstairs. Other recent credits include: The Old Man & The Old Moon, Head Over Heels, The Colored Museum, Dracula: A Feminist Revenge …

Dom Carter

DOM CARTER* (Dayton) returns to SpeakEasy having previously been a part of BLKS.  Recent credits include OTP (Boston Playwrights‚Äô Theatre); Dracula: A Feminist Revenge (Umbrella Stage); The Light, Twelfth Night (Lyric Stage); Greater Good (Company One); The Mountaintop. Mothers and …

YO-EL CASSELL

(Intimacy Choreographer) Yo-EL returns to SpeakEasy having previously provided the movement and intimacy direction for The Inheritance and movement direction for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (IRNE nom). Locally, his movement direction/choreography has been featured in …

Amanda Centeno

AMANDA CENTENO (Heejin/Chorus) is excited to be making her SpeakEasy Stage debut.¬† She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and the …

Emily Cochrane

EMILY COCHRANE (Ensemble) is so excited to be back in Boston making her SpeakEasy debut. Favorite credits include: Maria in The Sound of Music (Ocean City Theatre Company); West Side Story (North Carolina Theatre/ Palos Verdes Performing Arts); A Chorus …

Abriel Coleman

ABRIEL COLEMAN (Alyssa), a native of Texas, is excited to be back at SpeakEasy having appeared last season in Once on This Island.  Most recently she appeared as Beth in Little Women (Greater Boston Stage). Additional credits many shows at …

Maegan a. conroy

(Production Stage Manager) (she/her) Maegan A. Conroy (Stage Manager) SpeakEasy credits: The Scottsboro Boys (ASM, 2018 remount). Selected previous credits include The Chinese Lady, Guards at the Taj (Central Square Theater); The Legend of Georgia McBride (Greater Boston Stage Company); …

GEORGE COOKE

(Sound Designer) George is pleased to be making his SpeakEasy debut.‚ÄĮ Focusing on Academic Theater, music composition for theatrical productions, and mentoring, George has been working at Boston College since 1995 and Wellesley College since 2006. (he/him)

Cathy Cotton

Board of Directors Cathy Cotton joined SpeakEasy Stage’s¬†board of directors in 2018 and is currently co-chair of the development committee. Professionally, she is a practice manager for the Advancement team at Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm in the …

Dayna Cousins

DAYNA COUSINS (Teresa) returns to SpeakEasy, having previously appeared in People,Places & Things. She currently is the Director of Admissions at the School of Theatreat Boston University, from which she received her MFA in Theatre Education. Dayna sendsendless love and …

CORI COUTURE

(Audio Description Coordinator/Primary Audio Describer) CORI COUTURE is overjoyed to return to Speak- Easy after shepherding the company through its first audio described season last year, and most recently describing its production of English. Cori has provided audio description for …

Lyndsay Allyn Cox

LYNDSAY ALLYN COX* is pleased to return to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in Men on Boats. Regional: Common Ground Revisited; Our Daughters, Like Pillars; Witch (The Huntington); Fabulation; Barbecue; By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lyric Stage); Bright Half Life …

Ciaran D’Hondt

CIARAN D‚ÄôHONDT (Digital Nanhee/Chorus) is thrilled to be making their SpeakEasy and regional theater debuts, and honored to be a part of this production, which centers AAPI work and voices.¬† They are a senior at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee …

Fady Demian

FADY DEMIAN* (Digital Minsung/Chorus).¬† SpeakEasy:¬† debut.¬† Fady is an actor/writer currently in his final semester at the Boston University‚Äôs School of Theatre‚Äôs BFA Acting program. He has also trained at various international locations, most recently at the London Academy of …

Darya Denisova

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DARYA DENISOVA¬†(Jodi/Ensemble) is excited to return to SpeakEasy, having recently appeared in Magda Romanska‚Äôs Life is Elsewhere as part of¬†The Boston Project: Project Resilience.¬†Darya¬†received the 2020 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress for her work in Arlekin Players Theatre‚Äôs¬†The Stone. …

Erik d. diaz

(Set Designer) ERIK D. DIAZ (Scenic Designer) is excited to be back at SpeakEasy working with Pascale on Fairview. Previous designs Once on this Island, Mothers and Sons & IRNE Award winner Between Riverside and Crazy. Erik‚Äôs work has been …

ANDREA DOANE

(Secondary Audio Describer) ANDREA DOANEreturns to SpeakEasy having been part of the audio description team for Heroes of the Fourth Turning and English this season, and for People, Places & Things; Once on This Island; and The Inheritance in 2021-22. …

Kerry A. Dowling

Board of Directors Kerry A. Dowling is Vice President of Leasing for WS Development, a real estate development company, where she has worked since 1996.  She graduated from Boston College with an undergraduate degree in English and Theater, and later …

JACKIE SIBBLIES DRURY

JACKIE SIBBLIES DRURY (Playwright) is a Brooklyn-based play- wright whose works include Marys Seacole (Obie Award); Fairview (2019 Pulitzer Prize); Really; Social Creatures; and We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Nambia, For- merly Known as …

Jonathan Dyer

Board of Directors Jonathan Dyer is the Executive Producer of On Point at WBUR, one of the Boston public radio station’s two nationally distributed programs. Previously he was Managing Editor of The World, co-produced by the BBC and WGBH, for …

Josephine Moshiri Elwood

JOSEPHINE MOSHIRI ELWOOD (Elham) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appearedin People, Places and Things; Hand to God; and The Whale. Other Boston credits include Vanity Fair (Central Square Theater); Onegin, Gabriel (Greater Boston Stage Company);Old Money (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Othello, …

Pascale Florestal

PASCALE FLORESTAL (Director) returns to SpeakEasy having previously directed Once On This Island, which was nominated for six Elliot Norton Awards and won for Best Choreography.  She also directed SpeakEasy‚Äôs streamed production of TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever by James Ijames.  Pascale is a …

Andrew Fullem

Board of Directors Andrew Fullem is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at JSI, an international public health consulting firm where he has work on and off (mostly on) for over 30 years. He has over 30 years of experience …

Russell Garrett

RUSSELL GARRETT* is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy where he played The Interlocutor in The Scottsboro Boys and Richard in The View UpStairs.  Russell is a Boston-based actor and director/choreographer as well as a current faculty member at Boston Conservatory …

rebecca glick

(Wardrobe Supervisor) REBECCA GLICK is thrilled to return to SpeakEasy, having served as the Assistant Costume Designer for‚ÄĮFun Home and Admissions, and the Wardrobe Supervisor for The Inheritance, Parts 1 & 2. She has been a member of the wardrobe …

Constance Gist Guindo

Board of Directors Constance¬†is a long time theater lover, but a more recent transplant to Boston.¬† SpeakEasy was her introduction to Boston, and its boldness was captivating and has continued to tell the stories of this great city.. .¬† and …

Evan Michael Haas

Board of Directors Evan¬†M.¬†Haas¬†– With over a decade of professional experience in music and performing arts,¬†Evan¬†has dedicated his life the celebrating the transformational power of music and theater; including education, appreciation, and performance.¬†Evan¬†is the Director of Arts and Advancement at …

John d. haggerty

JOHN D. HAGGERTY*¬†(Father) is pleased to be making his SpeakEasy debut and to be back in Boston where he got his Equity card with Wheelock Family Theatre and performed at Medieval Manor. His most recent pre-pandemic appearance was in¬†Maybe¬†Happy¬†Ending¬†at Alliance …

Nathan Haydel

NATHAN HAYDEL (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut in The Prom. Nate is currently studying recording, music production, and engineering at Berklee College of Music. Along with some stellar songwriting, Nate loves to make and perform his …

Tori Heinlein

TORI¬†HEINLEIN* (Kaylee) is thrilled to be making her SpeakEasy debut! Broadway:¬†White Christmas¬†(Susan Waverly). Regional credits include:¬†Mamma Mia!¬†(The Muny); The Ghost of Christmas Past in¬†A Christmas Carol¬†(The Hanover Theatre); Lavinia in¬†A Little Princess¬†(Fiddlehead Theatre Company); Tillie Boulter in¬†Anne of Green Gables¬†(Wheelock …

Jesse Hinson

JESSE HINSON* returns to SpeakEasy having last appeared in Shakespeare in Love. He is a Boston-based actor, educator, violence designer, and intimacy choreographer, and also a member of the Actors‚Äô Shakespeare Project‚Äôs Resident Acting Company. Recent credits include Incels and …

Lovely Hoffman

Board of Directors Lovely Hoffman loves¬†Speakeasy Stage Company and is proud to serve on the Board of Directors. She is¬†an Award-Winning singer, songwriter, and theatre artist. In 2015, Lovely received an IRNE Award for Best Actress in a Musical for …

Elaine Hom

ELAINE HOM (Wife/Chorus) is excited to return to SpeakEasy, having previously appeared in Allegiance. Other recent productions include Onward! (Birch Tree Productions/BPL) and Pacific Overtures (Lyric Stage). Thank you to the cast, crew, and production team for this amazing opportunity …

Evelyn Howe

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EVELYN¬†HOWE*¬†(Charlotte/Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Speakeasy Stage after appearing as Veronica in¬†The Motherf*cker With the Hat¬†(Elliot Norton Award) and as Midge/Faye in John Kuntz‚Äôs¬†Necessary Monsters. Other Boston area credits include¬†Yerma¬†(Huntington Theatre Company);¬†Arabian Nights¬†(Central Square Theater);¬†Lost Tempo¬†(Boston Playwrights Theatre). …

Susan Irvings

Board of Directors Susan Irvings is the Director of the Critical Thinking Program and the Undergraduate and Graduate Writing Centers at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  She has worked with community and educational initiatives for many years. She and her …

Aja M. jackson

(Lighting Designer) Aja M. Jackson (Lighting Designer). Speakeasy: Once On This Island. [Off-Broadway]: A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet. [Regional]: Hartford Stage: Lost in Yonkers. Everyman Theater: Behold, A Negress. American Repertory Theater: Hear Word. The Public Theater Under-The Radar …

Lily Gilan James

LILY GILAN JAMES is so excited to be making their SpeakEasy debut in English, and is honored to be a member of this company. She is currently a senior at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. …

BECCA JEWETT

(Costume Design) Becca Jewett is pleased to return to speakeasy after designing ‚ÄúSound Inside‚ÄĚ. Becca is a freelance costume creator and designer currently working throughout the Boston area. She is currently the Costume Shop Manager at Merrimack Repertory Theater. Her …

Anthony Pires Jr.

ANTHONY PIRES JR.* (Mr. Hawkins) is pleased to return to SpeakEasy, having appeared last season as TonTon Julian in Once on this Island. Recent credits include Matilda (Mr.Wormwood/Escapologist – Wheelock Family Theatre); Passing¬† Strange (Mr.Franklin/Joop/Hugo – Moonbox Productions);¬†Hair¬†(Hud – New …

Hansol Jung

(Playwright) Productions: Wolf Play (Artist Rep, Soho Rep, MCC Theater); Wild Goose Dreams (Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse); Cardboard Piano (Humana Festival); Among The Dead (Ma-Yi); and No More Sad Things (Sideshow, Boise Contemporary). Commissions: Public Theater (NY), Kennedy Center, …

Maureen Keiller

MAUREEN KEILLER* (Bets) is happy to be back for her tenth production with SpeakEasy Stage, having previously appeared in Admissions; Between Riverside and Crazy; The Whale; Reckless; Nine; The Little Dog Laughed; Almost, Maine; The Women; and The Wild Party. …

Liesie Kelly

LIESIE KELLY (Emma) is beyond excited to be making their SpeakEasy debut in this incredible production! They are a sophomore at the Boston Conservatory studying musical theater, but grew up in Houston, TX, performing regionally at Theatre Under the Stars …

Deniz Khateri

DENIZ KHATERI (Marjan) is an actor, director, playwright, shadow puppetry artist, andanimator based in Boston and New York. Her works experiment with form, and focus on memory, grief, immigration, and the concept of home. Deniz has performed extensivelyin Tehran, Boston, …

seonjae kim

(Director) is thrilled to make her SpeakEasy debut. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Seonjae is an NYC-based stage and film director who attended Concord Academy in Concord, MA. She would like to thank her high school teacher David R. Gammons …

Kathryn koch

(Assistant Stage Manager)¬† Kathryn is honored and excited to make her SpeakEasy debut. Most recently, she served as a production stage manager with the Saint Louis Ballet. Kathryn has also worked with various St. Louis theatre companies including HotCity Theatre, …

Christian Krenek

Christian Krenek (he/him/his), Social Media and Digital Marketing Coordinator, has worked in arts administration for over a decade. He has served in various capacities with performing arts companies across the Greater Boston Area, including Reagle Music Theatre (Company Manager), Longwood …

Adrianne Krstansky

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ADRIANNE KRSTANSKY* (Doctor/Therapist/Ensemble) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in Every Brilliant Thing, Tribes, Body Awareness and Snakebit. In New England she has appeared at The Huntington Theater, American Repertory Theater, New Repertory Theater, Lyric Stage Company, Boston Playwrights Theater, Gloucester Stage Company among …

John Kuntz

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JOHN KUNTZ*¬†(Paul/Dad) has worked with SpeakEasy since their beginnings and has appeared in their productions of¬†Fifth of July,¬†Jeffrey,¬†Porcelain,¬†The SantaLand Diaries,¬†Balm in Gilead,¬†The Whale, and¬†BootyCandy¬†‚ÄĒ as well as his own plays¬†Freaks,¬†Party Poopers,¬†Actorz‚Ķwith a Z,¬†Starfuckers, and¬†Necessary Monsters.¬† Recent credits include¬†The Tempest¬†with Commonwealth …

Johnny Kuntz

JOHNNY KUNTZ* (Barry Glickman) is so happy to be back at SpeakEasy, where he has appeared in People, Places & Things; The Whale; Bootycandy; Necessary Monsters, and The Santaland Diaries.¬†He is the author of over 15 full-length plays including Necessary …

Jupiter LÊ

(Assistant Director) Jupiter is grateful to return to SpeakEasy, having previously appeared in SpeakEasy‚Äôs 2021 The Boston Project: Project Resilience, playing Cameron in ‚ÄúMy Body is a Season.‚Ä̬† Jupiter is a queer transmasculine Vietnamese-American theatre-maker, a child of immigrants born …

Alex Leondedis

Alex Leondedis (he/him/his) is ecstatic to be joining the Speakeasy team as their Artistic and Literary Fellow for the 2022-2023 season!! Alex is an actor, director, teaching artist, and theatre-maker currently based and working in Boston, Massachusetts. Alex is a …

Meagan Lewis-Michelson

MEAGAN LEWIS-MICHELSON (Sheldon Saperstein). SpeakEasy debut! National Tours: Mrs. Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Off-Broadway: The Big Bang Theory. Selected Regional: Annie (Dutch Apple); Mamma Mia! (Cumberland Theatre); 42nd Street, Elf (Broadway Palm); A Funny Thing Happened‚ĶForum (Priscilla …

Eunji Lim

EUNJI LIM (Yoo Nanhee) is grateful to make her SpeakEasy debut. Lim is a Korean actor, singer, dancer, and writer, based in New York City. She is originally from Seoul, South Korea, where she studied and worked as an artist. …

Alex Lonati

Community & Artistic Programs Manager Alex Lonati (she/her) is a Boston based director, producer, and arts administrator. She has been a member of SpeakEasy’s staff in a variety of positions since 2014. In her work as Community & Artistic Programs …

Karen MacDonald

KAREN MACDONALD* has been an actor, director, and teacher in the Boston area for many years. Her SpeakEasy credits include Drowsy in The Drowsy Chaperone, Polly in Other Desert Cities, and Rose in The Children. On Broadway, Karen understudied and …

Nathan Malin

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NATHAN MALIN¬†(Kevin) returns to SpeakEasy after appearing in Admissions andThe Sound Inside. He is a New York- and Boston-based actor and director, with actingcredits that include Witness (Arlekin Players); The Crucible (u/s, Bedlam); Vanity Fair, The Happy Prince/Matchless (u/s, Underground …

Mal Malme

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MAL MALME¬†(Shaun/Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at SpeakEasy, immersed in another awesome ensemble, after appearing in¬†Men on Boats¬†in 2017. Mal is a proud Boston based theater artist, activist, writer, and healthcare clown. Mal is grateful to have worked with …

Ryan Mardesich

RYAN MARDESICH* (Chorus) returns to SpeakEasy after appearing in Allegiance. Local credits: Fiddler on the Roof directed by Austin Pendleton (New Repertory Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Madagascar! (North Shore Music Theatre). Regional credits include appearances with The Barnstormers, San Francisco …

Coty lennon markee

(Sound Board Operator/Run Crew) COTY LENNON MARKEE is pleased to return to SpeakEasy, having worked on all Season 31 shows as well as Heroes and English this year. Recent sound credits include serving as A1 for Preludes (Lyric Stage) and …

Suzette Martin

Board of Directors Suzette Martin In her professional career, Suzette Martin focused on operations management, data management, and project management, holding positions at Philips Medical, Bose, and Stonyfield Farms.  Her last position before retirement was as IT Director for Greencore, …

Paulina Martz

PAULINA MARTZ (she/her) is pleased to join Speakeasy Stage Company as the 22-23 Artistic and Engagement Fellow. Recently arrived in Boston from Ohio by way of Wisconsin, she is thrilled to be making her return to the theater with Speakeasy. …

MIRANDA MCLEAN

(Production Stage Manager) Miranda returns to SpeakEasy having worked on People, Places and Things; Songs for a New World; TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever; The Pink Unicorn; Admissions; Choir Boy; Once; and Between Riverside and Crazy. Additional favorite credits include …

Leyla Modirzadeh

LEYLA MODIRZADEH* is pleased to be making her SpeakEasy debut. Leyla has collaborated with Obie Award-winning theatre artist Ping Chong on projects for over 25 years as performer, co-writer, and director. Her one person shows, Lubbock or Leave It! and …

Nael Nacer

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NAEL NACER*¬†(Mark) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in¬†Small Mouth Sounds, A Future Perfect,¬†and¬†Tribes. Other credits include:¬†The Tempest¬†(Commonwealth Shakespeare Company),¬†The¬†Merchant of Venice,¬†Macbeth,¬†Equivocation¬†(Actors‚Äô Shakespeare Project),¬†Romeo and Juliet,¬†A Doll‚Äôs House,¬†Bedroom Farce,¬†Awake and Sing!,¬†Our Town (Huntington Theatre),¬†The Return¬†(Israeli Stage),¬†Chekhov OS,¬†The¬†Seagull¬†(Arlekin Players Theatre),Tiny Beautiful …

Brogan Nelson

BROGAN NELSON (Ensemble). SpeakEasy: debut! Brogan currently attends Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she has been seen in As You Like It, And Then There Were None,¬†The BoCo Cares‚Äô Valentine‚Äôs Day Sock Hop, Miscast Cabaret, and Halloween Show, and the …

AMANDA O’DONNELL

(Fight & Intimacy Choreographer) AMANDA O’DONNELL is excited to be making her SpeakEasy debut! Recent fight direction credits include Spring Awakening (Brandeis University); The Tempest (Wayland High School); and Marian (Theatre III). Amanda has also performed with Ghosts & Gravestones, …

Nicholas Joseph C Ochoa

NICHOLAS JOSEPH C. OCHOA (Ensemble) is proud to be making their SpeakEasy debut in The Prom. This past summer they appeared as Chino in the Reagle Music Theatre’s producton of West Side Story.  Nico is a third-year student at Boston Conservatory at Berklee on …

Yewande Odetoyinbo

YEWANDE ODETOYINBO* (Beverly) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in Once on This Island and The View UpStairs, and co-choreographed Choir Boy.   Area credits include:  The Light, Breath & Imagination [co-production with Front Porch Arts Collective], The Wiz, Little Shop of …

Victoria Omoregie

VICTORIA OMOREGIE (Keisha) is thrilled to make her SpeakEasy debut! Victoria grew up in Dorchester and holds a BA in Acting from Boston University ‚Äė22. Some of her previous credits include: The Bomb-Itty of Errors (Actors‚Äô Shakespeare Project); Anthony and …

Nina Osso

NINA OSSO (Shelby) is thrilled to make her SpeakEasy debut in The Prom! Some favorite roles include Julia in 1984, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, and Lady Larken in Once Upon a Mattress. Nina was a Top 10 finalist in …

Zaven Ovian

ZAVEN OVIAN* is very happy to return to SpeakEasy, having previously appeared in Shakespeare in Love and Big Fish. This is his first performance since the pandemic began, and he is thrilled to end his three-year hiatus. Other Boston credits …

JORDAN PEARSON

(Harold) is ecstatic to be making his SpeakEasy debut. He is currently a junior at Boston Conservatory at Berklee studying Contemporary Theater. Jordan‚Äôs past Conservatory theatre credits include¬†Macbeth¬†(Macbeth); Jim Conley (Parade); Midas (Metamorphosis). Jordan also performed as Reggie in a …

Elise Piliponis

ELISE PILIPONIS (Emily) is thrilled to be making her SpeakEasy debut alongside such an inspiring cast and creative team! Originally from Nashville, Elise is a recent graduate of Northeastern University, where she earned a BA in Theatre and Communication Studies …

Joey Riddle

Board of Directors Joey Riddle has worked for non-profit and commercial arts organizations for 20+ years.  His work in Boston began at the Huntington Theatre Company in 2000.  After leaving the Huntington as Director of Theatre Operations, he moved to …

Jennifer Rohn

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JENNIFER ROHN¬†(Bella) received a 2019 Elliot Norton Award for her performance in¬†Dark Room¬†(Bridge Repertory Theater) in Boston. She began her professional career appearing in numerous productions created by renowned experimental theater director Robert Wilson. Rohn appeared on Broadway in¬†The Kentucky …

MACHEL ROSS

(Costume Designer) Machel is a Dominican American director and creative collaborator, who specializes in the development of new work and aesthetic world building. As a designer, Machel has collaborated with Agnes Borinsky (A Song of Songs); Miranda Haymon (SIS); Seonjae …

Ty Ruwe

(Assistant Stage Manager) Ty Ruwe is pleased to make their Speakeasy debut with FAIRVIEW. They are a Cambridge based actor, SM, and teaching artist. They received their training from Central Square Theater’s Youth Underground and since have acted, stage managed, …

AFRIKAH SELAH

(Dramaturg) AFRIKAH SELAH is pleased to make their SpeakEasy debut. Afrikah is a Black and queer multi-hyphenate cultural worker based in Massachusetts, focusing on producorial dramaturgy, new play development, and arts writing. Their work centers community, identity, and dialogue, often …

EMME SHAW

(Props Supervisor) EMME SHAW is thrilled to be back at SpeakEasy, having worked on English and the Elliot Norton Award-winning BLKS. Recent regional credits include Paradise Blue (Gloucester Stage); Miss Holmes Returns (acting and designing – Greater Boston Stage Company); …

TAH-JANAY SHAYO√ĎE

TAH-JANAY¬†¬†SHAYO√ĎE* is an actress, writer, director, and theater artist currently studying Contemporary Theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. This is her SpeakEasy Stage debut and she is thrilled to be here. She was born in NJ, but was raised on …

REED SIMIELE

(Lead Electrician) REED SIMIELE is making his SpeakEasy debut with Fairview. Reed holds a BA in Theatre from Western Carolina University and served as the Master Electrician at Northern Stage before beginning a freelance career in 2022. (he/him)

Alejandro Simoes

Board of Directors Alejandro¬†Simoes is a local actor and computer engineer with over 20 years experience acting and working in the Boston area. Most recently, he was Senior Director of Engineering at Akamai Technologies in Kendall Square where he worked …

Jeffrey Song

JEFFREY SONG* (Guk Minsung) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in Once. Regional theater credits include productions with Company One, American Repertory Theater, Lyric Stage, Fresh Ink, Boston Playwrights‚Äô Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Actors‚Äô Shakespeare Project, Revels, and the NPR …

Candice Springer

Board of Directors Candice Springer is assistant director of WBUR CitySpace. She is responsible for managing and executing strategic marketing and public relations campaigns that support CitySpace and increase the station’s engagement with its audiences. Candice previously worked as marketing …

Sadiyah Dyce Stephens

SADIYAH DYCE STEPHENS is pleased to make her SpeakEasy debut. She is a New York City native and was a double major in both dance and drama at her high school. She moved to Boston for college after ending her …

Derek Taylor

DEREK TAYLOR (Kevin) is ecstatic to be making his SpeakEasy debut. He is a sophomore at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he studies Musical Theater. He is originally from Concord, NH, so being able to perform in the New …

Ann Teixeira

Ann Teixeira is a retired corporate executive whose career centered on bringing new initiatives to life and fixing others that had gone awry, ranging from using business growth targets as a basis for space planning to launching a subsidiary in …

Crystal TIaLA

(Set Designer) Crystal is pleased to be back at Speakeasy after previously designing Xanadu; Zanna Don‚Äôt!; and End of the World Party. Crystal is an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department at Boston College and has designed over a hundred …

Jim Torres

Director of Marketing & Communications Jim Torres (Director of Marketing and Communications) has been a part of SpeakEasy Stage since 1997, first as a volunteer staff member (thanks to Paul); then as a half-time employee (thanks to Adam and Steve); …

Victor Carrillo Tracey

VICTOR CARRILLO¬†TRACEY* (Nick)¬†returns to SpeakEasy after appearing in the 2021 filmed production of¬†Songs for a New World.¬†He most recently appeared in the pre-Broadway production of¬†The Karate Kid – The Musical¬†and as Mike in¬†A Chorus Line¬†at Stages St. Louis. A native …

Jared Troilo

JARED TROILO* returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in¬†The View UpStairs,¬†Significant Other,¬†Dogfight,¬†Far From Heaven, and¬†Jerry Sprin-ger: The Opera. Jared has also appeared with Lyric Stage Company, Greater Boston Stage Company, Palace Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, The Barnstormers, Shadowland Stages, Fiddlehead …

Jared Troilo

JARED TROILO* (Trent Oliver) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever, The View UpStairs, Significant Other, Dogfight, Far from Heaven, and Jerry Springer: The Opera. Jared has also appeared with Lyric Stage, Wheelock Family Theatre, …

Kira Troilo

Equity Diversity Inclusivity Consultant Kira¬†Troilo¬†(she/her) is the founder and owner of Art & Soul Consulting,¬†a new approach to equity, diversity¬†and inclusion services for the arts.¬†Kira¬†is a¬†Boston-based creative who has been doing the work of EDI consulting, without the title, for …

Jon Vellante

JON VELLANTE (Jimbo) returns to SpeakEasy after understudying last season‚Äôs The Sound Inside and reading in DIASPORA! as part of The Boston Project. Recent area credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Commonwealth Shakespeare); The Taming of the Shrew (Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare); …

Shanelle Chloe Villegas

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SHANELLE CHLOE VILLEGAS¬†(Laura/Ensemble) returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in¬†School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play¬†(Nana) for which she was a 2020 Elliot Norton Nominee for Best Ensemble. Other Credits include: American Repertory Theatre‚Äôs¬†The Arboretum Experience¬†(Ramona/Emcee/Major), Actors‚Äô Shakespeare Project‚Äôs¬†Othello¬†(Montano), …

Ben Walsh

Hailing from Cincinnati, OH, Ben has lived in the Boston Area since 2010, and first encountered SpeakEasy Stage Company as the Calderwood Pavilion intern for the Huntington Theatre. Prior to joining SpeakEasy, he spent 5 years working in all facets …

Gigi Watson

GIGI WATSON* (Suze) gratefully returns to SpeakEasy having previously appeared in Small Mouth Sounds and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Other Boston-area credits include The Merchant of Venice (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Hamlet (Gloucester Stage); Rhinoceros, Lenin‚Äôs …

Hannah Weisman

Hannah Weisman is the executive director of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley after having served as the Boston Athenaeum‚Äôs director of education for more than seven years. Hannah has worked in …

Clea Winneg

Board of Directors Clea¬†Winneg has held a variety of positions in higher education for more than two decades. Che has worked at the Urban College of Boston for the last 4 years and is now the President of the college.¬†¬†Clea¬†was …

Sharmarke Yusuf

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SHARMARKE YUSUF¬†(T/Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his SpeakEasy debut! He is an actor and writer born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Sharmarke graduated from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a BFA in Contemporary Theater. He has appeared in …

KAT C. ZHOU

(Lighting Designer) Kat is an NYC-based lighting designer for theatre, dance, and opera. She is delighted to return to SpeakEasy, having previously designed BLKS, for which she received an Elliot Norton Award. Recent Boston-area credits: The Chinese Lady (Central Square …