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Mikayla Conley (Rebecca Gibbs/Lady in the Box/Woman Among the Dead)
was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and has been a part of the theatre arts for approximately ten years. She was cast in multiple productions as a child, attended Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and continued her dance training into high school. She received most of her theatre training from California State University of Long Beach, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts. Conley recently appeared in South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwright’s Festival reading of how to roll a blunt. She hopes to continue her journey in Theatre, predominately working on pieces that reflect the complexities of the human condition.
Paul Culos* (Howie Newsome)
(he/him) is delighted to return to South Coast Repertory. Previous SCR productions include The Velveteen Rabbit and Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook. Other theatre credits include Everything That Never Happened (Boston Court Pasadena); Measure for Measure, Les Liasons Dangereuses, As You Like It, Macbeth, Peace in Our Time (Antaeus) Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Ensemble Theatre); Dracula National Tour, Act One (LA Theatre Works); Come Back Little Sheba (A Noise Within); The Hamlet Project (Loose Canon Collective); Two Gentlemen of Verona (PCPA); Jason & (Medea) (LA New Court). His television and film credits include “Minx” (HBO), “Hacks” (HBO), “Party Down” (Starz), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Shameless” (Showtime), “The Middle” (ABC), “Superior Donuts” (CBS), “Pig,” and “Video Synchronicity” (HBO Pilot) with David Fincher. Originally from Detroit, Culos is based in Los Angeles. He received his MFA at UC Irvine, BA at Western Michigan University, and attended the British American Drama Academy. PaulCulos.com Instagram: @PaulCulos
Brad Culver* (Simon Stimson)
(he/him) appeared at SCR previously in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and Charlotte’s Web. Other favorite theatre credits include Joan Didion’s The White Album (Sydney National Theatre, Australia), Haruki Murakami’s Sleep (BAM and Yale Repertory), Alan in One Man, Two Guvnors (SCR and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Brewsie & Willie (The Public Theater/Radar LA), Satyr Atlas (Getty Villa), The Black Glass (Ballhaus Ost in Berlin), Group Therapy (CAP UCLA), and The Internationalists (Istrian National Theatre, Croatia; Belgrade International Theatre Festival, Serbia). In film and television, some of Culver’s credits include Extracted (official selection, South by Southwest Film Festival), The Next Big Thing (Amazon Prime), Cartoon Network’s “Regular Show,” Dead in the Room (produced by Slamdance Film Festival), and A Lonely Place for Dying (featuring James Cromwell). Culver is a founding member of LA-based theatre collective Poor Dog Group.
Nicole Erb* (Mrs. Soames/Lady in the Balcony)
(she/her) is an actor and writer based in Los Angeles. Her theatre credits include South Coast Repertory (Junie B. Jones is not a Crook, The Velveteen Rabbit), Antaeus Theatre Company (The Crucible, Measure for Measure), VS. Theatre Company (Completeness), PA Shakespeare Festival (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Lantern Theater Company (Romeo and Juliet), and Theatre Exile (The Edge of Our Bodies). Her television and film credits include “Scandal,” “The UCB Show,” “Serious Music,” V/H/S and Her Mind in Pieces. Erb is a company member at Antaeus Theatre Company. She’s also a graduate of both The Groundlings and Upright Citizen Brigade, where she wrote for Maude teams for three years. She has written for “The UCB Show” on Seeso/Starz, Comedy Central and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She has an MFA from UC Irvine and a BA from Temple University. nicoleerb.com, IG:@nerbingout
Michael William Gomez* (Joe Stoddard/Baseball Player/Man in the Auditorium)
is thrilled to be a part of this exciting production. His former SCR credits include I Get Restless directed by Tony Taccone, and most recently in the NewSCRipts reading of The Hombres directed by Dámaso Rodríguez. He has performed on Off-Broadway in Panic at the Riverside Motel, Perfectly Normal People (FringeNYC), and Hamlet (Pearl Theatre Company). Gomez is a New York native and a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is also a founding member of The Rehearsal, a nonprofit actors’ workshop. All my love to my partner Andrew, my Mom, Israel, and the Galindo family.
Saúl Gutierrez* (Wally/Joe Crowell, Jr./Si Crowell)
is thrilled to be making his equity theatre debut here at South Coast Repertory. He is a recent graduate of UCLA’s department of theater film and television, where he received his degree in acting. His recent credits Include La Victima with the Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theater Center, and Dipped in Honey at the SheLA Summer Theater Festival. Gutierrez is currently represented by Monroe Talent Management and you can find out more about him at saulgutierrezofficial.com
Corey Jones (Dr. Gibbs)
is a Chicago native, now based in L.A. Broadway projects include The General in the first and second national tours of The Book of Mormon. Regional projects and theaters include playing Tate in the world premiere of How to Fight Loneliness, King John in King John, Aaron in Titus Andronicus and Caliban in The Tempest—all at Utah Shakespeare Festival; Gil in Wild With Happy (Pittsburgh City Theatre); Othello in Othello (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); Chad Deity in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Dallas Theater Center); Pa/Chief in The Color Purple (Celebration Theatre); Macon in Gee’s Bend (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Macbeth in Macbeth, Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream and Booker T. Washington in Ragtime—all at the PCPA Theatrefest; Malvolio in Twelfth Night (State Theatre) and roles at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Education: University of Texas-Austin, Washington University in St. Louis.
Hal Landon Jr.* (Stage Manager)
is an SCR Founding Artist who has appeared in Gem of the Ocean, All the Way, Going to a Place where you Already Are, Rest, The Fantasticks, The Trip to Bountiful, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Nothing Sacred, Man from Nebraska, Born Yesterday, A View from the Bridge, Habeas Corpus, Antigone, The Drawer Boy (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nomination), Major Barbara and Tartuffe. His other credits include Arcadia, Our Town, Sidney Bechet Killed a Man, BAFO, Six Degrees of Separation, An Ideal Husband, A Mess of Plays by Chris Durang, Faith Healer, Green Icebergs, The Miser, Our Country’s Good and Waiting for Godot. He created the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in SCR’s A Christmas Carol and performed it for 40 consecutive years. He appeared in Leander Stillwell (Mark Taper Forum), Henry V (The Old Globe) and as Polonius in Hamlet (Shakespeare Orange County). Among his television and film credits are “The Closer,” “My Name is Earl,” “CSI: NY,” “Mad Men,” The Artist, Trespass, Pacific Heights, Pee Wee’s Big Holiday (Netflix) and All the Way (HBO). He also appeared in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey and Bill and Ted Face the Music.
Jo Lopez* (Sam Craig/Baseball Player)
is grateful and excited to be part of this wonderful story and to work with Beth Lopes once again. Lopez was last seen at SCR in The Velveteen Rabbit and Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. His theater credits include Man of La Mancha (McCoy Rigby), Evita, Carousel, In the Heights (Music Theater West), Footloose (Laguna Playhouse), and most recently The Legend of Georgia McBride (6th Street Playhouse). His television credits include “Generation” (HBO) and “The Gordita Chronicles” (HBO). He earned his BFA at UC Irvine. Special thanks to KMR and Seven Summits Management.
Evan Lugo (George Gibbs)
is thrilled to be making his SCR debut as George Gibbs in Our Town. Lugo graduates this spring from UC Irvine with an MFA in Acting. He received his BFA in Acting from Western Michigan University. His previous credits include Konstantin in The Seagull and Will in Shakespeare in Love. This summer, you can find him in Comedy of Errors and Pericles at New Swan Shakespeare Festival. He is moving to L.A. where he is pursuing a career and representation in TV and film. He hopes to stay connected to the theatre and dance world as well. evanlugo.com
Michael Manuel* (Mr. Webb)
is happy to be returning to SCR where he last appeared as Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol. He also at SCR as Boris in Amos and Boris, Madame Pernelle in Tartuffe, Big Stone in Eurydice, Francis Flute/Thisbe in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in numerous readings and workshops since 1994. He has worked in regional theatres across the country including The Alley Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Group Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre and New Jersey Shakespeare Festival among others. In L.A. he has worked with A Noise Within (Ovation, LADCC Awards for Frankenstein) Pasadena Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Cornerstone Theater Company, Shakespeare Festival LA, Geffen Playhouse, Interact Theatre Company, Upright Citizens Brigade, Main Street Players and Impro Theatre where he is a Main Company member (when he’s not in Our Town currently performing in Jane Austen Unscripted). He has appeared in numerous television programs and films. Manuel is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Kwana Martinez* (Mrs. Gibbs)
is thrilled to return to the SCR stage. Previous SCR appearances include the world premiere of Mr. Wolf, numerous Pacific Playwrights Festivals, and many NewSCRipts readings. Other California work includes Center Theatre Group, Pasadena Playhouse, The Old Globe, Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, Laguna Playhouse, San Jose Repertory Theatre, North Coast Repertory, and The Antaeus Theatre Company where she also serves as a Board member. Appearances elsewhere include La MaMa, New York Theatre Workshop, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Commonwealth Shakespeare, American Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Ashland New Plays Festival, and more. On screen, in addition to her commercial and television work, she has been nominated for Best Actress by The Official Latino Film Festival for Bonito Secrets, and nominated for Best Fiction Podcast for Season 3 of “The Zip Code Plays”. She is an alumna of Harvard University and Vassar College. kwanamartinez.com
Elyse Mirto* (Mrs. Webb)
returns to SCR where she previously appeared as Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love and Mother in Kemp Powers’ Little Black Shadows. She can be seen as General Michelle Dupree in the soon to be released feature film Imani. Series regular, Eileen in the web series “Imposter” and last month she won a best supporting actress award at this year’s Garden State Film Fest. Her television credits include “Dynasty,” “Criminal Minds,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “NCIS,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Cold Case,” “Malibu Gothic,” a recurring role as Debbie Foster on “The Last Ship” and the series lead in the 2022 pilot “WIC300.” Mirto has appeared in over 30 national commercials, dozens of independent films as well as voice over and print work. She also lends her talents dubbing foreign television series and films into English for Netflix. In New York she appeared at several theaters including off Broadway and is the recipient of the New York Innovative Theater Award for outstanding lead actress in a play. In Chicago, she appeared at the Goodman Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Repertory. Los Angeles area theatre includes Geffen Theatre, A Noise Within, Mark Taper Forum, Rubicon, Laguna Playhouse, Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, Latino Theatre Co., Theatre of NOTE and The Antaeus Theatre Co. She is an Ovation and LA Drama Critics Circle nominee and a conservatory teacher at California School for the Arts San Gabriel Valley. A doting aunt to five of the coolest nephews and nieces the Motor City has ever seen, partner to actor Bo Foxworth and mom to the sweetest 75lb Scooby Doo named Bert.
Grace Morrison* (Emily Webb)
(she/her) is a Los Angeles-based stage and screen actor. She received her BA in Theater Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and her MFA in Acting from UC Irvine. Some favorite regional theater credits include Viola in Twelfth Night (Pioneer Theater Company), Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Horatio in Hamlet, and Phebe in As You Like It (New Swan Shakespeare Festival). Morrison has appeared in a handful of short and independent films, having won Best Actress at both the Hollywood International Golden Age Film Festival and Dallas Film Awards this past year. Her most recent film project While Mortals Sleep premiered at Sundance Film Festival this past January. Love to her family and Joe. gracemorrisonactor.com
Lester Purry* (Constable Warren)
was last seen as Rev Charles Grace in Fireflies. Purry has performed in regional theatres across the country including a national tour as Othello in Othello, as Augustus Newcastle in The Darker Face of the Earth and as Lester Mason in The Big White Fog, all with Guthrie Theater. A longtime company member with Penumbra Theatre, Purry has played the roles of Cory in Fences, Clay in Dutchman, Hambone in Two Trains Running, Lymon in The Piano Lesson, Hedley in King Hedley II and Booster in Jitney, to name a few. At Baltimore Center Stage, he was Marvell Thunder in Thunder Knocking on the Door, as well as King of the Hill in I Could Stop On a Dime. He played Lymon in the The Piano Lesson, Scarus in Antony and Cleopatra and Mordred in Camelot at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Purry performed at Philadelphia Theatre Company as Floyd Barton in Seven Guitars, Arizona Theatre Company as Wolf in Two Trains Running and as Troy Maxson in Fences at Portland Playhouse, Palm Beach Dramaworks and the Los Angeles Performing Arts Center. He also played the role of Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Children’s Theatre Company. Most recently, he captivated audiences in the one-man show, Thurgood, as Thurgood Marshall to consistently sold-out houses at Geva Theatre Center, Portland Playhouse and Penumbra Theatre Company. Look for him in the upcoming films House Party and Black Terror.
Moses Villarama* (Professor Willard/Baseball Player/Man Among the Dead) (he/him) made his SCR debut last month in the Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of A Million Tiny Pieces. Villarama has performed Off-Broadway in Cambodian Rock Band (Signature Theatre), Fast Company (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise (The Play Company), and Chairs and a Long Table (Ma-Yi Theatre Company). His regional credits include five seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and productions at La Jolla Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Seattle Repertory, Denver Center, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Pig Iron Theatre. He received his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and BA from the University of San Francisco. Website: mosesvillarama.com Instagram: @themightymos
Beth Lopes (Director)
(she/her) is thrilled to be back at SCR after previously directing The Velveteen Rabbit and Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook. Her recent projects include House of Desires at Pomona College, She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms at UC Irvine, and Romeo and Juliet: Hard Way Home, a hybrid of Shakespeare’s play and the music of Brandi Carlile, with CalRep. Upcoming, she’ll be directing Pericles, Prince of Tyre with New Swan Shakespeare Festival, where she is an Associate Artistic Director. Lopes received a BFA in Drama from New York University and an MFA in Directing from UC Irvine. She is a proud member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers. For more information, visit her website at bethlopes.com.
Efren Delgadillo, Jr. (Scenic Design)
has designed American Mariachi (2019, 2021) and Kings for SCR. His notable New York productions include The Three Musketeers (The Acting Company) and Mycenaean (Brooklyn Academy of Music). His regional theatre credits include American Mariachi (Arizona Theatre Company), Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); BLKS (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company); Bordertown Now (Pasadena Playhouse); Smart People and Indecent (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Othello (Hartford Stage); DJ Latinidad (Mixed Blood Theatre); Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (The Getty Villa, Boston Court); and Prometheus Bound (The Getty Villa/Center for New Performance). He has had the incredible honor of working with directors and artists such as Nataki Garrett, Christopher Acebo, Dámaso Rodríguez, Diane Rodriguez, Jessica Kubzansky, Karin Coonrod, Melanie Joseph, Casey Biggs, Mark Valdez, Michael Michetti, Alex Torra, Jesse Bonnell, Travis Preston, Culture Clash, Thaddeus Phillips and Carl Hancock Rux. A recipient of LA Weekly Theatre Awards for both production design and lighting design for Poor Dog Group’s Brewsie and Willie, Delgadillo has also been nominated for an Ovation Award in Best Scenic Design for Culture Clash’s Bordertown Now, as well as a Barrymore Award in Outstanding Scenic Design for Bienvenidos Blancos with Team Sunshine Corporation. He earned an MFA in scenic design from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA in studio arts from University of California, Irvine.
Kathryn Wilson (Costume Design)
is a freelance Costume Designer and is full time Faculty at Cal State Fullerton on the Costume Design and Hair/Makeup Faculty. Her recent work at South Coast Repertory includes costume design for The Velveteen Rabbit. She has designed costumes for the Pacific Symphony’s operas including Otello, La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, The Magic Flute, Aida, and Turadot. Wilson has spent the last 16 years designing for summer Shakespeare Festivals including the New Swan Shakespeare Festival (8 seasons) and Shakespeare Orange County (6 seasons). Other costume design projects included The Other Place and Odilia at The Chance Theater; Hello Stranger at the Theatre of Note; and Machiavelli at The Hayworth Theater (L.A. Weekly Award). In addition to costume design, she works as a hair and makeup designer, an accomplished dye/painter and a crafts artist for the performing arts.
Karyn D. Lawrence (Lighting Design)
(she/her) is an award-winning theatrical and entertainment lighting designer based in Los Angeles. She is thrilled to return to SCR after having recently designed Clean/Espejos, as well as Red Riding Hood, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and several more Theatre for Young Audiences and Families productions. Selected theater credits include Center Theatre Group, La Mirada Theater, Boston Court Pasadena, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, East West Players, Ebony Repertory, International City Theatre, and Arizona Broadway Theatre. She is also the resident lighting designer for the New Swan Shakespeare Festival in Orange County. In addition to theatre, she is Radiance Lightworks’ lead lighting designer for Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights and is a professor of lighting design at Loyola Marymount University. KDLightingDesign.com
John Nobori (Soundscape Composer)
is a California-based sound designer, composer, and ensemble member of Cornerstone Theater Company. His work has been heard in plays produced by such organizations as The Getty Villa and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Previous South Coast Repertory productions include Orange and Amos and Boris. He has been nominated for several awards for excellence in sound design and is the recipient of an Ovation Award for his work on The Golden Dragon at Boston Court Pasadena. He earned his BA at UC Irvine.
Caitlin Muelder (Dialect Coach)
has acted in film, television, theater and her credits include Hail Caesar! directed by the Coen brothers, “Modern Family,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Thundermans,” “The Education of Max Bickford,” “90210,” “Franklin & Bash,” The Invention of Love (Broadway, Dir. Jack O‘Brien), Engaged (Off-Broadway, Dir. Doug Hughes), God of Carnage, Vincent in Brixton, Much Ado About Nothing, The Glass Menagerie, Closer, Inherit the Wind and Solitaire (The Edinburgh Theater Festival), Improv & Sketch Comedy at UCB LA, The Second City LA, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Her dialect coaching credits include more than 50 productions in film, television, and theater including “The OA,” 47 Meters Down, Under Milkwood, Nicky, 4.48 Psychosis, Parade, Once, The Secret Garden, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Young Frankenstein, Oklahoma, Spamalot, Shrek, Cabaret, Venus in Fur and The Sound of Music. Muelder’s literary work is repped by CAA.
Anna Jennings (Dramaturg)
is the Artistic Coordinator at South Coast Repertory and the Festival Coordinator of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. Her SCR credits include dramaturg for Clean/Espejos (PPF 2021 reading), Assistant Director for A Shot Rang Out, and director for SCR’s digital premiere of Elizabeth Shannon’s Loaded Language as part of the nationwide #enough campaign. She was formerly the Artistic Coordinator at Arizona Theatre Company, where she was the assistant director for José Cruz González’s American Mariachi. She also directed a site-specific production of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information at the 2019 Tucson Fringe Festival. Anna received her MFA in Generative Dramaturgy from the University of Arizona.
Kathryn Davies* (Stage Manager)
previously stage-managed What I learned in Paris, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Velveteen Rabbit, Poor Yella Rednecks, Sugar Plum Fairy, Orange, The Roommate, All the Way, Future Thinking, Red, Vietgone, The Whipping Man, Tartuffe, Reunion, Trudy and Max in Love, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, Sight Unseen, Topdog/Underdog, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Doctor Cerberus, Ordinary Days, Our Mother’s Brief Affair and The Injured Party—all at SCR. Her favorite credits include The Wars at the Grand Theatre; Dividing the Estate at Dallas Theater Center; La Bohème at Tulsa Opera; The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Old Globe; Les Contes D’Hoffmann at Hawaii Opera Theatre; Of Mice and Men at Neptune Theatre; The Dresser at Manitoba Theatre Centre; Skylight at Tarragon Theatre; To Kill a Mockingbird at Citadel Theatre; and The Designated Mourner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Davies also worked as head theatre manager at the Toronto International, Dubai International, AFI, TCM and Los Angeles film festivals.
Lydia Runge* (Assistant Stage Manager)
(she/her) is excited to return to SCR after previously working on Once and Sugar Plum Fairy as an intern. Her select credits include Head Over Heels (Pasadena Playhouse); The Great Leap (Pasadena Playhouse and East West Players); Ragtime (Musical Theatre West); Assassins, Mamma Mia, Man of God, As We Babble On, Allegiance (world premiere, East West Players); Two Mile Hollow (Artists at Play). She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse with a B.S. in Stage Management. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.