Everybody

Coca-Cola Stage
Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Recommended for audiences ages 14 and Up. This production includes haze, flashing lights, strong language, and mature content discussing mortality.

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins 
Co-Directed by Susan V. Booth & Tinashe Kajese-Bolden 

Described as “one of this country’s most original and illuminating writers” by The New York Times, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has created an irreverent, rollicking, uproarious ride that asks BIG questions of all who see it.  In EVERYBODY, Everybody is a happy person, a free person, a person who believes nothing but the best lies ahead. Then Death comes calling, and Everybody must go on a journey to find what has had lasting significance in his lifetime.  Inspired by the 15th century play Everyman, EVERYBODY explores the meaning of life and the roles we play along the way.  In keeping with life’s random twists and turns, the play’s performers draw names on stage each night to determine which actor will play each character in that performance.  Remixing the archetypal medieval morality play into an explosive experiment of wit and emotion, EVERYBODY is a “sunny, stunning journey from life to death” that “fills the heart in a new and unexpected way” (DC Theatre Scene & The New Yorker). 

 

Seriously funny conversations

Hosted by Atlanta-based comics David Perdue, Lace Larrabee, and Katherine Blanford, each dialogue invites a guest philosopher to talk about the meaning of life, our relationship to death, and everything in-between.

Hosted by Atlanta-based comics David Perdue, Lace Larrabee, and Katherine Blanford, each dialogue invites a guest philosopher to talk about the meaning of life, our relationship to death, and everything in-between.

Friendship Monologue

Watch the Friendship Monologue, performed by the five Somebodies.

Watch the Friendship Monologue, performed by the five Somebodies.

Bringing EVERYBODY to the Coca-Cola Stage

Co-Directors Susan V. Booth and Tinashe Kajese-Bolden discuss EVERYBODY’S unique staging, timeliness, and challenge for its audiences.

Co-Directors Susan V. Booth and Tinashe Kajese-Bolden discuss EVERYBODY’S unique staging, timeliness, and challenge for its audiences.

Coca-Cola Stage

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The Brand New Coca-Cola Stage at Alliance Theatre is a state-of-the-art proscenium theater offering significant enhancements for patrons including an intimate, comfortable, and sound sensitive environment.  

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Cast

Andrew Benator (Death) is thrilled to be a part of this cast and telling this story. Previous Alliance credits include A Christmas Carol, Small Mouth Sounds, Crossing Delancey, Troubadour, Disgraced, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, By The Way Meet Vera Stark, Good People, August: Osage County, Tennis in Nablus, and Eurydice. Other Atlanta credits include Indecent and Pitmen Painters at Theatrical Outfit, RACE and Between Riverside and Crazy at True Colors Theatre, and Boeing Boeing at Aurora Theatre. Andrew has worked off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. Film and TV credits include The Founder, Game Night, Million Dollar Arm, “Amazing Stories,” “Bigger,” and “Stranger Things.” 2016 Recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship. Thank you for supporting live theater!

Andrew Benator
Andrew Benator
Death

Andrew Benator (Death) is thrilled to be a part of this cast and telling this story. Previous Alliance credits include A Christmas Carol, Small Mouth Sounds, Crossing Delancey, Troubadour, Disgraced, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, By The Way Meet Vera Stark, Good People, August: Osage County, Tennis in Nablus, and Eurydice. Other Atlanta credits include Indecent and Pitmen Painters at Theatrical Outfit, RACE and Between Riverside and Crazy at True Colors Theatre, and Boeing Boeing at Aurora Theatre. Andrew has worked off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. Film and TV credits include The Founder, Game Night, Million Dollar Arm, “Amazing Stories,” “Bigger,” and “Stranger Things.” 2016 Recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship. Thank you for supporting live theater!

Brandon Burditt (Somebodies) is thrilled to be returning to the Alliance Theatre! Burditt is a proud alum of Morehouse College (‘18). He was most recently seen at Illinois Shakespeare Festival as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Edgar in King Lear. Past roles include Hands Up here at the Alliance, Oberon in A Midsummer's Night Dream and Cymbeline in Cymbeline at Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Caesar in Gem of the Ocean directed by Chuck Smith, The Soldier in The Colored Museum (2017), Canewell in Seven Guitars (2015), and Jib in Hoodoo Love (2015). He has written a one-act play honoring survivors of sexual assault titled Interviews which awarded him a grant from Morehouse. The play has been performed at both Morehouse and Tougaloo College in Mississippi. 

Brandon Burditt
Brandon Burditt
Somebodies

Brandon Burditt (Somebodies) is thrilled to be returning to the Alliance Theatre! Burditt is a proud alum of Morehouse College (‘18). He was most recently seen at Illinois Shakespeare Festival as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Edgar in King Lear. Past roles include Hands Up here at the Alliance, Oberon in A Midsummer's Night Dream and Cymbeline in Cymbeline at Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Caesar in Gem of the Ocean directed by Chuck Smith, The Soldier in The Colored Museum (2017), Canewell in Seven Guitars (2015), and Jib in Hoodoo Love (2015). He has written a one-act play honoring survivors of sexual assault titled Interviews which awarded him a grant from Morehouse. The play has been performed at both Morehouse and Tougaloo College in Mississippi. 

Shakirah DeMesier (Love) is elated to be back at the Alliance Theatre... or any theatre really because Covid is rude. She is a Haitian-American stage and tv/film actress and comedy writer from NYC now based in Atlanta. She's a Hofstra University, HB Studio, and UCB graduate with a penchant for performing in and writing stories that focus on the African diaspora. Her work has been recognized by the NAACP and the ABC Network's Talent Showcase and she is currently creating her own series of work focusing on immigrants in America. Shakirah's favorite regional credits include: Streetcar Named Desire, Nick's Flamingo Grill, Angry Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous, and Seize the King. You'll also find her on tv series: "Cobra Kai" on Netflix, "American Soul" on BET, "Watchmen" on HBO, "Queens" on ABC and the CW's "Legacies".

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Shakirah Demesier
Shakirah Demesier
Love

Shakirah DeMesier (Love) is elated to be back at the Alliance Theatre... or any theatre really because Covid is rude. She is a Haitian-American stage and tv/film actress and comedy writer from NYC now based in Atlanta. She's a Hofstra University, HB Studio, and UCB graduate with a penchant for performing in and writing stories that focus on the African diaspora. Her work has been recognized by the NAACP and the ABC Network's Talent Showcase and she is currently creating her own series of work focusing on immigrants in America. Shakirah's favorite regional credits include: Streetcar Named Desire, Nick's Flamingo Grill, Angry Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous, and Seize the King. You'll also find her on tv series: "Cobra Kai" on Netflix, "American Soul" on BET, "Watchmen" on HBO, "Queens" on ABC and the CW's "Legacies".

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Skylar Ebron (Girl/Time) [she/her] is ecstatic for her debut performance with the cast of Everybody at the Alliance Theatre! Skylar is a 5th grade vocal and dramatic arts student who also plays piano and guitar. Skylar is grateful to her parents for nurturing and supporting her dreams as a young actor and performer. When not on stage, Skylar is an active Junior Girl Scout and avid animal lover.

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Skylar Ebron
Skylar Ebron
Girl / Time

Skylar Ebron (Girl/Time) [she/her] is ecstatic for her debut performance with the cast of Everybody at the Alliance Theatre! Skylar is a 5th grade vocal and dramatic arts student who also plays piano and guitar. Skylar is grateful to her parents for nurturing and supporting her dreams as a young actor and performer. When not on stage, Skylar is an active Junior Girl Scout and avid animal lover.

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Deidrie Henry (Usher/God/Understanding) Regional: To the Yellow House (LaJolla Playhouse), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage), It Can’t Happen Here (Berkeley Rep), Streetcar Named Desire (Portland Center Stage), American Night (Yale Repertory), Raisin in the Sun (Mark Taper, Kirk Douglas Theatre), Parade (Mark Taper, Center Theatre Group), Ballad of Emmett Till (Goodman), Yellowman (Berkeley Rep), As You Like It, Three Sisters, Wit, Hamlet, Seven Guitars, Much Ado About Nothing (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Blues for an Alabama Sky (Alliance Theatre, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Huntington) Film/TV: Handmaid’s Tale, Game of Silence, BOSCH, to name just a few. It’s great to be back home. 

Deidrie Henry
Deidrie Henry
Usher / God / Understanding

Deidrie Henry (Usher/God/Understanding) Regional: To the Yellow House (LaJolla Playhouse), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage), It Can’t Happen Here (Berkeley Rep), Streetcar Named Desire (Portland Center Stage), American Night (Yale Repertory), Raisin in the Sun (Mark Taper, Kirk Douglas Theatre), Parade (Mark Taper, Center Theatre Group), Ballad of Emmett Till (Goodman), Yellowman (Berkeley Rep), As You Like It, Three Sisters, Wit, Hamlet, Seven Guitars, Much Ado About Nothing (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Blues for an Alabama Sky (Alliance Theatre, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Huntington) Film/TV: Handmaid’s Tale, Game of Silence, BOSCH, to name just a few. It’s great to be back home. 

Chris Kayser (Somebodies) is thrilled to continue his collaboration with the Alliance Theatre in Everybody. Previous Alliance credits include Peter Pan, Brigadoon, A Christmas Carol, The Grapes of Wrath, Eurydice, Art, Miss Evers’ Boys, Angels in America: Perestroika, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Glengarry Glen Ross, August: Osage County, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ever After. 

Chris Kayser
Chris Kayser
Somebodies

Chris Kayser (Somebodies) is thrilled to continue his collaboration with the Alliance Theatre in Everybody. Previous Alliance credits include Peter Pan, Brigadoon, A Christmas Carol, The Grapes of Wrath, Eurydice, Art, Miss Evers’ Boys, Angels in America: Perestroika, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Glengarry Glen Ross, August: Osage County, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ever After. 

Bethany Anne Lind (Somebodies) is thrilled to be back on the Alliance stage. Previous Alliance credits: Shakespeare in Love, Cuckoo’s Nest, August: Osage County, and the world premieres of Edward Foote, Carapace, Troubadour and 26 Miles. She has appeared on stages from coast to coast including La Jolla Playhouse: His Girl Friday; and originating roles in the world premieres of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre then Arena Stage; The Storytelling Ability of a Boy at Florida Stage then Aurora Theatre; and Really Really at Signature Theatre. Recurring television roles include Grace Young in Ozark, Molly Quinn in Reprisal and Clara Steele in Doom Patrol as well as guest roles on Stranger ThingsThe Walking Dead, Greenleaf, Lore, Rectify and an upcoming episode of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ FX series: Kindred. Film: Chaos Walking, Flight, Doctor Sleep, Crackerjack, Mean Girls 2and leading roles in critically acclaimed indie features: The Wheel, Through the Glass Darkly and opposite Will Patton in Blood on Her Name. Thank you for supporting local theatre, independent films, and Atlanta based artists!

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Bethany Anne Lind
Bethany Anne Lind
Somebodies

Bethany Anne Lind (Somebodies) is thrilled to be back on the Alliance stage. Previous Alliance credits: Shakespeare in Love, Cuckoo’s Nest, August: Osage County, and the world premieres of Edward Foote, Carapace, Troubadour and 26 Miles. She has appeared on stages from coast to coast including La Jolla Playhouse: His Girl Friday; and originating roles in the world premieres of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre then Arena Stage; The Storytelling Ability of a Boy at Florida Stage then Aurora Theatre; and Really Really at Signature Theatre. Recurring television roles include Grace Young in Ozark, Molly Quinn in Reprisal and Clara Steele in Doom Patrol as well as guest roles on Stranger ThingsThe Walking Dead, Greenleaf, Lore, Rectify and an upcoming episode of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ FX series: Kindred. Film: Chaos Walking, Flight, Doctor Sleep, Crackerjack, Mean Girls 2and leading roles in critically acclaimed indie features: The Wheel, Through the Glass Darkly and opposite Will Patton in Blood on Her Name. Thank you for supporting local theatre, independent films, and Atlanta based artists!

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Courtney Patterson (Somebodies) returns to the Alliance after appearing in several productions including Small Mouth Sounds, Disgraced, Geller Girls, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, August: Osage County, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and A Christmas Carol. She has been on various stages around the city throughout her career (Georgia Shakespeare, Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre, and Synchronicity Performance Group). TV/Film: “The Walking Dead,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Good Eats,” SuperIntelligence, Life of the Party, Anchorman 2, Let’s Be Cops, Trouble With the Curve. Thank you for supporting live theatre! Much love to Nick, Javier, Susan, Mom, and Dad. courtneypatterson.net 

Courtney Patterson
Courtney Patterson
Somebodies

Courtney Patterson (Somebodies) returns to the Alliance after appearing in several productions including Small Mouth Sounds, Disgraced, Geller Girls, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, August: Osage County, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and A Christmas Carol. She has been on various stages around the city throughout her career (Georgia Shakespeare, Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre, and Synchronicity Performance Group). TV/Film: “The Walking Dead,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Good Eats,” SuperIntelligence, Life of the Party, Anchorman 2, Let’s Be Cops, Trouble With the Curve. Thank you for supporting live theatre! Much love to Nick, Javier, Susan, Mom, and Dad. courtneypatterson.net 

Joseph Pendergrast (they/them) is thrilled to return to the Alliance after recently performing in Bina's Six Apples. They have performed in most theatres in Atlanta including Alice Between and Ever After (Alliance Theatre); Frankenstein's Funeral (Found Stages); In the Heights (The Aurora); Spring Awakening (Serenbe Playhouse); Head Over Heels (Actor's Express); and Lyle the Crocodile (Synchronicity Theatre).

Joseph Pendergrast
Joseph Pendergrast
Somebodies

Joseph Pendergrast (they/them) is thrilled to return to the Alliance after recently performing in Bina's Six Apples. They have performed in most theatres in Atlanta including Alice Between and Ever After (Alliance Theatre); Frankenstein's Funeral (Found Stages); In the Heights (The Aurora); Spring Awakening (Serenbe Playhouse); Head Over Heels (Actor's Express); and Lyle the Crocodile (Synchronicity Theatre).

Writers

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Playwright) plays include Girls, Everybody, War, Gloria, Appropriate, An Octoroon, and Neighbors. A Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and a 2020 Guggenheim fellow, his honors include a USA Artists fellowship, the Charles Wintour Award, the MacArthur fellowship, the Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award. He currently serves as Vice President of the Dramatists Guild council and sits on the boards of Soho Rep, Park Avenue Armory, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the Dramatists Guild Foundation. This fall, he joins the faculty of Yale University as Professor of Practice. 

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Playwright

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Playwright) plays include Girls, Everybody, War, Gloria, Appropriate, An Octoroon, and Neighbors. A Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and a 2020 Guggenheim fellow, his honors include a USA Artists fellowship, the Charles Wintour Award, the MacArthur fellowship, the Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award. He currently serves as Vice President of the Dramatists Guild council and sits on the boards of Soho Rep, Park Avenue Armory, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and the Dramatists Guild Foundation. This fall, he joins the faculty of Yale University as Professor of Practice. 

Director

Susan V. Booth (Jennings Hertz Artistic Director) joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Palefsky Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, local producing partnerships and regional collaborative productions, as well as commercial partnerships on projects such as The PromTuck EverlastingGhost Brothers of Darkland CountyThe Color PurpleBring It On: The Musical; Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away; Sister Act: The MusicalBring in ’da NoiseBring in ’da Funk; and Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL, and has directed world premieres by writers including Pearl Cleage, Janece Shaffer, National Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and Kristian Bush. As a director, she has worked at such theatres as the Goodman, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Court Theatre and many others. She holds degrees from Denison and Northwestern universities and was a fellow of the National Critics Institute and the Kemper Foundation. She has held teaching positions at Northwestern, DePaul, and Emory universities. She is a past president of the board of directors for the Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the field, is a trustee of Denison University, and a member of the Carter Center’s Board of Councilors. Susan’s leadership is underwritten by the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, an initiative to support and promote women’s theater leadership funded by The Helen Gurley Brown Foundation. Susan is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal.

Susan V. Booth
Susan V. Booth
Co-Director

Susan V. Booth (Jennings Hertz Artistic Director) joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Palefsky Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, local producing partnerships and regional collaborative productions, as well as commercial partnerships on projects such as The PromTuck EverlastingGhost Brothers of Darkland CountyThe Color PurpleBring It On: The Musical; Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away; Sister Act: The MusicalBring in ’da NoiseBring in ’da Funk; and Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL, and has directed world premieres by writers including Pearl Cleage, Janece Shaffer, National Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and Kristian Bush. As a director, she has worked at such theatres as the Goodman, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Court Theatre and many others. She holds degrees from Denison and Northwestern universities and was a fellow of the National Critics Institute and the Kemper Foundation. She has held teaching positions at Northwestern, DePaul, and Emory universities. She is a past president of the board of directors for the Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the field, is a trustee of Denison University, and a member of the Carter Center’s Board of Councilors. Susan’s leadership is underwritten by the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, an initiative to support and promote women’s theater leadership funded by The Helen Gurley Brown Foundation. Susan is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal.

Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Co-Director) Award-Winning Director, Actor, Producer. She is the BOLD Artistic Director Fellow at the Alliance Theater and driven to create stories that celebrate our differences while building community. Tinashe is a Princess Grace 2019 Award Winner for Directing, and Map Fund Award recipient to develop her devised new work ALL SMILES for Theater for the Very Young, centering the experience of children on the Autism Spectrum. Recent theatre directing productions include School Girls (Or the African Mean Girls Play) at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, Ghost at The Alliance Theater, Native Gardens (Virginia Stage Company), Pipeline(Horizon Theater), Nick’s Flamingo Grill (World Premiere at The Alliance Theatre, Hertz Stage), Eclipsed (Synchronicity Theatre, Best Director Suzi Bass Award). Upcoming projects: Lydia Diamond’s ‘Toni Stone’ at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and The Alliance Theatre, and Candrice Jone’s ‘Flex’ at Theatrical Outfit for their 2021-22 Season. As a director and actor, she has worked On + Off Broadway, including The Imperial Theatre, Primary Stages, 59E59 Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem; and regionally at Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth Theater Co, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Geva Theatre, CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, among others, as well as recurring roles on TV/Film (Suicide Squad, Marvel’s Hawkeye, CW’s Valor, Dynasty, HBO’s Henrietta Lacks and currently filming Season 2 of Ava Duverney’s Cherish the Day.) She proudly serves on the ARTS-ATL Artist Advisory Council “My mission is the pursuit of what connects our different communities and how we create art that serves that.”

Tinashe Kajese-Bolden
Tinashe Kajese-Bolden
Co-Director

Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Co-Director) Award-Winning Director, Actor, Producer. She is the BOLD Artistic Director Fellow at the Alliance Theater and driven to create stories that celebrate our differences while building community. Tinashe is a Princess Grace 2019 Award Winner for Directing, and Map Fund Award recipient to develop her devised new work ALL SMILES for Theater for the Very Young, centering the experience of children on the Autism Spectrum. Recent theatre directing productions include School Girls (Or the African Mean Girls Play) at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, Ghost at The Alliance Theater, Native Gardens (Virginia Stage Company), Pipeline(Horizon Theater), Nick’s Flamingo Grill (World Premiere at The Alliance Theatre, Hertz Stage), Eclipsed (Synchronicity Theatre, Best Director Suzi Bass Award). Upcoming projects: Lydia Diamond’s ‘Toni Stone’ at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and The Alliance Theatre, and Candrice Jone’s ‘Flex’ at Theatrical Outfit for their 2021-22 Season. As a director and actor, she has worked On + Off Broadway, including The Imperial Theatre, Primary Stages, 59E59 Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem; and regionally at Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth Theater Co, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Geva Theatre, CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, among others, as well as recurring roles on TV/Film (Suicide Squad, Marvel’s Hawkeye, CW’s Valor, Dynasty, HBO’s Henrietta Lacks and currently filming Season 2 of Ava Duverney’s Cherish the Day.) She proudly serves on the ARTS-ATL Artist Advisory Council “My mission is the pursuit of what connects our different communities and how we create art that serves that.”

Creative

Melanie Chen Cole (Sound Design) (she/her) is thrilled to be making her design debut at the Alliance Theatre with this production of Everybody! Regional: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, The Huntington, Indiana Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, PlayMakers Rep, South Coast Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival. Education: M.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from UC San Diego. melaniesound.com

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Melanie Chen Cole
Melanie Chen Cole
Sound Design

Melanie Chen Cole (Sound Design) (she/her) is thrilled to be making her design debut at the Alliance Theatre with this production of Everybody! Regional: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, The Huntington, Indiana Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, PlayMakers Rep, South Coast Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival. Education: M.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from UC San Diego. melaniesound.com

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Milton Cordero (Projection Designer) Actor, Projection Designer, Virtual Theatre Editor and Producer. Milton Cordero has an MA in Film Management and a BA in Communication with a minor in Drama. In film and TV, he worked for Canzion Films, Wiesner Distribution and CineFiesta Film Festival. Currently he produces a kids TV segment for WIPR. Cordero’s Projection Designs have been seen on stages in New York, Atlanta, and Puerto Rico. Favorites credits include: Labzik: Tale of a Clever Pup and The Nether for Emory Theatre (GA), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for Aurora Theatre & Horizon Theatre (GA), Tierra Mia for Gibaro de Puerto Rico, El Burlador de Sevilla for Teatro Círculo (NY) 'Voces Latinx' National Playwriting Competition virtual projects for Repertorio Español & the Miranda Family (NY) and In the Heights (PR) www.miltoncordero.com

Milton Cordero
Milton Cordero
Projection Design

Milton Cordero (Projection Designer) Actor, Projection Designer, Virtual Theatre Editor and Producer. Milton Cordero has an MA in Film Management and a BA in Communication with a minor in Drama. In film and TV, he worked for Canzion Films, Wiesner Distribution and CineFiesta Film Festival. Currently he produces a kids TV segment for WIPR. Cordero’s Projection Designs have been seen on stages in New York, Atlanta, and Puerto Rico. Favorites credits include: Labzik: Tale of a Clever Pup and The Nether for Emory Theatre (GA), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for Aurora Theatre & Horizon Theatre (GA), Tierra Mia for Gibaro de Puerto Rico, El Burlador de Sevilla for Teatro Círculo (NY) 'Voces Latinx' National Playwriting Competition virtual projects for Repertorio Español & the Miranda Family (NY) and In the Heights (PR) www.miltoncordero.com

Lex Liang (Scenic and Costume Designer) is thrilled to be back at the Alliance, where he has previously designed scenery for Carapace, and costumes for Into the Woods, What I Learned in Paris, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Troubadour, Candide, and others. Regional: Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Asolo, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center, Geva Theatre, The Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Playmaker’s Rep, Portland Center Stage, St. Louis Rep, Syracuse Stage, Woolly Mammoth, and many others. NYC/Off-Broadway: 50+ productions—recent work includes Penelope, Or How The Odyssey Was Really Written, and The Bacchae. Upcoming: The Acting Company’s Romeo & Juliet. Lex is the founder and principal of LDC Design Associates, an experiential event design and production company in NYC. Recent projects include Ubuntu Pathways: Fight For Good, Operation Smile’s 35th Anniversary Gala, The Tony Awards Gala, and BCBG’s 30 Year Retrospective, NYFW. www.LexLiang.com

Lex Liang
Lex Liang
Scenic and Costume Design

Lex Liang (Scenic and Costume Designer) is thrilled to be back at the Alliance, where he has previously designed scenery for Carapace, and costumes for Into the Woods, What I Learned in Paris, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Troubadour, Candide, and others. Regional: Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Asolo, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center, Geva Theatre, The Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Playmaker’s Rep, Portland Center Stage, St. Louis Rep, Syracuse Stage, Woolly Mammoth, and many others. NYC/Off-Broadway: 50+ productions—recent work includes Penelope, Or How The Odyssey Was Really Written, and The Bacchae. Upcoming: The Acting Company’s Romeo & Juliet. Lex is the founder and principal of LDC Design Associates, an experiential event design and production company in NYC. Recent projects include Ubuntu Pathways: Fight For Good, Operation Smile’s 35th Anniversary Gala, The Tony Awards Gala, and BCBG’s 30 Year Retrospective, NYFW. www.LexLiang.com

Thom Weaver (Lighting Designer) Previously for Alliance: Toni Stone. Off-Broadway credits include: The Total Bent (Public), Kingdom Come (Roundabout), Exit Strategy (Primary Stages), King Hedley II, How I Learned What I Learned, The Liquid Plain (Signature Theatre Company); Teller’s Play Dead (The Players Theater). Regional credits include productions with: Huntington Theatre Company, Arden Theatre, The Wilma Theater (Associate Artist), Philadelphia Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Getty Pavilion, Children’s Theatre Company, The Cleveland Play House, Portland Center Stage, The Folger Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Round House Theatre, Hangar Theatre, CenterStage, California Shakespeare Theater, Syracuse Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre, as well as numerous designs with Pilobolus. He is the recipient of two Jeff Awards, six Barrymore Awards and two AUDELCO Awards. Education: Carnegie Mellon and Yale. He is a member of Wingspace Theatrical Design and Co-Founder of Die-Cast. He/him. Black Lives Matter. 

Thom Weaver
Thom Weaver
Lighting Design

Thom Weaver (Lighting Designer) Previously for Alliance: Toni Stone. Off-Broadway credits include: The Total Bent (Public), Kingdom Come (Roundabout), Exit Strategy (Primary Stages), King Hedley II, How I Learned What I Learned, The Liquid Plain (Signature Theatre Company); Teller’s Play Dead (The Players Theater). Regional credits include productions with: Huntington Theatre Company, Arden Theatre, The Wilma Theater (Associate Artist), Philadelphia Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Getty Pavilion, Children’s Theatre Company, The Cleveland Play House, Portland Center Stage, The Folger Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Round House Theatre, Hangar Theatre, CenterStage, California Shakespeare Theater, Syracuse Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre, as well as numerous designs with Pilobolus. He is the recipient of two Jeff Awards, six Barrymore Awards and two AUDELCO Awards. Education: Carnegie Mellon and Yale. He is a member of Wingspace Theatrical Design and Co-Founder of Die-Cast. He/him. Black Lives Matter. 

Understudies

Soleia Howington (u/s Girl/Time) is excited to be making her debut in Everybody at the Alliance Theatre. A 4th grader at Brighten Academy, where she has enjoyed participating in annual musical productions as an ensemble player. At Brighten, she received the “Good Citizen” award, for which she is proud. Aside from enjoying language arts, reading, and writing, she loves painting, drawing, singing, dancing, and playing Roblox. She is a member of the chess club, enjoys learning Japanese, and is fascinated by the world of astronomy and astronauts. She loves being a mentor to younger kids at her school, ensuring that everyone knows that her favorite color is pink. She loves traveling with her family and discovering fun vacation spots. She is very grateful to all her family and friends for their support. 

Soleia Howington
Soleia Howington
Girl / Time

Soleia Howington (u/s Girl/Time) is excited to be making her debut in Everybody at the Alliance Theatre. A 4th grader at Brighten Academy, where she has enjoyed participating in annual musical productions as an ensemble player. At Brighten, she received the “Good Citizen” award, for which she is proud. Aside from enjoying language arts, reading, and writing, she loves painting, drawing, singing, dancing, and playing Roblox. She is a member of the chess club, enjoys learning Japanese, and is fascinated by the world of astronomy and astronauts. She loves being a mentor to younger kids at her school, ensuring that everyone knows that her favorite color is pink. She loves traveling with her family and discovering fun vacation spots. She is very grateful to all her family and friends for their support. 

Parris Sarter (u/s Usher/God/Understanding) is delighted to be back at the Alliance. She holds an M.A. in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Alliance: A Christmas Carol (u/s Mrs. Cratchit/Missy Watkins) Atlanta: Booty Candy, Angels in America (Suzi Recipient), and An Octoroon (Suzi nominee) (Actor's Express); Eclipsed (Suzi Recipient) Synchronicity Theatre; Angry Fags and The Revolutionists (7Stages); The Cake and Square Blues (Horizon Theatre). Regional: Wrong River (Flint Repertory). Upcoming: Eucine in Paris. The life of Nina Simone with Hush Harbor Labs at the Black Arts Festival this September. Thank you again for supporting live theater. 

Parris Sarter
Parris Sarter
Usher / God / Understanding

Parris Sarter (u/s Usher/God/Understanding) is delighted to be back at the Alliance. She holds an M.A. in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Alliance: A Christmas Carol (u/s Mrs. Cratchit/Missy Watkins) Atlanta: Booty Candy, Angels in America (Suzi Recipient), and An Octoroon (Suzi nominee) (Actor's Express); Eclipsed (Suzi Recipient) Synchronicity Theatre; Angry Fags and The Revolutionists (7Stages); The Cake and Square Blues (Horizon Theatre). Regional: Wrong River (Flint Repertory). Upcoming: Eucine in Paris. The life of Nina Simone with Hush Harbor Labs at the Black Arts Festival this September. Thank you again for supporting live theater. 

Dellan Short (u/s Somebodies/Death) is a 2022, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, graduate from Brenau University; he is thrilled and overjoyed to be making his professional debut on the Alliance stage. Dellan would like to thank his parents Jill and Jim, his brothers Britton and Tanner, and his girlfriend Ryan for their endless support.

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Dellan Short
Dellan Short
Somebodies / Death

Dellan Short (u/s Somebodies/Death) is a 2022, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, graduate from Brenau University; he is thrilled and overjoyed to be making his professional debut on the Alliance stage. Dellan would like to thank his parents Jill and Jim, his brothers Britton and Tanner, and his girlfriend Ryan for their endless support.

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Crew

Anna Baranski (Stage Manager) is excited to be returning to Alliance Theatre after working on the 2021 adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Previously Anna was a seasonal stage manager with the Dallas Theater Center (2009-2020). In addition, she has enjoyed stage managing at the following select theaters: The Children’s Theatre, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Triad Stage, Musical Theater West, Circle Theater, Casa Mañana Theatre, Theatre Arlington, Kids Who Care, Inc., Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, and Second Thought Theatre. Anna is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, with an MFA in Stage Management, and completed her professional internship at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.  www.annabaranski.com  

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Anna Baranski
Anna Baranski
Stage Manager

Anna Baranski (Stage Manager) is excited to be returning to Alliance Theatre after working on the 2021 adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Previously Anna was a seasonal stage manager with the Dallas Theater Center (2009-2020). In addition, she has enjoyed stage managing at the following select theaters: The Children’s Theatre, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Triad Stage, Musical Theater West, Circle Theater, Casa Mañana Theatre, Theatre Arlington, Kids Who Care, Inc., Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, and Second Thought Theatre. Anna is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, with an MFA in Stage Management, and completed her professional internship at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.  www.annabaranski.com  

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Samantha Honeycutt (Stage Management Production Assistant) studied Stage Management at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before beginning her career working across the country. Her credits include: Year of the Rooster, When January Feels like Summer, and Five Times in One Night(Ensemble Studio Theater). Legally Blonde, Hello! Dolly, My Fair Lady, and Music Man (Cape Playhouse). Frankenstein, Hairspray, Penny Candy, American Mariachi, Supreme Leader (Dallas Theater Center). Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous (Hartford Stage). 

Samantha Honeycutt
Samantha Honeycutt
Stage Management Production Assistant

Samantha Honeycutt (Stage Management Production Assistant) studied Stage Management at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before beginning her career working across the country. Her credits include: Year of the Rooster, When January Feels like Summer, and Five Times in One Night(Ensemble Studio Theater). Legally Blonde, Hello! Dolly, My Fair Lady, and Music Man (Cape Playhouse). Frankenstein, Hairspray, Penny Candy, American Mariachi, Supreme Leader (Dallas Theater Center). Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous (Hartford Stage). 

Barbara Gantt O’Haley (Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager) [she/her] is glad to be working at the Alliance again after six years away. Previous Alliance credits include: Slur, Tell Me My Dream, Courage, Grimm Lives of the In-Betweens. Other Atlanta credits include: Big Fish, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Simply Simone, In the Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Perfect Arrangement, Indecent, Slow Food, Ms. Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, The Wickhams, Our Town, 110 in the Shade, Pitmen Painters, An Iliad (Theatrical Outfit); as well as My Fair Lady, Cats, Young Frankenstein (Atlanta Lyric Theatre). Love to Patrick, Elliana, and Keeva! Proud Member AEA. 

Barbara Gantt O'Haley
Barbara Gantt O'Haley
Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager

Barbara Gantt O’Haley (Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager) [she/her] is glad to be working at the Alliance again after six years away. Previous Alliance credits include: Slur, Tell Me My Dream, Courage, Grimm Lives of the In-Betweens. Other Atlanta credits include: Big Fish, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Simply Simone, In the Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Perfect Arrangement, Indecent, Slow Food, Ms. Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, The Wickhams, Our Town, 110 in the Shade, Pitmen Painters, An Iliad (Theatrical Outfit); as well as My Fair Lady, Cats, Young Frankenstein (Atlanta Lyric Theatre). Love to Patrick, Elliana, and Keeva! Proud Member AEA. 

Kasey Pimentel (Assistant Stage Manager) graduated from the University of Houston, where she received her BFA in Theatre Stage Management. She has recently finished the SM apprenticeship at Studio Theatre where she worked on The Hot Wing King, John Proctor is the Villain, and White Noise. She has also previously worked in stage management at Casa Mañana Theatre, Chautauqua Theatre Company, and Sea World San Antonio. 

Kacie Pimentel
Kacie Pimentel
Assistant Stage Manager

Kasey Pimentel (Assistant Stage Manager) graduated from the University of Houston, where she received her BFA in Theatre Stage Management. She has recently finished the SM apprenticeship at Studio Theatre where she worked on The Hot Wing King, John Proctor is the Villain, and White Noise. She has also previously worked in stage management at Casa Mañana Theatre, Chautauqua Theatre Company, and Sea World San Antonio. 

Producer

Jody Feldman (Line Producer) began her theater career as an actress in Atlanta before moving into administration as the Assistant General Manager at Frank Wittow’s Academy Theatre. Feldman started her career at the Alliance as Casting Director in 1991, and added Producer to her title and responsibilities in 2001. She has cast and produced more than 200 productions at the Alliance, encompassing a range of world premieres that includes The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry, What I Learned in Paris by Pearl Cleage, Broke and Troubadour by Janece Shaffer, In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney and more than 10 years of Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition-winning plays plus such world and regional premiere musicals as Tuck Everlasting; Aida; The Color Purple; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring It On: The Musical; Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; Harmony, A New Musical and The Prom. Jody is most proud of the thriving Alliance engagement activities and partnerships that recognize theatrical work as a catalyst for community conversation and connection.

Jody Feldman
Jody Feldman
Line Producer

Jody Feldman (Line Producer) began her theater career as an actress in Atlanta before moving into administration as the Assistant General Manager at Frank Wittow’s Academy Theatre. Feldman started her career at the Alliance as Casting Director in 1991, and added Producer to her title and responsibilities in 2001. She has cast and produced more than 200 productions at the Alliance, encompassing a range of world premieres that includes The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry, What I Learned in Paris by Pearl Cleage, Broke and Troubadour by Janece Shaffer, In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney and more than 10 years of Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition-winning plays plus such world and regional premiere musicals as Tuck Everlasting; Aida; The Color Purple; Sister Act: The Musical; Bring It On: The Musical; Ghost Brothers of Darkland County; Harmony, A New Musical and The Prom. Jody is most proud of the thriving Alliance engagement activities and partnerships that recognize theatrical work as a catalyst for community conversation and connection.

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