Nick's Flamingo Grill

Hertz Stage
Recommended for ages 14 and up.
World Premiere Musical

New Date Added by Popular Demand - Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.

By Phillip DePoy
Directed by Tinashe Kajese-Bolden
Musical Direction by Tyrone Jackson
Original songs by Phillip DePoy and Tyrone Jackson

Two friends, ex-WWII GI’s turned jazz musicians, have had great success performing in Paris nightclubs for the past 10 years.  Convinced that their mixed-race act will also be a hit in the U.S., they decide to return home.  To 1950s Georgia. Inspired by the true story of the first integrated nightclub in Atlanta and featuring ten original jazz songs in the style of the era, Nick’s Flamingo Grill is a story of hope and brotherly love.  It’s not easy to build a palace of peace and harmony.  The trick is to keep trying.

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Hertz Stage view during The Whipping Man

The Alliance Theatre's Hertz Stage is a modern, 200-seat Black Box theatre. This versatile facility accommodates a number of distinct stage layouts.

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  • In highlighting 10 original songs by Atlantans Phillip DePoy and Tyrone Jackson, “Nick’s Flamingo Grill” comes to vibrant life with its celebratory embrace of the 1950s jazz scene.
    Bert Osborne, AJC Theatre Critic
  • What makes this show so worth seeing is the music. Songs that seem to come straight out of the 50's... weaving different styles of the era into excellent performances that had the crowd totally enthralled, as if we were hearing forgotten classics.
    David Muschell, BroadwayWorld Atlanta Critic
  • The show feels surprisingly current, not meandering in nostalgia, but serving as a reminder that unity is possible... Everyone could use a night at "Nick’s Flamingo Grill."
    Kelundra Smith, ArtsATL Theatre Critic

Cast

Robin Bloodworth (Napier) is glad to return to the Alliance stage. Selected theater credits: The Night of the Iguana, Macbeth, The Time of Your Life, Time Stands Still, Clybourne Park (Suzi Award winners), Equivocation, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Doll’s House, End Days, Ah, Wilderness!, Fiction, Art (Public Theatre), Girl Science (EST), Cloud 9 (20th anniversary NY revival), Much Ado About Nothing (OOBR winner). Proud Equity member. TV/Film credits include: “Halt and Catch Fire,” Anatomy of the Throat, Your Worst Nightmare, “Swamp Murders,” Necessary Roughness, The Game, House of Payne, “Rescue 911,” “The View,” In the Heat of the Night, The Client, Midnight Edition, “Talk Show.”

Robin Bloodworth
Robin Bloodworth
Napier

Robin Bloodworth (Napier) is glad to return to the Alliance stage. Selected theater credits: The Night of the Iguana, Macbeth, The Time of Your Life, Time Stands Still, Clybourne Park (Suzi Award winners), Equivocation, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Doll’s House, End Days, Ah, Wilderness!, Fiction, Art (Public Theatre), Girl Science (EST), Cloud 9 (20th anniversary NY revival), Much Ado About Nothing (OOBR winner). Proud Equity member. TV/Film credits include: “Halt and Catch Fire,” Anatomy of the Throat, Your Worst Nightmare, “Swamp Murders,” Necessary Roughness, The Game, House of Payne, “Rescue 911,” “The View,” In the Heat of the Night, The Client, Midnight Edition, “Talk Show.”

Cordell Cole (Nick) is incredibly blessed to be here at the Alliance with Nick’s. Some favorite credits include: Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of being Earnest, Henry V, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Christmas Carol (American Shakespeare Center), The Seagull, Much ado about Nothing, Romeo and Juliet (American Players Theatre) The Jungle Book, Mighty Myths and Legends, Much ado about Nothing (Georgia Shakespeare). All the love goes out to his family and friends. All glory to God (Jeremiah 29:11)

Cordell Cole
Cordell Cole
Nick

Cordell Cole (Nick) is incredibly blessed to be here at the Alliance with Nick’s. Some favorite credits include: Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of being Earnest, Henry V, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Christmas Carol (American Shakespeare Center), The Seagull, Much ado about Nothing, Romeo and Juliet (American Players Theatre) The Jungle Book, Mighty Myths and Legends, Much ado about Nothing (Georgia Shakespeare). All the love goes out to his family and friends. All glory to God (Jeremiah 29:11)

Shakirah Demesier (Claudine) is a Haitian American and NYC native excited to be in Atlanta for her first Alliance Theatre production. 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. She is currently in the process of creating her own series of work focusing on immigrants in America. Thanks for reading and feel free to visit www.shakirahdemesier.com to join the mailing list for updates.

Shakirah Demesier
Shakirah Demesier
Claudine

Shakirah Demesier (Claudine) is a Haitian American and NYC native excited to be in Atlanta for her first Alliance Theatre production. 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. She is currently in the process of creating her own series of work focusing on immigrants in America. Thanks for reading and feel free to visit www.shakirahdemesier.com to join the mailing list for updates.

Fred Galyean (U/S Harold Napier/John Hammond) is a recent transplant to Atlanta and is thrilled to be working with the Alliance for the first time. Recent credits: Woke (Essential Theatre), Fallout; 2017 Summer Harvest Festival (Onion Man Productions), Tapas III: The Reckoning (Academy Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Circle Ensemble Theatre), Donkey (Rose of Athens) and acting ensemble member for Working Title Playwrights. Currently represented by The Jana VanDyke Agency. He is grateful for the talented and welcoming theater community in Atlanta, and for all those who have been incredibly supportive since his arrival. 

Fred Galyean
Fred Galyean
U / S Harold Napier / John Hammond

Fred Galyean (U/S Harold Napier/John Hammond) is a recent transplant to Atlanta and is thrilled to be working with the Alliance for the first time. Recent credits: Woke (Essential Theatre), Fallout; 2017 Summer Harvest Festival (Onion Man Productions), Tapas III: The Reckoning (Academy Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Circle Ensemble Theatre), Donkey (Rose of Athens) and acting ensemble member for Working Title Playwrights. Currently represented by The Jana VanDyke Agency. He is grateful for the talented and welcoming theater community in Atlanta, and for all those who have been incredibly supportive since his arrival. 

Antwayn Hopper (Bechet) BWAY: Hair (Hirschfeld) Off-BWAY: Civil War Christmas (NYTW) NY: Ain't No Disco (NYS&F), A Strange Loop (P73, MTF, Playwrights), Yeast Nation (Fringe-"Best Show"), Lesser Mercies (EPBB), Roller Derby (NYMF), RESPECT (NYS&F), Showboat (Carnegie Hall). Select Regional: Camino Real (Goodman), Brothers Size (Old Globe), Rent (Syracuse Stage), UnCivil War (ATF), Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyric Opera House) Smokey Joe's Cafe (New Theatre), Madame Soutsazka (Toronto), Porgy & Bess (Cinn. Pops Orch.), White Noise (La Petit/NY). NY Readings/Workshops: Toronto, Playwrights, Williamstown, Roundabout, Warner Bro's, Labyrinth, York Theatre, Rattlestick & Civilians. TV/Film: Woodson on The Knick, Blacklist, Royal Pains, Z: The Beginning Of Everything, Girl Most Likely, A Gifted Man, Bored To Death, Blue Bloods, “Girl Most Likely.” Voiceover work as well as Choreographer. Training: School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon.

Antwayn Hopper
Antwayn Hopper
Bechet

Antwayn Hopper (Bechet) BWAY: Hair (Hirschfeld) Off-BWAY: Civil War Christmas (NYTW) NY: Ain't No Disco (NYS&F), A Strange Loop (P73, MTF, Playwrights), Yeast Nation (Fringe-"Best Show"), Lesser Mercies (EPBB), Roller Derby (NYMF), RESPECT (NYS&F), Showboat (Carnegie Hall). Select Regional: Camino Real (Goodman), Brothers Size (Old Globe), Rent (Syracuse Stage), UnCivil War (ATF), Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyric Opera House) Smokey Joe's Cafe (New Theatre), Madame Soutsazka (Toronto), Porgy & Bess (Cinn. Pops Orch.), White Noise (La Petit/NY). NY Readings/Workshops: Toronto, Playwrights, Williamstown, Roundabout, Warner Bro's, Labyrinth, York Theatre, Rattlestick & Civilians. TV/Film: Woodson on The Knick, Blacklist, Royal Pains, Z: The Beginning Of Everything, Girl Most Likely, A Gifted Man, Bored To Death, Blue Bloods, “Girl Most Likely.” Voiceover work as well as Choreographer. Training: School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon.

Asia Howard (U/S Claudine) is delighted to make her Alliance debut. Recent credits include Titanic (Serenbe Playhouse), Damn Yankees (Theatre Buford), Dangerous Women (Weird Sisters Theatre Project), The Jungle Book (Georgia Ensemble Theatre) and Skewered (Half Moon Theater Co, NY). Asia is a Vassar College graduate (B.A. in Theatre) and Atlanta native. Special thanks to Mom and Nijel for your love and support! 

Asia Howard
Asia Howard
U / S Claudine

Asia Howard (U/S Claudine) is delighted to make her Alliance debut. Recent credits include Titanic (Serenbe Playhouse), Damn Yankees (Theatre Buford), Dangerous Women (Weird Sisters Theatre Project), The Jungle Book (Georgia Ensemble Theatre) and Skewered (Half Moon Theater Co, NY). Asia is a Vassar College graduate (B.A. in Theatre) and Atlanta native. Special thanks to Mom and Nijel for your love and support! 

Off-Broadway: Peter... Starcatcher, Backbeard. Regional: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, (St. Louis Rep/Cincinnati Playhouse); South Pacific (Guthrie); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Servant to Two Masters (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Victor/Victoria (Theatre Under the Stars); ...Poe, The Rivals (Baltimore Centerstage); Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Theatre Co.); Elf, Avenue Q (Arkansas Rep); Big River, As You Like It, Opus, All My Sons, Pride and Prejudice, Shipwrecked!, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Little Prince, Pericles (Playmakers Rep); Amadeus, Macbeth (Chautauqua Theater Company); Candide, A Christmas Carol, Livin’ In the Garden, To Kill a Mockingbird (Alliance Theatre). Film/TV: “Ocean’s 8,” “Ricki and the Flash,” “Criminal Minds,” “A Place Apart,” “A Reason to Believe.” M.F.A. UNC Chapel Hill. All of the love to Kristie, you’re the best one. 

 

Jimmy Kieffer
Jimmy Kieffer
Ben Davis

Off-Broadway: Peter... Starcatcher, Backbeard. Regional: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, (St. Louis Rep/Cincinnati Playhouse); South Pacific (Guthrie); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Servant to Two Masters (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Victor/Victoria (Theatre Under the Stars); ...Poe, The Rivals (Baltimore Centerstage); Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Theatre Co.); Elf, Avenue Q (Arkansas Rep); Big River, As You Like It, Opus, All My Sons, Pride and Prejudice, Shipwrecked!, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Little Prince, Pericles (Playmakers Rep); Amadeus, Macbeth (Chautauqua Theater Company); Candide, A Christmas Carol, Livin’ In the Garden, To Kill a Mockingbird (Alliance Theatre). Film/TV: “Ocean’s 8,” “Ricki and the Flash,” “Criminal Minds,” “A Place Apart,” “A Reason to Believe.” M.F.A. UNC Chapel Hill. All of the love to Kristie, you’re the best one. 

 

Joshua Quinn (U/S Nick) is thrilled to make his Alliance debut in the world premiere of Nick’s Flamingo Grill. He is a current company member and improviser with Dad’s Garage, and a former apprentice with Aurora Theatre. Recent credits: The Flower Room (Actor’s Express), Invasion: Christmas Carol (Dad’s Garage), Sweep (Aurora Theatre), In The Heights (Aurora Theatre), Cinderella: The Remix (Aurora Theatre). Special thanks to my loved ones for their support, and Alliance Theatre for the magic they create! 

Joshua Quinn
Joshua Quinn
U / S Nick

Joshua Quinn (U/S Nick) is thrilled to make his Alliance debut in the world premiere of Nick’s Flamingo Grill. He is a current company member and improviser with Dad’s Garage, and a former apprentice with Aurora Theatre. Recent credits: The Flower Room (Actor’s Express), Invasion: Christmas Carol (Dad’s Garage), Sweep (Aurora Theatre), In The Heights (Aurora Theatre), Cinderella: The Remix (Aurora Theatre). Special thanks to my loved ones for their support, and Alliance Theatre for the magic they create! 

George Roberts (U/S Bechet Thompson) is ecstatic to make his Alliance debut! Credits: Aida (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Café (Stage Door Players), The Color Purple, Carowinds WinterFest, Hairspray (Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre). Elon University– B.F.A. Music Theatre. Infinite love and gratitude to GOD, Mom & Dad, Akilah, Samira, grandparents, extended family and friends. “Dream, Believe, Live!” #LoveisLove 

George Roberts
George Roberts
U / S Bechet Thompson

George Roberts (U/S Bechet Thompson) is ecstatic to make his Alliance debut! Credits: Aida (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Café (Stage Door Players), The Color Purple, Carowinds WinterFest, Hairspray (Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre). Elon University– B.F.A. Music Theatre. Infinite love and gratitude to GOD, Mom & Dad, Akilah, Samira, grandparents, extended family and friends. “Dream, Believe, Live!” #LoveisLove 

Notable ATL credits: The Followers, Abigail/1702, Between Riverside and Crazy, Exit Strategy, In the Heights, Significant Other, Informed Consent, Hands on a Hardbody, Homers, Bull Durham: The Musical, Rocky Horror Show, In Love and Warcraft, Zorro: The Musical, Into the Woods (X2), The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, August: Osage County. Notable regional credits: Carrie: A Comedy (Sue), Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), Fame (Carmen). Tours: Rent (Mark’s Mom/US Mimi), Dora the Explorer (Dora). Off-Broadway: Soul Kitchen (Sangita), Shlomo (Anjia/Ruth). TV/Film: “Pitch Perfect 3,” “Stan Against Evil,” “Lodge 49,” “Star,” “Dynasty.” Thank you, people I love; I love you. 

Diany Rodriguez
Diany Rodriguez
Chi-Chi Lopez

Notable ATL credits: The Followers, Abigail/1702, Between Riverside and Crazy, Exit Strategy, In the Heights, Significant Other, Informed Consent, Hands on a Hardbody, Homers, Bull Durham: The Musical, Rocky Horror Show, In Love and Warcraft, Zorro: The Musical, Into the Woods (X2), The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, August: Osage County. Notable regional credits: Carrie: A Comedy (Sue), Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), Fame (Carmen). Tours: Rent (Mark’s Mom/US Mimi), Dora the Explorer (Dora). Off-Broadway: Soul Kitchen (Sangita), Shlomo (Anjia/Ruth). TV/Film: “Pitch Perfect 3,” “Stan Against Evil,” “Lodge 49,” “Star,” “Dynasty.” Thank you, people I love; I love you. 

Benjamin Strickland (U/S Ben Davis) was born and raised in Auburn, Alabama, is a graduate of Auburn University, and an alumni of the Aurora Theatre’s Apprentice Company of 2018. Recent: Christmas Canteen (Aurora), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Aurora & Theatrical Outfit), Mamma Mia (Aurora), Disney’s Newsies (Aurora). He loves building and playing with computers about as much as he loves performing for all of you (which is a whole bunch). He would like to thank his mother and father for always supporting his endeavors, and hopes everyone enjoys the show! 

Benjamin Strickland
Benjamin Strickland
U / S Ben Davis

Benjamin Strickland (U/S Ben Davis) was born and raised in Auburn, Alabama, is a graduate of Auburn University, and an alumni of the Aurora Theatre’s Apprentice Company of 2018. Recent: Christmas Canteen (Aurora), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Aurora & Theatrical Outfit), Mamma Mia (Aurora), Disney’s Newsies (Aurora). He loves building and playing with computers about as much as he loves performing for all of you (which is a whole bunch). He would like to thank his mother and father for always supporting his endeavors, and hopes everyone enjoys the show! 

Daniel Triandiflou (John Hammond) is happy to be back at the Alliance. Other Alliance credits: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; It’s a Wonderful Laugh. 2012 Creative Loafing Critics’ & Readers’ Best Local Actor for The Fox on the Fairway (Aurora) and Revengeance (Dad’s Garage). TV/Film: I, Tonya; Endless Love; Empire State; Anchorman 2, Selma; Elvis (mini-series); Who Do You Love?; Savage; “Stranger Things,” “Manhunt: Unabomber,” “Devious Maids,” “Finding Carter,” “The Haves and Have Nots,” “You’re Pretty Face Is Going To Hell,” “Squidbillies,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” His best work yet is his awesome son, Henry. Thanks to Phillip, Tinashe, the cast, the crew, and the staff here at the Alliance. 

Daniel Triandiflou
Daniel Triandiflou
John Hammond

Daniel Triandiflou (John Hammond) is happy to be back at the Alliance. Other Alliance credits: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; It’s a Wonderful Laugh. 2012 Creative Loafing Critics’ & Readers’ Best Local Actor for The Fox on the Fairway (Aurora) and Revengeance (Dad’s Garage). TV/Film: I, Tonya; Endless Love; Empire State; Anchorman 2, Selma; Elvis (mini-series); Who Do You Love?; Savage; “Stranger Things,” “Manhunt: Unabomber,” “Devious Maids,” “Finding Carter,” “The Haves and Have Nots,” “You’re Pretty Face Is Going To Hell,” “Squidbillies,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” His best work yet is his awesome son, Henry. Thanks to Phillip, Tinashe, the cast, the crew, and the staff here at the Alliance. 

Creative

Phillip DePoy (Playwright) is the author of 20 novels (latest: Icepick) and 43 plays. An internationally reviewed performance artist, he was writer in residence for the Georgia Council for the Arts and Composer in Residence for the Academy Theatre in the 1980s. In the 1990s he was the Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit and composed music for 17 Alliance Theatre productions (Angels in America, The Seagull, et al). Since then he served as the director of several university theatre programs. He was Georgia Author of the Year in 2015. Favorite theatrical work includes the 2002 New York Edgar Award winning mystery play Easy, and, for the Alliance Theatre, the Suzi award-winning Edward Foote. His Appalachian Christmas Homecoming has been produced nationally since 1994. Phillip DePoy also holds an undergraduate degree in English literature and folklore, and a graduate degree in performance art. He is deliriously married to playwright Lee Nowell. 

Phillip DePoy
Phillip DePoy
Playwright

Phillip DePoy (Playwright) is the author of 20 novels (latest: Icepick) and 43 plays. An internationally reviewed performance artist, he was writer in residence for the Georgia Council for the Arts and Composer in Residence for the Academy Theatre in the 1980s. In the 1990s he was the Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit and composed music for 17 Alliance Theatre productions (Angels in America, The Seagull, et al). Since then he served as the director of several university theatre programs. He was Georgia Author of the Year in 2015. Favorite theatrical work includes the 2002 New York Edgar Award winning mystery play Easy, and, for the Alliance Theatre, the Suzi award-winning Edward Foote. His Appalachian Christmas Homecoming has been produced nationally since 1994. Phillip DePoy also holds an undergraduate degree in English literature and folklore, and a graduate degree in performance art. He is deliriously married to playwright Lee Nowell. 

Alliance credits: Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Start Down. Regional: The Lincoln Center, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Centerstage, Arena, Kansas City Rep, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Mark Taper Forum, Marin Theatre Company, Cal Shakes, Milwaukee Rep, and Oregon Shakespeare. Josh is a four time Joseph Jefferson Award winner and an LA Ovation winner. He has taught at Northwestern University, DePaul University, and Loyola University. He is an artistic associate of Lookingglass Theatre Company and a company member of The House Theatre of Chicago. Josh currently runs the sound department at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 

Joshua Horvath
Joshua Horvath
Sound Designer

Alliance credits: Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Start Down. Regional: The Lincoln Center, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Centerstage, Arena, Kansas City Rep, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Mark Taper Forum, Marin Theatre Company, Cal Shakes, Milwaukee Rep, and Oregon Shakespeare. Josh is a four time Joseph Jefferson Award winner and an LA Ovation winner. He has taught at Northwestern University, DePaul University, and Loyola University. He is an artistic associate of Lookingglass Theatre Company and a company member of The House Theatre of Chicago. Josh currently runs the sound department at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 

Tyrone Jackson (Music Director, Conductor/Player) is quickly becoming synonymous with the quintessential jazz piano player. His creativity coupled with subtle accompaniments, has him poised for national recognition. Born in New Orleans’ cradle of jazz, Jackson embodies the spirit of the Crescent City but has made his home in Atlanta. He has performed with Earl Klugh, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Jennifer Holliday and Marcus Miller, to name a few. Jackson is a professor of music at Kennesaw State University where he teaches applied jazz piano, group piano (jazz), jazz improvisation II & III, and the blues. He is also a lecturer and clinician with the Rialto for Youth Jazz Ensemble. As a composer, he has released three CDs of original works: Dedicated, Another Voyage and Melody in Nede: Suite for Jazz Quartet. Jackson has written and arranged countless works for a litany of artists and performers. His songs are played with much acclaim to worldwide audiences on local and satellite radio. 

Tyrone Jackson
Tyrone Jackson
Music Director

Tyrone Jackson (Music Director, Conductor/Player) is quickly becoming synonymous with the quintessential jazz piano player. His creativity coupled with subtle accompaniments, has him poised for national recognition. Born in New Orleans’ cradle of jazz, Jackson embodies the spirit of the Crescent City but has made his home in Atlanta. He has performed with Earl Klugh, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Jennifer Holliday and Marcus Miller, to name a few. Jackson is a professor of music at Kennesaw State University where he teaches applied jazz piano, group piano (jazz), jazz improvisation II & III, and the blues. He is also a lecturer and clinician with the Rialto for Youth Jazz Ensemble. As a composer, he has released three CDs of original works: Dedicated, Another Voyage and Melody in Nede: Suite for Jazz Quartet. Jackson has written and arranged countless works for a litany of artists and performers. His songs are played with much acclaim to worldwide audiences on local and satellite radio. 

Work includes design for theatre/live performance and special events. He is thrilled to be back at The Alliance, having recently designed Candide. Other Alliance credits include Troubadour, Disgraced, Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Tall Girls, In Love and WarcraftWhat I Learned in Paris, and Into The Woods. Regionally, Lex has also worked at Asolo Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Callas Theatre Center, Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Portland Stage, Portland Center Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Woolly’s Mammoth, among others. He’s designed over 50 NYC/Off- Broadway productions, including most recently Antigone for Classical Theatre of Harlem. Lex is the Principal at LDC Design Associates, a NYC-based company specializing in the design and production of bespoke creative events and interiors. Recent projects include Operation Smile’s 35th Anniversary Gala, New York City Wine and Food Festival, and the Tony Awards Gala. Member USA-829. www.LexLiang.com 

Lex Liang
Lex Liang
Costume Designer

Work includes design for theatre/live performance and special events. He is thrilled to be back at The Alliance, having recently designed Candide. Other Alliance credits include Troubadour, Disgraced, Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Tall Girls, In Love and WarcraftWhat I Learned in Paris, and Into The Woods. Regionally, Lex has also worked at Asolo Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Callas Theatre Center, Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Portland Stage, Portland Center Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Woolly’s Mammoth, among others. He’s designed over 50 NYC/Off- Broadway productions, including most recently Antigone for Classical Theatre of Harlem. Lex is the Principal at LDC Design Associates, a NYC-based company specializing in the design and production of bespoke creative events and interiors. Recent projects include Operation Smile’s 35th Anniversary Gala, New York City Wine and Food Festival, and the Tony Awards Gala. Member USA-829. www.LexLiang.com 

Ben Rawson (Lighting Designer) is a Suzi nominated Atlanta based Lighting Designer. Design work can be seen at (Alliance Theatre) Nicks Flamingo Grill, The Wizard of Oz; (Aurora Theatre) Sotto Voce, Singles in Agriculture, Pais de Bicicleta, Abigail 1702, Native Gardens; (Atlanta Lyric Theatre) Beauty & the Beast, My Fair Lady, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Always... Patsy Cline, Aida, The Wedding Singer, Singing in the Rain, Oliver; (Actors Express) Reykjavik; (Theatrical Outfit) Five Guys Named Moe, (Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre) Lore, NEXT DOOR, The Vertical, fall*en, Translation; and (Fly on A Wall) Outo Kaats. Assistant/Associate Lighting Designer credits include Glimmerglass Opera (NY), San Diego Opera (CA), The Alliance Theatre (GA), Berkshire Theatre Festival (MA) and The Atlanta Opera (GA). benrawsondesign.com 

Ben Rawson
Ben Rawson
Lighting Designer

Ben Rawson (Lighting Designer) is a Suzi nominated Atlanta based Lighting Designer. Design work can be seen at (Alliance Theatre) Nicks Flamingo Grill, The Wizard of Oz; (Aurora Theatre) Sotto Voce, Singles in Agriculture, Pais de Bicicleta, Abigail 1702, Native Gardens; (Atlanta Lyric Theatre) Beauty & the Beast, My Fair Lady, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Always... Patsy Cline, Aida, The Wedding Singer, Singing in the Rain, Oliver; (Actors Express) Reykjavik; (Theatrical Outfit) Five Guys Named Moe, (Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre) Lore, NEXT DOOR, The Vertical, fall*en, Translation; and (Fly on A Wall) Outo Kaats. Assistant/Associate Lighting Designer credits include Glimmerglass Opera (NY), San Diego Opera (CA), The Alliance Theatre (GA), Berkshire Theatre Festival (MA) and The Atlanta Opera (GA). benrawsondesign.com 

Kristen Robinson (Set Designer) is a NYC based set designer, her work ranges from site-specific installations, to outdoor Shakespeare. Selected credits: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Actors Theatre of Louisville), A Flea in Her Ear (Westport Country Playhouse), Ethel, (Alliance Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Great Lakes Theatre/Idaho Shakespeare Festival/Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival) Porto (WP Theater), West Side Story (Barrington Stage Company), Heart of Darkness (Baryshnikov Arts Center), Minor Character (Under the Radar Festival). Her design for Westport Country Playhouse’s Nora has been featured in Chance Magazine Issue 4, and her design for Rapture Blister Burn at The Wilma Theatre won the 2015 Barrymore Award for Best Set Design. A Princess Grace Fellow, she holds her M.F.A. from Yale. You can see her work at www.kristenrobinsondesign.com. USA 829. 

Kristen Robinson
Kristen Robinson
Set Designer

Kristen Robinson (Set Designer) is a NYC based set designer, her work ranges from site-specific installations, to outdoor Shakespeare. Selected credits: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Actors Theatre of Louisville), A Flea in Her Ear (Westport Country Playhouse), Ethel, (Alliance Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Great Lakes Theatre/Idaho Shakespeare Festival/Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival) Porto (WP Theater), West Side Story (Barrington Stage Company), Heart of Darkness (Baryshnikov Arts Center), Minor Character (Under the Radar Festival). Her design for Westport Country Playhouse’s Nora has been featured in Chance Magazine Issue 4, and her design for Rapture Blister Burn at The Wilma Theatre won the 2015 Barrymore Award for Best Set Design. A Princess Grace Fellow, she holds her M.F.A. from Yale. You can see her work at www.kristenrobinsondesign.com. USA 829. 

Jayson T. Waddell (Stage Manager) is proud to return to the Alliance Theatre for his ninth season. At the Alliance, he’s worked on such productions as Candide, Crossing Delancey, Troubadour, Moby Dick, Born for This, Tuck Everlasting, The Geller Girls, A Christmas Carol, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Broke, Sex and the Second City, Next to Normal, Holidays With the Chalks and Bike America. At Atlanta Lyric Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty and Young Frankeinstein. At the Illinois Shakespeare Festival: Shakespeare in Love, I <3 Juliet, Hamlet, Q Gents, Antony & Cleopatra, Macbeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night and A Winter’s Tale. Jayson graduated from the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

Jayson T. Waddell
Jayson T. Waddell
Stage Manager

Jayson T. Waddell (Stage Manager) is proud to return to the Alliance Theatre for his ninth season. At the Alliance, he’s worked on such productions as Candide, Crossing Delancey, Troubadour, Moby Dick, Born for This, Tuck Everlasting, The Geller Girls, A Christmas Carol, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Broke, Sex and the Second City, Next to Normal, Holidays With the Chalks and Bike America. At Atlanta Lyric Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty and Young Frankeinstein. At the Illinois Shakespeare Festival: Shakespeare in Love, I <3 Juliet, Hamlet, Q Gents, Antony & Cleopatra, Macbeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night and A Winter’s Tale. Jayson graduated from the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

Director

Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Director) Is honored to be back at the Alliance Theatre and this time in the role of Director! She directed a critically acclaimed production of Eclipsed at Synchronicity Theater (Best Director, Suzi Bass Award); Graveyard Shift (finalist for the Kendeda playwriting festival) and Atlanta 24 Hour Play event with Working Title Playwrights. Other directing credits include In The Continuum at Clark Atlanta University, Blood On A Cat’s Neck, Armory Theater and she will next be directing Native Garden at Virginia Stage. As an actor, her Alliance Theatre credits include Hospice + Pointing at the Moon, Shakespeare In Love, Disgraced, Blues For an Alabama Sky. In October, she will be remounting her role of Shelly in the Kenny Leon directed production of DOT by Coleman Domingo at the Billie Holiday Theater in New York. My eternal gratitude and love to my husband, Keith, for always pushing me to never give up! 

Tinashe Kajese-Bolden
Tinashe Kajese-Bolden
Director

Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Director) Is honored to be back at the Alliance Theatre and this time in the role of Director! She directed a critically acclaimed production of Eclipsed at Synchronicity Theater (Best Director, Suzi Bass Award); Graveyard Shift (finalist for the Kendeda playwriting festival) and Atlanta 24 Hour Play event with Working Title Playwrights. Other directing credits include In The Continuum at Clark Atlanta University, Blood On A Cat’s Neck, Armory Theater and she will next be directing Native Garden at Virginia Stage. As an actor, her Alliance Theatre credits include Hospice + Pointing at the Moon, Shakespeare In Love, Disgraced, Blues For an Alabama Sky. In October, she will be remounting her role of Shelly in the Kenny Leon directed production of DOT by Coleman Domingo at the Billie Holiday Theater in New York. My eternal gratitude and love to my husband, Keith, for always pushing me to never give up! 

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