DREAM HOUSE

Hertz Stage
Kendeda Winner World Premiere

By Eliana Pipes
Directed by Laurie Woolery

DREAM HOU$E follows two Latina sisters on an HGTV-style reality show who are selling their family home, hoping to capitalize on the gentrification in their “changing neighborhood.” As they perform for the camera, one sister grapples with turmoil in the family’s ancestral past while the other learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the family’s future. What is the cultural cost of progress in America — and is cashing in always selling out? DREAM HOU$E is the winner of the 2021/22 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition.  

DREAM HOU$E is a co-production with Long Wharf Theatre and Baltimore Center Stage.

This performance is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

COVID SAFETY PROCEDURES
Safety for our patrons, artists, and staff is our top priority. With safety in mind and in close consultation with local health experts, the Alliance will require all audience members ages 12 and older to show upon arrival proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test for entry. In accordance with this policy, all guests must show valid ID. For guests under 16, an ID provided for the accompanying adult will be accepted. Guests under the age of 12 are not required to show proof of vaccination or a test result. All guests will be required to wear face masks at all times while in the theater.  Food and beverage will not be allowed in the Hertz Stage. Learn more about our safety policies here.

 

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From the Blog

Watch, Listen, Read: Resources on Gentrification in Atlanta

Watch, Listen, Read: Resources on Gentrification in Atlanta

Interview with the playwright

Watch an interview with playwright Eliana Pipes.

Watch an interview with playwright Eliana Pipes.

Hertz Stage

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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  • "The phrase 'if these walls could talk' takes on new, fascinating and poignant dimensions in the engrossing world premiere production of rising star playwright Eliana Pipes"
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  • "Alliance’s 'Dream Hou$e' is a rich take on pathos and price of gentrification."
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Cast

Darilyn Castillo is a born and bred New Yorker, Graduate of CCNY, where she received her B.A in Theater, and is currently studying at John Jay College to receive her M.A in International Criminal Justice. Credits: Original Cast of Hamilton AndPeggy Company
(Peggy Schuyler & Maria Reynolds), Hamilton Philip Company (Peggy Schuyler & Maria Reynolds), The Lion King (Nala U/S), Beastgirl at the Kennedy Center (Cami). TV: “And Just like That,” “Law and Order: Organized Crime,” 74th Tony Awards, and “Boardwalk Empire.” Darilyn is also a recording artist. You can find her EP called “Constellation” and her Spanish single, “Ella Y No Conmigo” on all streaming platforms. She has produced her own music videos for the songs “Still Calling” and “Ella Y No Conmigo,” which can be found on YouTube. She is currently the host of “Morenita” Podcast where she dives deep on the Latinx experience. (Available on all platforms.) www.darilyncastillo.com 

Darilyn Castillo
Darilyn Castillo
Julia

Darilyn Castillo is a born and bred New Yorker, Graduate of CCNY, where she received her B.A in Theater, and is currently studying at John Jay College to receive her M.A in International Criminal Justice. Credits: Original Cast of Hamilton AndPeggy Company
(Peggy Schuyler & Maria Reynolds), Hamilton Philip Company (Peggy Schuyler & Maria Reynolds), The Lion King (Nala U/S), Beastgirl at the Kennedy Center (Cami). TV: “And Just like That,” “Law and Order: Organized Crime,” 74th Tony Awards, and “Boardwalk Empire.” Darilyn is also a recording artist. You can find her EP called “Constellation” and her Spanish single, “Ella Y No Conmigo” on all streaming platforms. She has produced her own music videos for the songs “Still Calling” and “Ella Y No Conmigo,” which can be found on YouTube. She is currently the host of “Morenita” Podcast where she dives deep on the Latinx experience. (Available on all platforms.) www.darilyncastillo.com 

Jacqueline Correa: Regional theater: The Crucible, Murder on the Orient Express (Resident Ensemble Players), JQA (Arena Stage), Native Gardens (Guthrie Theater & Arena Stage), Macbeth (Arkansas Rep), The Women of Padilla (Two Rivers Theater), Brick City (Premiere Stages), Hamlet, Rosencrantz&Guildenstern are Dead (Guthrie/The Acting Company), Confluence (Guthrie Theater), On the Verge,  American Tet (CATF). Other stage credits include: The Gardens of Anuncia (The Public Theater), A Christmas Carol, The Cradle Song (The Acting Company) Film credits: War Words, The Dog Days, and Once a Year. She holds an MFA from the Professional Theater Training Program at The University of Delaware.

Jacqueline Correa
Jacqueline Correa
Patricia

Jacqueline Correa: Regional theater: The Crucible, Murder on the Orient Express (Resident Ensemble Players), JQA (Arena Stage), Native Gardens (Guthrie Theater & Arena Stage), Macbeth (Arkansas Rep), The Women of Padilla (Two Rivers Theater), Brick City (Premiere Stages), Hamlet, Rosencrantz&Guildenstern are Dead (Guthrie/The Acting Company), Confluence (Guthrie Theater), On the Verge,  American Tet (CATF). Other stage credits include: The Gardens of Anuncia (The Public Theater), A Christmas Carol, The Cradle Song (The Acting Company) Film credits: War Words, The Dog Days, and Once a Year. She holds an MFA from the Professional Theater Training Program at The University of Delaware.

Katie Gonzalez is thrilled to be making her Alliance debut in Dream Hou$e! Born and raised in Tampa, Fl, Katie has been performing since childhood. She later moved to Chicago where she earned her B.F.A. in musical theater at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Some recent credits include Pledge Drive and Shamed (TEN at the Gift Theatre), Elizabeth in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Theatre Squared), and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Vista). Katie is also a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf Theater and appeared in Season 9 of Chicago Fire on NBC. She just recently relocated to Atlanta and is thrilled to be joining this artistic community. Katie is represented by Stewart Talent Chicago and Baron Entertainment Atlanta. She sends thanks to the artistic team for this opportunity and love to Dad, Mom, and Joshua for their continued support! www.Katie-Gonzalez.com 

Katie Gonzalez
Katie Gonzalez
Ensemble

Katie Gonzalez is thrilled to be making her Alliance debut in Dream Hou$e! Born and raised in Tampa, Fl, Katie has been performing since childhood. She later moved to Chicago where she earned her B.F.A. in musical theater at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Some recent credits include Pledge Drive and Shamed (TEN at the Gift Theatre), Elizabeth in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Theatre Squared), and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Vista). Katie is also a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf Theater and appeared in Season 9 of Chicago Fire on NBC. She just recently relocated to Atlanta and is thrilled to be joining this artistic community. Katie is represented by Stewart Talent Chicago and Baron Entertainment Atlanta. She sends thanks to the artistic team for this opportunity and love to Dad, Mom, and Joshua for their continued support! www.Katie-Gonzalez.com 

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Kenneth C. Lewis is making his theater debut in Dream Hou$e. Kenneth, a graduating Theater and Performance student at Morehouse College, is a lyricist/songwriter who has been working in the music industry for the past decade. In recent years, Kenneth has applied his creative skills in efforts of being a positive disruptor in Hollywood and Broadway. Through his acting, Kenneth aspires to enlighten, inspire and to help facilitate authentic storytelling for people of color for future generations. He lives by the personal mantra: “leave it better than you found it”-approaching every new endeavor with this mindset. In upcoming years, Kenneth aims to be a part of contributing to ground breaking history.

Kenneth C. Lewis
Kenneth C. Lewis
Ensemble

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Kenneth C. Lewis is making his theater debut in Dream Hou$e. Kenneth, a graduating Theater and Performance student at Morehouse College, is a lyricist/songwriter who has been working in the music industry for the past decade. In recent years, Kenneth has applied his creative skills in efforts of being a positive disruptor in Hollywood and Broadway. Through his acting, Kenneth aspires to enlighten, inspire and to help facilitate authentic storytelling for people of color for future generations. He lives by the personal mantra: “leave it better than you found it”-approaching every new endeavor with this mindset. In upcoming years, Kenneth aims to be a part of contributing to ground breaking history.

Blake Lowe is an Atlanta-based performer and filmmaker. Currently completing a Master of Arts in film production, Blake has worked in the film and television industry as a production assistant and camera operator, as well as freelancing for over five years as a digital video creator. A longtime participant in Georgia State University’s Atlanta City Theatre, he is making his Alliance Theatre debut in Dream Hou$e

Blake Lowe
Blake Lowe
Ensemble

Blake Lowe is an Atlanta-based performer and filmmaker. Currently completing a Master of Arts in film production, Blake has worked in the film and television industry as a production assistant and camera operator, as well as freelancing for over five years as a digital video creator. A longtime participant in Georgia State University’s Atlanta City Theatre, he is making his Alliance Theatre debut in Dream Hou$e

Marianna McClellan is a NYC based performer and writer. She played Nina in the NYC premiere of Stupid F*cking Bird, has worked off-Broadway (Pearl Theatre, Ars Nova, Theatre Row +) and regionally (Humana Festival, Denver Center, Portland Center Stage, Contemporary American Theatre Festival +). Marianna is a member of Virago, an all female-identifying, physical theatre company and has collaborated with Clockwork Theatre Company and Woodshed Collective, among others. TV and Film Credits include "High Maintenance" (HBO); "The Good Fight" (CBS); "The Blacklist" (NBC); "Two Plains and a Fancy" (BAMcinemaFest); and the upcoming indie feature Straighten Up and Fly Right. She stars in the scripted sci-fi podcast Cryptids

Marianna McClellan
Marianna McClellan
Tessa

Marianna McClellan is a NYC based performer and writer. She played Nina in the NYC premiere of Stupid F*cking Bird, has worked off-Broadway (Pearl Theatre, Ars Nova, Theatre Row +) and regionally (Humana Festival, Denver Center, Portland Center Stage, Contemporary American Theatre Festival +). Marianna is a member of Virago, an all female-identifying, physical theatre company and has collaborated with Clockwork Theatre Company and Woodshed Collective, among others. TV and Film Credits include "High Maintenance" (HBO); "The Good Fight" (CBS); "The Blacklist" (NBC); "Two Plains and a Fancy" (BAMcinemaFest); and the upcoming indie feature Straighten Up and Fly Right. She stars in the scripted sci-fi podcast Cryptids

Shelby Woolridge has always been active in the theatre and is a recent Alumna of Spelman college’s Drama department. Dream Hou$e is her first production with the Alliance and she is thrilled to work with the company. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Shelby has always had a passion for the performing arts. She has played roles from the contemporary works of Katori Hall (Miss Mary, Saturday night/Sunday Morning), Kirsten Greenidge (Talisha, Milk like Sugar) and A.R. Gurney (Anna, What I Did Last Summer). She is excited to be here and share many more stories in the future! 

Shelby Woolridge
Shelby Woolridge
Ensemble

Shelby Woolridge has always been active in the theatre and is a recent Alumna of Spelman college’s Drama department. Dream Hou$e is her first production with the Alliance and she is thrilled to work with the company. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Shelby has always had a passion for the performing arts. She has played roles from the contemporary works of Katori Hall (Miss Mary, Saturday night/Sunday Morning), Kirsten Greenidge (Talisha, Milk like Sugar) and A.R. Gurney (Anna, What I Did Last Summer). She is excited to be here and share many more stories in the future! 

Writers

Eliana Pipes is a playwright, performer and filmmaker. Her plays include Dream Hou$e (world premiere co-production at Alliance Theater, Long Wharf Theater, and Baltimore Center Stage), Unf*ckwithable (Drama League DirectorFest), Cowboy and the Moon (Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, NNPN MFA Playwright's Workshop), Lorena: a Tabloid Epic (The Playwright's Realm Scratchpad Series), and Stand and Wait (The Fire This Time Festival). She's been awarded the KCACTF Harold & Mimi Steinberg Award and Ken Ludwig Scholarship, Leah Ryan Fund Prize for Emerging Women Writers, National Latinx Playwright Award, Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Playwriting Prize, and a two-time finalist status for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwriting Conference. As a filmmaker she won the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the inaugural WAVE Grant through Wavelength Productions to support the production of her animated short film. BA Columbia University, MFA Playwriting Boston University. More at www.elianapipes.com

Eliana Pipes
Eliana Pipes
Playwright

Eliana Pipes is a playwright, performer and filmmaker. Her plays include Dream Hou$e (world premiere co-production at Alliance Theater, Long Wharf Theater, and Baltimore Center Stage), Unf*ckwithable (Drama League DirectorFest), Cowboy and the Moon (Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, NNPN MFA Playwright's Workshop), Lorena: a Tabloid Epic (The Playwright's Realm Scratchpad Series), and Stand and Wait (The Fire This Time Festival). She's been awarded the KCACTF Harold & Mimi Steinberg Award and Ken Ludwig Scholarship, Leah Ryan Fund Prize for Emerging Women Writers, National Latinx Playwright Award, Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Playwriting Prize, and a two-time finalist status for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwriting Conference. As a filmmaker she won the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the inaugural WAVE Grant through Wavelength Productions to support the production of her animated short film. BA Columbia University, MFA Playwriting Boston University. More at www.elianapipes.com

Director

Laurie Woolery is a director, playwright, citizen artist and community organizer who works in theaters across the country including The Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory, Trinity Repertory, Goodman Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, and South Coast Repertory. Projects include the world premiere of Mary Kathryn Nagle’s Manahatta at both Yale Repertory and Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the world premiere musical of As You Like It co-created with Shaina Taub for the Public Theater. In 2020, Laurie produced the documentary Under the Greenwood Tree that tells the story of how the Public Works community banded together amidst the global pandemic and antiracist uprising as well as curating the national community public art installation The Seed Project on the façade of The Public Theater featuring 164 Public Works community members sharing their hopes for the future. Laurie has developed new work with diverse communities ranging from incarcerated women to residents of a Kansas town devastated by a tornado. She creates site-specific work ranging from a working sawmill in Eureka to the banks of the Los Angeles River. Laurie is the Director of Public Works at The Public Theater, a program that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Working with partner organizations in all 5 boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. Laurie is the former Associate Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, Conservatory Director at South Coast Repertory and founding member of The Sol Project. Laurie is a recipient of the Fuller Road Fellowship for Women Directors of Color, 2020 United States Artists recipient and the 2021 American for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. www.lauriewoolery.com

Laurie Woolery
Laurie Woolery
Director

Laurie Woolery is a director, playwright, citizen artist and community organizer who works in theaters across the country including The Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory, Trinity Repertory, Goodman Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, and South Coast Repertory. Projects include the world premiere of Mary Kathryn Nagle’s Manahatta at both Yale Repertory and Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the world premiere musical of As You Like It co-created with Shaina Taub for the Public Theater. In 2020, Laurie produced the documentary Under the Greenwood Tree that tells the story of how the Public Works community banded together amidst the global pandemic and antiracist uprising as well as curating the national community public art installation The Seed Project on the façade of The Public Theater featuring 164 Public Works community members sharing their hopes for the future. Laurie has developed new work with diverse communities ranging from incarcerated women to residents of a Kansas town devastated by a tornado. She creates site-specific work ranging from a working sawmill in Eureka to the banks of the Los Angeles River. Laurie is the Director of Public Works at The Public Theater, a program that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Working with partner organizations in all 5 boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. Laurie is the former Associate Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, Conservatory Director at South Coast Repertory and founding member of The Sol Project. Laurie is a recipient of the Fuller Road Fellowship for Women Directors of Color, 2020 United States Artists recipient and the 2021 American for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. www.lauriewoolery.com

Creative

Stephanie Osin Cohen - Off Broadway: Tambo and Bones (Playwrights Horizons); Ni Mi Madre (Rattlestick Theatre). Regional: Tambo and Bones (upcoming Center Theatre Group); 39 Steps (upcoming Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Hurricane Diane (Huntington Theatre Company), Men on Boats (Baltimore Center Stage); Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally (Baltimore Center Stage & Playwrights Realm); It’s a Wonderful Life (Hartford Stage); This American Wife (Next Door @ New York Theater Workshop); LOVE (Marin Theatre Company); Good Faith (Yale Repertory Theater); Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library (Luna Stage); Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford). Film: This American Wife (Fake Friends, Jeremy O. Harris, FourthWall); Circle Jerk (Fake Friends, Jeremy O. Harris, Mitu580); Chaperone (upcoming premiere at Sundance); Drills (premiered at NYFF); Home Exercise; Candace. Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama; Productions included: Pentecost, Much Ado About Nothing, Lear, Fade, The Guadalupes, Avital, Sweeney Todd. BA, Brandeis University. Awards: Fulbright Scholar; 2019 Burry Fredrik Design Fellowship. www.stephanieosincohen.com

Stephanie Osin Cohen
Stephanie Osin Cohen
Scenic Design

Stephanie Osin Cohen - Off Broadway: Tambo and Bones (Playwrights Horizons); Ni Mi Madre (Rattlestick Theatre). Regional: Tambo and Bones (upcoming Center Theatre Group); 39 Steps (upcoming Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Hurricane Diane (Huntington Theatre Company), Men on Boats (Baltimore Center Stage); Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally (Baltimore Center Stage & Playwrights Realm); It’s a Wonderful Life (Hartford Stage); This American Wife (Next Door @ New York Theater Workshop); LOVE (Marin Theatre Company); Good Faith (Yale Repertory Theater); Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library (Luna Stage); Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford). Film: This American Wife (Fake Friends, Jeremy O. Harris, FourthWall); Circle Jerk (Fake Friends, Jeremy O. Harris, Mitu580); Chaperone (upcoming premiere at Sundance); Drills (premiered at NYFF); Home Exercise; Candace. Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama; Productions included: Pentecost, Much Ado About Nothing, Lear, Fade, The Guadalupes, Avital, Sweeney Todd. BA, Brandeis University. Awards: Fulbright Scholar; 2019 Burry Fredrik Design Fellowship. www.stephanieosincohen.com

Mark Holthusen is best known for creating images that push boundaries. With a career that spans photography, motion, theater and digital innovation, Mark’s work contains a relentless elegance that extends from his painterly imagery to his graphic animations. From album art to music videos, Mark has created distinctive work for performers including Roger Waters, American Music Club, The Tiger Lillies, 16 Horsepower, and The Dodos. Mark’s award-winning work has been lauded by Communication Arts, Graphis, American Photography, and PDN. Mark has also won the IPA Photographer of the Year Awards for both Advertising and Music. Raised in Reno, Nevada, it’s only fitting that Mark’s past projects have included capturing Appalachia’s demolition derbies, Nevada’s brothels, and portraits of Oaxaca’s gender bending muxes. Currently, Mark is working on a variety advertising and artistic commissions. Mark splits his time between Brooklyn NY and Hudson Valley where he has an old farm workshop and studio where he designs and creates his projects.   

Mark Holthusen
Mark Holthusen
Projection Design

Mark Holthusen is best known for creating images that push boundaries. With a career that spans photography, motion, theater and digital innovation, Mark’s work contains a relentless elegance that extends from his painterly imagery to his graphic animations. From album art to music videos, Mark has created distinctive work for performers including Roger Waters, American Music Club, The Tiger Lillies, 16 Horsepower, and The Dodos. Mark’s award-winning work has been lauded by Communication Arts, Graphis, American Photography, and PDN. Mark has also won the IPA Photographer of the Year Awards for both Advertising and Music. Raised in Reno, Nevada, it’s only fitting that Mark’s past projects have included capturing Appalachia’s demolition derbies, Nevada’s brothels, and portraits of Oaxaca’s gender bending muxes. Currently, Mark is working on a variety advertising and artistic commissions. Mark splits his time between Brooklyn NY and Hudson Valley where he has an old farm workshop and studio where he designs and creates his projects.   

Jason Lynch is a Chicago-based lighting designer and makes his Alliance Theatre debut with this production. Chicago credits include work with Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, among others. Recent regional credits include work with Alley Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Minetta Lane Theatre in NYC, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Jason is honored to have his recent work on the Goodman Theatre’s real-time, online ‘Live’ series and an immersive 360° production of THE WILD PARTY at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts featured in American Theatre Magazine. He was also the recipient of the 2019 Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award which recognizes emerging theatrical designers within the Chicago area. Jason is a proud member of The Association for Lighting Production and Design and is represented by The Gersh Agency. www.jasondlynch.com 

Jason Lynch
Jason Lynch
Lighting Design

Jason Lynch is a Chicago-based lighting designer and makes his Alliance Theatre debut with this production. Chicago credits include work with Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, among others. Recent regional credits include work with Alley Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Minetta Lane Theatre in NYC, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Jason is honored to have his recent work on the Goodman Theatre’s real-time, online ‘Live’ series and an immersive 360° production of THE WILD PARTY at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts featured in American Theatre Magazine. He was also the recipient of the 2019 Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award which recognizes emerging theatrical designers within the Chicago area. Jason is a proud member of The Association for Lighting Production and Design and is represented by The Gersh Agency. www.jasondlynch.com 

Alliance debut. Broadway credits include All The Way, The Great Society, and Julius Caesar. Regional credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival (25 productions), Seattle Rep, Guthrie, Yale Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, Long Wharf, Geffen Playhouse, Playmakers Rep, Hartford Stage, Cal Shakes, Utah Shakes, Berkeley Rep, Asolo Rep, American Conservatory, American Repertory, Cincinnati Playhouse, Great Lakes, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley Theatre, Kennedy Center, and is a former ensemble member of Cornerstone Theater Company. Paul’s commercial work includes extensive theme park and museum installations and multiple national tours with Diavolo Dance Theater. Accolades include Grammy and Drama Desk nominations, and he is the recipient of Broadway World, Ovation, Drama-Logue, Garland, Gregory, Footlight, and Gypsy awards. His work as a singer/songwriter has appeared in films, on recordings, and in music venues nationwide.

Paul James Prendergast
Paul James Prendergast
Sound Design / Composer

Alliance debut. Broadway credits include All The Way, The Great Society, and Julius Caesar. Regional credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival (25 productions), Seattle Rep, Guthrie, Yale Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, Long Wharf, Geffen Playhouse, Playmakers Rep, Hartford Stage, Cal Shakes, Utah Shakes, Berkeley Rep, Asolo Rep, American Conservatory, American Repertory, Cincinnati Playhouse, Great Lakes, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley Theatre, Kennedy Center, and is a former ensemble member of Cornerstone Theater Company. Paul’s commercial work includes extensive theme park and museum installations and multiple national tours with Diavolo Dance Theater. Accolades include Grammy and Drama Desk nominations, and he is the recipient of Broadway World, Ovation, Drama-Logue, Garland, Gregory, Footlight, and Gypsy awards. His work as a singer/songwriter has appeared in films, on recordings, and in music venues nationwide.

Jayson T. Waddell is proud to return to the Alliance Theatre for his eleventh season. At the Alliance, he’s worked on such productions as Darlin’ Cory, Native Guard, Songs to Grow On, Data, A Drive-In Christmas Carol, Becoming Nancy, Approval Junkie, Ever After, Nick’s Flamingo Grille, 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: Oliver, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty, and Young Frankenstein. 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 is proud to return to the Alliance Theatre for his eleventh season. At the Alliance, he’s worked on such productions as Darlin’ Cory, Native Guard, Songs to Grow On, Data, A Drive-In Christmas Carol, Becoming Nancy, Approval Junkie, Ever After, Nick’s Flamingo Grille, 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: Oliver, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty, and Young Frankenstein. 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. 

Alexis K. Woodard is an Atlanta-based director and producer, proud Spelman College Alumna, and current Spelman Leadership Fellow at the Alliance Theatre. Her directing credits include Romeo + Juliet, Eurydice (Spelman College), Finished What We Started (Morehouse College), Hamlet (The Tiny Theatre Company), Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments (Alliance Theatre), A Kids Play About Racism (Bay Area Children’s Theatre), A Christmas Carol (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), as well as assistant directing for the Suzi Award winning play, Hands of Color (Synchronicity Theatre). Associate directing credits include A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play and Working (Alliance Theatre). Up next, she will direct Do You Love The Dark? (Alliance Theatre). She has also worked backstage on several productions such as Holler If You Hear Me (True Colors Theatre) and Hospice + Pointing At The Moon (Alliance Theatre). Film Credits include From the Ashes (Director, Alliance Theatre Anywhere), Hands Up Teasers (Co-Director, Alliance Theatre), and When Morning Comes (Writer). 

Alexis Woodard
Alexis Woodard
Associate Director

Alexis K. Woodard is an Atlanta-based director and producer, proud Spelman College Alumna, and current Spelman Leadership Fellow at the Alliance Theatre. Her directing credits include Romeo + Juliet, Eurydice (Spelman College), Finished What We Started (Morehouse College), Hamlet (The Tiny Theatre Company), Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments (Alliance Theatre), A Kids Play About Racism (Bay Area Children’s Theatre), A Christmas Carol (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), as well as assistant directing for the Suzi Award winning play, Hands of Color (Synchronicity Theatre). Associate directing credits include A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play and Working (Alliance Theatre). Up next, she will direct Do You Love The Dark? (Alliance Theatre). She has also worked backstage on several productions such as Holler If You Hear Me (True Colors Theatre) and Hospice + Pointing At The Moon (Alliance Theatre). Film Credits include From the Ashes (Director, Alliance Theatre Anywhere), Hands Up Teasers (Co-Director, Alliance Theatre), and When Morning Comes (Writer). 

Haydee Zelideth believes that clothes are a powerful tool of one’s own personal statement. In their own way they carry on public conversations with others and they share stories about who we are, who we are not, and who we wish to be. They are a means of exploring how to manipulate our perception of the human body and mind, in how our appearance (both physical and in what we wear) inform how the world chooses to engage or disengage with us, and how these images can open up perceptions of race, class, socioeconomic status, and more - all of which are conversations that most interest her. She is a Mexican American that grew up on both sides of the border. These experiences inform her point of view and how she approaches her work as a storyteller, giving depth, dimension and color to the specificities of someone’s life. 

Haydee Zelideth
Haydee Zelideth
Costume Design

Haydee Zelideth believes that clothes are a powerful tool of one’s own personal statement. In their own way they carry on public conversations with others and they share stories about who we are, who we are not, and who we wish to be. They are a means of exploring how to manipulate our perception of the human body and mind, in how our appearance (both physical and in what we wear) inform how the world chooses to engage or disengage with us, and how these images can open up perceptions of race, class, socioeconomic status, and more - all of which are conversations that most interest her. She is a Mexican American that grew up on both sides of the border. These experiences inform her point of view and how she approaches her work as a storyteller, giving depth, dimension and color to the specificities of someone’s life. 

Understudies

Katie Gonzalez is thrilled to be making her Alliance debut in Dream Hou$e! Born and raised in Tampa, Fl, Katie has been performing since childhood. She later moved to Chicago where she earned her B.F.A. in musical theater at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Some recent credits include Pledge Drive and Shamed (TEN at the Gift Theatre), Elizabeth in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Theatre Squared), and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Vista). Katie is also a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf Theater and appeared in Season 9 of Chicago Fire on NBC. She just recently relocated to Atlanta and is thrilled to be joining this artistic community. Katie is represented by Stewart Talent Chicago and Baron Entertainment Atlanta. She sends thanks to the artistic team for this opportunity and love to Dad, Mom, and Joshua for their continued support! www.Katie-Gonzalez.com&nbsp;

Katie Gonzalez
Katie Gonzalez
Julia

Katie Gonzalez is thrilled to be making her Alliance debut in Dream Hou$e! Born and raised in Tampa, Fl, Katie has been performing since childhood. She later moved to Chicago where she earned her B.F.A. in musical theater at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Some recent credits include Pledge Drive and Shamed (TEN at the Gift Theatre), Elizabeth in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Theatre Squared), and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Vista). Katie is also a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf Theater and appeared in Season 9 of Chicago Fire on NBC. She just recently relocated to Atlanta and is thrilled to be joining this artistic community. Katie is represented by Stewart Talent Chicago and Baron Entertainment Atlanta. She sends thanks to the artistic team for this opportunity and love to Dad, Mom, and Joshua for their continued support! www.Katie-Gonzalez.com&nbsp;

Gabrielle Stephenson is ecstatic to make her debut with Alliance after previously understudying a role for a show that was unfortunately canceled due to the initial hit of the pandemic. She has performed with a number of theaters throughout Atlanta and North Carolina and is a recent graduate of the Meisner Intensive at the Robert Mello Studio (favorite roles include Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Madge in Picnic and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show). She is also a skilled scenic artist and designer, painting at spaces like the Georgia Aquarium, Center for Puppetry Arts and Legacy Theatre, among others, as well as designing sets for immersive events and various theatrical productions. She is happy to see the resilience of the arts throughout this time. Thank you always to her husband, family and friends for their constant support. Gabriellestephenson.com / Gabriellescenicartist.com 

Gabrielle Stephenson
Gabrielle Stephenson
Tessa / Ensemble

Gabrielle Stephenson is ecstatic to make her debut with Alliance after previously understudying a role for a show that was unfortunately canceled due to the initial hit of the pandemic. She has performed with a number of theaters throughout Atlanta and North Carolina and is a recent graduate of the Meisner Intensive at the Robert Mello Studio (favorite roles include Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Madge in Picnic and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show). She is also a skilled scenic artist and designer, painting at spaces like the Georgia Aquarium, Center for Puppetry Arts and Legacy Theatre, among others, as well as designing sets for immersive events and various theatrical productions. She is happy to see the resilience of the arts throughout this time. Thank you always to her husband, family and friends for their constant support. Gabriellestephenson.com / Gabriellescenicartist.com 

Shelby Woolridge has always been active in the theatre and is a recent Alumna of Spelman college’s Drama department. Dream Hou$e is her first production with the Alliance and she is thrilled to work with the company. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Shelby has always had a passion for the performing arts. She has played roles from the contemporary works of Katori Hall (Miss Mary, Saturday night/Sunday Morning), Kirsten Greenidge (Talisha, Milk like Sugar) and A.R. Gurney (Anna, What I Did Last Summer). She is excited to be here and share many more stories in the future! 

Shelby Woolridge
Shelby Woolridge
Patricia

Shelby Woolridge has always been active in the theatre and is a recent Alumna of Spelman college’s Drama department. Dream Hou$e is her first production with the Alliance and she is thrilled to work with the company. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Shelby has always had a passion for the performing arts. She has played roles from the contemporary works of Katori Hall (Miss Mary, Saturday night/Sunday Morning), Kirsten Greenidge (Talisha, Milk like Sugar) and A.R. Gurney (Anna, What I Did Last Summer). She is excited to be here and share many more stories in the future! 

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