BRIAN LEE HUYNH (Kemp/Eiji) makes his TheatreSquared debut with Fault. On Broadway, he appeared as Captain Stewart in the original cast of War Horse (Lincoln Center Theatre). Off-Broadway credits include Claudio/Elbow in Measure for Measure (Epic Theatre Ensemble). Regional credits include new plays with The Debate Society/NYSAF, People’s Light and Theatre and Capital Repertory Company. Last year he made his network debut on “Elementary” (CBS.) He holds a BFA and MFA from Ithaca College and USD/Old Globe, respectively.
REBECCA HIROTA (Molly/Moto) makes her TheatreSquared debut with Fault. Selected New York credits include Romeo & Juliet (Classic Stage Company), Artaud/Artaud (Signature), The Tower (HERE Arts Center) & MotherBoard (AntiMatter Collective). Selected regional and international credits include The Most Deserving (Denver Center), Caviar on Credit (The Guthrie), 36 Vews (The Huntington & Quantum Theatre) & Miss Saigon (Forestburgh Playhouse). Television credits include “Elementary”, “Gossip Girl”, “Unforgettable”, and “Law & Order”. She holds an MFA from Columbia University.
RYAN GEORGE (Gabe) makes his TheatreSquared debut with Fault. His NYC credits include the titular role in Othello (Alchemical Theatre Laboratory) and Jeb in Rush (Paradise Factory Theatre). Regional credits include Oshoosi Size in The Brothers Size (GableStage), Caliban in The Tempest (Hippodrome Theatre), and Spike in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (Florida Repertory Theatre). He holds a BFA.in Acting from the University of Florida.
Seth Andrew Bridges
Amy Herzberg, Director
AMY HERZBERG (Associate Artistic Director) is a co-founder of TheatreSquared (T2) and is a Distinguished Professor directing the MFA/BA acting programs at the University of Arkansas. Acting credits include work at La Jolla Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Valle Christi International Theatre Festival (Italy), and San Diego Repertory Theatre, where she was in the resident company for four years. Recent performances in new plays include the Blank Theatre (Los Angeles), New Harmony Project (Indiana), New York Theatre Workshop, Theatre J (Washington DC), Cambridge University, and English Theatre Berlin (Germany). For TheatreSquared, she has directed Great Expectations, One Man, Two Guvnors, Amadeus, Good People, Bad Dates, The Last Five Years, Moonlight and Magnolias and Next to Normal. She appeared in T2’s world premiere of My Father’s War, a play about her father’s experiences in WWII, and in numerous roles for the Arkansas New Play Festival. She has directed over 30 productions for the U of A, including most recently Assassins. She has received numerous honors for her work, including the Kennedy Center’s ACTF National Acting Teacher Fellowship (2003), U of A's Charles and Nadine Baum Teaching Award (2005), Fulbright College Master Teacher Award (2013), and, along with her husband, the Governor's Arts Award (2013). Her former students regularly perform on and off Broadway, in major regional theatres, and in film and television. She holds an MFA in Acting from Cal Arts, with additional training from American Conservatory Theatre and the Actors Center in New York.
(Bruce) returns to TheatreSquared, where he was last seen as Dan in Next to Normal. On Broadway, he understudied and performed the roles of Beast and Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, and starred as Sam Carmichael in the Las Vegas company of Mamma Mia! Additional credits include The World Goes Round (Pittsburgh Public), Children of Eden (Ford’s Theatre), We Will Rock You (Las Vegas), Idaho! The Musical (NYMF), Mame (North Shore), and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Sacramento Music Circus). An Arkansas native, he holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in acting from the University of Arizona.
(Helen Bechdel) returns to TheatreSquared, after appearing as Diana in Next to Normal. On Broadway, she appeared as Christine Daee in The Phantom of The Opera and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. National tours include Christine in The Phantom of The Opera and Rita in 100 Years of Broadway. Off-Broadway credits include Lady Edith in The Prince and the Pauper (Lambs Theatre), Ethel Chichester in Peg O' My Heart (Irish Repertory Theater), Diva in Plesir D'Amor (59E59), and Katrrin Binder in Flirtation (Marvel Repertory). Chicago credits include Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Laurey in Oklahama (Marriot's Lincolnshire). She recently appeared as Ethel McCormick in Footloose (Fulton Theatre). She holds a BA in opera from Simpson College and an MM from Northwestern University.
Autumn Rae Shannon
(Small Alison) makes her TheatreSquared debut. Regional credits include playing Molly in Annie. Television credits include her role as Lauren in The Lauren Cooper Story on World's Astonishing News. She has appeared in several films, and recently played David Arquette's daughter, Daisy, in Tortoise. In addition to acting and singing, she is a songwriter. She is currently writing her second album of original music, to be released in 2018. Her future aspirations include touring to perform her own concerts, a Disney show, and Broadway.
(Alison) makes her TheatreSquared debut. Off-Broadway: Laurie Partridge in The Bardy Bunch (Theatre at St. Clements), The Music Man (with Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, at the Transport Group), Kate in Urban Momfare (SoHo Playhouse), Mexican Hayride (Musicals Tonight). Regional credits include the world premieres of Wendy MacLeod's Drop a Dime and Lauren Yee's The Carousel of Progress, both at the Queens Theatre. She was a featured storyteller on NPR's The Moth and The Moth GrandSlam. She holds a Bachelor of Music in classical vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
(Joan) makes her TheatreSquared debut. Most recently seen in New York as Lily Livingston in the Metropolitan Playhouse production of On Striver's Row, she also played Lisa in the Mamma Mia! National Tour. Other credits include Joanne Jefferson in RENT, Susannah in Tintypes, Cassandra in Vanya and Sonya... and Lorraine in All Shook Up. This fall she can be seen as Kali in the hit web series Situationships (Season 2) on Blavity. A native of Oakland, California, she trained in New York City at the CAP21 Professional Musical Theatre Program.
Halley Electra Mayo
(Medium Alison) was previously seen at TheatreSquared in Sundown Town and and the Arkansas New Play Festival (Sundown Town, Fall of the House 2010, Little War in Little Rock 2016, TransAtlantic 2017). Regional credits include Arkansas Shakespeare, Great Plains Theatre and Sierra Repertory. She appeared in the National Tour of A Christmas Carol. She holds a BA in theatre arts and dance from Hendrix College, studied musical theatre at NYU's CAP21, and is a second year MFA acting candidate at the University of Arkansas.
(Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby) makes his TheatreSquared debut. Off-Broadway credits include The Christians (Playwrights Horizons), and Pillars of New York (St. Luke’s). National Tour credits include Norman Petty/ Buddy Holly Understudy in BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story. Regional credits include Boland in Dogfight, Demetrius/Tytania in Midsummer, and Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs. He is an alum of NYU Tisch New Studio on Broadway.
(Christian) makes his TheatreSquared and professional debut. He has performed at Arts Live Theatre (The Boxcar Children), attended the TheatreSquared Summer Drama Academy and New School Musical Theatre Camp, and sung with the University of Arkansas Children’s Choir. He is studying jazz trumpet and is an avid reader and writer. He is a sixth grader at Owl Creek Middle School and alum of Washington Elementary.
(John) makes his TheatreSquared and professional debut. He has acted at Arts Live Theatre (The Boxcar Children) and in the TheatreSquared Summer Drama Academy. Along with his brother, Alexander, he has sung with the University of Arkansas Children’s Choir. He studies banjo with Clarke Buehling and is learning Mandarin Chinese. He is a fifth grader at Owl Creek and a recent alum of Washington Elementary.
Reginald L. Douglas (Director)
Reginald L. Douglas (Director) is the Artistic Producer of City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, a leading center for the development and production of bold new plays. At City, Reginald curates, line-produces, and directs in the theater’s six-show season and annual Momentum Festival of New Plays; oversees casting operations and artistic initiatives; and builds community and artistic partnerships both locally and nationally. In addition to his career at City, he directs extensively throughout the country, having worked at venues including the Eugene O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference and National Music Theatre Conferences, Theater Works Hartford, Theatre Squared, Playwrights Center, McCarter, Luna Stage, Harlem Stage, Wild Project, Signature Center, Drama League, Rattlestick, and many others. He has developed and directed plays by many acclaimed writers including Dominique Morisseau, Colman Domingo, Nikkole Salter, Zakiyyah Alexander & Imani Uzuri, Josh Wilder, Harrison David Rivers, Korde Arrington Tuttle, Amy Evans, Craig “muMs” Grant, Laura Brienza, Angelica Chéri, James MacLindon, Natalia Naman, Bil Wright, Kevin R. Free, Drew Larimore, and several others. Reginald has received fellowships from New York Theatre Workshop and the Lark; was a member of the Actors Studio’s Playwrights and Directors Unit; has assistant directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally; and has served on the selection committees for several local and national fellowships and grants panels. He has lectured in directing at the National Theatre Institute and Point Park University, where he directed a lauded production of Charles Mee’s Big Love last season. Named “One of Top 10 People to Meet” by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Reginald has been profiled by Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Pittsburgh Today Live, The Lynne Hayes-Freeland Show, Soul Pitt Quarterly,and Stage Buddy.His directorial work has been hailed by The New York Times, Village Voice, Talkin' Broadway, The Star Ledger,and other leading publications. Reginald is a proud graduate of Georgetown University and member of SDC. Upcoming work includes the world premiere productions of Cori Thomas’ Citizens Market (City Theatre) and Ashman and Menken’s Little Shop of Horrors (University of Pittsburgh). www.reginalddouglas.com
Amy Evans (Playwright)
Amy Evans (Playwright) is a writer and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her play The Champion, inspired by the life of the legendary Nina Simone, was featured in the 2016 Arkansas New Play Festival and is slated to premiere at TheatreSquared in October 2017. Her plays include Achidi J’s Final Hours(Finborough Theatre), Many Men’s Wife (Tricycle Theatre), The Next Question (HB Playwrights Foundation), The Big Nickel (Soho Theatre), and The Most Unsatisfied Town (English Theatre Berlin International Performing Arts Center). Amy has given workshops Humboldt University and the Institute of Cultural Inquiry Kulturlabor in Berlin, and is an alumna of Hedgebrook Women Writers’ Residency, BRICLab Performing Arts Residency, 651 Arts’ Artist Development Program, and Interstate 73 Playwrights’ Group. She holds an MA in Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Joy Jones (Nina Simone) returns to TheatreSquared, where she previously appeared in the 2016 Arkansas New Play Festival workshop of The Champion. New York credits include Zaide (Lincoln Center Festival), a previous workshop of The Champion (BRIC Media Arts, and workshops at the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons and the Culture Project. She appeared internationally with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Tantalus. National credits include Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest (Arkansas Repertory); Mary T & Lizzy K (Arena Stage), Fences (Everyman Theatre); Cloud Nine; Belleville; Invisible Man (Studio Theatre), Invisible Man (Huntington Theatre), Ruined, Tantalus (Denver Center), Young Lady from Rwanda, Pericles, Nicholas Nickleby,Well,and Pride & Prejudice (PlayMakers Repertory). TV/Film credits include Tantalus: Behind the Mask, The Shakespeare Sessions, Homicide, The Broken Continent and Confidential Informant. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill.
Jeff Church, director
JEFF CHURCH (Director) Producing Artistic Director of The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, which, during his tenure, was named in the top five children’s theatres in the US by Time Magazine. At Woolly Mammoth in Washington, DC, he directed The Rocky Horror Show, which ran for 9 months, and worked with composer Al Carmines on a revival of Wanted. For the Kansas City Repertory, he helmed The Drawer Boy, and for Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seussical and The Wrestling Season (which also played the Kennedy Center, where he has directed numerous productions), as well as Quentos at the Denver Center. For the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, he has directed 10 productions, including Love! Valour! Compassion!, bare, The Judas Kiss, Next Fall, Laramie Project, Sister Mary Ignatius, and others. His Coterie highlights have included producing the Coterie’s Great Books/Banned Books season, which included a US premiere of The Lord of the Flies. His work with playwright Laurie Brooks led to The Wrestling Season. He created the Coterie’s Lab for New Family Musicals, where the version of Seussical he developed with the Broadway composers is now the most performed musical in educational theatre in the US. Recently, he transferred The Coterie’s Lucky Duck with its Kansas City cast to the New Victory Theatre in New York. He has been an NEA site reporter and a board officer of both Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and TYA/UYA. For the past 13 years, he has taught graduate level Text Analysis for UMKC Theatre. He was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in 2006.
Shana Gold, director
SHANA GOLD (Director) return to T2, where previous credits include Intimate Apparel, Rapture Blister Burn, Reasons to be Pretty, 4000 Miles, Proof and Underneath The Lintel, as well as Uncle and Transatlantic for the Arkansas New Play Festival. Her Off-Broadway and world premiere credits include Food and Fadwa (New York Theatre Workshop / Noor Theatre); Goldor & Mythyka: A Hero is Born (New Georges); and In the Crossing (The Culture Project). Her regional credits include: Hkeelee, Talk To Me (Arena Stage/Mosaic Theatre); The Storyteller, (Kennedy Center); Detroit (TheatreWorks); Circumference of a Squirrel by John Walch (Zach Scott Theatre Center) and Foot (NYU—Abu Dhabi’s Voices Festival). Her work in new play development has been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Sloane Series, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, and The Public Theatre’s New Work Now, among others.
Kholoud Sawaf, director
Kholoud Sawaf (Director) Kholoud Sawaf is artist-in-residence at TheatreSquared, where she has assistant directed numerous productions over the course of four seasons. She is a recipient of the 2017 Classical Directing Fellowship from the Drama League in New York. Most recently, she assistant directed Vietgone at the Manhattan Theatre Club (Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow) and at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, both under the direction of May Adrales; was a Lab Company Fellow at Hangar Theatre; and collaborated on four productions with Shakespeare & Co. in Massachusetts and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York . She was instrumental in TheatreSquared’s three-year $250,000 grant award from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and is developing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet with T2 that will be set in contemporary Damascus. Born and raised in Damascus, Syria, she worked with the Al Qabbani and Al-Hamra theatres at an early age and attended the Performing Arts Program at American University in Sharjah, where she also collaborated with Skyline Theatre. She is a member of the Nihna Cultural Group in Damascus and holds an MFA in Directing from University of Arkansas.
Mark Shanahan (Director) returns to T2, where he has directed Peter and the Starcatcher, Around the World in 80 Days, and The Quest for Don Quixote, and adapted The Dingdong. His directing work has been seen at The Alley Theatre, The Westport Country Playhouse, The Fulton Opera House, Merrimack Rep, Florida Rep, The Cape Playhouse, The Weston Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Penguin Rep, The Hangar Theatre, and many more. As an actor, he has performed On and Off Broadway (The 39 Steps, Tryst, Checkers) and at numerous regional theaters including the Kennedy Center, The Denver Center, The Alley, Hartford Theatreworks, The Westport Country Playhouse and others. His play, The Dingdong, was workshopped at the 2015 Arkansas New Play Festival at T2 and opened Off-Broadway at The Pearl Theatre in New York City in spring 2016, before returning to T2 for a full production in 2017. He is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MA from Fordham University, where he also teaches.