David Rainey has been an Alley Theatre Resident Company Member since 2000, where he has recently been seen in The Skeleton Crew, The Great Society, A Midsummer Night's Dream, All the Way,As You Like It, You Can't Take It With You, A Few Good Men, Clybourne Park, November, What We're Up Against, Amadeus, Peter Pan, Our Town, Eurydice, Mauritius and Othello. Nationally, he has performed for Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the National Actors Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Acting Company, New York Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Ford’s Theatre, Asolo Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Shakespeare Festival LA, Crossroads Theatre Company, Delaware's Resident Ensemble Players, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Stark Naked Theatre Company, the Houston Grand Opera, among others. His film and television credits include Law & Order, Cosby, Vengeance Unlimited, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Hell Swarm, Starforce, Lowball, Multifacial, The 'M' Word, North Starr, Brushing Death and Don’t Go There. He has directed Wanda, Daisy and the Great Rapture (Landing), Devil Dog Six (The Landing) Tea and Sympathy (The Back Porch Players); Smudge (The Landing); Our House (Black Lab Theatre); Suzan-Lori Parks’ In The Blood (The Back Porch Players); The Glass Menagerie (The Landing); Othello (Juggernaut Theatre Company/NY); Boys Life (Blue Moon Productions/NY). He was one of the Founding Artistic Directors of Juggernaut Theatre Company, and served as Co-Artistic Director for Wordsmyth Theater Company. He was an adjunct professor in Drama at the University of Houston-Downtown from 2005-2013, and was its first Artist-in-Residence in Drama. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he finished top of his class, receiving both "The Drama League Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Student at the Juilliard Theatre Center" and the Drama Division’s highest honor, the "Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Prize". In 2004 he was named “Best Actor” by the Houston Press for the role of Lincoln in Top Dog/Underdog at the Alley Theatre, and also received “Best Actor” nominations from Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson (Jeff) Awards and the Black Theatre Alliance Awards for his performance in Top Dog/Underdog at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. In 2009 he was named “Best Supporting Actor in a Play” by The Houston Area Theatre Awards for Excellence, for the role of Sterling in Mauritius at the Alley Theatre. In 2012 he was nominated for "Best Director" by the Houston Press' Houston Theatre Awards, for directing Theresa Rebeck’s Our House for Black Lab Theatre, and his production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ In the Blood, for Back Porch Players, was also nominated for “Best Play/Production.” That year he was also named one of Houston's 100 Top Creatives. In 2014 he was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor" by the Houston Theatre Awards for the role of Falstaff in HSF’s Henry IV , Part 1. In addition to his other roles, he teaches acting independently.
Literary Associate - New Play Development/New American Voices
Rachel Greene is the Founder of MonologueBank.org, an online experiment dedicated to injecting more new work, which reflects the full spectrum of humanity, into the audition room. She is a National Advisory Board Member of 50 Playwrights Project which supports Latin@x playwrights by creating digital resources, disseminating research, and supporting new play development. Formerly, Rachel held many positions at The Playwrights’ Center (PWC) in Minneapolis. As US-Japan Playwright Exchange Liaison between PWC and Arts Network Japan, she documented two American playwrights’ experiences, their rehearsal processes, and created blogs about the translated staged readings of their work at the Tokyo International Arts Festival. As New Plays on Campus Coordinator, she administered the New Plays on Campus Program (NPOC), which connected living playwrights with university theatre departments across the US and provided professional enrichment experiences for university playwriting and dramaturgy students at the Center. Through NPOC, she managed multiple partnerships including those with the National Endowment for the Arts and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. As the Project Manager for PWC’s PlayLabs Festival, which brought dozens of playwrights to the Center from all over the world, she coordinated all aspects of this annual event. As Special Programs Manager, she coordinated the Center’s daily operations, numerous playwright workshops, events and granting programs.
Rachel began her professional theatre career at the Dallas Theater Center (DTC) as Theater Education Department Registrar/Project Discovery Assistant. She continued on as Artistic Administrator and Local Casting Director during Artistic Director Richard Hamburger’s tenure. On top of her regular duties, she co-produced DTC’s Fresh Ink Staged Reading Series and taught audition workshops. Additionally, she served as Casting Director for various projects produced by Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Project X of Dallas, and Stage West of Fort Worth. She conducted the Dallas Casting for Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater, a PBS-KERA documentary. Rachel graduated with a BFA in Acting/Directing and a BA in Spanish from Texas Tech University. She is a proud member of The Playwrights' Center and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). In addition to her theatre life, she lived in Tokyo, Japan for seven years, learned Japanese and taught private English lessons. Her passions include new work development, the cultivation of the living artist, and the exploration of intercultural communication.
Literary Associate - Landing Local: New Works Initiatives
Brendan is primarily focused on special initiatives that positively impact the local writing community. He is a Houston-based playwright and storyteller with a BA in English from Texas State University. His other plays include The Book of Maggie (Houston premiere at Stages Repertory Theatre, Chicago premiere at Death and Pretzels Theatre Company), Uncharted and Between Two Caves (The Landing Theatre). He's a frequent contributor to the monthly live show Grown Up Storytime, and KPFT's So What's Your Story. He regularly teaches for the Alley Theatre's Department of Education and Community Engagement in programs such as Playwriting 360°, First Draft, and the Alley Conservatory. In addition, he teaches playwriting at Houston's High School of Performing and Visual Arts. We are very pleased to have Brendan on board, and excited about the programs he is helping to develop.
Artistic Associate - Production, Marketing & Development
Sydnee Davis first worked with The Landing Theatre Company on Ten Ways on a Gun and Gambrels of the Sky. She is a class of ’15 graduate from Hendrix College, where she studied Theater Arts with a concentration in Psychology. Her credits include the lead role as Abby in The Hourglass Project by Lee Blessing, and supporting role in the children’s play L’estrange Mysteriux by Ann Muse. Her technical credits include directing a short scene from Marisol by Jose Rivera, as well as writing and directing an adaptation of the Maya Angelou poem ‘Alone’. Outside of the theater she appeared in a silent short film Fleur, as well as the lead role in a mini-series Nicole. She has also studied under Mari Ferguson prior to attending Hendrix College. Her technical credits include Stage Manager for Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle, lighting design, costume assistant, and scene crew. She has relocated back to her hometown of Houston, Texas.
Artistic Associate - Stage Management & Production
Olivia is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University. Most recently she has been a Production Assistant for the Alley Theatre's Alley All New Festival. Other Alley credits include A Christmas Carol (Young Cast Coordinator), Skeleton Crew (PA), The 39 Steps (SM Intern), and, in conjunction with Dallas Theater Center, The Great Society (PA). For the Landing Theatre she has Stage Managed Wanda, Daisy, and the Great Rapture, and served as an Artistic Associate for Between Two Caves, The Visit, Uncharted, Oleanna, and Caught. She is thrilled to be working with The Landing Theatre Company as its Associate for Production Management.
Addie is in her second year as an MFA lighting design student at the University of Houston. She was recently the lighting designer for Wanda, Daisy and The Great Rapture, Caught, and Oleanna for The Landing Theatre. In her first year at UH she designed The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Topdog/ Underdogin the Quintero Theatre, and was nominated for Best Lighting Deisgner for the 2018 Houston Theatre Awards for Topdog/Underdog. In 2017 she was the master electrican and New Harmony Theatre for their summer season. She has designed lights for several shows at her undergraduate school, Radford University, including: The Diary of Anne Frank and Anything Goes in the Pridemore Playhouse, and The Zoo Story and Making a Scene: An Evening of One Acts in the Hawes Studio Theatre. Dance lighting credits at Radford include: Paradigm Shift in the Albig Studio Theatre, Dancing on the Edge in the Bondurant Auditorium, and assistant lighting designer for The Nutcracker in the Bondurant Auditorium. She has also designed Anything Goes at The Prizery Theatre.
Krystal recently earned her B.F.A in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Houston. She has designed the Landing’s productions of Wanda, Daisy and the Great Rapture (World Premiere), Caught, Oleanna, Between Two Caves, The Visit and Uncharted. Krystal enjoys working in all areas of costuming. Other credits include: Rogue Productions: Two Mile Hollow (Costume Designer), Houston Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night (Wigs), Richard III (Wigs), Hamlet (Wardrobe Supervisor), Comedy of Errors (Wardrobe Supervisor), The Alley Theatre: Skeleton Crew (Wardrobe), A Christmas Carol (Wardrobe) and The Ensemble Theatre: Christmas is Coming Uptown (Wardrobe Manager).