Directed by Bree Bridger

OVERRIDE

by Elizabeth A.M. Keel

September 5-29, 2019

OVERRIDE BIOGRAPHIES

Elizabeth A. M. Keel (Playwright) is a Houstonian playwright, director, actress, dramaturg, producer, and novelist. Her plays have been read or produced in Chicago by Shattered Globe Theatre and Otherworld Theatre Company, in NYC by Squeaky Bicycle and Fresh Produce'd, and around Texas by Landing Theatre Company, Stages Repertory Theatre, Mildred's Umbrella, METDance, T.E.T.A., Cone Man Running, This Is Water Theatre, Nova Arts Project, and 14 Pews. She currently works as a teaching artist for Grackle & Grackle, Stages Repertory Theatre, and Writers in the Schools. She is also proud to serve as an Ambassador for the Dramatists Guild. She recently graduated with her M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Houston, where her thesis work explored the increasing role of science fiction onstage. Upcoming projects may be found at elizabethamkeel.com.

Joanna Hubbard (Louise) is a Houston-based actor and educator. Previous acting credits include Educating Rita (Luciole International Theatre Co.) The Last Wife, Heartbreak House, James & The Giant Peach, Memory House, Life is a Dream  (Main Street Theater); Hay Fever, The Learned Ladies (Texas Repertory Theatre); Hamlet, Faustus (Classical Theatre Company); Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It (Shakespeare In The Shade); Odyssey's End (4th Wall Theatre Company); Echo (The Landing Theatre Company);  Doubt: A Parable (Pasadena Little Theater); Tomas and the Library Lady (Brave Little Theatre Company); Tea and Sympathy (Back Porch Players); Othello (Action! Theatre Company) Education: Guthrie Theatre/ University of Minnesota BFA Actor Training Program, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Ms. Hubbard has taught theatre with Main Street Theater, The Alley Theatre, HSPVA, and is now currently teaching with Poe Elementary.

Scott Searles (Grav) This is Scott's first time working with The Landing Theatre Co., and he is excited to dip his toes in with this wonderful show. He is a senior acting major at the University of Houston. He appeared in A Flea in Her Ear as Baptistin, Dear Charlotte as Mr. Smith, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead as a Tragedian, Man and Superman as a Brigand, Our Town as Joe Stoddard, the Ten-minute Play Festival and Fueteovejuna as Sergeant Ortuno. He’s previously worked with Luciole International Theatre Co. on Celsius. He is also a part of Bard in a Box, a traveling Shakespeare puppet company for children and adults.

Bree Bridger (Director) is a freelance director and an associate artist at Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company, where credits includes, as director: Well by Lisa Kron (Finalist Best Play and Finalist Best Director - Houston Press Awards 2018); Late: A Cowboy Song by Sarah Ruhl; the staged readings of Krav Maga! by Brandy Carie (part of Consenting Bodies reading festival) and The Other Woman; Museums of Dysfunction VI - X; performances in Dark Matter and Red Death; and various stage management credits (Dry Land, The Maids, Cassandra, etc.). Other directing credits in Houston include The Waiting Room by Tanika Gupta (Shunya Theatre); Or, by Liz Duffy Adams (The Rice Players); The Duck Variations by David Mamet (Firecracker Productions), and Uncharted by Brendan Bourque-Sheil (The Landing Theatre Company). She obtained a BA in Theatre Arts and Political Science from Texas A&M University, magna cum laude. Learn more about Bree and upcoming projects at: breebridger.com

Krystal Marie Uchem (Costume Designer) earned her B.F.A in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Houston last year. This will be her seventh production with The Landing Theatre Company! She has designed the Landing’s productions of Wanda, Daisy and the Great Rapture (World Premiere), Caught, Oleanna, and Between Two Caves, The Visit and Uncharted. Krystal recently earned the title of Resident Costume Designer for The Landing Theatre Company. Other costume 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), Pipeline (Costume Designer).

John Peeples (Sound Designer) is a graduate of the University of Houston with a BFA in Theatre Production. Recent sound design work includes: The Hunchback of Seville (Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre, Co.) – 2019 co-nomination for best sound design (along with Jon Harvey) by Houston Press, Wanda, Daisy & the Great Rapture (Landing Theatre, Co.), Well (Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre, Co.), The Waiting Room (Shunay Theatre), The Johns (Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre, Co.), Ten Ways on a Gun (Landing Theatre, Co), Lidless (Horse Head Theatre, Co), Fool For Love (Landing Theatre, Co), Becky's New Car (Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre, Co.), and The Hunchback Variations (Catastrophic Theatre) – 2015 nomination for best sound design by the Houston Press. Other recent work includes audio engineering and lighting the Consenting Bodies reading series (Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre,Co.), audio editor and sound engineer for the Houston Shakespeare Festival (2015-2019) and working as sound engineer for Hand of God (Alley Theatre), as well as The Alley All New Festival (Alley Theatre). John is currently assistant audio engineer at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston, Texas and is a member of USITT.  peepsound.com

Abi Harris (Prop Master and Set Dressing) has been a freelance artist & designer in the entertainment industry for 8 years. Within those 8 years, she has managed to scenic charge over 65 productions in the Houston theatre scene. While having a successful scenic painting career has been her mainstage focus, designing props has also been a wonderful journey. Before receiving her B.F.A. in Theatre Production from the University of Houston, Abi began her career working as a Props Master in TV horror films such as Bloody Homecoming and Varsity Blood. Her most recent works as a Props Designer were with Houston Shakespeare Festival’s 2019 productions of Julius Caesar, As You Like It, their 2019 productions of Hamlet and Comedy of Errors, Main Street Theatre Youth’s touring production of Schoolhouse Rock Live, and Queensbury Theatre’s production of Violet the Musical. When she’s not freelancing, Abi maintains her position as Resident Props Designer for the Tribble School of Performing Arts in association with the Queensbury Theatre. Credits there include but are not limited to Guys & Dolls, Bonnie & Clyde, and Into the Woods JR. Abi aspires to someday become a Technical Director at a regional theater and plans to begin that journey at the beginning of 2020 by moving to New York City, or, alternatively, to become a successful whale interpreter, pioneering the field. She would like to thank all of her fellow artists for their work and for the opportunity to collaborate with such a wonderful group of bold and talented individuals.

Samuel Pearson (Stage Manager) is an alumnus of Rice University with a B.A. in Theatre and Cognitive Science. Hailing from South Dakota, he is a founding member of regional youth theatre group, Joe’s Bros. Play Co, which has produced seven original shows since the company’s founding in 2010. During the day, Samuel works implementation support for an international science curriculum company; the rest of the time, he fancies himself an actor, director, stage manager, designer, playwright, and techie. Notable production credits include shows with Rice VADA Department, SRC Theatre, HFH Theatre, Rice Players, and Landing Theatre Company: She Kills Monsters (Stage Manager), Oleanna (Production Assistant), Hand to God (Director, Sound Design), Glass Menagerie (Sound Design), Spring Awakening (Producer, Director, Sound Design), 15 Million Merits (Adapter, Director, Sound Design), Con-Quest: An All-Original Rock Musical (Writer, Producer, Sound Design), & Star Geeks: The Musical (Director, Sound Design).

Brendan Bourque-Sheil (Literary Associate: Landing Local/Resident Playwright) is a writer of plays and prose. His plays include The Book of Maggie (World Premiere at Stages Repertory Theatre, Chicago premiere at Death and Pretzels Theatre Company), Uncharted, and Between Two Caves (Landing Theatre Company). He's a frequent contributor to the monthly live show Grown-Up Storytime, and KPFT’s So What’s Your Story, and a two-time nominee for Best New Production for the Houston Theatre Awards. He serves as Playwright-in-Residence for the Landing, and head of the Landing Local New Works Division, overseeing micro-theatre projects and other initiatives to engage the local playwriting community. He also teaches Creative Writing for the Alley Theatre’s education department, and for the Kinder High School of Performing and Visual Arts. You can find some of his prose and other miscellany at BrendanBourqueSheil.wordpress.com 

Olivia Peel (Artistic Associate: Production Management) is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University. Past Alley Theatre credits include Sophia (Production Assistant), Whistlin’ Dixie (PA), 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, The Last Train, and Survivor Guilt, and served as an Artistic Manager 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.

Camron Alexander (Landing Marketing Associate) is a Houston actor, director, and producer. He is excited to join Landing Theatre Company as Marketing Associate. After being selected as a Rec Room Arts’ 2018 Artists in Residency, he independently produced his contemporary adaptations of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. He was most recently seen in Landing Theatre’s Between Two Caves, a finalist in the Houston Press Theatre Awards for Best New Production. Past Houston productions include Rec Room’s Hedda Gabler;  Houston Shakespeare Festival’s Twelfth Night, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry VI, Merchant of Venice, and Macbeth; Next Iteration’s Smart People, Shiv, we the invisibles, and Friend Art. He is a proud member of Next Iteration Ensemble and alumnus of the University of Houston (BFA – Acting). Camron is represented by Pastorini Bosby.

Trey Taylor (Home Tour Manager) is a graduate of the Stage Management program at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance. He is thrilled to be a part of his first MicroProject here at The Landing Theatre Company as the Tour Manager. Aside fromThe Landing he also worked with the Houston Grand Opera, The Peterborough Players, the Houston Shakespeare Festival and is currently working at the Alley Theatre as the OSKAR tour stage manager. His work at Houston Grand Opera includes Don Giovani and The Phoenix. His work at UH includes stage managing Man and Superman, the 10 Minute Play Festival and other works as needed. 

Guy Cohen (Production Assistant) arrived to Houston in 2012 from Israel and was the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Israeli Consulate to the Southwest. After his position at the consulate ended, Guy started the Houston branch of the Israeli American Council (IAC) to connect the local Israeli and Jewish community using Israel as the bridge. Guy holds an MFA in Theater Directing from Tel Aviv University, was the CEO of Notzar Theater in Israel, and has experience directing and teaching text analysis at Tel Aviv University and other acting schools in Israel. Today, Guy is exploring his way back to theater – his true passion.  

David Rainey (Executive Artistic Director) is an actor, director, producer and acting coach who has also been in the Alley Theatre's Resident Company since 2000, performing in more than 50 productions.  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, Resident Ensemble Players, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival LA, Crossroads Theatre Company, Stark Naked Theatre Company, the Houston Grand Opera, among others.  He graduated top of his class from The Juilliard School, and was awarded the Drama Division’s highest honor, the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Prize.  Since then he has received numerous awards and nominations for acting and directing.