Alon Dina (Dorsett/Derby) is a Los Angeles native living his dream. His foundations come from various acting schools throughout high school, including The Lee Strasberg Institute and the Young Actors Studio, although he has recently received his BA in Theater Arts from the University of La Verne and hopes to continue his work with the one of the most collaborative and expressive art forms, theater. He hopes you enjoy the show!
Melody Doyle * (Hastings) has most recently been seen in Chris Wells’ Obie award winning The Secret City at the Bootleg Theatre, and in Concealing Judy Holliday at Pacific Resident Theatre. Other Los Angeles theatre credits include Asymmetry with Lucid by Proxy, Skin with the Relentless Theatre Company, Macbeth at Beyond Baroque and The Imaginary Invalid, Servant Of Two Masters and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Arroyo Repertory Theatre. She was also a founding producer of Nom de Guerre where she performed in Pains Of Youth, Stay Sweet Stay Happy and Out Of Time. Melody trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the Professional Actors Conservatory in Santa Ana, where she appeared in the PAC Theatre Company as Hermione in A Winter’s Tale and The Witch in Into The Woods.
Carissa Gipprich (Understudy Lady Anne/Queen Elizabeth) migrated from Pennsylvania to study theatre and music at Pepperdine University and has since been actively involved in the LA performing arts scene. She has also been trained at the Stella Adler Studio in NYC as well as the Upright Citizens Brigade in LA. As a proud member of the Eclectic Company Theatre, Carissa is excited to be involved this season in Curious Conversations as well as Richard III. You can also witness her comedic chops performing with the resident improv troupe, Weird on Top.
Rachel Kanouse (Lady Anne) had her first acting class was in Shakespeare at age 13, at the Will Gear Theatricum Botanicum here in Los Angeles. She then decamped to Oregon to get a BA in English at Reed College, and later to London to study classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Past non-Shakespeare credits include films Touch (narrative short film - Florida Film Festival), Viko, Confessions of a Late Bloomer (screened at Tribeca and the Short Film Corner at Cannes), a smidgeon of television and slightly more commercial work, and a great deal of theater, including Tales from Hollywood (LA Times critic’s pick), The Maids (here at the Eclectic), Proof, and The Women (LA Times critic’s pick). You can see clips of film and TV work at www.rachelkanouse.com.
Jon Mullich * (Richard III) was last seen at ECT as Thomas Jefferson in Three Really Offensive Scenes about the Founding Fathers. Some of the Shakespearean roles Jon has played are Hamlet, Angelo in Measure for Measure, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Touchstone in As You Like It, Gloucester in King Lear and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. He wrote and directed U.S.S Pinafore, a long-running mash-up of Gilbert & Sullivan and Star Trek that was nominated for a Saturn Award, and wrote an adaptation of the Italian farce Servant of Two Masters set in Prohibition era Chicago in which he played the lead role of Truffaldino in its world premiere. Jon is slated to direct his play The Special Award, about film pioneer D.W. Griffith, at ECT in 2016. His website is www.madbeast.com.
Jessicah Neufeld (Queen Elizabeth) is delighted to be working at The Eclectic Company Theatre again; she was last seen in the 10 Minute Play Festival Eclect-a-Fest in summer 2014. Beloved past productions include Beirut (Blue), Agnes of God (Agnes), The Crucible (Abigail), Keely and Du (Keely), Twelfth Night (Viola), Where We’re Born (Lilly), and Angel Street (Nancy). She is a proud member of Equine Del Arte’, a theatre company that specializes in Shakespeare, commedia style, on horse-back. She is an avid rider, instructor and currently pursuing her P.A.T.H. certification (Professional Association of Theraputic Horsemanship). She is so grateful to the cast, Natasha for giving her a shot, Susan, Larry, Johnny, Chance, mom and dad.
David Pinion * (Clarence/Lord Mayor) is happy to join Eclectic Company Theatre’s production of Richard III. He most recently appeared in ECT’s production of Spoon River: The Cemetery On The Hill. He also just finished filming the pilot episode of Get Educated, a sitcom hedescribes as being “like The Office, but set in middle school.”He co-wrote/performed sketch comedy in Washington D.C., trained at the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio, and studied long-form improv at the Hothouse right here in NoHo. His past credits include Torvald (A Doll’s House), Rev. David Lee (The Foreigner) and Carlino (Wait Until Dark). Currently, his voice can be heard in radio and TV commercials, as well as children’s audiobooks.
Tim Polzin * (King Edward/Lord Stanley) was last seen at the Eclectic Company Theatre in Curious Conversations. Tim is originally from Marshalltown, Iowa, and received his BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. Other Los Angeles Credits include: Snow Queen (Fremont Centre Theatre),U.S.S. Pinafore & All in the Timing (Crowne City Theatre), Guys & Dolls (Musical Theatre West), Annie Get Your Gun and Scarlet Pimperel (Cabrillo Music Theatre), Anything Goes, Annie, The Music Man (Music Theatre of Southern California), Dames at Sea, Dr. Faustus, Antigone, Julius Caesar (The Knightsbridge Theatre), Henry V (Pasadena Shakespeare Company), Macbeth (Loft Ensemble Los Angeles), Comedy Errors, As You Like It (Nevada Shakespeare in the Park), Midsummer’s Night’s Dream and Pericles (The Globe Playhouse.)
Glenn Simon (Brakenbury/others) is excited to be working for the first time with ECT. He performed in the first seven seasons of Nevada Shakespeare in the Park appearing as Orsino in Twelfth Night, Orlando in As You Like It, and Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors. Glenn also worked at the Globe Playhouse/LA in Romeo & Juliet as Tybalt and The Taming of the Shrew as Lucentio. Other favorite roles include Jack in Doric Wilson’s Street Theater at Sparks in Seattle (his home town) and Edward in The Drunkard with the Virginia City Players of Montana. Glenn has also spent the last few years emceeing The Golden Raspberry Awards (aka The Razzies, also known as “The Anti-Oscars”). He studied at Washington State University and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West.
Randi Tahara (Duchess of York) This is Randi’s second performance at ECT, after appearing in Penned and Played last year. Favorite Shakespeare roles include Prospero and Ariel in two productions of The Tempest and Fool in King Lear. Other Bard roles include The Comedy of Errors (Abbess), Romeo and Juliet (Prince), Cymbeline (Arviragus), and Antony & Cleopatra (Charmian). Other favorite roles include Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Geisha in Teahouse of the August Moon, Olive in The Odd Couple (female version), various roles in The Laramie Project, and Miss Prism in Earnest. Film and TV roles can be found on imbd.com. As she is portraying an older woman in this play, Randi dedicates her performance to her grandmother, a strong-willed, beautiful, creative, talented woman who outlived three husbands and her only child.
Gary Tremble (Ratcliffe) was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN by Gary and Linda Tremble Sr. Gary Tremble attended Center for Creative Arts (CCA) for high school and during his junior year he discovered his love for Shakespeare. Gary Tremble competed in his first Shakespeare competition where he placed in the top ten in the nation. After graduating high school Gary Tremble attended Columbia College Chicago and graduated with a BA in Theatre Performance concentration acting. Gary Tremble is ecstatic to be a part of the cast and crew and wants to thank God, his family, and friends for supporting him through this journey.
Micah Watterson (Richmond) is a proud member of Helsinki West Theatre Ensemble. LA credits include: Roughly Hamlet - Hamlet (Elephant Theatre), King Lear - Edmund (California Shakespeare Co.), A Servant of Two Masters - Doctor Lombardi (Archway Studio/Theatre), Twelfth Night - Antonio (Culver City Public Theatre). New York: Raising Hell - Brad Dreason (American Globe Theatre), She Returns - Todd (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Demetrius (Renaissance Entertainment Productions). Micah is the resident fight choreographer for the California Shakespeare Company.
Nate Werner (Lord Rivers/Tyrrel) is a recent graduate from the University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts and has had the opportunity to play a number of characters ranging from Nicky in Avenue Q, to a kindly old southern woman in Animal Stories, to Drunk Hamlet in the Magnolia Theatre’s Drunk Hamlet. This is his second production with the Eclectic Company Theatre, having last been seen in Curious Conversations, and he looks forward to more productions with the Company in the future.
*Actors in this Production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.