Steven Barkhimer (Nathan Berkshire) has appeared at the Lyric Stage in Superior Donuts, The Underpants, and Book of Days (IRNE Award). A Resident Acting Company member of the Actors Shakespeare Project, he was recently in ASP’s Winter’s Tale; he also portrayed a version of himself in Kate Snodgrass’ Bark’s Dream and The Last Bark, both produced by Sleeping Weazel. Steven played Waldo Lydecker in Laura (Stoneham Theatre), as well as writing music and lyrics for Stoneham’s latest musical, Lobstergirl. Director of award-winning productions of The Compleat Works of Wm Shakespeare and Fully Committed, he is also the author of Windowmen (Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding New Script; IRNE Award, Best New Play; Kennedy Center Award, Best New Play).
Jessica Webb (Holly Lillian Eames) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Boston area credits include: The Yellow Wallpaper (Off The Grid Theatre Company) Burning, The Company We Keep, and Five Down, One Across (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Hamlet (Bay Colony Shakespeare Company), Hamlet (GAN-e-meed Theatre Project), Macbeth, Animal Farm, The Crucible (New Rep On Tour), It's a Wonderful Life (Stoneham Theatre), Doubt, The Rainmaker, A Streetcar Named Desire, and A Witness for the Prosecution (Foothills Theatre Company). Regional credits: The Dressing Room and The $30,000 Bequest (The Organic Theatre Company, Chicago), The $30,000 Bequest (Moscow Art Theatre/MXAT, Moscow), Jake's Women, Cinderella, and Amadeus (The Nomad Theatre, Boulder), and Oleanna (The Hilberry Theatre, Detroit). Film credits include: Crooked Lane, Dark Scribbles, Hosed, The Conservatory, Meet the Mayfarers, The Proposal, and Mall Cop. She has a B.F.A. in Acting from Northern Illinois University and is currently an Alexander Technique teacher, having graduated from The Boston Conservatory Teacher training program. Jessica is humbled and grateful to her partner and son (young Prince Hal) for their unconditional support. Jessica is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. alexanderactors.com.
Michael Tow (Julius Weishan Lee) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in Chinglish. Michael is a professional film, TV and theater actor living in Boston. He has appeared in Hollywood films such as Unfinished Business opposite Dave Franco and Universal's RIPD with Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges. Last year he appeared in Netflix's Masters of None, Daredevil (Season 1) and USA's Royal Pains. Other theatre credits include Wild Swans (American Repertory Theater), Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Wheelock Family Theatre), and After The Quake at Company One. Currently he is producing the Hollywood full-length version of his award-winning short film, East of Hollywood.
NB: East of Hollywood is a short mockumentary that follows Ken Chang who, in order to land a role on network TV, undergoes Actor “Orientalification” to prove that he can be Asian enough to make it in Hollywood. www.chimeraentertainment.com/eastofhollywood/
Dawn M. Simmons (Director) returns to the Lyric Stage having directed Saturday Night, Sunday Morning last season. She has directed productions for Boston Public Works, New Exhibition Room, Suffolk University, Fresh Ink Theatre, Dorchester Fringe Festival, GAN-e-meed Theatre Project, The Theatre Offensive, Our Place Theatre Project, Mill 6, Actors Refuge Repertory Theatre, Fort Point Theatre Channel, Boston Theatre Works, and As Yet To Be Theatre. Dawn is an Artistic Director of New Exhibition Room and Director of Performing Arts for Boston Center for the Arts.
Kenneth Lin’s plays Warrior Class (TCG Edgerton New Play Prize), Fallow (Barrymore Nomination: Outstanding New Play, Brown Martin Philadelphia Award), Intelligence-Slave, Po Boy Tango (TCG Edgerton New Play Prize), said Saïd (Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition Winner, L. Arnold Weissberger Award, Princess Grace Award), Life on Paper, Agency,* and Genius in Love have been seen at theaters throughout the country, including the Second Stage Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre, Northlight Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, People's Light and Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Marin Theater Company and East West Players. Film/Television: House Of Cards (Netflix); American Way (USA). Commissions: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Rep, Wilma Theater and Arena Stage. Residencies: Ojai Playwrights Conference, Ucross Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Lark Playwrights Workshop, Interstate 73, New York Stage and Film, McCarter Playwrights Retreat. Education: Cornell University, Fulbright Scholarship, Yale School of Drama.
Jenna McFarland Lord (Scenic Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having designed Groundswell, November, and This Wonderful Life. Other local credits include Gloucester Blue, New Electric Ballroom, Spring Awakening,, Living Together,Table Manners, Trying, Breath of Life, Sins of the Mother, Doubt: A Parable, The Widow’s Blind Date, The Belle of Amherst, My Old Lady, Dinner with Friends, LifeX3, Spinning into Butter, The Loman Family Picnic (Gloucester Stage)Bootycandy, Big Fish, The Color Purple, In the Heights, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Theatre District, and Moonlight Room (SpeakEasy Stage), Something’s Afoot,Distant Music, It’s a Wonderful Life, Steel Magnolias, The Porch, Guys on Ice, The Mousetrap (Addison Award for Best Set Design) (Stoneham Theatre), The Convert (Central Square Theatre), Collected Stories, Cherry Docs (New Rep), The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth (Actors Shakespeare Project), Don Giovanni (New England Conservatory), Noises Off, Oklahoma, The Full Monty, Twelfth Night, Così fan tutte (Boston Conservatory), A View from the Bridge, and Escape From Happiness (Brandeis University). Off-Broadway credits include The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath (New York Playwrights’ Lab). Ms. McFarland Lord received her theatre training at Emerson College and she is currently the set design teacher at the Boston Arts Academy, a public high school for the arts. jennamcfarlandlord.com
Chelsea Kerl (Costume Design) is so pleased to be working with the Lyric Stage for the first time, having designed costumes in the Boston area for the past five years. She received her MFA in Costume Design from Boston University and previously attended the University of Maryland, where she earned degrees in both Theatre and English. Select recent productions include Big Love (Brandeis University);Man in Snow, A Measure of Normalcy, and Gloucester Blue (Gloucester Stage); Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) and The House of Blue Leaves (Wellesley Repertory Theatre); Cymbeline, Brilliant Traces, The Taming of the Shrew, and Macbeth (Brown Box Theatre Project); Luna Galeand Walking the Tightrope (Stoneham Theatre); The Little Prince and Assassins (New Repertory Theatre); and Emilie: The Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight (Central Square Theatre, The Nora Theatre Company). Chelsea is also the Costume Shop Manager, Costume Designer, and Adjunct Costume Professor at Wellesley College. More of her work can be seen at www.chelseakerl.com.
Daniel H. Jentzen (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer, neuroscientist, and teacher. He’s joining Lyric Stage for the first time. His theatrical work includes Significant Other, The Divine Sister, Striking 12, The Savannah Disputation (SpeakEasy Stage), Merrily We Roll Along (Boston Conservatory), Henry VIII, Richard II, Henry VI, Part 2 (Actors' Shakespeare Project), Escape from Happiness (Brandeis University), Steel Magnolias (Stoneham Theatre),
Elizabeth Cahill (Sound Design) is making her Lyric Stage debut. She is currently a senior at Emerson College studying for a B.F.A. in Theatre Design/Technology. Select Emerson Stage sound design credits include Caucasian Chalk Circle, Guys and Dolls, Richard III, Edward Tulane, and The Spitfire Grill. Other design credits includeTime Stands Still (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre), and assistant sound designer for Seminar, Moby Dick (W.H.A.T.), The Amish Project, God Box (New Rep), and Outside Mullingar (Cape Rep). Elizabeth most recently worked as the A2 on Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education(American Repertory Theater), and works part time for ArtsEmerson as a Sound Technical Assistant.
Mara Elissa Palma (Assistant Director) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Originally from the Philippines, she now lives in Boston after graduating from Wellesley College. Directing credits include Six Girls Who've Never Been Told They're Pretty (Boston Theater Marathon for Wellesley Repertory Theatre) and Lion in Winter (Wellesley College Upstage). Previous acting credits include Yellow Face (O.W.I.), The Birds (Sleeping Weazel), and House of Blue Leaves (Wellesley Repertory Theatre). As a playwright, she was part of Company One Theatre's PlayLab Unit 2016. Eternal gratitude goes to the Lyric Stage, Dawn, Nora Long, the Warrior Class cast and crew, Michael Hisamoto, and mom. @marselissapalma
* denotes member of Actor's Equity Association