Kirsten Salpini (The Suspects) is making her Lyric Stage debut. She is currently performing in The Donkey Show (Oberon, American Repertory Theater) and recently appeared in The Snow Queen (New Rep). Kirsten spent some time on the East Coast as a dueling pianist, and is working on her second album as a singer/songwriter. Originally from Fairfax, VA, Kirsten has a B.F.A. from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. She loves living in Boston, but occasionally misses central air conditioning and country music. kirstensalpini.com
Jared Troilo* (Marcus) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared in last season’s My Fair Lady. Favorite New England credits include Significant Other, Dogfight, Far From Heaven (SpeakEasy Stage), The Little Mermaid, A Little Princess (Fiddlehead Theatre), West Side Story, Godspell, Les Misérable (Palace Theatre, Manchester, NH), The Drowsy Chaperone, Das Barbecü (Barnstormers Theatre). Next up: Billy Elliot (Wheelock Family Theater). He received his B.F.A. from The Boston Conservatory and is a proud member of AEA. Love to Mom, Dad, and Kira. jaredtroilo.wix.com/jaredtroilo
A. Nora Long (Director) is the associate artistic director at the Lyric Stage where she directed Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Dear Elizabeth and assistant directed 33 Variations. In addition to work at the Lyric, Nora is one of the artistic directors for New Exhibition Room, a local fringe company that specializes in developing cheeky, ensemble-created new work. She has directed and led the creation of several projects with NXR including Shh!, an exploration on the role of censorship which attended the New York International Fringe Festival after a sold-out run in Boston; The Paper Bag Princess, an all-ages show, Midnight at the Last Night Cabaret and EEP! Show. Other recent directing credits include Cymbeline, Macbeth (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Apprentice Program), Noises Off!, Ruthless: the Musical! (Hackmatack Playhouse), Three (Boston Public Works), The Real Thing, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Bad Habit Productions) and Candyland (New Exhibition Room). She received her MFA in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in theatre and Italian.
Bethany Aiken (Music Director) is making her Lyric Stage debut. She has served as music director for over 70 productions, including Lucky Stiff, Lobster Girl, Sweet Charity, Christmas on the Air, Meet Me in St. Louis, Something’s Afoot (Stoneham Theatre), James and the Giant Peach, Wonderful Town, Love's Labour's Lost, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Bernarda Alba (Stoneham young company), Songs for a New World (Gloucester Stage), Marry Me a Little (NextDoor Theater), Night of the Living Dead the Musical (NYC premiere), Ring of Fire (Rocky Mountain Repertory), and four seasons at New Hampshire's Weathervane Theatre, where favorite shows included Rent, Violet, Hairspray, Sweeney Todd, Hair, Ragtime, and Legally Blonde. She also composed music for original productions of Little Red and the Wolf, Rumpelstiltskin, and The Wizard of Magic Island. Bethany is a staff accompanist at The Boston Conservatory and holds degrees from Oberlin College (B.A., English and Music History/Theory) and Emerson College (M.F.A., Creative Writing).
David Connolly (Choreographer) returns to the Lyric Stage after choreographing last season's production of My Fair Lady. Other Boston credits include choreography for Violet, Far from Heaven, and Xanadu (SpeakEasy Stage), and direction/choreography for The Drowsy Chaperone (SpeakEasy Stage, IRNE Award, Best Director of a Musical). David is a member of the Musical Theatre faculty at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and the Theatre faculty at Suffolk University.
Bryn Austin (Dialect Coach) returns to the Lyric Stage where she served as dialect coach for Peter and the Starcatcher, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, Intimate Apparel, Sweeney Todd, Groundswell, and Blithe Spirit, and appeared in Dead Man's Cell Phone. Selected regional coaching credits include Catch Me If You Can (Boston Conservatory at Berklee), Cabaret (Palace Theater of Manchester), Translations (Boston College), Private Fears in Public Places and My Wonderful Day (Zeitgeist Stage Company), Top Girls (Apron Theater), and Mary Poppins (New England Youth Theater). Bryn teaches speech, phonetics, and accents and dialects at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. brynaustin.com
Shelley Barish (Scenic Design) returns to the Lyric Stage after designing Becky's New Car, Dear Elizabeth, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. Recent Boston area designs include Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Top Girls , The Real Things (Bad Habit Productions) and EEP! Show (New Exhibition Room). Other design credits include The Addams Family, West Side Story (Cortland Repertory Theatre), Boom!, Barefoot In The Park, Private Lives, Next Fall (Bristol Valley Theatre), Assassins (Eastman School of Music), New Moon, and HMS Pinafore (The Ohio Light Opera). She is a member of the Theatre Arts faculty at UMASS Lowell and received her M.F.A from Michigan State University. shelleybarish.com
Tobi Rinaldi (Costume Design) is excited to be designing his first show for the Lyric Stage. He recently joined the Lyric Stage as the Wardrobe Supervisor for the 2016-17 Season. He received his B.A. in Theatre from the University of Hawai'i where he studied Costume Design and Asian Theatre. Tobi has had the opportunity to train and work in traditional Japanese Theatre and Costuming under Japanese Kita School of Noh Masters as well as in Chinese Acting, Costuming, and Make Up under Instructors from the Jiangsu Province Beijing Opera Company. He has worked in Theatre and Film as a Wardrobe Supervisor and Costume Designer as well as an instructor at EMC (English Musical Theatre Camp) in South Korea. Independent film credits include Brass Knuckle Ballad and Randy’s Canvas (Non-Profit Benefiting The Autism Project). Theatre design credits include The Tale of Three Trees (EMC, South Korea), Judith of Shimoda (Kennedy Theatre), Etta Jenks, Appalachia/Hawai'i, Rumi (Earle Earnest Lab Theatre), and Voices from Okinawa (Kumu Kahua Theatre). He'd like to thank his family for their overflowing love and support.
Heather M. Crocker (Lighting Design) is a New England based lighting and projections designer and is making her design debut with Lyric Stage. She received her M.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology (Lighting and Projections Design) from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2015. Past lighting design credits include Over the River and Through the Woods, West Side Story (City Theatre, ME ), End Days (Voice Theatre, NY), Hair Frenzy (Penobscot Theatre Company, ME), Kimberly Akimbo, Vigils,The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mad Horse Theatre Company, ME), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Almost, Maine (UMKC Theatre), Little Women (UMKC Conservatory of Opera), Number the Stars (Coterie Theatre, KC), Projections design credits include Freedom Rider (UMKC Theatre) and projections for the Penobscot Theatre Company's Dramatic Academy last August.
Andrew Duncan Will (Sound Design) returns to the Lyric Stage having designed for Company, Sondheim on Sondheim, Dear Elizabeth, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, One Man, Two Guvnors, Speech and Debate, Six Degrees of Separation, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Translations, Rooms: A Rock Romance, and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (2014 IRNE Winner Best Sound Design). Recent local credits include How Soft The Lining, A Man of No Importance (Bad Habit Productions), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., Dry Land (Company One), Lucky Stiff (Stoneham Theatre), From The Sea To Somewhere Else (Flotsam), The Last Schwartz (Gloucester Stage); That Time The House Burned Down, It’s Not About My Mother, and The Clytemnestriad (Fresh Ink); Hard and Fast and Three (Boston Public Works); The Amish Project, Stronger Than The Wind, and God Box (New Repertory Theatre), Detroit (Apollinaire), Sixty Miles To Silver Lake and FUFU AND OREOS (Bridge Rep), 27 Tips for Banishing the Blues (Sleeping Weazel), Good, How I Learned To Drive, and A Question of Mercy (Boston Center for American Performance). Andrew received an M.F.A.in Sound Design from Boston University.
Nerys Powell* (Production Stage Manager) was the Production Stage Manager for Company. Last season Nerys was the AEA Assistant Stage Manager for My Fair Lady and Production Stage Manager for Buyer & Cellar, Fast Company, and Peter and the Starcatcher. Nerys holds a B.A. in English Literature from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and is a member of the Actor's Equity Association.
Betsy Pierce (Assistant Stage Manager) is making her Lyric Stage debut. Past shows include A Fierce Kind of Love (SM, ASM), Voices of Voting (SM), My Mother Has 4 Noses (ASM), Dear Elizabeth (ASM), Pride & Prejudice (ASM), Cinderella: A Musical Panto (ASM), Noises Off (ASM).
* denotes member of Actor's Equity Association