2018 NEW MEXICO ACTORS LAB mEMBERS
Nicholas Ballas (Ames in Ages of the Moon and director of November) performed in many regional repertory companies before moving to Santa Fe where he worked with the New Mexico Repertory Theatre and Shakespeare in Santa Fe. In the ’80s and ’90s he founded and operated the Santa Fe Actors’ Theatre. Notable New Mexico appearances include Prospero in The Tempest, Ahab in Mother Road's production of Moby Dick, Dostoevsky in Jewel in the Manuscript, multiple roles in Sylvia with NM Actors Lab, the world premiere of Cascarones at Teatro Paraguas, and Ben in Ironweed’s production of Death of a Salesman. He also has numerous film and television credits, including the title role of the indie, The Incredible Voyage of Captain Hook. Mr. Ballas holds an MFA from CalArts.
Dr. Robert Benedetti (Founder and Artistic Director, director of first three 2018 plays) was an early member of the Second City Theatre. He has directed for fifty years at regional theaters such as the Tyrone Guthrie, the Milwaukee, San Diego, South Coast, and Melbourne (Australia) Repertory Theatres, and the Oregon, Colorado, and Great Lakes Shakespeare Festivals. In film, he won three Emmys and a Peabody as a producer/writer for HBO. He is the former Dean of Theater at the California Institute of the Arts and Chairman of the Acting Department at the Yale Drama School. As an actor, he has appeared in many TV, film, and theater productions, including 2017’s Outside Mullingar with the Fusion Theatre. Locally he directed The Odd Couple at SFUAD, produced and directed the ShakeScenes series, and since founding NMAL he has directed, designed, and produced Sylvia, Proof, Driving Miss Daisy, Art, The Glass Menagerie, The Quality of Life (with Nicholas Ballas) and Heisenberg.
Paul Blott (Byron in Ages of the Moon) appeared in a number of Santa Fe productions including Shakespeare in Santa Fe’s Measure for Measure, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. He was a member of the Red Thread Collective where he performed in The Kings Yellow, The Last Tudor, Duet, and Aucassin and Nicolette. Paul’s work with Fusion Theatre in Albuquerque includes Lady Chatterly’s Lover, Red, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Death of a Salesman, and Sam Shepard’s one man play, Kicking a Dead Horse. In Los Angeles, Paul performed as a member and co-founder of The Dumb Show, a children’s theatre/mime company. He also performed a variety of Shakespearean roles in numerous seasons at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. His film/television work includes Big Kill, Dreamland, Manhattan, Nightshift, Longmire, Messenger, In Plain Sight, Furthest Witness, Making a Killing, The Rambler, Maniacts, Beer for My Horses, Last Stand at Saber River, Border Town, Lazarus Man, The Last Hit, and Lightning Jack. Paul majored in theatre at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1980. This is his first appearance with NMAL.
Amy Borton (Rehearsal Stage Manager) is a senior in the theatre department at the New Mexico school for the arts where she has participated in many productions as an actor, director, stage manager, and writer. Amy has studied theatre since she was eight years old when she acted in her first play at the Santa Fe Playhouse. After high school, she plans to study marine biology, but she hopes to always be involved in theatre in some way.
Peter Chapman (Don in Rapture, Blister, Burn) has many theater credits, including the Adobe Rose Theatre’s Luna Gale (Cliff), Ironweed Production’s Death of a Salesman (Biff), as well as From Falling Down (Sammy), The Lion in Winter (John), The Threepenny Opera (Filch), Uncle Vanya (Astrov), The Destiny of Me (Ned), and The Tempest (Prospero). He has trained at William Esper Studios (NYC), British American Drama Academy (London), and with Wendy Chapin (Santa Fe). Film projects include Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return (Master Lucius Selig). This is his first appearance with NMAL.
Suzanne Burstall Cross (Performance Stage Manager) first worked in theater in 1969 with The Crucible and has been active since then in every facet of theater, except lighting design, at one time or another. She was brought back out of semi-retirement in 2014 with The Scottish Play at the Playhouse (directed by Pat Briggs) and has since managed productions for New Mexico Actors’ Lab, Zibart Productions, and, most recently, Almost, Maine at El Museo and The Mother**cker with a Hat at Teatro Paraguas. Thanks to “Beny” for the chance to learn from the best!
Jody Hegarty Durham (Bernstein in November) is a native New Yorker and graduated from New York City’s Circle in the Square Theatre Conservatory, where she completed the Professional Acting Workshop. She also studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and privately with Irma Neverow. Jody has worked on numerous projects in theater, television, and film. Jody is a founder and former co-artistic director of The Unbound Theater Company in New York City, where she appeared in productions of Jean-Claude Grumberg’s The Workroom and Dylan Thomas’s Under Milkwood. Since moving to Santa Fe in 2005, she has performed in NMAL's Proof and The Quality of Life, and with other groups Rumors, Hysteria, The Importance of Being Earnest, Tartuffe, Anna Karenina, The Blue Room, The Room Next Door, the web- based series Cyphers, and most, recently Out of Thebes, Death of a Salesman, and Salome’s Dance.
Leslie Fleming-Mitchell (Catherine in Rapture, Blister, Burn) is a working actor and acting coach whose credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, VEEP, House, Criminal Minds, Waco, The Kid, and Escape The Night. She coaches actors preparing for TV/Film roles; students include Emile Hirsch; Rockmond Dunbar (Sons of Anarchy); Maya Stojan (Castle, Agents of Shield); Robert Wahlberg (The Departed), and Laurene Landon (Sky). Leslie has taught at the esteemed Second City, L.A., and The Film/Maine Media Workshops; S.A.G. Conservatory, L.A; NE Film Academy; Sonoma Academy; American School in Paris; U. Mass., Boston; Boston Film+Video Foundation, and Kevin Fennessey Casting. She is enjoying her second incarnation in Santa Fe after being away for more than twenty years. This is her first appearance with NMAL.
Madeleine Garcia (Avery in Rapture, Blister, Burn) is finishing her BFA at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design. She has been seen in numerous SFUAD productions, such as “David Ives: Time Flies” as May, “Twelfth Night” as Viola, and “Polaroid Stories” as Ariadne. She is thrilled to be a part of the talented art community in Santa Fe! Madeleine will be heading to Philadelphia to pursue her Masters in Acting at Temple University. She thanks Ana, Lee, Sicily, and Noah for their love, and Robert Benedetti for this opportunity!
Barbara Hatch (Producer) is a native New Yorker and holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts in Theater, a BA in German Literature (NYU), and an MFA in Art History from the Universite de Toulouse in France. After nine years in France, she worked with Passage Theatre, the McCarter Theatre (founding member of the Shakespeare Festival with Princeton High School), and Westwind Repertory Theatre, among others. After arriving in Santa Fe in 2010, she was Managing Director at Theater Grottesco for five years and has acted in and directed many theatre productions and film. Some notable productions: The Madwoman of Chaillot and The 39 Steps (director, Santa Fe Playhouse); Sylvia and The Quality of Life with NMAL; and many more. She currently teaches theatre at the New Mexico School for the Arts and is on the board of directors of TheatreSantaFe.org.
Suzanne Lederer (Fonsia Dorsey in The Gin Game) has starred on and off Broadway as well as on television. Her regional theatre credits include the Long Wharf Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahamanson Theatre, the Cocoanut Grove and The Woodstock Playhouses, the Arizona Theatre Company, and the Berkshire and Williamstown Theatre Festivals. In Santa Fe, Suzanne has performed with the New Mexico Rep, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, Red Thread Collective, Ainadamar Festival, and Robert Benedetti’s ShakeScenes. In the 2016 NMAL inaugural season, she played Daisy Werthen in Driving Miss Daisy, and in the 2017 NMAL season she portrayed Amanda Wingfield in the much-hailed production of The Glass Menagerie. Suzanne is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association since 1971, the Screen Actors Guild since 1975, and the Dramatists Guild since 2014.
Fredrick Lopez (Dwight Grackle in November) grew up on the border of two countries (USA & Mexico) and two states (Texas & New Mexico). The first time he hit the boards was in high school in 1973 when he played an Ant. He went on to be in more 55 films, many of them westerns. His early work was in Robert Redford’s The Milagro Beanfield War, Larry McMurtry’s Streets of Laredo and Comanche Moon, and Billy Bob Thornton’s All the Pretty Horses. His most recent film work was The Girlfriend Experience, Night Shift, and Bless Me Ultima. Locally, he has proudly worked in theater with Ironweed Production’s Creating a Scene (in a restaurant), Wolf in Camp at SF Performing Arts, with Wes Studi in Fortune and Men’s Eyes, and Oscar Rodrigues’ Coyote Blues at the Santa Fe Playhouse. Fredrick is currently rockin’ & rollin’ with Fritz & The Blue Jays Band and Palm in the Cypress. This is his first appearance with NMAL.
Argos MacCallum (Technical Director/House Manager) has worked with many theatre companies in Santa Fe over the past forty-five years as an actor, director, technician, and administrator. He is a founding member of Teatro Paraguas, where he currently serves as Executive Director. He served on the Board of the Santa Fe Playhouse for nine years and for ten years as the Scene Shop Manager at Greer Garson Theatre. He returns for his third year with NMAL.
Campbell Martin (Turkey Guy in November) has appeared locally in the Ironweed productions of Our Town, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible. At the Greer Garson Theater, he performed in How I Learned to Drive. With the Santa Fe Rep, he appeared in Follies, Pippin, and Company. As a member of the Wiseguys Theater in New York City, Campbell won a MAC Award and Bistro Award for Best Musical Comedy Performance. He has appeared onstage from the Pantages Theater in L.A. across the country to Lincoln Center in NYC. This is his first appearance with NMAL.
Ruth Mikos (Stage Manager) grew up in Iowa and moved to NY to pursue her MFA at Pratt Institute. While a student, she joined Blue Man Group as backstage crew. After graduation, she spent several years working at Getty Images, then with Props For Today where she honed her production skills working with a variety of event, stage, and media clients including Saturday Night Live. Rith then moved on to JesGordon/ProperFun Event Production working on large-scale productions, before breaking off to focus on art and freelance business management. After moving to Santa Fe, she worked as Assistant Stage Manager for All Too Human.
Robert Nott (Charles Smith in November) has lived and worked in Santa Fe for about twenty-five years and is currently employed as a staff reporter for the Santa Fe New Mexican daily newspaper. Robert is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and also studied theater at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In Santa Fe, he has written, directed, and acted in a number of plays for various companies—some good, some bad, and quite a few falling somewhere in between. He is the author of four non-fiction books, including He Ran All the Way: The Life of John Garfield, and recently contracted with McFarland Press to write a book about the films of the cult film director Budd Boetticher.
Geoffrey Pomeroy (Archer in November) has a BS with Honors from Skidmore College where he received the Periclean Scholar Award for his performance as Peck in How I Learned To Drive, and he is an Honors graduate from the British-American Drama Academy in London. His New York and California theater credits include: Rabbit Hole, Cowboy Mouth, The Immigrant, Waiting For Lefty, The Hostage, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Antigone, Arcadia, and Verklärte Nacht at Carnegie Hall. With NMAL, he acted in Proof and The Glass Menagerie. His television and film credits include Better Call Saul, Manhattan, and Monsters Vs. Aliens. As a screenwriter, Geoffrey’s short film Hypothetically debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.
Skip Rapoport (Lighting Designer) has been the NMAL lighting designer from our very beginning and designed every NMAL show. Before coming to Santa Fe, he designed lighting in New York, Los Angeles, and many points in-between: at NY’s American Place Theater and Dance Theater Workshop, L.A.’s Vanguard Theater and Schönberg Hall, and Chicago’s Body Politic Theater. His clients have included The Acting Company, Mark Taper Forum’s New Theater for Now, Donald Byrd and the Group, and Nevada Dance Theater. In Santa Fe, he has designed for The Lensic, Theaterwork, Theater Grottesco, Ironweed Productions, Teatro Paraguas, and many others. Skip is especially proud of his work with NMSA, Santa Fe Prep, and JSIT, working with the next generation of theater artists.
Jonathan Richards (Weller in The Gin Game) has appeared in a wide range of leading roles on the Santa Fe stage, including NMAL’s first undertaking, Santa Fe ShakeScenes in 2012, then Sylvia in 2014, Proof and Art in 2016, and last year's Heisenberg. Film includes Blood: Thinner than Water, Independence Day: Resurgence, and narration of the Oscar-nominated documentary Never Give Up. His TV credits include Breaking Bad and Manhattan. Jonathan is a novelist, political cartoonist, and film critic.
Vanessa Rios y Valles (Gwen in Rapture, Blister, Burn) was last seen onstage performing in Theaterwork’s production of the one-woman show Grounded. She holds a BFA in acting from the College of Santa Fe and has also trained in London at the British-American Drama Academy. Vanessa left Santa Fe in 1993 to co-found an ensemble theater company in Portland, Oregon, which developed into the critically acclaimed Other Side Theater. She performed and directed in Portland for seven years before returning to the Land of Enchantment. This is her first appearance with NMAL.
Ben Rountree (Board Operator) is a lighting electrician in Santa Fe. He works both in film and theater. Most recently working on the TV pilot “life in 3D”. He also works at the Lensic Theater, and recently became the co-Technical Director at the Armory for The Arts. He studied at the New Mexico School for the Arts.
Ann Roylance (Alice in Rapture, Blister, Burn) is a Dramalogue Award winner. Her professional career has included television, musical theatre, plays, and clubs from D.C. to New York to Sydney to Los Angeles to Santa Fe. Ann has worked with such notables as Harold Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Mary Tyler Moore, Julie Harris, Kathy Bates, Bob Newhart, and many other amazing talents. In Santa Fe she has been seen in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for The Shakespeare Society; at the Adobe Rose in Moonlight and Magnolias and Bonjour La Bonjour; at the Santa Fe Playhouse in Kimberly Akimbo, Moon Over Buffalo, I Hate Hamlet, Benchwarmers, and Cabaret. This is her first appearance with NMAL.
Lynn Roylance (Company Photographer) holds a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He has had shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, and galleries in Los Angles, Santa Fe, Texas and New York. His work has been seen in publications such as Pasatiempo, the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Albuquerque Journal North, and Inspired Eye. Lynn currently photographs plays for New Mexico Actors Lab, Santa Fe Playhouse, Upstart Crows and other productions in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He lives in Santa Fe with the stunning Ann Roylance.