2019 NEW MEXICO ACTORS LAB mEMBERS
Nicholas Ballas (Co-Artistic Director, Torvald in A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 and director of NO MAN’S LAND) 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 appeared in Ages of the Moon and directed November last year with NMAL. He holds an MFA from CalArts.
Dr. Robert Benedetti (Founder and Artistic Director, director of A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 and 4000 MILES) 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), Heisenberg, The Gin Game, Rapture, Blister, Burn, and Ages of the Moon.
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.
Jody Hegarty Durham (Bec in 4000 MILES) 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, The Quality of Life, and November, 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.
Zoe Burke (Box Office Manager) is an actress, director, theatre educator, and technician who recently moved to Santa Fe with her fiancé (and their four dogs!). You may have seen her onstage with the Santa Fe Shakespeare Society or The Oasis Theatre Company; she is also on the Theatre Santa Fe board, and is very excited to work with NMAL.
Leslie Harrell Dillen (Nora in A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2) has appeared in theatre, television and film, in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston. Leslie has written and performed five solo shows presented on stages throughout the U.S, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the New York Fringe Festival. Locally she has performed in productions with Theatrework, Ironweed, and The Santa Fe Playhouse. Most recently her solo show “The Passions of Mabel Dodge Luhan” was presented at The Playhouse and Teatro Paraguas among other New Mexico locations. She is the voice of Mabel in the PBS documentary AWAKENING IN TAOS.
Mickey Dolan (Leo in 4000 MILES) is a New Mexico Actors Showcase winner. He has studied at the California Institute of the Arts as well as the New Mexico School for the Arts. Mickey has worked on many productions in theatre, film, and television. He has performed with the Santa Fe Playhouse, Santa Fe Performing Arts, and the CalArts Improv Club. Film credits include Get Shorty, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Into the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, and most recently, a recurring role on the upcoming Netflix Series, Daybreak.
Barbara Hatch (Director of STOP KISS) 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.
Vaughn Irving (George in STOP KISS) is the Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Playhouse. He has appeared in over 50 professional productions in 8 states and Washington, DC. His local acting credits include: The Glass Menagerie (New Mexico Actor's Lab); The Importance of Being Earnest, 1984 Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol (Santa Fe Playhouse); Lobby Hero (Adobe Rose); The Good Doctor, Winters Tale (Oasis). In addition to his acting work, Vaughn has also directed many shows at the Santa Fe Playhouse including Unnecessary Farce, The Fiesta Melodrama, Cabaret, and Fun Home.
Suzanne Lederer (Vera Joseph in 4000 MILES) 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 Ahmanson Theatre, the Cocoanut Grove and the Woodstock Playhouses, the Arizona Theatre Company as well as both Berkshire and Williamstown Theatre Festivals. In Santa Fe, Suzanne has performed with the New Mexico Rep, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, Red Thread Collective, Ainadimar Festival and Robert Benedetti’s ShakesScenes. Suzanne has performed with NMAL for the past three seasons as Daisy Werthen in Driving Miss Daisy, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie and Fonsia Dorsey in The Gin Game. A graduate of Hofstra University, she is the recipient of the George M. Estabrook Award for Career achievement. Suzanne is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association since 1971.
Argos MacCallum (Technical Director/Box Office 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.
Cheryl Odom (Costume Designer of A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2) has a BFA in Acting and an MFA in Costume Design. She has designed costumes, and occasionally sets, for the College of Santa Fe (Faculty Costume Designer for 29 years), the Mark Taper Forum, various Equity-waiver theaters in Los Angeles, UCLA, California State University at Northridge, Sacramento Music Circus, Cal Arts, PCPA Theaterfest, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, New Mexico Repertory, Santa Fe Playhouse, the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Repertory, Music Theater Southwest, Dancing Earth, Theatre Grottesco, and Teatro Paraguas to name a few. Her most recent work includes “The Importance of Being Ernest” and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the Santa Fe Playhouse.
Skip Rapoport (Resident 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 (Hirst in NO MAN’S LAND) 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, Heisenberg in 2017, and last year’sThe Gin Game. On May 29th of this year, he will direct and appear in Ever the Twain, a fantasy about Mark Twain and William Shakespeare, at the Lensic. Film includes Alan Arkin’s Blood: Thinner than Water; Independence Day: Resurgence; and the narration of the Oscar-nominated Never Give Up. His TV credits include Breaking Bad and Manhattan. Jonathan is a novelist, political cartoonist, and film critic.
Tallis Rose (Callie in STOP KISS) is a Santa Fe University of Art and Design graduate. This is her third production with NMAL. She has also worked with Oasis Theater Company and the Santa Fe Playhouse. She recently relocated to Chicago, Illinois but she is overjoyed to be (temporarily) back for this production.
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 (Mrs. Winsley/Nurse in STOP KISS) 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.
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.
Kat Sawyer (Anne Marie in A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2) A native Californian, Kat has appeared in over one hundred TV shows, movies, and commercials. In Santa Fe, you may have seen her in many Theaterwork productions and Ironweed’s Buried Child. The Michael Wigley Galleries in Santa Fe and Indigo in Madrid represent her paintings. A yoga teacher for thirty years, Kat’s book, Voices From the Mat is available on Amazon.com. Kat is thrilled to be part of the New Mexico Actors Lab gang.
Hania Stocker (Peter and Detective in STOP KISS) grew up surrounded by the theater. Observing his parents in rehearsal, watching countless productions, attending workshops and performing, he developed an undying passion for acting. He has appeared as Doug in The Way We Get By at the Aux Dog Theater in Albuquerque, Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, Det.Tupolski in The Pillowman, Comrade O’Brien in 1984, and as Ned in The Normal Heart at the Santa Fe Playhouse, as Reverend John Hale in The Crucible with Ironweed, and most recently as Ernest in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Santa Fe Playhouse. An alumnus of St. John's College SF, and co-owner of Northern New Mexico Gardens.
Hamilton Turner (Briggs in NO MAN’S LAND) is making his debut performance with New Mexico Actor's Lab. Armed with his BFA in acting, Hamilton has played many roles with many companies in Santa Fe. Some of the roles include, Katurian in The Pillowman, Antonio in The Tempest, Leo in The Vibrator Play, and Victor Flemming in Moonlight and Magnolias. He has had the pleasure of working with The Adobe Rose, The Santa Fe Playhouse, The Oasis, The Santa Fe Shakespeare Guild, For Giving Productions, and Blue Raven Productions. Moving forward, Hamilton looks to continue acting, directing, and listening to music.