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 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), 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.
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.
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 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 productions of The Glass Menagerie; in 2018 she appeared inThe Gin Game Suzanne is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association since 1971, the Screen Actors Guild since 1975, and the Dramatists Guild since 2014.
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.
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 Martin in ) 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.
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.