Dorothy Lyman – Playwright/Elizabeth
An Emmy award-winning actress, Ms Lyman is also a theatre and television director (75 episodes of THE NANNY for CBS) and a filmmaker. Her first film, shot in Delaware County, THE NORTHERN KINGDOM, is available on Netflix, as is her second film, SPLIT ENDS. A documentary on aging, JANET’S CLASS is seeking distribution. Ms Lyman produced and directed ENEMY, her adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People (2016), and her full-length plays A RAGE IN TENURE (2017) and SOFT LANDING (2018) at Teatro Santa Ana in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her new play IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER opens in September in New York City. She has adapted John Scherber’s Mysteries in Mexico series of detective novels for television.
Ms Lyman can be seen as a guest star on episodes of HBO’s Divorce and Elementary on CBS. Her recent film appearances include BAD HURT (2015) and BULLITT COUNTY (2018) along with BACK FORK and VAULT both currently in post-production.
Katie McHugh – Director
Katie McHugh. MFA directing, The New School for Drama. Founding Director, Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company. Co-Founder, Teen Shakespeare Conservatory. Artistic Director, Yonder Window Theatre Company (YWTC). Selected Directing Credits NYC: Medea, New School for Drama; The List by Jennifer Tremblay, NY Fringe 2012 (Winner of Overall Excellence in a Solo Performance). Mexico Directing Credits: The List, Fringe SMA; Waiting for Goddreau preceded by Shut up Kathleen by Sebastian David, Fringe SMA. Katie’s theatre company made its maiden voyage in 2017 with a multidisciplinary, multi-cultural, tri-lingual production called The Dream Project, at Muvart art gallery, SMA, Mexico. Since its maiden voyage Katie has produced and directed three more shows under the YWTC banner: PLACES at 59 East 59th Theatre’s East to Edinburgh Festival, then at The New Town Theatre in Edinburgh where it was performed 24 times; The House on Poe Street by Fengar Gael at the 14th Street Y Theatre, NYC and The Dream Project 2.0, (the next development phase of this 5-year project) held at the GK Art Center in Brooklyn, NY March 2018. Katie is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women.
Abigail Hawk – Betsy
Abigail Hawk is a New York-based actress who has worked on such television shows as Body of Proof, The Jim Gaffigan Show, and Are We There Yet? She most recently guest-starred opposite Mariska Hargitay and Raul Esparza on Law and Order: SVU. Perhaps she is most recognizable as Detective Baker, the unflappable right hand of NYPD Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) on CBS’ Blue Bloods, currently in its 9th season. Hawk’s film work includes her award-winning performance in Almost Paris and romantic dramedy Rich Boy, Rich Girl. She also starred opposite Chevy Chase in ION Network’s feature A Christmas in Vermont. Catch her next in Brother’s Keeper with Laurence Fishburne and Milo Gibson. Abigail is a proud member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity Association. She currently resides on Long Island with her busy, beautiful family: husband, two sons, a dog, two cats, four fish, and one snail.
Tim Bohn – Tom
Tim studied acting at Amherst College and at the Stella Adler Academy in LA and NY. Among his regional theatre credits: Cowboy in Boys in the Band, at Theater Rhinoceros in San Francisco in 1989!; Skeet in Sage Allen’s Cut Flowers at the Victory Theatre in Burbank, opposite Joanna Miles and Salome Jens; “Mostly-silent Spooky Priest” in “John Cassavettes’ Husbands” at the Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival. His many TV and film credits include Friends, Law & Order SVU, 30 Rock, Mysteries of Laura, Quantico, and most recently a show called Strangers that “airs” on Facebook Watch but counts as “TV” now? He wrote and directed the feature film Good Bones, which premiered on national cable VOD and digital platforms in August 2018. You should rent it! He is a creative director at GWP Advertising in Montclair, NJ. He is grateful: to Dorothy for giving him a shot to join the Lyman Players; to the cast and crew for picking him up; and to his family for cheering him on.
Brennan Lowery – Jason
Brennan is so excited to join Stuffed Olive for his third production with the company! Following Enemy and Soft Landing in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, he is honoured to bring Dorothy’s words to life again as Jason; thank you for trusting me with your beautiful, true-to-life works. You have helped me grow as a person and a performer, Dorothy, and I owe you an immense debt of gratitude. Brennan recently appeared in Education Theater’s tour of Beauty and the Beast (Beast) and Princeton Summer Theater’s production of Appropriate (Frank).
Jeanne Lauren Smith – Liz
Jeanne Lauren Smith is overjoyed to be among such an inspiring cast and creative team in the premiere of In theBleak Midwinter. Recent credits include Rechnitz by Nobel Prize Winner Elfriede Jelinek (New Stage Theatre Company, dir. Ildiko Nemeth), Soft Landing by Dorothy Lyman (dir. John Tillinger), and Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide by Charles Ludlam (La MaMa, dir. Everett Quinton). For more visit JeanneLaurenSmith.com. Immense gratitude to Dorothy. Love to Dom.
Shannon Stowe – Christie
Shannon Stowe received her MFA in Acting from the New School for Drama where she is also on faculty teaching Dance for Actors. Favourite roles include Medea (Medea, New School for Drama, also directed by Katie McHugh) and regionally as Pegeen Mike (Playboy of the Western World), Gwendolen (The Importance of Being Earnest), Billie Dawn (Born Yesterday), Nora (A Doll’s House), Suzanne (Picasso at the Lapin Agile), Graziella (West Side Story), Hermia and Snug (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and several turns as a Kit Kat Girl (Cabaret) to name a few. She also appears in Ready, Set, Go’s web series Othello and R&J, for which she was nominated as best supporting actress (Maverick Movie Awards) for her role as Nurse. Proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG/AFTRA.
James Higgins – Sound Design
James is a music director, pianist, arranger, and sound designer with 30 years of international experience. He is a 2018 NYIT Award nominee for sound design for Follies. Off-Broadway: Me The People, Old Jews Telling Jokes, Living With Henry; NYC: Follies, Astoria Stories (APAC), Goddess Wheel by Galt McDermott (premiere), Gefilte Fish Chronicles (also performed at the White House), Ludwig Live (Subculture), literally dozens of cabarets in all the venues; Regional: music/lyrics for The Great One, the New Hockey Musical (Short North Stage, Columbus OH), Ragtime, South Pacific, Into the Woods, Candide and tons more. He is so happy to work again with Dorothy, having previously done sound design for Soft Landing and Enemy.
Natalie Jones – Stage Manager
Natalie Jones is a Kennedy Center-recognized performer, director, teaching artist, dialect coach, and stage manager based in Astoria, New York. Previous stage managing credits include Eyes of a Blue Dog, Elvira: The Immigration Play, Memphis, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Ebenezer, Much Ado About Nothing, and Beauty and the Beast, among others. She’s very happy to now add In The Bleak Midwinter to that list! Thanks to God, Mom, Dad, Zach, and her steadfast friends; she’d also like to thank Dorothy and Katie for this wonderful opportunity. Ephesians 6:7.
Elizabeth Mak – Light Design
Elizabeth Mak is a Singapore-born US-based interdisciplinary theatre designer and theatermaker. Her design credits include Cymbeline (Yale Repertory Theater); Nanyang: The Musical (Singapore International Festival of Arts); The Square Root of Three Sisters (International Festival of Arts and Ideas); Ofrenda (Albany Park Theater Project, National Theater of Scotland Exchange); A Walk in the Woods (The Barrow Group); Salomé: Woman of Valor (Vancouver Chutzpah Festival); False Stars (Paradise Factory Corkscrew Festival); Danger Signals (New Ohio Theatre ICE Factory); They, Themself and Schmerm (Public Theater UTR Festival INCOMING!); Macbeth (Fordham University). MFA in Design Yale School of Drama
Johanna Pan – Set Design
Upcoming shows The Sign in Sydney Brustein’s Window (Tisch Grad). Recent credits include James and the Giant Peach and Bye Bye Birdie (Barrington Stage), Urinetown (LNT), Delta in the Sky (Boogla Nights), The Sea Concerto (Flux), Salomé: Woman of Valor (Chutzpah! Festival), Ajax in Iraq and Woyzeck (Strasberg), Four Sisters (WWTNS?), Aphrodisiac (Loft 227), Cinderella (Coleytown), Boom (Stonewater Productions), Fingers & Toes (Plaza), Am I? Am I? Am I? (Flea), and associate costume designer for the recent Lincoln Center Falsettos revival on Broadway. She has also worked at Goodspeed Musicals, The Muny, Playwrights Horizons, Signature (DC), Roundabout, Primary Stages, Maltz Jupiter, Alley, Asolo Rep, Arena Stage, Steppenwolf, Rattlestick, Atlantic. B.F.A. Ithaca College. www.johannapan.com, IG: @jpandesign
Megan Schadler – Production Manager
Megan Schadler is an NYC based actor, producer, and writer. Megan is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Acting credits include Lydia (Big Love) and Kate (From Up Here). After graduating Megan had the opportunity to travel to Fara Sabina, Italy to participate in Teatro Potlach’s INVISIBLE CITIES project; a citywide theatrical transformation. Back in NYC, Megan went on to write and produce a new web series called THE LOVEBIRDS PROJECT (Eye of a Fly Productions). After being hired as an actor and writer for the show’s second season, she soon took on the role of Head Writer and Producer for Season 3. She recently finished teaching and designing a film program for children at The New York Irish Center. For more about Megan and to watch THE LOVEBIRDS PROJECT visit meganschadler.com.