Profiles

Veronica Brady

Veronica Brady is relaxed.  Or so it seems.  “We found another great actor,” Brady says as she falls into an tattered-old couch backstage at The Malibu Playhouse.  Brady, who is in rehearsal for the West Coast premiere of Billy Roche’s Belfry out in Malibu, has a warm relaxed confidence that you can tell after a minute or two is a refined skill she’s developed in ...

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Caryn Desai

Growing up in Philadelphia, Caryn Desai (lower case of her own choosing) knew she was an artist.  Even in her early stages, Caryn remembers her family watching television while she was self-engaged with arts and crafts projects, learning to see and reach beyond what was in front of her.  The church choir and community theatre nurtured her dreams while giving Caryn early opportunities to stretch ...

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Brian Canup Remembered for Playhouse Work, Love of Theatre

by Brian Addison (Long Beach Playhouse Board Member) Brian Canup was more than just a large part of the Long Beach Playhouse, the face you would often see at the box office or on stage. He was this essential cog that challenged the term “theatre person” to a new definition and lifted the Playhouse, both in revenue and spirit—and his unexpected passing will be a ...

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Neel Keller

Neel Keller talks fast and you can tell he’s thinking even faster.  After sitting down with him for a little over an hour I feel like I learned more about the art of storytelling than any master class I have ever taken.  Every other line Keller spouts is a gem about the art, about the craft, about what it takes to create magic in the ...

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Simon Levy

The mid-afternoon September sun is scorching as a portable air conditioner blows cool(ish) air into a tight room above The Fountain Theatre.  Simon Levy, one of LA’s theatre gems as well as Producing Director at The Fountain Theatre, sits across a dining room table and tells me he doesn’t like talking about himself.  It’s true.  He likes talking about theatre. Levy doesn’t come off as ...

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Jules Willcox

The Los Angeles actor is often branded with laziness, vanity and hunting for fast fame as their defining characteristics.  Well, Jules Willcox has none of those qualities.  In fact, she is the polar opposite of that lazy, vane, fame-monger bouncing around auditions with their dogs.  She is the real deal, an actors-actor who can do it all. “I’m busy.” Willcox says through a charming smile. ...

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Dakin Matthews

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Dakin Matthews deeply understands the actor, although his journey has been anything but traditional.  “I never intended on being an actor.  I fell into it by way of teaching,” Matthews says.  “I was teaching in the Bay Area and stumbled onto stage as a way to better understand the (Shakespearean) text I was teaching my students.”  For twenty years, Matthews drove upwards to a hundred ...

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Katie Lowes

After spending just a moment or two with Katie Lowes it’s easy to understand why she is so busy.  You don’t have to look too hard and you’ll see her either singing the National Anthem at the Dodger game, hosting some charity event or starring as Quinn Perkins on ABC’s hottest new drama “Scandal”.  Besides being obviously talented, smart and beautiful, Katie Lowes has that ...

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Lee Melville

The Los Angeles Theatre scene is vast and at times disparate, there has been one voice which tried to bind the scene over the last four decades. That voice was Lee Melville. A writer, critic, director, actor, he lived and breathed theatre or his entire adult life. His presence is noted and his wisdom will be missed.

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Matthew McCray

Matthew McCray is from a small conservative mountain town in Colorado but you would never-ever-ever guess that.  He sports stylish Oliver Peoples glasses, drives a Hybrid and is the creative force which unearthed the Son of Semele Ensemble.  “When we started SOSE in 2000 we weren’t aware of many companies in LA making an adventurous style of theatre, though I now know they were out ...

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