Profiles

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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Andrew Carlberg

Andrew Carlberg, Andrew Carlberg, Andrew Carlberg.  Remember this name.  One more time — Andrew Carlberg. At 28 years old, Carlberg has produced more theatre, film, television and charity events than anyone I know his age.  “I work 24 hours a day.  Last night, I was up until four o’clock in the morning looking over a budget for a new musical they want to do here ...

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Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden is right on time as she pulls up to the Atwater Village Theatre.  There is no designated spot listed for her, she just parks wherever.  I mean, she does run the place.  “Honey, you mind carrying this in for me?”, as she hands me a bag stuffed with scripts.  I follow her inside the bustling theatre and she keys open her office, which ...

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Confessions of a Critic: Or, a Jade in Search of Diamonds

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by Kyle Moore The funny thing is, when I became a theatre reviewer for a local paper, I couldn’t describe it as a job because I wasn’t getting paid.  Truth be told, I wasn’t even really allowed to be highly “critical,” as these reviews I was writing were supposed to be more along the lines of paid advertisements with a little feedback thrown in as ...

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Kelly Ford

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By Kyle Moore It always used to bother me to think of myself as a recovering Catholic.  And while this religion-free state of being had been going on for many years, I didn’t tell anyone because I thought somehow I had failed at the whole “God” thing.   But I really did love it when I was young.  The ritual, the costumes, the bombastic organ music ...

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