MARYAM ABDI (Alais) is honored to be included in this PTC production of The Lion in Winter! She is a Chicago actor, writer, educator & yoga instructor. Abdi has worked and lived abroad in Paris, Avignon, Mysore, Warsaw, Tehran, & Cameroon, Africa, where she practiced Theatre for Development as a Fulbright Scholar. Chicago: Red Tape Theatre, Nanna in Round Heads and Pointed Heads (Jeff Award-Nominated); Trap Door Theatre, Into the Empty Sky (Jeff Award-Nominated) and Monsieur d’Eon is a Woman; and is also an ensemble member with Great Works Theatre. She will be playing the Wicked Witch in the Windy City Performs production of The Wizard of Oz in 2019. Abdi is an alumnus of the University of Evansville, where she double majored in Theatre & French. She is represented by Gray Talent Group.
AUSTIN REED ALLEMAN (John) Off Broadway: The Skin of Our Teeth (Theatre For a New Audience, dir. Arin Arbus), Daniel’s Husband (Westside Theatre). Regional: Treasure Island (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (Adirondack Theater Festival), Romeo and Juliet (New Orleans Shakespeare Festival), Cymbeline (New Orleans Shakespeare Festival), Spring Awakening (Southern Rep) and Miss Julie (Access Theater). Various workshops/readings with The Public, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, TFANA and Tectonic Theater Project. His music can be found on all streaming services. Training: SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory. austinreedalleman.com
CELESTE CIULLA (Eleanor) is so very happy to be back! Previously at PTC she appeared in Clybourne Park, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth. Other favorite roles include: Miss Lilly in the world premiere of Duncan Sheik’s Whisper House and Tamora in Titus Andronicus at The Old Globe; The Ghost of Christmas Past at Cincinnati Playhouse and Titania with The Harford Symphony Orchestra. Ciulla is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Northwestern and Harvard Universities. She has narrated over 50 audio books for Recorded Books – and is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA, a proud fiancée to Claude Choukrane and a proud groupie of The Raging Skillet. www.celesteciulla.com
WILLIAM CONNELL (Richard the Lionheart) NYC/Regional credits include: A View From the Bridge (2010 Broadway revival), The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Center), Nureyev’s Eyes (George Street), Alphabetical Order (Keen Co.), Hamlet (Aspen Music Festival), One Man, Two Guvnors (PTC, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep), The Hour of Feeling (Humana Festival of New American Plays), The Winslow Boy (Rep Theatre of St. Louis), The 39 Steps (PA Shakes. Fest.), Bell, Book and Candle (S.F. Playhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gulfshore Playhouse), The Voice of the Turtle (Merrimack Rep.), Pride and Prejudice (Geva Theatre Center), The Glass Menagerie (Two River Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well (Theatre For A New Audience), T.V. and Film: “Manhattan Love Story”, “Blindspot”, “Blacklist”, “Madam Secretary”, “Bull”, MA, “Smash”, Not Fade Away, “Gossip Girl”, “Law & Order” and “Guiding Light.” BFA. UNCSA.
GRAYSON DEJESUS (Philip, King of France) Broadway Tour: War Horse, Lincoln Center Theater. Regional: Zoey’s Perfect Wedding, Denver Center. The Lion In Winter, St. Louis Rep. Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Longwharf Theater. Amadeus, The Importance of Being Earnest, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, Old Globe Theater. Romeo and Juliet, All’s Well That Ends Well, Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Television: “High Maintenance” on HBO, “Sneaky Pete” on Amazon, “Conviction” and “Forever” on ABC. Film: Kate Can’t Swim, Tasmania. MFA from USD/Old Globe.
ESAU PRITCHETT (Henry II) is originally from Saginaw, MI. He earned a BA in Performing Arts/Theatre from Oakland University in Rochester, MI in 1998. He moved to NYC shortly thereafter to pursue a professional career as a performing Artist. He has worked all over the country in Regional Theatre playing a variety of roles ranging from many plays in the Shakespeare canon to roles written by the American Titan of playwriting, August Wilson. Previous theatrical roles include: Antony in Julius Caesar, Anthony in Anthony & Cleopatra, Othello in Othello, Prospero in The Tempest, Aaron in Titus Andronicus Theseus and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Troy Maxson in Fences and King Hedley in King Hedley II among many others. His TV credits include: CBS’s “FBI”, NBC’s “The Blacklist”, NBC’s “Chicago PD”, HBO’s “The Night Of”, Netflix/Marvel’s “Iron Fist”, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
DAMIAN JERMAINE THOMPSON (Geoffrey) Off-Broadway: Little Rock, The Anthem, Around the World in 80 Days, Fly, By The Dawn’s Early Light, and The Madwoman of Chaillot. Regional: Hartford Stage: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Center Stage: The White Snake, Marley (Bob Marley Musical); Northern Stage: Macbeth; Arkansas Rep: The Whipping Man; Ford’s Theatre: Fly; Portland Playhouse: The Brother/Sister Plays; Colorado Shakespeare: Merchant Of Venice, Twelfth Night, As You Like It; CATF: The Wedding Gift, Pen/Man/Ship; Acorn Theatre: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, among others. Film: English Vinglish. TV: “The Player,” “The Story of A Gun,” among others. Education: MFA, University of Delaware; BFA, University of Evansville. Facebook/Instagram: damianthompsonactor
This production is sponsored by:
The Pioneer Theatre Guild