THE ALLIANCE REPERTORY COMPANY
Lilli holds a degree in Theatre Arts from New Jersey City University. She also completed the acting intensive at America Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. She makes her living as an actress, director and drama instructor. Some of her favorite acting roles include: Tony and Tina’s Wedding (Donna Marsala), Blackbird (Una), Living Out (Linda) The Country Club (Chloe), Closer (Alice), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Suzanne), Popcorn (Scout), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), Much Ado About Nothing (Hero), Barefoot in the Park (Corie) The Ledgend of Quasimodo, Revisted (Esmerelda) and the title roles in The Velveteen Rabbit, The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty. Lilli has also toured with various professional children’s Theatre groups such as Theatre Project of NJ, Women’s Theatre Co., The Cameo Cast (Tri State Tour), and The Shoestring Players (Tri State Tour). Lilli teaches Drama for Stagestruck at The Wharton Music Center in Berkeley Heights.
Matt was last seen as Raliegh in See Rock City for Alliance. Some regional credits include The Skin of Our Teeth (Henry), The Lady in Question (Karel), Last Train to Nibroc (Raliegh), The Rainmaker (Jim), Proof (Hal), Betty’s Summer Vacation (Keith), Pterodactyls (Tommy), Side Man (Clifford), The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged (Adam), A Perfect Ganesh (Man), The Country Club (Zip), A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Dylan Thomas), and the 2004 NYC Strawberry One Act Finalist, Destinations (Mike). Matt is also a proud member of 12 Miles West and The Theatre Project.
Beth Painter holds a degree in Theatre from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a Masters degree in Education. She was a co-founder of the Contagious Theatre Company in NYC where she produced and acted in numerous productions. Acting credits include Living Out (Nancy), The Sisters Rosensweig (Dr.Gorgeous), Snakebit (Jenifer), The Imaginary Invalid (Toinette), Rumors (Chris), Moon Over Buffalo (Roz), Crimes of the Heart (Lenny), Hamlet (Gertrude), Counselor at Law (Cora), Annie (Ms. Hannigan), Nuts (Claudia). Beth is the founder of The Contagious Drama Workshop, an acting school for children and teens in Westfield, NJ. (www.contagiousdrama.com).
Jeff studied theatre at Cornell University and has acted on countless stages throughout the Metropolitan area. Some of his previous roles include Rev. Jim Casy in The Grapes of Wrath; Eddie in A View From the Bridge, Marc in Art; Lou in Speed of Darkness, Tom in Dinner With Friends; John Proctor in The Crucible; Father Flynn in Doubt; Don in Rounding Third; Sefton in Stalag 17; John Vaccaro in Sniper; Ray Caulder in Lone Star/Laundry and Bourbon; Sharkey in The Seafarer; Joe Foster in Becky’s New Car, and the roles of Dave Moss and Ricky Roma in separate productions of Glengarry Glen Ross. He last appeared with the Alliance Repertory Company as Larry Morrow in their acclaimed production of The Dream of the Burning Boy.
Vikki made her Alliance Rep. debut as Lisa in Boys Life . She enjoys performing onstage locally and in NYC. Favorite roles include Wendy Wasserstein’s Janie Blumberg, Isn’t It Romantic and Quincy Quince, An American Daughter . Credits include : Rumors (Cassie), Fools (Sophia), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia & others), You Can’t Take It With You (Essie), Carnival Girls ( Evie), Not About Nightingales (Eva) and the 2008 NYC Fringe Festival. Vikki has appeared in various indie films and on TV in SNL, One Life To Live & Guiding Light. She is a proud member of AFTRA, GIAA & Alliance Rep.
James is a long-time member, and he has appeared in six Alliance Rep. productions, most recently as Ray in Blackbird. Others for Alliance: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Spinning Into Butter, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Burn This and the Monument Hotel Comedy Café. Other NJ appearances include Educating Rita at the Bickford, Forgiving Typhoid Mary (w/ Estelle Parsons) and 3 Men on a Horse, both at George Street Playhouse, The Normal Heart at George Street 99 and the premiere production of Gesualdo at the Women’s Theatre Company. NY: Fantasio at Theater Row Theater. Other favorite roles: Rene Gallimard in M Butterfly, Alan Turing in Breaking the Code, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Charles in Blithe Spirit, Jonesy-Sideman and good twin/evil twins roles in both Love! Valour! Compassion! and Corpse, Harry Hay in The Temperamentals. Bucknell University grad, 5-time Jeopardy! winner, proud member of Actors’ Equity.
Noreen Farley has been seen in Alliance Repertory productions of Spinning in Butter, The Champagne Charlie Stakes, and 100 Saints You Should Know. She a member of the acting ensemble at Dreamcatch Repertory Theatre and has appeared at The Bickford Theatre, What Exit? Theatre and The Theatre Project.
Alexandra Landau just made her debut at Alliance Repertory Theatre as Adele in Five Flights by Adam Bock, directed by Mike Driscoll. Alexandra just graduated with a BA in Theatre from Fairleigh Dickinson University and acted in many shows there, including Boeing Boeing (Judith) The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Lala) Dancing at Lughnasa (Maggie) and Into the Woods (Rapunzel). Her other theatre credits include One Woman’s Onions (Phyllis) at Chatham Players’ Jersey Voices, and As You Like It (Rosalind). Her film work includes the short “The Jersey Devil” by Ugly Cupcake Entertainment and the feature “Dark Tarot” by DGW Films.
Louis is a graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson Univeristy, College at Florham, B.A. in Theater Arts. He has been seen in Alliance Repertory Theatre's productions of Five Flights (Tom) and Bluff. Other stage credits include In the Heights (Usnavi) at MVP, Plaza Suite at the Bickford Theatre, The Two Month Rule (Claven - featured in the NYMF and the Chain Theatre Festival), MVP's Dog Sees God (Van), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch), and Boeing Boeing (Robert).
Mitchell Leigh Gordon
Mitchell's credits include: Ears on a Beatle (Agent McClure), Tales from the Garden (Leo), The Lion in Winter (Philip), Ubu Roi (Various), The Three Musketeers (d'Artagnan), From Up Here (Kenny), Enron (Various) The Winter’s Tale (Polixenes).
Shawna began her work with Alliance as the stage manager and light and sound tech for the production of From Up Here. Her stage credits include Opus (Grace), Fox on the Fairway (Pamela), and Wrong Window (Midge). She has also appeared in the short film Sourland. Shawna is an actor with the New Jersey Mystery Company (njmystery.com).
Terri had a great time playing Ma Brummet in both See Rock City and Gulf View Drive for The Alliance Repertory Company. She is a member of New Jersey Rep, 12 Miles West, and has worked for The Theater Project (Wilde Night in the Rockies, Penny Penniworth), What Exit? (Beau Jest), Surflight Theater (Noises Off), The Bickford Theater (Over the River and Through the Woods, Perfect Wedding), The Forum Theater (Enter Laughing). A few favorites are: Bessie in Marvin's Room (Perry Award, Bigby Award), M'Lynn in Steel Magnolias (Perry Award), Vivian Bearing in Wit (Perry Award), Ping for Jersey Voices (Perry Award), Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy, Bella in Lost in Yonkers, Mme. Arcati in Blithe Spirit. For the Web, Terri filmed 3 episodes of The Hacking Chronicles, and 2 episodes of The Gadget Garage. And she had an absolute blast in 2 On the Aisle, 3 In the Van for the New York Fringe Festival (Best Ensemble winner).
Melanie is a recent graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Musical Theatre. FDU credits include: The Laramie Project: 10 years later (Various Roles) Totally Twisted: A Gender Swap Showcase (Solo: Too Excess) Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet) What the Butler Saw (Mrs. Prentice) Dancing at Lughnasa (Agnes Mundy) Orpheus Descending (Beulah Binnings) and Into the Woods (Little Red). Film work includes The Jersey Devil, with Ugly Cupcake Entertainment, and Renaldo the Magician, with Javahead Productions. Melanie has also been a dance intern/Associate Director at Theatre Arts Center in Queens, and is the founding Director of Development for Fairleigh Dramatics.
Heidi is pleased to join Alliance Rep after enjoying her run as Olivia in Alliance's Five Flights in 2014. She graduated from NYU with a BFA in theater where she studied at Stella Adler and CAP21. Some of her favorite roles to date are Female Greek Chorus in How I Learned to Drive, Lucinda in Into the Woods, and Shelby in Steel Magnolias.
Gloria’s debut with Alliance was in Anton In Show Business, playing three male characters! She has performed on stages in NY and NJ for over 20 years, favorite roles include Margie Walsh in Good People, the title character in Shirley Valentine (NJACT Perry Award best actress) and in Becky’s New Car, Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park, Lady Croom in Arcadia, and Roxy Hart in Chicago. Recent credits also include: A Christmas Carol – The Musical (Centenary Stage Company), Sex, Relationships and Sometimes…Love (Producers Club), Eurydice Descending (Midtown International Theatre Festival), and Savannah Bay (Culture Connection Theatre). Gloria is a member of The Complete Theatre Company (NYC), serves on the board of the Chester Theatre Group, and in addition works with the Women Playwrights Series at Centenary Stage Company as a panelist and actor. She holds an MA in theater from Montclair State University and a BA in drama from Queens College.
Lauri is very pleased to be a member of Alliance, where she made her debut as the incomparable, Vern in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. She has directed, designed and performed for the past 25 years in regional, community and professional theatre. Lauri has been seen on stage with the Chester Theatre Group in The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Marjorie) and Moon Over the Brewery (Miriam). At the Barn Theatre in Montville, she played Veronica in God of Carnage, was the stage manager for their production of Yankee Tavern, and directed Inappropriate for Children for their one act festival. Some of her favorite roles include: Miss Hannigan in Annie, Emma in Tintypes, Maria in Twelfth Night and Mrs. Patrick Campbell in Dear Liar. She is also proud to serve on the board of the Chester Theatre Group.