THE AUDIENCE – ACTOR BIOS
Will Cooke (Harold Wilson) is making his debut at LTA after performing (and understudying) in many musical and dramatic productions at theaters in our area, including the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Folger Theatre, Constellation Theatre, Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Everyman Theatre and Center Stage, among others. Will graduated from Georgetown University and has a certificate from the British American Drama Academy/Yale School of Drama and an MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy of Classical Acting.
Paul Donahoe (Equerry) was last seen at LTA as Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird. In this area, he has recently played Wilhelm Furtwangler in Taking Sidesat PCP and The Detective in TT4W’s A Dream Within a Dream: Madness at the Torpedo Factory. Paul’s professional credits include Edmund in Long Day’s Journey into Nightand The Bridegroom in Blood Weddingat the Intiman Theater in Seattle. At the McCarter Theater in Princeton, Paul appeared as Richard in Ah, Wilderness! and Francisco/ Mime in Hamlet.
Robert Heinly (Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Detective) is honored to return to the LTA stage with this amazing cast. He was most recently seen at 1st Stage in Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, voted 2017 Best Play (Small Professional Theatre) by Broadway World. Robert previously appeared at LTA in To Kill a Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. He would like to give special thanks to Rip Claassen of American Backstage Company for his help with creating “Mr. Churchill” and indeed all his looks. For his father –a great Churchill buff.
Richard Isaacs (Tony Blair, David Cameron) is excited to be back at LTA with such a talented cast and crew. Other LTA appearances include A Christmas Carol, Laughing Stock, Plaza Suite, Dial ‘M’ for Murder and Saturday, Sunday, Monday. Thanks to so many for making this such a fun experience, especially Ruben for being a great director, Rebecca and Russell for being wonderful producers, our marvelous stage managers, Joan and Christine, and the great cast (especially Nicky McDonnell) and, of course, David Vecera (who makes it all worthwhile).
Evie Graham Jewett (Young Elizabeth) is making her debut at LTA and couldn’t be more proud to be doing so with such a fabulous cast and crew. Her recent roles include Becky inA Little Princessat ACCT and ensemble roles in Seussical, Elf Jr. and The Sound of Music. Evie is a competitive swimmer, a lacrosse goalie, an inventor and highly acclaimed Middle Child of three girls. She hopes someday to be a Navy Seabee, U.S. senator, alpaca rancher … or perhaps, the Queen.
Kirk Lambert (Gordon Brown, Security Man) is excited and honored to be a part of this magnificent cast and crew. This play follows on the heels of representing the Little Theatre of Alexandria at the NVTA One-Act Play Festival. Kirk has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap Filene Center, Studio Theatre and Alden Theatre. He is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA; look for him in film, commercials and on the telly. Kirk would like to thank the entire LTA team as well as his family for their support.
Brian Lyons-Burke (John Major) is “royally” thrilled to join LTA in its production of The Audience. He most recently appeared as King Triton in The Little Mermaid at DTC, having previously appeared there as Henry Higgins in My Fair Ladyand Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (for which he received a WATCH nomination as Best Lead in a Musical). Other local credits include The Bridges of Madison County(RBTC), Monty Python’s Spamalot (at RMT and WOB), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (WOB) and The Miracle Worker(RLT), among many others.
Nicky McDonnell (Queen Elizabeth II) received her BFA in acting from Emerson College in Boston. She has worked and toured in theater in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, D.C. and Europe. Nicky’s favorite roles include Diana in Next to Normal, Maria Callas in Master Class at LTA (2003 WATCH Award for Best Actress), Rose in Gypsy (LTA), Jane in Black Hole (PCP)and Big and Little Edie in Grey Gardens (LTA). In real life, Nicky is a top-producing Realtor at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. She lives with her much-loved and patient husband, Stephen, and two equally adored and patient boys, Joe and Dean. A huge thank you to the cast and crew of The Audience and LTA for this “sovereign” opportunity.
Janette Moman (Margaret Thatcher, Bobo MacDonald) loves strong, bold characters, so Margaret in particular is a natural fit in this wonderful cast. Her recent roles include Dinah Grayson in The Dixie Swim Club (ACCT), Emma Goldman in Ragtime (LTA), Gloria Thorpe in Damn Yankees (MCP), Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (ESP) and Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray (LTA). Janette’s background is in contemporary Christian music performance, and she works with elementary school students in musical theater productions and summer camps.