Erika joined the Only Make Believe in Washington D.C. in 2017. Her credits include The Father at Studio Theatre; An Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth Theater; Falling Out of Time at Theater J; Oliverio!, Knuffle Bunny and The Brand New Kid at The Kennedy Center; Pippin and The Book Club Play at Round House Theater; Unexplored Interior at Mosaic Theater Company; Users Guide to Hell: Featuring Bernard Madoff at Project Y (NY); Ruined at Philadelphia Theater Company; In Darfur at Theater J (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Lead Actress).
Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan
Alyssa is the recent recipient of the Helen Hayes award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her role as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, as well as a Best Ensemble and Best Production win for Come From Away, now running on Broadway. Current/Upcoming shows:The Return at Mosaic Theater. Digging up Dessa: Kennedy Center (2018) Botticelli in the Fire: Woolly Mammoth Theater (2018) Other credits include: Fickle: A Fancy French Farce: Olney Theater Center, Bad Dog: (OTC), The Night Fairy: Imagination Stage, Richard III: Folger Theater, Late: A Cowboy Song: No Rules Theater Co., Becky Shaw: Roundhouse Theater, Contractions: Studio Theater, The History Of Invulnerability: Theater J, Stop Kiss: No Rules Theatre Co. Alyssa received her MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting.
Dorea Schmidt has been a proud company member of OMB since 2012. REGIONAL THEATRE: Shakespeare Theatre Company: The School for Lies; Round House Theatre: Caroline, or Change; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Collective Rage (World Premiere; Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actress); Arena Stage: Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!; Everyman Theatre: Crimes of the Heart, The Beaux’ Stratagem; Olney Theatre Center: Carousel (Helen Hayes nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Mary Poppins; No Rules Theatre Company: Black Comedy, The Fantasticks, The Last 5 Years; Constellation Theatre Company: The Love of the Nightingale; The Cape Playhouse: My Fair Lady. TRAINING: The National Theatre Institute and the William Esper Studio. WEB: www.doreaschmidt.com
Kristala Pouncy Smart
Kristala Pouncy Smart holds an MFA from Eastern Michigan University in the Drama and Theatre for the Young program, an MA in Theatre from Northwestern University, and a BA in Theatre from Kalamazoo College. Before moving to the D.C. area she lived, performed, and taught throughout Michigan, Chicago, Los Angeles, Alabama, and Maine. Kristala has also worked as a teaching artist with Theatre Lab, Imagination Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Creative Kids, and Wolf Trap. Most recently, Kristala directed two performances at The Lab School of Washington, D.C.
Ian Anthony Coleman joined OMB in 2015! D.C. Credits include Arena Stage: Oliver!; Round House Theatre: Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3); Olney Theatre Center: My Fair Lady; Imagination Stage: Wiley and The Hairy Man (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding TYA Production), and Beauty & the Beast; Rep Stage: Dorian’s Closet; Constellation Theatre: Peter &The Starcatcher; Creative Cauldron: Once On This Island (HH Outstanding Musical Nominee); Keegan Theatre: HAIR! (HH Outstanding Ensemble Nominee) & A Few Good Men (Irish National Tour). Ian holds a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and completed the Overtures Musical Theatre Institute at Signature Theatre. www.iananthonycoleman.com
Megan joined Only Make Believe in 2015. Her DC credits include The Little Foxes (Arena Stage); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Second Shepherd’s Play (Folger Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher (Constellation Theatre Company); Passion Play, Clementine in the Lower 9 (Forum Theatre); Redder Blood (Helen Hayes Nomination, The Hub Theatre); The BFG (Helen Hayes Award), The Night Fairy, The Magic Finger, Inside Out (Imagination Stage); Peter and the Starcatcher (Virginia Repertory Theatre). Megan received her BFA in Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. Current: Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (Adventure Theatre MTC).
Natasha Gallop has now been with Only Make Believe for over a year and is glad to still be a part of this magical experience. Her most recent credits include Exeter/Boy in King Henry V with We Happy Few Productions, Patricia Brown in Dog & Pony DC’s Beertown, Calypso in the tour of Aquarium at Imagination Stage, and she is currently playing Grace in Adventure Theatre’s production of Junie B Jones is Not a Crook. Natasha earned her MFA from Catholic University of America and also holds a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical for Black Nativity with Theatre Alliance.
Jonathan joined Only Make Believe in 2016. DC stage credits include: The Freshest Snow Whyte (Imagination Stage); Redder Blood (The Hub Theatre); Antigone Project (Rep Stage); As You Like It (Annapolis Shakespeare Company); Flowers Stink (Kennedy Center); The Call (Theater J); Passion Play, The ‘T’ Party, 9 Circles (Forum Theatre); A Few Good Men (Keegan Theatre); A Little House Christmas (Adventure Theatre MTC). He is a graduate of the Academy for Classical Acting at GW. NEXT UP: Jonathan will be music directing Peekaboo! (The Hub Theatre), and appearing in Charlotte’s Web (Imagination Stage).
Jobari is a DC native and a Duke Ellington and Howard University alum. He has performed around the country including Five Guys Named Moe here in DC at Arena Stage as well as at the Cleveland Playhouse and the Off-Broadway production of Three Little Birds a Bob Marley Children’s Musical. He is delighted and honored to be a part of the wonderful staff and cast at OMB.