Erika joined the Only Make Believe company in Washington D.C. in 2017. Her credits include The Father at Signature Theatre; An Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth Theater; Falling Out of Time at Theater J; 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 Wilmoth Keegan (AEA) joined Only Make Believe in 2012. She recently moved to the capitol from NYC, having performed on Broadway at The Beacon Theatre, Off-Broadway at LaMAMA E.T.C., and with Snapshot NYC in a V-Day production of The Vagina Monologues staring Judy Gold. Alyssa recently received her MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting. Previous credits include: Stop Kiss with director Holly Twyford (No Rules Theatre Company), Viola in Twelfth Night, Beatrice in Much Ado, Titania in Midsummer, Imogen in Cymbeline, Cordelia in King Lear, and Malcolm in Macbeth (The American Shakespeare Center), as well as Themestar Productions’ Thomas the Tank Engine, Live Onstage!, which toured the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
DOREA SCHMIDT has proudly been with OMB since 2012. DC acting credits include Arena Stage: Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!;Olney Theatre Center: Carousel (Helen Hayes nomination for Best Supporting Actress); No Rules Theatre Company: The Fantasticks, Black Comedy, The Last 5 Years; Constellation Theatre Company: The Love of the Nightingale; Adventure Theatre: Goodnight Moon. REGIONAL: The Cape Playhouse: My Fair Lady, Everyman Theatre: Crimes of the Heart, The Beaux’ Stratagem; Open Stage of Harrisburg: [title of show], Doubt; Fulton Theatre/Maltz Jupiter Theatre: The Sound of Music. EDUCATION: Messiah College, the National Theatre Institute, the William Esper Studio. www.doreaschmidt.com
Kristala Pouncy Smart
Kristala Pouncy Smart is from Flint, MI. She 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. Kristala moved to the D.C area a few years ago after living, performing, and teaching throughout Michigan, Chicago, Los Angeles, Alabama, and Maine. Kristala also works as a teaching artist with Theatre Lab, Imagination Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Creative Kids, and Wolf Trap. Kristalais returning to DC after spending 9 months in the Boston area where she had the opportunity to take classes at Harvard and spend lots of quality time with her two sons.
Thomas joined the Only Make Believe company in Washington D.C. in 2012. His D.C. area credits include Dying City at Signature Theatre; Othello, Taming of the Shrew (Helen Hayes Award, Best Resident Production) at Folger Theatre; Shear Madness at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts; Women Beware Women at Constellation Theatre. He has appeared on screen in the PBS docudrama Madeleine, HBO’sVeep
and he appears regularly as Ensign Baker on AMC’s new revolutionary war drama, Turn. Thomas holds his MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University.
Ian joined Only Make Believe in 2015. His DC and Baltimore area credits include Wiley and the Hairy Man at Imagination Stage; HAIR! (Helen Hayes Nominated for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Musical), and A Few Good Men (Irish National Tour) at Keegan Theatre; Once On This Island at Creative Cauldron; Big Nate! the Musical (1st National Tour) at Adventure Theatre MTC; The 27 Club at The Capitol Fringe Festival and Sweeney Todd at Stillpointe Theatre Initiative. Ian holds a B.S. in International Relations and Politics from Carnegie Mellon University. He completed Overtures Summer Musical Theatre Institute at Signature Theatre. Additionally, he has studied at both The Theatre Lab and Studio Theatre in DC. www.iananthonycoleman.com
Megan joined Only Make Believe in 2015. Her DC and regional credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Constellation Theatre Company); The Little Foxes (Arena Stage); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Second Shepherd’s Play (Folger Theatre); Passion Play, Clementine in the Lower 9 (Forum Theatre); The BFG (National Children’s Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher (Virginia Repertory Theatre); Redder Blood (Helen Hayes Nomination; The Hub Theatre); The BFG (Helen Hayes Award), The Night Fairy, The Magic Finger, Inside Out (Imagination Stage); One Man, Two Guv’nors, The Cripple of Inishmaan (1st Stage); The Twelve Days of Christmas (Adventure Theatre MTC). Megan received her BFA in Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory.
Natasha Gallop is new to the Only Make Believe team. Washington credits include Calypso in Aquarium at Imagination Stage, Ensemble member in Black Nativity at Theatre Alliance, Amphridote in The Bloody Banquet with Brave Spirits, Menenius in Coriolanus at DC Fringe, Evelyn in A Bid to Save the World at Source Theatre, and Effie in Dream Girls at NJPAC. Natasha earned her MFA from Catholic University of America and is currently understudying as Iemanja, Rosa Maria, and Nanci in Oliverio at The Kennedy Center.
Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey is a proud new member of Only Make Believe. Recent Washington area credits include Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage; Uncle Vanya at Round House Theatre; Mockingbird at the Kennedy Center, Water by the Spoonful at Studio Theatre, and Detroit at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, where she is also a company member. Gabriela is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a proud mother and joyful resident of Mount Rainier, MD. UPCOMING: THE NETHER at Woolly Mammoth.
Jonathan joined Only Make Believe in 2016. DC stage credits include As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Flowers Stink (Kennedy Center); The Call (Theater J); Antigone Project (Rep Stage); Passion Play, The ‘T’ Party, Nine Circles (Forum Theatre); A Few Good Men (Keegan Theatre); A Little House Christmas (Adventure Theatre MTC). He has also worked with Studio Theatre, Imagination Stage, Theater Alliance, Spooky Action Theater, The Welders, Field Trip Theatre, Quotidian Theatre Company, Annapolis Shakespeare Company, and Zeitgeist DC. Training: Academy for Classical Acting at GW. Upcoming: Redder Blood at the Hub Theatre.
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 join the wonderful staff and cast at OMB.