NEW YORK | WASHINGTON D.C.
Laura C. Harris joined Only Make Believe in 2017. Her DC-area credits include Cloud 9, Red Speedo, Time Stands Still, and Bachelorette at Studio Theatre, The Flick and Tender Napalm at Signature Theatre, Love and Information, Passion Play, World Builders, and Amazons and Their Men at Forum Theatre, NSFW, Seminar, Young Robin Hood, Amadeus, and 26 Miles at Round House Theatre, Awake and Sing! at Olney Theatre Center, Our Class at Theater J, Vicuña & An Epilogue at Mosaic Theater, and The Winter’s Tale and The School for Scandal at Folger Theatre. Laura graduated from Middlebury College. More information can be found at her website: www.lauracharris.com.
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); Ruinedat Philadelphia Theater Company; In Darfur at Theater J (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Lead Actress).
Jack Novak is an actor, playwright, improviser, and teaching artist based in Washington D.C. His credits include Perfect Arrangement (Source Festival) Blue, Aquarium, Brother Bear, and The BFG (Imagination Stage), Pinocchio! (Faction of Fools), Wild Oats and A Christmas Carol (Chesapeake Shakespeare Company), and Stone Tape Party (Nu Sass, Fringe Festival Awards for Best Comedy & Best Overall). He has also performed with Commonwealth and other teams at Washington Improv Theatre.
Tia Shearer joined OMB in 2017! Credits include Knuffle Bunny, Mockingbird and From the Mouths of Monsters (Kennedy Center TYA); Twist Your Dickens (Second City); Bunnicula, Wind in the Willows, Anime Momotaro, Night Fairy and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Imagination Stage); Failure: A Love Story and the one-actor show, The Happiest Place on Earth (Hub Theatre). She is an original company member at Arts on the Horizon, creating nonverbal, interactive theatre for ages 0-6. She has been called “Buster Keaton for babies.”
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 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.