M. BEVIN O’GARA (Director) Local directing credits include Clybourne Park and Tribes (SpeakEasy Stage); You for Me For You, Love Person, and The Pain and the Itch (Company One); Matt and Ben (Central Square Theater); Two Wives in India and Gary (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); 2.5 Minute Ride (Downstage @ New Rep); Othello and The Crucible (New Rep On Tour); Melancholy Play (Holland Productions); Bat Boy: The Musical (Metro Stage); Tattoo Girl,Painting You, and Artifacts (Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop); and ANTI-KISS (3 Monkeys Theatrical Productions). She has also worked with New Repertory Theatre, the Gaiety Theatre of Dublin, and the Actors Centre of Australia. Ms. O’Gara is an Associate Producer at the Huntington Theatre Company where she will be directing Melinda Lopez’s Becoming Cuba this spring. She has a BFA from Boston University in Theatre Studies.
STEPHEN LIBBY (Man) is thrilled to be appearing with Simple Machine, having directed our premiere production, rogerandtom, last year. He has appeared locally playing Dylan Thomas in Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Audiences may remember him as Guildenstern in Bad Habit Productions’ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, or as Rosencrantz in TheatreZone’s production. He has also appeared with Bad Habit as Rulon Stacey in The Laramie Project and as Milton and Don in All in the Timing. At TheatreZone, he has appeared as the Non-Believer in Anger Box, Dad / Elvis in Cooking with Elvis, Eisenring in The Firebugs, and Berenger in Rhinoceros. With the Publick Theatre, Stephen has appeared as Bunny in Misalliance, Dromio of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors, and Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also appeared locally with Wheelock Family Theatre, Exquisite Corps, Shakespeare Now!, Opera Boston, Makeshift Theatre Co., and on tour with Shakespeare & Company. Stephen has a BFA in Acting from Syracuse University.
ANNA WALDRON (Governess) is the co-found of Simple Machine, and appeared in our inaugural production, “rogerandtom”, last Spring. Other performances in and around Boston include Tiffany in You For Me For You (Company One), Hero in Much Ado About Nothing (Arts After Hours), Edith in Blithe Spirit (Lyric Stage), Alex in On the Verge (The Nora), Felicity in The Real Inspector Hound (The Publick Theatre), Nell/May in Caryl Churchill’s Fen (Whistler in the Dark), Ruth in Book of Days, Mabel/Mrs. Cheveley in An Ideal Husband, All in the Timing, The Laramie Project (Bad Habit Productions), Luther, Rhinoceros, The Firebugs, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and Cooking with Elvis (Apollinaire Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Imaginary Beasts), Rock n’ Roll, As You Like It, and The Importance of Being Ernest (The Longwood Players). Directing credits include Stop Kiss (Bad Habit Productions) and Alice in Wonderland (Make/Shift Theatre Co.) This Spring Anna is directing Kiss Me Kate for The Longwood Players. Thank you to my whole entire family, near and far, for supporting this endeavor, but most especially Stephen.
LIZ HAYES (Dialect Consultant) is a Boston-based actor, teaching artist and vocal coach. She has vocal and dialect/accent coached for many companies and institutions, including The Huntington Theatre Company, Company One, Underground Railway Theater, Boston Playwright’s Theatre, Whistler in the Dark, Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Worcester State University and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Liz teaches Shakespeare at Walnut Hill and is a member of the Voice and Speech faculty at The Boston Conservatory.
EMILY WOODS HOGUE (Costume Designer) is delighted to return Simple Machine after coordinating costumes for last year’s rogerandtom! Upcoming costume design work includes Becky’s New Car at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston and Carrie the musical at SpeakEasy Stage. She will also be the assistant to the costume designer for The Whipping Man at New Repertory Theatre this winter. Ms. Woods Hogue graduated from Bennington College in Bennington, VT and holds a B.A. in both Costume Design and History. She resides in her ancestral homeland: Medford.
ELIZABETH RAMIREZ (Stage Manager) is excited to work with Simple Machine, they’ve been pretty rad. She studied English and Theater at Boston University. While there she was seen in Richard III, As You Like It, Love’s Labours’ Lost, and Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. She has also worked with Argos Productions and is currently the Artistic Director of The Calliope Project. Calliope credits include Unyfi (Director), Plaza Suite (Director), The Importance of Being Earnest (Director), Cyrano de Bergerac (Director), Hamlet (Polonius), Titus Andronicus (Lavinia). She enjoys napping and video games.