DTC Welcomes New Members to Brierley Resident Acting Company
"Danny and Alex are wonderful additions to our Resident Acting Company," says Moriarty. "They will bring great skill, new ideas and fresh energy into our ten-member company of professional actors, whose work on our stage at DTC and throughout our community is so vital to the artistic health of theater in North Texas."
Organ recently appeared in DTC's production of Fly By Night as the eager playwright Joey Storms and in the holiday classic A Christmas Carol. He was also recently named Editor's Choice Best Actor in D Magazine's Best of Big D awards.
"Alex is a Dallas favorite whose performances on stage at DTC and at nearly every professional theater in North Texas have earned him the respect and admiration of his fellow artists, audiences and critics, alike," says Moriarty. "From his training at the Yale School of Drama to the wide variety of his work onstage, which ranges from musicals to dramas and from classics to new work, he has proven himself to be one of the most talented actors in the region. Additionally, with his ongoing acting, directorial and producing work at other theaters, he'll represent one of DTC's core values: to serve as a resource for theaters in North Texas and to inspire local artists and audiences to celebrate the work of our greater theatrical community."
Organ is joined in the company by new-to-Dallas Daniel Duque-Estrada. He is a recent Master of Fine Arts recipient from Brown University. The California native has appeared in productions around the country including several at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI and California Shakespeare Theater.
"From the moment we first met Danny last year, while our company was in residence at Trinity Rep Company rehearsing King Lear, we were all impressed by his artistic skill, collaborative nature and fresh perspective," says Moriarty. "In the spring we brought him to Dallas to audition further and to get to know DTC and the community at large. All of us were thrilled when he decided to move here and join us as a company member, sharing his artistry with our audience and making his home in our warm, welcoming theatrical community. On stage, Danny is a leading man, well versed in both classics and contemporary plays, who also sings well and is bilingual in Spanish."
This season, Organ will play Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Abraham in The Fortress of Solitude and will appear in next summer's family musical LES MISERABLES. Duque-Estrada will play Fred in A Christmas Carol, Creon in Oedipus el Rey and will appear in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure and LES MISERABLES.
Moriarty formed DTC's Brierley Resident Acting Company in 2009 to develop and nurture professional actors within the community, expand DTC's artistic profile, and create ongoing collaborative relationships with artists. "One of the great legacies of Paul Baker, DTC's founding artistic director, was his commitment to a vibrant Acting Company at the heart of DTC's work, representing his belief in the power of actors to serve as primary artists, significant institutional leaders, and inspiring teachers within DTC and for our community," Moriarty explains. "In reestablishing The Acting Company five years ago, I was proud to follow in Mr. Baker's footsteps and celebrate the centrality of actors in the theater."
"Members of DTC's Brierley Resident Acting Company serve as artistic leaders throughout North Texas," says Moriarty. "In addition to their work at DTC, they represent Dallas when they appear on television, in movies, on stage at other theaters, both locally and on Broadway, and they serve as professors at local universities, as teaching artists in high schools and community centers, and as contributing members in daily civic life." Current company members are Hassan El-Amin, Kieran (Michael) Connolly, Daniel Duque-Estrada, Chamblee Ferguson, Tiffany Hobbs, Liz Mikel, Alex Organ, Sally Nystuen-Vahle, Christie Vela and Steven Michael Walters.