by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
directed by dodie montgomery
"Not a typical day at the office."
May 26 - Jun 11, 2023
(Preview May 25, 2023)
Gloria is a dramatic comedy that examines the lives of working Americans and the dynamics in the workplace. It follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a Manhattan magazine, each hoping for a life of letters and book deals. The game changes when a seemingly humdrum day at the office becomes anything but.
"Gloria" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
GLORIA was produced by the Vineyard Theatre (Douglas Aibel, Artistic Director; Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell, Executive Producer) New York, Spring 2015
CNM Department of Theatre & Dance
Aion Lee - Translator & Coach
Miguel Martinez - Fight Choreography
Tractor Brewing Company
this production contains
flashing lights - gunshots - scenes of violence
from the director
when considering the blinding forces of ambition, all patterns of office politics will repeat themselves.
This sets everyone up to go through various
Gloria is set in a satirical and absurdist
circuitous universe, where lessons tend
never to be learned.
meet the team
Dodie Montgomery earned her BA in Theatre and Dance at the University of Wyoming and her MFA in Acting at the University of Texas at Austin.
She has worked extensively with many theatre companies, of special note are Book- It Repertory Theatre Company, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Open Circle Theatre Company, Snowy Range Summer Theatre Company, Fusion Theatre Company, and Tricklock Company.
She has been teaching acting and theatre for over twenty years. She is an actor, writer, producer, director for film and theatre, and a visual artist. She has appeared on stage in Krakow, Poland - Belgrade, Serbia , and Beijing, China. She can be seen on Netflix’s Longmire, NBC’s The Night Shift, AMC’s Manhattan, NBC’s The Brave. In film you can find her in I Am That (winner of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival – Best New Mexico Narrative Feature) , A Can Full of Ashes, releasing 2023 and The Dust Monologues, and LUCID. Dodie is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and EMC.
Theatre directing credits include: Family Tree and Me at CNM, Box of Teeth at Fusion Theatre, The Day Room at UNM, Big Love, The Velocity of Gary, and Cowboys are My Weakness at Tricklock Company.
She is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College and she is a certified instructor for The Takeda Technique. Dodie is also a reader/respondent for the McKnight Playwright’s Center Core Writer’s Program.
- Assistant director
Manny Lopez earned his BA in Anthropology and MPA in Public Management at UNM. He has been working locally as an actor since 2015 and is currently finishing a second BA in Theatre, focusing on performance. Represented by Mitchell Talent, he is a SAG-eligible actor who has worked on series such as The Graceful Path and Perpetual Grace, LTD. Manny's most recent theatre projects include Jérôme Bel, The Season of La Llorona, and Polaroid Stories. He offers acting and film industry classes through MELA Acting.
Clair Gardner is delighted to join the cast of Gloria for her first performance at The Black Cat. Last year, she made her acting debut as Mrs. White in Hold the Applause Productions’ Clue: On Stage. Most recently, Clair appeared as Mariette Levieux in The Adobe Theater’s production of The Dinner Party. Clair would like to thank her friends and family, the cast and crew of Gloria, and Actors Studio 66!
Jay made his Albuquerque stage debut with Actor’s Studio 66 as Heisenberg in the 2022-23 Season production of Copenhagen. Before moving to Albuquerque Jay appeared on stage in Chicago, where he worked with Eclipse Theatre Company,
City Lit, Cor and Unheard of Theatre Company. He is an ensemble member with Bramble Theatre Company.
Jay is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf in Chicago and the Bruce E. Coyle Acting Internship at The Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park. He studied Political Science at The Ohio State University, and currently teaches US History and Government with Albuquerque Public Schools. He is represented by
Bankston Talent Agency.
Violet Jada is an actress born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is currently studying for her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. Violet is represented by Presley Talent Agency for film and television. Gloria is her debut role in the Albuquerque theatre community. Violet pursues writing, modeling, and charity work in her spare time.
Nicholas holds a BA in Theatre from UNM and has been on the Albuquerque stage since 2016. This is his first performance at the Black Cat (unless you count those halftime shows for the burlesque nights). Favorite roles include Srgt. Trotter in
The Mousetrap (Adobe Theater), King Ferdinand in Love’s Labour’s Lost
(NM Shakespeare Festival), and Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland
(Vortex Theater). Outside of acting he is a writer, performs improv and sketch comedy with the Classless Chaps, and teaches Aikido.
miguel pellerano - miles/shawn/rashaad
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Miguel has lived in Albuquerque since the age of three and is a big green chile fan. While having participated in various athletics, his focus has been on combat sports. Miguel loves dogs and music – rock, rap, everything 80’s, especially Foreigner. He is currently studying for his bachelor’s degree in psychology at UNM. Gloria is his debut role in the Albuquerque theater community.
Joelle Yann is an film and stage actress born in Chicago Illinois. She is currently represented by DMe Talent agency. Credits include, On the Precipice (TV movie), Sour (Film), The Inevitable Guide to Average Adulting (episodic series), Shipping Them (short film).Gloria is her debut role in the Albuquerque theater community.
- stage manager
Hector Corona is fairly new in the theatre industry. He began his career with an acting debut in Cabaret with Musical Theatre Southwest. He is currently attending University of New Mexico to obtain his BA in Theatre. Gloria will be his debut in Stage Managing, outside of school. He is super excited to be a part of this production.
- props design
Ricky has worked on a few shows in Albuquerque and is happy to be back for another show with Actors Studio 66. He recently did props for “Caldwell's Bomb” and stage managed for "Copenhagen" and "The Drawer Boy" at Actors Studio 66 and “The Women of Lockerbie” at the Adobe Theater directed by his friend Pete Parkin.
He is happy to be working with the very talented Dodie Montgomery as director
and the solid cast that will make “Gloria” a treat to watch. He gives a special shout out to everyone at Actors Studios 66 - Tim, Linda, Zoe, and thanks them for the opportunity to work on another great production.
Jacob Dunlap returns to AS66 to costume the final production of the 2022-23 Season. He is also thrilled to be supporting his 4th NMSF this summer! Previous costume credits include King Lear (NMSF 2022), Caldwell's Bomb (AS66), Copenhagen (AS66), Inherit The Wind (Adobe Theatre), and Brainpeople (Vortex).
- scenic design
Mary Rossman (Scenic Design) has designed over 30 stage sets in numerous
New Mexico venues over the past 10 years. Some recent projects include
The Yellow Boat, Blood Knot, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Sleuth, The Father,
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Blood Wedding,
The Iceman Cometh, The Real Thing, and Burn This.
- lighting & sound design
Banx Tenorio (Lighting / Sound Designer) is excited to be working their first production with Actor's Studio 66 alongside this amazing Cast and Crew!
They have been working Sound and Light Design in the ABQ theatre scene since 2018, with their most recent endeavor being The Adobe Theater's production of
The Revolutionists. They look forward to bringing more audio and visual fun to Albuquerque stages and they want to thank everyone in the audience for showing
up and hope that y'all enjoy the show. To the cast and crew, they want to say,
"Break legs and have a great show!"
- running crew
Gloria Is Maurreen Skowran’s first production, although she did take an acting class at the Uinversity of New Mexico. She has a degree in geography from UNM and has worked as a data analyst or data specialist the past several years. Maurreen is chair of the Albuquerque Housing Authority.
Andrew is a local high school student who is interested in the theater. He
has assisted with the set and other behind the scenes work for Caldwell's Bomb and The Drawer Boy and will take on some running crew responsibilities for Gloria.