Philip Lehl (Co-Artistic Director) is an actor, director, and teacher. For 4th Wall/Stark Naked he has acted in True West, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Ho Ho Humbug, The God Game, Winter's Tale, Faith Healer, Macbeth, Debt Collectors, and Dinner With Friends; and directed or co-directed Winter's Tale, Midsummer Night's Dream, Debt Collectors, and Body Awareness. He appeared at the Alley Theatre this season in The Nether. Broadway: Blood Brothers, The Kentucky Cycle. Off-Broadway: Hundreds of Hats. National Tour: Titanic, the Musical. Since arriving in Texas in 2001: Over thirty productions at the Alley including: Clybourne Park, The Pillowman, The Farnsworth Invention, Eurydice, The Crucible, The Exonerated, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Mousetrap, Hamlet and The Invention of Love. Stages: Oh, the Humanity, Yankee Tavern, I Am My Own Wife, Mr. Marmalade, Lady, Souvenir, Amy's View, The Pavilion, Dirty Blonde. A.D. Players: Twelve Angry Men. Main Street Theatre: Arcadia. Classical Theatre Company: Merchant of Venice, Tempest, Uncle Vanya, Ghosts. Houston Shakespeare Festival: King John, Romeo and Juliet, Love's Labour's Lost, Julius Caesar, Cymbeline. TUTS: LMNOP, Wonderful Life, Sound of Music, and one memorable performance of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. Generations: Bat Boy, Spring Awakening, Our Town. BCCM: On the Town, Fiorello, Assassins, She Loves Me. EHS: The Tempest. Regional: St. Louis Repertory, Cleveland Play House, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The New Harmony Theatre and Weston Playhouse. Education: The Juilliard School, Drake University, NTI, Moscow Arts Theatre School. Other theatre direction: Almost Maine, Reckless (Brave Dog Theatre), Ferdinand the Bull (Stages), On the Town (co-director, BCCM) Art (Generations) Lehl is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.
Kim Tobin-Lehl (Co-Artistic Director) is co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of 4th Wall Theatre Company, Previously directed for 4th Wall Theatre/Stark Naked Theatre, Small Mouth Sounds, Ho Ho Humbug 2.0, A Midsummer Night's Dream & A Winter's Tale. She has directing credits in both NYC and in LA. Kim has acted in the company's productions of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Small Mouth Sounds, Stage Kiss, Ho Ho Humbug, The God Game, Faith Healer, Macbeth, All Girls, God of Carnage, Body Awareness, Dinner with Friends, and Debt Collectors. A Houston native, Kim has a BA in acting and directing from the University of Houston (including training with Jose' Quintero, Edward Albee & Sidney Berger) and, in addition to appearing in numerous regional productions, she won the "Actress Excellence" award at the Texas College Play Festival for her portrayal of Sarah in Children of a Lesser God. After relocating to New York she trained with/at a number of elite teachers and conservatory's. These include, but are not limited to; Stella Adler & The Stella Adler Conservatory, Gene Frankel, Circle In The Square, The Shakespeare Lab at The Public Theatre and Seth Barrish & Lee Brock at The Barrow Group. In NY Kim became an officer with the New Mercury Theatre Company, where (among other roles), she produced and starred (as Sally) in the 1995 revival of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind. Kim later became the Artistic Director of the Blue Sphere East theatre company (the New York sister company to the acclaimed Blue Sphere Alliance theatre company based in Los Angeles). Her favorite Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway credits include: Talk to Me Like the Rain…, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Fifth of July, Fool for Love, Savage in Limbo, The Smell of the Crowd, Bed, Bawd & Beyond, Impassioned Embraces (Emotional Recall), Ctrl, Alt, Delete and Trust and the Barrow Group's production of Short Stuff Two and their production of her original one-woman show, Inside Out. Kim spent over three years in Los Angeles studying with Sandy Marshall and Larry Moss, and highlights of her LA theatre productions include: the world premiere of Children of Shame, The Interrogation, Masseur, Baby with the Bathwater, Check to Check, and The Foreigner. Kim's film credits include roles in The Big Lebowski, The Alarmist, Ash, and Sex Maniac, as well as the television series Sunset Beach. In addition to her extensive body of work, Kim is a highly sought-after acting teacher, and her studio (based on the teaching principles of Meisner, Adler and The Barrow Group) offers an array of courses (from beginner to advanced levels) in acting technique, improvisation, script analysis and scene study. More details about Kim's background and her current class offerings can be found at her studio website: www.kimtobinactingstudio.com.
Zac Kelty- Originally from Sulphur Springs, TX, Zac earned a BFA in Theatre (Performance) from Baylor University in 2007. Zac has over a decade's experience working in theatre as an actor, stage-manager, director, and instructor. He has been privileged to work with artists and producers here in The USA, Canada, Europe and Australia. Zac and his family come to Houston via Brisbane, Australia where they lived 2010-15. HOU:ASM, SNTC/BEDLAM- Saint Joan (2016); Actor, Landing Theatre- Fool For Love (2016); Classical Theatre Company- Henry V (2015). AUS: Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble- Marketing Manager/Actor,Shakespeare's Shorts: Instant R&J, Half-hour Hamlet, Express Macbeth (2011-2014), The Tempest (2014, also Asst. Dir.); Kiss Me Katharina with Southern Cross Soloists (2014); Q Brother's The Bomb-itty of Errors(2012 & 2014, also Director); A Midsummer Night's Dream (2013, Matilda Nomination- Best Supporting Actor); Mary Stuart (2013); Stage Manager, Two Gentleman Of Verona (2012); Prod. Manager, Merchant of Venice(2011); Assistant Facilitator of QSE's 2014 Shakespeare Prison Project at Southern Queensland Correctional Centre. NL: Stage Manager, Tusk Theatre- New Crusoe (2009),The Auction (2010); Founder of The Cyclepaths -an English-language improv theatre company. DFW: Actor, Second Thought Theatre- Q Brother's The Bomb-itty of Errors (2012); Totally Wow Productions- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Echo Theatre-Wonderland (2009), Theatre Arlington- Working: The Musical (2008); VO at FUNimation- Maken-Ki! (2012) Initial D (2010), Sgt. Frog (2009).