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.
Tim Richey joined 4th Wall after almost six years at the Alley Theatre and five years at the Houston Symphony, working in development for both organizations. As managing director he is responsible for the daily operations of 4th Wall, as well as serve as the organization's chief fundraiser. In addition, his arts expertise includes box office and ticketing management having worked in the box offices of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, the Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell, Georgia, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, and the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Michigan. He holds a BA in Business Management from Southern Illinois University and an MA in Sport Administration from Central Michigan University.
Chris Smith is a writer and arts administrator recently relocated to Houston from Chicago. While living in the Midwest he was lucky to work with some wonderful people, including The Chicago High School for the Arts, Third Coast International Audio Festival, beyond this point, Echelon Design, Most Visual, Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Arts Education, Turning the Page, and EX-Pats Theatre Company, which he helped found. Chris is a graduate of St. Edward’s University, a former resident at Chicago Art Department, and co-founder of The Calamity. @chenrysmith
Recent credits include: 4th Wall Theatre Company: Pride and Prejudice, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Stage Manager), Shakespeare in Vegas, Reckless(Stage Crew); Rogue Productions: I Love You Because (ASM); San Jacinto College South: Hurricane Jacinto, A Confusion of Human Beings (Stage Manager), Such Stuff (ASM); Other credits: Fiddler on the Roof (Properties Master), Beauty and the Beast (Sound Design), The Boys Next Door(Lighting Design), Alice in Wonderland, Hello, Dolly!, South Paciﬁc, and Charlie’s Aunt (Crew Head). Kalin is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association. www.kalinmenzel.com, @kalinmenzel