Editorial assistant Dean stumbles into work, hungover from a party at the home of the ‘office freak’ Gloria. As his ambitious group of 20-something co-workers squabble, complain and generally avoid work, it’s just another day at the office of a fancy Manhattan magazine. Until suddenly it’s not. Strap yourself in for the breathtaking new play that will have everyone talking.
Meet the actors who have been cast so far in Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
Lisa McCune has previously appeared for Melbourne Theatre Company in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Urinetown the Musical, Into the Woods, and A Little Night Music. She also appeared in the Sydney Theatre Company season of MTC’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Machu Picchu with STCSA. Her other stage musical roles include: From Broadway To La Scala (Spiritworks), The King And I, Shane Warne The Musical, South Pacific (Opera Australia), Sara in Guys and Dolls (Ambassador Group), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (IMG, for which she received a Green Room Award), Maria in The Sound of Music (Gordon Frost, for which she was nominated for Mo and Helpmann Awards), and Amalia in She Loves Me (The Production Company). Lisa is well known as a regular on the television series Sea Patrol, Marshall Law and Blue Heelers. For her role as Maggie Doyle in Blue Heelers, she received a Best New Talent Logie followed by four Gold Logies, five Silver Logies and two People’s Choice Awards. For her performance in the mini-series The Potato Factory, Lisa was nominated for an AFI Best Actress Award. She has also appeared in The Warriors, Rake, Two Twisted, Forensic Investigations, Tripping Over, MDA and Hell has Harbour Views.
Sophie made her Melbourne Theatre Company debut in Cock and was recently seen in What Rhymes with Cars and Girls and The Waiting Room. From 2009 to 2012, Sophie was a member of the Sydney Theatre Company Resident Acting Ensemble, performing in Gross und Klein (including the European Tour), Before/After, A Comedy of Errors, Leviathan, Money Shots, The Mysteries: Genesis, Oresteia, Macbeth, Blood Wedding, and Hamlet. She has also appeared for STC in Disgraced, Woman in Mind, Waikiki Palace/Hip Hip Hooray and Romeo and Juliet; for Malthouse Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. and The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man; for the Royal Court in Narrative; for B Sharp/Small Things in Ladybird; for Griffin Stablemates in Stoning Mary. Sophie is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She has appeared in the feature films Closed for Winter, The Jammed, Sucker, and Criminal; the television series Hunters, Casualty and All Saints; and the BBC radio drama The Ravens. Sophie is a proud member of Actors Equity.
Gloria marks Aileen’s debut production with Melbourne Theatre Company. Aileen is a graduate from The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), and also holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Performance from The University of Wollongong. Her recent theatre credits include Monkey…Journey to the West (Theatre of Image); her one-woman show, Gobbledygook (BodySnatchers); The National Australian tours of 4000 Miles (Critical Stages) and Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday (Performing Lines). Television credits include Better Man (SBS); Neighbours (Network 11); Cleverman 1& 2 (ABC). For Film – Spin Out (Sony Pictures); The Casting Game (JoyHouse Productions). As a content creator she has been supported by Australia Council for the Arts and Waverley Council and was recently nominated for an Online Video Award (OVA) for her sketch Got Rice.
Callan Colley’s role in Gloria is his first professional role since graduating from NIDA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Acting in 2016. Callan’s stage work at NIDA included; Another Country, The Olympians, Capricornia, The Tempest and #Lads (LOT5 Theatre Co).