2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award® Recipient Dallas Theater Center announces two new actors, Blake Hackler and Molly Searcy, to join the Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company, for its 2020-21 season. Dallas Theater Center audiences will see Blake Hackler in Tiny Beautiful Things, The Sound of Music and as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Molly Searcy has signed on to appear in High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest, A Christmas Carol and The Sound of Music.
“Blake and Molly have each given brilliant performances as guest artists on our stage in the past, and we are looking forward to welcoming them to our professional company of resident actors to create high impact, award-winning theater for our community next season,” said Kevin Moriarty, Enloe/Rose Artistic Director, Dallas Theater Center. “As the appointment of these two actors demonstrates, Dallas Theater Center’s partnership with SMU is a source of artistic strength and inspiration for both of our institutions and for Dallas audiences.”
Hackler and Searcy have deep connections to SMU Meadows School of the Arts, where Hackler is the Head of Acting and Searcy is a 2020 graduate of its MFA acting program.
“We are proud of our long partnership with Dallas Theater Center,” said Samuel S. Holland, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. “We are grateful for the opportunities Dallas Theater Center has provided over several decades to our students, alumni and faculty and for the chance to give back to the Dallas arts community through this special relationship.”
Blake Hackler has appeared in productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatres throughout the country. Hackler currently serves as the Head of Acting at Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the esteemed BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Program and is an award-winning playwright. He has twice been named a Fulbright Scholar, to Bulgaria and Romania, and was a 2018 MacDowell Fellow. Hackler holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
Hackler’s previous work at DTC has included the role of Andrew Aguecheek in Moriarty’s 2019 production of Twelfth Night, as well as featured performances in Frankenstein and A Christmas Carol. “Blake is widely respected as one of the leading theater artists in Dallas,” said Moriarty. “He’s a great collaborator and an inspired man of the theater whose artistry will strengthen our company and thrill our audiences. I can’t wait to collaborate with him.”
“It’s a great honor to be invited to join the Dallas Theater Center family and this group of esteemed artists – some who are long-time friends, some who are former students, all who are extraordinary,” said Blake Hackler. “It’s my hope that I can continue to contribute to the mission of Dallas Theater Center to create theater that tells a multitude of stories and honors a diversity of voices in our vibrant community.”
Molly Searcy will graduate next month from Southern Methodist University (SMU) with an MFA in acting. Searcy has appeared on stage in Theresa Rebeck’s world premiere of Enlightened at the Alley Theatre All-New Festival, and in Gordon Dahlquist’s world premiere of Red Chariot at Undermain Theatre. While at SMU, she portrayed lead roles in Macbeth, The Cherry Orchard, and Eurydice. Searcy is also a voice actor for Sentai Filmworks, FUNimation, and Sound Cadence Studios. She is best known as the voice of Akame in Akame ga Kill! on Cartoon Network and Netflix, Isuzu Sento in Amagi Brilliant Park, Mako Reizei in Girls und Panzer (Netflix), and Hilda in Saint Seiya (Netflix). Molly is a native Houstonian, with a background in ballet.
“We are thrilled to welcome Molly Searcy to our company as the Linda and Bill Custard SMU Meadows actor for our 2020-21 season,” says Moriarty. “For the past decade, our company has been enriched by the presence of a graduating student from SMU’s MFA acting program, providing the emerging artist with professional artistic opportunities and inspiring our veteran actors with fresh approaches to collaboration and artistry.” Searcy’s most recent performance at DTC was in last season’s acclaimed production of The Wolves. “Molly is a talented actor, accomplished in her craft and a positive collaborator in the rehearsal process. We are very pleased that she’ll be joining us next season.”
“I am so excited to be a part of the Brierley Resident Acting Company and for this opportunity to give to my community through performance. As artists, I believe our job is to evoke, reflect, challenge, and create a space for embodying life’s complex, exhilarating, terrifying moments,” said Molly Searcy. “My hope is that by participating in work that offers catharsis or comfort or a challenge, I am making a contribution. This hope is what drew me to Dallas Theater Center and its mission.”
In addition to Hackler and Searcy, the 2020-21 Brierley Acting Company will include returning members Ace Anderson, Tiana Kaye Blair, Tiffany Solano DeSena, Liz Mikel, Alex Organ, Christopher Llywyn Ramirez, and Sally Nystuen Vahle.