Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan

Alyssa W.

Hyattsville, MD
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Theater Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Having both earned Masters Degrees from The Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University, Thomas K and Alyssa W combine for more than 25 years of professional theatrical experience. In 2017, they were named as two of "DC's 12 Stage Dynamos."

Alyssa should be familiar to most Washington theatre-goers, having recently appeared in Ford's Theatre's production of the Tony-nominated Broadway hit, Come From Away. That same year, she received the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in a Play, for her portrayal of the iconic Maggie the Cat, in Round House Theatre's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In 2017/18, Alyssa will appear in The Kennedy Center's World Premiere production of Digging Up Dessa, as well as the US Premiere of Botticelli In the Fire, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

Most widely known for his portrayal of Ensign Baker in AMC's revolutionary war drama, TURN: Washington's Spies (available on Netflix), Thomas has been seen on HBO's VEEP, as well as CBS's Madam Secretary and Elementary. In the DC area, Thomas has recently appeared in Angels in America at Round House Theatre, Watch on the Rhine at Arena Stage, and The Death of a Salesman at Ford's Theatre, where he can be seen this winter, in the US Premiere of Timberlake Wertenbaker's Jefferson's Garden.
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About

Alyssa passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Alyssa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 10 to 70 and males 10 to 60

Teaching since:
2003

I have been a professional actor since 2003 and have been working and living in the DC area for the last 6 years. I have been a proud member of Actors Equity Association since 2009. I have coached privately for over a decade and specialize in audition preperation for both undergraduate and graduate submissions, as well as upcoming productions. I am also an accomplished voice over artist and can facilitate the creation of your very own demo reel. Named one of D.C. 12 acting dynamos to watch in 2017 by the Washington Post.

Experience

Numerous Playreading/Workshops
Jan 2015 - Oct 2017
Arena Stage

Botticelli in the Fire
May 2017 - Jul 2017
Woolly Mammoth Theater

Performances begin 2018

The Return
May 2017 - Jul 2017
Mosaic Theater

Fickle: A Fancy French Farce
Jan 2017 - Mar 2017
Olney Theater

Digging Up Dessa
Jan 2017 - Feb 2017
Kennedy Center

Performances begin 2018

Come From Away
Aug 2016 - Oct 2016
Ford's Theater

Cat on A Hot Tin Roof
Mar 2016 - May 2016
Roundhouse Theater

Bad Dog
Aug 2015 - Oct 2015
Olney Theater

The Night Fairy
Aug 2014 - Oct 2014
Imagination Stage

Richard III
Jan 2014 - Mar 2014
Folger Theatre

Late: A Cowboy Song
Nov 2013 - Jan 2014
No Rules Theater CO.

Becky Shaw
Apr 2013 - Jun 2013
Roundhouse Theater

Education

MFA
Sep 2010 - Jul 2011
Academy for Classical Acting
BFA Theater
Sep 1999 - Jun 2003
Western Michigan University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

CPR
Mar 2014
Roundhouse Theater

Certified Actor Combatant
May 2011
Society of American Fight Directors

Unarmed
Rapier and Daggar
Daggar
Small Sword
Double Handed Broad Sword
Quarterstaff
Long Sword

Awards

Helen Hayes Award Winner Best Lead Actress in a Play
Apr 2017
Theatre Washington
Helen Hayes award Winner for Best Ensemble
Apr 2017
Theatre Washington
Helen Hayes Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Nomination
Apr 2017
Theatre Washington

Affiliations

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Feb 2012

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop's (CHAW's) mission is to build community through the arts. It is a community-based, not-for-profit organization founded in 1972 by Sally Crowell and other community members who were interested in sharing their artistic expertise with children and adults. Arts instruction classes were held in several Capitol Hill churches until, in the late 1970's, the organization obtained the use of the old B.B. French School (545 Seventh St, SE) from the District of Columbia government.

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Actors' Equity Association
Dec 2008

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Alyssa W.

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Photo shoot with Washington Post!

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On set for a recent film “Last Strike”

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Photo still from Last Stike Film

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Cat On a Hot Tin Roof
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4 Reviews

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Amazing B. Mar 11, 2018
Acting · In studio

The children had a wonderful experience as a beginner in acting. They were comfortable with her coaching style and looking forward to next week.

Dorea Jan 15, 2018
Acting · In studio

Alyssa is AWESOME! She coached me on an audition piece and her insight was invaluable. I booked the job and I'm sure it was in part because of the work we did together. She has a wonderful energy and a keen eye, and creates a safe, welcoming space to play and try new things. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a coach- whether you're new to acting or are already established.

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Thomas Jan 5, 2018
Acting · In studio

Alyssa has coached me on dozens of professional auditions, helping me refine and specify my work, and raising my preparedness to the highest levels. There is no one I trust more to help me improve, and the positivity she brings to the work room is contagious.

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Charlotte Nov 30, 2017
Acting · In home

Alyssa was extremely practiced and knew exactly how to help me strengthen my performance without ever making me feel like I had failed. She instructed me with incredible grace and efficiency, even given our close deadline. Even when I brought her material neither of us had seen before, she expertly found the best route to telling the story and maximizing the effect of the language.

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