Houselight began in early 2018 when Jayne McLendon and Octavia Chavez-Richmond set out to produce the new play Capsized  (written by Octavia), which was developed in a playwriting workshop led by Trinity Rep's Deb Salem-Smith in the fall of 2017. After growing as a cohort for three years in the Brown/Trinity actor incubator, Houselight seeks to be an artistic home for graduates of the Brown/Trinity program and other joyous, like-minded (or rather, like-hearted) artists.
Cast & Creative Team of Capsized (Cherry Lane, 2019)


Jayne McLendon - Founding Artistic Director 

Select Theatre: Miss Dunston, The Puppeteer (Detroit Rep); Jackie, Capsized  (Houselight/Cherry Lane); Belle, A Christmas Carol  (Trinity Rep); Rachel, The Dream of the Burning Boy  (The Malibu Playhouse); Lavinia, Titus Andronicus (OSF Play On!); Kitty, Anna Karenina (workshop, White Heron Theatre); Kayleen, Gruesome Playground Injuries (Studio Warehouse Theatre). Brown/Trinity: An Acorn, Grounded, Mud, The Winter's Tale, The Taming of the Shrew, The Children's Hour. Film: Don't Look Up, Hayseed, Prom Car '91. TV: Jimmy Kimmel Live! BFA with honors NYU Tisch, MFA Brown/Trinity Rep. 

Octavia Chavez-Richmond - Artistic Associate & Playwright in Residence

Select Theatre: Masha, Neva; Marie, This Wide Night; Desdemona, Othello; Laurencia, Fuente Ovejuna; Mag, The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Hermione, The Winter’s Tale; Gremio, The Taming of the Shrew; Karen, The Children’s Hour; Jawaad, There is No One Between You and Me; Film: Sonya, Who We Are Now (2018); Sophie, From Nowhere (2016); Christine, Estate Sale; Veronica, Tales From the Couch. MFA Brown/Trinity Rep.

Jack Dwyer - Director of Development

Jack is an actor, currently based in NYC. After working as a grant editor for a Chicago non-profit consultant and a telephone fundraiser for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he became interested in fundraising for small, scrappy theaters. Theater credits include: Christmas Carol (Trinity Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Trinity Rep/RI LatinoArts), Anthony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (American Players Theater). MFA Brown/Trinity Rep. 

Billy Hutto - Managing Director

NYC based actor, singer, and educator.  Select Theatre: Pirates of Penzance (Theatre at Monmouth), Death of a Salesman (Trinity Repertory Company), Spring Awakening (The Wilbury Group), From White Plains (On the Verge Summer Repertory Company), The Mormon Bird Play (FringeNYC).  Brown/Trinity: An Acorn, Map of Virtue, Beauty Queen of Leenane,The Winter's Tale, The Taming of the Shrew, The Children's Hour.  BFA with honors NYU Tisch School of the Arts, MFA Brown/Trinity Rep.