Everyman Theatre's troupe of six resident actors will be expanding by half. Vincent Lancisi, Everyman's artistic director, has announced that two veterans and a promising up-and-comer have joined the ensemble.
They are: Wil Love, Carl Schurr and Dawn Ursula.
Being named as a resident actor is something more than a mere vote of confidence. Employment isn't guaranteed from season to season, but directors look for plays to produce that will showcase the talents of particular ensemble members.
Audiences also benefit. Actors who work together frequently communicate in a kind of shorthand on stage, resulting in richer, deeper performances.
Love and Schurr -- both of Pennsylvania's Totem Pole Playhouse -- have a combined seven decades in the field. Earlier this season, the pair, who are fast friends, portrayed lifelong buddies in Everyman's production of The School for Scandal.
Love appeared in 30 productions at Center Stage over three decades, and twice toured nationally with actress Jean Stapleton.
In addition to Scandal, Schurr was featured in Everyman's acclaimed 2004 production of Proof. He's also appeared on such prestigious stages as the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ky., and Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn.
The newcomer is Dawn Ursula, who has a small role in HBO's The Wire as the wife of retired police officer "Bunny" Colvin. At Everyman, she portrayed key roles in Yellowman and Light Up the Sky and has appeared frequently at Washington's Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
Who says three's a crowd?
Mary Carole McCauley