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On January 23rd we meet again for If I Knew Then...(Actors).

This time De'Lon Grant will be interviewing Will Lyman, Tim Smith, and Marianna Bassham.

Monday, January 23rd Sponsored by StageSource and Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

$5 for StageSource Members and $10 for Non-Members. To Register CLICK HERE or call 617-720-6066.

6PM-8:30PM at 56 Brattle St (Cambridge Center for Adult Education),Cambridge, MA 02138.

Have you ever wondered:

  • How an actor makes their career in Boston? 
  • Is it possible to survive exclusively through your work in Boston theatre?
  • How can you get your foot in the door?
  • How long do you have to "pay dues"?
  • Should you go AEA right away?
  • What support systems are there for actors in the Boston area?
  • Do I need a post graduate degree?  What are my options?
  • What kind of advanced training is available to actors once they've left school?

We'll have a moderated discussion with time for QandA.   After we hope you’ll stay for networking and conversation.

Register Here


Tim Smith is a native of Central Massachusetts and has been in Boston for about seven years.  After undergrad at Saint Anselm College where he studied Biology and Philosophy, he landed a pretty solid sales job selling industrial safety supplies.  Tim just couldn't stay out of the theatre and soon after, he matriculated at the Trinity Rep Conservatory in Providence where he recieved his MFA in acting.  He floated around NYC, Chicago and other parts of the Midwest for a bit and just as he was about to enter the Chicago Police Academy, someone tried to shoot him while he was waiting for a bus.  Not having such a taste for bloodshed, and on Brian Tivnan's advice, he headed back to Massachusetts to restart the outdoor summer Shakespeare in Worcester under the name "Redfeather Theatre Company".  The experience of producing exposed Tim to more of the Boston scene and soon acting took over his time.  He left his teaching position at Holy Cross and went on to perform at many of our illustrious New England theaters.


De’Lon Grant was recently seen as Jim in The Lyric Stage’s production of Big River and will be returning to The Lyric as Officer James Bailey in Superior Donuts. Other local credits: The World Goes ‘Round, Passing Strange, Dessa Rose (New Repertory Theatre), Cymbeline (Actors' Shakespeare Project), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Lyric Stage Company), Harriet Jacobs (Underground Railway Theatre), The Phantom Tollbooth, A Tale of Two Cities, Seussical the Musical, St. Joan (Wheelock Family Theatre). Other regional credits: Rent, All Shook Up, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Full Monty (Roxy Regional Theatre), Urinetown (The Gallery Players). De'Lon has a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Michigan, and an M.M. in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory.  He is the co-creator of a new cabaret in Boston called The Cabaret Series. When not performing De’Lon works for ArtsBoston, a non-profit arts organization servicing the greater Boston arts community.  For more information about him visit


Will Lyman is a stage veteran of over 40 years, having worked with multiple companies in his home town of Boston and around the country at the Denver Center Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, Pennsylvania Stage, American Place, George Street Playhouse, NJ Shakespeare Festival, Champlain Shakespeare Festival, Portsmouth Playhouse and Off Broadway (The Novelist, Trinity, The Passion of Dracula, The Grinding Machine.) He has narrated with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the Cleveland Symphony at the Blossom Pavilion and the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall.

Recent notable performances include DollHouse, Exits and Entrances (Norton Award), The Clean House and The Ice Breaker at New Rep Theatre, Nicholas Nickleby at the Lyric, All My Sons at the Huntington, Timon of Athens with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Wrestling Patient with Speakeasy, BPT, 40 Magnolias, and at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, The Oil Thief (Norton Award,) and King of the Jews. He is chairman of the Board of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, for whom he has previously worked in HamletThe Tempest and Julius Caesar. Many years ago, he performed various roles at various times in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Charles Playhouse.

He has been the narrator of the multi-award-winning PBS series FRONTLINE since 1984.

His film career, which began with a bit part in Jaws, includes Little Children, What Doesn’t Kill You, Mystic River, The Siege, A Perfect Murder, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Hostile Takeover and others less memorableTelevision series regular: William Tell in 72 episodes of Crossbow, Colonel Atkins in Threat Matrix, John Deerborn in Hull High and the dying and deceased President Bridges in Commander in Chief (recurring.) Series Guest: Spenser: For Hire twice, Law and Order twice, EdMurder She Wrote.  Movies for TV: Our Fathers, Meltdown, George Washington and Three Sovereigns for Sarah. Soaps: Another World, The Doctors, Loving, Ryan’s Hope, All My Children.


Marianna Bassham is a Boston-based actress who has appeared in Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Blackbird  (Elliot Norton Award), In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), and Reckless (SpeakEasy Stage);  Little Black Dress by Ronan Noone (Boston Playwrights' Theatre).   Miss Witherspoon and Talley's Folly (The Lyric); Antigone and Not Enough Air  (The Nora); Matt and Ben (Central Square Theatre) Gaslight (Stoneham); A Streetcar Named Desire, Quills, Silence, afterlife:a ghost story. (New Rep). She received a 2009 IRNE Award for her work in Reckless, Little Black Dress, and Blackbird.  A resident acting company member with Actors’ Shakespeare project, she has appeared in The Tempest,  A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Love's Labor's Lost, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice and the award winning premiere of Johnny Kuntz's The Hotel Nepenthe.  Elsewhere in the US:  Gloucester Stage, WHAT, The Majestic Theater, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Oldcastle Theatre, New Century Theatre, and St. Michael's Playhouse. Look for her in The Luck of the Irish at the Huntington in April, and Wes Anderson's new film Moonrise Kingdom due later this year.  

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