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Dena Galyean plays Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’


Opening March 1 in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts is Theatre Conspiracy’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. In the role of Nora Helmer is Dena Galyean.

Galyean is one of the hardest working thespians in all of Southwest Florida, and she always seems to land fascinating roles. She just appeared as Stella Kowalski in The Studio Players’ production of Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire at the Golden Gate Community Center. Other credits include Sylvie in Off-Broadway Palm’s The Odd Couple: Female Version, Roz in CFABS Community Players’ production of Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo, the sister of a priest who finds himself in a duel with Lucifer for his very soul in Theatre Conspiracy’s production of Noli Timere, Alithea in The Country Wife, Elaine Navazio in Last of the Red Hot Lovers at the Broadway Palm Off-Broadway, the sexually-charged preacher’s daughter Elaine Harper in the CFABS Players’ Arsenic and Old Lace, Vixen, the indignant, conflicted and quietly resigned victim of Santa’s sexual harassment and assault in Lab Theater’s 2015 Christmas hit, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, and Louise in Lab Theater’s 2015 summer stock production of Steve Martin’s The Underpants.

Dena has also been an understudy on the Seminole Gulf Railway Murder Mystery Train and reigned for a year as Matlacha’s Mermaid Queen. Other credits include Jane Tate in It Runs in e Family (at Stray Dog Theater in Tinley Park, Illinois), Eleanor in The Middle Ages (at Moraine Valley in Palos Hills, Illinois) and a slurry of other wonderful shows in her beloved home state of Illinois.

But a word to the wise: love her or hate her, it’s okay, but don’t mess with Dena’s mangoes.

February 15, 2018.



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