Who we are

Producing Artistic Director & Actor

Diana McQueen is excited to be apart of a new wave of theatre innovation and thinking in the Triangle area and beyond. McQueen & Company is her effort to raise the bar of local independent theatre and production with out-of-the-box thinking. Diana’s philosophy is treating people right and finding the right people make everything happen.

She had her directorial debut at Sonorous Road with The How and the Why as part of the first annual Women’s Theatre Festival in 2016.

See her full acting resume here.

Director & Actor

Andy Hayworth works all over the Triangle as a director, stage manager, and sporadically as an actor.  Previous directing credits include Copenhagen, Time Stands Still, and Hughie for South Stream Productions; Tuesdays with Morrie for Justice Theater Project and Temple Theatre; three 10-minute plays for Sonorous Road’s Open Doors festival: Imperfect Strangers, To Have and Not Hold, and Objectively; and Railbirds for Owl Tree’s Triangulate. Up next, Andy will be stage-managing Honest Pint’s King Lear over in William Peace University’s Leggett Theatre and hopefully not set off the fire alarms as much as he did with the fog machine in Hamlet.

Actor - Fool for Love

Ryan Ladue (Eddie) is thrilled to help McQueen & Company bring this play to life. He has previously been seen in the Triangle in The Marriage of Bette and Boo as Boo, in Oliver as Bill, and in Bell, Book, and Candle as Shep at NRACT, Seed Raleigh’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in the RLT Rose Garden as Demetrius and The Glass Menagerie at Raleigh Little Theatre as Jim. His most recent stage performance was as Caleb in RLT’s The Whipping Man.  Ryan also appeared in AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies as the ill-fated Lt. Terrence in season one. Ryan studied film and theatre at Columbia College Chicago.

Actor - Fool for Love

A Theatre graduate of UNC at Greensboro, J. Mardrice is honored to be a part of McQueen & Company’s first production, Fool for Love. Notable theatre productions include Little Women (WTF), Cloud 9 (Tiny Engine)and Wait Until Dark (NCSU TheatreFest). Movie suggestions are strongly encouraged after the show. Enjoy!

Actor - Fool for Love

Following a 24-year stint in Wilmington, Joe returned to his hometown of Raleigh to be

closer to his family.

While in Wilmington, Joe was active in film, television, theater, and commercials. Film

and television credits include Mr. Blanchard in Sleeping with the Enemy, Coach McLean

in The Jimmy V Story, and Mr. Porter in Dawson’s Creek. His stage work includes

Thalian Association’s production of A Christmas Carol and Paul Sycamore in You Can’t

Take it with You.

Most recently, he has been honing his acting and improv skills with Moonlight Stage

Company and performing standup comedy at Goodnights.

It is a joy to be back home again, on stage, and performing a Sam Shepard play for the

first time. This talented and committed group of artists have made the experience all the

more delightful.

Actor / ASM - Fool for Love

Lauren is thrilled to be a part of her first McQueen and Company production with such a talented cast and crew! This is only her second foray into backstage work, because, honestly, she doesn’t look great in black. Her previous on stage work includes Xanadu (Kira), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), The Wild Party (Mae), and The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Emily) at NRACT and Memphis (Teen/Ensemble), Spamalot (Ensemble), and three years with Cinderella (Cinderella) at Raleigh Little Theatre. Next up, she will be playing the role of Samantha in Sweet Tea and Baby Dreams as a part of the second annual Women’s Theatre Festival! 

fight choreographer - Fool for Love

Heather J. Strickland has worked in the triangle area for nearly 15 years as a director, actor, and dance/fight choreographer. She is one of the re-founding Directors of Bare Theatre and has worked on numerous productions in many capacities, most recently directing an all-female Titus Andronicus and the regional premiere of EverScape. She works with schools and theatre companies as a performer, teacher, and fight choreographer, including Raleigh Little Theatre, Burning Coal, Longleaf School of the Arts, and Lee Christian School. Heather has a degree in Theatre Arts from Flagler College in Florida and is trained by the Society of American Fight Directors. 

Set Designer - Fool for Love

Ami Kirk Jones is a scenic designer, props fabricator, and Mom to two teenage minions. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of North Georgia and has worked with various theatre companies around the Triangle. Huge thanks to Diana & company for allowing me to be a part of this endeavor, and as always, to Kenny and the Minions for their understanding and support.