The Royale


Bechir Sylvain


Bechir Sylvain is a Haitian-American actor who plays “EJ” on the TNT’s hit series CLAWS. A lifetime member of The Actors Studio, Bechir studied drama at Southern Methodist University and co-founded Ground Up & Rising Theater Company in Miami where he grew up after immigrating from Haiti as a teenager.

Bechir has performed at Arizona Theater Company, Gablestage, American Stage, Summer Shorts, Ground Up & Rising, Gorilla Theater and Theater 68 where he earned a Best Ensemble NAACP Theater Award win for his performance as Malcolm X in the play “The Meeting.”

His television credits also include guest starring on Chicago, PD (NBC), Better Call Saul (AMC), Black-ish (ABC) Grace and Frankie (Netflix), Fuller House (Netflix) and The Mick (FOX). He was supporting lead in the Hallmark drama The Ultimate Life and a had supporting role in American Zeotrope’s Life After Beth.

Fluent in French and Haitian Kreyol, Bechir has appeared in over 32 national and regional commercials. He was the inaugural grand prize winner of the ABC Discovers showcase and has won Best Actor at American Black Film Festival. Next, he can be seen recurring in the BET streaming series BIGGER and in the theatrical production of The Royale by Marco Ramirez as the lead playing Jay “The Sport” Jackson.

Edwin Lee Gibson


Mr. Gibson is the recipient of the O.B.I.E. (Off Broadway in Excellence) Award for Outstanding Performance. The Royale marks Mr. Gibson’s 104th professional theatre production. Theatre (2017-2019 credits): Turn Me Loose, Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.); Battlefield, Theatre Des Bouffes du Nord (Paris) & National Theatre Studio (London) and International Tour; 20K Leauges Under The Seas, Lookingglass Theatre Company (Chicago); and Beyond Caring – U.S. premiere, Lookingglass Theatre Company (Chicago); Other selected theatre credits: Love and Information – U.S. premiere, Minetta Lane Theatre/NYTW (NYC); The Royale, American Theatre Company (Chicago); The Seven, New York Theatre Workshop (NYC); The Diary of Black Men, (London and Birmingham, UK); Five ‘Til, Dixon Place Theatre (NYC); and The Death of Bessie Smith, New Brooklyn Theatre (NYC), TV: Law and Order: SVU; Shameless, Chicago P.D., and Proven Innocent. Film: The Visitor; Marshall; Mom and Dad; Sweet Tooth; and Blood First.

Erica Chamblee


Regional and other theater credits include: Sooner/Later, Mosaic Theater Company DC; I Killed My Mother (Bernadette) and The Lathe of Heaven (Heather), Spooky Action Theater; A Human Being Died that Night (Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela) & Gospel of Lovingkindness (Miriam), Mosaic Theater Company; Trojan Women (Chorus/Dancer) & Cherokee (Traci/Woolley), Mammoth Theater Company; ¾ of a Mass for St. Vivian (Vivian), Kennedy Center; Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Soraya) Theater Alliance; Anna K (Anna), Roundhouse Silver Spring; Lioness: Pride of America, Atlas Intersections Festival. Film Credits: Lincoln; Toe to Toe; Jazz in the Diamond District; Spit. TV credits: House of Cards; The Wire

Roberto Antonio Martin


This is Roberto Antonio Martin’s first production with the Arizona Theatre Company. He is honored to serve and tell this powerful story. Roberto is a Bay Area native who studied acting at California Institute of the Arts. He is an accomplished musician and martial artist. His past TV roles include: Brian Torres in ABC’s “For the People”, and Mauricio in ABC’s “Grown-ish”. Past theatre credits include Riot Rebellion with the Watts Village Theatre Company & Cornbread in Katori Hall’s Hurt Village.

Peter Howard


Peter Howard is very happy to be making his ATC debut. As a performer, his regional theatre credits include the Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, the Guthrie, South Coast Repertory and Woolly Mammoth. Peter is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based Cornerstone Theater Company—a leader in the field of community-engaged artmaking—working as an actor, playwright and director in collaboration with dozens of urban and rural communities across the U.S. since 1986. With Cornerstone, he has appeared in world premieres by Luis Alfaro, Sarah Ruhl, Erik Ehn, Naomi Iizuka, Lisa Loomer and Michael John Garcés, among many others. This past spring, Peter appeared in Native Nation by Larissa FastHorse, produced in partnership with ASU Gammage and performed at both the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. Peter is a recipient of a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he currently lives in Los Angeles.

Creative Team