LYNN NOTTAGE (Playwright) is the author of Intimate Apparel, which was produced in New York at Roundabout Theatre Company after its world-premiere production at Center Stage and South Coast Repertory. The play received numerous awards, including the 2004 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, the Outer Critics Circle Best Play award, the John Gassner Award, the American Theatre Critics/Steinberg 2004 New Play Award and the 2004 Francesca Primus Award, and it has gone on to receive dozens of productions around the country. Her next play, Fabulation, or the Education of Undine (Obie Award) directed by Kate Whoriskey, was first produced by Playwrights Horizons and recently received a highly acclaimed production at the Tricycle Theatre in London. Both plays are published in an anthology by Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Another anthology of her plays, Crumbs From the Table of Joy and Other Plays was published by TCG, and includes Crumbs From the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por’Knockers and Poof! Her plays have been produced and developed at theaters throughout the country, including Alliance Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, the Vineyard Theatre, Freedom Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre, the Oregon Skahespeare Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Yale Reportory Theatre and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, among many others. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for literary excellence and the MacArthur “Genius” Award, as well as fellowships from Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and the New York Foundation for the Arts, where she is a member of the Artists Advisory Board. Ms. Nottage is an alumna of New Dramatists and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is currently a visiting lecturer. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, filmmaker Tony Gerber, and daughter Ruby. She would like to thank the Guggenheim Foundation for its support of this project.

KATE WHORISKEY (Director). NY credits include The Piano Teacher by Julia Cho at the Vineyard Theatre, Last Tree in Antartica by Julia Cho at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the world premiere of Fabulation by Lynn Nottage at Playwrights Horizons and Massacre by Jose Rivera at the Labyrinth Theatre Company of which she is a member. She also directed The Tempest at Shakespeare Theatre, the world premiere of Vigils, The Rose Tattoo and Heartbreak House at the Goodman theatre, the world premiere of Intimate Apparel, The Piano Teacher, Life is a Dream, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antigone, and Clean House at South Coast Repertory, Master Builder at the American Repertory Theatre, and Blue/Orange, Lady from the Sea and The Chairs at the Intiman Theatre. She has worked with writers Nilo Cruz, Sarah Ruhl, Michael Oondaatje, Regina Taylor and Said Sayrefezadieh. Other theatres where she has directed include Theatre for a New Audience, Baltimore Center Stage, Perseverance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Fisher Center, The Eugene O’Neill Center and Geva Theatre. A graduate of NYU and the ART Institute at Harvard, she is currently a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and an associate artist at South Coast Rep.

DEREK McLANE (Scenic Design). Broadway: 33 Variations, Grease, The Pajama Game (Tony nom.), The Threepenny Opera, Little Women, I Am My Own Wife, Barefoot in the Park, Lestat, The Women, Present Laughter, London Assurance, Holiday, Honour, Summer and Smoke, The Three Sisters. Off-Broadway: 10 Million Miles, The Scene, The Voysey Inheritance, Two Trains Running, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Hurlyburly, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Credeaux Canvas, What the Butler Saw, East is East, subUrbia, The Waverly Gallery, Hello Again, Saturday Night. Other: Sondheim Celebration (Kennedy Center), Meet John Doe (Ford’s Theatre). Extensive work both domestically and abroad. Awards: 2004, 2005, 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards, 1997 and 2004 Obie Awards, seven Drama Desk nominations.

PAUL TAZEWELL (Costume Design). Broadway: Guys and Dolls; In the Heights; The Color Purple; Caroline, or Change; A Raisin in the Sun; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Noise/Funk; Def Poetry Jam; and Drowning Crow. He has designed costumes internationally and across the United States for opera, theatre, dance and film. Mr. Tazewell has been nominated for the Tony Award three times and is the recipient of Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, L.A. Ovation, NAACP and Princess Grace Foundation awards for his work.

PETER KACZOROWSKI (Lighting Design). MTC: A Small Family Business, The Loman Family Picnic, Italian/American Reconciliation, Bad Habits. Broadway: Is He Dead?; Young Frankenstein; Curtains; Grey Gardens; The Producers; Kiss Me, Kate; Steel Pier; among many others. Extensive credits for most leading resident and regional theatres in the U.S. Opera: The Met, NYCO, San Francisco, Houston, Santa Fe, Seattle. Abroad: Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Maggio Musicale, L’Arena di Verona, La Fenice, Bonn, Lisbon. Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Dramalogue and Hewes Design awards.

ROB MILBURN & MICHAEL BODEEN (Sound Design & Music Direction). Broadway: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Speed of Darkness; music for My Thing of Love, sound for A Year with Frog and Toad, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Hollywood Arms, King Hedley II, Buried Child, The Song of Jacob Zulu and The Grapes of Wrath. Off-Broadway: The Pain and the Itch, After Ashley, Boy Gets Girl, Red, Space, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and Marvin’s Room. Regional: Steppenwolf, Goodman, McCarter, Alley, Center Stage and many more.

DOMINIC KANZA (Original Music) has toured for over 25 years working with legends, including Paul Simon on projects including Clinton’s inaugural ball and the annual Back at the Ranch concert. Work with composer/friend Bob Telson includes the Broadway musical Chronicle of a Death Foretold. TV: “Zaire River Journey” (National Geographic), numerous jingles and theme songs for the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” “An Evening with Harry Belafonte and Friends” (PBS). Awards: Award of Excellence from the United Nations Writers Association. Recently he performed at the Blues concert at Radio City Music Hall.

RANDY DUNCAN (Movement Director). Chicago: Vigils, Zoot Suit, Drowning Crow, The Rose Tattoo, Heartbreak House, Once on This Island, Hello Again, Carousel. With Kate Whoriskey: The Tempest, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antigone, The Clean House. Dance: Joffrey Ballet. Other: Street Dreams; West Side Story; Carousel; Hello, Dolly! Film: Save the Last Dance. Three-time recipient of Chicago’s Ruth Page Award. Other awards: Artistic Achievement Award (Chicago National Association of Dance Masters), Black Theatre Alliance Award. He is chair of the Dance Department for the Chicago Academy for the Arts.

CHARLOTTE FLECK (Dialect Coach). MTC: Iron, A Picasso, Yellowman, Defiance, The American Pilot. Broadway: Absurd Person Singular; Translations; To Be or Not to Be; Ah, Wilderness; The Last Night of Ballyhoo; Miss Saigon; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway/regional: Primary Stages, Women’s Project, Goodman, McCarter, Public, Long Wharf, Williamstown, Hartford Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival. Film/TV: Synecdoche, New York; “The Closer”; “Talk to Me”; Behind Enemy Lines; The Da Vinci Code; The Song Catcher; Ruby Bridges; O Brother, Where Art Thou; Requiem for a Dream.

DONALD FRIED (Production Stage Manager). MTC: Blue Window, Seeking the Genesis, The American Pilot, Regrets Only, Our Leading Lady. Broadway: Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, A Raisin in the Sun, The Producers, Sandra Bernhard’s I’m Still Here…Damn it!, Kat and the Kings. Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater, Roundabout Theatre, The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre. Regional: Williamstown, Westport Country Playhouse, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Denver Theatre Center. National tours: Blast!, Scooby-Doo Live, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama, member of AEA since 1996.

ALISON DeSANTIS (Stage Manager). MTC: Our Leading Lady, Regrets Only. Atlantic Theater Company: What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling (also New World Stages), Almost an Evening (also Bleecker Street), Scarcity. Other NYC: Arabian Night (Play Co.); Sake with the Haiku Geisha (Gotham Stage); Rope, The Big Time (Drama Dept.). Regional: three years at Geva Theatre Center.



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