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The Laramie Project
Written by MOISÉS KAUFMAN and The Members of the TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT • Head Writer LEIGH FONDAKOWSKI • Associate Writers STEPHEN BELBER, GREG PIEROTTI, STEPHEN WANG • Directed by DAVE STEAKLEY • Starring the original ZACH cast: JASTON WILLIAMS, JANELLE BUCHANAN, MARTIN BURKE, MEREDITH MCCALL, SARAH RICHARDSON and JENNY LARSON, with HARVEY GUION and FREDERIC WINKLER.
THE LARAMIE PROJECT plays in repertory with THE LARAMIE PROJECT 10 YEARS LATER.
Part 1 will play at 2pm in repertory with 7:30pm Part 2 performances on Saturdays April 28, May 5 & May 12. It will be possible to see both parts on the same day with a dinner break between. See our calendar for individual show times.
The Laramie Project is dedicated with loving memory to Charles Gentry.
Student Tickets: $18 One Hour Before Showtime (with Valid ID)
Bar opens 1 hour before showtime. Drinks welcome inside the theatre.
An inspiring theatrical experience based on the events surrounding the Matthew Shepard story as seen through the eyes of the Wyoming townspeople who were both witnesses and participants.
"An exceptional company of artists led by director Dave Steakley...touching and sublimely theatrical...it is possible to diminish hatred and violence and ZACH’s production shows us how to begin: by accepting the light of someone next to us and passing it along to another."
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Martin Burke in The Laramie Project at ZACH Theatre. Photo: Kirk Tuck
Pictured: Jaston Williams, Photo: Kirk Tuck
Pictured: Janelle Buchanan and Sarah Richardson, Photo: Kirk Tuck
Pictured: Jenny Larson, Photo: Kirk Tuck
About the Company
JANELLE BUCHANAN* – AT ZACH THEATRE: August: Osage County, Our Town, The Grapes of Wrath, Doubt, Omnium- Gatherum, The Laramie Project (2002), Abundance, The Last Night of Ballyhoo. REGIONAL THEATRE: Man and Superman and An Ideal Husband with Austin Shakespeare; Ah! Wilderness at St. Edward’s University; Laughing Wild, A Delicate Balance, Dancing at Lughnasa, Death and the Maiden, Marie and Bruce, Sonny’s Last Shot, and the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ newly discovered Spring Storm. Buchanan was a founder of Big State Productions and co-writer and performer in the company’s long-running hit In the West, which played almost every venue in Austin, many across Texas and at the Kennedy Center. Janelle is a veteran Austin actress with dozens of stage productions to her credit, as well as numerous film, commercial, industrial and print projects. AWARDS: The recipient of many B. Iden Payne and Austin Critics’ Table nominations and awards for both comedy and drama.
MARTIN BURKE* – AT ZACH THEATRE: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Take Me Out, Fully Committed, The Santaland Diaries (1998-2003, 2006-2007, 2009-2011), House Arrest, The Laramie Project (2002), Circumference of a Squirrel, Shakespeare’s R&J, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. IMAGINE THAT PRODUCTIONS: House of Several Stories, A Writer’s Vision(s), Down the Drain. OTHER THEATRE: Celebrity Autobiography at The Long Center, Greater Tuna with Joe Sears (Charles Dugan Presents), Twelfth Night (Sneck Up! Productions, Vortex Repertory Company), Jeffrey (Capital City Playhouse), Richard III/2 Actors and Family Affair (Public Domain), Shopping and F**king and Fur (Vortex Repertory Company). AWARDS: B. Iden Payne Award “Outstanding Ensemble” for The Drowsy Chaperone, The Laramie Project and Shakespeare’s R&J; B. Iden Payne Award “Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy” for House of Several Stories; B. Iden Payne Award “Outstanding Featured Actor in a Drama” for Take Me Out; Austin Critics’ Table Award “Best Actor, Drama” and B. Iden Payne Award “Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy” for Circumference of a Squirrel; Austin Critic’s Table Award “Best Actor, Comedy” for The Santaland Diaries; B. Iden Payne Award “Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play” for Twelfth Night, Angels in America: Perestroika and Family Affair; Austin Critic’s Table special citation “Show Savior” for Richard III/2 Actors, Family Affair and Lucifa. OTHER CREDITS Martin holds a B.F.A. in Acting from The University of Texas, Austin.
HARVEY GUION – AT ZACH THEATRE: Standing On Ceremony, Our Town, The Grapes Of Wrath, Omnium-Gatherum. REGIONAL THEATRE: Has worked regionally in New Hampshire, New York, Washington DC, Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. IN AUSTIN: Austin Shakespeare, Salvage Vanguard, Rude Mechs, the State Theatre, Breaking String, Public Domain and Different Stages. OTHER: Harvey, a 30+ year member of AEA, AFTRA, and SAG, holds a master’s degree in Theatre from Syracuse University, has taught and/or been a guest artist at a number of colleges, has done additional study at BADA, Oxford University, Eng.; Shakespeare and Company, Lenox, Mass.; and The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington DC. He recently co-produced Big Love at The Long Center, and is an Executive Producer of the upcoming independent film, Zero Charisma. He is a member of the Artistic Advisory Board at SVT.
JENNY LARSON – AT ZACH THEATRE: Limonade Tous les Jours, The Laramie Project (2002). REGIONAL THEATRE: Salvage Vanguard Theater as Cousin in the show she co-created called Guest by Courtesy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Austin Playhouse and at Rude Mechanicals as Sigmunda in I’ve Never Been So Happy. Jenny is the Artistic Director of Salvage Vanguard Theater, an arts hub and theater company on E Manor Rd. At Salvage Vanguard she directs and produces new American theater and keeps the space buzzing with film, dance, comedy, puppetry and more. She has been working as a theater artist in Austin for several years and has worked with several companies including Rubber Rep, Rude Mechs, ZACH Theatre and many others. OTHER: Upcoming projects include directing Dream Cabinet with Sterling Price- Mckinney at the Eponymous Garden, and a collaboration lovingly called the “Pig Pile” with Rude Mechanicals, Rubber Rep, Salvage Vanguard, Physical Plant and playwright Sibyl Kempson. Both pieces will receive workshops at the Fusebox Festival in April/May 2012.
MEREDITH McCALL – AT ZACH THEATRE: Next to Normal, Fiction, The Drowsy Chaperone, Caroline, or Change, 365 Days/365 Plays, Present Laughter, Urinetown: The Musical, Cabaret, Side Man, The Pavilion, The Laramie Project (2002), Little Shop of Horrors, Jouét, Pride’s Crossing, The Rocky Horror Show (1999 & 2006), The Santaland Diaries, Tommy, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, The Taffetas, Jack and Jill, Ruthless! The Musical, Rockin’ Christmas Party, Das Barbecü, Born Yesterday, Avenue X, Beehive and Falsettos. REGIONAL THEATRE: Celebrity Autobiography (The Long Center); Down the Drain and House of Several Stories (Imagine That); Jouét (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Guys and Dolls (Zilker Summer Musicals); She Loves Me and Pump Boys and Dinettes (Live Oak Theatre). AWARDS: Austin Critics’ Table Award for “Outstanding Acting in a Supporting Role” for The Drowsy Chaperone, Austin Critics’ Table Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical” for Urinetown: The Musical, Austin Critics’ Table Award “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical,” B. Iden Payne Nomination “Best Lead Actress in a Musical” for Jouét, Austin Critics’ Table Award for “Featured Actress” for Angels in America, B. Iden Payne Award for “Best Actress in a Drama” for The Pavilion, “Best Actress in a Comedy” for Born Yesterday and “Best Actress in a Musical” for Falsettos. OTHER CREDITS: M.A in Theatre from Northwestern University. Meredith’s CD, The Joy in Your Heart, is available through www.cdbaby.com/cd/meredithmccall.
SARAH RICHARDSON – AT ZACH THEATRE: The Laramie Project, A Christmas Carol; As a director – Pride’s Crossing, Shakespeare’s R&J, Art. REGIONAL THEATRE: Big Love, El Paradiso, Requiem for Tesla (Rude Mechs), A Christmas Carol, As You Like It (Alliance Theatre), City of Angels, The Crucible (Irvine Barclay Theatre). As a director – How Late It Was How Late, Lust Supper (Rude Mechs). OFF-BROADWAY: Get Your War On (Rude Mechs). Richardson is a founding Co-Producing Artistic Director of Austin’s Rude Mechanicals. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in Acting from UC Irvine and completed her professional internship at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. AWARDS: Richardson has been nominated many times for awards from the B. Iden Payne and Austin Critics’ Table Awards, receiving honors for “Outstanding Director” and “Outstanding Actress” on more than one occasion.
JASTON WILLIAMS* – AT ZACH THEATRE: Our Town (the Stage Manager) The Laramie Project (2002) and Jay Presson Allen’s Tru (as Truman Capote). He toured with the Tuna Texas Quartet with performances On and Off-Broadway, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, Fords Theatre, Warner Theatre and National Theatre as well as venues from coast to coast, The American Spoleto Festival and The Edinburgh International Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. His one man auto-biographical shows I’m Not Lying and Cowboy Noises have been produced to critical acclaim. A recipient of B. Iden Payne and Austin Critics’ Table Awards, The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critic Award, the L.A. Dramalogue Award and has been nominated five times for Washington DC’s Helen Hayes Award. He was also given the Texas Governors Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts by a Native Texan. His new show Camping With Gasoline will premiere at the Grand Opera House in Galveston in June of this year.
IRENE WHITE (Understudy for Jenny Larson) – AT ZACH THEATRE: August: Osage County. REGIONAL THEATRE: The All- Female Bonanza at Live Bait Theatre and Chamber Music at the Transient Theatre in Chicago. Los Angeles theatre credits include Blue Window, The Women, The Red Coat and her one-woman show Open to the Public. TELEVISION: Brothers & Sisters, Friends, Will & Grace, Scrubs, Frasier, Gilmore Girls, Carpoolers (recurring) and several pilots. FILM: Green Hornet, Spy Kids 4, Fun with Dick & Jane. COMMERCIALS: A whole bunch. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: B.F.A. from University of Texas at Austin, graduate of Second City Training Center in Chicago and IO West in Los Angeles, current teacher and performer of long-form improvisation.
FREDERIC WINKLER – AT ZACH THEATRE: Metamorphoses. Frederic can be seen most recently in Happy Anniversary which earned the 2012 Audience Award for best film at the Texas Union Film Festival. Upcoming projects include The Twelfth Labor with The Tutto Theatre Company.
*=Member Actors' Equity Association
DAVE STEAKLEY (Producing Artistic Director) – Now in his 21st season, Dave is dedicated to creating a place where our community gathers for a collective imaginative act. Dave believes theatre offers an arena in which we might be challenged to understand not just our own lives, but also the world in which we live, and is committed to creating plays and musicals that open meaningful conversations on topics that have resonance in our community. Under Dave’s leadership:
WORLD PREMIERES: New plays by Anna Deavere Smith, Steven Dietz, Everett Quinton, John Walch, Allen Robertson & The Flaming Idiots; 365 Plays/365 Days by Suzan-Lori Parks. ZACH served as the Austin hub of a nationwide, year-long festival; Jesucristo Superestrella – ZACH created the first bi-lingual adaptation of Webber and Rice’s landmark musical; The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, a jazz/R&B reinvention set in Katrina ravaged New Orleans, which received national acclaim from The New York Times and the Gershwin Estate.
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER ON MORE THAN 250 ZACH PRODUCTIONS INCLUDING: Next to Normal, Hairspray, August: Osage County, Rent, Metamorphoses, Our Town, The Grapes of Wrath, Caroline, or Change, The Clean House, Take Me Out, I Am My Own Wife, Urinetown, Crowns, Omnium-Gatherum, Hair, The Laramie Project, Hedwig, Jelly’s Last Jam, The America Play, Dreamgirls, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Angels In America and Beehive
REGIONAL DIRECTING CREDITS: Actors Theatre of Louisville, New Stage Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, City Theatre and Downstairs Cabaret
PLAYWRIGHT: Rockin’ Christmas Party, Keepin’ It Weird, a play about Austin’s unique character featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, The Wall Street Journal and American Theatre
SERVICE TO THE THEATRE FIELD: National Endowment for the Arts Theatre and Musical Theatre Panelist • Texas Commission on the Arts Young Masters Program Panelist • National Alliance for Musical Theatre New Works Committee
RECOGNITION: City of Austin declares October 22, 2011, and May 18, 2001, as “Dave Steakley Day”; 2010 Spike Gillespie Kick Ass Award; 2009 Austin Dancing with the Stars Champion; 2005 Austin Circle of Theaters’ Special Recognition Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Austin Theatre”; Austin Chronicle “Best of Austin” Readers Poll “Best Stage Director” six times; Multiple Austin Critics’ Table and B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Director, Choreographer; 2000 Austin Under 40 Outstanding Arts & Entertainment Award.
ELISBETH CHALLENER (Managing Director) joined ZACH Theatre in Austin, TX as the organization’s Managing Director in 2007. Elisbeth is responsible for a $22M capital campaign toward the building of a new theatre as well as the management, development and finances of the organization. Under her guidance ZACH completed a Five Year Strategic Plan that will move the organization into the next phase of its significant expansion. Prior to Austin, she resided in the San Francisco bay area where she was Montalvo Arts Center’s Executive Director, spending nearly 20 years with the organization. As Executive Director, Elisbeth led Montalvo’s growth from a small, community-based organization into a major presenting venue and home to an internationally acclaimed artists’ residency program. Other accomplishments during her tenure included increasing ticket sales from less than $500K to more than $4 million, expanding the patron base from 6,000 to 80,000, and raising more than $20 million for capital projects. Earlier in her career, she served as Administrative Director for the San Francisco Boys Chorus, Education/Outreach Director of the Fairmount Theatre of the Deaf, and as department chair and faculty member of the performing arts department of The Purnell School in New Jersey. Elisbeth graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in drama and musical theatre. She attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, The Center for Excellence in Nonprofit Management Leaders Institute in San Jose, Calif. and served in leadership roles for the American Leadership Forum, Silicon Valley, Saratoga Rotary Club and Arts Council of Silicon Valley. Elisbeth has served on the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals Committee and was recently elected to the Board and Executive Committee of NAMT. Elisbeth has always had a passion for the theatre and performed for many years in summer stock, dinner theatre, and semi-professional productions on the East Coast and in California.
About the Artistic Staff
ALLEN ROBERTSON (Music Composer) – is an Emmy Award®-winning cocreator of the PBS children’s show The Biscuit Brothers, as well as a coproducer, performer, writer, educational director and composer for the show. Allen is an award-winning musical director, composer, playwright, actor, director, sound designer and musician, and has worked on hundreds of productions from Chicago to Japan and just about everywhere in between - including 20 years of shows at ZACH. New York credits include Radio City Music Hall and the Off-Broadway run of The Flaming Idiots. As a vocalist, he can be heard on several Disney Records as well as television and radio commercials. Additionally he is a composer with credits including the film Beyond Black Rock, the musical Jouet and the ballet Secret Garden.
MICHAEL B. RAIFORD (Scenic Design) - is a scenic and costume designer based in Austin. At ZACH Theatre, he has designed more than 100 productions during the past 20 years. A few favorite productions include this season’s Next to Normal, God of Carnage, Spring Awakening and Hairspray, in addition to The Book of Grace, Rent, The Drowsy Chaperone, August: Osage County and many more. National and regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville – where he designed 2O shows including a dozen world premieres for “The Humana Festival of New American Plays” – and productions this season including Chad Diety and two Humana Festival shows: Michael von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards by Greg Kotis and The Hour of Feeling by Mona Mansour; Cleveland Playhouse, where his multiple credits including this season’s In the Next Room; and Carmen at Central City Opera this season. Other regional credits include Kansas City Rep, The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C., Opera Boston and The New Victory Theatre in New York City. In Austin, Michael’s work has been seen at Ballet Austin with The Magic Flute and The Mozart Project, Austin Lyric Opera with Rigoletto directed by Joseph McClain, and The Rude Mechanicals with Tesla and Big Love. Michael also works as a creative consultant in many fields including architecture, advertising and even marching band. Follow his work with Drum Corps International’s The Academy - where he is the Artistic Director - and The Cavaliers, and see them at local movie theatres this summer as part of Drum Corps International’s live broadcasts. Michael received his M.F.A. from the University of Texas, where he taught for 10 years, and he is a member of United Scenic Artists. To see more of his work, visit http://flickr.com/photos/michaelraiford/sets.
JASON AMATO (Lighting Design) – Jason’s career has spanned 18 years, designing more than 500 local and international shows. In addition to designing at ZACH for 12 years, he is the resident lighting designer for Austin Shakespeare, Blue Lapis Light and the Vortex Repertory Theatre. Recent shows at ZACH: Next to Normal, Spring Awakening, Hairspray, The Book of Grace, August: Osage County, Red Hot Patriot, Rent, Metamorphoses, Becky’s New Car, Our Town, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Grapes of Wrath, Shooting Star, Beehive and Caroline, or Change. The Austin Critics’ Table Awards has honored Jason for outstanding lighting in 25 shows. He has also received B. Iden Payne Awards for his lighting of Troades, Trickster, The Exonerated, Omnium-Gatherum, Triskelion, Panoptikon, Despair’s Book of Dreams and The Deluge. In 2008, Jason received the “Outstanding Contribution to Austin Theater” award from Austin Circle of Theaters. You can also view his design work at www.jasonamato.com.
SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE (Costume Design) – Previous ZACH designs: August: Osage County, The Drowsy Chaperone, Our Town,The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Clean House, Jesus Christ Superstar/Jesucristo Superestrella, Present Laughter, Bad Dates, Urinetown, Aida, Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Always...Patsy Cline, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Laramie Project and Jelly’s Last Jam. Other Austin credits include The Bat for Austin Lyric Opera; and The Music Man, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Annie Get Your Gun, The Secret Garden and Crazy For You for Zilker Theatre Productions. Favorite regional engagements include King Lear, The Diary of Anne Frank, and A Flea In Her Ear at the Denver Center Theatre Company; Crowns, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Twelfth Night, and The Taming of the Shrew at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; My Fair Lady, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chicago, Julius Caesar, Tartuffe, Richard III and Sophisticated Ladies at Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City; and The Producers, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Forum for Milwaukee’s Skylight Opera Theatre. In New York, Susan designed for New York City Opera and numerous Off-Broadway productions. Susan is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and the Yale School of Drama, and is a 24-year member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
CRAIG BROCK (Sound Design) – A freelance audio engineer since 1989, he also works as a recording engineer and music producer. AT ZACH THEATRE: Next to Normal, Rent, Metamorphoses, The Drowsy Chaperone, Becky’s New Car, Our Town, Flaming Idiots, Spelling Bee, Love, Janis, The Grapes of Wrath, Let Me Down Easy, Shooting Star, Caroline, or Change, The Clean House, Altar Boyz, Porgy and Bess, Speeding Motorcycle, High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar/Jesucristo Superestrella, Take Me Out, Rocky Horror, I Am My Own Wife, Urinetown, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Rockin’ Christmas Party, The Santaland Diaries. REGIONAL THEATRE: Evil Dead, City of Angels, Dream, Annie, The Music Man, Starlight Express. Album credits include: El Tri, Mana, Luis Miguel, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Guns & Roses, David Crosby, Stephen Stills.
COLIN LOWRY (Video Design) – is a producer of digital media at www.linedash.com. Some favorite design credits include The Book of Grace, Rent, The Laramie Project and Jouét (ZACH Theatre, The Actors’ Theatre of Louisville), My Favorite Year (Zilker Theater Productions), five2ten, Gyre, Flush and Everything Between (Ariel Dance Theatre), Rhythm of a Life and Souls of Our Feet (Tapestry Dance Company), Writing Austin’s Lives (U.T. Humanities Institute), Requiem for Tesla and How Late It Was How Late - 2003-2004 Austin Critics’ Table Award for “Video Design” - (Rude Mechs).
BLAKE REEVES (Properties Design) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Next to Normal, God of Carnage, Spring Awakening, Hairspray, The Book of Grace, August: Osage County, Fiction, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins and Rent. Blake has also worked with ZACH’s production team in numerous facets for The Santaland Diaries, The Drowsy Chaperone, Metamorphoses, Becky’s New Car, Our Town and The Flaming Idiots. In addition to production work, he performed with the award-winning cast of Our Town. Blake attended Baylor University and, during his time as a student, he designed, choreographed and performed in a number of productions. He later returned to serve as the Coordinator of Special Performances for the university, producing and designing several shows. He also provided prop design for Footloose with Zilker Theatre Productions this summer. Blake is a proud member of the Society of Properties Artisan Managers.
PAUL FLINT (Director of Production) – joined ZACH Theatre in 2008. He earned his B.F.A. from Shorter College and M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, with a focus on Technical Direction, Scenic Design and Arts Management. His theatre credits include the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Ga., Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York, Vitalist Theatre Company in Chicago, IL., and he is a founding member of Seaside Repertory Theatre in Seaside, Florida. Paul is the author of Managing the Creative Mind: A Technical Director’s Process.
BLAIR HURRY (Costume Shop Manager) – grew up in Austin and studied Costume Design & Technology at the University of Texas. Her costume design works at ZACH Theatre include Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, Metamorphoses, Shooting Star (2009-2010 Season), Farm to Market and Call It Courage (ZACH’s Performing Arts School). Other local designs include Vampyress (Vortex Theatre), Parade: A Musical (St. Edward’s University), The Famous Rio Grande, The Trojan Women and Cabaret (University of Texas). Prior to ZACH, she built costumes for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Ohio Light Opera Company and STAGES: St. Louis. She also worked as Head of Wardrobe and Make-up for the national tour of Playhouse Disney’s The Doodlebops LIVE! and the 2008 national tour of The Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker. She is currently an active member of the local 205 IATSE union.
LISA GOERING* (Stage Manager) – At ZACH: Stage Manager for Spring Awakening, Hairspray, August: Osage County, Rent, The Drowsy Chaperone, Our Town, The Flaming Idiots, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Keepin’ It Weird and Production Assistant on Next to Normal. She stage managed An Ideal Husband for Austin Shakespeare, and keeps busy working as a dresser, sound board operator and freelance seamstress/stitcher. She has also traveled regionally to work in costume shops, including two summers for the Shakespeare Festival at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. She has appeared onstage in Carousel and A Christmas Carol at ZACH and The Snow Queen with Second Youth.
MOISÉS KAUFMAN (Playwright) – is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and playwright. His play 33 VARIATIONS, starring Jane Fonda, was nominated for five Tony awards (including one for Ms. Fonda). Previous to that, Mr. Kaufman directed the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play I AM MY OWN WIFE, earning him an Obie award for his direction as well as Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel nominations. His plays GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE and THE LARAMIE PROJECT have been among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. Mr. Kaufman also directed the film adaptation of THE LARAMIE PROJECT for HBO, which was the opening night selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won the National Board of Review Award, the Humanitas Prize, and a Special Mention for Best First Film at the Berlin Film Festival. The film also earned Mr. Kaufman two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. Other credits include BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (Mark Taper Forum); MACBETH with Liev Schreiber (Public Theater); THIS IS HOW IT GOES (Donmar Warehouse); ONE ARM by Tennessee Williams (Steppenwolf Theater Company); MASTER CLASS with Rita Moreno (Berkeley Repertory Theater); and LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN (Williamstown Theater Festival).
STEPHEN BELBER (Playwright) – As a playwright, Stephen Belber’s work has been produced on Broadway and in over twenty-five countries. His plays include MATCH (Tony nomination for Frank Langella); DUSK RINGS A BELL (Atlantic Theater Company); TAPE (Naked Angels NY/L.A./London); MCREELE (Roundabout Theater); A SMALL, MELODRAMATIC STORY (Labyrinth Theater Company); GEOMETRY OF FIRE, (Rattlestick); FAULT LINES (Cherry Lane); ONE MILLION BUTTERFLIES (Primary Stages); and CAROL MULRONEY (Huntington Theater Company). He was an Associate Writer on THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Drama Desk and Lortel nominations), and co-writer on the more recent LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER. Movies include “Tape,” directed by Richard Linklater; “The Laramie Project” (Associate Writer/Emmy Nomination for screenwriting); “Drifting Elegant;” and “Management,” which he also directed, starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn. He is currently developing screen adaptations of both MATCH and MCREELE. Television includes “Rescue Me” and “Law & Order SVU” (staff writer). He is a member of both Tectonic Theater Project and the Labyrinth Theater Company.
LEIGH FONDAKOWSKI (Playwright) – was the Head Writer of THE LARAMIE PROJECT and has been a member of Tectonic Theatre Project since 1995. She is an Emmy-nominated co-screenwriter for the adaptation of THE LARAMIE PROJECT for HBO. Her work THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE has been performed under her direction at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Perseverance Theater, American Theater Company, and The Guthrie Theater, and received the Glickman Award for Best New Play in the Bay Area in 2005. Another original play, I THINK I LIKE GIRLS, premiered at Encore Theater in San Francisco under her direction and was voted one of the top ten plays of 2002 by "The Advocate." Other directing credits include: GERDA’S LIEUTENANT by Ellen Greeves and Bennett Singer (Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts), THREE SECONDS IN THE KEY by Deb Margolin (San Francisco Playhouse), THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Perseverance Theater) and LA VOIX HUMAINE by Jean Cocteau (Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh). Leigh is a 2007 recipient of the NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights and has developed a play about 19th century actress Charlotte Cushman with About Face Theatre and Tectonic Theater Project. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Masters in Contemporary Performance program at Naropa University.
GREG PIEROTTI (Playwright) – is co-author of THE LARAMIE PROJECT: 10 YEARS LATER. He is associate writer of THE LARAMIE PROJECT (2001 New York Drama Desk and Lortel Award nominee), and co-writer of THE LARAMIE PROJECT teleplay for HBO (2002 Emmy nominee). He is head writer of THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE (2005 Glickman Award). His short story “‘lude” has been anthologized in “Men to Men: New Voices in Gay Fiction.” As an actor he has performed in new and classical work in New York and regionally. He originated roles in the world premieres of THE LARAMIE PROJECT, THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE, and GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE. He teaches English, Writing, and Performance in colleges and MFA programs around the country. He is one of five master teachers of moment work, a technique for writing and developing performance developed by Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project. He is currently developing two pieces: a screenplay, “Mineshaft,” about the infamous queer sex club of the same name, and a play, MR. APOLOGY, based on transcribed confessions of criminals and wrongdoers of all stripes collected by the artist Allan Bridge in New York during the 1980s. He has been a member of Tectonic Theater Project for over 14 years.
STEPHEN WANGH (Playwright) – is a playwright, lyricist and director. He was Associate Writer of the Tectonic Theater Company’s THE LARAMIE PROJECT and one of the writers of THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE, winner of the Glickman Award for Best Play in the Bay Area, 2005. Other plays include CLASS, CALAMITY! and GOIN’ DOWNTOWN, as well as numerous collaborative theatre pieces. Since 1973 he has taught acting in Europe, Boston and New York, and Boulder Colorado, where he is currently Visiting Faculty in the Theater MFA in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University. His book on physical acting technique, “An Acrobat of the Heart,” was published by Vintage Books (Random House) in 2000.
*=Member Actors' Equity Association
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