TERRENCE McNALLY (Playwright)
Terrence McNally is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. He has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! (as well as the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play and the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play) and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. The Kennedy Center recently produced three of his plays under the title Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera: Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata, and the world premiere of Golden Age. In 1996 he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. Recent credits include Deuce, Some Men, Unusual Acts of Devotion, and Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams. His other plays include A Perfect Ganesh; Corpus Christi; The Stendhal Syndrome; Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Drama Desk Award Best New Play); It's Only a Play and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Earlier stage works include The Ritz, Bad Habits (Obie Award Best Play), Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?, …And Things That Go Bump in the Night, and Next. He also wrote the books for the musicals The Full Monty, The Rink, and A Man of No Importance. He wrote the libretto for the opera Dead Man Walking with music by Jake Heggie. McNally has written a number of television scripts, including "Andre's Mother" for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obies and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1970 and is a three-time recipient of the Dramatist Guild's Hull-Warriner Award for Best Play. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Tom Kirdahy.
WALTER BOBBIE (Director)
Walter Bobbie directed David Ives' Venus in Fur (Broadway, MTC, CSC). He won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best Director of Chicago which has become the longest-running revival in Broadway history. Other Broadway includes White Christmas, High Fidelity, Sweet Charity, Twentieth Century, Footloose, and A Grand Night For Singing. Recently, Paul Rudnick's Cabin Pressure (59 E 59), Ives's New Jerusalem and School For Lies (CSC), Jeff Talbott's The Submission (MCC), McNally's Golden Age (Kennedy Center), Evan Smith's The Savannah Disputation (PH), Ives' The Other Woman (EST), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Roundabout). As an actor, Bobbie's New York appearances include plays and musicals as varied as the original cast of Grease, Shaw's Getting Married, Assassins, I Love My Wife, A History of the American Film, Driving Miss Daisy, Café Crown, Lincoln Center's Anything Goes, the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls, and Polish Joke at MTC. Bobbie was Artistic Director of City Center's acclaimed Encores!, and he serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
SANTO LOQUASTO (Scenic Design)
Santo Loquasto designs for theatre, film, dance and opera. He has received three Tony Awards and has been nominated 15 times. Recent NY theatre designs include Waiting for Godot, Fences and Wit. He received the Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration in 2002, was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2004, received the Pennsylvania Govenor's Award for the Arts in 2006 and the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007.
JANE GREENWOOD (Costume Design)
Harvey, Our Leading Lady (MTC), Million Dollar Quartet, A View from the Bridge, Waiting for Godot, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Lisbon Traviata (MTC),Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Master Class, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Ballad of the Sad Café. Metropolitan Opera: Dialogues of the Carmelites, The Great Gatsby. SF Opera: Moby Dick. Film: “Arthur”, “Can't Stop the Music”, “Glengarry Glen Ross”. Awards: Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award, Theatre Hall of Fame, 15 Tony nominations. Professor: Yale School of Drama.
PETER KACZOROWSKI (Lighting Design)
For MTC: Wit, Venus in Fur, Time Stands Still, A Small Family Business, The Loman Family Picnic, Italian-American Reconciliation, Bad Habits. Broadway: over 45 plays and musicals including Nice Work If You Can Get It; Anything Goes; The Road to Mecca; A View From the Bridge; The Producers; Kiss Me, Kate; Steel Pier. Extensive Off-Broadway, resident and regional credits. Opera: the Met, NYCO, SFO, HGO, Seattle. Abroad: Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Maggio Florence, La Fenice. Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Hewes.
RYAN RUMERY (Sound Design)
Broadway: Thurgood. Off-Broadway scores: What Rhymes with America (Atlantic); The Submission (MCC); 4000 Miles(LCT/LCT3); Urge for Going (The Public);Ivanov, Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, Orlando (CSC); The Emperor Jones (Irish Rep. Lortel nom.). Sound design: Horsedreams (Rattlestick); Neighbors (Public); Gruesome Playground Injuries,Let Me Down Easy (Second Stage); We Live Here, Back Back Back (MTC). Film: “SynchroNYCity”. Dance: The Painted Bird (Palissimo). www.ryanrumery.com
TOM WATSON (Hair & Wig Design)
Tom Watson is head of the wig and makeup department at the Metropolitan Opera. He has designed wigs for more than 50 Broadway productions. Current and recent Broadway designs include Annie; An Enemy of the People; Harvey; Million Dollar Quartet; Rock of Ages; Wicked; How to Succeed...; The Addams Family; On a Clear Day...; Promises, Promises; South Pacific; Sondheim on Sondheim; A View from the Bridge; and Sunday in the Park with George.
THOMAS SCHALL (Fight Director)
Broadway: War Horse, Death of a Salesman, Venus in Fur, The Lyons, The House of Blue Leaves, A Free Man of Color, The Merchant of Venice, A View From the Bridge, Waiting for Godot, After Miss Julie, Mary Stuart, The Seafarer, Journey's End, Noises Off, Wicked. Off-Broadway: King Lear, Hamlet, Mother Courage, Why Torture Is Wrong... (The Public Theater); Dessa Rose, Blood and Gifts (Lincoln Center); The Pride (MCC); Ruined (MTC); Beast (NYTW); Homebody/Kabul (BAM).
JAMES FITZSIMMONS (Production Stage Manager)
For MTC: The Innocent's Crusade; Holiday Heart; Mad Forest; Sylvia; House & Garden; Dealer's Choice; Last Dance; The Other Side;Deiance; The Violet Hour; Reckless; Come Back, Little Sheba. Other Broadway productions include Other Desert Cities, Mrs.Warren's Profession, A Man for All Seasons, After Miss Julie,Hedda Gabler, Steel Magnolias, Frozen, Noise/Funk, The Heidi Chronicles. Over 30 Off-Broadway and regional productions.
CYRILLE BLACKBURN (Stage Manager)
Broadway: A Moon for the Misbegotten, Awake and Sing!, Steel Magnolias, Sly Fox. Off-Broadway: Our House (Playwrights Horizons); Speech & Debate (RTC); Sides, The Fear Is Real (Culture Project); Antigone Project (WPP); and The National Actors Theatre productions of Right You Are, Persians and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.