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Nina Arianda

Heléna

Nina Arianda made her debut in the 2010 off-Broadway production of Venus in Fur shortly after graduating from NYU’s Tisch graduate acting program. Following her performance which garnered the attention of the New York theater community, Arianda obtained roles in Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning film Midnight in Paris, Tom McCarthy’s Win Win, and Vera Farmiga’s Higher GroundVenus in Fur opened on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2011 where Arianda’s performance went on to become the most critically acclaimed of the 2011-2012 season resulting in her winning the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. This recognition followed her 2011 nomination for her Broadway debut performance as ‘Billie Dawn’ in Born Yesterday. In addition to the Tony Award, Arianda has been honored with a number of accolades for her work in the theater including recognition from The Drama League, an Outer Critics Circle Award, the Actors’ Equity Association Clarence Derwent Award, the Theater World Award and the Clive Barnes Award. She was named 2011 Stage Star of the Year by New York Magazine and topped Forbes Magazine’s 2011 Top 30 Under 30 list in entertainment. She was also honored by Marie Claire Magazine with their 2012 Women on Top Award for top performer. In 2011, Arianda appeared in Universal’s Tower Heist starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy.  In addition, she has appeared on NBC’s  “30 Rock,” CBS’s “The Good Wife”  and can be seen in the upcoming films The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, Lucky Them starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, and Oliver Platt and Rob the Mob with Michael Pitt, Andy Garcia, and Ray Romano.

Nina Arianda

Tina Benko

“Mutzi” Von Fessendorf

Tina Benko recently won the St. Clair Bayfield award for her performance as Titania in Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at TFANA. She played the title roles in Elfriede Jelinek’s play Jackie (Lucille Lortel nomination) directed by Tea Alagic at the Women’s Project, and Toni Morrison’s play Desdemona directed by Peter Sellars at the Barbican/Berlin/Paris. Other theatre credits include Katori Hall’s Whaddabloodclot!!! at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Little Foxes and Restoration at New York Theatre Workshop, Marie and Bruce at The New Group, Ten High at EST, Rough Sketch at 59East 59, and Post Mortem at The Flea.  TV and Film credits include Admission, Contest, That Awkward Moment, The Avengers, Photo-Op, “Law and Order”(s), “Ugly Betty,” “Unforgettable,” “Royal Pains,” and “Brotherhood.”

Tina Benko

Kathleen Chalfant

Edda Schmidt

Kathleen Chalfant. Broadway: Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Racing Demon, Dance With Me. Off-Broadway: Wit (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Obie Awards), Miss Ovington &  Dr. Dubois, Somewhere Fun, Red Dog Howls, Painting Churches, Family Week, Vita & Virginia, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Spalding Grey: Stories Left to Tell, Bloomer Girl, Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Far Away, Twelve Dreams, Henry V. Other NY Credits: The Vagina Monologues, True History and Real Adventures, Phaedra in Delirium, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Endgame, The Party, Sister Mary Ignatius…, The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador. London & Los Angeles: Wit (Ovation Award), Red Dog Howls. Select Regional Theatre: Guthrie, Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Yale Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Mark Taper Forum, ATL, Sundance Lab. Film: Isn’t it Delicious?, R.I.P.D., The Bath, In Bed With Ulysses, Lillian, Duplicity, The People Speak, Lackawanna Blues, Perfect Stranger, The Last New Yorker, Second Guessing Grandma, Dark Water, Kinsey, Laramie Project, Random Hearts, A Price Below Rubies, Murder and Murder. Select Television: Recurring on “The Americans,” “House of Cards,” “Rescue Me,” “The Book of Daniel,” “The Guardian,”  “Jo,” “Law and Order” and “One Life to Live”; also “Elementary,” “Mercy,” “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO), “Benjamin Franklin,” “Lackawanna Blues” (HBO), “Georgia O’Keeffe” (Lifetime), “Voices from the White House” (PBS), “A Death in the Family” (PBS), “Storm of the Century”. Awards: 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, 2004 Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. She has received the Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards for her body of work.

Kathleen Chalfant

Michael Esper

Bela Hoyos

Michael Esper. Michael Esper’s Broadway credits include the Tony nominated production of Nicky Silver’s The Lyons, the Tony Award Winning musical, American Idiot, as well as Roundabout Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed production of A Man for All Seasons opposite Frank Langella. Additional noteworthy New York theatre credits include: Assistance (Playwrights Horizons), The Agony and the Agony, the original Off-Broadway production of The Lyons (Vineyard Theatre), As You Like It (The Public Theater), Big Bill (Lincoln Center Theater), Crazy Mary (Playwrights Horizons), Manic Flight Reaction (Playwrights Horizons), The Four of Us (Manhattan Theatre Club), subUrbia (Second Stage Theatre), and Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures (The Public Theatre). In regional theatre, notable credits include an original role in Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures (The Guthrie Theatre), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (The Druid Theatre Company & the Dublin Theatre Festival), and Edward Albee’s Me, Myself, and I (The McCarter Theatre Center). Recent work in feature film includes Runner, Runner for director Brad Furman- starring alongside Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, and -soon to be released- Animal Rescue. Michael has also appeared in All Good Things, Watching TV with the Red Chinese, A Beautiful Mind, both Crazy Love and Bittersweet Place for director Alexandra Brodsky, Loggerheads, Light and the Sufferer, American Gun, and Dying is Easy. Notable work in television includes a recurring role on the upcoming season of the hit Showtime series “Nurse Jackie,” a series regular role on “Do No Harm,” and guest star roles on “Person of Interest,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order,” and “Bunker Hill” (TNT- pilot). Michael Esper is a recipient of the Clarence Derwent Award from Actors’ Equity. He also received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Long Day’s Journey Into Night from the Irish Times.

Michael Esper

Michael Goldsmith

Rudy Zuckermaier

Michael Goldsmith. Tales from Red Vienna is Michael’s Off-Broadway debut. Regional: title role in Romeo and Juliet (Folger Theatre); Now or Later (Huntington Theatre). London credits: Clybourne Park (Royal Court and West End); Six Degrees of Separation (The Old Vic); Brooklyn (Cock Tavern); The Shape of Things (Courtyard Theatre). Off-Off-Broadway:  Final Analysis (June Havoc Theatre, winner of Outstanding Lead Actor at Midtown International Festival). Film:  Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances. Television: “Doctor Who.”  Several plays for BBC Radio. Member of the Actors Center Workshop Company. Training: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Interlochen.

Michael Goldsmith

Lucas Hall

Karl Hupka

Lucas Hall. Off-Broadway: The Merchant of Venice, Othello, All’s Well That Ends Well (Theatre for a New Audience), Beyond the Horizon (Irish Rep), Edward II (Red Bull), The Hasty Heart (Keen Company). Regional work includes productions at The Old Globe, The Goodman, La Jolla Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, D.C., Pittsburgh Public, and others.  Film and television includes The Love Letter, Late Summer, “Elementary,” and “the soaps”. Training: North Carolina School of the Arts, under Gerald Freedman.

Lucas Hall

David Grimm

Playwright

David Grimm is an award-winning Brooklyn-based playwright and screenwriter. Most recently, he wrote and adapted the dialogue for Matthew Barney’s upcoming art film, River of Fundament. Plays include: Measure for Pleasure (Public Theatre, Bug ‘n Bub Award, GLAAD Award nomination); The Miracle at Naples (Huntington, Best New Play IRNE Award), Steve & Idi (Rattlestick); Chick (Hartford Stage); The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue (Hartford Stage); Kit Marlowe (Public Theatre, GLAAD Award nomination); Sheridan, or Schooled in Scandal (La Jolla); Enough Rope (Williamstown; starring Elaine Stritch); and Susanna Centlivre’s The Gaming Table (for which he wrote additional material, Folger Library Theatre). Shorter works include the song cycle Boxes, Buckets, & Bags (music by Peter Golub; Liederabend @ The Kitchen); Divinity du Styx (24 Hour plays); Brooklyn Evening (One Minute Play Festival); A La Recherche du Frank Perdue (Red Bull Verse Play Festival); and others. Grimm is the recipient of an NEA/TCG Residency Grant and has received commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre Company, City Theatre Company, The Public Theater, and Hartford Stage. He has developed work at the Sundance Theater Lab, Old Vic New Voices, and NY Stage & Film. He is a member of the Writer’s Guild, the Dramatists Guild, the PEN American Center, and is an alum of New Dramatists. David holds an MFA from NYU, a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has lectured in Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, Brown University, Columbia University, and NYU. Grimm’s plays are published by Dramatists Play Service.

David Grimm

Playwright

Kate Whoriskey

Director

Kate Whoriskey. Broadway: The Miracle Worker Off-Broadway: How I Learned to Drive at Second Stage, Ruined at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Piano Teacher at the Vineyard Theatre, Oroonoko at Theatre for A New Audience, the world premiere of Fabulation and Inked Baby  at Playwrights Horizons, and Massacre by Jose Rivera at the Labyrinth Theatre Company (of which she is a member). Internationally, she directed Magdalena at the Chatelet theatre in Paris and Teatro Muicipal in Sao Paolo. Regionally, she directed Ruined, Vigils, Heartbreak House, The Rose Tattoo, and Drowning Crow for The Goodman, The Tempest at Shakespeare Theatre, the world premiere of Intimate Apparel, The Piano Teacher, Life is a Dream, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antigone, and The Clean House at South Coast Repertory, and Master Builder at the American Repertory Theatre. Nominated for a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel for her work on Ruined, she has also directed at the Huntington, the Geffen, Baltimore Center Stage, Perseverance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Sundance Theatre Lab, the Fisher Center and the Eugene O’Neill Center. A graduate of NYU and the ART Institute at Harvard, she is currently a visiting lecturer at Princeton University.

Kate Whoriskey

Director

John Lee Beatty

Scenic Design

John Lee Beatty has designed After Midnight, Outside Mullingar,The Nance, Other Desert Cities, Venus in Fur, Good People, Chicago, Doubt, Proof, A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, Crimes of the Heart, Ain’t Misbehavin!, Talleys Folly, many, many more. His long relationships

with Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center Theater, Circle Repertory and City Center Encores! have led to multiple Tony, Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk awards and the Theater Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Brown and the Yale School of Drama.

John Lee Beatty

Scenic Design

Anita Yavich

Costume Design

Anita Yavich. Broadway: Venus in Fur, Chinglish, Anna inthe Tropics. New York: Kung Fu, Golden Child, Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature); The Explorers Club (MTC); The Submission, Coraline, The Wooden Breeks (MCC); All in the Timing (Primary Stages); The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Orlando, New Jerusalem, Texts for Nothing (CSC); Measure for Pleasure, Kit Marlowe, The Winter’s Tale, Civil Sex, Pericles (The Public); Macbeth, Coriolanus, Svejk (TFANA). Opera: Cyrano de Bergerac (La Scala, MET, Royal Opera); Les Troyens (MET). Puppet and costume designer: The Sound of Music (Salzburger Marionetten Theater). 2006 Obie.

Anita Yavich

Costume Design

Peter Kaczorowski

Lighting Design

Peter Kaczorowski. Recent MTC: Choir Boy, The Assembled Parties, Wit, Ruined. Select Broadway: Beautiful, No Man’s Land/

Waiting for Godot, Nice Work…, Anything Goes, A View from the Bridge, Grey Gardens, Kiss Me Kate, The Producers, Contact, Steel Pier. Extensive Off-Broadway, resident and regional credits. Opera: Met, San Francisco, Houston Grand, Santa Fe, St. Louis, Seattle. Abroad: Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Maggio Musicale Florence, L’Arena di Verona, La Fenice, Bonn, Lisbon. Awards: Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Drama-Logue, Hewes.

Peter Kaczorowski

Lighting Design

Rob Mulburn & Michael Bodeen

Sound Design

Rob Mulburn & Michael Bodeen. Recent Broadway credits include music composition and sound for No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Miracle Worker; and sound for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? MTC credits include music and sound for Boy Gets Girl and sound and music direction for Eyes for Consuela and Ruined. They have created music and sound Off-Broadway, at many of America’s resident theatres (often with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre) and at several international venues. www.milbomusic.com

Rob Mulburn & Michael Bodeen

Sound Design

Tom Watson

Hair & Wig Design

Tom Watson is head of the wig and make-up department at the Metropolitan Opera. He has designed wigs for more than 60 Broadway productions. Current and recent Broadway designs include No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot; Annie; The Snow Geese; The Assembled

Parties; Picnic; A Christmas Story; Harvey; Million Dollar Quartet; Rock of Ages; Wicked; How to Succeed…; The Addams Family; Promises, Promises; South Pacific; Sondheim on Sondheim; and Sunday in the Park with George.

Tom Watson

Hair & Wig Design

Thomas Schall

Fight Director

Thomas Schall. Over 40 Broadway shows: Romeo & Juliet, Lucky Guy, Orphans, War Horse, Death of a Salesman, Venus in Fur, The Merchant of Venice, A Free Man of Color, A View From the Bridge, Waiting for Godot, The Seafarer, Mary Stuart, Wicked… Off-Broadway: Pulitzer Prize recipients Ruined (MTC), Disgraced (LCT3), Water by the Spoonful (Second Stage); Murder Ballad (MTC); Mother Courage, Hamlet, Richard III, King Lear (The Public Theater); Blood and Gifts, Dessa Rose, Bernarda Alba (LCT).

Thomas Schall

Fight Director

Doug Varone

Movement Consultant

Doug Varone. Theatre includes credits on Broadway, Vineyard, La Jolla Playhouse, Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE, Yale Rep, Music Theatre Group, MTC, The Public. Opera: Metropolitan Opera, NYCO, Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Boston Lyric Opera. Dance: Artistic Director, Doug Varone and Dancers. The Company has toured over 100 cities in 45 States across the US, in Europe, Asia, Canada, South America. Awards: Obie (Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice), two Bessies, a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Doug Varone

Movement Consultant

Bryce McDonald

Production Stage Manager

Bryce McDonald. Broadway: The Snow Geese and Come Back, Little Sheba (MTC); Man and Boy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Everyday Rapture, After Miss Julie, Hedda Gabler and A Man for All Seasons (RTC). Off-Broadway: How I Learned to Drive (Second Stage); The Piano Teacher (Vineyard); The Common Pursuit, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Beyond Glory, Howard Katz and Suddenly Last Summer (RTC); The House in Town (LCT). Proud AEA member.

Bryce McDonald

Production Stage Manager

Jenn McNeil

Stage Manager

Jenn Mcneil. Manhattan Theatre Club: Come Back, Little Sheba. Broadway: A Christmas Story (and 2013 mini tour), Other Desert Cities, The People in the Picture, The Addams Family. Off-Broadway: Ma-Yi Theater Company, RTC, STC, Primary Stages, Play Company, NYTW. Regional: The Nutty Professor. SUNY Geneseo and Juilliard. Thanks to her biological family, theatre family and SM team!

Jenn McNeil

Stage Manager