ANN G. WRIGHTSON LIGHTING DESIGNER
Ann’s work for the IRT includes Good People, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Diary of Anne Frank, Pride and Prejudice, and The Drawer Boy, among others. She designed the Broadway production of Souvenir and was a Tony nominee for her work on Tony Award–winning August: Osage County, which she designed for Broadway, London, Sydney, and the National Tour. Recent projects include A Moon for the Misbegotten for the Theatre Royal in Waterford, Ireland, and Geva Theatre in Rochester; Domesticated at Steppenwolf Theatre; and Georama (premiere) and Disgraced at Repertory Theatre of St Louis. Other work has been seen at many regional theatres, including the Guthrie, Alliance, Arena Stage, Cleveland Play House, Yale Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Portland Center Stage, McCarter Theatre, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Awards include IRNE Award for Best Lighting for Fences and Backstage Garland Award for Magic Fire at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
BARRY G. FUNDERBURG SOUND DESIGNER
Barry is thrilled to return to IRT, where he designed and composed Dinner with Friends and One Thousand Cranes. Chicago credits include Fake, Carter’s Way, and Mother Courage at Steppenwolf; as well as Writers Theatre, Mercury Theater, Next Theatre, Lookingglass, and Theatre at the Center. Off-Broadway, he designed the New York premiere of Wittenberg at the Pearl Theatre. Regional credits include more than 70 productions at Milwaukee Rep, more than 20 at Utah Shakespeare Festival, and productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Kansas City Rep, Centerstage, Clarence Brown Theatre, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Barry has received two Chicago Equity Wing Jeff Awards and a 2015 St. Louis Theater Circle Award He earned his M.F.A. in sound design at Purdue University.
PAUL DENNHARDT FIGHT DIRECTOR
Paul is delighted to make his IRT debut. Regional credits include the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Folger Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Arden Theatre Company, Perseverance Theatre, the Dallas Theater Center, the Taipei National University for the Arts, Rep Stage, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Florentine Opera Company, Madison Rep, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis; American Theater Company, Vitalist Theatre, the Theatre at Monmouth, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Paul is a professor of theatre at Illinois State University where he heads movement training for the M.F.A. program in classical acting. Paul is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a Fight Director/Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, and a Master Teacher/Fight Director with Dueling Arts International. He is the recipient of the Society of American Fight Directors 2010 Paddy Crean Award.
RICHARD J ROBERTS DRAMATURG
Richard has been resident dramaturg for 19 of his 27 seasons with the IRT. He has also been a dramaturg for the New Harmony Project and Write Now. He has directed the IRT’s productions of Bridge & Tunnel, The Night Watcher, Neat, Pretty Fire, The Giver (2009), The Power of One, and Twelfth Night, as well as four editions of A Christmas Carol; later this season he directs The Cay. Other directing credits include Actors Theatre of Indiana, the Phoenix Theatre, Edyvean Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Civic Theatre, IndyShakes/Wisdom Tooth, Butler University, and Anderson University. Richard studied music at DePauw University and theatre at Indiana University. In 2003 he was awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
NATHAN GARRISON STAGE MANAGER
This is Nathan’s 21st season at the IRT. He has also worked with Center Stage in Baltimore, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Brown County Playhouse, and Heartland Actors Repertory (HART).
CLAIRE SIMON CASTING
Based in Chicago, Claire Simon, C.S.A., has worked with the IRT on casting more than 30 productions, including The Mousetrap, The Great Gatsby, The Game’s Afoot, The Mountaintop, The Crucible, The House That Jack Built, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Fallen Angels, The Diary of Anne Frank, Romeo and Juliet, The Heavens Are Hung in Black, Our Town, Inherit the Wind, Pride and Prejudice, and many more. Other regional credits include Syracuse Stage, Indiana Festival Theatre, Lyric Opera, Milwaukee Rep, New Theatre, Paramount, Writers Theatre, Broadway in Chicago’s Working, and the Tony Award–winning Million Dollar Quartet. TV credits include Empire, Sense8, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Crisis, Betrayal, Detroit 1-8-7, Boss, Mob Doctor, and Chicago Code. Film credits include Divergent, Contagion, Unexpected, and Man of Steel. Claire won an Artios Award this year for casting the pilot of Empire, and previously for Season 1 of Fox’s Prison Break. 25
September 20 - October 15, 2016