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TWO TRAINS RUNNING Directed by Keith Arthur Bolden Scenic Design by Isabel Curley-Clay§ Moriah Curley-Clay§
Costume Design by Grace McEwan◉
Lighting Design by Oliver Wason§
Sound Design by Mike Skinner
Resident Movement Coach Denise Gabriel∞◊
Resident Vocal Coach Christine Morris◊
Dramaturgy by Virginia Hirsch◊ Iyanna Huffington◊
Casting by Cindi Rush
Stage Manager Terence Orleans Alexander*
Production Sponsors O.Henry Hotel and Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels | Zuraw Financial Advisors This production is part of UNCG's year-long series "The '60s: Exploring the Limits". “August Wilson's Two Trains Running” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Originally Produced on Broadway by Yale Repertory Theatre (Stan Wojewodski, Jr., Artistic Director), Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre (Gordon Davidson, Artistic/Producing Director) Herb Alpert/Margot Lion, Scott Rudin/Paramount Pictures, and Jujamcyn Theaters ( James H. Binger, Chairman; Rocco Landesman, President; Paul Libin, Producing Director; Jack Viertel, Creative Director); produced in association with Huntington Theatre Company (Peter Altman, Producing Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director), Seattle Repertory Theatre and Old Globe Theatre ( Jack O’Brien, Artistic Director; Thomas Hall, Managing Director); Originally mounted by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards, Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai, Managing Director) 6
CAST (in alphabetical order) Holloway ....................................................................................................... Marvin Bell* Hambone ............................................................................................... Lawrence Evans* Memphis ................................................................................................... Nathan Hinton* Risa ............................................................................................................... Alexis Hudson Sterling ......................................................................................................... Jael Pettigrew* West .................................................................................................... Ron Bobb-Semple* Wolf ............................................................................................... Kerwin V. Thompson*
Stage Manager ................................................................. Terence Orleans Alexander*
The action of the play takes place in a restaurant across the street from West's Funeral Home and Lutz's Meat Market.
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Marvin Bell* (Holloway) Triad Stage debut. Off-Broadway: Seagull Machine (La Mama); The Show-Off (Pecadillo Theater Company). Regional: Driving Miss Daisy (Bristol Riverside Theater, Flatrock Playhouse, and Playhouse On Park); The Seat of Justice (Charleston Stage); The Piano Lesson (Cape Fear Regional Theater); Fences (New Harmony Theater). Local: Bakersfield Mist, Regrets Only ( JCity Theater Company). Film/TV: Daredevil (Netflix); Law and Order: SVU (NBC); Girl Code (MTV). Stand up comedy appearances on Comic Strip Live on FOX TV, Stand-Up Spotlite on VH-1, Comic View on BET and Evening At The Improv. marvinbell.com Lawrence Evans* (Hambone) Triad Stage: Fences, Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity. Regional: Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse); The Exonerated; One Man, Two Guvnors; Ruined (Florida Studio Theatre); Clybourne Park, A Soldier’s Play (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Rip.Tied (freeFall Theatre); Take Me Out (Caldwell Theatre Company); Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, North Carolina Black Repertory Company, Short North Stage. National tours: And Still I Rise, Camp Logan, The Sweet Spot. Television: All My Children, Another World, Ryan’s Hope, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, The Good Wife, Law & Order. Film: State Property II, The Devil Wears Prada. Education: Jackson State University, University of Michigan. Nathan Hinton* (Memphis) is honored to be a part of this team. A member of the first Broadway Touring company of Angels in America, Nathan’s recent credits include Matthew in Br’er Cotton at Endstation Theatre Company, Zachariah in Blood Knot with Mosaic Theater Company, Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet with Shakespeare Theatre Company, Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire with Virginia Stage Company, and the New York premiere of Dan Hoyle’s The Block Off-Broadway with The Working Theater. Other New York credits include Robert O’Hara’s Insurrection: Holding History at The Public Theater, Michael Bradford’s Living in the Wind at American Place Theatre, and Keith Josef Adkin’s PITBULLS at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. His regional theater credits include Twelfth Night, Take Me Out, The Piano Lesson, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Call at theaters comprised of Yale Repertory Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, Delaware Theatre Company and Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Television credits include Manifest, Madam Secretary, Elementary, The Good Wife, and the upcoming military legal series The Code. Nathan is a member of The Actors Center. nathananthonyhinton.com Alexis Hudson (Risa) Education: Pippin, Julius Caesar, Disgraced, Macbeth, Sense and Sensibility (UNLV/Nevada Conservatory Theatre). Education: Spelman College, BA in Drama.
Jael Pettigrew* (Sterling) is an Atlanta native who holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase, NY. Some recent credits include Cory in Fences and Malcolm X in The Meeting, where he was given the 2018 Festival Favorite award for Best Actor. Outside of acting he enjoys photography, singing and playing guitar, cooking and giving love. He is humbled and excited to make his Triad Stage debut. 41. 8
Ron Bobb-Semple* (West) is making his Triad Stage debut performing in his sixth August Wilson production. His other stage credits include My Children, My Africa and A Lesson From Aloes; Bingo! a musical directed by Ossie Davis. At Stageworks Theatre in Florida, this native of Guyana has directed Superior Donuts, A Raisin in the Sun and The Colored Museum. Bobb-Semple’s one-man cultural and educational presentation, The Spirit of Marcus Garvey, has been performed in the US, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. Ron will be appearing in Spike Lee’s See You Yesterday, which is scheduled to preview in May. Kerwin V. Thompson* (Wolf) is an Atlanta native, trained by the Alliance Theater and trained in the Hendricks Acting Method by the incomparable Freddie Hendricks himself. He was most recently featured as Bunsen in Newsies (Aurora Theater), Dr. MLK, Jr. in The Meeting (Marietta’s Theatre in the Square), Reverend Ambrose in A Lesson Before Dying (Dominion Entertainment), Henry Brown in Race (Out of Box Theatre), and Cardinal Wolsey in Anne Boleyn (Synchronicity Theatre). Kerwin is a Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Award and Broadway World Award Nominee. www.kerwinthompson.com. Facebook/Instagram: @theleadingmankerwint
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States ◊ Faculty member, student or alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
◉ Faculty member or alumnus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts § Member of USA (United Scenic Artists) ∞ Member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers)
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Keith Arthur Bolden (Director) A native of Los Angeles, California, Keith earned his MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois. Assistant professor of Theatre and Performance at Spelman College. Directing Credits include: Topdog/Underdog (NC Black Rep), Pipeline (Horizon Theatre) Hands Up (Hattiloo Theatre), Hoodoo Love, Seven Guitars, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Spelman College). Acting Credits include: Between Riverside and Crazy, Dreamgirls, The Exonerated, Gem of the Ocean, A Raisin in the Sun, CROWNS, Neighbors, Fences, Take Me Out, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ragtime, among others. Recent Film/TV credits: American Soul, Mile 22, Cobra Kai, The Haunting of Hill House, Behind the Movement, Underground, Black Lightning, Being Mary Jane, Nashville, Greenleaf, A Baby for Christmas, Swamp Murders, Containment, Your Worst Nightmare, Saints and Sinners, The Have and Have Nots, Goosebumps, Vampire Diaries, Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Moriah and Isabel Curley-Clay§ (Scenic Designers) are happy to join Tiad Stage for Two Trains Running. Favorite recent credits include Dot (Billy Holiday Theatre, NYC and Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre); Eclipsed (Synchronicity Theatre); Freed Spirits (Horizon Theatre); Skeleton Crew and King Hedley II (Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre); Native Gardens (Florida Studio Theatre); I’m Not Rappaport (Aurora Theatre); and The Book of Will (Theatrical Outfit). Isabel and Moriah are the recipients of multiple awards for theatrical design, including a dozen Suzi Bass Awards. Moriah and Isabel were honored to be recently listed among American Theatre Magazine’s "Theatrical people to watch," they are also Resident Scenic Designers at Horizon Theatre (Atlanta, GA). Artistic Associates at Theatrical Outfit (Atlanta, GA) . They teach Scenic and Costume Design at Spelman College and are members of United Scenic Artists local 829. Grace McEwan◉ (Costume Designer) is honored to be a part of the design team for this production. She is also Assistant Costume Shop Manager here at Triad Stage. Grace is originally from Mississippi and an alumna of the University of Southern Mississippi (BFA 2012) as well as UNC School of the Arts (MFA 2018). Past collaborations include Greensboro Opera, The American Dance Festival, Charleston Stage, Cape Fear Regional Theater, Peppercorn Theatre, The Santa Fe Opera, and Cirque du Soleil. Oliver Wason§ (Lighting Designer) is happy to be back at Triad, where he designed this season’s And Then There Were None. Regional credits include shows at Playmakers Rep, Yale Rep, Luna Stage, Berkeley Rep, Berkshire Theater Festival, and Barrington Stage Company, as well as internationally at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center. New York work includes: The Chinese Lady, Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band, Among the Dead, House Rules (Ma-Yi); Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO); Don Giovanni, Fidelio, Butterfly (Heartbeat Opera), Wonderland (Atlantic Theater Co./Atlantic for Kids); Agrippina ( Juilliard Opera); The Pen, The Booty Call (Inner Voices). Associate Artist: Heartbeat Opera. Education: BA Hunter College, MFA Yale. Faculty: Northeastern University. oliverwason.com Mike Skinner (Sound Designer) Mike is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Southern CT State University. Sound Design Credits include: Regional: Underneath the Lintel (Triad Stage); 1776, Sweeney Todd, Disaster! (broadwayworld.com Best Sound Design Nominee 2018), 10
Jesus Christ Superstar, Noises Off!, Peter and the Starcatcher (broadwayworld.com Best Sound Design Nominee 2016), Newsies, How to Succeed…, Peter Pan, Xanadu, Les Miserables, Gypsy, The Sunshine Boys, A Chorus Line (Connecticut Repertory Theatre); Bossa Nova (Yale Rep); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Elm Shakespeare Company); Other designs for: W.H.A.T., H.E.R.E., N.Y.M.F.; University Faculty Designs for: Fordham, John Jay College, Quinnipiac, Southern CT State, The Actors Conservatory, Amherst College. Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama. skinnerdesign.podbean.com Denise Gabriel∞◊ (Resident Movement Coach) At Triad Stage since 2009 where she has been movement coach on numerous productions including Actions and Objectives, Don Juan, Radiunt Abundunt, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Snow Queen, and The Glass Menagerie. In 2015 she joined Living Pictures, UK as an Artistic Associate. Co-producing credits in Triad’s Upstage Cabaret include: Diary of a Madman (Robert Bowman, Living Pictures UK) and Desire Under the Elms (Abrahamse-Meyer Theatre Company and Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival). Other credits include: Resident Movement Director at Alabama Shakespeare Festival (over 30 productions); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors (Old Globe Theatre); Alchemy of Desire/Deadman’s Blues and King Lear (Cincinnati Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet, The Three Sisters and Nora (Clarence Brown Theatre); Ascension Day (Working Theatre NY). International: Shanghai Theatre, Schloss Leopoldskron Salzburg Austria, and Artscape Theatre Center and Dance for All (Cape Town South Africa). Denise is an Associate Professor at UNCG, a founding board member of American Theatre for Movement Educators, and Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Christine Morris◊ (Resident Vocal Coach) At Triad Stage since 2006, where coaching has included dialects for The Glass Menagerie, Shipwrecked, Snow Queen, Dirty Blonde, Abundance and many others, and voice/text for All’s Well That Ends Well. Other coaching: A Thousand Clowns (starring Tom Selleck); Kudzu (with The Red Clay Ramblers); and Sheridan’s The Critic at American Players Theatre in Wisconsin. Also an actor, she was most recently seen at Triad Stage as “Mrs. Rogers” in And Then There Were None. Other roles at Triad Stage include “Dr. Mildred Grant” in Actions and Objectives; “Silda Grauman” in Other Desert Cities, “Taw Avery” in New Music: Better Days, “Cordie Grindstaff ” in Providence Gap; “Marthy Owen” in Anna Christie and “Mme. Pernelle” in Tartuffe. In 2017 she performed in the inaugural season of North Carolina Summer Rep, doubling as “Old Lady/Blair Daniels” in Sunday in the Park with George in Concert. Christine is an Associate Professor of Theatre at UNCG and holds memberships in the Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). Virginia Hirsch◊ (Co-Dramaturg) holds a BA in theatre from Arkansas State University and an MFA in Directing from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. During her time in graduate school, Virginia was able to assist and observe on several Triad Stage productions, but is thrilled to be joining the company full-time! Virginia has previously worked as a directing assistant in Tampa, Florida at Stageworks Theatre and the Straz Center, as the founder and artistic director of the Fault Line Players theatre company, and as the 2018 TYA director at Okoboji Summer Theatre in Okoboji, Iowa.
Iyanna Huffington◊ (Co-Dramaturg) is a junior double major at UNC Greensboro earning her B.A. Theatre & History, with a minor in American Sign Language. Assistant Directing credits include Tourist Trap, Lost & Found (Peppercorn), Antigone, and Getting Out (UNCG). Dramaturgy credits include Clybourne Park and We Are Proud... (UNCG). Recent acting credits include DEMBE, an original work by playwright Amy DeLuz (Paper Lantern Theatre). Cindi Rush (Casting Director) New York: Silence! Th e Musical, My Mother’s Jewish Lesbian Wiccan Wedding (NYMF Winner 2010), Jay Alan Zimmerman’s Incredibly Deaf Musical, Bonnie and Clyde, Rooms, Jacques Brel, Six Dance Lessons, The Thing About Men, Urinetown, The Hurricane Katrina Comedy Festival. Regional: Penguin Rep, Triad Stage, Act II Playhouse, Arena Stage, Goodman, Humanafest. Film: Ghoul, The Woman (Top 9 Sundance 2011), In the Family, Offspring, Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door, Headspace. Tours: “Barney”, “Curious George”, “Kidz Bop.” Terence Orleans Alexander* (Stage Manager) Triad Stage: White Lightning, Our Town, And So We Walked, Having Our Say, A Christmas Carol (2014-2018). Broadway: Mary Poppins, Wicked, Newsies. Regional: Utah Shakespeare Festival (18 seasons); Washington National Opera (7 seasons); Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Fulton Theatre; Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; Baltimore Opera Company; Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Education: Professional Theater Training Program (PTTP) at University of Delaware; Master of Fine Arts, Stage Management.
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OUR FOUNDERS Preston Lane∞◊◉ (Triad Stage Founding Artistic Director) Preston grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina with Appalachian ancestry stretching all the way back to Tidence Lane, the first Baptist preacher in what would become Tennessee. His childhood dream was to live in a NC Piedmont city where he could hear trains and interact daily with such big city trappings as revolving doors and escalators. He frequently checked out recorded plays on albums from the old Watauga County Public Library and spent many afternoons listening to Marat/Sade, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, and A Streetcar Named Desire. His central conflict as a child was that on Saturday evenings his parents wanted to watch The Lawrence Welk Show and he wanted to watch Hee Haw. This conflict still dominates much of his work. Besides a brief fascination with being a dump truck driver, Preston never considered any other career than as a theater maker. He became aware of himself as an artist at UNCSA, developed a passion for visual storytelling at Yale School of Drama, and is deeply indebted to a long line of collaborative partners. He is also thankful for amazing teachers from Miriam Darnell, Sandra Daye, John Foster West, Yury Belov, Earle Gister, Barney Hammond, Lesley Hunt, Ming Cho Lee, Nick Martin and many many others. Preston is honored to pass on the tradition they entrusted to him to the next generation. Gerald Freedman took him under his wing and Richard Hamburger gave him his first real job and mentored him. He founded Triad Stage with Rich Whittington to explore how theater can engage with a community. He’s directed nearly 100 shows, written almost a dozen, and is an honorary citizen of Hawboro, NC. He believes that theater can make our community stronger by exploring stories that unite and challenge us. Preston is grateful to be a theater maker in North Carolina. Richard Whittington (Triad Stage Founding Managing Director) has served as Managing Director of Triad Stage since its inception. Rich earned an MFA in Theatre Management from the Yale School of Drama and has a BFA in Acting and Directing from Marymount Manhattan College. Rich served for nine years on the board of the NC Arts Council, where he participated as a member of the Executive Committee. He has previously served on the boards of ArtsNC and Downtown Greensboro, Inc. and has served on numerous grant panels. Rich has taught Theatre Management at Greensboro College and NC A&T University and has guest lectured at UNC Chapel Hill, UNC School of the Arts, Wake Forest University and UNCG. A native of Dallas, Texas, Rich served as Artistic Administrator for the Dallas Theater Center and Associate Producer of Dallas’ The Big D Festival of the Unexpected. His experience also includes work at the Roundabout Theatre in New York and StageWest in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2010, Preston and Rich were honored with Downtown Greensboro, Inc.’s J. Edward Kitchen Leadership Award. In 2013, they received the Adelaide F. Holderness/H. Michael Weaver Award from UNCG for distinguished public service. Rich was a 2016 Artist in Residence at UNCG. 13
AUGUST WILSON (April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005) authored Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of African-Americans, decade-by-decade, over the course of the twentieth century. His plays have been produced at regional theaters across the country and all over the world, as well as on Broadway. In 2003, Mr. Wilson made his professional stage debut in his one-man show, How I Learned What I Learned. Mr. Wilson’s works garnered many awards including Pulitzer Prizes for Fences (1987); and for The Piano Lesson (1990); a Tony Award for Fences; Great Britain’s Olivier Award for Jitney; as well as eight New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, Jitney, and Radio Golf. Additionally, the cast recording of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom received a 1985 Grammy Award, and Mr. Wilson received a 1995 Emmy Award nomination for his screenplay adaptation of The Piano Lesson. Mr. Wilson’s early works included the one-act plays The Janitor, Recycle, The Coldest Day of the Year, Malcolm X, The Homecoming and the musical satire Black Bart and the Sacred Hills. Mr. Wilson received many fellowships and awards, including Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships in Playwrighting, the Whiting Writers Award, 2003 Heinz Award, was awarded a 1999 National Humanities Medal by the President of the United States, and received numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities, as well as the only high school diploma ever issued by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. He was an alumnus of New Dramatists, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a 1995 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and on October 16, 2005, Broadway renamed the theater located at 245 West 52nd Street - The August Wilson Theatre. Additionally, Mr. Wilson was posthumously inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2007. Mr. Wilson was born and raised in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and lived in Seattle, Washington at the time of his death. He is immediately survived by his two daughters, Sakina Ansari and Azula Carmen Wilson, and his wife, costume designer Constanza Romero. 14
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Smoking is strictly prohibited throughout the building.
Latecomers are seated at the discretion of the House Manager.
Personal electronic devices, including cellular phones, must be turned off prior to the performance.
Listening assistance devices are available at the Box Office.
Photographing or sound recording of the performance is expressly prohibited by law. So, no cameras or recorders, please. Your cooperation is appreciated.
For the enjoyment of all audience members, every attendee must have a ticket and sit in his or her own seat (no “babes in arms” or children in laps).
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Triad Stage is very proud of the name of our theater building — The Pyrle Theater — made possible by a generous donation by Tobee and Leonard Kaplan in honor of Tobee’s mother, Pyrle Gibson.
Pyrle Gibson (1909-2000) was a
woman with a great sense of humor, who found goodness in all people and beauty in the world around her. Her family always came first in her life and with them she shared her love of theater, music and the thrill of sports. The theater is named for her in loving memory by the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the Kaplan family with whom she shared her love, wisdom and joy of life. 15
Triad Stage began as a dream... Co-founders Preston Lane and Richard Whittington forged their artistic partnership as graduate students at the Yale School of Drama. After managing a theater in Connecticut for two years, they undertook the three-year task of opening their own theater in the heart of historic Greensboro. In September 1999, Triad Stage purchased the former Montgomery Ward building, which had been built in 1936 and sat vacant for almost 40 years. Renovations transformed the five-story building into a world-class theater center now called The Pyrle Theater, complete with a 300-seat theater and thrust stage, rehearsal hall, offices, two spacious lobbies and other audience amenities. Photo courtesy of Greensboro Historical Museum
The Grand Opening took place in January 2002 with Tennessee Williams’ modern classic Suddenly Last Summer.
In 2008, Triad Stage finished a second round of renovations to The Pyrle. A scene shop annex was added in the basement. The top floor underwent major construction to create the 90-seat UpStage Cabaret performance space, the Sloan Rehearsal Hall, and the studio and office facilities of WUNC Public Radio’s new Greensboro Bureau. In 2011, Triad Stage purchased a 30,000 square foot building near the Greensboro Coliseum Complex to serve as the theater’s new production facility, relocating its scene, costume and properties shops as well as its warehouse. In 2013, with significant support from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Triad Stage announced a major expansion of programming to be produced at the Hanesbrands Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem.
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Now in its 18th season, Triad Stage has over 3,000 Season Passholders and more than 700 annual donors. The company has received accolades on national, state and local levels, including being named “One of the 10 Most Promising Emerging Theatre Companies” by the American Theatre Wing and “One of the Best Regional Theaters in America” by the Drama League of New York. Triad Stage has been voted the Triad’s “Best Live Theater” by the readers of the News & Record’s GoTriad thirteen years in a row and named “Professional Theatre of the Year” by the North Carolina Theatre Conference in 2003 and 2011. Its production of Tobacco Road was listed among the “Best of 2007” by The Wall Street Journal, its production of The Glass Menagerie was named “Best North Carolina Production of 2010” by Triangle Arts & Entertainment, and 2012’s production of Reynolds Price’s New Music trilogy was named among the “Best Productions” of the year in Triangle Theatre by Independent Weekly. 16
Triad Stage is guided by core values that inspire all aspects of our operations. These core values are a daily reminder to our entire company of why and how we produce theater for our community.
We strive for bold, daring excellence in all of our endeavors as we seek to create professional theater with regional and national impact.
Striving to constantly challenge ourselves, we reserve the right to take artistic risks and make mistakes.
Triad Stage delights in the imaginative process. We uphold freedom of expression as indispensable to the power of imagination.
As individuals are united in their shared experience of the theatrical event, strangers become friends, common ground is discovered, and dialogue begins. In imagining the lives of others, our capacity for empathy is strengthened.
Theater is a valuable part of a lifetime of learning. Our work and the dialogue it creates should spark curiosity and inspire creative ways of thinking for our artists, staff and audience.
Our community’s varied diversity must not only reflect itself in Triad Stage’s casting and staffing, but also in the selection of the stories we choose to tell.
We celebrate and encourage an artistic process rooted in collaboration. We seek to mirror this process in all aspects of our operations and actively seek partnerships with other organizations to benefit the well-being of our communities.
We are committed to revitalizing our historic downtowns by greatly enhancing the cultural life of the Piedmont Triad through entertainment and by providing an economic impact benefiting other area businesses.
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By placing the best of Southern writing in juxtaposition with classic and contemporary world drama, we foster a unique Southern voice, allowing our audience the pride of saying, “This theater is ours.”
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PRODUCERS CIRCLE ($10,000+) Anonymous* The Arts Council of WinstonSalem & Forsyth County* ArtsGreensboro Suzanne & Bud Baker* Bluezoom Vanessa & Roy Carroll The Carroll Companies The Cemala Foundation Clem & Hayes Clement Cynthia & William Graham The City of Greensboro Sally Pagliai & Kyle Jackson, MD Kathy Manning & Randall Kaplan Lincoln Financial Foundation Mercedes-Benz of Winston-Salem North Carolina Arts Council Lynne & Glenn Ogden Piedmont Natural Gas Pinnacle Financial Partners* Ron Johnson & Bill Roane Sylvia & Norman Samet The Shubert Foundation Linda & Tom Sloan* Pam & David Sprinkle Ken Steele Elizabeth & Robert Strickland VF Corporation Susan & Eric Wiseman The Louis DeJoy & Aldona Wos Family Foundation Zuraw Financial Advisors
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Officers Dabney Sanders, Chair Deborah Hayes, Chair Elect Leigh Ann Klee, Treasurer Kate Barrett, Secretary Mindy Oakley, Immediate Past Chair Linda Sloan, Founding Chair Frankie Jones, Jr., At-Large Erica Parker, At-Large Preston Lane, Founding Artistic Director Richard Whittington, Founding Managing Director
Artistic Preston Lane, Founding Artistic Director Sarah Hankins, Associate Artistic Director Lauren Smith, Learning Director Simone Becker, Education Apprentice Virginia Hirsch, Artistic Apprentice Administration Richard Whittington, Founding Managing Director Jason Bogden, Associate Managing Director Ramon Perez, Company Manager Bobby Pittman, Facilities/Rentals Coordinator Tiffany Albright, Marketing Manager Stacy Calfo, Graphic Designer Mackie Raymond, Marketing/Development Apprentice Allie Stubbs, Administrative Apprentice
Members at Large Donna Baldwin-Bradby, Vanessa Carroll, Karen Dyer, Ruth Heyd, Chris Hobson, Tomasita Jacubowitz, George Johnson, Sujay Kumar, Leslie Marus, John Poole, Cissy Parham, Nancy Peterson, Todd Rangel, Sarah Saint, Adrian Smith, Steve Sumerford, Ernestine Taylor, Lydia Vaughan
Audience Services Justin Nicholes, Director of Audience Services Mary Reading, Lead Box Office Associate Josh Kellum, Box Office & Lobby Bar Associate Auntais Faulkner, Martha Latta, Nikki Tomeo, Clarice Weiseman, Box Office Associates
Winston-Salem Advisory Council Lydia Vaughan, Chair Mary Walker Fry, Drew Hancock, Joia Johnson, Susan Little, Cathleen McKinney, Angie Murphrey, Tog Newman, Randi Palmer, Gordon Peterson, Nancy Peterson, Milton Rhodes, Keith Vaughan, Sue Wall
Production Katie O’Kelly, Director of Production Tannis Boyajian, Technical Director T.J. Scott, Master Carpenter Eric Hart, Props Master Jennifer Speciale Stanley, Costume Shop Manager Grace McEwan, Assistant Costume Shop Manager Troy Morelli, Master Electrician Jessica Holcombe, Scenic Charge Kali Grau, Production/Stage Management Apprentice Sophia Gutkowski, Lighting/Sound Apprentice Eliza Knopps, Carpentry Apprentice Caitlin O’Brien, Costumes/Wardrobe Apprentice Victoria Ross, Props Apprentice
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