BEAU WILLIMON (Playwright)'s play Farragut North had its world premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York in November 2008 and has since been performed around the country and overseas. It was nominated for two 2008 Outer Critics Circle Awards (Best New Play, John Gassner Award). His screen adaption of the play is currently in development at Warner Brothers. Willimon's play Lower Ninth premiered at the Flea Theater (New York) in February of 2008 after being produced at Arielle Tepper's 2007 Summer Play Festival. It will have is UK premiere this Fall in a Donmar Warehouse production. Beau is a recipient of the Lila Acheson Wallace Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, two-time winner of the Lincoln Center Le Comte du Nouy Award, the Seymour Brick Memorial Playwriting Prize, winner of the 2005 Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, and was a 2008 Playwright-in-Residence at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Beau is currently working on commissions for Manhattan Theatre Club and the National Theatre of Great Britain. He is a member of the WGA-East and the Dramatists Guild. A resident of Brooklyn, Willimon holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University's School of the Arts.
HENRY WISHCAMPER (Director). Off-Broadway: Graceland (LCT3), Port Authority (Atlantic Theater Company), Elvis People (New World Stages), The Polish Play (Katharsis Theater Company), Pullman Car Hiawatha (Keen Company; Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play). Regional: Animal Crackers and Talking Pictures (The Goodman), Mystery of Irma Vep (Old Globe), Art (Barrington Stage), The Seafarer and Speech & Debate (Hartford TheaterWorks), The Good Thief (Portland Stage). Assistant director of the Broadway productions of August: Osage County and Shining City. Henry is the Artistic Director of Katharsis Theater Company. He is a Drama League Directing Fellow and a graduate of Yale University. Upcoming: Rafta Rafta (The Old Globe).
ROBIN VEST (Scenic Design). NYC: Graceland (Lincoln Center, LCT3); Year Zero (Second Stage Uptown); Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane); A Very Common Procedure (MCC); Pen (Playwrights Horizons); Geometry of Fire, Acts of Mercy: passion play, God Hates the Irish (Rattlestick); Mario and the Magician (Center for Contemporary Opera); Get What You Need (Atlantic 453); Nickel and Dimed, American Clock, The Mound Builders, Book of Day (Juilliard). Regional: Goodman, Old Globe, Washington National Opera, Utah Opera, Barrington Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Alpine Theatre Project, Brevard Music Center, Triad Stage, Playmakers Rep., Yale Rep. Faculty: Rutgers University.
JENNY MANNIS (Costume Design). New York: Port Authority, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic); Year Zero, 10 Things to Do…, Swimming in the Shallows (Second Stage); The Drunken City (Lortel nomination), Pen, Manic Flight Reaction (Playwrights Horizons); Something You Did, The Right Kind of People (Primary Stages); Spain, In a Dark Dark House (MCC); Dog Sees God… (Century Center); Heddatron and Boozy (Les Freres Corbusier); Animal Farm (Drama Desk nomination, Synapse). Regional: Goodman, Old Globe, Two River, Studio, Huntington, WTF, Bay Street, Yale Repertory. M.F.A., Yale Drama.
NATASHA KATZ (Lighting Design). Broadway includes Collected Stories at MTC, The Addams Family, Impressionism, Hedda Gabler, The Little Mermaid, The Coast of Utopia: Salvage (Tony), A Chorus Line revival, …Spelling Bee, Tarzan, Aida (Tony), Sweet Smell of Success, Twelfth Night, Dance of Death, Beauty and the Beast, The Capeman, Gypsy. Other: Sister Act (London), Buried Child (National Theatre, London), Cyrano (Metropolitan Opera), Tryst (Royal Ballet), Carnival of the Animals (NYC Ballet), Don Quixote (American Ballet Theatre). She has designed extensively Off-Broadway and for American regional theatres.
BROKEN CHORD (Sound Design). The sound design for Spirit Control was created by Daniel Baker and Aaron Meicht. New York: Atlantic Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, Juilliard, Keen Company, La MaMa E.T.C., Primary Stages, Manhattan Theatre Club, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Second Stage Theatre and Women’s Project. Regional: Dallas Theater Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Geva Theatre Center, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company (D.C.), People’s Light and Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Portland Center Stage and Passage Theatre. www.brokenchordcollective.com
AARON RHYNE (Projection Design) is a video artist, designer and director. His theatrical video and projection designs include Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House). Off-Broadway: Graceland (Lincoln Center), Colin Quinn: Long Story Short directed by Jerry Seinfeld (45 Bleecker), Taylor Mac’s Obie award winning The Lily’s Revenge (HERE), Amiri Baraka's Dutchman (Cherry Lane), Circumcise Me (45 Bleecker), The JAP Show (Actors Temple), Topsy Turvy Mouse (Cherry Lane), Flags (59E59), and Monica Bill Barnes’ Suddenly Summer Somewhere (St. Marks). Regional: Bonnie and Clyde (La Jolla Playhouse, Asolo Rep), Whisper House (The Old Globe), the current revival of Stephen Schwartz’ Working (The Old Globe, Asolo Rep, Broadway in Chicago), Welcome to Arroyo’s (The Old Globe) The Civil War (Ford’s Theatre), The Last Five Years (Asolo Rep). He has done extensive video work with Caden Manson’s Big Art Group and has toured with them through Europe and the U.S. Additionally, Mr. Rhyne directs music videos, commercials, and performance projects for television. He is a graduate of Fordham University. www.aaronrhyne.com
CHAS WILLIMON (Original Music). Chas is a singer/songwriter, instrumentalist and teacher based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has composed, arranged and performed music for several theatrical productions regionally in the Southeast. Chas also performs and records original music both as a solo act and with several Charlotte-based music groups. Spirit Control is Chas’ first collaboration with his older brother, writer Beau Willimon.
MELCAP CASTING/DAVID CAPARELLIOTIS, CSA (Casting). Recent Broadway and Off-Broadway: Fences, Lend Me a Tenor, Trust, …Chad Deity, Wings, Collected Stories, as well as the 2010 Williamstown Theatre Festival season, Atlantic, LCT3, Ars Nova, Goodman, Arena, Ford’s, Hartford Stage, and others. Upcoming Broadway: House of Blue Leaves, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and Good People for MTC.
ALISON DeSANTIS (Production Stage Manager). Manhattan Theatre Club: Ruined, Our Leading Lady, Regrets Only. Atlantic Theater Company: Gabriel , Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon, Ethan Coen’s Offices and Almost an Evening (also Bleecker Street), What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling (also New World Stages), Scarcity. Other NYC: Arabian Night (Play Company); Sake with the Haiku Geisha (Gotham Stage Company). Regional: three years at Geva Theatre Center. www.alisondesantis.com
JOHNNY MILANI (Stage Manager) is thrilled and honored to be working at MTC. Broadway: Hair, The Addams Family. The Public: The Capeman, Hair. New York: The Lady in Question, Turandot: Rumble for the Ring, The Night Season plus benefits for BC/EFA, DRA and The Actors Fund. Graduate of NCSA. Thanks Martha & Sally for the faith. Love to Mom, Nancy, Julie, Stephen & Colyn.