Lisa D'Amour (Playwright)

Lisa’s plays include Anna Bella Eema (New Georges Theater, many regional productions), The Cataract (the Women’s Project), Detroit (Steppenwolf Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, National Theatre (London) and many regional productions) and Cherokee (the Wilma Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre). Work with her interdisciplinary company, PearlDamour, has been presented by the Kitchen, HERE Arts Center, Walker Arts Center, Whitney Museum and Artspot Productions, among others. Awards and honors: 2015 and 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Award finalist (Airline Highway, Detroit); 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award; 2013 Obie, Best New American Play (Detroit); 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award; 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist (Detroit); 2008 Alpert Award for the Arts; 2003 Obie Award with PearlDamour and Kathy Randels (Nita and Zita); resident playwright at New Dramatists, 1999-2006; Jerome and McKnight Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center. A fifth generation New Orleanean, Lisa lives in the Crescent City with her husband, Brendan Connelly.

Joe Mantello (Director)

Joe Mantello most recently received Emmy and Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations for his performance in HBO’s “The Normal Heart” Directing credits include The Last Ship, Casa Valentina, I’ll Eat You Last, The Other Place, Dogfight, Other Desert Cities, The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Blackbird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (TonyAward), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living, The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins and Corpus Christi. Acting credits include The Normal Heart (Tony nominations) and Angels in America (Tony nomination). He is a member of Naked Angels, an associate artist at Roundabout and has received Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards.

Scott Pask (Scenic Design)

With Joe Mantello: Casa Valentina, I’ll Eat You Last, Pal Joey (Tony nom.) 9 to 5, The Ritz, Take Me Out, Blackbird, November, Bash, The Mineola Twins. Selected Broadway: The Book of Mormon (Tony Award), Something Rotten!, The Visit, Finding Neverland, It’s Only a Play, Pippin (Tony nom.), The Pillowman (Tony Award), Hair, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tony nom.), The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Nine and Urinetown. Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna.

David Zinn (Costume Design)

MTC: costumes for Good People, sets/costume design for Choir Boy, That Face, The Four of Us. Broadway: set/costume design for Fun Home, The Last Ship, Seminar; set design for The Real Thing, Violet and The Realistic Joneses; costume design for Other Desert Cities, Bengal Tiger…, In the Next Room… (Tony, Drama Desk noms.), Xanadu. Recent Off-Broadway: sets and costume design for Placebo, The Flick, Circle Mirror Transformation, Completeness (Playwrights Horizons); Dogfight (Second Stage).

Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design)

Broadway: The Snow Geese (MTC), The Heidi Chronicles, The Visit, Of Mice and Men (Tony nom.), The Nance (Tony nom.), Macbeth at LCT (Drama Desk nom.) and Cyrano de Bergerac. Recent: The Oldest Boy (LCT), Punk Rock (MCC). Select NYC: 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center Theater), Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Co.), Wild With Happy (the Public/NYSF), Punk Rock (MCC) and Jack Goes Boating (Drama Desk nom.).

Fitz Patton (Original Music and
Sound Design)

Broadway: It’s Only a Play (current), Act of God (upcoming), The Other Place (MTC), I’ll Eat you Last…, Outside Mullingar (MTC), Casa Valentina (MTC). 2010 Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards for When the Rain Stops Falling (LTC) and 2011 nominee for The Other Place (MCC), prior to it’s Broadway run at MTC. Symphony: The Holy Land, completed in January. Founder of Chance Magazine, a new theatre design magazine that devoted last summer.

Thomas Schall (Fight Director)

More than 50 Broadway shows: Constellations, This Is Our Youth, Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet, Lucky Guy, Death of a Salesman, Venus in Fur, War Horse, A View From the Bridge, Mary Stuart, The Seafarer, Wicked. Off- Broadway: Murder Ballad, Ruined (MTC); Father Comes Home From The Wars, Mother Courage, Hamlet (Public Theater); Disgraced, Blood and Gifts (Lincoln Center); Look Back in Anger (Roundabout); Homebody/Kabul (BAM); Figaro (Met Opera).

Diane Divita (Production Stage

Broadway: The Elephant Man with Bradley Cooper, The Trip to Bountiful, Lombardi, Hamlet with Jude Law, Impressionism, The Coast of Utopia, Absurd Person Singular, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, King Hedley II, Broken Glass, The Sound of Music, Dream, Drowning Crow, How to Succeed with Matthew Broderick. Off-Broadway: The Commons of Pensacola directed by Lynne Meadow at MTC and Dogfight directed by Joe Mantello at Second Stage. Currently teaches at Yale and Columbia University. Thanks to Stephen, Kirsten and Todd!

Stephen Ravet (Stage Manager)

Broadway: The Elephant Man, The Assembled Parties. Off-Broadway: Avenue Q, The Threepenny Opera, Peter and the Starcatcher, Tom Durnin, Rent, Angels in America. Regional: the Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse. TV: “America’s Got Talent.” Thanks to Diane, Kirsten, Todd and Chris!

Erica Daniels (Original Casting)

ERICA DANIELS (Original Casting). Erica Daniels, CSA, vice president, Second City Theatricals. Most recently, associate artistic director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which she joined in 2001 as casting director. She cast the 2012 Broadway production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; the original Chicago, Broadway, London and Australia productions of August: Osage County; the Broadway premiere of Superior Donuts (both by Tracy Letts). Erica is on the adjunct faculty of Ball State University. She holds a degree in performance studies from Northwestern University.


Select B’way: Fish in the Dark, It’s Only a Play, Disgraced, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Casa Valentina, The Trip to Bountiful, Orphans, Seminar, Fences. Also: 2nd Stage, Atlantic, LCT3, Ars Nova, Old Globe, Goodman, Arena, McCarter and others. Film/television: “Odyssey” series casting (upcoming, NBC), “How to Get Away With Murder” pilot (ABC), “Ironside” pilot (NBC), “Steel Magnolias” (Sony for Lifetime).


Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest-standing, most distinguished ensemble theatre, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theatre spaces. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 44 actors, writers and directors. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and abroad. Artistic programming includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults Season, a First look Repertory of New Work and Visiting Company initiatives. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theatre to receive the National Medal of Arts, in Addition to 12 Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the artistic director and David Schmitz is the managing Director. Nora Daley is chair of the Board of Trustees.

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director,
Manhattan Theatre

Lynne Meadow has been MTC’s artistic visionary and leader since 1972, creating work that has put the company at the forefront of the American theatre. Directing: Amanda Peet’s The Commons of Pensacola, Richard Greenberg’s The Assembled Parties (Tony nom.), Margaret Edson’s Wit (Tony nom.), Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories and The Loman Family Picnic, Charles Busch’s The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Tony nom.), Leslie Ayvazian’s Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nom.), Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind (Drama Desk nom.) and A Small Family Business and David Rudkin’s Ashes (Obie); premieres by Marsha Norman, Simon Gray, Howard Brenton, etc. Graduate of Bryn Mawr, attended Yale School of Drama. Awards: Mr. Abbott Award, Lucille Lortel and Lilly Lifetime Achievement awards, Louis Auchincloss Prize, 2013 Theater Hall of Fame. Teaching: Yale, Fordham, NYU, etc.

Barry Grove (Executive Producer,
Manhattan Theatre

Barry Grove is in his 40th year of partnership with artistic director Lynne Meadow at MTC, where he has produced hundreds of American and world premieres for MTC. He serves on the Broadway League Board of Governors and the Tony Administration Committee and is a trustee of the Equity-League Pension and Health Trust Funds. He has served as a board member of the LORT Executive Committee, and as president of the Off-Broadway League and ART/New York. He received the 2000 Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence Off-Broadway, the Arts and Business Council’s 1997 Arts Management Excellence Award and a citation from the New York City Council declaring June 4, 1990, “Barry Grove Day.” A Dartmouth graduate, he is an adjunct professor at both Yale and Columbia universities.

Florie Seery (General Manager,
Manhattan Theatre

Florie Serry  joined MTC in 2005. An active member of the New York theatre community for more than 25 years, she began as a company manager on commercial and not-for-profit productions and served as a general manager for Disney Theatricals and Stuart Thompson Productions. A graduate of Smith College, she serves on the Broadway Salutes Committee.