Peter Flynn (Director) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, after directing How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? when it premiered in the spring. Broadway credits include: the Broadway concert of On the 20th Century starring Douglas Sills, Marin Mazzie and Joanne Worley; the concert o f Chess starring Josh Groban; and Funny Girl choreographed by Devanand Janki and featuring 16 Fanny Brices, including Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth and Jane Krakowski. Off-Broadway credits include: Henry & Mudge choreographed by Devanand Janki (TheatreworksUSA); Junie B. Jones choreographed by Devanand Janki (Lucille Lortel Theater—two Lucille Lortel Award nominations including Best Musical); Rhapsody in Seth (Actors’ Playhouse); and the Cooper- Union concert of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater featuring Jim Walton and Carolee Carmello. Other New York credits include: Babes in Toyland (Avery Fisher Hall); Up in the Air by Kenny Finkle (Playwrights Horizons’ New Works Series and Williamstown Theatre Festival); Purple Hearts (McGinn-Cazale Theatre); and A Wedding Album (Lambs’ Theater). Regional credits include: Gypsy starring Karen Mason (St. Louis Muny); Children of Eden (Arvada Center, Denver); The Piano Lesson, The Crucible (Tampa Performing Arts Center); The Santaland Diaries (Pittsburgh City Theatre); A Child’s Christmas in Wales (National Theatre of the Deaf); and a workshop production of his musical, Lily, co-authored with composer/ lyricist Brooks Ashmanskas (Huntington Theatre Company). Mr. Flynn is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Lisa McQueen (Music Director) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, after serving as music director for How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? when it premiered in the spring. Other Chicago Shakespeare Theater credits include The Second City’s Hamlet! The Musical and Romeo and Juliet! The Musical. She toured with The Second City for four years, and was musical director for The Second City Mainstage at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. An ensemble member of Annoyance Theater for 17 years, she composed the musicals Tippi: Portrait of a Virgin, President Bush is a Great Man and most recently, The Invention Show. Regional credits include: musical director/ African percussionist for Wild Men! starring George Wendt (Victory Gardens Theater and Off- Broadway); musical director for the Fairmont Hotel Primavera Room; and work as a musical improviser in comedy festivals throughout North America. She earned her BA in Theater in her native town of Chattanooga, and a BA in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. She plays with the Jeannie Tanner Quartet and is the keyboardist/backup vocalist for The Rolling Clones.
Devanand Janki (Choreographer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where he was the choreographer for How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? when it premiered in the spring. Broadway concert credits include: Director for Hair, Choreographer for Funny Girl and Associate Choreographer for Dreamgirls (The Actors’ Fund). Off- Broadway credits include: Zanna, Don’t! (Director/ Choreographer—Lucille Lortel, Callaway and GLAAD Media Awards); Junie B. Jones (Lortel Nomination); Henry & Mudge (Lortel Nomination); and Cupid & Psyche. Lincoln Center credits include: Amahl & the Night Visitors, Babes in Toyland and Anything Goes in Concert. Regional credits include: Man of La Mancha (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); The Full Monty (Director, Foothills Theatre); The Scarlet Pimpernel (Gateway Playhouse); the workshop of Lily (Huntington Theatre Company); and One Man’s Dream II (Tokyo Disney). Live Industrial credits include projects for Coca-Cola, MAC Cosmetics, Benjamin Moore Paints and Dove. Mr. Janki served nine years as an Artistic Associate for Broadway Bares, which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Robert Andrew Kovach (Scenic Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his credits include scenic designer for How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? when it premiered in the spring, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid and Seussical the Musical. Other Chicago credits include: The Rocky Horror Show (Chicago Center for the Per forming Arts); Caught in the Net (Drury Lane Theatre Evergreen Park); Grease, A Day in Hollywood (Theatre at the Center); Kiss Me Kate (Light Opera Works); and Superman (Drury Lane Oakbrook). Regional credits include: Cats, Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story, The Sound of Music (Carousel Theatre); Windy City (Walnut Street Theatre); Crazy for You (Phoenix Theatre); and South Pacific (Maine State Music Theatre). Corporate design credits include projects with Con-Agra Foods, GM, BellSouth, LaSalle Bank ABN AMRO and Morgan Stanley.
Ana Kuzmanic (Costume Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where her credits include How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, and the Short Shakespeare! productions of The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors. Other Chicago credits include costume designs for King Lear (Goodman Theatre, directed by Bob Falls); Argonautika (Lookingglass Theatre Company, directed by Mary Zimmerman); The Sparrow (The House Theatre), and productions at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Arden Theatre and Greasy Joan & Co. She graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts and Design in Belgrade and earned her Masters Degree in Stage Design from Northwestern University. She is an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University and an ensemble member of The House Theatre.
Jesse Klug (Lighting Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his credits include lighting designer for How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? when it premiered in the spring, The Three Musketeers and Seussical the Musical. Other Chicago credits include: The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Treasure Island, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (The Marriott Theatre); Forever Plaid, Superman the Musical (Drury Lane Oakbrook); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Noble Fool Theatricals); Elliott (Teatro Vista at Steppenwolf); Oklahoma (American Theatre Company); Assassins (Porchlight Theatre); Three Sisters (Strawdog Theatre— After Dark Award); Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams (Victory Gardens Theater); Faith Healer (Uma Productions); Feast (Chicago Dramatists); and The Children’s Hour (Timeline Theatre Company). He is the resident lighting designer for Chicago Tap Theatre.
James Savage (Sound Designer) is head of the sound department at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his sound design credits include How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? when it premiered in the spring, Hamlet, A Flea in Her Ear, The Princess and the Pea, Seussical the Musical, Peter Pan, A Little Night Music, Much Ado About Nothing and work on other CST productions since November 2002. He served as the lead mix engineer for a full season with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and for two summers and a fall season with the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Regional design credits include sound design for Sondheim’s Saturday Night and assistant sound design for Hot Mikado (University of Cincinnati—College Conservatory of Music).
Melissa Veal (Wigs and Makeup) Chicago Shakespeare Theater design credits include Troilus and Cressida, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, The Three Musketeers, Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Hamlet, Hecuba, A Flea in Her Ear, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (at CST and at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon- Avon), Much Ado About Nothing, Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, The Merry Wives of Windsor, King John, The Molière Comedies, A Little Night Music, Rose Rage: Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3 (at CST and The Duke on 42nd Street), The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, and wig supervisor for The School for Scandal. Canadian credits include: 10 seasons with the Stratford Festival, where she was the recipient of four Tyrone Guthrie Awards, including the Jack Hutt Humanitarian Award, Canadian Stage Company, Canadian Opera Company, Tarragon Theatre, Mirvish Productions, The Citadel Theatre, and a longtime association with The Grand Theatre in London.
Michael Mahler (Music, Lyrics and Book) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? premiered in the spring. He has contributed music, lyrics, and/or book t o : The Waa-Mu Show (Northwestern University); The Adams Conglomerate High School Presents…Tales of the 8th Grade (New York Fringe Festival); Will and Bill (Lakeshore Theatre, Chicago Center for Performing Arts); A Christmas Carol (Provision Theater Company); Barenaked Lads (Bailiwick Theatre); and Cinder Edna (Stages Theatre Company); among others. His original musical reviews, 5 to 9 and Moving Forward, Looking Back have been performed at Northwestern University, St. Olaf College, and The Beechman Theater in New York City. His songs have been performed in various songwriter showcases in both New York and Chicago, garnering honors including first prize in the 2006 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest. He is currently working with David H. Bell and Buddy Farmer on a musical based on the life of Knute Rockne. With Alan Schmuckler, he is the co-music director/ arranger of the Chicago Sound Connection, an a cappella group. He has released five recordings of liturgical songs through GIA publications. Mr. Mahler earned his BS in Theater at Northwestern University.
Alan Schmuckler (Music, Lyrics and Book) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? premiered in the spring. Acting credits at CST include Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew, The Three Musketeers, The Two Noble Kinsmen and Much Ado About Nothing. Chicago composition credits include The Waa-Mu Show, America’s largest student-written college musical. He recently served as Arranger/Music Director (along with coauthor Michael Mahler) of David H. Bell’s The Chicago Sound Connection. His music and lyrics were featured in the National Alliance for Musical Theater’s 2005 New Works Summit, and in A Toast to the Past, A Toast to the Future, a concert at the Hudson Theater in Manhattan. In 2006, he participated in The Power of the American Popular Song, a program celebrating the legacy of Johnny Mercer, presented by the Johnny Mercer Foundation in association with Northwestern’s American Music Theatre Project. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2005 with a BS in Theatre and a Music Theatre certificate.
Bob Mason (Casting Director) is in his eighth season as casting director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his classical credits cover more than two-thirds of Shakespeare’s canon, including 12 productions with Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. Other CST productions of note include a quartet of Stephen Sondheim musicals (Pacific Overtures, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, and Passion) directed by Gary Griffin, as well as Rose Rage: Henry VI Parts 1, 2 & 3 (director Edward Hall) and The Molière Comedies (director Brian Bedford). Additional Chicago casting credits include: the Sondheim/ Hal Prince premiere of Bounce (Goodman Theatre and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts); The Good War, The Immigrant (Northlight Theatre); The Boys Are Comin’ Home, Asphalt Beach (Northwestern University’s American Music Theatre Project); and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Royal George Cabaret). Prior to casting, Bob enjoyed a 15-year career as a Jeff Award-winning Chicago actor and singer and has been a visiting educator for the School at Steppenwolf and Northwestern University.
Rick Boynton (Creative Producer) oversees CST’s New Classics program, in addition to focusing on current and future artistic planning and production. The former Artistic Director of The Marriott Theatre from 2000-2005, Mr. Boynton returned to CST where he had previously been the Casting Director and Associate Artistic Director for five years. A multiple Jeff Award-winning actor, he was Camille in the 2006 production of A Flea in Her Ear (Jeff Award, After Dark Award) and has starred in numerous shows in Chicago and across the United States. As Casting Director and Associate at Jane Alderman Casting, his projects included: the television series Early Edition, Missing Persons, The Untouchables and ER; numerous films such as While You Were Sleeping and Hoodlum, as well as casting for many national tours. He has lectured at his alma mater, Northwestern University, and is Vice-President on the board of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.