Josie Rourke (Director) is the Artistic Director of London's Bush Theatre. She recently took the helm of this 36-year-old company that presents new plays and develops new writers. She has held positions at the Donmar Warehouse, Sheffield Theatres and the Royal Court, as well as maintaining a busy freelance career, most recently David Mamet's The Cryptogram starring Kim Cattrall and Douglas Henshall at the Donmar Warehouse. Rourke made her RSC directing debut with Philip Massinger's 1631 Believe What You Will, and directed Shakespeare's King John for the RSC's Complete Works festival.
Neil LaBute (New Induction Scenes Writer) received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University. He was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre, London, and also attended the Sundance Institute's Playwrights Lab. Mr. LaBute's film credits include: In the Company of Men (New York Critics' Circle Award for Best First Feature, Filmmakers' Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, and The Shape of Things, a film adaptation of his play by the same title. His play credits include: bash: latter-day plays, The Shape of Things, The Mercy Seat, The Distance from Here, Autobahn, a collection of five of his one-act plays; Fat Pig, Some Girls, This Is How It Goes, In a Dark Dark House and Reasons to Be Pretty ( Tony Nomination for Best Play). LaBute is also the author of several fictional pieces that have been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Playboy among others. Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of his short stories, was published by Grove Atlantic in October 2004.
Lucy Osborne (Scenic and Costume Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she designed the scenery and costumes for Twelfth Night (Jeff Award for Scenic Design, Jeff nomination for Costume Design). US theater credits include Artefacts (from The Bush Theatre, London) and Some Kind of Bliss (from Trafalgar Studios, London), both presented at the 2008 Brits Off Broadway Festival (Theater 59E59, New York). Theater credits in her native UK include: 2000 Feet Away, If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, The Whisky Taster, Wrecks, Broken Space Festival, Tinderbox, tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (Bush Theatre); Shades (Royal Court); Timing (Kings Head, London); Andersen's English, Dreams of Violence (Out of Joint tour); When Romeo Met Juliet (BBC); Macbeth (Edinburgh Lyceum/Nottingham Playhouse); Rope (Watermill, Newbury); Closer (Northampton Theatre Royal); The Long and the Short and the Tall (Sheffield Lyceum); Richard III (Cambridge Arts Theatre); The Tempest (scenic design, Box Clever Theatre); The Prayer Room (Edinburgh Festival/Birmingham Repertory Theatre); and The Unthinkable (Sheffield Crucible).
Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Design) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his credits include Macbeth, Edward II, Amadeus (Jeff Nomination) and Cymbeline (Jeff Nomination). Regional theater credits include: The Lisbon Traviata (Kennedy Center); Knickerbocker (Williamstown Theatre Festival); She Loves Me (Huntington Theatre); Shanghai Moon, The Lady in Question (Bay Street Theatre); and Bury the Dead (Illinois State University). Philip has spent much of the last 10 years as an associate lighting designer on Broadway, where his credits include: The Miracle Worker, A Steady Rain, 9 to 5, Shrek, November, The Pirate Queen, The Caine Mutiny Court-Marshall, The Odd Couple, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot, Bombay Dreams, The Graduate, Man of La Mancha, Hairspray, The Crucible, 42nd Street, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Music Man, The Civil War, On the Town, and Triumph of Love.
Lindsay Jones (Sound Design) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater for his fifteenth production, including Richard III, Macbeth, Cymbeline and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. Chicago credits include work with: Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theater and Lookingglass Theatre Company. Regional credits include: American Conservatory Theater, South Coast Repertory, McCarter Theatre, Arena Stage, Old Globe, and Hartford Stage. Off-Broadway credits include: The Brother Sister Plays, The God of Hell, In the Continuum, 1001 and Beautiful Thing, among others. International credits include productions in Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Scotland and England. He is the recipient of five Joseph Jefferson Awards, an Ovation Award, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, two ASCAP Plus Awards and the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. Recent TV/film scoring credits include Family Practice for Sony Pictures/Lifetime Television and A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (2006 Academy Award winner, Best Documentary, Short Subject) for HBO Films.
Melissa Veal (Wig and Makeup Design) has designed wigs and makeup at Chicago Shakespeare for 40 productions, including: Private Lives, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Amadeus, The Comedy of Errors, Othello, Passion, Troilus and Cressida, The Three Musketeers, Hamlet, A Flea in Her Ear, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (at CST and on tour to Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon), Much Ado About Nothing, 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, all four CPS Shakespeare! productions, and as wig supervisor for The School for Scandal. She worked with the Stratford Festival for 10 seasons, where she received four Tyrone Guthrie Awards, including the Jack Hutt Humanitarian Award. Other Canadian credits include: work with Rhombus Media, The Shaw Festival, Mirvish Productions and The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. Ms. Veal was the recipient of the 2007 Hurkes Award for Artisans and Technicians.
Matt Hawkins (Fight Choreographer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where he previously served as the fight choreographer for Twelfth Night and fight choreographer/assistant director on Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream, Edward II and Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet. Chicago fight choreography credits include: The Brothers Karamazov, Black Diamond (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Peter Pan, Cave With Man, Curse of the Crying Heart (Non-Equity Jeff Award), Valentine Victorious (The House Theatre); and Peter Pan (Northwestern University). Chicago directing credits include: Hatfield & McCoy (Non-Equity Jeff Award, The House Theatre); On My Parents' 100th Wedding Anniversary (The Side Project Theatre Company); Alice (The Neo-Futurists); and Red Noses (Strawdog Theatre Company). Mr. Hawkins has worked with The Kennedy Center, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Redmoon Theater and 500 Clown. Upcoming projects include directing Cabaret (The Hypocrites) and performing the role of Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire (Writers' Theatre).