Brian Sidney Bembridge (Scenic Design) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his credits include: Romeo and Juliet, Disney's Aladdin, Funk It Up About Nothin' (2008), Sunday in the Park with George and Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet. Other Chicago credits include productions with: Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Court Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company (Artistic Associate), Lookingglass Theatre Company (Production Affiliate), Teatro Vista (Artistic Associate), and Drury Lane Theatre. Off Broadway credits include: The Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre and Theatre at St Clement's. Regional credits include productions with: The Guthrie Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arden Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Virginia Opera and Circle X Theater Co. (Company Member). Film credits include Wallace Shawn's Marie and Bruce and Holding Out. Mr. Bembridge has received multiple Joseph Jefferson, After Dark, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Garland, and LA Weekly Awards. He was named one of the five most prolific theater artists of the decade by Time Out Chicago.
Debbie Baer (Costume Design) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she designed costumes for The Emperor's New Clothes, Disney's Aladdin, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream and Funk It Up About Nothin' (2008). Other Chicago design credits include: First Look Repertory of New Work (2007 & 2008), Huck Finn (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); All the Fame of Lofty Deeds, Rose and the Rime (Jeff Nomination), The Nutcracker, Dave DaVinci Saves the Universe (The House Theatre of Chicago); Curtains (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Feast, Remember Me Like This, Aqui Estoy, God's Work (Albany Park Theater Project); Well (Next Theatre Company); The Puppetmaster of Lodz (Writers' Theatre); and Young Lady from Rwanda (Victory Gardens Theater). Regional and off Broadway credits include: When the Messenger Is Hot (59E59 Theaters); The Wiz and The Neverending Story (First Stage Children's Theatre). Ms. Baer was an invited designer at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and is a company member of The House Theatre of Chicago.
Toby Knyvett (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer, vision designer and production manager from Wollongong, Australia. Mr. Knyvett also develops and programs his own interactive performance systems, most recently used in Feedback, a show exploring how physical expression can generate digital choreography. He completed his Masters work in Theatre, developing a system which integrates digital projectors, conventional lights, tracking cameras and Wii remote controls to 'draw' light onto bodies. Other recent work includes: lighting for Death in Bowengabbie, As I Lay Dreaming, The Country lighting and vision for 4 Plays about Wollongong, Thieves Like Us; management for The No Chance in Hell Hotel, The Wild Boys; lighting and management for Project: ALICE and Lost and Found.
James Savage (Sound Design) is head of the sound department at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where he has designed sound for over 20 productions, including: Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, The Emperor's New Clothes, Disney's Aladdin, Twelfth Night, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream, Funk It Up About Nothin' (2008), Willy Wonka, Othello, Passion, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, Hamlet, A Flea in Her Ear, The Princess and the Pea, Seussical! The Musical, Peter Pan, Much Ado About Nothing, A Little Night Music, all five CPS Shakespeare! productions as well as work on other CST productions since 2002. His special effects design credits include Richard III, Macbeth and Cymbeline. He has served as the lead mix engineer with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and 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 (Wig and Makeup Design) has designed wigs and makeup at Chicago Shakespeare for over 45 productions, including: As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Private Lives, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Amadeus, Funk it Up About Nothin' (2008), The Comedy of Errors, Othello, Passion, Troilus and Cressida, The Three Musketeers, A Flea in Her Ear, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (at CST and The 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), and all five CPS Shakespeare! productions. She worked for 10 seasons with the Stratford Festival, 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 received the 2007 Hurckes Award for Artisans and Technicians.