Gary Griffin (Director/CST Associate Artistic Director) in his tenure at Chicago Shakespeare Theater has directed As You Like It, Private Lives, Amadeus, Passion, A Flea in Her Ear, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Pacific Overtures, The Herbal Bed, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet. Broadway directing credits include The Color Purple and The Apple Tree. Off Broadway credits include: Saved (Playwrights Horizons); Lost in the Stars, The Apple Tree, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Pardon My English, The New Moon (Encores); and Beautiful Thing (Cherry Lane Theatre). Tour credits include the national tour of The Color Purple. London credits include Pacific Overtures at the Donmar Warehouse (Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and Olivier nomination for Best Director). Regional credits include work with: The Old Globe, McCarter Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Signature Theatre and Hartford Stage. His Chicago credits with Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, The Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Famous Door Theatre and Pegasus Players, where he directed the 1999 American premiere of Sondheim’s Saturday Night, have earned him eight Joseph Jefferson Awards for directing. Mr. Griffin’s directing credits include productions: of West Side Story, Evita and Camelot at Stratford Shakespeare Festival,and The Merry Widow and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Griffin will direct Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall in April 2012.
Daniel Ostling (Scenic Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare, where his credits include: Elizabeth Rex, Amadeus, A Flea in Her Ear, The Merchant of Venice, A Little Night Music and Pacific Overtures. Other Chicago credits include: Lookingglass Theatre Company (ensemble member), Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Broadway credits include: Metamorphoses (2002 Tony Award nomination). Off Broadway credits include: Clybourne Park, The Pain and the Itch (Playwrights Horizon); Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center); Durango (Public Theater); Lookingglass Alice (The New Victory Theater), Arabian Nights (BAM); and Measure for Measure (New York Shakespeare Festival). Regional credits include: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre and American Conservatory Theater. Opera credits include: Lucia Di Lammermoor, Sonnambula (Metropolitan Opera); Merry Widow (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Ainadmar (Tanglewood Music Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic); and Galileo Galilei (Brooklyn Academy of Music, Barbican Centre, Goodman Theatre). Mr. Ostling is an associate professor at Northwestern University.
Mara Blumenfeld (Costume Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare, where her credits include: As You Like It, A Flea in Her Ear (Jeff Award), A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures (Olivier nomination, at CST and Donmar Warehouse, London), Sunday in the Park with George and Short Shakespeare! productions of Romeo and Juliet (2003) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2001–2003). Other Chicago credits: Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Court Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre Company (ensemble member). New York credits: Metamorphoses (Circle in the Square, Second Stage); The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center); The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (Second Stage); Measure for Measure (Public Theater/NYSF); and Homebody/Kabul (BAM). Regional credits: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre and Arden Theatre Company. International credits include Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Opera credits: Lucia di Lammermoor, La Sonnambula (Metropolitan Opera), and The Merry Widow (Lyric Opera of Chicago). Upcoming projects include Cascabel and Eastland (Lookingglass Theatre Company).
Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Design) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his credits include: Elizabeth Rex, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Edward II, Amadeus (Jeff Award nomination) and Cymbeline (Jeff Award nomination). Off Broadway credits include Cactus Flower. Regional theater credits include productions with: Dorset Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford's Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Manhattan School of Music, George Street Playhouse, Barrington Stage Company, Portland Stage Company, TACT, Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company and TheatreWorks. He has served as associate lighting designer on over thirty-five Broadway and West End plays and musicals, including: The Miracle Worker, A Steady Rain, 9 to 5, Shrek, November, The Pirate Queen, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, 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.
Mike Tutaj (Projection Design) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his credits include: The Feast: an intimate Tempest, Macbeth and Romeo y Julieta. Other Chicago design credits include: The Detective's Wife (Writers' Theatre); Ask Aunt Susan, The Good Negro (Goodman Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Drury Lane Theatre); The Hot L Baltimore (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); The Year of Magical Thinking (Court Theatre); A Walk in the Woods, The Pitmen Painters, In Darfur (Jeff Award), Frost/Nixon, The Farnsworth Invention, Martin Furey's Shot (non-Equity Jeff Award), History Boys (TimeLine Theatre Company); Tomorrow Morning (Jeff Award, Hillary A. Williams LLC); Love Person, I Sailed with Magellan (Victory Gardens Theater); Distracted, Kid Simple, I Do! I Do! , Hedwig and the Angry Inch (American Theater Company); Scorched, Pangs of the Messiah and Our Enemies (Silk Road Rising). Mr. Tutaj is an artistic associate with TimeLine Theatre Company and a company member of Barrel of Monkeys Productions.
Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (Composers and Sound Designers) return to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where their credits include: The Madness of George III, Private Lives and Amadeus, among others. Broadway credits include: music composition and sound for The Miracle Worker, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Speed of Darkness; music for My Thing of Love; and sound for: Superior Donuts, reasons to be pretty, A Year With Frog and Toad, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Hollywood Arms, King Hedley II, Buried Child, The Song of Jacob Zulu and The Grapes of Wrath. Off Broadway credits include music or sound for: Inked Baby, After Ashley, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, Boy Gets Girl, Red, Space, Marvin's Room; sound for: Family Week, reasons to be pretty, Jitney, Juvenilia, Brundibar, The Pain and the Itch; and music direction and sound for Eyes for Consuela and Ruined. Mr. Milburn and Mr. Bodeen have created music and sound at resident theaters throughout America, frequently with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, as well as internationally.
Melissa Veal (Wig and Make-up Design) has designed wigs and make-up for over fifty productions at CST including: Elizabeth Rex, Follies, The Madness of George III (Jeff Award), As You Like It, Private Lives, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Amadeus, Funk It Up About Nothin', 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 six CPS Shakespeare! productions. She worked for ten seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where she received four Tyrone Guthrie Awards, including the Jack Hutt Humanitarian Award. Other Canadian credits include work with: The Shaw Festival, Mirvish Productions and The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. Ms. Veal received the 2007 Hurckes Award for Artisans and Technicians.
David Woolley (Fight Director) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his credits include: As You Like It, Peter Pan, Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, King John, Troilus and Cressida, Macbeth and Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other Chicago credits include: Disgraced (American Theatre Company); Superior Donuts (Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.); and Dark Play (Collaboraction). Off Broadway credits include The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Second Stage Theater); and Edmond (Provincetown Playhouse). Regional credits include: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Geffen Playhouse); Julius Caesar, Lysistrata (Guthrie Theater); Norma and Wanda (Oakland Press Award), Escanaba in da Moonlight and Duck Hunter Shoots Angel (The Purple Rose Theatre Company). Mr. Woolley is co-creator and performs as Guido in Dirk & Guido: the Swordsmen! now in its twenty-third year. He is the recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards for Fight Direction, is Senior Lecturer and Stage Combat Coordinator at Columbia College Chicago and Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors.
Matt Raftery (Choreographer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where he choreographed As You Like It and appeared in the title role of Peter Pan. Other Chicago choreography credits include: Guys and Dolls (which he also directed), The Music Man, My Fair Lady, The Bowery Boys, Les Miserables, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin (The Marriott Theatre); Funny Girl (Drury Lane Theatre); Stage Kiss (Goodman Theatre); The Christmas Schooner (Theatre at the Center); Godspell (Northwestern University); A Wonderful Life (Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago); and Oliver! (Illinois Theatre Center). Regional choreography credits include: Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Brigadoon, Oklahoma!, Pirates of Penzance (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre); and Sideshow (The Colony Theatre Company). Acting credits include: Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, the first national tour of Show Boat, and numerous regional productions.
Kevin Gudahl (Verse Coach) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his coaching credits with include: As You Like It, Macbeth, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Troilus and Cressida and The Comedy of Errors. Acting credits with CST include: Elizabeth Rex, The Madness of George III, King Lear, A Little Night Music, Julius Caesar and the title roles in Antony and Cleopatra, Troilus and Cressida and Macbeth. Other Chicago acting credits include productions with: Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre and Victory Gardens Theatre. Mr. Gudahl has taught at Northwestern University, Columbia College, DePaul University, Victory Gardens Studio and also for CST’s Classical Training program.
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