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2012-2013 Season

Pippin

Sep 14th - Oct 7th, 2012

Spencer Theatre

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Book by Roger O. Hirson

Directed by Eric Rosen

Choreography by Chase Brock

 

 

Join Prince Pippin’s death-defying misadventures as he traverses the unfamiliar worlds of politics, betrayal and war. An accidental vagabond in search of meaning, can the power of love save Pippin from himself? Find out as artistic director Eric Rosen re-invents this classic musical as a modern day rock fable with stunning choreography and actor instrumentalists! Fans of past Rep productions Venice, Cabaret and Into the Woods will be riveted by this production of the Stephen Schwartz classic.

 

Please note: The role of Pippin will be performed by Kevin Massey at the 2pm & 8pm performances on September 29, and 2pm on September 30. Claybourne Elder will return to the role of Pippin on October 3 through the close of the show. 

Massey has appeared on Broadway as Huey Calhoun in Memphis, in the title role in Tarzan (Disney Theatricals) and in Big River (Roundabout Theatre/Deaf West and the US tour). His many regional credits include Bonnie and Clyde (Asolo Repertory Theatre), The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and the title role in Pippin (Utah Shakespeare Festival). 

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BOGGS, Utah-1.pdfUTAH BOGGS (Theo) KC Rep: debut. Utah has appeared locally in Willy Wonka: The Musical (Blue Springs City theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth (Heart of American Shakespeare Festival’s Camp Shakespeare) and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Prairie Branch Elementary). Training: Camp Shakespeare and Theatre for Young Actors.

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CORDES, Sam.jpgSAM CORDES (Lewis) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (as a child). Local credits: RED, Farragut North, The Minneola Twins (Unicorn Theatre); Ben Franklin’s Apprentice, Lucky Duck (including its New York run at the New Victory Theatre), 101 Dalmatians, Everyday Heroes (World Premiere), The Stinky Cheese Man, The Dinosaur Musical, Wrestling Season (Coterie Theatre); Awake and Sing!, Kimberly Akimbo (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); Talk Radio (The Living Room); Kiss Me Kate (Musical Theater Heritage); Julius Caesar (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival). Regional: The Glass Menagerie, Bedroom Farce, Enter Laughing, The Diviners, Ah, Wilderness, Leading Ladies (Okoboji Summer Theatre). Education: BFA Theatre from Stephens College.

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CLAYBOURNE ELDER (Pippin) KC Rep: Cabaret (Cliff), Into the Woods (Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince). Broadway/New York: Bonnie and Clyde (Buck, also cast recording), One Arm (Ollie, Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Actor in a Play), Road Show (Hollis, also cast recording), Sondheim 80th Birthday Celebration Concert (City Center). Regional: Cinderella (Prince, Kansas City Starlight Theatre); Curtains (Aaron Fox, Music Theatre of Wichita); Sweeney Todd (Sacramento Music Circus); Bonnie and Clyde (Buck, La Jolla Playhouse world premiere, Asolo Repertory Theatre); Take Flight (Lindbergh, McCarter Theater U.S. premiere); West Side Story (Tony, Tuacahn Amphitheatre). Developmental workshops: Tennessee Williams’ One Arm (Tectonic Theatre Project, directed by Moisés Kaufman); Post Office (Center Theatre Group); Giant (The Public Theater); Mortality Play (Yale Repertory Theatre).

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GILCHRIST, Katie.jpgKATIE GILCHRIST (Catherine/Ensemble) KC Rep: Guys and Dolls. Local credits: Everyday Rapture, Hungry, Distracted, Rabbit Hole (Unicorn Theatre); Translations (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Tommy, Time of Your Life, Hedda Gabler (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); Talk Radio, Carousel, Betrayal, Bucket of Blood (The Living Room); The Scarlet Pimpernel (New Theatre); The Little Princess, 101 Dalmatians (Coterie Theatre).  New York: Trash (Fringe Festival). Education: MFA in Acting and Directing, UMKC. Upcoming: Orphan’s Feast (The Monocle); Carousel (KC Rep); The Death of Cupid (The Living Room). www.kategilchrist.com.

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GREENBERRY, Jennie.jpgJENNIE GREENBERRY (Female Ensemble/Dance Captain) KC Rep: Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Carol, world premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical!. Local credits: Hairspray (New Theatre); world premieres of U Bug Me, Atypical Boy and Lucky Duck (including its New York run at the New Victory Theatre), The Wiz, Frindle, Seussical, Once on This Island (Coterie Theatre); Murder by the Book for which she was named an “Emerging Artist of 2009” by The Kansas City Star Magazine (American Heartland Theatre). Regional: Footloose (Allenberry Playhouse); Leading Ladies, Godspell, Totally Red (Okoboji Summer Theatre); Babes in Arms, Fiorello!, A Chorus Line (Macklanburg Playhouse). Education: BFA in Theatre Arts, Stephens College. Upcoming: (Sister Mary Hubert, Nuncrackers, American Heartland Theatre). www.jenniegreenberry.com

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HICOCK, John.jpgJOHN HICKOK (Charles) KC Rep: Room Service. Broadway: created the roles of Governor Slaton in Parade; Zoser in Elton John’s Aida and Professor Bhaer opposite Sutton Foster in Little Woman (on all three cast albums); also Man and Boy with Frank Langella, Our Country’s Good, Accomplice. Off-Broadway: Eye of the Beholder, with Kim Hunter, Once Around the Sun. Regional: world premiere of The Invisible Hand (St. Louis Repertory Theatre); Mame, opposite Michelle Lee (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera); Foxfire, opposite James Whitmore (George St. Playhouse); Polonius in Hamlet (New Jersey Shakespeare); Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (Boston Shakespeare);The Cherry Sisters (Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival), and the premiere of Pete Townshend’s The Boy Who Heard Music (New York Stage and Film); The Cherry Sisters (Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival). Directing credits: many productions including Olivier Award-winning world premiere of Burning Blue (Theatre Royal Haymarket, London’s West End). He has also taught Shakespeare at Bard College. Thanks to Leeni and Spenc!

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KALAHURKA, Katie.JPGKATIE KALAHURKA (Fastrada/Ensemble) KC Rep: A Christmas Story, The Musical!, Into the Woods, A Flea In Her Ear. Local credits: Glorious! (American Heartland Theatre); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (New Theatre); Nickel and Dimed (Unicorn Theatre); Reefer Madness!, The Rocky Horror Show (Eubank Productions); Death of a Salesman, A Man of No Importance, Love and Shrimp (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); Lessons From Marlene (one-woman cabaret, writer/performer, Kansas City 2012 Fringe Festival). Regional: Gypsy, Oklahoma! (Prather Entertainment Group Tour); The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Jackson Hole Playhouse); Nunsense (Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre), Nunsense Jamboree (Post Playhouse); Smoke on the Mountain (Theatre at Lime Kiln). Education: BFA in Music Theatre (Illinois Wesleyan University). Upcoming: A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Past, KC Rep). www.katiekalahurka.com

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PEREZ-ABRAHAM, Gil.jpgGIL PEREZ-ABRAHAM, JR. (Male Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Local credits: Meet Me in Kansas City (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art). Regional: Pirates of Penzance, A Closer Walk…Patsy Cline (Maples Repertory Theatre); High School Musical, Pinocchio (Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre); Man of La Mancha (Great Plains Theatre); Drowsy Chaperone (Columbian Theatre). Film & TV: Spark (Alan Ginsberg Productions); “Save Peter the Bunny” (Humoresque Productions). Upcoming: A Steady Rain (Joey), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Brave New Works); feature film Jayhawkers. Education and Training: BA in Communications and Theatre, University of Kansas; William Esper Studio, NYC (Intensive 2012); Second City Conservatory, Chicago). “Siempre peliando familia, los amo! Nada es possible sin ustedes.” (translation: “Always-fighting family, I love you. Nothing is possible without you.” www.about.me/gilperezabraham

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SMITH, Wallace.jpgWALLACE SMITH (Leading Player) is so happy, humbled & simply honored to be working with the renowned Kansas City Rep Theater with this incredible cast, in this amazing new version of Pippin. Wallace was recently seen on Broadway in the revival of Godspell as Judas and Green Day’s Hit Broadway Musical American Idiot as the ‘Favorite Son’. Other Broadway credits include: Disney’s The Lion King as ‘Simba’, the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair as Hud and the revival of Ragtime (Coalhouse understudy). National Tours/Regional: The Lion King (Simba, first and second and Las Vegas companies); Whoopi Goldberg’s White Noise (Dion); Miss Saigon (John); the pop opera Bare (Matt in the L.A. company). www.twitter.com/wallacesmith007

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TESTA, Mary.jpgMARY TESTA (Berthe) KC Rep: debut. Broadway: Guys and Dolls, Xanadu (Drama Desk nomination, Cast Album), Chicago, 42nd Street (Tony nomination), Marie Christine (Cast Album), On the Town (Tony nomination), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Cast Album), The Rink, Marilyn, Barnum. Also: Encores! The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (Cast Album). Off-Broadway: Queen of the Mist (Drama League and Lucille Lortel nominations, Cast Album), Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Regrets Only, See What I Wanna See (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations, Cast Album), First Lady Suite (Drama Desk nomination), String of Pearls (Drama Desk nomination), The Vagina Monologues, From Above (Obie), Lucky Stiff (Cast Album), A New Brain (Cast Album), Tartuffe, On the Town (Obie Award), Scapin (CSC), In Trousers (Cast Album). Film: Franny, Eat Pray Love, The Bounty Hunter, Stay, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, The Out-of-Towners, Sleepers, and more. Television: “Two Broke Girls,” “Over Under,” “White Collar,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Whoopi,” “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order,” and others. Winner of 2012 Drama Desk Award for three decades of outstanding work and for her performance in Queen of the Mist.

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DANIEL DOSS (Conductor/Keyboardist) KC Rep: The Great Immensity, Into the Woods, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Saved!. National Broadway Tour: The Color Purple. Kansas City: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (New Theatre);The Marvelous Wonderettes, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Are We There Yet?, Always…Patsy Cline, I Love You Because (American Heartland Theatre); The Women of Brewster Place: The Musical, Rightnextto me (World Premiere), Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, Tick, Tick…Boom! (Unicorn Theatre); Aida, The King and I, Cinderella, Xanadu (Starlight Theatre); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Musical Theatre Heritage); Kiss of the Spiderwoman, A Man of No Importance (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); The Showgirl of 52nd Street (Theatre League, Kansas City Festival of New Musicals); Lucky Duck: A New Musical, Life on the Mississippi, Twice Upon A Time (Coterie Theatre); Epic Entertainment, Fishtank Theater / Hybrid, Sonlight Productions, Eubank Productions / Egads Theatre Company, Thin Air Theatrics, Gorilla Theatre Company. Education: BM Conservatory of Music, UMKC. Upcoming: National Broadway Tour of The Addams Family.

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BRANDON DRAPER (Drums) KC Rep: Venice.  Since moving to Kansas City in 2006,  Brandon Draper has quickly become one of the most sought after musicians in the U.S. In addition to freelancing and teaching, he currently performs with Organic Proof, Alaturka, Flamenco Mio, Quixotic, Free Band Radio, and his kids music program Drum Safari.


Draper has performed at many festivals, universities, and concert halls throughout North America. His extensive resume includes performances with both the New Mexico and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestras and the Kansas City Symphony. He has performed and/or recorded with Ottmar Liebert, DJ Logic, Particle, Donna Summer, Mose Allison, Steve Coleman, Dick Oatts, Mike Moreno, Bobby Watson, and Kevin Hays.


As an educator, Draper has taught at the University of New Mexico, University of Missouri Kansas City, East Mountain High School, multiple high schools throughout the Midwest and Southwest as a clinician and as world and marching percussion consultant. He has led master-classes at the Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion in Kansas, Nebraska, and New Mexico, and performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has also led workshops at Music Educators Association conferences in New Mexico, Kansas, and Missouri.

Currently Draper is on music faculty at the University of Kansas, percussion director at Shawnee Mission West High School, and music director at Kansas City Academy where he runs the Grassroots Concert Series and recording studio. He holds a Bachelors degree in percussion performance from Bethany College, and a Masters of Music with distinction from the University of New Mexico. www.draperama.com; www.organicproof.com; www.drumsafarikids.com

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CURTIS OBERLE (Guitar) KC Rep: debut. Local credits: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, From My Hometown, Swing, Smokey Joe’s Café and Always, Patsy Cline (American Heartland Theatre); Xanadu (Starlight Theatre); Musical Monday (Musical Theatre Heritage); Dreamworks production of Shrek, Disney production of The Lion King (Kansas City Music Hall); 2012 Rose Brooks Gala with Kristen Chenoweth. Additional performance: Kansas City Chiefs Pack Band, The KC Spirit Festival, The Grand Emporium Saturday Matinee, Kansas City Jazz & Blues Festival, solo performances (classical guitar), KC American Guild of Organists Bachathon, and featured soloist Radio Kansas broadcast. Awards: Berklee Performance Scholarship and the John Abercrombie Guitarist Award. Education: studies at Berklee College of Music, Guitar Master Class with Christopher Parkening, Jazz theory and improvisation with Barry Harris (New York), and audio engineering with Robert Scovill. Mr. Oberle was a founding faculty member of the Kansas City Institute for Jazz Performance & History (Kansas City, MO) and currently teaches privately at The Village Music Academy (formerly The Toon Shop, Prairie Village, KS).

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SAMANTHA GREENE (Production Stage Manager) KC Rep: Another American: Asking and Telling. Broadway: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific (Lincoln Center Theatre); New York City Opera (selected credits): Séance on a Wet Afternoon, Orpheus, A Quiet Place, Margaret Garner, Dead Man Walking (also San Francisco Opera world premiere), Mourning Becomes Electra, A Little Night Music (also Los Angeles Opera), Sweeney Todd, Candide, Pirates of Penzance, The Little Prince, The Most Happy Fella, Cinderella. Regional: Travesties, Skin of Our Teeth: The Musical, Electra (McCarter Theatre); Sleeping Beauty Wakes (La Jolla Playhouse); The Magic Flute (Crested Butte Music Festival); Anna Karenina, Street Scene (Opera Theatre of St Louis). Additional Regional Credits: Opera de Monte-Carlo, El Paso Opera, Central City Opera, Florida Grand Opera. Education: Cornell University. Upcoming: Turn of the Screw (New York City Opera)

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MICHELLE GUTIERREZ (Assistant Stage Manager) KC Rep KC Rep (various credits): Little Shop of Horrors, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (including its New York run at The New Victory Theatre), A Christmas Carol, August: Osage County, Peer Gynt, Circle Mirror Transformation, Harriet Jacobs, Venice, Bus Stop, and the annual gala event A Fearless Fête!. Additional Local Credits: Aida (1st Assistant Stage Manager, Starlight Theatre); Pilgrimage (SM, KC Fringe Festival); King Richard III (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Boston Marriage (Kansas City Actors Theatre). Regional: Camelot, Oliver! (Sacramento Music Circus). Film & TV: Marital Bliss (1st Assistant Director). Education: BA, Biola University. Michelle thanks Bridgeport Church, her California friends, Kansas City family and her community abroad for their support and love! She is excited to be working on Pippin again 14 years after she began her Lee’s Summit High school theatre debut with it. Magic to do indeed! God Bless.

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ERIC ROSEN (Director) is Artistic Director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre, was the founding Artistic Director of Chicago’s About Face Theatre (AFT) (1995-2008), and is a writer, director and producer. Original projects include Venice (KC Rep, Center Theatre Group-LA, upcoming NYC, “Best Musical of 2010”–TIME Magazine); Wedding Play (Steppenwolf /AFT, Jefferson nomination) Winesburg, Ohio (Steppenwolf, AFT-Jeff Award; Arden Theatre Company-Philadelphia, Barrymore Award; KC Rep), Clay (AFT, Lookingglass Theatre Company-Chicago, Center Theatre Group, KC Rep, Lincoln Center Theater, LCT3-Drama Desk Nomination, Jeff Award); and Undone, Whitman and Dream Boy (Jeff Award, several productions across the country). In addition to Venice, other Rep directing credits include: Clay; Winesburg, Ohio; world premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical!, opening on Broadway during 2012 holiday season; Cabaret; August: Osage County; The Whipping Man and the upcoming Death of a Salesman. Additional directing credits include productions at Lincoln Center Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Alliance, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, Hartford Stage, 5th Avenue, Prince, Cincinnati, Melbourne (Australia) and workshops at Sundance, O’Neill, Playwrights Horizons, and the Public Theater. He has developed and produced over 40 world premieres, including Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winner I am My Own Wife and work by Mary Zimmerman, Frank Galati, Stephen Flaherty, Moisés Kaufman, David Cale, The Civilians, among others. He holds a doctorate in performance studies from Northwestern Uni-versity, and has twice served as an NEA panelist, and serves on the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization of non-profit theatres.

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STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (Composer/Lyricist) has contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker’s Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags, Children of Eden, My Fairytale, and the current Broadway hit, Wicked. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein’s MASS and wrote the title song for the play and movie Butterflies are Free. For children, he has written songs for two musicals, Captain Louie and My Son Pinocchio. For films, he collaborated with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and wrote the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt. He has released two CDs of new songs entitled Reluctant Pilgrim and Uncharted Territory. His first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, premiered with Opera Santa Barbara in the fall of 2009 and was recently produced by New York City Opera. A book about his career, “Defying Gravity,” has recently been released by Applause Books. Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he runs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and is currently the President of the Dramatists’ Guild. Mr. Schwartz has recently been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies. www.stephenschwartz.com.

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ROGER O. HIRSON (Book) is an American dramatist and screenwriter best known for his books of the Broadway musicals Pippin, for which he was nominated for a Tony Awardfor Best Book in 1973, and Walking Happy, which received a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1967. He has contributed extensively for original television anthology series episodes since the 1950s.

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CURTIS MOORE (Music Director/Orchestrator/Arranger) At KC Rep, he was a co-writer on Venice, directed by Eric Rosen, which TIME magazine called the Year’s Best Musical, and the music director of Into the Woods, directed by Moisés Kaufman. He most recently returned from conducting and performing alongside Kevin Spacey in the internationally acclaimed tour of Sam Mendes’ production of Richard III. With longtime lyricist Thomas Mizer, he was awarded a Jonathan Larson Grant in 2009; together they wrote the musicals Triangle (commissioned by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, subsequently presented at the Eugene O’Neill Center, and Theatreworks Palo Alto), The Legend Of Stagecoach Mary (National Alliance for Musical Theater), and The Bus To Buenos Aires (Ensemble Studio Theater, New York). He collaborated with Thomas Mizer, Amanda Green (Bring It On), and Matthew Brookshire on the critically acclaimed musical, For The Love Of Tiffany. With Matthew Brookshire, he has written and performed songs in the Todd Solondz’ film Palindromes. He provided orchestrations for the London revival of Pippin, Striking 12, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin and Saved at Playwrights Horizons in New York. At Lincoln Center, he worked with Mark Bennett as orchestrator on The Coast of Utopiaand with Mel Marvin as associate composer and orchestrator on Cymbeline. Mr. Moore is a member of BMI and a founding member of the Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance.  www.trickybox.com.

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CHASE BROCK (Choreography) KC Rep: debut. Broadway: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Off-Broadway: The Blue Flower (Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography); Lost in the Stars (City Center Encores!, director Gary Griffin). Regional: A Little Night Music (CENTERSTAGE, director Mark Lamos); This Beautiful City (Humana Festival); Shenandoah (Ford’s Theatre, director Jeff Calhoun). Film & TV: “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Broadway Under the Stars.” Video games: Dance on Broadway for Nintendo Wii and PlayStation Move. Opera: Roméo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival, director Bartlett Sher). Modern dance & ballet: 25 original dances including American Sadness, The Four Seasons, Junk and Lies, Mirror Mirror, Mission: Implausible, Slow Float and Whoa, Nellie! for the Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company The Chase Brock Experience. Commissioned works include Double Solo, Summer Study, and Tube (Dancers Responding to AIDS); Boy Girl Story (Marymount Manhattan College); Going Going Gone (NW Fusion Dance); To think how much pleasure there is! (Ballet Spartanburg); we love you get up (Montclair State University) and The wind has spoken (Vineyard Arts Project Musical Theatre Lab). Mr. Brock has also lectured, taught or choreographed at The Juilliard School, University of the Arts and Yale School of Drama. Upcoming: Sam Gold’s Broadway revival of William Inge’s Picnic (Roundabout Theatre Company); A Bark in the Park (New York Theatre Ballet); adaptation, direction and choreography of The Nutcracker

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JACK MAGAW (Scenic Design) KC Rep: The Whipping Man, Cabaret, A Flea in her Ear, and Winesburg, Ohio. Regional: I Just Stopped By to See the Man (Alliance Theatre); Circle Mirror Transformation (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Gee’s Bend (Cincinnati Playhouse); Jitney, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead and Home (Court Theatre); Black Pearl Sings and Eclipsed (Northlight Theatre); Opus and Murder on the Nile (Peninsula Players Theatre); In the Next Room (Victory Gardens Theater); The Caretaker (Writers Theatre); Superior Donuts (Geva Theatre). Awards: Seven Joseph Jefferson Award nominations including The Caretaker (Writers’ Theatre), In The Next Room (Victory Gardens Theater) and Disgraced (American Theatre Company). Mr. Magaw lives in Evanston, IL with his wife, director Kimberly Senior, and teaches design at both DePaul and Northwestern universities. www.jackmagaw.com

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ALISON HERYER(Costume Designer) KC Rep: The Whipping Man. New York: The Bluest Eye (New Victory). Regional: The Fall to Earth, A Lesson Before Dying, Orange Flower Water, Things Being What They Are, and World Set Free (Steppenwolf Theatre); RENT, Doubt (ZACH Theatre); Six Characters in Search of an Author (The Hypocrites); Twilight Orchard, Seagull (Redmoon Theater); Sueno, Woyzeck, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Lady From the Sea (Greasy Joan); Red Scare (Second City); The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, Trojan Women, The Idiot, Summer People, 410 [Gone] (University of Texas at Austin). TV & Film: Dance with the One and Fatakra. Exhibition: The Picnic Project (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art); Calorie Count (Paragraph Gallery); Triiibe: In Search of Eden (808 Gallery, Boston); Santiago Forero: The Olympic Games (Austin Museum of Modern Art); 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Design and Space. Awards: Austin Critics Table Award for Costume Design; Michael Philippi Emerging Designer Award. Upcoming: Jackie and Me (Indiana Repertory Theatre) and 33 Variations (ZACH Theatre). Education: MFA, University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Heryer is faculty in Fiber at Kansas City Art Institute. www.alisonheryerdesign.com

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JASON LYONS (Lighting Designer) KC Rep: Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Story, The Musical, Saved, A Flea In Her Ear, Clay. Broadway: Bring It On, The Musical; Rock Of Ages; The Threepenny Opera; Barefoot In The Park; Good Vibrations. Recent: So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2011; Fat Camp, The Musical; Toxic Avenger, The Musical (Alley Theatre); Medieval Play (Signature Theater Company); Happy Hour (Atlantic Theater Company); White Noise (Jeff Award); Broke-ology (League of Chicago Theaters); Uncle Vanya (Classic Stage Company); Clay (Lincoln Center Theatre). Other Designs for The Atlantic, The Goodman, Goodspeed, Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, The New Group. Mr. Lyons is on the faculty at Purchase College. www.jasonlyonsdesign.com.

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ZACHARY WILLIAMSON (Sound Design) KC Rep: Cabaret. Recent designs include: Into The Woods and ReEntry (Baltimore Center Stage); Into The Woods (Westport Country Playhouse); Amadeus (Clarence Brown); On The Town, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (5th Avenue Theatre Seattle, Ordway St. Paul); New Girl In Town, White Women Street, Candida, The Hairy Ape, and 18 other productions (Irish Repertory Theatre); Molly Sweeney (Long Wharf); Give It Up! (Dallas Theater Center); Carry It On, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, 26 Miles, and nine others (Two River). As associate designer on Broadway: Lysistrata Jones, The Ritz and Pal Joey. Additional Credits: Broadway Asia International, Edinburgh Fringe, Goodspeed, Pasadena Playhouse, Roundhouse, Virginia Stage, Asolo, TheaterWorks Hartford, St. Louis Rep, Vermont Stage, Syracuse Stage.

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MICKI WEINER (Assistant Choreographer) KC Rep: Debut. International tours: Zorro (Dance Captain and Ensemble). New York credits: The Chase Brock Experience (Dancer); Erotic Broadway; New York Theatre Ballet. Regional credits: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Ensemble (Goodspeed Opera House); Georgia Ballet; Richmond Ballet. Video: Dance on Broadway (Nintendo Wii and PS3), Dance Spirit magazine photo spread. www.mickiweiner.com

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ERYN BATES PRESTON (Assistant to the Music Director) KC Rep: Little Shop of Horrors (Assistant Music Director); A Christmas Carol 2011 (Music Director); Carousel (Music Director, The Living Room); Cabaret (Assistant Music Director); A Christmas Carol 2010 (Additional Music). Local credits: 2012 Fringe Festival; original music for Titus Andronicus (The Living Room); original music for Head (by Kyle Hatley); original score for The Human Experience and Pinocchio with Chatterbox Audio Theater. United Kingdom credits: Into the Woods (Oxford Playhouse); Iolanthe (New Theatre Oxford); accompanist for The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Oxford University (Oxford, UK); solo performer at Blenheim Palace, Oxford University, Holywell Music Room (Oxford, UK). Education: MBA from University of Missouri- Kansas City; BA in Oxbridge Music from William Jewell College.

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STEPHANIE KLAPPER(Casting) Klapper’s casting work has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television, internet and film. Selected recent Broadway and Off-Broadway: Dividing the Estate (2009 Tony Nomination); The Temperamentals; A Lifetime Burning; King Lear; Incident at Vichy; A Dangerous Personality; King of Shadows; an oak tree (Artios Award winner), Indoor Outdoor. Resident casting director for Primary Stages. NY casting for Eric Rosen’s Winesburg, Ohio (KCRep); Mary Zimerman’s The Arabian Nights (KCRep & Berkeley Rep), The Sound of Music (The New Theatre); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Round House Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (English Theatre of Frankfurt), New York, U.S. and international tours of In the Continuum. She has ongoing projects in NYC and with many regional theatres around the country as well as numerous independent films. Klapper is a member of the Casting Society of America and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

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