Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein • Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Entire original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince by
arrangement with Roger L. Stevens
Directed by Dennis Razze
JUNE 15 - JULY 3 | MAIN STAGE
Legendary choreographer-director Jerome Robbins envisioned a modern day version of
Romeo and Juliet set in the racially charged streets of New York City. The incomparable
jazzy and lyrical score, romantic and haunting lyrics, and magnificent script beautifully
capture the fires of young love and fierce tribal passion—all perfectly synthesized
by the athletic lyricism of Robbins’ unforgettable dances. Genius. One of America’s
groundbreaking and most enduring musicals with songs and scenes like Tonight, Maria,
America, Cool and Somewhere. Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze, who directed
last season’s highly lauded production of Les Misérables, will direct, and Stephen Casey
will recreate Robbins’ spectacular choreography. PG10.
PSF expects the majority of performances to sell out. Order early for best seat options.
- Opening night, Friday, June 17. Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
- Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show Thursday, June 23 and 30.
- Dinner with Dennis and Deb: specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights Saturday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 29, 5:30pm.
- An Audio Described performance of West Side Story will be held at 8pm on Wednesday June 29th. This performance is a part of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council's Arts & Access Program, a yearlong celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Reading Eagle, George Hatza
“…A whirlwind of emotion: love so strong it rattles the theater…
“This flawless production seems to fly to its conclusion, as if time itself has become irrelevant.
“A good production of ‘West Side Story’ is a rare commodity. But the PSF's
mounting is not just good, it's dazzling, utterly heartbreaking and best of all, unafraid of taking artistic risks.
“I've never seen a more nuanced, convincing Tony than Colby's, a sweeter and finally bolder Maria than Grisso's. Playing Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, the Puerto Rican gang, and also Maria's brother, Charles South finds that place where machismo and vulnerability share the same space. It's a breathtaking turn.
“Jerome Robbins' original choreography has been restaged by Stephen Casey so rapturously that it moves one to tears.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Julia M. Klein
“Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's elegant production of West Side Story has a ripped-from-the-headlines feel.
“Anita's … celebration of her new life in "America" is a combustible tour-de-force of dance, song and acting….”
The Morning Call, Kathy Lauer-Williams
“As exciting and visually stunning as it is heartbreaking.
“Breathtaking dance drawn from Jerome Robbins' original choreography fills the stage with electricity.”
“There is a feeling that these young people are ready to explode with energy, and their dancing expresses that exquisitely.
“ As Tony, Austin Colby … shines on the reverent ‘Maria’ and anticipatory ‘Something's Coming.’
“Maria is played by the diminutive MaryJoanna Grisso…. Her voice… soars on the playful ‘I Feel Pretty’ and impassioned ‘I Have a Love.’"
Lehigh Valley Press, Paul Willistein
“PSF production of ‘West Side’ … is Broadway-caliber on every level. It gleams like a switchblade.
“A sizzling example of stagecraft of the highest order by top-notch actors”
DC Metro Arts, Tim Dunleavy
“Director Dennis Razze’s production crackles with vitality from its first scene.
“…A haunting dramatic power.”
Newsworks/WHYY, Howard Shapiro
“Soaring… gorgeous theatre.”
West Side Story: Geniuses at Work
This was the opening line of Walter Kerr’s review of the opening night performance of West Side Story published in the New York Herald Tribune on September 27, 1957. To Kerr, the impact of the musical was as if an atomic bomb dropped on Manhattan—West Side Story certainly changed the American musical forever.
Stephen Casey Takes a Step in Time: Recreating Jerome Robbins’ Choreography for West Side Story
All the dance, all the music, and all the words that make West Side Story the singular achievement it is, for Jerome Robbins—who conceived, then choreographed and directed the show—the central theme is simply “the futility of intolerance.”
The Life of Leonard Bernstein: Music as Grace and Inspiration
He was drawn to music even as a toddler, and his first instrument was a humble windowsill. His mother often referred to him as her “windowsill pianist”— he joyfully listened to their Victrola, tapping rhythmically and watching the passers-by, as if he was seated at a grand keyboard.
Leo earned his BA in Theatre from DeSales University. Recent and favorite credits include: Evita (Phoenix Theatre), It Runs in the Family (The Gallery Players), Lucky Stiff (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (PSF), Guys & Dolls (John W. Engeman), Rocky Horror (Bucks County Playhouse). Grateful to the West Side Story production team for this opportunity, and my family for their eternal support. Instagram @LnrdToxic.
Julian is making his PSF debut! London/West End: West Side Story (Chino). Select regional: RENT (Angel) at BRT, Evita (North Carolina Theater), The Pirates of Penzance (Sergeant) at BRT, Miss Saigon (Merry-Go-Round), The King and I (Ogunquit Playhouse) and The 50TH Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story. Thanks to my family, friends and The Lounge. For Eric and Gigi. www.julianalvarez.com
Matt is a proud BFA Musical Theatre and Dance minor graduate from Point Park University. Credits include: Ren McCormack, Footloose (West Virginia Public); Bobby, The Boyfriend and Will Parker, OKLAHOMA! (Point Park Conservatory); Princeton, Avenue Q (Stage 62), and Jake Twitchell, The Burnt Part Boys. Thank you to the entire PSF team, and this incredible cast for this experience. And to family, friends and God. Enjoy the show everyone!
Christine is returning to PSF for a fourth season, where her credits include Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof, and Oklahoma! Christine holds a BA in musical theatre from DeSales. Since graduating a year ago, she has been pursuing a career in theatre while also teaching dance and choreographing. Many thanks to everyone at PSF, her mom for taking her to see West Side Story on Broadway, her family, and Reid.
Justin trained at Steps on Broadway, Maxtheatrix and the Atlantic Acting School. Credits include: Mark, A Chorus Line (Riverside Theatre); Baby John, West Side Story (Fireside Theatre) and Finch in How to Succeed…. Justin thanks the creative team for this incredible opportunity and his family and friends for their constant love and support. For all my loving Roses. Break legs everyone!
Off Broadway: Comfort Women, a new musical. NYC: West Side Story, United Nations Concert, 54 Below Concert. Regional: West Side Story (Arizona Broadway Theater) Grease (MAG Productions) Peter Pan (Line Teatro MX) Thank you so much to my family, friends and specially to my husband for all your support. Instagram: @EddyCavazos
National Tour: The Sound of Music (dir. Jack O'Brien); Regional: Signature Theatre: West Side Story, Simply Sondheim, Crossing; Arena Stage: Smokey Joe's Cafe; Olney Theatre Center: Forever Plaid, Spring Awakening; Theatre by the Sea: Disney's Little Mermaid; Cortland Repertory Theatre: Joseph…Dreamcoat. Education: James Madison University. Many thanks to my family, friends, and C for their love and support.
CORINA RAINE CONNELLY
Corina is making her PSF debut. She recently graduated from DeSales with a BA in Musical Theatre. Her credits include the Act 3 production of Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird and u/s to Princess Rosalind), Amy March in Little Women, Khorus member in Elektra, ensemble in Merry Christmas George Bailey, Margot in Legally Blonde and Hot Box Girl in Guys and Dolls. She thanks Mumsie and Popsicle, boyfriend Paul and close friends and family for all their love and support they have given over the years.
Noelle is a rising junior at DeSales working towards a double major in dance and theology. She thanks her friends and family for encouraging her, especially her parents.
Kelsey is making her PSF debut with this beautiful and timeless story. A Wisconsin native (GO PACK GO!), Kelsey holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and now resides in New York City. NYC: Shark Attack!, Joan of Arc, Bloodlines. Regional: 9 to 5, Always...Patsy Cline, On Golden Pond, Les Misérables, SHOUT!, Wonderful Town, Rent. A huge thanks to PSF for this incredible opportunity and always to my family for their ever-present love and support!
The Melbourne born Aussie's credits include: Anita in West Side Story (Engeman), Graziella/Shark Girl in West Side Story (Carnegie Hall), Alex Owens in Flashdance The Musical (National/Canada Tour), Revolution In The Elbow… (Minetta Lane Theater, Off-Broadway), 42nd Street (ACCC), The Pajama Game (GP). Incredibly grateful. Love to my family and friends for their endless love and support. @karlidinardo
Brendan is returning to spend his third summer with PSF. A recent DeSales graduate, some of his favorite show credits are Me & My Girl, Merry Christmas George Bailey!, Les Misérables, Rapunzel, Pericles, and I Love a Piano. Many thanks to Dennis, Patrick, Stephen Casey, Nate, Matt, and Taibi for so many wonderful opportunities. For Grandma Pumpkin.
Big Deal/Action u/s
Joseph is making his PSF debut. Credits include the national and international tours of Disney's Beauty and the Beast as well as the national tour of Elf the musical. Regional: Ogunquit Playhouse, Fulton Theatre, MSMT, TBTS, Syracuse Stage, and Playhouse on Park. He recently had the honor of participating in a NYCDA benefit performance honoring the legendary Debbie Allen. Proud Syracuse grad. Endless thanks to my friends and family for their support, faith, and love.
PSF debut, West Side Story #3! Carnegie Mellon University graduate and proud member of AEA. Favorite credits: National tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Hello, Dolly! (The Muny), Chicago (North Shore Music Theater), Anything Goes (Stages St. Louis), and Funny Girl (Riverside Theatre.) You can also catch Gaby on the Netflix show The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 1: “Kimmy Rides a Bike!”) Endless thanks to Eddie, Stephen Casey, and the PSF team! Love to all my people.
Isabel is excited to channel her Puerto Rican roots doing this dream show. She was last seen in Neverland as Liza in Peter Pan (Fireside). Other credits: A Wonderful Life (Fireside), The Little Mermaid (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), and Up on the Rooftop (Hersheypark). Proud DeSales alumna ’13, excited to return to the Labuda stage after playing Liz in Chicago. Many thanks to God for His abundant blessings, family and friends for your support, and to Dennis and Stephen for bringing me back!
Jorne is co-founder of Sing for America Productions, a theatre company created with his four siblings. He is an accomplished bassist and a collegiate football player. Jorne is also trained in African dance. He is excited to be making his debut at PSF with his sister, Taryn. www.SingforAmerica.com.
Taryn is co-founder of Sing for America Productions (SFA) a local theatre company whose goal is to spread Light and Truth through the Arts and raise money for military families of the Lehigh Valley. She was seen last summer as Velma VonTussle in SFA's Hairspray at Zoellner Arts Center. www.SingforAmerica.com.
Maryjoanna is glad to join PSF to return to her dream role, one she has played more than 500 times. After performing on the Broadway National Tour, she continued her West Side Story journey at regional theatres across the country. Most recently, she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for her work at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. Other credits include Les Misérables (Cosette), NYMF’s Propaganda! The Musical (Fired Girl), Guys & Dolls (Sarah Brown), Urinetown (Hope), The Sound of Music, High School Musical, Peter Pan, The Marriage of Figaro (Barbarina), The Telephone (Lucy). Concerts: Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven’s Fifth at Clay Center, Broadway Rocks with Marvin Hamlisch at Heinz Hall. Humbled to share this message. Gratitude and love to God, Matthew, and my amazing family and friends.
Brooke is going into her second year in the musical theatre program at DeSales. She is so thankful to be given the opportunity to be part of this wonderful show! She would like to thank her family, friends and sister for all of their continuous love and support!
MICHAEL JOHN HUGHES
Michael is making his PSF debut! Michael is a recent graduate of the BFA Musical Theatre program at Pace University in Manhattan. Recent/favorite credits include A Chorus Line (Paul - Weston Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), Carousel (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Lysistrata Jones ('Uardo - Pace University), The Pajama Game (Pace University), and a workshop of The Visit directed by John Doyle (Eunuch - Pace University). He thanks his parents and siblings for their constant love and support. For Liz
Caileigh is a rising senior at DeSales University and is making her official PSF debut! Some Act 1 credits include Me & My Girl, Elektra, Once Upon a Mattress and How to Succeed… Special thanks to my family, friends, and professors for continuously challenging and supporting me.
Credits include: West Side Story (Riff) with Prather Entertainment Group, Disney's The Little Mermaid at Arizona Broadway Theatre (Scuttle) and White Plains Performing Arts Center (Scuttle u/s), Assassins at Arc Stages (John Hinckley), and several shows at Woodstock Playhouse and Weathervane Repertory Theatre. He sends love and thanks to this cast and crew, his friends, family, and his beautiful niece, Alessia. NYU CAP21
Nathan is a graduate of the Juilliard School, has danced with BJM DANSE, Twyla Tharp's tour of "Come Fly Away," made his Broadway debut with the cast of Chicago, and was an original cast member of An American In Paris. He has performed in regional theater productions and has assisted, taught and choreographed internationally for both the screen and stage. I'm thrilled to be a part of this season and so grateful to be continuing to grow from "Glory to Glory!" Romans 8:37-39.
Mouthpiece, Male Swing
Dane is returning to PSF for his third season in the Young Company, where his credits include Rapunzel, Macbeth, Fiddler, Les Miz, Henry V and Cinderella. Act 1: The Miser, Elektra, The Music Man, How to Succeed..., and others. Dane also works with the DSU film department as an actor, writer and director. Thanks to his incomparable family, peerless friends, stellar housemates, the tireless people that make this festival possible, PD, JB, RW, YOU, and God.
KENNETH MICHAEL MURRAY
Kenneth is making his PSF debut! Credits include Crazy for You (Bobby Child), Cast (Mungojerrie), The Wizard of Oz (Tinman). A member of the Amy Marshall Dance Company where he has had the privilege of performing all over the world. Recent graduate from Adelphi University with a BFA in Dance. Special thanks to his family and Jessica for their constant love and support.
Felix is proud to return to West Side Story after being featured in Fiddlehead Theater Company's critically-acclaimed production last fall. Regional: Rent (Angel), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), West Side Story (Pepe) and more. Graduate of the University of California, Irvine: BFA in Music Theatre and BA in Dance Performance. Eternal gratitude goes out to friends, family, and Lorenzo. @felix_the_fierce
Taylor is making his debut with PSF! Taylor is a recent graduate of University of Northern Colorado. Some of his favorite roles include Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast), Tulsa (Gypsy), and Grasshopper (James and the Giant Peach). Taylor would like to extend his love to his parents and Colin for their endless love and support!
Emily is a graduate of The University of the Arts with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Her recent credits include: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Nickelodeon's Game Shakers and Rock and Roll Debauchery. She is thrilled to be joining the cast of West Side Story here at PSF.
Emma has a background in ballet and theatre, and is an Acting/Directing student at DeSales, where she appeared on the Main Stage in The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne), Music Man (Dance Ensemble), Elektra (Elektra), and Me and My Girl (Dance Ensemble). Emma thanks God for her opportunities.
Andy makes his PSF debut with this production! Favorite regional: West Side Story, Carousel, A Little Night Music, La Cage aux Folles. Love and thanks to my parents for the endless love and support.
In previous seasons, Dave has appeared in Henry V, Fiddler on the Roof, Macbeth, Oklahoma!, King John, South Pacific, The Playboy of the Western World and 1776. Elsewhere, in relatively recent times, he has been Marley in A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Judge Gaffney in Harvey, Dr. McSharry in The Cripple of Inishmaan and Mr. Bumble in Oliver!
Kyle is rising senior musical theatre major at DSU. Kyle was last seen in PSF's production of Fiddler on the Roof. Act 1 credits: Me & My Girl, How to Succeed..., and Once Upon a Mattress. Kyle thanks the Festival for including him in the 25th season.
CHELSEA MARIAH SOTO
Teresita/Somewhere Soloist/Maria u/s
Chelsea is making her Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival debut in her favorite musical of all time, West Side Story. Regional credits include: The King and I, West Side Story, A Christmas Carol, The Little Mermaid, RENT. Educational credits include: A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Legally Blonde, Smile: The Musical, Music Man, Batboy: The Musical. Chelsea is a recent graduate of Arizona State University where she received her Bachelors degree in Musical Theatre.
Charles is excited to be a part of the 2016 PSF family and play a role that has changed his life. Charles was able to lead the international touring production of West Side Story all over Europe and the West End. Bernardo is placed close to his heart and he is honored to revisit the role. Charles also just recently returned from Paris where he helped originate and performed in Alex Lacamoire’s Carmen la Cubana. NYC labs/workshops credits: Bull Durham, King Kong, Up Here. International tours: West Side Story, Carmen la Cubana. Favorite regional credits: Goodspeed Opera House, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford stage, Conn Rep theatre, Fingerlakes, MTF, others. Charles thanks Eddie Rabon at Take 3 Talent agency and the fabulous Laura Stanczyk. Baila con fuego!
Emily is a junior double major in Dance and English at DeSales, excited to appear in her first production with PSF. She has previously performed in the Emerging Choreographers Concerts in 2014 and 2015 and the Dance Ensemble Concerts in 2015 and 2016, and she was most recently featured in excerpts from "Dark Elegies" by Antony Tudor. She would like to thank God, her family, and her friends.
Alissa is making her PSF debut. Originally from Montana, Alissa now lives in NYC. Favorite regional credits include Saturday Night Fever, Cats, Peter Pan, 42nd Street, Tarzan, Sunset Boulevard and Carousel. Alissa has performed in NYC with Coco & The Vanity Vixens and ALMA NYC. Thanks to everyone at PSF and to her wonderful parents and Brad for their love and support! www.alissartucker.com
Joe has a career that includes a combined 36 years at the Oregon, California, Old Globe, Alabama, Utah, Pennsylvania and Orlando Shakespeare Festivals, in 62 productions of 33 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays. He has also performed more than 50 major musical theatre roles, including Tevye in 2014 here at PSF! In 2008, Vincent made his Broadway debut as Max in Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll directed by Trevor Nunn. In his spare time, Mr. Vincent leads tours to “Shakespeare’s Italy.”
William is delighted to return to the Festival, following last season’s Henry V. Recent theatre credits include: They Don’t Pay, We Won’;t Pay, Portland Stage Company; The Seafarer, Florida Repetory Theatre; Row After Row, People’s Light and Theatre; Down Past Passyunk, InterAct Theatre, and The Exonerated, Delaware Theatre Company. Film and TV: Dead Man Down, Do No Harm, Flikken Maastricht, Night Catches Us, The Wire, and Shot in the Heart. Bill is a seven-time Barrymore nominee, and was a member of 4 Barrymore winning ensembles. He received his MFA from the Theatre School at Temple University, and makes his home in Philadelphia.
Jerome Robbins is world renowned as a choreographer of ballets, as well as a director and choreographer in theater, movies and television. His Broadway credits include On the Town, Billion Dollar Baby, High Button Shoes, The King and I, Gypsy, Peter Pan, and Fiddler on the Roof. His last Broadway production in 1989, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, won six Tony Awards including best musical and best director. Among the more than 60 ballets he created are Fancy Free, Afternoon of a Faun, and Dances at a Gathering, which are in the repertories of New York City Ballet and other major companies, as well as A Suite of Dances created for Mikhail Baryshnikov and West Side Story Suite. In addition to two Academy Awards for the film West Side Story, he received four Tony Awards, two Emmy Awards, and was a 1981 Kennedy Center Honors Recipient.
Playwright, stage director and screenwriter, began his career writing radio scripts and then training films for the U.S. Army during World War II. In addition to West Side Story, he wrote Gypsy, Anyone Can Whistle and Do I Hear a Waltz? He directed the Broadway productions of I Can Get It for You Wholesale and La Cage aux Folles, which earned him a Tony for Best Direction. Laurents wrote the novels, The Way We Were and The Turning Point, which he developed into screenplays that became successful films. The Turning Point earned him a Golden Globe Award, the Screen Writers Guild Award and the Writers Guild of America Award.
A composer, conductor, educator, and pianist, Bernstein was among the first conductors born and educated in the U.S. to receive worldwide acclaim. His scores include On the Town, Candide, Wonderful Town, andOn the Waterfront. He earned a host of international conducting prizes, Grammy and Tony Awards throughout his career. He believed in the power of artistic expression to help build community in the face of social upheaval. On the night he conducted a tribute to the recently slain President Kennedy, Bernstein said: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”
Stephen is a legendary composer and lyricist whose successes include an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer), including a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom. His best known works as a composer and lyricist include Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the park with George and Into the Woods. He was once described by Frank Rich of The New York Times as “the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theatre.”
Director; Associate Artistic Director, PSF
Dennis is the chairman of the theatre department of DeSales University where he has been a faculty member for the last 31 years. He is also a founding member of PSF. Last summer, he directed PSF’s critically acclaimed production of Les Misérables. He has directed many of PSF’s productions including Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, A Funny Thing…Forum, 1776, Cyrano de Bergerac, My Fair Lady, Amadeus, Man of La Mancha, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It. Mr. Razze also composed musical scores for PSF’s Cyrano, The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was awarded Certificates of Merit from the American College Theatre Festival for his direction of Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma! and The Music Man and he was the guest director for Lehigh University’s production of The Music Man at Zoellner Arts Center in 2003.
PSF: Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Forum, 1776. For Bristol Riverside Theatre, he choreographed Man of La Mancha, Ragtime (Barrymore nomination), What a Glorious Feeling, Pride and Prejudice, Rent, and Little Shop of Horrors (Barrymore nomination). For The Montgomery Theatre he directed and choreographed Forever Plaid, The Great American Trailerpark Christmas Musical, Marry Me a Little, and The Musical of Musicals (Barrymore nomination). For West Virginia Public Theatre he directed and choreographed Footloose, All Shook Up!, Tommy, and choreographed Anything Goes and Dames at Sea. For Arizona Broadway Theatre he directed and choreographed White Christmas and Carousel, and will return this fall for A Christmas Story. He recently directed and choreographed Me and My Girl for DeSales University where he will return to direct Jerry Herman's Showtune in September. Endless thanks to Dennis Razze.
Nathan returns to PSF for his sixth season at PSF having most recently conducted Les Misérables. At DeSales, Nathan has musical directed, conducted, and accompanied more than a dozen Act 1 productions. As an educator, he teaches elementary music and serves as music department coordinator at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Moravian College and a Master of Music degree from West Chester University.
Broadway & London/ West End: Hair (Tony, Drama Desk and Hewes Award nominations). Off-Broadway: Straight (Theater Row) The Irish Curse (Soho Rep), A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane Theater), Jericho (59E59), Almost Home (The Directors Co.), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Lincoln Center). Regional: La Cage Aux Folles (Goodspeed); God of Carnage, [Title of Show], Sex with Stranger (George Street Playhouse); Oklahoma! (PSF); Take Me Out (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Johnny Baseball (American Repertory Theater); All The Way, Dirty Blond, Spring Awakening, Omnium Gatherum and Crowns (Zachary Scott Theatre).
Companies include Madison Opera, Syracuse Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Tacoma Opera, Anchorage Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Syracuse Stage, TACT–NYC, Big Art Group NYC, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Kitchen Theatre Company, The Hangar Theatre, Merry-go-Round, Ensemble Theatre, and The Herson Group Ltd. Beyond his freelance work, Steve teaches lighting design at Ithaca College and received his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and is a member of United Scenic Artists 829.
ERIC T. HAUGEN
In recent seasons, Eric has designed the lighting for some of the more memorable PSF productions such as: Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker, King Lear, Amadeus, and My Fair Lady, among others. His theatrical lighting has been seen Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country. Eric’s Orlando, FL based company, Luminous Design Studios, provides lighting designs for television, themed entertainment, and architectural projects worldwide. Special thanks to Susan, Alexandra, and Connor for your support. www.LD-Studios.com
IAN P. CARR
Ian is returning to PSF for his 7th season. He has spent the last few years as sound engineer of Broadway national tours including Legally Blonde: The Musical, Rock of Ages, and Sister Act the Musical. Recent PSF designs include Fiddler on the Roof and Les Miserables. Currently, Ian is Head of Sound on the 1st National Tour of Disney’s Newsies. Proud DSU alum.
Previous PSF: Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet) Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities. Regional: Yale REP, The Atlantic, The Geffen Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, The Old Globe, The Long Wharf, Primary Stages, Delaware REP, Red Bull Theater, SoHo REP, The MUNY, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Public, Huntington, and others. Michael teaches Stage Combat at the Yale School of Drama and is the Stage Combat Supervisor for undergraduate productions at Yale College.
Arianna is the Vice President of SenovvA, Inc. (www.senovva.com) and a director of SenovvA Europe. She brought four shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival including two original musicals. Her work as video production supervisor brought her to The Ahmanson Theatre in L.A., The Royal Alexandra in Toronto, Berkeley Rep in California, the Alliance in Atlanta, and Center Stage in Baltimore. Arianna served as the Artistic Director of North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) for three years in Beverly, Massachusetts. Broadway credits include American Idiot, Bring It On and Something Rotten.
Production Stage Manager
Broadway: She Loves Me, On Your Feet: The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Off-Broadway: Brooklynite at the Vineyard Theatre. Tours: Green Day’s American Idiot, South Pacific. Regional: The Witches of Eastwick, Billy Elliot, South Pacific at Ogunquit Playhouse. Love to Mom and Dad for their constant support. Dedicated to those who lost their lives in the tragic events in Orlando. “And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love.”
Assistant Stage Manager
Credits include: The Surgeon and Her Daughters (Cherry Lane Theatre); Would You Still Love Me If… (22Q Productions); The Bridges of Madison County (NETworks National Tour); Les Misérables, Henry V, The Foreigner (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); The Grapes of Wrath, A Christmas Carol, (Trinity Repertory Company); Into the Woods, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (McCarter Theatre Center). Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
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