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Jason Robert Brown (Music & Lyrics)

Jason Robert Brown (Music & Lyrics)

Jason Robert Brown has won three Tony Awards for his groundbreaking work as a composer, lyricist, and orchestrator. His emotionally incisive, ferociously energetic, and deeply human scores for Honeymoon in Vegas, The Bridges of Madison County (Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations), Parade(Tony and Drama Desk Awards), The Last Five Years (Drama Desk Award), 13, and Songs for a New World have brought his unique voice and highly personal songs to stages all over the world. Other works include his “novel symphony,” The Trumpet of the Swan (written with Marsha Norman), which he conducted with the National Symphony Orchestra. Jason also tours with his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, with whom he has recorded a CD, Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes.

Marsha Norman (Book)

Marsha Norman (Book)

is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and co-chair of Playwriting at Juilliard. She won a Tony for The Secret Garden, and another nomination for The Color Purple. Her first play, Getting Out, received the John Gassner Playwriting Medallion, the Newsday Oppenheimer Award, and a citation from the American Critics Association. Other plays include The Laundromat, The Pool Hall, Loving Daniel Boone, Trudy Blue, and her newest play, Last Dance.

Published collections of her works include Four Plays, Collected Works of Marsha Norman, Vol. 1, and a novel, The Fortune Teller. She has also worked extensively in television and film and has an uncomping play for the UN about trafficking and violence toward women. She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a former advisory member of the Sewanee Writers Conference, and current vice president of The Dramatists Guild of America. She serves on the boards of the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Independent Committee for Arts Policy. Ms. Norman was elected to the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees in 2003. She lives with her two children in Monterey, MA and New York City.

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Bartlett Sher (Director)

Bartlett Sher (Director)

is Resident Director of Lincoln Center Theater, where he has directed Golden Boy by Clifford Odets (Tony Nomination), Blood and Gifts by J.T. Rogers, the new musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek, August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Award nomination), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific (2008 Tony Award, South Pacific went on to Australia where it was the most successful show in the history of the Sydney Opera House), Awake and Sing! by Clifford Odets (Tony Award nomination) and The Light in the Piazza by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel (Tony Award nomination).

He has directed operas for the Metropolitan Opera (L’Elisir d’Amore, Le Comte Ory, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Roméo et Juliette for Salzburg Festival in 2008) and Seattle Opera/New York City Opera (Mourning Becomes Electra, 2003-2004). From 2000-2010, Mr. Sher was Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, where his credits include the world premieres of Prayer for My Enemy and Singing Forest by Craig Lucas and Nickel and Dimed, Joan Holden’s adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller by Barbara Ehrenreich, and plays by Chekhov, Shakespeare, Goldoni and Tony Kushner, among other credits. His New York credits include the Theatre for a New Audience productions of Cymbeline, which premiered in England and was the first American Shakespeare production at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and for which he received the 2001 Callaway Award, and the American premiere of Harley Granville-Barker’s Waste, winner of the 2000 Best Play Obie. He is a graduate of Holy Cross College and received his graduate training in a class of international theatre artists at the University of Leeds in England.

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Robert James Waller (Novelist)

grew up in Rockford, Iowa, where his mother was a housewife and his father operated a small produce business. He was educated at the University of Northern Iowa and Indiana University, where he received his doctorate. He taught management, economics and applied mathematics courses at the University of Northern Iowa from 1968 to 1991. He worked for more than 20 years as a musician (guitar, flute, singer/songwriter) playing nightclubs and concerts, and is a serious photographer. Among his publications is the best-selling novel, The Bridges of Madison County, with 12 million copies in print in 40-plus languages, and which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. He has published a total of seven novels, with sales of more than 17 million copies. Robert lives on a small farm in the Texas Hill Country and pursues his various interests, including economics, mathematics, writing and music.

Michael Yeargan (Scenic Design)

Theatre credits include designs for regional theatres in America, London’s West End and numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Awake and Sing, Cymbeline, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Blood and Gifts and this season’s Golden Boy. Yeargan’s extensive international opera credits include projects for San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric, Royal Opera House, La Scala, the Vienna Statsoper and the opening night production of L’elisir D’amore at the Met. He is a professor and co-chair of the Stage Design Department at the Yale School of Drama.

Catherine Zuber (Costume Design)

Broadway: Golden Boy, The Big Knife, Enemy of the People, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Tony nomination), Born Yesterday, (Tony nomination), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Royal Family (Tony Award), South Pacific (Tony Award), The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), The Light in the Piazza (Tony Award), Edward Albee’s Seascape (Tony nomination), Awake and Sing! (Tony Award), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Blood & Gifts, Oleanna, Cry-Baby, Mauritius, Doubt, Little Women, Dinner at Eight (Tony nomination, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations), Twelfth Night (Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination), Ivanov, Triumph of Love (Drama Desk nomination), The Sound of Music, The Red Shoes, among others.

Opera: L’Elisir d’Amour, Le Compte d’Ory, Les Contes d’Hoffman, Doctor Atomic, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The 125th Anniversary Gala (The Metropolitan Opera); Two Boys, Carmen (ENO); Roméo et Juliette (Salzburger Festspiele, La Scala); Des Ring des Nibelungen (Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera); South Pacific (Sydney Opera House). Off-Broadway: BAM/Old Vic’s The Bridge Project 2009, 2010, 2011 (Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, The Tempest). Recipient: 2012 Olivier Award nomination, 2003 and 2004 Henry Hewes Award for Outstanding Costume Design, 2004 Lucille Lortel Award, 2004 Ovation Award, 1997 and 2005 Obie Award for Sustained Achievement. Other: 1999 Fête des Vignerons, Vevey, Switzerland. Catherine is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

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Donald Holder (Lighting Design)

Broadway: Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway (upcoming), South Pacific (2008 Tony Award), The Lion King (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards, Paris Moliere Award), Golden Boy, Ragtime, Movin’ Out, Les Liasons Dangereuses, Gem of the Ocean, A Streetcar Named Desire, Juan Darien (all Tony nominated), Spiderman – Turn Off the Dark, Annie, Promises, Promises, Come Fly Away, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Little Dog Laughed, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Boy From Oz, many others. Recent Opera: Two Boys and The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera), Grendel (LA Opera & Lincoln Center Festival), Dark Sisters (Gotham Opera and Philadelphia Opera Company), Moby Dick (World premiere: Dallas Opera). Television: “Smash” Seasons One and Two. Education: Yale School of Drama.

Jon Weston (Sound Design)

Broadway: Big Fish (upcoming), How to Succeed…; 13, The Musical; Les Miserables; The Color Purple; The Glass Menagerie; Caroline, or Change (AUDELCO Award); Nine; Imaginary Friends; Thoroughly Modern Millie; The Green Bird; It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues; On the Town; Company in concert at Lincoln Center; Man of La Mancha (Starring Raul Julia and Sheena Easton). Off Broadway and Regional: The Last Five Years, Death Takes a Holiday, In Transit, Dangerous Beauty; Bloodsong of Love: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Spaghetti Western; Wonderland (Alley and Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center); Parade (Mark Taper Forum dir. by Rob Ashford); The First Wives Club (dir. by Francesca Zambello); Rooms…a rock romance (dir. by Scott Schwartz); A Little Night Music (L.A. Drama Critics Award); Himself & Nora; The Thing About Men; tick, tick…BOOM!; Bright Lights, Big City; Family Guy, Live! (Carnegie Hall).

David Brian Brown (Hair & Wig Design)

Broadway: Macbeth, The Nance, Death of a Salesman, Follies, Sister Act, Arcadia, A Steady Rain, Shrek, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Tarzan, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Gypsy, Sweet Smell of Success, The Invention of Love, Aida, The Iceman Cometh, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Side Show, Steel Pier. Off-Broadway: Far From Heaven, Giant. Film credits: It’s Complicated, “Angels in America” (Emmy nominated), To Wong Foo…

Tom Murray (Music Director)

Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park With George. London: A Little Night Music (Chocolate Factory, West End), Parade (Donmar), Pacific Overtures (Donmar). Premieres: Honeymoon in Vegas (Paper Mill), The Last Five Years (New York, London), The Glorious Ones (Ahrens/Flaherty), Loving Repeating (Flaherty), Saturday Night (U.S. premiere). Regional: My Fair Lady (McCarter); Pacific Overtures (Chicago Shakespeare); Sweeney Todd, Passion, Anyone Can Whistle (Ravinia Festival, Chicago). Upcoming: Honeymoon in Vegas (NYC).

Danny Mefford (Movement)

Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Astaire and Lortel nominations, Best Choreography). Off-Broadway: Fun Home, Good Person of Szechwan, Love’s Labour’s Lost, February House, Melancholy Play, Dance Dance Revolution. Directing: Becoming Liv Ullmann (NY Fringe), Wasted (Ars Nova) and The Maids. Education: MFA in acting, Brown/Trinity; BS, University of Evansville.