SANFORD (SANDY) ROBBINS (Director) directed the 2003 Alley production of You Can’t Take It with You. He is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Resident Ensemble Players (REP) in Delaware. Theatres for which he has directed include the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival, and American Players Theatre, as well as multiple productions for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, where he served for several years as a resident director and remains a frequent guest director, most recently for Cyrano de Bergerac and Lombardi. He has directed the international premieres of Sam Shepard’s plays for the national theatres of several foreign countries, including Buried Child for the Moscow Art Theatre Studio and the National Theatre of Cyprus. His production of Shepard’s The Tooth of Crime received the Thalia Award for Best Production in Finland, an award won the previous year by Ingmar Bergman. Mr. Robbins also serves professional theatres as a text and verse speaking coach for Shakespeare and other classic plays, including for the Alley Theatre’s 2004 production of Hamlet. He is the founder and Director of Training for the University of Delaware Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP), which is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 theatre training programs in America and by Hollywood Reporter as one of the 25 best theatre training programs in the English-speaking world. Sandy has taught acting, voice, verse speaking, and period style at Carnegie-Mellon University, Los Angeles City College, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Later this season at REP he will direct the world premiere of Fever, a new play by Theresa Rebeck.
KEVIN RIGDON (Scenic & Lighting Design) is an Associate Director for Design for the Alley Theatre. For the Alley, he has created scenic, lighting, and costume designs for more than 50 productions, including What We’re Up Against, The Seagull, The Monster at the Door, August: Osage County, A Behanding in Spokane, St. Nicholas, Intelligence-Slave, Mrs. Mannerly, Our Town, The Crucifer of Blood, Mauritius, Secret Order, The Unexpected Guest, Underneath the Lintel, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Scene, Death on the Nile, The Clean House, Subject to Fits, Orson’s Shadow, The Pillowman, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Crucible, After the Fall, Life X 3, Topdog/Underdog, Proof, The Greeks, Twelfth Night, In the Jungle of Cities, among many others. He has designed the Broadway productions of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Old Neighborhood, Buried Child, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Song of Jacob Zulu, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Grapes of Wrath, Our Town, Speed-the-Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Caretaker and Ghetto. His Off-Broadway credits include Oleanna, Distant Fire, Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants, Orphans, Balm in Gilead, And a Nightingale Sang…, Edmond and True West. His designs have been seen in the London productions of Waiting for Godot, You Never Can Tell, American Buffalo, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Speed-the-Plow, The Grapes of Wrath and Orphans. He has designed more than 110 productions for Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and has designed for organizations including The Peter Hall Company, The Kennedy Center, American Repertory Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, The Center Theatre Group, The Festival of Sydney, and The Cameri Theatre of Tel-Aviv, among others. He is the recipient of two Tony Award nominations, two American Theatre Wing Design awards, and seven Joseph Jefferson awards among many others. Kevin is the Moores Professor of Theatre and head of graduate design at the University of Houston.
BLAIR GULLEDGE (Costume Design) previously designed And Then There Were None, Intelligence-Slave, Mrs. Mannerly, The Crucifer of Blood, and Underneath the Lintel at The Alley Theatre; Smudge with The Landing Theatre Company; Charley’s Aunt with The Unity Theatre; A Brave No World for The Kennedy Center; Comedy of Errors for the Illuminations summer series in Manteo, N.C.; Breaking the Code with The University of Colorado; and A Christmas Carol with Casper College. Blair has also assisted in costume design at The Santa Fe Opera and Goodspeed Musicals. She has produced costume crafts with The Santa Fe Opera, The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, and Chautauqua Opera. Blair holds a MFA from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Over the past five years she has enjoyed a position as a resident costume design assistant with the Alley Theatre, facilitating the design process in over 20 shows.
PIERRE DUPREE (Sound Design) is the Sound Supervisor at the Alley Theatre, where he has previously designed And Then There Were None, August: Osage County, A Behanding in Spokane, The Mousetrap, Intelligence-Slave, The Crucifer of Blood, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Santaland Diaries, and Secret Order.
ELIZABETH M. BERTHER (Stage Manager) Her first production at the Alley Theatre was Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women early in 1995.Since, she has stage managed over 65 productions here, the latest being Noises Off.