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THE SANTALAND DIARIES
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JOE MANTELLO (Adapted for the Stage) Directing credits include Assassins (Tony Award); Wicked; Take Me Out (Tony Award); Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune; A Man Of No Importance; Design For Living; Terrence Mc Nally and Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking for the San Francisco Opera; The Vagina Monologues; Bash; Another American: Asking And Telling; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Proposals; The Mineola Twins; Corpus Christi; Mizlansky/Zilinsky Or Schmucks; Blue Window; God's Heart; The Santaland Diaries; Lillian; Snakebit; Three Hotels; Imagining Brad and Fat Men In Skirts. Mr. Mantello also directed the film Love! Valour! Compassion!. As an actor he appeard in Angels In America (Tony nomination) and The Baltimore Waltz. He is the recipient of the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at the Roundabout.

DAVID CROMER (Director) reinvigorates classic American plays with a spirit and urgency that eschews nostalgia providing unexpectedly fresh and compelling theatrical experiences.Recent productions include Sweet Bird of Youth, now running at the Goodman Theater (Chicago), Tribes at Barrow Street Theatre (NYC), John Guare’s House of Blue Leaves on Broadway, When the Rain Stops Falling (2010 Lortel Award) at Lincoln Center Theatre and A Streetcar Named Desire at Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Writers Theatre in Chicago.His critically acclaimed production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, ran for over a year at the Barrow Street Theatre, and he received the 2009 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Revival, as well as a 2009 Obie Award for Best Director.His New York production of Adding Machine: A Chamber Musical (based on the play by Elmer Rice) garnered him an Obie Award for Best Director, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Direction and ran at the Minetta Lane Theatre.In his former hometown of Chicago, David directed many award-winning productions including Picnic, Our Town, and the world premiere of Orson’s Shadow at Steppenwolf Theatre.He was Artistic Director of Big Game Theatre from 1991-93.His productions in Chicago have won a total of 16 Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best Production and Best Director for The Cider House Rules, The Price, and Angels in America.His regional credits include The Grapes of Wrath at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C., The Clean House, The Farnsworth Invention and The Santaland Diaries at the Alley Theatre.David is a 2010 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship.

 

KARIN RABE-VANCE (Scenic Design) has been with the Alley Theatre as the Properties Master since 2004.She has propped over 80 productions here, including The Toxic Avenger, Noises Off, Peter Pan, Cyrano de Bergerac, The 39 Steps, Arsenic and Old Lace, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Treasure Island, Subject to Fits, The Pillowman, A Christmas Carol, The Crucible and After the Fall.Prior to working at the Alley, she served as the Properties Master for Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, N.Y., Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass., and as the Assistant Properties Master at the Santa Fe Opera.She is an active member of both S*P*A*M (The Society of Properties Artisan Managers) and USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology).She has a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Florida State University.

 

BLAIR GULLEDGE (Costume Design) previously designed November, 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.Blair holds a MFA in Costume Design from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.Over the past six years she has enjoyed a position as a resident costume design assistant with the Alley Theatre, facilitating the design process in over 20 shows.

 

KEVIN RIGDON (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 November, 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.

 

PIERRE DUPREE (Sound Design) is the Sound Supervisor at the Alley Theatre, where he has previously designed November, 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 November.

 

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