PLAYWRIGHT

Ayad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the author of American Dervish, published in over twenty languages worldwide and a 2012 Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness, and O (Oprah) Magazine. He is also a playwright and screenwriter. His stage play Disgraced played at New York’s LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater in 2012, and won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His latest play, The Who & The What, premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in February 2014, and will be opening in New York at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater in June 2014. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He has been the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as commissions from Lincoln Center Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities with degrees in Theater and Film Directing.

DIRECTOR

Eleanor Holdridge Off-Broadway productions include Steve & Idi, (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Cycling Past The Matterhorn (Clurman Theatre), The Imaginary Invalid, and Mary Stuart (Pearl Theatre Company). Regional credits include I and You (Geva Theatre);Gee’s Bend (Arden Theatre); HamletMidsummer Night’s DreamAs You Like ItLettice And LovageThe TempestTwelfth NightTaming Of The Shrew (Shakespeare & Company). The Crucible (Perseverance Theatre),Educating RitaNoises Off and Art (Triad Stage), Julius Caesar and Macbeth (Milwaukee Shakespeare), Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Alabama Shakespeare), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare St. Louis), Henry V (Shakespeare on the Sound), Betrayal (Portland Stage), and Lion In Winter (Northern Stage). Her DC area productions include I and You (Olney Theatre), Zorro, which she co-wrote (Constellation Theatre), Double Indemnity (Roundhouse Theatre),The Gaming Table (Folger), God of Carnage and Pygmalion (Everyman Theatre); Something You Did and Body Awareness (Theatre J); and After the Revolution and Much Ado About Nothing (Taffety Punk). Eleanor has been Founding Artistic Director for the Red Heel Theatre Company, Resident Assistant Director at the Shakespeare Theatre, and Resident Director at New Dramatists. She has directed and taught students at the Yale School of Drama, NYU’s graduate program, and the Juilliard School, among others.

SCENIC DESIGNER

Luciana Stecconi

COSTUME DESIGNER

Kendra Rai

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Nancy Schertler

SOUND DESIGNER

Matthew M. Nielson

PROPS MASTER

Kasey Hendricks

DRAMATURG

Otis Ramsey-Zoe

PLAYWRIGHT

Tennessee Williams was a master playwright of the twentieth century, and his plays A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, andCat On A Hot Tin Roof are considered among the finest of the American stage. At their best, his twenty-five full-length plays combined lyrical intensity, haunting loneliness, and hypnotic violence. He is widely considered the greatest Southern playwright and one of the greatest playwrights in the history of American drama.

DIRECTOR

Mitchell Hébert most recently appeared in Uncle VanyaThe Nutcracker, How to Write a New Book for the Bible (Helen Hayes nomination), and directed Glengarry Glen Ross (Helen Hayes Award –directing) at Round House. Previous RHT credits include The Drawer Boy (Helen Hayes nomination), Young Robin Hood, Charming Billy, Around the World in 80 Days, Eurydice, and Crime and Punishment.  Local credits include The Laramie Project at Ford’s Theatre, After the Fall at Theater J ( Helen Hayes Award – acting),and Clybourne Park (Helen Hayes nomination) at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, where he is a long-time company member. Other Woolly credits include: The Gigli Concert, Kvetch, and The Clean House. He has performed at many of the DC area’s theatres including Ford’s Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, Theater J, Forum Theatre, Theatre of the First Amendment, and Olney Theatre Center, where he also directed Rabbit Hole. Mitchell is on the faculty of the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.

SCENIC DESIGNER

Meghan Raham

COSTUME DESIGNER

Ivania Stack

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Andrew R. Cissna

SOUND DESIGNER

Christopher Baine

PROPS MASTER

Kasey Hendricks

DRAMATURG

Brent Stansell

PLAYWRIGHT

Suzan-Lori Parks Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” in 2002 Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her Broadway hitTopdog/Underdog. A MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, she has also been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is recipient of a Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Award, a CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts (Drama) for 1996, a Guggenheim Foundation Grant and is an alumna of Mount Holyoke College and New Dramatists. Her book adaptation of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess helped the show earn the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival. Her numerous plays include Father Comes Home From The Wars, The Book of Grace, Topdog/Underdog (2002 Pulitzer Prize), In the Blood(2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Venus (1996 OBIE Award), The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Fucking A, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (1990 OBIE Award for Best New American Play), and The America Play. In 2007 her 365 Plays/ 365 Days was produced in over 700 theaters worldwide, creating one of the largest grassroots collaborations in theater history. Her work is the subject of the PBS Film The Topdog Diaries. Holding honorary doctorates from Brown University, among others, Suzan-Lori credits her writing teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, for starting her on the path of playwrighting. One of the first to recognize Parks’ writing skills, Mr. Baldwin declared Parks “an astonishing and beautiful creature who may become one of the most valuable artists of our time.”

DIRECTOR

Timothy Douglas  DC area productions include the The Trip to Bountiful, Permanent Collection, and A Lesson Before Dying for Round House; the world premiere of The Last Orbit of Billy Mars for Woolly Mammoth; the Helen Hayes nominated Insurrection for Theatre Alliance and Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III for the Folger. Recent credits include the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s The Lake Effect for Chicago’s Silk Road Rising (Jeff Award for best new work); off-Broadway’s Bronte: A Portrait of Charlotte; Topdog Underdog for Marin Theatre Company; the world premiere of August Wilson’s Radio Golf for Yale Repertory Theatre, and a premiere translation of Ibsen’s Rosmersholm also off-Broadway. He currently serves as an Associate Artist at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (The Trip to Bountiful, Clybourne Park), and for three seasons he served as Associate Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville where he directed A.M. Sunday, All My Sons, Art, Blues For An Alabama Sky, Crimes of the Heart, Fences, Jitney, The Lively Lad, and The Piano Lesson; and for four seasons he served as a Director in Residence (Mellon Foundation Fellow) at the Mark Taper Forum/Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Timothy has directed over 100 projects for theatre companies nationally and abroad including, American Conservatory Theater, Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Portland Center Stage, Steppenwolf, Playmakers Rep, San Jose Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Indiana Rep, Magic Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Downstage (New Zealand), National Theatret (Norway) and Milwaukee Rep, where he serves as an artistic associate. Timothy is also a Linklater-designated voice instructor and served on the faculties of American Conservatory Theater, University of Southern California, North Carolina School of the Arts, Toi Whakaari (New Zealand), Emerson College, Shakespeare & Company and others, and is a graduate of the acting program at Yale School of Drama.

SCENIC DESIGNER

Tony Cisek

COSTUME DESIGNER

Helen Huang

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Andrew R. Cissna

SOUND DESIGNER

Eric Shimelonis

PROPS MASTER

Kasey Hendricks

DRAMATURG

Otis Ramsey-Zoe

Round House Theatre