Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo Plays
Director (JULY 6-10)
COLETTE ROBERT (she/her/hers) is a Los Angeles native currently based in New York.
Recent directing credits include: Stew (Page 73, Drama League Award Nominee for Outstanding Production of a Play and Distinguished Performance, Antonyo Award Nominee for Best Play, Best Actor in a Play Off-Broadway, Best Director, Best Scenic Design, and Best Hair & Wig Design), Native Son (PlayMakers Rep), On the Exhale (Chester Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Award, Best Solo Performance), Behind the Sheet (EST, New York Times Critic's Pick), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (NYU Grad Acting), Mary's Wedding (Chester Theatre Company), Hottentotted (The Tank, Ars Nova/ANT Fest), The Mountaintop (Chester Theatre Company), Icons/Idols (The New Ohio/Ice Factory Festival), and When We Last Flew (Diversionary Theatre and FringeNYC, GLAAD Media Award).
As a playwright, her play (with composer/lyricist Dionne McClain-Freeney) The Harriet Holland Social Club Presents The 84th Annual Star-Burst Cotillion In The Grand Ballroom Of The Renaissance Hotel has been developed with Fuller Road Artist Residency, New Georges Audrey Residency, Mabou Mines, and The Drama League.
Colette is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, a New Georges affiliated artist, and an adjunct lecturer at NYU. Alumnus of the Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program, Lincoln Center Directors Lab and The Civilians R&D Group. Colette was previously an Audrey Resident and Jam Co-Leader at New Georges, a Van Lier Directing Fellow at The Public, and The Drama League's 2018 Beatrice Terry Director in Residence.
M.A., RADA and King’s College, London. B.A., Yale University.
WARDELL JULIUS CLARK
Director (JULY 13-18)
WARDELL JULIUS CLARK is an award-winning Actor, Director, Producer, Activist who hails from Fairfield, Alabama but now calls Chicago home. He earned his BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Wardell is a Company and Board Member with TimeLine Theatre. He is also a New Ensemble Member at Sideshow Theatre. Select Chicago directing credits include Michael Jackson and The Devil's Book, Whitney Houston and The Devil's Book (Jackalope Theatre Company) , Kill Move Paradise (Timeline Theatre - 2020 Jeff Award Winner - Best Director (Large), Sheepdog (Shattered Globe), His Shadow (16th Street), The Shipment (Red Tape), Dutch Masters (Jackalope). Select acting credits include Flyin’ West (American Blues), Suddenly Last Summer (Raven), Silent Sky (First Folio), Othello (Theater at Monmouth), and The Gospel According to James (Victory Gardens). His television and film credits include "Proven Innocent", "Shameless", and "Chicago Fire" seasons 1 & 4. wardelljuliusclark.com
CANDIS C. JONES
Director (JULY 21-25)
CANDIS C. JONES Director. Selected Credits: Detroit 67' (DC Signature Theatre), SHADOW/LAND (The Public Theater, A.C.T New Strands Festival), Cullud Wattah (The Public Theater), 53% OF (The Alliance Theatre), Everybody (NYU Tisch), Trapt (Joe's Pub), House of the Negro Insane (Bay Area Playwrights Festival), Pipeline (Detroit Public Theatre), Nike (A.C.T. New Strands Festival), The Wolves (American Academy), Brother Rabbit (New Black Fest), Name Calling (Kennedy Center), Morning in America (Primary Stages). Film: "TEMBO!" (Zanzibar International Film Fest). Upcoming: Cullud Wattah (The Public Theater), School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Cincinnati Playhouse). Awards and Fellowships: 2016 Lilly Award, WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Lab, Drama League Alumni. candiscjones.com
GUADALÍS DEL CARMEN
Playwright, Border of Lights
GUADALÍS DEL CARMEN (she/her/ella) is a Black Dominicana born and raised in Chicago. She’s an Ars Nova Resident Artist, Co-Artistic Director of the Latinx Playwrights Circle NYC, and a 2020 Steinberg Playwriting Award recipient. Her plays include Not For Sale (UrbanTheater Company, Joseph Jefferson Award New Play Nominee 2019), My Father’s Keeper (part of Steppenwolf Theatre’s The Mix, The Kilroys Honorable Mention 2019), Bees and Honey (The Kilroys List 2019, LAByrinth Theater/The SOL Project 2020 production postponed due to COVID-19), Daughters of the Rebellion (Montclair State University 2019, The Kilroys Honorable Mention 2017, 50 Playwrights Project Best Unproduced Latinx Plays 2017), A Shero’s Journey or What Anacaona and Yemayá Taught Me (Yale Magazine 2019, The Parsnip Ship Podcast Season 4), Blowout (Aguijón Theater 2013). She was a Co-Producer of Atlantic Theater Company’s African Caribbean MixFest 2021. She has performed as an actor in Chicago, NYC, and most recently The Repertory of St. Louis in Luis Alfaro’s Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles.
Playwright, Ghosts of the Diaspora
FRANCE-LUCE BENSON was named “Someone to Watch” by American Theatre magazine, and her play Talking Peace topped the list of most impactful plays in the Together L.A.: ATLA 2020 Virtual Theatre Festival. Tigress of San Domingue, the second in her trilogy about the Haitian Revolution, was named a finalist of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2020, was selected for The Playwrights Center’s Afro Atlantic Playwrights Festival, and was featured in Atlantic Theatre Company’s 2021 African Caribbean Mix Fest. She is a recipient of a Miranda Family Foundation grant for her play Detained, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Play Commission for her play The Devil’s Salt, and a Princess Grace Award runner up for Boat People. Additional honors include: Zoetrope Grand Prize for her screenplay "Caroline’s Wedding"; Dramatists Guild Fellow 2016-17, Sam French OOB Festival Winner, NNPN Award for Risen from the Dough, and three-time Kilroy List Honorable Mention. Residencies include Djerassi, the Camargo Foundation in France, and Instituto Sacatar in Bahia, Brazil. Her plays have had productions, workshops, and readings at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Crossroads Theatre New Jersey, City Theatre of Miami, The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, Loyola Marymount University, Global Black Voices in London, and in New York: New Black Fest at The Lark, The Billy Holiday Theatre, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre New York, where she is a company member. She’s been published by DPS, Sam French, and Routledge Press. She is currently based on Los Angeles, California where she serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator at The Fountain Theatre.
Playwright, Freaky Dee, Baby
NSANGOU NJIKAM is an actor, playwright and Hip Hop Theatre artist originally from Baltimore, MD. His writing credits include Syncing Ink, Re:Definition, When We Left parts 1 & 2, Freaky Dee, Baby, Search For The Crystal Stairs, I.D. and he is one of seven writers of Hands Up: Seven Plays; Seven Testimonials. NSangou’s first play Re:Definition (Hip Hop Theatre Festival) was developed and directed by Chadwick Boseman. His work in Hands Up has been performed around the country, and will return in 2021 as a production at The Alliance Theater. NSangou has also written for and collaborated with Grammy Award winner Common, specifically on his Audible.com project “BlueBird Memories”, the 2020 NBA All Star Game and the Audible interview series "Mindpower Mixtape". NSangou’s latest piece, Freaky Dee, Baby. His Hip Hop Theatre play, I.D. (commission by Penn State University) premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. NSangou is a member of the 2015 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater. He received his BFA in Acting from Howard University. After tracing his African ancestry, he received his name from the Bamum King in Cameroon. He is represented by A3 Agency. He currently resides in New York City.
J. NICOLE BROOKS
Playwright, Black Moon Lilith
J. NICOLE BROOKS is an actor, author, director, educator, gremlin, star gazer and social justice warrior based in Chicago. Brooks’ writing practice includes playwriting, screenwriting, essays, and poetry. As a theatre artist Brooks is an ensemble member and Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at the Tony Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Company. Other artistic affiliations include artistic membership at Collaboration and Sideshow Theatre Company. As a playwright Brooks has created original works including Black Diamond: The Years the Locusts Have Eaten, Fedra Queen of Haiti, HeLa, and the award winning Her Honor Jane Byrne. Upcoming writing projects and commissions include an adaptation of Eve L. Ewing’s book of poetry 1919 for Steppenwolf Theatre, Rainbow Beach for Chicago Childrens Choir, a science play for Manhattan Theatre Club and various audio and screenplays. Brooks has also served as director and associate director mounting successful theatre productions of Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting, Thaddeus & Slocum A Vaudeville Adventure, Her Honor Jane Byrne, Sex With Strangers and Black Diamond the Years the Locusts Have Eaten. Honors include TCG Fox Foundation, 3Arts, Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts Kilroy List. Brooks is also an award winning actor appearing in theatrical productions at Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass, Court Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Theatre at Boston Court. Recent television credits include guest recurring roles on the cult fav "South Side" (Comedy Central, HBO Max), "The Chi" (Showtime), "Chicago Fire" (NBC, Hulu) and the critically acclaimed chapter four of "Fargo" (FX Network) starring opposite Chris Rock. Brooks will also appear in the highly anticipated horror film "CANDYMAN" (Say My Name) directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele. @doctaslick on the socials. Seeking new representative team.
Playwright, A Ghost in Satin
TERRY GUEST is a Chicago based playwright, actor and teaching artist. Other works include: At The Wake of a Dead Drag Queen (2018 Spectrum Series Grant winner), Marie Antionette and the Magical Negros (The Story Theatre), The Madness of Mary Todd (currently developing with Goodman Theatre), Andy Warhol Presents: The Cocaine Play (First Floor Theatre), and Ghost Town (Chicago Children’s Theatre). Follow along on instagram @terryexplainsitall or at terrycguest.com.
Playwright, don’t get got
IKE HOLTER is a Chicago playwright and winner of the Windham-Campbell prize, one of the highest awards for writing in the world. He is the writer of several award-winning plays including Exit Strategy, Hit The Wall, and Lottery Day, which have been seen across the country. His theater commissions include South Coast Rep and Playwrights Horizons. Ike was a writer on the Emmy-winning Fosse/Verdon for FX, winning the WGA Award for Best Long Form Adaptation. He is currently working on a project with Tribeca Productions and Netflix called GREEN, as well as developing the limited series HAROLD for Wayfarer Studios about Chicago’s first black mayor Harold Washington. www.ikeholter.com
CHARLY EVON SIMPSON
Playwright, Mark It Down
CHARLY EVON SIMPSON'S plays include Jump,* Behind the Sheet*, form of a girl unknown, it’s not a trip it’s a journey, and more. Her work has been seen and/or developed with The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Vineyard Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, Page 73, Ars Nova, Chautauqua Theater Company, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, The Fire This Time Festival, National New Play Network through its NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, and others. Charly was recently named the 2019-20 recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award from the Vineyard Theatre, was a co-recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award, was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award, and had two of her plays on the 2019 Kilroys List. Her play Jump is the first recipient of the David Goldman Fund for New American Plays. She has received commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan, EST/Sloan, Cleveland Play House, South Coast Repertory, Barnard College, and more. She’s currently a core writer at The Playwrights’ Center, a community member of The New Georges Jam, and will be a resident of New Dramatists in the fall of 2021. Charly is a former member of WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Theater Lab, SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s 17/18 Early Career Writers’ Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood, The Amoralists’ Wright Club, and Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab.
Charly is also a TV writer and producer. She currently has an overall deal with HBO where she is working on the second seasons of both "Perry Mason" and "Industry". Previously, she worked on Showtime’s "Rust".
Charly loves to teach playwriting and storytelling to people of all ages. She has been an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Purchase and Hunter College and has taught with the 92Y, Engaging Educator, and National Theater Institute. In addition, she has worked in middle schools as a full-time tutor, social worker, and playwriting teacher.
She received her BA from Brown University, a master’s in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford, New College, and her MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she studied with Annie Baker, Brighde Mullins, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
*Jump and Behind the Sheet are available for purchase and licensing through Dramatists Play Service.
Playwright, The Last……(A Work in Progress)
NGOZI ANYANWU is a playwright, storyteller, and most recently a 2020 Steinberg Playwright Award winner. Her newest play will premiere at The Atlantic Theatre in 2021. Previous productions include Good Grief (Vineyard Theatre in NYC / Center Theatre Group in LA) and The Homecoming Queen (sold-out world premiere run at the Atlantic Theatre). Good Grief was on the Kilroys List 2016 and a semi finalist for the Princess Grace Award, and won the Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize. The Homecoming Queen was on the Kilroys List 2017 and was a Leah Ryan’s Fund for Emerging Women Writers Finalist. Her play Nike… (Kilroys List 2017) was workshopped at The New Black Fest in conjunction with The Lark and The Strand Festival in conjunction with A.C.T and Space on Ryder Farm.
Ngozi also has commissions with NYU, The Old Globe, Two Rivers Theatre, The Atlantic Theatre, and Steppenwolf.
Anyanwu has also received residencies from LCT3, SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, The New Harmony Project, New York Stage and Film, and Page 73. She attended Point Park University (BA) and received her MFA in Acting from University of California, San Diego.
Playwright, THE MASTER’S TOOLS
ZORA HOWARD is a Harlem-bred writer and performer. Plays include STEW (2021 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, 2020 Drama League nominee for Outstanding Play; Page 73 Productions), AtGN, BUST, and HANG TIME. Her work has been developed with SPACE at Ryder Farm, Ojai Playwrights Conference, and Cape Cod Theatre Project, among others. In 2020, her feature film Premature (2020 Film Independent John Cassavetes Award nominee), which she co-wrote with director Rashaad Ernesto Green, opened in theaters following its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. She is the 2020-2021 Van Lier New Voices Fellow at the Lark.
CINDY DE LA CRUZ*
XIOMARA, Border of Lights
CINDY DE LA CRUZ is a Bronx bred and Harlem based first-generation Dominican American artist and producer. She is an artistic producer of The Dominican Artists Collective, a company of Dominican storytellers based in New York City, with members across the globe. She is the creator and producer for Sharing Sessions, a free virtual program where artists can participate in a Q&A with industry professionals as well as share and develop new work. Most recently she was a top 12 finalist for the Nosotros Organization Ya Tu Sabes Monologue Slam presented by NBC. A proud graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School (The Fame School). She has been seen on stages all across the U.S. as well as on TV and Film. She is featured in Kevin Smiths highly anticipated movie “Kilroy Was Here” which will be the first film to be sold as an NFT. DominicanArtistsCollective.com Cindy-DeLaCruz.com
BRIAN D. COATS*
MICHEL, Ghosts of the Diaspora
Broadway: Jitney (MTC/ National Tour). Off-Broadway: Travisville (Ensemble Studio Theatre), LA RUTA (Working Theater), The Brothers Paranormal (Pan Asian Rep.), The Bacchae, The First Noel (Classical Theatre of Harlem), On the Levee (LCT3/ Lincoln Center), The Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Public/ NYSF). Regional: The Royale (Cleveland Play House), The Nest (Denver Center Theatre), King Hedley II, Seven Guitars, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Two River), Fences and Raisin in the Sun (Geva Theater), Distant Fires (People’s Light and Theatre), The Wedding Gift, pen/man/ship (CATF), Count (PlayMakers Rep), Invisible Man (The Huntington, Studio Theatre). TV including: “FBI: Most Wanted”, “Law & Order”, "Law & Order: SVU", “JAG”, “Blue Bloods”, “The Sopranos", "Boardwalk Empire”, “Luke Cage", and "The Blacklist".
ASHLEY C. TURNER*
FREAKY DEE, Freaky Dee, Baby
ASHLEY C. TURNER is native of New Orleans, LA and proud graduate of Howard University where he received his B.F.A. Ashley also received classical theatre training at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University in England. He made his New York City stage debut under the direction of theatre icon, Woodie King in the New Federal Theatre Off-Broadway production of The Fabulous Miss Marie starring Tony winner Tonya Pinkins. Other theatre credits include: My Brother’s Keeper, Do, Wager, When We Left, The Engagement (NYC),The More Things Change, Freefall, Five on the Black Hand Side (Los Angeles, CA), Iola's Letter, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?, Timbuktu, Romeo and Juliet, Hieroglyphic Graffiti, The Shadow Box (Washington, DC). Film/TV: "The Let Out Guys".
BAKHITA, CHIRON (GROUND CONTROL), Black Moon Lilith
Off-Broadway: Round Table (59E59/Faultline), Showtime Blues, The Talk (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Manhood, Untamed (National Black Theatre), The Beautiful Beautiful Sea Next Door (ArsNova). Regional credits include: Everybody Black (Humana Festival), The Cake (Pittsburgh Public), Familiar (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre Ctr), Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Metamorphoses (Arden Theatre Company), All’s Well that Ends Well, Another Part of the Forest, Major Barbara (American Players Theater), Black Diamond, Fedra (Lookingglass Theatre),The Voysey Inheritance (Remy Bumppo), Macbeth (Lady M, Greasy Joan & Co.). Other credits: Richard III (Lady Anne, Boomerang Theatre Co), Heartbreaker (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center). Film: "Blind", "Requited", "Nowheresville", "Happily After". Television: "Z: The Beginning of Everything" (Amazon), "The Outs", "Redrum" (Discovery ID), "In Between Men". BTA Award Nomination, Best Actress. Training: Northwestern University, Steppenwolf Theatre, LAByrinth, Esper. Proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. sharinamartin.com
EARTHA KITT (CARNIVAL BARKER, VOICE OF GOD), A Ghost in Satin
Broadway: Hair. Select Off-Bway/NY: Pulitzer Prize Winning A Strange Loop (Playwrights Horizons), The Loophole (NY Public), Civil War Christmas (NYTW), and This Ain’t No Disco (NYSF). Select Regional: Nick's Flamingo Grill (Alliance), Camino Real (Goodman), The Brothers Size (Old Globe), Rent (Syracuse Stage), Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyric Opera House), Smokey Joe's Cafe (New Theatre). Film/TV: "Girl Most Likely", "Lucy And The Impeding Climate Crisis", "The Knick", "Blacklist", "Royal Pains", "Z: The Beginning Of Everything", "Girl Most Likely", "Shades of Blue", "A Gifted Man". In Concert: Voices In Ohio with The Bengsons (Ars Nova), Showboat (Carnegie Hall). Training: Carnegie Mellon. Rocks with HCKR! Awards: Obie-2020 & Craig Noel Award for Best Ensemble (Brothers Size). Upcoming: Lena Waithes/AV ROCKWELL'S A Thousand And One, Publics A Face In The Crowd and A Strange Loop! To GOD be the GLORY!
LADY, don’t get got
STEW (Walkerspace, World Premiere, Pulitzer Finalist), The Rose Tattoo (Broadway/American Airlines Theatre), Rinse, Repeat (Pershing Square Linney Theatre), Ruined (MTC/Geffen Playhouse), McReele (Roundabout Theatre Company), The Way West, Our Lady of 121st St., In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (LAByrinth Theatre Company). Regional: Sweat (Mark Taper Forum), Artney Jackson, The Rose Tattoo (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Fences (Longwharf & McCarter Theater), Our Town (Ford’s Theatre). Film: "Lapsis", "All The Little Things We Kill", "Skin", "From Nowhere", "Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List", "St. Vincent", "Silver Tongues", "The Greatest", "The Messenger", "Please Give". Television: "New Amsterdam", "Big Dogs", "Madam Secretary", "Bull", "The Enemy Within", "She’s Gotta Have It", "The Blacklist".
GRANDDAUGHTER (GRANDMOTHER), Mark It Down
NAOMI LORRAIN is a Harlem based actor and playwright. She is an AUDELCO Awards nominee and a NY Innovative Theatre Awards nominee for Best Lead Actress for Behind the Sheet and Entangled, respectively. Her play How To Roll a Blunt is a 2021 Finalist at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Theater: Behind the Sheet (Ensemble Studio Theatre), What To Send Up When It Goes Down (The Movement Theatre Company), Song for a Future Generation (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Entangled (The Amoralist), Tartuffe, The Misanthrope (Molière in the Park). TV: "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix), "Elementary" (CBS), "The Good Fight" (CBS All Access), "Madam Secretary" (CBS). Plays: The Lost Ones (NYU Tisch Grad Acting), A Trojan Woman's Tale, The Big O (Villa La Pietra), Rigor Mortis (NYU Freeplay Festival), #Shelfies (52nd Street Project), The Queen of Macon County (The National Black Theatre). Lorrain holds both a B.A. in the History of Science, History of Medicine and a B.A. in African American Studies from Yale University as well as an MFA in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. naomilorrain.com.
YOU, The Last……(A Work in Progress)
RONALD PEET'S film projects include "The Meyerowitz Stories", opposite Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Adam Sandler; "First Reformed", directed by Paul Schrader; "Nevada", 2018 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection; and "The Land of the Owls". His television credits include “The I-Land” (series regular), “Dicktown” Season 1 and the upcoming Season 2, “The Good Fight,” “Tommy,” “The Looming Tower,” “Bull, “ “Blindspot,” and “Girls.” Appearances on the New York Stage include Daddy (The New Group/Vineyard Theatre); Play On Shakespeare (Classic Stage and Utah Shakespeare Festival); Spill (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Cute Activist (Bushwick Starr); Kentucky (Ensemble Studio Theatre and Page 73); Icarus in the LES (Joe’s Pub); The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb); Debutante (Ars Nova). Regional credits include: The Lion In Winter (Two River Theater); peerless (Barrington Stage Company); The Golem Of Havana (Barrington Stage/Miami New Drama), and over 30 roles in 15 productions with the American Shakespeare Center. An accomplished singer, Ronald performed in Bernstein’s MASS at Lincoln Center and Karehouse at Joe's Pub. Ronald is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an Emory University Alumnus.
TITUBA, THE MASTER’S TOOLS
Broadway credits include: To Kill A Mockingbird, Travesties, The Mountaintop, Radio Golf, Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson, Mule Bone and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant. Rosalyn’s film credits include: "Miss Virginia", "Frankie and Alice", "Brooklyn's Finest", "Vanilla Sky", "Our Song", "Brown Sugar", and "Music of the Heart". Television: "Bull", "Jessica Jones", "The Black List", "Blue Bloods", "Madam Secretary", "Kidnapped", "DC", "Oz", and "Law and Order: SVU" and "Criminal Intent". Recent Off-Broadway credits: Native Son, Breakfast with Mugabe.
In 2002, with her husband/partner Craig T. Williams, Rosalyn formed Red Wall Productions, a film Production Company. Rosalyn has created and directed several film projects, including award winning short films, and the groundbreaking documentary, "Black Sorority Project". Rosalyn and Craig have one son, a musical skateboarding enthusiast. IG: @iRozapp
ROBERT O'HARA has received the NAACP Best Play and Best Director Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, two Obies and the Herb Alpert Award. Broadway: Slave Play. Off Broadway: He directed the world premieres of Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play, Nikkole Salter and Dania Guiria’s In the Continuum, Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/ Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy, Kirsten Childs’ Bella: An American Tall Tale, as well as his own plays, Mankind, Bootycandy, and Insurrection: Holding History. His plays Zombie: The American and Barbecue world premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co. and The Public Theater, respectively. His recent directing projects include, Baum and Cheri’s Gun and Powder at Signature Theatre Company, Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Aziza Barnes’ BLKS at MCC, Inda Craig-Galvan’s Black Superhero Magic Mama at the Geffen Playhouse, the Universes’ Uni/Son, inspired by the poetry of August Wilson at OSF and Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
VENUE AND SET DESIGN
LORRAINE D. GLOVER is a New York City-based architect and multidisciplinary designer. Her work is diverse in format and medium and ranges from architecture, visual art, experience design, scenic design, and interactive media. Lorraine graduated from Pratt Institute where she received a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch). She has used her architectural background as a foundation for all of her art and design endeavors, where she seeks to tell stories and build narratives through the built environment. Lorraine has worked for a number of notable architecture and design firms including Tsao & McKown, Red Antler, and Rockwell Group. She's worked as a professor of advance digital design and architecture at ELISAVA in Barcelona, Spain, and at her alma mater, Pratt Institute in New York City. She's also worked as an art director and production designer on independents films, including "The Roe Effect," directed by Kiel Adrian Scott, winner of the Best Short Film at the American Black Film Festival's HBO Short Film Competition. Lorraine is delighted to be making her debut with Williamstown Theatre Festival in her first stage production.
VENUE AND SET DESIGN
DAVID ROCKWELL, FAIA, is the founder and President of Rockwell Group, an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm based in New York with satellite offices in Los Angeles and Madrid. Merging theater, performance and architecture, the firm’s work includes hospitality, educational and cultural institutions, transportation hubs, luxury residential, set design, products, exhibitions, and festivals. Architectural projects: the Hayes Theater (New York); Illuminarium Experience; Civilian Hotel (New York); the Perelman Center in New York (Restaurant and Lobby Interior Architect); the Hopkins Student Center for Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore); the pro bono DineOut and OpenStage initiatives; The Shed (Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect); TED Theater (Vancouver); exhibition design for the Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta); Union Square Cafe and Daily Provisions (New York); and Nobu restaurants and hotels worldwide. David Rockwell is the author of four books on architecture and design, including Drama (Phaidon 2021). Broadway: Kiss Me Kate, She Loves Me (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), On the Twentieth Century (Tony nomination), You Can’t Take It With You (Tony nomination), Kinky Boots (Tony nomination), Lucky Guy (Tony nomination), and Hairspray (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations). Off-Broadway: The Seven Deadly Sins, Soundtrack of America, and The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park. Film and television: Team America and the 81st, 82nd, and 93rd Oscars (2010 Emmy Award). Honors: AIANY President’s Award, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, and the Presidential Design Award.
APRIL M. HICKMAN
APRIL M. HICKMAN is a costume designer, stylist, and costume illustrator originally from Denver CO. Her most recent and first film credit, The Promotion, was a short film she received a nomination for Best Costume Design by the LA International Film Festival. She recently received her M.F.A. in costume design at Yale School of Drama (20’) where some of her credits include Hamlet, Pivot and Seven Spots on the Sun. Other credits include, The Plot a world premiere by Will Eno, directed by Oliver Butler (Yale Repertory Theatre), the feels…(kms), Is God Is and Agreste (Drylands) (Yale Cabaret). April previously lived in Chicago IL and Washington DC, where she worked as the resident costume design assistant at the Goodman Theatre and was a costume fellow turned costume design assistant at Arena Stage. She has assisted several prominent costume designers, including Emily Rebholz, Jess Goldstein, Ilona Somogyi, Paul Tazewell, and Catherine Zuber. She was awarded the William R. Kenan Jr. Costume Design Fellowship at the Kennedy Center in 2014 and the Leo Lerman Fellowship in 2020. April received her B.F.A. in costume design from University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she designed Topdog/Underdog, Detective Story, and Innocent Thoughts, Harmless Intentions. Upcoming production (virtual) Capricorn 29 a co-production with The Tank and Post Theatrical.
ARI FULTON is a New York-based costume designer for stage, film, opera, and dance. Ms. Fulton has built a diverse career designing costumes regionally and internationally. Ms. Fulton received a BFA in Costume Design from The Theater School at DePaul University. She continued her studies, by receiving an MFA in Design for Stage and Film, from New York University’s, Tisch School of the Arts. In 2018, Ms. Fulton received her first feature film credit, for her design work for "Nigerian Prince", which was shot on location in Lagos, Nigeria. "Nigerian Prince", is executively produced by Spike Lee and is the first recipient of Tribeca and AT&T New Voices Grant. Recent design credits include: Off-Broadway directed by Robert O’Hara, Cupids directed by Zoey Martinson. The short film is a part of Tribeca’s 846: Reclaiming Time for Stories of Black Love and Joy Film Series. Ms. Fulton is the proud recipient of the Lily Creative Spirt Award (2017), for her costume design work. In 2021, Ms. Fulton kick-started the new year by receiving a Broadway World Miami Award for Design of the Decade, for her work on A Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical. Ms. Fulton is currently on faculty at the University of Connecticut, where she serves as the Interim Head of Costume Design (2020/2021) and on faculty at Queensborough Community College (2018-present).
Adam Honoré is a Harlem based lighting designer for plays, musicals, and live events. Upcoming Broadway designs include Chicken and Biscuits (Circle in the Square). Off-Broadway highlights include Carmen Jones (Classic Stage), Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public), and Behind the Sheet (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Regional collaborations include Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Huntington Theater Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Signature Theatre among others. International designs include Haydn's The Seasons (Austria), The Band’s Visit (Manila), and Fun Home (Int’l Premiere, featuring Lea Salonga). Adam is a Drama Desk, Henry Hewes, and Helen Hayes Award Nominee; AUDELCO Award Recipient, and a Member of Live Design Magazine’s "30 Under 30". honorelighting.com // @itsadamhonore
TWI MCCALLUM is a sound designer living in NYC, by-way of Baltimore, MD. Her favorite theatrical credits include Kansas City Rep, The Kennedy Center, The Public Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, and her Broadway debut with Chicken & Biscuits at Circle in the Square Theatre in fall 2021. She hopes to focus her career on musicals, new plays, and anything in the genres of children’s stories and horror stories. Her cinema/digital credits include sound design and/or dialogue editing for STARZ, NBCUniversal, Audible, Penguin Publishing, and Marvel. Most importantly, she is a former student of Howard University’s theatre department and a graduate of Yale School of Drama’s one-year sound program. When not working, she loves taking care of her pet snails, studying American Sign Language, and binge watching reality television.
Broadway: The Great Society; Tina—the Tina Turner Musical; Slave Play; What the Constitution Means to Me; Once onthis Island; Waitress; Finding Neverland. National Tour: What the Constitution Means to Me; Once on this Island; The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess; Waitress; Finding Neverland. Off-Broadway: Slave Play; Nat Turner in Jerusalem; Sojourners; Her Portmanteau; An Ordinary Muslim; The House that Will Not Stand (NYTW); Fires in the Mirror; By the Way Meet Vera Stark; Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theater); Invisible Thread (SecondStage); Eve’s Song; Barbeque; Passing Strange (The Public Theater). Regional: Guys and Dolls (Guthrie Theater); Finding Neverland; Crossing: An American Opera; Waitress (A.R.T); Comedy of Errors (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Head of Spoken Voice and Speech, New Studio on Broadway NYU/Tisch. Certified Teacher, Knight-Thompson Speechwork. Education: MFA, American Conservatory Theater.
CLARISSA MARIE LIGON*
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
CLARISSA MARIE LIGON is a stage manager, performer, and self-proclaimed renaissance woman. She makes art because she believes it can change the world. Recent production work includes: Off-Broadway a Virtual Production, Dana H. at The Vineyard Theatre, Jack & at BAM Fisher, Black Light at the Greenwich House Theatre, Cruel Intentions The Musical at le Poisson Rouge, 3/Fifths at 3LD, and Penny Arcade’s Longing Lasts Longer at St. Anne’s Warehouse.
JEREME KYLE LEWIS*
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
Broadway: Caroline, or Change. The Height of the Storm, Bernhardt/Hamlet, M. Butterfly, Present Laughter, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Sylvia, Hand to God, The Trip to Bountiful. Off-Broadway: Continuity (MTC), White Noise (Public), Sugar In Our Wounds (MTC), Tiny Beautiful Things (Public), The Roads to Home (Primary Stages), The City of Conversation (LCT), The Madrid (MTC). Regional: Tell Me I’m Not Crazy (WTF), Center Theater Group, The Wallis, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Tours: Grey Gardens, The Trip To Bountiful.
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
THOMAS DIETER (Production Stage Manager) [WTF] A Human Being of a Sort, Before the Meeting. [B’way] Caroline, or Change (Roundabout). [Off B’way] for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, The Loophole (Public); The Niceties, Long (MTC); The Confession of Lily Dare, The Tribute Artist (Primary Stages); The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic); Ole White Sugah Daddy (WP Theater, AYE DEFY); Resilience (Ars Nova). [NY & Regional] Romeo N Juliet, Black Ballerina, When We Fall (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Lines in the Dust (New Normal Rep); ABCD (Playwrights Realm); rain falls special on me, Uhuru (AYE DEFY). AYE DEFY resident stage manager.
Assistant Stage Manager
TIA HAREWOOD-MILLINGTON is a Colorado-raised, New York City-based stage manager with a passion for working on live TV events, concerts, new theatrical works, and projects that center around uplifting women and marginalized communities. TV and Film: “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and “VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World.” Theatre Credits: How I Learned to Drive (Manhattan Theater Club), one in two (The New Group), The New Englanders (Manhattan Theater Club), Lempicka (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Selling Kabul (Williamstown Theatre Festival), soft (Williamstown Theatre Festival) Bright & Brave (Dixon Place), Shipwreck (The Public). Proud alumna of Hofstra University 2019 and member of Actor’s Equity. Thanks and love always to Mom, Lindsey, Noah, and Lowe 217. Instagram: @tia.h.millington
THE TELSEY OFFICE
With offices in both New York and Los Angeles, The Telsey Office casts for theater, film, television, and commercials. The Telsey Office is dedicated to creating safe, equitable, and anti-racist spaces through collaboration, artistry, heart, accountability, and advocacy.
WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL is a professional theatre employing members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION (“Equity"), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers. Equity fosters the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. #EquityWorks
Equity is governed by its own members through an elected Council, representing principal actors, chorus actors and stage managers living in three regions: Eastern, Central and Western. Members at large participate in Equity’s governance through a system of regional Boards and Committees. Equity has 28 designated area liaison cities with over 100 members each.
The Directors are members of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.
*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Legal CAROL M. KAPLAN
GENERAL MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT 321 THEATRICAL MANAGEMENT
Bookkeeping Services M. LUCY PAVALOCK, CUSTOM BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
Accounting SMITH, WATSON, & CO., LLP
Insurance CHUBB INSURANCE GROUP
Press Representative DKC/O&M: RICK MIRAMONTEZ, AARON MEIER
WTF KEY ART GABRIEL DROZDOV
PROGRAM DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT GABRIEL DROZDOV
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSEPH O’MALLEY and R. MASSEO DAVIS
LIGHTING EQUIPMENT SUPPLIED BY 4WALL ENTERTAINMENT
SOUND EQUIPMENT SUPPLIED BY MASQUE SOUND
ELECTRICAL SUPPORT BY Gigliotti Electric Inc
Production Consultant Iron Bloom
Assistant Director JAMARIO STILLS
Production Stage Manager Clarissa Marie Ligon
Production Stage Manager Jereme Kyle Lewis
Production Stage Manager Thomas Dieter
Assistant Stage Manager Tia Harewood-Millington
Stage Management Second Assistant Lauren Winston
Stage Management Second Assistant Liz Beatty
Stage Management Second Assistant Lanita VanderSchaaf
Stage Management Theatre-Maker Edmond O'Neal
DRAMATURGY FOR THE MASTER'S TOOLS ASHLEY M. THOMAS
COMPOSER FOR BORDER OF LIGHTS DILSON HERNANDEZ