Artistic Staff Bios
Artistic Staff for Find and Sign:
CHARLES MOREY (Director) has been Artistic Director of Pioneer Theatre Company since 1984. He has directed over eighty productions for PTC including, in recent years, the world premiere of Bess Wohl’s In and Touch(ed); the first regional theatre productions of Les Misérables, The Producers and The Vertical Hour and many others ranging from the classic to the contemporary repertoire. He is the author of nine plays including adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo, A Tale of Two Cities, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula and The Three Musketeers; an adaptation from Georges Feydeau, The Ladies Man; as well as his original playsLaughing Stock, Dumas’ Camille and The Yellow Leaf. His plays have received productions at professional theatres across the country including Denver Center Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Asolo Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Meadow Brook Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, PCPA Theaterfest, Peterborough Players, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Creede Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Arvada Center, Elm Shakespeare Company and many others. LA Theatreworks recently released a radio version of his adaptation of Dracula. From 1977 to 1988 he served as Artistic Director of New Hampshire’s Peterborough Players. New York directing credits include productions for the Ark Theatre Company and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally he has directed for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Asolo Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Meadow Brook Theatre, the American Stage Festival, PCPA Theaterfest and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has served as both a panelist and on-site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts and on the Board of Trustees of the National Theatre Conference. He received a BA from Dartmouth College and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony. He will retire as Artistic Director of PTC at the end of the current season to focus on writing and freelance directing projects.
WENDY MACLEOD (Playwright) Wendy MacLeod’s play The House of Yes became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey, earning a Special Jury Award at Sundance. The play has been done at Soho Rep, The Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin and at The Gate Theater in London, where it was published in Plays International, and most recently at The Washington Shakespeare Company. Juvenilia premiered at Playwrights Horizons, as did The Water Children, which was then done at L.A.’s Matrix Theater and cited as “the most challenging political play of 1998” by L.A. Weekly and earned six L.A. Drama Critics Circle nominations.Things Being What They Are premiered at Seattle Rep and performed at Steppenwolf in Chicago in 2003 where its sold-out run was extended twice. Most recently it was done at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. Her plays Sin and Schoolgirl Figure both premiered at The Goodman in Chicago, and Anvil Entertainment has optioned Schoolgirl Figure for film. Her prose has appeared in The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, Poetry magazine, and the Kenyon Alumni Bulletin. A New Dramatist alumna and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is the James E. Michael playwright-in-residence at her alma mater, Kenyon College, and has been a guest professor at Northwestern University’s film and theater departments.
JAMES WOLK (Set Designer) Previous designs for PTC include In, Is He Dead?, The Yellow Leaf, The Heiress, Lost in Yonkers, Five Guys Named Moe, The Real Thing, The Mousetrap, Sophisticated Ladies, Present Laughter, A View From the Bridge, Rough Crossing and A Streetcar Named Desire. His designs for Seattle’s 5th Ave. Theatre include Buddy, Companyand Yankee Doodle Dandy. NYC designs include Summer of the Swans at TheatreworksUSA;Pagans at the Abingdon Theatre; Boys’ Life at Lincoln Center and Three Sisters, both directed by William H. Macy. Other designs include This Wonderful Life at Cincinnati Playhouse; The 39 Steps, An Ideal Husband and Man and Superman at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Lucky Stiff at Olney Theatre. James was the director for Zona, the Ghost of Greenbrier and Bruno Hauptmann Kissed My Forehead in NYC. For the Staedtische Buehnen Augsburg in Germany he designed My Fair Lady and West Side Story, Gypsy at Theater Magdeburg and at the Staatstheatre am Gaertnerplatz (Munich), Funny Girl. He has been nominated for the Helen Hayes, Barrymore and American Theatre Wing Awards.
PAMELA SCOFIELD (Costume Designer) is pleased to be back at PTC, having previously designed The Vertical Hour, The Yellow Leaf and Touch(ed). Pamela has designed for regional theatres nationally, including productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Asolo Theatre, Geva Theatre, Theaterworks in Palo Alto, Indiana Repertory Theatre, many musicals, new and old, for Goodspeed Opera and Northshore Musicals and most recently Dracula for Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She designed the national tour of Cinderella, starring Eartha Kitt, which also performed at Madison Square Garden. Other NY credits include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The Summer of ‘42; and Almost, Maine. She has designed several editions of the Grammy Awards for national television. Pamela is the designer for dramatic dancer Joan Evans who performs internationally and with whom she shares an NEA grant for collaborative performance. Later this year she will be designing The 39 Steps for Alabama Shakespeare andCompany for Geva.
DENNIS PARICHY (Lighting Designer) has designed Sunset Boulevard, The Light in the Piazza,The Heiress, Is He Dead and 42nd Street for PTC. He has been designing lighting since 1964, on Broadway (Talley’s Folly, Burn This, The Water Engine and others), off- and off-off-Broadway and in regional theatres throughout the country. He was Resident Lighting Designer for Circle Repertory Co. for twenty-five years and is currently an Associate Artist at People’s Light & Theatre Co. His most recent designs include Misalliance for the Olney Theatre and Legacy of Light for People’s Light & Theatre Co, and the world premiere of Ten Chimneys for Arizona Theatre Co. He is the author of Illuminating the Play, in which he describes his approach to lighting design. He teaches lighting design at Purchase College.
MATTHEW TIBBS (Sound Designer) is Pioneer Theatre Company’s Resident Sound Designer. He has previously worked as a sound designer or engineer at Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Salem Repertory Theatre and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Some of his favorite past sound designs include Fat Pig, Proof and The Full Monty. He received his M.F.A. in Sound Design from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and his B.A. from George Fox University. Matthew has also been the sound designer on several award-winning films and video projects. Matthew is adjunct faculty at University of Utah teaching Sound Design and lives with his wife Beth and son Lucas in Salt Lake City.
AMANDA FRENCH (Hair and Makeup Designer) has been a Makeup and Hair Designer for over 20 years. She has worked for The Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Utah Opera, Egyptian Theatre Company and the University of Texas at Austin. She is a contributing writer in the tenth edition of Stage Makeup by Corson, Glavan and Norcross, and her work can also be seen inThe Costume Technician’s Handbook by Ingham and Covey, and Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre and Film by Ruskai and Lowery. She attended the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where she studied with Hair and Makeup Designer Lenna Kaleva. She is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and a current University of Utah instructor of wigs and makeup.
ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON (Dramaturg) is Pioneer Theatre Company’s Literary Manager and Associate Artistic Director. Dramaturgy here at PTC includes the world premieres of Bess Wohl’sTouch(ed) and In, Rent, Hamlet, Our Town, and The Tempest. She has developed new work with Brooke Berman, Sheila Callaghan, Kyle Jarrow, Brighde Mullins, Dan O’Brien, Dominique Serrand and Steve Epp, Bess Wohl, Lauren Yee, and Mary Zimmerman. New York directing: the U.S. premiere of Michel Azama’s The Life and Death of Pier Paolo Pasolini for the Act French Festival (also co-translated; a Village Voice Choice); Peter Morris’ The Second Amendment Club(AMS, then West End Theatre); Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis (Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab); The Floating World (also adapted from Chikamatsu; LCT’s Directors Cabaret at HERE); and Genet’s The Maids (FringeNYC). Regionally, she’s also worked at About Face Theatre, the American Conservatory Theatre, Alter Theater, Aurora Theatre, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, Cal Shakes, Court Theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse, Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, Magic Theatre, PlayGround, Steppenwolf, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Education: BA, Bennington College; Master’s, Oxford University; trained at the École Jacques Lecoq & with Complicite. Williamson received a 2007 NEA Fellowship in Literary Translation and is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a Regional VP for LMDA.