Artistic Staff Bios
MARY B. ROBINSON (Director) has directed over fifty productions of both classics and new plays off-Broadway and in regional theatre. In New York she has directed String Fever by Jacqueline Reingold at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Three Viewings by Jeffrey Hatcher at Manhattan Theatre Club; Lemon Sky by Lanford Wilson (for which she received a Drama Desk Nomination) and Moonchildren by Michael Weller, both at Second Stage; A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow at Westside Arts; Copperhead by Eric Brogger at the WPA and Twelfth Night at Theatre for a New Audience. Regionally she has worked at Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Rep, South Coast Rep, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Stage (where she was Associate Artistic Director) and Philadelphia Drama Guild (where she was Artistic Director). She was the first recipient of the TCG Alan Schneider Directing Award in 1987. Currently she heads the directing program at Playwrights Horizons’ Theatre School at NYU, and teaches in the Graduate Program at Brooklyn College.
JAMES NOONE (Scenic Designer) has worked for some of NYC’s most prestigious theatre companies including Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company and numerous others. Off-Broadway he designed the original productions of Terrance McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Three Tall Women, the long-running solo shows Full Gallop and Fully Committed, Cowgirls and Breaking Legs, A Bronx Tale, Boys in the Band and the musicalRuthless. Broadway productions include Jekyll and Hyde, Class Act, The Persians, Judgment at Nuremberg, Night Must Fall, The Sunshine Boys, The Gin Game, A Bronx Tale and Come Back Little Sheba. He has designed national tours and at leading regional theatres across the country. His work in opera has been seen at Glimmerglass, NYC Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, and others. For television he designed Sweeney Todd, Candide,Passion, Camelot, Stephen Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Concert for PBS, and Company, seen in select movie theaters. Awards include the Drama Desk, American Theatre Wing Design Award, two Helen Hayes Awards (DC), the LA Ovation Award, and two NAACP Theatre Design Awards.
K.L. ALBERTS (Costume Designer) Previous designs at PTC include: the world premieres ofDumas’ Camille and Laughing Stock, as well as Annie, White Christmas, 42nd Street, Miss Saigon, The Producers, Les Misérables, Metamorphoses, West Side Story, Ragtime, Proof,Phantom, Communicating Doors, A Raisin in the Sun, Death of a Salesman, The Dining Room,Room Service, Inherit the Wind, Little Shop of Horrors, Private Lives, Uncle Vanya, Scapino!,Born Yesterday, Rough Crossing and The Cripple of Inishmaan. Designs for the University of Utah’s Babcock Theatre include: On the Verge, Summer and Smoke, The Cherry Orchard,School for Scandal, I Do! I Do!, The Seagull, Table Manners and Edward II. For Salt Lake Acting Company, K.L. has designed Red, boom, Angels in America, Go, Dog. Go!, Dark Play, I Am My Own Wife, Rabbit Hole, Sexsting, Bad Dates, Gross Indecency, The Beauty Queen of Leenaneand The Beard of Avon among others. K.L. recently designed Infantry Monologues andShadows of the Bakemono for Meat & Potato Theatre Company, and has designed Ah! Wilderness, Hay Fever, The Matchmaker, Fiddler on the Roof, Great Expectations: A New Musical and Les Misérables for the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
MICHAEL GILLIAM (Lighting Designer) Broadway credits include: Bonnie and Clyde, Brooklyn,Big River and Stand-Up Tragedy. West End credits: Gershwin Alone. Off-Broadway: Mr. Joy,Striking 12, Blue, End of the World Party, Zooman and the Sign and Menopause The Musical. National tours include Peter Pan, Brooklyn, Guys and Dolls and Big River. Regional: Arena Stage, The Globe Theatres, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory, The Goodman Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Geffen Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Prince Music Theatre, Denver Center and Arizona Theatre Company. Awards: Los Angeles Ovation Award, Drama-Logue Award, Garland Award and the 1999 Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.
MATTHEW TIBBS (Sound Designer) Matthew is the Resident Sound Designer for Pioneer Theatre Company and Adjunct Faculty teaching sound design for the University of Utah. Recent sound designs for PTC include In the Heights, Next to Normal, and the world premier of Find and Sign. Matthew has previously worked for Great River Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Matthew holds an M.F.A. in Sound Design from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a B.A. from George Fox University.
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, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks 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 in The 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.