Artistic Staff Bios
CHARLES MOREY (Director) Artistic Director of PTC from 1984 to 2012; directed over ninety productions including the world premieres Touch(ed), In and Find and Sign. 1977 to 1988: Artistic Director of New Hampshire’s Peterborough Players. Other directing credits: New York; Ark Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre; Regional, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Meadow Brook Theatre, American Stage Festival, PCPA Theatrefest, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Author of ten produced plays, the most recent, Figaro, commissioned and produced by the Pearl Theatre Company off-Broadway and named a NY Times “Critic’s Pick.” In addition, adaptations of the 19th century classic novels The Count of Monte Cristo, A Tale of Two Cities, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula and The Three Musketeers, a translation/adaptation from Feydeau, The Ladies Man,and his original plays Laughing Stock, Dumas’ Camille and The Yellow Leaf. Professional productions include Pioneer Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare and Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Asolo Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Meadow Brook Theatre, PCPA Theaterfest, Peterborough Players, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Elm Shakespeare Company, Centenary Stage Company, Creede Repertory Theatre, Arvada Center, Sierra Rep., Theatre in the Square and many more. Hundreds of amateur, university and international productions as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Singapore and Israel. Laughing Stock is currently playing in Moscow in Russian translation. Three of his plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and two by Playscripts. Panelist and on-site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts; Board of Trustees, National Theatre Conference. BA: Dartmouth College. MFA: Columbia University. Fellow of the MacDowell Colony.
JAMES WOLK (Scenic Designer) Previous designs for PTC include Find and Sign, 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 includeBuddy, Company and 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.
SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE (Costume Designer) returns to PTC after designing The Tempest,In, Hamlet, Our Town, A Chorus Line, Romeo & Juliet, My Fair Lady, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chicago, Julius Caesar, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Macbeth, Tartuffe, Sophisticated Ladies, King Lear and Richard III. Among her New York credits areGriffelkin for New York City Opera and the off-Broadway productions of Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!, She Loves Me, Fortinbras and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Local audiences may know her work from the Utah Shakespeare Festival, where she designed during the 1996-1999 seasons. Other regional engagements include Denver Center Theatre Company, Syracuse Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Skylight Opera Theatre, and numerous theatres in her home city, Austin, Texas, where she recently joined the faculty of St. Edward’s University. Susan is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and the Yale School of Drama and a 27-year member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
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.
MICHAEL WESCOATT (Sound Designer) is a Salt Lake City native and has spent over 14 years working on large-scale projects in Las Vegas, Southern Utah and Salt Lake City. Having spent over eight years working with the MGM Mirage/Cirque du Soleil partnership, Michael helped to design and implement some of the largest spectacle theatres in the world, including Oat Bellagio, Ká at MGM Grand, Zumanity at New York, New York, and Believe at Luxor. He acted primarily as a theatre consultant for lighting, sound and power systems, but also lent his expertise in the areas of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP), theatrical rigging, network administration, life safety systems integration, and automation. Michael returns to the University of Utah campus and Pioneer Theatre Company after leaving for projects in Las Vegas in 1998. Previously he worked as a Stage Carpenter and Pioneer Theatre Company, Stage Manager and Sound Engineer for the Departments of Ballet and Modern Dance, including touring productions for Utah Ballet Company. Michael has also served as a Designer and Project Manager for many buildings in Utah and Nevada with architectural firms in St. George and Salt Lake City. He is a proud alumni of the University of Utah, Department of Theatre, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997. Michael is a proud father of seven children – three girls and four boys – and happily married to his best high school friend, Brenda.
AMANDA FRENCH (Hair and Makeup Designer) has been a Makeup and Hair Designer for over 20 years. She has worked for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Opera, Egyptian Theatre Company and the University of Texas as Austin. She is a contributing writer in the tenth edition of Stage Makeup by Corson, Glavan and Norcross, and her work can be seen in The Costume Technician’s Handbook by Ingham and Covey, andWig 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 adjunct professor of wigs and makeup.
JANINE SOBECK (Dramaturg) is pleased to return to PTC after dramaturging last season’s The Philadelphia Story. Janine is the Dramaturgy Specialist at Brigham Young University, where she teaches, supervises student dramaturgs, and works as a production dramaturg. She is also the Resident Dramaturg and Executive Producer at Utah Repertory Theater and the Vice President of Communications for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). Previously, Janine worked as the Artistic Associate: Literary at Arena Stage, where she was the head dramaturg, literary manager, and producer of new work. Janine has an M.A. in Theatre History Theory and Criticism from Brigham Young University and was the recipient of the 2009 Dramaturgy Debut Award for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
JON ROBIN BAITZ (Playwright) Baitz’s plays include The Film Society, The Substance of Fire,The End of the Day, Three Hotels, A Fair Country (Pulitzer Prize finalist 1996),Mizlansky/Zilinsky, Ten Unknowns and The Paris Letter, as well as a version of Hedda Gabler(Broadway 2001). He created Brothers & Sisters, the TV series which ran for five seasons, until 2011. Other TV work includes PBS’ version of Three Hotels, for which he won the Humanitas Award, and episodes of The West Wing and Alias. He is the author of two screenplays: the film script for The Substance of Fire (1996) and People I Know (2002). He is a founding member of Naked Angels Theatre Company, and on the faculties of the MFA programs at The New School for Drama, and SUNY Stony Brook/Southampton. His play Other Desert Cities won the Outer Critics Circle Award in 2011.