Artistic Staff Bios
JAMES LAUSCHER (Skiffle Band) Jimmy “Rockstar” Lauscher has been playing a wide variety of music on his guitar for the last 20 years. He played in a variety of local and regional acts and then decided to become more serious about pursuing music as a career. Jimmy received a bachelor’s degree in music from the U of U in 2006 and since then has been very active. He plays in the regional touring act Marinade, Salt Lake City’s The Dead Lake Trio with fellow cast members Eric Stoye and Max Muscolino, teaches private guitar lessons, and runs open jam sessions for other local musicians. From heavy metal to jazz and all points in between, Jimmy has been a part of it.
MAX MUSCOLINO (Skiffle Band) was born in Salt Lake to an amazing artistic family. He started playing saxophone in fourth grade. When he reached the age of 13, he got his first bass—a candy-apple red Squire. It was love at first slap. The bass has allowed him to travel this great country for education and employment. He studied at Berklee School of Music, and then returned home to work with the family band. He can be heard today at weddings, corporate parties, and dive bars all over town.
PATRICK NEVILLE (Skiffle Band) has been playing guitar for nearly 25 years (since he was 8 years old). An autodidact who plays by ear, he learned singing and vocal harmonies by years of listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and many of the similar bands from the 60’s and 70’s – which was what his parents listened to. He has played rock and blues in Salt Lake City bands for the past 12 years, including with the now defunct BadGrass. His current band, Son of Ian, plays the local performance scene in pubs around Salt Lake City.
ERIC STOYE (Skiffle Band) was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, to two gifted musician parents. His obsession with rhythm started as a toddler after sitting behind his father’s drums for the first time at age two. He moved to California as a pre-teen and began studying the drums formally there. At age 17, he started teaching his own students, and the following year moved to Los Angeles to further his studies at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. He graduated two years later with a performance degree for drums and percussion. After completing school, he returned to Salt Lake City where he is currently living, teaching, and playing music full time. He has recorded and played with numerous artists of various genres, toured nationally, and has been hired for many local and touring acts.
DAVID IVERS (Director) is one of two Artistic Directors at the Utah Shakespeare Festival where he has acted and directed in over 40 productions spanning 18 seasons. In addition to his work with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, he has directed productions in each of the last two seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The Cocoanuts, The Taming of the Shrew) and continues to work regionally among our country’s top theatres. He spent 10 years as a resident artist (actor, director) with The Denver Center Theatre Company and several seasons with Portland Center Stage, Portland Repertory Theatre (Associate Artistic Director), Artists Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild and others. He received his MFA from The University of Minnesota and a BFA from Southern Oregon University. He is a proud member of SDC and AEA, and is grateful to Pioneer Theatre Company.
GREGG COFFIN (Musical Director) has composed, directed, arranged, and orchestrated the music for over a hundred productions throughout the U.S., Canada, China, and South Korea. Off-Broadway he composed the music and lyrics for Five Course Love (Minetta Lane) and Convenience (Duke on 42nd Street). His regional work includes The Cocoanuts (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Animal Crackers, Hamlet, Heartbreak House, The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Pride & Prejudice, King Lear, and Measure for Measure (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Dial M for Murder, Proof, Rough Crossing, The Illusion, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and The Comedy of Errors (Geva Theatre Centre); Cyrano de Bergerac (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Theophilus North(Arena Stage); To Kill a Mockingbird (Alley Theatre); The Game’s Afoot, The Whipping Man, Our Town, Death of a Salesman, andThe Drawer Boy (Indiana Repertory Theatre); and many productions at the Santa Cruz, Alabama, California, Santa Fe, Georgia, Great River, and St. Louis Shakespeare Festivals. Gregg’s international credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Stratford Festival of Canada); Slavs! (Tarragon Theatre); and Vinci (National Arts Centre).
PAUL TATE DEPOO III (Set Designer) Most recently, Paul created the sets for Pageant the Musical (off-Broadway), A Christmas Carol (Capital Rep), Annie (Maltz-Jupiter, Carbonell Award Nominee for Best Scenic Design), Look Upon Our Lowliness (NYC Movement Co.), Hello, Dolly! (Cape Playhouse), Avenue Q (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Broadway’s 2013 Beauty Pageant, and was a select designer for the 2013 Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He previously designed A Raisin in the Sun (Palm Beach Dramaworks), The Music Man (Maltz-Jupiter, Carbonell Award: Best Musical Production), Hello, Dolly! (Maltz Jupiter Theatre),The Kite Runner (Boston Repertory Theatre), and the national tour for indie band Neutral Milk Hotel’s The Music Tapes. Upcoming productions include the new web series Oh, Liza, Master Harold and the Boys (Luna Stage) Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center,Lady Day on Broadway, and Chicago Lyric Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro with scenic designer James Noone. Paul’s select work as a Broadway associate designer with Derek McLane includes How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Follies, Anything Goes, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Paul is a Production Design graduate of Boston University and a member of United Scenic Artists.
ALEX JAEGER (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be designing his first show for Pioneer Theatre Company. Some productions include: Off-Broadway: Two Sisters and a Piano (Public Theater); Wiesenthal (Acorn Theater); Regional; Mr. Burns (Guthrie);Other Desert Cities, A Parallelogram, The Nether, The Paris Letter, Eclipsed (Center Theatre Group); Extraordinary Chambers,Love, Loss and What I Wore, Third, Mizlanski/Zilinski (Geffen Playhouse); Looped (with Valerie Harper), Doubt, Tally’s Folly(Pasadena Playhouse); Zealot, Cloudlands, All My Sons, Nostalgia, Goldfish and others (South Coast Repertory); Major Barbara,Arcadia, Once in a Lifetime, The Homecoming, November, Maple and Vine, Rock ‘N Roll, Speed the Plow (A.C.T. San Francisco);A Wrinkle in Time, A Streetcar Named Desire, August: Osage County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Romeo and Juliet, Handler, Fuddy Meers, Stop Kiss (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); A Lie of the Mind, Buried Child, Annapurna, Bruja, OR,Oedipus El Rey, Mauritius (Magic Theatre); Lombardi (Cleveland Playhouse); The Habit of Art, Belleville, Caroline or Change,Grey Gardens, The Cripple of Inishmaan and many others (Studio Theatre,D.C.); The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew, Great Lakes Theatre/ Idaho Shakespeare Festival; Life is a Dream (California Shakespeare Theater). Alex also works as a celebrity stylist in Los Angeles.
KIRK BOOKMAN (Lighting Designer) New York credits include Charles Busch’s The Tribute Artist, The Divine Sister. Off–Broadway: What Then at the Ohio Theater, The Cook at Intar Theatre 53, Recent Tragic Events at Playwrights Horizons (starring Heather Graham). Broadway (National Actors Theatre): The Sunshine Boys (Jack Klugman and Tony Randall), The Gin Game(Julie Harris and Charles Durning), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Right You Are. Irish Repertory Company: Playboy of the Western World, Eclipsed, The Importance of Being Earnest and Major Barbara. Other New York: Mondo Drama, Havana is Waiting, Force Continuum (Atlantic Theater Company), My One Good Nerve (starring Ruby Dee), The Green Heart at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Shawl, Rude Entertainment, The Book of Liz (David and Amy Sedaris), Les MIZrahi (Isaac Mizrahi), Hope is the Thing with Feathers, As Thousands Cheer and June Moon. Regionally, Mr. Bookman has designed at such notable theaters as Goodspeed Opera House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Pittsburgh Public theater, Repertory Theatre of St Louis. Ballet: English National Ballet, Santiago Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Hungarian National Ballet. Projects with the San Francisco Symphony include The Thomashefskys, Of Thee I Sing, Oedipus Rex, The Nightingale and A Flowering Treedirected by Peter Sellars.
JOSHUA C. HIGHT (Sound Designer) A Graduate With Distinction of London’s Alchemea College of Audio Engineering, Joshua comes to us with many years of experience in professional audio systems repair and design, and has established himself as an exceptional live sound engineer in both London and Salt Lake City. Joshua is looking forward to a successful second season working in theater design with Pioneer Theatre Company. His other projects of note include working with Sommerset House for the 2012 Olympic Games, and PTC’s Elf—The Musical, A Few Good Men, Much Ado About Nothing, Deathtrap and Sweet Charity.
AMANDA FRENCH (Hair and Makeup Designer) has been a Makeup and Hair Designer for over 25 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, 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 adjunct professor of wigs and makeup.
MARY P. COSTELLO (Stage Manager) is joining Pioneer Theatre Company for her fourth season! Other PTC credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sweet Charity, Much Ado About Nothing, Elf—The Musical, Other Desert Cities,Something’s Afoot, Les Misérables, The Odd Couple, The Philadelphia Story, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, In the Heights,Man of La Mancha, Emma, Annie, The Tempest, Next to Normal and Rent. Past credits include Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Boston Theatre Works, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Contemporary American Theatre Festival and Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival. Mary is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
JOHN “JP” POLLARD (Production Stage Manager) is excited to join Pioneer Theatre Company directly from a three-season residency at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. He got his start in the theatre over 30 years ago, working with the likes of Kaye Ballard, Imogene Coca, Cesar Romero, Lee Meriweather and many others at Earl Holliman’s Fiesta Dinner Playhouse in his hometown of San Antonio, TX. Career highlights: the San Francisco run of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universestarring Lily Tomlin, four seasons at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, and an international production of Grease – Das Musical, touring both Germany and Switzerland. In addition to theatre, he has previously spent time as personal assistant to actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Proud AEA member since 1983.
ANALYSHA MULCOCK (First Asst. Stage Manager) is so excited to return to this position with Pioneer Theatre Company after working last season as the second assistant on Sweet Charity, A Few Good Men and Something’s Afoot. A graduate of the stage management program at the University of Utah, some of her other credits include A Flea in Her Ear (Babcock Theatre),Geography Club (Studio 115), Rare Bird (Babcock Theatre), and Sylvia and Songs for a New World (Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts). She would like to thank her family for all of their love and support.
KAYLA K. SPRAGUE (Second Asst. Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back at Pioneer Theatre Company for her second show here. She is currently a senior in the Stage Management Program here at the University of Utah. Her previous work includes stage-managing a stage at the Utah PRIDE Festival in Salt Lake City and a regional first production of Love Alone by Deborah Salem Smith.
SARAH SHIPPOBOTHAM (Dialect Coach) is a Full Professor and Head of the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. Her work as dialect coach for Pioneer Theatre Company includes productions of Something’s Afoot, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, In the Heights, Sunset Boulevard, Our Town, Dial ‘M’ for Murder, The Light in the Piazza, Noises Off, Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Mousetrap, Communicating Doors, Joyful Noise, A View From the Bridgeand The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Sarah has also worked for Salt Lake Acting Company, coaching The Overwhelming, Going to St. Ives, The Beard of Avon, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and White People. Sarah also works as the Resident Voice and Dialect Coach for The Shaw Festival in Canada. She was the Additional Dialect Coach on The Hobbit films.
MARTINE KEI GREEN-ROGERS (Dramaturg) is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Utah. Her dramaturgical credits include: Clearing Bombs and Nothing Personal at Plan-B Theatre, the Classical Theatre Company’s productions of Uncle Vanya, Antigone, Candida, Ghosts, Tartuffe, and Shylock, The Jew of Venice; productions of Seven Guitars, The Mountaintop, Home and Porgy and Bess at the Court Theatre; The Clean House at CATCO; Comedy of Errors, To Kill A Mockingbird, The African Company Presents Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fences at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; 10 Perfect and The Curious Walk of the Salamander as part of the 2006 and 2007 Madison Repertory Theatre’s New Play Festival; and A Thousand Words as part of the 2008 WI Wrights New Play Festival.
RICHARD BEAN (Playwright) was born in Hull, England in 1956. After school, he worked in a bread plant before leaving to study Psychology at Loughborough University. Richard has since worked as a psychologist, playwright and a stand-up comedian. He lives with his partner Erica and two daughters, Tilly and Ruby. Stage: One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre (Lyttelton)/Adelphi Theatre/Theatre Royal Haymarket/Music Box Theatre, New York/World Tour); a stage version of David Mamet’s The House of Games (Almeida); The Big Fellah (produced by Out of Joint); Pub Quiz is Life (Hull Truck); England People Very Nice (National Theatre (Olivier), Olivier Award Nomination for Best New Play); The English Game (produced by Headlong);Up On Roof (Hull Truck, nominated for TMA Play of the Year); In the Club (Hampstead Theatre); a version of Moliere’s The Hypochondriac (Almeida); The Heretic, Harvest (Nominated for Evening Standard and Olivier Best New Play Awards, Winner Critics’ Circle Best New Play), Honeymoon Suite (Pearson Play of the Year), Under The Whaleback (George Devine Award) andToast (all at the Royal Court); The God Botherers (Bush Theatre); Smack Family Robinson (Newcastle Live!); The Mentalists(Lyttelton Loft, National Theatre); and Mr. England (Sheffield Crucible Theatre). Radio plays: Of Rats and Men, Yesterday,Unsinkable and Robin Hood’s Revenge. He was awarded the 2011 Evening Standard Award for Best Play for The Heretic andOne Man, Two Guvnors, and the 2011 Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and the 2012 Whatsonstage.com Award for Best New Comedy, both for One Man, Two Guvnors.
RICH COLE (Casting) has happily served as Pioneer Theatre Company’s casting director since 2001. He has helped to populate more than 500 shows for Broadway, off-Broadway, National Tours, London, Dublin, Vienna and over thirty-five of this nation’s major regional theatres. For this work, the Casting Society of America thrice nominated him for the prestigious Artios Award. Also a director and playwright, he is the founding Artistic Director of New York’s The Urban Rock Project, whose critically acclaimed production of Patriot Acts was one of the highlights of a recent New York International Fringe Festival. His play Unnatural Actswon the 2002 OOBR Award for Excellence. Rich made his Salt Lake City directing debut with The Caucasian Chalk Circle for the U of U’s Department of Theatre.