Artistic Staff Bios
KAREN AZENBERG (Director) This marks Karen Azenberg’s fourth season as Artistic Director at PTC. This season she directed Fiddler on the Roof, The Rocky Horror Show Concert Version and It Happened One Christmas. In previous seasons she has directed and/or choreographed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Rocky Horror Show, Alabama Story, The Music Man, Something’s Afoot, A Few Good Men, Sweet Charity, A Christmas Carol –The Musical, Next to Normal (Regional Premiere), Rent, Miss Saigon, and she created the musical staging for the record-breaking 2007 production of Les Misérables. Originally from New York, her work there includes Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y), Blocks (a collaboration with Jonathan Larson), Prom Queens Unchained, and choreography for Richard Greenberg’s The Dazzle (Roundabout). Other credits include national tours of Carousel and Brigadoon, West Side Story (over 15 productions), and productions at Indiana Rep, Geva, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Goodspeed, and many others. Karen is on the Board of the New York Musical Theatre Festival and a past President of the Stage Director and Choreographers Society (SDC). Her favorite productions are her son Alexander and her daughter Emelia.
MARY EHLINGER (Musical Director) has musical directed and performed in many regional theaters across the country including Broadway and Off Broadway – where she musically arranged and originated the role of “Rita” in Cowgirls. She is Resident Music Director for The Fireside Theatre and a co founder of Play-by-Play Theatre (both in WI) and is a frequent performer at Mountain Playhouse in PA. Also a composer; Mary’s songs have been featured in numerous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades, Broadway’s Tony Award Event Stars in the Alley, at Carnegie Hall with the NY Pops, and on the recently released album The Hope of Christmas with Ann Hampton Calloway. Mary is a member of AEA and ASCAP.
JAMES NOONE (Scenic Design) 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 andBreaking Legs, A Bronx Tale, Boys in the Band and the musical Ruthless. Broadway productions include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, 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 and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill for HBO. 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.
GREG GAYLE (Costume Design) Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac, Tony Award nomination, Henry Hewes Design Award nomination, PBS Great Performances; Rock of Ages (plus London, Las Vegas, US National Tour, Toronto, Australia), Tony Award nomination, Henry Hewes Design Award nomination; Arcadia; The Wedding Singer, Drama Desk nomination; Urinetown, Lucille Lortel nomination (also US tour, Toronto); Band in Berlin. Off-Broadway: World Premieres of Douglas Carter Beane’s Robin Hood and Fairycakes (AADA); Gigantic (Vineyard); The Voysey Inheritance, Lucille Lortel Award, Henry Hewes Design Award nomination (Atlantic); The Milliner, Lucille Lortel nomination, The Third Story, Henry Hewes Design Award nomination (MCC); The Tribute Artist (Primary Stages); Now. Here. This. (Vineyard); Country Club, Drama Desk Nomination; The Torch-Bearers (Drama Dept). Opera: World Premiere of “The Prince of Players” for Houston Grand Opera; La Rondine (Opera Theater of St. Louis); The Magic Flute (Chicago Opera Theater); Camelot (Virginia Opera). Upcoming: “The Roof of the World” at Kansas City Rep. and Robin Hood at Dallas Center Theater. Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.
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 and Utah Shakespeare Festival. 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 Tree directed by Peter Sellars.
JOSHUA C. HIGHT (Sound Designer) A Graduate With Distinction of London’s Alchemea College of Audio Engineering, Hight comes to PTC 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. Hight is looking forward to a successful third 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, Sweet Charity, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Rocky Horror Show, One Man, Two Guvnors, Alabama Story, The Crucible, I Hate Hamlet and Music Man.
AMANDA FRENCH (Hair & Makeup) 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 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 adjunct professor of wigs and makeup.
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