Artistic Staff Bios
KAREN AZENBERG (Director/Choreographer) This marks Karen Azenberg’s fourth season as Artistic Director at PTC. Last season she directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Rocky Horror Show, Alabama Story and The Music Man. In previous seasons she has directed and/or choreographed 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 andBrigadoon, 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.
LENNY DANIEL (Associate Director/Choreographer) Mr. Daniel has assisted Ms. Azenberg on such great shows as The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Concert), Sweet Charity, A Christmas Carol: The Musical (PTC), Mary Poppins, Peter Pan (Alabama Shakespeare), Brigadoon,Carousel (Troika & NYU), West Side Story (Virginia Opera) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame(NYC workshop). He directed and choreographed Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical at TexArts Theater, assistant directed The Wizard of Oz National Tour starring Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt and assistant choreographed GiGi (Papermill Playhouse). Mr. Daniel happily assisted Ann Reinking and performed in Here Lies Jenny starring Bebe Neuwirth (NYC & SF). Performing creditsinclude: Broadway: Cats–Final Company, The Wizard of Oz. NYC: Sinatra (Radio City),Wonderful Town (NYC Opera). Tours: Spamalot, Chicago, South Pacific, Camelot, Jekyll & Hyde. Regional: Sweet Charity, A Christmas Carol: The Musical (PTC), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Baltimore CenterStage), Mary Poppins, Peter Pan (Alabama Shakespeare), GiGi andEvita (Papermill). Grammy Nominated Cast album The Wizard of Oz.
HELEN GREGORY (Musical Director) is returning to conduct her seventh production for the Pioneer Theatre Company (Rent, In the Heights, Something’s Afoot, Spelling Bee, Rocky Horror-2014, Fiddler on the Roof). Thanks to Karen Azenberg for letting me play in this glorious sandbox and for making my job delightfully fun. Thanks, too, to the boys in this band for making me feel like a rock star. Off-Broadway credits include: NY Theatre Workshop, The Vineyard, Public Theatre, LaMama E.T.C. Regional theatres: Maltz Jupiter Theatre- (received 10 Carbonell nominations, Winner 2011 for Crazy For You), Asolo Repertory Theatre (Winner Sarasota Magazine Theatre Awards 2009- Best Musical Direction for Barnum), The Alliance Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Human Race Theatre Company, New Jersey Repertory Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse & The Hangar Theatre. Helen lives in Durango, CO. To Mom- thanks for paying for my piano lessons!
AARON SWENSON (Costume Designer) is excited to be back for his second year as Costume Designer for The Rocky Horror Show. Most recently, Aaron designed costumes for Salt Lake Shakespeare’s productions of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Twelfth Night; he will also be designing costumes for the world premieres of Two Dollar Bill at PTC and Booksmart at Plan-B Theatre Company. Additional design credits: Geography Club and Avenue Q (University of Utah Department of Theatre); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Plan-B Theatre, 3rd Revival);Assassins, tick…tick…BOOM! and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Dark Horse Company Theatre); Nine Dragons, There’s a Monster in My Closet!, and The Dinosaur Musical(University of Utah Youth Theatre). Aaron is currently in his ninth season as Pioneer Theatre Company’s Wardrobe Supervisor and Head of Costume Crafts. In addition to his work in wardrobe, design, and crafts, Aaron has worked as a professional actor in Utah since 1997. Salt Lake audiences may recognize Aaron from Saturday’s Voyeur at Salt Lake Acting Company, or from his multiple stints in the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Plan-B). Aaron will be returning to the stage this fall in Pygmalion Productions’ production of Buyer and Cellar.
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 Earnestand 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 Cheerand 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 DESIGN) A Graduate With Distinction of London’s Alchemea College of Audio Engineering, Joshua 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. Joshua 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 The Music Man.
AMANDA FRENCH (Hair and 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, 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.