Artistic Staff Bios
DAVID IVERS (Director) returns to PTC after directing One Man, Two Guvnors. He is one of two artistic directors of the Utah Shakespeare Festival where he has acted and directed in nearly 50 productions spanning 20 seasons. He has appeared on stage and as a director at some of our country’s most prestigious theatres, most recently directing productions for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory Theatre, and multiple seasons on stage with the DCPA Theatre Company, Portland Rep. (Associate Artistic Director) Portland Center Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and others. He holds a B.F.A. from Southern Oregon University and M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota. He is a proud member of SDC and AEA. Many thanks to PTC.
GARY M. ENGLISH (Scenic Designer) is the founding artistic director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre and served as artistic director and dept. head in dramatic arts for 15 years. Recent major directing credits include The Miracle Worker and American Primitive, produced at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Mass. As a designer, his work includes scenery and costumes for off-Broadway, television and over 70 productions at many of America’s leading repertory theatres. Some design credits include The Fantasticks at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; One Man, Two Guvnors, The Light in the Piazza and the world premiere of The Ladies Man, by Charles Morey, at Pioneer Theatre Company. He is currently on the Board of Directors serving as immediate past president for U/RTA. He served as commissioner of scene design for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, USITT and as a panelist on the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. He is currently a member of the National Theatre Conference.
ALEX JAEGER (Costume Designer) returns to PTC after having designed One Man, Two Guvnors. Off-Broadway: Two Sisters and a Piano (Public Theater); Wiesenthal (Tour); Regional: Mr. Burns (Guthrie); Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches (Children’s Theatre Co.); The Nether, The Paris Letter, Eclipsed (Center Theatre Group); Amadeus, Zealot and others (South Coast Repertory); The Servant of Two Masters, Man of La Mancha and the upcoming How to Fight Loneliness and Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Utah Shakespeare Festival); The Hard Problem, Major Barbara, Arcadia, Once in a Lifetime, Maple and Vine (A.C.T. San Francisco); A Wrinkle in Time, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); A Lie of the Mind, Buried Child, Annapurna, Bruja, Oedipus El Rey, Mauritius (Magic Theatre, San Francisco); Lombardi (Cleveland Playhouse); The Habit of Art, Grey Gardens, Caroline or Change and others (Studio Theatre, D.C.).
DAVID NEVILLE (Lighting Designer) is very excited to be at Pioneer Theatre Company. He has designed lighting for over 300 productions for various regional theatres, including Music Theatre Wichita, Ordway Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Pioneer Theatre Company, North Carolina Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Arkansas Rep., Theatre Under the Stars, Music Theatre West and Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera. Other projects include designs for off-Broadway, National Tours and International Tours. This year includes designs at Music Theatre Wichita, Wichita Symphony, Arkansas Rep. and California Music Circus.
GREGG COFFIN (Composer) Previously at Pioneer Theatre Company, Coffin music directed One Man, Two Guvnors. Elsewhere he has composed, directed, arranged or orchestrated the music for productions in theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the Minetta Lane Theatre and The Duke on 42nd Street (off-Broadway), the Stratford Festival of Canada, the National Arts Centre, and Canadian Stage (Canada), Alley Theatre, American Players Theatre, Arena Stage, Berkeley Rep., Geva Theatre Center, The Guthrie Theatre, South Coast Rep., DCPA, and the Oregon, Utah, Santa Cruz, Alabama, California, Great River and St. Louis Shakespeare Festivals. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 12.
ADRIANNE MOORE (Dialect Coach) is the head of the theatre department at Utah State University and a freelance accent coach and director. Her work as a dialect and vocal coach for Pioneer Theatre Company includes productions of Dracula, My Fair Lady, The Heiress and Pride and Prejudice. She has also served as dialect and text coach for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, working on productions of Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sherlock Holmes, Boeing Boeing and Dracula. She coaches regularly for the Salt Lake Acting Company; credits there include Streetlight Woodpecker, Tribes, Good People, Venus in Fur, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Red, Angels in America, Charm, The Caretaker, Skin in Flames, I Am My Own Wife, Polish Joke and Memory of Water. She is the resident dialect coach for the Lyric Repertory Company and has recently taken on the role of artistic producer for the company. Film dialect coaching includes The Redemption of Sarah Cain and the AMC pilot Galyntine. Moore is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.
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 fourth 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 Much Ado About Nothing, Deathtrap, Sweet Charity, The Rocky Horror Show, One Man, Two Guvnors, Alabama Story, The Crucible, I Hate Hamlet, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Outside Mullingar, It Happened One Christmas, Two Dollar Bill, An Inspector Calls, Cowgirls, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Last Ship, The Glass Menagerie, Oliver!, Fences, Women in Jeopardy! and Chess.
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, 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.
ISABEL SMITH-BERNSTEIN (Dramaturg) This is her first show with Pioneer Theatre Company. She has worked previously as a dramaturg with the Utah Shakespeare Festival (Much Ado About Nothing, The Three Musketeers, Amadeus, Charley’s Aunt), Lean & Hungry Theater (The Scarlet Letter, The Comedy of Errors, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Empty Chair Theatre Company (Titus Andronicus, Hamlet), Underling Productions (Measure for Measure), and as an assistant dramaturg with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Pericles) and the Folger Theatre (Richard III). Publications include an article in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s The Quill. She holds a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and is an M.A. candidate at UC Boulder.