Artistic Staff Bios
JEFF TALBOTT’s (Playwright) play The Submission was produced off-Broadway by MCC Theater (Outer Critics Circle Award, Laurents/Hatcher Award). The Gravedigger’s Lullaby had its World Premiere last March off-Broadway at TACT, and this spring Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors, a play commissioned by Montclair State University in New Jersey, will have its World Premiere there. Three Rules for the Dragon and A Public Education were both finalists for the O’Neill Conference. His plays (including Elliot, All the Stars in the Midnight Sky and How to Build a City) have received workshops and readings at MCC Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Colt Couer Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Pioneer Theatre Company, Premiere Stages, TACT, Crowded Outlet and Route 66. He writes musicals with composer Will Van Dyke. Their work includes: Imagine Harry (2015 NAMT Festival of New Musicals, 2017 Finalist O’Neill Conference), Wintersong (Goodspeed’s 2016 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, 2017 Finalist NAMT), Seven Broken Hearts (2018 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat), and they are currently working on a musical commissioned by Grove Entertainment and Barbara Whitman Productions called The Circle. They have released an EP (“A View of the River”) and the singles “A New Year” (recorded by Annaleigh Ashford) and “I Hate to Love You” (recorded by Daniel Quadrino), all available on iTunes or wherever digital music is sold. Talbott graduated with honors from the Yale School of Drama. www.jefftalbott.com
KAREN AZENBERG (Director) This marks Karen Azenberg’s sixth season as Artistic Director at PTC, and she directed the season opener, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 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 Theatre Co.). Among her other credits are National Tours of Carousel and Brigadoon, West Side Story (over 15 productions), and productions at Indiana Rep., Geva Theatre Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Goodspeed and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Karen is on the Board of the New York Musical Theatre Festival and a past president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Her favorite productions are her son Alexander and her daughter Emelia.
PAUL TATE DEPOO III (Scenic Design) Recent and upcoming productions include: PTC: One Man Two Guvnors; OD Musicals Korea: TITANIC; Signature: TITANIC, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, Girlstar; Asolo Rep: Evita, Josephine; Shubert Theatre: Show Boat; MUNY: 100th Gala, Singin’ in the Rain, Jersey Boys, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, J.C. Superstar, Young Frankenstein; Goodspeed: Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Sign of the Times, Guys and Dolls; Delaware Theatre Company: War of the Roses. Off-Broadway: She Would Stand Like This, Himself and Nora, Romance Language, Pageant, Sex of the Baby, Look Upon Lowliness; Ted Talks Boston; Classic Stage Company: Othello; Yale: Rocky Horror. Broadway Associate Designer: Lincoln Center’s Sweeney Todd, Lady Day, How to Succeed…, Nice Work if… Bengal Tiger, Follies, Anything Goes. dePoo is originally from Key West, Florida, and studied at Boston University. He is a member of Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab and United Scenic Artists, and was titled Live Design Magazine’s “Designer to Watch.” www.pauldepoo.com
GREGORY GALE (Costume Design) Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac, Tony Award nomination, Hewes Design Award nomination; Rock of Ages, Tony Award nomination, Hewes Design Award nomination; Arcadia; The Wedding Singer (and U.S. National Tour), Drama Desk nomination; Urinetown, Lucille Lortel nomination (also U.S. tour, Toronto); Band in Berlin. Off-Broadway: World Premieres To Wong Foo, Robin Hood and Fairycakes (AADA, plus Scranton Shakespeare); The Voysey Inheritance, Lucille Lortel Award, Hewes Design Award nomination (Atlantic); The Milliner, Lucille Lortel nomination; The Third Story, Hewes Design Award nomination (MCC), Country Club, Drama Desk Nomination (Drama Dept.). Opera: The Prince of Players (World Premiere Houston Grand Opera); La Rondine (Opera Theater of St. Louis); The Magic Flute (Chicago Opera Theater); Camelot (Virginia Opera). Upcoming: Blinded by Ed (feature film); An American Soldier (World Premiere, Theatre of Saint Louis); NOLA (feature film); Your Alice (BAM and Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.
JAX MESSENGER (Lighting Design) maintains a successful career as a lighting professional. He has lit productions for such companies as Curtis Institute (Doctor Atomic, Impressions de Pelléas) The Philadelphia Opera (Wake World) Austin Lyric Opera (Carmen) The Canadian Opera Company (Pyramus and Thisbe), Boston Lyric Opera (In the Penal Colony), Bard SummerScape (Oresteia, The Wreckers, The Turendot Project, The Demon), R. B. Schlather (Alcina, Orlando, The House Taken Over, The Mother of Us All), Adam H. Weinert (MONUMENT), Wanda Culture Industry Group (Princess Butterfly) Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Laurencia, Waltzpurgisnacht, Majisimas), Merola Opera (Barber of Seville, Transformations) The Washington Ballet (Sleeping Beauty, Fluctuating Hemlines, Shostakovich Concerto, Don Quixote) The San Francisco Opera (Requiem, The Elixir of Love for Families).
KATE WECKER (Sound Design) This is Wecker’s debut season as the resident sound designer for PTC. She is excited to be returning to the Utah theatre community after several years as the audio supervisor on the national tour of Menopause: the Musical. Wecker has previously designed for Fox Valley Repertory, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre and the Neil Simon Festival.
WILL VAN DYKE (Original Music) currently serves as the music supervisor for Pretty Woman: The Musical. Most recently, he served as the music director of Kinky Boots on Broadway. Other credits include Rent, The Addams Family, Grease and Wicked. As a composer, Van Dyke has written the score for several plays including The Gravedigger’s Lullaby (TACT) and Straight (Acorn). As a musical theatre writer, his compositions include Writing Kevin Taylor (Village Theatre), Winnie the Pooh, KIDS (Disney), The Lion King Experience titles (Disney). Currently in development: Magnificent Climb (with Rick Elice), Imagine Harry, Wintersong, Seven Broken Hearts and The Circle (with Jeff Talbott). With Annaleigh Ashford, he has recorded two original songs, “Another Time” and “A New Year.” He also helped create and music-directed her show and recording “Lost in the Stars.” He has several albums available wherever digital music is sold. @wvdmusic www.willvandyke.com
BECKY LYNN DAWSON* (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be at Pioneer Theatre Company. Dawson holds a MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts and a BFA from Utah State University. Selected stage management credits include From Here to Eternity, Saturday Night Fever, Mary Poppins, On the Town, Legally Blonde, Cats (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse); The Spitfire Grill, Chicago, M. Butterfly, I Hate Hamlet (Northern Stage); Moon Over Buffalo, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Christians (Gulfshore Playhouse); Divinamente New York 2009 & 2010 (EH Arts International). She would like to send many thanks to her family for their continuing support.
MARY P. COSTELLO* (Stage Manager) has worked on over 40 productions during seven seasons with PTC. Favorites include Sting’s The Last Ship, The Will Rogers Follies, Les Misèrables, In the Heights, Next to Normal and Rent. Other stage management teams: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Boston Theatre Works, Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Proud Equity member.
EMILY NACRISSA GRIFFITH (Assistant Stage Manager) graduated from UVU with a bachelor of science in theatre arts with emphases in performance and design/technology. Griffith earned the Kennedy Center’s Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in the stage management fellowship for her work as the production stage manager of UVU’s Next to Normal, which received their National Award for Outstanding Production of a Play.