Artistic Staff Bios
J.T. ROGERS’ (Playwright) plays include Oslo (Lincoln Center Theater, then Broadway; National Theatre, London, then West End); Blood and Gifts (Lincoln Center Theater; National Theatre); The Overwhelming (National Theatre, UK tour; Roundabout Theatre Company); and Madagascar and Seeing the Elephant, both given their World Premiere at the Salt Lake Acting Company. For Oslo, he won the Tony, New York Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk, Drama League, Lucille Lortel and Obie awards, and was nominated for the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards. Rogers’ essays have been published in the New York Times, Guardian and The New Statesman. He is a Guggenheim fellow and a founding board member of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund. He holds an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
KAREN AZENBERG (Director) This marks Karen Azenberg’s seventh season as Artistic Director at PTC. Last season she directed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Newsies and i. 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 most recently Mary Poppins at the 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.
DANIEL MEEKER (Scenic and Lighting Designer) Previously at PTC, Meeker designed the sets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Women in Jeopardy!, Outside Mullingar and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In his home city, Portland, Ore., credits include: set and lighting for Kodachrome, lighting for Twist Your Dickens, Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and Wild and Reckless at Portland Center Stage; set design for la Cenerentola, Così fan tutte, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field and The Little Match Girl Passion (Portland Opera); set and lighting design for Scarlet, Fences, A Christmas Carol and The Language Archive at Portland Playhouse; set design for Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt for Oregon Children’s Theatre; Meeker is the lighting director for the Pickathon festival, a graduate of Ithaca College and The Yale School of Drama, and a member of United Scenic Artists.
LEON WIEBERS (Costume Designer) has designed productions in the United States and internationally. He was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Research Award to South Korea examining traditional dress. Recent credits: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, St. Louis Rep. and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; The Music Man, The Glimmerglass Festival, Royal Opera House Muscat; Gypsy and The King and I, Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Empire: The Musical and Man Of LaMancha, La Mirada Theatre; Dance at the Hollywood Bowl; California Music Circus for over 10 years and 20 productions, San Francisco Opera Center, English National Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the National Theatre of Korea. He is a member of USA 829 and a faculty member at Loyola Marymount University. He is thrilled to work at Pioneer Theatre Company with Karen and the entire staff!
PATRICK BLEY (Sound Designer) is a native of Chicago and a recent transplant to Salt Lake City. He has spent the last decade as a Sound Designer and Engineer across the country and internationally, designing and mixing shows for a wide range of theatre and music. Many thanks to the great team here at Pioneer, and to all who continue to support live theatre.
AMANDA FRENCH (Hair and Makeup Design) has been a makeup and hair designer for over 28 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, first edition. 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.
ALEXANDRA HARBOLD (Dramaturg) has served as dramaturg on PTC’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Last Ship, An Inspector Calls, I Hate Hamlet and Of Mice and Men and acted in the Play-by-Play readings of i, Slow Food and A Public Education. Upcoming projects include directing The Wolves (Salt Lake Acting Company, Oct. 10 – Nov. 11, 2018) and The Rivals (The Babcock, University of Utah); co-creating The Live Creature and Ethereal Things (Flying Bobcat in collaboration with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company); and dramaturging Sweat (PTC). Harbold is co-founder and co-artistic director of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory and an assistant professor of directing in the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre.
SARAH SHIPPOBOTHAM (Dialect Coach) is a graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She teaches in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. Her work as dialect coach for PTC includes Twelfth Night, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Last Ship and Oliver!. She was seen on stage in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and King Charles III. Shippobotham also works as resident voice and dialect coach for the Shaw Festival in Canada.
This production is sponsored by:
Judy Brady & Drew W. Browning