Artistic Staff Bios
MARY B. ROBINSON (Director) has directed more than 70 productions in New York City and around the country, including The Glass Menagerie, An Inspector Calls and Of Mice and Men at Pioneer Theatre Company and Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel at Westport Playhouse. In New York, she directed Lanford Wilson’s Lemon Sky at Second Stage (Drama Desk nomination) and Jeffrey Hatcher’s Three Viewings at Manhattan Theatre Club. She’s also directed at Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory and Hartford Stage, among other regional theatres. She served on the Executive Board of Stage Directors and Choreographers for 15 years, teaches directing in the MFA program at Brooklyn College and is the author of Directing Plays, Directing People: A Collaborative Art.
JASON SIMMS (Scenic Designer) is a designer for plays, musical theatre and opera. Simms is honored to return to PTC after designing The Lion in Winter, Glass Menagerie and An Inspector Calls. Work in other regional theaters includes: Berkshire Theatre Group, Weston Playhouse, George St. Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Co., People’s Light and Theatre (Philadelphia), Bristol Riverside Theatre (Bristol, PA), Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Chautauqua Theatre Co. (Chautauqua, NY), The Old Globe (San Diego), TheatreWorks (Silicon Valley), Two River Theatre Co. (Red Bank, NJ) and many others. NYC venues include The Public Theater, The Cherry Lane, 2nd Stage Uptown, Ensemble Studio Theatre, SoHo Playhouse, The Juilliard School, The Wild Project, The Ohio Theatre, New Ohio Theatre, The Bushwick Starr and more. MFA: NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. www.jasonsimmsdesign.com Instagram: simmsjason
K. L. ALBERTS (Costume Designer) This season marks Alberts’ 31st season with Pioneer Theatre Company. In those years he has designed a wide range of shows. Small intimate dramas like Of Mice and Men and Proof, the comedies Private Lives and Scapino! and many large scale musicals including Les Misérables (both PTC productions), The Producers, Elf-The Musical and The Music Man. Alberts was also honored to design the world premieres of three PTC productions: It Happened One Christmas, Dumas’ Camille and Laughing Stock. For the University of Utah Theatre Program he has designed On The Verge, Edward II and The School For Scandal among others. He recently designed Beowulf, as well as Infantry Monologues and Shadows of the Bakemono for Meat and Potato Theatre Company, and has spent many summers with the Utah Shakespeare Festival where his designs include Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Anything Goes and Les Misérables (yet again!).
AARON SPIVEY (Lighting Designer) NYC Off-Broadway design credits include: Shadowlands, Jukebox Jackie, Wanda’s World, From My Hometown, 4 Guys Named José, Golf the Musical, and Elle. Regional credits include: Blind Date, Ah, Wilderness, 2666 and Brigadoon (The Goodman Theater), Tug of War (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), The Secret Garden (Children’s Theater of Charlotte & Idaho Shakespeare), Marry Me a Little (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Bomb-ity of Errors (Syracuse Stage) 4 Guys Named José (Actors’ Playhouse). International: A Chorus Line (Mexico City). On Broadway Aaron has served as the associate or assistant designer on 30 productions, including: Aladdin, Motown, The Coast of Utopia, Catch Me if You Can and Tarzan. www.aaronspiveylighting.com
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 PTC, and to all who continue to support live theatre.
ALEXANDRA HARBOLD (Dramaturg) has served as dramaturg on PTC’s Oslo, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Last Ship, I Hate Hamlet, and Of Mice and Men and An Inspector Calls with Director Mary B. Robinson. Recent projects include directing The Wolves (Salt Lake Acting Company) and co-creating The Live Creature & Ethereal Things (Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in collaboration with Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory). Upcoming projects include directing The Rivals (U of U, Babcock Theatre),The Night Witches (Egyptian Theatre), Death of a Driver (SLAC) and The Odyssey (U of U, Babcock). Harbold is co-founder and co-artistic director of Flying Bobcat and Assistant Professor of Directing in the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre.
AMANDA FRENCH (Hair and Makeup Designer) 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 assistant professor of wigs and makeup.