Artistic Staff Bios
ALAN MURAOKA (Director) – Television: Sesame Street: The Power of We (HBO Max & PBS; 2021 Emmy Award: Outstanding Children’s Program, Best Director Nomination 2021 NAACP Image Award), Sesame Street, Upcoming: Sesame Street-See Us Coming Together (HBO Max & PBS). New York theatre: The Nice List (World Premiere Virtual Musical), Avenue Q (Off Broadway-Resident Director), The Report (NY Fringe), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre-AD) Elizabeth Ward Land: Still Within The Sound of My Voice (Green Room 42, Bistro Award- Best Tribute Show 2020), Grand Hotel (NYU/Cap 21), Falsettoland (NAATCO). Regionally: Gold Mountain (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Forestburgh Playhouse, Olney Theatre, Lyric Theatre, MUNY, Casa Manana and the Kennedy Center. As an actor: 7 Broadway shows. Current cast member of Sesame Street (23 years). Graduate of UCLA. Website: www.alanmuraoka.tv Instagram: @alanathoopers.
ROMMY SANDHU (Choreographer) is a Punjabi-American New York City based Director-Choreographer and educator. His clever and imaginative approach has led him to serve as associate director, choreographer, and dance captain to Tony Award-winning director/choreographers Kathleen Marshall, Susan Stroman, and Matthew Bourne. Sandhu has most recently collaborated with Kathleen Marshall on The Unsinkable Molly Brown (The Transport Group) and Dick Scanlan on Little Shop of Horrors (New York City Center Encores!). A Dancebreak Foundation “Choreographer to Watch,” his selected directing and choreography credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (The Maltz-Jupiter Theatre), Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts) and Singing In The Rain starring Corbin Bleu (The MUNY). Father to three beautiful children, married to one incredible woman. RommySandhu.com
TOM GRIFFIN (Musical Director/Conductor) is a nationally recognized musical director/conductor. Recent productions: Once On This Island, Oliver, It Happened One Christmas, Peter & The Starcatcher, Elf The Musical and A Christmas Carol: The Musical at Pioneer Theatre Company, 13 – The Musical, the West Coast and Los Angeles premieres of The Last Five Years, Sweet Charity, Sweeney Todd, and The Music Man; West Coast premiere of Spitfire Grill; Annie, West Side Story, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Bye Bye Birdie; national tour of My Fair Lady for Theatre of the Stars; and Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Disney’s Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Peter Pan, and A Christmas Memory. Awards: Broadway revival of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Los Angeles premiere), Garland Award Best Musical Direction; and Side Show (Los Angeles premiere), Los Angeles Drama Critics Award Best Musical Direction. Tom was the musical conductor of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on two national tours.
JAMES KRONZER (Scenic Designer) calls Washington, D.C. and northern Italy home. His credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional productions of: Sweeney Todd at the Denver Center; All The Way at St. Louis Rep; A Prayer for Owen Meany at Cincinnati Playhouse. He also designed scenery for Disney Cruise Line’s Twice Charmed and has shows running on twelve ships on the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. TV credits include over 250 stand-up comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, and Netflix. He has worked with comedians such as Louis CK, Ali Wong, Mo Amer, Marc Maron, Bo Burnham, and Jim Gaffigan. Mr. Kronzer has been nominated 32 times for the Helen Hayes Award (DC) and has received the award eight times. His work can be seen at JamesKronzer.com.
CHRISTINA WATANABE (Lighting Designer) is an award-winning designer and educator for theatre, dance, music, and events. NYC: Lincoln Center, The Public, WP Theatre, EST, Primary Stages, Cherry Lane, 59E59, HERE, New Ohio, Theatre Row, Urban Stages, INTAR, Bushwick Starr, and Theatre for the New City, to name a few. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Brown/Trinity Rep, Virginia Stage Company, Charlottesville Opera, Palm Beach Dramaworks, White Heron Theatre Company, Florida Rep, Bristol Valley Theatre. TV: “Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State,” (co-design). Webster University Faculty. USITT Gateway Mentor. Knights of Illumination winner. MFA: NYU. Member USA 829.
K. L. ALBERTS (Costume Design) This marks season 34 for me and how fantastic to be designing this joyous holiday production after many dark months. Some favorite PTC designs include The Play That Goes Wrong, Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time, Les Misérables, Uncle Vanya and Little Shop of Horrors. For the Utah Shakespeare Festival, I have designed Ah! Wilderness, The Matchmaker, Big River and Guys and Dolls among others. While living in New York I worked on, off, and very far from Broadway, and also for the Ralph Lauren Studios.
AARON HUBBARD (Sound Designer) is enjoying his 14th season with Pioneer Theatre Company in sound mix and design. His favorite productions have been Sting’s The Last Ship, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Next to Normal, and One Man, Two Guvnors. Aaron teaches sound production and recording at Weber State University, and his spare time he records and produces music. His favorite star is his wife Melissa, who puts up with all the late theatre nights.
SAMANTHA WOOTTEN (Hair and Makeup Designer) is excited to join the Pioneer Theatre Company and the University of Utah as Wig Master. Previous career highlights include Washington National Opera in D.C., Glimmerglass Opera in N.Y., Los Angeles Opera in CA, and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
MARY P. COSTELLO (Production Stage Manager) has worked on over 60 productions during 11 seasons with PTC. Favorites include Sting’s The Last Ship, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 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. #blacklivesmatter #translivesmatter
JENNIFER GREGORY (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of PTC. Prior to this, she stage-managed in Chicago, where her credits included X-Marks the Spot (Tour, Chicago Children’s Theatre); Bloomsday, Frankenstein, Puff: Believe It or Not, The Skin of Our Teeth, and Born Yesterday (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company); A Parcel from America (Irish Theatre of Chicago); The Little Flower of East Orange (Eclipse Theatre Company); and Disgraced, A Christmas Carol, Another Word for Beauty, The Matchmaker, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, and War Paint (Goodman Theatre). Outside of Chicago, Jennifer has also worked at Mason Street Warehouse, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company and PTC for the season opener Ain’t Misbehavin’.
EMILY NACRISSA GRIFFITH (1st Assistant Stage Manager) graduated from Utah Valley University 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 her work as the production stage manager of UVU’s Next to Normal, which received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival national award for Outstanding Production.
KYLARR PULLEN (2nd Assistant Stage Manager) is happy to work on the production team for Elf. Kylarr has previously worked on Storm Still at the University of Utah as the Costume Designer and Tartuffe as the 1st Assistant Stage Manager. Kylarr is currently a senior in the stage management program and the PADP with a costume emphasis at the University of Utah.