Artistic Staff Bios
STEPHEN WRENTMORE (Director & Adaptor) is an award-winning British theatre director, dramaturg, producer, writer, and academic. He teaches at the University of Kentucky. He was Artistic Producer at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, Associate Artistic Director of Arizona Theatre Company, Artistic Director of the Byre Theatre, St Andrews, and has worked at The National Theatre in London and Tate Gallery. He has directed internationally in theatres from Siberia to San Francisco. Stephen studied at the University of Cambridge, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Oklahoma City University. He was visiting academic at the University of Oxford in 2009 and is a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme. He is a proud member of SDC. @stevewrentmore
BRENDA VAN DER WIEL (Costume Designer) is part of the design faculty for the University of Utah Theatre Department and serves as head of the Performing Arts Design Program. She designs regularly for that department as well as for PTC, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and The Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Her work at PTC includes Sweeney Todd, Fences, Outside Mullingar, Alabama Story, Rent, and Emma. Some favorite designs for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival include Annie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors and The Count of Monte Cristo. Her work at Utah Shakespeare Festival includes Mary Poppins, Treasure Island and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
TRACEY WOOLLEY (Production Stage Manager) Some favorite credits include Blue Man Group, Cirque Du Soleil’s Mystere, Dragone’s Le Reve (Las Vegas); Off-Broadway: The Book of Merman (St Luke’s Theater), Verso (New World Stages), The Brobot Johnson Experience (Bushwick Starr); Heathers (New World Stages); Phoenix (Cherry Lane Theatre); 1st National Tour of The Lincoln Center Production of South Pacific, The HipHop Nutcracker; Regional: The Buddy Holly Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Grease, The Witches of Eastwick – National Premiere (The Ogunquit Playhouse), The Last of the Red Hot Lovers (The Cape Playhouse). Proud member of AEA, but even more proud to be a member of my family. Love you guys! CTR
BRIAN TOVAR (Lighting Design) Brian is an award winning and Drama Desk nominated lighting designer who has created original work for major Off-Broadway and regional theaters, everywhere. His body of work spans theater, dance, installations and live events. Brian has developed and collaborated on multiple groundbreaking and award-winning live experiences, earning multiple Clio Awards. Brian is a frequent collaborator with the City of New York and has created and designed multiple art installations in New York City. @tovarbri, BrianTovarDesign.com
ZAC CURTIS (Fight Choreographer) Zac is a Professor of Theatre Performance at Salt Lake Community College. He also works as an actor, director, and fight director, most recently with Utah Opera, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Westminster College, and the University of Utah. Zac is an instructor of Stage Combat through Dueling Arts International.
YOON BAE (Scenic Design) Previously for PTC, Bae designed costumes and set for The Messenger, the set for Once and costumes for Once On This Island. Other credits include Don Giovanni (Welsh National Opera), Candide (Tokyo), Closer (Seoul), Oedipus El Rey, The Great Gatsby, Three Sisters, The Importance of Being Earnest, Emma, The Sunshine Boys, Evita, Murder On The Orient Express, The Magic Flute, Anything Goes, As You Like It. UK world premieres include Running the Silk Road (Barbican), Three Thousand Troubled Threads (Edinburgh International Festival), Bedevilled (Crucible), Disconnect, Caridad Svich’s Archipelago, and Howard Barker’s Wounds To The Face. She is a professor at the UNCSA, and a member of Local USA 829 and Wingspace. www.yoonbae.com
EMILY NACRISSA GRIFFITH (Stage Manager) has worked with Pioneer Theatre Company for six seasons. She graduated from UVU with multiple awards for her work, including the Kennedy Center’s Meritorious Achievement Award. She has also managed Sundance’s Summer Theatre for the past two seasons.