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Artistic Staff for Hamlet:
CHARLES MOREY (Director) has been Artistic Director of Pioneer Theatre Company since 1984. He has directed over eighty productions for PTC including, in recent years, the world premiere of Touch(ed), and the first regional productions of Les Misérables, The Producers, and The Vertical Hour. He is the author of nine plays including adaptations of The Count of Monte Cristo, A Tale of Two Cities, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula and The Three Musketeers; a translation/adaptation, The Ladies Man as well as his original plays Laughing Stock, Dumas’ Camille and The Yellow Leaf. All received their premieres at PTC and most have moved on to successful productions at professional theatres across the country including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Asolo Theatre Company, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Meadow Brook Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, the PCPA Theaterfest, Peterborough Players, Connecticut Repertory Theatre and the Elm Shakespeare Company, with current productions at The Denver Center Theatre Company, Creede Repertory Theatre and The Arvada Center. From 1977 to 1988 he served as Artistic Director of New Hampshire’s Peterborough Players. New York directing credits include productions for the Ark Theatre Company and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally he has directed for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Asolo Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Meadow Brook Theatre, the American Stage Festival, PCPA Theaterfest and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. He has served as both a panelist and on-site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts and on the Board of Trustees of the National Theatre Conference. He received a BA from Dartmouth College and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony.
GARY M. ENGLISH (Scenic Designer) is the Founding Artistic Director of Connecticut Repertory Theatre and served as Artistic Director and Dept. Head in Dramatic Arts for fifteen years. Recent major directing credits include The Miracle Worker and American Primitive, produced at The Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, MA. Other projects at CRT include last season’s production of Galileo, A Man For All Seasons, Pentecost, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, A Little Night Music, Carousel, Man Of La Mancha, which received the 1997 Best Musical Award for the Connecticut Critics’ Circle, Wings, The Musical which was nominated for Best Direction by the Connecticut Critics Circle, Candide, A Cry Of Players, Jesus Christ Superstar, Our Country’s Good, and the world premiere of William Gibson’s play Jonah’s Dream. As a designer, his work includes scenery and costumes for Off-Broadway, television and over 70 productions at many of America’s leading repertory theatres, including Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse In the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Buffalo Studio Arena, StageWest, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Barter Theatre, Brunswick Music Theatre, American Stage Festival, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and North Shore Music Theatre. His most recent design credits include The Fantasticks, at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Light in the Piazza, and the world premiere of The Ladies Man, by Charles Morey, at Pioneer Theatre Company. He is currently on the Board of Directors serving as Immediate Past President for U/RTA. He served as Commissioner of Scene Design for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, USITT, as a panelist on the Connecticut Commission On The Arts, and is a member of the National Theatre Conference.
SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE (Costume Designer) returns to PTC after designing Our Town, A Chorus Line, Romeo and Juliet, My Fair Lady, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chicago, Julius Caesar, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Macbeth, Tartuffe, Sophisticated Ladies, King Lear, and Richard III. Among her New York credits are Griffelkin for New York City Opera and the Off-Broadway productions of Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!, She Loves Me, Fortinbras and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Local audiences may know her work from the Utah Shakespearean Festival, where she designed during the 1996-1999 seasons. Other regional engagements include Denver Center Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Skylight Opera Theatre, Lake George Opera Festival, and numerous theatres in her home city, Austin, Texas. Susan is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and the Yale School of Drama and a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
PHIL MONAT (Lighting Designer) designed previous PTC productions of Touch(ed), My Fair Lady, Paint Your Wagon, Five Guys Named Moe, Chicago, Copenhagen, Ragtime, Anything Goes, Steel Magnolias, and Alexandre Dumas and the Lady of the Camelias. He has designed over 400 productions in regional theatres throughout the country, including productions at The Old Globe in San Diego, The Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Rep, The Alliance Theatre, The Arizona Theatre Co., The Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, The Huntington Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Studio Arena Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Geva Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, The Alley Theatre of Houston, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse and The Goodspeed Opera, among others. Broadway designs include Legends starring Joan Collins and Linda Evans, Sly Fox starring Richard Dreyfuss, Finian’s Rainbow, Sally Marr & Her Escorts and Three From Brooklyn. Recent Off-Broadway designs include Woman Before A Glass (Obie Award), Adult Entertainment, American Rhapsody, Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill and Visiting Mr. Green.
MATTHEW TIBBS (Resident Sound Designer) has previously worked professionally as a sound designer or engineer at Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theater, and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. He received his MFA in Sound Design from the University of Cincinnati’s College–Conservatory of Music (CCM) and his BA from George Fox University. Matthew is also visiting faculty at the University of Utah teaching Sound Design. Matthew lives with his wife Beth and son Lucas in Salt Lake City.
AMANDA FRENCH (Hair and Makeup Designer) has been a Makeup and Hair Designer for over 20 years. She has worked for The Utah Shakespearean Festival, The 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. 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).