Artistic Staff Bios
MARY B. ROBINSON (Director) directed An Inspector Calls at Pioneer Theatre Company last season and Of Mice and Men in 2012. She has directed over sixty productions of both classics and new plays off-Broadway and in regional theatre. In New York, she has directed Women on Fire by Irene O’Garden at the Cherry Lane; String Fever by Jacqueline Reingold at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Three Viewings by Jeffrey Hatcher at Manhattan Theatre Club; Lemon Sky by Lanford Wilson (for which she received a Drama Desk Nomination) and Moonchildren by Michael Weller, both at Second Stage; A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow at Westside Arts; Copperhead by Erik Brogger at the WPA and Twelfth Night at Theatre for a New Audience. Regionally she has worked at Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Rep, South Coast Rep, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Stage (where she was Associate Artistic Director) and Philadelphia Drama Guild (where she was Artistic Director). She was the first recipient of the TCG Alan Schneider Directing Award in 1987. For many years she headed the directing program at Playwrights Horizons’ Theatre School at NYU, and currently she teaches in the MFA Directing Program at Brooklyn College. She is the author of the book Directing Plays, Directing People, recently published by Smith and Kraus.
JASON SIMMS (Scenic Design) Regional productions include An Inspector Calls (Pioneer Theatre Co.) Outside Mullingar, 4000 Miles, and Venus in Fur (Philadelphia Theatre Co.), Ragtime, Lost in Yonkers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Dear Elizabeth (People’s Light and Theatre), The Whale (Denver Center), The Whipping Man (George St. Playhouse), The Loudest Man On Earth (TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley), Clybourne Park (Chautauqua Theatre Co.), Dutch Masters and The Puppetmaster of Lodz (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Be a Good Little Widow (The Old Globe, San Diego), A Thousand Clowns (Two River Theatre Co.) and many others. New York venues include: The Public, The Cherry Lane, 2nd Stage Uptown, The Pearl Theatre Co., Ensemble Studio Theatre, Soho Playhouse, The New Ohio, The Wild Project, and more. Simms received an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. He received the 2012 USITT/Live Design Rising Star Award and has received three Barrymore nominations.
TRACY CHRISTENSEN (Costume Design) recently designed Sunset Boulevard for London’s English National Opera, starring Glenn Close opening in on Broadway in February 2017, and West Side Story for Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary celebration. Other projects: Hand To God (City Theatre), Tribes (Barrington Stage), The Call (Theaterworks Hartford), The Other Place (Alley Theater), Guys & Dolls at Goodspeed Opera House (CT Critics Circle nomination), Sweeney Todd (starring Emma Thompson), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (HBO, starring Audra McDonald), Buddy (MUNY), The Harassment of Iris Malloy (People’s Light), Company (starring Neil Patrick Harris), Souvenir (Broadway), Abundance (Hartford Stage), Seussical for TheatreworksUSA (Lucille Lortel nomination). 10 seasons: Chautauqua Theatre Company. Faculty: SUNY Purchase for costume design.
KIRK BOOKMAN (Lighting Design) New York credits include Charles Busch’s The Tribute Artist, The Divine Sister. Off–Broadway: What Then at the Ohio Theater, The Cook at Intar Theatre 53, Recent Tragic Events at Playwrights Horizons (starring Heather Graham). Broadway (National Actors Theatre): The Sunshine Boys (Jack Klugman and Tony Randall), The Gin Game (Julie Harris and Charles Durning), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Right You Are. Irish Repertory Company: Playboy of the Western World, Eclipsed, The Importance of Being Earnest and Major Barbara. Other New York: Mondo Drama, Havana is Waiting, Force Continuum (Atlantic Theater Company), My One Good Nerve (starring Ruby Dee), The Green Heart at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Shawl, Rude Entertainment, The Book of Liz (David and Amy Sedaris), Les MIZrahi (Isaac Mizrahi), Hope is the Thing with Feathers, As Thousands Cheer and June Moon. Regionally, Mr. Bookman has designed at such notable theaters as Goodspeed Opera House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Pittsburgh Public Theater, Repertory Theatre of St Louis and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Ballet: English National Ballet, Santiago Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Hungarian National Ballet. Projects with the San Francisco Symphony include The Thomashefskys, Of Thee I Sing, Oedipus Rex, The Nightingale and A Flowering Tree directed by Peter Sellars.
JOSHUA C. HIGHT(Resident Sound Designer) A Graduate With Distinction of London’s Alchemea College of Audio Engineering, Hight comes to PTC with many years of experience in professional audio systems repair and design, and has established himself as an exceptional live sound engineer in both London and Salt Lake City. Hight is looking forward to a successful fourth season working in theater design with Pioneer Theatre Company. His other projects of note include working with Sommerset House for the 2012 Olympic Games, and PTC’s Elf—The Musical, A Few Good Men, Much Ado About Nothing, Deathtrap, Sweet Charity, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Rocky Horror Show, One Man, Two Guvnors, Alabama Story, The Crucible, I Hate Hamlet, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Outside Mullingar, It Happened One Christmas, Two Dollar Bill, An Inspector Calls, Cowgirls and The Count of Monte Cristo.
AMANDA FRENCH (Hair and Makeup) has been a Makeup and Hair Designer for over 25 years. She has worked for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, The Utah Shakespeare 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) and a current University of Utah adjunct professor of wigs and makeup.