Artistic Staff Bios
KAREN AZENBERG (Director) This marks Karen Azenberg’s fifth season as Artistic Director at PTC. Last season she directed Fiddler on the Roof, The Rocky Horror Show Concert Version and It Happened One Christmas. In previous seasons she has directed and/or choreographed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Rocky Horror Show, Alabama Story, The Music Man, Something’s Afoot, A Few Good Men, Sweet Charity, A Christmas Carol–The Musical, Next to Normal (Regional Premiere), Rent, Miss Saigon, and she created the musical staging for the record-breaking 2007 production of Les Misérables. Originally from New York, her work there includes Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y), Blocks (a collaboration with Jonathan Larson), Prom Queens Unchained, and choreography for Richard Greenberg’s The Dazzle (Roundabout). Other credits include national tours of Carousel and Brigadoon, West Side Story (over 15 productions), and productions at Indiana Rep, Geva, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Goodspeed, and many others. Karen is on the Board of the New York Musical Theatre Festival and a past President of the Stage Director and Choreographers Society (SDC). Her favorite productions are her son Alexander and her daughter Emelia.
HELEN GREGORY (Musical Director) returning to conduct her eighth production for the Pioneer Theatre Company (Rent, In the Heights, Something’s Afoot, 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, Rocky Horror-2014 & 2015, Fiddler on the Roof). Thanks to Karen Azenberg for her friendship and for making my job fun, always. Off-Broadway credits include: NY Theatre Workshop, The Vineyard, Public Theatre, LaMama E.T.C. Regional theatres: Maltz Jupiter Theatre- (received 11 Carbonell nominations, Winner 2011 for Crazy For You), Asolo Repertory Theatre (Winner Sarasota Magazine Theatre Awards 2009- Best Musical Direction for Barnum), Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Alliance Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Human Race Theatre Company, New Jersey Repertory Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse & The Hangar Theatre. Helen lives in Durango, CO. In memory of my mother: Alice Gregory (1922-2016).
JAMES NOONE (Scenic Design) returns after last year’s Cowgirls, and has worked for some of NYC’s most prestigious theatre companies including Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company and numerous others. Off-Broadway he designed the original productions of Terrance McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Three Tall Women, the long-running solo shows Full Gallop and Fully Committed, Cowgirls and Breaking Legs, A Bronx Tale, Boys in the Band and the musical Ruthless. Broadway productions include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Jekyll and Hyde, Class Act, The Persians, Judgment at Nuremberg, Night Must Fall, The Sunshine Boys, The Gin Game, A Bronx Tale and Come Back Little Sheba. He has designed national tours and at leading regional theatres across the country. His work in opera has been seen at Glimmerglass, NYC Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, and others. For television he designed Sweeney Todd, Candide, Passion, Camelot, Stephen Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Concert for PBS, and Company, seen in select movie theaters and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill for HBO. Awards include the Drama Desk, American Theatre Wing Design Award, two Helen Hayes Awards (DC), the LA Ovation Award, and two NAACP Theatre Design Awards.
GREGORY GALE (Costume Design) returns after last year’s Cowgirls. Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac, Tony Award nomination, Henry Hewes Design Award nomination, PBS Great Performances; Rock of Ages (plus London, Las Vegas, US National Tour, Toronto, Australia), Tony Award nomination, Henry Hewes Design Award nomination; Arcadia; The Wedding Singer, Drama Desk nomination; Urinetown, Lucille Lortel nomination (also US tour, Toronto); Band in Berlin. Off-Broadway: Gigantic (Vineyard); The Voysey Inheritance, Lucille Lortel Award, Henry Hewes Design Award nomination (Atlantic); The Milliner, Lucille Lortel nomination, The Third Story, Henry Hewes Design Award nomination (MCC); The Tribute Artist (Primary Stages); Now. Here. This. (Vineyard); Country Club, Drama Desk Nomination; The Torch-Bearers (Drama Dept). Opera: World Premiere of The Prince of Players for Houston Grand Opera; La Rondine (Opera Theater of St. Louis); The Magic Flute (Chicago Opera Theater); Camelot (Virginia Opera). Upcoming: world premiere ballet four–>one at 92Y, Private Lives at Geva, Thoroughly Modern Mille at Goodspeed Musicals and the pre-broadway premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s Hood at Dallas Center Theater. Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. gregorygale.com, instagram.com/gregory_gale/
MICHAEL GILLIAM (Lighting Designer) returns after last season’s Two Dollar Bill. Broadway credits include: Bonnie and Clyde, Brooklyn, Big River and Stand-Up Tragedy. West End credits: Gershwin Alone. Off-Broadway: Cagney The Musical, Tappin’ Thru Life, Mr. Joy, Striking 12, Blue, End of the World Party, Zooman and the Sign and Menopause The Musical. National tours include Peter Pan, Brooklyn, Guys and Dolls and Big River. Regional: Pioneer Theatre Company, Arena Stage, The Globe Theatres, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory, The Goodman Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Geffen Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Prince Music Theatre, Denver Center and Arizona Theatre Company. Awards: Los Angeles Ovation Award, Drama-Logue Award, Garland Award and the 1999 Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.
JOSHUA C. HIGHT (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, 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.
CHRISTOPHER DUVAL* (Resident Fight Choreographer) returns to Pioneer Theatre Company as Resident Fight Choreographer, having fight directed such productions as The Count of Monte Cristo, Deathtrap, I Hate Hamlet, and others. At PTC he played the role of Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvners and Don John in Much Ado About Nothing. He has also worked throughout the country acting, directing, or fight directing at such theatres as Syracuse Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Orange County, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Salt Lake Acting Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, and the Laguna Playhouse. He has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 17 years as a guest teacher, fight director and actor for such productions as Twelfth Night, Troilus and Cressida, Henry V, Great Expectations, River Bride, Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Othello, Robin Hood, Trip to Bountiful, Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Henry VI Parts 1-3, Noises Off, Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and many others. He holds an MFA in Acting from the University of California Irvine, is a Certified Teacher of Stage Combat with the Society of American Fight Directors, a Master Teacher with Dueling Arts International, holds a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido, and is recognized as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. He is the author of “Stage Combat Arts: An Integrated Approach to Acting, Voice, and Text Work.”
This production is sponsored by:
Wanda and Carvel Mattsson Memorial Fund