Artistic Staff Bios
KAREN AZENBERG (Director) This marks Karen Azenberg’s fifth season as Artistic Director at PTC and she was thrilled to start off the year directing and choreographing the Regional Premiere of Sting’s The Last Ship. Previously, she has directed and/or choreographed 19 mainstage productions, 2 concerts, and 2 readings including Oliver!, The Rocky Horror Show, Alabama Story, The Music Man, Fiddler On The Roof, A Few Good Men, Sweet Charity, A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Next to Normal (Regional Premiere) and Rent, 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 Theatre Co.). Among her other credits are National Tours of Carousel and Brigadoon, West Side Story (over 15 productions), and productions at Indiana Rep., Geva Theatre Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Goodspeed, and most recently Mary Poppins at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. 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.
JENNIFER CURFMAN (SDCF Observer) is a NYC-based director and actor, and associate artistic director of The CRY HAVOC Company. Director/Associate Director: Lincoln Center Originals, Vital Theater, FringeNYC/Encores, Radium Girls, Live from Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub. Acting credits include: NYC Opera, Shakespeare Theater of NJ, Great Lakes Theater Festival. Member: Lincoln Center Directors Lab and AEA; Associate Member: SDC; Shakespeare Society Ambassador. B.F.A.: NYU.
ERIN CARIGNAN’s (Costume Designer) design work encompasses a variety of work in theatre, film, TV and film shorts, and styling for fashion print ads. Post-graduate, she spent two years at the LA Opera as a crafts artisan/painter-dyer and seven years at The Old Globe as the costume crafts supervisor/painter-dyer. During that time, she taught master-classes at art schools and universities. After a long stretch of professional theatre work mixed with some academic work, she is now a visiting assistant professor of costume design at Weber State University, where she mixes academic work with professional design and fine-art works. www.erincarignan.com
MATTHEW BASHAW, JOSHUA C. HIGHT and CALLIE REED (Original Music) The original music of Salt Lake City-based musicians Matthew Bashaw and Pioneer Theater Company’s Resident Sound Designer Joshua C. Hight returns to PTC after four previous compositions, including: Outside Mullingar, Alabama Story, The Crucible and Death Trap. Hardworking Bashaw has spent the last several months recording and touring in preparation for the release of his band’s sophomore album. His dark romantic lyricism and tangible vocal tones create a rich original sound that has supported the Salt Lake City music scene for many years. This is Callie Reed’s first composition for the theatre. Reed contributes nearly three decades of violin experience. She teaches private lessons in the local community and performs with various bands/ensembles in the Salt Lake area, including the macabre bluegrass band, Six Feet In The Pine (which also boasts Hight as a member). Hight is a graduate with distinction of London’s Alchemea College of Audio Engineering with many years of experience in professional audio systems repair and design. His credits include PTC’s 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 and The Crucible. For several years, Hight has played with Matthew and the Hope, led by Bashaw. More information can be found at www.reverbnation.com/matthewandthehope and www.sixfeetinthepine.com
DANIEL MEEKER (Scenic Designer) Previously at PTC, Meeker designed the sets for Outside Mullingar and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In his home city, Portland, Ore., credits include: set design for The People’s Republic of Portland and Red (Drammy Award), the lighting for Twist Your Dickens, and the set and lighting for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, LIZZIE (Drammy Award for Best Lighting), The Last Five Years, Bo-Nita, and The Mountaintop. Other credits include: Lighting director for the Pickathon Festival; lighting design for The Other Place (Drammy nomination) and set and lighting design for The Light in the Piazza, Detroit, Mother Teresa is Dead, The Huntsmen and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Portland Playhouse; and set design for Ramona Quimby and Fancy Nancy for Oregon Children’s Theatre. Meeker is a member of the faculty of Portland State University. He is a graduate of Ithaca College and the Yale School of Drama and a member of United Scenic Artists.
PHIL MONAT (Lighting Designer) designed previous PTC productions of An Inspector Calls, Outside Mullingar, Alabama Story, The Crucible, Man Of La Mancha, Something’s Afoot, My Fair Lady, Paint Your Wagon, Annie, White Christmas, Hamlet, A Christmas Carol, Five Guys Named Moe, Chicago, Copenhagen, Ragtime, Anything Goes, Steel Magnolias, and Alexandre Dumas and the Lady Of The Camelias. He has designed over 500 productions in regional theatres throughout the country, including productions at The Old Globe in San Diego, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Rep, The Arizona Theatre Co., 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.
This production is sponsored by:
Pioneer Theatre Guild