Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score
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Creative Team Bios
DAVID IRA GOLDSTEINDirector and Musical Staging
Please see Mr. Goldstein’s Artistic Director biography on the ATC Leadership Bios page.
CHRISTOPHER McGOVERNMusical Director/Pianist
Christopher McGovern returns to ATC where he conducted Hair, [title of show], The Pajama Game and wrote the libretto/original songs and dance arrangements for Backwards In High Heels (Directed by Scott Schwartz). Off-Broadway credits include Ionescopade, Roadside, Still Getting My Act Together (the new Cryer/Ford musical), That's Life (Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Jazz Singer, Sheba, and The Fishkin Touch among others. His national tours include Fame, The Presidents with Rich Little and international arrangements for Disney Worldwide (The Lion King/Hong Kong and Aladdin/Tokyo). He is the Author/Composer of Lizzie Borden (Goodspeed Musicals), Dr. Radio (Florida Stage), the Carbonell winning Cagney and many original songs, including "Let The Memories Begin," featured in the new castle projection show at the US Disney Parks. Favorite regional credits include Dream A Little Dream, Sisters of Swing (Carbonell nominations), Beehive, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, Grease, World Goes ‘Round, Last Five Years and A Marvelous Party. He has worked as Producer/Arranger/Orchestrator and Songwriter on recordings by Tony-nominees Rebecca Luker (Leaving Home), Susan Egan (Coffee House, Winter Tracks, Live) and Alison Fraser (Men in My Life). Mr. McGovern has performed in concert with Susan Egan (recently Buenos Aires, and a US tour including Carnegie Hall), Karen Mason, Liz Callaway, Tony-winner Heather Headley and many others.
JOHN EZELLScenic Designer
John Ezell designed the scenery for ATC’s productions of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Suicide Club, Hair, [title of show] and Ten Chimneys. He has designed for Broadway, New York Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater, as well as Roundabout Theatre Company, Crossroads Theatre Company and Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Other regional credits include the Williamstown, Berkshire, and Great Lakes Theatre Festivals, Westport Country Playhouse, The Old Globe, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Milwaukee, Indiana, St. Louis, and Kansas City Repertory Theatres. Internationally, Mr. Ezell has designed for the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Danish Theatre and Swedish Riksteater and Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm, the European Theatre Olympics in Istanbul, Swedish State Television, and The Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. His work has received the Award for Experimental Television Art in Milan, two Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards for Excellence and eleven Critics' Circle Awards. He was recognized for contributions to the American Theatre on the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Yale School of Drama and he is recipient of Washington University’s 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award.
KISH FINNEGANCostume Designer
Kish Finnegan has been with Arizona Theatre Company since 1989 and is the Costume Design Manager. Her ATC costume designs include, God of Carnage, Woody Guthrie's American Song, [title of show], The Kite Runner, Hair, Touch the Names, Molly's Delicious, Tuesdays with Morrie, Copenhagen, and 2 Pianos 4 Hands, among many others. Ms. Finnegan also enjoys designing costumes for children's theatre including Seussical, Never Ending Story, Lyle Crocodile, Junie B. Jones, and Go Dog Go at Childsplay and Sabunana for Arts For All/Third Street Kids. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, she began her career in Los Angeles in both theatre and film, designing for a variety of projects, from animated bears to MTV. She also designed for the Burbank Repertory Theatre and the Chamber Theatre, where she won the Los Angeles DramaLogue Award for Costume Design. Her most unique designs have been for Aquacades and aquatic costumes for the US national synchronized swimming team.
DAVID LEE CUTHBERTLighting Designer/Projection Designer
David Lee Cuthbert returns to Arizona Theatre Company where he designed lights for God of Carnage and Lost in Yonkers, and lights and projections for The Kite Runner and Enchanted April. He lit Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays on Broadway and its subsequent US, Canadian and Australian tours. Internationally, he designed Terminal, directed by Joseph Chaikin, and his scenic and lighting design for The History (and Mystery) of the Universe has been seen at major theaters across the country. For San Jose Repertory Theatre, he designed lights and media for Spring Awakening and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, scenery and media for Secret Order and As You Like It, and he has lit Groundswell, Rabbit Hole, and others. His regional credits include Arena Stage, American Repertory Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Opera San Jose, Magic Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Intiman Theatre, ACT Theatre, South Coast Repertory, San Diego Repertory Theatre and Sledgehammer Theatre. Mr. Cuthbert is a Professor of Design and Theatre Department Chair at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
ABE JACOBSound Designer
Abe Jacob returns to ATC where he was Sound Designer for Backwards in High Heels, [tos], Hair, The Pajama Game, The Pirates of Penzance, The Fantasticks, The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm and Five Guys Named Moe, among others. His original designs for musical theatre include the Broadway productions of Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Evita, Cats, Black and Blue, and RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles. A native of Tucson, his initial contribution to the performing arts was the creation of the concert sound for such legendary artists as Jimi Hendrix; The Mamas and the Papas; Peter, Paul and Mary; and the historic rock celebration, The Monterey Pop Festival. Mr. Jacob is the Resident Designer in Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2008 USITT Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theater Design. Abe also teaches sound design master classes and has mentored generations of talented individuals, many of whom are Broadway’s top theatrical sound designers today.
KATHRYN VAN METERAssistant Director
Kathryn is honored to be joining the ATC family for the first time. Her history with Next to Normal dates back to its very first reading, when it was known as Feeling Electric. Kathryn is a resident of Seattle and has worked in that area for the last decade as an actress, director and choreographer at Village Theatre, The 5th Avenue, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre and ACT to name a few. In 2010/2011, Kathryn spent 6 months living in South Africa teaching theatre and dance through ASTEP (Artist’s Striving To End Poverty.) She is a proud member of The Sandbox Artist’s Collective.
TELSEY + COMPANYCasting
Broadway/Tours: Glengarry Glen Ross, Annie, Chaplin, Bring It On, A Streetcar Named Desire, Evita, The Best Man, Newsies, Porgy and Bess, SPIDER-MAN Turn Off the Dark, Rock of Ages, Wicked, Sister Act, The Normal Heart, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, The Addams Family. Off-Broadway: Bare, Atlantic, MCC, Signature. Film: The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Friends with Kids, Joyful Noise, Margin Call, Sex and the City 1 & 2, I Love You Phillip Morris, Rachel Getting Married, Dan in Real Life, Across the Universe. TV: “Smash,” “The Big C.” www.telseyandco.com
GLENN BRUNER*Production Stage Manager
Glenn Bruner is in his sixteenth season at ATC where he has stage managed, among many others, The Great Gatsby, The Mystery of Irma Vep, [title of show], The Kite Runner, Hair, Enchanted April, The Pajama Game, The Pirates of Penzance, Much Ado About Nothing, 2 Pianos 4 Hands and the world premieres of Jeffery Hatcher’s Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club and Ten Chimneys, and Steven Dietz’s Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Rocket Man, Inventing van Gogh and Over the Moon. Mr. Bruner has worked at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Pasadena Playhouse, CENTERSTAGE, Studio Arena Theatre, and Maine’s Portland Stage Company. He was the Assistant Stage Manager for the world premiere of On the Waterfront at The Cleveland Play House and stage managed the Off-Broadway premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings. He has also been the voice for many radio and television commercials and worked for Texas Public Radio in his hometown of San Antonio. Mr. Bruner has been a member of Actors' Equity Association since 1981.
TIMOTHY TOOTHMAN*Assistant Stage Manager
Timothy Toothman is the Artistic Associate at ATC. He has stage managed ATC’s productions of God of Carnage, Daddy Long Legs, Lost in Yonkers, The Glass Menagerie, The Lady with All the Answers, Tuesdays with Morrie, The Immigrant and A Moon for the Misbegotten. Mr. Toothman spent five seasons as the Production Stage Manager for the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY and was then Company Manager for five years for Sunshine Too, a national touring ensemble of deaf and hearing actors. He has also managed producing and presenting theatres in Indiana and Maryland. Prior to moving to Arizona, Mr. Toothman spent eleven years as a program and grants director for the Maryland State Arts Council and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Mr. Toothman stage managed the National Heritage Awards Program for the National Endowment for the Arts for ten years and was the Production Stage Manager for six seasons at the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard.
ASHLEY SIMONAssistant to the Stage Manager
Ashley Simon was Assistant to the Stage Manager for Arizona Theatre Company’s Red,The 39 Steps, Daddy Long Legs, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Suicide Club, Lost in Yonkers, Woody Guthrie’s American Song, Backwards in High Heels, The Glass Menagerie, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Kite Runner, A Raisin in the Sun, Hair and The Lady with All the Answers. She was also the Production Stage Manager for ATC's Summer on Stage 2010, 2011 and 2012. Other credits include stage managing The Real Inspector Hound, The Decameron, The Four of Us, Othello and Immortal Longings with The Rogue Theatre and The Mousetrap, Same Time Next Year and Forever Plaid at The Theater Barn in the Berkshires. At Florida Stage, she was Assistant to the Stage Manager for the world premiere of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s End Days.
SAN JOSE REPERTORY THEATRECo-Producer
Founded in 1980, San Jose Repertory Theatre is an award-winning regional theatre with a mission to engage, entertain, and inspire. They produce innovative theatrical performances that offer fresh perspectives into the human condition, educational programs that promote life-long learning, and outreach initiatives that benefit Silicon Valley’s diverse community. San Jose Rep presents seven main-stage productions and offers extensive education/outreach programming that serves over 100,000 community members annually. Over the last five years, San Jose Rep has received prestigious national awards for new works and outstanding artistic merit from organizations such as The Shubert Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Dean Goodman Awards, Bay Area theatre Critics Circle Awards, DramaLogue Critics Awards and AT&T OnStage. Previous co-productions with Arizona Theatre Company: God of Carnage, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Pride and Prejudice, The Underpants, Ella, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Next to Normal will play at San Jose Rep from January 10 – February 3, 2013.