Ayad Akhtar’s plays include DISGRACED (Broadway, LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 2013 Obie Award for Extraordinary Achievement), The Who & The What (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater and La Jolla Playhouse), and The Invisible Hand (New York Theatre Workshop/The Repertory Theater of St. Louis). Also a novelist, Akhtar is the author of American Dervish, published in 2012 by Little, Brown and Company, published in 20 languages worldwide. He co-wrote and starred in The War Within (Magnolia Pictures), which was released internationally and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay. As an actor, Akhtar also starred as Neel Kashkari in HBO’s adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book Too Big to Fail. He studied at Brown University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Kimberly Senior is a Chicago based freelance director and the director of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning play DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar. (Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, American Theatre Company). She also directed Akhtar’s The Who and The What (Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3). Chicago credits include: After the Revolution, Madagascar, The Overwhelming, and The Busy World is Hushed (Next Theatre), Hedda Gabler, The Letters (Writers Theatre), 4000 Miles, The Whipping Man (Northlight Theatre), Want, The North Plan (Steppenwolf), Waiting for Lefty (American Blues), Old Times, The Conquest of the South Pole, Uncle Vanya, Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, Fuddy Meers, and Knives in Hens (Strawdog), Cripple of Inishmaan, Bug and The Pillowman (Redtwist Theatre), Thieves Like Us (The House Theatre), All My Sons and Dolly West's Kitchen (TimeLine Theatre) among others. Regional: The Who and The What (La Jolla Playhouse), Little Gem (City Theatre), Murder on the Nile, A Few Good Men (Peninsula Players), Mauritius (Theatre Squared, Fayetteville, AR). Upcoming: Rapture, Blister Burn (Goodman Theatre), The Diary of Anne Frank (Writers' Theatre), Asher Lev and Inana (TimeLine Theatre) and the upcoming The Who and The What (Victory Gardens Theater). She is also a 2013 Finalist for the SDCF Joe A. Callaway Award and Zelda Fichandler Award. Kimberly is an Artistic Associate at Northlight Theatre, Next Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, and Chicago Dramatists. Her work has received multiple Joseph Jefferson nominations. Kimberly lives in Evanston with her husband, scenic designer, Jack Magaw, and her children, Noah and Delaney. Kimberly is a proud member of SDC.
John Lee Beatty (Set Design)
Currently on Broadway: The Country House, Love Letters, Chicago. Recently: The Nance, Outside Mullingar, Venus in Fur, Other Desert Cities, Good People, Rabbit Hole. Also Doubt, Proof, The Sisters Rosensweig, Burn This, Talley’s Folly, Fifth of July. Lincoln Center productions of A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, Dinner at Eight, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, as well as the recent City of Conversation. Musicals include After Midnight, The Color Purple, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Also this past summer’s Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear in Central Park. Designer of more than 100 Broadway shows, he is the recipient of multiple Tony, Obie, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards and a member of the Theater Hall of Fame.
Jennifer Von Mayrhauser (Costume Design)
Broadway: Wit, Rabbit Hole, Knock Knock, Hay Fever, The Heidi Chronicles, Night of the Iguana, Talley’s Folly, Da, Execution of Justice, Baby, Beyond Therapy, Angels Fall, etc. Many Off-Broadway including Domesticated and Third at Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage and Circle Repertory Company. Obie for Sustained Excellence. Film: Hateship Loveship, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Captain Ron, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, I’m Not Rappaport, Lean on Me, The Real Blonde, Mystic Pizza. TV: The Slap, Unforgettable, Under the Dome, Law & Order (Emmy nomination). jennifervonmayrhauser.com
Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design)
has more than 50 Broadway play and musical theatre credits. He designs extensively Off-Broadway, for resident theatres and touring productions throughout the United States as well as internationally. Selected Broadway credits: If/Then, Kinky Boots, Pippin, Cinderella, Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde, The Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck, Other Desert Cities, The Frogs, Harvey, The Best Man, The Merchant of Venice, The Royal Family, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Goat, Uncle Vanya, Side Man, The Little Foxes and Wicked. He is the recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie awards.
Jill BC DuBoff (Sound Design)
Broadway: Picnic, Wit, Other Desert Cities, Good People, The Constant Wife, The Good Body, Bill Maher: Victory…. Off-Broadway includes Lincoln Center, MTC, Atlantic, Vineyard, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, the Public, Second Stage, NYTW, WP, New Georges, Flea, Cherry Lane, Signature, Clubbed Thumb (affiliate artist), Penguin Rep. Regional: Bay Street, La Jolla, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Portland Stage, Long Wharf, the Alley, NYS&F, Humana, Williamstown, ATF. Radio: Studio 360, Naked Radio, Radiolab. Drama Desk and Henry Hewes nominations. Awards: Ruth Morley Design Award, Obie for Sustained Excellence, Lilly Award. Adjunct professor, Sarah Lawrence College. Love to Adam.
UncleDave's Fight-House (Fight Direction)
is a company of fight directors founded by David Anzuelo. Jesse Geguzis, Gerardo Rodriguez and Sean Griffin are the core team members. Theatre credits: To the Bone (Cherry Lane); And I and Silence (Signature); The Muscles in Our Toes (Labyrinth); Adoration of the Old Woman (Intar); The Hill Town Plays, A Fable, Ode to Joy (Rattlestick); One Arm (the New Group); Macbeth 1969 (Long Warf); The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (Playwrights Horizons).