BRUCE NORRIS is an actor and writer whose plays include The Actor Retires (1992), The Vanishing Twin (1996), The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down To Amsterdam (2003), The Pain And The Itch (2004), and The Unmentionables (2006), among others. He is the recipient of the Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama (2006) as well as two Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best New Work and the Kesselring Prize Honorable Mention for 2006. As an actor he can be seen in the films A Civil Action and The Sixth Sense. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
MARK CUDDY is in his nineteenth season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. Earlier this season, he directed Pump Boys and Dinettes and A Christmas Carol, and he will direct the season finale, The Odd Couple. Last season, he co-directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and directed The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, A Christmas Carol (which he also adapted) and You Can’t Take It With You. Mr. Cuddy is well known for his staging of premieres, contemporary comedies and musical theatre. Among his Geva Theatre Center productions have been the Mainstage and Nextstage productions of Company, Superior Donuts The Music Man, Five Course Love, Fences; Sweeney Todd; A Christmas Story; Pride and Prejudice (which he also co-adapted); Bad Dates; Our Town; Tuesdays With Morrie; Urinetown; Splitting Infinity; Vigil; A Chorus Line; Hamlet; That Was Then (American premiere); Convenience (world premiere musical); 1776; Proof; the world premiere of Thornton Wilder’s Theophilus North which was also seen at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; The Miser; the East Coast premieres of both House and Garden; Quilters; Art; Famous Orpheus (world premiere musical) with Garth Fagan Dance; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with the RPO; Golf With Alan Shepard; Picasso at the Lapin Agile and State of the Union. Prior to his tenure at Geva Theatre Center, Mr. Cuddy directed a number of world and American classics while Artistic Director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Sacramento Theatre Company.
Scenic and Costume Designer
G.W. MERCIER is honored to be an Affiliate Artist at Geva Theatre Center where he designed Company, The Music Man, Pride & Prejudice, Cabaret, Urinetown, Our Town, Vigil, 1776, Splitting Infinity, Camelot, Five Course Love, Theopholis North, The Miser, Quilters and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. In New York he designed, Old Hats starring Bill Irwin, David Shiner & Nellie McKay after an Off-Broadway run in the Fall is currently being transferred to Broadway; Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations); Miracle Brothers; Five Course Love; People Are Wrong; Wilder; Eli’s Comin’; Dream True (Drama Desk Nomination); True History & Real Adventures; You Don’t Miss The Water; The Waiting Room; Bed & Sofa (Drama Desk Nomination); Por Knockers; The Party; Lady Bracknell’s Confinement; Hannah, 1939; Urban Zulu Mambo; Catch Me If I Fall; Groundhog; The Red Sneaks; The New Americans; Winter Man; The Loman Family Picnic; The Tempest; Taming of the Shrew; Macbeth; Lemon Sky; Evening Sky and Judgement. Mr. Mercier thrives collaborating with amazing writers, composers, directors, partner designers, and actors creating original work or making established shows seem new. He and his family live in Connecticut.
ANN G. WRIGHTSON
ANN G. WRIGHTSON happily returns to Geva Theatre Center where she has designed numerous shows over the years. Her recent work includesThe Birthday Party at the Geffen Playhouse; Vanya, Sonia, Mash and Spike at Asolo Rep; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Indiana Rep; and Fiddler on the Roof and Anna Karenina at Portland Center Stage. She designed the Broadway production of Souvenir and she was a Tony nominee for her work on the Tony Award-winning August: Osage County, which she designed for Broadway, London, Sydney and the National Tour. Past projects include The Unmentionables for Yale Repertory, UP, Steppenwolf Theatre Tracy Letts’ The Man From Nebraska (a Pulitzer Prize finalist and one of Time’s Top 10 Best Plays of 2003), Steppenwolf Theatre, ten seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; a world premiere, The Invisible Hand, at St Louis Rep and Oklahoma! at Portland Center Stage. Other work has been seen at the Kennedy Center, the Long Wharf, Arena Stage and the National Playwrights Conference Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Awards are 2009 IRNE Award for Best Lighting for Fences at the Huntington, Backstage Garland Award for Magic Fire at OSF and an AUDELCO nomination.
LINDSAY JONES is very pleased to return to Geva Theatre Center for Clybourne Park, which is his 18th production here. Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers and A Time To Kill. Off-Broadway credits include Through the Night at Union Square/Westside Theatres, Wild With Happy at the Public Theater, The Burnt Part Boys for Playwrights Horizons/Vineyard, Top Secret for New York Theatre Workshop, Rx at Primary Stages and many others. Regionally he has designed for the Guthrie Theatre, Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Alliance, Goodman, Arena Stage, Yale Repertory, The Old Globe, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass and many others. International: Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, Royal Shakespeare Company (England), as well as productions in Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Scotland. Awards: Six Joseph Jefferson Awards and 19 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, two ASCAP Plus Awards, two Drama Desk Award nominations, 2 AUDELCO nominations and nominations for Henry Hewes Design, Barrymore, Austin Critics Circle, and NAACP Theatre Awards. Mr. Jones was also the first sound designer to win the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. Film scoring includes HBO Films’ A Note of Triumph (2006 Academy Award, Best Documentary), and Family Practice for Sony Pictures.
BETTIE O. ROGERS
BETTIE O. ROGERS returns to Geva Theatre Center where she designed wigs for The 39 Steps, A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, Sweeney Todd, Pride and Prejudice, Five Course Love, and 1776 among others. As a wigmaker/hair designer, her credits extend beyond 100 productions in theatre, TV and film. Currently, Ms. Rogers is in her eighth season as the Department Head Hairstylist for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” for which she’s received three Emmy Awards (2008, 2012, 2013) for a total of six nominations.
Literary Director/Resident Dramaturg
JENNI WERNER is in her third season at Geva Theatre Center. Last season she served as dramaturg on You Can’t Take It With You, Freud’s Last Session, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Previously, she served as the Director of Programming at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the non-profit theatre field. From 2005-2011, Ms. Werner produced TCG’s annual National Conference, curating the content and organizing the logistics for the largest national gathering of professionals in the non-profit theatre field. For the past six years, she was adjunct instructor in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University, and is now an adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo. Ms. Werner has an M.F.A. in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B.A. in theatre and history from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She and Sean Daniels co-author Geva’s blog, at gevajournal.com.
JENN LYONS is a Rochester native happy to be back home and working at Geva. National Tours include Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella (staring Eartha Kitt), Showboat and The Who’s Tommy. New York credits include work at Roundabout Theatre and Circle Repertory Theater as well as the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid. Ms. Lyons spent the last year working as the General Manager of the Rochester Fringe Festival.