David Lindsay-Abaire is a playwright, lyricist, librettist and screenwriter. His most recent play Good People and Rabbit Hole was directed by Daniel Sullivan at Manhattan Theatre Club. David was most recently nominated for a Grammy Award with composer Jeanine Tesori (Best Musical Show Album) and two Tony Awards (Best Book of a Musical and Best Score) for their work on Shrek the Musical. Prior to that David was awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award as America’s most promising musical theatre lyricist. Prior to that, he received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Rabbit Hole, which premiered on Broadway at MTC’s Biltmore Theatre. Rabbit Hole also received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, and the Spirit of America Award. David’s plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, High Fidelity and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, David screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (20th Century Fox) starring Nicole Kidman, as well as the Guardians of Childhood (DreamWorks) and Oz: The Great and Powerful (Disney, directed by Sam Raimi.) David is a proud New Dramatists alum, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Juilliard School, as well as a member of the WGA and the Dramatists Guild Council.
MARK CUDDY is in his twentieth season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. This season, in addition to Good People, he will direct A Christmas Carol (which he also adapted), and the world premiere of The Road to Where, written by and starring Broadway veteran Cass Morgan. Last season he directed Clybourne Park, Pump Boys and Dinettes and A Christmas Carol. Mr. Cuddy is well known for his staging of premieres, contemporary comedies and musical theatre. Among his Geva Theatre Center productions have been A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs; You Can’t Take It With You; 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. In 2013, he was also appointed the Producer and Chief Executive of The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. 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.
JO WINIARSKI returns to Geva where she previously designed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Clean House. Recent design credits include “Wishes” for Disney Cruiseline. Off-Broadway credits include Love, Loss, and What I Wore;Love Therapy;The Jewish American Princesses of Comedy; I Love You Because; and multiple shows with the Pearl Theatre Company. Other New York design credits include New Georges, The New Group, Keen Company, and Clubbed Thumb. Regional design credits include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, eight seasons at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Virginia Stage, and Capital Repertory Theatre. Ms. Winiarski is the art director on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” She received an Emmy nomination for “Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All.”
DEVON PAINTER returns to Geva Theatre Center to work with the incredible artists here. Previous Geva credits include Pump Boys and Dinettes, A Christmas Carol, Five Course Love and Sweeney Todd. Ms. Painter lives in New Jersey and designs costumes throughout the United States, most recently My Fair Lady at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. New York credits include shows for Juilliard, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Culture Project, and many, many productions at The Pearl Theatre Company, as well as assisting on Broadway. Regional theatre credits feature designs for the Guthrie Theater (Shadowlands, Private Lives, Death of A Salesman), the Denver Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, the Folger Theatre and the Studio Theatre in Washington DC, Anchorage Opera, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theater Festival, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and American Players Theatre. Her design work was exhibited in Curtain Call; Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance. Ms. Painter is a member of United Scenic Artists.
ANN G. WRIGHTSON
ANN G. WRIGHTSON happily returns to Geva Theatre Center where she has designed numerous shows over the years. Her recent work includes Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Asolo Rep; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Game’s Afoot 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, Tracy Letts’ The Man From Nebraska (a Pulitzer Prize finalist of 2003), Steppenwolf Theatre, ten seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other work has been seen at the Kennedy Center, the Long Wharf, Arena Stage and the National Playwrights Conference at the 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 Good People which is his 19th production here. Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers and A Time To Kill. Off-Broadway credits include Bootycandy at Playwrights Horizons, Through the Night at Union Square/Westside Theatres, Wild With Happy at the Public Theater, Top Secret for New York Theatre Workshop, Rx at Primary Stages and many others. Regionally he has designed for the Guthrie Theater, 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 (Canada), Royal Shakespeare Company (England), as well as productions in Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Scotland. Awards: Six Joseph Jefferson Awards and 21 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, two ASCAP Plus Awards, three Drama Desk Award nominations, 2 AUDELCO nominations and nominations for Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Design, Barrymore, and many others. 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.
JENNI WERNER is in her third season at Geva Theatre Center. Geva dramaturgy credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Superior Donuts, You Can’t Take It With You, Freud’s Last Session, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Clybourne Park and Informed Consent. 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 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.wordpress.com.
FRANK CAVALLO has stage managed dozens of productions for Geva since first joining the company after it moved into the (then) newly renovated Richard Pine Theatre. Last season, Mr. Cavallo stage managed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Informed Consent, Last Gas and The 39 Steps. Previous productions include Superior Donuts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anything Goes, The Glass Menagerie, 5 Guys Named Moe, Below The Belt, A Raisin In The Sun, Dancing At Lughnasa, Jitney, Vigil and several world premieres for the Reflections New Plays Festival. He has also stage managed at several other regional theatres, has been the production manager for the Rochester Children’s Theatre at Nazareth College and has toured for Poetry In Motion with Ms. Salome Jens’ one woman show …About Anne, featuring the poetry of Anne Sexton.
ELISSA MYERS, CSA & PAUL FOUQUET, CSA
ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA, a Rochester native, is honored to be recognized as a Geva Affiliate Artist. This marks the 18th year of Myers’ and Fouquet’s collaboration with Geva Theatre Center. Casting credits include “Poisoner’s Handbook”, “Becoming Helen Keller”, and the mini-series “Mystery of Matter” for PBS. Other PBS projects include “The Abolitionists”, “Dolly Madison”, “Alexander Hamilton”, “John and Abigail Adams”, “Benjamin Franklin” (Emmy Award), “Liberty” (Peabody Award), “God in America”, “People vs. Leo Frank”, “Louisa May Alcott,” as well as PBS “Great Performances” (Artios Award in “Outstanding Achievement in Casting”) and most recently “Murder Of A President” for American Experience. Additionally three “Movies of the Week,” as well as five pilots. Feature films include “Hank and Asha” (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013 and five other festival awards), and “The Union.” Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, including Tony nominated Having Our Say, as well as 26 Off-Broadway shows. Regional theatre casting in the past two years includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre Center, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”