DEBORAH ZOE LAUFER
DEBORAH ZOE LAUFER is a recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and the Lilly Award. Informed Consent was commissioned by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation through Ensemble Studio Theatre. Leveling Up is currently playing at Steppenwolf Theater Company, after premiering at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. End Days has received over 50 productions, was awarded The American Critics Association Steinberg citation and appeared at EST through a Sloan Foundation Grant. It’s been produced in Germany and Russia, is listed in The Burns Mantle Yearbook as one of the best regional plays of 2008, and is published by Smith and Kraus in The Best Plays of 2008. Deborah’s plays Sirens, Out of Sterno, The Last Schwartz, Gulf of Westchester, Fortune, Meta, and Miniatures have been produced at theaters around the country including Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, Portland Stage, Florida Stage, Marin Theatre Company, and The Hippodrome Theatre with grants from The Edgerton Foundation and the NEA. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Deb is a two-time recipient of the LeCompte du Nouy grant from Lincoln Center Foundation. Her plays are published by Samuel French, and have been developed at PlayPenn, The Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Missoula Colony, The Cherry Lane Alternative, The Dramatists Guild Fellowship Program, New Georges, The Lark Play Development Center, Asolo Repertory Theatre and the Baltic Playwrights Conference. She’s received a National New Play Network rolling world premiere and an NNPN commission. She is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and The Dramatists Guild. DEBORAHZOELAUFER.com
SEAN DANIELS has previously directed The 39 Steps, The Book Club Play, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, BOB, All Your Questions Answered, The Race of the Ark Tattoo and Noodle Doodle Box at Geva. He is also the Artist-At-Large/Director of Artistic Engagement. He previously spent four years at the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theatre’s Associate Artistic Director (where he directed a record 17 productions including five Humana Festivals). Mr. Daniels is the former Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the California Shakespeare Theater and before that spent a decade as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dad’s Garage Theater Company in Atlanta, Ga. He has directed for The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.; St James Theatre in London; The Cleveland Play House; Alliance Theatre; Playmakers Rep; Swine Palace; Neo-Futurists; Aurora Theatre; Centerstage; Crowded Fire and the C Venue at Fringe in Edinburgh; and has developed work with the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Baltic American Playwrights Conference (Hiiumaa, Estonia), Ars Nova, PlayPenn, Lark, PlayLabs, Asolo Rep, Goodspeed Opera, Weston Playhouse, Blank Theater, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Magic Theatre, and others. Mr. Daniels has developed new plays with many delightful playwrights including: Two-time Tony Award- winners Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann (Urinetown), and Trey Parker and Matt Stone (Book of Mormon); Pulitzer Prize Finalists Kristoffer Diaz & Steven Drukman; Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Glee,” “Big Love,” Spiderman), and Monty Python’s Graham Chapman (though he was dead at the time, so we needed assistance from John Cleese and Michael Palin). He has been named “One of the top fifteen up & coming artists in the U.S., whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come,” and “One Of 7 People Reshaping And Revitalizing The American Musical” by American Theatre Magazine. He’s been named “Best Director” repeatedly in Atlanta and the Bay Area.
MICHAEL RAIFORD, a Scenic and Costume designer based in Austin, Texas, made his Geva Theatre Center debut last season with The Book Club Play and also designed The 39 Steps earlier this season. He has designed 2O shows at Actors Theatre of Louisville including a dozen world premieres at The Humana Festival of New American Plays. Other regional credits include Cleveland Play House; Central City Opera; Kansas City Rep; The Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Opera Boston, The New Victory Theatre in NYC, South Coast Rep. and Playmakers Rep. In Austin he designed The Magic Flute and The Mozart Project for Ballet Austin; Rigoletto for Austin Lyric; Tesla and Big Love for the Rude Mechanical’s; 20 years and 100 productions for Zach. Recent Favorites include Ragtime, God of Carnage, Spring Awakening and Hairspray. Currently projects at Zach include the Premier of Mad, Beat, Hip and Gone by Steven Dietz. In addition, Mr. Raiford works as a Creative Consultant in many fields including Architecture, Advertising and yes, even Marching Band and Drum Corps (Artistic Director of The Academy). He received his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin where he also taught design for ten years. He is a Member of United Scenic Artists. To see more of his work visit: flickr.com/photos/michaelraiford/sets
AMANDA DOHERTY is currently in her 13th season at Geva Theatre Center as the Costume Shop Supervisor. While at Geva, she has had the opportunity to design costumes for the Wilson Mainstage productions of The Book Club Play, The Underpants and Shear Madness, the Fielding Nextstage productions of Stranded on Earth, Underneath the Lintel, Race of the Ark Tattoo, Lobby Hero and the Big Theatre for Little People productions of Meet Me Incognito and And Then They Came for Me. Other designs include work for Kodak, Coca-Cola, Penn State’s University Resident Theatre Company and Cornell University, where she was a resident draper and Assistant Costume Shop Manager. Her draping skills have also been seen in productions at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and Pennsylvania Center Stage. She received her M.F.A. in Costume Design and Technology from Penn State University and now happily resides in Rochester with her husband and two Bumpus Hounds.
BRIAN LILIENTHAL made his Geva Theatre Center debut last season with The Book Club Play and also designed The 39 Steps earlier this season. New York credits include La Mama ETC, Cherry Lane and 29th Street Rep. Regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville (over 60 productions as Resident Designer), Milwaukee Rep, Arizona Theatre Co, South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Capital Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Arden Theatre Co, Merrimack Rep, Trinity Rep, The Kennedy Center, Theatre @ Boston Court, Perishable Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre, New Paradise Labs, amongst many. Mr. Lilienthal has designed lighting for operas at Opera Bard Summerscape, Long Beach Opera and Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He has spent six summers at the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Theatre Center as a resident lighting designer (where he worked on The Book Club Play). He is the recipient of the 2005 Ovation Award (LA) for lighting design. Mr. Lilienthal holds an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. He is currently teaching lighting design at Tufts University. Informed Consent marks his fourteenth collaboration with director Sean Daniels.
MATT CALLAHAN made his Geva Theatre Center debut last season with The Book Club Play and also designed The 39 Steps earlier this season. He Served as the Resident Sound Designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville for seven seasons (2004-2011) and for more than 50 productions, including the world premieres of Bob, Elemeno Pea, Ground, Sirens, Wild Blessings, The Hard Weather Boating Party, Slasher, The End, Rock and Roll – The Reunion Tour, Dark Play – stories for boys, Great Falls, This Beautiful City, The Scene, The Unseen, Six Years, Pure Confidence and Hazard County. Recent regional credits include Animal Crackers at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Pavilion at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Good People, Mrs. Mannerly, Ghost Writer at Ensemble Theatre Company, as well as designing productions at Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep., St. Louis Rep., Arizona Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Walnut St. Theatre, Prince Music Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company Garage and Studio. He served as the Resident Sound Designer for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2008 and 2009.
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.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. Earlier this season Mr. Cavallo stage managed 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 theaters, has been the production manager for the Rochester Childrens’ 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.