Book and Lyrics
HOWARD ASHMAN wrote the lyrics for the Disney animated films The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin (three songs) and served as producer on The Little Mermaid and Executive Producer on Beauty and the Beast. With composer Alan Menken, he received two Academy Awards® and two Golden Globes® for Best Song (“Beauty and the Beast” and “Under the Sea”) and four Grammy® Awards. He received an Academy Award® nomination with Mr. Menken for “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin. As Author, Lyricist and Director for the stage musical Little Shop of Horrors, which ran for five years in New York and has been produced worldwide, Mr. Ashman received two Outer Critics¹ Circle Awards, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a London Evening Standard Award and a Drama Desk Award. For his screenplay version of Little Shop of Horrors, Mr. Ashman received a nomination from the Screen Writers Guild and “Mean Green Mother from Outer Space” was nominated (with Mr. Menken) for an Academy Award® for Best Song. He was Author, Lyricist and Director of Smile for which he received a Tony® nomination for Best Book. His other credits include God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and The Confirmation (his only full-length play). He was the Artistic Director of the WPA Theatre (1976-1982). Born on May 17, 1950 in Baltimore, Mr. Ashman died at age 40 of complications due to AIDS on March 14, 1991 in New York City.
ALAN MENKEN’s theatre credits include God Bless You Mr Rosewater, Little Shop Of Horrors, Real Life Funnies, Atina: Evil Queen Of The Galaxy, Kicks, The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz, Beauty And The Beast, A Christmas Carol, Weird Romance, King David, Der Glackner Von Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap Of Faith, Aladdin and Newsies. Film credits include Little Shop Of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Hercules, Life With Mikey, Lincoln, Home On The Range, Noel, Enchanted, Shaggy Dog, Tangled and Mirror Mirror. Mr. Menken composed songs for Rocky V, Home Alone 2 and Captain America. He is the recipient of 8 Oscars (19 nominations), 11 Grammys (including Song of the Year) , 7 Golden Globes, a Tony® Award (plus 4 nominations), Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, New York Drama Critics, Olivier and London’s Evening Standard Award, Drama League. He has been honored by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and received honorary Doctorates from New York University and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
SEAN DANIELS Sean Daniels (Director) has previously directed The 39 Steps, Informed Consent, Tinker to Evers to Chance, 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 has also directed at the Manhattan Theatre Club (NYC) The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC.), St. James (West End, London), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Playmakers Rep, Cleveland Play House, Alliance Theatre, Cal Shakes, Portland Center Stage, Southern Rep, Swine Palace, Neo-Futurists, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire, and at the Edinburgh Scotland Fringe. He was recently named the Artistic Director at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, after serving as the Artist-At-Large/Director of Artistic Engagement at Geva. He previously spent four years at the Tony Award- winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theater’s Associate Artistic Director (where he directed 17 productions including 5 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. Mr. Daniels 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.” & “One Of 7 People Reshaping And Revitalizing The American Musical” by American Theatre Magazine. @seandaniels
DON KOT is Resident Music Director and Affiliate Artist at Geva Theatre Center where he celebrates his fourteenth season! Geva productions include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, All Your Questions Answered (world premiere), Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Company, The Music Man, Five Course Love, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Urinetown, A Chorus Line, Camelot, 1776, A Christmas Carol, Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Convenience and as part of the Festival of New Plays, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, One For My Baby, right next to me, Tomorrowland and An Evening with Mrs. Kasha Davis, International Celebrity Housewife. He was also vocal coach and music arranger for The Odd Couple, Informed Consent, You Can’t Take It With You, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The House in Hydesville, Our Town and Inherit the Wind. Mr. Kot has performed Off-Broadway at the 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre, and at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Other regional credits include The Best of Forbidden Broadway, Smokey Joe’s Café, Leader of the Pack, Honk!, and The Most Happy Fella. He has played for the national touring productions of Fosse, Footloose, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Mamma Mia and Hairspray. Mr. Kot is the Coordinator of the Musical Theatre degree program at the State University of New York at Geneseo.
WENDY SEYB creates stories for film, theatre and dance. Her vibrant work explores the humorous side of the human condition through story, comedy, and movement. Choreography credits include Rainforest Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall with Sting, Kevin Spacey, James Taylor and Renee Fleming; “The Pee Wee Herman Show” for Broadway and HBO, the Off-Broadway production of Click Clack Moo (Lortel nomination), Off-Broadway and International production of The Toxic Avenger Musical (Lortel, Dora and Callaway nominations) and the Off-Broadway/National Tour of Murder For Two. As a Director and Choreographer, Ms. Seyb’s credits include How You Look At It for the Sacramento Ballet; Onirique a cirque-style show (Big E Award winner for Direction); Birthday Sax for Ars Nova, and she directed the comedy web series “That Reminds Me….” Ms. Seyb has also helped create shows with Disney, Cartoon Network, Richard Frankel Productions, Nickelodeon, and SeaWorld. Her Narrative Dance Comedies have won awards, and been seen in short film form, spec commercials, music videos, and at esteemed NYC venues including Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce SoHo, and Baryshnikov Arts Center. She is currently working on a Dance Comedy Series. www.wendyseyb.com
MICHAEL RAIFORD, a Scenic and Costume designer based in Austin, Texas, made his Geva Theatre Center debut during the 2012 season with The Book Club Play and also designed The 39 Steps and Informed Consent last 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
JENNIFER CAPRIO returns to Geva Theatre Center where she previously designed The 39 Steps and Bad Dates. Broadway credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway credits include The Lion at Manhattan Theatre Club, Tail! Spin! starring Rachel Dratch at the Culture Project, Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage, In Transit at Primary Stages (Lucille Lortel nomination), Fugitive Songs for Dreamlight Theatre Company, Modern & Post-Modern Living for LaMama Experimental Theatre Club, and the upcoming Little Children Dream of God at the Roundabout. Ms. Caprio has designed costumes for the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo. International credits include The Collected Works of Billy the Kid at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and tours of The Great American Trailer Park Musical and “Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers.” Regional Credits include Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Colorado, La Jolla Playhouse, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Play House, Westport Country Playhouse, Capital Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Hangar Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Theatre, among others. Ms. Caprio earned her B.F.A. at Ithaca College and her M.F.A. at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
Brian J. Lilienthal
BRIAN J. LILIENTHAL made his Geva Theatre Center debut in 2012 with The Book Club Play and also designed The 39 Steps and Informed Consent last 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, The Huntington Theatre Company, Playmakers 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 eight summers at the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Theatre Center as a resident lighting designer. 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.
MATTHEW CALLAHAN made his Geva Theatre Center debut in 2012 with The Book Club Play and also designed The 39 Steps and Informed Consent last 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 Comedy of Errors, Family Album (engineering), Animal Crackers at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Pavilion at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; An Illiad, 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.
DAN KERR-HOBERT is an ensemble member of The Chicago Neo-Futurists and Blair Thomas and Company, and the former Artistic Director of Sans-culottes Theater and Manifest Theatre. As a puppet designer, director, writer, deviser, performer, and writer, his work has been seen throughout the United States at venues such as the MCA, the DIA, NJPAC, Steppenwolf, the Pritzker Pavilion, HERE Arts Center in New York, Dad’s Garage in Atlanta and The Actors Theatre of Louisville. Additionally, he has taught at The Theatre School at DePaul University and the Art Institute of Chicago. He works as the Theatre Artist-In-Residence at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Mr. Kerr-Hobart is an alum of the Acting program at the Theatre School at DePaul University.
Wig and Makeup Artist
DAVE BOVA makes his Geva Theatre Center debut with Little Shop of Horrors. Broadway credits include Makeup Design for Violet and The Real Thing. Hair and Makeup Design credits include Little Miss Sunshine, Here Lies Love, Booty Candy, The Killer, My Name is Asher Lev, Good Person of Szechwan, The Ohmies, Romeo and Juliet, Off-Broadway’s Nothing But Trash; Last of the Boys and Lady Madeline for Steppenwolf Theatre; Two Gentleman of Verona and The Merchant of Venice for Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Guys and Dolls, Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Great Lakes Theater Festival; Your Biggest Fan, Rich Girl and Our Town for George Street Playhouse. Mr. Bova has designed for Central City Opera Company (2012 – 2014 Seasons), Bard Summerscape (2014 Season) and the Sarasota Opera Fall 2014 Season. He has designed for the national tours of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Addam’s Family, Camelot, Rock of Ages and Spamalot. Broadway Wig Construction credits include Wicked, Memphis, The Miracle Worker, Jersey Boys, Guys and Dolls, Xanadu, The Addam’s Family, Spamalot, Rock of Ages, Jekyll and Hyde and Cirque Du Soleil. “Thank you Zevie for all your love and support.”