COLIN ESCOTT, born in England, lives near Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the first in-depth account of the Sun Records story. His book Hank Williams – The Biography has been adapted into the movie, I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. His multi-CD box set, The Complete Hank Williams, won a Grammy, and another of his productions, B.B. King – King of the Blues, was nominated for a Grammy. Million Dollar Quartet received three Tony nominations, including Best Book and Best Musical. Escott was part of the writing/producing team adapting the show for a multi-part/multi-season run on CMT/Viacom. The first season aired in November-December 2016.
FLOYD MUTRUX worked at Second City, Chicago; attended Columbia University, NY. In LA, he conceived, wrote, directed or produced 50 films: American Hot Wax (Best Picture, Director), Scarecrow (Best Picture), Urban Cowboy, Untouchables, Up in Smoke, Dick Tracy, and with his wife Birgitte, is preparing new film Moon Over Memphis (a rock ‘n’ roll Field of Dreams).
HUNTER FOSTER makes his directing debut at Geva Theatre Center with Million Dollar Quartet. Hunter is an Artistic Associate at the Bucks County Playhouse where he has directed Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Buddy Holly Story, National Pastime, The Rocky Horror Show (2013, 2014 and 2016), Summer of ’42 and It’s a Wonderful Life. Other directing credits include: Cabaret, My Fair Lady (Cape Playhouse), Grease (North Carolina Theatre), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Casa Mañana) and has directed productions of the Million Dollar Quartet for the Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse and the Westchester Broadway Theatre. This spring he will direct the play adaptation of the movie Clue for the Bucks County Playhouse. He has also directed the NYC workshops of the upcoming new musicals, Far From the Madding Crowd and One Hit Wonder. As a book writer, he has written the books to the Off-Broadway musicals Jasper in Deadland and Summer of ’42 (Outer Critic Award nomination). Other book writing credits include The Circus in Winter (Goodspeed Musicals), Clyde and Bonnie: A Folktale (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Aurora Theatre), The Hollow (Signature Theatre) and Blue Ridge Sky. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.F.A. in Musical Theatre).
ADAM KOCH returns to Geva Theatre Center where he previously designed A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Christmas Carol, Five Course Love and Sweeney Todd. Internationally, Adam designed the 2017 South Korean Tour of Dreamgirls, as well as the upcoming Excalibur. Credits across the United States include; the landmark outdoor productions of Miss Saigon, Carousel and The Sleepy Hollow Experience (Serenbe Playhouse, Atlanta); the original Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet (Apollo Theatre); Miss Saigon, Dreamgirls, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, See What I Wanna See (Signature Theatre); Hello, Dolly! (Ford’s Theatre); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ogunquit Playhouse); Million Dollar Quartet (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Big Fish, A Little Night Music, Bye Bye Birdie (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); Hairspray, Baskerville (Syracuse Stage); Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables and Monty Python’s Spamalot (Casa Mañana). Adam attended Carnegie Mellon University and has worked on over 40 productions with Associate Scenic Designer Steven Royal. www.adamkochassociates.com
AMANDA DOHERTY is currently in her 16th season at Geva Theatre Center as the Costume Shop Supervisor. While at Geva, she has had the opportunity to design costumes for the Wilson Stage productions of Miracle on South Division Street, Women in Jeopardy!, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Informed Consent, The Book Club Play, The Underpants and Shear Madness, the Fielding Stage productions of Mother (and me), Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant, Tinker to Evers to Chance, 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. 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.
KIRK BOOKMAN’s first production for Geva Theatre Center was Edith Stein in 1988. His Broadway credits include The Sunshine Boys (with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall), The Gin Game (with Julie Harris and Charles Durning) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Additional New York productions include: Nine Circles, God Of Vengeance, Sweetee, Closer Than Ever, Right You Are, What Then (Ohio Theatre), The Cook (Intar 53 Theatre), Recent Tragic Events (with Heather Graham, Playwrights Horizons), Shanghai Moon (with Charles Busch), The Green Heart (Manhattan Theatre Club), Mondo Drama, Havana Is Waiting, Force Continuum, My One Good Nerve (starring Ruby Dee), The Shawl, Rude Entertainment, The Book of Liz (with David and Amy Sedaris), Les MIZrahi, Hope is the Thing with Feathers, As Thousands Cheer, June Moon, Bedbound, Playboy of the Western World, Eclipsed, The Importance of Being Earnest and Major Barbara. Mr. Bookman’s regional credits include Goodspeed Opera House; Coconut Grove Playhouse; and Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has all so worked with English National Ballet, Santiago Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Budapest Ballet. For the San Francisco Symphony he has designed: Of Thee I Sing, The Thomashefskys, Oedipus Rex, The Nightingale and A Flowering Tree, directed by Peter Sellars.
IAN HILDRETH has been designing and audio engineering at Geva Theatre Center for eight years. Past designs include The Marvelous Wonderettes, Monty Python’s Spamalot!, the world premiere of The Road to Where, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pump Boys and Dinettes, MoM: A Rock Concert Musical, Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Fences, 3 Mo’ Divas and Carry It On. Associate designs include The Whipping Man, Dracula, Two Jews Walk Into a War and Radio Golf.
Associate Scenic Designer
STEVEN ROYAL has created experiences all over the world working as Creative Director for The Becker Group and Global Experience Specialists including set designs for Harry Potter: The Exhibition, currently in its eighth year touring the globe. Other nightlife and event clients include AOL, Google, Target, WWD, A&E, The History Channel, The Saint at Large and Heritage of Pride NYC including designs for Pier 26 and the 30th annual Pier Dance in New York City with Adam Koch. Additionally, Steven has collaborated with Adam on over 40 musicals, plays and live events including Dreamgirls (Seoul), Miss Saigon (Signature Theatre), Carousel (Serenbe Playhouse) and Hairspray (Syracuse Stage) over the past few years. Other selected design credits include: Gross Indecency (directed by Moises Kaufman), Saving Kitty (Starring Jennifer Coolidge), Broadway Bares 25 (Directed by Jerry Mitchell), Lincoln Center Originals (Directed by Lonny Price and Matt Cowart) and 12 Days of Christmas (Adventure Theatre, world premiere). Steven attended North Carolina School of the Arts. He is the recipient of the 2015 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical for Bat Boy: The Musical in Washington, D.C.
JEAN GORDON RYON
JEAN GORDON RYON serves as New Plays Coordinator at Geva Theatre Center where, among other duties, she produces the Regional Writers Showcase and the Young Writers Showcase. She was dramaturg for 1776, John Bull’s Other Island, That Was Then, Shear Madness, The Underpants, The Clean House, Almost Maine, The Music Man, Company, Perfect Wedding, The 39 Steps, Last Gas, Wait Until Dark, Little Shop of Horrors and Geva’s current production of A Christmas Carol, and she has contributed dramaturgical research and written program articles for several other productions. Ms. Ryon holds a degree in drama from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Goucher College. Her most recent directing credits in the community include Grace and Glorie, Master Class, Blithe Spirit, Pride’s Crossing, and The Gin Game for Blackfriars; The Chosen and The Immigrant for JCC’s CenterStage; Juno and the Peacock, Da, Translations, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Waiting for Godot, The Kings of the Kilburn High Road, Dancing at Lughnasa, Faith Healer, The Hostage, Love in the Title, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Dublin Carol, and A Moon for the Misbegotten for RCP’s Irish Players; and Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing for RCP’s Shakespeare Players. Ms. Ryon is also the Artistic Director of The Geriactors, a traveling troupe of mature actors.
JENN LYONS is a Rochester native happy to be working at Geva. Previous shows at Geva include Private Lives, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Miracle on South Division Street, Red, The Mountaintop, Little Shop of Horrors, The Odd Couple and Clybourne Park. National Tours include Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella (starring 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. Her two favorite productions are Maddie and Jack.