Meet the Creative Team
A. R. Gurney
A. R. (“Pete”) Gurney has been writing plays for many years. Best known are The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, and Sylvia. A new play, Family Furniture, was recently produced at the Flea Theater while two revivals, The Wayside Motor Inn and What I Did Last Summer, found new life at the Signature Theatre. Gurney has received several awards for the body of his work and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Theatre Hall of Fame. His website is argurney.com.
Westport Country Playhouse: Artistic Director since 2009. Broadway: Our Country's Good (Tony nomination); The Rivals, Cymbeline, Seascape (Tony nomination, best revival) for Lincoln Center Theater; The Deep Blue Sea; The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm. Off-Broadway: Tiny Alice, Measure for Measure (Lortel Awards for both); productions at Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Signature Theatre, The Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park (As You Like It). He was Artistic Director of Hartford Stage for 16 seasons (1989 Tony Award). Other theater: Kennedy Center, Canada's Stratford Festival, Guthrie Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre (Associate Artist), A.C.T., The Old Globe, Delaware Rep, Ford’s Theatre, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and others. He was the first American to direct a company in the former Soviet Union (Moscow's Pushkin Theatre - Desire Under the Elms), and the first to act as dramaturge in the creation of a ballet, Alexei Ratmansky's The Tempest for American Ballet Theatre. His work in opera is extensive. For the Metropolitan Opera: New productions of I Lombardi with Luciano Pavarotti, and Wozzeck (both televised for “Great Performances”), as well as the world premiere of Harbison's The Great Gatsby, and Adriana Lecouvreur with Placido Domingo. He created many productions for NYC Opera, including televised productions of Paul Bunyan, Tosca, Central Park, and Madama Butterfly (Emmy Award). Other opera: Glimmerglass, Bergen National, Gothenberg, Munich Biennale, London's Barbican, L'Opera du Montreal, Chicago Lyric, Santa Fe, St. Louis, Dallas, San Francisco, and others. Lamos began his career in the theater as an actor on and Off-Broadway and in regional theater and made his film debut in Longtime Companion. He was awarded the Connecticut Medal for the Arts as well as honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Trinity College, and the University of Hartford.
Westport Country Playhouse: The Dining Room, The Breath of Life, Of Mice and Men. Designs for America's regional theaters, London's West End, Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific (Tony and Drama Desk awards for both), and The King and I. Opera credits include world premieres of A Streetcar Named Desire and Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera, The Great Gatsby for Metropolitan Opera, Cold Sassy Tree for Houston Grand Opera, and Central Park for Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera. He is a professor of Stage Design at the Yale School of Drama.
Selected credits include On the Town, Jersey Boys, Disney’s Newsies, The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino (Tony nomination), Henry IV with Kevin Kline (Tony nomination), The Rivals (2005 Tony Award), The Apple Tree with Kristin Chenoweth, Orphans with Alec Baldwin, Buried Child, Proof, Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, How I Learned to Drive, Dinner with Friends, The Mineola Twins (Lortel and Hewes Awards), Il Trittico for the Metropolitan Opera and Tony Goldwyn’s film A Walk on the Moon. Jess is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and has taught design there since 1990. 2015 recipient of the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award. www.jess-goldstein.com
Westport Country Playhouse: The Dining Room, Happy Days, How the Other Half Loves. Over 200 productions on and off-Broadway, at most leading regional theaters and opera companies across the U.S. and internationally in Bergen, Copenhagen, The Hague, Hong Kong, Linz, Lisbon, Munich, Naples, Sao Paulo, Stockholm and Vienna. Recent: Athol Fugard’s Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek; Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, Public Theater, NY); Othello, Two Gentleman of Verona (Old Globe). Awards/nominations: American Theatre Wing, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Connecticut Critics Circle, Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Design and Lucille Lortel. Co-chair, Design Department, Yale School of Drama; Resident Lighting Designer, Yale Repertory Theatre.
Westport Country Playhouse: A Song at Twilight, Harbor; Twelfth Night; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Beyond Therapy; Happy Days; Of Mice and Men; The Archbishop’s Ceiling; Journey’s End; Dear Brutus. Broadway: More than 35 productions including The Elephant Man, The Trip to Bountiful (Tony nomination), The Columnist, Clybourne Park, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (Drama Desk Award), The Road to Mecca, Man and Boy, Seminar, Next Fall, Proof, Sight Unseen, Dividing the Estate, Prelude to a Kiss, A Bronx Tale, Rabbit Hole, Twelve Angry Men, A Few Good Men, more. Gromada has composed many scores for Hartford Stage productions, including Horton Foote's epic Orphans' Home Cycle (Drama Desk and Henry Hewes Awards), and Michael Wilson's A Christmas Carol. Long Wharf Theatre: The Second Mrs. Wilson, Our Town, many more. Other New York: Lives of the Saints, Satchmo at the Waldorf, Domesticated, Measure for Measure (Delacorte), Vera Stark, The Screwtape Letters, Shipwrecked!... (Lucille Lortel Award), The Grand Manner, Buffalo Gal, Black Tie, more. Public Theater: The Singing Forest, Henry V, Julius Caesar, The Skriker (Drama Desk Award), Machinal (Obie Award), more. Television: Scored the Lifetime movie adaptation of The Trip to Bountiful, The Interrogators (Biography). Other Awards: Eddy, Drama-logue, NEA Opera/Music Theatre Fellowship, ASCAP awards. www.johngromada.com
Props and Set Dressing
Westport Country Playhouse: Oblivion, The Dining Room. Faye is the first and only Props/Set Dresser to have won an Obie - ever! Broadway: Fun Home (Circle in the Square, Tony Nomination Best Set), The River (Circle in the Square), Of Mice and Men (Longacre Theatre), Testament of Mary (Walter Kerr Theatre), Golden Boy (Belasco Theatre), Clybourne Park (Walter Kerr Theatre, Tony Nomination Best Set), Warhorse (Lincoln Center, Tony Winner Best Set), The Merchant of Venice (Broadhurst Theatre/Delacorte Theater, Tony Nomination Best Set), Enron (Broadhurst Theatre), Albee’s Seascape (Booth Theatre). Awards: The Cherry Orchard, Bug (Obie Award, Barrow Street Theatre), 4000 Miles (Lucille Lortel Award Best Set, Lincoln Center), When the Rain Stops Falling (Lucille Lortel Award Best Set).
Telsey + Company
Broadway/Tours: Fiddler on the Roof, The Color Purple, Allegiance, On Your Feet!, Hamilton, Something Rotten!, An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, The King and I, Hand to God, Kinky Boots, Wicked, If/Then, The Sound of Music, Newsies, Pippin, Motown, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet. Off-Broadway: Atlantic, LAByrinth, MCC, Second Stage, Signature. Regional: A.R.T., Goodspeed, La Jolla, New York Stage and Film, Paper Mill, Williamstown. Film: Fun House, Ithaca, The Intern, Ricki and the Flash, Focus, The Last Five Years, Song One, A Most Violent Year, Into the Woods. TV: “Flesh and Bone,” “Masters of Sex,” commercials. www.telseyandco.com
Production Stage Manager
Most recently has been a Visiting Adjunct Faculty Member in Stage Management at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Broadway: The Light in the Piazza, Coram Boy, Hamlet (with Jude Law), Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Lion King (Broadway & National Tour), Curtains, Wicked, A Tale of Two Cities. Off-Broadway: A.R. Gurney’s Black Tie; Happy Now?; Shipwrecked! An Entertainment; A. R. Gurney’s Buffalo Gal; Robby Benson’s Open Heart. Regional: Over 25 productions at Westport Country Playhouse recently as the Resident Production Stage Manager; Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Two River Theater Company, Paper Milll Playhouse. Concerts & Workshops: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (North Carolina Symphony), Show Boat (Carnegie Hall), Sundance Theatre Lab 2013 & 2014 (Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA). A graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center and an AEA Member since 2003.
Assistant Stage Manager
Westport Country Playhouse: Intimate Apparel; Things We Do for Love; A Song at Twilight; Room Service; Oblivion; The Dining Room; Harbor; Into the Woods; Twelfth Night, or What You Will; Happy Days; Dinner with Friends. A Song at Twilight (Hartford Stage). Zorba!; Paint Your Wagon; Lady, Be Good; A Bed and a Chair; Tick, Tick...Boom!; Randy Newman's Faust; Pump Boys and Dinettes (New York City Center Encores!); Productions with Lincoln Center Theater 3, Primary Stages, Foresight Theatrical, Gotham Chamber Opera, Armitage Gone!, and The Public Theater.
Ross enters his seventh season as managing director of Westport Country Playhouse. From 2002 to 2008, he was managing director of Center Stage in Baltimore, the award-winning State Theater of Maryland. Previously, Ross was managing director of Long Wharf Theatre (1997-2002), where he was on the producing team for the commercial transfer of the Pulitzer Prize winner, Wit. He was general manager, and business and box office manager at Hartford Stage (1986-1996). Ross served as program officer/project director at National Arts Stabilization, and worked with Baltimore Opera Company and Alley Theater, Houston. Ross has consulted in fundraising, board development, executive search, and strategic planning for theaters nationwide, including Kansas City Repertory Theatre, SITI Company, Wilma Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and Everyman Theatre. He has been a panelist for programs hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, and New England Foundation for the Arts, among others, and was an adjunct professor in The Yale University School of Drama Theater Management Program. He currently serves on the Board of the Burry Fredrik Foundation.
Signature Theatre (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director, and Erika Mallin, Executive Director) was founded in 1991 to honor and celebrate the playwright. Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright's body of work, and during this journey the writer is engaged in every aspect of the creative process. Signature serves its mission through its permanent home at The Pershing Square Signature Center, a three-theatre facility on West 42nd Street designed by Frank Gehry Architects to host Signature's three distinct playwrights' residencies and foster a cultural community. Upon opening in 2012, the Center was the largest new theatre center built in New York in over 50 years, and has quickly emerged as New York’s newest cultural destination. In addition to its three intimate theatres, the Center features a studio theatre, a rehearsal studio and a public café, bar, and bookstore. Signature launched its groundbreaking Ticket Initiative in 2006, providing affordable, subsidized tickets for every seat to every show. Signature was the recipient of the 2014 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, and its productions and resident writers have been recognized with the Pulitzer Prize, Lucille Lortel Awards, Obie Awards, Drama Desk Awards, AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions.
Westport Country Playhouse
Westport Country Playhouse is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, professional theater under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos and management leadership of Michael Ross. The Playhouse creates five live theater experiences, produced at the highest level, from May through October. Its vital mix of works---dramatic, comedic, occasionally exploratory and unusual---expands the audience’s sense of what theater can be. The depth and scope of its productions display the foremost theatrical literature from the past---recent as well as distant---in addition to musicals and premieres of new plays. In 2013, the Playhouse was named “Theater Company of the Year” by The Wall Street Journal. During the summer, the Playhouse is home to the Woodward Internship Program, renowned for the training of aspiring theater professionals. Winter at the Playhouse, from November through March, offers events outside of the main season---Family Festivities presentations, and Script in Hand playreadings. In addition, businesses and organizations are encouraged to rent the handsome facility for their meetings, receptions, and fundraisers. As an historic venue, Westport Country Playhouse has had many different lives leading up to the present. Originally built in 1835 as a tannery manufacturing hatters’ leathers, it became a steam-powered cider mill in 1880, later to be abandoned in the 1920s. Splendidly transformed into a theater in 1931, it initially served as a try-out house for Broadway transfers, evolving into an established stop on the New England straw hat circuit of summer stock theaters through the end of the 20th century. Following a multi-million dollar renovation completed in 2005, the Playhouse became a state-of-the-art producing theater, preserving its original charm and character. Today, the not-for-profit Westport Country Playhouse serves as a cultural resource for patrons, artists, and students and is a treasure for the State of Connecticut. There are no boundaries to the creative thinking for future seasons or the kinds of audiences and excitement for theater that Westport Country Playhouse can build.