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CREATIVE TEAM

Andrew Boyce
Scenic Designer

Westport Country Playhouse: Appropriate, Buyer and Cellar, Loot, Twelfth Night. NY credits: Lincoln Center Theater, Roundabout Theater Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, Play Company, Playwrights Realm, Cherry Lane, and more. Regional credits: A.C.T. (SF), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alliance, Asolo Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, Curtis Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen, George Street Playhouse, Goodman, Kirk Douglas, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, Milwaukee Rep, Oregen Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, and Yale Rep, among others. Andrew is a graduate of Yale School of Drama, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Northwestern University Theater Department. www.andrewboycedesign.com

David Kennedy
Director

Westport Country Playhouse:  Appropriate, The Invisible Hand (Connecticut Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Director), And a Nightingale Sang, Nora, Loot, Tartuffe, Suddenly Last Summer, Beyond Therapy, Dinner with Friends. Kennedy joined the Playhouse in March 2009 as associate artistic director. He previously served as associate artistic director at Dallas Theater Center from 2004 to 2007 and as acting artistic director for their 2007-08 season. His Dallas Theater Center directing credits include The Misanthrope, Glengarry Glen Ross, Moonlight and Magnolias, I Am My Own Wife, The Violet Hour, and Thom Pain (based on nothing). He has also staged productions at the Wilma Theater, Hartford TheaterWorks, Clarence Brown Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 78th Street Theatre Lab, Prospect Theater Company, and Kitchen Dog Theater, among others. He was a founding artistic director of The Lunar Society in Toronto and Milkman Theatre Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Kennedy teaches in the graduate directing program at the University of Alberta, and is a former Phil Killian Fellow at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and a graduate of Yale School of Drama. 

Alison Mantilla
Props Master

Westport Country Playhouse: Flyin’ West, Appropriate. Broadway: My Fair Lady, Once on this Island, Significant Other, Spring Awakening, Gigi, Of Mice and Men. Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, Roundabout Theater Co. The Atlantic Theater Co. SUNY Purchase Alumni.

Maiko Matsushima 
Costume Design

Maiko is a Japan-born and Philadelphia-based visual artist, costume designer and theater faculty at Bryn Mawr College. She challenges traditional notions of the American aesthetic and identity by creating visual and experiential works infused with a multiplicity of perspectives, by incorporating influences from outside the U.S. style, form and content. Her designs have been seen at Philadelphia’s The Wilma Theater, Headlong, BalletX, Pig Iron Theater Co. Broadway: Spring Awakening, Radio Golf, Lestat, Assassins, and Good Body and Pacific Overtures as an associate costume designer. Since working as a theatrical designer in Tokyo, NYC, and regional theaters around the U.S. for over two decades, she is now joined with David Brick, a co-founder of Headlong, transitioning into creating public engaged art, seen recently at the Washington Avenue Green between 2016 and 2017. Her works create luminosity visible to the naked eye, otherwise invisible or taken for granted. 

Fitz Patton
Sound Designer

Westport Country Playhouse: A Flea In Her Ear, Appropriate, The Invisible Hand, And a Nightingale Sang, Intimate Apparel, Nora, and more. Broadway: Three Tall Women, Bernhardt Hamlet, Choir Boy, Meteor Shower, Present Laughter, Our Mother's Brief Affair, The Humans, The Father, Blackbird, Act of God, It's Only a Play, Airline Highway, The Other Place, I’ll Eat You Last, Outside Mullingar, Casa Valentina, The House of Blue Leaves, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound. 2016 Drama Desk Award for The Humans. 2010 Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards for When the Rain Stops Falling at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Théâtre. He is the founding editor of Chance Magazine, a serialized art book on performance and design.

Noah Racey
Choreographer

Noah is an award-winning New York based actor, creator, and educator. Broadway: Terms of My Surrender (Movement Director); Curtains; Thoroughly Modern Millie (Associate Choreographer, TONY AWARD for Best Choreography); Never Gonna Dance; Follies. Regional credits include: Seattle 5th Avenue (Cinderella, Guys and Dolls); Goodspeed Opera House (Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun – both won Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreography); Sacramento Music Circus; and the Asolo Repertory Theatre, as well as the world premiere of Turn of the Century at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre (starring Jeff Daniels, directed by Tommy Tune). Noah is the Founding Artistic Director of the New York Song & Dance Company which has toured the globe. Their full production, Pulse, had its world premiere at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, directed by Jeff Calhoun.  Noah’s latest work (working title - The Noah Racey Project) premiered at NY Symphony Space - written and performed by Noah, directed by Dick Scanlan. This Fall Noah will star in Jeff Calhoun’s new production of Music Man as Professor Harold Hill. He’s also the new Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Colorado State University. Noah is a proud product of—and strong proponent for—arts funding in public schools.

Theresa Rebeck
Playwright

Theresa Rebeck is a widely produced playwright both in the United States and abroad. Past New York productions of her work include Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels at Second Stage; Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House at Playwrights Horizons; View of the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop; and The Understudy at the Roundabout. Omnium Gatherum (co-written, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003) was featured at the Humana Festival, and had a commercial run at the Variety Arts Theatre. She has won the National Theatre Conference Award, The William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, an IRNE Award for Best New Play, and the Elliot Norton Award for various works. She has published two novels through Shaye Areheart/Random House and has taught writing at Brandeis University and Columbia University.

Matthew Richards
Lighting Designer

Westport Country Playhouse: A Flea In Her Ear, Romeo and Juliet, Appropriate, The Invisible Hand, Red, Art, And A Nightingale Sang, The Liar, Nora, Loot, Tartuffe, Suddenly Last Summer, Dinner with Friends. Broadway: Ann. Off-Broadway: Absolute Brightness …, and The Curvy Widow at Westside Arts; The Killer, Tamburlaine, and Measure For Measure at Theatre For a New Audience; The Atlantic; B.A.M.; MCC; Playwrights Horizons; Play Co.; Primary Stages; Rattlestick; Second Stage. Regional: Actor’s Theater of Louisville; Arena Stage; Baltimore’s Center Stage; Cincinnati Playhouse; Cleveland Playhouse; Dallas Theater Center; Ford’s Theatre; The Goodman; Hartford Stage; The Hangar; The Huntington; La Jolla Playhouse; Long Wharf; New York Stage and Film; The Old Globe; Shakespeare Theatre; Westport Playhouse; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Yale Repertory Theatre.  Graduate: University of Massachusetts, Yale School of Drama. matthewrichardsdesign.com.

Michael Rossmy
Fight Director

Westport Country Playhouse: A Flea In Her Ear, Flyin’ West, Romeo and Juliet, Appropriate, Lettice and Lovage, Camelot, The Invisible Hand, Art, Red, Broken Glass, The Liar, Nora, Room Service, Harbor, Loot, A Raisin in the Sun, Tartuffe, Into the Woods. Broadway:  A Tale of Two Cities. Regional: The Public Theatre, Asolo REP, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Primary Stages, Delaware REP, SoHo Repertory Theatre, The MUNY, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Rattlestick Theater, Pace University, Cherry Lane Theatre, Smith Street Stage, and others. He was nominated for a 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Fight Direction. Michael is a faculty member at the Yale School of Drama where he teaches Stage Combat, and the Stage Combat Supervisor for all undergraduate productions at Yale College. He is also the Creator/Coach of the physical training program, "The Actor as Athlete.”

Megan Schwarz Dickert 
Production Stage Manager

New York: Lincoln Center/LCT3, TFANA, Playwrights Horizons, NYTW, Public, Vineyard, Page 73, Clubbed Thumb (affiliated artist), WP Theater, Playwrights Realm, Play Company, Juilliard, Rattlestick, Foundry, Working Theater, 13P, Civilians, Flea, Builders Association, New Georges. Regional: Bard SummerScape, Hartford Stage, Williamstown, NYSAF, Long Wharf, Actors Theatre of Louisvillle, Trinity Rep, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Big Apple Circus, Capital Rep. Idaho, North Carolina, Utah, and Nebraska Shakespeare Festivals. Megan is an advanced open water scuba diver and has run five marathons. www.megandickert.com.

Michelle Lauren Tuite
Assistant Stage Manager

Westport Country Playhouse: Grounded. Off Broadway/NYC: A Letter to Harvey Milk (LDK Productions), CAUGHT (The Play Company), Charlotte’s Web (TheatreworksUSA), Too Heavy For Your Pocket (Roundabout Theatre Underground), Jericho (Abingdon Theatre Company). Regional: Beautiful Star (Triad Stage); Fireflies, Disgraced, and Our Town (Long Wharf Theatre); Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Calendar Girls, South Pacific, Memphis, and La Cage Aux Folles (Ivoryton Playhouse).

Mark Lamos     
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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. In October 2016, he was the recipient of the John Houseman Award.

Michael Barker
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Michael Barker joined Westport Country Playhouse in 2016 from Mill Valley, CA, where he was the managing director of Marin Theatre Company.  Previously, Barker was general manager of Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA, and managing director for the Los Angeles classical theater ensemble The Antaeus Company. Before moving to California, Barker was associate managing director at Yale Repertory Theatre and managing director of Yale Summer Cabaret, where he produced the first annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays. He was Seattle Repertory Theatre’s 2008 Managing Director Fellow. Barker holds an MFA in theater management from Yale School of Drama and an MBA from Yale School of Management. At Yale, he was the recipient of the Daniel and Helene Sheehan Scholarship for theater management and a Kosciusko Scholarship for outstanding students of Polish descent. He serves on the Yale School of Management Alumni Advisory Board. He is a member of the inaugural class of artEquity diversity, equity and inclusion facilitators. Prior to graduate school, he was associate director of marketing for Court Theatre in Chicago, and also worked with Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Sansculottes Theater Company, and The Playground Theater.

Westport Country Playhouse
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The Playhouse creates this relationship with the community and provides this experience in multiple ways by offering: Live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos, from May through November; educational and community engagement events and opportunities to further explore issues presented by the work on stage; the New Works Circle, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings throughout the year to deepen relationships with audiences and artists alike; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations from November through April to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round. The value of the Westport Country Playhouse to all it touches is immeasurable.







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