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My Fair Lady

NOV 2, 2012 – JAN 6, 2013

based on Pygmalion
by George Bernard Shaw

book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
music by Frederick Loewe
directed by Molly Smith
choreographed by Daniel Pelzig

on the Fichandler Stage

Who’s Who


Bev AppletonBEV APPLETON (Ensemble, u/s Alfred Doolittle) returns to Arena Stage having performed here in Camelot. Other Washington appearances include Much Ado, Merry Wives and All’s Well at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. In New York he has worked with the Manhattan Theatre Club in The Other Side (playing opposite Rosemary Harris) and Five by Tenn. Bev has lived in Philadelphia the past seven years appearing at the Walnut Street Theatre in Man of La Mancha (Padre), Of Mice and Men (Candy) and the American premiere of Mister Bailey’s Minder (title role); at the Arden Theatre in Proof (Robert), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), Pacific Overtures (Lord Abe & Kanagawa Madam) and Twelfth Night (Feste); at the Media Theatre in My Fair Lady (Doolittle) and Oliver (Fagin). TV credits include roles in The Locket, Traitor in My House, My Name is Bill W. and two Hallmark specials. Film work includes roles in The Contender, The New World, True Colors and the recently released The Fields (playing opposite Cloris Leachman). Back

Kurt BoehmKURT BOEHM (Jamie, Ensemble) is thrilled to return to Arena Stage after previously appearing in Oklahoma! and She Loves Me. Other Washington appearances include Les Misérables, Kiss of the Spider Woman, One Red Flower (Signature Theatre), Little Shop Of Horrors (Ford's Theatre), Phantom Tollbooth (The Kennedy Center), Joseph (Olney Theatre Center), Goodnight Moon, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Adventure Theatre MTC), Footloose, Cats and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Toby's Dinner Theatre). As a Director/Choreographer, he has worked at Keegan Theatre (Artistic Associate), Washington Savoyards, Toby's Dinner Theatre , Imagination Stage , Adventure Theatre MTC, Montgomery College and The Catholic University of America. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Catholic University of America. Much love and gratitude to family, Cafe Belgrade and friends! Back

Will BurtonWILL BURTON (Ensemble, u/s Freddy Eynsford-Hill) is thrilled to be returning to Arena Stage after making his debut earlier this year as Tommy Djilas in The Music Man. He recently originated the role of Zacky Price in the workshop production of the new musical Big Fish, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. He has appeared in numerous productions at the St. Louis Muny, favorites include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Luke) and Singin’ in the Rain. Will graduated in 2011 from THE University of Michigan with a BFA degree in musical theatre. Go Blue. Many thanks to his teachers, friends and family for their relentless love and support. Proud AEA member. Back

Benedict CampbellBENEDICT CAMPBELL (Henry Higgins) Sum up 35 years of theater in a few short lines. It is hard. Ben has played some wonderful parts in some wonderful theaters (Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, National Arts Centre of Canada and many theaters in Toronto plus regionals throughout Canada). He has been lucky enough to work with some really good actors and directors and hopes that people have or will continue to find him a convincing, believable, enjoyable person to watch and listen to. He is delighted to be working at Arena Stage and to be working with Molly Smith again who he knows from her forays up to Canada to spread her special brand of theatrical enthusiasm. Sorry not too specific, but it’s 125 words. So that is that! Back

Dean de LunaDEAN ANDRE DE LUNA (Ensemble) is honored to make his Arena Stage Debut! He recently made his Broadway debut with the revival of West Side Story directed by Arthur Laurent and Choreographed by Joey McKneely and then humbly continued on to do The First National Tour of West Side Story directed by David Saint and Choreographed by Joey McKneely. He has performed regionally at Paper Mill Playhouse(High School Musical) and Bass Hall (Pepitos Story) Dean is born and raised in Texas and had his stardom on the television show Barney and Friends while living and growing up there. Dean feels fortunate and privileged to have had so many blessings and is extremely thankful to God, family, friends, my Heart, Paul, and Stuart Howard Casting. Back

Erin DriscollERIN DRISCOLL (Ensemble, u/s Eliza Doolittle) is thrilled to be making her Arena Stage debut! Other Washington appearances include Hope in Urinetown (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Lead Actress), Amber in Hairspray (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Ensemble) and most recently Angel in The Best Little Whorehouse all at Signature Theater. She has also performed in the DC area at Ford’s Theater, Olney Theater Center, The Kennedy Center and Round House Theater. Regionally, Erin has performed at the Arden Theatre and John W. Engeman Theater. She has also received acclaim for her solo cabarets Coming Into Focus and Get Happy: The Songs of Harold Arlen. Erin is a graduate of James Madison University. She is also the recipient of the Roger Sturtevant Award for Outstanding Ability in Musical Theater. Back

Ronald DuncanRONALD DUNCAN (Harry, Ensemble) is excited to be making his Arena Stage Theatre debut in My Fair Lady! Originally from Miami he studied acting at New World School of the Arts. Theatre School at DePaul University (Acting), Dance at the Miami Ballet Conservatory, Ballet Chicago, and Hubbard Street. Recent credits: Disney’s Aladdin at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Dreamgirls 1st National Broadway Tour, Mamma Mia as Pepper, and currently you can catch Ronald as a featured principle dancer on the new NBC TV show SMASH! choreographed by Emmy winner 2012 Josh Bergasse! Ronald thanks God for his friends, family, mentors! He’s a member of AEA. Follow Ronald on Twitter and see what’s going on!

Sherri EdelenSHERRI L. EDELEN (Mrs. Pearce, Queen of Transylvania, u/s Mrs. Higgins) returns to Arena Stage after performing as Fr. Kost in Cabaret in 2006. She recently appeared as Miss Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Signature Theatre where she also received two Helen Hayes Awards for Side Show and Les Misérables. She earned a Barrymore Award for her performance as Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. Regionally, she appeared in Design for Living (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Annie Get Your Gun (Stages St. Louis Theatre Company), Caroline or Change (Arden Theatre Company) and Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center). Back

Catherine FlyeCATHERINE FLYE (Mrs. Higgins) graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has worked extensively as a writer, director and actor. In Washington she has played many principal roles at the Shakespeare Theatre, Folger, MetroStage, Studio, Round House, Ford’s Theatre and the Kennedy Center. As Artistic Director of Interact Theatre Company, she has written over 50 commissioned plays and entertainments, several of which have been seen at Arena’s Old Vat, including Shirley Valentine, Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush, and her critically acclaimed tribute to Joyce Grenfell -in George Don’t Do That! She has been nominated for 13 Helen Hayes Awards for acting and directing and received the award for her production of The Pirates of Penzance. Following Mrs. Higgins, she will be playing Mistress Quickly in Henry V at the Folger. Back

Rayanne GonzalesRAYANNE GONZALES (Mrs. Eynsford-Hill, Bartender’s Wife) happily returns to Arena Stage following her appearances in The Music Man, Damn Yankees and Señor Discretion Himself. Locally she’s appeared in La Verbena de la Paloma with the In Series and Bohemios with Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia. Rayanne made her Broadway debut in The Phantom of the Opera. Her theater credits include North Carolina Theatre and Casa Mañana (South Pacific), Geva Theatre (The Music Man), Natchez Festival (Porgy & Bess) and First National Tour of In the Heights. An alumna of Boston University, the Longy School of Music and The Banff Centre, Rayanne’s honors include the National Federation of Music Clubs, Metropolitan Opera Auditions and Placido Domingo’s OPERALIA. For my little fair lady, Paloma! Back

Jessica HartmanJESSICA HARTMAN (Dance Captain/Swing) returns to Arena after performing in Oklahoma! On Broadway she served as Associate Choreographer for Lysistrata Jones, and was the Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain and Swing for The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman. Other New York credits include My Fair Lady at the New York Philharmonic, The Most Happy Fella at New York City Opera, and four years performing at Radio City Music Hall in The Christmas Spectacular. Jessica has performed at Goodspeed Opera House, Northshore Music Theatre, the Hangar Theatre and La Scala Opera House. She has worked as an Assistant/Associate to choreographers Joey McKneely, Dan Knechtges and Parker Esse, who she recently assisted at Goodspeed on Carousel. Jessica is the Artistic Director of Broadway Theatre Connection. Luv2J.

Afra HinesAFRA HINES (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Arena Stage debut. Broadway credits include Ghost (Asst. Dance Captain, Clara u/s, Louise u/s, Mrs. Santiago u/s, OBC), In The Heights (OBC) and Wicked. Other favorite credits include The Radio City Christmas Spectacular where she performed as a Rockette and Asst. Dance Captain, The Wiz at Maine State Music Theater, and Savion Glover’s Sole Power at The Joyce Theater where she performed as a featured dancer. You may have spotted her dancing in the pilot episode of Smash and various televised award shows. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the amazing cast and creative team of Arena Stage’s My Fair Lady. Back

Benjamin L. HorenBENJAMIN L. HOREN (Zoltan Karpathy, Ensemble) is excited to be making his first appearance at Arena Stage. He has performed in other Washington theatres in roles such as James Monroe in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson at Studio Theatre 2nd Stage, ensemble in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Signature Theatre, Johnny Domingo in Cool Papa’s Party, Ben in The Stephen Schwartz Project at Metro Stage, and ensemble in The Boys From Syracuse and Cymbeline at Shakespeare Theatre Company. Back

Jennifer IronsJENNIFER IRONS (Ensemble, u/s Mrs. Pearce) returns to Arena Stage after performing in The Light in the Piazza, She Loves Me and Camelot. Other Washington appearances include Gertrude in Seussical at Imagination Stage (Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress), Follies and Saving Aimee at Signature Theatre, Alexis in Nobody's Perfect at the John F. Kennedy Center (Original Cast Recording), Judy/Ginger in Ruthless at Maryland Ensemble Theatre and Peter Pan at Olney Theatre Center. Jennifer received a Bachelor's of Music from The Catholic University of America and she is a proud member of Actor's Equity. Love to Brian, Addison and Andersen! Back

Robert MintzROBERT MINTZ (Ensemble) is making his Arena Stage debut, after recently appearing locally in Photo Op with Urban Arias. Other Washington credits include shows at the Kennedy Center (Girl Crazy; Bye Bye, Birdie; Sideshow; New Year's Eve with the NSO), Signature Theatre (The Visit), The Washington Savoyards (Bill in Kiss Me, Kate), Adventure Theatre (What's a Wolf to Do?) and Toby's Dinner Theatre (Kiss Me, Kate; High School Musical). Regionally he has appeared at the Gateway Playhouse (Baby John in West Side Story), The Growing Stage (Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz) and the Fulton (The Soldier in The Nutcracker). In New York he has performed in NYMF in Seeing Stars and Shine: The Horatio Musical. Robert holds a Bachelors of Music from CUA. Back

Manna NicholsMANNA NICHOLS (Eliza Doolittle) Arena debut! Manna was last seen in D.C. as Mulan in Disney's Mulan at Imagination Stage. She has performed in both Off-Broadway and The Actors Studio reading of Tokio Confidential (Sachiko). In NYC she has also performed at NYMF as Hortense in Frog Kiss, with NAAP as Laurie in Oklahoma! and with the USO Liberty Bells. Regionally, she has performed at Walnut Street Theatre as Tuptim in The King and I (Barrymore Award–Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical), North Shore Music Theatre as Tuptim in The King and I, The Fulton Theatre as Kim in Miss Saigon, and Light Opera of Oklahoma as Cinderella in Into the Woods. Love and thanks to her dear family and friends, Molly, Baayork, Will and the guys at BRS! God is good!!! Back

Jesse PalmerJESSE PALMER (Ensemble) is very excited to be returning to the DC area with her Arena Stage debut! She is a proud graduate of Catholic University and Maryland native! Jesse was most recently seen in the national tour of Spamalot (Ensemble) at the Warner Theater (and many other places across the US). Some DC credits include The Visit (u/s Young Claire, Signature), The Music Man (Zaneeta, Washington Savoyards), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie Dillmount, Way Off Broadway), Grease (Frenchie, Toby’s Dinner Theatre). Much LOVE and gratitude to her family, friends, teachers (esp. Tom, Donna, Charlie, Gayle and Ken), Gabe Mangiante, Jasper Grant, Jen Waldman and PEC. Special thanks to Dan, Danny, Molly, Paul and everyone else at Arena for making this an amazing experience! ♥ LAA, JPT, SAB, JAW, PJP. Do what you love.

Jobari Parker-NamdarJOBARI PARKER-NAMDAR (Ensemble) is honored and excited to be making his Arena Stage main stage debut after performing in Redhand Guitar (a staged reading). Other Washington appearances include Snail in A Year with Frog and Toad at Adventure Theatre (Helen Hayes nomination, Outstanding Actor in Supporting Role), Jobari in The Stephen Schwartz Project at Metro Stage, Hairspray and Showboat at Signature Theatre. Schroeder in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown at Adventure Theatre. Jobari was also an Artist in Residence at the prestigious Strathmore Music Center. Back

Joe PeckJOE PECK (Ensemble, u/s Col. Pickering) is extremely pleased to return to Arena Stage after making his debut here in The Music Man as Ewart Dunlop. He has also appeared in productions at the Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre and Olney Theatre Center, among others. Joe performs regularly in voiceovers as a narrator. Joe is also a singer/songwriter, and his debut CD (Joe Peck: In the City Lights) was released in February. The album is available online via or at the visitor services gift shop in the lobby. Back

Nicholas RodriguezNICHOLAS RODRIGUEZ (Freddy Eynsford-Hill) was last seen at Arena Stage as Curly in Oklahoma! (2010 Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical). He has also appeared at Arena as Fabrizio Nacarelli in Light in the Piazza. On Broadway, he performed the title role in Tarzan. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in The Toxic Avenger, Almost Heaven, Bajour and Collete Collage. Tours include Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Evita (Che) and Hair (Claude). Regional credits include The Ten Commandments (Kodak Theatre), JCS (Jesus), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Damn Yankees (Joe), Cinderella (Prince), South Pacific (Cable), Master Class (Tony), Love, Valour, Compassion! (Ramon), and The King and I (Lun Tha). He was in the film Sex and the City 2, and featured on the film’s soundtrack. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Nick Chavez on ABC’s One Life to Live for which he received a GLAAD Media Award. Nicholas is the proud Artistic Director of The Broadway Dreams Foundation ( He holds a BM and MM in vocal performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Back

James SaitoJAMES SAITO (Alfred Doolittle) is delighted to return to the Arena Stage after appearing in Lisa Loomer’s The Waiting Room 16 years ago. On Broadway he was in The King and I and David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child, which he also played at the Kennedy Center. James played Wang Chi-yang/Sammy Fong in the National Tour of Flower Drum Song and The Reciter in Pacific Overtures at Cincinnati Playhouse and Atlanta’s Alliance Theater. James received an Obie for his performance in Durango at The Public Theater, which he also played at The Long Wharf Theater. His film and TV work includes, Ang Lee’s current film The Life of Pi, a series regular on ABC’s Eli Stone and The Shredder in The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Back

Sade SimmonsSADÉ SIMMONS (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Arena Stage debut in My Fair Lady. The last two years have had Sadé spreading Christmas cheer for audiences on the stage of Radio City Music Hall in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She has also been seen in Hairspray (Nathalie), Rock n' Pop, on Good Morning America and a commercial for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She would like to thank her family, the original Trifecta, and her husband Aaron, for their love and support. Back

Thomas Adrian SimpsonTHOMAS ADRIAN SIMPSON (Col. Pickering, u/s Henry Higgins) could not be happier returning to Arena Stage, where he was last seen as Roy in The Light in the Piazza. Other Arena appearances include: The Fantasticks, The Great White Hope, Seagul, Antigone in New York and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Tom’s recent DC area performances include: Ed Earl in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Von Golum in The Boy Detective Fails (Signature Theatre); Witherspoon in 1776 and King Louis XVI in Liberty Smith (Ford’s Theatre); and Candide and The Boys from Syracuse (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Regional credits include: Candide (The Goodman Theatre); Papa Charlie in Shenandoah and Quixote in The Man of La Mancha (Wayside Theatre). Tom is a graduate of the N.C. School of the Arts. Back

Kim WillesKIM WILLES (Ensemble) is excited to make her Arena Stage debut with My Fair Lady! Washington appearances include Makalo in the workshop of the new musical Spin and Deirdre in the workshop of The Break, both at Signature Theatre. Kim has also performed at many regional theatres and stocks across the US. Favorite roles include Maria in West Side Story (twice!), Luisa in The Fantasticks, Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She also toured with Theatreworks USA's production of If You Give a Pig a Pancake, as the Pig. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Elon University. Thanks to family and friends for all their love and support! Back

Hannah WillmanHANNAH WILLMAN (Ensemble) is delighted to make her Arena Stage debut with such a talented cast and production team. A Texas native, she has appeared at Signature Theatre in Sycamore Trees, Sweeney Todd, Show Boat and Les Miserables (Helen Hayes Award); Imagination Stage in Heidi (reading and cast recording); the Shakespeare Theatre Company Will Award Gala; Open Circle Theatre in Evita and the Inaugural Capital Fringe Festival. Regionally, she has lived and performed at the Astor's Beechwood Mansion in Newport, RI. Off-stage, she simply adores teaching yoga and working with young singers. Back

Victor J. WisehartVICTOR J. WISEHART (Male Swing) is honored to be making his Arena Stage debut. His first Washington appearance was playing Lt. Buzz Adams in Lincoln Center's South Pacific at the Kennedy Center (also the 1st National Tour.) Victor made his West End debut in West Side Story at the Sadler's Wells (Olivier Nomination) and his NY Stage debut in last seasons’ City Center Encores production of Pipe Dream. He has also performed regionally at Goodspeed (New Rhythm in My One and Only), St. Louis MUNY (Dream Curly OKLAHOMA!, Dreamgirls) and Huntington (Pirates!) Victor’s voice can be heard on the Pipe Dream Live Encores Cast Recording. Back


ALAN JAY LERNER (Book and Lyrics) and FREDERICK LOEWE (Music). Alan Jay Lerner was one of the most knowledgeable practitioners of Broadway musical theater. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard University. His career as a lyricist and librettist didn’t ignite until he met composer Frederick Loewe in 1942. Frederick Loewe was born in Berlin to musician parents who traveled extensively. Though his parents were from Vienna, Loewe grew up in Berlin and eventually, he attended a famous conservatory in Berlin. Their first collaborations—What's Up? and The Day Before Spring—were not especially successful. In 1947, however, they hit pay-dirt with Brigadoon. Paint Your Wagon hit Broadway in 1952, followed by the blockbuster My Fair Lady in 1956—the longest running musical to date (until the record was broken by Cats). In 1958, Lerner and Loewe were collaborating on one of their last original screen musicals, Gigi. Lerner won an Oscar for the screenplay (they won nine in all), and another, with Loewe, for the title song. The two collaborators returned to Broadway in 1960 with Camelot, which was another major success. Not long after their Camelot success Lerner and Loewe ended their partnership due, in part, to the composer’s ill health. They renewed their collaboration briefly in 1973 to write new songs for a stage version of Gigi, and, later, for the score to the film The Little Prince. Lerner was juggling various projects when he died in June 1986. Loewe died in 1988. Back

MOLLY SMITH (Director) has been instrumental in leading the reinvention of Arena Stage, focusing on the creation of the new Mead Center for American Theater as well as major artistic changes. Arena Stage is a center for the production, presentation, development and study of American theater. Ms. Smith has been a leader in new play development for 30 years while at Arena Stage for the past 14 years and at Perseverance Theatre in Alaska, the theater she founded and led for 19 years. She is a great believer in first, second and third productions of new work and has championed projects like Next to Normal, How I Learned to Drive and Passion Play, a cycle. Ms. Smith has directed for Arena Stage Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, How I Learned to Drive, Hot ‘N’ Throbbing, All My Sons, The Great White Hope, Coyote Builds North America, Agamemnon and His Daughters, A Moon for the Misbegotten, South Pacific, An American Daughter, Camelot, Orpheus Descending, Anna Christie, Passion Play, a cycle, Damn Yankees, Cabaret, The Women of Brewster Place, Christmas Carol 1941, Legacy of Light, Light in the Piazza, Oklahoma!, The Book Club Play, and The Music Man. She has worked alongside playwrights Sarah Ruhl, Paula Vogel, Tim Acito, Karen Zacarías, John Murrell, James Magruder, Barry Lopez and many others. Ms. Smith’s directorial work has also been seen at the Shaw Festival in Canada, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and Centaur Theatre in Montreal. Back

DANIEL PELZIG (Choreographer) makes his debut at Arena Stage, having collaborated with Molly Smith on My Fair Lady at the Shaw Festival. His D.C. credits include Candide, Pericles, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Dog in the Manger, Romeo and Juliet, Don Juan (Shakespeare Theatre) and Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration). Broadway credits include A Year With Frog and Toad, 33 Variations, starring Jane Fonda, and plays and musicals off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, City Center Encores!, Roundabout and Manhattan Theatre Club. Regional theatres include the Alliance, Ahmanson, Goodman, La Jolla, McCarter and Huntington. He is a frequent choreographer at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera, directs for Opera Boston, Ft. Worth Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Central City Opera, was resident choreographer for Boston Ballet and a director for One Life to Live. Daniel earned his degree in cellular biology from Columbia University. Back

PAUL SPORTELLI (Musical Director) returns to Arena Stage after musically directing The Light in the Piazza (Helen Hayes nomination). He is thrilled to be working with Molly Smith again, after collaborating with her on My Fair Lady and Mack and Mabel at Canada’s Shaw Festival, where he has been Music Director since 1998. Other Shaw credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Floyd Collins, Happy End, Sunday in the Park with George and Ragtime. Paul made his conducting debut on Broadway in Aspects of Love; touring credits include Les Miserables; Toronto credits include Miss Saigon and Beauty and the Beast. He is the co-writer of six musicals, two of which (Tristan and Maria Severa) premiered at Shaw and are available on itunes. Visit

DONALD EASTMAN (Set Design) designed Black No More, Constant Star, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Yellowman, M Butterfly, The Heidi Chronicles, On The Verge, last seasons’ premiere of Book Club Play, and is thrilled to return to Arena Stage for My Fair Lady. He designed Cuba … with Robert De Niro for the New York Shakespeare Festival on Broadway. Other premier productions include On the Open Road at the Public, Ezra Pound’s Elektra at Classic Stage Company, Arjunas Dilema for BAM Next Wave Festival, The Quality of Life, After the War and Hilda at American Conservatory Theatre and over two decades of design for playwright/director Maria Irene Fornes. Recent and upcoming opera designs include Bizets’s Pearl Fishers for Virginia Opera and Massenet’s Don Quichotte for Canadian Opera. Donald is the recipient of an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, a grantee of the NEA/National Opera Institute and returns to this spring for Tazewell Thompson’s Mary T and Lizzy K in the Kogod Cradle. Back

JUDITH BOWDEN (Costume Designer) is pleased to be returning to Arena. Recent credits include production design for Helen's Necklace and Misalliance at The Shaw Festival where she has worked for the past 12 seasons. Selected Production designs for Shaw include An Ideal Husband, Sunday in the Park with George, The Philanderer. Costume design for My Fair Lady and Gypsy. Design credits elsewhere include set and costume design for Clean House for Canadian stage, Belle Moral for the National Arts Centre. Costume design for Pride and Prejudice, The Tempest, and Christmas Carol for The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and a number productions with Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, Tarragon Theatre, and Soul Pepper Theatre. She was awarded the Virginia and Myrtle Award for costume design and was short listed for the Siminovitch Prize in theatre in 2006. Back

JOCK MUNRO (Lighting Designer) has worked in Canada, the U.S. and Europe in the fields of theatre, opera and dance. Jock has worked with Molly Smith previously on Arena Stage’s Christmas Carol 41, and the Shaw Festival’s Mack and Mabel and My Fair Lady. His 34-year design career includes credits in most major theatres across Canada, with over 60 productions for the National Arts Centre, most recently Oliver, Nativity, and A Christmas Carol. For the Canadian Opera Company, From the House of the Dead, Red Emma, Dido and Aeneas and the Coffee Cantatas. For the Stratford Festival: thirteen seasons. Highlights include, The Cherry Orchard, Richard the Third, Oliver! and Three Penny Opera . In the dance world, eleven premieres for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Ballet de Nancy, L’Opera national de Paris, the Netherlands Dance Theatre, Fortier Danse Creation and Ballet BC. Jock has premiered work with some of Canada’s best choreographers including Jean Pierre Perrault, and Paul André Fortier, at places as far reaching as the Paris Opera, The Nederlands Dans Theatre and Saitama and Yamagouchi Arts centres in Japan. His long association with choreographer Edouard Lock includes LaLaLa Human Steps productions of Salt, Amelia and Amjad. Jock lives with his wife Paula on the shores of Meech Lake Quebec. Back

CARL CASELLA (Sound Designer) has worked as an audio designer, engineer and producer in some of New York’s busiest recording studios and live venues in a career spanning more than 30 years, but his passion is designing original musicals. A member of Sound Associates Inc., his Broadway and off-Broadway credits include Triassic Parq, Relatively Speaking, Baby It’s You!, The City Club, Silence! The Musical, Story of My Life, Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Musical, American Buffalo, A Tale of Two Cities, Xanadu, Moon for the Misbegotten, My Mother is Italian, Ring of Fire, Sly Fox, Little Shop of Horrors, Raisin in the Sun, Sexaholix and Adult Entertainment. Back

ANNE NESMITH (Wig Designer) is pleased to return to Arena Stage after last season’s The Music Man. Her recent work includes The Government Inspector at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Carmen and La Nozze di Figaro with the Castleton Festival. Her designs have been seen locally at Ford’s Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Lyric Opera of Baltimore and Washington Ballet. Anne was the Resident Wig/Makeup Designer for the Baltimore Opera and has constructed wigs for The Greenbird (dir, Julie Taymor), Scooby Doo! Live tour and the Asian tour of 42nd St. Her work has also been seen in four Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery programs, the Military Channel’s Great Planes and the US Army’s tour Spirit of America. Back

KIM JAMES BEY (Dialect Coach) is returning to Arena Stage after the Helen Hayes honored production of Ruined, additional Arena Stage productions were: Cuttin’ Up; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia; and The Piano Lesson. Other local productions are Brothers Size and Raisin in the Sun at Everyman; and at Studio Theatre, productions included: Invisible Man, Passing Strange and In the Red and Brown Water. Kim has also designed In Darfur at Theatre J and Once on this Island at Round House; and Necessary Sacrifices and Black Pearl Sings! at Ford’s Theatre. Currently she is the Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University and a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. Thank you to Courtney Ferguson, Research Assistant for this production. Back

MELANIE PHILLIPSON (Assistant Choreographer) is making her assistant-choreographical debut at Arena Stage. This is her first American production, having spent the last five seasons as an actor at The Shaw Festival in Ontario, Canada. Various Shaw credits include My Fair Lady and Mack & Mabel (both directed by Molly Smith), Jane in The Women, Frieda in Sunday in the Park with George and Miss Posner in the original production of The President. In Toronto, she was part of the original cast of Hairspray, played Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun and spent a year in Stuttgart, Germany playing the role of Bombalurina in Cats. Most recently, she's appeared in several Canadian television commercials and is being Mom to two young girls. Back

JOSE C. SIMBULAN (Assistant Musical Director) is thrilled to be back in the pit of the Fichlander after having a "Shipoopi!" of a time during last season's The Music Man. Other Arena Stage credits include Sunday in the Park with George, South Pacific, She Loves Me and Oklahoma! On Broadway, he was on the 7th floor of The Palace during Lestat, and in the basement of The Schoenfeld for the revival of A Chorus Line. He has also been in the pits of The Kennedy Center, Ford's Theatre, Signature Theatre, Charleston Stage and Virginia Repertory Theatre. He is a proud graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, and this coming spring will mark his 20th year as the accompanist for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Professional Division Auditions. Back

SUSAN R. WHITE (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of Arena's 63rd season and to be working, once again, with Molly Smith. Susan is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Back

CHRISTI B. SPANN (Assistant Stage Manager) returns to Arena after serving as ASM last season on You, Nero and Ah, Wilderness! Other DC credits include The Bard’s Broadway and Merry Wives of Windsor with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Christi spent 12 seasons on the stage management staff at the Denver Center Theatre Company and 4 summer seasons with The Great River Shakespeare Festival. She received a BA from the University of Richmond. Back