DOUG HUGHES (Director) Recent Broadway productions include A Man for All Seasons, Mauritius, Inherit the Wind, A Touch of the Poet, Frozen and Doubt (also seen at the Ahmanson Theatre at the start of its national tour). He has worked extensively off-Broadway and at most of the nation’s leading resident theatres. He has been awarded the Tony, the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, Obie and Callaway Awards for his productions.
NEIL PATEL (Set Designer) CTG: This Beautiful City, Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine, iWitness. Broadway: [title of show], Sideman (West End and Kennedy Center), ‘night, Mother, Ring of Fire. West End: Underneath the Lintel. Off-Broadway: Dinner With Friends (Variety Arts Theater and national tour), Roundabout, Public, MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Vineyard Theatre, NYTW, Primary Stages, MCC, BAM. Opera: New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Tokyo Nikikai Opera Theatre. TV: "In Treatment" (HBO). Helen Hayes Award, numerous Drama Desk nominations, 1996 and 2001 Obie Awards for sustained excellence. www.neilpateldesign.com.
CATHERINE ZUBER (Costume Designer) The 125 Gala for the Metropolitan Opera, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Lincoln Center), The Cherry Orchard (Mark Taper Forum), The Winter’s Tale (BAM’s Bridge Project). The Lincoln Center Theater: South Pacific (Tony Award), The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), Awake and Sing! (Tony Award), Edward Albee’s Seascape (Tony Award nomination), The Light in the Piazza (Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Dinner at Eight, Twelfth Night (Tony Award nominations). Other Broadway credits include Roundabout’s A Man for All Seasons, Cry-Baby, Doubt, Frozen, Dracula, The Sound of Music, Triumph of Love, among others. Recipient: 2003, 2004 and 2007 Henry Hewes Award for Design; 2004 and 2005 Lucille Lortel Award; 2004 Ovation Award; 1997 and 2005 Obie Award for Sustained Achievement. Other projects include the 1999 Fete des Vignerons, Vevey, Switzerland. Opera: Romeo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival); Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dr. Atomic and The Tales of Hoffmann (The Metropolitan Opera).
DONALD HOLDER (Lighting Designer) Broadway: 30 productions, including South Pacific (2008 Tony Award, Drama Desk nomination), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gem of the Ocean, Movin’ Out, Juan Darien (all Tony-nominated), The Lion King (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Cyrano de Bergerac, Radio Golf, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Boy From Oz. Recent Off-Broadway: The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Romantic Poetry, Saved, Almost an Evening, The Pain and the Itch, Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte). Regional Theatre: Center Stage, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory, Huntington, Seattle Rep, Intiman, Williamstown, Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, many others. Mark Taper Forum/Kirk Douglas Theatre: Pippin, The Little Dog Laughed, The House of Blue Leaves, Jitney, Hughie, Spunk, Yellow Face, Without Walls, Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine, many others. LA Opera: Grendel.
RICK SORDELET (Fight Director) has staged 45 Broadway productions, including Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid and Aida. Soon the upcoming Addams Family. He has staged the fights for the opera Cyrano de Bergerac starring Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera House and the LaScala in Milan, Italy, and for over 45 first class productions on five continents. Film: The Game Plan starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche and Hamlet starring Campbell Scott. He is the chief stunt coordinator for "Guiding Light" and staged the fights for First Jedi, a CD-ROM for George Lucas. Rick received the Lucille Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence. He teaches at Yale School of Drama, The New School for Drama and The Neighborhood Playhouse. He is a company member of The Drama Dept., a board member of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the author of the play Buried Treasure. He is married to actress Kathleen Kelly and has three children: Kaelan, Christian and Collin.
JEFFREY FINN (Producer). Broadway: Blithe Spirit, On Golden Pond (Tony nomination, Best Revival). Off-Broadway: Game Show. Regional: Oleanna at the Mark Taper Forum. National Tours : The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Subject Was Roses, On Golden Pond, The Who’s Tommy, Leader of the Pack, Tell Me On A Sunday, Promises, Promises, Company, Chess, and numerous Broadway Songbooks concert tours. In 1992, Jeffrey Finn Productions launched a corporate events company, Hot On Broadway, to produce customized corporate entertainment exclusively featuring current Broadway performers. Upcoming Broadway projects include the stage premiere of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner adapted from the Academy Award-winning film. www.jeffreyfinnproductions.com
ARLENE SCANLAN (Producer) produced Charles Dickens’ Two Cities, The Musical at The Stamford Center for the Arts in 2004. On Golden Pond, starring James Earl Jones (Tony Award nomination for Best Play Revival in 2005). 2009, Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury. Off-Broadway: Cindy Adams, Only in New York . Arlene’s greatest productions remain her three children Leah, Matthew and Daniel.
JED BERNSTEIN (Producer), after eleven years as President of the Broadway League, launched Above the Title Entertainment, a Theatre/Television production company and marketing consultancy. First projects have included the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway revue, Don't Quit Your Night Job, Passing Strange, the smash revival of Equus starring Daniel Radcliffe, and the Tony-winning revival of Hair. Jed also serves as Executive Director of the Commercial Theater Institute.
KEN DAVENPORT (Producer) Broadway: 13, Speed The Plow, Blithe Spirit, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz, Awesome 80s Prom, My First Time. Featured in an iPhone commercial and named a Crain’s Magazine’s “40 Under 40”. Founded Broadway’s #1 social networking website, BroadwaySpace.com. Future projects include a musical of the film Somewhere In Time and a documentary on the top unsigned rock band in the country, Red Wanting Blue. For more, including Ken’s blog, which has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more, visit DavenportTheatrical.com.
CARLA EMIL (Producer) has been a David Mamet fan since 1975 when she saw the original production of American Buffalo at the St. Nicholas Theater in Chicago . So she is thrilled to be a part of Oleanna. Carla's other Broadway involvements include The Seagull and The Norman Conquests. She is a proud member of the board of Second Stage Theatre.
ERGO ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) is a theatrical and film producing partnership formed by Donny Epstein, Yeeshai Gross and Elie Landau. Broadway: Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow and November. Also, You’re Welcome America (2009 Tony nomination), Impressionism, The Homecoming (2008 Tony nomination), Barefoot in the Park, Steel Magnolias, Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2003 Tony Award). Off-Broadway: Private Jokes, Public Places (also London ); Something Old, Something New. Film: Paper Clips (2006 Emmy nomination; 2005 Christopher Award), The Fallen (2005 Milan Int'l FF Audience Award), Let It Snow (Sundance 2000).
ELIE HIRSCHFELD (Producer) Elie Hirschfeld is President of Hirschfeld Properties NYC (www.hirschfeldnyc.com). Trustee Emeritus of Brown University and Long Island University. Trustee of Beth Israel, Long Island College, NY Eye & Ear, Roosevelt and St. Luke's Hospitals, NYC and of Weizmann Institute, Israel. President of Hirschfeld Productions - Equus, Passing Strange (Tony nomination, Best Musical), The Fantasticks, Love Thy Neighbor, Doubt, Year with Frog & Toad. Completed Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. Father of Daniella, David, Benjamin, Jonathan & Matthew
RACHEL HIRSCHFELD (Producer) has loved Broadway since she was ten, when her father, Abe, bought the Hudson Theatre. President of Soupbone Productions: The Prince of Central Park, On Golden Pond (Tony nomination, James Earl Jones) and Blithe Spirit (Tony Award, Angela Lansbury). Rachel is a world renowned legal advocate for animals, pioneering Pet Trusts and Pet Protection Agreements. Inspired by her rescue pets, Soupbone, Swizzle, Topper and Tamma (a homed feral cat), she founded www.Petriarch.com. Rachel has three children: Simona, Mark and Amber and five grandchildren: Ella, Max, Hugo, Sula and Otto.
HOP THEATRICALS (Producer) HOP Theatricals and Larry Kaye are pleased to be involved with Oleanna. Recent HOP projects include Rooms at New World Stages and Blithe Spirit at The Shubert. In addition to his producing work, Larry is co-author of The Tapioca Miracle, which had its first New York reading in April 2009. www.HOPTh.com
BRIAN M. FENTY (Producer) is proud to be making his Broadway producing debut with such an exceptional and powerful Oleanna. Brian, an investor and entrepreneur in New York , serves as President of The Last Vineyard. Thanks to: family, friends, 5B, 4F, HIP, cc, Doug. And to Mom for nearly two decades parked outside the stage door – The dream lives on!
MARTY JONES (Producer) is an independent investor in Broadway and off-Broadway productions, having recently been involved with the Donmar Warehouse production of Mary Stuart. Ms. Jones is President of the Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc., serves on the Board of New York’s Women’s Theatre Project, and in 1982 served on the founding management team for the Huntington Theatre Company (a L.O.R.T. theatre) in Boston, MA .
CENTER THEATRE GROUP (Producer) (Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director; Charles Dillingham, Managing Director; Gordon Davidson, Founding Artistic Director) is Los Angeles’ leading theater company and one of the nation’s preeminent arts organizations, programming theater year-round at the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre at the L.A. Music Center, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, and developing an impressive number of Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning plays.