Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 Bios

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 Bios

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

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Anna Deavere Smith (Writer, Signature Residency 1) is an actress, playwright, teacher, and author. She is credited with having created a new form of theatre. Smith's work combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance. President Obama awarded Smith the National Humanities Medal in 2013. Additional honors include the prestigious MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for achievement in the arts, the George Polk Career Award in Journalism, two Tony nominations, and several honorary degrees. She was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Smith has created over fifteen one-person shows based on hundreds of interviews. Her most recent play, Notes from the Field, looks at the vulnerability of youth, inequality, the criminal justice system, and contemporary activism. The New York Times named it among The Best Theater of 2016 and Time magazine named it one of the Top 10 Plays of that year. In 2018, HBO premiered the film version of Notes from the Field. Smith’s play Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 was recently named one of the best plays of the last twenty-five years by The New York Times. Smith currently appears on the hit television show “Black-ish.” Previously she appeared in “For the People,” “Nurse Jackie” and “The West Wing”. Films include The American President, Philadelphia and Rachel Getting Married. She is a University Professor at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
   
Elena Hurst (Actor) graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio, TV, Film. She trained with Teatro Dallas, Odin Teatret in Denmark, BGB Studios, and Atlantic Acting School. She recently co-produced and starred in the original one-woman show, A Grave is Given Supper, at New Ohio Theater's Ice Factory Festival. Theater: Summer & Smoke (Classic Stage Company); Andale Raul (Teatro Dallas and International Tour). Film: Payback, Pottersville, Home, My Soul to Take. TV: “Homeland,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “Gossip Girl,” “Almost Family,” “Tales of the City.”
   
Wesley T. Jones (Actor) is a Detroit native actor who first got the “theater bug”  in the Performing Arts magnet program at Cass Technical High School. From there he would go on to Carnegie Mellon University’s Acting Conservatory Program where he would earn his BFA in Drama. Jones has worked off-Broadway (Education at 59E59 Theatres); regionally (brownsville song (b-side for tray) at Florida Studio Theatre); and has television credits in shows like “Chicago PD,” “Bull,” “When They See Us,” and “Seven Seconds.” 
   
Francis Jue (Actor) received a Lucille Lortel Award and a Drama Desk nomination for Signature Theatre’s Cambodian Rock Band. On Broadway, Francis appeared in M. Butterfly, Pacific Overtures, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Other favorite theatre credits include Soft Power (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk nom), Wild Goose Dreams (Obie Award), Kung Fu, Yellow Face (Obie and Lortel Awards, Drama Desk and Drama League noms), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Coraline, Falsettoland, A Language of Their Own, The Language Archive (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), King of the Yees (BATCC), In the Next Room… (AriZoni Award), Cabaret (BATCC), Red, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Drama-Logue Award), A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Film/TV: Joyful Noise, “Madam Secretary,” “New Amsterdam,” “Hightown,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU.”  
   
Karl Kenzler (Actor) Broadway: Fiddler On The Roof, You Can't Take It With You, Mary Poppins, Twelve Angry Men, The Caretaker, Dinner At Eight, The Heiress. NY Theatre:  All Our Children (Sheen Center), Usual Girls (Roundabout), Three Wise Guys and Beyond Therapy (TACT), Clinton: The Musical! (NYMF), Peter & The Starcatcher (NYTW), Hamlet and The Tempest (CSC), Spinning Into Butter (LCT). TV: “FBI: Most Wanted,” “The Blacklist,” “Blue Bloods,” “Madam Secretary,” “Suits,” “Mister Robot,” "House Of Cards," (Recurring), "Law & Order: SVU" (Recurring), "Person Of Interest,” "Made In Jersey,” "The Good Wife,” "Fringe," "Rescue Me," “Law & Order" and “Darwin” (DarwinTheSeries.com). Film:  Irresistible. Training:  UE (BFA), NYU (MFA). KarlKenzler.com 
   
Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (Actor). Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Off-Broadway: Sugar In Our Wounds (MTC), Pericles (Public), Julius Caesar (TFANA), Vagina Monologues (Cherry Lane). Regional: The House That Will Not Stand (Berkeley & Yale Repertories), The Winter’s Tale (Alley), Animal Farm (Baltimore Center Stage/Milwaukee Repertory), Vera Stark (Alliance), Love’s Labour’s Lost & The African Company Presents... (Oregon Shakespeare), Mud Row (People’s Light). TV/Film: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Black Rose,” “All My Children,” “Royal Pains,” and “Hotel Pennsylvania.” Awards include Best Actress in a Drama, NYTVF (Black Rose) and Outstanding Ensemble AUDELCO (Sugar In Our Wounds). MFA in Acting from Yale.
   
Taibi Magar (Director) NY: Capsule by Whitney White and Peter Mark Kendall (Under the Radar Festival/The Public Theater, co-directed with Tyler Dobrowsky), Blue Ridge starring Marin Ireland and The Great Leap starring BD Wong (Atlantic Theatre Company); Is God Is (Soho Rep, 2018 Obie Award;) Master (The Foundry, NYT Critics Pick); and Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova, NYT Critics Pick). She also premiered the new musical We Live In Cairo at A.R.T. Boston. Regional: Woolly Mammoth Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, and Seattle Repertory Theatre, among others. International: Hamburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne), and Soho Theatre (London). Other: She is the recipient of a Stephen Sondheim Fellowship, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Fellowship, Public Theater Shakespeare Fellowship, and TFANA Actors and Director Project Fellowship. Taibi is a graduate of the Brown University MFA program, an alumni of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a NYTW Usual Suspect. Upcoming: Help by Claudia Rankine (The Shed)
   
Riccardo Hernández (Scenic Design) Broadway: Jagged Little Pill (Tony nom); Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Indecent; The Gin Game; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; The People in the Picture; Caroline, or Change (National Theater London); Elaine Stritch at Liberty (Old Vic London); Topdog/Underdog (Royal Court); Bells Are Ringing; Parade (Hal Prince director, Tony nom); Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk; The Tempest. Recent: Mes Frères (La Colline, Paris); Admissions (LCT); Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train; La Dame aux Camélias (Théâtre National de Bretagne, and TV France 3); Mlima’s Tale (Public Theater); Red Speedo and The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (both directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz); Don Giovanni (Santa Fe Opera); The Invisible Hand (NYTW – Henry Hewes Outstanding Set Design Award); Splendid’s (La Colline-Theatre National Paris). He has designed over 250 productions in the US and internationally: Abbey Theater, Cour D’Honneur, Palais des Papes – Avignon Festival, Moscow Art Theater, Oslo National, Théâtre du Chatelet Paris, Teatro Real Madrid, Theater an der Wien, English National Opera, San Francisco Opera, NYCO, HGO, others. OBIE Award Sustained Excellence. He is an Associate Professor Adjunct of Design at the Yale School of Drama.
   
Linda Cho (Costume Design) Broadway: Take me out (upcoming) The Great Society, Lifespan of a Fact, Anastasia (Tony nom), A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder (Tony Award); The Velocity of Autumn. Over 200 regional and international design credits in theatre, dance and opera. Recipient of the Craig Noel Award, Connecticut Critic Circle Award, Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, Ruth Morely Design Award. Nominations from Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Henry Hewes, Elliot Norton, Bay Area, Robby, IRNE and Jeff awards. Advisory Committee Member of the American Theater Wing. MFA, Yale School of Drama. lindacho.com
   
Alan C. Edwards (Lighting Design) Work Off-Broadway includes The Hot Wing King and Fires In The Mirror (Signature Theatre), Harry Clarke (Vineyard), for which he received a Lucille Lortel Award, and the world premiere of Kill Move Paradise (National Black Theatre), which received a Drama Desk nomination. Regional: Pipeline, Skeleton Crew (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Detroit ’67 (Chautauqua Theatre Co.); Twisted Melodies (Center Stage Baltimore); Lights Out: Nat King Cole (Geffen Playhouse); Stagger Lee (Dallas Theatre Center); We Are Proud To Present… (Guthrie); Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Syracuse Stage). Additional credits include American Moor (Red Bull); Native Son (The Acting Company); Bluebird Memories featuring rap-artist Common (Audible Theatre); Seize The King, Dutchman, Antigone, and Macbeth for the Classical Theatre of Harlem; and a special collaboration between CTH and The Apollo Theatre in New York, The First Noel by Lelund Durond Thompson and Jason Michael Webb. On Broadway he was the associate to Jennifer Tipton on The Testament of Mary. He is a graduate of Yale School of Drama where he is also a member of the lighting faculty.
   
Darron L West (Sound Design) is a TONY and OBIE award-winning sound designer whose 32-year career spans theater and dance, Broadway and Off Broadway. His work has been heard in over 650 productions all over the United States and internationally in 15 countries. Additional honors include the Drama Desk, Lortel, Audelco and Princess Grace Foundation Statue Awards, among many others.
   
David Bengali (Projection Design) is a projection designer, editor, and animator based in New York City. Recent designs include: The Visitor (The Public); Einstein's Dreams (Prospect/59E59 - Drama Desk nom); Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical (Seaview - Drama League Nom.); Circle Jerk (Fake Friends – Drama League Nom.); Say Peace (Common / Jimmy Fallon); Bollywood Kitchen (Geffen Playhouse); Looking At You (Opera On Tap / HERE); We Live In Cairo (A.R.T); Girls (Yale Rep); Van Gogh’s Ear (ERC - Drama Desk Nom); The Great Leap (Atlantic Theater Co.); Frankenstein (Dallas Theater Center); The Temple Bombing (Alliance Theatre); Kid Prince and Pablo (Kennedy Center); Uncommon Sense (Tectonic Theater Project); Anna Akhmatova (ERC/BAM); Jules Verne From The Earth To The Moon (ERC/BAM); In The MOment (The Kennedy Center / Ephrat Asherie Dance); Rockin' Road To Dublin (National Tour); Bound (Fresh Squeezed Opera); Conference of the Birds (Anikaya Dance / Boston Center for the Arts / Arts Emerson); Proud member: USA-829.
   
Michael Leon Thomas (Movement Coach) Movement Coach: Notes from the Field- HBO, Second Stage Theatre, American Repertory Theatre. Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, Berkeley Repertory Theatre; On Grace, Grace Cathedral & Harris Theatre; Let Me Down Easy, National Tour.
Performing Credits: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/ The Group, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, The Jamison Project, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Zvi Gotheiner & Dancers.
Choreography Credits: The Ailey School, UNCSA, Cape Town Dance Company, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, LIU Post, Encuentro International de Danza Madrid, Beijing Dance Academy, Beijing Ballet Invitational, Danceworx Mumbai, Marymount Manhattan College.
   
Dawn-Elin Fraser (Dialect Coach) Broadway: The Great Society; Tina- the Tina Turner Musical; Slave Play; What the Constitution Means to Me; Once on this Island; Waitress; Finding Neverland. National Tour: What the Constitution Means to Me; Once on this Island; The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess; Waitress; Finding Neverland. Off-Broadway: Merry Wives (The Public Theater/ The Delacorte); Slave Play; Nat Turner in Jerusalem; Sojourners; Her Portmanteau; An Ordinary Muslim; The House that Will Not Stand (NYTW); Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Fires in the Mirror; By the Way Meet Vera Stark; Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theater); Invisible Thread (Second Stage); Eve’s Song; Barbeque; Passing Strange (The Public Theater). Regional: Guys and Dolls (Guthrie Theater); Finding Neverland; Crossing: An American Opera; Waitress (A.R.T.); Comedy of Errors (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Head of Spoken Voice and Speech, New Studio on Broadway NYU/ Tisch. Certified Teacher, Knight-Thompson Speechwork. Education: MFA, American Concervatory Theater.
   
Ann James (Sensitivity Specialist) made her debut as the first Black Intimacy Coordinator of Broadway for Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over. James is an expert in the burgeoning industry of intimacy direction and institutional consent culture for national arts organizations. In addition to her Broadway credit, she served as Intimacy Director and Sensitivity Specialist, Moises Kaufman’s Seven Deadly Sins by Tectonic Theatre Project and Seize the King, Classical Theatre of Harlem. On the West Coast, James provides consultation and intimacy coordination for the television and film industry. "The Shrink Next Door", Apple TV+, "Roar", Apple TV+, Feature films, "Northern Shade" and "Stu", starring Mark Wahlberg. Her intimacy work has featured James as an expert voice for Theatre Communications Group, HowlRound, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, and Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab West. Her company, Intimacy Coordinators of Color, has partnerships with BlackBee Entertainment, ArtsEquity, and A.R.T./New York. James is in the second year of her studies as America's first MFA in Performance Pedagogy with an emphasis in Afrocentric Intimacy Pedagogy at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
   
Charles M. Turner III (Production Stage Manager) Signature Theatre: Cambodian Rock Band, Thom Pain (based on nothing) and Our Lady of 121st Street. Broadway: The Parisian Woman, Hand to God, The Heidi Chronicles, The Performers, Golda’s Balcony, and Metamorphoses. Off Broadway: Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Encores! Off-Center, Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic Theater, Public Theater, Vineyard Theatre, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, Classic Stage Company, Second Stage, MET, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop. Regional: Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, NYSAF, Wadsworth Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, A.C.T., Shakespeare Santa Cruz, City Theatre, Cal Shakes, Actors Theatre of Louisville. Adjunct Faculty: Fordham and Adelphi University.
   
Elizabeth Emanuel (Assistant Stage Manager) Previously at Signature Theatre: Cambodian Rock Band; Octet; Boesman and Lena; and Thom Pain (based on nothing). Broadway: Linda Vista. Other selected credits include Toni Stone (Roundabout); Everyone's Fine with Virginia Woolf (Elevator Repair Service); Do You Feel Anger? (Vineyard Theatre); Theatre for One (Octopus Theatricals); King Lear (New York Classical Theatre); 1969: The Second Man (Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop); This is the Color Described by the Time (New Georges/Door 10); Jeremy O. Harris’s Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1 (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest); Dust Can’t Kill Me and Peace, Love and Cupcakes (NYMF).
   
Kaitnin Leigh Marsh (Assistant Stage Manager). Broadway: My Fair Lady, The Waverly Gallery, The Parisian Woman. Off-Broadway: Scotland PA, Toni Stone, Amy and the Orphans (RTC); How to Transcend a Happy Marriage (LCT); VIETGONE (MTC); Our Lady of 121st Street (Signature); Marys Seacole, Pass Over (LCT3); Then She Fell (Third Rail Projects). Education: Bucknell University.
   
Tyler Thomas (Associate Director) is a director and choreographer, and the current Susan Stroman Award recipient. She has developed and staged work with The Vineyard Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights, Playwrights Center, Northern Stage, New Ohio Theatre, HERE Arts Center, NYMF, The Flea, UCLA, and Columbia University. She is a 2050 Fellow with New York Theater Workshop, Foeller Fellow at Williamstown Theatre Festival, member of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab and has been a Visiting Artist at UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, and the Athens Conservatoire in Greece. Tyler holds a BFA in Drama and MA in Arts Politics from NYU Tisch.
   
Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) Upcoming Broadway: Macbeth, The Minutes, Skeleton Crew. Recent & Select Broadway: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, King Lear, Hillary and Clinton, Ink, The Waverly Gallery, and Boys in the Band. Additional Theatre: MTC, Atlantic, Ars Nova, The Old Globe, Goodman. Current TV: "New Amsterdam" (NBC).
   
X Casting (Casting) Victor Vazquez, CSA is a Casting Director in New York City. He is the founder of X Casting and sits on the national board of the Casting Society of America.
   

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