After graduating from Oxford, Nina Raine began her career as a trainee director at the Royal Court Theatre. She dramaturged and directed the hard-hitting verbatim play Unprotected at the Liverpool Everyman, for which she won both the TMA best Director Award and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award for an Outstanding Production on a Human Rights Theme. Her debut play, Rabbit, which she also directed, premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre in 2006 and after a sell out run transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in the West End before being produced as part of the Brits off Broadway festival in New York. The play earned her the Charles Wintour Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright as well as the Critics Circle Award for most Promising Playwright. She directed her second play, Tiger Country, at Hampstead Theatre. Her commission for the Royal Court Theatre, Tribes, directed by Roger Michel, enjoyed a sell out run and won an Offie award for best New Play. It was also nominated for both Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Play. Tribes had its North American Premiere at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York in 2012 where it won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award. Tribes has also been produced in Hamburg, Budapest, Sao Paolo, Zargreb, Wellington and Melbourne. There were thirteen upcoming productions in the USA including at the Steppenwolf, Chicago. Nina has also directed at the Royal Court Theatre: Shades, which went on to win Critics Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Most Promising Newcomer, and Jumpy, which then extended its run at the Duke Of Yorks Theatre in the West End.
M. BEVIN O'GARA (Director)
is Artistic Producing Director at the Kitchen Theatre Company. As a director, Bevin's credits include The Who & The What by Ayad Ahktar, Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge (Elliot Norton Award nomination for Best Production) and Becoming Cuba by Melinda Lopez at the Huntington Theatre Company; The Bridges of Madison County, appropriate, A Future Perfect, Tribes (Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards for Best Production), and Clybourne Park with SpeakEasy Stage Company; Brahman/i, Chronicles of Kalki, You for Me for You, Love Person, and The Pain and the Itch with Company One Theatre; Phedre with Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Fast Company with the Lyric Stage Company, Marjorie Prime with the Nora Theatre Company, How Soft the Lining and Translations with Bad Habit Productions, Two Wives in India and Gary with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 2.5 Minute Ride with New Repertory Theatre, and Melancholy Play with Holland Productions.
ARI HERZIG (Projections)
has designed projections/video for ArtsEmerson (Kiss, Mala, Sugar), Speakeasy Stage Company (The Bridges of Madison County, Tribes), Revels Inc. (Christmas Revels 2016), Lyric Stage Company (Fast Company, Dear Elizabeth, Chinglish), New Repertory Theatre (The Snow Queen), Poets' Theatre (Albatross), and the Huntington Theatre Company (Ryan Landry's M). They received an IRNE award for Projection Design for a Small Stage in 2016 for Albatross at the New Repertory Theatre. Ari works as the Lighting and Projection Supervisor for the Office of the Arts at Emerson College. They graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre Design/Technology. ariherzig.com
CRISTINA TODESCO (Scenic Design)
Ms Todesco designed Brawler last season at the Kitchen. Most recent credits include Small Mouth Sounds (Speakeasy Stage), and 1776 (New Repertory Theater). Theater companies include Actors' Shakespeare Project, ART Institute, Company One, Boston Conservatory, Central Square Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the Culture Project, Gloucester Stage, Huntington Theatre, Boston Playwrights, Merrimack Repertory Theater, New Repertory Theater, Olney Theater Center, Orfeo Group, Poet's Theater, Stoneham Theater, Harbor Stage, Summer Play Festival, Trinity Rep, Wheelock Family Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival among many more. She has designed for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston and at Tanglewood. For Outstanding Design, she is the recipient of four Elliot Norton Awards: The Clean House (New Rep), Twelfth Night (ASP), The Aliens and The Flick (Company One) and an IRNE Award: appropriate(Speakeasy Stage). She earned a BFA in painting from Boston University's School of Visual Arts, and an MFA in scenic design from BU's School of Theatre Arts, where she currently teaches.
ANNIE WIEGLAND (Lighting Design)
is a professional Lighting Designer who happens to be Deaf. She returns to the Kitchen Theatre Company having previously designed Matt and Ben (SALT Nominee for Best Lighting Design) and Brahman/I. Off-Broadway: I Was Most Alive With You (Playwrights Horizons). Select Regional: Under the Breeches, Steel Magnolias (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Steel Magnolias (Dallas Theater Center); Follies (Astoria Performing Arts Center); Small Mouth Sounds, The Bridges of Madison County, and Tribes (Speakeasy Stage Company); The Who and The What (Huntington Theatre Company); Fast Company (Lyric Stage of Boston). Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts Program, Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. anniewiegand.com
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