About PICT Classic Theatre

Who We Are

Remember when you first discovered the power of live theatre? Stories and acting so compelling you were moved to laughter, tears, anger or sadness? Performances that left you with life-changing questions, and moments that brought you the satisfaction of an evening well spent? Now is the time to rediscover those exceptional moments and introduce others to the PICT Classic Theatre experience.

PICT Classic Theatre creates a culture of enlightened entertainment by focusing on the three essential elements of theatre: Authors, Actors and Audience.

Authors

From centuries past to the present day, PICT Classic Theatre respects the text and brings playwrights’ words to life for you.

Actors

PICT is a theatre company, with world-class talent who choose to live in this great city. They delight you with their skills and abilities because Pittsburgh is their home, and you are their family.

Audience

YOU play the most important part when you sit in the darkened theatre, experience the performance and connect with the characters illuminated on stage.

From timeless truths that explore the universal depths of human nature, to the sharpest Irish wit. Long after the curtain falls, PICT Classic Theatre will remind you of the moment you first felt the power of a great performance.

Join PICT’s growing family of audience members who EXPECT MORE.

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Our History

PICT Classic Theatre was founded as Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Inc., in 1996. It was founded in reaction to the closing of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and in order to provide a venue for local artists to perform classical works, a mission that has stayed constant throughout the years. Our first show, The Constant Couple, was performed in May1997 in the Antonian Theater on the campus of Carlow Uniersity. After earning excellent reviews for that production, PICT went on to have a successful 1998 season, and the company grew exponentially. PICT Classic Theatre is now one of the largest professional theatre companies in the greater Pittsburgh region. As of June 30, 2015, PICT has produced 91 main stage shows, including six world premieres, eight U.S. premieres, forty Pittsburgh premieres and four festivals.

1997
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The Constant Couple by George Farquhar is PICT's first production

2000
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Brian Friel's Faith Healer was extended for a fourth week of performances due to overwhelming demand, and was then taken to Ireland for a tour.

World premiere of The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, adapted by Daniel Frezza

2001
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PICT's Major Barbara, by George Bernard Shaw, goes to Ireland

2004
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Pittsburgh premiere of Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones. PICT brought the production back in 2005 due to popular demand.

Jame's Joyce's "The Dead" by Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey is PICT's first musical

Recipient of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's "Theatre of the Year" Award

2005
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United States premiere of Chaplin by Simon Bradbury

World premiere of Henry by Thomas Kilroy (based on Luigi Pirandello's Henry)

2006
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PICT's "BeckettFest," a festival celebrating Samuel Beckett

Recipient of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's "Theatre of the Year" Award

2007
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The Lieutenant of Inishmore, by Martin McDonagh, is named the "Most Memorable Theater Event of 2007" by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The production was re-staged at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and lead actor David Whalen received a Kevin Kline Award for Best Actor.

2008
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Alan Stanford directs his first production for PICT-Salome, by Oscar Wilde

PICT presents the "Synge Cycle" festival, which included a world premiere of When the Moon has Set, by John Millington Synge

PICT presents the recital, At Liberty, featuring Elaine Strich

Recipient of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Best Locally Produced Play" Award for King Lear, by William Shakespeare.

2009
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Pittsburgh premiere of The History Boys by Alan Bennett

Recipient of City Paper's "Best Play" Award for Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky and adapted by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus

2010
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World premiere of the musical Beautiful Dreamers by Martin Giles, featuring the music of Stephen Foster

PICT presents the "Pinter Celebration," which received the "Best Production" Award from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

2011
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U.S. premiere of the Abbey Theatre/ Conal Morrison production of The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, featuring an all-male cast. This production also made Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Top 10 Plays in 2011"

Pittsburgh premiere of Race by David Mamet

The Mask of Moriarty by Hugh Leonard, which is the highest-grossing PICT production to date.

Recipient of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Best Play" Award for House and Garden, by Alan Ayckbourn

2012
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Pittsburgh Premiere of In the Next Room or the vibrator play by Sarah Ruhl, for which scenic designer Gianni Downs received a Kevin Kline Award

The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall is mentioned in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review's "Ten Most Memorable Theatre Events of the Year"

PICT presents the festival "Tragedian In Spite of Himself: A Celebration of the Life & Theatre of Anton Chekhov" in honor of Anton Chekhov, which is mentioned in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review's "Ten Most Memorable Theatre Events of the Year" and was selected as the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette's "Best Play"

2013
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PICT welcomes Artistic Director Alan Stanford starting with PICT's 2013 Season.

Our Class by Tadeusz Slobodzniek receives a mention in Pittsburgh Post- Gazette's "Best Plays of 2013"

PICT presents Alan Stanford's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan

PICT welcomes playwright Duncan MacMillan to the United States Premiere of his play Don Juan Comes Back from the War

A Skull in Connemara by Martin McDonagh is makes Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Top 10 Plays in 2013"

First annual PICT Plays gala with special guest Jack Gleason (King Joffrey on Game of Thrones)

2014
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First annual PICT UnCommon Pleas is a mock trial of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett is the runner-up for Pittsburgh Post- Gazette's "Play of the Year"

PICT welcomes playwright Marina Carr to the Pittsburgh Premiere of Woman and Scarecrow

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness receives a mention in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Play of the Year"

Macbeth by William Shakespeare is the most highly-attended production to date

Our Family

Leadership

Alan Stanford, Artistic and Executive Director

Actor and Director Alan Stanford is known as Ireland’s leading exponent of the works of Oscar Wilde. He began his career at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre where his productions included works by Shaw, Arbuzov, Graham Greene, Brecht, Dürrenmatt and Shakespeare. He is the former Artistic Director of Second Age Theatre Company for whom he has directed many productions, most recently Philadelphia Here I Come!, Hamlet, and his own adaptation of A Doll’s House. Alan has been principal director at the Gate Theatre Dublin for nearly twenty years. His productions there include works by Shakespeare, Molière, Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde. He holds the privilege of directing Harold Pinter in his own play, The Collection, and has presented many of his own adaptations including A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice, Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre, The Old Curiosity Shop and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Stanford directed his adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for the Gate Theatre in early 2014, and it received such acclaim that it was re-staged in August and will be taken to Hong Kong in March, 2015. His work as an actor includes roles with most of the major theatres in Ireland receiving awards for his performance as Salieri in Amadeus, Astrov in Uncle Vanya, Higgins in Pygmalion and Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. His interpretation of Herod in Salome received international acclaim. With the Gate Theatre’s Beckett Festival he performed as Pozzo in Waiting for Godot and as Hamm in Endgame, performances he repeated at the Lincoln Centre in New York and in Toronto, Melbourne, London, Beijing and Shanghai and two tours of the USA. For the Abbey Theatre he has played Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. Alan is in his sevent season with PICT Classic Theatre, where he recently directed Woman and Scarecrow, by Marina Carr, Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens and adapted by Hugh Leonard and Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, which was the most-attended performance in PICT’s 18-year history. Previous performances include Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, The Pitmen Painters and various roles in Chekhov Celebration, as well as playing Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. Alan had the pleasure of directing PICT’s record-breaking production of The Mask of Moriarty, as well as Salome, Betrayal and Celebration.

Board

PICT Classic Theatre is led by a Board of Directors made up of many Pittsburgh area professionals dedicated to volunteering their time and talent to create the best classic theatre possible. As a governing body, PICT's Board is an active and dynamic entity, with many members serving on multiple committees over their three year terms. Learn more about board membership, committee service, and other volunteer opportunities.

Officers

President

Steven Alschuler

President of Alschuler Communications

Vice President

Erin Shannon-Auel

Director, Strategic Programs
Highmark

Secretary

Eileen Clancy

Retired, Human Resources
Traco and Lamson & Sessions

Treasurer

Michael “Mike” Burns

Director of Controlling
Covestro LLC

Joseph Auria

Psychologist
Private Practice

Alan S. Baum

Partner & Attorney
Matis Baum O’Connor

Cynthia “Cindy” Berger

Partner
Berger & Green, P.C.

Steve Cuden

Assistant Professor, Screenwriting
Point Park University

Dina J. Fulmer

Retired
Research Librarian

Gail Gerono

Vice President, Investor Relations & Global Communication
Calgon Carbon Corporation

Kevin Gieder

CFO
Environmental Collaborative

Margaret “Peggy” Hynes

Peggy Hynes Marketing

Joseph Karas

Retired, Corporate Counsel
PPG Industries

Charles “Chuck” Moellenberg

Partner
Jones Day

Fabian O’Connor

Principal
O’Connor, Pagano, and Grupac LLC

Richard E. Rauh

Philanthropist

Chuck Reynolds

Digital Strategist
Deloitte Digital

Peter Smerd

President
Boulevard Building

Matthew Sudnik

Director, Baginski Scholars Program
Central Catholic High School

Pauline Taylor-Raiff

Practice Director, Genesis Medical Associates

Staff

Artistic and Executive Director

Alan Stanford

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Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Katie Bowe

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Biography: Katie joined PICT in May, 2013. Originally Operations Assistant for PICT, she began her position as Marketing & Communications Coordinator in August of 2014. Katie is from Indiana, Pa. and holds a degree in Strategic Communication from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa.

Customer Relations Director and Sales Manager

Carolyn Ludwig

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Biography: Carolyn joined PICT in May 2012. She has many years of diverse business administration and operations experience, including event and conference planning, human resource management, program development, sales and marketing. Most recently, Carolyn was the program coordinator for executive education workshops at the Carnegie Bosch Institute, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

Company Manager and Production Coordinator

Cassidy Adkins

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Biography: Cassidy joined PICT in 2014 as the Assistant to the Artistic Director, and in 2015 she became Company Manager and Production Coordinator. She is assistant to the artistic director for PICT in addition to pursuing her career as an actress. In 2014, Cassidy appeared as Witch 3 in PICT’s production of Macbeth, and she holds a BA in theatre arts from Point Park University.

Theatre Company

Actors

Martin Giles

Biography: Martin Giles is in his thirteenth season with PICT and most recently played Joe Gargery in Great Expectations. Other PICT credits: Porter/Old Siward/Murderer in Macbeth, Kenneth Pyper in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Gogo in Waiting for Godot, Beautiful Dreamers (playwright and director), Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Kreutzer Sonata, The Gigli Concert, Uncle Vanya, and Beckettfest. Other Pittsburgh credits: John Gabriel Borkman and Parlour Song (director, Quantum Theatre), Dream of Autumn (actor, Quantum Theatre), Ariadne on Naxos, and The Fantasticks (Opera Theater of Pittsburgh).
Awards: 2002 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Performer of the Year

David Whalen

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Biography: David Whalen: Has appeared in over 20 shows with PICT. Favorite Roles include: Macbeth (Title Role), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Padraic), The Mask Of Moriarity and The Crucifer Of Blood (Sherlock Holmes), Betrayal (Jerry), Three Sisters (Vershinin), Stuff Happens (George W Bush), Salome (Jokanaan), etc. He has performed in Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh Public (8 productions), City Theatre (6 productions), The REP, Quantum and barebones. He has played leading roles across the country, Europe, & New York City at such theatres as: Roundabout, South Coast Repertory, The Folger Theatre, The Alley Theatre, Huntington Theatre, The McCarter, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Laguna Playhouse, The Arden Theatre, Center Stage in Baltimore, and the Bienalle Festival in Venice, Italy, among many others.
Awards: Pittsburgh Post Gazette Performer of the Year, Kevin Kline, Barrymore, and Helen Hayes Awards. Some of his Film, Television work include: The Fault in Our Stars, South Paw, The Last Witch Hunter, Jack Reacher, 61*, Three Rivers and many others.

Karen Baum

Biography: Karen Baum returned to PICT as a featured artist this season for 2014. PICT credits: Mrs. Joe/Biddy in Great Expectations, Hecate in Macbeth, Scarecrow in Woman and Scarecrow, Edith in Blithe Spirit, and roles in Don Juan Comes Back from the War, King Lear, The Shaugraun, and Boston Marriage. Pittsburgh Credits: Pittsburgh Public Theater (most recently Poppy in Noises Off), St. Vincent Summer Theatre, Off the Wall, Playhouse REP, No Name Players, Bricolage, UnSeam’d Shakespeare, Squonk Opera, University of Pittsburgh’s Shakespeare in the Schools, and CMU Interactive. Regional credits: Public Theatre of KY, Theatre54 NY, and various Chicago venues. Film credits: Promised Land, The Road, My Bloody Valentine 3D, KillPoint (Spike TV), The War That Made America, the pilot cast for the series Ghosthunters, PSI, and A Fancy Piece of Homicide (due out 2015). A B.F.A. graduate of Point Park, Karen also teaches for PICT, The Public, Civic Light Opera, and Hope Academy.

James FitzGerald

Biography: James was a featured artist for the 2014 season and is in his seventeenth production for PICT.
Recent PICT credits: Didi in Waiting for Godot, Dr. Bradman in Blithe Spirit, Ross in Macbeth, and Him in Woman and Scarecrow. Other Pittsburgh credits: Charles Ives in Charles Ives Take Me Home (City Theatre), End of the Affair and Mouth to Mouth (Quantum Theatre), 1776, Royal Family, Born Yesterday, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Our Town (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Candide (Opera Theatre), and Heads (Pittsburgh Playhouse). Chicago credits: Marriot’s Lincolnshire Theater, Chicago’s Second City, ETC., The Royal George, Apple Tree, and other Chicago venues including sixteen seasons with Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Regional credits: Cape May Stage, Milwaukee Rep, the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, and Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. Off Broadway: Rose Rage, directed by Edward Hall.
Awards: Recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards (Best Supporting Actor), a Jeff Citation (Best Actor), and an OE Award Nomination (Best Supporting Actor).

Gayle Pazerski

Biography: Gayle Pazerski has a BFA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky and studied in the graduate acting program at Rutgers University under William Esper. She has performed regionally in New York, Ohio, and West Virginia, and locally with PICT Classic Theater, Quantum Theatre, Bricolage, No Name Players, Caravan Theatre, Dog & Pony Show Theatricals, and Arcade Comedy Theater. Previous PICT credits include Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Woman in Don Juan Comes Back From the War,and Irene St. Clair in Sherlock Holmes & the Crucifer of Blood. As a playwright, Gayle’s work has been featured with Bricolage’s Midnight Radio series, No Name Players’ SWAN Day, Organic Theater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Film Kitchen, and the Future Ten 10-minute play festival. She is a member of Arcade Comedy Theater’s Leaderboard.

Helena Ruoti

Biography:  Helena Ruoti has worked seven seasons with PICT, where she last appeared as The Duchess of Berwick in Lady Windermere’s Fan, Arsinoe in The School for Lies and in the Chekhov Celebration. Helena appeared as Polly in Other Desert Cities at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Previous PICT credits include House & Garden, Antony and Cleopatra, The Seagull, Hamlet, Heartbreak House, King Lear, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and What the Butler Saw. Helena is a former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Performer of the Year and a recipient of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Achievement Award for Established Artist. She has also been awarded City Theatre’s Robert M. Frankel Award for outstanding commitment to new play creation and support of the arts.

Mary Rawson

Biography: Mary Rawson’s was recently seen at PICT as Miss Havisham in Great Expectations and Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. Previous PICT seasons include Izzie in House & Garden, Mrs. Marchmont in An Ideal Husband, Margrethe in Copenhagen, and Pauline in Thomas Kilroy’s adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull. Other Pittsburgh credits: Aiofe in Outside Mullingar (City Theatre), Mrs. Young in Honus and Me (City Theatre), Micheleine in Splendour and Elizabeth in When the Rain Stops Falling (Quantum Theatre) and Mom in True West (Pittsburgh Public Theater). World premieres: Amy Hartman’s Chicken Snake and Tammy Ryan’s In the Shape of a Woman and FBI Girl (Playhouse Rep). Television: Cousin Mary on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (her favorite role).
Awards: 2012 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Performer of the Year for her role as Violet in August: Osage County (Playhouse Rep).

Nike Doukas

Biography: Nike started working with PICT in 2008. She most recently appeared as Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere’s Fan and the Mother in Don Juan Comes Back From the War. Other PICT credits: The School for Lies, Three Sisters, Ivanov, The Bear, House and Garden, Betrayal, Celebration, and An Ideal Husband. She also directed The Proposal for PICT’s Chekhov Festival. Regional credits: South Coast Repertory Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, The Pasadena Playhouse, Shakespeare Festival LA, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The American Conservatory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and The Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. Television credits: Modern Family and a recurring role on Desperate Housewives. She has an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre and was a recipient of a 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship.
Awards: 2012 recipient of the Lunt Fontanne Fellowship

Leo Marks

Biography: Leo has been with PICT for four seasons. He most recently appeared as Lord Windermere in Lady Windermere’s Fan. Previous PICT credits: Robert in Betrayal, Gibbs in The Hothouse, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Gavin Ring-Mayne in House & Garden, Tuzenbach in Three Sisters, Smirnov in The Bear, Lvov in Ivanov, and Frank in The School for Lies. He also directed Swansong as part of last summer’s Chekhov Celebration. He recently originated the role of Footnote in Noah Haidle’s Smokefall at South Coast Repertory. Other stage credits include Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Intiman, the Kirk Douglas, the Ahmanson, the Geffen Playhouse, the Old Globe, the Pasadena Playhouse, Actors Theater of Louisville, and Playwrights Horizons. He was a founding member of New York’s acclaimed Elevator Repair Service theater company. Awards include an Obie, several LA Weeklies and a Bay Area Critics Circle nomination,
Awards: 2013 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Performer of the Year

Daina Michelle Griffith

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Biography: PICT credits: Octavia/Iras in Anthony and Cleopatra, various women in Martin Giles’s Beautiful Dreamers and Greta in James Joyce’s The Dead. Regional Credits: Pittsburgh Public Theater, Kansas City Starlight, Human Race Theater, Gateway Playhouse, heXtc and NYC International Fringe. Other Pittsburgh credits: Quantum Theatre, City Theatre, The REP, Off the Wall, barebones, NoName Players, Bricolage, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Carnivale Theatrics, Pittsburgh CLO and Prime Stage.
Film: Civilians, Love and Other Drugs, The Dark Knight Rises (Foley’s wife), and Hollidaysburg (Angela). Daina received her BFA in theatre arts from Point Park University.
Awards: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Performer of the Year 2013

Larry John Meyers

Biography: Larry John Meyers has been with PICT twelve seasons. His most recent roles were in Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters and The Chekhov Celebration (2012). Other recent credits: J.T. Rodgers’ Madagascar (Quantum Theatre), Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park (Florida Rep, Ft. Myers), Caryl Churchill’s A Number (Chester Theatre, Massachusetts), and Theresa Rebeck’s O Beautiful (Centre Stage, State College). Recent Film credits: Low Tide in Serf City, Arms and the Man, The Race, Final Greetings, and Concussion. Larry is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.

Directors

Matt Torney

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Biography: Matt Torney has directed Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, and Sherlock Holmes & the Crucifer of Blood for PICT. He is a writer and director based in New York City, originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He is the Director of Programming for Origin Theatre in New York and an Associate Director of Rough Magic Theatre Company in Dublin. In 2008 he worked for a year as the resident assistant director at the Abbey Theatre. He holds an MFA in theatre directing from Columbia University taught by Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick. He also works extensively as an art director for film, television, and commercials all over the United States. Past work includes Paisley and Me (Grand Opera House, Belfast) The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom (Studio Theatre DC, nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards), Plaza Suite (Rough Magic- national tour), Improbable Frequency (Solas Nua, Washington DC, nominated for a Helen Hayes award for Best Choreography), Black Milk by Vassily Sigarev (Prime Cut Productions, Belfast International Theatre Festival), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Project Arts Centre, Dublin, nominated for 2 Irish Theatre Awards including Best Director), Woyzeck (Dublin Fringe Festival, nominated for a Fringe Award), and Paper Tigers (Edinburgh Festival). New York credits: Tiny Dynamite (59E59 Theatres), Three Sisters, A Bright Room Called Day (Atlantic Theatre School), The Dudleys (Theatre for the New City), The Angel of History (HERE Arts Center), and Sistahs by Harrison Rivers (Collective: Unconscious).

Aoife Spillane-Hinks

Biography: Aoife Spillane-Hinks’s credits include The Motherfucker with the Hat (Orion Productions); Pilgrim (Gonzo Theatre/Tiger Dublin Fringe–nominated for Fishamble New Writing Award); Sick (Crude Mechanics/Tiger Dublin Fringe); Waiting for Godot (PICT Classic Theatre, USA) Broken Promise Land (RTE Radio Drama on One); Marvel (Project Arts Centre/Attic Productions); Opera Slam: Die Fledermaus (Project Arts Centre); Be Not Afraid of Greatness and Document (Abbey Theatre Community and Education); Our Class (PICT Classic Theatre, USA); Broken Promise Land (Lanigan’s Theatre Upstairs/national tour); The Yellow Wallpaper (Project Arts Centre/Dublin Fringe); Plaza Suite (Rough Magic/Gaiety Theatre); Hamlet (Second Age); Boston Marriage (Gate Theatre/Dublin Theatre Festival); True Enough! (Making Strange/ Dublin Fringe); Serious Money (Rough Magic/AIB SEEDS Showcase). Aoife trained as a director on the Rough Magic/AIB SEEDS programme. She holds a BA in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University and an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from NUI Galway. She has taught directing in NUI Galway’s MA programme.
She is the co-founder of Then This Theatre.

Scenic Design

Gianni Downs

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Biography: Gianni Downs is based in Pittsburgh, PA, and is currently on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Arts. Regional credits: City Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, PICT Classic Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Stoneham Theatre, as well as many others. Gianni received his MFA from Brandeis University and has had the pleasure of being an assistant professor of theatre at Westminster College, a special faculty member in scenic design at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, a visiting professor of lighting design at the University of Pittsburgh, and an adjunct faculty member at Point Park University. Awards: Kevin Kline Award for In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), two Kevin Kline nominations for Crime and Punishment and The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), and an Irene Ryan nomination for his design for The Dazzle (Stoneham Theatre).

Johnmichael Bohach

Biography: Johnmichael Bohach has most recently designed Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme for PICT. Other PICT Credits: Blithe Spirit and Sherlock Holmes & The Crucifer of Blood. Design Credits: The Importance of Being Earnest, Turn of the Screw, The Great Gatsby, The Elephant Man, The Glass Menagerie, Tuesdays with Morrie (Prime Stage Theatre), Riders to the Sea, Lizbeth, Three Decembers (Microscopic Opera), Dido and Aeneas (Renaissance City Choirs), Letters to Sala, Tartuffe, Bare, Jekyll & Hyde, The Wild Party, Nine, and Rent (Stagedoor Manor, Lock Sheldrake, NY). Johnmichael also serves as the props coordinator with the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh CLO, and is on staff at the University of Pittsburgh as their Prop Shop Manager. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with BAs in theatre arts and architectural studies.

Michael Essad

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Biography: Michael Essad is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His thirty-year career as a technical director and scenic designer has taken him to theaters from coast to coast and to venues as varied as regional and educational theater and to rock and roll and theatrical touring. He has been the technical director for more than 200 productions and designed the sets for more than 70 shows. Currently,  he is the Technical Director and a Resident Scenic Designer for the Pittsburgh Playhouse and Point Park University where he also works as an adjunct instructor and mentor for an intensive BFA program in technical direction and scenic design, a position I’ve held for the past nine years. Other technical direction credits: Pittsburgh Public Theater; the Coconut Grove playhouse in Miami, California Shakespeare Festival in Berkeley, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Actors Playhouse in Miami, San Jose Repertory Company and the California Theater Center in Sunnyvale ,CA.

Sound Design

Elizabeth Atkinson

Biography:  Elizabeth just finished her fifteenth year at PICT. PICT credits: Our Class, Chekhov Celebration, Pinter Celebration, Synge Cycle, BeckettFest, History Boys, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Julius Caesar, among others. Pittsburgh credits: The Seafarer, Mother Teresa is Dead, Intimate Apparel, Missionary Position, The Good Body, and Pyretown (City Theatre); The Goat, Chicken Snake, One Flea Spare, The Visit, and Floyd Collins (Pittsburgh Playhouse Repertory Company); Pantagleize, Breakfast with Mugabe, Therese Raquin, and After Mrs. Rochester (Quantum Theatre). Regional credits: Walnut Street Theatre, InterACT Theatre, Hartford Stage, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Elizabeth also had the honor of exhibiting at the 2007 and 2011 Prague Quadrennial.

Costume Design

Joan Markert

Biography: Joan Markert is one of three resident costume designers at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and a frequent designer with PICT Classic Theatre. For PICT, she has designed School For Scandal, The Ideal Husband, Hobson’s Choice, Othello, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Mask of Moriarty, The School For Lies, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Crucifer of Blood, Blithe Spirit, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, and Joan will also design for PICT’s December production, Great Expectations. A graduate of Grinnell College (Speech and Theatre) and Carnegie-Mellon University (Costume Design), she has worked in St. Louis at the Loretto Hilton Repertory Theatre (now the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Totem Pole Playhouse near Gettysburg, and in Los Angeles with Rita Riggs, who designed All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, and Good Times. She started designing and creating costumes for the Playhouse in 1981, and has lent her talents to over 100 shows there. She served as Designer/Creator of the Mountain State Forest Festival’s Queen’s Gown in West Virginia for ten years. Joan has also done extensive costuming for the ballet students of the late Mansur Kameletdinov, both for concerts and for international competition, including The Firebird Suite for the Universal Ballet Company of Seoul, South Korea. In addition to her work at the Playhouse and PICT, Joan has designed for Prime Stage, the South Park Conservatory Theatre, the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, and the Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh. She also teaches History of Costumes and Costume Construction for Point Park University where she is Costume Supervisor. For around ten years, Joan has been working with the help of a college friend on two inventory and tracking programs for costumes and for props.
Awards: 2014 Anne D. Mullaney Inspiration Award

Lighting Design

Andrew Ostrowski

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Biography:  National credits: The National High School Musical Theater Awards in NYC, The Asolo, Virginia Stage Company, North Shore Music Theatre, George Street Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Penn’s Landing Playhouse, New York Theater Institute, Merrimack Repertory Company, The Arden Theatre Company, The Blumenthal Center in Charlotte NC, Spoleto Festival USA, Madison Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals, Theater of the Stars at the fabulous Fox Theater as well as others. Internationally, his designs have appeared in France, Sweden, Scotland, and Ireland. From 1998-2003, Andy was the lighting director for an international tour of the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. Local credits: including Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical, Pittsburgh Ballet, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, The REP, The Conservatory Company at the Playhouse, Lincoln Park, as well as others. His local designs total close to 200 productions.
Awards: Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Frankel Award, which honors an artist whose work has enriched the western Pennsylvania region.

Choreography

Mark Conway Thompson

Biography: Mark just finished his fifth production with PICT, Great Expectations, after having previously acted in Julius Caesar and having worked on Salomé, Our Class, and Macbeth as movement consultant/choreographer. Pittsburgh credits: Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Playwrights’ Theater, No Name Players, Saints and Poets, and Unseam’d Shakespeare Company. Other credits: Mummenschanz on Broadway, and principal soloist for six years with Ella Jaroszewicz’s movement theater company Le Théâtre Magenia in Paris.  He has appeared in films with Kevin Spacey, Richard Crenna, Tyne Daley, Walter Matthau, and Harry Morgan.

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