Meet the Cast of PICT’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK

The most chilling ghost story that you will ever hear…and the most terrifying ghost you may ever see.

November 7-23, 2019   |  Tickets on Sale Now!

PICT Classic Theatre’s 23rd Season kicks off with Stephen Mallatratt’s thrilling adaptation of The Woman in Black. From the original novel by Susan Hill, our story begins when a young lawyer is sent to settle the estate of a recently deceased widow who appears to haunt the house she lived in.  This alone would be a great tale, but PICT’s production – with the power of theatrical light and sound – will conjure the most terrifying tale.

We are thrilled to welcome back to our stage two celebrated Pittsburgh actors, Martin Giles and James FitzGerald, to bring this exceptional story to life. Alan Stanford will direct, with costumes by Joan Markert, lighting design by Keith Truax, and sound engineering by Nick DePinto. Catherine Kolos will stage manage. Giles, FitzGerald, and Kolos are all members of Actors’ Equity Association.

The Woman In Black runs at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio November 7-23, 2019. For tickets, call 412-561-6000 or visit

JAMES FITZGERALD (The Actor) PICT credits: Didi, Waiting for Godot; Tieresius, Oedipus; Thomasheen Sean Rua, Sive; Shylock, Merchant of Venice; Dinzie, Sharon’s Grave; Fagin, Oliver Twist; Dr. Sloper, The Heiress; as well as 25 other PICT productions. Other Pittsburgh credits: Watson, Hound of the Baskervilles and The Speckled Band (Kinetric Theater), Charles Ives, Charles Ives, Take Me Home (City Theater), End of the Affair, All the Names (Quantum Theatre), 1776, Royal Family, Born Yesterday, Midsummer Night’s Dream,Forum, Our Town (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Candide (Opera Theatre), Heads (Pittsburgh Playhouse). Chicago credits: Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theater, Chicago’s Second City, ETC., The Royal George, Apple Tree, among other Chicago venues including sixteen seasons with Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Regional credits: Urbanite Theatre (Sarasota FL), Cape May Stage, Milwaukee Rep, the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, 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), Jeff nomination for Best Actor, and an OE Award Nomination (Best Supporting Actor). James is a company member of PICT and Featured Artist in 2014. He was also named Performer of the Year 2016 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

MARTIN GILES (Mr. Kipps) is grateful to begin his 19th season with PICT Classic Theatre.  His most recent appearance was as Daniel Quilp in The Old Curiosity Shop.  Favorites over the years include Educating Rita,Waiting For Godot, The Kreutzer Sonata, Afterplay, Celebration and The Room, House And Garden, What The Butler Saw, Krapp’s Last Tape and A Piece Of Monologue, St. Nicholas, Uncle Vanya and The Gigli Concert, as well as the direction of A Skull In Connemara and How The Other Half Loves and the writing and direction of Beautiful Dreamers.  He has worked with many other theaters, as well, including Quantum Theatre, City Theatre, Studio Theatre in DC, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Bricolage, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater, etc.  He also teaches various theatrical skills and strategems in COPA of Point Park University. 


Alan Stanford (Director) has been Artistic and Executive Director of PICT Classic Theatre since 2013, although he worked with the company for several years prior to that. He came to Pittsburgh from Dublin in Ireland, where he was an associate actor and director at the renowned Gate Theatre for over 30 years. As an actor at the Gate he portrayed a multitude of roles but was best known for his performances as Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, a production which toured the world and for Herod in Oscar Wilde’s Salome. Indeed, as a director he was regarded as a leading authority on the works of Wilde, as well as Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett. He also established his own company Second Age which concentrated on classic texts especially for younger audiences. He was also Director of Theatre at the Project Arts Centre for four years, directing and appearing in many productions, his most notable performance being de Sade in Marat/Sade. His productions there included works by Shaw, Arbuzov, Grahame Greene, Brecht and Shakespeare. In addition, Alan worked as a restaurant critic and weekly columnist for the Irish Independent, Ireland’s largest selling daily newspaper.