CAST & CREATIVE
MARTIN GILES* (Hamm) Martin Giles is in his twentieth season with PICT Classic Theatre as actor, director and writer. During the pandemic lockdown he performed in the audio-dramas The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and A Christmas Carol for PICT, adapted ten stories from Boccaccio’s The Decameron as 10 FOR 21 for Quantum Theatre, and wrote and performed a solo piece Whispers of Heavenly Death as part of City Theatre’s Spotlight series. His most recent stage work includes Corrin in As You Like It for PICT and Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express for Pittsburgh Public Theater.
JAMES FITZGERALD* (Clov) James FitzGerald has most recently appeared with PICT in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Woman in Black, The Heiress (Dr. Sloper), Waiting for Godot (Didi), Oedipus Rex (Tieresius), Sive (Thomasheen Sean Rua), The Merchant of Venice (Shylock), Sharon’s Grave (Dinzie), Oliver Twist (Fagin), as well as PICT radio dramas The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and A Christmas Carol and over 30 other PICT productions. Additional Pittsburgh credits include appearances with Kinetic Theater, City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Opera Theater Pittsburgh, and The REP. Regional credits: Marriot’s Lincolnshire Theater, Chicago’s Second City, ETC., The Royal George, Apple Tree, among other Chicago venues including sixteen seasons with Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Urbanite Theatre (Sarasota FL), Cape May Stage, Milwaukee Rep, the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. 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 resident company member of PICT and Featured Artist in 2014. He was also named Performer of the Year 2016 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
KAREN BAUM* (Nell) Karen Baum is grateful for her PICT stage return with such an inspiring team. A 2022 co-recipient of the DAGDA Award, previous PICT credits include: Jane Eyre, Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita, Woman and Scarecrow, Sive, The Heiress, R&J, Merchant of Venice, Sharon’s Grave, How the Other Half Loves, Oliver Twist, Lion in Winter, For the Tree to Drop, Oedipus, Macbeth, Don Juan Comes Back from the War, King Lear, Boston Marriage, The Old Curiosity Shop, Run the Rabbit Path, The Shaugraun, Woman in Black, along with the streaming audio of A Christmas Carol and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll. A Pittsburgh native, additional local credits include: The Pittsburgh Public (Noises Off, Merchant of Venice (virtual), Amadeus), St. Vincent Summer Theatre, Off the Wall, Playhouse REP, UnSeam’d Shakespeare, NoName Players, Squonk Opera, Bricolage, City Theatre, U of Pgh’s Shakespeare in the Schools, CMU Interactive. Regionally: Games for Change Conference, NYC, Public Theatre of KY, Theatre54 NYC, Arizona Shakespeare (virtual). Film/TV: Archive 81, American Rust, Sprung (Amazon Prime), Cabrini, Promised Land, The Outsiders, The Road, My Bloody Valentine 3D, KillPoint (Spike TV), The War that Made America (PBS), Ghosthunters PSI (pilot cast), The Magic Words, A Fancy Piece of Homicide. Karen also serves as the female utility reader for locally-filmed television and film. A BFA grad (Conservatory of Performing Arts, Point Park U), she is a teaching artist for PICT, CLO Academy, PPT. Stay well, everyone!
KEN BOLDEN* (Nagg) Ken Bolden just completed shooting a short film written, directed and starring Lissa Brennan called LOVE’S BRIGHT WINGS. Ken has performed with PICT many times over the years. He was last seen at PICT as both Dukes in As You Like It and will appear in their next production of The Boys in the Band as Hank. Recently, he played Hitler in The Battle Not Begun for Punctuate 4 in Boston. You can tune into Audible’s streamed production of Paul Kruse’s new play, Daddies in which he plays Dad. (Just don’t ask him how as he’s a Technopeasant of the first order.). Over the years he has worked at The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Quantum Theatre, Off the Wall, Bricolage, and City Theatre. Most recent screen credits include appearances in ARCHIVE 81 and THE CHAIR (Prof. Plum).
ALAN STANFORD (Director) Alan Stanford has over fifty years as a professional actor, director and producer and writer.
He has a memorable history with PICT Classic Theatre over the past ten years, and nine years ago he became the Artistic and Executive Director of the company. He has directed many productions for the company including Salome, Pinter’s Betrayal and Celebration, The Mask of Moriarty by Hugh Leonard, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and The Merchant of Venice. He also directed both Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine, and the highly successful Jacques Brel. As an actor Alan has appeared with PICT in roles ranging from Lady Bracknell in The Importance of being Earnest to most recently as Henry II in The Lion In Winter, as well as performances in The Pitmen Painters, Ivanov, Swansong. His adaptations of Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, and Oedipus Rex have also been presented by the company.
Alan initially trained for the theatre in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has had a long and renowned career in the Irish theatre. He was a founder and Producing Artistic Director until 2012 of Ireland’s Second Age Theatre Company; a theatre, regularly funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and dedicated to the presentation of classical works, including Shakespeare, and to the development of a love and appreciation of theatre by younger audiences.
He was Administrator and Director of Theatre at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Following this, he became a principal actor with the Irish National Touring Theatre, the ITC, playing such roles as Aston in Tom Kilroys adaptation of The Seagull, Broadbent in Shaw’s John Bulls Other Island, Editor Webb in Our Town and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. He also joined the Board of Management as Artists representative.
For many years Alan has been a principal actor and director at Dublin’s renowned Gate Theatre. His many productions there include Romeo & Juliet, Tartuffe, Present Laughter, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, The Collection by Harold Pinter, (with Pinter in the role of Harry), The Weeping of Angels starring Brenda Fricker, Cyrano de Bergerac, Arms and the Man, Blithe Spirit, Private Lives, The Misanthrope, The Constant Wife and Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. As a writer for the Gate Theatre he has co-adapted and directed productions of Pride and Prejudice, The Picture of Dorian Gray and A Christmas Carol, as well as his own adaptations of Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop and Jane Eyre.
Alan’s internationally-acclaimed performance as Pozzo in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot – a part he toured and performed all over the world for decades – is the definitive performance recorded for the Beckett on Film production. He is generally considered to be one of Ireland’s leading theatre experts on the works of Oscar Wilde, Beckett and Shakespeare. As a teacher, Alan is well known in Ireland as one of the founders of both the Dublin Theatre School and the Drama course in Trinity College. He was the first teacher of pure theatre ever to be engaged by an Irish university, and many of Ireland’s leading actors have studied with him.
CORY GODDARD* (Stage Manager) Cory’s been working in Pittsburgh theatre for 17 years playing with PICT Classic Theatre, Quantum Theatre, Bricolage Production Company, The REP, Texture Contemporary Ballet, Kinetic Theatre, Kelly Strayhorn. They are a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. When not making theatre they can usually be found listening to records, reading or tending to their plants.
CHRISTEN KRASCH (Assistant Stage Manager) Christen Krasch is grateful to be returning to the PICT family. A recent graduate of Point Park’s Conservatory, Christen is an actor and designer currently based in Pittsburgh. Recent credits include As You Like It (PICT), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bridges Theatrical), Much Ado About Nothing (The Pittsburgh Playhouse) and How I Learned to Drive (Pinnacle Productions). Her recent design installations have included both an interactive walk-through ISPY experience, and a senior thesis gallery of original poetry, sketches, and paintings. Archival images of these exhibits can be found at c10kdesign.com. She would like to thank her family and the brilliant PICT company for their warmth and wisdom.
JOAN MARKERT (Costume Designer) Joan Markert is celebrating her 14th season with PICT. Productions that have included her costumes include The Lion in Winter, Sive, The Mask of Moriarty, The Crucifer of Blood, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Blithe Spirit, For the Tree To Drop, Sharon’s Grave, Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Heiress and The Woman in Black. For 39 years she was a member of the costume department at the Pittsburgh Playhouse of Point Park University where her designs were seen in productions for all four of the Playhouse companies. Her favorite projects include The School For Scandal, Carousel, Parade, Assassins, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Nine, Anything Goes (twice), Contact, Playboy of the Western World, The Drowsy Chaperone, and The Gift of the Magi with the Conservatory Theatre Company; Kira, the Young Hunter, Kenah-Turtle Island, Yo, Vikings!, and The Wind In the Willows (twice) with Playhouse Jr.; Counter Pulse, Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella (twice) and Romeo & Juliet (twice) with the Conservatory Dance Company; and All My Sons, On the Beach, Riddley Walker, Breaker Morant, The Threepenny Opera and Peer Gynt with The REP. Joan has also worked with various theatres in the Pittsburgh region including the Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh and Prime Stage. In 2019 the Pittsburgh New Works Festival honored Joan with their Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a graduate of Grinnell College and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She has lived in Pittsburgh since 1978. In her spare time, she grows orchids, enjoys her cats, and is working on programs for inventorying and tracking costumes and props.
NICOLE WHITE (Lighting Designer) Nicole White graduated from Point Park University with a degree in stage management and a focus in lighting design. She has gone on to design lights for musicals, concerts, and events across the tri-state area. Her most recent designs include The Glass Menagerie at Gateway High School and The Inseparables at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her upcoming designs include Newsies at East Allegheny High School and Duquesne Club Immersive through Bricolage.
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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