Nick Cordileone

Nick Cordileone (Brain / Brian; he/him) Off-Broadway: Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd (Mint Theater), Hamlet (Theatre by the Blind) Regional: The Alchemist (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Lobby Hero (The Old Globe), Crime and Punishment (Cincinnati Playhouse & Actors Theatre of Louisville), 43 Plays for 43 Presidents (Actors Theatre of Louisville) Henry VI, Richard III (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Comedy of Errors, Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). FILM: Step Up 2 LOVE: Amy, Hero, & Guthrie.

Catherine Castellanos

Catherine Castellanos (Claire/Clara; she/her) Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016-2020: Bring Down the House, parts I and II; Mother Road, La Comedia of Errors; Destiny of Desire, The Book of Will; The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Odyssey; Roe(Helen Hayes nomination), Richard II. Bay Area: Associate Artist with California Shakespeare Theatre appearing in 21 productions; Company member with Campo Santo since 2001, creating premiere works with renowned and award winning writers Denis Johnson, Luis Alfaro, Naomi Iizuka, Octavio Solis, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jessica Hagedorn, Luis Saguar, Sean San Jose, Greg Sarris. Regional credits include: A.C.T., Magic Theatre, Shotgun Players, San Jose Rep, Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, La MaMa, Arena Stage, Portland Center Stage. Teaching: California Shakespeare Summer Conservatory, and restorative justice through theatre art with Community Works West-Rising Voices, and with the men in blue in San Quentin.

John Gregorio

John Gregorio (Limbs; he/him) Off-Broadway: Around the World in 80 Days (The New Theatre @ 45th St), Silent Laughter (The Lamb’s Theatre), The Nuclear Family (The Belt Theatre). Regional: The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Lookingglass Theatre), The Royale (Milwaukee Repertory), Little Shop of Horrors & The 39 Steps (Geva Theatre Center), A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (North Shore Music Theatre), The Legend of Pecos Bill (Alliance Theatre), The Mystery of Irma Vep (Dad’s Garage Theatre Company). John is a founding member of Dad’s Garage Theatre Company (Atlanta) and a faculty member of the Heifetz International Music Institute.

Caroline Neff

Caroline Neff (Mouth/Sabrina/Redbird/God/Butt; she/her) Caroline is an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre and Steep Theatre in Chicago. She’s been seen in plays all over the country and appeared on Broadway in Airline Highway directed by Joe Mantello, and Linda Vista by Tracy Letts. She’s also been seen on multiple seasons of Chicago PD, and as Abby in The Red Line on CBS. You can also listen to her on Steppenwolf’s podcast Half Hour, found on all platforms.

Creative Team

Elaine Romero

Elaine Romero (Playwright) Award-winning playwright Elaine Romero has had her plays presented at the Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kennedy Center, across the U.S. and abroad. Her war tetralogy includes Revoluciones (Latino Theatre Company with Foro Shakespeare/Mexico), Graveyard of Empires (Blue Ink Playwriting Award, 16th St. Theatre/World Premiere), A Work of Art (Chicago Dramatists/Goodman Theatre, World Premiere), and When Reason Sleeps. Recent commissions: Ford’s Theatre (Modern Slave), Arizona Theatre Company (Title IX), Goodman Theatre (Playwright’s Unit, A Work of Art). This past season included Revoluciones, Like Heaven (Arizona Repertory Theatre), Undocumented (Cal State Dominguez Hills), and Bloody River (Union College). Title IX was featured at the 2017 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Romero is a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee, a Playwright-in-Residence at ATC, and an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona. Her war pentalogy includes Graveyard of Empires (Blue Ink Playwriting Award), A Work of Art, developed as part of the Goodman Theatre Playwright’s Unit, and the upcoming Rain of Ruin. Graveyard of Empires (16th Street Theatre) and A Work of Art (Chicago Dramatists/Goodman Theatre) premiered in Chicago, and Revoluciones (LATC). At Headlands Center for the Arts, Martinez in Taos (Arizona Theatre Company), Elaine began the final play of the project, When Reason Sleeps. Modern Slave was featured at the 2017 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. It received readings at ACT (Seattle), Victory Gardens (Chicago) and the Road Theatre (LA). Publishers: Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Simon and Schuster, and Vintage Books. Barrio Hollywood was the first play, in Samuel French’s 175-year history, published in both English and Spanish acting editions. Elaine is an Affiliate Writer at the Playwrights’ Center and a long-time member of the Dramatists Guild for which she serves as Southwest Regional Rep. She holds her MFA from UC Davis. She previously taught at Northwestern University UW-Madison. Elaine is Playwright-in-Residence at Arizona Theatre Company and a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her pilot, Killing Beauty, was a finalist for the Orchard Project’s TV Episodic Lab. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona in the School of Theatre, Film, and Television. 

Sean Daniels

Sean Daniels (Director) is honored to be in his second season at ATC, where he first fell in love with theatre. Sean has directed at Manhattan Theatre Club (The Lion, Drama Desk Award & Theatre World Award, nominated for Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle), 59e59 (NYC, I and You, nominated for Outer Critics Circle), Lynn Redgrave (NYC), The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), St. James (West End, London – The Lion, winner of Best New Musical), Arena Stage, A.C.T. (San Francisco), Milwaukee Rep, Old Globe, Geffen (L.A.), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage, Geva Theatre, Playmakers Rep, Cleveland Play House, Alliance Theatre, California Shakespeare, Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, City Theatre, Swine Palace, Neo-Futurists, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Sean has been named “one of the top fifteen up & coming artists in the U.S., whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come” & “One Of 7 People Reshaping And Revitalizing The American Musical” by American Theatre magazine. His direction and shows have won “Best Play” and “Best Director” in London, Bay Area, Boston, Portland, Rochester and Atlanta. He was previously the Artistic Director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre, where he received national attention for his multiple artistic engagement programs that brought the community inside the organization. He’s also served as the Artist-At-Large for Geva Theatre Center and spent four years at the Tony Award®-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theatre’s Associate Artistic Director (where he directed 17 productions including five Humana Festivals). Mr. Daniels is the former Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the California Shakespeare Theater and before that spent a decade as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dad’s Garage Theater Company in Atlanta. He has developed new work with the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Ars Nova, PlayPenn, Lark, PlayLabs, New York Stage and Film, Asolo Rep, Goodspeed Opera, Weston Playhouse, Bay Area Playwrights, Magic Theatre and was the first American director asked to attend the Baltic American Playwrights Conference in Hiiumaa, Estonia. As a playwright, his work has been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, City Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Dad’s Garage. He was the first ever playwright authorized by the Jack Kerouac Estate to adapt his work for the stage. The Commercial Off-Broadway run of his sober comedy The White Chip was produced by five-time Tony Award* nominee Tom Kirdahy. He’d love to hear from you. sdaniels@arizonatheatre.org twitter: @seandaniels

Tanya Palmer

Tanya Palmer (Dramaturg; she/her) Tanya Palmer leads the M.F.A. in Dramaturgy program at Indiana University. Prior to joining the faculty at IU, Tanya Palmer served as the Producer and Director of New Play Development at the Goodman Theatre for 14 seasons. She curated New Stages, the theatre’s annual new play festival, and served as the production dramaturg on a number of world premieres including Dana H. by Lucas Hnath, directed by Les Waters and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined by Lynn Nottage, directed by Kate Whoriskey. From 2000-2005 she served as the Director of New Play Development at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Sheldon P. Lane

Sheldon P. Lane (Production Stage Manager) has rounded out over 40 years in the entertainment industry as a stage manager for Universal Studios Hollywood. He has worked at the foremost regional theatres in the country, including the Chicago Theatre Co., Goodman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Fountain Theatre, Santa Barbara Theatre Co., & 8 seasons as production manager of Ebony Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles. His stage management career also includes 2 seasons at Boitsov Classical Ballet in Chicago and a season with Sankofa Theatre in Seattle. His stage management highlights include The Gospel At Colonus, FraternityCROWNS & Two Trains Running at ERT, Sojourn at AraratThe Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, & Miss Julie at the Fountain Theatre and Miss JulieMagical Musical Tour, & DOUBT at Santa Barbara Theatre Co, where he served as the originating production stage manager for Leonard Berstein’s Peter Pan.

Max Baines

Max Baines (Sound Designer) Max is a junior at the University of Arizona pursuing his BFA in Live Performance Sound Design. He is currently based in Tucson, he has worked at Arizona Repertory Theater and was a part of shows including Richard III (Dir. Brent Gibbs), Spring Awakening (Dir. Christie Kerr), Pippin (Dir. Hank Stratton), and Sinkers (Dir. Wolfe Bowart).

Benjamin Scheuer

Benjamin Scheuer (Original Music; he/him) wrote & performed THE LION. Directed by Sean Daniels, the show won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance; and an Off West End Award for Best New Musical. Scheuer’s album Songs from THE LION was released with four animated music videos, which have won prizes including Best Commissioned Film at the Annecy Film Festival, and two consecutive Public Choice for Best Music Video at the British Animation Awards. He’s written two songs-turned-into-children’s books, Hibernate With Me and HundredFeet Tall, with illustrations by his wife, Jemima Williams. Scheuer wrote and performed the music for Empty Stage, a film by Carlos Acostaand the Birmingham Royal Ballet. With Rick Elice, he’s writing a musical about Peter Roget, creator of Roget’s Thesaurus. Recipient of the 2021 Kleban Prize. BenjaminScheuer.com