Ian Eaton credits his enrichment in theater beginning at Harlem School of the Arts, where he studied voice, violin, and acting as a youngster. He continued studying acting at LaGuardia High School (Fame High), and graduated with a BFA in Acting from City College. THEATRE: Charlie Parker in Flight (Metropolitan Theatre), Esteban in Day of the Kings (INTAR), Tara’s Crossing (The Lucille Lortel), and Othello (The Clarion Theater). He has also performed in several national tours throughout the east coast, and spent 14 summers performing Shakespeare free of charge with Connecticut Free Shakespeare (CFS), appearing most recently as Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew.
TV/FILM: Law and Order, HBO’s Oz, Signs He Made at Home (Independent Film).
Ian is a proud member of Only Make Believe, a non-profit organization that creates and performs interactive theater for children in hospitals and care facilities.
Odera Adimorah is thrilled to be cast in Arizona Theater Company’s production of Master Harold and the Boys. Other theatre credits include: Classical Theater of Harlem’s production of Romeo and Juliet, Columbia Stages production of In the Red and Brown Water (Sango), Funnyhouse of a Negro (Patrice Lumumba) and Unpacking: A Ghost Story at the Here Arts Center.
Oliver Prose is thrilled to make his Arizona Theatre Company debut with this production of Master Harold… and the Boys. Oliver is a favorite for NYC writers developing new works, which includes collaborations with: Jeanine Tesori & David Lindsay Abaire as Aaron in their new musical Untitled; Adam Bock as Joey in his new play The Thugs; Wes Braver and Rachel Dean as Perseus in their new musical Medusa; Jill Sobule, Robin Eaton, and Jim Lewis as Johnny LaGuardia in their musical adaptation of Times Square directed by Steve Cosson; and with Sean McCabe & Jinhee Kim as the title character in their new musical comedy Saint Sebastian. Regional credits include: Michael Wormwood in Matilda, Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q, Abraham in Altar Boyz, and as a soloist in Godspell. In concert, Oliver appears in venues throughout New York City including Lincoln Center, The Public Theatre’s Joe’s Pub, The Duplex, and Dixon Place. A recent graduate from NYU Tisch’s BFA program where he portrayed the leading roles of Konstantin in Chekov’s The Seagull, Joe in Stephen Schwartz’ Working; Donald Marshall III in Irene directed by Brian Hill; and Leo Frank in Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry’s Parade.
ATC: Directed and Choreographed FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’. Off-Broadway: Lockdown (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Barbecue (The Public Theater); Langston in Harlem (Urban Stages); Miss Evers’ Boys, Home (Melting Pot Theatre); Beggar’s Holiday (York Theatre); Regional: GUYS and DOLLS (The Guthrie); Goodnight, Tyler (Premiere), C.A. LYONS PROJECT (Premiere); God of Carnage (Alliance Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Dallas Theater Center); The Wiz (Ford’s Theatre); Gem of the Ocean (South Coast Repertory); The Mountaintop (Trinity Repertory Company); Seven Guitars (Marin Theatre Company); Wig Out! and Choir Boy (Signature Theatre, DC); The Comedy of Errors (OSF); Mahalia and Pure Confidence (Cleveland Play House) Crowns and Pure Confidence (Denver Center Theatre Company); The Brothers Size (McCarter Theatre Center);Wig Out! (Sundance Institute); Native Son (also playwright, Intiman Theatre); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Trinity Rep and seven additional productions); Private Lives, Coriolanus (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (first African American production), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Virginia Stage Company); Associate Artistic Director : the Alliance Theatre (2001–2009); Associate Artistic Director: Alabama Shakespeare Festival (1999–2001). Awards;AUDELCO, Bay Area Theatre Critics; Suzi Bass Awards; Elliot Norton Award; The Independent Reviewers of New England Awards; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Artist in Residence Grant. TEACHING Professor and Founding Director, New Studio on Broadway at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Mr Gash holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.F.A., Acting from Carnegie Mellon University.
Production Stage Manager
Awards/Nominations: Emmy Award (Rent, Live); Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Henry Hewes Design Award nominee. Other designs: Sam Smith’s world tour, Sara Bareilles’s world tour, the Spice Girls world tour; and “The People’s Choice Awards” on E! He has also designed world premiere productions for New York Theatre Workshop, The Playwright’s Realm, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, American Repertory Theater, and Guthrie Theater, among many others. Instagram: @JasonSherwoodDesign.
Off Broadway credits include: Dot (Vineyard Theatre) and Lockdown (Rattlestick). Select Regional credits include: Steel Magnolias and Guys and Dolls (Guthrie Theatre), The Wiz! Helen Hayes Costume Design Award (Ford’s Theatre), A Raisin in the Sun (Indiana Repertory Theatre), The Purists, The Niceties and A Guide for the Homesick (Huntington Theatre), We, the Invisibles (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana), Nina Simone: Four Women (Arena Stage), In the Heights (Geva), Native Gardens (Guthrie/Arena Stage), The Color Purple (Portland Center Stage), Barbecue: NAACP Outstanding Costume Design Award (Geffen Playhouse), Much Ado and The Comedy of Errors (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and world premieres: Goodnight, Tyler and Angry…Gorgeous (Alliance Theatre). Her assistant costume design credits for television include “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon), “Daredevil” (Netflix) and “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO). karaharmondesign.com
Dawn Chiang designed the lighting for Arizona Theatre Company’s productions of Great Gatsby, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Crowns, Blues for an Alabama Sky, and Oh Coward. On Broadway, she designed Zoot Suit and Tango Pasion (co-designed with Richard Pilbrow). Off Broadway, she has designed for Manhattan Theatre Club and the Roundabout Theatre. Ms. Chiang was Resident Lighting Designer for New York City Opera, where her designs included Anna Bolena, Fanciulla del West and A Little Night Music (broadcast on PBS). Her regional theatre credits include the Mark Taper Forum, Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company and Syracuse Stage. Ms. Chiang has earned two Syracuse Area Live Theatre Awards, two Drama-Logue Critics’ Awards; and earned a Los Angeles Drama Critic’s nomination, two Bay Area Critics nominations and a Hewes Design/American Theatre Wing Award nomination. She is on the board of directors for Behind the Scenes Foundation and a mentor for Theatre Development Fund’s Wendy Wasserstein Project, where she takes eight New York City high school students to six Broadway shows a year, and afterwards they have pizza together and talk about the show.
Associate Lighting Designer
Steve Shelley is a United Scenic Artist 829 lighting designer, production manager, author, and graphic designer. On Broadway, Steve has been associated with Patrick Stewart’s one-man Christmas Carol, Sherri Lewis’s Lambchop on Broadway, and Bill Irwin’s Largely New York and Fool Moon.
Other NYC and regional credits include Paul Winter’s Solstice Concert at Saint John the Divine, American Ballet Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Boston Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. OPERA: his lighting has been seen at the Manhattan School of Music and the Connecticut Opera. FESTIVALS: Cannes International Dance Festival, the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Spoleto Festival USA. Steve has also toured as a lighting designer, lighting director, and/or production manager throughout the USA and four continents with presentations ranging from Patti LuPone and Larry King, to dance companies such as the Bolshoi, Kirov, Paris Opera Ballet, Twyla Tharp, Ballet Trockadero, José Limón, and Baryshnikov’s White Oak.
Steve’s the author and illustrator of A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, 3rd Ed., the inventor of the Field Template™ plastic drafting stencils, and the designer of Vectorworks® SoftSymbols™, found at fieldtemplate.com.
Original Music and Sound Design
Broadway: Slave Play, The Nap, Bronx Bombers and A Time to Kill. Off-Broadway: Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Mr. Joy (LCT3) and Privacy and Dry Powder (Public Theater). He’s worked regionally at Guthrie, Alliance, Goodman, ACT, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage and many others. International: Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada), Royal Shakespeare Company (England) and many others. Awards include: seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and 24 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, three Drama Desk Award nominations, three Helen Hayes nominations, and many others. Film scoring: HBO Films’ A Note of Triumph (2006 Academy Award, Best Documentary). www.lindsayjones.com
Associate Sound Designer
Eric Backus is a proud Arizona native currently based in Chicago. Off-Broadway: Hollow/Wave (United Solo Festival), Churchill (SoloChicago Theatre); Regional: Mark Twain’s River of Song, The All Night Strut (Milwaukee Rep.), Shakespeare in Love, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (TheatreSquared), Legally Blonde (Northern Stage), Working: A Musical, Murder for Two (Merry Go Round Playhouse), Rock of Ages (Lake Dillon Theatre Company). Recent Chicago credits include Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and Every Brilliant Thing (Windy City Playhouse). Eric previously worked as the resident sound designer for ASU’s Music Theatre and Opera program for more than five seasons. At ASU, he designed nearly 30 productions including The Rocky Horror Show, for which he earn an AriZoni Award. To learn more, please visit ericbackus.com
ATC debut: Master Harold and the Boys. Broadway: The Great Society; Tina—the Tina Turner Musical; Slave Play; What the Constitution Means to Me; Once on this Island; Waitress; Finding Neverland. National Tour: What the Constitution Means to Me; Once on this Island; The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess; Waitress; Finding Neverland. Off-Broadway: Slave Play; Nat Turner in Jerusalem; Sojourners; Her Portmanteau; An Ordinary Muslim; The House that Will Not Stand (NYTW); Fires in the Mirror; By the Way Meet Vera Stark; Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theater); Invisible Thread (Second Stage); Eve’s Song; Barbeque; Passing Strange (The Public Theater). Regional: Guys and Dolls (Guthrie Theater); Finding Neverland; Crossing: An American Opera; Waitress (A.R.T); Comedy of Errors (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Head of Spoken Voice and Speech, New Studio on Broadway NYU/Tisch. Certified Teacher, Knight-Thompson Speechwork. Education: MFA, American Conservatory Theater.
Selected Broadway and National Tours: Six (Upcoming), Ain’t Too Proud, King Kong, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Band’s Visit, Prince of Broadway, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Bullets Over Broadway, Mothers and Sons, Les Misérables, Aladdin, A Time To Kill, Big Fish, The Heiress, One Man, Two Guvnors, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Spamalot, …Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys. Selected Off-Broadway: Between The Lines (Upcoming), Sing Street, #DateMe, The Other Josh Cohen, Clueless, Gloria: A Life, Smokey Joe’s Café, Here Lies Love. Selected Regional: Yale Repertory, Westport Country Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Paramount Theatre. Film: Here Today (upcoming). www.tararubincasting.com
Athol Fugard is an internationally acclaimed South African playwright whose best-known work deals with the political and social upheaval of the apartheid system in South Africa. He was educated at the University of Cape Town. His plays include The Captain’s Tiger, Valley Song, My Children! My Africa, A Lesson from Aloes, The Island, and the award-winning Sizwe Banzi is Dead. Mr. Fugard has received six honorary degrees from esteemed colleges and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Photo by Gregory Costanzo.