“Brilliantly directed by Whitney White” (Brightest Young Things), James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner returns to Sidney Harman Hall to complete its original run. In a 1950s storefront church in Harlem, Pastor Margaret rails at her congregation and her teenaged son for their vices. Surrounded by “a choir of powerhouse singers” (The Washington Post) belting songs of redemption, Margaret must face the music herself when memories of her own troubled past return. See why The Amen Corner was praised as one of the best productions in 2020 by The Washington Post in this limited, two-week engagement.

 

The Amen Corner is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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During the pre-season runs of The Amen Corner and Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, STC will require that all patrons provide proof of vaccination to attend any performances or events. In addition to audiences, STC has mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for all performers and theatre staff. Please visit our Health and Safety page for full guidelines about providing proof of vaccination at the theatre.

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Reviews

“SPLENDIDLY REALIZED…Majestic and sprawling.” –The Washington Post

“BREATHTAKING…Entertaining but full of profundity in an American classic kind of way.” –DC Metro Theater Arts

“SPECTACULAR…Every moment, and I mean every moment, is well executed.” –BroadwayWorld

“SPARKLING…Equal parts inspiring and introspective.” –DC Theatre Scene

“FABULOUS…Feels remarkably fresh, original, and vitally important.” –Metro Weekly

“POWERFUL…A not-to-be-missed production of a great American work.” –MD Theatre Guide

“PACKS A WALLOP…Brilliantly directed by Whitney White.” –Brightest Young Things

“EXQUISITE…You must see this show.” –Two Hours’ Traffic

“STUNNING…Director Whitney White demonstrates her skill.” –Talkin’ Broadway

“HALLELUJAH!…It is a great pleasure to witness a remarkable play written by one of America’s most gifted and important 20th-century writers.” –CurtainUp

“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…A toe-tapping, arms-outstretched-to-heaven sensation.” –Whisk and Quill



Details

The Amen Corner

Sep 14, 2021 - Sep 26, 2021

Sidney Harman HallBy James Baldwin
Directed by Whitney White
Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2021/22 Season is made possible by Michael R. Klein and Joan Fabry and the Harman Family Foundation.

The Performers
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  • Margaret Alexander: Mia Ellis
    Mia Ellis
    Margaret Alexander
    Margaret Alexander
    Mia Ellis

    STC: The Amen Corner. REGIONAL: Seattle Rep: A Raisin in the Sun | Santa Cruz Shakespeare: Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Virginia Stage Company: The Book Club Play | Trinity Rep: Marisol, Ragtime, The Mountaintop, To Kill A Mockingbird, Blues for Mister Charlie, Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical, The Glass Menagerie, Intimate Apparel, The Grapes of Wrath, Clybourne Park  | The Gamm: Good People | The Williams Project: Blood Wedding | Bread Loaf: Hamlet. FILM: Louder Than Words. TELEVISION: The Good Fight, Elementary, Person of Interest.  OTHER: Welcome to the Blumhouse Live (2021 Emmy Nomination), Trinity Repertory Company Resident Actor.  AWARDS: 2016-2017 Margot Skinner Fellow; 2017-2018 Robert Clayton Black Fellowship.  PERSONAL: she/her/hers | Mia is also an audiobook narrator, teaching artist, and writer. | Training: Brown University/Trinity Rep: MFA in Acting, Tougaloo College: BA in Music/Vocal Performance | Social Media: @ellismia09 | MiaEllis.com

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Odessa: Roz White
    Roz White
    Odessa
    Odessa
    Roz White

    NEW YORK:  Off-Broadway: Urban Stages NYC: Pearl Bailey … by Request. NATIONAL TOUR: New Dreams LTD | Dreamgirls. REGIONAL: Mosaic Theater Company of DC: Fabulation, Marie and Rosetta MetroStage, Ladies Swing the Blues, Three Sistahs, Gee's Bend, Black Pearl Sings, Anne and Emmett, Shake Loose, Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song | Studio Theatre: Legends!, Bessie's Blues | Indiana Repertory Theatre: Crowns | Alliance Theatre Atlanta: Rejoice | Dallas Theater Center: Blues In The Night | St. Louis Black Repertory Company: Guys and Dolls, Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, Tell Me Something Good | Actors Theatre of Louisville: Once On This Island. FILM: Black and Blue, How the Day Begins. PERSONAL: Training: Howard University: BFA in Musical Theatre. Faculty Member: Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Adjunct Professor: Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts. RozWhiteSings.com

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • David: Antonio Michael Woodard
    Antonio Michael Woodard
    David
    David
    Antonio Michael Woodard

    STC: The Amen Corner. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Classic Stage Company: Macbeth (John Doyle). REGIONAL: Williamstown Theatre Festival: A Human Being, of a Sort | Trinity Rep: Ragtime (Curt Columbus) | Pyramid Theatre Company: The Amen Corner (Cloris Leachman Award nomination), Mississippi Goddamn. TELEVISION: Evil (CBS, dir. Peter Sollett). AWARDS: Alabama State University Faculty Senate Award of Excellence (The Color Purple), Irene Ryan Best Actor Finalist KCACTF Region IV. OTHER: Pure Artistry Café’: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom | Rites and Reason Theatre: Trippin’ Over Roots, Walk Out! ’68 | Brown/Trinity Rep: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, Tick, Tick… Boom! | Leila Barlow Theatre: Crowns, The Color Purple, The Piano Lesson. PERSONAL: he/him/his | Training: Brown University/Trinity Rep: MFA in Acting, Alabama State University: BA in Theatre | Instagram: @a.michaelwoodard | Facebook: Antonio Woodard or Antonio Michael Woodard | Being-AMW.com.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Luke: Chiké Johnson
    Chiké Johnson
    Luke
    Luke
    Chiké Johnson

    STC: The Amen Corner. NEW YORK: New York Theatre Workshop: Runboyrun. REGIONAL: American Players Theatre: An Improbable Fiction as Othello | Cincinnati Playhouse/Milwaukee Rep: Two Trains Running | American Conservatory Theatre: Sweat | Lookingglass Theatre: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea | Milwaukee Rep: Our Town | Indiana Rep/Syracuse Stage: A Raisin in the Sun | American Players Theatre: Three Sisters, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Indiana Rep/Geva Theatre: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. FILM: Captive State, The Surface, Ass Backwards, Friends With Benefits. TELEVISION: Select: Empire, Suits, Chicago PD, Chicago Justice, Orange Is the New Black.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Sister Moore: E. Faye Butler
    E. Faye Butler
    Sister Moore
    Sister Moore
    E. Faye Butler

    STC: The Amen Corner, Romeo and Juliet (2018 Free For All). TOURS: Mamma Mia, Ain’t Misbehavin', Nunsense, Dinah Was, Don’t Bother Me. REGIONAL: Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Kennedy Center, Olney Theatre Center, Baltimore Center Stage, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Porchlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Fulton Theatre, MSMT, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Muny, Asolo Rep. AWARDS: Recipient of eight Joseph Jefferson Awards, two Helen Hayes, four Black Theatre Alliance, RAMI Award, John Barrymore Award, Excellence in the Arts, After Dark, Ovation, Kathryn V. Lampkey, Sarah Siddons Leading Lady, 2 Black Excellence, Guy Adkins, 2016 Rosetta Le Noire, Lunt-Fontaine Fellow. PERSONAL: E. Faye performs across the country in concert, cabaret, club, and theatre venues with her big band EFO Orchestra | E-FayeButler.com.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Sister Boxer: Deidra LaWan Starnes
    Deidra LaWan Starnes
    Sister Boxer
    Sister Boxer
    Deidra LaWan Starnes

    STC: The Amen Corner, Much Ado About Nothing (2013 Free for All)NEW YORK: Off Broadway: for colored girls… (dir. Ntozake Shange). REGIONAL: Huntington Theatre Company: Invisible Man | Folger Theatre: Amadeus, Julius Caesar, King Lear | Studio Theatre: Invisible Man, Passing Strange, In the Red and Brown Water, Radio Golf, The Old Settler, Seven Guitars | 1st Stage: The Member of the Wedding, The Good Counselor | African Continuum Theatre: Intimate Apparel, A Raisin in the Sun (Helen Hayes Nomination), Gingham Dog, I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document… (Helen Hayes Nomination), Two Trains Running, Spunk (Helen Hayes Nomination) | Olney Theatre Center: A Raisin in the Sun, Doubt (Helen Hayes Nomination), Stuff Happens | St. Louis Black Rep, Constellation Theatre, Adventure Theatre, Rep Stage, Everyman Theatre. FILM: Nocturnal Agony, Ladder 49. AWARDS: Audelco Award for Ensemble in for colored girls, Helen Hayes Award for Ensemble in Invisible Man, Helen Hayes Award for Esther in Intimate Apparel. PERSONAL: Training: University of Connecticut: MFA in Drama, University of Maryland: BA in Theatre.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Brother Boxer: Phil McGlaston
    Phil McGlaston
    Brother Boxer
    Brother Boxer
    Phil McGlaston

    STC: The Amen Corner. NEW YORK: Broadway: The Little Foxes | Off-Broadway: 59E59 Stages: Some Old Black Man | Signature Theatre Company: The Orphan's Home Cycle | Melting Pot Theatre Company: Home. REGIONAL: McCarter Theatre Center: Fences | Long Wharf Theatre: Our Town | Hartford Stage: A Streetcar Named Desire | Triad Stage: And Then There Were None, Crumbs From the Table of Joy. FILM: Martin Eden (upcoming), Brawl In Cell Block 99, Little Children, Song One, Keane. TELEVISION: Flatbush Misdemeanors (upcoming on Showtime), High Town, Elementary, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Good Wife, A Gifted Man, Person of Interest, Smash. OTHER: Swampacolypse on the Pinna network podcast Hero Hotel. PERSONAL: Training: Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University: MFA

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Sister Sally/Choir: Nia-Aiyana Meeks
    Nia-Aiyana Meeks
    Sister Sally/Choir
    Sister Sally/Choir
    Nia-Aiyana Meeks

    STC: The Amen Corner. REGIONAL: Howard University: Spell #7, Urinetown, Studio to Stage Cabaret. PERSONAL: she/her/hers | Training: Howard University: BFA in Musical Theatre, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts: Vocal Major.

  • Sister Douglass/Choir: Shayla Simmons
    Shayla Simmons
    Sister Douglass/Choir
    Sister Douglass/Choir
    Shayla Simmons

    NATIONAL TOURS: Core Ensemble: Ain't I a Woman! (One Woman Show). INTERNATIONAL TOURS: Golden Gospel Singers. REGIONAL: Signature Theatre: After Midnight, Dreamgirls | Toby’s Dinner Theatre: The Color Purple, Sophisticated Ladies, Hairspray (u/s), Beehive: The 60's Musical | Constellation Theatre Company: Aida | Baltimore Center Stage: Young Playwrights Festival | Creative Cauldron: Women of the Blues, Thunder Knocking on the Door | The Rev Theatre Company: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (u/s). PERSONAL: Training: The American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York City.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Sister Rice/Choir: Jade Jones
    Jade Jones
    Sister Rice/Choir
    Sister Rice/Choir
    Jade Jones

    STC: The Amen Corner, Macbeth, ReDiscovery Reading of Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks. REGIONAL: Round House Theatre:School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play | Ford’s: Into the Woods, The Wiz, 110 in The Shade, 12 Angry Men (Assistant Director) | Signature Theatre: Elmer Gantry, The Scottsboro Boys (Assistant Director), Motown the Reprise (cabaret), Motown Christmas (cabaret)| Rep Stage: Sweeney Todd | Olney Theatre Center: Sweeney Todd, Anyone Can Whistle (staged reading) | Creative Cauldron: Once on This Island (Helen Hayes Award nomination) | Keegan Theatre: As You Like It, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hair | Solo Cabarets: Jazzed and Jaded, Killin Em Softly. PERSONAL: Training: Ferrum College: BFA | Upcoming: Beauty and The Beast at Olney Theatre Center | Instagram: @LittyOfficial.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Brother Davis/Choir Director: Nygel D. Robinson
    Nygel D. Robinson
    Brother Davis/Choir Director
    Brother Davis/Choir Director
    Nygel D. Robinson

    NEW YORK: New York Musical Festival: Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical | Musical Theater Factory/Lincoln Center’s Broadway Songbook Series: Beau | RAVE Theater Festival: Roses War (Musical Director). REGIONAL: Milwaukee Repertory Theatre: The All Night Strut | St. Michael’s Playhouse: Godspell | JAG Productions: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill | The John W. Engeman Theatre: The Full Monty. OTHER: Prospect Theatre Company’s Vision Series: Don’t Stay Safe | Roundabout Theatre Company’s REFOCUS Project: Spunk | New Normal Rep: F.I.R.E, Wait For Her. PERSONAL: he/him/his. Nygel D. Robinson is an Actor, Musician, and Writer. He is the co-creator of the new musical MEXODUS alongside Brian Qujiada. MEXODUS was written and workshopped through New York Stage and Film and had two presentations at NYSAF’s 2021 Powerhouse summer season. Teaching: The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Training: The University of North Carolina at Pembroke: BM in Musical Theatre. | Instagram: @nygeld.


    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Brother Washington/Choir: Tristan Parks
    Tristan Parks
    Brother Washington/Choir
    Brother Washington/Choir
    Tristan Parks

    STC: The Amen Corner. REGIONAL: PlayMakers Repertory Company: Ragtime, Life of Galileo, Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Leaving Eden, My Fair Lady, Twelfth Night, The Crucible. AWARDS: UNC-Chapel Hills Arts Everywhere Recipient. PERSONAL: he/him/his | Tristan is an art and social justice practitioner who has worked and volunteered with several social organizations such as DreamYard in the Bronx, Marian C. Jackson Center in Chapel Hill, NC, and Durham's Black August in the Park | Teaching: DreamYard, UNC-Chapel Hill | Training: UNC-Chapel Hill Professional Acting Training Program: MFA in Acting | TristanAndre.com.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Ida Jackson/Choir: Jasmine M. Rush
    Jasmine M. Rush
    Ida Jackson/Choir
    Ida Jackson/Choir
    Jasmine M. Rush

    STC: The Amen Corner; Academy for Classical Acting: Julius Caesar, Pericles. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Joe’s Pub/Public Theater: As Much As I Can. REGIONAL: TheatreSquared: School Girls... | New Repertory Theatre: KEYP-ING | Sierra Rep Theatre: Intimate Apparel | Lyric Stage Company of Boston: Barbecue, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning | Greater Boston Stage Company/Stoneham Theatre: Laura | Bridge Rep of Boston: The Forgetting Curve. TELEVISION: Bull, Blue Bloods, The Sinner, Difficult People. OTHER: Quick Silver Theatre Company (NYC):  Company Member. PERSONAL: she/her/hers | Jasmine is an African American actress, director and writer based in Brooklyn, NY | Training: STC’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University: MFA in Classical Acting, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities: BA in Theatre Arts | Instagram: @jasminemrush| JasmineMRush.com.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Choir: Theodore Sapp
    Theodore Sapp
    Choir
    Choir
    Theodore Sapp

    STC: The Amen Corner. REGIONAL: Winnipesaukee Playhouse: The Mountaintop | Virginia Repertory Theatre: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder | Riverside Center for the Performing Arts: The Color Purple, The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Red Branch Theatre Company: Jingle Arrgh the Way | Shakespeare Opera Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream. OTHER: Most Feared (A Film Short) | Misinformed Consent (A Film Short). PERSONAL: He/Him | Theodore is the coolest father among men! and a part-time Sous Chef.

  • Choir: Robert E. Person
    Robert E. Person
    Choir
    Choir
    Robert E. Person

    STC: The Amen Corner. REGIONAL: Anacostia Playhouse: Six Degrees of Separation, A Nite at the Dew Drop Inn, Wasn't That a Mighty Day, Black Nativity | ANKH Repertory Theatre: The Wiz | Lincoln Theatre: Where Eagles Fly, Tambourines to Glory | Ira Aldridge Theater: Bubbling Brown Sugar. PERSONAL: he/him/his | Robert is an award-winning national recording artist & radio host | Social Media: @roberteperson | RobertEPerson.com.

  • Choir: Shauna Lawrence
    Shauna Lawrence
    Choir
    Choir
    Shauna Lawrence

    REGIONAL: Howard University Musical Theater: Urinetown the Musical. PERSONAL: She/hers/hers. Shauna is a budding actress who is very excited for her STC debut. She is a graduating BFA senior currently at Howard University with a Musical Theater major and Playwriting minor. Instagram: @Qveenshauna.

  • Choir: Lola Akingbade
    Lola Akingbade
    Choir
    Choir
    Lola Akingbade

    PERSONAL: She/Her/Hers. Lola is a lifelong lover of music and was classically trained on the piano at an early age. She has been a member and soloist of countless choirs and is the former Director of the Howard University Law School Gospel Choir. When not at her day job, Lola enjoys listening to afrobeats, gospel, and classical music and being a doting auntie to her nieces. Training: Howard University: JD; Howard University: MBA; University of North Carolina at Greensboro: BS in Finance | @_Lola_Akingbade.

  • Swing: Joi Henry
    Joi Henry
    Swing
    Swing
    Joi Henry

    REGIONAL: Howard University Musical Theatre: Urinetown the Musical, Pippin. PERSONAL: She/her/hers. Training: Joi is a graduating BFA Musical Theatre Major at Howard University. She is profoundly grateful to STC for trusting her with this position and opportunity. Instagram: @joihenry


The Artistic Team
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  • Whitney White
    Director
    Director
    Whitney White

    Whitney White, an Associate Director at Shakespeare Theatre Company, is an Obie Award and Lilly Award-winning director, writer, and musician originally from Chicago. She is a believer of alternative forms of performance, multi-disciplinary work, and collaborative processes. She is the current recipient of the Susan Stroman Directing Award, is part of the Rolex Protegé and Mentorship Arts Initiative and is an Associate Artist at The Roundabout. Recent directing: STC: The Amen Corner | WP Theatre and Second Stage: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (NYT Critic’s Pick) | The Movement Theatre Company/Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company/American Repertory Theater/The Public Theater: Aleshea Harris’ What to Send Up When it Goes Down (NYT Critic’s Pick) | Long Wharf: An Iliad | IAMA Theater Company: Canyon by Jonathan Caren (LA Times Critic’s Choice and recipient of the CTG Block Party Grant) | PlayMakers Repertory Comapny: Jump by Charly Evon Simpson (National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere). DIGITAL PROJECTS include: Finish the Fight by Ming Peiffer (The New York Times, 24K+ viewers) | Animals by Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Williamstown Theatre and Audible) and Soft Light by Aleshea Harris (The Movement Theatre Company). Her original musical Definition will debut at the Bushwick Starr in 2021 and her five-part cycle deconstructing Shakespeare’s women and female ambition is currently in development with American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA). Past residencies and fellowships: Sundance Theatre Lab, Colt Coeur, The Drama League, the Roundabout and the 2050 Fellowship at the New York Theatre Workshop. MFA Acting: Brown University/Trinity Rep, BA: Northwestern University. 


  • Daniel Soule
    Scenic Designer
    Scenic Designer
    Daniel Soule

    STC: The Amen Corner. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Soho Rep: for all the women who thought they were Mad | Glass Jar: Drunk Shakespeare (vol I-III). REGIONAL: Canyon Theatre Guild: Canyon | Trinity Rep: Othello | Long Wharf Theatre: An Iliad. FILM: Until Next Time, One Trick Dieter. OTHER: Metropolitan Museum of Art: Design Associate, Camp: Notes on Fashion. PERSONAL: he/him/his | Upcoming: Macbeth in Stride at American Repertory Theater. Teaching: Head of Scenic Design Training, NYU-Tisch Dept. of Drama. Training: NYU-Tisch: MFA in Design, Dartmouth College: BA in Theater and Women’s Studies | DanielSouleDesign.com.


  • Qween Jean
    Costume Designer
    Costume Designer
    Qween Jean

    STC: The Amen Corner. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: New Group: one in two | WP Theater: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord | Soho Rep: for all the women who thought they were Mad | Vineyard Theatre: Good Grief | Cherry Lane Theatre: The Climb | Ars Nova: Rags Parkland. REGIONAL: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: What To Send Up When It Goes Down | American Repertory Theater: Macbeth in Stride | Brown/Trinity Rep: Marie Antoinette | Chautauqua Theater Company: The Christians | Long Wharf Theatre: An Iliad | Trinity Rep: Little Shop of Horrors | PlayMakers Rep: Cabaret. PERSONAL: Training: New York University/Tisch: MFA | QweenJean.com. 


  • Adam Honoré
    Lighting Designer
    Lighting Designer
    Adam Honoré

    STC: The Amen Corner. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway (select): Public Theater: Ain’t No Mo | Classic Stage Company: Carmen Jones | Ensemble Studio Theatre: Behind the Sheet | Carnegie Hall: Faux-bia!. REGIONAL: Select: Arena Stage, Capital Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Huntington Theater Company, Signature Theatre. INTERNATIONAL: Haydn’s The Seasons (Austria); Kinky Boots (Manila); Fun Home (Int’l Premier, featuring Lea Salonga). AWARDS: Drama Desk Award nominee, AUDELCO Award recipient. PERSONAL: HonoreLighting.com.


  • Broken Chord
    Sound Design / Composition
    Sound Design / Composition
    Broken Chord

    STC: The Amen Corner, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet. NEW YORK: Broadway: Eclipsed, The Parisian Woman. Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater Company: Scarcity, The Jammer, The Lying Lesson | Incubator Arts Project: OZET | Labyrinth Theater: The Insurgents | LCT3: Bull in a China Shop | Manhattan Theatre Club: Spirit Control, When We Were Young and Unafraid | Primary Stages: A Lifetime Burning, Harrison TX, Informed Consent | Public Theater: The Good Negro, Eclipsed, Party People | Rattlestick Playwrights Theater: Stay, Massacre, Charles Ives Take Me  Home | Second Stage Theater: 10 Things to Do Before I Die, The Other Thing | Signature Theatre: The Dance and the Railroad, Appropriate | WP Theatre: Lascivious Something, Row After Row. REGIONAL: Actors Theatre of Louisville: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer | Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Ruined, Party People | Center Stage: American Buffalo, Pride and Prejudice | Cleveland Play House: Fairfield, How I Learned to Drive | Dallas Theater Center: Hair, The Tempest, The Odd Couple, Deferred Action | Hartford Stage: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Whipping Man, Gem of the Ocean, Snow Falling on Cedars | Huntington Theatre Company: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Raisin in the Sun | La Jolla Playhouse: Ruined | Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Ruined, UniSon | People’s Light: A Wrinkle in Time | Trinity Repertory: The Glass Menagerie | Yale Repertory: These Paper Bullets!. FILM: Fall to Rise. PERSONAL: BrokenChord.us. 


  • Victor Simonson
    Original Music Director and Composer
    Original Music Director and Composer
    Victor Simonson

    STC: The Amen Corner, The Comedy of Errors. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Three Mo’ Divas (2006 Helen Hayes Award nomination for Music Direction), The Pajama Game (Associate Conductor) | Glimmerglass Festival: Stomping Grounds: A Hiphopera (Composer) | National Symphony Orchestra: West Side Story (Cover Conductor) | Kennedy Center: Bud Not Buddy (Music Director), Matilda, Wicked, The Addams Family, Evita and many others | Ford’s Theatre: The Wiz, Ragtime, 110 in the Shade, Freedom’s Song, Violet (Associate Conductor). TELEVISION: Good Morning America, ABC Nightline, Rosie O’Donnell, PBS, WORD Network, NAACP Image Awards. OTHER: Performing: National Tours: The Lion King (Rafiki), Memphis, The Color Purple, Three Mo’ Tenors | Regional Tour: A Civil War Christmas | Baltimore Center Stage: The Wiz | Denver Civic Theater: Brooklyn the Musical | Concerts/Recitals: Il Divo, Denyce Graves, Angela Brown | Recordings: On My Journey Now, featuring Baritone Lester Lynch (arranger, pianist) | The McLurkin Project (Orchestrator) | Total Praise (Grammy-nominated CD, composer) | Victory (Debut CD, 2008). PERSONAL: Candidate 


  • Cliff Williams III
    Fight / Intimacy Choreographer
    Fight / Intimacy Choreographer
    Cliff Williams III

    STC: The Amen Corner, Everybody, Vanity Fair, Othello (2017 Free For All). REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Disgraced; Gem of the Ocean; The Shoplifters; Long Day’s Journey Into Night; You, Nero | Baltimore Center Stage: As You Like It | Actors Theatre of Louisville: The Scene, Act a Lady, Six Years, Gem of the Ocean, Dracula. OPERA: Washington National Opera: Porgy and Bess, Un ballo in maschera, Lucia di Lammermoor, Anne Bolena, Tosca. AWARDS: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography of a Play (The Welders: Girl in the Red Corner). PERSONAL: Acting, directing, and choreographing in the D.C. area for the past ten years. Training: University of Alabama | CliffWilliamsIII.net.


  • Dori Beau Seigneur
    Wig Designer
    Wig Designer
    Dori Beau Seigneur

    STC: The Amen Corner; Peter Pan and Wendy; Richard The Third; The Comedy of Errors; The Oresteia; The Panties, The Partner and The Profit; Vanity Fair; Camelot; Hamlet; The Lover and The Collection; Twelfth Night; Macbeth; The School for Lies; The Secret Garden; Romeo and Juliet; The Taming of the Shrew; Kiss Me, Kate; Othello; Salomé; The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound; The Tempest; The Metromaniacs; Coriolanus. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Red Bull Theatre: The Metromaniacs. REGIONAL: Folger Theatre: Amadeus | Olney Theatre Center: Elf the Musical, The Crucible | Round House Theatre: A Doll’s House, Part 2; The Legend of Georgia McBride | Alabama Shakespeare Festival: An O. Henry Christmas. PERSONAL: Training: BFA in Theatrical Design, Auburn University.


  • Taylor Williams
    Original Casting
    Original Casting
    Taylor Williams

    STC: The Amen Corner, Hamlet (dir. Michael Kahn), Twelfth Night. NEW YORK: Broadway: Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me (also national tour), Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play | New York Theatre Workshop and Page 73 Productions: Resident Casting Director. Select credits: Amy Herzog’s Mary Jane, The House That Will Not Stand (dir. Lileana Blain Cruz), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (dir. Rachel Chavkin), Sam Gold’s Three Sisters (upcoming) | Soho Rep: Aleshea Harris’ Is God Is | Page 73: Clare Barron’s You Got Older. REGIONAL: Fisher Center at Bard: Oklahoma! (dir. Daniel Fish) | Actors Theatre of Louisville: Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place | Taylor has cast numerous productions in NYC and around the country. PERSONAL: she/her/hers.


  • Carter Wooddell
    Original Casting
    Original Casting
    Carter Wooddell

    STC: Timon of Athens; The Amen Corner; Peter Pan and Wendy; Everybody; Hamlet (2018 and 2019 Free For All); The Oresteia; Vanity Fair (STC/A.C.T.); Richard III; The Panties, The Partner and The Profit; The Comedy of Errors; Romeo and Juliet (2016 and 2018 Free For All); Camelot; Noura; Twelfth Night; The Lover and The Collection; Othello (2016 and 2017 Free For All); The School for Lies; Macbeth; King Charles III; The Secret Garden; The Tempest (2014 and 2016 Free For All); The Taming of the Shrew; The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound; Kiss Me, Kate; Salomé; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015 Free For All); Tartuffe; Man of La Mancha; The Metromaniacs (STC/Old Globe); As You Like It; The Winter’s Tale (2014 Free For All); The Merry Wives of Windsor; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Much Ado About Nothing; The Merchant of Venice. NEW YORK: NYC McCorkle Casting (2008–2012), Casting Assistant and Casting Associate: Broadway: End of the Rainbow, High | Off-Broadway: Tribes, Our Town, The Acting Company, Freud’s Last Session, A Perfect Future, The Irish Curse, An Error of the Moon, et al. | Lincoln Center Institute: Hamlet, Fly, Sheila’s Day. REGIONAL: Alley Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Barrington Stage Company, The Broad Stage, CATF, Crossroads Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, TheaterWorks Hartford. FILM: Premium Rush, Junction. OTHER: BBC Radio: The Piano Lesson. 


  • Jorge Acevedo
    Additional Casting
    Additional Casting
    Jorge Acevedo

    REGIONAL: As Casting Director: Labor Heritage Fund: Working, A Musical | Signature Theatre: We Won’t Sleep (upcoming). As Casting Coordinator: Signature Theatre: Gun & Powder, Rent (upcoming), She Loves Me (upcoming). FILM: As Casting Coordinator: Signature Theatre: Simply Sondheim, The Jam: Only Child, Midnight at the Never Get, After Midnight, Detroit ’67. OTHER: Signature Strong Live! (12 episodes), The Signature Show (13 episodes). PERSONAL: Pronouns: He/Him/His. A Graduate in Arts Administration from Wagner College in New York City. A member of the TEDxBroadway Young Professionals Program in 2019 and a recent graduate of the inaugural class of Broadway for Racial Justice’s Casting Directive. Jorge serves as Co-Chair of Signature Theatre’s Anti-Racism & Equity Working Group. | @WhoreheyAvocado 


  • Laura Stanczyk, CSA
    Additional Casting
    Additional Casting
    Laura Stanczyk, CSA

    STC: Richard III; CamelotNouraThe Lover and The CollectionMacbethThe School for LiesThe Secret GardenRomeo and JulietThe Taming of the ShrewOthelloKiss Me, KateSaloméThe MetromaniacsThe TempestMan of La ManchaAs You Like ItThe Winter’s TaleStrange InterludeOld Times. NEW YORK: Broadway/Off-Broadway/Tours: Encores! Off-CenterSide ShowAfter MidnightA Night With Janis JoplinFolliesCotton Club Parade, Lombardi, Ragtime, ImpressionismThe SeafarerRadio GolfCoram BoyThe Glorious OnesFlightTranslationsAll Our Children, Fetch Clay Make Man, The Brother Sister PlaysTrystJitneyThe Woman in BlackDirty DancingThe Cripple of Inishmaan (also national tour), Encores! Summer Stars: Damn YankeesUrinetown (also national tour). REGIONAL: Alliance Theatre, Alley Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Drury Lane, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Royal George Theatre, Seattle Rep, Signature Theatre, Wilma Theatre. INTERNATIONAL: Theatre Royal Bath, Hampstead Theatre, London, Druid Theatre Company (Galway), Rough Magic (Dublin); Dublin/West End: The Shawshank Redemption.   


  • Dr. Soyica Colbert
    Dramaturg
    Dramaturg
    Dr. Soyica Colbert

    Dr. Soyica Colbert is STC’s Associate Director-Literary. STC: The Amen Corner. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: A Raisin in the Sun, Two Trains Running. AWARDS: National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Mellon Fellowship. PERSONAL: she/her/hers | Soyica is the Idol Family Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University. She is the author of The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance and the Stage and Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics. She edited the Black Performance special issue of African American Review and co-edited The Psychic Hold of Slavery. Her book Radical Vision: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry was published by Yale University Press in April 2021. She is currently working on a co-edited collection, Race and Performance After Repetition. | Upcoming: Celia and Fidel at Arena Stage | Teaching: Georgetown University | Training: Rutgers University: Ph.D. in English, Georgetown University: BA in English |Twitter: @DrSoyica. 


  • Dr. Drew Lichtenberg
    Dramaturg
    Dramaturg
    Dr. Drew Lichtenberg

    STC: 50 productions over ten seasons, including 19 works from the 36-play Shakespeare canon and world premieres by David Ives, Robert Pinsky, Jeffrey Hatcher, Yaël Farber, and Heather Raffo. NEW YORK: Broadway: Roundabout: Time and the Conways (dir. Rebecca Taichman). REGIONAL: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: The Arsonists (German translation/Text Consultant) | Oregon Shakespeare Festival: The Taming of the Shrew (Play on!) | STC/McCarter Theatre Center: The Winter’s Tale | Baltimore Center Stage: Caroline, or Change; Cyrano; Around the World in 80 Days | Yale Repertory Theatre: Lulu (dir. Mark Lamos) | Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Front Page, The Physicists, The Corn Is Green | New York Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth (dir. Moisés Kaufman). EDUCATION: DFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama. 


  • Kim James Bey
    Voice and Dialect Coach
    Voice and Dialect Coach
    Kim James Bey

    STC: The Amen Corner. REGIONAL: Round House Theatre: School Girls, or the African Mean Girls Play; Once on This Island | Arena Stage (select): Turn Me Loose, Ruined, The Piano Lesson | Mosaic Theater Company: Fabulation,Queens Girl in Africa, Blood Knot, A Human Being Died That Night, Unexplored Interiors | Everyman Theatre:Queens Girl in the World, Queens Girl in Africa, Brothers Size, A Raisin in the Sun | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: The Octoroon, The Convert | Signature Theatre: The Scottsboro Boys | Studio: Passing Strange, In the Red and Brown Water | Adventure Theatre: Huckleberry Finn’s Big River, Three Little Birds, Mirandy and Brother Wind. PERSONAL: Teaching: Professor of Theatre Arts at Howard University, Duke Ellington School of the Arts | Training: Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts: MFA in Acting, Howard University: BFA in Acting, Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework 


  • Manna-Symone Middlebrooks
    Assistant Director
    Assistant Director
    Manna-Symone Middlebrooks

    STC: The Amen Corner. REGIONAL: Folger Theater: Amadeus; Henry IV, Part 1 | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: BLKS | Arena Stage: Indecent, Turn Me Loose | Studio Theatre: The Remains, Translations, The Wolves, Curve of Departure, Skeleton Crew. Other: Casting Assistant for Folger Theatre, 2017/2018 Artistic Apprentice and Resident Assistant Director for Studio Theatre. Personal: she/her/hers | Upcoming: The Blackest Battle at Theater Alliance | Training: American University: BA in Theatre Arts and LiteratureThe British American Drama Academy | Instagram: @MannaSymone. 


  • Joseph Smelser
    Production Stage Manager
    Production Stage Manager
    Joseph Smelser

    STC Resident Stage Manager: 32 productions including The Oresteia; The Panties, The Partner and The Profit; The Comedy of Errors; Camelot; Hamlet; The School for Lies; The Secret Garden (also at 5th Avenue Theatre and Theater Under the Stars); The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound (also at Guthrie Theater); Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha; The Tempest; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Strange Interlude; All’s Well That Ends Well. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: The Heiress, Let Me Down Easy | Seattle Repertory Theatre: Eight seasons including An Ideal Husband, Play On!, Golden Child, Don Juan, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (with Lily Tomlin) | American Conservatory Theater: The Rivals, The Circle, The Government Inspector, Vigil | Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Journey to the West, An Almost Holy Picture, Having Our Say | Regional Tour: Let Me Down Easy and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (both with Anna Deavere Smith). TRAINING: Oberlin College: BA. 

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Marne Anderson
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Marne Anderson

    STC: Much Ado About Nothing. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Newsies, Jubilee, Indecent, Dave, Two Trains Running, The Great Society, Nina Simone: Four Women, A Raisin in the Sun, Moby Dick, All the Way, King Hedley II, Five Guys Named Moe, The Mountaintop, Metamorphoses, Arabian Nights, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies | Folger Theatre: A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead | Round House Theatre: Angels in America: Parts 1 and 2 | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: The Arsonists; Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. PERSONAL: she/her/hers. Training: University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Christopher Michael Borg
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Christopher Michael Borg

    STC: The Amen Corner, Peter Pan and Wendy, Everybody, The Oresteia, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet (2018 Free For All), Camelot, Noura, Twelfth Night. NEW YORK: Broadway: Sister Act (PA) | Off-Broadway: Public Theater: Paper Dolls (ASM), Titus Andronicus (PA). REGIONAL: Delaware Resident Ensemble Players: You Can’t Take It With You, Tartuffe, The Elephant Man, The Bells, Clybourne Park, Waiting for Godot, Things We Do for Love, To Kill a Mockingbird, Wait Until Dark, Heartbreak House, The Patsy, The 39 Steps, Juno and the Paycock, The Millionairess, Macbeth | Trinity Repertory Company: Intimate Apparel, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, House and Garden | Baltimore Center Stage: The Container (SM), The Wiz, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (ASM) | Everyman Theatre: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Heroes. PERSONAL: Training: University of Maryland, Baltimore County: BA in Theatre.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.



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