Friday, April 15, 2011

Who's Who? - Our Creative Team

We've got a heck of a creative team backing up this show.
Curious? Take a look!

ANDY LOWE (Executive Producer/Director/Stage Adaptation) was a winner of the California Young Playwrights Contest in 1994, where his play The Cultural Hyphen was praised and endorsed by playwrights David Henry Hwang and Edward Albee.
In 1995, he Co-founded the San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre where he was the company's Producing Artistic Director. For ten years ('95-'05) he brought life to over thirty-five full stage productions, and countless staged readings. In 2001 Andy helped inaugurate San Diego's first Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Festival ('01-'03). For his work he received an official mayoral commendation, and was recognized as one of the "Top 30 most influential Asian Americans Under the age of 30" (Political Circus Magazine '01).
After receiving a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program through the California State Library, Andy, with the Asian Story Theatre, developed Dear Miss Breed(’07) at the Lyceum Theatre, based on the award winning book by Joanne Oppenheim. Andy is currently employed with the La Jolla Playhouse where he serves as the Theatre in Residence Program Coordinator, and continues to independently develop theatrical projects through his own Chinese Pirate Productions brand.
(Directing credits include; Trying to find Chinatown ('98), Cleveland Raining ('99), F.O.B ('01), The Goddess Of Flowers ('02), Fentor ('03), Dear Miss Breed ('07), UCSD AATF 3, 4, 5 ('08-'10), Letters to a Student Revolutionary ('10), This Girl I Used to Know ('10). Dr.Horrible's Sing Along Blog -LIVE- will be Andy's first NON Asian American Production in 20 years...

DENNIS-MICHAEL BROUSSARD (Associate Producer/Silk Road Productions) a New Orleans transplant, Dennis Michael founded Silk Road Productions to create exciting and dynamic events with elegance, attitude, and style. He has created a multitude of acclaimed special events and fundraisers for numerous nonprofit organizations. Earned his MBA from the University of San Diego and a Master of Pacific International Affairs from the IR/PS program at UCSD.
He was given the Asian Business Association Community Service Award, and has received several City of San Diego Special Commendation for Community Service Awards, California Legislature Assembly Recognitions for Community Service, and Congressional Recognition for Community Service Awards. He was also chosen as one of the COX Communications Asian Pacific American Heritage Outstanding Individuals and one of SDNN's Eight Great Young Asian-Pacific American Community Leaders.

BRIAN HAMMOND (Musical Director) Brian's performance credits include roles at the San Diego Rep, Sea World, Legoland and Starlight, as well as touring nationally and internationally with VEE Entertainment's Dragontales Live!.
He has musical directed numerous productions, received the 2008 Aubrey Award for Best Musical Direction, and has held teaching positions with the Coronado School of the Arts and Young Audiences of San Diego. He is currently a Teaching Artist for the La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe.

DAVID F. WEINER (Scenic Designer) is happy to work with Andy Lowe after their last collaboration with Dear Miss Breed.
He has received critical praise for his countless designs for numerous local theatres including Sledgehammer Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, and Mo'Olelo, where his design for Cowboy vs. Samurai won him a Patte Award in 2007.
David is also a regular designer with the Tony award winning La Jolla Playhouse where he designed the 2005 production of Zhivago the Musical, An Evening with Billy Crystal and His Special Guest David Steinberg and Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays which he also designed on Broadway, and the international tour.

CHRIS RYNNE (Lighting Design) is an award-winning and nationally recognized lighting designer and associate lighting designer of opera, broadway musicals, regional theatre productions, industrials, and museum installations.  He has designed several shows for The Old Globe including The Last Romance, Boeing-Boeing, I Do! I Do!, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre Opening Gala, The Price, Sight Unseen, The American Plan, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Two Trains Running, Lincolnesque (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Pig Farm, Trying, Vincent in Brixton (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), The Lady with All the Answers, The Food Chain, Two Sisters and a Piano, Blue/Orange, Time Flies, Knowing Cairo, Beyond Therapy, The Santaland Diaries and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  Mr. Rynne has also designed productions for the Old Globe/USD Professional Actor Training Program including The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, All in the Timing, The Winter’s Tale, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth and Getting Married.  His other credits include San Diego Opera, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Madison Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Cygnet Theatre Company, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Diversionary Theatre and Starlight Theatre.

 Paul Peterson (Sound Designer) has designed over 90 productions at The Old Globe, including Plaid Tidings – A Special Holiday Edition of Forever Plaid, Welcome to Arroyo's, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, The Last Romance, Boeing-Boeing, Alive and Well, Lost in Yonkers, I Do! I Do!, The Savannah Disputation, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Cornelia, The Price, Kingdom, Six Degrees of Separation, Since Africa, The Women, Sight Unseen, The Pleasure of His Company, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Bell, Book and Candle, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Two Trains Running, Hold Please, Restoration Comedy, Pig Farm, The Sisters Rosensweig, Trying, Moonlight and Magnolias, Vincent in Brixton, I Just Stopped By to See the Man, Lucky Duck, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Blue/Orange, Time Flies, Pentecost, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, The Boswell Sisters and Crumbs from the Table of Joy. His regional credits include designs for Milwaukee Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, CENTERSTAGE, La Jolla Playhouse, Sledgehammer Theatre (Associate Artist), Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company, The Wilma Theater, L.A. Theatre Works, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Malashock Dance, University of San Diego, San Diego State University and Freud Playhouse at UCLA. Mr. Peterson received his B.F.A. in Drama with an emphasis in Technical Design from San Diego State University.

JANNIFER MAH (Costume Design) has previously worked with Andy Lowe and Chinese Pirate Productions for 2007's Dear Miss Breed at the Lyceum theater. She has also designed costumes for North Coast Repertory Theatre, The Theatre School @ NCRT, Asian American Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Stage Company, SD City College, and UCSD. She holds a BA in Theatre from UC San Diego.

KAREN LI (choreographer) Karen Li is an undergraduate at UC San Diego. She will graduate in the spring with a double major in Theatre and Dance, emphasizing in playwriting and contemporary dance. Karen is a ballroom dance instructor as well as a championship level competitor, and is the assistant coach of the nationally ranked UC San Diego Dancesport Team.
She appeared on Dancing with the Stars as a competitor on the collegiate showdown segment. She has recently been appointed as Artistic Director of Nomads Theatre Company. Credits: winterWorks '11 (UCSD), Cowboys: The American Hero (Patricia Rincon Dance Collective), Asian American Theatre Festival '09, '10 (UCSD), Highly Sprung '08 (UCSD). 

TAREENA D. WIMBISH (Stage Manager) is a recipient of The San Diego Fellowship and a graduate of UC, San Diego's MFA Stage Management program. She's just returned from the 2nd National Tour of The 39 Steps with Windwood Productions as their Production Stage Manager & Company Manager. International: Multiple Shows (Kunst Kultur Quartier in Nuremberg, Germany). Other Tours: Encore!! (Chamber Theatre) & The Phantom Tollbooth (Denver School of the Arts). Some Regional: The 39 Steps (La Jolla Playhouse), Kingdom (Old Globe), A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre), Canker blossom (Pig Iron) and Night Sky (Mo`olelo). She is forever thankful for the eternal love & support of Supernova, her family in Denver and best friends throughout the world. “Sometimes all you have to do is laugh. . . “

Next time- we'll talk about our cast!

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