DEANNA JENT (Playwright) is the Artistic Director of Mustard Seed Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Professor of Theatre at Fontbonne University. Other writing for the stage includes adaptations of the novels Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, and Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos. Falling was developed at Mustard Seed Theatre in the fall of 2011 and won the 2012 Kevin Kline Award for Best New Play. In addition, she won the Kevin Kline Award for Best Director of a Musical for her production of Godspell. Deanna is a free-lance director and a former theatre critic for the Riverfront Times.
LORI ADAMS (Director), a native Nebraskan, comes to New York City via Illinois where she is the Head of the Acting Program at Illinois State University. She directed the premiere of Falling at the Mustard Seed Theatre in St. Louis, MO where it was awarded the 2012 Kevin Kline Award for Best New Play. She directed Fires in the Mirror at Mustard Seed Theatre in 2010. A lover of character-driven realism, her directing credits at ISU include The Grapes of Wrath, Picnic, To Kill a Mockingbird, Crimes of the Heart, A View From the Bridge, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Her coaching of the Irene Ryan actors for the American College Theatre Festival has garnered participation in the Kennedy Center National Festival five years in a row. As an actor she has appeared in Richard III, Macbeth and Henry VIII at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
TERRY SCHNUCK (Producer) is a four-time Tony Award winning producer, whose credits include The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (2012 Tony® Award, Best Revival), Clybourne Park (2012 Tony® Award, Best Play), Bonnie & Clyde, Hair (2009 Tony® Award, Best Revival of a Musical), High, Race, Superior Donuts, Burn the Floor, Blithe Spirit, The Homecoming, Spring Awakening (2007 Tony® Award, Best Musical), Martin Short – Fame Becomes Me, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, ‘night Mother, and Enchanted April. Off-Broadway credits include Silence! the Musical, Wanda’s World and Ministry of Progress. He is currently Executive Producer of The Manhattan Monologue Slam and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for The MUNY, the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre.
JAMES & CATHERINE BERGES (Producer) are longtime residents of St. Louis where they are active supporters of Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Most recently they produced High on Broadway with Kathleen Turner.
CRYSTAL BEUERLEIN (Producer) is thrilled to be a first time co-producer and part of the St. Louis contingent. Thank you to Deanna, Lori and Terry for allowing me the opportunity to come to learn so much. Thanks to my family and friends for laughing with me through this unbelievable experience; and to my incredibly wonderful husband, John, for giving me the best birthday present ever!
MICHAEL & NOEMI NEIDORFF (Producers) have been active members of the St. Louis community since 1985. Mr. Neidorff, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Centene Corporation, is an experienced executive with a record of accomplishments in both starting and managing healthcare enterprises. He currently serves on the boards of directors of several arts and civic organizations including the National Urban League and Trinity University. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Brown Shoe Company, Inc., a NYSE-listed company. Ms. Neidorff serves on several boards as well, including the Executive Committee, Saint Louis Symphony; ViceChairman, Missouri Historical Society; and the Saint Louis Art Museum. She is Chairman of the Radio Arts Advocacy Council and has been appointed a Commissioner on the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Ms. Neidorff is on the Executive Committee of the National Symphony and also serves as Co-Chairman of the Kennedy Center’s International Committee on the Arts.
JEFFREY CHRZCZON (Executive Producer) has enjoyed 21 years working as Company Manager, General Manager and Producer. Broadway credits include Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, The Lyons starring Linda Lavin, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, Saturday Night Fever, Jekyll & Hyde,Sandra Bernhard’s I’m Still Here…Damn It!, Patti LaBelle on Broadway and The Kentucky Cycle and Solitary Confinement starring Stacey Keach. Off-Broadway: Manipulation, Irish Repertory Theatre, TeatroStageFest, The Marijuana-Logues starring Tommy Chong, RFK, Dr. Sex and Ministry of Progress. National tours: Damn Yankees, Spider-Man Live! stunt spectacular, Saturday Night Fever, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann-Margret, Evita, Selena the Musical, Man of La Mancha starring Robert Goulet, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, Ain’t Misbehavin’ starring Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Jesus Christ Superstar, She Loves Me and Hair.
BRIAN MEISTER (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: Julius Caesar, Dracula, Hollywood Arms, The Rocky Horror Show, The Weir, Smokey Joe’s Café, Once Upon a Mattress, Crazy for You, City of Angels, Metamorphosis, Noises Off, Private Lives, Good, The Little Foxes, West Side Story, Shirley Bassey on Broadway, Wings, Hello Dolly!, Lily Tomlin Appearing Nitely, The Merchant. Off-Broadway: Manipulation, I Love You Because, Bring in the Morning, Program for Murder, Modigliani. Regional: Big Maybelle, Fifth of July, Dinner, Little Shop of Horrors, Steel Magnolias, Meet Me in St. Louis, Romance Romance, Viva La Vida!, Rough Crossing, A Christmas Carol, The Boy Friend, Gross Points, Birdy, Noel & Gertie, Tropeano Paints, You Never Can Tell.
PAMELA EDINGTON (Stage Manager). Recent credits include Off-Broadway’s The Last Smoker in America and Hereafter Musical, as well as this year’s LeAp Onstage 10-minute play presentations at Baruch College. Favorite memories include, for Broadway: Coastal Disturbances, The Weir; Off-B’way/Regional: Collected Stories starring Miss Uta Hagen, Limonade Tous les Jours, Three Mo’ Tenors, Academy (Daegue, South Korea), Jacques Breal…, and The Green Heart.
RICK SORDELET (Movement and Fight Director) Fifty-four Broadway shows including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Annie; national tours of Beauty and the Beast and Les Miz. Internationally, 53 First Class productions worldwide: Tarzan, Aida, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Ben Hur Live in Rome and european tour. Opera: Cyrano starring Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Opera House and La Scala in Milan; Don Carlo directed by Nicholas Hytner at the Met; and Heart of the Soldier, a new opera, at San Francisco Opera. Hundreds of productions in regional theatres across America. Film: The Game Plan (starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), Dan in Real Life (starring Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche). TV: Stunt Coordinator for “Guiding Light” for 12 years, “One Life to Live.” Instructor: Yale School of Drama. Affiliations: board member for the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. awards: Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence from the Off-Broadway League, Jeff Award for Best Fight Direction for Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
McCORKLE CASTING (Casting) Pat McCorkle, C.S.A. Broadway: End of the Rainbow, High, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Amadeus, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers, A Few Good Men, among many others. Notable Off-Broadway projects include Tribes; Our Town; The Toxic Avenger; Almost, Maine; 7th Monarch; Ears on a Beatle; Down the Garden Paths; Killer Joe; Mrs. Klein; Driving Miss Daisy. Feature film projects include Premium Rush, Ghost Town, Secret Window, Basic, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard with a Vengeance and School Ties. TV: “The Electric Company,” “Californication” (Emmy nomination), “Sesame Street,” “Barbershop,” “Chappelle’s Show,” among several others.
JOHN C. STARK (Scenic Design) designed the premiere of Falling for the Mustard Seed Theatre in St. Louis last fall and he’s delighted to be working on the show at Minetta Lane. He is a Professor of Theatre at Illinois State University. John recently designed his 26th production for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He also has worked in Chicago for Drury Lane Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Victory Gardens, Next Theatre, Seannachi Theatre and Noble Fool Theatricals and at the New Jewish Theatre in St. Louis. His 1997 design for Famous Door Theatre’s The Living garnered a Jeff Award for Excellence in Scenic Design. John has also worked in his native Nebraska and in Arizona, California, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Missouri.
TRISTAN RAINES (Costume Design). New York: Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre), Bare: Rock Opera (New World Stages), Murder in the First (59E59), Yosemite (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Getting the Business (Theatre Row), YANK: The Musical (Old Globe Workshop), The Bilbao Effect (Center for Architecture), 83 Down (Hard Sparks), Lake Water (IRT Theater), Corner Pocket (Extant Arts), Squealer, Keep Your Baggage With You (Lesser American), B*tch (TNC), Umbrella Plays (The Tank), Gormanzee (Flea Theater), Comedie of Errors (New Lions Productions). Regional: Book of Grace, ARTiculation (Company One), My Name is Rachel Corrie, Pieces (New Rep of Boston), Lucia di Lammermoor (Huntington Theater/Opera). Education: BS: Northwest Missouri State University, MFA: Boston University; Studied at Imperial College, London. www.tristanraines.com
JULIE MACK (Lighting Design) is the Resident Lighting Designer at Roosevelt University’s Theatre Conservatory in Chicago. She has designed the lighting for Victory Gardens Theater, A Red Orchid Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Noble Fool Theatricals, Skylight Opera Theatre, Famous Door Theatre, Chicago College for the Performing Arts, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and eight seasons with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Julie is also a co-founder of the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre in Fairbanks, Alaska.
RAYMOND SCHILKE (Sound Design). Broadway: Our Town, Side Man, Three Sisters, Present Laughter, Crazy He Calls Me, 3 From Brooklyn, and Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. Off-Broadway: Surface to Air, Portraits, Snakebit, Thwak!, Mind Games, Force Continuum, Blue Man Group in Tubes, Ecstasy, The Monogamists, The Blues Are Running, and many others. His work has been heard at Lincoln Center, Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Playwrights Horizons. His company, Ins and Outs, provides sound for the theatrical, musical and industrial markets in the metropolitan area. He lives in New Paltz with his teenage daughter, one cat and two chickens on 44 acres.
JAY JANICKI (Technical Supervisor) is the founder of the production management company Aduro Productions along with Carolyn Kelson. Off-Broadway credits include Fela!, Flamingo Court, Crooked, Sand, Aliens With Extraordinary Skills, Freshwater, Or,, Smudge, Lascivious Something, Tall Grass, Fugue, Slava’s Snowshow, The Fantasticks, My Name is Rachel Corrie, Striking 12, The Spanish Play, Sealed for Freshness, Be by Mayumana. International: SpongeBob Square Pants Live, Broadway Asia.
THE PEKOE GROUP (Advertising & Marketing) is a full-service advertising and marketing company for theatrical events and attractions, specializing in niche marketing and tailor-made strategic campaigns based on each event’s target demographic. Clients include Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Times Square, Bullet for Adolf, Forbidden Broadway, Emotional Creature, Mint Theater Company, Second Stage Theatre, I Love Lucy Live on Stage and more. www.thepekoegroup.com
NIKO COMPANIES, LTD (General Manager) is a theatrical management and production company formed by its president, Manny Kladitis in 1988. Recent productions include: Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, The Lyons, RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, Liza’s At The Palace, Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays and the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife. Other Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include: Suddenly Last Summer, Shanghai Gesture, Right You Are, Portraits, The Persians, Amour, Arturo Ui starring Al Pacino, Judgment At Nuremberg, Jekyll And Hyde, Saturday Night Fever, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan by Arthur Miller, Fascinating Rhythm, The Life, Sandra Bernhard, I’m Still Here…Damn It!, Victor Victoria starring Julie Andrews, Steel Pier, Taking Sides, The Gin Game starring Julie Harris and Charles Durning, The Sunshine Boys, Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!, She Loves Me, The Kentucky Cycle and Solitary Confinement starring Stacy Keach, and Man Of La Mancha starring Raul Julia and Sheena Easton.
DAVID GERSTEN & ASSOCIATES (Press Representatives) also represents INTAR, Keen Company, Mint Theater, Woodie King’s New Federal Theater, Red Bull Theater, Summer Shorts at 59E59, as well as the Off-Broadway hits Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff, Rain Pryor’s Fried Chicken & Latkes, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, and the entertainment complex New World Stages and its parent company, Stage Entertainment. David serves on the Board of Governors of ATPAM, the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers (where he is chair of the Press Agent Chapter) and is a member of the Off-Broadway League and a founder of the Off-Broadway Alliance. www.davidgersten.com