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Benediction

World Premiere
By Eric Schmiedl
Based on the novel by Kent Haruf
Jan 30 - Mar 1, 2015
The Space Theatre (View Map & Seating Chart)
• DRAMA • DENVER DEBUT
Run Time: 3 hours, including two intermissions
Ticket Price: Starts at $41
Age Recommendation: 14+
Advisory: Some adult themes and content

Hailed a “masterful look at the end of life” by The Denver Post, this adaptation of Kent Haruf’s best-selling novel transports us to the high plains of Colorado. The final chapter of Haruf’s remarkable trilogy, Benediction is a powerful drama about a community searching for meaningful connections despite separation, loneliness and the race against time.


Special thanks to the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for its continued support of new play development at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Producing Partners: John & Jeannie Fuller, Jim & Lori Steinberg


Contributing Partner: Katy Atkinson


Benediction is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award

This work was supported by a Theatre Commissioning and Production Initiative grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

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'Benediction' opens as a celebration of ‘The Precious Ordinary’
Tonight’s opening of 'Benediction' completes the remarkable, eight-year process of adapting esteemed Colorado novelist Kent Haruf’s 'Plainsong' Trilogy for the stage. Read More
Theatre & Theology
Theatre & Theology
Feb 10 | 9:45pm
Free
Join Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod to examine Benediction through a theological lens.
Theatre Thursdays
Theatre Thursdays
Feb 5 | 5:30pm
$50 | Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby
Your ticket to Benediction for Theatre Thursdays includes a refreshing cocktail, tasty bar bites, live music and the show.
Insider Perspectives
Insider Perspectives
Jan 30 | 6:00pm
Free • The Jones at Speer & Arapahoe
Get an exclusive insider’s perspective of Benediction when you join us for a professionally-moderated discussion with our Theatre Company’s creative team.
Talkback with Higher Education Advisory Council
Talkback with Higher Education Advisory Council
Feb 8 | 4:45pm
Free
Participate in a topical discussion of Benediction led by members of our academic community.
Page to Stage Discussion
Page to Stage Discussion
Feb 10 | 12:00pm
Free Event | Free Parking | Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave.
Bring your lunch and join our DCPA actors, playwrights and directors for an in-depth discussion about the creation and development of their work, focusing on Benediction. Moderated by John Moore, former Denver Post theatre critic.

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Page to Stage: Book Club Discussion
Page to Stage: Book Club Discussion
Feb 11 | 5:30pm
Free | Free Parking | Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave.
The new Page to Stage Book Club lets you read the book, see the play, meet the cast and join the discussion! Register to receive discounts on the selected books or plays and the corresponding Theatre Company performances, plus enjoy a book discussion and other special events. Register at www.tatteredcover.com.
Accessible Performance
Accessible Performance
Feb 22 | 1:30pm
Free with admission
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Talkback with the Cast
Talkback with the Cast
Feb 22 | 4:45pm
Free
Join a fun and engaging discussion with the actors from Benediction after the show.
    
Benjamin Bonenfant
Benjamin Bonenfant, Ronald Dean Walker/Ensemble
At the Theatre Company: Hamlet, A Christmas Carol, When We Are Married. Other Theatres: Henry IV i & ii, The Tempest, Merry Wives, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); The Lion in Winter (Arvada Center); Ambition Facing West, And the Sun Stood Still (Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company); Red (Curious Theatre); Love’s Labor’s Lost, Salome, The Seagull, The Inspector General, The Bacchae, Our Town, Cyrano de Bergerac (TheatreWorks); A Tempestuous Noise, Marisol, Troilus and Cressida THEATREdART). TV/Film: Strapped. Awards: Best Supporting Actor in a Play (Red), Henry Award and True West Award.

Joyce Cohen
Joyce Cohen, Mary Lewis

At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Once A Catholic. Off-Broadway: Playwrights Horizons, Chelsea Westside, Mint Theatre. Regional theaters across the country, most recently: Salt Lake Acting Co. (4000 Miles), Pioneer Theatre (Other Desert Cities), Peterborough Players (The Granite State). Several seasons with Sundance Institute Playwright’s Lab and Film Lab. TV/Film: Christmas Under Wraps, High School Musical, Read It And Weep, “Granite Flats” (recurring role), “Touched By An Angel,” Independence Day, “SLC Punk.”

Amelia Marie Corrada
Amelia Marie Corrada, Genevieve Larson/ Ensemble
At the Theatre Company: Benediction (Colorado New Play Summit). Other Theatres: Penny in Hairspray (Denver School of the Arts), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (JCC Wolf Theatre), Juliet in A Glee-Inspired Romeo and Juliet (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Susie in The Ballad of Susie Pickford (Perry Mansfield Performing Arts). Training: Denver School of the Arts, Mizel Arts & Culture Center (MACC).

Jonathan Crombie
Jonathan Crombie, Richard/ Figure/Ensemble
At the Theatre Company: Debut. US Theatre includes: Freud’s Last Session (Pittsburgh Public, Hartford TheaterWorks), Clybourne Park, Beneatha’s Place (Baltimore CenterStage), The Drowsy Chaperone as Man In Chair (Broadway, National Tour). Canadian credits include: Oxford Roof-Climbers Rebellion, Dishwashers (Tarragon); Arcadia, What The Butler Saw (CanStage); Romeo & Juliet, Oedipus Rex, Comedy of Errors, Hamlet (Stratford); Godspell (New Vic); Dig? (Flatzbo). Film/TV includes “Haven,” “Good Wife,” Cottage Country, “Slings & Arrows,” “Power Play,” “Mount Royal,” “Bullies,” "Anne Of Green Gables 1, 2 and 3." A member of the sketch troupe Skippy’s Rangers and co-director of the upcoming documentary Waiting For Ishtar.
Adrian Egolf
Adrian Egolf, Laurie Wheeler/ Ensemble
At the Theatre Company: Death of a Salesman, Romeo & Juliet. Other Theatres: Ambition Facing West (Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company); Steel Magnolias (The Barth Hotel); The Graduate (The Edge Theater); Unnecessary Farce, Quilters, The Ladies Man, Boomtown, Is He Dead?, Fools, Leading Ladies (Creede Repertory Theater), God of Carnage (Off Square Theater Company); The Twelve Dates of Christmas, Of Mice and Men (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center); Boeing Boeing (Theatreworks); Present Laughter (Miner’s Alley); Tales of the City (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center). Awards/Training: National Theater Institute. True West Award 2014.

Mike Hartman
Mike Hartman, Dad Lewis
At the Theatre Company: (16 seasons) Death of a Salesman, Other Desert Cities, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Great Wall Story, To Kill A Mockingbird, Superior Donuts, The Catch, Plainsong, Eventide, A Raisin in the Sun, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Richard III, Glengarry Glen Ross, You Can’t Take It With You, A Christmas Carol, A Funny Thing…Forum, King Lear, Season’s Greeting, All My Sons, Dirty Story, Grapes of Wrath. Broadway: Grapes of Wrath, The Kentucky Cycle, Sherlock Holmes. Other Theatres: Cowboyily (Creede Rep), The People’s Temple (Guthrie), Cleveland Play House (8 seasons), Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage, Kennedy Center, Geva Playhouse, Virginia Stage. Training: BA Otterbein University.

Mike Hartman
Mike Hartman, Dad Lewis
At the Theatre Company: (16 seasons) Death of a Salesman, Other Desert Cities, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Great Wall Story, To Kill A Mockingbird, Superior Donuts, The Catch, Plainsong, Eventide, A Raisin in the Sun, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Richard III, Glengarry Glen Ross, You Can’t Take It With You, A Christmas Carol, A Funny Thing…Forum, King Lear, Season’s Greeting, All My Sons, Dirty Story, Grapes of Wrath. Broadway: Grapes of Wrath, The Kentucky Cycle, Sherlock Holmes. Other Theatres: Cowboyily (Creede Rep), The People’s Temple (Guthrie), Cleveland Play House (8 seasons), Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage, Kennedy Center, Geva Playhouse, Virginia Stage. Training: BA Otterbein University.

Lawrence Hecht
Lawrence Hecht, Bob/Ed/Ensemble
At the Theatre Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Pillowman, A Skull in Connemara. Other Theatres: On Golden Pond (Senior Housing Options); Red (Curious Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); King Lear (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); How I Learned to Drive (San Diego Rep); Gross Indecency (Theatre on the Square); Shadowlands (Arizona Theatre Company); Hamlet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Sylvia (San Jose Rep); A Lie of the Mind, Night and Day, Buried Child (ACT, San Francisco); My Fair Lady (PCPA); A View from the Bridge (Berkeley Rep). Film: Scream. Special: Head of Acting, DCPA Education.
Nick LaMedica
Nick LaMedica, John Wesley Lyle
At the Theatre Company: Debut. National Tours: War Horse. New York: Romeo & Juliet, Return to the Onion Cellar (NY International Fringe), Titus Andronicus (American Globe). Other Theaters: Much Ado About Nothing (Two River Theater Company), Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare Miami). Training: BFA Acting/Musical Theatre, Marymount Manhattan College.
Nancy Lemenager
Nancy Lemenager, Beverly Lyle

At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: Chicago, Movin’ Out, Never Gonna Dance, Dream, How To Succeed…, Guys and Dolls, and Kiss Me Kate. Regional Theatre: Other Desert Cities (Pioneer), What We’re Up Against by Theresa Rebeck (World Premiere: The Alley), Sense and Sensibility (Actors Theater of Louisville), Romeo and Juliet (Virginia Stage), Tom Sawyer (Hartford Stage), Smart Cookie (World Premiere: The Alliance), She Loves Me (Arena Stage: Helen Hayes nomination). Carnegie Hall debut: New Faces of Broadway 2004. Television: “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Girls,” “30 Rock,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law and Order: SVU.”

Ed F. Martin
Ed F. Martin, Reverend Lyle
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Regional Theatres: Government Inspector, Galileo, My Fair Lady (Arizona Theatre Co.), Laramie Project (Laguna Playhouse), Living Out (Theatreworks), Clutter, The Nerd (Colony Theatre, LA). Many other plays in the LA area. TV/Film: Angels and Demons, The Green Hornet, Annie, “Castle,” “Medium,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Strong Medicine,” “Family Law,” “Chicago Hope,” and others. Ed was in the original cast of I Love Lucy Live on Stage, now a critically acclaimed national tour. He is the recipient of many theatre awards including the Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for excellence in theatre. Education: BFA Fine Arts, University of Arizona.
Billie McBride
Billie McBride, Willa Johnson
At the Theatre Company: The Giver, The Voysey Inheritance, Wit, Noises Off, Richard III, Trip To Bountiful, Uncle Vanya. Broadway: Torch Song Trilogy (Helen Hayes Theatre), Safe Sex (Lyceum Theatre). TV/Film: “The Shining”, “Law & Order: SVU,” The Laramie Project, “All My Children,” “Guiding Light.” Special Awards: Henry Award, Best Actress (2009), Life Time Achievement Award Henry (2014).
Kathleen McCall
Kathleen McCall, Lorraine Lewis
At the Theatre Company: 10 seasons. Kathleen has been a professional actress for over 25 years working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, and at regional theatres throughout the country, as well as in television and film. She is an inductee of Marquis Who’s Who of American Women in the Arts and a Lunt/Fontanne Fellowship Rec-ipient. Training: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

www.kathleenmccall.net
James Newcomb
James Newcomb, Rudy/Wayne/ Ensemble
At the Theatre Company: 7 seasons. Other Theatres: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (14 Seasons), Shakespeare and Company (founding member), BAM, The Public, The Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Berkeley Rep, The Old Globe, Utah Shakespeare Festival. Awards: Critics Circle for Orphans (DCPA Theatre Company), Drama Log for “Touchstone” (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), Oxford Society for Richard III (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Soon to appear in Honky for “OnStage in America” on PBS.

Leslie O'Carroll
Leslie O'Carroll, Berta May/Ensemble

At the Theatre Company: 18 seasons, including When We Are Married, Reckless, Eventide, Plainsong, The Diary of Anne Frank, All My Sons, Wit, Life is a Dream. Other Theatres: Good People (Curious Theatre); Blithe Spirit, The Crucible, Moonlight and Magnolias, The Heiress (Arvada Center); Noises Off, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Grapes of Wrath, Our Town (Theatreworks). Regionally: Northern Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, San Diego Rep, Missouri Rep. TV/Film; “Breaking Bad,” Footloose. Awards/Training: Best of Westword, Denver Post Ovation Award; MFA, National Theatre Conservatory.

Tracy Shaffer
Tracy Shaffer, Luann/Marlene/ Janine/Ensemble
At the Theatre Company: Other Desert Cities, Romeo & Juliet, Cyrano, Picnic, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Show Off, Little Foxes, The Clean House, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Third, Dusty and the Big Bad World, Season’s Greetings, Two Things You Don’t Talk About At Dinner, You Can’t Take It With You, Superior Donuts. Other Theatres: Steel Magnolias (national tour), Made in Bangkok (Mark Taper), The Heidi Chronicles (New Mexico Rep), Closer (Curious Theatre), Pride’s Crossing (Aurora Fox), Noises Off, El Grande de Coca Cola (Alaska Rep), Awards/ Training: Drama Logue Critics Award, Stella Adler Conservatory New York.
Zoe Delaney Stahlhut
Zoe Delaney Stahlhut, Alice
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Training: Denver School of the Arts Theatre Department.
Nance Williamson
Nance Williamson, Alene Johnson
At the Theatre Company: When We Are Married (Lottie), Hotel on Marvin Gardens (KC). Broadway: Romeo and Juliet (with Orlando Bloom), Cyrano and Henry IV (both with Kevin Kline), Broken Glass. Off Broadway: Marvin’s Room, Empty Plate.., Seagull, Two Gentlemen of Verona (NYSF). Regional: Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Old Globe, Mark Taper, Pioneer Stage, Arizona Rep, St. Louis Rep, Kansas City Rep, Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theater, Trinity Rep, Geva, Indiana Rep, Delaware Theater Co, Berkshire Theater Festival, Philadelphia Theater Co., Alliance Theater, Syracuse Stage, DSF and Colorado Shakes, DTC company member (30 Productions), Hudson Valley Shakespeare company member (25 Productions). Sixty plays with her husband Actor/Director Kurt Rhoads.

Kent Haruf
Kent Haruf, Author

Kent Haruf was born and raised in Colorado and began writing fiction while in the Peace Corps in Turkey and studied fiction writing at the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. Four of his novels have been published: The Tie That Binds (1984), a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award and winner of the Whiting Foundation Writers Award; Where You Once Belonged (1990), winner of the Maria Thomas Award in Fiction; Plainsong (1999), a national bestseller, finalist for the National Book Award, New Yorker Award, L.A. Times Fiction Award, and winner of the Mountain Plains Booksellers Award, the National Library Association Alex Award, the Midland Authors Award, was named Notable Book of the Year by New York Times, L.A. Times and became a movie on CBS; and Eventide (2004), his second national bestseller, a finalist for the Book Sense Award, and named Notable Book of the Year by a number of newspapers, including The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Kansas City Star and New York Daily News. Kent’s short fiction has been included in the Best American Short Stories anthology. Kent has three daughters, three step-daughters and two step-sons. He lives with his wife Cathy in the mountains near Salida.

Eric Schmiedl
Eric Schmiedl, Playwright
Eric Schmiedl is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of Kent State University and the University of Hawai’i. His plays for children and adult audiences have been produced by theatres including the Denver Center Theatre Company, the Cleveland Play House, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, New Stages Theatre, the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the Oregon Children’s Theatre, Karamu House, Great Lakes Theater Company, and BackStage Theatre in Chicago. He is currently working on two commissions for the Denver Center Theatre Company and a new original play with his wife, Nigerian storyteller Adaora Nzelibe Schmiedl, developed through Playhouse Square’s innovative Launch program with the generous support of Cleveland Public Theatre. This fall Eric had the great pleasure of celebrating his love of Cleveland and the Cleveland Browns with a remounting of The Kardiac Kid produced by Cleveland Public Theatre and presented at Playhouse Square. Eric is the recipient of a 2012 Creative Workforce Fellowship as well as an Aurand Harris Fellowship, two Edgerton Awards, and a Sloan Foundation Commission. Eric is a member of The Cleveland Play House’s Playwrights’ Unit and is on the faculty of the Low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.
Kent Thompson
Kent Thompson, Producing Artistic Director/Director of Benediction

Kent is in his tenth season as Producing Artistic Director of the Theatre Company. In Denver he directed productions of Hamlet, Just Like Us, Other Desert Cities, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Plainsong, Eventide, Amadeus, The Liar and Measure for Measure, among others.

Two of Kent’s major accomp-lishments since moving to Denver have been the establishment of the Colorado New Play Summit, a premier national festival for new American plays, and the Women’s Voices Fund, an endowment that supports the development of new plays by women.   

Prior to moving to Denver he was Producing Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 16 years. In 1991 Kent created the Southern Writers’ Project (SWP), designed to commission and develop new plays that presented 16 world premieres during his tenure.

 He served for eight years on the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and as its president for three years. He has served on peer review panels for the NEA (also chair), TCG, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Fulbright Scholars Program, The Wallace Funds, The Doris Duke Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others.
Craig Breitenbach
Craig Breitenbach, Sound Designer

At the Theatre Company: Animal Crackers, Hamlet, Just Like Us, Sense & Sensibility The Musical, Irving Berlin’s White ChristmasRing of Fire: The Music of Johnny CashA Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Midsummer Night’s DreamMama Hated DieselsEventideA Raisin in the SunQuiltersA Prayer for Owen Meany, Noises OffThirdA Funny Thing…ForumKing LearAmadeusCrowns, The Clean HouseMeasure for MeasureA Flea in Her EarFire on the MountainThe MisanthropeThe Three SistersLove’s Labor’s LostThe Skin of Our TeethBetrayalSpinning Into ButterDinner With FriendsGross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar WildeThe Laramie Project, The Little Foxes. Awards: 2008 Henry Award (Plainsong).

Don Darnutzer
Don Darnutzer, Lighting Designer
At the Theatre Company: When We Are Married, Heartbreak House, Mariela in the Desert, Fences, Mama Hated Diesels, Eventide, Quilters, Richard III, The Trip to Bountiful, Plainsong, Dracula, You Can’t Take It With You, A Funny Thing…Forum, A Christmas Carol and 40 others. Other Theatres: Broadway: It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues. Off-Broadway: Hank Williams: Lost Highway, The Immigrant, Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America. Lighting designs for: Portland Opera, Guthrie Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Alley Theater, Cleveland Play House, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Gary Grundei
Gary Grundei, Composer
At the Denver Center: Death of a Salesman, Great Wall Story, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, To Kill a Mockingbird, Dracula, Eventide, Plainsong, Oedipus Rex, The Merchant of Venice, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Pierre, Hamlet, Cloud 9 (NTC), The Tempest, Macbeth, Sylvia, Taking Leave, Servant of Two Masters. Other Theatres: The Magic Theatre, Kennedy Center, New York Stage and Film, Baltimore Theatre Project, Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO), Naropa University, Occidental College, The Ohio State University.
Allison Horsley
Allison Horsley, Dramaturg
At the Theatre Company: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Animal Crackers, New Play Summits, Death of a Salesman, The Giver, Eventide, Plainsong, 1001. Broadway/West End: Jersey Boys, Dracula, Chaplin (development). Other Theatres: O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Kitchen Dog Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Centerstage, Yale Repertory Theatre. Special/Awards/Training: MFA from Yale School of Drama; BA from University of Denver in Russian and Theatre. Associate Professor, University of Denver.

Web site: www.chekhovplays.com
Wade Laboissonniere
Wade Laboissonniere, Costume Designer
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Broadway: The Story of My Life. Tours: Disney’s High School Musical (US, Australia, Spain, West End); White Christmas. Off-Broadway: The Outgoing Tide, Side Effects, Zanna Don’t, Shakespeare’s R&J. Regional Theatres: Ford’s (Associate Artist), Shakespeare Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Baltimore CenterStage, Portland Center Stage, Goodspeed, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Delaware Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Alliance Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse. Published Work: Blueprints of Fashion book series. Training: Yale School of Drama.
Kathryn G. Maes, Ph.D
Kathryn G. Maes, Ph.D, Voice and Dialect Coach
At the Theatre Company: Lord of the Flies, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Animal Crackers, Shadowlands, Hamlet, black odyssey, A Christmas Carol, Jackie & Me, The Most Deserving, Just Like Us, Death of a Salesman, When We Are Married, Fences, The Three Musketeers, Heartbreak House, Great Wall Story. Other Theatres: Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre (Arthur Miller’s American Clock). Special/Training: Voice and Dialect Coach for numerous professional theatre companies in the United States, Head of Voice at DCPA Theatre Company and the National Theatre Conservatory 1989 to 1992. Ph.D. in Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh; Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England.
Lisa Orzolek
Lisa Orzolek, Set Designer
At the Theatre Company: (200+ productions/22 seasons) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Shadowlands, Jackie & Me, Death of a Salesman, Great Wall Story, The Liar, Superior Donuts, Othello, Well, The Voysey Inheritance, The Trip to Bountiful, Gee’s Bend, Third, The Pillowman, Living Out, After Ashley, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Boston Marriage, Visiting Mr. Green, Blue/Orange. Other Theatres: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Richard II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Love...Perfect...Change, Five Course Love, Girls Only, The Taffetas, My Way (DCPA Cabaret); Twelfth Night, God’s Country (National Theatre Conservatory). Training: BFA in Scenic Design, Boston University.
James Will McBride
James Will McBride, Assistant Director
At the Theatre Company: Debut. Two seasons as Hartford Stage’s Artistic Apprentice. The American Theatre Wing’s Springboard NYC Directing Candidate for 2012. Directing credits: The Retreating World, Almost Maine, Tauris, The Skin of Our Teeth, and The Little Ghost. He’s assisted directors including Darko Tresnjak, Mark Lamos, Michael Wilson, and Giovanna Sardelli on Matthew Lopez’s new play Somewhere. Education: BA in Theatre Business, Loyola University New Orleans.

www.jameswillmcbride.com
Elissa Myers Casting
Elissa Myers Casting, Paul Foquet, CSA
For PBS “Poisoner’s Handbook,” “Becoming Helen Keller” and the mini-series “Mystery of Matter.” Other PBS projects include “The Abolitionists,” “Dolly Madison,” “Alexander Hamilton,” “John and Abigail Adams,” “Benjamin Franklin” (Emmy Award), “Liberty” (Peabody Award), “God in America,” “People vs. Leo Frank,” “Louisa May Alcott,” as well as PBS “Great Performances” (Artois Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting). Additionally three “Movies of the Week,” as well as five pilots. Feature films include Hank and Asha (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013) and The Union. Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, including Tony nominated Having Our Say, as well as 25 Off- Broadway shows. Regional casting in the past few years includes the Theatre Company, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artois awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting.
Paul Behrhorst
Paul Behrhorst, Assistant Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol, Lord of the Flies, Jackie & Me, Reckless, The Catch, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Two Things You Don’t Talk About At Dinner, Other Desert Cities and Grace, Or the Art of Climbing. Other Theatres: Phamaly Theatre Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The Avenue, Theatreworks, Curious Theatre, Aurora Fox. Awards/Training: Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award for special achievement in stage management, BFA in Applied Theatre Technology and Design, Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Kurt Van Raden
Kurt Van Raden, Stage Manager
At the Theatre Company: (30+ productions) Animal Crackers, Hamlet, Just Like Us, Romeo & Juliet,  Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Three Musketeers, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol, The Liar, Superior Donuts, The House of the Spirits, Othello, Eventide, A Raisin in the Sun, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Richard III, Noises Off, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Our House, Pride and Prejudice, Third, Mrs. Warren's Profession, 1001, Season's Greetings, Living Out, After Ashley. Other Theatres: 40 productions with The O'Neill Theatre Center (National Playwrights Conference, Cabaret and Performance Conference), The Great River Shakespeare Festival.
Charles Varin
Charles Varin, Managing Director

Charles and his team are responsible for administrative, financial and business operations related to producing the Theatre Company’s season of productions and other artistic and educational initiatives. Prior to DCPA, Charles was General Manager for Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY and also has worked at Glimmerglass Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre.  Charles serves on the board of the Mile High Freedom Band and plays tuba with the organization.

Bruce K. Sevy
Bruce K. Sevy, Director, Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Play Development

Bruce K. Sevy has directed such memorable DCPA productions as Animal Crackers, When We Are MarriedHeartbreak HouseMariela in the DesertThe Voysey InheritanceA Prayer for Owen MeanyDoubtAll My SonsMaster ClassMrs. Warren’s ProfessionA Christmas CarolCat On a Hot Tin RoofThe Little FoxesMolly SweeneyAmy’s ViewValley SongPierreDinner With Friends, and The Cripple of Inishmaan.

As Director of New Play Development, he oversees both the artistic and practical components of DCPA’s successful Colorado New Play Summit, including commissions from outstanding American playwrights.

He has directed for Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Lark Play Development Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Northlight Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Pioneer Theatre Company, A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Empty Space and Intiman Theatre in Seattle, the Kimo Theatre in Albuquerque, and Utah Shakespearean Festival. His popular production of 2 Pianos, 4 Hands has been seen at more than 20 theatres nationally, including DCPA’s successful 2003 production.

Jeff Gifford
Jeff Gifford, Director of Production

Jeff is in his second season at the DCPA and oversees every-thing you see on stage except the actors. Guiding world premieres to their first opening night is especially gratifying and Jeff has worked on more than 35 of them. Among his favorites are Dinner with Friends, The Violet Hour, The Beard of Avon, Mr. Marmalade, and the new musical FLY. Jeff holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

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