E. Faye Butler
E. Faye Butler is thrilled to make her Seattle Repertory Theatre debut. She most recently completed Crowns (10th anniversary) directed and written by Regina Taylor at the Goodman Theatre as well as A Christmas Carol, Purlie (co-pro Pasadena Playhouse), and Ain’t Misbehavin. National and Regional Tours: Mamma Mia, Dinah Was, Ain’t Misbehavin, Nunsense, Don’t Bother Me... Regional Theatre: Trouble in Mind, Oklahoma!, Crowns, Polk County (Arena Stage); Saving Aimee, Gospel According to Fishmen (Signature Theatre); The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse); Little Foxes, La Bête, Caroline or Change, Once in a Lifetime (Court Theatre); Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Steppenwolf Theatre); Suessical (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Shop of Horrors (Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre); Black Pearl Sings!, Ella (co-pro Dallas Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre); Once On This Island, Caroline or Change, Ma Rainey (co-pro Philadelphia Theatre Company), Trouble in Mind (copro Yale Rep, Centerstage). Ms. Butler performed with The Washington Ballet in The Great Gatsby and Blues until June at The Kennedy Center. She performs around the country with her own orchestra. She is the recipient of six Jeff Awards, three Black bios Theatre Alliance Awards, an After Dark Award, John Barrymore Award, R.A.M.I. Award, Helen Hayes Award, Excellence in the Arts Award, Ovation Award, and 2011 Sarah Siddons Society Leading Lady Award. Ms. Butler was named a 2012 Lunt-Fontaine Fellow and will be inducted into the National Women in the Arts Museum in Washington D.C. in 2012.
Emily makes her Seattle Repertory Theatre debut with this production. Stage credits include: This Wide Night, Tryst, The 13th of Paris (Seattle Public Theatre); Twelfth Night and The Servant of Two Masters (Seattle Shakespeare Company/Wooden O); Torso (Printer’s Devil Theatre); Inherit The Wind (Strawberry Theatre Workshop); The Borrowers, In The Northern Lands, Peter Pan, Bluenose, and The Neverending Story (Seattle Children’s Theatre) along with several productions with Washington Ensemble Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Ian Bell’s Seattle Confidential at ACT. Chisholm is a graduate of Cornish College.
Cleavant Derricks created the role of James Thunder Early for Dreamgirls, receiving Tony and Drama Desk awards as well as the LA Drama Circle Award for vocal arrangements. Starring in Bob Fosse’s Broadway production Big Deal, Cleavant was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Actor. Other Broadway credits include: Revival of Hair, Vinette Carroll’s Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, as well as But Never Jam Today, and Brooklyn the Musical. He received the NAACP Theatre Award for Best Male Performance for his portrayal of Horse in The Full Monty national tour. Cleavant was awarded the Heroes and Legends Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre; served as composer, musical director, and featured actor for the musical When Hell Freezes Over I’ll Skate, which aired as a PBS special; and starred in Cy Coleman’s Like Jazz at the Mark Taper Forum. Film roles include: Moscow on the Hudson, The Slugger’s Wife, Offbeat, Carnival of Souls, Bluffing it, Miami Magma, Basilisk, and World Traveler. TV series regular include “Sliders”, “Thea,” “Drexell’s Class”, “Good Sports”, and “Woops!” Some TV guest appearances include “Touched by an Angel,” “Charmed,” “The Practice,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Cold Case,” and David E. Kelly’s “Wedding Bells.”
James Patrick Hill
Some artists go to school to gain the skills to master an instrument. James was born with the gift to play the drums. At the age of four, he had his first drum solo at home with his mother’s pots and pans. By age six, he was playing the drums for the church choir. His talents have reached a depth of music artistry in genres from gospel, rock, folk, Latin, R&B, reggae, Brazillian, country, and swing with a host of nationally renowned artists such as Darren Motamony, Jeff Kashuwa, Sandra Couch, The Winans, Fred Hammond, Gary Oliver, Phil Curry, Steve Oliver, Crystal Murden, Greta Montasa, Michael Powers, Robi Duke, and Colorado Mass Choir to name a few. The versatility, power and passion that he illustrates for every performance has gained him the title of The Volcano.
Keys/Pianist, Music Director and Conductor, Musical and Vocal Arrangements
Jmichael received his BA from Alabama State University and his Master of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan. He then moved to Los Angeles, California where he was hired to perform with the legal group of “The Platters.” For two years, he toured the USA, Europe and Israel singing with the group. Jmichael has extensive studio experience as a writer, arranger, composer and producer. Capitol, Motown, Warner Brothers and Atlantic Recording labels, along with Kroger Stores and the Disney Corporation, are among the many companies that have utilized his services in these areas. He has produced corporate shows at Caesar’s Palace and the Mirage Hotels in Las Vegas, and with his Jmichael Trio or Big Band, has provided entertainment for 4 star Hilton and Nikko Hotels, AT&T, Bell South, Xerox and numerous exclusive private affairs, including the wedding for Backstreet Boys‘ Brian Littrell. He has been a featured performer for Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Lines, and produced and performed a special concept show of The Platters music with the Alabama and Pueblo Colorado Symphonies, and six shows with the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall with Marvin Hamlisch conducting. Jmichael works as Musical Director/Music and Vocal Arranger for theatre companies throughout the country. He recently made his professional acting debut as Wining Boy in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. He has since added numerous acting credits to his theatre resume.
Bassist Lamar Lofton hails from Seattle. After attending prestigious Garfield High School, he attended Cornish College of the Arts where he received his BFA in Music Performance. Since then he has performed locally and around the world in various musical settings from musical theatre to collaborating with international Reggae and Jazz artists including Clinton Fearon, Eek-a-Mouse, John Hicks, Ernestine Anderson, The Abbysinians, Julian Priester, Hadley Caliman, Renee’ Strange, Cedric Brooks and many others. Adept at both string and electric bass, his versatility in instruments and musical settings continue to keep him in demand as an accompanist and a leader.
Chic Street Man
Slick/Guitarist, Harmonica Coach
Regional Theatre: Composer, also Guitar Man in Spunk (OSF, Portland); Slow Drag in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Peen in Lost Highway (Mark Taper Forum); composer, performer, Native Son (Intiman Theatre); Spunk (New York Shakespeare Festival, New Jersey Crossroads Theatre, Mark Taper Forum); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Touch the Names—Letters to The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial (Cleveland Playhouse); composer, A Lesson before Dying (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); contributing author, musical arranger, performer, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues (Denver Theatre Company); musical director, composer, Polk County (McCarter Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theater). Music festivals: Paleo Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Bern Jazz Festival. Albums: Seven, including the latest Lullablues. Founder, Chic Street Man’s School of Performing Arts; featured performer, various U.N. events; composer, “Permutations” (PBS Great Performances). Film: Triple Bogey, Hangin’ with the Home Boys. Awards: 1990 Audelco Award and 1992 NAACP Theatre Arts Award (Spunk), San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle Award for Musical Direction (Polk County). Teaching: Heifetz International School of Music, Seattle Conservatory of Music. Education: UC Santa Cruz. www.chicstreetman.com.
Larry Marshall recently appeared as the Mayor in Harbor Light’s production of The Music Man, and has appeared as Danny in the National Tour of Xanadu. He was last seen on Broadway in The Color Purple as Ole Mister. In the summer of 2006, he appeared with Meryl Streep as The General and The Farmer in Mother Courage at the Delacourt in Central Park. Some of his other Broadway credits include Hair, Inner City, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Rock-A-Bye Hamlet, Comin’ Uptown, A Broadway Musical, Oh Brother!, Big Deal, Play On!, The Full Monty, and Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess, for which he was nominated for a Tony and a Drama Desk award. His movie credits include Jesus Christ Super Star, The Cotton Club, Showtime’s Keep The Faith, and the Showtime series “Soul Food.”
Warner Miller is excited to be making his return to Seattle Rep having appeared in The Brothers Size. He recently appeared on both coasts in the award winning premiere of Danai Gurira’s The Convert directed by Emily Mann at LA’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, and the McCarter in Princeton, NJ. Selected credits include the world premiers of Dominique Morisseau’s Follow Me to Nellie’s and Tammy Ryan’s Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods at Premier Stages. Other selected credits include August Wilson’s Fences, directed by Kenny Leon, at Huntington Theatre Company; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Syracuse Stage; The Piano Lesson at Geva Theatre and Indiana Repertory Theatre; Paradox of the Urban Cliché at The LAByrinth Theater Company; The Old Globe Theater’s premiere production of Since Africa; False Creeds at The Alliance Theatre; and A Raisin in the Sun at Hartford Stage. Film credits include the role of Melvin Lucas in American Gangster, directed by Ridley Scott; Nicky Lolo in HBO Film’s Wyclef Jean in America, and Beadle in HBO Film’s Everyday People. TV credits include “Law & Order” and “CSI: NY.”
Richard just returned from Shakespeare Santa Cruz. In two seasons there: Sir John Falstaff (Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2); Baisemeaux (The Man in the Iron Mask); Richelieu (The Three Musketeers). Recent local work: Damn Yankees (5th Ave); Double Indemnity (ACT Theatre/ San Jose Rep); Hamlet (SSC). Broadway: Henry IV, Not About Nightingales, Epic Proportions, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Lost in Yonkers. New York Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Julius Ceasar, Kit Marlowe, The Normal Heart. Off Broadway: MTC, Roundabout. Regional: Longwharf, Huntington, South Coast Rep, Hartford Stage, Intiman, Shakespeare Theater DC, Portland Stage, Alley, Wilma. Film/TV: “Leverage,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “100 Center Street,” “Private Parts,” “Clockers,” “Hackers.” A native New Yorker and graduate of Juilliard, Richard resides in Seattle with actress Leslie Law.
Felicia V. Loud
Understudy to Sister Juba
Felicia V. Loud is excited to make her Seattle Rep debut. With a voice that traverses the distance between earthy growl and angelic whisper at a moment’s notice, Ms. Loud is the Northwest’s premier soul singer. “The Northwest isn’t necessarily known for its soul, but Felicia could really get Loud...she could be the next Macy Gray,” raves The Seattle Times (2004). In addition to her active singing career around the city, she has added actress to her résumé. Stage roles include Yolanda in Crowns (Intiman Theatre’s Philadelphia tour), Narrator in Black Nativity (Intiman Theatre), Billy Holliday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (University Of Washington Cultural Arts Theatre), Ruth in Raisin in the Sun (Oberlin Summer Theater Festival), Spirit in Sankofa (The Moore Theatre), Resa in Two Trains Running (Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center), Bessie in Native Son (Intiman Theatre), and Bessie Smith in A Night in the Life of Bessie Smith (Langston Hughes Theatre). She sends special love to Adillia E. Scott and Lavern Loud.
Cheryl L. West
Cheryl L. West is the librettist for Play On! (which ran on Broadway) and the author of several plays including the adaptation, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy; Motherhood Out Loud (co-author); Addie, American Girl Story (21-city tour); Birdie Blue; Rejoice; Holiday Heart; Puddin ‘n’ Pete; Jar the Floor; and Before It Hits Home. The latter earned Ms. West several awards including the Helen Hayes/Charles McArthur Award for outstanding new play and the Susan Smith Blackburn prize, an international award given to a woman who has written a work of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theater. She is also a recipient of the National Endowment Playwriting Award and the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Best Playwright Award. Her plays have been produced in England, New York, and in numerous regional theatres including Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, The Goodman, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Play House, South Coast Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Off-Broadway’s Second Stage. Ms. West adapted her play, Holiday Heart for Showtime/MGM and Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Productions, which earned her a GLADD nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Alfre Woodard.
She has worked in TV and film projects at Paramount, MTV Films, Showtime, TNT, HBO, and CBS. She is currently the Webby nominated writer for the web series, Diary of a Single Mom, starring Monica Calhoun, Billie Dee Williams, Diahann Carroll and is the screenwriter of the recently wrapped movie, IN THE HIVE, directed by Robert Townsend which has been seen at several film festivals (Atlanta, Miami, Memphis, LA).
Lisa is happy to return to Seattle Rep, where she premiered An Iliad, written with Denis O’Hare. It went on to an acclaimed production this spring at New York Theatre Workshop, where it won a Lortel and an OBIE award. Other credits in NY include: Motherhood Outloud, Shipwrecked, The Model Apartment (Primary Stages); The Poor Itch, Tongue of a Bird, The Square (Public Theatre); The Fourth Sister, The Batting Cage (Vineyard); Birdy, Chemistry of Change (WPP/Playwright’s Horizons); Collected Stories (MTC); Tight Embrace (Intar); Sueno (MCC); Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Slavs!, Traps, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Obie Award), The Waves (NYTW). Regional: Mark Taper Forum (Resident Director 1995-2005), La Jolla Playhouse (Associate Artistic Director 1992-1995), Berkeley Rep, Intiman, South Coast Rep, CalShakes, OSF, The Guthrie, Dallas Theater Center, Arena Stage, McCarter, Center Stage, Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, The Huntington, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Philadelphia Theater Co, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Midwest Playlabs, NY Stage & Film and Sundance Theatre Lab.
Seattle Rep: Holiday Heart, TopDog/UnderDog (George C. Wolfe director) and The Imaginary Invalid. Recent Productions: La Mouette for Cour D’Honneur; Jan Karski, Opera-Theatre both at the Avignon Festival France; Abigail’s Party, Oslo National Theater; Die Entfuhrung As dem Serail, Opera de Nice, France. American Repertory Theatre: Close to 20 credits, including most recently The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Prometheus Bound, The Seagull, Desire Under the Elms, Marat/Sade (all directed by Janos Szasz;) Julius Caesar, Britannicus, etc. Broadway: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; The People in the Picture (Studio 54); Caroline, or Change (also National Theatre London); Topdog/Underdog (also Royal Court, London); Elaine Stritch at Liberty (also West End’s Old Vic, London and national tour); Parade (Hal Prince director, Tony and Drama Desk nominations); Bells Are Ringing; Noise/Funk (also national tours and Japan); The Tempest. Other New York credits: Over two dozen productions at New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre; Mother Courage, One Flea Spare, as well as Lincoln Center, Second Stage, NYTW, MTC, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, Cherry Lane, BAM, and numerous regional theatres: Guthrie, Goodman, Taper, etc. Opera: Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, NYCO, Houston Grand and most recently Il Postino for Los Angeles Opera, Opera de Chatelet Paris, Theatre an de Wien and Lost Highway (London’s English National Opera/Young Vic) directed by Diane Paulus. Also: Festival Automne Paris, Det Norske Teatret, Norway. Upcoming: The Dead for The Abbey Theater, Dublin.
Costume Designer, Artist in Residence
Broadway: The Mountaintop, Fences (Tony nomination), Gem of the Ocean (Tony nomination), The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars. Regional theaters: Seattle Rep’s productions of Clybourne Park, The Brothers Size, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Fences; Denver Center Theatre Company; Goodman Theatre; Huntington Theatre Company; Mark Taper Forum (Ovation Award for Best Costume Design, Gem of the Ocean); Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Crossroads Theatre Company; Indiana Repertory Theatre; Yale Repertory Theatre; Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Shakespeare Santa Cruz; and Seattle’s Intiman and ACT theatres. She has taught costume design and scenic design at the University of Washington and University of California at Santa Cruz, designed artwork for Broadway’s The Piano Lesson and Seven Guitars, and was also the associate artist for Signature Theatre’s August Wilson Series. She was the associate producer for Broadway’s production of Fences starring Denzel Washington. Ms. Romero holds an MFA in design from the Yale School of Drama and resides in Seattle with her late husband August Wilson’s daughter, Azula Carmen Wilson.
Alexander V. Nichols
Lighting Designer, Video Designer
Theatre credits include the Broadway productions: Wishful Drinking, Hugh Jackman Back On Broadway, Nice Work If You Can Get It. Off-Broadway productions: In Masks Outrageous and Austere, Los Big Names, Horizon, Bridge and Tunnel, Taking Over, Through the Night, and In the Wake. Other design credits include American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, Huntington Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, and Seattle Rep. Dance credits include resident designer for Pennsylvania Ballet, Hartford Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet. He was the lighting supervisor for American Ballet Theatre and has been the resident visual designer for the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. His designs are in the permanent repertory of San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey and Hubbard Street, among others.
Leon is thrilled to be working with the great team at Seattle Rep for the first time. Other regional credits include: All Shook Up (NSMT), February House (Long Wharf/Public Theater), Jitney (2Rivers), Sleeping Beauty Wakes (McCarter/La Jolla), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla), The Year of Magical Thinking (Intiman) and Herringbone (McCarter/La Jolla). On Broadway Leon designed The Heiress (currently running), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Nomination) and Impressionism. Other recent credits: Play Dead (Players Theater), Timon of Athens (Public), On The Levee (LCT3), Diagnosis of a Faun (La Mama), Encores: Anyone Can Whistle, Fall For Dance (2008-2011), and others. Recent International credits include: Diabolidad (National Theater of Cyprus), King Lear (Festival Dijon) and for Cirque du Soleil: Kooza and Wintuk. klaxson.net
Sonia Dawkins is the founder and artistic director of Sonia Dawkins/Prism Dance Theatre. She is a graduate of The University of the Arts and received a Masters in Dance from SUNY Brockport. Ms. Dawkins has been a faculty member at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle and Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C. She has also been an Artist-in Residence at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Dawkins has performed extensively with choreographers and companies in the United States and the Caribbean. Her national and international choreography credits include: Seattle Repertory Theatre (The Breach, The Three Musketeers, The Brothers Size), Pacific Northwest Ballet and School, Nevada Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre School, Seattle Theatre Group (Dance This), Bulgaria Dance Festival, Mexico International Festival and Broadway Bound (God Lives in Glass, 13 The Musical) and many other ballets.
Christine Sumption is a Seattle-based theatre artist who has served as a dramaturg for Sundance Theatre Lab, the New Harmony Project, Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. She has worked with playwrights Sarah Ruhl, Michael Louis Serafin-Wells, Kathleen Tolan, and Cheryl L. West, among many others. Her directing credits include productions at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, and DARTS/Company Subaru in Tokyo, where she served as Resident Director for three years. She was on the artistic staff of Seattle Repertory Theatre for nine seasons, where she served as dramaturg/literary manager, edited publications, and produced the annual Women Playwrights Festival in partnership with Hedgebrook, a Whidbey Island writers retreat. She is now the Resident Dramaturg at Hedgebrook; Co-Curator (with Anita Montgomery) of the Construction Zone, a new play reading series at ACT; and teaches at Cornish College of the Arts. Hedgebrook Plays, Volume 1, which she co-edited with Liz Engelman, will be published by Whit Press this fall.
Broadway: 33 Variations, Grey Gardens, Marie Christine, Master Class, Once on This Island. Off-Broadway: Langston in Harlem, Boys in the Band (2010), Dessa Rose, Here Lies Jenny, Listen to My Heart, Miss Evers Boys, A New Brain, A Beautiful Thing, Three Tall Women, From the Mississippi Delta, Song of Singapore, The Sum of Us. Many Regional Theatres across the United States. Artistic Associate of The Berkshire Theatre Group. Film: Ice Age, Broadway Damage, Anastasia.
Amber Dickerson is delighted to be working with Lisa Peterson again. Recent credits include The Normal Heart with George C. Wolfe, The Whipping Man with Hana Sharif, Trouble in Mind with Irene Lewis, the Dreamgirls National Tour with Robert Longbottom, and Looped with Valerie Harper in Florida and in D.C. Ms. Dickerson has also spent over a decade at Arena Stage and worked on many great productions. Other credits include Syracuse Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Heritage Repertory Theatre. Thanks to God and her family for their continuous love and support!
Assistant Stage Manager
Selected stage management credits: The Servant of Two Masters (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Of Mice and Men, Fences, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Seafarer, You Can’t Take It With You, The Night Watcher, Birdie Blue, Gem of the Ocean (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Cinderella, Guys and Dolls, White Christmas, Cabaret (5th Avenue Theatre); A Doctor In Spite of Himself, Othello (Intiman Theatre); Lyle the Crocodile, I Was A Rat (Seattle Children’s Theatre); Cloaked (Village Originals); Aida, L’Italiana in Algiers (Seattle Opera). Additional stage management: Icicle Creek Theatre Festival (Seattle), Ordway Center For Performing Arts, History Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis/St. Paul). Former associate producer at The Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis and producer of sketch comedy and improv shows.