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Directors & Designers

Kirk Bookman

Lighting Designer, Million Dollar Quartet

Charles Busch productions: The Confession Of Lily Dare, The Green Heart, Shanghai Moon, Divine Sister, Tribute Artist, Judith of Bethulia.  Broadway: The Sunshine Boys (with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall), The Gin Game (with Julie Harris and Charles Durning) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Off Broadway: Nine Circles, God of Vengeance, Sweetee, Closer than Ever, Right You Are (with Tony Randall), Recent Tragic Events (with Heather Graham, Playwrights Horizons), My One Good Nerve (starring Ruby Dee), The Book of Liz (with David and Amy Sedaris). From stage production to large screen video: The Thomasheskys with New World Symphony and Company with the NY Philharmonic. Recent productions: Aunt Jack in Fort Lauderdale, Drowsy Chaperone at Goodspeed Musicals and The Play that Goes Wrong at St. Louis Rep.

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Sara Bruner

Director, The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar

Directing: Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Alice in Wonderland, Daedalus Project Variety Show 2015, The Children’s Monologues (U.S. premiere),  Cabaret (staged reading) Great Lakes Theater: The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol (4 years) Idaho Shakespeare Festival: The Taming of the Shrew , directed/adapted educational tours of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew. Other theaters: A Ghost Sonata (Drop Dance Collective) Eurydice (Baldwin Wallace University). Acting: Arena Stage, Berkeley Rep: Norma McCorvey in ROE (world premiere) Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Viola and Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Sue Trinder in Fingersmith (world premiere) LeFou in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Charles Wallace in A Wrinkle in Time (world premiere); Great Lakes Theater/Idaho Shakespeare (10 seasons/19 seasons): Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, Fr. Kost in Cabaret, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Toinette in The Imaginary Invalid, Ariel in The Tempest, Drood in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Viola in Twelfth Night, Miss Casewell  in The Mousetrap, Abigail in The Crucible. Awards: 2018 Princess Grace Award, Directing.

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Victoria Bussert

Director, The Music Man

Victoria returns for her fourteenth season at ISF, balancing the professional and academic worlds between her active life as an award-winning free-lance director while holding the position of Director of Music Theatre for Baldwin Wallace University. Nationally, her work has been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club, York Theatre, New World Stages, Goodspeed Opera, Playhouse Square, Portland Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Anchorage Opera. Her international credits include Friar Tuck in Russia, The Who’s Tommy in Brazil, the Danish premiere of Avenue Q (2012 Reumert Award nomination) and the European premieres of Lizzie and [title of show] for the Fredericia Teater in Denmark. Victoria made her London directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed production of Lizzie and will be opening a new production of it this summer off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre beginning July 19.  Other recent directing assignments have included Mamma Mia, for ISF/GLT, the academic premiere of Once for Beck Center and Cabaret for BW.  Many thanks to her “theater” family, Matt, Jacqui, Jeff, Tracy and David; and special thanks to her “family” family, Dale and Ondie– it’s so great to be back in Boise!

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Tracy Christensen

Costume Designer, The Music Man

Second season with ISF, having designed Mamma Mia! in 2018, directed by Victoria Bussert.  Tracy designed the Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close, Candide at Carnegie Hall with John Lithgow, and Carousel for London’s English National Opera. Recent premieres include All our Children at NYC’s Sheen Center, Anne Page Hates Fun for the American Shakespeare Center, Anne of Green Gables at the Merry Go Round Theater (2018 Syracuse Area Live Theater Award nomination) and Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice off-Broadway. Other projects: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Folger Theatre), Noises Off! (Asolo), Oklahoma (Goodspeed), Mamma Mia! for Great Lakes Theater (2018 Cleveland Critics Circle Award), Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (HBO film with Audra McDonald), Souvenir (Broadway), The Roommate (Cincinnati Playhouse), Sherwood (Playmakers Repertory), and Seussical for TheatreworksUSA (Lucille Lortel nomination).  10 seasons: Chautauqua Theatre Company. Faculty member at SUNY Purchase for costume design.

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Lue Douthit

Dramaturg, The Taming of the Shrew

Lue Douthit is Executive Director of Play on Shakespeare. Before that, she spent 25 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she was Director of New Play Development and Dramaturgy. She provided dramaturgy for more than 50 productions, including 15 world premieres and more than a dozen Shakespeare plays. She co-founded and produced the Black Swan Lab for New Work at OSF for seven years. Lue was recognized for her work on Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas in 1999. She received a PhD from the University of Washington, an MFA from Trinity University, and an MA from the University of Arizona.

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Bart Fasbender

Sound Designer, Million Dollar Quartet

Debut production for ISF, recent credits include: Steve Rosen and David Rossmer’s The Other Josh Cohen; Accidentally Brave at DR2 directed by Kristin Hanggi; Million Dollar Quartet at Rep Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Rep and Bucks County Playhouse; David Cale’s Harry Clarke for Audible and The Vineyard; Sweeney Todd at Kansas City Rep. Other NY: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway, Playwrights Horizons, BAM, The Public, Cherry Lane, The Atlantic, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, PlayCo, St. Ann’s Warehouse. Regional: The Guthrie, The Old Globe, Williamstown Theater Festival, NY Stage and Film, Geva Theater, Philadelphia Theater Company, Center Theater Group, American Conservatory Theater and Two River Theater. Also, sound design for the film My Name is David and the podcast Steal the Stars. Proud member of USA829 and Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.

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Charles Fee

Director, Witness for the Prosecution

27th season as producing artistic director of Idaho Shakespeare Festival. This season he will direct Misery and Macbeth.  In prior seasons Charles has directed many of Shakespeare’s plays as well as works outside the Shakespearean canon including The Hound of the Baskervilles, Agatha Christie’s, And Then There Were None, Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, Frederick Knott’s Dial “M” for Murder, Nöel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, Private Lives and Hay Fever, George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Molière’s Tartuffe, Alexander Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.

Charles holds a unique position in the American theater as producing director of three, independently operated, professional theater companies, including Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio (since 2002), and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Incline Village, Nevada (since 2010).  His leadership has created a dynamic and groundbreaking producing model in which plays are shared among the three companies, extending the artistic lives of the productions, increasing opportunities for artists and technical staffs to work in multiple venues, and lowering production costs for each of the companies.  He has worked with such companies as The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee and Missouri Repertory Theaters, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, and the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival has garnered significant awards under Mr. Fee’s artistic leadership, including the 1995 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts; the 1996 and 2006 FUNDSY awards; and the 2000 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2001, Charles was honored for his work as a director with the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.  He received his BA from the University of the Pacific, and Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

Charlie’s peripatetic life style is only possible because of the love and support of his wife Lidia, daughter Alexa, and the communities he serves.

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Hunter Foster

Director, Million Dollar Quartet

Hunter is the Artistic Director for the Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, and was named the 2018 “Director of the Year” by the Wall Street Journal. He most recently directed the off-Broadway musical, The Other Josh Cohen in NYC, and the critically acclaimed production of The Drowsy Chaperone at the Goodspeed Opera House. He is an Artistic Associate at the Bucks County Playhouse where he has directed: 42nd Street, Clue, Guys & Dolls, Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Buddy Holly Story, National Pastime, The Rocky Horror Show, Summer of ’42, Million Dollar Quartet and It’s a Wonderful Life. Other directing credits include: A Connecticut Christmas Carol (Goodspeed), Our Town (Theatre Aspen), The Other Josh Cohen (Geva Theatre), One Hit Wonder (Univ. of Michigan), Cabaret, My Fair Lady, The Foreigner, Clue (Cape Playhouse) Grease (North Carolina Theatre), Spamalot (Casa Manana) and Million Dollar Quartet (Papermill).

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David Gotwald

Sound Designer, The Music Man

Over the last three decades, David was the sound supervisor and mixer for numerous Broadway productions: A Chorus Line (1981), Dreamgirls (1983), Sweet Charity (1986), Cabaret (1988), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (1989), Crazy for You (1991), Fosse (1998), The Producers (2000), Gypsy (2007), The Addams Family (2009), and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (2014). In 2006, David designed the sound for the Tony Award winning Jay Johnson – The Two and Only and the Off-Broadway hit The Musical of Musicals. He has worked as a concert sound engineer for Tommy Tune, Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone and for special events at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and NY City Center Encores series. Currently, David is a faculty adviser at Carnegie Mellon University, and has designed numerous musicals for Great Lakes Theater and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. As a member of District 5 Sound he has designed for Bricolage Production Company and Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh.

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Esther M. Haberlen

Costume Designer, Witness for the Prosecution

Esther is thrilled to present her 5th design with ISF after previously costuming: Much Ado about NothingLes MisérablesThe Fantasticks and Beehive: The 60s Musical. Her work has been seen elsewhere at Great Lakes Theater, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Beck Center for the Arts, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, Case Western Reserve University/ Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program, Chagrin Valley Performing Arts Academy, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Opera Theater, Cleveland Public Theater, Dobama Theater, and The Willoughby Fine Arts Association.  Esther holds a BFA in production design from the State University of New York: Fredonia. Many thanks to all of the cast, creative collaborators and brilliant backstage and production crew.

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Jeff Herrmann

Scenic Designer, The Music Man

Jeff is pleased to return to Idaho Shakespeare Festival for his 14th season as a scenic designer and his 2nd season as the company Production Manager.  Previous productions for ISF include Mamma Mia!, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Beehive: the 60s Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, Les Misérables, The Secret Garden, My Fair Lady and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, all joint productions with Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland.  Other ISF production designs include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Spitfire Grill, Little Shop of Horrors, Forever Plaid and Noises Off.  Jeff holds an MFA in scene and lighting design from Southern Illinois University and he is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

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Greg Hofmann

Lighting Designer, The Music Man

This is Greg’s second season at Idaho Shakespeare Festival after designing Beehive the 60s Musical last year.  Selected designs include: Beehive the 60s Musical, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater; Ride the Cyclone, ACT Theatre; Ride the Cyclone, MCC Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nell Gwynn, Mary Stuart, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Ride the Cyclone, Road Show, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Wizard of Oz, Elf, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Oklahoma, Tommy (Jeff Award), Mary Poppins, Annie, 42nd Street, Paramount Theatre; Rock of Ages, The Game’s Afoot, Les Misérables, Oliver!, Drury Lane Theatre; Marjorie Prime, Outside Mullingar, Mr Burns, Silent Sky, Sons of the Prophet, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Forward Theatre; River of Song, Milwaukee Rep; Something Wicked this Way Comes, Delaware Theatre Company.  Greg also has designed more than 50 productions for Cedar Fair Amusement Parks across the country.  He is a proud member of USA 829.

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Adam Koch

Scenic Designer, Million Dollar Quartet

First season with ISF. Internationally: Dreamgirls (Seoul, South Korea). Credits across the United States include productions at Signature Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse (outdoor Carousel, Miss Saigon and Titanic), Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Baltimore Center Stage, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Ogunquit Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Portland Stage, as well as multiple commercial and off-broadway productions in New York and Chicago. Education: Carnegie Mellon University. Dedicated to William and Mary Koch. For the past five years Mr. Koch along with Steven Royal have worked jointly as Adam Koch Associates. See more at and on Instagram @instadamkoch.

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Rick Martin

Lighting Designer, The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar

Many productions with ISF including MacbethRomeo and Juliet and The Woman in Black. Other theater: US premiere of Kurt Weill’s Marie Galante (Opéra Français de NY); and The Bitter Tears of Petra van Kant (Henry Miller Theatre, New York). Opera: Mitridate, Re di Ponto (La Monnaie, Brussels – scenery and lighting), Le Diable dans le beffroiLa Chute de la Maison Usher (Opéra national de Paris – scenery and lighting); Xerxes (Staatstheater Nuremburg, Germany); Pelléas et Mélisande and To be Sung (Opéra Français de NY); Dialogues des Carmélites (Opéra de Toulon, France); and Roméo et Juliette (Spoleto Festival USA). Concerts: Harawi (Opéra Comique, Paris – scenery and lighting), Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien (Cité de la Musique, Paris and Arsenal, Metz), Orchestre national de Lyon and the Orchestre de Champs Élysées (Lyon, Poitiers, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, São Paulo). Coming up: scenery for the Da Ponte Trilogy: Le nozze de Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte at La Monnaie in Brussels. Member: United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE.

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Ken Merckx

Fight Choreographer, Witness for the Prosecution

Mr. Merckx has worked with the Festival for 24 years and been choreographing fights for the company since the opening of the present site.  Some highlights include: The Three Musketeers, Romeo and Juliet (three times), King Lear (twice), Macbeth (three times), Hamlet (twice), The Imaginary Invalid, Othello, Sweeney Todd and The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) (too many times to count).  He has been staging violence on a regular basis for South Coast Repertory (Orange County, CA), A Noise Within (LA), Ensemble Theater (Santa Barbara), Great Lakes Theater (Cleveland) and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.  Ken received his BA in theater studies from the University of Washington and MFA in acting from the University of Illinois and teaches stage combat at AMDA (American Music and Drama Academy) in Hollywood.

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Russell Metheny

Scenic Designer, The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar

For Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Russell has designed, among others, The Tempest, Dial “M” For Murder, The Mousetrap, The 39 Steps, The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, The Woman in Black, Othello, The Seagull, The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure, Arsenic and Old Lace, A Tuna Christmas, Greater Tuna, King Lear, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Julius Caesar. Russell also has designed for Great Lakes Theater and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Metheny has designed for many regional theaters across the country including Indiana Rep., Asolo Rep., Studio Theatre, D.C., ACT San Francisco, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Portland Stage.

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Jaclyn Miller

Movement Director, The Taming of the Shrew. Choreographer, The Music Man

Jaclyn is delighted to return for her third season. Previous credits include: Mamma Mia!, The Taming of the ShrewPride and Prejudice, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Additionally, she choreographed Around the World in 80 Days… for Idaho Theater for Youth. Off-Broadway: LIZZIE (upcoming 2019) In nine seasons with Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Hairspray, Alice in Wonderland (associate director), Roe (world premiere), Twelfth Night, Shakespeare in Love (US premiere), Fingersmith (world premiere), Yeoman of the Guard, My Fair Lady, and Much Ado about Nothing. Other regional credits: Guthrie Theater, The Cocoanuts: A Marx Brothers Musical; Baltimore Center Stage, Fun Home; Arizona Theatre Company, The Music Man, Cabaret (upcoming). Jaclyn also has worked extensively as an associate director and/or choreographer: Oklahoma! (OSF); Pirates of Penzance (OSF and Portland Opera); Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Gateway and Ogunquit Playhouse); Soul Doctor (Colony Theater and Parker Playhouse); Chicago (Ogunquit Playhouse). Her utmost love and gratitude to Vicky, Matt, Charlie and SB.

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Leah Piehl

Costume Designer, The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar

This is Leah’s first season with ISF. Other credits include Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Underneath the Lintel and Krapp’s Last Tape (Geffen Playhouse); Halfway to Dawn (BAM), Race and Twist your Dickens (Kirk Douglas Theatre); PygmalionThe Heiress, Intimate Apparel (Pasadena Playhouse); The Steward of Christendom (Mark Taper Forum); The Most Deserving (Denver Center Theater); Sheep Dog, Kings, The Light in the PiazzaMr. WolfThe Motherf**ker with the Hat (South Coast Rep); ArcadiaThe Doctor’s Dilemma and The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (A Noise Within); Paradise Lost (Intiman Theatre); Bars and Measures, FuturaThe Pain and the ItchTartuffe (Boston Court Pasadena); Hedda Gabbler (Antaeus Theatre Company). She recently designed the feature film All Stars. Her work has been featured at MOMA, Art Basel Miami and 2010 Whitney Biennial. Piehl has a BA from UC-Berkeley and an MFA in costume design from CalArts. She is a member of Local 829 and 705.

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Lauren T. Roark

Costume Designer, Million Dollar Quartet

Lauren is thrilled to be making her debut at Idaho Shakespeare Festival.  Select regional credits include Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Her work has been featured in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s Young Designers’ Forum Exhibition and she was awarded the Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design Excellence. Lauren has worked in costume shops spanning three continents, including Brazil and Hong Kong.  She holds an MFA in costume design and technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Lauren is currently the head of graduate costume design in the Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the resident costume designer for the Clarence Brown Theatre. She is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. To learn more, visit


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Steven Royal

Associate Scenic Design, Million Dollar Quartet

Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Bat Boy: The Musical in Washington DC. Credits include projects for Moises Kaufman and Tectonic Theatre Project, Jerry Mitchell, Lonny Price as well as Becker Group and Global Experience Specialists. For the past four years, Mr. Royal and Adam Koch have designed the official events for New York City Pride. Steven has collaborated with Adam on over 100 productions worldwide.

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Greg Santos

Associate Director, Million Dollar Quartet

Greg is a New York City-based producer, director and associate director who has enjoyed a rewarding and productive seven-year working relationship with Hunter Foster. He has been Mr. Foster’s associate director on his productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, 42nd Street, The Rocky Horror Show (x5!), Buddy (x3!), Guys and Dolls, Million Dollar Quartet (x5!) and National Pastime. He most recently co-produced Charles Busch’s latest play, The Confession of Lily Dare. He also has worked on the NYC premieres of Mr. Busch’s The Divine Sister, Judith of Bethulia, The Tribute Artist and Cleopatra. Also: numerous NYC readings, workshops, galas, benefits and concerts, including annually, Martha Plimpton’s Broadway Acts for Women and Julie Halston’s Broadway Belts for PFF.

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Josh Schmidt

Sound Designer, Witness for the Prosecution

At ISF: Love’s Labor’s Lost, Misery. As Composer/Co-Author – A Minister’s Wife (Lincoln Center), ADD1NG MACH1N3 (Minetta Lane), Whida Peru (59E59); Midwestern Gothic (Signature, VA); Gift of the Magi (American Players Theatre, WI). As Composer/Sound Designer –  New York: Therese Raquin (Roundabout/Studio 54), House of Blue Leaves (Walter Kerr)many others. Chicago: Steppenwolf, Goodman, Writers’ Theatre, many others. Regional: Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre, Cleveland Play House American Players Theatre, many others. Commissions: Metropolitan Opera, RKO, Groundswell, others. Teaching: UNLV, Harvard, Suffolk, many others. Member: ASCAP, TSDCA. Awards/recognition: Lortel, Outer Critics, Jeff, ASCAP, NEA/TCG.


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Matthew Webb

Sound Designer, The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar. Music Director, The Music Man

Nine seasons at ISF. As music director: Mamma Mia!, The Fantasticks, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, The Two Gentlemen of VeronaBat Boy, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. As sound designer: Macbeth and Hamlet.  As sound designer for Shakespearience: Julius Caesar, Much Ado about Nothing, and Macbeth. As music director for Great Lakes Theater: Forever Plaid, Guys and Dolls, and Sondheim on Sondheim. Matthew is music director of Music Theatre for Baldwin Wallace University.  Many thanks to Charlie, Vicky, Sara, and his wonderful parents.

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Gage Williams

Scenic Designer, Witness for the Prosecution

This is Gage’s twenty-fourth season with ISF. Recent productions include, Misery, The Fantasticks, Steel Magnolias, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has designed sets for notable regional theater and opera companies including Great Lakes Theater, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Childsplay, Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Opera. Television art director credits includes productions for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, HBO, Showtime, ESPN, Disney, VH-1, MTV.  He received a CableACE Award for his art direction of the Showtime network film Mastergate. He was featured set designer for the US Design Exhibit at the 1999, 2003, and 2019 Prague Quadrennial Stage Design Exposition.  He is a professor of theater at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and a member of USA/IATSE Local 829. MFA in stage design from Southern Methodist University.

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