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“A Starry Night” Performers


Stephen Colbert (C86)
,
who will host A Starry Night at CommFest 2018, is host, executive
producer, and writer of CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where
he debuted as host on September 8, 2015. An Emmy and Peabody
Award–winning host best known for his Comedy Central show The Colbert
Report, Colbert is also a best-selling author and accomplished actor,
writer, producer, and comedian.

On Sunday, September 17, 2017,
Colbert hosted the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS. The Late
Show received three Emmy nominations for outstanding variety series,
outstanding writing for a variety series, and outstanding directing for a
variety series. In addition, Colbert and his staff received three
nominations for the live election night special he hosted on Showtime.

From
its debut, The Colbert Report was a critical and cultural success,
winning two Peabody Awards and earning 37 Emmy Award nominations. The
series won the Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety, music, or
comedy program in 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2014. Prior to hosting The
Colbert Report, Colbert spent eight years as the longest-tenured
correspondent

on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The Late Show
has carried on this success, earning a 2016 Writers Guild Award
nomination for outstanding comedy/variety talk series.

Colbert
began his television career after graduating from Northwestern and
joining Chicago’s famed Second City improv troupe. It was there he met
Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello, with whom he created and starred in the
half-hour sketch comedy series Exit 57. The trio went on to create the
live-action narrative series and cult hit Strangers with Candy. Colbert
was also a cast member and writer for the variety series The Dana Carvey
Show and a writer for Saturday Night Live. His television acting
credits include guest roles on The Mindy Project, House of Cards, The
Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
Colbert is the executive producer of Showtime’s Our Cartoon President,
the half-hour animated series focused on the Trump White House that
premiered on February 11, 2018.

A celebrated author, Colbert
contributed to America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy
Inaction, which topped the New York Times bestseller list for 15
consecutive weeks. His first solo book, I Am America (And So Can
You!), spent 29 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in 2007,
debuting in and occupying the No. 1 spot for 13 weeks. His second book,
America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t, was released
in October 2012 and spent 17 consecutive weeks on the New York Times
bestseller list; for the audiobook he won a 2014 Grammy Award for best
spoken word album. In May 2012 Colbert released his first children’s
book, I Am a Pole (And So Can You!). He also coauthored the critically
acclaimed book Wigfield. In September 2017 Simon & Schuster released
Stephen Colbert’s Midnight Confessions, a book and audio edition
based on his popular “Midnight Confessions” segment on The Late Show.

In
2010 Colbert received three Emmy nominations and won a Grammy for best
comedy album for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!,
the album from his hour-long musical holiday special on The
Colbert Report. In 2011 Colbert starred as Harry in the New York
Philharmonic’s concert performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Company.

More
than an entertainer, Colbert has drawn on his comedic talents to
influence culture in extraordinary ways over the past decade. In 2011 he
was granted permission by the Federal Election Committee to organize
his own political action committee, Americans for a Better Tomorrow,
Tomorrow. In 2009 The Colbert Report traveled to Iraq on a USO tour
titled “Operation Iraqi Stephen: Going Commando” to perform shows for US
troops, becoming the first television program in USO history to produce
a full week of shows in a combat zone. In 2007 he launched a brief
presidential bid but withdrew after being denied a place on the ballot
of the South Carolina Democratic Party. The success of The Colbert
Report has allowed Colbert to lend his name to things such as the Ben
& Jerry’s ice cream flavor Americone Dream, the Virgin America jet
Air Colbert, and a NASA training device, the Combined Operational Load
Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT). Colbert Nation
sponsored the US speed skating team for the 2010 Olympics.

Raised
in South Carolina, Colbert currently lives in New Jersey with his wife
and three children. His birthday is May 13. Follow him on
Twitter @StephenAtHome.

Celebrity performers

Sharif Atkins (C97) was
most recently seen in a current recurring role on the new CBS series
Seal Team as well as a starring role in the Fox pilot Amy’s Brother.
Probably best known for his five memorable years as Dr. Michael Gallant
on the iconic television hit ER, he also starred as Clinton Jones for
six seasons on the USA original series White Collar. Atkins has
performed many memorable television roles in such series as The Good
Wife, House, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, Lucifer, Rizzoli & Isles,
Sleepy Hollow, Cold Case, Numb3rs, Hawai’i, The 4400, Eve, Chase,
Raising the Bar, and Close to Home. On film Atkins starred in the Warner
Brothers feature Preacher’s Kid and has appeared in the Marvel feature
Guardians of the Galaxy as well as various independent features,
including Open House, Brothers Blood, and Oceanus. Other notable film
appearances include All Nighter, Paved with Good Intentions, and Out of
Exile. Born in Pittsburgh, raised in Chicago, and educated at
Northwestern, Atkins began his career in Chicago theatre and then moved
to Los Angeles to pursue television and film. He made a triumphant
return to the stage to star as Clay in the Classical Theatre of
Harlem’s critically acclaimed 50th-anniversary production of Dutchman.

Paul Barrosse (C80) always
enjoyed telling a good joke while a kid growing up in Cleveland, Ohio.
His love of comedy led him to perform in the Mee-Ow Show, Northwestern’s
campus improv comedy revue, and then to cofound Evanston’s Practical
Theatre Company. The PTC opened a 42-seat storefront theater on Howard
Street in 1980, quickly gaining recognition for its comedy revues. This
resulted in an invitation from Second City owner Bernie Sahlins to
establish a 150-seat cabaret theatre adjacent to Second City. Six weeks
after it opened, the entire cast of the show—including Barrosse, Brad
Hall, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Gary Kroeger—was whisked away to Saturday
Night Live, kickstarting Barrosse’s long career as a comedian, writer,
television producer, and actor. Among his many television credits are
stints as head writer and performer on Fox TV’s Totally Hidden
Video, five years as head writer and supervising producer of VH1’s
landmark series Behind the Music, and the launch of such reality series
as TLC’s Little People, Big World and the Sundance Channel’s Push Girls.
Most recently he has written and produced the first three episodes of
the new A&E series Autobiography and went to South Korea in February
to help cover the Winter Olympics for NBC. Barrosse’s Chicago,
Evanston, and Northwestern ties run deep. At Northwestern he met his
wife, Victoria Zielinski—who also performed with the Practical Theatre
Company in the 1980s and is his primary comedy collaborator to this
day—as well as Dana Olsen, a fellow Mee-Ow Show veteran. Onstage, he and
his wife revived their comedy careers in 2010 with The Vic & Paul
Show, which they performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Cleveland. They
have since appeared with Dana Olsen in The Vic & Paul & Dana
Show, which debuted in Hollywood in 2015, and last year’s Mr. Olsen’s
Holiday Party at Studio5 in Evanston.

Craig Bierko (C86) and
his combination of leading-man good looks, mesmerizing charm, and
incredible acting range have seamlessly enabled the talented actor to
cross over among numerous productions on the big screen, television, and
theatre. Bierko currently stars as series regular Chet Wilton in UnReal
for Lifetime. He most recently appeared in Fair Market Value and
Equity. Bierko’s other motion pictures credits include Anthony Fabian’s
feature Louder than Words, The Change Up (Universal), The Three Stooges
(20th Century Fox), Scary Movie 4 (Weinstein/Disney), Christopher
Guest’s For Your Consideration, Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man (Universal),
and Renny Harlin’s Long Kiss Goodnight and Fear and Loathing in Las
Vegas (Universal). On stage Bierko appeared in the New York
Philharmonic’s 2012 performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, directed
by Lonny Price. He also starred as Sky Masterson in Des McAnuff’s
Tony-nominated Broadway production of Guys and Dolls and as Professor
Harold Hill in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Meredith
Wilson’s The Music Man, for which he received nominations for the Tony
Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Drama League
Award and won the Theater World Award. Bierko’s other television credits
include major roles in the Farrelly Brothers’ sitcom Unhitched (FBC)
and David E. Kelley’s Boston Legal (ABC). Additionally, he has made
guest appearances on Damages (FX), The Good Wife (CBS), Necessary
Roughness (USA), and Sex and the City (HBO).

Stephanie D’Abruzzo (C93) is
a Tony- and Drama Desk–nominated actress best known for her work in the
original New York company of Avenue Q. She has graced the stage on,
off-, and off-off-Broadway and has performed in countless readings,
workshops, concerts, cabarets, and benefits in such venues as Town Hall,
Carnegie Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. Since 1993, when she began
freelancing with the Jim Henson Company as a Muppet performer, she has
performed more than 400 puppet or animated characters for film and
television. Her career highlights as a puppeteer include 23 seasons of
Sesame Street as well as Oobi, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, and
several appearances on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Most recently
she played Peri and was the puppeteer captain for the Netflix series
Julie’s Greenroom, starring Julie Andrews. D’Abruzzo’s voiceover credits
include Nature Cat, Wallykazam!, Sheep in the Big City, and a myriad of
promos, commercials, video games, inter active products, demos,
industrials, educational tools, and preschool audiobooks. Her other work
ranges from guest starring in the musical episode of Scrubs to
pondering pop culture in VH1’s I Love the 70s Part II/I Love the 80s 3-D
to being a celebrity player on the game show Pyramid, where she helped
her contestants win $20,000. In 2015 she singlehandedly made nine short
episodes of Chimpy and Pansy, an original stop-motion web series.
Stephanie has produced and edited several video compilation reels for
the Jim Henson Legacy’s screening series and assisted in editing many
presentations for the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York.
She also coproduced and coedited all of the exhibit reels in the new
Henson Wing at Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts. A former Burger King
Employee of the Month, D’Abruzzo resides in New York City with her
husband, 1988 Northwestern graduate and Emmy-nominated producer, editor,
and writer Craig Shemin.

Nancy Dussault (BSM57) is
an Emmy Award–winning and two-time Tony Award-nominated singer and
actress with an exceptional stage and screen career that has spanned
nearly 60 years. Her television credits include her starring role as
Muriel Rush in Too Close for Comfort as well as The New Dick Van Dyke
Show and dozens more appearances on series ranging from The Ed Sullivan
Show to Alias. On stage she made her New York debut off-Broadway in The
Boyfriend. On Broadway she played Maria in The Sound of Music and the
Witch in Into the Woods and garnered Tony Award nominations for Do Re Mi
and Bajour. Her other New York stage credits include Side by Side by
Sondheim, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Trelawny of the Wells at Joseph
Papp’s Public Theatre, and Street Scene, The Cradle Will Rock, and The
Mikado at New York City Opera. Last September she appeared at New York’s
54 Below in her one-woman show “My Life…Upon the Wicked Stage.”
Dussault and David Hartman were the original cohosts of ABC’s Good
Morning America. She helped initiate the musical theatre program at
UCLA, where she taught for six years and continues to serve as a vocal
coach. As a music school student at Northwestern, she frequently starred
in School of Communication stage productions. In 1980 she was a member
of the celebrity cast of Northwestern’s nationally televised celebration
“The Way They Were.” Dussault was the recipient of the Alumnae of
Northwestern University’s 1990 Alumnae Award and a 2003 Northwestern
Alumni Association Alumni Merit Award.

Gregg Edelman (C80)
has earned four Tony Award nominations as well as numerous other
honors, including the Drama Desk Award. Since his first Broadway
appearance in Evita, Edelman has gone on to star in such Broadway
productions as City of Angels, 1776, Into the Woods, Anything Goes,
Falsettos, Wonderful Town, and Cabaret. Recent acting credits include
Sweeney Todd, Death Trap, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Black Tie, and
Twelve Angry Men. His directing credits include Constellations, Arsenic
and Old Lace, and the new musical Night without a Moon. He is currently
in preproduction for the new play Coming Back Like a Song at the
Berkshire Theatre Festival. Film credits include Little Children, Jane
Wants a Boyfriend, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Spiderman 2, Liberal Arts,
and Green Card. His numerous television appearances include 30 Rock,
Shades of Blue, Brainstorm, Braindead, Madam Secretary, and all
the Law and Order series (and no list would be complete without
mentioning the time he spent as the voice of the peanut M&M). His
concert work has given him the opportunity to appear with major
orchestras of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago, among many
others. His 17 recordings of Broadway shows include City of Angels,
Wonderful Town, 1776, Into the Woods, On the Town, Cabaret, and
Anything Goes.

Daniele Gaither (C93)
has appeared in The Thundermans (Nickelodeon), Uncle Buck (ABC),
Transparent, Table 58 (Amazon Prime), Bojack Horseman (Netflix), Mike
Tyson Mysteries, Key & Peele, Chocolate News, Reno, 911! (Comedy
Central), Family Guy, American Dad, MADtv (Fox), The Soul Man (TV Land),
2 Broke Girl$ (CBS), Real Husbands of Hollywood (BET), Greek (ABC
Family), Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (TBS), The Rerun Show, Tucker
(NBC), and Hype (WB). Her stage credits include The Black Version (Largo
Los Angeles, Groundlings Theatre), Meet & Greet (Theatre Asylum),
227: The Lost Episodes (Second City, Hollywood), and the Groundlings
Company (Groundlings Theatre).

Frank Galati (C65, GC67, GC71)
was a full-time faculty member of the School of Communication’s
Department of Performance Studies from 1970 to 2005, when he became
professor emeritus. He has won 10 Joseph Jefferson Awards for his work
in Chicago theater and has directed at Lyric Opera of Chicago and the
Metropolitan Opera. A member of the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble since
1986, Galati won two Tony Awards for adapting and directing
Steppenwolf’s production of “The Grapes of Wrath.” He also was
nominated for a Tony for directing the musical “Ragtime” and was
nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay (with Lawrence Kasdan)
of “The Accidental Tourist.” Galati has been inducted into the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is currently an associate
artist at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.

Ana Gasteyer (C89)
is best known for her incomparable work on Saturday Night Live.
Currently she is starring in two critically acclaimed television series:
Netflix’s Lady Dynamite (opposite Maria Bamford) and TBS’s People of
Earth. She also has recurring roles on NBC’s Great News and ABC’s hit
comedy The Goldbergs, currently in its fifth season. Last year Gasteyer
dazzled in her first residency at New York City’s famed Café Carlyle,
where she performed an eclectic range of covers and reimagined classics
from her rapturously reviewed jazz album, I’m Hip. Her other television
credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Good Wife, Suburgatory, Girls,
and Law & Order as well as A Christmas Story Live! and Grease
Live!, which debuted to record ratings on Fox. On the big screen,
Gasteyer has starred in Mean Girls, What Women Want, The Women, and
Dick, among others. On stage, Gasteyer has appeared in the Encores!
Off-Center production of A New Brain and on Broadway in The Rocky Horror
Picture Show and The Royal Family in addition to starring as Elphaba in
Wicked.

Kathryn Hahn (C95)
has enjoyed a career full of memorable roles, with her versatility in
both comedy and drama making her one of Hollywood’s most sought-after
actresses. She can currently be seen with Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott,
and Tim Heidecker in Max Winkler’s indie coming-of-age film Flower. She
also stars with Paul Giamatti in Tamara Jenkins’s Private Life, which
premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and will debut on Netflix.
Recently Hahn costarred with Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell in Jon Lucas
and Scott Moore’s holiday-themed film A Bad Moms Christmas, a followup
to her starring role in Bad Moms. Previously Hahn was seen
opposite Kevin Bacon in Jill Soloway’s Amazon comedy I Love Dick.
Additionally, Hahn costarred in the third season of Soloway’s
Emmy-nominated Amazon original series Transparent; for her portrayal of
Raquel Fein, she received a 2017 Emmy Award nomination for outstanding
supporting actress in a comedy series. Film credits include Matt Ross’s
Captain Fantastic with Viggo Mortensen; Steven Brill’s The Do-Over with
Adam Sandler and David Spade; Peter Bogdanovich’s She’s Funny That Way
with Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, and Jennifer Aniston; Rawson Marshall
Thurber’s We’re the Millers with Aniston and Jason Sudeikis; Brad Bird’s
Tomorrowland with George Clooney; The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,
starring and directed by Ben Stiller; M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit;
Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel’s The D Train; Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I
Leave You; and Jason Bateman’s Bad Words. Hahn also starred in
Soloway’s Afternoon Delight, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film
Festival and garnered her a 2013 Gotham Award nomination as breakthrough
actor. Other feature film credits include David Wain’s Wanderlust,
Jesse Peretz’s Our Idiot Brother, James Brooks’s How Do You Know, Neal
Brennan’s The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, Sam Mendes’s Revolutionary
Road, Adam McKay’s Step Brothers, Robert Shaye’s The Last Mimzy, Nancy
Meyers’s The Holiday, and Adam McKay’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron
Burgundy. Additional television credits include Showtime’s dark comedy
Happyish opposite Steve Coogan as well as roles on NBC’s Crossing
Jordan, Four Kings, Hung, and Free Agents. Hahn was seen in a guest
starring arc on NBC’s hit series Parks & Recreation as well as
HBO’s Newsroom and Girls. She also has lent her voice to the FX
animated series Chozen and Fox’s Bob’s Burgers and American Dad! Hahn
made her Broadway debut with Bradley Whitford, Gina Gershon, Mary
McCormack, Christine Baranski, and Mark Rylance in Boeing-Boeing, which
won the 2008 Tony Award for best revival of a play. Her theatre credits
also include Dead End at the Ahmanson Theater and Huntington Theater
Company, Ten Unknowns at Huntington, Hedda Gabler at Bay Street Theatre,
and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chaucer in Rome, and Camino Real for
Williamstown Theatre Festival mainstage. Hahn received her bachelor’s
degree from Northwestern and her MFA from the Yale School of Drama,
where she appeared onstage in Othello and The Birds.

Heather Headley (C97)
has been hailed by Billboard as “among the top singers, with a vocal
that absolutely astounds with its intensity” and “one of the great
entertainers of the day, on record and on stage.” The Tony and
Grammy Award winner considers her multifaceted career a blessing. She
was born and spent most of her childhood on the beautiful Caribbean
island of Trinidad. In the early 1990s the family moved to the United
States, where her love for the arts continued to grow. In 1997
Headley won the role of Nala in the original Broadway cast of Elton John
and Tim Rice’s hit Tony-winning musical The Lion King. While still in
that production, she was cast in the title role of the writing duo’s
next Broadway venture, Aida. Her portrayal of the Nubian princess won
critical praise as well as the Tony Award for best actress in a
musical, the Drama Desk Award for outstanding actress in a musical, and
other prestigious awards. That year she was listed as one of People
magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and Essence magazine’s “30 Women
to Watch.” In 2012 Headley made a triumphant, critically acclaimed
return to the stage as star of The Bodyguard in London’s West End, where
she gained a new overseas fan base. To the delight of audiences and
critics, Headley returned to Broadway in 2016 to star as Shug Avery in
the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple. Headley’s 2002 debut album
on RCA Records, This Is Who I Am, earned her numerous accolades,
including Grammy nominations for best new artist and best female R&B
vocal performance; the songs “He Is” and “I Wish I Wasn’t” both emerged
as top-five R&B and dance chart hits. Headley returned in
2006 with In My Mind, her long-awaited second solo album. As a single,
the opening title tune became Heather’s first number one hit, topping
the dance and R&B charts. In 2009 Headley released Audience of One,
for which she won the Grammy for best contemporary R&B gospel album.
Her 2012 album Only One in the World features songs written by Headley
as well as covers of some of her favorite songs.

Kyle Heffner (C79)
is a Chicago-born actor who has been featured in high-profile film and
television programming since 1982. Among Heffner’s many credits are the
films Young Doctors in Love, Flashdance, and When Harry Met Sally and
the television series Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Like many
fellow Northwestern alumni, Heffner received his “big break” from Garry
Marshall, who cast him in Young Doctors in Love in 1982.

Marg Helgenberger (C82),
an Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee, is currently starring
off-Broadway in the WP Theatre’s What We’re Up Against. Last seen guest
starring on the CBS series Under the Dome, she starred in Washington,
DC., in the Arena Stage’s 2016 production of The Little Foxes and in
Massachusetts in Barrington Stage Company’s 2014 production of The Other
Place. Previously she costarred in the CBS drama series Intelligence,
also starring Josh Holloway. In 2013 she ended her 12th season of CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation, for which she earned two Emmy nominations.
Helgenberger starred with Kevin Costner in MGM’s psychological thriller
Mr. Brooks and with Julia Roberts in the Universal hit drama Erin
Brockovich. She also starred as Patsy Ramsey in the highly rated CBS
miniseries Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, based on the best-selling book
about the unsolved murder of Jon Benet Ramsey. Helgenberger appeared in
two original telepictures for Showtime—Thanks of a Grateful Nation and,
with Ann-Margret, Happy Face Murders. Her breakout role as K.C. on China
Beach won her a 1990 Emmy Award. In 1997 she guest starred on a
four-episode arc on ER playing George Clooney’s love interest. Her other
television credits include Murder Live with David Morse and Teri Garr,
Stephen King’s highly rated miniseries The Tommyknockers, a Tom
Hanks–directed episode of Showtime’s Fallen Angels, The Gold Coast
opposite David Caruso, and the Oscar-nominated short film Partners,
directed by Peter Weller. On the feature film side, Helgenberger starred
in Species opposite Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, and Forest Whitaker
as well as in Species II. Other film credits include In Good Company
with Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson, Fire Down Below with Steven
Seagal, The Last Time I Committed Suicide with Keanu Reeves, My Fellow
Americans with Jack Lemmon and James Garner, Cowboy Way with Woody
Harrelson, Bad Boys with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, Always with
Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss, and Crooked Hearts with Peter Berg
and Noah Wyle. Growing up in North Bend, Nebraska, Helgenberger acted in
school plays, but it was not until she attended Northwestern that she
thought of acting as a career. While there she appeared on stage as
Kate in The Taming of the Shrew and as Blanche in A Streetcar
Named Desire. After graduating she was cast on the ABC-TV daytime drama
Ryan’s Hope. While in New York she also worked with the children’s
theatre company TADA! Helgenberger lives in Los Angeles.

Laura Innes (C79),
actress and director, is best known for her portrayal of Dr. Kerry
Weaver on NBC’s ER. As the longest-appearing cast member in the history
of the show, she was nominated for two Emmy Awards, received five
nominations from Viewers for Quality Television, and won three SAG
Awards as part of the ER ensemble. She subsequently starred on The Event
and played a recurring role on Awake, both for NBC. Innes began her
directing career on ER and has gone on to direct episodes of The Affair,
How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters,
Awake, and Studio 60. Upcoming directing projects include Mercy Street
for PBS and Sneaky Pete. She also directed for The West Wing, receiving
an Emmy nomination as best director of a drama series. After
launching her theatre career starring as Stella opposite John Malkovich
in A Streetcar Named Desire at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater, Innes
starred in the world premiere production of David Mamet’s Edmund, in Two
Shakespearean Actors opposite Eric Stoltz at Lincoln Center, as Emily
in Our Town opposite Campbell Scott at Seattle Repertory Theater, and as
Olga in Three Sisters at La Jolla Playhouse. Among her other
illustrious theatrical collaborators are Daniel Sullivan, Robert Falls,
Gregory Mosher, Des McAnuff, and Christopher Durang.

Brian D’Arcy James (C90)
currently stars in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. He can soon be
seen starring with Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, and Kyle
Chandler in Universal Pictures’ First Man, directed by Damien Chazelle,
as well as On the Basis of Sex for Focus Features opposite Felicity
Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, and Kathy Bates. James is
also seen in two films premiering at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival:
Song of Back and Neck, directed by Paul Lieberstein, and All These Small
Moments, opposite Molly Ringwald and Jemima Kirke. Other recent feature
credits include Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game,
opposite Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain; Stephen King’s 1922, directed
by Zak Hilditch; Peter Landesman’s Silent Man with Liam Neeson; Theresa
Rebeck’s Trouble with Anjelica Huston; and Danny Strong’s J. D. Salinger
biopic Rebel in the Rye with Nicholas Hoult. In 2016 James starred with
Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams as Matt Carroll in
Spotlight, winner of the 2016 Best Picture Oscar and the SAG Award,
Critics Choice Award, Gotham Award, and Independent Spirit Robert Altman
Award for best ensemble. James is also a celebrated stage actor who has
received three Tony nominations for his performances as Nick Bottom in
the hit musical Something Rotten, Shrek in Shrek The Musical (for which
he won the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards), and Sidney Falco
in Sweet Smell of Success. In 2015 James originated the role of King
George in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton off-Broadway, and last year he
returned to the role on Broadway. Additional Broadway credits include
his turn as Banquo opposite Ethan Hawke in the Lincoln Center production
of Macbeth, costarring with Laura Linney in Time Stands Still, and
starring in the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical Next to Normal. As a
concert artist James has performed worldwide, notably at the White
House, Madison Square Garden, and Carnegie Hall.

Adam Kantor (C08) appeared
on Broadway last fall in Itamar Moses and David Yazbek’s
critically acclaimed new musical The Band’s Visit, directed by
David Cromer. Shortly after its opening, Kantor headlined at Carnegie
Hall with the New York Pops, alongside Betsy Wolfe. Previous Broadway
credits include Motel in the revival of Fiddler on the Roof,
directed by Bartlett Sher; Mark in the final year of Rent, directed
by School of Communication alumnus Michael Greif, and in Sony
Pictures’ Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway; and Henry in Next to
Normal, also directed by Greif. Off-Broadway, Kantor played
Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q and Jamie in Second Stage’s
production of The Last Five Years, directed by its writer, Jason
Robert Brown. At the Old Globe he played Proteus in Two Gentlemen
of Verona, directed by Mark Lamos, and Jeff in the world premiere of
Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter’s Nobody Loves You. Kantor played Eddie
in the world-premiere production of Sheryl Crow and Barry
Levinson’s Diner, directed by Kathleen Marshall. Television credits
include Showtime’s Billions and CBS’s The Good Wife.
Kantor cofounded the nonprofit arts organization Broadway in South
Africa, which provides arts education to underprivileged youth in South
African townships. He also cofounded the interactive immersive dinner
series Story Course. After graduating from Northwestern, Kantor studied
at the British American Drama Academy. Fun fact: he made his Broadway
debut in Rent while still a senior at Northwestern.

Richard Kind (C78),
a Drama Desk Award winner and Tony nominee for the Broadway hit The Big
Knife, is an accomplished stage, screen, and television actor who
continues to redefine the term character actor. Kind has appeared in
Argo, winner of the 2013 Academy Award for best picture, and starred as
Bing Bong in the hit Pixar film Inside Out. He is starring in the hit
Amazon series Red Oaks, now filming its second season. Kind played a
starring role in The Hereafter, directed by Clint Eastwood, and his role
as Uncle Arthur in A Serious Man won critical acclaim worldwide. His
many additional film credits include All We Had, The Lennon Report, The
Paper Store, The Visitor, and The Station Agent as well as voicing
characters in A Bug’s Life and Cars. On television, in addition to his
infamous roles on Spin City and Mad About You and guest appearances on
numerous shows, Kind starred in the acclaimed HBO series Luck, played a
recurring role on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and currently has recurring
roles on Fox’s Gotham and Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here. On stage he has
starred regionally in Candide and Bounce and on Broadway in The Tale of
the Allergist’s Wife and the smash hit musical The Producers, among
others. Kind started his career in Chicago with the Practical Theatre
Company, founded by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hall, and Gary Kroeger.

Gary Kroeger (C81)
was an actor and writer on Saturday Night Live for four seasons. Among
his other acting credits are the television series Hidden Hills, Curb
Your Enthusiasm, and Murder, She Wrote and the films The Big Picture,
Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again, A Man Called Sarge, and Radioland
Murders. In addition to hosting Fox’s Comic Strip Live and revivals of
The Newlywed Game and Beat the Clock, he was the announcer for Whammy!
The All-New Press Your Luck and a revival of Card Sharks.

Harry Lennix (C86)
has been seen in such films as The Five Heartbeats, Comfortably Numb,
Get on the Bus, Love & Basketball, Titus, Ray, Across the Universe,
Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Stomp the Yard, State of Play, and The
Matrix series. On television he currently costars as Harold Cooper on
the NBC drama The Blacklist. Previous TV credits include roles on the
series Commander in Chief, Dollhouse, Diagnosis: Murder, 24, and ER. For
his starring performance as Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., in the Showtime
television film Keep the Faith, Baby, Lennix won a Black Reel Award and
was nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Satellite
Award. As a stage actor in Chicago, Lennix was the first recipient of an
Ollie Award for his portrayal of Malcolm X at Chicago’s Goodman Theater
and won Joseph Jefferson Awards for his roles in Ma Rainey’s
Black Bottom and Caught in the Act. He made his Broadway debut in August
Wilson’s Tony-nominated play Radio Golf and starred in Wilson’s King
Hedley II at Los Angeles’s Mark Taper Forum. His credits as a stage
director include The Glass Menagerie for Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater
Company and the stage version of The Five Heartbeats, which
received three NAACP Theater Award nominations.

J.P. Manoux (C91)
has appeared in more than 150 different projects for film and
television, including Scary Movie 5, EuroTrip, How I Met Your Mother,
Phil of the Future, and ER. He was the voice of Kuzco in Disney’s The
Emperor’s New School and played Green Grapes in seven years of
commercials selling underpants for Fruit of the Loom. His vanity license
plate is IMDB ME.

Stephanie March (C96)
is an actor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Best known for her role
as Alex Cabot on the hit TV series Law & Order: SVU and most
recently star of Adult Swim’s Neon Joe, March has also appeared in 30
Rock, Happy Endings, Rescue Me, Grey’s Anatomy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith,
The Treatment, Predisposed, and Innocence and has been seen onstage in
critically acclaimed revivals of Death of a Salesman, Talk Radio,
and Boys’ Life. She cofounded the makeup salon Rouge with her longtime
Law & Order: SVU makeup artist Rebecca Perkins. Mach spends
significant time traveling globally in her capacity as an activist for
causes benefiting women and education. She has served on the board of
Planned Parenthood Global, the advisory board of OneKid OneWorld, and
for five years on the board of directors of Safe Horizon. March is the
celebrity ambassador for the World of Children Award and an advocate for
Planned Parenthood. She currently resides in Manhattan with her
husband, Dan Benton, and her Maine coon, Taco Cat

Seth Meyers (C96, H16)
(special video appearance) is an Emmy Award–winning writer and the
current host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. In 2014 Meyers was named to
the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people. Host
of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2014, he was nominated for a 2017
Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety series. Meyers began his
television career in 2001 with Saturday Night Live, where he was a cast
member for 13 seasons, head writer for nine seasons, and “Weekend
Update” anchor for eight seasons. In 2011 Meyers won the Emmy for
outstanding original music and lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s
musical monologue. Meyers has also garnered 14 additional Emmy
nominations for television writing. After graduating from Northwestern,
Meyers studied and performed at Chicago’s iO Theatre before moving on to
Amsterdam’s Boom Chicago Theater. His acclaimed show Pick-ups and
Hiccups with partner Jill Benjamin toured Europe and eventually caught
the eye of SNL. Meyers also executive produced and lent his voice to
Hulu’s animated superhero show The Awesomes, which ran for three
seasons. In addition, Meyers has joined forces with SNL alumni Fred
Armisen and Bill Hader to create IFC’s Emmy-nominated docuparody series
Documentary Now! Meyers hosted the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN and
headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner to
rave reviews. He currently resides in New York City.

Dermot Mulroney (C85)
played a breakout role in the 1988 western Young Guns and has gone on
to appear in such films as Longtime Companion, Point of No Return,
Copycat, My Best Friend’s Wedding, About Schmidt, Where the Day Takes
You, Living in Oblivion, The Wedding Date, Georgia Rule, The Grey, and
the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs. On television he has played recurring roles
on such series as New Girl, Enlightened, Shameless, and Pure
Genius. In addition, Mulroney is an accomplished cellist who has played
on the soundtracks of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Trek:
Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol, and other
films.

Dana Olsen (C80)
is a screenwriter, actor, and producer. His writing credits include the
films George of the Jungle, The ’Burbs, Inspector Gadget, Memoirs of an
Invisible Man, Wacko, and Going Berserk. Olsen is cocreator,
co-executive producer, and a principal writer for the Nickelodeon series
Henry Danger.

Tony Roberts (C61)
made his Broadway debut in 1962 in the play Something About a Soldier.
For writer/director Woody Allen he has appeared in the films Annie Hall,
Radio Days, Stardust Memories, Hannah and Her Sisters, and A Midsummer
Night’s Sex Comedy as well as both the Broadway and film versions of
Play It Again, Sam (directed by Herbert Ross) and Allen’s segment for
The Concert for New York City. Roberts’s film appearances also include
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Serpico, Just Tell Me What You Want,
Amityville 3-D, and The Longest Week. His Broadway credits include
Barefoot in the Park, Promises, Promises, Murder at the Howard
Johnson’s, Sugar, The Sisters Rosensweig, They’re Playing Our Song,
Victor/Victoria, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Arsenic and Old Lace,
Cabaret, Xanadu, and How Now, Dow Jones. He also played Buddy in
Follies at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse. On television Roberts has
appeared in numerous series, including The Carol Burnett Show, Matlock,
Rosetti and Ryan, The Love Boat, and Law & Order. In 1980 he
was a member of the celebrity cast of Northwestern’s nationally
televised celebration “The Way They Were.

Kimberly Williams-Paisley (C93)
continues to garner praise for her dramatic and comedic roles in
feature film and television. Recently seen starring in Alvin and the
Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Williams-Paisley first lit up the screen as
the radiant young bride in the comedy features Father of the Bride and
Father of the Bride Part II. She went on to costar as Dana in the
eight-season run of ABC-TV’s According to Jim, a comedy series for which
she directed three episodes. She has starred in such films as How to
Eat Fried Worms, the Warner Bros. feature We Are Marshall, and the
independent feature Undiscovered Gyrl, costarring Christian Slater and
Martin Sheen. On television she starred as Peggy Kenter on the hit ABC
drama Nashville and in Lifetime Network’s Amish Grace.
Williams-Paisley’s other television credits include starring in and
coproducing ABC Family’s Lucky Seven and Lifetime Movies’ original
feature Identity Theft. She costarred in CBS’s The Christmas Shoes,
ABC’s Relativity, the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom, and Hallmark
Hall of Fame’s Follow the Stars Home. Williams-Paisley also wrote,
directed, and costarred in the short film Shade, winner of the Heartland
Film Festival’s Vision Award for best festival short, among other
awards. Her second short, Numero Dos, premiered at the Nashville Film
Festival. Williams-Paisley made her Broadway debut in the Tony
Award–winning The Last Night of Ballyhoo and has appeared on stage in
The Vagina Monologues in New York and Los Angeles, All in the Timing at
the Geffen Playhouse, and Speed the Plow on London’s West End. Also an
accomplished writer, Williams-Paisley has written articles published in
In Style and New You magazines as well as the yearlong column “My Life
as a New Wife” for Redbook. She and her father, Gurney Williams,
coauthored the children’s book Henry and the Hidden Veggie Garden. Asa
result of her acclaimed and influential Redbook feature “Is My Mother
Gone?,” Williams-Paisley began working closely with the Alzheimer’s
Association of America, and her memoir Where the Light Gets In: Losing
My Mother Only to Find Her Again was published by Crown Archetype in
2016. For Nashville Public Television, Williams-Paisley hosted the
critically acclaimed series NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis, which
won a Midsouth Regional Emmy. She is actively involved with Live
Beyond, which works to improve the lives of the people of Thomazeau,
Haiti; the organization’s recent clean water initiative aims to provide
over 200,000 people with clean water. A member of the Entertainment
Council for Feeding America, she is also associated with St.
Jude’s Hospital and the XP Foundation.

Student performer

Lucy Godínez (C18) is
an actress and singer. Her Chicago acting credits include In the
Heights (Nina, Porchlight Music Theatre) Hair (Jeannie, Mercury Theatre
Chicago), and West Side Story (Maria, Court Theater Gala 2018). A
current Northwestern University senior studying musical theatre and
Latino/a Studies, Godinez’s favorite Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for
the Performing Arts credits include Green Day’s American Idiot
(Extraordinary Girl), Urinetown (Pennywise), and the 86th Annual Waa-Mu
Show: Beyond Belief. She can be seen in this year’s Waa-Mu Show:
Manhattan Miracle and as Serena in Legally Blonde at the Paramount
Theater coming this Fall. She is proudly represented by Stewart Talent.

Artistic staff

Don Weiner (C79) (executive producer)
is a producer and director who earned his first television credit 38
years ago working on the first School of Communication gala, “The Way
They Were.” His credits include some of America’s most popular and
critically acclaimed television shows, such as So You Think You Can
Dance, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, and Magic’s Secrets Finally
Revealed. He is currently the director of the NBCUniversal daily talk
show Steve as well as the executive producer and director of Showtime at
the Apollo, the iconic weekly variety show that ran in syndication for
20 years and has now been revived in prime time on Fox.

RAC Clark (C78) (co-executive producer)
is an Emmy-nominated producer who has overseen thousands of hours of
television programming as an executive producer and producer of
live-event programming and reality, competition, and game shows. Clark
recently completed production on Grammy Red Carpet Live! and Elton John:
I’m Still Standing—A Grammy Salute as well as the 53rd Academy of
Country Music Awards, which this year returned to the MGM Grand Garden
Arena in Las Vegas. Clark has produced the ACM Awards live on CBS since
1999; the 50th, in 2015, was held at AT&T Stadium, setting a
Guinness Book of World Records mark as the largest award-show audience.
Over the past three years Clark has executive-produced Miss Universe and
Miss USA pageants as well as One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert for
Disaster Relief; Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee
Gees; ACM Honors; ACM Presents: Superstar Duets; Stevie Wonder: Songs in
the Key of Life—An All- Star Grammy Salute; Shining a Light: A Concert
for Progress on Race in America; Sinatra 100: An All- Star Grammy
Concert; and Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. In 2014 Clark
executive-produced the Hollywood Film Awards; ACM Presents: An
All- Star Salute to the Troops; MDA Show of Strength Telethon; and
Emmy-nominated specials in six categories, including The Night That
Changed America: The Beatles—A Grammy Salute, nominated for outstanding
variety special. His other recent executive producer credits include Tim
McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night; the 2013 Inaugural Balls and
Commander-in-Chief Ball for the Presidential Inaugural Committee;
Healing in the Heartland; 2013 MDA Show of Strength; 2013 Hollywood Film
Awards; The Million Second Quiz; Lionel Richie and Friends: In Concert;
Girls’ Night Out: The Superstar Women of Country; Brooks and
Dunn:
The Last Rodeo; and George Strait: ACM Artist of the Decade. Additional
credits include the Academy of Country Music’s 40th-anniversary
celebration, 165 episodes of Prime Time Country for Nashville Network,
and the NBC special Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas. He also
produced live satellite remotes of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin
for the American Music Awards on ABC. Born in Philadelphia and
raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Clark now lives in Santa Rosa Valley,
California, with his wife, Eve Adair, and their daughter, Sophia Renee.

Dave Harding (C78, MSJ79) (co-executive producer)
is an award-winning film and television producer and production
executive associated with the Academy Award–nominated Encounters at the
End of the World. His other credits include The Grizzly Man, The U.S.
vs. John Lennon, Leonard Cohen—I’m Your Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams,
and most recently Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. Harding
recently produced “This Is Bob Hope…” for American Masters on PBS and
the feature documentary Sergio Mendes: The Boy from Niteroi. A
three-time Emmy nominee and an Emmy winner for Wage Slaves: Not Getting
By in America, he produced or supervised more than a thousand hours of
documentary and non-fiction television programs while executive vice
president of the indie powerhouse Creative Differences.

Peter Flynn (C87) (stage director)
is a New York City–based director, producer, and teacher. His most
recent directing credits include the off-Broadway musical Curvy Widow by
Bobby Goldman and Drew Brody at the Westside Theatre; Ragtime (for
which he is nominated for a Helen Hayes Award) at Ford’s Theatre
in Washington, DC; and Born Yesterday, starring Andréa Burns, at the
Maltz Jupiter Theatre. His New York credits include Chess with Josh
Groban, Adam Pascal, and Julia Murney; Funny Girl with Whoopi
Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, and Sutton Foster; the 75th-anniversary
performance of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town with Adriane Lenox, B. D.
Wong, and S. Epatha Merkerson; On the Twentieth Century with Douglas
Sills and Marin Mazzie; Skippyjon Jones and Junie B. Jones (nominated
for two Lucille Lortel Awards, including best musical); and Rhapsody in
Seth starring Seth Rudetsky. Other credits include Andrea Martin’s
one-woman show, Andrea Martin: Final Days! Everything Must Go!; the
world premiere of Willy Holtzman’s Smart Blonde at Pittsburgh’s City
Theatre (transferring off-Broadway in spring 2019); Katori Hall’s The
Mountaintop; Gypsy at the Muny in St. Louis; 1776 and The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee for Ford’s Theatre; and Man of La Mancha, for
which he won the South Florida Carbonell Award for best direction, at
the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. As a producer, Flynn is a partner in
Mainspring Arts Cooperative, a not-for-profit organization that produces
and presents national tours at regional the-aters, most recently
Tectonic Theater Project’s premiere of Uncommon Sense at the Sheen
Center in New York. Other projects in development with M.A.C. include
Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me by Alan Schmuckler (C05) and David Holstein
(C04) and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin by Kirsten
Childs.

Shelly Goldstein (C79) (head writer)
has written and produced for film, television, animation, and stage for
every major US studio and network as well as for productions in Canada,
Europe, and Asia. She is currently writing episodes for China’s first
English-language fantasy-drama, Age of Heroes. Garry Marshall saw her
comedy revue Broad’s Side at Northwestern and later her play Coming
Attractions, which ran for two years in Chicago. He then brought
Goldstein to Los Angeles and put her under contract as a sitcom writer
at Paramount. She wrote the Emmy-nominated PBS special Chicago Voices
and has polished screenplays for Steve Martin, Francis Ford Coppola,
Steven Spielberg, and others. Cocreator of the animated musi-cal series
Shelldon (NBC) and Flying with Byrd (Asia), she has written scripts,
lyrics, and special material for such artists as Lily Tomlin, Barbra
Streisand, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jane Lynch, Larry Wilmore, Quincy
Jones, Craig Ferguson, and Yoko Ono. Her one-woman shows have played in
L.A., London, and Dublin, and she costarred in the British film The
Riddle opposite Sir Derek Jacobi and Vanessa Redgrave. She was wildly
happy to reunite with former Mee-Ow castmates Dana Olsen, Victoria
Zielinski, and Paul Barrosse in the original comedy revues Mr. Olsen’s
Neighborhood and Mr. Olsen’s Champagne Celebration and directed the
first Vic & Paul Show.

Doug Peck (WCAS03) (music director)
is a Los Angeles–based multigenre musical director, pianist, conductor,
orchestrator, arranger, vocal teacher and coach, and educator. He has
appeared in concert with such artists as Renée Fleming, Michelle
Williams, Lupe Fiasco, Jessie Mueller, Shemekia Copeland, John
Prine, André DeShields, Heather Headley, Ernestine Jackson,
Sylvia McNair, Rod Gilfry, and George Hearn. Peck conducted the
original full orchestration of Carousel at the Glimmerglass Festival and
created new Indian-jazz fusion arrangements and orchestrations for the
stage version of Disney’s The Jungle Book as seen in Chicago and Boston.
Musical supervisor for the hit off-Broadway musical Ride the Cyclone,
Peck has won six Joseph Jefferson Awards for musical direction as well
as two After Dark Awards, the Guy Adkins Award, the Actors Equity Spirit
of Diversity Award, and the Sarah Siddons Award. He is cocreator of the
Goodman Theatre’s unique free musical theatre program for talented high
school students who would not otherwise have access to conservatory
training. His collaborations with Tony Award–winning director Mary
Zimmerman include The Jungle Book, Wonderful Town at the Goodman, a new
production of Guys and Dolls for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Los
Angeles’s Wallis Annenberg Center, and a celebrated revision of Candide
seen in Chicago, Washington, and Boston. Peck can be heard on the
recordings Bright Young People: The Songs of Noël Coward and Stephen
Flaherty and Frank Galati’s Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude
Stein. Peck has also presented Assassins and Follies in concert, A Night
at the Oscars (a marathon concert of every Academy Award–winning song),
A Night at the Tonys (one song from every Tony Award–winning musical),
and concert tributes to Prince, David Bowie, Josephine Baker, Eartha
Kitt, Nina Simone, and Tina Turner.

Designers

Anthony Michael Dufka Forchielli is a Chicago-based lighting designer currently pursuing his MFA. at Northwestern University. Anthony strives to employ a whimsical agency in his designs, one that values the collaborative tenetts of storytelling and remains rooted in the source material. Theatre can be about most anything; for Anthony, it is about justice.
When he’s not behind the light board, Anthony is a live-audio engineer and can be found behind the sound board at a festival near you. He enjoys skiing, hiking and, by extension, knee braces. In his time as a sound engineer, he has mixed every Celtic band you have heard of (yes even Gaelic Storm) and due to that has developed an educated single-malt scotch palate.
Originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Anthony maintains a pillow not only on the east coast, but also in Chicago (where he earned his BFA from The Theatre School Conservatory at DePaul) and Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Sydney, whom he thanks very much for her support. In Chicago, Anthony has assisted at Lookingglass Theatre and The Goodman Theater and designed at Wilmette Starlight Theatre, DePaul University, The Wirtz Center, and the Bienen School of Music. On the east coast, Anthony is the resident lighting designer at Pennsylvania Youth Theatre and serves as lighting director at several festivals and schools.

Joseph Arthur Franjoine is interested in creating environments that trigger visceral responses within the subconscious. Joseph works at the intersection of gender, identity, and queer aesthetics. Joseph is devoted to working alongside diverse collaborators who aspire to create utopian metamorphoses. Joseph believes performance should be able to transform into gas and then sublimate. Originally from New York, Joseph now is based in Chicago. Joseph is currently pursuing a MFA in Stage Design at Northwestern University.

Woongjin Oh is a scenic designer born in South Korea. He has studied various fine arts, including painting, handicrafts, and visual design, and holds a BFA in Scenic Design. While gaining design experience working in the theatre and art industries, he wanted to broaden his perspective as an artist, which prompted his move to the U.S. Currently, he is a second-year MFA candidate in the Department of Theatre’s Stage Design program. While at Northwestern, he has designed the plays Twelfth Night, or What You Will and Spring Awakening.

Scott Penner is a Canadian-born set designer whose work has been seen across Canada. He is currently in his second year in the MFA Stage Design program. For the Wirtz Center at Northwestern University, he has designed Company and WHITE. Scott’s selected theatre credits include: Brave Like Them (AboutFace Theatre Youth Ensemble); Cymbeline (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); Hair, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Grand Theatre, London, Ont.); Romeo & Juliet, Billy Bishop Goes To War, The Drowning Girls, The Last Resort, Living in the Spaces (Globe Theatre, Sask.); I.ME.YOU.WE., The Silent (Dasein Dance Theatre); The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lawrence & Holloman, How It Works, Avenue Q, Les Liaisons Dangereuse (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Richard II Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Hart House Theatre, Toronto); I Love You Because (Angelwalk, Stage West Calgary); Therefore Choose Life, Stars of David (HGJTC, Toronto); Our Town, Alice In Wonderland, Lion in the Winter (Watermark Theatre, P.E.I.); Body Politic, and A Few Brittle Leaves (Buddies In Bad Times Theatre).