Jennifer Haley (Playwright)
Jennifer Haley is a playwright whose work delves into ethics in virtual reality and the impact of technology on our human relationships, identity, and desire. She won the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play, The Nether, which premiered with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and has been produced off-Broadway, on London’s West End, across the US and internationally. Other plays include Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, a horror story about suburban video game addiction, and Froggy, a noir thriller with interactive media. Jennifer has worked with the Royal Court Theatre, Headlong, MCC, Sonia Friedman Productions, Woolly Mammoth, the Humana Festival of New Plays, The Banff Centre, Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Lark Play Development Center, PlayPenn, and Page 73. For television, she has written on Netflix’s Hemlock Grove and Mindhunter. Jen is a member of New Dramatists in New York City and lives in Los Angeles, where she founded the Playwrights Union.
Matt Morrow is the Executive Artistic Director of Diversionary Theatre. Since joining Diversionary, Matt has directed the World Premiere of Gordon Leary & Julia Meinwald’s musical The Loneliest Girl in the World, Georgette Kelly’s Ballast (winner of the 2017 San Diego Critics Circle Award for Best New Play), the San Diego Premiere of Bash Doran’s The Mystery of Love and Sex (Top Ten 2016 San Diego Union Tribune), among others. As the Associate Artistic Director of City Theatre, he directed the Regional Premiere of Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home, the World Premiere of Tami Dixon’s South Side Stories (Pittsburgh Post Gazette & Tribune Review’s Top Ten of 2012), among others. Other credits include Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine (The Old Globe/USD), Jennifer Haley’s Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Bricolage, Pittsburgh Tribune Review Top Ten of 2009). He has developed new work with The Sundance Theatre Institute, The Banff Centre, Lincoln Center, and PlayPenn, among others. He served as The John Wells Professor of Directing at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. Upcoming: the 20th Anniversary revival of Hedwig & The Angry Inch and This Beautiful City. www.mattmmorrow.com
Sibyl Wickersheimer (Scenic Design)
SIBYL WICKERSHEIMER is a set designer who resides in Los Angeles where she is an Associate Professor of Set Design at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She recently designed BLKS by Aziza Barnes at Steppenwolf Theatre in December of 2017 and Quiara Hudes’ Elliott: A Soldier’s Fugue at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Feb of 2018. Sibyl also continues to work at OSF for the 2018 season designing Oklahoma! directed by Bill Rauch and Indecent directed by Shana Cooper in 2019. Regional set design credits include productions at ACT, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Seattle Repertory, Portland Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group, The Geffen Playhouse, and South Coast Repertory. Some of her favorite projects have included work for children such as designing the dinosaur puppet stage at The Natural History Museum of LA County and a touring production for Keiser Educational Theatre program.
Peter Leibold (Lighting Design)
Peter Leibold is thrilled to be making his design debut at Andy’s Summer Playhouse! He is currently a 3rd year MFA lighting design candidate at the University of Maryland, where he most recently designed Eurydice. He has also recently designed for Orange Grove Dance at the Kennedy Center, the Signature in the Schools program at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, and was the resident lighting designer at Sierra Repertory Theatre for three years in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Favorite designs include: The 39 Steps, The Drowsy Chaperone, All My Sons, The Music Man, A Columbia Christmas Carol, Man of La Mancha, and recently Beauty and the Beast. In the fall, visit the DC area to see his productions of Little Shop of Horrors at the University of Maryland and How to Catch a Star at the Kennedy Center, written and directed by Andy’s very own, Jared Mezzocchi! Thanks to Jared for this incredible opportunity to design in beautiful New Hampshire. www.PeterLeibold.com
Betsy Rugg-Hinds (Costume Design)
Betsy is a costume designer based out of Brooklyn, NY. She has recently obtained her MFA in Theatrical Design from Brooklyn College. This is her second summer with Andy’s, but she has spent over a decade in the area attending Keene State College and spending numerous summers at The Peterborough Players. Recent credits include The St. Vincents Project (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Detroit ‘67 (The Theatre at Riverside Church, NYC), Act a Lady (The Connelly Theatre, NYC), and costume intern for the upcoming film We are Unsatisfied. Upcoming productions include The Drowsy Chaperone (The Peterborough Players).
Nathan Leigh (Sound Design)
Nathan is a composer, writer, and activist. He has composed music for theatres across the country including American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkshire Theatre Group, The Debate Society (Gothamist: Best Sound Design 2007 for The Eaten Heart), Stoneham Theatre (IRNE Best Sound Design 2009 for Strangers On A Train), Central Square Theatre (IRNE Best Sound Design 2010 for The Hound of the Baskervilles), and many more. With Kyle Jarrow, Nathan co-created the musicals Big Money (WTF Boris Segall Fellowship 2008) and
The Consequences (World Premiere 2012 at WHAT). With the Liars and Believers ensemble, Nathan Leigh composed scores for adaptations of Song of Songs and Icarus. With Megan Sass, he is the composer and lyricist for The Mad Scientist’s Guide (NYC Fringe 2015). Nathan is the composer and playwright for the serialized musicals Sealand! and William Henry Harrison: Time Detective. His latest solo album is Ordinary Eternal Machinery.
Jared Mezzocchi (Projection Design)
Jared will have directed at Andy's Summer Playhouse for 10 years this summer, and is happily within his third year as Producing Artistic Director. Between 2009 and 2018, he directed Donkey Xote and Dick Tracy, as well as wrote/adapted and directed The Lost World, The BFG, The Little Prince, The Block, The Kid of Billy The Kid, and Viewfinder. Last year he directed his first musical, Posted, written by Owen O'Reilly and composed by Duncan Pelletier, both of whom were dear friends of his as an Andy's kid back in the 1990's. Last summer, Jared was awarded residency for 4 weeks at The Macdowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. Jared won a 2017 Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and Henry Hewes Award for his projection design in Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC), and also was the first projections designer to receive the Princess Grace Award (2012). He was also nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk for his work on Vietgone. Additional New York credits include Downtown Loop (3LD) and You Are Dead. You Are Here (HERE Arts Center). He is a company member at Woolly Mammoth (The Nether, Women Laughing Alone with Salad, Chad Deity). D.C. credits include I'll Get You Back Again (Roundhouse Theatre, directed by Tony-nominated director Rachel Chavkin), Smart People (Arena Stage), Astro Boy and the God of Comics (Studio Theatre) and BELL (National Geographic). Regional credits include Portland Centerstage, South Coast Rep, Milwaukee Repertory, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, and The Wilma. He has designed nationally and internationally for Big Art Group, The Builder’s Association, and Connect4Climate/Alcantara (Design Week, Milan IT). Jared created and currently leads the Multimedia & Projection curriculum within the MFA Design program at The University of Maryland, College Park. This upcoming Fall 2018, Jared will be creating and directing How To Catch A Star, based on the work of children's author Oliver Jeffers, at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Derek Christiansen (Video Game Developer)
Derek is a theatrical designer and practitioner of immersive entertainment based out of Los Angeles. This is his first year working with the playhouse, and he is excited to use his experience in both theatre and game design to bring a new interactive element to the stage. Past Lighting Design credits include She Kills Monsters (Dorothy’s Friends Theatre Co, Montgomery), Tongues & Savage/Love (Aeneid Theatre Co, Massman Theatre), The Kentucky Cycle (USC School of Dramatic Arts, McClintock Theatre), and Equus (Aeneid Theatre Co, Massman Theatre). He is currently serving as the Level Designer for Project Icarus, a VR jetpack arena shooter by Newspaper Hats at USC Games. He also serves as the Artistic Director and co-founder for Dorothy’s Friends Theatre Company, a production company at the University of Southern California dedicated to bringing the positive stories of the LGBTQ+ community to life onstage.
Heather Stockwell (Props Designer)
HEATHER STOCKWELL (Props Designer, Froggy, My Hero, The Things We Keep) returns for her fifth season at Andy’s designing props. She studied at The Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and Parsons School of Design in NYC. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in using many different media in the arts and crafts realm, as well as many years of experience in making things and teaching kids and adults. She taught for many years locally at the Sharon Arts Center, Worcester Center for Arts & Crafts and The Beady Eye. She has also shown her work and taught nationally at The Whole Bead Shows and Bead and Button magazine shows. Her son, Woody, is a current “Andy’s Kid” in his eighth season and her sister,Wyckham, is returning this season to write and direct the tour, My Hero. Heather is thrilled to be back this year and to work with this great team of professional artists, designers and directors.
Caitie Miller (Stage Manager)
CAITIE MILLER is a Brooklyn-based stage manager and stage designer. She is currently studying for her Masters in Design and Technical Production at CUNY’s Brooklyn College. Her most recent credits include the scenic design for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, as well as assistant scenic designing Detroit ’67 and Jennifer Haley’s Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, all for Brooklyn College. She also stage managed the world premiere of Evensong at Astoria Performing Arts Center in Queens, as well as Toscana, or What I Remember at the Cherry Lane Studio. This is her first summer with Andy’s! Thanks to Michael for bringing her on this adventure!