Gary Jaffe (Director) is a director, playwright, proud Austin native and the Artistic Director of Tutto Theatre Company. HIs professional work includes Spirits to Enforce (winner of the 2011 Critic's Table Award for Outstanding Drama) with Capital T Theatre, who selected him as their 2011 New Directions Director, and The Dudley's: A Family Game by Leegrid Stevens with Tutto Theatre Company (winner of eight 2011 B. Iden Payne Awards, including: Best Production of a Comedy and Best Director). He received his B.A. cum laude with Distinction in Theater Studies from Yale University in May 2010. At Yale, he directed the world premieres of Beautiful Little Fools by Tessa Leigh Williams and his own translation of Once Five Years Pass by Federico García Lorca. His work at Yale also included Passion by Stephen Sondheim, The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard, Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, L’enfant et les sortilèges an opera by Maurice Ravel, and The Baltimore Waltz and The Long Christmas Ride Home both by Paula Vogel. He also served on the Executive Boards of the Yale Dramatic Association, Inc. and the Yale Drama Coalition. He was the 2010 recipient of the Richard B. Sewall Cup for outstanding scholarly achievement and creative promise. Upcoming shows: in January, The Alien Baby Play by Nicholas Walker Herbert (Tutto); in February, his own play Love in Pine (LATCo); and in August, The Twelfth Labor by Leegrid Stevens (Tutto).
Pam Friday (Costume Designer) teaches theatre at hill country middle school by day and is an award winning freelance costumer by night. Her most recent works has been Love Never Dies, the zombie/80's version of romeo and juliet with Hill Country Players, Riddley Walker with Trouble Puppet, Hamlet with Austin Shakespeare, Big Love and MilkMilk Lemonade (Austin Critic's Table and Payne Nominee)for Shrewd. Her work has also been seen in Off Broadway productions and museums through out the U.S. Next up is Civilization with Salvage Vanguard Theater. But now, she is excited to be working with Tutto and her former students: Gary and Kathleen (who also is her daughter!). The most recent Austin pairing of Kathleen and Pam in Sweeney Todd with Summerstock Austin, resulted in Payne Awards for Best Actress and Outstanding Costume Design. She feels so very fortunate to be inspired by AND working with Kathleen and Gary, and blessed to have a family that is supportive and loving of all the theatre/costuming that grandma zombie takes part in. I love you more than you know. Keep supporting theatre in our schools!
Daniel L. Brock (Photographer, Producer) is a third-generation photographer: his paternal grandfather documented the Second World War with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater and both of his parents pursued black and white photography in their youth. His own first experience with photography was on the other side of the lens, as a poster child for the March of Dimes, and it was the Shriners who gave him his first camera—a Christmas gift—at the age of 9. As someone with Cerebral Palsy, Daniel has acquired a unique perspective on the essentials of life and art. His unrivalled clarity of vision and attention to detail enable him to produce striking image that are bold yet subtle. His work explores new ways to communicate the nuances of form, color, texture, and expression while championing a cleaner, more stripped-down approach to the craft of image-making. www.DanielBrock.com
Matthew F. Ervin (Lead Producer) is a Central Texas native. Attending Southern Methodist University, he pursued undergraduate and graduate coursework in Anthropology (Archaeology), English, Medieval Studies, and Creative Writing—yes, he was there for more than the standard four. He also studied Performance Studies with Gretchen Smith, non-Shakespearean Elizabethan drama with the late Twinkie Lawhon, Chaucer and Malory with the inimitable Bonnie Wheeler, and everything in between with the brilliant Jeremy duQuesnay Adams and John Lewis. While at SMU, he was employed variously. He worked for the aforementioned Wheeler: editing copy, page designing, and typesetting for a journal on King Arthur (Arthuriana)—four years worth—and eleven volumes of a book series (published by St. Martin’s Press). He served as editorial advisor to Susan Sentler of the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble and, currently, Technique Coordinator at the Laban Centre London on a wide-range of projects from dance reviews to program and rehearsal notes. He has also worked for columnist, Lee Cullum and Matilda Louree, past Commissioner of the Texas Commission on the Arts. In the Austin theatre scene, he has been Lead Producer on Tutto Theatre Company’s productions of Ophelia*/† by Dustin Wills, Black Snow*/† by Mikhail Bulgakov, Murder Ballad, Murder Mystery*/†/° by Elizabeth Doss, and The Dudleys!: A Family Game* by Leegrid Stevens. Altogether these productions have collected fifty-six nominations, garnered fourteen awards, and appeared on nine annual ‘Top’ listings from local media. During the day he is Graduate Program Coordinator in the Physics Department at UT. In addition to fulfilling the role of Dramaturg and President of the Board of Directors for Tutto Theatre Company in his spare time, Matthew is a fiction writer who suffers from an advanced stage of bibliomania.
David G. Robinson, Ph.D. (Producer) or ‘Dr. Dave’ has a graduate education in anthropology and has pursued a primary career in that field. For more than fifteen years he has also pursued a parallel career in theater and dance, centered in Austin, Texas. He studied the art and craft of dance performance at the feet of Darla Johnson, Deborah Hay, Nina Martin, Andrea Ariel and Kathy Dunn Hamrick. He trained in acting under C.K. McFarland, Margery Segal, Aaron Johnson and Kate Meehan. He has performed professionally with Johnson-Long Dance Company, Ariel Dance Theatre, Wicked Cricket Dance Theatre, Wild Basin Preserve, Austin Commedia Society and Tutto Theatre Company. He has performed with independent artists Amparo Garcia-Crow, C.K. McFarland, Margery Segal, Sally Jacques, Pina Bausch (Tanztheater Wuppertal), Carol Lewis, Peggy Lamb, Renee Morris Larson, and others. Dr. Robinson has worked in major aspects of technical theater (lighting, sound, special effects, set construction, stage management, house management) on numerous productions. In acting, Dr. Robinson has recently portrayed Pa McAllister in Bull Tiger Productions’ Kung Fu Hillbillies, Old Man in Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs for The Coda Project, and Father in Alan Bennett’s Kafka’s Dick, also for The Coda Project. But forever in his mind Dr. Robinson will inhabit Pantalone, as he did externally for the Austin Commedia Society.
Pidge Smith (Producer) is a native Austinite. She started acting in second grade and fell in love with the theatre. She decided she had found her life’s career as a thespian, broadening her skills by third grade hosting the school’s annual show. Pidge showed her range by playing in Zachary Scott’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Grampa George. At the age of 10 Pidge helped write an original script called Zek, the Zealous Robot, in which she played Zella, Zek’s love interest. Pidge pursued theater throughout high school and college. She then moved to New York City for eight years, joining companies like New Georges, Company in the House, and Theater of Necessity, learning how to get a show up despite the drama. Eventually finding her way back to the Texas Hill Country in the late 90s, she became a part of the Hill Country Community Theater staff. The first to hold the position of Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager, she worked there for four and half years. She went on to work for Zachary Scott Theatre Center as Development Assistant for a year. And then moved to Austin and joined Tutto Theatre Company in the fall of 2005, around the same time she got married.
*B. Iden Payne Award.
**B. Iden Payne Award nomination.
†Austin Critics Table Award.
‡Austin Critics Table Award nomination.