Black Snow by Mikhail Bulgakov
Adapted by Keith Reddin from the novel
Directed by Dustin Wills


ARTISTIC STAFF


Dustin Wills (Director) has worked as a director, playwright and performer in Texas and Rome, Italy. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and holds a B.A. magna cum laude in Theatre and Dance and English. Dustin also studied at Oxford and Il Palazzo Antici Mattai in Rome. His productions have received 20 Austin Critic’s Table nominations in the past four years including a win for Best Director in 2006 for his audacious production of Cymbeline and another in 2009 for Tutto’s production of Ophelia in 2008. He is also the recipient of the George H. Mitchell award for work on his original play Ophelia. That play received its European premiere in 2006 and its subsequent American premiere this past fall. He had the privilege in 2007 of directing the world premiere of Ashes, Ashes by Eve Tulbert, which won the 2008 Kennedy Center Award for outstanding play for young audiences. He is currently the Artistic Director of Tutto Theatre Company and works as the Performance Programs Specialist at Theatre Action Project where he helps develop interactive residencies for lower-income schools dealing with bullying and conflict resolution. Additionally, Dustin serves as an Artistic Associate of The English Theatre of Rome, a company that produced two of his original works at the Teatro L’Arciluto in 2006 and 2007. He will return to Rome this summer to create a collaborative new work in conjunction with both Tutto Theatre and The English Theatre of Rome. He is thankful to everyone who collaborated on this production, the UT Department of Theatre & Dance for their generosity and to Salvage Vanguard Theater for letting us run amok on their stage.

Keri Boyd (Assistant Director) is a 2006 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Theatre & Dance. Past productions include: Hylas and the Nymphs, Cymbeline, The Moths, and Ophelia. She is a Montessori teacher, a writer, and a cash cab winner. Currently Keri is anticipating 6 weeks in Rome indulging in great food, red wine and somewhere along the way collaborating with an inspiring group of artists on Tutto’s next big production.

Lisa Laratta (Set Designer & Scenic Charge Artist) recently graduated from UT with her M.F.A. in Theatrical Design. While in school she designed sets for: Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back by Jason Tremblay, two different productions of Ashes, Ashes by Eve Tulbert and directed by Dustin Wills (one of which was nominated for both an Austin Critics Table Award and a B. Iden Payne Award for Best Set Design), and the touring children’s show Lily Plants A Garden by José Cruz González for which she also designed the lighting and projections. Since graduating, Lisa has worked for Tutto Theatre Company designing the set for Ophelia written and directed by Dustin Wills (her work was nominated for an Austin Critics Table Award for Best Set Design), and also designed scenery for the dance piece Br’erwood and Other Stories created and choreographed by David Justin. Lisa has worked at both The Blanton Museum of Art and The Harry Ransom Center as a coordinator and designer of various live performances within the exhibits. For film she was the production designer for the short [jean]=truth written and directed by SunHee Cho and the feature film jumping off bridges written and directed by Kat Candler. Before graduate school Lisa lived and worked in Toronto as a production designer and scenic artist for numerous theatrical and cinematic productions. Lisa is thrilled to be working with Mr. Wills again and is planning on making Austin her permanent home.

Kim H. Ngo (Costume Designer), based in Austin, Texas, designs costumes for theater, film and all forms of art. Passionate and self-driven, she designed for Tutto Theatre Company’s last production, Ophelia, and most recently Austin Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; St. Edward’s University’s Cyrano de Bergerac, and the award-winning Death and the King’s Horseman; and assisted on the feature film, Skateland, slated for release this fall. Other design work includes Buttermilk Biscuit on the PBS Show Biscuit Brothers, the MTV series Meet the Bulldogs, the feature film Harmony and Me. She was awarded a Costume Design Fellowship at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. www.kimhngo.com

Megan M. Reilly (Lighting Designer). Previous designs seen in Austin include: Mister Z Loves Company (Rubber Repertory), Ophelia (Tutto Theatre Company), Trouble in Tahiti (Butler Opera Center), Well Suited (Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company), The King & I (Forklift Danceworks), Portrait (David Mark Cohen New Works Festival), Minus Tide (Bayou Radio Theatre), Flesh and the Desert (UT–Austin). Her work has also been seen at Lakes Region Summer Theatre (Meredith, NH); The University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH); The Actor’s Collective, New Conservatory Theatre, the San Francisco Fringe Festival, and the EXIT Theatre (all in San Francisco); and the Fusebox Festival here in Austin. Megan has received international recognition for her design-driven performance piece Transformations.

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


TECHNICAL CREW


Tramaine Berryhill (Technical Director) is a second-year technical director in the M.F.A. program for Scenery Technology at UT–Austin. Originally from Miami, he received his B.F.A. in Scene Design from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Tramaine’s experience includes: several seasons working as a carpenter and painter at The Utah Shakespearean Festival; Technical Supervisor of Mc Million Assoc. Sloss Freight Furnace 2006 and 2007 in Birmingham, Alabama; and several scene designs with The M Ensemble Theatre Company in Miami, Florida.

Michael Caldwell (Stage Manager) graduated from UT–Austin with a B.A. in Theatre and is currently residing in Austin. This is her second opportunity to work with Tutto Theatre Company, the first being as Assistant Stage Manger for Ophelia last November. She has thoroughly enjoyed this experience and looks forward to working with Tutto again in the future.

Sofia Ruiz (Costuming Assistant) is an aspiring costume designer and actor. She has previously performed with Tutto Theatre Company and is excited to be working with this wonderful team again, now in a different capacity. Her first costuming experience was assisting on this year’s David Mark Cohen New Works Festival productions of The Nomadic Dream Project and The 100 Dresses Project. She recently assisted on the Austin Shakespeare’s production of Romeo and Juliet at the Hillside Theatre. Sofia was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico and is now a senior in the Department of Theatre & Dance at UT–Austin.

Chih-Feng Chen (Master Electrician) received his M.F.A. in Theatre Technology this May. He was the Technical Director for Shape of White in the 2009 David Mark Cohen New Works Festival, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Assassins, Elephants Graveyard and Portrait in the 2007 David Mark Cohen New Works Festival. www.chihfengchen.com

Matthew F. Ervin (Producer) is a Central Texas native. He has a B.A. in English from SMU where his coursework also included Anthropology (Archaeology), 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) and a book series entitled, The New Middle Ages. These days he is Administrative Assistant in the Classics Department at UT. In addition to fulfilling the role of Producer and President of the Board of Directors for Tutto, in his spare time, Matthew is a fiction writer who suffers from an advanced stage of bibliomania.

David G. Robinson, Ph.D. (Producer, Portraits) 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. 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, and Aaron Johnson. 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. 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 Old Man in Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs, and Father in Alan Bennett’s Kafka’s Dick.

Pidge Smith (Producer, Running Crew) 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 Joe. 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 Texas in the late 90s, she joined Hill Country Community Theater staff, and later Zach Scott. She joined Tutto Theatre in the fall of 2005, around the same time that she got married.

 

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