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The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

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In 1935, Porgy and Bess premiered at the Colonial Theatre in Boston. Now, 76 years later, the A.R.T. brings back Porgy and Bess in a new production. This classic American tale is set in the 1930s in Catfish Row, a neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina. Bess, beautiful and troubled, turns to Porgy, the crippled beggar, in search of safety after her possessive lover Crown commits murder. As Porgy and Bess’s love grows, their future is threatened by Crown and the conniving Sporting Life. This heartbreaking love story boasts some of the most famous and beloved works from the Great American Songbook, including: “Summertime,” “Bess, You Is My Woman,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “I Loves You, Porgy.”

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Need to know

American Sign Language interpreted performances:

Tuesday, 9/6 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, 9/11 at 2:00 pm

Email the Box Office to reserve ASL-accessible seats.

Please note, Audra McDonald will not perform on October 1 and 2.

This performance is suitable for ages 10 and over.

Notable dates

American Sign Language interpreted performances:

Tuesday, 9/6 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, 9/11 at 2:00 pm

Email the Box Office to reserve ASL-accessible seats.

Please note, Audra McDonald will not perform on October 1 and 2.

This performance is suitable for ages 10 and over.

Discussions

Post-performance discussions were held after the following matinee performances:

Saturday
9/17
9/24

Wednesday
9/7
9/14
9/21
9/28

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Credits

Creative team

by

George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin

Adapted by

Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre L. Murray

Directed by

Diane Paulus

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Directed by

Diane Paulus

Diane Paulus is the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, and was selected for the 2014 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulus is the 2013 recipient of the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical (Pippin). A.R.T.: ExtraOrdinary, Jagged Little Pill, The White Card, Eve Ensler’s In the Body of the WorldWaitress (currently on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, the West End at the Adelphi Theatre, and US National Tour), Crossing (a new American opera with music and libretto by Matt Aucoin), Finding Neverland (currently on US National Tour), Witness Uganda, Pippin (Tony Award, Best Revival and Best Director), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony Award, Best Revival, NAACP Award, Best Direction), Prometheus Bound, Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, Best of Both Worlds, Johnny Baseball, The Donkey Show. Her other recent work includes Gloria: A Life at the Daryl Roth Theatre, Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, currently on tour in the US, Invisible Thread at Second Stage, and The Public Theater’s Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR on Broadway and London’s West End. As an opera director, her credits include The Magic Flute, the complete Monteverdi cycle, and the trio of Mozart-Da Ponte operas, among others. Diane is Professor of the Practice of Theater in Harvard University’s English Department. She was selected as one of Variety’s “Trailblazing Women in Entertainment for 2014” and Boston Magazine’s “50 Thought Leaders of 2014.”

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Choreography by

Ronald K. Brown

Choreography by

Ronald K. Brown

A.R.T.: Debut. Founder and Artistic Director of Evidence, A Dance Company, a New York-based contemporary dance ensemble since 1985. Has also created work for the African American Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Grace in 1999, Serving Nia in 2001, IFE/My Heart 2005 and Dancing Spirit during special tribute season), Ailey II, Cinque Folkloric Dance Theater, JenniferMuller/TheWorks and Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire. He has collaborated with composer/ designer OmotayoWunmi Olaiya, the late writer Craig G. Harris, director ErnieMcClintock’s Jazz Actors Theater, choreographers Patricia Hoffbauer and Rokiya Kone, and composers Robert Een, Oliver Lake, Bernadette Speech, David Simons and DonMeissner. He created Dancing Spirit in 2010, as a tribute to Judith Jamison. Awards and fellowships include a John Simon GuggenheimMemorial Foundation Fellowship in Choreography, a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in choreography, New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie), a Black Theater Alliance Award, the American Dance Festival Humphrey/Weidman/Limón Award, and fellowships fromthe Edward and Sally van Lier Fund. In addition, Brown was named Def Dance JamWorkshopMentor of the Year in 2000. In 2003, he received an AUDELCO (Black Theatre Award) for his choreography for Crowns: Portraits of BlackWomen in Church Hats, originally produced by theMcCarter Theater and presented off-Broadway in 2003. In fall 2006, Brown received The United States Artists Rose Fellowship, being one of only four choreographers out of fifty artists to receive the inaugural award. He is amember of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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Scenic Design

Riccardo Hernandez

Costume Design

ESosa

Lighting Design

Christopher Akerlind

Sound Design

ACME Sound Partners

Orchestrations

William David Brohn & Christopher Jahnke

Wig Design

J. Jared Janas & Rob Greene

Music Supervisor

David Loud

Conductor

Sheilah Walker

Associate Music Director/Associate Conductor

Brian Hertz

Associate Director/PSM

Nancy Harrington

Casting

Telsey + Company

Cast

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Bess

Audra McDonald

A.R.T. Debut. Broadway: Carousel (Tony Award), Master Class (Tony Award), Ragtime (Tony Award), A Raisin in the Sun (Tony Award, and Emmy Award for television adaptation), Marie Christine (Tony nomination), A Raisin in the Sun, 110 in the Shade (Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Musical). Opera credits: Francis Poulenc's La Voix Humaine and the world premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's Send (who are you? I love you), Houston Grand Opera; Kurt Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Los Angeles Opera (the resulting recording won two Grammy Awards, for Best Opera Recording and Best Classical Album in 2009). Concerts with the New York Philharmonic and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir include the Carnegie Hall commission of the song cycle The Seven Deadly Sins: A Song Cycle for McDonald, at Zankel Hall in 2004. Television: Private Practice (Dr. Naomi Bennett) on ABC, the HBO film Wit (Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a miniseries), Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years, The Bedford Diaries, and Kidnapped, and the 1999 television remake of Annie (Miss Farrell). Films:  Best Thief in the World, It Runs in the Family, The Cradle Will Rock, The Object of My Affection, and Seven Servants. McDonald has recorded four solo albums for Nonesuch Records, including Way Back to Paradise, How Glory Goes, Happy Songs, and Build a Bridge. She maintains an active concert and recording career, performing song cycles and operas as well concerts throughout the US.

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Porgy

Norm Lewis

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Porgy

Norm Lewis

A.R.T. Debut. Broadway: Sondheim on Sondheim (Soloist), The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Les Miserables (Javert, Drama League nomination), Chicago (Billy Flynn), Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show (Jake), Miss Saigon (John), and Tommy. London: Les Miserables (Javert), West End, London; Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert, London’s 02 Arena. Off-Broadway: Dessa Rose (Nathan, Drama Desk nomination, Audelco Award), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine, Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous (Doc), A New Brain (Roger). Regional: Ragtime (Coalhouse), Dreamgirls (Curtis, with Jennifer Holliday), First You Dream, Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), The Fantasticks (El Gallo). Concerts: Chess (Molokov, with Josh Groban), Dreamgirls (Curtis), Actor’s Fund; Golden Boy (Eddie), Encores!. Film and television: Sex and the City 2, Preaching to the Choir, Confidences, Mystery Woman, Cosby, Strong Medicine, All My Children and As the World Turns. Recordings include: his debut solo CD, Norm Lewis: This Is The Life. www.normlewis.com

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Sporting Life

David Alan Grier

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Sporting Life

David Alan Grier

A.R.T. Debut. Broadway: The First (Jackie Robinson, Tony nomination, Theatre World Award), Dreamgirls, A Soldier's Play, Race (Tony nomination). Films: A Soldier’s Story, Robert Altman's Streamers (Golden Lion for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival), Dance Flick, and the upcoming We the Peeples. Television: In Living Color (1990-1994, Emmy Award); DAG (2000-2001), Life with Bonnie (2003, Image and Golden Satellite nomination); and he also appeared on Chocolate News. Grier has been named one of Comedy Central's "100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time." In his first recently published book, BARACK LIKE ME: The Chocolate Covered Truth, he expounds on politics, culture and race while recounting his own life story in this edgy, timely, timeless, and hilarious memoir and look at all things Barack. He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

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Jake

Joshua Henry

A.R.T. Debut. Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys (Haywood Patterson, Tony nomination), American Idiot (Favorite Son), In the Heights (Ensemble/u.s.Benny, Drama Desk award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance). Off-Broadway: The Wiz and In the Heights. Regional: American Idiot, Berkeley Rep Theatre; Godspell, Paper Mill Playhouse. Film: Sex and the City. Television: Kings. Bachelor in Music degree from University of Miami Frost School of Music. Founding member of Jaradoa Theater Company and Revolucion Latina, for which he composed the title track "Dare to Go Beyond" on their debut CD "Dare to Go Beyond" the Album.

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Crown

Phillip Boykin

A. R. T. Debut. National Tours: The 75th Anniversary of Porgy And Bess, (Crown, dir. Charles Randolph-Wright), Show Boat, (Joe, dir. Clayton Phillips). Regional theater: Crowns (Man, dir. Ken Roberson), Arena Stage; Jesus Christ Superstar (Caiaphas, dir. Robert Johanson), North Shore Music Theatre; Smokey Joe’s Café (Fred, dir. Barry Ivan), Pittsburg CLO; If This Hat Could Talk (Sonny/Roy Wilkins, dir. George Faison), The Apollo Theater; Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Ken), Show Palace. Opera credits: Séance On A Wet Afternoon (Inspector Watt’s, Stephen & Scott Schwartz), New York City Opera; Porgy and Bess (Crown) Dayton Opera, also in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Australia, Russia, Poland, and New Zealand; The Rape of Lucretia (Tarquinius), Così fan Tutte (Don Alfonso), The Hartt School Opera. Gospel: Jesus Christ Super Star Gospel (Lewis St. Lewis), Alliance Theater; Golden Gospel Singers, Europe, Harlem Gospel Singers Europe, Director/Baritone NY Harlem Singers (Linda Twine) annual Asian Tour, Concert: You Believed In Me Phillip Boykin LIVE Recording. For more information www.phillipboykin.com.

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Mariah

NaTasha Yvette Williams

A.R.T. Debut. Broadway: The Color Purple (Sofia) and Dessa Rose, Lincoln Center. West End, London: Trevor Nunn’s Gone With the Wind (Mammy). National Tours: Xanadu (Melponmene); The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix the Aviatrix); All Shook Up (Sylvia); Seussical the Musical (Sour Kangaroo); Cinderella (Grace). Selected Regional credits: Hairspray (Motormouth) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Armelia), Papermill Playhouse; Mahalia (title role), Cleveland Playhouse; Abbysinnia (Selma), Goodspeed /NorthShore. Featured soloist with the Indianapolis, Baltimore, and Ottawa Symphony Orchestras and The Naples Philharmonic. NaTasha will be singing at Carnegie Hall in October with the NY Pops. She is the mother of newborn twins Mackenzie and Nile. NaTasha's cds are available at www.digstation.com.  For more information, please visit her website at www.natashayvettewilliams.com

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Clara

Nikki Renée Daniels

A.R.T. Debut. Broadway: Anything Goes, Promises, Promises, Les Miserables 2006 Revival, Little Shop of Horrors, Lestat, Nine, The Look of Love, Aida. New York City Opera: Porgy and Bess (Clara). Regional: Caroline or Change (Emmie), The Guthrie; Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt), Williamstown Theater Festival; Ray Charles Live! (Della B), Pasadena Playhouse; Beauty and the Beast (Belle), American Musical Theater of San Jose and Sacramento Music Circus; Ragtime (Sarah), North Shore Music Theater; Dorian (Celia Vane), The Denver Center; Aida (Aida), Artpark. Television/Film: "Chappelle's Show" and The Other Woman. Concert appearances: soloist with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and at Carnegie Hall. BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

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Bryonha Marie Parham

Serena

Bryonha Marie Parham

A.R.T.: ExtraOrdinary, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Broadway: Prince of Broadway, Book of Mormon, After Midnight, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Ragtime. Off-Broadway/New York: Candide, Carnegie Hall; Sweeney Todd (with NY Philharmonic), Show Boat, Live from Lincoln Center; Civil War; Intimate Apparel, Lincoln Center/MET. Regional: Dave, Arena Stage; Ragtime, Kennedy Center; Bernstein’s MASS, Philadelphia Orchestra; Dreamgirls, North Shore Music Theatre; Little Shop of Horrors, Berkshire Theatre Group. International: Prince of Broadway, Tokyo Orb. TV: “Madam Secretary.”

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Frazier, the Crab Man

Cedric Neal

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Frazier, the Crab Man

Cedric Neal

A.R.T. Debut. Regional: A Christmas Carol, Henry IV, Its a Bird, Its a Plane...Its Superman, Death Of A Salesman, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Who's Tommy (Rabin Award), Dallas Theater Center; Lost In The Stars, A Dog's Life, Theatre Three; Porgy And Bess (Austin Critics Circle Award), Zach Theatre, Austin; Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, Brief History of White Music, WaterTower Theatre:  The Life, Aida, The Normal Heart, Tick, tick...BOOM, Uptown Players; Crowns, Ain't Misbehavin', Jubilee Theatre. Television/Film: The Good Guys, Chase, Friday Night Lights. Attended Eastman School of Music (Rochester, New York) and a member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company, Dallas Theater Center.

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Mingo, the Undertaker

J.D. Webster

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Mingo, the Undertaker

J.D. Webster

A.R.T. Debut. Broadway; Wonderful Town, Ragtime, Showboat, Two Gentlemen of Verona, New York Shakespeare Festival; 17 Encores!, City Center; Mufti Series, York Theatre; Bernstein’s Mass, South Pacific, Ira Gershwin at 100 and Spring is Here, Carnegie Hall.  Regional:  Avenue X, Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel, Alliance Theatre; An American in Paris, Houston Alley Theatre; The Blackamoor Angel, Bard Music Festival; Violet, Connecticut Rep; Jam and Spice, Westport Playhouse; Guys and Dolls, Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Finian’s Rainbow, Coconut Grove; The Desert Song, Sacramento Music Circus. Graduate of The College of William and Mary and The Juilliard School.

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Robbins

Nathaniel Stampley

A.R.T. Debut. West End, London: The Lion King (Disney UK Ltd.). Broadway: The Color Purple, The Lion King. Tours: Ragtime. Regional: Abyssinia, North Shore Music Theatre; Pacific Overtures, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Lost in the Stars, NY City Center’s Encores!; Strike Up the Band and One Touch of Venus, Auditorium Theatre’s Ovations! Series; Violet, Once on This Island and Big River (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination), Apple Tree Theatre; Showboat, Sacramento Music Circus. The voice of “Sudden Death” on NFL Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core. “Lanette’s husband, Ayana and Isaiah’s papi.”

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Peter, the Honey Man

Phumzile Sojola

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Peter, the Honey Man

Phumzile Sojola

A.R.T. Debut. Off-Broadway & Tour: Three Mo Tenors, Little Schubert Theater, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Opera: Lʼétoile, Troubled Island, New York City Opera; Porgy & Bess, Edinburgh International Festival, Opera National de Lyon, New York Harlem Theater; Lost in the Stars, Skylark Opera; Just Above My Head, Pittsburgh Opera Theater; La Bohème, Missouri Symphony Orchestra; Carmen, Die Zauberflöte, Dayton Opera; Death in Venice, Glimmerglass Opera; La Traviata, Cincinnati Opera. Recordings: Paragon Ragtime Orchestra- Treemonisha, American Spiritual Ensemble- The Spirituals, Lily in the Valley. Education: BM University of Kentucky, College Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati.

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Lily

Heather Hill

A.R.T. Debut. Opera: L’elisir d’amore, Semiramide, Caramoor Festival; Moby-Dick, Dallas Opera; Mitridate, LOTNY; Strange Fruit, New York City Opera Vox; Porgy and Bess, European/Australian tour; Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Opera Colorado; Die Zauberflöte, Bronx Opera. Concert soloist appearances include Knickerbocker Holiday and Grapes of Wrath at Lincoln Center, Carmina Burana at Carnegie Hall.  Education: BS Biology Clark Atlanta University, MM Voice Manhattan School of Music.  www.HeatherHillSoprano.com

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Strawberry Woman

Andrea Jones-Sojola

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Strawberry Woman

Andrea Jones-Sojola

A.R.T. Debut. Theater: Three Moʼ Divas, Big River, Iroquois Amphitheater. Opera: Porgy and Bess, New York Harlem Productions in Germany and Italy; Carmen, Die Zauberflöte, Dayton Opera; Don Giovanni, Lucca, Italy; Dead Man Walking, Cincinnati Opera. Concert: Showboat, Carnegie Hall; The Messiah, Milwaukee Symphony; Fauré Requiem, Lexington Philharmonic. Film: For Colored Girls. Recordings: For Colored Girls Soundtrack; The Tender Land; The Spirit of the Holidays, Old Time Religion, with the American Spiritual Ensemble; and Treemonisha with Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.

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Fishermen

Trevon Davis

A.R.T. Debut. New York City: Dreamgirls (C.C. White), Apollo Theater/National Broadway Tour; Amazing Grace (Reading). Atlanta, Georgia: Black Voices: The Struggle Continues, The Urban Theatre Company of Atlanta, Inc. Television: BET’s Sunday Best Season 1 (Top 7 Finalist), MTV’s Making the Band 4 (Atlanta Finalist; New York City Contestant). Graduate of Clark Atlanta University, BA Mass Media Arts: Television. Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. & Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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Fishermen

Wilkie Ferguson

A.R.T  Debut. Broadway: Wonderland. First national tours: In The Heights, Hairspray. Other theater: Sister Act (world premiere), Pasadena Playhouse; Ray Charles Live! (Young Ray), Pasadena Playhouse; Stormy Weather (with Leslie Uggams), Pasadena Playhouse; Porgy and Bess (Undertaker, Jim), Hollywood Bowl; Dreamgirls (with Frenchie Davis), West Coast Tour, Pittsburgh CLO; Annie, Trinity Rep; South Pacific (with Reba McEntire), Hollywood Bowl; Smokey Joe’s Café (Victor), Pioneer Theatre, Westchester Broadway; Miss Saigon (John), Westchester Broadway. Assistant Director/Piano Accompanist/Music Theory Instructor, Boys’ Choir of Harlem. Eastman School of Music, classical piano performance, Morehouse College, New World School of the Arts.

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Fishermen

Roosevelt André Credit

A.R.T. Debut. Broadway: Harold Prince revival of Show Boat (also national tour). Off Broadway: Marie Christine, Prince and the Pauper at Madison Square Garden. Regional theater:  Show Boat and Ragtime, Forestburgh Playhouse; For The People, Majestic Playhouse, Gettysburg; Voice From Within, Apollo Theatre; The Whitehouse Cantata, Alice Tully Hall. Concerts: Neil Burg's 100 Years of Broadway, USA, Barbados; Duke Ellington's Sacred Service, Jazz at Lincoln Center; Schubert's Mass, Carnegie Hall; Music Is In the Air, Town Hall; Bach's B Minor Mass, Basically Bach Festival of Saint Peter's Church; Fauré Requiem, Bach's St. John Passion, and Handel's Messiah. Movie Short, All American Eyes. Recordings: Ol' Time Religion, Letting Go. Published choral and solo music with Laurendale Publishing. Eagle Scout of troop 254. M.M in Voice and M.M in Conducting Northwestern University, B.S. Oregon State University.

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Women of Catfish Row

Alicia Hall Moran*

A.R.T. Debut. Theater: The Motown Project Chamber Ensemble (Leading Lady); Things of the Heart (Marian Anderson); Threepenny Opera (Jenny); Milestone (Wife). Concert and Recital: Jazz@Lincoln Center w/Charles Lloyd, Café Sabarsky, Duke University, WNYC Greene Space, Rubin Museum. Other Theater:  Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Chapel/Chapter (US/Europe, Bessie Award for Musical Collaboration); Jason Moran & the Bandwagon Slang and Live: Time and Milestone (US/Europe), Simon Schama Rough Crossings; Joan Jonas' Mirror Piece II (US/Mexico), Adam Pendleton's The Revival and three scenes (Isabella Gardner Museum), Simone Leigh and Liz Magic Laser's Breakdown (opera/film).  Education:  B.A. Barnard College of Columbia University, B.M. Manhattan School of Music

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Women of Catfish Row

Allison Blackwell

A.R.T. Debut. Las Vegas: The Lion King (u/s Shenzi & Sarabi). Regional: Ragtime, Paper Mill Playhouse; Caroline, or Change, TheatreWorks and The Studio Theatre; A Little Night Music and Nunsense, Sacramento Music Circus; Aida, Arvada Center; Dreamgirls, PCLO; Hairspray and Les Miserables, North Shore Music Theatre. Concerts: Show Boat, Carnegie Hall; Burt Bacharach to the Future, New World Stages; Kurt Weill and His Music, NY Historical Society. Award: 2008 San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (Caroline, or Change). B.A. Spelman College, M.M. The Boston Conservatory.

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Women of Catfish Row

Lisa Nicole Wilkerson

A.R.T. Debut. Broadway: The Lion King (Nala u/s, Shenzi u/s). National Tours: Mamma Mia! (Ali); The Lion King (Nala). Off-Broadway: River Deep: Tribute to Tina Turner, Playwright’s Horizons. Regional: Abyssinia (Lily), Goodspeed, North Shore; Once on This Island (TiMoune), Gallery Players; Godspell (Robin), St. Louis Black Rep; Purlie (with Blaire Underwood and Loretta Devine, respectively), City Center ENCORES!, Pasadena Playhouse. Television: The Tony Awards 2008, The Today Show, Oprah, Jay Leno. FILM: Unconditional Love. Dance: xodus dance collective, Karen Gayle, artistic director; Joel Hall Dancers, Joel Hall, a.d.; Deeply Rooted (apprentice), Kevin Iega Jeff, a.d. Broadway in South Africa co-founder. Northwestern University, B.S., journalism.

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Policeman

Joseph Dellger

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Policeman

Joseph Dellger

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Ragtime (Father), Lestat (Magnus). Regional: My Way – A Sinatra Tribute, Infinity Theater Company, Annapolis, MD; A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Arvada Center; Jacques Brel (Man #1), Alliance Theater; 101 Dalmations (Splendid Vet). National Tour; The Phantom of the Opera (Andre), San Francisco; The Visit (Inspector Hanke), The Goodman Theater; Man of La Mancha 25th Anniversary production (Padre), Goodspeed Opera House; Nerds (Tom Watson), World Premiere at the Philadelphia Theater Company; Follies (Ben), Signature Theater; Camelot (Arthur), Shubert Theater, Boston; Les Miserables (The Bishop), Theater of the Stars. 

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Detective

Christopher Innvar*

Orchestra

Violin

Sasha Callahan

Assistant principal 2nd violin, Portland Symphony; member of Rhode Island Philharmonic and New Hampshire Music Festival. Frequent performances with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, the Boston Pops and Boston Pops Esplanade. BM in Violin Performance, Rice University; MM in Violin Performance, Boston University. Further studies: Meadowmount School of Music, Mozarteum Academy, Leopold Auer Academy, Tanglewood Music Center.

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Viola

Ashleigh Gordon

Member of Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and Juventas New Music Ensemble. Performances with Callithumpium Consort; Atlantic Symphony, and Glens Falls Orchestra. Anticipated Master of Contemporary Music from International Ensemble Modern Academy (Germany); Master of Music in Viola Performance from New England Conservatory; Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Baldwin-Wallace College.  Summer Festivals: International Ensemble Modern Academy (Austria, 2010); Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians (ME, 2003/2007); Aspen Music Festival (CO, 2005).

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Cello

Leo Eguchi

Cello

Leo Eguchi

Xanthos (a new music ensemble in residence at Boston University); Assistant Principal of Camerata New England; principal of New Bedford Symphony; member of New Hampshire Music Festival and Portland Symphony. Frequent performer with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Pops Esplanade. BS in Physics, University of Michigan; BM in Cello Performance, University of Michigan; MM in Cello Performance, Boston University; Meadowmount School of Music (1998-2001).

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Bass

Joe Higgins

Principal Bass, New Hampshire Music Festival; member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Regular performer with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Providence Performing Arts Center, North Shore Music Theater. Performances with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Festival, Emmanuel Music, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Jaki Byard, George Garzone, and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. BM from the New England Conservatory. Studies in Double Bass Performance at Oberlin Conservatory.

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Piano/Celeste

Brian Hertz

Piano/Celeste

Brian Hertz

(Piano/Associate Conductor): Pianist for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular; played in the Broadway orchestras of Shrek, 9 to 5, The Little Mermaid, Avenue Q, Legally Blonde, Xanadu, Les Miserables, Sister Act. Assistant conductor at Avenue Q and Altar Boyz. National tours: Legally Blonde (Associate Music Director), Wonderful Town (Associate Conductor); Paper Mill Playhouse: Peter Pan (conductor), Forum (keyboards), Full Monty (keyboards). Ithaca College grad.

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Flute/Piccolo

Ebonee Thomas

Flute/Piccolo

Ebonee Thomas

Principal Flute of the Florida Grand Opera in Miami, Florida. One-year position as Second Flute with the Houston Symphony. Recently completed a four-year fellowship with New World Symphony. Degrees from Southern Methodist University and the New England Conservatory. Performances with: Star Wars in Concert Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sarasota Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Oregon, Omaha, Kansas City, and San Antonio Symphony. Studies with Claire Johnson, Patty Mecklin, Helen Blackburn, Jean Larson, and Fenwick Smith. 

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Oboe/English Horn

Mie Shiraishi

Oboe/English Horn

Mie Shiraishi

Member of Atlantic Symphony Orchestra; performances with Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, Gardner Chamber Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra; International Musical Arts Institute, Chamber Music Concert Series, Fryeburg, ME 2005-2011. Graduate Performance Degree from Longy School of Music; MM New England Conservatory; BM from Musashino Academia Musicae, Tokyo, Japan.

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Clarinet/Flute/Alto Sax

Bob Bowlby

Clarinet/Flute/Alto Sax

Bob Bowlby

A.R.T.: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Member of Boston Pops since 1981. Toured with: Tommy Dorsey Orch, Artie Shaw Orch, Buddy Rich Band, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, Ben Vereen, Rita Moreno, Carol Channing, Avenue Q, Fosse, Star Wars In Concert. Former faculty at Berklee College Of Music. Pit musician in Boston at Citi Wang Theater, Shubert Theater, Boston Opera House, Colonial Theater, North Shore Music Theater. Founding member of John Allmark Jazz Orch. Former member of: Dick Johnson Swing Shift, Herb Pomeroy Jazz Orchestra.

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Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Alto & Tenor SAx

Peter Cokkinias

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Alto & Tenor SAx

Peter Cokkinias

Professor at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Rhode Island & North Shore Musician's Union, Performances with Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Music
Director/ Conductor Metrowest Symphony Orchestra. Theater Musician: Boston Opera House, Colonial, Huntington Theater. Doctor of Music. College: Conservatory University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Master: Manhattan School of Music; Hartt School of Music, Tanglewood Music Center: 1980.

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Horn 1

Roslyn Black

Horn 1

Roslyn Black

Member of the New World Symphony, Miami for four years; in 2008 Acting Sub-Principal Horn of the BBC Symphony, London. Other: Porgy and Bess, Opéra Comique, Paris. Performs regularly with the Toronto Symphony, and the Canadian Opera Company. BM from the University of Victoria, MM, New England Conservatory.

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Horn 2

Diantha Millott

Trumpet 1/Flugelhorn

John Replogle

Trumpet 1/Flugelhorn

John Replogle

Performances with Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, George Russell The Living Time Orchestra, Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Perez, Warren Wolf, Eric Reed, Idan Santhus Jazz Orchestra, Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra, NPR/WGBH: "Toast of the Nation" program, Boston Pops 8 piece group, and others. Bachelor of Arts Berklee College of Music in Jazz Performance. Master of Music New England Conservatory in Jazz Studies.

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Trumpet 2/Flugelhorn

Greg Smith

Trumpet 2/Flugelhorn

Greg Smith

Member: Atlantic, Cape Cod, and Glens Falls Symphonies. Performances with Emmanuel Music, and the Berkshire, Indian Hill, Granite State, Lexington, Nashua, New Bedford, and New World Symphonies. Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory; BA from Bard College; fellowships for the Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, and the Spoleto Festival USA.

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Trombone

Martin Wittenberg

Bala Brass. Principal Trombone, Philharmonia of the Nations, 2006-09.
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Opera Boston, Colorado Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Munich Brass, Munich Bach Soloists, Ensemble Classique, Cape Cod Symphony. Recordings: Decca Concerts, EuroArts, BMOPSound, MMO, Profil, Haenssler Classics, NCA. Trombone Faculty: Longy School of Music, Gordon College. Doctoral Candidate, Boston University; MM Yale University; Music Performance and Music Education Diplomas, Trossingen Hochschule für Musik, Germany.

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Tuba/Bass Trombone

Don Robinson

Tuba/Bass Trombone

Don Robinson

Member of Indian Hill and New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestras.
Performances with Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Esplanade, Boston Ballet, and Boston Lyric Opera. Performed in musicals at the Colonial, Schubert, Wang Center and Boston Opera House. BM Eastman School of Music, MM New England Conservatory.

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Tenor & Bari Sax/Bassoon

Greg Newton

Tenor & Bari Sax/Bassoon

Greg Newton

Member of Boston Philharmonic, Boston Classical Orchestra, Radius Ensemble, Landmarks Orchestra. Performances with Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Bolshoi, Prague Radio Orchestra, BMOP, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston.  Pre-Broadway/National Tours (New England segments): A Chorus Line, Carousel, Marty, Titanic, Miss Saigon, Producers, Sound of Music, Sweet Charity, Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, Light in the Piazza, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Young Frankenstein. MM New England Conservatory; BFA SUNY Buffalo.

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Accordion

Roberto Cassan

Accordion

Roberto Cassan

Performed and recorded with many artists, including Mexican folk singer Lila Downs, singer songwriter Martin Sexton. The Duo Roberto Cassan and John Muratore (guitar), performs music of Piazzolla, Galliano, Brouwer, Debussy, Cassan. Member of Grand Fatilla, a superb world music quartet, Newpoli, a 9-piece ensemble exploring the ancient Southern Italian Tarantella, and Musaner. Degree in Musicology from University of Cremona and studies at Berklee College of Music.

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Percussion

Robert Schulz

Percussion

Robert Schulz

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick, Crossing, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, The Sound of a Voice. Percussionist, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Musica Viva, IRIS Chamber Orchestra (Memphis, TN). Timpanist, Back Bay Chorale, Boston Baroque, Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music, Odyssey Opera, Opera Lafayette (Washington, DC). Education: BM, Percussion Performance, SUNY Buffalo; MM, Jazz Studies, New England Conservatory. 1992 Music Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, 2004 Grammy Nominee for Best Small Ensemble Performance (The Mirror, Yehudi Wyner), 2016 Guest Artist at the Beijing Music Festival (Ancient Dances, Wu Man).

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Additional Staff

Stage Manager

Julie Baldauff

Stage Manager

Julie Baldauff

A.R.T.: ExtraOrdinary, Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, Children of Herakles. Broadway: The Play That Goes Wrong, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Color Purple, Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2, Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, HAIR, The Wedding Singer, I Am My Own Wife, The Little Foxes, The Rehearsal, Summer and Smoke, Getting Away with Murder. Regional: Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, Monaco and Chicago.

 

 

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Assistant Stage Manager

Sharika Niles

Assistant Stage Manager

Sharika Niles

A.R.T.: The White Card, Finding Neverland (ASM), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (ASM). Broadway: The Play That Goes WrongThe Color Purple (Revival), Finding NeverlandMotown, Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. National Tours: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Without You, The Color Purple. Off-Broadway: The Tempest; Richard III; Well; Take Me OutA Winter’s Tale; Suburbia. The Apollo Theater Production Coordinater/Stage Manager.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Dramaturgy

Ryan McKittrick

Received his M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training and his B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard. His articles on theater have appeared in The Boston Globe, Correspondence, A.R.T. News, ARTicles, Theatre, and The Boston Phoenix. Mr. McKittrick is a recipient of the TCG New Generations Award and the NTC Scholarship Award. He is also a Lecturer in Theater Arts at Brandeis University. His co-translations with Julia Smeliansky include Anton Chekhov’s Lady with a Lapdog, Rezo Gabriadze’s Forbidden Christmas, and The Selected Letters of Olga Bokshanskaya.

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Dramaturgy

Jenna Clark Embrey

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Assistant Director

Mia Walker

Assistant Director

Mia Walker

A.R.T.: Finding NeverlandWitness Uganda, Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Prometheus Bound, Johnny Baseball. Broadway: Finding NeverlandPippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. National Tour: PippinThe Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies (Film Production). Mia has been assisting for Diane Paulus since graduating in 2010. Mia was also a Resident Director at The Flea Theater in NYC, where she directed new works by Trista Baldwin and Israel Horovitz. Other credits include: Ensemble Studio Theater, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, American Conservatory Theater, NYU Tisch, and Vassar Powerhouse.

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Assistant Choreographer

Arcell Cabuag

Assistant Choreographer

Arcell Cabuag

A.R.T. Debut. Associate Artistic Director and senior dancer of the Ronald K. Brown EVIDENCE Dance Company. He has assisted Brown in creating work on Ballet Hispanico, MUNTU, Philadanco, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. 2004 recipient of the New York Dance “BESSIE AWARD” Dance credits include: Paramount Picture’s Rock the House, California; The Shoji Tabuchi Show, Branson, Missouri; the Richard Rodgers Centennial Production of The King and I, Papermill Playhouse. ) Television: Episode “Choreographed” on Law and Order SVU. Commercial: "Codorinu" with PILOBOLUS.

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Assistant Set Designer

Maruti Evans

Andrew Boyce

Assistant Set Designer

Maruti Evans

A.R.T.: Alice vs. Wonderland, Mouth Wide Open. A.R.T. Institute: Hansel and Gretel. Work includes: Else Where, Leiderabend, BAM; Master and Margarita, Bard Summer Scape; An Oresteia, Classic Stage; Crowns, Goodman Theatre; Sweeney Todd, Virginia Opera. Maruti has received the Drama Desk Sam Norkin Award 2013 for Tiny Dynamite and Pilo Family Circus and Drama Desk nominations for: In the Heat of the Night, Slaughterhouse 5, and Blindness.

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Assistant Costume Designer

Ashley Farra

Orchestra Coordinator

Neil Grover

Orchestra Coordinator

Neil Grover

A.R.T. Debut. Principal: Boston Musical Services. Founder: Grover Pro Percussion, Inc. On the Board of Directors of Percussive Arts Society (Indianapolis, IN), Margaret & H.A. Rey Center (Waterville Valley, NH), and Winchester Community Music School (Winchester, MA). He has lectured in music at over 100 universities throughout the US, Canada, Europe & Australasia, a published author (Alfred Music), and a former faculty member of Boston Conservatory, University of Massachusetts.  Grover attended Florida State University, New England Conservatory.

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Rehearsal Pianist

David F. Coleman

Rehearsal Pianist

David F. Coleman

Holds a Bachelor of Music in both piano performance and composition from Boston University and an M.A. in composition from Tufts University. Currently the Director of Choral Music at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, David has been choral directing for 20 years, and is also actively involved in gospel music throughout New England. He is the director of the gospel ensemble Confirmation, and has performed for the New England Patriots, the Democratic National Committee, and Pope John Paul II. David is also currently the director of the 225-voice Tufts University Third Day Gospel Choir, and has also directed several area choirs with performances at the House of Blues, the Wang Center, and Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops. He has worked with choirs for many popular artists like Bobby McFerrin, Patti Labelle, Phish, and most recently Academy Award Nominee Ryan Gosling. He leads workshops in gospel music for the American Choral Directors Association and for the NAIS People of Color Conference, and he is the 2007 recipient of the Thomas A. Dorsey Award from the New England Conservatory.

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Music Preparation

Larry Abel, Supervising Copyist Music Preparation International

Music Interns

Neil Reilly

Nehemiah Luckett

Dialect Coach

Denise L. Woods

Dialect Coach

Denise L. Woods

A.R.T. Debut. Denise Woods' work as a dialect coach includes Academy-Award nominated actors Will Smith (Ali) and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai). Woods has worked as a vocal coach with NBC Nightly News, CNBC, the Today Show, CNN, Inside Edition and KTLA News. Some of her clients include Phylicia Rashad, Ellen Burstyn, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Paul Rodriguez, Ray Liotta, Porscia Derossi, Rachel Weisz, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Mike Myers. She is a graduate and former faculty member of The Juilliard School and is currently on faculty at California Institute of the Arts.

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Porgy and Bess Interns

Directing

Charlotte Alter

Music

Haley Bennett

Artistic

Andrew Boyd, Jacob Brandt

Stage Management

Kayla Ixtlahuac

Dramaturgy

Lily Karlin

Costume

Margaret Kerr

Production

Anh Marie Le, Elizabeth Yun Yeng Mak

Marketing

Katherine Olaskiewicz