Seattle Repertory Theatre: Tuesday’s With Morrie, The Great Gatsby. Broadway: Equus (Broadhurst), Henry IV (Lincoln Center). Off Broadway: Measure for Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It (Public Theater/NYSF); Humor Abuse, Last Dance (Manhattan Theatre Club); Election Day (Second Stage), The Devil’s Disciple (Irish Repertory Theatre); Troilus and Cressida (Theatre for a New Audience). Selected Regional: The Injured Party (South Coast Rep), The Great Gatsby (The Guthrie), The Gamester (American Conservatory Theater), The Tempest (The McCarter), Arms and the Man (BSC). Film /TV: The Adjustment Bureau, Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "All My Children." Other Selected Credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lincoln Center/ NY Phil), Pickle Family Circus, Cirque Du Soleil. Education: Vassar College. Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Obie, Outer Critics Circle awards. Member of Actors’ Equity.
Directing credits include Invasion! (The Play Company, Obie Award); Honey Brown Eyes (The Working Theater); The Burnt Part Boys (The Vineyard and New York Stage and Film); Humor Abuse (co-creator/writer with performer Lorenzo Pisoni, at Manhattan Theatre Club, winner: Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, Drama Desk and Obie Award); Rent (Tokyo); Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer and Copland’s The Tender Land (all at Bard Summer Scape); Carnival (The Paper Mill Playhouse); People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons); Trust (The Play Company, Callaway Award nominee); As You Like It (The Public Theater/NYSF, chashama and New York International Fringe Festival 2000 Winner for Best Direction); Debbie Does Dallas (wrote the adaptation and directed Off-Broadway at the Jane Street); Spanish Girl (Second Stage Uptown); R&J and Buried Child (The Juilliard School); Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards (The McCarter’s Berlind Theater, Princeton University). Princess Grace Award recipient 2001.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Ben has designed lighting for theater, dance, and concerts for the past 14 years throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Recent projects include Angels In America, directed by Michael Greif (Signature Theater, NYC); The Whipping Man, directed by Doug Hughes (Lortel Award & Drama Desk Nomination for Best Lighting Design, MTC); and Sufjan Stevens’ Age Of Adz (European tour and Prospect Park Concerts). In New York, Ben has designed at The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, Roundabout Underground, The Signature Theatre, MCC Theater, The Vineyard Theatre, Primary Stages, The Kitchen, Daryl Roth Theatre, Edge Theatre, The Rattlestick Theater, and The StageFARM among others. Regional theater credits include The Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Dallas Theater Center, South Coast Rep, Huntington Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Co., The McCarter Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep. Chautauqua Theater Co., Bay Street Theatre, New York Stage and Film, Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Honey Brown Eyes (The Working Theater), Invasion and Trust (PlayCo), Slag Heap (Cherry Lane), Spanish Girl (Second Stage), Don’t Blink (The Directors Company), Top Girls (Fordham University) and Arms And The Man (Barrington Stage), all directed by Ms. Schmidt. Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. NY: Blood From A Stone (The New Group), Apple Cove (Women’s Project), Three Changes and Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons), Graceland (Lincoln Center), Mr. & Mrs. Fitch (Second Stage), Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Port Authority (The Atlantic), Body of Water (Primary Stages), Boozy..., Heddatron and Hellhouse at St. Ann’s Warehouse (Les Freres Corbusier). Regional: Williamstown, NY Stage & Film, Barrington Stage, Berkshire Theater, CTG � Kirk Douglas Theater, Yerba Buena PAC, Two River Theater, TheaterWorks. Hewes Award Nominee.
Brian is thrilled to be part of such a talented team during his first time working in this capacity. A Seattle native, Brian has been part of several productions locally at Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, Intiman, the 5th Avenue Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and here at Seattle Rep where he is in his second season as the Technical Director after four years as the Assistant Technical Director. Brian studied Technical Direction at Cornish College of the Arts.
Denise has worked in theatre, film and television for more than 25 years as an actor, fringe theatre founder, and designer. Here at the Rep she has designed costumes for The K of D, an urban legend, Breakin’ Hearts & Takin’ Names and How, How, How, Why, Why, Why. She also designed costumes for The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s premiere of Robert Schenkkan’s play By the Waters of Babylon, directed by Bill Rauch. Working on new plays is a favorite. Some other premieres have been Like I Say by Len Jenkins, directed by Robert Egan; A Quiet Love for San Diego Rep; and the Mark Taper Forum’s New Works Festival. Other Seattle theatre community designs were seen in The Village Theatre’s production of Bye Bye Birdie.