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Court Watson is a New York City based Set and Costume Designer. Court has been an Assistant Designer on numerous Broadway shows, including Guys & Dolls, Grease!, Lestat, Little Women, The Coast of Utopia, Cry*Baby, South Pacific, Mauritius, and High Fidelity working with Paul Tazewell, Derek McLane, Catherine Zuber and Anna Louizos. He has been a Guest Designer on ABC's All My Children and One Life to Live.Court spent four seasons at The Lost Colony in Manteo, North Carolina. He is a two-time First Place winner at the Southeastern Theatre Conference and won the Barbizon Prize at the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival. His watercolors are in private collections throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and have been exhibited in New York's Leslie-Lohman Gallery. His work has also been featured in 100 Artists of the Male Figure.Court holds an MFA from New York University and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Mary Faber made her Broadway debut on December 26, 2005, replacing Stephanie D'Abruzzo in the musical Avenue Q. She played the big-hearted Kate Monster and the easy Lucy T. Slut. Starting October 30, 2006, she took a leave of absence from Avenue Q to appear as Clea in the Playwright's Horizon's production of Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky. Faber returned to Avenue Q on December 19, 2006. Faber's last appearance in Avenue Q was on October 9, 2008. Faber has appeared in off-Broadway shows including Saved! at Playwright's Horizons, Slut, and The Tutor. Faber also previously worked in the Theatreworks musical Junie B. Jones. Mary helped to develop the character of Natalie in Feeling Electric (which would eventually be redeveloped into the Pulitzer Prize winning Next to Normal). She starred in The Corn is Green alongside Kate Burton at the Huntington Theater in Boston. Between theater jobs, Faber is known to moonlight at improvisational clubs including the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Riot Act, and The Second City. Faber originated the role of Heather in the musical American Idiot while the show was being developed at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She continued the role of Heather from the opening of its Broadway run until December 12, 2010. She starred as Smitty in the 2011 revival How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying alongside Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, from the opening of the run until February 26, 2012. Faber had a recurring role on Parks and Recreation as Pawnee restaurant lobbyist Kathryn Pinewood and has also made guest appearances on Nurse Jackie and The Good Wife.
Zachary Knighton, graduated 1996, Afterwards, he attended Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2007, he starred in the horror film remake The Hitcher, with Sophia Bush, playing the role originally performed by C. Thomas Howell.Previously, Knighton played Laz Lackerson on the short-lived television program, Life on a Stick. He also starred as Gary on the series Related.In 2002, main character in the French erotic, disturbing and complex film A New Life by Philippe Grandrieux, with Anna Mouglalis.In 2009, Knighton was cast as Bryce Varley in the science fiction series FlashForward, based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer. Knighton had originally auditioned for the role of Demetri Noh but lost out to John Cho. The show's co-creator David S. Goyer then rewrote the role of Bryce Varley for Knighton. The show was axed after one season.From April 2011 to May 2013, Knighton starred as Dave Rose on the ABC comedy series Happy Endings, alongside Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans Jr. and Casey Wilson. Despite critical acclaim and a cult following, the show was cancelled by ABC after concluding its third season on May 3, 2013. BuddyTV ranked him #94 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011". In 2014, Knighton appeared with a recurring guest arc in the 5th season of the NBC series Parenthood. He also starred on the FOX sitcom Weird Loners.
Matt Caplan has appeared on Broadway in Rent as Mark Cohen, in the revival of South Pacific and in High Fidelity. He has also been featured in the films Across the Universe and Painting Abby Long, and on the television show New Amsterdam. Most recently, he originated the role of Tunny in the stage adaptation of Green Day's American Idiot, which premiered at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California in September 2009. Caplan appeared in the original cast of the new Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, in many roles, among them, school bully Flash Thompson. He was also the understudy for Peter Parker/Spider-Man. After returning to cover Peter Parker/Spider-Man multiple times throughout 2012, he returned to the production officially on November 13, 2012. Aside from his roles on Broadway, Caplan has also done voice-over in English dubs of anime at NYAV Post. mattcaplan.com
Dallas Tolentino, Since graduating GSA in 2006, Dallas has gone on to earn a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Theatre Performance While finishing college he became a company member with The Conciliation Project, a theater company whose mission is "To promote, through active and challenging dramatic work, open and honest dialogue about racism and oppression in America in order to repair its damaging legacy". As a member of The Conciliation Project he helped develop theatrical work aimed at promoting dialogue about the American justice system and the prison industrial complex. After graduating and moving away from Richmond, Va he became a company member with Synetic Theater, Washington D.C.'s premier physical theatre known for their silent renditions of Shakespeare. As an actor with Synetic he trained and honed skills in corporeal mime, dance, stage combat, acrobatics, clown, and visual storytelling. With Synetic he has toured internationally performing in Mexico and the Republic of Georgia. Dallas has also performed and created work with the Neo-Futurists in Chicago, but currently resides in Washington D.C. where he has performed in numerous roles with Synetic along with other great companies such as Constellation Theater, Discovery Theater, and Rorschach Theater.
Gerald Cesar, Regional 2015- Hairspray Seaweed MUNY, Les Mis.-Fuilly- Connecticut Rep.(Dir. Terrence Mann), 2016 *Denotes ensemble: How to Succeed*- Connecticut Rep.,West Side Story*-Connecticut Rep., Aida* Pittsburgh CLO, South Pacific* - Pittsburgh CLO, Broadway- A Bronx Tale, Longacre Theatre (Dir. Robert DeNiro)
Liz Olson is the Managing and Producing Director of The Cutting Ball Theater in San Fransisco. Most recently, she served as the Line Producer and General Manager of Tectonic Theater Project. Previously, she was the Producing Director of Studio 42, where she produced Ken Urban’sWasps and worked on productions of Bekkah Brunstetter’s Miss Lilly Gets Boned and Gregory S. Moss’s Billy Witch. In the past, she has worked at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYTW, Playwrights Realm, and Two River Theater Company. Select Producing Credits include: Be A Good Little Widow (Wild Project), Couriers and Contrabands (TBG), Cygnus (WP's Pipeline Festival, 2016 Kilroy List), and Reentry (American Records), which tours US Naval bases as part of their sailor reintegration training. This brings her full circle in life as she is a third generation Navy brat who now produces theater for the Navy. Time Warner Foundation Fellow of the 2014-2016 Producer’s Lab at the Women’s Project Theater, NYC; MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management, Boston University and BA/BBA, The College of William and Mary.