Anne Bogart – Artistic Director, Saratoga International Theatre Institute, New York City, NY
Nana Lampton – Board Chair, American Life & Accident Insurance Co. of KY, Louisville, KY
Julia Miles – Founder and Director Emerita, Women’s Project & Productions, New York City, NY
Adale O’Brien – Resident Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Peggy O’Brien – Executive Director, Cable in the Classroom, Alexandria, Virginia
Megan Terry – Actor & Playwright, The Magic Theatre, Omaha, NE
Lundeana M. Thomas – Director, African American Theatre Program, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Naomi Wallace – Poet & Playwright, Prospect, KY, North Yorkshire, U K
Iverson Warinner – Professor of Communication, Spalding University, Louisville, KY
Anne Bogart is the Artistic Director of the SITI Company (Saratoga International Theatre Institute) and an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department at Columbia University. Annually, Bogart brings to Actors Theatre of Louisville the excitement of her unique creative energy. Among outstanding shows she has directed in Louisville have been Picnic, Bobrouschenbergamerica, Cabin Pressure, The Adding Machine, and more. She will direct Score in the up- coming Humana Festival.
Nana Lampton is the Chair and CEO of Hardscuffle, Inc., the holding company for American Life and Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky. She has just resumed the position of Chair of the Downtown Development Corporation in Louisville after a hiatus of several years. Nana is a member of the Corporation of Yaddo, the artists’ colony in Saratoga, New York. She hopes to pursue a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at Spalding University. She is a painter and poet.
Julia Miles is the founder and Director Emerita of the Women’s Project & Productions, the nation’s preeminent theatre company dedicated to the development and production of new plays by women. WPP is the oldest and largest women’s theatre in the country and has produced over 100 productions and three times as many readings and workshops. Ms. Miles also co- produced Off-Broadway Arnold Weinstein’s Red Eye of Love, co-produced Steve Tesich’s film Four Friends and co-developed Willa Cather’s O Pioneers, which appeared on PBS.
Adale O’Brien came to Louisville in 1969 to work with Jon Jory when he began his inaugural season as head of Actors Theatre. She has been a member of the resident company since that time, performing in over 200 productions and in 2001 entered her thirty-third season with ATL. Memorable roles among many include “Mrs. Patrick Campbell” in Dear Liar, “Miss Amelia” in The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, “Dr. Martha Livingstone” in Agnes of God, “Sarah” in Quilters, “Carrie Watts” in The Trip to Bountiful, “Princess Eugenie” in Olympia, “Professor Ada Van Helsing” in Dracula, and “Louise” in Always . . . Patsy Cline.
Peggy O’Brien is the Executive Director of Cable in the Classroom, Washington, D.C., the K through 16 education initiative of the cable industry. Under O’Brien’s direction, the twelve-year-old non-profit organization has recently embarked on exciting new ventures that will expand education possibilities for young people. O’Brien, experienced in working with theatre education across the country, particularly Shakespeare education, has also served on the board of Horizons Theatre–a women’s theatre company in Washington, D.C. She has just been elected chair of the board of the Source Theatre in D.C.
Megan Terry, internationally renowned playwright, performer, photographer and author of more than sixty published plays and musicals, has been associated for more than thirty years with the Omaha Magic Theatre. Among her best known plays are Approaching Simone, Viet Rock, Calm Down, Mother, and Hot House. Her latest play, No Kissing in Hall will be premiered at the Omaha Theatre for Young People in the fall and is scheduled for a national tour. The archives of the Omaha Magic Theatre, which include her papers and numerous photographs have been placed in the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley.
Lundeana M. Thomas is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and director of the African-American Theatre Program at the University of Louisville, where her specialties include a course in African-American Women in Theatre. Highly gifted students from across the country come to the university to study with her. A womanist thinker, she is highly supportive of women actors, directors, designers, producers and writers. She has directed numerous productions including The Lion and the Jewel, Story in Harlem Slang, The Wiz, Monsieur Baptiste, and The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman VS. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae.
Naomi Wallace, American playwright, screenwriter, and poet, is highly acclaimed in England as well as in the States especially for her ability to combine poetic lyricism and stark imagery in exploring the complex interaction of race, social class, and politics. Wallace has received many awards, including an NEA grant for poetry, the Kesselring prize for drama in 1996, and the Obie Award from the Village Voice for the best play of 1997 for One Flea Spare. In 1999 she received the MacArthur “Genius” Award for her work in the theatre. With each play, Wallace probes deeper into the possibilities of the arts as visionary. Pleiades produced her Slaughter City in its 2001 season.
Iverson Warinner, professor of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts, came to Spalding University in 1977 to revise, promote, and lead the Communication Program. He built the program to one of the largest on campus, and directed the first internship program for Communications majors in Kentucky. He has promoted local playwrights and actors by producing both the Old Louisville One-Act Play Festivals and the Kentucky Playwrights Festival featuring Horton Foote. Director of over 100 plays, he was recently named the Kentucky Metroversity Outstanding Professor for Adult Learners.