Sweeney Todd
A Musical Thriller
​music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by Hugh Wheeler
directed by ​​Kent Nicholson
from an adaptation by Christopher Bond
originally directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
originally produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards in association with Dean and Judy Manos
January 19, 2019 - February 16, 2019


In a barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop, Sweeney Todd plots revenge on the lecherous judge who wronged him and his family. In the seedy underbelly of 19th-century London, desperate times lead to diabolical schemes—and strange alliances. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary songs like “Pretty Women” and “Not While I’m Around,” this Tony Award-winning masterpiece was proclaimed, “more fun than a graveyard on the night of the annual skeleton’s ball” by The New York Daily News.

Previews: ​ January 19–24, 2019
First Night: ​ January 25, 2019
Regular Performances: January 26–February 16, 2019

Recommendation: Age 12 and above. Contains deliciously chilling effects, including smoke fog, haze, live gunshots and stage blood.

Running Time: Approximately ​two hours and 3​0 ​minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994) and Road Show (2008) as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959) and Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965), as well as additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting It Together (1993/99) and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010). He composed the scores of the films Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (1990) and the television production Evening Primrose (1966). His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made A Hat (2011). In 2010, the Broadway theatre formerly known as Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed in his honor.

Hugh Wheeler was a novelist, playwright and screen writer. He wrote more than 30 mystery novels under the pseudonyms Q. Patrick and Patrick Quentin; four of his novels were transformed into films: Black Widow, Man in the Net, The Green-Eyed Monster and The Man with Two Wives. He wrote the screenplays for Travels with My Aunt, Something for Everyone, A Little Night Music and Nijinsky. His plays include Big Fish, Little Fish (1961), Look: We’ve Come Through (1961) and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1966, adapted from the Shirley Jackson novel).He co-authored, with Joseph Stein, the book for a new production of the 1919 musical Irene (1973), wrote the books for A Little Night Music (1973), a new production of Candide (1973), Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979, based on a version of the play by Christopher Bond) and Meet Me in St. Louis (adapted from the 1949 MGM musical). He contributed additional material for the musical Pacific Overtures (1976) and wrote a new adaptation of the Kurt Weill opera Silverlake, directed by Harold Prince at the New York Opera. He received Tony and Drama Desk awards for A Little Night Music, Candide and Sweeney Todd. Prior to his death in 1987, Wheeler was working on two new musicals, Bodo and Fu Manchu, and a new adaptation of The Merry Widow.

Learn more about the production, cast & creative team with a peek into the program. Read full artist bios, in-depth articles and more.


​Devin Archer* (​Anthony) is honored to be making his South Coast Repertory debut with this production. He was recently seen at the Ahmanson Theatre with Center Theatre Group’s first national tour of Bright Star. Archer also toured with the North American company of Mamma Mia! before sitting with the production in Las Vegas. His favorite Southern California credits include McCoy/Rigby’s The Last Five Years (Jaime) and Rent (Roger); Musical Theatre West’s Bright Star (Jimmy Ray) and Les Misérables (Marius); 3D Theatrical’s Tarzan (Tarzan); and Marina Summer Theatre’s South Pacific (Joe Cable). His other regional credits include Ace (John Robert, Nevada Conservatory Theatre), Follies (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Fiddler on the Roof (The Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire), Departure Lounge (Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Chicago) and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare at Notre Dame). Archer is a proud graduate of Northwestern University (Go ‘Cats!) and is represented by KMR. @devinjarcher.


​Erica Hanrahan-Ball* (​Beggar Woman) is thrilled to be making her SCR debut. She was most recently seen as Aldonza opposite Richard White (the voice of Gaston in Beauty and the Beast) in Man of La Mancha at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Her other recent theatre credits include Tanya in Mamma Mia (Totem Pole Playhouse), Fraulein Kost in Cabaret (La Mirada Theatre, Ovation Award nomination), Desiree in A Little Night Music (The Colony Theatre Company), Mrs. Mullin in Carousel (Musical Theatre West), Pam in Baby (Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre, Desert Theatre League Award), Karen in The Boy From Oz (Celebration Theatre, Ovation Award), Bonnie in Babes in Arms at (Rubicon Theatre Company), Heather in I’m Still Getting My Act Together and Taking It on The Road... (Laguna Playhouse; directed by and starring Gretchen Cryer), Mrs. Liddell in The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll (Boston Court Pasadena) and Vera in Pal Joey (Arkansas Repertory Theatre). Her film and television credits include Lotte, Dream Job, “Alexa & Katie,” “The Office” (Sweeney Todd episode), “Rules of Engagement,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Body of Proof” and “‘Til Death.” Thanks to everyone involved in this production. Hanrahan-Ball is represented by DDO Artists Agency. iamericaball.com


​Juliana Hansen* (​Johanna) is ecstatic to play Johanna at SCR. Her favorite credits include the first national tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Saved (Lana, Playwrights Horizons), Mary Poppins (Mary, Cabrillo Playhouse), Les Misérables (Eponine, Sacramento Music Circus), The Fantasticks (Louisa, Gateway Playhouse), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy, Civic Light Opera, South Bay), West Side Story with Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony (Rosalia, Grammy Award nomination) and Aladdin (Jasmine, Disney). She created, produced and starred in the comedy webseries, “Finding Fillion,” directed by Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). She was awarded a best actress award for her work in the film Here (168 Film Project). Her television credits include Every Other Holiday (Rebecca, MarVista) Richard Sherman: Songs of a Lifetime (PBS), and “Grease: You’re The One That I Want” (finalist, NBC), working with Tony-Award winning director Kathleen Marshall and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. As a voice actor, she can be heard on “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” (Disney XD), “Unikitty” (Warner Brothers) and in an upcoming feature for Pixar. She’s the new voice of Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins: Legacy Collection) and Cinderella (Cinderella: The Lost Chords) and she frequently works alongside Disney legend Richard M. Sherman. Hansen holds an MA acting degree from Guildford School of Acting in England. JulianaHansen.com 


J​amey Hood* (​Mrs. Lovett) is an LA native who has lived and worked in Manhattan and toured the U.S. and China. She originated the role of Dot in Playwrights Horizons’ off-Broadway production of The Shaggs, which premiered in LA and played Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company. Also in New York, she played Mama Who in Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (Madison Square Garden) and Queenie in Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party (B-Side Productions). Her U.S. and China tours include playing Ernestina Money, covering Sally Struthers in the title role of Hello, Dolly! and performing in the ensemble of My Fair Lady (Big League Productions). Hood had the pleasure of being part of several SCR Theatre for Young Audiences shows including Imagine, Jane of the Jungle and Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business


​Conlan Ledwith* (​Tobias Ragg) is making his SCR debut. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and École Philippe Gaulier in Paris. His theatre credits include San Diego Repertory Theatre, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Antaeus Theatre Company, First Stage, Northern Sky Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Théâtre du Gymnase (Paris) and won first place at the Utah Shakespeare Festival Competition for Richard III. His film and television credits include Sounds of Silence and the BBC London clown feature. He received the Dean’s Award from the British American Drama Academy at Oxford an


​Robert Mammana* (​Judge Turpin) is thrilled to be a part of this project and honored to be back at South Coast Repertory working with such a fantastic group of artists. His Broadway and touring credits include Les Misérables, The Sound of Music and Show Boat. He originated the role of Warren in the critically acclaimed two person play, The Twentieth-Century Way (off-Broadway at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, with Boston Court Pasadena). Regionally, he appeared at such incredible venues as The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (John, The Constant Wife), Alliance Theatre (Aram, Beast on the Moon), Shakespeare Theatre Company (Carasco, Man of La Mancha), Portland Center Stage (Bruce in Fun Home, Father in Ragtime, Sky in Guys and Dolls), Pasadena Playhouse (Valentina in Casa Valentina, Walter in Sleepless in Seattle). His television guest-starring appearances include “The Office,” “NCIS,” “CSI,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “CSI:NY,” “The Young & the Restless” and “Days of Our Lives.” His feature films include Just Say Love, Flightplan and Menace. He is an LA Drama Critics Circle Award recipient, an LA Weekly Award recipient, a Helen Hayes Award nominee, a three-time LA Ovation Award nominee and a two-time Joseph Jefferson Award nominee. RobertMammana.com 


Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper* (Beadle Bambord) is thrilled be on the Segerstrom Stage again after appearing last season in Once and Shakespeare In Love. He has been seen off-Broadway in Rothschild & Sons, Lonesome Traveler and Julius Caesar. His other New York credits include SubUrbia, Iolanthe, Slavs!, Three Days of Rain and Not About Nightingales. His regional appearances include King Lear, Of Mice and Men, Our Lady of 121st Street, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Side Show, Side By Side By Sondheim (La Jolla Playhouse), Sherlock Holmes, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and the world premiere of Words By: Ira Gershwin, for which he received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Actor. His nine SCR young audiences appearances include Lucky Duck, The Borrowers and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. His television credits include “Fuller House” (Netflix, WB), “Superstore” (NBCUniversal) and “Casual” (Hulu). He attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and received a BFA from NYU. He has been a proud Equity member since 2003. nicholasmongiardocooper.com


​​Roland Rusinek* (​​Adolfo Pirelli) is making his SCR debut. His New York theatre credits include Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera (Majestic Theatre, Broadway); Fezziwig and others in A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden); Beadle in Sweeney Todd and Ciccio in The Most Happy Fella (NYC Opera); Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall); Kismet (Encores!, New York City Center); and The Prince and the Pauper (Lamb’s Players Theatre). He appeared in tours for The Addams Family, Kiss Me Kate and Camelot. His regional credits include The Dame in Beauty and the Beast A Christmas Rose (Laguna Playhouse); Sancho in Man of La Mancha (Valley Performing Arts Center and La Mirada Theatre); Alf in Limelight (La Jolla Playhouse); Val in Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Garry Marshall Theatre); Beadle in Sweeney Todd and Mr. Bumble, Oliver! (Sacramento Music Circus); Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls (Theatre Under the Stars); The Governor in Candide (Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre); Beadle in Sweeney Todd (Reprise!, Musical Theatre West, 5th Ave); Franz in The Producers, Paravicini in The Mousetrap (The Maltz Jupiter Theatre); Clayton in Tartuffe (American Stage Theatre Company); Eric in Living on Love (Asolo Repertory Theatre); Tito in Lend Me a Tenor (Bay Street Theatre); and Bessie in Casa Valentina (GableStage). His television and film credits include “Coop and Cami Ask the World,” The Producers (2005), BearCity and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. He is a guest lecturer for UCLA’s Ray Bolger Musical Theatre program and an alumnus of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and the PCPA’s actor training program. rolandrusinek.com


Brent Schindele* (Jonas Fogg) is making his SCR debut. He just appeared as young Ronald Reagan in the world premiere of In a Booth at Chasen’s at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. His national touring credits include The Sound of Music (Zeller at the Ahmanson Theatre; Captain Von Trapp at the Segerstrom Center), Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter, Simon) and West Side Story (Tony). He played the Leading Man in The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), off-Broadway and around the country. He starred in the world premiere of South Street at Pasadena Playhouse, Souvenir at the Garry Marshall Theatre, End of the Rainbow at International City Theatre, The 39 Steps at Glendale Centre Theatre, The Music Man and White Christmas at Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center, Merrily We Roll Along at Actors Co-op Theatre Company and the The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Sunday in the Park with George and No Strings at Reprise!, and Striking Twelve at Laguna Playhouse and Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara. His favorite roles include Stanley Kowalski, Sky Masterson, Curly McLain, the title roles in The Scarlet Pimpernel and Romeo & Juliet, and an action-movie star in And the Winner Is. His screen appearances include “Cold Case,” “Squaresville,” Thirteen Days with Kevin Costner and the forthcoming films Cold Cold Man and Call Me Dan. Love to Erika. 


David St. Louis* (Sweeney Todd) is making his SCR debut. His Broadway credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Side Show, Harlem Song, Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Regionally, he appeared in Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public Theater), 9 Circles (The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture), The Royale (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), Sweeney Todd (PlayMakers Repertory Company), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Portland Center Stage), Sideshow (La Jolla Playhouse, Kennedy Center), The Royale (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Intimate Apparel (Pasadena Playhouse), Thunder Knocking at the Door (Cincinnati Playhouse), Ruined (Geffen Playhouse, Intiman Theatre), Parade (Mark Taper Forum), Cousin Bette (Antaeus Theatre Company), The Life (Jaxx Theatricals), Ragtime (PCPA Theatre), Porgy and Bess (ZACH Theatre), Golden Boy (Long Wharf Theatre), From My Hometown (American Heartland Theatre), Spunk (Delaware Theatre Company), Henry V (Shakespeare Theatre), Candide (Arena Stage) and Bessie’s Blues (Studio Theatre). His honors include an Ovation Award for outstanding supporting actor (Parade) and a Helen Hayes Award for outstanding supporting actor (Bessie’s Blues). He appeared in the films Shrader House, At Your Convenience, Trigger Effect and Temptation and on television in “NCIS: New Orleans,” “FBI,” “Supergirl,” “I Take Thee Zoe,” “The Blacklist,” “Royal Pains,” “NCIS,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order SVU,” “A Royal Birthday,” “The Jury,” “One Life to Live,” “Homicide Life on the Streets” and “The Secret Path.”


Katy Tang (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her South Coast Repertory debut. Her credits include Cunegonde in Candide (San Bernardino Symphony), Anne Egerman in a A Little Night Music (East West Players), Maria understudy, West Side Story (Broadway by the Bay), Ilse in Spring Awakening (Cygnet Theatre), YumYum in The Mikado, Flora in Turn of the Screw for Benjamin Britten’s 100/LA Celebration (Pacific Opera Project), Brigadoon (Fullerton Civic Light Opera) and Threepenny Opera (Los Angeles Theatre Center). Tang has performed regularly with the prestigious LA Opera Outreach Department, Palm Springs Opera Guild and Orange County Opera. Internationally, she has performed operatic roles including Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mediterranean Opera Festival, Italy), Sophie in Werther and Amour in Orphée et Eurydice (La Péniche Opera, France). She studied at UCLA and Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Tang began her performance career on the ice, as a junior Olympic figure skater. 

Creative Team

Kent Nicholson (Director) returns to South Coast Repertory after directing Once, Amadeus, How to Write a New Book for the Bible and The Light in the Piazza. Most recently, he directed Clint Black’s musical, Looking for Christmas, at The Old Globe. His other directing credits include shows for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Weston Playhouse, Theatre Under the Stars, TheatreWorks, Prospect Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. He has directed critically acclaimed productions of Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, Lizzie, Grey Gardens, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Long Story Short, 9 Circles, Small Tragedy, Satellites, Five Flights and Swimming in the Shallows. A developer of both new plays and musicals, Nicholson created and ran the New Works Initiative at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto from 2001-08. He currently serves as the associate producer of musical theatre at Playwrights Horizons in New York and was co-creator of The Uncharted Writers Group at Ars Nova.

David O (Music Director) is a music-theatre artist who specializes in contemporary music for the stage and concert hall. His compositions include the Ovation Award-winning score for Ubu Roi (A Noise Within, 2006) and the choral piece “A Map of Los Angeles” (Los Angeles Master Chorale, Walt Disney Concert Hall). His musical direction credits include the world premieres of 13 (Mark Taper Forum), Toy Story: The Musical (Disney Creative Entertainment) and Songs & Dances of Imaginary Lands (Overtone Industries), as well as the West Coast premieres of Michael John LaChuisa’s The Wild Party, Little Fish and See What I Wanna See (The Blank Theatre). His film compositions include the score for the documentary Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony. He has had the honor of numerous nominations and awards over the years, including Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and Garland awards, and was the recipient of the 2013 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Joel Hirschhorn Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre. Most recently, he was the musical director for the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and David Henry Hwang’s Soft Power at the Ahmanson and Curran theatres.

John Iacovelli (Scenic Design) created memorable designs at SCR including The Sisters Rosensweig, The Roommate, Amadeus, Abundance, Rest, Silent Sky, Noises Off, Talley’s Folly, The Philanderer, Shadowlands, Faith Healer, along with 18 others including Heartbreak House (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award.) He has designed more than 300 plays and musicals at most major theatres in the U.S. including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Center Theatre Group. Iacovelli received a primetime Emmy Award for the Broadway production broadcast of Peter Pan. He was the production designer on Ruby in Paradise, starring Ashley Judd, and art director on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! His television credits include The Old Settler starring Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen, The Gin Game staring Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke, “Babylon 5,” “Ed,” “Resurrection Blvd.” and “Lincoln Heights.” He has an MFA in scenic design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. This year, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Scene Design and Technology from The U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology. iacovelli.com

Melanie Watnick (Costume Design) is pleased to return and collaborate with SCR after previously designing Trudy and Max in Love, Smokefall and On the Mountain. Watnick’s costume designs for dance have been seen both nationally and internationally with such companies as Ballet West, American Ballet Theatre II, Ballet X, Company C, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Malashock Dance, Corbin Dance, Backhaus Dance and Norwegian Cruise lines. Her costume designs for theatre include work with The Juilliard School, Seattle Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, The Barter Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Open Fist Theatre Company, Rogue Machine Theatre and, most recently, site-specific work with Circle X Theatre Co. in Los Angeles. Watnick also has served as a lecturer at University of California, Irvine, UC-San Diego and Hartnell College. She is currently in her seventh year as the costume design faculty member for Pepperdine University’s theatre program. She received her MFA from UC-San Diego and her BA, with an emphasis in design, from UC-Santa Barbara. 

Lap Chi Chu (Lighting Design) recently designed the world premieres of Lynn Nottage’s Mlima’s Tale, Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves (Playwrights Realm), Rajiv Joseph’s Archduke (Mark Taper Forum) and Suzan-Lori Park’s Father Comes Home From the Wars (The Public Theater). He has designed regionally for Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Contemporary Theater, Goodman Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center and Portland Center Stage. His New York design credits include The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Performance Space 122 and Kitchen Theatre Company. His honors include the 2018 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Angstrom Award for Career Achievement in Lighting Design, an Ovation Award and multiple Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards. He is on the lighting design faculty at California Institute of the Arts. lapchichu.com

Cricket Myers (Sound Design)  is thrilled to return to SCR after designing Kings; A Doll’s House, Part 2; The Siegel; Red; Mr. Wolf; Zealot; Trudy and Max in Love; 4000 Miles; The Fantasticks; The Parisian Woman; Sight Unseen; Elemeno Pea; The Trip to Bountiful; and Three Days of Rain. On Broadway, she earned a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her design of Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Regionally, she designed at the Ahmanson Theatre (50th Anniversary Celebration, Sunshine Boys), Mark Taper Forum (Bent, Steward of Christendom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), La Jolla Playhouse (The Squirrels, Guards at the Taj, Sideways, The Nightingale), Kansas City Repertory Theatre (Sex with Strangers), Kirk Douglas Theatre (Mutthouse, Endgame, Twist Your Dickens), Pasadena Playhouse (Stoneface, Above the Fold), the Los Angeles Theatre (Carrie), The Montalbán Theatre (I Only Have Eyes), The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Blues in the Night) and Geffen Playhouse (The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona, Play Dead, Wrecks, Some Girls). She earned 22 Ovation Award nominations and won the Ruth Morley Award from the League of Professional Theater Women, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Theatre Circle Kinetic Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Design. cricketsmyers.com

Kelly Todd (Choreography) a UCLA theatre alumna, has directed, choreographed and performed in musicals in Los Angeles and New York. She is a proud resident artist at the Chance Theater, where some of her favorite projects have been Lysistrata Jones, for which she received a 2014 Ovation Award for Best Choreography; West Side Story, for which she received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle 2012 Special Award for Fight Choreography; and Triassic Parq (2013) and Jerry Springer: The Opera (2011), both of which won the Ovation Award for Best Musical in an Intimate Theatre and garnered Ovation Award nominations for Best Choreography. She was named Southern California’s Choreographer of the Year in 2011 and 2012 by StageSceneLA. Her other credits include SCR’s Once, The Light in the Piazza, Ivy + Bean: The Musical, Absurd Person Singular and Seussical; The Who’s Tommy at Segerstrom Center for the Arts; and two world premieres, Keep Movin’ On, featuring the music of Sam Cooke, and What’s Going On, featuring the music of Marvin Gaye. She is currently a professor in the Theatre Department at Pepperdine University.

Philip D. Thompson (Accent Coach) teaches at UC-Irvine and works as a voice and dialect coach for professional and university productions. He is certified as a master teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, is the co-founder of Knight-Thompson Speechwork and is the past president of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. He is the head of voice and text at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and has served as resident coach there for 19 seasons and more than 100 productions. He has coached at Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company and Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among others including numerous productions at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. This is his 32nd production at SCR.

Jamie A. Tucker* (Stage Manager) is excited to return to SCR. He completed his MFA in dance, specializing in stage management, at UC-Irvine (1994), and his MBA in marketing from the University of Redlands (2014). He is currently a professor of stage management and production management at CSU-Fullerton. At SCR, he has stage-managed or assisted on more than 60 productions. Some of his favorites have been the world premieres of Three Days of Rain, The Violet Hour, The Dazzle, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and Mr. Marmalade. His other favorites include Elemeno Pea, Jitney, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Crimes of the Heart, Fences, Anna in the Tropics, The Trip to Bountiful, A View from the Bridge, Chinglish, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet and The Light in the Piazza. He had the pleasure of working seven seasons on La Posada Mágica and six seasons at the helm of A Christmas Carol. If you can’t find him in the theatre, he is likely to be riding his bike through the canyons of south Orange County. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Kathryn Davies* (Assistant Stage Manager) previously stage-managed Sugar Plum Fairy, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, The Roommate, All the Way, Future Thinking, Red, Vietgone, OZ 2.5, The Whipping Man, Tartuffe, Reunion, Trudy and Max in Love, Ivy+Bean: the Musical, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, Sight Unseen, Topdog/Underdog, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Doctor Cerberus, Ordinary Days, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, The Injured Party, The Brand New Kid and Imagine—all at SCR. Her favorite credits include The Wars at the Grand Theatre; Dividing the Estate at Dallas Theater Center; La Bohème at Tulsa Opera; The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Old Globe; Daddy Long Legs at Laguna Playhouse; Tosca and La Fille du Régiment at Opera Ontario; Of Mice and Men at Theatre Calgary, CanStage, Neptune Theatre; The Dresser at Manitoba Theatre Centre; Skylight at Tarragon Theatre; To Kill a Mockingbird at Citadel Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Calgary; and The Designated Mourner at Tarragon Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Davies also has worked as head theatre representative at the Toronto International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, AFI Fest, TCM Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival and as team leader at Sundance. 

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Devin Archer, Erica Hanrahan-Ball and David St. Louis in "Sweeney Todd." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Robert Mammana, Katy Tang, Jamey Hood, Juliana Hansen and Roland Rusinek in "Sweeney Todd." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Jamey Hood and David St. Louis in "Sweeney Todd." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Roland Rusinek in "Sweeney Todd." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Cast members in "Sweeney Todd." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Jamey Hood and David St. Louis in "Sweeney Todd." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Jamey Hood and David St. Louis in "Sweeney Todd." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Jamey Hood and Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper in "Sweeney Todd." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Jamey Hood and David St. Louis in "Sweeney Todd." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
Devin Archer and Juliana Hansen in "Sweeney Todd." Photo by Jordan Kubat.
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