The Tempest
by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller
songs by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
choreography by Matt Kent, Pilobolus
August 29, 2014 - September 28, 2014

The Tempest

Transformed onstage into a traveling tent show, this is The Tempest unlike anything you—or the Bard—ever envisioned!  As the wizard Prospero plots revenge on the enemies who banished him, the exuberant epic takes on a new life—thanks to the music (haunting ballads by the inimitable Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan), the magic (by Teller, of the legendary Penn and Teller duo) and the movement (by Pilobolus, the dance troupe Newsday called “mind-blowing…wildly creative…and physically daring”).

Previews: August 29 – September 4, 2014
Opening Night: September 5, 2014
Regular Performances: September 6 – 28, 2014

Recommendation: Middle school and above.  This production contains strobe lights and water-based haze effects.

Running Time: Approximately two hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.

Please Note: For this production, there is a row AA, which is located in front of row A and is not available for sale. Row A is the second row.

Produced in association with the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and The Smith Center, Las Vegas.

William Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest English-language writer of all time.  Born into a middle-class family in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, his 38 (or so) plays have been performed hundreds of thousands of times in countries all over the world and have inspired countless works in every art form.  His words have become such a part of our language that every day, people quote lines from his plays without even realizing they’re quoting Shakespeare.  Because so little is known about the Bard, he has been the subject of endless conjecture, as well as conspiracy theories that claim the man we call Shakespeare didn’t write the plays attributed to him.  Even Hollywood is looking into one of those theories the big-budget treatment this year in Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous.  What most everyone does agree on is that whoever wrote them was a genius.  Among his greatest works are Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear and The Merchant of Venice.

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

Miche Braden* (Rough Magic/Music Direction) is making her SCR debut. She is a product of the rich musical heritage of her hometown, Detroit, Mich., where she was the founder and former lead singer of the women’s jazz band, Straight Ahead. She was a protégé of Motown musicians Thomas “Beans” Bowles and Earl Van Dyke—leader of The Funk Brothers—and jazz master composer Harold McKinney. Braden is a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominee for her lead and musical direction role in The Devil’s Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith (New York City). She recently did vocal arrangements for Spike Lee’s newest joint, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, and a vocal over-dub for Queen Latifah’s HBO movie Bessie. Her international appearances include Gone With The Wind (Royal Manitoba Theatre Center), Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada, Opera De Lyon in France, Damien Foundation in Belgium, and concert and jazz venues in Japan. She has performed with Regina Carter, Alexis P. Suter, Milt Hinton, Lionel Hampton and others. Her recordings include “James Carter,” Gardenia’s for Lady Day, At the Crossroads, “Miche Braden,” Diva Out of Bounds-Ms. Miche, “Postmodern Jukebox” (YouTube), Sweet Child O’ Mine, Living On A Prayer, Story Of My Life (all music available on iTunes). and

Louis Butelli* (Antonio) is making his SCR debut. His off-Broadway credits include I Am The Wind (59E59); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The New Victory Theater); CYCLOPS: A Rock Opera (Ars Nova, 47th Street Theater, The New York Musical Theatre Festival Award for Outstanding Individual Performer and a Pulitzer Prize jury nomination). His regional credits include The Tempest (A.R.T., The Smith Center), Henry VIII (Folger Theatre, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor), Twelfth Night (Folger Theatre, Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor) and performances at The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse. His television credits include “The Knick,” “All My Children” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He is the executive director of Psittacus Productions,

Joel Davel (Rough Magic) is making his SCR debut. With a focus on original music and creative collaboration, Davel has collaborated with composer Paul Dresher for 16 years as part of his Electro-Acoustic Band, Davel/Dresher Duo, and with the international touring Double Duo quartet. This includes performances at Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and tours of Australia and Russia. Davel’s percussion career also includes performance and recording credits with groups led by electronic-diva Amy X Neuburg, percussionist William Winant, violinist Kaila Flexer, guitarist Jack West and David Tanenbaum. As a composer, music director, soloist and improviser, Davel has appeared solo on-stage for numerous productions for choreographer Claudine Naganuma, the Cream City Semi-Circus, and the California Shakespeare Theater. Davel’s intimate knowledge of electronic music instruments comes out of 20 years of technical design work with synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla, an inventor of controllers designed to expand performance into new electronic realms.

Nate Dendy* (Ariel) returns to SCR after appearing as The Mute in The Fantasticks (LA Drama Critics Circle and Helen Hayes Award nominations). His New York and regional credits include The Tempest (A.R.T. Cambridge, The Smith Center Las Vegas), Angels in America (Risk Theatre Initiative), Doctor Faustus, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Faultline Theatre), Ivanov (Hunger & Thirst Theatre) and Twelfth Night (Dallas Shakespeare Festival). He also has appeared onstage at Trinity Repertory Company, The Public Theater, MCC Theater and Arena Stage, among others. His film credits include Turtle Hill: Brooklyn. Dendy earned his MFA from Brown University/Trinity Repertory.

Dawn Didawick* (Gonzala) is making her SCR debut and has been with The Tempest from Las Vegas to Cambridge. Her varied credits include the Broadway production of All My Sons (Tony Award Best Revival); the films Erin Brockovich, Christmas with the Kranks, The Amateurs, Breakfast of Champions, I am I and the upcoming Bread and Butter; and on television in Almost a Woman (Peabody Award), “Pretty Little Liars” and her current recurring role as Eugenia Dobbs on “Hart of Dixie.” Other regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Globe Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Her multiple productions with The Antaeus Company include The Crucible, Autumn Garden, The Seagull, The Bear, Pera Palas, The Man Who Had All the Luck as well as playing Amanda in The Glass Menagerie and Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in the Classic Fest series. She is an honorary board member of The Alpine Theatre project in Whitefish, Montana. Didawick and her husband Harry Groener serve on the Board of The Antaeus Company.

Joby Earle* (Ferdinand) is making his SCR debut. His previous credits include on Broadway in War Horse; off-Broadway in Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet (Smith Street Stage); and regionally in The Tempest (A.R.T), Owners (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Puppetmaster of Lodz (Berkshire Theatre Group) and The Pitmen Painters (Palm Beach Dramaworks). He has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He is a company member of Smith Street Stage (

Zachary Eisenstat* (Caliban) is making his SCR debut. His regional credits include The Tempest, The Heart of Robin Hood, and The Donkey Show (A.R.T.); On the Town and The Chosen (Lyric Stage); Coriolanus (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); and The Play About the Baby (Exquisite Corps Theatre). His other theatre credits include Matchmaker, Matchmaker I’m Willing to Settle (New York Musical Theatre Festival) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston Landmarks Orchestra). Eisenstat holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. @thefarceur

Liz Filios* (Rough Magic) is making her SCR debut. She is a Philadelphia-based actress, musician and teaching artist. She has had the opportunity to perform with the Arden Theatre, The Wilma Theater, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Walnut Street Theatre, Bang On A Can, Inis Nua and the national children’s television network, PBS Kids Sprout. Her international credits include Cape Town Opera, Teatro Avvaloranti, San Juan de Dios Hospital and Celebrity Cruises. Filios also writes and performs with the experimental cabaret troupe The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, the funk band Johnny Showcase and the Mystic Ticket, and the roots/punk collective Old Town Wake. She studied Suzuki piano with Sharon Rae and voice with David Smukler at Canada’s National Voice Intensive. She holds a BFA in musical theatre from the University of Michigan.

Charlotte Graham* (Miranda) is making her SCR debut. Her New York credits include Amandine (workshop) at Cherry Lane Theatre and The Importance of Being Ernest Hemingway at Access Theater. Her regional theatre credits include The Tempest at A.R.T.; Three Sisters, Build and Love’s Labour’s Lost at Chautauqua Theater Company; Camelot at Trinity Repertory Company; Beast at New York Stage & Film; and Life Science at Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep. She appeared in the films The Hot Flashes, Beijing, New York and on television in “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Hart of Dixie” and “Joe, Joe & Jane” (NBC pilot). She earned her BA from Brown University and her MFA from the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program in Acting.

Eric Hissom* (Stephano) is thrilled be part of this tempest-uous tour and to be making his SCR debut. His theatrical credits include the national tour of The Thirty-Nine Steps, and appearances in sundry productions at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Asolo Repertory, Syracuse Stage, Cape Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, Two River Theater, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Signature Theatre and many others. He is a director, playwright and a long-time artistic associate of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, where he was founding director of the Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays. His television credits include “One Tree Hill,” “Mortal Kombat,” and “Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.” His feature film credits include Out of Time. Hissom has an MFA from the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory.

Jonathan M. Kim* (Trinculo) is making his SCR debut. His off-Broadway credits include In Masks Outrageous and Austere (he originated the role of the Interpreter) and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (principal/soloist). His film credits include The New Guy, Second Hand Lions and Pastor Sheperd. He has appeared on television in “Boardwalk Empire” and “Barney and Friends.” He received his BA in theatre and dance from the University of Texas.

Edmund Lewis* (Sebastian) is making his first SCR appearance. He played the role of Sebastian in both of the original productions of The Tempest at The Smith Center in Las Vegas and A.R.T. in Cambridge. Previously, he appeared off-Broadway in Bedlam Theatre’s acclaimed productions of Saint Joan and Hamlet (Lynn Redgrave Theater). His other New York credits include Sackville and Mr. Harris in The Libertine (Fools Theatre); Mark in The Philadelphia, Kafka in Words, Words, Words, Sir Richard Attenborough in Time Flies (Bang Theatre Collective); Oronte in The Misanthrope, Pozzo in Waiting For Godot, Creon in Antigone (Pilot House); The Father in One Way to Babylon, Banquo in Macbeth (Chimera Theatre); and Horny Delivery Guy in 95% Chance They’ll Wind Up Like Larvae (New York Fringe Festival). His television credits include “All My Children” (ABC Television) and voices on “Pokemon” and “Yugioh!” Lewis can also be seen in his friend Gregory Abbey’s web series, “Marriage & Other Tragedies.”

Mike McShane* (Alonso) returns to SCR after appearing in Cyrano De Bergerac and Dumb Show. He was an original cast member of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?(UK) and appeared in Little Shop of Horrors, Tailor Made Man and Pocket Dream (West End UK); and La Cage aux Folles and Taller Than a Dwarf on Broadway. His film credits include Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Richie Rich, Tom and Huck, Office Space and Big Trouble. His television appearances include “Seinfeld,” “ER,” “Brotherly Love,” “Frasier,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” the soon to be released “Wayward Pines” as well as the British shows “Doctor Who,” “A Summer Days’ Dream,” “The Big One” and “S&M.” McShane is a proud member of Impro Theater and The Antaeus Company in Los Angeles.

Manelich Minniefee* (Caliban) is an actor and physical performer living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2003, Manelich received his BFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Later that same year he joined Pilobolus Dance Theater, where he toured full-time for six years, two years as the dance captain. Minniefee currently works as a freelance performer in New York City and has worked with artists and companies such as Tino Sehgal, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Inbal Pinto, Alison Chase Performance Group, Yara Travieso and The Greenwich Opera Company, as well as continuing to perform and teach with Pilobolus. Minniefee’s television appearances include the 2007 Academy Awards telecast, “Ellen,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “Sesame Street” and commercials for the NFL Network and BBVA Bank (Spain).

Tom Nelis* (Prospero) is making his SCR debut. His previous credits include the Broadway productions of Enron, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial and Aida. Off-Broadway, he appeared in Road Show, Richard III, Henry VI, Henry IV, ’Tis Pity She’s A Whore, American Document and The Merchant of Venice (The Public Theater); Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons); Ipheginia 2.0, Hot ‘N’ Throbbing (Signature Theater); Passion, Orlando (Classic Stage Company); The Merchant of Venice, The Broken Heart, The Jew of Malta (Theatre for a New Audience); The Medium, Score (New York Theatre Workshop); Songs and Stories From Moby Dick, War of the Worlds (Brooklyn Academy of Music); Lilith (New York City Opera); Gross Indecencies (Minetta Lane Theatre); and Hot Mouth (Manhattan Theater Club). He has worked internationally with Richard Foreman, Laurie Anderson, SITI Company, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Suzuki Company of Toga. Nelis is a founding member of SITI Company, now in it’s 21st year. He is the recipient of Obie (The Medium) and San Diego Critics Ensemble (Wintertime) Awards, and Drama League (Score) and Barrymore Award (Candide) nominations. Nelis received his MFA from UC San Diego.

Christopher Rose (Minion/Ariel Understudy) is making his SCR debut. He is a magician and mystery entertainer in Las Vegas. He has performed his private show at numerous hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, including The Royal Resort, The Orleans Hotel and The Harmon Theater, which is part of Planet Hollywood. Tony Hassini, president of the International Magician Society, calls him, “The greatest living mind reader.” In addition, Rose has worked as a part of the production team (magic design) on several shows including WonderGround and Jeff McBride’s Magic at the Edge.

Matt Spencer (Rough Magic) is making his SCR debut. Born in Long Beach, Calif., he has played music professionally for more than 25 years. Spencer is a multi-instrumentalist musician, who plays bass, guitar and percussion and specializes in a variety of world music. He studied jazz performance at the University of North Texas and presently teaches, records, writes and tours internationally, playing many different styles. He is a dance accompanist for modern dance classes at Chapman University and at UC Irvine. He was musical director for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Md., for his own 10-piece salsa orchestra and has toured with the renowned tap dance company, Rhapsody in Taps. Spencer plays salsa, jazz, Latin jazz and contemporary music locally in Los Angeles and Orange County, with premier world class musicians.
Creative Team
Aaron Posner (Co-Director/Adapter) is a Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning playwright and director. His adaptations include Macbeth (with Teller), Stupid Fucking Bird (a finalist for the Steinberg Award and the winner of the 2014 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, adapted from Chekhov’s The Seagull), Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love) (adapted from Kurt Vonnegut short stories), The Chosen and My Name Is Asher Lev (adapted from the Chaim Potok novels), Sometimes a Great Notion (adapted from Ken Kesey), a nine-actor Cyrano, and a musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage. He is a founder and former artistic director of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre and has directed at major regional theaters from coast to coast. He is an artistic associate at Milwaukee Repertory and the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Teller (Co-Director/Adapter/Magic) has been the smaller, quieter half of Penn & Teller since 1975. With Penn Jillette, he has played off- and on-Broadway, toured in North America and Britain and currently is the longest-running headline act in Las Vegas. Penn & Teller have written and starred in television series and specials, including eight seasons of the Emmy-nominated Showtime series “Penn & Teller: Bullshit!”; “Penn & Teller Tell a Lie” on Discovery; “Penn & Teller’s Sincity Spectacular” on FX; “Behind the Scenes,” a PBS children’s series on the arts; “The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller,” a magic and comedy series on England’s Channel 4; and two current series, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” for The CW and “Wizard Wars” for SyFy. Teller has written for The Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker; as well as three books with Jillette and two on his own. He is a frequent contributor to “All Things Considered” on NPR. Teller and Aaron Posner co-directed a version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and he co-wrote and directed the acclaimed stage production Play Dead, (off-Broadway and Los Angeles). Earlier this year, Teller made his feature-length film directorial debut with the Oscar-shortlisted and BAFTA-nominated Tim’s Vermeer, a Sony Pictures Classics release.

Pilobolus (Movement and Choreography) was founded in 1971. Pilobolus has built its fervent and expanding international following by showing the human body to be the most expressive, universal and magical of media. Featured on the likes of “Oprah,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and the “Academy Awards.” Pilobolus has been awarded the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Scotsman Award, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choreography, a TED Fellowship for presenting at the TED conference in 2005, and a 2012 Grammy Award nomination for its interactive music video collaboration with OK Go and Google Chrome Japan, “All Is Not Lost” (

Matt Kent (Choreographer, Pilobolus) is the associate artistic director of Pilobolus and has worked with the company since 1996 as a dancer, collaborator, creative director, choreographer and associate artistic director. His past Pilobolus projects include head choreographer for Magnifico; choreographer for a sports Emmy-nominated teaser created with the NFL network; and choreographer for an appearance on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Kent is one of the creators of Pilobolus’s Shadowland. He has performed in more than 24 countries and in Pilobolus’s appearance on the “79th Academy Awards.” He also has been a zombie choreographer for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and movement consultant on the Duncan Sheik musical, Whisper House.

Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan (Songs). Tom Waits is an Oscar-nominated songwriter, Golden Globe recipient, Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Waits and Kathleen Brennan, his long-time collaborator and wife, were recently named number four in a list of the “100 Best Living Songwriters” published by America’s Paste magazine. Waits’s music is recognized for its distinctive orchestrations and arrangements. He has recorded more than 20 albums including Bad As Me and appeared in well over 20 films, working with such maverick directors as Jim Jarmusch, Terry Giliam, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Altman.

Daniel Conway (Scenic Design) is making his SCR design debut. His recent projects include the premiere of Love in Afghanistan for Arena Stage; The Diary of Anne Frank for Milwaukee Repertory; End of The Rainbow for Milwaukee Repertory; the premiere of Ken Ludwig’s new play, The Game’s Afoot, for the Cleveland Play House; the American premiere of Sucker Punch for Studio Theatre; Company, Hairspray, Chess and Sunset Boulevard for Signature Theatre Company; Sabrina Fair for Ford’s Theatre; The Merry Wives of Windsor for The Shakespeare Theater Company; The Aliens for Studio Theatre; and August Osage County for Arden Theatre Company. His current and upcoming productions include Sunday in the Park with George for Signature Theatre Company and By the Way Meet Vera Stark for The Juilliard School. He has been nominated 12 times for Washington, D.C.’s Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Set Designs and he received the award twice: in 2000 and most recently in 2009 for Stunning, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, directed by Anne Kaufmann.

Paloma Young (Costume Design) returns to SCR where she designed costumes for Pride and Prejudice, You, Nero, A Wrinkle in Time, The Brand New Kid and Charlotte’s Web. Her other credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, Tony Award), Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino, Lucille Lortel Award), Titus Andronicus (California Shakespeare Theatre, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Old Globe), Fly By Night (Dallas Theatre Center and Playwrights Horizons), The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (Playwrights Horizons), Wildflower (Second Stage Theatre), Current Nobody and Hoover Comes Alive (La Jolla Playhouse) and Dos Pueblos (Miracle Theatre Group). Young holds an MFA from UC San Diego.

Christopher Akerlind (Lighting Design) returns to SCR where he previously designed Measure for Measure, Anna in the Tropics, A Little Night Music and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Recent work includes the American premiere of Huang Ro’s Dr. Sun Yat Sen for the Santa Fe Opera, the world premiere of Sting’s new musical The Last Ship, the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne for the San Francisco Opera, Martha Clarke’s new work Cheri for Signature Theatre and the Broadway production of Rocky, for which he received his sixth Tony Award nomination. He is the recipient of Chicago’s Michal Merritt Award in Design and Collaboration, as well as an Obie, two Drama Desk Awards and the 2005 Tony Award for his work on The Light in the Piazza.

Charles Coes (Co-Sound Design) is a sound designer for theatre and live entertainment. His past projects include Queen of the Night at the Paramount Hotel in New York City; Third, On Borrowed Time and Electric Baby at Two River Theater; Accidental Death of An Anarchist at Yale Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Servant of Two Masters at The Shakespeare Theatre Company; Passion Play at Yale Repertory Theatre; My Wonderful Day at The Wilma Theater; Parade at Ford’s Theatre; Kiss Me Kate and My Fair Lady with Yale Music Theatre of the Air; Guthrie Theater; Wanda’s Monster, Louis Armstrong: Jazz Ambassador and The Butterfly with Making Books Sing; aerial and aquatic spectaculars on Royal Caribbean Cruise ships; art installations with Anne Hamilton, Luis Roldan and Abelardo Morel; and work as a Broadway associate for Darron L West, Mark Bennet and Bray Poor.

Darron L West (Co-Sound Design) returns to SCR, having previously designed How The World Began and Chinglish. He is a Tony and Obie Award-winning sound designer whose work for theatre and dance has been heard in more than 500 productions nationally and internationally, on Broadway and off. His accolades for sound design include the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel and AUDELCO Awards and the Henry Hewes Design Award. He is a proud recipient of the 2012 Princess Grace Statue.

Johnny Thompson (Magic Design) is making his SCR debut. Thompson (The Great Tomsoni) has written, developed and provided material for magicians including Siegfried and Roy, Penn and Teller, Doug Henning, Lance Burton, David Blaine and The Amazing Jonathan. He was the magic consultant off-Broadway for Play Dead, for which he won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award in the category of Illusion/Magic Design. In conjunction with Teller, he designed the magic effects for The Exorcist at the Geffen Theatre. His television and film credits as a magic advisor/consulting include: “Fool Us,” “Hart to Hart,” “Fantasy Island,” “One Day at a Time,” “Beyond Westworld,” The Fantasticks, Bogus, Houdini–Believe and The Magic Box.

Thom Rubino (Magic Engineering and Construction) is making his SCR design debut. Rubino started designing illusions, theatrical effects and displays more than 20 years ago. In 1999, he moved to Las Vegas to continue his journey. His company, Thom Rubino Illusions, has a client list that includes Armani Exchange, Goldman Sachs, Gucci, Sephora, Myth Busters, Siegfried and Roy Productions, Cirque Du Soleil and Teller. He says, “It’s a privilege to be part of Teller’s and Johnny Thompson’s Tempest magic team.”

Kenny Wollesen (Instrument Design and Wollesonics) is making his SCR design debut. He is the founder of the Wollesonic Laboratories and mastermind behind Sonic Massages and the Himalayas Marching Band. Among his sound designs are Great Small Works, Puppeteers Cooperative and Imagination Explosion. As a musician, he has performed in numerous theatre productions including Alice, directed by Robert Wilson and Tom Waits, and at venues such as Thalia Theatre and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As a composer, he has written previously for Aaron Posner and Teller for their production of Macbeth. He also has composed music for productions at Two River Theater and Folger Theatre. Wollesen has worked with Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Sean Lennon, Ben Goldberg, Laurie Anderson, Steve Bernstein, Jonas Mekas, Butch Morris, Ilhan Ersahin, Hal Wilner, John Medeski, Jim Hall and John Zorn.

Katie Ailinger* (Stage Manager) is making her SCR debut. Her off-Broadway credits include Nixon’s Nixon, FreshPlay Festival (MCC Theatre), Trial by Water, I-Land (Ma-Yi Theatre), and Fan Tan King (PanAsian Repertory). A Boston-based stage manager, she works at the American Repertory Theater, having stage-managed The Tempest, The Lily’s Revenge, Woody Sez, Futurity: The Musical and Ajax. Her additional Boston credits include Cry of the Reed, Streamers, HTC Summer Play Festival and the upcoming world premiere of Second Girl by Ronan Noone (Huntington Theatre Company); A Delicate Balance, The Secret Rapture (Trinity Repertory Company); RED, The Divine Sister, The Great American Trailer Park Musical (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Henry VIII, Pericles (Actors Shakespeare Project); and three seasons of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (Cutler Majestic Theatre and northeast tour). Her regional theatre credits include Center Theatre Group, Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Actors’ Gang, Theatre @ Boston Court and Coronet Theatre. She holds a BFA in stage management from the University of Southern California and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Kristen Cruz* (Assistant Stage Manager) has been a part of the stage management team at SCR for five seasons and 15 productions. She holds an MFA in stage management from UC Irvine and a BA in theatre arts and minor in music from Vanguard University. Her other theatre credits include work at Laguna Playhouse, Irvine Barclay Theatre, The Wooden Floor, Little Fish Theatre, The Actor’s Fund, American Coast Theatre Company, Chance Theater and numerous dance companies in Southern California. Cruz is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.

Magdalene Spanuello (Associate Director) is a Chicago-based theatre director and adjunct music theatre faculty member at Carthage College. She has been on the directing staff of The Tempest since its inception at The Smith Center in Las Vegas. Her international credits include Next to Normal and Seussical, the Musical! (Shanghai Conservatory of Music). Among her regional credits are A Christmas Carol, Gutenberg! The Musical!, Forever Plaid (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); Mary Dyer (Prologue Theatre Company, Chicago); and Arms and The Man (Ten Chimneys). Coming up, she will be working on Evita (Carthage College). She received her MFA from Western Illinois University. She is overjoyed to be back assisting Aaron on such a phenomenal project. Love and thanks to Aaron and Teller.

American Repertory Theater The A.R.T at Harvard University is a leading force in American theatre, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theatre by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theatrical experiences. Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin (2013) and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012), both of which Artistic Director Diane Paulus directed; a Pulitzer Prize; a Jujamcyn Prize for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent; the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater; and numerous Elliot Norton and I.R.N.E. (Independent Reviewers of New England) Awards.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, a 258-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. @SmithCenterLV

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

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There’s the magician seeking revenge, his beautiful daughter, her love and magic. It’s The Tempest. Adapted by Aaron Posner and Teller, it’s different and thrilling. Need a refresher on the story?read more

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