By Brian Robin
Meet the Creative Team for Nina Simone: Four Women
We first saw Logan Vaughn at SCR last spring when she staged the artful and dynamic Pacific Playwrights Festival Samples from The Lab reading of Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life. Vaughn returns to SCR heading an experienced creative team for Nina Simone: Four Women.
An award-winning, New York-based director, Vaughn won Broadway World’s 2019 Outstanding Play Production award for directing the world premiere of America V, 2.1: The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of the American Negroby Stacey Rose. She received a 2019 Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Direction of a Play for the New York premiere of Loy A. Webb’s The Light at MCC Theater. Vaughn’s directorial credits took her to The Public Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Apollo Theater, Mosaic Theater, The National Black Theatre and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, among others. She is a professor of acting at University of Missouri Kansas City. In 2019, Vaughn was named associate artistic director of Ojai Playwrights Conference.
Chicago-based set designer Jack Magaw makes his SCR debut after designing the world premiere of Relentless at TimeLine Theatre and Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Magaw’s design credits include productions at Court Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Repertory, Baltimore Center Stage, Alliance Theatre and Audible Theatre, among others.
Costume Designer Jessica Ford returns to SCR for the first time in nine years, having designed the costumes for The Fantasticks in 2013. Ford’s designs were seen in the world premieres of Coming Home at Long Wharf Theatre and Berkeley Repertory, Transfers at MCC Theater, The Agitators at Geva Theatre Center and Kill Local at La Jolla Playhouse. Ford earned Ovation and Drama Desk Award Nominations and a LA Drama Critics Circle Award for her designs.
Everett Elton Bradman makes his SCR debut designing sound and working on original music. A versatile designer and composer, Bradman’s credits include the West Coast premieres of Trayf at Geffen Playhouse and Red Oleanders at UC Riverside. He’s also designed for filmed theater (Hieroglyph at San Francisco Playhouse), for podcasts (Z Space/Word for the Word’s Retablos trilogy) and for outdoor productions (The Waste Land for Oakland Theatre Project). Bradman co-wrote a musical for Bay Area Children’s Theatre and The Rose Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska.
Projection Designer Yee Eun Nam returns to SCR after creating projection design for Clean/Espejos last spring. That was her third SCR project, following design work on The Canadians and Aubergine. A multiple-Ovation Award nominee. Nam won a 2020 LA Drama Critics Circle Theatrical Excellence Award for CGI/Video. Nam’s work could be seen at Audible Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, San Francisco Symphony, L.A. Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Goodman Theatre, Kansas City Repertory, Center Theatre Group, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Pasadena Playhouse, among others
This is Choreographer Kevin Boseman’s first SCR production. His choreography credits include the world premiere of America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro at Barrington Stage Company, WiLDFLOWER at The Apollo Theater and The Sensational Sea Mink-ettes at Ojai Playwrights Conference. Previously, Boseman was a featured dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Alvin Alley American Dance Theater.