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By Brian Robin

Meet the Creative Team of "Coleman ’72"

Coleman ’72 director Chay Yew returns to SCR for the first time since he directed Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee in March 2018. The accomplished director helms a talented, dynamic creative team bringing Coleman ’72 to life for theatregoers. Playwright Charlie Oh’s SCR debut runs April 23-May 14 on the Julianne Argyros Stage.

After his successful direction of Yee’s work at SCR, Yew directed Cambodian Rock Band off-Broadway (Signature Theatre), one of 11 New York credits on his resume. Winner of the 2007 Obie Award for his direction of Durango by Julia Cho, Yew’s directing credits include productions at most of America’s major regional theatres, including Goodman Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Kennedy Center, Alley Theatre, Center Theatre Group and the Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others.

Daniel Ostling (Scenic Design) is a two-time Tony Award-nominated designer who returns to SCR for the first time since designing the set for the 2010 production of Becky Shaw. His recent credits include Eurydice (Metropolitan Opera and L.A. Opera), river/Cloud (Taipei), Music Man (Goodman Theatre), Madame Butterfly (K-Ballet/Tokyo) and Lookingglass Alice (Lookingglass Theatre Company). Ostling is an ensemble member of the Lookingglass in Chicago, where he has designed more than 30 productions. He’s designed sets at many of the country’s major regional theatres, including Lincoln Center, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and La Jolla Playhouse, among others. Internationally, Ostling’s designs have graced stages in Milan, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Melbourne, Calgary and Taipei.

Sara Ryung Clement (Costume Design) is a multi-talented designer and SCR veteran who has designed sets and costumes for numerous theatres across the country. She designed the costumes for such SCR productions as A Shot Rang OutCambodian Rock BandA Doll’s House, Part 2, 4000 MilesCompleteness and Becky Shaw. Clement’s other SCR credits include designing sets and costumes for How the World Began and the sets for Absurd Person Singular. Her work has been seen off-Broadway at Second Stage Uptown and Ma-Yi and at regional theatres such as Guthrie Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Folger Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Repertory, Center Stage Baltimore, East West Players, Yale Repertory Theatre and Native Voices at the Autry, among others. Clement is on the faculty of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Pablo Santiago (Lighting Design) returns to SCR after designing lighting for the 2016 production of Destiny of Desire. He’s won several awards for his design, including the 2017 Richard Sherwood Award and the StageRaw Award, along with multiple Ovation Award nominations. Santiago’s design work brought him to major theatres around the nation, including Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Goodman Theatre and the Arena Stage DC, among others. Santiago built a strong resume of opera and classical music credits, including L.A. Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Detroit Opera, Long Beach Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chymphony Orchestra, among others.

John Zalewski (Sound/Original Music) previously designed the sound for SCR’s productions of Destiny of DesireDead Man’s Cell Phonetokyo fish story and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. An eight-time Ovation Award winner who also owns seven L.A. Weekly and four Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, Zalewski’s sounds were heard on such works as Mayakovsky and Stalin (Cherry Lane Theatre), Macbeth (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Father (Pasadena Playhouse), Silent Sky (Perseverance Theatre), Destiny of Desire (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Ghosts (Odyssey Theater) and Love and Information (Antaeus Theatre).

A director of photography, documentary film maker and visual designer, Stephan Mazurek (Projection Design) makes his SCR debut on Coleman ’72. His projection designer credits include Mojada (Public Theater), TempestThe Cherry OrchardSonia FlewThe FundamentalsRussian Transport and The Wheel (all at Steppenwolf Theatre), Lady in Denmark (Goodman Theatre), Reverie: Simply Unspeakable (Second City Theatricals Montreal) and Better Late (Galway Arts Festival) among others. His documentary credits include The Road UpLouder Than A BombNo Small MatterMillion Dollar Pigeons and Love is a Verb, among others.

Andy Knight (Dramaturg) is the Director of The [email protected], where he oversees new play development programs and co-directs SCR’s renowned Pacific Playwrights Festival. His SCR dramaturgy credits include the world premieres of Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee and Vietgone by Qui Nguyen, and the West Coast premieres of Karen Zacarías Destiny of Desire and Sarah Burgess’ Kings. Knight’s other credits include workshops and productions at Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group and Artists at Play.

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South Coast Repertory

South Coast Repertory is a Tony Award-winning theatre is known for producing classics, contemporary hits and world premieres, for having the largest new-play development program in the nation and for advancing the art of theatre in service to the community. 

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