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By Brian Robin

Meet the Creative Team

Two Acclaimed Directors Headline The Creative Team For “Voices Of America,” The Rotating Repertory Of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes And Appropriate By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins That Forms The Centerpiece Of SCR’s 2022-23 Season.

Lisa Peterson Returns To SCR With The Little Foxes. Her SCR Credits Include Aubergine By Julia Cho, Culture Clash (Still) In America, The Madwoman In The Volvo By Sandra Tsing Loh And The 1996 World Premiere Of Collected Stories By Donald Margulies. Peterson Is A Two-Time Obie Award-Winner Who Has Directed World Premieres For Such Acclaimed Writers As Tony Kushner, Naomi Wallace, Luis Alfaro, Jose Rivera, Beth Henley And Ellen McLaughlin, Among Others. At Center Theatre Group, Peterson Directed Lynn Nottage’s Sweat And Culture Clash’s Chavez Ravine, Which Won A 2015 Ovation Award For Best Production. She Brings A Familiarity With Hellman’s Work, Having Directed Hellman’s Watch On The RhineAt Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, The Director Of Appropriate, Is A Major Presence In The San Diego Theatre Scene, Quickly Becoming One Of The Most Exciting Directors In The Country. Her Directing Credits Include Productions At The Old Globe, San Diego Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Cygnet Theatre And Actors Theatre Of Louisville Humana Festival, Among Others. An Accomplished Director Of New Works, Turner Sonnenberg Directed Numerous Workshops And Staged Readings At The Old Globe, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Diego Rep, Arena Stage And National New Play Network. She Is The Founder And Former Artistic Director Of MOXIE Theatre, Where She Received The Des McAnuff New Visions Award And Was Named The 2015 Director Of The Year By The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle.

Lawrence Moten Makes His SCR Debut As Scenic Designer, And Is Tasked With Creating A Single Set That Will Be Adapted For Both Productions. Moten Designed Scenery For Chicken And Biscuits At The Circle In The Square Theatre On Broadway. His Off-Broadway Credits Include Patience (Second Stage) And STEW(Page 73). Regionally, He Designed Trouble In Mind At The Old Globe, Among Others. Moten Also Designed The World-Premiere Productions Of It’s Not A Trip, It’s A Journey And We Declare You A Terrorist As Part Of The National Capital New Play Festival. He Teaches At Princeton And Queens College.

Costume Designer Dominique Fawn Hill Also Makes Her SCR Design Debut. Her Credits Include An UntitledNew Play By Justin Timberlake And One Night In Miami (City Theatre Company), Journeys To Justice (Portland Opera), STEW (Soho Rep), Grace (Ford’s Theatre), Tambo & Bones (Playwrights Horizons Center Theatre Group) And Where The Mountain Meets The Sea (Manhattan Theatre Club) Among Others.

Lighting Designer Tom Ontiveros Is No Stranger To SCR. His Lengthy List Of SCR Design Credits Include TigerStyle!, Last Stop On Market Street, Culture Club (Still) In America, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Going To A Placewhere You Already Are, Fast Company, The Mother****** With The Hat And The Long Road Today. His Off-Broadway Credits Include The Exonerated (The Culture Project) And Tune In Festival (Park Avenue Armory). Ontiveros’ Designs Were Seen At The Denver Center For The Performing Arts, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, LA Opera And East West Players. He Received The Lucille Lortel Award, Unique Theatrical Experience For The Exonerated And The LA Drama Critics Best Lighting Design For My Barking Dog. Ontiveros Is An Assistant Professor Of Design At University Of La Verne.

Sound Designer Melanie Chen Cole Also Returns To SCR, Where Her Credits Include Where The MountainMeets The Moon And Rest (Assistant Sound Designer). She Has Designed At Regional Theatres All Over The Country, Including Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center For The Performing Arts, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory, Theatre, The Old Globe, PlayMakers Repertory Company And Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Dialect Coach Nathan Crocker Has Brought His Knowledge Of Speech, Accents And Dialects To A Myriad Of Theatrical Productions, Including Familiar (The Old Globe), A Christmas Carol, The Gods Of Comedy (McCarter Theatre), Othello, Henry VI, Part I, Twelfth Night, The Price (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Confederates, Once On This Island (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Joe Turner’s Come AndGone(Huntington Theatre Company) And The Brothers (American Players Theatre), Among Others. He Teaches Speech & Accents For UC San Diego And University Of San Diego’s MFA Acting Programs.

Dramaturg Maria Patrice Amon Brings A Versatile Portfolio As A Director, Producer, Dramaturg And Scholar To The Productions. Her Dramaturgy Credits Include Manifest Destinitis And Beachtown (San Diego Repertory Theatre). A 2020 National Directing Fellow And Associate Artistic Director At San Diego Repertory Theatre, Amon Is A Board Member Of The National New Play Network And An Assistant Professor At Cal State San Marcos, Where She Directed DREAM HOUSE. She Also Holds A JD From California Western School Of Law.

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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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