ADAM IMMERWAHR (Director) is the Artistic Director of Village Theatre, where he is responsible for season selection and oversees the artistic, education, and production departments. He previously served as artistic director of Theater J, the associate artistic director at McCarter Theatre, and the resident director of Passage Theatre. Adam’s producing credits include new works by Edward Albee, Christopher Durang, Danai Gurira, Fiasco Theater, Will Power, Stephen Wadsworth, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Ken Ludwig, several of which have transferred to Broadway or Off-Broadway. As a director, Adam’s work has been seen from Aspen to Zimbabwe, including at some of the top theaters in the country: The Public and Theater Row (both for Summer Play Festival), Ensemble Studio Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, McCarter Theater, Cleveland Play House, Theater J, Passage Theater, Luna Stage, Hangar Theater, Bristol Riverside, and many others. He serves on the executive committee of the Board of the Alliance for Jewish Theater, the Board of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, and is an inaugural member of the Drama League Director’s Council.
J. ALLEN SUDDETH, he/him (Fight Director) is a Broadway veteran with Disney’s Aladdin and 12 more, plus 150 Off-Broadway, and hundreds of regional theatre shows. He has stunt coordinated over 750 TV episodes, too. Past faculty at Juilliard, SUNY Purchase, Rutgers, NYU, Strasberg NY. Allen is ranked as a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors.
MISHA KACHMAN (Scenic Designer) has worked at Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Court Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Opera Royal Versailles, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Round House Theatre, Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Theatre for a New Audience, The Wilma, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre, among many others. Mr. Kachman serves as professor and head of MFA in design at University of Maryland.
JESS GOLDSTEIN, he/him (Original Costume Designer) is a Tony Award-winning costume designer whose credits include Jersey Boys, Disney’s Newsies, The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, Henry IV with Kevin Kline, The Apple Tree with Kristin Chenoweth, Proof, Take Me Out, How I Learned to Drive, and Buried Child as well as classics and premieres at theatres across America. Graduate and Professor Emeritus at the Yale School of Drama and a recipient of the 2015 Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award.
CHELSEA COOK (Costume Reimaginer) is a freelance costume designer, educator, and business owner. Her work has been seen at Village Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Opera, Kentucky Opera, George Street Playhouse, ArtsEmerson, and more. Previous Village Theatre credits include: Cinderella, MISS STEP, Pump Boys & Dinettes, and Trails. Select favorite designs include Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Tony Kiser Theater); O+E (Seattle Opera); and She’s Come Undone (Gregory Award Nomination, Book-It Repertory Theatre). Love to W&W.
NANCY SCHERTLER, she/her (Lighting Designer) Premiere productions on Broadway: Fool Moon, Largely New York (dir. Bill Irwin, Tony nomination), and at theatres across the country, including American Conservatory Theatre, Arena Stage, Children’s Theatre Company, Classic Stage Company, The Kennedy Center, Laura Pels International, Playwrights Horizons, Seattle Rep, and the Maryland Opera Studio. Ms. Schertler is a recipient of the 2018 Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theatre Arts in recognition of her work in the Washington DC Theatre community.
NICK KOURTIDES, he/him (Sound Designer and Composer) designs for musical theatre and creates sound environments for devised ensemble works. He is the global sound designer for Magic Mike Live in Las Vegas, London, Berlin, and Australia. Off-Broadway: Oratorio for Living Things (Ars Nova), Blacklight (Greenwich House), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), The Object Lesson (New York Theatre Workshop, Brooklyn Academy of Music), Elephant Room (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Carson McCullers Talks About Love (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), and Jomama Jones: Radiate (Soho Repertory Theatre). Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Play House, New York Stage and Film, McCarter Theatre Center, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Wilma Theater, Arden Theater, Prince Music Theater, and La Jolla Playhouse. He has also designed for A Period of Animate Existence, Cankerblossom, Isabella, Chekhov Lizardbrain, and Mission to Mercury (Pig Iron Theatre Company). Nick has taught sound design for live performance at Drexel University and Swarthmore College. He has received an Obie, Lucille Lortel, Bessie, and Barrymore awards. Learn more about Nick at nickkourtides.com.
CY PAOLANTONIO (Choreographer) is delighted to return to Village Theatre after performing on its stage in Mamma Mia!, Matilda, choreographing You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and co-directing Welcome Home. Performer, director, and choreographer at The Kennedy Center, The 5th Avenue Theatre, The Arad Fort in Bahrain, SXSW, Carnival Cruise Lines, BET, VH1, as well as other regional theatres around the country. Gratitude to this wonderful company and to all who make live arts possible!
RUTH EITEMILLER, she/her (Stage Manager) Recent credits: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (The 5th Avenue Theatre), A History of Theatre: About, By, For and Near and Sweat (ACT Theatre); Mr. Dickens and His Carol and Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer (Seattle Repertory Theatre). Ruth received the 2018 Melissa Hines Backstage Award, and currently leads the local group SM Collective. smcollectiveseattle.org
SUSANNAH BUTLER, she/her (Stage Manager) was born and raised in Seattle, and happy to be part of the Seattle theatre scene. Previous Village Theatre credits include No Way to Kill a Lady, and multiple staged readings of new works. Other credits include: Loves Labours’ Lost, Mother Courage and her Children, Much Ado About Nothing (Seattle Shakespeare Company/Wooden O); Outside Mullingar (Seattle Rep), and 63 Trillion (Sandbox Radio). Susy sends love to her family and friends, who have always been supportive.
BRIGID RIDGE, she/her (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be working on her first show at Village Theatre! Previous Seattle area credits include: Jeeves Takes a Bow, See How They Run (Taproot Theatre); Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey (Seattle Shakespeare Company); Love’s Labours Lost, Titus Andronicus, and Cyrano de Bergerac (Island Shakespeare Festival). She has a bachelor’s in theatre from Southern Oregon University.
CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE, founded in 1915 and recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is America’s first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, CPH has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate, and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. CPH has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,600 productions. Today, Cleveland Play House celebrates the beginning of its second century of service while performing in three state-of-the art venues at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.
KEN LUDWIG (Book) has had six productions on Broadway and eight in London’s West End. His 34 plays and musicals are staged around the world and throughout the United States every night of the year.
His first play, Lend Me a Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. Crazy For You is currently running on London’s West End. It was previously on Broadway for five years, on the West End for three, and won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical.
In addition, he has won the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theatre, two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Charles MacArthur Award, and the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year. His other plays include Moon Over Buffalo, Leading Ladies, Baskerville, Sherwood, Twentieth Century, Dear Jack, Dear Louise, A Fox on the Fairway, A Comedy of Tenors, The Game’s Afoot, Shakespeare in Hollywood, and Murder on the Orient Express. They have starred, among others, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Kristen Bell, Tony Shaloub, Joan Collins, and Henry Goodman.
His book “How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare”, published by Penguin Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays on theatre are published in the Yale Review. He gives the Annual Ken Ludwig Playwriting Scholarship at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and he served on the Board of Governors for the Folger Shakespeare Library for ten years. His first opera, Tenor Overboard, opened at the Glimmerglass Festival in July 2022. His most recent world premieres were Lend Me A Soprano and Moriarty, and his newest plays and musicals include Pride and Prejudice Part 2: Napoleon at Pemberley, Lady Molly of Scotland Yard, and Easter Parade.
His plays include commissions from the Agatha Christie Estate, the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Globe Theatre, and the Bristol Old Vic. For more information visit www.kenludwig.com.