Creative Team

William Shakespeare


William Shakespeare was born in April 1564, in Stratford-Upon-Avon and died there in 1616. In addition to Romeo and Juliet, his works include Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, Julius Caesar, Henry VI, Richard III, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors, Taming of the Shrew, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Richard II, King John, Henry IV, Love’s Labour’s Won, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest.

David Leveaux


Broadway productions include: the Tony Award®-winning revivals of Nine with Antonio Banderas, Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing and Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie with Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson; the Tony®-nominated revivals of Fiddler on the Roof, Stoppard’s Arcadia, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal with Juliette Binoche, Stoppard’s Jumpers, Electra with Zoe Wanamaker and O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten with Kate Nelligan; Cyrano de Bergerac with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner; and The Glass Menagerie with Jessica Lange. Five Tony Award® nominations for Outstanding Direction. London credits include: Passion Play, Backbeat, Arcadia, Jumpers, The Real Thing, The Late Middle Classes, Nine, Sinatra Live at the London Palladium, Electra, The Father, No Man’s Land, Moonlight, Betrayal, The Distance From Here and A Moon for Misbegotten.

Jesse Poleshuck

Scenic Design

Jesse Poleshuck made his Broadway debut with Sly Fox starring Richard Dreyfuss and Eric Stoltz directed by Arthur Penn. Off-Broadway productions include: A Mother, A Daughter, And A Gun starring Olympia Dukakis directed by Jonathan Lynn, The Gorey Details at Century Center, and Menopause the Musical (New York and Las Vegas). He designed the national tour of Legends!, starring Joan Collins and Linda Evans. He has been the Associate Designer for numerous Broadway productions including: Edward Albee’s The Goat, Fortune’s Fool, The Ride Down Mount Morgan, and The Best Man and has worked at Second Stage, The Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe and The Palladium in London. He as served as a puppet consultant on The Lion King, a projection illustrator on Lennon, a special effects consultant for Universal Studios (Twister), as well as Art Direction for shows on CBS, MTV, PBS, and ABC.

Fabio Toblini

Costume Design

Off-Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Batboy; Freckleface Strawberry; The Divine Sister. Regional: Guthrie; Hartford Stage; Old Globe; Shakespeare Theatre; Ballet Arizona; Alley Theatre; American Players; Children’s Theatre Company; Goodspeed Musicals; Universal Studios Hollywood; Edinburgh Festival. Opera: Santa Fe Opera; Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Portland Opera; Gotham Chamber Opera; Nationale Reisopera; Tiroler Landestheater; Wexford Opera Festival; Opera Bałtycka. Awards: Irene Sharaff Young Master 2008, Connecticut Critics Circle Award 2012; Lucille Lortel nomination 2001.

David Weiner

Lighting Design

Broadway: Dead Accounts, Grace, Godspell, The Normal Heart, Reasons To Be Pretty, Butley, Dinner at Eight (LCT), Betrayal (Roundabout), The Real Thing. Off Broadway: MCC, MTC, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, NY Theater Workshop, Theater for a New Audience, Vineyard, Atlantic. Awards: 2012 Lucille Lortel Award (Through A Glass Darkly dir. David Leveaux), 2011 LA Ovation Award (Venice), 2011 Drama Desk nomination (Small Fire), 2005 Lucille Lortel Award (Rodney’s Wife).

David Van Tiegham

Original Music & Sound Design

Broadway: Doubt, Arcadia, The Lyons, The Normal Heart, The Big Knife, Inherit the Wind, Frozen, The Crucible. Off-Broadway: Wit, Through a Glass Darkly, How I Learned to Drive, The Grey Zone. Film/TV: Working Girls, Penn & Teller. Dance: Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Elizabeth Streb, Michael Moschen. Percussionist: Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, Eno, Steve Reich. Awards/Nominations: Drama Desk, Obie, Bessie, Lortel, Guggenheim. CDs: Thrown for a Loop, Strange Cargo, Safety in Numbers, These Things Happen.

David Brian Brown

Hair/Wig Design

Broadway: The Nance, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Death of a Salesman, Follies, Sister Act, Arcadia, A Steady Rain, Shrek, The Country Girl, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Butley, Tarzan, Chita The Dancers Life, The Odd Couple, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Gypsy, Flower Drum Song, Sweet Smell of Success, The Invention Of Love, Aida, The Iceman Cometh, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Sideshow, Steel Pier. Off-Broadway: Far From Heaven, Giant. Film: It’s Complicated, Angels in America (Emmy Nominated), Too Wong Foo…

JV Mercanti

Casting/Associate Director

As casting director: Cyrano de Bergerac (Kevin Kline). Casting associate: numerous shows for Roundabout Theatre Company and Broadway. Resident director: Peter Pan 360 and Cabaret (national tour). NYC and regional directing credits include Girls vs. Boys (Arsht); dark play, or stories for boys; Julia Pastrana, The Ugliest Woman in the World. JV most recently served as professor of acting and directing at the University of Miami. Upcoming book release: In Performance: Contemporary Monologues.

Hudson Theatrical Associates

Technical Supervisor

More than 65 Broadway productions and tours. Recent: Forever Tango, The Trip to Bountiful, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Manilow on Broadway, Cinderella, Glengarry Glen Ross, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Newsies, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. HTA is a member of Neil A. Mazzella’s Hudson family, which includes Hudson Scenic Studio and Hudson Sound & Light. Joining Neil on the HTA team are Sam Ellis, Brandon Curtis and Irene Wang.

Nancy Bannon

Movement Direction

Nancy Bannon conceives, writes and directs immersive and traditional theatre. Current: writing/developing a feature-length film, Cornfield. Former dancer: Doug Varone, Tere OConnor and Lar Lubovitch. Awards: three Princess Grace Awards, NY Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award. BFA dance, Juilliard.

Patsy Rodenburg

Voice Coach

OBE, was Head of Voice at Royal National Theatre for 16 years, having also worked extensively at the Royal Shakespeare Company and London’s Royal Court Theatre. She’s currently Head of Voice at Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Thomas Schall

Fight Direction

More than 40 Broadway shows, including Lucky Guy, Orphans, War Horse, Death of a Salesman, Venus in Fur, A Free Man of Color, The Merchant of Venice, A View From the Bridge, Waiting for Godot, The Seafarer, Mary Stuart.

Elliot Zimot

Bird Training

Elliot’s fresh approach to magic and illusion has thrilled audiences on television and in theatres throughout the U.S. and abroad. Training birds is second nature to him and part of his daily life. For more info, Elliot invites you to visit

Kristen Harris

Production Stage Manager

Broadway: Macbeth, Peter and the Starcatcher, How to Succeed…, La Cage aux Folles, Chicago, Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, Wicked, Never Gonna Dance, Annie Get Your Gun, The Green Bird, The Rainmaker. Tours: La Cage, The Color Purple, Mamma Mia!, Annie Get Your Gun, Rent, Robert Wilson’s Hamlet: A Monologue.

Robert Witherow

Stage Manager

Broadway: Macbeth, Million Dollar Quartet, Next to Normal, Boeing-Boeing, Avenue Q, Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème, Putting It Together. National tours: White Christmas, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Proof, Rent, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera. Film: Burlesque.

101 Productions, LTD

General Management

Wendy Orshan and Jeffrey M. Wilson founded their company in 1994, having first worked together at Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd. Associates: Elie Landau, Ron Gubin, Chris Morey. Recent: Annie, Ann, Lucky Guy, I’ll Eat You Last. Upcoming: Big Fish, A Time to Kill, The Bridges of Madison County.

James L. Nederlander


President of Nederlander Organization, son of James M. Nederlander (Chairman). Various producing credits include Kinky Boots, I’ll Eat You Last with Bette Midler, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Evita, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West Side Story, Next to Normal, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Million Dollar Quartet, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, Movin’ Out. Concerts: Robin Williams, Harry Connick Jr., Lewis Black, Pink Floyd, U2, the Rolling Stones and Billy Joel at Yankee Stadium.

Terry Allen Kramer


Incomplete listing: Broadway: Knock Knock; I Love My Wife; The Crucifer of Blood; Sugar Babies; Me and My Girl; The Goat… (Tony Award®); Movin’ Out (Tony Award®); Fiddler on the Roof; La Cage aux Folles; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Dirty Dancing; Grease; Cyrano de Bergerac; West Side Story; 9 to 5; Race; Come Fly Away; The Addams Family; Promises, Promises; The Merchant of Venice; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark; Evita; Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth; Kinky Boots (Tony Award®); I’ll Eat You Last. Off- Broadway: Reefer Madness, Gutenberg! The Musical! Trustee, NY Presbyterian Hospital.

Merritt Forrest Baer


Tony Award® winner for Death of a Salesman starring Philip Seymour Hoffman (Tony®, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards). Other productions include The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (Tony®, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics nominations) and the Public Theater’s pre-NYC workshop of Passing Strange. CEO and co-founder of TodayTix; BA from Stanford University; founding member of Friends of Yale Institute for Music Theatre (YIMT).

Paula Marie Black


Owner/founder of the Four Graces wine brand in Oregon. Recently represented by The Trip to Bountiful and Hands on a Hardbody on Broadway and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and Little Miss Sunshine Off-Broadway. Daughter, sister, woman, mother to a son and four daughters, and now grandmother to Henry and Conrad. Thank you for believing in the beauty of dreams!

Stephen C. Byrd & Alia Jones Harvey


Stephen Byrd is the founder and president of Front Row Productions, Inc. Mr. Byrd, with his producing partner Alia Jones Harvey, produced Cat On a Hot Tin Roof with an all African-American cast, which was the highest-grossing play on Broadway in 2008. They then transferred the production to London’s West End, where it won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play. They also produced A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway as well as the Tony®-nominated The Trip to Bountiful, and are currently producers of ROMEO AND JULIET.

Jon B. Platt


Tony Awards®: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Pulitzer Prize) and Perestroika, The Book of Mormon, Death of a Salesman, Clybourne Park (Pulitzer Prize), Copenhagen, God of Carnage. Nominations: Wicked; Venus in Fur; Peter Pan; The Diary of Anne Frank; Hello, Dolly!; Man of La Mancha; You’re Welcome America; The Lonesome West; A View From the Bridge; The Motherf**ker With the Hat; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Jerusalem. Upcoming: No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot, Betrayal. Current: Wicked, The Book of Mormon. 2012 Robert Whitehead Award for Distinguished Producing on Broadway.

Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley


Five-time Tony® winner Mr. Lane and two-time Tony® winner Ms. Comley have collectively produced more than 40 Broadway productions. Currently producing the War Horse national touring company and the stage version of Irving Berlin’s Top Hat in the West End, which won the 2013 Olivier Award for Best Musical. Mr. Lane is an owner and operator of the Palace Theater in NY and the author of Jews on Broadway (,

Manny Bello


Manny Bello, Maven Partners LLC co-founder, is distinguished as a vital force in the evolution of venture capitalism and entrepreneurship. Building an illustrious career augmented by spirited philanthropic endeavors and the launch of the Bello Family Foundation, Manny now brings his refined business acumen and intuitive insights to the world of Broadway.

Peter May


President of Trian Partners, an investment firm, and an avid fan of Broadway. Credits (Producer): Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Grace, Fortune’s Fool, Big Fish; as an Investor: The Book of Mormon; Annie; Lucky Guy; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Evita; West Side Story; Kiss Me, Kate and many others.

Douglas Smith

In Association With

Douglas Smith has invested in plays and films in NYC and London which have won numerous awards. He is also a highly successful high-tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist.

Jonathan M. Tisch


Jonathan M. Tisch is co-chairman of the board of Loews Corporation, one of the largest diversified financial holding companies in the U.S., and is also chairman of its subsidiary, Loews Hotels. Tisch is a co-owner and a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Football Giants.