Book Colin Escott
Born in England, Colin Escott lives near Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll, the first in-depth account of the Sun Records story. His book Hank Williams – The Biography has been adapted into the movie I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. His multi-CD box set, The Complete Hank Williams, won a Grammy, and
another of his productions, B.B. King – King of the Blues, was nominated for a Grammy. Million Dollar Quartet received three Tony nominations, including Best Book and Best Musical. Escott was part of the writing/producing team adapting the show for a multi-part/ multi-season run on CMT/Viacom. The first season airs in November-December 2016.
Book, Original Concept and Direction Floyd Mutrux
Floyd Mutrux worked Second City, Chicago; attended Columbia University, NY; in LA,
conceived, wrote, directed or produced 50 films: American Hot Wax (Best Picture,
Director), Scarecrow (Best Picture), Urban Cowboy, Untouchables, Up in Smoke, Dick
Tracy, and with his wife Birgitte, is preparing the new film Moon Over Memphis (a rock ’n’ roll Field of Dreams).
Director Steven Schipper
ROYAL MTC Selected: My Name is Asher Lev, Unnecessary Farce, Billy Elliot The Musical, Late Company, The Glass Menagerie, Gone With the Wind, The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC), Fiddler on the Roof, the world premieres of Maureen Hunter’s Atlantis (with TC), Mark Stein’s Mating Dance of the Werewolf (with Rubicon), Olaf Pyttlik’s The Wave and Bruce McManus’ A Christmas Carol, and the Canadian premieres of Quills, Proposals (with Mirvish) and Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (with NAC).
OTHER THEATRE Stratford, Shaw, Centaur, Segal, Mirvish, Theatre Plus (Toronto), Toronto Free, YPT, Persephone, TC, VP, Rubicon Theatre (Ventura, CA).
TRAINING McGill, Bishop’s, National Theatre School of Canada.
ET CETERA In 2007, Steven received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Winnipeg. In 2012, he was appointed to the Order of Canada and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Manitoba.
Set & Costume Designer Gillian Gallow
ROYAL MTC Seminar (with Mirvish), Hirsch, Venus in Fur, God of Carnage (with VP), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (costumes, with TC).
OTHER THEATRE The Physicists, The Three Musketeers (costumes), Hirsch (set/costumes) (Stratford); King Lear and Stuff Happens (set/ costumes, NAC); Mary Poppins (costumes, Citadel/TC); Incident at Vichy, The Testament of Mary and Awake and Sing! (costumes, Soulpepper); Night, The Road to Paradise (set/ costumes, Human Cargo); God of Carnage (set/costumes, Royal MTC/VP); Appetite (set/costumes, Volcano/TPM); The Mill (set, Theatrefront). Upcoming: Louis Riel (costumes, COC); and An Octoroon (Shaw). training York University, BFA.
ET CETERA Gillian is the recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore awards.
Lighting Designer Hugh Conacher
ROYAL MTC My Name Is Asher Lev, Things We Do For Love, Seminar (with Mirvish), The Woman in Black, Cabaret (2015), The Glass Menagerie (2014, 1989/90), Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, After Miss Julie, Macbeth (with English Suitcase Theatre Company), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, A Walk in the Woods, Frankenstein: Playing with Fire.
OTHER THEATRE Hugh has collaborated with choreographers, visual artists and dance and theatre companies worldwide for over 30 years. In Winnipeg, his work has been seen with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, QDance, Gearshifting Performance Works, Theatre Projects Manitoba and Manitoba Theatre for Young People, to name a few.
ET CETERA Hugh enjoys working beyond the constraints of traditional lighting design using various forms of interactive media, video and photography. His photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide. Hugh is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. www.pellucid.me.
Sound Designer Michael Wright
ROYAL MTC Over 20 productions including Billy Elliot The Musical, Seminar, Late
Company, Private Lives, The Secret Annex, The Seagull, Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Romeo and Juliet, The Seafarer, Top Girls, Rope’s End, Fully Committed, The Last Five Years, Cherry Docs.
OTHER THEATRE I Dream of Diesel, North Main Gothic, The Monster Trilogy, The Elmwood Visitation, Age of Arousal (TPM); Everything is Coming Up Roses (Gearshifting Performance Works); Something Drastic, Puppet Munsch (PTE); Macbeth (SIR); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Winnipeg Fringe); Hedwig and the Angry Inch Atrocity Tour 2004 (Rose Tinted Productions, UK).
FILM The Last Harvest, Métis, Métis Not, Dead Mothers Kitchen Floors, Dust.
ET CETERA Michael is active in the music world with over two dozen album credits and is a member of IATSE 63.
Assistant Director Catherine Wreford
ROYAL MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE Selected acting credits: West Side Story (Stratford); Annie Get Your Gun, 42nd Street (US Broadway Tour); 42nd Street, Oklahoma! (Broadway); The Music Man (Pittsburgh CLO).
ET CETERA Catherine is originally from Winnipeg and was nominated for a Helen
Hayes Award. In the summer of 2013, Catherine was diagnosed with brain cancer.
She had an awake crainiotomy, radiation and four kinds of chemotherapy for a year. She is happy to be home and doing what sheloves best. She has two amazing kids and an awesome husband.
Apprentice Set & Costume Designer Eric Dizon
ROYAL MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: Heavenly Bodies (Winnipeg Fringe).
Training Studied B.Des in Industrial Design at MIT Manila, Philippines, and is a graduate of Communication Design program with Honours from RRC.
ET CETERA Originally from the field of communication design, Eric took the leap this
year to pursue his passion for theatre arts. Eric is deeply grateful for having been made so welcome in the theatre community. Special thanks to Gillian Gallow, the incredible team of Million Dollar Quartet and Royal MTC for generously sharing their knowledge of the craft. He would also like to thank family and friends for continued support.
Stage Manager Margaret Brook
ROYAL MTC Recent selections from thirty years of association with Royal MTC: Unnecessary Farce, The Devil’s Music, The Glass Menagerie, The Penelopiad, The Fighting Days, The 39 Steps, The Syringa Tree.
OTHER THEATRE PTE, Manitoba Opera, MTYP and Royal MTC co-productions with the Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse, Royal Alex, Saidye Bronfman.
ET CETERA Thanks to the Million Dollar Quartet cast for the music.
Assistant Stage Manager Heather Lee Brereton
Heather Lee Brereton
ROYAL MTC The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes (2008/2010/2012), Top Girls, Doubt (with TC), A Parable (with TC), The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead.
OTHER THEATRE Selected: Jonno, Blithe Spirit (Echo); Stripped Down Hamlet, Stripped Down Midsummer Night’s Dream (SIR); The Secret Mask, Three Munschketeers (PTE); The God Box, VVITCH (Out of Line); Remember the Night (2008 Moving Target).
TRAINING BA (Hons.) Theatre Production and Stage Management, University of Winnipeg.
ET CETERA Heather works in various capacities as a stage manager, seamstress and props builder for regional and independent theatre companies - sometimes all in the same production! She also does custom sewing et al for private clients (Heather Lee Bea). Love (tonnes) to Leif.
Apprentice Stage Manager Sean Miller
ROYAL MTC First engagement.
OTHER THEATRE The Numbers Game (The Storefront Theatre/Pulp Collective); All My Sons, Breath of Kings: Rebellion & Redemption, John Gabriel Borkman (Stratford); Weather the Weather, The Dog and The Angel, Tails from the City (Common Boots Theatre); It Comes in Waves (Necessary Angel/Bluemouth); Beautiful Man (SummerWorks/Groundwater Productions). Training Graduate of Humber College’s Technical Theatre Production Program.
ET CETERA Thank you to family, friends, Joêlle & Jazz. And all the sweaters I brought.