Anna Ziegler’s play Photograph 51, produced on the West End starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Michael Grandage, won London’s 2016 WhatsOnStage award for Best New Play. It has been produced around the country and the world, most recently in Hamburg, Rome, and Stockholm. Her play The Last Match premiered at The Old Globe Theatre and was nominated for the 2016 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Outstanding New Play award. Boy, which premiered off-Broadway in a Keen Company/Ensemble Studio Theatre co-production, was nominated for the 2016 Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award. A Delicate Ship was produced at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Playwrights Realm and was a New York Times and Time Out Critic’s Pick. Anna holds commissions from Second Stage Theatre, The Geffen Playhouse and Seattle Rep. Oberon Books has published a collection of her work entitled "Anna Ziegler: Plays One." She holds a BA from Yale and an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. annabziegler.net
Bridget is thrilled to be making her Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut with Anna Ziegler's thought-provoking play. She assisted Michael Evan Haney on Ziegler's A Delicate Ship, as the inaugural Playhouse Directing Fellow. She has previously directed for the Playhouse's Off the Hill series. Bridget is a 2019 People's Liberty Grant recipient for her project Desktop Theatre, an arts initiative that helps teachers integrate the performing arts with larger-than-life plays made small enough to fit on a child's desk. She previously collaborated with Cradle Cincinnati to develop a healing-through-storytelling pilot program for mothers in Price Hill and is a former Cincinnati Arts Ambassador Fellow. Her production Slut Shaming – commissioned by NYC's The Culture Project— was produced by Xavier University in coordination with their TITLE IX office and was awarded the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Social Justice. Bridget teaches at Xavier University and has directed at Xavier and Miami University. She was featured in American Theatre magazine and had her work highlighted in Teaching Theatre magazine, a publication of EdTA. Bridget has her M.F.A. in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. She calls East Price Hill home with her husband, playwright-composer Trey Tatum, and puppies "Pocket" and "Lint.” Visit bridgetleak.com for more information. #ADirectorsLife
Brian returns to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park having designed sets and/or lights for The Thanksgiving Play and Disgraced. His extensive design credits include works off-Broadway at The Public Theater, Second Stage, Jean Cocteau Repertory, Kids with Guns and Theatre at St. Clements. Internationally, he designed at Theatre Royal Stratford East in London; Town Hall Theatre in Galway, Ireland; and Illawarra Performing Arts Centre and Platform Hip Hop Festival in Sydney, Australia, among others. Regionally, his work has been seen at The Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Second City, Lookingglass Theatre Company (Artistic Associate), ACT Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alliance Theatre Company, Geffen Playhouse, A.C.T., Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Northlight Theatre, Drury Lane Theater, Ravinia Festival, Children’s Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre Company, Circle X Theatre (Company Member), TimeLine Theatre Company (Artistic Associate), Opera Omaha, Virginia Opera, Juneau Lyric Opera and Asolo, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Madison repertory theatres. He is the recipient of seven Jeff Awards, two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, LA Weekly Theater Awards, three Garland Awards, two Gregory Awards and an Ovation Award. Brian represented the United States at the Prague Quadrennial in 2011 with his design of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Film designs include Marie and Bruce, Holding Out, Stray Dogs, Late for Church and Muppets from Space. For more information, visit briansidneybembridge.com.
Kevin makes his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut with this production of Actually. Recent credits include Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical and Oliver! (New Repertory Theater); Day of Absence and The Raid (Theatre Alliance); Matilda: The Musical, Pride & Prejudice, Beehive: The 60’s Musical and Singin’ in the Rain (Next Stop Theatre); Elephant and Piggie: We Are In a Play, Seussical the Musical and Huckleberry Finn’s Big River (Adventure Theatre MTC); A Misanthrope (Avant Bard); The Submission (Atlas Theatre); #PoolParty (Joe’s Movement Emporium); Peter Pan: Wendy, Peter. Peter, Wendy (Single Carrot Theatre); Safe as Houses (Logan Fringe Arts Space); and Step Afrika’s The Migration: Reflections of Jacob Lawrence (national tour). Kevin holds a Master’s of Science in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University and Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre from University of Maryland.
Andrea is excited to be celebrating her 20th season with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, having worked on more than 90 productions. A highlight of every season for her is stage managing A Christmas Carol. Favorite Playhouse credits include Alias Grace; The Last Wide Open; The Roommate; Treasure Island; Be Here Now; Mr. Joy; Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End; Jane Eyre; Disgraced; Bad Dates; The Revolutionists; Peter and the Starcatcher; I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti; The North Pool; The Trip to Bountiful; Merrily We Roll Along; As You Like It; Behind the Eye; The Understudy; Blackbird; Durango; Around the World in 80 Days; Altar Boyz; Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming; Reckless; Ace; The Clean House; A Picasso; One; Abracadabra (2002-2007); The Bible … (abridged); and Dark Paradise. Regionally, she stage managed The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead (Dallas Theater Center); Ace (The Old Globe); Lost Prospect (Ingenuity Festival of Cleveland); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Nutcracker (Cincinnati Ballet); and Snow White and Beauty and the Beast (Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy). She also served as the production stage manager for the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre. Andrea is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. She would like to thank her family, friends, Dylan and Scott for their unending support.