LILI-ANNE BROWN (Director) was last seen at Drury Lane onstage in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. A native Chicagoan, Brown works as a director, actor and educator, both locally and regionally. The former artistic director of Bailiwick Chicago, she directed Dessa Rose (Jeff Award), Passing Strange (BTA Award), See What I Wanna See (Steppenwolf Theatre Garage Rep), and the world premiere of Princess Mary Demands Your Attention by Aaron Holland, while producing several other award-winning shows during her tenure. Other directing credits include the world premieres of Ike Holter's Lottery Day (Goodman Theatre) and Put Your House in Order (LaJolla Playhouse), The Total Bent (Haven Theatre), Caroline, or Change (Firebrand Theatre), Tilikum by Kristiana Colon (world premiere, Sideshow Theatre), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Jeff Award, American Blues Theatre), Hairspray (Skylight Music Theatre), The Wolf at the End of the Block (16th Street Theatre), Marie Christine (Boho Theatre), Peter and the Starcatcher (Metropolis Performing Arts), The Wiz (Kokandy Productions; BroadwayWorld Award), Xanadu (American Theatre Company), Jabari Dreams of Freedom by Nambi E. Kelley (world premiere, Chicago Children’s Theatre), American Idiot (Northwestern University); the national tour of Jesus Snatched My Edges; and Little Shop of Horrors, Unnecessary Farce, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, and The 25th…Spelling Bee, among others, at Timber Lake Playhouse. She is a member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and a graduate of Northwestern University. BIO COMING SOON!!!
BREON ARZELL (Choreographer) Most commonly known as an actor, Breon Arzell's breakout, and award-winning, premiere as a Chicago choreographer came with Oracle Productions' The Hairy Ape. This Detroit native received his first training while at Miami University. In Chicago, he has worked as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor at Joel Hall Dancers & Center, Porchlight Music Theatre, Vagabond School, and The Goodman Theatre (for their Musical Theater Program). Developing his own style of dance* and storytelling, movement credits include: Total Bent (Haven Theatre), Rightlynd and The House That Will Not Stand (Victory Gardens), Night Runner and Wig Out (DePaul U.), Julius Caesar (Writers Theatre), Marie Christine (BoHo Theatre), The Wiz (Kokandy Prod.), Scottsboro Boys (Porchlight Music Theatre), and more. His talents have allowed him to work all across the U.S., Canada, England, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Singapore, & Malaysia. *Hip-Hop, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Body Percussion.
JERMAINE HILL (Music Director) is thrilled to make his Drury Lane debut. Recent MD credits include: The Music Man (Goodman Theatre); Too Heavy For Your Pocket (TimeLine Theatre); The Total Bent (Haven Theatre - Jeff nomination); Nell Gwynn and Madagascar (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Memphis (Porchlight Music Theatre - Jeff nomination); Ragtime (Griffin Theatre - Jeff nomination). Performance highlights include: Weill Recital Hall, the Aldeburgh Festival (U.K.), The Lost Colony, Erasing the Distance, and Chicago Med. He is an assistant professor of theatre and music director at Columbia College Chicago, and a graduate of Ithaca College and the New England Conservatory of Music.
ARNEL SANCIANCO Scenic Designer makes his Drury Lane Theatre debut with The Color Purple. He has designed all around the United States and has received an Equity Jeff Nomination for Scenic Design. Credits include: Twelfth Night (American Players Theatre); Put Your House in Order (La Jolla Playhouse); Lottery Day (Goodman Theatre); Landladies, Into the Breeches (Northlight Theatre); The All Night Strut (Milwaukee Rep.); Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Raven); Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt, Empower (Lyric Unlimited); Something Clean (Sideshow); The Cake (Rivendell); Master Class, Boy (Timeline); Photograph 51, The Belle of Amherst (Court); We Are Proud to Present, The Crucible (Steppenwolf); The Wiz, Little Fish (Kokandy); Wolf Play, Hangman, Pilgrims (First Floor); The Total Bent, The Displaced, How We Got On (Haven); You on The Moors Now (The Hypocrites); Carousel, Titanic, Rock of Ages (Timberlake); and Xanadu (American Theatre Co.) For a more in depth look at his work visit www.ArnelDesigns.com
SAMANTHA C. JONES
SAMANTHA C. JONES Costume Designer could not be happier to make her Drury Lane debut with this piece, with these people, at this time. Previous credits include: Penny Candy (Dallas Theatre Center); Lottery Day (Goodman Theatre); The Roommate, Monster (Steppenwolf); Rightlynd, Breach, Native Gardens, Samsara, The Gospel of Lovingkindness (Victory Gardens); For Colored Girls…, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, The Belle of Amherst (Court); Into the Breeches!, The Skeleton Crew (Northlight); Thaddeus and Slocum (Lookingglass); The One Hundred Dresses (Chicago Children’s Theatre); The Buddy Holly Story (American Blues); A Shayna Maidel, Boy, Inana (TimeLine); and others. Regionally, her/she has worked with First Stage, Skylight Music Theatre, The Alley, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Triad Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Players theatre, and others. Her work can also be viewed at www.samanthacjones.com
CAT WILSON (Lighting Designer) is proud to be joining Drury Lane for the first time. Chicago credits include work with Goodman Theatre, 16th Street Theater (where she is an artistic associate), Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, University of Illinois Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet Academy, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Kokandy Productions, Irish Theatre of Chicago, Hell in a Handbag Productions and many others. Regional credits include work with Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company, Point Park University, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre. Assistant projection credits include work with Paramount Theatre and TimeLine Theatre. She was 2015 Live Design magazine’s “Young Designer to Watch” and received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Lighting Design and Production at Point Park University. CatWilsonDesigns.com
PAUL DEZIEL (Projection Designer) practices projection design out of Chicago and Washington D.C. Selected Credits: Photograph 51 (Court Theatre), Tilikum (Sideshow Theatre Company; Non-Equity Jeff Award), The Vagrant Trilogy (Mosaic Theatre Company), Sotto Voce (Theater J), United Flight 232 (The House Theatre of Chicago), Beauty’s Daughter (American Blues Theater; Equity Jeff Nomination), Twisted Melodies (Congo Square Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (The Hypocrites), and Churchill (SoloChicago Theatre). Paul is an Artistic Affiliate with American Blues Theater. He received an MFA in Projection and Multimedia Design from the University of Maryland. Outside of theatre, Paul enjoys tabletop gaming and laser tag. For more info on his designs, visit pauldeziel.com.
RAY NARDELLI (Sound Designer) Previous Drury Lane credits include: And Then There Were None, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, Mamma Mia!, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, South Pacific, Joseph, 42ndStreet, Rock of Ages, The Gin Game, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, Crazy for You, Hazel, Bye Bye Birdie, White Christmas, Peter and the Starcatcher, West Side Story, Camelot, The Game’s Afoot, Spelling Bee, Les Misérables, Young Frankenstein, Hello, Dolly!, Next to Normal, Sunset Boulevard, Singin’ in the Rain, Xanadu, Hairspray, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Funny Girl, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Miss Saigon (Jeff Award), Meet Me in St. Louis, Buddy Holly, and The Full Monty (Sound Designer) and Oliver, Xanadu, Sweeny Todd, and Ragtime (Associate Sound Design). Regional theatres include The Goodman Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Rep Theater, The Court Theatre, Hartford Stage, Congo, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Northlight Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, and American Girl Theatre. Memberships include USA #829, ASCAP, and IATSE #2.
CASSY SCHILLO (Props Design Supervisor and Warehouse Manager) is thrilled to be with the Drury Lane family. You may have recently seen her work on DL's And Then There Were None, Matilda, Mamma Mia!, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, South Pacific, Joseph…, 42nd Street, Rock of Ages, The Gin Game, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, Crazy for You, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Hazel, or her Jeff Nominations on DL's Deathtrap, or First Folio's Salvage. Designs in the Midwest include theaters: Marriott in Lincolnshire, Theatre Wit, Theatre at the Center, Light Opera Works, Theo Ubique, Griffin, BoHo, Stage Left, Porchlight, Northwestern Opera, Piccolo, Sideshow, Black Ensemble, & Mammals. BFA from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater & training at Tisch School of the Arts. Founding member of To the Point, a theatrical combat troupe that specializes in sword fighting & story telling.
CREATIVE TEAM ASSISTANTS
Brianna Buckley – Assistant Director
Darian Tene – Assistant Choreographer
Lauren Nichols – Assistant Scenic Designer
Adrienne Johnson – Assistant Lighting Designer