Carol North, Director
Carol North joined Metro Theater Company (MTC) in 1977 as an actor, and succeeded the founding artistic director in 1981. During her thirty-three years of artistic leadership, MTC toured nationally and internationally, commissioned award-winning original plays, garnered prestigious honors, forged model community partnerships, and mentored a generation of today’s leaders in the field. She was a panelist and site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts for sixteen years, and served on the boards of TYA/USA and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. Since stepping down from the full-time demands of MTC, Carol has enjoyed the opportunity to pursue a variety of professional projects, including directing at Indiana Repertory Theatre and at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and teaching at the University of Texas-Austin. She and Nicholas Kryah share seven children, sixteen grandchildren, and a life full of adventure.
Graham Whitehead, Dramaturg
Graham Whitehead has been working in the theatre as actor,writer,director and dramaturge for more than fifty years. One day he hope to be able to justify not taking the offer to become a real estate agent as he was urged to do once upon a time.
The Hero Twins: Blood Race
Courtney Sale, Director
Courtney Sale joined Seattle Children’s Theatre as Artistic Director in August 2016. Previously, she served three years as Associate AD at Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT). As a director, Courtney has developed plays with New Plays for Young Audiences at NYU/ Provincetown Playhouse, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Write Now, Dorset Theatre Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company’s New Play Summit, New Harmony Project, and the Orchard Project. Her playwright/ director collaborations include the works of Steven Dietz, Allison Gregory, Sherry Kramer, MJ Kaufman, Kirk Lynn, Jason Gray Platt, and James Still. Select awards include Indianapolis 40 Under 40, Austin Critic’s Table Award and UT Austin Continuing Fellowship.
Christina Marín, Dramaturg
Christina Marín, Ph.D. is Professor of Theatre and the Drama Director at Central Arizona College. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre with a concentration in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University. She is currently directing The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler for VDAY 2017 and Esperanza Rising by Lynne Alvarez. She is working with José Casas on the anthology Palabras del Cielo: An Exploration of Latin@ Theatre for Young Audiences for Dramatic Publishing.
A Squirrel Boy, A Robot Cat, But Also Parents
Nina Meehan, Director
Nina Meehan is a founding company member of Bay Area Children’s Theatre where she has directed numerous productions including The Day the Crayons Quit, the Musical, James and the Giant Peach and Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site. She is a proud champion of new works for TYA and has produced original adaptations of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (TBA award-winning production), Ivy+Bean, Rickshaw Girl and many others. Nina recently was awarded Best Director of a Musical by the Theatre Bay Area Awards was recognized as one of the 35-faces of Theatre Bay Area and a “Mom who Rocks” by Red Tricycle. Nina proudly sits on the Theatre Services Commitee for Theatre Bay Area and the Board of Directors for TYA/USA. Nina received her BS in Theatre from Northwestern University and her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is mom to Toby (age 8), Robby (age 5) and Meadow (age 1).
Matthew Wiener, Dramaturg
Matthew Wiener is thrilled to be working with the Childsplay. For almost 20 years he was the Producing Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Phoenix where he produced over 100 shows and directed almost 50. Prior to that he was the Associate Artistic Director for Arizona Theatre Company. He has also directed at Arizona State University, Mesa Community College, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Childsplay, The Fulton Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company, and others. Matthew holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
My Name is Loofa Tutu
Annie Cusick Wood, Director
Annie Cusick Wood, born and raised in Scotland has been a resident of Hawaii since 2006. She was the Artistic Director of POLKA Theatre in London for 5 years and worked as a director and playwright with many leading UK TYA companies including Catherine Wheels, Macrobert, Northern Stage, Leicester Haymarket, Citizens Theatre, TAG, Lung Ha’s and Visible Fictions. Her shows Martha, The Happy Prince and The Red Balloon had lengthy US and Canada tours also playing at the New Victory Theatre. She is a guest director with HONOLULU THEATRE FOR YOUTH where she has focussed on creating new works for under fives; “Happy”, “The Tiny Tree”, ‘Home” and “Blue”. Blue has also been staged by Imagination Stage and will be at Dallas Children’s Theatre this Spring. Her next show for under fives at HTY is “OUCH” and she will be directing a new Chinese version of MARTHA in Shanghai with Catherine Wheels and Shanghai’s Art Space for Kids this June.
Megan Alrutz, Dramaturg
Megan Alrutz heads the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities area in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. She works internationally as a director, dramaturg, scholar, and teaching artist in the areas of applied theatre and theatre for young audiences. Megan’s recent production credits includes Point A to Point B (Director, Arts on the Horizon), Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: A Rock Experience (Dramaturg, Seattle Children’s Theatre), Gimme, Please! (Director, thePaperBoats.com and UT Austin).