JEFFREY HATCHER (Playwright)
Jeffrey Hatcher's plays have been produced on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theaters throughout the United States and in dozens of countries abroad. They include Three Viewings, A Picasso, Never Gonna Dance, Scotland Road and Compleat Female Stage Beauty, as well as adaptations of The Turn of the Screw, The Government Inspector, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Tuesdays with Morrie (with Mitch Albom). He has written the films "Stage Beauty," "Casanova," "The Duchess" and the upcoming "A Slight Trick of the Mind" starring Ian McKellan. For television he has written episodes of "Columbo" and "The Mentalist." His awards include the Rosenthal New Play Prize, the Frankel Award, the Charles MacArthur Fellowship Award, Edgerton Grant, NEA, McKnight and Jerome Foundations, the Barrymore Award for Best New Play (A Picasso), L.A. Critics Circle Award for Best Adaptation (Cousin Bette), and the 2013 Ivey for Lifetime Achievement. He is a member and/or alumnus of The Playwrights Center, Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild and New Dramatists. He lives in Minnesota with his wife Lisa Stevens and their son Evan.
David Esbjornson's credits include directing the premieres of Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry (Broadway), Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who is Sylvia? (Broadway) and The Play About the Baby (Century), Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (Broadway) and Resurrection Blues (Guthrie), the world premiere of Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and the first staged presentation of Perestroika (Eureka) and Homebody/Kabul (London), Neal Bell's Therese Raquin (CSC), In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks (Public), Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher (Minetta Lane), Neil Simon's Rose and Walsh (Geffen), My Old Lady by Israel Horovitz (Promenade), Ariel Dorfman's Purgatorio (SRT), Moira Buffini's Gabriel and Peter Parnell's Trumpery (Atlantic) and Molly Ivins: Red Hot Patriot (Philadelphia Theatre Company). Revivals: Death of a Salesman (Gate, Dublin) Hamlet (Theatre for a New Audience), Measure for Measure and Much Ado About Nothing (NYSF, Delacorte), Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf? and Summer and Smoke (Guthrie), The Normal Heart (Public), Twelfth Night and The Lady from Dubuque (Seattle Repertory), Mud and Drowning (Signature)¸A Few Good Men (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Endgame, The Maids, Entertaining Mr. Sloane and The Entertainer (Classic Stage Company) and Farmyard (NY Theatre Workshop). David has been the artistic director of NYC Classic Stage Company and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Awards include: OBIE's for Outstanding Direction for Hamlet and Therese Raquin, Lucille Lortel Awards for Entertaining Mr. Sloane and Classic Stage Company body of work, Drama Desk nominations for Endgame and Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Drama League nominations for The Entertainer and The Play About the Baby, Cab Calloway nomination for The Normal Heart, Friends of NY Theatre Best Director for The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, TCG Directing Fellowship, New Director's Project, Quinn Martin Honorary Chair, University of California, San Diego and Distinguished Alumni, Gustavus Adolphus College.
JOHN HARDY (Producer)
Producer, John Hardy, was raised in Washington D.C., Tucson and Honolulu before graduating from Bushy Hall American School in London. With a B.A. in history from Louisiana State University, John returned to England and the London International Film School, where he met fellow producer Bob Guza. With fellow classmates of the school, John produced his first feature film “The Wooden Gun” in Tel Aviv. His second motion picture was “sex, lies, and videotape” which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival followed by the Palme d”Or at the Cannes Film Festival. John was named Producer of the Year by Millimeter magazine and the Best Feature award given at the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles.
He then produced “No Secrets” with fellow “sex, lies…” producer Morgan Mason, followed by their production of “Twenty-One” at Twickenham Studios, London. “Twenty-One” was also chosen for the main competition at the Sundance.
Other films include “King of the Hill”, based on the memoir by A.E. Hotchner, “The Underneath” produced in Austin Texas, “Gray’s Anatomy” based on the stage monologue and starring Spalding Gray and the film “Schizopolis” which was chosen as the “Film Surprise” at Cannes. All of these films were produced with long time colleague Steven Soderbergh. John also produced with Soderbergh, “Out of Sight”, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard, “The Limey”, which was nominated for the Best Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards, “Erin Brockovich”, which was named the Picture of the Year by the American Film Institute, “Ocean’s 11” and “Ocean’s 12”.
John also was Executive Producer of “Gigli” with writer, director Martin Brest. Most recently he worked on “In the Electric Mist” with famed French film director Bertrand Tavernier.
ROBERT GUZA (Producer)
Bob Guza is a television writer/producer whose accomplishments, including nine Emmy Awards, put him at the forefront of that profession. Bob is the former Head Writer and Consulting Producer on ABC's General Hospital. His other TV credits include Santa Barbara; Secrets; Loving; Models, Inc.; Melrose Place; and Sunset Beach. His film credits include Prom Night, Melanie and Curtains. In addition to his Emmys, Bob is the winner of four Writers' Guild Awards. He has a BA in Theatre w/Honors from Eckerd College, a degree from The London International Film School, and an MFA in Film (emphasis writing/directing) from USC, which he attended on a Danforth Fellowship.
He has directed numerous plays, including Ionesco’s “Exit the King”, Tom Eyen’s “The White Whore and the Bit Player” and “Lenny Bruce is Back”, which ran for six months at Theatre 68 in Los Angeles. Recently he directed the world premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s “Last Night in the Garden I Saw You.” He is co-artistic director of Shelton Street Theatrical, a New Orleans-based theatre production company.
Bob is developing a stage version of John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, “A Confederacy of Dunces”, for production in 2014. He is also prepping a new play, “Back in Jesus Days”, which he hopes to direct in a regional production in the coming year.
CARL D. WHITE (General Manager)
Martian Entertainment. Tony Award® winner for The Normal Heart, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Mr. White is the founder and CEO of Martian Entertainment, LLC a Tony Award®-winning production and management company, with such credits as THE NORMAL HEART, THE BEST MAN, ON A CLEAR DAY…starring Harry Connick, Jr., PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE TEMPERAMENTALS, and the new Broadway adaptation of A TIME TO KILL based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham. Through Martian, Mr. White has general-managed regional and dance productions worldwide for the past 25 years.