The Directors | 2017-18 / by Dan Baumer


For the 2017-18 Season, The Playhouse is giving San Antonio more shows than any other previous season, more premiers, more actors, more collaborations, and ... well ... MORE!

These are the men and women that will be leading the shows in our 2017-18 Season.


George Green (Director | The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Assassins) is a native of San Antonio and is thrilled to be back in his hometown after living in the Inland Northwest for 20 years. He is enthused to open the 2017-18 Season with this beautiful piece of performance art. His favorite credits include Urinetown, Les Misérables, Spring Awakening, Assassins, The Last 5 Years, Shrek, Jekyll and Hyde, Mary Poppins, Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages, and All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.

George is the current CEO/Artistic Director of the Playhouse SA and has served as the Director of Development for Spokane Civic Theatre, the Executive Artistic Director of The Modern Theater, as well as President of the Idaho Association of Community Theaters. Some notable accolades include Outstanding Scenic Designer and Outstanding Director from the 5th Avenue Theater Awards-Seattle as well as the AACT National Best Supporting Actor Award for his portrayal of Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins.


Molly Cox (Director | IF/THEN and Constellations) is the President and CEO of SA2020 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a Master of Arts in Political Science from UTSA. She made her stage debut in Corpus Christi, Texas as the youngest orphan in Annie at the age of five. Since then, Molly has performed in, written, produced, designed, and/or directed more than 100 shows in South Texas. Most recently, she directed The Glass Menagerie, the 2016-2017 Season Opener in the Cellar Theatre, at The Playhouse. Other select directing credits include Ragtime, The Sisters Rosensweig, Oliver!, and Moon Over Buffalo.


For over forty years, Bill Gundry (Director | All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914) has worked as both an actor and director on theater stages, in television, and on film. His stage work has been seen in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. A mainstay of the San Antonio stage, he has won the Alamo City Arts award for “Best Actor” eight times. 

His theater career began at age 10, working as a prop boy for the prestigious Eaglet Theater, now known as The California Music Theater, in Sacramento, California. He worked with such notables as Robert Preston, Sterling Hollaway, and Ed Ames, in those early days. Bill’s mentor then was the Artistic Director, Mary Wroten, who championed a senior acting forum for older actors and writers. Bill has tried to keep her vision alive by holding senior acting classes at resident facilities and now at The Playhouse.

In addition to directing plays in community and regional theater, he has shared his talent and experience with students, directing numerous university productions in San Antonio and Houston. His most recent Directing credit is All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 in December, 2016.

Bill Gundry currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.

Omar Leos (Director | A Bright New Boise) is a theater educator, public school arts administrator and advocate for the arts here in San Antonio.

His directing credits include Among the Sand and Smog and Two Sisters and a Piano at the Cellar Theater, Boeing Boeing at The Sheldon Vex, Jotos del Barrio and Empanada at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Ghosts at The Classic Theatre, and numerous high school productions.

He is a graduate of The University of the Incarnate Word with a BA in English and Theatre and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Lamar University. He has trained in Viewpoints and at The Globe Theatre in London. He has taught high school theater for 13 years and is currently the Fine Arts Coordinator for Harlandale ISD.


ANDY MEYERS (Director | Little Women) is currently the Artistic Director at Fort Peck Summer Theatre, where he has led the company to multiple record-breaking seasons while directing and/or choreographing. Most recently, he has helped create exciting productions such as The Buddy Holly Story, Ring of Fire, All Shook Up, Steel Magnolias, Big River, Greater Tuna, The Last Five Year and The Woman in Black. Andy has also launched an acclaimed touring company, Theatre for Young Audiences.

Mr Meyers has worked at theaters across the country, including the Tony Award-winning McCarter, Papermill, Luna Stage, Shawnee Playhouse, Montana Repertory Theatre, Bigfork Summer Playhouse and Herb Strauss Theatre in FL. He is honored to spend most of the winter months at Arizona Broadway Theatre, where his recent production of The King and I won 9 Phoenix Broadway World Awards, including Best Director and Best Musical.  

His credits as an actor include the National Tours of Annie and Bus Stop, and he starred Off-Broadway as Dick in the 35th Anniversary Revival of Dames at Sea and Uncle Gard in Circle of Friends.  Andy is a graduate of Walnut Hill for the Arts in Boston, Wagner College in NYC and holds his Masters in Music from the University of Montana.


Tim Hedgepeth (Director | Wit) is an independent theater artist, teacher, and consultant. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Allegro Stage Company and a guest director for San Antonio-based theaters including The Playhouse, The Cellar, The Woodlawn and The Classic Theatre. He is a member of the Drama faculty at Northwest Vista College where his courses include Theatre History, Acting 1, Acting 2, and Theatre Appreciation.

Tim received his BA in Drama from Trinity University and his MFA in directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  While in Madison, his early productions included Broadway Bound, The Miss Firecracker Contest, The Impresario, and Sweet Charity, among others, for Madison Theatre Guild, University Opera and University Summer Theatre.

Prior to returning to San Antonio, Tim was the Executive Director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, overseeing statewide arts-based initiatives for capital improvements, community development, arts education and advocacy in partnership with the state legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lila Wallace Foundation, and Southern Arts Foundation.  While in Mississippi, he founded Renaissance Theater Workshop. Productions there included Hamlet, The Masque of Orestes, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, among others.  

Tim is the recipient of ten Globe awards for excellence in Directing and Acting from the Alamo Theatre Arts Council and a Production Fellowship from the San Antonio Artists Foundation for the production of Fire on the Bayou.  Favorite productions include Red, The History Boys, End of the Rainbow, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, Cabaret, Hay Fever,  Mr. Marmalade,  Let's Misbhehave!, Company, Private Lives, Gypsy,  La Cage Aux Folles, The Tempest, The Bald Soprano, Merry Wives of Windsor, and Les MIserables.

Tim and his husband Rene' Paul Barilleaux reside in San Antonio, Texas with their dog Pippin.

 

David Rinear (Director | Hand to God) is Professor Emeritus at Trinity University in San Antonio where he served as Director of Theatre for over fifteen years. He received his BA from Hiram College, his MA from UC-Davis, and his PhD from Indiana University.

In addition to over fifty university theater directing credits at UPitt, the University of Oklahoma, and Trinity University, he has directed Steel/City at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival in Pittsburgh, Sheila Lynch Rinear’s Women of Letters for San Antonio’s Firelight Players, Death Trap at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in New Orleans, in addition to Lysistrata, Ladyhouse Blues, and Betrayal at the Oklahoma Theatre Center. His directing credits in the Cellar Theater at The Playhouse include reasons to be pretty, Crime and Punishment, Sheila L. Rinear’s The Cries That Bind, and Disgraced.

The author more than twenty monographs in scholarly journals and three books on the history of the early American theatre, he is married to the playwright and screenwriter Sheila L. Rinear. From May to December they can be found living on the waterfront on Cedar Bonnet Island in NJ where Sheila walks the beach and continues her writing career and he goes on the water virtually every day to catch lots of clams, flounder, and very large striped bass.


J. SCOTT LAPP (Director | The Bridges of Madison County) is an alumnus of the Directors Lab West, a proud member of the SDC and a 2011 SDC Emerging Artist. He is the Artistic Director of The Barn Stage Company in Temecula, California where he recently directed Peter and The Starcatcher.

Selected directing credits include Murder for Two (the international tour of Japan and the Regional tour: Farmers Alley, The Red Barn Theatre), Chess, Carousel, Spring Awakening, Urinetown, The Musical (Barn Stage Company), Freedom Riders, Zapata! The Musical (New York), Murder for Two (Denver, Pittsburgh), and The Untitled John Mayer Project (World Premiere).

Scott has worked for several major regional theaters including 5th Avenue Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Papermill Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, and Portland Center Stage. Upcoming Projects include First Date (San Diego Musical Theatre), Sweeney Todd: In Concert (University of North Carolina-Greensboro), and the upcoming World Premiere of Prince of Egypt (Theatreworks).  

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Ken Urso (Director | Mamma Mia!) has served as director, actor, teaching artist, and dramaturg internationally and throughout the United States.  He received his BFA in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his MFA in Directing from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School, home of Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio.

His New York directing credits include Amicable Parting, Getting Behind, Kidnapping Laura Linney, and Gay Camp. Regional credits include Never the Sinner, Always…Patsy Cline, The Producers, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and most recently the world premiere of the musical Lost With You at Colby College in Maine. In the summer of 2014, he directed the world premiere of The House of Murgatroyd, an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddygore, which opened at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, England, where it received rave reviews.  

Ken is currently on the Directing and Acting faculty at the Actors Studio Drama School where he also serves as the Director of Professional Development and curates the school's Professional Symposium Series which has featured such guests as Bradley Cooper, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Burstyn, and Lucy Thurber.  


Laura Garza (Director | Aye, No!) is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Teatro Audaz San Antonio.  She is currently the Director of Theatre and Drama Instructor at BASIS San Antonio, North Central as well as Instructor of Theatre with Alamo Colleges. Laura holds an MFA in Directing from Texas State University and a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Incarnate Word, and an AA in Drama from San Antonio College.  

Laura trained in a summer-abroad program with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon Avon, and participated in summer training at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of a Directing Intensive.  Laura is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the San Antonio Theatre Coalition.  

Laura has directed at Texas State University (reasons to be pretty, Hurricane Season), Wimberley Players Theatre (Canterville Ghost; The Musical), The Palace Theatre (Hurricane Season, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), The Overtime Theatre (Portmanteaux), Churchill High School (Trojan Women), and The Kennedy Center Washington D.C. (MFA Playwright Festival, Asst. Director).  Her most recent production with the San Antonio College Summer Repertory, Los Locos de Valencia, won three of the six Alamo Theatre Arts Council Globe awards for which it was nominated, including Excellence in Direction of a Comedy.  

Her acting credits include Queen Gertrude in Hamlet, Betty in The Effects of Gamma Rays on the Man-in-the Moon Marigolds, Georgeanne in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Yvonne in A Flea in Her Ear, Ofelia in Anna in The Tropics, Aida in Over The River and Through The Woods, and T-Anne/Andwyneth/Don in Anton in Show Business. Her portrayals of Carmen in Real Women Have Curves, and Grandma Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers earned ATAC Globe awards for Supporting Actress in a Comedy and Lead Actress in a Drama.  Other honors include the 2010 Kennedy Center ACTF Merit Award for directing and sound design reasons to be pretty, and the 2011 Kennedy Center ACTF Directing award and National Finalist for directing scenes from Angels in America: Perestroika.


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