17-18 Season (off sale):
HUSBANDS AND WIVES
From the screenplay by Woody Allen
Adapted and Directed by Jonathan Fox
October 5 - 22, 2017
Production Sponsored By: The Pulitzers. With Sponsorship from: John C. Mithun and Mercedes Millington; Helene Segal and George Konstantinow
ETC's 2017-18 Season Sponsored by Leatrice Luria
For more information on Woody Allen, visit woodyallen.com
The 2017-18 Season launches with an exciting theatrical event— the world-premiere adaptation of Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives. Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, ETC’s production of Husbands and Wives is just the second of Allen’s many films to be adapted to the stage.
Douglas Dickerman (Jack) Off Broadway: Never Swim Alone; Theater: The Jeweler’s Shop (Carnegie Hall), Astoria Part II (Portland Center Stage), Opus (Ensemble Theatre Co.), The Curse of Oedipus (The Antaeus Company), The Unseen (The Road Theatre Co.) The Last Seder (E.S.T.-LA), Three Sisters After Chekhov (Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble), Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice (Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival), The Action Against Sol Schumann (The Hypothetical Theatre Co.), Unidentified Human Remains… (The Gene Frankel Theater). Film: Upcoming Tyler Perry's She's Living My Life, Faceless, But Remembered, C'Mon Man, How To Be A Serial Killer, Terminal Conversation. Television: “Law & Order,” “Numb3rs,” “Medium,” “Law &Order: Criminal Intent,” “Out of the Blue.” Webisode: "Los Americans." www.douglasdickerman.com
Lesley Fera (Judy) is thrilled to be making her debut at ETC and particularly in this production—the adaptation of one of her all-time favorite Woody Allen films. Most recently, she played Isobel in the West Coast premiere of Mike Bartlett’s BULL at Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles. Among many productions at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA, Lesley played Ruth in the critically acclaimed revival of Pinter's The Homecoming and Lady Chatterley in Lady Chatterley's Lover, for which she received an LADCC Award for her performance. Other notable theatre credits include: Two Dollar Bill (Pioneer Theatre Company); Noises Off (Asolo Repertory Theatre); The Children's Hour (Provincetown Repertory Theatre); Communicating Doors (San Jose Repertory); and Baby Taj (TheatreWorks). TV/Film Credits: Seven seasons on "Pretty Little Liars," as well as recurring roles on "Southland," "24," "C.S.I.: Miami," et al; most recently, she can be seen as Susan in the feature film The Lovers opposite Debra Winger and Tracy Letts; and this fall, she’ll be appearing on Seth McFarlane’s "The Orville." Lesley wishes to thank Jonathan Fox, Woody Allen for his incredible writing, and “The Pack” for their love and support.
Emily Goglia (Crystal/Sam) is so excited to be working at ETC for the first time. Even though she's an Aries - a fire sign - she's happy to be by the Santa Barbara water! Emily recently sang with Christina Aguilera in her "MasterClass" online video, and you may have also caught her in FOX's "Grease, Live!" or on NBC's "The Sing Off" leading the fierce female powerhouse group, ELEMENT. Other favorite roles include Maureen in Rent, Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Carrie in Carousel, and Maria in West Side Story. Emily's one-woman show, Stages, has been performed at New York's hottest supper clubs, Feinstein's/54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, and LA's Rockwell Table & Stage. Throughout the year, Emily travels the nation with the USO Show Troupe, performing for the military and their families. USC grad. Fight On. Thanks to BBR, CEG, everyone at ETC, and her puppy, Sweeney Dog. www.emilygoglia.com @emilygoglia.
Emily James (Rain) is thrilled to be performing at Ensemble Theatre Company for the first time. She studied at Cal State Fullerton, receiving her BFA in Acting. Since graduation in 2015, she has performed on a few amazing LA stages. She made her professional theater debut at South Coast Rep in the world premiere of Mr. Wolf. Other plays include: Antigone at A Noise Within, Colony Collapse at Boston Court, Stage Kiss at Geffen Playhouse, and Smoke at Rogue Machine Theatre. Her most recent and most cherished experience was producing and acting in We Are Not These Hands by Sheila Callaghan at Rogue Machine Theatre.
Jeff Lorch (Michael) Theater: Rhinoceros, A View From The Bridge, Rocket to the Moon, Of Mice and Men, Blue Dahlia (Pacific Resident Theatre); Need to Know, Uploaded (Rogue Machine Theatre); Modigliani (Open Fist); My Antonia (Rubicon); and many years of improv at Groundlings, iOWest, and UCB. In film, he’s had the pleasure to work with Robert Zemeckis as a lead on an untitled motion capture project, and Jon Gries, who directed him in the little indie hit Pickin’ & Grinnin’. Television: “Master of Sex,” “Criminal Minds,” “Whitney,” “Brothers & Sisters.” A proud UCLA Alumni. Many thanks to Ensemble Theatre Company and Amy Lieberman for this opportunity!
Gabriel Marin (Gabe) Is excited to make his Ensemble Theatre Company debut. Selected Regional: (American Conservatory Theatre) Between Riverside and Crazy, Napoli, The Plays The Thing, Love and Information. (San Francisco Playhouse) Stage Kiss, Storefront Church, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The MotherF**ker with the Hat, Wirehead, Landscape of the Body, Bug, Jesus Hopped the A Train, and Our Lady of 121st St. (Kansas City Rep) Fire in Dreamland. (TheatreWorks) Superior Donuts. (San Jose Rep) The Understudy; Love in American Times. (Marin Theatre Company) A Streetcar Named Desire, It's a Wonderful Life, Live Radio Play, Bellwether. (Aurora Theatre Company) Rapture, Blister Burn, This Is How It Goes, Collapse, Jack Goes Boating, The Devil's Disciple, St. Joan, The Glass Menagerie, Gunplay. (Magic Theatre) The Happy Ones, Tape, The Rues of Charity. (Kitchen Theatre) Birds of East Africa. (Center Rep) Mirandolina, The Book Club Play, Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World, A Number, Arms and the Man, Noises Off, Rumors, Tuesdays with Morrie. He has performed on NBC, CBS, PBS and the BBC.
Nicholas Santa Maria (Ensemble) was born and raised in New York, but has been a rabid California fan for the last 16 years. On Broadway: Tommy Tune's GREASE! (Vince Fontaine), and Mel Brooks' The Producers (where he played over 21 different roles in every production, from Broadway to Tokyo to Las Vegas). On film Nick can be seen in The Producers remake, Holy Man, and starring in the soon to be released The Adventures of Biffle and Shooter. Regionally he has starred 4 times as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as Oscar Madison in the Odd Couple, and as Alan in the south-eastern premier of God of Carnage. Nick has also co-written the book, music, and lyrics for a new musical which has been produced off-Broadway at New World Stages. It's called Real Men, The Musical and he's very proud of it. Nick is thrilled to be making his debut with Ensemble Theater Company in this exciting premier, based on a film by one of his heroes, Woody Allen. Love to Gabby, and to my amazing parents.
Alicia Sedwick (Sally) is thrilled to return to ETC, where she worked in its early days, as Curley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men. Some thirty years later, she returned to win an Indy award for her performance as Margie in Good People. Before moving to LA, Alicia was a NYC-based actress for over a decade, performing Off-Broadway (Lady Macbeth) and in regional theaters, including The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theatre (where she was a company member), Hudson Valley Shakespeare, and The Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Alicia met and worked with ETC Artistic Director Jonathan Fox at his New Jersey Two River Theatre Company in productions including The Heidi Chronicles, The Illusion, and The Dining Room. She has made numerous national commercials and voiceovers, and television credits include "Law and Order" and "LA Dragnet." Alicia recently produced the nationally syndicated radio show Experience Talks, and for the last fourteen years has co-produced Spark Off Rose, a live monthly storytelling event in LA. She received her M.F.A. in Acting from The American Conservatory Theatre and currently teaches College Acting, Movement, and Conceptual Storytelling. Alicia also coaches and edits speeches for national non-profits, TED Talks, and corporate speakers.
Book Club, Oct 11, 2017, 5:30 - 6:30pm: Scripts are now available for checkout at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street. Join other theatregoers for a lively discussion about the play from a literary and dramatic perspective. FREE!
Pre-Show Talk, Oct 11 & 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm: Join us in the courtyard of The New Vic for an informative and insightful discussion about the play before you see it, sure to enhance your theatrical experience.
Martini Night, Oct 13, 2017 at 7:15pm, performance at 8:00pm: Free to ticket holders. Come early to enjoy a complimentary martini and mingle before the show.
Talk Back, Oct 19, 2017: Meet the cast after the show and discuss the production.
Ensemble Theatre Company is pleased to offer additional information to our patrons who are interested in learning more about the history surrounding our productions. The Salon Packet for HUSBANDS AND WIVES is now available at etcdramaturgy.wordpress.com
"One reason it works so well is that Fox has assembled an excellent cast. Another is the innovative use of a live video feed that allows the audience to observe the action from multiple angles and to follow the characters into the wings for some of the show’s wildest scenes."
Read the full Santa Barbara Independent review here.
"For Woody Allen fans, it's a must!"
The Montecito Journal
17-18 Season (off sale):
MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
“A worthy successor to Pride and Prejudice" -Independent
“A real Yuletide cracker! It is the perfect not-to-be-missed amusement for the holidays.” -Montecito Journal
“Irresistible!” -Ventura Star
By Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
Directed by Andrew Barnicle
November 30 - December 17, 2017
Production Sponsored by: The Stephen and Carla Hahn Foundation
With Sponsorship from: Montecito Bank and Trust
ETC's 2017-18 Season Sponsored by Leatrice Luria
Photos: David Bazemore
ETC kicks off the holiday season with a delighful imagined sequel to "Pride and Prejudice, directed by Andy Barnicle (ETC's Venus in Fur, Fallen Angels, and Chapter Two).
"A gift for Jane Austen fans!" The Washington Post
"A pleasure from start to end" Broadway World
Erin Barnes (Jane) is thrilled to be making her Ensemble Theatre Company debut! Elsewhere in SoCal, Erin has been delighted to perform at Boston Court (The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll), The Antaeus Company (Diana of Dobson’s) and Theatre Banshee (By the Bog of Cats, The Importance of Being Earnest). Her TV credits include “Switched at Birth,” “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life,” “Shameless,” “Scorpion,” and “S.W.A.T.”. Love to her family and John! More at erinbarnesonline.com
Paul Culos (Arthur) is honored to make his debut with the Ensemble Theatre Company. Theater credits include the national tour of Dracula, Act One (LA Theatre Works), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, As You Like It, Macbeth, Peace In Our Time (Antaeus), Come Back Little Sheba (A Noise Within), The Hamlet Project (Loose Canon Collective), Two Gentlemen of Verona (PCPA), Jason & (Medea) (LA New Court), Midsummer & Macbeth (Fugitive Kind). TV/film credits include: “Modern Family,” “Shameless,” “The Middle,” “Superior Donuts,” and “Video Synchronicity” with David Fincher. Paul has an MFA from UC Irvine and a BA from Western Michigan University. More at PaulCulos.com
Samantha Eggers (Anne) is thrilled to be making her Ensemble Theatre Company debut. Recent credits include King Charles III (Pioneer Theater Company), Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Kingsmen Shakespeare Company), Pride and Prejudice (La Mirada Theater), What the Butler Saw (Mark Taper Forum), Hero! (Asolo Repertory Theater), The Fox on the Fairway (St. Michael’s Playhouse) and The Glass Menagerie (American Repertory Theater). She also appeared as Lisa (Sophie cover) in the Broadway, National Tour, and Las Vegas companies of Mamma Mia! Internationally, Samantha has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (The Druid Tree) and the Moscow Art Theater (The Imaginary Invalid). Film and television credits include: “Get Happy,” “Deadly Sins,” and “Jane the Virgin.” Training: M.F.A., American Repertory Theater / Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Love to Ped. samanthalouiseeggers.com
Donnla Hughes (Mary) Her previous theater credits include: Constellations (Geffen Playhouse Theatre), The Maids (A Noise Within), Romeo and Juliet (A Noise Within), Outside Mullingar (Geffen Playhouse Theatre), The Silver Tassie (National Theatre, UK), The Little Mermaid (Bristol Old Vic Theatre, UK), The Well of the Saints (Druid Theatre Company, Ireland), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe, London), Toxic Bankers (Leicester Square Theatre, West End), The Mad Women of England (Soho Theatre, West End), Three Loose Teeth – Shakespeare in Shoreditch (RIFT, London), The Under Room (Cock Tavern, London), Pure O (Kings Head Theatre, London) and Teeth (Theatre 503, London). Originally from Ireland, Donnla trained at LAMDA, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She is a Carleton Hobbs award winner and was a long standing-member of the BBC Radio Drama rep.
Caroline Innerbichler (Lydia) hails from Minneapolis, and is thrilled to return to her birth state of California with Ensemble Theatre Company! Her credits include: Little House on the Prairie: The Musical (National Tour); White Christmas, The Sound of Music, The Pirates of Penzance, The Prince and the Pauper, and the Broadway Songbook Series (Ordway Center); Grease, The Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres); Little House on the Prairie (Guthrie Theater). Hair (7th House Theater); Passage of Dreams, Parade (Theater Latté Da); Ragtime (Park Square Theatre); A Class Act, Disney’s High School Musical, Hansel and Gretel, Alice in Wonderland, Pippi Longstocking (Children’s Theatre Company). Love and gratitude to her family, Nate, and Finna.
Matt Koenig (Bingley) is happy to be making his debut at the Ensemble Theatre Company. Matt is a resident artist at PCPA in Santa Maria, California, where he has played such roles such as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Caleb in The Whipping Man, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Richmond in Richard III, etc. Other theaters include: Utah Shakespeare Festival, New Swan Shakespeare Festival, Florida Studio Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Palace Theatre, Summer Repertory Theatre. MFA: UC Irvine.
Christian Pedersen (Darcy) is delighted to be making his ETC debut. Most recently he appeared as the Emcee in Once at South Coast Repertory. Regional credits include Clybourne Park (Cleveland Play House and Geva Theatre), The Mousetrap (Rep Theatre of St. Louis), Cloud Nine (Studio Theatre), and The 39 Steps (Maltz Jupiter). In LA he understudied the role of Kent in Reasons to Be Pretty (Geffen Playhouse) and starred in Flare Path (Theatre 40). In New York he has performed in several Off-Broadway plays, including Vieux Carre directed by Austin Pendleton. Film and TV credits include “Animal Husbandry,” “The Last American Guido,” “The Good Wife,” “Fringe,” “Damages,” “Royal Pains,” and recurring roles on “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.” He is a graduate of the University of Richmond in Virginia and The Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in New York.
Paige Lindsey White (Lizzy) has stage credits including: Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (Pasadena Playhouse); Macon Hill in Abundance (South Coast Rep); Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities (Arizona Theatre Company & Indiana Rep); Ann in At Home at The Zoo (Wallis Annenberg); Titania/Hippolyta in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer (Disney Concert Hall); Julia in Fallen Angels (Ensemble Theatre Company); Catherine in Rapture Blister Burn (San Diego Rep); Heisenberg (u/s) (Mark Taper Forum); Trying, Ghost-Writer, and The Heir Apparent (International City Theatre); The Children, R II & Love and A Major Organ (Theatre @ Boston Court); Walking the Tightrope (24TH ST Theatre), Ivo Van Hove’s A View From the Bridge (Ahmanson & Kennedy Center, u/s). International Tour: Trial of the Catonsville Nine (The Actors’ Gang). Her TV credits include: “Shameless,” “American Woman,” “Corporate,” “Days of Our Lives,” “TV Funhouse.” LA Drama Critics’ Circle Award Lead Performance Winner, 3 Ovation Nominations paigelindseywhite.com
Lauren Gunderson (Playwright) is the most produced living playwright in America, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including the Denver Center (The Book of Will), South Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!), the O’Neill Theatre Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Geva, and more. Her work is published by Dramatists Play Service (Silent Sky, Bauer), Playscripts (I and You, Exit, Pursued By a Bear, and Toil and Trouble), and Samuel French (Emilie). She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. She is from Atlanta, GA, and lives in San Francisco. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory.
Margot Melcon (Playwright) is a theater artist, administrator and writer. She was the Director of New Play Development at Marin Theatre Company for seven years, where she dramaturged over 30 productions—including six world premieres—and administered the company’s two annual new play prizes and commissioning program. She has developed plays with TheatreWorks, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Crowded Fire Theater, Shotgun Players, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, the Kennedy Center, the New Harmony Project, and the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. She is currently the Program Executive for Promoting Culture at the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Margot is a graduate of California State University, Chico.
Andrew Barnicle (Director) has now directed four plays for Ensemble Theatre Company, including Chapter Two, Fallen Angels, and Venus in Fur. Andrew served as artistic director of The Laguna Playhouse from 1991 through 2010, where he produced over 100 Playhouse shows and directed more than 40 of them. Recent directing projects at Laguna include the world premiere of King of the Road: The Roger Miller Story, and Lissa Levin’s Sex and Education, starring Julia Duffy. He has directed at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre, The Odyssey Theatre, Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre, The Colony Theatre, San Diego’s Theatre At Old Town, Michigan’s Meadow Brook Theatre, and The San Jose Repertory Theatre.
Dianne K. Graebner (Costume Designer) received her MFA in Costume/Set Design from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She has designed and created costumes nationwide in theater, film and television. Off Broadway — Church & State at New World Stages. For The English Theatre, Frankfurt, Germany — Bad Jews. For Ensemble Theatre Company, she designed Husbands & Wives, Syncopation, Chapter Two, Macbeth, Fallen Angels, Bad Jews, Women in Jeopardy, Sweeney Todd, Venus in Fur, Amadeus, Intimate Apparel, Red, Best Brothers, Frankie and Johnny, Opus, and Bell, Book and Candle. She is a member of Circle X Theatre Co. and designed their productions of The Flu Season, Eurydice, The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder, and Chinese Massacre, and was nominated for an Ovation Award for her work on The Brothers Karamazov and an L.A. Weekly award for Battle Hymn. A few of her recent credits include: Ay, Carmela! at the Hudson, working with Frank Gehry and Gustavo Dudamel, Breath and Imagination at Virginia Stage Co, Best of Enemies,The Fabulous Lipitones, What I Learned in Paris, Breath and Imagination (NAACP nomination), The Road to Appomattox, Sex and Education, and Falling for Make Believe and others at the Colony Theatre, Dogeaters and Clay at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, A Delicate Balance at The Odyssey Theatre, Bright Light City at LATC, opening and closing weeks of 365 Days/365 Plays at Center Theatre Group, Dying City (Ovation Winner — Production of the Year) and the New Electric Ballroom at Rogue Machine Theatre Co., the original Los Angeles production of Philosophy of the World, The Shaggs and has also originated the costumes for many new works and world premieres. She is a member of United Scenic Artists Local-829. www.diannegraebner.com
Pablo Santiago (Lighting Designer) is originally from Chiapas, México and designs for theater, opera, dance and gallery work. After 15 years in the film industry he obtained an MFA in Lighting Design from UCLA and transitioned into live stage design. He is nominated for the Ovation Award 2018. He the winner of the Richard Sherwood Award 2017 and Stage Raw Award in 2015. He was nominated for an Ovation Award in 2014 and the LA Weekly Award 2014. He is honored to return to Ensemble Theatre Company where he has designed several projects and collaborations with this creative team, including Fallen Angels and Chapter 2. His work has been seen at LATC and the Latino Theater Co., Arena Stage in DC, Paramount Theater in Boston, Skirball Center in NY, Davies Hall with San Francisco Symphony, Soundbox, The Annenberg Space for Photography, Summer Happenings at the Broad Museum, REDCAT, Su Teatro in Denver, Teatro Brava, Getty Museum, ODC, “Distant Vision”- Live Cinema directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and Opera Santa Barbara, among others. Pablo has collaborated with dance companies such as: DornDancers, The Big Show Co., Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Co., and Szalt, to name a few. Recent highlights include: War of the Worlds (Opera) with LA Phil and The Industry at Disney Hall. Dementia at LATC, Pelleas at Cincinnati Symphony, Galileo (Opera) for The Industry, Zoot Suit at the Mark Taper Forum, Breaking the Waves for OperaPhila and Beth Morrison Projects, Destiny of Desire at the Goodman, Flight for Opera Omaha, Good Grief and Citizen at KDT. Upcoming projects include: Destiny of Desire at OSF, Three Penny Opera at Boston Lyric Opera, Hearne: Place with LA Phil at Disney Hall, BAM and Barbican Theater in London. The world premiere of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s Proving Up at Opera Omaha. For film credits check imdb and for a portfolio go to instagram@pablosdesign
Barbara Hirsch (Sound Designer) owns Opus 1 mobile recording, a classical and acoustic music recording business, and is co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center. Years ago in a previous life, she loved working in various capacities for the theater: box office, playing in the pit, composing music and running sound. In recent years she has enjoyed reviving her sound designing chops at the Theater Group at SBCC and for Ensemble Theatre Company. Most recent were the very satisfying theater experiences of It’s a Wonderful Life, Rabbit Hole and Amadeus. Barbara is thrilled to work with this incredible cast in a play that Austen lovers (and even others!) will love.
Bruce Goodrich (Scenic Designer) His recent work includes Recorded in Hollywood, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, and at the Chance Theatre: Middletown, directed by Trevor Biship, and Seminar, directed by Elina DeSantos. Also Fallen Angels and Chapter Two at Ensemble Theatre Co., Santa Barbara, directed by Andy Barnicle. New York and regional venues include Primary Stages Co. (original and Off-Broadway productions of David Ives’ All in the Timing), Ensemble Studio Theatre, American Stage Co. Playwrights Theatre of NJ, Arena Stage, Fords Theatre, The Colony, The Falcon, The Rubicon, The Odyssey (Broadway Bound, directed by Jason Alexander), El Portal, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, Laguna Playhouse, The Human Race (Dayton), Skylight Opera Theatre (Milwaukee) and many others. Stage Raw, LA Drama Critics and Ovation nominations. He has a BFA from University of Wisconsin, an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon School of Drama, and is a Professor of Design at CSU, Fullerton, Department of Theatre and Dance.
Jonathan Fox (Artistic Director) joined ETC in 2006. He adapted and directed ETC’s recent production of Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives. His other ETC productions include Porgy and Bess, Macbeth, Sweeney Todd, Woyzeck, Amadeus, A Little Night Music, The Liar, Crime and Punishment, and a dozen others. He directed Opera Santa Barbara’s 2014 production of The Consul at the Granada Theatre. He has collaborated with the Santa Barbara Symphony on their Shakespeare and Valentine’s Day concerts. In 2016, he directed ETC’s production of Bad Jews, which traveled to Germany for the play’s German premiere. Other European productions include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Streetcar Named Desire, Visiting Mr. Green, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at The English Theatre Frankfurt, and Old Wicked Songs, Crimes of the Heart, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Vienna English Theatre. Before joining ETC, Mr. Fox spent 12 years with Two River Theater Company in New Jersey, which he helped establish in 1994. He served as Managing Director of the company from 1994-99, and subsequently became its Artistic Director. For Two River, he directed their recent world premiere production of Lives of Reason. His production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg was profiled in American Theatre Magazine, as was his festival of work by Samuel Beckett. His directing work has been seen in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Cologne, and has received critical acclaim in The New York Times, Variety, the LA Times, and other publications. He received his MFA from Columbia University, and is a recipient of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship. He has served as an adjunct faculty member in theater departments at UCSB, Columbia University, University of Utah, and Monmouth University.
John M. McElveney (Properties Design). John was an Equity Stage Manager and Lighting Designer for many years before joining ABC Television as a Production Manager. While there he worked on many sitcoms, specials and awards shows. He has served as Production Manager for The Emmys and was Senior Production Manager for many Academy Awards presentations. He and the group called MacAndME designed properties for over fifty productions at the Colony Theatre in Burbank and other venues in the Los Angeles area. At the Falcon Theatre (now the Garry Marshall Theatre) he has designed over twelve productions. Recently, he designed five at ETC in Santa Barbara. He is President Emeritus of the Pasadena Playhouse Alumni and Associates.
Kristin Weber (Stage Manager) is thrilled to return to ETC. Her previous credits include: Husbands and Wives (ETC), The Crucible, The Liar, Top Girls, The Curse of Oedipus, Wedding Band, Henry IV - Part One, Picnic, Uncle Vanya, Cloud 9, Hedda Gabler, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, As You Like It, and various ClassicsFests (Antaeus Theater Company). If All The Sky Were Paper (Kirk Douglas), The Imaginary Invalid (A Noise Within). Driving Miss Daisy, Women in Mind (Sierra Madre Playhouse). Wicked Lit 2012 (Unbound Productions). Kristin graduated at the top of her class from Chapman University, where she majored in Entertainment Theatre Technology with an emphasis in stage management. Forever thanks to her family and friends for their endless love and support. Special thanks to Andy, Sam, Alex, RC, and to my wonderful cast! Enjoy the show!
Sam Lahne (Dramaturg) is thrilled to be working as the resident production dramaturg for Ensemble Theatre Company’s 2017-18 season. He has worked as a dramaturg on the development and production of a number of plays, including the world premieres of Jonathan Fox’s adaptation of Husbands and Wives, Aaron Posner’s Stupid F-ing Bird, and Mia Chung’s You for Me for You. He has served as Literary Assistant at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and at New Dramatists in New York. Sam is also a playwright, and his plays have been produced and/or developed by the Playwrights’ Center, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Kennedy Center/National New Play Network, Barter Theatre Company, and the Jewish Plays Project, among others. Sam received his BA from Vassar College, and his MFA from the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop.
Julia Flores (Casting Director): Regional/Los Angeles theater clients include: McCoy Rigby Entertainment, TheatreWorks, Boston Court Theatre, The Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre, ONSTAGE Series, B Street Theatre, A Noise Within, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Portland Center Stage, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Universal Studios, Reprise!, LA Opera, Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre,. Arizona Theatre Company and San Francisco Opera.
Ensemble Theatre Company began as the Ensemble Theatre Project in 1978 under the direction of Joseph Hanreddy. For the first three years, plays were performed at Trinity Episcopal Church. In 1981, ETC made the 140-seat Alhecama Theatre its home for more than 25 years. Beginning in 2009, ETC undertook a $12.6 million renovation of the Victoria Hall Theater. It opened its new 300-seat home, the New Vic, in 2013. The New Vic has become a venue for dance, music, film, and lectures. After Joseph Hanreddy left Santa Barbara in 1985, Robert Grande Weiss became Artistic Director, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. Jonathan Fox assumed the position of Executive Artistic Director in September 2006 and saw the company through great expansion. Jill Seltzer joined ETC as its Managing Director in 2016. ETC, which became an Equity theater in 1989, is Santa Barbara’s sole professional theater company. The company, which presents five or six plays per season, has produced several American and West Coast premieres and has garnered numerous awards over the years.
Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) was founded in 1913 as the first of the American actor unions. Equity’s mission is to advance, promote and foster the art of live theater as an essential component of our society. Today, Equity represents more than 45,000 actors, singers, dancers and stage managers working in hundreds of theaters across the United States. Equity members are dedicated to working in the theater as a profession, upholding the highest artistic standards. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits including health and pension plans for its members. Through its agreement with Equity, this theatre has committed to the fair treatment of the actors and stage managers employed in this production. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. For more information, visit www.actorsequity.org.
- Book Club, December 6, 2017, 5:30 - 6:30pm: Scripts are now available for checkout at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street. Join other theatergoers for a lively discussion about the play from a literary and dramatic perspective. FREE!
- Pre-Show Talk, December 6 & 13, 2017 at 7:15 pm: Join us in the courtyard of The New Vic for an informative and insightful discussion about the play before you see it, sure to enhance your theatrical experience.
- Martini Night, December 8, 2017, at 7:15pm, performance at 8:00pm: Free to ticket holders. Come early to enjoy a complimentary martini and mingle before the show.
- Talk Back, December 14, 2017: Meet the cast after the show and discuss the production.
THE CITY OF CONVERSATION
Starring Meredith Baxter and Sharon Lawrence
By Anthony Giardina Directed by Cameron Watson
February 8 - 25, 2018
It’s 1979, and Washington, D.C. socialite Hester Ferris is notorious for her posh dinner parties that can change the course of politics. But when her son turns up with an ambitious girlfriend and a newly minted political agenda, it ignites a family divide that spans 30 years and six presidential administrations. A timely and moving look at a family forced to choose between defending opposing political views and keeping their family together.
Student Matinee for The City of Conversation is Friday, February 23, 2018, at 11:00 am (Read More)
With Sponsorship from Frank and Parm Williams, and Gail Beust; Elaine and Herbert Kendall; Sara Miller McCune.
ETC's 2017-18 Season Sponsored by Leatrice Luria
The season continues with The City of Conversation by Anthony Giardina, nominated for the 2014-15 Outer critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for Best Play. Hailed as "uncannily of the moment" by the LA Times, The City of Conversation explores family politics by looking at a family IN politics.
- Book Club, Feb 14, 2018, 5:30 - 6:30pm: Scripts are now available for checkout at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street. Join other theatregoers for a lively discussion about the play from a literary and dramatic perspective. FREE!
- Pre-Show Talk, Feb 14 & 21, 2018 at 7:15 pm: Join us in the courtyard of The New Vic for an informative and insightful discussion about the play before you see it, sure to enhance your theatrical experience.
- Martini Night, Feb 16, 2018 at 7:15pm, performance at 8:00pm: Free to ticket holders. Come early to enjoy a complimentary martini and mingle before the show.
- Talk Back, Feb 22, 2018: Meet the cast after the show and discuss the production.
THE INVISIBLE HAND
By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Jonathan Fox
A Co-production with The English Theater Frankfurt
April 12 - 29, 2018
“A scary (and dreadfully funny) treatise on the universality of human greed.” Variety
“A taut, gripping thriller.” The Seattle Times
Production Sponsored by
Chuck and Missy Sheldon
ETC's 2017-18 Season Sponsored by Leatrice Luria
In the spring, ETC will present Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar’s gripping new play, The Invisible Hand.This production is presented in a co-production with The English Theater Frankfurt, continental Europe’s largest English-speaking theater. Their most recent collaboration was on their critically-acclaimed 2016 production of Bad Jews.
Book Club, Apr 18, 2018, 5:30 - 6:30pm: Scripts are now available for checkout at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street. Join other theatregoers for a lively discussion about the play from a literary and dramatic perspective. FREE!
Pre-Show Talk, Apr 18 & 25, 2018 at 7:15 pm: Join us in the courtyard of The New Vic for an informative and insightful discussion about the play before you see it, sure to enhance your theatrical experience.
Martini Night, Apr 20, 2018 at 7:15pm, performance at 8:00pm: Free to ticket holders. Come early to enjoy a complimentary martini and mingle before the show.
Talk Back, Apr 26, 2018: Meet the cast after the show and discuss the production.
COOKIN’ AT THE COOKERY: The Music and Times of Alberta Hunter
Written and directed by Marion J. Caffey
June 7 - 24, 2018
“Cookin’ at the Cookery lives, laughs, loves, and cooks!” talkinbroadway.com
Production Sponsored by
The Zegar Family Foundation
With Sponsorship from
Mr. John C Mithun and Ms. Mercedes Millington
Barb and Sam Toumayan & Sybil Rosen
ETC's 2017-18 Season Sponsored by Leatrice Luria
ETC will close the 2017-18 Season with Cookin’ at the Cookery, a two-woman musical that brings jazz and blues legend Alberta Hunter’s extraordinary and improbable life story to the stage.
"A queen reborn!" Variety
Book Club, Jun 13, 2018, 5:30 - 6:30pm: Scripts are now available for checkout at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street. Join other theatregoers for a lively discussion about the play from a literary and dramatic perspective. FREE!
Pre-Show Talk, Jun 13 & 20, 2018 at 7:15 pm: Join us in the courtyard of The New Vic for an informative and insightful discussion about the play before you see it, sure to enhance your theatrical experience.
Martini Night, Jun 25, 2018 at 7:15pm, performance at 8:00pm: Free to ticket holders. Come early to enjoy a complimentary martini and mingle before the show.
Talk Back, Jun 21, 2018: Meet the cast after the show and discuss the production.