Chris Phillips - Playwright/Producer
Chris Phillips was raised in Austin, Texas, and while attending UT Austin, began writing and performing his own work in scholastic competition. Once in Los Angeles, Chris worked as a contributing film reviewer for MOVIELINE and OUT magazines, which led to his editorial work at the SoCal publication FRONTIERS from 2001 to 2005. In January 2010, a musical Chris co-wrote, DREAMS, was selected as one of six new works to take part in the 2010 Disney/ASCAP workshop directed by Stephen Schwartz. In the summer of 2010, Chris directed a workshop production of his first play, REVOLVER, as part of the CT Tuesdays new works program at Los Angeles'’ Celebration Theatre. The following January, REVOLVER received a GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre. Also in January 2011, Chris directed a short film adapted from one of the vignettes featured in REVOLVER, "the things i cannot change," which screened at the Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in September 2011, and will screen at the 2012 Reel Recovery Festival in both NYC and LA.
Returning to CT Tuesdays in May 2011, Chris directed the workshop production of his second play, ELYSIAN FIELDS, which was then chosen for presentation at the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival that August. At FringeNYC, the play enjoyed a sold-out run and received an Individual Performance award for one of its cast members. Also that summer, Chris was chosen as an award recipient by the Robert Chesley Foundation, which supports the work of LGBT playwrights. Chris is proud to report that REVOLVER will receive its world premiere as part of Celebration Theatre's 30th anniversary season in 2013.
Brian Zimmer - Director
Brian Zimmer graduated with a B.A. in Theatre from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Following graduation, Brian worked as an actor for local Minnesota theatres such as Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Park Square, and Minnesota Opera. After years of performing, Brian turned his focus to choreography and directing, working with several high schools throughout Minnesota. He then relocated to California, directing productions for the San Diego Junior Theatre. After a six-year break from the theatre world, Brian returned to his true love, and in 2011 had the privilege of Assistant Directing two productions at A Noise Within theatre in Pasadena -- Tennessee Williams'’ ECCENTRICITIES OF A NIGHTINGALE and Eugene O’Neill'’s DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS -- reigniting his passion for the stage.
James Ledesma - Sound Design
James Ledesma has been working in theatre for the past five years. James thanks both the Laurelgrove Theater and the Actor’s Co-Op for allowing him to grow into a Stage Manager and Sound Designer. At the Actor’s Co-Op, James designed the sound for their 20th year revival of Horton Foote’'s THE TRAVELING LADY and helped engineer the sound for their production of KING LEAR last spring. He also was Stage Manager for THE TRAVELING LADY and Assistant Stage Manager for KING LEAR and THE 1940’s RADIO HOUR, also staged at the Actor’s Co-Op this past fall.
Samantha Szigeti - Lighting Design
Samantha is excited to be back in the theatre after working as a production designer in film over the past year. She has her MFA in stage design with an emphasis in lighting from Northwestern University. During her stay in Chicago she was honored to work on productions at The Goodman, Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, Red Orchid, and Strawdog to name a few before returning to her native city of Los Angeles.
Laurelgrove Theatre Company - Producer
The Laurelgrove Theatre Company was established in 2001 by Artistic Director Jack Heller. Under Jack's leadership the company went on to win numerous Ovation nominations and awards, as well as consistent critical acclaim. In 2010 Christina Hart, a 40 year veteran of theatre, film and television, assumed this leadership role. Her new play BIRDS OF A FEATHER, will be produced at the Complex in June of this year. She is happy to be able to help bring PIECES to the boards and wishes Chris all the best with his new play.