Keynotes

Thank you to the keynote speakers and distinguished designers of the 70th annual SETC Convention in Knoxville, TN, Feb. 27 – Mar. 3, 2019.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Photo by Monica McKenna, 2011

Muriel Miguel

Saturday Keynote Speaker

Distinguished Career Award Recipient

Muriel Miguel from the Kuna and Rappahannock Nations, is a choreographer, director and actor. She is the founder and artistic director of Spiderwoman Theater, the longest running Indigenous feminist theater in North America. Muriel is a 2018 Doris Duke Artist and a 2016 John S. Guggenheim Fellow. She received an Honorary DFA from Miami University in Ohio; is a member of the National Theatre Conference; and attended the Rauschenberg Residency in 2015. She has pioneered Spiderwoman Theater’s storyweaving process and with that, the development of a culturally-based Indigenous performance methodology. She most recently returned from a tour of the West Coast with Aanmitaagzi and Spiderwoman Theater’s production of Material Witness.

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Friday Keynote Speaker

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s latest play, What Looks Like Pretty, was workshopped at the Geva Theatre and the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York. She was also invited to participate in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s “State of the South” 10 city tour, which explored the changing face of Southern identity through town hall discussions. Elyzabeth is currently the Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence at Sewanee: The University of the South where she teaches playwriting.

Levi Kreis

Thursday Keynote Speaker

Levi Kreis is an award-winning actor and singer/songwriter best known for originating the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet. The role won Kreis the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, the 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor, a Drama League Award Nomination, and a Jeff Award Nomination. The role introduced America to Kreis’ electrifying charisma with appearances on many popular talk shows. Kreis has released five albums with songs featured on Sons Of Anarchy, So You Think You Can Dance, The Vampire Diaries, and many other prime time television shows.

Linda Cho

Distinguished Costume Designer, Design Keynote

Linda Cho is a Tony Award-winning costume designer based in New York City. In 2014 she won the Tony Award and the Henry Hewes Design Award for the Broadway musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. In 2017 she was nominated for the Tony, Outer Critic’s Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Best Costume Design of a Musical for the Broadway production of Anastasia. In 2018 she was proud to be part of Broadway’s first all female creative team for Lifespan of a Fact. She has worked extensively across the U.S., including at Alliance Theater, American Consevatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Berkley Rep, Children’s Theater of Minneapolis, Dallas Theater Center, Folger Theater, George Street Playhouse, Goodman Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Prince Theater, Shakespeare Theater Co, The Old Globe, Theatre Works, The Village Theater, Westpost Country Playhouse and Williamstown Theater Festival. New York credits include American Ballet Theater, Encores at City Center, Theatre for a New Audience, Vineyard, Atlantic Theater Company, Classic Stage Co, Manhattan Theater Club, The Public Theater and Second Stage. Internationally, her work has been seen in Stratford-U.K., Stratford-Canada, Toronto, Madrid, Stuttgart, Mexico City, China and Taiwan. She is the recipient of the Theatre Development Fund’s Irene Sharaff Young Master Award and The Ruth Morely Design Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. She served as the American Costume Design Curator from 2007-2011 for the International Prague Quadrennial, and is currently serving as a trustee on the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing. Linda attended the Paris American Academy to study fine arts and fashion, received a BA from McGill University in Montreal majoring in Psychology and received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Victoria “toy” Deiorio

Distinguished Sound Designer, Design Keynote

Combining her previous careers in ballet, acting and songwriting, Victoria Deiorio is a critically-acclaimed sound designer and composer for theatre based in Chicago. With a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, and studying classical acting in London at RADA and LAMDA, she transitioned from performance to design. She has also directed, choreographed, written plays and musicals, production managed, and produced theatre. Her book The Art of Theatrical Sound Design – A Practical Guide was published September of 2018. Victoria’s compositions and sound design have been heard in many theatres over the past 23 years. Her off-Broadway compositions and sound design include: Nine Circles (Sheen Center); A Christmas Carol (St. Clements); Two Point Oh with Active Theatre (Primary Stages); Arnie the Doughnut at the NYMTF (The Pearl); Cassie’s Chimera at Joes Pub (The Public); The Bluest Eye with Steppenwolf (The Duke Theatre); Ophelia at the NYC Fringe Fest (The Connelly); The God of Hell at the Actors Studio (Associate); Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams at Primary Stages (Associate); Live Girls at Urban Stages (Associate); Luminescence Dating at Ensemble Studio Theatre (Associate); and Boy at Primary Stages (Associate). Regionally Victoria has worked with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, Victory Gardens, Northlight Theatre, LA Theatre Works, Seattle Repertory, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Centerstage Baltimore, Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre, CATF, Delaware Theatre Company, Peoples Light and Theatre, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Play House, Indiana Repertory, Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare, American Players Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Renaissance TheatreWorks, Peninsula Players, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Florida Stage, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, and others. In Chicago she has designed storefront productions with Firebrand Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, The Next Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Irish Theatre of Chicago, Teatro Vista, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, American Blues, Lifeline Theatre, Porchlight Theatre, Light Opera Works, and many others. Victoria is the head of Sound Design for The Theatre School at DePaul University. She was an Associate Artistic Director with COR theatre, a founding member and interim Artistic Director of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, an artistic associate with The Next Theatre, and a member of Lifeline Theatre. Currently she serves as the Co-Chair on the Executive Board of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (www.TSDCA.org), additionally serving as the Chair of the Bylaws, Communications, and Finance and Development committees. Professional memberships include: USA829, The League of Professional Theatre Women, and The Alliance for Women Film Composers. Victoria directed Skin Tight and Mami, Where’d My O Go with COR theatre; Falling: A Wake and Stigmata (which she also wrote) with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble; 365 Days, 365 Plays – Week 19, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!, and A Winter’s Tale at Lifeline Theatre; Sunday on the Rocks with Second Sex at Bailiwick Theatre; and a staged reading of Night Light by Robert Smith. She composed Dirty Cowboy and Flight of the Dodo – two children’s musicals for Lifeline Theatre. And she’s produced 2 CDs of original music with her band ToyBand. She is the first woman to have been nominated for 14 Joseph Jefferson Awards — winning seven — and she has received two After Dark Awards and a SALT Award. Please visit www.victoria-sound-design.com for her complete resume.

Riccardo Hernández

Distinguished Scenic Designer, Design Keynote

Broadway: Indecent (2017 Tony Award Best Play Nomination); The Gin Game (Sets and Costumes – starring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson); The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012 Tony Award Best Musical Revival); The People in the Picture (Studio 54); Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change (also Royal National Theater London – 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Musical/2006 London’s Evening Standard Award for Best Musical); TopDog/UnderDog (2002 Pulitzer Award Best Play-also Royal Court, London); Elaine Stritch at Liberty (also West End’s Old Vic & National Tour); Parade (Hal Prince director, Tony and Drama Desk Nominations); Bells Are Ringing; Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (also National Tours and Japan); The Tempest. Recent: Jagged Little Pill; The White Card written by Claudia Rankine, both directed by Diane Paulus for American Repertory Theater; La Dame aux Camélias (France); Eve’s Song written by Patricia Ione Lloyd; Mlima’s Tale written by Lynn Nottage, both directed by Jo Bonney; Oedipus El Rey written by Luis Alfaro all for Public Theater; Lempicka for Williamstown Theater Festival, and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire for NYTW, both directed by Rachel Chavkin; Admissions written by Joshua Harmon, directed by Daniel Aukin for Lincoln Center Theater; King Lear, A Doll’s House and Strindberg’s The Father (both in repertory), The Skin of Our Teeth, and The Winter’s Tale all directed by Arin Arbus for Theater For A New Audience; The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World and Jesus Hopped the A Train for Signature Theater; Red Speedo written by Lucas Hnath, directed by Liliana Blain Cruz for New York Theater Workshop; Notes From the Field written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith for American Repertory Theater and Second Stage NYC; The Invisible Hand written by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll for New York Theater Workshop; Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Giovanni directed by Ron Daniels for Santa Fe Opera; Grounded written by George Brant, directed by Julie Taymor for Public Theater; The Library directed by film director Steven Soderbergh for Public Theater; Splendid’s written by Jean Genet, directed by Arthur Nauzyciel for Theatre National de la Colline, Paris France. For Avignon Festival (France): La Mouette (Cour D’Honneur, Palais des Papes); Jan Karski, Mon Nom Est Fiction (Opera Theatre and Teatr Polski, Warsaw). World Premiere of Il Postino (Sets and Costumes) with Placido Domingo for Los Angeles Opera, also at Theatre du Chatelet Paris, Theater an der Wien Vienna, PBS Telecast; World Premiere of Philip Glass’ Appomatox for San Francisco Opera, directed by Robert Woodruff; Abigail’s Party (Oslo National Theater, Norway); The Dead New Adaptation by Frank McGuiness and Othello both for Abbey Theater, Dublin; World Premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s  A Coffin in Egypt (Sets and Costumes) for Houston Grand Opera; Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail (Opera de Nice, France); The Lost Highway (Sets and Costumes) directed by Diane Paulus for London’s English National Opera/Young Vic. Riccardo Hernández has designed over 250 productions at most leading Regional Theaters and Opera across the US and Internationally. Over thirty productions at New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater: The America Play; One Flea Spare; Stuff Happens; TopDog/UnderDog; Noise/Funk; Mother Courage (starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline) both directed by George C. Wolfe; (also collaborations with: Diane Paulus, Lear DeDessonet, Jo Bonney, Mary Zimmerman, Daniel Sullivan, Mark Brokaw, Kathleen Marshall, Mark Lamos, Ron Daniels, Graciela Daniele), BAM, Lincoln Center, TFANA, Atlantic Theater (collaborations with film director Ethan Cohen), Second Stage (Let Me Down Easy written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith, also PBS Great Performances); NYTW, MTC, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, others. Regional: American Repertory Theater (collaborations with Diane Paulus, Ron Daniels, Robert Woodruff, Janos Szasz, Arthur Nauzyciel, Robert Brustein, Leonard Foglia, Liz Diamond), Guthrie, Goodman, Taper, La Jolla, Steppenwolf, McCarter, Yale Repertory Theater. Opera: Don Giovanni (Diane Paulus director, Chicago Opera); Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun (Mark Lamos director, New York City Opera); Amistad (George C. Wolfe director, Lyric Opera of Chicago); Houston Grand Opera, FGO, Santa Fe Opera, Gotham Opera NYC, others. Also: Festival Automne Paris, Orleans CDN France, Teatro Real de Madrid, Det Norske Teatret, Oslo Norway, MXAT (Moscow Art Theater), Singapore International Festival of Arts.  Numerous Awards and Nominations: OBIE Award Sustained Excellence of Scenic Design; Henry Hewes Design Award Outstanding Scenic Design; Princess Grace Statue Award; Princess Grace Grant, Drama Desks, Connecticut Critics Circle, Helen Hayes, Audelco, American Theater Wing, Boston Elliot Norton Award, Jeff Award, others. Assistant Professor, Theater Design at Yale School of Drama. 1992 Yale School of Drama.

Jonathan Spencer

Distinguished Lighting Designer, Design Keynote

Jonathan lives in New York City and Colorado working principally on Broadway, National Touring, Regional, Off-Broadway, and international theatrical productions.  Designs include the current RENT – 20th Anniversary National Tour, Priscilla Queen of the Desert First National Tour, Who’s Holiday – Off Broadway at the West Side Theatre, Grace Notes:  Reflections for Now at The John F Kennedy Center, Yale Repertory Theater, and the Spoleto Festival USA, and You Are Mine Own Directed by Atom Egoyan for the 2018 Spoleto Festival USA.  Jonathan has designed for The New York Public Theater, The Papermill Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Missouri Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hartford Stage, the Penobscot Theater Co., the Colorado Springs FAC, and others.  His Assistant/Associate credits on Broadway include Wicked, Legally Blonde, Finnian’s Rainbow, Metamorphoses, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Streetcar Named Desire, and others.  Jonathan is the Professor of lighting design at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Southern Oregon University summer Masters of Theater Studies program.  He is a Member of United Scenic Artists local 829, holds a BFA from Southern Oregon University, and an MFA from Ohio University.  www.JSpencerDesign.com

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