Joann Green Breuer
Joann has been Artistic Associate of the Vineyard Playhouse where she has directed over twenty productions, including Tennessee Williams: Original Acts, Faith Healer and many more.
She was co-founder and Artistic Director of the annually multi-award winning Cambridge Ensemble. Joann taught acting at Harvard University where she was faculty adviser to the student Experimental Theatre. She is a contributing writer to artsfuse.org, and an Associate of the North American Actors’ Association (London).
Joann is author of THE SMALL THEATRE HANDBOOK. She is a recipient of the Boston critics’ Eliot Norton Award for Continuous Excellence in Directing.
Ricardo Khan is a director, writer, educator and Tony Award-winning Artistic Director. In 1978 he co-founded the Crossroads Theatre Company, one of history’s few African American theatre organizations to ever rise to both national and international prominence as a major professional regional arts institution, having launched countless careers for writers, directors and actors of color, and over one hundred premieres of new and innovative plays for the American theatre, for Broadway and for television. On June 5, 1999, his company became the first black theatre in history to receive the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in America.
During his 21 years at Crossroads, from 1978-1999, Khan nurtured countless new works that have forever enriched the cannon of the American theatre, having worked with Ntozake Shange, former United States Poet Laureate Rita Dove, George C. Wolfe, August Wilson, Anna Deveare Smith, Melba Moore, Odetta, Leslie Lee, Kathleen McGhee-Anderson, and Ossie Davis and Ru-by Dee, among the many. On Broadway Mr. Khan was the originating producer of the 1988 Crossroads production of Paul Robeson starring Avery Brooks, and in 1999 he was on the producing team of the Tony Award-nominated musical, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. He returned to Broadway in 2005 shortly after the passing of esteemed playwright August Wilson, to write, stage, and with co-producer Woodie King, Jr., present the Broadway tribute to August Wilson in the theatre that now bares Mr. Wilson’s name. In 2006 he served as Associate Director of the Broadway show, Hot Feet!, a musical developed by Maurice Hines with legendary songwriter Maurice White and featuring the music of Earth, Wind and Fire. Mr. Khan’s other directing cred-its in New York include the Negro Ensemble Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Signature Theatre, the Village Gate, the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York (LCE) where he is currently an artist-in-residence. Regional theatre credits include the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Ford’s Theatre, both in Washington, DC., the Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
A writer as well as director, his critically acclaimed play, FLY!, written with Trey Ellis and about the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, has received raves wherever it has played, including the Crossroads Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Institute in New York, theatres in Atlanta and Martha’s Vineyard, the Fords Theatre in Washington and most recently in Cincinnati and St. Louis. His next play, Kansas City Swing, also written with Trey Ellis, is about Negro Leagues baseball and American jazz, with Kansas City as its backdrop in 1947, the year Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major leagues baseball. Kansas City Swing was developed and first debuted at the University of Missouri where he is a visiting professor in graduate school for theatre. It received its professional premiere at Crossroads in New Brunswick and will next be performed at the Vineyard Playhouse on the island of Martha’s Vineyard where every summer he works as an Artistic Associate.
Mr. Khan holds a BA in Psychology from Rutgers College, a double MFA in both acting and directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts and an Honorary Doctorate from Rutgers University where he is also in the University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
The writer/director of the Playhouse’s 2012 production, The Screenwriter’s Daughter, Larry has been a Producer and Writer for Television for the last thirty years. He’s best known for his work on Beverly Hills, 90210 for which he wrote, produced and executive produced one-hundred twenty-eight hours from 1993-1998, the zenith of the show’s popularity. From New York originally, he immigrated to Canada with family in 1970 and quickly became a dynamic contributor to the Canadian theatre world as an actor, playwright and artistic director of the Homemade Theatre Company of Toronto, a seminal performance group of the 1970’s. Besides writing for stage, screen and television, Larry is a published poet and lyricist.
Ronan Noone emigrated from Ireland. His plays, The Lepers of Baile Baiste, The Blowin of Baile Gall, The Gigolo of Baile Breag, Brendan, Little Black Dress and The Compass Rose have played in theaters across the United States. His play The Atheist, played Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, and was co-produced by The Culture Project and Ted Mann’s Circle in the Square productions, receiving both Drama Desk and Drama League Acting nominations. Other recent international productions have taken place in London, the Philippines and Slovenia.
His plays are published by Samuel French, Smith and Kraus, Baker Plays and Dramatist’s Play Service. Awards include: Jeff recommendations in Chicago, Ovation Recommendations in Los Angeles, Critics Award in Austin, Texas, three separate Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) for Best New Play, an Elliot Norton outstanding script, and a Kennedy Center National Playwriting award. He is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow and a recent invited artist at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Manasota Key Florida. ronannoone.com
During the last 15 years Scott has been working with the Vineyard Playhouse as an actor (Retreat from Moscow, Proof, Our Town, Much Ado, 12th Night), as a director (Henry 4, Laramie Project; Ten Years Later), as a writer (Outcasts: The Lepers of Penikese Island), and fight choreographer (Blowin’ of Baile Gall, Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged). Scott is a founding member of Shakespeare for the Masses, a Frequent Fabulist, and Professor Projector. The Playhouse has always been an artistic home for Scott and he is thrilled it will continue to be so.
Scott has also been working with Tectonic Theatre Project since 2005 as an actor in 33 Variations (starring Jane Fonda), The Laramie Project, The Laramie Project Epilogue; Ten Years Later, The Dead Man’s Curve , as a collaborator creating new works (including the above), and as a certified teacher of Moises Kaufman’s Moment Work. Currently he is part of the Tectonic team building Andy Paris’s Square Peg, which is an interview based play exploring the autism spectrum.
Elsewhere, Scott has also played major roles at the New York Theatre Workshop, Arena Stage, The Arden Theatre, Arkansas Repertory, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Hartford Stage, The Wilma Theater, The Mint, Nevada Shakespeare in the Park, DC’s Studio Theatre, New Repertory, The Geva, The Olney, the Metropolitan Playhouse, Portland Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, New Jersey Shakespeare, Urban Stages, and Trinity Rep among others.
Scott got his MFA in Acting from Brandeis University and trained with Shakespeare and Company, working in their much acclaimed education department. He has developed residency programs for lower, middle and high school students with Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harvard, the Shakespeare Society of New York, Lehigh University, the Times Square Group, East Side Montessori, and with Stages on the Sound; where as Director of Education, he has created an ongoing program that is providing year-long arts residencies to 21 schools in Brooklyn and Queens and providing over 5000 students with programming in film, Shakespeare, and playwriting. Currently, Scott’s theatrical introduction to Shakespeare for students reluctant to read the Bard’s plays (Shakespeare in ACTion) is making its 10th tour. He is Emmett’s dad.