IRA LEVIN(Playwright) Ira Levin was twenty-two when he wrote his first novel, the award-winning thriller A Kiss Before Dying, and twenty-five when, fresh from military service, he wrote his first play, the smash-hit adaptation of Mac Hyman’s No Time for Sergeants. In the years since, he has continued to work both sides of the literary street. His plays include the comedy hit Critics Choice, the musical Drat! The Cat!, and the thrillers Veronica’s Room and Deathtrap. Among his novels are Rosemary's Baby, generally credited (or blamed) for having sparked the current revival of occultism; The Stepford Wives; and the international best-seller, The Boys from Brazil; all of which have been made into successful films. His later plays include Footsteps and Cantorial, which enjoyed runs both Off-Broadway and in Florida. His best-selling novel Sliver has been made into a film. A native-born New Yorker, Mr. Levin is an alumnus of New York University and has three sons. In addition to his other accomplishments, he is a four-time winner (retired) of the New York Magazine Competition. Mr. Levin’s Deathtrap garnered a 1978 Tony Award nomination for Best Play and was awarded a special Edgar Award by Mystery Writers of America. www.iralevin.org
WILLIAM OSETEK(Director) serves as the artistic director of Drury Lane Theatre. He was the recipient of the 2014 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Director of a Musical for Next to Normal (the show also received a Jeff nomination for Best Musical). Other Drury Lane credits include: Young Frankenstein, Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie (each Jeff nominated for Best Direction and Best Production), White Christmas, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Game’s Afoot, Sunset Boulevard, Gypsy, Funny Girl, Mame, The Mousetrap, Of Thee I Sing, The Pirates of Penzance, Camelot, Barefoot in the Park, The King & I, and A Christmas Carol. Mr. Osetek has a BA in Theatre from Loyola University of Chicago and an MFA. in Directing from Illinois State University.
JEFF KMIEC (Scenic Designer) is a Chicago-based scenic designer, whose local credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook); Man of La Mancha (Marriott Lincolnshire); A Christmas Story, Les Misérables (Paramount Theatre Aurora, 2015 Jeff Award Recipient); By the Water, Funnyman, The Commons of Pensacola, Tom Jones (Northlight Theatre); Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Double Trouble, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Sweeney Todd, Sondheim on Sondheim (Porchlight Theatre); A Loss of Roses, Good Boys and True, Dividing the Estate, The Old Friends (Raven Theater); Watch on the Rhine (The Artistic Home). Regional credits include: American Players, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare, Heritage Theatre Festival and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Jeffrey received his MFA from the University of Virginia.
SALLY DOLEMBO (Costume Designer) is happy to be returning to Drury Lane where she previously designed Next to Normal and Peter and the Starcatcher. She is a Chicago-based Costume Designer and Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia College and Northwestern University. Design credits include productions with The Second City, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Lookingglass Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Paramount Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Steep Theatre, The Gift Theatre, The Hypocrites, and Northwestern University. Dolembo was a 2007 Fulbright Scholar to Italy, where she researched and worked at Tirelli Costumi in Rome. Upcoming projects include L'Opera Seria at Wolftrap Opera in Vienna, VA, and The City of Conversation at Northlight Theatre. She has her MFA from Northwestern University. www.sallydolembo.com
HEATHER GILBERT (Lighting Designer) returns to Drury Lane where she designed Next to Normal. Her designs have been seen on many Chicago stages including The Hypocrites, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Steep Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, About Face Theatre, and countless storefront theaters. Regional credits include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Huntington Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Rep, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. International credits include: the Almeida in London. Heather received the NEA/TCG Career Development Grant and the 3Arts Award. Heather serves as the Head of Lighting Design at Columbia College Chicago, and received her MFA at the Theatre School. She is a member of The Hypocrites community.
RYAN HICKEY (Sound Designer) is a theatrical sound designer based in Chicago. After graduating with his Bachelors of Science in Audio and Media Technology in 2011 Ryan relocated from Boston to Norfolk, VA and began running the sound department at Virginia Stage Company and while there, served as sound designer The Odd Couple, The Woman in Black, Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune. Deathtrap will be the first play Ryan has designed at Drury Lane although he has assisted on previous musicals.
MATT HAWKINS (Fight Choreographer) is a Chicago director, actor and fight choreographer and has worked with Royal Shakespeare Company, South Coast Rep, Kennedy Center, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Clarice Smith PAC, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Old Town School of Folk Music, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lookingglass Theatre, Court Theatre, Redmoon Theatre, Writers' Theatre, ATC, Steep Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Neo-Futurists, Side Project, Pine Box Theatre and Hypocrites. A teacher at Loyola and Northwestern Universities, he is also a Founding Member of House Theatre of Chicago, an Artistic Associate and Resident Director with Strawdog Theatre, and the recipient of five Jeff Awards. Hawkins holds a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and an MFA in directing from University of Iowa. He is married to Stacy Stoltz.