Paul Stancato (Director and Choreographer) is thrilled to be making his Drury Lane and Chicago debut with Forever Plaid! Originally from Chicago, Paul has spent the last 20 years living in New York City as a theater artist. Credits include: Broadway: The Wedding Singer. National Tours: The Wedding Singer, Jekyll & Hyde, Flashdance, and The Lion King. International: The House of Dancing Water, Macau; Alice in Wonderland, Turks and Caicos. New York: Off-Broadway: Friends, the Unofficial Parody Musical; The Cobalteans; Powerhouse; ICON; and Einstein’s Dreams. Select regional credits: 5th Avenue, John Engeman Theater, Palm Beach DramaWorks, Flatrock Playhouse, Seven Angels, and Timber Lake Playhouse. Performance credits include: Blue Man Group (Blue Man) and De LaGuarda (original New York cast member/Captain). Awards/ Fellowships: Mike Okrent Fellow (nominee), Society of Directors Observer Fellow, University of Florida Outstanding Alumnus Award, Drama League member, and a Lincoln Center Director’s Lab member. Paul is currently the Artistic Director of Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll, IL. He wishes to thank Kyle and Drew DeSantis, Matt Carney, Wendy Prey, and the whole Drury Lane team for this opportunity.
Valerie Maze (Music Director and Conductor) is excited to return to Drury Lane. Her past Drury Lane productions include White Christmas and Seussical. At Lyric Opera of Chicago, in addition to serving as Assistant Conductor and Dance Pianist for several operas, she has also served as Assistant Conductor on My Fair Lady, The King and I, Carousel, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, and Showboat. Other select Chicago credits include productions with Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Follies and Gypsy), Goodman Theatre (Brigadoon), Writer’s Theatre (A Little Night Music, Music Director Jeff Award nomination), Theatre at the Center (Cats, After Dark Award), Light Opera Works, Provision Theater, Elgin Opera, and DuPage Opera. Other regional credits include productions with Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Portland Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Harrisburg Opera Association, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, and California Opera.
Kristen Martino (Scenic Designer) is a freelance Scenic Designer based in Chicago, IL. Her work has been seen around the Chicago area at theaters including The Goodman, Porchlight Music Theatre, Music Theater Works, Marriott Theatre, Piven Theatre Workshop, and First Floor Theatre. Kristen’s work has also been seen on stages around the country including Gulfshore Playhouse, Cardinal Stage Company, Timber Lake Playhouse, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, and Ocala Civic Theatre. Kristen was selected to co-design the USA’s Emerging Artist Exhibit for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. www.kristenmartino.com
Rachel Boylan (Costume Designer) Though no stranger to Drury Lane, Rachel thrilled to be making her design debut with Forever Plaid. Local design credits include: Pippin (Jeff Award nomination), Shear Madness, Avenue Q, I Left My Heart, Mary Poppins (Mercury Theater); Hello Again (Theo Ubique); Leavings (Polarity Ensemble Theater); Hello & Goodbye (Bluebird Arts). Rachel recently earned her MFA from UC CCM where she designed Ariodante, Godspell, and La Clemenza di Tito. When not designing, you can find Rachel working as a design assistant for Steppenwolf, Writers, COT, and here at Drury Lane. Peruse her portfolio at rachelboylan.com or join her millinery adventures @millinersmenagerie.
Lee Fiskness (Lighting Designer) An American in Paris, Mamma Mia!, Joseph…, Chicago *Jeff Nominated, Hazel, White Christmas, Billy Elliot, Camelot*, Young Frankenstein (Drury Lane); The Children, Crucible, The Fundamentals (Steppenwolf); Lady in Denmark (Goodman Theatre); Spring Awakening, Emperor’s New Clothes (Marriott Theatre); Into The Woods, Yellow Moon (Writers Theatre); Dolly Parton’s Smokey Mountain Christmas Carol (Colonial Theatre); Wizard of Oz (Chicago Shakespeare); Lettie, A Wonder in My Soul, Sucker Punch*, Gospel of Loving Kindness, L-Vis (Victory Gardens); In To America, Balm of Gilead, Burnt Part Boys, Port (Griffin Theatre); BootyCandy, Explorer’s Club (Windy City Playhouse); End Days* (Next Theatre); Nina Simone, Souvenirs (Northlight Theatre); Peter Pan (Lookingglass Theatre). Regional credits: Nina Simone (Merrimack Rep); Ghost Of Versailles (Manhattan School of Music); Hype Man (Actor’s Theatre); The Nerd, Murder for Two, Forever Plaid, Ring of Fire, Song Man Dance Man, Liberace, Soultime… (Milwaukee Rep); Jacques Brel… (Two River Theater); Marriage of Figaro (Florentine Opera). He designed Jurrasic World: The Exhibition in Chengdu, China. He has worked on the lighting teams for TV shows including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rosie Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Fox Sports, Chicago Bears Network Marquee Sports Network, and Amazon’s Ultimate Crown. Lee was the Lighting Director at The Santa Fe Opera and worked there for 18 seasons. www.leefiskness.com
Ray Nardelli (Sound Designer) Previous Drury Lane credits include An American in Paris, Mary Poppins, The Color Purple, And Then There Were None, Matilda The Musical, Mamma Mia!, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, South Pacific, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 42nd Street, Rock of Ages, The Gin Game, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, Crazy for You, Hazel, Bye Bye Birdie, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Peter and the Starcatcher, West Side Story, Les Misérables, Young Frankenstein, Hello Dolly, Next to Normal, Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray, Spamalot, Funny Girl, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Miss Saigon (Jeff Award), Buddy, and The Full Monty.
Cassy Schillo (Props Design Supervisor and Warehouse Manager) is thrilled to be with the Drury Lane family. You may have recently seen her work on DL’s An American in Paris, Mary Poppins, The Color Purple, And Then There Were None, Matilda, Mamma Mia!, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, South Pacific, Joseph…, 42nd Street, Rock of Ages, The Gin Game, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, Crazy for You, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Hazel, or her Jeff Nominations on DL’s Deathtrap or First Folio’s Salvage. Designs in the Midwest include theaters: Marriott in Lincolnshire, Theater Wit, Theatre at the Center, Light Opera Works, Theo Ubique, Griffin, BoHo, Stage Left, Porchlight, Northwestern Opera, Piccolo, Sideshow, Black Ensemble, and Mammals. BFA from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and training at Tisch School of the Arts. Founding member of To the Point, a theatrical combat troupe that specializes in sword fighting & storytelling.