Artistic Director Sean Graney created The Hypocrites in 1997. The Hypocrites specializes in mounting bold productions that challenge preconceptions and redefining the role of the audience, having produced over sixty mainstage productions, a dozen festival pieces, and has secured thirty-one Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson awards, six Equity Joseph Jefferson awards and two After Dark Awards. The company’s work has appeared at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Olney Theater Center. Steppenwolf Garage, Goodman Theatre, and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
Sean Graney (Director)
Sean would like to thank you for spending your time and money on live theater. He is the Artistic Director of The Hypocrites and has directed over 100 pieces of theater. He was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. He’s a Creative Capital Awardee, and has received the Helen Coburn and Tim Meier Award. His directing work has been seen at American Repertory Theater, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Court Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Steppenwolf for Young Audiences, Chicago Children’s Theatre and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Have a great day.
Katie Spelman (Choreographer)
Katie is a New York-based choreographer, whose credits with The Hypocrites include Adding Machine, American Idiot, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and Into the Woods. Other Chicago credits include: Lookingglass, Court Theatre, Timeline, Sideshow, The New Colony, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northwestern University, and The Inconvenience. East coast credits include: Goodspeed, EST, Cherry Lane and Asolo Repertory. Broadway associate: Once, American Psycho, and Amelie; Off-Broadway associate: NYTW, The Vineyard, and The Public. Katie was also the Associate Director of Close to You in London (Chocolate Factory, West End), and is a proud graduate of Northwestern University.
Andra Velis Simon (Music Director)
Andra is thrilled to make her Pasadena Playhouse debut. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A.R.T. in Cambridge, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, Skirball Center at NYU, and Olney Theatre Center in Maryland. Chicago: The Goodman Theatre, Theater Wit, Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Hypocrites, Porchlight Music Theatre, and many others. Andra is the Resident Music Director for Firebrand Theatre in Chicago, where she recently music directed their hit production of LIZZIE. Andra is also a faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, where she has taught musical theatre performance courses since 2008.
Tom Burch (Scenic Designer)
Pasadena Playhouse debut. Pirates has previously dropped anchor at the Skirball Center (NYC), Berkeley Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Olney Theatre Center, American Repertory Theatre, and the origi- nal production for The Hypocrites in Chicago. Other Chicago credits include: The Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, and Northlight, Court, among others. Regional credits include: Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Milwaukee Rep, and the off-Broadway run of Mistakes Were Made (Barrow Street Theatre, NYC). Other shows for The Hypocrites have included Frankenstein, The Hairy Ape, NoExit, Woyzeck, All Our Tragic, Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, and the upcoming Aristophanesathon. Online: www.tomburch.com
Alison Siple (Costume Designer)
Recent projects include: You Got Older (Steppenwolf Theatre); In The Next Room (Timeline Theatre Company); Angels in America, Airness and The 39 Steps (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Earthquakes in London, Motortown (Steep Theatre); The Yeomen of the Guard (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Our Town (Almeida Theatre, Kansas City Repertory, Huntington, Broad Stage, Barrow Street Theatre, The Hypocrites); All Our Tragic, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, (The Hypocrites). She is a graduate of Northwestern University, a community member of The Hypocrites, an artistic associate with Lookingglass and an associate compa- ny member of Steep Theatre. Online: alisonsiple.com
Heather Gilbert (Lighting Designer)
Heather is a Chicago-based lighting designer. Chicago theatres include: the Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Steep Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, About Face Theatre, and countless storefronts all over the city. Regional credits include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Studio Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Kansas City Rep, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Huntington Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Alley Theatre, Berkeley Rep, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. International credits include: the Almeida in London and the Singapore Repertory Theatre. Heather was a recipient of 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 at DePaul.
Kevin O’Donnell (Sound Designer)
Kevin is excited to make his Pasadena Playhouse debut with The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance, a show he has worked on from the very first production, in various capacities. Regional credits include A.C.T., A.R.T., The Seattle Rep, The Southern Rep, The Arscht Center, Actors Theater of Louisville, The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival; Chicago credits include Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, The House, Lookingglass, and The Court, amongst others. As a musician he has recorded and toured extensively with Andrew Bird, Kelly Hogan, Jimbo Mathus and others.
Maria DeFabo Akin (Properties Designer)
Maria is excited that The Hypocrites’ production of Pirates of Penzance is being shared with another group of people. Maria is currently the Props and Scenic Art Director at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Before that she was the props designer at Lookingglass Theatre for several years while working on Hypocrites’ productions. Some of her other favorite people that she has made props for are Steep Theatre, The Hypocrites, Chicago Opera Theater, and many other Chicago Storefront Theaters. Maria is a proud member of S.P.A.M., the Society of Prop Artisans and Masters, not the canned meat product.
Miranda Anderson (Production Stage Manager)
Miranda is excited to be at Pasadena Playhouse with Pirates of Penzance. Regional credits include touring as Stage Manager with the Hypocrites’ Gilbert & Sullivan shows to Olney Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville and American Repertory Theatre in Boston. In Chicago, she has recently worked with TimeLine Theatre on In The Next Room or the vibrator play. Other favorite credits with the Hypocrites include the 2014 production and 2015 remount of All Our Tragic. Miranda is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
Nikki Hyde (Assistant Stage Manager)
Nikki is a theatre and opera stage manager. Recent credits include: Magic Fruit (Cornerstone Theater Company); The Pearl Fishers (LA Opera); The Pride (The Wallis); Party People (Public Theater); Fidelio (Cincinnati Opera); Madama Butterfly (San Diego Opera); and Lost Girls (MCC Theater). She has also worked for Center Theatre Group, Houston Grand Opera, New York Musical Festival, Merola Opera Program, New Dramatists, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Opera Grand Rapids, Opera San Antonio and Los Angeles Philharmonic. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and an ensemble member of Cornerstone Theater Company.