Creatives

Stephen Sondheim Music/Lyrics

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday In The Park With George (1984), Into The Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994) and Road Show (2008) as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959) and Do I Hear A Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Anthologies of his work include Side By Side By Sondheim (1976), Marry Me A Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting It Together (1993/99) and Sondheim On Sondheim (2010). He composed the scores of the films Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (1990) and the television production Evening Primrose (1966). His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made A Hat (2011). In 2010 the Broadway theater formerly known as Henry Miller's Theatre was renamed in his honor.

John Weidman Book

John Weidman has written the books for a wide variety of musicals, among them Pacific Overtures (Tony nomination, Best Book), Assassins (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival), and Road Show (Lucille Lortel nomination, Best Musical), all with scores by Stephen Sondheim; Contact (Tony nomination, Best Book; Tony Award, Best Musical), co-created with director/choreographer Susan Stroman; Happiness, score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; Take Flight and Big (Tony nomination, Best Book), scores by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire; and the new book, co-authored with Timothy Crouse, for the Lincoln Center Theater/Roundabout Theatre revivals of Cole Porter's Anything Goes (Tony Awards, Best Musical Revival; Olivier Award, Best Musical Production). Since his children were pre-schoolers, Weidman has written for Sesame Street, receiving more than a dozen Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children's Program. From 1999 to 2009 he served as President of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Michael Strassen Director/Staging

Michael trained at the Guildford School of Acting. On graduating he joined the original cast of Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He then worked for twenty five years in numerous West End Shows, leading repertory theatre and number one tours. Working with Stephen Sondheim was a personal high point for Michael during Sondheim's professorship at Oxford University.

Directing credits at the Union Theatre include: Season’s Greetings (Alan Ayckbourn); The first London revival of Billy (Best Director/Off-West End Awards and shortlisted for Best Musical Production - John Barry/Don Black/Dick Clements & Ian La Frenais); Call Me Madam; The Fix (Shortlisted for Best Musical Production/Off-West End Awards); The Baker’s Wife and Godspell (Stephen Schwartz); Assassins (Best Production/Off-West End Awards, Show of the week/Time Out) and Company (Stephen Sondheim). All of these productions made The Guardian's Critics' choice.

Other directing credits include: S&S Awards (St James’ Theatre); An Intimate evening with Ruthie Henshall (Hippodrome, London); The Inspiration Awards 2010 - 2013 (Cadagon Hall, London and Royce Hall, Los Angeles); The Wit and Whimsy of Alexander S. Bermange (St James’ Theatre Studio); Pineapple Dance Studios Finale (O2 Indigo); The Attic (Workshop/Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Co-Musical Supervisor on the film The Bridge of San Luis Rey; Company (C Venues/Edinburgh Festival); The Pitchfork Disney (Philip Ridley/The Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud); Ruthie Henshall at The Royal Festival Hall.

Richard Bates Musical Director

Music Direction credits include: HMS Pinafore (National tour), Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios), Billy (Union Theatre), inaugural S & S Awards Ceremony (St James Theatre) James Haslam’s One Man Show (St James Theatre & Leicester Square Theatre) Daybreak (European Premiere, Tristan Bates Theatre) Patience (All-male G&S, Union Theatre), Dames At Sea (Union Theatre), Once On This Island and Honk! (Trinity-Laban), as well as Nevermore (UK premiere), 1888, The Remains Of the Day, Tick Tick...BOOM!, Little Fish (European Premiere), Assassins (Landor Theatre), NewsRevue (2008 & 09 seasons), Edges (UK Premiere), and pantomimes: It’s Behind You and Oh No It Isn’t. Workshops include Celia (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Fairystories (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), and Wonderboy (Nitro Centre).

As Music Supervisor: And The World Goes Round, Babes In Arms (Union Theatre) and Three New Musicals (Musical Supervisor, Goldsmiths College).

Richard also served as orchestrator on: world premiere of The Attic in Amsterdam in 2014, Billy, 1888, Assassins and Little Fish.

Recently, Richard’s musical Spooky Noises is currently in development with a producer in Los Angeles. His musical Animate! was given an industry reading at the Prince Of Wales Theatre in 2010, and he also scored the incidental music for the European premiere of Saturn Returns (Finborough Theatre 2010). He serves as Composer in Residence to the Platinum Consort and his music has been broadcast numerous times on BBC Radio 3. He also regularly features as band leader, and has conducted jazz orchestras around the UK and New York City. He studied composition and orchestration with renowned composers Giles Swayne and Michael Finnissy, and holds the MA in Music from Cambridge University and the AMusTCL diploma in music.

Jean Gray Designer

Jean Gray is a British artist. She grew up in Manchester and now lives in London. Prior to graduating in Interior Design in 1997 she studied Sculpture, exploring scale, space and light in relation to the human form.

She has designed costumes for a number of London Theatre productions.

Credits include: Smokey Joe’s Café, Tomorrow Morning, Closer Than Ever, Discotivity (Landor) and The Drowsy Chaperone (The Gatehouse)

Jean was Costume Designer for Aria Entertainments production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at The Landor Theatre, and its subsequent West End transfer to the Arts Theatre.

More recently she has designed set and costumes for a production of The Millers Wife at the Arcola, Shellshock at Waterloo East and San Domino at the Courtyard Theatre.

Jean is an artist in residence with Kew Artists Association website link to her artwork; sybiljeangrayart.wix.com/sybiljeangray

Tim Deiling Lighting Designer

Theatre credits include: Bare (Greenwich Theatre), Pipe Dream, Bare, and Billy (The Union Theatre), Good With People (59E59, NYC), The 8th (The Barbican), Wigan & 65 Miles (Hull Truck), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Platform Theatre), Chips With Everything (Embassy Studio), the UK premier of Back of the Throat (Old Red Lion Theatre), The Oikos Project & Protozoa (The Red Room), Zombie Prom The Musical (Landor Theatre), Macbeth (Sprite Productions), Boiling Frogs (Factory Theatre), resident lighting designer at The Box Soho, and co-lit eleven new plays for The Broken Space Season (The Bush).

Tim is the Associate Lighting designer for the National Theatre. He’s also worked as an Assistant Lighting Designer on projects like The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic), Chicago The Musical (Uk Tour, Madrid, Spanish Tour, Seol Korea), 9 to 5 The Musical (UK Tour), Pippin (Chocolate Factory), and High School Musical 2 (UK Tour).

Film work includes: lighting Animal Charm, The Actress, and Suzie Luvitt for Ben Edwards and The Prank Show for the BBC. Tim also received the Young Lighting Designer of the Year award from the Association of Lighting Designers in 2008.

Sasha Regan Producer

Sasha Regan founded the Union Theatre in 1998, converting a derelict paper warehouse into a studio theatre with bar and the Union was nominated for The Peter Brook, Empty Space Awards – Best Studio Space 2010. In 2008 The Union won Best Up-and-coming Studio at the same Awards and was again nominated for the Empty Space…Peter Brook Award, 2013. The Union was awarded Fringe Venue of The Year, 2013 at The Stage 100 Awards last year.

Theatre directing credits include: We’re all doing Time (Critics Choice), Chelinot (Sunday Times Critics Choice), Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret, Sweeney Todd (Critics Choice) and The Pirates of Penzance (Winner Of The What’sonstage, Best Off West End Production, 2010). After performing at The Prince of Wales Theatre for the Whatsonstage.com Awards, the Pirates then transferred to the beautiful Wilton’s Music Hall in the spring of 2010 and then moved to The Rose Theatre in Kingston. Last year, Pirates completed a tour of Australia, including a month’s run at The Sydney Theatre.

Other directing credits include: Iolanthe (Critics Choice & Time Out’s top 10 musicals of 2010) - Iolanthe transferred to Wilton’s Music Hall where the cast enjoyed a sold-out run and broke all Wilton’s box office records from the previous 12 years, Patience (Critics Choice), the European premiere of Rodgers and Hammersteins Pipe Dream and most recently a new production of H.M.S. Pinafore (Union Theatre and UK Tour).

When Sasha isn’t directing she produces as one half of Regan De Wynter Productions. Their work includes: The Baker’s Wife with Michael Matus, Dames at Sea with Rosemary Ashe, Assassins which won Best Production at the Off West End Awards in 2011, Company, Absent Friends and A Man of No Importance, which transferred to The Arts Theatre in London’s West End.

Sasha won the Stage One Bursary for New Producers in 2010 and has been nominated for Best Artistic Director for two years running in the Off West End Awards. This year Sasha was awarded Best Producer at the Off West End Awards.

Paul Callen Producer

Paul started producing in 2009 with Stephen Sondheim's Company at the Union Theatre; a production he was part of at the Edinburgh Festival 2 years prior. Since then he has produced revivals of Assassins (Best Production/Off West End Awards 2011), Godspell, The Baker's Wife, The Fix (Shortlisted for Best Production/Off West End Awards 2013), Call Me Madam, Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings and last year’s critically acclaimed Billy (Shortlisted for Best Musical Production/Off West End Awards 2014).

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