JOSEPH ADLER (Producing Artistic Director) is now in his fourteenth season at GableStage. Adler previously directed at many South Florida Theatres including: Coconut Grove Playhouse, New Theatre, Area Stage, Hollywood Boulevard Theatre, Players Theatre, Ruth Foreman Theatre, Florida Shakespeare Theatre, City Theatre, Hollywood Playhouse and Shores Performing Arts. Active in South Florida's film and theatre community for many years, he has directed hundreds of television commercials and industrial films - winning many awards, including the Clio. Other directorial credits include several independent feature films, a video version of the Broadway hit comedy Doubles and a cable TV series. Since Adler became Producing Artistic Director, GableStage has been the recipient of 50 Carbonell Awards and 167 Carbonell Nominations. He has been nominated twenty-two times (fifteen at GableStage) and nine times won the Carbonell Award for Best Director: The Shadow Box (Coconut Grove Playhouse); The Killing of Sister George (Players Theatre); A Lesson Before Dying, Edward Albee's The Goat, Frozen, The Pillowman, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Speed-the-Plow and Blasted (GableStage), and twice for Best Director of a Musical: James Joyce's The Dead and Adding Machine (GableStage). Adler was awarded the prestigious George Abbott Award for "significant contributions to the artistic life and cultural development of greater Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches." He has received many Best Director awards (CurtainUp, SunPost, NewTimes) and a Remy Award from the Theatre League of South Florida, as well as The Heart of the Arts Award presented by New World School of the Arts. He was awarded the 2008 Arts and Entertainment Community Service Award presented by the South Florida International Press Club, and the Truth Award from the Human Services Coalition. He received a Silver Palm Award for his "Outstanding Support of the South Florida Theatre Community, the Theatre League and the Theatre Festival, as well as his Consistent Outstanding Work at GableStage and his Commitment to an Educational Outreach Program in Miami-Dade County". Adler studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and graduated from the Film Department at NYU.
Stephen Adly Guirgis (Playwright) is a longtime member of NYC's LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced on five continents and throughout the United States. They include: the extended, sold-out run of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street (named one of the ten best plays of 2003; Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Best Play Nominations), Jesus Hopped The A Train (Edinburgh Fringe First Award, Olivier Nomination as London's Best New Play, Barrymore Award, "Detroit Free Press" Best Play Award) and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings (Ten Best of '99, "TimeOut New York," Critics Pick, "TimeOut London"). All four plays were originally produced by LAByrinth, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and are published through Dramatists Play Service and by Faber & Faber. Guirgis was awarded a 2004 TCG fellowship, attended the 2004 Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by "Filmaker Magazine" and appeared in "Entertainment Weekly's" 2005 Summer Must List. He has received new play commissions from Manhattan Theater Club and South Coast Rep, is a member of New Dramatists and the MCC Playwright's Coalition and has contributed to "Esopus" magazine. Television writing credits include NYPD Blue, The Sopranos, David Milch's CBS drama Big Apple and Shane Salerno's NBC drama UC: Undercover. As an actor, he has appeared in Brett C. Leonard's Guinea Pig Solo, produced at the Public Theatre in New York and played leading roles inTodd Solondz's Palindromes, and Brett C. Leonard's award-winning Jailbait opposite Michael Pitt. Currently, he is developing a project with Mos Def and HBO and is writing his first feature film for Scott Rudin Productions, to be directed by George C. Wolfe. He lives in New York City.
LYLE BASKIN (Set Design) moved to the NC mountains 7 years ago but continues to work as a Scenic Designer in South Florida. His collaboration with Joseph Adler began three decades ago with designs for The Killing of Sister George (Players Theatre), Cantorial (Hollywood Playhouse), Shadow Box (Carbonell winner, Coconut Grove Playhouse), and at GableStage, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Full Gallop, Killer Joe, A Lesson Before Dying, Boy Gets Girl, Misery (all Carbonell nominations), Citizen Tom Paine, Closer, Of Mice and Men, Skylight, Psychopathia Sexualis, Brooklyn Boy, Fat Pig, The Little Dog Laughed, Blackbird, The Accomplices, Betrayed, Adding Machine, Reasons To Be Pretty, The Quarrel, Fifty Words, A Behanding in Spokane, A Round-Heeled Woman, Superior Donuts, In the Next Room, Masked, The Brothers Size and Red. Lyle's 30-year career includes set designs for Coconut Grove Playhouse, Actors' Playhouse (Evita, 2001 Carbonell nomination), Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, Area Stage, New Theatre, Acme Theatre, Hollywood Playhouse and Players State Theatre. He has also designed for Ring Theatre (UM), Miami-Dade Community College, Bloomsburg Theatre (in Pennsylvania), Corning Summer Theatre and Ft. Lauderdale Presbyterian Church. Lyle is Scenic Designer for the Blowing Rock Stage Company in NC.
JEFF QUINN (Lighting Design)) has been associated with GableStage since our first production, Skylight, in 1999. His favorite projects have included lighting for Blasted and The Goat (Carbonell Awards), The Diary of Anne Frank and Boy Gets Girl (Curtain Up Awards), and scenic and lighting design for Frozen (Curtain Up & Carbonell Awards). Elsewhere in South Florida, Jeff designed scenery and/or lighting for South Beach Babylon (Zoetic Stage), White Christmas (Actors' Playhouse), Faith Healer (New World Repertory Company), Summer Shorts 2008 and 2009 (City Theatre), Angels in America (New Theatre and New World School of the Arts), Brooklyn Bridge (Playground Theatre) and Nefertitti, The Musical (Parker Playhouse). He designed scenery and lighting for the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra productions of Fidelio and The Inner Ear, and has designed for the New World Symphony, Maximum Dance, Ballet Theatre of Miami, Momentum Dance Company, Ballet Espanol Rosita Segovia, the Gold-Diggers and the Miami Christmas Pageant. Jeff is on the faculty at New World School of the Arts, and is a member of United Scenic Artists (Local 829, I.A.T.S.E.) and the US Institute for Theatre Technology. He is married to director Deborah Mello.
MATT COREY (Music/Sound) is proud to have designed sound and composed original music for 28 GableStage productions, including The Pillowman, Blasted (both Carbonell Awards), and Fahrenheit 451 and The Lieutenant of Inishmore (both Carbonell Nominations). Matt earned his Bachelor's/Master's degrees in Bassoon Performance at the U of M, and is currently a member of the Boca Raton Symphonia. He serves as professor of Bassoon at Florida International University. Matt is also the Digital Production Manager at Insight for the Blind Studios in Ft. Lauderdale, overseeing all aspects of the production of 100 Library of Congress "Talking Book" titles annually for the blind and physically handicapped. Matt thanks Mom and Pop for their love and unconditional support over the years, and Luann for being a constant source of inspiration, laughter and warmth.
ELLIS TILLMAN (Costume Design) is thrilled to be designing for GableStage. Lieutenant of Inishmore (Carbonell Nomination) and The Adding Machine are two of his favorites. Ellis was nominated for a Barrymore Award in Philadelphia for Enchanted April. He was awarded LA's Drama-Logue for Bermuda Avenue Triangle with Bea Arthur and has three times won the Carbonell Award. He made his Broadway debut as costume designer for Urban Cowboy The Musical. Ellis designed the costumes for the Off-Broadway production of Confessions of a Mormon Boy and the national tour of Tuesdays with Morrie starring Harold Gould.
Carlos Rodriguez (Technical Director)
KRISTEN PIESKI (Stage Manager) is excited to be managing her nineteenth production at GableStage, where the highlight has been - without a doubt - blowing up the stage every night for Blasted. She graduated from Kent State University's Honors College with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology, stage managing a plethora of shows there, including: Children of Eden, Anything Goes, On The Verge and Six Characters In Search Of An Author. She worked at Porthouse Theatre in Ohio for four glorious seasons, beginning as a stage management intern and ending in 2007 as the Equity Production Stage Manager. Credits there include Sweet Charity, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Brigadoon, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma!, The Importance Of Being Earnest, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Once On This Island. Kristen made her South Florida debut as the "obviously astute" stage manager for the infamous Adding Machine and hasn't looked back since. She sends her love to Drew, Ma, Moo, and Maria!