Matthew Gardiner (Director) has directed and/or choreographed more than 25 productions at Signature Theatre, including She Loves Me, RENT, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, La Cage aux Folles, Jelly’s Last Jam, and The Threepenny Opera, as well as several world premieres including Really Really, Soon, and Midwestern Gothic. With Signature’s special commitment to producing the work of Stephen Sondheim, Gardiner has directed and/or choreographed many Sondheim musicals including Passion, Sunday in the Park with George, Company, Sweeney Todd, and the world premiere of Simply Sondheim. As Signature’s Associate Artistic Director for over a decade, Gardiner helped to build several groundbreaking seasons, cultivated relationships with prominent and emerging artists, and oversaw several of Signature’s new work development initiatives, including the American Musical Voices Project, SigWorks: Monday Night Play Reading Series (highlighting the work of DC area playwrights), and the Signature/Yale Composer Partnership, which seeks to give opportunity to early career composers. Outside of Signature, Gardiner has directed and/or choreographed at the Washington, DC theaters Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Studio Theatre. Gardiner has also worked abroad, choreographing Titanic and directing and choreographing Doctor Zhivago for OD Musical Company in Seoul, Korea. Gardiner is the recipient of three Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Director of a Musical and has been honored with more than a dozen nominations.
Jon Kalbfleisch (Music Director/Conductor) SIGNATURE: She Loves Me, Broadway in the Park (Wolf Trap), Simply Sondheim, A Chorus Line, Assassins, Passion, Crazy for You, A Little Night Music, West Side Story, Cabaret, Sunday in the Park with George, Gypsy, Company, Hairspray, Dreamgirls, Saturday Night, Side by Side, Sunset Boulevard, Show Boat, Les Misérables, Anyone Can Whistle, Spider Woman, Merrily, Into the Woods, Pacific Overtures, Elegies, Allegro, Follies, 110 in the Shade, Putting It Together, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeney Todd, Wings. BROADWAY: Ambassador Theatre: The Visit (Actor’s Fund), Marius Company: Les Misérables (Associate Conductor). DC AREA: Kennedy Center: First You Dream; Wolf Trap, National Theatre, Warner Theatre, Round House Theatre, Everyman Theatre. OTHER: Carnegie Hall, Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony. TV: Celebration of the Arts (Executive Producer), Good Morning America. AWARDS: Grammy nomination; Bernstein MASS, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, pianist; Anderson-Hopkins Award; 10 Helen Hayes Awards and 30 nominations; Distinguished Alumni Award, Cameron University. EDUCATION: MM, Southern Methodist University.
Adam Honoré (Lighting Design) SIGNATURE: She Loves Me, RENT, Midnight at The Never Get, The Jam: Only Child, Simply Sondheim, A Chorus Line. BROADWAY: Chicken and Biscuits. OFF-BROADWAY: The Public: Ain’t No Mo; Classic Stage Company: Carmen Jones; Second Stage: Patience. REGIONAL: Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Huntington Theater Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival. AWARDS: Drama Desk, Henry Hewes, Helen Hayes nominee, AUDELCO Award recipient. HonoreLighting.com @itsadamhonore
Taryn Friend (Production Stage Manager) SIGNATURE: Assassins, Passion, A Little Night Music, Jelly’s Last Jam, Sunday in the Park with George, Miss Saigon, Spin, Hairspray, The Visit, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Merrily We Roll Along, The Witches of Eastwick. DC AREA: Ford’s Theatre: Grace, Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, The Wiz, Ragtime, 110 in the Shade, Freedom Song, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hello, Dolly!, 1776, Liberty Smith, Little Shop of Horrors, One Destiny, A Christmas Carol (2005-08, 13-19, 21), Meet John Doe, State of the Union, Shenandoah, Leading Ladies; Arena Stage: Oklahoma!; The Kennedy Center: 50th Anniversary Concert, Bud, Not Buddy, OLIVERio: A Brazilian Twist, Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred!), Barrio Grrrl!, Unleashed!; Woolly Mammoth Theatre: The Vibrator Play. EDUCATION: University of Mary Washington.
Scott Ninmer (Music Coordinator) SIGNATURE: A Chorus Line (orchestrations), Assassins (orchestrations), Midwestern Gothic (trombone), La Cage aux Folles (trombone), Cabaret (trombone), West Side Story (orchestrations, trombone). OFF-BROADWAY: Patti LuPone’s A Lady with a Torch (trombone). AWARDS: “2 Agosto” International Composing Competition, Detroit Jazz Festival Arranging Competition, Jazz Education Network Student Composition Showcase, Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award, New York Youth Symphony First Music Composition Competition, United States Air Force Sammy Nestico Award, ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award.