Cherry Jones, Raúl Esparza and More Set for Sundance Institute 2012 Theatre Lab

Sundance Institute today announced The Acting Company and creative advisors for the eight projects being developed at its 2012 Theatre Lab, July 9-29 at the Sundance Resort. Under the supervision of Philip Himberg, Producing Artistic Director, and Associate Director Christopher Hibma, the Lab is the centerpiece of the Theatre Program's year-round work and is designed to support emerging and established artists and to create a place where their original work can be effectively mentored and challenged.

"The Theatre Lab allows each playwright to explore and follow his or her vision - wherever it takes them," said Himberg. "Compelling plays are born when the pressures of production are not yet exerted on a final product. The 2012 Lab community represents an incredible diversity of that vision, and The Acting Company that will support and inform that work is extraordinary."

Participants include:

Acting Company

Roberta Lucila Colindrez (LAByrinth Theater Member), Liza Colon-Zayas (LAByrinth Theater Member), Patch Darragh (Our Town-Broadway), Keith David (Platoon, Jelly's Last Jam-Broadway), André De Shields (Ain't Misbehavin'-Broadway, The Full Monty-Broadway), Raúl Esparza (Leap of Faith), Nathan Lee Graham (The Wild Party-Broadway,Wig Out!), Korey Jackson, Georgi James (Billy Elliot-Broadway, Little Miss Sunshine The Musical), Cherry Jones (Doubt-Broadway, Mrs. Warren's Profession-Broadway), Natalie Knepp, Dian Kobayashi, Judy Kuhn (She Loves Me-Broadway, LES MISERABLES-Broadway), Emily Kuroda (Gilmore Girls, Drop Dead Diva), Michael Laurence (Krapp,39, Talk Radio-Broadway), Ronete Levenson, Beth Malone (Ring of Fire-Broadway), Mary Kate Morrissey, Dion Mucciacito, Yunuen Pardo, Joel Perez (In The Heights-Nat'l Tour), Tony Plana (Ugly Betty, East L.A. Classic Theatre), Elizabeth Rodriguez, Jeanne Sakata, Tobias Segal (Bridge Project-BAM), Patrick Ssenjovu, Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening-Broadway)

Casting Directors

Meg Simon & Vince Liebhart

Fun Home Musical Director

Chris Fenwick (The Pajama Game-Broadway, Mother Courage-Shakespeare in the Park)


Carlyle Brown, Jocelyn Clark (Ireland) and Artistic Associates Mame Hunt, Roberta Levitow (Theatre Without Borders) and Janice Paran

Creative Advisors

Constance Congdon (Playwright, Tales of the Lost Formicans), Lydia Diamond (Playwright, Stick Fly-Broadway), Kwame Kwei-Armah (Artistic Director, CENTERSTAGE, Baltimore)

Stage Management

Amy Ehrenberg (AEA Production Stage Manager), Kendra Arado (University of Utah), Marisa Blankier (CalArts), Nick Boucher (Jacksonville University), Kaitlin Cornuelle (CalArts), Andrew Lia (CalArts), Marina McClure (CalArts), Michele McGovern (Jacksonville University), Kristina Pappas (University of Utah)


Zainabu Jallo (Nigeria), Billy Luther (Navajo, Hopi and Laguna Pueblo tribes) and Eric Wainaina (Kenya)

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