Terry Martin, Mark Fleischer, René Moreno to Direct WaterTower Theatre's 2012-13 Season Shows
WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the directors for the Company's 2012-2013 Main Stage season at the Addison Theatre Centre. Directing the season opener, The Mystery of Irma Vep (September 28 – October 21, 2012) will be Terry Martin. It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (November 23 – December 16, 2012) will be directed by Mark Fleischer. Black Tie (May 31 – June 23, 2013) will be directed by René Moreno. As previously announced, Putting It Together (January 11 – February 3, 2013) and The Grapes of Wrath (April 5-28, 2013), will be directed by Terry Martin. The director for Xanadu (July 26 – August 18, 2013) will be announced at a later date.
Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is in his 15th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 75 productions. During the 2011-2012 season, he directed WaterTower Theatre's productions of Spring Awakening, The Diary of Anne Frank and he is set to direct Smokey Joe's Café this summer. In his role as WaterTower Theatre's Producing Artistic Director, Terry oversees both the administrative and artistic aspects of the Company.
Under his leadership WTT has grown from a small local theatre company to one of the leading regional theatres in Texas. While consistently maintaining the artistic integrity of the work WTT produces and gaining much critical acclaim, he has - through keen business acumen - managed to keep the theatre in the black and maintain a large paid capacity for the past many seasons.
Some of his 50 directing credits at WTT include Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, As You Like It, Almost, Maine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd (2002 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin' Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman (2001 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill and Little Shop of Horrors (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical) among others. For Plano Repertory Theatre, he has directed Journey's End (2000 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Dracula, La Bête, Little Shop of Horrors and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas 2002."
He has appeared on stage most recently at the Dallas Theater Center in Next Fall, and at WTT in Our Town, and previously in Blackbird (2008 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics' Forum Award), The Woman in Black, Dinner with
Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latter-day Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at PRT in The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me… (1998 Rabin Award – Actor in a Play, 1998 Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award), The Woman in Black (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Actor in a Play), and Lonely Planet.
After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC's One Life to Live and NBC's To Serve and Protect. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Mark recently directed Shooting Star at WaterTower Theatre. He has also directed for WaterTower Theatre My First Time, Black Bird and Bash. Mark is in the midst of his fifth year as the Producing Artistic Director of Adirondack Theatre Festival (ATF) in Glens Falls, NY where he is charged with charting the theatre's artistic vision and overseeing administrative operations. Within two years of his arrival in Glens Falls, Metroland named Mark the "Best Theatre Company Artistic Director" in its 2009 Best of the Capital District issue. At ATF Mark has directed Next to Normal, Shooting Star, Brush the Summer By (world premiere) and Ordinary Days.
Outside of ATF, two of his recent directing credits include Tracy Lett's Superior Donuts at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY and the international tour of Clifford The Big Red Dog Live! for Mills Entertainment.
Prior to joining ATF, Mark served as the Managing Artistic Director of Plano Repertory Theatre in his hometown of Plano, TX. During his nine-year tenure there, the Company moved from all volunteers to a professional theatre operating under an AEA SPT contract. Under Mark's leadership, PRT emerged as one of the leading theatre companies in the Dallas area. At PRT Mark produced over 50 productions and his directing credits include new plays, classics, musicals and contemporary dramas. Some of his favorite directing projects at PRT include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, All My Sons, Not About Nightingales, Talley's Folly, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Woman in Black (starring Terry Martin), The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me (starring Terry Martin), Sunday in the Park With George, My Favorite Year, A Chorus Line, The Good Bye Girl and Passion. Mark is active both in his profession and community having served on committees for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and this year serves as a review panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts. He is a member of the Glens Falls Rotary Club and serves on the Glens Falls Business Improvement District's Marketing Task Force.
Mark holds a BA in English Literature and Communication Arts from Austin College and an MFA in Directing from the Theatre School at DePaul University, formerly The Goodman School of Drama.
René returns to WaterTower Theatre where he direcTed August: Osage County by Tracey Letts this past season. He has also directed for WaterTower Theatre Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Living Out by Lisa Loomer, and Scott McPherson's Marvin's Room. An accomplished actor and director, he studied music at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts and theatre and dance at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he holds an MFA in Directing. As an actor, he has performed on and Off-Broadway, at prestigious regional theatres across the country, on radio, television and film. He has directed numerous plays, including classics and those of emerging writers, in productions that have garnered critical acclaim and award recognition. A Dallas native, he is a member of SDCS (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) and an Artistic Associate with both Contemporary Theatre of Dallas and Shakespeare Dallas.
WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas. The Company's 2012-2013 season will be its 17th season. It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas/Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 32,000 patrons annually.