The Explorers Club - Off-Broadway Creative Team

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Production Staff

Nell Benjamin Playwright
Thomas Buckley Fight Director
Angelina Avallone Makeup Designer
Broadway design credits include: The Addams Family, Rock of Ages, West Side Story (Revival), Bye Bye Bye Birdie, Dreamgirls (National Tour); Memphis, Gypsy (with Patti LuPone), 9 to 5 (Mark Taper Forum and Broadway), Young Frankenstein (Broadway and National Tour), The Little Mermaid, The Royal Family, After Miss Julie, Accent on Youth, Guys and Dolls (Revival), 33 Variations, Pal Joey, A Catered Affair, Minsky’s (Pre-Broadway/Mark Taper Forum), Curtains, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (Broadway and National Tour), Sunday In The Park With George, Company, Sweeney Todd, Dangerous Liaisons, The Ritz, Cymbeline, The Country Girl (Frances McDormand), The New ... read more
Marc Bruni Director
Marc Bruni directed the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway, in the West End, US and UK Tours, and in Australia where he won the 2018 Helpmann Award and Green Room Award for Best Direction of a Musical. Bruni’s other directing credits include Hey, Look Me Over!, Paint Your Wagon, Pipe Dream and Fanny for City Center Encores!, Roman Holiday (Golden Gate), The Explorers Club (Manhattan Theater Club), The Sound of Music (Chicago Lyric Opera), The Music Manand How to Succeed in Business... (Kennedy Center Broadway Center Stage), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Westside ... read more
Ben Furey Dialect Coach
Ben is delighted to be returning for his eighth production at MTC. He has coached over 115 professional productions. Highlights on Broadway include Curious Incident..., Billy Elliot, The Last Ship, Michael Moore..., The Encounter and Matilda. Off-Broadway credits include productions at Barrow St, Atlantic, Roundabout and Signature Theatre. National tours include Curious Incident..., Gentleman's Guide..., Billy Elliot, Spamalot, Mamma Mia! Regional/international includes Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hartford Stage, Guthrie Theater, Two River Theater, Canon (Toronto), Gate (Dublin), Colorado Shakespeare. Film/TV credits include "Lost City of Z," "Elementary," "Vinetalk." Teaching: Juilliard, UNCSA. ... read more
Philip S. Rosenberg Lighting Designer
Tom Watson Hair & Wig Designer
Tom Watson is head of the wig and makeup department at the Metropolitan Opera. He has designed wigs for more than 45 Broadway productions. Current and recent Broadway designs include The Addams Family; Promises, Promises; Elling; Million Dollar Quartet; Mrs. Warren's Profession; Wicked; Rock of Ages; South Pacific; Sondheim on Sondheim; A View from the Bridge; and Sunday in the Park with George. ... read more
Donyale Werle Scenic Designer
Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (2011 Tony Nomination). Off-Broadway: Taming Of The Shrew (Theatre For A New Audience), Peter & The Starcatcher (New York Theatre Workshop, 2011 Lucille Lortel Nom.), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public Theater), Broke-Ology (Lincoln Center Theater), Jollyship The Whizbang (Ars Nova). Regional: Upcoming Once On This Island (Papermill Playhouse), Allegiance (Old Globe). Awards: 2011 Obie Award, 2011 Lucille Lortel Award, 2010 Henry Hewes Design Award, 2010 Outer Circle Critics Nominee. Co-chair: Broadway Green Alliance's Pre/Post Production Committee. ... read more
Darron West Sound Designer
Anita Yavich Costume Designer

Awards and Nominations

2014 Drama Desk Awards
Outstanding Play: Nell Benjamin was nominated but did not win.
Outstanding Set Design: Donyale Werle was nominated but did not win.

2014 Outer Critics Circle Awards
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play: The Explorers Club won.

2014 The Lortels
Outstanding Costume Design: Anita Yavich was nominated but did not win.

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