GUEST ARTISTS and PRESENTERS

for the 35th Anniversary Inge Festival:

 

Forrest Attaway (Co-Producer, Play Lab) is the associate producer for The Living Room Theatre in Kansas City. Former Artistic Director of Stage Left Productions in the Northwest, Forrest began his professional career under the tutelage of Dr. Jo Ann McDowell, one of the founders of the William Inge Festival. Forrest performed in several far flung conferences across the country, working with and learning from the most respected and revered minds in the American Theater. Forrest has worked in over thirty cities across the United States as an actor, playwright and director. A graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce, Forrest moved to Kansas City in 2011 where he met his wife Amy, and never left. Some of the luminaries Forrest has worked with are August Wilson, Arthur Kopit, Emily Mann, Edward Albee, John Guare, Romulus Linney, Terrence McNally, and Joe Chaikin, among other gifted playwrights and directors.

Paul Baker (Music Director, Tribute and Gala) returns to the Inge Festival for his 12th year. He was a winner of Best New Age Album (“The Quiet Path”) and Best New Age Song (“Heart’s Gate”) in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards. Voted “Best Musical Director of the Year” for his work with Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins, Mr. Baker continues to play for many national tours and concerts in the Los Angeles area.  The group “Pastiche” premiered his Gershwin Sampler at Carnegie Hall and he was seen in motion capture in the animated feature Beowulf.  Mr. Baker returns to the Festival, having served as musical and vocal director of the production of ALL THAT JAZZ, a concert of songs by John Kander & Fred Ebb, COMES ONCE IN A LIFETIME, a musical tribute to Betty Comden & Adolph Green, ARTHUR’S TURN, a collection of songs from the shows of Arthur Laurents, and BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL WORLD, the songs of Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick.

Lee Blessing (Master Teacher, New Play Lab) has written over thirty plays, including A Walk in the Woods (nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Going to St. Ives, A Body of Water, Thief River, Two Rooms, Eleemosynary and Cobb. Two of his plays have opened recently—the world premiere of Courting Harry at History Theatre in St. Paul, MN and Great Falls—which had its south-of-the-Equator debut at the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney, Australia. Blessing’s plays have earned two Steinberg American Theater Critics Association awards, as well as Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and L.A. Critics Association awards, among others. Three of his plays have also been cited in Time magazine's list of the year's ten best. His TNT movie “Cooperstown” won the Humanitas Award. For more than a decade he headed the Graduate Playwriting Program at Rutgers University. Blessing lives in Los Angeles and is married to award-winning playwright and TV writer-producer Melanie Marnich.

Jackson Bryer, PhD. (Conference Chair) is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses for more than four decades. In 1981, he served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities and for the William Inge Archives at Independence Community College. He is the editor of The Playwright’s Art: Conversations with Contemporary American Dramatists, New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Neglected Stories and co-editor of The Actor’s Art: Conversations with Contemporary American Stage Performers, The Art of the American Musical: Conversations with the Creators, and Conversations with August Wilson. His two most recent publications: as co-editor, William Inge: Essays and Reminiscences on the Plays and the Man (2014) and Eugene O’Neill: The Contemporary Reviews (2014). He received the Inge Festival’s prestigious Jerome Lawrence Award in 2007.

 

Catherine Butterfield (New Voices Honoree 1999,Play Lab Respondent) is a writer/actress who has performed in a number of her own plays, which include It Has To Be You, Brownstone, The Sleeper, Joined at the Head, Snowing at Delphi, and Life in the Trees.  She's the recipient of the George E. Oppenheimer/New York Newsday Award for Best First Play in the New York area and the Kennedy Center-American Express award for Outstanding Promise.  Joined at the Head was nominated for a Drama Desk award, an Obie, and included in the Smith & Krause Best Plays of 1992. Brownstone was a commission from Laguna Playhouse; she also directed that production. She and partner Ron West have recently completed an adaptation of Anthony Trollope's social satire The Way We Live Now.  Ms. Butterfield is also a writer/producer in TV, for such shows as Grimm, Ghost Whisperer, FAME LA and Party of Five.

David Chrzanowski (Director, Tribute Scenes and Inge About Town) David Chrzanowski is an actor and director from Los Angeles California.  His direction of the musical "The Spidey Project" sold out for seven weeks and was named as a "Best of" Los Angeles in 2012. Other directing credits include: "All The Kings Men" at the Marilyn Monroe Theater, "Glenlevitt/Glenfiddich" at Silk Road Rising (Chicago), "Comedy of Errors" with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, "Taming of the Shrew", "Romeo and Juliet" with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. University directing credits include: "Picnic", "Metamorphoses", "Richard II", and the upcoming "Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play" here at Independence Community College. David has acted at The Goodman Theatre ("Hapgood"), A Red Orchid Theatre ("The Mandrake"), The Court Theater ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"), Milwaukee Repertory Theater ("Shaughraun" "Christmas Carol", "Front Page") and summer Shakespeare with: Oklahoma, Chicago, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Montana Festivals.

Susan Cinoman (Writer, Tribute) is a playwright and screenwriter whose work is published and produced internationally. For television, she is the creator of the recurring character, Miss Cinoman on ABC’s, The Goldbergs, and wrote the story for Mama Drama , featured on the comedy. Her one- act play, Fitting Rooms, is in Applause Books, Best Short Plays of 1996 and is produced internationally. Other productions are Cinoman and Rebeck and Gin and Bitters, Off Broadway. Her play Sweet Sand, produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre has been recently published. Two plays were made into award winning independent films. Love and Class in Connecticut and All Me, All the Time have screened at film festivals throughout New England. Cinoman’s first published prose, McKenna on the Half Shell will appear in an anthology published by Harvardwood/The Harvard Review.

Barbara Dana (Mrs. Bigelow in Where’s Daddy?) made her New York stage debut at the age of 17 in the off-Broadway production of Arthur Laurents’ A CLEARING IN THE WOODS. She appeared on Broadway in WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, ENTER LAUGHING, ROOM SERVICE and William Inge’s WHERE’S DADDY? and was  a member of the improvisational group SECOND CITY, appearing in Chicago and New York. Off-Broadway Barbara played Joan of Arc in Maxwell Anderson’s JOAN OF LORRAINE and appeared in several other off-Broadway productions, including EH?, GHOSTS, and Ira Levin’s BREAK A LEG. For the past four years she has been appearing as Emily Dickinson in William Luce’s THE BELLE OF AMHERST, through out the U.S. and in Canada. Films include The In-Laws, Popi, Chu-Chu and the Philly Flash (her screenplay), Fire Sale, Raising Flagg, and Samuel Beckett is Coming Soon (short). Television appearances include Law&Order, Law&Order: SVU, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds, A Matter of Principle, June Moon, Necessary Parties (her screenplay), Sesame Street, and As the World Turns. Mrs. Dana is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. Her books include Young Joan, Crazy Eights, Necessary Parties, Zucchini, Zucchini Out West, Spencer and his Friends, Rutgers and the Water-snouts, and her latest novel A Voice of her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson. She is the co-editor of Wider than the Sky: Essays and Meditations on the Healing Power of Emily Dickinson. Her first play, WAR IN PARAMUS, was staged at HB Playwrights and premiered at Abingdon Theatre Company, directed by Austin Pendleton. Barbara dedicates her performance as Mrs. Bigelow in WHERE’S DADDY? to Elizabeth Wilson.

Marcy DeGonge-Manfredi  (Performer, Tribute and Gala) is honored to have been in the long-running Broadway productions of CATS (Jellylorum/ Griddlebone; The Opera Cat/Jennyanydots), and THE PHANTOM 0F THE OPERA (Carlotta Guidicelli), Credits include: CANDIDE (Cunegonde), Concert premiere in Rome, Italy with the orchestra and chorus of Santa Cecilia, WEST SIDE STORY (Maria) International tour and The Skylight Comic Opera of Milwaukee, THE FANTASTICKS (Luisa) The Cleveland Playhouse, THE BAKER’S WIFE (Genevieve) The Coast Playhouse Hollywood CA., JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Narrator) First National tour and The Papermill Playhouse, Soprano Soloist for EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Caramoor Concert Series, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea. Original cast recordings include IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Mary Bailey), THE ANASTASIA AFFAIR (Anastasia’s Sisters), WE’LL RAISE A GLASS TOGETHER: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE FORREST (Soprano soloist). Marcy is a member of Actors Equity Association and The National Association of Teachers of Singing. She is thrilled to return to IngeFest for the first time since 1987. After performing in COLE in Portsmith, New Hampshire, Founder Margaret Goheen invited her to perform In Concert and in GARSON KANIN: A Man For All Theatre Seasons. 

Daisy Eagan (Performer, Tribute) at eleven years old, became (and remains today) the youngest actress ever to win the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress when she dazzled New York audiences as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden. Over twenty years later, her career has brought her back to Broadway again and again, and has also sent her across the country in a national tour, three self-penned one-woman shows, world premieres at South Coast Rep and La Jolla Playhouse, numerous television appearances, starring roles in film, leads on Los Angeles' most prestigious stages, and much, much more. Most recently, she was Martha in the highly acclaimed 20th Anniversary concert performance of The Secret Garden at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center. She has played in three Broadway shows, countless Off-Broadway and Regional productions, and made numerous appearances in film and TV. Daisy has written and performed three one-woman shows to sold out crowds in NYC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. A published, award-winning writer with a loyal and growing audience, Daisy hasn't left her creative talents on the stage. A fierce fighter and activist for women's and LGBTQ rights, she is a rousing voice in political arenas, and continues to fight for change through her literary career. Daisy lives in New York and teaches and speaks across the country. In May of 2013, she welcomed her first child, Monty Harrison Eagan-Bloom. He has red, red hair and finds magic in every little thing. www.daisyeagan.com

Chuma Gault (Razz in Where’s Daddy?, Performer, Tribute) was an Inge festival participant for EM Lewis and Arthur Kopit honors. Inaugural Las Angeles Stage Raw Awards for THE GUN SHOW (EM Lewis) outstanding solo performance nomination (2015), LA WEEKLY Awards nominee for FREEDOM SUMMER (Fountain Theater) and TREE (EST-LA) which also garnered a LA Drama Critics Circle nomination for Best male performance. On film, Chuma plays Nina Simone's husband Andrew in the recently released biopic NINA. On T.V. Chuma is Currently starring in GAME OF SILENCE (NBC).  Happy and honored as an artist to continue a relationship with the Inge Center and ICC.  

Hannah Joyce Hoven (Narrator, Tribute; Writer Liaison, Play Lab) is a theatre arts professional with a background in management and performance. She is currently the Membership Manager at the Playwrights' Center. Prior to that she worked at the William Inge Center for the Arts as Director of Operations and Company Manager. She hails from St. Louis where she worked with a number of theatre companies including the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Her training includes a BA in theatre from Wheaton College, Lincoln Center Education teaching artist training, and YogaFit teacher training. She is also a performer, yogi, and bike commuter (when the weather in Minnesota is nice). She has been married 16 years so far, and has two amazing daughters.

David Henry Hwang (Inge Honoree 2011, Master Teacher, New Play Lab) described by the New York Times as "a true original" and by Time magazine as "the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller," is best known as the author of M. Butterfly. That enduring 1988 work, which won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, John Gassner Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award, was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His play, Golden Child, premiered Off-Broadway at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, received an Obie Award, and subsequently played on Broadway, where it received three Tony nominations. Yellow Face, which premiered at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum and New York's Public Theater, also won an Obie Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Chinglish premiered at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, where it won a 2011 Jefferson Award for Best New Work, before moving to Broadway and being named Best New American Play of 2011 by Time Magazine. Other plays from his 30-year career include FOB (Obie Award),The Dance & the Railroad (Drama Desk Nomination, CINE Golden Eagle Award), and Family Devotions(Drama Desk Nomination). Hwang is America’s most-produced living opera librettist. He has written four works with composer Philip Glass, including 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, while other of his libretti have been performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival USA and elsewhere. The Deutsche Grammofone recording of his libretto for Ainadamarwon two Grammy Awards after having spent time at the top of Billboard magazine’s classical music charts. He also wrote the libretto for An American Soldier, with music by Huang Ruo, which premiered at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in June 2014. Most recently he has written the libretto for Dream of the Red Chamber, with a score by Bright Sheng. The work was commissioned by, and will premiere at, the San Francisco Opera in September 2016 Hwang's Broadway musicals include a new book for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, which earned a Tony nomination, and Disney’s Tarzan, which played on Broadway and has been running for six years in Europe. Hwang also co-wrote the book for the international hit Aida, with music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice. It won four Tony Awards and ran over four years on Broadway. Currently, Hwang is currently writing The Forgotten Arm with singer/songwriter Aimee Mann and Paul Bryant, based on her album, for the Public Theatre.

 

Alan Safier (Performer, Tribute) is in his eighth season playing to sold-out houses across the U.S. as comic legend George Burns in Rupert Holmes’s Tony-nominated one-actor play Say Goodnight Gracie. During the holidays, he also tours with HUMBUG! THE MUSICAL, another solo-performance show on which he collaborated with Michel Legrand and Inge Honoree Sheldon Harnick. Recently, he premiered John Dowie’s one-man show JOSEPH’S GOSPEL, the story of Joseph of Bethlehem, his betrothal to Mary, and the birth of their first son, as told from a father’s uniquely comedic point-of-view. Other famous (and infamous) people he’s portrayed include Adam, Truman Capote, Spiro Agnew, John Adams, Albert Einstein and Charles J. Guiteau (in the L.A. production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins). Alan has done hundreds of voice-overs (perhaps most notably as the Kibbles ’n’ Bits dog!) and his music CD Alan Safier Sings the Songs of George & Gracie’s Heyday features standards from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. This marks Alan’s 12th Guest Artist visit to the Festival. @alansafe www.alansafier.com

John Schuck (Performer, Tribute and Gala) His first screen kiss was with Elizabeth Taylor.  He has starred with Charlton Heston, Bette Midler, Warren Beatty Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Rock Hudson and Little Orphan Annie. He may be best known for his role as "Painless," the dentist in the original M*A*S*H motion picture. On Broadway, he held the role of "Daddy Warbucks" for 1-1/2 years in ANNIE and reprised the role in the recent Broadway revival and subsequent tour. He most recently appeared on Broadway opposite Reba McEntire in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and was feature in the City Center Encores production of JUNO.   He played opposite Charlton Heston in DETECTIVE STORY and toured the following year with Heston to London's West End in a production of THE CAINE MUTINY.  He has worked with regional theaters throughout the country such as The Cleveland Play House, Center Stage in Baltimore, The Mark Taper Forum and The Kennedy Center. He has been seen extensively on television and on screen. Schuck is married to the well-known west coast painter Harrison Houle.  At this time they are living in Franklin, TN and enjoying the bounties of that part of America!

Colin Stephens (Tom in Where’s Daddy?) was raised in the Emerald City of Seattle, Washington and found his way to ICC following high school,  living a reverse Wizard of Oz. The Inge Center provided Colin the opportunity to work along side Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winners. Colin furthered his storytelling education at Chapman University. In front of and behind the camera, Colin worked on over 50 films in his time at Chapman and travelled to Seoul, Korea,  in 2014 with a crew of students and directed a short film. To complete the Wizard of Oz narrative, Colin returned to the Seattle area following Chapman. In December, he was George Bailey in the Red Curtain Foundation’s production of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” “Mr. Happy,” co-starring Colin, recently eclipsed 1.2 million views online. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Colin is overjoyed to bring to life a rarely produced piece from the William Inge canon. He likes to thank, as often as possible, his family, friends, mentors, Sarah Anderson, his Kansas family, Karen Carpenter, The Inge Foundation. Congratulations to Marshawn Lynch on his retirement. 

Caridad Svitch (Play Lab Panelist) received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the Isabel Allende novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice, including in the year 2013 for her play Spark. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste. Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and abroad, among them San Diego Repertory Theatre, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, 59E59, The Women’s Project, Repertorio Espanol, Salvage Vanguard, Teatro Mori (Chile), Artheater-Cologne (Germany), Ilkhom Theater (Uzbekistan), and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK. Recent premieres include The Hour of All Thingsat Ensemble Studio Theatre/NY under William Carden’s direction; Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (based on the Mario Vargas Llosa novel) at Repertorio Espanol in New York City, In the Time of the Butterflies (based on Julia Alvarez’ novel) at San Diego Rep; JARMAN (all this maddening beauty) at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C., and Upon the Fragile Shore at Summerworks Festival in Toronto, Canada.

Jeffrey Sweet (Play Lab Respondent)  is a resident member of Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater, where thirteen of his plays—including FlyoversThe Action Against Sol SchumannThe Value of NamesBerlin '45With and WithoutCourt-Martial at Fort Devens, and Bluff have been produced.  His plays have been produced on stages large and small around the country, in New York and around the world, as well as on TV and radio, featuring such actors as Helen Hunt, Amy Morton, William Petersen, Nathan Lane, Jack Klugman, Shelley Berman, Michele Pawk, Richard Kind, Reed Birney, Dan Lauria, John Astin, Judy Kaye, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker and Hector Elizondo. Court-Martial is scheduled to open in New York at the New Federal Theatre.  He co-wrote two musicals –What About Luv? (with Susan Birkenhead and Howard Marren) and I Sent a Letter to My Love (with Melissa Manchester).  His book on Second City, Something Wonderful Right Away (a "classic" said theChicago Tribune) is the starting point of his solo show, You Only Shoot the Ones You Love, which was developed in the 2010 Octoberfest and which will be featured in 2011 at the Fillet of Solo Festival (Chicago) and the New York Fringe in 2014.  His book on playwriting, The Dramatist’s Toolkit, is in wide use as a text. Sweet serves as a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild, is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, and is an alumnus of New Dramatists. He contributes a regular column to the magazine, Dramatics.

Catherine Trieschmann (Play Lab Respondent) Catherine Trieschmann’s plays include The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, Crooked, How the World Began, Hot Georgia Sunday, and The Most Deserving. Her work has been produced Off-Broadway at the Women’s Project, the Bush Theatre (London), Out of Joint at the Arcola Theatre (London), South Coast Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the New Theatre (Sydney), Florida Stage, the Summer Play Festival, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, American Theatre Company, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, among others. She has received commissions from South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Denver Theatre Center. She is the recipient of the Weissberger Award, the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award from the Inge Theatre Festival, and the Edgerton New Play Award. She also wrote the screenplay for the film Angel's Crest, which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures. Originally from Athens, Georgia, she now lives in a small town in western Kansas.

Ralph F. Voss (Presenter) is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Alabama. He is the author of “A Life of William Inge” and “Truman Capote and the Legacy of ‘In Cold Blood,’” and numerous articles on American literature and drama. Voss is also the editor of “Magical Muse:  Millennial Essays on Tennessee Williams.  He is the author of Elements of Practical Writing and co-author of The Heath Guide to College Writing as well as the many articles in the field of rhetoric / composition.  In the long history of Inge Festivals, Voss has missed only two. 

Quinn Warren (Teena in Where’s Daddy?) a NYC-based actress who grew up in Winfield KS, is thrilled to be making her Inge Festival debut! Off-Broadway: The Killer (Theatre for a New Audience, directed by Tony Award-winner Darko Tresnjak and starring Michael Shannon). Regional: Rear Window (Hartford Stage, world premiere directed by Darko Tresnjak, starring Kevin Bacon); Mrs. Packard (McCarter Theatre & Kennedy Center, world premiere directed by Emily Mann); Still Life With Iris (Long Wharf Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina); You May Go Now (Centenary Stage Company); A Christmas Carol (Tri-State Actors Theater). Education: BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College. www.QuinnWarren.com

Mac Wellman (Master Teacher, New Play Lab) is the I. Fine Professor of Play Writing at Brooklyn College, and in 2010 he became a CUNY Distinguished Professor. Wellman is author to more than forty plays.  His recent work includes 3 2’s; or AFAR at Dixon Place in October 2011, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (with composer David Lang) at Montclair in the fall of 2006 (and elsewhere more recently), and 1965 UU for performer Paul Lazar, and directed by Stephen Mellor at the Chocolate Factory in the fall of 2008. He has received numerous honors, including NEA, McKnight, and Rockefeller grants and Guggenheim and Foundation of Contemporary Arts fellowships. In 2003 he received his third Obie, for Lifetime Achievement. In 2006 his third novel, Q’s Q, was published by Green Integer, and in 2008 a volume of stories, A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds, was published by Trip Street Press as well as a new collection of plays The Difficulty of Crossing a Field from Minnesota Press. His books of poetry include Miniature (2002), Strange Elegies (2006), Split the Stick (2012) from Roof Books, and Left Glove (2011), from Solid Objects Press. His novel Linda Perdido won the 2011 FC2 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Innovative Fiction. He is a co-founder of The Flea Theater in New York City.

Ron West (Play Lab Respondent) wrote the musicals THE PEOPLE VS FRIAR LAURENCE, deLEARious, VOCAL ARRANGEMENT, CHRISTMAS EVE OF DESTRUCTION, and MUSICAL FOOLS with Phillip Swann.  He is also the author of ANY RESEMBLANCE, QUICK AND DIRTY, and the Chicago Shakespeare production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS AT SHEPPERTON, and adapted Anthony Trollope's THE WAY WE LIVE NOW with Catherine Butterfield.  He recently staged Ms. Butterfield's LIFE EXPECTANCY for the Hollywood Fringe Fest, TWIST YOUR DICKENS at Portland Center Stage, THE 39 STEPS at Malibu Playhouse, and the national tour of SEX AND THE SECOND CITY.  

Walter Willison (Performer, Tribute; Director/Performer, Gala) Tony Award nominee, Theatre World Award-winner. Broadway includes GRAND HOTEL, TWO BY TWO, PIPPIN, NORMAN, IS THAT YOU?; Edmund Kean in Wright & Forrest’s KEAN, Off-Broadway; El Gallo in THE FANTASTICKS in Japan, directed by/costarring Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt. Films include: Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women, Harry and Walter Go to New York. TV: starred in NBC’s McDuff, The Talking Dog, as Clyde Griffiths in The Great Novelists: Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy on PBS. He has written and directed musicals from San Diego’s Old Globe to Off-Broadway. Conceived, wrote, directed and costarred with Liliane Montevecchi and fellow Broadway cast members in GRAND HOTEL: The 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert [2015]; stars with a cast of Broadway Legends in Rick McKay’s Broadway: Beyond The Golden Age[2016]. Mr. Willison currently costars in the sitcom Reenact! and the drama Confessions: The World in a Day, premiering summer 2016 on NetPlus. This is his 10th IngeFest, an event he helped create with Margaret Goheen and Jerome Lawrence in 1981