Max Makes A Million

Hertz Stage
Recommended for all audiences
World Premiere

Based on the book by Maira Kalman
Adapted and Directed by Liz Diamond

Poetry, dance, jazz, visual art, and most of all, dreams coalesce in a glorious theatrical adaptation of Maira Kalman’s one-of-a-kind book Max Makes A Million. Adapted and directed by celebrated theatre artist Liz Diamond, this play follows the beat-poet dog Max Stravinsky on his quest to get to Paris and celebrates those wishful thinkers who dare to dream beyond what seems possible. Max Makes a Million is produced in collaboration with the High Museum of Art’s exhibition, The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children, a colorful exhibition exploring the extensive catalog of Kalman’s imaginative stories and illustrations, which have delighted readers for more than 30 years. 

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Hertz Stage

Hertz Stage view during The Whipping Man

The Alliance Theatre's Hertz Stage is a modern, 200-seat Black Box theatre. This versatile facility accommodates a number of distinct stage layouts.

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  • The production was just terrific, the choreography, set design, costumes!! Script, acting and music were over the top wonderful. My daughter says she is going to go to all the kid's plays. Frankly, I think adults would love them too. Short attention span theater at it's best. Topped off with the exhibit at the High! Holy Moly, doesn't get any better!
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  • The message comes across joyously. Whether the dream is to write beat poetry, paint invisible pictures, or design upside down houses, Max Makes a Million lets kids know that selfhood is a place of endless potential. This, in and of itself, is its own wonderful sort of million.
    Andrew Alexander, The Alexander Report
  • It’s really a delight when a professional theatre company can stage a show that really appeals to kids of all ages. And “all ages” may mean from 4 to 94; for all the adults really enjoyed this one act opus with 5 great actors and a live musical trio on stage… absolutely perfect for introducing the kids to theatre.
    Robert Heller, Atlanta Arts Scene
  • I loved how the fusion of movement, music, and artistic elements (costumes, lighting, set, etc.) told the story of Max. The show was colorful, engaging, and lots of fun!
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  • Wow! Every part of it was engaging. The music, the choreography, the staging - made the production so alive. The acting was phenomenal. I was entranced. My 4 year old loved it!
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Cast

SHELLI DELGADO is thrilled to be back at Alliance. Past Alliance credits include A Christmas Carol, Tiger Style! and Theatre for the Very Young shows Little Raindrop Songs and Dinosaur!. Recent regional credits: A Doll’s House, Part 2; The Crucible*; RENT (Actor’s Express, *Suzi Bass Award for Featured Actress); Hamlet (Atlanta Shakespeare Company); Much Ado About Nothing (Warehouse Theatre); Into the Woods; Don’t Dress for Dinner; 4000 Miles; Mary Poppins; Les Misérables (Aurora Theatre); Sense & Sensibility (Synchronicity Theatre); Grease; Miss Saigon (Serenbe Playhouse). TV: “The Vampire Diaries.” Love to Mom and Papa. 

Shelli Delgado
Shelli Delgado
Marlene / Sam / New Yorkers / Parisian

SHELLI DELGADO is thrilled to be back at Alliance. Past Alliance credits include A Christmas Carol, Tiger Style! and Theatre for the Very Young shows Little Raindrop Songs and Dinosaur!. Recent regional credits: A Doll’s House, Part 2; The Crucible*; RENT (Actor’s Express, *Suzi Bass Award for Featured Actress); Hamlet (Atlanta Shakespeare Company); Much Ado About Nothing (Warehouse Theatre); Into the Woods; Don’t Dress for Dinner; 4000 Miles; Mary Poppins; Les Misérables (Aurora Theatre); Sense & Sensibility (Synchronicity Theatre); Grease; Miss Saigon (Serenbe Playhouse). TV: “The Vampire Diaries.” Love to Mom and Papa. 

AMY DUFFY is grateful to make her Alliance debut. A proud Aurora Apprentice Alum with credits there including Men with Money; Beat Bugs-A Musical Adventure; Be Here Now; A Doll’s House, Part 2; and Christmas Canteen. Other credits: The Fireflies (Czech Republic), Dearly Departed (Howmet Playhouse), Godspell, Doubt, bash (Theater-on-the-Side), and A Chorus Line, Oklahoma! (Bush Theatre). Trap Door Improv. CMU. Love to the Duffy Family. Thank you for coming! @amyelizabethduffy 

Amy Duffy
Amy Duffy
US Marlene / Sam / New Yorkers / Parisian

AMY DUFFY is grateful to make her Alliance debut. A proud Aurora Apprentice Alum with credits there including Men with Money; Beat Bugs-A Musical Adventure; Be Here Now; A Doll’s House, Part 2; and Christmas Canteen. Other credits: The Fireflies (Czech Republic), Dearly Departed (Howmet Playhouse), Godspell, Doubt, bash (Theater-on-the-Side), and A Chorus Line, Oklahoma! (Bush Theatre). Trap Door Improv. CMU. Love to the Duffy Family. Thank you for coming! @amyelizabethduffy 

HANNAH GARMON is thrilled to be making her Alliance debut! Recent credits: Elf The Musical (City Springs); You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Marietta Theatre Company); Les Misérables; Seussical Jr (The Performer’s Warehouse); The Little Mermaid (Bigfork Summer Playhouse); Oklahoma! (CCU); (Choreographer). B.F.A Musical Theatre Coastal Carolina University. She would also like to thank her family, friends, and God for all of their love and support. @hannahgarmon 

Hannah Garmon
Hannah Garmon
US Ida / Princess Lenina / New Yorkers / Parisian

HANNAH GARMON is thrilled to be making her Alliance debut! Recent credits: Elf The Musical (City Springs); You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Marietta Theatre Company); Les Misérables; Seussical Jr (The Performer’s Warehouse); The Little Mermaid (Bigfork Summer Playhouse); Oklahoma! (CCU); (Choreographer). B.F.A Musical Theatre Coastal Carolina University. She would also like to thank her family, friends, and God for all of their love and support. @hannahgarmon 

THOMAS NEAL ANTWON GHANT is excited to once again return to the Alliance. Alliance credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Native Guard, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Other regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Our Town; and One Man, Two Guvnors. Neal received Suzi Bass awards for best featured actor and best actor for his role in Race

Thomas Neal Antwan Ghant
Thomas Neal Antwan Ghant
Bruno / Maurice Chagall / Laura / New Yorkers / Parisian

THOMAS NEAL ANTWON GHANT is excited to once again return to the Alliance. Alliance credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Native Guard, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Other regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Our Town; and One Man, Two Guvnors. Neal received Suzi Bass awards for best featured actor and best actor for his role in Race

ANN MARIE GIDEON is delighted to be back at the Alliance. Atlanta theatre credits include Perfect Arrangement (Theatrical Outfit); Edward Foote, The Geller Girls, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Christmas Carol, The Temple Bombing (Alliance Theatre); Hamlet; One Man, Two Guvnors; As You Like It; Noises Off; Shrew: The Musical, Much Ado About Nothing; Metamorphoses (Georgia Shakespeare); Time Stands Still (Horizon Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Serenbe Playhouse). TV: “The Resident.” Audiobook Narrator. BFA, University of Memphis. Proud member of Actors’ Equity & SAG/AFTRA. All my love to Joe, Jack, & Liza. 

Ann Marie Gideon
Ann Marie Gideon
Max / ASM

ANN MARIE GIDEON is delighted to be back at the Alliance. Atlanta theatre credits include Perfect Arrangement (Theatrical Outfit); Edward Foote, The Geller Girls, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Christmas Carol, The Temple Bombing (Alliance Theatre); Hamlet; One Man, Two Guvnors; As You Like It; Noises Off; Shrew: The Musical, Much Ado About Nothing; Metamorphoses (Georgia Shakespeare); Time Stands Still (Horizon Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Serenbe Playhouse). TV: “The Resident.” Audiobook Narrator. BFA, University of Memphis. Proud member of Actors’ Equity & SAG/AFTRA. All my love to Joe, Jack, & Liza. 

CODY EVAN JONES is excited to make his Alliance Theatre debut! He is a recent graduate of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and Aurora Theatre Apprentice Company. Atlanta credits: Disney’s Newsies, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure, and the world premiere of Men With Money (Aurora Theatre). Many thanks to friends and family for their unending support, to Jody for the opportunity, and the entire creative team for bringing this wonderful story to life. 

Cody Evan Jones
Cody Evan Jones
US Bruno / Maurice Chagall / Laura / New Yorkers / Parisian

CODY EVAN JONES is excited to make his Alliance Theatre debut! He is a recent graduate of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and Aurora Theatre Apprentice Company. Atlanta credits: Disney’s Newsies, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure, and the world premiere of Men With Money (Aurora Theatre). Many thanks to friends and family for their unending support, to Jody for the opportunity, and the entire creative team for bringing this wonderful story to life. 

TONY MANNA makes his Alliance debut. New York credits include These Paper Bullets! (Atlantic Theater), Timon of Athens (Public Theater), and The Hasty Heart (Keen Company), among others. Regionally, he’s appeared at Yale Repertory Theatre, the Geffen Playhouse, the Westport Country Playhouse, and, most recently, Arena Stage in the world premiere of Kleptocracy. Television credits include “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon), “Maniac” (Netflix), “Z: The Beginning of Everything” (Amazon), “Elementary” (CBS), and “The Exorcist” (FOX). He is a member of New Neighborhood and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. tonymanna.com 

Tony Manna
Tony Manna
Morris / Baby Henry / Leon Kampinsky / Ivan Kaslinksy / Parisian / New Yorker

TONY MANNA makes his Alliance debut. New York credits include These Paper Bullets! (Atlantic Theater), Timon of Athens (Public Theater), and The Hasty Heart (Keen Company), among others. Regionally, he’s appeared at Yale Repertory Theatre, the Geffen Playhouse, the Westport Country Playhouse, and, most recently, Arena Stage in the world premiere of Kleptocracy. Television credits include “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon), “Maniac” (Netflix), “Z: The Beginning of Everything” (Amazon), “Elementary” (CBS), and “The Exorcist” (FOX). He is a member of New Neighborhood and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. tonymanna.com 

Notable ATL credits: The Followers, Abigail/1702, Between Riverside and Crazy, Exit Strategy, In the Heights, Significant Other, Informed Consent, Hands on a Hardbody, Homers, Bull Durham: The Musical, Rocky Horror Show, In Love and Warcraft, Zorro: The Musical, Into the Woods (x2), The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, August: Osage County. Notable regional credits: Carrie: A Comedy (Sue), Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), Fame (Carmen). Tours: Rent (Mark’s Mom/US Mimi), Dora the Explorer (Dora). Off-Broadway: Soul Kitchen (Sangita), Shlomo (Anjia/Ruth). TV/film: “Dynasty,” “Lodge 49,” “Stan Against Evil,” “Star” and Pitch Perfect 3. Thank you, people I love, I love you. 

Diany Rodriguez
Diany Rodriguez
Ida / Princess Lenina / New Yorkers / Parisian

Notable ATL credits: The Followers, Abigail/1702, Between Riverside and Crazy, Exit Strategy, In the Heights, Significant Other, Informed Consent, Hands on a Hardbody, Homers, Bull Durham: The Musical, Rocky Horror Show, In Love and Warcraft, Zorro: The Musical, Into the Woods (x2), The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, August: Osage County. Notable regional credits: Carrie: A Comedy (Sue), Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), Fame (Carmen). Tours: Rent (Mark’s Mom/US Mimi), Dora the Explorer (Dora). Off-Broadway: Soul Kitchen (Sangita), Shlomo (Anjia/Ruth). TV/film: “Dynasty,” “Lodge 49,” “Stan Against Evil,” “Star” and Pitch Perfect 3. Thank you, people I love, I love you. 

MELANIE SHEAHAN is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia and of Aurora Theatre’s 2019 Apprentice Company. She is thrilled to make her Alliance debut! Recent credits: A Doll’s House, Part 2; Newsies; Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Aurora Theatre). Melanie is represented by People Store Talent Agency. Lots of love to her incredibly supportive family and friends. 

Melanie Sheahan
Melanie Sheahan
US Max

MELANIE SHEAHAN is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia and of Aurora Theatre’s 2019 Apprentice Company. She is thrilled to make her Alliance debut! Recent credits: A Doll’s House, Part 2; Newsies; Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Aurora Theatre). Melanie is represented by People Store Talent Agency. Lots of love to her incredibly supportive family and friends. 

Atlanta credits: In the Heights (Aurora Theatre, Theatrical Outfit), The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Aurora Theatre; Suzi Award - TYA Production), País de Bicicleta (Aurora Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors, Merrily We Roll Along in Concert (Actor’s Express), Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley (Theatrical Outfit), Freaky Friday (Horizon Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Zero Circle Theatre Co.), Songs for a New World (BUICEntennial Productions). Other favorite credits include The Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio); Beauty and the Beast (LeFou); Pippin (Pippin); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch); and Tick, Tick... BOOM! (Jonathan). 

Juan Carlos Unzueta
Juan Carlos Unzueta
US Morris / Baby Henry / Leon Kampinsky / Ivan Kaslinksy / Parisian / New Yorker

Atlanta credits: In the Heights (Aurora Theatre, Theatrical Outfit), The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Aurora Theatre; Suzi Award - TYA Production), País de Bicicleta (Aurora Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors, Merrily We Roll Along in Concert (Actor’s Express), Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley (Theatrical Outfit), Freaky Friday (Horizon Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Zero Circle Theatre Co.), Songs for a New World (BUICEntennial Productions). Other favorite credits include The Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio); Beauty and the Beast (LeFou); Pippin (Pippin); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch); and Tick, Tick... BOOM! (Jonathan). 

Creative

ERIC BAUMGARTNER holds degrees in jazz studies from Berklee College of Music and DePaul University. He is thrilled to be returning to the Alliance after playing keyboard for Ever After. Other Atlanta-based theatrical work includes productions with The Center for Puppetry Arts, Clayton State University, Actor’s Express, Atlanta Jewish Academy, The Lovett School, Gainesville Theatre Alliance and Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Eric works as a composer, arranger and clinician for the Hal Leonard Corporation. He has dozens of published piano works including the popular Jazz Piano Basics series. As a clinician he has conducted piano teacher workshops throughout the US, Australia, England, Canada and Germany. Eric is the principle pianist for the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus. He also enjoys rockin’ the keyboards with the the bands Yacht Rock Schooner and A1A. 

Eric Baumgartner
Eric Baumgartner
Music Director / Conductor / Musician

ERIC BAUMGARTNER holds degrees in jazz studies from Berklee College of Music and DePaul University. He is thrilled to be returning to the Alliance after playing keyboard for Ever After. Other Atlanta-based theatrical work includes productions with The Center for Puppetry Arts, Clayton State University, Actor’s Express, Atlanta Jewish Academy, The Lovett School, Gainesville Theatre Alliance and Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Eric works as a composer, arranger and clinician for the Hal Leonard Corporation. He has dozens of published piano works including the popular Jazz Piano Basics series. As a clinician he has conducted piano teacher workshops throughout the US, Australia, England, Canada and Germany. Eric is the principle pianist for the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus. He also enjoys rockin’ the keyboards with the the bands Yacht Rock Schooner and A1A. 

CLAY BENNING has been the Alliance’s resident sound designer for 18 years and has designed more than 100 productions for the Alliance, including 29 world premieres, 31 musicals and 28 Theatre for Young Audiences productions. Recent works include Hospice, Winnie the Pooh, Native Guard and Candide. He’s also done design work at Georgia Shakespeare, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Theatrical Outfit, Geva Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre and the Georgia Aquarium. Awards: Seven Suzi Bass awards for outstanding sound design with 14 nominations. Clay is a graduate of Presbyterian College (B.A.), the North Carolina School of the Arts (M.F.A.) and a member of IATSE/USA829 and TSDCA. 

Clay Benning
Clay Benning
Sound Designer

CLAY BENNING has been the Alliance’s resident sound designer for 18 years and has designed more than 100 productions for the Alliance, including 29 world premieres, 31 musicals and 28 Theatre for Young Audiences productions. Recent works include Hospice, Winnie the Pooh, Native Guard and Candide. He’s also done design work at Georgia Shakespeare, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Theatrical Outfit, Geva Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre and the Georgia Aquarium. Awards: Seven Suzi Bass awards for outstanding sound design with 14 nominations. Clay is a graduate of Presbyterian College (B.A.), the North Carolina School of the Arts (M.F.A.) and a member of IATSE/USA829 and TSDCA. 

Recent Alliance credits include The Wizard of Oz; A Christmas Carol; Paige in Full; Winnie the Pooh; The Jungle Book; The Dancing Granny; Cinderella and Fella; Ugly Lies the Bone; Pancakes, Pancakes!; Tiger Style!; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical; James and the Giant Peach; Shrek; and Charlotte’s Web. Local credits include The World Goes Round, Million Dollar Quartet, Dreamgirls, Peter Pan, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Ragtime, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Atlanta Lyric Theatre); Book of Will, Dividing the EstateIt’s a Wonderful Life, Confederacy of Dunces, and Big River (Theatrical Outfit). Campbell holds a BFA in theatre from Niagara University. Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Love to Ali and Maggie. 

Liz Campbell
Liz Campbell
Stage Manager

Recent Alliance credits include The Wizard of Oz; A Christmas Carol; Paige in Full; Winnie the Pooh; The Jungle Book; The Dancing Granny; Cinderella and Fella; Ugly Lies the Bone; Pancakes, Pancakes!; Tiger Style!; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical; James and the Giant Peach; Shrek; and Charlotte’s Web. Local credits include The World Goes Round, Million Dollar Quartet, Dreamgirls, Peter Pan, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Ragtime, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Atlanta Lyric Theatre); Book of Will, Dividing the EstateIt’s a Wonderful Life, Confederacy of Dunces, and Big River (Theatrical Outfit). Campbell holds a BFA in theatre from Niagara University. Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Love to Ali and Maggie. 

EMILY COATES is an award-winning dancer & choreographer (New York City Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, Yvonne Rainer). Recent commissions and venues: “Incarnations” (2017) and “A History of Light” (2018) both at Danspace Project, New York City; Works & Process at the Guggenheim; Wadsworth Atheneum; University of Chicago. Theater credits include “Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale” (2014, 2019, dir. Liz Diamond); “The Square Root of Three Sisters” (2016, dir. Dmitry Krymov). Coauthor with Sarah Demers of Physics & Dance (Yale University Press, 2019). She directs the dance studies concentration at Yale University, where she is associate professor in Theater and Performance Studies and in Directing at Yale School of Drama. 

Emily Coates
Emily Coates
Choreographer

EMILY COATES is an award-winning dancer & choreographer (New York City Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, Yvonne Rainer). Recent commissions and venues: “Incarnations” (2017) and “A History of Light” (2018) both at Danspace Project, New York City; Works & Process at the Guggenheim; Wadsworth Atheneum; University of Chicago. Theater credits include “Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale” (2014, 2019, dir. Liz Diamond); “The Square Root of Three Sisters” (2016, dir. Dmitry Krymov). Coauthor with Sarah Demers of Physics & Dance (Yale University Press, 2019). She directs the dance studies concentration at Yale University, where she is associate professor in Theater and Performance Studies and in Directing at Yale School of Drama. 

Justin Ellington
Justin Ellington
Composer / Orchestrator

Alliance Theatre: Winnie the Pooh. Fabian attended Yale University and Boston University to pursue theatrical costume design. Design credits include In the Heights, Man of La Mancha, Romeo and Juliet (Westport Country Playhouse), safeword. (Midnight Theatricals), Recent Alien Abductions (The Play Company); Fabian assisted Cathy Zuber on Socrates (The Public) and Porgy and Bess (The MET), ¡Bienvenidos Blancos! or Welcome White People! (Team Sunshine, Philadelphia), A View from the Bridge, and Seven Spots on the Sun Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Set and costume credits include The War Boys (East coast premiere), Sotto Voce (Portland Stage), Midsummer, The Moors (Yale Repertory Theatre world premiere), and He Left Quietly (Toronto). While in Boston he worked for various theatres, conservatories, and universities including American Repertory Theater, Boston Ballet, Moscow Ballet, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and others. In his spare time, Fabian likes to paint watercolors or urban sketch. 

Fabian Fidel Aguilar
Fabian Fidel Aguilar
Costume Designer

Alliance Theatre: Winnie the Pooh. Fabian attended Yale University and Boston University to pursue theatrical costume design. Design credits include In the Heights, Man of La Mancha, Romeo and Juliet (Westport Country Playhouse), safeword. (Midnight Theatricals), Recent Alien Abductions (The Play Company); Fabian assisted Cathy Zuber on Socrates (The Public) and Porgy and Bess (The MET), ¡Bienvenidos Blancos! or Welcome White People! (Team Sunshine, Philadelphia), A View from the Bridge, and Seven Spots on the Sun Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Set and costume credits include The War Boys (East coast premiere), Sotto Voce (Portland Stage), Midsummer, The Moors (Yale Repertory Theatre world premiere), and He Left Quietly (Toronto). While in Boston he worked for various theatres, conservatories, and universities including American Repertory Theater, Boston Ballet, Moscow Ballet, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and others. In his spare time, Fabian likes to paint watercolors or urban sketch. 

Born in 1949 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Kalman moved to Riverdale in New York’s Bronx borough with her family at age 4. Now a Manhattan resident, Kalman has written and illustrated 18 children’s books, including “Ooh-la-la-Max in Love,” “What Pete Ate,” “Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey,” “13 WORDS,” a collaboration with Lemony Snicket, “Why We Broke Up,” with Daniel Handler, “Looking at Lincoln” and “Thomas Jefferson Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything.”

She is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker magazine, and is well known for her collaboration with Rick Meyerowitz on the “New Yorkistan” cover in 2001. Additional projects include illustrating Strunk and White’s classic “The Elements of Style.” Kalman also created two monthly online columns for The New York Times. The first, “The Principles of Uncertainty” (2006-07), was a narrative journal of her life. The second, “And The Pursuit of Happiness” (2009), was a yearlong exploration of American history and democracy. Both columns are now collected in book form, published by the Penguin Press.

Kalman has had eight exhibitions at the Julie Saul Gallery since 2003. In 2010, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, organized a retrospective of Kalman’s work entitled “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World),” which traveled to the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco, CA), the Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles, CA), and the Jewish Museum in NYC. Her work has appeared in books published by the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, in connection with 2014 exhibition “Maira Kalman: My Favorite Things.” Her longstanding contributions to literature, art and design awarded her with the opportunity to serve as a resident at the American Academy in Rome and to present two renowned TED talks in 2007 and 2014. 

Maira Kalman
Maira Kalman
Author

Born in 1949 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Kalman moved to Riverdale in New York’s Bronx borough with her family at age 4. Now a Manhattan resident, Kalman has written and illustrated 18 children’s books, including “Ooh-la-la-Max in Love,” “What Pete Ate,” “Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey,” “13 WORDS,” a collaboration with Lemony Snicket, “Why We Broke Up,” with Daniel Handler, “Looking at Lincoln” and “Thomas Jefferson Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything.”

She is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker magazine, and is well known for her collaboration with Rick Meyerowitz on the “New Yorkistan” cover in 2001. Additional projects include illustrating Strunk and White’s classic “The Elements of Style.” Kalman also created two monthly online columns for The New York Times. The first, “The Principles of Uncertainty” (2006-07), was a narrative journal of her life. The second, “And The Pursuit of Happiness” (2009), was a yearlong exploration of American history and democracy. Both columns are now collected in book form, published by the Penguin Press.

Kalman has had eight exhibitions at the Julie Saul Gallery since 2003. In 2010, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, organized a retrospective of Kalman’s work entitled “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World),” which traveled to the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco, CA), the Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles, CA), and the Jewish Museum in NYC. Her work has appeared in books published by the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, in connection with 2014 exhibition “Maira Kalman: My Favorite Things.” Her longstanding contributions to literature, art and design awarded her with the opportunity to serve as a resident at the American Academy in Rome and to present two renowned TED talks in 2007 and 2014. 

LIZ LEE always enjoys her work with the Alliance. Her previous designs include Goodnight, Tyler; Sheltered; Hand to God; Too Heavy for Your Pocket; Ugly Lies the Bone; Ethel; The C.A. Lyons Project; Steel Magnolias; In Love & Warcraft; The Whipping Man; God of Carnage; Sleuth; Cuttin’Up; Tick, Tick ... Boom!; and Top Dog/ Under Dog. Based in Atlanta, she was producer at the Center for Puppetry Arts for 20 years and continues as their resident lighting designer, most recently designing Beauty and the Beast and Harold and the Purple Crayon

Liz Lee
Liz Lee
LX Designer

LIZ LEE always enjoys her work with the Alliance. Her previous designs include Goodnight, Tyler; Sheltered; Hand to God; Too Heavy for Your Pocket; Ugly Lies the Bone; Ethel; The C.A. Lyons Project; Steel Magnolias; In Love & Warcraft; The Whipping Man; God of Carnage; Sleuth; Cuttin’Up; Tick, Tick ... Boom!; and Top Dog/ Under Dog. Based in Atlanta, she was producer at the Center for Puppetry Arts for 20 years and continues as their resident lighting designer, most recently designing Beauty and the Beast and Harold and the Purple Crayon

LOUISA THOMPSON is a designer and a creator of theatrical work
for young audiences. She received the 2019 Obie award for Sustained Excellence as a Set Designer. She created Washeteria, a site- specific all-age event that featured the work of Cesar Alvarez and Charise Castro-Smith and New Victory Theatre LabWorks participant.
In addition to the 18 years she has taught at Hunter College, she has designed for a variety of theatres: Signature Theatre, Elevator Repair Service, Soho Repertory Theatre, The Play Company, Target Margin Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Theatreworks USA, Playwrights Horizons, The Foundry Theater Company. Regional credits: The White Heron Theatre; Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Arden Theatre, Bard Summerscape, The McCarter Theatre, The Papermill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse; The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. Louisa received a 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for her Set Design of In The Blood at Signature Theatre. She has degrees from Rhode Island School of Design (B.F.A.) and Yale School of Drama (M.F.A.) and is an Associate Professor in the Hunter College Department of Theatre. 

Louisa Thompson
Louisa Thompson
Set Designer

LOUISA THOMPSON is a designer and a creator of theatrical work
for young audiences. She received the 2019 Obie award for Sustained Excellence as a Set Designer. She created Washeteria, a site- specific all-age event that featured the work of Cesar Alvarez and Charise Castro-Smith and New Victory Theatre LabWorks participant.
In addition to the 18 years she has taught at Hunter College, she has designed for a variety of theatres: Signature Theatre, Elevator Repair Service, Soho Repertory Theatre, The Play Company, Target Margin Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Theatreworks USA, Playwrights Horizons, The Foundry Theater Company. Regional credits: The White Heron Theatre; Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Arden Theatre, Bard Summerscape, The McCarter Theatre, The Papermill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse; The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. Louisa received a 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for her Set Design of In The Blood at Signature Theatre. She has degrees from Rhode Island School of Design (B.F.A.) and Yale School of Drama (M.F.A.) and is an Associate Professor in the Hunter College Department of Theatre. 

MIKE TUTAJ returns to the Alliance Theatre after having designed projections for Ride the Cyclone in 2019. He has designed previous iterations of Ride the Cyclone at ACT Theatre (Seattle), MCC Theater (New York), and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Based in Chicago, Mike has designed for theatre and live performance for over 15 years. To learn more about his work and find a list of credits visit his website, miketutaj.com. Mike is the recipient of five Joseph Jefferson Awards and the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award in 2012. He is an artistic associate with TimeLine Theatre and teaches projection design at Columbia College Chicago. 

Mike Tutaj
Mike Tutaj
Projection Designer

MIKE TUTAJ returns to the Alliance Theatre after having designed projections for Ride the Cyclone in 2019. He has designed previous iterations of Ride the Cyclone at ACT Theatre (Seattle), MCC Theater (New York), and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Based in Chicago, Mike has designed for theatre and live performance for over 15 years. To learn more about his work and find a list of credits visit his website, miketutaj.com. Mike is the recipient of five Joseph Jefferson Awards and the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award in 2012. He is an artistic associate with TimeLine Theatre and teaches projection design at Columbia College Chicago. 

Director

LIZ DIAMOND is the Resident Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, Chair of Directing at Yale School of Drama, and directs new and classical plays at theatres across the United States. Liz has directed premieres of works by playwrights including Octavio Solis, Marcus Gardley, Nilo Cruz, and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. Her long-term collaboration with playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, begun in 1988, includes award winning productions of The America Play, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Betting on the Dust Commander, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom, and Father Comes Home From the Wars. Classical and modern productions include works by Brecht, Stravinsky, Strindberg, Racine, Molière, Shakespeare, and Euripides. Liz has been awarded the OBIE and the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction, and serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Liz is currently developing a new project with actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith. 

Liz Diamond
Liz Diamond
Adapter & Director

LIZ DIAMOND is the Resident Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, Chair of Directing at Yale School of Drama, and directs new and classical plays at theatres across the United States. Liz has directed premieres of works by playwrights including Octavio Solis, Marcus Gardley, Nilo Cruz, and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. Her long-term collaboration with playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, begun in 1988, includes award winning productions of The America Play, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Betting on the Dust Commander, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom, and Father Comes Home From the Wars. Classical and modern productions include works by Brecht, Stravinsky, Strindberg, Racine, Molière, Shakespeare, and Euripides. Liz has been awarded the OBIE and the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction, and serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Liz is currently developing a new project with actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith. 

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