Ken Neil Hailey, Artistic Director
Ken Neil Hailey began directing as a “show doctor” at Kansas City’s Midland Theatre. He is a proud Stephens College theatre program graduate. During his year as Artistic Director at Kentucky Repertory Theatre, he produced 14 shows, directed 7 and appeared in 3. His directorial work there included productions of The Complet Wrks of Wllm Shakspr (abridged), The Giver, Gutenberg!, The Musical!, Cotton Patch Gospel, Lombardi, Sherlock Holmes, Little Women (the musical), and the musical, Floyd Collins. His production of Charles Busch’s “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom/Sleeping Beauty or Coma” has had 3 successful runs. Other NYC work has included Shaw’s Arms and the Man and Beirut at the Directors Company and Desperate Measures on the city’s Theatre Row. He has directed regional productions of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Five Finger Exercise,” “Vanities,” and a long-running Provincetown, MA production of “Vampire Lesbians…/Coma.” He has performed in national companies of “Godspell,” “The Boys Next Door’ and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and worked extensively with such regional companies as Pittsburgh’s Public Theatre and City Theatre, Okoboji Summer Theatre and Cape Cod’s AdHoc and Cape Rep companies. He has worked frequently on Mysteries at the Museum and Monumental Mysteries, recently filmed an episode of Boardwalk Empire and will appear in Andrew Jarecki’s latest film, The Interiors.
Nick Corley, Associate Artistic Director
Nick Corley made his directorial debut with Woody Sez. In NYC, he directed the original productions of Tea In The Afternoon, Tall Grass, Flight (Callaway Award Nomination), Mother Russia (Carnegie Hall), About Face (NYMF best direction nomination), Fables In Slang, Tim and Scrooge (NYMF, Westchester Broadway, Queens Theatre in the Park), The Overcoat (Fringe Festival), and Tallboy Walkin’. Regional premieres include The Civil War (co-directed with Gregory Boyd at Houston’s Alley Theatre), A Young Lady of Fashion (Fulton Opera House also co-author) and Eliot Ness...in Cleveland (Denver Theatre Centre also a co-author). As former artistic director of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma he directed Sweeney Todd (starring Jeff McCarthy and Emily Skinner) The Music Man, The Who’s Tommy, and Steel Magnolias. Other directing credits include The Bomb-itty of Errors (Adirondack Theater Festival and St. Louis Rep. - 4 Kevin Kline nominations), The Little Foxes (Fulton Opera House), and The Robber Bridegroom, Drood, Man of La Mancha, Violet, Pete ’n’ Keely, Bat Boy, A Little Night Music, and Lucky Stiffall for The Commons Group in Vermont. Workshop presentations include The Ghost Brothers of Darkland Country by Stephen King and John Mellencamp. He has directed over 100 workshops and readings, many of them for NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. His appearances as a performer include Broadway (You Can’t Take It With You, On The 20th Century, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol, She Loves Me), off-Broadway, regional theatre, film (Kissing Jessica Stein), recordings, and television.
Jenn Bishop, Company Manager
Jenn Bishop is originally from Los Angeles, CA. She is a proud Equity Actor who has been performing since the tender age of 9. She started in children’s theatre where she was mentored by Alex H. Urban who inspired her to pursue a career in the theatre. She soon auditioned and graduated from LA Co. HS for the Arts with a focus in voice, then went on to get her BA in musical theatre from the University of Arizona. And if that wasn’t enough, she moved to London, UK and earned a graduate degree in performance from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Some of her favorite roles played are Ruby (Dames at Sea), Sally (Me and My Girl), Esther (Meet Me in St. Louis) and Narrator (Joseph and the Amazing Colored Dreamcoat). Regional credits include: Musical Theatre West (All Shook Up & Silk Stockings), Glendale Center Theater (My Fair Lady), Moonlight Stage Productions (Les Miserables & West Side Story), Starlight San Diego (Ragtime, Crazy for You, & Hot Mikado), plus many more. Recently she has been pursuing her other passion as a makeup and hair artist after studying at Cinema Makeup School. Visit her website at www.jenniferbishop.net
Erik Bishop, Technical Director
From the age of 7 Erik has been interested in ever aspect of theatre, onstage and backstage. He has studied technical theater at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and apprenticed with ZFX Las Vegas. He then became Production Stage Manager and Technical Director for MET2 Theater Company at the age of 22, before moving to NYC a few years later. Work Credits: SAS Productions LLC (Los Angeles), Redondo Beach Civic Light Opera, Musical Theater West, Starlight Bowl, Kentucky Stages. Credits include: Sound Design/engineering - The Sound of Music, Big River, Peter Pan. Stage Manager: Peter Pan, Music Man, A Christmas Carol. Set design: Ripper (off-broadway NYC).