by Jen Silverman
Directed by Rob Lutfy
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Rob Lutfy (Director ) (he/him/his) was born and raised in Charlotte, where he fell in love with theatre while acting in Shakespeare plays at Covenant Day, Weddington High and Matthews Playhouse. His last work in Charlotte was over a decade ago directing work for 3M Productions and Collaborative Arts. Rob is the Associate Artistic Director at Cygnet Theatre in San Diego, where he has directed 18 mainstage plays and produced 42 others. He was awarded the 2019 Craig Noel Award for Director of the Year. This season he will direct the world premier of The Little Fellow (or The Queen of Tarts Tells All) by Kate Hamill and Sharon by Keiko Green. He runs new play programming at Cygnet where he has commissioned 12 new plays including work by: Aaron Posner, Nathan Alan Davis, Angelica Chéri, Ray Yamanouchi, and Herbert Siguenza. He has worked on plays in development at Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, The Theatre at Boston Court, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The John F Kennedy Center, The O’Neill Theatre Center, Burning Coal Theatre, The Hub Theatre and Dual Rivet Dance Company. He has assisted directors at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center and Marin Theatre Company. He has taught classes at San Diego State University, Grossmont College, and UCSD. He was the 2014-2015 National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at Marin Theatre Company, and the 2012-2013 William R. Kenan, Jr. Directing Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center. Rob is a graduate of the directing program under Gerald Freedman at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Meet the cast. (click for bio)
Meet the crew.
Emily Parker (Stage Manager) is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she is pursuing a BA in Theatre Design/Technology. Some of her recent shows include My Dinner With Andrea with Charlotte’s Off-Broadway (Stage Manager) and Pippin at UNC Charlotte (Assistant Sound Designer/FOH Mixer). She’s so excited to be joining Charlotte Conservatory Theatre for their inaugural production!
Addie Thomas (ASM) is 21 years old and a senior at UNC Charlotte, currently majoring in Theatre Performance. This is the first professional performance she has been a part of and feels beyond grateful to have this experience with this amazing group of people! She hopes to be performing on stage one day too but until then, she is thrilled to help any way she can!