GARY MOORE'S Burning in China - The Artists
Caleb Deschanel – DIRECTOR
Caleb Deschanel is a graduate of Johns Hopkins, the USC film school, and The American Film Institute. He began his film career with the photography for The Black Stallion and Being There which were both released in 1979, then went on to receive consecutive Academy Award® nominations in 1983 and 1984 for The Right Stuff and The Natural. In 1982, he made his directorial debut with The Escape Artist, starring Raul Julia, Griffin O’Neal and Joan Hackett, for American Zoetrope. He also directed Crusoe (1989) starring Aidan Quinn, about the same time that he was directing multiple episodes of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks.
Deschanel photographed Fly Away Home in 1996, garnering his third Oscar® nomination for Best Cinematography and a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography from the American Society of Cinematographers. He shot Forrest Whitaker’s Hope Floats, Luis Mandoki’s Message in a Bottle, and won accolades for his lush camerawork on two epic productions: Anna and the King and Roland Emmerich’s The Patriot, for which he received another Academy Award® nomination and won the ASC Award. He was again nominated for an Academy Award® for the Mel Gibson film The Passion of the Christ. More recently he photographed National Treasure, and The Spiderwick Chronicles with director and fellow AFI graduate Mark Waters. He teamed with director and writer Robert Towne on Ask the Dust, and in 2009 shot My Sister’s Keeper, which was directed by Nick Cassevetes.
Caleb has directed several different stagings of Burning in China, working with playwright Gary Moore and actor Jeff LeBeau in a number of theaters before developing the play in its current video-enhanced form.
Serena Fox – GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Serena has practiced design in Vermont, Connecticut and New York — in publishing, packaging, branding, corporate ID, advertising, collateral, direct mail and Web. Early projects include magazines and continuity for Cowles, Better Homes and Gardens, Time Warner, and Good Housekeeping.
Recent projects reflect a concern for sustainability and more local/New England projects in the education and non-profit sectors. She’s a graduate of the University of Vermont with a Masters in Graphic Design and Art History from LaCrosse University.
Josh Iacovelli -- LIGHTING DESIGNER
Josh is an actor, designer and stage manager, currently resident tech director at St. Luke’s Theatre, Players Theatre, and ActoJrs Temple Theatre. Credits include The Zero Mostel Show: Zero Hour, Black Angels Over Tuskeegee, A Christmas Carol, Danny and Sylvia, Lansky, The Rise of Dorothy Hale, Treasure Island, The Selfish Giant, At War, and Annulla. His B.A. is from Stockton College, and his MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School at The New School University.
Jeff LeBeau -- PERFORMER
In 2009, Jeff performed Burning In China at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts in California, and then at Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier, Vermont. Other leading roles in the theater include: The Last Pitch (American Renegade), Agency (Coast Playhouse), Hurlyburly directed by David Rabe (Geffen Playhouse), Burning in China directed by Caleb Deschanel (John Drew/Guild Hall, New York), Translations (Capital Rep, NY), Harry Black (Ensemble Studio), The Chain and Hot n’ Throbbing directed by Anne Bogart (Circle Rep, NY), Force Majeure (Theatre 808/Actors Circle), The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (Stella Adler, LA). Jeff was a member of New York City’s renowned Circle Repertory Company, later known as Circle West, a founding member of Theatre 808, and is now a member of The Road Theatre Company in LA. In 2009, after covering, then playing, the role of David in the West Cost premiere of Swimming at The Road, he also played the role of Dad there in the LA Premiere of Mickey Birnbaum’s Big Death & Little Death directed by Larry Biederman. Jeff's Film and TV work includes: The Mexican Dream, The Big Easy, Moving Pieces, Fraternity Boys directed by Robert Townsend, The Practice, Life as a House, Summerland and Art School Confidential, directed by Terry Zwigoff. Jeff has also lent his voice to a wide range of projects, including narration for A&E, E-Entertainment, CSX, Sprint/Nextel, and the animated feature Spirit—Stallion of the Cimmaron (DreamWorks Animation) He is currently working on a new project for FOX Animation, and will soon begin work on a new feature film: American From the South. Jeff is a Cal Arts alumnus. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress/ writer Mia Korf, and their nine year old daughter Matéa.
Gary Moore -- PLAYWRIGHT
In addition to Burning in China, Gary is the author of Long Lankin’s Curse, a new full-length play; Beaver Falls, a full-length play produced by Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier, Vermont, January-February, 2003 and the recipient of an Artist Fellowship in Theater from the Vermont Arts Council. His bi-lingual one-act rap opera The Great Emancipator Meets the Monkey King was performed for an audience of 1700 in Shanghai in 1988, and was the first live performance of rap music in the People’s Republic of China. Gary was also the screenwriter for Valley Forge, a documentary film narrated by Henry Fonda which won the Golden Eagle award of the U.S. Department of State, as well as prizes at film festivals in Australia, Sri Lanka, and Iran. Gary has written and lectured on the life of Abraham Lincoln, and frequently uses Lincoln as a character in his creative works. His new historical fantasy novel Abe Ascending is represented by the literary agency of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. He has lectured and performed in the U.S., Canada, Turkey, and the People’s Republic of China. Gary is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and is Academic Dean at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont.
Sam Morris – PRESS AGENT
As a publicist Sam has a track record for creating buzz for arts and theater clients in New York City. He’s worked with a host of top professionals on many exciting projects, including the 2010 Inside Broadway Beacon Awards (with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, TV, stage, and film star Anthony LaPaglia, and Tony Award-winner Katie Finneran), the 2009 FringeNYC productions of Victoria & Frederick for President (produced by Adrian Grenier) and Afterlight (presented by Threads Theater at the Cherry Lane), and the New York Musical Theater Festival productions of Wood (starring Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman in 2008), Max Understood (starring Everett Quinton and Michael Winther in 2009) and The Cure (starring Manu Narayan in 2009). Other previous clients have included Closer (at the Gene Frankel Theatre), Never Norman Rockwell (at the Beckett Theatre in the 2010 Midtown International Theater Festival), and Erotic Broadway (at the Triad Theater). He is a proud graduate of New York University.
Julia Beardsley O’Brien – GENERAL MANAGER
Julia Beardsley O'Brien is a general manager and director. Her Off-Broadway credits as General Manager include current hits Drama Desk Award-Winning The Zero Mostel Show: Zero Hour, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Dietrich & Chevalier: The Musical, and Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical. Other Off-Broadway credits include A Brush With Georgia O’Keeffe (producer) and The Rise of Dorothy Hale (assistant director). Directing credits include Mad Forest (QED Productions), True Story Project: Faith (Visible Theatre), and Clucky, the Brave Little Hen (Visible Theatre). She also was the Associate Producer and Assistant Director for the National Tour of Gilligan's Island: The Musical.
Cassandra Powell -- PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER
Cassandra received her BA in Performing Arts Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa. In Iowa she worked as a stage manager and assistant director for University of Iowa productions including La Boheme, and Viva La Mamma! She also stage managed for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre productions of Cosi Fan Tutte and stage directed their production of Cox and Box. In New York City Cassandra has stage managed for Ryan Repertory Company Inc.'s production of Introducing Harry Warren, Long Island University's production of Twelfth Night, The Young Playwrights Inc.'s Young Playwright Conference, Encompass New Opera Theatre's production of The Theory of Everything, and The Gala to Honor Joseph Stein and Maury Yeston. When not stage managing she enjoys directing opera, and singing.
See Burning in China at the New York International Fringe Festival 2010!
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