People & Partners 


Based in North Carolina, Playworks was formed as a professional project-based production group to promote and produce work for stage and film, as well as arts-related events. Projects involve professional staff and artists in theatre, film, television, music and literature, many of whom have worked together, creating a shared history of values and process. Some of the artists' professional honors include Drama Desk Award, Guggenheim Fellow, McKnight Fellow, and work at some of the nation's leading theatres, in film and on television. Many are also members* of Actors' Equity Association, Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild East, and/or Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Click the links below to visit websites for more about some of them, and about previous sponsoring, partnering and presenting organizations.

Talkback after a first reading of a new script
Steve Umberger Director*
Clyde Edgerton Best selling author of Lunch at the Piccadilly
Mike Craver Composer and lyricist of Lunch at the Piccadilly*
Michael McKeever Author of Open Season
Hal Corley Author of Finding Donis Anne*
Brian Christopher Williams Playwright
Christopher Kyle Author of Boca, and many plays / screenplays*
Judy Simpson Cook Author of Starstruck and many other plays
Angus MacLachlan Playwright, screenwriter; author of Bridge

Wendy Hammond Playwright and screenwriter*
Robert Inman Best selling author of Dairy Queen Days
Design & production
Todd Wren Lighting designer*
Karl Baumann Teacher and Cirque du Soleil company member
Fred Story / Concentrix Music & Sound Design Sound designer
Jennifer O'Kelly Scenic and properties designer and visual artist
Majestic Scenic LLC Scenic services and special projects

Recording session at Concentrix Music & Sound
Riverside Theatre (Florida) Co-producer for Shirley Valentine
York Theater Company (New York) -  for Lunch at the Piccadilly
Rhodes Center for the Arts for the Festival Stage series
Davidson College Theatre  Shirley Valentine and What You Will
Spirit Square Arts Center for SummerStage
The Light Factory for the Thinking in Pictures festival of new work
Parkway Playhouse (Burnsville) for Lunch at the Piccadilly
Cape Fear Regional Theatre Lunch at the Piccadilly
Aldersgate Sponsor for Lunch at the Piccadilly

Project production and outreach teams are specifically designed for each project, utilizing the most qualified resources for the nature and demands of the project among producing, partnering, and sponsoring organizations, all working with the Playworks staff.

See the press archive of past projects.       See the current staff listing.

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