Production Credits & Bios

Karl James
Co-Director

Karl was co-director and co-producer on Tim Crouch’s first play, my arm. He has been an actor,composer and director, working in the West End, the Bristol Old Vic, Oxford Stage Company, Renaissance Theatre Company and Tiata Fahodzi. In 1996 Karl co-founded Trade Secrets, one of the UK’s most established arts-based training and development companies. In 2001 he started to focus his energies on a life long passion and created The Dialogue Project, a company whose work is based on the belief that the world would be a better place if people were able to have healthier, more open-minded and productive conversations.

a smith
Co-Director

a smith is an artist who attempts to make accessible and poetic work. Most often employing forms of performance, writing and installation, this practice uses ideas of the everyday and social as its base, and builds itself from there. Recent projects have included har du et minutt?/do you have a minute, a piece commissioned for the Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival, Norway, a ten part work about urban space and the city of London (you are be a en), The King and I (with Catherine Dyson, BAC, London), and The Disappearing Acts (The Art Farm, Devon). This year works include Found (with Catherine Dyson at BAC) and The Ibsen Hut for the National Theatre of Norway.

Marc Platt
Executive Producer


Marc Platt stands among the few producers who have successfully bridged the worlds of theatre, film and television. His most recent films include the critically acclaimed Rachel Getting Married, which reunited Mr. Platt with Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme on a film starring Anne Hathaway and Debra Winger, and the 2008 summer hit Wanted, starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman. Previously he produced Legally Blonde and its sequel, Legally Blonde 2, starring Reese Witherspoon; Honey; Josie and the Pussycats; The Perfect Man and The Seeker.

Mr. Platt’s next film is the highly anticipated musical NINE, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson and Fergie. Upcoming films include Love and Other Impossible Pursuits starring Natalie Portman, directed by Don Roos; Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, directed by Edgar Wright, starring Michael Cera; A Couple of Cops starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan; and The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud starring Zac Efron.

In theatre, Mr. Platt is the producer of Broadway’s blockbuster Wicked, which now has eight companies playing worldwide. The musical has earned the Grammy, three Tony Awards, and six Drama Desk Awards. He also produced the Broadway debut of Tony Award winning playwright Richard Greenberg’s play Three Days of Rain, starring Julia Roberts, Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello; Matthew Bourne’s ballet Edward Scissorhands, a smash hit in London, Asia and the U.S., for which he won his second Drama Desk Award; and Pal Joey starring Stockard Channing.

In television, Mr. Platt won the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries for Empire Falls (HBO) starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ed Harris, Helen Hunt and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Platt also executive produced Once Upon A Mattress starring Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman (ABC), and the Emmy Award winning miniseries The Path To 9/11 (ABC). His newest series is an MTV hit entitled Taking The Stage, entering its second season, which centers on the lives of students in a Cincinnati performing arts high school.

Prior to establishing his production company, Marc Platt served as president of production for three movie studios (Orion, TriStar and Universal). Mr. Platt is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and The Broadway League.

Page One Productions, LLC
Producers
Page One Productions, LLC was founded in 2006 as a Los Angeles-based live theater production company. Specializing in new plays and international productions, Page One is dedicated to bringing unique and experimental new voices to audiences around the world.
Dan Fishbach
Co-President,
Page One Productions

Dan Fishbach is a theater director, producer and educator. Dan was the Executive Director of The Groundlings Theater & School in Los Angeles from 2006-2008, where he produced seven shows per year, managed a staff of 10 full-time employees and oversaw a $1.5 million budget. While at The Groundlings he inked a deal with Sony Digital Media to produce digital content. He is additionally credited with saving the theater from bankruptcy by instituting money-making initiatives and cutting unnecessary spending.

Prior to that he was Head of Performing Arts at Los Angeles’s prestigious Harvard-Westlake School where he managed a $200,000 budget as well as oversaw 34 productions per year in theatre, dance, instrumental and choral music. Dan is currently on the faculty at both the University of Southern California School of Theatre and AMDA, The American Musical & Dramatic Academy where he teaches Experimental Theatre Workshop and History of Musical Theatre, respectively.

As a director, Dan recently directed One Night Stand: An Improvised Musical in Edinburgh, Los Angeles & North Carolina for producer Marc Platt (Wicked. Additionally, Dan recently directed for the Los Angeles-based ETC Theater Company. Recent credits include Private Eyes by Steven Dietz, Bat Boy: The Musical, Company, South Pacific, Hello, Dolly!, Little Shop of Horrors, The Glass Menagerie, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and others. Dan graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in theater and also attended The National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut.

William Adashek
Co-President,
Page One Productions

Will Adashek is a producer, lighting designer, and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. He has worked as a producer or unit production manager on dozens of new plays, musicals, dance concerts, and films for various production companies around the world, including 20 world premieres at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Will recently served as Business Director of The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles before beginning his work with Page One Productions.

In addition to his work as a producer, Will works frequently as a cinematographer and a lighting designer. He has designed the lighting for more than 150 theater shows and dance concerts, including more than 30 outside of the United States. Recent theatrical lighting projects include Measure for Measure, As You Like It, Yellowman, Working, One Flea Spare, The Food Chain, Metamorphoses, The Mercy Seat, and The Memory of Water. Recent musicals include Pippin, Into The Woods, the European premieres of Rise Up and Anyone But Me, and the world premiere of Banyan for the AATC in San Francisco. His most recent film projects as cinematographer include The Hill, In Exile, and Santa Ana Winds, which was shot entirely at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Will holds a B.A. in economics and theater from Kenyon College and an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute.

Michele Spears
Creative Consultant,
Page One Productions

Michele Spears is a theatre director, choreographer, actress and arts educator living in Los Angeles. As a director/choreographer she has staged works for the Carpenter Center, Alex Theater, The Colony, Falcon Theater, Contemporary Musical Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, Cornerstone Theatre, Santa Barbara CLO Youth Program, The Migrant Youth Theatre Project, Musical Theatre Guild at The Pasadena Playhouse and the Mercury Music Development Company in London. She is an associate artist with the Academy of New Musical Theatre where she directs and helps to develop original musicals, and with the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus where favorite projects include Simply Sondheim starring Joanna Gleason and Jerry’s Boys starring Jerry Herman.

Most recently she directed the workshop production of The Imagination Project at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, the world premier of Something Special – the Lyrical Life of Billy Barnes (Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs), A Little Traveling Music (New York Nightlife Cabaret Award – Best Comedy/Variety Show), One Night Stand – An Improvised Musical ( Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Hudson Theatre, L.A.), and served as choreographer/movement coach for Stadium Devil Dare and Film at Theatre of NOTE, as well as Eurydice at the Hayworth Theatre. Other choreography credits include Fellowship! (LA Weekly Award – Best Musical), Bat Boy and The Rocky Horror Show (Santa Barbara Independent Awards – Best Choreography), as well as the feature films Nightingales, The Wizard of ID and Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss (American Choreographer’s Award – Nomination).

As an actress, Michele continues to work in theatre, television and film, and performs regularly with the Los Angeles based long-form improvisational theatre company Impro Theatre. As an educator, she has taught acting, improvisation and writing for USC, UCLA, LA Unified Artists In Residency Program and Harvard-Westlake School. Michele is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a member of the Directors Lab West.

The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Producer

The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble was founded in 1969 when Ron Sossi decided to demonstrate that experiment-oriented theatre could have populist appeal and be fiscally solvent, while maintaining the highest artistic standards. Wildly successful and innovative productions such as THE SERPENT and Brecht’s THREEPENNY OPERA immediately gained the Odyssey its reputation for producing dangerous, magical, and experimental work.

In 1973, the Odyssey moved from a Hollywood storefront to Ohio Avenue in West Los Angeles, building the city’s largest 99-seat theatre stage and producing such international works as Ibsen’s PEER GYNT, Brecht’s BAAL, the Polish WHITE MARRIAGE, and controversial productions of company-evolved pieces such as THE ADOLPH HITLER SHOW.

The 1979 season resulted in a record-breaking 15-month run of the Odyssey-created CHICAGO CONSPIRACY TRIAL, the first production in Odyssey 2, the theatre’s second space. (This play, written by Ron Sossi and Frank Condon, was translated to the screen as an HBO Special Presentation in May, 1987, which itself won the Cable Industry’s ACE Award.) 1980 saw the addition of a third space, Odyssey 3, in which the highly acclaimed TRACERS (a powerful collaboration with Vietnam veterans) began its successful production history, eventually playing to audiences at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre, the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and the Royal Court Theatre in London.

In 1982, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s most prestigious honor, the Margaret Harford Award, was presented to Ron Sossi and the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble for “demonstrating a continual willingness to experiment provocatively in the process of theatre.” The following year saw multiple awards for the theatre’s productions of MARY BARNES, BRECHTFEST, and SOMETHING’S ROCKIN’ IN DENMARK.

In 1984, the Odyssey was selected to participate in the Olympic Arts Festival. Its production of David Mamet’s EDMOND was recognized by two German television networks, the British press, and East Coast theatre periodicals as being “the best of the American entries.” In 1985, the Odyssey’s unique production of Garry Trudeau’s and Elizabeth Swados’ RAP MASTER RONNIE moved to a commercial run in a larger facility and saw subsequent productions in major US cities. The final 1986 season production, the world premiere of Steven Berkoff’s KVETCH, opened Off Broadway in 1987, while continuing to play to sold-out houses at the Odyssey where it ran for 8 years. Successes in the 1988 season included the theatre’s multiple-award-winning production of MASTER CLASS by David Pownall and THREE TOP HATS by the Spanish playwright Miguel Mihura. This latter play was the first production of LAAFO (Latin Actors and A Few Others), an ensemble established at the Odyssey to make the wealth of Hispanic theatre, old and new, accessible to English-speaking audiences.

1988 saw the Odyssey production of the world premiere of McCARTHY by Jeff Goldsmith. This explosive original drama from the OTE’s Play Development Program ran for eight months and was then selected as a main-season production by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Due to the sale of the building on Ohio in July, 1989, the OTE family–made up of staff, board members, volunteers, actors, and friends–spent many months converting a city-owned vacant warehouse into a three-theatre complex. FAITH HEALER, the first production in the new facility, opened in September, 1989. The 1990 world premiere STRUGGLING TRUTHS and the compelling hit TEA in 1991 examined Eastern concerns, while Arthur Kopit’s irreverent THE ROAD TO NIRVANA, also in ’91, slaughtered Hollywood’s sacred cows. Recent successes such as David Hare’s A MAP OF THE WORLD , Euripides’ THE BACCHAE , Suzan Lori-Park’s IMPERCEPTIBLE MUTABILITIES IN THE THIRD KINGDOM, and the cabaret FRAULEINS IN UNDERWEAR are evidence of the OTE’s cultural eclecticism. The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble is currently planning expansion into a major International Experimental Theatre Center. In the meantime, the OTE explores, produces and presents works on the forefront of contemporary theatre art.

Stephanie Klapper C.S.A.
Casting Director
Stephanie Klapper is a New York based Casting Director. Her work has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television, film, the internet, and heard on radio. The projects she has been involved with have won numerous awards including the Tony, OBIES, Artios, Pulitzer Prize winners/nominees, Sundance Audience Award, Cannes Prize Du Publique.and Comic Con awards. Selected recent Broadway and Off-Broadway: Dividing the Estate (2009 Tony Nomination); The Temperamentals; The Late Christopher Bean; A Lifetime Burning; King Lear; Incident at Vichy; A Dangerous Personality; King of Shadows; an oak tree (Artios award winner). Resident casting director for Primary Stages and The Actors Company Theatre. Ongoing projects for many regional theatres. Numerous independent feature films. In addition to her work as a casting director, she teaches workshops in New York and around the country at various colleges and Universities and is an adjunct professor at Ball State University. Member of The Casting Society of America and League of Professional Theatre Women.