Ron Menzel - actor
Playmakers Repertory Company: Galileo in Life of Galileo
Broadway: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Booth Theatre), Parisian Woman (Hudson Theatre).
Regional: Guthrie Theatre: 10 productions, including Pericles/Pericles and Vito Marcantonio/The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures(World Premiere), Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, South Coast Rep, Geva Theatre, City Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Huldufolk Theatre.
Film/TV: Imprisoned, Crypto, Anonymous Content, Elementary, Blindspot, Numb3rs.
Vivienne Benesch - director
Vivienne is in her fifth full season as Producing Artistic Director at PlayMakers Repertory Company, where she has helmed productions of Dairyland, Life of Galileo, Leaving Eden, The May Queen, Three Sisters, Love Alone, RED and In The Next Room. For 12 seasons, she served as Artistic Director of the renowned Chautauqua Theater Company and Conservatory, presiding over the company’s transformation into one of the best summer theatres and most competitive summer training programs in the country. She directed over fifteen productions at CTC including an acclaimed reimagining of Romeo and Juliet featuring the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Theatre, Opera and Dance companies. She brought CTC’s production of Amadeus, performed with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic, to the Virginia Arts Festival featuring PlayMakers company member Ray Dooley. Vivienne has also directed for the Folger Shakespeare Theatre (Helen Hayes nomination for Best Direction), The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Trinity Repertory Company, and Red Bull Theatre, among others. In 2018, she directed the world premiere of Noah Haidle’s Birthday Candles for Detroit Public Theatre and will be directing it again on Broadway in 2021 (we hope!), starring Debra Messing. As an actress, Vivienne has worked on and off-Broadway, in film and television, at many of the country’s most celebrated theatres, and received an OBIE Award for her performance in Lee Blessing’s Going to St. Ives. She also received the 2017 Zelda Fichandler Award granted by the national Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation in recognition of directors transforming the national arts landscape with their unique , creative work and deep investment in the regional theatre.
PlayMakers Repertory Theatre
PlayMakers Repertory Company is North Carolina’s premier professional theatre company, proudly in residence on the dynamic campus of the University of North Carolina-Chapel.Hill. Named one of "the best regional theatres in America," our mission is to produce relevant, courageous work that tells stories from and for a multiplicity of perspectives. We believe that theatre can have a transformational impact on individuals and entire communities, and we are committed to making our work accessible to all. We are deeply engaged in the work of becoming an anti-racist company at every level of our organization.