LEAH C. GARDINER is an Obie Award-winning stage and film director known for the “incisive clarity” (The New York Times) of her work with physicality and text. Her work, ranging from Pulitzer-finalist new plays to Shakespeare to musicals, has been seen across the U.S. and in England and Japan. Upcoming projects include development of two new commercial musicals, two TV pilots, and directing a European repertory tour of A Doll’s House and A Raisin in the Sun for New Nordic Voices of Denmark. MFA – Directing, Yale School of Drama. www.LeahCGardiner.com

Dámaso Rodríguez is a director of new and classic plays with over 100 credits at theatres across the country. Most recently, he concluded a nine-year tenure as Artistic Director of Artists Rep in Portland, Oregon, where he directed 22 productions. In prior years, he co-founded L.A.’s Furious Theatre and served as Associate Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse. His productions have won and been nominated for dozens of awards (LA Stage Alliance, LA Stage Scene, LA Weekly) and he is a recipient of awards from L.A. Drama Critics Circle, Back Stage, and the NAACP. He is a three-time panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, serves on the Drama League’s National Directors Council, and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.damaso-rodriguez.com