Creative Team Biographies
JAY SCHEIB, Director
Director Jay Scheib is known for his genre-defying works of daring physicality, and his integration of new technologies in live performance. He is the recipient of both a Guggenheim and an Obie Award for Direction. His productions include Thomas Adès’ opera Powder her Face for New York City Opera, Fassbinder’s adaptation of World of Wires at The Kitchen in New York followed by an international tour, and the multiplatform staging of Platonov, or the Disinherited, premiered as part of the Without Walls Festival at La Jolla Playhouse followed by a three-week run at The Kitchen in New York. Scheib currently holds a Professorship for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he directs the programme in Theatre Arts.
EMMA PORTNER, Choreography
Emma Portner’s performance and choreography appear in Justin Bieber's Life Is Worth Living video as well as on his PurposeWorld Tour. She collaborated with Matt Luck on the short dance film Dancing In the Dark, which went viral and was screened at film festivals across Europe. In 2012, American Dance Awards named her Young Choreographer of the Year.
MICHAEL REED, Musical Arrangements and Supervision
As Musical Supervisor, Michael Reed was responsible for the worldwide productions of many of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aspects of Love, and Whistle Down the Wind. Michael was the Musical Arranger/Supervisor for Jim Steinman’s Tanz der Vampire, directed by Roman Polanski. Earlier this year, he conducted Sunset Boulevard at the ENO with Glenn Close.
JON BAUSOR, Set Design
Jon Bausor designed the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony, Great North Run, Newcastle, and the Kinetic Torch for the Sochi Winter Olympics. Recent theatre designs include They Drink It in the Congo (Almeida), Imogen (Shakespeare’s Globe), Bugsy Malone (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), The James Plays (National Theatres of Scotland and Great Britain), and Lest We Forget (English National Ballet).
MEENTJE NIELSEN, Costume Design
Meentje Nielsen made her Royal Opera debut in the 2015/16 Season with Il Trovatore, directed by David Bösch, with whom she works widely in Germany in theatre and opera. She previously worked with director Jay Scheib when she designed the costumes for Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria for Darmstadt State Theatre.
FINN ROSS, Video Design
Finn Ross has won two Oliviers, a Tony®, a Drama Desk, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for video design. His recent theatre work includes Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway/West End), American Psycho (Broadway & Almeida), Betrayal (Broadway), Chimerica (Almeida & West End), and Closer (Donmar). Recent opera includes The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Royal Opera House) and, for the ENO, Benvenuto Cellini, Death of Klinghoffer, Death in Venice, Onegin, Simon Boccanegra, Damnation of Faust, and Don Giovanni. Dance includes Frankenstein for the Royal Ballet.
PATRICK WOODROFFE, Lighting Design
For over 40 years, Patrick Woodroffe has created the lighting for rock concerts, operas, ballet, architecture, and special events. He has lit and directed shows for artists as diverse as ABBA, Adele, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, The Police, and Michael Jackson. He has worked for over 30 years with the Rolling Stones as the band’s lighting designer and creative director. In opera, he has created works in houses in Vienna, Salzburg, Bregenz, and Helsinki. Musical theatre credits include productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Batman Live, and Ben Hur, as well as the 25th Anniversary Performances of Les Misérables at the O2 Arena and The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall. In film, he lit Martin Scorsese’s Shine A Light, the film of the Rolling Stones in performance. In 2012, he lit the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympics Games in London.
GARETH OWEN, Sound Design
Gareth Owen’s many awards for theatre sound design include the Olivier Awards for Memphis and Merrily We Roll Along, as well as Olivier nominations for Top Hat and End of the Rainbow. He received Tony nominations for A Little Night Music and End of the Rainbow. He is currently designing the sound for the Robert De Niro/Dodgers production of the musical A Bronx Tale on Broadway.
STEVE SIDWELL, Orchestration
Grammy® Award-winner, Tony®, Emmy® and Olivier nominated arranger, composer, producer, conductor, and trumpeter, Steve Sidwell has featured on numerous albums, television shows, advertising campaigns, and films. Television commissions include the 79th Academy Awards®, the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, and the 2015 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony. Theatre credits include orchestrating Beautiful: The Musical and he won the 2015 Grammy Award for the Best Musical Theatre Album for this show. His other recent theatre orchestrations include Made In Dagenham and We Will Rock You. Album credits include the orchestration and conducting of Robbie Williams’s multi-platinum-selling album Swing Both Ways and Swing When Your Winning.
DAVID GRINDROD ASSOCIATES, Casting
David Grindrod Associates have been responsible for the casting of Cats (Palladium, UK & International Tours), Chicago (West End & UK Tour), Chorus Line (Palladium), Evita (Adelphi), Groundhog Day (Old Vic), Hairspray (Shaftesbury & UK Tours), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Palladium & UK Tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Park & Arena Tour), Mamma Mia! (Worldwide), Matilda (Cambridge), School of Rock (adult casting, New London), Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd (ENO), and Wizard of Oz (Palladium), to name a few.
ROBERT EMERY, Musical Direction
Robert Emery conducts orchestras around the world, including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Japanese Philharmonic, Singapore Lyric, Australian Metropolitan, Perth Philharmonic, and Birmingham Philharmonic. He has worked with such diverse musical talent as Sir Simon Rattle and Bernard Haitink through to Russell Watson, Blur/Damon Albarn and Petula Clark. He is a specialist in fusing rock/pop bands with symphony orchestras, and was the creative force and conductor behind The Lovebugs/Basel Symphony Orchestra and Seven/21st Century Orchestra in Switzerland.
DAVID SONENBERG, Producer
David Sonenberg is a music manager and film producer. He is the producer of the Academy Award-winning film When We Were Kings about Muhammad Ali, and is the founder of DAS Communications Ltd, the management company that took on Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell and set the industry record for worldwide sales of a debut album. DAS manages the creator of Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, Jim Steinman, and has represented artists, producers, and writers such as The Fugees, The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Iovine, and Fergie, to name just a few.
MICHAEL COHL, Producer
Michael Cohl is the former chairman of Live Nation. Cohl has overseen the tours of over 150 artists, ranging from Michael Jackson to Barbra Streisand to David Gilmour to The Rolling Stones. Cohl has also produced several Broadway and West End musicals, including Rock of Ages: The Musical, Hairspray, The Lord of the Rings, and Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark. Active projects in production include Transformers Live, opening in China in 2017; The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, opening at London's Victoria and Albert Museum in May 2017; and the highly successful Jurassic World: The Exhibition. In 2005, Cohl was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame, and has received two Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, a JUNO Award, and the 2004 Billboard Legend of Live Award.
RANDY LENNOX, Producer
Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, for Bell Media, Canada’s leading content creation company. Bell Media has premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media, including 30 local television stations, 30 cable channels, and 105 radio stations. Previously, Lennox was the President and CEO of Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, where he helped elevate Canadian talent to the international stage, including Justin Bieber, Shania Twain, Drake, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd, among others.
TONY SMITH, Producer
Tony Smith is best known for managing Genesis and its members throughout their subsequent solo careers, in addition to co-managing Pink Floyd since 2007. After founding the Hit & Run Music Publishing House, Smith expanded into film production, and has overseen the production of Children of Men (2006), Black Oasis (2005), and Eye of the Beholder (2000).
The London Coliseum, home of English National Opera, is London’s largest theatre. It was designed for Sir Oswald Stoll by Frank Matcham, the leading theatre architect of his day, and opened in 1904. The vision was to create a theatre of variety, for the public good, in the largest and most impressive theatre in London. In 2015 ENO announced a plan to open up the London Coliseum with a redevelopment of the front of house spaces, intended to encourage more people in to explore the beautiful interiors of the theatre.