Our Lady of 121st Street
By stephen adly guirgis
Creative Team
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Mary Beth Easley is head of directing in the Department of Theatre Arts. From 2006–2018, she was artisticdDirector of the CUNY-Brooklyn College Department of Theater. Focusing on new play development, intercultural theatre expression, and outreach to under-represented urban and rural communities, Ms. Easley has been directing plays, coaching, and teaching acting for many years. She has directed Off-Broadway and in regional theatres throughout the United States. In NYC, her work has been featured at The Bushwick Starr, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Circle Rep, The Women’s Project, The New Federal Theater, and LaMama ETC, among others.

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Scenic Designer | R. ERIC STONE**

R. Eric Stone is an associate professor, director of graduate studies, and head of the design program. He has designed 18 productions for our department, including Orlando, The Crucible, American Idiot, The Luck of the Irish, and Eurydice, and advised 140 student productions to date. Eric has designed productions in California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Utah, and Wisconsin, with work touring to New York and beyond. He earned a BA, Lewis & Clark College, and MFA, Ohio University. Eric is a member of the United Scenic Artists 829.  www.rericstone.com


Alastair Sigala Ramirez received an AA in theatre from Amarillo College and a BA from Texas Wesleyan University. He is a second-year design graduate student focusing on costumes and lighting. Previous work with University of Iowa includes lighting design for A Plant and Generation Candyland: A Fable, as well as costume design for 6 by 6: Collected Perspectives on Social Justice and Wild, Wonderful.

Lighting Designer | BRYON WINN**

Bryon Winn is a professor of design and director of theatre for the Department of Theatre Arts. He has designed lighting, media, and/or scenery for theatre, opera, dance, and corporate events throughout the country. This includes over 250 productions and 50 premieres of new plays. His theatre design work has been seen at Portland Stage Company, Trinity Rep, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Florida Studio Theatre, Axis Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, Miranda Theatre Company, Utah Musical Theatre, Cornell College, Middlebury College, Riverside Theatre, and Iowa Summer Rep. He has also taught workshops on media servers and moving light programming in Seoul, South Korea. Bryon is a member of United Scenic Artists 829.

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Composer/Sound Designer | MARK BRUCKNER

Mark Bruckner is a New York Innovative Theater, Audelco Award-winning composer, and Henry Hewes American Theatre Wing design nominee. Recent work: original music, sound, and interactive audio installation for Alma Baya by Edward Einhorn (Gural Theatre, A.R.T.NY, 2021); original music and sound design for Body Concert by Kevin Augustine of Lone Wolf Tribe (Les Sage Fous Theatre, Trois Riviere Quebec, 2019), with fall 2021 NYC premiere at LaMama, ETC; original live music, for viola, cello, piano and percussion, music direction, and sound for Ascend developed with Margarita Blush and cast (E.C. Mabie Theatre, UI, 2021); original music  and sound design for 6 by 6: Collected Perspectives on Social Justice (E.C. Mabie Theatre, UI, 2020). He feels blessed to be back in the room with Mary Beth Easley and the wonderful artistic team of Our Lady of 121st Street. Visit www.markbruckner.net.


Hallie Patterson is a second-year MFA stage management candidate here at the University of Iowa. She is a proud graduate of Auburn University, and some of her notable recent credits include Ascend (ASM) at the University of Iowa, Candles (sound operator) with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and Martha Graham Cracker’s Lashed But Not Leashed (production assistant) at the Kimmel Center. Hallie is very grateful for this production and the team that made it happen. Thank you all for sharing in it with us! 

Assistant Director | ALBERT WILLIAMS*
Assistant Scenic Designer | HADEEL ALAITHAN
Assistant Lighting Designer | VICTOR MALDONADO

Assistant Stage Manager | SARA BECKER

Sara Becker has been working in theatre for seven years now with various work experience through stage managing, props managing, set construction, and more. This is her fourth year of undergrad and second year at the University of Iowa after transferring from Kirkwood. She is majoring in theatre arts with a certificate in nonprofit leadership and philanthropy. Sara would like to thank her loved ones for providing constant support as she explores the world of theatre.

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Trumpet Soloist | JOEY SCHNOEBELEN

Joey Schnoebelen is an Iowa City native and began playing trumpet at age 10. He is currently finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa in accounting and trumpet performance. Joey has studied with Dr. Amy Schendel, Dr. Damani Phillips, Professor Curtis Taylor, and John Rapson. During his time at the University of Iowa, Joey was selected to be a member of the Disney All-American College Band in Anaheim, California in 2018.

Voice and Dialect Coach | MARY MAYO
Fight Choreographer | PAUL KALINA
Intimacy Choreographer | ERICA BARNES

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.
**Member of the United Scenic Artists, Local 829.