by Howard Barker
Directed by Richard Romagnoli
In 1986 he cofounded and has been the co-Artistic Director of the Potomac Theatre Project. PTP/NYC; Director, For PTP/NYC, Zoom productions of Pinter’s Press Conference/Party Time, Howard Barker’s poem Don’t Exaggerate. Havel: The Passion of Thought) For PTP and other theatres he has directed multiple productions of Howard Barker’s The Castle, Scenes from an Execution, The Europeans, A Hard Heart, Pity In History and The Possibilities. He has also directed Barker’s Judith, Gertrude— The Cry, Victory: Choices in Reaction and Barker’s poems ‘Gary the Thief,’ ‘Plevna: Meditations on Hatred, ‘and ‘Don’t Exaggerate.’ For the worldwide 2010 Barker celebration 21 for 21, he directed Judith with Jan Maxwell, Alex Draper and Stephanie Janssen. Other playwrights directed for PTP include Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, Gore Vidal, Vaclav Havel, Pavel Kohout, Snoo Wilson, Howard Brenton and Tariq Ali. In Washington D.C. he has directed Dumas fil’s Camille (with Jan Maxwell), Pinter’s The Homecoming, Coward’s Private Lives, and The Importance of Being Earnest for the Olney Theatre Center, and has also worked with Project Y in D.C., in Boston for Whistler in the Dark. He is a professor emeritus of theatre at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he directed numerous plays, including, most recently, Major Barbara, Havel: The Passion of Thought, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Antigone Project, Flare Path, Mendel, Inc., Pentecost, The Castle, Victory, Scenes From An Execution, Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (EGBDF) and the American premiere of Peter Barnes’ The Bewitched (Scenes and Bewitched were both performed at the Kennedy Center as part of the 1996 and 2006 American College Theatre Festivals respectively; Pentecost received ACTF’s 2014 Outstanding Production of a play award). He’s developed new plays at The Young Playwright’s Festival at the Public Theatre and the Shenandoah Playwrights Festival. Romagnoli is an associate of Howard Barker’s The Wrestling School and cofounded The Barker Project with Robert Emmet Lunney and Jan Maxwell. He trained at the School of Theatre, Florida State University and is a member of the National Theatre Conference.
Courtney Smith is a scenic, media designer, and technician for live performance. He is currently the Production Designer for the Department of Theatre at Middlebury College. Courtney’s designs have received several Meritorious Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Additionally, his work received a “Distinguished Achievement Award in Scenic Design” from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Credits include Potomac Theatre Project (NY), Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (MT), Southwark Playhouse (UK), The Bushwick Starr (NY), Roundabout Theatre Company (NY), New York City Opera (NY), Playwrights Horizons (NY), Classic Stage Company (NY), Cedar Lake Dance (NY), Marvel Repertory Theatre (NY), Mount Baker Repertory Theatre (WA), Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MT), Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre (ID), and Idaho Repertory Theatre (ID).
Courtney is a member of United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) and received his MFA in scenic design from the University of Idaho.
◊ member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
º member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829