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Jon Tuttle’s plays have won numerous regional awards and have been produced by a variety of companies across the United States. Terminal Café had many productions nationwide as well as professional staged readings at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and the San Francisco Playwrights Center. The Hammerstone was a finalist at both the Sundance and Humana festivals in 1995. His most recent play, Drift was the winner of the South Carolina Playwrights Festival and is currently being prepared for a June 2001 production by the 29th St. Repertory Theatre Company in New York. Tuttle is a faculty member at Francis Marion College and Literary Manager of the Columbia’s Trustus Theatre. He lives in Florence with wife Lindsey and son Josh.

Director Gregg Leevy is a company member at the Trustus Theatre in Columbia, where he directs, acts and teaches in the award winning African American Acting Workshop. He has toured nationally with the Houston Grand Opera, is a popular voice-over and television/film actor whose credits include The Inkwell, In the Heat of the Night, Simple Justice, and Separate but Equal. Recent directorial credits include The Old Settler at Trustus and The Quasi-Compleat Works of Wild Willy Shakespeare (his adaptation) at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Academy. He is a company member of S.C. Shakespeare Company where he serves as Director of Youth Programs.

Actor David Wiles is Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of South Carolina. He holds a BA in History from the University of Cincinnati and the MFA degree in acting from Yale University. His theatre credits include the Yale Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Shakespeare & Company, the Aquila Theatre and the Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts. His film and television credits include City of Hope, Ryan's Hope and The Guiding Light. He has most recently appeared in 2: Goering at Nuremberg for The Actors' Theatre of South Carolina, The Lion in Winter at the University of Nebraska, and Sight Unseen at USC. He has directed Othello, Don Juan Comes Back From The War, Strange Fruit: Plays and Poetry From the Harlem Renaissance and Blues For An Alabama Sky for Theatre USC.

Actor Darion McCloud is a Columbia native and graduate of the University of South Carolina. Darion is a company member with Trustus Theatre of Columbia where he most recently played "Clay" in Amiri Baraka's Dutchman. Also, Darion is a founding member and artistic director of NiA where he co-wrote, directed, and acted in A Fractured Fairytale. He is a visual artist and has work in private collections across the country. Darion is also a storyteller who has worked in radio and television and with schools and museums throughout the Southeast.

Designer Todd Stuart graduated with a MFA from the Theatre Department in 1995. He is currently pursuing a MBA in Darla Moore School of Business. Favorite past designs include: Voice of the Prairie, Reckless, and Weaving Dreams of Women. Todd would like to thank Thorne Compton for all the support he has given him over the years.

Originally from New York, Arpina Markarian has been in Columbia since 1988, serving as the Costume Studio Supervisor in the Department of Speech, Theatre and Dance at the University of South Carolina. She holds degrees from Potsdam College in New York, and Kent State University. She has served on the design faculty at Kent State University and Kalamazoo College before coming to Columbia. She has kept active at local theatres as well. Most recent community productions have included King John, Henry V, and Tartuffe for the South Carolina Shakespeare Company; The Old Settler at Trustus; and Grease at Workshop Theatre. Arpina also designed and executed the makeup for the witch in Workshop’s production of Hansel and Gretel.

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