Maria Aitken

Maria Aitken (Director, Twelfth Night) directed the Olivier and Tony Award-winning production of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps and the Tony Award-nominated Man and Boy (West End and Broadway). Other directing credits include Lady Bracknell’s Confinement (Vineyard Theatre), As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre); Bedroom Farce, The Seagull, The Cocktail Hour, Betrayal, Private Lives and Educating Rita at the Huntington; Heartbreak House (Delaware REP), The Cocktail Hour (Guthrie), The Gift (Geffen Playhouse/Melbourne Theatre, Australia) and Quartermaine’s Terms (Williamstown Theatre Festival). As an actress at the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, and in the West End, roles included Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, Bedroom Farce, Travesties, Waste, Private Lives, and The Vortex, among others. Film credits include A Fish Called Wanda (BAFTA nomination). Ms. Aitken is a visiting teacher at the British American Drama Academy, The Juilliard School, Yale School of Drama, New York University, The Actors Center in New York, and the Academy for Classical Acting. Books: A Girdle Round the Earth and Style: Acting in High Comedy. Trustee, Noël Coward Foundation.

Ian Belknap

Ian Belknap (Director of X) is the Artistic Director of The Acting Company where he has directed: Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, Of Mice and Men and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. As the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director he has produced: Desire, Macbeth, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Romeo and Juliet and The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter. Other directing credits include: Shaw’s Millionairess, Red, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, As You Like It and Damascus. He is a graduate of Towson University.

Seret Scott

Seret Scott (Director, Native Son) has directed a dozen productions at the Old Globe Theatre as an Associate Artist . Off-Broadway she premiered Mujeres Y Hombres at New Victory Theatre, and directed Birdie Blue and Zooman and The Sign for Second Stage Theatre, Yohen for Pan Asian Rep. Regional credits: Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Studio Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, South Coast Rep, Tribute Productions, Court Theater, Studio Arena, ACT-SF, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Actor’s Theatre- Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare, Denver Theatre Center, PlayMakers Rep, Crossroads, Alliance, Indiana Rep, Alley, Philadelphia Theatre Co, National Black Theatre, New Mexico Rep, Tisch-NYU, Juilliard, among others. She directed workshops for Roundabout Theatre, Pacific Playwright’s, O’Neill Theatre Center, NY Stage and Film, Sundance, New Harmony and is a former Director in Residence at New Dramatists. Seret authored Second Line, produced by NJ’s Passage Theatre and DC’s Atlas Theatre and is a Drama Desk Award winning actress.

Janet Zarish

Janet Zarish (Director, Measure for Measure) BFA from The Juilliard School under John Houseman. Has taught acting at The New York Shakespeare Festival, The Actors Center, The Manhattan School of Music, UCLA, USC, and North Carolina School of the Arts. As an actress, she has performed on and Off-Broadway, starring in such productions as Other People's Moneyat the Minetta Lane Theatre, and Miss Julie and An Enemy of the People at the Roundabout Theatre. From her association with Circle Rep and Ensemble Studio Theatre she has originated roles in many new plays, working with such writers as David Mamet, Shel Silverstein, Wendy Wasserstein and Terrance McNally. Was an original member of John Houseman's The Acting Company under Mr. Houseman's direction. Regional theatre credits include leading roles at The Longwharf Theatre, The McCarter Theatre, Sundance, Hartford Stage, Seattle Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, New York Stage & Film and the Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, working with such directors as Nycholas Hytner, Daniel Sullivan, Emily Mann, Mark Lamos and Jon Jory. Film credits include The Next Best Thing, Object of My Affection, Malcolm X, Danny, Mystic Pizza, Without a Trace, and Square Root of Three. She has guest starred in over twenty television shows and has directed The Slope, a pilot presentation for CBS.