Director- Ira David Wood, III
— Returning for his third year as Director of The Lost Colony, Ira David Wood III is the Founder and Executive Director of Raleigh’s prestigious Theatre In The Park. During his college years at The University NC School of the Arts, he appeared in The Lost Colony as Sir Walter Raleigh and Old Tom. Often referred to as “a North Carolina cultural treasure,” David wrote and directed the Opening Ceremonies for the 1987 Summer Olympic Festival – the largest single event ever held in his home state. He directed the premiere production of the outdoor drama First For Freedom in Halifax, NC. Two of his original plays (Eros & Illinois and Requiem For a King) have enjoyed extended runs Off-Broadway. His script, Requiem For a King, has been optioned by Motown Productions.
In honor of his many achievements, Raleigh’s City Council voted unanimously to rename his theatre’s facility “The Ira David Wood III Pullen Park Theatre.” In September of 2010, he was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame. This past year, he was the recipient of the North Carolina Award in the Fine Arts, the highest civilian award bestowed by the Governor and the state of North Carolina.
A partial list of his additional honors include: The Order of the Long Leaf Pine (State of NC), The Halifax Resolves Award (Halifax County Historical Association), The Morrison Award (Roanoke Island Historical Association), Distinguished Alumni Award (UNCSA), Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (BSA), & the Builder of Bridges Award (Babcock Center Foundation). He has been presented three keys to The City of Raleigh and honorary citizenship awards from Columbia, SC and Compiegne, France.
As an actor, he has managed to accumulate impressive film and television credits, having appeared on screen with such stars as Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Neil Patrick Harris, Cliff Robertson, Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, Burt Reynolds and Louise Fletcher. David is probably best known and loved for annually portraying the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in his own internationally acclaimed musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which celebrated its 40th year of consecutive production this past December. With three international tours to its credit, and having played to over one million people, the production is now cited as “… one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theater history.”
David is the author of A Lover’s Guide To The Outer Banks and Confessions Of An Elf. He is also a contributing author to Murder In Dealey Plaza: What We Know Now That We Didn’t Know Then. An award-winning playwright, David’s additional stage works continue to be produced throughout the United States.
The proud father of three—Evan Rachel Wood, Ira David Wood IV, & Thomas Miller Wood—David and his wife Ashley remain proud to call North Carolina “home.”
Production Designer – William Ivey Long
Six time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long returns for his 45th season with The Lost Colony. First associated with the production at age eight, he joined the company as a colonist boy. While his mother performed in front of the footlights as Queen Elizabeth I and his father worked as property master, technical director, and then director, Mr. Long spent numerous hours backstage under the eye of costume designer Irene Smart Rains, whose guidance and encouragement helped lay the foundation for his career as a Broadway costume designer.
Mr. Long recently designed On the Twentieth Century and It Shoulda Been You, which are running on Broadway alongside Chicago, now in its 19th year! Other Broadway Credits include: Cabaret and Bullets Over Broadway, which are running on Broadway along side Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony) and Chicago, now in its 18th year! Other Broadway Credits include: Big Fish, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Don’t Dress for Dinner; Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway; Catch Me If You Can, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, Young Frankenstein; Curtains; Grey Gardens (Tony); The Producers (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); A Streetcar Named Desire; La Cage Aux Folles; The Boy from Oz; Hairspray (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Cabaret; Contact (Hewes Award); The Music Man; Annie Get Your Gun; Swing; Smokey Joe’s Café; Crazy for You (Tony, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Guys and Dolls (Drama Desk Award); A Christmas Carol; Six Degrees of Separation; Lend Me a Tenor (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); and Nine (Tony, Drama Desk, Maharam Awards).
Mr. Long recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut with his designs for The Merry Widow starring Renee Fleming and Kelli O’Hara. Recent Off-Broadway productions include Bunty Berman Presents; Lucky Guy and The School for Lies. He has also designed for such artists as Mick Jagger, Siegfried and Roy, the Pointer Sisters, Joan Rivers, and for choreographers Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Peter Martins, David Parsons and Susan Stroman.
Mr. Long was the recipient of the Morrison Award (1992), the UNC Chapel Hill Playmakers Award (1994), the National Theatre Conference “Person of the Year” award (2000), the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2001), the Distinguished Career Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference (2002), the Raleigh Medal of Arts (2010), and the 2004 North Carolina Award presented by Governor Easley.
William earned an undergraduate degree in history from The College of William and Mary, was a Kress Fellow at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in stage design from Yale University School of Drama. He also holds honorary degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina at Asheville, and The College of William and Mary. Upcoming projects include The Merry Widow for The Metropolitan Opera, and Little Dancer for the Kennedy Center. Mr. Long has been nominated for 14 Tony Awards. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005, and was elected Chairman of The American Theatre Wing in June, 2012.
Lighting Designer – Paul Gallo
In a career that spans nearly 4 decades, Mr. Gallo has designed the lighting for over 50 Broadway productions. He made his Broadway debut at the age of 27 with Passione, starring Jerry Stiller. Subsequently, he has had the privilege of working with the amazing talents of Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Renée Zellweger, Liam Neeson, Paul Rudd, Cynthia Nixon, Laura Linney, Ben Stiller, Victor Garber, Christopher Walken, Stockard Channing, Patti Lupone, Kevin Kline, Chris Noth, Kristin Chenoweth, Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow, David Hyde Pierce, Kathy Bates, Patrick Stewart, Leslie Uggams, Joanne Woodward, Christopher Plummer, Sandy Dennis, E.G. Marshall, Jessica Tandy, Rex Harrison and Elizabeth Taylor.
He designed the original Broadway productions of Wonderland, The Civil War, Triumph Of Love, Titanic, Smokey Joe’s Café, Crazy For You, City of Angels, Smile, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, November, A Bronx Tale, Mauritius, Three Days of Rain, Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me A Tenor, The House of Blue Leaves, Beyond Therapy, Come Back To The Five And Dime Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean and Grown Ups, as well as celebrated revivals of Anything Goes, A Funny Thing…The Forum, Guys & Dolls, The Sound Of Music and 42nd Street.
Mr. Gallo is the recipient of eight Tony nominations, ten Drama Desk nominations (winning one), six Outer Critics Awards, two Obie Awards and the 1986 Obie for Sustained Excellence of Lighting Design. In 2014 he was elected to the TONY Nominating Committee. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. His proudest achievements are his 28 year marriage to his beautiful wife, Jody, and his two wonderful children, Francesca and Nicholas.
Choreographer – Jimmie Lee Brooks, III
2015 marks Jimmie Lee Brooks’ 15th season with The Lost Colony. First appearing on the stage of Waterside Theatre in 1998 as a dancer he quickly began to move up the ranks, returning the following year as Uppowoc, the medicine man. Over the following years, Jimmie Lee continued to grow and improve his craft, becoming dance captain, fight captain, pyro assistant, assistant choreographer, and finally choreographer. In between summers, Jimmie would travel around the east coast working for companies such as North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh, Theatre IV in Richmond, Joy of Motion Dance Center in DC, and Vital Theatre in New York. Always returning to The Lost Colony, Roanoke Island quickly became a second home, and in 2009 he decided to make Manteo his permanent home. Since moving to Manteo he has been helping to train the next generation of actors and dancers. He currently teaches dance at Island School of Dance in Nags Head, and is the resident choreographer for Manteo High School’s stage left players. Jimmie Lee is also the current Director of The Lost Colony Theatre Camp and a director/teacher for Dockside Theatre Company in Nags Head. Mr. Brooks is heavily involved with Theatre of Dare and was recently voted on to its Board of Directors. When not working in dance or theatre, he can be seen making jewelry at The Silver Bonsai Gallery in Manteo. He is thrilled to be choreographing The Lost Colony for another season, and as always would like to thank John Walker for giving him his first chance to be in this show and sharing his love of dance.
Sound Designer – Michael Rasbury
Michael Rasbury is an Associate Professor in Sound Design within the Department of Drama and the Director of College Arts Scholars at the University of Virginia. His original musical script titled Max Understood (co-written by Nancy Carlin) premiered in San Francisco at Fort Mason Center in April 2015. In 2009, Max Understood was produced Off-Broadway for the New York Musical Theatre Festival and in 2008 was selected for development in a staged reading workshop by the Eugene O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference. Michael created an EarthRecordings.org website showcasing original environmental recordings. He is the resident sound designer for Off-Broadway’s Transport Group, having provided designs for And Away We Go, The Patsy, Bury The Dead, Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Hello Again (Drama Desk nominee,) and Marcy in the Galaxy. In 2011, he was nominated for a Helen Hayes award for his Henry VIII design for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. He has composed music and sound for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare, Colorado Shakespeare, and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals. He has served as sound designer for The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama since 2006. Michael has composed music/sound for the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and for The Public in New York City.
Music Director – Mc Crae Hardy
McCrae Hardy was the first Musical Director for the North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh, NC and held that position from 1984 – 2005, helming 90 productions. In 1995 he was awarded the Raleigh Medal of Arts “for extraordinary Achievement in the Arts.” McCrae served as Musical Director and orchestrator/arranger for Unto These Hills in Cherokee, NC for nearly three decades. He served as Arranger and Music Director for the Branson, MO run of Patsy, a tribute to the legendary Patsy Cline. He was Music Director/Arranger/Conductor for several Duke Children’s Classic Productions in the mid 1990’s. He has been a guest conductor with the NC Symphony and Music Director for Pittsburgh CLO’s A Musical Christmas Carol. McCrae is currently Conductor of the Triangle Youth Symphony, in Raleigh, NC. Raised in Yadkin County, he attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. McCrae lives in Garner, NC with his partner Eric and their three beautiful children, Alex, Cristofer and Amelie and a menagerie of pets.
Fight Director – Robert Midgette
This summer marks Robert Midgette’s 43rd season with The Lost Colony. For 26 years, he performed the role of Chief Manteo. His impressive theatrical record comes naturally – his father, mother, sister and brother were all involved in the production throughout the years. A native of Dare County, Midgette taught Physical Education and coached at Manteo. This summer is his tenth summer as Fight Director, a position he took after serving four summers as Fight Captain. For his longtime service to The Lost Colony, the Roanoke Island Historical Association dedicated the 64th production season in Robert’s honor.