Creative Team Bios

  • J.K. Rowling, Original Story

    J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven Harry Potter novels and three companion books, which have sold over 500 million copies, been translated into over 80 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films. Her other books include The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults, and, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, the Cormoran Strike crime novels, which have been adapted as a major  television series for BBC One. J.K. Rowling made her screenwriting debut in 2016 with the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a five-film series to be written by the author. The second film is released in November 2018.

  • Jack Thorne, Original Story and Playwright

    Jack Thorne writes for theatre, film, television and radio. His theatre credits include Hope and Let the Right One In, both directed by John Tiffany, A Christmas Carol and Woyzeck at the Old Vic, Junkyard, a Headlong, Rose Theatre Kingston, Bristol Old Vic & Theatr Clwyd co-production, The Solid Life of Sugar Water for the Graeae Theatre Company and the National Theatre, Bunny for Nabokov/UK tour, Stacy for the Tron, Arcola and Trafalgar Studios, and 2nd May 1997 and When You Cure Me for the Bush. His adaptations include The Physicists for the Donmar Warehouse and Stuart: A Life Backwards for HighTide.

    On film his credits include Wonder, War Book, A Long Way Down and The Scouting Book for Boys. For television his credits include Kiri, an episode of Electric Dreams, The Last Panthers, Don’t Take My Baby, This Is England, The Fades,Glue, Cast-Offs and National Treasure. In 2017 he won a BAFTA and an RTS Television award for Best Mini-Series (National Treasure). He won BAFTAs in 2016 for Best Mini-Series (This Is England ’90) and Best Single Drama (Don’t Take My Baby), and in 2012 for Best Drama Series (The Fades) and Best Mini-Series (This Is England ’88).

  • John Tiffany, Original Story and Director

    John Tiffany‘s recent credits include Pinocchio for the National Theatre and Road for the Royal Court. He directed the musical Once for which he was the recipient of multiple awards both in the West End and on Broadway. As Associate Director of the Royal Court, his work also includes The Twits, Hope and The Pass. He was the director of Let The Right One In for the National Theatre of Scotland, which transferred to the Royal Court, West End and St. Ann’s Warehouse. His other work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Macbeth (also Broadway), Enquirer, The Missing, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Transform Caithness: Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The BacchaeBlack Watch, for which he won the Olivier and Critics’ Circle Best Director Awards, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn and Home: Glasgow. Other recent credits include The Glass Menagerie at A.R.T, on Broadway, EIF and in the West End, and The Ambassador  at BAM. Tiffany was Associate Director of the National Theatre of Scotland from 2005 to 2012, and was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University in the 2010-2011 academic year. For his work on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, John received the Olivier Award for Best Director, one of a record-breaking nine Oliviers received by the production, and the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play.

  • Steven Hoggett, Movement Director

    Steven Hoggett has previously collaborated with John Tiffany on The Twits for the Royal Court, Let The Right One In and Black Watch for the National Theatre of Scotland, The Glass Menagerie at A.R.T. and on Broadway, and Once on Broadway and in the West End. Other recent credits include American Idiot, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Last Ship, Rocky the Musical and The Crucible on Broadway; St Joan at The Public; Close to You at NYTW and the Criterion; The Light Princess for the National Theatre; Dr. Dee for the Manchester International Festival; and Rigoletto for the Metropolitan Opera. Hoggett was a founding co-artistic director of Frantic Assembly for which his credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeLovesongOthello, Little Dogs, Beautiful Burnout, Stockholm, Pool (No Water) and Dirty Wonderland. With Scott Graham, Steven co-wrote The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre (Routledge). Steven has provided choreography for music videos for artists including Imogen Heap, Bright Light, Bright Light, Goldfrapp and Calvin Harris. His film credits include How to Train Your Dragon 2 for Dreamworks and Freak Show for Maven Pictures.

  • Christine Jones, Set Designer

    Christine Jones is a Tony award-winning scenographer and the Artistic Director of the critically-acclaimed Theatre for One in New York. Her West End scenography credits include Close to You, Let The Right One In and Spring Awakening. On Broadway her credits include American Idiot, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical in 2009, Old Times, Hands on a Hardbody, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Every Day Rapture, Spring Awakening, for which she was Tony-nominated, and The Green Bird directed by Julie Taymor. Jones made her debut at The Metropolitan Opera in 2012 with her designs for Rigoletto. Some of her other designs include The Book of Longing, based on the poems of Leonard Cohen, with music by Philip Glass for the Lincoln Center Festival, Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare in the Park, and Burn This for Signature Theatre. She directed Queen of the Night, at the Paramount Hotel, which won a Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Experience of 2015, and has an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Set Design. For her work on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jones received the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play.

  • Katrina Lindsay, Costume Designer

    Katrina Lindsay’s recent costume design credits include Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix Theatre (Olivier nomination for Best Costume Design), wonder.land for MIF and the National Theatre and American Psycho for the Almeida Theatre and Broadway (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for Best Costume Design). She designed costumes for Lyndsey Turner’s production of Hamlet at the Barbican with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. She has also designed costumes for many operas including Terry Gilliam’s productions of Damnation of Faust and Benvenuto Cellini for the ENO, which have been performed around the world. As a set and costume designer, she has designed many shows at the National Theatre (most recently Behind the Beautiful ForeversDara and London Road), Royal Shakespeare Company, Chichester Festival Theatre and the Young Vic amongst others. She was also production designer on the film of London Road. Lindsay won the 2008 Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Costume Design for Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway and is a recipient of an Arts Foundation Fellowship in Costume Design. Lindsay is an associate of the National Theatre. For her work on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Lindsay received the Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play.

  • Imogen Heap, Composer & Arranger

    Self-produced British recording artist for 20 years, Imogen Heap has released four solo albums, another as one half of Frou Frou and collaborated with countless and varied artists including Taylor Swift, Deadmau5, Nitin Sawhney, Jeff Beck and Jon Hopkins. Her compositions and songs pop up in blockbuster and indie films as well as countless TV shows, are sampled to the hilt with underground rap and dance music and feature in one of the first ever internet memes, ‘Dear Sister.’ Heap was nominated for an Olivier for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has won two Grammys, an Ivor Novello and is recognised as a major pioneer in music and technology for her gestural music ware, the MiMu gloves system. She is also recognized for ways in which she interacts and works with her audience. Heap’s latest and widely quoted about initiative, Mycelia, focuses on connecting the dots for a fair and sustainable music industry ecosystem.

  • Neil Austin, Lighting Designer

    Neil Austin’s most recent West End theatre credits include The Goat, Travesties, The Entertainer, The Winter’s Tale, Photograph 51Bend It Like Beckham, Shakespeare in Love, Great Britain, Henry V and The Children’s Hour. Austin has also worked extensively for the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Almeida Theatre. On Broadway his credits include Hughie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Evita, Red, Hamlet, The Seafarer and Frost/Nixon. He was the recipient of the 2017 Olivier Award and 2018 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the 2010 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Red on Broadway, and the 2011 Olivier Award for The White Guard at the National Theatre.

  • Gareth Fry, Sound Designer

    Olivier Award-winning Gareth Fry’s recent theatre credits include The Encounter for Complicite, City of Glass for 59 Productions, Let The Right One In for the National Theatre of Scotland, Woyzeck at The Old Vic, Peter and the Starcatcher at the Royal, Northampton, Boy for the Almeida. Other productions include John for DV8, Waves at the National Theatre, David Bowie Is for the V&A and Black Watch for the National Theatre of Scotland. Gareth designed the sound effects for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. For his work on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Fry received the Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play.

  • Jamie Harrison, Illusions & Magic

    Jamie Harrison’s recent credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Tomorrow for Brighton Festival, The Wheel and Peter Pan for the National Theatre of Scotland, Dragon for the Edinburgh International Festival, A Christmas Carol and The Cherry Orchard for the Dundee Rep Theatre, A Conversation with Carmel for the Barrowland Ballet and Pinocchio for the Royal Lyceum. Harrison is the co-artistic director of the award-winning theatre company Vox Motus.

  • Martin Lowe, Music Supervisor & Arranger

    Martin Lowe’s theatre credits include Once, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, The Twits, The Light Princess, War Horse, Caroline or Change, Jerry Springer the Opera, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Mamma Mia!, The Full Monty, Once on this Island, Cats, Les Misérables, Jedermann and The Threepenny Opera (both Salzburg Festival). He won a Tony, a Grammy and an Olivier award for his work on Once, and won a Golden Reel award for his work on Mamma Mia! The Movie

  • Jim Carnahan CSA, International Casting Consultant

    As Roundabout Theatre Company’s Director of Artistic Development, Jim Carnahan has cast over 75 shows including: Time and the Conways, The Price, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Love Love Love. She Loves Me, Noises Off, On the Twentieth Century, The Real Thing, Cabaret, Harvey, Waiting for Godot, Sunday in the Park with George, Pajama Game, Twelve Angry Men, Nine, Assassins, Side Man. Additional Broadway credits include: 1984, Groundhog Day, Fun Home, Constellations, You Can’t Take It With You, The River, The Glass Menagerie, Matilda, OncePeter and the Starcatcher, Mountaintop, Jerusalem, Arcadia, Scottsboro Boys, American Idiot, Spring Awakening, Pillowman, Thoroughly Modern Millie, True West. London credits include: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Angels in America, Glass Menagerie, Nice Fish, The Red Barn, Motherf**ker with the Hat, Streetcar Named Desire. Film: The Seagull (upcoming), A Home at the End of the World and Flicka. TV:Glee (Emmy nomination).

  • Janine Snape CGA, Australian Casting

    Janine Snape is currently Casting Director at Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC).  Theatre: for MTC includes A Doll’s House, Part 2, The House of Bernarda Alba, Vivid White, Hay Fever, Macbeth, Jasper Jones, The Odd Couple, North by Northwest, Miss Julie, Birdland, What Rhymes with Cars and Girls, The Speechmaker.  UK: Snape was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company casting team from 2004-2012, credits include Julius Caesar, I, Cinna The Poet, King John, Richard III, The Heart of Robin Hood, The Tempest, The Thirteen Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo, Days of Significance. Additional UK credits include: Tiger Tail (Nuffield Theatre), The Wages of Thin, (Old Red Lion), The Mountaintop (as Casting Advisor/Theatre 503), The Spanish Tragedy, (Arcola), Hangover Square (Finborough), 2000 Feet Away, (Bush Theatre), Faustus (Headlong/tour).  As Associate, screen includes: Black Sails for STARZ, Dracula (NBC/Sky), Reign, The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box.  Snape is a member of The Casting Director’s Guild of Great Britain and Ireland and the Casting Guild of Australia.

  • Des Kennedy, International Associate Director

    Des’ theatre credits as Director include: Gulliver’s TravelsWhite Star of the North (Lyric, Belfast); Teenage KicksA Punk Musical (Derry City of Culture); How the World Began (Out of Joint); Vernon God LittleThe Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Brian Friel Theatre, Belfast); God’s Country (Belfast Festival); Paradise Regained (Belfast-Sarajevo Project); Prophet of Monto (Flea Theatre, New York); Johnny Meister and The Stitch (Mead Theatre Lab, Washington DC); The Great Ramshackle Heart (Public Theater, New York); Dying City (Project Arts Centre, Dublin); The Laramie Project (NSDF, Bush Directing Award); Scenes from the Big Picture (Callan Theatre, Washington) which was named one of the Best 10 Productions of the Decade by the Washington Post, 2010. Associate Director: Once (Phoenix/Dublin/Seoul Arts Center); The Nether (Duke of York’s); Top Girls, Our Country’s Good, A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson, Bang Bang Bang (Out of Joint). Assistant Director: Now or Later (Royal Court); Crooked (Bush); The Elixir of Love (WNO). Television: 6 Degrees (BBC Northern Ireland).

  • Neil Bettles, International Associate Movement Director

    Neil Bettles is Associate Director for Frantic Assembly, most recently co-directing No Way Back for the company. Credits include, as Movement Director: The James Plays (Edinburgh International Festival/NT); Blood WeddingThe Bacchae (Royal & Derngate); Much Ado About Wenlock (Vamos); Platform (Old Vic Tunnels); Henry IV: Part One (Drum, Plymouth); OneFlew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Secret Cinema) and Stanley Pickle – an animated short film for the NFTS. As Associate Movement Director: The Light Princess (NT); The Full Monty (Sheffield Theatres/Coward). As Director: Chalk Farm, The Static, Blackout, Boy Magnet and White Noise (ThickSkin); Playlist (Belgrade, Coventry); Brave (Battersea Arts Centre). As Associate Director: tours of Beautiful Burnout and Lovesong (Frantic Assembly). As Assistant Director: Dirty Wonderland (Frantic Assembly).

  • Naomi Edwards, Associate Director

    Naomi’s theatre credits as Director include: Can You Hear Colour? (Patch Theatre/ Adelaide Festival),Yo Diddle Diddle (Patch Theatre); Peter and The Wolf with Miriam Margoyles and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Adelaide Festival/Foxtel); The Waiting Room (Melbourne Theatre Company); The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (Michael Sieders); Cautionary Tales for Children (Arena Theatre) nominated for Helpmann for Best Children’s Production; Hamlet, Actor on a Box (Sydney Theatre Company), The Season at Sarsaparilla, Who’s Afraid of The Working Class, Traps (VCA); Rabbit Hole (Red Stitch Theatre); Falling Awake (Milkcrate Theatre); How To Kill Your Husband, Noye’s Fludde (Victorian Opera); Cinderella, Hensel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, Barber of Seville (Opera Australia Schools);  Actors at Work (Bell Shakespeare).  Resident Director: Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, Carmen, Lakme (Opera Australia) Assistant Director: In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Don’s Party, Poor Boy (Sydney Theatre Company/Melbourne Theatre Company);  August Osage County, Ninety (Melbourne Theatre Company) As Artistic Director: Patch Theatre Company. Creative Director: Wish Three More Wishes (Cochlear Implant Vocal empowerment ARC Research Project); Future Makers (Music Viva). Edwards was awarded The Gloria Dawn/Gloria Payten Fellowships and co-authored a Platform Paper on Arts Education.

  • Tom Hodgson, Associate Movement Director

    Tom’s credits as Choreographer include: Mamma Mia! (New Australian Tour); Low Level Panic (The Old Fitz); Skin Tight (fortyfivedownstairs); 42nd Street, Sweet Charity, When Midnight Strikes (as Lecturer in Dance – Arts Academy, Federation University Australia). As International Associate Choreographer: Matilda The Musical (Korea); Billy Elliot The Musical (Japan and Korea). As Associate Choreographer: Billy Elliot The Musical (Broadway); Matilda The Musical (Australia). As Resident Choreographer: Billy Elliot The Musical (Australia). As Resident Movement Director: Once (Australia). As a performer, Tom has had an extensive international career with companies including: DV8 Physical Theatre, Ricochet Dance Company (UK); Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Conny Janssen Danst, Dansity Amsterdam (The Netherlands); Lucerne Ballet (Switzerland); Ballet Braunschweig and Kiel Ballet (Germany); Force Majeure, Sue Healey Company (Australia).

  • Finn Ross, Video Designer

    Finn designs video and projection for live performance. He’s won two Olivier Awards, a Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award. Recent work includes: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway/West End); American Psycho (Broadway/Almedia); Betrayal (Broadway); The Tempest (RSC); The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Royal Opera House); Frankenstein (Royal Ballet); Le Petit Prince (Canadian National Ballet); In the Body of the World, The Crossing (A.R.T. Boston); Chimerica (Almeida/Pinter); The Death of Klinghoffer, Death in Venice, Onegin, Simon Boccanegra, Damnation of Faust, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute (ENO); The Master and Margarita, All My Sons, Shunkin (Complicite); Hänsel und Gretel, A Dog’s Heart, Die Zauberflöte (Netherlands Opera); Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Béatrice et Bénédict, The Turn of the Screw (Theatre an der Wien); Rinaldo, Knight Crew (Glyndebourne).

  • Ash Woodward, Video Designer

    Ash specialises in Video and Projection Design for live performance. Ash works extensively with FRAY Studio as a Video Designer and regularly works on a wide range of large scale video design projects. Recent theatre credits as Video and Projection Designer include: The Divide (Old Vic), Molly (Squint). Associate Designer credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (NT), The Tempest (RSC), Bat Out of Hell (London Coliseum), Dog’s Heart (De Nationale Opera). Other credits include: You Say You Want A Revolution (V&A); Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism (Saatchi Gallery).

  • Carole Hancock, Hair, Wigs & Make-up

    Theatre includes: Country Girls (Chichester Theatre); On The Town (Regent’s Park Theatre); One Love (Birmingham Rep); Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Children (Royal Court); Hamlet (Barbican); A Christmas Carol, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sunny Afternoon, Mojo (West End); wonder.land (NT/Manchester International Festival); Anything Goes (Sheffield Theatre); Versailles (Donmar Warehouse); Handbagged (Tricycle/ Vaudeville); Pygmalion (UK tour); Much Ado About Nothing, Six Degrees of Separation, A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic); The Low Road, Love, Love, Love, In Basildon, Chicken Soup and Barley (Royal Court); Paperdolls (Tricycle); The Most Incredible Thing (Sadler’s Wells). Associate Hair and Make-up Designer for The Lion King London and international productions. Opera: Mike Leigh’s Pirates of Penzance, Turandot, Pearl Fishers, Lucia de Lammamor (ENO); Cellini, Wozzeck, Damnation of Faust, The Ring Cycle, Madame Butterfly, Cavelleria & Pagliacci, Candide (UK and Japan). Ballet: Swan Lake (San Francsico Ballet). Fashion: Jasper Conran, Autumn 2008. Film and television: Warhorse, Batman, The Dark Knight Rises, Snow White and the Huntsman, Thor, Captain America and Game of Thrones.

  • Brett J. Banakis, International Scenic Supervisor

    Brett is a set designer for theatre and opera based in Brooklyn, NY. Brett is excited to continue with his longterm professional collaboration with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Set Designer Christine Jones. Collaborations with Christine include international productions of Let the Right One In (NTS), Close To You (Criterion) and Whorl Inside a Loop (Second Stage). Brett’s recent NY credits include Big Love (Signature Theater; Lortel and Hewes Nominations), Coriolanus (Red Bull Theater) and Ghost Light (LCT3). As Associate Set Designer: The Glass Menagerie, Old Times, Doctor ZhivagoThe Last ShipIf/ThenHands on a Hardbody and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Broadway), as well as Rigoletto and La Traviata (Metropolitan Opera).

  • Sabine Lemaître, International Costume Design Associate

    Theatre includes: Hamlet (Barbican); Dara, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Magistrate, Earthquakes in London, Death and The King’s Horseman, Rafta Rafta (NT); Much Ado About Nothing (RSC/ Coward); Onassis (Chichester Festival Theatre/Novello); Medea (Queen’s); Love for Love, Loves Sacrifice, Wendy & Peter Pan, All’s Well That Ends Well, Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing, Morte D’Arthur, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Heresy of Love, House of Desires, A Comedy of Errors (RSC); Blood Wedding (Almeida); wonder.land (NT/ Manchester International Festival); Cabaret (Savoy); Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air). Dance includes: The Most Incredible Thing, Eternal Damnation of Sancho & Sanchez (Sadler’s Wells); Chroma, Infra, Dances are a Gathering, Castle Nowhere (Royal Ballet); Beyond the Tempest, Faeries and Thief of Bagdad (Linbury, ROH). Opera includes: Eugene Onegin, Così fan tutte, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Semele, Jenufa (Royal Opera House); The Damnation of Faust, Turandot, Pirates of Penzance (ENO); Dr Dee (MIF/ENO).

  • Pete Malkin, UK Associate Sound Designer

    Recent credits include: The Tempest for the Donmar Warehouse; The Kid Stays in the Picture for Complicite at The Royal Court; The Encounter (co-designed with Gareth Fry) for Complicite; Beware of Pity for Complicite and the Schaubühne Theatre Berlin; Twelfth Night for the Royal Exchange, Manchester; Am I Dead Yet? and The Noise (the latter co-designed with Gareth Fry) for Unlimited Theatre; Andrea Chenier for Opera North at the Leeds Grand Theatre; SUN for the National Art Service; Space Junk for Gameshow at the Lyric, Hammersmith; Farragut North at the Southwark Playhouse. Credits as Associate Sound Designer include Oresteia at the Trafalgar Studios, 1984 for Headlong at the Almeida and Playhouse Theatre, Complicite’s productions of The Magic Flute with ENO and Lionboy, and Hamlet for the RSC. Other credits include: Katie Mitchell’s productions of The Forbidden Zone at the Salzburg Festival and Night Train in Cologne (as Assistant), and the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony (as Assistant Soundscape Designer).

  • Chris Fisher, UK Illusions & Magic Associate

    Chris has worked as a magician and illusionist in a variety of different circles as a close-up and stage magician and is a member of The Magic Circle.

    Recent theatre credits as Illusion consultant include Julie (National Theatre), Macbeth (RSC), Angels in America (National Theatre and Neil Simon Theatre, New York), Pinocchio (National Theatre), Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Hypocrite (Hull Truck Theatre/RSC, Swan Theatre), Titus Andronicus (RSC), Big The Musical (Plymouth Theatre Royal & Dublin Bord Gáis Theatre), No Man’s Land (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Alchemist (RSC, Swan Theatre), Into The Woods (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Here We Go (National Theatre), Xanadu (Southwark Playhouse), The Skriker (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Frøken Julie, (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark) and Treasure Island (National Theatre).   Chris was also the Magic and Illusions Associate on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane).

  • Nick Solyom, US Associate Lighting Designer

    Nick’s most recent lighting design credits include Imaginary Comforts by Daniel Handler, directed by Tony Taccone at Berkeley Repertory Theater; The Christians by Lucas Hnath, directed by Kristen Coury at the Gulfshore Playhouse; and The Prince of Players by Carlisle Floyd, directed by Philip Shneidman at The Kaye Playhouse. Nick’s recent Broadway associate lighting design credits include Amélie, lighting design by Jane Cox and Mark Barton; and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, lighting design by Bradley King. Nick’s recent Broadway assistant lighting design credits include Finding Neverland, If/Then, and Cinderella, lighting design by Ken Posner.

  • Alex Hawthorn, US Associate Sound Designer

    Off-Broadway/NYC: Playwrights Horizons: Fly By Night; The Civilians and the Public Theater: The Great Immensity; Prospect Theater Company: The Mad Ones; Acorn Theater: Straight; Theater Reconstruction Ensemble: Rhinebecca, NYYou On The Moors Now; NAATCO: A Dream Play; Theater Mitu: Juárez: A Documentary Mythology; Death of a Salesman, Medea, DR.C (Or How I Learned To Act In Eight Steps), HAIR; Target Margin Theater: Old Comedy from Aristophanes’ Frogs. Regional: Portland Center Stage: Fun Home; People’s Light: Lights Out; Baltimore Center Stage: The White Snake; Ordway: A Chorus Line, Pirates of Penzance; KC Rep: Evita, Side By Side By Sondheim.

  • Gary Beestone, International Technical Director

    Director of Gary Beestone Events & Theatre which provides production and project management for theatre internationally, and for a wide range of outdoor spectacles and sporting events. Recent Theatre includes: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Glass Menagerie and La Strada. Recent events include: the 2017 World Paraathletics Championships medal plazaSix Day Cycling and Hull City of Culture. Gary is also the project director for the Lyric Theatre refurbishment on Broadway.

  • Cameron Flint, Technical Director

    Operating as Epoch Productions Pty Ltd, Cameron has provided technical direction services for numerous Australian and International touring productions. Recent credits include: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; The Book of Mormon; Kinky Boots; Les Misérables; Once; Wicked and Driving Miss Daisy. Cameron has also been overseeing the Princess Theatre refurbishment.

  • Sam Hunter, International Production Supervisor

    Live events: Production Stage Manager for the Sochi 2014 Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies, Olympic Ceremonies at Vancouver 2010, Torino 2006 and Athens 2004, and Olympic Handover Ceremony in Beijing 2008. Other events include: the Rugby World Cup Ceremony at Twickenham 2015, the Great North Run Opening Ceremony in Newcastle 2014, 90th Birthday Celebrations for Nelson Mandela in Hyde Park 2008, the Royal Gala Launch St Pancras International 2007, Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002 and the Opening Ceremony of the Millennium Dome in London. Theatre credits include: The Lord of the Rings, Sister Act, My Fair Lady, Hey! Mr Producer, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Chess, 42nd Street, Cats and Little Shop of Horrors.

  • Michael Cassel, Executive Producer

    Michael Cassel is an internationally recognised producer and entertainment executive. He formed his company, the Michael Cassel Group, to produce and present the world’s greatest musical and theatrical productions, live entertainment experiences, marquee events and concert attractions.

    Michael is the producer of the Broadway hit, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, currently touring Australia with seasons in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

    Michael is producing the tenth anniversary tour of the celebrated Australian musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which premiered in Melbourne in January 2018 to much acclaim.

    Michael is producing the worldwide touring production of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s The Lion King, which celebrated its 20th anniversary with its premiere in Manila in March 2018. The musical will also tour to Singapore, South Korea (Seoul, Daegu and Busan) and Taiwan, with further engagements to be announced.

    On Broadway, Michael reunites with Tony Award®-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) as a co-producer of Pretty Woman: The Musical, featuring original music and lyrics by Bryan Adams. The new musical will premiere in New York in July 2018.

    Also as a co-producer, Michael joins respected Broadway producers Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton) and Flody Suarez (What’s New Pussycat) on The Cher Show. The musical is written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), with choreography by Christopher Gattelli (Newsies) and direction by Jason Moore (Avenue Q) and will open on Broadway after a short run in Chicago from June 2018

    Previously, Michael produced the triumphant Australian production of Kinky Boots, the Australian and Asian tour of Singin’ In the Rain, and presented the sold-out tour of Lea Salonga in Concert in partnership with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Darren Criss: Intimate and Live. 

    Michael was Executive Producer of Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new version of Les Misérables. The epic musical enjoyed a triumphant 19-month tour of Australia, winning the Helpmann Award for “Best Musical” before embarking on an Asian tour.

    In addition to his theatrical interests, Michael represents former Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, former Olympian and global sporting administrator, Lord Sebastian Coe CH, KBE and media personality, Sami Lukis.

    Michael’s ten-year tenure with Disney Theatrical Group, the live entertainment division of The Walt Disney Company, saw him hold a series of senior management positions at the company in both the United States and Australia, most recently as Director, International, based in New York City. In this role, Michael produced the company’s Broadway stage productions including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, AIDA, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and High School Musical. Michael also supported Disney on Ice and Disney Live! licensed to Feld Entertainment, in international markets. In addition, Michael oversaw the company’s second class and stock and amateur licensing initiatives with Music Theatre International.

    Michael began his professional career working with Australia’s foremost entertainment entrepreneur and celebrity manager, Harry M Miller.

    Michael currently serves on the Executive Council of Live Performance Australia, the peak body for Australia’s live entertainment and performing arts industry.

    Michael lives in Sydney with his wife Camille and their children Eveleigh and Vaughn.

  • Sonia Friedman Productions, Producer and UK General Managers

    Sonia Friedman Productions (SFP) is a West End and Broadway production company responsible for some of the most successful theatre productions in London and New York.

    Since 1990, SFP has developed, initiated and produced over 160 new productions and together they have won a staggering 48 Olivier Awards including a record-breaking 14 at the 2014 Awards. In 2017, SFP won 9 Olivier Awards for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the most awards ever received by a single production in Oliviers’ history. The company has also won 24 Tonys and 2 BAFTAs.

    In 2017, Sonia Friedman OBE was awarded ‘Producer of the Year’ at the Stage Awards for the third year in a row as well as taking the number one spot in ‘The Stage 100’, becoming the first number one in the history of the compilation not to own or operate West End theatres and the first solo woman for almost 20 years. In 2018, Friedman was also featured in TIME100, a list of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

    West End and Broadway productions include: the UK premiere of The Book of Mormon, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London and New York, the UK premiere of Dreamgirls, Mean Girls at the August Wilson Theatre, The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre, The Birthday Party, Consent, Ink, Hamlet starring Andrew Scott, 1984 at the Hudson Theatre, New York, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, The Ferryman Royal Court and Gielgud, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Travesties in London and New York, The Glass Menagerie, Nice Fish, A Christmas Carol, Funny Girl West End and UK tour, Farinelli and The King starring Mark Rylance, Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, 1984, Sunny Afternoon West End and UK tour, Bend It Like Beckham, The Nether, The River, Electra, King Charles III, Shakespeare in Love, Ghosts, Mojo, Chimerica, Merrily We Roll Along, Old Times, Twelfth Night and Richard III, A Chorus of Disapproval, The Sunshine Boys, Hay Fever, Absent Friends, Top Girls, Betrayal, Much Ado About Nothing, Clybourne Park, The Children’s Hour, A Flea in Her Ear, La Bête, All My Sons, Private Lives, Jerusalem, A Little Night Music, Legally Blonde, Othello, Arcadia, The Mountaintop, The Norman Conquests, A View From the Bridge, Dancing at Lughnasa, Maria Friedman: Re-Arranged, La Cage aux Folles, No Man’s Land, The Seagull, Under the Blue Sky, That Face, Dealer’s Choice, Hergés Adventures of Tintin, In Celebration, Boeing-Boeing, The Dumb Waiter, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Love Song, Faith Healer, Bent, Eh Joe, Donkeys’ Years, Otherwise Engaged, Celebration, Shoot the Crow, As You Like It, The Home Place, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, By the Bog of Cats, The Woman in White, Guantanamo: ‘Honor Bound to Defend Freedom’, Endgame, Jumpers, See You Next Tuesday, Hitchcock Blonde, Absolutely! {Perhaps}, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Ragtime, Macbeth, What the Night Is For, Afterplay, Up for Grabs, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Noises Off, On an Average Day, A Servant to Two Masters, Port Authority, Spoonface Steinberg and Speed-The-Plow.

    Forthcoming productions include: The Inheritance at the Noel Coward Theatre, The Ferryman at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, New York, Summer and Smoke at the Duke of York’s Theatre, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne.

    For a full list of SFP’s theatre credits, please visit soniafriedman.com.

  • Colin Callender, Producer

    Colin Callender is an award-winning theatre, television and film producer who founded the New York and London production company Playground in 2012.

    Playground’s recent Broadway productions include: Nora Ephron’s Tony nominated Lucky Guy directed by George C. Wolfe starring Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut, Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-nominated Casa Valentina directed by Joe Mantello, the Tony Award-winning revival of musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jez Butterworth’s The River directed by Ian Rickson starring Hugh Jackman, Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s critically-acclaimed production of Macbeth at The Park Avenue Armory in New York, and the Tony Award-winning new musical Dear Evan Hansen.

    Television productions include: the award-winning six-part BBC miniseries Wolf Hall directed by Peter Kosminsky starring Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis and Claire Foy, Richard Eyre’s acclaimed adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser for the BBC starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins, Kenneth Lonergan’s upcoming four-hour adaptation of EM Forster’s Howards End for the BBC and Starz, Heidi Thomas’s forthcoming adaptation of Little Women for the BBC and Masterpiece on PBS, and Richard Eyre’s upcoming adaptation of King Lear starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson for BBC and Amazon Prime Video.

    Callender began his career as stage manager at London’s Royal Court Theatre working with David Hare and Sam Shepard. He won an Emmy for his work as producer of the television adaptation of the RSC’s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby for Channel 4, a Tony Award for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award for Wolf Hall. As the long-time president of HBO Films, he was responsible for an unprecedented award-winning slate of movies and miniseries, including Mike Nichols’ celebrated adaptation of Angels in America starring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson, and Gus van Sant’s Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner, Elephant. Callender is a Trustee of the New York Public Theater and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He received a knighthood in the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours list for his services to British film, theatre and television in the US.

  • Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, Producer

    Harry Potter Theatrical Productions Ltd was founded by J.K. Rowling and Neil Blair in 2013 to develop and produce the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.

    The team from Harry Potter Theatrical Productions Ltd have worked closely with Sonia Friedman Productions and Colin Callender to produce the play, and also in controlling the international rights for the production.

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