Creative Team Bios

(in alphabetical order)

Sarah Burgess (Playwright)

SARAH BURGESS‘s plays Dry Powder and Kings premiered at the Public Theater (both directed by Hamilton’s Thomas Kail). Dry Powder was a 2018 Laurence Olivier Award Nominee, recipient of the 2016 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, and a finalist for the Blackburn prize. Other plays include Camdenside (Ground Floor selection, Berkeley Rep; Kilroys List 2015) and FAIL: Failures (ANT Fest). Writer for The Tenant (Woodshed Collective) and “Naked Radio,” Naked Angels’ podcast series. Burgess has been a writer-in-residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Cape Cod Theatre Project.

Michaela Johnson (Director)

Dark & Stormy Productions: Blackbird; as Assistant Director: ‘Night, Mother, The Maids. Representative Theater: (as assistant director): National Playwrights’ Conference: The Burdens (assisting Tyne Rafaeli); History Theatre: Stewardess!; Ten Thousand Things: Electra; Park Square Theatre: Of Mice and Men; Yale Institute of Music Theater: Gumbo; Jungle Theater: The Wolves (as Dramaturg); others. Education: Yale; National Theater Institute. Johnson is the Artistic Associate of Dark & Stormy Productions. Visit her at

Lisa Jones (Costume Designer)

Dark & Stormy Productions: Blackbird, ‘Night, Mother, The Maids, Fool For Love, And So It Goes, Sunshine, Extremities, The Hothouse, others. Representative Theater: Jones is the Costume Design Assistant at the Guthrie Theater: West Side Story, Indecent, Sunday in the Park with George, The Bluest Eye, South Pacific, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Crucible, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Christmas Carol, End of the Rainbow, many others; Stages Theatre Company; Great River Shakespeare Festival; others. Jones is the Resident Costume Designer of Dark & Stormy Productions.

C. Andrew Mayer (Sound Designer)

Dark & Stormy Productions: Blackbird, The Maids, The Hothouse. Theater: Pillsbury House Theatre, Theatre Latté Da, History Theatre, Jungle Theater, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center; many others. Other: Producing Director, Acadia Repertory Theatre (Mount Desert Island, Maine). Accolades: McKnight Fellowship; Audelco Award recipient for his design for Pure Confidence at 59E59 in New York City.

Rachael Rhoades* (Stage Manager)

Dark & Stormy Productions: ‘Night, Mother, The Maids. Theater: Park Square Theatre; Hennepin Theatre Trust; TigerLion Arts; Illusion Theater; Frank Theatre; nimbus theatre; 20% Theatre Company; SOS Theater; Triple Espresso: A Highly Caffeinated Comedy; Why Not? (Tedx Event, Cowles Center); Minnesota Dance Theatre: Loyce Houlton’s The Nutcracker (State Theater); History Theatre: Dance ‘Til You Drop (as Assistant Stage Manager); The Ordway (as Assistant Stage Manager). Education: BA, University of Iowa. Other: Production Manager, CLIMB Theatre.

Mary Shabatura (Lighting Designer)

Dark & Stormy Productions: Blackbird, ‘Night, Mother, The Maids, Fool For Love, The Norwegians, And So It Goes, Sunshine, Extremities, The Hothouse, others. Representative Theater: Mixed Blood: Is God Is; Theatre Latté Da: Five Points, Ragtime, Gypsy, A Christmas Carole Peterson (2016, 2017); Minnesota Opera: Fellow Travelers; Artistry Theater: Wit, Bad Dates, Talley's Folly; Guthrie Theater (Assistant Lighting Designer): Cocoanuts; The Ordway (Assistant Lighting Designer): In the Heights; Utah Shakespeare Festival (Assistant Lighting Designer): 2016 & 2017 Festival Seasons; The Guthrie/BFA Program; Shapeshift Dance, and many others. Accolades: Best Lighting Design of 2016, Ragtime, Lavender Magazine. Shabatura is the Resident Lighting Designer of Dark & Stormy Productions. Visit her at

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association