Nancy Hurlbut, Playwright and Actor, is a retired schoolteacher and librarian. Lately, she has taken up acting and writing for real, having sneaked in both during all of her teaching work! She has a BA in Drama from Vassar and an EdM from Harvard.
Of her produced plays, Dryope in Common was nominated for an IRNE Award. She has acted in numerous local theatre productions.
She and her husband are the grandparents of six grandchildren and one Basset Hound, Daisy.
Nancy thanks all of the people who have labored in behalf of Surly Girl. The long process started with a story, then a novel, then a memoir, then the play. There were family members, friends, writing and meditation teachers, and now, the people on The S.G. Production Team who have exceptional technical and artistic skill – all are responsible for the success of the Previews shows.
Above all, the extraordinary gift of the Boston Playwrights' Theatre, by its Artistic Director Kate Snodgrass, has given Surly Girl life!
Gail Gallagher, Previews Executive Producer, has produced, taught and performed in the worlds of media (PBS and local radio) music, and theatre, for twenty-three years. She currently coaches artists to prioritize and complete their projects, and tours her cabaret shows Taking Space and Rhythm and Romance. Her CD Warm as a Late Spring Day is being released this year. Her numerous awards include a Telly Award and a Gold Award from the NY Film and Video Festival.
Karen MacDonald, Previews Director, is a founding member and veteran actor of The American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge Massachusetts. In over sixty productions, she has played Shakespeare and Sartre, Checkov and Brecht, Frayan and Noel Coward. Many of her roles have toured in New York City and throughout the United States. She has appeared in NBC and PBS television. Surly Girl is one of her few directorial projects. She brings her long cast of characters to the shaping of the script, and to Frankie.
Dossy Peabody, Script Consultant & Acting Coach, is an actress and acting coach. She teaches acting at Emerson College. Her acting career spans over twenty years on stage in such productions as Israel Horovitz' The Widow's Blind Date, Kate Snodgrass' Observatory, and in films such as The Crucible and Mermaids. In 1990, Dossy was honored with the first Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress.
Brad Hatfield, Music Composer & Arranger, is one of Boston's prolific and popular musicians and is an Emmy Award-winning composer. He appears with the Boston Pops Orchestra and has played keyboards and piano with James Taylor, Yo Yo Ma, Bono of U2, kd lang, among others. Recent film and television credits include featured pianist on Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, and composer for The Sopranos.
Bill Wangerin, Sound Designer, is President of Wangerin Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He works in TV, radio, theatre, and film and is an Emmy Award winner. He gets a kick out of mixing actual sound with his vast library of music and effects, and for Surly Girl, created many other tracks that may be used in future productions.
Angie Hurlbut, Graphic Designer, lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. Her firm, AH Design, does exhibition design, website design, print and book design and public art installations. Angie received her BA from Brown and her MFA from Yale and has taught graphic design at SUNY New Paltz and the University of Connecticut. Her work has been recognized in national and international design competitions.
Barbara Zeles, Sculptor, works in a variety of media. Her copper wire pieces, looped into shapes and sometimes fired with molten glass, have earned her a page in the Corning Museum of Glass Catalogue. She teaches drawing and sculpture and keeps a studio at Waltham Mills Artists Association. She has exhibited throughout New England and the Atlantic states.
Barby Prothro, Previews Producer, is an award-winning event and media producer, writer and creative director for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and major universities. She is President of BHP Productions, a Boston-based company that creates and directs events for businesses and affiliated projects.
Jacob Strautman, Managing Director at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, is also a playwright, poet and creative writing teacher. His plays have been featured in the Boston Theatre Marathon and the Bridge Theatre Company.
Marc Olivere, Production Manager at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, is also a playwright, fiction writer, and lighting designer. His lighting credits include work at Seacoast Repertory in Portsmouth, The Lyric Stage, The Vineyard Playhouse, Turtlelane Playhouse & Boston Playwrights' Theatre.
Kelly Sanders, Lighting Designer and Technician, is working in Boston in venues as varied as the Majestic Theatre, the World Trade Center, and the BaySide Expo.
Bob Sicklick, A/V Designer, is the systems design manager of AVFX Co., Boston. His credits include hundreds of major events requiring media support, from corporate meetings to arts entertainments at the TD Banknorth Garden and the Citi Performing Arts Center.
Tim Thompson, Webmaster, is the owner of ClydeSight Productions. He designs and programs computer applications and also writes electronic music and books.
Kay Bourne, Talk Back Panelist, (pictured here with Ozzie Davis) is a journalist and educator. Forty years as a newspaper theatre critic, she is now an adjunct scholar at Northeastern University, researching for a book about the black presence in the arts in Boston over the centuries. She is a board member of the Independent Reviewers of New England and Editor of the electronic "Kay Bourne Arts Report."
Kaethe Weingarten, PhD, Talk Back Panelist, is an associate clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge where she founded and directs the Program in Families, Trauma, and Resilience. Her most recent book Common Shock won the 2004 Nautilus Award for Social Change.