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Cast & Creative

Ann Talman (Playwright/Performer)


Ann Talman made her Broadway debut playing Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter, Alexandra, in The Little Foxes. Additional Broadway credits include roles in The House of Blue Leaves, Some Americans Abroad, and The Women with numerous credits Off-Broadway and regionally at the Second Stage, The Vineyard Theatre, Soho Rep (Cat’s Paw), EST/LA (Bright Boy), Primary Stages (Better Days), Goodspeed Opera (Carnival), Geffen Playhouse (All In The Timing), Center Stage (Picnic), Huntington Theatre (Dangerous Liaisons), St. Louis Rep. (Diary of Anne Frank), and the Long Wharf Theatre (The Cocktail Hour).


Selected TV and film work includes roles in Seinfeld, Law and Order, Special Victims Unit, and in Wall Street, Limitless, Serendipity and Archeology of Woman. Ann’s cast album credits include Yours Anne, and Hannah 1939, and on NPR’s Tales from the South.

A documentary about Ann, her brother Woody, and Woody’s Order!  was a 2017 selection at the Tribeca Film Festival (Ironbound Films), will soon have its world premiere in a major international film festival. The short film captures the first time Ann performs Woody’s Order!  for its muse, Woody. He is now 68 years old.

Stephanie Mayer-Staley (Scenic Design, Pittsburgh Playhouse and EST/LA)

is an idea artist whose work ranges from scenic and lighting design to installation, land art, painting, photography, and stone masonry. Originally from Germany, her art often reflects her desire for cross-cultural understanding. Mrs. Mayer-Staley’s work has been produced, displayed and honored in the U.S.A. as well as in Germany. Recent theatrical designs include: Tamara for Quantum Theater (named Best Play of 2015 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard for The REP, Beckett and Beyond for Corningworks, and The Wild Duck and The Bluest Eye for the Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Joan Markert (Costume Design, Pittsburgh Playhouse and EST/LA)

is in her 36th season with the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Her favorite projects include The School for Scandal, Carousel, Parade, Assassins, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Nine, City of Angels, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anything Goes (twice), Contact, Playboy of the Western World, and The Drowsy Chaperone. A graduate of Grinnell College and with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

Annmarie Duggan (Lighting Design, Pittsburgh Playhouse)

is delighted to make her Playhouse debut. She has designed Off Broadway and extensively in regional theatres across the United States. She has designed the lighting for more than 400 productions. Off Broadway: Sphinx Winxs, Beckett Theatre, Captain Louie, York Theatre, Jolson & Company, Century Center. Regionally: Saint Michaels Playhouse, Orlando Rep, Capital Repertory Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare, American Girl Theatre, Northern Stage, Stoneham Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre Company, Potsdam Music Theatre, to name a few. Ms. Duggan is the designer for Que-It & Line-It iPad apps for Stage Managers and Designers ( ). Ms. Duggan is currently an Associate Professor, Chair at the University of Pittsburgh were she teaches Lighting Design, Stage Management, and Computer Aided Drafting.

Steve Shapiro (Sound Design, Pittsburgh Playhouse and EST/LA)

is pleased to return to the Playhouse for his seventh year as Resident Sound Designer. Favorite Playhouse works include The Bluest Eye, The Flick, Into the Woods, Urinetown, A Streetcar Named Desire, Antarktikos, Dark of the Moon, The Umbrella Man, Camino Real, M33, The Producers, and Illyria. In previous years, he designed the sound for such great Playhouse productions such as August: Osage County, Death of a Salesman, A Moon to Dance By, A Con uence of Dreaming, The Rocky Horror Show, and others. Before joining our staff, Steve spent 30 years as a professional sound designer around the country and the world, most recently spending five years as the sound designer/engineer for the national tour of Menopause, The Musical. In 2015, Steve provided the sound design and manned the board for The Presidential Scholars Performance at The Kennedy Center, directed by Debbie Allen. Before that, he spent 16 years at the world renowned Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, designing over 85 productions and working with such different artists as Jimmy Buffet, Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Len Cariou, Anthony Newley, Bea Arthur, and many more. Other credits include the Russian language premiere of The Skin of Our Teeth in Novosibirsk, Russia, helming the sound board for the 1995 South American Tour of The Phantom of the Opera, composing the original score for the South Florida premiere of Angels in America, and the score composition and sound design of Alan Ginsburg’s only play, Plutonian Ode.

Andrew J. Paul (Video Design, Pittsburgh Playhouse and EST/LA)

started his theater career as a stage manager, working locally and internationally, for companies ranging from The Pittsburgh Public Theater, the New York City Opera, and corporate clients such as The New York Yankees, Mercedes Benz and Mack trucks. He is now a creative producer on live corporate events such as the Microsoft Windows Devices Launch, and Xbox’s E3 Global Media Briefing (live on SpikeTV). He is thrilled to be working again at Point Park and is grateful for the chance to work alongside the amazing team on Woody’s Order!  His non-theater work can be found at

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