Willy Conley, MFA
MFA, Towson University
M.A., Boston University
B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
Conley is an award-winning playwright who has published in American Theatre, The Deaf Way II Anthology,Deaf World, Stages of Transformation, Theatre For Young Audiences Today, The Tactile Mind, No Walls of Stone, and Deaf American Poetry. He has two books, Broken Spokes and the most recent one – Vignettes of the Deaf Character and Other Plays (http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/bookpage/VODCbookpage.html).
His plays have had professional productions nationwide and internationally, including the Kennedy Center, the Boston Center for the Arts, ARBOS, the Boston Playwrights Theatre, Centerstage, the National Theatre of the Deaf, Imagination Stage, Olney Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Amaryllis Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Omaha Diner Theatre, and off-off Broadway. He has garnered awards from the VSA arts 2000 Playwrights Discovery Competition, the Sam Edwards Deaf Playwrights Competition, The American Deaf Drama Festival, the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, the ‘97 and ‘99 NeWorks Festival in Boston, the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund, the Lamia Ink! International One-Page-Play Festival, a PEW/National Theatre Artist Residency grant, and the 2007-2008 Schaefer Professorship.
As an actor, Conley has performed with the National Theatre of the Deaf, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, LAByrinth Theatre Company, Amaryllis Theatre Company, Colonial Theatre, Shakespeare-in-the-Park in Westerly, Rhode Island, Fairmount Theatre of the Deaf, New York Deaf Theatre, Quest: Arts for Everyone, Sunshine Too, and CenterStage. He appeared in an episode (Silencer) of NBC's Law & Order: CI; other film/ TV appearances include: Wrong Game, Stille Liebe (Secret Love), and CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt.
He holds a B.S. degree in Biomedical Photographic Communication from R.I.T., a certification as a Registered Biological Photographer (#319), an M.A. in Creative Writing/Playwriting from Boston University (where he studied with Nobel Laureate, Derek Walcott), and an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary/Intercultural Theatre from Towson University. He is an Associate Artist with Center Stage, an Affiliate Artist with Quest: Arts for Everyone, and an Associate member of The Dramatists Guild.
Upcoming: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at Gallaudet University, Fall 2019 (director)
Dr. Juanita Cebe
Coordinator of Theatre Operations
Director of the Gallaudet Dance Company
Technical Theatre Specialist
Ethan Sinnott, MFA
MFA, Boston University
BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology
Sinnott is a Deaf, DC-based scene designer and theatre artist.
Scenic design credits - Mosaic Theatre Company: Hooded; Theatre Alliance: for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Word Becomes Flesh (Helen Hayes Award winner, Outstanding Production of a Play); WSC Avant Bard: Visible Language; The Welders: Not Enuf Lifetimes; Rorschach Theatre: She Kills Monsters; Faction of Fools: Titus Andronicus, A Commedia Christmas Carol, Hamlecchino; Constellation Theatre Company: Gilgamesh; Imagination Stage: Cinderella: The Remix, P. Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical, Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!, Mulan, Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth, The Jungle Book, Junebug and the Reverend, Hip-Hop Anansi, Huck Finn's Story; Gallaudet University: Doctor Faustus, Goya en la Quinta del Sordo; Signature Theatre: The Diaries; Washington Shakespeare Company: Love’s Labor’s Lost. Gallaudet University (in capacities as director and scenic designer): Candide, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, Lysistrata, Hamlet, L'Abbe de L'Epee: A Satire, Corpus Christi, Spoon River Anthology, Fences, The Oresteia, A Streetcar Named Desire.
He recently played the title role in NextStop Theatre Company's Richard III.
Specializations: Directing; Scene Design; Scenic Art; Directing; Dramaturgy and Theatre History; ASL Translation.
Upcoming: Native Son and Les Deux Noirs at Mosaic Theatre Company (scenic designer)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at Gallaudet University, Fall 2019 (scenic designer)
Measure for Measure at Gallaudet University, Spring 2020 (director and scenic designer)
Annie Wiegand, MFA
M.F.A., Boston University
B.A., Appalachian State University
Specializations: Lighting Design; Electrics; Costume Construction; Production Management