NANCE CRAWFORD (Book & Lyrics)
began her professional career as an actress at age six, leading the way for her brothers, Johnny (The Rifleman, ABC) and Bobby (Laramie, NBC). Her column, Young Hollywood, was a feature in TEEN LIFE, a national magazine from Sterling Publications, New York. Later, the creative arts became avocation as she raised five children. Returning to theater as producer of the Hollywood Globe Theatre's critically acclaimed Twentieth Anniversary production, MACBETH, starring Lane Davies, she went on to direct an Equity contract production of THE LAST MEETING OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE WHITE MAGNOLIA, which was a DramaLogue Critic's Choice (Feld) and won awards for her direction and for three of the actors in the cast.
As an actor, favorite roles include Gertrude in HAMLET and Aunt Queenie in BELL, BOOK & CANDLE. Twice a recipient of the Valley Theatre League Artistic Director Achievement Awards: Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Mamita in GIGI and as a member of the Ensemble Cast Comedy for PERFECT WEDDING, her most recent appearances have been as Lady Bracknell in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and Zorah Bloch in INSPECTING CAROL.
While a member of the Writers Wing of Lonny Chapman’s Group Repertory Theatre, her one-act, UNMENTIONABLES was produced as part of GRT’s Play Festival. Her two-act comedy, FourPlay and musical, THE CHRISTMAS DRAGON (with music by Malcolm Atterbury Jr.) were developed in workshop and presented as staged readings at LCGRT. Her full-length play, THE TINSEL-TOWN FOLLIES, was part of the Sundays at Seven Staged Reading Series at the Stella Adler Theatre. Recently completed is KING’S GAMES, a drama of Richard III.
A participant in the initial program of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab West, Ms. Crawford is a member of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., and has participated in the Academy for New Musical Theatre program.
MALCOLM ATTERBURY JR., 1941 - 2006 (Music)
was the son of actress Ellen Hardies Atterbury and veteran stage, television and film actor Malcolm Atterbury. Born in Schenectady, New York, he graduated Beverly Hills High School and attended College of the Pacific in California and Macalester College in Minnesota. Returning to Southern California, he had a successful career as a television and film script supervisor, working closely with Sidney Poitier, among others.
In a remarkable three year period, functioning as producer and artistic director as well as technical director, Malcolm Atterbury, Jr. successfully mounted over 40 productions for the Actors Repertory Theater at the 650 seat Claremont Playhouse in Claremont, California. The productions ranged from musicals such as The Boy Friend and classic drawing room comedies such as The Importance of Being Ernest to dramas such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Edward Albee's Tiny Alice. In meeting the test of that theatrical marathon, he honed the skills he had already developed as a musical director and set designer for the Ontario Civic Light Opera and a host of community theaters.
Mr. Atterbury, Jr. was a member of the faculty at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His extensive teaching credits also included the Warner Brothers Film Actor's Workshop and two years as Guest Professor of acting and play direction at the University of La Verne.
As a composer and arranger, Mr. Atterbury, Jr. served as musical director for a long list of productions, including Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, Irma La Douce, Carnival, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls and Grease. He composed music for over a dozen revues and original productions including Razzle-Dazzle, The Imaginary Invalid, Karousel, Kaleidoscope, That's Another Story, Ten Nights in a Barroom, Join the Army, Kid and Just Horsin' Around.
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