Book and Lyrics by
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Directed by Diane DiCroce
Music Direction by Sariva Goetz
Choreographed by Ella C. Shaw
Original Broadway Production Produced by IRA PITTELMAN, TOM HULCE, JEFFREY RICHARDS, JERRY FRANKEL, ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY, Jeffrey Sine, Freddy DeMann, Max Cooper, Mort Swinsky/Cindy and Jay Gutterman/Joe McGinnis/Judith Ann Abrams, ZenDog Productions/CarJac Productions, Aron Bergson Productions/Jennifer Manocherian/Ted Snowdon, Harold Thou/Terry Schnuck/Cold Spring Productions, Amanda Dubois/Elizabeth Eynon Wetherell, Jennifer Maloney/Tamara Tunie/Joe Cilibrasi/StyleFour Productions.
The world premiere of “SPRING AWAKENING” was produced by the Atlantic Theater Company by special arrangement with Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman.
Based on Frank Wedekind's play of the same name, Spring Awakening depicts a dozen young people making their way through the thrilling, complicated, and mysterious time of sexual awakening.
Content Advisory: The piece contains instances and mentions of suicide, sexual assault/abuse, and other mature language and content.
APRIL 15–18, 2021
Spring Awakening is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
The videotaping or other audio or video recording of this production is strictly prohibited.
On this page you'll find detailed programmatic information
as well as notes from the directors, composers, lyricists, designers, and the cast about how this production
took shape over the past few months.
Steven Sater (Book and Lyrics) was awarded the 2007 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score for Spring Awakening along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards for Best Lyrics. With alt-rocker Duncan Sheik, he received the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album for Spring Awakening. In addition, the two received The Dramatists Guild Gull-Warriner Award, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and Drama League Awards for Best Musical. Steven is the author of numerous plays, including the long-running Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll (the Rosenthal Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse); Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize); A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage and Film, the Miniature Theatre of Chester); Asylum (Naked Angels); Murder at the Gates (commissioned by Eye of the Storm); In Search of Lost Wings (Sanford Meisner Theater) and a reconceived version of Shakespeare’s Tempest, with music by Lourie Anderson, which played London’s Lyric Hammersmith and toured throughout Great Britain. In addition to Spring Awakening, Sater has collaborated with Sheik on the NY Premiere of Umbrage (HERE), Nero (The Magic Theater, workshopped at the New York Shakespeare Festival and New York Stage & Film), and The Nightingale (workshopped at the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T., and New York Theater Workshop). He is also hard at work with System of a Down’s Serj Tankion on a musical version of Prometheus Bound, to be directed by Diane Poulus at the American Repertory Theater. Sater is the lyricist for Sheik’s critically acclaimed album Phantom Moon (Nonesuch), and together the two wrote songs for Michael Mayer’s feature film A Home at the End of the World (Warner Classics), as well as the independent features Brother’s Shadow and Mary Stuart Masterson’s The Cake Eaters. Sater is also co-creator and executive producer, with Paul Reiser, of recent pilots for both NBC and Sony/FX, and has developed two projects for HBO, and another for Showtime (With Reiser). He is also at work, with Jessie Nelson, on a feature film and is creating an original movie musical for producer Larry Mark. In addition, Steven works as a lyricist with various composers in the pop/rock world-- recently writing songs with Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mandel, Andreas Carlsson, and William Joseph.
Duncan Sheik (Music). In addition to writing the music for Spring Awakening (2007 Tony Awards for “Best Orchestrations” and “Best Original Score”, 2008 Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album”), Sheik’s other theater credits include: Nero (Another Golden Rome) (currently in development), The Nightingale (currently in development), Whisper House (currently in development). Recorded works include: Whisper House (Sony/Victor 2009), White Limousine (Rounder 2006), Daylight (Atlantic Records 2002), Phantom Moon (Nonesuch 2001), Humming (Atlantic Records 1998), Duncan Sheik (Grammy Nomination “Best Male Vocal”) (Atlantic Records 1996). Film Scores include: DARE (2009), Little Spirit: Christmas in New York (2008), Capers (2007) and The Cake Eaters (2007). Producer Credits include: Holly Brook (forthcoming CD 2009), Micah Green (2008), Spring Awakening Original Cast Album (Universal 2007) and Chris Gorneau (2006).
AnnMarie Milazzo (Vocal Arrangements) Composer/lyricist: Pretty Dead Girl, Sundance Film Festival. Vocal arranger: Broadway productions of Spring Awakening and Next To Normal. Bright Lights, Big City at The New York Theater Workshop, and the Paramount feature film, The Marc Pease Experience. AnnMarie is a Grammy nominated singer from The East Village Opera Company on Universal/Decco.
Simon Hale (String Orchestrations) After graduating from the University of London with an honors degree in composition, Simon Hale’s acclaimed solo album, East Fifteen, led to recordings with many artists, including George Benson, Simply Red, Jamiroquai and Bjork. In 1996 he orchestrated Duncan Sheik’s first album, and their musical collaboration has continued ever since. Simon’s involvement with Spring Awakening marked his Broadway debut and the Tony Award for Best Orchestrations in 2007. He continues to work with Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik on other projects. For more information please visit www.simonhale.co.uk.
ABOUT DIANE DICROCE
Diane DiCroce appeared for many years on Broadway (Les Misérables) and in National and International Tours (Les Misérables, My Fair Lady, 42nd Street) as well as in many Off-Broadway, Regional, and Stock productions. Diane was the Resident Director for the Weathervane Repertory Theatre’s 53rd season, Directing Always…Patsy Cline, Our Town, and It Shoulda’ Been You (concert benefit). Other productions include: The King and I (New Hampshire Theatre Award Nominee), Inherit the Wind, Mamma Mia (Spotlight Repertory Theatre, New York City) and Songs for a New World (Seaside Music Theater, Florida). Diane is an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Emerson and this is her third Emerson Stage Production (Urinetown, Lucky Stiff). She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Auditions committee for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). She thanks every student involved with this production for their dedication, patience, and talent.
Sariva Goetz has worked on numerous Broadway shows including 10 years as the assistant conductor and keyboardist for the original Broadway production of Les Misérables. Other Broadway credits: Aladdin, Sister Act, Mamma Mia, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Miss Saigon, City of Angels, Secret Garden, Once on This Island, and Sweeney Todd. She has worked at major regional venues across the country including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Baltimore Center Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Opera House, Bucks County Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, and NewRep Theatre. Sariva has coached hundreds of musical theatre performers for auditions, shows, and cabaret and is currently a member of the musical theatre faculty here at Emerson College. Previous Emerson Stage credits include Stardust and Lucky Stiff. She holds degrees from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the University of Arizona. SarivaGoetz.com
ELLA C. SHAW, BFA '22, Musical Theatre
Emerson Stage debut! This is Ella's first time choreographing for Emerson Stage and she is so excited about this opportunity. The whole cast and crew have done such an amazing job! Much thanks to M+D+R+C. Enjoy the show!
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Luciana Stecconi’s recent designs include: Oil at Olney Theatre Center; Kings at Studio Theatre; Berta, Berta and A Morning (in America) with Ronald Reagan at Contemporary American Theater Festival, Straight White Men at Marin Theatre, The Winter’s Tale at Folger Theatre, among others. Regionally, she has designed for Barrington Stage Company, Northern Stage, The Kennedy Center Theatre For Young Audiences, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Round House Theatre, Signature Theatre, Mosaic Theater, Theater J, Everyman Theatre, Georgetown University, Catholic University, American University, George Mason University, and many more. Luciana received the 2010 Washington DC Mayor’s Art Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist and the 2006 Brandeis University Ira Gershwin Prize. She’s a member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829, IATSE, a labor union and professional association of Designers and Artists. At Emerson College, she serves as Assistant Professor in Scenic Design.
ALEX TAWID, BFA '23, Stage & Production Management
AMY PINTO, BFA '21, Theatre Design/Technology.
Emerson Stage credits: The Devil on Your Shoulder (Costume Designer), Good Breeding (Costume Designer), and 10 Out of 12 (Wardrobe Supervisor). Additional design credits: Spring Awakening, Heathers, Next to Normal, and Fun Home with the Emerson Musical Theatre Society and Curious George with Wheelock Family Theatre. AmyPinto.com
ANGELA MANTEL, BFA '21, Theatre Design/Technology
Emerson Stage credits: 10 Out of 12 (Lighting Designer), Augusta and Noble (Production Electrician), and Corduroy (Production Electrician). Other credits: Lighting Designer for the College Light Opera Company’s 2019 season. Thanks to: Caitlin, Mānoa, Lilian, Sivan, Miller, Felix, Tyler, Taylor Ness, Scott Pinkney, and her family for all the support.
JULIE BEAULIEU, BFA '22, Theatre Design/Technology.
Emerson Stage credits: Lucky Stiff (A2), The Devil on Your Shoulder (Co-Sound Designer), Working (Assistant Production Sound Engineer), Augusta and Noble (Assistant Production Sound Engineer), Flora, the Red Menace (Sound Designer), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Production Sound Engineer), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Production Sound Engineer), and Everybody (Sound Designer). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society’s Heathers: The Musical (Percussionist) and Kidding Around’s She Kills Monsters (Sound Designer).Other credits: EVVY38 (Assistant Audio Manager), EVVY39 (Audio Manager), TA for Emerson’s Office of the Arts Audio Department.
NOAH SILVERMAN, BFA '21, Theatre Design/Technology.
Emerson Stage credits: Everybody (Co-Lighting Designer), Corduroy (Production Sound Engineer), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Sound Designer), Stupid F##king Bird (Production Sound Engineer), 10 Out of 12 (Assistant Sound Designer), Working (Assistant Production Sound Engineer), What Remain Hidden (Is Still Known) (Assistant Production Sound Engineer), Augusta & Noble (Assistant Master Electrician), and Lucky Stiff (Sound Board Operator).
TYLER CROW, BFA '21, Stage and Production Management
Emerson Stage credits: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Squeaky Fromme Love Song, 10 Out of 12, Lucky Stiff, and Antigone Project. Emerson College credits: Marty and Tad are LIVING!, Elephant's Graveyard (RareWorks Theatre Company); and Ophelia Perennial (Emerson Shakespeare Society). Regional credits: Theatre Aspen, Alliance Theatre, and Boston Ballet. Love to Maddy, my family, and those who have taught me, always.
JAKE COLLINS (Moritz Stiefel), BFA '22, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: This Golden Day (Ensemble) and 10 Out of 12 (E2). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society’s Little Women (Laurie) and Kidding Around’s The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (Stanley Lambchop). Regional credits: New Light Theatre’s DOGFIGHT (Bernstein) and Next to Normal (Gabe Goodman). Hope you have a good final month of high school, Tommy!
DENNIS DIZON (Otto/Dance Captain), BFA '22, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Bailiff), Spring Awakening (Male Swing), and This Golden Day (Understudy). Emerson College credits: Children of Eden (Cain), Cabaret of Color (2019, 2020), and Emerson Urban Dance Theatre. Regional credit: Patio Playhouse’s Songs for a New World (Man 1). He would like to thank his family and friends for always supporting him through everything. @dennisdzon
CEDRICK EKRA (Melchior), BFA '22, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Stupid Fucking Bird (Trigorin) and This Golden Day (Wesley). Emerson College credits: Next To Normal (Doctor Fine/Madden) and Children Of Eden (Father). Regional credits: Playhouse on Park’s The Scottsboro Boys (Clarence Norris) and West Hartford Summer Arts Festival’s Beauty And The Beast (Gaston). Cedrick would like to thank the dream team, Diane and Sariva, for shaping this show and rehearsal experience to be something we can be proud of. Bisou mama. cedrickekra.com
MARCO GIACONA (Understudy Melchior/Swing), BFA '23, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: This Golden Day (Understudy). Shoutout to Zion, couldn't have done this without you.
ISABEL GINSBERG (Ilse), BFA '22, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: This Golden Day (Understudy). Emerson College credits: Kidding Around's 13 the Musical! (Lucy), Musical Theatre Society's Little Women (Marmee), and Emerson Fights AIDS Miscast Cabaret (Performer). Other credits: MacGuffin Theatre Company’s As You Like It (Audrey) and A Chorus Line (Maggie); and Music Academy International's Sister Act (Mary Martin). Thanks to family and friends who were so supportive during this process. Now all shall know the wonder.
EMERSON HART (Understudy/Swing), BFA '23, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage debut! He would like to thank his family for their support.
HAWA KAMARA (Martha), BFA '23, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: Men on Boats (Bradley). Thanks to my friends and family for all the love and support!
HANNAH LIZOTTE (Thea), BFA '21, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Working (Female Swing) and Flora, the Red Menace (Charlotte). Emerson College credits: Bonnie and Clyde (Bonnie) for Musical Theatre Society. Other credits: FPAC at BSU's The Little Mermaid (Ariel) and Wizard of Oz (Ensemble). Thank you to my family friends for all their love and support!
JACK LYNCH (Ernst/Reinhold), BFA '21, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credits: Ordinary Days (Warren); La Cage Aux Folles (Mercedes/Tabarro); and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (Dr. Dan/Sneak Thief). Regional credits: Hairspray! (Sketch) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Dance Captain). Thank you to my family and friends for their unconditional love and support!
JAYDA MARCELLA MENDIOLA (Wendla), BFA '21, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: Working (Nanny). Emerson College credits: American Idiot (Whatshername) and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy). Other credits: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), CATS (Grizabella), Spring Awakening (Wendla), and Bring it On: The Musical (Nautica). Special thanks to my Mommy, Grammy, and Papa for always supporting me, Nene, Joey, Brian, my sweet Liam and my greatest inspiration, my little sisters Alessandra and Paloma.
BRENDAN MASSAR (Adult Men), BFA '22, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Good Breeding (Zeus) and This Golden Day (Derrick). Emerson College credits: American Idiot (Director), Children of Eden (Adam/Noah), First Date (Gabe), and Heathers (JD). Other favorite stage credits: Les Miserables, Newsies, West Side Story (Tony), and Blood Brothers (Mickey). Brendan is overjoyed to be working with such a fantastic group of people! He would like to thank his friends and family for all their love and support.
LIZZY PEASE (Adult Women), BFA '21, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Mad Moon (The Moon) and Flora, the Red Menace (Swing for Maggie/Elsa). Emerson College credit: Musical Theatre Society’s Mental Health Takes Center Stage Cabaret (Primary Soloist). Other credits: Cockpit In Court Theatre’s Nice Work If You Can Get It (Billie Bendix) and Glyndon Area Player’s Hello, Dolly! (Featured Ensemble). Thanks to Mom and Dad for everything. Love to Kinja and Rudy.
NINO RUGGERI (Georg/Dieter), BFA '21, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: Mad Moon (Mr. Gemillion). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society’s First Date (Waiter), Bonnie and Clyde (Preacher), and Dogfight (Stephens). Regional credits: Reagle Music Theatre’s Music Man (Jacey Squires), Wheelock Family Theatre’s Willy Wonka (Male Standby), Boston Lyric Opera’s Pagliacci (Clown Ensemble), and Firehouse Center’s American Idiot (Tunny). Thank you Mom and Dad for everything! ninoruggeri.com
BEATRICE STEUER (Wendla Understudy/Martha Swing), BFA '22, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: Spring Awakening (Female Swing). Emerson College credits: EFA Miscast Cabaret (2019), BFA Musical Theatre '22 Sophomore Cabaret (2020), and Emerson Dance Company (2019). Other credits: Berridge Program's Twelfth Night (Olivia) and Running To Places Theatre Company's Crazy for You (Irene Roth). She would like to thank her friends and family for always being so kind and supportive, and this amazing cast and crew.
ALYSSA TSCHIRGI (Anna/Dance Captain), BFA '21, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Lucky Stiff (Swing/Dance Captain), Measure for Measure (Mariana), This Golden Day (Assistant Director & Choreographer). Emerson College credits: Little Women (Jo March) and Edges (Woman 2). Other Credits: Junie B. Jones (Lucille) and Spelling Bee (Olive). Thanks to my mom for the cookies and hugs. alyssatschirgi.com
CARRIE TULLY (Ilse Understudy, Swing), BFA '23, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage debut! Regional credits: Cape Cod Theatre Company’s Beauty and the Beast (Babbette) and Greater Boston Stage Company’s Jack and the Giant (Princess Amelia). Other favorite credits: Urinetown (Hope) and Assassins (Squeaky) at The Cambridge School of Weston and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona) with Greater Boston Stage Company’s Young Company. Special thanks to Celia for helping me create a rehearsal studio in our own home. Many thanks to the cast and crew!
ANANIA WILLIAMS (Hanschen), BFA '22, Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: Flora, the Red Menace (Willy). Other credits: Don't Look Up - 2021 (Yule's Friend). I would love to thank all those who support me daily—Angie, Anna, Taryn I love you dearly.
OLIVIA WOLFF (Adult Woman Understudy), BFA '22, Acting. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society's American Idiot (St. Jimmy) and Children of Eden (Storyteller); and RareWorks Theatre Company's Elephant's Graveyard (Muddy Townsperson). Thanks to the cast and crew for all their hard work, and to Dad and Thomas for the constant support!
Artistic and Production Staff
Transmedia Consultant DEREK CHRISTIANSEN
Intimacy Director ARLEN HANCOCK
Lead Electrician Advisor TAYLOR NESS
Assistant Director ANTHONY LAFORNARA
Assistant Scenic Designer DANIEL WOZNIAK
2nd Assistant Scenic Designer JOE MORALES
Assistant Props Lead ALEX TAWID
Assistant Costume Designer MOLLY SHAUGHNESSY
Makeup/Hair CATRIONA MORRIS
Wardrobe Supervisor CAITLIN JOHNSON
Wardrobe Supervisor MUNROE SHEARER
Assistant Lighting Designer FELIX CLARKE
Assistant Lighting Designer MILLER KOPPANG
Production Electrician SHELBY MARSH
Lead Electrician PIPER PHILLIPS
Assistant Lead Electrician HANNAH FORSBERG
Assistant Lead Electrician OLIVER HAWKE
Production Sound Engineer JUANMA SUÁREZ TEISSONNIERE
Assistant Production Sound Engineer SUSAN EYRING
Assistant Production Sound Engineer SARAH MILLER
VMix Technician SAM KISTHARDT
VMix Technician AMANDA RYAN
Assistant Stage Manager ANTHONY FEOLA
2nd Assistant Stage Manager OLIVIA TIGHE
Production Assistant JAMIE NICKERSON
Production Assistant KAILEY PELLETIER
Production Supervisor CAITLIN HUDECHECK
Associate Production Supervisor MAIA TIVONY
Associate Production Supervisor MADISON SELBY
Assistant Production Supervisor CARLY ZAMOST
Company Manager CHARLOTTE PALMUCCI
Assistant Company Manager EMMA GOODMAN
Emerson Stage Staff
Artistic Director—Annie G. Levy
General Manager—David Colfer
Production Manager—Timothey Sullivan
Props Director—Ryan Bates
Costume Shop Supervisor—Richelle Devereaux-Murray
Resident Sound Designer—Elizabeth Cahill
Scenic Painter—Joe Keener
Sound Technician—Steven Deptula
Assistant General Manager—Alix Bigley
Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor—Brian Choinski
Assistant Properties Manager—Lauren Corcuera
Assistant Production Manager: Curricular Support—Jamie Carty
Stage and Production Management—Debra A. Acquavella
Scenic Design—Luciana Stecconi
Scenic Painting—Joe Keener
Costume Design—Hunter Kaczorowski
Lighting Design—Scott Pinkney
Sound Design—Elizabeth Cahill
Emerson Stage Office Assistants—Carleigh Allen, Casper Apodaca, Shannon Horsey, Kaitlin Phelan, Alex Tawid, Jacob Tolentino
Production Management Assistants—Anthony Feola and Caitlin Hudecheck
Videographer—Benjamin Bernard and Jacqueline Thom
Scene Shop Assistants—Talia Colten and Samuel Kisthardt
Scene Shop Staff—Jonah Barricho, Sean Dougherty,
Marco Giacona, and Emerson Hart
Paint Shop Staff—Emily Curtis, Serino Nakayama, Garrett Traer,
Fernando Rueda, Kimberly Ndegwa, Leah Heath, Isabella Kochakian,
Lauren Velentzas, and Noelle DeConzo.
Prop Shop Assistant—Alex Koplos
Prop Technicians—Delene Beauchamp, Dan Bovair, Evy Burch,
Oliver Hawke, and Ryan Rock
Costume Shop Office Assistant—Sam Golub
Stitchers—Lorence Jones-Perpich, Tayla Dixon, Catriona Morris, Caitlin Johnson, Madeline Boschen, Molly Shaughnessy, Beatrice Ward, Dominic Letteri
Scene Shop Assistants—Matthew Baynes and Noelle DeConzo
Scenic Painters—Emily Curtis, Leah Heath, Garrett Traer, Serino Nakayama, Isabella Kochakian, and Kimberly Ndegwa