Bios

JamesBriggsBioJames Briggs — Actor and Artistic Director

James Briggs is the founder of Starry Night Theater Company. Prior to producing and performing Vincent, he most recently played Hawkeye in Last of the Mohicans Outdoor Drama (2012) in Lake George, New York. Other roles include Max in Lend Me a Tenor (Sun Valley Rep.), Professor Fenton in Bullshot Crummond (Sun Valley Rep.), John Trott in The Man of Mode (Asolo Rep.), and Peter (understudy) in The Heidi Chronicles (Asolo Rep.). Jim also played supporting roles in The Williamstown Theater Festival’s production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and the Potomac Theater Project’s production of The Castle. Jim is a graduate of Florida State University’s Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota. Asolo Conservatory roles include Sir Andrew Aguecheek inTwelfth Night, Gus in The Dumbwaiter, Carl in Bus Stop, Eddie Brock in Born Yesterday, and Du Croissy in Les Precieuses Ridicules. Jim also studied theater at Middlebure College in Vermont.

Between roles, Jim attended Boston College Law School and spent many years as a practicing attorney in Boston, Pittsfield, and Williamstown, Massachusetts. He recently retired from the law to   return to his first passion, the theater.  He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with his wife, two children, and a very naughty dog. jim@starrynighttheater.com

Dr. Brant Pope — Director

Dr. Brant Pope has a 30-year career in both academic and professional theater. As a professional actor and director, Brant’s work has been seen Off-Broadway, in regional theater, and in film and television. As a member of AEA and SDC, he has directed and performed at theatres such as The John Houseman Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and Park Square Theatre. For 11 years, he served in Sarasota, Florida, as director of the FSU Asolo Conservatory and associate artistic director of the Asolo Theatre Company. He is currently the chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin and is holder of the Z.T. Scott Family Chair. He has also served as the president of the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).

Christopher Shane Donovan — Production Manager

Christopher S. Donovan is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he obtained a degree in marketing. This ended up being a secondary accomplishment compared to running the 20 Cent Fiction theater company; this inspired him to follow the path of professional theater. Past theatrical adventures include wearing various hats at Barrington Stage Company, The Screwtape Letters National Tour, Northern Stage, WAM Theatre, and Aruba Productions. Chris offers his love and gratitude to his family for their continued support. chris@starrynighttheater.com

Scott Pinkney — Lighting Designer

Scott Pinkney has a long and distinguished career as a lighting designer. On Broadway, he designed Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning Torch Song Trilogy. Off-Broadway credits include Majestic KidDivine Fire, and The World is Made of Glass. He has also spent ten seasons with Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where his design credits include MuckrakersScott and Hem in the Garden of Allah,The Best of EnemiesThe CrucibleThe Whipping ManCarouselA Streetcar Named Desire, and Follies. Regional designs include Don Juan for Denver Center (Denver Critic’s Circle Award), Comedy of Errors for Commonwealth Shakespeare (Elliot Norton Award), Balkan Women for Bristol Riverside Theatre (Barrymore Nomination), and My Fair Lady for TheatreVirginia (Phoebe Award). Internationally, he has designed for Singapore Rep. and Royal Club Mohamed-Aly in Cairo. He is an associate professor of lighting design at Emerson College. www.slpinkney.com

Tracy Lynn Wertheimer — Associate Lighting Designer

Tracy Lynn Wertheimer is a lighting designer based in New York City. Tracy designs and assists designers up and down the east coast. Recent work includes: I Was Loved By A RatRecipe of Success with Chef Michael Denardi (NY Fringe), Becoming Dr. Ruth (Hartford TheaterWorks), 10×10 Upstreet: New Play Festival, Lord of the Flies (Barrington Stage Company), Best Of Enemies (George Street Playhouse), Foreplays 2013: Spring Fervor (FullStop Collective), Earthworks (Martita Goshen Dance), Silk Road Project, Ballet Tech. She has received multiple awards, including Excellence in Lighting Design, Region 1 from the Kennedy Center and received a BFA from Emerson College.

Barbara Pope — Costume Designer

Barbara Pope is a senior lecturer in theater at the University of Texas, Austin. Previously, she spent 11 years as resident costume designer for the Asolo Theatre Company and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida. She has also designed productions for the Florida Studio Theatre, American Stage, TheatreWorks, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Her designs for opera include many world premieres, and she has also served as a professor of theater at Florida State University and Penn State University.

Leonard Nimoy — Playwright

Leonard Nimoy first performed on stage at age eight, working through his teens in various amateur productions. His film debut came in 1951, when he landed a small part in Queen for a Day. In 1952, he had his first lead, in Kid Monk Baroni. After a two-year stint in the Army, he went back to work in feature films, television, and theater.

Beginning in the late 1950s, Nimoy appeared on many television shows, including Wagon TrainThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.RawhidePerry Mason, and Combat. He spent two years on the Mission: Impossible series and appeared in a number of television movies, including A Woman Called Golda, for which he received an Emmy nomination. But it was Nimoy’s starring role in the science-fiction series Star Trek that gained him worldwide recognition. His portrayal of the Vulcan science officer Spock earned him three Emmy nominations. Later in his career, Nimoy would use the franchise to step into the director’s chair, helming the films Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. He also executive produced Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Additional directorial credits include The Good MotherThree Men and a BabyFunny About Love, and Holy Matrimony.

Nimoy has starred in numerous stage productions, including CamelotThe Man in the Glass BoothTwelfth NightOliver, and a record-setting tour in Fiddler on the Roof. He performed the title role of Sherlock Holmes in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s national tour, and appeared in starring roles on Broadway inEquus and Full Circle. With Vincent, a one-man play he wrote, performed, produced, and directed, Nimoy toured 35 cities in the United States. He eventually taped the play at the Gutherie Theater in Minneapolis for broadcast on the A&E Network.

Nimoy has written three volumes of poetry and recorded ten narrative albums. In 1975, he published an autobiography entitled I Am Not Spock. After a 20-year gestation period, he wrote a sequel entitled I Am Spock, which he refers to as “coming to terms” with his alter ego. His performance of the audio version was nominated for a Grammy Award. In recent years, Nimoy’s black-and-white art photography has been exhibited in galleries and museums from coast to coast.