Artistic/Production Staff

Christina Gutierrez-Dennehy

Co-Producing Artistic Director

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Christina holds a Ph.D. in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation examines contemporary theatrical representations of the MIddle Ages, particularly in recent productions of Shakespeare’s history plays. She holds an M.A. in Theatre History from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she spent three years working with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Before her decision to focus her professional career on directing, Christina worked as a dramaturg with such companies as Austin Shakespeare, the Rude Mechs, Salvage Vanguard, Teatro Vivo, Scottish Rite Summer Shakespeare, Trinity Street Players, UT Austin, CU Boulder, and Whittier College in Los Angeles. In addition to directing for 7 Towers, she has directed for the Austin-based Poor Shadows of Elysium as well as for the Theatre Department at Northern Arizona University, where she is a lecturer.

Amanda Gass

Co-Producing Artistic Director, Resident Stage Manager

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Amanda Gass is a stage manager and assistant director in the Austin Area and is the Production Stage Manager for Cambiare Productions as well as 7 Towers. Stage Management credits include 7 Towers’ The Pillowman, Cambiare Productions’ Messenger No. 4, Orestes, Transformations, Intermission, and The Nina Variations, ZACH Theatre’s Hairspray, August Osage County, Fiction, Becky’s New Car, Metamorphoses, and Grapes of Wrath, and Illinois Shakespeare Festival’s Taming of the Shrew. Amanda also teaches Calculus and Statistics at a local High School.

 

Katy Billik

Resident Producer

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Katy served as the Producer and costume designer for 7 Towers’ The Pillowman, and Producer on Tis Pity She’s a Whore.  She is also a company member at a chick and a dude productions, where her most recent work was as stage manager, house manager and costumer for both Glengarry Glen Ross and A Steady Rain. She holds a BA in English Literature and Public Relations.

Joe Stephenson

Resident Dramaturg

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Joe Stephenson earned his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and is an Associate Professor of English at Abilene Christian University. Joe is grateful to have worked with Andrew Gurr, who helped advise his dissertation, “Drama and Dutchness from Shakespeare to Dryden.” His scholarship focuses on early modern drama in performance, including recent publications in Parergon and Restoration. In Abilene, Joe teaches courses in British literature (especially Shakespeare) and serves as the resident dramaturg for the Abilene Shakespeare Festival. In Austin, he has worked with The Hidden Room (Taming of the Shrew), The Baron’s Men (Henry V, Merchant of Venice), Poor Shadows of Elysium (Richard II), and Present Company (Much Ado About Nothing).

Ben Woods

Marketing Manager

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Ben Woods was born and raised in Odessa, TX. He discovered his passion for art at a very young age. As a child, he would put on plays with his cousins every Christmas. He received his first theatrical training at the Permian Playhouse in his home town. During his tenure at Permian High School, Ben was active on the Forensics team where he competed in LD Debate, DX, Duet Acting, Humorous Interp and Prose. After high school he attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX where he majored in Communication Studies. During his time in college he performed as the King in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labors Lost and tackled three roles in a production of George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum. His recent stage credits include Bobo in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Crooks in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. He is currently pursuing his M.A. In Communication with a double concentration in Public & Media Relations and Corporate & Non-Profit Communication at Johns Hopkins University.

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