The Wilbury Theatre Group began in 2010 as an ever-evolving collaboration of artists united by a commitment to boundary-pushing theatre.
In 2016 The Wilbury Group began assembling those artists who over the years embodied the Wilbury Group's mission in their commitment to the craft, to our shared principles of excellence and artistic provocation, who embraced work that took risks with style and content, and who demonstrate a shared commitment to the work of the Group.
The Wilbury Group's Resident Artists are the artists at the center of our commitment to the community, the force behind our re-imagining of classic and established plays, and important voices in our development of new works.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JEFF HODGE, RESIDENT ARTIST / ACTOR
Jeff's previous productions with The Wilbury Group include Mr Burns, a post-electric play; 10,000 Things; Jerusalem (Ginger); Cain + Abel (Cain); Lieutenant of Inishmore (Joey); Exit the King (Guard); Roadhouse the Concert Musical (Jimmie); The Teller (Eustace, et al). New Works readings of Cain + Abel, Communion, Mercy, How to Ride a Bike. Other Theaters (Select): Brilliant Traces, Hugging the Shoulder (Theatre of Thought); Vacancy (Elemental Theatre); Get Rough With Me, Tig (Tyrannosaurus Rep); Eugene Morris Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs (Port Tobacco Theatre). Jeff Hodge is a founding member of Elbow Deep Media. He lives in Providence.
BRIEN LANG, RESIDENT ARTIST / ACTOR / DIRECTOR / PLAYWRIGHT
Directing with Wilbury – Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, Passing Strange, A Public Reading of…Walt Disney We Won't Pay, We Won't Pay! Acting with Wilbury –Stupid F@#$ing Bird (Trig), 10,000 Things(Priest) Cabaret (Ernst Ludwig), Threepenny Opera (Tiger Brown), Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (John Calhoun), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Donny). Also with Wilbury – Sound & Music Design for Ill Seen, Ill Said and Not I, Co-Music Director of This Beautiful City (with Milly Romanzi) and Music Director for DeStefano on the Air and The Teller. He also composed original music for Caucasian Chalk Circle at URI. Other directing projects (select) Medea, Waiting for Godot and Polish Joke – NewGate Theatre, The Gays of Our Lives – Boston and Providence Pride Festivals, The Frogs – adapted and directed for a City of Providence sponsored tour. His original musical Road House: The Return of the Concert of the Musical received its premiere as part of Wilbury New Works and his musical The My Way Murders debuted in the PVD Fringe 2016.
MELISSA PENICK, RESIDENT ARTIST / ACTOR
Melissa's previous productions with The Wilbury Group include Di and Viv and Rose (Rose); Ui (Dusty), Jerusalem (Dawn), Stupid Fucking Bird (Emma) Cain + Abel (Lilith), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Tragedian, Gertrude), This Beautiful City (Ensemble), Detroit (Mary), New Works/Staged Reading Series: Cold, Invisible UpSouth, Chore Monkeys, Unfortunate Fits
Other Theatres (select): Wittenberg (Barn Summer Playhouse/RWU); A Brief History Of The Earth and Everything In It, Vacancy (Elemental Theatre Collective); HurlyBurly (Epic Theatre); Superhero (The Beckett Theatre/Samuel French One Act Festival); Weightless, Big Death & Little Death (Perishable Theatre); Julius Caesar, Aunt Dan and Lemon (Gamm Theatre); Betty’s Summer Vacation, The Misanthrope, David Copperfield (2nd Story Theatre); Oleanna, Blue Room, The Lion in Winter (Firehouse Theater); Xanthippe’s Lament, Adam and Eve (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) Melissa is a graduate of Trinity Rep Conservatory.
DAVID TESSIER, RESIDENT ARTIST / ACTOR / MUSIC DIRECTOR
As an actor with The Wilbury Group, David has appeared in Betrayal (Jerry); Ui [oo-ey] (Arturo Ui); Jerusalem (Johnny 'Rooster' Byron); Dry Land (Janitor); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Player); Detroit (Kenny); The Threepenny Opera (Macheath); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Bandleader). Other theatres (select): The Droll (Brown/Trinity Playwright’s Rep); Anne Boleyn, Festen, Hamlet, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Much Ado About Nothing, Tempest, Macbeth (Gamm); All The King’s Men, A Christmas Carol (Trinity Rep); Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Girl Gone, Just Resting, Dead Wait (Perishable Theater); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Newgate Theater); Romeo and Juliet (Mixed Magic Theater).
PHOENYX WILLIAMS, RESIDENT ARTIST / ACTOR / PLAYWRIGHT
Phoenyx Williams is an MC and wordsmith most known for his work as a solo artist on the underground hip hop scene. He is also known for his multitude of characters, puppets, and impersonations as a member of the intergalactic space funk band Big Nazo. In Spring of 2017, his hip-hopera The Invasion of Vox Populi premiered in the Wilbury Group's Festival of New Works. Additionally, Phoenyx has worked with The Wilbury Group in productions of Passing Strange, Ui [oo-ey], Mr. Burns, a post-electric play.