Kirby’s career in the arts has touched practically every facet of the entertainment industry from opera to cartoon voiceovers. He has written for television, stage and film, sang and danced in the showrooms of Las Vegas, headlined with symphonies all over the world and starred on London’s West End and New York’s Broadway stages. He received an Olivier Award nomination as the original Bobby Child in the UK premiere of Crazy For You and he can be heard on the London cast recording. As a director and choreographer, he’s guided theatrical productions all over the world, from New York City to the far reaches of China. Kirby has twice been named Best Director of the Year in Boston and received San Diego Critics Circle Awards for Best Director of a Musical and Best Choreography for 2006. As an educator, Kirby was a special guest director/instructor of the prestigious Central Academy of Drama (CAD) in central Beijing where he directed students in the art of American Musical Theatre. He has done similar work in Seoul, Korea. Last year in Inner Mongolia, he trained a folkloric troupe in the western style of theatre, directing them in an original musical celebrating the life of Kublai Khan. During this time, he oversaw the conversion of a 25,000 square foot Mongolian yurt into a state-of-the-art theatre-in-the-round. Kirby is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC), SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity. To read more about Kirby, visit www.kirbyward.com
Louis was most recently seen here at the Rubicon as the Fool in King Lear and as Ariel in our 2010 production of The Tempest. With an emphasis on Classical Theatre, he has worked professionally in regional theatre as an actor for over 30 years and has performed in 20 plays in the Shakespearean canon in theatres and festivals around the country including 2 years at the famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, 2 years with the prestigious Shakespeare Theatre in D.C.(garnering a Helen Hayes Award Nomination for his portrayal of Ariel in The Tempest.), 4 years with the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, and 2 years at the V.I.T.A. Shakespeare Festival in Northern California. Louis has also toured for 4 years with his own company, Shakespeare In Action, bringing the Bard to elementary schools, high schools and colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaching Shakespeare, text, acting and stage combat to hundred of kids. He believes that if you can act Shakespeare well, it will make you a better actor overall. Favorite Shakespeare Play: Macbeth. Favorite Shakespeare quote: “To thine own self be true..” L.A. theatre credits include the Ahmanson Theatre in the Royal National Theatre touring production of An Enemy of the People with Sir Ian McKellen, The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, six seasons with A Noise Within, and The Colony Theatre Company. Regional theatre credits Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, ACT(Seattle), San Jose Repertory Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara and South Coast Repertory Theatre, having recently appeared as Richard Burbage in Shakespeare In Love.
Joseph has been a professional actor for twenty years having graduated from the M.F.A. program at Yale School of Drama where he studied acting with the legendary Earle Gister. Before Yale, Mr. Fuqua also attended many schools and university programs including studies at James Madison University (Communications and Costume Design), S.U.N.Y. Purchase (Voice and Acting), University of London: Birkbreck College (Architecture and Theatre), Rhode Island School of Design (Architecture and Fine Arts), as well as master classes at H.B. Studios with Uta Hagen, (Author of "Respect for Acting" and "Creating a Role"). Joseph became a member of the Renegade Cuccaracha Theatre Company in New York City performing for several years in the popular Underground Soap. A membership with the Circle Rep Lab soon followed. Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs, 110 in the Shade (Lincoln Center), Raft of the Medusa and Yours, Anne. Regionally Joseph has appeared on the stage in varying roles of many well known theatres including Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra at Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Alexei in A Month in the Country at the Arena Stage, Iago in Othello at the Dallas Shakespeare Festival and Louis in Angels in America at the Dallas Theatre Center. While in Dallas, Joseph had the honor of teaching advanced acting at Southern Methodist University with Miss Sheridan Thomas. Moving to Los Angeles in 1997, he worked extensively in television, film and theatre. Joseph has guest starred on “The X-Files,” “The Profiler,” “Brooklyn South,” “The Pretender,” “Chicago Hope,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Becker.” On film, he has appeared in “Ed's Next Move,” “David Searching,” “Heyday,” and as J.E.B. Stuart in “Gettysburg,” a role he reprised in the Warner Brothers film “Gods and Generals” with Robert Duvall. L.A. audiences have seen him in The Cat's Meow (Drama-Logue Award), Very Truly Yours, On the Jump at South Coast Rep, and All My Sons at the International City/Theatre of Long Beach. He made his professional directorial debut with J for J (featuring Jenny Sullivan and the late great, John Ritter), presented by Rubicon and 11th Hour Productions at the Court Theatre. In 2000, Joseph joined Rubicon as its first company member having appeared in over 16 productions with Rubicon, including the title character in Hamlet. He has taught middle school, high school and adult acting for the company since that time. Joseph is a member of the Screen Actors' Guild, Actors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.