Laura Lundy | Founder and Executive Producer
Laura Lundy is the Founder and Executive Producer of Blue Panther. Lundy’s Blue Panther Production credits include the upcoming 2017 international tour of “Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood” starring humorist Dylan Brody, in Chicago, Barcelona and New York, the 2016 New York run of Award-Winning comedian Alicia Dattner’s “The Oy of Sex,” celebrated Toronto dancer/performance artist Sara Porter’s “Sara does a Solo” at the 2016 San Francisco International Arts Festival, and Scott Charles’ 2015 drama “Dinners with Augie” at Antiquite Maison, Sacramento, and co-produced Conor McPherson’s “The Birds” with Symmetry Theatre, Oakland (2016).
Lundy was the Co-Founder and original Artistic Director for Virago Theatre Company (2005-2015) in San Francisco, where she produced and directed “Threepenny Opera,” “Candide,” “A Taste of Honey” and “Sonia Flew,” directed the world premieres of “A Bed of My Own,” “The Afterlife of the Mind,” and “Beekeeper,” produced “Zombie Vixens from Hell-The Musical!” in San Francisco, and William Bivins’ “Ransom, Texas,” directed by Jon Tracy, in San Francisco (2014) and Los Angeles (2015). In 2013-2014 Lundy produced and starred in the World Premiere of George Pfirrmann's “AROUSAL” paired with Harold Pinter's “The Lover,” and brought the show to San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York for highly successful runs in all three cities, and in 2015 produced Crystal Jackson's futuristic comedy “The Singularity” in New York at The Flea Theater for Virago Theatre Company. Other directing credits include the critically acclaimed 20th anniversary San Francisco production of “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” for Theatre Shark, and “Sight Unseen” for Lunacy Stageworks (Portland, Oregon). Lundy received her training at Pomona College and through the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and has been a professional working producer/director/actor for over 30 years.
Maggie Whitaker | Production Associate
Maggie Whitaker has been living and working in the bay area for over 18 years as a costume designer, educator, and theatre artist. She received her BFA in Theatre Design at the University of South Florida and her MFA in Costume Design at the University of San Diego, California. For the last seven years, she has built a fully accredited BFA and MFA costume design program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California.
As a teacher, she has built a curriculum that trains costume design students to think critically about text and the story being told so that their costumes connect accurately to the material. Additionally, she believes that the best design work comes from active collaboration with the director, designers, and actors throughout the entire development process. She has created courses that deal with the specific training of the undergraduate costume designers, through individual project work and collaborations with the School of Acting and the School of Motion Pictures and Television. Her alumni have gone on to fellowships at Santa Fe Opera, American Conservatory Theatre, and can be found working in New York and Los Angeles.
Her work as a costume designer has been seen at theatres across the Bay Area including TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Magic Theatre, Ray of Light Theatre, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre, and Cutting Ball Theatre. While she has a love of classic texts, she seeks out new plays and collaborations that allow her to get involved with the playwrights as well as directors. She is excited to join Blue Panther Productions as a Blue Panther Associate and take her experience as a designer and teacher and use it to help further the development of new work.
Ian M White
Ian is an actor and freelance producer. Ian worked with Laura Lundy and Blue Panther Productions regularly over the past few years. He began collaborating with Lundy in 2013 when he co-produced George Pfirrmann’s "AROUSAL" and Harold Pinter’s "The Lover" to New York after successful runs in San Francisco and L.A. (Virago Theatre Productions). It was a magical collaboration! Ian recently transitioned from living in New York City to Los Angeles and now regularly collaborates with Blue Panther as a producer on Los Angeles projects.
Ian is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he produced full-length plays and sketch comedy. In 2015, he produced a newly imagined production of HAIR, the tribal rock musical, in collaboration with Desert Stages Theatre in Arizona. Later that year, he began producing a feature film. The film is will be released in 2017.