(VIDEO) Columbia College Theatre Department Teachers Bring ‘The Sound Inside’ to Broadway

David Cromer

Former Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department student and faculty member David Cromer HDR ’17 — winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for The Band’s Visit and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Columbia College in 2017 — is returning to Broadway as director of The Sound Inside, a drama by Adam Rapp about a middle-aged teacher (played by Mary-Louise Parker) who instructs a young student to help her commit suicide.

The play — which received its world premiere in July 2018 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, with Cromer providing what New York Times theatre critic Jesse Green described as “masterly direction” — is currently in previews at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54, where it opens on October 17.

Heather Gilbert
Heather Gilbert

The show’s lighting designer is Theatre Department faculty member Heather Gilbert, a teacher in the Theatre Department’s Theatre Design Program. Gilbert, who is making her debut as a Broadway designer, previously collaborated with Cromer on his acclaimed Off-Broadway staging of the classic drama Our Town in 2009.