Broadway Teachers Workshop
Alicia Albright is an NYC based Broadway performing artist, choreographer, avid traveler and theatre dance/dance/yoga/meditation and empowerment teacher. She has appeared on Broadway as the Dance Captain/Swing of Wicked and is currently an original cast member and swing in Disney's Frozen the Musical on Broadway. She has also toured the US and globally as a performer in musicals and with dance companies as well as a teacher. She has toured with Wicked, A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, All Shook Up, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Sweet Charity, as well as other regional jobs and has worked as a performer and Associate Choreographer at Transcendence Theatre Company. She has also taught dance, theatre, yoga and empowerment across the US and in Australia and Germany.
Jelani Remy currently stars as Eddie Kendricks in Ain’t Too Proud on Broadway. Prior to that, he was a swing with the original company. A New Jersey native, he is thrilled to be part of the show! Other credits include Disney’s The Lion King (Simba), Disney’s High School Musical (Chad), Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Apple Boys (Jack). @itsjelaniremy “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Roddy Kennedy currently appears on Broadway in Hamilton. International Tours: Grease (Sonny), Fame (D.C). National Tours: In The Heights (Graffiti Pete), Joseph...(Directed and Choreographed by Andy Blankenbueler), Pajama Game (Steam Heat). Regional: Zelda: An American Love Story (Directed by Vincent Marini with Choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, Jennifer Jancuska). Film: “Waiting In The Wings” (Co-Choreographer).
A.J. Shively was last seen on Broadway in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Bright Star. A.J. also appeared on Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles. His off-Broadway credits include Brigadoon, February House, Unlock'd, ...Guide To A Successful Marriage, Things To Ruin and Little Airplanes of the Heart. Regionally, he has appeared at the McCarter, Baltimore Center Stage, NY Stage and Film. On television, he has appeared on “Homeland,” “Younger,” “Blacklist,” and “The Daily Show.” He holds a B.F.A. in musical theatre from the University of Michigan.
Zack Willis grew up in Westchester County, NY. He graduated from Emerson College in Boston and has been performing at UCB since 2011. He has been teaching there since 2014. He has taught workshops around the world, at colleges such as Dartmouth and Princeton, at companies such as Venmo. He currently performs in NYC on Saturday nights with his team, Women & Men. He performs regularly with Rumpleteaser, UCB's musical improv team. He also performs around the country with UCB TourCo. Zack's writing has appeared on Funny Or Die and The Onion Video.
Ashley Perez Flanagan
Ashley Pérez Flanagan’s recent and favorite credits include: Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 (u/s Sonya, Mary – Broadway, A.R.T.), Orpheus and Eurydice are F***ing in Love (Eurydice - Ars Nova), In Love with Jobim (The Girl - York Theatre), Prometheus Bound (Daughter of the Aether - A.R.T.), West Side Story (Rosalia, Maria u/s), Evita (Mistress), Once on This Island (TiMoune), Footloose (Rusty), The Sound of Music (Liesel u/s, performed). Select New York workshops: A Moment in Time; Bull Durham; I’m Your Man; Flashdance; Beauty (Young Marguerite), Regina Spektor project. Concerts: Wunnerful Wunnerful! (Joe's Pub, Ars Nova); Moondrunk (Joe's Pub, Carnegie Hall), American Songbook Series w/ Lea Delaria, Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Hope Easterbrook started her dance training in her hometown of Goshen, New York, where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Modern. She was introduced to Hip Hop when she began training at The School at Steps in the Pre-Professional Program. After dancing at Steps in high school, she was accepted to the Musical Theater and Dance program at Marymount Manhattan College. While studying at Marymount, Hope developed a passion for teaching and decided to pursue a career in teaching and performing Hip Hop. She has worked on a variety of performances and music videos for up and coming artists. In 2016 she made her Broadway debut in Hamilton as the first replacement to the original cast. Also while fulfilling her dream of performing in the Tony Awards. Besides performing Hope has worked as associate choreographer for multiple projects including "The Ladies of Hip Hop Showcase" (2015), Broadway Bares (2014-2017). She is looking forward to furthering her career as a dance instructor, performer, and a well-rounded dancer.
Raven Thomas is a member of the current Broadway company of Hamilton, covering the roles of Eliza, Angelica and Peggy. She is 24 years old and originally from Oxford, Ohio. She graduated from The University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Sociology. She has worked at a theme park for 6 years, many regional theaters, as a chambermaid, on a National Tour, and is now making her Broadway debut in Hamilton. Her family, friends, teachers, and loved ones are where she gets her strength to continue to redefine perfection & strive for her goals.
Syndee Winters currently plays Nala on Broadway in The Lion King. Prior to that, she was the standby for Eliza Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler, Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds in Hamilton on Broadway. She is currently rehearsing to appear in Jesus Christ Superstar live for NBC. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Lion King (Nala) and Motown the Musical and Pippin.. Other: The 2009 Album “The Bridge” DJ Grandmaster Flash. (Songwriter) A distinguished alumni of Five Towns College and Hip-Hop Head. @SyndeeWinters
Karla Puno Garcia is currently in the Broadway show Hamilton. Credits include Broadway’s West Side Story, Gigi, Hot Feet and National Tours of Wicked and Addams Family. TV: SMASH, SYTYCD. NYU Tisch Dance BFA. Karla choreographed the ENCORES Off-Center production Gone Missing. She is the recipient of the Richmond Theatre Critics ‘Best Choreography’ Award for her original work on In The Heights (Virginia Rep). Music Videos: Kindness, Casablanca Records; The Knocks, Atlantic Records, Mandy Gonzales. She has presented for BC Beat, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, and Katie’s Project. She is on the theater faculty at Broadway Dance Center.
Kirsten Scott is currently staring as Sherrie Christian in Rock of Ages. Broadway: 2011 Follies revival (cast album,) Big Fish (cast album,) Jersey Boys, Hairspray. Tour/Regional: An American in Paris, Minsky’s (Ahmanson), Ragtime (Ogunquit, IRENE Nom.) Joseph (Stages,St. Louis Theatre Circle Nom.) Oklahoma (Lyric Theater),The Wedding singer, Curtains (PCLO) A Wonderful Life (Goodspeed).TV: “The Hunt,” “Elementary,” “Quantico.” Kirsten is a proud grad of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
Kate Marilley is the Dance Captain and a cast member of The Prom on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center Theatre, and the Broadway national tour of Billy Elliot. Regionally, she has appeared in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Can-Can (Paper Mill); White Christmas, The Secret Garden (Denver Center); Amazing Grace (Goodspeed); Damn Yankees, A Chorus Line (Fingerlakes MTF); and 42nd Street (Musical Theatre West). BFA Carnegie Mellon.
Amanda Gronich has devoted her career to creative non-fiction storytelling. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in the graduate school Educational Theatre program at CUNY City College New York. She also teaches her interview-based storytelling techniques at Tectonic Theater Project, where she is a charter company member. She directed Tectonic’s Toronto production of Moisés Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and was a member of the original group of theater artists who co-created The Laramie Project. An Emmy-nominated non-fiction television writer, Amanda worked as a Series Writer at National Geographic Television. Prior to that, she was the Supervising Senior Writer at Hoff Productions, where she developed and scripted dozens of hours of programming for networks including Discovery, Nat Geo, Travel Channel, and Animal Planet. Before becoming a writer, Amanda worked as a professional actor in theater and film. She trained at NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing and NYC’s H.S. of Performing Arts.
Michele Pawk's Broadway credits include: Beautiful, Hairspray, Losing Louie, Mamma Mia, Hollywood Arms (for which she won the Tony Award), Chicago, Seussical, Cabaret (receiving Drama Desk & Outer Critics' Circle Award nominations), Triumph Of Love, Crazy For You (Drama Desk nomination), Mail. Off- Broadway, she has appeared in Picnic, 17 Orchard Point, Giant, A Small Fire (Drama Desk & Lucille Lortel nominations), Mahida’s Extra Key To Heaven. Flyovers, Prayer For My Enemy. The Dark At The Top of the Stairs, The Pairs Letter (Drama Desk nomination), Reefer Madness, After The Fair, Hello Again, Merrily We Roll Along, , jon & jen, A Little Night Music. Regional favorites include: Tell Them I’m Still Young, Sylvia, Levity, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bounce (Helen Hayes nomination). Television appearances include: “Madam Secretary”, “Law & Order” (7x), “The Golden Girls”, “Dear John”, and “Quantum Leap.”.She can be heard on 14 Original Cast Albums and several books on tape. Michele is Board Chair of American Theater Group, and proud faculty member at Wagner College.
John Basil was founding member and the Producing Artistic Director of American Globe Theatre for 25 years, the longest running, off-off Broadway theatre in midtown Manhattan. He is the author of the popular and practical book WILL POWER, How to Act Shakespeare in 21 Days, published by Applause Books. For American Globe Theatre he has directed over 50 productions, including not only over twenty-seven of Shakespeare's works, which include Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, King Lear, Titus Andronicus, and The Merchant of Venice but the New York premieres of Passages and the award-winning Vandals. Regionally, John has also directed works of great diversity—from Twelfth Night, Richard III, and Candida to Neil Simon’s Proposals—for the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia, the Asolo Theater and American Stage Festival in Florida, Bradley University in Illinois, Long Island University and the University of Colorado. Along the way he has also directed five seasons of opera at Sarasota Opera, most recently directing Madama Butterfly in 2017. Mr. Basil has also worked in television as a director for NBC’s ‘Another World.’
Victoria Navarro received her MFA in Stage Management at UCSD. Her passion is touring. She has served as the Touring Production Stage Manager of such Broadway shows as Matilda, Annie, Oliver!, and Seussical. She has recently worked at Paper Mill Playhouse as PSM for Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn and Benny and Joon. She has also stage managed in both the opera and dance worlds. She is an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University and Tisch School of Drama where she teaches stage management and touring.
Thomas Kail received a Tony Award for his direction of Hamilton on Broadway. He received a Tony nomination for his direction of his Broadway production of In the Heights. His additional Broadway credits include the new plays Lombardi and Magic/Bird. Other credits include the world premiere of Hamilton and Dry Powder at the Public Theater; the world premiere of In the Heights; Broke-ology and the world premiere of When I Come to Die at Lincoln Center Theater; the world premiere of Daphne’s Dive at the Signature Theater; Randy Newman’s Faust, as well as The Wiz at New York City Center; the world premiere of The Tutors at Second Stage Uptown; the world premiere of Broke-ology at Williamstown Theater Festival; the world premiere of A.R. Gurney's Family Furniture at The Flea; the national tour of In the Heights; and Once on this Island at the Paper Mill Playhouse. He is the co-creator and director of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme, which played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festiva and will open on Broadway this falll. His television credits include “Fosse Verdon” for FX, “Grease Live “for FOX; Oprah Winfrey's Primetime Oscar Special for ABC; the pilot episode of “Storymakers” for AMC; as well as serving as the Executive Producer of the TV show “Freestyle Love Supreme” for Pivot. He was also the co-music director and consulting producer on first season of PBS show “The Electric Company.” He is a recipient of a Drama Desk Award, an Obie, a Callaway Award, the Lucile Lortel Award and the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
Michael Hartney is an actor/writer/comedian in New York City. He spent the last decade performing improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NY, where he is now the Artistic Director. Michael was one of 2016's Comedy Central Comics to Watch, did the 2018 NBC Late Night Writers Workshop, and performed in the New Faces Characters showcase at the 2018 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. TV credits include “The Break with Michelle Wolf”, “30 Rock”, and “The Who Was? Show”. He was also a staff writer on TV Land's late night show “Throwing Shade”. And crazily enough, Michael originated the roles of Stanley and Mr. Williams in Broadway's School of Rock The Musical.
Michelle Phillips graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She has gone on to perform both nationally and internationally with Spectrum Dance Theater, toured the world as dance captain for Royal Caribbean International and has had the pleasure of dancing as a Radio City Rockette. Michelle joined the faculty of National Dance Institute in 2009 and serves as a Master Teacher and choreographer in public schools across New York City. She is highly active with NDI’s DREAM (Dancers Realize Excellence Through Arts And Movement), an inclusive dance program that provides children with disabilities the opportunity to perform. Michelle is also a teaching artist with BOLD Arts focusing on early childhood dance education. In addition to dance, Michelle has been teaching Pilates since 2000. She is Adjunct Faculty for Fletcher Pilates®, Pilates Method Alliance Certified and a certified Gyrotonic® teacher. Michelle maintains her inspiration through nightly dance concerts performed by her 4-year-old daughter and 19-month-old son.
Jeremy Dobrish is a director, playwright, artistic leader, creative director, and teacher whose focus has been developing and directing new plays and musicals. He has directed at Second Stage, MCC, Joe’s Pub, The Promenade, The Variety Arts, The Century, Actor’s Playhouse, etc. His productions have received several Lortel and Drama Desk nominations. Regionally, Jeremy has directed at The Old Globe, Barrington Stage, North Shore, The O’Neill, New York Stage and Film, Goodspeed and The Village Theatre. He is a 7-time published playwright who founded adobe theatre company which he ran for thirteen years, and he co-founded Midtown Direct Rep, in Maplewood, NJ. He has served on the faculty of NYU, and has taught at Juilliard, The National Theatre Institute, The New York Film Academy, Fordham, Washington Irving High School, and Western Michigan University. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and SDC, and is represented by Paradigm.
Jill Abramovitz Broadway: Beetlejuice (also at The National), Fiddler on the Roof, Cinderella, 9 to 5, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Also: Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson (Avery Fisher Hall), Ever After and Damn Yankees (Papermill Playhouse), Emmet Otter and Band Geeks (Goodspeed), and shows at Barrington Stage, Kennedy Center, Westchester Bway (Fanny Brice in Funny Girl) White Plains PAC (Hedy LaRue in How To Succeed). TV credits include: “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, T”he Last OG”, “Kimmy Schmidt”, “Madam Secretary”, “Braindead”, “Good Wife”, “Ugly Betty”, “30 Rock”, “Hostages”, “Z-Rock and Civil”.
Patricia Noonan is an actor, singer, lyricist, and playwright. She has appeared at the Roundabout, Lincoln Center, City Center, and theaters across the country and created roles in Maury Yeston's Death Takes a Holiday (Sophia), Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennet), The Brontes (Charlotte), Signs of Life (Lorelei), Baby Case (Betty Gow), and Neurosis (Abby). As a writer, her work includes book & lyrics for the musicals Sweetwater (developed/presented at Goodspeed and NAMT), Learning How to Drown (developed/presented a Goodspeed, Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival, Boston College), and book for Masterpiece (upcoming at the York).
Danny Miller is currently a Voodoo puppeteer for King Kong on Broadway, a role for which he won a Green Room Award in his native Australia. He controls the facial expressions of King Kong via an animatronic rig and also appears in the on-stage ensemble. He was also a puppeteer for the wildly successful arena tour of Walking With Dinosaurs in North America, New Zealand and Australia, controlling facial features and sounds of the animatronic dinosaurs. He built and performed with six one meter marionettes for the feature film ‘Judy & Punch’ as well as the six meter tall puppets for White Nights Melbourne, and he is a ‘Trash Leader’ with the educational touring puppetry company Trash Puppets, teaching sustainability and theatre through the creation of puppets from recycled and reused materials.
Skylar Fox is the head of the U.S. Magic and Illusion department for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway and has consulted on magic for the Tony Awards and The Tonight Show. He is also a director, playwright, designer, and magician. As a director, his credits include Pussy Sludge by Gracie Gardner (2017 Relentless Award in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman, HERE Arts Center), Juliet & Romeo (The Brick), and the Boston premieres of the 6-hour genre-bending epic The Valentine Trilogy and of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, for which he was nominated for an IRNE Award. He is the co-artistic director of Nightdrive, where he has directed and co-written Providence, RI (Critic’s Pick, The Tank), Thank You Sorry (Ars Nova), and Apathy Boy (The Brick, 2015 O’Neill Finalist, 2016 re-mount at Ars Nova), and directed and co-created The Annotated History of the American Muskrat by John Kuntz (The New Ohio, Boston Center for the Arts). He is a proud graduate of Brown University, with a degree in Theatre and Performance Studies.
Connor Gallagher Most recently choreographed the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Beetlejuice, directed by Alex Timbers. He directed and choreographed a new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast for Disney Creative Entertainment which recently received the Brass Ring Award. Other projects include The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre Company, Astaire Award, Calloway nominee); Found (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Elf (13 companies worldwide including Madison Square Garden and The Kennedy Center); The Twelve (Denver Center); The Magic School Bus (director, National Tour). Connor collaborated with Jessica Stone on Spelling Bee (Bucks County), Dancing at Lughnasa (Two River Theatre) and Vanity Fair (Shakespeare DC and ACT) and with Gordon Greenberg on The Fabulous Lipitones (Goodspeed), South Pacific (The Maltz Jupiter) and the world-premiere stage adaptation of Tangled (Disney Creative Entertainment). Other favorites include productions, Westport Country Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Theatreworks, and Northern Stage. Connor was associate director for Into the Woods at The Public Theatre starring Amy Adams, Donna Murphy, and Denis O’Hare. Connor’s work has been seen in commercials for Hanky Panky, Glidden Paint, and Luxxotica Eyewear. A former competitive gymnast, Connor spent a year on Broadway as a dancing rug.
Kelly Buwalda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI, and is a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. A dedicated educator, she has been teaching and choreographing for National Dance Institute (NDI) over 14 years. Additionally, she has taught for New York City Ballet’s Education Department, and Harmony Project Hudson. She believes in the power of performance to unleash vulnerability, enhance creativity, and bring about personal - and communal - transformation. Based in Brooklyn, Buwalda’s work has been produced in NYC at the Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas, and Webster Hall. Most recently, she directed NDI's 2018 Event of the Year, "At the River's Edge," a performance including 200 children and live orchestra, which premiered at Skirball NYU, and was re-staged at Symphony Space and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Her choreography was presented at Detroit Dance City Festival (2017, 2016), and she was an Artist-in-Residency at Chez Bushwick (2014). As a dancer, Buwalda has performed for numerous choreographers, locally and internationally, including Mei-Yin Ng, Julio Rivera, Erin Dudley, and Stephan Koplowitz. As a wellness coach, Kelly created "Nutrition for Dancers" curriculum for Joffrey Ballet School, and presented personalized workshops for New York Dance Project, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, National Dance Institute's Teacher Training program, and Discover Outdoors. Continuing her pursuit of connection and transformational experiences, she acquired her certification in "Intuitive Thai Therapy" and currently offers bodywork and healing as a part of her wellness practice.
Shannon Lewis is a Choreographer, Director, and performer with over 25 years of Broadway performance experience. Shannon is the Choreographer of the groundbreaking and inventive new musical The Secret Silk by Stephen Schwartz and John Tartaglia. Her critically acclaimed choreography recently appeared in the re-imagined Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, as well as the new musical film Stuck starring Amy Madigan, Giancarlo Esposito and Ashanti. Shannon has conceived, created and premiered four original works for the world renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and debuted her original concept piece Criminal at BC Beat in New York City. Other Direction and Choreography: Shrek the Halls (Dreamworks); “2014 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony” (Fox); Claudio Quest (Signature Theatre/NYMF) Show Time-The First 100 Years of the American Musical (Off Broadway); A Dog Story (Broadway); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (3D Theatricals); Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Xmas Tale; Dance Out Loud NYC; Lord Tom (Off Broadway); Sid the Science Kid LIVE! (AEA National tour); ReUseable the Musical; Take the Plunge; RedRum; BustleFluffah. As a performer, Shannon starred in “I Gotcha” in the original Broadway cast of Fosse and is featured singing “I Gotcha” on the Original Cast album. She starred as “Ursula” opposite Christina Applegate in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity, and as “Miss Krumholtz” with Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss and Nick Jonas in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Other Broadway credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood; The People in the Picture; Curtains; Look of Love; Contact; Candide; Crazy for You. Broadway National Tours: A Chorus Line as “Sheila” and Pippin as “Fastrada”. Shannon appeared as a Rockette in the world famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC. Television and film includes The Today Show, the Tony Awards, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, PBS Great Performances; The Sound of Music LIVE on NBC starring Carrie Underwood and the feature film TED 2. Shannon is on Guest Faculty at The School at Jacob’s Pillow and Adjunct Professor at Pace University Commercial Dance in New York City.
Peter Flynn is a New York City-based director, producer, and teacher. His most recent directing credits include the off-Broadway premiere of Smart Blonde by Willy Holtzman starring Andréa Burns. Other recent credits include the new musical Curvy Widow at the Westside Theater; Into the Woods for Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. where he is also an Associate Artist; Sweeney Todd with Terrence Mann & Liz Larsen at Connecticut Repertory Theatre; and Born Yesterday for the Maltz-Jupiter Theatre. New York credits include the 75th Anniversary of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town with Adriane Lenox, B.D. Wong, S. Epatha Merkerson, and concerts of On the 20th Century with Douglas Sills & Marin Mazzie, Chess with Josh Groban & Julia Murney, and Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg & Andrea Martin; Skippyjon Jones, & Junie B. Jones (nominated for two Lucille Lortel Awards including Best Musical), and Rhapsody in Seth - Actors’ Playhouse starring Seth Rudetsky. Other credits include Andrea Martin’s one woman show, Andrea Martin: Final Days Everything Must Go, the world premiere of Willy Holtzman’s new play, Smart Blonde at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre starring Andréa Burns; Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop; Gypsy at the St. Louis MUNY; 1776 & The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Ford’s Theatre, and Man of La Mancha for the Maltz-Jupiter Theatre which earned him the South Florida Carbonell Award for Best Direction. Peter was the Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York for five seasons, overseeing a variety of large scale productions, intimate plays, and the development of new work. He is also the Founding Artistic Director of the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Peter is an Associate Professor of Musical Theatre at Montclair State University, and is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Fred Lassen is a seasoned Broadway conductor, music director, and arranger. Broadway productions he has conducted or supervised include: Prince of Broadway, Bandstand, Mean Girls, King Kong, Finding Neverland, Once, Porgy and Bess, South Pacific, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot, Cabaret, 42nd Street, Once Upon A Mattress. Off-Broadway/Regional: The Sting (Paper Mill Playhouse, w/Harry Connick, Jr.), The Threepenny Opera (Atlantic Theatre, dir. Martha Clarke), ZORRO (Alliance Theatre), Dangerous Beauty (Pasadena Playhouse. International: Prince of Broadway (Tokyo/Osaka), 4STARS, (Tokyo/Osaka), Maury Yeston’s Peony Pavilion (Beijing), Cabaret (Folies Bergère, Paris). He was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in Washington, DC, in the category of Outstanding Music Direction, for Ricky Ian Gordon’s musical Sycamore Trees. Fred has arranged and recorded two albums with Laura Osnes. He was the Associate Music Supervisor for NBC’s live musical broadcasts of Peter Pan and The Sound of Music. Fred graduated with a degree in Organ Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife Vaishali, an independent documentary filmmaker, and his 4-year-old son Luca.
Amanda Flynn was an original cast member of the LA company of Wicked understudying the role of Glinda. She was also part of the Las Vegas company of Mamma Mia as an understudy for Sophie, and the Laurey understudy in the national tour of the Broadway revival of Oklahoma. As an educator, Amanda is on the voice faculty at both Pace University and Molloy College in conjunction with CAP21. She is also the owner of Amanda Flynn Voice Studio with students performing on Broadway (Hamilton, Choir Boy, Be More Chill, Mean Girls, Dear Evan Hansen, King Kong, The Color Purple, Fun Home, Matilda, School of Rock, On The Town, Newsies, Beautiful), Off Broadway (Be More Chill, Fun Home, Daddy, Comfort Women), national tours (The Color Purple, School of Rock, Anastasia, Spamalot, A Chorus Line), international tours (A Chorus Line Japan, Legally Blonde UK, The Sound of Music Asia) and regional theatre. Amanda is currently the Production Vocal Coach for Be More Chill on Broadway, and was the Production Vocal Coach for the three time Drama Desk nominated Off-Broadway show The Lightning Thief. After studying voice at Baylor University, Amanda began performing professionally before finishing her BS in Liberal Arts at The New School. Amanda holds a MM in Vocal Performance with a Musical Theatre concentration as well as an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU. She completed the Vocology Mentorship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, the Distinguished Voice Professional certificate from NYSTA, and completed her Certificate in Vocology from NCVS and The University of Utah. She was the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Van Lawrence Fellowship presented by NATS and The Voice Foundation. She is an active voice researcher and has presented both her belting and vocal health research at the Fall Voice Conference, The Voice Foundation Symposium, and both the VASTA and PAVA Conferences. She currently has two articles in press with the international, peer-reviewed publication Journal of Voice.She is a member of NATS, NYSTA, AEA, MTEA, PAVA, VASTA, and The Voice Foundation.
Annette Jolles has created a diverse body of work as a director and producer for stage and television, receiving multiple Emmy Awards for the 9/11 Memorial from Ground Zero and the 2015 NY Papal Visit, and for producing and writing “Mitzi Gaynor: Razzle Dazzle.” Television directing for Live from Lincoln Center includes “Cynthia Erivo: A Collection of Voices; “Stars in Concert: Sutton Foster;” “Stars in Concert: Leslie Odom, Jr.;” “Norm Lewis: Who Am I?;” “Patina Miller in Concert;” “NY Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve: La Vie Parisienne;” “50 Years of Mostly Mozart;” and three Richard Tucker Galas. Also for PBS, she directed two Michael Feinstein specials at the Rainbow Room. Television producing includes NY’s Celebrate Israel Parade, Greek Independence Day Parade, and National Puerto Rican Day Parade, ticker-tape parades for the NY Giants and NY Yankees, Egypt Week Live for the Discovery network, and multiple years of New Year’s Eve from Times Square. Her work as a stage director has ranged from the York Theatre Company’s Off-Broadway premieres of Little by Little and That Time of the Year, to an original adaptation of Peter and the Wolf at BAM and Lincoln Center. For Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, she directed Così fan tutte, their 2017 opening gala concert The Singing Heart, and, as movement director, the world premiere of In the Name of the Earth. Theatrical concerts include co-producing the annual Project Broadway series at Symphony Space where she also directed ten seasons of New Voices Concerts, Wall to Wall Sondheim, Wall to Wall Schwartz, Wall to Wall Cabaret, Frank Sinatra at 100, and more. Broadway producing: The Play That Goes Wrong, Fiddler on the Roof, China Doll, The Scottsboro Boys, The Anarchist, and Looped. Upcoming: Jagged Little Pill. She teaches musical theater performance at Yale.
Martin Lowe was Music Supervisor and arranger for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Tony and Olivier Award for Best Play), and Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (Olivier Award for Best Comedy).Martin won the Tony, Olivier, Grammy, Drama Desk and Obie for his work as Music Supervisor and Orchestrator on the musical Once. His work at the National Theatre in London includes Disney’s Pinocchio, The Light Princess, War Horse, Caroline Or Change, Jerry Springer: The Opera, (both shows winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Nation and Once In A Lifetime. For the Salzburg Festival Martin created a new score Jedermann and a new orchestration for The Threepenny Opera. For National Theatre of Scotland Martin was the orchestrator and Music Supervisor for The Wolves In The Walls (winner of the TMA award for Best Children’s show.) For the Royal Court Martin composed scores from Jack Thorne’s play Hope, and Roald Dahl’s The Twits. Martin was the original Musical Director for Mamma Mia! in the West End and has subsequently supervised productions in Japan, South Korea, China, and Sweden. He was also the Musical Director for the movie version and won the Golden Reel Award for his work on it. Other West End shows Martin has conducted are The Full Monty, Once On This Island (winner of the 1995 Oliver Award for best Musical), Cats, and Les Miserables.
Caite Hevner is the Associate Video Coordinator for the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Her scenic and projection designs have ben seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, across the country and internationally. Broadway: In Transit. Selected Off-Broadway: Collective Rage, MCC; Derren Brown: Secret, Atlantic Theater Company; DISCORD, Primary Stages; Ugly Lies the Bone, Roundabout; Tail! Spin!, Lynn Redgrave Theater; My Mother Has 4 Noses, The Duke; Baghdaddy, St. Luke’s Theatre; Triassic Parq, Soho Playhouse;Orwell in America, 59E59; The Elephant in Every Room I Enter, New York Theater Workshop Next Door; Parade and The Scarlet Pimpernel, MCP/Lincoln Center. Select Regional: Guthrie, Seattle 5thAvenue, Kennedy Center’s Broadway Center Stage, Alley, Arena, McCarter, Williamstown, Alliance, Alabama Shakespeare, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Maltz Jupiter, Pasadena Playhouse, Long Wharf, People’s Light.
Travis McHale has lived and worked in New York City for the last thirteen years, in which time he has designed over 200 theatrical projects. An alumnus of North Carolina School of the Arts, he holds a BFA in Lighting Design and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, I.A.T.S.E. Local USA829. His designs have been seen on the stages of major regional theatres, Off-Broadway, on tour internationally, at Carnegie Hall and television nationwide. He currently has #DateMe, An Ok Cupid Experiment playing at the Westside Arts theatre. He has an been an associate designer on a wide range of projects on Broadway including Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, All My Sons, Hello Dolly!, Sunset Boulevard, War Paint, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Something Rotten!. Therese Raquin, The Winslow Boy, The Heiress, and The Lyons. Travis also designs for IMCD Lighting which creates the lighting for over 120 fashion shows annually during New York Fashion Weeks.The New York Times has praised his award-winning work as "striking...the unabashed star of the production" and "simple but very clever...inventive design work."
Jennie Marino designs and creates specialty props, puppets, and effects for theatre, film and television. Her work has been seen in over 50 Broadway shows, nominated for the Henry Hewes Design Award in Noteworthy and Unusual Effects by the American Theatre Wing, and continues to perform nightly in the longest running show in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera.
Matt Kraus has worked as a designer for more than 100 theatrical productions including the TONY award winning Broadway show Liza’s at the Palace, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, Kristen Chenoweth - My Love Letter to Broadway , SuperFly, directed by Bill T. Jones, and Absinthe at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. In the television arena, Matt been the sound designer for "Disney's Broadway Hits" at Royal Albert Hall which aired to much acclaim internationally on SKY TV, and Broadway HD and for which he won an Emmy. He has also been a part of many live telecasts, such as “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Macy's July 4th Fireworks,” and "The Wiz- LIVE", "Peter Pan LIVE", “Jesus Christ Superstar- LIVE", and "The 2016 International Jazz Day broadcast live from the White House" Matt is also the Audio Coordinator on remote shoots of the Tonight Show, which has filmed all over the country. In addition, Matt has worked on hundreds of high-profile events. Some highlights include, iHeart Radio's annual Music Festival in Las Vegas, “Gucci/ H&M Fashion Show featuring Prince and Nikki Manaj,” and “Elton John's 60th Birthday Celebration at St. John the Divine.” Matt has worked on several of Paul Newman’s “Hole in the Wall Gang Galas,” which have featured Stevie Wonder, Art Garfunkel, Julia Roberts, Bill Cosby, Bette Midler, Jerry Seinfeld, Itzhak Pearlman, Harry Connick Jr., and Yo Yo Ma. Matt also enjoys traveling the world with Liza Minnelli as her sound designer. Matt is a Member of Local One IATSE, USA 829, and is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
Sheri Sanders was the first person to create a class bridging the gap between popular music and musical theatre. Sheri has been to 72 Musical Theatre programs, trained 67 private voice and acting teachers online, is the first person to create Audition Cuts on music notes and continues to empower professional performers in auditioning for pop/rock musicals here in NYC, all of whom can be found in almost every single Pop/Rock Musical on Broadway, on Tour, Regionally and in Pop/Rock Musicals in TV/Film. Sheri coaches trans and non-binary actors for free to consistently develop inclusive language to be used in all industry settings, and she is also a working actor, and enjoys leading by example!
Brent Wagner, Emeritus Chair of the University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre Department, headed the acclaimed program for 32 years, building it into one of the foremost musical theatre programs in the nations. Graduates of this Department have appeared in countless Broadway productions and tours, television and films. Many have also gone on to become writers, directors, choreographers, agents and producers. Mr. Wagner has directed musicals and revues throughout the United States and Canada, from off-Broadway in New York to the Banff Center in Canada. He directed revues at the Interlochen Center for the Arts for many years, and today often serves as a consultant for musical theatre programs around the country. He is an acknowledged master teacher of musical theatre acting techniques, and is in constant demand around the country for workshops and master classes. Mr. Wagner is a recipient of the prestigious Arthur F. Thurnau professorship for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education at the University of Michigan.
Nic Steffes is a stage manager in NYC. Broadway: Network, Wicked. Off-Broadway: Octet (Signature Theatre), Fireflies (Atlantic Theater
Company). Regional: Lempicka; Where Storms are Born (Williamstown). Nic has a B.A. from the University of Iowa.
Judy McLane performed over 4000 performances on Broadway in Mamma Mia!. She starred as Donna Sheridan for 3 1/2 years and as Tanya for 7 1/2 years making her the longest running lead in Mamma Mia! history. She received critical acclaim for her performance as Vienna in Johnny Guitar Off-Broadway (Drama Desk Nomination and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in the Theater). Ms. McLane has appeared on Broadway in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Aspects of Love, and Chess. Her national and international tours include the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond, Mrs. Baskin in Big, and Side By Side By Sondheim. Some other favorite roles include: Diana in Next to Normal (Pioneer Theater), Phyllis in Follies (Signature Theater, Helen Hayes nomination), Eva Peron in Evita, the title character in Victor/Victoria, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Luisa in Nine, Nancy in Oliver!, Florence in Chess, Lily in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Paper Mill Playhouse), Fiona in Brigadoon, Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (St. Louis Muny), Mrs. Walker in Tommy, Rebecca in Rags (American Musical Theater of San Jose), Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (Sacramento Music Circus), and Ann in 1940's Radio Hour (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Isabella in Wuthering Heights (Olney Playhouse), and Lucy in Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde (Casa Manana). Ms. McLane has performed as a soloist with many symphony orchestras including the Bolshoi Orchestra in Moscow, the National Orchestra of Lyon, France, National Symphony of Canada, National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee, Naples, Oklahoma City, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Louis, Southwest Florida, Toronto, and Chuatauqua Symphony Orchestras and Chess in Concert at Carnegie Hall among many others. Television include NBC's “The Blacklist,” “Guiding Light” and “Another World.” Can be heard on the recordings of Johnny Guitar and Sundance the Musical. Ms. McLane studies voice with Bill Schuman.
Mary Kennedy has been a Teaching Artist and Choreographer with National Dance Institute (NDI) since 2000. Mary received the Mabel S. Weil Fellowship from NDI in 2017 for her passionate commitment to children. She currently teaches at PS 20, PS 183, Spruce Street School and choreographs for NDI’s Advanced Saturday Program. She teaches Jazz and Tap at NDI's Summer Institute as well. Other highlights include traveling to China and Bali on behalf of NDI to teach, study and perform and directing NDI's 2013 Event of the Year: The Big Easy - A Celebration of New Orleans. Mary is a graduate of the 92nd Street Y’s Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) and travels to Central Idaho every summer to work at SPACC (Summer Performing Arts Conservatory Camp) with St. Thomas Playhouse. She is originally from Southern California and graduated from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles with a BA in Communication Studies and minor in Theatre and Dance. She is thrilled to be back this summer to lead choreography workshops for Broadway Teaching Group!
Stephanie Kurtzuba is an actor/producer and mom based in NYC. She appeared in Drama Desk, and Outer Critic’s Circle nominated production of The Signature Theatre Company’s Our Lady of 121 Street, directed by Phylicia Rashad. She can be seen in the anticipated Scorsese film, “The Irishman,” opposite Robert De Niro, as well as in “Bad Education” starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney. Stephanie played Kimmie Belzer in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” For Stephen Daldry, she appeared on film in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and on Broadway in Billy Elliot. Other film credits include “Annie” and “Away We Go.” On television, she recurred in the mini-series “Waco,” “The Good Wife” and “The Leftovers.” In addition to Billy Elliot, Stephanie appeared on Broadway in Mary Poppins and The Boy From Oz, and off-Broadway in Bat Boy and A Mother, A Daughter and A Gun opposite Olympia Dukakis.
Joe Iconis is a musical theater writer and performer. He has been nominated for a Tony Award, two Drama Desk Awards and a Lucille Lortel Award, is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, Jonathan Larson Award and Richard Rodgers Award. Joe’s musical Be More Chill (with Joe Tracz) opened this season at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, following a sold-out Off-Broadway run at The Pershing Square Signature Center and a world premiere at Two River Theatre. He is the author of Broadway Bounty Hunter with Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams; Barrington Stage Company and Greenwich House Theater Off-Broadway), Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova, NAMT), The Black Suits (Center Theater Group, Barrington Stage Company), ReWrite (Urban Stages, Goodspeed Opera House), Theaterworks USA’s The Plant That Ate The Dirty Socks and We The People. Musicals currently in development include The Untitled Hunter S. Thompson Musical (for La Jolla Playhouse), Punk Rock Girl, and Love In Hate Nation. His music appeared on Season 2 of NBC’s “Smash,” with his song “Broadway, Here I Come!” hailed by The New York Times as a new entry in The Great American Songbook. Albums: Be More Chill (OCR), which has been streamed over 220 million times; Things To Ruin (OCR); Two-Player Game; and The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree all available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. His concert act, Joe Iconis and Family, frequently plays Feinstein’s/54 Below, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Weston Playhouse, and other venues around the country. Joe is deliriously inspired by Robert Altman, Dolly Parton, Martin Scorsese, Sardi’s, The Rolling Stones, whiskey, The Muppets, and The Family of artists he frequently surrounds himself with.
Jeff Kready is currently standing by for the “title” role of Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie on Broadway. Other Broadway credits: Monty Navarro in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Tony Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical, Sunday in the Park with George, and Les Misérables (Jean Valjean understudy). Favorite regional: Tommy in Brigadoon (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Ted Hanover in Holiday Inn (Paper Mill Playhouse), Mr. Snow in Carousel (Goodspeed Opera House), and David Sedaris’s one-man-show Santaland Diaries (Hartford TheaterWorks). TV: “The Code,” “The Good Fight,” “Elementary” (recurring), “Boardwalk Empire.” Follow him at jeffkready.com and @JK_Ready.
Isabelle McCalla currently stars as Alyssa Greene in the Broadway production of The Prom. Broadway/1st national tour: Jasmine in Aladdin. Regional: Alliance Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, TUTS, Actors Playhouse, the Muny and PCLO. Television: “Bull” (CBS). BFA University of Michigan.
Nasia Thomas currently appears in the Broadway company of Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations. Prior to that, she was seen as Little Eva in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. Her other credits include the first national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Swing). Regional credits include Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations (Berkeley Rep), Hairspray (The Muny), and The Buddy Holly Story. Other credits include The Wiz (Dorothy), Les Miserables (U/S Fantine), and Dreamgirls (U/S Effie). Nasia is a graduate of Elon University, where she received her BFA in music theatre, 2015.
Rashidra Scott currently stars in Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations on Broadway. Previously, she has been on Broadway in ensemble and lead roles in Avenue Q, Finian's Rainbow, Hair, Sister Act, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. She was on the road as a background vocalist for renowned singer Patti Austin's "BeboperElla!" tour in conjunction with the release of Austin's Ella Fitzgerald tribute album, "For Ella." Rashidra's television appearances include Violet (the singing nurse) on Sony/FOX's "Rescue Me," “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”, “Dancing With The Stars”, the 2011 and 2014 Tony Awards, “The View”, “Good Morning America”, “The Today Show”, “Wendy Williams”, the “Walt Disney World Christmas Parade, and the Macy's and CBS Thanksgiving Day Parades. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Music with a concentration in Music Business/Management from Boston's Berklee College of Music.
Des McAnuff is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and former Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Broadway: Ain’t Too Proud, Summer, Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event), Dracula, the Musical, How to Succeed..., The Who’s Tommy (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Director), A Walk in the Woods, Big River (Tony Awards for Best Director, Best Musical). McAnuff is also Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his tenure as Artistic Director, he staged more than 35 productions of classics, new plays, and musicals. Under his leadership, the Playhouse received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Raised in Canada, he was a part of the Toronto alternative theatre scene in the 70s. While at Stratford, he directed multiple productions including A Word or Two, The Tempest, and Caesar and Cleopatra (all starring Christopher Plummer), Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Twelfth Night (starring Brian Dennehy), ...Forum, As You Like It, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. In 2006, he received the prestigious Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing and in 2011, he was honored with a doctorate from Ryerson University where he attended the Theatre School. In 2012, he was awarded Canada’s esteemed Governor General’s National Arts Center Award and the Order of Canada.
Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – an equally skilled composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, director and performer – best known for his dazzling scores to several of the most renowned musicals of his generation, including the generation-defining The Last Five Years, his debut song cycle Songs for a New World, and the seminal Parade, for which he won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Score. He has been hailed as “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his “extraordinary, jubilant theater music” (Chicago Tribune) has been heard all over the world, whether in one of the hundreds of productions of his musicals every year or in his own incendiary live performances. The New York Times refers to Jason as “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.” Jason’s score for The Bridges of Madison County, a musical adapted with Marsha Norman from the bestselling novel, directed by Bartlett Sher and starring Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale, received two Tony Awards (for Best Score and Orchestrations). Honeymoon In Vegas, based on Andrew Bergman’s film, opened on Broadway in 2015 following a triumphant production at Paper Mill Playhouse. A film version of his epochal Off-Broadway musical The Last Five Years was released in 2015, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan and directed by Richard LaGravenese. His major musicals as composer and lyricist include: 13, written with Robert Horn and Dan Elish, which began its life in Los Angeles in 2007 and opened on Broadway in 2008 (and was subsequently directed by the composer for its West End premiere in 2012); The Last Five Years, which was cited as one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best of 2001 and won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics (and was subsequently directed by the composer in its record-breaking Off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theatre in 2013); Parade, written with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre in 1998, and subsequently won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Musical, as well as garnering Jason the Tony Award for Original Score; and Songs for a New World, a theatrical song cycle directed by Daisy Prince, which played Off-Broadway in 1995, and has since been seen in hundreds of productions around the world, including a celebrated revival at New York’s City Center in the summer of 2018. Parade was also the subject of a major revival directed by Rob Ashford, first at London’s Donmar Warehouse and then at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. His orchestral adaptation of E.B. White’s novel “The Trumpet of the Swan” premiered at the Kennedy Center with John Lithgow and the National Symphony Orchestra, and was recorded for PS Classics. Future projects include a new chamber musical created with Daisy Prince and Jonathan Marc Sherman called The Connector; an adaptation of Lilian Lee’s “Farewell My Concubine”, created with Kenneth Lin and Moisés Kaufman; and a collaboration with Billy Crystal, Amanda Green, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel on a musical of “Mr. Saturday Night”. Jason is the winner of the 2018 Louis Auchincloss Prize, the 2002 Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyrics and the 1996 Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation Award for Musical Theatre. Jason’s songs, including the cabaret standard “Stars and the Moon,” have been performed and recorded by Ariana Grande, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Billy Porter, Betty Buckley, Renée Fleming, Jon Hendricks and many others, and his song “Someone To Fall Back On” was featured in the Walden Media film, “Bandslam.”
Sally Wilfert: Broadway: Assassins, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, King David. National Tour: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway: See Rock City, Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn, The Mistress Cycle, The Prince & The Pauper. Regional: Mamma Mia, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Chasing Rainbows, Damn Yankees, Kiss Me Kate, The Light in the Piazza, Footloose, LMNOP, Little Miss Sunshine, Les Miserables, Elegies, Enchanted April, Marry Me A Little, Amadeus, The Last Five Years, to name a few. Recordings: One Voice: Natalie Weiss & Sally Wilfert; See Rock City, Sweet Little Devil, New York City Christmas, Make Me A Song, Assassins, King David, The Prince & the Pauper.
Matthew Scott: Broadway credits include Adam Hochberg in An American In Paris, Sondheim On Sondheim, A Catered Affair, and Jersey Boys . Regional highlights include The Light In The Piazza (Philadelphia Theatre Company: Barrymore Award); Saturday Night (The York Theater Co.); Beaches, Company, ACE and Side By Side… (Signature Theatre); Chaplin (La Jolla Playhouse); First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb (The Kennedy Center); A Wonderful Life (Goodspeed Opera House); Eden and Unknown Soldier (O'Neill Theatre Center); Ragtime, My Fair Lady and Carousel (Paper Mill Playhouse); West Side Story (The Muny); Legally Blonde, Swing!, Les Miserables and Sunset Boulevard opposite Liz Callaway (all Pittsburgh CLO). Matthew has performed with symphonies across the U.S. and in Canada. Television credits include “First You Dream: The Music Of Kander & Ebb” (PBS), “All My Children” and the 2006 and 2009 Tony Awards. Recordings: Sondheim On Sondheim; Jerome Kern: The Land Where The Good Songs Go; and Noel And Cole (all on PS classics). He is a proud graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
James Clow: Broadway credits include: White Christmas, Assassins (cast album), Wonderful Town, Company, She Loves, Me, Blood Brothers. For City Center’s “Encores!” series: Pipe Dream (cast album) and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Off- Broadway: Marc Blitzstein’s Juno. Mr. Clow has appeared in over three dozen regional theaters in projects ranging from plays such as Romeo and Juliet (Romeo) to new musical works by Kander and Ebb, Sheldon Harnick, Cy Coleman and Barry Manilow. National Tours: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Donnie), Peter Pan (Captain Hook opposite Cathy Rigby), Les Miserables (Javert), Jekyll and Hyde (Utterson), Oklahoma! (Curly), Sunset Boulevard (Artie) Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter), and Into The Woods. Television appearances include “The Good Wife,” “The Young and The Restless,” PBS’ -“First You Dream- A Tribute to Kander and Ebb” (DVD), Great Performances – Sondheim a Celebration at Carnegie Hall, and the Emmy-winning “Live from Lincoln Center’s” Passion starring Patti LuPone. Mr. Clow holds a BFA from Syracuse University - has attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and studied Improv with The Groundlings.
Alex Brightman is currently starring in the title role of Beetlejuice at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, for which he received a Tony nomination. His career on the Broadway stage initially got off to a false start, as he was cast as an understudy in the ill-fated 2008 production of Glory Days, which only played a total of 17 previews and closed after its first regular performance at the Circle in the Square Theatre. He would finally grace the stage and make his Broadway debut, however, after being cast as Boq in the smash hit musical Wicked, assuming the role from November 2008 through to November 2010. His next Broadway venture would be the musical adaptation of the Tim Burton movie Big Fish, taking on the role of Zacky Price (and understudying the role of Will Bloom) at the Neil Simon Theatre from the beginning of September to the end of December 2013. He was then cast as Michael Wormwood in the hit British import Matilda The Musical, joining the Broadway cast at the Shubert Theatre from June 2014 to February 2015. Brightman's big break came after being cast in the starring role of Dewey Finn (made famous by Jack Black in the 2003 movie) in Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock - The Musical at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre in 2015. He garnered great acclaim for his dynamic leading man performance - staying in the role from November 2015 to November 2016 - and earning his first Tony Award nomination in 2016 in the category of "Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical." Away from Broadway, Brightman guest starred in Nassim Soleimanpour's White Rabbit Red Rabbit in 2016 at off-Broadway's Westside Theatre, starred as Giuseppe Zangara in the 2017 Encores! production of Assassins at New York City Center and his various screen credits include guest roles in series such as "The Good Fight" on CBS, "SMILF" on Showtime, and "Royal Pains" on the USA Network. He made his feature film debut as Roy in the 2009 comedic horror "Red Hook."
Euan Morton stars as King George in Hamilton on Broadway. Most recently, he toured the U.S. in the title role in Hedwig and The Angry Inch. He originated the role of Boy George in Taboo in London and New York (Olivier and Tony nominations, Theatre World Award.) Additional Broadway credits: Cyrano De Bergerac and Sondheim on Sondheim. Select Off-Broadway credits: Measure for Measure at the Public Theatre (Obie Award) and Parade at Ford’s Theatre Helen Hayes Award) and Brundibar with Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak.
Drew Redington currently appears in the Broadway company of The Prom. He was last seen on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn and in the Broadway workshop of Huey Lewis’ The Heart of Rock and Roll. Regionally, he has appeared at Paper Mill Playhouse, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and at The St. Louis MUNY as Tulsa in Gypsy and in Jerome Robbins Broadway. Television: “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “The Today Show.” Received training from Elon University.
Santino Fontana won the Tony Award for his starring role in Broadway’s Tootsie. Perhaps best known to national audiences for providing the voice to the villainous Prince Hans in Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated feature, “Frozen.” Fontanta was also seen in Universal Studio’s “Sisters,” starring opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. On television he’s starred on The CW’s critically acclaimed musical comedy series, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” as Greg. Simultaneously, Santino played David Saperstein, opposite Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, in NBC’s drama series, “Shades of Blue”. On stage, Santino most recently starred in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and 1776, as part of the New York City Center’s Encores! series, for which he received rave reviews. Santino’s portrayal of Moss Hart in Lincoln Center’s production of Act One, which was filmed for PBS, also received critical praise. In 2013, Santino received a Tony Award nomination for his leading role as Prince Charming in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and in 2012, he won Obie and Lucille Lortel awards for his acclaimed performance in Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet. Santino’s other theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Clarence Derwent Award), A View From the Bridge, Hello, Dolly!, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Drama Desk Award), Billy Elliot, Zorba, and Sunday in the Park with George.
Julie Halston currently stars in Tootsie as producer Rita Marshall. Well-known to theater audiences, she received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in Charles Busch's comedy The Divine Sister. She has appeared in many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including Hairspray, Gypsy, Anything Goes, The Twentieth Century (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Love Loss and What I Wore, The Vagina Monologues, and numerous others. In addition, she was a founding member of Charles Busch's now legendary company, Theatre-in-Limbo. In addition to theater, Miss Halston is known to television audiences as Bitsy Von Muffling from the smash hit “Sex and The City”, Tina Carmello from “The Class”, and to younger audience members as Antigone Carruthers from “The Electric Company.” Along with co-author, Donna Daley, she wrote the critically acclaimed book Monologues for Show-Offs, published by Heinemann Press. It is currently being used by many casting directors, acting teachers, and universities as an important resource for actors and is now being developed as a dramatic piece.
Jenny Montgomery: During her 2 1/2 decades in NY, Jenny Montgomery has done everything from working at a sound shop to mixing Broadway shows. She has a unique perspective having worked as an A2 on Broadway, theatrical tours, commercial industrials and television. Highlights include, the Tony Awards, the Metropolitan Opera, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and numerous television broadcast events. She has served as the Lead “Broadway” A2 on all of the NBC LIVE Musicals on the East Coast: The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz and Jesus Christ Superstar.
CJ Eldred is currently playing Drew in Rock Of Ages at New World Stages. Recent credits include Johnny Blood in Desperate Measures, Ethan in Sex With Strangers, Randy in Loveless Texas and Lt. Cable in South Pacific.
Nicole Kempskie is an award-winning multidisciplinary writer, educator, and theater artist. Nicole was the recipient of an artist residency at the Marble House Project in Dorset, VT, a writing residency at the Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha's Vineyard, and was a finalist for the 2016 Kleban Prize for lyric writing. As an educational writer, Nicole has written more than forty theater, film, dance, and puppetry resource guides for BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and Lincoln Center Theater that include works by Beckett, Pinter, Odets, Ibsen, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Shakespeare. As a professional actor, director, and choreographer she has trained with the SITI Company, The Moscow Art Theater, and the Gallatin School at New York University (M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies), and has worked for organizations and theaters such as Trinity Rep, The Huntington Theater, TheatreWorks USA, North Shore Music Theater, the 24 Hour Plays, and many others. A passionate advocate for arts education in New York City, Nicole has led workshops, master classes, and taught residencies for the Broadway Teaching Group, Broadway Classroom, Brooklyn Children's Theater (Co-founder/Artistic Director), City Center Encores, BAM, Arts Connection, Music Theatre International, The Paley Center for Media, City College, Wagner College, New York University, Fordham University, and the Kaufman Center, and has taught theater, dance, musical theater, Shakespeare, film, and media literacy to thousands of students in New York City.
Todd Woodard has performed as an actor at Russia's Moscow Art Theatre, LaMaMa ETC, the New York Fringe, New Dramatists and in the Atlantic Theater Company’s New Works Series, as well as in numerous independent films, television, voice projects and Theatre for Youth. He trained with the Atlantic Theater Company and with Terry Schreiber. As a Theatre Educator, Todd earned a Master's Degree in Educational Theatre from the City College of New York, and teaches for Lincoln Center Theater, BAM, Metropolitan Opera Guild and DreamYard, the Bronx's largest arts organization. He engages young actors in building acting skills, play performance, devising theatre, and a drama-based approach to improving English language fluency, and utilizes theatre techniques and experience to promote community, team-building, enhancement of social-emotional skills and empowering of student voices. Todd has also served on the faculty of EmcArts, designing and facilitating arts-based workshops with the executive staffs of arts and service organizations in the US and Canada to help them devise their paths toward innovation; he also served as Managing Director of Arts To Grow, an organization dedicated to providing afterschool arts education to underserved youth.
Sheryl Kaller has Broadway credits that include Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons and Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Director. She has directed at many theatres including Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theater, The New Group, Huntington, Pasadena Playhouse, Primary Stages, Williamstown Theatre Festival, American Conservatory Theater, New York Stage and Film, Geffen Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Naked Angels. She has directed and developed a number of new plays and musicals with writers including Nick Blaemire, Billy Porter, Christopher Durang, Geoffrey Nauffts, Regina Taylor, Daniel Beaty, Dick Beebe, and Alan Menken.
Olivia Cygan is a New York-based actor, a recent graduate of Northwestern University, and a very proud native of Chicago, where recent credits include leading roles in the world premieres of The Burials at Steppenwolf Theatre, Feathers and Teeth at Goodman Theatre, and Richard III, produced by the Gift Theatre at Steppenwolf. This spring, Olivia originated a role in the world premiere of Sooner/Later at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, directed by Lisa Rothe. She’s also had the pleasure of working with TimeLine Theatre, Piven Theatre, Hamlet Isn’t Dead, and others. Television credits include “Gotham” on Fox. Olivia has trained at the Stratford Festival, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, The Freeman Studio in New York, and with Kristin Linklater in Scotland.
Alec Mathieson is a graduate of NYU Tisch's New Studio on Broadway. He has been seen in The Cape Playhouse production of Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), the national tour of Ragtime, and Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford's Macbeth at the Park Avenue Armory.
Alex Sanchez most recently choreographed Guys and Dolls for Goodspeed Opera (Connecticut Circle Award nomination for Best Choreography). New York choreography: Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons), Fiorello and Where's Charley? (City Center Encores!), Giant (The Public Theater - Lucille Lortel nomination), Red Eye of Love (Dicapo Theatre). His regional credits include Follies (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre - Broadway World Award & Joseph Jefferson Nomination), Far From Heaven (Williamstown Theater Festival), Roman Holiday (Guthrie), 42nd Street (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Broadway World Award), Giant (Dallas Theater Center), Camelot (Glimmerglass Opera), Mary Poppins, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid (St. Louis Muny), On the Town and Mary Poppins(Marriott Theater), West Side Story (Riverside Theater & Woodminster Amphitheatre), A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theater Group), The Little Mermaid (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), and In the Mood (National Tour Revue). Mr. Sanchez was a soloist with Ballet Chicago & Ruth Page Ballet. On Broadway, he performed in the original cast of The Red Shoes, Carousel(Broadway Revival), Big The Musical, Fosse, Follies (1st Broadway Revival), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Chita Rivera The Dancer's Life. Other Broadway credits include Once Upon A Matress, Love! Valor! Compassion!, and Wonderful Town. Teaching credits include ballet faculty member at New Jersey Ballet School, and ballet & jazz faculty member of Oakland School For The Arts. He has also been guest teacher at Jacobs Pillow Jazz Intensive, NYU Tisch, Pace University, and Southern Methodist University.
Shawn Boyle is a projection and lighting designer with experience in theater, musical theater, opera, dance, installation, and architectural projects. He has designed for the Berkshire Theatre Group, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cork Opera House (Ireland), Grand Rapids Ballet, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Ogunquit Playouse, Goodspeed Opera House, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, as well as several other theaters and theme parks across the United States. Shawn has worked as an Associate Projection Designer for Elaine J. McCarthy. As Elaine’s associate, Shawn has mounted productions of Wicked in the United States, Australia, Japan, Germany, Holland, and the United Kingdom. Shawn also had the pleasure of serving as the Associate Projection Designer on three Broadway Shows: Thurgood, Impressionism, and The People in the Picture. Shawn has exhibited installation work at Yale Art Gallery and created mapped architectural pieces for display on Yale’s Beinecke Library. Shawn was recently recognized by the Connecticut Critics Circle for his projection design of the world premiere of Sheila Callaghan’s Elevada. Shawn is a member of United Scenic Artists and I.A.T.S.E local 829 and a Lecturer in Design (Projection) - The Yale School of Drama.
Etai Benson is a New York-based Israeli-American actor, who currently stars as "Papi" in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical The Band's Visit. Most recently, Etai played the role of Adam Hochberg in the First National Tour of An American in Paris. On Broadway, he was the lovelorn munchkin Boq in the smash musical Wicked. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan's acclaimed BFA Musical Theatre Department and the Moscow Art Theatre School. Other credits include: Arthur in The Fortress of Solitude (world premiere, Dallas Theatre Center); Asher in My Name is Asher Lev (GableStage); Henry in Next to Normal (Weston Playhouse); Arpad in She Loves Me (Caramoor); Freddy Honeychurch in A Room with a View (world premiere, The Old Globe); Con Man in Windows (premiere, American Opera Projects); Les Miserables, Annie, Gypsy, High School Musical (The Muny); Fiddler on the Roof (Kansas City Starlight). Readings and workshops: Newsies, Little Miss Sunshine, Nobody Loves You, and Stars of David (Concert, 92Y). TV/Film credits include: Guest Star on ‘Suddenly Rich’ (TLC) and ‘Seeking: The Web Series.’
Katie Ladner currently appears in the Broadway company of Wicked, playing Shen Shen and understudying the role of Madame Morrible. She last appeared on Broadway in Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close. Prior to that, she played the role of Martha Dumptruck in the Off-Broadway production of Heathers: The Musical and Britta in Gigantic. She originated the roles of Gretchen in Disney’s Freaky Friday, the musical, at Signature Theatre and Jenna in Be More Chill at Two River Theatre. Other roles include Tracy in Hairspray at Allenberry Playhouse, Logan in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Bucks County Playhouse, and a guest star role on Nickelodeon’s ‘See Dad Run.’ She is a proud graduate of Belmont University.
Clarke Thorell currently plays Zoltan Karpathy in the Broadway revival of My Fair Lady. He made his Broadway debut in The Who's Tommy, directed by Des McAnuff. He originated the roles of Corny Collins in the Broadway company of Hairspray, Jim Farrell in Titanic, and welcomed boos & hisses playing the role of Rooster Hannigan in the 2013 Broadway revival of Annie. Clarke pinch-hit for guitar virtuoso John Pizzarelliat Radio City Music Hall in Sinatra: His Voice. His World. His Way, stepped into the long-running Mamma Mia! as Harry Bright, starred opposite Megan Hilty in New York City Center Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and last year played the role of Kruger in the Broadway revival of The Front Page, starring Nathan Lane, John Slattery & John Goodman. Film and television credits include “The Deuce”, THE POST, “Chicago Med,” “Elementary,” “The Americans,” "House of Cards," "The Good Wife," “The Knick,” "30 ROCK" (Meet The Woggels), Men in Black III, "Boardwalk Empire", "NYC 2-2”, “Rescue Me", “Kings”, “Law & Order - SVU", The Winning Season, and “The Sopranos”.
Peter Avery is the Director of Theater for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). He oversees all aspects of theater education for the world’s largest school system -- striving to ensure all students develop life-long skills for the stage and beyond through opportunities to explore their creativity, learn theater techniques and artistically collaborate with peers and professionals. His responsibilities include professional development for theater teachers and school leaders; producing new initiatives with Broadway, theater organizations and higher education; arts education policy and advocacy; and promoting student theater study and performance opportunities. Avery directs major initiatives such as the Digital Theater Project, Shubert/MTI Broadway Jr, and the theater component of Arts Achieve—a federally funded i3 project focused on arts assessments and teacher effectiveness to enhance student learning in the arts. His background includes theater education, outreach and advocacy, directing, teaching, performance and arts management. He presents on theater education at conferences and universities locally, nationally and internationally. Avery was a contributing writer to the landmark Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Theater for the NYCDOE. Previously, Avery developed and directed Disney Theatrical Group’s first ever Education department and served as Director of Education for the TADA! Youth Theater and The Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C. As a teaching artist, Avery has taught and directed theater for youth and adults across all abilities. He has taught theater at the University Maryland, American University and New York University. Avery received his MFA in Theater Management with a concentration in Education from the University of Maryland.
Lonny Price directed Glenn Close in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard on Broadway and at the English National Opera, Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel at the ENO and Lincoln Center, and Carousel starring Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins at the ENO. His Broadway credits include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill starring Audra McDonald (also on the West End and for HBO), 110 in the Shade, ‘Master Harold’ ... and the Boys, Sally Marr and Her Escorts (co-written with Joan Rivers and Erin Sanders), Urban Cowboy, A Class Act (Tony nomination, Best Book, with Linda Kline). His work with the NY Philharmonic includes Company, ‘Sondheim: The Birthday Concert’ (Emmy Award), and ‘Passion.’ He directed television captures of his Sweeney Todd (Emmy Award), Company, Camelot, and Candide. His documentary, ‘Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened,’ premiered at the New York Film Festival, and was named one of New York Times’ Top 10 Films of 2016, and is currently streaming on Netflix.
Erin Mackey: Broadway: In Transit (Ali), Amazing Grace (Mary Catlett), Chaplin (Oona O’Neill), Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt), Sondheim on Sondheim, and Wicked (Glinda). She played Johanna in the New York Philharmonic’s production of Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center, which was also broadcast on PBS. Regional/Off Broadway: Guthrie Theater (Sunday in the Park with George as Dot and South Pacific as Nellie), Paper Mill Playhouse (South Pacific as Nellie, Annie as Grace Farrell), South Coast Repertory (The Light in the Piazza as Clara), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (Phantom as Christine), and Encores! (Lady Be Good as Shirley). Her film and television credits include “The Intern,” “The Parent Trap,” “Blue Bloods” and “Gossip Girl.”
Ben Davis Broadway: Violet (Preacher), A Little Night Music (Mr. Lindquist), Les Miserables (Javert & Enjolras), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme (Marcello- 2003 Tony Honor) Tour: The Sound of Music (Cpt. Von Trapp), Spamalot (Galahad) UK: BBC Proms Kiss Me Kate at Royal Albert Hall (Fred/Petruchio) and Sondheim at 85 with RTÉ Orchestra. Other: Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate),South Pacific (Emile De Becque), and Oklahoma (Curly) at The MUNY, Anna Nicole the Opera at BAM (Billy Smith), R&H with the Boston Pops at Tanglewood, Lincoln Center American Songbook Series, Kurt Weill’s Knickerbocker Holiday (Brom Broeck) opposite Kelli O’Hara and Victor Garber, Westchester Philharmonic w/Kelli O'Hara, Show Boat (Gaylord Ravenal) at Goodspeed Opera House, LA Philharmonic. Film/TV: Papageno in Mozart’s, The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh and the film version of Samuel Barber’s, “A Hand of Bridge.” www.benjaminjaydavis.com
Tobin Ost’s Broadway credits include: Newsies (Tony nomination for Best Set Design of a Musical); Disaster!; Jekyll & Hyde; Bonnie & Clyde; The Philanthropist (costume design) and Brooklyn – the Musical (costume design). His Off-Broadway credits include: Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life; Nightingale; Grace; The Overwhelming (costume Design); Zanna–Don’t! (co-set and costume design); Almost Heaven (costume design) and Fighting Words. Selected regional credits include: Between the Lines (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Ripcord (Huntington Theatre Company), Bye Bye Birdie (Goodspeed Opera House); Harmony (set and costume design – Ahmanson and Alliance Theaters); Emma and Himself and Nora (set design – Old Globe Theatre); Freedom’s Song, Violet, The Civil War and Shenandoah (set design – Ford’s Theatre) and Nightingale and Pippin (set design -- Mark Taper Forum.) Tobin is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Ian Weinberger is the Associate Music Director of Hamilton on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots, A New Brain (Encores! Off-Center), Titanic (Avery Fisher Hall) and Nobody Loves You. His orchestrations of Titanic were recently heard in the Griffin Theatre Company production at Theater Wit in Chicago, as well as in productions in London, Tokyo and Toronto. Broadway/Off-Broadway orchestras: Rocky, Side Show, Chaplin, Little Miss Sunshine and Death Takes a Holiday. TV: Peter Pan Live and The Sound of Music Live (NBC). Proud native of Evanston and graduate of Northwestern University.
Matt DiCarlo is a stage manager for Broadway’s The Play That Goes Wrong. Other Broadway stage management credits include The Color Purple, Honeymoon In Vegas, and Rock of Ages. He has also worked extensively Off-Broadway and regionally from the Paper Mill Playhouse to his most recent project, the new musical A Walk On The Moon at A.C.T. in San Francisco. He holds a B.F.A. from Rutgers University.
Arlene Hutton is best known for her plays Letters to Sala, As It Is In Heaven, Last Train to Nibroc (NY Drama League Best Play nomination), Gulf View Drive (2018 LA Ovation Award for Best Production) and I Dream Before I Take the Stand. A three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival and eight-time finalist for the Heideman Award, Hutton is a recent recipient of an EST/Sloan Commission and NYFA Fellowship. Hutton’s works have been presented Off-Broadway, regionally, in London, at the Edinburgh Fringe and around the world. Her scripts are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French and Playscripts and appear in best play anthologies and textbooks. She has been on the faculty at Fordham University, the College of Charleston, Sewanee School of Letters, the Sewanee Writers Conference and Young Writers Conference, and led workshops at colleges, high schools and conferences around the country. She teaches playwriting to teens and adults at The Barrow Group in NYC.
Stephen Flaherty writes music for theater, film, recordings and the concert stage. He is perhaps best known as the composer of the Broadway musicals Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Grammy nominations), Seussical (Grammy and Drama Desk nominations), Once on This Island (Tony nomination and Tony Award for Best Revival 2018, Olivier Award for London's Best Musical), and also contributed music to Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (original songs) and Neil Simon's Proposals (incidental music). He has also written four musicals produced at Lincoln Center Theatre: The Glorious Ones (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations), Dessa Rose (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations), A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, Drama Desk nomination) and My Favorite Year. Other theater scores include Lucky Stiff and Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein (Chicago's Jefferson Award for Best New Musical). Film credits include Anastasia (Academy Award nominations for Best Score and Best Song, two Golden Globe nominations and a gold record for its soundtrack), Bartok the Magnificent (original score and songs) and the upcoming After The Storm. Concert work includes commissions from the Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall and the Guggenheim Museum. "The Ahrens and Flaherty Songbook," a print anthology, is available through Alfred Music. His songs have been recorded by Aaliyah, Johnny Mathis, Richard Marx and Donna Lewis, Renee Fleming and Bryn Terfel, Donny Osmond, Thalia and Deana Carter, among others. Mr. Flaherty serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, where he co-chairs the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program for emerging writers with Lynn Ahrens, his longtime writing partner.
Tectonic Theater Project
Tectonic Theater Project is a theater company based in New York City. Guided by founder and artistic director Moisés Kaufman, Tectonic’s work has been seen by millions worldwide. In its twenty-five-year history the company has created and staged over twenty plays and musicals, including Moisés’ Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Laramie Project (written by Moisés and members of the Tectonic Theater Project company), Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, and Moisés’ Tony Award-winning 33 Variations, which starred Jane Fonda. Moisés and members of the company also co-wrote and directed the HBO film adaptation of The Laramie Project, for which they received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Writer along with a nomination for Best Director for Moisés.
Brandon Anderson is the Artistic Director and dramaturg of the Tisch New Musical Theatre Workshop at NYU, which produces readings and workshop productions of new musicals. He is also an adjunct professor at NYU, teaching performers how to approach new works of musical theatre. Brandon also has extensive work in arts education as a master teaching artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, where he leads student residencies in public schools in the Students Compose Opera Program and professional development for teachers at the Opera Learning Institute. He is a featured teacher for METHD, which hosts a national conference every year at the Metropolitan Opera House, training educators from across the country in arts integration. Recently, he led an intensive at Princeton University for the NJEA, training educators how to use opera and musical theatre to teach core curriculum. He also teaches for Lincoln Center Theater in their Songwriting in Schools Program and is a member of Tectonic Theater Projects teaching faculty, leading workshops of their theatrical devising technique, Moment Work. Brandon Anderson is an award-winning singer/songwriter, composer/lyricist, and teaching artist. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Frederick Loewe Award and the Kennedy Center ACTF Award for his work as a musical theater writer.
Leo Ash Evens
Leo Ash Evens is the Co-Owner/Director of MTCA (Musical Theatre College Auditions). A graduate of Carnegie Mellon with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Leo currently covers in the Broadway company of School of Rock and is also a commercial voice over artist signed with Innovative Artists. A balance of many walks within the arts, Leo infuses all of his years of experience into the work he does when preparing high school students for college auditions. Broadway debut: Jesus Christ Superstar. Stood by for Brooks Ashmanskas in Shuffle Along on Broadway, and took over the role for the final two weeks of the run. The show starred Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Josh Henry, and Brandon Victor Dixon. Directed by George C. Wolfe and Choreographed by Savion Glover. Off Broadway: Jasper in Deadland, Finks (playing Jerome Robbins), IONESCOPADE: The works of Eugene Ionesco, and Wanda’s World. Tours: Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, Disney’s On The Record; and Casper The Musical, starring Chita Rivera. Leo’s played Riff in West Side Story in a multitude of productions including: London’s West End, The 50th Anniversary US Tour, Houston TUTS, Barrington Stage, and North Carolina Theatre. Favorite Regional: Emcee in Cabaret, Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, Bert in Mary Poppins, Mark in Rent, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, and Jamie MacRea in Matthew Lopez’s world premiere play, Somewhere, starring Priscilla Lopez (The Old Globe and Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA)
David Loud has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a music director, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, and musical theatre historian. Broadway: The Visit, The Scottsboro Boys, Sondheim On Sondheim, Curtains, Ragtime, A Class Act, Steel Pier, The Look of Love, and revivals of She Loves Me, Company, The Boys From Syracuse, Porgy and Bess, and Sweeney Todd. As an actor: Master Class (Manny), Merrily We Roll Along (Ted), and Curtains (Sasha). Off-Broadway: And the World Goes ‘Round, The Landing, Kid Victory. Television: “First you Dream; songs of Kander & Ebb”. Concerts: Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Burton Lane, Vernon Duke, the Stephen Sondheim / Harold Prince collaboration, among others. Education: Yale University. Faculty: Yale Drama School, Fordham University. David is currently the music director for the brand-new musical theater program at Manhattan School of Music.
Paul Masse’s Broadway conducting credits include: The Scottsboro Boys, Holler If Ya Hear Me, It Shoulda Been You, Fun Home, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Avenue Q, Wicked. Over 20 other Broadway shows as a pianist and accordionist. Musical Supervisor for London's West End premiere of The Scottsboro Boys. Off-Broadway: The Landing, Inner Voices ("Borrowed Dust"), The Scottsboro Boys, Jacques Brel.... Regional: Sense and Sensibility, First You Dream. 1st National/LA: Wicked. Various Film/TV soundtracks. Original cast albums: The Landing, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, She Loves Me (2016 Revival), The Scottsboro Boys (Original Cast and West End Cast), Noel and Cole. Concert performances with NY Pops, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and NY Philharmonic (PBS Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of Show Boat).
OFF-BROADWAY/NEW YORK: Sweeney Todd (Johanna/Pirelli/BW Standby, Barrow St Theater), Kid Victory (Suze, Vineyard Theater, Official Cast Album Released), ENCORES! The Golden Apple (Ensemble, NY City Center), Far From The Madding Crowd (Liddy, Signature), Ten Ways on a Gun (Kate, Theatre for the New City), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia, Boomerang Theatre Co.). REGIONAL: Laura originated the role of Princess Anna in Frozen Live at DCA, directed by Liesl Tommy. Other credits include Last Five Years (Cathy, Portland Stage), Fun Home (Medium Alison, Baltimore Center Stage), Signature Theatre (DC), Bridge Rep of Boston, Mile Square Theatre, Ogunquit Theatre, LA Rock Opera Co., Good Theater, MSMT, among others. FILM: “Creedmoria” (Eileen, CINEQUEST BEST COMEDY, Dir. Alicia Slimmer), “City of Angers” (Emily Sullivan, Dir. Ken Wlson). TV: “HAPPY!” (Sister Lee, Recurring, SYFY), “Dietland”, (Anna/Recurring, AMC), “A Very Special Christmas” (PBS, nominated for N.E. Emmy Award). Sketch/Improv: UCB. Undergrad: USC (LA), NYU Tisch, and BADA (UK). Love to M, D, and K. www.lauradarrell.com. Instagram: lauraedarrell. Up next: Into The Woods (Cinderella) at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
Lewis Cleale Broadway: Book of Mormon, Sondheim on Sondheim, Spamalot, Amour, Once Upon a Mattress, Swinging on a Star (Drama Desk nom). Off Broadway: The Fantasticks, A New Brain, Time and Again, Call Me Madam (Encores!). Tours: Sunset Boulevard, South Pacific, Mamma Mia! Regional: more than 30 leading roles including Giant (Signature), Passion (Helen Hayes Award), 1776 (Ford’s Theatre, Helen Hayes nom.). Recordings: Infinite Joy: The Songs of William Finn, Encores From Encores!, Myths and Hymns, Great Musicals, Call Me Madam, Amour, Once Upon a Mattress, Swinging on a Star. Film: ‘Frozen.’
Brendon Stimson is thrilled to be a part of the insanely gifted company of Broadway’s Mean Girls and serve as Dance Captain. Broadway: West Side Story; Newsies (Original Broadway Company); Honeymoon in Vegas (Original Broadway Company); Something Rotten!. BFA Syracuse University.
Morgan Holbrook is a stage manager working in New York. He is currently the Assistant Stage Manager on the Broadway revival of Boys in the Band starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, and Matt Bomer. This fall, he will be working on the London transfer of the Olivier Awards winning play The Ferryman. Other Broadway Credits include Six Degrees of Separation with Allison Janney, The Cherry Orchard with Diane Lane, Blackbird with Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels, The Gin Game with James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, and The Audience with Helen Mirren. Morgan received a BFA in Stage Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Lizzy Emanuel is a New York-based stage manager. Recent credits include Toni Stone (Roundabout Theatre Company) and Octet (Signature Theatre). Other selected credits include Boesman and Lena and Thom Pain (Signature Theatre); Do You Feel Anger? (Vineyard Theatre); Everyone's Fine with Virginia Woolf (Elevator Repair Service), 1969: The Second Man (Next Door @ NYTW); This is the Color Described by the Time (New Georges/Door 10); Jeremy O. Harris's Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1 (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest); Dust Can’t Kill Me and Peace, Love and Cupcakes (NYMF). B.A. Yale University.
Gordon Greenberg directed the hit West End revival of Guys And Dolls, which was nominated for six Olivier Awards and played at both the Savoy Theatre and later the Phoenix Theatre, starring Rebel Wilson. He co-adapted Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn for Universal Stage Productions, which he directed on Broadway at Roundabout’s Studio 54. It was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and was filmed for PBS. His stage adaptation of Disney’s Tangled is currently playing on Disney Cruise Lines. Other current projects include co-writing Emerald City Music Hall, a movie musical for Nickelodeon, The Heart Of Rock and Rolls for Huey Lewis Productions, The Secret of My Success for Universal Stage Productions, and Port Au Prince, a commission for The New Group. Other credits include writing an original movie musical, Scramble Band, for the Disney Channel, directing and revising the Drama Desk Award winning production of Studs Terkel's Working at 59 East 59, Broadway In Chicago (Jeff Award nomination), The Old Globe and Asolo, which he developed with Stephen Schwartz and Lin Manuel Miranda. Rags (Roundabout, workshop), Johnny Baseball (Williamstown), The Single Girls Guide (Book Writer, Dallas Theatre Center, Capital Rep.), West Side Story (MUNY), the U.S. national tour of Guys & Dolls, the Off-Broadway revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well… (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Award noms), Band Geeks! (also co-writer – recipient of NEA and NAMT grants for production at Goodspeed), Disney’s Believe (created with Kirsten Childs – Disney Creative Entertainment), Pirates! Or Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d (created w/Nell Benjamin – MUNY, Huntington, Goodspeed, Paper Mill), the Lortel nominated best Off-Broadway musical 2010 We The People (Theatreworks USA, Lortel Theatre), 33 Variations (Capital Rep), Floyd Collins (Signature), Happy Days (First National Tour, Bob Boyett Theatricals; Paper Mill, Goodspeed, redeveloped with Garry Marshall), Yentl (revision with Jill Sobule, Asolo Rep.), 1776 (Paper Mill), Citizens Band: The Panic Is On (Spiegeltent, NY), The Baker's Wife (revised and reworked with Joe Stein and Stephen Schwartz for Goodspeed and Paper Mill Playhouse), O. Henry’s Lovers (Goodspeed), Cam Jansen (by Larry O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin, Lambs Theatre), the National Tour of Peter Pan (Big League), The Broadway Divas tours of the U.S., Canada and Brazil and numerous television commercials. Born in Texas and raised in New York, Greenberg performed in his first Broadway show at age 12. He attended Stagedoor Manor, R.A.D.A., Stanford University and NYU Film School. He is a member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.
Pam Pariseau was most recently the Creative Development Director for Stage Entertainment (Anatasia, Rocky and Big Fish.) She has also served as Vice President of James Hammerstein Productions, a theatrical production company that works on and off-Broadway and in London’s West End, for the past decade. Broadway credits include Honeymoon in Vegas, Tracy Lett’s play Superior Donuts and The Seagull with Kristin Scott Thomas and Peter Saarsgard. West End productions include Dealer’s Choice, Sunday in the Park with George and Dirty Blonde (directed by James Lapine and featuring the original Broadway cast). Off-Broadway credits include Bat Boy The Musical (music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe), Slut, The Big Bang, My Name Is Rachel Corrie (directed by Alan Rickman) and Our Town. This production of Our Town has the distinction of being the longest-running professional production of Our Town in history and was the winner of the 2009 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival and Outstanding Director. She has served as Creative Director of National Artists Management Company (producers of the Broadway production of CHICAGO), Casting Director and Literary Manager for Musical Theatre Works (a developmental non-profit dedicated to new Musicals) and Artistic Director of the Helen Hays Performing Arts Center in Nyack, New York and the Chiswick Park Theatre in Sudbury, Massachusetts. She received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, The Boston Conservatory. Along with Co-Director Gordon Greenberg, she founded the Broadway Teaching Group, a full service arts education program for theatre educators and students.