Teaching Artist

Matt Kraus

Matt Kraus is an Emmy Award winning sound designer, who has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway and around the world. Broadway: Kathy Griffin Want’s a Tony, Liza’s at the Palace…!  Off-Broadway: Caucasian Chalk Circle (Classical Stage Company, Macbeth, Trojan Women (Classical Theatre of Harlem, AUDELCO nominations), Forever Dusty (New World Stages), Fat Camp- The Musical, Lone…

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Japhy Weideman

Japhy Weideman, is a Five Time TONY Nominated Lighting designer that creates lighting environments for theater, opera, and other live events. His designs have been presented extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.  Broadway credits include: Dear Evan Hansen (The Music Box), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (The Lunt-Fontainne), Significant Other (The Booth), Bright Star (The…

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Rory McGregor

Rory McGregor is a British theatre director currently based in New York City. He has served as Associate Director for the world’s leading theatre directors including Sam Mendes, Julie Taymor, Rupert Goold and Carrie Cracknell. Recent credits include The Lehman Trilogy (Broadway, Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. and London’s West End), Ink (Broadway), Sea Wall/A Life…

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Erica Jensen

Erica Jensen is a casting director at and co-owner of Calleri Jensen Davis. Her 20-year plus career with partners James Calleri and Paul Davis spans film, television, regional, off Broadway and Broadway theater. Casting credits include shows for Actors Theater of Louisville, Classic Stage Company, Rattlestick Theater, City Theater, McCarter Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre,…

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Rob Bissinger

Rob Bissinger has worked on Broadway and around the world as a scenic and production designer. His work has been seen by millions of people worldwide, earning him an Emmy nomination. He and his wife Anita La Scala are the designers of Magic Mike Live around the world, including London, Berlin, and Las Vegas. Together, they cofounded ARDA Studio,…

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Kevin Del Aguila

Kevin Del Aguila is an Emmy Award-winning writer, Broadway performer, acclaimed director, playwright, and lyricist in New York City.  He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Osgood in Some Like It Hot on Broadway – and is a multi Emmy Award-winning writer of the PBS show PEG + CAT, lyricist of songs featured…

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Daniel Brodie

Daniel Brodie graduated with a degree in theatre and media design from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Brodie’s Broadway credits include Motown:The Musical and Disney’s Aladdin. He also designed the projections for Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella and The Winter’s Tale and has worked regularly with puppeteer Basil Twist. He…

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Mark Saks

Veteran Casting Director Mark Saks is currently at work on “EVIL” (Paramount+) starring Katja Herbers and Mike Colter, a new series, “Happy Face” (Paramount+) and a pilot for CBS entitled “Elsbeth” starring Carrie Preston and Wendell Pierce. He has just completed six seasons of “The Good Fight” with Christine Baranski, Audra McDonald and Andre Braugher.…

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Jessica Stone

Jessica Stone was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Kimberly Akimbo. She worked as an actress on and Off-Broadway, in television, and in film before transitioning to directing. Her directing career began in earnest with her all-male 2010 production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for…

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Chelsey Arce

Chelsey is the Associate Choreographer on the 2023 Broadway rival of Sweeney Todd now playing at The Lunt-Fontanne. When she is not slicing and drawing blood she is playing with wands and spells as the Movement Captain at Harry Potter And The Cursed Child on Broadway. In addition to Broadway she has served as a…

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Annaleigh Ashford

Tony Award–winning actor Annaleigh Ashford has spent her career collaborating with acclaimed directors and actors across stage, film, and television, and she continues that award-winning work with several upcoming projects. She can currently be seen starring opposite Kumail Nanjiani in the Hulu limited series “Welcome to Chippendales” from creator Robert Siegel. Ashford is currently in production on Searchlight Pictures’…

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Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson can currently be seen performing the role of Richard Parker, the tiger, in Life of Pi on Broadway. He was also seen on Broadway performing the role of Tumblebrutus in the 2016 revival of Cats. Other credits include Dance Captain/Newsie in the 2017 movie, Newsies The Musical as well as Dance Captain/Swing in the Newsies 1st National Tour. Growing up an…

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Lorna Ventura

Lorna’s exceptional career includes work on the Original Broadway productions of shows such as Wicked, Grease, All Shook Up, Harlem Song, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and The Life, as an Original Cast Member or Associate Choreographer — alongside acclaimed talents like Idina Menzel, Stephanie J. Block, Kristen Chenowith, Rosie O’Donnell, Ben Vereen,…

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Scott Wittman

Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning lyricist, director, writer, and conceiver, Scott Wittman co-wrote the lyrics for the hit musical Hairspray (Tony, Grammy, Olivier award-winner) with creative partner Marc Shaiman. Wittman also served as an executive producer on the hit film starring John Travolta. Scott was nominated for a Golden Globe, Grammy, and two Emmy Awards…

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Marc Shaiman

Marc Shaiman is a composer/lyricist/arranger/performer working in films, television, musical theater and recordings. He has won several honors including a Tony, an Emmy, A Grammy, plus seven Oscar nominations. Recent projects include “Rogers: The Musical” for Marvel/Disney+’s “Hawkeye”, incidental music for the Broadway revival of Plaza Suite and Co-Music Producer on “Hocus Pocus 2” due…

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Michele Pawk

Broadway: Currently starring as Madame Morrible in Wicked. Other Broadway credits include Beautiful, Hairspray, Losing Louie, Mamma Mia!, Hollywood Arms (Tony Award), Chicago, Seussical, Cabaret (Drama Desk & Outer Critics’ Circle award nominations), Triumph of Love, Crazy for You (Drama Desk nomination), Mail. Off-Broadway: Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Lucille Lortel & Obie awards), A…

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Judi Lewis Ockler

Judi Lewis Ockler works as a Fight and Intimacy Professional in film, tv, stage and academia.  Recent credits include “Up Here” (Hulu), “Out of the Blue” (directed by Neil LaBute); collaboration with Classic Stage, Signature, WP Theater and New World Stages (Off-Broadway); she teaches intimacy and violence in performance at NYU Tisch, Sarah Lawrence College,…

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Jess LeProtto

Jess LeProtto is a New Jersey native and Broadway performer, who holds a B.F.A. Musical Theater at Pace University. Broadway credits include: A Beautiful Noise, Carousel, Hello, Dolly!, Cats (Mungojerrie), On The Town, Newsies (OBC), Bye Bye Birdie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and The Boy From Oz. National Tours/Regional Theater include: Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Grand Ole Opry), American Dance Machine for the 21st Century(Joyce Theater), A…

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Beth Leavel

Beth Leavel is a Tony Award-winning stage and screen actor. She recently starred as Miranda Priestly in the Broadway-bound new musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada, directed by Anna Shapiro and featuring music by Sir Elton John, lyrics by Shaina Taub and a book by Kate Wetherhead. Most recently, Beth was seen on Broadway…

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Lorin Latarro

Lorin choreographed Broadway’s recent Into the Woods, Waitress, Mrs. Doubtfire, Les Liasons Dangereuse with Janet McTeer and Live Schreiber, Waiting for Godot with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stuart, Merrily We Roll Along at Roundabout,  Assassins at Encores, La Traviata at The Metroppolitan Opera, Chess at The Kennedy Center, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street for…

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