New York Amsterdam News
Linda Armstrong has been a Theatre Critic with the New York Amsterdam News for 35 years. She is Theatre Editor of Neworldreview.net, a global online Magazine. Ms. Armstrong is A&E Editor of Harlem News Group's 4 papers--Harlem News, Brooklyn News, Queens News and Bronx News. She also does the annual Blacks on Broadway and Blacks off Broadway special issues. She is on the board of directors for Audelco, which awards Excellence in Black Theatre and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for her then 30 years as a Theatre Critic. Ms. Armstrong is also a longtime member of Drama Desk.
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Broadway credits include SHE LOVES ME (Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theatre; Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, and WEST SIDE STORY. Off-Broadway/NY credits include A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES (Irish Rep), BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (City Center Encores!), and ANNA NICOLE: THE OPERA (BAM/New York City Opera). Regionally, Nicholas has performed at Delaware Theatre Company and The Ahmanson Theatre, among others. His TV/Film credits include "Bull" (CBS), "The Kills" (JAX Media), "How to Make it in America (HBO), "The Backyardigans" (Nickelodeon), and LOW TIDE (A24). Instagram: @nick_barasch Twitter: @NickBarasch
Jocelyn Bioh is a 1st generation Ghanaian-American writer/performer from New York City. She has her B.A. in English and Theatre from The Ohio State University and MFA in Theatre-Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts. She has starred in several Off-Broadway and Broadway shows. As a writer, she is a commissioned playwright with MTC, Second Stage, Williamstown, and the Atlantic, and was a Tow Playwriting Fellow in 2018/19. Her plays include: the multi-award winning School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play which had two celebrated runs at MCC Theater, Nollywood Dreams (PowerHouse 2016, Upcoming: MCC Theater 2020, Kilroy's List 2015,) as well the new musical Goddess (PowerHouse 2019) of which she is the book writer. As a TV writer, Jocelyn has worked on the hit Netflix shows “Russian Doll” and “She’s Gotta Have It.” She is currently serving as a writer and co-producer of the upcoming mini series "Americanah" for HBO-MAX.
Dear Evan Hansen
Alex currently stars as Connor Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. Other Broadway: V/O Moritz in Deaf West Theatre’s Tony-nominated revival of Spring Awakening. Other theatre: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street (This American Life/BAM); Stilyagi (Vassar/NYSAF), Million Dollar Quartet (Papermill Playhouse); Cruel Intentions the Musical (LPR), Brooklynite (Vineyard Theater); Here’s Hoover! (Abrons Arts Center); I Am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center); and the national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot. Select TV: Marvel’s “Jessica Jones,” “Happyish,” “Welcome to Greenpoint,” “Saturday Night Live.” Film: "Alt Space," "Contest," "Detachment." Alex is also a Tony Award-winning Producer for his work on the 2019 Best Musical Hadestown.
Panel Profile: My Favorite Broadway Ad Campaign
Bio coming soon.
Born, raised and currently resides in Staten Island, Tommy has been performing on the stage and screen for as long as he can remember. He’s most known for competing on CBS’s Big Brother
as well as originating roles in Broadway’s Pretty Woman
and Disney’s Newsies
. When he’s not performing, Tommy is usually at home with his family, eating his mother’s spaghetti and meatballs.
Aside from family time and performing, Tommy’s extremely passionate about teaching! He is the co-founder of Lion Arts, a theater company that amplifies confidence and works with aspiring young performers. He’s traveled around the country teaching workshops to thousands of students and takes pride in making a difference in their lives! #JoinThePride
Mo Brady is the co-creator, podcast host, and content director of The Ensemblist, the online advocate for talented artists working in theatre ensembles on Broadway and across the country. What started as an audio podcast for those curious about how Broadway really works turned into a movement to champion theatre artists and the multitudes of talents.
He is the Communications Projects Manager for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a nonprofit that unites theatre artists and theatre lovers to help those in need. Before joining the Broadway Cares team, he was a performer working on Broadway and regionally across the country.
He made his Broadway debut in The Addams Family, where he understudied the role of Lucas Bieneke (Wednesday’s boyfriend). He also recurred in the second season of the NBC television series "Smash" as Gabe, a performer in “Hit List” on their journey from off-Broadway to the Tony Awards.
School of Rock
Alex Brightman is an actor/writer who takes his steaks medium rare. He loves acting, writing, and making people laugh. He also loves nachos and a really well-crafted joke. That's all. :)
Camille A. Brown
Once On This Island
Camille A. Brown is Founder and Artistic Director of Camille A. Brown & Dancers and the recipient of a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, five Princess Grace Awards, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, Bessie Award, United States Artists Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, and TED Fellow, among others. Her theater credits include the TONY-nominated Choir Boy (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations); the TONY-winning revival of Once on This Island (Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Chita Rivera nominations), The Fortress of Solitude (Lortel nomination), TONI STONE (AUDELCO nomination), Much Ado About Nothing (AUDELCO nomination), and the EMMY-winning Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC, among others. She is the choreographer for Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf for The Public Theater and made her choreographic debut for the The Metropolitan Opera’s Porgy & Bess this Fall. This spring, she will make her directorial debut for Ain’t Misbehavin at Westport Playhouse, CT.
Love Letters to Nobody
Maybe Burke is a New York-based actor, writer, and human rights advocate interested in telling the stories that haven't been told. NYC: safeword., Red Emma & the Mad Monk. TV: "Tales of the City," "The Deuce." Maybe's solo show, Love Letters to Nobody, won the 2017 Fresh Fruit Spirit Award for fostering Pride, Survival, History, and Progress. They were also nominated for the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award in 2018. Maybe is also a panelist on the "Topics Include Podcast." maybeburke.com @believeinmaybe
On Your Feet!
Andréa Burns received an Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Gloria Fajardo in Broadway’s On Your Feet! She is a winner of a Drama Desk Award for her creation of the role of Daniela in the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights. Ms. Burns began her career touring Europe as Maria in West Side Story when she was 18 years old. She appeared on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, as Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty, as Googie Gomez in The Ritz and has sung concerts at Carnegie Hall. She starred opposite Nathan Lane on Broadway in the Lincoln Center production of The Nance which was broadcast on "Great Performances." She was in the original company of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World. She has portrayed Lucille Frank in the national tour of Jason Robert Brown's Parade, directed by Harold Prince. She was also selected by Stephen Sondheim to create the role of Celeste in his musical Saturday Night in its New York premiere.
Ben Cameron is your Broadway Buddy! Thrilled to back as MainStage host for the 5th year. Broadway credits: Wicked
(OBC), Aida, Footloose
(OBC). Ben is the creator and host of Broadway Sessions (11.5 years of programming, 2019 MAC Award recipient) at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, web series Dance Captain Dance Attack on BroadwayWorld.com, podcast talkshow The Broadway Cast, Broadway Buskers concerts series in Times Square and Broadway Sessions Beach Party on Fire Island. Ben is the host of the LIVE Broadway Trivia Series on the Reward The Fan app (weds 6pm EST. DOWNLOAD NOW!) and is a frequent face on PBS/WNET hosting specials like "Hamilton's America," "Heather Headley: Life Is a Stage," Broadway on THIRTEEN marathon, Downton Abbey New Years' marathon and more. Ben travels the world teaching theatre and dance masterclasses, and serves as Emcee for Onstage NY talent competitions. Ben continues to host countless theatre industry events and benefit concerts for numerous causes including BC/EFA . BEN LOVES BROADWAYCON and is looking for hugs! Follow all things Ben at www.bencameron.nyc
and on social @BenDoesBroadway. Ben likes you.
Bryan Campione and his company Broadway Buzz has become a leader in theater education, experiential marketing, and social content creation/implementation, working with numerous productions, affiliations, and companies in and around the Broadway Community. In 2014, he expanded initiatives with social media influencing, event production, branding, press, and marketing opportunities for his partners. In 2016 through 2017, Broadway Buzz garnered the distinct honor of being deemed an “IBM Game Changer” in social media and had the unique pleasure of working with their team on their Tony Awards initiatives. Broadway Buzz’s goal is to continue to bring access to theater to people from all areas of the globe in a personal and exciting manner! From large events to intimate dinners, special marketing initiatives to live performances and more, Broadway Buzz continues to "think outside the box" and create experiences for everyone to be a part of.
Be More Chill
Broadway credits: Be More Chill, Spring Awakening, Groundhog Day, American Idiot, Les Miserables. Off-Broadway credits: Bare, Dear Evan Hansen, Brooklynite, The Talls. Regional: Be More Chill (Two River Theater), American Idiot (Berkeley Rep). Feature Films: “Stuck,” “Not Fade Away,” and “Boy Wonder.” Gerard also freelances as a musician and has played alongside the likes of (but not limited to) Joe Iconis, Green Day, and Fat Mike of NOFX. His current musical projects are a Blink-182 touring tribute band called “The Dude Ranch”(@theduderanchnyc) and “Imperial Cities”(@imperialcities). @GerardCanonicoOfficial.
LISA CARLING, Director of Accessibility Programs at TDF, helps design and implement services that make theatre performances more accessible to people with disabilities on Broadway, Off Broadway and nationwide. She runs a department that provides autism friendly, open captioned, audio described and sign language interpreted performances, as well as seating for theatergoers with mobility disabilities. The department assists regional theatres across the country in starting their own captioning and sensory friendly programming, and provides grants through a partnership with New York State Council on the Arts to state cultural organization for assistance with captioning events for people with hearing disabilities. As a speaker, she shares her experience in the accessibility field on theatre industry panels, at arts and disability conferences; and serves as a consultant for the Shubert Organization's Audience Services Advisory Group.
American Theatre Magazine
Allison Considine is a Brooklyn-based editor and freelance writer. She is the associate editor of American Theatre magazine. Her work has also appeared in Backstage magazine, TDF Stages, TodayTix, Brooklyn Magazine, HelloGiggles, and Epicurious. She’s an alumn of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Critics Institute, and a proud mentor for the Girls Write Now organization.
KARLI DINARDO currently the Dance Captain/Swing/us Nini in Moulin Rouge! Recently seen as Anita in West Side Story with Opera Australia. Original Dance Captain/Swing/understudy Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds in the 1st National Tour of Hamilton. Other tours: Flashdance (Alex Owens). Off Broadway: Revolution... Favorite Regional: West Side Story (Anita) OST/PSF/JWE, Carnegie Hall: West Side Story (Graziella), 42nd Street (Phyllis).
Andrew Barth Feldman
Dear Evan Hansen; Winner of the 2018 Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and the BroadwayCon 2018 Lip Sync Battle
Andrew Barth Feldman made his Broadway debut at the age of sixteen in the title role in Dear Evan Hansen, after winning the 2018 Roger Rees Awards and National High School Musical Theatre (Jimmy) Award.
Ruthie Fierberg is a New York City-based journalist and current Senior Features Editor at Playbill, creating innovative and engaging content through in-depth written, multimedia, and video pieces focused on the arts. She is also the host of Playbill's "Live From the Red Carpet" specials from Broadway's opening nights. A graduate of Barnard College, she has written for such national publications as Good Housekeeping, Parents, American Baby, Parents Latina, and Backstage magazines. Ruthie has moderated panels for the 92Y, the JCC of Manhattan, Disney Theatrical Productions, BroadwayCon 2016–2019, and the annual American Performing Arts Professionals Conference. She has guested on SiriusXM Volume radio and a number of podcasts. A lover of theatre, tennis, and Bikram yoga, Ruthie is also involved with such causes as Covenant House International and The Actors Fund. Visit ruthiefierberg.com and follow her on Instagram @ruthiefierceberg, Twitter @RuthiesATrain.
Dear Evan Hansen
Jordan Fisher is a multifaceted artist whose abilities as an actor, singer/songwriter, dancer, choreographer and musician span from TV to music, Broadway and film. Jordan recently wrapped filming for the Netflix dance comedy "Work It" with Sabrina Carpenter and Liza Koshy and will star in the fandom anticipated sequel "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," starring alongside Noah Centime and Lana Condor. Fisher is currently the voice of 'Seahawk' in Netflix's reboot of the classic animated series "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power," as well as 'Finley' in the upcoming Netflix series "Archibald's Next Big Thing." Outside of the entertainment realm, Jordan is an avid gamer and streaming partner on Twitch. Fisher streams on the platform with some of the biggest names in the business and is a heavy hitter within the gaming community alongside his friends TimTheTatman, Ninja, Dr. Lupo and Courage, to name a few. Jordan's skill was apparent at the first ever E3 Fortnite Pro AM in 2018. He took fourth place alongside his partner StoneMountain64. Most recently, Jordan was part of the team (Llama Record Co) who won the Fortnite Summer Block Party Creative Showdown and co-hosted the first Fortnite World Cup in July. Fisher has collectively raised more than 200K for charity from his passion for Fortnite and supports United Friends of the Children, an organization that provides support services to youth leaving foster care. Jordan will continue to share this passion and advocacy for gaming by appearing at Twitchcon and many other gaming events this coming year. Jordan's additional accomplishments include being the first African American to portray 'Mark' in Fox's Emmy nominated "Rent Live" and being named a breakout star by MTV and People Magazine for Fox's Emmy-winning broadcast "Grease Live!" Fisher also won ABC's 25th season of "Dancing With the Stars" alongside partner Lindsay Arnold, and in 2018, he cohosted "Dancing With the Stars: Juniors" alongside Frankie Muniz. Jordan's additional TV credits include "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "Liv and Maddie," "Teen Beach" and "MTV's Teen Wolf." He has also collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda, performing a duet with him on "You're Welcome" from Disney's "Moana," as well as joining the cast of the smash hit and Tony award-winning musical "Hamilton." Fisher's first single "All About Us" was the #2 most added at pop radio, and his self-titled EP debuted on the Billboard Heatseeker album chart.
Karla Puno Garcia
Karla Puno Garcia is currently a swing in the Broadway show Hamilton: An American Musical. Favorite performance credits include Broadway’s West Side Story, Gigi, Hot Feet, National Tours Wicked and Addams Family, TV: "Smash" (Season 2), "So You Think You Can Dance" (Season 5). NYU Tisch Dance BFA.
Karla is choreographing a new show called Other World set to premiere at Bucks County Playhouse in the spring of 2020. In 2019, she 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). Off-Broadway: One Thousand Nights and One Day (Prospect Theater Company). Short Film: "The Spot" (San Francisco and DC Dance Film Festival selection). Music Videos: "Kindness," Casablanca Records; "The Knocks," Atlantic Records, Mandy Gonzales.
Karla was one of six "Broadway Bound choreographers" selected to present at the 2018 DANCEBREAK showcase. She has presented for BC Beat, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, and Katie’s Project. She is a proud faculty member at Broadway Dance Center and teaches every Monday at 3pm.
New York Stage Review
Elysa Gardner covered theater and music at USA Today until 2016, and has since written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, Town & Country, Entertainment Weekly, American Theatre, Broadway Direct, and the BBC. She is a critic for New York Stage Review and hosts the podcasts Stage Door Sessions, for Broadway Direct, and Develop Your Character for Camp Broadway. Elysa has also been a contributor to The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and VH1. A board member of the Drama Desk, she served on the Pulitzer Prize drama jury in 2015 and chaired it in 2017. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter and their rescue dog, Nellie, named after Rodgers and Hammerstein’s cockeyed optimist.
School of Rock
CARLY GENDELL made her professional debut in 2015 as part of the original Broadway cast for School of Rock the Musical playing Marcy and understudying Summer. Carly has also performed the title role in Annie regionally at Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina and the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Most recently, she played the role of Elizabeth in The Perfect Fit at the 2019 Rave Theater Festival. Instagram: @carlygendell
MANDY GONZALEZ is currently starring in the Broadway musical sensation Hamilton as
Angelica Schuyler. Mandy can also be seen on the CBS hit, “Madam Secretary.” Mandy is also
known for originating the role of Nina Rosario, in her brilliant performance in the Tony Award
winning, Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway musical In the Heights, a role she originally created
Off-Broadway at 37 Arts and which received a Drama Desk Award. Mandy starred as Elphaba in
the Broadway production of Wicked, for which she was awarded a Broadway.com Award for
“Best Replacement.” Other Broadway roles include Princess Amneris in the Elton John and Tim
Rice musical Aida and the Broadway show Lennon. Mandy is a Warner Music artist and recently
released her debut album, FEARLESS, which debuted at #13 on the iTunes pop charts. Mandy
founded the social media movement, #FearlessSquad, which is focused on creating a sense
belongingness, inclusiveness, and positivity in social media.
Justin Guarini’s robust performance career launched with the first season of "American Idol" in 2002. His stage and screen appearances since then include Broadway productions of American Idiot, Romeo and Juliet, Wicked,
and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
. Justin has hosted shows like "Idol Wrap" and "Idol Tonight" along with live events for the TV Guide Network, the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Grammys. He continues to reprise his role as the lovable Lil’ Sweet in commercials for Diet Dr. Pepper.
Justin is a generous humanitarian: he has advocated for music education funding on Capitol Hill by lobbying for the International Music Products Association. He has worked with Education Through Music Los Angeles, a nonprofit utilizing music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school, and self-confidence in underserved communities. Justin has also partnered with RandomActs.org
to participate in global kindness campaigns. In 2019, Justin founded The Warrior Artist Alliance to help performers achieve success in a challenging industry. He shares his tips, tricks, breadth of experience, and warrior mindset with a community of performers through podcasts, blogs, and dynamic training programs.
Kevin Jaeger is a playwright, lyricist, performer, and co-host of the popular theatre podcast "Broadwaysted." Kevin's first musical, Spot on the Wall, was an Official Selection of the 2015 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project and was later produced by CPA Theatricals in the 2016 Chicago Musical Theater Festival (under the title Daphne's Sunset). His writing has also been seen at Feinstein's/54 Below, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Metropolitan Room, the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and the 2017 Providence Fringe Festival. Kevin has written, edited, and produced two radio plays, Broadwaysted Away and A Broadwaysted Carol Channing. Recently he created his first radio musical, It's a Broadwaysted Life, with composer Jason Pomerantz. All three featured an All-Star cast of Broadway favorites and are available on iTunes. A graduate of the Florida State University College of Music, Kevin has been a contributing writer to the newmusicaltheatre.com's "Green Room" and was the recipient of a 2015 Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant. Follow Broadwaysted @Broadwaysted and Kevin @JaegerKev.
Live & In Color
Devanand Janki is a New York-based Director and Choreographer. His career spans all facets of the performing arts – theatre, opera, ballet and corporate entertainment. He began as a performer, appearing in numerous productions including Broadway’s Miss Saigon. Cats, The King & I, and Side Show. For the past 15 years, he has been a freelance director, working regionally and in New York on over 50 shows including Aladdin, Junie B. Jones, Man of La Mancha, Rent, The Full Monty and Off-Broadway’s Zanna Don’t for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award. His passion has always been creating new work for the stage. He is excited that The Bingham Camp, which inspired so much of his own creativity, is now a home for other theatre professionals in Live & In Color. He looks forward to sharing their work with the community in the years to come. www.devanandjanki.com
Jay Armstrong Johnson
On The Town
Jay Armstrong Johnson: Broadway: On the Town, Hands on a Hardbody, Catch Me If You Can, Hair, Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway/New York credits: Scotland, PA, Darling Grenadine (Roundabout), A Chorus Line (City Center), Candide (NYCO), Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic), The Most Happy Fella (Encores!), Terrence McNally’s Fire and Air (CSC), The Mad Ones, Working (Prospect Theater Co, Drama Desk Award), Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC), 35mm: A Musical Exhibition. Concert: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl. TV/Film: "QUANTICO," "Sex & the City 2," "Law & Order: SVU." Album: Jay Armstrong Johnson LIVE at Feinstein's 54 Below (available on iTunes and broadway records.com). @Jay_A_Johnson
Front Row Productions
Alia Jones-Harvey, an Olivier Award Winning and Tony Nominated Producer, has spent the past 13 years mounting productions on Broadway and London’s West End with a focus on diverse talent and new voices. Jones-Harvey and her producing partner Stephen C. Byrd are paving a path as the only two African American lead producers on Broadway. Past productions: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Debbie Allen, starring James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terrence Howard, Anika Noni Rose; A Streetcar Named Desire starring Blair Underwood; The Trip to Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson; Romeo & Juliet starring Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad; Eclipsed starring Lupita Nyong’o; Paramour; Iceman Cometh starring Denzel Washington; American Son starring Kerry Washington; and currently, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. Front Row Productions is also developing a musical adaptation of Black Orpheus, the enchanted Brazilian love story set in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival.
YVETTE KOJIC – is a Producer, Director, and Writer. She is currently a Programming Director at Broadway Workshop. Some credits include: Directing - STOP THE PRESSES: The Newsboys of New York Rally at 54 Below; Robin De Jesus: CRUSH & CRUSHED and The Struggle is Real; Gioia to the World: Live at 54 Below; Melanie Brook: Live at 54 Below; When I Grow Up: Broadway’s Next Generation; Women & Men on the Verge; Rags & Iron (starring Richard Masur); The Idea Man; Hear My Songs: The Music of Jason Robert Brown; Producing - Mother Jones and the Children’s Crusade; Dearly Beloved (starring Lena Hall & Robin De Jesus); From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook Elementary School; Volleygirls (starring Anthony Rapp & Susan Blackwell); Somewhere Safer (NYFF); Writing - Playbill Magazine and Performer Stuff. Former Associate Producer and Social Media Director for Broadway Records. Instagram: @yvettestagrams
Judy Kuhn is a four-time Tony Award nominee, most recently for her performance as Helen Bechdel in the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home, a role she created in the original Public Theatre production (2014 Lucille Lortell Award). Other Broadway credits include the original casts of Chess, Les Misérables, Rags, Two Shakespearean Actors, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, as well as the Roundabout’s 1993 revival of She Loves Me and the 2016 revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Recent theater includes Trevor Nunn’s production of Fiddler on the Roof in London’s West End, Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Passion at Classic Stage Co. (Drama League Award Nomination), and The Cradle Will Rock at City Center. Film & TV includes the title role in Disney's "Pocahontas," "Enchanted," "Elementary," "Hope & Faith," "Law & Order," Les Misérables 10th Anniversary Concert, and The Kennedy Center Honors. Judy has performed on concert stages around the world including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and The Royal Albert Hall in London. In addition to numerous cast recordings, Judy has recorded four solo CDs, most recently "Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel" (PS Classics).
The Dressing Room Project
Michael Kushner is leading the multi-hyphenate charge as an artist with multiple proficiencies cross pollinating to help flourish professional capabilities. Current projects include Indoor Boys, a web series created by Wes Taylor and Alex Wyse, which won Best Comedy (among others after being nominated 13 times) at The Indie Series Awards in LA and XaveMePlease (a separate project also directed by Mr. Taylor and starring Isaac Cole Powell) which played at Frameline43 in San Francisco. Michael is the creator of the The Dressing Room Project and is also a founding member of Musical Theatre Factory. As an actor, Michael has worked at Barrington Stage Company (On The Town, Much Ado About Nothing), ArsNova (Toxic if Swallowed), GableStage (Sons of the Prophet), Caldwell Theatre Company (The Loman Family Picnic), and more. He is an active participant with Covenant House, on the Advisory Board of Wingspan Arts, and Town Stages. BFA Musical Theatre from Ithaca College. Proud member of AEA.
Josh has been seen on Broadway in: The Prom, Groundhog Day, Finding Neverland, Elf and Hair. Off Broadway: A New Brain (Encores!), Into The Woods (Shakespeare in the Park), Little Miss Sunshine (2nd Stage), Little Me (Encores!) and February House (The Public). FILM: Here Today (Dir. Billy Crystal), Steve Phoenix: The Untold Story. TV: Katy Keene, The Blacklist, The Good Fight, 30 Rock, Deadbeat and Inside Amy Schumer. Josh is also the host of the incredibly popular podcast, Josh Swallows Broadway produced by the Broadway Podcast Network. Original Writing: co-book writer, conceiver and additional musical and lyrics for the musical “Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher: Murder She Wrote Live!”. You can find Josh and his cats, Sweeney and Toby on Instagram: @Josh.Lamon and also at www.JoshLamon.com
L Morgan Lee
A Strange Loop
L Morgan Lee is an actress, photographer, and sometimes writer. She most recently finished the premiere of Michael R. Jackson’s critically acclaimed musical A Strange Loop Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. L Morgan's other credits include Off-Broadway, National/International Tours, and Concerts in NYC, London, and Berlin. Film: "A Black Girl's Manifesto," "Waystation in the Stars." Recordings: "A Strange Loop" OCR, Éamon Boylan's "Soft Butter" Concept Album, "Pink Prada Purse" - Single (Our Lady J), "Our Lady J: Live From The Zipper Factory." #translivesmatter For more info: lmorganlee.com. @lmorganlee
Steven Levenson is a Tony Award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and television writer and producer. His plays include If I Forget, Core Values, Seven Minutes In Heaven, and The Language of Trees. He wrote the book for the musical Dear Evan Hansen, which won six Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Musical. He co-created and executive produced the FX series "Fosse/Verdon," which was nominated for seventeen Emmy Awards, including Best Limited Series and Best Writing for a Limited Series, as well as for Golden Globe, Writers’ Guild of America, and Critics’ Choice Association Awards, in addition to winning an AFI Award for Outstanding Series. Other honors include the OBIE Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award. He served for three seasons as a writer and producer on Showtime’s "Masters Of Sex." He is a graduate of Brown University. Upcoming projects include the film adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…boom!, directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, for Netflix.
Kelvin Moon Loh
Beetlejuice The Musical
Currently Otho in Beetlejuice The Musical. Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants (dir. Tina Landau), The King and I (Lincoln Center, dir. Bartlett Sher), Side Show (dir. Bill Condon). Select Theater: Here Lies Love (Public Theater, dir. Alex Timbers), Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Co., dir. John Doyle), American Idiot (1st National, dir. Michael Mayer). NYU Steinhardt. Follow @kelvinmoonloh
Donja R. Love
The Love* Plays
Donja R. Love is Black, Queer, HIV+, and surviving. A Philly native, he's the recipient of the 2018 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, the 2017 Princess Grace Playwriting Award. He’s also the Lark's 2016 Van Lier New Voices Playwriting Fellow, The Playwrights Realm’s 2016/2017 Writing Fellow, and the 2011 Philadelphia Adult Grand Slam Poetry Champion. He’s had productions at The New Group (one in two), Manhattan Theatre Club (Sugar in Our Wounds) and Atlantic Theater Company (Fireflies). He’s the co-host of Off Book, a podcast on Black theatre; and he's the co-founder of The Each-Other Project, an organization that helps build community and provide visibility, through art and advocacy, for LGBTQ People of Color. Other plays include: one in two, soft and The Trade. IG: donjarhakymelove, Twitter: donjarlove
Kate Lumpkin, CSA
Kate Lumpkin Casting
Kate Lumpkin, CSA (Casting Director) New York Theatre: OSCAR @ The Crown, We Are Here (dir. Steven Hoggett), Medusa, We Are The Tigers, Safeword, Afterglow, Cleopatra, The Bad Years, Eco Village, A Complicated Woman, Borders, Between The Bars, Unraveled, Letters to the President, Reunion '69, Single Rider, Diaspora, The Other Side of Paradise, Counting Sheep, Sitting Bull's Last Waltz, The Excavation of Mary Anning, Agent 355, Emma: A New Musical, Love In Hate Nation, Five Points, Hart Island, Eastbound, Interstate, Honey Dipped Apocalypse Girls, Fefu and Her Friends. National Tour: Bandstand (1st National Tour). Regional Theatre: Endlings at American Repertory Theater, West Side Story at The Kennedy Center, On The Town at The Kennedy Center, Beau at The Adirondack Theatre Festival, Evocation to Visible Appearance at Actors Theatre of Louisville, We Are Here at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Opium at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, A Christmas Carol 18', 19' at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Reunion '69 & Reunion '85 at the Newman Center. Proud educator with The Broadway Collective. For more information, please visit kate-lumpkin.com. @katelumpkin
The Washington Post
Peter Marks is a staff writer for the Washington Post and has been the paper’s chief theater critic since 2002. Prior to that, he was a reporter and theater critic for 10 years for The New York Times.
His positions at the Times included a stint as a national correspondent, covering the 2000 Presidential campaign. Before that, he was a reporter and feature writer for Newsday, after stints at the Newark Star-Ledger and other New Jersey newspapers.
In 1992, he was on a team of Newsday reporters that won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, for coverage of a New York subway crash.
He is a co-author with the late AIG CEO Bob Benmosche of the 2016 memoir, Good for the Money: My Fight to Pay Back America, the story of Benmosche’s life, culminating in his successful revitalization of an insurance giant hobbled by the 2008 financial crisis. His writings have appeared in a variety of other American publications, and for several years he taught theater criticism in the honors program at George Washington University.
He is co-host of the theater podcast Three on the Aisle, with critics Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal and Elisabeth Vincentelli, a contributor to the New York Times. A graduate of Yale, he lives in Manhattan with his wife, Valerie.
Children of a Lesser God
Broadway: Children of a Lesser God, King Lear. NY: Fêtes de la Nuit, World Premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s The Healing, Veritas, Movement of the Soul. Regional: Levity (WMPAC), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus and La Mirada Theatre), Tribes (Guthrie Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre), Pippin (CTG, Deaf West). Film: "Wonderstruck," "Sign," "The First Purge." TV: "This Close," "High Maintenance," "Don’t Shoot the Messenger," "Able." @TheJohnMcGinty
Jagged Little Pill
Ezra is a non binary trans person who uses artistry as activism. They are most notably recognized in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story" film (coming December 2020) as Anybody’s, as well as a member of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill.
Disney Theatrical Group
Lisa Mitchell is the Director of Education & Audience Engagement at Disney Theatrical Group where she engages students, teachers, and communities through Broadway performance and student-driven productions. She partners with an international network of performing arts centers, regional theaters, and children's theaters to develop new school theater programs. Lisa served on the board of the American Alliance for Theater & Education, and is on the Education & Audience Engagement committee at the Broadway League. She hold's a master's degree in educational theater from the City College of New York, and is currently wrapping up her doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University. Her doctoral research examines theater program sustainability in under-resourced schools.
Madilyn Jaz Morrow
Madilyn Jaz Morrow is so happy to be back teaching at BroadwayCon 2020! She made her Broadway debut in the original company of Matilda, alternating in the roles of Alice and Hortensia. Currently a junior at Purchase College majoring in arts management and an honors graduate from the Professional Performing Arts School, NYC. Training in dance (BDC, PC), acting (PPAS, PC), and voice (Chris York). Madilyn has been involved in many stage productions, Broadway Workshops, and has taught dance for several years. CESD Talent.
Julia has appeared onstage from Wicked to The Wild Party, on TV from "Sex and the City" to "Madam Secretary," in movies from "The Report" to the upcoming "Big Time Adolescence," doing voiceovers for items from Estée Lauder to Chiquita Banana and in concert from Carnegie Hall to the Malaysian Symphony Orchestra. There's lots of stuff in between all of those examples and she'd be happy to tell you about them if you ask nicely. Her album "I'm Not Waiting" can be purchased on iTunes and she can be seen in the new musical Between The Lines this spring at Second Stage. Insta: @pepamama Twitter: @juliamurney
Donna Murphy is one the most acclaimed and beloved theater actresses of her generation. A two-time Tony Award winner for Passion and for The King and I, other theater highlights include Hello, Dolly!, The People in the Picture, LoveMusik, Wonderful Town, Into the Woods for the NYSF, Hello Again and Twelve Dreams at Lincoln Center, Anyone Can Whistle and Follies for Encores!. She was honored with the Drama League Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater and has earned five Tony Award nominations, and multiple Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Select film and television: Vera Farmiga’s "Higher Ground," Todd Solondz's "Dark Horse," "Center Stage," "The Bourne Legacy," "World Trade Center," "Spider-Man 2," "Star Trek: Insurrection," the voice of Mother Gothel in Disney's "Tangled," "The Blacklist," "Quantico," "Resurrection," "Royal Pains," "The Good Wife," "CSI," PBS's "Mercy Street," and HBO’s "Someone Had to be Benny" (Daytime Emmy Award).
The King and I
Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies.Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I garneredher the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. Recently, Ms. O’Harastarred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of “Peter Pan” alongside Allison Williams and Christian Borleandmade her Metropolitan Opera debut in The Merry Widowwith Renee Fleming. Other Broadway credits includeThe Bridges of Madison County(Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations),Nice Work If You Can Get It(Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), South Pacific(Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations),Pajama Game(Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations),TheLight in the Piazza(Tony & Drama Desk nominations),Sweet Smell of Success,Follies,Dracula, andJekyll & Hyde. Regional/Off Broadway credits includeFar From Heaven(Playwrights Horizons and WTF),King Lear(Public Theater),Bells Are Ringing(City Center Encores),Sunday in the Park with George(Reprise), andMy Life With Albertine(Playwright’s Horizons). Concerts span from Carnegie Hall to Capitol Hill. She is currently appearing as Jackie in the second season of Netflix’s hit 13 Reasons Whyand recently completed shooting the upcoming series of The Accidental Wolf. Last year, she joined Showtime’s Master of Sexas Michael Sheen’s long-lost love, Dody, completed and can be seen in on CBS All Access’ The Good Fight. Other film and television credits includeSex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese’sThe Key to Reserva,Blue Bloods,Alexander Hamilton, N3mbers, and the animated seriesCar Talk. She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Her solo albums,AlwaysandWonder in the Worldare available on Ghostlight Records
Madeleine Pace, age 12, made her Broadway debut at age 6 as Ivanka in the Tony Award winning, Once the Musical. Professional theatre experience also includes the understudy role of Cathy Krohl in Tom Stoppard’s, The Hard Problem at Lincoln Center. She also played Young Jane and Adele in a developmental reading of Jane Eyre, with Cleveland Musical Theatre. Television experience includes Sesame Street, The Path, Odd Mom Out, SNL, The Jimmy Fallon Show, and The Maya and Marty Show.
This past summer, Madeleine filmed a short film with the Columbia University Graduate Film department. She also has other short film credits with NYU Tisch. Voiceover experience includes Mashable’s Kids Lip Dub (You Tube) impersonating various celebrities and a Wal-mart holiday spot. www.madeleinepace.com
Christine has been associated with many long running off-Broadway shows, most notably Forbidden Broadway, Forbidden Hollywood (Drama Desk nom), Newsical the Musical, Spamilton (which she co-produced), and Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage. She is the daily host of SiriusXMs ON BROADWAY (Channel 72). On Broadway she was seen in Chicago (as Mama Morton), Little Me, and Talk Radio. She's also a dead "Soprano" – Mrs. Bobby Baccala (he loved her so much he couldn't defrost her ziti)! Christine has toured her award winning cabaret act Great Dames across the USA, London, South Africa, and beyond. Known as “The Lady of 1000 Voices” she can be found on YouTube, The Howard Stern Show, Cartoon Networks Steven Universe, and more. Her solo CD "Good to Mama" is available in the usual places. ChristinePedi.com * @ChristinePedi * FB- ChristinePediShowBiz
Gillian Pensavalle is the creator and host of The Hamilcast. In this podcast about all things Hamilton, Hamilton-related, Hamilton-adjacent, or anything else in the Miranda universe, Gillian invites her guests into her home for fun, raw, and engaging conversations. Since January 2016, Gillian has released over 200 episodes with Hamilton's cast, crew, musicians, and creative team (yes that means Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alex Lacamoire, and Thomas Kail!). Gillian has also had the pleasure of speaking to Hamilton experts/historians, some of her superfan friends of note, celebrity Hamilfans, members of Freestyle Love Supreme, and everything in between.
Gillian is also the co-creator and co-host of True Crime Obsessed with Broadway podcast royalty Patrick Hinds, as well as the producer of and frequent voice actor on the sketch comedy podcast Ted and Michael Read Sketches into Microphones.
To the revolution!
Chris Peterson is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of OnStage Blog, one of the most popular theatre websites in the world. Founded in 2014, since then the site has expanded to cover theatre on an international level. His work has been featured and mentioned in The New York Times, USA Today, People Magazine, The Boston Globe, Mashable, Yahoo! Lifestyle, and The New Yorker.
Bryan Plofsky is a playwright, lyricist, pun-master, and host of the popular theatre podcast "Broadwaysted." A graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Ithaca College, Bryan has performed regionally in theaters such as Paper Mill Playhouse, the Surflight Theatre, Point Sebago, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and The Looking Glass Theatre. His current writing projects include the comedy Color War: A Summer Campy Musical, the supernatural musical farce Desert Island, and Birthright. Follow Broadwaysted @Broadwaysted or Bryan @nuttyplofessor.
Erin Quill holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon. In addition to being a member of the Original Broadway Company of Avenue Q, she has been in the 50th anniversary company of Flower Drum Song, The King & I, and the upcoming DAVE – where she worked with Nell Benjamin, Tom Kitt, and Tina Landau.
Dave Quinn is a writer/reporter for PEOPLE Magazine, where he covers a wide-range of beats including Broadway. A New York native, his love for theater started at an early age, when he dragged his parents to see Les Misérables at just 7 years old. He's been going consistently since, and still feels the same joy sitting in a theater as he felt as a kid back then. Follow him on Twitter/Instagram @NineDaves.
Roundabout Theatre Company
Jill Rafson is the Associate Artistic Director for Roundabout Theatre Company, as well as the Artistic Producer for the Roundabout Underground program in support of emerging playwrights. In addition to developing dozens of new works for Roundabout (including Stephen Karam’s Tony-winning The Humans, Steven Levenson’s If I Forget, Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, Ming Peiffer’s Drama Desk-nominated Usual Girls, and the upcoming Daniel Zaitchik-penned musical Darling Grenadine), Jill has been a dramaturg for the O’Neill’s National Playwrights Conference, CollaborationTown, The Playwrights’ Center, Fault Line Theatre, and the Flea Theatre’s acclaimed 48-playwright epic reimagining of the Bible, The Mysteries. Jill has worked with The Broadway League, New York City Center, and ART/NY. She was a member of NYFA’s Emerging Arts Leaders program and has taught/lectured for the Commercial Theatre Institute, ESPA, Kenyon College, Columbia University, Hunter College, and others. Jill received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.
New York Public Library
Doug Reside joined the New York Public Library in 2011 as digital curator for the performing arts. In his current position, he manages all aspects of the Theatre Division’s collections and public services. Prior to joining NYPL, Reside served on the staff of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland. He has published and spoken on topics related to theater history, literature, and digital humanities, and has managed several large grant-funded projects on these topics. Reside is especially interested in the use of digital forensic tools to study the creative process. He received a PhD in English from the University of Kentucky.
Richard Ridge is the lead correspondent for Broadway World, one of the most popular theatre websites receiving over 7 million visitors every month. He is the host of “Backstage with Richard Ridge” which has been the most popular outlet for Broadway stars to talk about their careers. Guests have included Chita Rivera, Lin Manuel Miranda, Laura Benanti, Kristen Chenoweth, and Jessie Mueller. Prior to that, he was the host of the groundbreaking “Broadway Beat” for 20 years. His latest venture is the filmed SAG/AFTRA Foundation/BWW “Conversations series.” These in-depth interviews are filmed for the Foundation’s educational archives and BWW. Participants have included Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Matt Bomer, Bobby Cannavale, Harold Prince, Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane, Darren Criss, Sara Bareilles, Kelli O’Hara, Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, Jeff Daniels, David Hyde Pierce, and Jim Parsons. Richard made his Broadway debut this past May in the groundbreaking musical The Prom.
Joshua Safran is the creator of Netflix’s "Soundtrack," which he Executive Produces alongside Annapurna. He is also creating and executive producing the HBO Max reboot of "Gossip Girl," which was given a straight to series order. Previously, he created ABC’s show "Quantico," which he ran for two years. Before that, Joshua was the Executive Producer and Showrunner on NBC’s "Smash." He started his career as an Executive Producer on "Gossip Girl" for the CW.
Diana Salameh is a live entertainment marketer, specializing in brand partnerships and experiences. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications at Serino Coyne, the world’s preeminent advertising and marketing agency, where she leads the partnership marketing team and agency communications. In addition to nearly a decade of marketing experience, Diana has a background in secondary education and volunteers at a high school theater program in her home state of New Jersey. She has proud roots in Jordan as a first-generation Arab-American, and is a fluent Arabic speaker. Diana is a television enthusiast, with favorite programming ranging from “The Good Wife” to all six seasons (and both movie installments) of “Sex and the City.” Instagram / Twitter: @_dianasalameh
New York Theatre Workshop
Alexander Santiago-Jirau is Director of Education at New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW). In this role, he oversees all of NYTW’s education initiatives, including the Mind the Gap intergenerational theatre program, student matinees, in-school artist residencies, master classes, administrative fellowships, and public programs. Recent work at NYTW has included developing educational materials and curating public programming for the world premiere of David Bowie’s and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus directed by Ivo van Hove, the New York premiere of Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin, a revival of Othello directed by Sam Gold featuring Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo, Amy Herzog’s Mary Jane featuring Carrie Coon, Heidi Shreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me, and Jeremy O. Harris’s Slave Play. Alex has taught Latin American and Latinx Theatre at Drew University and currently teaches Theatre of the Oppressed for the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He holds a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University and an M.A. in Educational Theatre from NYU Steinhardt.
The Color Purple
Kyle Scatliffe is a graduate of AMDA. Broadway: The Color Purple, Les Misérables. West End: The Scottsboro Boys (Olivier Award nomination) Tour: Hamilton. Off-Broadway: As You Like It, Encores Big River. Regional: Ragtime (ZACH Theatre), Oklahoma! (5th Avenue Theatre). TV credits include: CBS’s "Bull," NBC’s "Chicago P.D.," and Marley in A Christmas Carol: The Concert (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/PBS).
Kimberly Schmidt is a producer, general manager, performer, redhead, and co-host/Game Master of the popular theatre podcast "Broadwaysted." Kimberly is a graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Manhattanville College and has appeared in productions at FringeNYC, Oxford Shakespeare Co, 13th Street Repertory and the Surflight Theatre. On the production side, Kimberly has worked with both Theatre Management Associates and the Playlight Theatre Company and produced the first reading of Bryan Plofsky's musical Color War: A Summer Campy Musical. Also, check out the Broadway Baby podcast for more theatre conversations--show by show! Follow her at @KimberCoops or @BroadwayBabyPod.
CHRISTOPHER SIEBER started performing shows in his parents living room where he was a triumph at age 7 in The Christopher Comedy Cavalcade of 1976 seen by both his parents and unsuspecting neighbors driving by. Then, BROADWAY: The Prom, Matilda, Pippin, La Cage Aux Folles, Shrek (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League,Outer Critics noms) Monty Python's Spamalot (Tony Nom and West End Production) Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love.
Television: "Law and Order SVU," "The Good Wife," "The Good Fight," "Elementary," "Ed," "Sex and the City," "Pushing Daisies," "It's All Relative," "Two of a Kind," and lots of daytime TV such as "Guiding Light," "All My Children," "Another World," where his many recurring characters never went anywhere....
Fiddler on the Roof
Broadway/New York: Fiddler on the Roof, Master Class, Einstein's Dreams, Nell Gwynn (The Acting Company), Arlington, Hello Again, Song of Norway. Regional: Cabaret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Camelot, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Love Story, Murder on the Orient Express. London's West End: Kiss Me, Kate (BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall), Carousel, Fiddler on The Roof, and The Woman In White. Film: "1408." TV: "Elementary" (CBS), "Mysteries Of Laura" (NBC); all three "Law & Orders" (NBC). Concerts: Grammy® nominee for Maria in West Side Story with San Francisco Symphony. I Am Harvey Milk (Los Angeles), Trouble in Tahiti at Tanglewood, Symphony Space, Orchestra of St Luke's, Carnegie Hall, Caramoor, DSO, ASO, John Wilson Orchestra for the BBC Proms. Books: Alexandra’s novel "After Anatevka" and memoir, "White Hot Grief Parade" are both published by Pegasus Books and available on Audible.com. @alsilbs
Janice C. Simpson
Broadway & Me, BroadwayRadio
Janice C. Simpson writes the theater blog "Broadway & Me," hosts the BroadwayRadio podcast "Stagecraft," and was one of the revolving hosts for the TV show "Theater Talk." She also directs the Arts & Culture Reporting program at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at the City University of New York and is a frequent contributor to "TDFStages" and "American Theatre" magazines. She formerly served as arts editor for "Time" magazine and was a contributing editor to "TheaterWeek" magazine. She is currently a member of the American Theatre Wing's Advisory Committee and sits on the executive committee of the Outer Critics Circle.
Harry Potter the Cursed Child
James Snyder is currently starring as Harry Potter in Broadway's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and has also been seen on stage in Broadway's first a capella musical In Transit, as well as If/Then (Broadway and Tour). He also received a Drama League Award Nomination for the titular role in Cry-Baby and recently played Billy in Goodspeed Opera House's production of Carousel. His additional theatre credits include Fanny at New York City Center, Broadway: Three Generations at The Kennedy Center, Rock of Ages (Los Angeles, Las Vegas), Oedipus the King, Mama (Troubadour Theater Co.), Happy Days, The Fantasticks (Sacramento Music Circus), Hamlet, Sneaux, Oklahoma!, and Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes. He has also performed with the Hartford Symphony as well as the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.
TV: The Good Wife, Rizzoli and Isles, Blue Bloods, Drop Dead Diva, CSI, Without a Trace, Cold Case, Gilmore Girls, and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, among others. Film: She’s The Man, The Storyteller, An American in China, Meth Head, Shuttle, Pretty Persuasion (Sundance Film Festival). He can also be heard as Jason on the bare: a pop opera concept album. His solo rock album, L.A. Curse, is available on iTunes, spotify and www.jamessnyder.com. He has a B.F.A. in acting from the University of Southern California.
The New York Times
Jose Solís has been writing about film and theatre since 2003. His work has appeared in major publications including The New York Times, American Theatre, TDF Stages, TimeOut, and Backstage. He is the co-host of Token Theatre Friends and a producer/host on the Maxamoo podcast. He is a member of the Drama Desk, the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and the Online Film Critics Society. When he's not at a show, a screening, or writing about all the art he loves, you can find him singing along to any cast recording featuring Kelli O'Hara.
Broadway Stage Management Symposium
Matthew Aaron Stern is the founder of the Broadway Stage Management Symposium. Credits include 20+ Broadway productions: Finding Neverland, On The Town, Doctor Zhivago, Side Show, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Death Of A Salesman, An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin, The Little Mermaid, Wicked, Fiddler On The Roof, The Phantom Of The Opera, Enchanted April, The Full Monty, Grease; Tours: Mandy Patinkin, Stories By Heart, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Les Misérables. Other: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Blue Man Group at the Hollywood Bowl. Matthew is part of the faculty at SUNY Purchase. For more info on the Symposium, www.broadwaysymposiuim.com
Jennifer Ashley Tepper
Be More Chill
Jennifer Ashley Tepper is producer of Be More Chill, currently playing on Broadwaym and Broadway Bounty Hunter, which will play off-Broadway in 2019. These projects are part of a decade-long collaboration with Joe Iconis & Family. She is also the Creative and Programming Director at Feinstein’s/54 Below, where she has curated or produced over 3000 shows. She is the co-creator of the Bistro Award-winning concert series, If It Only Even Runs A Minute, and conceiver and director of "The Jonathan Larson Project," a song cycle of Larson’s unheard work, which received its world premiere in 2018 and recently recorded an original cast album. As a writer, Tepper has authored three volumes of "The Untold Stories of Broadway" series, published by Dress Circle. On Broadway, Tepper has also worked on [title of show], The Performers, Godspell, Macbeth, and The Parisian Woman.
Recently appeared in Oklahoma! as Aunt Eller on Broadway.
Christina Trivigno is the Director of Digital Strategy at TDF, a New York City based not-for-profit service organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. She has over 15 years of experience working in the digital space, a lifetime of experience as a disability advocate, and a love for theatre. She was proud to marry her passions for theatre, access and all things digital at TDF, overseeing online content, digital advertising, social media and launching TheatreAccess.NYC,
Fredi is best known for creating the role of Joanne Jefferson in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent! Most recently she appears as Ghost in Season 3 of TBS’s "Search Party." You can find her streaming or on-demand as Beverly in Rebecca Miller’s "Maggie's Plan," and Shay in Showtime’s Emmy Award-winning series "The Big C." Fredi is also an accomplished director and writer. She opened her company, Big Spoon Productions, in 1992. She is the creator of The Professional Skills for Actors Series™ and a proud advocate of arts education for students in all schools everywhere! For more information, please visit www.bigspoonproductions.com.
Intimacy Directors International
Claire consults for and intimacy coordinates on television networks including HBO, Hulu, and Amazon, as well as independent films. She recently made history as the first intimacy director on a Broadway production, for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, with Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon. She is the first woman ever to be nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Fight Choreography which she won, as intimacy and fight director of Slave Play at NYTW. In the same season she was also nominated as intimacy and fight director for Daddy (Vineyard/New Group). Other Off-Broadway plays include BLKS (MCC Theatre), Mies Julie, and Dance of Death (CSC) plus more in New York and regionally. Claire trains faculty and students in acting training institutions across the country including Yale School of Drama and Yale College, Brown/Trinity Rep, NYU, the O'Neill Theatre Center, Stella Adler, Sarah Lawrence, UConn, Northeastern University, and Muhlenberg College. She has also trained students at Cambridge University in the UK and has presented at conferences across America. She is part of the lead teaching team of Intimacy Directors International, training the next generation of Intimacy Directors and Coordinators.
Come From Away
Sharon Wheatley originated and still performs the role of Diane in the global hit, Come From Away. She is a mother to two girls and married to stage manager, Martha Donaldson. An actress in New York City for 27 years, she has also appeared on Broadway in Avenue Q, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and in the final cast of Cats at the Winter Garden Theater. She is best known as the author of "'Til The Fat Girl Sings," a memoir about growing up as an underestimated midwestern girl with big dreams.
Program in Music Theater at Princeton University
Stacy Wolf is a theatre professor and director of the Program in Music Theater at Princeton University, where she teaches classes on gender and race in the American musical, including a course on the musicals of Stephen Sondheim. She is the author of Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical, A Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical, and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical. Wolf's latest book, Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Across America, explores how the Broadway musical theatre repertoire finds new life at local venues across the country, including summer camps, high schools, community theatres, and after-school programs. She’s also written about women in The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Disney Theatrical Group’s Study Guide and two articles on gender in the smash hit Hamilton. Before Princeton, Wolf taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the George Washington University, and Florida State University. She holds a BA from Yale, MA from the University of Virginia, and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wolf is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a President’s Distinguished Teaching Award from Princeton.
Evan is a New York-based theatre production and headshot photographer. Evan studied Musical Theatre in college while always exploring his love for photography during his college years. That exploration led into a full-time job with Broadway’s leading photographer, Matthew Murphy.
Ken Bloom is a Grammy Award-winning producer, author, and director He has written over fifteen books including Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time, co-authored with Frank Vlastnik. Ken has worked with Burton Lane, Jerry Herman, Howard Dietz and the estates of Florence Klotz and Peter Stone for the Library of Congress, the Billy Rose Theatre Collection and the Museum of the City of New York. Ken and Bill Rudman founded Harbinger Records over forty years ago recording such greats as Peggy Lee, Maxine Sullivan and albums on Cy Coleman, Kander and Ebb, Hugh Martin, Jones and Schmidt, P.G. Wodehouse, Charles Strouse and others. Ken was the Broadway Correspondent for NPR and Canadian Broadcasting and for over fifteen years along with with Ezio Petersen was the host of Musical Theatre Today on WKCR. Recently Ken co-produced, co-directed and co-wrote the documentary Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon. More on Wikipedia.
Kirt Burcroff is a member of IATSE Local One and currently a lighting supervisor for The Metropolitan Opera. He is in his 25 year with The Met. Career highlights include: The MTV Video Music Awards, The Grammy Awards, The Tony Awards, Starlight Express at the Las Vegas Hilton, Liza At Radio City Music Hall and several years of Off-Broadway, Regional Theater and Television work. Kirt is a 1990 graduate of SUNY Fredonia.
Disney’s Frozen on Broadway
Since arriving in NYC in 1997, Fran has taken care of every level of artist. From the ensemble to Jessie Mueller, Sara Bareilles, Keala Settle and Kelli O’Hara. Currently working on her 19th Broadway show, she is dressing Caissie Levy as Elsa in Disney’s Frozen.
Plus This! Show
KATHY DEITCH grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and moved to New York to attend Wagner College. Kathy made her Broadway debut in the original cast of FOOTLOOSE and later created the role of Shen Shen in the smash Broadway hit WICKED. She made her LA acting debut at the Hollywood Bowl in RENT directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Other credits include: SILENCE! THE MUSICAL (LA Weekly Award), AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW , the thriller LOFT, opposite Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet and MAGIC MIKE XXL. In looking to combat body bias, she co-created PLUS THIS! SHOW, a weekly vodcast on UBN GO that highlights fat women & non-binary folx and their allies and is a member of the all-fat, all-female sketch comedy group FATCH. IG @ladeitche & @PlusThisShow
Jagged Little Pill / IATSE
Chris moved to NYC from Dallas, TX a decade ago to work on Broadway and hasn’t stopped since. She has 11 musicals and 1 straight play under her belt. More often than not, you can find her backstage as an A2, supporting her mixer, the designer, the band, and actors with their sound needs.
Jagged Little Pill
Logan Hart (he/him) is currently performing in Jagged Little Pill on Broadway as Andrew/Ensemble and understudying the role of Nick Healy. Previously he performed for 3 years with the Book of Mormon First National Tour. Other credits include Poster Boy (Roundabout Theatre Company), Being Theo, Next to Normal, High School Musical, and Altar Boyz, along with concerts at 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, Piano Fight SF, and numerous readings, workshops, and recordings for promotional and developmental work. Additionally, he will be seen in the upcoming film "What is Life Worth" starring Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci. For more information and updates follow him on IG: gowiththeflogan.
Currently performing in the new Broadway musical Hadestown, Afra is a veteran performer with 8 Broadway credits to her name. Some of her favorites include Summer: The Donna Summer Musical where she played Michael/Maid and understudied Disco Donna Summer, In The Heights (Original Broadway Company with Lin-Manuel Miranda), Shuffle Along (Original Broadway Company alongside Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, and Joshua Henry with choreography by Savion Glover), Ghost (Original Broadway Company, understudy Clara/Louise), and Motown (understudy Tina Marie). She also spent a year on the First National Tour of Hamilton (Angelica Tour) playing San Francisco and Los Angeles. Additionally, Afra was a Radio City Rockette for 7 years. You can see Afra in the FX miniseries "Fosse/Verdon" with Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. Other television work includes "Boardwalk Empire" (Onyx Dancer), "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (Hamilton ensemble), "The Detour" (B.Frank ensemble), "Mozart In the Jungle," and SNL.
Oxford University Press
Norm Hirschy is an Executive Editor in the Academic and Trade Division of Oxford University Press, where he acquires in music, dance, film, and cultural biography. He is the sponsoring editor of the Broadway Legacies Series, working with Series Editor Geoffrey Block, and books on his list have been widely acclaimed in both national and international press.
Taylor Symone Jackson
Ain't Too Proud
Taylor Symone Jackson was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Taylor attended both a performing arts high school (Carver School of the Arts/ Atlanta, GA) and college, Conservatory (AMDA/ New York, NY) for both Musical Theater and Dance. Soon after graduating she worked at the Organ Shakespeare Festival and later got the offer for Ain't Too Proud. She is so honored to have the opportunity to perform on a New York City stage, with a crazy funny cast and a wonderful support system behind her. She can only pray that this is just the beginning of her Broadway Career. In her spare time she loves hanging with her puppy Kimchi and eating Empanada Mama during lunch breaks. :)
She is so thrilled to attend and be part of her first Broadway Con!!!!!!
Katie McAllister is the Program Director for Inside Broadway and has been working in the teaching field for over 30 years in both the academic and arts and education forums. Katie began her work with Inside Broadway in the “Be the Artist” program at Donnell Library and joined the teaching artist staff of Inside Broadway shortly thereafter. As Program Director, Katie has used her experience as a teacher and performer to shape Inside Broadway’s teaching artist residency programs to reflect both the artistic and academic needs of students in schools today, developing programming for students of all abilities. She has written the Study Buddies and Educator Lesson Plans for Inside Broadway’s productions of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Melody Lingers on... The Music of Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers Broadway!, The Gershwin’s Real Magic, and Bye Bye Birdie. For Simply Elementary, she wrote the book, lyrics and study guide for the immigration musical Next Stop, America. Ms. McAllister is passionate about bringing arts services to students of all abilities and is the proud recipient of the 2007 Herbert Birch Friendship Award for excellence in Arts and Education for exceptional children.
Zachary Noah Piser
Dear Evan Hansen
Zachary Noah Piser is thrilled to join his first BroadwayCon panel! He is currently the Evan Hansen alternate on Broadway, after originating Dear Evan Hansen’s premiere international production in Canada. Other Broadway: Wicked (Boq). Off-Broadway: Barrow Street Theatre’s West-End transfer of Sweeney Todd (Tobias), Mad Libs Live. Favorite Regional: The Heart of Rock & Roll (The Old Globe, world premiere), Godspell (Marriott Theatre). He is a Bay Area native and Northwestern grad. Big thanks to Erin Quill for including him in this special AAPI panel! @zach_piser
Roundabout Theatre Company
Sean Tecson is a theatre administrator with a background in theatre education, digital communications, and database management.
Originally from Houston, TX, he currently works in Roundabout Theatre Company's Education Department in New York City.
At the Roundabout, he collects, processes, and manages data (surveys, demographics, reports, and outcomes) for education programming, focusing on the technical theatre workforce training program, and coordinates the department’s professional development workshops for school administrators, teachers, and teaching artists.
From the end of 2016 to early 2018 Sean was an A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fellow and worked with the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York's development department to fundraise for the organization’s services that provide training and resources for more than 400 nonprofit theatre companies in New York City.
In addition to his work in theatre arts administration, Sean freelances as a director and producer in New York City. He recently co-produced From a Distance, a one-woman song cycle about relationships in the digital age and what it means to stay connected with your loved ones from a distance, in the 2018 International New York Fringe Festival. He directed and co-produced Poor Boys' Chorus in the 2017 Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, a New York Times pick of top 15 summer theatre festivals.
Prior to moving to New York, Sean worked as a teaching artist at ZACH Theatre in Austin, TX and was the Engaging Research Co-Chair for the 2015 Cohen New Works Festival, the nation's largest collegiate theater festival, and guided artists through new forms of dramaturgical research and curated spaces for audiences to think critically about the development of more than 30 works of theatre. He has a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Elizabeth L. Wollman is Professor of Music at Baruch College, City University of New York, and a member of the doctoral faculty in the theatre department at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has written extensively about musicals that have run off-, off-off- and on Broadway since the late 1950s, with emphasis on their relationship to popular music, the cultural history of New York City, and American social, political, and economic movements. Wollman is the author of the books The Theater Will Rock: A History of the Rock Musical, from Hair to Hedwig (University of Michigan Press, 2006), Hard Times: The Adult Musical in 1970s New York City (Oxford University Press, 2012), and The Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical (Bloomsbury/Methuen, 2017). Her co-edited volume, The Routledge Companion to the Post-1970 American Stage Musical, which she co-edited with Jessica Sternfeld, was released in September 2019. Her current work focuses on both the historiography of the contemporary American musical theater, and on commercial failure.
Taking the Wheel
Ari has had the privilege of working with cabaret icons such as Tony Award winners Faith Prince and Christine Ebersole, Tony nominee Ann Hampton Callaway, Grammy Award winner Billy Stritch, Marilyn Maye, Karen Mason, and Alix Korey. Ari Axelrod's solo cabaret, Taking the Wheel, directed by Faith Prince and music directed by Alex Rybeck, has had two sold out performances at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City. Ari’s most recent cabaret, A Celebration of Jewish Broadway, has been performed at Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, as well as in St. Louis, Missouri, and Chicago.
NYC credits include: Off-Broadway: Milk and Honey (Cantor/Sheep Boy) at The York Theatre Company. Regional: Weathervane Theatre: Last Five Years (Jamie), West Side Story (Riff), Hairspray (Corny Collins). Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: One Man Two Guvnors (Ensemble).
Alessandra Baldacchino is a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Glen Rock NJ. She has been seen in both the Broadway production and National Tour of the Tony Award-winning musical FUN HOME playing the role of Small Alison, for which she won the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Performer. She is honored to be back at BroadwayCon for the third time. @alibaldacchino
Billy Bell is an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer. A former cast member of Punchdrunk's "Sleep No More," Billy's past experiences include dancing with Jose Navas/Compagnie Flak and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet where he performed works by Jiri Kilian, Hofesh Shechter, Alexander Ekman, Crystal Pite, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Billy is a recipient of the Frank Prize for Emerging Artists and an Award of Choreographic Excellence from Capezio. He has been on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance, danced with Britney Spears, the original cast of RENT, and the talented cast and crew of FOX's HOUSE M.D. An alumni of The Juilliard School, Billy holds a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications with a focus on Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and a BFA in Interior Architecture and Themed Entertainment Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently, Billy works as a project designer for WET in Los Angeles, CA.
Audrey Bennett began her professional career at the age of 7, playing the role of Gretl in the Broadway national tour of The Sound of Music. She made her Broadway debut in New York at the age of 9 in Amelie, and she then originated the role of Young Anna in the world premiere of Frozen the Musical in its pre-Broadway run in Denver and then continuing in the role when it opened on Broadway. Other highlights include playing Young Mike D in the Beastie Boys Story Live show last spring and TV appearances in Evil (CBS), The Hunt (Amazon), and Love Life (HBO, playing a young Anna Kendrick). She has also recently recorded her first voiceover role for an animation on Cartoon Network. Audrey loves singing, playing with friends, riding roller coasters, and eating ice cream — lots of ice cream. Instagram: @audreybennettactor
Swayam Bhatia better known as Sway most recently was seen playing Rachel in The Perfect Fit. Her credits include performing for two School of Rock Promo Tours and Really Rosie at Encores NY City Center. She is currently appearing as Sophie Roy on HBO’s "Succession." In addition, she has appeared on "Masters of None" on Netflix, "Saturday Night Live," and "Sesame Street." Her training beyond theater includes playing the drums, piano, and rapping. Others would say she is passionate about fashion and coding but above all, making others laugh is her signature trait.
The King and I
Adriana is 12 years old. She was an original cast member of Lincoln Center’s The King and I. She played the role of a royal child, Buddha, and Princess Ying Yaowalak understudy. Shortly after the Broadway run, Adriana had the opportunity of continuing her role in the national tour.
The King and I
Amaya is 17 years old. She played the role of July in the Broadway revival of Annie. She was also part of Lincoln Center’s revival of The King and I as a royal child. Amaya had the opportunity of being in The King and I national tour as a royal child, wife of the King, Uncle Thomas in the ballet, and as Louis understudy.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Brenda Braxton was destined for the stage. While most of her classmates at the
famed High School of Performing Arts dreamed that their talents would one day be
recognized, Brenda, a year after graduation, was cast in the hit Broadway show
Guys & Dolls. But her real claim to fame was her performance in Broadway’s
musical revue SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ which earned her a Tony Award
nomination, the NAACP Theater Award, the city of Chicago’s Jefferson Award and
a Grammy Award for Best Cast Album. She went on to star as Velma Kelly in
Broadway’s hit musical CHICAGO opposite USHER, BeBe Neuwirth, Rita
Wilson and Brian McKnight. . Her other Broadway credits include, Jelly’s Last
Jam with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, Cats, Legs Diamond and the original
production of DREAMGIRLS with Jennifer Holiday. Her TV credits include Nurse
Jackie, SMASH and most recently her recurring role as partner Madeline Gilbert
on The Good Fight Season 3 on CBS All Access.
Matilda the Musical
Ava Briglia is a 12 year old performer from Media, Pennsylvania. Broadway: Matilda the Musical (Matilda), School Of Rock (Summer), The Ferryman (Swing - Nunu, Mercy, and Honor). First National Tour: School of Rock (Summer). Recent workshops/readings: Trevor the Musical, Radio 930, and Another Way. TV and Film: John Mulaney on Netflix, "Evil Lives Here," "Sisters," "Balancing Act," and Julie Andrew’s "Greenroom." Voiceover - "English Egg," "Sesame Street," and Nickelodeon. @ava.briglia
Front Row Productions
Stephen Byrd is an award-winning theatrical producer. He and his producing partner, Alia Jones Harvey, are currently the only African-American producers on both Broadway and London’s West End.
Andi Lee Carter
Last Night in Pompeii
Andi Lee Carter (he/him/they/them) is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, and performer. He is a recent graduate from the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program where he presented his two final thesis musicals: Last Night in Pompeii and S.T.E.M. GRLZ! Scientific Strategies for Starting a Feminist Rock Band. His first original full-length musical Rent A White Guy was dubbed “often very funny” by The New York Times. Andi performs stand-up and sketch regularly at comedy venues in NYC including UCB, the PIT and Magnet Theater. He is an Artistic Associate for Random Access Theatre Company where his musical play Fanny Campbell, the Female Pirate Captain was developed in residency. He is an active member Trans Actors Guild, National Queer Theatre, Trans Voices Cabaret, and the Dramatist Guild of America. He is a founding member and former board member of the Musical Theatre Factory and original moderator of its monthly Women/Trans Writers Representation Round Table.
Ginna Claire Mason
Currently playing Glinda in the Broadway production of Wicked. Tour/Vegas: Wicked, Newsies, Flashdance, Duck Commander Musical. Regional: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hairspray, Grease. Nashville native. BFA in music theatre, Elon University.
Devin Compton is the Creative Director of Cinereal Productions and focuses predominantly on concept, writing, and directing. She is passionate about narrative storytelling, collaboration, and fair wages for artists. You can catch Cinereal's current production, The Unbrunch, at The Norwood Club in Chelsea. In 2015, she wrote, starred in, and produced a web series titled "Stuck On A" which was nominated at the LA Webfest for Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Supporting Actress (Ashlie Atkinson), and Outstanding Guest Actor (John Stamos, Mike Houston). Although, she no longer performs, Devin ghost writes and plans corporate events in her spare time. Follow her at @dvncmptn and learn more about her work at www.cinerealproductions.com.
David W. Connolly
David W. Connolly is an Adjunct Professor of Music Theatre at Sheridan College and the Associate Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment, one of Canada's largest not-for-profit professional theatre companies. He is a double below-knee amputee who has performed on Broadway and helmed Canadian regional theatre premieres including "Newsies," "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," and "Mamma Mia!" He is a recipient of The Ontario Premier's Award of Excellence for outstanding contribution to the field of applied arts and community service as well as an ambassador and advocate for both The War Amps’ Child Amputee Program and The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. He is a proud member of The Directors Guild of Canada, ACTRA, Equity and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Nina Davuluri is an acclaimed host, actor, advocate & entrepreneur. Nina first gained international recognition by becoming the first Indian American and South Asian to become Miss America 2014. Through her experiences as Miss America, she realized how much of a need there was for diversity and representation in media & entertainment. She went on to host & produce her own reality show, "Made In America" which premiered in 2017. Her most recent venture combines the network she has cultivated, her love for advocacy, and disrupting global beauty standards with her upcoming documentary, COMPLEXion. Raised in a culture sensitive to skin tones, Nina was hyper-aware of the skin lightening industry and how it dramatically influences beauty standards. When she's not traveling the world, you will most likely find her in Manhattan brunching outside with her rescue pup, Dobby!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Grace DeAmicis currently performs as Lily Potter Jr. in the Broadway company of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. She recently played the role of Callie in The Perfect Fit at Rave Theater Festival. In TV and Film, Grace DeAmicis is known for "The Darkest Minds" (FOX), Bobcat Goldthwait's "Misfits & Monsters" (TruTV), and "Stan Against Evil" (IFC). Voiceover includes Everest in "Paw Patrol" (Nickelodeon Interactive) and English EGG. Grace is a triple threat, earning Outstanding Dancer Runner Up at NYCDA and You Light Up Our Weekend at Force. Vocal performances include Birdland Jazz Club, Feinstein's/54 Below, The Green Room 42, and the USS Intrepid. Grace is represented by Eddie Rabon, Natasha Matallana, Catherine Melillo, and Shoshana Cantwell with Take 3 Talent and by Barbara Garvey with East Coast Talent. @gracedeamicis
Broadway: Hamilton (Philip Schuyler/James Reynolds, Doctor; u/s Hamilton, Laurens/Philip, King George), If/Then (OBC). Off-Broadway: Ordinary Days (Keen Company), Three Days to See (Transport Group). Tour: If/Then, Disney’s High School Musical. Regional: Vietgone (Studio Theatre), Next to Normal (Tantrum Theater), Allegiance (The Old Globe), ...Spelling Bee, Making Tracks (San Jose Rep). Seattle: 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, ReAct, NWAAT. Hawaii born, Seattle raised.
Sharon Eberson has live in Gene Kelly's hometown of Pittsburgh for nearly 40 years, but she is from Flatbush, where she grew up loving sports and the arts, and studied art, literature and journalism. She was research editor on six books by Stan Fischler and writer-editor of Action Sports Hockey magazine, among other feature writing in NYC. She headed west in 1980, as the first female sports writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She was a reporter and editor in sports until 1992, when she became first the Post-Gazette’s Sunday Magazine editor, and then the Arts & Entertainment editor for six years. When the Internet came along, she became what was then a Web embed for the features department, while also covering theater. For the past six years, she has been an online editor, theater critic and arts and pop culture reporter for the Post-Gazette.
JOSHUA ELLIS created, developed and executed the public relations for dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including David Merrick’s "42nd Street" (Tony Award), Stephen Sondheim’s "Into the Woods" (N.Y. Drama Critics Award), "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" (special Tony Award and Grammy Award), Yul Brynner in "The King and I" (special Tony Award), August Wilson’s "Fences" (Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize), "The Elephant Man" (Tony Award), Frank Langella in "Dracula" (Tony Award), "Morning’s at Seven" (Tony Award), "Big River" (Tony Award), Sandy Duncan in "Peter Pan," and seven productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company including "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" (Tony Award). Simultaneously he was the press representative for the multi-award winning Roundabout Theatre Company. He has written and performs a solo show, "Call My Publicist! -- The Starry Education of A Broadway Press Agent" -- winner of 2 United Solo Theatre Festival Awards in 2017.
The King and I
Bonale played Patrick in Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes 2018-2019. Other select credits: Broadway: King and I on Broadway at The Lincoln Center Theatre; Regional: South Pacific and Oliver!; TV: "Kevin Can Wait" (CBS), "Daredevil" (Netflix), "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" (HBO).
Matilda the Musical
Feinstein has appeared in the following theater productions: Matilda the Musical (Matilda) - Broadway and 1st Broadway National Tour, How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Cindy-Lou Who) – Madison Square Garden, Bright Star (Clair/Kimmy) – Powerhouse Theatre, DADA WOOF PAPA HOT (Voice of Nicola) – Lincoln Center, Taking Wing (Nya), By Wheel and By Wing (Tonia). She has appeared in the following films: "Dovid Meyer" (Judy Kalman), "Hello, I Must Be Going" (Caley), "Arthur." Television: "The Other Two" (Rachel Klein), "Bubble Guppies" (Oona), "Chuggington" (Toot), "3rd & Bird" (Muffin), "30 Rock" (Liddy), "Small Miracles" (Desiree Gill), "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," "Sesame Street," NBC’s "New Year’s Eve." She was part of the recordings for: How The Grinch Stole Christmas Cast Album, Broadway’s Carols For A Cure Album, and "I Have A Voice" – Broadway Kids Against Bullying single. Feinstein has appeared in numerous TV and radio commercials, has performed to raise funds for various charities, including No Bully, UNICEF, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Marc J. Franklin
Marc J. Franklin is a New York City-based photographer specializing in portrait, theatre, and lifestyle photography, currently working as Principal Photographer for Playbill Magazine. With an eye toward storytelling and composition, Marc's photos seek to capture authentic experience, focusing on simplicity and clarity to highlight his subjects. His photos have been featured in The New York Times, The LA Times, Vogue, Elle, Out Magazine, The Boston Globe, Mashable, and more. Previous clients include Disney on Broadway, Jack’d, MeetUp, Adhark, Hostelworld, The Brooklyn Web Fest, Design Exchange Boston, and more. IG/Twitter: @marcjfranklin
Super Awesome Friends
Jim is a recognized leader in innovative marketing, social media, web design and video production for the theatre and has worked on over fifty Broadway shows and major events like the Tony Awards. He's excited to create Super Awesome Friends, a strategic digital and content experience company dedicated to connecting brands and communities to live experiences. Before this, he was the Deputy Head of Content and Digital Media for The Society of London Theatre, where he helped raise the profile of London Theatre via OfficialLondonTheatre.com , TKTS and the Olivier Awards. Back in NYC, he was the VP of Content and Community at SERINO/COYNE, the nation's longest-running live-entertainment advertising agency.
He is the co-founder of Miracle on 22nd Street which connects families in need with real life elves since 2010. The origin story of the non-profit is soon to be a major motion-picture written by Tina Fey!
Jim is on the advisory committee for the American Theatre Wing. A member of the B
Bess Marie Glorioso
Bess has been a working SM for the past 25 years. Some of her highlights include Broadway: WICKED, ONCE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIRE DE LUNE, THE PRICE , TRAVESTIES among several others. Some Off Broadway favorites include VAGINA MONOLOGUES, LOVE LOSS AND WHAT I WORE , FULLY COMMITTED, APOLOGIA , DARLING GRENADINE among several others. Bess has worked regionally and internationally as well. One of her most recent projects included bringing the arts to a Syrian Refugee Camp in Greece with The Campfire Project.
School of Rock
Gianna Harris is a 15-year-old singer, stage, and screen actress. She has credits from School of Rock on Broadway & the first national tour. She’s the lead singer of teen band one95 and will be making her feature film debut in the spring of 2020 as Emma in "Mighty Oak."
Matilda the Musical
Hurd's most recent credits include Broadway and National Tour: Matilda the Musical. Film/TV: Verizon Fios, United Federation of Teachers, Kids Foot Locker, Disney XD, The Last OG, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to name a few. Special thanks to the small village that makes this all feasible. Anything is possible. Live, Love, Laugh, and Inspire.
Mia Sinclair Jenness
Mia Sinclair Jenness made her national touring debut at age six in Les Miserables, and made her Broadway debut in the original revival cast of Les Miserables the following year.
After working alongside Carrie Underwood and Audra McDonald as the understudy to Gretl in NBC’s groundbreaking The Sound of Music Live, Mia appeared as Matilda in the original Broadway touring production of Matilda the Musical.
Recently, Mia co-starred off-broadway as Mary Page Marlowe age 12 in the critically acclaimed Mary Page Marlowe by Tracy Letts at Second Stage and has been workshopping a number of new Broadway-bound plays and musicals.
Mia’s can be seen in the upcoming Amazon YA Thriller series Panic and is the voice of Disney's Fancy Nancy in Fancy Nancy. As Fancy Nancy, Mia can be found on the Disney Records album of the same name, in Disney theme parks worldwide, voicing the Fancy Nancy dolls, apps, and more. Other TV appearances include recurring and guest star roles on "Raven's Home," "Blue Bloods," and "Orange Is The New Black." She also stars opposite Christina Ricci in the upcoming feature film "Ten Things We Should Do Before We Break Up" and has voiced a slew of characters in animated feature films and tv shows.
Mia enjoys reading, singing, and playing the ukulele, dancing, traveling, and volunteering with Cookies for Kids' Cancer, an organization that helps fight pediatric cancer one bake sale at a time. @MiaSinclairJenness
Anthony Logan Cole
The Hidden Ones
Anthony Logan Cole is an acclaimed creator and director of immersive theatre in New York with work the includes The Hidden Ones, Curiosities, The House, Uninvited: Awakening, The Alving Estate, and The Seance at Morris Jumel. He has been part of immersive productions including The Unbrunch, I Can’t See, This Is Real, and the upcoming Alice: An X-Rated Musical Fantasy. He has been seen internationally as well as coast to coast in Les Misérables (Javert) as well as in Camp Morning Wood (Hunter), Frankenstein (Creature), Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), and Rock Of Ages (Lonny) among many others. AnthonyLoganCole.com
Metropolitan Arts Media / TheaterJones.com
Mark Lowry is the co-founder and editor of TheaterJones.com, a Dallas-based performing arts online magazine, which began in 2009. In 2018, he co-founded the non-profit Metropolitan Arts Media, which includes TheaterJones.com under its umbrella -- and in doing so became one of a handful of non-profit arts journalism outlets in the country. He is a former theater critic at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, was a 2003 fellow at the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, and has won numerous awards. TheaterJones covers theater, dance, classical music, opera and comedy via reviews, features, interviews, podcasts, video, news stories and occasional investigative reporting.
Originally from Chicago, IL, Barrett is now in his 3rd year at Chicago, his 9th Broadway Show. Broadway Credits include: Urban Cowboy, Young Frankenstein, Wicked, Guys & Dolls (2009), The Addams Family, How To Succeed... (2011), Nice Work If You Can Get It, Side Show (2014). He also performed with the National Tours of Footloose, Copacabana, and Movin' Out. Barrett also served as an Associate Choreographer on the Broadway musical Scandalous.
Barrett has also danced and acted in various films and television programs such as "Jack Ryan" (S2), "The Loudest Voice," "Blacklist," "Quantico," "Ted 2," and various others. He recently starred in an independent feature film "The Tramp's New World" about writer James Agee, which is currently in post-production.
Barrett is married to the incomparable Megan Sikora, and they have a 7 year old son, Elliot. "I love being a part of the Broadway community and am very lucky to perform for a living."
Fairfield Center Stage
Christy McIntosh-Newsom is a professional actor and the Artistic Director/Founder of Fairfield Center Stage, an environmental, immersive theatre company in Connecticut. She is also a theatre educator and director, and as a voice teacher and audition coach, she has helped her students book Broadway shows, National Tours, and feature films. Favorite performing credits include Denver Center Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, George St. Playhouse, Barrington Stage, Hartford Stage, and several off-Broadway shows. Christy is the proud mother to five-year-old CJ and will be very close to giving birth to her daughter during this panel!
Matilda the Musical
Trey Middleton is a 9th grader from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Trey made his Broadway debut in Matilda the Musical as a swing covering the roles of Bruce, Tommy, and Nigel. Trey also performed across the country in the First National Tour of Matilda the Musical as a swing covering Bruce, Tommy, Nigel, and Eric. Trey also performed the role of Michael Hobbs in the National Tour of Elf the Musical, which performed at Madison Square Garden. Trey also loves sports, especially baseball and basketball which he plays for his school.
Originally from England, Edward is a huge proponent of Immersive Theatre here in New York City. Since 2017 he has acted as a Correspondent for No Proscenium, the leading online resource for reviewing and promoting immersive theatre. In 2019 he produced Linked Dance Theatre's critically acclaimed eleventh immersive show, Remembrance, and also performed with Broken Ghost Immersives.
My name is Ashley Robinson. I am a licensed cosmetologist and a Local 798 hairdresser. I studied Design and Production with a concentration in Wig and Makeup Design at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I work primarily as a hairdresser for broadway and occasionally work in film and television. I also work as a makeup artist. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and raised by my hairdresser mom, I am ecstatic to be living out my dreams in New York City.
Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College
Michael Rubinoff is a Toronto based producer who conceived the story depicted in Come From Away as a musical. In 2011 he established the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP), an international incubator for the development of new musicals at Sheridan College, where he produced and developed the first workshops of Come From Away. He serves as a producer and the creative consultant for productions worldwide. He currently is the Producing Artistic Director of the CMTP and former Associate Dean of Canada's leading music theatre performance program at Sheridan. He has been recognized as a leader in post-secondary arts education. In 2018 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada for his role in developing Come From Away. He is a graduate of Western University's law school and a member of the Ontario Bar. @mrubinoff
TINA: The Tina Turner Musical
Mars Rucker is a proud non-binary artist and is currently on Broadway in TINA: The Tina Turner Musical as Alline. They believe in creation out of love, telling stories centered around truth, and activism through art. They create for the forgotten voice. “I will never betray my heart.” Instagram: mars_the_mantis
Julie Saltman is a producer and a successful costume designer. She arrived in New York City armed with an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon and a master’s degree in costume design from Brandeis University. Her several Broadway credits (in various positions) include Lestat, High Fidelity, Spring Awakening, among others.
What sets Julie apart from other costume designers is her vast producing experience. She has been instrumental in taking over 26 projects to the next level of their journey. The year she spent working for the producers of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark led to her current (ad)venture, Taking Wing: Legends of Emimencia. This musical, conceived, produced, and developed by Julie—with the help of a powerhouse team over the past 3 and a half years—will make it to Broadway someday (knock on something!). Performed at The Duke Theatre with special effects, it will incorporate augmented reality on the Great White Way!
A Christmas Story
Analise Scarpaci is an actress, singer, and dancer based in NYC. She was recently seen as Mona in Lolita, My Love at The York Theatre Company. Broadway: A Christmas Story (Esther Jane), Matilda (Swing – Alice & Hortensia). First National Tour: Matilda (Hortensia). Upcoming Broadway: Mrs. Doubtfire (Lydia Hillard). Analise is currently a junior in Pace University’s BFA Musical Theatre Program. Instagram: @analise.scarpaci
Susan L. Schulman
Susan L. Schulman/Publicity
Susan L. Schulman has been a theatrical press agent for more than 40 years handling Broadway and Off Broadway plays and musicals, dance, TV, books, special events and individual personalities. Susan is a graduate of NYU with a Masters’ degree in Theatre from Columbia University. Her Broadway productions include Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’, STATE FAIR, APPLAUSE, SLY FOX, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, SCAPINO, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT and DREAM, plus such not-for-profit arts institutions as Dance Theatre of Harlem, Feld and Joffrey Ballet, Circle in the Square, Repertorio Espanol, Phoenix Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. She has headed PR Departments at CBS-TV Entertainment, USA Network and the Arts & Entertainment Network. Her memoir, BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY: True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent, is one of Amazon’s 100 Best Selling books on theater. The second edition, MORE True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent, was published recently. www.schulmanpublicity.com
Harry Smolin is a consultant with TDF working on their autism-friendly performances. He has consulted on every autism-friendly performance season since 2013, recommending changes to sound, lighting and other effects that will make the performance more manageable for audience members who have autism. This is his second BroadwayCon; he was a “Theatre Accessibility: Today and Beyond” panelist in 2017. His work for TDF has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Playbill Magazine and on National Public Radio. He is a senior in college, a communication and film studies major, and member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society, and the Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society for students with disabilities.
Window Full of Moths
Brin Solomon [they/them] writes words and music in several genres and is doing their best to queer all of them. Solomon majored in composition at Yale University before earning their MFA in Musical Theatre Writing at NYU/Tisch. Their full-length musical Window Full of Moths has been hailed for its "extraordinary songs" that "add magic to otherwise ordinary lives", and their latest one-act, Have You Tried Not Being A Monster, has been described as "agitprop for Julia Serano".
Joshua Turchin is a true multi-hyphenate NYC-based performer working professionally as an actor, singer, dancer, musician, composer, accompanist, writer and lyricist. He was most recently seen in Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation as the first child ever cast in the franchise. His original musical (book/lyrics/music), The Perfect Fit, (@theperfectfitmusical) was produced at the inaugural Rave Theater Festival in NYC in 2019, where Joshua received the Best Book of a Musical award. He is founder/creator/writer/MD/accompanist of The Early Night Show (@theearlynightshow), accompanist/MD of cabarets at 54 Below and Green Room 42, and comedy voice on iHeartRadio. Other recent credits: The Little Mermaid/Hollywood Bowl (Flounder); Bway Nat'l Tour: A Christmas Story the Musical (Randy); Caroline or Change (Noah); The Pill @LaMaMa; School of Rock (Bway Promo Team); and Nick Jr. VO. Joshua is an artist partner with Sing for Hope. Instagram: @joshuaturchin.
Malcolm Armwood, a native of Rocky Mount, NC, is beyond grateful to be in the 2019 Tony Award Winning Best Musical of Hadestown! He began his theatre career at the age of 15, where he played the role of the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz in the local community theatre. Malcolm received a BFA in Musical Theatre from East Carolina University and traveled the Mediterranean on Norwegian Cruise Lines afterwards. He has been in NYC over six years and has performed in multiple regional houses and toured nationally with Motown the Musical and Smokey Joe's Cafe. Some regional credits: The Black Clown, Grease, Ragtime, Showboat, Hairspray, and Kiss Me, Kate.
Adam B. Shapiro
Fiddler on the Roof
Adam is currently in Fiddler on the Roof
in Yiddish and has appeared in New York, nationally, and internationally in both English and Yiddish. Favorite credits include Bastard Jones, She Loves Me, Ragtime, The Golden Bride, Death of a Salesman,
and Gimpel the Fool
. On television, audiences might remember Adam from "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "Friends From College," "Master of None," "30 Rock," and the Emmy-winning HBO film "The Normal Heart." Adam is also a MAC Award winning solo performer and his debut single, "Warm as Winter," is currently available on all streaming platforms. www.adambshapiro.com
Nick Blaemire is an actor and writer. BROADWAY: Godspell, Cry-Baby (Original Casts) and Glory Days (Music/Lyrics). OFF-BROADWAY/TOURING: Mendel in Falsettos (1st National), Jon in Tick Tick Boom! (Keen Company; Drama Desk Nom), Davy in Found (Atlantic), Bernstein in Dogfight (2ndStage), Abraham in Altar Boyz (1st National). REGIONAL: Plankton in SpongeBob (Oriental Theatre), Benvolio in The Last Goodbye (Williamstown), Randall in Bring it On (Alliance Theatre). FILM/TV: “Fosse/Verdon,” "The Big C," "Crossbones," "The Good Wife," "Zero Hour," "Law & Order.” WRITING: A Little More Alive (Williamstown, KC Rep, Barrington Stage; film option), Soon (Signature Theatre; Steven Sondheim Young Artist Citation), Fallout (with Kyle Jarrow), Space Dogs (with Van Hughes and Tina Landau). POP MUSIC: The Ampersand EP and The Hustle EP, available online. UPCOMING: "Dash & Lily" on Netflix. Proud University of Michigan graduate. Nick lives in Brooklyn with his wife Ana and their dog, Leo McGarry.
Jamie has been a Digital Designer at SpotCo since 2018. With 5 years of e-commerce and marketing/advertising experience, she helps expand the brands of SpotCo’s clients into the digital space. Throughout her work, she incorporates the best and most current UX practices in order to deliver a superior consumer experience and ultimately drive sales and brand loyalty for clients like Hadestown, American Utopia, and Beetlejuice.
Max Clayton is currently in the Original Broadway Cast of Moulin Rouge! Broadway: Pretty Woman, Hello Dolly!, Bandstand (Chita Rivera Award nominee), Something Rotten!, On The Town, and Gigi. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Signature Theatre (Helen Hayes Award nominee), Pittsburgh CLO, The Muny, NSMT and the Palace Theatre. BFA, The University of Cincinnati’s CCM. @maxmclayton
NEWSical the Musical
Tom D’Angora is a Producer/Director/writer who has produced two of the longest running musicals in New York theater history - NEWSical The Musical and Naked Boys Singing along with the long time hit The Marvelous Wonderettes. Tom has been nominated for three Drama Desk Awards and was the first winner of The Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical. He is the recipient of a Mayoral, Senate, and Council Proclamation for his contributions to New York Theater. Tom's most recent show A Musical About Star Wars is currently on the Off-Broadway boards. www.TomDangora.com
As SpotCo’s Social Media Director, Brian oversees a team of social managers and designers to develop content and foster fan communities on various social media platforms. In his four years with the agency, he’s worked on dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway productions including Beetlejuice, My Fair Lady, The Ferryman, Fun Home, Something Rotten, Falsettos, and Little Shop of Horrors. Prior to joining SpotCo, Brian worked in digital marketing at Playwrights Horizons and Roundabout Theatre Company.
Jordan E. Cooper
Ain't No Mo'
Jordan E. Cooper is an OBIE Award winning playwright and performer whose play Ain't No Mo' recently completed a sold-out world premiere run at The Public Theater. He was named one of OUT Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2019. He recently created what he calls a "grown folks sitcom" for HULU called "The Ms. Pat Show." His work has been seen at New York Theatre Workshop’s Summer Residency at Dartmouth, The Fire This Time Festival, and 48 Hours In Harlem. He's also been featured in issues of Vogue, The New York Times, Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, and V Magazine.
Ianne Fields Stewart
Ianne Fields Stewart (pronouns: she/her/they/them) is a black, queer, and transfeminine New York-based storyteller working at the intersection of theatre and activism. Their work and she are dedicated to interrupting the exclusivity of luxury by making things like entertainment, nourishment, and self-care accessible to the most marginalized in their community. In a world that is constantly traumatizing Black bodies she believes that Black queer and trans people should have the space and time to center collective emotional, physical, and sensual pleasure.
Be More Chill
Amanda is a Broadway voice teacher and trainer with clients performing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, international tours, and regional theatre. In 2019, Amanda was the Production Vocal Coach for The Lightning Thief and Be More Chill, both on Broadway. As a Singing Voice Specialist, she frequently works with injured singers, collaborating with laryngologists and voice therapists across the country. Some performing credits include the LA company of Wicked and the Las Vegas company of Mamma Mia. Amanda holds an MM in Vocal Performance with a Musical Theatre concentration and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy, both from NYU. She completed the Vocology Mentorship at Mt. Sinai, the Distinguished Voice Professional certificate from NYSTA, and completed her Certificate in Vocology from NCVS. A recipient of the Van Lawrence Fellowship, Amanda is an active voice researcher and has presented research at conferences across the country. www.amandaflynnvoice.com
A Spotee since 2018, Dante edits and animates video content for use on TV, social media, and digital billboards and marquees. You may have seen his work in commercials for The Ferryman, The Rose Tattoo, and American Utopia or on billboards for Beetlejuice, Hadestown, and Tootsie. Prior to joining SpotCo, Dante worked for a projection mapping house, designing immersive experiences for clients such as Hard Rock Casino, Planet Hollywood, Carnival Cruises, and more.
Callie develops compelling, innovative and integrated creative campaigns for many of SpotCo’s clients and oversees the agency’s team of first-rate copywriters. 8 years ago, she joined SpotCo as a Social Media Manager, overseeing platform strategy, content development, and community engagement for the likes of Motown: The Musical and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. She’s currently leading the creative campaigns on shows like Beetlejuice and Mean Girls. In her free time, Callie shows off her passion for comedy, horror, and good conversation on her podcast Scream Girls (available wherever you listen to podcasts).
With five years of agency experience, Anne is a seasoned marketer with a diverse skillset spanning all stages of campaign strategy and execution. In her current role, she develops and oversees brand partnerships, promotions, and events for Broadway shows including Mean Girls, Beetlejuice, Hadestown, David Byrne’s American Utopia, and Lincoln Center Theater. Select partners for promotions and activations include Taco Bell, Bloomingdale’s, American Airlines, and the Young Women’s Leadership Network. Prior to joining SpotCo, she managed campaign development and reporting for various CPG brands at the AMP Agency.
Young Jean Lee
Straight White Men
Young Jean Lee is a playwright, director, and filmmaker who has been called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by The New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York. In 2018, she became the first Asian-American woman to have her play produced on Broadway with her show Straight White Men. She has written a screenplay commission for Plan B Entertainment, and her short films have been presented at The Locarno International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFest. Lee is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN Literary Award, a United States Artists Fellowship, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and a Windham-Campbell Prize. She is currently working on a Broadway play commission for Second Stage and a screenplay commission for Cinereach.
Francis Jue recently appeared in Soft Power by David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori. Other favorite NY credits include M. Butterfly, Pacific Overtures, Yellow Face, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Falsettoland, Coraline, Wild Goose Dreams, and A Language of Their Own. Around the country and in London, he has also appeared in Paper Dolls, The Language Archive, King of the Yees, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Peter Pan, and Cabaret. Francis has received Obie and Lucille Awards, as well as Drama Desk and Drama League nominations.
Stacey Lieberman Prince
Since joining SpotCo in 2013, Stacey has led the charge on numerous plays, musicals, and not-for-profit institutions including Lincoln Center Theater and Roundabout Theatre Company. Prior to joining SpotCo, Stacey had extensive experience in branding and design. She ran Vogue’s in-house creative agency for many years, where she created branding and advertising campaigns for fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands.
Andrea Miskow has been audio describing live theatre since 2004 after training at Yale Repertory Theatre. She describes on a regular basis at Hartford Stage Company and Yale Repertory Theatre in Connecticut. In New York she describes at Second Stage Theater, The Public Theatre, Signature Theatre, The New Group, Theatre Breaking Through Barriers, Lincoln Center Festival and Broadway, including the first live audio described performance of Hamilton. She works with Sound Associates and GalaPro on providing pre-recorded audio description for Broadway theatres and touring productions. She studied at the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Acting work includes regional theatres on the east and west coasts as well as dozens of commercials and voiceovers.
Helen Park is a composer for theater and film. She is the first Asian composer or lyricist to win a Lucille Lortel Award and a three-time Drama Desk Award Nominee. Helen's recent work include KPOP, her Off-Broadway musical debut for which she co-wrote music and lyrics. Produced by Ars Nova, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, and Woodshed Collective, the show received a sold-out extended run at the A.R.T. New York Theater. KPOP was awarded the 2018 Richard Rodgers Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Helen also wrote Baked Goods (lyrics by Christyn Budzyna, book by Charlie Cohen) for which she won the 2018 Samuel French Short Playwriting Contest. Currently, Helen is writing songs for a new Animated Feature musical film "Over the Moon," directed by Academy Award winner Glen Keane and produced by Pearl Studios and Netflix. The film is slated for a 2020 global release.Helen is an alumnus of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop (Advanced).
Young Actors' Theatre Camp
Shawn Ryan - Creative
As a performer, Shawn's self creation motto has helped him land gigs on stage, tv, film and even as a recording artist. Since receiving a perfect score and making it to the semi finals on "America's Got Talent” Shawn's star has continued to rise. As an actor, Ryan has been seen on CBS' "The Mentalist" for which he received a GLAAD Media Award Nomination, appeared as the gender bending Drag King, Karen Adams in ABC's "Women's Murder Club," LOGO TV's "One Night Stand Up", Fox’s "Bones" and can be seen on FreeForm’s “Famous in Love”, opposite Bella Thorne.
Shawn’s directorial debut in was with the critically acclaimed short film “Charlie”, which screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where Shawn, alongside his Executive Producer and husband, John Ainsworth was nominated for the Emerging Filmmaker Award in The American Pavilion. “Charlie” went on to screen at numerous film festivals including Newport Beach Int. Film Fest, Q Cinema Film
Margo recently starred in Signature Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Dave Malloy’s Octet
. Broadway credits include originating the leading roles of "Adrian" in Rocky
(Drama League Award Nomination), and "Jane" in In Transit
. Off-Broadway: The Thanksgiving Play, Tamar of the River
(Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical), The Undeniable Sound of Right Now
. Regional (select credits): Always, Patsy Cline, Doll's House Part 2, Ever After, Last Five Years
. TV: "Instinct," "The Good Cop," "Elementary," "Boardwalk Empire." Margo is the cofounder of the non-profit organization RACKET, learn more here www.weracket.com
. Margo's debut album, 77TH STREET is out now. www.margoseibert.com
As COO of SpotCo, Aaliytha is the first and only African-American woman in a C-Suite position at a theatrical advertising agency in NYC. Prior to her current role, she founded SpotCo's Direct Mail and Print Services Department, Operations Department, and Human Resources Department. Throughout her 17-year tenure, she has championed fair workplace practices focusing on organizational development, company structure, staff training, financial oversight, and compensation and benefits. Promoting partnerships in diverse communities and taking on personal mentoring roles, she continues to empower a new generation of employees, encouraging awareness of careers in entertainment advertising in neighborhoods traditionally underserved by the theatrical community. She also proudly co-chairs the Multicultural Taskforce at The Broadway League, and sits on their Diversity & Inclusion committee.
Vishal Vaidya is a South Asian American performer and voice coach in NYC. Recent credits include: Groundhog Day (Broadway), Prospect Theater (Einstein's Dreams), City Center (Road Show, 1776), Arena Stage (Dave), Kennedy Center (How to Succeed), Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (Crazy For You), Shakespeare Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage. Twitter: @TweetsbyVish IG: @vishgram
Ryan Wang is Co-Founder and General Partner of Outpost Capital. Established in 2015, Outpost Capital is a leading cross-border early stage venture fund based in San Francisco and China, focusing on VR/AR, blockchain, gaming/e-sports, and digital entertainment.
Having a multicultural background and proven track records, Ryan oversees companies in the US and greater China with solid insights and strong connections in both markets. Ryan has been frequently featured by international technology media, and invited to deliver keynotes at numerous conferences globally.
Meanwhile, Ryan is Chief Business Officer of MOAC Blockchain, a high-performance multi-layered public blockchain and a top 100 CoinMarketCap company.
Prior to Outpost, Ryan was a Venture Partner at CLI Ventures managing its TMT investment arm with over $200M AUM. Early in his career, Ryan has compiled a comprehensive and successful career as an investment banker at Citigroup and Societe Generale in New York City.
Ryan is passionate about education and social impact. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and is a coach at Nanyang Technology University Startup Case Challenge program. Outside work, Ryan is a snowboarder, world explorer, and collector of stylish hats.
Small Mouth Sounds
Bess Wohl's plays include Small Mouth Sounds (John Gassner Outer Critics Circle Award, top ten lists in The New York Times, The New York Post, The Guardian and others), American Hero, Barcelona, Touched, In, Cast Talk, and the musical Pretty Filthy with composer/lyricist Michael Friedman and The Civilians (Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical). Her play, Continuity, will have its world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in the spring of 2019. Her plays have been produced or developed at theaters in New York and around the country, including Second Stage, Ars Nova, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodman Theater, The Geffen Playhouse, People’s Light and Theatre Company, The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Vineyard Arts Project, The Pioneer Theatre, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, The Northlight Theater, TheaterWorks New Works Festival, Ojai Playwright's Conference, the Cape Cod Theatre Project, PlayPenn, and the New York International Fringe Festival (Award for Best Overall Production). She currently holds new play commissions from Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theater Club, Second Stage, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival. In 2015, Bess won the Sam Norkin special Drama Desk Award for “establishing herself as an important voice in New York theater, and having a breakthrough year.” Other awards and honors include the Athena Award for her screenplay, Virginia, a MacDowell Fellowship, and inclusion on Hollywood’s Black List of Best Screenplays. She is an associate artist with The Civilians, an alumna of Ars Nova’s Play Group, and the recipient of new play commissions from Second Stage Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Hartford Stage, and Lincoln Center. She also writes screenplays and has developed multiple original television projects for HBO, ABC, USA, FOX, Disney, Paramount, and others. In her previous life as an actress, she appeared onstage in New York and regionally, and in numerous films and TV shows. She is a graduate of Harvard and the Yale School of Drama.
In his role as Digital Projects Director at The Shubert Organization, Kyle works on using technology to build inclusive, relevant and delightful experiences for ALL audiences regardless of background or ability. He is responsible for overseeing strategy, data integration, analytics and partnership development for digital marketing and emerging in-venue technologies. In service to this focus, Kyle recently launched Broadway Tech Accelerator, a boutique startup accelerator aimed at fostering innovation in the live entertainment sector. Kyle serves on the board of directors at CO/LAB Theater Group, a non-profit organization offering individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts.
Cambodian Rock Band
Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band
, with music by Dengue Fever, premiered at South Coast Rep, subsequent productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Signature Theatre, Portland Center Stage, and Jungle Theatre. Her play The Great Leap
has been produced at the Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, and Steppenwolf, with future productions at Long Wharf and Asolo Rep/Miami New Drama. Honors include the Doris Duke Artists Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, and the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List. She's a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, New Dramatists member, Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member, and Playwrights Realm alumni playwright. Her TV work includes "Pachinko" (Apple) and "Soundtrack" (Netflix). Currently under commission from Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage, and South Coast Rep. BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD. www.laurenyee.com
Tracee Beazer is excited to be a part of her first BroadwayCon! Some of her credits include: Broadway: Frozen, Something Rotten, Honeymoon in Vegas, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Memphis, Wedding Singer, Good Vibrations, and Hairspray. Almost Broadway: Nerds. Off-Broadway: Radiant Baby, Two Gentlemen Of Verona, and Pirates of Penzance. Film/TV: "Camp," "Spinning into Butter," "Law & Order SVU," "Rise," "House Of Cards," and "God Friended Me."
David Bushman has been Dance Captain and swing with the Broadway company of Chicago since 2014. However, he is honored to be a part of the Chicago family since 2003, debuting with the French production in Montreal and Paris, and then performing with and serving as Dance Captain on several of the show’s national tours. In 2013, he was invited to put up the tour company going out that autumn and has staged all Equity National tours since then. David credits his success today to his ballet training (The North Carolina School of The Arts among other programs) and his professional experience, dancing works of great American and internationally renowned choreographers.
Richard J. Hinds is a director and choreographer. Broadway: Company (Associate Chor.), Come From Away (Associate Chor.), Disney’s Newsies (Associate Dir.), Jekyll & Hyde (Associate Dir./Chor.), Il Divo: A Musical Affair (Assistant Dir.). Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love (Associate Dir./Chor.). National Tour: 9 to 5 (Associate Dir.), Disney’s High School Musical (Associate Chor.). Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle 5th Ave. Theatre, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, La Mirada Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre. Television: "Encore!" (Disney+), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC), "America’s Got Talent" (NBC), "The Bethenny Show" (FOX), "Bring It" (Lifetime), Good Afternoon America (ABC). Events/Industrials: Oath Newfront (AOL/Yahoo!), Four On The Floor (Azamara), Grand Masters Broadway (General Motors), Up On The Rooftop (Hershey Park), Country Roads (Hershey Park), Broadway Bares (BC/EFA), Samsung Galaxy S4 Launch (Samsung).
Brittney Johnson is an accomplished Broadway actor. Most recently she made Broadway History by becoming the first person of color to play Glinda in Wicked
on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Les Misérables
(Eponine), Motown the Musical
(u/s Diana Ross), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
(Little Eva), Sunset Boulevard
, and Kristen Chenoweth: For The Girls
Emmi Jouslehto is the CEO and co-founder of pioneering Nordic AR company, Arilyn. She loves stories with an exciting twist and applies her creativity through Augmented Reality. Emmi and her team at Arilyn offer technology and expertise to provide emotionally engaging AR brand experiences and specialize in creating interactive and meaningful audience moments for entertainment companies, media and cultural institutions in Europe and the US.
When not working on AR, Emmi can be found hiking in the RL forests of her native Finland.
Phantom of the Opera
Kenneth Kantor Has a 50 year career total of 186 different productions in 43 states. He worked with Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Alan Jay Lerner, Agnes deMille, George Abbott, Jerry Zaks, Beverly
Sills, Angela Lansbury, and countless thousands
more. He ends a 7000 performance run at PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on December 14, 2019. His most surprising Broadway credit is at A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM where he understudied Whoopi Goldberg.
"Ted and Michael Read Sketches Into Microphones"
Ted O'Gorman is an actor and writer. He can be heard on the podcast "Ted and Michael Read Sketches Into Microphones." He was featured in the webseries "The Residuals." He teaches and performs with the improv/sketch group Basement View Improv, of which he is a co-founder. He's produced, directed, and featured in the comedy website Black20.com. He's pretty surprised that BroadwayCon is cool with him even coming by, let alone teaching. And he aspires to make it so they don't regret it.
The Book of Mormon
Arbender Robinson is currently in the Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon. He has been performing on Broadway for the past 16 years, has been awarded the Legacy Robe 4 times, and has appeared in 10 Broadway shows: Hairspray, Hair (Revival), The Little Mermaid, Ragtime (Revival), The Lion King, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Les Misérables, Shuffle Along, In-Transit, The Book Of Mormon. Arbender also spent a number of years a vocalist for the Walt Disney Organization and he is a Vocal and Acting Coach at New York Vocal Coaching here in NYC. Arbender is originally from Crest Hill, Illinois and attended University at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Michael Paul Smith
"Ted and Michael Read Sketches Into Microphones"
Michael Paul Smith is an actor, writer, director, producer who sometimes teaches improv. He can be heard opposite his wife Gillian Pensavalle on her podcast "The Hamilcast" and opposite his writing partner Ted O'Gorman in the comedy podcast "Ted and Michael Read Sketches Into Microphones." He is beyond thrilled to be graduating from eager BroadwayCon guest to eager BroadwayCon Teaching Artist!
Theatre cred: Michael graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Acting, and has performed with MCC Theatre, Irish Repertory Theatre, among others.
Showrunner cred: Michael wrote, directed, and co-starred in his and Gillian's popular webseries "The Residuals." His Christmas play 'Twas the Night was first produced by Long Island Theatre Collective, and will debut as an audio drama in 2020.
Comedy cred: Michael, Ted, and their improv/sketch group Basement View Improv, have performed all over the northeast, including Caroline's on Broadway and Gotham Comedy Club. They teach and perform regularly, including at the New York State Theatre Education Association Student Conference.
JT Public Relations
Joe Trentacosta is the founder and president of JT Public Relations, a full-service entertainment public relations firm. For over 20 years he has handled projects on Broadway, Off-Broadway, festival productions, developmental industry readings, films in release, film festivals, numerous non-profit organizations, and special events. Selected projects include Broadway: A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, Earth, Wind and Fire’s Hot Feet, and Judgement at Nuremberg. Other selected credits: The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Off-Broadway and National Tour), Amazing Grace (National Tour), The Gazillion Bubble Show, Paddington Gets in a Jam Other clients include NAMT, Broadway Belts for PFF, Stuttering Assoc. for the Young, Galleria on Third, Lillypops. Joe is also the Executive Producer of Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo at New World Stages, Co-Executive Producer of the upcoming musical Toxic Masculinity and sits on the Board of Royal Family Productions.
TINA: The Tina Turner Musical
Holli' Conway is a 25 year old Louisiana native, currently making her Broadway debut as an Ikette in Tina: the Tina Turner Musical. Holli' graduated from Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a degree in musical theatre. She enjoyed time as a Carnival Cruise Lines Playlist Productions singer before winning the Miss Louisiana crown and finishing as 2nd runner-up and Talent Preliminary winner at the 2019 Miss America competition. Holli' is beyond humbled to live her dream and be a part of carrying on the legacy of Tina Turner.
TINA: The Tina Turner Musical
Memphis-native Katori Hall is the Olivier Award-winning bookwriter and co-producer of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.
Katori's play The Mountaintop won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010 before opening on Broadway in October 2011 to critical acclaim. Her other works include Hurt Village, Hoodoo Love, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, Our Lady of Kibeho, and The Blood Quilt. Her next piece, The Hot Wing King, premieres Spring 2020 at the Signature Theatre, where she is a resident playwright. Katori is also the showrunner and executive producer of "P-Valley," the new Starz series based on her play Pussy Valley.
Katori’s accolades include a Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, two Lecompte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, a Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, the NYFA Fellowship, the National Black Theatre's August Wilson Playwriting Award, and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award.
She is a proud member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Coca-Cola Scholar Program.
Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, John graduated from The Juilliard School (1993) and was a member of Mark Morris Dance Group (1998–2012). He is the co-founder of the international touring company Dance Heginbotham, and has collaborated with artists including Isaac Mizrahi, Maira Kalman, Joshua Bell, and Peter Sellars. He is on faculty/staff at Dartmouth College/the HOP and is a founding teacher of Dance for PD®. Awards include Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award (2014), Guggenheim Fellowship (2018) Obie Award - Special Citation for Daniel Fish and Creative Team - Oklahoma! at St. Ann’s Warehouse (2019). John choreographed the 2019 Broadway production of Oklahoma! (Daniel Fish, director). John is grateful for the support and company of his family, friends and collaborators. www.danceheginbotham.org
Shane is a New York City based music director, pianist, and conductor originally from Manistee, MI. National Tours: Elf
, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
, Fiddler on the Roof
, The Sound of Music
, We the People
. Regionally, he’s performed at Westchester Broadway Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, The REV Theatre Company, New London Barn Playhouse, and Mason Street Warehouse. In NYC, he’s played in the BCEFA Easter Bonnet Orchestra and for cabarets at 54 Below, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Duplex. Shane has a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from Western Michigan University and is thrilled to be back for his second year at BroadwayCon! www.shaneparus.com
Ming Peiffer is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter from Columbus, Ohio. Her play Usual Girls (3 Drama Desk Nominations including Outstanding Play, John Gassner Award Nomination, Hull Warriner Award Finalist, Relentless Award Honorable Mention, New York Times Critic’s Pick) enjoyed a double-extended, sold out run at Roundabout Underground in NYC. Awards and fellowships include: 2017 Kilroy's List, NYTW 2050 Fellowship, Youngblood Member, The Kennedy Center's Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award Recipient, The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center NPC Finalist, Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist, Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award Finalist.
Ming is currently under commission at Roundabout Theatre Company and Annapurna Theatricals.
In television and film, Ming has developed projects with F/X, Amazon, AMC, and has staffed at Netflix and Hulu.
Roundabout Theatre Company
Olivia Atlas is an NYC-based arts educator and administrator. Currently, she works as Coordinator for School Programs at Roundabout Theatre Company, Teaching Artist at Irondale Ensemble Project, and Copy Strategist for Boss Ladies Podcast. Olivia has worked with many arts institutions across the city, including Theatre for a New Audience, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, TADA! Youth Theater, and Mark Morris Dance Group. Olivia graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a BA in Performing and Media Arts.
Richard Hillman Public Relations
Richard Hillman Public Relations, located in the heart of the Theatre District, is a boutique agency specializing in press, public relations, media campaigns, and special events for theatrical stage productions, cabaret, music recordings, cultural institutions, and celebrities.
With more than 20 years’ experience working on commercial and not-for-profit productions on Broadway and off-Broadway, partners Richard Hillman and Philip Carrubba take a hands-on approach to building a strong working relationship with every client. They carefully define each client’s goals and work to meet them by crafting effective media campaigns tailored to each client’s unique needs. They work hand in hand with advertising, marketing, and social media resources to foster and enhance an awareness of identity across all media platforms, including print, online, television and radio.
Robert Edwin has been a professional singer/actor since 1965, a recording artist since 1966, an ASCAP songwriter since 1967, a published author since 1968, and an independent studio singing teacher and coach since 1975. He has sung Bach cantatas in church cathedrals and rock songs in Greenwich Village New York coffeehouses, recorded for Avant Garde and Fortress Records, and toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. A leading authority on Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) and child voice pedagogy, Mr. Edwin is an Associate Editor of the NATS Journal of Singing, a frequent faculty member of the Voice Foundation’s Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, and a member of the distinguished American Academy of Teachers of Singing (AATS). He has served on the adjunct voice faculty of the University of Michigan, as a Master Teacher for the NATS Summer Intern Program, and is presently on the Editorial Board of Australian Voice. Notable students include Bianca Ryan, the Season One winner of America’s Got Talent;Ian Eisendrath, Music Supervisor/Director of Come From Away on Broadway; and contemporary Christian recording artist and songwriter, Paul Baloche. www.robertedwinstudio.com
imagine sisyphus happy
Keelay Gipson is an activist, professor, and award-winning playwright whose plays include imagine sisyphus happy (Finalist; Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, P73 Summer Residency at Yale University), #NEWSLAVES (Finalist; Princess Grace Award, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils Playwright Conference), CRH, or the placenta play (Semi-Finalist; The O’Neill, Bay Area Playwrights Conference, AADA Main Stage Live!), Nigger/Faggot (Downtown Urban Theater Festival), The Lost, Or How to Just B, What I Tell You in the Dark (Finalist; Premiere Stages), and Mary/Stuart, a dramatic queering of Friedrich Schiller's classic play (BAM Next Wave Festival, partnership with Wendy’s Subway and Lambda Literary). His work has been seen/developed at Victory Gardens, the Wild Project, Poetic Theater Productions, HERE Arts Center, The Theater at Alvin Ailey, Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory, Pace University, Planet Connections Theater Festivity, The University of Houston, The National Black Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights' Theater, The Fire This Time Festival, Classical Theater of Harlem, and New York Theatre Workshop. He is the recipient of New York Stage and Film’s Founders’ Award, the Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists, as well as writing fellowships with Lambda Literary, The Amoralists, Page 73, Dramatist Guild Foundation, and Playwrights’ Realm. He has held residencies with the MacDowell Colony, New York Stage and Film, the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of New York, and the Administration of Children’s Services of the City of New York.
Andrew Goren is the founder and CEO of Harmony Helper. As a passionate musical theatre actor, Andrew has been on a quest to develop the perfect way to learn and sharpen singing and harmonizing abilities. With over 10 years of singing and performing experience, his unique insights and vision have led to the creation of the amazing and elegant Harmony Helper app. With his leadership, Harmony Helper is helping singers of all kinds effectively practice and improve singing performance anywhere, anytime, removing traditional rehearsal barriers so singers can deliver their best performances.
Between the Lines
Jason Gotay is an actor and teaching artist born and raised in Brooklyn,
New York. He recently starred in New York City Center's acclaimed revival of Evita
as Che. Broadway credits include: Bring It On: The Musical (Randall,
Original Broadway and Touring Companies), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Peter
Parker/Spider-Man). NYC: Call Me Madam (Encores/City Center), Renascence
(Transport Group). TV: NBC’S “Peter Pan Live!” Regional Highlights: World
Premieres of Disney’s Freaky Friday at the Signature Theater (Original
Cast Recording), A Bronx Tale at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and The
Prince of Egypt (Ramses) in the US and Denmark. He has also performed with the LA Philharmonic at the Walt Disney
Concert Hall, St. Louis MUNY, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Theater Under the
Stars, and North Carolina Theater.
Kaylin Hedges is a 12-year-old who is most known for her Broadway World-winning performance of Annie in Annie at the Hollywood Bowl. She most recently received rave reviews and another Broadway World nomination for Best Actress in a Professional Musical Production for her portrayal of Haley Westerbrook in the new Broadway Bound Musical Loch Ness. Kaylin's past theatre credits include Clint Black's musical Looking for Christmas at The Old Globe, Kris Kringle (Off-Broadway), and Annie at Westchester Broadway Theatre. Kaylin's TV and Film credits include "Almost Family," "The Other Two," and "Soulmate(s)." When Kaylin isn’t busy working, she enjoys singing at many cabarets around NYC which include (Young), Tabletop Broadway, Time to Rock, GR42 Sings, and the amazing The Early Night Show.
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Currently starring as Princess Jasmine in the smash-hit Broadway musical, Disney’s
Aladdin, Arielle Jacobs is a California native whose journey from small
farm town to The Great White Way is a tale of perseverance, moxie, and true
talent. She made her Broadway
debut starring opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda in the final Broadway cast of his
four-time Tony and Grammy award-winning musical In The Heights. Ms. Jacobs continued her rise wowing audiences with
starring roles in Wicked on Broadway, Rent, Disney’s High
School Musical, and Into the Woods. She has starred in two world-premiere
plays by Pulitzer-winning playwright and director Nilo Cruz, Sotto Voce and
Farhad or The Secret of Being, and has worked with Tony-winners
Christopher Gattelli and Richard Maltby, Jr., Drama Desk-winner Ed Iskander,
and David Hyde Pierce. Ms. Jacobs has performed onstage in many of America's
greatest concert halls, including Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center, and
beside legendary artists such as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz, Chaka Khan,
Teena Marie, and Stephen Schwartz. Ms. Jacobs is the founder of The Girls Camaraderie
Project, an organization working to build camaraderie and community instead of
competition among middle-school girls. She has produced numerous benefit
concerts to raise awareness and funds for her organization in New York and Los
Angeles, as well as a benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
with the touring cast of In the Heights. Ms. Jacobs' soaring debut solo
album, A Leap In the Dark: Live at Feinstein's/54 Below, is an
autobiographical journey highlighting some of her struggles and feats. For more
information, visit www.ariellejacobs.com, or reach out on Twitter/Instagram
Mary Jo Lodge
Mary Jo Lodge is an associate professor of Theater, specializing in Musical Theater, at Lafayette College, where she is also part of the Women's and Gender Studies Program faculty. She holds a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University and a M.A. from Villanova University, both in Theater. She has an undergraduate Musical Theater degree from Catholic University. Prof. Lodge has directed and choreographed a wide range of professional, college and summer stock productions, including, most recently, She Kills Monsters at Lafayette. She has also published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on the musical and is currently writing and editing a volume on the musical Hamilton, to be published by Oxford University Press.
Come From Away
Arturo E. Porazzi is a 45-year AEA veteran stage manager currently with Come From Away on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include: First Date, Memphis (2010 Best Musical Tony Award), Xanadu, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Marie Christine, Triumph of Love, Victor/Victoria, Jelly’s Last Jam, Me and My Girl, Singin’ In The Rain, The Three Musketeers, Zorba, 42nd Street, Angel, and Shenandoah. Other work includes stage management for ABC, NBC, CBS, Telemundo, and ESPN television networks, as well as corporate and special events. He has served at a number of colleges as a visiting lecturer and currently an adjunct at Wagner College, Staten Island, NY.
Jen Rudin Casting
Jen Rudin is an award-winning writer, casting director, and podcast host who began her decades-long career in show business as a child actor at age eight. Rudin is the author of Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets From Inside the Audition Room (HarperCollins) which is also now a podcast.
Jen was a casting executive at The Walt Disney Company for seven years, overseeing feature animation casting and Disney's Broadway division. She has cast live-action and animation projects for Amazon, Google Spotlight, Lionsgate, Disney Junior, and Nickelodeon and the recent short film she also wrote and produced, Lucy in the Sky starring Whoopi Goldberg.
For more info, visit www.jenrudincasting.com and follow her on Instagram @rudinj and @confessionscastingpodcast
Jagged Little Pill
Nora Schell (she/they) is a mixed race bipolar, borderline personality actor. Making her Broadway debut in the original cast of Jagged Little Pill. Off Broadway: Spamilton (Nominations: Drama Desk, Drama League, Clive Barnes) Regional: Company (Marta, Barrington Stage), Jagged Little Pill (American Repertory Theatre). They hold a BFA in musical theatre from the University of Michigan and a minor in Gender, Race, and Nation. Thanks to CGF and her amazing braider for Jagged, Nigella Miller. She loves her family with all her heart and could not have done any of this without their immense support.
Tyler T. Simms is beyond excited to be here!
Regional: Catch Me if you Can (Bill Cod), …Spelling Bee (Barfée), Les Misérables (Thenardier). Other notable credits: Chicago (Amos), The Cherry Orchard (Gaev), Peter Pan (Smee), Spamalot (Patsy). Proud BFA graduate from Wright State! Forever forward in Gratitude. IG: @wool_onesie www.tylertsimms.com
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Sonya Tayeh is an award-winning choreographer currently represented on Broadway with Moulin Rouge! The Musical (her Broadway debut) and Off-Broadway with the new musical Sing Street (New York Theatre Workshop). Other credits include: “Rent: Live” (Fox), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), Face the Torrent for Malpaso Dance Co., You’ll Still Call Me By Name (commissioned by New York Live Arts), Martha Graham Dance Company’s Lamentation Variation Series (The Joyce), Hundred Days (NYTW), The Skin of Our Teeth (TFANA), The Wild Party (City Center Encores!), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre).
Jonny Beauchamp stars in The CW series “Katy
Keene” as Jorge/Ginger Lopez. By day, Jorge works at his
family’s bodega. By night, his drag
alter ego Ginger performs at a local club, but he’s ready to take his drag
career to the next level.
A Puerto Rican actor from New York City and has appeared in
“Penny Dreadful,” as the show’s first ever transgender character; “Chicago
P.D.” and “Stonewall.”
He trained at the New York’s Professional Performing Arts
School (PPAS) and received his BA in Theatre Performance with a minor in Gender
and Sexuality Studies from Marymount Manhattan College.
Vic has worked on Broadway for nearly 20 years, and now runs her own marketing and sales strategy firm focused on theatre and cultural events. Past and current clients include: Jagged Little Pill, A Christmas Carol, The Museum of Broadway, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, GroupTools, and Nederlander Worldwide. She previously worked for Show-Score, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Disney Theatrical, Allied Live, and Serino/Coyne. She is a regular contributor to Medium, writing about women and work.
Rob Cassie is the Associate General Manager at KGM Theatrical. A founding member of the company, he manages projects in all stages of development and oversees internal operations. At KGM: Slava’s Snowshow, Rock of Ages, Broadway Bounty Hunter, Puffs, Cleopatra, The 12, Reefer Madness. Broadway: Joey Parnes Productions (Three Tall Women, Carousel, The Iceman Cometh), The Charlotte Wilcox Company (Beautiful, On Your Feet!), Roundabout (The Price). Regional: Williamstown (2 seasons), Broadway In Chicago. New Jersey native, Northwestern graduate, and proud NUMBalum.
Julia Chan stars in The CW series “Katy Keene” as Pepper Smith, a New York City
“It Girl” who knows all things trendy.
She dreams of opening her own version of Andy Warhol’s Factory.
Chan grew up
between Hong Kong and London and moved to the U.S. to study at Harvard during and
she received a master’s degree at the New York School of Drama.
on “Saving Hope” and recurs on “Little Dog.”
She can currently be seen in the feature “A Kid Like Jake,” and will also
be voicing a recurring character on “BoJack Horseman.”
Lucy Hale stars in The CW series “Katy Keene” as Katy Keene, a bold,
big-hearted and independent, twentysomething New Yorker who aspires to be a
fashion designer. When she’s not working,
she’s navigating friendship and dating in the big city.
Hale’s upcoming projects include “The Hating
Game,” “Fantasy Island,” “Big Gold Brick” and “Son of the South.” She recently starred in “Truth or Dare” and
In 2010, “Pretty Little Liars” launched Hale
into stardom and won her a People’s Choice Award, seven Teen Choice Awards and
the 2013 Gracie Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Rising Star.
Zane Holtz stars in The CW series “Katy Keene” as KO Kelly, a
boxer with two goals in life: to fight a welterweight championship in Madison
Square Garden, and to marry his longtime girlfriend, Katy Keene (Lucy Hale).
in the feature “Hunter Killer,” “Beyond the Night,” “7 Minutes,” “The Perks of
Being a Wallflower,” “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,”
“Jack N Jill,” “Smoke” and “Holes.”
He also starred
in “From Dusk Till Dawn,” with guest appearances on“Matador,” “NCIS,”
“Workaholics,” “CSI: Miami,” “Cold Case,” “Crash,” “America’s Next Top Model,”
“Judging Amy” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Camille Hyde stars in The CW series “Katy Keene” as Alexandra Cabot, a powerful,
savvy and chic New York socialite who is a senior vice president at her
father’s company. Both respected and
feared, Alexandra is competitive with her brother, Alexander, who has a very
different vision for the future of Cabot Entertainment.
Hyde, a Washington D.C raised actress, vocalist and
equestrian grew up studying theater before playing the role of Gabi in the
Emmy nominated series “American Vandal.”
She also appeared in “Heathers,” “The Good Doctor” and
“Suits.” Hyde will play
Nicole in the upcoming feature “The
KGM Theatrical General Management
Daniel Kuney is the President and Founder of KGM Theatrical General Management and is considered the leading expert in theatrical general management today. His innovations have broken new ground in theatrical management, allowing for more adventurous, profitable, and efficient productions. Having managed some of the most successful Broadway and Off-Broadway productions of the last decade, Daniel has been a keynote speaker at both BroadwayCon and CTI, is a featured guest on numerous Broadway podcasts and is a longtime member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers and the Broadway League. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In his spare time, Daniel is a casual marathon runner and occasional triathlete. kgmtheatrical.com
Katherine LaNasa stars in The CW series “Katy Keene” as Gloria
Grandbilt, a legendary personal shopper at the luxury department store Lacy’s,
catering to the rich and famous. The
queen of her domain, she demands a level of excellence from her young assistants
whom she dotingly refers to as “Gloria’s Girls.”
LaNasa began her career as a
professional ballet dancer and choreographer.
Her feature film roles include
“The Campaign,” “Valentine’s Day,” “The Lucky Ones,” and “Love Is All You
LaNasa’s television roles
include “Imposters,” “Satisfaction,” and recurring roles on “Longmire,”
“Two and a Half Men,” “Seinfeld” and “Dynasty.”
Ashleigh Murray stars in The CW series “Katy Keene” as Josie
McCoy, a now twentysomething who has left her small town of Riverdale, for a new adventure to make it in the
big city and more determined than ever to break into the music scene.
Murray is an American actress and singer. She recently starred in The CW’s hit series “Riverdale.”
Additionally, she starred and played the
title role in the movie “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train” in 2017. The film had its world premiere at the
Sundance Film Festival.
Margaret Skoglund is General Manager and Chief Operating Officer at KGM. Select past management experience includes What the Constitution Means to Me, Mamma Mia!, Once On This Island, Gettin’ the Band Back Together, and Side Show on Broadway as well as The Lion King and Newsies First National Tours. A proud Duke University alumna, she served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors after managing the basketball team for four years as a student. In New York City, Margaret volunteers for iMentor and is the Executive Director of Open Stage Project, a non-profit she launched with other female-identifying Broadway professionals to expose high school women from underserved communities to backstage jobs. Member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM).