Cast & Crew
Meet the 2013 Cast & Crew from the New York Musical Theatre Production at the PTC Performance Space on 42nd Street in NYC.
Alison Woods (Anne Shirley)
Making her New York stage debut, Alison Woods originated the role of Anne Shirley in the premiere production of Bend in the Road last year in Los Angeles — a performance which earned her a nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical at the Broadway World Awards. She is honored to be back in Avonlea for the NYMF production! Alison also starred opposite Eric McCormack and Lucas Grabeel in Reprise Theatre Company’s The Fantasticks, directed by Jason Alexander. Other regional credits include lead roles in The Sound of Music, 42nd Street, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show – A Tribute. Film and TV credits include CSI: NY, 90210, Big Love, Superhero Movie, Safe Harbor, An Accidental Christmas, and the indie cult hit Detention. Alison has also worked on various projects for Disney, and lent her dancing, movements, and mannerisms to Walt Disney Pictures as the animation reference for Rapunzel in the feature film Tangled.
Martin Vidnovic (Matthew Cuthbert)
Martin Vidnovic’s Broadway credits include Brigadoon (Tony Nomination), Baby (Drama Desk award), Oklahoma! (L.A. Drama critic’s award), A Grand Night For Singing (Backstage Bistro Award), The King And I (Lun Tha) and Home Sweet Homer (Antinuous) both starring Yul Brynner, Guys And Dolls (Sky), King David (Saul), Olympus On My Mind (Jupiter). He was Bellomy in the Off Broadway revival of The Fantasticks, the King in the national tour of The King And I starring Sandy Duncan, and Malcolm Beineke in the first national tour of The Addams Family. He can be heard as the voice of the King in the animated feature film The King And I, now in CD/DVD release.
Anne Kanengeiser (Marilla)
Broadway: Ragtime (Kathleen/US Mother); Little Women (Standby/Maureen McGovern). National Tours: The Phantom of the Opera (Mme Giry); Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts); Little Women (US Marmee/Aunt March). Regional: Premiere of The Personals (Janna), No Rules Theatre/Signature Theatre,VA; Eleanor: An American Love Story (Eleanor Roosevelt) (Helen Hayes Award), Ford’s Theatre D.C.; Passion (Fosca) (Helen Hayes Award), Signature Theatre, D.C. ; Carousel (Nettie Fowler), Goodspeed Opera House; Kiss Me Kate (Lili/Kate); Victor/Victoria (Victoria Grant); Sweeney Todd (Beggarwoman); 1776 (Abigail Adams); The King and I (Anna). NYC: 9th Annual Will-A-Thon: Shakespeare’s Scenes, Soliloquies and Speeches (Lady Macbeth, Aemilia, Calphurnia, Gertrude), Workshop Theater Co. TV: Law & Order: SVU; Guiding Light. Recordings: Ragtime; Eleanor: An American Love Story. Proud Equity Member.
Jordan Barrow (Ensemble)
Jordan Barrow is thrilled to be a part of Bend in the Road. He recently graduated from the Musical Theatre department at the University of Michigan. Favorite credits include: Tootles (Peter Pan at the Paper Mill), Reverend/Mrs. Taylor (Bat Boy, U of M), and Ghost (Hamlet at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). He thanks his family, friends, and teachers for all their love and support.
Mimi Bessette (Camille Barry)
Mimi Bessette was last seen as Lorena Hickok in a reading of Einstein and the Roosevelts by Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford. Other credits include: Broadway: Bonnie and Clyde(Emma Parker) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas(Dawn). Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors(Audrey) and Smoke on the Mountain(Denise). National Tours: Parade. bi River, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas(Angel) and Keep on the Sunny Side (Maybelle Carter). Regional:Always… Patysy Cline(Patsy), Cowgirls(Lee), Blood Brothers(Mrs.Lyons) and Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Young Woman). Three cast albums: Woody Guthrie’s American Song, Keep on the Sunny Side, and Bonnie and Clyde. Mimi is the producer and singer on her album Lullabies of Broadway– available at CDBaby.com. mimibessette.com
Brandon Essig (Charlie Sloan/Salesman #1)
Brandon Essig is thrilled to be a part of Bend in the Road, his first NYMF experience! His previous New York credits include KidzTheater’s Ragtime (Father) and AR Productions Pinocchio (Gepetto). Accolades include 2010 Papermill Rising Star Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor Into the Woods (Jack) and 2011 MSU Best Actor Award win (Lead in a Comedy) for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged (Juliet, Ophelia & Cleopatra). Brandon is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting at The University of the Arts. He would like to thank his family and friends for their undying support and for giving him the courage to do what he loves.
Kasie Gasparini (Josie Pye)
Kasie Gasparini is thrilled to be making her NYC debut! She has performed in many concerts at Joe’s Pub, The Bitter End and The D Lounge. Kasie’s vocals can be heard on the musical theater album I Could Use A Drink: The Songs of Drew Gasparini alongside Jeremy Jordan, Jennifer Damiano and more. Sending lots of thanks and love to the awesome Gaspo Clan and to my incredible K-Dawg. Thank you to my agents at The Mine, you guys rock! “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out”.
Justine Huxley (Prissy)
Justine Huxley is incredibly honored to be a part of Bend In the Road at NYMF, after having appeared in the LA production at the Pasadena Playhouse. She recently played the title role of Anne Frank in the 60th anniversary of the original radio play by Meyer Levin. NYC/Tours: Ruby in Max and Ruby (TheatreWorks USA), Home And Away (Signature Theatre), and numerous workshops/readings. LA Theatre: Sally Spectre (NoHo Stages), The Bedroom Window (Odyssey Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Mechanicals Theatre Group), Pippin (Alex Theatre). She has also voiced numerous commercials, videogames, and audiobooks. She holds a BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase. www.justinehuxleyvoice.com
Kevin Ligon has appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, Sister Act, Finian’s Rainbow, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Kiss Me Kate, 1776, The Secret Garden. National Tours include The Producers(also L.A. Company), Guys and Dolls and Hello, Dolly! Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway, The Chosen. City Center Encores: Fiorello, Finian’s Rainbow, Carnival, and The Boys from Syracuse. His regional theatre credits include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (The Old Globe),Five Course Love (Geva Theatre Center), Sancho in Man of La Mancha (Sacramento Music Circus), Oscar in Curtains (Pittsburgh CLO), Snake in The Apple Tree(Goodspeed Opera House), Gussie in By Jeeves (Goodspeed, Geffen Playhouse) and Pirelli in Sweeney Todd at the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration. Film/TV: The Producers(2005), Law and Order: SVU.
CJ Pawlikowski (Gilbert Blythe)
CJ Pawlikowski is thrilled to be joining the cast and crew of Bend in the Road, making his NYMF debut. Most recent credits include Grease (Teen Angel/Johnny Casino) at Gateway Playhouse, and the staged-reading of Damon Intrabartolo’s new boy-band musical, Plop(Cade). Favorite roles include Claude (HAIR), Dwayne (9 to 5), and Rolf (Sound of Music). He’d like to thank his parents for being a continuous, inspirational rock in this new adventure. Thinking of you, Mom. And special thanks to Nicolosi for being the best agent a guy could ask for. CJ is a BFA graduate from Indiana University. cjpawlikowski.com
Maureen Silliman (Rachel Lynde)
Broadway: Shenandoah, Remember Mama, Is There Life After High School? Off-Broadway: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (NY Shakespeare Festival) Reckless, Marathon Dancing (Anne Bogart, director) Blue Window (LA Darma Critices & Dramalogue Awards). Tours: Fiddler on the Roof (Golde w/Theodore Bikel). The Gingerbread Lady, Marigolds (w/Shelley Winters- NJ Drama Critics Award). Regional: Cincinnati Playhouse (Pure Confidence– Acclaim Award), LaJolla (Zhivago), Coconut Grove Playhouse (The Rothschilds, Rags), Two River Theater (The Real Thing, Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Glass Menagerie), Huntington Theater (Company), Theatreworks (Pride’s Crossing). TV and Film: Blue Window, Childhood’s End, Reckless, Law & Order, two years on Guiding Light.
Chelsea Stavis (Ruby Gillis)
Chelsea Stavis is a native Houstonian and recent graduate of The University of Oklahoma BFA Musical Theatre Program. Credits include Annabel Glick (Lucky Stiff), Violet (Violet), Martha (Spring Awakening), Woman #1(I Love You…Now Change), and Cat (The Adventures of Pinocchio). She is also active in the New York cabaret scene and has recently performed at The Duplex, The Underground, and 54 Below. Thanks to her family and friends. Onward! chelseastavis.com
Rachel Weintraub (Minnie Mae Barry)
Rachel Weintraub, 9, is thrilled to be playing the role of Minnie Mae in Bend in the Road, Currently, she can be seen on SNL as Menorah the Explorer and in commercials for Pediacare and IBM. Rachel appears as Young Jane in the film Lies I Told My Little Sister. Her original song, “Walking Away With Your Heart,” is used throughout the film and the music video for the song was recently released. Rachel played Annika in the NY production of Pippi Longstocking. She is represented by Shirley Grant Management. Rachel would like to thank her mom, dad and grandmother who help her make all of her dreams come true.
Whitney Winfield (Diana Barry)
Whitney Winfield is fresh off her first national touring experience, where she had the opportunity to play Fiona in Shrek the Musical! Having earned a BFA in musical theater from Pace University in 2012, Whitney has spent the majority of the last few years performing academically and regionally, favorite roles of which include: Maureen in Rent, June in Chicago, Nanette in No, No, Nanette, Actress in Hello Again, Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy, and Martirio in a play-version of The House of Bernarda Alba. Thanks always to my devoted and loving parents, my rockin’ agents at DGRW and to the NYMF and Bend in the Road teams, for the opportunity to be a part of this beautiful new work!
Benita Scheckel (Book / Lyrics)
Benita Scheckel is a San Gabriel Valley native, growing up in Alhambra and making Pasadena her home. After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Benita toured with an opera company and performed musical improv at the Ice House in Pasadena. Some of her stage credits include,Camelot, Into the Woods, Evita, Music Man, The Secret Garden and Oklahoma. TV work includes Miracles and voiceover work on Disney Channel’s hit show, Phineas and Ferb. Ms. Scheckel started directing and producing in 2003 for local philanthropic organizations and in 2007 began her career as a director and teacher in the Pasadena Unified School District working with middle and high school students at Blair School. She has been honored for her work with children and has been recognized by the PUSD Special Education Department for her particular knack of including students with special needs both physical and emotional into performing arts programs.
Michael Upward (Music / Lyrics)
Michael Upward is a composer, pianist and musical director with a Master of Arts degree in Music Composition. He has written a Requiem Mass for chorus, soloists and orchestra and over 50 choral compositions which are currently performed throughout the U.S. In addition to Bend in the Road, Michael has written three other full-length musicals including Detention! The Musical, for young voices. He wrote two Nutrition Education musicals for Network for a Healthy California which are performed over 200 times a year in school districts across Southern California.
In addition to composing, Michael is a musical director having directed such shows as The Fantasticks, Guys & Dolls, Evita, Nunsense II, and Quilters, for which he won the an award for Best Musical Direction. Michael has been a voter for the Los Angeles Ovation Theater Awards and is currently the Contemporary Music Director at two Catholic Churches in Southern California. You may find out more about his music at www.michaelupward.com. He would like to dedicate Bend in the Road to his kindred spirits, Kelsey and Marta Upward.
Benjamin Endsley Klein (Director)
Benjamin Endsley Klein is the current Director of Ann on Broadway starring Tony-nominated actress Holland Taylor as Governor Ann Richards. Before playing Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center, the production played Chicago and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Selected credits as director include the world premiere musical Hello Out There at The Adirondack Theatre Festival, the East Coast Premiere of Sick by Zayd Dohrn at New Jersey Repertory, Hairspray at Charlottetown Festival (Prince Edward Island, Canada), Notes to MariAnne at the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, and Dr.Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe in San Diego, California. As Resident, Associate, or Assistant Director, credits include War Horse at Lincoln Center Theatre (Tony Award Best Play 2011), Love Never Dies in the West End, Hairspray in the West End (Olivier Award for Best Musical 2008), the UK tour of Hairspray, Lincoln Center Theater’s The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award Best Play 2007), and Broadway, 1st National US Tour, and Regional productions of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Awards include the Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the Mike Ockrent Fellowship by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and the Paul Green Foundation Award by the National Theatre Conference. Upcoming projects include a workshop of Measure of Success, a new original musical. For more information please visit www.bendsley.com.
Lauren Helpern (Set Design)
NYC: Bad Jews (Roundabout Underground and Laura Pels Theater in Fall 2013); Disgraced (LCT3); 4000 Miles (LCT and LCT3, Lortel Award); Core Values (Ars Nova); Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre); Bethany (Women’s Project); Chimichangas and Zoloft (Atlantic); Escape (La Mama); Desperate Writers (Union Square); BUG (Barrow Street, Obie Award); Kindness (Playwrights Horizons); Four (MTC); The Irish Curse, Underneath the Lintel (Soho Playhouse); Oliver Parker! (Cherry Lane); The Diary of a Teenage Girl (3LD, Hewes nomination); The Amish Project, Slipping (Rattlestick); and Voices in the Dark on Broadway (Longacre). Regional: Blue Man Group/Live at Luxor (Eddy Award); Always…Patsy Cline (Las Vegas and LA); Imagining Madoff, Electile Dysfunction (Theater J, DC); Portland Center Stage; Syracuse Stage; Prince Music Theater; Anchorage Opera. NYMF: The Jerusalem Syndrome; No Boundaries.
David Kaley (Costume Designer)
Recent designs include Silence! The Musical (now in its third year off-Broadway), Rio (NYMF), Little Shop… (Olney Theatre). David is the Associate Costume Designer for the upcoming Broadway musical Big Fish, as well as The Addams Family, Grace, The Normal Heart, and La Cage aux Folles. Regional and international highlights: Addams Family (US Tour, South America); Dreamgirls (Seoul, Korea); Ragtime (Kennedy Center); Disney’s High School Musical on Tour (US, UK, Spain). David is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a member of USA 829.
Joel E. Silver (Lighting Designer)
Previous Design Credits include F#!King Up Everything Off Broadway, Hair 2nd National Tour, Tokio Confidential Off Broadway, Educating Rita(Huntington Theatre Company), Candela:Fuerza Y Pasion in Lima, Peru, R.Evolucion Latina Choreographer’s Festival(R.Evolucion Latina), La Boheme, Tosca, Aida (Opera Memphis), The World Goes Round (Prince Music Theatre), Art Tatum:Piano Starts Here (Apollo Theatre), A Hatful of Rain in New York and Poland, It Must Be Him (Peter J. Sharp Theatre), Caucasian Chalk Circle(New School), and many production for regionally including Theatre by the Sea, John W. Engeman Theatre, and Northern Stage, and NYU Seinhardt among others. www.JESLD.com
Andrew Gerle (Musical Director)
Andrew Gerle has served as musical director and accompanist for such distinguished artists as Kitty Carlisle Hart, John Raitt, Jennifer Holliday, Shirley Jones, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Leslie Uggams and Liz Callaway. A CD of his jazz arrangements of the songs of Maltby & Shire with vocalist Christa Justus was released in 2010 under the PS Classics Label, and he was the musical director for the recent award-winning Off-Broadway revival of their revue, Closer Than Ever. Works for the theater include Meet John Doe (Jonathan Larson Award, NYMF 2004), Gloryana (2011 Richard Rodgers Award, 2012 Kleban Award), and The Tutor (3 consecutive Rodgers Awards). He is the author of The Enraged Accompanist’s Guide to the Perfect Audition and is on the music faculty at Yale University.
A & L Sound Partners (Sound Designers)
A & L Sound Partners, lead by Senior Sound Designer Brett Rothstein, is an award winning sound design firm based in NYC. A & L has designed and engineered many of the most beloved shows of the past 20 years. Recent credits include: (Tour) Titanic, Damn Yankees, Camelot, The 39 Steps, Nunsense, Porgy and Bess (Regional) Surflight Theatre, Des Moines Playhouse, Canton Players Guild, Piper Theatre. www.alsoundpartners.com
Andrew Lazarow (Video/ Projection Design)
Most recently Andrew designed the world premiere of Andrew Lippa’s I Am Harvey Milk, and Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave with Opera Philadelphia and Curtis Institute of Music. Other NYC designs include House for Sale (dir. Daniel Fish), Possibility Junkies (dir. Gretchen Cryer), Lyre (dir. Mary Birnbaum), Uncle Vanya (dir. Mallory Catlett), Obskena (dir. Tina Shepard), and the 2013 Drama Desk Awards. Regional Credits: Titus (Washington Ensemble Theater), I Love You Because (Penfold Theater), and Sunday in the Park with George (Newstage Collective, CEA Award). Andrew has also deigned events for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and is currently creating designs for clothing retailers across Europe. He is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Tisch, has contributed to books on the Suzuki training method, and has been recognized by Apple for Outstanding Achievement in Film.
Susan Lambert (Producer)
Susan Lambert is a writer, producer and director for indie theater, movies, video and mobile games. She is the founder of 134 West, LLC, a production entity and entertainment advertising consultancy for movies, television and digital agencies. Theatrical highlights include directing An Appalachian Twelfth Night, The Love Talker, South Pacific, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and producing/directing Poison Apple at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival and 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. Her next producing project is a children’s album called O’ Baby Mine – songs and lullabies inspired by Shakespeare text http://obabyminemusic.com. She holds an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Follow her @susanlambert or visit www.134west.biz
Sarahbeth Grossman (Co-Producer)
Sarahbeth Grossman is President of Sobelle Productions and a Managing Member of Brooklyn Basement Theatricals. She is currently Co-Producer of Ann starring Tony-nominated actress Holland Taylor on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lincoln Center Theater. She was Associate Producer of Stick Fly on Broadway in 2011/12. Ms. Grossman is co-producing Bend in the Road, the Anne of Green Gables musical in the New York Musical Theater Festival in July 2013. Sarahbeth was on Nelle Nugent’s producing team on Time Stands Still and Ghetto Klown on Broadway and worked with producer Jane Dubin on The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in London. Off-Broadway she produced the highly acclaimed comedy, The Irish Curse by Martin Casella, directed by Matt Lenz and the 60th anniversary revival of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn at the Peccadillo Theater Company. Film/television work includes stints at Showtime Networks, Viacom Pictures, production work on Me and Veronica directed by Don Scardino, BOPHA! directed by Morgan Freeman, Strapped directed by Forest Whitaker, Three Wishes and Out to Sea (Associate Producer) directed by Martha Coolidge. She served as VP of Development & Production for Ozma Productions under a television deal with Pearson Entertainment. Sarahbeth was Executive Director of Global Brand Strategy & Business Development at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and VP of Marketing at Variety before forming Sobelle Productions.
Travis Bell (Production Manager)
Travis Bell is currently the Associate Producer for Looking Glass Theatre Company and the Production Manager for Vital Theatre Company, as well as a freelance Production Manager and Scenic and Props Designer. Most recent credits include: Banana Monologues (Props Master), Ever Happily After (Production Manager), Ties That Bind (Scenic Designer).
Serita Robinson (Producers Assistant)
Serita Robinson is a recent graduate from Occidental College, where she majored in Theatre. At Occidental she pursued a concentration in acting and costume design. Her pursuit of acting led her to study abroad in Spring of 2011 at the London Dramatic Academy where she participated in a four month conservatory program focused on acting, movement, and British theatre history. Her desire to design has allowed me to Assistant Costume Design on three shows at Oxy, and recently act as the head designer on the studio production of A Doll’s House. She began working with 134 West in June and has assisted the company with Social Media Marketing, amongst other things.
Max Mamon (Associate Musical Director)
Max Mamon is a composer, pianist, and music director living in Brooklyn. His original musicals co-written with librettist Jahn Sood include With You Always and Vital Signs which was recently produced off-broadway at the Theater at St. Clements. As co-founder and musical artistic director of Ensemble Dance, Max’s work was featured in a choreography showcase at Alvin Ailey Studios. His other works have been seen at the Sharon Playhouse, McConnell Theater at Simon’s Rock, The Duplex Cabaret Theater, 13th Street Rep, CultureHub Studios, 3LD Art & Technology Center, McCarter Theater, and Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. Max’s music direction credits include Michael John LaChiusa’s Marie Christine for Columbia Stages and the cabaret 22@54 at 54 Below. Max is a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, and the Royal College of Music in London.
Eve Rybnick (General Management Consultant)
Eve Rybnickis excited to be consulting with Bend in the Road, which marks her 10th show with NYMF. She has worked as a Company and General Manager for several off-Broadway productions. Highlights include Rio (NYMF), Bronte: A Portrait of Charlotte (Alloy Theatre), Sistas (St.Luke’s), Ten Chimneys (Peccadillo Theatre), and Let’s Kill Grandma this Christmas (La Vie Productions). Most recently, she worked as the Box Office Treasurer at Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking where she began her inspiring collaboration with Jeff Feola. She wishes the entire company of Bend in the Road a successful run!
Jim Randolph (Press Representative)
Jim Randolph has represented 50 productions on Broadway including Crazy for You, Cats, City of Angels, Lost in Yonkers, Master Class, Broadway Bound, Starlight Express, Rumors, The Dinner Party, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Tru, Equus starring Daniel Radcliffe, Saturday Night Fever, Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance, John Leguizamo’s Freak and Sexaholix, A Streetcar Named Desire with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin, and Our Town starring Paul Newman. His Off-Broadway credits include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (12 years), Freud’s Last Session, Silence! The Musical, The Syringa Tree, Oleanna, Over the River and Through the Woods, The Sum of Us, Party, Vita & Virginia, Triassic Parq, and, upcoming, The Fabulous Lipitones.
Tim Love (Assitant Stage Manager)
Tim is a recent graduate of Penn State’s BFA Stage Management Program. Most recently he was interning at Signature Theatre Company and was a swing production assistant on their production of Old Hats. Past New York credits include stage managing Contigo and Home Universe as a part of Columbia University’s Playwright Festival and assistant stage manager on Spoolie Girl in last year’s Midtown International Theatre Festival. He would like to thank Alexis and the rest of the production team for this wonderful opportunity.
Nick Potenzieri (Musical Staging/ Associate Director)
Credits include the American Premiere of William’s I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sundays and The Hotel Plays at The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. As Artistic Director of The Infinite Theatre in New York City: Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, also The Bear, The Swan Song, The Proposal By Anton Chekhov. He has directed the Premiere of Sam Salmond and Ayesu Lartey’s Touch, The Musical, at Barrington Stage Company. Assisting work includes: Matt August (Liberty Smith at DC’s Ford’s Theater and as an SDC Observer: How The Grinch Stole Christmas), Daniella Topol (Pool Boy) and Joe Calarco (The Memory Show). In 2010 Nick was the first to be awarded the Drama League’s Music Theatre Fellowship. www.theinfinitetheatre.org
Michael Cassara, CSA (Casting Director)
is a casting director, educator and producer in New York City, where he has cast over 300 theatre and film projects since 2003. Recent credits include Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking (off-Broadway/cast album), Barbie™ Live! (Mattel, Inc./int’l tour), Fat Camp (off-Broadway), Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project (dir. Chet Walker), Kingdom (The Old Globe, dir. Ron Daniels), and countless regional theatre credits. Michael has been the resident casting director of the New York Musical Theatre Festival since 2007, and has cast over 50 musicals since the festival’s inception in 2004. Selected NYMFcredits include The Yellow Wood (dir. Tony-Award Winner BD Wong), All Fall Down (dir. Lonny Price), Twilight in Manchego (dir. Tony-Award Winner Billy Porter), Max Understood (dir. David Schweizer), The Woman Upstairs (Kerrigan-Lowdermilk), Zapata! (dir. Elizabeth Lucas), Swing State (dir. Igor Goldin), and F@!#ing Hipsters (dir. John Carrafa). Upcoming: Carrie (LA premiere) and the 25th Annual NAMT Festival of New Musicals. Michael is a native Clevelander and a graduate of Otterbein College. Member, Casting Society of America. http://www.michaelcassara.net / @michaelcassara
Jeffrey Feola (General Manager)
Jeffrey Feola holds a B.A. in Acting from Slippery Rock University. Jeffrey co-founded Page 121 Productions and produced West Lethargy (Edinburgh Fringe, 59E59, and FringeNYC), Any May Now (staged reading NYC), and His Minute Hand (The Hollywood Fringe, The Culture Project, NYC). Most Recently, he was the Company Manager for Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking, Assistant Company Manager at Off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company (including Three Sisters with Maggie Gyllenhaal) and was the Assistant to Tony Award winning producer Jon. B. Platt. Current producing projects include The Clearing by Jake Jeppson and directed by Drama Desk winner Josh Hecht. A special thanks to Eve Rybnick for her guidance and support.
Meet the 2012 Cast & Crew from the premiere production at the
Carrie Hamilton at the Pasadena Playhouse which ran Sept 15 – Oct 14, 2012