Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, A Musical
Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy's romance comes to life with fresh eyes as Jane Austen revisits her unpublished manuscript, First Impressions. As Austen transforms their story into what will ultimately become her masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice, both the author and her characters struggle to learn the joy of second chances.
Darren Bluestone (Charles Bingley, Dream Soldier Bingley)
New York debut and NYMF debut! Darren is incredibly proud to be a part of NYMF, Pride and Prejudice, and now finally AEA! Darren just graduated from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama this spring, and is brand new to the city, but so happy to be working on this amazing and inspirational project. Regional: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Coneybear), Footloose! (Ren McCormack), Godspell (Jesus), The Mikado (Nanki Poo). MXAT study abroad alum. Darren endlessly thanks the P&P creative team and Stewart Talent. Love to his family, TNT, grams, and na zdarovnaya.
Jacque Carnahan (Lydia Bennet)
New York/National Tour: Cinderella (Joy u/s), The Baker's Wife (Nicole), The Boyfriend (Hortense), Joe Stein in Concert (soloist), From Main Street to 42nd Street, Jacque’s one-woman show (The Triad, Symphony Space, MMAC). Regional: A Little Night Music (Baltimore CenterStage, Mark Lamos dir), The Baker's Wife (Paper Mill Playhouse), Pirates of Penzance (Goodspeed Opera House), Pride and Prejudice (Eastman), Beauty and The Beast (Gateway Playhouse). Recordings: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The Baker’s Wife- Lincoln Center Archives. Soloist for the Boston Pops, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts award recipient. Training: Boston Conservatory BFA cum laude. Love and thank you to my family and the entire P&P gang. Forward, March! www.believe-nyc.com
Doug Carpenter (Fitzwilliam Darcy)
began his career in opera earning a degree in voice from UNLV and a Masters in Vocal Performance from UCLA. Since graduating, Doug originated in two Roger Bean with the role of Skip in Life Could Be A Dream (LA Weekly and LADCC Winner), and Curtis in Summer of Love (Ogunquit Playhouse). Regional Credits: Lancelot in Camelot (Pasadena Playhouse), Curly in Oklahoma (FCLO), Tony in West Side Story (FCLO), Thief in See What I Wanna See (Blank Theatre), Prince in Cinderella (CLOSBC), and Miss Saigon (Moonlight Amphitheatre). He also continues to teach vocal technique privately. Join the mailing list at www.dougcarpenter.net
Donna Lynne Champlin (Jane Austen)
Most recently seen on Broadway in the company of Billy Elliot, OBIE Award winner Donna Lynne Champlin has received critical acclaim for her work in the original Broadway companies of Sweeney Todd, By Jeeves, James Joyce's The Dead and most notably for her portrayal of "Older Helen" (based on a young Carol Burnett) in Hollywood Arms written by Carol Burnett and directed by Harold Prince. Other NYC/Off-Broadway credits include Master Class at the MET, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (OBIE Award), See Rock City, Bury The Dead, Flight of the Lawnchair Man (NYMF award, "Outstanding Performance"), Love Jerry (NYMF award, "Outstanding Performance"), First Lady Suite, My Life with Albertine, City Center Encores! Bloomer Girl, and Carnegie Hall's Very Warm for May. . A Princess Grace Grant winner and Presidential Scholar in the Arts, her self-produced vocal debut album Old Friends was voted “One of the ten best vocal albums of 2009” and in addition to TV and film work, DL also performs her own one-woman show Finishing The Hat regularly in NYC and around the country. Most exciting recent project: DL just had her first child, Charles Benjamin Arrow with husband and actor Andrew Arrow in July. www.donnalynnechamplin.com
Sarah Dacey Charles (Mrs. Gardiner, Hill)
Just back from the first National Tour of 9 to 5, Sarah’s thrilled to reprise her role as Mrs. Gardner in this wonderful production of Pride and Prejudice! Sarah won the 2011 LIFF Best Actor Award for her portrayal of Barbara Stanwyck in the indie film, “Agnes Moorehead is God!” Broadway: Mme. Thenardier u/s in Les Miserables. Regional: Sister Walburga – The Divine Sister (Stageworks Hudson), Fosca - Passion(TheatreWorks), Yvonne - Sunday In the Park (Arden Th. Co.) and Rona - Spelling Bee(Mason Street). Pilot: Captain Sweetie – “The Lez Boat”. Upcoming Film: Mrs. Benton – “The Jesus Picture”. Please visit www.sarahdaceycharles.com
Brian C. Curl (Ensemble)
is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut with Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Broadway: None...YET! NYC: Saving Aimee (pre-broadway readings), Pippin (New Zero Th. Co.), 2010 Gypsy of the Year (Opening vocalist), No More Waiting (13th St. Rep). National Tours: Issachar - Joseph...Dreamcoat, 7 Brides..., ...Molly Brown. Regional: Billy Lawlor – 42nd Street (SSMT), Professor – South Pacific (SSMT), Funny Girl (Broadway Westchester), A Christmas Carol (McCarter), White Christmas (Surflight),The Fantasticks (Wayside). Many thanks to Craig Holzberg, the Avalon Artist group, Jason Daunter, and the entire P&P team. Love to Mom and Dad. www.BrianCurl.com
Kaitlyn Davidson (Caroline Bingley )
Kaitlyn is charmed to be making her NYMF debut with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice! NY: They’re Playing Our Song with Sutton Foster (The Actors Fund). Favorite Regional: Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire), Judy in White Christmas and Val in A Chorus Line (Pioneer Theatre Co.), Johnny Baseball, directed by Diane Paulus, (American Repertory Theatre), Anne in La Cage Aux Folles (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Rapunzel in Into the Woods and Victoria/Silibub in CATS (Pittsburgh CLO), Lady Jane in The Prince and the Pauper (KC Starlight, The 5th Avenue, The Ordway). Training: B.F.A. from Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Kaitlyn sends sincere thanks to the whole P&P team, Mom and Dad, and T. Proud member of AEA. www.kaitlyn-davidson.com.
Joe Grandy (Ensemble)
is thrilled to join the Pride and Prejudice family! Last seen at NYMF as “Joe” and “Dream Whip” in IDAHO! Favorite credits: My One And Only (Billy Buck Chandler u/s - Goodspeed), A Chorus Line (Don - NSMT), Reel to Real (Charlie – Dir. Lynne Taylor Corbett), The Sound of Music (Rolf - Lyric Theatre), 42nd Street (Billy u/s). AEA. Syracuse University. He thanks God, family, Sally Wilfert, Sheila Dugan, and SCAW for their love, guidance, and support, and Huge thanks and congratulations to Jason.
Keith Kirkwood (Mr. Gardiner/Ensemble)
is delighted to be making his NYMF debut with Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. Nat’l tour: Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth) Regional: Frozen (Ralph), I Am My Own Wife(Charlotte etc), Sweeney Todd (with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra), An Inspector Calls (Inspector Goole). Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, his West End credits include: Crazy For You (Moose), Barnum (Scudder), Camelot (Dap), A Matter Of Chance (Perrier Pick of the Fringe at the Donmar Warehouse) UK Regional and Tours include: West Side Story, Godspell, Guys and Dolls, Mary Stuart (Edinburgh Festival), Abracadaver, Rattle of a Simple Man, Hamlet, Merchant of Venice. Keith is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and recently moved to New York with his partner of 20 years and their 3 boys. Twitter fans - @keith_kirkwood
John Jacob Lee (Ensemble)
John Jacob feels #highlyfavored to be a part of Pride & Prejudice! NY: The Music Man(dance captain) on SI, Parker and Dizzys… (Elmo) at this year's FringeFest. Tours:The Wedding Singer *1st Nat. (George), Cats (Skimbleshanks). Regional: The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), 42nd St (Andy Lee), Ragtime (Henry Ford/DC) and too many productions of La Cage. BM Oklahoma City University. Hey to the folks! Twitter: @johnjacoblee
Anne Letscher (Mary Bennet, Anne De Bourgh)
Anne is very excited to be reprising her role of the extremely intelligent, extraordinarily superior, and exceedingly talented Mary Bennet. She has been fortunate enough to play on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at various regional theatres, and in many tours. She is happy to finally be making her NYMF debut with Pride and Prejudice. Thank you to her family, friends, Lindsay, and Amanda.
Gregory Maheu (Wickham, Ensemble)
New York/Tour: The Toymaker (NYMF), Assassins (Momentum Rep); The Sound of Music (Int'l Tour); Washington DC: Liberty Smith (Ford's Theatre), Ragtime! (Kennedy Center), Sweeney Todd (Signature Theatre), Chess (Signature Theatre); Other Regional: Hair! (Hangar Theatre), Sunday in the Park With George (Heritage Rep), and more. Many thanks to friends, family, and the GGS!
Patricia Noonan (Elizabeth Bennet)
is thrilled and honored to be bringing one of her favorite characters to life! Patricia recently created the role of Sophia in Death Takes a Holiday at the Roundabout Theatre. Other NYC: Where's Charley? and Girl Crazy (City Center Encores!), Signs of Life (Lorelei), Hurricane (NYMF), Cabaret Girl (Effie). Regional: Carousel (Julie Jordan/Barrington Stage), Sondheim at 80 (Soloist/Kennedy Center), Little House on the Prairie (original cast/Guthrie Theatre), How to Succeed... (Rosemary), Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), Man of La Mancha (Antonia). Training: Boston College (Presidential Scholars Program). Love and thanks to the creative team, KSR, and her incredible family and friends.
Rebecca Pitcher (Cassandra Austen, Mrs. Reynolds)
is delighted to be joining the company of Pride and Prejudice. Rebecca is best known for her portrayal of Christine Daae in the Lloyd-Webber prodction of the Phantom of the Opera where she performed over 2500 performances on Broadway, the US National Tour, and Singapore. Other favorite roles include Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Rose in Street Scene, Louella Parsons in Saving Aimee, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, and The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Rebecca has also perfomed with the Pittsburgh Opera, Cleveland Opera, the Towson University Orchestra, and was a winner of the Columbus Opera competition. She wishes to thank her friends and family for their support and love. namaste
Margaret Loesser Robinson (Jane Bennet)
Credits include: Mina in Dracula (The Denver Center); Annabella/Margaret/Pamela in The 39 Steps (The Cape Playhouse); Rosebush in the London production of The Snow Queen, directed by Patricia Birch; Guenevere in Camelot (Pennsylvania Centre Stage); Eliza in Pygmalion (NYS Theatre Institute); Lady Percy in Henry IV pt.1 (Powerhouse); Sympathy (Ensemble Studio Theatre); The Foreigner and Dial ‘M’ for Murder (The Fulton Theatre); Nobody and Fall of the House (Alabama Shakespeare Theatre). Appearances on Guiding Light, and As the World Turns. Margaret has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where, like all young ladies of accomplishment, she studied literature and printmaking. She is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre; you can read more about Margaret at www.MargaretRobinson.net
Matthew Schneider (Mr. Collins, Ensemble)
Matt is thrilled to rejoin Pride and Prejudice! Over twenty-four professional credits: National Tours of White Christmas, regionally, The Producers (Sacramento Music Circus), 42nd Street (many, including Sacramento Music Circus, Pioneer Theater Co, Tuacahn, Westchester), Crazy For You (Cape Playhouse), Joseph…Dreamcoat(Arvada, Stages of St. Louis), and Pride & Prejudice in 2008. As a director, Matthew works closely with the New Helvetia Theater (debut: Hedwig), Infinity Theater Company (Annapolis), and Arts for All (NYC). Matthew recently completed a directorial observership with director Glenn Casale. CAP 21; NYU. AEA. Thanks: Jake-n-Bake, Igor, Cassara, and The Roster!
Michael Scott (Mr. Bennet)
is very excited to continue to be apart of Pride and Prejudice since 2007. Broadway:110 in the Shade, Follies, Showboat, Pirates of Penzance, Happy New Year, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks, Dodsworth, Abby’s Song, China Doll, and The Drunkard. National Tours: Guys and Dolls, Showboat, Camelot. Regional: Deathtrap, Stormy Weather, 1776,Chicago, La Cage, 42nd St, Little shop of Horrors, Buddy and M. Butterfly. TV & Film: One Life to Live, Stellaand Proud. Love and thanks to my wife Barbara, SCAW Agency and AEA.
Megan Stern (Kitty Bennet, Georgiana Darcy)
is pleased to be NYMFing again after appearing in last year’s TESS. Other credits include The Tempest (Porpentine Theater Co.), Straight Up Vampire (Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Philly Fringe, etc.), The Gay Ivy (Dixon Place), Power Burn 3 (The Brick), CHURCH (Public Theater, PS122, Walker Art Center), Illyria (Prospect Theater Co.), Wasp Cove (Comix), Rockberry: The Last One-Man Show (The Brick), and Hell House (St. Ann’s Warehouse). Megan is a graduate of Yale University.
Jennifer Waiser (Charlotte Lucas)
Recently, Jennifer was the standby for the starring role of Jersuha Abbott in the new musical Daddy-Long-Legs at Theatreworks in San Francisco and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Broadway: The Pirate Queen. Regional: Pride and Prejudice (Eastman Theater, NY). Canadian Credits: Little Red in Into the Woods, Fiddler on the Roof,Patience (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); Little Sally in Urinetown, The Miracle Man(Canadian Stage); Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, Wendy in Peter Pan (Theatre Aquarius); Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank (Bathurst Street Theatre); Mistress in Evita, Big River, The Buddy Holly Story (Drayton Entertainment); Queen Victoria in The Boy Jones (Cabaret Company); Young Company (Charlottetown Festival); Jane Eyre(Mirvish Prods). Jennifer received two Dora Award nominations for her roles in bothUrinetown and The Boy Jones. Film: "Living Death". Voiceover: "6Teen" and "Odd Job Jack".
Marguerite Willbanks (Mrs. Bennet, Lady Catherine De Bourgh)
Broadway: Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Madame de la Grande Bouche). National Tours: Young Frankenstein, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Secret Garden. Marguerite has performed regionally with such companies as the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the Paper Mill Playhouse and the St. Louis MUNY. Concert venues include Avery Fisher Hall, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore Symphony) and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She can also be heard on several film soundtracks including The Producers and Disney's Enchanted. Marguerite is a huge Jane Austen fan and thrilled to be a part of this beautiful production!
Lindsay Warren Baker (Book/Music/Lyrics/Additional Choral Ar...)
Lindsay Warren Baker began collaborating with Amanda Jacobs in 1997 when they co-authored DANIEL: The Musical. Additional works by Baker and Jacobs include LILY, A Musical Portrait; Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, A Musical (www.pride-prejudice-musical.com); All the Buzz (Winner: Youth Education on Stage 2010 Summer Shorts 5, Williston, ND); Personal Foul (Winner: St. John Fisher College & Spotlight Theater Arts 2010 Celebration of One Acts, Rochester, NY); The Rendez-Vous; Blocked and are currently working on a play for children, In the Garden. Baker received her BA in theater and music from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), and trained at the O’Neill National Theater Institute (Waterford, CT), Moscow Art Theater (Russia), Geva Theatre Center (Rochester, NY) and spent two months during the summer of 2010 in Ghana, Africa studying West African music and dance. She is also currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree at SUNY Empire State College concentrating on performing arts and cultural studies. In addition to her work as a playwright/composer, Baker is also a stage director, stage manager, performer and choral conductor and has had professional engagements with Mercury Opera Rochester, Roberts Wesleyan College Community Theater, Rochester Shakespeare Players, Rochester Opera Factory, Downstairs Cabaret Theater and the Ohio Light Opera. Baker is currently in her ninth season as Production Stage Manager for Eastman Opera Theatre at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), and is an artist educator for Young Audiences of Rochester and Geva Theatre Center. Member: Dramatists Guild of America.
Zach Blane (Lighting Designer)
Current Projects: Suicide, Incorporated (Roundabout Theatre Company); Crazy, Just Like Me (TBG Theatre, NYMF) Recent Design Credits: YANK! (Roundabout Theatre Company); Zero Hour (Barrington Stage Company); NYMF Gala: Honoring Chita Rivera (Hudson Theater); They're Playing Our Song (Actors Fund Benefit); Biloxi Blues(Forestburgh Playhouse); Tess, a New Rock Opera (St. Clements/NYMF '10); Trails, the musical (TBG/NYMF '10); A Chorus Line (New Players Company); EDGES!(WPPAC); RENT (CMPAC); My AiDS (Urban Stages); Penang (Workshop Mainstage Theater); Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Sage Theatre); The Wedding Singer (CMPAC). Recent Assoc/Asst Credits: In Transit (Primary Stages/59E59); Radio Girl(Goodspeed/Norma Terris); Family Week (Lucille Lortel/MCC); Celtic Fyre (Busch Gardens Theme Park); Joe Turner’s Come & Gone (Belasco/Bway); You’re Welcome America… (Cort/Bway); 13, The Musical (Jacobs/Bway). www.ZachBlane.com
Michael Cassara (Casting Director)
Michael Cassara, CSA is a Casting Director and Producer based in New York City and dedicated to developing and fostering the growth of new musicals, plays, and film projects. Since the formation of Michael Cassara Casting in 2003, Michael has worked with many of the nation's top theatres including The Old Globe, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Gulfshore Playhouse, The White Plains Performing Arts Center, and more. Recent projects have included Fat Camp (pre-Broadway, dir. Casey Hushion), Kingdom (The Old Globe, dir. Ron Daniels), Falling For Eve (book by Joe DiPietro, York Theatre Company), A Little Night Music (starring Penny Fuller and Mark Jacoby), Cheer Wars (winner, 2009 Richard Rodgers Award, dir. Dan Knechtges), The Molly Maguires (dir. Sheryl Kaller, mus. dir John McDaniel), Stephen Schwartz's Captain Louie (National Tour), If This Hat Could Talk (National Tour, directed by Tony®-Award winner George Faison), The Gig (York Theatre Concert/Cast Recording on JAY Records), Barnstormer (by Douglas J. Cohen and Cheryl L. Davis, dir. Jerry Dixon), The Unauthorized Autobiography Of Samantha Brown (Makor, w/ Michael Arden and Celia Keenan-Bolger), Joy (off-Broadway and workshops), and countless readings and workshops. For New York's renowned Peccadillo Theatre Company, Michael was the casting director for the critically-acclaimed revival of Lillian Hellman's rarely-seen masterpiece, Another Part Of The Forest. Michael is the resident casting director of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, where he has cast over 45 individual projects since the festival's inception in 2004. Some favorite NYMF casting credits include The Yellow Wood (dir. Tony-Award Winner B. D. Wong), All Fall Down (dir. Lonny Price), The Woman Upstairs (by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk), The Last Smoker In America (dir. Sheryl Kaller),Fat Camp (dir. Alex Timbers), Max Understood (dir. David Schweizer), The Tenth Floor (dir. Igor Goldin), and Twilight In Manchego (dir. Billy Porter). Originally a performer, Michael is a native Clevelander and a graduate of the musical theatre program at Otterbein College. He regularly teaches and lectures on musical theatre and the entertainment industry, in New York City and throughout the world. For more information please visit his website at http://www.michaelcassara.net. Member, Casting Society of America.
Production Core (Production Supervisor)
lends support and guidance to theatre companies who produce high quality theatrical performances and events, who need direction/support on the collaboration, planning and execution of the production process. The Production Core team is James E. Cleveland, Katy Ross, Joshua Scherr, Jared Goldstein, Adrian White, Rob Reese and Ron Grimshaw. Current projects include: Yeast Nation in the NYC Fringe, Play It Coolat Theatre Row, The Ohmies at Playwrights Horizons, Septimus & Clarissa at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Invasion! at The Flea Theatre and Kithless in Paradise at Theatre Row. www.productioncore.net
Jeffry Denman (Choreographer)
Off Bway: YANK! (York Theatre - nominated for Lucille Lortel Award and the SDC Joe A. Callaway Award), Naked Boys Singing, If Love Were All (assistant to Niki Harris). NY Workshop: YANK! (David Cromer, Director), Liberty (Igor Goldin, Dir), Dancing in the Dark. He has Directed and Choreographed over a dozen staged concerts at Town Hall, including multiple installments of Scott Siegel's Broadway by the Year, All Singin All Dancin, Broadway Unplugged and A Tribute to Lerner and Loewe. Regionally: The Music Man (Ogunquit Playhouse), Dancing in the Dark (Studio Arena - Artie Award, Best Choreography). TV/Concerts: My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs (PBS Great Performances), A Tribute to Fred and Gene (Michael Feinstein, Carnegie Hall), A Tribute to Irving Berlin (Marvin Hamlisch - Kennedy Center). Visit www.jeffrydenman.com
Igor Goldin (Director, SDC)
Off-Broadway: With Glee (Prospect Theater Company at Theatre Row), YANK! (York Theatre Company - Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Musical). Previous productions of YANK!; Diversionary Theatre, San Diego (Outstanding Achievement in Direction of a Musical, StageScene L.A.) The Gallery Players (2008 New York Innovative Theatre Award) and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (2005 Talkin' Broadway Outstanding New Summer Musical). Other productions for NYMF: The Tenth Floor (2010 Talkin' Broadway Outstanding New Summer Musical); Sing, But Don't Tell; Liberty; Main-Travelled Roads (2008 Richard Rodgers Award staged reading); Unlock'd (2007 Best in Fest Award); Common Grounds (NYMF 2006 Award for Excellence in Direction). Other credits: Liberty (Workshop), Like You Like It, The Gallery Players (2009 New York Innovative Theatre Award). Tours: Associate Director, Seussical directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Theatreworks USA). Regional: ...And Then I Wrote A Song About It (Luna Stage, NJ and Diversionary, San Diego), The Mystery of Irma Vep, The New Century, A Little Night Music, I Love You Because (NH Theatre Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical), Romance Romance, The Complete History of America (abridged), Blithe Spirit, Dracula, Violet, The Spitfire Grill and The Full Monty. Igor was nominated by his peers as a top 5 finalist for the 2010 SDC Joe A. Callaway Award for Distinguished Direction. Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). www.igorgoldin.com
Sarah Hall (Production Stage Manager)
Sarah is thrilled to be back with La Vie for another exciting production. Sarah works as a freelance Stage and Production Manager for companies such as Primary Stages, The York Theater, Disney Event Productions & Disney Cruise Line, Opera Colorado, The Nashville Opera, International Radio Festival with David Ossman, Music Theater Louisville, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Stage One and AXXIS Corporate Events Inc. She would like to thank her Mom and Dad for showing her the stage door. Proud member of AEA.
Heller Highwater (Publicist)
is a communications company for a new era. Founded in December 2010 by publicist and entrepreneur Dale Heller, Heller Highwater handles public and media relations, social media management, video editing, and events planning and management. Our clients have included the Off-Broadway theatre company The Playwrights Realm; the musical revue “The Greenwich Village Follies,” Sharyn Rothstein’s “The Invested,” Vicki Vodrey’s “Hanky Panky,” the new musical “The Kid Who Would be Pope,” “Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a musical,” the new musical “Time Between Us,” the Off-Broadway revival of the play “Barriers,” and many others. At Heller Highwater, we believe that good, thorough, healthy communications is the key to success. We believe that the only way to see your business thrive is by integrating new communications techniques and tools with traditional communication practices. We believe that our communications are expressed equally through our words, our correspondence and our actions. And we believe that through good communications we can make a difference. Heller Highwater makes good communications! For more information, please visit www.HellerHighwaterPR.com, and follow us on Twitter @HellerHiWaterPR.
Amanda Jacobs (Book/Music/Lyrics/Orchestrations and A...)
Amanda Jacobs earned her BMus degree in Piano Performance from Wesleyan College (Macon, GA) and completed graduate studies in piano pedagogy, voice, jazz theory and organ. After moving to Rochester, NY in 1996, she discovered her talent for composition when inspired to compose DANIEL: The Musical and began working with Lindsay Warren Baker. While working on DANIEL, she learned orchestral composition and arranging. In 2005, within a two-week period, she composed original orchestrations for a revival of Sigmund Romberg’s Maytime for the Ohio Light Opera (Wooster, OH) and now arranges and scores all of her collaborative work with Baker. In June 2010, Jacobs’ Mass for the Living won an Honorable Mention from the Foundation for the Sacred Arts and received its world premiere with the NIH Philharmonic Orchestra (Washington D.C.) in December 2010. Other accomplishments include the 2009 First Prize Winner of the 6th Annual Long Island Arts Council Composition Competition for her Garden Verses, the 2010 Honorable Mention in the “Celebrating Grace” Composition Competition for an SA Choral Arrangement, and First Prize for the Marin Lutheran Church composition competition for her original SATB anthem "Peace, Be Still.” She enjoys creating music for many genres including film and animation and is also an artist educator for Young Audiences of Rochester, NY. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an Emphasis in Music. Member: Dramatists Guild of America
Howard Joines (Music Coordinator)
Music Coordinator: How to Succeed, Bye-Bye Birdie, Grease, Times They Are A-Changin’, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Vanities, Romantic Poetry, Adrift in Macao. Conductor/Percussionist: Billy Elliot, Scoundrels, Never Gonna Dance, Flower Drum Song, Full Monty, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Singing in the Rain, King and I, Cleavage, Radio City. Recordings/performances: Jewel, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Rochester Philharmonic, Across the Universe, Alamo, Snake Eyes, Twilight, Age of Innocence, Femme Fatale, Maid in Manhattan, MTV Music Video Awards.
Colleen Kesterson (Costume Designer)
NY Credits: Hapgood (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble), Green Manifesto (NYMF),Reflections (Resonance Theatre Ensemble), I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document... (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble), Unlock'd (NYMF), Pinkalicious (Vital Theatre), Embracing Freedom (Ellis Island Foundation), Full Bloom and Rebound and Gagged (Vital Theatre), The Pirates of Penzance (Village Light Opera Group). Regional: Little Beasts and The Whipping Man (Luna Stage, NJ). As Assistant Costume Designer: Arcadia (Broadway), Rock of Ages (Broadway, 1st National Tour),Cyrano (Broadway), Souvenir (Broadway). More of her work can be seen at www.colleenkesterson.com.
La Vie Productions LLC (General Manager)
La Vie Productions is dedicated to developing, producing and managing new works, fostering new talent and attracting new audiences. Current projects include: The Kid Who Would Be Pope and Time Between Us (NYMF 2011); The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Edinburgh International Festival); LIBERTY A Monumental New Musical (opening in NYC this year); Academy (a new musical); How We Got Away With It (independent film); Taking Step Three13 (rock-musical adaptation of Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”). Recent credits: The Sphinx Winx (Off-Broadway musical); The Love Project Journey (award winning film); Vinilo (NYC Latin rock band); Above Hell's Kitchen; Cool Papa's Party; Fat Camp; GM & PM for NYMF 2008 & 2009; Irena's Vow (Assoc. Producer, Broadway); Love, Inc.; Einstein's Dreams; Capture Now; In The Heights; High Fidelity; Shockheaded Peter; De La Guarda . Upcoming: a new Korean musical in development with Open the Door Musical Company; In The Summer of '68 (an original musical), Capture Now (film based on the play) and 100 Years Into The Heart (a new musical). www.LaVieProductions.com
Tim Splain (Music Director)
Off-Broadway: A Minister's Wife (Lincoln Center Theater); Adding Machine (Minetta Lane); Death Takes A Holiday (Roundabout). National Tour: Little House on the Prairie. Concerts: Josh Schmidt Songbook (Barrow Street), Marc Kudisch (Feinstein's), Broadway Winners (Town Hall). Regional/Chicago: Little House on the Prairie (Paper Mill Playhouse); She Loves Me, A Minister's Wife (Writers' Theatre); Altar Boyz (Drury Lane Water Tower); Threepenny Opera (Hypocrites); Wings (Apple Tree); Hats (Royal George); The Hundred Dresses (Chicago Children's Theatre); Adding Machine (Next Theatre).
Josh Zangen (Set and Props Designer)
Designs span a wide range of live entertainment including Concert/Tours: Britney Spears’ Circus, Kylie Minogues’ Aphrodite-Les Folies and USA 2009, Nickelodeon’sStorytime Live!. West End: The Hurly Burly Show. Theatre: Absinthe (Caesars Palace – LV, Spiegelworld), Desir (Spiegelworld – Drama Desk nominated), John Lithgows’Sunny side of the Street (New Victory), James Lapines’ Mrs. Miller Does her Thing(Wyly, Dallas), Liberty (NYMF 2010), Wood (NYMF 2008), 2 girls for 5 bucks (ARS Nova), Zombie (fringe, theatrerow, short-film). Visual Marketing/Events: Macy’s 2010 award winning Christmas windows Yes, Virginia. Various events for companies such as HBO, Nascar, History Channel, Nike, I-Robot and CNN.