J. T. Arbogast (Mike/Producer)
J.T. is trilled to be revisiting the role of Mike, a character he originated at the University of Texas in Austin in 2003. He was most recently seen playing Lenny in Cycle (FringeNYC). He is also the Associate Director and a founding cast member of the National Comedy Theatre - New York. Favorite Theatre credits include: Indoor/Outdoor (Shuman, Portland Stage), The Spitfire Grill (Joe Sutter, Wayside Theatre), Are We There Yet? (Man #2, Wayside Theatre), My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra. Film/TV: 30 Rock, The Life Before her Eyes, When In Rome. He has also traveled the country as a facilitator for the NCT WITS Teambuilding Program. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from Penn State University and earned his M.F.A., also in Theatre, from the University of Texas at Austin. www.jtarbogast.com
Donna Lynne Champlin (Kate)
Past NYMF: Flight of the Lawnchair Man (NYMF 'Outstanding Individual Performance' Award), Finishing The Hat, and Meet John Doe. Donna Lynne also serves as a 'celebrity judge' for the annual NYMF Broadway Idol series. Broadway: John Doyle's Sweeney Todd , Hollywood Arms, By Jeeves, James Joyce's The Dead. Off Broadway: Dark at the Top of The Stairs (OBIE award), Master Class at the MET, Marcy In The Galaxy, First Lady Suite, My Life With Albertine, City Center Encores! Bloomer Girl and Carnegie Hall's Very Warm For May. Film/TV: My Father's Will, The Audition, The Dark Half, Law And Order, The Tony Awards, The View, and Rosie. Recent regional: "Agnes Gooch" in Mame starring Michelle Lee at the PCLO and in Hot & Cole directed by James Naughton at The Westport Country Playhouse. Recordings include Sweeney Todd, Albertine, By Jeeves, Our Heart Sings and Carols for a Cure. Training: CMU (BFA), Oxford University (Shakespeare/Chekhov scholarship). Donna Lynne is a Princess Grace Grant recipient, www.donnalynnechamplin.com.
Jonas Cohen (Clowny/Police Officer)
is thrilled to be a part of the creative team of Love Jerry and to be back in the New York Musical Theatre Festival this year. Past NYMF: Maccabeat! New York: Glass Jaw (Barrow Group), Henry V (La Tea), and Les Artistes (52nd Street Theater Project) among others. Regional: Old Wicked Songs (Fulton Theater), Tuesdays with Morrie starring Alan Oppenheimer (Ivoryton Playhouse), Fiddler on the Roof (Gateway Playhouse), Last Night of Ballyhoo (What Exit?), Carousel (Media Theater), and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Nebraska Rep) among many others. TV: All My Children. Upcoming: Glorious! at the Fulton Theater. Jonas is an instructor at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Training: William Esper Studio. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, MFA. Member of Actors' Equity. Thanks to Tim Howard, Jen, ladanza, Jodie McClintock and Chris and Ron.
Harris Doran (Jerry)
Past NYMF: Richard Cory. Theatre Credits include: Amadeus (Mozart, Pittsburgh Public Theatre); Hair (Claude, Actors Fund Concert); Cabaret (Emcee, Pittsburgh Public Theatre); Oliver! (DeafWest, Ovation Award Nomination); Brighton Beach Memoirs (Pioneer Theatre); Americamisfit (Baltimore Center Stage); Joy; Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged); The Opposite of Sex; The Red Eye of Love; The Seagull; Midsummer Night's Dream. Film & Television: 2+1, The Order of the Serpentine, "The Black Donnellys," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Any Day Now." Harris is currently writing book and lyrics for the new rock musical Higher. Training: The Juilliard School, www.harrisdoran.com
Annalyse McCoy (Sheila)
is so excited to be a part of her first NYMF show. She was recently seen in Those Whistling Lads!, an homage to Dorothy Parker in the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Other credits include: Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank (Greenbrier Valley Theatre); Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Ginger in The 1940's Radio Hour (Highlands Playhouse); Darlene in The Honky Tonk Angels (Clarence Brown Theatre, Little Theatre on the Square); Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Jenny Wiley Theatre). She received her BFA from Northern Kentucky University. Annalyse is a member of 2/3 Goat, a folk-blues-rock band whose vibe can be found at myspace.com/twothirdsgoat. Thanks to Ryan, Mom and Dad, Josey, and the Kinteens for all their love.
Katrina Yaukey (Mrs. Harris)
recently completed the national tour of Sweeney Todd where she was seen as Pirelli. Broadway credits include John Doyle's production of Company and Roundabout's Cabaret. Other touring credits include the international tour of Cabaret, the First National tour of Victor/Victoria starring Toni Tennille, and as a tap dancer for Absolut Vodka. Yet, again, she'd like to thank her parents for all those music lessons!
Hilary Adams (Director)
Hilary Adams is a Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Director of a Play (Works Productions' Moby Dick), which was also nominated for Outstanding Play and Featured Actor. Recent work includes musicals in the 2007 NY Musical Theatre Festival: The Kids Left, The Dog Died, Now What? and Look What a Wonder Jesus Has Done; the 2008 ASCAP/ Disney Foundation Workshop staged reading of The Masked Zinfadel; Moonlight and Magnolias (Associate Director, Alliance Theatre / MTC); Hamlet , Beauty and the Beast, and Mickey Mouse is Dead (Hangar Theatre Lab), Sex & Sealing Wax (Midtown International Theatre Festival), Peter Pan (CT Repertory) and Romantic (NJ Rep). Hilary is a Drama League Fellow, and has received four MTC Directing Fellowships Assistant Directing for Lynne Meadow (Moonlight and Magnolias, The American Pilot, Our Leading Lady) and Mark Brokaw (Reckless). Also on Broadway, Hilary assisted Richard Jones (Titanic), David Henry Hwang (Flower Drum Song) and Robert Falls (Aida).Member SSDC www.hilaryadams.com
Marcus Baker (Music Director)
Marcus Baker moved to the city from Cleveland 5 years ago where he was in graduate school for piano performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He had an interim appointment at Penn State University as the faculty accompanist for the music theatre department during the 2006-2007 school year and moved back to the city in August 2007 at the end of that engagement. Since then he has been a choral artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and working in youth theatre with Little Village Playhouse in Pleasantville and in Morristown, New Jersey with Worth-Tyrell Studios. He is very pleased to be music directing his first NYMF production. Next on the agenda Marcus will music direct See What I Want to See up in Westchester as a kick-off for a fledgling production company and continue working in education and youth theatre with The Met Guild, LVP and in New Jersey.
Michael Cassara (Casting Director)
Casting Director Michael Cassara, CSA and associate Lindsay Levine cast for theatre, film and television in New York City. They serve as the resident casting office for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the White Plains Performing Arts Center, the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, the Kitchen Theatre Company, and Central City Opera in addition to casting many readings, workshops and developmental productions in New York and beyond each year. NYMF credits include over two dozen productions since the festival's inception in 2004 and other recent theatre projects include Forum (Sondheim Center, starring Richard Kind), End Days (by Deborah Zoe Laufer, starring Amy Aquino and Adam Heller), Perez Hilton Saves The Universe (or at Least the Greater Los Angeles Area) and Green Eyes in FringeNYC, and Cassandra's Angel (workshop, starring Malcolm Gets). Member, Casting Society of America. Please visit http://www.michaelcassara.net.
Amy Cavenaugh (Assistant Stage Manager)
Amy is excited to be joining the cast of Love Jerry! Amy's had the priviledge of working with Theaterworks USA, American Family Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, The Public Theatre, and Prospect Theatre Company. Amy holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Arkansas.
Elizabeth Dellario (Costume Design)
Elizabeth Dellario holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Textiles and Apparel from Cornell University. As a member of Cornell's Advanced Undergraduate Theater Program, she was the Asst. Costume Designer for The Grapes of Wrath and Costume Designer for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well... . In New York City, Elizabeth was the Costume Designer for Look What a Wonder Jesus Has Done during the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival as well as the Wardrobe Coordinator for the ASCAP/Disney Workshop of The Masked Zinfandel. Elizabeth has also worked with Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS on such projects as Broadway Bares XVIII: Wonderland (Costume Designer Checkmates / Associate Costume Coordinator), Pamela's First Musical (Costume Coordinator and Designer), The 22nd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition (Costume Designer The Project Broadway Opening Number) and Broadway Bares XVII: Myth Behavior (Asst. Costume Designer Bacchus / Asst. Costume Coordinator). Elizabeth is a member in good standing of the Costume Society of America. www.ElizabethDellario.com.
Lara Fabian (Scenic Design)
Recent design work includes Play it Cool (NYMF '08) Green Girl (Summer Play Festival '08) Semi-Permanent (Ace of Clubs, Spin Cycle NYC) Proximity (Sonnet Repertory Theatre) The Tailers (Crown Point Festival) A Beautiful Child (NY Fringe '07) Look What a Wonder Jesus Has Done (NYMF '07) The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, Adventures from Ezra Jack Keats, and Metamorphoses (Weston Playhouse), Demon Dreams, Vanishing Point, and I have Loved Strangers (Williamstown Theater Festival Workshop) Tom Jones and The Oldest Story Ever Told (The Theater at Monmouth), When the World was Green (Luna Stage). Lara is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Donald Fried (Stage Manager)
BROADWAY: Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, A Raisin In The Sun, The Producers, Sandra Bernhard's I'm Still Here Damn it!, Kat and the Kings. OFF-BROADWAY: Manuscript and Addicted directed by Bob Balaban, John Leguizamo's Freak at The Atlantic Theatre Company, MTC, Roundabout, The Public Theatre, Playwright's Horizon's and three season as PSM for the Signature Theatre Company. REGIONAL: Williamstown Theatre Festival; Westport Country Playhouse; Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Denver Theatre Center; Yale Repertory Theatre NATIONAL TOURS: Blast!, Scooby-Doo Live in Stage Freight, and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Donald is a graduate of the MFA program at the Yale School of Drama and member of Actors' Equity since 1996.
Megan Gogerty (Book/Music/Lyrics)
Megan Gogerty is a playwright, songwriter and performer. Her solo show, MEGAN GOGERTY LOVES YOU VERY MUCH, premieres at the Riverside Theatre in November 2008. Her musical LOVE JERRY toured England in association with Dartington College of the Arts before receiving its world premiere at Actors Express Theatre in Atlanta. It garnered five Atlanta Suzi Bass Award nominations including Best Musical. Other plays include: RUMPLE SCHMUMPLE (winner of Dad's Garage Theatre Co.10-Minute Play Residency Award; avail. from Dramatic Publishing); SIG GOTTA DO (Synchronicity's SheWRITES Festival, Pasadena Playhouse Hothouse Series), HOBO SEASON (PlayLabs finalist), PANDAS (PlayLabs & PlayPenn finalist, Syzygy Theatre/LA Writers Center reading series), and FIREPROOF BABY (FronteraFest 2004 "Best of the Week"). Her tribute album, I MISS BUFFY, is available online. Megan earned her MFA in Playwriting from the Univ. of Texas at Austin. Megan has been a Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellow and was a grateful recipient of the James A. Michener Playwriting Scholarship and the Ellsworth P. and Virginia Conkle Endowed Scholarship for Drama. She is currently the Playwright-In-Residence at Coe College.
Scott O'Brien (Sound Design)
has designed and engineered theater, dance and concert programs at Lincoln Center, Riverside Church, Theatre North Collaborative, American Stage Company, Centenary Stage, The Abingdon Theatre, George Street Playhouse and the WOrld Financial Center. As a composer he has scored films, concert performances and theatrical productions. He is the Resident Composer/Sound Designer for the American Globe Theatre, Push Productions, Storm Theatre and Theatre East and the Resident Audio Engineer/Sound Designer for the Chautauqua Theater Company. He as designed Arts in Education programming for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was, from 1993 to 2007 an Adjuct Professor at SUNY-Rockland lecturing on theatre arts and music and is currently a Lecturer at PACE University.
Julian Rad (Lighting Design/Producer)
Based in New York City, he is the founder and producing director of Works Productions. He has designed a few shows (Moby Dick, Missing Marisa/Kissing Christine, 70 Scenes of Halloween, Kaliedoscope) including NYMF (Look What a Wonder Jesus has Done, The Kids Left, The Dog Died, Now What?, NYMF 2007), illuminated a few bands (Yoko Ono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Lou Reed, Low, Laurie Anderson, Vernon Reid, Diamanda Galas), powered a few television shows (Sessions at West 54th Street, Hard Rock Live, VH1 Storytellers), films and commercials and music videos (19, 243 and 519 respectively) and survived a few events (New Years Eve in Times Square 1996-1999, Woodstock 94 and 99). Amongst other legit distinctions, WORKS productions have been cited for the Obie Awards, the OOBR Awards and the Fringe First Awards. Julian is a member in good standing of the Dramatist Guild. Check out WORKSproductions.com.