The Original Broadway Makers

Michael Berresse (Director/Choreographer)
Familiar to many New York theatregoers as an actor, Michael has had the unique opportunity (fun fact) of both portraying a Broadway director/choreographer as Zach in the revival of A Chorus Line and being the real thing in the same season. He has directed [title of show] since its premiere at the NYMF festival in 2004 and received an Obie Award and a Lucille Lortel nomination for his work on the Off-Broadway production at the Vineyard Theatre. As an actor on Broadway: Kiss Me, Kate (Tony, Olivier, Outer Critics Circle, Astaire Award nominations); The Light in the Piazza (Outer Critics Circle nomination); A Chorus Line; Chicago; The Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm; Damn Yankees; Guys and Dolls; Carousel; Fiddler on the Roof; A Wonderful Life (concert). Off-Broadway: Forever Plaid, The Cocoanuts. Encores!: No, No, Nanette; Chicago; Call Me Madam; One Touch of Venus. Film: Stephen Spielberg’s AI andas the creepy killer in State of Play. TV: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Great Performances,” “Live From Lincoln Center.” This show has changed my life. I'm so proud and I am eternally grateful for everything these collaborators have given me. Never be afraid.

Larry Pressgrove (Musical Direction/
) has been with [title of show] in all its incarnations. Most recently he was music director/arranger for a live-action version of the Muppet special, Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas at Goodspeed Operat House. He was music director for Cats (Broadway and national tour), Les Misérables (national tour) and conducted Colm Wilkinson's last performance of Les Miz at the National Opera Theatre in Shanghai, China. He was assistant conductor for The Phantom of the Opera tour and has music directed various productions at the Ford's Theatre, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. With collaborator Rachel Lampert, he composed the scores for The Angle of the Sun (NYMF 2007) and Bed No Breakfast and Comfort Food (Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca NY). For two years he was the artistic director of Metro Theatre Company in St. Louis.

Neil Patel (Scenic Design)
Broadway: Side Man (West End and Kennedy Center); ’night, Mother; Ring of Fire. West End: Underneath the Lintel. Off-Broadway: Dinner With Friends (Variety Arts Theater and nat’l tour), Peter and Jerry, Soldier’s Play, Living Out (Second Stage); Streamers, McReele (Roundabout); Dirty Tricks, Othello, Henry V (New York Shakespeare Festival); War of the Worlds, Hotel Cassiopeia (BAM/Next Wave). Opera: New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Tokyo Nikikai Opera Theatre. Helen Hayes Award, numerous Drama Desk nominations, 1996 and 2001 Obie for Sustained Excellence.

Chase Tyler (Costume Design)
is excited to be making his Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Blue Man Group Rewired; Bash’d: A Gay Rap Opera; Five Women With the Same Dress; [title of show] (Vineyard). Other credits include The Morning Show, Pure Polyester, Blue Man Group (Vegas, Berlin, Oberhausen, Tokyo, London, Orlando, Amsterdam) and How to Be a Megastar world tour. Film and TV work includes the feature film Satan Hates You, “Thrillavision” and “The Coaches Show.” He is a partner and creative director of Chase Tyler Design, a boutique design firm offering clients a variety of costume and fashion design, product development and creative production services.

Ken Billington (Co-Lighting Design)
Ken has more than 80 Broadway shows to his credit, including such musicals as Dance of the Vampires, Dream, Ain’t Broadway Grand, The Red Shoes, Metro, Late Night Comic, Grind, The Three Musketeers, A Doll’s Life, Copperfield, Perfectly Frank, But Never Jam Today and Happy New Year. Ken has also lit the current Chicago and the recent Sunday in the Park With George and The Drowsy Chaperone as well as Footloose, On the Twentieth Century and the original Sweeney Todd. He is a recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Ace awards and the Luman for his architectural lighting.

Jason Kantrowitz (Co-Lighting Design)
is elated to continue the [title of show] journey. His eclectic worldwide career includes New York productions of Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, Tru, Starmites, The Syringa Tree, Mud Donahue & Son, Ministry of Progress, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. National tours of The Phantom of the Opera (Associate Designer), Annie, Hats! The Musical. International productions of The Producers, Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Syringa Tree, Stars on Ice; the Las Vegas spectacular Jubilee!; the Disney attractions Fantasmic!, Playhouse Disney Live, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo the Musical and Toy Story the Musical; and Busch Entertainment’s Emerald Beat, Kinetix, Shamu Rocks and Journey to Atlantis.

ACME Sound Partners (Sound Design)
Broadway: The Country Girl, In the Heights, Legally Blonde, High Fidelity, A Chorus Line (‘06), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, Hot Feet, The Light in the Piazza, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dracula the Musical, Twentieth Century, Fiddler on the Roof, Never Gonna Dance, The Boy From Oz, Avenue Q, Gypsy, La Bohème (Drama Desk), Flower Drum Song, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, Bells Are Ringing, A Class Act, Jane Eyre, The Full Monty. National: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Numerous Off- Broadway and regional productions, plus theatrical concerts and special events with renowned orchestras at world-famous venues indoors and out. Eight summers in Central Park with the New York Shakespeare Festival. Partners: Tom Clark, Mark Menard and Nevin Steinberg.


Telsey + Company (Casting)
Broadway/tours: Speed-the-Plow, Equus, Godspell, Cry-Baby, A Catered Affair, South Pacific, In the Heights, November, Legally Blonde, Wicked, Hairspray, Rent, The Color Purple, Drowsy Chaperone, Sweeney Todd, High School Musical, Bette Midler (Vegas). Off-Broadway: Blue Man Group, Atlantic, MCC, Signature. Regional: 9 to 5 (Ahmanson), La Jolla, Westport. Film: I Love You Phillip Morris, Sex and the City, Dancing With Shiva, Dan in Real Life, Then She Found Me, Across the Universe, Ira and Abby, Rent, Pieces of April, Camp. TV: “The Saint” (pilot), “Ugly Betty” (pilot), “Whoopi,” HBO’s “Undefeated,” commercials.

Brian Lynch/Theatretech, Inc. (Production
). Technical/production management on numerous Broadway shows that include In the Heights, Avenue Q, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, A Moon for the Misbegotten, High Fidelity, The Odd Couple, Ring of Fire, Movin’ Out, Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème, Contact, Side Show, De La Guarda, Riverdance and Rent. Brian has also worked on virtually all of Neil Simon’s productions spanning the last 25 years.

Martha Donaldson (Production Stage Manager)
Broadway: The Year of Magical Thinking, Top Girls. Off-Broadway: [title of show] (Vineyard); The Receptionist, Regrets Only (MTC); Satellites, Well (Public); Oedipus at Palm Springs, A Number, Hedda Gabler, Far Away, etc… (NYTW); Julius Caesar (NYSF/Delacorte); Talking Heads (Minetta Lane). National tour: The Vagina Monologues.

Tom Reynolds (Stage Manager)
Broadway: The Lion King, The Color Purple, Curtains. Off-Broadway [titleof show], Five Course Love, The Immigrant, Eyewitness Blues, Golf the Musical, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Faster, Finder’s Fee, Right You Are. Tour: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Anything Goes. Regional: Studio Arena and Little Theatre on the Square.

The Charlotte Wilcox Company (General
). Broadway credits include Grease (all three Broadway productions), Cyrano (starring Kevin Kline), The Drowsy Chaperone, The Times They Are AChangin’, The Wedding Singer, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Bombay Dreams, Taboo, The Full Monty, Ragtime, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, On the Waterfront, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Damn Yankees, Chicago, City of Angels. Touring: Stones in His Pockets, Sunset Boulevard, Busker Alley, Steel Magnolias, On Your Toes, La Scala Ballet, the Canton Acrobats and the Peking Opera.

Kevin McCollum (Producer)
is represented on Broadway by In the Heights, [title of show], Avenue Q and Rent. He received Tony Awards for Best Musical for In the Heights (2008), Avenue Q (2006) and for Rent (1996), which was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and is now a major motion picture. Mr. McCollum also produced The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of five 2006 Tony awards; Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway production of Puccini’s La Bohème (2002); High Fidelity (2006); and the debut stage production of Irving Berlin’s
White Christmas. Off-Broadway credits also include De La Guarda. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and holds a Master’s degree from the Peter Stark Program at USC.

Jeffrey Seller (Producer)
is the winner of three Tony Awards for Best Musical: In the Heights (2008), Avenue Q (2004) and Rent (1996), which also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Jeffrey also produced De La Guarda (1998), Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème (2002) and High Fidelity (2006). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Laura Camien (Producer)
is the original producer of [title of show] at the manhattan theatre source and again within the New York Musical Theatre Festival. She is the founder and artistic director of Bridge Club Productions, where she has been dedicated to the development of new work with artists such as Susan Blackwell, Tim Aumiller and Manny Igrejas. Laura is also the senior director of press for Blue Man Productions, where her creative ideas have been inspired and encouraged for many years. She is incredibly proud of this project and the extraordinary effort it took to get from where we were to where we are. Many thanks to manhattan theatre source, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the Vineyard and Kevin McCollum for their unfaltering support of young artists, and to family and friends whose work on this project made our journey to Broadway possible.

Roy Miller (Producer)
Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone (winner of five 2006 Tony Awards; Drama Desk and NY Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical), Is He Dead? (2008), High Fidelity (2006), I’m Not Rappaport (2002). Tour: A Chorus Line (2002), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2000). From 1991 to 2004, Mr. Miller was with the acclaimed Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, producing shows such as Follies starring Ann Miller, Gypsy starring Betty Buckley, Crazy for You (Emmy-nominated PBS broadcast) and Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden.

Kris Stewart (Producer)
Co-director of Red Sand Media Partners with Brad Rubenstein, producing the feature film Red Hook, as well as [title of show]. Mr. Rubenstein is the chair of the New York Festival of Song, and Mr. Stewart was the founder and executive director of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), the world’s largest annual musical theatre event, where he oversaw 1,197 performances of 133 new musicals. Stewart and NYMF won the $100,000 Jujamcyn Theaters Prize, and he has directed and produced for many Australian companies, including the Gordon/Frost Organization (where he is currently working on Wicked), the Kevin Jacobsen Corporation, Opera Australia, the State Opera of South Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company, IMG, the Production Company and Sydney Theatre Company. For [title of show], they are joined by Arianna Knapp and Sennova. www.redsandmedia.com

Vineyard Theatre (Producer)
is a nonprofit, Off-Broadway theatre company that is one of America’s preeminent centers for developing and producing new plays and musicals, consistently premiering provocative, groundbreaking work by new and established theatre artists. Notable premieres include [title of show]; Avenue Q; two Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas, Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive and Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; Nicky Silver’s Pterodactyls and Raised in Captivity; Becky Mode’s Fully Committed; Craig Lucas’ The Dying Gaul; Christopher Shinn’s Where Do We Live; Cornelius Eady’s Brutal Imagination; Gina Gionfriddo’s After Ashley; the Laura Nyro musical Eli’s Comin’; Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home; Anne Washburn’s The Internationalist; Julia Cho’s The Piano Teacher; and Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy’s musical The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island. The Vineyard’s commitment to artistic excellence and nurturing artists has been recognized with numerous awards over our 26 years including special Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards for Sustained Excellence. www.vineyardtheatre.org

Rachel Helson (Associate Producer)
Broadway: The Rocky Horror Show benefit for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Pursing a BFA in acting at NYU Tisch. Member of At Play Productions and Old Vic, New Voices Network. Writing Acting for Change, a book promoting philanthropy among youth. Thanks to K. Spacey for “sending the elevator back down.”

Sara Katz (Associate Producer)
is the co-founder and artistic director of Square Peg Productions and an associate producer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). She is a graduate of Boston University with a BFA in theatre studies. Sara is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut with [title of show].

Lams Productions (Associate Producer)
is a NY-based production company founded by Bradley Reynolds and David Siesko. They’re pleased to be making their associate producing debut having previously invested in several Broadway productions, most recently In the Heights. David is an attorney and financial services consultant; Bradley is a member of the SAG and AEA. www.lamsproductions.com

Jaimie Mayer (Associate Producer)
runs Don’t Eat the Pictures Productions. Theatre: BabyLove (Hourglass Group), Spite (FringeNYC), The Scariest (the Exchange), Diversey Harbor (Frigid Festival). NY Musical Theatre Festival: The Boy in the Bathroom (NYMF Award for Most Promising New Musical), Love Kills, Broadway Idol. Film: Armless, Red Hook. MFA, Columbia University. For HAP, love JAP.

Heather Provost (Associate Producer)
created and executive produced the TV shows “Reality Check” and “Who Knew?…The inthe- Know Travel Show.” She is currently producing The Diary, a new musical based on The Diary of Anne Frank. Ms. Provost is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute and Florida State University.

Tom Smedes (Associate Producer)
is currently producing Ace for Broadway. As producer and/or general manager: Naked Boys Singing!; The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) (NYC and London); Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead; Side by Side by Sondheim (London); AltarBoyz; The Women of Lockerbie; Mike Daisey’s 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @Amazon.com; Criss Angel Mindfreak; Love, Janis. www.tomsmedes.com

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