at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

  • Friday, July 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm

NYMF's Student Leadership Program (SLP) presents Mint'd: a two-part concert series devoted to newly minted musical theatre student composers and performers. In the middle of the summer heat, Mint'd is the place to be to experience the fusion of student voices from across the world!

Concert A: Inheritance is a night to reimagine our theatrical roots. From Rodgers & Hammerstein and Sondheim to Pasek & Paul and RSO, we are building on a rich history. Inheritance is about how you pay homage with a pulse.

Friday, July 12 @ 5:00 pm

Concert B: Explorers presents new sounds that challenge and reinvent musicals for the next century. The creators of Once transferred the intimacy of a singer-songwriter from screen to stage; Fela! brought the music of African night clubs to an American audience. Explorers searches for ways to redefine the genre of musical theatre for tomorrow.

Friday, July 12 @ 8:00 pm

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes with no intermission.

Aaron Albert (Writer, Inheritance)

Aaron Albert could not be more honored and thrilled to be a part of this awesome concert. Aaron has had his music performed at Joe's Pub, 54 Below, and Sidewalk Cafe. Huge thanks to Josh and Solomon for their amazing collaboration, the cast and crew for being beyond wonderful, and Krista and Katy, his two out of this world writing partners.

Alexandra Bassett (Writer, Explorers)

Alexandra Bassett is a theater artist, writer and songwriter currently pursuing her MFA in playwriting at Columbia University. A foundingJesse Goldman is a composer/performer/activist living in New York City. His work has been performed at the Strawberry Theater 2012 One-Act Festival, 54 Below, the Duplex, the Queens Museum of Art, and other venues in NYC. Jesse is a recent graduate of NYU's Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. Member of FullStop Collective, she creates multidisciplinary performances for their annual Foreplays at Galapagos Art Space. She's an artist-in-residence at Dragon's Egg Studio. Her album Womanize can be streamed at

Will Buck (Writer, Inheritance)

Will Buck is a recent alum of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU.  He received a Bachelor's of Music from Northwestern University, where he contributed music and lyrics to the school’s Waa-Mu show.

Thirza Defoe (Writer, Explorers)

Thirza Defoe is from the Oneida and Ojibwe tribes of northern Wisconsin. Thirza received a BFA from California Institute of the Arts, MFA from Goddard College, and a Grammy Award for work on Come to Me Great Mystery: Native American Healing Songs. As a multidisciplinary artist, Thirza has gained recognition in many circles around the world. Among current highlights, Thirza received an Indigenous Heritage Festival Award. This award is given to artists who have made a major positive impact on indigenous people and issues of the world. A NEA award grant for work on "Drum is Thunder, Flute is the Wind." Thirza, is a devoted mentor at the Alaskan Cultural Heritage Center & Pine Ridge Playwrights Initiative and the Autry National Center's, Native Voices in Los Angeles. As a fellowship recipient, Thirza recently graduated from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Arts. He's also a member of the Dramatist Guild.

Eric Dietz (Writer, Inheritance)

Eric Dietz is a 2013 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where his musical Sweet Jesus! has had successful workshops with composer Stephen Schwartz. Now living in New York, he is currently in development of a new, full-length musical. Visit!

Stephen Feigenbaum (Writer, Inheritance)

Stephen Feigenbaum's classical music received 2013 awards from ASCAP and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His main project in 2013 was Abyss, a show that features classical musicians and acrobats performing together. His recent folk-rock musical Independents (with Sonnenblick, Keegan) was named a New York Times critic's pick.

Xander Green (Writer, Explorers)

Xander Green is a composer for contemporary musical theatre. Selections from his musical, All You Can Eat, have been performed at NYU and elsewhere. Xander participated in a workshop taught by Jason Robert Brown where he studied closely with him. Xander graduated from NYU's Composition program and he now studies with Herschel Garfein. Xander is so excited to be working with NYMF for the first time!

Andrew Hanley (Writer, Explorers)

Andrew Hanley is a Philadelphia-based composer and music director with a BA from Villanova University and MA from Drexel University. Andrew wrote the music and lyrics for Orpheus & Eurydice, an original musical that premiered in the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and was revised for the 2012 Philly Fringe Festival.

Tatyana Kalko (Writer, Explorers)

Tatyana Kalko is an actress, singer and songwriter. She earned a BFA from NYU Tisch, and has trained at the Moscow Art Theatre. Catch her perform in the NY International Fringe Festival this August! Thank you NYMF Mint'd for this exciting opportunity!

Ben Langhorst (Writer, Inheritance)

Ben Langhorst will be a junior this fall at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, part of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in Drama. His work was most recently seen at Joe’s Pub this past May (dir. Nora York). Thanks to family, friends, teachers and NYMF for this wonderful opportunity.

Yasmine Lever (Writer, Explorers)

Yasmine is an award winning writer of theater, fiction, and journalism. Recent credits: Midtown International Theater Festival, Prospect Theater Company, University Of the Arts, Theater 503, New York Theater Barn, The Cutting Room Lincoln Center's Broadway's new Voices, The Flea, The Duplex. M.F.A N.Y.U's Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program 2012.

Teresa Lotz (Writer, Explorers)

Book & Lyrics: The Toucan Man (Jesse Goldman), Grounded; an Original One Act Musical (Ryan Korell). Music: Dick Whittington: An Xmas Panto For NYC, The Great Incarcerator (Film). Producing Associate, Final Analysis Off-Broadway ( Manager, Lezcab ( BGSU B.M. Music Composition. NYU, M.F.A. Graduate Musical Theatre Writing.

Kailey Marshall (Writer, Inheritance)

Kailey Marshall is a junior BFA Musical Theatre major at Pace University. She has been writing Confirmed for a year. Kailey's music has been performed in Hatched at Joe's Pub and 54 Below. Love and thanks to her amazing collaborator and best friend Will Sasso, RSO, the MTW4's, and her beautiful family.

John Michael Lyles & David Gomez (Writers, Explorers)

John-Michael Lyles and David Gomez are senior BFA Musical Theatre major's at Pace University. Other Concerts include: NYMF's Part Of it All, Sidewalk Cafe's The Rehearsal Room and Hatched at Joe's Pub and 54 Below. Much love to their teacher RSO and their librettist and dear friend Jen Littlefield.

Jack Mitchell (Writer, Inheritance)

Jack Mitchell is very excited to be a part of this year's NYMF SLP "Mint'd" concert.  Jack recently graduated from Northwestern University where he served as one of the co-chairs and head writer for Waa-Mu, and composed/music directed for Griffins Tale.  Thanks to family, friends, and teachers old and new.

Addison O'Donnell (Writer, Inheritance)

Addison O'Donnell is currently writing the music and lyrics for Sleepy Hollow, an original rock-folk musical retelling of the legend by Washington Irving. A collection of his work, Clueless: The Music and Lyrics of Addison O'Donnell will premiere at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on August 17th. B.B.A. Management, Arts and Entertainment, Pace University. Proud member of ASCAP.

Alexander Sage Oyen (Writer, Explorers)

Alexander Sage Oyen is an NYC based composer/lyricist. As a theatre artist he has written music/lyrics to Sidekicks (NYMF 2012 Reading Festival), Moneyshot! (2011 Reading at The Abbey Theatre) and A Night Like This (Productions at Princeton and FSU). Currently he is working on a musical about the old west with playwright James Presson. He attended the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program before deciding that the program's name was far too long and that he wanted to be a writer. As a child, he was seen on Vh1's In Search of the Partridge Family and performing in Sweeney Todd as Toby alongside Faith Prince and Davis Gaines. He has no awards to his name currently but he does have a dog named after a scandalous politician. He loves a lot of music but only steals from a few. Listen closely, you'll hear.

Nick Parker and Solomon Hoffman (Writers, Inheritance)

Nick Parker and Solomon Hoffman are rising seniors at Columbia University. Parker double majors in Creative Writing and Math while Hoffman composes and conducts music widely, studying Music and Psychology. Their show, Lydia & Tom, is at the New York International Fringe Festival this August.

Chris Byron Pratt (Writer, Inheritance)

Chris Byron Pratt is a rising senior at Webster Conservatory in St. Louis. This year, he released, "Brand New Skin," an album of his original works. Chris currently has two projects in development. For information, see for updates. Love to Mom, Dad, Alycyn, Lara, Sara, and Nate!

Jason Purdy (Writer, Inheritance)

Jason Purdy is a composer-lyricist-librettist.  Works include Sweet Nothings (Music by Yan Li; NYU Reading);  Blood [By the Mummers] (NYMF 2011 Next Link selection); Ten Reasons I Won’t Go Home With You (Book by Kelly Nichols; MITF 2010).  MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU.

Katy Rea (Writer, Inheritance)

Katy Rea is from Dallas, Texas. She is a Senior BFA Musical Theatre student at Pace University. She is the co-composer/lyricist of Famille - a 15 Minute Musical and My Name is Annie King an original musical- still in progress. She'd like to thank her writing partners, Aaron Albert and Krista Pioppi. Without them, the magic wouldn't happen.

Willy J. Sasso (Writer, Inheritance)

Willy J. Sasso is a rising senior at Columbia College Chicago where he is majoring in Comedy and Musical Theatre. He's so excited to collaborate on Confirmed with his best friend and "bro," Kailey Marshall. He's so blessed to live the life led by his two favorite women, Cece and Mom.

Marcus Scott (Writer, Inheritance)

Marcus Scott is a playwright, singer, songwriter, dramaturge and journalist. His work has appeared in Essence, Trace, Giant, Hello Beautiful, NewsOne, The Atlantic Post, ArtVoice and Krave. His 20-minute musical “Vitruvian Man” starred Jason Tam (A Chorus Line, Lysistrata Jones). His thesis, Cherry*Bomb received a reading at NYU’s Tisch.

Tidtaya Sinutoke (Writer, Explorers)

Tidtaya Sinutoke is a composer, arranger and performer originally from Thailand. At 15, enrolled in the pre-college music program at the College of Music, Mahidol University. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2009. She recently graduated from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing at Tisch School of the Arts.

Mark Sonnenblick (Writer, Inheritance)

Mark Sonnenblick is a composer/lyricist whose work has been nominated for a MAC award (with Ben Wexler), selected as a NY Times Critics’ Pick (with Stephen Feigenbaum and Marina Keegan), and featured at Lincoln Center, the Virginia Arts Festival, Symphony Space, and NYMF. He lives in Denver with his rock band.

Jacob Tischler (Writer, Inheritance)

Jacob Tischler just graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama with a BFA in acting. Two of his new works premiered last summer in NYC at the West Village Musical Theater Festival (Secondhand Shakespeare), and the New York International Fringe Festival (Inexperienced Love).

Max Vernon (Writer, Explorers)

Described by the New Yorker as "equal parts Bohemia and Broadway," Max Vernon is a composer/lyricist/librettist whose musicals include Wired (Ars Nova reading 2010, O'Neill finalist 2012, Drama League New Works finalist 2012, NAMT finalist 2013), and The View UpStairs (NYU-Tisch reading 2013, concert presentations at Joe's Pub and the Living Room).

Ed Wasserman (Writer, Inheritance)

Ed Wasserman is thrilled to be a part of NYMF SLP's Mint'd Concert. Ed is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied Theater and English Literature, and served as a co-chair for the annual Waa-Mu Show. Thank you to friends, family, the NYMF SLP team, and collaborators. Go 'Cats!

Zack Zadek (Writer, Explorers)

Zack Zadek is a Long Island born singer/songwriter and composer/lyricist. His work has been heard at Joe's Pub, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Galapagos Art Space, and as part of In The Valley: The Songs of Zack Zadek at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Zack's sold-out musical 6, an intimate telling of six New Yorkers who, by six degrees of separation, unknowingly change each other's lives, was selected by the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival. In addition to writing and performing new musical theatre, Zack is an active solo artist who has banged on pianos across New York and Los Angeles. His current projects include The Crazy Ones (NYMF 2013), a new musical about Steve Jobs and Apple, Inc., a new song cycle, and an upcoming solo EP. Zack currently studies at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He is a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatist's Guild of America. Follow him @zackzadek!

Jordan Barrow (Performer, Explorers)

Jordan is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut in Mint'd as well as 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 Playhouse), Reverend/Mrs. Taylor (Bat Boy, U of M), and Ghost (Hamlet at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). He would like to thank his family, friends, and teachers for all their love and support.

Livie Casto (Performer, Explorers)

Livie Casto recently originated the role of Emmy in the New York premiere of All the Kids Are Doing It. New York: Celebration (Angel), Deployed reading (Annabelle), Sweet Smell of Success (Cathedral Soloist). Concerts/Recordings: Fifth Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular, Salzman and Cunningham's The Legend of New York.

Lindsey Brett Carothers (Performer, Inheritance)

Lindsey Brett Carothers is thrilled to be a part of NYMF this year! Broadway: Bring It On. Thanks to the Mint'd team for an awesome opportunity. Pace MT'13, and about to tour with Wicked 2nd National Tour understudying Glinda. "To the grasshopper!" @the_real_lbc

Julia Franklin (Performer, Inheritance)

Julia Franklin is so psyched to be a part of NYMF and to be sharing the stage with so many talented friends. She just graduated BFA Musical Theatre from Pace University. Favorite roles include "Ilse" in Spring Awakening, "Lois" in Kiss me Kate and "Regina George" in MeanGirls: the Musical. Endless thanks to the amazing writers, Solomon, and JOSH.

Molly Fried (Performer, Inheritance)

Molly Fried is a rising senior at NYU Tisch School of the Arts! Past productions include Company (New Studio on Broadway), The Stinky Cheese Man...(The Atlantic Theater), Sweeney Todd (NSB), and Top Girls (Meisner Studio). Molly is also currently a teaching artist at the Irondale Ensemble Project Theater Company this summer! Training: NYU's Meisner Studio, NYU's New Studio on Broadway, and BADA's Midsummer in Oxford 2012. Thank you Mint'd Team for this wonderful opportunity! Look for her in "NYU Stageworks," Ragtime, this fall!

Kevin Hoffman (Performer, Inheritance)

Kevin Hoffman is so blessed to have gotten to work with Josh and this incredible team of writers and performers. It's his goal everyday to improve and study his craft in acting, music, and film - and to get to grow and expand off of this team was truly a one-time experience that he will never forget. If interested in his work, visit for his music, reel, and stage credits.

Michael John Hughes (Performer, Inheritance)

Michael John Hughes is thrilled to be a part of Mint'd and to be working with NYMF for the first time. He currently attends Pace University pursuing a Musical Theatre degree. Recent credits include Hatched: New Work in New York (Joe's Pub), S 16: Luna Nera (La MaMa), 7AM: DI MATTINA (Incubator Arts Project), Anyone Can Whistle (Pace University), and the workshop of a new musical by Adam Guettel (Pace University). Thank you to the cast and crew, Mom, Dad, Katie, and Pace MT 15!

Chris Karl (Performer, Inheritance)

Chris Karl recently graduated from the University of Arizona with his BFA in Musical Theatre. Most recently Chris made his New York debut in the new musical Pearl at the Kumble Theatre. Notable credits include from the Arizona Theatre Company, Ensemble in Emma and Doctor Fine/ Madden in Next to Normal. Other regional credits include Grease (Arizona Broadway Theatre) Les Miserables (Hollywood Bowl) and the regional tour of Hello Dolly and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Emily Koch (Performer, Explorers)

Emily Koch, a native of Los Angeles, is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in musical theatre. She is also a proud graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. She is honored to be apart of Mint'd and very thankful to NYMF for making this possible and the hard working team that put this awesome event together. Much love to her parents, the Gage Group, and Charlie the golden retriever.

Kelsey Lake (Performer, Inheritance)

Kelsey Lake is a rising junior at Pace University and is really stoked to be making her NYMF debut. NYC Credits: Hatched (Joe's Pub); Neo 8 (York Theatre Company). Pace Credits: Merrily We Roll Along (Beth); Hello Again (Young Wife); Floyd Collins (Nellie U/S). Last December, she was a stand-in for Live at Lincoln Center: A Tribute To Marvin Hamlisch w/ the NY Philharmonic. "Thanks to all the people, old friends and new, who made this concert possible"!

Rebekah Lowin (Performer, Inheritance)

Rebekah Lowin is currently studying Creative Writing at Columbia University in New York City. Rebekah will be appearing as Nicole in "Lydia & Tom: A New Musical" as part of FringeNYC 2013. She recently won "The Callback," a singing competition hosted by 54 Below, and will perform a solo cabaret there in October of 2013. She is so thrilled to be a part of Mint'd and NYMF, and is grateful for the chance to work with such a talented cast and crew!! (Love you, mama!!)

John-Michael Lyles (Performer, Inheritance)

A proud Pace BFA MT. NY credits: Our Town (Actor's Benefit Fund), Gloryana (The Public/ York), Angelina Ballerina (Vital), Remarkable Rooming House. (LaMaMa), & Rated RSO: College Edition (Joe's Pub). Pace: She Loves Me, Tommy, Floyd Collins & Spring Awakening. Thanks to NYMF for this nurturing opportunity!

Marissa O'Donnell (Performer, Inheritance)

Marissa O'Donnell Pace University, BFA-MT Class of 2016, was most recently seen in their productions of Make Me Bad and Spring Awakening. Broadway: Shrek the Musical (Teen Fiona), National Tour: Annie "30th Anniversary" (Annie). Off-Broadway: Camp Wanatachi, I Remember Mama, Training Wisteria. Readings: Stranger, Freckleface Strawberry, Live! Nude! Girl! A proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA member, Marissa is represented by Abrams Artists.

Christopher Prisco (Performer/ Explorers)

Christopher Prisco, who hails from nearby Northport, NY, is entering his final year at Princeton University and will be receiving a degree in economics. It has been an honor for him to meet and get to work alongside so many gifted people throughout this wonderful Mint'd experience. He'd like to extend a special thanks to the team that gave him this opportunity and his family and friends for the support that enables him to pursue his passions.

Sarah Anne Sillers (Performer, Inheritance)

Sarah Anne Sillers couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of Mint'd! Based in Washington, D.C., Sarah Anne just graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English. She regularly performs in New York City with Steve Wexler and the Top Shelf, a star-studded R&B band. Sarah Anne would like to thank Kelvin and the whole production team for this incredible opportunity, and her parents for supporting her northbound excursions.

Joyah Love Spangler (Performer, Explorers)

A recent graduate of Otterbein University's Musical Theatre program,Joyah hails from Los Altos, California. She has worked extensively in the Bay Area with TheatreWorks California, ACT, AMT, and CMT. Favorite credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van De Graff), Noises Off (Dotty), The Rocky Horror Show (Janet Weiss),Legally Blonde (Brooke) and Lippa's A Little Princess (Becky u/s). She has reccently been involved with new works in New York including Deployed, Commander and BOOMER. Love and endless gratitude to everyone at The Mine, Evan, and my family!

Sean Walsh (Performer, Inheritance)

Sean Walsh is a rising senior at Columbia University, where he is involved in the Varsity Show, Columbia Musical Theater Society, and a number of student written works. He is so honored and excited to be working with such a talented collection of young actors and composers. Many thanks to Solomon Hoffman, whose talent is matched only by his kindness!

Lincoln Ward (Performer, Inheritance)

Lincoln Ward is thrilled to be a part of Mint'd and NYMF. He is a graduate of Webster Conservatory and Interlochen Arts Academy. Many thanks to Chris Pratt and the entire Mint'd team for all their hard work!

Scott Ebersold

Scott Ebersold (Director, Explorers)

Scott Ebersold is a theatre and film director. Theatre: Children at Play by Jordan Seavey (for Collaboration Town, The Advocate’s “Top 10 Gay Plays of 2009”), Elevation (Vineyard Arts Project) an original devised multimedia performance piece, The Calmative an immersive performance based on the writings of Beckett and Nancy Cunard, Nerve by Adam Szymkowicz (for Packawallop), Three Sisters and Baal at Columbia University, America, You Kill Me by Joshua Conkel, The End of Days by Jeffrey James Keyes (Columbia Graduate Playwriting Thesis Project), Paper Cranes by Kari Bentley-Quinn, Edgar and Patrick by Ken Urban, as well as the silent concerto (Outstanding Director Award, FringeNYC), the october crisis, marea (at HERE), and expat/inferno (Best Overall Production Award, FringeNYC) by Alejandro Morales. His work has been seen at Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, HERE, The Living Theater, INTAR, The Lark and New Dramatists. Film: The Moment (Gotham Screen Festival Premiere), Quartet and the web-series Raptured. Scott is Founding Artistic Director of Packawallop Productions and alum of Lincoln Center Theater’s Director's Lab and the Tectonic Theater’s Literary Department. He holds a BFA from NYU, where he currently mentors directing students at Playwright’s Horizons Theater School, and is pursuing his MFA in Theatre Directing at Columbia University.

Joshua Kelley

Joshua Kelley (Director, Inheritance)

Joshua Kelley is a young, up-and-coming director in the NYC area. SELECT DIRECTING: Harold Pinter’s Party TimeUnder Your Pillow (World Premiere, Perchance To Dream Theatre), Hardships Jeer Love (World Premiere, Variations Theatre Group), David Mamet’s School, and the original musicalExit Row. He also curated and directed ALL OF MY FRIENDS ARE WHORES: Pace Does Drew Fornarola at the The Duplex Cabaret Theatre. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: the cell’s world premiere production of Peter/Wendy (dir. Jeremy Bloom), New York Theatre Barn’s production of Tamar of the River Oratorio (dir. Joe Barros), Merrily We Roll Along and Anyone Can Whistle (dir. Amy Rogers), Hello Again (dir. John Ruocco) and The Who’s Tommy (dir. Bob Cline). Internships with SDC, Daryl Eisenberg Casting, NAMT, Transport Group, ICM, and Harriet Leve Productions. TRAINING: The National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Advanced Director) and BA Theater Arts (Directing Focus) at Pace University. Next up, Josh is shipping off to the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center to assistant direct Evanston: A Rare Comedy (dir. Michael Rau) as a part of the 2013 National Playwrights Conference. SDC Associate Member.

Solomon Hoffman

Solomon Hoffman (Music Director, Inheritance)

Solomon Hoffman is a versatile composer and conductor who has written a variety of instrumental music and musical theater. He currently studies at Columbia University, where he is majoring in music and psychology. At Columbia, he composed the musicals The 118th Varsity Show, XMAS!6 and Lydia & Tom. Lydia & Tom was accepted into the NYCFringe festival and will be performed in Manhattan this August! Solomon also recently performed in and composed for a production of Twelfth Night in Juilliard's Drama division. As an instrumental composer, Solomon is a graduate of the Juilliard Pre-College program. Performance highlights include the New York Philharmonic (School Day Concert), Vancouver Chamber Choir, Counter)induction, ICE (Walden CMR), C.W. Post University Orchestra, Post Chamber Festival, and the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra. His music has also been featured on young composers concerts at the New York All-State festival and the National Music Educators Conference, held at the Kennedy Center. Solomon recently founded LyricLion, a new ensemble of Columbia and Juilliard musicians dedicated to performing the works of student composers. He has conducted LyricLion in thirteen world premiere performances, including his own compositions. The group has also collaborated with a variety of young songwriters, producing a genre defying blend. This summer will be Solomon's seventh year conducting the Port Summer Show. He is also the founder/curator of a free weekly music series in Port Washington, Café Music at Dolphin.

Max Mamon

Max Mamon (Music Director, Explorers)

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 upcoming Bend in the Road at NYMF.  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.

Derek Van Heel (Lighting Designer)

Derek Van Heel came east from the Great Northwest, and immediately immersed himself in graduate school. He's scarcely been seen for three years, but recently emerged with an MFA from NYU/Tisch. Out west, his work was seen at The Village Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, Ghostlight Theatricals, The Showbox, Montana Rep Theatre, Montana Transport Co., and more.  New York work has included fringe festivals, custom lighting fixture design, production management, and a plethora of basement theatre.

Lianne Arnold (Projections Designer)

Lianne Arnold is a video/projection and scenic designer with a particular passion for integration of the two and a commitment to storytelling in all forms. She has collaborated with a wide range of performance makers including composers John King (Dice Thrown – randomly generated opera, Los Angeles) and Robin Cox (Hourglass – dance happening, Berkeley), installation artist Natalia Margolis (NYC), theater and film directors Richard J. Hinds (Evita, Flat Rock, NC), Michael John Garcés (Funnyhouse of a Negro, Los Angeles), Patrick Kennelly (Patty: The Revival, Santa Monica), Kate Valentine (The Hive, NYC), Leah Bonvissuto & Robert Honeywell (Mass, NYC), Steve Raider-Ginsburg (Riding the Turnpike, Hartford, CT) and many others. She production designed the experimental film Venus vs. Mars, which screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Her scenic/video design for Funnyhouse was a 2011 Prague Quadrennial selection. MFA from CalArts.

Jenna Fratello

Jenna Fratello (Stage Manager, Explorers)

Jenna Fratello is an undergraduate rising sophomore studying Theatre Design & Production in Fordham University’s theatre program, concentrating in Stage Management and Directing. She is so grateful to be joining the NYMF team for the first time this year, and cannot wait to showcase musical theatre’s up-and-coming talent. Jenna felt that becoming involved with NYMF would finally allow her to reach out and expand musical theatre and its audiences, believing passionately in the festival’s message to support growing artists in all kinds of communities and backgrounds.

Hunter Johnson

Hunter Johnson (Stage Manager, Inheritance)

Hunter Johnson is a Senior at Marymount Manhattan College majoring in Theatre Performance with concentrations in Directing and Speech Pathology. Recent Credits include MMC’s Playwright-Director-Actor Workshop (Production Stage Manager); Triumph of Love, The Good Soul of Szechuan (Assistant Director, MMC); and Him (Production Assistant, Primary Stages). Thanks to Josh for bringing me onto the team!

Catherine Ratcliffe

Catherine Ratcliffe (Casting Director)

Catherine Ratcliffe is a senior at The King's College majoring in Media, Culture, and The Arts. Training includes the Cambridge College Programme (UK), Cathryn Sullivan’s Acting for Film, and the Atlantic Theater Company. Worked as a Radio Disney Kid since 2009 and favorite roles include Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CCP) and Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker (Quo Vadis Players). Immensely grateful to Ms. Burke for this opportunity and dedicates her work to her parents.

Elizabeth Boone

Elizabeth Boone (Marketing Director)

Elizabeth Boone is a rising junior studying theatre and public relations at the University of Florida. She is currently a development intern at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and is an account associate of Alpha Productions in Florida. She is thrilled to be a part of the amazing experiences NYMF provides for musical theatre lovers around the world. She thanks her family, her roommates, and the NYMF team for their guidance and support!

Jerron Herman

Jerron Herman (Literary Manager, Inheritance)

Jerron Herman is a California native who came to New York to write plays and musicals. The dream has not diminished! He is a recent graduate of The King's College and now hopes to be an arts administrator for cultural institutions while still writing plays. While in school Jerron wrote and performed a one-man show titled .edu & me in April to a packed house. Jerron has also consecutively produced two short works as a lyricist and bookwriter in the West Village Musical Theatre Festival in 2011 and 2012. He's been performing with Heidi Latsky Dance across the tri-state area for two years, last year reprising a role in a piece called Gimp at Lincoln Center Out of Doors and this year premiering a piece at Baruch Performing Arts Center. Art is certainly his heart. He thanks NYMF for the opportunity to meet the next best in musical theater! What a great way to spread our wings and take our inheritance of MT!

Tabia Lau

Tabia Lau (Literary Manager, Explorers)

Tabia Lau is a Canadian, Manhattan-based writer, and thrilled to be working with the SLP group this summer! You may recognize her from outside lottery lines, crossing each and every limb fathomable with no luck yet. But that only means the win is one day closer! She is currently an MFA candidate for Playwriting at Columbia University.

Martins Jukna

Martins Jukna (Executive Producer/Producer, Explorers)

Martins Jukna is a theatre and live event producer, manager and poster art designer born and raised in Latvia. Martins came to New York 7 years ago to attend NYU's Stern School of Business, where he had the opportunity to study management and work in Bangkok, London, Buenos Aires and Mumbai, besides New York. After graduating NYU, Martins made the move into the theatre world via The Play Company (Enjoy, Edgewise, Invasion! (OBIE)) where he interned and worked as Associate General Manager. Martins was the Director of Marketing for the 2012/13 Columbia Stages season of MFA Director and Playwright Thesis productions, and is currently back at The Play Company to replace Executive Producer during her maternity leave. Recent producing credits include: The Cherry Orchard (with Tara Ahmadinejad), BAAL, Three Sisters (with Scott Ebersold), Elevation at the Vineyard Arts Project and Columbia University in cooperation with NYU Gallatin (with Scott Ebersold and Lauren Fritz), and F**KED written by Claytie Mason. Upcoming: Scott Ebersold's Columbia MFA Thesis production in Spring 2014.

Kelvin Dinkins, Jr.

Kelvin Dinkins, Jr. (Producer, Inheritance)

Kelvin Dinkins was born in Far Rockaway, New York and raised in Atlanta, GA.  Kelvin holds an A.B. degree in English and Certificate in Theatre & Dance from Princeton University and is currently completing his M.F.A. in Theatre Management & Producing at Columbia University.  During his time at Princeton, Kelvin was an esteemed member of Princeton’s Famous Triangle Club and many other student theatre organizations. Kelvin has studied playwrighting with Dan O’Brien, Marina Carr, Dael Orlandersmith, and new play development with Edward Albee.  Kelvin wrote the book for an original musical entitled Orpheus Waking with original music by Jason Pomerantz. Kelvin discovered his love for producing when he took advantage of classes taught in conjunction with McCarter Theatre’s Producing Director, Mara Isaacs, in the Art of Producing Theatre and Musical Theatre. 

Kelvin has worked as the International Management Intern for the Weisslers at National Artists Management Company, Associate General Manager of Intiman Theatre in Seattle, WA, Executive Producing Director for Princeton Summer Theater’s 2011 season, and the first Development Fellow at the National Corporate Theatre Fund.  Kelvin has produced Wanderland a new play by Veronica Siverd and is currently producing a reading of STRANGE FACES, a new musical by Andrea Grody and directed by John Rando.  Kelvin is also a member of the Graduate Board of Trustees of the Princeton Triangle Club.  Kelvin hopes to devote his career to sharing theatre, especially Greek theatre and new musicals, with artistically underserved communities and providing emerging artists with a haven, and the resources, to develop new and engaging work. Kelvin is thrilled to be counted among the incredible team assembled for NYMF’s Student Leadership Program and looks forward to fostering more collaboration with these artists in the future.