Volleygirls

Book by Rob Ackerman, Music by Eli Bolin, & Lyrics by Sam Forman

Volleygirls

at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre  [map]

  • Monday, July 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Years ago, world-class volleyball player Kim Brindell choked and became an Olympic joke. Now she’s been assigned to coach the Ladyhawks, a team of wide-eyed, misfit, high-school girls who can’t seem to win a game. Can Kim overcome her past (and a hardline PTA mom) to help her girls and win it all? With humor, heart, and a contemporary pop-tinged score, VOLLEYGIRLS will bump, set, and spike its way into your heart.

Running Time: 2 hours 5 minutes including intermission.

Rob Ackerman (Book)

Rob Ackerman wrote Tabletop (2001 Drama Desk Award Winner for Best Ensemble Performance directed by Connie Grappo and developed as a film titled Standing By directed by Conrad Fink), Disconnect (2005, Working Theater, Classic Stage Company directed by Connie Grappo), and Origin of the Species, which became a movie directed by Andrés Heinz starring Amanda Peet. NYU's Tisch School of the Arts produced Icarus of Ohio, directed by Fritz Ertl in 2008. EST presented Loons under the direction of Jamie Richards. Volleygirls was first commissioned as a straight play by Craig Slaight at American Conservatory Theatre and staged there by D.W. Keith in 
2009. Rob’s latest play, Call Me Waldo, ran in 2012 to rave reviews both off-Broadway at the Working Theater, and in Ithaca at the Kitchen Theater. Rob’s work has been nurtured and performed at Yaddo, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Access Theatre, At Hand Theatre, and Dorset Theatre Festival. His short plays include: Space Age, Genesis, Human Resources, The Back Line, Calculating Route, Dear China, Disclaimer, and Bait and Tackle. In his day job as Prop Master for the SNL Film Unit, he has worked on many commercial parodies such as "Schmitt’s Gay Beer," "Mom Jeans," "Mostly Garbage Dog Food," "Chewable Pampers" and "Baby Spanx." Rob was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, majored in theater and Spanish at Middlebury College, and earned an M.F.A. in stage directing at Northwestern. Rob and his wife, author Carol Weston, live in Manhattan with their two daughters and a cat named Mike. He is represented by Abrams Artists Agency.



Eli Bolin (Composer)

A composer for television and theater based in NYC, Eli has been writing music for Sesame Street since 2010, where his songs have included Cookie Monster's "Me Am What Me Am" and two episodes of Elmo: The Musical. He has also written music for Fuse’s Billy on the Street and two Kristen Schaal specials for Comedy Central. As an actor and musician, Eli appeared on NBC’s 30 Rock as a member of the Woggels. Eli is the music director, composer and lyricist for Story Pirates, an arts education organization with branches in NYC and L.A. that performs songs and sketches adapted from the creative writing of children all over the country. His Lucille Lortel-nominated musical of popular children’s book Skippyjon Jones ran to rave reviews off-Broadway in the summer of 2012 and will be heading out this fall for its 3rd year of touring with Theatreworks/USA (Book/Lyrics: Kevin Del Aguila, dir. Peter Flynn.) Eli wrote the score for  Roller Disco, which opened to rave reviews in 2012 at American Repertory Theater’s Oberon space in Cambridge, MA (Lyrics: Sam Forman, dir. Jen Wineman.) He is currently writing music and lyrics for Found, a new musical inspired by notes, letters and photographs first published in Found Magazine (Book: Hunter Bell, dir. Lee Overtree.) Other musicals include off Broadway’s I Sing! (dir. Benjamin Salka, cast album: Jay Records), Schmoozy Togetherness (Williamstown Theatre Festival, dir. Johanna McKeon), Fringical! (NYMF, dir. Thomas Kail), all with lyrics by Sam Forman. Eli served as music director/arranger for Billy Eichner's long-running NYC comedy show Creation Nation. Eli is a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild and is represented by Abrams Artists. http://elibolin.net



Sam Forman (Lyricist)

Sam Forman is a writer for the stage, screen and TV, co-created (with Beau Willimon) the Civil War era television pilot Hickory Hill for AMC and is currently a staff writer for Netflix’s hit TV show, House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey. Sam is the lyricist for the new musical Sleepless in Seattle, which just ran at Pasadena Playhouse. He is the lyricist and co-book author for the musical I Sing! which has been produced commercially off- Broadway and in theaters around the world. A CD recording of the York Theater Concert Cast of I Sing! is available in stores worldwide from Jay Records. Sam’s other plays and musicals include: The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (Stage 13, NYC dir. Sam Gold; Theater J, Washington DC dir. Shirley Serotsky, Helen Hayes Nomination 2010), We The People (TheaterWorks USA), F#@king Up Everything (Award for Excellence in Book Writing NYMF 2009 dir. Stephen Brackett), The Grille Room (Cherry Lane Mentor Project, dir. Thomas Kail), Quarterlife (Ford Center, NYC workshop dir. by Mark Brokaw; Pico Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA dir. Matt Doherty), Please Stop Talking (Cherry Lane Theater, NYC dir. Erwin Mass ; Williamstown Theatre Festival, dir. Portia Krieger), Fringical! (Ars Nova, NYC; American Theatre of Actors, NYMF 2004, dir. Thomas Kail), Schmoozy Togetherness (Williamstown Theatre Festival, dir. Johanna McKeon), The Quiet Game (Hangar Theater, Ithaca NY dir. Daniel Kramer), Krankenhaus Blues (Blue Heron Theater, NYC, The Abingdon Theatre, NYC, dir. Donna Mitchell), Hunter for Hunter Green and Narcissus and Goldstein (Singularity Company, NYC dir. Benjamin Salka). Upcoming projects include: Volleygirls (book by Rob Ackerman), Tricia Walsh-Smith in Concert (dir. Alex Timbers). Sam is an alumni of Youngblood at EST, Ars Nova’s Play Group and the producer of Creation Nation which the New York Times has called: “A late night cabaret phenomenon.” Sam is a member of the WGA, The Dramatist’s Guild and is represented by CAA. 



PJ Adzima

PJ Adzima (Xavier)

PJ Adzima is currently working towards his BFA in Acting with a minor in Musical Theater at Marymount Manhattan College. New York: Last Kiss, Bespoke Musicals (York Theatre). Regional Credits: The Wizard of Oz, Annie, The Sound of Music & Snow White (Surflight Theatre), the titular role in Hamlet (Hampshire Shakespeare Company). University: Far Away, Trifles, Discredited, and a member of both the Nutz & Boltz Improv Troupe and Comedy Schmomedy Sketch Comedy. Special thanks to Eli Bolin, my wonderful family, and the beautiful Allison Scott.



Susan Blackwell

Susan Blackwell (Kim Brindell)

Susan Blackwell is on a mission to free people’s creative self-expression. As a performer, writer and educator, she champions this cause around the world, on Broadway, off-Broadway, in classrooms and writing, and on TV, film, sound recordings and the Internet. Most notably, she created and played a character based on herself in the original Broadway musical [title of show], and the off-Broadway musical Now. Here. This. (original cast recordings available on Sh-K-Boom records). She created and hosts the freewheeling chat show "Side by Side by Susan Blackwell" on Broadway.com. As the founder of Susan Blackwell & Co, she partners with likeminded, compassionate artists and thought leaders to deliver inspiring entertainment and educational offerings aimed at freeing people’s creative self-expression. As an educator, she has empowered thousands of people to identify and slay the vampires that stop them from being free. www.susanblackwell.com #CreativeFreedomForAll



Juliane Godfrey

Juliane Godfrey (Katie Kavett)

Juliane Godfrey is beyond thrilled to return to the Ladyhawks for her NYMF debut after playing Katie in both the TRU reading and staged workshop of Volleygirls. Past credits: Good NewsThe Great American Mousical, directed by Julie Andrews (Goodspeed); Zaneeta in The Music Man (Arena Stage); A Wonderful Life (Engeman); Maggie in A Chorus Line, Erma in Anything Goes (Woodstock Playhouse); 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Peter Pan (Peter). BA from UCLA's Ray Bolger Musical Theater program. Huge thanks to Neil, Monica, Jodie & Cassie at BBR, and the entirety of this awesome team (both past and present!) for their unending enthusiasm, love, and support, and for the chance to fulfill her never-realized dreams of playing high school volleyball. Love always to Mom, Dad, and Steven. JABALI!!!



Benjamin Howes

Benjamin Howes (Glenn Kavett)

Benjamin Howes hails from Australia where his credits include Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors and Grease.  Here in the U.S., his credits include Broadway (Scandalous, Mary Poppins, [title of show]), National Tours (Mary Poppins, Shrek The Musical), Off Broadway (Mint Theatre Company, Vineyard, Encores!), and many regional theatres.  His television credits include “Flight of the Conchords," “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and a small but glamorous recurring role on “One Life To Live” as Shakespeare-reciting drag queen, Alma Children.  Full scoop at www.benjaminhowes.com. Twitter: @benjthestar



Jennifer C. Johnson

Jennifer C. Johnson (Flo Hartline)

Guest Appearance, Promos, V/O, Animated, Commercial, Featured Vocals: CBS , NBC, Fox, Nicktoons, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and MSNBC. Carolines, Gotham, Don't Tell Momma, Foxwoods, Manhattan Center and L.A.'s Studio C. Chicks w/ Shticks (Hosts Mario Cantone, Judy Gold), Rob Bartlett Comedy Tour (Bartlett), One Woman Show My Lifes Path!! ...What is it?  Recent short films: Blind Leading the Blind, Customer #935, The Favor.  Member of Obie-Winning NY St. Theater Caravan (acclaimed European fest. winners), Long Time Studio / Background / Demo Vocalist.  So incredibly excited to be working w/ this abundantly talented cast, team, and festival. XO www.jennifercjohnson.net J.H.A. Mangement.



Charles Karel

Charles Karel (Ref)

Charles Karel has had a career spanning every facet of the industry—opera, legitimate stage, screen, television, radio, cabaret.  He has mastered 21 leading operatic baritone roles and has performed at The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and major operatic venues throughout Europe and the US.  On Broadway, he was featured in the original Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing and Ginger Rogers, Milk and Honey with Robert Weede, Golden Rainbow with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Dear World with Angela Lansbury and Zorba, in which he understudied Anthony Quinn.  He starred in the title role of Frank Loesser’s, The Most Happy Fella at Sacramento Music Circus. This production, combined with others, totaled more than 150 performances of that role for Mr. Karel.  Vincent and American Ma(u)l were his latest efforts Off-Broadway.  On television, he has appeared with Ed Sullivan, Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett, as well as in numerous soaps, radio and television commercials and voice-overs. The Karels, the cabaret act he does with his wife, Christine Kelley Karel, has been performed several times in New York City.  He was featured in the film version of The Music Man with Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. 



Julia Knitel

Julia Knitel (Ingrid)

Julia Knitel is a sophomore at Marymount Manhattan studying Acting and Musical Theatre. She made her Broadway debut at 16 in Bye Bye Birdie. Many, many thanks to the Volleygirls (and guys) for letting her utilize her height and play middle front on this beautiful team. Love to Chris, Er, Lane, Meg, and Max. Jabali!



Gerianne Pérez

Gerianne Pérez (Marisol)

Gerianne Pérez is a recent graduate of NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. While at NYU, she studied at CAP21 and Stonestreet Studios.  She was also a member of the N’Harmonics A capella group. Gerianne was most recently seen in A Journey Outside the Wall (Mahassen), the NYU Reality Show (Soloist, Dance Captain), Marat-Sade (Four Singers, Charlotte Corday), Violet (Music Hall Singer), and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Silvia). She would like to thank Neil, Ryan, Mike, and the entire cast and crew for their inspiration and guidance. Much love to her wonderful family and friends, without whom this would not be possible.



Allison Jill Posner

Allison Jill Posner (Jocelyn)

Allison Jill Posner most recently played Jocelyn in the NYC workshop of the new musical, Volleygirls, and is thrilled to be reprising the role at NYMF! Workshops and readings: The Jamal Lullabies (EST), Factory Girls (Ars Nova, Joe's Pub), JC2K (NYMF). M.S. Ed, Bank Street College of Education and BA, Brown University. Allison performs as the lead singer of the band Amazing Jellies and is a voice over artist for many ESL programs and audio books. 



Dana Steingold

Dana Steingold (Stretch)

Broadway/National Tours: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne). Off-Broadway/Other New York: The Visit (Ottile); Anyone Can Whistle (Baby Joan, City Center Encores!); Perez Hilton Saves the Universe (Culture Project); Spidermusical (Mint Theater Company). Regional: Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage); Calvin Berger (Bret, George Street Playhouse); Pregnancy Pact (Jeanelle, Weston Playhouse); Wind in the Willows (Two River Theater); Hairspray (Penny, North Carolina Theatre); High School Musical 2 (Kelsi, North Shore Music Theatre); Ordinary Days (Deb, ATF). Numerous readings/workshops. BFA from New York University. Love all around!



Allison Strong

Allison Strong (Jess Hartline)

Allison Strong is a proud 2012 graduate of Montclair State University’s Musical Theatre Department. Broadway: Mamma Mia, Bye Bye Birdie. Other NY: Carmen & A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Metropolitan Opera. Allison is honored to be participating in the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriter’s Project later this month at Northwestern University. Her debut EP, Rewind, is aimed for a summer release. “Setting” love and gratitude to the Volleygirls family for the amazing opportunity to play on the team. Jabali!



Neil Patrick Stewart (Director)

Neil Patrick Stewart recently directed the world premiere of Christian Durso's Shiner for the IAMA Theatre Group in Los Angeles, and his L.A. production of The Elephant Man for the non-profit Mechanicals Theatre Group earned four coveted Ovation Award nominations, including best direction of a play, and best production. Neil is the former creative director of New York's Back House Productions, which he co-founded. With Back House, Neil helped over forty projects make the leap from the laptop to the stage, including Broadway's smash hit In the Heights, which he co-directed for its first couple of years of laboratory development. Neil is the associate artistic director (as well as a founder and member of the acting faculty) of The Performing Arts Project, a cutting-edge musical theatre training intensive for outstanding high-school and college-aged students, which takes place every summer at Wake Forest University. He is a faculty member of the prestigious Heifetz International Music Institute, and the coordinator of its groundbreaking multidisciplinary communication curriculum, and he was a member of the acting faculty of the Broadway Theatre Project for over a decade. Neil teachers master classes and multi-day performance workshops all over the country and the world, with recent workshops taught at Colombia's Festival Internacional de Bogota and at Texas State University's prestigious musical theatre program. He holds a B.A. in theater from Wesleyan University, and a M.F.A. in acting from the world-renowned American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training (A.R.T.) at Harvard University. Neil is also a writer, with two books currently on the shelves of major bookstores: Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t! and Headlines! Headlines! Headlines?,and numerous articles in magazines. He is represented by Abrams Artists Agency. Visit neilpatrickstewart.com



Ryan Kasprzak (Choreographer)

Ryan Kasprzak is currently the assistant choreographer for NBC’s Smash where he is honored to work alongside Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse.  Ryan was Associate Resident Choreographer and dance captain for the 1st national tour of Billy Elliot and appeared on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance along with his brother, Evan.  Ryan recently appeared as the Sun Drop Guy in the ad campaign for Sun Drop soda and has choreographed national commercials for Hershey’s, White House Black Market, and Mutua Insurance.  He continues to create new work with his multi Drama Desk Award nominated company Parallel Exit: Physical Comedy Theater.  Their production of This Way, That Way prompted the NY Times to say Kasprzak, “can get laughs simply by breathing” and their comic tap musical Time Step has been seen at the New Victory Theater, Joyce SoHo, Lincoln Center Institute and Cos Festival in Spain.  Ryan was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Choreography and served as dance captain for the International Tour of Fosse. His choreography has been showcased at the Astoria Performing Arts Center (Ragtime), Gallery Players (Urinetown, Man of La Mancha), West Virginia Dance Festival, the NY Musical Festival, and the Midtown International Theater Festival.  BFA Marymount Manhattan College.  Love and gratitude to Family and MSA. www.ryankasprzak.com



Mike Pettry (Music Director)

Mike Pettry is a New York based composer/lyricist and musician. He is a 2012 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award winner and a 2007 Jonathan Larson Award winner. Musicals written include Hardcore West Virginia (2012 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with Stephen Schwartz), The Time Travelers Convention (available on iTunes), and The Light Princess (in development at ART). Mike’s album The Voices In My Head is available on iTunes. He also wrote and produced music for the film The Promise of New York (Big Muddy Film Festival Audience Choice Best Documentary) and the iPhone game Dbl Dynamo (coming this summer).

As a musician, Mike frequently subbed on the Broadway revival of Godspell. He toured the country with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Two On Tap, and appeared off-Broadway in Signs Of Life (music director) and Rooms: A Rock Romance (Time Life cast album). He orchestrated and music directed the world premiere of Fly By Night at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA. Other NYC performances include The Black Suits (Public Theater) and Things To Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis (Sh-K-Boom cast album). Mike is a songwriting teaching artist with Lincoln Center Theater. BA in piano and composition from Shepherd University, MFA in musical theatre writing from NYU/Tisch.  www.mikepettry.com



Kenneth A. Larson (Set Designer)

Kenneth A. Larson began working in the Entertainment Industry in 1978 as a Visual Effects Model Maker. He moved through the system, working on live action scenery and Special Effects, until 1996 when he began working as an I.A.T.S.E. Local 847 Set Designer on Batman and Robin, Set Designing the miniatures and CGI scenery. He has worked exclusively as a Set Designer since 1996, now in Local 800 and he is a rostered computer specialist. He is also a member of the Visual Effects Society. He uses traditional and computer skills, create draftings and models, live action and Visual Effects, Features, Television, Theme Park, Architecture, Interior Design, and Display.



Valérie Thérèse Bart (Costume Designer)

Tina Packer’s Women of Will (sets and costumes, the GYM at Judson Memorial; dir. Eric Tucker); The Servant of Two Masters (Upcoming: Seattle Repertory Theater; previously at The Guthrie, Arts Emerson Boston, Shakespeare Theatre Company DC, Yale Repertory Theatre; dir. Christopher Bayes); Broken Fences (for Ballybeg; Theater 54); Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead in the Lydian Mode (for Wolf 359; Joe’s Pub, IRT); The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute); Say You Heard My Echo (for Asian Arts Alliance Association; HERE Arts Center, Flushing Town Hall); In The Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (Atlantic Theatre Acting School); A New Brain (Rider University);  The Drowsy Chaperone, Guys and Dolls (The New London Barn Playhouse); Die Fledermaus, Brahms’ Liebeslieder (NYU Steinhardt); Goodbye New York, Goodbye Heart (sets, for Production Company; HERE Arts Center); POP! (sets, Yale Repertory Theatre; dir. Mark Brokaw); Uncle Vanya, The Tempest (sets), The Robbers (Yale School of Drama). M.F.A. Yale University School of Drama. valeriebart.com



Jason Lyons (Lighting Designer)

Broadway: Bring It On, Rock of Ages (Vegas, Toronto, Australia, London and Nat. Tours), The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot In the Park, Good Vibrations. Recent: Venice (Public), All In The Timing (Primary), Nerds, The Musical (NCT) Black Suits (Barringotn),  Fat Camp, The Musical, So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2011, White Noise (Chicago), Broke-ology (LCT), Uncle Vanya (CSC), Clay (LCT), 2 by Pinter, Scarcity (Atlantic), 10 years with The New Group, including: The Good Mother, Marie & BruceThe Starry MessengerMourning Becomes ElectraRafta Rafta, Two Thousand Years, The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieAbigail’s Party, Hurlyburly. Faculty: Purchase College.  www.jasonlyonsdesign.com



E. Sara Barnes (Stage Manager)

E. Sara Barnes believes that music, love, laughter, food and drink (not necessarily in that order), make life good. Sara has been working in the theater for over 10 years and has done many shows that are close to her heart, and is excited to add Volleygirls to the list. (Proud AEA member.)



Lindsay Levine (CSA)/ Tara Rubin Casting (Casting)

Lindsay Levine is happy to be back at NYMF after making her casting debut alongside Michael Cassara in the 2008 season. Her recent projects at Tara Rubin's office include Broadway: upcoming AladdinScandalous, The Heiress, One Man Two Guvnors (US Casting), Ghost, Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia; Other: Loot at Wesport Country Playhouse; Stars of David at Philadelphia Theatre Company; Yale Repertory Theatre; Numerous readings and workshops including the upcoming reading of the musical, Can Can. Prior to joining Tara Rubin's office, Lindsay was the Children's Casting Assistant for the Broadway, Chicago, and National Touring companies of Billy Elliot. She has never played volleyball in her entire life but is the defending Bananagrams champion of Astoria.



Cave 76 Productions (Producer)

Cave 76 Productions is making its debut with Volleygirls. The president of Cave 76 Productions is the co-artistic director of the Ovation Award-nominated Mechanicals Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Additionally, he is an associate producer of 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (Ryan Scott Oliver, composer) and the director and lead producer of the new musical Right Together, Left Together (Pamela Eberhardt, book/lyrics and Will Collyer, composer). He is a graduate of The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) and attended the BFA Acting program at Marymount Manhattan College.



Monica Raymund (Producer)

Monica Raymund is an accomplished actress, producer, philanthropist, and teacher as well as a co-founder of Sterling Features, and founder/CEO of Sisu Theatrical Productions, LLC. As an actress, Monica is best known for her current starring role as Gabriella Dawson on NBC’s TV drama, "Chicago Fire," created by Dick Wolf.  She also starred as Ria Torres as a series regular on the FOX hit TV drama "Lie To Me," opposite Academy Award nominee Tim Roth. Monica appeared in Arbitrage starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, and will be starring in the new indie feature Submarine Kid opposite Finn Wittrock. Past TV credits include: "Blue Bloods," "The Good Wife," "Law & Order: SVU." Stage credits include roles played at Huntington Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Center, and Sundance Lab.

As a producer, Monica has undergone various independent projects in LA and NYC. She is a producer and company member of the non-profit LA based theatre company, The Mechanicals Theatre Group, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the fragile state of Los Angeles public school arts programs by volunteering and teaching acting, voice/speech, movement, and Shakespeare analysis to LAUSD schools. Through Mechanicals Theatre Group, Monica has produced numerous plays, most recently, The Elephant Man, which garnered four Ovation Award nominations, including Best Production. Currently the president and founder of Sisu Theatrical Productions, LLC., a bi-coastal production company dedicated to new works in theatre, Monica is the lead producer of the new and original musical, Volleygirls, written by Rob Ackerman with music and  lyrics by Eli Bolin and Sam Forman. Volleygirls participated in the TRU Voices New Musical Reading Series (which starred Susan Blackwell, Anthony Rapp, and Gideon Glick) and will be premiering its first full production in the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival. She is currently executive-producing and starring in the new indie feature Submarine Kid, co-produced by Coronet Films, Deborah Aquila, and Tricia Wood.

Monica also volunteers at various organizations and has served on the Board of Directors at Hollywood Artsfor the past two years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Performing Arts Project, a non-profit theater arts learning institution of which she is a co-founder and acting teacher. The Performing Arts Project is based at Wake Forest University. She is also a faculty member in the Communications program at The Heifetz International Music Institute, a prestigious summer program for the world’s best high-school and college-aged chamber musicians that is dedicated to educating young music artists about artistic expression, awareness, and communication. The institute is based at Mary Baldwin College.

Monica received her B.F.A. from The Juilliard School and is represented by The Gersh Agency and The Group Entertainment.



Richard Hinds (Associate Director)

Richard J. Hinds has been the assistant director of Broadway’s Newsies, Jekyll & Hyde, and 9 to 5, and assistant choreographer for Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde and the national/international tours of High School Musical.



Kelly Bolick (Assistant Choreographer)

Kelly Bolick is a native of North Carolina where she began her training at North Carolina School of the Arts. She then went on to attain her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since moving to NYC, she has continued her dance training at Steps on Broadway. She assisted in choreographing a performance number for New York Fashion Week and just finished working as associate choreographer for the current production of The Boy From Oz being performed in Peru. She has performed in the Steps Faculty Performance with Richard Pierlon, Choreoapher's Canvas, and many other productions across the city. She has been a part of the Volleygirls team for four years now and she is thrilled to see how far it has come. Go Hawks!



Ellenore Scott (Associate Choreographer)

Ellenore Scott is a professional dancer and choreographer from New York City and is fast emerging as one of America’s “young up and coming choreographers” and master teachers. Scott has carved out an impressive career that seamlessly weaves her distinctive and highly praised technical training in modern dance choreography, to her hip-hop influenced style and “quirkiness” that define her unique choreography. Scott is most recently known for being a finalist and All-Star on the hit American television series "So You Think You Can Dance?". Scott has also performed with Janet Jackson during the Essense Music Festival as well as dancing on hit shows "Smash," "82nd Annual Academy Awards" and "Dancing with the Stars". Scott's choreography has be presented at numerous festivals in NYC including Latin Choreographers Festival, New York Jazz Choreography Project, BC Beat and more. Ellenore is one of the youngest female mixed-race choreographers working in many crossover genres. Her cultural background and sensibilities brings a particularly unique perspective to her work within contemporary and commercial dance. She is the Artistic Director of NYC dance company, ELSCO Dance. www.elscodance.org



Matt Castle (Musical Supervisor)

More than 70 new musicals at Sundance, NYU, Playwrights Horizons, York, Barrington, Weston, O’Neill, Signature, NYMF, CAP21.  Orchestrations (with Frank Galgano):  Kennedy Center, George Street, ACT, BC/EFA, TheatreworksUSA, Sacramento.  Actor/musician:  Musical of Musicals, Enter Laughing, LingoLand; John Doyle’s Company and Merrily; recent McCarter/Fiasco Into the Woods.



Jordi Coats (Assistant Producer)

Jordi Coats has found herself filling many roles in the theatre community. Previously, she has worked with Binder Casting, Tara Rubin Casting, and Telsey + Company casting, as well as produced and directed several small pieces in the area. She is incredibly grateful to be a part of the Volleygirls family, and she knows she could have never made it this far without the support of her own friends and family. Love and thanks to Elaine, Steve, Austi, and Ed. Jabali!!!



Katie Kavett (Assistant Stage Manager)

Katie Kavett is thrilled to rejoin the Volleygirls team, after working on two of the original readings in 2010. Recent stage management credits include Unbroken Circle (St. Luke's); Travis and the Relationship Status (Ars Nova), The Notebook of Trigorin, The Mnemonist of Dutchess County, The Time of Your Life (Attic Theater Company); City Love Song: Home (59E59); Then She Fell (Third Rail Projects); Sky-Pony: Raptured (Play Company); Don't Go Gentle (MCC); Lonely, I'm Not (Second Stage); and ZapataFlambe DreamsDate of a Lifetime, and Show Choir! at NYMF. She has also worked on the staff of the Frigid Festival, Fringe Festival, and West Village Musical Theatre Festival. In 2012 she won the NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Stage Management. Katie is very pleased that her name was deemed awesome enough to use for a character in a musical. www.katiekavett.com



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