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The Music Box: An Evening of Lady Composers

The Music Box: An Evening of Lady Composers

at Ford Foundation Studio Theatre  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Come celebrate exciting music composed exclusively by talented women of the musical theatre. Featuring compositions by composers including Amanda Green, Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Leslie Becker, and Zoe Sarnak, as well as performances by Allyson Tucker and Grace McLean the night promises to be an unforgettable celebration of groundbreaking new works for the stage.

Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Rebecca Applin

Rebecca Applin (Composer)

Telling stories through music is Rebecca’s passion. She studied Music at Cambridge University, followed by Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music. She has written many new musicals, several of which with Full House Theatre Company, and she also regularly composes scores for Forest Forge Theatre Company. The musical Sex and the Village, written with Susannah Pearse, is now licensed by Perfect Pitch. Together with Kate Ferguson they also won a commission from the George Bernard Shaw estate to adapt The Devil’s Disciple into a musical. She works internationally with White Horse Theatre and with the International Schools Theatre Association.



Masi Asare

Masi Asare (Composer)

Masi Asare is a composer/lyricist who lives and works in New York City. She conceived and wrote music and lyrics for the secret agent musical Sympathy Jones (book by Brooke Pierce), which premiered at NYMF in 2007 starring Kate Shindle, and is published by Playscripts. Masi also wrote music and lyrics for several projects with the experimental theatre collective Anonymous Ensemble, presented at venues across NYC and at the Brisbane Theatre Festival in Australia; and more than sixty songs for children's musicals at the Kidstock Theatre in the Boston area. She has worked as a producer developing new musicals in New York with Raw Impressions and 8Minute Musicals, and served as a music consultant for RIPFEST Collaborative Film Project's Movie Musicals initiative. Masi is an alum of the ASCAP and BMI musical theatre workshops, the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, and the Dramatists Guild's Musical Theatre Fellows. She holds degrees from Harvard and NYU Tisch, where she is currently a candidate for the PhD in Performance Studies. www.masiasare.com



Leslie Becker

Leslie Becker (Composer)

Leslie Becker has written book and lyrics for the musicals A Proper Place, Love 3, Fetching Water and Here We Are which have been presented and/or workshopped at the York Theatre, Transport Group, Human Race Theatre, and The Downbeat New Musicals events. Her current project, A Proper Place with composer Curtis Rhodes, was recently seen at Goodspeed's Festival of New Musicals and will be featured at The Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals in August. Known for the surprising "turns" in her lyrics, and her unique combination of heart and wit, her songs have been heard in venues throughout the New York City including 54 Below, Don't Tell Mama's and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. She is a in the Advanced BMI workshop as a lyricist, and is a member of ASCAP, The Dramatist's Guild and Nashville Songwriters Association. Still very much a working actor, her Broadway and National Tours credits include Wicked, Anything Goes, Bonnie & Clyde, Nine, Cinderella, Show Boat and Beauty and the Beastwww.LyricsbyLeslie.com Twiter: @TheLeslieBecker



Christyn Budzyna

Christyn Budzyna (Composer)

Christyn Budzyna is a is a musical theatre lyricist and director based in New York City. She is an alumna of Dickinson College and of the Tepper Semester at Syracuse University, where she studied theatre directing. In addition to directing and writing lyrics, she is a contributing writer for TheSongFoundry.com. She is a proud member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and The Dramatists Guild.



Christina Capatides

Christina Capatides (Composer)

Christina Capatides is a New York-based composer, lyricist, and bookwriter. She holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU and a BA in English and Music from Georgetown University. She wrote book and lyrics for the musicals Love as a Second Language (music by Eunggyu Lee) and Entry Level (music by Benny Gammerman), as well as music and lyrics for the children’s musical Swimmy and Other Stories (book by Natsu Onada). Her work has been featured at 54 Below, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Duplex, and as part of Broadway au Carré in Paris. She is currently finishing work on a song cycle, called Shelter, which she plans to use as a fundraising vehicle for shelter dogs.



Suzy Conn

Suzy Conn (Composer)

Suzy Conn is a musical theatre writer interested in telling the stories of women throughout history. Chick Flick the Musical tells a contemporary story of female friendship. Suffra-Jets, (first performed at NYMF as Plane Crazy) tells the story of the emergence of the modern women's movement set against the backdrop of the swinging 60s Jet Age. The Mercer Girls tells the story of how women civilized the Pacific Northwest. She is currently working on projects spanning from the atomic age to two hundred years into the future.

As a TYA writer (The Tale of Pigling Bland, Larry Gets Lost in Seattle, Daisy The Firecow, Save As..., and The Last Shot), she believes that really good musical theatre will teach children everything they need to know.



Carmel Dean

Carmel Dean (Composer)

Carmel Dean is a New York-based, Australian-born composer, musical director and arranger. Broadway: currently If/Then (Musical Director), Hands on a Hardbody (Musical Director/Vocal Arranger), American Idiot (Musical Director), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Vocal Arranger/Associate Musical Director). Off-Broadway: Emotional Creature, Everyday Rapture and Elegies – a song cycle by William Finn. Other: 52nd Annual Grammy Awards with Green Day; Chita Rivera’s musical director for concert/cabaret appearances. Carmel is a graduate of New York University’s Musical Theatre Writing Program. As a composer her work includes A Girl Called Vincent (book by Dick Scanlan) and the YouTube series Project: Song Blog. www.carmeldean.com



Linda Dowdell

Linda Dowdell (Composer)

Co-writer of cabaret musical Tin Pan Lady; original musical director, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project and Mark Morris Dance Group; Awards: BMI Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre, James Irvine Foundation and Meet the Composer Awards. Featured composer, Binders Full of Women’s Songs, 54 Below; Musical director of lots of developing new work in NYC and the Berkshires; recent choral premiers in Port Angeles, WA and Edinburgh, Scotland; splits her time between NYC and Seattle, where recently she was musical director in Seattle/Main Street Festival of New Musicals.



Greta Gertler Gold

Greta Gertler Gold (Composer)

Australian singer-songwriter Greta Gertler Gold is 'a rising name in New York's downtown singer-songwriter scene' (WNYC). She has opened for Martha Wainwright, Keren Ann, Joan As Policewoman and Madeleine Peyroux, co-written two Top 40 songs, has twice been featured on NPR's 'Song of the Day' - for her ode to the much-beloved East Village Ukrainian diner 'Veselka' and the 'futuristic whale noises' of 'Opening Night' (The Universal Thump) - and has appeared numerous times on national television and radio in Australia and New York. In her native land, she was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts Grant to tour in support of her most recent solo album, Edible Restaurant. Please visit TheUniversalThump.com. (Photo by Reuben Radding)



Emily Goldman (Composer)

Emily Goldman is a pianist, composer, and writer. Her work has been featured at Barrington Stage, 54 Below, the Hangar Theatre, the Aspen Music Festival, and many other venues. She has an MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. This fall she will join the faculty of Texas State University as Assistant Music Director.



Amanda Green

Amanda Green (Composer)

Amanda Green is a Tony-nominated Lyricist/Composer. She was honored to have two musicals premiere on Broadway in the 2012-2013 season: Bring It On (co-lyricist) which was nominated for a Tony for Best Musical, and for which she received Drama Desk and LADCC Nominations, and Hands On A Hardbody (lyricist/co-composer) for which she received a Tony nomination, 2 Drama Desk Nominations and an Outer Critics Circle Nomination. Also on Broadway: High Fidelity (lyrics). Regional: Bring It On (Nat'l Tour); Hands On A Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse); Hallelujah Baby! (Addt'l lyrics; Arena Stage, dir. Arthur Laurents); For The Love of Tiffany (lyrics, co-star; NY Fringe Festival). Awards: Jonathan Larson Award, Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Scholarship. As a performer, Amanda sings her songs everywhere from Birdland to the Bluebird Café in Nashville, and has won two MAC Awards. Trey Anastasio performs their songs with his bands Phish and TAB in concerts around the country. BA, Brown University, member Dramatists Guild.



Zina Goldrich (Composer)

Zina Goldrich won the 2009 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in songwriting with Marcy Heisler. She is currently working on the musical Ever After, directed by Kathleen Marshall. Goldrich and Heisler’s song, “Baltimore” was recently sung by Audra McDonald on Live at Lincoln Center. She composed music for Dear Edwina (Drama Desk Nomination) and Junie B. Jones (Lucille Lortel Nomination) which ran successfully Off-Broadway. Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred) (Helen Hayes Nomination) was commissioned by the Kennedy Center and is currently licensed by MTI. On television, she has composed for Wonderpets, Johnny and the Sprites, Pooh’s Learning Adventure and the upcoming Peg + Cat coming this fall to PBS. She is the recipient of the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, a Larson grant and is a Seldes-Kanin Fellow. She has played keyboards on Broadway for Avenue Q, Bombay Dreams, Oklahoma and Titanic, where she also conducted. www.marcyandzina.com



Marcy Heisler

Marcy Heisler (Composer)

Marcy Heisler received the Kleban Prize in 2012 for most promising theatre lyricist, and shared the Fred Ebb Award in 2009 with composing partner Zina Goldrich for outstanding songwriting. She is also the co-creator of Dear Edwina, which played Off-Broadway for 3 seasons at Daryl Roth's DR2 theatre, received Drama Desk nominations for Best Music and Best Lyrics, and is currently licensed by Music Theatre International. Additional Off-Broadway work includes Junie B Jones, nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award in the category of Best Musical, and currently in its eighth year of touring with TWUSA. Amongst her and Goldrich’s musicals currently in development are an adaptation of the 1998 film Ever After in collaboration with director Kathleen Marshall; Screaming Like A Fool, a collection of romantic comedy songs, and The Great American Mousical, written with bookwriter Hunter Bell, which premiered in November 2012 at Goodspeed Opera House's Norma Terris Theatre. The production was directed by Julie Andrews, choreographed by Christopher Gatelli, and designed by Tony Walton. A retired member of the Publications Committee of the Dramatists Guild, Ms. Heisler is a contributing writer to Dramatist magazine. She is also active in ASCAP, participating in both their Musical Theatre Writing Workshops and "I Create Music" seminars. She graduated with High Honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program, and previously studied acting at Northwestern University. She currently resides in New York City. www.marcyandzina.com



Anna K. Jacobs

Anna K. Jacobs (Composer)

Anna K. Jacobs composed the music for POP! (Yale Rep, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Studio Theatre, etc.), Harmony, Kansas (Diversionary Theatre), Stella and the Moon Man (STC/Theatre of Image), and the short musical Cage Match (Prospect Theatre Company). Her work has received awards and nominations from the CT Critics Circle, San Diego Critics Circle, Helen Hayes Awards, and Helpmann Awards. Evenings of Anna’s music and lyrics have been presented in concert at Barrington Stage Company, Ars Nova, and the Darlinghurst Theatre. An artist-in-residence at Ars Nova and the Musical Theatre Factory, she is currently developing the new musicals, Teeth and Echo. Anna is a former Dramatists Guild Fellow and holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU-Tisch. www.annakjacobs.com



Heidi Joosten

Heidi Joosten (Composer)

Heidi Joosten is thrilled to return to east coast for The New York Musical Theatre Festival! After earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this past December, Heidi will continue her education at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where she will be a candidate for a Masters in Music - Composition. The child of two music educators, Heidi spent her youth in practice rooms and rehearsal spaces, independently studying piano, jazz piano, level and pedal harp, voice, oboe and the organ. When not rehearsing for various musicals and performances, Heidi wrote over 30 original compositions, spanning the mediums and genres of orchestral, band, choral, solo piano, chamber, and musical theatre. Her works have been commissioned by bands, choirs, and most recently the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wind Symphony and Lakeland Conference Honors Choir. Current projects include a full-length original musical, and a song cycle titled Return, from which “(Marry Me) Anywhere But Here” is originally from. Heidi would like to thank her family and friends for their incredible support! Please visit www.heidijoosten.com or email heidijoosten.music@gmail.com for a complete resume and portfolio.



Kailey Marshall

Kailey Marshall (Composer)

Kailey Marshall is a senior BFA Musical Theatre major at Pace University. Through Ryan Scott Oliver’s Musical Theatre Writing class, she began to find her voice as a writer. She began writing the book, music, and lyrics for Confirmed in the summer of 2012. She brought on her best friend, Will Sasso, to write the book for the project in January of 2013. Kailey's music has been featured in Hatched at Joe's Pub & 54 Below, NYMF's Mint'd concert and The Music Box: An Evening of Female Composers, and was most recently produced as a part of Pace New Musicals Lab in January of 2014. She plans to graduate in 2015, and further her career as both a performer and composer.



Anthony Martinez

Anthony Martinez (Composer)

Just seen at BAM in Lin Manuel Miranda's 21 Chump Street for This American Life. Also seen in the Hamilton Mixtape and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Thanks to God, family, friends, Karen Azenberg, and the cast and crew of tonight's performance. Jeremiah 29:11



Grace McClean

Grace McClean (Composer)

Called “electrifying” by Huffington Post, Grace McLean is a New York City based performer, writer and teacher. Fresh off a year performing Off-Broadway in the critically acclaimed electro pop opera Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Grace is back to work on her original music, both solo and with her band Grace McLean & Them Apples. With quirk like Regina Spektor, jazz sensibility like Nellie McKay, irreverence and heartbreak like Fiona Apple, sass like Kimbra, and rhythm like Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Grace McLean is one heck of a beautiful weirdo. Manhattan User's Guide writes, "This pop and jazz singer writes seriously infectious melodies with seriously antic lyrics. Her voice can raise the roof, or she can slide off a note and break your heart." Favorite venues in New York include Joe’s Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, Ars Nova where she developed an interactive concert experience Grace McLean Lives in Concert. EP Make Me Breakfast from Grace McLean & Them Apples available on iTunes. www.gracemclean.com



Helen Park

Helen Park (Composer)

Helen Park is a composer and music director based in New York City. Helen’s music has been featured at The Duplex, Joe's Pub, 54 Below and other NYC venues. In 2013, Helen participated in the writer's residencies at Goodspeed. Helen is an alumnus of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and currently, she is attending 1st year at the BMI Lehman-Engel Musical Theatre Workshop as a composer. Helen is a proud member of BMI and the Dramatists Guild.



Susannah Pearse

Susannah Pearse (Composer)

Susannah Pearse is a graduate of New York University's Musical Theatre Writing Program and a member of Mercury Musical Developments. Work includes Sex and the Village with Rebecca Applin (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Perfect Pitch), Rapunzel with Youn Young Park (Singapore Repertory Theatre) and lyrics for Sherlock Holmes (The Early Years) book by Kate Ferguson with Robert Hudson, and music by Jared M. Dembowski (winner of the Theatre for the American Musical Award at the New York Musical Theatre Festival). Current projects include an adaptation of The Devil's Disciple with Rebecca Applin and Kate Ferguson, commissioned by the George Bernard Shaw Estate. Susannah also composes the music for the songs on John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme on BBC Radio 4. www.susannahpearse.co.uk. She is active with the musical development organization Perfect Pitch: http://www.perfectpitchmusicals.com



Tracy Sallows

Tracy Sallows (Composer)

Tracy Sallows is a proud member of the BMI/Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop and the Dramatists Guild. Curious & Rare is Tracy's first full length musical and it was selected by Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab for a staged reading at the Jerry Orbach/Snapple Theatre this past February. Tracy also wrote the book and lyrics for the one act musical Monday at the Moonstruck and her song "My Point" was chosen by The York Theatre for it's NEO 6 (New! Emerging! Outstanding!) composer/lyricists showcase. Tracy is also an actor and recently played Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway. More at www.tracysallows.com.



Zoe Sarnak

Zoe Sarnak (Composer)

Zoe Sarnak is an award winning composer, lyricist and playwright. She graduated from Harvard University in 2009 magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Sarnak’s The Quad was produced at Harvard’s Loeb Experimental Theatre; she was awarded the Ann Radcliffe Trust for her work. Sarnak wrote the book, music and lyrics for Mixtape, featured in Silent Street Productions 2012 season and A Lasting Impression, winner of Pace New Musicals 2012, Off-Broadway at the 4th Street Theatre at NYTW in August 2012, winner of the 2013 NJ Playwright's contest, and produced in concert by Cutting Edge Composers at Joe's Pub in 2013. Her music has been featured by Cutting Edge Composers, New York Theatre Barn, The Lilly Awards, and The New York Musical Theatre Festival and in concert venues from Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop to Joe’s Pub and the Highline Ballroom. @zoesarnak on Twitter



Tidtaya Sinutoke (Composer)

Tidtaya Sinutoke is a NYC-based composer, writer, and musician. Originally from Thailand, she has a Bachelor of Music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and Master in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her work has been featured at venues such as the Signature Theatre, 54 Below, the Duplex, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Goodspeed, Song Book at Lincoln Center, Dramatists Guild National Conference in Chicago, and Central Square Theatre. She also participated in 2014 Composer-Librettists Studio at New Dramatists. Currently Tidtaya is an adjunct faculty member at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. A member of the Dramatists Guild.



Rebecca Ungerman

Rebecca Ungerman (Composer)

Rebecca Ungerman is a Tulsa, Oklahoma born and based entertainer/writer/producer. Her first musical, The Unwitting Wife, was workshopped in Israel at the Tiberias International Theater Festival in 2012. She also contributed the songs for the original production Tulsa! A Radio Christmas Spectacular!. As an artist/advocate, Rebecca has raised over $300,000 in the fight against HIV/AIDS as the creator/producer of The Diva Show for H.O.P.E. Testing Clinic. She regularly raises funds and awareness for many worthwhile causes, including support of 1st Amendment rights as the director of the 75 year old Tulsa Gridiron show. Her company, Spinning Plates Productions, is in its third season of producing innovative theater and cabaret, including the Ungerman created Way Bent Revue, and a concert version of The Color Purple. Rebecca is also a successful recording artist, recently releasing her latest solo album, Hopeful Romantic. www.rebeccaungerman.com



Brigid Brady

Brigid Brady (Performer)

Broadway: Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera. National Tour: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Toronto: Showboat directed by Harold Prince. Regional theaters: A Wonderful Life (Arena Stage / Helen Hayes Award nomination), 1776, She Loves Me (Walnut Street Theater), Elmer Gantry (Ford’s Theatre), Sweeney Todd (St Louis Rep), Candide (Guthrie), West Side Story, Guys and Dolls (Indiana Rep. and Pioneer Theatre). Ms. Brady has made concert appearances with major symphonies and recorded Broadway classics with the London National Symphony. Television includes Orange is the New Black, Law and Order, The Sopranos, How to Make It in America, Gossip Girl. Ms. Brady is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.



Paul Castree

Paul Castree (Performer)

Paul is currently playing Simeon in the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Broadway: Original cast member of 9 to 5, Young Frankenstein, High Fidelity, All Shook Up, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Grease!. Lead vocalist stand-by for Movin' Out. Off-Broadway, Los Angeles, and Toronto productions of Forever Plaid - L.A. Ovation award, Canada's Dora award. National tour: Bye Bye Birdie. New York City Opera: The Most Happy Fella. Regional: Something's Afoot at Pioneer Theatre, ... Forum at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Television: Nurse Jackie, Caroline in the City. Paul was featured in The Actors' Fund concerts of Dreamgirls and Hair and their subsequent Grammy nominated recordings.



Kennedy Caughell

Kennedy Caughell (Performer)

Kennedy Caughell  is thrilled to support NYMF! Last year, she made her New York Theatre debut playing Olive in the NYMF reading of Sidekicks. She most recently played the role of Betty in White Christmas at the Engeman Theatre. Other Credits: Heather on the Int'l/2nd Nat'l tour of American Idiot! Oklahoma native, and BFA from Elon University! Big thanks to God, my family, the K's, & DGRW for being in my corner! www.KennedyCaughell.com



Ali Ewoldt

Ali Ewoldt (Performer)

Ali was most recently seen on the New York stage playing Luisa in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway. She made her Broadway debut as Cosette in the first Les Miserables Revival and has performed the role of Maria in productions of West Side Story all over the United States and all over the world! Her other credits include: Tuptim in Baayork Lee's tour of The King and I, Jasmine in Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure and Fan in A Christmas Carol at The McCarter Theatre. She has performed in concerts at The Town Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall and 54 Below, was featured on The Michael J. Fox show and in the short film Yield with Leviathan Lab. She has a BA in Psychology from Yale University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. www.aliewoldt.com



Dara Hartman

Dara Hartman (Performer)

Dara is thrilled to be singing amongst such talent! A native of California, Dara has lived, studied and performed in England, Norway, Australia, and the US. Favorite credits: All Shook Up (Natalie/Ed), Happy Days: A New Musical (Joanie), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Children of Eden (Eve), Our Country’s Good (Mary), Virtually Me! (Chloe, original cast), Les Miserables (Ensemble/Eponine u.s.). Dara has been featured in The Town Hall’s Summer Broadway Festival in New York City three years running.



Tamra Hayden

Tamra Hayden (Performer)

NYMF 2014: Always, Rachel (Dorothy). Broadway: Les Miserables (Cosette), Cabaret (Texas). Off-Broadway: Jacques Brel... National Tours: Phantom of the Opera (Christine), Les Miserables (Cosette), and Fiddler On The Roof (Hodel, opposite Theodore Bikel). Concerts: Nashville Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Tuscon Symphony, Palm Beach Pops, and St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna. Recordings: Tradition, Tartan & Tears, I Believe In The Fire, and A Day At The Fair. Tamra co-developed several patent pending iOS and Leap Motion apps, MusicalMe Images, (www.musicalmeapps.com) that use color and movement to create music. www.tamrahayden.com



Angela C. Howell

Angela C. Howell (Performer)

Angela C. Howell is delighted to be a part of THE MUSIC BOX concert and to again be working with Karen Azenberg in the company of such talented composers and vocalists. NYC Originated Roles: Karen – The Common Swallow (Manhattan Theatre Source & C.P World Premiere), Camille – Wende O’Reilly: Actress? (sitcom: NYWriters Summit), Deborah – Warsaw (CAMI Hall), Rose – Big Red Sun (York Theatre & Lincoln Center ASCAP). Recent Theatre Highlights: Katarina – Taming of the Shrew (Colonial Theatre), Jo Carlson – Cowgirls (Alabama Shakespeare & Florida Studio Theatre), Vi Petty – Buddy (Broadway B&T/Walnut Street/WBDT), Vicki Nichols – The Full Monty (Arkansas Rep), Mary Jane – James Joyce’s The Dead (Capital Rep), Beatrice – Much Ado About Nothing (CT Rep). Film: Summer of Sam (Spike Lee Joint), The Beginning of the End, MaLRT 6-03. Angela is a recording artist, heads Howell Productions, and performs regularly throughout New England with her talented husband, Scott Hopkins. www.AngelaCHowell.com



Déa Julien

Déa Julien (Performer)

Déa Julien is thrilled to be a part of this year’s NYMF! West Side Story 1st Nat’l Tour (Rosalia). New York: Intimacy (The New Group, dir. Scott Elliott), Lawnpeople (Cherry Lane Theatre), 365 Days/365 Plays (Public Theater), Abraham’s Daughters and The Seven Little Foys (Fringe NYC). Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus (5 seasons). www.deajulien.com



Sarah Litzsinger

Sarah Litzsinger (Performer)

Sarah Litzsinger holds the distinction of being Broadway's longest running Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. She was also seen on Broadway in: Marilyn, An American Fable (Bway debut), Oliver! The Revival (Bet) Starring Ron Moody and Patti Lupone, Les Miserables (Eponine/Cosette), and originated the role of Madeleine in Michel LeGrand's AMOUR. Sarah also played Eva Peron in the 25th anniversary tour of Evita directed by Hal Prince and Larry Fuller and played The Narrator opposite Donny Osmond in Joseph and the...Dreamcoat. Sarah won the 2007 Breakout Award at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival for her duo comedy act and performed at the TBS Comedy Festival at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas in 2008. Twitter ~ @SarahLitzsinger



Sean McDermott

Sean McDermott (Performer)

On Broadway he starred as Chris in Miss Saigon, Whizzer in Falsettos, Rusty in Starlight Express, Danny in Grease. Other roles include Billy in Chicago, Vittorio in Sweet Charity, the title roles in Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy in Carousel, Ravenal in Showboat, and Tony in West Side Story. Off-Broadway: Hannibal Lecter in Silence! The Musical, Mike Brady in The Bardy Bunch, Larry in Boys in the Band. TV: Desperate Housewives, Medium, Charmed, Freddie, Guiding Light, The Tonight Show. Sean was hand-picked by Barbra Streisand to sing alongside her on her European tour. Sean is proud to have performed at Carnegie Hall with Bernadette Peters, Radio City Music Hall, and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C for the President of the United States. He has numerous recordings, all available on iTunes. www.seanmcdermott.com



Mary Jo Mecca

Mary Jo Mecca (Performer)

Theatre: Superior Donuts (Geva Theatre), Body Language, Bridgeboy (Active Theatre, NYC), Tess (NYMF), Mary Poppins (Music Circus), The Rink, Sweeney Todd (Casa Manana), White Christmas (Syracuse Stage), Little House on the Prairie (Guthrie Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Westport Playhouse), Death of a Salesman, Sganarelle, The Jealous Husband, As Bees in Honey Drown (Interact Theatre), Man of La Mancha (Alabama Shakespeare), Amour (Goodspeed), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Seven Angels), Jekyll & Hyde (Alley Theatre), Stand-up Shakespeare (Odyssey Theatre), Jerry Herman’s Showtune (Pasadena Playhouse), Into the Woods (Connecticut Rep), JC Superstar (Walnut Street), BINGO! (Hermosa Beach Playhouse), Jonathan Larson’s Blocks (Westbeth Theatre), Funny Girl (UMT), Passion, Nine, Lucky Stiff (MTG). Recordings: Easter Mysteries, Mr. Confidential. Film: Holes. Television: Law & Order, L&O: Trial by Jury, Frasier, Guiding Light, Oh Baby!



Michael Mendez

Michael Mendez (Performer)

Broadway: Chaplin. Off-Broadway: Fat Camp (American Theatre of Actors, NYMF 09'). Regional: Damn Yankees (Goodspeed), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe), Hello! My Baby! (Goodspeed-Norma Terris), The Full Monty (AMTSJ), Paquito's Christmas (Kennedy Center). BFA: University of Arizona. Michael-Mendez.com



Kim Sava

Kim Sava (Performer)

New York: Delores in CUTMAN: A Boxing Musical starring Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli (Goodspeed) Regional: Pegeen in Mame starring Tony nominee Louise Pitre (Goodspeed), Ariel/Footloose (Fireside), Rizzo/Grease (Tuacahn), Alana/The Little Mermaid (Tuacahn), Maria/Man of La Mancha (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey) Boylan Sister/Annie (The Fulton Opera House), A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theatre), The Producers, Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Misérables, (Maine State Music Theatre), All Shook Up (Carousel). Kim is currently performing in Barry Manilow's Harmony at the Ahmanson and at The Alliance Theaters. Thanks to The Mine and to her amazing fiancé, Michael, for all of his love and support! AEA.



Max Sheldon

Max Sheldon (Performer)

Max is a rising senior at NYU Tisch School of The Arts Department of Drama’s New Studio on Broadway. Regional: Quincey Morris in Dracula, or the Undead (Williamstown Theatre Festival) NYU: Melchior in Spring Awakening (Tisch Drama Stageworks), Dan White in Execution of Justice (Tisch Drama Stageworks), John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (New Studio on Broadway), Cody in The Wanderer (Playwrights Horizon Theatre School), Lord Amiens in As You Like It (New Studio on Broadway), Marquis de Fauxpas in The Gamester (New Studio on Broadway). Max would like to thank his incredible teachers, family, friends, and his parents for their unwavering support and love.



Allyson Tucker

Allyson Tucker (Performer)

Allyson Tucker has performed in number Broadway productions, including Chita Rivera: The Dancerʼs Life; Ragtime original production cast (**u/s Sarah); Man of La Mancha (**u/s Aldonza, Antonia and Housekeeper); revival of Follies (Young Stella); The Will Rogers Follies and Oh, Kay! (**performed all understudy roles). Regional highlights include Pam in Baby; Velma in Chicago (Barrymore Award Nominee); Joan in Dames at Sea; Aunt Cora in No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs by John Henry Redwood; Woman in Blues in the Night; Anita in West Side Story.



Shannon Tyo

Shannon Tyo (Performer)

Off-Broadway: Bikeman: A 9/11 Play, Dear Edwina. Regional: Kim in Miss Saigon (Pioneer Theatre Company, MT Wichita, Cape Fear Regional), Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Northern Stage, Tuacahn Center, Pioneer Theatre Company). Workshops and readings for the Kennedy Center, New Black Fest, 45th Street Theatre. TV: 30 Rock. BFA Syracuse University.



Emily Walton

Emily Walton (Performer)

Emily Walton is an actress and a songwriter whose Broadway credits include Peter and the Starcatcher and August: Osage County. Off-Broadway: Eager to Lose (Ars Nova), The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World and Saved (Playwrights Horizons), Cactus Flower (West Side Theatre), The Deepest Play Ever (New Ohio Theatre). Regional credits include: Third (Two River Theater), The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep), The Wizard of Oz (Sacramento Music Circus), Sondheim on Sondheim (Great Lakes Theatre Festival), The Graduate (Cape Playhouse), The Sound of Music (Pittsburgh CLO) and the upcoming ...Spelling Bee at Pioneer Theatre Company, directed by Karen Azenberg! Thanks to Karen for this opportunity.



Karen Azenberg (Director)

Karen Azenberg was just named Artistic Director of the Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City where she has directed and/or choreographed productions of Rent, Next To Normal, Miss Saigon, and Les Miserables. Most recently she directed A Christmas Memory for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival her previous work there has included choreography for Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol-The Musical, and Beehive. In New York she directed and choreographed Prom Queens Unchained, Blocks (an early work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Rent, Jonathan Larson), and choreographed Richard Greenberg’s acclaimed The Dazzle at the Roundabout Theatre. Karen’s other credits include national tours of Carousel and Brigadoon and 15 productions of West Side Story. She directed the regional theatre premiere of Laughter On The 23rd Floor at the Geva Theatre in Rochester NY, Oklahoma! (Ordway Theatre, California Musical Theatre), The World Goes ‘Round (Cape Playhouse), I Do I Do! (Birmingham Theatre), Biloxi Blues (Indiana Repertory Theatre), The Barber Of Seville (Augusta Opera) and My Fair Lady (Michigan Opera Theatre). She has received the Hollywood Dramalogue Award for outstanding choreography, Indianapolis’ Corbin Patrick award for outstanding direction and a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination in Chicago. Karen is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School and the President of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Karen can be reached at KAzenberg@SDCweb.org.



Chris McGovern (Musical Director)

Writing credits: "Let The Memories Begin" (Disney), Lizzie Borden (Goodspeed Musicals), Crash Club, Roswell, Dr. Radio, Cagney (Carbonell Award), Backwards In High Heels (many LORT productions, dir. by Scott Schwartz), Holiday For Hope (Bushnell Theatre), many others. CD Production/Original Songs: Gilles Chiasson (Slow Down), and Tony nominees Rebecca Luker (Leaving Home), Susan Egan (Coffee House, Winter Tracks and Live), and Alison Fraser (Men In My Life). Inter/National: The Presidents w/Rich Little (PBS & tour), Lion King (Disney/HongKong) Aladdin and composer/lyricist for Mickey’s Dream Company (Tokyo/Disney). Concerts: Tony winners Heather Headley, Steve Kazee and Rupert Holmes, Susan Egan (incl. Carnegie Hall), Alison Fraser, Liz Callaway, Jason Graae, Christiane Noll, Karen Mason. NY/Off-Broadway: Love Linda (Richard Maltby, Jr., Dir.), Marry Harry (NYMF/Signature Theatre, dir. by Kent Nicholson), Times Square Angel (annual event at Theatre For The New City w/Charles Busch), Sheldon Harnick’s Tenderloin (w/Max Von Essen), Ionescopade, Two By Two (with Jason Alexander & Tovah Feldshuh), Roadside, Still Getting My Act Together (Cryer & Ford), That’s Life (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Jazz Singer, Sheba, Identical Twins, Breathe, Fishkin Touch. Regional: Next To Normal, Jolson At The Winter Garden (LA Premiere), Last Five Years, Spitfire Grill, Love To Mark, Dream A Little Dream, Some Kind Of Wonderful (Silver Palm Award), Hair, Pajama Game, [title of show]-Regional Premiere, Beehive, Joseph, World Goes 'Round, Little Shop, Tommy, Godspell, and many others.



Natalie Malotke (Assistant Director)



Gartjan Houben (Lighting Design)



Denise Wilcox (Stage Manager)



Mary Kate Burke (Producer)



Brianne Holland-Stergar (Assistant Producer)