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Propaganda! The Musical

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Taylor Ferrera & Matt Webster

Propaganda! The Musical

at PTC Performance Space  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, July 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Ignorance may not always be bliss.

Rookie doesn't know much about his family business – neither does the American Public – but covering up political scandals is in his blood. And now it's up to him to cover up the biggest scandal since Watergate! Armed with a clever idea, Rookie must fight the evil Agent X and save the bureau from doom. With an energetic, catchy score and maybe even a tap dancing president (though you didn't hear it from us…) PROPAGANDA! THE MUSICAL is the ultimate tribute to the power of musical theatre.

Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, plus one intermission

Taylor Ferrera

Taylor Ferrera (Book/Music/Lyrics/Producer)

has been in New York City for three years. In that time she has attained a worldwide audience on YouTube and has been featured in the Huffington Post, on NBC, and various radio shows across the country for her songwriting. She has appeared in numerous shows, including Kingdom Come in the 2012 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and as part of the Connecticut Children’s Theatre (Artistic Director: Tony nominated, Jerry Goehring). She writes songs for people, campaigns, and companies; writes sketches and short plays; and now has delved into the world of musical theatre writing. She received her degree in acting from West Virginia University, is a San Francisco Giants fan, and will always cry when she visits the grave of Robert F. Kennedy (which she does more often than you'd probably guess.) www.TaylorFerreraMusic.com



Matt Webster

Matt Webster (Book/Music/Lyrics/Producer)

is a New York City based actor and writer currently on the Broadway Tour of West Side Story. His first musical Kingdom Come won Best Musical at the 2012 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival. Since winning the festival, Kingdom Come has been featured at the New York Theatre Barn’s Night at the D-Lounge (performers included Anne L. Nathan of Broadway’s Once) and a three night, sold-out run at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City. He received his BFA in Acting from West Virginia University where he was named the outstanding graduate from the College of Creative Arts. Matt has also been seen as an actor in NYC: Vital Theatre’s produ ction of the Off-Broadway Alliance Award-winning family show, StinkyKids the Musical; The Curious Quest of Benjamin Bunny with Connecticut Children’s Theatre (Artistic Director: Tony nominated, Jerry Goehring). Matt is also a member of the Rescue Agreement Theatre Company, where he has been featured in two shows.  www.TheOtherMattWebster.com



Marc Cornes

Marc Cornes (Ted)

Marc is thrilled to be performing in NYMF with PROPAGANDA! THE MUSICAL. NYC Credits: Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown! The Musical (Secret Theatre), Britt Craig in Parade (Secret Theatre), and John Hinckley in Assassins (5th Floor Productions). Other favorite roles include Franz Liebkind in The Producers (Peach State Summer Theatre), Joe in The Pajama Game (Cortland Rep Theatre).



MaryJoanna Grisso

MaryJoanna Grisso (Ensemble)

MaryJoanna Grisso is thrilled to be a part of PROPAGANDA! THE MUSICAL playing her wackiest character(s) to date! She has just come off a two year run with the National Tour of West Side Story as the role of Maria where she received a nomination for Best Female Lead in a Touring Production by BroadwayWorld LA. Other favorite credits include Guys and Dolls (Sarah), Urinetown (Hope), The Marriage of Figaro (Barbarina). Love and pride to Matt. Humbling thanks to my family and God. www.maryjoannagrisso.com 



Nick Mason

Nick Mason (Ensemble)

With a BFA Musical Theatre from Shorter College, Nick comes from Atlanta, GA. Some recent credits include: Avenue Q (Nicky/Trekkie Monster), Spring Awakening (Moritz), The Wedding Singer (George), How to Succeed… (Bud Frump), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Martin Van Buren), In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (Leo), 2012 NYC Fringe Festival: Dark Hollow (Andy). He’s thrilled to be working with Taylor and Matthew again! He loved being a part of FringeNYC two years ago and can’t wait to make great memories with NYMF! Enjoy the Show, Y’all!



Kenita Miller

Kenita Miller (Agent X)

B'way/Off B'way: Working, Ave. Q, Xanadu (Erato/Kira Cover), The Color Purple (Celie), Dessa Rose (Dessa), Langston In Harlem (Zora Neale Hurston (Drama Desk Nom./ Audelco Award)). National Tours/Regional: Once on This Island (Mama Euralie/Timoune), The Color Purple, The Civil War, Woody Guthrie American Songbook, Ragtime (Sarah). Film/TV: Liberty City Is Like Paris To Me (Sundance), Sesame Street. LOVE.



Kenny Morris

Kenny Morris (Grandpa/Harry)

Broadway: Hairspray; Les Misėrables; Jacques Brel... (20th Anniv.); The Tenth Man (LCT). National/Intl Companies: Sunset Boulevard (First National Co.); Hairspray (First National Co.); Jolson: the Musical; Joseph and the Amazing... (w/David Cassidy); Doubles (w/Robert Reed); Sessue (Tokyo); Les Misėrables (SF Co.). Off-Broadway: Soul Doctor (NY Theater Workshop); A New Brain (LCT); The Quick-Change Room (dir., Orson Beane). Regional: Caroline, Or Change (Guthrie Theater Kushner Festival), Cabaret (w/Deborah Gibson), Visiting Mr. Green, Gypsy (w/Karen Mason), Crazy for You; Diary of Anne Frank; City of Angels; Broadway Bound; Rags. Films/TV: The Knick (Steven Soderbergh, Dir.); Law & Order: Criminal Intent (ABC); Third Watch (NBC); Big; Radio Days; Nous York.



Ben Redding

Ben Redding (Ensemble)

Benjiman Dallas Redding was born and raised in Columbus, GA and is a proud graduate of Elon University (B.F.A.). National Tour: West Side Story (Riff). He is thrilled to be making his NY debut with PROPAGANDA!! Special thanks: WHS, Elon-MT, family and friends.



Shaun Repetto

Shaun Repetto (Ensemble)

Shaun Repetto is thrilled to be apart of PROPAGANDA! THE MUSICAL! National Tours: West Side Story (Male Swing, Assistant Company Manager and Assistant Stage Manager), and Elf - The Musical 1st National (Ensemble). Regional: Young Frankenstein (Ensemble) and Gateway Playhouse and Ogunquit Playhouse. Shaun is a proud graduate from The University of Arizona with a B.F.A in Dance. He would like to thank his Mom, Dad, and friends for their constant love and support.



Dale Sampson

Dale Sampson (Rookie)

Dale Sampson is a national champion in Humorous/Dramatic public speaking. National Tours: Seussical (Cat In the Hat), Junie B. Jones (Herb), NYC credits: RENT (Mark), PROPAGANDA! The Musical (Rookie) also first workshop at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Kingdom Come (Freddy/Michael) winner: best musical at DUTF, Best IMitation (Landon) at FestivALL, Emerging Artists Theatre, and Midtown International Theatre Festival. Some favorite regional: Footloose (Ren), Honk! (Ugly), R&J (Romeo), Broadway Cares (Featured Vocalist).



Beth Cheryl Tarnow

Beth Cheryl Tarnow (Tary)

Beth is thrilled to be involved with the NYMF festival for the first time, and is especially excited to be part of PROPAGANDA! Favorite past credits include Shelley/Tracy u/s (Hairspray, Paper Mill Playhouse), Edwina (Dear Edwina), and Missy (The Marvelous Wonderettes). Overwhelming gratitude to Joy, Nikki, Holly, and Xavier at JDC, and abundant love and thanks to M,D, and A.



Jillian Wallach

Jillian Wallach (Board Member 1)

is thrilled to be involved in her first NYMF show! National Tours: Legally Blonde the Musical! (Paulette) & Annie (Star to Be). Favorite Regional Credits: Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie) and Swing! A huge thank you to the entire PROPAGANDA! team, Todd & ATB and especially to Joy Dewing Casting for their continued belief in me! Thanks to my family and Richard for their endless love and support! www.JillianWallach.com



Nathan Brewer (Director)

Selected credits include Spring Awakening (NYFA, American Theatre of Actors), Bubble Boy (Workshop), Grand Hotel (BHT, Theatre at St. Clements), Grand Hotel (Pennsylvania Centre Stage), Mirette (Princeton Festival), The Secret Garden (Long Island Musical Theatre Festival), Hello Again (Manhattan Theatre Source), The Drowsy Chaperone (Penn State), and over twenty productions on the campuses of Penn State,  Princeton University, Rider University, and Westminster Choir College.  Assistant: Aladdin (New Amsterdam, Ed Mirvish & 5th Avenue), Relatively Speaking (Brooks Atkinson), Around The World In Eighty Days (Pittsburgh Public), The World Goes Round (Pittsburgh Public), Mirita (Cherry Lane), Born For Broadway (New World Stages), and both Assistant Director and Music Director of Seussical (Theatreworks/USA) since 2008.  Nathan teaches at New York Film Academy, Westminster Conservatory, and is Artistic Director of Recreational Arts, Inc. Proud member of SDC! www.nathanbrewer.net



Jason Sparks (Choreographer)

Broadway: Assistant Choreographer After Midnight (Tony Award for Best Choreography, Warren Carlyle). New York/ Regional: Assistant Choreographer; 68th Annual Tony Awards, Cotton Club Parade (City Centre Encores!), M33 (HBO Studios). Choreographer; Grand Hotel (St. Clements Theatre), Beehive (Pennsylvania Centre Stage), Secret Garden (LIMTF). Jason will be serving as the Associate Choreographer of the 2014 national tour of A Christmas Story. Love to Joe. 



Andre Cerullo (Musical Director)

NYMF debut! Tour: West Side Story. Regional: North Carolina Theatre and Casa Mañana. Boston Conservatory graduate. Love and thanks to the entire PROPAGANDA! team, Eddy, Mom and Dad.



Joshua Stubbs (Music Arranger)

He has accompanied musical theatre productions such as A Chorus Line, Godspell, Songs for a New World, Wicked, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Nunsense, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He has music directed and accompanied many shows at Buckhannon Community Theatre and at Robert Morris University where he also composed original music for The Miracle Worker and Servant of Two Masters. In Harrison County, WV, Joshua music directed The Drowsy Chaperone, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr., Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., and All Shook Up. He music directed and accompanied Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, The Sound of Music, and a concept performance of Golden Horseshoe. He recently arranged music for Kingdom Come and PROPAGANDA! THE MUSICAL.

Joshua received a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Master of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory, and is currently pursuing candidacy for a Doctor of Musical Arts at West Virginia University, all in vocal performance. He was awarded second place 2003, first place 2004 and 2010 in the NATS competition and was named a finalist in the NATSAA regional auditions. Currently, he maintains a private piano studio and teaches voice through Vintage Theatre Academy in Bridgeport, WV.



David Vincola (Orchestrator)

David is a New York based multi-instrumentalist, orchestrator and producer.  A versatile and dynamic musician, he has played everywhere from Uptown at Carnegie Hall to Downtown at CBGB's (R.I.P.).  At various high points in his career he has found himself performing onstage with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones, and John Williams.  Selected credits as an instrumentalist include The North American Tour of West Side Story, The Off-Broadway revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again and Cirque Du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel.  As an orchestrator, Roebling: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge.  After many involvements with NYMF productions as an instrumentalist he is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut as an orchestrator.



Ryan Howell (Scenic Design)

Ryan Howell is a set designer living in New York City. Recent Credits: Spring Awakening (NYFA), Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR), Uncommon Women and Others, The Sisters Rosensweig (Stella Adler Studio), The Laramie Project (Afterwork Theatre Project), Pains of Youth (Cake Shop Theatre Co.), Into the Woods (Stage 23). Regional: Loving vs. Virginia (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Magic FluteA Midsummer Night's Dream, Arcadia, Into the WoodsGiulio Cesare In Egitto, and A Little Night Music (University of Cincinnati), Xanadu (The Carnegie).



Sky Switser (Costume Design)

Favorite design credits include Spank!: The Fifty Shades Parody (Big League Theatricals), Prison Dancer, and Outlaws (both for NYMF), Legally Blonde (Muny, St. Louis), Gorilla Man (PS 122, NYC), The Medium (Pennsylvania Center Stage), Vice Nation (The Tank, NYC), The Grid (Soto Valez, NYC), Machinal (Primary Stages, NYC), and the upcoming new musical Bubble Boy. Associate design credits include Disney's Aladdin (Broadway), The Drowsy Chaperone (Broadway, Tony Award), Legally Blonde (Broadway), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Broadway), and for TV: Saturday Night Live, Smash Season 2, Royal Pains, and Late Show with Jimmy Fallon



Ethan Steimel (Lighting Design)

Recently Ethan designed A Chorus Line, La Cage aux Folles, and 9 to 5 at SRT in Santa Rosa, California. Selected lighting design credits: La Boheme, Albert Herring, Major Barbara, Will Power’s Alice Underground, The Skriker. Art, Macbeth, and a subway stunt for The Walking Dead. Assistant lighting design credits include Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson (off-Broadway), Masters of Illusion Live! (tour), Other Desert Cities, Adult (NYC), and Witnessed by the World (off-Broadway). Ethan lives in NYC working on various projects including CNN, Aljazeera, and Fox News. www.ethansteimel.com



Katie Kavett (Stage Manager)

Katie Kavett (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to stage manage at NYMF for the sixth time, where she has also worked on Volleygirls, Zapata, Flambe Dreams, Date of a Lifetime, and Show Choir. Other stage management credits include The Snow Geese (MTC), No-No Boy (Pan Asian Rep), The Most Deserving (Women's Project), Handle With Care (Westside), and Unbroken Circle (St. Luke's). She has also worked on the West Village Musical Theatre Festival, Fringe, Frigid, four Macy's Thanksgiving Parades, and numerous award shows and events. In 2012 Katie won the NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Stage Management. www.katiekavett.com



Katie Kennedy (Assistant Stage Manager)

Katie Kennedy is so excited to make her debut with NYMF.  Recent stage manager credits include Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (5th Floor Productions), Urinetown: The Musical (Secret Theatre Musicals), Pedro Pan (TRUF)and Kingdom Come (Secret Theatre New Works Project). Katie is extremely grateful to the cast and crew and would like to thank them for such an amazing experience! 



Nikki Grillos - Joy Dewing Casting (Casting Director)

Broadway: Soul Doctor, Wonderland. Off-Broadway: Til Divorce Do Us Part, Forever Dusty, The Voca People, The Sphinx Winx, Dear Edwina. Current/recent tours: Joseph… (starring Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo), Bring it On, Ghost, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can, In the Heights. Regional: Engeman Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse. Dance companies: Rasta Thomas, Elizabeth Streb. Nikki also casts for 5th Floor Theatre Company here in NYC.



Form Theatricals - Anthony Francavilla/Zachary Laks (General Manager)

Form Theatricals provides the infrastructure necessary for theater productions and companies to grow in a scalable, repeatable, and sustainable manner. Our approach allows clients to increase ticket sales, donations and programming in a way that mitigates risk for artists and administrators alike. Clients include: The Gym at Judson, Shut Up, Sit Down, and Eat, One Year Lease Theater Company, and The Amoralists. www.formtheatricals.com



Nadia Pálsdóttir (Assistant Director)

Nadia Pálsdóttir recently graduated from New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre program, and holds a bachelor degree in classical singing from Iceland Academy of the Arts. She has participated in numerous projects at NYFA, including the production of Spring Awakening in the spring of 2014. Additionally, Nadia has acted in commercials and tutored a girl’s choir for multiple years.



Kristen Hoagland (Assistant Choreographer)

Kristen Hoagland is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She has studied under the direction of Isobel Johnson, Kimberly Johnson Spolitino, and Sandra Moore for ten years. She is currently represented by MSA NY and has performed on America's Got Talent, The Rachel Ray Show, The Next Big Thing NY, Joe Lanteri's Bright Lights and Shining Stars showcase in NYC, and at Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City. She has danced in music videos for Wonka Pop Star and artist Rachel Lorin Flisoof. Kristen has also performed at the APAP Showcase at Peridance with Michael Susten's company, Xhale.

Kristen has had the pleasure of working directly with choreographers AC Ciulla, as his assistant on numerous projects, Luis Salgado, Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Ivan Koumaev, David Gamboa, Jeffrey Lapes, Brooke Wendle, RJ Durrell, Jihan Amoroli, and Michael Susten just to name a few. She has just returned from performing with the National Tour of West Side Story! (Mugsy, Female swing, and u/s Anybodys). She is very excited to be a part of PROPAGANDA!



Parker Krug (Assistant General Manager)

Parker graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts concentration Arts Administration from Christopher Newport University, VA. He has House Managed at Atlantic Theater Company and now is learning a great deal from assisting Zachary and Anthony of Form Theatricals on PROPAGANDA! As well as other projects. On Stage, Parker has been seen in the National Tour of West Side Story (Snowboy), Kiss Me, Kate (Bill Calhoun), Brigadoon (Harry Beaton), All Shook Up (Dean), Legally Blonde (Nikos, Dance Captain) and others. Big Thank You to Matthew and Taylor for this awesome show and Zack and Anthony for allowing me to be a part of the team. 



Kyle Largent (Production Assistant)

Kyle is studying at Northwestern University and excited to be in NYC this summer. Select credits include the West Village Musical Theatre Festival (Players Theatre), Shrek the Musical, Urinetown, All Shook Up, Bunbury and My Fair Lady. Upcoming production of Andrew Lippa's Wild Party and currently serving as Stage Management Chair for Spectrum Theatre Company. Thanks to Justin, Al, Barbara and the Connolly family.