Numbers Nerds

Book by Laura Stratford; Music by David Kornfeld; Lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser; Story by Larry Little; Additional Music by Dylan MarcAurele

Numbers Nerds

at Peter Jay Sharp Theater  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday, July 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm

The [almost] all-girl math challenge!

Numbers Nerds is an almost all-girl high school math team from Waukesha, Wisconsin. The team has won the Regional Math Competition and is chosen to compete in the National Math SUM-IT. These smart and funny whiz kids must unite to solve difficult math problems without getting distracted by teen drama and pressures. It is a story of girls becoming women, conquering both anxiety and rivalry, finding a way to affirm themselves both as individuals and as team-members, so they can win at math…and at life!

Laura Stratford

Laura Stratford (Book)

Laura Stratford - Co-Founder/Executive Director of Underscore Theatre Company. “Numbers Nerds” marks her fifth world-premiere musical collaboration with Higgin-Houser and Kornfeld. This team toured Grind: The (coffee shop, comic book) Musical in four cities and received rave reviews in the Midwest Fringe Tour. The writing team’s first production including Brendan Siegfried, Liberal Arts: The Musical! was lauded for “great dialogue and lyrics” (Chicago Theater Beat), and “a lot of talent on display in the writing” (Windy City Times).

Alex Higgin-Houser

Alex Higgin-Houser (Lyrics)

Alex Higgin-Houser - Artistic Director/founding ensemble member of Underscore Theatre Company. Alex has collaborated with Kornfeld, Stratford, and Brendan Siegfried on the Midwest tour of Grind: The Coffee Shop, Comic Book Musical (Co-Author, Director, 2010), Liberal Arts: The Musical! (Co-Author, Director, 2008/2012), Spa Fire (Co-Author, AbbieFest 2012; “STUCK” new musical festival 2013), Prone: The Casting Couch Musical Comedy (Co-Author, Director, 2013). Alex won critical acclaim for his book/lyrics for the new musical Haymarket.

David Kornfeld

David Kornfeld (Music & Composer)

David Kornfeld received his BA in Composition from Carleton College and is currently pursuing his MFA in the Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. His musicals include Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook, Liberal Arts: The Musical!, Grounds: A Fresh-Brewed Musical, Prone: a Hardcore, Amateur Musical, and Numbers Nerds. He is a Co-Founder of Underscore Theatre Company in Chicago. Thanks to Sarah and the fam for all your love and support!

Larry Little

Larry Little (Story & Producer)

Larry Little (Producer and Story) wrote the original story for NUMBERS NERDS, a tale that combines a set of characters modeled on real-life people with the passion for numbers like those that shaped his second career as a Certified Public Accountant. Numbers Nerds is Larry’s 100th production, joining his thirty-five year career as an actor, director, and producer. Larry is thrilled to be a part of NYMF 2017. Larry is the lead producer of CPA Theatricals, which also publishes the widely read blog, Everything Musical Theatre.

Dylan MarcAurele

Dylan MarcAurele (Additional Music)

Dylan MarcAurele (Additional Music) is a Musical Theater Composer, Orchestrator, and Accompanist based in NYC. He is a recent graduate of Harvard University, where he composed three original musicals (That 1770s Show, Victorian Secrets, and What The Hell?!) and music directed three professional musical improv troupes (at Improv Asylum, Laugh Boston, and Catalyst Comedy). Dylan currently works as Music Assistant to Alex Lacamoire on Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen.

Amber Mak

Amber Mak (Director & Choreographer)

Amber Mak is a Chicago-based Director/Choreographer and the New Works Development Director for the Paramount Theatre. Credits include Director/Choreographer the critically acclaimed Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Paramount Theatre). Others include Director/Choreographer of Hairspray (Paramount Theatre); SDC Observership/Assistant to Susan Stroman, Big Fish (Broadway). Amber was the founding Artistic Director for the FWD Theatre Project Chicago where she produced Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s La Revolution Francaise. She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University.

Tom Acker (Scenic Designer)

Tom Acker (Set Design and Construction) currently works as an IATSE Local 18 Stagehand in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Previously he has been the Master Carpenter at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Production Manager for DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, IL, Assistant Technical Director at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Technical Director for Skylight Music Theater. He would like to thank his lovely wife Sarah, his daughter Emily, and twin sons Alex and Ben for their continuing support.

Michael Cole (Lighting Designer)

Michael Cole (Lighting Designer) is a New York City-based Lighting Designer. He has designed all over the U.S. ranging from Off-Off Broadway to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Michael graduated from the University of Oklahoma with two degrees: Musical Theatre Performance and Lighting Design. Recent credits include Sweeney Todd (Tri-Cities Opera), STEPS Repertory Ensemble (Alvin Ailey), Associate Lighting Designer for Black Girl: A Linguistic Play (CAB&D), Jingle Bell Jive (LTOTS), Blithe Spirit (OSU Guest Designer), A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Chestnut Street Playhouse).

Theresa Ham (Costume Designer)

Theresa Ham (Costume Designer) is a Chicago-based Costume Designer. Credits: Theatre: Sweeney Todd and Disney's The Little Mermaid, Ride the Cyclone (MCC Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), October Sky and Mama Mia! (Marriot Theatre), Jason and the Argonanuts (Lyric Unlimited-LOC), Carmen (Finger Lakes Opera), Hello, Dolly! (Drury Lane Theatre), The Assembled Parties (Raven Theatre), and Dogfight (BOHO Theatre). She has received eight Joseph Jefferson nominations and is the 2010 Jeff Recipient for Outstanding Costume Design (non-equity) and two Broadway World Awards. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Patrick, and their son, Cole.

Kevan Loney (Projections Designer)

Kevan Loney (Projections Designer) Recent works include Phases: A Lunar Fantasy (Peabody Essex Museum), Tosca (Fort Wayne Philharmonic), The Trial of an American President (The Lion), Icon (NYMF), Show Boat (CITI Shubert Theatre), Gertrude Stein SAINTS! (Abrons Arts Center), Mack and Mabel (Stages Repertory Theatre), Altar Boyz (Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret), Chang(e), (HERE Arts Center). Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama - M.F.A. in Video and Media Design.

Erin Quist (Stage Manager)

Erin Quist (Stage Manager) is excited to be working on Numbers Nerds. Chicago: A Christmas Carol, The Jungle Book (Goodman Theatre), 25th… Spelling Bee, Camelot, Billy Elliot, Peter and the Starcatcher, Bye Bye Birdie (Drury Lane Theatre), Nice Work If You Can Get It, Annie Warbucks, Cabaret (Theatre at the Center). Regional work includes: From Here to Eternity, Crazy for You, Treasure Island, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival).

Danielle Davila

Danielle Davila (Mary Kate)

Danielle Davila (Mary Kate) is excited to be a part of Numbers Nerds! Credits: The Little Mermaid - The Paramount Theatre, In The Heights (Yolanda) - Porchlight, Rock-A-Hula and Lights! Camera! Music! with Norwegian Cruise Line, The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Pinkalicious (Pinkalicious), Hairspray (Shelley), Swing!, The Addams Family, and Mary Poppins with LTS, A Chorus Line (Bebe), Spamalot and Seussical with Timberlake Playhouse. Danielle (with a BA from Millikin) would like to thank God and her family for their continuous support!

Madison Kauffman

Madison Kauffman (Barbie)

Madison Kauffman (Barbie) is thrilled to be reprising the role of Barbie in Numbers Nerds! Credits: Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Paramount Theatre), and Heathers the Musical (Kokandy Productions). Regional Credits: Guys & Dolls, The Fantasticks, Violet, The Drowsy Chaperone, Julius Caesar, Gypsy, and Into the Woods (Festival 56). BFA in Musical Theatre (Millikin University). Madison would like to thank her family and besties for their endless love and support as she conquers her dreams! Enjoy the show!

Jake Morrissy

Jake Morrissy (Leroy)

Jake is nerding out to be a part of Numbers Nerds! Credits include Disney's The Little Mermaid and Mamma Mia! (Paramount Theatre), Shrek!, How to Succeed..., Chicago, All Shook Up, and Sister Act (Little Theatre on the Square), Violet (Capital City Theatre), The Full Monty and Loving Repeating (Kokandy Productions), and Fiddler on the Roof (Tent Theatre). Jake obtained his BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University. Much love to the cast, crew, and creative team!

Maisie Rose

Maisie Rose (Melissa)

Maisie Rose (Melissa) is psyched to be back in NUMBERS NERDS, after appearing as Melissa in the CMTF last summer. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University. Favorite NU credits include Sheila in HAIR and Mary Flynn in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. Chicago credits include LOVING REPEATING (Kokandy Productions) and THINGS TO RUIN (Refuge Theatre Project). Workshops include THE LEGEND OF NEW YORK (Salzman/Cunningham) and LA RÉVOLUTION FRANÇAISE (Schönberg/Boublil and Mahler).


Tiffany Tatreau

Tiffany Tatreau (Amber)

New York credits: Ocean in RIDE THE CYCLONE (MCC Theater). Chicago credits: Sophie in MAMMA MIA!, Mary Robert in SISTER ACT, Anna in SPRING AWAKENING (Marriott Theatre); Shelley in BAT BOY (Griffin Theatre); Ocean in RIDE THE CYCLONE (Chicago Shakespeare, U.S. Premiere); and more. Tiffany is an alumna of the American Theatre Wing's SpringboardNYC and earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She is represented by Stewart Talent.