Till

Book by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro; Music and Lyrics by Leo Schwartz

A child's murder becomes a worldwide awakening.

TILL is the emotional and moving true story of Emmett and Mamie Till. In 1955, a black teenager visiting relatives in Mississippi was murdered. His body was thrown in the Tallahatchie River where it was discovered three days later, mutilated and unrecognizable. His mother bravely insisted that he have an open casket funeral so that “the world would see” what they had done to her child. This crime and her impassioned response were catalysts for the subsequent civil rights protests of the era.

 

Runtime: 90 minutes with no intermission.

Taylor A. Blackman

Taylor A. Blackman (Emmett Till)

Taylor A. Blackman is ecstatic to be making his NYMF debut in this astonishing and timely piece. New York: Fat Kid Rules The World, Reflections: Ben Vereen Project. Regional: Fun Home, Mamma Mia, Hello Dolly, Ragtime. TV: “Alternatino”. Huge thank you to ChiChi and Pamela at Cooper Company. And a thank you to Justin, Chase, and Jamie at Clear Talent Group! Love to his family and his best friends Ashley and Wes for their never-ending support.



Tyla Collier

Tyla Collier (Woman 2)

Tyla Collier is grateful to be a part of Till! A native of Rhode Island, she was last seen Off-Broadway in Sistas the Musical. She is a proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre. Tyla gives thanks God, her family and friends for their unwavering support! Follow her @tyla_collier and www.TylaCollier.com



Dwelvan David

Dwelvan David (Man 1)

1st national tour: Finding Neverland; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. NYC: Standby (NYMF 2013) Regional: Sweeney Todd (Denver Center); Sister Act (Tuacahn); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (STAGES/Riverside); Show Boat (Lyric Opera Chicago); The Wiz (TATC); Caroline, or Change (Human Race); Ragtime (Drury Lane); TV: "Bull," "Gotham,” “Law&Order SVU,”“Happy!" BFA Millikin University. AEA Proud. @dwelvandavid



Judith Franklin

Judith Franklin (Woman 1)

Judith Franklin is is thrilled to join the cast of TILL and debut in the New York Musical Festival. Broadway credits include Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. National Tours: Motown The Musical, Straight Outta Oz, Madea on The Run. Regional: Dreamgirls, Memphis The Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Company. TV/Film: Greenleaf, Super Intelligence (Dec 2019) Special thanks to the creative team for this opportunity. Always grateful for family and friends and their support. @judithfranklin



Denielle Marie Gray

Denielle Marie Gray (Mamie Till)

Denielle Marie Gray is grateful to join the amazing cast of Till. She has toured nationally and internationally singing background for Patti LaBelle and other acclaimed artists. Alongside Spencer Ludwig she opened for Bebe Rexha’s National and International All Your Fault Tour. Off- Broadway: A Band of Angels. Regional: Little Shop of Horrors, Ghost the Musical, Disney Cruise Line, Glimmerings of Hope, King Hedley II, and Two Rooms. Denielle is forever grateful for the love and support of her family and friends. Jeremiah 29:11 DenielleMariegray.com



Devin L. Roberts

Devin L. Roberts (Man 2)

Dance Companies: The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco!) Broadway: The Lion King (Minskoff Theatre), Cabin In The Sky (City Center Encores). Off Broadway: Venice (The Public Theater). Regional: Beetlejuice (The National Theatre), West Side Story (Guthrie Theater), Ain’t Too Proud (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Theatre Under The Stars). TV: America's Got Talent (BG Vocalist)



Leo Schwartz

Leo Schwartz (Writer (Book, Music, Lyrics))

Leo Schwartz is a multi-disciplined and award-winning composer of stage and screen. He is the producer and writer of the Off-Broadway musical, The Book of Merman which ran for 5 months. His musical, TILL, about Emmett and Mamie Till, won the Mainstreet Musical Theatre Festival in 2016. His musical Under A Rainbow Flag, won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work in 2013. His musical song cycle, We The People, written with Sean Chandler, was premiered by Flying Elephant Productions in January of 2018 in Chicago. His works have been performed in Europe, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, at the York Theatre, and across the United States. He is Executive Director of Fly-ing Elephant Productions. Performances of his concert works have toured Europe and the United States. He constantly receives commissions and is the Composer-In-Residence for the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble. www.leoschwartz.com



DC Cathro

DC Cathro (Writer (Book))

DC Cathro is a Chicago-based playwright, actor, and director from the Washington DC metropolitan area. His musical Till, written with award-winning composer Leo Schwartz, is one of three winners in the 2016 Main Street Musicals Festival, selected by Gregory Mosher. The Book of Merman, another musical written with Schwartz, enjoyed a five-month run Off-Broadway, and in 2014, he became the only playwright to have two shows in the Pride Films and Plays Festival in Chicago, IL; Pen, A Musical (also with Schwartz) and Family Holiday. DC's works have been performed and read at theatres and festivals across the U.S., including The William Inge Festival in Independence, Kansas, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Greenhouse Ensemble Theatre in New York City.



NJ Agwuna

NJ Agwuna (Director)

NJ Agwuna is a freelance theater and film director from central Maryland; now a recent graduate from the directing MFA program at Columbia University. She has worked on a national and international scale exploring classic text, developing new plays, devising, and investigating new ways to reach audiences. Some of NJ’s credits include site specific work with the Motor Company and Brooklyn Community Gardens, A Hyacinth in the Mountains by Claire Jamison, Harold Pinter’s One for the Road as a part of the Segal Center’s Re-Reading Oppression, Flickering a part of Brunch Theatre’s Black Coffee showcase, The River Rouge by Andy Boyd in contribution to the Playwrights festival at Columbia University, Flip- Flap and his Master by Yosef Idris, Julius Caesar, Antigone, The Duel by Anton Chekhov adapted by Matthew Minnicino, Theatreworks USA’s Freedom Train, The Tempest, associate directed Endangered: the Eco Musical, associate directed White Card at ART with Diane Paulus, Love and Information , Good Man by Melis Aker, Town Hall devised and created in collaboration with Ed Wasserman, Truth or Lie, What She Found, Then She Fell (ASM), Sleep No More (ASM), Amazing Spider-Man 2, Daredevil, and Jessi-ca Jones. More at: www.njagwuna.com



Kenny Ingram

Kenny Ingram (Choreographer)

Kenny Ingram is Last Year’s Winner for New York Musical Festival Outstanding Choreography for Emoji-land with Visceral Entertainment. He is grateful to be a part of the TILL Team. Mr. In-gram recently choreographed The Wizard of Oz at Chicago Shakes. He Co-Choreographed Sophisticated Ladies for the Co-Produced Production for Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre. Mr. Ingram will be Choreographing Ain’t Misbehavin for the Co-Produced Production for Portland Stage and Maine State Music Theatre later this summer.



Lena Gabrielle (Musical Director)

Lena Gabrielle is a music director, arranger/orchestrator, composer/lyricist, and performer specializing in new works development. In the past two years, she has collaborated with over ten creative teams to help bring their shows to life. Lena’s musical Tink was presented at NYMF 2016 and received an award for excellence in family theatre. A strong advocate for mental health awareness, she continues to develop her song cycle about living with and embracing mental illness. lenagabriellemusic.com



Mark Brymer

Mark Brymer (Orchestrator)

Mark Brymer heads a full-service music and live theatrical show production company, WOW! ENTERTAINMENT, INC. with offices in both Dallas, TX and New York City whose clients include Disney Film Studios (wrote title song “Digga Digga Dog” for 102 Dalmatians), Six Flags Theme Parks (over 150 Live Production Shows) , Music Theater International (Two Li-censed Musicals), Pirates Voyage Dinner/Arena Attractions , and Hal Leonard Print Publishers (selling over 750,000 copies of choral music annually). Web-site http://markbrymer.com



David Goldstein (Scenic Design)

David Goldstein's career can legally drink this year. He is proud to have collaborated with the teams of Ladyship, Till, and My Real Mother. Previous: 2018: Emojiland, Bad Ass Beauty, Defy Expectations(concert). 2017: A Wall Apart, I Am I Will I Do. 2015: Wearing Black, Deep Love: A Rock Opera. 2014: Cloned, Deployed, Der Gel-be Stern, Rescue Rue. 2013: Gary Goldfarb Master Escapist, The Pirates of Finance, The Water Dream (concert), Looking Forward (concert). 2012: Stuck. 2011: Ghostlight. 2010: The Most Ridiculous Thing You Ever Hoid. #rlycore4 davidgoldsteindesigns.com



Andy Jean

Andy Jean (Costume Design)

Off-Broadway: For All The Women (Soho Rep), Good Grief (Vineyard Theater), The Climb (Cherry Lane),What to Send Up…When it Goes Down (ART/NY), Rags Parkland (Ars Nova), Scraps (Flea Theater), and Macbeth in Stride (Under the Radar). Regional: The Christians (Chautauqua Theater), Little Shop of Horrors (Trinity Rep), An Iliad (Long Wharf), Macbeth (Trinity Rep), Cabaret (PlayMakers Rep) Training: MFA, NYU/Tisch. www.andyjean.com



Eric Norbury (Lighting Design)

New York premieres at BAM, The New School of Drama, NYU/Tisch, Columbia Stages, Amas Musical Theatre, and others. Previous work with the Glimmerglass Festival, Tulsa Opera, The Ohio Light Opera, Brevard Music Center, Curtain Call Theatre. Eric has extensive dance experience with Seán Curran Dance Company, De Funes Dance, Second Avenue Dance Company, and others. Eric is the Resident Lighting Designer for Nimbus Dance. MFA NYU/Tisch, BFA ECU. www.ericnorburylighting.com



Caroline Eng (Sound Design)

Caroline Eng is a New York-based sound designer and audio engineer. Sound design work includes The Three Musketeers and The Salonniéres (Greater Boston Stage Company), Uncle Vanya (Brooklyn College), evoking him: Baldwin (New York University), Follies (Astoria Performing Arts Center, nominated: New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Sound Design), Clever Little Lies (Penguin Rep), Crowndation (National Black Theatre). Assistant sound design includes Calendar Girls (GBSC), Fruiting Bodies (Ma-Yi Theater company), Eddie & Dave (Atlantic Theater Company). Find Caroline's work at carolineengdesign.com.



Addison Heeren (Props Design)

Addison Heeren is currently the Resident Prop Master at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Freelance credits include Fiddler Afn Dakh/Fiddler on the Roof (Stage 42), Jersey Boys, Havana (NCL Bliss), Midnight at the Never Get (York Theater), Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson (Working Theater), Ordinary Days, Surely Goodness and Mercy (Keen Company), A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages), Muswell Hill, The Thing With Feathers (Barrow Group), Smart Blonde (59D59), Pericles (Public Theater), A Room of My Own (Abingdon), Street Children (Vertigo), First Love, Actually We’re F***** (Cherry Lane Theater) and Dolphins and Sharks (LAByrinth) Instagram: @propstitutenyc



Graham Garlington (Assistant Director)

Graham Garlington is a trans non-binary singer-songwriter, experimental musical theatre composer and artist. Sarah Lawrence Class of 2018, Bachelors Degree in Music, Theatre, and Film. Credits: Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir (Adelaide RCC Fringe Festival, perform-er, 2019), Staunton Music Festival (singer, stage manager, 2014-present) Sex Play (The Pack Theater, sound design, 2018), Elsewhere (Sarah Lawrence College, composer/performer, 2018), Ribbon About a Bomb (Exquisite Corpse Company, composer/musician, 2017).



Emely Zepeda (Stage Manager)

Emely Zepeda has stage managed at WP Theater (Hatefuck), Soho Rep (Thunderbodies), Ars Nova (Soft Butter), the High Line (Melt), IRT Theatre (Spring Fling 2018), New Ohio (Yellow Card Red Card), Theater for the New City (Zen A.M. and I Am Antigone), La MaMa (Chix 6), Brave New World Repertory Theatre (A View from the Bridge, The Plantation, and Ms. Julie, Asian Equities), and others. Emely has an MFA in stage management from the Yale School of Drama where she stage managed Cymbeline and assisted on Indecent and Familiar.



Elizabeth Weber (Assistant Stage Manager)

Stage Management: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Secret Theater); I Want A Country (NYC Fringe); Worldwide Plays Festival (Writopia Lab). Other professional credits include: SheNYC, Sound Designer; Natural Shocks (WP Theater); The Mountains Look Different, CONFLICT, The Suitcase Under The Bed (Mint Theater); WP Theater Admin Intern. LaGuardia Tech Theater alum and student at Pace University for Stage Management.



Eisenberg/Beans Casting (Casting Director)

Eisenberg/Beans Casting is a fast-paced casting office for theatre, film, television, and new media. Highlights include...Broadway: Gettin’ The Band Back Together. Off-Broadway: Baghdaddy, Bed-lam’s Pygmalion, The Anthem, and more. Regional/Other: Heartbreak Hotel (Broadway in Chicago), Folger Theatre, Bedlam’s Saint Joan/Hamlet on tour, Dallas Theater Center, New York Theatre Barn. Film: The Latin in Manhattan, Hands That Bind, Lapham Rising, Project Sweet Life, The Miseducation of Bindu, Brother’s Keeper, Summertime Dropouts. TV: Timberwood, Mulligan. New Media: Limetown (Apple Podcasts). Daryl Eisenberg and Ally Beans are both members of Casting Society of America. www.ebcastingco.com. @EBCastingCo.



Paul Siebold (Press Representative)

Paul Siebold is the managing director of OFF OFF PR, a firm dedicated to publicizing developing theatrical productions. A marketing, promotions and public relations executive for over 20 years, Paul has helped to achieve significant pre-production press coverage, reviews and post-production success for his clients. Paul has publicized NYIT Award-winning productions and winners of FringeNYC & NYMF Awards for Excellence. He represents a variety of theatrical genres. www.offoffpr.com



Benny Lumpkins Jr.

Benny Lumpkins Jr. (Producer)

Co Producer-Till, Lead Producer- Lahser Rd. Theatricals, originated from Detroit MI. Re-cent producer credits include: These Hands, America’s Sexual Mastication, Norfolk Va, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Ishmael, Detroit 2020, Fuck You Jason or Medea by Euripides, Red Bar, all original productions. Writer, Book, Music and Lyrics of the upcoming; Rare A New Musical. Excited to be a part of Till and to be at NYMF.



Visceral Entertainment (General Manager)

Visceral Entertainment was formed by Michael Chase Gosselin and Tim Sulka, and is proud to be represented at NYMF 2019 by LADYSHIP, TILL and ALIVE! THE ZOMBIE MUSICAL. Visceral produced Midnight at the Never Get at NYMF in 2016, and has mounted hit runs in Provincetown and at the York Theatre (NY Times Critic’s Pick). Additional management & producing highlights include Happy Birthday, Wanda June (NY Times Critic's Pick), Life Sucks (NY Times Critic's Pick), Money Talks, Endangered! The Musical, The Wrong Box and The First Annual Trump Family Special. NYMF highlights include Emojiland (2018), Ludo’s Broken Bride (2016) and Pope! (2015). Upcoming projects: Emergency (Summerfest), Confidence (and the Speech), The Giant Hoax, The Most Miserable Christmas Tree, a stage adaptation of The Black Ledger and projects with best-selling novelist Jonathan Lethem and the musical group Too Many Zooz. www.visceral-entertainment.com