Contestants

Serena Berman

Serena Berman (Heat 2)

Serena Berman is an LA born actress, singer, and playwright. Favorite past credits include Murder at the Gates (Stephen Sater, writer), Assassins (Kent Gash, dir.), and W.I.T.C.H(Disney/ABC). Catch her next in Strindberg's A Dream Play with her theater company Artilliers (www.artilliers.org) and improvising with indie team "True Jeggings." NYU Tisch (CAP21) www.serenaberman.com



Ryan Bloomquist

Ryan Bloomquist (Heat 2)

Ryan’s recent regional credits include Les Miserables at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, All Shook Up at The Ivoryton Playhouse. Ryan also sang in the concert version of Bombshell from the TV show “Smash." Recent grad from NYU/Tisch. Win the key to his heart by following him on Twitter @ryanbloomquist. www.ryanbloomquist.com



Katharine Bragg

Katharine Bragg (Heat 2 - FINALIST)

Katharine hails from Northern Virginia and recently graduated from Wagner College with a degree in theatre performance! Some favorite credits include The Last Five Years (Cathy), Merrily we Roll Along (Mary Flynn), 25th Annual… Spelling Bee (Barfée), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Ensemble). Check her out: www.katharinebragg.com • Twitter: @katharinebragg • Instagram: @K_Bragg



Erin Wegner Brooks

Erin Wegner Brooks (Heat 1 - FINALIST)

ERIN WEGNER BROOKS performed on the 1st National Tour of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and CIRQUE DREAMS, Off-Broadway in PINKALICIOUS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, and A STOOP ON ORCHARD STREET, in Vegas as a principal singer for JUBILEE!, and with Disney nationally and internationally. Regional credits include BABY THE MUSICAL, LEGALLY BLONDE, SEUSSICAL, and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. www.erinwegner.com



Ross Brown

Ross Brown (Heat 1 - FINALIST)

Brandeis - BAs Music/Psych; NYU(current) - MM/AC Vocal Perf/Vocal Ped. Favorites: Grand Hotel (Baron), Sweeney (Anthony), Les Mis (Marius), Noises Off (Frederick), New Brain (Roger), Parade (Craig/Gov), Woods (Jack/Baker). Fight direction: Macbeth, Hamlet, Jack the Ripper, Les Mis, South Pacific, Noises Off, etc. Thanks to NYMF for the opportunity, Michael, Danielle for their support!



Jessica Crouch

Jessica Crouch (Heat 2 - WINNER)

Jessica Crouch was last seen this summer in Hair at Sacramento Music Circus. Her top performing highlight was touring North America in We Will Rock You and getting to share the stage with rock legend, Queen guitarist, Brian May. www.jessica-crouch.com @jessgoober



Emma Davis

Emma Davis (Heat 2 - FINALIST)

Emma Davis is a recent NYU Steinhardt graduate. She has performed at venues including the Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium and 54 Below. Emma is a YoungArts winner in both theater and jazz voice. Favorite credits include- Regional: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Beth), NYC: BEATSVILLE (Alice), ROYAL FABLES (Belle). www.emmacarolinedavis.com



Alex Gibson

Alex Gibson (Heat 1)

International Tour: Disney On Classic (as Scar). NY: Bombshell in Concert (Actors Fund), Adele: Live in New York City (Radio City Music Hall), Atlantic Theater Co., La MaMa ETC. Regional: Guthrie Theater, Connecticut Rep., Ordway Center, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Training: NYU Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway. www.AlexGibsonOnline.com



Brian Keith Graziani

Brian Keith Graziani (Heat 2)

Hailing originally from the far away land of Winslow, New Jersey, Brian is thrilled to be belting his face off for you tonight. Favorite credits include Malcolm in The Full Monty, Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Charlie Brown in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. Much love and thanks to family, friends, Peter, any dog he's ever met (what's a cat?), and his neighbors for inspiring him to rent a rehearsal studio by yelling at him. For Matthew. www.briangraziani.com



Israel R. Hillery

Israel R. Hillery (Heat 2)

Israel recently completed his M.M. in Musical Theatre Performance at NYU Steinhardt and has a B.A. in Music from Webster University. Recent credits: The European Tour of Porgy& Bess with the Opéra-Comique, performances at the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Alliance Theatre Company, True Colors Theatre Company, and Theatre By the Sea.



Crystal Kellogg

Crystal Kellogg (Heat 1 - RUNNER-UP)

Crystal was raised in a family who fondly called themselves the "Von Kelloggs".... Why musical theatre became a love, I'll never know. :) Other favorite things: Kinky Boots (1st Nat'l Tour), 2014 NYMF's "Best of Fest" winner Cloned!, many R & H shows including... The Sound of Music! Dreams do come true. www.crystalkellogg.com



Sarah Kleist

Sarah Kleist (Heat 1)

Sarah Kleist is a graduate of AMDA NYC with training in Meisner technique and improv. She is one half of an artistic-directing-duo (Monday Theatre Company), writes a feminist theatre blog, and likes to spy on tea parlor Tinder dates. Check her out on social medias @sarahkleist.



Anna Landy

Anna Landy (Heat 1)

Anna Landy is happy to join the NYMF competition! Past credits include Rose (Wings of Fire,) Celia (As You Like It,) Vivienne (Legally Blonde,) and Liesl (Sound of Music.) Communications Coordinator to Statera Foundation. Positive action promotes positive change. Special thanks to NYMF and her family. ATB talent.



Richard Lisenby

Richard Lisenby (Heat 2)

Richard Lisenby, a Southeast Alabama native, is thrilled to be a part of NYMF’s “Next Broadway Sensation!” Richard received a BA from The University of Montevallo (2011) and a MM from Southern Illinois University (2015). Favorite roles include: Dan in Next to Normal, Tateh in Ragtime and Marius in Les Misérables.



Wonu Ogunfowora

Wonu Ogunfowora (Heat 1)

Jersey girl, Wonu has performed in professional theater for the past 6 years. She was last seen as a nun on the run with Second National/ International Tour of Sister Act. When not performing, she enjoys active wine-drinking and binge watching ID Discovery or Sailor Moon. Sending all the luck and may the best sensation win!



Zal Owen

Zal Owen (Heat 1)

Most recently, Che in Evita at Cape Rep. National Tour: Motel in Fiddler on the Roof (opposite Harvey Fierstein). Off-Broadway/NYC: New York Theatre Workshop, Theater for the New City, NYMF, Triad Theater, York Theatre, Broadway Boys. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Atlanta TOTS, Ogunquit Playhouse. Thanks to CLA, Dana and family! www.zalowen.com



Kris Roberts

Kris Roberts (Heat 2 - FINALIST)

Kris Roberts is an NYU/Tisch alum and most recently performed as Lead Singer/Vocal Captain with Royal Caribbean. Favorite roles: Once on This Island (TiMoune), Once on This Island (Andrea), Ain't Misbehavin' (Charlayne), Hairspray (L’il Inez/Dynamite), Dreamgirls (Michelle Morris). www.krisroberts.net



Gilbert D. Sanchez

Gilbert D. Sanchez (Heat 1 - FINALIST)

Gilbert D. Sanchez was last seen in Westchester Broadway's Godspell as Jesus. Past New York productions include Showgirls: the Musical! (Theatre 80) Evita (John W. Engeman), and Allegro (Astoria PAC). University of New Mexico graduate.



Gerry Vega

Gerry Vega (Heat 2)

Gerry Vega - Proud, new member of AEA and excited for NYMF's Next Broadway Sensation! Credits: Santa's Village (Berry), Berenstain Bears LIVE! - Nat'l Tour (Brother), Billy Bonfire (E). Thanks to Liz, Cassie, Andrew, the Vega's, and friends. "The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”



Reggie D. White

Reggie D. White (Heat 1)

Reggie recently completed a run of "I & You" at Merrimack Rep which will transfer off-Broadway to 59E59 Theaters in January. Other NY credits include "For The Last Time" (Clurman Theatre) and "Dogsbody" (LaMaMa). Reggie, who recently moved to NY from San Francisco, appeared in the 2014 NYMF Festival in "The Snow Queen". Reggie is a 2015 TCG Fox Fellow and has also received the RHE Artistic Fellowship as well as the TBA Titan Award.