2016 Gala Honorees

Tara headshot (1).JPGTara Rubin, Tara Rubin Casting 

Tara started her company in April, 2001 after working for 15 years as a Casting Director at Johnson-Liff Associates.  During those years she worked on productions of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Jerry Zaks’ revival of Guys and Dolls and Miss Saigon.  She also cast the daytime drama Another World and Dan Aykroyd’s series Soul Man.

At Tara Rubin Casting, she and her colleagues Eric Woodall, Merri Sugarman, Laura Schutzel, Kaitlin Shaw, Lindsay Levine, Claire Burke, and Felicia Rudolph cast the musicals Falsettos, Cats, A Bronx Tale, Dear Evan Hansen, Miss Saigon (upcoming), School of RockIt Shoulda Been You, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Promises, Promises, How To Succeed… for Broadway as well as The Country Girl, The Heiress, The Farnsworth Invention and A Time To Kill.  They recently completed their 12th season as Casting Directors for Yale Repertory Theater and have worked with many regional theaters across the country.

Tara graduated with honors from Boston University and serves on the board of the Casting Society of America.

Duncan Sheik.jpgDuncan SheikPerformer/Composer

Theatre credits include; Spring Awakening (2006) Tony Awards for “Best Orchestrations” and “Best Original Score”, 2008 Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album”, American Psycho (2016), Because of Winn Dixie (Delaware Theatre Company 2015), Whisper House, (Old Globe Theater 2011), Alice by Heart (currently in development), Nero (Another Golden Rome) (currently in development), The Nightingale (currently in development), Noir (currently in development).
Recorded works include; American Psycho (Original London Cast Recording) (2016), Legerdemain (2015), Covers 80s (Sneaky Records 2011), Whisper House (Sony 2009), Spring Awakening (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2006), White Limousine (Rounder 2006), Daylight (Atlantic Records 2002), Phantom Moon (Nonesuch 2001), Humming (Atlantic Records 1998), Duncan Sheik (Grammy Nomination “Best Male Vocal”, RIAA Certified Gold) (Atlantic Records 1996).

HeadShot.jpgFrank Troutman, City National Bank

Frank Troutman is a Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for City National Bank’s Entertainment Division and is responsible for offices in New York City, Nashville and Atlanta. He works closely with the bank’s Entertainment Team to serve the financial needs of clients in media, film, television and theater, as well as business managers and accountants.

Frank  helped establish the New York office for the bank – its first office outside California – in 2002. Previously, he was Regional Operations Manager for City National in Northern California. He began his financial services career in 1983 with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.

Frank is an avid supporter of the Theater, having served for six years as Board member, Treasurer and supporter of the New York Musical Festival. He has been an affiliate member of The Broadway League since 2009. In April of 2009 Mr. Troutman was the recipient of the Dewitt Stern Local Hero Award for services to New York City’s Non -Profit Theater Community.

He resides in New York City.

MoRocca.PNG Mo RoccaMaster of Ceremonies

Mo Rocca is a Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and host of The "Henry Ford's Innovation Nation" Saturday mornings on CBS.  He's the host and creator of "My Grandmother's Ravioli" on The Cooking Channel, and a frequent panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!". Mo starred on Broadway as Panch in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and was president and author of The Hasty Pudding Show at Harvard. He played Doody in the Southeast Asian tour of Grease.