ROGER O. HIRSON (Book)
Mr. Hirson has written extensively for the theater, movies and television. His Broadway credits include Pippin, Walking Happy, which starred Norman Wisdom, and Darling of the Day, featuring Patricia Routledge. He won the Emmy for his six-hour television mini-series A Woman Named Jackie. Mr. Hirson’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which starred George C. Scott, was honored by a Royal Command performance. He wrote the film Demon Seed, starring Julie Christie and the story for The Bridge at Remagen.
STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (Music and Lyrics)
Stephen Schwartz has contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, The Magic Show, The Baker’s Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags, Children of Eden, My Fairytale, and the current Broadway hit, Wicked. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein’s Mass and wrote the title song for the play and movie Butterflies are Free. For children, he has written songs for two musicals, Captain Louie and My Son Pinocchio. For films, he collaborated with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted, as well as the animated features Pocahantas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and wrote the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt. He has released two CDs of new songs entitled “Reluctant Pilgrim” and “Uncharted Territory.” His first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, premiered with Opera Santa Barbara in the fall of 2009 and was recently produced by New York City Opera. A book about his career, “Defying Gravity,” has recently been released by Applause Books. Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he runs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and is currently the President of the Dramatists’ Guild. Mr. Schwartz has recently been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies.
DIANE PAULUS (Director)
Diane Paulus serves as the Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University. Broadway: A.R.T.’s 2012 Tony winning revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and The Public Theater’s 2009 Tony winning revival of HAIR. A.R.T.: The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Prometheus Bound, a new musical inspired by Aeschylus’s ancient Greek tragedy, written by Tony Award-winner Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) with music composed by Grammy Award-winner Serj Tankian; Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music; Best of Both Worlds; Johnny Baseball. Her other recent work includes Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil’s newest creation which had its world premiere in Montreal in April 2012. As an opera director, her credits include The Magic Flute, Il mondo della luna, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, and the Monteverdi trilogy L'incoronazione di Poppea, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Orfeo. Other work includes Kiss Me, Kate (Glimmerglass Opera) and Lost Highway (ENO co-production with the Young Vic). Diane is a Professor of the Practice in Theater in Harvard University’s English Department and was one of Boston Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Bostonians in 2012. She was awarded the 2012 Founders Award for Excellence in Directing from the Drama League. Read more about the A.R.T. at www.americanrepertorytheater.org.
CHET WALKER (Choreography)
40 years in 50 words or less: Broadway: Fosse (Co-Conceiver/Co-Choreographer), Tony, Best Musical. As Broadway performer: On the Town, Lorelei, Ambassadors, Pajama Game, Dancin', Sweet Charity, PIPPIN. Other Director/Choreographer: Cole (Queens Theatre), Sweet Charity (West End); Upcoming: A Funny Thing…Forum (Tel Aviv); Awards: Joseph Jefferson Award, co-choreography, Pal Joey (Goodman).
GYPSY SNIDER (Circus Creation)
Gypsy Snider co-founded Les 7 doigts de la main (7 fingers) in Montreal in 2002. Daughter of the founders of the Pickle Family Circus, she has performed internationally. Director of Amuse, co-director of Traces and co-director and original cast member of Loft, by Les 7 doigts de la main.
NADIA DiGIALLONARDO (Music Supervisor and Arrangements)
Nadia last worked with Diane Paulus on the Broadway revival of Hair. After years of the hippie life, she is now considering running away with the circus. Google her for more fun facts, and look for the DiGiallonardo Sisters’ new CD this summer!
LARRY HOCHMAN (Orchestrations)
Broadway debut: Pippin (sub-pianist 1974!). Broadway: Book of Mormon (Tony, Drama Desk), ten others (Scottsboro Boys, Spamalot, five Tony noms.). Five Emmys (“Wonder Pets”). Film, concerts, recordings (Paul McCartney, Marvin Hamlisch, Audra McDonald, Eric Idle, Barry Manilow, Hugh Jackman, Boston Pops, NY Philharmonic). www.larryhochman.net
SCOTT PASK (Scenic Design)
Scott has designed over 30 Broadway shows, receiving three Tony Awards for his designs of The Book of Mormon, The Coast of Utopia and The Pillowman. His work also includes Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, Met Opera’s Peter Grimes. He has received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Broadway World, Bessie, Hewes and Garland awards.
KENNETH POSNER (Lighting Design)
Forty-five Broadway credits. He designs extensively off-Broadway, for resident theatres and touring productions throughout the United States as well as internationally. He is the recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie awards.
DOMINIQUE LEMIEUX (Costume Design)
One of the original costume designers for Cirque du Soleil, including Saltimbanco, Mystère, Alegria, Quidam, O, La Nouba, Corteo, Zaia, Banana Schpeel. Additional credits: Céline Dion’s A New Day, Las Vegas; The Nutcracker, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Her designs have been exhibited in Montreal, Quebec, Paris and Mexico.
JONATHAN DEANS & GARTH HELM (Sound Designers)
Jonathan and Garth have collaborated for almost 20 years on shows including Ragtime, Fosse, Seussical and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. They are both excited to be working on such an incredible production.
PAUL KIEVE (Illusions)
More than 100 West End, Broadway, international productions including Matilda, Ghost (DD Award), Pippin (A.R.T.), Zorro, Lord of the Rings, Batman Live!, The Invisible Man, Phantom of the Opera. Film includes Hugo, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He authored Hocus Pocus (Scholastic 2007). www.stageillusion.com
JAKE BELL (Technical Supervisor)
More than 30 years of Broadway and touring productions. Credits include Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, A Chorus Line, Cats, Miss Saigon, Oklahoma!, Bring It On, Dreamgirls. Jake has consulted on theatre renovations throughout the U.S.
JOHN MILLER (Music Coordinator)
Recent Broadway: Once, Jersey Boys, Newsies, Rock of Ages. Musician (bass): Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra. Album: Stage Door Johnny – John Miller: Takes on Broadway is available on PS Classics Records.
RYAN CANTWELL (Music Director)
Currently in development, MD/Composer: A Helluva Life (George Hamilton). MD/Arranger, La MaMa: The Golden Toad, Mark. Md: Babes in Toyland (Pasadena Playhouse), The Nomad (Liz Swados, NYC workshop). Associate MD/Conductor: La Cage Aux Folles (1st National), Table (David Shire, NYC workshop). Resident MD at NYMF. TV/Film: CBS “Jim Henson Christmas Special,” “RACE” (Sundance, Gloria Allred). Ryan also writes/performs with his sister, Dawn (Dogfight, The Last Ship) DawnandRyan.com
MICHAEL DANEK (Production Stage Manager)
Broadway: Pippin, Wicked. National tours: Rock of Ages, Dr. Dolittle, Little House on the Prairie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Disney’s High School Musical. Off-Broadway: A Christmas Carol, The Fantasticks.
ANNELISE CASTLEBERRY (Stage Manager)
Tours: Flashdance the Musical (first national), Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Off-Broadway: Sleep No More, Silence the Musical. Regional: The Goodman, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.
MICHAEL LANPHEAR (Circus Coordinator/Assistant Stage Manager)
Broadway: Pippin the Musical. Touring productions: Britney Spears “Circus Tour,” Soap The Show, Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0. and Orchid the Show.
TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting)
Broadway/Tours: An American in Paris, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Last Ship, Love Letters, This is Our Youth, If/Then, Motown, Kinky Boots, Rock of Ages, Wicked, Newsies, Evita, Million Dollar Quartet. Film: The Intern, Focus, Into the Woods, Song One, The Last Five Years. TV: “Flesh and Bone,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “Penny Dreadful,” “Masters of Sex,” commercials www.telseyandco.com
DUNCAN STEWART CSA/BENTON WHITLEY CSA (Casting)
Duncan Stewart and Company is responsible for casting the new Broadway revival of Pippin, Chicago The Musical (Broadway and National tour), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the new North American tour of We Will Rock You, the Off-Broadway productions of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Pageant, and upcoming A.R.T. production of The Tempest. Other projects include: Menier Chocolate Factory (U.S. casting), Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever, and Chicago (Royal Caribbean Productions), La Cage Aux Folles (2010 Broadway revival and tour), Thriller Live (West End), as well as numerous regional theatres. Proud members of The Casting Society of America. www.dstewartco.com
BJ HOLT (General Manager)
Management and consulting positions for Broadway, West End and touring productions include Chicago, Fosse, La Cage aux Folles, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Seussical and Sweet Charity. For Christina and Payson.
FRED HANSON (Associate Director)
Broadway: Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Carousel, Oklahoma, Execution of Justice. National tour: Miss Saigon, Oklahoma, Phantom, Evita, Agnes of God, 42nd Street, Zorba. International: Miss Saigon (São Paulo and Tokyo), Jekyll and Hyde (São Paulo), Baby (Rio de Janeiro) Regional: St. Louis Muny, TOTS, TUTS, Wolf Trap, KC Starlight. Location Producer for ESPN World Cup 2014 in Rio. He is based in NY and Rio de Janeiro.
MIA WALKER (Assistant Director)
Broadway: Porgy and Bess. Also A.R.T., Public, Flea, Ensemble Studio Theater. BA, Harvard University (Film).