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ANASTASIA BARZEE (Mrs. Wilkinson) has starred on Broadway in Henry IV parts 1&2, Urinetown, Jekyll & Hyde, and Miss Saigon. She created the role of Josephine in the West End production of Napoleon. For NY Encores she starred as Lorna in Golden Boy directed by Walter Bobbie. Also with Walter Bobbie directing, Anastasia created the role of Betty (Rosemary Clooney) in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and can be heard on the original cast recording. Other recordings include: Napoleon, Sunset Boulevard, Broadway Original Lullaby Album and well as her solo album The Dimming of The Day available on Amazon, iTunes. Anastasia performs regularly in NYC at 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Birdland, and the Metropolitan Room. TV/Film: “The Blacklist,” “Blue Bloods,” “White Collar,” “Made in Jersey,” “Golden Boy,” “666 Park,” “Law & Order SVU,” “Law & Order,” and others. Anastasia played Ann Coulter opposite Sean Penn in Doug Liman’s Fair Game and can be seen in upcoming films Those Who Wander and Confessions of a Teenage Disciple (directed by Eric Stoltz). Love to my two little boys who are the only boys in their ballet class, too.
ANTHONY FESTA (Tony) is stoked to be making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut this summer. Credits: Tony in West Side Story (West End/UK Tour). NYC: Bare, How Deep is the Ocean, NYMF. Regional: Hairspray, The Full Monty (2x). Much love to my Family and peeps at The Mine! anthonyfesta.net @anthonylfesta
ARMAND SCHULTZ (Dad) Broadway: Frost/Nixon, The Herbal Bed, A View From the Bridge, The Secret Rapture. 1st National Tour: Billy Elliot the Musical. Off-Broadway: Our Town (Barrow Street), The House In Town (Lincoln Center Theatre), Stuff Happens (Drama Desk Award), King Lear, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Coriolanus (NY Shakespeare Festival/The Public Theatre); Y2K, Seeking the Genesis, Sight Unseen (MTC); Cyrano de Bergerac (Roundabout),The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: leading roles at The Guthrie Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Olney Theatre, Artpark, GeVa Theatre, among others. Film: SALT, Cold Souls, Druid Peak, Burn After Reading, The Happening, Vanilla Sky. Television: guest starring roles on “The Black Box,” “House of Cards,” “Elementary,” “Unforgettable,” “Gossip Girl,” “Chicago Code,” “Law and Order: SVU,” among others. Recent work includes the audio books: Act of War and Eat What You Kill and the recently released HBO Film The Normal Heart.
DALE SOULES (Grandma) Broadway: Hair (debut), Dude, The Magic Show (co-starring with magician Doug Henning and introducing Stephen Schwartz’s songs “LIon Tamer and “West End Avenue”), The Crucible (Richard Eyre dir.), Whose Life Is It Anyway, Grey Gardens (Michael Greif dir.), Hands On A Hardbody (Neil Pepe dir.) Her Off-Broadway, Regional and International credits are extensive. From this seasons critically acclaimed I Remember Mama (10 veteran actresses playing all the roles-Jack Cummings lll dir. for the Transport Group) and Marsha Norman’s Getting Out (NY) to Candide (Guthrie theatre) and The Builders Association’s Jet Lag (Barbican & International Tour) as well as National Tour of her one person performance Chameleons. TV & Film includes: Maurice Sendack’s “Really Rosie,” “Law & Order,” “Sesame Street,” “American Playhouse,” (Until She Talks, Grapes of Wrath), “The Messenger,” “Unforgettable” and Season 2 of “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix). Ms. Soules is a teacher, oral historian, and Usual Suspect with NYTW. dalesoules.com
SAM FAULKNER (Billy Elliot) is beyond excited to be fulfilling this dream role! Sam was last seen in the NYC reading of Broadway-bound revival The Me Nobody Knows, directed by Stafford Arima. Sam also appeared as Ralphie in A Christmas Story the Musical in Chicago, and has performed in over 20 regional productions in his hometown, Charlotte, NC. He is the reigning titleholder of Teen Mr. Dance of NC. Sam wouldn’t be here without Nancy Carson, Paul Cannan, Annette Tanner, Tyler Hanes, Spencer Liff, Ken Alan, Broadway Dreams Foundation, Ron Chisholm, Alan Poindexter, Barbi VanSchaick, JMSD, and his amazing family.
NOAH PARETS (Billy Elliot) is thrilled to be making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut! He is equally excited about returning to the role of Billy Elliot, which he played in 2012-2013 on the National Broadway tour of Billy Elliot the Musical. A versatile actor, singer, dancer and acrobat, Noah was last seen as The Artful Dodger in Oliver! at Trinity Repertory Company. Some favorite New York experiences include: playing Noah Freeman in the award-winning new musical The Dark I Know (Midtown International Theatre Festival), dancing with Project Moves Dance Co. (Joyce Theater), and singing at Broadway Under the Stars (Hudson Riverfront PAC). Born to boogie, Noah trains at the Boston Ballet and studies tap, jazz and modern dance with Project Moves. One of this Bostonian’s proudest moments was singing the National Anthem at Fenway Park. Noah thanks his family, Chase Renouf and the team at CTG, Christopher Hird, and all of his teachers and mentors. Love You Forever! noahparets.com
GREG MCCORMICK ALLEN (Mr. Braithwaite/Ensemble) is thrilled to make his debut with the Ogunquit Playhouse. Being a Seattle native, he has been seen in numerous shows with the 5th Avenuez Theatre, Village Theatre and Seattle Children’s Theatre, and was a member of the pre-Broadway cast of First Date with the 5th Ave Theatre/ACT. Most recently, Greg could be seen as Patsy in the 5th Ave’s acclaimed production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, and this holiday season will be appearing as Bert in Mary Poppins with the Village Theatre. A very special thanks to Jayme for finally getting him out to Ogunquit!
DAVID BENOIT (Big Davey/Ensemble) is delighted to be back at the Ogunquit Playhouse having played Sparky in Forever Plaid a mere 20 years ago. Since then he’s appeared in both Broadway and National Tours of: Jekyll and Hyde (Bishop/Spider), Avenue Q (Nicky/Trekkie), Les Miserables (Thenardier). Broadway: Dance of the Vampires. National: Young Frankenstein (Kemp/Blind Hermit), All Shook Up (Sheriff Earl), Forbidden Broadway (Japan). Off Broadway: Forbidden Broadway: (10th Anniversary) & (Summer Shock!), Forever Plaid (Sparky). Regional: Adding Machine (Mr. Zero) (Helen Hayes Best actor nom.), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye). Romance in Hard Times (Polly) Barrington Stage. For: Mom, Dad and pio.
JOEL BLUM (George) Joel toured the US, Canada, and Brazil with the National touring company of Billy Elliot playing the role of “George,” and he received a Broadway World Award in San Francisco. He’s appeared in 8 Broadway shows, including Show Boat (nominated for the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor) Steel Pier (nominated for his second Tony). He played Marcellus in The Music Man and danced in the original production of 42nd Street directed by Gower Champion. Off-Broadway: Golf-The Musical (2004 Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.) …and the World Goes ‘Round, Game Show. Tours: Co-Choreographed and appeared in Doctor Doolittle (starring Tommy Tune) 101 Dalmations, World Goes Round, Annie Get Your Gun (Starring Debbie Reynolds). Regional: Annie Get Your Gun (Charlie Davenport), Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Senex), Meet John Doe, (Helen Hayes nomination), Tin Pan Alley Rag (Barrymore Award—Best Supporting Actor), Damn Yankees (Starring Tony Randall) Pal Joey ’78 (Starring Lena Horne.) On TV: “Ed,” “The Sopranos,” and “Law and Order” twice.
STEPHEN HANNA (Older Billy/Scottish Dancer) Broadway: original cast of Billy Elliot (Older Billy). Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical (Dream Lecter). National Tour: Come Fly Away (Sid) Phantom Of The Opera 25th Anniversary Tour (Slave Master). Regional: Chicago Lyric Opera Oklahoma! (Dream Curly) Native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he studied under Roberto Munoz, then went on to study at the School of American Ballet. At SAB Mr. Hanna was awarded the Mae L. Wein Award for outstanding promise. He joined New York City Ballet in 1997. In 2004 he was promoted to soloist and in 2005 was promoted to the rank of principal dancer. He danced Principal roles in ballets by Balanchine, Robbins, Martins, Tanner, and Evans. He has performed around the world with the New York City Ballet, Tom Gold Dance, Alessandra Ferri and international ballet galas. On television he has appeared on “All My Children,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Live from Lincoln Center” and the “2009 Tony Awards.” In film he has appeared in Center Stage, Adagio for Olga, and These Showers Can Talk.
ELYSIA JORDAN (Mum/Ensemble) has performed principal roles in concerts and readings in NYC venues including: Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Creative Center, Lincoln Center’s Songbook Series, and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Regional credits include: The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse) and Marty in Grease (Summer Theatre of New Canaan). Elysia graduated from Ithaca College (BFA Musical Theatre) and is represented by The Krasny Office. This production marks her entrance into the Actors’ Equity Association, and she thanks the incredible production team, family, and friends for their guidance and love.
ALEC SHIMAN (Michael) is thrilled to be making his debut with the Ogunquit Playhouse. Last summer, he performed with Maine State Music Theater (Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Gypsy). Other recent credits include Brundibar & But the Giraffe, Distracted (Underground Railway Theater), Ragtime (Fiddlehead Theater), To Kill a Mockingbird, and Honk! (Boston Children’s Theater). Alec, who will be attending high school in Brookline, Massachusetts, has received IRNE nominations in each of the past three years for Most Promising Young Performer. Thanks to RKS Management, Michelle, Julia, Peyton, and everyone at the Ogunquit Playhouse.
JULIA YAMEEN (Debbie) is overjoyed to be back at Ogunquit Playhouse this summer with Billy Elliot! She was most recently seen as Little Timoune in Once On This Island at NSMT with Voices of Hope. Favorite roles include: (Fan Scrooge) A Christmas Carol at North Shore Music Theatre ‘12, ‘13, (Baby June) Gypsy at Maine State Music Theatre, (Pinkalicious) at Ogunquit Playhouse, and (Annie) Annie, which she has performed twice. Thank you Ogunquit Playhouse for such a great opportunity and many thanks to her family, friends, Amesbury Middle School and her dance teacher Donna Coco for their inspiration, encouragement and support!
JACKSON BARTELME (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his first appearance on the Ogunquit Playhouse stage. Jackson has just graduated from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC where he earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theater. His most notable roles include Ariel in the Classics at Brucemore production of The Tempest, The Baker in Coastal Carolina’s production of Into the Woods, and Nick in Christmas: Hans Christian Anderson at SPT Iowa. Enjoy the Show!
AMANDA BRUTON (Clipboard Woman/Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Ogunquit Playhouse debut this summer! She recently returned from 17 months on the road with the International Tour of The Addams Family Musical playing Grandma Addams. Favorite credits include: Company (Joanne), Hairspray (Authority Figure), and Romeo and Juliet (Nurse). Amanda has also been the voice behind several radio commercials and audiobooks. Love to Kristen, Mom, Dad, and the Fam. amandabruton.com
CONOR DEVOE (Ensemble/Assistant Choreographer) Conor is thrilled to be making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut! Conor is a rising senior BFA Musical Theatre student at Coastal Carolina University. Favorite credits include: Mungojerrie in Cats (Cortland Repertory Theatre), Arty in Lost in Yonkers (Atlantic Stage), Pippin in Pippin (CCU), Mark/Dance Captain in A Chorus Line (CCU), Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show (CCU). He send love and thanks to his wonderful family, the Ogunquit community, CCU, and to Adam Pelty for this wonderful opportunity! conordevoe.com
MADGE DIETRICH (Ensemble) Ogunquit debut! Thrilled to be in beautiful Maine telling this story! Recent: Grease (Palace Theatre) and The Sound of Music (Paper Mill Playhouse). Madge is also a budding cabarettist, having created and produced two original shows in the past year. Love and glitter to friends, teachers, and family, whose support and encouragement have made all the difference. For more, visit madgedietrich.com or follow her on Twitter! @MADGEIKAL
JENNY HOLAHAN (Lesley/Ensemble) is so excited to be back in beautiful Ogunquit and to be part of such a wonderful show with this talented cast! She recently returned from the Mediterranean where she was performing in Saturday Night Fever the Musical and as an aerialist on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. Other credits include: Happy Days the Musical, Les Miserables (West Virginia Public Theatre), Monty Python’s Spamalot (North American Tour and Ogunquit Playhouse), How to Succeed… (Theatre by the Sea), and Playball! (Chan Center, Vancouver, BC). BFA Dance, University at Buffalo. Jenny would like to thank her family and her husband, Jack, for all their love and support!
MATT JONES (Ensemble) is very excited to be back in Ogunquit! Previously at the Playhouse - Guys and Dolls (Harry the Horse), Fiddler on the Roof (Rabbi), La Cage Aux Folles (Francis), and Cabaret (Max). Regional credits include Harold Bride in Titanic (Bucks County Playhouse), Tom in Olympus on My Mind (Virginia Rep), Rocky in Damn Yankees, Rooster in Annie, LeFou in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, all at Worcester Foothills Theatre. Matt has spent 6 years with the National Tour of Sesame Street Live! Thanks to Brad, Jayme, and Tiana. This one’s for my CSS peeps!
MICHAEL LAWRENCE (Ensemble) just recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Coastal Carolina University. He most recently finished working with the Tony Award winning writers of Urinetown on their new musical, ZM (Zombie Musical). Favorite past roles include Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show, Wolf/Prince in Into the Woods, and Lancelot in Spamalot.
MASON ROBERTS (Posh Dad/Scab/Ensemble) Broadway credits include: Victor Victoria with Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli and Raquel Welch and the Tony Award winning revival of She Loves Me. First National Tour credits include: Billy Elliot and The Drowsy Chaperone. Other New York credits include: Bob Cratchit in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and 110 in the Shade with The New York City Opera. TV credits include: “Law and Order: CI”. He is thrilled to be making his debut at the beautiful Ogunquit Playhouse. Endless love and thanks to Mom, Manuel, Moe, and everyone at Dulcina Eisen & Associates.
ROMMY SANDHU (Dance Captain/Ensemble) has been Directing/Choreographing/Performing across the country for 20+ years. Recently, BCEFA Gypsy of The Year/ Easter Bonnet Benefits. Regional: Mary Poppins, Wizard...Oz, Ragtime, Pajama Game, Singing...Rain. Off-Broadway: Christmas Eve w/ Ann Harada, Make Mine Manhattan, HNDJ, Platinum, The Ark, Dancebreak. Associate Choreographer: Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Broadway), Bells are Ringing, Applause (both NY’s City Center), Unsinkable Molly Brown, Billy Joel Songbook Musical, World Premieres Gershwin’s Fascinatin’ Rhythm, M.Yeston’s Hans Christian Anderson. Broadway Performing credits: Mary Poppins, Bombay Dreams, Oklahoma!, On The Town, The Life, Sweet Charity Concert, A Christmas Carol, Sondheim 75 , Annie…Gun (w/ Bernadette Peters/Reba McEntyre). National tours: Carousel, Kiss Me Kate, Evita, Dreamgirls. Television: “SMASH,” “Tony Awards,” “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Today Show,” “Live w/ Regis and Kelly,” “The View.” Adjunct Faculty: NYU CAP 21, Marymount Manhattan College. Proud father of three and husband to one. RommySandhu.com
ADAM SARETTE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his debut with Ogunquit Playhouse! Upon graduating from The Hartt School with a B.F.A. in Music Theatre in 2011 and performing in the Guthrie Theater’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore, Adam became a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association! He has performed two contracts with Disney Cruise Line’s –The Disney Wonder over the past two years and most recently has trained to be a kickboxing instructor with iLovekickboxing.com, in two Manhattan locations! He is grateful and incredibly thankful for his friends, family, and Britton for their loving support! adamsarette.com
CHRIS WOODS (Ensemble) Ogunquit Playhouse debut! Most recently performed with Barry Manilow’s production company (Stiletto Ent.) onboard Holland America Line. Nat’l/International tours: Shrek the Musical, The Wizard of Oz. NYC: Fade Out- Fade In, Panama Hattie (Musicals Tonight!). Regional: A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), West Side Story (New Orleans Opera), RENT (Le Petit Theatre), Little Me, Pal Joey (Tulane Summer Lyric). Concerts/Recordings: From Broadway With Love (Broadway Records). Upcoming: first national tour of Nice Work If You Can Get It. Proud native of New Orleans. Love and thanks to Jayme, the Billy Elliot team, friends and family.
ELTON JOHN (Music) The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than three decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time with over 200 million records sold worldwide. Elton has won a wide array of industry awards including Grammys, Tonys and an Oscar and continues to add innovative work to his personal repertoire of 35 gold and 25 platinum albums. In December of 2004, Elton received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts. Elton’s most recent CD, PEACHTREE ROAD, was released on Universal Records to critical acclaim. He continues to perform his critically acclaimed RED PIANO show exclusively at Caesars Palace. It has been heralded as “the Most Exciting Show in Las Vegas 2004” by the Las Vegas Review Journal and “A Must See” by the Los Angeles Times. Tony Award-Winning AIDA and long-running THE LION KING musicals have long reigned on Broadway and continue to tour the world. This May, the stage production of BILLY ELLIOT -The Musical, in which Elton wrote the music, debuted in London’s famed West End theatre district to rave reviews. According to Variety magazine editor Peter Bart, “BILLY ELLIOT will clearly rank as one of the best musicals of its generation” (May 31, 2005). Most recently, Elton and long time writing partner Bernie Taupin have completed the score for Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures’ Broadway musical VAMPIRE LESTAT. His commitment to the fight against AIDS led to the inception of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (Los Angeles and London) which has dispersed a combined total of grants surpassing $80 million to date making the Elton John AIDS Foundation one of the largest public non-profit organizations in the AIDS arena. In 1998, he was knighted by the Queen of England who honored him with the title Sir Elton John, CBE.
LEE HALL (Book and Lyrics) was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1966 and studied English Literature at Cambridge University. He has worked as a writer in theatre, TV, radio and film. He has been writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Live Theatre, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Theatre: Wittgenstein on Tyne, Live Theatre 1996; Bollocks, RSC Fringe, 1998; Genie, Paines Plough, 1998; Cooking With Elvis, Live Theatre/West End 1999 - nominated for an Oliver Award for Best Comedy; Spoonface Steinberg, Ambassadors Theatre, London 2000; Two’s Company, Live Theatre/Bristol Old Vic, 2001; Billy Elliot the Musical, 2004 - Oliver Award Best Musical; Pitmen Painters, Live Theatre, Newcastle/Royal National Theatre/National Tour/Broadway, 2007-2010. Theatre adaptations: Leonce and Lena (Buchner), The Gate Theatre, 1997; Mr Puntila and His Man Matti (Brecht) Almedia Theatre, 1998, A Servant to Two Masters (Goldoni) RSC/Young Vic 1999; The Adventures of Pinocchio (Collodi), Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 2000; Mother Courage (Brecht), Shared Experience/ Ambassadors Theatre; The Good Hope (Heijermans) Royal National Theatre, 2001; The Barber of Seville (Beaumarchais), Bristol Old Vic, 2003. Opera: Adaptation of Il Pagliacci/The Comedians for the English National Opera, 2008. TV: Spoonface Steinberg 1997, BBC; A Prince of Hearts 1998, BBC; Wind in the Willows 2007 BBC. Film: Billy Elliot, Working Title Films, 2000. His screenplay for War Horse directed by Steven Spielberg came out in 2011.
BT MCNICHOLL (Director) staged last year’s critically acclaimed West Side Story at Ogunuit Playhouse, as well as their successful productions of La Cage Aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret. His the new Producing Artistic Director of the beautiful Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT. Currently represented on Broadway as the Associate Director of the hit revival of Cabaret starring Alan Cumming, McNicholl is a veteran of 12 other Broadway plays and musicals including Spamalot and Billy Elliot with legendary directors Mike Nichols, Sam Mendes, Rob Marshall, Jerry Zaks, David Hare and Stephen Daldry. He was a Development Consultant for MGM, spent 3 years with the Shubert Organization, Internationally, he won the Australian “Tony” for Best Direction of a Musical, staged the European Premiere of The Producers for Mel Brooks, and taught Master Classes in Paris. A BMI Award-winning songwriter, he wrote the lyrics for The IT Girl and musicals for Madison Square Garden. Off-Broadway, he directed Kristin Chenoweth in Billion Dollar Baby and produced the show’s cast album. Upcoming projects include the New York premiere of The Gronholm Method, which he directed and co-produced to acclaim in Los Angeles in 2012. He is thrilled to be back at the Ogunquit Playhouse with the first-ever re-imagining of Billy Elliot.
ADAM PELTY (Choreographer) Adam Pelty’s Broadway credits as actor include: Steel Pier, Titanic, A Christmas Carol, Cyrano-The Musical, Joseph..., and The Scarlet Pimpernel, for which he also created the original choreography. Most recently, he served as resident choreographer for the Broadway touring company of Billy Elliot - the musical. His Chicago production of Tick Tick Boom in 2012 for Porchlight Music Theatre was critically acclaimed. Since 2010, he was seen as Santa in the national touring company of A Christmas Story, Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone (Jeff nomination, supporting actor) at Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre, Sir Robin in Spamalot at Drury Lane and Putting It Together for Porchlight (Jeff nomination, actor in a revue). Other regional directing and choreography credits include: Syncopation for Merrimac, Five Course Love for Capital Rep, and Kenny Rogers’ Christmas From The Heart at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Pelty served as Director of Musical Theatre at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and was the founding creative director for Summer Stars in Rochester, New York. He has also served on the faculties of Ithaca College and NYU, and is the founder of Moveable Arts, a Broadway education company. Adam is currently a professor of Musical Theatre at Coastal Carolina University and divides his time between Myrtle Beach, hometown Chicago and New York City. His proudest achievement is being the father of teenage up-start, Noah Pelty.
ANA FLAVIA ZUIM (Music Director) is an accomplished conductor, pianist, voice instructor and electric bassist. She has music directed and conducted numerous musicals and showcases, and worked with various Broadway accredited professionals. Among her credits are the Broadway Across America tours of Billy Elliot, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Wizard of Oz. During the National Tour of Billy Elliot from 2012 through 2013, she worked consecutively as Rehearsal Pianist, Assistant Conductor/Vocal Coach, and later Associate Conductor. The tour also reached International audiences in Canada and Brazil. She was also part of the professional team launching the National tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in February of 2014, and continues to work as a keyboardist for the 2014-2015 season. Ana Flavia currently holds the position of Professor of Contemporary Voice at the University of Miami - Frost School of Music. Her teaching experience includes voice, piano and electric bass, and the courses taught range from musical theater to both contemporary and classical styles of music. A native of Brazil, Ana Flavia moved to the US in 2003 after completing her bachelors in music at State University of Londrina. She now holds a Masters in piano performance from Lynn University and a Doctorate - PhD in Fine and Performing Arts, from Florida Atlantic University. Her dissertation entitled “Speech Inflection in American Musical Theatre” had the collaboration of renowned composers such as Alan Menken, Stephen Flaherty, Larry O’Keefe, Libby Larsen, John Buccino among others.
MARTIN KOCH (Orchestration) has built an outstanding reputation within musical theatre having won the prestigious Drama Desk and Tony Award for best orchestration for Billy Elliot, nominated for a Tony award for Mamma Mia! and with his colleague Nick Gilpin nominated for a Grammy award as producers of the Mamma Mia! cast album. His career has seen him serve as musical supervisor to Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Cats, Oliver, Mamma Mia! and Billy Elliot in London and worldwide. Martin Koch and Nick Gilpin run a successful music production company which has been responsible for the orchestrations, keyboard programming and album recordings for Mamma Mia!, Jerry Springer the Opera, Billy Elliot, Bad Girls, John Barrowman The Album and Shoes. Television credits include “The Royal Variety Show,” “Sports Personality of the Year,” “Kombat Opera” (5 mini operas for television); composed, arranged and produced the recording for The Commonwealth Games handover Ceremony in Delhi 2010, Music Supervisor to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies and the composer for the Paralympic Opening Ceremony. Currently composing the music for 2 film projects, one for the US and the other UK.
JACK MEHLER (Lighting Designer) is pleased to be making his Ogunquit debut with Billy Elliot. He received the 2012 Korean Musical Theatre Award (Korean Tony) for Elisabeth and the 2013 award for Rebecca (featuring choreography by Ogunquit’s Jayme McDaniel). He has designed many productions for North Shore Music Theatre including IRNE-nominated A Christmas Carol, Nine & Camelot and 2013’s critically acclaimed Miss Saigon. Other theatre includes Cleveland Play House, Manhattan Theatre Club, Paper Mill Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, Weston Playhouse, and the WPA Theatre. Dance work includes Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Lar Lubovitch Dance, Donald Byrd/Spectrum Dance and many others. He is currently working on lighting a Forest Preserve in Nebraska for its 100th anniversary, Phantom for EMK in Seoul and new works for Joffrey and Lubovitch. Jack also provides design coordination/owner’s representation for arts organizations building or renovating performance and rehearsal facilities.
CAMPBELL BAIRD (Scenic Designer) has designed for Broadway One Mo’ Time; Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Tranced, Fabuloso, A Picasso, The Persian Quarter, and Mrs. Whitney; Phoenix Theatre: Sonya – world premiere with Julie Harris; Old Globe Theatre: Somewhere – world premiere; Huntington Theatre Company: Candide; Spoleto USA: The Singing Child – world premiere of Gian–Carlo Menotti’s last opera; North Shore Music Theatre: JC Superstar, Crazy for You, The Producers, Gypsy, and Joseph…Dreamcoat. He designed scenery and costumes for the world premiere of Peter Pan for Nashville Ballet and A Chorus Line for MSMT. He designed five national/international productions of West Side Story (three personally supervised by Jerome Robbins). He has designed for Nashville Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, and was resident designer for Joffrey Ballet. He designed The Nutcracker for Joffrey Ballet and Fall River Legend for the Royal Birmingham Ballet. He supervised productions for his mentors Oliver Smith Joffrey Nutcracker and Fall River Legend for Covent Garden; and Desmond Heeley - The Circle (on Broadway with Rex Harrison and Glynis Johns) and last season’s Tony winning production of The Importance of Being Earnest at Roundabout Theatre Company. He is an Associate Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, teaching theatre and film history, costume drawing and presentation. He is a member of USA Local 829, serving as an exam judge for scenic and costume design and scenic painting. He lives in New York City and Phillipsburg, NJ.
DUSTIN CROSS (Costume Design) is pleased to be back designing for Ogunquit Playhouse after last year’s successful season which earned him a Broadway World Award for Best Costume Design (Joseph...Dreamcoat) as well as a Broadway World nomination for West Side Story. Credits include: Broadway: The 24 Hour Plays (American Airlines); Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway Comes out Swinging (Davenport Theater),The Other Josh Cohen (SoHo Playhouse), Cougar The Musical, Zelda at the Oasis (both St Luke’s Theater); Regional (select): In the Blood (Baruch) and The Christmas Rose(Carnegie Hall), The 24 Hour Musicals (Irving Plaza), The Countess of Storyville (Signature Theater). Enjoy!
ERIC MARTIN (Sound Design) Eric has been working at the Ogunquit Playhouse since 2011 as an assistant in the audio department and is now very excited to return this season as the Sound Designer. He is based out of Oklahoma and most recently worked a production of James and the Giant Peach as an alumni designer at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Prior to that he was the sound designer for a tour of A Christmas Carol (Palace Theatre). He likes to stay busy in between theatre by bartending, substitute teaching, or playing music. He would like to thank his family from Ogunquit to Oklahoma and everywhere in between that has supported him.
BRITT GRIFFITH (Wig and Makeup Design) is proud to be joining the Ogunquit team. She has been working professionally in theater/film for the last 12 years. She arrived in Maine fresh from her contract with the international tour of The Addams Family. Previous tour credits include the national tours of 39 Steps, Cabaret, and Oz: The Musical. Regional design credits include Forbidden Broadway, Beauty and the Beast, Show Boat, and The Drowsy Chaperone. She would like to thank her nearest and dearest for always supporting her, with a special thanks to Mommy Dearest for being her biggest fan.
NIKKI LINT (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Past shows include 9 to 5, Young Frankenstein, and West Side Story. Other Stage Management credits include: 42nd Street, Grease, Cats, My Fair Lady (Gateway Playhouse); Annie, Other Desert Cities, Doubt, Music Man, Academy, Jolson at the Wintergarden, Joseph and the Amazing Techinicolor Dreamcoat, Red (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Rock Odyssey (Adrienne Arsht Center), Reverie (Second City), War, Scenes From the Big Picture (Seanachai), Forbidden Broadway, and American Girl Theatre, among others. Nikki was a Production Assistant on the 1st National Tour of Mary Poppins, and is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
CORY BOULIERIS (Assistant Stage Manager) from Flower Mound, TX., Cory is thrilled to be returning to Ogunquit Playhouse. Tours: Green Day’s American Idiot - UK, Asia, USA (PSM); South Pacific (ASM/ACM). International: The Telephone/Il Signor Bruschino at CCM Spoleto Opera Festival. Regional: South Pacific at Ogunquit Playhouse; Altar Boyz, Zanna Don’t!, Bent at Uptown Players. BFA from University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music. “jams and jellies.” coryboulieris.com
RYAN NEELY (Production Manager) is thrilled to be returning to Ogunquit Playhouse for his second season. Previously Ryan was the Producing Director at THEATREWORKS in Colorado Springs, Adjunct Professor of Stage Management at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and the Assistant Production Manager at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Ryan has also worked as Stage Manager for many theaters across the country including the Disneyland Resort. Ryan has his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California Irvine. Ryan would like to thank his amazing wife and welcome his new born son to the world.
GEOF DOLAN (Technical Director) is returning for his 8th season as the Playhouse’s Technical Director and his 3rd as the overall Scenic Coordinator. Immediately prior to Ogunquit he served as Technical Director for Worcester Foothills Theatre. He has done supplemental design work for several shows and received 2014 BroadwayWorld.com’s Best Scenic Design in Maine for his work on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. (Robert Kovach original design.) He is also the technical supervisor for the Children’s Theatre program. Geof began his technical career working backstage for both of his parents who are theatre directors and began his professional career at Sierra Repertory Theatre in California. For 5 years he split his seasons between Maine and Florida, working the same technical areas for the Orlando Shakespeare, but now he fills his off-season drafting, engineering and developing tour trollies for Molly Corp. His wife Cheryl, (Scenic Charge artist for the Playhouse) has designed award winning parade floats and designs many of the Children’s Theater Shows. His “born-in-a trunk” 13 year old daughter Ashlynn is an aspiring actress, musician and artist who hopes to make her Main Stage debut in the near future!
JAYME MCDANIEL (Associate Producer) 2014 marks Jayme’s 4th season as Associate Producer for the legendary Ogunquit Playhouse. Last season he directed and choreographed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Clay Aiken and was awarded 2 Broadway World awards for his efforts. He also directed and choreographed the audience favorite Singin’ in the Rain here in 2009 and received an IRNE nomination for his choreography. Previously he acted as the Associate Artistic Director at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN, where he had the fortunate opportunity to produce and direct several highly acclaimed and commercially successful productions. While in residence at the Ordway the Minneapolis Star Tribune lauded him as the Outstanding Director of a Musical for The Rocky Horror Show. As a Stage Director he has directed and/or choreographed Rebecca, the Musical at the LG Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea; Joseph… at North Shore Music Theatre, Singin’ in the Rain, Grey Gardens, The Sound of Music and Yankee Doodle at the Ordway; The Student Prince at Paper Mill Playhouse; Zorba & H.M.S. Pinafore for the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Violet, Candide & Drood with Connecticut Repertory; Always Patsy Cline, Evita, It’s a Fabulous Life, Chicago, Zombie Prom, The Merry Widow, People Like Us, They’re Playing Our Song and many others. As an Associate Director and/or Choreographer: Laughing Room Only (Broadway), White Christmas, Wonderful Town, Sound of Music, Yankee Doodle Dandy (5th Ave Theatre), Singin’ in the Rain (Theatre of the Stars) Camelot and Rags (Paper Mill), Nefertiti (Parker Playhouse), Crazy for You (Musical Theatre West) and The Music Man (CLOSBC). He’s enjoyed a career on the stage as well, most notably in the final national tour of Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing.
BRADFORD T. KENNEY (Executive Artistic Director) is a New England based artistic director, producer, stage director and artist. Since joining the Ogunquit Playhouse in 2005, the Playhouse has doubled its audience growing from a single season summer stock theatre into one of the Northeast’s pre-eminent regional theatres with a three season performance schedule. During his stewardship, the Playhouse has garnered a number of awards and honors including the Moss Hart Award, Regional Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre from the New England Theatre Conference, multiple IRNE award nominations and a number of BroadwayWorld awards including Best Musical and others. Mr. Kenney is also noted for his work at Carnegie Hall including directing the holiday special, The Christmas Rose starring Jane Seymour and producing An American Christmas Carol with Tim Janis also at Carnegie Hall. In New England, Mr. Kenney has been proud to be associated with a number of different theatre companies. Ogunquit highlights include Damn Yankees starring Carson Kressley, Sunset Blvd starring Stefanie Powers, Charles Shaughnessy and Rachel York in Monty Python’s Spamalot, Jefferson Mays in My Fair Lady, Lorenzo Lamas in The King and I, Rue McClanahan in Crazy for You, Sally Struthers in Hello, Dolly! and Andrea McArdle in Cabaret. He was also formerly the Artistic Director of the Foothills Theatre and Wachusett Theatre Companies in Massachusetts. He is a fourth generation plein air landscape artist, having studied with Beth Ellis, Rhode Island School of Design, Heartwood College of Art, and Maine College of Art. His artwork is represented by the Sea Bell Gallery, Shore Road, Ogunquit, Maine.