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American Theatre Artists Online

Latest release on Nov 30, 2020

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Mary Page Nance

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Mary Page Nance is a performer, choreographer and teacher having appeared on Broadway in the original casts of Finding Neverland and Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 and around the country with the First National tour of Bright Star.

She most recently helped develop the new musical, Black No More with choreography by Bill T Jones and she continues developing the new musical, Lempicka, directed by Tony Award Winner Rachel Chavkin.

Mary Page has performed in numerous Regional/Off-Broadway productions and has been an integral part in the development of various shows including Soft Power, The Cher Show, and War Paint.

Aside from performing, Mary Page is passionate about arts education and stays busy teaching the world's next generation of theatre performers.

Nov 30 2020

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Julio Agustin

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Julio Agustin is an accomplished director/choreographer, audition coach, author, and educator. He is a Broadway veteran, having appeared in Kiss of the Spider Woman (starring Chita Rivera), Fosse (with Ann Reinking and Ben Vereen), Steel Pier, Never Gonna Dance, Chicago, Bells are Ringing and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (with Patti Lupone).

Now, as a director/choreographer, he has added a Latinx flair to many of his productions, including a spiced up version of Sweet Charity at the New Harlem Arts Theatre and a Latin inspired Guys & Dolls at Theatre Under The Stars in Houston.  

He is co-author (with Kathleen Potts) of The Professional Actor's Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call and he is the creator of The Transition Workshop, a monthly NYC audition studio. He is currently associate professor and director of Music Theatre at Elon University and has two forthcoming, peer-reviewed articles on radical inclusivity and the absence of Latinx creatives on Broadway

Nov 23 2020

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Preston Max Allen

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PRESTON MAX ALLEN is a playwright, composer, and lyricist whose work has been seen at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York Musical Festival, Signature Theatre, Musical Theatre Factory, Feinstein's/54 Below, Joe's Pub, Laurie Beechman Theatre, York Theatre and Second City Chicago.

Preston conceived and wrote book, music, and lyrics for We Are The Tigers which won the L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation award for Best Lyrics/Composition, Never Better, and The Rage: Carrie 2, An Unauthorized Musical Parody and many others. His play Modern Gentleman was also featured as part of the 2020 PRIDE PLAYS Festival.

Preston is a member of the Ars Nova Play Group, graduate of the Second City Chicago Comedy Studies Program, and an alum of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.

Nov 16 2020

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Michael Rupert

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MICHAEL RUPERT is a Tony award winning actor, writer and director. His Broadway credits include On The Town, Legally Blonde The Musical, Ragtime, Falsettos, City of Angels, Mail, Sweet Charity, Shakespeare’s Cabaret, Pippin and The Happy Time.

Off-Broadway and regionally he’s been seen in Putting It Together, Dangerous Beauty, Elegies, A New Brain, Falsettos and The Merchant of Venice.

As a writer/composer he’s written Mail and 3 Guys Naked From the Waist Down. He has also directed productions of Ragtime, Sweet Charity, Sunday in the Park With George, The Crucible, Spring Awakening, Parade and Off-Broadway’s Thrill Me for which he received a Drama Desk nomination.

Nov 09 2020

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Patrick W. Lord

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PATRICK W. LORD is a projection and video designer.  He has designed projections for over 60 productions including numerous world premieres at The Kennedy Center, multiple productions at Shakespeare Theatre Company, including HAMLET featuring Michael Urie in the title role, and for various theatres in NY, DC and across the country including Lincoln Center, Revolucion Latina, Synetic Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Gala Hispanic Theatre, MetroStage, 1st Stage and The Keegan Theatre. 

He also recently worked on the video design team to adapt the Broadway show Mean Girls for its first national tour. His work has been nominated across the country, and he is a passionate advocate for Theatre for Young Audiences.

He holds an MFA in Projection Design from The University of Texas at Austin.

Nov 02 2020

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Debra Clinton

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I’m Stefan Sittig and welcome to AMERICAN THEATRE ARTISTS ONLINE, where we talk with leading contemporary figures in American Theatre.

DEBRA CLINTON is passionate about theatre and especially theatre education in all its forms. A theatre artist for over 30 years, Debra Clinton has made a career performing, directing, writing, and teaching theatre.

As the current President of Virginia Theatre Association (VTA), one of the largest state theatre associations in the country, she is responsible for connecting, creating, cultivating and advocating for practitioners of theatre across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Debra’s directorial credits include work at Virginia Repertory Theatre, Firehouse Theatre, Richmond Triangle Players, Dogwood Dell and countless productions at the Weinstein JCC in Richmond, VA, where she is artistic director of the Jewish Family Theatre.

Debra is a proud recipient of the 2013 Theresa Pollack award for excellence in theatre, as well as a recipient of a Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Award for her libretto and lyrics for the original musical, Croaker, along with composer Jason Marks, which received a NYC production Off Off Broadway in 2016. 

Oct 26 2020

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Gisela Chipe

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GISELA CHIPE is an award winning actor, writer and producer who works to create greater visibility for black and brown stories.

Her theatre work has been seen Off-Broadway at the Classical Theatre of Harlem and PS122 and at regional theaters across the country including the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre, the Alley Theatre, Syracuse Stage, DC’s Studio Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Contemporary American Theater Festival and Florida Studio Theatre.

Half-Ecuadorean and born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she grew up speaking Portuguese, Spanish and English. Her extensive TV and film work include the feature film Bel Canto opposite Julianne Moore, and roles on NBC’s Manifest and CBS’s The Good Wife.

Gisela frequently lends her voice to national commercials, campaign and audiobooks, in English and Spanish, including the promos for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio for NBC Universal and Univision.

Oct 19 2020

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J. Robert Spencer

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J. ROBERT SPENCER is best known as Broadway’s original Nick Massi in the Tony Award and Grammy Award winning show Jersey Boys with additional credits as an independent film director, producer, writer and singer.

He was also the original Dan Goodman in the critically acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical Next To Normal for which he earned a Tony Award Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.

Since 2011, J. Robert has performed in over 700 concerts all over the world with his singing group, “The Midtown Men – Four Original Stars from Broadway’s Jersey Boys.” touring all over the United States and internationally in Italy, Canada, Mexico City, and Beijing.

http://www.jrobertspencer.com/

Oct 12 2020

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Kris Kukul

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KRIS KUKUL is a New York City Based Orchestrator, Arranger, Music Director and Composer. Currently he is Music Supervisor, Conductor and Orchestrator for Broadway’s Tony nominated Beetlejuice The Musical! Other recent projects include, In The Green at Lincoln Center, David Byrne’s Joan of Arc at The Public Theatre, a remounting of Elizabeth Swados' Runaways at New York’s City Center, The Aenied with music by Duncan Sheik, and many other works at Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard, New York Theatre Workshop, The Atlantic, The Flea, LaMama, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Birdland, the Cherry Lane and the Lucille Lortel. 

His work has also been featured at various regional theatres across the country and for 10 seasons, he served as the resident music director for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where among other things he directed the legendary Late-Night Cabarets, featuring iconic performers including Renee Fleming, Kathleen Turner, Allison Janey, Tyne Daly, David Hyde Pierce, Judy Kuhn, Kelli O’Hara, Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and many others.

He began his career working for musical theatre icon, Elizabeth Swados, and has committed to keeping her legacy alive and he recently arranged, orchestrated and conducted Lincoln Center’s American Songbook: The Music of Elizabeth Swados.

Kris is a Graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and he has taught at Tisch/Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, The New School, Duke University, Columbia University, and Queens College.

Oct 05 2020

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Madeline Michel

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MADELINE MICHEL has been teaching English, Math and Theatre since 1980. Originally from New York, her philosophy of education was shaped in Baltimore City, where she discovered that good teachers should always be learning from their students.

Her driving passion is student agency, which takes the form of student led playwriting, choreography, direction and design.

Michel has guided her students to create moving theatre works dealing with police brutality, racism, discrimination, racial profiling and gentrification.

She shares her 2019 Tony Excellence in Education Award with her students at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia who are the true award winners.

Sep 28 2020

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Sherrice Mojgani

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Sherrice Mojgani is one of only a handful of women of color designing lighting for professional theatre in the United States. She has designed for Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, and San Diego Repertory Theatre. 

In 2019 Mojgani’s design for Into the Woods at Barrington Stage won a Berkshire Theatre Critics Circle Award and in 2017 she served as Associate Lighting Designer for the legendary Howell Binkley on Broadway’s hit musical Come From Away.

Mojgani is a member of United Scenic Artist 829 and she is an assistant professor in the School of Theatre at George Mason University. Originally from Orange County California, Mojgani holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz, and an MFA in Lighting Design from UC San Diego.

Sep 21 2020

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Steven Skybell

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STEVEN SKYBELL most recently starred as Tevye in Joel Grey’s acclaimed Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof, for which he won the 2019 Lucille Lortel award for Outstanding performance by a lead actor in a musical. 

Skybell’s Broadway credits include: the 2015 revival of Fiddler on the Roof, Wicked, The Full Monty, Pal Joey, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Café Crown and Ah, Wilderness!

During the pandemic, Skybell has been fashioning an evening of Yiddish songs that will include highlights from the Yiddish Fiddler as well as songs from the treasury of Yiddish music.

Sep 14 2020

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Gretchen Cryer (w/special guest Jon Cryer)

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I’m Stefan Sittig and welcome to AMERICAN THEATRE ARTISTS ONLINE, where we talk with leading contemporary figures in American Theatre.

Gretchen Cryer is most well-known for writing the book and lyrics and starring in “I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road (with music by Nancy Ford) which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Musical and Best Actress, and received a Grammy nomination for the album.

Gretchen has written numerous other shows with Nancy Ford and they were the first female composer-lyricist team to have their work produced on Broadway and Off-Broadway. 

Cryer and Ford’s new show “Still Getting My Act Together” is slated for production in 2021.

Gretchen is on the Dramatist Guild Council and is President Emeritus of the Dramatists Guild Foundation. She also teaches a workshop entitled “Creating Your Own Solo Performance” and has helped dozens of solo artists develop their pieces.

She will be presenting five of her solo artists at the Cherry Lane Theater in May 2021 in a festival entitled “True Stories.”

Jul 27 2020

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Brittney Harris

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I’m Stefan Sittig and welcome to AMERICAN THEATRE ARTISTS ONLINE, where we talk with leading contemporary figures in American Theatre.

Brittney Harris is an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University. Her areas of expertise are in Race and Performance, Theatre for Social Change, and performative community-engaged programming: examining the concept of “race” as a celebration of self, culture and artistic expression.

Throughout VA, NC, GA, and DC, Brittney has created several community engagement-based theatre projects and conducted workshops on solo performance development and devised theatre. Currently, she is workshopping and touring her two solo performance projects, The Intersection: The Sandra Bland Project and Being B.A.D.; each project explores the adverse effects of violence in social media on the personal psyche and how narrative-based storytelling is used as a vessel for social resilience and redemption.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Georgia.

https://brittneysharris.com/

Jul 20 2020

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Beth Leavel

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Tony Award winner Beth Leavel has been delighting Broadway audiences for decades. She was nominated for the 2019 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle awards for The Prom and she received Tony, Drama Desk, NY Outer Critics Circle and LA Drama Critics Awards for her performance as the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone.  Beth also received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations for her role as Florence Greenberg in Baby It’s You

Her other Broadway credits include: Mrs. June Adams in Bandstand, Emily in Elf, Donna in Mamma Mia!, Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, Dorothy Brock in the 42nd Street revival, Tess in the original company of Crazy For You, Mrs. Bixby in The Civil War, Ellie in Hal Prince's Showboat, and her Broadway debut as Anytime Annie in the original production of 42nd Street.

She will soon be bringing the iconic role of Miranda Priestly to the Broadway stage in the highly anticipated production of The Devil Wears Prada

Jul 13 2020

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Jared Bradshaw and Lindsay Northen

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I’m Stefan Sittig and welcome to AMERICAN THEATRE ARTISTS ONLINE, where we talk with leading contemporary figures in American Theatre.

Jared Bradshaw and Lindsay Northen are a true theatre couple.  Both of them have extensive experience performing on Broadway and in theatres across the country.

Lindsay is currently in the Broadway cast of Wicked where for years she has understudied the role of Glinda and performed nightly in the ensemble. Jared was in the original Broadway cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and performed in Jersey Boys for 8 years in Chicago, on tour and on Broadway.

Both of them are often called to take on the most challenging roles as understudies or swings. Their work often keeps performances running even under the most difficult circumstances and, in many ways, they are the backbone of the Broadway industry.

When not on stage, both of them work hard to balance maintaining a career in the performing arts while being parents to their 6 year old daughter Georgia.

Jul 06 2020

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Joy Jones

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I’m Stefan Sittig and welcome to AMERICAN THEATRE ARTISTS ONLINE, where we talk with leading contemporary figures in American Theatre.

JOY JONES has appeared Off Broadway, in London at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and at various prestigious venues like The Public Theatre, Lincoln Center and Playwrights Horizons. 

Known for her portrayal of smart, vulnerable yet resilient characters, Joy has deep roots in DC, and some of her most memorable credits have been on stages in the Nation’s Capital including Jubilee, A Raisin in the Sun and Mary T & Lizzy K at Arena Stage and The Hard Problem, Cloud Nine, Belleville, and Invisible Man at Studio Theatre.

Her performance as Nina Simone in the world premiere of The Champion at TheatreSquared in Arkansas garnered rave reviews and she has built a strong reputation in regional theatres across the country for her versatility, being able to play everything from jazz singers to white-collar professionals, to Shakespearean queens and caring mothers.

Joy has an MFA in Acting from UNC-Chapel Hill and she has trained at the British American Drama Academy. She is a Helen Hayes Award winner and an instructor, teaching voice-and-speech at the Shakespeare Theatre Company and coaching private clients.

https://thejoyjones.com

Jun 29 2020

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Frank Britton

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I’m Stefan Sittig and welcome to AMERICAN THEATRE ARTISTS ONLINE, where we talk with leading contemporary figures in American Theatre.

You can’t think of Washington, D.C. theatre, without thinking of Frank Britton, a DC native who has been a part of the local professional theatre scene for nearly two decades.

He is a graduate and faculty member of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Georgetown, and has appeared in productions with many area theatres including Arena Stage, Imagination Stage, Round House Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Avant Bard Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, 1st Stage, NextStop Theatre Company, Theater Alliance and SCENA Theatre.

He has appeared regionally at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Burning Coal Theatre Co in Raleigh, NC, and off-off-Broadway at La MaMa ETC in New York City.

In 2018, he earned the Helen Hayes Award (DC’s equivalent of the Tony) for his performance in JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN.

Jun 22 2020

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Michael J. Bobbitt

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I’m Stefan Sittig and welcome to AMERICAN THEATRE ARTISTS ONLINE, where we talk with leading contemporary figures in American Theatre.

Artistic Director Michael J. Bobbitt joined New Repertory Theatre in the Boston area, as an arts leader, director, choreographer, and playwright in 2019. Previously, he served as Artistic Director for Adventure Theatre-MTC in Maryland since 2007, where he transformed the organization into a respected theatre/training company in the DC area, as well as a nationally influential professional Theatre for Young Audiences.

In his 20 plus year career in the theatre, Bobbitt has commissioned new works by noted playwrights, transferred two shows to Off-Broadway, built an academy, and earned dozens of Helen Hayes Award Nominations including eight wins.

He has directed or choreographed at Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and the Washington National Opera.

As a writer, his work was chosen for the NYC International Fringe Festival and he has two plays published by Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals.

He is one of a small group of African-American men who lead prominent regional theatres in the US, and a focus of his work has been to reach out to under served populations and increase cultural diversity in theater.  

Jun 14 2020

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Carolyn Griffin

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I’m Stefan Sittig and welcome to AMERICAN THEATRE ARTISTS ONLINE, where we talk with leading contemporary figures in American Theatre.

Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin has been with MetroStage in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia since its founding in 1984 and has produced over one hundred main-stage productions, including seventeen plays and musicals that were world premieres, and dozens of cabarets. 

She is committed to producing the best contemporary writing and showcasing the best regional artists reflecting the diversity of the DC metro area for a broad-based audience. She has built three theatres by re-purposing nontraditional storefronts (and a lumber warehouse) into intimate well-equipped theatre spaces, and is currently working on a fourth.

She has chaired both the Alexandria Arts Forum, which she co-founded, and the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and has served on regional panels for both the Virginia Commission for the Arts and Kentucky Arts Council.

She has received many awards including the Actors Center Award of Distinction, the Cultural Affairs Award from the Alexandria Commission for Women, and the “Helen’s Star”, named after Helen Hayes, from Theatre Washington, “presented to daring visionaries who have shaped and redefined the landscape of Washington theatre.”

Jun 07 2020

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