Janet Dacal — Dina
JANET DACAL (Dina) is thrilled to be a part of this beautiful production. Broadway: Prince of Broadway (OBC), Wonderland (Alice OBC), In the Heights (Nina, Carla OBC). Off-Broadway: In the Heights (Carla, Drama Desk Award). Other credits: The Sting (Paper Mill Playhouse opposite Harry Connick, Jr.), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie) and Lend Me A Tenor (Maria Mirelli). Thank you to Stewart Talent Agency, Danielle Del @D2 Management, Defining Artists, Tara Rubin Casting, and everyone involved with The Band’s Visit. Special thanks to Mami, Papi, all my loves and my number one, Emilio, for his endless support and encouragement. Download her solo debut album, My Standards, and follow her @janetdacal.
Sasson Gabay — Tewfiq
SASSON GABAY (Tewfiq) was born in Baghdad 1947 to a Jewish family, immigrated to Israel at the age of three, and grew up in Haifa. After his military service, he studied theatre and psychology at the Tel Aviv University (B.F.A). Sasson is one of the most prominent and leading actors in Israeli theatre, television and cinema, and has had an exceptionally remarkable career for over forty years.
For the last twenty years, Sasson has been the leading actor of the Beit Lessin Theatre company in Tel Aviv, starring in their productions of: Uncle Vanya, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Rain Man, Cyrano de Bergerac and many other Israeli plays. His career in television embraces all genres: drama, comedy and satire. He has starred in many Israeli series including: “Kastner Trial,” “Siton,” “Shtisel” and the political satire “Polishuk,” for which he won an Israeli Television Academy Award for Best Lead Actor in a Comic Series. He has had an outstanding career in the Israeli cinema, and also participated in films abroad. Some of the highlights include: Restoration, Rambo III, alongside Sylvester Stallone, When Pigs Have Wings and the much acclaimed The Band’s Visit. Most recently he appeared in, Hunting Elephants and Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, directed by Ronit Elkabetz and her brother Shlomi Elkabetz. The latter role earned him an Ophir Award for Best Supporting Actor. Other favorite credits include: Kidon and The Kind Words by Shemi Zarhin and more.
Sasson has been granted awards from the Israeli Academy for Theatre, Israeli Academy for Film and Television, as well as numerous honorary awards and International Film Festival awards. He was exceptionally applauded in Israel and around the world for his role in the film The Band’s Visit. For his portrayal of “Tewfiq”, he won including the European Film Award for Best Actor in Cinema in 2007. He was a member of the international juries at A.P.S.A (Australia) and the Haifa International Film Festival.
Ali Louis Bourzgui
Ali Louis Bourzgui — Haled
ALI LOUIS BOURZGUI (Haled). National tour debut! Regional: Barrington Stage Co., Berkshire Theatre Group, Hope Summer Rep. Theatre, Titan Theatre Co., The Theater Barn, & GhostLit Rep. BFA Ithaca College. Original music on all streaming services. Much love to BRS/Gage, Mom, Baba, Driss, & my whole family of wonderful supporters! ألف شكر @ali.louis
Clay Singer — Itzik
CLAY SINGER (Itzik) is proud to return to a beautiful production full of love, music, and connection. Credits: Barrington Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, Off-Broadway. When he’s not performing, he’s usually in the kitchen cooking a new recipe or working on a painting. Clay stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities. BFA, Carnegie Mellon University. Many thanks to Tara Rubin Casting, Robert Stein Management, Bloc, The Band’s Visit company, friends, and family. Instagram: @claybsinger.
Yoni Avi Battat
Yoni Avi Battat — Camal
YONI AVI BATTAT (Camal, Violin) (he/him) is a Boston-based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer who performs and records on violin, viola, oud, and guitar in a variety of styles. Yoni’s music centers around his Iraqi and Polish ancestry, working to preserve historical melodies and to create new music inspired by these rich traditions. Yoni has performed across the United States, Canada, Israel, Portugal, and Italy with a variety of artists and ensembles such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Yair Dalal, Shai Tsabari, Nava Tehila, VSNY, and Di Gasn Trio. In 2015, he founded his own Yiddish-Jazz band called Two Shekel Swing, which has since released their debut album Pocket Change, performed in Toronto’s Jewish Music Week, and opened for Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird, amongst many other public appearances. Yoni received his bachelor’s from Brandeis University and Master’s from Boston University, studying classical viola performance and composition alongside Yiddish and Arabic language. He also studied oud and violin extensively in Jerusalem, where he focused on Arabic maqam (mode systems) and piyutim (Jewish liturgical poems). This year, Yoni is releasing his first solo album, “Fragments,” a collection of original and traditional music surrounding his Iraqi-Jewish identity. With lyrics in Arabic, Hebrew and English, the music utilizes Arabic modes and rhythms with an ensemble of traditional Arabic instruments. Yoni has played in countless pit orchestras and is delighted to be making his acting debut in a show that features Arabic music. www.yonibattat.com.
Coby Getzug — Papi
COBY GETZUG (Papi). Broadway/National Tour: The Book of Mormon (Elder Cunningham), Spring Awakening (Moritz), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Eugene). Regional: The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mark Taper Forum), Our Town (Broad Stage), The Black Suits (Kirk Douglas Theatre). TV: The Deuce, God Friended Me, Encore! Deepest gratitude to David Cromer and the entire The Band’s Visit family. Proud graduate of UCLA. For my Savta.
Joshua Grosso — Telephone Guy
JOSHUA GROSSO (Telephone Guy) recently played Marius in the national tour of Les Misérables. He was also seen as Usvani in PCLO’s production of In the Heights. He is a winner of the 2012 Jimmy Awards, featured in PBS’s documentary of Broadway or Bust. Josh graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.
Kendal Hartse — Iris
KENDAL HARTSE (Iris). Broadway/National Tours: Summer, Cinderella, On a Clear Day…, Cabaret. Select Regional/NYC: Once (Reza), Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Yitxhak), Pericles (Thaisa), Taming of the Shrew (Baptista/Lucentio), Cabaret (Sally Bowles). Developed work with Vineyard Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Stage and Film, and Center Theatre Group. BFA Boston Conservatory, student of Michael Howard.
David Studwell — Avrum
DAVID STUDWELL (Avrum). Off-Broadway: NY City Center’s Encores! Applause! (Bert). Regional: Chicago Shakespeare; Mary Stuart (Lord Burleigh), Ogunquit Playhouse; Ragtime (Grandfather), Engeman Theatre; 1776 (Ben Franklin); Merry-Go-Round, FLMTF; Austen’s Pride (Mr. Bennet), Ensemble Theatre; Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), PCPA Theatrefest; Man of La Mancha (Quixote) – Santa Barbara Indy Awards, Westchester Broadway Theatre; Titanic (Isidor), Portland Center Stage; Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye)-Drammy Award. He has performed in many theaters across the country, including Syracuse Stage, Indiana Repertory, The Alliance, The Goodman, Maltz Jupiter, Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre. Film: Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys, TV: “Crime Story” (NBC). Fulbright Specialist Pakistan, 2013, 2015.
Billy Cohen — Zelger
BILLY COHEN (Zelger) is thrilled to spend the year in Bet Hatikva. Regional: Billy Elliot (Goodspeed), Once (Geva), Oklahoma! (Weston Playhouse), Peter and the Starcatcher (Theatre Aspen), Million Dollar Quartet (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, The ZACH), Soul Doctor (San Diego Rep). Workshops/Concerts: Huzzah! (Nell Benjamin/Laurence O’Keefe), Striking 12 (Prospect Theater). He is a graduate of Princeton University. @cohenbilly
Layan Elwazani — Julia
LAYAN ELWAZANI (Julia) (she/her) is an actor, writer, and director based in New York City, dedicated to the generation of new work as an act of resistance. Broadway: The Band’s Visit. Regional: Noura (Guthrie Theater), We Live in Cairo (American Repertory Theater), Yasmina’s Necklace (Premiere Stages), Mame (Human Race Theatre Co.), The Cult Play (Phoenix Theatre). Development: Jeannette, We Live in Cairo, One Thousand Nights and One Day, Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfgan, First Down. TV: The Code (CBS). www.LayanElwazani.com, @LayanElwazani.
Marc Ginsburg — Sammy
MARC GINSBURG (Sammy) is so proud to be a part of this important piece of theatre. Credits include Tateh (Ragtime), Lord Farquaad (Shrek – San Diego Critics Circle Nomination), Lumiere (Beauty and the Beast), Levi Strauss (The Sherman Brothers’ Levi!), Carl-Magnus Malcolm (A Little Night Music), Aaron (First Date – Ovation Award Nomination), Che (Evita – Ovation Award Nomination), Sir Lancelot, et. al. (Spamalot), Chauvelin (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Quixote/Cervantes (Man of La Mancha), Lawrence Jameson (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Leo Bloom (The Producers), Artie Green (Sunset Boulevard), Foreman/Lesgles (Les Miserables), and Fagin in the First National Tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver!.
Loren Lester — Standby
LOREN LESTER (Stand-By) TV: 200+ episodes including “The Orville,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Hung” (recurring) and Robin/Nightwing on “Batman: The Animated Series.” FILM (favorites): Wes Craven’s Red Eye, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Regional: Pasadena Playhouse, NCRT, LA Philharmonic.
Dana Saleh Omar
Dana Saleh Omar — Standby
DANA SALEH OMAR (Standby) (she/her) is a musician, actor, activist, and creator. Off-Broadway: We Live in Cairo (Joe’s Pub). Regional: Frankenstein: A Ghost Story (composer/musician, KC Rep.), We Live in Cairo (American Repertory Theatre), Amadeus (TheatreWorks), Pirates of Penzance (The Hypocrites, Pasadena Playhouse), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (People’s Light), One Hundred Dresses (Chicago Children’s Theatre), All Our Tragic, H.M.S. Pinafore (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), The Gilbert and Sullivan Rep. (The Hypocrites, The Den Theatre Mainstage), and Cabaret (The Hypocrites, Chicago DCA Storefront Theatre). TV: Chicago PD. Education: BS in Education, Loyola University. Shout-out to my family, friends, and bubs for being the best.
James Rana — Simon
JAMES RANA (Simon). Broadway: The Band’s Visit (OBC). Off-Broadway: The Government Inspector, Serendib, Shogun Macbeth, Rangoon, Marat/Sade, As You Like It, Macbeth, Mother Courage, Tartuffe. International: Loves Labor’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company), Macbeth (Bonn Biennale/Globe Neuss). Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Co., Contemporary American Theatre Festival, East Lynne Theater, Luna Stage, Shakespeare & Company. Film/TV: Law & Order: SVU, Madam Secretary, Chicago Fire, Third Watch, One Life to Live, Conan O’Brien, The War Within, A Girl Like You with A Boy Like Me. Audio: Poe: A Celebration (NPR), Twits (Broadway Podcast Network). MFA, Trinity Rep. Conservatory.
Ariel Reich — Anna
ARIEL REICH (Anna) (she/her) is deeply humbled to share this story with you. NYC: The American Theatre Wing Centennial Gala Concert (Broadway HD), Best Friends (Lincoln Center Rose Theatre), Bread and Roses (ART NY). Regional: The Wolves, Hand to God, Marie Antoinette, All Girl Frankenstein, Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweeney Todd, Spring Awakening, King Lear, The House of Atreus, The Comedy of Errors, Hobson’s Choice. TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Deuce, Younger. Film: The Reunion, Love Online. In addition to her acting and directing work, Ariel is an Arts in Medicine researcher and practitioner. She currently serves on the Teaching Artist Faculty at the Mark Morris Dance Group with the Dance for PD® (Parkinson’s Disease) program. She extends her love and gratitude to the entire creative team, her teachers and agents, and her family, both given and chosen. She would like to dedicate this performance to her grandmother, Tikvah (Hope) Melamed. שלומ רב; בכל עת ובכל שעה ~abundant peace; in every season, and at all times~ @ariel_reich.
Nick Sacks — Standby
NICK SACKS (Stand-By) is thrilled to be a member of this amazing cast and to be able to share this beautiful story across the country. Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen (u/s Jared/Connor). Regional: A Walk on the Moon, (original Ross in world premiere) A.C.T.; Next To Normal (Henry) Theaterworks Hartford. Developmental productions: Saved by the Bell (Screech); Irena (Adam Celnikier); Kerrigan & Lowdermilk’s The Bad Years (Austin). Sacks is a proud company member of Jennifer Jancuska’s The Bring About; and has guest starred on Amazon’s “Z : The Beginning of Everything.” He is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama (2016) where his favorite projects included Eurydice (Orpheus) and The Full Monty (Jerry).
Hannah Shankman — Standby
HANNAH SHANKMAN (Stand-By). Broadway: Wicked, Les Misérables, Side Show (Original Broadway Revival), Hair. West End: Hair, 35 Millimeters. National Tours: Rent, Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Tour. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Casa Manana, Arrow Rock Lyceum. TV/Film: “The Last Five Years,” “The 86th Annual Academy Awards.” BFA University of Michigan.
Ramin Doostdar — Standby
RAMIN DOOSTDAR (Standby) is very excited to be joining The Band’s Visit! Select Theatre: Kismet dir. by Lonny Price. Europe: The Phantom of the Opera, Next to Normal, Company, Mamma Mia!, Into the Woods, Sister Act, Avenue X, Evita, On Your Feet!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd. Ramin is multilingual, and is fluent in Farsi, German, and English. @ramindoostdar
Associate Conductor / Keyboard
Kelly Thomas — Associate Conductor / Keyboard
Kelly Thomas (Associate Conductor/Keyboard). Kelly is thrilled to be joining The Band’s Visit! Tours: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (first national, keyboard 1), Legally Blonde, Fame, Saturday Night Fever. Regional: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (music director). Thank you to our music team Andrea, Dean, and Adrian. @sometimeskelly
Wick Simmons — Cello
WICK SIMMONS (Cello) has been presented by Joe’s Pub, Italian Academy, and on NPR. He has held artist residencies at the Hambidge Center, Banff Centre, and has performed alongside members of the Silkroad and Bang on a Can ensembles, Laurie Anderson, among others. wicksimmonscellist.com
Brian Krock — Clarinet/Saxophone/Flute
Brian Krock (Clarinet/Saxophone/Flute). Brooklyn-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Krock is best known as the leader of Big Heart Machine, “an innovative big band deserving notice” (The Atlantic). He has also worked with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Bang on a Can, the Metropole Orkest, The Book of Mormon, Ethan Iverson, Darcy James Argue, Jamie Cullum, Maria Schneider, and a wide variety of stylistically divergent artists.
Roger Kashou — Darbouka/Riq
ROGER KASHOU (Darbouka/Riq) was born in Westland, Michigan and began learning the darbuka through the influence of his father, Raja Kashou. Having taught himself, Roger continued expanding his musical knowledge; which had led him to perform with many local sings and musicians across the country. Roger’s performing experiences have led him to develop an appreciation for the high art tradition of Arab music; which has brought Roger to join the NAO. Roger has been with the NAO since 2010.
Oud / Guitar
Kane Mathis — Oud / Guitar
KANE MATHIS (Oud/Guitar) begin oud study with Mutlu Torun of the I.T.U. conservatory in Istanbul before undertaking 5 years of apprenticeship with virtuoso Münir Nurettin Beken. He maintains a schedule of international collaborations and commissions across disciplines. Kane’s recent album reached #1 on the World Music charts. http://www.kanemathis.com/
Electric & Acoustic Bass
Mark Ziegler — Electric & Acoustic Bass
MARK ZIEGLER (Electric & Acoustic Bass) plays double bass and electric bass. He is an active NYC freelancer, writer, and photographer. Broadway tours: The Band’s Visit, Matilda the Musical, West Side Story (Europe), Avenue Q (1st National).
Drums /Arabic Percussion
Shai Wetzer — Drums /Arabic Percussion
SHAI WETZER (Drums/Arabic Percussion) was born and raised in Israel and began playing drums at age twelve. Shai became involved with classical orchestras in Israel; including Matan Orchestra, Gadna Orchestra, and the Youth Philharmonic. He has always been intrigued by the different styles and rhythms of the jazz and world sounds and continues to research various sources of world music; bringing the different sounds to a precise harmony in a fascinating and unique way.
Shai graduated from Berklee College of Music, Boston. He went on to perform and record with a wide array of top-name performers, cutting across all genres. The list includes, but is not limited to, Danny Sanderson, Danny, Gidi & Friends, Alon Olearchik, Yoni Rechter, TeaPacks, Vered Harari Wetzer, Sandcatchers, Diaspora, Canaanite Groove, and the legendary group Kaverert’s album and documentary titled “HaMofa HaAcharon” ( המופע האחרון, lit. “The Last Concert”).
Throughout his career as a drummer and percussionist Shai developed “Talking Drums”, a workshop for interpersonal and group communication using drums. “The Band’s Visit” is his first musical theatre production. He is grateful to be working on such a beautiful show with such talented musicians.
Alex Farha — Musician Swing
ALEX FARHA (Musician Swing) is a multi-instrumentalist and music teacher. Born to Venezuelan and Colombian parents and raised in Miami, Alex has called Chicago home since 2010. His music is informed by an interest in the folk traditions of his Latin American and Arab heritage. He teaches oud and guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music and is a teaching artist for Chicago Public Schools through Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play program.
Music & Lyrics
David Yazbek — Music & Lyrics
DAVID YAZBEK (Music & Lyrics). A varied career as a recording artist, Emmy Award-winning TV and screenwriter, music producer, and pianist has somehow led Yazbek to become one of Broadway’s preeminent composer/lyricists. His three shows, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown have received a combined 24 Tony Award nominations, including three for Best Score. His newest musical, The Band’s Visit, earned him an Obie, New York Drama Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and two Drama Desk awards for the Off-Broadway engagement at Atlantic Theatre Company. As a recording artist, Yazbek is responsible for five albums: The Laughing Man, Tock, Damascus, Tape Recorder and Evil Monkey Man. He has written and/or produced for such acts as XTC, Ruben Blades, The Persuasions, Joe Jackson, Tito Puente and many others. He also produced the original cast albums of his Broadway shows. He has three Grammy Award® nominations. In the past couple of years, he has scored the final season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” composed music for Larry David’s Fish in the Dark and written songs and music for Much Ado About Nothing at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, all while opening productions of Scoundrels and Women on the Verge in London’s West End. In past lives, he has written dozens of scripts and many songs for television and film, won an Emmy Award® for his stint on “Late Night with David Letterman” and wrote the unrelenting theme song for “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?”
Photo credit: Andrew Eccles
Itamar Moses — Book
ITAMAR MOSES (Book). is the Tony Award-winning author of the full-length plays Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjackets, Back Back Back, Completeness; and The Whistleblower, the musicals Nobody Loves You (with Gaby Alter), The Fortress of Solitude (with Michael Friedman), and The Band’s Visit (with David Yazbek), and the evening of short plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used to It). His work has appeared Off-Broadway and elsewhere in New York, at regional theatres across the country and in Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Venezuela, Turkey and Chile, and is published by Faber & Faber and Samuel French. Other awards for his work include Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, and Obie awards in New York, as well as awards from the Portland, San Diego, Dallas, and Bay Area Theatre Critics Circles. He’s received new play commissions from The McCarter, Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Rep, The Wilma Theater, South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, and The Goodman. Television work includes “Men of a Certain Age,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Outsiders,” and “The Affair.” He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU and has taught playwriting at Yale and NYU. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. Born in Berkeley, CA, he now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
David Cromer — Director
DAVID CROMER (Director). Recent credits include: Man from Nebraska (Second Stage); the Off-Broadway premiere of The Band’s Visit (Atlantic Theatre Company); The Effect (Barrow Street Theatre); Come Back, Little Sheba (Huntington Theatre); Angels in America (Kansas City Rep); and Our Town at the Almeida Theatre in London, which he also directed in Chicago, New York (Barrow Street Theatre), Los Angeles, Boston and Kansas City. Additional New York Credits include: Women or Nothing at Atlantic, Really Really at MCC, The House of Blue Leaves and Brighton Beach Memoirs on Broadway, When the Rain Stops Falling and Nikolai and the Others at Lincoln Center Theater as well as Tribes, Orson’s Shadow (Barrow Street) plus Adding Machine, which was a BST production at the Minetta Lane. Originally from Chicago, his credits there include Sweet Bird of Youth (The Goodman), A Streetcar Named Desire, Picnic and The Price (Writers Theatre), Cherrywood, Mojo, and The Hot l Baltimore (Mary-Arrchie), The Cider House Rules (co-directed with Marc Grapey at Famous Door), and Angels in America (The Journeymen), among others. For his work he has received a Drama Desk, three Obies, three Lortels, four Jeff Awards and in 2010 was made a McArthur Foundation Fellow.
Patrick Mccollum — Choreography
PATRICK MCCOLLUM (Choreography). Credits include Oh, Hello! (Broadway, Cherry Lane Theatre); The Band’s Visit (Atlantic Theater Company); The Lightning Thief (Theaterworks, Lortel Theater); Man From Nebraska (Second Stage); Blueprint Specials (Public Theater); Rain (Old Globe), Unknown Soldier (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Wilderness (Abrons Arts Center), Permission (MCC). As associate choreographer on Broadway: The Last Ship, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Rocky; Wicked (Dance Supervisor).
Andrea Grody — Music Supervisor
ANDREA GRODY (Music Supervisor & Additional Arrangements). ) Broadway: The Band’s Visit, Tootsie. Other recent projects include the world premieres of Shaina Taub’s As You Like It (Public Works), The Band’s Visit (Atlantic Theater Company), Cake Off (Signature Theatre/Bucks County Playhouse), The Fortress of Solitude (Public Theater/Dallas Theater Center), Unknown Soldier (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park); and the regional premieres of The Great Immensity and Venice (Public Theater). Other favorites include Assassins (Yale Rep) and Robin Hood as Composer/Music Director (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Upcoming: The Suffragists. Writing credits include the full-length musical Strange Faces and several songs for The Civilians’ Let Me Ascertain You series. Andrea is Resident Music Director and Senior Voice Teacher Associate at New York Vocal Coaching. B.A. Princeton University, M.A. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Dean Sharenow — Music Supervisor
DEAN SHARENOW (Music Supervisor & Music Coordinator). Dean is a Grammy-nominated recording engineer and producer who also supervises theatrical music departments and orchestras. His Broadway credits include Sting’s The Last Ship and David Yazbek’s Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, as well as Amélie and Lysistrata Jones. Off-Broadway, Dean has contracted Twelfth Night, The Total Bent, Fortress Of Solitude, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (all Public Theater). He also serves as contractor-in-residence at the Public. Dean’s engineering and producer credits include The Great Comet, Old Hats, Preludes, Fortress Of Solitude, Women On The Verge…, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, as well as solo albums for Shaina Taub, David Sanborn, Stephen Lynch, David Yazbek, Joan Baez, and Jonatha Brooke.
Scott Pask — Scenic Designer
SCOTT PASK (Scenic Designer). Broadway credits include: The Book of Mormon (Tony Award), Little Foxes, Something Rotten! (Outer Critics nomination), Waitress, Oh Hello!, Blackbird, The Father, An Act of God, It’s Only a Play, The Visit (Drama Desk nom.), Airline Highway, Finding Neverland, Pippin (Tony Award Nom.), Nine, The Pillowman (Tony Award), Casa Valentina, I’ll Eat You Last (with Bette Midler), A Steady Rain (with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig), The Lieutenant of Inishmore, A Behanding in Spokane, The Coast of Utopia (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Hewes Awards), Promises Promises, Hair, Pal Joey (Tony Nom), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tony Nom., Drama Desk Award), Speed-the-Plow, Take Me Out, and Urinetown. London/UK: West End, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Old Vic, Almeida Theatre, Opera North, Chichester Festival Theatre. Also: Peter Grimes (Metropolitan Opera), Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna. With David Cromer: The House of Blue Leaves, Tribes.
Sarah Laux — Costume Designer
SARAH KAUX (Costume Design). Broadway: The Humans, Fully Committed Off-Broadway/Regional: On The Shore of the Wide World (Atlantic Theatre Company), Sacred Valley (NYSAF), The Man in the Ceiling (Bay Street), The End of Longing (MCC), Bad Jews (George Street Playhouse), Man From Nebraska (2nd Stage), Ultimate Beauty Bible (Pg 73), Empathitrax (Colt Coer), The Effect (Barrow Street Theatre), Thresh/Hold (Pilobolus Dance Theater), Come Back, Little Sheba (Huntington Theatre Company), Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theatre Company), Really, Really (MCC)Feature Film: Freakshow (Maven)
Tyler Micoleau — Lighting Designer
TYLER MICOLEAU (Lighting Design). Originally from Maine, Tony Award winning lighting designer Tyler Micoleau has lived in Brooklyn for the last 24 years. He has designed extensively throughout New York as well as regionally and internationally, for world premiere plays, musicals and operas as well as outdoor spaces and touring pieces.
His work on Broadway includes The Band’s Visit at the Barrymore Theater and Be More Chill at the Lyceum Theater.
Other New York designs for Lincoln Center Theater, the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theater Club, Atlantic Theater, Signature, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Vineyard Theatre, New Georges, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Page 73, Rattlestick, Barrow Street Theater, Foundry Theatre, The Play Company, Soho Rep and many others.
Regional designs for the Huntington Theater, Alley Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, the Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theater, Kansas City Rep, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Wilma Theater, Pig Iron Theatre, the Folger, Long Wharf Theater and many others. Opera designs for palm beach Opera, Dallas Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, PORTopera, Curtis Opera, Manhattan School of Music, and Connecticut Grand Opera.
Dance design for Eliot Feld’s Mandance Project at The Joyce Theater, Neil Greenberg and The Chase Brock Experience.
Fine art installation projects include 2×4 Tree (PIFA Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts), Åhus Sommaren 1974 (Bellwether Galleries, Chelsea NYC), Beneath the Floorboards (Ohio Theater Gallery, Soho NYC).
Tyler has served on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and has been a visiting artist at Dartmouth College, Yale University, Bates College and his alma matter, Bowdoin College.
Kai Harada — Sound Designer
KAI HARADA (Sound Design). Broadway: Head Over Heels, The Band’s Visit (Tony Award and Drama Desk Award), Amélie, Sunday in the Park With George, Allegiance, Gigi, Fun Home, On the Town, First Date, Follies (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations), and Million Dollar Quartet. Other: A Chorus Line, Grand Hotel (City Center), Candide (LA Opera); We Live in Cairo, The Black Clown (ART); Tommy, The Music Man, Little Shop of Horrors, Chess, Little Dancer and First You Dream (Kennedy Center), Silent Night (Washington National Opera), Zorro (Moscow; Atlanta), Hinterm Horizont (Berlin), Sweeney Todd and Man of La Mancha (Portland Opera), and The Honeymooners (Paper Mill). Audio Consultant for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Education: Yale University.
Maya Ciarrocchi — Projection Design
Maya Ciarrocchi (Projection Designer) is a New York City based interdisciplinary artist and projections designer. Exhibition venues include: Anthology Film Archives, Abrons Arts Center, Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Chocolate Factory, Kinescope Gallery, Microscope Gallery, New York Live Arts, and Smack Mellon. Recent Broadway: The Band’s Visit (Barrymore). Off-Broadway/regional theater: The Band’s Visit (Atlantic), The Effect (Barrow Street), As I Remember It (Baryshnikov Art Center), Sweet Bird of Youth (Goodman), Crowns (Goodman, 2012 Jeff Award), Ghost Light (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Throne of Blood (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Ciarrocchi has been an artist in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Millay Colony and the Ucross Foundation and has received grants from the Franklin Furnace Fund, The Jerome Foundation, and the MAP Fund..
Hair & Wig Design
Charles Lapointe — Hair & Wig Design
CHARLES LAPOINTE (Hair & Wig Design). More than 50 Broadway shows including Holiday Inn, On Your Feet!, Hamilton, Doctor Zhivago, The Color Purple, Of Mice and Men, Violet, Side Show, The Elephant Man, After Midnight, Beautiful, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Motown, Jekyll & Hyde, Clybourne Park, Bring It On, Newsies, The Mountaintop, Memphis, Lombardi, Fences, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, A Raisin in the Sun. Television: “The Wiz Live!” (Emmy nomination.)
Seth Sikes — Associate Director
SETH SKIES (Associate Director). Credits include The Nance, on Broadway, the Off-Broadway productions of Tribes and Pageant, as well as Sweet Bird of Youth at The Goodman Theatre directed by David Cromer. Directing credits included BUNKED at NY Fringe Festival (Best Musical), and The 7th Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant. His critically-acclaimed solo cabaret show, Seth Sikes Sings Judy Garland, won the Broadway World Award for Best Tribute. He performs regularly with his full band at Feinstein’s / 54 Below, as well as in other cities.
Zi Alikhan — Associate Director
ZI ALIKHAN (Associate Director). A South Asian-American, culturally Muslim theatre director. Broadway/Tour: Hamilton (Resident Director), Six Degrees of Separation (Associate), The Rose Tattoo (Associate). Directing: Playmakers Rep, NYSAF, Juilliard, Yale. ALUM: NYU/Tisch. Faculty: Pace.
Jesse Kovarsky — Associate Choreographer
JESSE KOVARSKY (Associate Choreographer). Broadway: The Bands Visit (Asst. choreo), Fiddler on the Roof. Off Broadway: Sleep No More, Seeing You, Lost Mountain. Soloist at The Metropolitan Opera House in The Death of Klinghoffer. London: The Drowned Man, The Falling Song with Junk Ensemble, Soloist at the English National Opera. Film/TV: Anna Karenina, Muppets Most Wanted, After Yang, “Orange is the New Black” (Asst. Choreo), Paul McCartney’s music video “Who Cares”. Choreographed Fishcerspooner’s Top Brazil music video.
Tara Rubin Casting
Tara Rubin Casting — Casting Director
TARA RUBIN CASTING (Casting). Selected Broadway: Ain’t Too Proud, King Kong, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Band’s Visit, Prince of Broadway, Indecent, Bandstand, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Les Misérables, The Heiress, The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Spamalot, …Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway: Gloria: A Life, Smokey Joe’s Café, Jersey Boys, Here Lies Love, Love, Loss and What I Wore. Selected Regional: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Asolo Rep.
Peter Van Dam, CSA
Israeli Dramaturg & Dialect Coach
Zohar Tirosh-Polk — Israeli Dramaturg & Dialect Coach
ZOHAR TIROSH-POLK (Israeli Dramaturg & Dialect Coach). Zohar was the production dramaturg and dialect consultant for Higher at A.C.T. Her plays: Pieces, Land/Holy, Home/Front, The Zionists, Theo’s Dream, Waltz, and Six have been presented or produced at the The New Group, Magic Theatre, The Lincoln Center Theater’s Director’s Lab, New Repertory Theatre, The Cape Cod Theatre Project, The Jewish Plays Project, Rising Phoenix Rep, Silk Road Rising, the Lark Play Development Center, The Brick and HERE, among others. The Zionists will be published in the upcoming Semitic Commonwealth Anthology. Her English translation of Hanoch Levin’s play, Those Who Walk in the Dark is published in Wanderers and Other Israeli Plays by Seagull Books. Zohar won the Jewish Plays Project’s new play competition for Six. A 2017-2018 LABA fellow, Zohar is the recipient of the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Theatre Grant and a commission from Highbrow Productions. She has a B.A. in Literature and Writing from Columbia University and a Playwriting MFA from Brooklyn College under Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney.
Adrian Ries — Music Director
Adrian Ries (Music Director, Keys/Conductor) (he/him) National Tour: The Band’s Visit; Off Broadway: Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street Theater) Regional: Gulfshore Playhouse, Axelrod PAC, Pioneer Theatre Co., Summer Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, and Weathervane Theatre. He’s arranged and music supervised for Norwegian Cruise Lines, The Randy Andys, and more. South Dakota native. https://link.edgepilot.com/s/4e86d61e/eH1PwQvF6USsb7rnMdsKwg?u=http://www.adrianries.com/
Jamshied Sharifi — Orchestrations
JAMSHIED SHARIFI (Orchestrations) is a New York-based composer, producer, and keyboardist. He has composed the scores for the feature films Harriet The Spy, Down To Earth, Clockstoppers, and Muppets From Space, as well as contributing music to numerous other films and television shows. As a producer, arranger, and keyboardist, he has recorded and/or performed with Paula Cole, Ray Charles, Dream Theater, Laurie Anderson, Hassan Hakmoun, and many others. Recent projects include composing Awakening, a long-form piece for the M.I.T. Wind Ensemble; arrangements for the Montreal Symphony and the National Symphony; and orchestrations for Sting’s Broadway musical The Last Ship.