Ilana Ransom Toeplitz is the Director for the 2016 New York Musical Festival Reading of CRUDE - The Musical. She is a NYC-based director/choreographer. Favorite directing credits include: Reefer Madness (2014: New World Stages feat. Alan Cumming & 2015 54 Below 10th Anniversary Concert), LADY PARTS: Comedy Songs for Women from Writers of the BMI Workshop (54 Below), My Precious Snugglefluff (Lincoln Center), Are You There Morgan Freeman? (NYMF), Shark Attack! (Elektra Theatre), Juliet & Juliet (York Theatre), A Christmas Story, The Musical! (Associate Director, First National Tour), The Drowsy
Chaperone, Wanda's Visit, Lucky Stiff, and Mary
Poppins (Choreographer, Berkshire Theatre Group).
Ilana is a guest teaching artist at Clark University &
Berkshire Theatre Group and holds assisting credits
with Baayork Lee, Daniel Knechtges, Huntington
Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, and Second Stage. Ilana
served as assistant director on Leigh Silverman’s
2014 Tony- nominated revival of Violet. Ilana is a
proud Pittsburgh Steelers fan and was recently
named the Drama League's 2016 New Musicals Directing Fellow.
Susannah Jones (Cassidy Sullivan, VP of PR for End-Run, Inc.)
Susannah Jones is delighted to be a part of this wonderful new show. In the last year she played Susan in Company at The Bucks County Playhouse, Olivia in Twelfth Night with Mainestage Shakespeare and reprised her role as Mother in the 1st national tour of A Christmas Story-The Musical. NYC Credits include work at The Cell, Marvell Repertory, New Georges, NYC Fringe, and New York Musical Festival. Regional: Portland Shakespeare Project, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson Stage Company. Web Series: PLANT, for which she won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy at the 2014 LA Webfest. www.susannahjones.info.
Kevin Bleau (Piano Arrangements)
Kevin Bleau recently recorded demos for ROSWITHA, his second full-length musical. His short musical The Mission was performed “off-off-Broadway” at the International CringeFest. Kevin directs Berklee College of Music’s annual Curtain Up and has music directed Pippin, Urinetown, Big River, Into the Woods, and Lucky Stiff, among others. Kevin’s arrangements have been performed by Crystal Gayle, The Platters, and at Boston’s legendary Hatch Shell. The International Horn Society and Berklee have funded his work.
Trent Mills (Tim Slickmann, Senior Auditor at BigWhat4)
Trent Mills is a Comedian, Singer and Writer based out of NYC. He recently returned from Toronto where he reprised the lead role in Evil Dead the Musical. He has performed improv at The National Comedy Theater, The PIT and Off the Cuff. He's currently writing, producing and directing several shorts for his newest comedy channel My Cat's Headshot. Trent recieved his BFA in musical theater from The Boston Conservatory. Check out his website for Trent's singing and comedy reels, linksto other work and full resume: www.trentmills23.wix.com/TrentMills
Alex Kidder (Leo's Hooker)
Alex Kidder's favorite credits include: Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus; Titanic (Kate McGowan); Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy); Ragtime (Mother U/S); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy); and Avenue Q (Kate Monster). Alex is a CAP21 NYU Tisch Graduate. Proud member of AGMA and AEA. www.alex-kidder.com
George Slotin (Matt Weismann, Junior Auditor, BigWhat4)
George Slotin is honored to be making his NYMF debut with this talented cast! Recently, George was seen in Show Boat (U/S Ravenal/ Ens.) at The Shubert Theatre in Boston and the workshop of A Bronx Tale (Dir. Jerry Zaks, Choreo. Sergio Trujillo). Favorite credits include Enoch Snow in Carousel, Damn Yankees (Dir. John Simpkins), Spamalot (Dir. Jennifer Werner), Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls and The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular. TV: Best Week Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. Special thanks to the creative team, CTG, 11B6 and my friends and family for their love and support! 4EAA! @georgeslotin georgeslotin.com
Carly J. Bauer (Casting Director)
Carly J. Bauer is Casting Director for “CRUDE.” She currently studies at The New School. Recent casting projects include: Do The Blind Dream? (The Player's Theatre), Ocean In a Teacup (Planet Connections) and the Columbia University's MFA shorts, Zenith (debuting at Lincoln Center 2017), and I MISS YOU. Carly is also a member of the Untitled Theatre Collective.
Emily Ferranti (Kelly Sullivan, Engineer for End-Run, Inc.)
Emily Ferranti is a California native. She studied Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory where she achieved a B.F.A. Credits include Broadway: Wicked National Tours: Wicked 1st and 2nd National (Nessarose/Glinda u/s), Dreamgirls (Sweetheart), NY: Radio City Spring Spectacular (Laura Benanti u/s) Regional: Annie (Grace) Maltz Jupiter Theatre TV: Forever. And not to be forgotten, Snugglefluff the Musical (Miss Honey Dew Jackson).
Paul HeeSang Miller (Brian Scribner, Wall Street Journal Investigative Reporter)
Paul HeeSang Miller's credits include: Broadway: King and I (Lincoln Center Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Broadhurst, Winter Garden Theatre). Regional: Walnut Street, North Shore Music Theatre, Kansas City Starlight, PCLO, Weston Playhouse, St Michaels Playhouse, MT Wichita. @millerp323Type your paragraph here.
Aaron Pratt is the General Manager for the 2016 New York Musical Festival Reading of CRUDE. Aaron Pratt, Matthew Wright and Erin Brooks are the creative partners behind Good People Management Group. Founded in 2013, this theatrical management and consulting group has a solid track record of meeting and exceeding the needs of clients.
Projects have included The Cobalteans (2015 NYMF Award
Winner), Bayonets of Angst (2014 NYMF Award Winner),
Searching for Romeo (2014 NYMF), Next to Normal, New York
New Works Festival, and productions with Planet Connections,
the NY Fringe Festival, and the NY Musical Festival.
Jonathan Ivie (Musical Director)
Jonathan Ivie is making his NYMF debut. Jonathan has been
conducting and playing on Broadway most recently at ROCK
OF AGES and off-Broadway at NATASHA, PIERRE & THE
GREAT COMET OF 1812 AND 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL.
John McKenna is the Producer, Arranger, and Guitarist for the Album “CRUDE – The Musical.” He is the male vocalist on all of the songs in the album. He is a Winner in Billboard Magazine’s 1997 Songwriting Contest, Rock Category, “The Unchosen.” He
is the Owner/Engineer, Purple Music Recording Studio,
Conifer, CO, where the songs on the album,
“CRUDE – The Musical,” were recorded.
John McKenna is a solo artist with six of his own
singer/songwriter albums: “New Blue Sky,” “Twilight,”
“No Ordinary Days,” “Lean a Little Closer,” “Shining Down,”
and “Sweet Mystery.” http://www.johnnyandthemuse.com/albums/
Nina Hennessey (Judy Sullivan, wife of CEO Leo Sullivan/HR Director Solar Sands)
NINA HENNESSEY's credits include: Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie; Cats; Les Miserables; Dreamgirls; Snoopy; Woman of the Year; Chess, & The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Actors Fund Concerts; Radio City Music Hall; 92nd Street Y Lyrics & Lyricists; Marvin Hamlisch Symphony Concerts. Jazz Performances: Birdland; Iridium; Smoke. Off-Broadway: Sheba; Dali; Cummings&Goings; Close Enough for Jazz; Odyssey; Sweet Mainstreet. Regional: Silk Stockings; Lady in the Dark; Cinderella; Fanny; Gift of the Magi; Tintypes; Three Musketeers, and more .www.ninahennessey.com
Maureen Condon wrote the Book, Lyrics and Music for CRUDE. Her original songs have been aired on Boston and Providence, RI, TV stations, including: WHDH, WBZ, NECN, FOX25, and ABC6, and Massachusetts radio stations, including: WATD, WBIX, WBET, WPLM, WQRC, WRKO, and WMBR.
Her songs have been performed at concerts nationwide: Broadway Singer Christiane Noll, and Anne Runolfsson, and Heather Spatz have performed Maureen Condon’s 9/11 tribute, “We Are Americans,” with the Cape Symphony Orchestra, Cape Cod, MA, 2002-2003.
The Cape Symphony has also performed “Christmas on Cape Cod,” “When I Think of Christmas,” and “Puerto Rico in Your Arms.” (These last two songs are in CRUDE.)
At the WKLB Country Music Festival, The Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA, in 2002, Massachusetts Singing Trooper, Sgt. Daniel M. Clark received a standing ovation for “We Are Americans.”
He performed “We Are Americans” live on CBS4-TV at The 2002 Boston Marathon pre-race ceremonies.
Sgt. Clark has performed “We Are Americans” at hundreds of civic, military, sporting and music events nationwide, notably: Walt Disney World; U.S. Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC; Massachusetts State House; Aboard the U.S.S. Constitution, July 4th Ceremonies; Opryland Convention Center, Nashville, TN; International Fire Chiefs’ Association; National Fire Protection Association; Iron Workers Convention, etc.
Additional TV coverage of Maureen’s songs, includes:
NECN-TV Boston – Chet Curtis Report – Sgt. Clark, performed “Christmastime, Back Home,” and was interviewed by Chet Curtis, 2006.
WLNE-TV ABC6 Providence – Aired Sgt. Clark performing “We Are Americans,” at the Town of Bourne 9/11 Memorial Services, Sept.11, 2006.
NECN-TV Boston – Boston Pops PopSearch Winner Tracy Silva performed “Marathon Runner,” live NewsDay Show, Boston Marathon Day, April 2005.
CBS4-TV, Boston – Anchor Scott Wahle aired sound bite from Tracy Silva and Maureen Condon at the Boston Marathon after Tracy sang “Marathon Runner,” April 2005.
WLVI-TV, Boston -- Reporter Terrell Harris interviewed Maureen Condon and Tracy Silva for Sunday night news, before Marathon Monday, April 2005. Tracy sang “Marathon Runner.”
FOX25-TV – Boston – Anchor Anqunette Jamison interviewed Maureen Condon who performed live “You Can’t Get There From Here,” Democratic National Convention Version, July 23, 2004.
WHDH-TV – Boston – Anchor Jonathan Hall interviewed Maureen Condon for noon news and showed her lip-synching “You Can’t Get There From Here” - July, 2004. (Spoof on DNC traffic jams.)
CNBC – Reporter Jane Wells featured “You Can’t Get There From Here,” Republican National Convention Version, in a report about New York traffic at the Republican National Convention, 2004.
The Middlesex Concert Band performed “We Are Americans,” 2002, Wakefield, MA; 4th of July Concert 2002; Boston Hatch Shell Esplanade Concert Series - Summer 2002.
At Boston Greenfest, Maureen Condon sang “Face The Water,” Boston City Hall Plaza, September 2008. At the Greater Boston Alzheimer’s Association Walk September 2007, Nancy Gustafson performed “Remember Me, When I Can’t Remember You.”
The 2015 New England Relay For Life Expo showed Maureen’s music video, “You Were There,” honoring caregivers, at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA
Maureen’s short plays include: “Monster Dot Con,” performed at Provincetown Theater, Provincetown, MA, in January 2015; “Smoke” at the Provincetown Library Summer Play Series, August 2015; and a radio play, “The Ace,” performed before live audiences Nov. 6, 7, and 8, 2015, at WOMR, in Provincetown. It’s now a podcast on the radio station’s website. http://womr.org/podcast/the-ace/.
Maureen is a member of ASCAP; NOMTI – The New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative, in Boston; and the Provincetown Theater’s Playwrights’ Lab, in Provincetown, MA.
Amaker Smith (Jackson Barker, SEC Investigator, & Reader of Stage Directions)
Amaker Smith's favorite credits include: On TV, Season 2 of the Series SMASH, and on Broadway, he played Jimmy in the original cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Amaker has a BFA from Julliard.Type your paragraph here.
Hugh Hysell (Leo Sullivan, CEO of End-Run, Inc.)
Hugh is currently performing in the 30th Anniversary Off Broadway cast of Perfect Crime. Other Off Broadway credits: My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeraland Villain De Blanks. Tours: The Phantom of the Opera, Pippin, Pirates of Penzance, The Fantasticks. Regional: Tintypes (Seven Angels), Greater Tuna (Encore Stages), Buddy (Gateway), Man of La Mancha (Jupiter Theater), and A Christmas Carol (Hippodrome State Theatre). Upcoming TV: Divorce (HBO), Suddenly Rich (TLC). Hugh is a Tony Award® winning Broadway producer and his producing projects have included Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Peter and the Starcatcher, Impressionism and others. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards. www.hughhysell.com
Kimberly JaJuan (Patsy Teller, Solar Sands Customer Service Manager)
Kimberly JaJuan is a graduate of The Eastman School and The Juilliard School where she received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees respectively. She has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway and National Tours of: Smokey Joe's Café, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Music of the Night, King David, Running Man, The In-Gathering, Dreamgirls, Ragtime, and Marie Christine, as well as Encores! Productions of: One Touch of Venus and The Broadway Bash. Film/television credits: Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden (with Gloria Estefan and Harry Connick Jr.), 2015 Miss America Pageant (with Vanessa Williams), America’s Got Talent, Tony Awards, Law and Order, Preaching to the Choir, The Life, Broadway Damage and Private Parts. Original cast albums: King David , Marie Christine, Redeemer Hymns, Hope for New York, New York Hymns , “Grace”, (Grammy nominated) “Great Joy I” and soon to-be-released “Great Joy II” with Broadway Inspirational Voices.
Meg Whitehurst (Stage Manager)
Meg Whitehurst is the Stage Manager for CRUDE. She is a freelance stage manager based in New York City. Past stage management experience: The Cobalteans (NYMF 2015 & 2016 Reading,) The Allies (Unabridged Productions,) Only (Playground: A Festival of New Plays.)
Cate Cammarata is the Dramaturg for the 2016 New York Musical Festival Reading of CRUDE. She is the Associate
Artistic Director for Rhymes Over Beats, and is a
producer, director, dramaturg and writer in NYC.
She is currently producing MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL
by Adam Overett and developing FREEDOM! THE
MUSICAL by Patrick Blake, NO CHANCE IN HELL
by Chris John (which starred Robert Cuccioli and
BEAUTIFUL's stars Chillina Kennedy & Scott J.
Campbell), and SEARCHERS.ME by T. Cat Ford.
As the Literary Manager of Theater Resources Unlimited and as a freelance dramaturg she works with many writers and scripts in various stages of development, and co-moderates workshops for writers on "How To Write A Musical." Cate has worked on Broadway and off-Broadway, and her regional credits include work at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Syracuse Stage, the Emelin Theater, the John W. Engeman Theater and Porchlight Theater (Chicago), among others. Cate holds a MFA in Dramaturgy from SUNY Stony Brook, where she now teaches theatre arts, play analysis and producing.
Michael Siktberg (Chad Cook, CFO at End-Run, Inc.)
Michael Siktberg is very happy to return to NYMF for CRUDE - The Musical! NYC credits include Girlfriend From Hell: the musical! (54 Below) and Are you there Morgan Freeman? (New York Musical Theatre Festival official selection). Regional credits include The Buddy Holly Story (Theatre by the Sea) Saturday Night Fever (Ogunquit playhouse), Cats, Beauty And The Beast, Into The Woods, and Carousel. Michael is a graduate of the American Music And Dramatic Academy.