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Liz Caplan, Broadway Vocal Consultant

Liz Caplan

Liz Caplan has been Vocal Coaching in New York City and on Broadway for over 40 years and has lectured around the world. She was the supervising Vocal Producer on The Greatest Showman, a musical film starring Hugh Jackman.  Liz continues to have the honor of working alongside Hugh Jackman in anticipation of his upcoming World Tour. Liz was the Vocal Consultant on the Disney/Pixar animation Film COCO, working with Benjamin Bratt. She works closely with many actors on the ground breaking production of Hamilton most especially Lin-Manuel Miranda (Creator/Actor) both on Broadway and the National Tours. Liz is the Vocal Consultant for Cameron MacIntosh productions Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Broadway and tours) as well as consulting for Disney/Pixar Animation Studios. Liz is the Vocal Consultant on both Disney’s Frozen and Aladdin on Broadway. Ms.Caplan is the Vocal Consultant on Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway having worked with Tony Award Winner Ben Platt and all the “Evans” on Tour and Toronto productions.  Liz continues to support Ben Platt in his musical endeavors including his new Album release of Sing to Me Instead. She is the Vocal Supervisor on the new 2019 Broadway production of Ain’t Too Proud, The Life and Times of The Temptations. 

Liz is the Vocal Consultant for The Book of Mormon (Broadway and Tours) throughout North America. She was the Vocal Supervisor on Oh Hello! on Broadway with the comedy Writer/Actors Nick Kroll and John Mulaney; Roundabout Theater’s production of Fiasco’s Into the Woods;  Once(Broadway/Tour); American Idiot (Broadway and National Tours); Rock of AgesSide Show; and Jason Robert Brown's 13. Liz was the Vocal Supervisor on Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway starring Neil Patrick Harris for which he won the Tony Award. As well, Liz worked with the subsequent Hedwigs: Michael C. Hall, John Cameron Mitchell, Darren Criss and Taye Diggs.  

Adam Cooper, Choreographer and Director

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ADAM COOPER Trained at the Arts Educational School and the Royal Ballet School London, Adam started his career with The Royal Ballet London and became one of the youngest Principal Dancers there. Since leaving The Royal Ballet Adam has been a freelance artist, performing, choreographing and directing all over the world.

His recent directing includes: Candide (Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich and  Oper Köln also choreographed), Shall We Dance (Sadler’s Wells Theatre London, also choreographed), Simply Cinderella (Curve Leicester, also choreographed), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Japan tour, Sadler’s Wells Theatre London, also choreographed).

Drei Männer im Schnee (Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich), On The Town (Theater St Gallen), The Merry Widow (Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich), IWC Watches SIHH Corporate Show Geneva, Sunny Afternoon the 5 time Olivier Award Winning Show including Best New Musical (Hampstead Theatre, West End and U.K Tour), Gefährliche Liebschaften (Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich, also co-directed), Evita (Det Ny Teater Copenhagen), Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory London), Roberto Devereux (Opera Holland Park), Carousel (Savoy Theatre London and UK tour - WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best Choreography), Side by Side by Sondheim (the Venue London), Promises, Promises (Sheffield Crucible), Grand Hotel (Donmar London– Olivier Award nomination for Best Choreoraphy), Singin’ in the Rain (Sadler’s Wells Theatre London - Critics’ Circle Dance Award nomination for Best Choreography), On Your Toes (Royal Festival Hall London and Japan Tour - Critics’ Circle Dance Award winner for Best Theatre Choreography), Garbo -the Musical (Stockholm), Six Faces (K-Ballet, Japan), The Nature of Touch (Exeter Festival with Adam Cooper Company), Just Scratchin‘ the Surface (Scottish Ballet).

Adam still continues to perform, recently as Death in The Merry Widow (Munich) and Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain (London and Tokyo). He has also won numerous awards as a performer, mainly for his work creating the role of The Swan/ Stranger in Matthew Bourne‘s Swan Lake and he also  appeared as older Billy in the film Billy Elliot.

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Grand Hotel,  OUMT Mainstage production, March 2019. Guest director and choreographer, Adam Cooper.

Warren Carlyle

Warren Carlyle

WARREN CARLYLE is a Tony Award winning Director/Choreographer: most recently directed and choreographed the new Broadway musical After Midnight at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, Chaplin at the Barrymore Theater, Hugh Jackman : Back On Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater, the critically acclaimed, Tony nominated revival of Finian’s Rainbow at the St James Theater and A Tale of Two Cities at the Al Hirschfeld Theater; Choreographed the Tony Award winning revival of Hello, Dolly! (Starring Bette Midler at the Shubert Theater),She Loves Me (Studio 54), On The 20th Century (American Airlines Theater), The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, (Studio 54), A Christmas Story (Lunt Fontanne) and the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the Marriot Marquis Theater. 

He directed and choreographed the 2015 New York Spring Spectacular starring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. He has been nominated for two Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Choreography, and an Emmy award for Choreography. Warren is a winner of the Tony Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama Desk Award and the prestigious Astaire Award for choreography.

Selected additional New York credits include: Directed and choreographed On Your Toes (City Center Encores!); and Cotton Club Parade (Jazz at Lincoln Center and City Center); choreographed Carousel for the New York Philharmonic, (Avery Fisher Hall); Girl Crazy, On The Town, Finian’s Rainbow, Juno and Stairway To Paradise (all Encores! at City Center); 101 Dalmatians (Madison Square Garden / U.S Tour); You Again (NY Fringe Festival); Working (Zipper Theater); Slut! (ATA); Roundabout 40th Anniversary Gala, Roundabout 50th Anniversary Gala and The 24 Hour Musicals at The Public Theater. His Broadway show After Midnight is currently being performed around the world on Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Regional Credits include: Directed and choreographed the ‘sold out’ Australian Arena Tour of Hugh Jackman, from Broadway to Oz; Produced, directed and choreographed the pre Broadway tour of Hugh Jackman In Performance (Curran Theater San Fransisco, Princess Of Wales Theater Toronto); choreographed Follies (The Kennedy Center and The Ahmanson Theater Los Angeles); Camelot (Stratford Shakespeare Festival Canada); A Christmas Story (all U.S. touring companies); Musical Staging for the new Randy Newmanrevue Harps & Angels (Mark Taper Forum Los Angeles); directed and choreographed the award winning Limelight (La Jolla Playhouse); directed and choreographed Buddy’s Tavern (The O’Neill Theater Center, Richard Rodgers Award Winner); Lucky Guy (Goodspeed); choreographed Mame (The Kennedy Center); Dancing In The Dark (Old Globe Theater, San Diego); The Pirates Of Penzance (Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed; CT Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography); The Bakers Wife (Goodspeed) and Pageant (Second City Chicago). 

He is represented on film and television by his staging of The 68th & 69th Annual Tony Awards Broadcast (CBS); Five seasons of So You Think You Can Dance (FOX); Deception starring Hugh Jackman (20th Century Fox); She Loves Me (Broadway HD / PBS). Warren received a 2013 Emmy nomination for his work on Carousel (Live at Lincoln Center, PBS); Also choreographed Hope and Faith (ABC); An Evening At The Boston Pops (PBS); and Elton John’s music video Made In England.

Susan Stroman

Susan Stroman

SUSAN STROMAN (Direction/Choreography) A five-time Tony Award winning director and choreographer, her work has been honored with Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and a record five Astaire Awards. Most recently she directed the new Off-Broadway play Dot for the Vineyard Theatre. She directed and choreographed The Producers, winner of a record-making 12 Tony Awards, including Best Direction and Best Choreography. She co-created, directed and choreographed the Tony Award-winning musical Contact for Lincoln Center Theater, which was honored with a 2003 Emmy Award for Live at Lincoln Center. Her Tony Award nominated direction and choreography for the critically acclaimed musical The Scottsboro Boys continues to garner praise with her recent productions at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, the Ahmanson Theatre, and for the Young Vic in London’s West End, where it was honored with the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. Other Broadway credits include Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Crazy for You, Show Boat, Oklahoma!, The Frogs, The Music Man, Thou Shalt Not, Steel Pier, Big, Picnic. Off-Broadway credits include Flora the Red MenaceAnd the World Goes Round, Happiness, and The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville starring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac. For ten years she choreographed Madison Square Garden’s annual spectacular A Christmas Carol. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut directing and choreographing The Merry Widow, starring Renée Fleming. For the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, she directed and choreographed the new musical Little Dancer. For New York City Ballet, she created Double Feature, a full-length ballet featuring the music of Irving Berlin and Walter Donaldson, and For the Love of Duke, featuring the music of Duke EllingtonOther ballet credits include But Not For Me for the Martha Graham Company and Take Five…More or Less for Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her choreography received an Emmy Award nomination for the HBO presentation “Liza – Live from Radio City Music Hall,” starring Liza Minnelli. She received the American Choreography Award for her work in Columbia Pictures feature film Center Stage. She directed and choreographed The Producers: The Movie Musical, nominated for 4 Golden Globes. She is the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater and a member of the Theater Hall of Fame in New York City.

The Sensation of Susan Stroman

Susan Stroman with Curtains Cast

Broadway features Susan Stroman and Brittany Marcin Maschmeyer wrap up their stay with OU Musical Theatre students by attending the Mainstage performance of Curtains last Spring.

Susan Stroman meets with OUMT seniors

Five-time Tony Award winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman and  Broadway dancer and former Rockette Brittany Marcin Maschmeyer are pictured with students as part of their artist in residence with OU Musical Theatre.

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, as both a singer and an actress. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts – America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts – from President Barack Obama. Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth telling, she is as much at home on Broadway and opera stages as she is in roles on film and television. In addition to her theatrical work, she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world.

Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Pasek & Paul’s musical Dogfight had its world premiere at Second Stage Theatre, where it won the Lortel Award for Best New Musical. Theater credits include A Christmas Story, The Musical on Broadway, which received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical; James and the Giant Peach; Edges. TV credits include “Smash,” “Sesame Street,” “Johnny and the Sprites.” Pasek and Paul created the song “Unlimited” for Old Navy’s 2014 back-to-school campaign, which earned them a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. Upcoming film projects include La La Land (Lionsgate); The Greatest Showman (FOX); Trolls (Dreamworks Animation); Medusa (Sony Pictures Animation); Tom and Jerry Return to Oz (Warner Bros Animation). Honors: Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre (American Academy of Arts and Letters), ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, Jonathan Larson Award. Both are B.F.A. Musical Theatre graduates of the University of Michigan and members of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

Victoria Clark

Victoria Clark

VICTORIA CLARK (Master Class Teacher) received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for originating the role of Margaret Johnson in the musical The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater.  Clark made her Broadway debut in 1985 in Sunday in the Park With George, and has been a Broadway regular in Sister Act, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, and A Grand Night for Singing.  Clark’s film credits include Cradle Will Rockdirected by Tim Robbins, and her voice can be heard in the animated feature films including Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Anastasia, Beauty and the Beast, Christmas Belle, and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.  Television: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, andSweeney Todd in Concert (PBS).  She also enjoys a recurring role on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion on Minnesota Public Radio.

Elizabeth Stanley

Elizabeth Stanley

ELIZABETH STANLEY was last seen starring as Francesca in the First National Tour of Jason Robert Brown's The Bridges of Madison County (dir. by Bartlett Sher); and before that as the man-crazed anthropologist, Claire De Loone in the Broadway revival of On the Town (Drama Desk Nomination). Other roles originated on Broadway: Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet, Allison in Cry- Baby, and April in the Tony Award-winning revival of Company. First National Tour: Kira in Xanadu. Off-Broadway: Gussie in the New York City Center Encores! Production of Merrily We Roll Along (PS Classics cast album), and The Nurse in Hello, Again (Transport Theatre Group, Drama League Award - Best Ensemble). TV: "The Get Down", “The Affair,” “Black Box,” “Made in Jersey,” “Fringe,” “The Chappelle Show,” and “PBS Great Performances - Company.” Regionally she has performed with Sundance Theatre Festival, Sacramento Music Circus, Pittsburgh CLO, Barrington Stage Co., Philadelphia Theatre Co., Rep. of St. Louis, O’Neill, La Jolla Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre Co., Cincinnati Playhouse. Graduate of Indiana University. www.elizabethstanley.net

 

Chryssie Whitehead

Chryssie Whitehead

Television:  GRIMM, WAREHOUSE 13 (Recurring), PRIVATE PRACTICE (Recurring),  MAN UP (Recurring), HAPPY ENDINGS, SWITCHED AT BIRTH, CASTLE, THE MENTALIST, REVENGE OF THE BRIDESMAIDS (ABC Family TV Movie), IN PLAIN SIGHT, MELISSA AND JOEY, GREYS ANATOMY.  

Broadwy/NY Theatre: A CHORUS LINE Revival (Kristine in Revival Cast Album) COMPANY at Lincoln Center (Kathy), CHICAGO on Broadway (Kitty & US Velma performed)  

Theater/Tours: THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES (Z’s Favorite), CATS (Bombalurina) DAMN YANKEES (Lola), A CHORUS LINE (Cassie) THE STUDIO (Lisa), GIGI(Liane), THE PRODUCERS (1st National Tour), ALL SHOOK UP (Goodspeed), FOSSE(1st National Tour/Trumpet solo), THE RADIO CITY ROCKETTES (NY and LA), Sir Paul McCartney's "DRIVING RAIN" Tour.  

Film: LUCKY STIFF with Jason Alexander, EVERY LITTLE STEP (herself),  COMPANY filmed with the NY Philharmonic (Kathy), THE PRODUCERS, SAVE THE LAST DANCE(Julia Stiles's Dance Double).  

Choreographer: GREASE (5th Avenue Theatre), JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS (Associate director/choreographer at ACT Theatre), CAMELOT (Biola University) and OKLAHOMA (Associate at Fulton Opera House to Tyce Diorio). Proud faculty member at AMDA. www.chryssiewhitehead.com and masterclass teacher at www.DASIntensive.com.

Sheri Sanders, Rock-the-Audition expert, enlightens students with style and flare

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In 2004, Sheri Sanders noticed that the radio was changing the climate of Musical Theatre and created Rock The Audition, a masterclass in auditioning for Rock Musicals. The class became a hit in NYC- and Sheri immediately became the worlds preeminent popular music repertoire coach.

In 2011, she was the first author to publish a book on the new relationship between popular music and Musical Theatre (Hal Leonard books). This book, Rock The Audition: How to Prepare for and Get Cast in Musicals, brought her to to 68 Musical Theatre programs in 4 years providing students, and their teachers and coaches the skills to successfully research, prepare and perform all styles of popular music currently represented on Broadway. 

Two years ago, Sheri took her book and turned it into a new interactive Online Rock Musical Theatre Training Program. This makes it possible for individual professional performers and coaches, entire Musical Theatre programs, and now teens-to study directly with Sheri from every corner of the world. www.rock-the-audition.com

Sanders' performance techniques have brought her students not only to the Broadway stage, touring companies, and regional productions of Mean Girls,This Ain't No Disco,Jagged Little Pill, SpongebobThe Great Comet…, Hamilton, Waitress, Kinky Boots, School of Rock, The Spring Awakening Revival, Motown, Sting's The Last Ship, Jersey Boys, Diner, Spiderman, Memphis, Rock of Ages, Sister Act, Mamma Mia, American Idiot, Wicked, Rent, Hairspray, Legally Blonde  and Regina Spektor's Beauty ( to name a few), but also to television shows: Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE, The Wiz LIVE, Rocky Horror, Grease LIVE, and Hairspray LIVE, The Voice, Empire, The X Factor, American Idol, Glee and The Glee Project.

Nikkie Renee Daniels

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Nikki is an acclaimed Broadway actress and concert soloist. Her Broadway credits include The Book of Mormon (Nabulungi) The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Clara); LesMisérables (Fantine); Anything Goes; Promises Promises and Lestat. She recently played Martha Jefferson in 1776 at Encores, and Rose Lennox in The Secret Garden at David Geffen Hall. She made her New York City Opera debut as Clara in Porgy and Bess. Nikki’s regional credits include Emmie in Caroline or Change at the Guthrie; Sarah in Ragtime at North Shore Music Theatre; Belle in Beauty and the Beast at Sacramento Music Circus and Hope in Anything Goes at Williamstown Theater Festival. She has been seen on TV in “Madam Secretary” and “The Sound of Music: Live”. Nikki has performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras in Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Detroit, Omaha, Indianapolis, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and at Carnegie Hall.

 

Scott Coulter

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Scott Coulter is one of New York’s most honored vocalists. For his work in cabaret, Scott has received five MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist and has performed at most of NYC’s top rooms including Birdland, 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein’s at The Regency where he spent eight months performing the revue 11 O’CLOCK NUMBERS AT 11 O’CLOCK which he also co-created, directed and musically arranged. His self-titled debut CD won the 2003 MAC Award for Outstanding Recording and was chosen as the best recording of the year by TheatreMania and Cabaret Scenes magazines. Scott was director and star of A CHRISTMAS CAROL:THE SYMPHONIC CONCERT in its world premiere with the Baltimore Symphony and reprised his performance in the Emmy-nominated PBS production which premiered December 2013. He was an Emmy nominee himself for his performance in NJPAC's AMERICAN SONG on PBS.

Since 1997, Scott has performed around the country with award-winning songwriting duo Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich in their many revues. While singing with Goldrich and Heisler he was discovered by Oscar and Grammy winning composer Stephen Schwartz who then invited him to join the revue STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & FRIENDS. That revue (starring Schwartz and Coulter along with Liz Callaway and Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte) has been performing all over the world since 1999. Scott regularly performs in concert both as a solo artist and with a variety of legendary performers including Stephen Schwartz, Tony-winner Ben Vereen and Grammy-winner Sheena Easton and has performed with symphonies all over the world including San Francisco, Baltimore, Seattle, Phoenix, Winnipeg, St. Louis and Calgary. 

As a director, Scott’s credits include many shows for The Town Hall in NY (BROADWAY BY THE YEAR, BROADWAY’S RISING STARS, BROADWAY ORIGINALS, BROADWAY UNPLUGGED) and BBTY for The Berkshire Theatre Festival and Broadway by the Bay. Along with Michael Kerker and ASCAP, he’s produced and directed several installments of Michael Feinstein’s STANDARD TIME at Carnegie Hall. He is creator, arranger and director of several touring shows (symphonic and non-) including MUSIC OF THE KNIGHTS, CINEMA TOAST, THE KING: THE MUSIC OF ELVIS, SOUTHERN COMFORT, THAT’S LIFE: A TOAST TO SINATRA, YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND: CAROLE KING, NEIL SEDAKA AND THE MUSIC OF THE BRILL BUILDING, BLOCKBUSTER BROADWAY! and his critically acclaimed solo show, THE FELLA SINGS ELLA, which honors the life of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald. Scott recently wrote the book for the new musical GOT TO BE THERE which celebrates the life and music of songwriter Elliot Willensky.

Scott is founder/owner of Spot-On Entertainment and a resident director of programming at 54 Below (Broadway’s Supper Club) in NYC. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the artistic director of the Pocono Mountains Music Festival.

Laura Stanczyk

Laura Stanczyk

LAURA STANCZYK is an independent Casting Director and Producer.   She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1986.   She is a member of the Casting Society of America, Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.

She has been nominated six times for Artios Awards for Excellence in Casting and won for the Broadway revival of FOLLIES.  She has cast dozens of Broadway, Off-Broadway and International plays and musicals including the hailed revivals of SIDE SHOW and RAGTIME, as well as the universally acclaimed Duke Ellington revue, AFTER MIDNIGHT.  She has worked on multiple independent films, including the upcoming FOURTH WALL DOWN.

She was a member of the Senior Artistic Staff of the McCarter Theatre for four years and was their Resident Casting Director for six.   She works with countless regional theatres across the country including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington D.C, the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, the Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse and The Alliance Theatre to name a few.

She began her career with Jay Binder casting where she was an associate for eight years and cast JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG, URINETOWN, SWEET CHARITY, WONDERFUL TOWN, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF, SWEET CHARITY and CHICAGO among countless other readings, workshops and productions.

Craig Carnelia

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CRAIG CARNELIA has had four shows produced on Broadway.  Working with composer Marvin Hamlisch, he wrote lyrics for Sweet Smell of Success, written with John Guare, and Imaginary Friends, written with Nora Ephron.  Hamlisch and Carnelia received Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations for their score for Sweet Smell of Success, and Carnelia received a Drama Desk nomination for his lyrics in Imaginary Friends.  As both composer and lyricist, Craig wrote the score for Is There Life After High School?, and contributed four songs to Studs Terkel's Working, for which he received his first Tony nomination.

He currently has two projects in development: Poster Boy, which had its world-premiere at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and is now in development at the Public Theater, and Pals, a new musical in collaboration with Hal Prince and Alfred Uhry.  As an acting teacher, Craig has taught professional acting classes for the Broadway musical theater community for more than 25 years.

He also teaches master classes at major universities throughout the country, including ongoing relationships with such programs as the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Elon University, and Northwestern.  Craig has been on the council of the Dramatists Guild since 1995 and is married to actress/educator Lisa Brescia.

Russ Kaplan

Russ Kaplan

Russ Kaplan (music/book) is one of the creators of IN TRANSIT, the first a cappella musical ever to run on Broadway (Circle in the Square, 2016-17).  IN TRANSIT's 2010 Off-Broadway production (Primary Stages) received eleven nominations for Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle awards. His other work with lyricist Sara Wordsworth includes DEAR ALBERT EINSTEIN (NYC Children's Theater; Off Broadway Alliance nominee “Best Family Show”), the comedic one-act collection SHORTSTACK (York Theatre’s 4@15 series), the rock musical MINNESOTA, and songs for the play HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL (Dramatic Publishing).  He has composed instrumental music for WEST MOON STREET (Prospect Theatre) and projects by the dance-theatre company Third Rail Projects.  Russ is also the host and bandleader of the monthly concert series "Russ Kaplan's Broadway Jazz Session," which re-interprets current and classic Broadway songs as modern jazz tunes.  His debut album as a jazz composer/keyboardist THE ULYSSES CYCLE – a 20-song suite based on The Odyssey – is currently available on Ropeadope Records.  He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and holds a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.  He lives in New Jersey with his wife, daughter and cat.  www.russkaplanmusic.com

Sara Wordsworth

Sara Wordsworth

Sara Wordsworth is a lyricist, librettist, writer, performer, and teaching artist. Her work in New York Theatre has been nominated for Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Off Broadway Alliance & Lucille Lortel Awards, and she is the recipient of the BMI Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre Writing (Librettist), the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and residencies at the Eugene O’Neill National Musical Theatre Conference and CAP21.  Sara is the co-writer/creator of In Transit, Broadway’s 1st a cappella musical (Circle in the Square, 2016; Off Broadway at Primary Stages, 2010) and co-producer of the In Transit Original Broadway Cast Recording(Hollywood Records).

Other writing credits include Frozen, A Musical Spectacular and Beauty and the Beast for the Disney Cruise Line, the published works Dear Albert Einstein and High School Confidential (Dramatic Publishing), a collection of four 20-minute musicals, Shortstack, and the alternative rock musical Minnesota.  She has also developed songs and content for various regional theaters, venues, educational institutions, recordings, publications, and charities.  Performances include work with the Roundabout Theatre Company, Walt Disney Animation Studios (Feature Film Frozen), Disney Creative Entertainment, and many others.  In addition to performing and writing, Sara has served as a teaching artist for several colleges and universities.  She sits on the Steering Committee for the Tony-Honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., and is a BMI Affiliate Artist.  She lives in New York City with her husband and young daughter.  www.SaraWordsworth.com.