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Liz Ramos has had a diverse career in both commercial dance and musical theater for the past 25 years. Versatile within all dance forms, Liz’s choreography credits span all medium.
You can see her work in the feature film ,”Ride Along 2”, where she worked one on one with Benjamin Bratt and Olivia Munn for their partnering dance sequence. She was the show choreographer for Disney’s “Jessie” for three years. A couple of memorable moments was when asked to choreograph a number for Usher and Romeo Santos for their Latin Grammy duet performance on Univision and a production number for The Gypsy Kings at the 3rd annual Miss Angola Pageant in Africa.

Along with her choreography resume, she has been called on to work as movement coach for some of the biggest names in the biz such as Michael Bolton, Justin Hartley, Julianne Moore, Jane Krakowski, Jennifer Lawerence, Ali Laundry, Halle Berry, Gates Mattazora, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Esposito, Whoopi Goldberg, Martha Stewart, Laine Kazan, Benjamin Bratt, along with many others.

In theater, her choreography credits include “Mystic Pizza”(Ogunquit) “Hair” (Geva), “Opal Ann meets the Fabulous Kit Katt”(Royal Family Productions), “Roll & Roll Refugee” (Royal Family Productions), & “Two Lost Worlds”(Ny).
Her work as associate choreographer to some of the top names in the business include: “August Rush” the musical at the Paramount Theater(Aurora, Ill.), “The Nutty Professor”(Nashville), “Grease”(Papermill), “Unmasked”(Papermill) “Super You”(workshop), “Love Life”(Encores). She worked on the Broadway Productions of On Your Feet and The Addams Family.

Liz will start rehearsals this fall as associate choreographer for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway-bound musical,” Cinderella”.

As a performer Gerry has been seen on Broadway in a number of shows including Anything Goes, Once On This Island, Chicago, Uptown It's Hot, and Joseph...Dreamcoat, a role for which he was one of three Americans chosen to be in the film starring Donny Osmond. Gerry is also a highly sought after director and choreographer. Major theatres he has worked at throughout the United States include the Lions Theatre and York Theater (Off-Broadway), Virginia Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Connecticut Repertory, Gateway Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Alliance Theater, Le Petit Theatre (New Orleans), Pasadena Playhouse, and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, as well as television programs such as "The Rosie O'Donnel Show", "Major Dad" and "Designing Women".


Pallavi is an actor/producer/singer based in Los Angeles. She is the Co-founder and CEO of Team Access Productions, Inc, where she currently serves as the lead producer on Land of Gold (Winner 2021 AT&T/Tribeca Untold Stories), the feature documentary, Invisible (post- production), and What Are Friends For Podcast (Presented by Elizabeth Banks’ WhoHaha Network) where she also co-hosts. Pallavi co- founded Brown Girls Who Brunch — an event series fostering community over competition amongst South Asian womxn in Hollywood. In addition, Pallavi is a classically trained stage and screen actor who can most recently be seen as a 4 season recurring guest star on CBS’ Blue Bloods. Other notable appearances include Netflix’s Master of None, Quantico, The Affair, Nurse Jackie, The Night Of, Last Week Tonight w/ John Oliver, and several national commercials. Prior to her TV/Film career, she was a New York City theatre veteran seen in countless musicals and plays varying from national tours, Off- Broadway, and regional theatres. Outside of work, you might find her playing mom to her toddler, sipping an oat milk latte, or singing Beyonce to her unenthusiastic dog. BFA Musical Theatre Performance - University of Oklahoma; Proud member SAG-AFTRA, AEA, Women in Film. 


Keertana Sastry is a seasoned film and TV casting professional who has worked in both New York City and Los Angeles. Recent credits include, "Invasion (AppleTV+)," “In Treatment: Season 4” with Uzo Aduba (HBO), “The Comey Rule” (Showtime), “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” (Netflix), “The Act” (Hulu), as well as “The Hate U Give," "JoJo Rabbit," and Bohemian Rhapsody," for Fox. She is currently lead producing the feature film, Land of Gold(Winner 2021 AT&T/Tribeca Untold Stories), and recently produced the short film, “Thank You, Come Again (Austin Film Festival 2022),” the documentary “Invisible (post production),” She also produces and co-hosts “The Chaat Room” podcast. Keertana is a Producer/Co-Head of Development at Team Access Productions, Inc Keertana co-founded the event series, “Brown Girls Brunch,” created to foster community over competition among South Asian womxn in Hollywood, and also serves as managing editor of entertainment for the online publication, Brown Girl Magazine, which sees over 2 million in annual readership worldwide. Previous to her career in casting, Keertana was a journalist featured in New York Magazine/Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, and Business Insider. 

Christopher Ketner is Tony, Olivier, and 2 time Drama Desk Award Winning Producer. Broadway productions include The Ferryman (Tony & Drama Desk Award), The Prom (Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award), The Great Comet of 1812 (Tony nomination), and most recently the 2020 Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company directed by Marianne Elliott and starring Patti Lupone. London productions Company (Olivier Award), Heisenberg at Wyndham's Theatre, the European Premiere of Stephen Schwartz and Lin Manuel Miranda's Working: A Musical (WhatsOnStage Award Nomination), and most recently the World Premiere of The Prince of Egypt the Musical at London's Dominion Theatre. Off-Broadway and Tours Include Heather McMahan: The Farewell Tour, Sasha Velour: Smoke and Mirrors Tour, The Office: A Musical Parody (off-Broadway, Canada and USA Tour), Dirty Dancing the Classic Story Onstage, and Elf! the Musical. 

ROBERTA DUCHAK is an award winning music director, Chicago- based vocal coach/teacher and Broadway actress. Recent credits include, Broadway: SIX (US Music Supervisor) CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE: SIX, Emma, The Little Mermaid, Romeo and Juliet the Musical - The People vs. Friar Lawrence, Murder for Two, Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, CHICAGO: Matilda, Mamma Mia,Little Shop of Horrors, South Pacific, 42nd Street, Rock of Ages, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Crazy for You, Hazel, Billy Elliot, Les Misérables, West Side Story, White Christmas, Young Frankenstein, Hello, Dolly!, Oliver, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, Ragtime, Spamalot, Gypsy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Miss Saigon (Drury Lane Theatre); Brigadoon (Goodman Theatre); The Story of My Life directed by Richard Maltby Jr. (Biograph Theater); The Original Grease (American Theatre Company); The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Mercury Theater Chicago); musical supervisor for A Little Night Music (Writers Theatre). FILM: vocal coach for Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables. AWARDS: Two Jeff Awards, five nominations. ACTING: Mother in Ragtime (Broadway); Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooge, Magnolia and Ellie in Showboat (national tour); Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chicago/national tour). Ms. Duchak has two busy vocal studios in the Chicago area.

DEVANAND JANKI is an award-winning Director-Choreographer based in New York City, originally from Canada. He is the founder and artistic director of Live & In Color, whose mission is developing new plays and musicals that celebrate diversity, . His prolific New York credits include the hit Off-Broadway showZanna, Don’t! (Winner of the Lortel, Callaway, & GLAAD Media Awards), John Patrick Shanley’s Romantic Poetry for the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Yellow Brick Road (Callaway nom.), Junie B. Jones (Lortel nom.), Cupid & Psyche, Henry & Mudge (Lortel nom.), Skippyjon Jones (Lortel nom.), Shine! The Horatio Alger Musical (NYMF), This One Girl’s Story(Abingdon Theatre, GLAAD Media Award nom.), and Buddy’s Tavern(York Theater Lab). Dev has combined his philanthropic skills with his Broadway prowess on such concerts as: HAIR with an all-star cast, featuring Jennifer Hudson (Grammy nom.), Funny Girl featuring 16 Fanny Brices, including Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, and Jane Krakowski; Dreamgirls and Seth Rudetsky's Broadway 101, all for the Actors’ Fund, the entertainment industry’s largest charitable organization. He has also served nine years as an Artistic Associate for Broadway Bares, one of the largest fundraisers for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. His other notable credits include: Amahl and the Night Visitors, Babes in Toyland, Anything Goes in concert (assoc.) all for Lincoln Center. The Wings of Ikarus Jackson and Barrio Grrrl!(Helen Hayes nom., Kennedy Center); The hit show, Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical (Goodspeed Musicals & George Street Playhous ); The Rocky Horror Show, Xanadu, the regional premiere of Rent (Hangar Theatre, SALT Award); How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, and Disney's Aladdin (Chicago Shakespeare); Andrew Lippa's Asphalt Beach (AMTP); Man of La Mancha (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); The Full Monty (Foothills Theatre); The Scarlet Pimpernel (Gateway Playhouse); the workshop of Lily (Huntington Theatre). TYA Tours: Martha Speaks, If You Give a Pig A Pancake, Fly Guy & Other Stories, Nate The Great, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical, and The Jack Sprat Low Fat World Tour.

Dev has also worked internationally, creating One Man's Dream for Tokyo Disney, as well as the Korean Premiere of Zanna, Don't!, and concerts for Japan's #1 Boy Band: Shonentai. Live Industrial credits include projects for: Carnival Cruise Lines, Coca-Cola, MAC Cosmetics, Benjamin Moore Paints and Dove. As a performer, Dev has appeared on Broadway in Miss Saigon, Cats, The King & I, Side Show, and tours of A Chorus Line and West Side Story. He is the Director of the Musical Theatre Division at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting. He is a frequent guest teacher and lecturer across the country where he continues to be a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the arts.

Monique Midgette (Associate Artistic Director for Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, Texas) Raised in the Washington D.C. area, she is a produced playwright, director, and performer for over twenty five years. She was also a theatrical agent, a casting director, and founded a performing arts studio in Hyattsville, Md. Her directing credits include DENISE LEE: Pressure Makes Diamonds! (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), WELCOME TO MATTESON (Orlando Shakes), TWO MINUTES AFTER DAWN (Mad Cow Theatre), DESSA ROSE (Olney Theatre), HAVING OUR SAY (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL (Adventure Theatre), BEEHIVE: THE 60's MUSICAL (Next Stop Theatre), SWEET CHARITY (Montgomery College SDT), AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (Toby's Dinner Theatre), BIG RIVER (Asst. Dir. Adventure Theatre)

Monique’s performing credits include the original Broadway productions of THE CIVIL WAR, MARIE CHRISTINE, and SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL. She toured the U.S. with the Broadway production, THE LION KING, and originated lead roles in the casts of the Disney Cruise Line and Hong Kong Disneyland’s FESTIVAL OF THE LION KING. Ms. Midgette’s favorite regional credits include THE WIZ at Ford's Theatre, THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE at Arena Stage (HELEN HAYES Nominee), CHILDREN OF EDEN at Ford’s Theatre, the world premiere of WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at the Kennedy Center, and BEEHIVE at Toby’s Theatre (HELEN HAYES Nominee). 

Sasha Hutchings

Sasha Hutchings is a stage and television actress, teaching artist, and creative producer. She was most recently seen on Broadway as Laurey Williams in Oklahoma!, and is notably an original cast member of Hamilton featured in the Disney+ Hamilton Film.

Additional Broadway credits include My Fair Lady, Rocky, Motown, and Memphis. In 2021 Sasha will appear in the premier season of Run The World on STARZ. Additional TV appearances include Fosse/Verdon, The Bold Type, Jessica Jones, Master of None, and Blue Bloods.

As a freelance consultant in theatre education, Sasha designs curriculum on narrative building and storytelling through movement. She collaborates regularly with New York City Department of Education theatre programs, Epic Theatre Ensemble, and The Arthur Miller Foundation, facilitating workshops for both students and educators and producing fundraising events. In 2020 Sasha created the The HomeGrownArts Alliance, an organization that connects professional artists with their hometown communities through online programming and provides local arts communities with exclusive resources.

Michelle Kittrell

Michelle Kittrell originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia and has performed in eight Broadway shows and won the Gypsy Robe Award three times. Shas been seen in the Broadway musical, Legally Blonde, where in addition to playing D.A. Joyce Riley and CeCe the Delta Nu Sister, she also understudied the roles of Serena, Brooke and Pilar while also being a dance captain.

She also has appeared in the Broadway hit, Hairspray, as the dance captain as well as playing the role of Penny Pingleton. Additional Broadway credits include: All Shook Up, Bebe "Bubbles" Baker in Urban Cowboy, the Senator's Girlfriend in Sweet Smell of Success starring John Lithgow, Seussical starring Rosie O'Donnell, Footloose, Wonderful Town (Encores) and Grease! Michelle has toured the U.S. with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease!, Footloose as well as Europe playing the role of Lorraine in 42nd Street. She has performed regionally as Velma Kelly in Chicago, Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Graziella in West Side Story, Millie in Good News! in addition to working with Tommy Tune in the workshop of Easter Parade. On television she has appeared on "Law & Order", “Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods," Live with Regis and Kelly", "Broadway: An American Musical", "Miss America Pageant" with Tony Danza, "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade",  “The View, "This is the Moment" with Donny Osmond as well as numerous appearances on the "Today Show" and "Good Morning America." Michelle teaches musical theatre, audition technique as well as tap, jazz, and lyrical master classes in NYC and across the country. Michelle was also named one of the "top 10 tap dancers in the US and Canada" in the Gregory Hines National Tap Challenge.

Denis Jones

Denis Jones’ recent Broadway credits include Tootsie (Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Chita Rivera Award nominations for Best Choreography), Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Chita Rivera Award nominations for Best Choreography) and Honeymoon in Vegas. Additional recent NYC credits: Hey, Look Me Over!, Paint Your Wagon, The Tempest, Piece of My Heart (Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Choreography, SDC Callaway Finalist), When Pigs Fly, and Coraline.  Regional: Eurydice (LA Opera), Chasing Rainbows (Paper Mill Playhouse), A Chorus Line (Signature Theater), How to Succeed (The Kennedy Center), Crazy For You (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes nomination, Best Choreography), A Chorus Line (St Louis MUNY, Best Director, Best Choreographer nominations, St Louis Theater Circle Award) 42nd Street (MUNY, Best Choreographer Award, St Louis Critics Circle), The Wiz (MUNY), Moonshine: That Hee-Haw Musical (Dallas Theatre Center), Mary Poppins (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Sound of Music (Lyric Opera, Chicago), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed Opera House), Forum, She Loves Me (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Pirates (Huntington Theatre), Damn Yankees (5th Ave/ Paper Mill Playhouse), Some Lovers (Old Globe) POP! (Yale Rep). Also: The Kennedy Center Honors, Rosie Live!, Sex and the City 2, Oprahs Surprise Spectacular, Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade, and The Today Show.

Gordon Greenberg

Gordon Greenberg is a director and writer living in New York. He has directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in London’s West End, written for television and stage, and developed, directed and produced new works for arts institutions across America. Recent work includes: the acclaimed West End revival of Guys and Dolls, starring Rebel Wilson, which received six Olivier Award nominations (Savoy Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre), the Broadway stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (also co-writer, Roundabout, Universal, PBS “Great Performances”), Piaf/Dietrich (Mirvish, Toronto), Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory, London), Heart of Rock and Roll (Old Globe), Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show (also co-writer, Old Globe), Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors (also co-writer, Maltz Jupiter), Jacques Brel…(Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics noms), Working (adapted with Stephen Schwartz & Lin Manuel Miranda, Broadway Playhouse, Old Globe, Asolo, 59 E 59, Drama Desk Award), Disney’s TangledJohnny Baseball (Williamstown), Pirates! Or Gilbert & Sullivan Plunder’d (created with Nell Benjamin, Huntington, Goodspeed, Paper Mill, MUNY), We The People (Theatreworks USA, Lortel Theatre), Cam Jansen (Theatreworks USA, Lambs Theatre), Meet Me in St. Louis (new book writer, St. Louis Muny 100th anniversary.) TV Writing: Disney Channel, Nickelodeon. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on television. He is also deeply involved in education as Artistic Director of the Broadway Teachers Workshop and has taught master classes at the University of Michigan, N.Y.U., Belmont, Syracuse, Arts Ed (London), Broadway Moscow (Russia), Broadway Dreams, etc. Education: Stanford, NYU, RADA.   

Rachel Hoffman

Rachel Hoffman, CSA, has worked in casting since 1999. She is currently a Casting Director at Telsey + Company, where she has been involved in the casting of Memphis, The Addams Family, Wicked, Rent, In The Heights, Million Dollar Quartet, Hairspray, You’re Welcome America, Nine To Five, Next To Normal, Blithe Spirit, Legally Blonde, Equus, South Pacific, Catch Me if You Can, Rock Of Ages, Reasons To Be Pretty, The Color Purple, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Next To Normal, Speed-The-Plow, Company, Tarzan, Boys’ Life, Grey Gardens, The Fantasticks, Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, Cinderella, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweeney Todd, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, Nerds (at Philadelphia Theatre Company), Sex An The City  (films), Rachel Getting Married (film), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s 2009 & 2010 summer seasons, Peep Show (Las Vegas) and upcoming companies of Bring It On, Spiderman, Love Never Dies, My Man Godfrey, Minsky’s, Elf as well as numerous readings and commercials.  Some of the other shows she has worked on include The Boy from Oz, Brooklyn, Bat Boy: the Musical, Altar Boyz, Children of Eden (at The Ford’s Theatre), The Full Monty (at North Shore Music Theatre) and Godspell (2000 Off-Broadway Revival at the York Theatre).  She lectures and teaches audition workshops on musical theatre performing and auditioning at many colleges and universities around the US and produces senior showcases in NYC for graduating classes of some of the top musical theatre departments.  Prior to casting, she worked as a performer in NYC, and received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan.

Emily Skinner

Emily Skinner has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway‘s most engaging and versatile performers. Emily was last seen on Broadway in the 2019 season in The Cher Show. In the fall 2017 Broadway season, she had the honor of being directed by Hal Prince in his new show Prince of Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club and she was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance. She was also seen that same year Off-Broadway in Transport Group’s much lauded production of PICNIC, where she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance as Rosemary. Previous to that, she appeared as The Witch in Into the Woods at Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars and as Phyllis in Follies at The Repertory Theatre of St Louis, garnering rave reviews for both performances.

Emily appeared previously on Broadway starring in the acclaimed musical Billy Elliot. Handpicked by Oscar-winning director Stephen Daldry, she had the honor of being the very first American selected to play the role of Billy's dance teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson. She received a Broadway World Award for her performance. Emily was nominated for a Tony Award (along with Alice Ripley) and received a Drama League Award for her performance as Daisy Hilton in the brilliant but short-lived Side Show. Her other original Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde, James Joyce's The Dead (opposite Christopher Walken), The Full Monty, Dinner at Eight (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), as well as The Actors Fund productions of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Dreamgirls.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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 (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 was last seen starring as Francesca in the First National Tour of Jason Robert Brown's The Bridges of Madison County (directed 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.

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, Grey's Anatomy.  

Broadway/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 (First National Tour), All Shook Up (Goodspeed), Fosse (First 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. and masterclass teacher at

Sheri Sanders

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.

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 LiveThe Wiz Live, Rocky Horror, Grease Live, Hairspray Live, The Voice, Empire, The X Factor, American Idol, Glee, and The Glee Project.

Nikkie Renee Daniels

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 GoesPromises 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

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 Symponic 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 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 Mucis of the Knights, Cinema Toast, The King: The Music of Elvis, Southern Comfort, That's Life: A Toast to SinatraYou've Got a Friend: Carole KingNeil 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 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 Viginia Wolf, and CHICAGO among countless other readings, workshops, and productions.

Craig Carnelia

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.

Matt Redmond

Matt Redmond is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Acting and minor in Directing. Since graduation, he assistant directed Mamma Mia and Aida at the MUNY. He immediately moved to New York to work for Manhattan Theatre Club throughout their 2016-2017 Tony Award Winning Season on August Wilson's Jitney and Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes (with Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney). He also directed 1776 at 54 Below starring Carrie St. Louis (Wicked) and Kyle Scatliffe (The Color Purple, Hamilton), as well as Legally Blonde at 54 Below, also starring Carrie St. Louis and Bobby Conte Thornton. Following his time at MTC, Matt started working full time for DGRW Talent and is now a Senior Agent. At DGRW, he represents actors in theatre, film, and television. Notable clients include Alice Ripley (Tony Award Winner, Next to Normal), Douglas Sills (Tony nominee, The Scarlett Pimpernel), Kathleen Chalfant (The Affair, House of Cards, Madam Secretary), Kennedy Caughell (currently Carole King in Beautiful), Nasia Thomas (Ain’t Too Proud), and more. 

Alaina Vi Maderal

Alaina is the female swing in the First National Tour of Hamilton: An American Musical. She is a member of the "Angelica Tour" of Hamilton. Her regional credits include In the Heights, Sophisticated Ladies, West Side Story, and more.  She is an alumni of ZACH Theatre's Pre-Professional Company and Broadway Dance Center's Professional Semester Program.

Alaina visited OU Musical Theatre Advanced Jazz students and taught a Master Class with choreography from Hamilton. She also instructed OUMT students and OU Dance students in a broad scope of movement, choreography, vocals, and acting techniques.

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 Alvert 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.

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, and 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 first 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.