Marc's students have appeared on Broadway in Shrek: The Musical, Mary Poppins, The Color Purple, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Les Miserables, Sunday in the Park with George, West Side Story, Ragtime, Bye Bye Birdie and Finian's Rainbow. On TV in The Backyardigans, Blues Clues, Saturday Night Live, The Naked Brothers Band, All My Children, One Life To Live, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, Mercy, Law and Order and many more.
As an actor, Marc has appeared as "Eugene" in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound at theatres all over the US. Other regional and New York credits include: "Yonkers" in Gypsy staring Patti LuPone and directed by Lonny Price, …Spelling Bee, Dames at Sea, Lost In Yonkers, Into The Woods, Torch Song Trilogy, Oklahoma!, Oliver!, Shenandoah, The Dresser, Big River, Rags, Crazy For You, Pirates of Penzance and the hit Off Broadway productions of The Snow Queen and Bring Back Birdie, as well as the all-star concerts of Children Of Eden, The Secret Garden and Pippin, the latter starring Rosie O'Donnell and Ben Vereen. Film/TV credits include: The Sopranos and A Beautiful Mind directed by Ron Howard.
Marc's directing credits include: I Love My Wife, Once On This Island, A Year with Frog and Toad, Bat Boy, Cabaret, Rent, High School Musical, The Wiz, Oliver!, Annie, Into The Woods, Life of the Party, the educational touring production of The New Kid and the upcoming Here I Am to be performed in China in 2011. Marc also served as "Munchkin Director" for the MSG production of The Wizard of Oz. Marc is a member of Actors Equity Association and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Jessica Bogart (Teaching Artist) — Broadway: Jenny in In My Life (original cast), Ado Annie in Oklahoma! (original revival cast), Eponine in Les Misérables, Philia in …Forum (original revival cast), Maureen in Rent, Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Petra in A Little Night Music at The New York City Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Regional: Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (La Jolla Playhouse in association with Aquila Theatre Co.); Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story and Eliza in My Fair Lady (Walnut Street); Ophelia in Hamlet (Colonial); Mrs. Millimant in The Way of the World (Yale Rep); Sarah in The Ballad of Little Jo (Steppenwolf, directed by Tina Landau), Gypsy in Gypsy (w/Patti Lupone, Chicago Rivinia Festival); productions at Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Goodman, Geva, and the Apple Tree Theatre in Chicago, where she is Artistic Associate and directed Eve Ensler’s Necessary Targets and Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again. Jessica has taught acting and musical theatre workshops all over the US.
Christian Borle (Teaching Artist) — most recently appeared as 'Black Stache' in the Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony® Award) at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Borle can also currently be seen as composer Tom Levitt in NBC's acclaimed new musical drama series, “Smash.” Broadway: Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde: The Musical (Tony®, Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominations), Spamalot (Clarence Derwent Award, Drama Desk Award nomination), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Amour, Jesus Christ Superstar and Footloose. Off-Broadway: Angels in America (Signature Theatre Company), On the Town (Encores!) and Elegies: A Song Cycle (Lincoln Center). Regional: Just So (North Shore Music Theater), The Three Musketeers (AMT of San Jose), West Side Story (National Tour) and The Who's Tommy (Offenbach, Germany). Television: "Legally Blonde: The Musical" (MTV), "Johnny and the Sprites," "Law & Order" and "Ghost Stories." Film: The Bounty Hunter. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Borle attended Carnegie Mellon University.
Sierra Boggess (Teaching Artist) — made her Broadway debut in the title role of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. She has the distinction of having played Andrew Lloyd Webber’s heroine Christine Daae twice: in the Las Vegas mounting of The Phantom of the Opera and in the West End premiere of the hit musical’s sequel, Love Never Dies. Boggess returned to Broadway in Master Class with Tyne Daly and will play the title role in Rebecca coming to Broadway in the near future. Sierra toured the US in the National Tour of Les Miserables and most recently starred as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera for the live broadcast at Royal Albert Hall in London (also available on DVD).
Ashley Brown (Teaching Artist) — is probably best known as the original Mary Poppins in Disney’s hit Broadway musical. Ashley recently made her Broadway debut as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Previously, she toured with Disney’s On The Record. She performed in The Leading Men of Broadway and participated in Broadway By the Year: 1956. Training: Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (BFA, Laurie Beechman Award).
Catherine Brunell (Teaching Artist) Catherine is currently in the Broadway cast of Mary Poppins where she covers the title role of Mary. Other Broadway credits include: Big River (revival with Deaf West Theater), Thoroughly Modern Millie (original cast), Les Miserables (Eponine), and A Tale of Two Cities. National Tours: Big River, Les Miserables. Regional credits include: Anything Goes (Williamstown Theatre Festival), A Wonderful Life (Paper Mill Playhouse), A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters (Skyline Theatre Co.), Paramour (Old Globe Theater), Call Me Madam (Goodspeed), Little Women (Shaeffer Theater at Duke U.), Guys and Dolls (St. Louis MUNY), Roman Holiday (MUNY), Sleeping Beauty (Barter Theater), Big River (Ford’s Theater). Catherine is twice nominated for a Kevin Kline Award for Best Actress for her portrayals of Laurey in Oklahoma! and Eliza in My Fair Lady at the St. Louis MUNY.
Laura Bell Bundy (Teaching Artist) — received 2007 Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations for her work in Legally Blonde. Broadway: originated Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray, performed Glinda in Wicked. Off-Broadway: originated Tina Denmark in Ruthless (Outer Critics and Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Musical). Regionally: Sherrie Christian in Rock of Ages (Los Angeles), Dainty June in Gypsy, Louisa in The Sound of Music. TV: “Modern Men” (WB), “Cold Case” (CBS), “Veronica Mars” (UPN), “Happy Hour” (FOX), “Strangers With Candy” (Comedy Central), leading roles in the pilots “Dirtbags” (FOX) and “All Grown Up” (CBS), Marah in “The Guiding Light” (1999-2001). Film: Dreamgirls, Jumanji, Life With Mikey, The Adventures of Huck Finn. Singer/songwriter: just completed her debut “Y’alternative” country album Longing for a Place Already Gone and a CD of standards, I’ll Be Home for Christmas. Proceeds from the Christmas CD benefit her charity, Kreative Kids Foundation. Creator and co-designer of Schmancy Purses. www.laurabellbundy.com.
Kerry Butler (Teaching Artist) - starred in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Xanadu, for which she received rave reviews and a 2008 Tony® Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. She made her Broadway Debut as Belle in Beauty in the Beast, a role she originated with the Toronto Production, Other Broadway credits include: Rock of Ages, Blood Brothers, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors and the original Penny Pingleton in Hairspray. Kerry has worked Off Broadway and regionally in Bat Boy: The Musical, The Opposite of Sex, and Miracle Brothers. Kerry’s recordings include: Xanadu, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Bat Boy: The Musical, Prodigal, numerous demo cds and newly released solo album “Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust.” Television and film credits include: Lipstick Jungle, Cupid, Borough of Kings, Campfire Stories, One Life to Live¸ Second Honeymoon, Sesame Street, Hometown, Another World, Twins (Pilot), as well as several live performances on national television shows. This spring Kerry will star on Broadway in the new musical Catch Me If You Can.
Kristy Cates (Teaching Arist) — Original Broadway Cast of Wicked (ensemble/Elphaba understudy). Kristy then went on to a year long run as Elphaba in the Chicago production of Wicked. She was most recently seen the Human Race Theatre production of Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots. Off Broadway/ Regional: Boobs! The Musical, Princess Ida, St. Louis MUNY, The Lucille Lortel, White Barn Theatre , North Bay Opera, The Playhouse on the Green, The Eugene O’Neill Conference and the NY Fringe Festival. NYC/Chicago concerts: Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, Joe’s Pub, Laurie Beechman Theatre, and a sold out series An Evening with Kristy Cates at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center. She was honored to be a National Anthem soloist for the Chicago Bears, Bulls and White Sox. BFA: Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. Proud member of AEA.
Diana DeGarmo (Teaching Artist) shot to stardom at the age of 16 as the runner up on the 3rd season of American Idol. Following American Idol, Diana released her single “Dreams” which became one of the best selling singles of 2005. She recorded her debut album Blue Skies with RCA Records. Diana toured the United States as part of American Idols Live and in 2005, Diana went on a USO tour to entertain the troops in 13 countries overseas, including Afghanistan and Iraq. Diana made her Broadway debut in Hairspray as Penny Pingleton. Following Hairspary, Diana performed the lead in the 2006 national tour of Brooklyn: The Musical. Recent theatre credits include; Dorothy in a tour of Oz the Musical, the LA production of the musical revue Back to Bacharach and David, The Lyric production of Joseph…. Currently Diana is starring as Sarah in the Off Broadway hit musical Toxic Avenger at New World Stages.
James Donegan (Teaching Artist) — James Donegan is a New York-based actor. In New York, James most recently appeared in the Off-Broadway casts of Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab and Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening (original cast, 2008 Drama Desk: Best Revue), and on their respective cast albums. Other New York and regional credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), Company (Bobby), Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius), My Fair Lady (Freddy), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Evita (Che), Triumph of Love (Agis) and many more. He can be heard on his solo CD, So Much Spring (“…auspicious debut” — Next Magazine), as well as the studio cast album of Allegro on Sony Classics. James is also a voice teacher whose students have worked on and Off-Broadway, as well as in numerous regional theaters. Special thanks to Marc and the The Broadway Workshop crew for all of they do.
Tim Federle (Teaching Artist) is currently serving as Dance Captain for the Broadway company of Billy Elliot. Associate director: Sister Act (London), Little House on the Prairie (tour). Choreographer: Angela Lansbury Tribute (Westport). Associate choreographer: Face the Music (Encores!). Dance captain: original companies of White Christmas and Spamalot (tour). Original Broadway casts: The Little Mermaid, Gypsy with Bernadette Peters.
Stephanie Fittro (Teaching Artist) most recently starred in the Broadway musical Legally Blonde as Kate/Chutney. Past credits include national tours of Hairspray and Carousel; favorite NY credits include Met Opera (The Merry Widow featured as Joujou, starring Placido Domingo!), Encores!, and Irish Repertory Theatre, as well as the role of Mandy in Eric Bernat and Robin Carrigan's new comedy Jesus and Mandy at Theatre For The New City. Stephanie has appeared in numerous productions of West Side Story (directed by Alan Johnson) and Finian’s Rainbow at theatres all over the US. Teaching and choreography credits include Diamond Head Theatre (Honolulu, HI), Ft. Salem Theatre (Salem, NY), The Gem Theatre (Detroit, MI), Prospect Theatre (NY, NY), Michigan State Unviersity (East Lansing, MI), Academy of Dance (Clark, NJ), as well as many workshops and outreach programs. As an actor she has studied with Shakespeare and Co. (Lenox, MA), specializing in acting and Shakespeare; as a dancer, she trained at the Boston Ballet and Alvin Ailey Schools. She is proud to be an interpreter of classical musical theatre choreography, especially material melding ballet, character, modern and jazz. She is also proud to have studied with the late great Mr. James Jamieson, Agnes DeMille’s beloved sword dancer in the original Brigadoon, who inspired her to no end, and to whom she dedicates her teaching.
Sutton Foster (Teaching Artist) Broadway: Fiona in Shrek: The Musical, Inga in Young Frankenstein, Janet Van De Graaf in The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, L.A. Ovation Award), Jo in Little Women (2005 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire Awards), Eponine in Les Misérables, the 20th anniversary of Annie, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Grease. Other New York: performed concerts at Carnegie Hall (NY Pops), Lincoln Center (American Songbook series), Town Hall, Joe’s Pub, Actors Fund benefit performances of Funny Girl and Chess. TV: Disney Channel’s “Johnny and the Sprites,” HBO’s “The Flight of the Conchords.” Her first solo album WISH was released in 2009.
Brette Goldstein (Teaching Artist) has cast over forty independent films (including the award-winning Hello Lonesome), fifty commercials (clients include Nickelodeon, Johnson & Johnson and Proctor & Gamble), one hundred plays (several of which she also produced) and was the resident casting director at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre for ten seasons. She coaches and teaches audition technique and marketing for actors at professional studios in New York City and universities throughout America, and worked as the on-set coach for several films and television shows. Films Brette has cast have won awards and been official selections at most of the major film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes, and she is currently casting four indies, including the $15M film The Pendant and Bubble Girl, a film about children with cancer and how a strong community can bring hope and healing.
Kaitlin Hopkins (Teaching Artist) — As an actress, Katilin has worked extensively in theater, film, television and radio for 25 years. Some credits include: Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Noises Off, Anything Goes. Off-Broadway, she originated the role of Meredith in Bat Boy - The Musical, receiving Drama Desk and Ovation Award nominations. She also appeared in Bare, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and Nicky Silver’s Beautiful Child (The Vineyard Theatre). Other: Disney’s On The Record (National tour), John Adams’ opera I Was Looking At The Ceiling... directed by Peter Sellars (International tour), The Opposite of Sex and Party Come Here (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Philanderer (South Coast Repertory). Radio: The Heidi Chronicles, Working and Proof. Television/Film includes: The Nanny Diaries, How To Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Rescue Me, Six Degrees, The Practice, Spin City, JAG, Star Trek- Voyager, all three Law and Order shows and 3 yrs as Dr Kelsey Harrison on Another World. Training: Carnegie Mellon University (musical theater), The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London. For more info visit www.kaitlinhopkins.com.
JUSTIN HUFF, CSA is a casting director at Telsey + Company and has worked on the following projects: Broadway/Tours/Regional: Newsies, The Addams Family, Spider-man Turn Off The Dark, Catch Me If You Can, Leap of Faith, Rock of Ages, 9 to 5, In the Heights, South Pacific, Wicked, Rent, Next to Normal, Legally Blonde, The Color Purple, Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On (Vegas), Hairspray, Cry-baby, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Grey Gardens, High School Musical, Tarzan, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Catered Affair, All Shook Up, Bonnie & Clyde (La Jolla/Asolo); Film: I Love You Phillip Morris, Rachel Getting Married, Sex and the City, Sex and the City: 2, Dan in Real Life, Then She Found Me, Across the Universe, Ira and Abby, Jonah Hex. Justin studied Musical Theater at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and AMDA in New York.
Stepanie Johnston (Teaching Artist) — Stephanie Johnstone is an NYC-based composer, music director and vocal coach. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, she has studied with Dr. Alan Cohen at NYU, participated in Adam Guettel's group lab class through Musical Theatre Works, and was selected for the New Dramatists' Guild Composer/Librettist Studio 2006. Her songs have been sung at Cafe Vivaldi and Don't Tell Mama, she contributed material for Dreamakers (w/ Brian D'Arcy James) at the Children's Aid Society, and while in Prague, she collaborated with the Czech gypsy/folk band Vibra Etherna. Her other recent musical theater works include Hotel Sarajevo (Hot Ink Festival 2004 and Barbara Wolff Reading at CAP21) which she worked on and co-conceived with Marisa Michelson and the zany one-act: The Adventures of Mommy and Fetus. She wrote the music, lyrics and orchestrations for Tully (In No Particular Order) (Theater For the New City workshop, New York Musical Theater Festival production 2007) for which she was awarded Honorable Mention for Achievement in Music at NYMF. As a music director, she has worked with Liz Swados, Raw Impressions, Taylor Mac, and Quo Vadimus Arts, just to name a few. She has been vocal coaching in Chicago and New York for the past six years, and she has taught at City College of New York, The Neighborhood Playhouse Junior School, Curtain Up Kids, and Broadway Training Center of Westchester.
Denis Jones (Teaching Artist) recently choreographed Coraline (Lucille Lortel Theater), High School Musical, The Full Monty and Meet Me in St. Louis (Paper Mill Playhouse), Pirates! and She Loves Me (Huntington Theater/Williamstown Theater Festival), The Boy Friend (Maltz Jupiter Theater, Carbonell Award for Best Choreography), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Cape Playhouse) and Everyone Loves a Winner (Westport Country Playhouse). Denis was also the Associate Choreographer to Jerry Mitchell for Broadway’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Legally Blonde. Denis choreographed the Broadway concerts of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, On the Twentieth Century and A Wonderful Life. Other credits include choreographing The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Bravo), Rosie Live (NBC) and national commercials for Staples and Glade. Denis has performed on Broadway in Never Gonna Dance, The Full Monty, Little Me, Chicago and Grease, Denis has been proud to have served, for the last four years, as the director of Broadway Bares, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Leslie Kritzer (Teaching Artist) — Leslie Kritzer recently starred on Broadway in Legally Blonde as Serena for which she was honored with the Clerence Derwent Award by the Actor’s Equity Association. She received critical acclaim and a Time Out New York award for her sold-out Joe’s Pub run of Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (a performance she repeated at The Plush Room in San Francisco). She received a Drama Desk Nomination for creating the role of Pickles in the off-Broadway production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Other New York credits include Hairspray, Bat Boy: The Musical, and Godspell. Regionally, Leslie has performed such roles as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Eva Peron in Evita, and Kathy in the world premiere of Vanities. She was also seen in the national tour of Urinetown. She has performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London as a guest soloist honoring Tim Rice and Alan Menken and can be heard on several cast recordings. Recent television credits include 3LBS (CBS) and the Jason and Jessica pilot for HBO. Upcoming Broadway A Catered Affair, opening this spring at The Walter Kerr Theatre.
Abby Lee (Teaching Artist) most recently appeared in Car Talk at Stageworks in Hudson, NY. Her NYC credits include Maria in West Side Story at the Gerald Lynch Theatre, Fan in A Christmas Carol at the McCarter Theatre and Monday Night’s New Voices at The Duplex. Regional theatre credits include: Sally in Tally’s Folly, Mona in Dames at Sea, Charity in Barnum, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Corrie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Young Stella in Follies! Pitti Sing in The Mikado, Nancy in Oliver!, Almost Main and Moonlight in Magnolias. Abby’s film credits include: Confessions of a Shopaholic, Tryptich, and 21 and a Wake-up (starring Faye Dunaway).
Telly Leung (Teaching Artist) Broadway & National Tour credits include FLOWER DRUM SONG (2003 revival), Sondheim's PACIFIC OVERTURES (2005 Roundabout revival), WICKED (Boq – original Chicago company), and RENT (Final Broadway Company & The Broadway Tour). Other credits include Angel in RENT at the Hollywood Bowl (directed by Neil Patrick Harris, starring Vanessa Hudgens and Wayne Brady), Song in M. BUTTERFLY (Philadelphia Theater Company), GODSPELL (Paper Mill), The Bernstein MASS (Carnegie Hall / Kennedy Center), GIVE IT UP! (world premiere, Dallas Theater Center), Barnaby in HELLO, DOLLY! and Harold Bride in TITANIC (The St. Louis Muny), Simon in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Music Circus), Thuy in MISS SAIGON (Pittsburgh CLO), and Lun Tha in THE KING AND I (North Carolina Theater, starring Lou Diamond Philips). Film & TV appearances include GLEE (Wes, Dalton Academy Warblers), RENT: FILMED LIVE ON BROADWAY, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, The Tony Awards, Ellen, The Today Show and Good Morning America. He can be heard on the original cast recordings of FLOWER DRUM SONG and PACIFIC OVERTURES. Other recordings include THE BERNSTEIN MASS (Grammy-nominated), WALL TO WALL STEPHEN SONDHEIM - LIVE FROM SYMPHONY SPACE, DEAR EDWINA, SWEET BYE & BYE and THE BROADWAY BOYS. Next: Starring as Young Sam in the Broadway-bound original musical, Allegiance. Telly was born and raised in New York City, and holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Caissie Levy (Teaching Artist) has appeared in Wicked on Broadway and in Los Angeles in the iconic role of Elphaba. She has also starred in Hairspray (on Broadway, in Toronto and on the First National Tour) and as Maureen in the national tour of Rent. Currently, Caissie is starring as Sheila in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Hair.
Howard Meltzer (Teaching Artist) is the “go to” Casting Director in Los Angeles for the two hottest kids’ networks, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Networks and film studios alike seek Howard’s expertise and keen eye to uncover new, young talent for webisodes, theater, TV pilots, TV shows, and feature films. Howard has a distinguished and proven track record, which is why he is one of the busiest Casting Directors in Hollywood. Howard is currently casting the new smash hit series for Disney Channel, Shake it Up! Other recent projects include Billion Dollar Freshmen for Disney XD, and Life With Boys for YTV, but Howard is probably best known for casting four seasons (100 episodes!) of the hit Disney Channel series Hannah Montana and the pilot and season 1 of the new Disney XD series I’m in the Band. Other TV series on the air that Howard’s office cast include: Big Time Rush (Nickelodeon), The Troop (Nickelodeon) and The Fresh Beat Band (Nick Jr.). Recent film projects include Den Brother (Disney Channel), The Best Player (Nickelodeon), and the feature film Diary of a Wimpy Kid (casting consultant, 20th Century Fox). Howard is originally from NYC where he cast theater. Broadway: The Graduate, Fortune’s Fool, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Elaine May’s Taller Than A Dwarf, Honour, Epic Proportions, Annie Get Your Gun (Revival), Fosse, Chicago (Revival), Annie (Revival), Grease (Revival).
Jack Plotnick (Teaching Artist) has spent the last decade as a working actor in Los Angeles. Just recently, he filmed a role in the hour-long CBS pilot The Mentalist, which has just been picked up to series. In film, he has appeared opposite Ben Stiller in Meet the Fockers, Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters, Renee Zelwegger in Down With Love, and Sally Field in Say It Isn't So. Other films include Cook Off!, Remarkable Powers and the Disney feature South of the Border. Jack was a series regular (and Supervising Producer) on the Lifetime Television comedy Lovespring International, which he also occasionally directed. He was also a regular on the Comedy Central cartoon series Drawn Together, and the short-lived, but highly acclaimed FOX TV show Action. Recurring TV roles include: Reno 911, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joan of Arcadia, Ellen and Rude Awakening, Nip/Tuck, Ugly Betty, Shark, Las Vegas, NYPD Blue and Dawson’s Creek. Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Lonny Price (Teaching Artist) Most recent Broadway- Tony Nominated 110 in the Shade starring Audra McDonald. Lonny directed and co-authored the Ed Kleban musical A Class Act on Broadway (five Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical) and in Los Angeles and Tokyo. He won an Emmy for his film of Sweeney Todd with Patti LuPone (broadcast on PBS), directed the original cast reunion performances of Falsettos that inaugurated Playwrights Horizons’ new complex on Theatre Row and staged the Broadway musical Urban Cowboy. Previously on Broadway, he directed Joan Rivers in her Tony-nominated turn as Lenny Bruce’s mother in Sally Marr...and her escorts (co-authored with Ms. Rivers and Erin Sanders). Off-Broadway, he supervised the Manhattan Theatre Club’s remounting of Athol Fugard’s Valley Song and directed Jules Feiffer’s Grown Ups, Jeff Baron’s Visiting Mr. Green (starring Eli Wallach) and revivals of The Rothschilds and Juno. He has worked with Patti LuPone on a series of staged concert versions of musicals including Pal Joey (Encores!, with Peter Gallagher), Annie Get Your Gun (Lincoln Center with Mr. Gallagher), Sweeney Todd (Lincoln Center with George Hearn and the N.Y. Philharmonic) and A Little Night Music (the Ravinia Festival with Mr. Hearn and Zoe Caldwell) and GYPSY (the Ravinia Festival with Patti LuPone). Lonny served as staff director of ABC’s One Life to Live (Emmy nomination). As an actor, he has appeared in many movies including Dirty Dancing and on and Off-Broadway in a variety of plays and musicals including Burn This, The Immigrant, MASTER HAROLD...and the boys, Rags, A Class Act and Merrily We Roll Along, receiving an Obie, Theatre World and Drama-Logue Awards.
Andy Roth (Teaching Artist) For over fifteen years Andy Roth has run voiceover casting sessions for some of the biggest casting directors and commercial talent agencies in the business. His unique approach to voice over training has given hundreds of artists the ability to quickly and easily assess any copy in any situation. Andy’s alumni boast some of the biggest names in the voice over industry as well as some of the most recognizable names in television and film. Andy began his career in the early 90s in the voice over department of the Cunningham Escott Dipene Talent Agency (now CESD). His expertise is in not only in the artistic end of the voice over world, but the technical and production side as well. Mr. Roth has been employed by such prestigious acting schools as New York University and Rutgers University.
Aileen Quinn (Teaching Artist) — Aileen has had a diverse career for over 20 years working in Film, TV, Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, Voice overs and Recordings. At the age of 9 Aileen shot to stardom when she took on the title role in the 1982 film version of Annie starring Carol Burnett and Albert Finney. Some of her favorite roles include: Tessie in the Broadway Production of Annie, Princess Zora in the film Frog Prince, April Coregory in the world premier Irish play That Was Then, Molly in the regional production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Chava in the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof, Bet in the Papermill production of Oliver and more recently Annette in the 1st National Tour of Saturday Night Fever. Aileen graduated with honors from Drew University and is currently a drama professor at Monmouth University.
SETH RUDETSKY (Teaching Artist) is the Broadway host, seven days a week, on Sirius Satellite Radio. As a pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including Ragtime, Les Miz and Phantom of the Opera. He was the Artistic Producer/Music Director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts including Dreamgirls with Audra MacDonald (recorded on Nonesuch Records) and Hair with Jennifer Hudson (recorded on Ghostlight Records, Grammy Nomination). In 2007 he made his Broadway acting debut playing Sheldon (singing “Magic to Do” in a devastating unitard) in The Ritz directed by Joe Mantello for The Roundabout Theater. Off-Broadway he wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed Rhapsody in Seth (directed by Peter Flynn) at the Actors Playhouse and has also appeared on TV on Law & Order, C.I. and had a recurring role on All My Children. As an author, he penned the books The Q Guide to Broadway, now in its third printing, and the recently published Broadway Nights which was just released as an audio book on audible.com featuring Andrea Martin, Jonathan Groff and Kristin Chenoweth. Recently he was the vocal coach on MTV's Legally Blonde reality show and he currently writes a weekly column on Playbill.com.
Jennifer Rudin (Teaching Artist) is Director of Casting and Talent Development for Disney Theatrical Productions in New York City. Jennifer spent five years as head of casting for Walt Disney Animation Studios and won the 2006 Artios Award for casting Chicken Little. Additional animated films include Meet the Robinsons (2007 Artios Nomination), The Wild (2006 Artios nomination), Academy Award Winning film The Incredibles and Academy Award nominated Brother Bear. Upcoming films include The Princess and the Frog (starring Anika Noni Rose) and Rapunzel. In Los Angeles, Jennifer cast the Los Angeles premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s musical 13, winner of the 2008 LA Drama Critics Circle Award. Her next project will be the upcoming Broadway production of Ben Elton’s play Popcorn. Jennifer has taught Master Classes at NYU, Boston Conservatory, Northwestern University, Emerson College, Webster University, Baylor University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder and University of the Arts. Jennifer has also cast hundreds of national television commercials; including the famous “Can you hear me now?” campaign for Verizon. Born and raised in Manhattan, Jennifer was a professional child actress from age eight to seventeen and starred in numerous television movies, plays and commercials. She is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a past Board Member for the Casting Society of America.
Sheri Sanders piloted her masterclass, ROCK THE AUDITION, at Pace University, and since then has taught at Syracuse University,The Conservatory at Paper Mill Playhouse, Circle in the Square, Wagner College, Oklahoma City University, University of Oklahoma, San Diego State University, Millikin University, Jersey City University, Rider College, Sheri was asked to create the pilot episode of the reality television show MY TIME on The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Sheri was then immediately invited by Hal Leonard books to be the first person to ever write a book on auditioning for rock musicals. Her book ROCK THE AUDITION can be found in book stores across the country and on-line. Sheris’ students have appeared in Rock Of Ages, Wonderland, Sister Act, Mamma Mia, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, American Idiot, Spring Awakening, Wicked, The Wedding Singer, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Rent, Shout, Fat Camp and Cyndi Laupers' Kinki Boots.
Sarah Statler (Musical Director) — Sarah started singing and playing the piano at an early age. While living in San José, California, she played leading roles in productions such as Side Show, Jekyll & Hyde and West Side Story. She also appeared in promotions for theater on KNTV as well as the Emmy nominated documentary: “Pulse...The Rhythm of Life.” She moved from California to New York to earn her BM in voice from the Manhattan School of Music. During her time spent at there, she appeared in their American Musical Theater Ensemble’s productions of Side by Side by Sondheim as well as I Remember It Well...A Tribute to Lerner and Loewe. She also recieved the ASCAP Foundation’s Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarship. Over the past few years, Sarah has started teaching both voice and piano students. Since then, she has vocally directed such shows as Into The Woods, Jr., Little by Little and Jesus Christ Superstar. She has also taught at such places as Northern Stage, The Manhattan School for Children, and The Children’s Musical Theater of San José.
MERRI SUGARMAN is currently a Casting Director with Tara Rubin Casting, NY Office responsible for, to name just a few, the casting of the Broadway, Touring, Las Vegas, Chicago (and sometimes Canadian, British and Australian) companies of: The 25th Anniversary Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Promises Promises, How to Succeed...., Spamalot, Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, A Little Night Music, Shrek, The Little Mermaid, Young Frankenstein, The Farnsworth Invention, Rock and Roll, The Country Girl, First Wive’s Club, Robin & The 7 Hoods, Guys & Dolls and Happiness. The agency also casts for Yale Rep; The Old Globe, San Diego; the World Premier Four Violins at Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC. For Dreamworks Studios, L.A.: Undeclared (Pilot & Series - FOX), The Job (Pilot & Series - ABC); North Hollywood (Pilot & Series - ABC); Spin City' (Series - ABC). For ABC Television, L.A. — Selected Projects: Series: Alias (Touchstone); NYPD Blue (Bochco); The Practice (20th); Thieves (Warner Bros.); Once & Again (Touchstone); Movies: Gilda Radner - It’s Always Something (Jaffe/Braunstein), Dreamkeepers (Hallmark), Music Man (Zadan & Meron), Eloise (DiNovi Pictures & Handmade Films).