CJ ELDRED (Claudio)
CJ Eldred is jumping with joy to be a part of this new show! National Tour: BOOK OF MORMON 1st National (Elder Price). Regional: ALADDIN, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, MOSES MAN (Freddy). HELLO MY BABY (Mickey). CJ is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. Many thanks to Harden Curtis, Telsey, Friends, and Family
ETHAN SLATER (Luis)
Ethan Slater is thrilled to be a part of Claudio Quest! A recent graduate of Vassar College, he has been working on a number of shows currently in development in NYC. NY Theater: Independents (FringeNYC – Best Musical; SoHo Playhouse), What We Know (OYL Theater Co.). Film: Lightning Bug in a Jar (Cannes 2015), EVOL, Redheads Anonymous (Web Series), New Mayor of New York (Web Series). More at ethanslater.com
ANDRE WARD (Bruiser)
Andre is thrilled to make his NYMF debut with Claudio Quest. Broadway credits: Rock Of Ages (OBC) Xanadu (OBC), The Producers, and Saturday Night Fever (OBC). TV/Film credits include Elementary, Hulu’s Difficult People, How to Follow Strangers and the upcoming film My Dead Boyfriend. Andre would love to thank Regarding Entertainment for the constant support.
LESLEY MCKINNELL (Princess Poinsettia)
Lesley’s video game experiences involve some version of Mario Kart, in which she definitely chose Princess Peach every time. She also assuredly lost every time, as well. Past professional experiences, besides video game characters, include playing witches, a burlesque performer, fairytale muses, a sexless virgin, and a non-drag version of Barbra Streisand. Among others.
LINDSEY BRETT CAROTHERS (Princess Fish)
Lindsey Brett Carothers is swimming with excitement to go on this quest with Claudio (and Luis)! Broadway: Bring It On. Tour: Wicked. NYMF: Mint’d Inheritance. Webseries: It’s Not Ok, Cupid on Glamour.com. Pace University BFA. Thanks to Drew, Frankie, Craig, and the whole team for this opportunity! Love to friends and family.
MAX CHERNIN (Ensemble)
Max Chernin: NYMF: Really Bad Things, 2012 Broadway Sensation Finalist. Off Bway/Regional: Brooklynite (Vineyard), Bright Star (Old Globe), World Famous (TNC). Readings: Fall Springs, Pied! (Ars Nova), Darling (Weston Playhouse). Various concerts at Town Hall, 54 Below & Joe’s Pub. CCM Alum. Big thanks to the cast and creatives, and Nicolosi + Co. www.maxchernin.com
ALEX GOLEY (Ensemble)
Recent Credits include: Wally Waterman, Cloned! (2014 NYMF, Best of Fest), Junior, Zombies on Broadway (Development Lab), Young Wallace, Circus in Winter (Goodspeed), Huck Finn, Big River (TheatreWorksSV), Brother Bear, The Berenstain Bears Live! (OOOBC). Special thanks to Katie, John, and his friends and family.
ABBY HART (Ensemble)
Abby Hart is very excited to be a part of such an awesome show! New York: Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical; Angelina Ballerina (Angelina); Regional: Rocky Horror Show (Janet); Guys and Dolls (Adelaide); Hairspray (Penny); Chicago; Grease; Harry Connick Jr’s The Happy Elf (World Premier). JPN ILH. For Jimmy.
KATIE LEE HILL (Ensemble)
@KatieLeeHill loves her family and Travis. Cool things: Film Chinois (off-Bway); Annie Golden: Bounty Hunter, Yo! (new Joe Iconis); Poster Boy (new Craig Carnelia); Behind the Painting (new Maltby/ Shire). She’s in a Wendy’s commercial, a band, and a sketch group. Thanks John, Shannon, Drew, Marshall, Gary, Craig, and team! www.katieleehill.com
ANDRE JORDAN (Ensemble)
Andre Jordan is stoked to a part of this year’s NYMF! Touring credits include: Shrek the Musical (Donkey), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Zebulun), Legally Blonde (Carlos), and Mad LIVE UK! (Swing). Regional: Ain’t Misbahavin (Phoenix Theatre), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Ogunquit Playhouse), and Aida (Media Theatre). Thanks to my agent, my mom, and God…DUH!
TIFFANY MANN (Ensemble)
Some of her theatrical credits include: Sweeney Todd at The Lincoln Center (starring Emma Thompson), Stagger Lee at Dallas Theater Center, One Night with Janis Joplin (Blues Singer), and The Color Purple (Celie). She received her training as a vocal performance major at OklahomaCity University. Follow her @iamtiffanymann.
DREW FORNAROLA (Book, Music & Lyrics)
Drew Fornarola is a songwriter and playwright from NYC. He is developing a movie and a stage musical for DreamWorks. His work is published by Samuel French (Thucydides, Uncle Pirate), Dramatic Publishing (COLLEGE the Musical), and TRW (Molly Shannon’s Tilly the Trickster). B.A. Princeton, J.D. Fordham, BMI Workshop alumnus. www.drewfornarola.com
MARSHALL PAILET (Book, Music & Lyrics)
Marshall Pailet is an eight-year-old videogame geek in the body of a man with the face of a boy. Writer/director: Triassic Parq (Off-Broadway); Loch Ness; The Chocolate Tree; Where It’s At; as well as many directing projects. Upcoming: Who’s Your Baghdaddy (Off-Broadway); Untitled (DreamWorks Theatricals); Zombies on Broadway (RKO Stage). Graduate Yale University. www.marshallpailet.com
JOHN TARTAGLIA (Director)
John Tartaglia earned a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q. Other Broadway: Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere); Shrek The Musical (Pinocchio). Executive producer, creator and star of “Johnny and the Sprites” (8 Emmy nominations). Director: regional premieres of Because of Winn Dixie; Disney’s Tarzan and Shrek at the MUNY; Jim Henson’s Musical World at Carnegie Hall. TV: Sesame Street, Ugly Betty, Hollywood Squares, Bear in the Big Blue House. John’s company Gables Grove Productions produces the live theatre tours of ImaginOcean, Jim Henson’s Sid the Science Kid and Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train.
SHANNON LEWIS (Choreographer)
As a Performer – 10 Broadway Shows including the original cast of Fosse as the original “I Gotcha” girl. As a Choreographer – Dreamworks Project (in development); Lord Tom (York Theatre); Sid the Science Kid LIVE! (National Tour); ReUseable the Musical; The Passing Show (MTC-Unsung Musicals); The Gershwin Awards (Nederlander); Somewhere in Time (Assoc. Choreographer); On Tour (Assoc. Director/ Choreographer) Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. TV/FILM – Stuck (starring Giancarlo Esposito and Amy Madigan due in 2016); REDRUM (short film); 2014 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony (FOX); BustleFluffah – Music Video. www.shannonlewis.net
TIMOTHY R. MACKABEE (Set Design)
Broadway: The Elephant Man (starring Bradley Cooper), Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (dir. Spike Lee). West End: The Elephant Man. Off-Broadway: Heathers The Musical, Lincoln Center Theatre, Public Theater, Atlantic Theatre. Film/TV: Amy Schumer Stand Up, Gotham, Smash, The Today Show. Education: North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama. www.timothymackabeedesign.com
LEON DOBKOWSKI (Costume Designer)
Seussical (St. Louis Theater Circle Award), Tarzan (Judy Award), Hairspray, Spamalot (MUNY); The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde (Music Theatre of Wichita); South Pacific (Asolo/Papermill); The Wiz (Maltz Jupiter); Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic (Feld Entertainment); Romeo and Juliet (Yale Repertory Theater); The Weir (Irish Rep); MFA Yale School of Drama. www.leondobkowski.com
JENNIFER SCHRIEVER (Lighting Designer)
Jen is a designer for Opera, Theatre and Dance. She just returned from Russia where she designed the lights for La Traviata at the Mariinsky theatre. Jen is thrilled to be reunited with Marshall Pailet (and united with new collaborators) since lighting his production of Triassic Parq at Soho Playhouse. www.jenschriever.com
MATT KRAUS (Sound Designer)
Broadway: Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony; Liza’s at the Palace…! Off-Broadway: Dinner with the Boys, BLANK, 50-Shades, Forbidden Broadway, CSC – Man’s a Man/Chalk Circle, Fat Camp, Forever Dusty, Lone Star Love, Voca People. Regional: BCP – World Goes Round, Paper Mill – Lend Me a Tenor, Newsies, Walnut Street – The Buddy Holly Story, Caesar’s Vegas – Absinthe, Cincinnati Playhouse – Ain’t MisBehavin’, Casa Manana – Les Mis, Television: Associate Sound – The Tonight Show.
PUPPET KITCHEN PRODUCTIONS (Puppetry Design)
The Puppet Kitchen is a NYC based full-service puppetry studio. Led by Emily DeCola, Michael Schupbach and Eric Wright, the PK trio designed, directed, and performed puppet pieces for over 9 years now. We host hands on puppet making workshops for all ages and create original programming for adults and families. www.puppetkitchen.com
GARY ADLER (Music Director)
Gary hails from the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he studied Music Composition with William Bolcom and accompanying with Martin Katz. He has been a working theater musician in New York City for over 20 years. As a pianist and conductor, his credits include Avenue Q, Kinky Boots, Next to Normal, Urinetown, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. As a writer, Gary wrote both music and lyrics for the long-running off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz for which he received two Drama Desk nominations. Other writing credits include Disney Channel’s “Johnny and the Sprites” and a number of contributions to the “Carols for a Cure” album series.
DOUG KATSAROS (Orchestrator)
Emmy Award Winner, Broadway – Footloose, The Life, Rocky Horror, Welcome To The Club, Laughing Room Only, Rockabye Hamlet, Hair. Off Broadway – A…My Name Is Alice, Diamonds, Just So, Toxic Avenger, Altar Boyz, Abie’s Island Rose. Records – Sinatra Duets, Bon Jovi, Cher, Sinéad O’Connor, Rod Stewart, Marlo Thomas, Paul Stanley, Aerosmith, Elton John, B. B. King, Todd Rundgren, etc. TV – The Tick, Jim Henson Hour, Mancuso FBI, Macy’s Thanksgiving & 4th of July, and yes, he is the guy who wrote “By Mennen.”
MATT ROSS PUBLIC RELATIONS (PR)
Bio coming soon!
TELSEY + COMPANY/CRAIG BURNS, CSA (Casting)
Bio coming soon!
DTE MANAGEMENT (General Management)
DTE Management is a full-service general management company based in New York City that specializes in managing Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Current projects include Avenue Q, Clinton the Musical, Claudio Quest, Daddy Long Legs, and That Bachelorette Show. Find out more about current and future projects at www.davenporttheatrical.com.
BRIAN R. SEKINGER (Production Stage Manager)
NYC: Self Made Man (Nikita Productions), Sheila’s Day (Lincoln Center Education), Jasper in Deadland (Prospect Theater), Eudaemonia (Not Just 3 New Plays), Standby (NYMF), The (*) Inn (Target Margin). REGIONAL: Super Claudio Bros.,Who’s Your Baghdaddy? (New Musical Foundation), Mary Stuart (Folger), Stoop Stories (Studio Theatre). MFA: Carnegie Mellon University. briansekinger.com
TOM KORDENBROCK (Assistant Stage Manager)
Tom is a California-raised, Boston-educated transplant to the city. Broadway: Les Miserables; Off-Broadway: A Night with Janis Joplin; Regional: Camelot (New Repertory Theatre), Cinderella (Tabard Theatre, London UK). BFA Theatre Arts from Boston University.
TYLER SPICER (Production Assistant)
Tyler Spicer is a director/choreographer from NYC excited to be joining the Claudio team! Other projects include: Adam Wachter’s new musical Tarrytown, an immersive adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Salome, Antigone (adapted and devised), and Sophistapocalypse, a biographical devised work. Syracuse University Alum.