Thom Southerland, Director
Currently casting for TITANIC for Barry Weissler. TITANIC opens in Toronto this June and will then go to Broadway.
Thom is also writing and directing a workshop for a new musical based on the film THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH for Batway productions.
Many credits include SPELLING BEE for Arts Ed Drama School and CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS for The Riverside in Hammersmith. DAISY PULLS IT OFF at the Gatehouse. VICTOR VICTORIA and MACK & MABEL at the Southwark Playhouse
Thom is one of the most exciting new young directors currently working in the U.K. He started by assisting Tony Award winner John Doyle. Nominated for an Evening Standard award for PARADE in 2012, he also won the Off West End award for Best Director for ME AND JULIET at the Finborough Theatre in 2011. Other credits include: STATE FAIR at the Trafalgar Studios, London, THE FULL MONTY at the New Players Theatre, London and HOBSON’S CHOICE at the Broadway Theatre, Catford.
Franklin Henson, Stunt Coordinator
Currently Stunt Coordinator on FALLEN
Most recently Stunt Coordinator on the epic TV series of THE VIKINGS.
Franklin is a second-generation Stunt Man with over 20 years experience in the industry.
His Credits include:
RUSH, GRAVITY, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, SHERLOCK HOLMES (1 & 2), CHERRY BOMB, SOLOMON KANE, COLOUR OF MAGIC, 10,000 BC, BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE, AMAZING GRACE, BASIC INSTINCT 2, FLYBOYS, ALCAZAR, EON PRODUCTIONS- SCREEN TEST FOR BOND 21, ALEXANDER (assistant stunt coordinator), SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, COLD MOUNTAIN (2nd Unit), DIE ANOTHER DAY (Stunt Supervisor)
LEWIS, BBC MARC WOTTON PROJECT, THE KEY, MONARCH OF THE GLEN, ROCKFACE, CORONATION STREET, HEARTS OF GOLD
TALES FROM THE CRYPT, GET A LIFE, THE BILL.
Richard Ryan, Fight Director
Most recently: Swordmaster on CORIOLANUS for the Donmar Warehouse.
And THE VIKINGS with Franklin Henson.
Richard has choreographed fights for all the major subsidised companies and for many West End productions. He is also Master at Arms at RADA. Recently Richard has been concentrating more on film. He was Swordmaster on TROY choreographing all the fights for Brad Pitt. Other film credits include: STARDUST, THE DARK KNIGHT and SHERLOCK HOLMES 1 and 2. Stunt Coordinator credits include IRONCLAD, THE LAST LEGION and recently THE KNIFE.
Daniel Kutner, Director
Daniel is in Japan this month where he is to direct a new version of Maury Yeston’s PHANTOM.
Daniel is the resident associate director to Broadway legend Harold Prince. Projects with Mr. Prince include LoveMusik by Alfred Uhry at Manhattan Theatre Club's Biltmore Theatre on Broadway and Paradise Found, by Richard Nelson, Ellen Fitzhugh, & Jonathan Tunick, which premiered at London's Menier Chocolate Factory. Prince of Broadway, a retrospective on Prince’s 60 years in show business is set to open in Japan and on Broadway in 2015.
Dan has directed the world premiere Off-Broadway hit musical, I Love You Because, at the Village Theater, having directed it previously at the National Alliance of Musical Theatre. Dan co-conceived and directed Lea Salonga's sold-out debut at the Cafe Carlyle, The Journey So Far in 2010, as well as her follow-up engagement in 2011, New York in June. He has also collaborated with Judy Kuhn for her debut at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency. Other directing credits include: It Must Be Him by Kenny Solms starring Peter Scolari and Liz Torres (Off-Broadway, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre); a new version of Kander and Ebb's And The World Goes 'Round which inaugurated the Gettysburg Arts Festival in Pennsylvania and subsequently played the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia. In addition, Dan had directed Manhattan Theatre Club's 2008 Spring Musical Gala at The Hilton Grand Ballroom, and the 2009 Gala at Cipriani's in New York.
New works include readings of Doug Parker & Denver Cassado’s musical, Life On The Mississippi at the York Theatre starring Ashley Brown; Charlie Schulman's and Michael Roberts’ musical, My American Family, starring Stephanie J. Block.
In December 2011, Dan made his directorial debut in Japan with ALL MY SONS produced by the Umeda Arts Theatre and presented at Tokyo’s New National Theatre and in Osaka. The production was filmed and broadcast by NHK.: A world premiere concert event, 4 Stars: One World of Broadway Musicals starring Lea Salonga, Sierra Boggess, Ramin Karimloo, and Yu Shirota in June 2013.
Anthony Gabriele, Musical Director & Conductor
Currently MD on the UK and Interntional tour of CATS.
Anthony recently finished the International tour of THE THREE PHANTOMS
Music Director credits include: include: THE LION KING SOUTH PACIFIC, BLOOD BROTHERS, KEN HILL’S PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, CHESS
CATS, GREASE THE WIZARD OF OZ and most recently the WEST END and touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
Anthony studied conducting, composition, piano and voice at the Sydney Conservatoire of Music (Australia) and since 1993 has amassed a prodigious variety of operatic and musical theatre credits. Including productions of LA TRAVIATA, DON GIOVANNI, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, THE MAGIC FLUTE, ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD, THE LITTLE MERMAID THE MOONRAKERS OPERA and THE HAPPY PRINCE.
Sam Kenyon, Actor, MD, Director & Composer
Sam will be composing and arranging the music for CHRISTMAS TRUCE for the RSC
Currently directing JUNKET for the Miniaturists at The Arcola Theatre
Most recently MD on GLEE for CAST – A new Venue in Doncaster
Sam was composer and lyricist for THE BORROWERS* at Northern Stage for Christmas 2012. His association with Northern Stage includes MD/Arranger on CLOSE THE COAHOUSE DOOR with Sam West, composer on THE GLASS SLIPPER , and co director with Erica Wyman on OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR. In 2011 Sam was Musical Supervisor on Tom Morris’s successful production of SWALLOWS + AMAZONS which toured the UK in 2012.
The Borrowers won Best Show for Children & Young People at the UK Theatre Awards 2013.
Tim Jackson, Actor, Choreographer & Musical Director
Currently Choreographer on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s THE BOYS IN
THE PHOTOGRAPH (previously known as Beautiful Game)
T)im was MD on A CHRISTMAS CAROL for Birmingham rep this Christmas.
Tim choreographed the award winning MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. The show was a sell out at the Menier Chocolate Factory and transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West end.
Later this year Tim will be choreographer on SPEND SPEND SPEND for LSMT. For Arts Ed he is choreographing THE AHRENS AND FLAHERTY SONGBOOK and THE WILLIAM FINN SONGBOOK. Tim is also teaming up with Maria Friedman again as Associate Director on FROM HACKNEY TO HOLLYWOOD: THE DON BLACK SONGBOOK
Tim is enjoying a tremendously busy and varied career. Choreography credits include THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA for GSA and THE OTHER SCHOOLfor NYMT and Tim was recently MD on LORD OF THE FLIES for Adrian Noble (Oxford Playhouse).
Tim also enjoys a very varied acting career. In 2012 he performed
in THE TRENCH at the Edinburgh Festival which was universally hailed
as one of the festivals biggest triumphs.
To add to his formidable skills list Tim is also a multi-talented instrumentalist. Other recent credits include LA PERICHOLE (Choreographer) for The Garsington Opera, FLOYD COLLINS (MD) at The Southwark Playhouse and PARADE (Choreographer) also at The Southwark Playhouse.
Chris Mundy, Conductor & Musical Director
Chris recently finished working on the National tour of HIGH SOCIETY.
Chris’s credits include 2nd Assistant MD on OLIVER! (UK Tour); The Union Theatre - MD/keys 1 on SWEENEY TODD (Time Out and Evening Standard Critics’ Choice); Assistant Musical Director to Michael England on COMPANY; MD/keys 1 on the all-male THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Time Out Critics’ Choice, WHATSONSTAGE winner of Best off-West End Production 2010); Musical Director on the transfer of ‘PIRATES’ to Wilton’s Music Hall and The Rose Theatre, Kingston; Musical Supervisor for ASSASSINS (Off-West End Award winner for Best Production 2010); and Musical Director for the next installment of The Union’s all-male G&S, IOLANTHE, at The Union Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall (Time Out Opera Critics’ Choice).
Tom Attwood, Composer / MD
Currently MD and Musical Arranger on HOPELESSLY DEVOTED for Paines Plough
Recently MD and performing in 101 Dalmations at The Castle, Wellingborough. Most recently MD on Soho Cinders at Arts Ed
Parallel to his work as an actor, Tom works as a Music Director, Composer and Educator. Work as a Music Director includes the original production of THE HISTORY BOYS (NT Lyttelton, Wyndham's, International tour and Broadway), THE HABIT OF ART (NT Lyttelton and tour), THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN (Paines Plough). Arrangements and Music Direction for actor-musician productions include SATURDAY NIGHT (Jermyn St, Time Out Critics Choice, transferred to the Arts Theatre), ANYONE CAN WHISTLE (Jermyn St) and SWEENEY TODD (Octagon, Bolton). Productions in drama schools include THE RINK (Mountview) and THE LIFE (Urdang Academy). Work as a composer includes OURS (Finborough), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Creation, Oxford) and also recorded incidental piano music for POSH (Royal Court). He recently composed the music for LARISA AND THE MERCHANTS in a new adaptation by Samuel Adamson.
Racky Plews, Choreographer
Currently Choreographer on LIZA LIZA LIZA for Bill Kenwright Ltd
Most recently: THE LOST BOY (Charing Cross Theatre)DR.SEUSS (Arts Theatre) and PUFF PADDY – Rinka Dinka (Music Video)
Other recent credits include: SECRET LOVE (Uk Tour), LIZA LIZA LIZA (The Tabard) BARE (The Union) OEDIPUS & ANTIGONE (Scoop Theatre, South Bank) BILLY ELLIOT – The West End Eurovision Entry, and numerous productions for The Gatehouse Theatre
Paul Schwartz, Composer / Writer
Paul Schwartz is a playwright and composer with roots on both sides of the Atlantic. Born in New York, raised in London, his work deals with contemporary themes in both American and British society. His play AN IDEAL TRUTH was set to open on Broadway in November of 2011 with Harold Prince directing, but sadly the star had to withdraw for health reasons, scuttling the production. That play is now in development for the West End, with another (this time British) star attached.
Among his other plays: A DATE has had multiple readings at theatres in New York, and was featured in the Actors Studio Festival in the summer of 2013. THE SIENA QUARTET will be in the Festival in 2014.
Mr. Schwartz's musical career includes work as a musical director for theatre: PHANTOM, ON YOUR TOES, SONG AND DANCE on Broadway, and CARRIE (yes, that CARRIE) both on Broadway and at the RSC Stratford. He has composed ballet scores for New York City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and his opera ORPHEUS '68 received its premiere last year in Denmark. He is the composer/producer of the international hit ARIA and STATE OF GRACE series of cds, which continue to have cult status in the clubs.
Alison Chard, Casting Director
Casting credits include DIVINE INTERVENTION a new play by Alfred Uhry (DRIVING MISS DAISY/PARADE) for Stoneman Productions.
Alison has extensive casting credits for Theatre and Television. She has worked for the Royal National Theatre and she was head of casting for the Royal Shakespeare Company for several years. Her TV credits include REAL WOMEN, M.I.T and THE BILL, where she was Head of Casting. She is a member of the Casting Directors Guild of Great Britain and BAFTA.
Alison cast the critically acclaimed production of SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS and THE ROVER for Hampton Court
Heather Douglas, Choreographer
Heather is currently working on a new musical theatre version of her successful Lido inspired PARIS PLUME cabaret show in China and is also collaborating with the artistic director of the Lido in Paris on a new show.
After a glittering career performing in the West End and on Broadway including CHICAGO, CATS and THE PRODUCERS, Heather has managed to embrace her extensive experience in dance and acting into story-telling choreography.
Heather’s credits also include SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS (Theatre Royal Haymarket), BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED (Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue), MY ONE AND ONLY (Chichester and The Piccadilly Theatre, London).
Heather is always in demand for Pantomime and her credits include ALADDIN (Marlow Theatre, Canterbury and Becks Theatre, Hayes); CINDERELLA (Birmingham Hippodrome & New Theatre, Cardiff); PETER PAN (White Rock Theatre, Hastings and Becks Theatre, Hayes); JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Theatre Royal Plymouth
Andy Massey, MD
Andy is currently MD on LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at the Aarhus Theatre, Denmark.
Andy Massey studied at the Royal College of Music where he won the major prizes as a pianist. His concert career took him throughout the UK and Europe as a soloist with orchestras and recital player. In 1996 he went to English National Opera and a year later joined the music staff at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where he stayed for four years before moving more permanently into music theatre.
Andy is currently the associate musical director of THE BOOK OF MORMON, THE LION KING and BILLY ELLIOT
As a player and conductor his show credits include OLIVER!, MARY POPPINS, BILLY ELLIOT, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, CHICAGO, BOMBAY DREAMS, ANYTHING GOES, WICKED, AND SOUND OF MUSIC. Other credits include THE KING AND I, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, WEST SIDE STORY, MY ONE AND ONLY and MARGUERITE in addition to which his playing is featured on many film and television soundtracks
Andy was on the creative team of MARY POPPINS, PORGY AND BESS and GONE WITH THE WIND
In 2012 Andy was invited by the Royal Opera House to be musical director for the new opera SUM – a collaboration between Max Richter, the German born composer and Wayne McGregor.
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