JOE KINOSIAN

(Book and Music)

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Together with Kellen Blair, Joe is the recipient of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award recognizing Murder For Two as the Best New Musical Work following its record-breaking seven-month run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Joe was also honored with a nomination for Best Leading Actor as The Suspects in that production. Previous to Chicago, developmental productions took place at the Adirondack Theater Festival and 42nd St. Moon in San Francisco. Joe and Kellen’s song “If He Knew Me” had its Broadway debut at the 2013 Theatre World Awards, performed by Wesley Taylor; their work has also been showcased in the York Theater’s NEO Concert, The Kennedy Center’s Broadway Today and Tomorrow series, and The Kaufman Center’s Bound for Broadway concert. He is a member of the BMI Workshop (Harrington Award winner), an alum of the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project, and staff writer for the band Amy Lynn & The Gunshow. As an actor, Joe appeared in Dirty Blonde at the Hangar Theater, with Emily Skinner. He also plays host Michael Philip Touch on the comedy podcast Musical Theatre Today!, available at the iTunes store or at mttpod.com. For more about Joe and Kellen, visit kinosianandblair.com.

KELLEN BLAIR

(Book and Lyrics)

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made his off Broadway debut with Murder For Two at Second Stage Uptown (summer, 2013) and is ecstatic about the show’s continued life at New World Stages. Prior to New York, Kellen won the 2011 Joseph Jefferson Award (along with composer Joe Kinosian) recognizing Murder For Two as the Best New Musical Work in Chicago following its record-breaking seven-month run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Kellen’s other work with Joe has been performed recently at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway (2013 Theatre World Awards), 54 Below (John Tartaglia’s 2013 solo concert), the Kennedy Center (2012 Broadway Today and Tomorrow), the York Theatre (2012 NEO Concert), the Kaufman Center (2012 Bound for Broadway), and cabaret spaces across the city. Their past work also includes Pirates Don’t Change Diapers, for TheatreWorks USA. Kellen is thrilled to be working on a variety of new shows with Joe Kinosian and is also excited to have begun developing an original musical with Broadway composer Larry Grossman. Kellen studied musical theatre writing at the Academy for New Musical Theatre (in North Hollywood), is an advanced member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, and an alum of the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project. He’s a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild and he is very grateful to his supportive family! www.kinosianandblair.com

SCOTT SCHWARTZ

(Director)

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directed Murder for Two in its run at Second Stage Uptown.  On Broadway, he directed Golda’s Balcony and Jane Eyre (co-directed with John Caird). His Off-Broadway work includes Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), tick, tick…BOOM! (Outer Critics Circle, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical); Rooms: A Rock Romance; The Foreigner starring Matthew Broderick (Roundabout Theatre Company), Kafka’s The Castle (Outer Critics Circle nomination, Outstanding Director of a Play), and No Way to Treat a Lady. He also directed Golda’s Balcony on tour, in London, in Los Angeles at the Wadsworth Theatre and in San Francisco at American Conservatory Theater. He directed the world premiere of Séance on a Wet Afternoon at Opera Santa Barbara and subsequently at New York City Opera. Schwartz’s other recent credits include the world premiere of Secondhand Lions (5th Avenue Theatre), the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against (Alley Theatre), Arsenic and Old Lace starring Tovah Feldshuh and Betty Buckley (Dallas Theater Center), Othello and Much Ado About Nothing (Alley Theatre), A Room With A View (Old Globe), and a re-envisioning of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre Under The Stars, Theatre on the Square and North Shore Music Theatre; 2008 IRNE Award, Outstanding Director of a Musical). He is the Artistic Director of Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an Associate Artist at the Alley Theatre, and a graduate of Harvard University.

BEOWULF BORITT

(Scenic Design)

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Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys (Tony Nomination), Chaplin, Grace, Rock Of Ages, Sondheim On Sondheim, …Spelling Bee , LoveMusik, The Two And Only. Off-Broadway: More than 50 shows including The Last Five Years, Toxic Avenger, Miss Julie, Roundabout, Public, MTC, 2nd Stage, Vineyard, MCC, Primary Stages, and the New Group. Other Designs: The Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Ballet), Paradise Found (London), Reel to Real (Beijing), Chaplin (Russia), Rock of Ages (London, Toronto, Australia) and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He received a 2007 OBIE Award.

ANDREA LAUER

(Costume Design)

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Selected Costume Design: Broadway: Bring It On, the Musical; American Idiot. Off Broadway: Murder for Two, Title and Deed (Signature Theatre), Midsummer Night’s Dream and Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage), RX (Primary Stages),  A …Supposedly Fun Thing (The Chocolate Factory), The Imaginary Invalid (Bard SummerScape),  Or’ (Women’s Project). Regional Theatre: Guthrie, Alliance, Berkeley Rep, MUNY, Bay Street, and Alley Theatre. Opera: Out Cold/Zippo Songs (BAM, production designer) West Side Story (El Paso Opera, set designer), Falstaff (Boston Opera Collective).  Dance: Parsons Dance, Sean Curran, STREB’S Kiss the Air (Park Avenue Armory), One Extraordinary Day at the London Cultural Olympics 2012, and numerous collaborations with Trey McIntyre Project including Ladies and Gentle Men and Bad Winter (Next Wave Festival 2012).  Working as stylist for fashion and musicians, credits include: American Vogue, OUT magazine, and on the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards and Rolling Stone.  MFA- NYU (Baryshnikov Fellow), 2011 NYSCA Grant as a STREB innovative collaborator.

JASON LYONS

(Lighting Design)

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Broadway: Let It Be, Bring It On, Rock of Ages (Vegas, Toronto, Australia, London and Nat. Tours), The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot In the Park, Good Vibrations.   Recent: Bronx Bombers (Primary), Romeo & Juliet (CSC), Johnny Baseball (Williamstown), Venice (Public), On The Town (Barrington), Hello Dolly (Goodspeed), All in the Timing (Primary), Medieval Play (Signature), Uncle Vanya (CSC), White Noise (Chicago), Broke-ology, Clay (LCT), Happy Hour, 2 by Pinter, Scarcity (Atlantic), 10 years with The New Group including The Good Mother, Marie & Bruce, Groundswell, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Hurlyburly.  Faculty: Purchase College. www.jasonlyonsdesign.com

JILL BC DU BOFF

(Sound Design)

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Broadway: PicnicWit, Other Desert Cities, Good People, The Constant Wife, The Good Body, Bill Maher: Victory… Off-Broadway includes Lincoln Center, MTC, Atlantic, Vineyard, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Second Stage, NYTW, WP, New Georges, Flea, Cherry Lane, Signature, Clubbed Thumb (Affiliate Artist), Penguin Rep. Regional: Bay Street, La Jolla, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Portland Stage, Long Wharf, The Alley, NYS&F, Humana, Williamstown, ATF. Radio: Studio 360, Naked Radio, RadioLab. Nominations: Drama Desk, Henry Hewes.  Awards: Ruth Morley Design Award, Obie for Sustained Excellence, Lilly AwardAdjunct Professor at Sarah Lawrence College.  Love to Adam.

DAVID CALDWELL

(Music Director)

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has been the music director of Forbidden Broadway since 2004. He composed music and lyrics for All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and Uh-Oh Here Comes Christmas, both based on the writing of Robert Fulghum. He also composed music for Fulghum’s novel Third Wish. Recently he composed music for Gotta Getta Girl, with lyrics by Peter Charles Morris. He conducted the American premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden. He recently music-directed two shows in China, with Inner Mongolian authors and casts. He arranged and orchestrated Marvin Hamlisch’s song “I’m Really Dancing” for Career Transitions for Dancers’ 25th Anniversary Gala, featuring Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera and Bebe Neuwirth. He is interviewed at length in Oliver Sacks’ book about music and the brain, Musicophilia.

WENDY SEYB

(Choreographer)

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is a Director/Choreographer for theater, film, and dance. Career highlights include choreographing The Pee Wee Herman Show (Broadway/HBO), creating a new dance comedy for The Sacramento Ballet, and choreographing the feature film The Life of an Actress. Ms. Seyb has choreographed for Disney Theatrical Productions, Nickelodeon, and SeaWorld. Through her company EveryDayMan Adventures, her dance comedies have been presented at esteemed New York venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce SoHo, Baryshnikov Arts Center, DRA Gala at Cedar Lake Theater, and HERE Arts Center.  Ms. Seyb is a recipient of a Golden Nose Award and a Big “E” award. She has been nominated for 2 Lortel awards, a Joe A. Callaway award, Toronto’s Dora award, and a NY Innovative Theater Award. Ms. Seyb is currently developing a dance comedy series of shorts for TV/ Web. www.wendyseyb.com

J. SCOTT LAPP

(Assistant Director)

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is thrilled to be back in NY working with Scott on Murder for Two! Asst. Directing credits include Broadway: Bonnie & Clyde; Off-Broadway: Murder For Two (Second Stage); Regional: Secondhand Lions (5th Ave), Somewhere in Time (PCS), Old Globe: Good People, Room With A View, Somewhere, Bonnie & Clyde (La Jolla, Asolo Rep.), Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin (La Jolla), Xanadu (La Jolla, Nat’l Tour). Love and thanks to God, Scott, Parents and Chelsea. Live blessed. www.jscottlapp.com

CALLERI CASTING (James Calleri, Paul Davis, Erica Jensen)

(Casting)

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Current credits: Of Mice & Men, Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Satchmo at The Waldorf, Buyer & Cellar.  Past Broadway: Venus in Fur, 33 Variations, Raisin in the SunChicago, James Joyce’s The Dead.  Some past Off Bway includes: The Hill Town Plays, The Revisionist, All in the Timing, Passion, My Name is Asher Lev, Fuerza Bruta, Silence! The Musical.  Also  Rattlestick, CSC, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Flea, Long Wharf, McCarter, Berkeley Rep, Playwrights Horizons (10 seasons). Lots of TV and Film including Mike Cahill’s I Origins, Sundance 2014. Awarded 12 Artios Awards for Outstanding Casting Achievement. Member CSA.

KAT WEST

(Production Stage Manager)

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Off Broadway: Altar Boyz, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, for Davenport Theatricals, President Harding is A Rock Star, Boozy, Heddatron for Les Freres Corbusier, Little Flower of East Orange for The Public/LAByrinth Theater Company, Unlocked, Iron Curtain, The Flood, Illyria, Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge and others for Prospect Theater Company. Opera: La Boheme, Cavaleria Rusticana, Il Pagliacci New York City Opera. Regional: Divorce Party The Musical FlipHer Productions. Thanks to her husband, and family.

PRODUCTION CORE

(Production Supervisor)

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lends support and guidance to theatre companies that produce high quality theatrical performances and need direction/support on the collaboration, planning and execution of the production process. The Production Core team is James E. Cleveland, Jared Goldstein, Adrian White, David Upton, Ron Grimshaw, Chasmin Hallyburton, Julie Shelton, Justin Hoffman, Lauren Libretti, Amber Mathis, Sarah Payson & Aaron Dayton. Current projects include: Old Jews Telling Jokes in Chicago, Grasses of a Thousand Colors at The Public, Romeo & Juliet at Classic Stage Company, Murder for Two at New World Stages, Peter and The Starcatcher at New World Stages, and Soul Doctor at Circle in the Square. www.productioncore.net

SNUG HARBOR PRODUCTIONS

(General Management)

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Credits include: Broadway: Ring of Fire; Elaine Stritch at Liberty (Tony Award); George Gershwin Alone; Death of a Salesman (Tony Award, starring Brian Dennehy); The Price and Fool Moon (Tony Award); Off-Broadway: Martin Moran’s All the Rage (Lortel Award); Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature; 3C; Elective Affinities (starring Zoe Caldwell); Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn; Evil Dead The Musical; Almost, Maine; The Tricky Part (Obie Award); Peter Brook’s Tierno Bokar and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children (RSC); Festivals: Season of Cambodia; National Tour/Regional: Trumbo (starring Brian Dennehy); Fool Moon; The Vagina Monologues (Los Angeles) and Art (Chicago); International: Where Elephants Weep (Cambodia).

JAYSON RAITT

(Producer)

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is an independent producer with extensive background in producing and developing new musical theatre.  He is currently represented on Broadway by Rock of Ages (5 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical).  Recent producing credits include Love Makes the World Go ‘Round, a new musical featuring the songs of Bob Merrill (Funny Girl, Carnival, “How Much is that Doggie in the Window”, “Mambo Italiano”); a musical adaptation of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory; live television appearances by Christina Aguilera and dancers from the movie Burlesque on “Dancing with the Stars,” “The American Music Award” and the UK’s “X Factor”; Vanities, A New Musical; concerts in Poland and Israel which were the backdrop for the documentary film 100 Voices: A Journey Home; Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn Off-Broadway and in London; appearances by the cast of the movie Hairspray on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Today Show” and the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”; and Being Alive, an all-Black Stephen Sondheim revue created and directed by Billy Porter. Jayson spent seven years on the producing team at Pasadena Playhouse. He attended the University of Michigan and the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television’s Producers Program.

BARBARA WHITMAN

(Producer)

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Current productions include If/Then starring Idina MenzelHedwig and the Angry Inch starring Neil Patrick Harris and Of Mice And Men starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. Other credits include Hands on a HardbodyRed (Tony Award, Best Play), Next to Normal (Pulitzer), Hamlet starring Jude Law, 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda, Mary StuartLegally Blonde – The Musical… Spelling BeeDirty Rotten Scoundrels and A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs. A native New Yorker, Barbara attended NYU’s Gallatin School and received an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University. She’s on the Board of the Tectonic Theater Project and is Chair Emeritus of Play Group Theatre. Her proudest productions are her sons, Daniel and Will.

STEVEN CHAIKELSON

(Producer)

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Steven is a professor in the Columbia University School of the Arts, where he runs the MFA Theatre Management & Producing Program and serves as advisor to the T Fellowship, founded by Harold Prince.  He is a co-author of Theatre Law: Cases and Materials, the first and only law school textbook devoted to theatre law, and a regular contributor to the theatre volumes of Entertainment Industry Contracts, published by LexisNexis. Through his company, Snug Harbor Productions, Steven general manages productions on and off Broadway, around the United States and internationally, and provides consulting services for numerous not-for-profit arts institutions.  Producing credits include Private Jokes, Public Places in NYC and London, the Off-Broadway premiere of Criss Angel Mindfreak, and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children at the Apollo Theatre.

SECOND STAGE THEATRE

(Producer)

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founded in 1979 under the leadership of artistic director Carole Rothman, produces a diverse range of premieres and new interpretations of America’s best contemporary theatre, including such productions as the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner, Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Water By The Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes; The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown; Dogfight by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Peter Duchan; By The Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage; Trust and Lonely I’m Not by Paul Weitz; and Bachelorette by Leslye Headland.  The company’s more than 130 citations include the Pulitzer Prize, seven Tony Awards, the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, 27 Obie Awards, seven Outer Critics Circle Awards, 12 Drama Desk Awards, nine Theatre World Awards, and 17 Lucille Lortel Awards. For subscriptions and more information, visit www.2ST.com.

LATITUDE LINK

(Producer)

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Led by two-time Tony award-winning producers Ralph & Gail Bryan. Currently on B’way: Jersey Boys and Matilda. Upcoming: Rocky. Nat’l and int’l productions: Jersey Boys and American Idiot. Past productions include Hands on a Hardbody, Memphis (Tony Award), American Idiot, Jesus Christ superstar, 33 Variations and The Farnsworth Inventionwww.latitudelink.com

OMNEITY ENTERTAINMENT / RICHARD G. WEINBERG

(Producer)

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Richard’s been involved with numerous film and television projects through his tenure with Columbia, CBS, Savoy and Sundance. Theatre investments include, among others, The ProducersHairspray and The Immigrant. Richard and his partner Tommye Giacchino are United States pro/am ballroom champions. Thanks to wife, Diane, parents, children and family.

PAULA MARIE BLACK

(Producer)

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B’way: Twelfth Night/Richard IIIRomeo and Juliet, The Trip to BountifulHands on a Hardbody, Off-B’way: Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812; Little Miss Sunshine. London: The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic). Daughter, Sister,  Woman, Mother and Grandmother, believe in the beauty of your dreams!

PAULA KAMINSKY DAVIS

(Producer)

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Owner:  Gem Financial Services, PKDManagement, Epkam Ventures, Drama League Board Member.  Assoc. Producer:  Becoming Dr. Ruth, Ann, Peter and the Starcatcher on tour.  Investor:  Vanya…, Cinderella, Nice Work…, The Trip to  Bountiful, 54 Below and others.  Avid photographer and theatre lover.

CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER

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is one of America’s largest and most celebrated theaters, producing and presenting a year-round season encompassing more than 600 performances at its home on Navy Pier. Its productions are also featured around the globe at the world’s most venerable theatres and festivals, including the Donmar Warehouse, Sydney Festival, Market Theatre of Johannesburg, Royal Shakespeare Company and Edinburgh Festival. Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare’s work has been recognized with three of London’s prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards, and by the Chicago theater community with 70 Joseph Jefferson Awards for Artistic Excellence. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, CST is dedicated to producing extraordinary productions of classics, new works and family fare; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series, an initiative that brings the world’s most exciting theatrical events to Chicago audiences and presents Chicago Shakespeare’s work abroad. www.chicagoshakes.com.

New World Stages

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NEW WORLD STAGES is the renowned performing arts complex in the heart of the theatre district which has served as the home of Tony Award-winning, Guinness World Record-setting and Pulitzer Prize-earning shows. Providing world-class entertainment in an intimate environment, it is comprised of five theatres, a public lounge and event spaces dedicated to audience and artist services. New World Stages is part of Stage Entertainment, the international entertainment group that produces live entertainment for an international audience. www.NewWorldStages.com