Creative Team Bios

Creative Team

 

John Caird (Bookwriter, Director) is an Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Principal Guest Director of the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm and a freelance writer and director of plays, musicals and operas. His National Theatre productions include Hamlet, Money, Humble Boy, The Seagull, Stanley, Trelawney of the Wells, Peter Pan and his own Olivier Award-winning version of Bernstein’s Candide which is now playing in multiple productions world-wide. His recent directorial credits include Knights’ Tale and Hamlet, both in Tokyo, Don Giovanni at WNO in Cardiff, McQueen at the Haymarket Theatre, Tosca in Chicago, Houston and L.A., Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Stratford Festival in Canada, La Bohème in San Francisco and Toronto, Parsifal in Chicago, Twelfth Night in Tokyo, and his own musical Daddy Long Legs, which originated at Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura and which he then directed at theatres across the U.S., Off-Broadway, and in Tokyo. His directorial work for the RSC has included over 20 productions of Shakespeare as well as classic and new plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Beggar’s Opera, Twelfth Night, Peter Pan, Our Friends in the North, Nicholas Nickleby and Les Misérables - the last two productions winning numerous awards in the West End, Broadway and all around the world. At Dramaten in Stockholm, John has directed Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dance of Death, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Gertrud and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Other productions include Macbeth at the Almeida Theatre, Becket at the Haymarket and Song & Dance at the Palace Theatre. For BBC TV, he adapted and directed “Henry IV,” Parts I and II. John is also the Founder of the Mustardseed Arts and Educational Trust, a UK charity that raises funds for artistic and educational projects all around the world.

 

Paul Gordon (Bookwriter, Composer and Lyricist) was nominated for a 2001 Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics to the musical Jane Eyre. He won the 2015 Jeff Award for Best New Work for his book, music and lyrics for Sense and Sensibility, commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2009 Ovation Award for his music and lyrics to Daddy Long Legs, which has had productions all over the world and was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, an Off-Broadway Alliance Award and three Outer Critic Circle Awards. Paul has been an advocate for capturing theatre on film while creating new revenue streams for theatre artists. His company StreamingMusicals.com has been on the forefront of this movement and his musicals Pride and Prejudice, Emma and No One Called Ahead can currently be streamed on Amazon Prime and other online platforms. Knight’s Tale, written with John Caird, opened at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, 2018 and is slated for its second production in 2021. His other shows include Being Earnest, Analog and Vinyl, The Front, Juliet and Romeo, Sleepy Hollow, The Circle, Ribbit and The Sportswriter. In his former life, Paul was a pop songwriter and wrote several number one songs. paulgordonmusic.com

 

Brad Haak (Musical Supervisor) has served as musical director for the Broadway productions of Disney’s Mary Poppins, An American in Paris, Elton John’s Lestat and Il Divo - A Musical Affair. Other Broadway credits include pianist on The Phantom of the Opera, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Full Monty. Brad has conducted national tours of Disney’s The Lion King and Miss Saigon. Other collaborations with John Caird and composer Paul Gordon include music supervision and orchestrations for Knight’s Tale (Tokyo, and with the Tokyo Philharmonic), Daddy Long Legs (Rubicon, Off Broadway, London, Tokyo, Seoul) and Jane Eyre (Tokyo). Other international credits include Sousatzka (Toronto), An American in Paris (Paris) and Honk! (Singapore and the Philippines). Highlights of his numerous regional theatre credits include Follies and Sunday in the Park with George (at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Jeff Award for music direction), eight productions at the famed 10,000-seat outdoor Municipal Theatre of St. Louis, Children of Eden at the Kennedy Center, and, most recently, Ragtime at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars. Brad’s concert work has included performances with such singers as Audra McDonald, Ashley Brown, Kristin Chenoweth, Heather Hedley and Sir Paul McCartney. His arrangements and orchestrations have been performed by the Boston and New York Pops, L.A. Philharmonic, and National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. Brad trained at Northwestern University and is a native of Chicago.

 

Tyler Milliron (Director of Photography and Editor) is a Creative Director based out of New York City. He merges extensive experience in film, theatre, painting, glass art, and music with focused, streamlined business acumen to create artful solutions in today's media market.

 

Zach Wilson (Production Art Designer) specializes in theatrical projections. He grew up in Northern California and has worked on a wide variety of productions. A lover of all arts and a practitioner of many, Zach has worn countless hats throughout his career as a projection, scenic and graphic designer, performer, technician and editor (to name a few). Although versed in a wide gamut of design styles, Zach is recognized for his whimsical sensibilities. www.zachwilson.info

 

Somie Pak (Costume Designer), despite her penchant for period costumes and love of theatre and fashion, did not become a costume designer until mid-2014 when she was asked to be the costume designer for two world premiere plays, Shades of Blue and What Was Lost, presented by Beautiful Soup Theater. And then, as they so shrewdly say, the rest is history. In 2016, she interned with the Tony and Academy Award-winning designer Ann Roth on Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. In 2018, she designed the highly anticipated television pilot “Mélange,” directed by Emmy Award-winning director Gary Donatelli and Tony Award-winning producer Tim Kashani, and starring Morgan Fairchild. In 2019, she was nominated for the Henry Hewes Design Award by the American Theatre Wing for her design of Mary Stuart. Somie is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is based in Manhattan. In her spare time, she enjoys running her cosplay repair center as Nurse Patchit at New York Comic Con, dressing models for photoshoots and NYFW, dabbling in wardrobe on and Off Broadway, and picking out the right sash for her World Domination poster.

 

Dena Olivieri (Hair and Makeup Designer) is a NYC-based makeup artist for film, television and theatre, and is an alumna of the Make Up For Ever Academy NY and Cinema Makeup School L.A. Dena has studied under some of the most well-respected make-up artists in the industry such as Ve Neill, Dany Sanz, Craig Lindberg, Rod Maxwell, etc. Dena has worked on various TV shows, theatre productions, short/feature films, commercials and live events. She is proficient in camera-ready makeup as well as specialty SFX & theatrical styles.

 

Katherine White (Prop Designer) is a NYC-based Prop Designer and Food Stylist. Her most recent work may be seen in Marry Harry and Emma on Streaming Musicals. She has worked with various companies throughout New York, including New York City Children's Theater, Hunter College, New York University, Astoria Performing Arts Center, and Queens Theatre in the Park. Katherine is delighted to be a part of Estella Scrooge and is excited to start creating art again!

 

Natalie Lomonte (Choreographer) has recently choreographed and collaborated on Every Woman Biennial (La Mama Galleria), Sentiments of the Shooting Stars (Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Fall Concert), Goddess Logic (Music Video) and Rise from Our Hearts (with a visual artist and  musician for The Soap Gallery in Ohio). She worked as Directors and Choreographer of Iron & Coal (Gerald W. Lynch Theater) Natalie is Associate Creative Director for CL Dance Dimensions (studio, company). She looks forward to returning to projects postponed during the pandemic: choreographing Boys Will Be Boys for The Pond Theater Co. at 59e59 Theaters and Pieces of the Moon for One Year Lease Theater Co. at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston.

 

Tara Rubin Casting (Casting Director), has Broadway: Sing Street, Ain’t Too Proud, King Kong, Dear Evan Hansen, Aladdin, Phantom of the Opera, The Band’s Visit, Indecent, Jersey Boys, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Prince of Broadway, A Bronx Tale, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Cats, Falsettos, School of Rock, Billy Elliot. Regional: Yale Rep (16 seasons), The Old Globe, Asolo, La Jolla Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse.

 

Michael Jackowitz, Witzend Productions (Producer) won the Tony Award as a producer on Once on This Island at Circle in the Square. Prior to the pandemic, he was also a title producer on Diana, which was slated to open at the Longacre Theatre. (The show has been filmed for streaming and will be aired on Netflix and on other platforms in 2021 before its official opening on Broaddway. Other recent Broadway productions include Escape to Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett, and Lifespan of a Fact starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale. Michael’s upcoming projects include: The Hawaiian Goddess by Keali’i Reichel, Patrick Makuakane and Roslyn Catracchia; Poseidon by Jonathan Prince and Andrew Lippa; Dark of the Moon by Jonathan Prince, Lindy Robbins and Dave Bassett. He previously produced Tuck Everlasting (Broadway); Daddy Long Legs (Off-Broadway, Davenport Theater), the first show ever live-streamed from NYC; Séance on a Wet Afternoon, an opera by Stephen Schwartz (Lincoln Center, Opera Santa Barbara); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway) starring Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss and Nick Jonas (Tony Nomination); Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory, London); The Best Is Yet To Come/The Music of Cy Coleman (Rubicon, Off-Broadway/Drama Desk Award); My Fairytale by Stephen Schwartz; My Antonia; It’s Only Life by John Bucchino, directed by Daisy Prince; and the West Coast Premiere of tick, tick...BOOM! Michael served as the Musical Theater Liaison for the Harold Prince Musical Theater Program at The Directors Company in New York and is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute’s Producing Seminar in New York. He continues to serve as Rubicon Theatre’s Director of New Work in California. He is the Founding Partner of WitzEnd Productions, formed in 2013 for the creation of New Work with partners Marvin Kahan, Jeffrey Grove, Laura Dean-Koch, Anne Towbes and Kevin Surace.

 

David Bryant, David Bryant Productions (Producer) has produced multiple shows on Broadway, including Getting the Band Back Together (starring Marilu Henner and directed by John Rando), Come From Away (under Michael Alden Productions), A Time to Kill (based on the novel by John Grisham, with lead producer Daryl Roth), and the musical adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities. David’s Off-Broadway credits include Daddy Long Legs by John Caird and Paul Gordon (Drama Desk Award), Wiesenthal starring Tom Dugan (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), and Lonesome Traveler (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations). No stranger to the world of streaming, he has produced “Emma” and “Pride and Prejudice,” both musicals written by Paul Gordon and available through StreamingMusicals.com. For film, he worked with writer and director Rachel Feldman and lead producer J. Todd Harris on “Lilly,” a dramatic feature film based on the life of Lilly Ledbetter, the woman for whom President Obama named his first piece of legislation - The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. David’s television credits include “Noisey Nation,” a digital rap series competition around the U.S. produced in partnership with Vice, Viceland, A&E Network and RocNation. Digital series in development via Dorian Productions include “Country Soundstage” and “Latin Soundstage.” As an actor, David performed on Broadway in Amadeus, Sunday in the Park with George and Show Boat. He starred as the original Marius in the Broadway company of Les Misérables. He also appeared in the Off-Broadway play Appear and Show Cause, for which he won the Audelco Award for Best Actor. Spanning an acting career of over 30 years on stage, film and television, David has had the pleasure of working with Sir Peter Hall, Ian McKellan, Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine, Sir Trevor Nunn, Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, Hal Prince, Frank Langella, Elaine Stritch, John McMartin, Jeremy Northam, Marissa Haggerty, and Vincenzo Natali, among others. He may be heard on the original Broadway recordings of Les Misérables and the revival of Hal Prince’s Show Boat.

 

Michael Alden (Producer) served as a producer on the Broadway hits Come From Away (Tony Award for Best Musical), Disgraced (Pulitzer Prize), Grey Gardens and Bridge & Tunnel by and with Sarah Jones (Special Tony Award). His West End credits include Come From Away (Olivier Award for Best Musical), David Seidler’s original play The King’s Speech, and the multi-award-winning Bat Boy the Musical. His Off-Broadway productions include Not That Jewish, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, Bridge & Tunnel, Bat Boy the Musical, and Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly, written and starring Tony Award-winner Charles Nelson Reilly. Michael’s film production credits include “UnZipped,” “Just Cause,” “The Zookeeper,” “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “My Beautiful Stutter.” He has two feature-length documentaries in development, “When Reagan Killed Roosevelt,” and “Just Say Yo!”; and the supernatural feature film “Cursed.” www.MichaelAldenProductions.com

 

Streaming Musicals (Producer/General Manager) was founded by a group of artists who love theatre and wanted to make it easier for audiences to experience plays and musicals. The company is dedicated to developing original musical theatre, capturing the magic on film, and making it accessible to everyone, bringing it directly to platforms and devices all over the world. The productions are filmed on theatrical and sound stages in high-definition video and sound, with a focus on storytelling, character and music. Streaming Musicals is recognized for having pioneered a revolutionary profit-sharing model which supports the artists who create the content. As such, audience members who view the productions can know that they, too, are supporting artists. Since the formation of the company in 2016, Streaming Musicals has produced and co-produced musicals that have reached hundreds of thousands of viewers, and in an unprecedented event typically reserved for shows that have had a New York run, received a licensing deal from Music Theatre International

 

Kevin Surace (Executive Producer) is Artistic Director for Sunnyvale Community Players, a producer/partner with WitzEnd Productions, a board member of Rubicon Theatre, and a pioneer in virtual musical productions using green screen and digital sets. He has produced, music directed, designed sound, produced/edited video, marketed, or played in over 60 productions. He has extensive sound design, mixing, mastering and video editing experience and holds a degree in Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology with a concentration in music. Kevin’s national professional credits include, writing, producing and directing 2 AM at The Sands with Andrew Samonsky, conducting the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, producing and conducting Christmas at the Cathedral “Musical Theater Orchestra and Singers,” and producing and conducting the Broadway and More show with acclaimed jazz singer Nicole Henry. He is currently active co-producing, investing, or technical directing with WitzEnd Productions on Diana: A True Musical Story, Poseidon and others, in addition to Estella Scrooge. Kevin has been awarded 93 patents worldwide, including the invention of soundproof drywall, used in virtually all recording studios.

 

Allan Herzog (Executive Producer) has been a financial advisor for 56 years, and is currently Managing Director - Investor with Wells Fargo Advisors. Allan has been an investor in the theatre business for over forty years as a partner in The Theatre on the Square in San Francisco.  Allan is an original investor in Come From Away, Aspects of Love, the tour of Phantom of the Opera tour and many others, including Diana (Longacre Theatre in 2021), the revival of Once On This Island directed by Michael Arden (Tony Award), Escape to Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett, Tuck Everlasting directed by Casey Nicholaw, and Daddy Long Legs directed by John Caird.   Upcoming WitzEnd productions include The Hawaiian Goddess, Dark of the Moon and Poseidon: The Musical.

 

Jeffrey Grove (Executive Producer) is a partner in WitzEnd Productions and served as the 60th President of the Board of Governors of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians from March of 2013 to March of 2014. He is a past president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association and served as National Chairman of Continuing Medical Education for the American Osteopathic Association. Jeffery is a Clinical Professor in Family Medicine at Nova Southeastern University/COM and Family Practice/Geriatrics at LECOM Bradenton College of Osteopathic Medicine.

 

The Ragovoy Entertainment Group/Bev Ragavoy and Dawn Smalberg (Executive Producer) is dedicated to producing and investing in original works and significant, often untold stories, that celebrate the best in humanity. Principles are Bev Ragovoy, a music publisher focused on the catalog of her late husband Jerry Ragovoy, and Dawn Smalberg, an Attorney and Tony-Nominated Producer. As lead producers, they are honored to bring the extraordinary Sister Rosetta Tharpe‘s courageous story and fabulous music to the stage in the new musical Shout, Sister, Shout! Broadway and West End credits include The Lehman Trilogy, Slave Play, A Night With Janis Joplin, Tree. Their Off-Broadway productions include For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, Drama Desk Award-Winner Georgie! and Piece of My Heart. Dawn and Bev are thrilled to be part of the process of bringing theatre from concept to full-scale production - including this unique and creative production of Estella Scrooge. 

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