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November 19-20, 2020

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Register now for the 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals, which will be presented online on November 19-20, 2020!

Over the course of two days, video excerpts of eight new musicals will be presented to an online audience of industry professionals. Selected from a careful review process, the Festival celebrates what’s next in musical theatre and the incredible stories and artists that are leading the way. This year’s reimagined Festival will be the first of its kind for NAMT, and will still include important networking opportunities for NAMT members and other industry professionals, and hallmarks you’ve come to expect from this annual musical theatre tradition.


Co-Founders (AKA how Silicon Valley failed to succeed)

Ideal Cast Size: 8-10
Ideal Band Size: 7 (2 keys, drums/percussion, guitar, bass, 2 horns)
Style: Hip-Hop / Soul 

Genre & Style:



Co-Founders is the story of two unlikely partners chasing impossible entrepreneurial dreams. Esata, a Black woman from Oakland, and Conway, a small town college dropout, take on the most competitive startup accelerator in Silicon Valley – where the privileged make a killing while the people across the bridge grind to survive.

More about Co-Founders (AKA how Silicon Valley failed to succeed)

The Consoling Mechanism

Ideal Cast Size: 11-15
Ideal Band Size: 6-10
Style: Dramatic Speculative Fiction

Genre & Style:

Dramatic speculative fiction


Can our deepening commitment to technology also strengthen the bonds of human connection? In a world increasingly intertwined with artificial intelligence and virtual reality, The Consoling Mechanism’s dynamic pop score, and poignant-yet-humorous book pulls back the curtain on a family struggling to recover from unexpected loss.

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Cowboy Bob

Annie Tippe

Ideal Cast Size: 9
Ideal Band Size: 6
Style: Modern Western with a comedic edge

Genre & Style:

Modern Western with a comedic edge


You wouldn’t look twice at Peggy Jo. She was a good daughter, always tipped well at restaurants, but disguised as “Cowboy Bob” in a fake beard and a ten-gallon hat, she was the slickest bank robber Texas has ever known. Making her get-away in a sky blue 1975 Pontiac Grand Prix, she was a modern-day bandit stealing thousands and evading detection for more than a decade. With a score that’s equal parts Riot Grrrl rage and Texas two-step twang, this tale of a small-town legend spurs a discontented chain-restaurant waitress to buck routine, take life by the reins, and let it ride.

More about Cowboy Bob


Ideal Cast Size: 6
Ideal Band Size: 6
Style: Family Drama

Genre & Style:

Family Drama


Eastbound is a new bilingual musical about the unexpected meeting of two brothers from opposite sides of the world, their quests for survival, and the power of choice. The musical told through the soundscape of a contemporary score amalgamated with traditional Chinese folk music and Mandopop.

More about Eastbound

Hart Island

Ideal Cast Size: 8
Ideal Band Size: 3-7
Style: Musical Drama

Genre & Style:

Musical Drama


Hart Island is an inspiring tale of an immigrant woman fighting for her child, and the unexpected compassion of a disillusioned inmate who is the only person who can help her. This hauntingly beautiful musical observes two people on the edge of society as they change each other’s lives forever.

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Lizard Boy

Ideal Cast Size: 3
Ideal Band Size: Actors double as musicians
Style: Superhero origin story

Genre & Style:

Superhero origin story


Trevor feels like a freak – which is not helped by the green lizard skin he grew after a bizarre childhood accident. When one fateful night sets him on a journey of mythic proportions, Trevor must decide if he’ll become the hero of his own story in this thrillingly original musical.

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Obeah Opera

Ideal Cast Size: 25-30
Style: Historical / Folkloric / Mysticism

Genre & Style:



Obeah Opera is a hand clapping, foot stomping, spirit lifting, magical musical sensation unlike any other opera before. Steeped in Black music, sung entirely a cappella by a powerful all-female cast, Obeah Opera reveals the story of the legendary Salem Witch Trials from the fascinating perspective of Caribbean slave women. 

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On This Side of the World

Noam Shapiro

Ideal Cast Size: 6
Ideal Band Size: 5
Style: Contemporary Song Cycle

Genre & Style:

Contemporary song cycle


Stories of overseas workers, young lovers and gossipy church ladies. Snapshots of undocumented immigrants, millennial princesses and first-generation Americans. In On This Side of the World, six actors give voice to Filipino immigrants navigating old lives and new beginnings, as a one-way ticket sends them on a journey eight-thousand miles from home.

More about On This Side of the World

Festival Schedule

Thursday, November 19, 2020 (All times ET)
2:00 - 7:00 pm
Festival Day 1

Details TBA

Friday, November 20, 2020 (All times ET)
2:00 - 7:00 pm
Festival Day 2

Details TBA

Times are Eastern.

As of 9/14/20. Subject to change!

Writers & Artists

Adesha Adefela

Book & Lyrics, Co-Founders (AKA how Silicon Valley failed to succeed)

Adesha Adefela started acting in musical theater at age five, starring alongside her mother Deltrina Johnson, a Beach Blanket Babylon alum. She continued starring in musicals produced by community theaters in her hometown, Oakland, CA. As a teen, she was to sign with Atlantic Records, but in an effort to uphold her personal values, she became an independent artist. That decision led to nominations, sold-out shows in the SF Bay Area, co-starring in a reality TV show produced by Warner Brothers, becoming a Billboard-charted artist, and sharing the stage with famous acts Jazmine Sullivan, Carl Thomas, Ledisi, Goapele and more.

Nicole Brooks

Book, Music and Lyrics, Obeah Opera

In the performing arts world, Nicole Brooks  is beyond a triple-threat. Her extensive accomplishments include: filmmaker, director, performer, singer, playwright, composer, curator, teacher and ‘art-ivist’. Brooks has devoted over 20 years producing innovative content (for the stage and screen), with a focus on narratives that illuminate the peoples of the African Diaspora. In 2012, Brooks officially added playwright to her list of talents. Her debut theatrical work Obeah Opera—which she created, wrote, composed and performs in—has received critical acclaim and several award nominations throughout its various incarnations in Toronto, Canada between 2009 and 2019. 

Michelle Elliott

Book & Lyrics, Hart Island

Michelle Elliott has written seven musicals with collaborator Danny Haengil Larsen, including Cloaked, for which she was the recipient of the Kleban Prize for Most Promising Librettist. Michelle and Danny also received a Jonathan Larson Award for Cloaked, as well as a Richard Rodgers Development Award for their first musical, The Yellow Wood, which was also featured in NAMT’s 2009 Festival of New Musicals. Michelle is a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. www.elliottlarsenmusicals.com. Michelle and Danny are currently working on a new musical, Country Radio, with Emily Saliers, one of the Indigo Girls.

Josh Franklin

Book, Music and Lyrics, The Consoling Mechanism

Josh Franklin is an accomplished and well-rounded artist. He is the composer/lyricist for Royal Blood a hip-hop Vampire musical comedy, Jack: A Moral Musical Tale and is the sole writer of The Consoling Mechanism, a story about a girl struggling with her new reality as a person with disabilities. His acting credits include: Broadway: The Prom, Anything Goes, Ghost, Legally Blonde and Grease; Off Broadway: Cyrano with Peter Dinklage. Tours: Bob Gaudio (Jersey Boys), Danny Zuko (Grease), Chad (All Shook Up), and Billy Crocker (Anything Goes) which garnered him a Helen Hayes Award nomination. Albums: Josh Franklin and Spent.

Justin Huertas

Book & Lyrics & Music, Lizard Boy

Justin Huertas is an award-winning playwright, composer-lyricist and actor. His first original musical Lizard Boy world-premiered at Seattle Rep, toured to San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre, and had two industry readings in NYC. Justin then wrote The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion (additional music by Steven Tran) for ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery and Lydia & the Troll (co-created by Ameenah Kaplan) for Seattle Rep. He composed music and lyrics for The Lamplighter (co-authored by Sara Porkalob and Kirsten “Kiki” deLohr Helland) and for Book-It Repertory Theatre’s adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle. Justin is currently under commission at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Khiyon Hursey

Book & Lyrics, Eastbound

Khiyon Hursey is a writer and composer based in Los Angeles and New York. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Irving Burgie Scholarship, Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship, and the Lucille and Jack Yellen award, a 2016 NAMT Writers Residency Grant, a 2016-2017 Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Fellow, 2017 Space on Ryder Farm Residency, 2018 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project residency, 2019 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, 2019 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, the 2020 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals and the 2020 Stephen Schwartz Award.

Danny Haengil Larsen

Lyrics & Music, Hart Island

Danny Haengil Larsen is a composer, lyricist, librettist and orchestrator. His musicals, co-written with Michelle Elliott, include: Hart Island, Maiden Voyage, Cloaked, The Yellow Wood, and several musicals for young audiences. Awards include The Jonathan Larson Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, NYMF Best Music Award, the Daryl Roth Award and the Kleban Prize. Their musical web series The Hinterlands was nominated for 4 IAWTV awards. Danny is currently working on a new semi-autobiographical show The Pain in My Gay-Mormon, Half-Korean Ass. His orchestrations have been professionally produced. MFA from The Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU. www.elliottlarsenmusicals.com

Beau Lewis

Book & Lyrics, Co-Founders (AKA how Silicon Valley failed to succeed)

Beau Lewis is an Emmy-winning writer, producer, viral media expert and entrepreneur from Seattle. Lewis’ music videos have over 250 million views online and his work has been featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Fortune, and on Good Morning America. He is the CEO of Rhyme Combinator, the media company dedicated to championing positive entrepreneurial culture. He co-founded and sits on the board of GoldieBlox, the award winning children’s multimedia company challenging gender stereotypes with the world’s first girl engineer character. Lewis graduated from Stanford with a BS in Engineering and a focus in International Relations from Oxford.

Molly Beach Murphy

Book & Lyrics, Cowboy Bob

Molly Beach Murphy plays include: The Air Got Thick; IKE; Big Ben in the Red Dirt Desert. With core collaborators Annie Tippe + Jeanna Phillips, Molly co-creates experimental musicals such as Cowboy Bob, with two new pieces in early development. Molly’s work has been developed with New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage & Film, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ars Nova, the Alley Theatre, Page 73, The Civilians’ R&D Group, The Orchard Project, Ucross Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers’ Fund, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals, Pipeline Theatre Company. Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship Semi-finalist; Drama League Beatrice Terry Resident; New Georges Affiliated Artist. Published works in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Hairpin, Santa Ana River Review and American Theatre Magazine. www.mollybeachmurphy.com

Cheeyang Ng

Book & Music, Eastbound

Born and raised in Singapore, Cheeyang Ng is an award-winning singer-songwriter who writes at the intersection of queer, Asian and immigrant stories. They have performed around the world and are the first Singaporean to headline a concert at Joe’s Pub and Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center. Creator of The Lunar Collective and podcast East Side Story, they have won multiple vocal awards across Asia. Other works in development include MĀYĀ (Live & In Color, Hypokrit) with Eric Sorrels. Select credits: Eric H Weinberger Librettist Award, Eugene O’Neill National Musical Theatre Conference Finalist, ASCAP Foundation Lucille & Jack Yellen Award. www.cheeyang.com. @cheeyangmusic

Ryan Nicole

Book & Lyrics, Co-Founders (AKA how Silicon Valley failed to succeed)

Ryan Nicole Austin is a Grammy-nominated polymath who finds her most fulfilling experiences at the intersection of art & activism.  Her California State Assembly-recognized career in music & media empowers community. Ryan is featured on TEDx San Francisco, ESPN’s NBA at Christmas with Daveed Diggs, & has performed for Google, Sony, LinkedIn, Apple & Barack Obama.  Ryan has led workshops, directed, and been the playwright-in-residence at New York’s Public Theater (BARS workshop), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California Shakespeare Theater, and American Conservatory Theater.  Ryan holds a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from San Diego State University.

Jeanna Phillips

Lyrics & Music, Cowboy Bob

Jeanna Phillips makes and performs music and theatre for folks of all ages. Music for theatre: Cowboy Bob, with Molly Beach Murphy and Annie Tippe (Village Theatre, New York Stage and Film, Ars Nova, NYTW Adelphi Residency, Polyphone Festival); what’s this called, this spirit? with Alex Thrailkill (Ars Nova, Dixon Place); Cooking to me is Poetry with New Saloon (Galapagos Art Space); POE (The Morgan Library). She was selected as a 2019/2020 New Victory Labworks artist, and was a member of Fresh Ground Pepper’s 2019/2020 Playground PlayGroup. Her clown-cabaret alter ego Andréa Lloyd Webber has wreaked havoc at Caveat, Ars Nova, La MaMa, Dixon Place, Littlefield and Liberty Hall at the ACE Hotel. Alumna: The Civilians R&D Group, Yale Institute of Music Theatre. BFA NYU Experimental Theatre Wing. jeannaphillips.com

Noam Shapiro

Conceived & Director, On This Side of the World

Noam Shapiro is a New York-based director and the Producing Artistic Director of Three Hares. He is the SDC Foundation’s 2020 Kurt Weill/Harold Prince Directing Fellow, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, a former MTC Directing Fellow, a Drama League First Draft Resident Artist, and a winner of OPERA-America’s Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Prize. Noam has developed work with the Drama League, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Access Theater, The Lark, New Dramatists and Fresh Ground Pepper. He has also guest directed at Yale, Johns Hopkins and Columbia. BA Yale. www.noamshapiro.com

Annie Tippe

Conceived & Director & Story, Cowboy Bob

Annie Tippe is a director and creator of new work, film and music theater. Recent: Premiere of Dave Malloy’s Octet at the Signature Theatre (Lortel Award for Best Direction, SDC Callaway Award Finalist) and Ghost Quartet (Premiere, The Bushwick Starr, etc…), Leslye Headland’s Cult of Love (Premiere, IAMA Theatre Company), Bess Wohl’s Continuity (Goodman Theatre), Molly Beach Murphy + Jeanna Phillips’ Cowboy Bob (Village Theatre; New York Stage and Film), James + Jerome’s INK (w. Rachel Chavkin, Under the Radar/Met Museum) and The Conversationalists (Bushwick Starr). Former Ars Nova Director-in-Residence, Drama League Directing Fellow, Williamstown Directing Corps. www.annietippe.com

Paulo K Tiról

Lyrics & Music, On This Side of the World

Paulo K Tiról is a composer, lyricist and bookwriter from Manila, Philippines. He is currently a Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellow and was an artist-in-residence at Access Theater with director Noam Shapiro. His projects include music and lyrics for On This Side of the World (NAMT Festival 2020, Prospect Theater Company’s IGNITE series, Access Theater); book, music and lyrics for Called; and orchestrations for Ma-Yi Theater Co.’s Felix Starro. His work has been presented at Joe’s Pub, Barrington Stage and more. Training: Berklee, NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (full-tuition scholarship), BMI. www.paulophonic.com.


Who Can Attend?

The full Festival of New Musicals experience is open to theatre industry professionals. We define an industry member as anyone currently working professionally in the theatre who can aid in the development of the shows or the careers of the writers we present. We’ll ask you your role in the theatre when you register. Industry professionals who register through NAMT will have access to our full online Festival experience, including networking opportunities and time to meet with the writers in our virtual lobby, just like at past Festivals.

New this year, members of the general public may attend the Festival online through our partners at Broadway On Demand.

Premiere Passes

While a donation is not required for industry members, your contribution allows NAMT to create a nurturing environment for the discovery, development and advancement of the new works.

As our thanks for a donation of $250 or more, you will receive a Premiere Pass providing you with additional content and VIP access.

A donation at any level helps support our programs throughout the year, including the Frank Young Fund for New Musicals and the Innovation and Exploration Fund. Major donors join our Players Program and receive insider access to NAMT and our member theatres across the country.

NAMT member organizations receive passes as part of their member benefits (see below).

NAMT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

NAMT member organizations receive a limited number of complimentary Premiere Passes as part of their member benefits:

  • Institutional Voting members receive 6 Premiere Passes
  • Independent Producer Voting members receive 4 Premiere Passes
  • Academic, Developmental and International members receive 3 Premiere Passes
  • Associate and Student Members receive 1 Premiere Pass

(Not sure what kind of member you are? Check the directory!)

How Do I Register?

NAMT members and other industry professionals, click the button below to register now!

The deadline to register using this form is Friday, November 13. Late industry registrations will be possible directly through our online events platform, at a rate to be determined, and general public registrations through Broadway On Demand. Register now for the best registration experience!

Each attendee will receive a login to our online events platform, and important pre-event information will be sent via email. Therefore, you must provide a unique email address for each attendee on the registration form. You may register up to 12 people* from the same organization on the same form, which is the fastest and easiest way to register your organization!

Your registration will not be complete until you click the SUBMIT button at the very end of the form and you have paid (if applicable). You will see a confirmation screen and receive an email upon completion.

General public, click here to sign up to be notified when registration via Broadway On Demand is open, or continue below to make a donation to NAMT for VIP access and additional content.

Fall Conference

The Fall Conference is a separate event open to NAMT members and invited guests only. Those attendees may register for both events at once using this registration form. This year, both events will take place in the same virtual space, but your registration type will determine which sessions you have access to. Visit the Fall Conference page for more details.

*You may register more than 12 people for the Festival, this is just a technical limitation of the form; you can always come back and sign up more!


Participation Guidelines

NAMT is committed to recognizing and celebrating the diversity of experiences, talents, skills, cultures and opinions that our members bring to our community, and specifically to our events. We invite you to participate in the Fall Conference and Festival of New Musicals in a spirit of open-mindedness, curiosity and respect.

We want every NAMT event to be a safe, inclusive and productive environment for all participants. In that spirit, we ask you to…

  • Be inclusive, actively seeking and inviting diverse perspectives
  • Listen to understand
  • Participate in an active and direct way, with professionalism and respect for others
  • Be considerate, kind, constructive and helpful in your language and actions
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and language
  • Respect confidentiality requests by speakers and other attendees

NAMT staff and Board may take action (up to and including expulsion with no refund and exclusion from future events) to redress disruptive, disrespectful or offensive behavior or any other actions deemed in conflict with the above guidelines.

Thank you to every NAMT community member for helping to make all of our events informative, inclusive and respectful.


Above the Title Entertainment
Kevin Bianchi
Management Associate
Above the Title Entertainment
Britt Marden
Director of Artistic Planning
Above the Title Entertainment
Jed Bernstein
Abrams Artists Agency or A3
Ben Izzo
Theatrical Literary Agent
Agency for the Performing Arts
Beth Blickers
Literary Agent
Appalachian State University
Keith Martin
Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre
Ars Nova
Rick Feldman
Art Lab
Lourdes Figueroa
Creative Associate
Art Lab
Meg Fofonoff
Executive Producer/Artistic Director
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre
Gary Blackman
Founding Co-Director
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre
Mark Blackman
Founding Co-Director
Book-It Repertory Theatre
Jordi Montes
Artistic Producer/Tour Manager
Broadway & Beyond Theatricals
Victoria Lang
Founder, Co-President of Content
Broadway Unlocked
Stephanie Cowan
Charlottetown Festival
Adam Brazier
Artistic Director
Columbia University School of the Arts
Gigi Bolt
Adjunct Associate Professor
Double Play Connections LLC
Jane Dubin
Producer, Double Play Connections
Elaine Devlin Literary, Inc.
Elaine Devlin
Literary Agent
Richard Andrews
Managing Partner
Fourth Wall Theatricals
Benjamin Simpson
GEMS Group Productions
Gabrielle Palitz
Laura Little
Senior Director, Global Accounts
Bill Hofstetter
I ARE Music
Amy Engelhardt
Independent Producer
Julie Miller
Jean Doumanian Productions
Jeffrey Morse
Executive Assistant
Jean Doumanian Productions
Kathryn Willingham
Creative Development Executive
Junkyard Dog Productions
Sue Frost
Junkyard Dog Productions
Randy Adams
Yuri Worontschak
Musical Theatre Factory
Mei Ann Teo
Artistic Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Adam Grosswirth
Member Services Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Lady del Castillo
Program Assistant
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Kara Kirby
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Ciera Iveson
New Works Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Betsy Militello
Executive Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Brittney Woolley
Development Manager
National Endowment for the Arts
Ouida Maedel
Theater & Musical Theater Specialist
National Endowment for the Arts
Ian-Julian Williams
Theater & Musical Theater Specialist
National Endowment for the Arts
Katie Fisher
Director of Scheduling | Office of the Chairman
National Endowment for the Arts
Greg Reiner
Theater & Musical Theater Director | Performing Arts
New York Theatre Barn
Matthew Woolf
Board Member, New York Theatre Barn
Markus Potter
Producing Artistic Director
Off The Leash Productions
Jeremy Handelman
President & Executive Producer
Olympus Theatricals
Danielle Joseph
Office Manager
Olympus Theatricals
Elizabeth Timperman
Executive Director
Olympus Theatricals
Kirsten Berkman
Associate Producer
Pace University
Alexander Tom
Associate Program Head
Rubicon Theatre Company
Karyl Lynn Burns
Producing Artistic Director
Schondeikkan Productions, LLC
joanna Lodin
producer, DTR Productions
Schondeikkan Productions, LLC
Lynne Halliday
producer, Schondeikkan Productions
Seoul Institute of the Arts
YounYoung Park
Shea's Performing Arts Center
Michael Murphy
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Bernie Griffin
Managing Director
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Bill Berry
Producing Artistic Director
The Movement Theatre Company
Ryan Dobrin
Associate Producing Artistic Leader
The Public Theater
Cat Rodriguez
Associate Dramaturg
The York Theatre Company
Seth Christenfeld
Literary Manager
The York Theatre Company
Joan Ross Sorkin
Pres., Board of Directors
Theater Latté Da
Chris Cartwright
Marketing Associate
Theater Latté Da
Kelli Foster Warder
Associate Artistic Director
Theater Latté Da
Peter Rothstein
Artistic Director
Theater Latté Da
Elissa Adams
Associate Artistic Director
Theatre Under The Stars
Hillary Hart
Executive Director
Theatre Under The Stars
Dan Knechtges
Artistic Director
Theatre Under The Stars
Megan Larche Dominick
Associate Artistic Director/Director of New Works
Theatreworks USA
Barbara Pasternack
Artistic Director
Vineyard Theatre
Jason Kesse
Literary Intern
Vineyard Theatre
Miriam Weiner
Literary Manager
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Rachel Liff
Artistic Associate and Education Coordinator
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Jenna Jordan
Company Administrator
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Nathaniel Vilandre
Production and Operations Manager
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Emily Schriebl Schriebl Scott
Director of Development
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Andrew Butterfield
Director of Marketing and Communications
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Susanna Gellert
Executive Artistic Director
White Plains Performing Arts Center
Terence Osborne
Associate Producer
White Plains Performing Arts Center
Stephen Ferri
Executive Producer/ Resident Music Director
Bobbie Theodore
Grace Kosaka
Theresa Piliero
R Erin Craig
Kit Mee Yan
David Coffman
Jeffrey Lodin
James Campodonico
mindy ellmer