Jeff Kready (Ernest) Broadway: Billy Elliot (Tony Elliot), Sunday in the Park with George revival, Les Miserablés revival (Jean Valjean u/s). National Tour: Billy Elliot. Favorite regional credits: Godspell (Jesus), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy Smith), CATS (Rum Tum Tugger), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor). BA in Vocal Performance and Vocal Music Education from Washburn University. Kansas music teacher turned actor, now proud member AEA. Many thanks to The Mine. All glory and credit to JC.
Austin Ku (Akira) Off-Broadway debut! Other NYC: NYMF, Opening Doors and lots of new works readings. Regional: Walnut Street (The King and I/Lun Tha), Kansas City Starlight (Anything Goes/Luke), Ogunquit Playhouse (Miss Saigon/Thuy), TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley (The Burnt Part Boys/Jake and M Butterfly/Song u/s), Hangar Theatre (The Rocky Horror Show/Frank’n’Furter), Barnstormers Theatre (...Charlie Brown/Snoopy), New Repertory Theatre (Gutenberg! The Musical!/Doug), San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and NorthEast Shakespeare Ensemble (Much Ado About Nothing/Balthasar) and more. Awards: BroadwayWorld Boston nominee (Stonefish/Monk), Dean Goodman Choice Award (Sweeney Todd/Anthony), Rice University “Sammy” Award (Cabaret/The Emcee). Concerts: Vocal soloist with the Boston Pops, Pops Esplanade, and Great Waters Pops Orchestras. Film: indie leads in the award-winning Blind Love and the upcoming The Woman in the Dress (upcoming). Commercials and print ads: lots! Education: The Boston Conservatory, UC Berkeley, and Rice University. Proud member of AEA. Thanks to Eric, Judy, Johanna and CTC/Dave! Love is Good. www.Austin-Ku.com
Mel Sagrado Maghuyop (Horiyoshi) Recently completing two productions of The King and I, first at North Shore Music Theatre as "Kralahome" then working at Walnut Street Theatre's The King and I as "The King", Mel is truly honored to be back working on this amazing show. Also at WST he has played "Thuy" and then "The Engineer"(Barrymore outstanding lead actor in musical nomination) in Miss Saigon. Besides 14 Miss Saigon productions his NYC credits include: Suites by Sondheim at Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center (company member), Tokio Confidential (reading, Horiyoshi),Peony Pavilion (reading, Lee), Imelda (Ferdinand Marcos), Honor (Kenshin), Nawala(Donatello). Other favorites: Godspell (Lamar), The King and I (Lun Tha), The Gate of Heaven (Sam Yamamoto). Thanks to Eric and Johanna for trusting him on this piece and to Anne for her constant love and support. In addition, He is also the owner/creator of pillows that look like sushi! theoriginalsushipillow.com
Benjamin J McHugh (Ralph) Australian-born Benjamin has appeared in the Australian National Tours of THE PRODUCERS, SHOUT! and THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. Since relocating to New York City in 2009, he has performed in the national tour of HAIRSPRAY(Corny), MAMMA MIA!, and Westchester Broadway Theatre's production of JEKYLL & HYDE to which he covered and performed the title role over twenty times to critical acclaim. He is thrilled to be making his off-Broadway debut in TOKIO CONFIDENTIAL. www.benjaminjmchugh.com
Manna Nichols (Sachiko) is thrilled to return to "Tokio" again after playing the role of Sachiko in the 2011 Actors Studio reading! She recently spent the past four months playing Princess Tuptim in The King & I at both North Shore Music Theatre and The Walnut Street Theatre. Previous credits include Into the Woods (Cinderella), Oklahoma! (Laurie), Miss Saigon (Kim), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), The Most Happy Fella (Rosabella), Weird Romance (P. Burke/Nola),Seussical (Mayzie), Mulan (Mulan), Frog Kiss (Hortense) and the USO Liberty Bells. Much love to family and friends for their unending love and patience. God is good!
Mike O'Carroll (Grant) A proud member of Actors Equity Association, comes to "Tokio Confidential" directly from the First National Tour of Disney's "Mary Poppins" in which he played the dual roles of "Admiral Boom" and "Chairman of the Bank." A veteran character actor, Mike is no stranger to Broadway, National and International Tours as well as inumerable Stock and Regional Productions. Among his favorites are, "Tevye/Fiddler on the Roof," "Uncle Adolph/The Last Night of Ballyhoo," "Maurice/Disney's Beauty and the Beast," "Falstaff/I, Henry IV," "Clem/The Will Rogers Follies," "Henry Drummond/Inherit the Wind" and his all-time favorite, creating the role of "JP Morgan/Ragtime." Mike hails from New Jersey where his two cats Charlie and Missy-Belle "allows" him to live with them. Mike dedicates these performances to the memory of his family.
Jill Paice (Isabella) Broadway: The 39 Steps (Annabella, Margaret, Pamela), Curtains (Niki Harris), The Woman in White (Laura Fairlie). West End: Gone with the Wind (Scarlett O’Hara), The Woman in White (Laura Fairlie). Off Broadway: Death Takes a Holiday (Grazia). Other credits: White Christmas (Betty, Paper Mill and Detroit Companies), Where's Charley? (Kitty, Encores), Chess (Florence, Signature Theatre), Mamma Mia in Las Vegas (Sophie), national tour of Les Miserables. Original Cast Recordings: Death Takes a Holiday, Curtains, The Woman in White, The Gig, Andrew Lloyd Webber on Broadway. Film/Television: "Company" (Susan, New York Philharmonic), "Person of Interest," “The Beautiful Life” and “The Wonderful Maladys.” Education: Baldwin-Wallace College.
Eric Schorr (Words and Music) Eric Schorr composes music for theater, television and film. Eric was commissioned by Stage-by-Stage, a Toronto-based producing organization, to compose the score for Frog Kiss, a musical with book and lyrics by Charles Leipart, which has been performed in Toronto, Cardiff, Chicago, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and, most recently, in New York City as part of the 2010 New York Musical Theater Festival. Frog Kiss will be presented in January 2013 at Virginia Stage Company. Eric's score for The Doctor's Wife, a musical adaptation of Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" with book and lyrics by Charles Leipart, earned him an Opera-Musical Theatre Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Eric composed the score for Espresso Trasho (book and lyrics by Charles Leipart), a musical adaptation of "The School for Scandal", which had its world premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival. Eric wrote the music and lyrics for Young Tom Edison, a musical theater piece for young audiences, commissioned and produced by Theatreworks/USA. Young Tom Edison, with a book by Peter Parnell, opened at the Promenade Theater in New York City, after which it commenced a national tour. Eric was also commissioned by Theatreworks/USA to write the music and lyrics for The Civil War: The South Carolina Black Regiment (book by Tanya Barfield), which also toured nationally. Eric has written specialty material for the Discovery Kids television network, and his music has been heard on television's "Sesame Street". Eric was a composer of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway revue, Whoop Dee Doo!, which received two Drama Desk Awards and a recording of which was released by RCA Victor. He was commissioned to write the official Fanfare and Processional for "The Gay Games". Eric wrote vocal arrangements for the Atlantic Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum and Seattle Repertory Theatre productions of The Cider House Rules. He also wrote vocal arrangements for the Second Stage Theatre production of Uncommon Women & Others and the Broadway production of The Sisters Rosensweig. Eric is a member of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP, from which he has received numerous awards. He is also the recipient of a grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. Eric studied at the New England Conservatory and holds degrees from Yale and Harvard Universities. Eric's research for Tokio Confidential was funded by a Japan-United States Arts Program Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council. EricSchorr.com
Johanna McKeon (Director) Johanna is Associate Director of Green Day's American Idiot (National Tour and Broadway). Directing credits include Anne Washburn's I Have Loved Strangers (Clubbed Thumb), Comedy of Errors & Schmoozy Togetherness (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (Vineyard Playhouse), Semi-Permanent (2007 NY Fringe Festival prize for Outstanding Solo Show), Fiesta Cabana, The Tanks Break, Functional Drunk (The Ontological-Hysteric Theater), The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Cymbeline (Vineyard Playhouse), A Hatful of Rain (ITS Festival Warsaw, Poland). Associate Director: Grey Gardens (Broadway). Assistant Director: Rent (National Tour). Johanna has recently directed the following musical development workshops: Rosie! (Music and lyrics by Larry Gatlin), Biederman's Match (Book by Beau Willimon), Artaria (Book and Music by Raven Kane), and Eve's Turn (Tim Childs Theatrical). Guest Faculty: Bard College. Fellowships: Drama League, Boris Sagal, and Fulbright. MFA: University of Texas at Austin.
Tricia Brouk (Choreographer) Tricia Brouk is a
New York City based choreographer. Her dance career spans the U.S. and
Europe having worked with Lucinda Childs, Robert Wilson, Big Dance
Theatre and many others. She received a "Golden Thumb" award from Roger
Ebert for her choreography in John Turturro's feature film, "Romance and
Cigarettes". Currently her choreography can be seen on FX's "Rescue Me"
and sheis also the Director/Choreographer of the ongoing Erotic
Broadway/Vintage Variety at The Triad Theater in NYC. She is
currently directing and choreographing a new musical called
Reunion! premiering in 2012. Tricia was presented as one of
2010's Dance Break Choreographers and recently directed/choreographed
Frankie and Debbie Live at the Martini Lounge a song and dance
show that takes place in 1977 . Tricia is also the director of
development and a choreographer of the Broadway bound musical, Eve's
Turn, produced by Timothy Childs, directed by Johanna McKeon.
In Film, Television and Theater, She choreographed two musical episodes of Dennis Leary's "Rescue Me" in season 5, directed by Peter Tolan. She choreographed "The G-Word: For Those Not Born Yet" written by L.D. Napier and produced by Doug Claybourne. a play benefiting Darfur performed at NYC's La Mama Theater. She also choreographed "Tribute: A Benefit" benefiting breast cancer produced by Melanie LaPatin and Tony Meredith of "So You Think You Can Dance". Tricia choreographed, produced, and danced in "Dining Alone" her one woman show at Dance Theater Workshop and has created work for the A-Train Musicals, including "Manhattan Bound" a full length musical that was created and performed in one week. She created dances on Tracy Thoms of "Rent" and Kevin Townley of "My Super- Ex Girlfriend". Brouk also choreographed a short musical directed by David Brind at the New World Stages for "Get Off" a benefit for Off Broadway including Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q ), Cady Huffman (The Producers), and Jeb Brown (Ring of Fire). She has choreographed for the New York Musical Theater Festival including, "Drift" written by Craig Pospisil, directed by Jeremy Dobrish based on the concept album "Drift" composed by Jeremy Shoenfeld. The cast included Christian Campbell (Reefer Madness) and Jarrod Emick (Boy From Oz), and Joe Ricci (Saturday Night Fever, A View From The Bridge). As well as, "Love Sucks" a punk rock musical directed by Andrew Goldberg.
Tricia's Film work includes choreographing John Turturro's full length Savage Musical "Romance and Cigarettes" where she created dances from character study on James Gandolfini, Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon and Bobby Canavale and Lasse Hallstrom's "The Hoax" with Richard Gere and Julie Delpy. Tricia would like to thank Master Kansuke and his student Shuhei Kino for their generous contributions to Tokio Confidential.TriciaBrouk.com
Mark Hartman (Musical Director) B'way: Sondheim On Sondheim, Avenue Q, 1776 (Roundabout), Miss Saigon. Off-B'way/Regional: Silence! The Musical (PS122/Theater 80), A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theatre - IRNE Award Nom, Best Music Direction), Guys and Dolls (Big League), Working (Broadway in Chicago, Old Globe, Asolo Rep), Grey Gardens (Cape Playhouse), Dear Edwina (DR2), Pippin (Goodspeed, Nat'l Tour), Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Old Globe), The Fantasticks (Sullivan St. and Orbach Theaters), Avenue Q (Vineyard and New World Stages). Irish Rep: Ernest In Love, Take Me Along, After The Ball (dir. Tony Walton), Finian's Rainbow (also Westport), The Streets of New York, The Irish... (also Nat'l Tour). York Theater: I Remember Mama (dir. Michael Montel), The Baker's Wife, Bajour (dir. Stuart Ross), Greenwillow (dir. Montel), NEO I. Concerts: Camelot (Jeremy Irons), Brigadoon (Danieley, Errico), Rags (20th Anniversary), Pippin (Ben Vereen), Children of Eden (NYC premiere). Cast recordings: Silence! The Musical, Sondheim On Sondheim, Dear Edwina, After The Ball, Finian's Rainbow (Irish Rep), Avenue Q, NEO, Watch Your Step!, That's The Ticket!, Look Ma I'm Dancin'. Mark is the recipient of two MAC Awards and the Backstage Bistro Award for Music Direction.
David M. Barber (Set Design)David's design work has been seen off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre Company (The Orphan's Home Cycle), Classic Stage Company, Red Bull Theatre Company and many, many locations off-off Broadway. Regionally, he has designed scenery and/or costumes for the Denver Center, Hartford Stage, Batlimore Center Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Barrington Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Two River Theatre Co., and others. His television work includes Art Direction for E! Network News, The Daily 10 (E! Network), The TODAY Show and Football Night (both NBC) and Production Design for the live simulcast of Woodstock '99. He was the Art Director for the 134th Blue Tour of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus; Production Designer for the short films Also Lies and The Good Wife and resident events designer for Red Carpet Media Partners. He is a recipient of a Henry Hewes Award, a Drama Desk, the Connecticut Critics Circle Award, the Denver Ovation Award, the Denver Critics Circle Award and he was selected to represent the US at the Prague Quadrennial '99. DavidMBarber.com
Jacob A. Climer (Costume Design) Recent Works Include: The Grapes of Wrath (Carnegie Hall), The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (The Vineyard Playhouse), Underneath The Lentil (Barrington Stage Co.), Three Lost Chords (Zipper Theatre), Johnny Applef#%er (Ohio Theatre), Jacob has been a guest artist and designer at Bard College, The New School, and The Strasberg Institute, who he will be joining this summer as their Scenic and Costume designer for A Hat Full of Rain. Resident Costume Designer at Shakespeare Festival Dallas from 2006 – 2009, where he will be designing sets and costumes this fall for Hamlet. Jacob has also been the assistant / associate designer on many show including The Color Purple- The Musical , A Tale of Two Cities, In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), Good People, Bengal Tiger at the Bagdad Zoo. BFA University of Evansville. MFA Carnegie Mellon University Jacob Hails from Texas, and lives in Brooklyn.
Joel E. Silver (Lighting Design) Previous
Design Credits include Educating Rita (Huntington Theatre
Company), Candela:Fuerza Y Pasion in Lima, Peru,
R.Evolucion Latina Choreographer's Festival (R.Evolucion
Latina), Sweeney Todd (NYU Steinhardt School), A Hatful of
Rain in New York and Warsaw, Poland for the Strasberg Institute,
...Spelling Bee, A Chorus Line, My Way,
The Producers, Ain't Misbehavin' (TBTS), Search
for Signs..., Damascus (Northern Stage), Aida
(Opera Memphis), It Must Be Him (Peter J. Sharp Theatre),
Camelot, Damn Yankees, Run For Your Wife,
Little Shop of Horrors (Engeman Theatre), Caucasian Chalk
Circle (The New School), F#@king Up Everything (Off the
Leash Productions), Zombie (Razor's Edge Productions), The
World Goes Round (Prince Music Theatre and The Gettysburg
Festival), Art Tatum:Piano Starts Here (Apollo Theatre),
Candide (NYU), The Gondoliers (NYU), Psycho
Therapy (MITF), Affluenza (Heiress), Ain't
Misbehavin' (WPPAC), Semi-Permanent (Paul Marcarelli),
Back in the Day (Cape Rep), Lunch Hour (Heiress),
Charm of the Preparedness (Baruch College), Big Bang
(Cleo Mack Dance Company), Homefront (La Mama, ETC), La
Gioconda (Ed McNamee), Behind the Limelight (NYSaF and
NYMF), Different Drums National Tour (Trinity Irish Dance
Company), Gripped and other works (Cleo Mack Dance Company),
and Caligula:The Glam Rock Epic (NYMF). Joel's industrial work
includes projects for JKLD, Calvin Klein, Connecticut College, Xplore
Productions, and SAP Software.
Upcoming projects include Tosca for Opera Memphis directed by Matthew Lata as well as Productions of The Most Happy Fella and Street Scene at NYU. JesLD.com
Darrel Maloney (Projection Design) Darrel has designed motion graphics for broadcast, commercials, film and theatre. His projection and video designs for Broadway include American Idiot (St. James Theatre) and Everyday Rapture (American Airlines Theatre, Roundabout). Other projection designs include SCKBSTD at (Virginia Stage Company) & The Elephant Man at the (Minnesota Opera). He has also designed sets and/or lighting for numerous New York, European and regional theatres, including Deliverance (Institute for Contemporary Arts London), Four Scenes in a Harsh Life (Los Angeles Theatre Center) and Richard III (Hartford Stage). Darrel holds an MFA in set and lighting design from NYU. DarrelMaloney.com
Carl Casella (Sound Design) In a career that spans more then thirty years, Carl Casella has worked as an audio engineer and producer in some of New Yorks busiest recording studios, He has also designed corporate audio/video systems (recording and edit suites, auditoriums, meeting spaces and whole building audio/video systems) for several Fortune 500 companies. Broadway and Off Broadway credits include: Baby its You, Story of My Life, American Buffalo, A Tale of two Cities, Xanadu, Mask, Ray Charles the Musical, Frankenstein, Moon for the Misbegotten, My Mother is Italian..., Ring Of Fire, Once Around the Sun, Sly Fox, Little Shop of Horrors, Raisin in the Sun, Sexaholix Adult Entertainment. A Member of Sound Associates Inc.
Zak Sandler (Orchestrations) is thrilled to be making his NYC orchestration debut. His 4-piece orchestration of Sweeney Todd received acclaim in The Sondheim Review and has played at five theaters across the country and in Canada. Zak is also a music director, conductor, composer/lyricist, and performer who will soon play the Pianosaurus in Triassic Parq (Off-Broadway). AWARDS: Shen Prize, Fenno Heath Award. EDUCATION: Yale College; BMI Workshop (Advanced). UPCOMING: Who's Your Baghdaddy?(Joe's Pub). www.zaksandler.com
Jess Johnston(Production Stage Manager) Jess works as a freelance stage manager in New York and around the country. New York credits include Brits Off-Broadway 2010 & 2011 (59e59 Theaters), I Never Sang for My Father, The Good Thief, Such Things Only Happen in Books, Heroes, The Fourposter, Theophilus North (Keen Company), Lower Ninth, Smoke and Mirrors, Los Angeles (The Flea Theater), American Sligo (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theater), EST Marathons 2008 & 2010 (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Regional credits include We The People - 2011 Spring Tour (Theatreworks USA), Saint-Ex, Betrayal, The Oath, The Marvelous Wonderettes (Weston Playhouse), Dulcy, The Dining Room, June Moon, St. Nicholas, Merton of the Movies, The Hollow (Dorset Theatre Festival), La Sonnambula, L’elisir D’amore (Salt Marsh Opera), The Price, Lettuce & Lovage (Heritage Repertory Theatre). Proud member of Actors' Equity.
Judy Bowman(Casting) Judy has been casting since 1993. Concentrating on film & theatre, and specializing in ethnic talent, she started her own company in 2003. She casts for New York theater companies: New York Stage & Film, the LAByrinth, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, and Partial Comfort Productions. She was the New York Casting Director for the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard for several years, also working with Actors Theatre of Louisville, and many other great regional theaters. She is always on the cutting-edge of finding new talent for web series, short film, TV, commercials, print, and animation: her teaching at One on One NYC, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia's MFA film program, and constant outreach allows her to meet a wide variety of non-union talent, as well as helping union talent move forward with film & television pursuits. She has a hands-on approach with new clients and new projects. judybowmancasting.com
Seth A. Goldstein (General Manager) Seth A. Goldstein is a General Manager for DR Theatrical Management having previously served as Producer and General Manager for The Splinter Group. Previous management clients include John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean!, The Toxic Avenger, Martin Charnin’s Love is Love, The Intergalactic Nemesis, Fan Yang’s Gazillion Bubble Show (New York & Las Vegas), Two Rooms, Deathbed, Masked, Gutenberg! The Musical!, the New York Music Theatre Festival (2006 & 2007), among others. Mr. Goldstein also served as the Associate Artistic Director and Managing Director of Manhattan Ensemble Theater. He is an Affiliate Member of The Broadway League and serves on the Board of Directors of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers.
Danielle Karliner (Company Manager) Danielle Karliner is currently the Company Manager of Traces, currently playing at the Union Square Theatre. She has company managed Charles Busch's The Divine Sister (Soho Playhouse), The Ohmies (Peter Jay Sharp Theatre), and the workshop production of Artaria (Baruch Performing Arts Center). Danielle is a 3rd year M.F.A. candidate at Columbia University's Theatre Management/Producing Program. In Miami, Danielle served for six years as the Managing Director of City Theatre and the Summer Shorts Festival (co-sponsor of the Humana Festival's National Ten-Minute Play Contest). In New York, Danielle has worked with Richard Frankel Productions, Camp Broadway and in the General Management Departments at both The Atlantic Theater Company and Jujamcyn Theaters. Danielle was Line Producer for the SPF 2009 production of Ken Urban's The Happy Sad directed by Trip Cullman and was Producer of Ether Steeds, by Jason Williamson directed by Niegel Smith, starring Fela's Sahr Ngaujah, as part of FringeNYC 2009 (winner Best Ensemble). Last summer Danielle produced, The Dudleys! as part of the first annual Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City. B.A. University of Miami.
Production Core (Production Supervision) lends support and guidance to theatre companies that produce high quality theatrical performances and events, who need direction/support on the collaboration, planning and execution of the production process. The Production Core team is James E. Cleveland, Katy Yonally, Jared Goldstein, Adrian White, Josh Morgan, Dave Upton, Amanda Raymond and Ron Grimshaw. www.productioncore.net
Keith Sherman & Associates (Press Representative) has worked on 250 Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions as well as the Tony Awards for 18 years. The company has done the public relations for hundreds of film and television programs for Focus Features, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, the major television and cable networks as well as for The Onion, Brian Boitano, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Bolshoi Ballet, Lang Lang, Montreal Jazz Festival, Portugal's International Gourmet Food Festival. Kimpton Hotels and The New York Times, among others. ksa-pr.com
Sozo Media (Marketing and Cultural Advisor) is a boutique arts marketing and management consultancy, serving emerging and established musicians, arts & cultural institutions and small businesses. From program consulting to grassroots marketing, Sozo (meaning “creation” or “imagination” in founder Rika Iino’s native tongue, Japanese) offers a wide array of services to connect quality arts and entertainment with today’s diverse and techno-savvy audiences, and promotes unique, cutting-edge and accessible creative projects that defy cultural and artistic boundaries. sozomedia.com