Creative Team

Author and Composer:

Brian Sutton

Brian Sutton Brian Sutton is thrilled to be bringing Searching for Romeo to the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. SFR premiered with a sellout run and standing ovations in July 2012 at the Jean Weidner Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. It also received a developmental reading at NYMF in 2013. In spring of 2012 two of Brian’s one-acts, a comedy called “Running Mates” and a music revue called “Can I Buy You a Drink?”, had a successful run at Venture Theatre in De Pere, WI. Brian’s short stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in various literary quarterlies; he has sold nonfiction to Playboy, and his articles have been published in Seventeen and in various regional publications; and he has published close to twenty articles on literary analysis or the teaching of writing in various academic journals. His short stories and one-act plays won three Hopwood Awards for Creative Writing at The University of Michigan. His songs appear on three CDs by his band, Rough Draft. He has performed in various plays and musicals, including a production of Pump Boys and Dinettes which received a national award in the American Community Theatre Festival and represented the U.S. at an international theatre festival in Aruba. He has a B.A. and M.A. from The University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Ohio State, all in English. He is the proud father of two daughters and lives with his wife in Green Bay, WI, where he is a member of the English faculty at The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Director

Laura Josepher

IMG_7216Most recent directing credits include Vow: A Made-To-Measure Workshop at Marymount Manhattan College, and two concerts promoting ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com (for which she is a Contributing Editor):Binders Full of Women’s Songs at 54 Below, and A Celebration of Contemporary Musical Theatre at Second Stage Theater. She also directed a Developmental Reading of Searching for Romeo at NYMF this past summer. Other credits include a workshop of Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco’s musical Falling to Earth at Syracuse University, David Sisco’s Bait ‘n Swish for the Left Out Festival, Garth Wingfield’s Dating Games at the Theatre Row Studio Theatre, NY and The Elephant Theatre in L.A., Dirty Blonde, The Turn of the Screw and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, Anna Christie at Gallery Players, Successful Strategies for Lilli Theatreworks, and Hughie at Provincetown Rep. For Rattlestick Productions: Winning and the award winning Car Pool. Operas: La Boheme, Cosi Fan Tutte, , Die Fledermaus, and Gianni Schicchi at Quisisana Resort. Assistant Director for Laurie Anderson’s, Songs and Stories from Moby Dick (co-directed by Ms. Anderson and Anne Bogart), Associate Director for Backwards in High Heels directed by Scott Schwartz. Laura has a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre, and a Bachelor of Music, both from New York University. She is a member of SDC. Love to husband Juan and daughters Chelsea & Sadie. www.laurajosepher.com

Musical Director

David Sisco

david3_lessshadow-2David Sisco is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop (Advanced) and is the author of Here I Am: A Musical Personal Ad, Variations on a Theme of You, Sopranos, BAIT n’ SWISH and The Catbird Seat. David is currently collaborating with book-writer-lyricist Tom Gualtieri on two musicals: Falling to Earth, and I’m Afraid, You’re Afraid: 448 Things to Fear And Why. Sisco is also a prolific art song composer. A winner of the 2010 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Composition Award, David’s songs have been heard at concerts produced by Friends & Enemies of New Music, New Music New York, Joy in Singing, Lyricfest, Songfest and Songfusion. As a singer, David feels at home as a recitalist, musical theater performer and chorister. He has been a proud member of the sanctuary choir at Marble Collegiate Church for over twelve years and recorded three CDs with the ensemble – the most recent includes the premiere recording of his choral work, “Awake My Heart.” David has served on the faculties at Northeastern and Suffolk University, and currently teaches private voice at Marymount Manhattan College. He also maintains a private studio in New York and leads masterclasses around the country on preparing contemporary art song. David most recently founded of The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers, a resource that helps teachers, students and music theatre professionals find well-written, largely self-published contemporary musical theatre songs (www.contemporarymusicaltheatre.com). He serves on the artistic board of City Center’s Encore: Off-Center, spearheaded by Jeanine Tesori. www.davidsisco.com

Production Stage Manager

Jana Llynn*

NYMF: Searching for Romeo (2013 & 2014), A Letter to Harvey Milk (2012), The Screams of Kitty Genovese (2006), The Big Voice: God or Merman? (2004). Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone (1st Nat’l Tour), Bridge & Tunnel, Company, The Moliere Comedies. Off-Broadway: Witnessed By The World, SILENCE! The Musical, Freckleface Strawberry, Blind Lemon Blues, Masked, Drumstruck, SHOUT! The Mod Musical, Matt & Ben (writer/performer Mindy Kaling), The Shawl (dir. Sidney Lumet, starring Dianne Weist), Beau Jest (3 yrs Off-B’way & director for Boston production), The Public, York, Vineyard, LAByrinth, Rattlestick, Mint, MCC, CSC. Regional: Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Taming of the Shrew; Southern Writers Project), Arkansas Rep (Henry V; Avenue Q), Crossroads (Buses, Cookin’At The Cookery, Sheila’s Day, The Last 5 Years), Hartford Stage (Sheila’s Day), La Jolla Playhouse (Having Our Say), Studio Theatre (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Arena Stage (resident 4 seasons), The Shakespeare Theatre (resident 1 season). Favorite Industrial: PSM for Pfizer-Brazil’s Viagra Launch.

General Manager/Executive Producer

Suellen Vance

Suellen Vance , Moldy Fig Productions, LLC executive produced and general managed the multi award winning New York premieres of Crossing Swords (2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival) and Central Avenue Breakdown (2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival). Central Avenue Breakdown is the first and only show to receive an Encore Presentation at NYMF (2012). Ms. Vance simultaneously co-produced the two festival productions of Central Avenue Breakdown in Daegu, South Korea and New York City. NYMF 2013: Swiss Family Robinson, The Pirates of Finance, God’s Country, Crossing Swords. Broadway: THE PEE WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY, GODSPELL. She is currently putting together the team for the Off-Broadway Premiere of last year’s Multi-Award Winning NYMF production of Crossing Swords for Spring, 2015.

General Management

Good People Management Group: Aaron Pratt, Matthew Wright, and Erin Brooks are the creative partners behind Good People Management Group. Founded in 2013, this theatrical management and consulting group has a solid track record of meeting and exceeding the needs of clients. With diverse backgrounds, the partners combine years of experience with productions ranging from Theatricals Festivals to Broadway Shows. Projects have included Next to Normal, Disenchanted, North Atlantic, A Dance for Rylie, The Pursuit of Mr. Rockefeller, Dare to Dream, Woman at the Funerals, and productions with Planet Connections, the New York International Fringe Festival, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival.www.goodpeoplemgmt.com