CAST & CREATIVES

Omri Schein (Lyrics, Book, Producer) Many years ago, an even tinier Omri Schein scurried into a magic shop and spent half of his Bar Mitzvah earnings on magic tricks. Although his dabbling in the magical world was short lived, who knew it would resurface and be of service to him almost twenty years later? Along with his collaborator James Olmstead, Omri has written the musicals Bed Fellas and the upcoming The Humbug Holiday Spectacular commissioned by North Coast Repertory Theatre (premiering in December 2013). Their songs have been heard in concerts around New York City including at The Duplex and at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Other musicals in the works include an aspiring pastry chef Viking, a Weimar Republic era serial killer, WWII, and a schlocky horror flick. For information on Omri as a performer: www.omri-schein.com.

James Olmstead (Music, Musical Director, Producer) is a music director, composer, and arranger based in New York City.  Most recently music directing A Chorus Line at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, where he previously MD’d Evita, The Music Man, White Christmas, Sweet Charity and South Pacific, he is also adjunct faculty with NYU Steinhardt where he has been the assistant music director for Marriage of Figaro, Most Happy Fella, and Violet (NYU Tisch).  Other assistant credits include North Shore Music Theatre (Footloose), Cape Playhouse (Legally Blonde, Footloose), PCPA (Ragtime, Hot Mikado), and the Arkansas Rep (Hello Dolly!). In addition, he music directs and arranges for several cabarets around the city including Birdland (BAA 10th Anniversary Concert) the Laurie Beechman (Perfectly Complicated), Don’t Tell Mama (Me Sing Pretty For You), and The Duplex (Another Cabaret).  He has served as keyboard programmer for the Off-Broadway production of Fun Home, copyist for the workshop of Gloria Estefan’s On Your Feet! as well as pianist for the Radio City Spring Spectacular.  With his writing partner Omri Schein, he has written the musicals Mambo ItalianoGary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (NYMF), Bed Fellas (SUNY Oneanta 2013) and The Humbug Holiday Spectacular (December 2013 at North Coast Repertory Theatre).  www.jamesolmstead.com

John Znidarsic (Director) has dedicated a great deal of his theater career to the nurturing and development of new plays and musicals. The majority of his work is done through Arts and Artists at St. Paul (near Lincoln Center) where he serves as Artistic Director. There he has been able to institute a variety of successful programs – including the popular Songbook Series – free monthly concerts featuring music of today’s newest and most exciting songwriters held at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Library for the Performing Arts. Over the past twenty two years, he has displayed the talents of well over three-hundred writers including: Gerard Alessandrini, David Friedman, Peter Cincotti, David Bryan of Bon Jovi, Portia Nelson, Joe Iconis, Steven Jamail, Nikos Tsakalakos, Will Van Dyke, Beth Falcone, Julianne Wick Davis, Dan Collins, Steve Marzullo, Bobby Cronin, Robert Lindsey Nassif, Richard Pearson Thomas, Andrew Lippa, Jason Robert Brown, just to name a few.For ten seasons he served as Director of the Broadway Close-Up Series at Merkin Concert Hall where has been fortunate enough to work with such musical theater legends as Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Cy Coleman, Jerry Herman, Alan Menken, Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, Jerry Bock, Richard Maltby, David Shire, Sheldon Harnick, David Zippel, and Maury Yeston.

For the National Music Theater Network, he served as Producing Director and launched the extremely successful Broadway Dozen Series where new musicals were workshopped at the Victory Theater. Because of these presentations, many of these shows have gone on to full productions both here in New York and regionally.

For seven years, he produced, directed, and hosted the popular “In Celebration of Life” concerts where Broadway’s top writers and performers collaborated to debut new songs. These concerts, benefiting Broadway Cares also resulted in a popular CD of new songs featuring the performing and writing talents of such Broadway greats as Christine Baranski, Brent Barrett, Stephen Bogardus, Anne Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Fred Ebb, Randy Graff, John Kander, Judy Kuhn, Nancy LaMott, Rebecca Luker, Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Mason, Donna Murphy, Marni Nixon, Stephen Schwartz, Lillias White, Rachel York and Karen Ziemba.

As a director/choreographer, John has worked extensively. Besides his work with Arts and Artists, he has participated in productions and workshops at Second Stage Company, SoHo Playhouse, Sanford Meisner Theater, American Jewish Theater, Village Theater Company, Manhattan Class Company. Regionally, he has worked at the Old Globe Theater, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Two River Theater Company, Hampton Playhouse, Maine Stage Theater, and The New Hope Performing Arts Festival (where he served as Director-in-Residence for four years).

He has also served on the faculties of New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York High School of Performing Arts, and Manhattan School of Music. At these schools he has taught everything from acting and dance to literature and creative writing.

He directed the Off-Broadway revivals of I Love My Wife, Mr. President at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater, Hell’s Belles at the Midtown Theater, and This Life: The Songs of Portia Nelson (2000 Bistro Award Winner for Best Revue).

John has also served as the Chairman of the annual Michael Stewart Musical Theater Foundation Awards.

Jill Gorrie (Choreographer) is a bi-coastal choreographer and teaching artist. Most recently she was the resident director/choreographer/casting associate of the international production ofGrease which toured the world including Berlin, Vienna, Frankfurt, Zurich, Basel, Istanbul, and Byblos, Lebanon.Her choreography credits include: Elton John’s Aida and Hairspray (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Gotta Get A Gimmick-Burlesque to Broadway (BB King’s, NYC), The People Vs. Mona (Abington Theatre, NYC), Comden and Green’s New York (Chashama Theatre, NYC), 24 Hour Musicals (Atlantic Theatre, NYC), Oklahoma (assistant director/choreographer) and Hello Dolly (associate choreographer) at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, and the upcoming A Man With A Load of Mischief at North Coast Repertory Theatre in California.

Jill is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and holds a BFA in Dance, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Musical Theatre at San Diego State University, where she recently choreographed I Love A Piano and A Little Night Music. She is on the faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and CAP21 in NYC, and frequently teaches master classes throughout the US as well as guest teaching in South Africa, Canada, Germany and Italy.

She is also the founder and artistic director of Common Ground Travel, which offers unique performance and educational opportunities for young performers in Europe. www.traveltheworldperforming.com.

Krista Buccellato (Penelope) is thrilled to be joining the cast of “Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist”! Previous credits include Wendy in the national tour of “Cathy Rigby is: Peter Pan”, Johanna in “Sweeney Todd” at the Fulton Theatre, and Olive Ostrovsky in “25th Annual…Spelling Bee” at the Lyric Stage Co. Thanks to IA, family, and friends. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College and is a proud member of AEA. www.kristabuccellato.com.

James David Larson(Kenny Krumholtz/ Harry Houdini)
OFF-BROADWAY: Malvolio’s Revenge. NATIONAL TOUR: Spamalot, Bunnicula (1st Nat’l), Twelfth Night. NEW YORK: Julius Caesar (Smith Street Stage), Dorian (Phillip Rudy, prod. Trouble NYMF 2012), Are You There, Zeus? It’s Me, Electra (45 Bleecker Street), A Dead Man’s Apartment (Neighborhood Playhouse). REGIONAL: The Buddy Holly Story, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Annie, The Odd Couple (Millbrook Playhouse), My Way (Smithtown PAC). FILM/WEB: Got No Gain, The Flowers of Fantastico, Cut to Black. www.JamesDavidLarson.com.

Jared Loftin (Gary) is thrilled to be a part of this show! NYC credits: The Velveteen Rabbit (DR2 Theatre), Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (West Village Musical Theatre Festival). Regional Credits: All Shook Up (Dennis), Joseph… (Issachar/Baker), and Fame (Joe) all at Artpark. He has a BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University. Thanks to Omri and James!

Dimitri Moise (Tyler) is a rising senior in the New Studio on Broadway at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Regional credits: Tim Wyatt in the Pre-Broadway Production of Johnny Baseball, Richie in A Chorus Line, Hud in HAIR, and Sailor in Anything Goes. NYU credits: Robert in Company, Youth in Passing Strange, Flick in Violet, Georg in Spring Awakening, Letter Quintet/Ensemble in Sweeney Todd, and Polynices in The Seven. Dimitri can be seen as a featured actor and singer on the popular YouTube series, AVByte, and is a member of the NYU N’Harmonics. He has performed solo at many venues such as Joe’s Pub, Town Hall, 54 Below, Don’t Tell Mama, The Daryl Roth Theatre, and most notably Radio City Music Hall. Special thanks to the entire production team of Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist and to his incredibly talented cast with whom he has the honor of sharing the stage with!

Shoba Narayanan (Cheryl Samatsinghar-Stein) is originally from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, she recently made her Off-Broadway debut in Bunty Berman Presents at The New Group.
Other credits include: Carousel, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, and Les Miserables. She has appeared on the TV show Gossip Girl (CW). Shoba is also a professional Bharathanatyam (South Indian classical) dancer. She has performed in both ensemble and solo performances in the US and India and has given lecture demonstrations at many colleges, schools, fundraisers and community outreach events. She is thrilled to be playing Cheryl Samatasingher-Stein in Gary Goldfarb- her first NYMF show!

MaryAnne Piccolo (Gilda Goldfarb/ Ms. Salmonelli) is a home grown Long Islander and is proud of it… Favorite credits include: The Great American Trailer Park Musical: 1st National Tour/ U.K. Premiere/ Edinburgh Festival (Lin); Regional:The Full Monty (Georgie), Xanadu (Melpomene), Nunsense (Amnesia) and Jerry’s Girls. MaryAnne received her B.A. from Marymount Manhattan College and is currently finishing her M.S. in ED Theatre at The City College of New York. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. A very special thanks to John Znidarsic, the creative team and cast. Thank you to Naomi and Bohemia Group Management. For Mom and Dad, Mike and Breedlove! www.maryannepiccolo.com.

Todd Thurston (Alexander Hermann/ Coach Rimsore)
Broadway: Ragtime (Orig. Prod and Cast); Tours: La Cage(with George Hamilton), Little House On The Prairie (with Melissa Gilbert), Les Miserables (First National); Regional: Long Wharf, Goodspeed, Barrington, St. Louis Rep, Asolo, Berkshire, Pioneer, Wichita. Favorite shows/roles: Ragtime(Father), Follies (Ben), Gypsy (Herbie), 1776 (Dickinson), Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp), The Music Man (Harold Hill).

David S. Goldstein (Scenic and Lighting Designer) is happy to be back designing at NYMF for the 4th straight year. Enjoy the magic! Previous NYMF: STUCK, 2012. Ghostlight, 2011. The Most Ridiculous Thing You’ve Ever Hoid, 2010. NYC: Wearing Black, Kraine Theatre. MISS K!M, 45th Street Theatre. Jack and the Beanstalk, New Acting Co. Apollo and Daphne, Riverside Church. Assisted David Korins (BWY: Pee Wee Herman Show, Chinglish, Godspell) REGIONAL: Cohoes Music Hall (Hello Dolly, Five Guys NamedMoe, My One and Only), West Virginia Public Theatre (9 to 5, Anything Goes, All Shook Up), Allenberry Playhouse (Smokey Joes Café, The 39 Steps) LA: West Side Story, ELEVATOR (Hudson Theatre) Boomermania!, Silent Roar (El Portal Theatre). Its Top Secret!, Noho Arts Center. The Playground, MET Theatre. Rocky Horror Show, Underground Theatre. Batboy, Whitefire Theatre. Frankie and Johnny, Santa Monica Playhouse www.davidgoldsteindesigns.com.

Emily DeAngelis (Costume Designer) In New York her designs have been seen off-Broadway for New Georges, Daryl Roth Theatrical, Prospect Theatre Company, and Classical Theatre of Harlem. Other New York credits include work for The West End Theatre, The Wild project, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and New York Fringe Festival, among others. Regional Highlights include Don Giovanni and Brigadoon for Ash Lawn Opera, Legally Blondefor PCPA Theatrefest and Soul Doctor for Le Petit Theatre of New Orleans. Emily’s work has been seen in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and throughout the United States in national tours. Internationally her costumes can be seen touring with Parsons Dance Company in Round My World. Ms. DeAngelis received her MFA from UC San Diego.

Julie DeVore (Stage Manager) NYMF: Stuck. National tours: The Addams Family and Billy Elliot. Broadway: The Motherf**ker With the Hat and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Off Broadway: Caucasian Chalk Circle (Classical Stage Company), Jackie (Women’s Project) and How the World Began (Women’s Project). Proud member of Equity and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Kelly Burns (Assistant Stage Manager) Previous NYMF: Stuck, 2012. New York: The Seagull (New York Classical Theatre); A (Tooth) Fairy Tale (Vital Theatre Company); Trevor (Lesser America); PS Jones and the Frozen City (terraNOVA Collective); Rough Approximation: A Devil’s Tale (Tenement Street Workshop); Island, or To Be or Not To Be (New York Shakespeare Exchange). Regional: Mystery of Irma Vep, Dial M for Murder, The Sunset Limited (Triad Stage). Film/Television: Homer and Penelope (Cinema with Cinema LLC). Graduated with a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Form Theatricals (Anthony Francavilla & Zachary Laks) (General Management) Under the leadership of Anthony Francavilla and Zachary Laks, Form Theatricals provides general management, consulting services, and a fully outsourced administrative office for small but growing nonprofits. Projects for the Summer 2013 include Rantoul and Die by Mark Roberts at The Cherry Lane Theatre, Handbook for an American Revolutionary by Matthew-Lee Erlbach at the Gym at Judson, and The Cheaters Club by Derek Ahonen at the Abrons Arts Center. Recent projects: The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side and The Bad and the Better. www.formtheatricals.com.

Paul Siebold (Publicist) is the managing director of OFF OFF PR, a firm dedicated to promoting developing theatrical productions through effective marketing communications. He has been a marketing, promotions and public relations executive for over 15 years. Paul’s work has helped to achieve significant pre-press, sold-out houses and post-production success for his clients. Among his many successes, Paul was the publicist for the 2008 and 2009 winners of the New York Innovative Theatre Award’s “Outstanding Production of a Musical.” Paul works with performers, album releases, comedies, dramas, musicals, plays, dance and solo performances as part of festivals, theater company seasons, independently produced productions, and more. www.offoffpr.com. Member, AEA /AFTRA.

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