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N’Kenge(she / her)
Emmy, Grammy & Tony Nominee; Broadway’s Caroline, or Change
Grammy, Tony and Emmy-nominated and International Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, actress, and producer N’Kenge has incredible …
Fran Kranz(he / him)
Julia (HBO Max); Creator of Mass (Bleecker Street)
Fran Kranz wanted to be an actor ever since he landed a leading role in …
Jeannette Bayardelle(she / her)
Tony Nominee; Broadway’s Girl From The North Country (OBC)
From the Bronx to Broadway and beyond, Tony Nominee Jeannette Bayardelle has traveled to over fifty countries throughout Africa, …
Erikka Walsh(she / her)
Broadway’s Once (OBC), Indecent
Erikka Walsh is an actor and multi-instrumentalist. Broadway: Once (Original Broadway Cast). Select Off Broadway …
Taylor Anthony Miller(he / him)
FBI (CBS), Magic City (STARZ)
Taylor was born into a film family. Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in …
Arjun Gupta(he / him)
The Magicians (SyFy), Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Arjun Gupta’s most recent independent feature Deborah opposite Sophia Bush and Deborah Ann Woll will …
Dana Aliya Levinson(she / they)
The Gray Man (Netflix), American Gods (STARZ)
Dana is a writer, actor, and transgender media consultant. Favorite acting credits include, television: Toni …
Jarran Muse(he / him)
Broadway’s Motown the Musical (OBC), Ain’t Too Proud
Born and raised in New Jersey, Jarran Muse starred as Marvin Gaye on Broadway and …
Jeremy Fury and Craig Bon(he / him) & (he / him)
Jeremy & The Harlequins (Acoustic)
It’s easy to feel like there’s not much magic left in the world, especially after …
Sarah Himadeh(she / her)
Ramy (Hulu), The Last of Us (HBO Max)
Born in Lebanon in the midst of the 15- year civil war, my family and I were welcomed into Canada, where I was lucky …
Erica Spyres(she / her)
Broadway’s Paradise Square (OBC), Carousel
Erica Spyres is an actor, singer, and fiddle player who originated the role of Amelia …
Shereen Pimentel(she / her)
Broadway’s West Side Story, The Lion King
Shereen Pimentel starred in the 2020 Broadway revival of West Side Story as Maria. Where …
Cassidy Layton(she / her)
Severance (Apple TV), Hunters (Amazon Prime)
Cassidy Layton is a holistic artist who acts, writes, designs, and generally creates. Some of …
Sam Simahk(he / him)
Broadway’s Carousel, Nat’l Tour My Fair Lady
Sam is an actor, writer, and musician. Audiences have seen him on Broadway in Carousel, …
Mahalet Dejene(she / her)
New Amsterdam (NBC), The Undoing (HBO Max)
Mahalet Dejene was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. She moved to Baltimore, MD when she …
Marissa Ghavami(she / they)
Founding Executive + Artistic Director
Marissa Ghavami is an Iranian-American, queer artist, advocate and creator based in New York City. …
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John Magaro(he / him)
The Big Short (Paramount), Carol (Weinstein Company)
John Magaro has been working for nearly two decades as an actor on film. Silk …
Emily Althaus(she / her)
Orange Is The New Black (Netflix), Licorice Pizza (MGM)
Emily is best known for her roles as Maureen Kukudio in Orange Is the New …
Will Brill(he / him)
The OA (Netflix), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)
Will Brill was recently seen off Broadway in Sam Hunter’s A Case For The Existence …
Meet the Band…
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Mat Eisenstein (Music Director) is a NYC based Music Director, Pianist, Conductor, Composer, and Vocal Coach. He has conducted the Broadway productions of Frozen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Something Rotten, Newsies, The Book of Mormon, Elf, Promises, Promises, Next to Normal, Bye Bye Birdie, 13, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Fiddler On The Roof, Avenue Q, 42nd Street, and Les Miserables. He has played keyboards in 50+ Broadway pit orchestras. He can be heard on the Original Broadway Cast recordings of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Something Rotten, Disney’s Newsies, Elf, Promises Promises. Mat’s original music for Piano CD, Surroundings, was released in 2016. For more info, check out: http://www.mateisenstein.com
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Michael Kuennen has served as the bassist on Broadway in The Drowsy Chaperone, Promises, Promises, Elf, Cinderella and Something Rotten, as well as subbing on over 40 other shows.
Off Broadway credits include Kid Victory, Jolson, Roadside, Road to Qatar among others.
Michael performs frequently at the Central Synagogue Shabbat services in Manhattan. He has also played for the High Holidays at Lincoln Center and the 92nd St Y.
Michael can also be heard on the NBC Live productions of Sound of Music and Peter Pan as well as the soundtrack to the Producers movie.
Michael is married to French hornist Sara Della Posta. Their 13 year old son, Cole, refuses to practice his trombone.
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Perry’s versatility has kept him as one of the top players on the New York music scene.
Perry’s Broadway credits include: A Bronx Tale – Something Rotten – Promises Promises – Big Fish – Bullets Over Broadway – Elf – Leap Of Faith – Young Frankenstein – The Drowsey Chaperone – Fosse – Oklahoma! – The Producers – Victor Victoria – and Grand Hotel.
His movie credits include: Hail, Caesar! – My Week With Marilyn – The Producers – as well as the Chicago movie soundtrack for which he composed and performed “A Tap Dance” which feature Richard Gere –Friday the 13th (parts 1-2-4).
He has been Mr. Norm Lewis’ drummer for the past 8 years and has recently did a 2 city tory with Rufus Wainwright. He also scheduled to do the up coming Broadway Disney production of Hercules.
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