Michele Ragusa

(Joanne, et. al.)

Michele just appeared Off-Broadway as Jackie in Disaster: The Musical. She was last seen starring on Broadway as Elizabeth in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, succeeding Megan Mullally. Other Broadway: UrinetownRagtimeA Class ActTitanicCyrano. Off-Broadway: Adrift in Macao at Primary Stages – Lortel and Drama League noms. as well as the Barrymore Award. Regional Credits: Spamalot (Lady of the Lake) – The MUNY; Gypsy (Rose) – The Hangar Theatre; Singing in the Rain (Lina Lamont) – The MUNY; Into the Woods (The Witch) – Kansas City Rep. – dir. Moises Kaufman; Annie (Miss Hannigan) – TUTS; Kiss Me Kate (Kate) – Paper Mill – dir. James Brennan; The Drowsy Chaperone (The Chaperone) – Flat Rock Playhouse; Company (Sarah) – GeVa Theatre; Bad Dates (Haley) – Studio Arena – dir. Scott Schwartz; She Loves Me (Amalia) – Paper Mill – dir. James Brennan; Boeing, Boeing (Gabriella) – Engeman Theatre – dir. BT McNicholl; Guys and Dolls (Adelaide) – Rabin Award – Dallas Theatre Center; Noises Off (Belinda) – Studio Arena; Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman) – Portland Center Stage; Side… Sondheim – Berkshire Theatre Festival; Lend Me a Tenor (Maria) – Portland Stage/Engeman Theatre; Me and My Girl (Jacquie) – Goodspeed – dir. Scott Schwartz; Nunsense (Sr. Amnesia)-Sacramento Music Circus. She also appears as a star vocalist with symphonies across the country. www.MicheleRagusa.com

 Sesma_Thom_12ret-FP-cropThom Sesma

(Gary, et. al.)

Thom recently returned from DC’s Signature Theatre where he appeared as the Engineer in Eric Schaeffer’s new and re-imagined production of Miss Saigon. Other theatre credits include leading roles on Broadway and on tour in The Times They Are A-Changin’, Disney’s The Lion King, Search & Destroy, Titanic, Chu Chem. Off-Broadway credits include NSYF/Public Theatre, the Roundabout, Second Stage, The Drama Department, The Mint, NAATCO, Epic Theatre and others. Numerous regional credits many plays, musicals and classical theatre at The Old Globe, Yale Rep, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, The McCarter, Two River Theatre Co., Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, many more. Some TV and Film credits: THE GOOD WIFE, SINGLE LADIES, THIRD WATCH, LAW & ORDER, CANTERBURY’S LAW, OVER/UNDER, LAY THE FAVORITE, BUILDING GIRL, and getting shot point-blank in the head in PERSON OF INTEREST. Best credit yet: Married Penelope Daulton on April 20. Proud member AEA, SAG-AFTRA and SDC. Colossians 3:12-17

Greg Edwards


Greg Edwards has written lyrics for Neurosis: A New Musical (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse); book and lyrics for Taking the Plunge (NYMF, Samuel French OOB Festival), The Temptation of Lady Amsterdam (Prospect Musical Theatre Lab), and Office Space: The Musical (Yale); the script for Application Pending (with Andy Sandberg); and assorted songs with Marvin Hamlisch (White House Governors’ Dinner, Mr. Hamlisch’s holiday tour). Honors and approximations thereof include the BMI Harrington Award and the Fred Ebb Award (two-time finalist). He’s backpacked through India, Guatemala, Peru, and Iceland, but really he should have used a travel agent. Greg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, belongs to the BMI workshop, and can be stalked most effectively at www.GregEd.com.

Andy Sandberg

(Co-Author; Director)

Andy Sandberg recently directed the world premiere of Shida (Ars Nova; four Audelco nominations including Best Director), the world premiere of Operation Epsilon (nominated for three 2013 Elliot Norton Awards) at Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA, and the New York premiere of The Last Smoker in America (Westside Theatre), having previously directed the world premiere at CATCO (Columbus, Ohio). Sandberg is the co-author of Application Pending, also with Greg Edwards. He has been represented on Broadway and London’s West End as a producer of HAIR (2009 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Awards) and the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (2012 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Nominations). Other New York directing credits include Zelda at the Oasis (St. Luke’s Theatre), R.R.R.E.D. and Bernice Bobs Her Mullet (NYMF), Into the Woods and A Funny Thing…Forum (Blue Hill Troupe), “Eli’s Comin’ to Broadway,” a BC/EFA benefit hosted by Nathan Lane (Lincoln Center), and multiple workshops, benefits, and readings. As producer: A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane Theatre); Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate Factory, London; dir. Hal Prince and Susan Stroman); and Vigil (DR2 Theatre). In 2007, Sandberg worked with Hal Prince on the Broadway production of LoveMusik. B.A. Yale University. Proud member of SDC / AEA. www.AndySandberg.com / Twitter: @Andy_Sandberg.

Jim Strong


Jim Strong is one of America’s leading luxury travel consultants and the President of Strong Travel Services in Dallas, Texas, a Virtuoso member agency. His experience and travel insights are sought by an exclusive clientele that includes prominent names in the arts, business, and entertainment. Jim travels extensively throughout the world selecting and vetting unique hotels, villas, and destinations for his clients. He is the author of two luxury travel books and recently developed an iPhone and iPad app, all under the name Craving For Travel. A Certified Travel Counselor and an Accredited Cruise Counselor, Jim serves on the advisory boards of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Rosewood Hotels, Travel + Leisure Magazine, as well as many other luxury travel organizations. To purchase a copy of Jim’s book, click here. To download the free travel app, click here. www.jimstrong.net 

Charlie Corcoran

(Set Design)

Designs include: Fidelio (Santa Fe Opera 2014), The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro (The McCarter Theatre 2014), The Bartered Bride, Cosi Fan Tutte, (Co-Production The Met Opera / Juilliard), Smash, Don Giovanni (Juilliard), Shida (Ars Nova), The Last Smoker in America (Westside Theatre), Fallen Angels (NJ Shakespeare Theatre), The Night Watcher (Center Theatre Group), A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane), The Emperor Jones (Hewes Design Award Nomination), The Weir, The Freedom of the City, The Banished Children of Eve , Sive, Prisoner of the Crown, Defender Of The Faith, The Field, (Irish Rep), The Late Christopher Bean (TACT), Sophistry, The Black Monk, The Bully Pulpit (Beckett Theatre), Without Walls (Mark Taper forum), The Night Watcher, Exits and Entrances (Primary Stages), The Dishwashers, The Man in Room 306 (59 east 59th street Theatre).

Jeff Croiter

(Lighting Design)

Broadway: Newsies; Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony Award); A Time to Kill; Soul Doctor; The Performers; The Anarchist; The Pee-wee Herman Show; Next Fall; Kiki and Herb. Other NYC includes: Loves Labors Lost and Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare in the Park); Old Jews Telling Jokes; Last Five Years; The Last Smoker in America; Clive; The Madrid; Silence; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Meet Vera Stark; Rapture, Blister, Burn; A Lie of the Mind; Ordinary Days; Family Guys Sings; The Voysey Inheritance; The Internationalist; Jacques Brel; Almost, Maine; and Jennifer Muller The Works. Regional: The Guthrie Theatre, The Alliance, The Shakespeare Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage, McCarter Theatre, Kennedy Center, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Huntington, Geffen Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Trinity Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, and NY Stage and Film.

Michael McDonald

(Costume Design)
Broadway & West End: Hair (2009 Tony Award, Drama Desk and Hewes Award nominations). The Public: Hair (Delacorte Theater). Off-Broadway & Regional: Jericho (59E59) The Irish Curse (Soho Rep), The Last Smoker in America (Westside Theatre) A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane Theatre), Tartuffe (Tribeca Playhouse), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Lincoln Center), God of Carnage, [Title of Show] (George Street Playhouse); Take Me Out (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Oklahoma! (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival) Johnny Baseball, (American Repertory Theater, IRNE Nomination), Dirty Blond, Omnium Gatherum, Crowns, Spring Awakening, Next to Normal (Zach Scott Theatre); Amadeus, Sweeney Todd, The Laramie Project, Angels in America (Chatham Playhouse).

Bart Fasbender

(Sound Design)

Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway: The Last Smoker in America directed by Andy Sandberg, John Patrick Shanley’s Storefront Church and Conor McPherson’s Port Authority (The Atlantic), Paul Weitz’s Lonely, I’m Not and Douglas Carter Bean’s Mr. and Mrs. Fitch (Second Stage), The Good Mother, Russian Transport, Burning and Blood From a Stone (The New Group), Three Changes and The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons), Asuncion and The Aliens (Rattlestick), Invasion, Edgewise, Made in Poland, Bad Jazz (PlayCo), Apple Cove (Women’s Project), Graceland (LCT3), Be a Good Little Widow (Ars Nova), Next Fall and Fault Lines (Naked Angels), The Last Smoker in America (45th Street Theater). Regional: Williamstown, Barrington Stage, NY Stage & Film, Berkshire Theater Festival, Philadelphia Theater Company, TheaterWorks, TwoRiver, CTG – Kirk Douglas Theater, CATCO. Hewes Award nomination.

Blake Zidell & Associates


Blake Zidell & Associates is a New York-based public relations firm that represents artists, companies, institutions, and festivals spanning a variety of disciplines. Current and recent theater clients include St. Ann’s Warehouse, Soho Rep, The Wooster Group, Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, The Play Company, The Amoralists, The Pearl, and New York City Players.

WiT Media

(Advertising & Web)
WiT Media is a full-service creative marketing agency that helps arts, culture, green and education organizations develop their current and future audiences.  WiT’s focus is on the things in life that enrich us:  museums, libraries, gardens, performing arts organizations, visual artists, educational institutions, non-profits, hospitality, health care, and related fields. WiT Media was recently honored with a Communication Arts: 2013 Award of Excellence and named Top Entrepreneur of 2012 by Crain’s New York Business.