2015 CREATIVE TEAM

 

​STANLEY JAY GELBER - Co-Writer Composer, Lyricist: Has enjoyed a fascinating career in the performing arts and entertainment law. His musical venues have included recordings made famous by such artists as Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Eddie Fisher, Frankie Laine, Jerry Vale, Stan Getz, The Mills Brothers, Ray Charles Singers, Chris Montez, Tommy Roe, Arthur Prysock, Shani Wallis and others. He has also enjoyed a successful career as a jingle writer, having penned commercials for Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, ABC-TV, KFC, and garnered a CLIO award for Revlon Rich Girl. Theatrical credits include "Love and Let Love", a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Mr. Gelber has held the position of Staff Writer and Associate Professional Manager at both Metromedia Music and the United Artists Music Publishing Company. As an educator he has had the privilege of engaging both regular and special needs/autistic children to the magical world of vocal and instrumental music. He is represented in film with the title song "Circle Of Two" starring Richard Burton and Tatum O'Neal, as well as "My Desert Serenade" for MGM's Harum Scarum starring Elvis Presley. Mr. Gelber holds a Bachelor Of Arts degree from Ohio State University, an LLB from Brooklyn Law School, and an MST from Fordham University. He is a member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild. His song, "On A Snowy Christmas Night" recorded by Elvis Presley has become a seasonal favorite on CD, Satellite Radio, and You Tube.

 

KIMBERLY VAUGHN - Co-Writer:  Founder and Artistic Director of Kimberly Vaughn Performance Studio. Faculty: adjunct Circle in the Square Theater School; adjunct Professor at Pace University and NYFA. Director: Edward J. Moore’s Drama Desk Award winning play "The Sea Horse"; "The Lost Boy", which she also co-produced at The Helen Hayes Theatre in Nyack and The Queens Theatre in the Park; co-directed with Ted Mann, Sondheim’s "Saturday Night" at Circle in the Square Theater School; directed world premiere of Mel Weiser’s "Cry Tiger", at Phoenix Little Theatre; co-directed the staged reading of the musical play, "Evening Star" based on the life of Lillian Russell. Kimberly is the founder and director of Broadway Performance Project. Producer: the twice Tony-Award nominated Broadway musical play "Marlene" starring Sian Phillips; "Swinging on a Star", from The Goodspeed Opera House, to its nomination for Tony’s Best Musical Award; "Hauptman" starring Denis O’Hare; "The Cover of Life" directed by Pete Masterson; "Four Women and a Waitress" starring former Oscar nominee Marthe Keller. Performer: Broadway, Constance Wilde in the musical "Dear Oscar"; lead roles in "The Member of the Wedding" with Ethel Waters, "Harvey" with Shirley Booth and Tom Poston and "Applause" with Dorothy Collins. Affiliations: The Broadway League (former member), Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, The League of Professional Theatre Women, Who’s Who Worldwide, AEA, SAG-AFTRA. Bachelor of Science in Speech and Theatre, Northwestern University. kimberlyvaughnperformancestudio.com

 

LORENE PHILLIPS - Production Associate: (Founding Producer) The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre and www.contemporarymusicaltheatre.com, (Producer) Sopranos, an operatic sketch comedy (Fringe NYC), Operatic Sketch Comedy (Lark Theatre). (Asst. Director) Fred Stroppel's Tales from Manhattan Woods (adapt. Strauss' Die Fledermaus) (Wings Theatre). Opera roles performed with Mohawk Valley Opera, Opera Nova, Brooklyn Repertory Opera, Opera New York. (Former Chorister) Syracuse Opera. (Conductor) Scarlatti’s Eraclea (world premiere) with Opera Nova, Facets of Love at St. Bart's, AFRAID with Brooklyn Repertory Opera and former Director Marble Collegiate Church’s Children of the World Choir; Town Hall, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.  Music educator and voice teacher.

 

JOHN TARTAGLIA - Director:  Broadway: Avenue Q (TONY Nom, original cast), Shrek the Musical (Pinocchio, Magic Mirror original cast), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere). Television and film: Johnny and the Sprites (Executive Producer, Co-Creator and star, Emmy Nom.), Sesame Street (13 seasons), Ugly Betty (Pablo), Silent But Deadly (Independent). Director: Shrek (MUNY), Tarzan (MUNY), Dinosaur Train Live (Nat Tour), Sid the Science Kid Live (Nat Tour). He conceived and wrote the Off Broadway, Drama Desk nominated hit ImaginOcean, which just launched its third international tour and is currently being developed with The Jim Henson Company as a television series.  John is co-owner of Gables Grove Productions, a multi-media family entertainment company. Dedicated to everyone who has made his wish come true. 


​JOSHUA STEPHEN KARTES - Musical Director:  is a freelance composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist, musical director, vocal coach, and clinician currently based in New York City. Joshua is the music director, arranger, and orchestrator for the critically acclaimed Broadway Singsconcert series at Le Poisson Rouge (performances have also been presented at 54 Below and Highline Ballroom). He is the music director and pianist for Broadway Sessions at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Prior to his move to the East Coast, Joshua spent four and a half years in Chicago, Illinois where he quickly made a name for himself in the theatre and music arenas. On April 29, 2009, Joshua received his third and fourth Joseph Jefferson Non-Equity Award nominations for his work in Theo Ubique Theatre Company's Chicago world premiere hit production of Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night (on September 25, 2008, he was announced as the recipient of the 2008 After Dark Award for Outstanding Musical Direction for his work on this show). Joshua co-created, music directed and wrote the musical arrangements for the show; his nominations are for Outstanding Achievement as Musical Director and for Best New Stage Adaptation. In 2008, Joshua won the Jeff Award for Outstanding Achievement as Musical Director for Theo Ubique's production of the Kander & Ebb musical Cabaret.


CHRISTOPHER DROBNY - Assistant Musical Director: credits include productions at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, and the Huntington Theatre of Boston. He has taught musical theatre history and vocal repertoire at New York University, Juilliard School of Drama, Pace University, Syracuse University, Guthrie Theatre and the North Carolina School of the Arts. As a composer, his work has been heard at the Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill Music-Theatre Conference, Playwrights Horizons, Curtis Institute of Music, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.

 

SHANNON LEWIS - Choreographer: Shannon has enjoyed a 20 year performing career in NYC- 10 Broadway shows including the original cast of Fosse as the original “I Gotcha” girl.  As a Choreographer she recently Directed and Choreographed “Dreams are Possible” for the 2014 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony.  Other Choreography credits include: THEATRE: Untitled Dreamworks Project (in development); Sid the Science Kid LIVE! (National Tour); The Passing Show (MTC-Unsung Musicals); The Gershwin Awards (Nederlander); Headliners 25th Anniversary; Somewhere in Time- Pre-Bway (Assoc. Choreographer); On Tour (Assoc. Director/Choreographer); Westport Playhouse Gala (Assoc. Choreographer). DANCE COMPANY-Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival - “That’s All” & “Trust in Me”. FILM-Stuck starring Giancarlo Esposito & Amy Madigan due in 2016; REDRUM- the Shining Musical Film; BustleFluffah- Music Video. www.shannonlewis.net 

 

SHERRELL WHITMIRE - Assistant to Choreographer/Director: Sherrell Whitmire is excited to assist choreographer Shannon Lewis in the development lab of Lord Tom. She is a native of Columbus, Ohio where she attended The Ohio State University studying Dance and Social Work. She most recently finished the National tour of Jim Hensons Sid the Science kid Live! Serving as dance captain with director John Tartaglia. She has made several appearences on PBS, MTV and Good Morning America. Sherrell would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support. 

 

NATHAN W. SCHEUER - Lighting and Projection Designer: Nathan W. Scheuer is thrilled to be joining LORD TOM. Recent design credits include projection for Seussical, Spamalot, Mary Poppins, West Side Story, South Pacific, Nunsense (The MUNY) La Plage (Tom Gold Dance); and lighting design for Addams Family, Grease, Shrek, Les Miserable (The MUNY), That's Where I Will Be Waiting, Come Together (Shaping Sound Dance Co), Masha's Seagull (The Classical Edge), Next to Normal, Good People, Around the World in 80 Days (TheatreSquared), Cipher, Beneath One's Dignity, The Sleeping Beauty (LA Ballet). Nathan also designed lights for Selena Gomez's Stars Dance Tour, scenery for Alice Cooper's Raise the Dead Tour, and was associate designer of Manilow on Broadway. Received a BFA from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and proud member of USA 829. www.nwscheuerdesign.com

 

ALDEN FULCOMER - Sound Designer: is pleased to return to the York with this wonderful company. Previously at the York: Fanny, Weird Romance and Best Foot Forward. Alden just finished up a 2 1/2 year stint in Bucks County, PA, reopening the historic Playhouse.

 

KIMOTHY CRUSE -  Production Stage Manager: began his theater career as a professional actor at the age of nine and has gone on to work as a stage manager, director, producer and writer on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in film and television. Some of his theater directing credits include:  Broadway: The Little Foxes with Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton (Assoc. Director) and All Over Town (Asst. Director).  Off-Broadway: FAR OUT...the musical, The Fall Of The House Of Usher  and The Office Murders starring Joel Crothers and Austin Pendleton, Two By Two with Jason Alexander and Tovah Feldshuh,  My FavoriteYear, Weird Romance, Best Foot Forward, Fanny, and YANK! REGIONAL: On A Clear Day… with Robert Goulet (Assoc. Director), Pal Joey with Dixie Carter and Elaine Stritch (Assoc. Director), Kiss Me, Kate! , Taken in Marriage with Betsy Palmer and Vera Miles, Angel On My Shoulder  with John James and Leslie Easterbrook, Forty Carats with Elinor Donohue, Colette Letters with Leslie Caron as well as productions of Come a Little Closer (Conceived by and Book by Kimothy Cruse, Lyrics and Music by John Wallowitch) , Angel Street, Levitation, Tartuffe, The Cocktail Hour, Another Antigone, Bell, Book & Candle, 110 In The Shade, Holiday, Two For The Seesaw  and Love! Valour! Compassion!  Kimothy is proud member of Actors’ Equity.  


GREG ULIASZ, Assistant Stage Manager: Greg is happy to be back at the York Theatre, joining the LORD TOM team for this presentation! Greg has worked professionally as an actor, vocalist, director, and stage manager. Proud graduate of Marymount Manhattan College and member of Actors’ Equity Association. For more information: www.gregoryuliasz.com. Thanks to Kimothy Cruse for this opportunity.

 

RENEE´ FLEMINGS - Historical Consultant to the Lab production: has written over forty plays including Strange Weather, Daddy’s Home, Coyote Calls, Monsters, Second Hand Smoke, Legend, Scars and The Jam (Genesis Festival, Crossroads Theatre). Her work has been produced in Australia, Japan and France.   She has been an O’Neill and Sam French finalist. Publications include:  Bounce & Roll (ATrains Plays Vol. 1), Bel Canto (Playing With Canons) and Rewind (Estrogenius Plays Collection- 2005).  Her play Strange Weatherhas had readings at Roundabout Theatre Company, New Federal Theatre, New Professional Theatre’s New Writers Festival, Centenary Theatre’s Women’s Playwrights Festival and Run of the Mill Theatre’s New Plays Festival.

 

MUNGIOLI THEATRICALS, INC - Casting: Arnold J. Mungioli, C.S.A. is delighted to be working with Kimberly Vaughn and Stan Gelber once again on Lord Tom, having previously collaborated with Kimberly on Ron Paolillo’s The Lost Boy. Equally ecstatic to work again with John Tartaglia, having cast John’s touring companies of Dinosaur Train and Sid The Science Kid. Elated to return to the YORK where he was the Casting Director of Richard Maltby Jr.’s Closer Than Ever. Member: Casting Society of America; Honored with two Artios Awards and the CSA Media Access Award. More Info at www.mungiolitheatricals.com

 

 

RIVER DREAMS

​THE  MUSICAL​

FORMERLY LORD TOM