LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA (Music and Lyrics; Original Concept) won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score for In The Heights, a 2009 Grammy Award for its Original Broadway Cast Album and was a Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Off-Broadway: In The Heights—nine Drama Desk nominations (including Best Music, Best Lyrics); Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Ensemble Performance); Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award (Best Musical); Obie Award (Outstanding Music and Lyrics). Miranda received the 2007 ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award. He has contributed new songs to the revival of Stephen Schwartz’s Working, collaborated with Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim on Spanish translations for the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story and collaborated with Tom Kitt and Amanda Greene on Music and Lyrics for the upcoming National Tour of Bring It On: The Musical. TV/film: “Modern Family,” “House,” “Sesame Street,” “The Electric Company,” “The Sopranos,” and The Sex and the City Movie. Co-founding member of Freestyle Love Supreme, a hip-hop comedy group that tours comedy festivals worldwide. Love and gratitude to Vanessa, Luz, Luis, Lucecita y Mundi. He dedicates In The Heights to the memory of Abuela Eva.
QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES
QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES (Book) has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama two times: in 2007 for her play Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue and in 2009 for In The Heights, recipient of the Tony Award for Best Musical. Other plays include Water By the Spoonful, The Happiest Song Plays Last, 26 Miles, and a children’s musical Barrio Grrrl!, which opened at the Kennedy Center and toured nationally. Her picture book Welcome To My Neighborhood! is published by Scholastic, Inc. Honors include a Lucille Lortel Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a USA Fontanals Fellowship, and a resolution from Philadelphia’s City Council. She is a resident writer at New Dramatists, a Board Member at Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and a proud Philly native. She dedicates Heights to Abuela Yuya and Titi Ginny, wherever those two great souls may be.
THOMAS KAIL (Director) was nominated for a Tony Award for his direction of In The Heights. Other B’way: Lombardi. Off B’way: In The Heights (Callaway Award, Drama Desk nom., Outer Critics nom.) New York City Center: The Wiz. Lincoln Center Theater: Broke-ology and When I Come to Die. Williamstown: Broke-ology (World Premiere). Co-creator and director of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme. Artistic director and co-founder of Back House Productions. Co-Music director and a consulting producer of the PBS show “The Electric Company.” Recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center. Graduate of Wesleyan University, CT.
ANDY BLANKENBUEHLER (Choreographer) won the 2008 Tony Award for his choreography for In The Heights (also Lortel, Calloway, Outer Critics and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Choreography). Other Broadway credits include 9 to 5 (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Astaire nominations), The People In The Picture, and the revival of The Apple Tree. He choreographed the City Center revival of The Wiz, Desperately Seeking Susan (West End), and the world premiere of Bring It On at the Alliance Theatre. He has staged concert work for both Elton John and Bette Midler and has appeared as a guest choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. As a performer, Mr. Blankenbuehler has danced on Broadway in Fosse, Contact, Man of La Mancha, Saturday Night Fever, Steel Pier, Big and Guys and Dolls. Future projects include next season’s Broadway revival of Annie and a new adaptation of Peter Pan. He sends boundless love to his wife Elly and children Luca and Sofia.
ALEX LACAMOIRE (Music Supervisor, Arranger, Orchestrator) Alex won a Tony and a Grammy as the music supervisor, co-orchestrator and cast album producer of In The Heights (Broadway, National Tour). In 2005, he served as the Music Director of Wicked on Broadway, for which he also contributed Music Arrangements. For 9 To 5 (Broadway, National Tour), Alex wrote dance arrangements and co-orchestrations (Drama Desk nomination), and produced on the cast album (Grammy nomination). Other credits as music director, arranger and orchestrator: High Fidelity, The People In The Picture, Bat Boy: The Musical (Off-Broadway), the 2001 National Tour of Godspell and The Wiz (City Center Encores!). Upcoming projects include Bring It On, which will tour the U.S. starting in November. Para toda mi familia, aquí y allá.
BILL SHERMAN (Arranger/Orchestrator) won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for In The Heights and the 2008 Grammy Award as the co-producer of the In The Heights Original Broadway Cast Album. He also won the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Original Song-Children’s and Animation for Sesame Street’s “What I Am”. He was also nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for the music to AMC’s “Storymakers.” Bill is the Music Director for “Sesame Street” and “The Electric Company” on PBS. He is also a proud member of NY’s premier hip-hop, improv and comedy group, Freestyle Love Supreme that traveled to the Aspen, Edinburgh, Melbourne and Montreal comedy festivals. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
MICHAEL BALDERRAMA (Resident Director/Choreographer). Choreography: Sesame Street (Jaunes, Bruno Mars, Sutton Foster), Starlight Theater (Chicago, Annie, Rent, Aida, Drowsy Chaperone, Hairspray, Phantom), Ass. Director MSDT. Broadway: Saturday Night Fever (Cesar), Urban Cowboy, Movin Out, Hot Feet (Anthony), In The Heights (Usnavi, Graffiti Pete, Resident Supervisor). Film/ TV: Rock of Ages, Across the Universe, Academy Awards, The View, U.S. Open, Michael Jackson's Ghosts, Macy's Day Parade ('01, '08, '09). Artists: Gloria Estefan, Vanessa Williams, Brian Adams, Mariah Carey. Silver Towers Productions produced Artist Marcus Paul James's new CD Meant to Be. Love Letter and We Stay on iTunes now. Love to Mom, Dad, and Samantha.
ANNA LOUIZOS (Set Designer) received Tony nominations for In The Heights (2008) and High Fidelity (2007). Other Broadway designs: Avenue Q (also London, Las Vegas, Nat. Tour); Baby It’s You; Curtains; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (also U.K. and multiple U.S. cities); All About Me; To Be Or Not To Be; Steel Magnolias; Golda’s Balcony (also Nat. Tour); Off-Broadway: World premiers of Altar Boyz; Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick… BOOM!; The Castle; In Transit; Vanities, the Musical; Olive and the Bitter Herbs; It Shoulda Been You . Regional: Disney’s Aladdin (5th Avenue Theatre); Rita Moreno, Life Without Makeup; Arsenic and Old Lace; Sarah Plain and Tall; Minsky’s. Art Direction Film/TV: “Sex and the City” (HBO). Feature Film: The Secret Lives of Dentists. Attended Mills College and has a Masters degree from NYU in Scenic Design.
PAUL TAZEWELL (Costume Designer). Broadway: Lombardi; Memphis (Tony nom); Guys and Dolls; In The Heights (Tony nom.); The Color Purple (Tony nom.); Hot Feet; Caroline, or Change; A Raisin in the Sun; Drowning Crow; Bring in ‘da Noise... (Tony nom.); Elaine Stritch at Liberty; On the Town; Fascinating Rhythm ; Def Poetry Jam. Off-Broadway: Ruined; In The Heights; McReele; Flesh and Blood; Fame; Boston Marriage; Harlem Song. Opera: Faust , The Met and English National Opera; Porgy and Bess, Washington Opera, Chicago Lyric, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera; Little Women, New York City Opera; Margaret Garner, Michigan Opera Theatre. Three Helen Hayes Awards, Lucille Lortel, Jefferson, Princess Grace and Irene Sharaff awards.
HOWELL BINKLEY (Lighting Designer). Recent Broadway: How to Succeed with Daniel Radcliffe (2011 Tony nom.), Memphis, West Side Story (2009 Tony nom.), Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In The Heights (2008 Tony nom.), Xanadu, LoveMusik, Jersey Boys, Avenue Q, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman and How to Succeed with Matthew Broderick. Extensive regional and dance include the design for over sixty pieces for Parsons Dance which he co-founded with David Parsons, The Joffrey Ballet’s Billboards and six musicals in rep for The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration. Five-time Helen Hayes Award recipient; 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier Award and Canadian Dora Award for Kiss of the Spider Woman; 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony Award for Jersey Boys.
ACME SOUND PARTNERS
ACME SOUND PARTNERS (Sound Design). Over thirty Broadway shows since 2000 including: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Tony Nomination), The Merchant of Venice, Lombardi, Fences (Tony Nomination), The Addams Family, Ragtime, Hair (Tony Nomination), In The Heights (Tony Nomination), Title of Show, Legally Blonde, A Chorus Line (2006), The Drowsy Chaperone, The Light in the Piazza, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Avenue Q, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and La Bohème. Acme is Tom Clark, Mark Menard, Nevin Steinberg and Sten Severson.
CLEMMONS/DEWING CASTING (Casting). Dave Clemmons, CSA, Joy Dewing, CSA, Alan Lane y Heather Hurst. Broadway/Giras: Rain: Un Tributo a Los Beatles, Wonderland, Driving Doña Daisy, Gatos, Fiddler en el Techo, Sur Pacifico, Mago de Oz; Off-Broadway: Los Voca People y El Sphinx Winx; Regional: Flat Rock Playhouse, el nuevo musical Grumpy Old Men.
ALLIED LIVE (Tour Marketing/Publicity) is a full-service entertainment marketing and advertising agency representing numerous Broadway shows, national tours, performing arts institutions and experiential entertainment entities throughout North America. Current clients include: (Broadway/Tour) Billy Elliot , Hair, Mamma Mia!, Traces, West Side Story, STOMP, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Blue Man Group, Burn the Floor, Feld Entertainment, (Washington, D.C.) Washington National Opera, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Strathmore Performing Arts Center, (Los Angeles/West Coast) Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Bowl, Center Theatre Group, Reprise Theatre Company, Music Center, Cirque du Soleil, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Hollywood & Highland Center, Broadway By The Bay, Westfield Malls Century City, (Chicago) Million Dollar Quartet, Hubbard Street Dance, Lookingglass Theatre, www.alliedlive.com.
RHYS WILLIAMS (Production Supervisor). is Managing Partner of Technical Theater Solutions, LLC (TTS), based in Charleston, SC. TTS currently provides production supervision for a wide variety of clients including the annual Spoleto Festival USA, “Mabou Mines DollHouse,” Disney Cruise Line, Inc., and Work Light Productions. Past associations include the Broadway musical Play On, multiple Broadway productions for The National Actor’s Theater and the Obie-winning Peter and Wendy. Please visit us at www.technicaltheatersolutions.com for more information.
CHARLES LAPOINTE (Wig Designer) has designed wigs for more than 30 on and off-B’way shows. Current productions include Jersey Boys, Xanadu, The Color Purple and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
WORK LIGHT PRODUCTIONS
WORK LIGHT PRODUCTIONS (Producer) is dedicated to creating and producing live entertainment. Our critically acclaimed productions reach tens of thousands of concertgoers and theater lovers each year. In keeping with our mission to develop original work, WLP has launched four new musicals in the last three years and continues to seed new projects for the future. Work Light Productions has been honored to collaborate with world-class creative professionals whose artistry has inspired each and every production.
STEPHEN GABRIEL (Producer) is founding partner and President of Work Light Productions. He is currently producing the national tours of Tony and Grammy Award winning musicals Green Day’s American Idiot and In The Heights. Other recent productions include Avenue Q and Julie Andrews–The Gift of Music with performances at The Hollywood Bowl and London’s O2 Arena. Steve also developed four new musicals for young audiences including The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley and James and the Giant Peach. He is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, and a former booking agent with The Booking Group and Columbia Artists Management. Steve served on the board of International Performing Arts for Youth.
NANCY GABRIEL (Producer) joined Work Light Productions in 2007, following nearly two decades at IMG Artists, where she worked as a booking agent, artist manager and finally Vice President & Director of the Dance Division. She was fortunate to manage such diverse and wonderful clients as Pilobolus, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Soweto Gospel Choir and numerous others. At WLP she co-produced the 2009-10 and 2010-11 international tours of Avenue Q, the symphonic event, Julie Andrews–The Gift of Music, as well as several children’s theatrical tours. She is a proud to be producing the 2011-12 national tours of In The Heights and American Idiot. Nancy is a graduate of the Hartt School and New York University, has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and is the proud mother of Amanda, James and Lillian.
NATALIE FLEMING (Company Manager). After traveling all over the world as a performer (and when her body refused to cooperate anymore), Natalie transitioned to the other side, working in Company Management for various productions both in Las Vegas and on tour. Favorite shows include Mamma Mia! , The Producers, CATS, RENT - The Broadway Tour and In The Heights.
MICHAEL T. CLARKSTON
MICHAEL T. CLARKSTON (Company Supervisor) Bwy/Tour: Ave Q, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hairspray, In The Heights, Jersey Boys, Million Dollar Quartet, The Lion King, Shrek The Musical, White Christmas. Regional: Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, West Side Story 50th Ann., Rent, Sunset Blvd., Miss Saigon. Film: “Dubai Int’l Film Awards,” “Babopbye Ya,” “The Diplomat,” “Freegan Love,” “Wilderness,” and numerous industrials.
KURT CROWLEY (Musical Director). NYC credits include the new musicals Next Thing You Know and Dani Girl ; regionally, work at American Repertory Theater, Portland Center Stage and Oregon Ballet. He has studied N. Indian devotional music, and is composer of the new musical Alienated. Thanks to Alex, my family and friends for their support.