Music and Lyrics
LIN MANUEL-MIRANDA is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer as well as a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient. Broadway: Composer/Lyricist/Alexander Hamilton of Hamilton (eleven Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prize, Grammy Award, Drama League Awards for Distinguished Performance and Outstanding Production of a Musical), Composer/Lyricist/Usnavi of In the Heights (four Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score, Grammy Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist), Bring it On: The Musical (co-composer/co-lyricist, Tony nomination for Best Musical), West Side Story (2009 revival, Spanish translations). Off-Broadway: Hamilton (ten Lortel Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, among others). With Tom Kitt, Lin-Manuel received an Emmy Award for “Bigger” from “The 67th Annual Tony Awards.” TV/Film: “Freestyle Love Supreme,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Smash,” “Do No Harm,” “Modern Family,” “House,” “The Electric Company,” “Sesame Street,” “The Sopranos,” The Odd Life of Timothy Green, 200 Cartas and Disney’s Moana (2017 Academy Award nomination for Best Song, “How Far I’ll Go”). www.linmanuel.com
QUIARA ALEGRIA HUDES
QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES is a playwright, professor of writing and theatre at Wesleyan University, and native of West Philly. Hailed for her work’s exuberance, intellectual rigor, and rich imagination, her plays and musicals have been performed around the world. They are Water by the Spoonful, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; In the Heights, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Finalist; Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue, another Pulitzer finalist; Daphne’s Dive; The Good Peaches; Miss You Like Hell; and The Happiest Song Plays Last. Hudes is a playwright in residence at New York’s Signature Theatre and a proud alum of Philadelphia Young Playwrights.
MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON
MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON returns to Geva Theatre Center, where she is an Artistic Affiliate. At Geva, Melissa has appeared in numerous productions and directed last season’s productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (featuring 2 Ring Circus) and The Marvelous Wonderettes also 2015’s hit production of Monty Python’s Spamalot! and the 2014 production of The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee. Regional credits include A Christmas Carol at The Denver Center Theater Company ‘16 ’17; The Cocoanuts at Utah Shakespeare Festival; Spamalot! and The Little Mermaid at Arkansas Repertory Theatre; the Houston premiere of Next to Normal (Houston Press Award Best Musical) as well as the entire Wonderettes Series including the World Premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On at Stages Repertory Theatre; Always….Patsy Cline at PCPA Theatrefest, The Comedy of Errors, The Fantasticks and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Upcoming projects include Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns on Geva’s Fielding Stage; The Marvelous Wonderettes at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Seussical (featuring 2 Ring Circus) at Cape Fear Regional Theatre and Big River at Utah Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Anderson lives in New York City with her husband, actor Jim Poulos. Please visit melissarainanderson.com.
DON KOT is Resident Music Director and Affiliate Artist at Geva Theatre Center where he celebrates his seventeenth season! Geva productions include The Marvelous Wonderettes, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, All Your Questions Answered (world premiere), Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Company, The Music Man, Five Course Love, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Urinetown, A Chorus Line, Camelot, 1776, A Christmas Carol, Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Convenience and as part of the Festival of New Plays, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, One For My Baby, rightnextto me, Tomorrowland and An Evening with Mrs. Kasha Davis, International Celebrity Housewife. He was also vocal coach and music arranger for Private Lives, Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant (world premiere), The Odd Couple, Informed Consent, You Can’t Take It With You, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The House in Hydesville, Our Town, and Inherit the Wind. Mr. Kot has performed Off-Broadway at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at Pershing Square Signature Center, 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre, and at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Other regional credits include The Music Man, The Best of Forbidden Broadway, Smokey Joe’s Café, Leader of the Pack, Honk!, and The Most Happy Fella. National touring productions: Fosse, Footloose, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Mamma Mia, and Hairspray. Mr. Kot is the Coordinator of the Musical Theatre degree program at the State University of New York at Geneseo.
JULIO AGUSTIN makes his Geva Theatre Center debut with In the Heights. Award nominations include Audelco (Sweet Charity @ New Haarlem Arts Theatre, NYC) and Syracuse Area Live Theatre (In the Height @ Hangar Theatre). Performing credits include featured roles in the Broadway musicals Chicago and Bells Are Ringing (revival), in addition to appearing in the original Broadway companies of Fosse, Never Gonna Dance, Steel Pier, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Julio runs a monthly audition studio in New York City (www.JulioAgustin.com). His book, The Professional Actor’s Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call was published last year by Rowman & Littlefield and he is an assistant professor at James Madison University. He is a proud member of SDC, AEA, SAG, AFTRA, and VASTA. Thank you to Melissa and Mark for this opportunity. Wepa!
ADAM KOCH returns to Geva Theatre Center where he previously designed Million Dollar Quartet, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Christmas Carol, Five Course Love and Sweeney Todd. Internationally, Adam designed the 2017 South Korean Tour of Dreamgirls, as well as the upcoming Excalibur. Credits across the United States include; the landmark outdoor productions of Miss Saigon, Carousel and The Sleepy Hollow Experience (Serenbe Playhouse, Atlanta); the original Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet (Apollo Theatre); Miss Saigon, Dreamgirls, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, See What I Wanna See (Signature Theatre); Hello, Dolly! (Ford’s Theatre); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ogunquit Playhouse); Million Dollar Quartet (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Big Fish, A Little Night Music, Bye Bye Birdie (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); Hairspray, Baskerville (Syracuse Stage);Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables and Monty Python’s Spamalot (Casa Mañana). Adam attended Carnegie Mellon University and has worked on over 40 productions with Associate Scenic Designer Steven Royal. www.adamkochassociates.com
KARA HARMON makes her Geva Theatre Center debut with In the Heights. Regional credits include Native Gardens for the Guthrie Theatre; The Legend of Georgia McBride for Marin Theatre Company; The Mountaintop for Trinity Repertory Theatre; Barbecue for Geffen Playhouse; The Rape of Lucretia for Wolf Trap Opera; Ethel and God of Carnage for Alliance Theatre; Seven Guitars for Actors Theatre of Louisville; Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy of Errors for Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Safehouse for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Clybourne Park and The Trip to Bountiful at Hangar Theatre; Dot at Vineyard Theatre; and Seven Guitars and Broke-ology for The Juilliard School. She was the Assistant Costume Designer for the Broadway productions of The Crucible, Magic Bird, First Date and Memphis. Television credits include Assistant Costume Designer for “Daredevil, Season 2” (Netflix); “Boardwalk Empire, Season 5” (HBO). Kara received her M.F.A. at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.KaraHarmonDesign.com
BRIAN J. LILIENTHAL
BRIAN J. LILIENTHAL returns to Geva Theatre Center where he previously designed A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Monty Python’s Spamalot!, Women in Jeopardy, Little Shop of Horrors, Informed Consent, The 39 Steps and The Book Club Play. Regionally he has designed over 250 productions for Huntington Theatre, Arizona Theatre Co, Milwaukee Rep, Cleveland Play House, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Merrimack Rep, Arden Theatre, Trinity Rep, among many. Mr. Lilienthal has designed operas for Long Beach Opera, Bard Summerscape, Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He has won the Los Angeles Ovation Award for lighting design, and has been nominated multiple times for Boston’s IRNE Award. He has spent nine summers as the resident lighting designer for the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. He received his M.F.A. at California Institute of the Arts. Mr. Lilienthal currently teaches lighting design at Tufts University, and is a member of the newly formed Patriots Program at Merrimack Rep in Lowell, MA. He lives in Somerville, MA, and is a drummer with a rockabilly trio that performs throughout New England.
DANNY ERDBERG returns to Geva Theatre Center where he designed the sound for Rooms, Five Course Love and The Lion. Daniel’s work has appeared at numerous New York theatres, including The Public, Roundabout, City Center, 59E59, Atlantic, Prospect and HERE. Highlights include the American premiere of Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, Mike Daisey’s Last Cargo Cult and Time it Was with Bill Irwin. Regional credits include Arena Stage, Milwaukee Rep, ACT, Virginia Stage Company, Merrimack Rep and Long Wharf, as well as shows in Korea, Japan, China, Canada and Cuba. He is a frequent Broadway associate designer, where credits include Significant Other, Violet, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Heiress and The Nance. Danny is an adjunct faculty member at Tisch/NYU, a member USA829, IATSE, SDC, and a proud graduate of Northwestern University.
JEAN GORDON RYON
JEAN GORDON RYON serves as New Plays Coordinator at Geva Theatre Center where, among other duties, she produces the Regional Writers Showcase and the Young Writers Showcase. She was dramaturg for 1776, John Bull’s Other Island, That Was Then, Shear Madness, The Underpants, The Clean House, Almost Maine, The Music Man, Company, Perfect Wedding, The 39 Steps, Last Gas, Wait Until Dark, Little Shop of Horrors and Geva’s current production of A Christmas Carol, and she has contributed dramaturgical research and written program articles for several other productions. Ms. Ryon holds a degree in drama from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Goucher College. Her most recent directing credits in the community include Grace and Glorie, Master Class, Blithe Spirit, Pride’s Crossing, and The Gin Game for Blackfriars and The Chosen and The Immigrant for JCC’s CenterStage. For RCP’s Irish Players, she has directed Philadelphia, Here I Come; Juno and the Paycock; Da; Translations; Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me; Waiting for Godot; The Kings of the Kilburn High Road; Dancing at Lughnasa; Faith Healer; The Hostage; Love in the Title; The Cripple of Inishmaan; Dublin Carol and A Moon for the Misbegotten for RCP’s Shakespeare Players she has directed Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing. Ms. Ryon is also the Artistic Director of The Geriactors, a traveling troupe of mature actors.
JENN LYONS is a Rochester native happy to be working at Geva. Previous shows at Geva include Private Lives, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Miracle on South Division Street, Red, The Mountaintop, Little Shop of Horrors, The Odd Couple and Clybourne Park. National Tours include Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella (starring Eartha Kitt), Showboat and The Who’s Tommy. New York credits include work at Roundabout Theatre and Circle Repertory Theater as well as the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid. Her two favorite productions are Maddie and Jack.