ERIK JOHNKE (Book and Lyrics) is a playwright, lyricist, and poet. Plays and musicals include God’s Country (music by Elaine Chelton), produced at NYMF in 2013, Cat: Adventures of a Caterpillar (music by David Wolfson), finalist in National Children’s Theater Festival, The Body Politic, produced at manhattantheatresource, Partition, semifinalist for the Princess Grace Award, Reboot, finalist for the National Ten Minute Play Contest, and produced at The Heartland Theatre Company. MFA Goddard College. Member, BMI Librettist Workshop.
DAVID WOLFSON (Music) is having a busy year: April saw the world premiere of The Faith Operas by Hartford Opera Theatre, and July will bring not only the NYMF production of Play Like a Winner but the world premiere production of The Bet (with Tony Sportiello) on the Midtown International Theatre Festival. David was the composer of Story Salad, a series of stage revues for children, which was toured nationally for thirteen consecutive years by Maximillion Productions, and was seen by well over a million children, teachers and parents. His children’s musical with Erik Johnke, Cat: Adventures of a Caterpillar, was premiered by the Strollers of Maplewood, NJ in 2009. His theatrical song cycle Dreamhouse, based on the poetry of Barbara DeCesare, premiered in 2005, also as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival.
CAYTHA JENTIS (Playwright, “It’s All About the Kids”) is an independent filmmaker. Her current project is a comedic series called The Other F Word. The cast includes: Steve Guttenberg & Judy Gold. Jentis’ features include Bad Parents starring Janeane Garofalo & Cheri Oteri based on her award-winning stage play It’s All About the Kids and And Then Came Love starring Vanessa Williams and Eartha Kitt. She has an MFA from UCLA in screenwriting and a BS in TV/film from Syracuse University.
KEVIN CONNORS (Director) Off-Broadway: Prime Time Prophet, Jukebox Saturday Night, The Abandoned Loves Of Frederick R., Life Anonymous, Lover, Babes Off Broadway, and Mothers And Sons. Composer/ lyricist for numerous musicals, including A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play, published by Playscripts.com. Co-founder/Artistic Director of Music Theatre of Connecticut where he has directed more than 60 Award-winning AEA MainStage productions including Next To Normal , The Fantasticks, Edges, John & Jen, Doubt, Evita, Master Class and Little Shop Of Horrors.
PIM VAN AMERONGEN (Choreographer) is thrilled to be joining the ’team’ of Play Like A Winner at NYMF this summer! Previous works include 10 Nights In A Barroom and Fiddler On The Roof. As a performer, Pim has been seen in national tours, regional theaters, and cruise ships around the world. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. http://www.pimvanamerongen.com @pimvanam
STARLET JACOBS (Set Design) Previous credits: White Christmas (Arts Center-Coastal Carolina), Bell, Book & Candle (Naples Players), A Scythe of Time (NYMF), Disaster!(Associate, Broadway), Bright Star (Associate, Old Globe), and Secondhand Lions (Associate, 5th Avenue).
She has art directed on Saturday Night Live!, The Tonight Show, Huffington Post Live, on several web series and commercials, and on comedy specials for Netflix and EPIX.
She received an MFA in Scenic Design from UCLA, and a BA in Music and Art from University of Washington.
MICHAEL BLAGYS (Lighting Design) Michael is truly excited to be joining Director Kevin Connors at the 2107 New York Musical Festival. Michael is a Connecticut-based lighting designer who has created designs for over 45 productions (straight plays to large-scale musicals) in 18 venues and 7 different states. Michael holds a MFA degree from UMASS Amherst and a B.A. in Theater Arts from Le Moyne College. http://www.michaelblagys.com.
MOLLY SEIDEL (Costume Design) is a NYC based designer and artist. Recent credits include: Off- Broadway: The Dressmaker’s Secret (59E59), The Woodsman (New World Stages, 59E59, Theater Close-Up PBS/ BroadwayHD); Regional: Heathers: The Musical (White Plains Performing Arts Center, NY Regional Premiere), In The Heights (White Plains Performing Arts Center, BroadwayWorld Award for Best Costume Design); Other Credits: Buddhas are Screaming in China (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Outstanding Use of Special Effects Award), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Place Players). The Juilliard School’s Professional Intern Program in Costume Design. BFA in Fine Art, Ithaca College. www.mollyrseidel.com
WILLIE PORTER (Stage Manager) is so excited to be a part of the Play Like A Winner team. Recent credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (The Muny), Ring Twice for Miranda (Off-Broadway), First Date (Blumenthal Performing Arts Center), Fiddler on the Roof, Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and Hairspray (The Muny).
SEAN McCAIN (Assistant Stage Manager) is an Artistic Ensemble member of Resonance Ensemble and has worked with the following companies, among others: Axial Theatre Company, Abingdon Theatre Company, Rachel Reiner Productions, Miranda Theatre Company, York Theatre Company, Theatre 167, Hoi Polloi, Castillo Theatre, Summer Theatre of New Canaan, White Plains PAC, MultiStages, Theatreworks USA, Black Hills Playhouse, Capital Repertory Theatre, Second Stage, Washington Pavilion of Arts & Science, League of Professional Theatre Women, Penguin Random House, and Naked Angels.