BECCA AYERS (Celeste) is so excited about this show and these people! Broadway: Avenue Q. Off-Broadway: Sarah, Plain and Tall (Lucille Lortel; original cast), The Audience (Transit Group). Tour: Jekyll and Hyde (1st National). Regional: Comedy of Errors (Kansas City Rep), Hello Dolly (with Sally Struthers, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Children of Eden (Ford's Theatre), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Rep. Theatre of St. Louis). Upcoming: Les Miserables, Broadway remount. www.myspace.com/beccaayers, www.beccaayers.com
DELIO (Danielle) is proud to be working on her third Gideon Production.
Others include FLEET WEEK: The Musical (Best Musical, Fringe 2005) and Hail
Satan (Manhattan Theatresource.) She has graced the Atlantic Theater stage in
two Atlantic for Kids productions and recently, in The 24 Hour Musicals, singing
a brilliant little ditty called "Your Ass." She
has also appeared in many a strange play in countless seedy theaters in NYC. She is an alumnus of La Guardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts, NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Drama,) and New York's City Kids Repertory Company, as well as a founding/current member of Thirsty Turtle Productions. Since discovering that making just one more
double-tall-no-foam-skim latte may kill her, she has found a new home and some awesome people in the Berkley Art Dept. at Penguin Books. Special thanks to Sean, Jordi and Mac for consistently bringing on the fun.
STEPHEN GRAYBILL (Drew) is excited to make his debut this year at the 10th annual NY Int'l Fringe Festival. New York Theatre: Shanghai Moon (Drama Dept), And The Earth Moved (NYMF), The Tempest (Shakespeare on the Sound), and Troilus & Cressida. Regional: The Persians, Don Juan, Comedy of Errors, and Othello (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (Westport Country Playhouse); Brutality of Fact, The Boys Next Door (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), and Quills (CT Repertory Theatre), and Mountain Language (Oxford, England). Tour: My Soul Is a Witness (1st National). TV: The Wire, Law & Order: SVU and Trial by Jury. Film: The System (Bravo), The Truce, The Flip Side, A Lover's Discourse. Stephen studied at BADA in Oxford, England. www.stephengraybill.com
JEFF HILLER (Ulrich) is a regular performer at the UCB Theatre performing improv with the house team, "Creep" and sketch with "Police Chief Rumble" (ECNY Award, Best Sketch Group). This is not Jeff's first time in the Fringe Festival, performing in last year's Silence: The Musical and Slut in 2003. Other Stage: The Awesome 80's Prom (Original Cast), A Ho Ho Horatio Christmas (With SNL's Horatio Sanz), Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever, and the Scott Schwartz directed Li'l Abner at the Goodspeed Opera House. TV: Fuse's The PA (Series Regular) and MTV's Boiling Points (Series Regular), VH1's A2Z and Cheestastic specials, FX's Starved, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and the voice of Nano the robot on FoxKids' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
MICHAEL POIGNAND (Steve) is thrilled be working with such a talented company. Poignand first met Mac while producing his play, Roll, directed by Adam Fitzgerald, starring Lori Prince. He met "The Real Steve" at Lori's birthday party a few years later and now it has all fallen into place... (Let me know how I do, Deb – though I won’t be going for truth, here.) Off-Broadway, Poignand played the Narrator in Rush's Dream and Badger in Wind In the Willows. Other recent New York credits include, All’s Well That Ends Well, Charles Dickens' a Christmas Carol, Artist Descending a Staircase, Don Juan in Chicago, Orchidelirium, Principia Discordia, Henry IV (parts I & II) and many others. Regionally, Poignand has played The Fulton Opera House, Hangar Theatre, Syracuse Stage, The Paul C. Empie Theatre, and the Syracuse Civic Center Main Stage. He's also produced a dozen plays and two musicals (not listed above). His one adventure into film production, The Poker Game, won Howl's New Film Maker Audience Appreciation Award at the NY-IFF.”
CLAYTON DEAN SMITH (Jammin Bread) can currently be seen dancing like he means it in a promo campaign on MTV. Next up, he is shooting a scene with Jodie Foster in Neil Jordan’s The Brave One. He has also showed up on The Sopranos, Law and Order: SVU, One Life To Live, and a bunch of commercials. New York theater includes the Drama Desk-nominated Outward Bound (Keen Company), 1984 (Synapse Productions); Conquest of the Universe (SALT); and the Weimar-bluegrass musical The Blue Flower (NYMF). Training: Upright Citizens Brigade, Anne Bogart and SITI Company, LAByrinth, Kristin Linklater, Ward Studio. Thanks to Neal Schon. http://www.claytondeansmith.com/
STEPHEN WARGO (Director) is still one of Tom and Mary Jo's four boys and a native of Pittsburgh, PA. He is the Artistic Director of Personal Space Theatrics (PST), which just ended its fourth season with the first NYC revival of BecauseHeCan by Arthur Kopit. His PST directing credits include: four annual (2002-2005) productions of Charles Dickens' 'A
Christmas Carol which he adapted with musical arrangements by Dianne Adams McDowell; the praised first NYC revival of David Ives' Don Juan in Chicago; and the United States premieres of the Canadian comedies The Duchess: a.k.a. Wallis Simpson and Orchidelirium. Elsewhere in NYC, he has directed All’s Well That Ends Well (Manhattan Repertory;) Ashes to Ashes, Spud to Spud (Charlie Pineapple Theater;) and Something Lost, Something Gained (Variety Theater, Rockefeller Center.) Other directing credits include the musicals Working and The Mystery of Edwin Drood and David Ives' All in the Timing. He is also currently developing a solo-performance version of A Christmas Carol to premiere at StageWorks in Hudson, NY, in advance of an NYC run this Christmas; Another Part of the Island, based on Shakespeare; a new holiday entertainment based on E.T.A. Hoffman's Nutcracker; and Rapture, a new musical play based on works by Willa Cather. BFA: Musical Theater, Syracuse University. He is 29 and lives in Queens.
SETH DIAMOND (Music Director) has had more than his fair share of brushes with air guitar. He plays (real,not air) guitar for the Gods of Fire. The Gods of Fire opened the 2006 regional air guitar competitions in Boston and NY, and performed during regular Aireoke events in Williamsburg. Seth was also a judge in the Boston air guitar competition. Gods of Fire's debut album, Wrath of the Gods, was released in late 2004 and was praised by fans of true Heavy Metal music. Music from the album was also featured in the 2005 Showtime Pictures film The Roost. Seth plays in various other New York bands, drinks Whiskey, and has a virtually symbiotic relationship to his Nintendo DS Lite. In his spare time, Seth Diamond enjoys running ad operations for a digital media company that provides consumer and professional health education resources.
CHRISTOPHER DAVIS (Choreographer) has appeared on Broadway in Guys and Dolls, Miss Saigon, Candide, The Life, Peter Pan, On the Town and A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. His tours include Guys and Dolls, Miss Saigon, The Wiz w/ Stephanie Mills and the Jimmy Buffett Tiki Time Tour. Mr. Davis has appeared in the films Jeffrey, Centerstage and Marci X. His tv appearances include Sex and the City, the NBA All-Star Weekend, VH-1 Vogue Fashion Awards with Macy Gray and as a Versace man on Saturday Night Live with Hallie Berry. He is a featured dancer in the FatBoy Slim video Wonderful Night. He has been awarded the Presidents Award from Dance Masters of America for his continued work in the field of dance. Chris has choreographed club appearances for The Tamperer with the Billboard topping song "Drop a House," the New York City Heritage of Pride Pier Dance featuring DJ Junior Vasquez, Philadelphia's Blue Ball main event, AxisDanz, Norwegian Cruise Lines inauguration, the national Travel Expo in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, was associate choreographer for the NBA All Star Weekend in San Francisco, restaged part of the New York Public Theatre play Stop Kiss starring Jessica Hecht and choreographed FLEET WEEK: The Musical (winner Outstanding Musical) for the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival. Mr Davis is also the choreographer for the 24hr Play series at Broadways American Airlines Theatre which featured stars such as Kate Burton, Ally Sheedy, Terrence Mann, Hayden Christensen, Ben Shenkman and Charlotte D'Amboise to name a few. Mr. Davis is also a choreographer for the prestigious Fire Island Dance Festival for Dancers Responding to AIDS debuting his piece When Ocean Meets Sky. Mr. Davis is also associate choreographer and director for the New York bound musical based on the life of famed photographer James Vanderzee.
KATHLEEN LEARY (Costume Designer) holds an MFA in costume design from Temple University. Last fall she assisted in the design of three simultaneous productions of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston. In 2002, she designed and bought the shoes for Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. A two-time Williamstown Theater Festival alum she assisted in design and was also the wardrobe supervisor for productions on the Nikos Stage. Kathleen has designed for companies such as Sonnet Rep, Stella Adler Studios, Nicu’s Spoon, American Theater of Actors and The Gallery Players, and is the resident costume designer for Personal Space Theatrics.
CHRIS RUMMEL (Sound Design) Recent designs include becausehecan (Personal Space Theatrics), Security (Drilling Company) 61 Dead Men, Largo Desolato (Beyond The Wall Productions), A Christmas Carol (PST), Wonder of the World (Brooklyn College), Murder (PST/PS122), Girl in The Flammable Skirt (Ateh Theater co.) tempOdyssey (SPF2005) Wonder Comes the 7th day (American Theatre of Actors), Don Juan In Chicago (PST), Borough Tales: Manhattan (Whitebird Prods./HEREarts), Andy & Edie (Chelsea Girl Prods), and the short film Pirates Vs. Ninjas. Previously at the fringe he designed Lulu: The Musical (FringeNYC2004/NYMTF). Chris is an associate at Roundabout Theatre Company (where he teaches sound design throughout the New York public school system), and the resident sound designer for Personal Space Theatrics. He holds a BFA in Theater from Syracuse University. He is thrilled to be working with Gideon Productions!
MICHAEL RIOTTO (Lighting Designer) Theatre: Macbeth (American Stage), Mambo Mouth (The Loft Theatre), Because He Can (Personal Space Theatrics), Simpatico (Adam Roebuck Productions), HMS Pinafore (Atlanta Lyric Theatre). Variety: Cirque du Soleil (Le bar au bu du Monde), Cirque Eloize (Cirque Orchestra), Apogee (Line One, Debra Brown), Les Gens d’R (Echos). Architectural: US Grant Hotel renovation (San Diego), Celebrity Cruises / Royal Caribbean (lighting revitalizations), Le Pont Jacques Cartier (Montreal). Industrials: Ford Motors, Motorola, Nortel Networks, Nissan of Europe. Michael is the Principal of Michael Riotto Design, LLC, an architectural and theatrical design firm based in New York and Montreal. Committed to finding alternative and sustainable methods of illumination, the firm is actively involved in the design of new and usage of new fixtures, including LED sources, for both theatrical and architectural applications. www.AccessMRD.com
JORDANA WILLIAMS (Lyrics) makes her fourth foray as part of Williams/Rogers/Williams with AIR GUITAR. Previous WRW musicals include FLEET WEEK: The Musical (FringeNYC 2005), The First Annual St. Ignatius Hanukah Pagent (part of 'Tis the @#$%-ing Season at Theatre Row last Christmas), which she also directed, and Love Story: A Story of Love (The 24-Hour Musicals). Playwrighting credits include Killer Instinct (The Estrogenius Festival) and Wrestling For Joe (Spontaneous Combustion). She has worked in various capacities with Circle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Berkshire Theater Festival, Playmakers Rep and others. She is writing a romance novel set during the Napoleonic Wars, which she will never, ever finish. With deep gratitude to what might very well be the most supportive family ever and for the little one on the way.
SEAN WILLIAMS (Music) was trained in music by his parents, composer Linda Williams and conductor Richard Williams, since he was a small boy. He is the composer of FLEET WEEK: The Musical (FringeNYC 2005, Outstanding Musical), 'Tis the @#$%-ing Season (Theatre Row) and Love Story: A Story of Love (the first ever 24-Hour Musicals at the Atlantic Theater). He has worked as a studio musician since the age of fifteen, first as a singer and then as a producer/director for large publishing companies like Silver Burdett, MacMillan and Mcgraw-Hill, and for smaller boutique music educators like MIDI 4 Kids and IDEAs Inc. While studying music at The University of Iowa and drama at University of North Carolina, he wrote music for small rock groups and along side other singer songwriters. In addition to publishing several songs, he has written music for As You Like It and the title song for Gideon Productions' The Lucretia Jones Mysteries.
MAC ROGERS (Book) is a playwright, performer, and producer based in Astoria. New York productions of his plays include Dirty Juanita, The Second String, The Lucretia Jones Mysteries, and Hail Satan (all with Gideon Productions) as well as The Sky Over Nineveh, Roll, Wine, Happening To Your Body, Molly Molly, and You Look Really Hot. Mac wrote the book for the 2005 Fringe hit FLEET WEEK as well as for the short musicals Fifty Million Dollars (NYMF 2004) and The First Annual St. Ignatius Hanukah Pageant. ?
GIDEON PRODUCTIONS (Producer)
Gideon Productions has been turning various genres on their respective ears
since 2000. Previous productions include Dirty Juanita (2000), The Electric
Cat (an original children's musical, 2001), The Second String (2001), The Lucretia
Jones Mysteries (2003/2004), FLEET WEEK: The Musical (FringeNYC 2005, Outstanding
Musical) and Hail Satan (2005). In October of 2001, Gideon mounted a month-long
festival called INDIVISIBLE, involving several other companies, to raise money
for the Salvation Army's 9/11 Fund.