THE FOUNDERS

 

KATIE DIAMOND

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Katie Diamond (Executive Director) As a singer, actor, writer, and producer, Katie Diamond has written, produced, and/or performed in numerous musical theatre and cabaret shows over the past twenty years. Broadway and tour performing credits include: Lorraine in JERSEY BOYS, THE PIRATE QUEEN (understudy for Stephanie J. Block), WHITE CHRISTMAS, and THE WEDDING BANQUET. As a producer/performer, Katie had the pleasure of working with Daniel C. Levine on THE WHO’S TOMMY, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, all presented at the Ridgefield Playhouse. She has also written, produced, and performed in three cabaret shows in NYC; SECONDARY CHARACTERS, ALL KNOCKED UP, and TYPED OUT. Katie has released two solo albums, Original Passion and Down by the Riverside, and can be heard on THE PIRATE QUEEN original cast recording. A certified Music Together teacher, and lifelong advocate of arts education, Katie is thrilled the ACT is able to offer such wonderful classes for the youth of our community.  After graduating with a bachelor of music in vocal performance from New England Conservatory of Music, Katie lived and worked in Seattle before moving to NYC in 2005. In 2014, she relocated to Ridgefield, CT with her husband Bill Diamond and their three children. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and The National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

 

DANIEL C. LEVINE

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Daniel is thrilled to serve as Artistic Director of ACT of CT. Daniel has appeared on Broadway and in the Broadway National Tours of:  MAMMA MIA!, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Tony Nomination For Best Revival), CHICAGO, LES MISERABLES, and TOMMY. Daniel was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical by The League of American Theaters and Producers, for his role as Cousin Kevin in THE WHO’S TOMMY. He also originated the role of Mary Sunshine in the Broadway National tour of CHICAGO. Daniel has worked extensively across the country and has been seen in: OKLAHOMA! (5th Avenue, Seattle), NEXT TO NORMAL (Seven Angels Theater), GUYS & DOLLS (The Ordway Theater, Minneapolis), COMPANY (5th Avenue, Seattle), MAN OF LA MANCHA (Cleveland Playhouse), SWEET CHARITY (West Virginia Public), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (North Carolina Theater and Kansas City Starlight), JOSEPH…..DREAMCOAT (North Shore Music Theater, Boston), and EVITA (Music Theater of CT).  Daniel is the creator, producer, and director of BROADWAY BACKSTAGE!, DANCIN’ BROADWAY, and AMERICAN DANCE SPECTACULAR! – all which have toured throughout the U.S.  He is the creator and director of BORN TO DANCE, a multi-media production performed throughout the fleet of ships on Princess Cruise Lines, in collaboration with Stephen Schwartz. Daniel serves as Artistic Advisor for The Ridgefield Playhouse Broadway & Cabaret Series in Ridgefield, CT and has directed TOMMY, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, and AN EVENING WITH JOEL GREY at The Playhouse. He is also the founder and Executive Director of Big Apple Tutoring, LLC - one of Manhattan’s largest academic educational firms. Daniel is a Commissioner for Ridgefield’s Conservation Commission, where he plays an active role in maintaining Ridgefield’s Open Spaces. He graduated Brandeis University and attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. At ACT of CT, Daniel has directed MAMMA MIA!, EVITA (for which he won the 2018 Broadway World CT Best Director of a Musical Award), and WORKING (which he re-conceived with Stephen Schwartz and will serve as a template for future productions at other regional theatres). Upcoming projects include JAGGED LITTLE PILL (opening on Broadway in 2019/2020). Daniel, along with his husband Bryan Perri (ACT Resident Music Supervisor) and Katie Diamond (ACT Executive Director) could not be more proud of the ACT of CT team’s mission of “Bringing Broadway to Ridgefield!”.

 

BRYAN PERRI

RESIDENT MUSIC SUPERVISOR

BRYAN PERRI most recently served as music director and conductor of the Broadway production of WICKED and is looking forward to his upcoming role as music director for JAGGED LITTLE PILL (which premiers at the Broadhurst theater on Broadway this November). Other credits (as music director/conductor) include the Broadway production of CHAPLIN and the first national tour of NEXT TO NORMAL (starring TONY winner Alice Ripley). He also music directed SUPERHERO, DOGFIGHT and VANITIES all at 2nd Stage Theater. He was also music supervisor for Disney’s FREAKY FRIDAY premiering at the Signature Theater in D.C., as well as LIMELIGHT at the La Jolla Playhouse. Bryan is music director for Aaron Tveit and Lindsay Mendez - performing with them in venues across the country. He has also worked on numerous shows with his husband Daniel C Levine including BORN TO DANCE which is currently running on 4 ships in the Princess Cruiselines fleet.  Bryan is proud to be a founding member of ACT of CT, and is honored to serve as ACT’s resident music supervisor.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Katie Diamond, Chair
Daniel C. Levine, Vice-Chair
Truitt Bell, Treasurer

Heather Hillman, Secretary
Rebecca Baglio

Kristin Beylouni
Betsy Brand
Trish Breede
Mary Joyce
Caroline Kellen  
Jack Mehler  
Christina Millar
Larry Morley
Bryan Perri
Michael Seelbach
Frank Selvaggi
Bill Shea

Bill Diamond, Advisor

ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD 

Susan Batten
Al Blackstone
Beowulf Boritt
Christian Borle
Caite Hevner

Tom Kitt
Lindsay Mendez
Alan Menken
Stephen Schwartz  

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