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), WORKING (which he re-conceived with Stephen Schwartz), and GODSPELL. Daniel returned to his performing roots and played “The Dentist” in ACT’s 2019 production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Daniel is currently involved in the new Alanis Morissette Broadway musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL. 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 is currently the music director and conductor of JAGGED LITTLE PILL, playing Broadway’s Broadhurst theater.  He is also music supervisor for the broadway bound production of ALMOST FAMOUS, which recently had its world premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe theater and garnered him a Craig Noel award for best music direction.  Other Broadway credits as music director include five years at WICKED and the new musical CHAPLIN for which he also provided dance and vocal arrangements.  Bryan was also music director for the first national tour of NEXT TO NORMAL (starring Tony winner Alice Ripley). Off Broadway credits include 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 also music director and arranger for Aaron Tveit as well as Lindsay Mendez and performs with them in venues across the country- including the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center and Webster Hall.  He has also worked on numerous shows with his husband Daniel C Levine (artistic director of ACT) including BORN TO DANCE-created in association with Stephen Schwartz-and which is currently running on 4 ships in the Princess Cruiseline fleet.  Bryan is proud to be a founding member of ACT of CT and is honored to serve as ACT’s resident music supervisor.  At ACT he has supervised MAMMA MIA, EVITA, WORKING, SPELLING BEE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and GODSPELL and has musically directed concerts of TOMMY, JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.  He also holds a BM from NYU in Vocal Performance as well as an MM from CCM in orchestral conducting and very much enjoys teaching music in all its forms to all ages, and especially through ACT’s Conservatory Program.  Bryan firmly believes that theater matters and the arts are essential!

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

Ashley Diamond
Mary Joyce
Caroline Kellen  
Jack Mehler  
Christina Millar
Larry Morley
Bryan Perri
Michael Seelbach
Frank Selvaggi

Rajal Young

Bill Diamond, Advisor

ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD 

Susan Batten
Al Blackstone
Beowulf Boritt
Christian Borle

R. Erin Craig
Caite Hevner

Tom Kitt
Lindsay Mendez
Alan Menken
Stephen Schwartz  

EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Dennis Arcano

Carina Drake

Ivy Huff

Angela Rice

Claire Simard

Alison Villanueva, Ph.D.

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