RYAN K. BAILER
Ryan is overjoyed to return to ACT of CT after playing Peron in EVITA in 2018. Credits include THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Captain von Trapp) at The Gateway Playhouse, 42ND STREET (Pat Denning) with Rachel York and Sally Struthers at Ogunquit Playhouse, LES MISERABLES (Javert U/S, 3rd National Tour), EVITA (Peron U/S, 1st National Tour) and FOREVER PLAID (Smudge). Ryan has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Ryan sends thanks to his agents at ATB and his manager Laura Pietropinto, and much love to his mother Penny, his son Aiden, and his love, Tatiana.
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Olivia is originally from Southern California. Her regional theatre credits include The 5th Avenue Theatre & ACT of Connecticut: AUSTEN’S PRIDE (Elizabeth Bennet), The Guthrie Theater: GUYS AND DOLLS (Sarah Brown), Theatre Under The Stars: OKLAHOMA! (Laurey), Lamb’s Players Theatre: WEST SIDE STORY (Maria), and The Encore Musical Theatre Company: MARY POPPINS (Mary Poppins), CAMELOT (Guenevere). She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan.
Michael McCorry Rose
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Michael affirms that Black lives matter. He is an artistic producer, storyteller, change seeker and Broadway actor who has been seen in the Tony Award winning musical A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, starred as Fiyero in WICKED and recently appeared as Tsar Nicholas II in the new Broadway musical ANASTASIA. His theatrical credits include roles at regional theaters such as The Paper Mill Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival, Yale Repertory Theater, Primary Stages, Capital Repertory Theater and Project Shaw in New York City. Originally from San Diego, he holds a B.A. in Mass Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mariand Torres (Sue) Broadway: WICKED (Elphaba standby), Original Broadway Cast of IN TRANSIT. National/International Tours: WICKED (Elphaba), PRINCE OF BROADWAY, directed by Harold Prince/Susan Stroman. Off-Broadway: NATASHA, PIERRE, AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (Original Off-Broadway Cast), SCHOOL OF ROCK (Gramercy Theater World Premiere). Regional: EVITA (Eva Peron, Kansas City Rep), FUN HOME (Helen Bechdel, KC Rep) SPAMALOT (Lady of the Lake, Connecticut Rep), GIANT (Signature Theatre), MURDER BALLAD (Actors Playhouse). Workshops: NYTW, Public Theater, LAByrinth Theatre Company, New York Stage and Film, Sundance Theatre Lab, Old Globe, Yale Rep. TV: “Madam Secretary.” Education: University of Miami.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Music and Lyrics
Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics for the current Broadway hit Wicked, and has also contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker's Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags, and Children of Eden. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein’s Mass and wrote the title song for the play and movie Butterflies Are Free. For children, he has written songs for two musicals, Captain Louie and My Son Pinochhio. He has also worked in film, collaborating with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and writing the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt. His first opera, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, was produced at Opera Santa Barbara and New York City Opera. A book about his career, “Defying Gravity,” has been released by Applause Books. Mr. Schwartz has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame . Awards include three Academy Awards, and four Grammy Awards.
David Stern (Book) Tony Award winner David I. Stern began his career working on the Broadway productions of Miss Saigon, Nick & Nora, and Big. He was soon infected with the desire to put pen to paper and wrote the plays Dreams & Stuff and Finder of Lost Luggage. After a small detour into directing with the New York revival of Starting Here, Starting Now (nominated for a MAC Award) and a stint with The American Project at Circle in the Square, he transitioned into radio by writing for NPR’s “The 1990’s Radio Hour and a Half.” Following the particularly cold winter of 1996, David migrated west to write numerous movies including: Geppetto (nominated for four Emmy Awards), Open Season 2 (nominated for an Annie Award), Open Season 3 (which he also executive produced), Free Birds (which he also executive produced), Henry & Me (nominated for an Annie Award), as well as the upcoming animated feature Punk Farm. David is a regular on the punch-up/re-write circuit and has contributed to many motion pictures including: "First Daughter," "The Smurfs," "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "Tinkerbell 3," "Open Season," and "The Hotel Transylvania." In addition, he produced the documentary "Roadmap Genesis and Roadmap Jerusalem," now available on DVD, Amazon Streaming, and other platforms. For the stage, David wrote the musicals Snapshots and My Son Pinocchio with longtime collaborator and renowned songwriter Stephen Schwartz. He has helped finance several Broadway shows including Wicked, Next To Normal, The Pee Wee Herman Show, and If/Then and is currently producing the powerful, original musical Dear Evan Hansen (winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, winner Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Musical, winner Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical). For television, David wrote and produced on the series “Mozart in the Jungle” (winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series).
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), and Working (which he re-conceived with Stephen Schwartz). Earlier this season, Daniel starred as Jamie in ACT’s production of The Last Five Years and last season played The Dentist in ACT’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. Daniel is currently involved in the new Alanis Morissette 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!”
Michael Scheman’s adaptation of The Pirates of Penzance, which he staged on board the Good Ship Peking at South St. Seaport, earned him a a Lucille Lortel Award nomination. His play Running From The Rhyme won the John Golden prize for Playwriting. He directed and choreographed the world premiere production of Snapshots at the Westport Country Playhouse. He has written and/or directed dozens of plays and musicals in New York City and regionally, as well as internationally (at theaters including Rattlestick Theatre Company, Capital Repertory, Stages Repertory, Theatreworks/USA, Virginia Stage Company and the Vineyard Playhouse). He has assisted on Broadway, at the Public, Second Stage, the Minetta Lane, and on the American premiere of Ragtime. He earned his MFA from Columbia University and studied directing and writing at Harvard University as well as the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Michael is an alumni lyricist of the BMI Advanced Workshop.
DANIEL C. LEVINE
Music Supervisor, Conductor/Keyboard
Bryan Perri (Music Director / ACT of CT Resident Music Supervisor) is currently working alongside Alanis Morissette, Tom Kitt, and Diane Paulus on the Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill, where he serves as the show’s Music Director. He also recently served as Music Director for the Broadway bound production of Almost Famous at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater (Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Music Direction). Other credits as Music Director include the Broadway productions of Wicked, Chaplin, and the Broadway National Tour of Next To Normal (starring TONY Winner Alice Ripley). Bryan also Music Directed Superhero, Dogfight and Vanities all at 2nd Stage Theater off Broadway. 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. He was also Music Director for the National Tour of Altar Boyz, and was the arranger, orchestrator and Music Director on Born To Dance (a show currently on the fleet of ships on Princess Cruises in association with Stephen Schwartz and created by Daniel C. Levine). Bryan is also Music Director and arranger for Aaron Tveit and Lindsay Mendez, performing with them in venues across the country. Bryan recently conducted The NYCNext pop up event performing the song “Sunday” with many Broadway stars in Times Square. He is also a founding member of MUSE: musicians united for social equity- a collective of Broadway music professionals that are committed to creating diversity within the music departments of the theatre industry by providing access, internships, mentorships, and support to historically marginalized people of color museonline.org. Along with his husband Daniel C. Levine, Bryan is a proud founding member of ACT of Connecticut and also serves as their Resident Music Supervisor. He has supervised and music directed numerous events and productions (at ACT of CT) including his own Broadway Unplugged Series. Bryan is thrilled to be a part of Ridgefield’s vibrant and thriving artistic community and looks forward to continuing to build community through the vital art form of live theater.
Sara Brians is a NYC based director, choreographer, and educator, and is thrilled to return to ACT of CT after choreographing Godspell. As Director/Choreographer: City of Angels, Godspell (Theatre Aspen), Matilda (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket). Choreographer: Cabaret, Spring Awakening, Follies (*NYIT Award Outstanding Choreography), Newton's Cradle, The Trouble With Doug, Rock of Ages, Man of La Mancha, The Full Monty, Big Fish, Chicago, Ring of Fire, Merrily We Roll Along, Anyone Can Whistle, Pippin & more. Broadway Resident & Assoc. Choreographer: Matilda, Billy Elliot, White Christmas, The Terms of My Surrender, After the Night and the Music, 42nd Street (Dance Captain). City Center Encores!: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Face The Music, Of Thee I Sing. Associate Choreographer: An American In Paris (The Alley Theatre), Broadway: 3 Generations (The Kennedy Center), 42nd Street (Ogunquit Playhouse), Lonestar Love (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Show Boat (Goodspeed), Pulse (Asolo Rep) & concerts at NYC Town, The 92nd Street Y, Symphony Space & Merkin Hall. Industrial Choreography: CES (Las Vegas), The Becket Fund (NYC), Five Star Diamond Award (Berlin), The Iowa H.S. Musical Theatre Awards. Teaching: Banff Centre, Pace University, MSM & more.
Barton Cortright is a Brooklyn based cinematographer.
Some recent work includes "Object Lessons, or: What Happened Whitsunday" directed by Ricky D’Ambrose which premiered at the 58th New York Film Festival. His first collaboration with Ricky was on "Notes on an Appearance" which premiered at Berlinale and made its US premiere at New Directors/New Films. It’s available now on DVD by Grasshopper Film.
Other recent work includes Graham Swon’s "The World is Full of Secrets," which premiered at Belfort International and made its NY premiere at BAMcinemaFest. It was released on Blu-Ray by Kino Lorber last fall.
He just wrapped his second feature with Brian Gottlieb on a feature entitled "Grow" starring Annet Mahendru and Peter Vack. He's also currently in pre-production for Ricky D’Ambrose’s next feature, "The Cathedral" which was a finalist in the Biennale College Cinema Program and will premiere in the Venice Film Festival next September.
In addition to shooting narrative projects and branded content He's taught workshops at Columbia University, The New School, New York Film Academy and Millenium.