Shira Abergel is a recent New World School of the Arts graduate from Miami. Theater roles include My First Time, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Brother’s Beckett, Three Penny Opera, Alice In Wonderland, her original one person show Nictor/Nictoria, the Off-Off Broadway production of I Only F*ck Stupid Whores, Death For Sydney Black, Last of the Red Hot Lovers and many more. Shira has also done work with Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, performance art with Brody Condon and Jen DeNike, is the host for Shameless Burlesque, and performs original music locally as a singer-songwriter, and with her vulgar comedy band Babyhairs.
Jimmy Alexander Arguello began studying with his first dance instructor Barbara Lorenzo at the age of 12, subsequently training in jazz, tap, hip-hop, and ballet and lyrical with Dance Gallery Studio by great instructors such as Rosemary Baker, Ray Young, Scott Benson, and Judy Ann Bassin. He became the first male dancer to join his high school dance team the Gablette’s, opening doors for young men to audition for the program. At 18 he became part of American Dance Alliance as a dance instructor/choreographer, focusing on ways to direct dancers to the right terminologies and the beauty of the arts. He’s worked with amazing choreographers including Wade Robson, Keith Young, Maria Torrez, Travis Payne, Dave Scott, Scotty Nguyen, Nakul Dev Mahajan, Cris Judd and more. Arguello has performed live at the Latin Grammys and Latin Billboard Awards with Olga Tanon, David Bisbal, Gloria Trevi and Fanny Lu. In 2007, he was named one of the top 10 male dancers on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Jimmy was a principal dancer in Dance Flick, a principal dancer of blue 13-Dance Company, the country’s premier contemporary Bollywood Dance Ensemble, and toured as Dance Captain with Grammy Composer/Singer A.R Rahman’s Jai Ho World Tour. He choreographed Ricky Martin’s “Premio Los Nuestro” performance in Miami and has assisted Keith and Sharon Young with Artist’s Prince Royce. Arguello was an assistant choreographer on the film Rock of Ages with Mia Michaels, working with Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta Jones, Julianne Hough, and Mary J Blige. He also performed with Melissa Gorga from “New Jersey Housewives” on Bravo. Recently he performed with Illuminate on “Latin BillBoard Awards” and “Dancing with the Stars.”
Anton Boyarkin was born in Kurgan, a small town in Russia. When he was 9, his mother took him to dancing classes, where he found out that dancing was his passion. In college he studied business management but, at the same time worked as a dancer in shows and nightclubs. He auditioned and was selected as a dancer for the pop singer Boris Moiseev and for three years traveled around the world with the show, also appearing on TV. At the same time Anton discovered the world of house music. He started learning how to DJ and produce music and in June 2011, moved to Miami.
Mark Brown-Rodriguez is a Brown University graduate where he studied Theatre Arts and Ethnic Studies. During his time at Brown he was a member of the New Works/World Traditions, Dance Extension, and Househeadz dance companies, where he performed works choreographed by Paul Taylor, Meida McNeal, Kara Tatelbaum, and many others. He was a two-time scholarship recipient to the American Dance Festival, where he studied under and performed work by Mark Haim, Michelle Gibson, and Shani Collins. His theatrical background also includes playing Demeter/Damascus in …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, Macduff in Macbeth, Hud in Hair, and the Voice in Hot N Throbbing. He made his Miami debut performing with the Rosie Herrera Dance Theater in the 2012 Miami Made Festival at the Arsht Center. His play for colored queer boys who considered givin up when givin yourself wasn’t ever enuf was recently presented by ArtistBloc (Washington, D.C.) and The DC Center. He is currently working on a new piece entitled 9 Dances for 9 Dresses.
Joel Brumant moved to Miami from St. Croix in 2005 to attend college at Barry University. He graduated in 2009 and currently works with kids – teaching gymnastics and running programs for students with special needs. He performs with Rainbow Circus and has been dancing for four years.
Julissa Calderon is honored to be making her Adrienne Arsht Center debut in this fun and diverse disco production. Having graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, she is ready to put forth all the effort she has given the university and their arts program to life on the big screen and stage. She thanks the production staff for believing in her and allowing her to be a small piece to this puzzle. She also thanks the rest of the cast, her family which always supports her crazy antics, and her friends. It’s only to the top from here, Mami!
Stephanie Chisholm is from Miami, where she grew up studying gymnastics, dance, musical theater and later aerial arts. She has performed locally with Animate Objects Physical Theater, Rainbow Circus and CircX and has toured with The Caravan Stage Company, Dreamcast Entertainment, and Cirque le Masque. Most recently she attended the Festival Internacional de Circ in Figueres, Spain with her aerial partner.
Luis Alberto Cuevas hales from the Dominican Republic via New York City. Luis attended the BFA program at the New World School of the Arts and has worked with choreographers Peter London, Garth Fagan, Dale Andree, and Bill Doolin. Luis has had the privilege of performing with several companies, including Gold Coast Theater Company, Momentum Dance Company, Feddrick Bratcher and Company, Teo Castillanos’ D-Projects, CircX, and most recently, with Director Heidi Marshall in a world premiere original musical created in collaboration with the Rosie Herrera Dance Theater. As a choreographer, Luis’ work has been presented by New World School of the Arts, Miami Dade College, The Emerging Choreographers Series, The Florida Dance Festival, The New World Symphony, and Thomas Amour Youth Ballet with The Dranoff International Foundation at the Arsht Center. Most recently he was commissioned for the Miami Light Project’s 2012 Here and NowFestival.
Jean Edson’s stage credits include: Topdog/Underdog, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Three Penny Opera, Titanic and Fabiola (NWSA/Louise O. Gerrits Theatre), Alice in Wonderland and A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Playground Theatre). His screen credits include “The Glades” (Fox/A&E) and the United States Coastguard national commercial. Edson holds a BFA in Theatre (Acting) from New World School of the Arts/University of Florida.
Liony Garcia is a Cuban born choreographer/dancer based in Miami, Florida. He holds a B.F.A degree in Dance performance from New World School of the Arts. As a professional dancer, he’s performed with Freddick Bratcher and Co., Brigid Bakers Whole Project, Dance Now, Brazz Dance, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater and has worked with choreographers Guy Weizman and Roni Haver (Club Guy and Roni) as well as Barak Marshall as a member of the Los Angeles-based repertory company BodyTraffic. His choreographic work has been shown at New World School of Arts, The Florida Dance Festival 2009, New World Symphony and Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation’s Piano Slam at the Arsht Center. In 2011, he premiered Clandestine a dance theater piece commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center and Miami Light Project for the Miami Made Festival.
Rudi Goblen is a writer, dancer, actor, and DJ. He has been dancing for over 19 years and is an acclaimed B-Boy. His crew Flipside Kings has toured in and out the country competing in, judging, and winning various events. He has worked with DV8 Physical Theater, Cirque De Soleil, and is a member of Teo Castellanos’ D-Projects, Octavio Campos’ Campostion Hybrid Theater Works, Rosie Herrera’s Rosie Herrera Dance Theater and an interactive performance troupe Circ-X. Rudi is also a recipient of the Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant (FAAR) funded by the Ford Foundation in conjunction with the Future Aesthetics Cohort. He is currently teaching and touring internationally with his two one-man shows, Insanity Isn’t and Fair Welling, which was commissioned by Miami Light Project and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts for the Miami Made Festival.
Inger Hanna is a recording artist of national prominence. Her debut album, He’s My Everything, received three Stellar Awards nominations. Inger has made appearances on TBN, The WORD Network, and BET. She has shared the stage with distinguished artists Kirk Franklin, Chico Debarge, Joe, Betty Wright, Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams, and Jessica Reedy (Sunday Best), to name a few. She served as host and narrator of the “Black History Gospel Tribute,” a nationally syndicated program that broadcasts in 200 markets. Hanna has hosted corporate, church and social events, in addition to her former role as co-host on WEDR/99 Jamz Sunday Morning Inspirationally Yours for five years. As an actress, she has worked with Angela Barrow Dunlap in Real Men Pray, starred in What is This World Coming To (West Angeles Theater), Mr. Wrong (Golden Touch Productions) and Sinking Sand (Drama On The Reel Productions). For more information, please visit IngerHanna.com.
Crystal Peattie began her formal ballet training with The Florida Ballet School in Palm Harbor, FL and attended intensives at the Ailey School, Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and The Graham School. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from New World School of the Arts, where she had the opportunity to perform works by Merce Cunningham, John McFall, Michael Utoff, Robert Battle, and Gerard Ebitz. Crystal has performed with local companies such as Freddick Bratcher & Co, The Playground Theatre, Erika Diaz’s E. Magine Dance Ensemble, where she performed works by iMEE’s Spencer Hering, and Josee Garant Dance. She is also a member of Miami Contemporary Dance Company, where she has performed works by Ray Sullivan and Paolo Mohovich. She’s worked with local choreographers Liony Garcia, Luis Cuevas and Rosie Herrera in Rudi Goblen’s Fair Welling. She is currently on the faculty at The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet.
Derick Pierson began training at age of eighteen with the South Florida Circus Arts School in Miami in contortion, trapeze, silks, lyra, and aerial cube. Derick now works for Rainbow Circus when he is not traveling to teach workshops or compete in pole competitions. Through both self-teaching and then branching out to find Allison Sipes (USPDF Pro/ Master X-pert Trainer) his teacher, and friend, Derick started his competitive pole career and is now the Male National Aerial Pole Art Champion and Best Technique 2012, Male American Pole Fitness Champion for 2011, and the IPC 2ND place Pole Art Champion 2010. He has also competed in the pro division for Pole Dancing Universe. Derick was just voted best new artist, best pole flexibility, and best over all male performer in in Pole Dance International Magazine. He has also been featured in Pole Spin and Vertical Art and Fitness magazines. Currently Derick is working to become a master instructor with the certification program X-pert, working at Pixie Fitness.
Marcus Pough was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Miami Carol City Sr. High with honors. Shortly after he discovered his passion for dance, he started dancing professionally for Celebrity Cruise Lines (Century, Mercury), where he grew and matured as an industry performer. Since then he has been working for different venues and agencies throughout Miami.
Carolina Pozo, Miami native and daughter of Cuban immigrants, recently graduated from Florida International University where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Theatre. During her enrollment at FIU, Caro made use of her summer breaks and attended various programs and workshops such as NYU’s Tisch Cap21 summer program, New York Film Academy for Acting and Dolphin Entertainment Acting workshops. She has performed in various plays, musicals, and independent films as well as commercials, TV segments, and fashion shows. Caro also is skilled at building sets for productions, electrics, and make-up for both stage and film. Caro has also been involved in song/script writing. For more information please visit, CarolinaPozo.com.
Marissa Simons graduated from New World School of the Arts in June 2012. At NWSA, Marissa has had the opportunity to work and train with choreographers Peter London, Gerard Ebitz, Lara Murphy and Dale Andree and has trained in Ballet, Graham, Limón, and Horton techniques. Marissa has also attended various summer dance intensives, including Alvin Ailey Dance Intensive in June 2010, and in the summer of 2011 she received a scholarship to Martha Graham Intensive where she performed repertory under the direction of Virginie Mécène and Kevin Predmore. She also attended Complexions Contemporary Ballet, where she trained under the direction of Desmond Richardson and Clifford Williams.
Jose Rivero was born in Havana, started dancing at the age of 9, trained at the National School of the Arts in Cuba, and began his career with the Contemporary Dance Company, Cabaret Tropicana and Cuban Television ballet. After moving to the USA in 1997, he joined the Ballroom Fever The Show tour, appearing at New York City Center and Ballet Concerto in San Juan PR. Other credits include Love of Country and The Lost City, both films starring and produced by Andy Garcia; international tours with Gloria Stefan, Celia Cruz and Marc Anthony; TV events including the “Billboard Music Awards,” “Latin Grammy Awards” and “Premio Lo Nuestro.” Appearances in Las Vegas include “Havana Night Show” at the Stardust Hotel, “Show in the Sky” at the Rio Hotel and Casino, “Mystere” by Cirque du Soleil at the Treasure Island Hotel, and “Tony Braxton In Concert” at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Presently Jose is performing with Celebrity Cruises.
Luke Stockton is a graduate from California State University of Long Beach, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Dance. During his time at Long Beach, he had the privilege to perform works by Twyla Tharp, River North Chicago Dance Company and Motion/Tribe Dance Company. Luke was also a member of Body Current Dance a contemporary ballet company under the direction of Lorin Johnson. Other credits include: Disneyland, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Luke is thrilled to be a part of such a talented cast of The Donkey Show and can’t wait to boogie on down!
Leah Verier-Dunn is a graduate of New World School of the Arts and spent several years working and performing with a variety of different artists and companies, including Keigiwn & Company, Adele Myers and Dancers, Robert Battle, Michael Foley, Karl Rogers, Bill Doolin, and Kristin O’Neal. In 2007, Leah co-founded Moving Ethos Dance Company, and is the company’s Artistic Director. Currently, she is also a performer with Rosie Herrera Dance Theater.
Creative TeamTaylor Adamik’s credits for A.R.T.: Stage Manager: The Donkey Show Boston. Assistant Stage Manager: Mouth Wide Open; Once; Prometheus Bound; Cabaret. Production Associate: The Blue Flower. Production Coordinator: The Snow Queen; As You Like It; Bob: A Life in Five Acts.For Theater In The Open: Stage Manager (selected credits): Master Cat; A Christmas Carol; Romeo and Juliet; Waiting for Godot; Peter Pan; Alice in Wonderland. Graduate of Boston University, College of Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude B.F.A. in Stage Management.
Emmanuel Avellanet is a Boston actor and dancer and has been with the American Repertory Theater’s production of The Donkey Show as Cob Web and Wheelgood for two and a half years. Other credits include: Prometheus Bound Groupie, The Blue Flower Data Man understudy (American Repertory Theater); Acoustica Electronica dancer/ aerialist, Hot Snow Dietric (Oberon), House of Bernada Alba Pepe El Hermano (Plymouth Players). Emmanuel is a graduate of Bristol Community College (BA Theatre) and is looking forward to attending AMDA in the Summer of 2013.
Chameleon Lighting Group (Al Crawford and Zakaria M. Al-Alami) Founded from a belief in the importance of cross-genre design techniques, Chameleon Lighting Group (Al Crawford and Zakaria M. Al-Alami) is a team of talented designers and technical artists that support the creation and implementation of lighting for over 100 projects annually, worldwide. With Al’s fifteen years as the Lighting Director of the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Zak in his ninth year as Lighting Director of world-class Jazz at Lincoln Center, their theatrical aesthetic has crossed over to work in all areas of art, architecture, dance, live music, corporate and special events, theater, television, and live event production. Al’s lighting has involved collaborations with dance-world greats including Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, Melissa Hayden, Matthew Rushing, George Faison, Christopher Huggins, Hope Boykin, Jeanguy Saintus and many others. In his work for the stage and television, Zak has had the pleasure of lighting such music greats as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Willie Nelson, Monty Alexander, Patti Austin, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Eric Clapton, and Paul Simon, among many others. Chameleon has recently been involved in architectural installations at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, new ballets for Haiti’s Ayikodans at the Adrienne Arsht Center, multiple State Dinners for The White House, and Cedar Point Amusement Park’s multimillion dollar light show, “Luminosity.” Al is an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts, serves as a selection committee member of the Gilbert Helmsley Lighting Internship Programs at Lincoln Center and has had the opportunity to speak to students at Universities around the country and at the United States Institute for Theater Technology Conference (USITT).
Lucille Duncan is thrilled to be involved with this latest incarnation of The Donkey Show. She performed in the show Off-Broadway for 5 years (Directed by. Diane Paulus) and played all four lead roles - before training the Cambridge cast and performing in the show at ART. Other favorite roles include: Off B’way: That Woman in Rods and Cables at 3LD; Andrea in The Karaoke Show, (Dir. Diane Paulus); and Olympia in Fire Island by Charles Mee. Regional: Rosie in the IRNE Award-winning Cabaret with Amanda Palmer at ART; Curley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men and Masha in The Three Sisters. However, Dimitri/Vinnie in The Donkey Show will always be her first love. Look for her next in 3 Legged Dog’s Paris Orgy, by Charles Mee and performing as Mariah in Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant’s Little West 12th Night performed all over New York’s Meatpacking District!
LisaMichelle Eigler was born and raised in Southern California. She received her BFA in Stage Management and Theatrical Production from the California Institute of the Arts. She has worked in all forms of performing arts including dance, stunt shows, plays, concerts, opera, and musical theatre. In 2010, after freelancing for seven years with such companies as; Six Flags Entertainment, Children’s Theatre Center, Opera Pacific, Santa Barbra Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera New Jersey, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Shakespeare and Company, Buena Vista Theatrical Group, Center Theatre Group, and Juilliard, she relocated to Miami to work with Florida Grand Opera. She is pleased to be expanding her working relationship with the Arsht Center on this production.
Rosie Herrera is a graduate from New World School with a BFA in Dance Performance. She has been commissioned by The Miami Light Project, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing and the American Dance Festival. As a rehearsal director, co-choreographer and performer, Rosie was in residency at the Chat Noir Cabaret at Dream Night Club in Miami Beach with the interdisciplinary performance ensemble Circ X. In 2009 she was in residency at the American Dance Festival recreating her work Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret on ADF dancers. Subsequently her company was presented at the festival in 2010 and 2011 where she premiered the ADF and Arsht Center commissioned works: Pity Party and Dining Alone to sold out audiences. Rosie is a classically trained lyric coloratura soprano and performs with the Performers Music Institute Opera Ensemble as well as choreographs and stages operas independently throughout Miami. She has also collaborated on productions with The South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, New World School of the Arts, Zoetic Stage and with theater artist Rudi Goblen as well as filmmakers Adam Reign and Lucas Leyva. Rosie is a 2010 MANCC choreographic fellow and a 2011 Miami Dance Fellow.
Allegra Libonati is the Artistic Associate at the American Repertory Theater and the Resident Director for The Donkey Showcurrently also running in Boston. At the A.R.T she directed The Snow Queen, A.R.T.’s new family show, and will be directing Hansel and Gretel this winter. She has assisted Diane Paulus on Prometheus Bound (Associate Director) Death and the Powers: The Robot’s Opera, (Assistant Director), Best of Both Worlds, (Assistant director) and the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair on Broadway (Assistant Director). At Harvard University she curates The Chairs Revue, an original festival of theater and happenings in Harvard Yard. At OBERON Boston, A.R.T.’s club theater stage, she directed the food/performance event Once In Hell: Dante’s Inferno in 10 Dinner Courses, Matchmaker, Matchmaker, I’m Willing to Settle: A Musical Guide to Internet Datingand Careless Love, a new down home bluegrass musical, which premieres this summer at the Depot Theater. She directs outdoor musicals and Shakespeare productions at the Summer Theater of New Canaan, including My Fair Lady (currently running), Carousel, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and H4 (original adaptation of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2). Further favorite productions include The Island, Life’s a Dream, The Just Assassins, Cinderella Waltz, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and The Illusion. A lover of street theater, she is an initiator of RAK (Random Actors of Kindness) and the A.R.T. Instigators (spreading spontaneous moments of joy). In Arezzo, Italy, she studied Commedia Dell’Arte performance at the Accademia Dell’Arte and is a graduate of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. She holds an MFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University.
Michael Matthews has worked as a sound designer, media designer, and technical director for numerous productions in the Off-Broadway, regional, and corporate markets. After serving as a resident designer for Playmakers Repertory Theatre as well as Technical Director and Designer for Creative Visions, a company specializing in special event design and production, Michael relocated to Miami to join the Arsht Center team. Recent projects include sound design for Arsht Center productions of The House of Bernarda Alba and Rock Odyssey as well as the media design and software engineering for the “Social Media Wall” featured during last summer’s production of Cirque Eloize iD. Michael is a full-time member of the Center’s production department. This season he served as technical director for a range of productions including theJazz Rootsseries, Free Gospel Sundays, The B-52’s, The Roots, Kevin Costner’s Modern West, Legends of Reggae, Idina Menzel, Ayikodans, Pilobolus Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Company, and the Masterworks performances of Itzhak Perlman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet,and Lang Lang.
Janos Novak started his career at age five as a gymnast. Janos has performed in Mongolia, the Former Soviet Union, throughout Europe, Columbia, South America, and the United States as an actor, acrobat, and stunt performer. Janos made his debut in the United States as a producer, leader, and trainer with his own acrobatic troupe known as the “Helikon” Russian Swing. After the completion of a two-year contract with The Greatest Show on Earth, he became an acrobatic instructor for the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Clown College. The following year he joined the Greatest Show on Earth’s Red Unit management staff where he choreographed and trained two acts for the “Chicago Kidz” troupe. Janos’ has also performed in or worked with Disney MGM Studios, Sea World San Antonio, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Latin Music Awards” in Miami, the “Harley Davidson Live” at Hard Rock Café, Franco Dragone production in Belgium and China and the Gaylord Palms Resort Orlando Florida.
Diane Paulus is the Artistic Director at the A.R.T. At the A.R.T. her recent work includes the Tony Award-winning The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, and OBIE-winning composer Diedre Murray; Prometheus Bound, a new musical inspired by Aeschylus’s ancient Greek tragedy, written by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) with music composed by Grammy Award-winning System of a Down lead singer Serj Tankian; Death and The Powers: The Robots’ Opera a new opera by Tod Machover, in collaboration with MIT Media Lab and Chicago Opera Theater; Best of Both Worlds, and Johnny Baseball. Her other recent theater credits include The Public Theater’s Tony-Award winning revival of Hair on Broadway, and London’s West End. Other recent work includes Kiss Me, Kate (Glimmerglass Opera) and Lost Highway (ENO co-production with the Young Vic.) As an opera director, her credits include The Magic Flute (Canadian Opera Company), Il mondo della luna at the Hayden Planetarium in New York; Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Turn Of The Screw, Cosi fan tutte, and the Monteverdi trilogy Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Orfeo at the Chicago Opera Theater. Diane is a Professor of the Practice of Theater in Harvard University’s English Department and was recently named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston by Boston Magazine and is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Boston Conservatory.
Collette Pollard is the scenic designer for The Donkey Show. Other Adrienne Arsht Center credits include The House Theatre of Chicago’s production of Death And Harry Houdini and The Sparrow. Collette is based out of Chicago where she has designed for several theatre companies. Recent Chicago credits include: RENT(Co Production American Theatre Company and About Face Theatre) Fish Men(Teatro Vista presented by Goodman Theatre), Death and Harry Houdini, The Nutcracker and Cyrano(The House Theatre of Chicago), The Heart Is A Lonely Hunterand To Kill A Mockingbird (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Real Thing and A Streetcar Named Desire(Writers’ Theatre), Broadway Bound (Drury Lane Theatre, best large scenic design, Jeff Nomination) and The Front Page(best midsize design, Jeff Award). Other regional credits include The Fairytale Lives Of Russian Girls(Alliance Theatre, Atlanta), Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly(First Stage Theatre, Milwaukee), A Streetcar Named Desire (Williamstown Theatre Festival.) Harriet JacobsandThe Glass Menagerie (Kansas City Repertory Theatre). International credits: Joan D’arc(Co-production Goodman Theatre and Linz09, Austria) and Maria Stewart(Linz09, Austria). Collette received the Michael Merritt Maggio Emerging Designer Award in 2010, is currently the Scenic Design Lecturer faculty member at Columbia College and company member at The House Theatre of Chicago.
Erin Turner is a native New Englander, who recently relocated to South Florida to work as the Production Manager / Technical Director for Florida Grand Opera. Having more than 20 years’ experience in opera, modern dance, and theater, Erin had worked with such companies as Boston Lyric Opera, WGBH, The Boston Symphony, Handel and Hayden Society, Opera Boston, Dance Umbrella, World Music / Crash Arts, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, to name a few. Some of the highlights have included: 50th Anniversary of the American Premiere of Peter Grimes with the Boston Symphony, American Premiere of the opera Angels in America, and several staged music works with Peter Sellars. Erin has also been on staff as a lecturer at several Boston area universities.
Randy Weiner is a playwright and theater producer. His writing credits include Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, Caligula, both with Alfred Preisser, Classical Theater of Harlem; Swimming with Watermelons, Music-Theatre Group and Vineyard Theatre; Best of Both Worlds, Music-Theater Group, Women’s Project and A.R.T.; Turandot: Rumble for the Ring, Bay Street Theatre; Stairway to Hell, BASE Entertainment; The Karaoke Show, Frankenweiner and many others with Project 400 Theater Group. Recent projects include The Most Interesting Show in the World, sponsored by Heineken, currently touring 16 cities around the U.S., and Purgatorio, a Halloween extravaganza presented by CBS Radio in Times Square. David Woolard’s many Broadway credits include Lysistrata Jones, West Side Story, Jane Fonda’s costumes for 33 Variations, All Shook Up, 700 Sundays with Billy Crystal, The Rocky Horror Show (2001 Tony Award nomination) at Circle in the Square Theater; Voices in the Dark, and The Who’s Tommy (1993 Tony and Olivier Award nominations); among others. Recent projects include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at NY City Center, Madama Butterfly at The Minnesota Opera; The Orphans’ Home Cycle. Other credits include Divin e Rivalry at The Old Globe, Don Giovanni at New York City Opera, Sweeney Todd at the Kennedy Center. He is currently designing Oscar a world premiere opera at Santa Fe Opera.
Michael Miles comes to The Donkey Show with over 40 year’s experience in the Performing and Visual Arts. His career has run the gamut from performing in minstrel shows and a traveling gospel group as a child to designing industrial theater for corporations such as Whirlpool, CYSCO, and Holiday Rambler. Michael is currently the Resident Properties Coordinator for the Florida Grand Opera. To date, this is the largest pinata he's ever built.
Jordan Roth produced the original New York production of The Donkey Show, which ran 6 years off-Broadway with several international productions. He is the President of Jujamcyn Theaters which owns and operates five Broadway theaters. Current and recent productions include: The Heiress, Bring It On The Musical, Clybourne Park, Leap of Faith, American Idiot, Fela!, Hair, Jersey Boys and A Little Night Music. Recent Jujamcyn productions include Lysistrata Jones, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Spring Awakening, The Producers, Grey Gardens, Doubt, Proof, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy. Jordan produced A Catered Affair and the Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show. He created Givenik.com, where theatergoers can purchase discounted tickets and give 5% of their ticket price to the charity of their choice. Jordan serves on the boards of The Broadway League, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Times Square Alliance and Freedom to Marry. He received degrees in philosophy and theatre from Princeton University and is pursuing his MBA at Columbia University.