Tony Nominee – Director
Vincent Paterson is a highly sought-after director and legendary choreographer whose accomplishments span every genre in the entertainment industry. A key creative energy source in the careers of both Michael Jackson and Madonna, he directed and choreographed Madonna´s Blond Ambition world tour, Michael Jackson´s Bad world tour and “Smooth Criminal” video in the film Moonwalker, among other projects. On Broadway, he received a Tony Award nomination for his choreography of Kiss of the Spider Woman. He choreographed London´s West End production of Lenny for director Sir Peter Hall. His direction of the play Gangsta Love garnered him a Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Director. More recently he wrote and directed Cirque Du Soleil´s Viva ELVIS show, seen by over a million people. In opera, the gifted director worked on Massenet´s Manon with soprano Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo as conductor. He choreographed for films including Evita starring Madonna, with other film credits such as Hook, Havana, and Dancer in the Dark with Björk.
Emmy winner – Choreographer
Having worked with many of the best directors and actors in the entertainment business, Bonnie Story was a choreographer on Disney Channel’s sensational hit High School Musical films 1, 2 and 3, directed by Kenny Ortega. Bonnie received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography for working on the films. She served as co-choreographer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics, choreographed for Touched by an Angel, and the Disney film Virtual Perfection. Bonnie’s recent credits include choreography for the feature film America’s Greatest Pastime, Suite Life of Zack and Cody, numerous Disney Channel segments, and both the Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl halftime shows. She also choreographed for the films American Mall (MTV Films) and Rock N Roll Forever, and the Cirque du Soleil show Viva ELVIS.
Emmy winner – Set Designer
Always on the innovative front of integrated digital art direction, John Iacovelli has designed over 200 theatre productions across the US with a variety of respected groups. He won an Emmy for the A&E broadcast version of Broadway’s Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. He has been honored with the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award, 14 Drama-Logue Awards, Bay Area Drama Critics Circle Award, and Backstage West Garland Award. He has designed extensively for film and television, including as art director on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! and The Cosby Show; supervising art director for Telemundo Network’s West Coast operations; and production designer for The Wild West and National Lampoon, among others. Some of his other credits are NBC’s The Book of Daniel, PBS’ Ripley’s Believe It or Not and TNT’s Babylon 5, as well as industrial designs for NASA, Disney World and the Olympics.
Award-winning costume designer Sharell Martin has been affiliated with diverse and established production companies, with her laudable work seen in The Melody Lingers On at the El Portal with Katherine Crosby, Bark! The Musical: Chicago Premiere, and The Marvelous Wonderettes. Sharell also designed Aida and Beauty and the Beast for touring companies, and all costumes for the world premiere staging of Pilgrim. Other credits include critically acclaimed shows such as Jekyll & Hyde (West Coast Premiere), My Fair Lady (National Tour), Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Music Man, Carousel, Cabaret, The King and I, Into The Woods, Singing in the Rain, Oliver!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and more. For her ingenious, sophisticated designs, she won the Drama-Logue Award, as well as Ovation Award and Robbie Award nominations.
Frank Evans co-wrote the Off-Broadway musical, Abie´s Island Rose, Puma and Dinner at Eight, which garnered a Jerry Bock Award. With his work named “Best of the Year” by multiple media, his Back Home, the War Brides Musical won the Spirit Award for Best New Work. Musical credits also include Ravenswood (Greenwich House Theatre, NYC), Nobody´s Perfect (ELT at Lincoln Center), No Speed Limit (Edward Albee Theatre Festival, Valdez, Alaska; Pittsburgh’s Acting Company), along with a number of notable plays. Frank serves on the Tony-winning BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop´s steering committee, and is producing director of Musical Mondays Theatre Lab in New York. He has also created book and lyrics for a musical about Howard Hughes. Frank was a co-writer of The Real Love: The Musical.
Cynthia Ferrell is an international award-winning author, playwright, essayist and librettist, whose original plays have won award recognition across the country, including by the Arts & Letters International Competition for her 3DB Inside, by the Writer´s Digest International Competition for her Mean High Tide, and at the Jerome Lawrence Play Festival for Snapshoot, to name a few. She was the producer and director of the music video Shermania! with composer Jerry Ranger, and El Canguro, an acclaimed opera with composer Peter Michael von der Nahmer. Newer projects include her novel, Rattler in the Ivy, and her play, Holy Cows of Oxnard. The poetic, vibrant storyteller is published by Doubleday NY.
Recent credits include Waiting For Godot, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Harps and Angels (Mark Taper Forum), The Heiress (Pasadena Playhouse), All My Sons (Matrix Theater), and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Jenufa, Don Giovani, La Boheme (LA Opera). Previous work includes Drumline Live World Tour, Sondhiem 75th (Hollywood Bowl), Substance of Fire (Seattle Repertory), Sight Unseen (Berkeley Repertory), Brooklyn Laundry (co-design, Coronet Theater), Macbeth directed by Richard Jordan with Raul Julia (NY Shakespeare Festival), Pick Up Ax, Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune , Dog Logic (South Coast Repertory), The Dance of Death (Los Angeles Theater Center), numerous productions for Center Theater Group Mark Taper Forum including Largo Desolato, Talking With, and the world premiere of Angels in America (co-design). He is a member of United Scenic Artists and is a principal and co-owner of NyxDesign.
William Coiner has been stage managing Broadway musicals and opera for the past 30 years, including the Tony and Emmy Award winning Blast! on Broadway. He spent ten years on the road stage managing national tours of Broadway shows including Rent, Sunset Boulevard, Angels in America, Guys and Dolls, and The Who’s Tommy. He has stage managed over 75 operas at a number of companies in the United States and Europe, including world premieres of operas by such noted composers as Jeanine Tesori, John Adams, Philip Glass, and Meredith Monk. Locally he has worked with Center Theatre Group, Deaf West Theater, 3D Theatricals, Los Angeles Opera and Opera Pacific. In addition, he works with Disney Creative Entertainment opening shows in their parks in the United States, overseas, and on their cruise ships.
Keith Dixon is the president and owner of Patterson Avenue Productions, providing turnkey television and event production services to multinational companies. With nearly 30 years of experience in 20 countries, he has been the executive producer of more than 80 corporate events with audiences of up to 50,000, producer/director of over 3,000 corporate television programs, and the live television director for more than 400 interactive television broadcasts. Some have garnered him CINE Golden Eagle Awards, Telly Awards, and Davey Awards. Recently, Keith and his team produced the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Arrival Ceremony, were strategic producers of the Congressional Medal of Honor Gala, and provided turnkey production for ViSalus’ belief-building “Vitality” event at the American Airlines Arena. This was the third successful year of collaboration between Keith and his team and the team at Supreme Master TV.
Michael Donovan, CSA
Michael Donovan has won five Casting Society of America’s Artios Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Casting. His credits include South Pacific starring Reba McEntire, and Amadeus starring Neil Patrick Harris for the Hollywood Bowl/L.A. Philharmonic; Fences with Laurence Fishburne, Can-Can, Sister Act (world premiere), Orson’s Shadow, and Ray Charles Live at the Pasadena Playhouse; A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Tom Hanks and As You Like It with Anthony Hopkins at the Shakespeare Festival/LA; A Picture of Dorian Gray at the Theatre @ Boston Court; productions for La Jolla Playhouse, Falcon Theatre, Colony Theatre, Reprise!, and more. Other credits include Hairspray, South Street, Heavier Than…, How To Train Your Dragon’s live-version tour, tours of Aida, Beauty and the Beast and Buddy, numerous films, TV series, and over 1,200 commercials.
Cricket S. Myers
Sound Designer (vegetarian)
Having worked on over 200 Los Angeles theatre productions, on Broadway, Cricket Myers won a 2011 Drama Desk Award and Tony nomination for Best Sound Design for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo; Broadway World Award for her work in I Love Lucy, Live on Stage; Scenie Award from StageSceneLA, who has also named her Sound Designer of the Year for four consecutive years; Los Angeles Drama Critics Award; Back Stage Garland Award; and 13 Ovation Award nominations. Her memorable designs include Subject Was Roses, School of Night, and Nightingale (Mark Taper Forum); Marvelous Wonderettes (Westside Arts, NYC, El Portal Forum Theater); The Wake, Bengal Tiger…, Two Unrelated Plays, The Little Dog Laughed, and Come Back, Little Sheba (Kirk Douglas Theater); Life Could Be a Dream (Hudson Theater, Mainstage); Floyd Collins (West Coast Ensemble), and many more. Cricket designed the sound for the musical The Real Love.
HAIR & WIG DESIGNER
Kristy is the owner of Top Knot, a custom wig and facial hair company based in Los Angeles. The company designs and builds custom pieces for TV, film, and theatre. Recently, Kristy built and designed all of the facial hair for Chavez, a bio-pic on the life of Cesar Chavez, starring Michael Pena, America Ferrera, and Rosario Dawson. She also worked on makeup and hair on Fellowship! A Musical Parody of The Fellowship of the Ring. Before starting Top Knot and relocating to Los Angeles, Kristy lived in Chicago, where she built and designed hair and makeup for a number of theaters, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Merle Reskin Theatre, and Redtwist Theatre.
Sarah Dorsey is a professional makeup and special effects artist practicing beauty, character design, airbrush, and prosthetics for film, commercials, video, print, and special events. Her extensive background enables her to accentuate the most striking features of any talent, whether the script calls for beauty or fright. Her focus and first love is filmmaking. Never one to settle for anything less than the best possible result, she continuously strives to create the creatures and characters for some of Hollywood’s best work yet to come! One unique aspect of her beautiful work is that she pays special attention to all areas including makeup, special effects, and hair. Sarah’s work can be seen in over 20 feature-length films and on a number of webisodes, print photography, commercials, and much more. She has gained a reputation for overcoming obstacles, exceeding expectations, and working efficiently in the most hectic of conditions.
EMMY AWARD WINNER – VIDEO DIRECTOR
For more than 20 years, television director Mark Mardoyan has been applying his technical and directorial skills to numerous entertainment projects, many of which have resulted in their networks’ highest ratings, including: My Network TV, Fox, PBS, and KTLA. Some of those featured programs have been: The World Magic Awards 2007-2009, the television series Masters of Illusion, Impossible Magic, Heroes Among Us, New Jewish Cuisine, Hollywood Christmas Parade, and Totally Pets, just to name a few. Mark has worked on the arrival ceremony for the Space Shuttle Endeavour, and his work on the LA Marathon in 2004 garnered him a prestigious Emmy Award. For the third consecutive year, he was proud to have been entrusted with bringing to life on television this inspirational program by the team at Supreme Master TV.