Matthew Alexander (#Brad4Laura – Bookwriter) – I tell stories through writing, song, photographs, and (a little bit) of acting. After taking ANMT’s Outlining Lab, I joined the Core Curriculum program and was fortunate to create #Brad4Laura with Karla and Erik. Additional training: David Henry Hwang Writers Institute (DHHWI) with Doris Baizley; song writing with David ‘Cat’ Cohen; voice with Bud Bisbee, Lisa Popiel; acting with Chris Fields, Sam Christensen. Credits: staged readings of Where is the Love?; Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles – 11 seasons, 6 CDs; Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network – Godspell (Steven/Jesus), Music Man (Harold Hill).
Joel Bailey (Photo Finish – Bookwriter) – Joel Bailey currently works as a producer and writer in the entertainment industry. [IMDb Page]
Bryan Blaskie (iWish – Composer) – Bryan is a music director, composer, and accompanist based in LA. He studied film and music composition at Denison University in Granville, Ohio before moving west. He also studied with the Academy for New Musical Theatre. Recent music direction credits: The Max Factor Factor, 110 In The Shade, Tonya Harding: the Musical, and Victorian Courting & Zombies (composer & lyricist). He is a founding producer and music director for A Little New Music, a cabaret series dedicated to showcasing the latest in musical theatre. www.bryanblaskie.com
Lawrie Chiaro (iWish – Lyricist) – When I’m not writing song lyrics, I am teaching music at an elementary school. Besides writing for musical theatre, I’ve recently started writing country and western music, and I am now collaborating with a Nashville composer.
Karla Kelly (#Brad4Laura – Lyricist) – BIO
Erik Przytulski (#Brad4Laura – Composer) – BIO
Jan Roper (Photo Finish – Composer) – Jan Roper brings more than 25 years of experience in Los Angeles as a keyboard player, singer, songwriter, and arranger. In her years of live stage experience she has performed hundreds of high-profile gigs as singer and/or keyboard player at venues like the Kodak, Hollywood Bowl and Greek Theater. She has music directed numerous shows, including her own original rock opera, Jerusalem A.D. In 2010 the L.A. Weekly Theater Awards nominated her for Best Musical Director for her work in Godspell. Jan released her second CD last year under her band name, The Horizons, called “The Sweetest Refrain” available on iTunes. She also teaches part-time on the keyboard faculty at Musicians Institute in Hollywood and Coast Conservatory of Music in Hermosa Beach. She is currently gearing up to workshop her latest musical, City of Light, at Beverly Hills Playhouse, opening, Sept. 20, 2014.
Gabrielle Wagner Mann (iWish – Bookwriter) – Gabrielle Wagner Mann comes from a professional background of acting and singing. As a writer, she has had her one act play “What?” produced at Smith College (her alma mater) and her one act musical, “iWish” was produced (and published) by the Academy for New Musical Theatre at the Colony Theatre in June 2012, as well as at UC Irvine in March 2013. Her first full length musical, “City of Light” has garnered much interest since its first draft reading in June 2013, and has seen a concert style production at the Colony Theatre and was accepted and performed at Playfest Santa Barbara in January 2014. It will open as a fully staged workshop production this fall and run from 9/19 thru 10/5 at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and ANMT (www.cityoflightmusical.com.) As an actress, she starred in the acclaimed “Divorce! The musical” for which she was nominated for an Ovation Award 2010. She was most recently seen on AMC’s Mad Men, FX’s Wilfred, film Stonerville (with the late Leslie Nielsen) and in several world premier’s of new musicals, including “A Ring in Brooklyn” and “Children of the Night,” and US tour of “Through a Child’s Eyes.” She also received a Garland nom for Best Lead in a Musical as Polly Peachum in “The Threepenny Opera.” For more go to www.gabriellewagner.com.
Eve Weston (Photo Finish – Lyricist) – Eve Weston, a writer of many kinds, is currently developing a musical web series for the leading teen YouTube channel, AwesomenessTV. In addition to Photo Finish, she has written the 15-minute musical The Aquarium Music Awards, and the new Hanukkah song “Oh, That’s Right (It’s Hanukkah),” available on iTunes. In the last year, Eve’s work has been selected for performance in the Writers’ Guild of America’s annual “Women on the Scene” event and the quarterly cabaret show “A Little New Music,” dedicated to showcasing the best new musical theater songs. For television, Eve developed the multi-cam pilot The Fast Track for ABC Family. She has written episodes for ABC’s Better With You, Disney XD’s Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, and Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, where she also wrote the song “Funky Hat Dance,” which became a YouTube sensation with more than a million views. Eve has studied improv comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and I.O. West, and lyric writing for musical theatre at the Academy for New Musical Theatre. She has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and an MFA in screenwriting from USC. Eve is also a contributor to L.A. Weekly and Hello Giggles.