Robert L. Hecker (Playwright) enlisted in the Army Air Corps after Pearl Harbor. He completed thirty missions as a lead bombardier on B-17s and was awarded six Air Medals, four battle stars, a Unit Citation and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Shortly after the war, he began a freelance writing career for radio and television, while specializing in business, education and documentary films. His documentary film awards include: San Francisco Film Festivals Golden Gate Award, Atlanta Film Festivals Gold Award, five Information Film Producers of America Cindy Awards, and four United States Cine awards. He also has had 12 novels published and five stage plays produced, including Honestly Abe, his first musical, as well as a new feature-film screenplay scheduled for shooting in the spring. Robert is a graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse and the Westlake College of Music and a member of the WGA, the Dramatists Guild, and the Alliance of LA Playwrights.
Upcoming directing projects include a reading of The English Bride by Lucile Lichtblau (Luna Stage). Recent directing projects include the new musical Honestly Abe by Robert Hecker (La Muse Venale/Mint Theater) and a reading of Dead and Buried by James McLindon (Luna Stage). Recent producing credits are McCarter Theatres High School Rep and The Mad 7 by Yehuda Hyman (dir. Mara Isaacs) in the NY International Fringe Festival. Other directing credits include McCarter Theatre's Youth Ink! Festival and MCC Theatre's Youth Company. Josh was recently a Directing and Producing Assistant at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ where he assisted Des McAnnuff, Amy Morton and Nicholas Martin. As a playwright, his work has been seen in California, New York, Maine and Ontario. Most recently his play Heels in the Sand had a reading at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre. He is the recipient of the Lipkin Prize and is a Corwin Award winner. Josh is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.
Continues an active career as choreographer, dancer and actor. Favorite choreography credits include Diabetes Costars (With Paul and Mira Sorvino), Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, Wooden Breeks (MCC), Erica Schmidts Price of Pearls and Other Stories, Unity Ball Dance for Alseheimers, Hot for Manhattan Ballroom Showcase, 10 Blocks On The Camio Real, JosephDream Coat, Honestly Abe, among many commercials, musicals and films. Amy worked as managing director of Little Light Productions. She competes as a professional Ballroom and Latin dancer, and dances for the American Ballroom Theatre. She holds a BA in Dance and Theatre and an MFA in Theatre from The Actors Studio Drama School.
Through his prior work at management firm 101 Productions and as Executive Personal Assistant to producer Timothy Levy at Robert Boyett Theatricals, Evan has worked on more than 20 Broadway shows and Westend transfers. In addition, he served as Administrative Production Coordinator for the Drama Desk Awards, co-coordinated the New Island Festival, managed Front of House Operations for The New York Musical Theatre Festival, and acted as Production Manager for the Midtown International Theatre Festival. As a playwright, he has written four full-length plays and two musicals. As director, he has mounted six New York stage productions and two television pilots, with one earning him a Velocity Award Nomination for Best Director. Evan studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is currently working on a degree in Cultural Media from Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts.
DUANE PAGANO is obligated to thank Emileena and crew for the opportunity to be a part of this production. He has designed lights for any number of productions throughout NYC, some of which you may have seen. And if you havent, no worries, as he has more upcoming. Hes also designed sets occasionally. Possibly you hadnt recognized his name before, as you hadnt read through the program. Thanks for reading and enjoy the show. As always, he dedicates his work to his biggest fan.
Recent Designs: My Base and Scurvy Heart, Space Bar, The Erotic Diary of Anne Frank, Gaugleprixtown (Studio 42); Transatlantica (NYTW); Present Perfect (NYIT Award); We Are Being Held (Coffee Cup Theatre); Boise, St. Crispins Day (Rattlestick); Fear (Naked Angels); Marvins Room, HurlyBurly, Crimes of the Heart, Taste of Honey, Bedroom Farce (T. Schreiber Studio); Peter Pan, Tom Jones, Waiting for Godot, The Foreigner, The Orchard, Towards Zero (Dorset Theater Festival); Associate Credits: Bring It On (National Tour); Aladdin (5th Avenue Theatre); Ghetto Klown (Lyceum Theatre); ELF (AL Hirschfeld Theatre); Mrs Warrens Profession (Roundabout Theatre); Stuffed and Unstrung (Henson Alternative); Beauty and the Beast (National Tour); Brighton Beach Memoirs (Netherlander Theatre); Accent on Youth (MTC).
MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. NY theatre productions include Tartuffe, Wickets, The Winters Tale, and Twelfth Night. Film credits include Tomorrow Comes Today, My Name is Your First Love, and Gods Atheist. She has also worked in TV as a costume coordinator for 2 seasons at Law & Order and 1 season at Blue Bloods.
Ien DeNio never knows what to say in these things. Ien is an artist, with a general focus in theater and a particular fascination with sound. Her recent work includes Planet Egg (St. Anns Puppet Lab; Holon Puppet Festival, Israel), Hay Fever (NYU-ATC), Blue Roof Skies (92nd Street Y; Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Festival) and DayDreamers(Canadian Fringe Festival). Her work can be seen in the upcoming weeks in Trojan Women (NYU-ATC) and Anne and Emmett (Atlas Theater, DC). Many thanks to Josh, Mom, Dad, Kate, and neverbugs... little ones.
Charlotte Volage theatrical credits include Broadway, Off Broadway and regional theatre. Broadway shows represented are Absurd Person Singular, Goodtime Charley, Yiddle With a Fiddle and Crown Matrimonial. She has worked along side Marsha Norman on Marsha's play Lunch with Ginger observing first-hand this Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright in action. Her first professional theatre experience occurred on the national tour of That Championship Season which starred Danny Aiello and academy award winner Broderick Crawford. She also worked with Elia Kazan on one of his final directorial projects The Chain which premiered at the Hartman Theatre. Cheryl Crawford produced this play, which was optioned for Broadway. Charlotte rode the train every day to rehearse with this icon of theatre history and heard many stories from Cheryl's halcyon days with the Theatre Guild one of the most prominent producing organizations in the history of the American theatre.
Sarah Kate is thrilled to be joining The Show Goes On team. For four years she worked closely with box-office guru Joseph Craig at his offices at both Nielsen Research Group and Entertainment Research Marketing, where their research credits include work with Disney Theatricals, SPOT Co, Spiderman: Turn off the Dark and more. Additionally, she has served as the marketing director for the past two seasons of the Midtown International Theatre Festival. She also gives marketing assistance to Touching Humanity, a theater company featuring "differently abled" performers. She has an M.F.A. from Rutgers' prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she studied playwriting.
Paul Siebold is the managing director of OFF OFF PR, a firm dedicated to promoting developing theatrical productions through effective marketing communications. He has been a marketing, promotions and public relations executive for over 15 years. Pauls work has helped to achieve significant pre-press, sold-out houses and post-production success for his clients. Among his many successes, Paul was the publicist for the 2008 and 2009 winners of the New York Innovative Theatre Award's "Outstanding Production of a Musical." Paul works with performers, album releases, comedies, dramas, musicals, plays, dance and solo performances as part of festivals, theater company seasons, independently produced productions, and more. . Member, AEA /AFTRA.
Broadway: In The Heights Off Broadway: The Sphinx Winx Regional: Most Wanted, After the Quake, The Farnsworth Invention and Carmen The Musical (LaJolla Playhouse), Denmark, Mauritius (Madison Repertory) Hamlet, As You Like It (PCPA Theaterfest). International: CANDELA "Fuerza y Pasión" (Pura Vibra), Oedipus Rex (TOGA Japan), INDIA (Dragone Productions). She received her MFA from the University of Delaware. Heather is also on the board of directors for the nonprofit arts organization R.Evolución Latina.
Jamibeth is now entering her 16th year as a professional casting director in New York. She was with Johnson-Liff Casting, Cameron Mackintosh, and Margolis-Seay Casting and is now out on her own as a freelance casting director. Previous credits include the Broadway and National Touring Companies of LES MISERABLES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MISS SAIGON, and CATS as well as many other shows on Broadway, Off Broadway, National Touring Companies and shows for prominent regional theaters. Jamibeth is a member of the Casting Society of America. Currently, she is casting many new plays and musicals in development for commercial productions including SISTAS (running Off Broadway at St. Lukes) and WARSAW and is dedicated to developing new works. She is thrilled to be working with Emileena again and the entire creative team of GHOST DANCER.
Recent credits include SOPAC's Significant Others (stage reading); NYMF This One Girls' Story; Abingdon Theater's How I Fell in Love; Morgan Street at BRIC Arts New Black Festival; plus various NYC credits.
Alyssa is a New York City based theater/film artist. Previously, she has interned on the independent film The Green as the production office assistant and at the 2nd National Asian American Theater Festival as the marketing intern. She also co-produced the short film White Rice which was accepted into the 2011 Big Apple Film Festival and is currently producing the short film Underpaid Narrator. Alyssa does freelance graphic design and editing.
Emily Padden is happy to be working with Emileena and Evan again after interning for them this summer on the Midtown International Theatre Festival. A native of Massachusetts, Emily earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Salem State University (formerly Salem State College) in 2003 and immediately went to work in the Boston area as a stage manager, production assistant, stagehand, and event tech. She's worked for such regional theatres / theatre companies as The Lyric Stage of Boston, North Shore Music Theatre, The American Repertory Theatre, Boston Actors Theater, The Firehouse Center For the Arts, Boston Theatre Works, New Repertory Theatre, and Company One. Additionally, Emily served for four years as a stage manger / co-artistic director of the Boston fringe theatre company, Junkyard Dogs Productions, and in 2007 went with the Dogs to The Edmonton International Fringe Festival with their original production of Lineage. Since her move here (finally!) in May of 2010, Emily has tried to get involved as much as possible in theatre and so far has worked for the aforementioned MITF, volunteered for the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival (sensing a theme here?), and helped out as a volunteer script reader at New York Theatre Workshop. Currently, Emily is a staff member at State Supply Equipment & Props, Inc.
The Production Team of
Joshua A. Kashinsky
Robert L. Hecker
Sarah Kate O'Haver
Off Off PR
Production Stage Manager