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Although Jim began in theatre he is best known as a songwriter/producer whose records have sold more than 200,000,000 million copies worldwide.  The L.A. Times described him as "the Richard Wagner of rock." At Amherst College he wrote and starred in an epic musical called The Dream Engine. It caused a sensation and N.Y. Shakespeare Festival's Joe Papp bought the rights at intermission.  His first professional musical was More Than You Deserve at Papp’s Public Theatre, where he worked for five years.  When a singer named Meat Loaf auditioned for him, Spin Magazine called the meeting "one of the top ten most important moments in the history of rock and roll."

Then came his first record, the legendary Bat Out Of Hell, with Meat Loaf in 1977.  It remains the biggest debut album ever and the second best selling disc of all time.  Jim is the only person in the Top 20 Albums of All Time to have written all songs alone, both music and lyrics. The sequel, 1993's Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, topped the charts in 38 countries.  He wrote all of the songs on 2016's chart topping, Braver Than We Are, again by Meat Loaf.

Number 1 songs include: Total Eclipse Of The Heart (four times, 1983, 1995, 2003 and 2017); Paradise By The Dashboard Light; Dead Ringer For Love; Making Love Out Of Nothing At All; Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad; Holding Out For A Hero; I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) – biggest rock single sales ever; It's All Coming Back To Me Now, which was named the 1997 Song Of The Year by BMI, for having had the most broadcasts worldwide - 1.6 million; and No Matter What, by Boyzone (record of the year in England for 1998 and #1 in 18 countries - the most successful single ever released from a musical in history). He won a Grammy award as producer for Best Album of the Year, Celine Dion's Falling Into You. He made one platinum album as a singer, Bad For Good.

Film music includes: Footloose; Streets Of Fire; The Shadow; and Mask Of Zorro.  Musicals include Whistle Down The Wind, with score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Jim Steinman.  He also wrote the score for Tanz der Vampire, a musical staged by Roman Polanski, which opened in Vienna, October of 1997 to rave reviews, record box office and is currently still selling out theatres as it launches it's 20th Anniversary production.  Tanz der Vampire is running throughout Europe (this year in St. Gallen, Switzerland plus Stuttgart, Hamburg and Cologne, Germany, Vienna, Austria and in Prague, Czech Republic). It has also played in other major world cities including Berlin, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Budapest, Warsaw, Helsinki, New York, Paris, Antwerp, Helsinki, Budapest and Tokyo.  Jim has also conceived and executive produced the film, and wrote songs/score for Wuthering Heights, 2003, for MTV.

Jim Steinman was inducted in to the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2012, received an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Amherst College, in 2013 and entered the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in November, 2016.

In 2017, three special limited-run productions of Bat Out Of Hell The Musical played to nearly half a million people in Manchester and London, England as well as Toronto, Canada.  Playing to sold-out houses the show immediately gathered a devoted following among audiences and all three engagements required extensions to meet ticket demand.  Critics also embraced the show with book, music and lyrics all written by Jim Steinman, directed by Jay Scheib.  The 2 cd cast album, which Jim produced and includes two new songs written specifically for the show, is currently on sale.  Additional productions are planned 2018.

Jim Steinman's distinctive, over-the-top style has influenced a genre of music and such songs are often referred to as "Steinmanesque."  He is known as the "Father of the Power Ballad" and is one of the founders of epic rock.  He also played a vital role in the birth of music videos as we know them.  Jim Steinman's music has permeated popular culture the world over in a way that is unequalled by any composer or songwriter that has ever lived. www.jimsteinman.com

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Jay Scheib is a director and author and adapter of plays, operas, ballets and hybrid live art performance events. Known for genre-defying works of daring physicality and the integration of new technologies in live performance, Scheib is the recipient of both a Guggenheim and an Obie Award for Direction. Garnering rave reviews and accolades internationally. Scheib’s production of Thomas Adès’ opera Powder her Face for New York City Opera at BAM was called “dazzling,” by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times. Of Scheib's Fassbinder adaptation "World of Wires," which premiered at The Kitchen in New York followed by an international tour, Ben Brantley of The New York Times hailed the production for its "revved-up young ensemble that exudes a real-life, in-the-moment, hormone-popping glow…"

Other recent works include new stagings of two operas by Giorgos Kouroupou, Pylades and Jocasta for the Athens Festival in Greece; an original opera adaptation of Bergman's Persona with composer Keeril Makan which premiered in New York followed by performances at the Gardner Museum in Boston; Luigi Nono’s No hay camino hay que caminar as ouverture to Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse under the title “Odyssee.” Scheib's new staging opened the season of the newly restructured Staatstheater Darmstadt in Germany and played to sold out houses with two extended runs; and the multiplatform staging Platonov, or the Disinherited, premiered as part of the Without Walls Festival at La Jolla Playhouse followed by a three week run at The Kitchen in New York City. Conceived as a 100 minute, single-take feature film, Scheib’s adaptation of Chekhov’s play was broadcast live from The Kitchen as a feature film to the AMC Empire 25 Cinema in Times Square and to BAM Rose Cinema in Brooklyn. Named Best New York Theater Director by Time Out New York in 2009, and one of the 25 theater artists shaping the next 25 years of American theater, by American Theater Magazine, Scheib is also the recipient of the MIT Edgerton Award, The Richard Sherwood Award, and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts/TCG program for directors.

Scheib holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Direction from Columbia University School of the Arts and currently holds a Professorship for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he directs the program in Theater Arts.

Scheib would like to say a special thank you to Laine Rettmer for all the love and support.

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Emma Portner breaks boundaries. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, she shares her unique abilities internationally, in both live settings, and across social media platforms. Her performance and choreography appear in Justin Bieber's Life Is Worth Living video as well as on his Purpose World Tour.

The New York Times calls her "Beguiling", Dance Spirit Magazine writes that she has an "Unstoppable Career" and is "Changing the Dance World", and Capezio writes that she is "Challenging the Standard of Mediocrity" and has been given the title of "Capezio Athlete". In 2012, American Dance Awards named Emma "Young Choreographer of the Year". Since then, her choreography has garnered millions of international views and won several awards, including top placement in the 2014 CAPEZIO A.C.E Awards.

Emma's obsession with dance began at the Leeming Danceworks Studio in Ottawa; she trained summers with the National Ballet School of Canada and graduated with honours from Canterbury High School of the Performing Arts. Later went on to study at the Alvin Ailey School in New York City. She has had the privilege of training with the acclaimed Rubberbandance Group, and she regularly attends Springboard Danse Montreal where she has worked with members of Batsheva Dance Company, Kidd Pivot, and Netherlands Dance Theatre.

Emma manages and directs her New York based contemporary dance company, teaches around the world, and is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Intrigue Dance Convention. She is most proud to be a member of Michelle Dorrance's respected tap dance company, Dorrance Dance. Most recently, you can find her on the Cover of Dance Spirit Magazine for her continued and untraditional success. Forever a student, she hopes to keep pushing boundaries while remaining curious, honest, and versatile.

She is now the youngest woman (in documented history) to choreograph a musical.

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Michael Reed, conductor, studied at the RCM (Tagore Gold Medal winner). He has conducted for over twenty West End shows including: Phantom of the Opera; Barnum; On the Twentieth Century; Aspects of Love; Joseph; Whistle Down the Wind; Mr. Cinders; and Singin' in the Rain. He was Musical Supervisor for the worldwide productions of many of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals and also his 50th Birthday Concert. Michael’s international credits include: Dance of the Vampires (directed by Roman Polanski); Die Drei Musketiere; Ich war noch niemals in New York; Dallebach Kari; Gotthelf.

Compositions include: Der Besuch der Alten Dame (with Moritz Schneider); Garbo (with Warner Brown and Jim Steinman); War in Heaven (with Fay Weldon); Rock in a Hard Place (with John Theakston); four Holiday on Ice productions; The Beauty of Magic (Las Vegas).

Film, Television and Radio: Five Royal Variety Show’s; Eurovision Song Contest; three Royal Gala’s (Prince’s Trust); Guys and Dolls; A Little Night Music; Jesus Christ Superstar (BBC Radio 2). Dance music for Victor Victoria; Joseph (DVD); Furia (Music by Brian May).

Recordings: cast albums including Coward’s Bitter Sweet, Ziegfeld and The Phantom of the Opera; Michael Crawford performs Andrew Lloyd Webber; Sarah Brightman’s Surrender’ album; José Carreras’s Passion album and the single Time to Say Goodbye (Brightman and Andrea Bocelli). 

Most Recently: Sunset Boulevard (ENO London Coliseum); Der Medicus (Fulda), where he won with Roy Moore the Deutsche Musical Theater Prize for Best Orchestrations.

Forthcoming: Rock in a Hard Place (London); I am from Austria (Vienna); Bat Out of Hell (London and Toronto).

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Jon trained on the Motley Theatre design course after studying Music as a choral scholar at Oxford University, and the Royal Academy of Music. 

He designed the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London in 2012. 

As a set and costume designer, Jon has designed extensively in dance, opera and theatre for companies worldwide including The Royal Opera House, Royal National Theatre, London, National Theatre of Scotland, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Young Vic, Theatre de Complicité, and both Finnish and Norwegian National Ballets.

An associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has designed numerous productions including Hamlet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale and the entire 2012 What Country Friends Is This? season.

Other significant theatre includes: Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); You for Me for You (Royal Court Theatre- nominated Best Design, Olivier Awards); The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic); The Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theatre/ U.S tour); Lord of the Flies, (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Ghost Stories (West End/Moscow/Toronto); Mametz (National Theatre of Wales - Best Design, UK Theatre Awards and Best Design, Welsh Theatre Awards); The Believers (Frantic Assembly); Terminus (Abbey Theatre, Dublin/ Melbourne/Public Theatre, NY); Kursk (Young Vic/ Sound and Fury – nominated for Best Design, Evening Standard Awards); I Am Yusuf and This Is My Brother (Young Vic/Shebbahurr, Palestine); Lionboy (Complicité/New York) and Water (Filter/ B.A.M New York/ Sydney).

Opera and Dance includes: Hansel and Gretel (Royal Opera House); The Knot Garden (Vienna); The Queen of Spades (Edinburgh Festival Theatre); The Lighthouse (Montepulciano); No Man’s Land (English National Ballet); Scribblings (Rambert); Blood Wedding (Finnish National Ballet) Carmen, and Stravinsky’s Firebird (Norwegian National Opera and Ballet). 

He recently designed and co directed a new production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker for Norwegian National Ballet. Forthcoming work includes a new Take That musical, The Band, premiering at the Manchester Opera House, and a new collaboration with Underworld and Frantic Assembly for the Manchester International Festival. 

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Jon trained on the Motley Theatre design course after studying Music as a choral scholar at Oxford University, and the Royal Academy of Music.

He designed the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.

As a set and costume designer, Jon has designed extensively in dance, opera and theatre for companies worldwide including The Royal Opera House, Royal National Theatre, London, National Theatre of Scotland, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Young Vic, Theatre de Complicité, and both Finnish and Norwegian National Ballets.

An associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has designed numerous productions including Hamlet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale and the entire 2012 What Country Friends Is This? season. 

Other significant theatre includes: Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); You for Me for You (Royal Court Theatre- nominated Best Design, Olivier Awards); The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic); The Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theatre/ U.S tour); Lord of the Flies, (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Ghost Stories (West End/Moscow/Toronto); Mametz (National Theatre of Wales - Best Design, UK Theatre Awards and Best Design, Welsh Theatre Awards); The Believers (Frantic Assembly); Terminus (Abbey Theatre, Dublin/ Melbourne/Public Theatre, NY); Kursk (Young Vic/ Sound and Fury – nominated for Best Design, Evening Standard Awards); I Am Yusuf and This Is My Brother (Young Vic/Shebbahurr, Palestine); Lionboy (Complicité/New York) and Water (Filter/ B.A.M New York/ Sydney).

Opera and Dance includes: Hansel and Gretel (Royal Opera House); The Knot Garden (Vienna); The Queen of Spades (Edinburgh Festival Theatre); The Lighthouse (Montepulciano); No Man’s Land (English National Ballet); Scribblings (Rambert); Blood Wedding (Finnish National Ballet) Carmen, and Stravinsky’s Firebird (Norwegian National Opera and Ballet). 

He recently designed and co-directed a new production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker for Norwegian National Ballet. Forthcoming work includes a new Take That musical, The Band, premiering at the Manchester Opera House, and a new collaboration with Underworld and Frantic Assembly for the Manchester International Festival.


German costume designer Meentje Nielsen made her Royal Opera debut in the 2015/16 Season on Il trovatore, directed by David Bösch and then goes to The National Opera Amsterdam for Le Nozze di Figaro.

Nielsen was born in Hamburg. She studied design at the Berlin University of the Arts with Achim Freyer and began work in 1992 as a set and costume designer for the Berliner Ensemble at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, and at the Volksbühne Berlin. She has designed costumes for Bösch's opera productions of Orlando furioso , Königskinder, Der fliegende Holländer (Frankfurt) and Elektra (Opera Vlaanderen), Die Meistersinger (Bavarian State Opera). She also works widely with Bösch in theatre, including on Blasted (Stuttgart State Theatre), Das Käthchen von Heilbronn, Drei Schwestern (Burgtheater Vienna), Orest, Peer Gynt, Prinz von Homburg (Residenztheater, Munich) and Otello, Kleiner Mann, was nun?, Die Ratten, Der Sturm and Der Diener zweier Herren (Schauspielhaus Bochum).

Nielsen also works regularly with German director Anselm Weber, including on Ein Mann will nach oben, Es wird einmal, Richtfest, Opening Night, Vor Sonnenaufgang, the world premiere of Christoph Nussbaumeder's Eisenstein and Das Leben ist kein Fahrrad for Schauspielhaus Bochum, where she has also designed costumes for Mahir Günşiray's production of Faust. Her other work includes costume designs for Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, directed by Jay Scheib for Darmstadt State Theatre.

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Finn Ross trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and designs video and projection for live performance.  He has won two Olivier’s, a Tony and a Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle award.

Recent Theatre work includes; Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway/West End/NY); In the Body of the World & The Crossing  (American Reparatory Theatre); American Psycho (Broadway & Almeida); Betrayal (Broadway); Chimerica (Almeida & West End); Closer (Donmar); Master and Margarita, All My Sons, Shunkin (Complicite); Damned by Despair, Green Land (RNT); Die Ringe des Saturn (Schauspielhaus, Köln); Ten Plagues (Traverse); Top Girls (Chichester/West End); Sunset Boulevard (Gothenburg Opera).

Opera includes; The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Royal Opera House); Missa Solemnis (LA Phil); Benvenuto Cellini, Death of Klinghoffer, Death in Venice, Onegin, Simon Boccanegra, Damnation of Faust, Don Giovanni, (ENO); Hänsel und Gretel, Zäuberflote, A Dog’s Heart (DNO, Amsterdam); La clemenza di Tito, Mr Brouček (Opera North); Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Béatrice et Bénédict, Turn of the Screw (Theatre an der Wien); Imago, Rinaldo, Knight Crew (Glyndebourne); Lady from the Sea (Scottish Opera); Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (Chicago Symphony Orchestra); Das Portrait (Bregenz).

Dance includes; Le Petit Prince (National Ballet of Canada); Frankenstine (Royal Ballet); The Feeling of Going (Skånes Dansteater and Malmö Opera).

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For over 40 years, Patrick Woodroffe has created the lighting for many rock concerts, operas, ballet, architectural projects and special events.

He has lit and directed shows for concert artists as diverse as ABBA, Adele, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, The Police and Michael Jackson. He has worked for over 30 years with the Rolling Stones as the band’s lighting designer and creative director.

He has created works for the Vienna State opera, the Salzburg Festival, Bregenz Festival and the Helsinki Opera using lighting instead of scenery to convey mood, atmosphere and narrative. 

Musical theatre credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar; Batman Live; Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers; West Side Story; and Ben Hur Live. He lit the 25th Anniversary celebration of Les Misérables at the O2 Arena and Phantom of the Opera at the Albert Hall. In film he lit This Is It with Michael Jackson, and Martin Scorsese’s Shine a Light, the record of the Rolling Stones in performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York. For over 20 years, he has lit the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Los Angeles.


He has created many permanent architectural lighting schemes, including those at the O2 Dome, the Lake of Dreams in Las Vegas, Highgrove House for HRH the Prince of Wales, Prague Castle, the Madejski gardens at the V&A, and Somerset House in London.


In 2012, he lit the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympics games in London with his long-time collaborator Adam Bassett, with whom he runs the international lighting design consultancy Woodroffe Bassett Design. In 2014, Patrick was awarded OBE for a lifetime of services to the arts.

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Sound Design Award highlights: Olivier Award for Memphis; Olivier Award for Merrily We Roll Along; Tony nomination for A Little Night Music; Tony nomination for End Of The Rainbow; Olivier nomination for Top Hat; Olivier nomination for End Of The Rainbow; Pro Sound Award for Best Theatre Sound

International Design Highlights: Bronx Tale (Broadway); Come From Away (Broadway); Disney’s Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Worldwide); Spring Awakening (Broadway); Disney’s Little Mermaid (Worldwide); Little Prince (Abu Dhabi); Secret Garden (Broadway); Sister Act (UK, Brazil, Italy, France, Holland); Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (Worldwide); Bodyguard (Holland); Let It Be (Broadway, London, Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, Italy, Germany); Titanic (Toronto); Singin’ In The Rain (UK, Russia, Japan, Germany, Australia); Evita (Las Vegas, Slovenia, Lebanon); Hairspray (UK, China, Singapore, Malaysia); Jesus Christ Superstar (Us & European Arena Tours); Moeder Ik Wil De Revue (Holland); The Rocky Horror Show (London, UK, Australia); A Chorus Line (Israel); Fame (London, International Arena Tour); Glee Live (Worldwide Arena Tour); Hair (Slovenia, Spain, Japan); End Of The Rainbow (Broadway, London, Los Angeles); A Little Night Music (Broadway, London, Hungary); Sound Of Music (Malaysia); Grease (Lebanon, Slovenia, USA); Expert At The Card Table (Las Vegas); Footloose (UK, South Africa, Germany); Buddy (International Arena Tour); Time Travel (Las Vegas); Saturday Night Fever (Korea, Spain, Taiwan); Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK, South Africa, France); and Cats (International Arena Tour). 

West End Musical Design highlights: 42nd Street; Mrs. Henderson Presents; Memphis; I Can’t Sing; In The Heights; Impossible; Top Hat; Merrily We Roll Along; Candide; Pippin; Midnight Tango; Road Show; Aspects Of Love; Sweet Charity; Carousel; Shout!; Fiddler On The Roof; Little Shop Of Horrors; Forbidden Broadway; High Society; Calamity Jane; The Big Life; Tick Tick... Boom!; The Last Five Years; And La Cage Aux Follies.

UK Tour Design highlights: The Producers; Nine To Five; Strictly Ballroom; Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy; Tell Me On A Sunday; High School Musical Two; The Wedding Singer; Anything Goes; Godspell; Annie Get Your Gun; Summer Holiday; and Flashdance.

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Grammy award winner, Tony, Emmy & Olivier nominated arranger, composer, producer, conductor and trumpeter, Steve Sidwell, has featured on numerous albums, television shows, advertising campaigns and films with his distinctive and innovative orchestrations and compositions. 

Television commissions include: the 79th Academy Awards; the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony; the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony; the BBC Music Awards; The Voice Series 1 & 2; Robbie Williams Live At The Albert Hall; Children In Need Rocks; and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Theatre credits include: orchestrating Beautiful: The Musical; We Will Rock You; Made In Dagenham; Our House; and Daddy Cool.

Film credits include: Moulin Rouge; Romeo & Juliet; Bridget Jones’ Diary; Teachers Pet; Spongebob Squarepants; and Finding Nemo.

Recording Credits include: Robbie Williams; George Michael; Paul McCartney; Sir Mick Jagger; Mark Knopfler; Amy Winehouse; Snow Patrol; Lily Allen; James Bay; Hozier; Faithless; Cheryl Cole; Muse; Dizzy Rascal; Mika; Take That; Annie Lennox; Leona Lewis; Tom Jones; Sting; Elton John; The Feeling; McFly; Will Young; Bryan Ferry; Joss Stone; Eric Clapton; Rod Stewart; Stevie Wonder; Gregory Porter; Ellie Goulding; Jess Glyne; The Who; Ian Dury; Wet Wet Wet; Charlie Watts; Henry Mancini; and Michael Nyman.

www.stevesidwell.com

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Theatre includes: Groundhog Day and Jekyll & Hyde (Old Vic); Matilda; School of Rock (Adult casting); 42nd Street (Drury Lane); Mamma Mia! (worldwide); Carousel; Sunset Boulevard; Sweeney Todd (English National Opera); 42nd Street; Singin’ in the Rain; Kiss Me Kate (Chatelet, Paris); Fat Friends (Leeds); Evita (S.E. Asia); CATS; Chicago; Million Dollar Quartet; Hairspray; The Commitments; Shrek; Sunset Boulevard (UK Tours); Jesus Christ Superstar; Hello Dolly; Crazy For You (Open Air Theatre, Regents Park). 

Regional casting includes: The Etienne Sisters; Fings Ain’t What They Used To Be (Theatre Royal, Stratford); Oliver! and My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible); Paper Dolls (Tricycle). 

Film includes: Musical Casting: Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) directed by Rob Marshall; Musical Casting: Beauty & The Beast (Disney) directed by Bill Condon; UK Dancer Casting: Nine directed by Rob Marshall; Ensemble Casting: Mamma Mia! directed by Phyllida Lloyd; The Phantom of the Opera directed by Joel Schumacher.

Television includes: Sound of Music Live (ITV BAFTA Award); How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria (BBC1, 2007 Emmy Award); and all subsequent Andrew Lloyd Webber talent searches.

David Grindrod Associates are members of The Casting Directors Guild of Great Britain and David has been appointed as associate artist of the Old Vic Theatre under Matthew Warchus’ artistic direction.

Associate Casting Directors: Will Burton CDG / Stephen Crockett CDG

Casting Assistant: Ella Darbyshire

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RC-ANNIE Ltd, established in 2005 by Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown, is the UK’s leading Dramatic Violence Company.

Recent Theatre credits include: Snow in Midsummer (RSC); Plastic (Theatre Royal Bath); Ugly Lies the Bone (National Theatre); The White Devil (Shakespeare’s Globe); Peter Pan (National Theatre); Comus (Shakespeare’s Globe); Imogen (Shakespeare’s Globe); Boys in the Band (Park Theatre, UK Tour and Vaudeville Theatre); Raslas Bach a Mawr (Theatr Bara Caws); Dead Funny (Vaudeville Theatre); Insignificance (Theatr Clwyd); Punkplay (Southwark Playhouse); Boys will be Boys (Bush Theatre); The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre); Barnbow Canaries (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Invisible Hand (Tricycle Theatre); The Nap (Sheffield Cruicible); Cleansed (National Theatre); Deathtrap (Salisbury Playhouse); The James Plays (National Theatre Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival/National Theatre of Great Britain); 80 Days Around the World (St. James Theatre/Simon Friend Entertainment); My People (Theatr Clwyd); A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre); Richard III (West Yorkshire Playhouse); All My Sons (Theatr Clwyd); The Mentalists (Old Vic Productions at the Wyndham’s Theatre).

Opera credits include: Lucia Di Lammermoor (Royal Opera House); Tosca, Wildman of the West Indies and Jason (English Touring Opera).

Film credits include: Heretiks (The Gateway Movie Ltd); Arthur and Merlin (Myrrdin Ltd); Howl (Silver Bullet Films); The Seasoning House (Sterling Pictures); Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (Yellow knife); Deviation (Silver Leaf pictures); iLL Manors (Microwave).

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After graduating from the University of Warwick, and Central School of Speech and Drama, Nick has undertaken a range of roles, including television presenting for the BBC, and work with the Steel Wasp Theatre Company, of which he was a Co-Founder.

As Associate Director of Billy Elliot the Musical in London, he directed no less than 15 Billy Elliots into the show....all of whom taught him a great deal! He worked for Billy on a range of media projects, including the BBC Bruce Forsyth’s 80th Birthday, and 60 years of the BAFTA Awards. He also took four “Billys” to Downing Street, and directed the national “Billy Elliot Youth Theatre” Project.

Nick was Associate Director of Rock of Ages (London) and of the World Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, which opened at the o2 Arena and then toured the UK and Australia. He went on to work as Resident Director for the International Tour of Mamma Mia.

Nick has enjoyed a long association with the internationally-regarded West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company, with whom he has directed productions as diverse as Guys and Dolls, Coriolanus, Howard Brenton’s Anne Boleyn, and Berkoff’s Metamorphosis.

He has most recently overseen the UK and International Tour of Mary Poppins for Cameron Mackintosh as Resident Director.

Nick is proud to have originated and led Hear the People Sing, an original staging of Les Miserables using over 100 young people from West Yorkshire to celebrate the life and values of the British MP Jo Cox, murdered in 2016.

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Michael’s professional training began in 2010 at London Studio Centre, where he graduated in 2013 with a BA Honors degree in Theatre Dance. He had trained in hip-hop and street dance for many years prior.  

Theatre credits include: Blaze (International tour); Young Voices Tour (O2 arena); Breakin' Convention; Global Village Main Stage Show (Choreographer and Performer); Splash (Royal Festival Hall).

Commercial credits include: Adidas; Reebok; Red Bull; Beats by Dre; Channel 4; E4; Keisza (Summertime Ball) and more.

Michael is thrilled to be making his musical theatre debut in Bat Out of Hell and is very grateful for the opportunity.

@mikenaylor1

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Robert D.C. Emery started playing the piano at the age of seven, studied at the Royal College of Music and is a teaching descendant of Liszt, Beethoven and Mozart.  He now performs around the world, conducting such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Japanese Philharmonic, Vienna Radio-Symphony, Singapore Lyric and Australian Metropolitan.  

As an orchestrator or conductor, Emery was the MD for Russell Watson for 5 years and has worked heavily in Europe, including the world premiers of Der Besuch Der Alten Dame, Dallebach Kari das Musical and Gotthelf das Musical.

As Musical Supervisor, Director or Associate, Emery has worked on: Tanz der Vampire; Jonathan Antoine ‘Believe’; The National Television Awards; Royal Variety PerformanceGreat Festival of Creativity; Zorro the Musical; the Broadway film A Tale of Two Cities and Betwixt

Emery has composed a musical based on the life story of Anna Göldi, which is premiering in Switzerland in September 2017. He has also just conducted the Ben-Hur ‘music to film’ concert with the Sinfonieorchester Basel and Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien with composer/performer Stewart Copeland (drummer from ‘The Police’). 

As a producer, he has worked on Russell Watson’s Anthems album and Return of the Voice, Live from the Royal Albert Hall; classical soprano Joanna Forest’s album Stars Are Rising; soul rock artist Seven The Art Is King; the ‘Voice’ winner Angie Ott’s Every Second.

He also runs The Arts Group Ltd, with subsidiaries consisting of the UK’s largest national music tuition service, Arts Academy; a live-event production house, Arts Festivals; an orchestra and choir, Arts Symphonic/Arts Voices; a talent agency, Arts Associates; and a small record company, Arts Records.

For more information visit www.robertemery.com or www.arts-group.co.uk.

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David Alan Sonenberg is an American music manager, and the founder of the music management company DAS Communications. Born and raised in New York, Sonenberg received a degree in Theater at Tufts University and a Juris Doctorate at Harvard Law School.

Sonenberg joined the entertainment law firm of Weissberger & Frosch where he represented Broadway and Off­Broadway musical productions including Hair, Godspell and Cabaret. Sonenberg then established his own law firm and began DAS Communications Ltd., a full­service entertainment management company located in New York City. DAS’s first management project, Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell, set an industry record for a debut album with worldwide record sales to date of more than 50 million.

Clients of DAS Communications include Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Jimmy Cliff, Jimmy Iovine, The Spin Doctors, Joan Osborne, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, John Legend, Kesha, The Pretty Reckless, Prince Royce and Sean Paul. To date, artists represented by DAS Communications have written, produced, and performed recordings with sales totaling in excess of 300 million records worldwide.

DAS Ventures Ltd., another of the DAS family of companies, entered into agreements with Yoko Ono and the Estate of John Lennon in 1997, which culminated in the launch of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

1997 also saw the release of Sonenberg’s first film project, the acclaimed documentary When We Were Kings about boxer Muhammad Ali, for which Sonenberg received an Academy Award.

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Michael Cohl's career spans over 45 years as a Producer and Promoter for a broad range of entertainment properties, having worked with over 150 of the world’s most recognized artists including Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, David Gilmour, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and many more.

Cohl is the founder and chairman of Iconic Entertainment Studios and is currently developing, producing, and promoting over a dozen properties including Jurassic World: The Exhibition currently running at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Transformers Live, opening in China in 2017, and The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, opening at London's Victoria & Albert Museum in May 2017. 

Cohl was previously the chairman of Live Nation, was inducted into the Canadian Rock n Roll/Music Hall of Fame, and has received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. Among his many other awards, Cohl has also been honored with the Billboard Legend of Live Award, the TJ Martell Foundation Man of the Year Award, and a JUNO Award for Special Achievement.

Cohl has worked on several successful films and theatrical plays such as Pete Seeger: Power of Song (Emmy Award), LENNONYC (Peabody and Emmy Award), Spamalot (Tony Award), Big Easy Express (Grammy Award) and a film about Harry Belafonte, Sing Your Song (NAACP Image Award).

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Randy Lennox is President of Content and Broadcasting for Bell Media, Canada’s most successful content creation company. Bell Media is Canada’s largest broadcaster, with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. He leads the company’s broadcast and cable channels, and oversees all original television productions in English Canada. Lennox is also responsible for Bell Media’s live theatre division and the company’s interest in iHeartRadio, including live music events.

Previously, Lennox was the President and CEO of Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, where he helped elevate Canadian talent to the international stage, including Justin Bieber, Shania Twain, Drake, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd, among others. 

In 2017, Lennox will be honoured with a Juno Award, Canada’s most distinguished music recognition, representing his longstanding commitment to Canadian music.

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Tony entered the business as a rock concert promoter and building up a business that included tours by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who amongst many others not least of which was the first live theatrical performances of the Monty Python touring show. In 1973 having become the largest concert promoter in the UK he sold his interest in the business to Harvey Goldsmith and started a management company and has been manager to Genesis, Phil Collins and Mike + The Mechanics for nearly 40 years and continues to do so. He also manages the interests of Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and together with others manages the continuing activities of Pink Floyd. In the past Tony has been closely involved with the management of Peter Gabriel, Julian Lennon, Peter Frampton and many others. He also managed the career of Stephan Elliott – director of Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert and was closely involved with him during the making of this movie and another Elliott movie Frauds. Tony started a music publishing company in 1975 – Hit & Run Music (Publishing) Limited and successfully built the publishing catalogue through the 80’s and 90’s. In 1999 Tony sold the company to EMI in a multi-million pound deal.

He is founder and owner of Hit & Run Productions and together with his business partner Hilary Shor produced Eye Of The Beholder directed by Stephan Elliott starring Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd, which attained the No 1 Box Office in US. During 2005 Tony and Hilary also produced Children Of Men directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine. Children Of Men on its release in 2006 was received with critical and commercial success and was nominated for 3 Oscars and 3 BAFTAs.

Recently Tony produced the musical Rock Of Ages in London’s West End to great acclaim and success and is currently producing the Bat Out Of Hell musical as well as continuing his management activities for Genesis, Phil Collins, Mike + The Mechanics and Pink Floyd as well as managing his extensive business interests.

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Media Productions & Solutions International Limited (MPSI) led by Julian Stoneman and his associate, Mark Green, general manage the creative development and commercial presentation of live entertainment in the UK and internationally. With access to some of the most qualified professionals and freelance experts, currently working within all areas of the entertainment industry, the goal of MPSI is to work with investors, producers and suppliers to present world-class productions and events.

MPSI is currently in pre-production on such productions as: the World Premiere of Murder At The Gates for James Bourne (Busted) & Steven Slater (Spring Awakening); Pirates! a new musical dance spectacular; and Gogglebox Live on Stage

Julian and Mark’s combined years of working within theatre and live entertainment has seen them amass such credits as: Exposure; Adam and Eve and Steve; Pig Farm; McQueen; Follies In Concert; Urinetown; Harvey; Let It Be; Tell Me On A Sunday; Rock Of Ages; Jersey Boys; Finding Neverland; Great Expectations; Driving Miss Daisy; Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Billy Elliot; Kristina; Mamma Mia!; A Christmas Carol; Aspects Of Love; The Caretaker; City Of Angels; Grease; Lady In The Van; Miss Saigon; Saturday Night Fever; and Three Tal Women. Julian and Mark are also proud to have Co-Produced, for 6 years, the Olivier Awards.

Julian is also a Board Member for Historic Royal Palaces.

www.mpsiltd.com

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Roy Gabay for Jumpstart Entertainment has received five Tony Award nominations and is the recipient of the Tony Award for Best Revival of A View From The Bridge

Most recent projects include: Monsoon Wedding; Honeymoon In Vegas; Rock Of Ages; and Fela!.

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Simon Marlow became a production manager having previously worked as a stage manager for English National Opera and Scottish Opera.

For twenty years he was director and co owner of Crosbie Marlow Associates. Simon now runs Marlow Production Management Ltd. 

Previous productions include: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King in London; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour); The Beautiful Game; and nine international productions of The Phantom of the Opera.

Other West End productions include: Showboat; Notre Dam De Paris; Napoleon; Lautrec; The Full Monty; Mamma Mia!; Contact; The Graduate; The Lieutenant of Inishmore; The Lady in the Van; The Caretaker; The Play What I Wrote; The Breath of Life; Closer to Heaven; Rebecca; Art; Beautiful and Damned; Death of a Salesman; Ducktastic; I am My Own Wife; Heroes; Daddy Cool; Dirty Dancing; Spamalot; Brief Encounter; Equus; The God of Carnage; Deathtrap; Hairspray; Jersey Boys; Sister Act; Backbeat; The Lady Killers; Ghost The Musical; Viva Forever; Stephen Ward; The Full Monty (Play). 

Simon has technically managed 19 international productions of Mamma Mia! In Toronto he production managed Backbeat, The Last Confession and Titanic the Musical, and in London, The Railway Children and In The Heights (Kings Cross Theatre).

Recent projects include a European tour of Dirty Dancing and The Judas Kiss for Mirvish productions in Toronto and BAM in New York. Simon technically managed the creation of the two new venues at The Kings Cross theatre, for The Donmar Shakespeare Season and Lazarus.

www.marlowproductionmanagement.com

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