Lawrence Kasdan (Original Screenplay) has directed, written, or produced twenty-one motion pictures, including Body Heat, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist, and Grand Canyon. Among them, he has written or co-written four of the most successful films in motion picture history: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Bodyguard, the first original screenplay Kasdan sold. The Big Chill and The Accidental Tourist were nominated for Academy Awards as Best Picture. The Accidental Tourist was named Best Picture of 1988 by the New York Film Critics Circle. Grand Canyon won the Golden Bear as Best Picture of the 1992 Berlin Film Festival. Nominated for four Academy Awards and six Writers Guild Awards, Kasdan was honored by the Writers Guild of America with its Laurel Award for advancing the literature of motion pictures. In 2013, Kasdan joined creative forces with JJ Abrams to co-write Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens, the new entry in the worldwide phenomenon that is the Star Wars saga.
Alexander Dinelaris (Book) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for the screenplay of Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). He is the co-creator and executive producer of the series “The One Percent” for MRC, starring Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris. He is currently adapting the novel Entering Hades into a feature film with Michael Fassbender. His film The Year of the Monarchs is currently in development with Mandalay Entertainment. Alexander is also the book writer of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s Broadway musical On Your Feet! Other recent work includes his plays Red Dog Howls (New York Theater Workshop), Still Life (Manhattan Class Company), The Chaos Theories (Shotgun Theater) and In This, Our Time (59e59). Mr. Dinelaris is a proud member of the Writers Guild and the Dramatists Guild.
Nick Kenkel (Director/Choreographer) is a guest choreographer for “Saturday Night Live” and has choreographed many sketches and shorts over the past 5 years. Most recently Nick choreographed an all-new version of Footloose for Norwegian Cruise Line in collaboration with original screen and book writer, Dean Pitchford. Nick has recently choreographed major national network commercials/campaigns for Vrbo and Advil PM. Nick choreographed the final dance sequence in New Line’s breakout romantic comedy, Isn’t It Romantic w/ Christopher Gatelli. Nick recently choreographed the 50th Anniversary/Fashion Show for Ralph Lauren in NYC. Associate Director/Choreographer to Jerry Mitchell on both My Very Own British Invasion and Half Time at the Paper Mill Playhouse. He was the Associate Director and Co-Choreographer for Peepshow in Las Vegas. IRNE nominated Director/Choreographer for Evita, Dreamgirls, Chicago, and Legally Blonde at North Shore Music Theatre. After directing for six years, Nick now serves as an Executive Producer on Broadway Bares, NYC’s ultimate annual striptease spectacular benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. On Broadway, Nick was the Assistant Choreographer on Legally Blonde and Associate Choreographer on Catch Me If You Can (staging the 1st national tour). Nick is proud to serve as a regular choreographer for the NBA’s Brooklynettes at the Barclays Center.
Wendell L. Vaughn (Music Director) is thrilled to make his NSMT debut with this production of The Bodyguard. Currently residing in San Antonio, TX, Wendell serves as Music Supervisor for Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Other regional theatre credits include Paper Mill Playhouse, Arvada Center, Lone Tree Arts Center, Country Dinner Playhouse and Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN. National tour credits include The Bodyguard, Mamma Mia, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 42nd Street, An American in Paris, Book of Mormon, Wicked, Evita, The Little Mermaid, & The Sound of Music.
Kyle Dixon (Scenic Design). Kyle’s scenic artwork may be seen across the United States, from NYC to Las Vegas. Recent scenic designs include: Sunset Boulevard, Jersey Boys, Freaky Friday, Oklahoma!, Hairspray! Mamma Mia!, Peter Pan, Mame, 42nd Street, Young Frankenstein, The Music Man, West Side Story (North Shore Music Theatre), Camelot (Westchester Broadway Theatre), The Broadway Classic Music Dance Review (Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, Beijing, China), Saturday Night Fever, Newsies, Singin’ in the Rain, Love and Other Fables, Chicago, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mamma Mia! (BroadwayWorld Regional Award), Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Producers, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, Beehive, Buddy, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Sister Act, and Young Frankenstein (Theatre By The Sea, BroadwayWorld Regional Award), Growing up 70’s starring Barry Williams (Off Broadway), Angelina Ballerina, The Musical (NYC, Toronto, National Tour), Fancy Nancy, the Musical (NYC, National Tour), StinkyKids (Off Broadway Alliance Award), It Shoulda Been You (starring Kim Zimmer) and The Wizard of Oz (Gretna Theatre, BroadwayWorld Regional Award), Xanadu, Doubt, The Secret Garden and The Merchant of Venice (Williams Center for the Arts), and many more. Kyle has designed concert events for Faith Prince, Tommy Tune, Pam Tillis, and the NC Gubernatorial Inauguration Gala (Telly Award). In addition to theatre, he is the designer of NC’s historic Elizabethan Gardens’ Winter Lights, a ten-acre holiday display. www.KyleDixonDesigns.com
Alexander Cole Gottlieb “AC” (Costume Design). Recent design credits include: Fragments of a Star, Dance to This – Kids Version, Beyond the Backyard, Girl vs. Corinth, The Secret Garden, The Wild Party, In the Heights, Bonnie and Clyde, Passing Strange, Out of My Head, Broadway Bares 2017-2018. Other Collaborations: Broadway: TINA: The Tina Turner Musical, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Mean Girls, Tuck Everlasting, My Fair Lady, Aladdin, OSLO, Something Rotten!. Off Broadway/Other: KPOP, Trip Love, Love Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Park), War House (National Tour), Elf (National Tour).
James Nguyen (Costume Design). Recent design credits include: The Mollyhouse (World Premiere), Next to Normal, Distant Highways, Broadway Bares 2017-2018. Other Collaborations: Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 + 2, Pretty Woman: The Musical, Mean Girls, Something Rotten!, Tuck Everlasting. Off Broadway/Other: Elf (National Tour), Half Time (Papermill Playhouse), The Drowsy Chaperone (Goodspeed Opera House), Dreamgirls (West End), Trip of Love, KPOP.
Jose Santiago (Lighting Design) is happy to return after lighting Sunset Boulevard, Jersey Boys, Freaky Friday, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Peter Pan, 42nd Street, Evita and Spamalot Past designs include: Saturday Night Fever, Newsies, Singin’ in the Rain, Love and Other Fables, Singin’ in the Rain, Chicago, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mamma Mia!, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and the entire 2016 & 2017 seasons at Theatre By The Sea; Rent, Anything Goes, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Sister Act The Musical, Young Frankenstein, White Christmas (Gateway); Of Mice and Men (Bay Street Theatre); Man of La Mancha, La Cage aux Folles, Mame (The Wick Theatre), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Merry- Go-Round Playhouse). He received his Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Florida State University. jsantiagodesign.com
Don Hanna (Sound Design) is happy to be joining the team at NSMT for The Bodyguard. Currently Don is the Head Audio and shop manager for Frontier Show Productions as well as a freelance sound designer and engineer whose work can be seen (well, heard) in national tours, regional theaters, and concert productions alike. Touring: The Wizard of Oz National/International Tour (Sound Design, Apex Touring) Pippin National Tour (Associate Sound Design/Head Audio, Apex Touring), Fame The Musical (Sound Design), Million Dollar Quartet National Tour (Head Audio, Prather Touring), Smokey Joe's Cafe 20th Anniversary Tour (Head Audio). Regional (Sound Design): The Gateway Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre By The Sea, Ogunquit Playhouse, John Engeman Theatre, among others. Working with Frontier Show Productions, Don is a consultant, technician, and mixer on many concert and special events, providing audio support in the New York Tri-State as well as national and international tours. A special thank you to my friends, family and Bethany for their continual love and support.
Rachel Padula-Shufelt (Wig and Hair Design) is a graduate of Emerson College. Some of her recent costume design credits include Macbeth and Edward II (Actors' Shakespeare Project); Frankenstein (Central Square Theater); Charlotte's Web (American Repertory Theater); S.I.N.S.OFU.S and The Owl Answers (Harvard University); Once, Shakespeare in Love and Men on Boats (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Alice in War and Little Murders (Boston Conservatory at Berklee); Rosenbergs, Lost Tempo, The River Was Whiskey, Mortal Terror, Legally Dead, Absence, Windowmen, Chosen Child, and Reconsidering Hanna(h) (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); Ezio (Odyssey Opera); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Doubt, and Uncanny Valley (Stoneham Theatre); and Trad and Crimes of the Heart (Gloucester Stage Company). Shufelt’s received the Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design on Edward II at the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, and received a Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design nomination for her work on Windowmen at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.
Natalie A. Lynch (Production Stage Manager). With NSMT: Sunset Boulevard, Jersey Boys, Freaky Friday, Oklahoma!, The 2010 - 2012, 2016 - 2018 Musical Seasons. Other Credits Include: Riverside Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, New Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, STAGES St. Louis, Stoneham Theatre and Maples Repertory Theatre. National Tours: The Magic Tree House: The Musical and A Christmas Carol. Natalie began at NSMT as the SM Intern in 2005 and is thrilled to be back at her theatrical home. She is a graduate of University of New Hampshire and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Special thanks to her parents, her family and friends, and to her fiancé Rachel, for all of the endless love and support.
Dakotah Wiley Horan (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back for the 2019 Season having worked as the Assistant Stage Manager on Sunset Boulevard, Jersey Boys, Freaky Friday, Oklahoma!, A Christmas Carol ’16 – ’18, Hairspray, Jekyll & Hyde, Mamma Mia!, Peter Pan, Mame, 42nd Street, Evita, Young Frankenstein, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, West Side Story, Spamalot and Singin' In The Rain, and as the Production Assistant for Mary Poppins and Funny Girl. Some of her previous Stage Management credits include: Capital Repertory Theatre: Betrayal, Marvelous Wonderettes, Cactus Flower, 33 Variations, Leslie Uggams in Uptown Downtown, Man of La Mancha, and Single Girls Guide. Pendragon Theatre: Clean House, and Twelve Angry Men. She would like to thank her parents for instilling and encouraging her love of theatre, and to her friends and her North Shore family for always supporting her.
Austin Davy (Assistant Music Director) With NSMT: A Christmas Carol '07 (Teen Caroler), Billy Elliot (Rehearsal Accompanist) Funny Girl, Spamalot, Evita (Assistant MD), Mame (Keyboard). Having recently graduated from the Hartt School of Music, Austin has subbed on keyboard for the national tours of Wicked, Waitress, An American in Paris, Hello, Dolly!, Miss Saigon, The Color Purple, Cabaret and Jersey Boys. Austin is the Music Director for Boston Children's Theatre where he runs their Show Choirs. He assisted on the Pre-Broadway run of Roman Holiday at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco. He would like to express enormous gratitude to his mentors and teachers.
Kelly Baker (Costume Coordinator). A graduate of Bridgewater State College, Kelly has been involved with the Costume and Wardrobe department at NSMT since 2010. Previous NSMT Costume Design/Coordinator credits include: Sunset Boulevard, Jersey Boys, Freaky Friday, Oklahoma!, Curious George and the Golden Meatball, A Christmas Carol, Hairspray, Jekyll and Hyde, Mamma Mia and Peter Pan. Other companies she has worked for include: The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Concord Academy, New England Conservatory, Greater Boston Stage Company, Odyssey Opera, The Cape Playhouse, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and OIV’s Ouroboros Trilogy. Special Thanks to Kevin for this opportunity, my family and Mark for their unwavering support, and to Kat, Joellen, Amanda, Colleen, Charlie, Hayden, Joey, Rebecca, and Rosemarie for their amazing hard work! Hi Mama!
Bill Hanney (Owner/Producer) is honored and proud to have been responsible for the re-opening of the nationally renowned North Shore Music Theatre in 2010. He began his career in show business at age 19, leasing and developing movie theaters, including his first multiplex in Quincy, Massachusetts. Before long, he was booking rock shows (Jefferson Starship, Rush) and other types of live entertainment, which eventually led to the presenting and producing of Broadway productions. One such show was an appearance by the legendary mime artist, Marcel Marceau. As president of Broadway Productions, Bill presented national tours such as Annie, Amadeus, Dancin', Peter Pan, The Rocky Horror Show and Mark Twain starring Hal Holbrook, throughout New England including Worcester, Springfield, Portland, Maine and Boston. Aside from his work operating North Shore Music Theatre, one of Bill's crowning achievements was the 2007 purchase and re-opening of Theatre By The Sea, a landmark 500 seat professional summer theatre and restaurant, which has just concluded its thirteenth year of operation in Wakefield, RI (theatrebythesea.com). Throughout his career, Bill has stayed focused on his movie theatre chain having bought, built, owned, operated and sold more than 30 cinemas. His company, Entertainment Cinemas, currently operates seven movie complexes in four states. In 2009, Bill was elected President of the Theatre Owners of New England. Bill's ongoing work with NSMT inspires him to consider acquiring additional performance venues at which he plans to someday share his productions between his theatres. Bill has been named to the North Shore Top 100 by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, he was recognized by both the Beverly Chamber of Commerce and Salem Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of the Year. He is the recipient of the 2015 Leslie S. Ray Hall of Fame Award, presented by the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce. Bill is a member of the League of Broadway Producers and was involved with the recent revival of Pippin, as well as developing several new musicals. Bill just launched Cape Live!, a new summer entertainment series at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis.
Kevin P. Hill (Producing Artistic Director). Born and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, Kevin began his theatrical career as dancer and actor. He appeared in National Touring companies of Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing, Leslie Uggams and Michele Lee, Anything Goes and the International Touring Company of A Chorus Line. New York audiences have seen him in the Off-Broadway production of Party. Regional credits as a performer include: West Side Story, Good News! A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady and Marvin in Falsettoland. Kevin has directed and choreographed over 100 productions across America. He has had the privilege of working with such stars as Marin Mazzie, Joanne Worley, Kathleen Turner, Josh Groban, Jonathan Groff and Tony Award winner, Cady Huffman. In New York, he was the assistant to the director of On the Twentieth Century at the New Amsterdam Theatre and assistant to the choreographer on the revival of Guys and Dolls. He directed and choreographed Sunset Boulevard, Jersey Boys, A Christmas Carol, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Sister Act, and Mamma Mia! here at NSMT, and Mamma Mia!, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Sister Act, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, and Grease at Bill Hanney's Theatre By The Sea in Rhode Island, where he is also Producing Artistic Director. Kevin has been nominated as Best Director/Choreographer for his work on Smokey Joe's Cafe, Rent, The Full Monty, Chicago, and Edwin Drood, and was awarded the NH Theatre Award for Best Choreography for West Side Story at the Papermill Theatre. Kevin has also been awarded Six Broadway World awards and two Motif awards for his productions of Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins and Young Frankenstein. Future projects include an original danced play called Standing Still. As a Professor of Dance, Kevin has been on faculty at Pennsylvania State University, Kansas State University and most recently The Boston Conservatory of Music. Kevin is a proud member of SDC, AEA and Dance Masters of New England, Chapter 5.
Matthew Chappell (Associate Producer/Casting Director) is honored to continue working with this remarkable creative team as resident Casting Director and Associate Producer for Bill Hanney’s North Shore Music Theatre and resident Casting Director for Theatre By The Sea. An accomplished performer, he is fortunate to have worked all over the world in more than 30 productions, including several shows at NSMT, as lead vocalist in Stephen Schwartz’s Magic To Do for Princess Cruise Lines, and appearances at Feinstein’s/54 Below, The Duplex, Carnegie Hall, and The Metropolitan Room. For many years, Matthew worked as a talent agent, casting associate, and photographer for Heyman Talent Agency, specializing in TV/film, commercials, runway, print and voiceovers. He is a former Associate Producer for Encore International, casting and producing shows for theme parks, cruise ships, and corporate events.
Actors' Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org
North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) Since 1955, NSMT has become one of the most attended theatres in New England, with approximately 250,000 patrons annually. With a national and regional reputation for artistic achievement, NSMT has received numerous industry awards including Elliot Norton Awards, IRNE Awards, the Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors' Equity, and the Moss Hart Award. NSMT produced the World Premiere of Memphis in 2003, the show went on to win four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Under the new ownership of Bill Hanney in 2010, NSMT continues to annually produce a musical subscription series and an annual production of A Christmas Carol along with celebrity concerts, children's programming, and year-round education programs for all ages.