Lively Arts Productions (Producer) is a New York based production company focused on theatrical development, investment, and producing, as well as event and design services. THEATRICAL: Cocktails With Coward (Northern Stage, Don't Tell Mama), The Lightning Field (Fringe 2005 – Winner of Best Play and GLAAD Media Award), Ethan Frome The Musical (York Theatre Developmental Workshop), White Noise (NYMF 2007), The Greatest Holiday Musical…Ever! (Don't Tell Mama), Irving Berlin's I Love A Piano (First National), Booking Consultant on several national tours including The Wedding Singer (Second National) through Off Broadway Booking. Currently in development for the national tours of Swing For Victory and South Pathetic, a one man comedy starring Jim David. EVENT: Deborah Cox In Concert, Dixie's Tupperware Party, Naked Boys Singing Memorial Day Festival (all Fire Island Pines). DESIGN: Stormy Weather (Interart), The Tempest (Looking Glass, Spotlight On Award Winner), The Crown Point Festival, ShakespeareNYC Resident Lighting Design (TheatreRow), Lighting Coordinator Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts 2005-2007. Clients included: Inside the Actor's Studio, NY1 News, People's Beijing Theater, and Kanye West. www.livelyarts.net
Blair Alexis Brown (Fran) Favorite regional: Master Class with Leslie Uggams, The King and I (Anna), Michael Hollinger’s An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf (Mimi), The Secret Garden (Rose). Upcoming: A Little Night Music (Charlotte), directed by Michael Leeds. Numerous readings, workshops and recordings. Pianist, vocal coach and teaching artist. For David Brown and Ellsworth Marcoe.
Karyn McNay (Faith) Karyn McNay is proud to join the cast of Swing for Victory! Most recently she appeared as Ulla in The Producers at Westchester Broadway Theatre. National Tours: The Producers (Ulla u/s), Oklahoma! (Gertie). Regionally : Aida (Amneris), A Chorus Line (Val, Sheila), Candide (Cunegonde), Crazy for You (Irene). Love ya Mom.
Ron Remke (Frank) Ron Remke is thrilled to be a part of Swing for Victory! Ron just completed the role of The Lead Tenor in The Producers at Pioneer Theater and Westchester Broadway Theater. Brigadoon (The Marriott Lincolnshire) Cabaret (Pennsylvania Centre Stage) Mame, Show Boat (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse) Aspects of Love, The Student Prince (Media Theater) Evita (Fulton Opera House) among others. At the end of March, Ron will be joining the cast of The 12 Irish Tenors. www.ronremke.com
Stephen Smith (Phil) is having a great time with this fun show, fantastic music and amazingly talented group of people! Having just returned to the city after almost two years "on the road," Stephen is excited to be getting back to the proverbial drawing board with a new project. Some of Stephen's favorite past shows include The Full Monty (Jerry), Nunsense Amen (Sr. Mary Amnesia), Plaid Tidings (Sparky), Cinderella (Prince Christopher), Cabaret (Bobby) and Grease! (Sonny). Stephen's glad to have had this opportunity, and gives love and thanks to friends, family and especially Jay. Blessed be!
James Bedell (Concept, Lighting Designer) James Bedell is a lighting designer for architecture, theatre, and live events based in New York City. Credits include: Stormy Weather (Interart), The Tempest (Looking Glass, Spotlight On Award Winner), The Crown Point Festival, ShakespeareNYC Resident Lighting Design (TheatreRow), Lighting Coordinator Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts 2005-2007. Clients included: Inside the Actor's Studio, NY1 News, People's Beijing Theater, and Kanye West. www.livelyartsproductions.com/design
Joshua Clayton (Concept, Orchestrations and Arrangements) provided additional orchestrations for the 2008 Tony-nominated revival of Gypsy starring Patti Lupone and the Grammy nominated cast album, as well orchestrations for Ethan Frome and The ToyMaker. Josh served as Music Director for the acclaimed production of Merrily We Roll Along at NYU’s Steinhardt School and Associate Music Director for the World AIDS Day Concert presentations of The Secret Garden and Rags. As Music Associate, Josh worked on the Wall to Wall Sondheim Concert in honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 75th Birthday at Symphony Space. As music copyist, Josh has worked on Gypsy (2008 Revival), Shrek the Musical, and Rock of Ages. Currently, he is serving as Associate Music Director on Finian’s Rainbow for New York City Center Encores! where he is in full-time residence as Music Associate.
Daniel T. Lavender (Concept, Director) Off Broadway: Ethan Frome: The Musical (Developmental Reading at The York). Off-Off Broadway Cocktails With Coward (Don’t Tell Mama), and Soar Like An Eagle (The Lion). Regional: Cocktails With Coward (Northern Stage) and Oh, Boy! (Berkshire Theatre Festival). Artistic Associate (Northern Stage), Resident Director/Choreographer (Northern Lights Playhouse). Assistant Director: Lizzie Borden, They All Laughed (Goodspeed), Zorba, My Fair Lady, Brownstone, A Saint She Ain’t, HMS Pinafore (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Camelot (MUNY), An Ideal Husband (Papermill). Associate member of the SSDC. Dan attended Pace University and Dartmouth College. www.livelyartsproductions.com/theatrical
Alex LeFevre (Musical Director) National tours: Hairspray, Irving Berlin's I Love A Piano. NYC: Highlights include The 51st Annual Drama Desk Awards, Ethan Frome, Ordinary Days, Bernice Bobs Her Hair. Regional: Maine State Music Theatre, Northern Stage, Forestburgh Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse, Struthers Library Theatre, and the New London Barn Playhouse. Currently on the faculty of the Rudolf Steiner School and Applause Theatrics. Special thanks to Dan, Josh, and Brandon.
Eddie Rabon (Production Stage Manager) is making a name for himself producing, managing, and hosting live events up and down the east coast as the Northeast Director of Encore, Dance Competition for the Stars, one of the nation's premiere performing arts competitions. Eddie has previously worked with Lively Arts Productions on Deborah Cox in Concert. Eddie is a member of SAG and AEA. Thanks Dan!
David Roy (Sound Designer) David Roy designs sound and lights for theatre, opera, and industrial events. Sound Designs Off Broadway: Dai (Lortel Nomination) Off Off Broadway: 10 Minute Play Festival, Scapin, A Tuna Christmas, Others. Lighting Design: Regional: Bug, …But for the Grace (Premier), Etymology of Bird (Premier),The Bluest Eye, Two Can Play. New York Stage and Film, Providence Black Repertory Company, Clubbed Thumb, Third Encore, others. David lives in Brooklyn. www.davidroydesign.com
Michael Ruby (Concept, Book) Michael is the winner of the 2009 American Harmony Prize for his musical Love, NY, co-written with composer/lyricist Robert Rokicki. The show was recently seen in concert at New World Stages in New York and Curtain Call Theater in Stamford, CT. It will be workshopped at The University of Oklahoma this spring. Michael's other musicals/plays include: Ethan Frome (Adam Gwon, music/lyrics: read/workshopped with The York Theatre Company, The University of Oklahoma; featured in NAMT 2006 Songwriter's Showcase); The Greatest Holiday Musical…Ever! (sold out run at Don't Tell Mama) and Drinking The Hemlock (at Boston University). Outside the theater, Michael is Associate Creative Director at the advertising agency Stein Rogan + Partners. Michael studied playwriting and screenwriting at the undergraduate and graduate levels with Slaughterhouse Five adapter Stephen Geller and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott at Boston University. Member of the Dramatists Guild and Actors Equity Association. www.rubywriter.com
Emily Taradash (Millinery) holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Vermont, where she was trained in costuming and millinery. New York credits include Abby Bender’s Gutterball; a wilderness, Disgraced Productions All Kinds of Shifty Villains, the Cockeyed Optimists’ Almost Maine, and Theatre Rats’ Romeo & Juliet.