George was born in St. Louis and served in the Navy in World War II. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he had his first poetry published in the student literary journal. Mr. Haimsohn’s theater credits include the musicals Dames at Sea; Now, Zing! and Johnny American. He was also a professional photographer known as Plato in the early years of physique photography.
Robin began his career as a journalist in New York just after World War II. He also wrote scripts, including a screenplay for The Canterville Ghost. Subsequently, he joined forces with George Haimsohn and Jim Wise to create Dames at Sea. He also wrote the book and lyrics for a musical version of Vanity Fair, and collaborated on Peg and Radio Times, both of which were produced in London.
Jim wrote the musicals Dames at Sea, Yankee Ingenuity and the children’s musical Olaf. Mr. Wise founded the Allardice-Wise Scholarship at Wooster College, where he received a degree in Classical Languages in 1941. During his lifetime, Wise sat in on the auditions and helped pick the scholars. The scholarship continues to be awarded on the basis of a competitive audition to a senior Theater major.
Randy was choreographer for Broadway’s 2008 and 2009 Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, earning him his third Tony and second Drama Desk nominations. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Astaire award nominations for his choreography of the 2001 revival of 42nd Street. He also earned Tony and Outer Critics nominations for Ain’t Broadway Grand, and an Outer Critics nomination for State Fair, which he also co-directed. His other Broadway credits include After the Night and the Music for Manhattan Theatre Club. For the West End, he choreographed Lend Me a Tenor, The Musical. Mr. Skinner has choreographed five City Center Encores! productions: Do Re Mi; Of Thee I Sing; Face the Music; No, No, Nanette and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. He earned a Lucille Lortel nomination for Off-Broadway’s Lone Star Love. In 2001, he choreographed the opening number for the Tony Awards. In Los Angeles, Mr. Skinner has choreographed Hello, Dolly! with Nell Carter, Pal Joey with Dixie Carter and Elaine Stritch, Strike Up the Band with Tom Bosley, and Garry Marshall’s Happy Days. His other regional credits include Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center, Stormy Weather starring Leslie Uggams at the Pasadena Playhouse, The Gershwins’ An American in Paris at the Alley Theatre in Houston, and George M, Lucky in the Rain and Babes in Arms at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. He has received the L.A. Drama Critics, L.A. Drama-logue, Bay Area Critics, Connecticut Critics and Cleveland Times Theatre awards.
Rob is an Emmy® Award-winning New York-based conductor and music director. He is the music director of Encores!, and in eight seasons there, he has conducted twenty productions. For nine years, Rob has been music director of the Kennedy Center Honors, for which he won the 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction. Rob’s many Broadway credits as a conductor include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas; and revivals of Wonderful Town, The Pajama Game, Finian’s Rainbow, The Apple Tree, and Promises, Promises. He was music director of A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House, which aired on PBS. Rob has conducted eleven original cast recordings, including the Encores! productions of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along and Jule Styne’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. He was music director for Bright Star by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell at the Old Globe Theatre, and also for Tuck Everlasting at the Alliance Theatre.
ANNA LOUIZOS (Set Designer) Tony Award nominations: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, In the Heights, and High Fidelity. Other original Broadway designs include School of Rock, Honeymoon in Vegas; It Shoulda Been You; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; Avenue Q; The Performers; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas; Curtains; Baby It’s You; All About Me; To Be Or Not To Be; Steel Magnolias; Golda’s Balcony. Off-Broadway/Regional: Just Jim Dale, Sons of the Prophet, The Foreigner, Speech and Debate; Crimes of the Heart (all Roundabout); Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Me and My Girl, Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, Band Geeks, Radio Girl (all Goodspeed Musicals); Disney’s Aladdin (5th Avenue Theatre); Minsky’s, (Ahmanson); The Substance of Fire, Vanities, the Musical, Birdie Blue (all Second Stage); Fly; Arsenic and Old Lace, Sarah Plain and Tall (Dallas Theater Center); Pirates of Penzance (Stratford); The Tribute Artist, Olive and the Bitter Herbs; In Transit (all Primary Stages); Altar Boyz (NWS), and Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick… BOOM! (Jane Street); Based on a Totally True Story, (MTC); Art Director: “Sex and the City” (HBO). Founder of Broadway Design Exchange, an online market for theatrical treasures, www.broadwaydesignexchange.com
David received Tony Award nominations for The Rocky Horror Show and The Who’s Tommy. Other Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers, A Time to Kill, First Date, Lysistrata Jones, West Side Story, 33 Variations (Jane Fonda’s wardrobe), Dividing the Estate, The Farnsworth Invention, Old Acquaintance, All Shook Up, 700 Sundays, Bells Are Ringing, Marlene, Wait Until Dark, The Young Man From Atlanta, Damn Yankees, and A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway credits include The Old Friends, and The Orphans’ Cycle (Signature Theatre). In addition to his two Tony Award nominations, Mr. Woolard has won a Drama Desk Award, and the Henry Hewes Design Award, and was nominated for an Olivier Award.
Ken won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for the revival of Chicago. Dames at Sea will be Mr. Billington’s 96th Broadway show in a career that includes Sweeney Todd; Amazing Grace; Act One; Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway; Sondheim on Sondheim; The Scottsboro Boys; White Christmas; The Drowsy Chaperone; Moon Over Buffalo; Sunday in the Park with George (2008), Annie (1997 & 2006); Hello, Dolly! (1995); Fiddler on the Roof (1976, 1981 & 1990); and My Fair Lady (1981). Architecture work includes 54 Below and the current and previous Tavern on the Green.
Broadway credits include: [title of show], Dame Edna-The Royal Tour, Tru, Starmites. Off- Broadway includes: The Syringa Tree, Freckleface Strawberry, Charlotte Sweet, Ministry of Progress, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. US National Touring shows include: The Phantom of the Opera (Associate Designer), Topol and Harvey Fierstein in Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and the Olympic figure skating show Stars On Ice. International productions include: Peter Pan, Sweet Charity, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Caravan, and London’s Royal National Theatre The Syringa Tree. As a designer of major themed attractions, Jason’s work includes Fantasmic! (Tokyo DisneySea & Disneyland), Finding Nemo (Disney’s Animal Kingdom), Festival of the Lion King (Disney’s Animal Kingdom & Hong Kong Disneyland), Playhouse Disney Live On Stage, Voyage of the Little Mermaid (Disney’s Hollywood Studios), Shamu Rocks!, One Ocean, Shamu Christmas Miracles (SeaWorld Florida, California & Texas), Emerald Beat, Irish Thunder, Kinetix, Fiends, Gloria! (Busch Gardens Williamsburg) and Journey to Atlantis watercoaster ride (SeaWorld Orlando). Jason is proud to be a Creative Producer for prominent global entertainment companies and theme parks, creating signature shows and attractions that continue to delight millions annually.
Scott won a Tony Award for South Pacific, and he received Tony nominations for Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Recent Broadway work includes The King & I, Living on Love, Honeymoon in Vegas, A Delicate Balance, Love Letters, A Raisin in the Sun, Betrayal, Lucky Guy, Chaplin (for which he won a Drama Desk Award), Finian’s Rainbow, and Women on the Verge. He has worked on 50 City Center Encores! productions. Music engineer/producer projects include Loudon Wainwright’s Grammy-winning High Wide and Handsome, Bebe Neuwirth’s Porcelain, Judy Kuhn’s All This Happiness and Meredith Monk’s mercy.
David has conducted the Broadway productions of The Nance, Anything Goes, Finian’s Rainbow, White Christmas, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Jane Eyre and Dame Edna: The Royal Tour. Off-Broadway: Forever Plaid, Forbidden Broadway. Tours: The Producers, Phantom, Big. As composer: Palm Beach (La Jolla Playhouse, 2005), Heartbreakers (NAMT Festival 2010), The Thomas Crown Affair (commissioned by MGM on Stage). Education: Yale College.
Infinity Theatre Company is run by Anna Roberts Ostroff and Alan Ostroff, a Tony Award-winning husband and wife team who co-produced the Broadway revival of Pippin. Their producing career began with the NYC Fringe Festival’s 2006 presentation of Tradition, written by Alan, which was one of the highest-grossing shows in that year’s festival. This was followed by many NYC benefits, starring such performers as Aaron Lazar and Alexander Gemignani, and Theatre for Young Audience tours, including PigPen Theatre Co.’s The Mountain Song – exclusively for the non-profit Arts For All, of which Anna is the Founder and Executive Director. Anna and Alan have associate produced two Cardinal Theatricals shows in Minneapolis, MN – the hit runs of Rent and The Rocky Horror Show staged at the Lab Theatre. In 2010, the couple formed Infinity Theatre Company, a regional theatre bringing NYC talent to Annapolis, MD for a summer season of musicals, where they have since set the standard for excellence in local entertainment, producing The Fantasticks, My Way, Little Shop of Horrors, Sisters of Swing, Dames at Sea, Always…Patsy Cline, She Loves Me, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, I Do! I Do!, and currently, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash and Baby. Anna and Alan are graduates of NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Perry Street Theatricals is led by Martin Platt and David Elliott, the Tony Award-winning co-producers of Christopher Durang’s 2013 hit comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. In 2011 they produced the Olivier nominated Lend Me a Tenor – The Musical in London’s West End. Mr. Platt’s other West End credits include Nixon’s Nixon, A Woman in Mind, Gumboots, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill and the international tour of Gumboots. In New York, Platt produced Here Lies Jenny (Bebe Neuwirth/Roger Rees/Ann Reinking), and additionally, Mr. Platt was also founding Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He has directed theatre and opera extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Elliott produced the multi-award winning production The Exonerated. As Perry Street Theatricals, productions include: Treason, Shylock, an oak tree (Obie Award Winner), and In the Continuum (Obie Award Winner). Perry Street Theatricals is currently developing the new musical by Adam Overett, My Life Is a Musical.
Broadway: Rodgers+Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Ghost the Musical, Relatively Speaking, Arcadia, La Bête, A Little Night Music, The Norman Conquests, Young Frankenstein, The Producers (the entire run), Jesus Christ Superstar (2000), Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Sound of Music (also Australia), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Sacrilege, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Cyrano-The Musical. Also Cotton Club Parade (NY City Center Encores!), First Wives Club (Chicago). Tours: Catskills on Broadway, M. Butterfly, Fame-The Musical. Off- B’way: I Do! I Do!, Full Gallop (also directed in Philadelphia). Ira is a past Chair of the Stage Managers’ Association, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University and a Vice President of Actors’ Equity Association and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Broadway credits include, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella; The Invention Of Love; The Lion King; The Addams Family; Hairspray. Off-Broadway: Little Miss Sunshine; On The Line; Madagascar; When Pigs Fly; The Portable Pioneer & Prairie Show; After-Play; Talking Pictures; Amphigorey. Chicago: First Wives Club. Carnegie Hall: Ira Gershwin at 100; Tip-Toes. Television: “Lipstick Jungle,” “The Black Donnellys.”