FRANK KELLY (Book and Lyrics) taught in the Department of English and Humanities at Farmingdale State College. His poems have been appeared in Breadcrumb Scabs, The Bicycle Review, and Danse Macabre. His first book, Growing Up Me: A Memoir in Poems was published in 2012. He wrote the sketches and lyrics for Xmas! The Xpose! and collaborated with Bill Russell and Albert Evans on The Texas Chainsaw Musical, and Pageant. The last has played off-Broadway, in the West End, in Japan, Australia and all over the USA.
BILL RUSSELL (Book and Lyrics) wrote book and lyrics for the Broadway musical Side Show, receiving Tony nominations for both. A revised version premiered at the La Jolla (CA) Playhouse in November, directed by Bill Condon and co-produced by the Kennedy Center (DC) where it opened in June. He has directed Pageant in London (Fringe, West End), Chicago, L.A., Atlanta, Boston and the University of Kansas. He authored book and lyrics for Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens and directed it in New York and London's Fringe and West End, among many others. Bill wrote book and lyrics for Lucky Duck, directing it at the Boston Conservatory. The Last Smoker in America (Book and Lyrics) premiered Off-Broadway in 2012. Lyric credits include the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and the official theme for Gay Games. For more, please visit www.billrussell.net.
ALBERT EVANS (Music) has written music and/or lyrics for Pageant, Nite Club Confidential, Streakin'! and The Texas Chainsaw Musical (off-Broadway); A Country Christmas Carol (several regional productions); Mikado Inc., Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and A Tale of Two Cities (Paper Mill Playhouse); and Yankee Doodle Dandy (5th Avenue Theatre, Ordway Center, Theatre Under the Stars). He also provided English lyrics for New York City Opera's performing version of The Merry Widow, broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center (PBS). Mr. Evans lives in Seattle, where he is the Artistic and Music Associate at The 5th Avenue Theatre.
ROBERT LONGBOTTOM (Original Concept) made his Broadway debut as Director/Choreographer on the original musical Side Show, which earned four TONY Award nominations including Best Musical. Other Broadway credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song following its premiere at The Mark Taper Forum. This production earned Mr. Longbottom a Tony Award nomination for his Choreography as well as an Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Other Broadway credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel, Bye Bye Birdie for The Roundabout Theatre, and a new production of Dreamgirls that premiered at the Apollo Theatre before embarking on an International Tour. He also directed and choreographed the Off-Broadway hit Pageant, Disney's On the Record, Carnival for the Kennedy Center, The Radio City Music Hall CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 1994-2000 and Show Boat at Carnegie Hall. Plays include Mister Roberts for the Kennedy Center and Hay Fever for the Old Globe.
MATT LENZ (Director) Broadway: Hairspray (Associate Director), Catch Me If You Can (Associate Director), Velocity of Autumn (Associate Director), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Resident Director for Broadway and Tours). Matt also directed Hairspray national tours and companies in South Africa, UK, Toronto, Las Vegas and Germany and the national tour of Catch Me if You Can. Off-Broadway: The Irish Curse (Soho Playhouse), Idaho! (NYMF '08 – "Best of Fest" and "Best Director" Awards), Fingers and Toes (NYMF) and Susie Mosher's The Great Daisy Theory. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Casa Manana, St. Louis MUNY, North Carolina Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre , Zach Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Short North Stage, Forestburgh Playhouse, Stamford Center for the Arts. Matt is a member of SDC and a director and teaching artist with The Broadway Dreams Foundation. Dedicated to Val and with love and gratitude to Nicholas and Diego. www.Mattlenzdirector.com
SHEA SULLIVAN (Choreographer) No stranger to pageants, Shea was first runner up in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant in 1995 and since then has choreographed for hundreds of contestants in the Miss America system including Mallory Hagan- Miss America 2013. As a theater/film and TV choreographer, Shea recently received a Carbonell Award for choreography for the second consecutive year. Choreography for Pan Am (ABC), Sweet Charity (Cape Playhouse), Music Man (Maltz Jupiter, Carbonell Award), Kiss Me Kate (Cape Playhouse), Legally Blonde (Cape Playhouse), Southern Comfort (Cap 21 and Barrington Stage), Crazy For You (Cape Playhouse), Grease (Surflight), Ragtime (Lyric Theatre) Crazy For You (Maltz Jupiter, Carbonell Award), Easter Bonnet 2011 Opening Number (Minskoff Theatre), Fingers and Toes (Urban Stages), Dames at Sea (Bay Street Theatre), Pageant: The Musical (Stoneham Theatre), DanceBreak '08, and feature films The Big Gay Musical and Go Go Crazy. Music videos for Boice, Katie Thompson and DanceOn. www.SheaSullivan.com, Facebook/Twitter: @sheasullivan
MARK HARTMAN (Music Supervisor) Broadway: Sondheim On Sondheim (Associate Conductor), Avenue Q (Associate Conductor, Music Director), 1776 (keyboard staff), Miss Saigon (keyboard staff). Off-Broadway/Regional: Silence! The Musical (Music Supervisor), A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theater –IRNE Award Nomination, Best Music Director), and many others. Mark is the recipient of two MAC Awards and the Backstage Bistro Award for Music Direction.
MICAH YOUNG (Music Director) Award winning Best Music Director in the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2013. Broadway: White Christmas, Mamma Mia, Spring Awakening, Chicago, Promises, Promises, Mary Poppins, Porgy and Bess, Bye, Bye Birdie, Cinderella. Music Director: Crossing Swords (NYMF), Swing State, (NYMF), Lincoln in Love (Goodspeed Opera House), Rails (York Theatre), Mandela (St. Clemens), The Wild Party (Riverside Theatre), The Last Five Years (Enlightened Theatrics), The Casebook of Rudolf H- (New York Theatre Workshop). Associate Music Director Guys and Dolls (Nat'l Tour), White Christmas (Paper Mill Playhouse), West Side Story (Ogunquit Playhouse). Performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Metropolitan Room, York Theatre, and Joe’s Pub, NYC. Composer and Lyricist, original compositions commissioned by Miracle House, The Flea Theatre, Ma-Yi Theatre Company. Training: Bowdoin International Music Festival, Professional Musical Theatre Workshop with Paul Gemignani, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Manhattan School of Music with Constance Keene and Maria Asteriadou. www.micahyoungmusic.com.
PAUL TATE DEPOO III (Scenic Designer) is a scenic designer for opera, musicals, plays, concerts and special events based in Manhattan. Most recently, Paul created the sets for A Christmas Carol (Capital Rep), Annie (Maltz Jupiter- Carbonell Award Nominee for Best Scenic Design), Look Upon Our Lowliness (NYC Movement Co.), Hello Dolly (Cape Playhouse), Avenue Q (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Broadway's Beauty Pageant, and the 2013 Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He previously designed A Raisin In the Sun (Palm Beach Dramaworks), The Music Man (Maltz Jupiter/Carbonell Award's Best Musical Production), Hello Dolly! (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), The Kite Runner (Boston Repertory Theatre) and the National Tour for indie band Neutral Milk Hotel’s The Music Tapes. Upcoming productions include the new web series Oh, Liza, Master Harold and the Boys (Luna Stage) and both Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center, and Chicago Lyric Opera's Marriage of Figaro with scenic designer James Noone. Originally from Key West, FL, Paul is a design graduate of Boston University. www.pauldepoo.com
STEPHEN YEARICK (Costume Designer) has designed gowns for Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss America contestants from the beginning of his career. He has also costumed the entire stage production for the “Miss America Pageant” telecast and thirty-four Miss Americas have worn his designs. Yearick’s creations have been seen on numerous television shows and Las Vegas revues; as well as having graced all of the major red carpet events.
PAUL MILLER (Lighting Designer) Broadway: Legally Blonde, Freshly Squeezed, Laughing Room Only, 3 Encores. Off-Broadway: Lucky Guy, Nunsense, Vanities – the Musical, Waiting for Godot, Addicted, Balancing Act. Regional: Stratford Shakespeare, Cleveland Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare, Paper Mill, and Goodspeed. Tours: Shrek, Elf, Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde, Nunsense, Scooby Doo, The Sound of Music. Television:Live From Lincoln Center, the internationally televised New Year's Eve Celebration in Times Square.
DAVID SANDERSON (Sound Designer) Off-Broadway:The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (Rutgers Theatre Company), Tony and Tina's Wedding, Craving for Travel, Sky-Pony: Raptured (Play Co.), The Consequences (WHAT), Shida (Ars Nova), Beyond the Music (workshop), The Harmonious Pimps of Harmony (ARS Nova), Rated P for Parenthood, Big Money! (workshop), The Physicists (Williamstown Theatre Festival) National Tours:
Radio Lab: Apocalyptical (with Jill BC Du Boff) Broadway, Associate Design: Romeo and Juliet, The Testament of Mary, Ann, An Enemy of the People, Picnic, The Lyons, Don't Dress for Dinner, Other Desert Cites, The Normal Heart, Born Yesterday, Arcadia, Good People, Elling, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, A Behanding in Spokane, and 33 Variations.
DUNCAN STEWART AND COMPANY (Casting) Duncan Stewart & Benton Whitley are responsible for casting the Tony Award® winning musicals Pippin, Chicago (B’way and national tours), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the N. American tours of We Will Rock You, Flashdance, Anything Goes, as well as the recent Off-B’way production of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. Other projects include UK's Menier Chocolate Factory (U.S. casting); The People Sing, Carnegie Hall; Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever & Chicago (Royal Caribbean Prod.); La Cage aux Folles (2010 B’way revival/tour); Thriller Live (West End) as well as numerous regional theaters. Upcoming: On The Town (Bway) and PopNation (Off-Bway). Casting Associate Andrea Zee. Proud members - Casting Society of America. www.dstewartco.com
E SARA BARNES (Production Stage Manager) believes that music, love, laughter, food and drink (not necessarily in that order), make life good. Sara has been working in the theater for over 10 years and has done many shows that are close to her heart. Proud AEA member.
JAMES STEELE (Stage Manager) Broadway: Mrs. Warren's Profession (Roundabout), One Man, Two Guvnors. Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova/Kazino), Chalk Farm (ThickSkin), My Name is Asher Lev (Westside Theatre), An Iliad (NYTW), The Tribute Artist, Motherhood Out Loud (Primary Stages), The Divine Sister (DTRM). Thanks to DRTM and love to Mom and Gram.
NICOLE GEHRING (Production Manager) is thrilled to be joining this leg of Pageant. She is the Company Manager for The Awesome 80s Prom, Manager of The Davenport Studios, and a multi-hat wearer with Davenport Theatrical Enterprises. A native of Austin, Texas, Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts from Point Park University. Prior administrative and directing projects: I.R.T., Wings Theatre, Horse Trade Theater Group, and Wolf359. Ms. Gehring is grateful to Andy Sandberg, Matt Lenz, and Shea Sullivan for the opportunity to join this team and to the cast and production staff of this fabulous production.
FRED M. CARUSO (Company Manager) has been working professionally in the business for over 30 years, which is remarkable since he is STILL only 26 years old. He is best known for writing, producing and co-directing the film, The Big Gay Musical. He is blessed and honored to have worked with and to be working with so many brilliant people and he is loves magic with them again.
SETH SIKES (Assistant Director) Director: BUNKED! at Fringe NYC, Broadway Beauty Pageant 7. Assistant/Associate Directing credits include: The Nance (Broadway) , Tribes (Off-Broadway), Sweet Bird of Youth (The Goodman), Sondheim: The Birthday Concert (NY Philharmonic).
LAEL VAN KEUREN (Assistant Choreographer) Broadway: Sister Act (original cast). 1st Nat'l: Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert). TV: Wendy Williams, Dancing With The Stars, The View. Most fabulous credit: Dancing on a Dream at The Duke on 42nd, where she first danced Shea Sullivan's choreography. Thank you Shea! Get into it! laelvankeuren.com
DTE AGENCY (Marketing and Advertising) is a full-service agency specializing in live entertainment marketing and advertising, founded by Broadway producer Ken Davenport. Broadway: It's Only A Play, Mothers and Sons, Macbeth, The Performers, Godspell. Off- Broadway: Pageant: The Musical, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging!, The Awesome 80s Prom, Avenue Q, My First Time, Altar Boyz and more. www.DTEagency.com
SAS PRODUCTIONS (Producer) is a NY based production company that produces full length productions, industrials, corporate events and instructional dance DVDs. Highlights include events starring John Legend, The New York Knicks Dancers and members of the Radio City Rockettes, Dancing on a Dream (The Duke on 42nd Street) and R.R.R.E.D: A Secret Musical (NYMF).
KITTY POTAPOW (Producer) is an Executive Producer and Partner for the documentary You Belong to Me: The Ruby McCollum Story. She served as the President of the Film Commission of Real Florida for six years. She is an active executive board member for the Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant, serving almost 24 years in various roles, and is currently the treasurer for the organization. Kitty has worked on an extended basis with over 25 non-profit organizations. Currently she is collaborating on the documentary for The Ruby McCollum Story and owns the book rights for future film production. She loves travel, Ferrari’s, and giving back to those in need. “Philanthropy is firmly entrenched in who I am.”
DREW DESKY (Producer) is Managing Partner at Rand Thompson Consultants and Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Dedicated enthusiast of the theater, music, and arts community. You only get one initial producing credit, and thrilled Pageant is it! Thanks to Nick, Andy, and Shea, and love to Dane.
MICHELLE R. ROGERS (Producer) is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of UNC Charlotte, and has an extensive background in performing arts and education. She has been recognized for outstanding achievements in dance. She represented the Carolinas as Miss Dance of NC & SC in 1992 at the Miss Dance of America pageant and was Miss Dance Aquarius 1991. She is the owner of Miller Street Dance Academy, which is home to more than 2,000 dancers and has won many state and national awards for choreography. She is a Member of Carolina Dance Masters, Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America and USA Gymnastics. Other honors include being named one of the 2011 Top 50 Influential Area Women by Mecklenberg Times, a 2005 Leading Link Ladies by Charlotte Radio Station 107.9, chosen as the winner of The Business Journal's "40 Under 40" Business Leaders, and a finalist for the 2006 and 2007 Channel 9 "Nine Who Care" award.
ABS PRODUCTIONS (Executive Producer) ABS Productions has worked on a number of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and festival productions throughout the United States and London, offering a variety of management and production services, as well as developmental and creative consultation for new plays and musicals. ABS Productions is managed by Tony Award winner Andy Sandberg, whose producing and directing credits include Hair (Broadway, Tony Award; London’s West End), Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (Broadway, Tony Award nomination), The Realistic Joneses (Broadway); The Last Smoker in America (Westside Theatre), Shida (Ars Nova), Operation Epsilon (Central Square Theater), Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate Factory, London), A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane Theatre), Vigil (DR2 Theatre), Craving for Travel (Peter J. Sharp Theater), and Zelda at the Oasis (St. Luke’s Theatre), as well as multiple readings, workshops, festivals, and benefits. AndySandberg.com/@Andy_Sandberg.