CHRIS SAMS (Coalhouse Walker Jr.) My relationship with Ragtime began in 1999 in a tiny room in Houston, TX and the OBC recording. Sixteen years later it is more than an honor to be a part of a production whose triumphs and trails are as evident today as they were at the turn of the twentieth century. Favorite credits include: Mother Divine (Arnold), Fifty Shades of Grey: The Musical Parody (Taylor), Rock of Ages (Mayor/Ja’Keith), The Color Purple (Buster/Ensemble), and Smokey Joe’s Café (Ken Ard). Realizing this dream would not have been possible without the unbounding love and support of the Lowery-Hart family. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.
MATTHEW CURIANO (Tateh) is beyond thrilled to be part of Ragtime. Originally from Schenectady NY, Matthew spent his last year sporting chainmail and a sword in the national tour of Camelot. Other favorite credits: Floyd Collins (Floyd), Les Miserables (Thenardier), Seussical (Cat in the Hat), and countless productions of Fiddler on the Roof. Proud Pace University MT graduate. Thanks to Phoenix and the amazing creative team, as well as my incredibly wonderful family and friends, especially Mom, Dad, Jen, and Luke! www.matthewcuriano.com
KATE TURNER (Mother) is honored to be a part of the Ragtime Tour with this fantastic company. A native of Florida, Kate received her BFA with Penn State's Musical Theatre Program. Kate was last seen as Nimue in the Nat'l Tour of Camelot. Past credits include A Christmas Story (Mother), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), A Chorus Line (Val), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou), All My Sons (Anne Deever), Annie Get Your Gun (Annie Oakley), The Drowsy Chaperone (Kitty), and Grey Gardens (Little Edie). Love to my Mom, friend and family for all the love and support. TheKateTurner.com
LESLIE JACKSON (Sarah) is a graduate of Northwestern University with a BMus in Opera Performance and a Certificate in Music Theatre, and is thrilled to join such a great show for her first National Tour. Favorite roles include: West Side Story International Tour (Rosalia u/s Maria & "Somewhere" soloist), The Secret Garden (Ayah/Dreamer), and Ragtime (Sarah). Thank you to Mom, Dad, family and friends for all their love and support!
TROY BRUCHWALSKI (Father) Troy is thrilled to be touring with Ragtime. Favorite credits include: TOUR: National Tour of Camelot (perf. King Arthur/Sir Lionel), South Pacific (Harbison). REGIONAL: The Last Romance (Young Man), The World Goes Round (Man 1), Les Miserables (Javert), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), A Chorus Line (Zach), Spelling Bee (V.P. Panch). Mr. Bruchwalski holds a Bachelor of Music in Opera from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Troy would like to thank his loving family for their constant support. www.troybruchwalski.net
DONALD COGGIN (Younger Brother) is a recent graduate from NYU Steinhardt ('15). Regional: Falsettos (Whizzer). NY Concerts: Bloodsong of Love (The Voice), Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular (Naked Tickle Party). NYU: A Man of No Importance (Robbie), Sweet Smell of Success (Sidney), The Legend of New York (Lonny), All the Kids Are Doing It (Chris), Once on This Island (Daniel), Urinetown: The Musical (Cladwell). Thanks and love to family, friends, and the creative team! www.donaldcoggin.com
BOB MARCUS (Grandfather) is thrilled to be a part of Ragtime. Touring credits include: Evita (two tours/Europe), Fame, three tours of Fiddler on the Roof (Lazar Wolf/Tevye u/s) and the 2014/15 Jekyll & Hyde (Sir Danvers Carew). An original Maine-iac, favorite credits include Les Miserables (Thenardier), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), The Producers (Max Bialystock) and Nunsense-Amen! (Mother Superior) and Noises Off (Selsdon). Bob can be heard on the Evita 2003/04 European cast recording and the original cast recording of Eagle Song. Thanks to his family and friends and Life. As always, to the memory of his parents and Bobi and Zayde. Peace!
COLIN MYERS (The Little Boy) is a 12 year old, 7th grader from Cleveland Ohio. Regional credits include: A Christmas Story (Schwartz) and Dawg Pounded (Young Paul), Oliver (Oliver), Bye Bye Birdie (Randolph MacAfee) and Big Fish (Young Will). Colin takes private voice, dance and acting lessons in his spare time. Colin would like to thank his family for supporting his love of acting.
CARA MYERS (The Little Girl) is a 10 year old 5th grader from Cleveland Ohio. Regional credits include: A Christmas Carol (Turkey girl/ Street girl), Shrek (Shoemaker’s Elf), Annie (Duffy) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Ensemble). Cara takes private voice lessons, ballet, tap and jazz lessons in her free time. Cara would like to thank her parents for supporting her dreams.
JORDAN SANTIAGO (The Little Boy) is excited to be touring with Ragtime with his mom and lil’ sister Leilani in the show! Favorite credits include: National tour of Camelot (Tom of Warwick/walk-on), Les Miserables (Gavroche), 13 The Musical (Evan Goldman), Into the Woods (Jack), A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim), and Seussical (Jo Jo). Jordan plays five instruments, taps, and flips. Thanks to Marcia Milgrom Dodge and his awesome family and friends in Spokane, WA, especially his mom, dad, and Jesus! www.jordansantiago.com
LEILANI SANTIAGO (The Little Girl) is super-duper ecstatic to be touring with Ragtime performing with her mom and brother, Jordan, who are also in the show! Favorite credits include: Les Miserables (Eponine), Gypsy (Baby June), A Christmas Carol (Grace), Into the Woods and The Giver with Patty Duke (Lilly). She plays fiddle and piano and takes tap and ballet. Thanks to Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and her beloved family and friends in Spokane, WA, especially her mom, dad, and Jesus. www.leilanisantiago.com
MARK ALPERT (Harry Houdini) is excited to be performing in his second national tour, having just finished portraying the role of Archibald Proops in the national tour of Jekyll & Hyde. Mark is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite roles include Spamalot (Sir Galahad) at Surflight Theatre, Sweeney Todd (Anthony) at The Crown Uptown Theatre, and Titanic (Barrett U/S) at Ocean Professional Theatre.
JILLIAN VAN NIEL (Evelyn Nesbit) is thrilled to be touring with Phoenix Entertainment again in this production of Ragtime. Credits: National Tour of The Addams Family (Flapper Ancestor/Wednesday Cover), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Dames at Sea (Ruby), Young Frankenstein (Inga), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Past), Winter Wonderettes (Betty Jean), Grease (Marty), Hairspray (Amber), Pride and Prejudice (Lydia), Peter Pan (Wendy), Songs for a New World (Woman One). Jillian would like to thank her invaluable family and friends who continue to guide, support, and inspire her. www.jillianavanniel.com
JEFFREY JOHNSON II (Booker T. Washington) Regional: Joseph...Dreamcoat (Judah), Dreamgirls (Curtis), HAIR (Hud), Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), To Kill A Mockingbird (Reverend Sykes), Pal Joey (Jerry/Robert), Ragtime (Ensemble), The Color Purple (Jawbone), Hairspray (Duane), The Producers (Ensemble). Tours: Sesame Street Live!, Curious George Live!, Barney's Birthday Bash! Jeffrey is a proud graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. Endless love and gratitude to the entire creative team and his family and friends. @jeffsettin
SANDY ZWIER (Emma Goldman) is honored and excited to join the National Tour of Ragtime! She graduated with a BFA in Music Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University, and recently completed classes with The Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. Credits include the National Tour of Mamma Mia! (Ensemble, US Donna/Rosie), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Betty Jean), and Nunsense (Sister Hubert). Much love and thanks to all who have supported her journey and continue to guide and inspire her every day. sandyzwier.com
JOHN ANKER BOW (Henry Ford) BA Rider University ’03. National Tour: A Christmas Carol (Jacob Marley) with Nebraska Theatre Caravan. Regional: The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair) directed by James Brennan, Les Misérables (Thénardier), Noises Off! (Lloyd), Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius), Forever Plaid (Smudge), The Full Monty (Ethan), Hairspray (Wilbur), Shrek (Farquaad). Directing credits include projects with Ocean City Theatre Company, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, Young Audiences of NJ and The Broadway Workshop. Much love to Mom, Dad, Erika & Stephen.
TODD BERKICH (JP Morgan) was last seen in the US National Tour of Guys And Dolls playing Nicely Nicely Johnson. Some favorite regional credits include: Damn Yankees (Forestburgh Playhouse), Lend Me A Tenor (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre), Lombardi (Ocean State Theatre Company), Kiss Me, Kate! (Gretna Theatre). Education: MFA in Theatre from West Virginia University and BFA in Musical Theatre from the Hartt School. "Much love to my wife, Elizabeth, and family for all their love and support." www.toddberkich.com.
ANEESA FOLDS (Sarah’s Friend) is beyond excited to be joining this wonderful cast on tour! Originally from NYC, Aneesa has just spent her first full year back in the city after graduating from The Hartt School Conservatory of Music, Dance and Theatre in Hartford Connecticut. Favorite Credits include: Rent (Joanne), The Wiz (Evelliene), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy Van Hossmere) and Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle). This Journey has been a dream come true! Many thanks to her family and friends for their unconditional love and support and Phoenix Entertainment for this amazing opportunity! Follow her @aneesanael! www.aneesafolds.com
JOE CALLAHAN (Willie Conklin) is thrilled and honored to be part of this amazing cast. BFA Musical Theater (Western Carolina University). Past credits include: Les Miserables (Marius), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Phil Davis), Robin Hood (Robin), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Anthony), The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster 1). Luke 2:14
JOHN BARSOIAN (Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining the touring company of Ragtime! He is a recent graduate of Elon University. Recent roles include Mary Poppins (Bert) at Artpark. Other roles include A Man of No Importance (Breton Beret), The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin) and Hair (Ensemble). Film and TV: Goosebumps (2016) and The Originals (CW). He would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support!
COLLEEN GALLAGHER (Ensemble) is incredibly happy to be on the road with Ragtime! Originally from CT, Colleen is a proud graduate of Manhattanville College (BA). Previous credits include The Music Man (Marian Paroo), Brigadoon (Fiona), Kiss Me Kate (Kate/Lilli), The Secret Garden (Martha), Suds (Cindy), Damn Yankees (Gloria Thorpe), and Carousel (Julie Jordan). Thank you to Phoenix for this amazing opportunity, and to my family and friends for their constant love and support.
DANIEL GORHAM (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this incredible production team. Originally from Baltimore, MD he recently performed for the past two years in Branson, MO at Sight and Sound Theatres with Jonah (King Ashurdan III). Other favorite roles include Pirates of Penzance (The Pirate King), Carmen (Zuniga), Cendrillon (Baron Pictordu) and Aida (Amonasro). He would like to thank his Lord and savior Jesus Christ and his parents for all their love and support.
MILIKA GRIFFITHS (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her touring debut with Phoenix Entertainment! Raised in New Jersey, Milika is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Rider University. Her university credits include All Shook Up (Lorraine), and The Full Monty (Joanie Lish). Her professional credits include Merchant of Venice (Jessica) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Jolene Oaks). She would like to thank Phoenix Entertainment for this opportunity and her mother Lorna for her constant support and love throughout this whole journey!
ALEC MATHIESON (Ensemble) is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and a recent graduate of NYU Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway. Some favorite roles include NYU’s The Secret Garden (Neville), Ragtime (Henry Ford), and Grease (Danny Zuko); and Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s Macbeth at the Park Avenue Armory (Ensemble). He would like to thank his friends and family for all of their support. Love to Mom, Dad, Claire, Monie, Garfield, and Allison! www.alecmathieson.com
Joshua William Green (Ensemble). A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Joshua performed globally in The Youngstown Connection and Archangel Dance Theater. He studied musical theater at AMDA in NYC and Youngstown State University. Joshua has performed in RAGTIME (Coalhouse Walker Jr.) many times but this will be his first touring production. "So grateful God brought me to Phoenix Entertainment!”
HEIDI SANTIAGO (Ensemble) is beyond thrilled to be touring with Ragtime alongside her son, Jordan and daughter, Leilani! Favorite credits include: Next-to-Normal (Diana Goodman), The Addam’s Family (Alice Beineke), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Past), Secret Garden (Lily), Les Miserables (Fantine u/s), My Fair Lady (Mrs. Eynsford-Hill), and Pirates of Penzance (Edith). THANKS to Phoenix Entertainment, Mark Minnick, Marcia Milgrom Dodge and her amazing family and friends in Spokane, WA, especially her husband and her Lord and Savior! www.heidisantiago.com
CECILIA SNOW (Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining her first national tour! Cecilia graduated from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY in 2014 where she studied vocal performance with Deborah Massell. Credits include: Ain't Misbehavin', Cats (Jennyanydots), The Buddy Holly Story (Apollo Singer), and A Chorus Line (Cassie). She recently won NATS' vocal competition in 2012 and 2013. Thanks to her family, friends, Marcia, Phoenix Entertainment, and God for this amazing opportunity! www.ceciliasnow.weebly.com