Creative Bios

TERRENCE McNALLY (Book) was awarded the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He is the winner of Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his books for the musicals Ragtime and Kiss of the Spider Woman. In 2010 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera, a three-play festival of his work. His other plays include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, A Perfect Ganesh, Corpus Christi, The Ritz, It's Only A Play, The Lisbon Traviata, Some Men, The Stendhal Syndrome, Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? , Bad Habits, Deuce, Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, Unusual Acts of Devotion, Next, Sweet Eros, Witness and his first play, And Things That Go Bump in the Night, which was produced on Broadway in 1964. He has written the librettos for the musicals The Full Monty, A Man of No Importance, The Rink and The Visit and the opera Dead Man Walking. He won an Emmy Award for Best Drama with his teleplay Andre's Mother. He wrote the screenplays for Frankie and Johnny, Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Ritz. Among his many awards are a Citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, four Drama Desk Awards, three Hull-Warriner Best Play Awards from the Dramatists Guild, two Obies, two Lortel Awards and two Guggenheim Fellowships.

STEPHEN FLAHERTY (Music) is the composer of the Broadway musicals Rocky, Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Awards, two Grammy nominations), Seussical (Grammy, Drama Desk nominations) and Once on This Island (Tony nomination, Olivier Award, Best Musical.) Additional Broadway includes Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (original songs) and Neil Simon's Proposals (incidental music). Stephen has also written four musicals at Lincoln Center Theatre: The Glorious Ones (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), Dessa Rose (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), A Man of No Importance (OCC, Best Musical, Drama Desk nomination) and My Favorite Year. Other theater includes Lucky Stiff, Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein (Chicago's Jefferson Award, Best New Musical) and In Your Arms, a new dance theater piece with director-choreographer Christopher Gattelli and ten noted playwrights. Film includes Anastasia (two Academy Award and two Golden Globe nominations), the documentary After The Storm and the upcoming Lucky Stiff. This year celebrates Stephen's 30-year collaboration with lyricist-librettist Lynn Ahrens. A double live CD commemorating their body of work titled Nice Fighting You has just been released by Broadway Records. Upcoming: Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center, Fall 2014, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, and the stage adaptation of Anastasia, currently in development. Mr. Flaherty's concert music has premiered at the Hollywood Bowl, Boston's Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum and Symphony Space. Stephen and Lynn are members of the Dramatists Guild Council and cofounders of the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. AhrensAndFlaherty.com.

LYNN AHRENS (Lyrics) won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations for Ragtime. She was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes for the animated feature, Anastasia. She has written both book and lyrics for seven musicals: Once On This Island (Olivier Award, Best Musical, Tony nominations for Best Book and Score); Seussical (Grammy and Drama Desk nominations, one of the most performed shows in America); Lincoln Center Theater's Dessa Rose and The Glorious Ones (both Drama Desk-nominated); Lucky Stiff; Little Dancer and Madison Square Garden's A Christmas Carol. She wrote lyrics for My Favorite Year; Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life; Ragtime (2009 Broadway revival); A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Musical) and Rocky (Hamburg and Broadway). Ms. Ahrens is an Emmy winner and four-time Emmy nominee. Her many film and television credits include: A Christmas Carol (teleplay, NBCTV); Camp (IFC Films); Lucky Stiff (screenplay); Schoolhouse Rock (mainstay writer). Her work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl and other major concert venues. Her short stories and essays have been published nationally. She is a Council member of the Dramatists Guild of America, co-founder of the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program and the first recipient of the Betty Comden Lilly Award. She and composer Stephen Flaherty recently celebrated thirty years of collaboration and received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement. AhrensAndFlaherty.com

MARCIA MILGROM DODGE (Director/Choreographer) Dodge’s celebrated work on world premieres and revivals has been seen throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, South Korea and Denmark. She directed and choreographed the acclaimed Broadway revival of Ragtime after its sold-out run at The Kennedy Center (nominated for the TonyÒ Award, Drama Desk Award, Astaire Award and she won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Resident Musical.)  New York: Active Theater (Venus Flytrap); Theatreworks USA, Lortel Award Nomination (Curious George, Seussical The Musical); Cookin’ (Minetta Lane)Radio Gals (Houseman), Maltby & Shire's Closer Than Ever (original production, Cherry Lane); William Finn's Romance In Hard Times (The Public). Regional: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, winner of three Carbonell Awards* (Fiddler On The Roof, The King & I*, Hello Dolly!*, Anything Goes*, Master Class); The MUNY (Buddy, The Addams Family), Denver Center Theatre Co. (Sense & Sensibility The Musical), Reprise Theatre Co.(Cabaret, How To Succeed…); many shows at Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, St. Louis Rep., Bay Street, Music Circus, Goodman Theatre, Lyric Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, Huntington Theatre and Arena Stage.  Exciting collaborations with Julie Andrews (Simeon’s Gift), Stephen Sondheim (Merrily We Roll Along), Rupert Holmes (Thumbs, Drood), Des McAnuff (Elmer Gantry) Robert Falls & John Logan (Riverview).  Television: Sesame Street and AMC'S Remember Wenn.  Also a published and produced playwright, Dodge is a proud executive board member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.  For more, please visit: www.marciamilgromdodge.com

JOSH WALDEN (Associate Director/Choreographer) was the Associate Director/Associate Choreographer for the Tony Nominated Broadway Revival of Ragtime.  He directed/choreographed The Rocky Horror Show for The University of Buffalo, Legally Blonde for Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, A Chorus Line for Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and Theatre Memphis and the rock opera Fallen Angel in the New York International Fringe Festival which won Best Musical.  Josh also choreographed for The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, DR2 Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Theatreworks USA, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Gateway Playhouse, Riverside Theatre in FL, D.A.R.E., Tisch School of the Arts, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre and Morag Productions for the Seabourn Sun Cruise Ship.  His dance company, Walden Dance Theatre, had it’s first dance musical, All Is Love, produced at the New York Musical Theatre Festival receiving an honorable mention for Direction/Choreography.  Josh’s film company, Walza Productions, had its first short film, I Love You, Anna, accepted into the New York City Independent Film Festival and the Big Apple Film Festival and is preparing for the release of its first Full Length, Discovering Henry. As a performer, Josh has been in the Broadway Revivals of 42nd St, La Cage aux Folles, A Chorus Line and Ragtime. DOONCE!

KEVIN DEPINET (Scenic Design) recently designed the National Tour of Camelot for Phoenix Entertainment and was the Associate Designer for the Broadway productions of August: Osage County, The Motherf**ker with the Hat and Of Mice and Men. Residing in Chicago, his local credits include numerous productions with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Court Theatre, Victory Garden, Writers’ Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, The Paramount Theatre, and Chicago Children’s Theatre. Regional credits include productions with American Players Theatre, McCarter Theatre, the Arden Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory, Denver Theatre Center, Saint Louis Repertory, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Mark Taper Forum. Film credits include scenery for Michael Mann’s Public Enemies. He has designed for the National Theatre of Great Britain in London, the Discovery Channel, Netflix, and Disney. Kevin studied at Ball State University and the Yale School of Drama. 

MIKE BALDASSARI (Lighting Design) a Tony and two-time Emmy nominated Lighting Designer whose work has spanned much of the entertainment industry and been seen live in 25+ countries. Theatrical Lighting for Film: Ghostbusters (2016), Rob Marshall’s Nine, Rock of Ages, Joyful Noise, Sex and the City 2, Going the Distance, Neil Young Truck Show.  For Sam Mendes and Mr. Marshall he co-designed the Broadway hit revival of Cabaret, for which he received Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominations and received the Entertainment Design Award.  Other Broadway designs include: First Date and Holler If Ya Hear Me. Mike also designed more than a dozen US National Tours, including Phoenix Productions’ Camelot, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Ring of Fire, Man of La Mancha, Fame, The Will Rogers Follies, Grease and Phantom of the Opera.  World premières; Tennessee William’s One Arm, Somewhere in Time, 13, Nerds.  European: Beauty and the Beast (12+ companies).  Production Designer: ALICE IN CHAINS, co-designed Neil Young’s CHROME DREAMS Tour world-wide.  Television:   SNL, U2’s TONIGHT SHOW Premiere, U2 and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN in Times Square, MARY J. BLIGE, TIM McGRAW, SAM SMITH at The Apollo, GARTH BROOKS CENTRAL PARK. www.mike-o-matic.com

CRAIG CASSIDY (Sound Design) has been providing sound reinforcement for the theater for 25 years. Designing sound for productions here in the USA and around the world. Recent productions include The Addams Family, Rock Of Ages, A Chorus Line, The Color Purple, Ring Of Fire, Gypsy, Man of La Mancha, Grease, The Will Rogers Follies, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Fame and Phantom. When he is not behind a sound console you can find him sailing the Long Island Sound with his wife Dina & daughter Kealy.

GAIL BALDONI (Costume Coordination) is New York based and works across the country and abroad. NYC credits include My Fair Lady starring Kelsey Grammar and Kelli O’Hara at The New York Philharmonic, Wonderful Town at New York City Opera and an Emmy nomination for NBC’s Another World.  Film work: Mermaids, starring Cher and The Boy in the Bathtub. Numerous shows for Papermill Playhouse, The Goodspeed Opera, The Ahmanson Theater, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (10 seasons), The Boston Ballet, Cape Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Westchester Broadway Theatre.  13 Off-Broadway shows to date. Gail’s tours have reached Taiwan, Singapore, Portugal, Columbia and Switzerland. Other favorite projects include the Rockette’s Christmas Show, Disney on Ice and The Ringling Bros. Circus. Gail has worked with Richard Maltby Jr. on several productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’.

MIKE TUTAJ (Projection Design) Recent credits include: Pelléas et Mélisande (Chicago Symphony Orchestra); The Good Book (Court Theatre); Beyond the Score: Pierre Boulez (Chicago Symphony Orchestra); Ride the Cyclone (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Spill (TimeLine Theatre Company); Wonderland (Chicago Children’s Theatre) Mr. Tutaj received the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award in 2012, and received the Joseph Jefferson Awards for projection design in 2009, 2011, and 2013.  Mr. Tutaj is an artistic associate with TimeLine Theatre and has taught projection design at Columbia College Chicago. www.miketutaj.com

DAVE BOVA (Wig/Hair Design). Little Miss Sunshine (Off-Broadway),Good Person of Szechwan (La Mama NYC), My Name is Asher Lev (Off Broadway), Guys and Dolls (Great Lakes Theater Festival), Rich Girl (George Street Playhouse), Central City Opera 2012 and 13, Orchid, Santa Fe Opera, the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Dallas Theater Center, Utah Shakespearian Festival, Barrington Stage, North Shore Music Theatre, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1st National Tour), and the Chautauqua Institute. Wig Construction: Wicked, Memphis, The Miracle Worker, Jersey Boys, Guys and Dolls, Xanadu, Spamalot, Jekyll and Hyde, and Cirque Du Soleil. Thank you Zevie for all your support and love.

STEVEN M. BISHOP (Musical Direction/Supervision) is the Arranger/Orchestrator for the upcoming Broadway shows, Genius and Solana, was the Conductor for the First National Tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Conductor/Musical Director for the off-Broadway run of BINGO!, for which he orchestrated, produced, and mixed the original cast CD.  Mr. Bishop conducted for Barry Manilow and his musical, Copacabana, and has had the privilege of working with such other artists as Gladys Knight, Pat Boone, BJ Crosby, Lou Rawls, K.D. Lang, Deborah Gibson, Frankie Avalon, and Michael Bolton.  For television, his work has been heard on The Today Show, AMC, Discovery, TNN’s Nashville Now, and Bobby Jones Gospel Hour.  He is the arranger/orchestrator for the smash national tours of GREASE, starring Frankie Avalon.  Much love to new wife Athena, and Christian, Eleni and Fabulous. 

PHILLIP ALEMAN (Marketing Director) has been working as a publicist and marketing director for Broadway national tours for over 15 years. In addition to the National Tours of Wicked, Spamalot, Next to Normal, The Addams Family and Bring It On: The Musical, Phillip has represented 2005's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt, starring Cherry Jones; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Producers; The Full Monty; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; The Graduate; Proof; Dr. Dolittle; Annie and Stomp, to name a few.

SCOTT ORLESKY (Technical Director) Technical Supervision on International tours of Peter and the Starcatcher, Camelot, Spamalot, The Addams Family, The Color Purple, Fame, Grease, Peter Pan, The National Ballet of the Ukraine’s Nutcracker, A Ballet Fantasy, What’s Done In the Dark, Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story and Big Comfy Couch, to name a few. His work has garnered him a Dora Mavor Moore award for theatrical design, an IALD award for architectural lighting, and an ISES award for large scale special events.

MARK MINNICK (Casting) has cast exceptional talent in over 25 touring productions including ThreeSixty’s Peter Pan and last seasons tours of Peter and the Starcatcher and Camelot. Previous credits include tours of The Addams Family, Rock of Ages, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Color Purple, The Pajama Game, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Ring of Fire. International: Fame (2009/10 China tour), and Grease (Asian tour, Macau, China and Istanbul, Turkey).

J. ANDREW BLEVINS (Stage Management) s thankful for the opportunity to be joining Phoenix Entertainment once again! National tours: CamelotSesame Street Live!, 50 Shades! The Musical, and Scooby Doo Live! Recent projects: Illinois Shakespeare Festival. A big shout out to my family for being incredibly supportive while I'm out on the road. Most importantly to SMO, thank you!

ARTHUR J.M. CALLAHAN (Company Management) is excited to be touring with Ragtime! Recent National/International Tours: Peter Pan 360, Peter and the Starcatcher, Rock of Ages, The Color Purple, Smokey Joe’s Café,  and Grease with Frankie Avalon.  Special thanks to my Mom, Family, and JCB for always supporting me. Tons of gratitude to my Phoenix Family for always being there.

E.L. DOCTOROW (Original Novel) His novel Ragtime is published in 30 languages. His other novels include Welcome to Hard Times, The Book of Daniel, Loon Lake, Lives of the Poets, World’s Fair, Billy Bathgate, and The Waterworks  (1994). His selected essays are published under the title Jack London, Hemingway and the Constitution. A play, Drinks Before Dinner, was originally produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Doctorow is the recipient of The National Book Award, The National Book Critics’ Circle Award (twice), the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the William Dean Howells medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the Glucksman Professor of English and American Letters at New York University.

MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (www.mtishows.com) is one of the world’s leading dramatic licensing agencies, protecting the rights and legacies of composers, lyricists and book writers.  MTI’s core business is issuing licenses, scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to schools as well as amateur and professional theatres across the globe. With over 400 classic and contemporary show titles from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and London’s West End, MTI shows have been performed by 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide. MTI is dedicated to the idea of theatre as education and has created special collections for younger audiences. The Broadway Junior Collectionä features 70-minute adaptations of major musicals designed for middle school children to perform;the KIDS Collection, provides 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children; School Editions are musicals that have been annotated for performance by high school students; and the Theatre For Young Audiences Collection, 70-minute musicals designed for adults to perform for children.

STEPHEN B. KANE (Managing Producer) enjoys an open ended run in the theatrical touring industry that has now spanned some 35 years. He has produced and managed over 100 touring Broadway musicals on four continents.  Current collaborations include North American tour of Ragtime and the long running Korean language production of Grease, now entering its eighth season. He is CEO for Baker Park Associates, a theatrical management and consulting firm, and co-founder of both Phoenix Productions in North America and Phoenix Asia Group. For real adventure he happily shares post-production time with partner Joe in sunny south Florida raising their 11-year old sons, Aidan and Andrew.

MICHAEL McFADDEN (Artistic Producer) is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Phoenix Entertainment. He has guided more than 100 major productions as Producer and/or Director on both the national and international stage. Productions include Peter and the Starcatcher, Rock of Ages (North America tour, Republic of Singapore); The Addams Family, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Color Purple, Godspell, The Will Rogers Follies, Ring of Fire, Man of La Mancha, Gypsy, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Directing credits include Camelot (North America tour); Smokey Joe’s Café, The Pajama Game (North America tour); Fame (Korea and China tours); Grease (China tour, Malaysia, Macau and Turkey) and Sing Along Santa (Korea and North America tour). Mr. McFadden is a partner in Baker Park Associates, Inc. and founding member of both Phoenix Productions and Phoenix Asia Group. When not traveling, he shares his quiet time with his wife, LeAnne, and their sons, Sam and Liam. 

PHOENIX ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) proudly embarks on its 16th season as an independent theatrical producing and management enterprise founded in 1999 and helmed by long time colleagues Stephen B. Kane and Michael McFadden.  Its primary mission is to develop, produce, manage and present the very finest in touring Broadway musicals and family entertainment worldwide.  Over the past three decades the Phoenix team has produced and/or supervised over 100 live productions on four continents. Current and recent touring projects include Ragtime, CamelotPeter and the Starcatcher, Rock of Ages, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Addams Family, The Color Purple and the long-running Korean language production of Grease.  Its overseas affiliate, Phoenix Asia Group, brings international booking, producing, presenting, classical artist representation and theatrical investment to the collective production and management capabilities of Phoenix Entertainment. www.phoenix-ent.com