Cast and Creative Team from We Are The Tigers at the Hudson Backstage Theatre, Fall 2015.
Ari is thrilled to join the talented cast and team of We Are The Tigers. She recently graduated from UCLA and is now working on her EP. She has placements on ABC's Mixology, Disney Channel, and Netflix movie Martian Land, where she also debuts as the lead actress. Ari was top 36 on American Idol, Miss California 2010, and top 10 at Miss America. Huge thanks to her manager Jamie, her supportive friends, and the best parents Karin and Muhammad.
Ashley Lynette Brown
Ashley Lynette Brown, a proud NYU Tisch grad, is blown away that she gets to be part of the world premier of WATT with such an incredible group of performers! Past credits include: LA- Mirror, Mirror (dir. November Christine), Bachelorette (dir. Jessica Hanna), GIrls. In Boys Pants (dir. Kitty Lindsay), Summer School: the Stage Parody (dir. Patrick O'Sullivan), Tommy's Toy Shop (Dir. Alli Miller), Off-Bway- Show Way (Vital Theatre Company), Off-Off Bway- Color Blue (dir. Alexis Roblan), Rocket Science (dir. Brandon Ivie), Regional- Little Shop of Horrors (Darien Music Theatre), Once On This Island (dir. Nancy Maloy), Jesus Christ Superstar (Westchester Bway Theater), 2013 Finalist in acclaimed casting director Twinkie Byrd's Monologue Slam at the Hollywood Black Film Festival. Love to Mom, Dad, Moe, Janice, Nancy, and Aaron! www.AshleyLBrown.com
Adam is thrilled to be a part of the cast We Are The Tigers as the role of Clark! Having just come off the extended run of Recorded in Hollywood, Adam is so glad to be back in the Hudson Theater for just his second show after graduating from UCLA’s Ray Bolger Musical Theater program in June. In school, Adam could be seen in Bat Boy: The Musical, Next to Normal, The Last 5 Years, and Spring Awakening. He would like to thank the incredible production team for all of their hard work in bringing this show to life, and his parents Joni and David for their unending love and support.
Katie is super stoked to join the ‘Tigers’ team! Recent credits include Jane in the So Cal Regional Premiere of Disney’s Tarzan with 3D Theatricals. Other faves: Philia in Forum, Suzy in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Amber in Hairspray. TV/Film: Disney’s The Parent Trap and NBC’s Brave New World. Love and thanks to the entire Tiger Team, Mom, Dad, Em, Mike, G&G, and Minion. www.heyitskatiedee.com
Cait Fairbanks has performed in many theatre productions including Heathers in L.A. and at New World Stages in NYC, Jason Robert Brown’s original L.A. Cast of 13 and L.A.’s American Girl Theatre as well as on television shows such as Disney’s “K.C. Undercover,” “The Middle,” “Two and Half Men,” and “CSI: NY. " Cait is also a lyrist/singer/songwriter. Please visit her Twitter and Instagram @Cait_Fairbanks as well as her website: caitfairbanks.com.
Talisa is a recent New York transplant making her Los Angeles stage debut! Credits include playing "Juliet" in The Last Goodbye (Old Globe), Ah, Wilderness! (Arena Stage), Donnie Darko (A.R.T., world premiere), The Bardy Bunch (Theatre at St. Clements) andThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Studio Theatre, DC). She is a graduate of Harvard, where she was awarded the Jonathan Levy Prize for Most Promising Actor and the David McCord Prize for the Arts.
Gabi Hankins is making her Los Angeles debut in We Are The Tigers. Other credits include Show Search 2015 and Legally Blonde. You can also catch Gabi on "State of Affairs" as well as "Go Four Broke," a new series she created, wrote, produced, and starred in. Gabi is a graduate of Chapman University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screen Acting and a minor in Advertising (the latter she chooses to include because somehow it seems to legitimize her college career). Much love and many thanks to mom (who was also a high school mascot), dad, friends, family, and agent Steven Dry. @gabihankins
Arizona native Jade Johnson is an actress, vocalist, and songwriter. She earned her bachelors degree in Theatre from the University of Southern California. Just recently, she co-starred as Ruth Dolphin in the critically acclaimed Recorded in Hollywood. Some of her regional theatre credits include: Grushinskaya in Grand Hotel, Hester in In the Blood, Sheila Franklin in HAIR, Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors, Dorothy in The Wiz, and Aida in Aida. For more information: www.thisisjadejohnson.com.
Rachel King couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this fantastic new show! Regional favorites: Hope in Urinetown (The Barn Stage Company), Bombalurina in CATS (The Norris), Sandy in Grease (The Welk), Billy Elliot (McCoyRigby), Big Fish (Musical Theatre West). Many thanks to the entire production team for giving her this opportunity and hats off to everyone involved for bringing this fun new work to life! Follow on IG/T: @rachelking326
Credits include: Broadway/1st National: HAIR (Tribe/Crissy u/s), Miss Saigon. NY workshops: How the Great Grapefruit… (Jamie), A Lasting Impression (Simone), Damascus Square (Dalit), Our Town (Actor’s Fund). International/Regional: Tommy (Sally Simpson), South Pacific (Liat), HAIR (Hollywood Bowl), Miss Saigon (Macau), Spring Awakening (Thea), Beijing Spring (Ling), Freedom Machine (Morgan), Tanglin’ Hearts (Celia), Cabaret, Bare, Romeo and Juliet (Juliet). Film/TV: Akron, I’ll See You in My Dreams, Plea, Connected, Raymond & Lane, Something About Last Night. Love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, bros, Stage9/DDO, 44 West, Pace MT, AEA, Ryan, and WATT fam! Twitter/Instagram: @cailanrose
Callandra hails from Minnesota where she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from MSU Mankato. She last appeared as Laurey in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s Oklahoma. Credits include Ariel in Footloose, Sandy in Grease, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Gertrude in Seussical, Wendla in Spring Awakening, and Maria in The Sound of Music. Many thanks to Rebekah M. Allen, the amazing creative team and cast, her supportive family and friends, Grandpa Ray, and God! Much love! www.callandraolivia.com
A recent grad from the University of Southern California's BFA Program, Patrick is very excited to be here with We Are The Tigers. He just finished shooting two new web series', Treading Yesterday and Shoe Me, which will be coming out this December. Last summer he worked at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, and had the pleasure of being directed by Tony Winner Julie White. He also studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in their Shakespeare Intensive, and played Malcolm in Macbeth directed by Nona Shepard. Shout out to Alisa and Jodie and a big thank you to everyone at BBR! EMC
Charlotte Mary Wen
Off-Broadway: One Day the Musical, Regional: Poster Boy (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Inappropriate the Musical (Los Angeles premiere), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe), TV: Life on Mars (EP David Isaacs). Much love to my friends, family, and of course Jodie, Alisa, Sylvia & Martha! This one goes out to my late high school cheer coach, Scott Chodorow, who made me a strong cheerleader, but more importantly a stronger person. charlottemarywen.com / @charmarywen / #unhealthyvegetarian
Rebekah M. Allen
Writer & Composer
Rebekah M. Allen is a writer, composer, and lyricist living in New York City. Her work has been featured at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the Musical Theatre Factory, the York Theatre, the Boo Festival (Award Winner), and the Songwriters' Salon, and has been showcased at 54 Below in We Are The Tigers: In Concert. Her original full-length projects include We Are The Tigers: A New Musical and Remission: A Musical. Rebekah is currently a lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.
Directing: What Do Critics Know? (NYMF), Tell Tale. a musical. (Thespis Festival) We Are The Tigers (MTF, 54 Below), Hello Again (Bridge Rep of Boston, IRNE noms for Best Musical & Best Director), Spears: The Gospel According to Britney, Next to Normal (Gallery Players), Darling: A New Musical (Retrop Productions, in association w/ Sh-K-Boom Records), and concerts of Boys from Syracuse, Me & Juliet, and Pipe Dream (Berkshire Theater Festival), among others. Assisting: Doctor Zhivago (Broadway Theater, dir. Des McAnuff), Fly By Night (Dallas Theater Center, TheaterWorks, dir. Bill Fennelly), A Little More Alive (Kansas City Rep, dir. Sheryl Kaller), Candide (Huntington, dir. Mary Zimmerman), Working (59E59, dir. Gordon Greenberg), Triangle (NAMT, dir. Meredith McDonough), A Class Act (BTF, dir. Bob Moss), Craving for Travel (The Sharp at Playwrights Horizons, dir. Andy Sandberg). Member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. SDC Assosciate. B.F.A. Emerson College. www.MichaelBello.com
Patrick Sulken is a New York-based music director and arranger. As a pianist or assistant, his credits include: Broadway: Something Rotten!, Gigi. 1st National Tour: Peter and the Starcatcher. Off-Broadway: Little Miss Sunshine (2econd Stage). Regional: Ever After (Paper Mill Playhouse). Film/TV: Ithaca (music by John Mellencamp), The Hunt with John Walsh. As music director: Peter and the Starcatcher (Cincinnati Playhouse/Milwaukee Rep/St. Louis Rep), Dani Girl (Exit, Pursued by a Bear). Patrick is also a pianist and composer for Story Pirates, a nationally recognized education and media organization that celebrates the words and ideas of young people. Proud Northwestern University graduate. www.patricksulken.com
Most recently Jacob directed and choreographed Carrie for the Actors Alliance of San Diego. His other west coast credits include The Great American Trailer Park Musical in San Diego, the West Cost regional premiere of The Producers for the Diablo Theater Company and Peter Pan and Candide for The Children’s Musical Theater San Jose. Other credits include Xanadu, Lysistrata Jones, Fiddler on the Roof, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Avenue Q, and Cats. As a performer, Jacob is probably best known for his portrayal of Mr. Mistoffelees in the Broadway, London and DVD productions of Cats, where he worked closely with its creator, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. He is the only performer to have appeared in all three and the only actor to have performed in both of the record-breaking performances of the longest running Broadway and West End show. Currently, Jacob is a MFA candidate in Musical Theater at San Diego State University.
Matt has choreographed violence for The Long Beach Playhouse, Four Clowns, LA New Court Theatre, Good People Theatre Company, Chance Theater, and MB Stage Productions. He holds a BA in Drama/Speech from Clarke University, and is a graduate of the International Stunt School in Seattle. Matt is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, the International Order of the Sword & Pen, and he teaches stage combat at Swordplay LA in Burbank. www.MattFranta.com
Brandon Pugmire is a trained actor and fighter. He has choreographed various violent encounters for SCSF Educational Outreach, MB Stage, Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival and high schools and colleges throughout Southern California. He currently teaches combat at Swordplay LA in Burbank.
Matt Aument is a New York-based arranger and orchestrator. Broadway: Gigi (arrangements). Other orchestrations: Tamar of the River (Prospect Theater Company), Camelot (Drury Lane), Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Matt's concert work includes arrangements for Kristin Chenoweth and accompanying Brian Stokes Mitchell. His focus on new musical theatre has him working with writers Michael Friedman, Drew Fornarola, Shaina Taub, and Rebekah M. Allen, and he especially enjoys an ongoing collaboration with composer Sam Willmott.
Upcoming: The Dodgers (LA); Recent: Nancy & Tonya: The Rock Opera (NYMF), What Do Critics Know? (NYMF), KERRIGAN-LOWDERMILK'S THE BAD YEARS, and The Navigator(NYC & LA). Evan has worked with The Musical Theatre Factory (MTF), Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, and Born for Broadway. His collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Harvard Club, Georgetown's Gaston Hall, The Culture Project, The Ohio Theatre, and The MET. www.evanbernardinproductions.com
Jay Heiserman has been designing professional theater and television in the Los Angeles area for over 15 years. He was the full time production designer on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show", for which he was won 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, with a total of 8 nominations. He is currently working as Art Director for the new Tyra Banks helmed talk show “FABLife”. He has designed sets for many plays and musicals, works often for San Diego Junior Theatre and Sierra Repertory Theatre. Some of his favorite designs include “Always…Patsy Cline”, “Mary Poppins”, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”, “Oliver!”, “Amadeus”, “The Secret Garden”, “Lost In Yonkers”, “All Shook Up”, “Hairspray" and “Crazy for You”. He lives in Santa Monica with his husband TJ and adorable daughter Chloe. He is thrilled to be a part of bringing “We are The Tigers” to life in this world premier production.
Justin Ryan Brown
Associate Scenic Designer / Master Carpenter
Justin is privileged to work with such a great group of people on We Are The Tigers. He is a 4th year theater major at UCLA, with his specialization in scenic design and stage management. Previous scenic designs include The Automobile Graveyard, Hair, No Sex Please We’re British, You Can’t Take It With You, Grease, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Chicago. He has previously stage managed [Feel the Difference] and most recently Spring Awakening. He credits his mother and grandmother for his accomplishments.
Brandon's design credits include American Idiot (Vortex LA); The Temptation of St. Antony (Four Larks - Secret Downtown Location); Queenie Pie (Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater); The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens and Twist Your Dickens Re-Loaded! Re-Twisted! (Kirk Douglas Theater); bare - A Rock Musical (The Hayworth Theater), eve2 (Bootleg Theater), Lost Moon Radio - America (South Coast Rep Studio Series), The 33rd and 34th Annual LA Weekly Theater Awards (Avalon Hollywood), Spring Awakening (The Arena Stage at Theatre of the Arts - Ovation Award Nomination), and Ken Roht’s Same-O, A 99 Cent Only Eclectic Ballad and Calendar Girl Competition (Bootleg Theater). New York Designs include Me Love Me (The Players Theatre), The Hat (Steve and Marie Sgouros Theatre), Someone’s Trying To Kill Me (HERE Arts Center), Wildboy ’74(Walkerspace). Brandon's design can also be seen in the film The Bloody Indulgent and in HBO's Cinema Verite. Company Lighting Designer for Lost Moon Radio and Staff Lighting Designer for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Brandon is also a playwright, and his latest play, NO HOMO has been produced in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and most recently at Atwater Village Theatre.
Haley Vigil is a Costume Designer for Theater & Film working in Los Angeles. She has been designing and working wardrobe for theaters in Boston for the past three years and had the opportunity to live out her dream working on the final season of AMC’s Mad Men. This is her first theater design in Los Angeles and is thrilled to be part of the team working again with Director Michael Bello! B.F.A. Costume Design from Emerson College. www.haleyvigil.com
Michael Donovan Casting, CSA
Michael is a 6-time recipient of the Casting Society of America's Artios Award, given for Outstanding Achievement in Casting. Michael casts for film, TV, theatre and commercials. Current theatre projects include CARRIE THE MUSICAL (Los Angeles Theatre), BREAKING THROUGH (Pasadena Playhouse), SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM (I.C.T.) and I’M STILL GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER (Laguna Playhouse.) Additional theatre credits include shows produced at the Hollywood Bowl, the Geffen Playhouse, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Kirk Douglas Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre, the Theatre @ Boston Court, the San Francisco Symphony, Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, the Alliance Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and many more. Michael has also cast numerous films including the upcoming “Saturn Returns.” Michael’s many TV credits include the series “Blood Relatives,” and he has also cast over 1,200 commercials.
Richie has been casting with Michael Donovan for over three and a half years. In that time, he has been a part of the casting process for over 100 projects, including musicals, plays, readings, TV shows, and films. His theatre credits include shows produced at the Hollywood Bowl, Pasadena Playhouse, The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall, International City Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, the Theatre @ Boston Court, the San Francisco Symphony, Arizona Theatre Company, and many more. When not casting, Richie is also a singer, musical theatre performer, and avid baseball enthusiast.
Matthew P. Hui
Matthew is making his producing debut with We Are The Tigers. An avid theater fan and collector, he never thought of being one of those people he admires. A young man in search for a community to call his own, he would like to thank the entire creative team, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for their heart and spirit, and his parents for their support.
Geri Silver is making her theatrical producing debut with We Are The Tigers and is thrilled to be part of this killer team. Previously, Geri associate produced numerous events and conferences at The Paley Center for Media, and assisted on the development of Broadway's Hand to God and Something Rotten.