Broadway: co-creator/writer of In Transit (Broadway’s first a cappella musical). Regional: Frozen (Denver Center); Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse); Finding Nemo: The Musical (Disney World, running since 2006). Film: Pixar’s Coco (Oscar® Best Original Song win for “Remember Me”), Frozen (Oscar and Grammy Award® wins for “Let It Go”), Winnie The Pooh. TV: songs for 87th Academy Awards (Emmy® nomination), “The Comedians,” “The Wonder Pets.” 2014 recipient, and now proud board member, of the Lilly Awards. Upcoming projects include Disney’s Frozen 2. Williams College grad, BMI Workshop, Dramatists Guild council. She lives in Brooklyn with Robert and their two daughters.
Broadway: co-creator/writer of The Book of Mormon (nine Tony® Awards including Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Musical), co-creator/songwriter of Avenue Q (three Tony Awards including Best Original Score and Best Musical). Regional: Frozen (Denver Center), Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse), 1001 Nights (Atlantic Theater). Film: Pixar’s Coco (Oscar® Best Original Song win for “Remember Me”), Frozen (Oscar Best Original Song win for “Let It Go”). TV: songs for The 87th Academy Awards, “The Simpsons,” “South Park,” “Scrubs,” “The Wonder Pets.” Upcoming projects include Disney’s Frozen 2. One of 12 artists to win Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar and Tony Awards (EGOT). Yale University grad, BMI Workshop, Dramatists Guild council. A NYC native, he lives in Brooklyn with Kristen and their two daughters.
Jennifer Lee is the Academy Award®-winning writer of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Frozen, which she also directed with Chris Buck. It became the #1 animated film of all time, worldwide. For her work on Frozen, Lee received numerous awards including a Golden Globe, a Critics Choice Award, a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award. Her Disney Animation career began as co-writer of the Oscar®-nominated Wreck-It Ralph. She also wrote the screenplay for Disney’s 2018 release A Wrinkle in Time. Currently, Lee is hard at work writing/directing Frozen 2.
Michael Grandage is the recipient of Tony®, Olivier, Drama Desk, Evening Standard, British Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards. His Olivier Award-winning musicals include Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel and Guys and Dolls. Grandage received a Tony Award for Best Direction for Red and Tony nominations for Frost/Nixon and The Cripple of Inishmaan. Grandage served as Artistic Director of London’s Donmar Warehouse for 10 acclaimed seasons before establishing the Michael Grandage Company (MGC) in 2012. As Artistic Director of MGC, he directed Photograph 51, Henry V, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Peter and Alice and the feature film Genius. www.MichaelGrandageCompany.com
Rob Ashford is a Tony®, Olivier, Emmy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning director/choreographer. NYC: Macbeth (Park Ave Armory); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Evita (Tony nom); How to Succeed… (Tony noms direction, choreography); Promises, Promises (Tony nom); Cry-Baby (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Astaire Award, Tony nom); Curtains (Tony nom); Wedding Singer (Tony nom); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award Best Choreography). London: Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company – Winter’s Tale (Olivier nom direction), Romeo and Juliet, The Entertainer; Donmar – Anna Christie (Olivier Award), Streetcar Named Desire (Olivier nom), Parade (Olivier noms direction, choreography). Television: “The Sound Of Music Live!” (DGA, Emmy® noms), “Peter Pan Live!” (DGA nom).
Christoper Oram is the recipient of Tony®, Olivier, Drama Desk, Evening Standard, Critics Circle, Garland and Ovation awards. His work on Broadway includes Hughie (Booth), Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 (Winter Garden), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Cort), Evita (Marquis), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Rodgers). Additional work includes Red (Golden), Hamlet with Jude Law (Broadhurst), Frost/Nixon (Jacobs), Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory), King Lear (BAM) and Billy Budd (BAM). Instagram @christopheroram
Natasha Katz has designed extensively for theatre, opera, dance, concerts and permanent lighting installations around the world. She is a six-time Tony Award® winner whose recent Broadway credits include Springsteen on Broadway; the recent revival of Hello, Dolly!; Cats; Long Day’s Journey Into Night; School of Rock; An American in Paris; Aladdin; Skylight; The Glass Menagerie; Once; The Coast of Utopia: Salvage; Aida; and Beauty and the Beast
Grammy®, Olivier, seven-time Tony®-nominated. Selected designs include: Anastasia; Something Rotten!; Rock of Ages; After Midnight; Motown; The Scottsboro Boys; Side Show; Rocky; Bullets Over Broadway; Shrek The Musical; On A Clear Day…; Lend Me A Tenor; Elf; Wonderland; Cry-Baby; The Times They Are A-Changin’; The Wedding Singer; Sweet Charity; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Little Women; Brooklyn. Other credits: Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas, Ragtime (London), Rocky Das Musical, King Kong.
Finn Ross has won two Olivier Awards, a Tony®, two Drama Desks and an OCC award. Recent work: Bat Out of Hell (West End); Tempest (RSC); Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway/West End); American Psycho (Broadway/Almeida); Betrayal (Broadway); The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Royal Opera House); The Crossing (ART Boston); Chimerica (Almeida/West End); Death of Klinghoffer, Damnation of Faust, Magic Flute (ENO); Master and Margarita (Complicite); A Dog’s Heart (DNO).
Michael’s approach is unique, as he chooses to design and fabricate with a long-term team in his Oregon studio. The scenic designs, puppetry and performance effects from Michael Curry Design have been the cornerstone of shows for the past 30 years. Michael is best known for his work with The Lion King on Broadway, the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Met Opera, Cirque du Soleil and other worldwide spectacles.
Broadway highlights: Dear Evan Hansen, War Paint (Drama Desk Award), She Loves Me, Curious Incident…, Gigi, Bridges of Madison County, If/Then, Macbeth, Death of a Salesman, Follies, Sister Act, A Steady Rain, Shrek, The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Tarzan®, Nine, Gypsy, Sweet Smell of Success, The Invention of Love, Aida, The Iceman Cometh, Chicago, Sideshow, Steel Pier. TV/film credits: “Peter Pan Live!” (NBC); “The Sound of Music Live!” (NBC); It’s Complicated; Angels in America (Emmy®-nominated); Too Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.
Broadway: A Bronx Tale; On Your Feet!; Disaster!; On The Twentieth Century; It Shoulda Been You. Recent New York credits: The Wolves (Playwrights Realm); The Sandbox, Drowning and Funnyhouse of Negro (Signature Theater); The Guilty Mother (On Site Opera); Káťa Kabanová (Juilliard). Hundreds of productions for American and international opera companies – highlights include Candide (Opéra National Bordeaux); The Music Man (Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman); Phillip Glass’s Appomattox, Wagner’s Ring Cycle (Kennedy Center).
Broadway: Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award® for Best Orchestrations and 2013 Grammy® Award); The Book of Mormon (2011 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Orchestrations and 2012 Grammy Award). Music supervisor, arranger, and/or orchestrator of Broadway productions of Wicked, Avenue Q, All Shook Up and 9 to 5. Other credits: tick, tick…BOOM!; music director of the 87th Academy Awards; “The Wiz Live!” on NBC; conductor/contributing arranger for the film Frozen.
Recent Broadway: Aladdin, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, American Psycho, You Can’t Take It With You. West End: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Let the Right One In. Television: “The Wiz Live!” and “Peter Pan Live!” In 2014 his work was featured at the Museum of Art & Design in New York. Chernick is head designer for J&M Special Effects in Brooklyn www.jmfx.net
Dave Metzger was nominated for Tony® and Drama Desk Awards for orchestrating the Broadway production of The Lion King. Perhaps best known for his work in film, he has arranged and orchestrated over 60 movies, including Frozen, Moana, Tarzan®, The Avengers, How to Train Your Dragon (1 and 2), August Rush and Planes (1 and 2). davemetzgermusic.com