July 26, 2021
Award winning Broadway veteran Florence Lacey holds the world record for the most performances of Eva Peron in Evita, having played the role on Broadway, national tours & several international tours. She has also starred in Broadway productions of The Grand Tour, Hello Dolly, Les Miserables and the most recent Tony nominated revival of Follies.
Her professional career in musical theater around the world spans four decades and many thousands of performances and she has shared the stage with such Broadway legends as Carol Channing, Joel Grey and Bernadette Peters.
She is also a well known star of many regional theatres across the country, having performed dozens of lead roles including Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, Sally Durant Plumer in Follies and Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music at the Tony Award winning Signature Theatre and appearing in Sunday In The Park with George at The Kennedy Center.
July 19, 2021
Pomme Koch played the role of Itzik in the ten-time Tony Award winning musical The Band’s Visit, both on Broadway and on the 1st national tour. He has appeared Off-Broadway and at many regional theatres across the country including La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T. in San Francisco, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Theatre Calgary, and others.
You may have also seen him on TV in “House of Cards” and “Blue Bloods”.
He's spent the pandemic serving as a delegate in Actors' Equity Association and working on arts-labor policies for the upcoming New York City mayoral election.
Originally hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, he studied theatre and political science at the University of Michigan and lived in D.C. before settling in New York.
July 12, 2021
Thom Sesma has numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV and film appearances to his credit, including The Times They Are a Changin, Man of La Mancha and La Cage Aux Folles. Some recent highlights include the title role in the off-Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd and a Lucille Lortel nominated performance in Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company, as well as the world premiere of Tom Kitt and John Logan's Superhero at Second Stage and Ibsen's Ghosts with Uma Thurman at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
His most recent live theatre performance was in Michael Friedman’s Unknown Soldier which opened on March 9, 2020 off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. Three days later live theatre was suspended due to the COVID19 pandemic and since then he’s accumulated many remote live-stream virtual credits in plays, musicals, concerts and works in development. He has also kept busy appearing in many roles in television and film and teaching a popular course called “Acting on Zoom”.
He is currently starring in an online production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, with an all Asian cast, produced by CollaborAzian and with proceeds going to #StopAAPIHate that will stream starting July 15th.
July 5, 2021
Brandon J. Ellis most recently appeared on Broadway as World War II vet Davy Zlatic in Bandstand. His other Broadway credits include the original companies of the 2006 revival of Company and Once, which he also reprised in the West End. He also starred in the 1st National tour of The Play That Goes Wrong.
His Off-Broadway credits include August Rush, Missed Connections, and Balls…The Musical which he also wrote and he is in the process of writing a new musical called The Drum Bridge with Drew Gasparini.
His TV/Film work includes 30 Rock, Vinyl and Shake Rattle and Roll. He holds a BFA in Acting from University of North Carolina Greensboro.
He is currently appearing in Seven Deadly Sins, an Off-Broadway production set in the meatpacking district, directed by Moises Kaufman, playing in a limited engagement until July 18.
June 28, 2021
Bligh Voth is an actor, singer and writer originally from Washington, D.C. now living in New York City. She was last seen on the first national tour of the 10-time Tony Award winning musical, The Band’s Visit.
She has appeared off-Broadway in the new musical Loveless, Texas and in The Time Machine at New York Musical Theatre Festival and her other New York credits include the Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages and Boomerang Theatre Company.
Bligh has performed at many regional theatres across the country including the Paper Mill Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ford's Theatre, The Studio Theater, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and Signature Theatre.
She wrote the book for a new Cole Porter revue called, Let’s Misbehave: Cole Porter After Dark and she served as the editorial director of Nasty Women of New York, a photography project melding the world of portrait photography with storytelling, giving a voice to the uniquely diverse women of New York City.
Her solo show No Really, I’m Not Crazy debuted at The Green Room 42 in New York City.
Currently she is working on a country/bluegrass EP.
June 21, 2021
Multiple Award-winning Broadway actor Natascia Diaz has performed professionally since the age of nine. Growing up in New York City, she began her training at The School of American Ballet where she was hand-picked by Jerome Robbins and librettist Arthur Laurents to perform the role of Anita in both the National and International tours of West Side Story garnering Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award and St. Louis's Kevin Klein Award.
Her Broadway credits include Paul Simon’s The Capeman, and leading roles in Seussical, and the 2004 revival of Man of La Mancha, in which she also understudied the role of Aldonza, performing the role opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell.
She is well known to DC theatre audiences, having won two Helen Hayes awards, and appearing often at the Tony Award winning Signature Theatre, MetroStage and other notable venues.
She is also featured in the Broadway Documentary Film, Every Little Step, about the auditions for the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line.
June 14, 2021
Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith describe themselves as modern musical theatre writers who explore the darker side of human nature, while searching for the light. The Washington Post called them “the most prolific writers of musicals in the Washington area who consistently get their work produced.”
Their collaboration has resulted in nine full length musicals including, Night of the Living Dead the musical, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Turn of the Screw, Monsters of the Villa Diodati, Kaleidoscope, Witch, and On Air. Several of their works were commissioned by Creative Cauldron as part of their Bold New Works Initiative. Their latest project is a new musical based on the story of the five women that Jack the Ripper killed, called Whitechapel.
Both Matt and Stephen were nominated together for the Helen Hayes Award for Directing their musical, The Turn of the Screw and each has also received the award individually.
They are currently delighting theatre afficionados with their podcast The Conner & Smith Show interviewing DC creatives and exploring their past and future works.
June 7, 2021
Derek McLane is a Tony Award winning set designer who has designed over 350 productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, internationally, regionally, and for television. A few of his award-winning designs for Broadway include: Moulin Rouge!, American Son, Parisian Woman, Beautiful, Follies, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, 33 Variations, Little Women, The Pajama Game, I Am My Own Wife and The Women.
He designed the 2013-2018 Academy Awards ceremonies and 4 live musicals for television and he is the winner of multiple Obie, Lucille Lortel, Art Director’s Guild, Emmy and Drama Desk Awards.
May 31, 2021
Arbender Robinson has been entertaining Broadway audiences for decades. His Broadway credits include In Transit, Shuffle Along, the 2014 revival of Les Miserables (where he was the first black man to play Marius on Broadway), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Lion King, The Book Of Mormon, Hair, Ragtime, The Little Mermaid, and Hairspray.
Arbender starred in the 2016 hit musical Shuffle Along alongside many Broadway Legends including Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter. The show was Directed by Tony Award Winner George C Wolfe and Choreographed by Savion Glover.
May 24, 2021
Joe Calarco is a multiple award-winning director, playwright and dramaturg whose Off-Broadway credits include productions at Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Second Stage, The Lucille Lortel, The Transport Group, Dreamlight Theatre Company and The New York Musical Theatre Festival.
He is the adaptor/director of Shakespeare’s R&J, which ran for a year Off-Broadway and earned him a Lucille Lortel Award. He also directed the play’s premieres in Chicago, D.C., London and Tokyo, garnering multiple awards along the way.
He has directed national tours, world premieres and many award-winning productions at regional theatres across the country including at the Tony Award winning Signature Theatre.
As a writer his published works include Shakespeare’s R&J, In The Absence of Spring, and Walter Cronkite is Dead. His new play, Winter Break was published by Dramatists Play Service earlier this year.