Christopher Windom - Director/Choreographer
Excellence Award for best choreography and an Honorable Mention for directing Central Avenue Breakdown. Dean Goodman Choice Award for best choreography for Ragtime at TheatreWorks in California’s Bay Area. Directing: The Beard by Paul Mancini, A Christmas Carol, The Three Times She Knocked, Church Basement Ladies, Clue: the Musical, Big River, Chicago, Our Country’s Good, Mo’Reece and the Girls by Jackie Sibblies, TOT! by Ian McDonald, Blood Knot, The Tempest, and Woyzeck. Choreography: Dessa Rose, Crowns, Oklahoma!, Chicago, My Fair Lady, Swing!, Gypsy, Bye, Bye, End in the Tony Award winning shows Fosse and Damn Yankees, starring Jerry Lewis. Christopher has performed on Broadway, National Tours and London’s West End. He has also performed at the St. Louis Repertory Theater, The Cincinnati Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, St. Louis MUNY, Stages St. Louis and the Sacramento Music Circus. BFA, Musical Theater from Webster University. MFA, Directing, Brown/Trinity Rep. 2012 Drama League Directing Fellow.
Jisun Kim - Scenic Design
Jisun Kim is excited to be working on this production of Central Avenue Breakdown for DIMF and NYMF at the same time. She has worked as a set designer, scenic painter and interior designer. Her set design credits include Dally with the Devil (Theatre Row), New Play Festival 2011 for LPTW, Carnival Round the Central Figure (IRT), The Bilbao Effect (AIA), Thoroughly Modern Millie (NMHS) and Browntown (2004 Fringe NYC). She has worked for several Broadway shows including Desire under Elms. MFA from Mason Gross Art School at Rutgers.
T. Pope Jackson - Technical Director - NYMF
T. Pope Jackson a multiple award winning Harlem native, completing his first award winning documentary while still attending high school. Pope is proud to be apart of “Central Avenue Breakdown” He started his own Production company Actuator Inc & Award Winning Design team Onyx Arts. Pope received recognition for advocating & educating the learned behavior of Domestic Violence through a Proclamation from the Mayor of NYC, Michael R. Bloomberg, deeming Oct 30, 2009 the "Death of a Dream" day, won the NY 48 hour Film Project(2005), worked on a Grammy nominated album with Wynton Marsalis (2006) & has Stage Managed at the World Famous Apollo Theater.For more info check out www.ActuatorInc.com
Josh Liebert - Sound Design
Recent Designs Include Ain’t Misbehavin’ (European Tour); Ragtime (Manhattan School of Music) 40 Weeks (Inviolet Rep.); Off Broadway Designs include: Emily: An Amythest Remembrance, Refuge of Lies; Surviving Billy Boy; Sessions; Every Girl Gets Her Man. Regional Designs include: Ice Glen, King John, The Taming of the Shrew, Martha Mitchell Calling, Kerfol (Shakespeare & Co.); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Studio Players); The Storm (Walking the Dog Productions); the distance from here (Montclair St. Univ.); Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, Crazy for You, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Surflight Theatre). Associate Sound Designer: City Club (Off-Broadway); The Opera Show (Kilworth House Theatre, Lestershire UK); Race for Love (Broadway Asia International/Huairou Theatre), A Christmas Story (Kansas City Rep., pre-Broadway). Assistant Sound Designer (Broadway): Relatively Speaking, Baby it’s You, Irena’s Vow, La Bête MFA: CCM; BFA: Ithaca College. Thanks to Mark, Judi and Ben for their eternal support.
Janell Berté - Costume Design
Janell is thrilled to be part of the Central Avenue Breakdown team for a second NYMF season and Korean tour. NY credits are Trav’lin,(NYMF ’10) directed by Paul Stancato, Civil War Voices (MITF ‘10) directed by Dennis Courtney, winner of 6 awards including best of show and outstanding costume design, Off-Broadway: Family Dinner (Beckett Theater) directed by Jamibeth Margolis, Plagued-a Love Story (NYMF ’09), Regional Theater : Sound of Music (John Engeman Theater) . Movie credit- Something New, (Focus Features-Hope Hanifin, costume designer). Ms Berté is nationally known for her bridal gown designs that have been featured in every major national bridal magazine. www.Berte.com.
Grant Yeager - Lighting Design
DIMF: I Got Fired, Academy. New York: Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre); Between Worlds (New World Stages); Love Child (New World Stages); Chimichangas and Zoloft (Atlantic Theatre Co.); Seven Minutes (Colt Coeur); Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party (Acorn Theatre); A Tribute to Motown (Carnegie Hall); Kevin Smith Speaks (Carnegie Hall); co-designer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival for the last four years. Regional/Int'l: Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Yale Dramatic Assoc.); Soul Doctor (Parker Playhouse); Last Smoker in America (CATCO); Backwards in High Heels (Cleveland Playhouse); Vices (Theatre Aspen); The Tempest (Bermuda Arts Festival).
Shad Ramsey - Fight Director
Shad Ramsey is a New York City based Actor/Fight Director. Recent Fight Directing credits include: Don Giovanni (Wolf Trap Opera), Don Giovanni (The Juilliard School). Sleuth (Cape Play house). Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet (Empirical Rogue). Resident Fight Director for New York Classical Theatre for the past four years for Henry V, Richard III, Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Cymbeline and The Rover. Assistant Fight Director to Steve Rankinon: the 2010 Tony Award winning Broadway Musical Memphis and it’s national Tour, the Broadway premier of Bonnie & Clyde the Musical, the Metropolitan Opera’s 2010/2011 productions of Boris Godunov and Iphigénie en Tauride, The Metropolitan Opera’s 2011/2012 productions of Rhodelinda and Faust, and also the Pulitzer prize winning play RUINED at the La Jolla Playhouse & The Huntington Theatre. Recent Film (as Weapons Master/Fight Coordinator): Family On Board; Speak American.
Denise Wilcox - Production Stage Manager
Denise is excited to return for the second time to the Daegu International Musical Festival, after working last year on I Got Fired. Off Broadway: Trust, Toxic Avenger, The Musical and Fascinating Aida. Production Stage Manager, three seasons at The Arizona Broadway Theatre. Other credits: Pump Boys and Dinettes, Big River, La Cage Aux Folles, Jekyll and Hyde. Assistant Lighting Designer: Peepshow (Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas), Pajama Game National Tour, Backyardigans Live, Barbie Live in Fairytopia.
Becca Pickett - Assistant Stage Manager
NY: Blogologues (Lively Productions); Boston Marriage, Salvation (Hudson Stage Company); Lark Play Development Center; Hostos Center for Arts & Culture. Regional: The Importance of Being Earnest (Tri-State Actors Theater); Bigfoot & Other Lost Souls, A Christmas Story (Atlantic Stage); The Ohio Light Opera; Mac-Haydn Theatre; West Virginia Public Theatre. Love and thanks to the Faces at home. Proud member, AEA / SMA. www.beccapickett.com
Julia Kinney - Wardrobe (NYMF)
Julia is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin Madison. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Costume Design, she moved to NYC to pursue her dreams. She's extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to work on her first NYMF show. She'd like to give a special thanks to costume designer Janell Berte for her mentorship.
A Ram Kim - Assistant Scenic Designer
is thrilled to be a part of Central Avenue Breakdown. Her Rutgers Theatre Company credits include The Hostage, In the Blood, The Crucible, Kindertransport, Say de Kooning, and Dispatches From the Hell. She has worked for several Broadway shows including The Road to Mecca, Funny Girl, and South Pacific. Credits as a scenic painter include There Will BeFflood (Harvard University Hasty Pudding), Macbeth (47th Street Theather), The Bad guys (2ndstage Theater Uptown), Dally with the Devil (Theater Row), Rosco Jungle Project (USITT 2012).
Suellen Vance, Moldy Fig Productions, LLC - Producer
Suellen Vance is managing member of Moldy Fig Productions, lead producer of the multi-award winning new musical Central Avenue Breakdown, winner of 5 of the top awards at the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival. She is also managing member of YankeeBelle Productions, LLC (GODSPELL, THE PEEWEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY). As a singer, actress, and stand-up comedienne, she has performed live in U.S., Canada, Ireland and England as well as in numerous independent shorts, commercials and voice-overs. In 2002, Suellen wrote, recorded and released the pun filled holiday classic Dear Mister Santa Claus (iTunes). DMSC has been heard in more than 81 countries on the NBC soap opera Passions. Previous careers include working several years in finance and in television news as a producer and reporter.
Dennis L. Franklin - Associate Producer
Dennis L. Franklin, is the Founder and Managing Director, Siena Global Securities, LLC, a FINRA registered broker dealer in Oakland, California. Siena Global Securities is a consultant and advisor to buyers and sellers of private equity funds in the secondary market. Prior to founding Siena in June 2004, Mr. Franklin was the Chief Operating Officer for Criterion Capital Management, San Francisco, CA., an equity long-short hedge fund. Prior to joining Criterion in January 2002, Mr. Franklin was the Vice President of Business Development for HitHive, Inc., a wireless, digital media distribution company in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Franklin worked with HitHive’s product development team to provide a robust media distribution platform to wireless service providers and their mobile devices on a global basis. Prior to joining HitHive in April 2000, Mr. Franklin spent 14 years with Goldman, Sachs & Co. Most recently, he was a Vice President in the Wealth Management Division from 1989 to 2000 where he managed over $400 million in assets for wealthy private clients. Mr. Franklin was an investment banker in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Goldman Sachs from 1986 to 1989 helping to develop strategic alternatives for Fortune 100 clients.
Mr. Franklin received his B.A. in Communications from Washington State University in 1975. He received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 1978. After law school, he served in the United States Navy from 1978 to 1986 as a Naval Special Warfare Officer (SEAL). Mr. Franklin is a former member of the Board of Directors of the University of Washington Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences of Washington State University. He was a recent member of the Board of Directors of the Enterprise for High School Students (San Francisco), a non-profit employment service for youth. Mr. Franklin resides in Oakland, California. He is married and has one son.
Dean Roth, Royanth Productions - Associate Producer
After running successful businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service sectors, Dean Roth turned to the performing arts. In 2010, he partnered with Greg Ryan, Jr. to establish Royanth Productions. With the goal of helping young writers, directors, technicians, and performers step into the light, Royanth provides financial and logistical support to talented individuals.
Visit www.royanth.com for information on our current projects.