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Deaf West Theater’s production of SPRING AWAKENING floored the critics when it premiered in California, prompting the Los Angeles Times to write, “It’s hard to enumerate all the ways in which Deaf West’s SPRING AWAKENING is so very, very good.” Now this unapologetically brilliant new production has stunned New York.

When it debuted on Broadway, SPRING AWAKENING’s raw and honest portrayal of youth in revolt shattered expectations of what a musical could do, earning it 8 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (for writer, Steven Sater) and Best Score (for composer, Duncan Sheik and for lyricist, Steven Sater). Deaf West’s innovative new production took this already revolutionary musical to electrifying new heights by choreographing sign language into the production, intensifying the rift between the lost and longing teenagers and the adults who refuse to hear them. Directed by Michael Arden, Deaf West’s SPRING AWAKENING is full of knockout performances, explosive music and soul-stirring emotion.

"An uplifting feast for the ears and eyes."
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"★ ★ ★ ★ ★"
-NBC New York
"BRILLIANT and BEAUTIFUL."
-New York Magazine

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"An uplifting feast for the ears and eyes."
-USA Today
"★ ★ ★ ★ ★"
-NBC New York
"BRILLIANT and BEAUTIFUL."
-New York Magazine

Deaf West Theater’s production of SPRING AWAKENING floored the critics when it premiered in California, prompting the Los Angeles Times to write, “It’s hard to enumerate all the ways in which Deaf West’s SPRING AWAKENING is so very, very good.” Now this unapologetically brilliant new production has stunned New York.

When it debuted on Broadway, SPRING AWAKENING’s raw and honest portrayal of youth in revolt shattered expectations of what a musical could do, earning it 8 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (for writer, Steven Sater) and Best Score (for composer, Duncan Sheik and for lyricist, Steven Sater). Deaf West’s innovative new production took this already revolutionary musical to electrifying new heights by choreographing sign language into the production, intensifying the rift between the lost and longing teenagers and the adults who refuse to hear them. Directed by Michael Arden, Deaf West’s SPRING AWAKENING is full of knockout performances, explosive music and soul-stirring emotion.

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"A FIRST-RATE PRODUCTION OF A TRANSPORTING MUSICAL."

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"ELECTRIFYING & EXHILARATING. A SHEER TRIUMPH."

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"REVELATORY & MOVING. An original all its own."

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"AN UPLIFTING FEAST FOR THE EARS AND EYES."

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"BRILLIANT and BEAUTIFUL."

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ROBERT ARIZA 

Swing

@robertariza Broadway debut! NYC: I Am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center). Regional: Music Theatre Wichita, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Hangar Theatre. 2014 Lotte Lenya Finalist, 2013 AEA Roger Sturtevant Award. Proud alum of the University of Michigan, BFA Musical Theatre. Thanks to Craig Burns/Telsey, Harden Curtis, and all who believed in me. robertariza.com

MILES BARBEE

Otto

@barbeemiles has had amazing role opportunities, like getting punched on ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” and more recently, being flung around as Ildefonso in the In/Visible Theatre (NC) premiere Without Words. He is excited to be making his Broadway debut and continuing the journey with this production!

KATIE BOECK

Voice of Wendla/Guitar

@KatieBoeck is proud to be making her Broadway Debut with DEAF WEST THEATER as the Voice of Wendla/Guitar. Her acoustic rendition of Ave Maria was recently featured in the HBO series The Newsroom, a performance which was internationally recognized for its unique musical arrangement and vocal delivery. She is a graduate of UCLA’s Ray Bolger Musical Theater program and is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and musician. Listen at www.katieboeck.com.

ALEX BONIELLO

Voice of Moritz / Guitar

@alexboniello. Broadway Debut. Selected Credits: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening (Wallis Annenberg Center), Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre), Here’s Hoover! (Abrons Art Center), I Am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center), Lin-Manuel Miranda and This American Life’s 21 Chump Street (BAM), and the National Tour of Green Day’s American Idiot. TV: Marvel’s “Violet,” “Happyish,” “Welcome to Greenpoint,” “Alien Dawn.” Film: ContestDetachment.

JOSHUA CASTILLE

Ernst

@CastilleJoshua. Born and raised in Louisiana, Josh attended Lafayette High School, where he was involved in the performing arts, and later the ‘Talented Theatre Arts Department’. He has also worked with “Acting Up in Acadiana”, a Shakespeare/viewpoints theatre program. Seeking to hone his craft, Josh left home to pursue a theatre degree in Washington, DC. As an artist, Josh strives to form meaningful collaborations between the hearing and Deaf communities through art. More information can be found at joshuacastille.weebly.com.

LIZZY CUESTA 

Swing

@lizzycuesta is a singer songwriter, born in Manhattan and raised between Spain and Irvington, NY. She is signed to Universal Music Publishing France and has toured extensively in Europe as a solo artist. Lizzy resides in LA and has been busy writing with the city’s top songwriters and producers, and playing at venues such as the Hotel Cafe. She’s also played extensively at Rockwood Music Hall, the Living Room, etc. in NYC. She has recently been touring opening for Duncan Sheik, along with playing guitar and singing Spring Awakening songs in his band.

DANIEL N. DURANT

Moritz

@DanielNDurant. Daniel’s professional theatre performances include: an ensemble role in Deaf West’s production of Cyrano and the lead role of “Stinger” in Terp Theatre’s Police:Deaf:Near:Far (2012); the lead role of Charley in Deaf West’s Flowers for Algernon  (2013) and Moritz in all productions of Deaf West’s Spring Awakening (2014-15). Daniel also plays “Matthew” on ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth.” Daniel is honored and excited to bring Moritz to Broadway.  #DeafTalent

TRESHELLE EDMOND

Martha

@TreshelleEdmond is from Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from Fairfax High school and attended California State University, Northridge. In February, she signed the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX.  Television credits include “House, M.D.” and “Glee.” Treshelle played the role of Martha in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening in Los Angeles last fall and was pleased to reprise the role as Martha in Spring Awakening at the Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, CA this spring.

SANDRA MAE FRANK

Wendla

@sandy21mae is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut! BA from Gallaudet University in Theatre Arts. Her recent theatre credits include Richard III (NextStop Theatre), A Commedia Christmas Carol (Faction of Fools), and Apples & Oranges (MO2 Productions). Recent short films include HarmonyRedline, and appeared in ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth.” Thanks to Michael Arden and the team for creating this beautiful world! This is for you, Granny.  www.sandramaefrank.com

KATHRYN GALLAGHER 

Voice of Martha / Guitar

@kathryng. Broadway debut. Singer-songwriter with music featured in the feature film Thanks for Sharing, USA’s “Covert Affairs” and more. Performance highlights include opening for Ray & Robby of The Doors, Little Feat, The Bacon Brothers and Deaf West’s Spring Awakening (Wallis Annenberg). Her debut EP produced by Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic) was released in 2014 & an upcoming EP will be released this fall.

SEAN GRANDILLO

Voice of Otto / Bass

@seangrandillo Broadway debut! National Tour: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer). Regional: Spring Awakening (Deaf West), The Lyons (Dobama Theater). Film/Television: “Madtown,” “Secrets and Lies” (ABC). Training: Ithaca College, Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy. Sean’s original music is available on soundcloud. Aurora, Ohio native. Love and thanks to Tyler and the team at APA, friends, family, teachers and pets. ‘To define is to limit’. 

ELIZABETH GREENE

The Adult Women

joins the cast after more than two years with the production and co-creating the official translation of the show into American Sign Language. A Deaf West veteran with over a dozen credits with the company – including the award winning Big River – she is also a nationally certified ASL interpreter and recognized voice actor for ASL performances in film, television and stage productions.

RUSSELL HARVARD

The Adult Men

 @russellwharvard is well known for appearing in the award-winning film There Will Be Blood as Adult HW. He played the villain Mr. Wrench in “Fargo” on FX Network. He also portrayed Matt Hamill, a UFC fighter, in The Hammer, based on a true story, and won a 2012 Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance and nominations for Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in Tribes.

AMELIA HENSLEY  

Thea

@AmeliaHensley12. Although she’s enjoyed theater her whole life and her acting career really began when she was a senior at Arkansas School for the Deaf. Her expressiveness and tenacity landed her the lead role in her first professional production, Children of a Lesser God, and she had been actively involved in theater ever since.  www.ameliahensley.com

VAN HUGHES

Swing

@GrandpaHughes Broadway: American Idiot, 9 to 5, and Hairspray. Off-Broadway: Son of a Gun, Saved. Film: Delivery Man, Sex And The City: The Movie and SATC 2, Tenure, Rachel Getting Married. TV: “Royal Pains,” “Law & Order: SVU & Criminal Intent,” “Six Degrees,” “One Life To Live.” B.A. in Theatre at Fordham University.

LAUREN LUIZ

Melitta / Voice of Thea

@LaurenLooeze Originally from Portland, Oregon, this will be Lauren’s debut Broadway performance. Most recently she can be seen in the upcoming film Birds of Neptune and opposite Stephanie Noguras in the NBC show “Grimm.” Other theatre credits include: Anna KareninaHamletAblaze: an a capella musical thrillerInto the WoodsIon, and King Lear. She is an award-winning alto vocalist and has also studied alto saxophone.

CAMRYN MANHEIM

The Adult Women

CAMRYN MANHEIM (The Adult Woman) can be seen in the upcoming Amazon television series, “Hand of God.” She spent the last two years playing Control in the CBS drama “Person of Interest.” Camryn was thrilled to work alongside the Halle Berry in CBS/Amblin series “Extant.” Prior to that, Camryn played A.D.A. Kim Mendelsohn on the David Kelley series “Harry’s Law.” She also portrayed Delia Banks, the resident skeptic on the CBS drama, “Ghost Whisperer.” Manheim spent eight years playing defense attorney Ellenor Frutt on the Emmy Award winning drama, “The Practice.” Her portrayal of the feisty defense attorney garnered her an Emmy Award in 1998 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and in 1999 she won a Golden Globe Award for her work in the same role. In 2006, Manheim was nominated once again for an Emmy and Golden Globe for her portrayal of Gladys Presley in the CBS miniseries Elvis. Film credits: Cop Car; Return to Sender; Slipstream (written and directed by Anthony Hopkins); An Unfinished Life, where she shared the screen with Robert Redford; Without Men; Twisted; Scary Movie 3; Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion; Happiness; The Laramie Project; The Road to Wellville; Eraser; Dark Water. Television Credits: Criminal Minds, Elvis, L Word, Two and a Half Men, Will and Grace, Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, How I Met Your Mother, Thin Ice, The 10th Kingdom. Theater Credits: After earning her M.F.A. from NYU, Camryn spent the next eight years performing off-Broadway. Her first play in New York was  Hydriotaphia, written and directed by Tony Kushner. She went on to work at such renowned theaters as The New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center, Yale Repertory, New York Theater Workshop, The Atlantic Theater, Classic Stage Company, & Second Stage. In 1994 she won an Obie Award for her portrayal of Gemma in Craig Lucas’ Missing Persons, directed by Michael Mayer. In 1995 she wrote and starred in her one-woman show, Wake Up, I’m Fat!, which played to sold out audiences at The Public Theater. Her last theater appearance was in 2007 when she played the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, directed by Michael Greif at the New York Shakespeare Festival. In 1999 Manheim fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a New York Times best-selling author when her book Wake Up, I’m Fat! was published by Broadway Books.

MARLEE MATLIN

The Adult Women

Film:#ChildrenOfALesserGod (#AcademyAward #GoldenGlobeAward); #ThePlayer; #WhattheBleepDoWeKnow; Television: #ReasonableDoubts (#GoldenGlobe and #People’sChoiceAward nominations); #PicketFences; #Seinfeld, #Law&Order:SVU (#Emmy nominations); #TheWestWing, #TheLWord, #SwitchedatBirth. Marlee dedicates her #Broadway debut to her husband and four children @ home in California.

DANIEL MARMION

Swing

@daniel_marmion Recent credits: Spring Awakening with Deaf West in LA; Throne of Blood at BAM in NYC (dir. Ping Chong); Julie Gordon in Paradise Lost (dir. Libby Appel) and Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice (dir. Bill Rauch), both at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Christie in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (A.R.T.).

AUSTIN P. McKENZIE 

Melchior

@AustinThoughts is making his Broadway debut in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening. He recently finished starring in his first feature film directed by Dan Harris, Speech & Debate. Born in Arizona, Austin attended Columbia College Chicago, studying to become a special needs teacher and ASL interpreter. He gives Camp Tatiyee, Michael Arden, his mother and sister his utmost gratitude for awakening him and giving him the support to move forward in all things.

ANDY MIENTUS

Hanschen

@andymientus Previous theater: Bent (Mark Taper Forum, dir. Moises Kaufman), Les Miserables (Broadway, Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Breakthrough Performance), Spring Awakening (First National Tour, dir Michael Mayer), Carrie (MCC Theater), Parade (Avery Fisher), February House (NYSF). Television: “Smash” (NBC), “The Flash” (CW), “Chasing Life” (ABC Family), “Anger Management” (FX). Education: University of Michigan.

PATRICK PAGE

The Adult Men

@PatrickPage Currently: Title role in Cymbeline at the Delacorte in Central Park. Broadway: Casa Valentina; Time to Kill; Cyrano De Bergerac; Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Man for All Seasons; The Grinch; Julius Caesar; Lion King; Beauty and the Beast; Kentucky Cycle. Off Broadway/NYC:  Rex, Duchess of Malfi, Christmas Carol, Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall). Regional: Associate Artist at The Old Globe and The Shakespeare Theatre DC – roles include Cyrano, Malvolio, Macbeth, Iago, Coriolanus, etc. Recently Frollo in Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame opposite Michael Arden at Papermill Playhouse. TV: “Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Law & Order SVU,” “Flesh and Bone,” etc.

REN

Swing

has always loved expressing songs in sign, creating ASL music videos on YouTube and getting involved in a tiny theatre in Chicago where she performed in musicals such as West Side Story, Nunsense, and Into the Woods. She previously attended Rochester Institute of Technology, where she studied film for one year before leaving to pursue a career in acting. Spring Awakening will be her professional debut.

KRYSTA RODRIGUEZ

Ilse

@KRYSTAR0DRIGUEZ most recently starred opposite Zachary Levi in the Broadway production of First Date. Other Broadway credits include: The Addams Family, In the Heights, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line, and Good Vibrations. Television credits include the role of Ana Vargas on the NBC series “Smash”; “Chasing Life,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Married,” “Gossip Girl”. Film: Wishin’ and Hopin’, The Virginity Hit. Krysta will be seen starring in the upcoming film My Bakery in Brooklyn.

DANIEL DAVID STEWART

Voice of Ernst/Piano

@DanieStew Is excited to make his Broadway debut. Regional Credits Include: Master Harold…and the Boys (Indy Award) Our Town w/David Cromer, Little Miss Scrooge, The Burnt Part Boys, Intelligence-Slave, Metamorphosis, Belfry, Sixty Miles To Silverlake, The Lion in Winter. Film/TV: Kids Vs. Monsters, The Sound Of Magic, K.C. Undercover, Miss Mustard Glade, Goodwin Games, and The Middle. In addition to performing, Daniel is an avid writer and professional oddball. Second City Graduate. SAG/AFTRA, AEA.

ALI STROKER

Anna

@ALISTROKER was a finalist on season two of The Glee Project and then played Artie’s love interest on the fifth season of “Glee.” She is a graduate of New York University and the first person in a wheelchair to graduate from Tisch’s drama program. Ali has been performing on stage and screen since she was seven years old. She is an advocate for people with different abilities and believes any limitation can be an opportunity.

ALEXANDRIA WAILES

The Adult Women

Broadway: Big River, Mother Courage. Regional: A Kind of Alaska, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Fetes de la Nuit, Sleeping Beauty Wakes. TV/film: “L&O: CI,” “Nurse Jackie,” “TheHyperglot.” Webseries: “High Maintenance,” “Don’t Shoot the Messenger.” Other: resident member, Heidi Latsky Dance Company.

ALEXANDRA WINTER

Harp/Greta

Alexandra is happy to be making her Broadway debut with Deaf West Theatre. Education: BA in Theatre, the University of Southern California. Proud alum of two International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella wins with USC’s SoCal VoCals. Previous roles include Roxie Hart (Chicago, Cardinal Theatre Productions) and Mallory Kingsley (City of Angels, USC). Also a singer songwriter, her original harp music is at www.alexandrawinter.com.

ALEX WYSE

Georg

@alexjwyse is honored to be part of this production. Broadway: Lysistrata Jones. Tour: Wicked. Off-Broadway: Bare, Triassic Parq, Lysistrata Jones. Regional: Williamstown, Deaf West, Paper Mill, Cleveland Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter, Huntington, Lyric Stage Company of Boston. TV: “Agent X,” “Modern Family,” “Switched at Birth,” “A to Z,” “Bad Judge,” “Masters of Sex,” “Bored to Death.” Film: X/Y.  BFA: Boston University.  Thank you, Michael Arden!!

STEVEN SATER

Book and Lyrics

was awarded the 2007 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score for Spring Awakening along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards for Best Lyrics. With alt-rocker Duncan Sheik, he received the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album for Spring Awakening. In addition, the two received The Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and Drama League Awards for Best Musical. Steven is the author of numerous plays, including the long-running Carbondale Dreams, Perfect for You, Doll (the Rosenthal Prize, Cincinnati Playhouse); Umbrage (Steppenwolf New Play Prize); A Footnote to the Iliad (New York Stage and Film, The Miniature Theatre of Chester); Asylum (Naked Angels); Murder at the Gates (commissioned by Eye of the Storm); In Search of Lost Wings (Sanford Meisner Theater) and a re-conceived version of Shakespeare’s Tempest, with music by Laurie Anderson, which played London’s Lyric Hammersmith and toured throughout Great Britain. In addition to Spring Awakening, Sater has collaborated with Sheik on the NY premiere of Umbrage (HERE), Nero (The Magic Theatre, workshopped at the New York Shakespeare Festival and New York Stage & Film), and The Nightingale (workshopped at the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T., and New York Theater Workshop). He is also hard at work with System of a Down’s Serj Tankian on a musical version of Prometheus Bound, to be directed by Diane Paulus at the American Repertory Theater. Sater is the lyricist for Sheik’s critically acclaimed album Phantom Moon (Nonesuch), and together the two wrote the songs for Michael Mayer’s feature film A Home at the End of the World (Warner Classics) as well as the independent features Brother’s Shadow and Mary Stuart Masterson’s The Cake Eaters. Sater is also co-creator and executive producer, with Paul Reiser, of recent pilots for both NBC and Sony/FX, and has developed two projects for HBO, and another for Showtime (with Reiser). He is also at work, with Jessie Nelson, on a feature film and is creating an original movie musical for producer Larry Mark. In addition, Steven works as a lyricist with various composers in the pop/rock world — recently writing songs with Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mandel, Andreas Carlsson and William Joseph.

DUNCAN SHEIK

Music

In addition to writing the music for Spring Awakening (2007 Tony Awards for Best Orchestrations and Best Original Score, 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album), Sheik’s other theater credits include: Nero (Another Golden Rome) (currently in development), The Nightingale (currently in development), and Whisper House (currently in development). Recorded works include: Whisper House (Sony/Victor 2009), White Limousine (Rounder 2006), Daylight (Atlantic Records 2002), Phantom Moon (Nonesuch 2001), Humming (Atlantic Records 1998), and Duncan Sheik (Grammy Nomination, Best Male Vocal) (Atlantic Records 1996). Film Scores include: DARE (2009), Little Spirit: Christmas in New York (2008), Capers (2007) and The Cake Eaters (2007). Producer Credits include: Holly Brook (forthcoming CD 2009), Micah Green (2008), Spring Awakening Original Cast Album (Universal 2007) and Chris Garneau (2006).

SPENCER LIFF

Choreographer

@spencerliff. Spencer Liff’s choreography can currently be seen on Broadway in Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Spencer’s choreography has been seen in Sleepless in Seattle, at Pasadena Playhouse; Two Gentleman of Verona: A Rock Opera for The Shakespeare Theater Company; a new production of Oliver! for The Human Race Theater; A Snow White Christmas, and Aladdin for Lythgoe Family Productions; On a Clear Day… for MTW (director /choreographer); The Wedding Singer for MTW; Saturday Night Fever for Royal Caribbean; two original shows for Disney’s newest cruise ship The Fantasy; and, Broadway by the Year at Town Hall in NYC. His most recent television work was on the past 5 seasons of the hit FOX television show, “So You Think You Can Dance.”  His work on the show earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography in 2012. This year, Spencer choreographed “The Emmy Awards” starring Neil Patrick Harris. Other recent television choreography credits include “Mike and Molly,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Parks and Recreation,” and the upcoming MTV series, “Happyland.” As a performer, Spencer has been a memorable presence on stage and screen. He earned his Equity card at the young age of 7 in the first national tour of The Will Rogers Follies, directed by Tommy Tune. He made his Broadway debut in Big -The Musical, followed by The Wedding Singer, Cry-baby, Equus, and 9 to 5. Spencer won the 2008 Fred Astaire Award as Best Male Dancer on Broadway for his role in Cry-baby, for which he was also assistant choreographer and dance captain. Film and TV credits include Hairspray as Mikey; Across The Universe as Daniel; Footloose; “Smash;” and “Gypsy with Bette Midler. Spencer has danced for two Presidents of The United States, performed on The Tony Awards five times, The Academy Awards twice, The Kennedy Center Honors four times and The Grammy Awards once.

MICHAEL ARDEN

Director

@michaelarden made his Broadway debut in Deaf West and the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Big River. Directing credits include La Ronde, for The Forest of Arden; For the Record: John Hughes, both in Los Angeles and NYC; A Tale of Two Cities (Associate) on Broadway; and various other plays in bedrooms and kitchens. Other theatre credits include The Times they are a Changin’; Ragtime (Avery Fisher); It’s Only Life; Swimming in the Shallows; Ace; Juno; As You Like It; The Winter’s Tale; The Secret Garden; Pippin (Mark Taper Forum); and Aspects of Love, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn (Menier Chocolate Factory, London). Film credits include Source Code, Bride Wars, The Good Shepherd, Over/Under, My Eleventh and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Michael can currently be seen on the series “Anger Management” on F/X and FOX. Other TV credits include “GCB,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Royal Pains,” “Unforgettable,” “Off the Map,” “Kings,” “The Closer,” “The Forgotten,” “Bones,” “The Return of Jezebel James,” “Cashmere Mafia,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “NUMB3RS.” His concert work includes: Barbra Streisand, Chris Botti, BELOW 54, Feinstein’s at the Regency and Joe’s Pub. Michael also formed the site-specific theater company The Forest of Arden and their immersive production of La Ronde is currently being developed into a feature film. Training: The Julliard School. Michael recently appeared as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Jolla Playhouse.

KEN DAVENPORT

Producer

@kendavenport is a Broadway producer whose credits include Kinky Boots (Broadway – Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto and West End), The Visit (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, ChinglishOleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury (Broadway, West End and National Tour), and 13, as well as Daddy Long Legs, That Bachelorette Show, Altar Boyz, My First Time, The Awesome 80s Prom, and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage Off-Broadway. He also produced the award winning These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue, a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country. Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone, named one of Crain’s “40 Under Forty” and is one of the co-founders of TEDxBroadway. Combined, Ken’s productions have grossed more than $100 million worldwide and are being produced internationally in over 25 countries including Germany, Mexico, France, and Korea. He created and developed the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star, as seen on “The Today Show.” He also runs a number of theatrical websites including YourBroadwayGenius.com and DidHeLikeIt.com, for which he also developed a smartphone app. His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity FairNew York MagazineThe Gothamist and more. He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, Imedia and others. Current projects include his adaptation of the novel and film Somewhere in Time, which premiered at Portland Center Stage, Gettin’ The Band Back Together which premiered at George Street Playhouse, as well as bringing the first ever revival of A Few Good Men to Broadway. For more information, visit www.DavenportTheatrical.com.

CODY LASSEN

Producer

consults with major studios, producers and agencies to help them discover how they should market their shows to have the best chance at financial and critical success. Previously, he served as Marketing Director for LA’s Center Theatre Group and its three theatres: The Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum & the Kirk Douglas Theatre, overseeing marketing efforts that result in more than 500,000 tickets and $30 million in ticket revenue annually. Recent producing credits include two sold-out and critically-acclaimed productions of Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, in Los Angeles; Broadway’s Macbeth, starring Alan Cumming; and the upcoming musical Somewhere in Time. He is currently represented on Broadway by Kinky Boots. Cody is a graduate of DePaul University and the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and serves as vice-chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBT advocacy organization. Cody lives in Malibu with his partner Nitzan.

HUNTER ARNOLD

Producer

is a Broadway Producer whose recent credits include The Visit (Tony nomination), It’s Only A Play, Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County, Kinky Boots (Tony Award), Macbeth with Alan Cumming, Godspell and Chinglish. Upcoming projects include The Great White Hope, Somewhere in Time and A Little More Alive. In addition to his producing projects Hunter is the founder of the New Musical Creative Collective, an organization focusing on the support and development of Broadway’s emerging musical theatre composers, lyricists and book writers. Hunter is also the founder and CEO of ARTech Holdings, LLC, an incubator and holding company focused on generating technologies to support the live arts community. Upcoming projects in this space include an arts education portal and a membership community for accredited, live-theater investors: Broadraise.com.

DEAF WEST THEATRE (DWT) (David J. Kurs, Artistic Director)

Producer

@DeafWest’s productions are renowned for weaving ASL with spoken English to create a seamless ballet of movement and voice, thereby creating a fully inclusive theatrical experience for deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences. Spring Awakening marks DWT’s fifth musical production. The company’s Big River received Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and Backstage Garland awards for Best Musical in its L.A. premiere, then went on to garner a Tony nomination and four Drama Desk Awards when it transferred to Broadway. Pippin was produced at the Mark Taper Forum in a co-production with Center Theatre Group, and Sleeping Beauty Wakes, also a co-production with CTG, was presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. DWT’s production of Oliver! was honored with an Ovation Award for Best Musical. Other award-winning productions from Deaf West include Cyrano (a co-production with the Fountain Theatre – Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Production) and A Streetcar Named Desire (Ovation Award for Best Play). In 2005, DWT was selected to receive the Highest Recognition Award by the Secretary of Health and Human Services for its “distinguished contributions to improve and enrich the cultural lives of deaf and hard of hearing actors and theater patrons.” DWT’s most recent production, American Buffalo by David Mamet, premiered February 2015 in association with Cal State Los Angeles.

 

The Deaf West production of Spring Awakening was originally produced in Los Angeles by Deaf West Theatre, Forest of Arden, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Cody Lassen, Jarrod Musano, Christopher Sepulveda, Ann E. Wareham, Philip & Monica Rosenthal, Chockstone Pictures, John C. Hal & Victoria Morris.

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