Guest Instructors

View some of our amazing guest instructors - zooming in from across the world - this summer!

Charles Baker left his mark in Hollywood and the homes of fans across the world as ‘Skinny Pete,’ on the hit AMC show Breaking Bad, which has been nominated for 151 awards and has won 48. He recently reprised the iconic role in the Netflix film, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. 

Before stepping on Hollywood soil, Baker already had 37 credits to his name, having voiced numerous characters for English-dubbed Anime shows like One Piece, Full Metal Alchemist, Fairy Tale, and Evangelion. Notable film projects for Baker include To The Wonder, a Terrence Malick film, opposite Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem, Ain't Them Bodies Saints opposite Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster; Wild, opposite Reese Witherspoon, and Nicholas Winding Refn's Neon Demon with Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves

On television, after Breaking Bad, Baker had been seen in the NBC series The Blacklist opposite James Spader as Spader’s confidante ‘Grey’ and the TNT crime drama Murder in the First (2014) opposite Tom Felton and Taye Diggs, and will be appearing in HBO's PERRY MASON later this summer. Baker is also a classically trained musician who received a vocal scholarship for college. He recently released a soundtrack to accompany a book titled Peach, written by Wayne Barton, which is currently available on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon Music. 

 
 

Craig Bohmler (b.1956) is a pianist and composer whose works have been frequently performed in Europe and North America and Japan. 

 Primarily a composer for the “singing theater” and the solo voice, Mr. Bohmler has 4 operas and 12 musicals to his credit as well as 200 art songs and numerous choral, orchestral, and band works. He has written operas for the Houston Grand Opera, Opera San Jose, and Arizona Opera who just premiered his RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE to record ticket sales and sold-out houses. 

His musical GUNMETAL BLUES (which premiered at Phoenix Theatre) has had over 250 productions and played in London in 2016. ENTER THE GUARDSMAN won first prize in the International Musical of the Year competition and premiered in London where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for “best musical.” Both musicals have played Off-Broadway. 

He has a long time relationship with the San Jose  Chamber Orchestra who has recorded his works including a piano concerto written for him by composer Michael Ching. He is grateful for an ongoing relationship with Phoenix Theatre (Phoenix, AZ ) which has premiered 5 of his musicals. 

Craig has been the recipient of several grants including three NEA grants and three "meet the composer" grants.  His works are published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Samuel French, and Dramatic Publishing as well as recorded by Columbus, Centaur, Original Cast, and BMS records.

Madi Bready (Instructor: Acting for Camera , Film Making 101,Yoga)

Madi Bready is a professional actor based in Los Angeles. She grew up performing on the Ohlook stage, and now works in film and television. Madi is a certified yoga teacher and enjoys teaching classes at various studios in LA to stay grounded and keep up with her fitness. Madi is excited to virtually return to Ohlook, her forever home away from home, to teach this summer!

 

Gabi Campo (Broadway Dance)

Gabi Campo is an actress, singer and dancer based in New York City and Los Angeles. 
Before the pandemic, Gabi could be seen nightly in Ivo Van Hove's most recent revival of West Side Story on Broadway. She has recently been seen in The Prom on Broadway, Regionally she has been seen as The Mistress in Evita at Bay Street Theater, and Ensemble/US Nina In The Heights, at Virginia Rep. Gabi graduated from the Musical Theater program at Pace University in 2019 with a BFA in Musical Theater. You can follow Gabi on instagram @gabifrederique
 

Susie Carroll- Broadway: Mean Girls, The Prom. Regional Credits: Sacramento Music Circus, The MUNY, Pioneer Theatre Company. Susie graduated from the Musical Theatre program at Pace University in 2019 with a minor in commercial dance! Susie is represented by Clear Talent Group. You can follow Susie on instagram @susiecarroll 

 
 

Vichet Chum is a Cambodian-American playwright and theater maker, originally from Dallas, Texas and now living in New York City. His plays have been workshopped at Steppenwolf Theatre, the Magic Theater, the Alley Theatre, the UCROSS Foundation, Fault Line Theatre, Crowded Outlet, Second Generation Productions, Weston Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, All For One Theater, Amios, Florida State University, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and the New Harmony Project. He received the 2018-19 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting with New Dramatists and is a current board member for the New Harmony Project. This season, Vichet is a part of the 2019-20 Resident Working Farm Group at Space on Ryder Farm, the 2020 Interstate 73 Writer's Group at Page 73 and the 2020 Ars Nova Play Group. His play High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest will have its world premiere as a co-production at Dallas Theater Center and the Alley Theatre in 2021. He is a proud graduate of the University of Evansville (BFA) and Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company (MFA). He’s represented by Beth Blickers at APA Agency. vichetchum.com

Since graduation from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Corey Cott has quickly established himself as a captivating young actor, equally at home on both stage and screen. He received critical acclaim for his performance in the Tony Award winning musical Bandstand. Previous roles include two years as Jack Kelly in Disney’s Newsies, his Broadway debut, which was immediately followed by the Broadway revival
of Gigi starring opposite Vanessa Hudgens. On television, he portrays writer Townsend Martin opposite Christina Ricci in the Amazon series “Z: The Beginning of Everything”, about the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. He also has a recurring role on “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access). Across the Atlantic, Mr. Cott co-starred alongside Hattie Morahan in the BBC miniseries “My Mother and Other Strangers” which also aired on PBS. He was a series regular on the Amazon pilot “The Interestings”, and has guest starred on “Madam Secretary”, “Public Morals”, and “Law and Order: SVU”. A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Mr. Cott made his solo concert debut at The Kennedy Center’s
ASCAP Centennial Celebration, and recently starred in the National Symphony Orchestra’s West Side Story in Concert conducted by Steven Reineke. Twitter/Insta:@NapOnACott.

 

Jenny DiNoia (Industry Insider Guest)

Jennifer DiNoia has played the role of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, London, Chicago, both National U.S. Tours, Seoul Korea, & Sydney, Australia. She has the distinction of playing Elphaba more than any other actress is the show's history. Additional credits: First National Tour of Mamma Mia! and Queen's We Will Rock You. Jennifer debuted her first sold-out solo cabaret act this past year, at New York City's famous 54 Below. Follow @jennydinoia

 
 

Amanda is currently on the musical theatre voice faculty at Pace University and is also the owner of a private studio with clients performing on Broadway, Off Broadway, national tours, international tours, and regional theatre. Amanda was the Production Vocal Coach for The Lightning Thief on Broadway and the Production Vocal Coach for Be More Chill on Broadway. As a Singing Voice Specialist, she frequently works with injured singers, collaborating with laryngologists and voice therapists in NYC. As a performer, Amanda was an original cast member of the LA company of Wicked, part of the Las Vegas company of Mamma Mia, and toured the country on the national tour of the Broadway revival of Oklahoma. After initially studying voice at Baylor University, Amanda began performing professionally before finishing her BS in Liberal Arts at The New School. Amanda holds a MM in Vocal Performance with a Musical Theatre concentration as well as an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy, both from NYU. She completed the Vocology Mentorship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, the Distinguished Voice Professional certificate from NYSTA, and completed her Certificate in Vocology from NCVS and The University of Utah. A recipient of the Van Lawrence Fellowship, Amanda is an active voice researcher and has presented research at the Fall Voice Conference, The Voice Foundation, the PAVA Symposium, the VASTA Conference, and the NATS National Conference. She serves on the Board of Directors for NYSTA and serves on several committees for PAVA.

www.amandaflynnvoice.com 

Pat began his work in casting in 2006 after graduating from Drew University with a double major in Theatre Arts and Political Science. He has cast countless film, television and Broadway/theatre projects over his 14 years as a casting director. In addition to his casting work, Pat serves as an adjunct professor at Pace University and also been a guest educator at New York University, Columbia University and Wagner College as well as several colleges, high schools and arts education organizations across the country. He is a proud member of the Casting Society of America and Teamsters Local 817.

 
 

Kevin Howard is a native Texan and a graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre at Texas Tech University.  At Texas Tech, Kevin was a leader in the Theatre Arts department as President of the Theatre Fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega and the recipient of the prestigious “Ronald Schulz Outstanding Theatre Student” Award.



After graduation, Kevin moved to Dallas where he performed at many local theatres in Dallas/Fort Worth Area and assisted local casting directors. He soon relocated to New York City where he performed his original one man show, “Earbobs Always Hang South” in many local cabarets and theatres in New York and around the country. He garnered two Manhattan Association of Cabaret Awards for that show.



Returning to Dallas, he became the leading casting director of television, film and commercials. Throughout his long casting career, Kevin has cast literally thousands of commercials, has worked with noted directors such as Oliver Stone and Spike Lee, and became the leading authority of talent in the Southwest.  Along with casting, Kevin also appeared in feature films, commercials and television shows as an actor, and also directed many theatrical productions. While in Texas, Kevin was also the producer/director of The Miss Texas Pageant live telecast.

 

Kevin moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career and to work in commercial casting.  While in Los Angeles, he appeared in national commercials and performed with an Improv comedy troupe, while working in commercial casting and production.

 

Kevin  returned to Dallas to be with his family.  He currently is casting commercials, teaching and coaching young actors with the Kevin Howard Studio in the Dallas Actors Group.

 

Named by Playbill.com as one of the top ten educators who are shaping Broadway, Marty first became involved in the world of musical theatre when he was 10 years old and his 4-H club put on an amazing rendition of Peter Pan where he made his own top hat. He is now the Director of Education and Resident Director for iTheatrics, a New York City based Musical Theatre Education company. Since 2004, Marty has had the honor of developing and directing over 50 new titles for iTheatrics throughout the world including projects in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, China, and the United States. He also oversees all of iTheatrics’ educational programs including the iTheatrics Summer Academy, all professional development workshops for teachers, and partnerships with such organizations as Turnaround Arts and the Educational Theater Association.  Additionally, Marty happily takes on the role of Director of Programming for the Junior Theater Festivals and Celebrations worldwide. In 2018, Marty was honored to direct the first Turnaround Arts National Talent Show held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. That year he also traveled to China to teach classes and direct the Music Man JR. for the Broadway Academy in Ningbo. Additional directing credits include the world premiere of two musicals written by Laurie Berkner, Interstellar Cinderella and The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess, for New York Children’s Theater, and the world premiere of the new musical Llama Llama Live! for Bay Area Children’s Theater. Marty holds a graduate degree in Theatre for Youth from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and served for nine years as a board member for TYA/USA, the leading organization for the advancement of theatre for young audiences in the world. He is the proud co-author of The iTheatrics Method: The Quintessential Guide to Creating Quality Musical Theatre Programs, published by GIA Publications, Inc.

Eloise Kropp has performed on Broadway in Cats (JennyAnyDots), Dames At Sea (Ruby), and On The Town (Claire U/S). Recently she was one of the dancers in the Fosse/Verdon on FX, a dancer on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3, and just finished being a Jet Girl in the West Side Story remake directed by Stephen Spielberg. Other regional credits include Minnie Faye in “Hello Dolly” at The Muny, Louise in “Carousel” at Goodspeed Opera House, the world premiere of “The Honeymooners” at Papermill Playhouse, Anytime Annie in “42 Street” at Scottsdale Musical Theatre Co, multiple City Center Encores!, Kennedy Center Broadway Series, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Music Theatre Wichita, and more. She teaches for Joffrey Ballet, Take it from the Top, NYCDA, and many more. All the love in the world to my family, CGF, Jonathan and Amy, and my pup Polly! Xx

 

James T Lane - West End: The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line - Revival (Palladium Theatre). Broadway: Kiss Me, Kate (Paul), King Kong the Musical ,The Scottsboro Boys (Ozie Powell/Ruby Bates), Chicago and A Chorus Line (Richie Walters). National Tours: Jersey Boys, Cinderella, Fame the Musical. Regional Theatre: Mary Poppins (Bert) Drury Lane Theatre, The Wiz (Tin Man), Broadway at Music Circus,The Old Globe, The Little Mermaid (Sebastian) The Muny, A.C.T and Dallas Theatre Center. Encores/Off Center: Promenade,Grand Hotel, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope Concerts: Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, Ottawa Symphony and many more. Mr. Lane teaches music theatre dance when and wherever anyone will let him! Instagram: @jamestlane

 

Jess LeProtto is a New Jersey native and Broadway performer, who holds a B.F.A. Musical Theater at Pace University.  Broadway credits include: Carousel, Hello, Dolly!, Cats (Mungojerrie), On The Town, Newsies (OBC), Bye Bye Birdie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and The Boy From Oz. National Tours/Regional Theater include: Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Grand Ole Opry), American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (Joyce Theater), A Bronx Tale (Papermill Playhouse), In Your Arms (Old Globe Theater), Freddie Falls in Love (Signature Theater). Film/Television credits include: West Side Story (directed by Steven Spielberg), So You Think You Can Dance (Season 8, Top 8), Smash, Law & Order: SVU, One Life to Live, and the MTV VMAs.

 

Emma Lord recently graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from Pace University. She has recently been seen in the 29 hour reading of "Three Times Fast" directed by Michael Bello, as Olivia, and Amélie in Amélie at Pace, directed by Chloe Treat. Emma has previously been on the various Pace stages as a member of the quartet in City of Angels, and Feuilly in Les Misérables, amongst other things. She is excited to be back to lead this class which she first created for Ohlook's Masterclass students! For Tim. Follow Emma on Instagram: @emmachaselord

 

Richie Mastascusa (Broadway Dance)

Broadway, Saturday Night Fever and White Christmas.  London’s West End and 1st National Tour, Damn Yankees w/ Jerry Lewis.  European tours of 42nd Street and West Side Story.  Back up dancer for Pussycat Dolls, Cyndi Lauper and Aretha Franklin.  Richie has been featured several times on the Dr Oz show as The Pilates Guru.  Graduate of OCU. Richie is on faculty for Pace University in both the Commercial Dance and Musical Theater Departments. 

 
 

Jake McCready (Instructor: Industry Insider, Zoomify Your Audition )

Jake McCready is a New York based international award-winning actor and director originally from Dallas. National Tour: ELF The Broadway Musical (Mr. Greenway) Select NYC Credits: Cabaret (Emcee), Macbeth (Macbeth), Happy Birthday, Mr. President, Happy End (The Governor), graveyard shift (Brian), Hallelujah (Sam); New Dramatists, Dixon Place, NYC One Minute Play Festival, 54 Below, Green Room 42; Regional: Assassins, God of Carnage, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Fool for Love. MFA The New School. Jake has performed in many Ohlook productions in years past, and has been an instructor on and off since 2013. Favorite Ohlook moments including winning Best International Production in Canada for dog sees god, directing columbinus, and originating characters that would live on through other interpretations. Since graduating from The New School, Jake has worked closely with industry professionals and casting offices, learning tricks of the trade along the way. Because of Ohlook's new online platform, Jake is thrilled to be able to share these industry inside secrets with you.

 

www.jakemccready.com

JV Mercanti is currently the Associate Director of Musical Theater at Pace University's School of the Arts. Currently he is working on the Broadway-bound Britney Spears jukebox musical, "Once Upon a One More Time." He most recently served as the Associate Director of "Jesus Christ Superstar: Live" for NBC starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles. Last Fall he directed a 29-hour reading of the Britney Spears jukebox musical for Nederlander Productions. JV workshopped and directed Lauren Pritchard's critically acclaimed musical "Songbird" at 59E59th St,which the New York Times called “expertly directed.” He served as the Casting and Associate Director on the recent Broadway revival of "Romeo & Juliet" with Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. He also cast the Kevin Kline revival of "Cyrano de Bergerac" co-starring Jennifer Garner. His MFA is from Rutgers University, BA from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Studies. Along with various NYC and a few regional theatre directing credits, JV spent two years as Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing at the University of Miami. His monologue book series, In Performance, is published by Applause Books. ​

 

Anthony Norman (Broadway Dance)

Originally from Chicago, Anthony is currently based in New York City. There, he was most recently seen in THE PROM on Broadway. Anthony was part of the original broadway cast. On TV, he was most recently seen on NBC’s Chicago Med as vampire, Tom Lyons (season 5 episode 7). Anthony is currently shooting a new HBO series, MARE OF EASTTOWN, starring Kate Winslet. Release date TBD (2021). Anthony is a graduate of Millikin University where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre. After graduating, Anthony joined the first national tour of Disney’s NEWSIES and was later seen on NEWSIES LIVE starring the Original Broadway Cast. He’s also a multi-instrumentalist songwriter. You can find his music at anthonynorman.bandcamp.com

 
 

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Industry Insider Guest)

Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul are best known for their work on Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman. Their songs “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land (with collaborator Justin Hurwitz) were both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and “City of Stars” garnered both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. Pasek & Paul won the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, which was also nominated for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Original Song and most recently for the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Upcoming projects include the live-action movie musicals Aladdin and Snow White at Disney, and an original animated musical at Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios.

 

On Broadway they composed the score for the six-time Tony Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen, their highly acclaimed original musical for which they received an Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award, and the Tony Award for Best Score.

 

Their albums for Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman appeared in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, the latter of which held the #1 spot for multiple weeks in a row. The Dear Evan Hansen Original Broadway Cast Recording won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and The Greatest Showman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which was recently nominated for the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, is certified Platinum in over a dozen countries, including Double Platinum in the US, Australia, and Taiwan, Triple Platinum in Ireland and Singapore, and Quadruple Platinum in the UK and Korea. 

 

Pasek & Paul had their Broadway debut in 2012 with their Tony-nominated score for the Broadway musical A Christmas Story, an adaptation of the classic holiday film, further adapted into a live telecast for FOX in 2017. Their new song written for the telecast, “In the Market for a Miracle,” was

nominated for the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. In 2013, they contributed several songs to NBC’s Smash, and received great acclaim for their musical Dogfight which was awarded Off-Broadway’s highest honor, the Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Musical. Their earlier theater credits include the children’s musical James and the Giant Peach and the popular song cycle Edges. Pasek and Paul went on to receive a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Special Class – Short Format Daytime Program for the song “Unlimited,” featured in an Old Navy YouTube campaign. In 2017, the songwriting duo composed a song for the CW’s musical episode of The Flash, and also wrote “Get Back Up Again” for the DreamWorks animated film Trolls. Among their numerous honors, in 2007 they became the youngest winners ever of the famed Jonathan Larson Award for most promising musical theater songwriters.

 

Both are graduates of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Program and currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Dramatists Guild Foundation.

 

Nathan Peck (Broadway Dance)

NATHAN PECK most recently served as Director/Choreographer of Kinky Boots at North Carolina Theater in Raleigh and Ogunquit Playhouse
in Ogunquit, Maine. He also choreographed Live from Lincoln Center:Stars in Concert featuring Annaleigh Ashford which was broadcast on PBS. He has worked as dance/movement consultant on the Broadway productions of You Can’t Take It With You & Sylvia both with Ms. Ashford and contributed movement to Our Mother’s Brief Affair with Linda Lavin. Nathan’s choreography has also been seen in the holiday production of Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol, a benefit for the Actors’ Fund organization. He served as Director of the one man shows Dude Sings Like a Lady featuring Joey Taranto at Joe’s Pub and The Soul Sessions featuring Kyle Taylor Parker at Greenroom 42, both in NYC. Nathan was the original and closing Dance Captain for the Tony Award winning production of Kinky Boots on Broadway. He helped Brendon Urie, Todrick Hall, Wayne Brady, David Cook, Tiki Barber, and Tyler Glenn, amongst others, all on their way to performing on the Broadway stage. His other Broadway performance credits include Wicked, La Cage aux Folles (2004), The Boy from Oz, Taboo, and Dance of the Vampires. He also appeared in the feature films Across the Universe and A Winter’s Tale. Nathan is a magna cum laude graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s of Performing Arts degree in Dance. He has also received the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award for the School of Dance and Entertainment. He is currently Adjunct Professor at Pace University in Manhattan teaching jazz and theater dance. nathanpeckonline.com
 

From Fort Worth, Texas, with 8 years of NYC beach under her belt, Lorena Leigh is the feminine fusion of homegrown story-telling, dance-able rhythms and summertime obsession.After two EPs and numerous singles, Lorena's sound has been described by fans as "cowgirl-mermaid" music. Riding the momentum of those previous EPs Bella Vista (2015) and Jellyfish Queen (2018)- which contained the breakout single “Headstrong"- Leigh released her debut LP in the fall of 2019. Entitled 'Water Theory', the 11-song adventure was produced by Ernesto Valenzuela (Tommy Genesis, Espé, B-52s) and features an all-star cast including drummer Sterling Campbell (David Bowie, B-52s and Duran Duran). Laced with hints of Ellie Goulding, Nelly Furtado, Colbie Caillat, and Cyndi Lauper, Water Theory is a complete galaxy with engaging sentiments, vibrant characters, and cinematic soundscapes.Lorena spent October to Dec of 2019 on the road full time playing a total of 45 shows across the US in support of the album's release. It is her determination, soulful nature & out of the box stage presence that has garnered Lorena a grassroots following of fans that welcome the underwater rodeo of a universe. Lorena's childhood love of country music, years of professional dance performance & enthrallment with the NYC surf-scene during her early twenties, directly contribute to the catchy hooks, lyrical stories and electrified, pedal-popped ukulele melodies that drive her music and leave audiences buzzing with positivity.

“Texas-bred, quirky, theatrical (but deeply heartfelt) cowgirl/gravity-defying musical mermaid”
- Jonathan Widran; Music Connection

Sam Pinkleton (Broadway Dance)

Sam Pinkleton is a director and choreographer of live events based in Los Angeles and New York. On Broadway, his work includes Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,  for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, as well as Amélie, Significant Other, The Heidi Chronicles, Machinal, and Heisenberg. As a director, his production of Runaways premiered at City Center Encores Off-Center and was later produced at The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park. Other highlights include David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori's Soft Power (Public Theater/Center Theater Group - Lucille Lortel Nomination, Best Choreography), Untitled DanceShowPartyThing (Virgin Voyages - co-created with Ani Taj), the original production of Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Playwrights Horizons), A Midsummer Night's Dream  (Deutsche Oper Berlin),  Kansas City Choir Boy (with Courtney Love) and new theater and opera productions with BAM, The Dutch National Opera, Oper Köln, American Repertory Theater, Center Theater Group, Soho Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Theatre for a New Audience, The TEAM, Kansas City Rep, and McCarter Theater. Sam is a frequent collaborator with Pig Iron Theatre Company, The Civilians, and The Dance Cartel, is co-chair of the Obie Awards, and was artist in residence at Pace University in 2019. Prior to the pandemic, he was directing and choreographing a new production of The Rocky Horror Show for American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco as well as a new arena tour of Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups Live for Cirque du Soleil and Nickelodeon. He does not own any dance shoes. 

 

Eric Price (Songwriting Workshop Guest, Writing for Musical Theatre)

ERIC PRICE has written the lyrics and book to the musicals The Violet Hour, Radioactive, Presto Change-o, Around the World, Hello Out There, The Sixth Borough, and additional material for the stage adaptation of the film Clue. His work has been produced at theaters in New York, around the country, and in Europe. Production experience includes projects at such institutions as Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Menier Chocolate Factory, Barrington Stage, Symphony Space, Merkin Recital Hall, Minetta Lane Theatre, Audible.com, Joe's Pub, 54 Below (including solo show), Birdland, the Ravinia Festival, and more. Eric’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma was commissioned in 2015 and has had over 175 productions around the world. In addition to his career as a writer, Eric was the longtime assistant to 21-time Tony Award-winning director/producer Hal Prince and worked with him over the course of twelve years on the development of new musicals that premiered in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, London, and Tokyo. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and has degrees in Directing from Indiana University and Musical Theatre Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has been a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a four-time Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center finalist, and a member of Goodspeed’s Johnny Mercer Writers Colony and the Rhinebeck Writers' Retreat. This winter, Eric was a finalist for the Jonathan Larson Grant and the Kleban Prize for both lyrics and libretto. He is an Adjunct Professor of Musical Theatre at Pace University and Molloy College/CAP21 and is a member of The Dramatists Guild and ASCAP. With his collaborator, Will Reynolds, Eric won the 2018 Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Writing. www.ericpriceonline.com

 

A Dallas native, Chandler received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Pace University and has been performing in New York City ever since! Some favorite credits include “Unlock’d” (Off-Broadway), “Sweeney Todd” (Lincoln Center with the NY Philharmonic), “The Little Mermaid” (The Fireside Theatre), and a lead vocalist at Hong Kong Disneyland. Chandler has also performed in concerts at 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, and Playwrights Horizons in New York. Thanks to Jill and the rest of the OhLook fam for welcoming me into this faculty of incredible artists!

 

Will Reynolds (Songwriting Workshop Guest, Writing for Musical Theatre)

WILL REYNOLDS is a Brooklyn-based actor, writer, teaching artist, and the 2018 winner of the Fred Ebb Award for musical theater writing with collaborator Eric Price. Will has written the music for The Violet Hour (based on the play by Richard Greenberg, recently developed by Manhattan Theatre Club), Radioactive, Around the World, and The Sixth Borough, all with Eric Price. Will is the composer/creator of The Greenwood Tree (based on the Sonnets by Shakespeare), recently developed by the Stratford Festival in Canada. His song cycle Poems & Moon Songs has been produced as part of the Lincoln Center Songbook Series, and the song “Tavern” (text by Edna St. Vincent Millay) was featured on six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald’s album Go Back Home. His short musical The Whole World Is Watching was commissioned by Marymount Manhattan. Development opportunities include the Dramatist Guild Fellowship, Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, Goodspeed Writer’s Colony, and the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project. As an actor, Will has starred off-Broadway in Daddy Long Legs, Sondheim's Passion at Classic Stage Company (cast album on PS Classics), and in new musicals at the Old Globe, the Fifth Avenue, Walnut Street, and the Broadway National Tour of Mamma Mia! Recently, he starred in Streaming Musicals production of Emma. He is on the faculty of Pace University, Molloy College/CAP21, and Musical Theatre College Auditions (MTCA). He is a member of The Dramatists Guild, AEA, and ASCAP. www.willreynoldsonline.com

 

ROB ROKICKI is a songwriter, performer, and educator. He is the composer/lyricist of critically acclaimed Broadway musical, THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL, for Theatreworks USA (book by Joe Tracz). The Off-Broadway adaptation was nominated for a Lortel, an Off-Broadway Alliance, and three Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical before launching a national tour across North America.  His work includes: the graphic novel/musical, MONSTERSONGS (NAMT official selection); EXPERIENCE MARIANAS (O’Neill semi-finalist). UNI THE UNICORN (book by Timothy McDonald) for BACT. LOVE, NY (American Harmony Award Winner, DC Fringe); 11:11 (The Pitch, LiveRead at USC); 20 TO LIFE (American University); STRANGE TAILS (with Michael Ruby; West Village MT Festival Winner Best Musical, Ars Nova's ANT Fest); MARTHA & ME (NY Fringe); SAMSON’S FIRE (The Cell Theater). He has scored two films: GINGERBREAD HOUSE (New York Film Academy) and DIVIDENDS (New York Shorts International Film Festival). He is co-arranging and orchestrating PUNK ROCK GIRL (book by Joe Iconis).

Rob regularly has work featured in cabarets in New York, London and recently Japan. He is a two-time Larson Award finalist, an alum of the BMI writing workshop, and member of the Dramatists’ Guild. He holds a BFA and BA from the University of Michigan.

www.robertrokicki.com @rrokicks

 

Maddie Rodrigue (Drill Team Intensive Guest)

Maddie Rodrigue, a Baltimore native, is a New York City based performer, teacher and choreographer. Most recently, she made her debut as a Radio City Rockette in the 2019-2020 Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Film/TV appearances include: "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Season 3), 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. As a choreographer she has created and presented work at Pace School of Performing Arts, HIVHERO's Broadway & Ballet, 3LD Technology & Art, and Young Artists of America. Maddie is a proud graduate of Pace University's Commercial Dance program, and is represented by Clear Talent Group. 

 

Alanna Saunders (Industry Insider Guest)

Alanna right now finds her joy by journaling, working out and doing puzzles. Also she’s doing a LOT of yoga to try to remain sane during these crazy times without live theatre... Pre-pandemic?  She had just finished a run as Andrea in Once on This Island at Pioneer Theatre. Other credits include: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Broadway); Jessie/Dance Capt. in Scotland, PA (Roundabout); Into the Woods (Natl. Tour); Tiger Lily in NBC’s Peter Pan Live!;  Pirates of Penzance (Barrington); Little Shop of Horrors (Cleveland Playhouse). You can follow her shenanigans on insta @alannasaun . Or www.thesaunderscollective.com/alanna-saunders 

 

Analise Scarpaci (Industry Insider Guest)

Analise Scarpaci is a New York based performer! She is currently playing Lydia Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire on Broadway! Other Broadway credits include Matilda and A Christmas Story. She was also seen in the First National Tour of Matilda and in Lolita, My Love Off-Broadway at the York Theatre Co. She is currently a musical theatre major at Pace University! 

 

Tori Scott (54 Way (way) Below Judge, Adv. Vocal Performance Guest)

Tori Scott is a singer, actress and comedian who has been named “the Bette Midler of the new millennium” by Provincetown Magazine and among the Top 10 Cabaret Performers in NYC by Time Out New York.  Before the world turned upside down, she had a residency at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater and toured her solo shows to London, Wales, Brighton, Birmingham, Newcastle, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Provincetown and Puerto Vallarta. She performed at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, where she was nominated for Best Cabaret. On television, she's counted to 20 as a singing garbage woman on “Sesame Street” and did voice overs for HBO's "Cathouse: The Musical”. Her debut album Plan B! was recorded live at Joe’s Pub and was released on Chicken Ranch Records. Broadway World describes Scott as "the sound of someone who's not afraid to show you just how human she is, while her super-human pipes blow you away." 

 

Brad Simmons (Concert Artist, Music Director) - Brad has shared the stage with Broadway luminaries Tonya Pinkins, Alice Ripley, Beth Leavel, Donna McKechnie and recording artists Sandi Patty and The B-52s Kate Pierson. He music directed Lysistrata Jones (off & on Broadway), Mr & Mrs Fitch with John Lithgow, Me and The Girls with Alan Cumming, and the musical film Hello Again with Audra McDonald and Martha Plimpton. Upcoming productions include Hood, Fancy and To Wong Foo. Brad currently music directs The Lineupwith Susie Mosher Tuesdays at Birdland Theater. Check out his new recordings at Spotify and visit thebradsimmons.com

 

VICTORIA RAE SOOK is a two time Drama Desk Award Nominee as the Artistic Director and Founder of Food of Love Productions. She is an actor, director/choreographer, dramaturge, and producer and has held all of those titles between the company’s two off Broadway shows. A proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and an SDC Associate favorite shows include Drowning Ophelia, Romeo and Juliet, Legally Blonde, Grease, and Food of Love’s very own Shake & Bake: Love’s Labour’s Lost and Midsummer: a Banquet. She has worked in production at The Public and regularly returns when they need a hand. Currently Victoria is choreographing a series of online dance pieces exploring physical versus social distance, organizing weekly virtual Shakespeare readings, and directing Twelfth Night: Home Delivery.

 

Trent Soyster is a Pittsburgh-raised, New York City-based Performer, Choreographer/Director, and Teacher. Pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Commercial Dance at Pace University, recent performance credits include Escape to Margaritaville (First National Tour), Disney’s Newsies (PCLO, Interlakes Theatre), Grease (FLMTF/Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Cats (Mr. Mistoffelees - Interlakes Theatre) and Pete(Her) Pan: a new musical (Michael Darling - Pace New Musicals). Choreography/Direction: The Iron Bridge Dinner Theatre, Young Artists of America, Comtra Theatre, and Dixon Place. See more at www.trentsoyster.com

 
 

Alexa Spiegel has been the Assistant Programming Director of Feinstein’s/54 Below for the past two and a half years. Some highlights of her time there have been curating the 2019 version of the New Writers at 54! series, which featured five solo shows from promising new theater writes, and assistant producing the club’s run of the Jonathan Larson Project. Alexa has also worked in varying capacities with other theatre companies, producing SheNYC’s 2019 benefit concert Noteworthy and coordinating artists for the Civilians’ 2020 virtual benefit concert, among others. 

 

Alexa is a graduate of Fordham University Lincoln Center. 

Duncan Stewart is a Casting Director & Partner at Stewart/Whitley. BROADWAY/NY: Hadestown, The Lightning Thief, The Great Comet of 1812, Rock Of Ages, The Black Clown (Lincoln Center), A Clockwork Orange, On The Town, Pippin, Chicago The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles,  As You Like It,  Elf the Musical, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall West Side Story, The Band Wagon, Stuffed, Curvy Widow, Pageant; WEST END/UK: Hadestown (London’s National Theatre), Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; TV: Tiny Pretty Things(Netflix), Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC/Lionsgate), Freaky Friday (Disney Channel); TOURS: The Lightning Thief, Finding Neverland, Waitress, SpongeBob, A Bronx Tale, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, The Bodyguard, Dirty Dancing, The Sound of Music, Elf the Musical, Into The Woods, Once, Shrek, Flashdance, Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, The Duck Commander Musical, We Will Rock You; UPCOMING:  Sunday In The Park With George, Paradise Square, A Wonderful World, Moby Dick, Stephen Schwartz’ The Prince of Egypt, August Rush, Stu for Silverton; REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, The Alley Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Bay Street Theater, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hollywood Bowl, The Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Goodspeed, The Ahmanson, Seattle’s 5th Avenue, Asolo Rep, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Miami New Drama, For The Record productions, Aida Cruise Lines, and the Broadway-branded shows on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. 

Prior to forming Stewart/Whitley, Duncan was the in-house Director of Casting for National Artists Management Company (NAMCO) on various Broadway/West End productions.  This year he celebrates 16+ years as the Casting Director of Chicago.  Previous to this he worked with Alaine Alldaffer (Head of Casting) on numerous productions at Playwrights Horizons.  

Duncan has been a TV guest judge and panelist for ABC’s Emmy-winning, “Extreme Weight Loss” and Broadway TV’s “Next Broadway Star” and is often booked as a guest lecturer and seminar/workshop leader for numerous colleges, studios and universities in the US, Canada and UK.  Mr. Stewart is an Artios Award winner and proud member of the Casting Society of America (CSA).

 

LESLIE STIFELMAN is an internationally recognized music director, conductor and pianist, as well as a leading figure in arts education and theatrical entertainment. With a dedication to transforming the creative lives of performers and students of all ages, Leslie has created some of the most decorated arts educational initiatives all while celebrating 21 years on Broadway as the Music Director and Conductor of CHICAGO: THE MUSICAL, the longest running American musical in Broadway history. She is known for her extensive collaborations and partnerships spanning the world of entertainment through performances, recordings, television and films extending from the concert hall to Broadway to HBO®, and her projects have been awarded the highest honors in the arts and media including the Peabody®, Grammy® and Tony® Awards.  Ms. Stifelman also has vast experience as an Executive Producer and Producer where she is expert in programming, production, personnel and financial management of complex artistic projects.  She is a skilled fundraiser, communicator, and innovator.

 

Michael Sylvester (Instructor: Hip Hop 8-12, Hip Hop 13-18, Hip Hop Adult)

Michael Sylvester (Choreographer)- is from Dallas, TX  and currently based in NYC. He has worked all over DFW and the U.S as a Performer, Choreographer and Instructor.

Performance Credits: (National Tour) Todrick Hall Presents the Toddlers Ball, Oz The Musical and Twerk Du Soleil. Regional: West Side Story (Lyric Of Oklahoma) In The Heights (Walnut Street Theatre) In The Heights, Elf The Musical, and Rocky Horror Show (TUTS) Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dallas Theatre Center) Hairspray, Fiddler On The Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Best LIttle Whorehouse (Casa Manana) as well as many other theatre's in DFW and across the country! Michael has been featured on Poo Poouri's latest Viral video with over 12 million views on YouTube. He has also danced on the MTV Movie Awards 2015, BET Awards Commercial 2015, Season 1 of Todrick Docu-Series on MTV, the FIAT 500, Dance Moms and Cirque Dreams!

 

Choreography Credits include: Snow White, Rudolph World Premiere, Alamo the Musical, Alice in Wonderland for Casa Manana's Children's Conservatory as well as their Professional Children's Series. Footloose and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers(Artisan Center Theatre) Beauty and the Beast (Plaza Theatre Company) Little Shop of horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie  and All Shook Up. As well as Todrick Hall's Cinderella Rock- Starring The Sing Offs Pentatonix Kirstie Maladono and featuring Scott Hoying as Dance Captain Male Swing/Ensemle. He also choreographed the family friendly movie "RISING STAR'S" starring Kyle Riabko, Leon Thomas III, and featuring Rebecca St. James which is now available on Netflix and select stores. 

 
 

Ellie van Amerongen (Instructor: Songwriting Workshop, Songwriting Judge)

Ellie is an actor/songwriter based in NYC. She graduated from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a BFA in musical theater and an emphasis in songwriting in 2018. She has performed at various regional theaters across the country and recently released an EP of her original music (found on all music streaming platforms). Ellie grew up performing at Ohlook and couldn’t be more excited to return virtually as a teacher!

A Texas native, Samantha Williams made her Broadway debut in the Tony award winning hit musical Dear Evan Hansen playing the principal role of ”Alana Beck” when she was in her junior year at Pace University. Now in her senior year, she is honored to be sharing a story so close to her heart as she returns to Broadway as “Emmie” in Caroline or Change. Most recently, Samantha was seen reprising the role of “Alana Beck” on the national tour of Dear Evan Hansen. Her university credits include the role of “Dot” in Sunday in the Park with George and the title role in Caroline or Change. 

 

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