TRACI BAIR (Eden) is thrilled to be performing at St. Luke’s. Big thanks to the Girls team for bringing me along for the ride. National tours: Grace Farrell in Annie, Principal Vocalist in Cirque Dreams. Favorite regional: Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival; Fantine in Les Miserables, Riverside Theatre; Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Tent Theatre; Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, Arts Center Coastal Carolina; Katherina Cavalieri in Amadeus, Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Sweeney Todd, Barrington Stage; Pandora’s Box, NYMF. Love to John and my wacky, wonderful family. www.tracibair.com
ANEESA FOLDS (Rosa) is beyond excited to be a part of This One’s for the Girls. Favorite credits include Off-Broadway: Sistas (Gloria). Tour: Ragtime (Sarah’s friend). Regional: Sister Act (Deloris Van Cartier), Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle) and Rent (Joanne). Special thanks to her family and friends for their support, and to the entire team for this incredible opportunity! Follow her @aneesanael and aneesafolds.com
JANA ROBBINS (Janet) has played leading roles on Broadway in Good News, I Love My Wife, Crimes of the Heart, Gypsy (as the ‘bump it with the trumpet’ stripper Mazeppa while covering Tyne Daly as Rose) and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (covering both Linda Lavin & Michele Lee and starring opposite Valerie Harper in the national tour). Recent regional credits include Drowsy in The Drowsy Chaperone and Maxine in Managing Maxine commissioned by the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. TV & film credits include “The Good Wife,” “Cheers,” “Nurse Jackie” and The Women with Eva Mendez, Meg Ryan & Annette Bening. Broadway producing credits include Little Women and the revival of Ragtime as well as a financial stake in War Horse and Something Rotten! (currently on national’tl tour). Off-Broadway includes I Love You Because, Through the Night and White’s Lies. Shows currently in development are Roof of the World, The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit and The Jazz Age slated for London this spring. Ms. Robbins is the recipient of JNF’s Tree of Life Award and performs her one-woman show Jana Robbins: I’m Still Here across the country. www.janarobbins.com
HALEY SWINDAL (Samantha) is thrilled to be joining This One’s for the Girls. Haley appeared in Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway, The Secret Garden at Lincoln Center, and the national tours of White Christmas, Jesus Christ Superstar and I Love a Piano. Other recent credits include Lady of the Lake in Spamalot at NSMT, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific at WBT and Grace Farrell in Annie with Sally Struthers at TOTS. Haley has sung at Carnegie Hall alongside jazz great Steve Tyrell, with Ronan Tynan at Yankee Stadium and under the baton of Steve Reineke with the New York Pops Orchestra. Haley’s solo show Golden Girl recently sold out 54 Below. She recently appeared in Sistas Off-Broadway. For the loves of her life, Jack and baby Lily!
ERIN CRONICAN (Swing) is thrilled to be a part of this production. She starred as Cindy in the national tour of Suds: The Rockin’ 60s Musical Soap Opera and as Angie McKay in the first (and only) revival of the Styne/Comden/Greene musical, Subways Are For Sleeping. Regional favorites: The Last Five Years, Evita, Camelot, South Pacific. She’s worked extensively in film/TV and is the co-founder of The Seeing Place Theater. www.ErinCronican.com.
DOROTHY MARCIC is a playwright whose productions have played in over 70 cities, including five years of her Off-Broadway musical, Sistas. She is adjunct professor of Leadership at Columbia University and a former professor at Vanderbilt University. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Prague, has three masters (including one in creative writing) and a doctorate, and is the author of 15 books, including the best-selling Understanding Management and Respect: Women and Popular Music. In 2003, Dorothy left full-time academia for playwriting. She turned her Respect book into a musical, tracing women’s development through Top-40 music with content-analysis research of how women are depicted in popular music lyrics. The musical shows how women went from co-dependent to independent, from “Someone to Watch Over Me” to “I Will Survive” and this musical has recently been revised and renamed This One’s for the Girls. Dorothy has also been working on several plays. The reading of Intentions a couple years ago resulted in a Broadway producer optioning the piece and it is currently in development. Dorothy started her career in the arts as a production assistant on the TV program “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” while in graduate school. She has appeared on C-SPAN, CMT and Bravo. www.drdorothy.com
TAMARA KANGAS ERICKSON (Director) is co-owner, Vice President and resident choreographer at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, where she has directed and/or choreographed over 20 musicals. Director/Choreographer: RESPECT, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) Choreographer: 42nd Street (Ivey Award), Easter Parade (world premiere), Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story, Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Anything Goes, Bye Bye Birdie, Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act, Hairspray, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and many, many more. Non-CDT: Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing (national tour); Lord Gordon Gordon (world premiere), History Theatre, St. Paul, MN.
JAMIBETH MARGOLIS (Casting Director) is now in her 20th year as a professional casting director in New York. She was with Johnson-Liff Casting, Cameron Mackintosh, and Margolis-Seay Casting and is now out on her own as a freelance casting director. Previous credits include the Broadway and National Touring Companies of such hits as Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon, and Cats as well as two dozen other shows on Broadway. She currently casts for Off Broadway, National Touring Companies and shows for prominent regional theaters and all of the major theater festivals in NYC. Current Casting Projects: Jane Eyre (CMT), Sistas: The Musical (Off Broadway), Rebel Rebel: The Many Lives Of David Bowie (Tour), the National Yiddish Theatre and many more.
ZACHARY RYAN (Music Director/Additional Vocal Arrangements/Additional Orchestrations) is the current music director of Sistas, which is in its 6th year Off-Broadway! He is also beginning his 3rd season as resident music director for The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH. Regional MD credits include Next to Normal (Seven Angels Theater), Chicago (received the AACT Best Music Direction Award), The Bikinis (Meadowbrook Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Shadow Lawn Stage) and Hairspray (The Palace Theatre). He would like to thank his family, friends and Oscar for endless support. www.zacharyryannyc.webs.com
JOSH IACOVELLI (Set & Lighting Designer) Recent projects include Cats & Gypsy at Interlakes Summer Theatre, production designer for 2 projects at ABC, art director for “First Family of Hip Hop” (Bravo), design producer on upcoming series “Returning Glory” (HGTV). Favorite projects include Missed Connections, Broadway and the Bard starring Len Cariou, Hit Her with the Skates, Honor Bound which he also directed, Disaster!, Ruthless!, Silence!, It’s Just Sex, Unbroken Circle w/Eve Plumb, Cougar the Musical!, Miracle on South Division Street (Penguin Rep), Greed & A Class Act. Josh has designed several long-running Off-B’way hits such as Sistas the Musical, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Channeling Kevin Spacey, Danny and Sylvia. Josh has also designed several productions for Amas & Storm Theatre. Upcoming projects include Friends the Musical & world premiere of Grammy winner Dice Raw’s hip hop musical The Box at Philadelphia’s New Freedom Theatre.
CYNTHIA NORDSTROM (Costume Designer) Off Broadway: Evil Dead The Musical, Jewtopia, That Championship Season, The Property Known as Garland, Silent Laughter. Tours and arena productions worldwide for Universal, Disney, Marvel.
JIM RANDOLPH (Press Representative) Broadway: Crazy For You; City of Angels; Lost in Yonkers; Master Class; Saturday Night Fever; The Dinner Party; Laughter on the 23rd Floor; Tru; The Odd Couple; Jake’s Women; The Goodbye Girl; Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance; Death and the Maiden starring Glenn Close, Richard Dreyfuss & Gene Hackman; John Leguizamo’s Freak; A Streetcar Named Desire w/Jessica Lange & Alec Baldwin. Off-Broadway: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Freud’s Last Session; Oleanna; SILENCE! The Musical; Over the River and Through the Woods; Ruthless!; The Syringa Tree; iLuminate.
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BERNARD L. TANSEY (General Manager) has spent 50 years working in professional theatre, most of it managing national touring productions. He has worked on multiple tours with National Theatre of the Deaf, Say Goodnight Gracie, Golda’s Balcony, Little House on the Prairie, La Cage aux Folles, Man of La Mancha, Ain’t Misbehavin, For Colored Girls…, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many more. He has worked as a General Manager, Production Manager and Company Manager. Mr. Tansey serves as General Manager for Sistas, now in its sixth year.
ROBERT LEVINSTEIN (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: Waiting in the Wings (with Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris), Voices in the Dark (with Judith Ivey) and Parade. National tours: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Camelot with Michael York. Robert was Associate Producer at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine and had the opportunity to help expand programming and shape relations with the community at that theatre. He is also the Co-Founder/Executive Producer of 22Q Entertainment LLC, a NYC based production company. Most recently 22Q Entertainment was multi Daytime Emmy-nominated for their work on “Tainted Dreams,” a new soap opera streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime.
SANDRA TRULLINGER (Assistant Stage Manager) AEA (stage management): My Big Gay Italian series: Wedding/Funeral & Mid-Life Crisis (O/B & A.C.), Sistas, Dracula, Rain, Hazelle on Edge (Public Theatre), Nunsense, Nunsense A-Men, Nunsensations, Ogunquit Playhouse, NYMF Awards. Tours: Camelot (with Michael York), Aida. Other: Peter Pan for A&E (with Cathy Rigby). AEA (actor): Elegies (BC/EFA Fundraiser for with Tim Gunn), Cabfare for the Common Man, Beyond the Horizon, The Idiot. Directing credits: The M Word & Waiting for the End of the World (Best Director & Play by Audience Vote – CH Short Play Festival. WYSLMI (Asst. dir. w/Kathleen Turner).
GEORGIANA MITROI (Company Manager) is also currently the Company Manager of Sistas and Friends, both at St. Luke’s Theatre. She has previously been Company Manager of Ruthless! at St. Luke’s, Soul Doctor at Actors Temple Theatre and Austin at Theatre Row. Working with Jessimeg Productions, Georgiana has also been Associate General Manager of Baghdaddy at St. Luke’s Theatre and Zero Hour at Theatre at St. Clements.
WILLIAM FRANZBLAU (Producer) created and produced the Tony-nominated Best Play Say Goodnight Gracie, produced David Mamet’s American Buffalo on Broadway and the tour of Little House on the Prairie The Musical starring Melissa Gilbert. He served as the Executive Producer for Broadway’s Wonderland. He produced the Off-Broadway shows Sistas, Jewtopia, Evil Dead The Musical, The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron, and iLuminate (America’s Got Talent Finalist). Mr. Franzblau recently produced and co-created “Rocktopia,” a national pledge show for PBS. As Chief Executive Officer of the high technology company, KATrix Inc. he created strategic alliances with the Walt Disney Company, Microsoft Corporation, MGM and the Intel Corporation. He served as producer of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles touring show, a 21-month tour involving 500 appearances in 200 cities and 10 countries. He Executive Produced three tours of the Moscow Circus and produced the touring productions of the Broadway hit Beatlemania.