About The Show
Book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot
Directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes
Co-Choreographed by Ishita Mili
Hair is the rock musical that started it all. This joyous rebellion proudly reclaims love as the heart of what it means to be American. Packed with music that is beautiful, irreverent, and deeply evocative, the quirky, all-inclusive vibe doesn’t shy away from poignant social commentary. This iconic musical and Grammy Award-winning score get an exuberant and resonant retelling in the hands of Broadway and Asolo Rep favorite Josh Rhodes. Unforgettable numbers like “The Flesh Failures (Let the Sun Shine In),” “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” and “Hair” will bring audiences to their feet!
Contains mature themes, language, and brief nudity. Recommended for age 16+.
In the News
- 'Hair' tracked the social changes of its time. The times are still a-changing. Asolo Rep’s production of the musical is as relevant as ever. (Your Observer)
- Asolo Rep in Sarasota lets the sunshine in with fresh take on classic musical ‘Hair’ (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
- 'Hair' is more relevant today than ever (Venice Gondolier)
- Moving past COVID, Asolo Repertory Theatre opens vibrant ‘Hair’ (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
Events | Offerings
INSIDE ASOLO REP
Thursday, November 18 | 10:30am
Wednesday, December 8 | 7:30pm
Wednesday, Dec 15
This popular program is going digital! Ticket holders will be sent a video link via email prior to their performance to get the inside scoop on the ideas that inspired the production.
December 7, 14, and 21 | Enhance your experience with this post-show discussion following select Tuesday performances.
*All activities are subject to change or modification based on CDC recommendations.
McKYNLEIGH ALDEN ABRAHAM*
FIRST SEASON (Pack) is so happy to be making her Asolo Rep debut! Past credits include Ensemble/u.s. Papa Ge in Once On This Island (1st National Tour), Janelle Woods in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (1st National Tour), The Glee Project (season one), and most recently Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors at Ozark Actors Theatre. Special thanks to her parents, Take 3 Talent, and her fiancé, Alex. IG: @mikiabraham_
THIRD YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (Pack) is thrilled to make his Mertz Stage debut! Dan recently played Claudio in Asolo Rep’s touring production of Much Ado About Nothing. Other favorite credits include Romeo & Juliet, The Book of Will, and Merry Wives of Windsor at Texas Shakespeare Festival, A Christmas Carol at The Guthrie, and How It’s Gon’ Be at Underdog Theatre Company. Dan is forever grateful to his amazing friends, family, and wonderful fiancé, Lexi Zawatzke!
FIRST SEASON (Jeanie) is beyond grateful to be doing this incredible show and making her Asolo Rep debut. Her favorite credits include: PCLO’s Grease (Marty); Maltz Jupiter’s Mamma Mia (Sophie) and A Chorus Line (Val); Argyle Theatre’s Legally Blonde (Elle); Slow Burn Theatre’s Legally Blonde (Elle); Mason Street Warehouse’s Mamma Mia (Sophie); Stages St. Louis’ A Chorus Line, Legally Blonde, and Cinderella; The Muny’s Joseph…Dreamcoat and Grease; Theatre by the Sea’s Grease (Sandy). She’d like to thank and send love to the cast and crew, Bloc, and Elliott. @beccaandrews
FIRST SEASON (Dionne) New York, Broadway Tour, and Regional credits: Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Dreamgirls, The Color Purple, The Wiz, and a beautiful journey with the production Other World, as TEMULA. Charnette owns Charnette B Yoga LLC, offering a deeper dive into the practice, guiding practitioners to sense and feel their power from within. With gratitude and grounded love. @charnetteb
SOPHIA ROSE BYRD
FIRST SEASON (Pack) is excited to make their Asolo Rep debut. Sophia is a Grammy-nominated artist who was featured in The Good Swimmer and Place at BAM Next Wave Festival and played Eve in REV. 23 at New York Prototype Festival. They’ve performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Jennifer Hudson, Kurt Elling, and Chance the Rapper. Their song “I See the Light” is featured in Spike Lee’s Chiraq.
FIRST SEASON (Woof) is thrilled to be making their/his Asolo Rep debut. Some of Jonathan’s recent credits include A Chorus Line (Paul San Marco) directed by original cast member Mitzi Hamilton, Birth of the Beat National Tour (Lead Soloist), RENT (Angel), and Evita (Ensemble). Jonathan thanks Asolo Rep, Josh Rhodes, Tara Rubin Casting, and Bret Adams LTD Artists Agency for their love, guidance, and support throughout this journey. Also, Jonathan sends love to the Fleites family who have always been there for them/him, no matter what. Follow more of Jonathan’s artistic journey on Instagram: @jojoflei_!
DAMON J. GILLESPIE*
FIRST SEASON (Claude/Fight Captain) can be seen on TV in NBC’s RISE, Tiny Pretty Things (Netflix), The Society (Netflix), Empire (Fox), and Inside Amy Schumer: Girl You Don’t Need Makeup. Select Theatre: Newsies (Broadway), Aladdin (Broadway), Cyrano: A New Musical (Goodspeed), The Realness (Hangar Theatre), and Dear Evan Hansen. This show goes out to his family and the bros. “Please Enjoy.”
FIRST SEASON (Swing) is excited to be joining the Asolo Rep Fam! From Winston-Salem, NC, Darron is a recent Penn State Alum who was last seen at Music Theatre Wichita performing in Grease, Twelfth Night, and Mirette! Many thanks to his agents, family, and friends! @darronhayes_
FIRST SEASON (Pack) is elated to be making his Asolo Rep debut. He was last seen in the Baldwin Wallace University production of Spring Awakening. Recent credits include: Lola, Kinky Boots; Luther Billis, South Pacific (with the Cleveland Orchestra and Andy Einhorn); Christmas Carol (Great Lakes Theatre); tick, tick... BOOM! (Playhouse Square); and The Scottsboro Boys (Beck Center). Gordia is a proud alum of Baldwin Wallace. Repped by Amplified Entertainment Inc. All love and gratitude to Asolo Rep, Josh, Tara Rubin Casting/Felicia, and my family.
FIRST SEASON (Swing) is so grateful to be making her Asolo Rep debut with Hair!
Regional credits include Parade (The REV); Kiss Me, Kate; Hair; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Forestburgh Playhouse). She is represented by Pantera/Murphy The Agency. Much love to family, friends, and her agent Katie for their support!
FIRST SEASON (Sheila) is excited to make her Asolo Repertory Theatre debut. She made her Broadway debut in Mean Girls as the standby for the roles of Cady and Janis, and later took over the role of Janis Sarkisian. She graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre. Olivia would like to thank Asolo Rep and her team at A3 and sends love to her friends and family for their support. @broadwayforracialjustice
FIRST SEASON (Swing) is beyond grateful to be making their Asolo Rep debut. Ryland recently graduated from Pace University’s MT program in NYC where they performed in Memphis and Head Over Heels. Other credits include The Wedding Singer, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Ryland, being a Florida native, is honored to be back and doing what they love in the state which fostered their passion for the arts. rylandmarbutt.com
FIRST SEASON (Crissy) is beyond excited to be making her Asolo Rep debut. She was recently the assistant director for A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet, currently playing off-Broadway at the DR2 theatre in New York City. Additional credits: Becoming Nancy (Workshop), directed by Jerry Mitchell, and Elderhood, directed by Randy Brenner, at the Wallis Annenberg Center of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. She sends love and thanks to her friends and family for all their support!
FIRST SEASON (Pack) is so excited to be making her Asolo Rep debut! She recently spent her post-pandemic summer performing in Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s productions of Shout and 8-Track: The Sounds of the 70’s. Other theatre credits include Saturday Night Fever and Mamma Mia! at Theatre by the Sea; and Cinderella, All Shook Up, and 9 to 5 at The Arrow Rock Lyceum. @abbyrose_m
FIRST SEASON (Pack) Ishita Mili is a Bengali American director and choreographer based in NJ. After extensively training in bharatanatyam, hip hop, chhau, and contemporary dance, Ishita founded IMGE Dance to use her cultural roots to share global stories with artists of diverse backgrounds. IMGE has since been highlighted at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, New Victory Theater, and Seattle International Dance Festival. Ishita was also featured in Dance Informa and Pulse Magazine UK as a rising South Asian artist.
DAYNA LEE PALYA
THIRD YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (Pack) is delighted to join the Asolo Rep company and let the sun shine in with this beautiful production of Hair. She earned her BFA from Western Michigan University and will graduate this spring from FSU/Asolo Repertory Conservatory with her MFA. Dayna understudied Greta Ohlsson in Murder on the Orient Express in the 2020 Asolo Rep season. Some past favorite roles include Callie in Stop Kiss and Viola in Shakespeare in Love.
FIRST SEASON (Swing) is ecstatic to be making her Asolo Rep debut! Sam is a proud alumni of Elon University’s BFA Music Theatre Class of 2020. Favorite credits include Little Women (Beth March), Hair (Jeanie), Me and My Girl (Pearly Queen), and The 1940’s Radio Hour (Connie Miller). Much love to her family, friends, HCKR, and all educators past and present! sampearson.online @sampearson
FIRST SEASON (Pack/Dance Captain) is a graduate of Rutgers University, training with competitive hip-hop team RDT, and has been featured on screen as a dancer in works with Megan Thee Stallion, Jamaican artist Tessellated, Ilham, and more. She has performed with various dance companies at venues including NRG Stadium, New Victory Theater, and Lincoln Center. Most recently, she's been part of the ensemble in the development of The Karate Kid – The Musical. She is extremely thrilled to be making her debut at Asolo Rep!
FIRST SEASON (Margaret Mead/Pack) is beyond excited to be making his Asolo Rep debut. Most recently he was seen as Skimbleshanks the railway cat in the National Tour of CATS. Other regional credits include Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and The Rev Theater Company. Ethan received his BFA from Syracuse University
FIRST SEASON (Hud/Vocal Captain) graduated from The University of Michigan with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Gender, Race and Nation. Their off-Broadway debut in Spamilton garnered them Drama Desk, Drama League, and Clive Barnes Award nominations. They were dubbed "a name to watch" by New York Times critic Ben Brantley and received rave reviews from a multitude of renowned pundits. Nora made their Broadway debut in Jagged Little Pill. With their educational background, they continue to cultivate a career focused on the intersection of performing and social justice.
THIRD YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (Pack) is an MFA student at the Florida State University/ Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. He recently understudied Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express at Asolo Rep. Other roles include Stanley Sheinbaum in Twilight: Los Angeles,1992 and Casca in Julius Caesar. He is also a teaching artist with Asolo Rep. Garrick is thrilled to return to the stage and radiate groovy vibrations in Hair.
THIRD YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (Pack) previously worked for Asolo Rep as an understudy (Michel the Conductor) in Murder on the Orient Express, and they are ecstatic to be working in the ensemble for Hair. Derek is currently in their third year at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. You may have previously seen them in the conservatory’s productions of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Ensemble) and Julius Caesar (Mark Antony) last year. dereksikkema.com
FIRST SEASON (Pack) is an actor, published writer, and up and coming musician from Ithaca, New York. You may have caught him on stage as the Emcee in Cabaret, Danny Zuko in Grease, Moritz in Spring Awakening, or Bobby Strong in Urinetown! Matthew has also appeared on screen as Rupert Smith in The Andy Warhol Diaries (Netflix) and in The Preppy Murders (AMC). Follow his instagram @matthew.skrovan and visit matthewskrovan.com for updates and content.
FIRST SEASON (Pack) is ecstatic to be making his Asolo Repertory Theatre debut! He is a proud Japanese American actor hailing from Central California. Regional credits include: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (The Maltz Jupiter); The Little Mermaid, When You Wish and The Sound of Music (Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts), Allegiance starring George Takei (East West Players); Young Frankenstein and Hello, Dolly! (3D Theatricals). Chad received his BA in Theatre Arts from CSU Fullerton. He would like to thank his family for their love and support! You can find him on Instagram: @Chapanda11.
FIRST SEASON (Berger) can’t wait to let his hair down for his Asolo Rep debut. He was most recently seen Off-Broadway as Hector in Scotland, PA (Roundabout, World Premiere). Additional credits include: Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell (NYC, Toronto), The Who’s Tommy (Kennedy Center), RENT (Roger, 20th Anniversary Tour), FBI: Most Wanted (NBC). Training: Pace University (BFA Acting). Thanks to Josh and everyone at Asolo Rep, Tara Rubin Casting, Whole Artist Management, as well as his friends and family. Special thanks to everyone who worked so hard to keep theater alive these past two years. Let the sunshine in!
*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
FIRST SEASON (Assistant Director) Selected directing credits: Psycho Beach Party (Caplan Studio Theatre), My Name is Asher Lev (Chabad Arts), The Last 5 Years (Jersey Fringe Festival), It Takes One! (Philly Fringe Festival), B!TCH (Philly So-Low Fest), Between The Legs (National Young Playwright’s Festival), The Ow of Pre-K (National Theatre Institute). You can find a selection of Emily’s original plays on the National Play Exchange. Find out more about upcoming projects and her love of Tommy Wiseau on EmilyAbramsDirects.com.
FIRST SEASON (Costume Designer) is a two-time Tony Award®-nominated costume designer whose Broadway credits include A Soldier’s Play, Slave Play, American Son, and Children of a Lesser God. Select off-Broadway credits include Merry Wives (The Public Theater); Secret Life of Bees, Marie and Rosetta (Atlantic); By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature); BLKS, School Girls… (MCC); Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons); The Royale (Lincoln Center); Toni Stone (Roundabout). Regionally, Dede’s work has appeared at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf, Arena Stage, and more. She has worked in television with Netflix, Comedy Central, and FOX Shortcoms. She earned her MFA at the Yale School of Drama and has received Obie, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Theatre Bay Area, and Jeff Awards, along with four Drama Desk nominations.
FOURTH SEASON (Assistant Stage Manager) could not be more excited to be back at Asolo Rep. His previous shows in Sarasota were Shakespeare in Love, Rhinoceros, Roe, Julius Caesar, and Knoxville. His work has also been seen on tour around the country with Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends (TheaterWorksUSA); A Christmas Story, The Musical (Big League Productions); and An Officer and a Gentleman—The Musical (Work Light Productions). Additional regional credits: New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Matthew is a proud graduate of the stage management program at the University of Illinois.
NINTEETH SEASON (Resident Hair/Wig & Make-up Designer) Michelle designs for Asolo Repertory Theatre and FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Other credits: Sarasota Ballet, Palm Beach Drama Works, Free Fall Theatre, Urbanite Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, Banyan Theatre, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Venice Theatre, Dorset Theatre, Barrington Stage, and Open Stage Theatre. She has also done hair and/or make-up for Joan Rivers, Doris Roberts, Martin Short, Jane Russell, Arlene Dahl, Soledad Villamil, Jane Pauley, Richard Dreyfuss, Castille Langdon, Christopher Higgins, Mary Mara, Heather Robb, Lauren Sweetser, Justin Long, Paul Downs, Douglas Sills, and Nia Hills. Music videos: “Second Chance” by Shinedown, “Reverse Cowgirl” by T-Pain. Film and television: Paradise, FL and The Real Stephen Blatt.
FIRST SEASON (Lighting Design) is making his Asolo Rep debut. His New York highlights include Chicken and Biscuits (Circle in the Square), Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public), and Carmen Jones (Classic Stage Co). His regional collaborations include such companies as Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Huntington Theater Co, Shakespeare Theatre Co, Signature Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, among others. Adam is a Drama Desk, Henry Hewes, and Helen Hayes Award nominee. honorelighting.com
FIRST SEASON (Intimacy Coordinator) is excited to make her Asolo Rep debut. She is an actor, fight director, intimacy director, and teaching artist. She is based in the Midwest region and travels to perform in and fight/intimacy/movement direct productions across the nation. Samantha is a Certified Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators and was certified with Intimacy Directors International. A Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. A Jeff Nominated Fight Choreographer. Samantha has worked with theatres such as Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Prague Shakespeare Company, Lookingglass Theatre, First Folio Theatre, and Cleveland Play House, among others. SamanthaJKaufman.com
FIRST SEASON (Scenic Designer) is a three-time Tony Award®-nominated set designer. Select Broadway: In the Heights; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; School of Rock (sets and costumes); Avenue Q; Holiday Inn; Honeymoon in Vegas; Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella; Dames at Sea; It Shoulda Been You; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Holiday Inn; High Fidelity; Curtains; etc. Select off-Bway: Scotland, PA; Sons of the Prophet; Is There Still Sex in the City?; A Sherlock Carol; tick, tick…Boom!; and Altar Boyz. Designs seen in London, Japan, Australia, China, Korea, Brazil, regional theaters, tours, and cruise ships. West Side Story for Tokyo’s 360 Stage Around, with the revolving audience completely surrounded by scenery. Art Director: Sex and the City (Season 6). Founder of Broadway Design Exchange, broadwaydesignexchange.com
GALT MACDERMOT (1928-2018)
(Music) Two-time Grammy® and Tony Award®-winning composer Galt MacDermot is best known for the music he wrote for the Broadway scores of Hair and Two Gentlemen of Verona. His work spans the gamut of performing arts and encompasses a wealth of genres, crossing the boundaries of jazz, folk, funk, gospel, reggae, and classical styles. Galt was born and raised in Montreal. He received a Bachelor of Music from Cape Town University, South Africa. He wrote more than 3,000 songs, and his music is enjoyed in 122 countries worldwide. Hair has been performed in over 40 countries.
FIFTY-THIRD SEASON (Director of Production & Operations) is a graduate of Carnegie Tech and worked at New York Shakespeare Festival, Brandeis, University of California Institute of Repertory, APA, American Conservatory Theater, and again in New York. As head of production and technical staffs, he is responsible for the overall technical operation of Asolo Rep and its facilities. He wrote the architecture program for both the Center for the Performing Arts and the Koski II expansion and is the owner’s representative on both projects. He has been a member of the Asolo Rep family since 1969.
FIRST SEASON (Co-Choreographer) Ishita Mili is a Bengali American director and choreographer based in NJ. After extensively training in bharatanatyam, hip hop, chhau, and contemporary dance, Ishita founded IMGE Dance to use her cultural roots to share global stories with artists of diverse backgrounds. IMGE has since been highlighted at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, New Victory Theater, and Seattle International Dance Festival. Ishita was also featured in Dance Informa and Pulse Magazine UK as a rising South Asian artist.
(Book and Lyrics) is an actor, songwriter, and co-creator of the characters, story, dialogue, and lyrics of Hair. In college, he wrote the music and lyrics for two shows, Interlude and Cross Your Fingers, before becoming an actor. In 1964, he proposed to Gerome Ragni that they write a show about the hippies and anti-war movement around them. Gerome came aboard with his exciting experimental poetry. Hair opened on Broadway in 1968 starring James and Gerome in the lead roles. The rest is history. Over the intervening years, James has been working on American Rainbow and Sun.
GEROME RAGNI (1935-1991)
(Book and Lyrics) appeared on Broadway in Hamlet and starred off-Broadway in The Knack. He studied experimental theater with The Open Theater (which he named). With James Rado, he co-created Hair, in which he originated the role of Berger. He also authored the Broadway musical Dude, with score by Hair composer Galt MacDermot. He wrote Jack Sound and His Dog Star Blowing His Final Trumpet on the Day of Doom with composer Steve Margoshes. He and James Rado also collaborated on a new musical called Sun. A multi-faceted artist, he originated "paper-napkin art" and wrote poetry under the name Virginia Miller.
EIGHTH SEASON (Director/Choreographer) is thrilled to be back to “Let the Sunshine In.” At Asolo Rep, Josh directed Ana Isabelle and Friends, The Sound of Music, Evita, and Guys and Dolls, and choreographed Barnum, Working, My Fair Lady, and Yentl, as well as the upcoming Knoxville. Other directing credits include Mack & Mabel, Grand Hotel (NY City Center Encores!); The Who’s Tommy (Kennedy Center); Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville (Old Globe Theatre); Paint Your Wagon, Jersey Boys (Muny); Guys and Dolls (Old Globe); Spamalot (5th Ave.); Showboat (Bucks County Playhouse); and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. He also choreographed the Broadway productions of Cinderella, It Shoulda Been You, First Date, and Bright Star. On London’s West End, he choreographed Carousel at the English National Opera and Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson. Other choreography credits include Company starring Neil Patrick Harris and Sondheim: The Birthday Concert (PBS) and the U.K. tour of Doctor Dolittle. Josh is forever grateful to Michael Edwards for his incredible leadership and vision.
NINTH SEASON (Projection Designer) Designs include Broadway: The Sound Inside; Anastasia (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award); A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Drama Desk Award); Bonnie and Clyde. Off-Broadway: This Ain’t No Disco (Atlantic); Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Westside); Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons); Appropriate (Signature); Water by the Spoonful; Lonely, I’m Not; The Blue Flower; All New People (Second Stage); Wild With Happy (The Public, Drama Desk nomination); Graceland (Lincoln Center). Disney: Frozen (Disneyland); Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Frozen (Disney Cruise Lines). Regional: Arena Stage, Asolo Rep (Fannie, Holiday 2020), Berkley Rep, Colorado Ballet, Ford’s Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Kansas City Ballet, La Jolla Playhouse, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Old Globe, Washington Ballet, Williamstown, Shakespeare Theatre. aaronrhyne.com
FIFTH SEASON (Associate Artistic Director, Local Casting Director) is a Tony®-nominated producer and "Key" member of The Ring Of Keys. Celine has developed new work with Musical Theatre Factory, NYMF, Kidoons, Tamasha, and National Queer Theatre, as well as creating Asolo Rep’s premiere new work series, Asolo Rep: Ground Floor. At Asolo Rep, Celine directed Camelot, We Need A Little Christmas, The Lifespan of a Fact, Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Tempest. They will also be directing this upcoming season's production of Bess Wohl's Grand Horizons. Other Recent Projects: Trayf (New Rep); Drowning in Cairo (N.Q.T); Spike Heels, A Doll’s House (Studio Theatre); Motherf***er with the Hat (FSU/Asolo Conservatory); and the award-winning indie short film Wildflower. Celine is a New Georges affiliated artist, member of the 2018/19 MTC Directing Fellowship class, and was awarded an SDC Observership and Asolo Rep Directing Fellowship. Alumnus of CTI, BMI Lehman Engel Workshop, NYU Tisch (BFA), and The New School for Drama (MFA). celinerosenthal.nyc
TENTH SEASON (Production Stage Manager) Favorite Asolo Rep credits include stage manager for last year’s Terrace Stage season, as well as for The Sound of Music, Into the Breeches, The Music Man, Sweeney Todd, Sweat, Shakespeare in Love, Roe, and assistant stage manager for Rhinoceros, Guys and Dolls, All the Way, South Pacific, and Hero: The Musical. Previous off-Broadway credits include work on Jesus Hopped the A Train, In the Blood, and The Wayside Motor Inn at the Signature Theatre. Nia has also worked with Creede Repertory Theatre, the Hangar Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the Flea Theatre, and Penguin Rep.
JOANNA LYNNE STAUB
FIRST SEASON (Sound Designer) is proud to be making her debut at Asolo Rep. She has previously designed at Alliance Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Nashville Children’s Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theatre, and Seattle Rep. Joanna has extensive credits engineering and associate designing Broadway shows and touring companies. Her TV credits include audio engineering for the NBC-Live! productions of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, and The Wiz. She has lectured Sound Design at Ithaca College, Princeton University, and University of Cincinnati. She holds degrees in music, audio engineering, and technical theatre from Ithaca College and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. jlssound.com
SEVENTH SEASON (Music Supervisor and Additional Arrangements) is thrilled to be back at Asolo Rep, where he has worked on Ana Isabelle & Friends, The Sound of Music, Evita, Guys and Dolls, Josephine, and Luck Be a Lady. On Broadway, he has worked as the associate conductor of The Cher Show, as well as a sub on The Band’s Visit and Tootsie. Other regional credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Muny), Bliss (5th Avenue), Footloose (Kennedy Center), Paint Your Wagon (Muny), and Les Misérables (Dallas Theater Center). Sinai received a degree in Music Theory and Composition from NYU. Most recently, he became a father to Olive & Lila, his favorite gig yet. For Brianne, always.
CHRISTIE CHILES TWILLIE
FIRST SEASON (Music Director) is a professional pianist, music director, sound designer, and composer. Her regional credits include Five Guys Named Moe, Newsies, and The Gospel at Colonus (Skylight) and the Chicago premier of Minnie’s Boys (Porchlight). Christie won the 2019 Footlights Best Musical Direction Award for a Professional Production, a Rachel Rockwell Fierce Women Behind the Table honor, a BTAA nomination for Best Music Direction - Original Score (Yellowman), and she was a Chicago Broadway World finalist for Best Music Direction (Big Fish). Her compositional credits include A Raisin in the Sun (Invictus), America 2.0 (Definition); The Niceties (Forward), VietGone (GEVA), and The Way She Spoke (Milwaukee Chamber). Christie’s film scores can be heard in The Pandemic Trilogy, The Clearing, and Alone.
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