Stu James* (John Dolphin)
Stu James is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Morehouse College (B. A. in Finance). He performed as Harpo in Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple, (NAACP Theatre Award Nom. & Black Theatre Alliance Award Nom.). Broadway: RENT (Benny); Off-Broadway/Regional: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Adrian)Pasadena Playhouse, Hoodoo Love, (Ace), (Craig Noel Award Nom., San Diego Critics Circle), Barnstormer Workshop (Walter/Tim), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Andre), Once On This Island (Daniel/Agwe ) & Cotton Patch Gospel (Tim). Films: Chris Titus’ “Special Unit”, “Dirty Beautiful”, “Truth Be Told”, Bill Condon’s “Dreamgirls”, “Downtown A Street Tale”. TV credits: “The Neighbors”, “Modern Family”, “Happy Endings”, “All My Children”, “General Hospital” and the new Ron Howard & Brian Grazer Go90 series “Mr Student Body President” as Asst Principal Dittman & several commercials. He’s thankful for strong DETERMINATION, his family & friends for unwavering support. Stu is available on FB, Instagram & Twitter. “I AM Grateful”. This is for my Gladiators, LTD and JK!! www.stujames.net
Eric B. Anthony* (Percy Ivy)
Broadway: Mary Poppins; Hairspray; The Lion King. Off-Broadway/Regional: Kiss Me, Kate; Dreamgirls; The Producers; The Wiz; Rent; Sophisticated Ladies; Jelly’s Last Jam; Damn Yankees; Grand Hotel; Bye Bye Birdie; Golden Boy; Fame; Stay on the Line; Naked Boys Singing; Hangin’ Out; Don’t Quit Your Night Job; The Difficulty of Crossing a Field; Queenie Pie; bonded; Something Happened. Film: Waiting in the Wings: The Musical; Sexina; “Running the Code”; “G Love”; “LoveDorable”; “Camelot”; “Voodoo Doll”. TV: Tosh.0; Exposing the Order of the Serpentine; A Cappella; The Interns; Monogamy; Bozos. Proud AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and NAACP member. YoungArts and ACT-SO Award recipient. “Thanks to my supportive family and friends for the unconditional love.Glory to GOD for everything!” www.EricBAnthony.com
Jenna Gillespie (Ruth Dolphin)
Jenna Gillespie is ecstatic to bring this true story to life! She is so proud to be apart of this story since the beginning and is looking forward to the future of this project. Jenna received her B.A. in drama from UC Irvine. Favorite credits include: Disney’s Five and Dime, Rudolph:International Tour , Universal’s City Beat: Acapella Group, 3DT’s:Ragtime and House of Blues:Voodoo Lounge. If you’re curiosity extends beyond this little bio, find out more about Jenna online @ www.jennagillespie.com. Thank you to my unbelievably supportive family, Honey and friends!
Matt Magnusson* (Dick “Huggy Boy” Hugg)
Matthew Magnusson is thrilled to be a part of this incredible show! Favorite credits include Theatre: Breaking Through (Pasadena Playhouse), American Idiot (GloryStruck Productions), The History Boys (Stella Adler Lab), Floyd Collins (La Mirada Arts Center), Wolves (Celebration Theatre), Spring Awakening (Over the Moon Productions). Film: American Girl, The Dark Tapes, Masquerade. Matthew is a graduate of Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Rutgers University. When not acting he is writing and performing with his band The Bones. He would like to thank his Mom, Dad, Justine, Milton, and his beautiful wife, Ali.
Wilkie Ferguson III* (Jesse Belvin)
Wilkie is thrilled to be making his Kirk Douglas Theatre debut! Broadway: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Original Broadway Cast), Motown the Musical (Original Broadway Cast), Wonderland (Original Broadway Cast) Tours: In The Heights (1st Nat’l Tour), Hairspray (1st Nat’l Tour), Dreamgirls. Pasadena Playhouse World Premieres: Sister Act, Ray Charles Live (Young Ray), Stormy Weather Former faculty member at Boys’ Choir of Harlem (assistant director, music theory instructor, piano accompanist) Eastman School of Music (classical piano performance), Morehouse College, New World School of the Arts. Thanks to friends and family for their support!
Thomas Hobson* (Sam Cooke)
Theatre: Complete History of America (Thomas), Falcon Theater, Smokey Joe’s Café (Ken), Pasadena Playhouse, Dreamgirls (C.C. White), San Diego Musical Theatre, City Kids (Spike), Hudson Theatre, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Mike), Center Theater Group, Madwoman of Chaillot (Pierre), Mc Cadden Theatre, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), Schreiber Theatre. Film: Leading roles in The Stars Are Already Dead (Ashton), “23 Boss” (David) also Producer. Television: Series Regular on Fresh Beat Band (Shout), Recurring on Step by Step, In Living Color, Different World, Guest Roles on Criminal Minds, NCIS: LA, Mind of Mencia. Recording: Solo EP “Beyond the Beat”. twitter.com/tommyhobson
Frank Lawson* (Leon Washington)
Toured Asia in the hit Broadway musical RENT. Favorite Regional: Until, Until…Until (Ben Vereen) at 3LD, Freeze Frame (Bishop) at Wallis Annenberg, Hair (Berger) at Zach Scott and (Hud) at 5th Avenue Theatre, Summer of Love(Rufus) with Michelle Lee at MTW, The Who’s Tommy (Hawker) at Casa Manana. He also crooned in the one-man musical Songs From An Unmade Bed at Celebration Theatre. He is honored to have shared stages with legends Ossie Davis, Debbie Allen, Bernadette Peters, Ben Vereen and Stephen Sondheim. Frank is the voice of 8 year old wrestler “R Truth” in the new animated TV series CAMP WWE.
Ashley Lynette Brown*
Ashley Lynette Brown, a proud NYU Tisch grad, is blown away that she gets to be part of this incredible production with such an extraordinary group of performers! Past credits include: Female Swing in We Are the Tigers, Amanda Gottadolla in Mirror, Mirror, Gena/Reagan Understudy in Bachelorette, GIrls. In Boys Pants, Denise in Summer School: the Stage Parody, Tommy’s Toy Shop, Off-Bway- Show Way, Off-Off Bway- Kara in Color Blue, Debater/Chorus in Rocket Science, Regional- Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors, Ti Moune in Once On This Island, Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar. Ashley got her start in aState Farm Insurance Commercial directed by director Spike Lee and has gone onto appear in over 15 national commercials. TV credits include: Nickelodeon’s Games and Sports,Star Search, Reading Rainbow, and The Chris Rock Show. Love to Mom, Dad, Moe, Janice, Nancy, and Aaron! twitter: @AshleyisBrown www.AshleyLBrown.com
Caitlin is thrilled to join Recorded in Hollywood! Caitlin is best known for playing another wayward youngen on TV, “Princess Kenny” in Comedy Central’s South Park. Most recently, Caitlin joined the cast of Colony on USA, and appeared on Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Recent stage: Kevin McAllister in Home Alone at the Rockwell, Sigourney is Boxes; The Girl in Roar of the Greasepaint; Essie in Redhead; Anne Hanes, Visionary Man; Crystal Allen, The Women (Scenie Award, Backstage’s Eddon Award); Ciara, The Belle of Belfast, EST/LA (Ovation and LA Weekly Award nominations); Marya,The Government Inspector, Boston Court; Rachel, The Queen’s Physician, Lamb’s Theatre, NY (opp/ Richard Dreyfuss). www.caitlingallogly.com Follow her on twitter/instagram: @caitlingallogly
Franklin Grace, AEA/SAG-AFTRA, attended Denison University (B.A.) and Miami University (Master’s of Architecture) before being awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study in Korea. Theatre: Ragtime (Coalhouse), Big River (Jim), Five Guys Named Moe (Little Moe), Cabaret (Victor), Titus Andronicus (Aaron), Sleeper (Tom), The Cave Dwellers (Father), Hairspray (Seaweed), A Chorus Line (Richie), Spinning into Butter (Patrick Chibas), Home (Cephus). TV/Film: The Big Raincheck, Oracabessa, Extreme Forensics, Lilith, “Chicken,” “Stones,” “Fiend,”‘Til Death,” “I Owe You,” “A way Out,” “The Good Kidd,” and several Commercials. Thanks to his Family and friends for their continued support! OH-IO! www.franklingrace.com
Gabi just recently made her Los Angeles debut in We Are The Tigers, and is grateful to be here at the Kirk Douglas Theatre! Other theatre credits include,Show Search 2015, Legally Blonde, Spring Awakening (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Nominee) and Company (KCACTF Nominee). You can also catch Gabi on State of Affairs, as well as Go Four Broke, a new series she created, wrote, produced, and starred in. She is also the voice of Emma, Sara, Tim, and many others for Age of Learning. Much love to mom, dad, friends, fam, and agent, Steven Dry! www.gabihankins.com / @gabihankins
Dylan is thrilled to be back with Recorded In Hollywood family after joining the reading cast! SD Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Young Artist ‘12. Winner of The Old Globe’s “Globe Honor” for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre. Select credits: Baby John in West Side Story (MTW); Dance Captain in American Idiot (La Mirada); Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats (SDMT); Horace in Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins (StageSceneLA Award – Best Performance by a Lead Actor), DJ in Harmony, Kansas (Diversionary); IQ in Hairspray(regional premiere), Pinball Wizard in The Who’s Tommy (San Diego REP). Proud AEA member.
Alfred Jackson – Actor, Singer, Composer, Producer, and Choreographer. Theater: Rent (Rodger), Hollywood Choir (Universal Studios Japan), Solid Gold Motown (Niagara Falls Canada), Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror (Reno Nevada), Jive Talking (Bee Gee’s Tribute), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour). TV/Film: General Hospital, State Farm Commercial, Ant Bully. Web Series: The Choir (Myron). Recipient of the 2010 NAACP Award for best choreographer (Sarafina). Alfred has had the opportunity to perform his original music domestically as well as internationally. For more information regarding Alfred Jackson follow @alfredjacksonmuzic or visit his website www.AlfredJackson.com.
Ben Thor Johnson
Bren Thor Johnson is thrilled to be making his debut at the Kirk Douglas. Previous credits include Disney’s Tarzan, Sideshow, Seussical! starring Cathy Rigby, Damn Yankees (3-D Theatricals), Steel Pier, Joeseph…Dreamcoat (Musical Theatre West), How to Succeed, Grey Gardens (Performance Riverside), Jean-Michele in La Cage Aux Folles (San Diego Musical Theatre), and Rudolph Int’l tour (McCoy Rigby Entertainment). Bren wrote music for Cabrillo Playhouse’s As You Like It, has performed at Disneyland Resort, and regularly works with children. Bren would like to dedicate this and every other performance to his three siblings.
Ryan is a California native & graduate of NYU-Tisch, is thrilled to be making his KDT debut! Bouncing from stage to screen, he has just returned from playing Bing Crosby in Swinging On A Star at Riverside Theatre & filming 2 shorts, “Incubator” & “The Bride.” Favorite credits: the INfamous Broadway-bound production of Lone Star Love, which blazed headlines for its “unruly Hollywood celebrity!” Off B’way: Masquerade at The Cherry Lane & 1 man show King of the Mountain. Ryan also appeared as Tom on Guiding Light for 2.5 yrs., or you may recognize him as the face of Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million fragrance. In loving memory of my ‘Mama Marsha!’ www.ryan-murray.com
Tyler Ruebensaal, a native of Los Angeles,is excited to share the story of John Dolphin’s life. Tyler graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and continued performing in college where he received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. TV: Cougar Town, Glee Regional Theater: SUDS, Buddy Holly Story, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, High School Musical… Tyler also works at Disneyland performing with The Dapper Dans, Mickey and the Map, and Mad T Party. He has also worked for Tokyo Disney and Disney Cruise Line. Thanks to family and friends for their constant support! Tyler currently resides in Silverlake, CA.
Joël is grateful to be a part of this company! Previous credits include the Las Vegas Company of Mamma Mia! (LISA), numerous seasons at Sacrament Music Circus: The Sound of Music (SIS. SOPHIA), Once on this Island (ERZULIE) and Hairspray (DYNAMITE). Other regional credits include: Seattle Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre and Pioneer Theatre Company. A special performing highlight includes three productions of Mary Poppins (MRS. CORRY) at Tuacahn Theatre, Music Circus and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Thanks to Nicole at Firestarter Entertainment and Michael Donovan. -Love to my four men!
Matthew Sims Jr.*
Matthew L. Sims, Jr. is a native of Hammond, La. that currently lives in Los Angeles; Ca. by way of Atlanta, Ga. Matthew has received intensive training in Musical Theatre, Dance and Acting, both stage and film, at the American Musical and Dramatics Academy (AMDA) in Hollywood, Ca, where he graduated February 2013. Matthew has been a Playlist Performer for Carnival Cruise Lines and has seen almost all of Europe for free. Matthew has played Leroy in Hairspray with 3D Theatricals, Band Leader in the critically acclaimed Recorded in Hollywood and is extremely overjoyed to be returning to the stage and being a part of this production. We are going to HAVE A TIME. Matthew is thankful to God, his supportive parents, other relatives and friends who have helped him every step of the way. This is for you!
Sha’Leah Nikole Stubblefield
Sha’Leah Nikole Stubblefield- Is thrilled to continue her Recorded In Hollywood journey. Theater: Recorded In Hollywood, Dreamgirls (Effie), Once on this Island (Asaka), Lil Abner (Mammy Yokum), Westside Story (Anybodys). This Los Angeles Native is no stranger to the arts. This Actress, Singer, Song-writer, and mentor has been in many Theater productions from Los Angeles, to New York. She has also had the privilege of performing her own original music at The House Of Blues, The Troubadour, and the Arusha in Japan to name a few. “Through the arts I use my gifts to inspire and change lives.” @ShaLeahNikole
An AMDA Los Angeles graduate, Katherine was a finalist in LA’s Next Great Stage Star. Favorite credits include Bare: A Rock Musical (2013 Los Angeles revival/The Hayworth), The Wedding Singer (Tina Turner/Musical Theatre West), Tarzan (Kala, El Portal), Aida (Aida/The Box Theatre), Memphis (Felicia u/s /Cabrillo Music Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette/Glendale Centre Theatre),Cabaret (Fritzi/Inland Valley Rep), and new musical premiere of Recorded in Hollywood. Katherine also plays 5 musical instruments, the violin being her heart. Thanks to Zach and Mom!
Emily Zetterberg is a recent graduate of the Ray Bolger Musical Theatre program within the UCLA School of Theatre Film and Television. University credits include Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Lucetta in Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Lovey Mars in The Golden Apple. She also recently appeared on an episode of Bones on FOX. Emily is thrilled to be joining the cast ofRecorded in Hollywood! Love to Mom, Dad, Wyatt, Johanna and the rest of her incredible family.
Denise Dowse (Director)
I love being an Artist, an Actor, a Director, a Coach and a Teacher – it all allows me to entertain, to educate and to nourish the artist in me and in others. A middle child born in Honolulu, Hawaii to an officer in the US Navy and a mother who taught school, I caught the acting bug early. My love of acting grew in high school and I pursued and perfected my craft in college. Upon graduation, wanderlust captured, I explored the world living three and a half years in Bremerhaven Germany working as a Youth Sports Specialist, a Writer/Editor of the community magazine, and began an award winning theatre program; and then moved and lived for 4 years in Aschaffenburg Germany, where I was hired to assist in the design of a state of the art Music/Theatre Facility and implement an active theatre company, which grew to over 60 active duty military personnel their families and German Nationals. After my tenure in Europe, I returned to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. With as much life and work experience I have garnered, I would relish the opportunity to assist in the birth of a historical musical legand as he brings his life and story to the stage. In my work history, I have supervised staff members and volunteers; hosted major US Army-European Competitions and entertained visiting Commanders and Generals.
- 2010 NAACP Winner – Best Director for a Musical – “Sarafina”
- 2008 NAACP Winner – Best Director for a Musical – “Love & Other Social Issues”
- 2004 Director/1st Place – Key West Indie Festival – “Reflections: A Story of Redemption”
- 1995 Dramalogue Award Best Director – “Long Time Since Yesterday”
- 1995 NAACP Winner – Best Director – “Long Time Since Yesterday”
- 1985 US Army European Best Actress Award -“Wait Until Dark”
Lou Spisto (Producer)
Lou Spisto is a producer involved on Broadway and London’s West End and has led some of the most recognizable artistic organizations in the United States. As a creative leader, Lou is committed to engaging and entertaining today’s audiences with captivating treatments of timeless stories. Recent projects include the current Broadway revivals of Kaufman and Hart’s Pulitzer Prize winning play YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU starring James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne and LOVE LETTERS with a rotating cast that included Mia Farrow, Carole Burnett, Candice Bergen, Alan Alda, Brian Dennehy, and Stacey Keach. He has represented on Broadway recently with the critically acclaimed hit revival of THE GLASS MENAGERIE directed by John Tiffany, and the musicals ROCKY and BIG FISH. His Broadway credits also include several productions transferred from the regional arena. On London’s West End, he has co-produced (with Barbara Broccoli) Strangers On A Train, which had a highly successful run at the Gielgud Theater and planned for Broadway. Lou led San Diego’s Old Globe Theater as Executive Director/Producer for nearly a decade.
Matt Donnelly (Writer)
Matt has written for both television and film in a variety of genres, including drama, comedy, thriller, and documentary. He has written for the ABC Studios family drama “Brothers & Sisters,” as well as the relationship comedy “Mixology.” His historical drama script “Trippers” earned him a development deal at CBS TV Studios where he is currently developing cable drama projects. “Recorded In Hollywood” is his first stage production.
Jamelle Dolphin (Story)
Jamelle (grandson of John Dolphin), authored the book “Recorded In Hollywood: The John Dolphin Story,” published in 2011. The book is based on research in historical records, as well as, hundreds of hours of verbal interviews of family and friends — and records the true life story of John Dolphin, who was owner of the world famous record store “Dolphins of Hollywood” which began around 1948. Jamelle was inspired to write the book, as a natural outgrowth of hearing the many colorful stories about his grandfather. As Jamelle grew up in Los Angeles, having the last name “Dolphin” always seemed to be followed by “are you related to John Dolphin?” Jamelle Dolphin holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration Marketing from Sonoma State University, and he currently runs Dolphins of Hollywood Productions with siblings Ahman Dolphin and Glory Dolphin Hammes, in Los Angeles, CA.
Andy Cooper (Music & Lyrics)
Andy is an intelligent, humorous and soulful songwriter and vocalist with ‘Ugly Duckling’, a Long Beach, California Hip-Hop group that formed in 1993 and went on to experience worldwide success. During their two-decade career, ‘Ugly Duckling’ developed a clever and satirical take on Hip-Hop culture which complimented the band’s explosively fun and upbeat musical arrangements. ‘Ugly Duckling’ music has been featured in numerous films and television programs like ‘Boiler Room’, ‘Eurotrip’, ‘Drillbit Taylor’, ‘Run’s House’ and ‘Boston Public’ and the group has toured the globe, performing in over 30 countries. Andy also has a passion for the theater and considers himself an amateur historian when it comes to recorded music so he was thrilled to be a part of the Dolphin family legacy.
Kevin Toney (Music Arrangements)
Kevin is a Grammy nominated – award winning musician, composer, arranger and author. His major theater credits include “Words By Ira Gershwin“, “James Brown: Get On The Good Foot – A Celebration In Dance”, “Memphis”, “Five Guys Named Moe”, “Sophisticated Ladies”, “Magic Of Motown”, “Beggars Holiday’ “Harlem Suite”, Dreamgirls, “Smokey Joe’s Café”, “Henry IV”,”When Hell Freezes Over I’ll Skate”, ‘Ain’t Nothing But The Blues”. Kevin first started playing piano at age five in his city of birth, Detroit, Michigan. He earned his BA in Composition and Jazz Studies from Howard University. During his tenure, he became the leader of The Blackbyrds; the innovative jazz-soul fusion sextet founded jazz trumpet legend Donald Byrd. Kevin has released twelve acclaimed solo albums. Kevin has performed and or conducted for an impressive survey of major artists that includes Aretha Franklin, The Jacksons, Whitney Houston, Shania Twain and more. Kevin’s awards and achievements include two Grammy nominations, three RIAA Gold Record awards, a NAACP Image Award, a National Endowment For the Arts Fellowship Grant, ‘Who’s Who In America’ multiple year listings and is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. www.kevintoney.com
Andrae Alexander (Music Arrangements)
Andrae Alexander, best-selling author, veteran of The Marine Corps, and a former pianist in The United States Navy Band of Washington D.C, has performed for the Crown Prince of Norway and countless other government and military officials. He is an accomplished musician, songwriter, producer, author and performer who has performed all over the world. Andrae has performed with, opened shows or recorded for artist such as NeYo, Kelly Rowland, Patti Labelle, Vanessa Hudgens, Erykah Badu, The Roots, and many others. Andrae has musical directed for such plays as “Wicked”, “Grease”, and “Footloose”. He has also performed in the Off Broadway Show, “Enter Redemption”. He’s a producer on Grammy Nominated Raheem Devaughn’s album The Love and Masterpiece has recorded with Producer Jesse “Corporal” Wilson and with No I.D. for Estelle and Common as a featured soloist on their collaboration “Victorious”. He has finished his piano course, “OMG Piano course”, and published a book, “Build Your Music Career From Scratch”, which is an Amazon #1 best-seller in Music Business. Andrae Alexander is currently the musical director at Wendy Raquel Robinson’s “Amazing Grace Conservatory”.
Cassie Crump (Choreographer)
Cassie is a native of Los Angeles, California. Her interest in the performing arts began as a teenager. Cassie appeared in the film, “The Naked Cage,” as a featured dancer also toured Japan, Thailand, Korea, and China with the popular “Ladies in Charge” all girls band. She danced and choreographed “The Chocolate Nutcracker” with Debbie Allen. Through this, she was able to dance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Christmas show. In 2005, she debuted her choreography in the feature film “Sledge” starring Ben Stiller, Angelina Jolie, and Debbie Allen. She choreographed and debuted in the gospel play, “Tell Hell I Ain’t Comin”, and has many other stage choreography credits and tv as well. Cassie won the 2010 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Choreographer for “Sarafina.” She has recently choreographed the riveting movie,”Revival”. Currently, Cassie is working at Amazing Grace Conservatory as a choreographer. She is also giving back to her community by working with the Young Scholar’s Dance Camp. One of her most outstanding accomplishments is working for Celerity Schools as the Director of Performing Arts.
Ronn Goswick – Production Stage Manager
Ronn is thrilled to return to Recorded in Hollywood having been the PSM on the original production last summer. Past productions include over 100 from his work with Pasadena Playhouse, TUTS in Houston, San Jose Civic Light Opera, Musical Theatre West, San Jose Stage, Hollywood Bowl, San Diego Rep, Berry Gordy, the Luxor Hotel and Casino, the Sahara Hotel and Casino, the Gypsy Kings musical, Zorro and most recently three summer/fall seasons at the Mountain Playhouse in Pennsylvania where he is headed once he completes work here in LA. Ronn has produced many benefits in the Los Angeles area for various different groups and currently works for Chris Isaacson Presents which will be presenting the 35th Reunion Concert of Dreamgirls at the newly remodeled Ford Amphitheatre on July 10 starring the three original ladies – Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holiday
Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners – General Manager
Racquel is the founder and managing director of Theatre Planners, her own theatre production firm which has been serving the Los Angeles theatre scene for almost ten years. She graduated from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and lived in NY for many years producing theatre. Theatre Planners has since developed into a very busy and successful outlet for actors, writers, producers and theatre companies. Doing everything from producing, consulting, marketing and more. Racquel loves to make productions a reality and help to keep the theatre scene in LA alive and strong. Racquel is also the owner of the LOUNGE THEATRES in Hollywood on Theatre Row. To learn more about Racquel and Theatre Planners, go to www.theatreplanners.com.
Victoria Watson – General Manager
Victoria joined Theatre Planners after a successful career in large theater and tours. She was previously Operations Manager and Associate Producer at Pasadena Playhouse and has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pasadena Symphony & Pops. A performer from an early age, Victoria turned to production at Tulane University, and brings that merger of artist and business to all of her producing work. Victoria is also Managing Director of a Los Angeles based group called Fierce Backbone, which is devoted to developing new work by local playwrights. To learn more about Victoria and Theatre Planners, please go to www.theatreplanners.com.
Abdul Hamid Royal – Music Director
Abdul Hamid was recently awarded a theatre trifecta in the Ovation Award; The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and The SAGE Award as Best Music Direction for his work on The Gospel At Colonus. Abdul Hamid began piano at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music at 4, and by age 8 had written and publicly performed his first compositions. He received a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the prestigious Northwestern University and has worked as Musical Director/Conductor, with theBroadway and National/International tours of Five Guys Named Moe, Twist, Sophisticated Ladies, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Wiz, Truly Blessed, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Betsy Brown, Concerts for the Earth, Colors of Christmas, Smokey Joe’s Café, and The Life to name a few. As a Composer/Arranger his credits include: Five Guys Named Moe, Truly Blessed, Body and Soul, Twist, Cole Porter Festival, Colors of Christmas and several recordings and educational publications. Abdul Hamid has worked with many musical artists including: Natalie Cole, Peabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, Cy Coleman, Al Jarreau, The Pointer Sisters, Liza Minelli, Ashford & Simpson, Martha Wash, Jennifer Holliday, Jeffrey Osborne, Maurice Hines, Melba Moore, Patti Austin, Grover Washington Jr., Mavashi Sada, Patti LaBelle, Christina Aguilera, Jason Mraz, Stevie Wonder, David Foster, Doc Powell, The LA Philharmonic, Ty Herndon, Freddie Waites, Brenda Russell, and Phil Collins. Abdul Hamid is extremely honored to be Musical Directing RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD at the Center Theatre Group’s, Kirk Douglas Theater.
Mylette Nora – Costume Designer
MYLETTE NORA (Costume Designer) has won the NAACP Theatre Award for best costumes and is listed in the honors edition of the Cambridge Registry of Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women. Her work, which consists of television, film, and stage, can be seen nightly on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. The famed artist Synthia St. James noted Mylette as being the inspiration for her world renowned painting “Ensemble” which graced the cover of the best selling novel “Waiting To Exhale” by Terry McMillan. Mylette’s talents continue with her creative line of heirloom dolls called “My Mind”s Eye” and a line of designer doggie wear called “From the Heart Doggie Wear”. www.fromtheheartdoggiewear.com.
Michael Donovan, Casting Director
Michael is the recipient of six Artios awards, given by the Casting Society of America for Outstanding Achievement in Casting. Michael casts for film, television, theatre and commercials. His theatre credits include shows produced at Pasadena Playhouse, the Hollywood Bowl, La Jolla Playhouse, International City Theatre, Ebony Repertory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, the Falcon Theatre, the Colony Theatre, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Michael has cast numerous independent films, over 1,200 commercials, and his TV credits include the new series Blood Relatives.
Richie Ferris – Associate Casting Director
Richie Ferris lives a double life as the casting associate at Michael Donovan Casting as well as a singer/actor/performer, and he’s been on both sides of the table for RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD, having helped cast the show last year and this year as well as having been in the cast last year in the productions at The Lillian and The Hudson theatres. Casting credits include well over 100 theatrical productions including venues such as The Hollywood Bowl, The Pasadena Playhouse, International City Theatre, and The Laguna Playhouse. When not casting, he can be seen singing with WestBeat at Downtown Disney.
John Gentry Tennyson – Orchestrations
John Gentry Tennyson is a veteran of over 40 Broadway shows and has worked extensively as musical director, conductor, pianist, arranger and orchestrator for Broadway directors and artists including; George C. Wolfe, George Faison, Obba Babbatunde, Andre De Shields, Otis Sallid, Francesca Zambello, Diana Ross,Diane Reeves, Jennifer Holliday, The Pointer Sisters, Patti Austin, BJ Crosby, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Odetta, Queen Esther, Siedah Garrett, Maurice White,Holland, Dozier & Holland, Sarah Brightman, Liza Minelli, Paul Simon, Carly Simon, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Frank Sinatra, Jr., and Nelson Riddle to name a few. Most recently he served as Assistant Music Director at the Pasadena Playhouse for Smokey Joe’s Cafe and the world premiere of Breaking Through, and was nominated for a 2015 Ovation Award for his contributing work on the re-adapted stage musical of Gospel At Colonus.
Lap Chi Chu – Lighting Designer
Recent works include Suzan-Lori Park’s new play, “Father Comes Home From the Wars” and Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins’ “Appropriate”. Regional designs for Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, The Shakespeare Theater (Washington DC). His New York design credits include The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Performance Space 122 and Kitchen Theatre Company. His awards have included the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Angstrom Award for Career Achievement in Lighting Design, an Ovation award, multiple Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, a “Drammy” for best lighting, as well as a Lucille Lortel nomination for The Good Negro at The Public Theater. He is on the lighting design faculty at California Institute of the Arts.
Jahson Meza – Graphic Artist
Jahson, a native Angeleno, was destined to express himself artistically. A self taught artist expanding over the years utilizing digital photography, Photoshop & traditional illustration. His love for communication by way of his artistic hand has brought a multitude of opportunities to work with individuals, art collectives and businesses as both graphic designer and marketing contributor.