Todd Michael (Book Writer)

Todd Michael has written, produced and acted in over 20 plays in New York, including “The Asphalt Christmas” and “Vice Girl Confidential” (NYC Fringe Award Winner 2006 for Outstanding Ensemble).  Love to my husband, Peter. This is for you, Mom!

Melissa Firlit (Director and Choreographer)

Melissa Firlit is a New York based director and choreographer whose work has been seen internationally. She has won numerous awards for her directing work. Recently, she was part of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Off Center residency, developing a new piece with playwright Jennifer Faletto. Melissa is the Artistic Director of the Thingamajig Playwrights Festival in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Her work has been across the US at 59East59th, Mile Square Theatre, New Light Theatre Project, The Princeton Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre and various others. She holds an MFA in directing from Rutgers University and a BA from The University of Hartford and the O’Neill National Theater Institute. She is a member SDC.

Synge Maher (Associate Director)

Synge is an actor/director/creator with a deep commitment to storytelling. She is the founder of Voices Inside/Out, a prison playwrighting project. Favorite projects include The 39 Steps twice, and the gender bending French Inspector in Thoroughly Stupid Things. Favorite role is mom to kiddos, S and B. Love to Chris who makes it all possible.

Thom Brown III (Lyrics/Music)

Thom Brown III is an actor, singer, performer, and writer. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory, interned at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, has been performing in New York for over 15 years, and is honored to have his first real attempts at musical writing performed by such a talented group of artists!

Matthew Maimone (Music)

Matthew Maimone was accepted into Juilliard’s Pre-College Division at the age of 10. Soon after, Matthew began conservatory studies at Juilliard in piano performance, and was awarded academic honors in 2017. He has won prizes in numerous international piano competitions, and has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Peter Jay Sharp Theater, among others. Additionally, Matthew completed Juilliard's Historical Performance program on the period organ, harpsichord, fortepiano, celeste, and clavichord. Matthew is the president of Metropolitan Concert Artists, an arts tutoring service in NYC, and is the worship director at Epiphany Church. For more information and a full bio, please visit

Lauren Cavanaugh (Production Stage Manager)

Broadway: Mike Birbiglia’s The New One. National/International Tours: Love Never Dies; Some of 1000 Words with Wendy Whelan; Elf: The Musical; Mamma Mia!; Ailey II. Off-Broadway: The New One; Thank God For Jokes; 3 Mics with Neal Brennan; Queen of the Night, NYC. Regional: Heartless; A Discourse…World; Swing!; The Sound of Music. B.F.A., Stage Management: Western Michigan University. Love and thanks to Adam.

Dennis Elkins (Actor)

Dennis Elkins is now acting and directing full-time after 25 years teaching college theatre, favorite roles include Shylock, Polonius, Rothko, and Edna Turnblad. Favorite venues include the Colorado and Utah Shakespeare festivals and Thingamajig Theatre Company, Pagosa Springs, CO. In August, he takes his solo show, box., to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Michelle Girolami (Actor)

Michelle Girolami is PSYCHED to be a part of the amazing “Fists”  team.  Theatre favorites:  The Woodstove, Astronauts Wanted. She is starring in the upcoming film, “Headache.” Founding member of the MT+NYC Collaborative. Watch her on Twitch: D&D campaign, Maven Brave. Love to her amazing husband Spence, her awesome family, and IFM.

Bear Manescalchi (Actor)

Bear Manescalchi earned his BFA from AMDA LA. Select regional theatre credits include three Sister Acts, A Christmas Carol, Everybody’s Talkin’, and Seussical. He’s appearing next in ‘33 1/3 House of Dreams’ at San Diego Repertory. Big thanks to his supportive family/mentors, DA, CB, KM, Wendy Cooper and Melissa Firlit!

Melissa Melendez (Dance Captain, Actor)

Melissa Melendez (Dance Captain, Actor) Originally from Paris, France, Melissa is a graduate from AMDA New York . She is thrilled to be part of such a zestful show! Favorite credits include Gabriella Montez in High School Musical (LCSC Theatre), Norma Cassidy in Victor/Victoria (Accords Majeurs), The Little Mermaid (AlphaNYC), West Side Story (Thingamajig Theatre Company).

Megan McDermott (Actor)

Select Credits: Sweet Bird of Youth, Three Sisters, Big Love, Statements After An Arrest, In The Next Room/Vibrator Play, Time Stands Still, Glass Menagerie, The Importance of Being Earnest, Twelfth Night, Crimes of the Heart, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Learned Ladies, Amadeus, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Spring Awakening. Love to Mama, Daddy, & Ulderico.

​Jamie Soltis (Actor)

Jamie Soltis is devastatingly thrilled to be making her Melissa Firlit debut. Theatre: Independence (Jo), Marry, F*** or Kill (Jean), Five Women Wearing... (Mindy). TV: The Blacklist, Difficult People. Film: How to Get Girls, Conscious. SAG-AFTRA. Thanks, JHA mgmt! Hi Eamon.

Claudio Venancio (Actor)

Claudio Venancio is sharing the stage and rehearsal room with absolute stars both in front and behind the table! Tour: Albert Porter: Boy Explorer (Albert Porter); Regional: In the Heights (Sonny); The Wizard of Oz (Tinman); 9 to 5: The Musical (Josh/Bob); She Loves Me (Mr. Keller/ Viktor); Arsenic and Old Lace (Brophy); A Few Good Men (PFC Santiago)

David L. Zwiers (Costume Design)

David has been costuming and performing with Gracye Productions since 2001.  Favorite roles include Heddy Billingsly in Psycho Sorority Girl, Madame Sutra in Bad Dames Go To Hell, Cobra Lady in The Cobra Lady Strikes, along with many roles in Gracye Productions.  Other credits include costuming and multiple roles in the first NYC revival of William Hoffman’s As Is (Apple Core Theatre Company).  Regional:  Paul/Choreographer in A Chorus Line (ACT II), Tulsa in Gypsy, Kopit and Yeston’s Phantom, and most recently Albin in La Cage Aux Folles (CVTG). 

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