Creative

Michael ZamMICHAEL ZAM (BOOK ) Currently penning stage adaptation of novel Selfish & Perverse by Bob Smith for director Jerry Mitchell. Screenplays include (with co-writer, Jaffe Cohen) Best Actress WHO’S WHO (Black List of Best New Screenplays, 2009) to be produced by Plan B Entertainment and directed by Ryan Murphy; and just completed Wife Vs. Ninja for DreamWorks Pictures. Along with his collaborators, honored with BMI’s Jerry Bock Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre for The Kid. He continues teach ing screenwriting at NYU (Award for Teaching Excellence, 1998 and 2007) and Modern British Drama every August at NYU in London.
Jack LechnerJACK LECHNER (LYRICS) is a songwriter, most recently for the HBO special A Family is a Family is a Family (with Andy Monroe); a writer (Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You and Mary Had a Little Lamp); an NYU professor; and a film and TV producer, based at Washington Square Films. Executive Producer: The Fog of War (Oscar winner), Left of the Dial (Emmy nominee), Sunset Daze, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys. Producer: “Mad Men” (pilot). Executive: The Crying Game, Good Will Hunting, The Full Monty. Member of BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (Advanced); won 2004 Jerry Harrington Award.
Andy MonroeANDY MONROE (MUSIC) wrote the music and lyrics for The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun (2006 New York Musical Theater Festival). His musical short The Life and Times of Joe Jefferson Benjamin Blow has been produced regionally and his other musical short, Sally Peaches, was presented in 4@15 at The York Theatre. He is the recipient of both the 2001 BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Musical Theatre Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement and the 2009 Jerry Bock Award. He was a 2007-8 Dramatist Guild Fellow and is a proud member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
DAN SAVAGE (AUTHOR) has been writing "Savage Love," an internationally syndicated sex advice column, for more than fifteen years. The column originates in The Stranger and runs in papers all over the United States and Canada. Dan is a co-founder and former editor of the groundbreaking Seattle alt-weekly, The Stranger. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Salon, Travel and Leisure, and on the New York Times Op-Ed pages. He is a regular contributor to public radio's "This American Life." He is the host a popular weekly podcast ("The Savage Lovecast"). Books: Savage Love, The Kid: What Happened When My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant; Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America and The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family. He is working on a new book for Dutton.
JOSH PRINCE (MUSICAL STAGING) Broadway: Shrek, The Musical. New York City: The Bridge Project (BAM/The Old Vic); Jerry Springer, The Opera (Carnegie Hall); Camelot with the NY Philharmonic (Lincoln Center -PBS); and All Singing All Dancing (Town Hall ‘09). Upcoming: Shrek, The Musical, National Tour; Kennedy Center Spring Gala. Josh has also had the pleasure of choreographing and/or directing Calvin Berger (MTC 7@7 Series), Tales from the Bad Years (Theaterworks Palo Alto),
SCOTT ELLIOTT (DIRECTOR) is the founding Artistic Director of The New Group, where he has produced over 40 plays, 16 of which he has personally directed, including Groundswell, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Hurlyburly, Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Fever, What the Butler Saw, Rafta, Rafta…, East is East, and 5 plays by Mike Leigh: Two Thousand Years, Abigail’s Party, Smelling a Rat, Goose-Pimples, and Ecstasy. His Broadway credits include Present Laughter, Barefoot in the Park, and 3 plays produced by The Roundabout Theatre Company: The Threepenny Opera, The Women, and Three Sisters. As a producer, Mr. Elliott received a Tony Award for The New Group’s original production of Avenue Q (Best Musical). He is also a film director and screenwriter.
MARIE MASTERS (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) has been with The New Group since 1994 and Scott Elliott’s assistant director on 24 plays (see The New Group Production History). Broadway: The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, Present Laughter, The Women and Three Sisters. Other credits include Kiki and Herb: a Coup de Theatre, The Monogamist, End of the Day, and as Kenny Longergan’s AD on The Starry Messenger. In 2006, Ms. Masters directed Strangers Knocking, a new play by Robert Tenges as a part of The New Group (naked). She also portrays Dr. Susan Stewart on CBS-TVs “As The World Turns” and, as script writer, won two Emmys - in 2001 and 2002.
DEREK MCLANE (SET DESIGN) The New Group: A Lie of the Mind, The Starry Messenger, Groundswell, Rafta, Rafta…, Things We Want, Hurlyburly, Abigail’s Party, Aunt Dan and Lemon and more. Broadway: The Miracle Worker, Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, 33 Variations, The Pajama Game, Grease, The Threepenny Opera, Little Women, I Am My Own Wife, Barefoot in the Park, Lestat, The Women, Present Laughter, London Assurance, Holiday, Honour, Summer and Smoke, The Three Sisters. Off Broadway: Ruined, Ten Million Miles, The Scene, The Voysey Inheritance, Two Trains Running, Macbeth (Delacorte), Modern Orthodox, The Creadeux Canvas, subUrbia, The Waverley Gallery, Hello Again, Saturday Night, The Piano Teacher. Mr. McLane has receive a Tony award for 33 Variations, two Obie Awards, three Lortel Awards and many Drama Desk nominations.
JEFF MAHSHIE (COSTUME DESIGN) The New Group: Hurlyburly (Drama Desk nomination). Broadway: The Little Dog Laughed, Next To Normal. Off- Broadway: Mr. and Mrs. Fitch, Next To Normal, Becky Shaw, Privilege, Show People, The Scene, Laughing Wild as well as The Corn Is Green. Jeff is also a fashion designer; his work has been shown at Bryant Park and has been featured in such magazines as InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue as well as on the red carpet for many awards shows.
HOWELL BINKLEY (LIGHTING DESIGN) B'way works include: Million Dollar Quartet, All About Me, Memphis, West Side Story (2009 Tony nomination), Guys and Dolls, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In The Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Crybaby, Xanadu, LoveMusik, Bridge & Tunnel, Jersey Boys (Tony Award Winner), Steel Magnolias, Dracula, Avenue Q, Golda’s Balcony, Hollywood Arms, The Look of Love, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Minnelli on Minnelli, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss Of The Spider Woman (Tony nomination), Sacrilege, Taking Sides, How To Succeed..., High Society and Grease. Extensive regional and dance works include The Joffrey Ballet's Billboards, the design for more than sixty pieces for Parsons Dance which he co-founded with David Parsons and six musicals in repertory for The Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration.
JEFF SCHER (ANIMATION) is a painter who makes experimental films and an experimental filmmaker who paints. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and has been screened at the Guggenheim Museum, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and at many film festivals around the world, including opening night at the New York Film Festival. He has a monthly blog on the Opinion page of The New York Times called “The Animated Life”. He has made music videos, most recently for Bob Dylan. Additionally, he has created commissioned work for HBO, IFC, Nickelodeon, PBS, T Magazine, the Sundance Channel and more. Mr. Scher teaches graduate courses at the School of Visual Arts MFA Graphic Design program and at NYU Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film & Television’s Animation program. A collection of his films “Best of Times” is available as a Vook on iTunes.
DOMINICK AMENDUM (MUSICAL SUPERVISION, ARRANGEMENTS, VOCAL ARRANGEMENTS AND ORCHESTRATIONS) is the Music Director/Conductor of Wicked Broadway and also serves as Associate Music Supervisor of Wicked’s four U.S. Companies. Upcoming projects include Liberty Smith at Ford’s Theatre in D.C., as well as numerous other developing shows. Dominick recently produced Stephanie J Block’s debut CD (This Place I Know) and this year will produce two new musical theatre recordings. Additional Off-Broadway: The Romance of Magno Rubio and This End Up. Tours: Wicked, Oliver!, Cabaret. Love and thanks to bride-to-be, Lindsay.
BOKO SUZUKI (MUSIC DIRECTION, ADDITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS, ADDITIONAL VOCAL ARRANGEMENTS AND ORCHESTRATIONS) most recently music directed the 1st National Tour of the hit musical Wicked. He spent three years music directing Rent on Broadway after having music directed both national tours, as well as supervising the Australian production. Boko also music directed the national tour of Swing!, for which he was nominated for an L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle Award, and the first national tour of Mamma Mia! Other credits include CATS, Les Miserables, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, The Who’s TOMMY and Sunset Boulevard, as well as appearing as guest conductor with the Toronto Symphony.
PETER R. FEUCHTW ANGER / PRF PRODUCTIONS (Production Supervisor) For The New Group, over 30 shows since 2000. For Primary Stages: Something You Did, Dividing the Estate, Opus, Exits & Entrances, Adrift in Macao, Southern Comforts, Indian Blood, A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop, and In the Continuum. Other credits include: Eve Ensler’s The Treatment, A Mother, A Daughter, and A Gun (Dodger Stages), In the Wings and Tea at Five (Promenade), the Drama Desk Award-winning Toxic Audio, EST’s Roulette, Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home (Broadway), Rounding Third, Capitol Steps; Between Iraq and a Hard Place, From My Hometown (The Gramercy Theatre) and Laughing Liberally (Town Hall).
VALERIE A. PETERSON (Production Stage Manager) has worked on 25 productions at The New Group over the past 10 years. Broadway: Barefoot in the Park and The Women, both directed by Scott Elliott. Member of AEA, the professional Actors and Stage Managers’ Union.
JUDY HENDERSON C.S.A. (Casting) has cast over 40 shows at The New Group since 1994. Broadway: Barefoot In the Park and Circle in the Square. Off- Broadway: Guantanamo, Magic Hands Freddie, Trust, Sakharam Binder, Gross Indecency, Ruthless, Raft of the Medusa, Other People’s Money, Forever Plaid and The Play Company. Films: Day Zero, The Trouble With Cali, 12 and Holding, L.I.E., Friends and Family, Blue Moon, Chutney Popcorn, The Deli, subUrbia, Swimming, Pompatus of Love and Before Sunrise. ARTIOS Award: Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway Theater Casting. ARTIOS nomination for Independent Feature Film Casting. Four ARTIOS nominations for Off- Broadway Theatre Casting. Ross Reports selection as one of the top 20 US Film Casting Directors.
STEPHANIE CALI (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working with The New Group again, following the recent productions of The Starry Messenger, Groundswell and Mourning Becomes Electra. She is a founding member and company manager for The Clockwork Theatre, a resident company at Theatre Row. Other credits include The Threepenny Opera, Robert Ashley’s opera Dust & Concrete in Ferrara, Italy, and dance throughout NY. Member of AEA.
GEOFF RICH (Executive Director) joined The New Group in 2001. He has been a radio producer for over 25 years. Credits: Broadway: Avenue Q, Barefoot in the Park. Off-Broadway: 27 shows including Hurlyburly and Abigail’s Party. Radio: Flashback, Walter Cronkite’s Twentieth Century among many. Founder of the New York Gotham Youth Baseball Organization and President of the Board of Trustees for the Princeton Summer Theater Program.
THE NEW GROUP, founded by Artistic Director Scott Elliott, is an award-winning, artist-driven company with a commitment to developing and producing powerful, contemporary theatre. While constantly evolving, we maintain an ensemble approach to all our work and an articulated style of emotional immediacy in our acting and productions. In this way, we seek a theatre that is adventurous, stimulating and most importantly “now” – a true forum for the present culture.