Jelani Alladin

Jelani Alladin

Jelani Alladin recently made his Broadway debut in Frozen the Musical as Kristoff which earned him a Drama Desk nomination for Best Leading Actor and a Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance. Jelani is a graduate of the inaugural class of Tisch School of the Arts’ New Studio on Broadway. Off-Broadway credits include Sweetee (Signature Theatre Company), Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope (York Theatre Company), and Nassim (Barrow Street Theatre). Regional credits include I and You (TheatreSquared), Violet (Clarence Brown Theatre), The History Boys (Palmbeach Dramaworks) and Choir Boy (Studio Theatre of DC and Marin Theatre Company). He received the San Francisco Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actor in A Play for Pharus in Choir Boy. His film credits include I Didn’t Come Here to Make Love, High Noon on the West Side and One Hit Wonder. Jelani is interested in new works and creating new archetypes for black men in all forms.

Nancy Nagel Gibbs

Nancy Nagel Gibbs

Nancy Nagel Gibbs has been a Producer, General Manager, and Company Manager for Broadway and Off-Broadway for over 40 years. Producing credits include Peter and the Starcather; Come From Away; Bat Boy: The Musical; Striking 12; Fun Home; If/Then; All Shook Up, The Big Bang, The Last Session, Fully Committed and Smoke on the Mountain. General Management credits include Wicked (Worldwide); Bring It On; Sister Act; Next to Normal; Spelling Bee and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Nancy is an Emeritus Board Member of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre (NAMT) and an Advisory Board Member of the Roger Rees Awards. She was the recipient of the 2015 Edith Oliver Award for Service to Off-Broadway.

Bob Martin

Bob Martin

Bob Martin is currently represented on Broadway as co-book writer, with Chad Beguelin, of the critically acclaimed new musical comedy The Prom. Bob has been working as an actor and writer for over three decades. He has received many awards in both Canada and the U.S., including a Tony for The Drowsy Chaperone. Recent TV projects include “Slings & Arrows” I, II & III (TMN, Sundance), “Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays” (CBC), “Michael: Everyday” (CBC), “Sensitive Skin” I & II (HBO) and “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas” (NBC). Recent theatre projects include Encores! Hey, Look Me Over (NY); The Sting (Paper Mill); Half Time (Chicago, Paper Mill);The Prom (Atlanta); Elf (Broadway, Dublin, London); The DrowsyChaperone (Toronto, Broadway, London); and Second City Toronto (Performer, Director, Artistic Director). In development: Millions(Platt/Rudin), A Night at the Museum (Fox) and The Princess Bride(Disney).

Patricia Hoag Simon

Patricia Hoag Simon

Patricia Hoag Simon has served as Coordinator for Musical Theatre at Marymount Manhattan College since 1991. She supervises a faculty of over forty musical theatre professionals in the fields of music theatre history, music theory, dance, private voice, auditioning, and acting for musical theatre. Pat has taught many courses including Musical Theatre TechniquesScene into Song and Auditioning for Musicals, as well as directed Baby, She Loves Me, The Grass Harp, The Human Heart, Plain and Fancy, Carousel, The Human Comedy, RagtimeSouth PacificCabaretand Fiddler on the Roof. Prior to joining MMC, she worked as Casting Director and Literary Advisor for the WPA Theatre, New York Agency and Bauman Hiller Associates, Musical Theatre Works and The American Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. An oral historian, her work on Joshua Logan as well as her collected oral histories is housed at the Goodspeed Library of Musical Theatre in East Haddam, Connecticut.

Merri Sugarman

Merri Sugarman

Initially an actress (Les Miserables, Aspects of Love), Merri found herself out West where she began her Casting career working as an Executive Casting Director for DreamWorks Studios and Director of Casting at ABC. Merri returned to the East Coast to teach and coach actors, when Tara Rubin offered her a Casting Director position working on the Broadway and Touring companies of Spamalot, Jersey Boys, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, A Bronx Tale, School of Rock and Miss Saigon. She also casts for theaters regionally—including Chicago Lyric Opera, The Old Globe and The LaJolla Playhouse. She is the CD of the acclaimed web series Submissions Only. Merri has a BFA in Musical Theater from Emerson College, is a Tony® Award voter and member of the Casting Society of America. Roger Rees was a dear friend, an incredible collaborator, one of the best actors the world over and Merri is very proud to be here in his name and is pretty sure he’s here too.