WILLIAM FINN (Composer/Lyricist) is the writer/composer of Falsettos (two Tony Awards: Best Book of a Musical [with James Lapine] and Best Original Score). He has written/composed In Trousers (L.A. Drama Critics Award), March of the Falsettos (Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding Musical, L.A. Drama Critics Award), Falsettoland (two Drama Desk Awards and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical), Romance in Hard Times (Public Theater), A New Brain (Lincoln Center/Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical) and Elegies: A Song Cycle (Lincoln Center). He graduated from Williams College, where he was awarded the Hutchinson Fellowship in Musical Composition, and currently teaches a weekly master class at NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

RACHEL SHEINKIN (Book Writer). Recent productions include Striking 12, a hybrid concert/play written in collaboration with the rock band GrooveLily and director Ted Sperling (Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia; Old Globe, San Diego; TheatreWorks, Palo Alto); book and lyrics for Blood Drive (music by Joel Derfner, Eugene O'Neill NMT Conference; Bridewell Theatre, London); and book and lyrics for Serenade (music by Nils Olaf Dolven). She is an adjunct faculty member at NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

JAMES LAPINE (Director) has worked in one capacity or another with William Finn on March of the Falsettos, Falsettoland, A New Brain, A Winter's Tale and the yet-to-be-produced but beloved Muscle and The Royal Family of Broadway. Other Broadway credits: Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Passion, The Diary of Anne Frank, Golden Child, Dirty Blonde, Amour. Off- Broadway: Table Settings; Twelve Dreams; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Luck, Pluck and Virtue; Modern Orthodox. Film: Impromptu, Life with Mikey, Earthly Possessions.

REBECCA FELDMAN (Conceiver) conceived, directed and performed in C-R-E-PU-S-C-U-L-E, the play upon which The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is based, with her company The Farm. She worked on the development of ...Spelling Bee and directed the original production at Barrington Stage Company in the summer of 2004. She has directed and performed in New York and regionally for the past ten years including New York Fringe Festival (Best of Fringe '98), Soho Rep, HERE, Atlantic Theater Studios, Adobe Theatre, New Dramatists, Mabou Mines, Present Company Theatorium and other downtown venues.

DAN KNECHTGES (Choreographer). The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Barrington Stage), Cats, The Chalk Circle, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Joseph... (Hangar Theatre), Silver Screen Serenade (Sierra Repertory Theatre), Mame, Angel Street, A Funny Thing... (Surflight Theater), Don Giovanni (Indianapolis Opera), Candide (Harrisburg Opera), Hansel & Gretel (Capital City Opera), Carousel, The Merry Widow, West Side Story, Iolanthe, Ruddigore, The Mikado, Patience, The Gondoliers, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Sorcerer. Television/film: Fatboy Slim's music video "It's a Wonderful Night" and Todd Solondz's film Palindromes.

MICHAEL STAROBIN (Orchestrations). Assassins (Tony, Drama Desk), Tom Sawyer, A New Brain, A Christmas Carol (MSG, NBC), Hello Again, Guys & Dolls, My Favorite Year, Falsettoland, March of the Falsettos, In Trousers, Sunday in the Park with George, (Drama Desk), Once on This Island, Closer Than Ever, Legs Diamond, Romance Romance, Carrie, Birds of Paradise, Rags, Three Guys Naked, Von Richtofen and the Disney films Home on the Range, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Life with Mikey.

LARRY BAKER (Production Stage Manager)   Larry attended Edison Elementary School, Morton West High School and Colombia College. National Tours: Elaine Stritch at Liberty, Rent. Regional: 2002 Paralympic Winter Games, Dogman’s Last Stand, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Barney and the Backyard Gang, Naked Boys Singing, Sunset Boulevard, Beauty and the Beast, Plaid Tidings and Brain Boitano’s Skating Spectacular. 25 year member of Actor’s Equity. “You brought me through it my friend”.

JILL YETSKY (Assistant Stage Manager) Recent credits include: I love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Chicago and San Francisco), Famous Door’s Early and Often, The  Homecoming, A Mislaid Heaven, Una Pooka,and Hellcab. Theater Building Chicago credits include: La Vie Ennui, 4 AM Boogie Blues, Hans Brinker, Doonesbury and Charles Strouse’s Nightingale. Other Chicago credits: Pegasus Players’ Fixin’ to Die, A Visit to the Mind of Lee Atwater, Passion and Company.


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