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.

VADIM FEICHTNER (Conductor/Piano) is thrilled to be making his Second Stage debut. Recent credits include Elegies: A Song Cycle (LCT), Cam Jansen (Lambs Theatre) and O. Henry's Lovers (Goodspeed Opera). His work as a composer has been performed at The Public Theater, Avery Fisher Hall and various tiny venues. Recordings: Elegies, Infinite Joy, RCA's Great Musicals and I Sing. Vadim is an alumnus of the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

CARMEL DEAN (Vocal Arranger/ Associate Conductor/Synthesizer). Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Carmel came to the United States in 2001 on a Fulbright Scholarship. Broadway orchestras: The Boy from Oz, Gypsy, Cabaret, Les Misérables. Other credits: Belle Epoque (Lincoln Center), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Barrington Stage), William Finn's Elegies (Lincoln Center and The Canon Theatre in Los Angeles), Chicago (Hong Kong) and the 2000 Olympic Games (Sydney, Australia). She received her Master's in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU in 2003.

MICHAEL KELLER (Music Coordinator). Currently Conductor/ Drummer for Marvin Hamlisch. Music Coordinator: Spamalot, All Shook Up, La Cage aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof, Wicked, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!, The Lion King, The Boy from Oz, Taboo, Gypsy, Aida, Imaginary Friends, Man of La Mancha, Dance of the Vampires, Sweet Smell of Success, Marlene, The Gershwins'Fascinatin' Rhythm, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Goodbye Girl, Barbra Streisand concerts (1994 & 2001). Life is complete with wife Pamela Sousa and children Zach and Alexis.

BEOWULF BORITT (Set Designer). The Last Five Years (NY, Chicago; Drama Desk nomination); Saint Lucy's Eyes (NY, Atlanta; Audelco Award); Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Manhattan Ensemble, Little Shubert), Roar (New Group), Miss Julie, In-Betweens (Cherry Lane), Two and Only (Atlantic). New York: Lucille Lortel, Duke, American Place, Pearl, New Theatre Row, MCC, New Victory, Naked Angels, Actor's Studio. Regional: Alliance, Trinity Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, Utah Shakespeare, Northlight, Delaware Theatre (Barrymore nom.), Syracuse Stage, Virginia Stage, Barrington Stage, NYS&F, Hangar.

JENNIFER CAPRIO (Costume Designer). New York: Miss Julie (Access), Brando (Audax), Play, Applicant, Dracula (DT/NY), Tricorne, Inc. Regional: A Christmas Carol (White Plains PAC), Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Hangar Theatre), ...Spelling Bee (Barrington Stage Co.), The Chekhov Cycle, Ubu the King, Carrie, A Clockwork Orange, Our Country's Good (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Oklahoma!, Lend Me a Tenor (Millbrook Playhouse), Macbeth (Starlight Productions), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Kitchen Theatre). International: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (Edinburgh Fringe).

NATASHA KATZ (Lighting Designer) has designed extensively on Broadway, Off- Broadway and in American regional theatre. Recent Broadway: Aida (Tony Award, 2000), Beauty and the Beast, Taboo, Flower Drum Song, Sweet Smell of Success, Twelfth Night, Dance of Death, The Capeman and Barrymore. Recent dance and opera: Carnival of the Animals (NYC Ballet), Tryst (Royal Ballet), Don Quixote (American Ballet Theatre) and Die Soldaten (NYC Opera). Permanent lighting installations: Niketown NYC and London and the Big Bang at the Museum of Natural History in NYC.

DAN MOSES SCHREIER (Sound Designer). Broadway: Gem of the Ocean; Pacific Overtures; 'night, Mother; After the Fall; Assassins; Anna in the Tropics; Into the Woods; Topdog/Underdog; Dirty Blonde; Amour; Dance of Death; Major Barbara; The Ride down Mt. Morgan; The Diary of Anne Frank; The Tempest; Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk. Off-Broadway: Homebody/Kabul, Radiant Baby, Far East, Floyd Collins, Spic-O-Rama. Awards: three Drama Desks, 2004 L.A. Ovation Award, 2003 Entertainment Design Award for sustained excellence and an Obie for sustained excellence.

LISA IACUCCI (Production Stage
Manager). Broadway: Contact, Epic
Proportions, Not About Nightingales, Twelfth
Night. Off-Broadway: Little Fish (Second
Stage Theatre); Pericles (New York
Shakespeare Festival); God's Heart (Lincoln
Center Theater); Neat (Manhattan Theatre
Club). Other: My Life as a Fairy Tale
(Lincoln Center Festival, Aarhus Festival),
Love/Life (Lincoln Center Theater), The
Peony Pavilion (Spoleto Festival USA),
Peach Blossom Fan (CalArts/REDCAT), The
Orphan of Zhao (Lincoln Center Festival).

CAITLIN CARTER (Assistant Stage
Manager/Assistant Choreographer/Dance
Captain). Choreography: Commercials for
Victoria’s Secret and e*trade.com.
Assistant choreography: The 1st and 2nd
national tours of Chicago, HGO’S
Showboat. Performing credits include the
original Broadway casts of: Bells Are
Ringing, Swing, Chicago, Victor/Victoria,
Ain’t Broadway Grand. Off Broadway: Can
Can, No Strings. National Tours: A Chorus
Line, Crazy For You. Regional: White
Christmas. Film/TV: Rent, Cradle Will
Rock, Big Eden, “Guiding Light,” “One
Life to Live,” “Kennedy Center Honors.”
Graduate: N.C.S.A., Rice University.


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