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.

JAY REISS (Additional Material) is a graduate of Juilliard’s playwriting program. His most recent play, That May Well Be True,was originally commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club and recently completed a sold-out run in LA. Other plays include: The Tulip Craze; Meanwhile, On The Other Side of Mount Vesuvius; and Hooray For Iceboy! (co-writer w/EQP). He recently sold his first original screenplay to Warner Bros., and has re-written films for New Line Cinema. He created the character of Vice-Principal Panch in C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E and received a Drama Desk Award (Best Ensemble) for his portrayal of the role in Spelling Bee.

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.

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.

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 (Music Director) 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). 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.

JODIE MOORE (Music Director) most recently conducted the Broadway company of Hairspray and was the associate conductor of the First National Tour of Hairspray for almost three years.  Other tours include Aida, Rent, Footloose, Sound of Music with Marie Osmond, Sweet Charity and Cinderella.  She also worked on the NY workshop of Sideshow starring Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner.  Regional credits include numerous productions at Mill Mountain Theater in Roanoke, Virginia.  Much love and MANY thanks to my family and friends!

DARREN KATZ (Associate Director).  Resident Director for the Broadway company of Spelling Bee and Associate Director for the San Francisco company.  Broadway (Asst. Director): Amour for James Lapine and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for Scott Ellis.  National tours (Asst. Director): Kiss Me, Kate for Michael Blakemore.  Off-Broadway (Asst. Director): Preaching to the Perverted for Holly Hughes and Lois Weaver.  Current directing projects: The Murray Hill Show; Eleanor & Hick; Cul-de-sac Rock; and 9th Street Water.

BRIAN J. L’ECUYER (Production Stage Manager), whose last name can be as difficult to pronounce as some find it to spell, happily comes to the Bee after having just completed the U.S. tour of the Sir Peter Hall directed The Importance of Being Earnest starring Lynn Redgrave.  Other tours include the much acclaimed Deaf West production of Big River (U.S./Japan), the first incarnation of Doctor Dolittle, as well as several years with John Astin’s one man show Edgar Allan Poe – Once Upon a Midnight (U.S/Australia/Ireland).  Member of Actors’ Equity for over 12 years.

LORI LUNDQUIST (Stage Manager) is originally from Minnesota.  Credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Musical in Central Park; the original company of Fosse Broadway and three years on the Fosse 1st National Tour.  She has worked extensively in regional theater, NYC theater and opera.  Lori has been member of Actor’s Equity Association since 1988.

E. CAMERON HOLSINGER (Assistant Stage Manager). National Tours: Wicked.  Past credits include: Wicked (Chicago Company); Bounce (Goodman Theatre); The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); States of Independence; Biloxi Blues; South Pacific; and Smoke on the Mountain.  He is a graduate of Wright State University and an Equity member.


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