Alan Schmuckler (music and lyrics, screenplay, director, producer, "Alan" and others, music production) wants to change the way you think about what musicals can be. His interactive musical short film "My Little Red/Green Coat" premiered at the NY Musical Theatre Festival's panel "New Musicals, New Media."
Music and lyrics: with Michael Mahler, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? (NAMT New Project Development grant; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; NAMT Festival of New Musicals; theaters and schools nationwide) and "Boyfred" (pilot, Sony & ABC TV). With Dave Holstein, The Emperor’s New Clothes (Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Stage Artz Theatre Company, Sydney, AU; licensed by Rodgers & Hammerstein) and Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me (Flea Theater, #serials@theflea). With Scott Bradley, We Three Lizas (About Face Theatre, Chicago; Joe’s Pub). With Laura Eason, Days Like Today (Writers Theatre, Chicago). Contributed music and lyrics: Stars of David (DR2 Theater), Second Fiddle (Greg Hildreth at 54 Below), others.
In development: two more with Dave, two more with Michael, others. Writing residencies: Goodspeed Musicals' Johnny Mercer Writers Colony; Weston Playhouse. In concert: Joe's Pub (Alan Schmuckler: I Miss the City); 54 Below; Kennedy Center Millennium Stage; Chicagoland venues with his and Mahler's band The Lincoln Squares. Music director/associate: work at Roundabout Theatre, Ars Nova (ANT Fest), NY Musical Theatre Festival.
Onstage NY credits include: Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center); Stars of David (DR2 Theatre); Dragons and Falling for Make Believe (York Theatre); The Megile of Itzik Manger (National Yiddish Theater); To Life! 50 Years of Fiddler… (Lyrics & Lyricists, 92Y). Chicagoland: Jeff Award nominee for Murder For Two (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Sugar (Drury Lane Theatre) and A Minister’s Wife (Writers Theatre).
Alan is a proud graduate of Northwestern University and the School at Steppenwolf. He lives in New York. @alanschmuckler
Dave Holstein (story, screenplay) is currently a writer/producer on HBO’s comedy series "The Brink," which premieres in 2015 and stars Tim Robbins and Jack Black. He was a writer/producer on the final season FOX’s "Raising Hope" and before that spent six years as a writer/producer on Showtime’s "Weeds." He has written episodes for the upcoming Syfy horror anthology "Creepshow" and TeenNick’s groundbreaking series "Gigantic." He has also developed pilots for Comedy Central, CBS and FOX.
As a playwright, Dave’s work has been performed in Edinburgh, Sydney, New York, Chicago and elsewhere. His musical adaptation of The Emperor's New Clothes for the Tony-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theatre received a National Alliance for Musical Theater grant and is published with Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals. Dave was also a 2014 attendee of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Omri Anghel (director of photography, editor) is an NYC based Videographer, Musician, and Artist.
Anghel has been making music since he was 5 years old, releasing numerous singles and remixes on different labels such as Tommy Boy, Strictly Rhythm, Twisted America, Jellybean Recordings, Whoop! UK and many more.
For the last 2 years Anghel has been part of the creative team at Interlude, an interactive video startup based in NYC.
JJ Schmuckler (producer) is the CEO of Brand Partnerships for Interlude. He leads a team focused on partnering with organizations to better connect with their audience through engaging interactive video content. Prior to joining Interlude, JJ was the Managing Director for Global Integration at VML (Young and Rubicam’s digital advertising partner), and was responsible for building VML’s global footprint as well as the development of global client relationships. JJ was also the Chief of Staff at Young & Rubicam, responsible for managing many of the network's global initiatives. JJ lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife, Shimrit.
Jessica Cannizzaro ("Jessie") is an actor, musician, and comedian, born and raised in New York City. New York credits include Up and Away (Lincoln Center), The Christians (Playwrights Horizons), Hamlet The Hip-Hopera (FringeNYC), The Mysteries (The Flea Theater), The Events (New York Theatre Workshop), The Haunting of Ichabod Crane (Park Avenue Armory), and Hamlet in Hamlet (American Theatre of Actors). Regional credits include Coach Darling (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and The Canterbury Tales (Ovalhouse Theatre in London). Recent Film/TV: “Law & Order” (NBC), “Losing It With John Stamos” (Yahoo!), “George Seurat Special” (A+E Networks). Proud member of The Bats, The Flea Theater’s resident acting company. Trained at The British American Drama Academy and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Jessica graduated from Swarthmore College with high honors in Theater and Political Science, and from Space Camp with high honors in Model Rocket Launching.
Anthony Reyes (makeup and special effects) discovered his passion for special effects makeup during a production of CATS and has been pursuing a career in the field ever since. In addition to his theatre background and formal training, Anthony has provided makeup services for College Humor, Funny or Die, IMAX, and Broadway shows as well as various MTV, BET and Fuse music videos. He has also had opportunities to showcase his talent in live events for: FX "The Strain" and ESL One, and was a contestant on "Face Off" Season 8. An avid video gamer, Anthony pulls much of his inspiration and design from the games' fantastical elements.