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Samuel BernsteinSAMUEL BERNSTEIN (Book and Lyrics) began his career as an actor and singer. In the early ‘90s he started writing. When his first play, The Liquidation of Granny Peterman, was produced, the Los Angeles Times said, "Bernstein's insights into what keeps families together are as rich as a holiday pudding." He has developed other plays through the Directors Company (NYC) and the Playwrights Company (LA), and his anthology Uncommon Heroes won a Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association. Silent Lies, his dark, violent film about incest, caused a stir, and was banned in England until cuts were made. Though press materials for the film said otherwise, Bernstein was often erroneously introduced in the media as an “incest survivor,” a misimpression that is not unrelated to his fascination with Bob Harrison and Confidential Magazine. His Paramount and Showtime film Bobbie's Girl starred Bernadette Peters, Rachel Ward, and Jonathan Silverman. Ms. Peters received an Emmy nomination and the film received a GLAAD nomination and a citation from The Advocate as one of the top ten television events of the year. He has also written for Judging Amy and the ABC Family show W.I.T.C.H., as well as his semi-autobigraphical web-series Kill Your Inner Child, produced for Hearst Entertainment. His book Mr. Confidential was named a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year finalist, and Liz Smith said it, “Reads like a house afire in a sultry swamp!” He lives in West Hollywood with Babyhead Productions partner and husband of 20 years, Ronald Shore, and their four incorrigible dachshunds. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

VANESSA LEUCK (Costume Design) is currently the Costume Designer for the first class regional and Off-Broadway productions of Disenchanted! a new musical, as well as the Associate Costume Designer for Disney On Ice: Frozen. Ms. Leuck has previously designed for Disney on Ice, Off-Broadway shows, at several regional theaters and colleges, as well as with professional dance companies and for BC/EFA Broadway Bares and The Annual Easter Bonnet Competition. Past NYMF shows include: My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding and Like You Like It! Regional experiences include productions with The Philadelphia Theater Company, American Music Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, The Fireside Theater, Arundel Barn Playhouse and more. In addition to her design work she has assisted on several large-scale productions including Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Broadway), Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Circus (five productions), Disney Live! and projects at Walt Disney World. Vanessa holds a BFA in Fashion Design from Savannah College of Art and Design, an MFA in Costume Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a proud member of USA 829. 

ALAN EDWARDS (Set Design) Selected set and/or light design credits include: The Mystery of Irma Vep (Berkshire Theatre Festival); The Piano Lesson, A Delicate Balance (Yale Repertory Theatre); Dutchman (Classical Theatre of Harlem/NBT);  Sun Ra (Joe's Pub); Holding It Down (Harlem Stage); Illmatic (Urban Stages); Son of a Gun (Theatre Row); Woman Bomb (Baryshnikov Arts Center);  We Won't Pay (Strasberg Institute); Wink, Will Work For (Terra Nova); The King's Whore (Walkerspace); Acis & Galatea (Madison Opera); Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro (Tri-Cities Opera); Suor Angelica & Curlew River (Simpson Opera); Madam Butterfly (Syracuse Opera);  Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Yale Cabaret). Assoc. LD: Henry 4 (Shakespeare Theatre DC); Satchmo at the Waldorf (Wilma Theatre, PA); The Testament of Mary (Broadway). MFA Yale School of Drama.

RISA ANDO (Assistant Costume Design & Wardrobe Supervisor) A recent graduate of Purchase College SUNY, Risa studied in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts: Design/Technology program, receiving a BFA in Costume Design. Design credits include: Purchase Opera: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Purchase Repertory Theatre: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, American Visions: Three Plays by Sam Shepard. Design Assistant/Wardrobe: Broadway Bares, LOTTE presents The Ice 2013 (Japan), Purchase Opera, Purchase Repertory Theatre. Internships: Walt Disney Attractions Japan Costuming Division, RWS and Associates, ABT Japan Tour.

JEREMY BLAIR - BLAIR BONES MEDIA (Video Design and Photography) specializes in production and postproduction in new media, television and film, such as, Marianne Williamson’s Sister Giant, A Blind Eye, G.A.T.E, Sean Combs’s Grammys at the Playboy Mansion, Dario Undiscovered, LA Fashion Week, Ray Bradbury Awards and Carillion Las Vegas. Jeremy Blair also works and teaches a Film Bootcamp course at Woodbury University. He is head over heals in love with his wife Jennifer and two daughters Emma and Molly.

JEFFREY LEE HOLTZMAN (Graphics Design) Born with a pencil in his hand and a flare for arranging his zwieback crumbs in a visually pleasing manner, Jeff has been a graphic designer and an artist for the majority of his waking hours. As a freelance designer he has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects from the mundane to the musical. With stints as a documentary filmmaker, clothing designer, and musician, he has managed to parlay these diverse skills into an idiosyncratic visual style. As S.J. Perelman might very well have said about him, “Before they made Jeff, they broke the mold.”


David SnyderDAVID SNYDER (Music) has travelled from the scoring stages of Hollywood to Carnegie Hall, where he's performed often with the New York Pops.  David has become familiar to U.S. symphony audiences this season as orchestrator and host of Here to Stay: The Gershwyn Experience, and has guest conducted the show, featuring Grammy-winning soprano Sylvia McNair, with the orchestras of Naples, Des Moines and Chattanooga. His film scores include the WWII documentary A Tradition of Honor, and his published works include the Christmas collection O Holy Night and Song of the Universal, commissioned by the 300-voice Essex Choral Society.  David has worked with show business legends from Carol Channing, Debbie Reynolds and Christine Ebersole, to newer stars such as Clay Aiken and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and has produced, arranged and conducted dozens of recordings, including Another Place and Time, the debut solo CD from the Manhattan Transfer's Alan Paul. Mr. Confidential is David's first theatre score, but a lifetime of listening to great Broadway musicals and swing era icons such as Sinatra and Stan Kenton paved the way for what has become a dream project. He would like to thank the whole Confidential team, but particularly Sam Bernstein, who painted this world so vividly that writing the tunes was a cinch... "Natch!"

PETE BRAGG (Lighting Design) trained at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in Liverpool, England. He studied Theatre & Performance Design. Following graduation he spent seven exciting years in London before relocating to New York City in 2011. Pete has worked as s an associate on Broadway for Japhy Weideman on Cyrano De Bergerac starring Douglas Hodge, and for Kevin Adams on Man & Boy starring Frank Langella. Off Broadway associate credits include: The 2012 revival of Carrie for Kevin Adams. As an associate in London's West End Pete, was assistant to Ken Posner and Paul Miller on Legally Blonde and to Nick Schlieper on Priscilla Queen of The Desert. Designs in the West End include F**king Men' and Naked Boys Singing at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square, directed by Phil Willmott. Regionally in the United Kingdom, his designs have included Ray Cooney's Funny Money and Lennon (both for the Royal Court Theatre), and Robin Hood for the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough, directed by James Bonas. Internationally, Pete's  designs for Cunard Line can be seen traveling the world on their latest luxury liner the Queen Elizabeth. He is also a regular designer for Norwegian Cruise Lines production shows.

MATT KRAUSE (Sound Design) Broadway; Kathy Griffin Want's a Tony; Liza's at the Palace...!; Other productions; 50 Shades the MusicalForbidden BroadwayThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Asst. Sound), Classic Stage Company-, Chalk Circle; Super Fly with Bill T. Jones; Fat Camp, Forever Dusty, Lone Star Love; Voca People; Bucks County Playhouse- World Goes Round;  Paper Mill- Lend Me a Tenor, Newsies; Walnut Street- The Buddy Holly Story;  Caesar's Vegas- Absinthe; Cincinnati Playhouse-  Ain't MisBehavin'; Classical Theatre of Harlem -Macbeth, Dream on Monkey Mountain, Ma Rainy's Black Bottom, Trojan Women.

MARK COSTELLO (Media Programmer) is a Brooklyn-based video and projection designer, working primarily with live video manipulation.  Design credits include LiveSource’s Bohemian Lights (Pregones), Decontructive Theater Project’s Searching for Sebald (14th St Y), Rescue Agreement's If or When the Roof Falls In (CAP21), Aquila Theatre’s Taming of the Shrew and Cyrano de Bergerac (National Tour), Perf Productions’ Degeneration X (The Living Theater), Snug Harbor’s Foreverman (NYMF), A.P. Andrews’ Girl with the Red Balloon (The Tank), Target Margin's The Tempest (HERE Arts Center), and more. Mark currently works as an Audio/Visual Specialist in the Concerts and Lectures Dept. for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. BFA, NYU/Tisch.

SAM FRENCH (Social Media Manager) is a recent graduate of the Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University. In New York, he has interned with Vineyard Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop, and served as the assistant director to Gio Sardelli on EST’s production of Finks. In August, he will be directing Jimmy! - a new musical for NTSA, and his play Freaks: a legend about growing up, will be produced as part of the NYC Fringe Festival.

ALYSSA CARLUCCI (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be joining NYMF this summer. Recent work includes Playgrounds (QuaDs 2014, The Claque), Julius Caesar (The Oracular Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (The New School for Drama), and What’s It All About? Burt Bacharach Reimagined (New York Theatre Workshop). Alyssa received her BA from Ithaca College.

GARY SHACKLEFORD (General Management Associate) is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut. Currently General Management Associate for Davenport Theatrical. Other GM Associate credits include: Clinton  (NYMF '14), A Christmas Story, the Musical  (B'way and Nat'l Tour), White Christmas (Broadway and Nat'l Tour), Avenue Q (Broadway and Nat'l Tour), Rent (Broadway and Off Broadway), In The Heights (Broadway and Nat'l Tour), Ragtime (2009 Revival), Anastasia (29 Hour).


Stephen NachamieSTEPHEN NACHAMIE (Director and Choreograher, SDC) New York: Foreverman (NYMF - Winner of the 2012 New World Stages Award), Naughty/Nice (Producers Circle Co),  Luck! – (with Faith Prince), Into the Woods – Cap21/NYU, Torch Song Trilogy (starring Seth Rudetsky), Faraway Bayou (with Nikki M James), She Loves Me (Pace University), Driving Miss Daisy (with Larry Marshall), I Hate Hamlet and It's a Wonderful Life (Harbor Lights Theatre Co.) Like You Like It (NAMT, Choreographer- NYMF). TYA tour of The Melody Lingers On (Inside Broadway). Regional: A Chorus Line, …Charlie BrownCamelot, and 1776 (Olney Theatre). Rounding Third (Penguin Rep), Oliver! (John W. Engeman Theatre), tick, tick… BOOM!, Gutenberg! (New Rep), Hello Out There (Goodspeed New Artists Festival), Miss Saigon, The Full Monty (Maine State), Hank Williams, Italian-American Reconciliation, Spelling Bee (Depot Theatre) Almost, Maine, Urinetown (Barnstormers) Cabaret and The Music Man (Tri-Arts), Ain't Misbehavin’ and Hedwig (Capital Playhouse), Dreamgirls, Joseph..., Jesus Christ Superstar (West Virginia Public Theatre),   Chicago (Seacoast Rep and Tri-Arts),  West Side Story (Italian Tour, North Carolina Theatre, Gateway Playhouse,) Evita (Pittsburgh Musical Theatre and  Gateway Playhouse), as well as many industrials. Mr. Nachamie’s production of A Chorus Line received five 2014 Helen Hayes Nominations and won for Best Musical, and he was nominated for Best Director (Baltimore Region) for the 2013 Broadway World Awards, and was named one of DCMetroTheatreScene’s favorite directors of 2013.

KEVIN COLE (Music Director) is an award-winning musical director, arranger, composer, vocalist, and archivist, who has garnered the praises of Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Hugh Martin, Burton Lane, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Sondheim and members of the Jerome Kern and Gershwin families. His engagements have included sold-out performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall; National Symphony at the Kennedy Center; Hong Kong Philharmonic; San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (London); Boston Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Australia) Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra; New Zealand Symphony, Edmonton Symphony (Canada), Ravinia Festival, Wolf Trap, Savannah Music Festival, Castleton Festival, Chautauqua Institute and many others. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Albany Symphony in May 2013. Cole has shared the concert stage with Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, William Warfield, Sylvia McNair, Lorin Maazel, Itzhak Perlman, Brian d’Arcy James, Barbara Cook, Robert Klein, Lucie Arnaz, Maria Friedman, Idina Menzel and friend and mentor Marvin Hamlisch. Kevin was featured soloist for the PBS special, Gershwin at One Symphony Place with the Nashville Symphony. He has written, directed, co-produced and performed a multimedia concert for the Gershwins called Here to Stay -The Gershwin Experience, and he has worked as vocal arranger/accompanist for opera, pop and musical theatre performers Sylvia McNair, Dawn Upshaw, Brian d’Arcy James, Karen Morrow, Melissa Manchester, John Lithgow, Donna McKechnie, Christine Andreas, Hollis Resnik, Klea Blackhurst, Kim Criswell and William Warfield, as well as songwriting legend Hugh Martin, who was vocal coach to Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, Judy Garland and many others. Cole’s discography includes Gramophone Musical Album of the Year, 1995, Gershwin's Oh, Kay! with soprano Dawn Upshaw (Elektra, Nonesuch), his critically acclaimed solo piano disc, Cole Plays Gershwin and his vocal/jazz trio album In The Words Of Ira-The Songs of Ira Gershwin.

DONALD GARVERICK (Assistant Director & Associate Choreographer) Recent director and choreographer credits include Young Frankenstein (SUNY Oswego) and The Charm (SoundBites Festival). Other recent choreography credits include Siren's Heart: The Marilyn Monroe Musical (Off-Broadway at Actor's Temple), Hair (SOOP Productions), Before God Was Invented: A Prehistoric Pagan Parable (Theatre for the New City), The Holy Cows of Credence South Dakota (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity), as well as the sold-out 2010 NYMF production of Show Choir! - The Musical (which Donald co-wrote with Mark McDaniels) website

AISLINN CURRY (Production Stage Manager) is a freelance Production Stage Manager and Production Manager devoted to new and ambitious work. PSM: Cell Theatre, Chocolate Factory Theater, Columbia Stages, CSC/Young Company, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, GAYFEST, HERE, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, LabRats, Morningside Opera, NYMF, On The Boards (Seattle), Page 73, PS122, Public Theater (intern) as well as a plethora of readings & workshops. PM/APM: AntiMatter Collective, Columbia Stages, Lunar Energy, The Nerve Tank, The Play Company, Theatre Row. Film: Seven Lovers (upcoming). She also served as the Production & Operations Associate at World Science Festival 2014. AB in Classics - Bowdoin College, MFA in Stage Management - Columbia University. AEA.

MICHAEL COHEN (Company Manager) is excited to be working on the NYMF production of Mr. Confidential. He currently is interning at Davenport Theatrical Enterprises. Other credits include Company Manager: Clinton (NYMF '14). He's worked on many productions at The Theatre School at DePaul University, where he is earning his BFA in Theatre Management. Highlights include: Our Town, Marat/Sade, A Little Dog Laughed and Royal Hunt of the Sun.


Ronald ShoreRONALD SHORE (Producer) is a founding partner of Babyhead Productions, and was on-set producer in Ireland for the Paramount and Showtime film Bobbie's Girl. He spearheaded the initial sale to Showtime and shepherded the film through legal, contractual, and foreign tax hurdles. The film went on to receive an Emmy nomination for star Bernadette Peters, received a GLAAD nomination and a citation from The Advocate as one of the top ten television events of the year. Other projects include producing and developing sales and marketing materials for food and travel project Sally's Place , and producing Kill Your Inner Child, the comedy video Sarge, and the home video series Icing on the Cake. He also sold the film Silent Lies to Image Organization/Behavior Worldwide for foreign sales, directing the development and creation of advertising and marketing materials. Silent Lies premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, won a Silver Award at Worldfest, and a Bronze at the Houston International Film Festival. As an actor, Shore has appeared in The Hebrew Hammer, Echoes of Enlightenment, Silent Lies, and Bobbie's Girl. He is also a successful Los Angeles realtor. Shore lives in West Hollywood with husband of 20 years, writer Samuel Bernstein and their four diabolical dachshunds.

THE NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL is the flagship program of The National Music Theater Network, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Now celebrating its 11th year, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to revitalize musical theatre culture by discovering and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers and projects, nurturing a vibrant and innovative artistic community, and connecting one of America's greatest art forms with a diverse, contemporary audience.

BABYHEAD PRODUCTIONS has prospered by developing and creating projects of individual and idiosyncratic vision. In the seventeen years it has been in business, the company has produced two feature films, several television and new media projects, and published two books under the Walford Press imprint. Mr. Confidential marks the company’s first live theatrical venture.

CINDI RUSH CASTING (Casting) NY: Under My Skin, Silence!, Anthem, Homo, Legacy Falls, Mother Wife, God's Country, Bonnie and Clyde, Foreverman, My Mother's Jewish Lesbian Wiccan Wedding, Rooms, Jacque Brel, Urinetown; Upcoming: Adademia Nuts, Disenchanted, Ernest Shakleton Loves Me, Serrano, Freed, Madam, Galactic Cigarettes; Many Regional Theaters, including Triad Stage, Hudson Stage Company, Penguin Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Charleston Stage Co. Film: The Woman (Sundance 2012), Ghoul, Theresa is a Mother, Jugface (Slamdance 2013), In the Family (Independent Spirit 2012), The Grief of Others; Consultant for NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program 1999-Present.

THE PUBLICITY OFFICE - JEREMY SHAFFER (Press Representative) From a very young age, when he first saw that The Muppets were taking Manhattan, Jeremy Shaffer knew that Broadway was his calling. Since moving to New York from the Pennsylvania farmlands in 1999, he has represented countless shows both on and off-Broadway, including favorites such as the record-breaking smash Chicago, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Fosse, Godspell, Whoopi: The 20th Anniversary Show, The Producers, The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Salome starring Al Pacino and Dianne Wiest, Die Mommie Die!, Striking 12, Bea Arthur on Broadway, Here Lies Jenny, Noises Off, The Last Five Years, Bells Are Ringing and Little Shop of Horrors. He also works steadily as a live performance photographer for Broadway, Off-Broadway, touring productions and concerts. His photos have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, USA Today, The Wall St. Journal and many more.

RYAN CONWAY - DAVENPORT THEATRICAL ENTERPRISES (General Management) Davenport Theatrical Enterprises is an independent theatrical production, development and consulting company based in New York City founded in 2002 by Ken Davenport. Producing credits include the Broadway productions of Bridges of Madison County, Mothers and Sons, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Oleanna, Blithe Spirit, 12, Speed-the-Plow, and Will Ferrell's You're Welcome America; as well as the Off-Broadway productions of Avenue Q, Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom, and My First Time. DTE also operates Off-Broadway DAVENPORT THEATRE on West 45th Street.