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TAYE DIGGS

(DIRECTOR)

may currently be seen in the hit FOX drama, “Empire,” as Angelo Dubois. Last year, Diggs completed production on the third and final season of TNT’s “Murder in the First,” alongside Kathleen Robertson. Diggs earned a nomination for a 2014 NAACP Image Award in the category of “Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series,” for his role in the series. In July of 2015, Diggs took over the title role in Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” He was the first African American to play Hedwig in New York. Diggs concluded his run in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” in September, 2015.

Diggs’ select film credits include: “Rent,” “Chicago,” His select television credits include: “Private Practice” (NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor), “The Good Wife,” “Daybreak,” “UPN” (NAACP Image Award for Best Actor – Television), “Ally McBeal,” and “Will & Grace.”

Digg's theatre credits: “A Soldier’s Play” (Second Stage Theatre), “Wicked,” “Chicago,” “The Wild Party” (Manhattan Theatre Club), “Rent,” and “Carousel.”

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JENNY PARSINEN

(CHOREOGRAPHER)

Broadway credits include "Allegiance," (Associate Choreographer), "Fame On 42nd St" (Original Cast) and “Annie” (Dance Coach for Jane Lynch). Dance companies include dre.dance (Associate Choreographer and principal dancer), MSDT (Assistant Choreographer and dancer), and Donald McKayle's Étude Ensemble. Other credits include "The Me Nobody Knows" (NY, Co-Chor.), "Under The Streetlamp" (PBS, Assoc. Chor.), A Chorus Line (Music Circus, Associate Director), “Paradise” (LA, Assistant Director) and Rock Valley Theatre (Asst. Chor.).

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SHANNON STOEKE

(ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR)

As an actor, has appeared on stages around the globe including international/national tours, regional and Broadway. He has appeared with Cathy Rigby, Michael York, Lou Diamond Phillips, Gary Beach, Adam Lambert and a plethora of notable others. As a writer Shannon is co-creator of Nickel Mines. Stoeke and his co-writers were the recipients of the Social Impact Award from the New York Musical Festival. For the last 10 years, Taye and Shannon have been creative partners and have collaborated with WETv, World of Wonder, BET and the Rachel Ray Show (among others) to create original content. Together Shannon and Taye continue to develop varied projects for stage, film and television. Shannon is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

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KEENAN SCOTT II

(PLAYWRIGHT)

A graduate of Frostburg State University, Keenan Scott II is a native New Yorker. Born and raised in Flushing, Queens, Keenan is truly a renaissance man. He is a writer, actor and producer of new work. Inspired by the everyday life around him, he loves to lend a voice to people that cannot speak for themselves.

As a quiet and shy child Keenan found freedom in putting words down on the page. A self-published author, a few of Keenan’s other works include, Tulsa, Black Cotton and Today We Quit. What he found within writing allowed him to take a classroom project and heal the community. That work is entitled Thoughts of A Colored Man On A Day When the Sun Set Too Early.

 
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MADISON MCFERRIN

(VOCALIST/ MUSIC COMPOSER)

is based in Brooklyn, New York, she has spent her life cultivating her style through studying and playing. As the co-founder of the funk/soul group Cosmodrome, she spent her college years touring the Eastern US playing venues large and small, from legendary NYC club The Blue Note, to Bonaroo, opening up for Emily King and Hiatus Kaiyote, all of which helped land the attention of notable artists such as Chick Corea and Questlove of The Roots. She then joined the SpiritYouAll band led by her father, jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin, as a background and featured vocalist from 2013-15 for his global tours. She has since sung with greats such as Aretha Franklin, George Clinton and the PFunk All-Stars, as well as for hip hop legends De La Soul backed by The Roots.

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GENERAL MANAGEMENT

Under the supervision of Allan Williams, Aaron Lustbader, and Mark Shacket, Foresight Theatrical is an industry leader in general management services for Broadway and touring productions. Foresight has managed some of the most famous shows of all time, including Les Misérables, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Darkand the longest-running production in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera. In addition, the current roster of productions includes the Tony nominated revival of Miss Saigon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Kinky Boots on Broadway, in London and in Australia. Upcoming productions include The Band’s Visit , King Kong and Curvy Widow.

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BRIAN A. MORELAND

(PRODUCER)