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Deathless Cast and Creative Team

Deathless Cast and Creative Team


 Kelli BarrettKELLI BARRETT* (Sam) Goodspeed debut! Most recently Kelli starred as Eliza Doolittle in Bay Street’s acclaimed production of My Fair Lady, directed by Michael Arden. Broadway: Doctor Zhivago (Lara Guishar/album available), Wicked (Nessa), The Royal Family (Gwen), Baby It’s You! (Mary-Jane/album available). Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages (original Sherrie), On Your Toes (Frankie) Encores!. Other Regional: York, Williamstown, NYS&F, Westchester Broadway, Old Globe, Cincy Playhouse, STL Rep, Prince. Film/TV include The Switch, Remember Me, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Blue Bloods, A Gifted Man, Chicago Fire, NCIS, Law & Oorder:SVU, Person of Interest, Ugly Betty, The Good Wife, Blacklist: Redemption, and you’ll see her recurring on a new Netflix show this fall. She’s also a writer and coach and travels the country performing her award-winning concerts This is Dedicated and Look At It My Way with her Tony-nominated husband Jarrod Spector. UARTS alumna. Thanks to God and my J.
Jennifer DamianoJENNIFER DAMIANO* (Hayley) is best known for originating the role of Natalie Goodman in Next to Normal on Broadway. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in 2009 at age 17. Her career began two years prior in the original cast of Spring Awakening on Broadway. Jenn originated the role of Mary Jane Watson in Bono and The Edge's infamous Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. She was most recently seen in her fourth Broadway show, American Psycho, in which she originated the role of Jean. Off-Broadway: Next to Normal (Second Stage in NY, Arena Stage in DC), Venice (The Public Theater). TV: The CW's Gossip Girl, mini-series It Could Be Worse. Film: B-Side, Emily & Tim, American Dresser, and recent LA Outfest winner 4th Man Out. In July 2016, at age 25, Jenn debuted her first solo cabaret. Love you Mom, Dad, Elizabeth, Pat, and Mikey. jennifer-damiano.com
 Sean Allan KrillSEAN ALLAN KRILL* (Kevin) Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Mamma Mia!. Off-Broadway: Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, The Brother/Sister Plays (Public); A Civil War Christmas (New York Theatre Workshop); Hit The Wall (Barrow Street). Regional: Sense and Sensibility (Colonel Brandon, Old Globe & Chicago Shakespeare; Craig Noel Award recipient and Jeff Award nomination); Sideways (La Jolla); Hot L Baltimore (Steppenwolf); The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties (Court); The Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare); Sunday in the Park with George (Skylight); Brigadoon (Tommy Albright, Marriott Theatre; Jeff Award nomination). Tours: Mamma Mia! (Sam Carmichael;  Outstanding Leading Actor, broadwayworld.com), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon; Leon Rabin and Carbonell Award nominations). TV: Mr. Robot. www.seanallankrill.com

Jessica PhillipsJESSICA PHILLIPS* (Michelle) Broadway: Last seen as Sheriff Marla opposite Raul Esparza in Alan Menken's Leap of Faith, Jessica originated the role of Marian in Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (Toronto and Broadway), and appeared in the original Broadway casts of Next To Normal (2nd Stage and Broadway), Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Scarlet Pimpernel (versions 1, 2 & 3). Other stage credits include Unknown Soldier (Ellen) at Williamstown Theatre Festival, It’s Only Life directed by Daisy Prince for Rubicon Theatre Company, and featured vocalist for ASCAP’s 100th Anniversary celebration of new music at The Kennedy Center. Film & Television: La Vida Inesperada (2014), The Impostors (Stanley Tucci, Dir); Elementary, Royal Pains, Unforgettable, The Ordained, Bronx Warrants, and 4 seasons as A.D.A. Pippa Cox on Law & Order: SVU.


 Johnny SheaJOHNNY SHEA* (Justin) is a Connecticut native and is honored to be making his Goodspeed debut! New York: Forest Boy (NYMF), Pip's Island. Regional: Spring Awakening (Hangar Theatre). Recent graduate of Ithaca College, BFA Musical Theatre. Conservatory credits include Parade (Leo Frank), As You Like It (Orlando), Spring Awakening (Moritz). Love and gratitude to my family for all their support.




ZACK ZADEK (Book, Music, Lyrics, Orchestrations) has been named by Playbill as "A Contemporary Musical Theatre Writer You Should Know" and is the winner of the 2017 Weston New Musical Award and a 2017 MacDowell Fellow in Theatre. His work has been developed at major American theatres, including The 5th Avenue Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Goodspeed Musicals, The Civilians, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Legacy Theatre, and NYMF and in the UK at The London Theatre Workshop and Edinburgh Fringe. His songs have been performed by some of Broadway and West End's biggest names in performances at The Kennedy Center and across NYC, including Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, (le) Poisson Rogue, and 54 Below. Zack is a founding member of Musical Theatre Factory, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony alum, SigWorks Finalist, 2017 Johnathan Larson Grant Finalist, and winner of the inaugural “Got Musical!” award from Disney Creative Entertainment. Upcoming musicals include The Crazy Ones (directed by Sam Buntrock), The Role of a Lifetime (directed by Jerry Mitchell), and a commission from CREO, as well as a play about a supermarket, and various TV/film writing. This play is for his parents, who are happily alive and well.
TINA LANDAU (Director) is a writer and director whose work includes directing/conceiving The Spongebob Musical (in Chicago ahead of its upcoming Broadway run), Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes (Public Theater, Mark Taper Forum), Wig Out! (Vineyard), In the Red and Brown Water (Public), Bill Irwin and David Shiner’s Old Hats (Signature Theatre), and, at Steppenwolf Theatre Company where she’s an ensemble member, over 20 productions including The Wheel, Hot L Baltimore, The Brother/Sister Plays, The Tempest, The Time of Your Life, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Cherry Orchard, and her own play Space (also at Public and  Taper). On Broadway, Tina directed Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts and the revival of Bells Are Ringing; other Off-Broadway work includes Chuck Mee’s Big Love and Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature), Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas (New York Theatre Workshop), and her musical Floyd Collins (also bookwriter/additional lyrics, Playwrights Horizons). Tina has co-authored, with Anne Bogart, The Viewpoints Book. This is for Martha.

JULIE McBRIDE (Music Director) holds degrees from the Cincinatti College-Conservatory of Music and the Mannes College of Music. She most recently worked on The SpongeBob Musical (Music Director). Broadway credits: Amazing Grace (Associate Conductor) and Finding Neverland (Assistant Conductor); she has played with the Broadway orchestras of Lion King, In the Heights, The Addams Family, Side Show, Big Fish, If/Then, American Idiot, Sunday in the Park with George, and Matilda. Off Broadway/Regional: Next to Normal (Second Stage), These Paper Bullets! (Yale Rep, Geffen Playhouse, Atlantic Theatre Company), Miss You Like Hell (La Jolla Playhouse), Daddy Long Legs (Northlight, La Mirada, Laguna Playhouse, ATC, St. Louis Rep, Skylight, PCPA, Royal Manitoba), LMNOP (Goodspeed), CHIX 6 (Queens Theatre in the Park). Ms. McBride has served on the faculties of the Juilliard School (Drama Division) and Syracuse University (Tepper Semester).

DANE LAFFREY (Scenic Design) Goodspeed: set and costume for The Theory of Relativity. Broadway: set and costumes for Deaf West's Spring Awakening, set for Fool For Love and the upcoming revival of Once on this Island. Recent off-Broadway: set and/or costumes for Rancho Viejo, Indian Summer, The Christians, Iowa (Playwrights Horizons); Sell.Buy.Date (Manhattan Theatre Club); Homos, or Everyone in America (Labyrinth); The Harvest (Lincoln Center); The Glory of the World (B.A.M. Harvey); Cloud 9 (Atlantic); and other work at Roundabout, Second Stage, Vineyard Theatre, Lincoln Center, MCC, SoHo Rep, Rattlestick, Transport Group, and many others. Regional work at The Humana Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare Theatre, The Old Globe, Huntington, Wallis Annenberg Center, Denver Center, Woolly Mammoth, Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, New York Stage & Film, others. International work in Tokyo, Oslo, Osaka, and throughout Australia. Nominations for a Drama Desk Award and four Henry Hewes Awards, as well as numerous regional accolades.
 TILLY GRIMES (Costume Design) is an English theatre designer based New York. Recent Credits: Lightning Rod Special’s Underground Railroad Game, Bess Wohl's Small Mouth, Sounds (directed by Rachel Chavkin), Kingdom Come (written by Jenny Rachel Weiner, directed by Kip Fagan). New York work includes Roundabout, Ars Nova, The Foundry, Red Bull Theatre, Cherry Lane, The Pearl, Clubbed Thumb, Here Arts Centre, The Barrow Group, The Pearl,  New Georges, and La Mama Theatre. Region work includes The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Wilma,  Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Two Rivers Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, and Westport County Playhouse. Guest artist credits include Juilliard, NYU, DUKE, Fordham, Rutgers, and University of Rochester. She has taught at Brown University. MFA from NYU. tillygrimes.com instagram: mistygrimes #TeamCostumes 

  SCOTT ZIELINSKI (Lighting Design) is based in New York and has created lighting designs for theatre, dance, and opera throughout the world. His work in New York includes productions for Broadway, Lincoln Center, and The Public Theatre, among many others, and his designs have also been seen extensively at theatres throughout many other cities in the United States. Work outside the US includes productions in Adelaide, Amsterdam, Avignon, Berlin, Bregenz, Edinburgh, Fukuoka, Gennevilliers, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Linz, Ljubljana, London, Lyon, Melbourne, Orleans, Oslo, Ottawa, Paris, Reykjavik, Rotterdam, Rouen, St. Gallen, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Shizuoka, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Vilnius, and Zurich. Upcoming projects include Trojan Women for Singapore International Festival of Arts and Julius Caesar for Theatre National de Bretagne (France).  scottzielinski.com

 LUCY MACKINNON (Projection Design) is a motion graphics artist, illustrator, and projection designer.  Broadway credits include Six Degrees of Separation and Deaf West's revival of Spring Awakening, for which she was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award.  Other recent credits include Yen (MCC Theater), The Rose Tattoo (Williamstown Theater Festival), I Was Most Alive With You (Huntington Theater Company), Unknown Soldier (Williamstown Theater Festival), and Macbeth (Greek National Opera). She has contributed artwork to multi-media exhibits at The New York Historical Society and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.


JAY HILTON (Sound Design) is pleased to continue his long association with Goodspeed Musicals. Jay has designed countless productions at both The Goodspeed and The Terris Theatre in Chester. His work has also been heard on Broadway, National Tours, and at Regional Theatres from coast to coast. In addition to being Goodspeed’s Resident Sound Designer, Jay also serves as their Audio Supervisor. He and his wife, Goodspeed Line Producer Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

JUSTIN GOLDNER (Orchestrations) As music producer, arranger, bandleader and session musician, Justin Goldner has been privileged to make music with Sting, Ricky Martin, Macy Gray, Hugh Jackman, Donald Glover, Matisyahu, Steve Martin, Jason Robert Brown, Audra McDonald, and a host of others, including his mentor, Meshell Ndegeocello. As house guitarist in Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen and house bassist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, he plays nightly for audiences in New York and across the US and is still bewildered to have been allowed onstage such storied venues as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Apollo Theater. A restless traveler, peripatetic New Yorker, and “language junkie”, music has taken Justin to 36 countries including Iran, Latin America, South Africa, and three of the seven “-stans”, where he has performed and engaged with local cultures, conducted workshops in three languages, and exchanged experiences and music with others from across the world. www.FunkyButter.com
JAY HILTON (Sound Design) is pleased to continue his long association with Goodspeed Musicals. Jay has designed countless productions at both The Terris Theatre and The Goodspeed in East Haddam. His work has also been heard on Broadway, National Tours, and at Regional Theatres from coast to coast. In addition to being Goodspeed’s Resident Sound Designer, Jay also serves as their Audio Supervisor. He and his wife, Goodspeed Line Producer Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.