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Private Jones Cast & Creative Team

Private Jones Cast & Creative Team

LEANNE ANTONIO (Gwenolyn/Evans) Broadway credit: The Lion King; Off-Broadway credit: Black No More (Choreo: Bill T. Jones, music: Black Thought); TV: The Equalizer (Nia, Ep.7 dir: Christine Moore); Other Credits Include: Murder on the Orient Express (Mary Debnham, dir. Casey Hushion, Paper Mill), Muriel’s Wedding (Rhonda, dir: Simon Phillips, writer: PJ Hogan), Lempicka (La Jolla Playhouse, dir: Rachel Chavkin, Choreo: Raja Feather Kelly), Disaster (Levora, starring/writer: Seth Rudetsky, dir./writer: Jack Plotnick). All Gratitude and love to her awesome team at HCKR and Stagecoach management, God, and her beautiful support system of friends and family. GO BLUE!

VINCENT KEMPSKI (Edmund) NEW YORK: Musical Theatre Factory: The Greenwood Tree. REGIONAL: The Muny: RENT; Kennedy Center:?The Greenwood Tree; Signature Theatre: Into The Woods, RENT, Assassins (Helen Hayes Nomination), A Chorus Line, Gypsy, Grand Hotel, Billy Elliot, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon; Ford's Theatre: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Round House Theatre: The Nutcracker; Olney Theatre Center:?Kinky Boots, Grease, Joseph...Dreamcoat; Keegan Theatre:?Spring Awakening;?Capital Fringe Festival: Gilded. TELEVISION: A Capitol Fourth.  MUSIC: Sinderella. Education: BM, CUA. @vinnykempski

JOHNNY LINK (Private Gomer Jones) Select theatre: Baby (Off-Broadway, cast recording), R&H’s Cinderella (Broadway national tour), and various developments with The Rev Theatre, Queens Theatre, and NAMT. TV: My Life with the Walter Boys coming soon to Netflix, Dear Edward, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

CLAIRE NEUMANN (Jack King) is honored to be a part of this incredible ensemble and Goodspeed community, bringing the magic of Private Jones to the stage! Her favorite credits include: Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1st National tour); Off-Broadway: Who’s Your Baghdaddy? * (NYTimes Critic's Pick), Triassic Parq* (TimeOut Critic's Pick); Regional: Bliss* (5th Ave Theatre), Mystery of Edwin Drood (Riverside Theatre), Annie Get your Gun**, Floyd Collins** (Weathervane Theatre), How to Succeed… (Stages St. Louis), Boston Marriage (Hudson Stage Company); TV/Film: Law & Order: SVU, Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. *Original Cast Recording. **Best Actress Nomination. www.ClaireNeumann.com

DAVID ARON DAMANE (Ensemble) BROADWAY: The Book of Mormon, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Big River, Riverdance, The Life. NATIONAL TOURS: The Book of Mormon, The Color Purple, Big River, Riverdance, Tommy. OFF-BROADWAY: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Drama Desk nomination, Best Actor in a Musical), Carmen Jones, Dinah Was. REGIONAL: Show Boat (Goodspeed), Porgy & Bess (NYC Opera), Macbeth, Ragtime, Othello, Titus Andronicus, The Color Purple, To Kill a Mockingbird... etc. TELEVISION: Dynasty, Jett, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, The Good Fight, Instinct, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order...etc.

ALEX De BARD (Ensemble) DC AREA: Signature Theatre: Passing Strange, Into the Woods, RENT, Gun & Powder. Monumental Theatre Company: tick, tick…BOOM! (Helen Hayes Nominated- Outstanding Supporting Performer); Olney Theatre Center: Kinky Boots, A.D. 16; NextStop Theatre: Little Women, First Date; Bay Star Theatricals: The Condition of Ellen Mitchell; Museum of the Bible: Amazing Grace; Adventure Theatre: Velveteen Rabbit, Elephant & Piggie, Fancy Nancy, Blueberries for Sal. Upcoming- Signature Theatre: Hair. EDUCATION: The Catholic University of America, BM.?IG: @alexdebardmusic

BRANDON ESPINOZA (Ensemble) Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants, Tuck Everlasting, Big, Les Misérables, Will Rogers Follies. Off-Broadway: Substitution (Playwrights Realm), Scarcity (Atlantic Theater Company), Tea and Sympathy (Keen Company). Select Regional: Anna in the Tropics (Miami New Drama; Director/Playwright: Nilo Cruz), Way of the World (Director/Playwright: Theresa Rebeck; Folger Theater), A View from the Bridge (Director: Ivo van Hove; Goodman Theater). Current TV: Raising Kanan (Detective Garcia; Starz). Other TV: Blacklist (NBC), Law & Order: Organized Crime (NBC), The Equalizer (CBS), FBI (CBS), The Leftovers (HBO), The Mysteries of Laura (NBC), The Carrie Diaries (CW).

DICKIE HEARTS (Ensemble) is Deaf, and his TV credits include Netflix's Tales of the City (2019), HBO's High Maintenance (2020), and Netflix's Grace & Frankie (2017). Stage credits include his Off-Broadway debut in Dark Disabled Stories (2023) at Public Theater—for which he received his first Lucille Lortel nomination. He pushes for more Deaf, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC representation onstage and onscreen. Hearts is a Disability Futures Fellowship '22 recipient and is repped by Nicolosi & Co.

AMELIA HENSLEY (Ensemble) is a Deaf artist, and actor, widely well-known for her role as Thea in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening on Broadway. She recently made appearances on Station 19 (ABC/Hulu) and Sesame Street (YouTube). Her selected credits: I Was Most Alive with You (Playwrights Horizons), Beethoven’s Fidelio (LA Philharmonic), Meredith Willson’s The Music Man (Olney Theatre Center), Oedipus (Getty Villa / Deaf West), and Into the Woods (Lincoln Center). She’s also currently writing a new musical with Kailyn Aaron-Lozano, Soldiers Without Guns.

GEORGE PSOMAS (Ensemble) Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific. Broadway National Tour: My Fair Lady. Regional: 6 World Premiere plays and musicals including, Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy (Old Globe/McCarter Theatre) and Errol and Fidel (NYMF, Best Supporting Actor Award). Voiceover: Transitions (40th Anniversary Audiobook), Pizza Hut, Animated pilot for the Cartoon Network. George was also the 2016-2019 Host of Broadway Under The Stars in NYC, and the season 2 winner of Broadway Idol. Instagram @George_Psomas

JON-MICHAEL REESE (Ensemble) Favorite Credits: Broadway: A Strange Loop. Off-Broadway: White Girl in Danger (Second Stage). Regional: James Baldwin, Jimmy and Lorraine (Pillsbury); This Bitter Earth (Penumbra); Theo (Two River); Marry Me a Little (New Ohio Theatre); Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat (ATF); Man of la Mancha, To Let Go and Fall (Theatre Latté Da); Lear (Exit Pursued By Bear); My Heart is the Drum (Village Theatre, Gregory Award: Outstanding Actor). Rep: SAKS&. @theJMRavatar

EMILY STEINHARDT (Ensemble) [she/her] International Tour: A Chorus Line (Shelia). Emily is a proud graduate of Shenandoah University for Musical Theatre. Many thanks to Marshall and the incredible creative team, and to Goodspeed, for the opportunity to be a part of this story. Endless gratitude to Mom, Richard, and Shannon for their constant love and support. @_esteinhardt

MARSHALL PAILET (Book, Music & Lyrics/Director) is the co-writer/director of the Off-Broadway musicals Who’s Your Baghdaddy?, which received two New York Times Critics’ picks, and Triassic Parq, which received the Ovation Award for its LA premiere. Other writing includes Claudio Questg (six NYMF Awards); Shrek the Halls (DreamWorks Theatricals); Loch Ness (Best Musical/Best Director BWW Awards); Magic School Bus (TheaterWorks); Hershey’s Unwrapped (Brass Ring Winner); and two best-selling plays for high schoolers (Everyone Gets Eaten by Sharks and Everyone Gets Abducted by Aliens). Some other directing work includes A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet (Off Broadway); Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat, Wonderland (Atlantic Theater Company). Graduate Yale University. marshallpailet.com

MISHA SHIELDS (Choreographer) is a theater choreographer working in the New York and Boston areas. She is a Chita Rivera Award Nominee for Best Choreography for her work in the Off-Broadway production of Baghdaddy, and has won both an Elliot Norton Award for Best Choreography (K-I-S-S-I-N-G/Huntington Theatre) and a BroadwayWorldCNY Award for Best Choreography for A Professional Production (Lochness/The Rev). Credit highlights include: The Lehman Trilogy, Witch, I Was Most Alive with You, Yerma, Ripcord, A Doll’s House, and Milk Like Sugar (Huntington Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Hartford Stage), Once (Bucks County Playhouse), The Lehman Trilogy (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Baghdaddy (St. Luke's Theater), and Wonderland (Atlantic Theater Company). Misha has taught and choreographed at various colleges and universities including Yale, MIT, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Fordham and Christopher Newport University. Upcoming: Private Jones (Signature Theatre in D.C./Winter 2024). mishashields.com

MYRNA CONN (Music Director) is a music director and composer based in New York City. Broadway: Pretty Woman (Key 1/Conductor & Key 2 sub). National Tour: Come From Away (Associate Conductor). Film: Spirited (Music Associate), Come From Away (Music Associate). Music directing credits include The Lonely Few (Geffen Playhouse), Fountain (National Music Theater Conference at the O’Neill & New Victory LabWorks), Bagels from Benny (92ndStreet Y), and SHIZ: Broadway Meets Sketch Comedy (Feinstein’s/54 Below & UCB Theatre). Writing: Finding Nemo JR & KIDS with Disney Theatrical Group (Music & Orchestration Adapter), The Story Pirates Podcast (Gimlet Media/Spotify). Proud graduate of Northwestern University.

ALEXANDRIA WAILES (Director of Sign Language) [she/her] is a multi-hyphenated award-winning artist who has worked on stage, TV, and film as a member of creative teams and as a performer. Associate choreographer on Deaf West’s Broadway revival of Spring Awakening. Director of Artistic Sign Language: Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God revival and King Lear; Television: This Close seasons 1 & 2, Quantico season 3; Film: A Quiet Place 1 & 2, Wonderstruck, and CODA (2022 multiple Academy Award winner). Co-founder of BHo5.org. Proud member of SDC, SAG-AFTRA and AEA unions. www.alexandriawailes.com

CHRISTOPHER & JUSTIN SWADER (Scenic Designers) Previous designs with: Dallas Theater Center, Two River Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Everyman Theatre, Miami New Drama, Resident Ensemble Players at UD, Dorset Theatre Festival, Weston Theater, Primary Stages, Red Bull Theater, Fiasco Theater, Tectonic Theater Project, The New Victory Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Lincoln Center Education, York Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Kitchen Theatre Company, Penguin Rep, Shadowland Stages, IBEX Puppetry, Trusty Sidekick, A$AP Rocky, Sotheby’s, 2020 Summer Olympics, Big Apple Circus, National Geographic. www.cjswaderdesign.com

PHUONG NGUYEN (loosely pronounced fu-ONG win) (Costume Designer) is a costume designer with backgrounds in East Asian studies and Vietnamese history. Their work dissects different aspects of her and other marginalized groups' heritage and identities, and tells stories absent from the "victors'" history books. Recent theatre credits include The Good John Proctor (Bedlam), Once Upon a Korean Time (Ma-Yi), Mr. Oatmeal (Fresh Fruit Festival), Queen (NAATCO & Long Wharf Theatre). Film: Grandma Nai by Chheangkea Leng, Crystal Mountain by Louise Zhang. Dance: Return, My Mirrored Sister by Antonius Bui. They hold an MFA in Costume Design from Yale School of Drama. Phuongtlnguyen.com.
JEN SCHRIEVER (Lighting Designer) Broadway: A Strange Loop (Tony Nomination), Death of a Salesman (Tony Nomination), 1776, Birthday Candles, Lackawanna Blues, Grand Horizons, What the Constitution Means to Me (also on Amazon), The Lifespan of a Fact, EclipsedJohn Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown. Off-Broadway includes: White Girl In Danger (2ST/Vineyard), To My Girls, SuperHero (2ST), Shhhh (Atlantic), A Bright New Boise, My Broken Language, Thom Pain, Night is a Room (Signature); Strange Interlude (Transport Group); The Moors (Playwrights Realm). Currently on Tour: 1776. Regional: The Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical (ACT), A Transparent Musical (Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles)Opera: A Thousand Splendid Suns (World Premiere, Seattle Opera), Die Fledermaus, Pearl Fishers (Metropolitan); FaustA Midsummer Night’s DreamLa Traviata (Mariinsky, Russia); and The Pearl Fishers (ENO). Obie Award for sustained excellence in design. Adjunct: Purchase. Mom: Henry. jenschriever.com

JAY HILTON (Sound Designer) has designed countless productions at both The Goodspeed and The Terris Theatre in Chester. In addition to being Goodspeed’s Resident Sound Designer, Jay serves as their Audio Supervisor and also spends some of his time recording, mixing and mastering musical theatre content for streaming platforms. He and his wife, Goodspeed Artistic Director Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme, Connecticut with Cookie and Macy.

RYAN O’CONNELL (Orchestrator) is thrilled to be working with Marshall Pailet again, after collaborating on Loch Ness and Claudio Quest. Selected orchestrating credits: Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Second Stage, Broadway HD), Randy Rainbow for President (by Marc Shaiman/Randy Rainbow), Housebroken (Fox), Sinatra 100 (CBS), Michael Bublé’s Christmas in Hollywood (NBC). As composer/arranger: Oga’s Cantina @ Galaxy’s Edge (Disneyland/Disney World), Dragons (Dreamworks), Calgary Stampede, The Haunting of the Queen Mary (Vertical Ent.), Miss Foxhole 1975 (with Val Vigoda and Joe DiPietro), choral arrangements for Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard and Alfred. www.ryanomusic.com 
MYSTI STAY (Stage Manager) Pippin (National Tour, Goodspeed Musicals); Cyrano (The New Group); Mac Beth (Hunter Theatre Project); Oklahoma!, Cyrano, The BikinisLil’ Abner, The Boy Friend, Camille Claudel, Me and My Girl (Goodspeed Musicals); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (The Old Globe); The Scottish Play (La Jolla Playhouse); Blithe Spirit, Mousetrap, Always…Patsy Cline (Old Lyric Rep). Mysti is currently Program Coordinator and Head of Stage Management at Montclair State University. Much love to Randy and my crew.

AMANDA STAR HOLTZMAN (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be at Goodspeed with Private Jones! Previous credits include Broadway: Wicked (Stage Management Intern). Off-Broadway: The Book of Merman (Assistant Stage Manager). National Tour: Wicked (Miami Covid Compliance Assistant). Workshops/ Presentations: Private Jones (Signature Theatre, NAMT), Fallout (ADH Theatricals). She is so grateful to be a part of this wonderful team. She thanks her friends and family for their love and support!