MICHAEL POLESE Composer & Lyrics
Recent theatre credits include the revival of Keith Glover's Thunder Knocking On The Door (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), and My One And Only (Goodspeed Opera House). Originally from St. Louis MO. and a graduate of the University of MO.-Columbia (BA Theater Performance & Direction) and the Institute for Theatre Training/ Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theater (Florida State University). He has enjoyed a thriving career in New York for two decades. Credits include:The Color Purple, Smokey Joe's Cafe (!st National Tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring Donny Osmond, Canadia Premiere/ US Tour), Children of Eden (American Premiere) Udu (US Tour) Finian’s Rainbow (Revival Tour); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Cape Playhouse); Lil Abner (Goodspeed Opera House); Bat Boy the Musical, Nunsense A-men!, God’s Trombones (Off-Broadway); Purlie! (City Center Encores!/ NYC) Wizard of Oz (Madison Square Garden/ NYC),Five Guys Named Moe, Handful of Keys, Hey, Mr. Producer! (London’s West End); Into TheWoods (Broadway revival). Picture Incomplete debuted regionally at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and has gone on to play the University of MO.; The Dallas Convention Center/TBAAL; was a stand out of the NY International Fringe Festival 2010; the 2011 season opener of Luna Stage(West Orange, NJ) and WINNER of BEST MUSICAL 2011 - United Solo Festival (NYC). Film/ TV: Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Strangers With Candy, The Pink Panther...., Numerous commercials.
Nomination: Best Supporting Actor/Musical / NAACP
Commercial/ Voice-Over Agent: Abrams Artists
TRENT ARMAND KENDALL
The Storyteller/Book & Additional Lyrics/ Producer
email@example.com (AEA, SAG/AFTRA)
A long-time collaborator with Trent Armand Kendall produced the recordings Introducing Trent Kendall, So Much To Say (featuring his composition Comes The Dawn) and two albums of his own as singer/ songwriter, My Own Voice and Half Way Home. While living in London, Michael recorded at George Martin's Air Studios and performed at Center Stage - The Mountbatten Hotel. He has also played Judy's Supper Club, B. Smith's Rooftop Cafe and Tavern on The Green (New York City); been featured in the ASCAP Songwriter's Showcase; and performed live on WQEW Radio. As the composer of Picture Incomplete, Michael has received notable reviews for his music & lyrics and won Best Musical 2011- United Solo Festival (NYC). Polese is also the composer of the musical Traffic (book by Trent Armand Kendall, direction by Stephen Nachamie)
ADAM KLIPPLE Music Director & Arr.
Adam leads three groups: Drive-By Leslie; Sneak featuring vocalist Becca Stevens; and The Masters of Tashkent (his Soul-Uzbek-Hindustani-Funk orchestra). He’s performed with Craig Harris, Graham Haynes, Joseph Bowie and Defunkt, Ron Affif, Vinny Valentino, Jason Marshall, and Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe, Sun Ra Arkestra, Sekou Sundiata, Marc Ribot, John Medeski, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Carla Cook, Dave Fiuczynski, David Gilmore, Josh Roseman, Vincent Gardner, Peter Apfelbaum, Joel Harrison, Jay Rodriguez, Groove Collective, and Smokey Robinson. Tours include SE Asia and the Pacific Rim with Drive- By Leslie (Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2006 Rhythm Road); Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan (Arts
International and Meet the Composer); Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus (Jazz Ambassador for the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Department of State). Appearances include: Blue Note, Iridium, Jazz Standard, Blues Alley, Knitting Factory, and the following Jazz Festivals: Umbria, JVC, Moers, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Free (Rio de Janeiro), JazzNOJazz (Zurich), Akbank (Turkey), and Poretta Soul (Italy).
BRIAN HARLAN BROOKS Choreographer
Trained at the Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre. He has performed with Forces of Nature, Philadelphia Dance Company (Philidanco), Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre; Vinnette Carroll’s Your Arms Too Short Box with God (Tour), Donald Byrd/The Group,Williams/Henry Danse Theatre, Earl Moseley Diversity of Dance, and The Color Purple (Dance Captain, first National Tour). Brian has recently added TV and Film to his career, performing in Across the Universe,Lifted (a Fox Searchlight Film), and the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. He has had the pleasure of working as rehearsal director for Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/The Group, Ailey Camp Missouri Site Director, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Brian most recently completed a two-year intensive training program at The William Esper Studio under the training of Bruce McCarty and Suzanne Esper, and co-starred in The Metropolitan Playhouse’s 2011 production of One Third a Nation.
Damon DueWhite Drums & Percussion/NYMF
A native of Twin Oaks, Pennsylvania, learned to play the drums at the age of six from his father. At the age of fourteen, he was playing in local bands around Philadelphia and New York. Prior his first tour with Roberta Flack in 1982, he attended
Berklee College of Music in Boston. DueWhite has performed and/or recorded with Rachelle Ferrell, Joe, Branford Marsalis, Hugh Masekela, Alex Bugnon, Miriam Makeba, Oliver Lake, Shemekia Copeland, David Linx, Chico DeBarge, Joan Osborne, George Duke, Roberta Flack, Grant Green Jr., Vernon Reid, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chuck Berry, Regina Carter, Nona Hendrix, Johnny Clyde Copland, Johnnie Johnson, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Carla Cook, Jonathan Butler, James McBride, Sarah Dash, Mick Taylor and Harry Belafonte. He worked in the musicals Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk (Tour), the Tony Award-nominated blues It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues (Tour) and the Tony Award winning The Color Purple. DueWhite is currently working with the multi-platinum, European recording artist Axelle Red.
Emanuel "Chulo" Gatewood Bass/ NYMF
Born Chicago, IL attended Berklee College of Music and has performed with Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ojoyo, Dianne Reeves, Pat Martino, Maxwell, Ledisi, Carlos Ward, Oliver Lake and many others. Album credits include " Welela " Miriam Makeba, " Uptownship " Hugh Masekela and many more.
Joshua Scherr Production Manager/Designer
Currently Principal at Entertainment Projects,
LLC. and Director of Production/Project
Management at Spiegelworld. Production Management : Empire (Times Square, NY), Absinthe (Caesars Palace LV), Any Given Monday
(59E59), Traces (Union Square), Cymbeline and My girlfriends Boyfriend (Barrow St), Voca People
(West Side, NWS), The Judy Show (DR2), S'Wonderful and The Magic School Bus (Tour), Sphinx Winx (Beckett), Between Worlds and La Barberia (NWS), Frog Kiss and SHINE! (St.
Clements), The Cocktail Party (Beckett). Technical Director: Unnatural Acts (CSC). Stage Manager: The Flying Karamozov Brothers (Minetta Lane); Lighting Design: Almost Maine, Cabaret, My Way, and Klea Blackhurst; Everything Traffic Will Allow (MTC); Ballroom Rocks (Strand); Kithless in Paradise (Lion); As It Is In Heaven (Cherry Lane); Frog Kiss (St. Clements), Picture Incomplete (LaMama), The Power of Birds (Milagros), Mourning in a Funny Hat (York), and The Furies (Currican).
Samuel Ciardi Costume Designer
After graduating from Parsons School of Design in 1992, Sam immediately began his dual career as both an independent interior and fashion designer. During this time, Sam enthusiastically designed many Manhattan penthouses and Brooklyn brownstones while simultaneously creating new and innovative fashion brands. Sam then spent five years exclusively designing fashion and was invited by Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen to join their company Dualstar Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA. At Dualstar, Sam served as Executive Design Director for the infamous mary-kate and ashley brand, where he was responsible for creating the vision for the Olsen's fashion and home empires. Sam finally decided to take a well deserved break from the insanity of the fashion industry and settle back home in Morris County, NJ. He is excited to join the creative team for Picture Incomplete. His uniquely eclectic style, influenced by fashion and current market trends, is at the same time, sophisticated and timeless.
Jason A. Quinn Production Stage Manager
Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities, Cabaret, Phantom
of the Opera, Urban Cowboy, Candide (NY Philharmonic), pre-Broadway: The Normal Heart, Annie Get Your Gun, and In My Life. National Tour: Dr. Dolittle. Off-Broadway: Striking 12, Criss Angel
Mindfreak, Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, Rooms: A Rock Romance, Roundabout’s Howard Katz, Beyond
Glory, The Overwhelming. For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; Broadway Bares, Easter
Bonnet, Broadway on Broadway, for The Actor’s Fund; The Normal Heart, The Visit, Nothing Like
A Dame and productions for Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Second City, select industrials include the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty, GLAAD Media Awards, US Open, Clinton Global Initiative;
events for Miller Light, VH1’s Save the Music, The New Yorker, the NY Yankees, and NFL. He has
contributed to books on event management and taught at several universities.
Geoff Cohen General Manager
Recent work: York Theatre; Meester Amerika; Aquarian Dreams;Admit One; Closer Than Ever; Ionescopade; JAZ’s Incredibly Deaf Musical; L’Histoire de Soldat (Boston Symphony); GRAMMY® Jam; The Velveteen Rabbit (Tour, GRAMMY-nom); Cross That River (TBG Theatre); Gemini the Musical (Acorn Theatre); Managed and wrote BizBash-honored Recording Academy Honors Awards. Geoff co-founded and Executive Produced NYMF. Radio City Entertainment: Vice President, Producer and GM, Menken/Ahrens/Ockrent A Christmas Carol, The Wizard of OZ (New York and tour), cast albums, The Wizard of Oz (GRAMMY-nom) and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. General Manager for Paper Mill Playhouse and George Street Playhouse; Company Manager, World Premiere of Athol Fugard’s Master Harold…and the boys. MFA Yale Drama with Ben Mordecai, Lloyd Richards, and George White.
Karen Poindexter / Trent Armand Kendall producers
Mr. Kendall and Ms. Poindexter met at Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theater where she produced over 100 musicals and plays. They worked on DIVA DIARIES at TBPAC and Broward Center then presented PICTURE INCOMPLETE regionally (Shimberg Theatre/Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, The University of MO.- Columbia and Dallas Convention Center/ TBAAL) as well as the NY International Fringe Festival and United Solo Festival (2011 award winner- Best Musical).
Mr. Kendall has presented successful concerts, cabarets, benefits and productions: Azure Te', Who Am I?-The Duplex Cabaret Theater, Picture Incomplete - Laurie Beechman Theater, Louis & Ella! (staged reading) - The Triad Theater, My Romance - Judy's Super Club, Introducing Trent Kendall - B. Smith's Roof Top Cafe', Trent Kendall LIVE! - The Cutting Room, New York City, Love Is On The Way (starring the cast of The Color Purple) - The Black Rep St. Louis, The Jazz Cellar, and Center Stage @ The Mountbatten Hotel London, and A Joyful Noel - North York Performing Arts Center, Toronto.
Kendall's writing credits include: Picture Incomplete, Louis & Ella!, Traffic, A Joyful Noel and Just Take It All Off!
Ms. Poindexter's credits include: Executive Producing the film Prince of Central Park starring Kathleen Turner, Danny Aiello, Harvey Keitel and Cathy Moriarty; Producer of the Tony nominated musical The News (Bway/London); Prince of Central Park (Bway); and the 25th Anniversary production of Hair (Old Vic Theatre in London). Highlights include; Hasty Heart starring Robert Urich at the Kennedy Center, Dancin' and Beehive (Tours).At Burt Reynolds Theatre she presented stars including Burt Reynolds, Charles Nelson Reilly, Dom DeLuise, Kirstie Alley, Charles Durning, Julie Harris, Sarah Jessica Parker, Judd Nelson and Vincent Gardenia. For Miami’s Hirschfeld Theater she produced Peter Pan (Cathy Rigby), Oliver (Davy Jones), Anything Goes (Marilyn McCoo and Bebe Neuwirth).
PICTURE INCOMPLETE is about considering, seeing and being seen. It is about the neat little boxes that people put each other in and ultimately themselves. It's one man's journey and quest for self-understanding and learning to be more tolerant of the world that surrounds him. Ultimately through comedy, everyday circumstance and pathos, he calls upon the community around him to help him right his ship and learns that life is all at once comedic, dramatic and full of surprise. A particularly challenging birthday and recent loss deliver him to a fork in the road, but In the morning light, The Storyteller gains an understanding that it is better to be Incomplete rather than Complete; a glorious mess and a life in progress.
direct from Off-Broadway/ Limited Run/ NYMF 2012
NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATER FESTIVAL
Isaac Robert Hurwitz Executive Producer
Inaugurated in 2004, NYMF's largest program is the annual festival that bears its name. Inspired by the independent film movement, the New York Musical Theatre Festival blends the economy of scale and grassroots mechanisms of film festivals with a professional support network and technical framework designed specifically for new musicals, to provide an unrivaled showcase of new musicals and emerging talent.
The Festival gives artists the crucial chance to hone their craft and their musicals, by realizing their shows in three dimensions before a live and responsive audience — and it delivers greater production value and promotional reach than its participants could otherwise afford. By consistently attracting the participation of well-known actors, directors and other established members of the theatre industry, the Festival has also created an environment rich with mentorship opportunities for newer artists, and made the festival a leading spot for the discovery of talented new performers, directors, choreographers, designers, and producers — as well as writers.
The largest annual musical theatre event in the world, the Festival presents 30 productions each fall in the heart of New York City's theatre district, alongside a dazzling array of readings, concerts, and other special events. It is attended by an audience of more than 30,000 theater lovers and by producers, talent scouts, and other industry insiders. Of the more than 300 new musicals presented at the Festival since its inception in 2004, more than 70 have gone on to successful productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, in almost every U.S. state and in more than a dozen countries around the world.