Light In The Tunnel

 

 

Creative Team, So Far...

 

Creator & Executive Producer,

Research & Development Associate - Script & Score


Wendy Sayvetz 

 

 

Folk Singer/Guitarist with a voice often compared to Judy Collins and Joan Baez, she has serenaded hundreds of people every week in Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station for over 22 years with the MTA’s “Music Under New York” program, self-producing/recording 6 CD’s and selling over 50,000 copies. Concert performances include Symphony Space, The White House, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Algonquin Hotel, BargeMusic and Carnivale di Venezia (Italy) and on the Community Concerts circuit throughout the U.S. Media features include NPR’s “Weekend Edition”, WQXR, WNYC, WOR, and WAMC radio and WCBS and WNBC television news.

http://www.abacaproductions.com/wendy.html

 

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Script/Book Writer

Barbara Damashek



3-time Tony Award Nominee for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Direction for her 1985 Broadway Musical “Quilters” – recipient of 6 Tony Award Nominations overall – of which Barbara was Co-Author (with Molly Newman), Composer/Lyricist, and Director. She’s worked extensively as a playwright, director, and composer-lyricist at many of the country’s leading regional theaters including South Coast Repertory Theatre, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Repertory Theatre, Trinity Rep, The Mark Taper Forum, the Denver Center, the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Syracuse Stage, the Yale Repertory Theatre and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Barbara is an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University and has an M.F.A. in Acting from the Yale School of Drama.

http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=4419
http://tinyurl.com/6ycyujz 
http://tinyurl.com/3oe75ao  

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Composer/Arranger/Music Director

Kevin Kuhn

Guitarist and in-house orchestra contractor for Disney’s Broadway long-running hit musical, The Lion King, since its inception, Kevin was also the permanent lead guitarist for the orchestras of Broadway musicals including: The Who’s Tommy, The Secret Garden, and Chess among others. He’s performed with the British Rock Symphony, New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and Philadelphia Orchestra as well as stars including Sarah Brightman, Rita Coolidge, Audra McDonald, Leanne Rimes, Elton John, Ashford & Simpson, and Quincy Jones. As a composer he’s worked with Score Productions, Big Wave Music, and Shelly Palmer Productions which produced 3 seasons of music for the hit TV series Spin City with Michael J. Fox. Kevin has served as music director, arranger, and composer for countless films, television shows, and commercials and has been involved in the development of numerous off-Broadway and regional theater productions.

 

www.broadwayworld.com/people/Kevin_Kuhn

Additional music and lyrics by various cast members

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Associate Director/Acting Coach

Suzanne Shepherd

Suzanne’s searing direction of South African playwright, Athol Fugard’s plays – including: The Blood Knot at the Roundabout Theatre starring Danny Glover; A Lesson From Aloes first at Trinity Rep and later at Steppenwolf starring Joan Allen and Danny Glover; Boesman and Lena at the Whole Theater Company starring Regina Taylor – received critical acclaim in the New York Times, Boston Globe and Chicago Sun Times among other national print media. Ms. Shepherd was assistant director to Mr. Fugard for the Broadway production of his play Master Harold ...and the Boys, directed the national tour production starring James Earl Jones and co-directed, with Mr. Fugard, the South African premiere at Johannesburg’s Market Theater starring John Kani. Suzanne has been one of New York City’s most beloved acting teachers for over 35 years– teaching in her own studio and at New York University, Trinity Rep Conservatory, Hartman Theatre Conservatory, the Herbert Bergdof Studio, and Ensemble Studio Theater – with former students including Gregory Hines, Bebe Neuwirth, Dan Futterman, Josh Lucas, and Lonny Price. As an actress, Suzanne is known for her colorful character portrayals in films including Goodfellas (opposite Lorraine Bracco) Lolita (opposite Jeremy Irons) Living Out Loud (opposite Holly Hunter), Uncle Buck (opposite John Candy) and on HBO’s hit series, The Sopranos, as Carmela’s mother (opposite Edie Falco and James Gandolfini).

www.suzanneshepherd.com
www.agiftoffire.com

 

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Choreographer

Roger G.

(leader of Unique Force Hit Squad)

 

 

Roger G. (a.k.a. Roger Green) is a break-dancer, rapper, hip-hop artist, choreographer, roller-skater, mime, acrobat, and actor. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he has appeared in major films, music videos and live shows performing with superstars including Michael Jackson (including Jackson’s music video, Bad), Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, and Lionel Ritchie. Roger appeared as a skate-dancer in the movie, Enchanted and has toured the world performing in Break – The Urban Funk Spectacular and with the New York Express Roller Dance Company. His instructional video Hip Hop For Kids won the 1995 Parents Choice (Honours) Award for Best Children’s Video.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXa4LupD38Q&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c08Vv6YItQ
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Associate Executive Producer,

Assistant Director, Original Music & Lyrics

Julian Hintz
(a.k.a. Julz-A)
 

 

 

Julian “Julz-A” Hintz has performed with Terry Dame’s Electric Junkyard Gamelan as a rapper and percussionist. His accordion projects started in early 2001 among the NYC based Japanese punk rock outfits of Dynamite Club and Peelander-Z.  He then released his first solo recordings: Squeeze Rock and Squeeze Right.  Julz-A has performed as a soloist on national television at the world famous Apollo Theater on the same bill as Whoopi, Chingy and Ray Chew and opened for Eliza Gilkyson, Qui, and Northern State among others. He has received honorable mention for The Billboard World Song Contest in 2006 with his song “Burning Bellows” and in 2005 with his song “I Tried,” and for the We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards 2006 with his songs “Where?” and “Sunset Time.”  Besides his Apollo Theater appearances, notable performances include: Atlantis 10th Anniversary 2007, MMC11 2007, NXNE 2006, Celebrate Brooklyn 2005, The Rock Accordion Summit of New York and Providence 2005, The CalArts West Goes East Festival 2005, and The CMJ Music Marathon in 2002.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYjF8imCL9Y&feature=related
http://tinyurl.com/3bf3833

www.lostpennymusic.com

 

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Founding Co-Producer,

Research & Development Associate – Script & Music


Nicola Vazquez


 

Nicola, singer, songwriter, guitarist, dancer and actor was a cast member of both the Broadway and National Road Companies of Les Miserables where she spent 2 years performing in the chorus and as understudy for the role of Madame Thenardier. Switching from theater to a music career, she has independently released 4 CD’s, selling over 30,000 copies and charting on 200 national radio stations. She’s been featured on ABC, CBS & NBC News, Oxygen Network’s “Bad Girls Club”, MTV, VH1, Women Who Rock Magazine, Songwriter Universe Magazine,  EMI/Songcircle Music, National Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Billboard Magazine’s “Underground LP” section for Noteworthy Emerging Artists. Nicola has appeared at Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium and in addition to her club and concert gigs, has performed in the New York City underground with MTA’s “Music Under New York” program for over 10 years.
  

www.nicolanicola.com


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Research & Development Associate - Script & Music

Paul Mueller  

 

 

Paul Mueller has been a musician (drums, percussion, hammered dulcimer), composer, producer, and audio engineer for over 30 years. His “world-beat” band, “Mecca Bodega” has touched audiences nationally and internationally, including performances at Lollapollooza '92, Woodstock '94, Celebrate Brooklyn Summer Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and tours of the U.S. and of Australia. “Mecca Bodega” is also a part of the “Music Under New York” program and when not touring, can be heard performing all over the city, from Grand Central Station to Lincoln Center. They have been featured on National Public Radio broadcasts of New Sounds on WNYC and Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion with Simon 7 of “Didjworks”. “Mecca Bodega” has recorded several film scores, including HBO's Subway Stories, directed by Jonathan Demme, in which they also appeared on-screen. Their music has been featured on internationally syndicated television specials including PBS’s Hasten Slowly: The Life of Sir Laurens Van Der Post among other PBS, cable, and independently produced films and television programs in the U.S. and abroad.
   

www.meccabodega.com


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Set/Costume Designer

Barbra Matis

 

Barbara Matis is an accomplished Film and Theatrical Production Set & Costume Designer as well as Art Director. She was Set Designer & Art Director for critically acclaimed Hollywood films such as: Men in Black 3, The Bounty Hunter, Shutter Island, I Am Legend, Music and Lyrics By…,The Good Shepherd, Freedomland, Hitch, Havana Nights, Mona Lisa Smile, Family Man, The Cradle Will Rock, Beloved, New Jack City, Moonstruck, Children of a Lesser God and Agnes of God. Barbara received a nomination for The Oscar and Art Directors Guild Award in 2007 for her work on The Good Shepherd. In live theater, Barbra was Set and Costume Designer for theatrical, opera and ballet productions such as Yeoman of the Guard at The Village Light Opera Group, The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Stratford Festival in Ontario, Brighton Beach Memoirs at The Centaur Theatre Company in Montreal, The Yiddish Drama Group Productions as part of her tenure of over 15 productions at Saidye Bronfman Center Theatre in Montreal, and Rag City in Blue at The Ontario Ballet Theatre in Toronto. Barbra designed and assisted with costume crafts & artistic direction for musical productions including Gypsy (National Tour), Crazy for You (National Tour), Beauty and The Beast (NYC, LA and Toronto Companies) and for projects with The New York City Ballet, New York Shakespeare Festival, NBC Sports Division – 2000 Olympics and the Grammy-Award winning group, The Pointer Sisters.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0559097/filmoyear

 

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Videographer/Documentary Filmmaker

Steve Yeager

 

 

Steve has worked on numerous feature, documentary, corporate, industrial, television, and commercial productions in film and video. He received the 1998 Filmmakers Trophy for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival for the documentary he directed, co-wrote and co-produced about the early career of Baltimore-based filmmaker, John Waters, Divine Trash. Steve’s documentary, If the Bough Breaks about the medical malpractice crisis in Maryland and the United States overall aired on Maryland public television in 2006. Beyond the Bridge/The Howard Rollins Story (a work-in-progress) had its first screening at the Senator Theater in Baltimore. Steve’s work in feature film and television includes: The Connection, 2001 (Co-Producer, Director, Editor); Divine Trash, 1998 (Co-Producer, Director, Co-Writer, Editor); In Bad Taste, 1999 (Producer, Director, Co-Writer) – sequel to Divine Trash – IFC/BRAVO; On the Block, 1991 (Producer, Director, Co-Writer, Editor) with Howard Rollins, theatrical distribution; FBI Files – Prosecutor Files, 2002 – present (Director), Discovery Channel; America’s Most Wanted, 1991-95 (Producer, Director), WJZ TV13.

http://www.pages.towson.edu/yeager/
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Yeager_(filmmaker)

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