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CREATIVE TEAM

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BOOK, LYRICS, PRODUCER

DOUGLAS THOMPSON

Douglas is a New York-based writer, producer, and performer. He adapted and produced the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire at Joe’s Pub, starring Lesley Ann Warren (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella) and Joyce Bulifant (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), reprising their film roles, alongside Brooke Shields, Dana Ivey, Tonya Pinkins, Brad Oscar, Nicholas Barasch, Luca Padovan, Sam Poon, Cherish Myers, and a special video appearance by John Davidson. Douglas also wrote, produced, and starred in his one-man show, Dougie Who: A Live Rock n’ Roll Adventure Through Time and Space, inspired by Doctor Who and the music of David Bowie, originated the role of Billy in Daryl Roth's Off-Broadway production of Dear Edwina, and toured nationally as lead conman, Freddy Benson, in the Tony-winning musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Douglas is a proud graduate of the Texas State University Theatre program. www.douglasjthompson.com 

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MUSIC

JOHANNA TELANDER

Johanna is a Finnish-American composer, writer and performer, best known for her debut work, Kalevala: The Musical, for which she wrote book, music and lyrics. Kalevala: The Musical concept album, featuring Ramin Karimloo and Julia Murney, has been heard in 80 countries, and was considered for a Grammy nomination. Johanna’s career began as a Finnish teen pop star, signed with Universal Music Group, and in the nearly two decades since, she has written for film, tv, radio, theatre, and performed in legendary NYC venues, from The Bitter End to Lincoln Center to The United Nations. Favorite highlights include performing with Residente and Bad Bunny on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and appearing in the hit NBC sitcom 30 Rock. Johanna is also a hands-on mom, a nature enthusiast and an active supporter of education in her community. 

https://www.kalevalamusical.com/

JohannaTelander.com

Insta & FB: @telanderjohanna

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DIRECTION

SAKI KAWAMURA

Saki is a New York City-based theatre/film director originally from Japan. As an immigrant artist, Saki is interested in challenging notions of traditional American theatre by combining non-traditional theatrical elements including butoh dance, visual arts, different languages, and devising. Her works reflect an international viewpoint, which incorporates eastern culture and values. She aims to create theatrical experiences which will build bridges across cultures. Recent directing credit includes: ICEBERG (Ren Gyo Soh), The Sugar Plant, Everest (Chain Theatre), Grown-ups, The Giving Tree (Unfix NYC), The Man Who Turned Into A Stick, Spite, Margaret’s Bed, The Librarian (ASDS Rep). Associate/Assistant credits include: The Cher Show (1st National Tour), Murder on the Orient Express (Paper Mill Playhouse), JOY: A NEW MUSICAL (George Street Playhouse), Clue (Paper Mill Playhouse), A Jolly Holiday: Celebrating Disney's Broadway Hits (Paper Mill Playhouse) and Mystic Pizza (Ogunquit Playhouse). Saki is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Ren Gyo Soh, an award-winning butoh theatre company in NYC. A member of Roundabout Directors Group Cohort 5. MFA Directing at Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. www.sakikawamura.com

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PRODUCTION, SCENIC & PROJECTION DESIGN

CHASE KNIFFEN

Chase is a New York City-based director and designer. He was the Associate Artistic Director of Virginia Repertory Theatre for ten seasons, where he produced, directed, and designed numerous productions. Select Directing credits include The Sound of Music, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Other Desert Cities, Caroline, or Change, Violet, Next to Normal, Gypsy, Fun Home and South Pacific. He has won multiple Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards for his work on those productions. Chase has also designed sets, lighting, and projections for multiple plays, musicals and concerts. He received his BA in Theatre with a concentration on Scenic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA in Directing from Pace University. www.chasekniffen.com.

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LIGHTING DESIGN

JOE DORAN

Broadway (Asst. LD): Summer, The Donna Summer Musical, Prince of Broadway; Doctor Zhivago, Magic/Bird; National Tours: Hamilton, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph ... Dreamcoat, Anything Goes, West Side Story, Flashdance the Musical, In the Heights; Off Broadway: Chanteuse, H4 and Shakespeare’s Slave. International: Norwegian Cruise Lines: Summer, The Donna Summer Musical, Disco Wonderland; NYC Dance: Sean Curran Company, Armitage Gone! Dance, Stephen Petronio Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and Martha Graham Dance Company; Regional Credits: Virginia Repertory Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Red Mountain Theatre, The Fulton Theatre, and Swift Creek Mill Theatre. Graduate of UNC School of the Arts. www.joedorandesign.com

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COSTUME DESIGN 

DAVID MARMON

David is a New York City-based fashion designer. With 20 years in the fashion industry, David is currently the Senior Designer for Men’s Tailoring at the international brand, Express For Men. By curating and distilling fashion trends from the past, present and future, from concept to design to in-store, David endeavors to inspires self- expression and confidence in his customer. His work can be seen, everyday, displayed and sold, in over 500 stores around the country.

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