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Gail Edwards - Actress - TV: Full House, Touched by an Angel, It's a Living, Home Improvement, BlossomM*A*S*H, Amazing Stories, Buffalo Bill,and more. Gail's Website

Josh Fiedler - Producer - currently works as the Director of Creative Development for Aged in Wood Productions, producers of the shows Altar BoyzIn The Heights, Barefoot in the ParkRed Light WinterHigh Fidelityand the Tony Award winning Avenue Q. He is a Literary Associate at theRoundabout Theatre Company. He is the co-founder of Meanwhile Productions with partner Brad Bauner.and co-produced Pippin and Secret Garden for the World AIDS Day Concerts. As a performer, Josh's New York credits include Merrily We Roll Along at the Gallery Players, and John Walker: The Musical at the New York Fringe Festival 2004.

Brett Friedmann - Actor - has had principle roles in two feature films since arriving in New York City; The Space Between Dreams and Life Decisions: A Bronx Story. He has also shot several shorts including Awake for Samsung Fresh Films. On TV, Brett was recently featured on Law and Order. On stage, Brett has appeared as part of the NYC International Fringe Festival "Best Ensemble" in Odysseus Died From AIDS and in the Midtown Theatre Festival's Papa's Will with Panicked Productions. Learn more about Brett.

Henry Gainza - has performed across the United States abroad and in the New York theater community. He has appeared on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”, in the film Isabella Rico, and sung jingles for companies such as Heineken. He also had a leading role in pop star Enrique Iglesias’ off Broadway hit 4 Guys Named Jose and was featured on the cast album. He frequently returns to South Florida where he has performed at the Actors' Playhouse and with City Theatre. Henry was a finalist in the John Lennon Song Writing Contest with his song, Lo Tienes Todo, which was recorded in a home studio that also doubled as a laundry room. Henry is a Carbonell nominee and an Hola Award winner.

Eileen Galindo - Actor - Writer - has since been involved in several award winning projects including Newton's Apple (Emmy Winner), Dora The Explorer (Emmy, Imagen Award Winner), Doubleparked (Slamdance Award Winner), The House of Bernarda Alba opposite the legendary Chita Rivera, and the critically acclaimed world premiere of Chavez Ravine with Culture Clash (Mark Taper Forum). She can currently be seen on NBC's Days of our Lives playing the role of the nefarious "Beverly Healy". She also secured the role of the "Nurse" in Tony Plana's (Ugly Betty) adaptation Zoot Suit Romeo and Juliet. She can be heard in Phineas and Ferb the new Disney Channel animated comedy by the creators ofHey Arnold and Sponge Bob Square Pants. Her television credits include CBS That's Life, ABC NYPD Blue, NBC ER and Lifetime Strong Medicine.. As for her big screen ventures, the list includes The Super opposite Joe Pesci, Row Your Boat opposite Jon Bon Jovi, andExiles in New York written and directed by Eduardo Machado.

Andy Goldenberg - Actor - completed the Second City LA Conservatory in 2004 and continues to perform with his graduating class as the 11th Hour. His most recent performances include roles in the sketch shows,The Mind, The Wallet, The Soul, Exposed Funny Bone, and Destroy Robot World. He performs Musical Improv with Second City Sings every at 8 pm and long-form improv every Wednesday at 8 pm in theWednesday Night 4Cast with his improv group, The Kids' Table. The 11th Hour can aTuesdaylso be caught on the first friday of every month at the Highlands as part of Comedy Cocktail.

Steven Goldsmith - Actor - Is currently in the Broadway San Franscisco/Chicagol Tour of Jersey Boys (Joe Pesci, u/sFrankie Valli). He  has also been in National Tours of Fame (Nick) and Joseph an the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Jon Secada. In New York, Steven has performed in Richard Maltby's The 60's ProjectThe New Picasso and in Liza Minnelli's Liza's Back. His numerous regional credits include work with theatres including Bristol Riverside, Walnut Street Theatre, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre and North Carolina Theatre. Steven's Website

Jeniffer Brooke Goldman - Actor - has been seen on television in Angel, Grosse Pointe and on Access Hollywood. Her film work includes Ransom, We Married Margo, and Behind the Velvet Ropes.

David Goodman - Lighting Designer: Regional Representative of United Scenic Artists

Charles Grodin - Actor - Writer - Director - Producer - was a writer and director for Candid Camera. He is a member of the Actor’s Studio, a best-selling author and a monologist with his show An Evening of Humor with Charles Grodin.

Grodin attained movie stardom with The Heartbreak Kid and then went on to star in a number of outstanding films, including Heaven Can Wait,Seems Like Old TimesMidnight Run and the Beethoven movies.

He hosted his own television show on CNBC and MSNBC.

He’s received four Cable Ace nominations for The Charles Grodin Show as well as a Cable Ace nomination for his performance in Jules Feiffer’s play Grownups. Grodin’s received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in The Heartbreak Kid and an Outer Critic’s award for his performance on Broadway in Same Time Next Year.

On the other side of the camera, Grodin directed the Emmy-winning special Acts of Love and Other Comedies. He also earned an Emmy Award for his writing on The Paul Simon Special for CBS.

In addition, he produced and directed Paradise, an Emmy-nominated special, and wrote and directed The Simon and Garfunkel Special. Grodin is the author of three critically acclaimed books: It Would Be So Nice If You Weren’t Here< How I Get Through Life andWe’re Ready For You Mr. Grodin. He also authored a children’s book, Freddy the Fly.

Currently, Grodin is a regular contributor to the “Today” show, Court TV and CBS News where he writes Grodin's Commentary.

Tim Gulan - Actor - Broadway: Lion King, Blood Brothers, Passion, The Frogs. Broadway National Tours: , Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Some Like it Hot (with Tony Curtis), Les Miserable. Visit Tim at

Peter Harvey - Set & Costume Designer - Broadway: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, A Letter for Queen Victoria, Johnny Johnson, Park, Kean.

Joshua Henry- Actor - Broadway: In The Heights. off-Broadway:Serenade. Josh was the Tin Man in The Encores! Summer Stars production of The Wiz. REGIONAL: Papermill Playhouse as Judas inGodspellWestport Country PlayhouseBeing Alive. Past shows include Violet (Flick) Baby (Nick), and Music Man (Harold). He can be seen in the new Sex In The City movie as Jennifer Hudson's boyfriend. Josh is currently in Green Day's American Idiot at Berkley Rep.American Idiot Video Link

Jerry Herman - Lyricist and Composer

Hit Broadway musicals Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage Aux Folles andMack and Mabel are home to some of the most popular musical heroines of all time, and have given Jerry Herman the distinction of being the only composer-lyricist in history to have had three musicals that ran more than 1,500 consecutive performances on Broadway.

In 1961, Jerry composed the score for his first Broadway musical Milk and Honey. The success of the show garnered him his first Tony Award nomination and sky-rocketed his career. In 1964, Jerry, along with Carol Channing, helped to produce the Broadway hit Hello, Dolly! The show swept the Tony Awards, winning 10, and continued its run from 1964 to 1971 including more than 2,500 performances.

His credits also include the Broadway mega-hits Mame (1966), Dear World (1969), Mack and Mabel (1974) – Jerry’s favourite score, The Grand Tour (1979), which received two Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Score, and La Cage Aux Folles (1983), which is considered to be one of Jerry’s greatest accomplishments earning nine Tony nominations, including six awards for: Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Director of a Musical, Best Book, Best Score and Best Costume Designer. In 1985, Jerry's Girls, a collection of Jerry’s favorite Broadway songs, made its debut on Broadway.

Jerry’s credits extend beyond Broadway, with his work in television and film, as well as the release of several albums. In 1996 he wrote songs and collaborated with his friend and former colleague Angela Lansbury to produce Mrs. Santa Claus. Jerry also united with comedienne, entertainer and singer Carol Channing to complete the album Hello, Dolly!with Carol Channing that contained music from the 1964 Broadway hit.

Throughout his career, Jerry has acquired a string of awards and honours that include Tonys, Grammys, Drama Desk Awards, the Johnny Mercer Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, the Oscar Hammerstein Award and the Frederick Lowe Award. In the '70s the Ring Theatre at the University of Miami was renamed the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, as a tribute to our alumnus. In 1981, he was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1986. In 2009, Jerry Herman won the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Listen to a one-of-a-kind live interview with Jerry Herman on The American Theater Wing’s Downstage Centre, where Jerry performs excerpts from some of his most famous compositions. In particular, Jerry recounts how he created one of his favourite songs “I Won’t Send Roses” which is the heart and soul of the Sennett-Normand love story in Mack and Mabel.

Jerry Herman Authorized Website

Biography by Jackie Maxwell and Sue-Ellen Boyes, origianlly for the Shaw Festival.

Riccardo Hernandez - Designer - Broadway: Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change;Topdog/Underdog (also Royal Court, London); Elaine Stritch at Liberty (also West End’sOld Vic, London and National Tour); Parade (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations) directed by Hal Prince; Bells Are Ringing (directed by Tina Landau); Noise/Funk (also National Tours and Japan); The Tempest. New York: Over a dozen productions at New York Shakespeare Festival/Public TheaterSanta Fe OperaLincoln CenterSecond Stage TheatreNew York Theater Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, MCC, Playwrights HorizonsCherry Lane TheatreBrooklyn Academy of Music, etc. Regional: ARTACTAlliance Theatre,Arena StageCenter StageDallas Theater CenterGeffen PlayhouseThe Goodman TheaterHartford StageKennedy CenterLa Jolla PlayhouseLong Wharf Theatre,McCarter TheatreMark Taper ForumOld Globe Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre,South Coast RepThe Shakespeare TheatreYale Repertory Theatre, etc. Opera: Lyric Opera of ChicagoHouston Grand OperaNew York City OperaLos Angeles Opera,Pittsburgh OperaMichigan OperaOpera PacificBerkshire Opera and Hong Kong.

Aisha Hinds - Actress - TV: Invasion, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Shield, Judging Amy. Film: Mr. Brooks, Assault on Precinct 13.

Lou Hirsch - Actor - As an American actor in England Lou has played a variety of stage and screen roles, ranging from We'll Meet Again for London Weekend Television, to Angels in America at the Royal National Theatre, to John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men at the Mermaid Theatre in London, and on tour around England and Scotland. His film work also includes Superman III, The American Way, starring Dennis Hopper,Haunted Honeymoon, directed by and starring Gene Wilder, and voice work in Who Framed Roger Rabbit where he voiced the infamous Baby Herman.

In addition to numerous TV credits, at present, he is a regular character in a BBC1 sit-com called My Hero. It stars Ardal O'Hanlon and Emily Joyce, and now in series six James Dreyfus.He plays Thermoman's cousin Arnie. Lou's Website