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Thomas Morrissey

Artistic Director

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Most recently, Producing Artistic Director of the ReVision Theatre a professional regional theatre in Asbury Park, NJ. For ReVision Tom Directed the highly acclaimed productions of Hello, Dolly! staring Richard Skipper as Carol Channing and the sold out run of The Rocky Horror Show. The ReVision Theatre, is a continuation of The Genesius Theatre Guild, which Tom founded in NYC in 1995 and served as its Artistic Director for 10 years providing a place for diverse theatre artists to collaborate on the creation and development of new plays and musicals. Tom produced and directed The Genesius Guild’s first mainstage productions The Glass Mendacity by Maureen Morley and Tom Wilmorth, Frank Stancati’s Just Us Boys, Dalliance In Vienna by Douglas Braverman and produced the premiere production of Jonathan Tolin’s The Last Sunday In June which became the highlight of Rattlestick Productions 2003 off Broadway season & went on to its commercial New York run at the Century Center Theatre.

He was the Producing Artistic Director for the Texas Star Theatre at the Historic Granbury Opera House for their 2005 season production of Gypsy which he directed and choreographed to rave reviews starring Cindy Benson along with I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. In New York Tom has also worked as a director at Circle Repertory Company (Circle REP LAB member), Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels and is a founding member of the Professional Directors Company at New York University. Regional director/choreographer credits include: Oklahoma, No No Nanette, Camelot, The King & I, Two By Two, The Pirates Of Penzance, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie Get Your Gun and Hello Dolly!. He has worked in all areas of professional theatre; regional, summer, dinner theatre, off and on Broadway.

Tom sat on the Theatre Panel for the Manhattan Community Arts Fund re-grant program of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Tom has taught acting, musical theatre classes and workshops at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Wagner College, New York University, The Creative Acting Company, NYC. A member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), his web-site can be found at www.ThomasMorrissey.com

 

Julie Marino

Director of Development

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Julie developed a love for the performing arts while growing up in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, surrounded by the cultural bounty of Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, the Berkshire Theatre Festival and Willamstown Playhouse.

Julie has over 30 years of writing, marketing and fundraising experience, much of it in support of non-profit arts organizations. She is also a playwright. Her relationship with TNNY Artistic Director Tom Morrissey dates back to 2001, when Mondo Condo, a musical she co-authored was given a staged reading by the Genesius Theatre Guild, of which Tom was founding Artistic Director. She subsequently joined Genesius, where she handled marketing and fund-raising, and assisted in the running of the writers’ workshop there.

In addition to her development work at TNNY, Julie is currently working on a new play, Flying at Sunset. She is a member of the Womens’ Initiative at the Dramatists Guild.

 

Stephen Bishop Seely

Literary Manager

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Stephen Bishop Seely attended both the University of Texas in Austin and Michigan State University completing his MFA in Acting.  He has performed, produced, written, directed and served as a dramaturg for numerous Regional, Touring, Off-Broadway, and Broadway productions. During his time at the Genesius Theatre Guild (NYC), he served as Literary Liaison and Director of Play Development. He started the Revolutionary Writers Workshop and the RAW Reading Series, and helped create and develop many new plays and musicals. He continued to be innovative in theatre by developing the first ever GTG Script Development Group (The Dramaturgical Coalition) consisting of select Dramaturgs, Producers, and Directors, which focused on the process of developing a script for production.  He successfully workshopped and produced the premiere of BOX by Fred Shahadi and directed by Clinton Turner Davis. Stephen served as the assistant dramaturg at Disney Theatrical Productions as a member of  their creative team for the musicals Tarzan, book by David Henry Hwang and music and lyrics by Phil Collins and On the Record directed by Bobby Longbottom.  He became Associate Artistic Director of the new Texas Star Theatre at the Granbury Opera House, where he directed The Boys Next Door and was the associate producer for Gypsy (with Cindy Benson), Grease, and a workshop reading of Robin Hood the Musical.  Stephen was one of co-founding Producing Artistic Directors of ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey and there produced  Hello, Dolly!, with Richard Skipper as Carol Channing, Hair, Scrooge in Rouge, Kingdom (winner of Best New Musical in New Jersey), Funny Girl with Steven Brinberg as Barbra Streisand, and The Full Monty.  He has written and directed two films including "Inseparable" and "On the Sauce" and has written several plays in development including The Future of Corn, The Calypso Crux, Mancrab, and Topeka is Turning.  Stephen has a web series in development, "Separated@Birth" and is currently working on a new theatre project entitled, The Untitled Anderson Cooper/CNN Project, which he co-wrote with Matthew Palmer.  Mos recently, Stephen has directed two Off-Broadway shows; 8 Million Protagonists and Broke Wide Open starring Rock WILK.

 

Matthew ZanFagna

Associate Artistic Director

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with Theatre Now New York: Carrie (Assistant Director/ Casting), several Raw Readings, and casting director since November 2013.

Recent directing credits include Houdin (Sound Bites 3.0) and Mary Teitelbaum's Bonjour (Manhattan Rep). Matt has performed regionally at Zoot Theatre Company, Peregrine Theatre Ensemble in Provincetown, La Comedia Dinner Theatre, and others. New York credits include Oklahoma! (Will Parker) and Duncan Pflaster's What I Like at the Player's Theatre, and the title role in Chance at the WorkShop Theatre, directed by Bob Kalfin, the NY premiere of Eternal Flame: The Ballad of Jessie Blade (Billie). RITEA Awards for Hair (Claude Bukowski), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), & And They Dance Real Slow In Jackson (The First Man). Matt is a graduate of American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) Integrated Conservatory Program in NYC. @mattzanfagna

 

Chris Giordano

Managing Director

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Chris is originally from Orange County, California. He graduated from Pace University in 2012 with a BFA in Musical Theatre, BA in Theatre Arts Directing, and a Dance minor. National Tour credits include: Broadway Christmas WonderlandThe Berenstain Bears Live! Regional Theatre credits include: It Shoulda Been You (Greg) at Gretna Theatre, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), All Shook Up (Dennis) at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka) at Westchester Broadway Theatre, Hair (Margaret Mead), Ragtime, Bye Bye Birdie, South Pacific at Weathervane Theater, The Wedding Singer, Seussical: The Musical (Horton), Disney's High School Musical (Ryan Evans). A proud SAG-AFTRA member, he's used stand-in and background work to get on set experience with numerous TV and film projects in NYC. As a teaching artist, he has taught musical theatre classes with Inside Broadway, Kidville, Brooklyn Acting Lab, Camp Broadway, The Boys and Girls Club, the Putney Summer Program in Vermont, and many public schools. He's been on the directing team for shows, such as: Disney's The Lion King Jr, Into the Woods Jr, The Syringa Tree, phat girls, She Loves Me, and Seussical Jr.. While balancing his acting career, he's currently working towardshis master's in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York. www.chrisgiordano.net

 

Andrew Bryce

Production Manager

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Andrew is an AEA actor and produced playwrite.  Andrew previously worked as a Site Director for Wingspan Arts in New York City, as a Front of House Staff Member for The Public Theater, and in the Box Office for Center Stage in Baltimore.  Andrew currently works as an Associate Teacher for Success Academy Charter Schools.  Andrew’s plays have been seen at Metropolitan Playhouse, Manhattan Repertory Theatre and The Alpha NYC Theater Company.  As an actor Andrew has appeared with Hartford Stage, La MaMa, Metropolitan Playhouse, Paradise Factory, The Drilling Company, The Majestic Theater, The Cider Mill Playhouse and Connecticut Free Shakespeare.  He holds a B.A. in Theatre from Binghamton University.  www.andrewbryceactor.com

 

Ellie Kahn

Music Coordinator

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Ellie Kahn is a working music director, actress, and musician based in NYC. Much of the year, she has the pleasure of serving as Install Music Supervisor for several ships in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. Ellie has served as Musical Coordinator of SOUND BITES for the last two years, and musically directed TNNY’s awesome 2015 production of CARRIE. During the summer, she can be seen working with George Street Playhouse’s Theater Academy. Some favorite performance credits include Bianca in a special Inauguration Day reading of The Taming (Monday Theatre Co., NYC), 42nd St.Godspell, (Interlakes) Parade (Bullet Theatre Collab.), and Other Girls (Monday Theatre Co.). She has also made appearances at 54Below and Don’t Tell Mama. Other MD credits include Into the Woods, Shrek, the Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, Via Galactica. Thanks to Tom and the team!  www.ellie-kahn.com

 

Jessica McIlquham

Stage Management

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Jessica is a stage manager, actress, sound engineer, composer, and musician based in Brooklyn NY, and was touring and recording with her band Beacon James from 2007 to 2015, playing venues like the Chicago Hard Rock Cafe, 7th Street Entry, and The New Earth Barn, and participating in the Volume One Backstage and Sounds Like Summer concert series. She has released three albums and two singles to date. Favorite theater credits include Into The Woods (Baker's Wife), Once Upon A Mattress (Winnifred), and Candide (Ensemble). Vlah! www.jessicamcilquham.com

 

 

Michael Tosto

 

Stage Management

 

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Elinor Frances

 

Press & Marketing Director

 

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