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JIMMY FERRARO

(Producer-Director) - Award winning Broadway actor, director, producer, and author, Jimmy Ferraro’s credits are an outgrowth of decades as a professional performer on and Off-Broadway, in National Tours and in theatres throughout the United States. Jimmy has produced and directed major productions around the country including, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Sugar Babies, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Nunsense, 42nd Street, Oklahoma, The King & I, Oklahoma, Music Man, La Cage aux Folles, Annie, Dames at Sea, Best Little Whorehouse, West Side Story, Oliver, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Niteclub Confidential, Barefoot in the Park, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Driving Miss Daisy, Steel Magnolias, Odd Couple, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Love, Sex & the IRS”, Weekend Comedy, The Star Spangled Girl, Pajama Tops, Cookin’ with Gus, Owl & the Pussycat and more, including numerous musical revues. Jimmy resides in Tampa Bay, Florida, with his wife, Broadway actress Dee Etta Rowe.

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JOANNE KOCH

(Playwright) -  Joanne Koch has had seventeen plays and musicals produced across the country, and has garnered numerous awards for her playwriting and screenwriting. Her musical SOPHIE, TOTIE & BELLE played Off-Broadway and in numerous theaters around the country. Koch’s screenwriting includes the award-winning High Top Tower series broadcast on FOX. Dr. Koch directs the graduate writing program at National Louis Univerisity in Chicago. Dr. Koch has previously written 10 nonfiction books, a column for United Features syndicated to two hundred papers, and numerous magazine articles.

ILYA LEVINSON

(Composer) - Ilya Levinson has been widely praised for his many compositions. Levinson’s catalogue includes operas, musicals, various symphonic, chamber music, and film scores. Mr Levinson was nominated for a Grammy as the musical director/arranger and pianist for the new Budapest Orpheum Society. He is Associate Professor of the Music Department at Columbia College Chicago.

OWEN KALT

(Lyricist) - Owen Kalt is a 2013 ASCAP Plus Award Winner. He cowrote the musical SLEEPY HOLLOW, produced in many regional theaters. Owen has written lyrics for songs that are regularly performed by Chicago area cabaret artists. He was the lyricist for the musical AMERICAN KLEZMER. 

DARLENE OWENS WIDNER

(Stage Manager/Costume Designer/Wardrobe Stylist/Fabricator) - Darlene started sewing at the age of nine, and competing by the age of twelve. She now independently designs and styles for film, theatre, musicians, and the growing cosplay industry. In addition to costume design, she is a production stage manager and props master. Her greatest passion is hand stitching and bead design for competitions, including complete recreations of famous historical ball gowns for the Society of Martha Washington Colonial Pageant and Ball.