Andrew Abrams has worked Off-Broadway, regionally and on tour as a professional director, musical director, conductor, composer and Equity actor. Off-Broadway: Pirates of Penzance (New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players). Tours: Cinderella (with Eartha Kitt), State Fair (with John Davidson), Cabaret (with Andrea McCardle), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Fiddler on the Roof (with Theodore Bikel); Regionally: Between the Lines (Luna Stage), Masterclass (with Rosemary Prinz), Mikado (Theatre Virginia) and numerous others. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Madison and a Master of Arts, in Musical Theatre, from University of London-Goldsmiths. He is also a graduate of the advanced year of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop in New York City where he wrote But I’m a Cheerleader, the Musical which had a reading in London in December, 2013 directed by Tony-Award winner Jerry Mitchell and starring Hannah Waddingham. This show previously headlined the New York Musical Theatre Festival in September 2005. Andrew has also worked as a vocal coach, voice teacher, and Acting through Song coach at NYU, New York Film Academy, AMDA, Mountview Academy (in London), Hofstra University and privately in New York City and Madison.
Director of Education
Gail Becker was born and raised in a western suburb of Chicago. She is a seasoned Cabaret performer and actress now making Madison her home.For the past 20 years she has made it a priority to further the careers of aspiring musical theatre artists by working independently as a Music Director and Instructor. Now in its sixth year, Gail also directs the Overture Center’s Jerry Ensemble. Gail has had numerous Cabaret engagements in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Naples, etc and her Performing credits include - Tour: Babes in Toyland. Chicago: High Society (Sunny), Chicago (June), Sunday in the Park with George (Frieda/Mrs.), Merrily We Roll Along (Gussie), Pirates of Penzance (Edith). Madison: Gypsy (Mazeppa) with Capital City Theatre; Tuck Everlasting (Mae), James and the Giant Peach with CTM. Her music directing credits in Madison include work with Edgewood College, CTM, and Madison Country Day School. In Chicago, Gail music directed and choreographed over 25 productions at local theatres and high schools. Instruction credits include: Capital City Theatre Conservatory, UW Madison Theatre Department, UW Summer Music Clinic, Overture’s Jerry Awards, CTM Academy, and TYA Director for MadCap. She has numerous private students who are either working in theatre or attending colleges and university for musical theatre. Gail also works as a freelance voice over artist. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Miami University. Learn more at www.gailbeckertalent.com and www.gailbeckerstudio.com.
Sabra has performed on tours nationally and internationally in such exotic places as Bahrain, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England. For 10 years, she resided in the heart of New York’s theatre district, where she had the opportunity to perform in several Off-Broadway venues, work with many Broadway stars, and study with some of the finest coaches in the city (including Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon's dance assistant Mimi Quillen, Richard Sabellico of Gypsy and OBC Annie, Doug Oberhamer of Swing!, and Kate Pazakis of Big Gay Musical, Jerry Springer the Opera, and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas). Audiences fondly remember her playing the principal roles of Morticia in The Addams Family, Ellie in two separate productions of Showboat, Tessie Tura in Gypsy, and on the national tour of The Pajama Game where she got to sing and dance Steam Heat. She can be seen on the Bear in the Big Blue House LIVE! DVD (released by Jim Henson/Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment) with whom she toured world-wide for three seasons. … She also performed at President Clinton’s last Inaugural in George Faison’s KING! A Musical Testimony with Maya Angelou and spent six months cruising the Hawaiian Islands on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America. TEACHING. After receiving her BFA in dance from Shenandoah Conservatory, Sabra began teaching and her students won high score awards at numerous national competitions … Read more about Sabra
Whitney Derendinger is a professional actor, stage combat instructor, teacher, and voice and movement coach with over 20 years of experience. Whitney has worked in Chicago, St. Louis, and has toured nationally. He currently reside in Madison, Wisconsin after earning his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from UW-Madison. His passion for working onstage is matched only by his love of coaching and training young actors and theatre artists.