ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ANDREW ABRAMS
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), Hostra University and privately in New York City and Madison. Andrew@CapitalCityTheatre.org
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, GAIL BECKER
Born and raised in a suburb west of Chicago, Gail has been a Cabaret Singer and Actress for over 25 years. For the past 15 years she has made it a priority to further the careers of aspiring musical theatre artists by working independently as a Music Director and Voice Instructor. Gail’s musical directing credits in Madison include work with CTM, Four Seasons Theatre, Oregon Straw Hat Players, Stoughton Village Players, and numerous productions at Madison Country Day School. She also directs the Tommy Ensemble through Overture Center for the Arts and has led numerous workshops including Find Your Light, a two week musical theatre intensive, Madison Tommy Awards with Overture Center for the Arts, Four Seasons Outreach Program, UW Summer Music Clinic, TYA Director for MadCap and CTM’s Nancy Thurow Acting Academy. Gail also works in Madison as a freelance performer, vocal coach, musical director, director and voice-over artist. Gail@CapitalCityTheatre.org
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE, LAUREN MILLER
Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus on flute, and a minor in Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies from UW-Milwaukee in 2015. She has focused heavily on marketing, design, advertising, public relations, and sales by working with major companies, small businesses, and non-profits. She has applied her knowledge working for Warner Brother Records, Milwaukee radio stations, Summerfest, UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, and her current position with Gymfinity Children’s Activity Center in Fitchburg as the events and marketing director. Lauren is excited to be involved with Capitol City Theatre and the arts in Madison as working in the arts is her true passion.
BUSINESS MANAGER, TONY REITANO
Tony has Stage Managed Capital City Theatre’s Gypsy and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, both at the Overture Center. Tony started as a NY actor, then moved to Los Angeles and ultimately saved thousands of lives as Vince the Crash Test Dummy in the award-winning Safety Belt campaign. Longtime Production Manager for Pat Hazell’s The Wonder Bread Years and Cocktails With Larry Miller, he was also Stage Manager for Bunk Bed Brothers at the Marcus Center, Theatre Lila’s Suitcase Dreams, and Four Season’s Follies. He is the author of the Live Radio Plays Young St. Nick, Sleepy Hollow & Other Headless Tales, and Legends of the Leprechauns. Tony and his wife, Leslie Esser-Reitano, are founders of the production company HEARTLINE THEATRICALS. Tony is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America, and the Dramatist Guild.
GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN, KAYLA FERRIS
Kayla Ferris is a Senior at Drake University majoring in Advertising and Graphic Design and minoring in Musical Theatre. She currently works as the Publicity Coordinator for the Drake University Theatre Arts Department. Her most recent theatre credits include Drake University’s productions of Blood Wedding (Young Girl), The Rocky Horror Show (Narrator), and Cabaret (Helga). Her design work has been used for companies such as Drake University Theatre Arts, Paul Busse Fishing, The Arts Center of St. Charles and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Kayla is thrilled to get to combine her love of theatre and design and be a part of Capital City Theatre.