Andrew Abrams has worked Off-Broadway, regionally and on tour as a professional director, musical director, conductor, composer and Equity actor. Off-Broadway: Between The Lines, (York Theater), 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: 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. This show previously headlined the New York Musical Theatre Festival in September 2005. In Madison, Andrew was seen in the Nutcracker as Herr Drosselmeyer, in 2017, with the Madison Ballet and he has also worked with CTM (Aladdin and Tuck Everlasting) as well as the Palace Dinner Theater in the Dells. He 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, privately in New York City and Madison and he will be teaching at Edgewood College starting in 2019.
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.
Stacy DeGolier (Administrative Assistant) is an actor, assistant director, and dialect coach who worked in the Madison area, Janesville, Edgerton, and Beloit before moving to New York. She received her BA in Theatre with a minor in Film Studies from Minnesota State, Mankato. In Capital City Theatre's 2017 production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Stacy played Olive Ostrovsky and was nominated for the BroadwayWorld Madison Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Other favorite regional credits include: Avenue Q (Kate Monster), Into the Woods (The Baker's Wife), Chicago (Hunyak) and the short film, "Evangelist" (Sheila) with Strongbow Magic here in Madison. As an actor, she was most recently seen as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz at The Producer's Club in New York and when she isn't acting/auditioning, she is working at 59E59 Theaters as part of the Front of House Staff.
Kayla Ferris (Graphic Designer) is a designer living in Des Moines, IA. She currently works as a Graphic Designer at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino as well as freelances. She recently graduated from Drake University with degrees in Advertising and Graphic Design and a minor in Musical Theatre. Her most recent theatre credits include Drake University’s productions of Blood Wedding (Young Girl), The Rocky Horror Show (Narrator), Cabaret (Helga), and Runaways (Child Prostitute/Ensemble). Her design work has been used for companies such as Drake University Theatre Arts, Paul Busse Fishing, The Arts Center of St. Charles, the Des Moines Community Playhouse, and the Cloris Awards. Kayla is thrilled to get to combine her love of theatre and design and be a part of Capital City Theatre.
Maria Marsland (Administrative Assistant) is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison on track to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a double major in vocal performance. Maria has been involved in the Find Your Light program with Capital City Theatre for 3 years and recently appeared in the Hunchback of Notre Dame with CCT. Along with being a 2-year member of the Jerry Ensemble, Maria’s recent theatre credits include Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), The Sound of Music (Maria), and Hello Dolly (Irene Molloy) with St. Ambrose Academy and Cavelleria Rusticana/Pagliacci and Florencia en el Amazonas with Madison Opera. Maria is delighted to join the Capital City Theatre team and incredibly thankful for this opportunity.
Grant Palmer (Marketing and Media Specialist) is an undergraduate student studying Entertainment Technology at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. Grant first got involved with Capital City Theatre back in 2016 as a student in the Stagecraft Studios classes. He has previously done work with the IA and with local theatre in Madison. Grant is excited to be on the Capital City Theatre team and to help develop the Capital City Theatre brand in the coming seasons.
Julyne Hahn Segar (Co-Director of Development) has been an actor/educator for more than 30 years and has gained experience in best practices with mid-west institutions of academic merit; implementing museum theatre education, developing multi-sensory curriculum, arts administration, grant-writing, and evaluation for non-profit organizations and school districts. Ms. Segar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. She was fortunate to perform professionally in various roles in Milwaukee theatre companies, was featured on the Captain Kangaroo television show, and lived and worked in Chicago with numerous cultural institutions throughout her career. Julyne is an advocate for inclusion and has a teenager with Down syndrome. In 2017 she published her first article on the Museum Revolution blog: Access for All: How to Promote Inclusion at Museums. She is also a Wisconsin certified substitute teacher and enjoys working with people all ages and all abilities.
Elisabeth Veltman (Marketing Strategy & Copywriting Consultant)
Marketer: Blue Pearl has been helping clients expand their customer base, create their brand and grow financially since 2004.... Writer: A somewhat checkered past gives this strategist and writer a lot to draw from.... Executive: Senior management positions cross industries, including Director of Client Services for Tickmark, Inc. (a start-up software company), and Director of Information at Columbia Artists Management Inc. (management for the performing arts).... Teacher: Elisabeth has been on the faculty of Baruch College's continuing and professional studies department, a division of the City University of New York. She taught the Fundamentals of the Customer Experience....Analyst: Senior Data Analyst & Vendor Liason for Lehman Brothers Fixed Income Department where she led the research and construction of the back end of several indices, including the 144a Index and the first Euro Aggregate Index to hit Wall Street.... Musician: Elisabeth was a musician and classical singer. She traveled the world singing with opera companies and symphony orchestras for the first part of her career. Student: (Always.) She holds a Masters degree in Music from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor's degree in Music and in German from Calvin College. She speaks a little German, a little less French and Italian, and brushes up her languages with CD's in the car whenever she can. Elisabeth is pleased to help guide Capital City Theatre and its Conservatory as they grow and embrace new audiences.