Andrew Abrams, Artistic Director
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.
Gail Becker, Director of Education
Born and raised in a suburb west of Chicago, Gail 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 Vocal Coach. Gail’s music directing credits in Madison include work with Edgewood College, CTM, Four Seasons Theatre, Oregon Straw Hat Players, Stoughton Village Players, and Madison Country Day School. Gail is also the Director of Overture Center’s Jerry Ensemble. Instruction credits include: Capital City Theatre Conservatory, UW Madison Theatre Department, UW Summer Music Clinic, Madison Jerry Awards, CTM’s Academy, and TYA Director for MadCap. Gail also works as a freelance performer, vocal coach, voice over artist. Learn more at www.gailbeckertalent.com and www.gailbeckerstudio.com.
Grant Palmer (Marketing Coordinator) 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.
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.