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, Director of Education/Associate Artistic Director
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.