Adam Chisnall (emcee) - is thrilled to be joining Broadway's Next Hit Musical! Adam performs stand up in NYC and has emcee'd at Caroline's, New York Comedy Club, StandUpNY, Broadway Comedy Club, 360 Comedy Festival, and TriBeCa Comedy Lounge. You can find him hosting #theOUTtalk on OutliciousTV. As an actor he has appeared off-Broadway in The Jackie Mason Musical and performed in Old Jews Telling Jokes in South Florida. Adam has a BA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University and has studied with Second City Chicago. He thanks his parents for their love and support.
Rachel Dart (Stage Manager) Rachel Dart received her BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Directing credits include work at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Youngblood , Culture Project, #serials@The Flea, York Theatre, and The Atlantic Alumni Workshop and Acting School. Many assistant directing credits off-Broadway and regionally. She has stage managed over 200 improv shows, and that's a lot.
RACHEL BOUTON (Performer) - When she’s not on tour, Rachel can be seen performing every week with her musical team Vern at the People’s Improv Theatre. She also hosts the comedy burlesque show Phaedra's Cabaret and is the creative director behind This is Your Life: THE MUSICAL, performing personalized musicals for parties and events. Stand-up and storytelling credits include Gotham Comedy Club (*Story Talks Winner), Broadway Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, The Metropolitan Room, and the Moth. Rachel has studied at The Second City (Chicago), Upright Citizen’s Brigade (NYC) and The People’s Improv Theatre (NYC). She now coaches musical improv in NYC, teaches theatre to young people at Jersey City Children's Theatre, and leads corporate improv workshops around the country. Find her at rachelbouton.com or on a bench somewhere eating a bagel.
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Gary Adler (musical director) served as the musical director for Broadway's Avenue Q for its entire six and a half year run. Other NYC conducting credits include The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Kinky Boots, The Fantasticks, and Next to Normal. He co-wrote the long-running Off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz, for which he received Drama Desk nominations for both his music and lyrics. Gary also wrote and arranged for Disney Channel’s “Johnny And The Sprites” starring John Tartagila. He has been playing improv piano for longer than he would care to admit.
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Brad Barton has performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, One Life to Live, and Upright Citizens Brigade on Comedy Central. He has also appeared on MTV, Food Network, Discovery Times, and has shot pilots for Comedy Central and Metropolis Entertainment. Brad has conducted celebrity interviews for Fandango and hosts/emcees for corporate events and tours for clients such as AT&T, Bank of America, Pfizer, and AMC. He also loves talking about geek pop culture and does so frequently on the podcast 1.21 Geekawatts. Learn more at www.brad-barton.net.
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Ralph Buckley (Co-Producer) has worked as an actor and director on and off Broadway, in television, film and radio. Ralph has produced music and improvisation in diverse venues including Joe’s Pub, El Flamingo and The Triad. He is executive director/producer of the ongoing improvisational performance workshop, The Yes Show.
Deb Rabbai (Co-Artistic Director, Co-Producer, Performer) is an original member and co-creator of Broadway’s Next Hit Musical. A native New Yorker, Deb has worked as an actor, improviser, singer and voiceover artist for the last twenty five years. Deb became the Co-Artistic Director of BNHM in 2009 and has proudly witnessed its progress over the last two decades into the hilarious hit it is today. A graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, Deb spent ten years performing and teaching improvisation with Freestyle Repertory Theatre (TheatreSports New York), five years performing with ComedySportz NY and seven years with the Chicago City Limits national touring company. Deb is a highly experienced teacher of improvisation and acting, having worked at NYU, Marymount Manhattan College, The American Comedy Institute, NY Film Academy and Acteen in NYC. Deb successfully created programs that teach curriculum through improvisation – these programs have been integrated into public schools in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Deb has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and in national commercials for MasterCard, Wendy’s and Zyrtec. Deb has done countless voiceovers, ranging from radio and TV advertisements, to video games and anime films. For more information on Deb, find her on DebRabbai.com, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat.
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Amy Merli (Stage Manager) is a professional dancer and has worked backstage and as stage manager since 2003. She's been involved with many Fashion shows, fundraisers and festivals. However she is most proud of the creation of her own event, the "Trashion Fashion Show." This event combines her love of dance, environmentalism and creativity by using materials diverted from the waste stream to create wearable art that's featured in a runway & dance performances. Over the past five years this show has expanded and now takes place in Connecticut, New York and D.C. Amy is also a "bad" vegan because she eats seafood.
Assaf Gleizner (piano) was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2007, Gleizner moved to the United States, where he received a scholarship to earn his BMus in jazz performance at SUNY Purchase. As a sideman, he performed and toured throughout Western New York and Canada, playing and arranging for the award winning singer Cyrille Aimee. As a Musical Director, Assaf worked for NYMF, Yorktown Stage, Fordham University, 92nd St. Y and many others
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Robb Coles is a New York City based actor and comedian. Robb appeared Off-Broadway in Love Me, Love Me Not. Regional credits include: McCarter Theatre, Shawnee Playhouse, and Armory Theatre. He also appeared in the musical revue, Hollywood to Broadway in Shanghai, China. As a comic, Robb has appeared at New York Comedy Club, The Stand, and Comic Strip Live. Most recently he was a Roaster at the Friars Club Roast of Padme Lakshmi.
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Matt Giroveanu (SAG-AFTRA) is an actor, musical improviser, and voiceover artist from Astoria, NY. Matt majored in TV Production and double minored in Theatre Studies and Performance at Seton Hall University. Matt can be seen weekly on the musical house team VERN at the Peoples Improv Theatre as well as in The Improvised Opera, The Improvised Rom-Com and This Is Your Life: The Musical! Film and television credits include HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Codes of Conduct, and the upcoming film, Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page. www.MattGiro.com
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Eric March (Musical Director) is a playwright/composer whose musicals include Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Stories (TheaterWorks USA), The Bone Wars (EST/Sloan Foundation Grant Recipient 2011) and Granola! The Musical (FringeNYC). Other improvised musical direction credits include Chicago City Limits, as well as groups from the Magnet Theatre and The PIT. He is a member of the BMI Musical Theater Writing Workshop and Youngblood, the Ensemble Studio Theatre's group for emerging professional playwrights under 30.
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Tonya Pierre (Stage Manager) is a California native who moved to New York City thirteen years ago. She has been in the entertainment industry as a sound and light technician for over a decade and has also worked as a stage manager for certain productions. She is a recent graduate of The City College of New York with a BFA in Classical Vocal Performance.
ROBERT Z GRANT (Performer)
has been performing and teaching improv in the US and abroad for nearly 15 years, and continues to try to live an improvised life. Other stage credits include The Collective:10, Ionesco’s The Lesson, and The Amazing TED Show. Film/TV: Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, and various independent films. Robert studied acting with Bill Esper at William Esper Studio, dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, clown with Christopher Bayes at Juilliard, and improvisation with Ralph Buckley. Robert is probably best known for his anonymity. www.robertzgrant.com
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Katie Hammond, a Michigan native, is delighted to be performing with Broadway's Next Hit Musical! After earning her BA in Theatre from The College of Wooster in Ohio, she moved to Chicago to study and perform improv at The Second City, iO and The Playground Theatre. She relocated to Florida to improvise full-time at Disney World, and at SAK Comedy Lab. In addition to working as an HR Consultant, Katie can be found performing in NYC at The People’s Improv Theatre with the musical house team, VERN, and the two-man improvised musical What Town? The Musical, she also works regularly with The Story Pirates. www.katiehammond.com
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Marc T. Engberg is a comedian, actor, and singer living in New York City. He has performed in NYC at Gotham, Caroline's, The Stand, UCBeast, The Bitter End, and The Duplex, at The Comedy Store in Hollywood, at the Chicago Laugh Factory, and internationally in Sweden and Finland. He has also appeared in several off-Broadway plays including Salome (Black Moon Theatre Co.) and Love's Labour's Lost (MCTC). He holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley and an MA in Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies from Stanford University. He speaks French and Russian. His favorite food is sauce.
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Sara Stevens (Stage Manager) is an NYC based stage manager and director; she has stage managed for off-Broadway companies Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE Arts Center, and Prospect Theater Company. As a director she has worked as Kathleen Marshall’s SDC Observer for Living on Love on Broadway. She has also assistant directed for Prospect Theater Company and last year a short play she directed was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award. She is also the Production and Operations Associate at the World Science Festival. She is a proud alumni of the National Theater Institute and Ithaca College.
Becca McLarty is an actor, improvisor, singer, and teaching artist. A Pennsylvania native, she has performed in New York City and regionally with companies such as Improvolution, ComedySportz Philadelphia, Arden Theatre, Columbia Stages, Mt. Gretna Theatre and Bakerloo Theatre Project. She can also be seen in the upcoming webseries, Settling Up. Becca holds her MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and is an adjunct instructor of voice and speech and improvisation at various institutions and studios in the city. She’s delighted to be a part of BNHM! www.beccalmclarty.com
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Greg Triggs has also performed with Disney's Comedy Warehouse, the Brave New Workshop and Chicago City Limits. Writer/director for Disney, SeaWorld, the Tribeca Film Festival, the World Science Festival and the NFL. TV credits include BBC, ABC, TLC, Oxygen, the Discovery Channel and Nickelodeon. Recent projects include the Doha Tribeca Film Festival and the openings of the Disney Dream and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Honolulu. Learn more at www.StrategicEntertainmentNYC.com