RACHEL BOUTON (Performer) is a seasoned event entertainer, with an extensive background in improv, standup comedy, musical theatre and hosting. She studied comedy at The Second City in Chicago and Upright Citizen’s Brigade in NYC, and got her degree in “singing pretty” from the University of Denver. When she isn’t on the road with BNHM, she can be seen performing weekly with VERN at the People’s Improv Theatre in NYC, hosting live trivia events for TrivWorks, and producing awesome nerd parties for Science Friday, a nationally-syndicated public radio show. She is also the founder of PowerSuit Improv – a training program for professional women that builds workplace communication skills through improvisation training. Find her at rachelbouton.com, powersuitimprov.com or on a bench in Central Park eating a bagel.
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ANNIE SCHIFFMANN (Cast, Social Media Manager) Annie Schiffmann knew she had to be in Broadway’s Next Hit Musical from the first time she saw it and is so pleased to call herself a cast member. In the time between when she first saw the show and when she was cast, she has performed in Chicago City Limits’ Touring Company and Resident Company, been in commercials - oh, and got married and had two kids. She mostly improvises in a corporate setting now - whether hosting an awards night, leading an improv workshop, or performing onstage for your company’s big meeting. She is fearless onstage yet is afraid of the Butterfly Room in the Museum of Natural History. She can be found on Twitter @annieschiff.
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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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MATT GIROVEANU (Performer) (SAG-AFTRA) is an actor, musical improviser & voiceover artist from Astoria, NY. Matt majored in TV Production and double minored in Theatre Studies & Performance at Seton Hall University. Matt can be seen weekly in New York City on the musical improv house team VERN at the Peoples Improv Theater, who in conjunction with Audible.com, produced “A Very Improvised Holiday Musical” with Tony-winner Laura Benanti. Television credits include HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Deuce,” Netflix's “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” ID’s “A Crime To Remember” & SyFy’s “Happy!” www.MattGiro.com
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ROBERT Z GRANT (Performer) (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) is an actor, singer and dancer who has been performing and teaching improv professionally in the US and abroad for nearly 20 years, most notably as a long-standing cast member with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical. Other stage credits include Collective:10, Ionesco’s The Lesson, and The Amazing TED Show. Film/TV: Four seasons on Comedy Central’s "Inside Amy Schumer" and various independent films, including the comedic short “The Brazilian Dilemma,” and improvised features “The Rainbow Experiment” and “42 Seconds of Happiness” (streaming now on Amazon.com). Robert studied acting with Bill Esper at the William Esper Studio (where Robert now teaches improvisation for actors), dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, clown with Christopher Bayes at Juilliard, and improvisation in the tradition of Second City. Robert is probably best known for his anonymity. www.robertzgrant.com
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KATIE HAMMOND (Performer), a Michigan native, earned her BA in Theatre from The College of Wooster in Ohio, before moving to Chicago to study and perform improv at The Second City, iO and The Playground Theatre(s). 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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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 H!T 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 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 American Musical and Dramatic Academy 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, please visit www.DebRabbai.com
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ROB SCHIFFMANN (Co-Artistic Director, Co-Producer, Performer) has worked and toured as a professional improviser and musician for over seventeen years. As a two-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award winner and the recipient of the 2011 INNY (Improvisation News) Award for Best Improv Coach, Rob’s musical and improv talents are known across the country. He has taught and directed improv at The School for Film and Television, Weist-Barron, and the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. A graduate of Oberlin College, Rob performed regularly with Chicago City Limits before joining Broadway’s Next Hit Musical in 2001. BNHM’s master improvisers started their success at the famous NYC cabaret club Don’t Tell Mama as well as with the New York Musical Theater Festival. Rob became Co-Artistic Director in 2009, and continues to perform with the hysterical troupe throughout the country and at their resident theater The Triad in NYC. Called “sharper than a pound of cheddar cheese” by reviewfix.com, Rob has showcased his skills on The Daily Download and The CBS Early Show. Rob’s musical talent is also evident with the New York based acoustic-pop band, The Hillary Step; he is the main writer, lead singer, guitarist, and Music Director. For more information, please visit www.robschiffmann.com.
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STEFAN SCHICK (Performer) has been a member of Chicago City Limits (2008 and 2009 MAC Award Winner, Best Comedy/Improv Group) since 2003, first with its National Touring Company and currently with its Resident Company. He also performs with the longform improv group Stray, and has appeared in numerous plays, sketch shows and short films in NYC. Television credits include TBS and the NY Television Festival. Thanks to BNHM, love to AF. Look Theo, daddy's a llama!
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GREG TRIGGS (Co-Producer, Emcee) has performed with Disney's Comedy Warehouse, the Brave New Workshop & Chicago City Limits. Writer/director for Disney, SeaWorld, the NFL, the Tribeca Film Festival, the World Science Festival and the Scholastic Harry Potter series. TV includes BBC, ABC, TLC, Oxygen, the Discovery Channel & Nickelodeon. Greg’s radio show, Travels with Triggs can be heard on New York Public Radio. Archives available at www.WJFFradio.org under Catskill Character. Greg’s novel The Next Happiest Place on Earth is available at www.Amazon.com. Blog entries and more at www.GregTriggs.com and www.StrategicEntertainmentNYC.com.
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ROBB COLES (Emcee) is an NYC based Actor/Comedian. Regional theatre credits include: McCarter Theatre, Shawnee Playhouse, and the Armory Theatre. He also appeared in the musical revue, Hollywood to Broadway in Shanghai, China. As a Comedian, Robb has appeared at New York Comedy Club, The Stand, and Comic Strip Live. He’s also performed comedy for Holland America Cruise Lines, The Wendy Williams Show on TV, and The Friars Club Roast of Padme Lakshmi.
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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, in Hollywood at The Comedy Store, in Chicago at the 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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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.
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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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GARY ADLER (Pianist) 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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ASSAF GLEIZNER (Pianist) 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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PAULA PICKREIGN (stage manager) was born and raised in Syracuse NY. For 6 years she worked as a sound engineer and music producer with bands such as Summer People and New Found Glory at SubCat studios. Paula now resides in NYC and oversees many behind-the-scenes aspects of multiple productions at The People’s Improv Theater, one of the top three comedy schools in New York. Paula is also the business manager for the world’s number one Hip-Hop Improv team, North Coast. An avid percussionist herself, Paula directed and arranged Winter Drumline Programs for six years resulting in five state titles. Now touring as the stage manager with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, Paula is excited to bring her charm, technical skills, and Sweet Sweet tattoos to audiences all over the country.
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.