CHRISTINA CORSARO (Mrs. Daniels/ Mrs. Brown/ Mrs. Cohen) is delighted to be working with ArtsPower, a company she saw perform a memorable piece when she was in school! Favorite credits include Susy in Wait Until Dark, Gertrude Mcfuzz in Seussical the Musical, Belle in A Christmas Carol, Fiona in Shrek, and Janet Van de Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone. Christina is also excited to be earning her dog training certification this summer. She is grateful for all of the support she has in her life, especially from her family and her love and best friend, Adam. www.christinacorsaro.com
KATIE FOGARTY(Hannah Burton) is very excited to be playing the "girl everyone loves to hate" in Amber Brown! Katie has worked with ArtsPower previously as Dorit in My Heart in a Suitcase and Little Girl in Harry the Dirty Dog. She has performed in 30 of the 50 states with ArtsPower. Katie graduated with a degree in theatre from West Virginia University. She loves bringing theatre to children. For the past two summers, Katie was the theatre director at Camp Silver Lake in the Catskills and plans on returning. Katie has performed in various other children's theatre including playing the lead in Wiseacre Farm with the 13th Street Repertory Theatre in New York City. She thanks her family and friends them for their continued support.
JONAH KRAMER (Justin Daniels) is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he studied musical theatre at the New Studio on Broadway. Some of Jonah's favorite NYU credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Bazzard), Little Women (John Brooke), and The American Clock (Sidney). Jonah has performed with the Berkshire Theatre Group in A Chorus Line and Oklahoma, and performed in the New York Musical Theatre Festival in Daughter of the Waves (Hans). Jonah would like to thank his friends and family for always encouraging him to chase his dreams.
NIKKI MILLER(Amber Brown) is thrilled to be working with ArtsPower again after touring as Louise in Dog Loves Books this past fall. She recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.F.A. in Acting. She has previously performed with Centenary Stage Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The York Theatre, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, and Hunterdon Hills Playhouse. Nikki has also made several TV and independent film appearances. Thank you to Greg, Karen, Mark, and Gary for another wonderful experience.
MARTHA BEGGERLY (Stage Manager) Regional: Off the Main Road, Once Five Years Pass at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Denver Center Theatre Company; The Blank Theatre; Henry V, Candide, Cyrano de Bergerac at Rutgers Theatre Company; and I Have Nothing Burning, The Good Person of Szechwan, Camille's Carnival, Reign at Luther College. Education: M.F.A. in Stage Management from Rutgers University and a B.A. from Luther College.
GARY BLACKMAN(Executive Producer) co-founded ArtsPower in 1985 with his identical twin brother, Mark, and serves as ArtsPower's managing director. Gary received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Columbia College, Columbia University and earned a Master's degree in Music Education from the College of Music at Florida State University. In 2013, he was appointed as a council member to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts by Governor Christie. He is also a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute. Gary, his wife Amy, and their daughter Emma live in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.
MARK BLACKMAN(Executive Producer) is ArtsPower’s founding co-director and currently serves as director of development. He is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University and received his Master’s degree in Music Education from Florida State University's College of Music. He is also a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute. Mark is responsible for ArtsPower’s fundraising and marketing efforts. In a former life, Mark was a jazz saxophone player who was a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to study for a year with jazz recording artist Eddie Daniels. Mark and his wife, Leslie Sutton-Smith, each have a daughter, Alyssa Blackman and Kelly Sutton-Skinner. They all share their wonderful dog, Alex.
GREG GUNNING(Artistic Director) hails from Chicago, Illinois and is the man behind ArtsPower’s on-stage magic. He has written every ArtsPower production since 1989. Greg auditions and rehearses ArtsPower’s theatre companies each semester in addition to creating at least one new production each year. A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and a former actor, Greg has performed in 38 states across the country.
RICHARD DEROSA(Composer & Orchestrator) Richard orchestrated the scores to ArtsPower's Fourscore and Seven Years Ago, Olympic Spirit: The Jesse Owens Story, Beyond the Miracle, and The Silent Boy. He composed and orchestrated the scores to ArtsPower's Jigsaw Jones, Anne of Green Gables, Laura Ingalls Wilder: Growing Up on the Prairie, Terrifically Tilly, A Little Princess, Caddie Woodlawn, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Salem Justice, Are You My Mother?Anastasia Krupnik, Highlights for Children, Hans Brinker & the Silver Skates, Lily's Crossing, The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel and The Rainbow Fish, Amber Brown is Not A Crayon, My Heart in A Suitcase and Harry the Dirty Dog. Richard is a respected jazz drummer and arranger and has toured and recorded with jazz legend Gerry Mulligan, Susannah McCorkle, Jackie and Roy, and many other world-class jazz musicians. He is a faculty member at University of North Texas University where he teaches jazz composition and arranging. Richard is also affiliated with Jazz at Lincoln Center as an arranger for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
FRED SORRENTINO(Costumer) Fred has designed and built the costumes for ArtsPower’s Beyond the Miracle, Laura Ingalls Wilder: Growing Up on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, Hans Brinker & the Silver Skates, A Little Princess, Terrifically Tilly, Salem Justice, Caddie Woodlawn, Are You My Mother? Anastasia Krupnik, Highlights for Children, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Lily’s Crossing, The Little Engine That Could; Earns Her Whistle, From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel, and The Rainbow Fish, Amber Brown is Not A Crayon, My Heart in A Suitcase, and Harry the Dirty Dog. Fred is a gifted musician having earned a Bachelor’s degree in voice from Jersey City (NJ) State College. A veteran performer in both operatic and musical theatre productions, Fred now maintains a busy schedule designing and building costumes.
ARTSPOWER NATIONAL TOURING THEATRE Celebrating our 30th anniversary this season, ArtsPower is one of America's largest and most respected producers of professional theatre for young and family audiences. Founded by twin brothers Gary and Mark Blackman in 1985, ArtsPower has created 29 original musicals and plays that have been presented for more than 13 million people throughout 49 states and the District of Columbia. Based in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, ArtsPower hopes you enjoy today’s performance and invites you to share your comments with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.