CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

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VICTORIA MEDINA / Playwright, Director, Producer

Victoria has been invited to participate in The Players Theatre Artist In Residence Program For over twenty years she has dedicated her life to her three passions: photography, writing and performing.  This theatrical journey, One Nation, One Mission, One Promise, represents the climactic 3rd stage of this project which includes all three disciplines along with speaking engagements.  She is so excited to see her trifecta of photos, writing and theater come to full fruition!

It began life as the photographic art exhibit, American Spirit, and was then developed into an Amazon best-selling book entitled One Nation, One Mission, One Promise, featuring exhibit images alongside her original poetry and prose plus quotes from famous and not-so famous Americans.  Images from the American Spirit exhibit were also featured in the debut stage production of the award-winning show, Zuccotti Park – The Musical.

Victoria is also delighted to have joined the Song of Solomon: A New Musical producing team.  She has also produced Latinos and the Business of Acting at the Public Theatre, and has been on the production team of several independent films in Los Angeles.

LAYON GRAY / Consulting Producer

Layon Gray is a theatrical artist that is captivating audiences with each and every play he writes.  Layon has spent more than two decades writing, directing and developing stage plays and films that reflect a wide array of African-American cultural movements, creating new paradigms for the stage and motion picture industry.

Since founding Layon Gray Enterprises, he has guided the company’s growth from a privately held theatre company to one of the entertainment industry’s leading independent companies and a veritable theatre box office force whose may productions include the Off-Broadway Smash Hit Play BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE.

A native of Louisiana, Gray quickly ascended as one of Los Angeles’ premiere playwrights earning more than 60 nominations and awards for his works since 2000.  Among the honors are the 2012 NYC Inspire Award, the 2012 Al Sharpton Man of Vision Award, the 2012 PCTF Award (Best Director), and the 2010 NY AUDELCO Award (Achievement Award for Excellence) just to name a few.

ANDREW BEALL / Musical Director

Hailed by New York Classical Review as “spectacularly virtuosic,” international soloist and composer Andrew Beall’s works have been performed around the world.

Beall’s musical, SONG OF SOLOMON, recently finished a sold-out run at the Thespis New York Festival and he released the concept album starring Tony-nominated Ramin Karimloo who leads an all star cast.  The concept album is distributed on Broadway Records.  The album made Broadway Records history when they changed their policy to international shipping due to the demand from fans overseas.

Mr. Beall has released three solo albums on BMP Records: Deliverance and Glass Jungle, and Concerti.  His concerto, Affirmation, was premiered at Avery Fisher Hall and was recently recorded by the Siberian Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Beall has performed on Broadway in The Lion King, Les Misérables, Spiderman, In The Heights, and A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder.

MOLLIE DOWNES / Choreographer

Mollie Downes is a New York City native who is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut.  She is passionate about the creative process that goes into developing new works.

Recently she had the chance to perform her dream role of Lola in Damn Yankees, with the Scranton Shakespeare Festival.  Some of her favorite credits include Sofya in The Dogs of Pripyat, Lulu in Fancy Theater Blues!, and Pat Devine in Stage Door.  Mollie was also fortunate to have worked with the legendary TOMMY TUNE on the workshop and first full production of his musical 54 Forever, as a featured role and dance captain.  Currently, Mollie is an artist in residence with The New Natives, and is constantly expanding her own portfolio of choreography and music.

She would like to thank her family for always encouraging her to pursue her dream and for their unending support.  Love you to the moon and back.

www.molliedownes.com

EMILY PIERCE / Production Stage Manager (PSM)

Emily Pierce is making her Off-Broadway debut.  She holds an MA in Theatre Arts from Eastern Michigan University and most recently worked for Detroit Actors' Guild on Tony and Tina's Wedding and for Shakespeare in Detroit on Henry V.

Other Regional credits include: Velocity of Autumn (Matrix Theatre); God of Carnage, Steel Magnolias, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf (Two Muses Theatre); The Altruists (Magenta Giraffe); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Commedia Aladdin, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Water Works Theatre).

She would like to thank her family and friends for their continued love and support.

KALEN SIERRA HUGHES / Assistant Stage Manager (ASM)

Kalen Sierra Hughes is delighted to be making her official Off-Broadway debut!  Recent credits include: Working (Musical Theatre Association, ASM), Kiss Me Kate (Theresa Lang Theatre, ASM), Beautiful (Bordeaux Box Theatre, PSM), and Now We're Really Getting Somewhere (Bordeaux Box Theatre, PSM).

Other recent credits include: Off-Broadway Benefit Reading of Waiting in the Wings for Out of the Box Theatre Co. (PSM).

Kalen is currently completing her studies at Marymount Manhattan College, working towards a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a double concentration in directing and producing & management.  Kalen would like to thank her friends, family, and Liam for their never ending love and support!

SAM CORNBROOKS / Associate Producer

Sam Cornbrooks is a New York City-based theatre/film producer and entrepreneur, and this is his Off-Broadway debut.  He has worked on an eclectic mix of projects, including the foundation of Metropolitan Youth Theatre in Northern Virginia where he acted as producer and technical director for two full seasons.

Recent New York credits include: The Birds and the BS with Jordan Roth (producer), Moonshine and Mistletoe cast recording (assistant to the producer), and Love's Labour's Lost at The York Theater (Assistant Stage Manager).

In addition to his experience in the entertainment industry, Sam is an entrepreneur operating several companies, including Allied Ink (a screen printing/apparel decorations company) and Share a Shirt (a non-profit apparel distribution company launching in the coming months).  He thanks Mom, Dad, Alex, family, friends, and his mentor Kevin Duda for getting him to where he is today.

www.samcornbrooks.com

THE THEATER

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THE PLAYERS THEATRE

115 MacDougal St.
Manhattan
New York, NY 10012

The Players Theatre has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences since the 1950s.  This iconic Off-Broadway theater was purchased by Michael Sgouros in 2006 and has since flourished with a multitude of productions, including some of Michael's own in collaboration with his partner Brenda Bell.

Michael Sgouros and The Players Theatre have also been championing artists for many years, and have developed The Players Theatre Musical Theater Program to support and nurture new writers and producers in realizing their vision.