CYNTHIA DOKAS WHIPPLE and MARY AMBROGIO CASHMAN (Producers, Co-Book Writers) are the authors of Merrilee Mannerly & Her Magnificent Manners. The duo met at Trinity College and reconnected after law school when they worked in the same law firm. Although they wrote constantly as lawyers, they never wrote anything half as fun as Merrilee Mannerly. This collaboration was inspired by their children, and their own desires to find fun ways to teach children good manners.
Merrilee Mannerly & Her Magnificent Manners is a recipient of a gold level “Mom’s Choice Award” and was cited as one of the best in family-friendly media, products and services.
JEFFREY LODIN (Composer) and WILLIAM SQUIER (Co-Book, Lyrics) have collaborated on the musicals Disney's Doug Live! (Walt Disney World), 100 Years into the Heart (Village Theater Festival of New Musicals, Spirit of Broadway, NYMF), Top of the Heap (Gallery Players, SBT, NMTN “Director’s Choice”, Global Search for New Musicals, Curtain Call, New Voices in the Heartland), Rebels 1775 (Starlight Theatre, SBT), A Merry Mulberry Street Musical (Curtain Call) and their latest collaboration Blindsided by a Diaper (Curtain Call, B.T. McNicholl, dir., Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival’s The PiTCH). This past year, the team was commissioned by the Spirit of Broadway Theater to write the score for Benedict Arnold, in collaboration with Pulitzer-nominated playwright Richard Vetere, for premiere production in July of 2014. Their songs have appeared on television: P.B.&J. Otter; film: Doug's First Movie; and at the International Children's Festival. They recently returned to The PiTCH to begin development of a new musical, Love on Ice (Book & Co-Lyrics: Bill Nabel). Both Jeff and Bill are members of the Dramatists Guild and BMI.
JEFF’s other theater scores include: Young Abe Lincoln (TheatreworksUSA, Miracle or 2 Prod.), About Face (BMI, DG, NAMT), Nice People, Naughty Girl (CAP21); his songs can be heard on the CD A Celebration of Life (Randy Graff & Judy Kuhn). He was awarded a Meet the Composer Grant by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Jeff is also a music director and arranger, most recently for the Off-B’way show The Sphinx Winx and the regional premiere of the new musical Liberty (Warner Theater). He has also served as a conductor for Chita Rivera and pianist for Andy Gibb & Mongo Santamaria.
BILL won an Emmy Award for writing WKYC-TV’s Unusual Phenomenon. His plays and musicals have appeared Off-B’way: The Treatment of Doctor Love (Playhouse 91); Off-Off B’way: G-Man (Nat Horne Theatre), Babalu (Sanford Meisner); regionally: Boywonder(Contemporary Arts, Depot Theatre), Klemperers’ New Clothes (Actors’ Playhouse, Columbia Entertainment Co., Newark Academy, SBT, LA Festival of New American Musicals), Route 66 (The Depot Theater, Village Theater, Kansas City Crossroads Festival),The 3 Scrooges (Curtain Call, Ingersoll Theatre, Miracle of 2 Prod.); TV: It’s the Weekend (ABC). He was awarded a Connecticut Artist Fellowship, the Coleman A. Jennings Award, the Jackie White Memorial Award, the 11th Annual National Children’s Festival’s new script award, and grants from NEFA, the Puffin Foundation and the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. Bill is also a journalist who frequently writes about musical theater development for MusicalWriters.com
RYAN RATELLE (Producer/Director) is a New York City based producer, director, and publicist with ten years of experience working on Broadway. As a senior publicist at Barlow Hartman PR and O&M Co, Ryan managed Tony Award-winning Broadway publicity campaigns for such shows as After Midnight, Kinky Boots, Clybourne Park, Patti LuPone’s Gypsy, as well as Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, Wicked, Grease, and many more. Ryan was the Artistic Director of the Hartford Children’s Theatre in Connecticut from 2009 – 2012 where he staged award-winning productions of Pinkalicious, Willy Wonka, 13, Little Women, Annie, and Beauty and the Beast, among others. He single-handedly designed and implemented “HCT on the Road,” a touring division that brought live theatre directly to underserved children in communities throughout the tri-state area. In his three years at HCT, Ratelle lead the charge to revitalize the Main Stage of the beloved institution garnering rave reviews, increased attendance, and three National Youth Theatre Awards. A Connecticut native, Mr. Ratelle has directed at theatres throughout the state including the Bradley Playhouse in northeastern Connecticut and at the Majestic Rose Dinner Theatre, where he served as the Artistic Director for a summer season. In NYC, Ratelle staged several productions by playwright Bethany Larsen. Ryan is the proud General Manager and publicist for The Broadway Dreams Foundation, a premier, non-profit performing arts training program.
ENRIQUE BROWN (Choreographer) is a theatrical producer, director, choreographer and performer. Having worked with directors and choreographers such as Susan Stroman, Kathleen Marshall, David Leveaux, and Francesca Zambello, Enrique has found a growing passion in directing and choreographing. He has choreographed numerous ballet pieces and was the assistant choreographer for the national tour of Oklahoma! Directing/Choreography: The Rockford Peaches (NY Reading), The Awakening of Angel DeLuna (NY Reading), Bunnicula (Associate / Theatreworks USA), Spidermusical (Associate), Broadway Bares 20, Fat Camp-The Musical (Associate), The Music Man, Duck for President (Associate / Theatreworks USA), Broadway Bares 19 (Associate), Funny Girl (Asst.), Battery’s Down (Asst. / thebatterysdown.com), The 20 Gypsy of the Year, Song and Dance, The 22 Easter Bonnet (Asst.), Hello Dolly (Asst.), Broadway Bares 18 (Asst.). As a performer, Enrique has appeared on Broadway in The Little Mermaid; Fiddler on the Roof starring Alfred Molina, then Harvey Fierstiein and Rosie O’donnell; The Music Man (Tommy Djilas) and Oklahoma! Enrique has traveled the US in the national tours of Fame the Musical and as Big Deal in West Side Story.
LA VIE PRODUCTIONS (General Manager) is dedicated to developing, producing and managing new works, fostering new talent and attracting new audiences. Current Producing projects include Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, Academy, I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road and Still Getting My Act Together (by Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, dir. Kathleen Marshall), Taking Step Three13 (a rock/funk/hiphop musical adaptation of Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment"), Managing Maxine (a new play starring Jana Robbins), Bridesburg (a new film based on the play currently in post) and How We Got Away With It (a full length independent film currently on the festival circuit). Current General Management / Executive Producing projects include Stealing Time (a new musical), Stalking the Bogeyman (a new play, opening OB 2014), The Jazz Age (a new play by Allan Knee, dir. David Esbjornson), Spin (a new musical being developed by OD Musical Company in Korea, dir. Eric Schaeffer), HEREAFTER Musical, LIBERTY A Monumental New Musical, and Fingers & Toes (dir. Bob Moss). Recent: Turning Page, Let's Kill Grandma This Christmas, Irena's Vow (Associate Producer, Broadway), The Kid Who Would Be Pope, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, General & Production Management for NYMF 2008 & 2009, In the Heights, High Fidelity, Hurlyburly (37 Arts), Shockheaded Peter (The Little Shubert Theatre), De La Guarda in Seoul, Korea & Tel Aviv, Israel, NYC and Las Vegas.