Director - Damn Yankees / Cabaret / The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Annie / Wendy's Shadow
John Saunders is honored to be working alongside this fantastic cast, crew, box office team, ushers, coffeehouse gang, and the amazing volunteers. As an actor here: 1776 ( Adams), MY FAIR LADY (Higgins), CAROUSEL (Jigger), THE SECRET GARDEN (Archie), and HAIRSPRAY (Edna). As a director here: THE BAKER’S WIFE, THE PRODUCERS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE FULL MONTY, LES MISERABLES, CHICAGO, OLIVER! and many others. Elsewhere: National Tours: MY FAIR LADY, OLIVER!, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. Regionally: The Papermill Playhouse and Northshore Music Theatre. Tremendous gratitude to his fellow directors, designers, and choreographers for the incredibly dynamic and brilliant work they present here. Thanks to Monica, Paul, Neal, James, Dee, Josh, Kevin, Jimm, Jeanne, Larry and Barbara for your constant support. And finally, a special thank you to Lynne Haydn for 16 years of opportunities, knowledge, guidance, friendship, and too many laughs to count. Enjoy the show!
Erin Spears Ledford
Director - Wedding Singer / Pied Piper / The Real Story of Little Red Riding Hood
Erin Spears Ledford is thrilled to return for her 5th Season at The Mac-Hadyn Theatre where she kicked off her career in 2005, following graduation from AMDA (NYC). Most memorable Mac roles: Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act, Stepmother in Into The Woods, and Meg Brockie in Brigadoon. Having directed numerous children’s theatre productions at The Mac, Erin is ecstatic to make her Main Stage directorial debut with The Wedding Singer. Additional credits include: Mrs. Sowerberry/ Nancy US- Oliver! (National Tour) Anita – West Side Story (Circa 21) Muse Machine in Concert (Players Club NYC) Erin is a proud Teaching Artist with Inside Broadway NYC. Thanks JL, MDK, JS.
Director / Choreo.. - Funny Girl
Choreographer - Cabaret / Hunchback of Notre Dame / The Wedding Singer / Wendy's Shadow
Sebastiani is full of gratitude to the Mac-Hadyn for having him back for their 50th season. He has been a part of many shows at the Mac-Hadyn both on and off the stage. Last season his choreography for Hello, Dolly! won Outstanding Choreography at the Berkshire Theatre Awards. Other Mac-Hadyn credits include Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Addams Family, and The Producers. Some of his other credits Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Yale), Spring Awakening (Sarah Lawrence), Kiss of the Spider Woman (NYU), Walk the Night (Blue Barn Theater), and as a collaborator on the New York Times Critic’s pick The Grand Paradise. He works as an assistant to and collaborator with Chris Gattelli (Broadway: Newsies, War Paint, Spongebob Squarepants Musical). He is also a performer and has performed at Lincoln Center, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Sleep No More(NYC), Seeing You (NYC), and The Grand Paradise (NYC). Sebastiani has a BFA in Drama from NYU: Tisch. Thank you for supporting live theater! www.sebastiani-Romagnolo.com
Choreographer - Damn Yankees
Director / Choreo.. - Mamma Mia!
Mr. Knowlton’s extensive career has spanned from dancing on Broadway, in multiple National Tours, Film and TV, to earning him multiple Helen Hayes Nominations including Outstanding Lead Actor, as well as collaborating with artists ranging from Meryl Streep, Sally Struthers, Savion Glover and Mario Lopez on “Dancing With Stars.” He is an award winning choreographer with credits that include: CABARET (New Hampshire Theatre Award “Best Choreographer”), CURTAINS (BroadwayWorld Award Nomination “Best Choreography”), GYPSY (New Hampshire Theatre Award nomination “Best Choreographer”), URINETOWN, THE BROADWAY DOLLS, HAIRSPRAY, RENT, THE BAKER’S WIFE, GODSPELL, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE MUSIC MAN, 9 to 5, CHICAGO, OLIVER! and JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT. Regional Directing credits include: A CHORUS LINE (Spotlight Award nomination “Best Musical”), HAIR, LA CAGE aux FOLLES, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, A CHRISTMAS STORY and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. For more information please visit bryanknowlton.org.
Andrew Gmoser (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be back for the Mac-Haydn Theatre’s 50th season (his 25th). He has designed the lighting for over 150 MHT shows and created the sets for some of our most spectacular productions, including Beauty and The Beast, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables, Young Frankenstein, and Spamalot. Andrew loves his job designing for all levels of theatre, from high school programs through professional Broadway-caliber productions, and received the Cab Calloway Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts in Westchester. Since 1990 he has designed the lighting and visual effects for all mainstage productions at Westchester Broadway Theatre, the longest running professional theatre in NYS. Andrew’s best and most important production is with his lovely wife, Catherine: their nineteen year old twins, Thomas and Elizabeth! Andrew would like to thank Lynne Haydn for her friendship, for the MacHaydn Theatre, and for the opportunity to work along side her and so many wonderful people for these 25 years.
Costume Designer - Damn Yankees / Funny Girl
Beginning with ANNIE in 1984, Jimm has been a fixture here at The Mac for 33 seasons, having designed over 185 MainStage musicals. With the NETworks Touring Group, Jimm has been the Costume Director for over 25 National Tours since 1999, including VICTOR/VICTORIA with Toni Tennille, ANNIE at Madison Square Garden with Katie Lee Gifford, BULLY with John Davidson, and SWEET CHARITY with Molly Ringwold. Jimm was the US Costume Associate for the last National Tour of LES MISERABLES and the Costume Director for the Toronto production of the show, which then transferred to Broadway. He also was Costume Director for the Kennedy Center production of RAGTIME, winning the Helen Hayes Award for Best Costume Design. This fall Jimm will be working on the National Tours of THE SOUND OF MUSIC and THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER. Special thanks to the amazing collection of cutters, stitchers, wardrobe and wig designers that have made these productions come to life, and to Lynne, John and Monica for always being there.
Dance Captain / Choreographer - Pied Piper
Steffany Pratt just completed her Junior year at Montclair State University as a Musical Theatre Major. She was a trainee at the Rochester City Ballet, where she performed in several shows such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Balanchine’s Serenade. Most recently she played Sarah in Company and Erma in Anything Goes. This is Steffany’s second season with The Mac-Haydn Theatre.