Damon received the 2001 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award (Best Original Score), 2001 Ovation & L.A. Weekly Awards (Best Musical) for the pop opera BARE . Damon co-founded God Help! Productions which produced the world premiere of BARE (Los Angeles, 2000 – dir. Kristin Hanggi) and Ann E. Wrecksick & the Odyssey of the Bulimic Orphans (Silverlake, 2003 & 2005); his company distributes the globally acclaimed 2007 BARE album (produced by Deborah Lurie & Casey Stone) available on iTunes. Damon wrote the music and lyrics for Plop (World Premiere – Orlando, 2013) and arranged Anna Fernwood's The Marys (dir. K. Hanggi). Film orchestration/conducting credits include Dreamgirls, X2, Superman Returns, Fantastic Four, The Savages, In Good Company, Gothika, Halloween H20, the Emmy-nominated Fantasy Island (1999) and The Usual Suspects. Damon is a proud alumnus of the USC Trojan Marching Band where he played mellophone. Damon is an avid supporter of Musicians On Call. Please visit

Book and lyrics: JON HARTMERE

Jon Hartmere has written screenplays and teleplays for Disney, East of Doheny Productions, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Nickelodeon and Sesame Street Workshop.  He was also a field agent on Cycle 5 of MTV's PUNK'D.


Selected work: Carrie (5 Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, MCC Theatre); Altar Boyz (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and 7 Drama Desk Award nominations); Ragtime (8 Olivier Award nominations including Best Director, West End); Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); Candide (San Francisco Symphony); The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, Roundabout Theatre Company); The Secret Garden (World AIDS Day concert); A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim (Boston Pops); Guys and Dolls (Paper Mill Playhouse); Abyssinia (Goodspeed Musicals); Bowfire (PBS television special); Ace (The Old Globe); Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater); and Marry Me a Little (Cincinnati Playhouse). Upcoming/in development: A Separate Peace (New York Stage and Film) and Allegiance (The Old Globe, San Diego).

Music Supervision & Additional Music: LYNNE SHANKEL

is currently the orchestrator and music director for the revival of Once On This Island at the Papermill Playhouse directed by Thomas Kail. Lynne has written orchestrations and arrangements for the San Francisco Symphony (featuring Bonnie Raitt), the Dallas Opera Orchestra (featuring George Hearn), Tony Bennett’s famed 80th birthday celebration at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She was music director/arranger for the B’way production of Cry-Baby, as well as the resident music supervisor for the Tony-award winning revival of Company, for which she conducted the Grammy-nominated cast album. She was music director/arranger for the Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz, for which she received a Drama Desk nomination for orchestrations. Lynne was music supervisor for the San Francisco premiere of Nick Adams at Davies Symphony Hall. Other B’way credits include: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown; The Lion King. Off B’way: The Extraordinary Ordinary (Drama Desk nom- orchestrations) Vanities, Altar Boyz, The Thing About Men, Summer Of ’42. Regional: Band Geeks! (Goodspeed), POP! (Yale Repertory Theatre), Cry-Baby (La Jolla Playhouse), Party Come Here (Williamstown), Vanities (Pasadena Playhouse, Theatreworks), Opposite of Sex (Williamstown), Princesses (5th Avenue; Goodspeed at Chester) Tom Jones (North Shore Music Theatre), Summer Of ’42 (Goodspeed, Theatreworks) Twelfth Night (Long Wharf), Rough Crossing and Camino Real (Hartford Stage). Recordings include New York City Christmas (Sh-K-Boom Records), Betty Buckley: Heart to Heart (KO Records), Altar Boyz (Sk-K-Boom), Summer Of ’42 (Jay Records), Lauren Kennedy: Here and Now (PS Classics). Upcoming projects: Allegiance starring Lea Salonga and George Takei (The Old Globe). Proud graduate of the University of Michigan.

Choreographer: TRAVIS WALL

Emmy nominated Travis Wall has always been known as a visual musician. He has been dancing since he was 3 years old, starting at his mother’s studio training in jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. In his early years, Travis performed on the Showstopper American Dance Championships television show, where he, along with Dance Energy, won the competition. Travis first got his career started at 9 where he was known as the "Dr.Pepper Boy" in their national TV commercial! He made his Broadway debut in the 2001 revival of The Music Man, playing the roles of Eddie Mason and Barney Hix, and understudying the young male lead, Winthrop. Travis has won several regional and national dance titles, including Outstanding Male Teen Dancer (in 2003), being featured in the book Moving Still: A Live Performance, and later toured with the stage show of the same name. He has also performed with the American Dance Artists Company. In 2006, he became the runner-up in the search for America’s Favorite dancer on So You Think You Can Dance Season 2, where he later toured with the top 10 dancers as the dance captain. Now living in Los Angeles and New York, he's assisted Wade Robson and Adam Shankman on several television and movie projects. Travis is a resident choreographer and guest judge for So You Think You Can Dance having created one-of-a-kind pieces, which led him to his Emmy nomination. He has choreographed for Dancing with the Stars’s Macy’s Stars of Dance in which he remains the only choreographer to have created more than one number for the marquee dance segment (most recently completing his third installment). He was the assistant choreographer on the 82nd Academy Awards and recently set a ballet on the Los Angeles City Ballet Company. Travis choreographed the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards where he worked with Florence and the Machine, Chelsea Handler, Eminem and Drake. Most recently, Travis choreographed for the 4th installment of the popular Step Up film series (Step Up 4). Currently, Travis is working with The Oxygen network on his new docu-reality series All The Right Moves following Travis and his dance company, Shaping Sound. He continues to keep opening up new doors to his career and leading a new generation of choreographers!

Scenic Design: DONYALE WERLE

Broadway: Peter & the Starcatcher (2012 Tony Award), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (2011 Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public Theater, Lucille Lortel Award, Hewes Award), Broke-ology (Lincoln Center Theater).  Regional: Allegiance (The Old Globe), Once on This Island (Papermill Playhouse). Recipient of a 2011 Obie Award.  Co-chair, Pre/Post Production Committee of the Broadway Green Alliance.

Costume Design: TRISTAN RAINES

New York: Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre), Murder in the First (59E59/The Directors Company), Falling (Mineta Lane),Yosemite (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Getting the Business (Theatre Row), YANK: The Musical (Old Globe Workshop), The Bilbao Effect (Center for Architecture), 83 Down(Hard Sparks), Lake Water (IRT Theater), Sweet Tooth (NY Fringe), Corner Pocket(Extant Arts),Squealer, Keep Your Baggage With You (Lesser American), B*tch (TNC), Umbrella Plays(The Tank), Gormanzee (Flea Theater), Comedie of Errors(New Lions Productions). Regional: Book of Grace, ARTiculation (Company One), My Name is Rachel Corrie, Pieces (New Rep of Boston), Lucia di Lammermoor (Huntington Theater/Opera), Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Cinderella Waltz(Shawnee Theater). Education: BS: Northwest Missouri State University, MFA: Boston University; Studied at Imperial College, London;

Lighting Design: HOWELL BINKLEY

Recent B'way: Jesus Christ Superstar, How To Succeed… (2011 Tony nom), Memphis, West Side Story (2009 Tony Nom), In The Heights (2008 Tony nom), Jersey Boys and Avenue Q. Proud co-founder of/lighting designer for Parsons Dance. 1993 Olivier Award and Canadian Dora Award for Kiss of The Spider Woman. 2006 Tony Award, Henry Hewes Design Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Jersey Boys.


Over the past decade, Keith has been involved in projects nationally and internationally, from musicals on Broadway and London’s West End to spectacles in Las Vegas.  Recent designs include (Regional) Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Little Shop of Horrors, No Way To Treat a Lady, She Loves Me; (Events) The Harbor Conservatory 75th Anniversary featuring Josh Groban, Aszure Barton’s Busk, and Soul of Shaolin. He has been the associate designer on numerous productions including:Rock of Ages, Shrek the Musical, The Scottsboro Boys, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, How To Train Your Dragon Live, and Le Rêve at the Wynn.

Projection Designer: WILLIAM CUSICK

Selected works include: The Coast of Utopia (Broadway), The Other Place (Off-Broadway), Arjuna's Dilemma (BAM), Welcome to Nowhere (Film), and Americana Kamikaze, Newyorkland, Rock The Ballet (Tours). 2007 Henry Hewes Award for Projection Design on Broadway. 2009 NEA/TCG Career Development Recipient for American Theater Designers.

Hair and Make Up Design: LEAH J LOUKAS

Broadway wig designs include Irena’s Vow and American Idiot. The Public Theater’s Into the Woods (Shakespeare/ Sondheim in the Park). Off-Broadway: Checkers, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Murder in the First, Carrie: the Musical, Shaggs, Tribes, Checkers, and BARE : The Musical. Hartford Stage: 39 Steps and Boeing Boeing. Show Boat at Goodspeed Opera House. Leah was associate designer for Charles G. Lapointe on Jersey Boys, Memphis, Newsies, and Bring it On. She is a graduate of the Makeup and Wig Design program at The University of Cincinnati’s, College Conservatory of Music.

Music Director: JASON DEBORD

played his first show at age 14 and has been found in pits, on podiums and on stage ever since.  Most recently, he was Music Director, Arranger and Orchestrator of Fat Camp off-Broadway. His Broadway conducting credits include Shrek, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Rock of Ages, Legally Blonde, All Shook Up, and Rent. Other New York credits - Bat Boy: The Musical, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, City Center Encores! and a multitude of workshopsHe’s been on the road with A Chorus LineRent, and Urinetown The Musical.  Regionally, he’s performed at the Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T. San Francisco, 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, Yale Institute for Musical Theater and is a teaching artist at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ.  Jason has performed as accompanist for Sally Ann Howes, Christiane Noll and Laura Bell Bundy (music directing Bundy’s NYC country band, The Distillery.) He has appeared numerous times at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, and in that role accompanied - among others - Marin Mazzie, Jason Daniely, Emily Skinner and Christine Baranski. Jason is a highly sought-after audition pianist and clinician; his playing (and forehead) is featured prominently in the 2009 Sony Pictures Classics release, Every Little Step.

Music Coordinator: HOWARD JOINES

Broadway: Scandalous; Chaplin; Ghost; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Promises, Promises; Bye-Bye Birdie; Grease; The Times They Are A-Changin’; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Off-Broadway: Now.Here.This.; Last Smoker in America; Vanities; Romantic Poetry; Adrift in Macao.  In addition to hiring the finest musicians in the world, Howard continues to perform as Conductor, Percussionist, and Drummer, most recently on the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, as well as Billy Elliot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Never Gonna Dance, Flower Drum Song, Full Monty, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Singing in the Rain, The King and I, and Cleavage.  Orchestral experience includes performances with the Rochester Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Dance Theater of Harlem.  In the popular field, Howard has performed and recorded with Jewel, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Björk, Michael McDonald, Mark Anthony, Brian McKnight, Ann-Margret, and the Mamas and the Papas; Broadway stars include Paulo Szot, Kelli O'Hara, Jason Robert Brown, Lauren Kennedy, and Billy Porter.  He has also recorded for jingles, television, and film, including Across the Universe, Alamo, Peggy Sue Got Married, Snake Eyes, and Femme Fatale. On-camera performances include: Maid in Manhattan and Guiding Light.” For Robin and Taylor.


is the Associate Director of Marketing and Press at San Francisco’s prestigious American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). Twice nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, he is the recipient of a 2010 Emmy® award for his work on the television commercial for A.C.T.’s production of A Christmas Carol. Marketing and press events for A.C.T. have received national and international coverage— recent campaigns include the world-premiere musical Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, and the US premiere of Kneehigh Theatre’s Brief Encounter. He has produced a wide range of special events featuring a variety of talent, including Jeff Whitty, Jake Shears, Armistead Maupin, Olympia Dukakis, Anika Noni Rose, Betty Buckley, Josh Charles, Peter Coyote, Eve Ensler, Marianne Faithfull, Kiki & Herb, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Bruce Vilanch, and more. He consults for a wide range of arts organizations on pricing and digital marketing strategies, and has been a repeated guest speaker for the National Arts Marketing Project.


is the Founder and CEO of Deer Oaks – A nationwide Behavioral Health Organization headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. As owner/producer of the Church Theatre in San Antonio, Paul discovered the power of using the theatrical arts to inspire, educate and touch lives on issues of equal rights for the GLBT community, prompting him to expand his interest to Broadway. As a result, he has produced several gay oriented, equality based shows, including The Tony- Award-winning play The Normal Heart (2011); Gore Vidal's The Best Man (Tony Nomination, 2012); Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and On A Clear Day You Can See Forever starring Harry Connick, Jr. Off-Broadway credits include: BASH’d!, an award winning musical about marriage equality and gay bashing; and The Temperamentals, a play focusing on the early gay rights movement in the late 1950’s, and Immediate Family a new play about the issues of race, religion and homosexuality amongst a suburban Chicago family (Goodman Theatre, directed by Phylcia Rashad). Paul is a psychologist, gay activist and philanthropist who serves on pro-equality national and state Boards, and is a Co-Owner of Martian Entertainment. He serves on the National Finance Committee of the DNC, and is a committed fundraiser for President Obama's re-election.


is a Tony Award- winning theatrical producing and general management firm founded in 1997, and is owned by Carl D. White and Paul Boskind. Producing credits include: The Normal Heart (Tony Award ®, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics' Circle Awards); On A Clear Day...starring Harry Connick, Jr.; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; The Best Man (2012 Tony nomination); The Temperamentals; BASH'd!; Naked Boys Singing! (worldwide); The Last Session; and many others, on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on the West End, and in National and International touring productions. GM Credits include: Immediate Family (Goodman Theatre, Chicago); Altar Boyz (NYC and 1st Nat'l tour); Potted Potter (Little Shubert); Rooms; [title of show]; Naked Boys Singing!; and many others. As GM's, they are proud to represent several new upcoming plays and musicals, slated for both Broadway and off-Broadway in the coming months. They will also soon be launching a new online theatrical publishing and licensing agency, specifically devoted to gay and LGBT-oriented plays and musicals.


is a New York based producer. He has won Tony awards for his work on The Normal Heart (2011) and Clybourne Park (2012). Current projects involve the musicals BARE , Yeast Nation, and Allegiance, as well as executive producing the films The Goldfish, Clutter, The Muslims Are Coming, and Family Remains. Gregory graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2000 with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He worked at Google as a software engineer in charge of log analysis until January 2006. Gregory is a trustee of Harvey Mudd College, a member of the National Leadership Council of Lambda Legal, a board member of The Tank, and is a member of the national leadership of Living Liberally. In 2008, he was the technical lead for the No On Proposition 8 campaign in California, and since then has advised several campaigns for marriage equality around the country. In 2010, he was treasurer of Fight Back New York, a New York political action committee that successfully targeted three state senators who had voted against marriage equality.


Founded by Daren A.C. Carollo and Michael Palumbo in 2008 with the sole mission of producing engaging, thought provoking, and transformative theatre. Upcoming projects include the Broadway premiere of one of America’s most beloved novels. Special thanks to Randy Taradash, our families, HFP, and Anne Palumbo.