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TJ Witham
646-369-4592

Damian Kington
646-270-5727

press@bapany.org

Key spokespeople

Artistic Director: Charlie Beale
Press: TJ Witham
Brand and Marketing: Damian Kington
Harmony: Skie Ocasio



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Jerry Mitchell.  Photo by: Christopher DeVargas 

About Jerry Mitchell

Jerry Mitchell (Director/Choreographer) is currently represented on Broadway as the Director of the Gloria Estefan bio-musical, On Your Feet, having previously received TONY Awards in recognition of his choreography for the 2013 TONY-Award winning Best Musical, Kinky Boots, for which he was also nominated as Director and the 2005 revival of La Cage Aux Folles.  He was nominated for an Olivier Award for his choreography in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which he also directed and co-produced in the West End. In the 35 preceding years, Jerry has been involved with over 50 Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and touring productions, starting as a dancer for Agnes De Mille in Brigadoon and thereafter assisting Michael Bennett and Jerome Robbins. His Broadway debut as Choreographer, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, was followed by The Full Monty (TONY nomination), The Rocky Horror Show, Hairspray (TONY nomination), Gypsy (starring Bernadette Peters), Never Gonna Dance (TONY nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (TONY nomination), Imaginary Friends, Legally Blonde (TONY nomination), which he also directed, Catch Me If You Can and Kinky Boots (also currently running in London, Australia, Japan, Korea and on a U.S. tour,  with Germany up next.) He also choreographed both the Off-Broadway productions and films of Hedwig & The Angry Inch and Jeffrey, the National Tour of Jekyll & Hyde, Paper Mill Playhouse’s critically acclaimed Follies, featuring Ann Miller and Love Never Dies, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to his Phantom of the Opera, for the West End and supervised the Broadway production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Jerry’s memorable film work includes In and Out, Scent of a Woman, Jeffrey, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Camp.  For television, he recently choreographed the NBC live production of Hairspray, as well as several seasons of The Rosie O’Donnell Show, was nominated for an Emmy for his choreography created for The Drew Carey Show, was featured as the host of Step It Up and Dance and appeared in his role as Director/Choreographer of Legally Blonde in The Search for Elle Woods and of Peepshow in Ice Loves Coco. Jerry expanded his activities as a theatre producer by forming a partnership with one of the most active and respected West End producers and theatre owners, Ambassador Theatre Group, with the goal of developing musicals for the West End and Broadway stages.  Twenty-seven years ago, Jerry conceived and created Broadway Bares, a comedy burlesque show performed annually for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He continues to serve as Executive Producer of Broadway Bares, with a book, website and satellite productions in Fire Island Pines, Las Vegas (Peepshow, which enjoyed a five-year run of continuous performances) and London (West End Bares). Most recently, Jerry received the Drama League’s Founders’ Award for Excellence in Directing and the George Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers, the latter being especially meaningful to him in that he was directed by the 96-year-old Mr. Abbott in the Broadway revival of On Your Toes. A native of Paw Paw, Michigan, Jerry attended Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, from which he received an Honorary Doctorate.

Shoshana Bean

About Shoshana Bean

Shoshana made her NYC debut in the Off-Broadway revival of Godspell, her Broadway debut in the original cast of Hairspray, and starred as Elphaba, the green-skinned witch, in the Broadway and touring companies of Wicked. She appeared in the new musical Beaches as CeeCee Bloom, and inked a deal with ABC Signature for a musical pilot she co-created and for which she will compose the music. Her 3 solo albums charted in the top 5 on the iTunes R&B and Blues charts in both the US and the UK, including the peak position of #1!  She has sold out solo concerts around the globe, amassed millions of views on YouTube, performed alongside artists such as Brian McKnight, Bebe Winans and sang back up for Michael Jackson for his 30th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden. Her music has been featured in television shows on NBC, MTV, Oxygen, Bravo and Showtime. Getting to play the role of Fanny Brice is a lifelong dream fulfilled. www.shoshanabean.com

About Jason Hayes

Jason Hayes is an award winning wig and hair designer specializing in film and stage productions. His work is highly sought after and he designs and builds wigs for top artists and celebrity clients including: Angelica Huston, Debra Messing, Toni Colette, Dylan McDermott, Felicity Huffman, Jennifer Hudson, Liza Minelli, Sean Hayes, Josh Lucas, Megan Fox, Antonio Banderas, Mary Stuart Masterson, Cherry Jones, Angela Lansbury, Laura Linney, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Macauley Culkin, Marilyn Manson, Harvey Fierstein, Paul Rudd, Patrick Stewart, T.R Knight.   Jason is a 2016 Drama Desk Award Nominee for Outstanding Wig & Hair Design for his work on The Legend of Georgia McBride.  Hayes is currently Hair Supervisor for The Present starring Cate Blanchett.  Broadway Theatrical design credits include Casa Valentina, The Realistic Jones’s, Spring Awakening, Blithe Spirit, 13 The Musical, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular (nine consecutive years).  TV credits include The Mysteries of Laura, Smash, Hostages, 30 Rock, Mercy, Gossip Girl. Film credits include Transamerica, Camp, The Savages, and Party Monster.

DJ Lina Bradford

About DJ Lina

Lina Bradford grew up in New York City, across the street from famed Carnegie Hall on the Upper West Side. Her career in entertainment began at an early age as a dancer. She studied modern ballet, tap and jazz for 11 years and performed in several companies throughout New York. Those same moves she learned in rehearsals became a part of her signature style when she began her DJ career by performing throughout the gritty East Village scene. She travels through Europe, appearing in Sardinia, St Tropez and Paris. Accolades soon came rolling in, including DJ of the year and Lifetime Achievement awards at the Glammys and Sage Innovator. DJ Lina is often seen hosting the biggest private parties from NYC to Europe. Even with all her accomplishments, she feels as if she is just beginning to hit her stride. "I’ve never felt more sexy and solidified in my life", she says. "This is by far the most beautiful spot I've been in.”

DJ Panos Mitos

About DJ Panos Mitos

Back in his native country of Greece, Dj Panos Mitos started Dj-ing as a hobby while training to become a professional chef. Organizing parties and events in popular Athens clubs led to the decision that mixing tunes was much more fulfilling than mixing bowls, and he became a resident Dj in the underground club scene in Athens.  He was quickly discovered and invited to spin in Mykonos, one of the world’s most famous party destinations, where every summer he entertains packed crowds of international revelers.  In 2014, Dj Panos Mitos became a New York City resident. He quickly began making a name for himself dj-ing in Hell's Kitchen and the Lower East Side, as well as parties and special events at the Boathouse in Central Park and Saks 5th Ave, among other places.  He specializes in creating a party atmosphere, smartly mixing the spectrum of dance music from retro classics to today's hits.

Photo by Michael R. Dekker


Lisa Reilly, Executive Director Big Apple Performing Arts
Photo by Michael R. Dekker

ABOUT LISA REILLY

Lisa Reilly’s extensive work in the non-profit arts community includes positions as the Executive Director of the Emelin Theatre, the Managing and Artistic Director of the College of Staten Island Center for the Arts, and the Executive Director of the Earlville Opera House. In addition, she served as the Executive Director of Westbeth, an artists’ housing project in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.  Lisa has taught at Syracuse University and served as a consultant for dance and theatre organizations in the specialty areas of marketing, fundraising, board development, grantswriting, executive searches, and curriculum. Reilly has served on and chaired panels for the New York State Council on the Arts, the Council on Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour program, the Performing Arts Exchange Conference, ArtsWestchester, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and many others. Lisa is a board member for Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, Blessed Unrest theater company, and Racoco Productions, a modern dance company. Recently, Lisa has been delighted to be part of projects with The Bang Group, Heidi Latsky Dance, and Compagnia de’ Colombari.


About the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus is a world-class, world-renowned New York institution and a pioneering voice for the LGBTQ community. NYCGMC is comprised of more than 260 talented singers of various ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Together, we produce a vibrant sound and energy that audiences can feel and connect with. Through the power of this sound, and our spectacular performances, we are fearless champions for love, equality, and acceptance. Founded in 1980, NYCGMC has formed a strong bond with devoted followers and continues to make lasting connections with new and diverse audiences. We sing in every style from classical to pop, Broadway to gospel, and from cultures all over the world. As artists, we listen to the changing world around us and transform what we hear into music. We sing to challenge perceptions of the LGBTQ community, to combat fear and hatred, encourage compassion and human connection, and to thrill with the superb quality of our sound. Through our music, audiences mourn losses, cheer victories, find unconditional acceptance, and celebrate life. We perform in a variety of settings, including special, private, and corporate events, concerts, television appearances, festivals, Broadway/theatre productions, conferences, weddings, parties, fundraisers, and community events. nycgmc.org

  

About the Youth Pride Chorus

New York City’s Youth Pride Chorus harnesses the power of the performing arts to engage lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight young people ages 13-22 as agents of change. YPC fights homophobia, bullying, and all forms of hate by boldly asserting—through music—the joy, diversity, strength, and pride of today’s youth. YPC singers discover their own power by empowering others in schools, online, and in the broader community through electrifying, high caliber singing and performances. youthpridechorus.org

 

About Big Apple Performing Arts

Big Apple Performing Arts is the non-profit management company for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus. With over thirty years of history, innovative programs, and service to the LGBTQ community, Big Apple Performing Arts is renowned for producing legendary performances, commissioning new works, and taking a leading role in the movement for social justice. From Carnegie Hall to City Hall, from the AIDS crisis to the struggle for marriage equality, as well as today’s gender and identity politics, the choruses of BAPA have been leaders and activists in the New York City community since 1980.

 

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