TYRONE BEVANS is dancer, and sound/visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Raised in the Bronx he received his early training from Martha Graham school of Contemporary Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Center. He is currently dancing for Princess Lockeroo’s Fabulous Waack Dancers and Joya Powell’s Movement of the people. In the past Tyrone has performed and collaborated with artists such as Christal Brown, Chafin Seymour, J.Bouey, Janeill Cooper, Maya Orchin, FunkanometryNY, and Karla Garcia. As a mover Tyrone investigates space, risk, and play with one’s physical vernacular in order to access personal freedom.
DAVID BURTKA was seen last on Broadway starring as Brian Howard in David Hyde Pierce’s musical comedy IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Burtka also appeared on Broadway as Tulsa in Sam Mendes’ production of GYPSY, a role for which he garnered a Fred Astaire Award nomination. Previously, he earned the Clarence Derwent Award for his role as The Boy in the American premiere of Edward Albee’s THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY. Other theater credits include the Broadway production of Edward Albee’s THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA and the Off-Broadway productions of BEAUTIFUL THING and BAD BOY JOHNNY. Burtka starred in the World Premiere of the musical THE OPPOSITE OF SEX in San Francisco, later reprising his role at The Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has appeared regionally at The Hollywood Bowl, Alley Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, and the Weston Playhouse. His one man show Burtka, David played a sold out engagement in November 2014 at 54 Below.
Burtka earned a BFA from the University of Michigan and studied at the William Esper Studios in New York. This talented Le Cordon Bleu chef is a firm believer in sustainable food fresh from the farmer’s market, butcher, or garden to our table. David Burtka gained valuable experience training under Mario Batali at the award winning Babbo ristorante in NY as well as under award winning pastry chef and author Gina De Palma, Iron Chef Cat Cora, and the French Laundry’s Thomas Keller. David and his catering company Gourmet M.D. has had the pleasure of preparing meals for some of Hollywood’s elite like John Hamm and Christina Hendricks, Zach Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Jane Lynch, Cobie Smulders, Sarah Silverman, Kelly Ripa, Elton John, Katy Perry, Bones’ David Boreanaz, Survivor’s Jeff Probst, Tesla Motors and Paypal co-founder Elon Musk, and has even made pizza for Oprah. He has been seen in cooking segments on the Barefoot Contessa, E! News, Home Made Simple, Rachael Ray, The Kitchen, Celebrity Dish, The Fablife, and The Chew. His recipes have been featured in Food and Wine Magazine, Food Network Magazine and People. In May 2019 his first cookbook, Life is a Party, will be published by Grand Central Life and Style.
He resides in Manhattan with his husband Neil Patrick Harris and their twin children, Harper and Gideon.
CHUCK COOPER is a proud union actor for over 45 years, 17 Broadway plays and musicals from Shakespeare to Sondhiem, 2 Tony nominations, 1 win, a Lucille Lortel Award, 2 Drama Desk Nominations, numerous film and TV guest starring appearances. Favorite role is Eddie, Alex and Lilli’s father. Gratefully married to playwright Deborah Brevoort.
SAMARA COHEN (PRINCESS LOCKEROOO)
PRINCESS LOCKEROOO (she/her) is a visionary in the dance industry, known for her exceptional work as a producer, public speaker, event curator, director, and choreographer. With a reputation for excellence and numerous accolades, including a Bessie award for Breakout Choreographer and a nomination for Sustained Achievement as a fellow of the RSA, Princess is a highly regarded artist and leader in the dance world. In 2022, she founded The Fabulous Waack Dancers, a dance company, and the Waack dancer training program, showcasing her commitment to preserving the legacy of Waacking. Through her passion and expertise, she has brought the art of waacking to communities around the world, promoting self-love, building communities, and inspiring confidence. Princess is dedicated to preserving the history of waacking and conducted the interview for the oral history of Choreographer and Waacking Pioneer Bill Goodson for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Lockerooo has been featured on leading television platforms such as So You Think You Can Dance? and America's Got Talent, and has collaborated with renowned pop artists such as Madonna, Jody Watley, Icona Pop, Bob The Dragqueen, Pangina Heals, and more. Her productions have been showcased at world-renowned venues including Lincoln Center, The Guggenheim Museum, NYBG, Summerstage, Women's Entrepreneurship Day, HATCH, Original Thinkers, ASAP NextGen, and the United Nations.
Her impact on the dance world has earned her recognition from prestigious press outlets, including the New York Times, which featured her on the cover of the Sunday Times Metro section for her pioneering work in the resurgence of Waacking. She has also been featured in Brut, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, The Medium, Document Journal, and Get Out Magazine. Princess is not only an artist but also a philanthropist and activist for LGBTQ rights, producing a night of entertainment for Global Ambassadors at the United Nations event F4D, and working with and raising funds for organizations such as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Omomuki Foundation, The Center, GMHC, and NYC Pride.
Lockerooo continues to push the boundaries of her art and industry through her current role as co-director of an untitled feature film with an Academy Award-winning team, and as writer and director of a new musical, Paradise Ballroom, supported by the Musical Theater Factory. She is an Artist in Residence with Guggenheim Works & Process and will be producing events with The New York Public Library for The Performing Arts and Lincoln Center in the summer of 2023.
WILSON CRUZ is an award-winning Actor, Producer, Activist, “Actorvist,” and Humanitarian. Cruz currently stars as Dr. Hugh Culber on the Award-winning Paramount+ series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. He appeared on the Netflix series THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, in Hulu’s 2020 GLAAD award-winning original animated kids’ series THE BRAVEST KNIGHT, and played Rickie Vasquez on MY SO-CALLED LIFE. He is also the Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed docuseries called VISIBLE: OUT ON TELEVISION airing on Apple TV+ that investigates the importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the LGBTQ movement has shaped television. He received the Vito Russo in 2022. Wilson was recently named Board Chair of GLSEN, the nation’s largest organization championing LGBTQ+ issues in K-12 education.
MELISSA ETHERIDGE stormed onto the American rock scene with the release of her critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammys. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as BRING ME SOME WATER, NO SOUVENIRS and AIN'T IT HEAVY, for which she won a Grammy® in 1992. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, YES I AM (1993), featuring I'M THE ONLY ONE and COME TO MY WINDOW, which brought Etheridge her second Grammy® Award. In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, YOUR LITTLE SECRET, with the hit single, I WANT TO COME OVER. This led to Etheridge receiving the ASCAP Pop Awards Songwriter of the Year honor. In 2007, Etheridge celebrated a career milestone with a “Best Song” Academy® Awards for I NEED TO WAKE UP, written for the Al Gore documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. She has since gone on to release several more albums including: THIS IS M.E., MEMPHIS ROCK & SOUL, and THE MEDICINE SHOW. In 2020, Etheridge launched The Etheridge Foundation to support groundbreaking scientific research into effective new treatments for opioid use disorder. In 2021, Melissa released a new album called ONE WAY OUT. Last October, Melissa’s return to the theatre with her one woman show, MY WINDOW – A JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE. The critically acclaimed, sold-out run premiered at New World Stages on October 13, and this September, Melissa fulfills a life-long dream as she debuts MY WINDOW on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre.
J. HARRISON GHEE
Tony Award Winner J. HARRISON GHEE is a Fayetteville, North Carolina native who currently stars on Broadway in the musical “Some Like It Hot.” Ghee previously originated the role of Andre Mayém in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and played Lola in “Kinky Boots” in stage productions on Broadway. On television, Ghee has graced the screen on HBO’s “High Maintenance,” Netflix’s “Raising Dion” and Fox’s “Accused.” Ghee moved to New York City in 2007 to pursue a career in entertainment, studying at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Early professional gigs included stints at Tokyo Disney and on cruise ships. Ghee identifies as nonbinary and lives by the mantra, “You have to free yourself to see yourself,” with the hope of inspiring people to dream big and chase those dreams.
NATHAN LEE GRAHAM
NATHAN LEE GRAHAM the originator of over 17 diverse and hilarious roles on stage and screen; most notably films THEATER CAMP, ZOOLANDER, ZOOLANDER 2, SWEET HOME ALABAMA, AND HITCH. Television: THE COMEBACK, SCRUBS, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, LAW & ORDER SVU, BROAD CITY, “Bernard” in the Fox comedy LA TO VEGAS! “Francois” on the CW show KATY KEENE and “Draque Noir” on the Hulu series WOKE. On stage: the original Broadway casts of THE WILD PARTY and PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT. A 2017 Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for THE VIEW UPSTAIRS. In 2016, the IRNE award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for THE COLORED MUSEUM. Also a Drama League nomination for the Off-Broadway production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s WIG OUT! The 2005 Best Classical Album Grammy Award for SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND OF EXPERIENCE as a soloist. Nathan is a recipient of the HRC Visibility Award. He recently toured the country playing the role of Hermes in the National tour of the Tony Award winning musical, HADESTOWN.
DOMINIQUE JACKSON is a black, transgender model, actress, author, and speaker. Dominique has amassed a major following due to her authenticity, humor, vulnerability, and strength, and has released an autobiographical book about her story titled THE TRANSSEXUAL FROM TOBAGO. Dominique has frequently collaborated with, and modeled for Mugler, including for their bodysuit line where she walked alongside Hunter Schafer. Dominique has also walked for BLONDS and partnered with Louboutin, H&M, DKNY, Dove, Bumble, and Nordstrom. Dominique frequently gives back to her community and has been named an ambassador for HMI, worked with the United Nations Foundation, done a PBS special, presented at the THEM NOW awards, and recently hosted the 2023 Tik-Tok Creator Ball. She has been a guest speaker at various universities and was most recently a keynote speaker for Google Talks. Dominique has been interviewed by the TODAY show, OUT Magazine, and Good Morning America. Dominique has been a guest on numerous podcasts, most recently TABOO: The Stories of Caribbean Women. Dominique has worked with major music artists and recently partnered with a major name in a music video coming soon.
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MIA PAK (she/her) is an actor, singer, and songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York. Recent credits include SUFFS (The Public Theater), IN THE GREEN (Lincoln Center Theater), and YOUR OWN PERSONAL EXEGESIS (Lincoln Center Theater).
JOEL PEREZ’s stage acting work includes FUN HOME (Broadway), KISS MY AZTEC! (Hartford Stage) and SWEET CHARITY (New Group; Lortel Award). On screen in TICK, TICK… BOOM! (Netflix), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE! (NBC), and ODD MOM OUT (Bravo). His writing includes THE BLACK BEANS PROJECT (The Huntington/Old Globe) and PLAYING WITH MYSELF (Ars Nova). His short film, BEAUTIFUL, FL, is a selection of Disney Launchpad and will premiere on Disney+ in 2023. He is a Warner Bros. Discovery 150 Artist for his comedy pilot YOU'RE TIRED, YOU'RE POOR. He won the 2021 Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition for his play FROM THE FOUNTAIN. He is a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Playwriting. Follow him @misterjoelperez and www.misterjoelperez.com
BRIAN QUIJADA is an Emmy-nominated playwright, actor, and composer whose original work has been developed and produced all across the country. His hip hop solo show WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS? has been produced at Victory Gardens, Geva Theatre, Teatro Vista (2 Jeff Awards including Outstanding Solo Performance), Ensemble Studio Theatre (2 Drama Desk Nomination), Boise Contemporary, 1st Stage, a digital production at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Drama League Nomination) and was produced at City Theatre in 2018. His TYA play KID PRINCE and PABLO premiered at The Kennedy Center in 2019. SOMEWHERE OVER THE BOARDER received a rolling World Premiere at Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre, and TeatroVista, garnering 3 Jeff Awards including Best Musical.
ADINA VERSON (they/she). Most recently, Adina originated the role of Ali in A TRANSPARENT MUSICAL at the Mark Taper Forum. Theatre credits include the original cast of INDECENT (Broadway, Ahmanson), WIVES (Playwrights Horizons), COLLECTIVE RAGE (MCC), EDDIE AND DAVE (Atlantic Theatre Company), and THE LUCKY ONES (Ars Nova), for which they were nominated for a Lortel award. TV credits include Poppy White on ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING, Dr. Tabitha Park on NEW AMSTERDAM, Nannerl Mozart on MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, and Miriam Setrakian on THE STRAIN. They can be heard narrating the audiobooks MOTHERTHING, TRUST EXERCISE and YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS. Adina holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory, and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
LILLIAS WHITE is a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award winner for her performance in THE LIFE. She has appeared on Broadway in BARNUM, DREAMGIRLS, CATS, CARRIE, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, and FELA! (Tony Award nomination) and most recently in CHICAGO in the Fall of 2021 as Matron “Mama” Morton having first appeared in the Broadway production in 2006. Other Off-Broadway and Regional credits include the musical BLACK NO MORE in Winter 2022, the Public Theater’s ROMANCE IN HARD TIMES for which she won the Obie Award, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM (directed by Phylicia Rashad) for which she won the NAACP Award, and the Carnegie Hall Concert version of SOUTH PACIFIC which was also broadcast on PBS’ “Great Performances.” She received the Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Lillian Edwards in SESAME STREET and is beloved by audiences for voicing the lead muse Calliope in Disney’s animated feature Hercules. Her most recent television appearances include the Baz Luhrmann-directed Netflix series THE GET DOWN as well as RUSSIAN DOLL and SEARCH PARTY. She has appeared in cabarets and concert halls around the world. Her first solo studio album Get Yourself Some Happy! is available now at lilliaswhite.com and on all streaming platforms.
VIRGINIA ANN WOODRUFF
VIRGINIA ANN WOODRUFF has performed on Broadway in VIOLET, LEAP OF FAITH, in the original Oprah Winfrey presents THE COLOR PURPLE as Church Lady Darlene, ALL SHOOK UP and SMOKEY JOE’S CAF. Regional theatre credits: Effie White in DREAMGIRLS, SPITFIRE GRILL, GRACE THE MUSICAL, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE FULL MONTY, ROCK OF AGES, BEEHIVE, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, AND THE WORLD GOES, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, and SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED - MUSIC OF STEVIE WONDER, written and directed by hometown friend Billy Porter. Television / Film credits:WU-TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA, LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, JUMP THE BROOM and off-camera vocals for IN THE HEIGHTS, LEGALLY BLONDE II, THE WIZ: LIVE. She toured in London with her dance single “Survive" and was honored to sing with Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Concert for CBS. Virginia has also written, directed and produced, NOT AN ORDINARY DAY-A SHORT FILM and ANTOINETTE: LOST IN A CHANGING WORLD (a play in one-act) and Member: Actor's Equity Association and DGA.
ANDY LUCIEN has appeared on the new season of THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL as John Coltrane, THE BLACKLIST, MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL, ELEMENTARY, MADAM SECRETARY, SEVEN LOVERS, VOX LUX and the upcoming film PRETTY DOESN'T HURT, which he also co-produced. The film has won several accolades, appeared in several film festivals and Andy's performance in the film was nominated for best actor at the Idllywild Film Festival. New York Theater: Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Lark, Ensemble Studio Theater, Rattlestick Theater. Regional Theater: Actors Theater of Louisville, The Vineyard Theater, Berkley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Studio Theater.
NEHEMIAH LUCKETT has been composing, performing and music directing for more than 30 years. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, he has been featured at the National Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, St. John the Divine and has performed on six continents. Music Direction credits - SCENE PARTNERS, PRIMER FOR A FAILED SUPERPOWER, JAZZ SINGER, WHERE WE STAND, SISTAS, WEDDING BAND, and AMANI. Upcoming composition projects include: Jonathan and David - an afrofuturist queer Bible-based opera, A BURNING CHURCH with Zhailon Levingston and Alex Hare, TRIPLE THREATS with Tracey Conyer Lee, and ADIA AND CLORA SNATCH JOY with Mfoniso Udofia. Nehemiah is a composer, performer, music director and educator living in New York City. It is thrilling to be working with the NYSAF community again.
SHERYL KALLER, Tony Award-nominated director (Broadway’s NEXT FALL by Geoffrey Nauffts) is thrilled to collaborate with Marilyn Ness on POSTMORTEM. She directed BLISS the musical by Tyler Beattie and Emma Lively at Seattle 5th Avenue Theater. Other recent productions include THE WHITE CHIP by Sean Daniels at 59 E. 59 in NYC (a New York Times “Critics Pick”), A WALK ON THE MOON by Paul Scott Goodman and Pamela Grey at George St. and A.C.T, Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-nominated play on Broadway, MOTHERS AND SONS with Tyne Daly, OUR TOWN with Deaf West Theater at Pasadena Playhouse, and SACRED VALLEY by Josh Radnor at NYSAF