“NYGASP’s greatest asset is the collective experience of its many talented artists…” Albert Bergeret, Artistic Director
- Melissa Attebury
- David Auxier
- Adam Bashian
- Kate Bass
- Paul Betz
- Meredith Borden
- Ted Bouton
- Kimilee Bryant
- Cáitlín Burke
- Alex Corson
- Jonathan Cable
- Susan Case
- Elisabeth Cernadas
- Laurelyn Watson Chase
- Brooke Collins
- Michael J. Connolly
- Louis Dall'Ava
- Michael Dezort
- Charlotte Detrick
- Victoria (Vicky) Devany
- Tom Donelan
- Chelsea Friedlander
- Lauren Frankovich
- Michael Galante
- Daniel Greenwood
- Katie Hall
- Amy Maude Helfer
- Andy Herr
- Alan Hill
- Richard Holmes
- Sarah Hutchison
- Keith Jurosko
- James LaRosa
- Daniel Lockwood
- Carter Lynch
- David Macaluso
- Robin Mahon
- Michele McConnell
- John Charles McLaughlin
- James Mills
- Jenny Millsap
- Stephen O'Brien
- Rebecca O'Sullivan
- Lance Olds
- Quinto Ott
- Marcie Passley
- Monique Pelletier
- Erika Person
- Jennifer Piacenti
- Elizabeth Picker
- Edward Prostak
- Stephen Quint
- Chris-Ian Sanchez
- Michelle Seipel
- Paul Sigrist
- Cameron Smith
- Angela Christine Smith
- Sarah Caldwell Smith
- Seph Stanek
- Laura Sudduth
- Matthew Wages
- David Wannen
- Lauren Wenegrat
- Eric Werner
- William Whitefield
- Jason Whitfield
- Emily D. Wright
- Adam Yankowy
Photo by Walter Karling
Violins: Bob Lawrence (Concertmaster), Andrea Andros, Paula Flatow, Valerie Levy, Barney Stevens, Nicholas Szucs, Peter Vandewater; Violas: Carol Benner, Carol Landon; Cellos: Robert Tennen, Susan Poliacik; Bass: Deb Spohnheimer; Oboe: Nancy Ranger; Flutes: Laura George, Melanie Bradford; Clarinets: Larry Tietze, Joan Porter; Bassoon: Susan Shaw; French Horns: Steve Quint, Peter Hirsch; Trumpets: Terry Szor, Rich Titone; Trombones: Steve Shulman, Paul Geidel; Percussion: Mike Osrowitz
- Albert Bergeret
- David Wannen
- Annette Dieli
- Jeffrey Kresky
- Corey Groom
- Becca Pickett
- William Reynolds
- Andrea Stryker-Rodda
- David Sigafoose
- Benjamin Weill
- Sally Small
- Lee Snider
- Noah Strone
- Janis Ansley Ungar
- Gail J. Wofford
- Mark York
- Cromarty And Co.
Melissa Attebury (mezzo-soprano) NYGASP since 2002. She has performed numerous operatic roles including the title role in Carmen, Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Leila (Iolanthe), Kate (The Pirates of Penzance), Pitti-Sing (The Mikado), Lady Saphir (Patience), Lisa (The Grand Duke) Melissa (Princess Ida), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Phoebe (The Yeomen of the Guard), Stephano (Romeo et Juliette), and Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus). She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Philharmonic singing Rosalia in West Side Story. Solo concert engagements include Messiah, Lord Nelson Mass, Purcell Te Deum and Jubilate, Bach Mass in B Minor, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C Minor, and the Monteverdi Vespers. Recent solo performances include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (Mrs. Noye), and Elijah. www.melissaattebury.com
David Auxier (baritone, choreographer, co-director) Proud NYGASPer since 1992! Favorite G&S roles: Sergeant of Police (Pirates), the Grand Vizier (Rose of Persia), Pooh-Bah and Pish-Tush (Mikado), Sir Richard Cholmondeley (Yeomen of the Guard) and Walter (G&S á la Carte-for which he also wrote the book). David provided the choreography for NYGASP’s new production of Ruddigore at City Center in 2009 as well as Utopia, Ltd. in 2010, The Grand Duke, Patience and Iolanthe in 2011. David directed and wrote the recent Bistro-Award winning hit cabaret revue, I’ve Got a Little Twist which continues to tour the country. David has choreographed countless benefits and revues, as well as productions of South Pacific, Hello, Dolly!, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Anything Goes plus Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic for The Ziegfeld Society. He is also an award nominated song writer - find out more at www.davidauxier.com
Adam Bashian (baritone) NYGASP since 2012. Most recently seen in the pre-production workshop of In Transit, directed by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli. House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey (rifleman singer). Select regional: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Caldwell Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Broward Stage), Carousel (Summer Theatre of New Canaan), Elmer Gantry (Kasser Theatre). NYC and other: Hungarian Nights (NYMF), bass voice in Meredith Monk’s “Songs of Ascension” (Grammy Nom). Numerous radio voice over credits, “Open Sesame” guy in the 2013 Ford Escape commercial. BFA in musical theatre-Montclair State University. Proud member of AEA. www.AdamBashian.com
Kate Bass (soprano) NYGASP since 2012. G&S credits include Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore), Pitti-Sing (The Mikado) and Leila (Iolanthe). Musical theater: Julie Jordan (Carousel), Maria (West Side Story), The Witch (Into the Woods), Paulette Coyne (Why Can’t the Trains Run on Time—NYC premiere), Nimue (Camelot), Spring (The Fairy Queen), and Jan (Grease). Opera: Theodora (Theodora), Galatea (Acis and Galatea), and Dafne (Apollo e Dafne). katebassmusic.com
Paul Betz (tenor) Paul loves being a part of the NYGASP family and has performed with them in The Yeoman of the Guard, The Pirates of Penzance and Ruddigore at Symphony Space and The New York City Center. He has also performed with Essential Voices USA and The New York Pops and was a featured soloist in the Pops' Stephen Sondheim 80th Birthday Celebration. He performed in Barrington Stage Company's production of Sweeney Todd starring Tony award winner Harriet Harris and Tony nominee Jeff McCarthy. Other regional credits include Les Miserables, The Producers, South Pacific, Grease and Christmas Carole. Paul is a member of Actor's Equity Association and also teaches in his own studio as well as at Dimensions On Stage in Brooklyn. www.paulbetz.com
Meredith Borden (soprano) NYGASP since 1993! Credits include The Pirates of Penzance (Isabel), The Rose of Persia (Blush of Morning), The Yeomen of the Guard (Kate), The Gondoliers (Fiametta), Ruddigore (Ruth), Iolanthe (Phyllis u/s). Other credits include Maria (West Side Story), Fiona (Brigadoon), Christine (Yestin-Kopit Phantom), European touring cast Hair, Philip Glass’ The Juniper Tree. Lead vocalist with NYC blues/rock band, Willie McBlind; Best CDs of 2010 Down- Beat magazine. www.meredithborden.com
Ted Bouton (bass) NYGASP since the 2001 season and has appeared in productions of The Sorcerer, Trial By Jury, The Mikado, Iolanthe, and The Rose Of Persia. National tours: Footloose, Shenandoah, The Sound Of Music, Showboat.
Kimilee Bryant (soprano) played Christine on Broadway, Switzerland, US tour, and opposite "KISS" legend Paul Stanley in Toronto. She added the "Diva" to her repertoire playing "Carlotta" with the US tour and Broadway and is now the only former "Christine" to play all three roles: Christine, Carlotta and Madame Giry on Broadway. Other B'way: The Pirate Queen. NYC: Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), Pinafore (Josephine), Gondoliers (Casilda), title role in Princes Ida & Encores! Bye, Bye, Birdie at City Center; Yeomen of the Guard (Elsie), Iolanthe (Phyllis), and Sorcerer (Aline). Lincoln Center: soloist/ National Chorale (Avery Fisher); soloist/Messiah. Regional: Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Hansel & Gretel (Gretel), West Side Story (Maria), Music Man (Marian), My Fair Lady (Eliza), Oklahoma! (Laurey), Carousel (Julie), Master Class (Sharon), Talley’s Folly (Sally) and Landscape of the Body (Betty). Regional Metropolitan Opera finalist. Master’s degree:MSM; Debut CD "My Favorite Things" available on www.kimileebryant.com.
Cáitlín Burke (mezzo-soprano) NYGASP since 2008 at New York City Center, Symphony Space, Wolf Trap, The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and on tour across the United States. G&S credits include The Mikado (Katisha, Pitti-Sing), Ruddigore (Mad Margaret), The Pirates of Penzance (Edith), The Yeomen of the Guard (Phoebe), The Sorcerer, (Lady Sangazure), H.M.S. Pinafore, The Gondoliers and Trial By Jury OFF-BWAY: Mlle. Modiste (Musicals Tonight, Inc.), Honor (Prospect Theater). NY: Saturday Night at the Rose and Crown, Women of Colors, G&S A La Carte REGIONAL: Cosí Fan Tutte, Hansel and Gretel, Dido and Aeneas (Boston Early Music Festival), A Christmas Carol (NSMT), Avenue Q (Regional Premiere), The King and I, M. Butterfly (Forestburgh), The Miracle Worker (Tri-Valley), Master Class, By Jeeves (Wilde Award nom.) (MBT), Into the Woods. CONCERT: U.S., Germany, Italy. WINNER: Elizabeth Gardner, Charlotte Ruppel, & David Daniels Young Artist awards. TRAINING: Indiana University, Oakland University. www.caitlinburke.org
Alex Corson (tenor) NYGASP since 2012. Credits include Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Ralph in H.M.S. Pinafore, 1st Commisaire in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Nicolas in Britten’s Saint Nicolas, along with Music Theatre. Oratorio soloist performances encompass the full Handel’s Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Rachmaninoff Vespers and Bach’s Cantata 208. At Westminster Alex performed under many esteemed conductors such as Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Roger Norrington, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Jonathan Cable (tenor) Jonathan Cable has performed with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players in productions of Ruddigore and HMS Pinafore at City Center as well as on National Tours. He performed the featured role of the Wrenchman in Little Orchestra Society’s 2008 production of Babes in Toyland at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Regionally, Jonathan has worked with Maine State Music Theatre, the Ogunquit Playouse, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, Seaside Music Theatre, and Festival 56. He also works as a music director and an accompanist in NYC. He is a proud graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University.
Susan Case (soprano) NYGASP since 1982-83 season! Entire G&S canon including Casilda (The Gondoliers), Phyllis (Iolanthe), Aline (The Sorcerer), Princess Zara (Utopia, Limited), Julia Jellico (The Grand Duke), and Saphir (Patience). Susan is 2003-2004 recipient of NYGASP's Isaac Asimov Award for Artistic Achievement.
Elisabeth Cernadas (soprano) NYGASP since 2009. Off- Broadway: New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players at New York City Center - The Pirates of Penzance (Kate), The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, also national tours; Ruddigore, Iolanthe, Utopia, Limited, The Grand Duke (Berthe), Patience, The Yeomen of the Guard. Regional: Godspell (Joanne), The Full Monty (Estelle), Cinderella (Cinderella), Into The Woods (The Baker’s Wife), Bye, Bye, Birdie (Mayor’s Wife); New York Fringe Festival, New York Musical Theater Festival, Algonquin Arts Theater, Moragn Wixon Theater, Jarvis Conservatory, Bay Area Classical Harmonies, Ivoryton Playhouse, Shakespeare Santa Cruz. International: Festival Lyrique en Mer, Belle Ile (France), Spoleto Festival (Italy), International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival (UK). BM with a Theater Arts Minor University of California Santa Cruz, MM Manhattan School of Music. Proud co-producer and co-director of the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Youth Production of The Pirates of Penzance at Symphony Space, NYC.
Laurelyn Watson Chase (soprano) NYGASP since 1996/97! Lauded by The New York Times for her “pure, agile,” and “winningly sweet-toned lyric soprano,” and described in Opera News as “sheer delight,” Ms. Watson Chase has performed the 3 heroines of H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado at home in New York and on extensive tours throughout the nation. Also with NYGASP: Elsie (Yeomen), Princess Zara (Utopia), Phyllis (Iolanthe), Gianetta (Gondoliers), Rose Maybud (Ruddigore), Constance (Sorcerer), Angelina (Trial by Jury), and Rose-in-Bloom (The Rose of Persia). She has also appeared as soloist with many regional opera companies and orchestras and made her solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. “Laurie” is the 2006-07 recipient of NYGASP’s Isaac Asimov Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.
Brooke Collins (soprano) NYGASP since 2009. G&S credits: Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore), Angelina (Trial by Jury), Phylla (Utopia, Limited), and ensemble appearances in Ruddigore, Gondoliers. The Grand Duke, Patience and Iolanthe. Operatic roles: Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflote), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Norina (Don Pasquale), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Annina (La Traviata) and Oberto (Alcina). Awards from the Commission on Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Training: A.B. in music from Harvard University; M.M. in voice and M.M. in music theory pedagogy from Peabody Conservatory.
Michael J. Connolly (tenor) NYGASP since 1996! Michael has performed nearly the entire G&S canon with NYGASP. Other credits include The Cherry Orchard and A Christmas Carol (both at the McCarter Theatre), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), She Loves Me (Arpad), Bye Bye Birdie (Hugo) and Sweeney Todd. Michael studied engineering at Princeton and plays the trombone.
Louis Dall'Ava (bass-baritone) has performed 24 principal G&S roles, 17 of those with NYGASP! NYGASP credits include: Pooh-Bah (The Mikado), Don Alhambra (The Gondoliers), the little klutzy cop as well as the Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), and Dick Deadeye (H.M.S. Pinafore). Pooh-Bah with Mobile Opera and Sorg Opera. Directing: The Theatre at Monmouth (ME), Opera Naples (FL), Opera Northeast. Louis is the 2005-2006 recipient of NYGASP’s Isaac Asimov Award for Artistic Achievement. Other roles: Charles and the Comte de Chagny on three international tours of The Phantom of the Opera, Luther Billis (South Pacific), Olin Britt (The Music Man), and Alfred Doolittle (My Fair Lady).
Michael Dezort (baritone) NYGASP since 2012. Michael received his BA in Vocal Performance from Eastern Mennonite University, and his Master’s degree in Music Theatre/Opera Performance from Arizona State University. Michael has performed all over the world, including the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, in Japan at Tokyo Disneyland, the Catedral de La Habana in Havana, Cuba, and venues across the United States. Some of his favorite roles include Javert in Les Misérables, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, and Jud in Oklahoma!
Charlotte Detrick (soprano) NYGASP since 1992! Charlotte has performed with the company the roles of Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Elsie in The Yeomen of the Guard, Lady Psyche in Princess Ida, Julia Jellicoe in The Grand Duke and Celia in Iolanthe. has toured Japan and sung in numerous productions with the New York City Opera, including the 2008 Emmy-award winning "Live from Lincoln Center" telecast of Madama Butterfly. Recent credits: Nadina in The Chocolate Soldier and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at the Liederkranz, Lola/Nella in HOT Opera's double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana/Gianni Schicchi, wicked stepsister Clorinda in La Cenerentola at the Belleayre Festival and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Victoria (Vicky) Devany (mezzo-soprano) With NYGASP, she has played most of the G&S canon, including Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore, Mad Margaret in Ruddigore, Pitti-Sing and Peep-Bo in The Mikado, Inez in The Gondoliers, Edith in The Pirates of Penzance and Mrs. Partlet in The Sorcerer. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Wolf Trap, Symphony Space, Resorts International, Westbury Music Fair and many other venues. Vicky is married to violinist, David Aron Steinberg. She has performed her solo and duo Cabaret acts in NYC and Japan. 2012-13 recipient of the Isaac Asimov Award.
Tom Donelan (tenor) NYGASP since 1996. Tom’s a long standing member of Ridge Light Opera of NJ having appeared as Rev. Shaw Moore (Footloose), Samuel & Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), Pish Tush (The Mikado), Plaintiff’s Counsel (Trial By Jury), King Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors). Other credits include: Billy Bigelow (Carousel), Curly (Oklahoma!), Robert Livingston (1776), Pharoah (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Baron Felix Von Gaigern (Grand Hotel – Bigbee Award), Matt - the Boy (The Fantasticks – Bigbee Award), King Melchoir (Amahl and the Night Visitors). Tom also sang for many years with the NJ contemporary a cappella group, Cadence.
Chelsea Friedlander (soprano) NYGASP since 2013. A native of New Jersey, she sang the role of Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld with Light Opera of New Jersey. Ms. Friedlander previously sung the roles of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and Adele in Die Fledermaus with Ridge Light Opera. Ms. Friedlander also sang the role of Nannetta in Falstaff with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance Program in New York City. Ms. Friedlander is a consecutive Encouragement Award winner from The Metropolitan Opera Competition in the Connecticut District. Ms. Friedlander holds a Bachelor of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. Chelsea is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. For more info on Ms. Friedlander, please visit: www.chelseafriedlander.com
Lauren Frankovich (soprano) NYGASP since 2009. Performed with NYGASP in The Mikado, Patience, The Sorcerer and Iolanthe. In 2012 she made her TV debut in Celebrity Ghost Stories as Debbie Matenopoulos. Stage credits include: Fairy/Attendant in Fairy Queen (enCANTA Collective), Tiger in Babes in Toyland (The Little Orchestra Society), Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Amalfi Coast Music Festival), Fortuna in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Maria in West Side Story and Baby June in Gypsy. Ensemble soloist and choir member of Essential Voices USA (Carnegie Hall) and choir member of National Chorale (Avery Fisher Hall). M.M. Manhattan School of Music
Michael Galante (tenor) NYGASP since 1987! He has performed the entire Gilbert & Sullivan canon with NYGASP. He recently played Lord Dramaleigh in the 2010 production of Utopia, Limited. Other theatre credits include: Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Fenton (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Lennie (Of Mice and Men), and Moonface (Anything Goes). Mr. Galante was the 2008–09 recipient of NYGASP’s Isaac Asimov Award for Artistic Achievement.
Daniel Greenwood (tenor) With NYGASP: Ruddigore (Dauntless), Pirates (Frederic), Pinafore (Ralph), Yeomen (Fairfax), The Grand Duke (Ernest), Trial By Jury, I've Got A Little Twist. NY: The Student Prince (Karl Franz), Rose Marie (Jim Kenyon), The Desert Song (Light Opera NY), Follies of 1908 (Ziegfeld Society), The Cure (NYMF), Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni (Capitol Heights Lyric Opera). Regional: Pirates (Light Opera Company of Salisbury), Man of La Mancha, Carmen, Madama Butterfly (Princeton Festival), My Fair Lady, Ragtime, Dirty Blonde (Cape Repertory Theatre) Funny…Forum (New Candlelight). BFA Ithaca College. Proud member of AEA.
Katie Hall (mezzo-soprano) NYGASP since 2002. Katie has appeared in The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, Ruddigore, Iolanthe, Patience, The Yeomen of the Guard, Utopia, Limited, The Gondoliers, Trial By Jury, Ruddigore and The Rose of Persia. Favorite roles include Anna in The King & I, Julie Jordan in Carousel, Lola in Damn Yankees.
Amy Maude Helfer (mezzo-soprano) Entire G&S canon with NYGASP since 2008, including: Phoebe (The Yeomen of the Guard) at City Center, Pitti-Sing (The Mikado), Kate (The Pirates of Penzance), Princess Kalyba (Utopia, Limited), Lady Saphir (Patience), Leila (Iolanthe), Gretchen (The Grand Duke). Regional: Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) & Artist-in-Residence at Dayton Opera, Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) at Boston Lyric Opera, Susan (The Desert Song), Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette). MM: Boston University, BM: Oberlin Conservatory. Proud member of AEA. www.amyhelfer.com
Andy Herr (bass-baritone) NYGASP since 2012 He made his NYC debut in 2012, originating the role of Barrigon in Amigo Duende at El Museo Del Barrio. A Buffalo native, credits include Forever Plaid (Smudge), Barefoot in the Park (Paul), and The Grand Manner (Peter).
Alan Hill (tenor) NYGASP since Princess Ida December, 1983. Mr. Hill was the 2004–05 Isaac Asimov Award recipient. His NYGASP credits include Alexander Throttlebottom in NYGASP’s production of Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing, Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, The Notary in The Grand Duke, Foreman in Trial by Jury, Lord Dramaleigh in Utopia, Limited, and has performed the entire Gilbert & Sullivan canon with NYGASP several times over. Mr. Hill is currently serving on the NYGASP board of directors and holds the position of treasurer.
Richard Holmes (baritone) He has sung principal baritone roles with NYGASP in the entire Savoy canon, favorites are Dr. Daly in The Sorcerer Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, Despard in Ruddigore, Don Alhambra and Giuseppe in The Gondoliers, Grosvenor in Patience, and Ko-Ko in The Mikado. Richard began his career at Lake George Opera Festival (now Opera Saratoga) and most recently had a success there in the title role of Donizetti's Viva La Mamma. Among other companies with which he has sung principal roles are Glimmerglass, Virginia, El Paso, and New York Grand Operas, Natchez Opera Festival, Opera Carolina, Chicago Opera Theatre and Lyric Opera of San Antonio. His over 160 role include Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, and Dandin in La Cenerentola. In concert, Richard has sung in St. Petersburg, Prague, Amsterdam, Paris, and throughout England with Amor Artis, the Czech Philharmonic, at the Avignon and Aix-en-Provence Festivals and with many of New York's orchestras and choral groups. He has recorded for Albany, Naxos, Lyrichord, and Vox, ranging from Mozart's Coronation Mass to the world premiere of Jack Beeson's Sorry, Wrong Number. Richard was the 2000-2001 recipient of NYGASP's Isaac Asimov Award for Artistic Achievement.
Sarah Hutchison (Soprano) NYGASP since 2009. Kate (Yeomen of the Guard), Olga (The Grand Duke), Patience, Iolanthe, Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado. Other credits include Bronx Opera Company (Magic Flute, Two Widows); Yard Arts Opera, Martha's Vineyard, MA (Dido & Aeneas). Favorite roles: Cunegonde (Candide), Julie Jordan (Carousel), Luisa (The Fantasticks), and Peron's Mistress (Evita). Graduate of Muhlenberg College.
Keith Jurosko (baritone) NYGASP since 1978. Keith has appeared in over 800 performances with the Company in 22 roles - ranging from Samuel, Major General, Pirate King & Sgt. of Police in The Pirates of Penzance; Strephon & The Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe; Pish-Tush, Pooh-Bah & the title role in The Mikado; Luis, Don Alhambra & The Duke in The Gondoliers - to such "signature" roles as Grosvenor in Patience & Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore. Keith also sang the role of J. P. Wintergreen in NYGASP's production of Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing. In various Regional Opera Companies, he has not only reprised many of his NYGASP roles, but has also performed Sir Joseph Porter, Ko-Ko, Colonel Calverley and Private Willis, as well as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus & Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow. Keith was the 2001-2002 recipient of NYGASP's Isaac Asimov Award for Artistic Achievement.
James LaRosa (tenor) Winner of the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in Music Theatre, NYGASP credits since 2010 include H.M.S. Pinafore at City Center, Utopia, Ltd. as the First Life Guard, and Patience at Symphony Space. James can currently be heard on Grand Theft Auto V as Peach and seen in a national print ad for Hilton Hotel/2014 Olympics. Select credits: Malone in Mr. Confidential at the York Theatre, Joseph in Academia Nuts at Lincoln Center, Mark Cohen in RENT, Henry in Next to Normal, Cosmo in Singin' in the Rain, Ben in The Scarlet Pimpernel and Abraham in Altar Boyz. Film/TV: What Would You Do? (ABC), Deadly Sins (ID), Mega Music Fest (Nickelodeon), Fugitive Chronicles (A&E) and The Tailor. James can also be heard as the technical singing example that accompanies the new book, Singing Exercises for Dummies by Dr. Pamelia S. Phillips. Proud AEA member and graduate of NYU Tisch and the High School for Performing Arts. www.STARRINGJAMESLaROSA.com
Daniel Lockwood (tenor) NYGASP member since 2002. NYGASP Roles: Frederic, Nanki-Poo. Other roles include Coolie and first Yeoman. Productions: The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, The Yeomen of the Guard, Trial by Jury, The Grand Duke, Utopia, Limited, and The Rose of Persia. Regional operatic credits include Harry in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, Silvano in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, Luiz in The Gondoliers, Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore.
Carter Lynch (tenor) NYGASP since 2012. He recently finished traveling the nation on the Broadway tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as the u/s for the Beast and Gaston. Regional credits include Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), Lady, Be Good! (Dick Trevor), Me and My Girl (Bill Snibson), and The Yeomen of the Guard (Col. Fairfax). BA in Dramatic Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. www.carterplynch.com
David Macaluso (baritone) NYGASP since 2003. He began performing G&S with the College Light Opera Company a many years ago, and since joining NYGASP he has performed in all thirteen of the cannon and understudied most patter roles. He has performed the roles of Grosvenor, Ko-Ko, Robin Oakapple, Sir Joseph, Samuel, Pish-Tush, Mr. Blushington, Bill Bobstay, coolie No. 2, as well as a citizen, a gentleman, a gondolier, a peer, and a common sailor. Mr. Macaluso simultaneously performed the roles of Sir Joseph and Buttercup in the NY Drama Desk Award nominated Pinafore (Vortex Theater). He has also directed student productions of The Gondoliers, Ruddigore, Pirates, and Patience at Lake George Opera. He choreographed Pirates for Opera NJ as well. Outside of NYGASP he has performed in national tours, Off Broadway and regionally in a broad range of Music Theatre and Operetta, some favorite roles include: Seymour (Little Shop), Motel (Fiddler), Molina (Kiss of the Spiderwoman), Che (Evita), Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Rocky Horror), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Hard Boiled Herman (Rose Marie). David graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of The Actor's Equity Association. Proud recipient of the 2013-14 Isaac Asimov Award.
Robin Mahon (soprano) NYGASP: The Gondoliers, The Yeomen of the Guard, Iolanthe (choreographer), The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Ruddigore, Trial By Jury, H.M.S. Pinafore. Other credits: Paganini (Euro Operetta Productions), Two to Tango (Central Dance Theater), Holiday Fanfare (Omaha Symphony), Oklahoma! (Ash Lawn-Highland Summer Festival), Natchez Opera Festival, Liederkranz Opera Theater, and the NY City Opera National Company.
Michele McConnell (soprano) NYGASP since 1999! Proud member: AEA. Signature roles: Josephine, Yum-Yum, Mabel, Patience. Also: Beauty & the Beast (Las Vegas, Montreal), Camelot (Nat’l. tour w/Robert Goulet), Westchester Broadway Theatre, DiCapo Opera, Gateway Playhouse, Totem Pole Playhouse, Mobile Opera, Sacramento Music Circus. Numerous recordings for Hal Leonard and Boosey & Hawkes Publications. Original B’way cast recording: Anna Karenina. Proud Mary Kay consultant and member of Skyline Theatre Company. Married to NYGASPer Duane McDevitt. www.duaneandmichele.com
John Charles McLaughlin (tenor) NYGASP since 2012. Originally from Hammond, IN, studied vocal performance and theater at Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music. Recently he was seen as Owen Duignan in the production of Hard Times: An American Musical at the Cell Theatre in Manhattan. Other credits include West Side Story (Tony), The Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio), Once Upon a Mattress(Minstrel), and My Fair Lady (Freddy). www.jcmclaughlin.com
James Mills (Comic Baritone) NYGASP since 2006. BA in Theatre from the University of New Mexico with emphasis in Acting and Linguistics. James has performed in 12 of the 13 G&S Comic Operas, with favorite roles including Reginald Bunthorne in Patience, Jack Point in The Yeomen of the Guard, Sir Joseph in HMS Pinafore, Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, Dr. Tannhauser, the Notary in The Grand Duke, and Tarara, the Public Exploder in Utopia, Limited. James performs frequently with The Liederkranz Opera Theatre in New York City, recently seen as Vicomte Cascada in The Merry Widow and Frosch in Die Fledermaus. Other favorite "non-operetta" roles: Finch in H2$, Jack in Into the Woods, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Stepsister Portia in Cinderella. James is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Jenny Millsap (soprano) NYGASP since 2001. Credits include: Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Lady Ella (Patience), H.M.S. Pinafore, Yeomen of the Guard, The Rose of Persia. Other credits include:Kathie (Student Prince) - Liederkranz Opera, Gianetta (The Gondoliers), Eliza (My Fair Lady), Caroline (Titanic), Guenevere (Camelot). National Finalist – Classical Productions Vocal Competition - Carnegie Hall.
Stephen O'Brien (comic baritone) NYGASP since 1976. His roles have included Ko-Ko in The Mikado, the Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe, Jack Point in The Yeomen of the Guard, John Wellington Wells in The Sorcerer, Robin Oakapple in Ruddigore, Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore, Bunthorne in Patience, the Duke of Plaza-Toro in The Gondoliers, the Major-General in The Pirates of Penzance, Phantis in Utopia Limited, Rudolph in The Grand Duke and Hassan in The Rose of Persia. Elsewhere his favorite roles have been Albin in La Cage aux Folles, Littlechap in Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, Alan Turing in Breaking the Code, the Common Man in A Man For All Seasons and Tom Daley in That Championship Season. He is a native of Albany, NY, and a graduate of Columbia College and Fordham Law School. He resides in the farther reaches of Brooklyn.
Rebecca O'Sullivan (soprano) NYGASP since 2004. Ms. O'Sullivan has completed the entire G&S canon! Roles include, The Pirates of Penzance (Isabel), The Mikado (Peep-Bo), The Gondoliers (Giulia), Princess Ida (Chloe). Regional theater credits include: Maine State Music Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse, and Bucks County Playhouse. Favorite roles: Tuptim (The King and I), Leisl (The Sound of Music), Chava (Fiddler on the Roof), and Belladova (Phantom of the Opera). Ms. O’Sullivan also sings with the National Chorale at Lincoln Center, and recently performed at the White House for the Obama Administration with the Dickens Victorian Carolers. She is also a seasoned voice teacher in New York City, and is proud to have co-directed and choreographed NYGASP's first Youth Production of The Pirates of Penzance this past season! Graduate of Boston Conservatory of Music.
Lance Olds (baritone) NYGASP since 1997! Antonio in The Gondoliers, Calynx in Utopia, ensemble in Mikado, Patience, Pinafore, Pirates, Princess Ida, Ruddigore, Trial, and Yeomen. First national tour: Footloose. Off-Broadway: Mark Twain’s Blues, Naked Boys Singing! Other NY: Cloaked (CAP21), Like You Like It (Gallery Players), and Missouri Legend (Metropolitan Playhouse). Regional: Kennedy Center, Seattle Rep, A Contemporary Theatre, Flat Rock, Ogunquit, and Weston Playhouse. Film: Far From Heaven, principal dancing in Enchanted, Stepford Wives, Mona Lisa Smile, and Kate & Leopold. www.lanceolds.com.
Quinto Ott (Bass) NYGASP since 2009. Tucson, AZ native, a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington. Captain Corcoran, KCB (Utopia, Limited), Prince of Monte Carlo (The Grand Duke), Bob Becket (HMS Pinafore), The Mikado (The Mikado), Sergeant of Police (Pirates of Penzance), Roderick u/s (Ruddigore). Other recent credits include: Don Basilio (Barber of Seville), Don Magnifico u/s (La Cenerentola, American Landmark Festival). Cogsworth (Beauty & the Beast), Alonso Smith (Meet Me in St. Louis), Eugene Fodor (Crazy for You) & Rudolph Reisnweber (Hello Dolly!) at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. Other credits: Marcus Lycus (Funny… Forum), General Ghengis Khan Schmitz (Seussical), Louis (Pal Joey), Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata), Le Duc (Roméo et Juliette), Carmen and Dialogues des Carmélites. www.quintoott.com
Marcie Passley (soprano) NYGASP since 2007 and has performed in such productions as The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Pirates, Ruddigore and Princess Ida. Marcie is a member of Actors Equity and AFTRA, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Millikin University. Previous credits include the one-night only Broadway Revival concerts of Camelot and Brigadoon at the Shubert Theatre in Manhattan, the American premiere of Jude (Sue) at Yale University, Stephan Schwartz’s Reluctant Pilgrim (Off-Bway), FLOPZ (Joe’s Pub), and New York City’s AIDS Day Concerts, including Rags and The Secret Garden. Favorite roles include The Music Man (Marion Paroo), The Sound Of Music (Maria), and West Side Story (Maria). Television credits include All My Children and As the World Turns. In addition to her roles in musical theater, light opera, and television Marcie sings jazz and Latin standards at events throughout the Metropolitan area.
Monique Pelletier (mezzo-soprano) NYGASP since 2002. Monique has performed with NYGASP at New York City Center, Wolf Trap and on national tours in HMS Pinafore, Trial by Jury, The Yeomen of the Guard, Patience, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Princess Ida and The Rose of Persia. Regional credits include: Pitti-Sing (The Mikado), Phoebe (Yeomen), Tessa (The Gondoliers), Ruth (Pirates), Lady Jane (Patience), Flora (La Traviata), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Second Lady (Magic Flute), Principessa (Suor Angelica), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), and Mercedes (Carmen). Concert soloist with the Honolulu Symphony, Vermont Mozart Festival, New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra, One World Symphony. Opera companies: Hawaii Opera Theatre, Washington National Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera.
Erika Person (mezzo-soprano) NYGASP since 2004. Repertoire includes fairy, ingenue, little maid, noble lady and old maid, namely: Iolanthe (Iolanthe), Phoebe (Yeomen), Tessa (Gondoliers), Edith (Pirates), Pitti-Sing (Mikado), Lady Angela (Patience), Lady Sophy (Utopia, Limited), Dame Hannah (Ruddigore), Cousin Hebe (H.M.S. Pinafore). Regional credits include Adalgisa (Norma), Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito), Mercedes (Carmen), Meg (Falstaff), Mother (Amahl), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Third Lady (Magic Flute), Flora (La Traviata), Zulma (L'Italiana in Algeri), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), Martha Jefferson (1776), Lady Thiang (The King & I), Sarah (Guys & Dolls). www.erikaperson.com.
Jennifer Piacenti (soprano) NYGASP since 2004. Roles include: Yum Yum in The Mikado, Zorah in Ruddigore at City Center, and Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Wolf Trap, Opera Columbus). Also: Iolanthe, The Rose of Persia, Trial by Jury, and HMS Pinafore. Other credits include: Polly Browne in The Boy Friend at TheatreZone, A Fireside Christmas at the Fireside Theatre, The Merry Widow at Houston Grand Opera, Candide at New York City Opera. Jennifer has her MM in voice from Texas Christian University. www.jenniferpiacenti.com
Elizabeth Picker (mezzo-soprano) NYGASP since 2012, making her debut as Mrs. Partlet The Sorcerer. A graduate of Yale University, and recipient of a Master of Music degree from Mannes Conservatory in New York City, Elizabeth is currently completing a Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes. Elizabeth has appeared in Master Classes with such figures as Deborah Voigt, Regina Resnik and Sherrill Milnes. She appeared as La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi at the Sugar Creek Festival in Illinois where she also had the opportunity to cover the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. Selected roles in opera/operetta/oratorio include: Dorabella, Cosi fan Tutte; Meg, Falstaff; Irene, Theodora; Medea, Il Giasone (Cavalli); L’enfant L’enfant et les Sortileges; Hansel, Hansel and Gretel; Katisha, The Mikado and Mad Margaret, Ruddigore.
Edward Prostak (baritone) NYGASP since 1990! NYGASP credits include: The Gondoliers (Giuseppe and Antonio), The Mikado (Pish-Tush), Princess Ida (Florian), H.M.S. Pinafore (Captain Corcoran), The Yeomen of the Guard (2nd Yeoman). Other Credits: Oliver! On Broadway, Zombies From The Beyond Off-Broadway, The Little Rascals (Goodspeed), Casino Paradise (American Music Theater Festival), Moby Dick (Bristol Riverside Theatre).
Stephen Quint (comic baritone) With NYGASP since 1987! Stephen first appeared as Sir Joseph and Ko-Ko on tour and as the Judge in NYGASP's NYC season. Since then he has played all the thirteen G&S patter roles (and others with regional theater companies all across the US and in England). In obvious need of representation. Celebrity endorsement: "Steve Quint ; the only patter performer who's not a nattering nincompoop!" - Jonathan Harris, Dr. Smith of TV's Lost in Space. Stephen Quint is the 2002-2003 recipient of NYGASP's Isaac Asimov Award for Artistic Achievement. Visit Steve's website, www.zombiemikado.com for much, much more.
Chris-Ian Sanchez (tenor) NYGASP since 2004: H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, The Sorcerer, Princess Ida and Trial by Jury. Other credits include Passing It On, Coconut Grove Playhouse with Len Cariou; Thuy in Miss Saigon (Virginia Music Theatre, Carousel Dinner Theatre and Surflight Theatre!), Roger in Grease and Tommy Keeler in Annie Get Your Gun (Surflight Theatre); and James the Elder in Jesus Christ Superstar (K.C. Starlight Theatre) Graduate from the Mannes School of Music.
Michelle Seipel (soprano) NYGASP since 2012. She has performed roles such as Rosina (The Barber of Seville) with American Landmark Festival, Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Opera Vivente, Anne (A Little Night Music) with St. Petersburg Opera, and Carrie (Carousel) with the Theater at Monmouth. Last year she sang around the world (including Antarctica!) on Holland America’s MS Veendam. Originally from Wisconsin, this former actuary earned her master’s in music at the Peabody Conservatory.
Paul Sigrist (tenor) NYGASP since 1991! He has performed all thirteen of the G & S comic operas. Other Sullivan: The Rose of Persia, The Emerald Isle. Musical Theatre: Godspell, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Television: 30 Rock, Six Degrees, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Sopranos. Feature Films: Across the Universe, Enchanted, A Girl's Guide To Hunting and Fishing. Played Bill Bobstay the Boatswain in the 2007 Drama Desk nominated H.M.S. Pinafore (Vortex Theater Company, NYC).
Cameron Smith (tenor) NYGASP since 2009! Before appearing as Nanki-Poo (The Mikado), Ralph Rackstraw (HMS Pinafore), Captain Fitzbattleaxe (Utopia, Limited), and Edwin (Trial By Jury) with NYGASP, he’d sung at Lake George Opera, Tanglewood, Caramoor, Bronx Opera, Taconic Opera, Houston’s Opera in the Heights, and Boheme Opera NJ. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 as the Soldier Boy in Alvin Singleton's Brooklyn Bones. He earned a B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase and an M.M. from Manhattan School of Music. When not singing he might be found running a marathon, playing guitar or drums, brewing his own beer, or kicking a soccer ball around with his two daughters.
Angela Christine Smith (soprano) Ms. Smith has recently completed the G&S canon, performing in 13 Gilbert & Sullivan operettas with NYGASP. She has appeared as a principal artist for many seasons with NYGASP at New York City Center, Wolf Trap, and on extensive tours from coast to coast and Canada. Ms. Smith has also appeared at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England, and is a recipient of the Isaac Asimov Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. G&S roles include: Little Buttercup, Ruth, Lady Jane, Queen of the Fairies, Katisha, Dame Carruthers, The Duchess of Plaza-Toro, and The Baroness von Krakenfeldt. Ms. Smith’s other credits include performances with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Opera Singers Initiative, Belleayre Festival Opera, Light Opera of New York, Vocal Arts Symposium in Colorado Springs, Opera Avanti, Lake George Opera, St. Bonaventure Quick Center for the Arts, Pine Mountain Music Festival, South Carolina Opera, Delaware Opera, Caramoor Opera, and Liederkranz Opera.
Sarah Caldwell Smith (soprano) NYGASP since 2008, Ms. Smith made her debut as Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) at New York City Center. Other NYGASP credits include the title role in Patience, Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Constance (The Sorcerer), Rose Maybud (Ruddigore), Princess Nekaya (Utopia, Limited), Princess of Monte Carlo (The Grand Duke), Gianetta u/s (The Gondoliers), H.M.S. Pinafore and Trial by Jury. Sarah also tours with the company’s award-winning cabaret, I’ve Got a Little Twist. NYC: Music in the Air and the City Center Reopening Gala with Encores!, Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Seraglio) and Dew Fairy/Sandman (Hansel and Gretel). Regional: Laura Petrie (u/s) in The Life and Love of Joe Coogan, a comic opera based on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) and Mabel (Pirates). Sarah has appeared with Liederkranz Opera Theatre, Cape Cod Opera, Opera Columbus, Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre and Florida Grand Opera. M.M. Manhattan School of Music.
Seph Stanek (tenor) NYGASP since 2012. Seph made his NYGASP debut as the Headsman in The Yeomen of the Guard and a member of the ensemble in The Mikado. In concert, Seph has shared the stage with Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Trisha Yearwood, Carol Channing, Debbie Reynolds, and Sandi Patty. His international concert career includes performances at Avery Fisher Hall, the Library of Congress, three performances at Carnegie Hall, and recital venues spanning Europe, North and South America. Off-Broadway: Naked Boys Singing!, Little House on the Ferry, 8Minute Musicals; other NYC: Aida (Metropolitan Opera), Naughty/Nice, Sympathy Jones. Film: Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Mildred Pierce (HBO), Slummy Mummy (web series). AEA member. www.SephStanek.com
Laura Sudduth (soprano) NGASP since 2012. Favorite roles performed include Anne in A Little Night Music, Amor in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Peep-Bo in The Mikado and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Pacific Opera Theatre-UOP), Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte and Gianetta in L’elisir d’Amore (UMKC Opera), and Sandy in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theatre). Regional Theatre: Kansas City Repertory Theatre (Saved! The Musical), The Coterie Theatre (The Outsiders).
Matthew Wages (Baritone) Matthew been a member of NYGASP since 2003: The Mikado, Pinafore, Pirates, Utopia, Trial, Grand Duke, Patience, Iolanthe and The Sorcerer. Native of Athens, GA, origami enthusiast, sightseer of the world (over 40 countries) combined with Matthew's admiration of G&S, has inspired his many endeavors in film, television and theatre. Matthew is a proud member of AEA & SAG/AFTRA.
David Wannen (bass-baritone) Executive Director of New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and principal performer since 2004. Favorites include The Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), The Mikado (The Mikado), Boatswain (H.M.S. Pinafore), Wilfred (The Yeomen of the Guard), Colonel Calverly (Patience), Private Willis (Iolanthe), Arac (Princess Ida), Paramount (Utopia), Sultan (The Rose of Persia), Original Cast, I’ve Got a Little TWIST! Tours: Beauty and the Beast (Beast u/s), Camelot with the late Robert Goulet (Lancelot u/s). Regional: Ohio Light Opera (2000-2003), Nominated Best Featured Actor by Philadelphia Inquirer for Camelot (Lancelot) with Media Theater. Eastman School of Music, B.M. Voice Performance. Vice President, North American Performing Arts Managers & Agents (NAPAMA). David is thankful for his family: Cole, Sam, Olivia, and his most tender and loving wife, Jamé.
Lauren Wenegrat (soprano) NYGASP since 1996! Lauren has performed most of the G&S canon, including Lady Ella (Patience and Peep Bo (The Mikado). She's been particularly lucky with NYGASP, as she met her husband, Lance Olds, performing The Pirates of Penzance in 1997! By day Lauren is proud to represent the City of New York in Bronx County Family Court.
Eric Werner (baritone) NYGASP since 2008, Eric has been seen as Smudge in Forever Plaid, Miles in …Forum, Big Julie in Guys and Dolls, Cliff in _ Cabaret, John in David Mamet's Oleanna, the 2000-2001 National Tour of Peter Pan, Loge (Cover) in Das Rheingold, Morales in Carmen, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and as Caspar in the U.S. staged premier of Schuman’s Genoveva.
William Whitefield (baritone) NYGASP since 1997! 2011 Isaac Asimov Award recipient, Giuseppe in The Gondoliers, Florian in Princess Ida, the Boatswain in H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, The Yeomen of the Guard, Trial by Jury, and Ruddigore. Other Theater: The Presidents starring Rich Little (Helen Hayes, Theatre Fest, Paris Theatre, Las Vegas, filmed for PBS Great Performances), The Student Prince and Rags (Paper Mill Playhouse), Shenandoah (Goodspeed Opera House), executive director at Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, NJ.
Jason Whitfield (Baritone) NYGASP since 2013. Jason has performed on the high seas with Celebrity Cruises, Disney World, Tokyo Disney Land, with Lee Greenwood, and many Regional theaters. He would like to thank his wife Christina, his family, and newborn son Dawson for the support and sleep!
Emily D. Wright (soprano) NYGASP since 2009. Other G&S roles include Edith in The Pirates of Penzance. Emily has performed many musical theatre roles and in September of 2009, made her cabaret debut at The Duplex. Favorite roles include: Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Julie Jordan (Carousel), and Lucy (You're a Good Man Charlie Brown). Proud member of AEA. www.emilydwright.com
Adam Yankowy (baritone) NGASP since 2009. NY credits: NYGASP’s productions of Ruddigore, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance at NYC Center, Trial by Jury/G&S á la Carte at Symphony Space, The Town Hall's Broadway’s Rising Stars, Little Orchestra Society’s Babes in Toyland at Lincoln Center, and 5th Floor Productions' Assassins. Regional: Ocean City Theatre's Oklahoma!(Jud). National Tour: Curious George Live!. Kentucky Credits include: Fiddler on the Roof and Guys and Dolls.
Albert Bergeret (Artistic Director/General Manager) Mr. Bergeret is a career long professional specialist in the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, having performed, staged, conducted and designed every opera in the repertoire over a 40 year period. He has directed G&S productions for university students and residency programs for elementary schools. He has been hailed as “The leading custodian of the G&S classics” by New York Magazine (Peter Davis) and his work as both stage and musical director has been widely acclaimed in the press both in New York and on tour throughout the Eastern United States, Canada, and the UK. Mr. Bergeret founded NYGASP in 1974 and has served as Artistic Director/General Manager since its inception. He has conducted and staged all 13 of the works in the G&S canon as well as the company’s smash hit production of George Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing. He has conducted programs with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Orchestra London in Ontario Canada, Northwest Indiana Symphony and the Erie Philharmonic in a program featuring Metropolitan Opera baritone Robert Goodloe. With NYGASP he has also conducted and directed such diverse personalities as Hal Linden, Steve Allen, John Astin, Pat Carroll, Noel Harrison, John Rubenstein, Louis Quilico, Lando Bartolini and John Reed, O.B.E.
David Wannen (Executive Director) is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in vocal performance and holds a post baccalaureate in business from Columbia University. Mr. Wannen is a veteran of the NYGASP stage and a member of the NYGASP board of directors. Since 2007–08 he has been the sole official representative of the company in the national touring market. In that time NYGASP has expanded touring to the west coast and has enjoyed the highest grossing seasons in company history. Mr. Wannen is a co-producer of I've Got a Little Twist, NYGASP’s original cabaret. His other responsibilities for NYGASP include fundraising, marketing, board development, and strategic planning. He is vice president of membership and on the board of directors of North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents.
Annette Dieli (Assistant Stage Manager) Annette holds a BFA in theater from The University of CT. Credits include: Hartford Stage Co. (backstage crew), Bronx Opera (props and costume assistant), Artistic Director of her own touring puppet company, wardrobe for NYGASP at NY City Center and touring venues since 2008. In 2009 she was Venue Director at the New School for Drama as part of the Fringe Festival, 2009 in New York City.
Jeffrey Kresky (Associate-Conductor) As an undergraduate at Columbia, Jeffrey Kresky directed the music for six productions with the Barnard Gilbert and Sullivan Society, which was, in a sense, the cradle for NYGASP. (Indeed, he cast Al Bergeret in the chorus of Iolanthe in 1966, Bergeret's first G&S experience.) Following a PhD from Princeton, he has been active as a composer, keyboardist and music theorist. The author of two books and many journal essays in the areas of analysis and criticism, he is Professor of Music at William Paterson University, where he chairs the music theory area and directs the Program in Music Honors. For nearly a decade he has been music director of Light Opera Company of Salisbury, where many NYGASPers perform.
Corey Groom (Head of Wardrobe) Corey has been with NYGASP since 1999, working at Symphony Space and City Center, Syosset, and New Jersey. He has been doing theater since 1995 in PA. Happy to be at Wicked for last 2 years. Co-owner of Corky Lady Costume Rentals.
Becca Pickett (Stage Manager) NYGASP since 2012. Int'l: Central Avenue Breakdown(DIMF 2012, Daegu, South Korea). NY: Central Avenue Breakdown (NYMF 2011,Encore at NYMF 2012); Hello Gorgeous! A Salute to the Streisand Songbook (Scott Nevins for BC/EFA); Blogologues (Lively Productions); The Eyes of Others, Not at the Dinner Table (Bug Company); Boston Marriage, Salvation (Hudson Stage Company). Regional: Bigfoot & Other Lost Souls, A Christmas Story (Atlantic Stage, Myrtle Beach, SC). Member AEA, SMA. www.beccapickett.com
William Reynolds (Photographer) Staff photographer (2007-present). NYGASP leading tenor (1983-85, ’87, ’92) and assistant conductor (1985). Thirty leading tenor roles, as well as oratorio soloist and recitals (1976-91). Principle or associate conductor of thirty operas (1992-98). Computer systems engineer / architect (1994-present). Photography since 2005: theater, wildlife, street journalism.
Andrea Stryker-Rodda (Assistant Music Director) Rehearsal pianist for most of NYGASP’s programs and productions since the 1986–87 season, Ms. Stryker-Rodda is also concert accompanist for virtually all non-orchestra performances including galas, school programs, Guild events, and extensive touring with NYGASP’s Wand’ring Minstrels small ensembles. Recipient of the 2007–08 Asimov award she also regularly assists in family overtures programs and other “introduction to…” events, has appeared onstage a number of times as a super or chorister, and has long been active in the larger Gilbert & Sullivan community.
David Sigafoose (Stage Manager, Technical Director) has been working with NYGASP since the 1980-1981 season. He first worked with NYGASP as Master Electrician in The Mikado which opened on December 26, 1980. In the following years he was Master Electrician for Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore in 1981; Pinafore, Trial by Jury in 1982; and Gondoliers in 1983. In the following years, 1982 – 1985 he was also Lighting Designer, Assistant Lighting Designer, and Assistant Stage Manager for various NYGASP productions. Since his return to NYGASP in 2000 he has been Technical Director, Stage Manager / Assistant Stage Manager for all NYGASP productions at City Center and On Tour. David studied Engineering at Purdue University and plays the piano. Proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Benjamin Weill (Lighting Designer) Benjamin Weill is happy to be joining the NYGASP company. He is a regular lighting designer for Surflight Theatre and The Other Mirror Theater Company. He has designed shows on both coasts, including: Les Miserables, South Pacific, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Songs for a New World, The Diary of Anne Frank, Into the Woods, Book of Days, The Crucible, Cloud 9, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Wiz, Lorca in a Green Dress, and City of Angels. His designs can also be regularly seen at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Additionally, he has worked as an assistant around the country at such theaters as The Utah Shakespearean Festival, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and Studio Arena Theater. www.benjaminweilldesign.com
Sally Small (Lighting Designer) “And, truth to tell, She lights up well” - The Mikado. Sally started with NYGASP in 1980 and has designed the lighting for the entire G&S repertoire. She has also designed for Conn. Grand Opera, Conn. Opera Assn., NJ State Opera, New England Lyric Operetta, Mississippi Opera, NY Lyric Opera and many other opera, ballet and Off-Broadway companies.
Lee Snider (photographer) has been a NYGASP Company Photographer since 1983 and for many years shot every show and did head shots for many cast members. He is now semi-retired and divides his time between New York and China.
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Janis Ansley Ungar (Choreographer) has worked with NYGASP on Ruddigore, Iolanthe, Trial By Jury, The Yeomen of the Guard, The Rose of Persia, and Patience. In addition to her work with NYGASP, she previously choreographed productions of The Gondoliers and Ruddigore for Troupers Light Opera Company. She is thrilled to have a theatrical family: Her daughter Suzy is working this year for NYGASP as Production Assistant, and is building a career as a theatrical Stage Manager.
Gail J. Wofford (Costume Designer/Co-Founder of NYGASP) holds a Masters of Arts in Theatre Arts from Texas Tech University. As resident costume designer she designed and constructed costumes for The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Yeomen of the Guard, Iolanthe, Trial By Jury and other operettas. Gail was Costume Coordinator for N.J. State Opera for 12 years and head of wardrobe for the NY Grand Opera. She has executed projects for WNET, Channel 13, National Tour of Dreamgirls, the film Mission Apollo and worked with numerous opera companies throughout the US.
Mark York (Music Director/Accompanist "I've Got a Little Twist") Arranger, Pianist and Musical Director for I’ve Got A Little Twist, the new hit revue featuring the stars of New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players which won the 2010 Bistro Award for Special Show.Executive Producer and Co-Founder of Mark York Productions and The Ziegfeld Society. As Jim Dale’s personal pianist, Mark is working on Mr. Dale’s One Man Show, Just Jim Dale, headed for Broadway this coming year. He is currently Music Coordinator for Jerry Herman. Mark was Music Assistant to Cy Coleman and after his passing was the Musical Director for The Cy Coleman Estate. He was the Arranger/Pianist for Busker Alley, a Benefit Gala Concert for The York Theatre starring Jim Dale and Glenn Close directed by Tony Walton. Also with Mr. Walton, he arranged and musically directed Conversation Piece and The Happy Hypocrite, both featuring songs by Noel Coward. Mark is a native New Yorker from Oklahoma.
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