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Parker Wallis

Voice of NASA, Et al.

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Parker Wallis (they/them) is an NYC-based actor/singer/songwriter/voice talent. Parker

graduated from NYU Steinhardt in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. They

appear regularly as Caster-9 in the StarFound podcast, and previous shows include Larry

O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin’s Life of the Party (Malodushenko), The Mystery of Edwin Drood

(Bazzard), The Secret Garden (Ben Weatherstaff), Kiss Me, Kate (Gangster #2), The Drowsy

Chaperone (Underling), and Assassins (Lee Harvey Oswald). Twitter: @ParkerWallis

 

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Henco Espag

CO-CREATOR/COMPOSER

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Hailing from South Africa, Henco Espag is an active composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, accompanist, music director and pedagogue. Henco has served as faculty/staff for the Musical Theatre Department at Westminster College of the Arts and is currently faculty at St. Peter’s University. He served as music director for Surflight Theatre for two years, and is currently music director/conductor for The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band, a 120-member concert band, and Judson Memorial Church by Washington Square Park. The band is in the process of recording a brand new arrangement by Henco and Blair Eisenhart of “Lift Every Voice And Sing” with soloists from the Tony award winning Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess. Henco also works as Music Director in collaboration with ASL Artists and was a part of two Broadway Signs productions at the Triad Theatre with Broadway’s, Russell Harvard. Henco and Andi Lee Carter recently collaborated on a brand new ASL, LGBTQIA+ musical short film through Hearts Productions. Stay tuned for the release. Henco is the composer for the musical Last Night In Pompeii with collaborators Andi Lee Carter and Briana Whyte Harris. Henco’s other compositions have been widely performed, including most recently featured on Yamaha Pianist, James Adler’s Album “Homages and Remembrances”. B.Mus - Berklee College of Music & MFA – Tisch School of the Arts @ NYU.

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Enzo Veiga

STAGE MANAGER

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Enzo Veiga (he/him), originally from Brazil, is a Brooklyn-based composer, music director, and performer. He has recently earned his M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and currently works as a production assistant for Root Beer Occasion Theatre Company. He has also volunteered as a composer for the 52nd Street Project multiple times. Enzo has had many of his theatrical works professionally produced in Brazil, including the acclaimed “Terrível Incrível Aventura”, and has worked as a music teacher and vocal coach for over 8 years. He is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild of America. Previous education: B.M. in Composition and Conducting at UNESPAR (Curitiba, Brazil).

 

DeShawn Aaron Jenkins

OPPY

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DeShawn Aaron Jenkins (they/he/she) is a multi-platform artist originally from Cleveland, OH.  He spent his formative years' training in Vocal music and Theater at Cleveland School of the Arts, Columbia College Chicago, and Berklee College of Music. After the release of this 4th independent solo album under the moniker “DAJ”,  and some time spent in Tokyo, Japan as an Administrator and Executive Production staff member for a new performance arts academy, powered by Yoshimoto Creative Agency, DeShawn returned to New York City, full time, writing and creating opportunities for his own production company “DeShawn Dreams Productions”, --- “I am so very honored and humbled to bring life to “Oppy”, this has been such a blessing to my life in ways I just wasn’t expecting, but so grateful for… I dedicate this show to my inner being, this is for you … welcome to the rest of your life” 

 

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Andi Lee Carter

CO-CREATOR/PLAYWRIGHT

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Andi Lee Carter (he/they) is a Brooklyn-based musical theatre writer, director, and webseries/podcast producer. He is a recent graduate from the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program where he presented his thesis musicals: Pompeii: A Gender Explosion! and S.T.E.M. GRLZ! Scientific Strategies for Starting a Feminist Rock Band. His first original full-length musical Rent A White Guy was dubbed “often very funny” by The New York Times. His work has been seen at many of New York's finest pre-COVID cabaret venues including Under St. Marks, the Duplex, Joe's Pub, and Feinstein's 54 Below. His most recent virtual musicals can be found online: 14 DAYS (music/lyrics) at apac.org and Rejected! (music and lyrics) at nypl.org. He has also been collaborating with Henco on an exciting new ASL musical short film to be released through Heart Productions. Stay tuned!

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Mika Kauffman

DIRECTOR

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Mika Kauffman (he/they) is a multi-hyphenate queer artist based in Brooklyn, primarily a director, musical writer, dramaturg and producer. Hailed from Baltimore, they received their BFA in acting from Towson University and an MFA in musical theatre writing from Tisch. They firmly believe in leading with radical empathy and creating equitable, collaborative spaces for cultivating new work. Off-Broadway credits include #adulting, a millennial opera (Director), The Great Cat Massacre (Director), safeword. (Associate Director), Afterglow (Assistant Director, co-dramaturg), reading-performance of Paranormative (Book, Lyrics), We Are The Tigers (Dramaturg); upcoming projects include MAXA, The Maddest Woman in the World (Book, Lyrics) premiering at University of Minnesota Duluth in 2021, and 10 Days in a Madhouse (Director) set to premiere Off-Broadway in 2022. They are a resident artist of Poetic Theater Productions as well as a member of Ring of Keys and SDC. Mika also began the Trans Entertainment Guild (TEG), an organization that supports and protects TGNC workers in the entertainment industry. Instagram: @mikakauffman – Website: www.mikakauffman.com

 

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