“What astonishes (but given the talent level doesn’t surprise) is ‘That Woman: The Dance Show’ was seamlessly woven together in terms of the choreography and performances. There was no ‘dip’ in either quality or energy throughout the 100-minute, two-act piece. It was moving, entertaining, thrilling, stunning and beautiful to watch.” — Evans Donnell, stagecritic.com.
Stories of ten women who were involved or rumored-to-be-involved with President John F. Kennedy. Explored through dance. Co-created by ten Nashville-area choreographers and performed by 15 dancers/actors who dance. Emotionally effective storytelling and a unique lens to view a less-known aspect of history. A thought-provoking and entertaining evening of dance - sure to spark interesting post-show discussion among audience members. Music includes original compositions by Mikey Rose and Noah Rice, and features music from local Nashville artists Melanie Bresnan, Heidi Burson, Jonell Mosser, and Of Those Who Know. Dates and times for this production are: Friday, June 17th - 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 18th - 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 19th - 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 22rd - 7:30 p.m. (pay-what-you-can night - free/donations accepted), Friday, June 24th - 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 25th - 2:00 p.m. This show contains adult themes and language. Proof of vaccination and masks are required at The Darkhorse Theater.
Molly Breen (Marlene Dietrich, Ensemble/Producer, Director, Choreographer: YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) co-founded Tennessee Playwrights Studio, along with her partner, Kenley Smith 2018. As an actor, she has worked with Nashville-area theatre companies in over 40 productions, as well as performing with in plays in New York, DC, Birmingham, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Recent (and favorite!) roles include Jenny-Wanda Barkmann in Maidens by Kenley Smith, Lady Capulet in Violent Delights by Jim Manning and Single Woman C in both the play and feature film Singleville by Mary McCallum. She volunteers as a neurotypical actor with Tandem Troupe, an acting troupe for adults with disabilities at Friends Life Community and loves originating roles in new plays and working on projects that have social impact and/or contain challenging material. She is represented by the McCray Agency for film, tv, and commercial work. She is thrilled to have co-created That Woman - The Dance Show with her favorite dancers/choreographers. She is also grateful to Angela Gimlin, the co-producer of That Woman - The Monologue Show for including her in her vision to explore the stories of these women through theatre, and she is excited to be a part of it alongside such talented women actors/playwrights. Come see it!
Jodie Mowrey (Mary Pinchot Meyer, Mirror Marilyn Monroe, Ensemble/Director of Choreography, Choreographer: MARLENE/ELLEN/HOOVER INTERLUDES/SEX WORKER INTERLUDE) has been dancing her whole life and singing for half of it. She started with Evansville Dance Theatre's pre-professional company in Indiana, where she performed multiple roles including the Snow Queen in the Nutcracker. From there she went on to study dance at Interlochen Arts Academy, a boarding high school for the arts in northern Michigan. There she choreographed for and performed in multiple ballet, modern and jazz productions. Graduating with the Young Artist Award in Dance and honorable mentions in modern dance and choreography in the national A.R.T.S. competition, she went on to The Ohio State University. After one year as a modern dance major, she took a long hiatus from dance, began studying voice and built a career in digital marketing. After earning an MBA from Columbia Business School and receiving their top marketing award, she worked in advertising agencies in New York, Indiana and Nashville. Once established in her new career, she was able to add teaching dance, choreography and theater performance back into her life. She has been a church soloist in both Indiana and Nashville, choreographed multiple high school and community musicals, directed dance ensembles, and taught ballet and modern dance. She continues to coach seasoned dancers in perfecting their art and performs regularly with The Dancer Project. In Nashville she has choreographed for Circle Players, Act 1, The Larry Keaton Theater and her own group of dancers.
Caitlin Del Casino (Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, Ensemble/Costumer, Choreographer: OPENING, MIMI) is a dancer, choreographer, and actress born and raised in Nashville, TN. Growing up she trained at Nashville Ballet, as well as University School of Nashville. After graduating from Marymount Manhattan College in 2012, Caitlin moved back to Nashville. She currently choreographs for various local theater companies.
Kristen DuBois (Lighting Designer) is delighted to be a part of this show, and to be back at the Darkhorse. She has worked as a Lighting Designer in Austin and Nashville, her most recent work including Lizzie: The Musical and The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical for Street Theatre Company. She has also worked with Circle Players, designing such shows as A Chorus Line and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as Act 1 for The Nightmarium Incident and Jack and the Giant. She loves to work on dance, children's theater and anything with a new, thoughtful perspective. She would like to thank her friends for coming to her shows, and her partner for letting her ramble about lights while offering creative feedback.
Beth Gwinn - Show Photographer
I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and graduated from the Nashville public school system. When I was in high school, the Rolling Stones came to town and my boyfriend bought two tickets. I borrowed my father's camera and that was the beginning. Before graduation, I had purchased my own camera and I have pursued photography ever since. I worked in the country music business for over two decades. I’ve photographed Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Dolly Parton among many others. My photos appeared in The Ken Burns Country Music Documentary, Lifemagazine, Rolling Stone, Us, Newsweek, and other major publications. I have also worked for science fiction and fantasy publications as well and even had a photo session with Stephen King. It has been a great ride and I hope it isn't over yet.
Brandon A. Johnson (JFK, Ensemble/ Choreographer: MARY) aims to live the quote: "Entertain, Educate, and Elevate." As a professional dancer and choreographer, Brandon has performed on television, in commercials, live theatre, theme parks, music videos and film. He has performed and worked in European productions as well as locally as a principal company member and assistant stage manager with Found Movement Group. He discovered FMG in 2008 after seeing a production of “I Saw You Tomorrow” and immediately decided to audition for the company and soon discovered what it meant to be “found through dance and performing”. Brandon’s various credits include Macbeth, Jitney (American Negro Playwright Theatre), Fame, Hairspray (Circle Players Theatre), A Chorus Line, Chicago, The All Night Strut, Legally Blonde (Keeton Theatre), The Bobby Jones Gospel Show (BET), The Dove Awards (GMT), A Country Christmas (ABC), Nashville (CMT), Real Country (USA Network), The Identical, and with recording artists Jake Owens, Eric Pasalay, LeAnn Rimes, TRIN-I-TEE 57, Mandisa and The Weekend 2021 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Brandon also teaches and volunteers with performance programs at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, and Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Thea Jones (Ellen Rometsch, Ensemble/
Choreographer: TEMPEST) is a native of Nashville TN. She is a professionally trained concert dancer, educator and international cultural curator. She earned a BFA in Dance from Howard University in 2005 and while there, she was granted opportunities to study with acclaimed professional dance artists such as: Hope Boykin, who is currently a seasoned member of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company; Louis Johnson, choreographer of The Wiz; Debbie Blunden-Diggs, artistic director of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; and Kevin Iega Jeff, Artistic Director of Deep Rooted in Chicago. She enjoyed a successful contemporary dance career in New York City from 2005- 2014, dancing with Rod Rodgers Dance Company, where she was recognized by The New York Times, Mirashayama Traditional Lindy Hop/ Aerial Swing Company, Def Dance Jam Workshop- with whom she had the privilege of working with a Master Whirling Dervish of Turkey and performing a tribute to the late Gil Scott Heron, Kayoko Sakoh Dance Company in Kagashima, Japan, and Nommo Contemporary Dance Company in partnership with the American Dance Guild’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. In 2019, she established Skylark Creative Alliance, a collaborative artist association with the goal of creating an international alliance of creatives who inspire, connect, empower and influence positive community change through meaningful multi-disciplinary collaborations. She initiated, executed and completed her first international project titled: Intimate. See: An Interdisciplinary Women’s Project. This 4-part women’s empowerment program utilizes concert dance and multi-disciplinary collaborations to effect positive social change. Intimate. See’s first project location was Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Most recently, she has had the privilege of performing with Vyrgo Music and the Southern Music Awards. Shades of Black Theatre Festival, Windship Boyd's Papalagui Exposed at Oz Arts Nashville, an orchestral rendition of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha with Emmy Award Nominee Dave Ragland, Shackled Feet, Inversion Vocal Ensemble and the Diaspora Orchestra at the Nashville Opera, and the World Premiere of Dave Ragland and Shabaz Ujima’s Steal Away. She feels extremely privileged to have been asked to join the cast of TN Playwrights Studio’s cast of That Woman - The Dance Show. Molly is a visionary, and I applaud her yearning to debunk the rumors and empower the voices of so many women that were forced into silence.
Cornell Kennedy (JFK, Rolf Romestch, Ensemble/Choreographer: INGA/JUDITH w/ Rachel Simons) is a lawyer by day and actor/dancer by night. By day, Cornell practices business law by representing individuals and business owners with contracts and various other legal and business needs. By night, you can find Cornell performing in plays and shows throughout town. He began performing in 2019 with his first show, Violent Delights, a dance-based epic re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet. While he has never been professionally trained and is relatively new to performing, he has a passion for the arts and enjoys the escape they provide from the everyday hustle and bustle of the corporate world.
Alexis LaVon (Sound Design) is an arts enthusiast who grew up in Nashville by way of Chicago. She works in Nashville & Atlanta as a Stage Manager and Production Manager for various projects. She also serves as 1st Assistant Director on Feature Films locally and out of state. She is thrilled in her new position as Production Manager with 353 Media Group and stays busy in their partnership with NMAAM. She has numerous productions to her credit and has worked with some of the best theater companies in Nashville: Kennie’s Playhouse Theatre, SistaStyle Productions, Tennessee Women's Theater Project, Circle Players, Street Theatre, Nashville Children's Theatre, Chaffin's Barn, Humanity Theatre Project & Tennessee Playwrights Studio.
Jim Manning (Joe Kennedy, J. Edgar Hoover, Ensemble/Choreographer: HOOVER INTERLUDES w/ Jodie Mowrey) teaches Technical Theater at University School of Nashville. He is also an award-winning set designer for many theaters around Middle Tennessee. As a director, he has helmed such shows as Angels in America, Newsies, Dog Sees God, and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He has created two original works--The World's a Stage (an immersive theater piece where the audience followed actors backstage) and Violent Delights (a dance-based, post-apocalyptic telling of Romeo and Juliet featuring music from local bands). Onstage, some favorite roles include Howard in Moon Over Buffalo (Best Featured Actor), Will Parker in Oklahoma! (Best Supporting Actor), and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Best Actor).
Schuyler Phoenix (Blaze Starr, Ensemble/Choreographer: BLAZE) A native to Birmingham, AL, Schuyler Phoenix is a graduate from Jacksonville State University with a BFA in Photography and BA in Drama. She is a theatrical actress, dancer, aerialist, and choreographer in the theatre community for over 10+ years. She is also known in the Nashville scene as a burlesque dancer with Razorglam Productions and others throughout Tennessee and Alabama. Her talents don't stop at being on the stage but behind the curtain as well. Schuyler is becoming a wig master and is a professional wardrobe dresser for National Broadway Touring Companies ( Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, etc) Since moving to Nashville, She has loved being a part of many creative projects to help push her as an artist, a performer, a story-teller. She is thankful for all the love and support she has found here and for those that support from afar.
Rachel Simons (Inga Arvad, Ensemble/Choreographer: INGA/JUDITH w/ Cornell Kennedy) A native to Nashville, Rachel Simons has had many exciting opportunities to be a part of the ever-growing creative scene. She has co-hosted and written music for a children’s series sing-along/dance-along, TuneTime. She has traveled to exotic places such as Banson, Missouri as a resident performer and dancer for the live tour of VeggieTales as well as helped behind the scenes in directing children’s plays in Denver. Rachel loves all aspects of expression and is thrilled to take on the new adventure of choreographer and actor in the original piece, That Woman - The Dance Show, playing the part of Inga Arvad. She hopes to have a long and blossoming career in entertainment and story-telling. Enjoy the show!
Shannon J. Spencer (Stage Manager) is a Production Stage Manager based in Nashville, Tennessee. She has lived and worked in the greater Nashville area for the last 18 years after graduating with a double major in Dramatic Arts and Communications Studies from Trevecca Nazarene University. She has worked with over 20 different companies and completed 200+ projects during her time in Nashville. Ms. Spencer is in her 8th year of residency with Franklin Road Academy as the Production Stage Manager for the Upper School Program and enjoys the opportunity to mentor the students through four main-stage productions each season. Most recently, Ms. Spencer has launched her original workshop, Stage Management: 101. After realizing the need for trained stage managers in her home theatre community, she is taking the workshop to high schools and universities with theatre programs, as well as offering opportunities to the community-at-large, to be educated and empowered to take on the role of Stage Manager.
Nikki Staggs (Tempest Storm, Ensemble) is an artist, researcher, and product designer from Nashville, TN. She graduated from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in theatre. While in college she built props and set pieces for a local haunted attraction. She learned to mix silicone molds, resins and plaster, and she also wired small LED lights to be fitted into animatronics. This sparked Staggs’ interest in art and technology, and after graduation she began taking classes in physics, calculus, 3D design and graphics. Her plan was to incorporate her learnings into theatrical design and special effects, but instead she began working as a professional actress for the stage. Staggs has performed onstage with The Nashville Children’s Theatre, Street Theatre, Pipeline Collective, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, and toured with the Tennessee Theatre Company. She has worked production management for Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Destiny Theatre Experience, and is still waiting for her callback from Studio Tenn. Between performances she works as an educator, teaching theatre and visual arts to children grades K-12. Staggs has exhibited her artwork across Tennessee, Kentucky and New York. Her extensive scientific research bleeds into her artwork, and Staggs adds technical elements to her designs, creating innovative pieces that combine art, science and imagination.
Brittany Stewart (Judith Exner, Ensemble/Choreographer: JACKIE) Brittany Stewart began her dance training at Nashville School of the Arts, where she graduated in 2009. She continued her dance training at Middle Tennessee State University by obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Communication with a minor in Dance. As a member of the MTSU Dance Theatre Company, she had the honor of dancing for many well-known choreographers, such as T. Lang, Jesse Zaritt, Angie Simmons, and Heidi Clemmens. In 2014, she choreographed and performed a solo, "Zero Sum Game," at The American College Dance Association for a formal adjudication. In 2016 she had the amazing opportunity to perform at the Frist Art Museum in a dance piece titled “That You Have” choreographed by Marsha Barsky. Brittany most recently danced in Violent Delights, a dance play, created and directed by Jim Manning. She also danced in the Nashville Oktoberfest in 2019. She is ecstatic about the opportunity to create and perform in That Woman - The Dance Show, directed by Molly Breen.
Preston Weaver (JFK, Ensemble) Born and raised in Clinton, TN, he has recently returned to his love of dancing after a 9-year break. Growing up, Preston studied dance at Oak Ridge Dance Academy, studying Jazz, Modern, Ballet and Hip-Hop. He was the first male in his school history to make both high school and college dance teams. While dancing at Tennessee Tech University, he competed on the national level, leading his team to the UDA College Dance Team finals in 2013. When Preston is not dancing, he teaches 8th grade history at Antioch Middle School. He has been teaching for 9 years and plans to one day have his doctorate in education policy and has a lifelong goal of becoming a children’s book author.
Autumn Wegner (Marilyn Monroe, Ensemble) began dancing at the age of two and continued through high school, studying ballet at Pat Brown School of Dance in Jackson, Tennessee. Throughout these years, she was constantly drawing, choreographing dances no one ever saw, writing, and finding ways to create every chance she could. She continued this multidisciplinary creativity by studying art therapy at Union University, where she had the opportunity to try various art mediums, including photography, sculpture, ceramics, and painting - all while teaching at a local dance studio. Through this experience, she began to find that her art influenced her choreography, and her dancing influenced her art. After graduating, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she began dancing with The Dancer Project Conservatory and began traveling with Groove Dance Competition as a photographer. She currently works as a dance photographer, artist, and guest teacher, as well as a teaching artist with Turnip Green Creative Reuse.
Shawn Whitsell (JFK, Bobby Baker, Ensemble) is a poet, playwright, actor, director, producer and founder of the Destiny Theatre Experience. He has worked with Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Dream 7 Productions, Monument Theatre Company, SistaStyle Productions and many others. Shawn's acting credits include Topdog/Underdog, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Raisin In The Sun, The Face of Emmett Till, Ragtime, The Laramie Project and Dreamgirls. His directing credits include Memphis The Musical, Dutchman, The Conscientious Objector, Hunger in Paradise and a number of original pieces, including his one-man show 23/1. His life outside of the arts includes fatherhood, activism and community service.
Emma Williams (Mimi Alford, Ensemble/
Choreographer: MARILYN, CRY ME A RIVER) began her dancing career in her home town of Franklin, Tennessee, where she was brought into the dance studio in a stroller, and left as a graduated senior. After dancing competitively for multiple years and doing numerous theatrical productions with Franklin High School, she moved on to complete her certificate in commercial entertainment, awarded from Columbia State. After completing her certificate, Emma moved to Paris, where she worked for Disneyland Paris as a character performer and parade dancer as part of the 25th Anniversary cast. After two contracts, she moved back home to Tennessee to teach, dance, and perform in Nashville. Some of her performance experience includes dancing on the main-stage for the opening of Nashville Pride Festival, multiple new work productions, and Oktoberfest. Emma currently focuses on teaching and giving other people the same love of movement that she has. Her teaching qualifications include being fully certified in acrobatic arts, progressing ballet technique, and REFIT. She lives in Columbia with her dog Gus and fiancé Elisha. She is grateful for her friends and family who never ever miss a show!
Lauren Wilson (Graphic Designer) is a full-time art director and graphic designer based in Nashville, TN. A native New Yorker, she fell in love with theater and performing at a young age and performed in many New York productions over the years before attending C.W. Post University to study art and design. Lauren moved to Nashville back in 2012 and immediately felt at home in Nashville’s growing theater and art scene. She loves being able to work and collaborate with other Nashville creatives and local organizations, and continues to provide design services and creative direction for theater companies, independent businesses, and artists all over the city. (www.lwilsondesign.com)
Jenn Bostic (Songwriter - Pipe Dream - ELLEN) is a soulful singer/songwriter with a hint of pop, blues and gospel. Her emotive songwriting and powerful vocals have been touching hearts around the world. She has had a year of accolades, including having the United States Army Band cover her UK #1 song "Jealous of the Angels," which was also played on Sirius XMs The Pulse and other mainstream ACs reaching that format's Top 40, and the Positive Country and Southern Gospel Charts Top 10.
Bostic has performed sold out tours across the United States and Europe, including performances on the stages of The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, and Lincoln Center, as well as BBC Breakfast Television, BBC Songs of Praise, Daystar, and TBN US and UK.
As an independent, Bostic was the first international artist to have her first three singles playlisted on BBC Radio 2. She was twice named “International Touring Artist of the Year,” by the British Country Music Association (2017/2018).
In 2012 Jenn Bostic received 5 Independent Country Music Association Awards including, “Best Songwriter,” “Best Musician,” and “Overall Winner.”
Her newest album, created with Grammy nominated producer and hit songwriter, Lauren Christy, is set to release in the Summer of 2022.
Melanie Bresnan (Recording Artist/Songwriter - Weird Sisters - SEX WORKER INTERLUDE) Hailing from New England via Nashville, TN, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Melanie Bresnan has spent the better part of her life studying and performing music. Her varied background in classical vocal technique, jazz, choral music, rock, and Irish traditional music carry into her songwriting which blends these influences with country and pop to create songs that are catchy and singable but still rooted in traditional folk music. Melanie graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2014 with a focus in songwriting and audio acoustics and electronics. When she's not working in the studio or on the stage, Melanie can be found feeding her coffee addiction, perfecting her banana bread recipe, and debating the true parentage of Jon Snow.
Heidi Burson (Recording Artist/Songwriter - Pipe Dream - ELLEN) is a Nashville staple who has deservedly carved out a spot for herself in the soul music community here performing regularly at Acme Feed & Seed, Rudy's Jazz Room and has been featured at Bluebird Cafe, The Listening Room, 3rd & Lindsley and Sunday Night Soul at the 5 Spot. She draws her inspiration from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Ray Charles, and Carole King to name a few. These influences, coupled with her own life experiences and a generous dusting of wry humor, have helped to forge a voice and style that is uniquely fascinating.
To date, Heidi is an award-winning artist and songwriter and has released 2 self-produced full-length albums, Every Shade of Blue and The Story which features a powerful 12-piece band. You can hear Heidi’s music on AcmeRadioLive and Lightning 100 in Nashville as well as many other independent radio stations across the US and abroad on Jazz Radio Berlin. Her single, "Give Your Love Away" has been featured on BBC Radio.
Not only has she secured bookings from the east to the west coast, but in true indie/unsigned artist style she continues to successfully tour throughout the UK and Europe. Her travels have seen her perform in various festivals, concert series and notable venues such as the 100 Club in London, Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival and Ruine Senftenburg Castle in Austria. Her popularity in Berlin has resulted in a yearly visit with sold out shows to a dedicated room of music loving fans.
Her newly released singles “Just Another Day, Hey Little Girl and Drowning” shows another side of Heidi. A more conscious version of writing about what she sees around her in the world mixed with a love of string arranging and movie soundtracks. It’s the first of 3 of 9 singles from Heidi set to release over the coming year.
David Curtis (Recording Artist - Of ThoKnow - MARILYN) has been immersed in the marching arts for the majority of his musical life. Having marched The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2014-2018, as well as Music City Mystique in 2016 and 2018, he has taken much from the influence of many outstanding educators such as Eric Johnson, Rob Paster, Joe Roach, Alan Miller, Megan Nelson, Dean Johnson, Andrew Lynge, Eric Willie and more. Since aging out, David has been teaching front ensemble at various high schools, arranging and teaching the Million Dollar Band front ensemble, and teaching the Crossman Drum and Bugle Corps. While fervently pursuing the marching arts, he has also sought after a career in percussion performance and composition. He has received an undergraduate at The Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University, studying with Kevin Bobo, Joseph Grammley, Michael Spiro, Steve Houghton, and John Tafoya. Most recently, David won 3rd place at the 2021 Great Plains International Marimba Competition, and completed his masters in music composition from the University of Alabama, studying under Andrew Lynge and Tyler Walker. While there, he has been working on his debut album and preparing for a life as educator, performer, and composer.
Jonell Mosser (Recording Artist/Songwriter - YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) Listen to Jonell Mosser just once in concert and you'll be an instant believer.
She sings with all-out passion and heart. No frills. No games. Just a soulful
intensity that makes you realize you're in the presence of the real thing, not
some manufactured, corporate-approved diva of the sort littering the
landscape these days.
By STEVE MORSE, former staff writer at the Boston Globe for nearly 30
years, who has also written for Billboard and served on the nominating
committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Read the rest of the article and learn more about Jonell at www.jonellmosser.com.
Noah Rice (Composer - HOOVER INTERLUDES) is a native Nashvillian vocalist, music director and voice instructor. He spent 2018-2020 touring 35+ countries and singing 1000+ shows aboard Holland America's luxury cruise ships in its acclaimed duo piano show Billboard Onboard. Other performing contracts include Gaylord Opryland, Hersheypark and other national resorts, local BGVs for Hans Zimmer, The Rolling Stones and others, studio recordings for Walt Disney Entertainment, LifeWay, others. Freelance MD for local theatres including Keeton Theatre, Circle Players, Playhouse 615. BM Commercial Music (Voice), Belmont University. As a certified instructor in Somatic Voicework the LoVetri Method™, Noah works with pre-professional, working pro and avocational singers of all ages to demystify vocal function and develop the freedom to sing in any style with flexibility and endurance. noahrice.com
Mikey Rose (Composer OPENING/MIMI) (@thedumbamerican) is a professional amateur, mad maverick, true troubadour wandering this wild world in search of the beautiful, the strange, and everything in between. When he’s not lost on a mountain, Mikey makes melodies and crafts theater experiences for audiences young and old. Recent musicals include: Metropolitan (music and lyrics, Winner of 2019 Fresh Fruit “Best Musical”), ASHWA (co-composer/lyricist, NYU, 2021), Lovesick (co-composer/lyricist, NYU, 2020), The Parable of Pizza (co-composer/lyricist, Lugano, 2021), Same Sky (co-composer/lyricist, Lugano, 2021), The Red Tomato (co-composer/lyricist, 2020), Tulips (composer, 2020). Mikey is a member of Actor’s Equity and currently the Summer Director of the Performing Arts at TASIS (The American School in Switzerland). A former Nashvillian, Mikey received his MFA from the Musical Theater Writing Program at TISCH NYU, where he acted as the co-president of the Graduate Student Organization and was the Recipient of the 2020 Frederick Loewe Scholarship for composing. Currently performing in and curating “The Dumb American Amateur Hour”, a monthly variety show and residency in Bushwick, NY at Starr Bar. http://www.mikeythedumbamerican.com