STAFF

BEN TOSTADO (Producing Artistic Director) has appeared on stage in both Los Angeles and New York for over 15 years with credits including the Off-Broadway revival of Seussical (original cast recording), Guys & Dolls, Hair, Godspell, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Five Guys Named Moe, and Brecht's Life of Gallileo (workshop with Moises Kaufman). Directing/Choreographing credits include: Vashti! The Musical, The Little Lemonade Girl, The Tiny Mustache, Legally Blonde, Our Town, Sunshine, Bugsy Malone, Into the Woods, Once On This Island, Pippin, Annie, Godspell, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, Aladdin, Company, Little Shop of Horrors, Orpheus in the Underworld, Diary of a Madman, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Odyssey and Bally’s New Year’s Eve in Atlantic City. Ben has also been a teaching artist in the tri-state area for TADA! Youth Theatre, The Gallery Players, The Kaufman Center, and in various schools. He currently teaches Drama at Rodeph Sholom School in Manhattan. Education: BFA, Ithaca College. www.bentostado.com

LUKE POWERS (Director of Development) is a New York City-based actor and writer. Originally from Cleveland, Luke is a recent transplant to the city. He attended McGill University in Montreal and graduated with a BA in English - Concentration Drama/Theatre, and minors in French and Psychology. Favorite acting credits include: Alcibiades, Timon of Athens (Cleveland Shakespeare Festival); Simon Gascoyne, The Real Inspector Hound (Chagrin Valley Little Theatre); Lucentio, Taming of the Shrew (Rubber City Shakespeare); Narrator, The Laramie Project (Brave New Productions). Website: http://www.thelukepowers.com/

ASCENZA MONTALBANO (Business Manager) has been working in the greater New York City area as a performer, educator, and business manager for over 10 years.  She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  For the past several years she has turned her focus to helping her fellow performers and educators manage their personal brands as a tax, financial, and bookkeeping consultant.  Her client list currently includes web media, performers, the games industry, artists, and small business owners.  She was raised by to accountants so has over 20 years tax and bookkeeping experience.  Currently building her own small business, she also works as to educate individuals and businesses on best business practices.

KELLY PEREZ (Company Manager) Kelly Perez is a New York native, actor and singer. She attended Pace University and graduated with a BA in Theater- Directing Focus and a minor in Communication. Kelly has worked with multiple theater companies including Keen Company, Oberon Theatre Ensemble, and The Fringe Festival. Some of her favorite directing and assistant directing credits include: Purity and the Prince, Designer Genes, Vashti! The Musical, and The Great Pie Robbery. Kelly is now currently working for Disney Theatrical Group.

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