DAVID BELL

For the last thirty years, David H. Bell's career has spanned a wide range of International and National projects as a director, choreographer, and author. As Artistic Director of the historic Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., David inaugurated such World Premiere musicals as ELMER GANTRY, A CHRISTMAS CAROL (adapter), and HOT MIKADO
(author-winner Helen Hayes Award, BEST DIRECTOR). His work at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Marriott Theatre, and Drury Lane Oakbrook in Chicago has earned him 44 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations (winning the award 11 times). In New York City, David has directed both on and off Broadway, including the DIFFA TRIBUTE TO EDITH HEAD (Michael Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Julianne Moore, etc.), HEARTSTRINGS (Sandy Duncan, Patti LuPone, Salt N' Peppa, Sara Gilbert), and GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY at Carnegie Hall (Richard Kiley, Jule Styne, Carol Channing, Jerry Orback, Chita Rivera, Jerry Herman, George Abbott, etc.). Internationally, David has worked on London's West End on HOT MIKADO (author- Laurence Olivier Award Nominee), Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Berlin, Barcelona (for the 1992 Olympic Closing Ceremonies), the HARLEM GOSPEL SINGERS, and the DIRTY DANCING CONCERT TOUR. As associate director to Kenny Leon at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, David directed over twenty productions. David was the book writer with Craig Carnelia for ACTOR, LAWYER, INDIAN CHIEF and Studs Terkel's THE GOOD WAR. David currently heads the Music Theatre Program at Northwestern University.
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MICHAEL MAHLER

Michael Mahler is the award-winning Chicago-based composer/lyricist of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID; OCTOBER SKY; HERO (Jeff Award); THE MAN WHO MURDERED SHERLOCK HOLMES (Jeff Award); WONDERLAND: ALICE’S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE;  SOMETHING IN THE GAME; PAINTED ALICE; HOW CAN YOU RUN WITH A SHELL ON YOUR BACK? and others.  He contributed additional lyrics to Cameron Mackintosh's London and Broadway revivals of MISS SAIGON and served as the original English lyricist of Boublil and Schönberg's LA REVOLUTION FRANCAISE. Projects in development include SECRET OF MY SUCCESS and GRAVEDIGGERS’ HAMLET.  Visit www.michaelmahler.com

       
    BUDDY FARMER

Born in Florida and raised in Alabama, Buddy has the distinction of being the only playwright to play football for Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama.

Writing credits include, COACHES: off the bench with Knute, Vince and the Bear.  The play received critical acclaim in Los Angeles and toured to Notre Dame, Milwaukee, San Francisco, the Super Bowl, and was the only play ever performed at The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  Buddy wrote the Knute section into a TV mini-series that became the libretto for the musical KNUTE ROCKNE: ALL AMERICAN.  The musical premiered to rave reviews from Chicago critics and received two Joseph Jefferson Award nominations.  The show has now developed to become SOMETHING IN THE GAME and has been presented at AMTP in Chicago and Notre Dame. 

Buddy’s play THE BARBECUE was runner up in the New Works of Merit International Playwriting Contest and premiered in New York City.  ALABAMA BAGGAGE won honorable mention with the New Works of Merit and Ohio State University Playwriting Competition, before premiering in Los Angeles.  His plays include THE VIAGRA MONOLOGUES; FORE; JOEY & MARE; HELP; THE ROSE GARDEN and screenplays ROCKNE and ALL-STAR.

Buddy writes, directs and acts in Los Angeles. He is writing and directing the documentary film SEND CHOCLOATES AND MARLBOROS.  He is an active member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. He resides in Laguna Beach with his wife Pamela and their three dogs Savannah, Rusty and Lilly.

       
    GREG SCHAFFERT

Greg Schaffert is a theatrical Producer who has spent the last 40 years working in every facet of the theatre. In the last 15 years he has produced: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Broadway (5 Tony Awards) plus Tour & Off-Broadway; NEXT TO NORMAL (Pulitzer); BURN THE FLOOR; ALL SHOOK UP.  Off-Broadway: BAT BOY THE MUSICAL (Drama Desk); STRIKING 12 (Lortel Award); MAGNETIC NORTH; GREAT WALL; HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD & FIND TRUE LOVE in 90 minutes.  Regional: Paul Gordon’s ANALOG & VINYL (Weston Playhouse); George Stiles’ THREE MUSKETEERS (Chicago Shakes, North Shore); HOMESTEAD CROSSING (Berkshire, Merrimac Rep, Portland Stage); NO WAKE (Berkshire); THE GIRL IN THE FRAME (Goodspeed, Adirondack Theatre Festival); ACE (Signature).  In Development: Broadway revival of BAT BOY; SOMETHING IN THE GAME; ATLANTIS; HOT MESS IN MANHATTAN; PAINTED ALICE. Visit gregschaffert.com
       
    JOHN A. GIRARDI

In 1999, John A Girardi (Jack) saw a performance of Buddy Farmer’s stage play COACHES. This led Jack to become the hands on Executive Producer of the musical through workshops in Southern California, Chicago and the production of KNUTE ROCKNE: ALL AMERICAN at Theatre in the Center in Muncie, Indiana. As the show has developed to become SOMETHING IN THE GAME, Jack, and his production company, Coaches LLC, has guided the show through its development lab at the American Musical Theatre Project at Northwestern University, its presentations in Chicago and the University of Notre Dame, and its future productions in theatres around the country. When he is not listening to the SOMETHING IN THE GAME soundtrack, Girardi is a civil trial attorney with the firm of Girardi & Keese in Los Angeles.


       
    TONY CACCIOTTI

Broadway: Lead producer of the play "Looped" in which his wife Valerie Harper was nominated for a Tony for the role of Tallulah Bankhead. Off Broadway: "Neil's Garden", "All Under Heaven", "Short of Breath "(which he also directed). National Tour: "Golda's Balcony" (2006 winner, Touring Broadway Award), Regional Theatre: "Looped" (Pasadena Playhouse, West Palm Beach, DC's Arena Stage), "All Under Heaven", "The Dragon and the Pearl". TV Co-Executive Produced the NBC series "Valerie" ("The Hogan Family"), The CBS series "City", the NBC movie "Farrell for the People". Film: Lead producer of "Golda's Balcony", which received extraordinary reviews and was the OFFICIAL HONOREE at the Eilat International Film Festival in Israel. Directed Richard Gere's spectacular workout sequence in Paul Schrader's "American Gigolo", Author of the Random House fitness book "The Cacciotti Method". 2006 inductee into the American Fitness Hall of Fame. He began his career as a performer. Broadway: The "Royal Hunt of the Sun", "Jesus Christ Superstar". National Tour: "West Side Story" (playing Action). Film: "The Longest Yard", "Hero at Large", "The Statue". TV: "Due South", "The Love Boat", "Mannix","The Streets of San Francisco", "Batman". Beginning 2013, Tony will be the lead producer of the National Tour of "Looped". Currently he is developing two separate theatre projects along with a TV pilot. He is also the proud father of five.

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