THE FOURTH MESSENGER NYMF CREATIVE TEAM
VIENNA TENG (Composer/Co-Lyricist) is a singer, songwriter and pianist who has released four studio albums and one live album on the Virt and Rounder labels. Her 2013 album AIMS received four Independent Music Awards – for Adult Contemporary Album, Pop Song, A Capella Song, and Social Action Song – the most awards any artist has received in a given year. AIMS debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Heartseekers Albums Chart and was included in the Best of 2013 lists of the Huffington Post, NJ Star-Ledger, and Glide Magazine. Her albums Waking Hour and Warm Strangers both reached the top five of Amazon.com’s bestseller list, and she won the 2010 Independent Music Awards’ Vox Pop vote for her album Inland Territory. She has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, NPR’s Weekend Edition, CBS’s Early Show, and CNN’s News Night with Aaron Brown, and has toured with Joan Baez, Brandi Carlile, Duncan Sheik, Madeleine Peyroux, Joan Osborne, Sarah Harmer, Marc Cohn and the Indigo Girls, among others. In addition to her performing and composing career, Vienna recently received an MB/MS from the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. She is a native of Saratoga, California, and holds a Computer Science degree from Stanford University. viennateng.com
TANYA SHAFFER’s (Playwright/Lyricist) plays have been produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, TheatreWorks, and the Eureka Theatre, and have toured to more than 40 cities nationwide. She has co-written two shows for the Tony-Award-Winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, including 2014’s Ripple Effect. Her solo show Let My Enemy Live Long! ran for six sold-out months in the Bay Area and was awarded a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for solo performance. Her play Baby Taj, which premiered at TheatreWorks in 2005, was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Oakland Tribune as one of the Top Ten Shows of the Year and nominated for a National Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Award for the best play to premiere that year outside of New York City. It has since been published by Samuel French, Inc. She’s also the author of the critically acclaimed travel memoir, Somebody’s Heart is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa. Her stories and essays have appeared on Salon.com and in numerous anthologies. She recently completed a four-year residency at the San Francisco Playwrights Foundation. Website: tanyashaffer.com.
MATT AUGUST (Director) recently directed the critically acclaimed Geffen Playhouse and NoHo Arts Center productions of Gospel According to Jefferson, Dickens and Tolstoy: Discord and the Falcon Theatre production of The Trouble We Come From, produced by Garry Marshall. On Broadway, he directed How the Grinch Stole Christmas (and 10 Nat’l Tours, Pantages Theatre, Madison Square Garden); Other Broadway as Associate Director for Jack O’Brien: Henry IV, Imaginary Friends, Invention of Love, Full Monty (Nat’l Tours). Off Broadway: Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Acting Company and Nat’l Tour); Sixteen Wounded (Cherry Lane Theatre). Regional Credits include: Two Gentlemen of Verona, Pig Farm, Time Flies, Food Chain (Old Globe Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, In the Heights (Pioneer Theatre Company); Intelligence Slave, The Real Dr. Strangelove, Speech and Debate, 40th Anniversary Gala (LA Theatre Works); Liberty Smith, Christmas Carol (5 seasons) Meet John Doe as Co-Author (Ford’s Theatre); Baby Taj (TheatreWorks); Fourth Messenger (Ashby Stage); Complete History of America Abridged, All in the Timing, Tempest (Hanger Theatre); Sixteen Wounded (with Martin Landau, Long Wharf Theatre); Full Monty (Australian Tour); Short Film: How to Get to Candybar; Upcoming: Dracula (LATW); Gospel/Discord (Arizona Theatre Co.); Two Dollar Bill (Pioneer); Grinch (Grand Ole Opry). Matt’s productions have been recognized by Ovation, Helen Hayes, Bay Area Critics, Broadway World, Utah Theatre, and Australia’s Helpmann Award nominations, and appeared on Year End Top Ten lists in the L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News and NPR/KQED. He has mentored upcoming directors through the Drama League Director Fellowship and SDC Observership Programs and guest taught and lectured at many universities across the country. He is a member of the SDC LA Ad Hoc Committee and is a Drama League Fellow, Oregon Shakespeare Killian Fellow, Robert Wilson Watermill Fellow and Panavision New Filmmaker Grant recipiant. He splits his time between LA and NYC and holds an MFA from CalArts. mattaugust.com
NATALIE MALOTKE (Choreographer) Favorite NY credits include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Choreography Assistant to Joshua Bergasse (SDCF) and Little Dancer, NYC Workshop with Susan Stroman. Past NYMF projects: Women of Note Concert, Pope: An Epic Musical, Feather, and Arnie The Doughnut. Regional Creative and Associate work at Paper Mill Playhouse, Music Theatre Wichita, Pioneer Theatre Company, TexARTS, Wagon Wheel Theatre, and Plymouth State University. Industrial creative projects for Target and The Robin Hood Foundation with Stephen Sposito and Sarah O’Gleby. Upcoming: Assistant Director on Really Rosie at City Center. Natalie has served as the Resident Director/Choreographer for Nickelodeon on board NCL, is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, and is on the Artist Board of Off-Center at City Center. Gratitude to Matt and Tanya for this beautiful piece. Proud graduate: University of Michigan. www.nataliemalotke.com
JESSE LOZANO (Music Director) is delighted to return to NYMF with this production of The Fourth Messenger! Music directing/piano credits include The Gold (NYMF 2016); The Lady of the Castle (Theater for the New City); Godspell, Company, Next to Normal, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors (MJR Theatricals); Little Women, Godspell (A.D. Players); and Orfeo ed Euridice, La tragédie de Carmen and La clemenza di Tito (Opera in the Heights). Jesse also wrote the book, music and lyrics to Hot Diggity!, a musical comedy about the competitive eating world, which was recently workshopped by the Music Box Theater in Houston, Texas. Jesse studied composition at the Eastman School of Music and Rice University. He’s based in Brooklyn and is currently writing his second musical, You Won’t Believe What Happens Next…
RYAN O’CONNELL (Orchestrator) served as music director on Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (George Street Playhouse), The Grammy Experience (Norwegian Cruise Line), Nightline: JFK Anniversary Special (NBC), Midsummer Night (LA Premiere), Bronies (Hollywood Fringe), Real Housekeepers of Studio City (Hollywood Fringe), and Edges (LA Premiere). Orchestration credits include Loch Ness: The Musical (Chance Theater), Browsers (Amazon), Bronies (3rd Street Theater), and Wild Things (NRDC Films). As composer/arranger, his credits include: Dragons: Defenders of Berk (Cartoon Network), I Am Big Bird (Copperpot Pictures), Calgary Stampede, The Freddy Awards (State Theatre), Learning Town (Geek & Sundry), Ladies Knight (USC) (Annie Award nominee), choral arrangements for Shawnee Press and Alfred, and two original musicals – Horror High and Horrible Shakespeare. ryanomusic.com
NANCY ANDERSON (Sid) was last seen on Broadway in Sunset Boulevard (Ensemble, u/s Norma). Other Broadway credits include the revival of Wonderful Town (Helen and Eileen) and A Class Act (Mona). PBS Great Performances audiences know her for her Olivier- and Helen Hayes- Nominated performance as Lois/Bianca in the West End premiere of Kiss Me Kate and the Great Performances broadcast of South Pacific in Concert at Carnegie Hall. Off-Broadway, Nancy played Kelli O’Hara’s best friend in Frankel and Korie’s Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons. She received a 2000 Drama Desk Nomination for her portrayal of all the Women in Jolson & Co at the York Theater and a 2005 Drama Desk Nomination for the title role in Fanny Hill. Other off-Broadway credits include all the female roles in Yank! and the New York revival of Ionescopade. Regionally, she has played leading roles at such theaters as the Kennedy Center, Geffen Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Papermill Playhouse, and the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C. She has appeared twice with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall and sings regularly at Town Hall in Scott Siegel’s Broadway by the Year series. She has also appeared on the CBS series Madam Secretary. Nancy is frequently seen at the legendary jazz club Birdland with Ross Patterson and His Little Big Band featuring songs from her debut album, Ten Cents a Dance. Follow on Instagram: @ancynan
SAMIA MOUNTS (Raina) is thrilled to be returning to NYMF in this gorgeous story of humanity at its best and worst. Past NYMF: Fresca in Lisa & Leonardo, Loretta in Once Upon A Time In New Jersey. Other theatre: Layla in We Live In Cairo (New York Theatre Workshop), Vocalist in The Source (BAM, LA Opera, SF Opera), Les Miserables (St Louis MUNY, Atlanta TOTS). Samia releases her original music under the name Samia XI, and she’s the creator and host of the podcast Make America Relate Again, in which she has compassionate, respectful political conversations with women who voted for Donald Trump. More info at samiamounts.com. Follow on Twitter: @SamiaXI & Instagram: @SamiaXI Facebook: Samia XI
ALAN GILLESPIE (Sam/Delilah/Bread) is thrilled to be back at NYMF after performing in Ultimate Man, Tess: A New Rock Opera, and Wallenberg. National Tours: Miss Saigon (Chris), Showboat (Steve Baker). Tokyo, Japan: The Who’s Tommy (The Specialist) Regional: Goodspeed, Florida Studio, Westchester Bdwy, DowntownCabaret, New Provincetown Players, BergenPAC. For my wife, Michelle! Website: alangillespienyc.com.
MATT HETHERINGTON (Andy) Matt Hetherington comes to New York by way of Australia. His theatre credits include: North By Northwest, South Pacific, Hair, Rocky Horror, The Last 5 Years, Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees, Sugar, The Full Monty (Helpmann Award), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Green Room Award), Next to Normal (Green Room Award), Hair. TV credits include: The Detour (TBS), The Voice – Australia (finalist), City Homicide, The Dr. Blake Murder Mysteries, Stingers, Marshall Law, Sea Change. Follow on Twitter: @mattyheth & Instagram: @mattyheth
JACOB HOFFMAN (Derekh/Yasha) is thrilled to return to NYMF, having previously appeared in Nighttime Traffic and Legacy Falls. New York credits include projects at The York Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, New Dramatists, and NY Fringe. Love and squeezes to Erik, mom, the gang at Avalon, and Mary Beth. Website: jakebuddy.com Follow on Instagram: @jhoffman24
CALI ELIZABETH MOORE (Harmony/Water) is thrilled to be a part of The Fourth Messenger! Favorite roles: NBC’s 30 Rock (Vanessa) and Off Broadway’s The Bardy Bunch (Marcia). Currently, Cali can be seen in Comedy Central’s Broad City and The Fifth Borough pilot recently picked up by Netflix. Endless gratitude to God, my husband, and my fabulous CLA team! Follow on Twitter: @CaliEMoore & Instagram: @calielizabethmoore
TERRY PALASZ (Clara/Hag) is thrilled to be part of The Fourth Messenger. NY credits include: Williamsburg the Musical (NY Fringe Festival), Emma (NYMF), Westchester Broadway’s Nine, Hairspray, Fiddler and John Engeman’s My Fair Lady and Oliver. Her one-woman show, The Polish Diva from Milwaukee, was recently produced Off-Broadway. Website: Polishdiva.com
JOSH POWELL (Mike/Sunny) is thrilled to join The Fourth Messenger straight from appearing in My Way at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Earlier this season, he starred in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s The Fantasticks (El Gallo). He’s also performed with Goodspeed, Merry-Go-Round, Utah Festival Opera, and Light Opera Oklahoma. Love to CC!
FAITH SANDBERG (Myra/May) is grateful to get to lend her voice to this poignant story. She recently originated roles of Terri in The Good Girl (BMI/Manhattan MUTH Lab), Sophia in Tom Jones (world premiere), and Marilla in Anne of Green Gables The Musical (1st Nat’l Tour). TV: Boardwalk Empire (Kitty, s1), Blue Bloods, Quantico. faithsandberg.com Follow on Twitter: @faithsandberg & Instagram: @faithafaithafaitha