Playwright: Phelim McAleer
Phelim McAleer is a filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has produced documentaries for CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland) and two independent feature-length documentaries.
Before becoming a filmmaker, Phelim was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in Eastern Europe. He also covered Romania and Bulgaria for the Economist. Before that, he covered Ireland for the UK Sunday Times.
He has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in many countries, including Romania, Uganda, Madagascar, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Canada, and China.
McAleer started his career as a journalist working for the Crossmaglen Examiner, a local Northern Ireland newspaper in Co. Armagh. The newspaper covered stories in the area, which was known as "Bandit country" because of the ferocity of the IRA campaign in the area. McAleer then moved to the Irish News in Belfast. At the Irish News, Northern Ireland’s largest selling daily newspaper, he worked as a journalist covering the Northern Ireland troubles and peace process before becoming night editor.
He co-produced The Search for Tristan’s Mum, which was broadcast on RTE 1, the Irish state television station, in 2005. It featured the shocking case of the toddler Tristan Dowse, who was adopted by an Irish couple at birth and then abandoned in an Indonesian orphanage two years later.
The Search for Tristan’s Mum was selected for Input 2006, a showcase for the best programs from national public broadcasters from around the world. It was selected by industry professionals and screened at Input 2006 in Taiwan in May.
McAleer was an Associate Producer of the highly controversial documentary, Return to Sender, (2005) for the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC).
In 2009, he produced and directed Not Evil Just Wrong, a film that examined and critiqued current concerns about global warming. The film highlights the tragic consequences of the first triumph of the environmental movement, the ban on DDT, which has resulted needlessly in the deaths of more than 40 million children and adults in the developing world.
Previously, McAleer produced and directed Mine Your Own Business (2006), the first documentary that asks difficult questions of the environmental movement. As a result, 80 NGOs, including Greenpeace, called for the film to be banned when it was screened in the National Geographic auditorium in Washington, DC.
McAleer has appeared on or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including Fox News, CNN, and the BBC. He has been interviewed on over 100 US and international radio shows including Hugh Hewitt and the Dennis Miller show.
Director: Jerry Dixon
Jerry Dixon (Director) has developed and directed premiere productions of Barnstormer, Take Me America, Great Wall, Gun & Powder, and Funked Up Fairy Tales. Regional Theatre Direction: Show Boat, Bernarda Alba, Crowns, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Full Monty. As an actor, he has starred in the original Broadway casts of Once On This Island (DANIEL), Five Guys Named Moe (NOMAX), and If/Then (STEPHEN). His Off-Broadway roles include, Bright Lights Big City (TAD), tick, tick… Boom! (MICHAEL), The Bubbly Black Girl… (LUCAS), and most recently, Steve (BRIAN), directed by Cynthia Nixon. TV/FILM: “Gotham”, “Everwood”, “Peacemaker”, YouTube web series "He's With Me". Dixon’s symphonic concert performances include Belgian National Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra: Singing Sondheim with Jerry Dixon. Writing credits include CBS, VH1, Comedy Central, The View, USO, and original songs for Tony-nominated, Broadway/Showtime special, Laugh Whore, starring Mario Cantone, directed by Joe Mantello, on which Dixon was associate director. His original musical Guess Who’s Coming for Chitlins? premiered at the Thalia Theatre, Hamburg.
Producer: Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners
Racquel is the founder and managing director of Theatre Planners, her own theatre production firm which has been serving the Los Angeles theatre scene for over ten years. She graduated from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and lived in NY for many years producing theatre. Theatre Planners has since developed into a very busy and successful outlet for actors, writers, producers and theatre companies. Doing everything from producing, consulting, marketing and more, Racquel loves to make productions a reality and help to keep the theatre scene in LA alive and strong. Racquel is also the owner of The Lounge Theatres and manages The Zephyr Theatre. To learn more about Racquel and Theatre Planners, go to theatreplanners.com.
General Manager: CESA Entertainment / Jamie Cesa
Broadway producing & general management: Pippin (Tony Award), Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld), Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway (Tony Award nom), Lombardi, Godspell. West End: Hair. Off-Broadway producing and general management: Nothing to Hide (directed by Neil Patrick Harris), Bullet for Adolf (written & directed by Woody Harrelson); CELIA: The Life & Music of Celia Cruz; La Barberia; Los Big Names (Drama Desk nom), The Women of Lockerbie (starring Judith Ivey); 21 Dog Years; Love, Janis; Love Child; Criss Angel Mindfreak and many more.
Publicist: JT Public Relations
JT Public Relations is a full service entertainment public relations firm that has handled projects on Broadway, Off-Broadway, festival productions, industry readings, films in release, film festivals, non-profit organizations, and special events. Selected projects include Broadway: A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (with James Earl Jones and Terrence Howard), A Streetcar Named Desire (with Blair Underwood), Hot Feet, Judgement at Nuremberg. Selected Off-Broadway: The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Afterglow, The Gazillion Bubble Show, That Golden Girls Show: A Puppet Parody, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Clinton the Musical, Blank! The Musical, Bedbugs!!!, Riding the MidnightExpress, Queen for A Day.
Casting Director: Michael Cassara
Recent credits include Spamilton (dir. Gerard Alessandrini - NYC and Chicago companies), 9 Circles (off-Broadway premiere/Sheen Center), Gigantic (dir. Scott Schwartz/Vineyard Theatre), Forbidden Broadway (last two editions/cast albums), The 12 (Denver Center/world premiere), Caroline, or Change (Tantrum Theater), My Fair Lady (Gulshore Playhouse). Film: The Hyperglot (dir. Michael Urie, Artios nomination for excellence in casting), Grantham & Rose (dir. Kristin Hanggi). Resident Casting Director for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) since 2007 and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) since 2013. Regional theatre credits include productions at Gulfshore Playhouse, Asolo Rep, The Denver Center, Hangar Theatre, The Old Globe, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and many others. Michael is a native Clevelander and a member of the Casting Society of America. BFA, Otterbein University. MichaelCassara.net / @michaelcassara
Stage Manager: Bob Brownell
NYC premiere! Fresh to the city from Kalamazoo, Michigan, where Bob stage managed at Farmers Alley Theatre for a few years. Favorite credits include The Spitfire Grill, The Whipping Man, Next To Normal, and Dogfight. He is grateful and humbled to be part of this production working alongside Jerry and the entire company of Ferguson. Bob believes theatre is at its best when it facilitates challenging dialogue in our communities, providing space for growth and drive for social justice. He gives thanks to Bri, Howie, FAT, and his family. “I wouldn’t be here without you!” Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Projection Designer: Caroline M. Trewet
Caroline Trewet is making her debut to the New York City theatre scene as projection designer for FERGUSON. Her recent credits include serving as Scenographer for The Night Show’s production of Shrek The Musical, in Orange City, Iowa, Media Director for Rocky Mountain High this last summer in Estes Park, Colorado, and Lighting Designer for the world premiere of Abigail J. Stoscher’s This Bird Also. She is a proud graduate of Northwestern College (‘17) and the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas(‘16). Trewet is a former ballroom dance instructor, improv artist, and aspires to one day be a ‘hat person.’
Lighting Designer: Charlotte Seelig
Charlotte Seelig is a New York-based lighting designer. Selected Credits:Twelfth Night, The American Clock, A Little Night Music, 1776, Red Noses, Merrily We Roll Along (NYU/Tisch's New Studio on Broadway), The Comedy of Errors, The 39 Steps (regional, Lost Nation Theater), Gun & Powder, Danny and the Rocket (Tisch New Musical Theatre Workshop), Fool’s Paradise (The Brick), This Way Out, Talkabout (Strawberry One-Act Festival), In Her Own Words: The Diana Tapes (IRT). www.charlotteseelig.com.
Scenic Designer: Jason Simms
Jason has designed sets for well over 100 productions and is a set designer for Theater, Opera and Musicals. New York Productions include Urge for Going (The Public Theater), The Bad Guys (Second Stage Uptown), A Bright New Boise, And Miles to Go, and After (Partial Comfort Productions), American Treasure and Melancholy Play (13P), When January Feels Like Summer, Finks, and Headstrong (EST), His regional credits include The Whale (Denver Center Theatre Company), Be A Good Little Widow (The Old Globe, San Diego), 4000 Miles (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Venus in Fur, (Philadelphia Theatre Company and George St. Playhouse), Dutch Masters and The Puppetmaster of Lodz (Berkshire Theatre Group), Clybourne Park, (Chautauqua Theatre Company) and The Loudest Man On Earth (TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley). BFA: Cornish College of the Arts, MFA: Tisch, NYU.
Company Manager: Rebecca Crigler
Recent NY credits: Lucie Pohl: Hi, Hitler and I Lost You There (producer), The Surgeon and Her Daughters, The Convent of Pleasure, and Pass Over (associate producer, Cherry Lane Theatre); A Sunnyside Mixtape (executive producer/general manager); Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For Jokes (associate producer); Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (co-producer, Lortel Award nom.); Neal Brennan: 3 Mics, The Death of the Moon, and Come Light My Cigarette (company manager). Associate Board member of the New York Musical Festival. Rebecca’s play The Inside Party is in development for a run in New Light Theater Project’s 2017-2018 season.
Ben Prayz (Track #7)
Ben Prayz has numerous theatre credits in the tristate area and regionally. Regionals include: Old Jews Telling Jokes (Nathan), Cabaret (Ernst), Minnie’s Boys (Sam), The Bar Mitzvah and Beyond (Gary) and Saturday Night Fever (Frank/Fusco), at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, in South Florida; Tommy (Ernie) and The Normal Heart (Ben - BroadwayWorld 2016 Best Play) for Outre Theatre in Boca; Tsunami, directed by Nilo Cruz at South Miami-Dade CAC; A Christmas Carol (as Scrooge @ the Broward PAC); and Happy Days, the musical (as Howard for Roxy Regional). Some NY/NJ productions include: Red (Porchlight Theatre, Best Actor Nom, as Rothko – NJ Perrys); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot & The Real Inspector Hound (Terry Schreiber Theatre); Mr. Hirsch Died Yesterday (Woodie King Jr., dir.) and The Story of Levi (Castillo Theatre). Many IMDB credits, including a few indie features, plus lots of industrials, commercials, etc. More at www.benprayz.com.
Carol Todd (Track #3)
Carol Todd Off-Broadway: Jericho (59E59); Intermission (The Clurman). New York Theatre: Making Peter Pope (30th Street Theatre); A Marriage Proposal (ARTC); Submitted By C Randall McCloskey, SinAgog (NY Int’l Fringe Festival). Selected Regional: Ants, Jericho, Place Setting, Apple, Whores (NJ Repertory Company); The Song of Grendelyn, Whores (Writers Theatre of NJ); Voice of Good Hope (Luna Stage); Rain (East Lynne Theatre Company); Top Girls, Betty's Summer Vacation, The Road to Mecca(The Theater Project); The Importance of Being Earnest (Foundation Theatre). Film: “The Sounding”, “20th Century Boys II”. TV: "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" (FX), “Mr. Robot” (USA), "One Bad Choice" (MTV), “I Love You, But I Lied” (LMN). www.caroltoddactress.com
Cedric Benjamin (Dorian Johnson)
Cedric Benjamin grew up in the rough streets of FL. After high school, Cedric had a tuff choice to make. It was either to follow his dream of acting and playing college football or help his struggling family. He chose to join the military to be the support factor his family back home needed. His military experience is where he acquired the passion for acting. Once he was honorably discharged, he moved to NY to pursue his dreams and The Arts. Since, he has appeared in Season 1 of Marvel’s Luke Cage and Off-Broadway productions of “ Straight to the Head” with Tony Award Winning Melba Moore, “A Christmas Without Him”, “Passin”, “Jade”, and many more. Studying under the great, well respected, and renowned teacher Wynn Handman is where he has and continuing to perfect his craft. First and foremost Cedric would like to thank God for his talents. He also appreciates his family and friends for all of their support.
Chaundre Hall-Broomfield (Mark Williams)
Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Pipeline as Omari (understudy)
Regional: Purchase Repertory Theatre The Winter's Tale as Leontes, Seven Guitars as Red Carter, Blues For Mr. Charlie as Meridian
Geoffrey Dawe (Track #2)
FILM/TELEVISION “House of Cards” Tusk Head Lawyer, “Untitled Barry Levinson Project” Donor, “Master of None” Arthur Ryan, “The Wizard of Lies” BLM Employee, “Law & Order” recurring, “Chappelle’s Show” company regular, BROADWAY Summer and Smoke John/Roger(u/s). OFF BROADWAY Taming of the Shrew Petruchio, Julius Caesar, Brutus, Macbeth, Macbeth. Thanks to my family for their support on this crazy journey and special thanks to Ann Steele for her guidance.
Ian Campbell Dunn (Darren Wilson)
Ian Campbell Dunn – Raised in Nashville, TN. Received a BFA in Theater and Political Science from the University of Tennessee, and studied extensively at T. Schreiber Studio in NYC. Theater: Balm in Gilead (NYIT Award Best Play), The Night of the Iguana, Landscape of the Body, April's Fool (NY Fringe Festival Best Director), Basement, The Lady Drug Dealer & the Heist, Three Sisters, The Vatican Knows, The Deserter, Beirut, Picking Up, Call Us Cowboys, Smile, Moonchildren, Eden's End. TV/Film: “Mr Robot”, “The Blacklist”, “The Good Fight”, “The Leftovers”, “REDRUM”, “Unraveled”, “Surviving Family”, “Tick Tock”, “Interview”. Thanks for to my wonderful wife and family for all of their love, support, curiosity, and being a part of these very important conversations.
Jonathan Miles (Track #6)
Jonathan Miles, originally a lawyer from Alabama, has been professionally acting in NYC for the past decade. Most recently, he has been seen on stage as Gen. Cliff Van Holt in Incident at Hidden Temple, with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, and as Cpl. Jeffrey Owen Howard in A Few Good Men, with The Gallery Players. Other favorite roles are Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, and Jamie in Long Day's Journey Into Night. Jonathan has been seen on TV in "Law & Order: SVU", "Momsters: When Moms Go Bad", and "Onion SportsDome". He thanks his friends and family, for their continuing support. www.actorjonathanmiles.com
Kevin Sims (Track #5)
Kevin has trained at The William Esper Studio, The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Shakespeare & Company. This year, he was featured in the world premiere of Heartless Bastard at HERE Arts Center and filmed the pilot for “Ratso”. National Tour: Disney’s The Lion King. Regional: Duke Vicentio in Measure for Measure, Malcolm in The Full Monty, Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona. Special thanks to Michael Cassara for a great year, Meg and Katie for their support, my Mom and Dad who push me to keep taking risks, and the woman who married me, Amy, my brilliant light in this vast darkness. Learn more about me at www.thekevinsims.com
Kim Brockington (Sheila Whirley)
Theater Credits: Kansas City Swing / Viola Hopkins / Crossroads; Luz / Zia / Yvonne / Judge / La Mama; Hurricane / Ria / Legacies / Diane / Asolo; Archbishop Tartuffe / Elmire (Audelco Award) / Harold Clurman; Angelas Mixtape / Mommy / New Georges; Doubt /Mrs Muller / Holiday Heart Wanda / MTC; Zora (one woman show) NBT / Kennedy Center; In Walks Ed / Darlene/From the Mississippi Delta / Woman #2 / Cincinnati Playhouse; Christmas Carol / Christmas Present / McCarter; Thunder Knocking On The Door / Glory / Yale Rep; America Play / Lucy/ ART. TV /Film: “Asunder” / Adele Chandler / Amazon; “The Drowning “/ Judge Evelyn Rene; “Zora” (Documentary) PBS / Zora; “Hate” (pilot) / Retta Hawkins SHO; “Da Brick” (pilot) / Belinda HBO; “Love Songs” / Della SHO; “L&OCI” / Doris; “L&O” / Jossett; “Guiding Light” / Felicia Boudreau (7 years); “One Life to Live” / Mrs. Woodrow; “The Path,” “School of Rock,” and much more… Graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Author of Bluegoddess Love Poems @ Amazon. For more go to www.kimbrockington.com.
LaVonda Elam (Track #1)
LaVonda Elam: is a Brooklyn based actor/singer/educator/health advocate. As a show me state girl & a native of St. Louis, she's had great fortune in working with legendary and notable artists in theater, film & music around the world. She was most recently seen as Dandi in Rosie: The Great Dismissal Swamp @ The Tank Theater; Joy in the newly released Indie film “11:55” w/ John Leguizamo; Other recent and special works are: Brenda in When We Left @ The New Black Fest @ The Lark; Cassiopeia in Andromeda, with the Neo Political Cowgirls; Valaida in SNOW as a RACCA Salon Artist. Dr. May Edward Chinn, W/ RACCA & National Black Theater Festival; Mend by Dominique Morriseau with Epic Theater, NYC; As an educator she’s worked many years devising social justice theater in NYC education & artistic institutions. She is a recipient of the 2015 Black Torchbearer Award and is passionate about using art as a catalyst for healing & transformation.
Paul DeBoy (Bob McCulloch)
Theatre (New York): Mamma Mia! (Broadhurst and National Tour); Sight Unseen at Manhattan Theatre Club; eurydice at Second Stage Theatre; Edwin at Theatre at St Clements; Swiss Family Robinson” at NYMF. Regional (selected): The Christians at Syracuse Stage and The Wilma Theatre; Everything is Wonderful and We Will Not Be Silent at Contemporary American Theatre Festival; All The Way at Denver Center for Performing Arts; My Fair Lady at Pioneer Theatre; The 39 Steps at Repertory Theatre of St Louis; as well as: Cincinnati Playhouse; Kansas City Rep; The Walnut Street Theatre; Maltz Jupiter Theatre; The Olney Theatre and Studio Arena. TV/Film: “The Blacklist: Redemption”; “Law & Order: SVU”; “Royal Pains,” “The Following”; “Law& Order”; “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “A Dirty Shame" by John Waters. Training: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, RADA
Renika Williams (Track #4)
Renika Williams, born and raised in the suburbs of Dayton, OH recently closed a production of the American class, A RAISIN IN THE SUN at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company where she played her dream role, Beneatha. Prior to that she made her New York debut in SWEET by Harrison David Rivers at the National Black Theatre in Harlem, making her a proud Actor's Equity union member. Some of Ms. Williams' favorite credits include the title role in ANTIGONE (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Juliet in ROMEO & JULIET (The Festival Playhouse), and Susan in David Mamet's RACE (New Edgecliff Theatre Co.) Ms. Williams received her B.F.A. in Acting from Wright State University. renikawilliams1.com Matthew 5:14.
Sarah Nedwek (Kathi Alizadeh)
Sarah Nedwek is an actress, producer and founder of Partly Cloudy People. Select NY Theatre: The Seedling Project, Tigers Be Still directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Dolores directed by Timothy Koch. Select Regional: Vanda in Venus in Fur at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, for which she was voted Broadway World’s Best Actress in a Drama, Harper in Angels in Americaand Jane Fairfax in Emma at The Cleveland Play House. Film: “Fry Day” (Tribeca 2017), “The Union,” “Overcome,” ”Porn Without Sex,” “Light Stuck” and “Memorial Day.” Television: “All My Children”, “My Dirty Little Secret” and “I’d Kill for You.” Many thanks to Jerry Dixon, Michael Cassara and Phelim McAleer for this wonderful opportunity and to Meg, James Calleri and the Encompass Arts team for your incredible support. And to both my pups, for whom I do everything. sarahnedwek.com, partlycloudypeople.org.