Cheryl King - Producer & Co-writer

Cheryl King is the owner, and artistic and managing director of Stage Left Studio, the only solo show repertory theatre in NYC. She is the resident acting coach at All My Children, the Emmy-winning daytime drama at ABC. Her performance background includes multiple careers, in vaudeville/burlesque, mime, 13 years in standup comedy and 12 years in theatre in NYC. Her internationally acclaimed solo show, "not a nice girl", has had runs Off-Broadway in NYC, in Los Angeles and Ft. Collins, CO. Her television credits include ABC's 20/20, and Faking It on TLC, in an episode that was also featured on Oprah!.

 

She created and performs in Forbidden Kiss, an erotica series with a cast of 8 artists, and regular guest stars, all who contribute original material. This celebrated show has been running at Stage Left for three years.

 

She formed her own production company, Cheryl King Productions, in 2000, and has produced several acting retreats, over 300 showcases, and three years of V-Day events. She is the creator of the Left Out Festival, a festival of gay performance art, which sold out 12 of 16 shows in April 2008 at Stage Left Studio, and resulted in large donations to Bailey House and GMHC. For her work in promoting gay performance, she was chosen as one of the 100 Women We Love in GO Magazine's June 2008 Annual Pride Issue. In November 2008 she was chosen "Person of the Year" by nytheatre.com.

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Rod Menzies - Director  & Co-Writer

After several years of playing in Canadian rock bands in the early 70’s, Rod Menzies trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic where he formed a kick-ass garage band with his classmate Daniel Day Lewis. Returning to Canada, he performed extensively in film, television and theatre. His TV appearances include starring roles on Macgyver, Wise Guy, Bordertown. His stage credits include Mercutio, in Romeo and Juliet, at the Caravan Theatre, two seasons with John Neville at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, a North American tour of Noel Coward's Present Laughter with Peter O’Toole and leading roles at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, including the Tony Award winning production of Timon of Athens, starring Brian Bedford and directed by Michael Langham. He has also appeared professionally at the Bristol Old Vic in England and in Italy at the Arezzo International Theatre Festival.

Rod has taught acting for 25 years including a two-year stint at Canada’s National Theatre School and 7 years at USC.

 

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John Mercurio - Composer & Lyricist

Most recently, John received the 2009 first annual ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for music and lyrics, in part for his work on Academy which just completed its run at The New York Music Theater Festival (NYMF), where it sold out its entire run and was twice extended.  It received numerous NYMF Awards for excellence including a citation for Best Music and also received the The DIMF Production Award which gives the show a full production in Daegu, South Korea in June 2010.(www.academythemusical.com)

 

Before NYMF, Academy premiered at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre funded by a MacArthur grant. Last summer, his new musical Myth was developed at the 2008 O'Neill Music Theater Conference, where John received The Georgia Holof Lyricist Award for his work.  John is also the recipient of an award from the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation and a Commendation Award from the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theater Foundation for his work in musical theatre.

 

With collaborator Tajlei Levis, he wrote Glimpses of the Moon which recently finished its run in the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel in New York. (glimpsesofthemoon.com).  Also with Ms. Levis, he wrote the music for A Time to Be Born, based on the novel by Dawn Powell, which played at the Lucille Lortel theatre as part of the New York Fringe Festival.

 

He wrote the score and co-wrote the book to Diva Diaries which ranat the Lakeshore Theatre in Chicago, as well as the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

 

 

Arturo's Window Collaborators

 He opened his Santa Monica studio in 1995, where he coaches privately and teaches classes in Acting, Voice, and Solo Performance. His coaching clients include Patricia Arquette, David Duchovny, Steve Guttenberg, Marishka Hargitay, Neil Patrick Harris, Mariette Hartley, Vanessa Marcil, Sandra Oh, Bitty Schram and Alicia Silverstone.

He has directed over 40 productions including As You Like It, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, King Henry IV, Green Bird, The Fever and Nora. Original solo show directing includes Susan Ferrara’s Peasant, Jan Rudd’s Safety in Numbers, Meredith Gordon's The Bride is from California, Alice Johnson’s St. Alice of Chattahoochee, and Cheryl King’s not a nice girl. He teaches and directs frequently in NYC where he is currently developing an Off-Broadway production of a new play - Run For The Roses, by Theresa Gambacorta and happily working with co-writer Cheryl King and composer John Mercurio on Arturo's Window.  www.rodmenzies.com

 

 

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Other projects include:  The Riverhaven Book Club (The Lyric Theatre), 1001 Nights (workshop George Street Theatre), A Tailor’s Tale (The Eugene O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference).

 

John has also composed the incidental music to plays and the scores to three ballets including one on which he collaborated with former New York City Ballet dancer and choreographer Miriam Mahdaviani. He has written and illustrated three children’s books. He received degrees from the Eastman School of Music and NYU and was a member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop.

 

He wrote the score and co-wrote the book to Diva Diaries which ranat the Lakeshore Theatre in Chicago, as well as the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

 

Other projects include:  The Riverhaven Book Club (The Lyric Theatre), 1001 Nights (workshop George Street Theatre), A Tailor’s Tale (The Eugene O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference).

 

John has also composed the incidental music to plays and the scores to three ballets including one on which he collaborated with former New York City Ballet dancer and choreographer Miriam Mahdaviani. He has written and illustrated three children’s books. He received degrees from the Eastman School of Music and NYU and was a member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop.

She also created the Women At Work Festival, which had its second run at Stage Left in October 2008, and which contributed funds to Friends of Niger, the Young Girls Scholarship Fund. Ms. King has curated solo shows for the Estrogenius Festival at ManhattanTheatreSource since 2005.

Her innovative Body Language workshop has been a big success since 1998 and she has served as an expert consultant for books and magazine articles, including a major feature in WWD, the magazine.

 

Ms. King is co-writer of the full-length play, Arturo's Window, which has been presented as a staged reading at several NY theatres, and has been offered a main stage production at the York Theatre in NYC. She teaches writing workshops, and has written a book about her technique called “Writing Your Heart Out.”

 

She is a contributing writer to Glenn Alterman’s “Creating Your Own Monologue” and the arts paper Soul of the American Actor. She is an advisory board member of ARIA and a member of the Dramatists Guild and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  In addition to private coaching in acting and writing, she directs solo show artists Frank Blocker, Taren Sterry, Theresa Gambacorta, Cyndi Freeman, Beth Bongar, Karen Thibodeau, Cheryl Smallman, Susan Rankus and River Huston.

 

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