Creating Opportunities & Exposure for Musical Theatre: A FREE evening of Discussion & Performance Monday, 9/10 (Nashville) — Nashville musical theatre seminar — AAPEX

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Creating Opportunities & Exposure for Musical Theatre: A FREE evening of Discussion & Performance Monday, 9/10 (Nashville)

You Are Cordially Invited To Attend
An Evening Of Discussion And Performance

The Small Yet Expanding World
Of Musical Theater In Nashville
(Creating Opportunities and Exposure)

Monday, September 10, 2012
7pm - Free and Open to the Public
The Looby Theatre, 2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37228

Panelists (bios below)
Sue Fabisch (Moderator)
Book, Music, Lyrics - Motherhood The Musical

Ted Swindley
Writer, Director - Always...Patsy Cline
Director - Guess Who's Coming To Seder?

Randi Michaels Block
Book, Music, Lyrics - Guess Who's Coming To Seder?
A Delicious New Musical

Brian Pedersen
Book, Music, Lyrics - The Merry Wives Of Windsor
A New Musical

Steve Leslie and Len Cohen
Collaborators - Umbrella The Musical

Bob Teague
Musical Director

Carolyn German
Book, Lyrics - The AirShip At Vapor Station
The SteamPunk Musical

Jaz Dorsey
Event Coordinator

With live performances from:
"The Merry Wives Of Windsor"
A New Musical
Tony Domenico, Ann Street-Kavanagh. Roxie Rogers, Jon Statham,
Charlie Yarborough, Micah Ruehl, Billie Norris, Laurie O'Shea
(This project rehearsed at The Celebrity Centre of Nashville.)

"Motherhood The Musical"
Sue Fabisch

Umbrella The Musical”
Michelle Glenn

"Guess Who's Coming To Seder?
A Delicious New Musical"
Beth Anne Musiker, Beau Davidson, Charlynn Carter,
David Williams, Sandy Flavin, Jacqi Michaels, Jeff Lisenby

Panelist Bios (in alphabetical order)

Randi Michaels Block is a playwright/composer/lyricist with songs published by Bug Music and Milsap-Galbraith Music. A finalist for the 2010 Fred Ebb Award, her new show, Guess Who’s Coming To Seder? A Delicious New Musical, has had two staged readings at The Darkhorse Theater (Nashville 2011), an Off Broadway staged reading at The York Theater (NYC 2012) and a two week run by Tulsa Project Theatre (May 2012.) Her show “Secrets Of Songwriting”, is an original musical based on her personal story as a songwriter moving from NYC to Nashville. It was featured at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Festival (2008 and 2009) and AMAS Theater produced three staged readings at Ripley Grier Studios (NYC 2009).

Len Cohen was raised in the Bronx, NY. He loved theatre and spent several years doing community theatre including playing the role of Tony in "West Side Story", Cliff Bradshaw in "Cabaret", and several smaller roles. He spent twenty seven years as a police officer in New Jersey. Currently a managing partner in a publishing company called New Modern Songs here in Nashville, which has had several cuts with Darius Rucker and Daryl Worley and has produced and co-written the story and lyric of a new musical called "Umbrella" with Steve Leslie.

Jaz Dorsey (Event Coordinator) is a playwright/composer/lyricist, whose off off Broadway credits include ALICE IN AMERICA, CAFE ESCARGOT, BABBLEHAGGLE & VAN DER BICH, DON'T ASK/DON'T TELL and WAITING FOR THE E TRAIN. Commissioned national tour EL BARERO DE SEVILLA (bi-lingual Spanish/English). Off Broadway (The Lambs Theatre, 1999) NELLIE - book by Bernice Lee, music by Jaz Dorsey, lyrics by Dorsey & Lee. Dorsey is the film and theatre coordinator for ArtLightenment, which takes place at The Celebrity Centre of Nashville in November, 2012.

Sue Fabisch is tired and wishes someone would come clean her house. Between writing #1 songs for other artists and her own Top 10 Billboard Magazine Comedy Album, who has time to feed the dog, right? Sue's show Motherhood the Musical, which debuted at the Looby Theater in 2008 as part of the Tennessee Women's Theater Project, has been playing all over the US since 2010 and is just wrapping up a two-year tour in Australia. Although Motherhood has had professional Equity productions in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Providence, Huntsville, Tampa and more, Nashville is not an option because of the lack of venues. Let's help change that, People! For more information, visit

Carolyn German has written in many genres, from musicals to plays for young audiences to historical dramas. Her "The Story Builders" was named "Best Production of 2003" by the Tennessean's Kevin Nance, and won 6 additional Tennies, including one for "Best New Work". German is the Producing Artistic Director for the Z. Alexander Looby Theater and still serves as President of Theater Craft Inc. She is currently writing the book and lyrics for a new musical, "The Airship at Vapor Station: The SteamPunk Musical", with composer Rolin Mains.

Steve Leslie has a BM in Jazz Studies from Morehead St. University in Morehead Kentucky. He has been a professional songwriter/music publisher in Nashville since 1992 with many songs recorded and is currently a professor of songwriting at Belmont University, Nashville, TN. "Umbrella" for which he wrote the music, book and is co-lyricist, is his first musical.

Brian Pedersen has had songs published with Cordial/Channel and Copperfield Music Companies, and worked with artists such as Sheb Wooley. In 2003 Nashville Theatre Works presented a staged reading of his musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. In 2005 Lakeside Players of Kenosha, WI premiered his musical “This is Christmas”. He also has had readings of his musicals “The Wishing Box” and his adaptation of Pride and Prejudice called “Five Darling Daughters”.

Ted Swindley is internationally known as writer and director of the popular musical, ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE. He is the founding artistic director of STAGES REP in Houston, Texas. He was also named to the Esquire Magazine's register of outstanding Americans in arts and letters. Mr. Swindley was the receipient of the Los Angeles Dramalogue award for outstanding direction of CARNAL KNOWLEDGE by Jules Feiffer. Currently, he is president of TED SWINDLEY PRODUCTIONS, INC., a theatrical licensing and consulting company, and continues his 30 year career writing plays and musicals, consulting and mentoring playwrights, as well as directing plays for various theaters throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Bob Teague was musical director for Advent Theatre for two seasons which included a production of "Diamond Studs", co-starring Helen "Olaketi" Shute-Pettaway. Advent Theatre was Nashville's first professional equity theatre and the predecessor to TPAC and Martha Ingram was the board chair. He also wrote, directed and performed the musical "Christmas Time'" for the Feliz Navidad program in English and Spanish at Scarritt-Bennett for the Foreign Language Actors Group (F.L.A.G.).


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