Dan Collins (Book and Lyrics)

In addition to Trevor, and also with composer Julianne Wick Davis, Dan wrote book and lyrics for the musicals: Southern Comfort, which was produced by the Public Theater (NY Times Critic’s Pick; Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominee), following productions at Barrington Stage and CAP 21 Theatre Company (NY Times Critic’s Pick; GLAAD Media Award winner), and which received developmental support from NAMT Festival of New Musicals and Playwrights Horizons;  The Pen (NY Times Critic’s pick; Drama Desk Award nominee), which was presented as part of the biannual Inner Voices series; and Wood (NYMF, starring Tony Award © Winner Cady Huffman).  Dan wrote book to Wick Davis’ music and lyrics for the musical When We Met (selected for the Eugene O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference and produced at CAP 21 Theatre Company).  Dan is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Grant along with Wick Davis, and together they were selected as Dramatist Guild Fellows as well as for the TheatreWorks Palo Alto’s Writer’s Retreat.  He received his M.F.A in Musical Theater Writing at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and his B.F.A. in Playwriting at The Theater School of DePaul University

Julianne Wick Davis (Composer)

Received the 2012 Jonathan Larson Award for SOUTHERN COMFORT (music) with Dan Collins (book & lyrics) The Public Theatre, 2016 (NY Times Critic’s Pick, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Oustanding Musical); Barrington Stage Company 2013; NAMT 2012 Festival of New Musicals; developmental reading at Playwrights Horizons 2010; developmental production at CAP21 in 2011 (GLAAD Media Award and TimeOut NYC and NY Times Critic’s Pick).  THE PEN (music) for Inner Voices 2016 (Dan Collins, book & lyrics), (NY Times Critic’s Pick).  WHEN WE MET (music & lyrics) with Dan Collins (book), 2012 O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, York NEO Development Series reading in 2013, developmental production at CAP21 in 2014, and featured musical in Broadway Close Up at the Merkin.  THE WILLARD ASYLUM SUITCASES (book, music, lyrics) Joe’s Pub 2018.  She also wrote “At the Met” (music and lyrics) for Lonny Price’s Lincoln Center Originals and two songs for Shakina Nayfack’s MANIFEST PUSSY.  She was also commissioned to write a song for Alexandra Silber’s After Anatevka for Audible which received live performances at Symphony Space and the Minetta Lane Theatre. Julianne is a 2011 Dramatist Guild Fellow, a York Theatre’s NEO 9 emerging writer, and a 2015 Sundance Fellow at UCross.  She holds an MFA from NYU’s Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program where she is now an Assistant Arts Professor.

Marc Bruni (Director)

Marc Bruni directed the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway, in the West End, US and UK Tours, and in Australia where he recently won the 2018 Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Musical. Bruni’s other directing credits include Hey, Look Me Over!, Paint Your Wagon, Pipe Dream and Fanny for City Center Encores!, Roman Holiday (Golden Gate), The Explorers Club (Manhattan Theater Club), The Sound of Music (Chicago Lyric Opera), How to Succeed in Business… (Kennedy Center), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Westside Theatre and Royal George in Chicago- Jeff Award nom for Direction), Trevor (Writers Theatre), Other People’s Money (Long Wharf), Presto Change-o (Barrington Stage) Ordinary Days (Roundabout Underground), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Paper Mill Playhouse), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Paper Mill Playhouse and Philadelphia Theatre Company), and and 8 shows for the St. Louis MUNY including Singin’ in the Rain, My Fair Lady, The Music Man and The Sound of Music (Two Kevin Kline Nominations for direction). He won the NYMF Award for Best Direction for his production of Such Good Friends. Additionally, he has been AD on thirteen Broadway productions and tours including The Book of Mormon, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, La Cage Aux Folles, Legally Blonde, Sweet Charity and multiple others.

Josh Prince (Choreographer)

After gratuating with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Josh appeared on Broadway in Little Me, starring Martin Short and Faith Prince, as well as Saturday Night Fever, where he understudied the role of “Bobby C”. He starred Off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway and the play, In The Wings. He also toured the country as “Skimbleshanks” in Cats and played “Carmen Ghia” in The Producers (opposite Jason Alexander and Martin Short) at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. In addition to many concert appearances (NYC’s Town Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Dublin’s National Concert Hall to name a few) and numerous roles in regional theater, Josh has also appeared on Law and Order: SVU and can be seen in the movie A Cinderella Story with Hillary Duff and Jennifer Coolidge. He can also be heard as “Cat” on the 2001 US recording of the Olivier Award Winning musical, Honk!.

In 2006, Josh turned his attention toward Direction and Choreography and presented his work at a prestigious industry showcase, Dance Break. Three weeks later, Josh was asked to join the creative team of the Tony nominated Shrek, The Musical, which opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theater in December, 2008 and went on to tour the US and play in London’s West End at the Theater Royal Drury Lane. For his choreography in Shrek, The Musical he received an Outer Critics Circle Nomination. Since then, he has had the pleasure of working at Carnegie Hall (The Jerry Springer Opera, starring Harvey Keitel), Lincoln Center (Camelot, starring Gabriel Byrne – PBS), The Kennedy Center (Spring Gala, hosted by Liza Minelli; Latino Inaugural Celebration in 2013 with Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno), Town Hall (All Singing All Dancing, co-director), The Brooklyn Academy of Music (The Bridge Project 2009/10, directed by Sam Mendes), and The New Group (The Kid; Bunty Berman Presents, directed by Scott Elliott). In London, he has worked at The Old Vic (The Bridge Project), The Royal Festival Hall (Singin’ In The Rain) and The Royal Albert Hall (My Fair Lady, Chor.; BBC Prom 59 starring Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane. Dir./chor.).  Josh had the pleasure of working with award winning director, James Lapine, and composer William Finn on the revival of A New Brain for City Center Encores! Off-Center and later adapted the blockbuster Disney hit Frozen for Disney Cruise Lines with Tony nominated director, Sheryl Kaller.

Josh is currently the choreographer for the hit Broadway show, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, which is running at the Stephen Sondheim Theater.  Beautiful was nominated for a Tony in 2014 and an Olivier Award after it opened in the London’s West End in Feburary 2015 at the Aldwych Theatre. For his work on Beautiful, Josh was nominated for the Fred and Adele Astaire Award, Australia’s Helpmann Award, and the Olivier Award. Beautiful launched its US National Tour tour in September of 2015 and has mounted productions in Australia, Japan, and the UK.

Josh is the Founder and Artistic Director of Broadway Dance Lab (BDL)- the first non-profit organization in NYC specifically dedicated to giving musical theater choreographers the resources they need to practice their craft, test their ideas, and collaborate more effectively with other artists in the field.  BDL has appeared at the Guggenheim as part of their Works and Process series, as well as the prestigious PBS program NYC ARTS (with Paula Zahn and Philippe de Montebello). The company has been featured in Dance Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and “Working In The Theatre” produced by the American Theatre Wing.  (www.broadwaydancelab.org)

Producing

U Rock Theatricals is a New York based commercial producing partnership. The three partners — John Ambrosino, Josie Bray, and Mark Woods — are committed to producing exciting theatrical entertainments and holding themselves to the highest standards of ethical business practice. U Rock is also committed to fostering new talent within the theater industry and pairing seasoned practitioners with emerging voices. U Rock could not be more honored to develop the remarkable Academy Award winning film Trevor into a musical.

Header: Eli Tokash and Salisha Thomas with Justin O’Brien, Nathanial Braga, Declan Desmond, Carly Meyer, Ariana Burks, Timothy Eidman, Jerome Riley, Jr., Eloise Lushina and Isabel Kaegi in the 2017 Writers Theatre production of TREVOR the musical. Photo by Michael Brosilow.