ANNE TORSIGLIERI- Broadway: Top Girls, Parade, Blood Brothers, Miss Saigon. National Tour: Les Misérables as Fantine. Off-Broadway/ Regional: Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, NY Stage and Film, Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, The Huntington, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival, Sundance Theatre Lab, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Berkeley Rep and others. Locally she 's been seen at New London Barn Playhouse in The Drowsy Chaperone (New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical) and Rose in Gypsy. TV and film include “Law & Order”, “Kidnapped”, “Gossip Girl” and “Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa”. Anne is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Theater and Dance at UCSB, where she's performed in Kingdom City, Entangled, Appoggiatura and Untitled IV by Ruth Markofsky and as Shakespeare's Falstaff. She is a graduate of Princeton University and The Juilliard School.
BRAD CARROLL - is a recognized regional theatre director, music director and composer whose work has taken him all over the world. He is the composer of LEND ME A TENOR, THE MUSICAL, (Gielgud Theatre, London, 2011) which continues to enjoy success in theatres and opera houses across Europe, and is now also available in the U.S. (www.stagerights.com). Also CHRISTMAS IS HERE AGAIN (in association with Renegade Animation and PCPA Theaterfest, premiere 2014). Other produced works include AMELIA LOST (librettist) with composer, Larry Delinger; A CHRISTMAS CAROL: ON THE AIR (composer /co-author) for the Utah Shakespeare Festival; CIO CIO SAN, an opera-theatre re-dux piece (composer/arranger); CHRISTMAS IS…A MUSICAL MEMORY and ROBIN HOOD. Musical scores composed for dramatic productions - CYRANO DE BERGERAC, KING LEAR, AS YOU LIKE IT, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, TIMON OF ATHENS, DEATH OF A SALESMAN and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. His musical arrangements and orchestrations have been performed by such prestigious ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony and the Boston Pops. Also Writer, Director and Musical Arranger for Walt Disney Entertainment, TokyoDisneySea. He is currently Resident Artist/Artistic Associate for the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) in Santa Maria, CA.
RISA BRAININ - is delighted to return to the United Solo Festival where she won the award for Best Direction for Bob Stromberg’s That Wonder Boy in 2015. Brainin has directed at many theatres across the country including Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Great Lakes Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. She served as Resident Director and Associate Company Director at the Guthrie Theater, Associate Artistic Director at both Indiana Repertory Theatre and Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Artistic Director at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. A graduate of the Carnegie-Mellon University Drama Program, Brainin is Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance and Artistic Director of the groundbreaking new play development program LAUNCH PAD at UC Santa Barbara. www.risabrainin.com