ANNE TORSIGLIERI - Anne has been seen on Broadway in Top Girls, Parade, Blood Brothers and Miss Saigon as well as in the National Tour of Les Misérables as Fantine. Off-Broadway and regionally she's performed at 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, Northern Stage and others. She is the recipient of Back Stage West/Drama Logue and Garland Awards for her performance as Catherine Sloper in The Heiress (Berkeley Rep) and the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as the titular role in The Drowsy Chaperone. TV and film include “Law & Order”, “Kidnapped”, “Gossip Girl” and the award winning “Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa.” Recent performances include Shakespeare's Falstaff in The Death of Kings, Rose in Gypsy, Donna in Mamma Mia, and Emma in Stupid F*ing Bird (Santa Barbara Independent Award for "Outstanding Actor".) Her autobiographical play "A" TRAIN was awarded "Best Production" at the United Solo Festival in 2017. It has also been performed at The Los Angeles Skirball Center and at Playmakers Rep in NC. Anne is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Theater and Dance at UCSB. She is a graduate of Princeton University and The Juilliard School.
BRAD CARROLL - Brad 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 - Risa 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
KERI BOWERS - Keri is a long-time autism advocate, filmmaker, speaker, writer, and program designer/facilitator. Co-founder of The Art of Autism; owner of Normal Films. Keri is a featured writer for Autism Asperger’s Digest Magazine. Keri and The Art of Autism are honored to feature the works of AoA collaborating artists in the “A” Train. The Art of Autism is an international non-profit resource for autistic artists, poets, bloggers and other creatives. Art of Autism Normal Films