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BILL ALTFIELD (MAX BIALYSTOCK) is the President of Miami Acting Company.   He is thrilled to be performing one of the best musical theater roles ever created.  He thanks Debra Ginsberg for believing in him and trusting his creative spirit. He is a true native Miamian, and has performed, directed and produced theatrical productions since childhood. He is proud and honored to continue his passion for the theater as a founding Board Member of the Miami Acting Company (MAC).  He attained an Associate in Science degree in Acting from the Florida School of the Arts and a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Theater from the University of Miami. Bill has been very active with Community Theater in Miami-Dade including The Country Club of Coral Gables, The Young Lawyer’s Section of the Dade County Bar Association, TZIC Players, Palmer Trinity School, the Miami Civic Theater, the Dave and Mary Alper JCC Players. He was also a Board member for the Miami Children’s Theater and the Miami Stage Company which produced one of the first community theater productions of CATS ever performed in the United States.  Bill played the role of Larry in MAC’s inaugural production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, which had a critically successful run at the Riviera Plaza Theater in Coral Gables. He also directed “A Chorus Line” which played to standing room only houses at the Riviera Plaza Theater.  He was also seen in Cabaret and starred as Felix Ungar in The Odd Couple.  He also played the role of Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum.  Bill also directed at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC for the JCC Player's last, yet most successful JCC production, of Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! where he also performed as the understudy for Will Parker.  Other featured roles include Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls,  Commander Harbison and the understudy for Emil Lebecq in Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and he performed the role of Alonzo and later as Skimbleshanks in the Miami Acting Company’s Production of CATS. In order to pay his bills, he performs as a senior public corruption prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.  Yet his most rewarding and successful role has been as husband to his loving wife, Sharon and father to his adored daughters, Sydney and Rachel.  It is with their unending support that this dream continues. 

AMEDEO FALGIATORE has spent over 50 years in show business.  From playing an Indian dancer in a high school production of ‘Annie Get Your Gun ‘, he went on to receive a voice scholarship to the University of Miami. It was there that he performed leading roles in several Operas, and went on to sing professionally with Opera companies and Symphony Orchestras throughout the United States. Not content with only working as a singer, he went on to study acting, and began to appear professionally in stage plays as well as Opera’s and Musicals. After the events of Sep 11th offered a chance at early retirement from his ‘Day Job’ at Delta Airlines, Amedeo has spent all his time doing what he loves best, acting. In the past eight years he has appeared in over 200 films, TV shows or commercials, as well as singing in concerts, musicals, and occasionally appearing as a professional Storyteller, and even Santa Claus. Since January, 2009, Amedeo has appeared in Papageno, an In the Schools production’ for Florida Grand Opera , also 3 short films, and a feature film called Unlikely Prophets, in which he played a corrupt southern minister. In October he appeared in a KFC commercial, in which he played an East Indian. Amedeo also performs with the Murder on the Beach, Murder Mystery group. This is Amedeo’s Forth appearance with Miami Acting Company.

BRIAN COUTLANGUS hails from Harrisburg, Pennyslvania.  He has been living in Miami Beach for 3 years, and is an ESL teacher at EF International Language School.  This is his first show since high school, where he participated in such shows as "Crazy For You", "Tommy", and "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum".  Brian’s other hobbies include running, playing tennis, and lounging on the beach.   

DEBRA HESS, who has so much energy and enthusiasm for life that she makes the Energizer Bunny seem like a sloth, was born in Newbury, England and has always had an artistic streak, as evidenced by her success as an artist (painter) in the Florida Keys, where she exhibits her work at the Key Largo Art Gallery.    Debbie has wanted to be a performer since she was a little girl.  After all, she didn’t want all the years of acting/dancing lessons to fall by the wayside.  However, knowing how difficult it is to break into and succeed in show business, she prepared herself and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Science and is currently enrolled in the Masters Program at Florida International University.  She became a teacher and has been teaching primary grades for the past 10 years.  Fortunately, her dream of starring in a musical became a reality when she was cast for singing/dancing parts with the  Miami Acting Company’s production of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers”.

DEBRA GINSBERG  (Artistic Director  / Executive Producer) is thrilled to be directing this very talented cast and performing in Mel Brook’s 12 -time Tony® Award winning hit THE PRODUCERS.

Originally from New York, Debra’s long acting career as a dedicated performer in numerous community and professional theatrical productions combines with a career as a director and executive producer. While coming off of a very successful run of OCEAN REEF THE MUSICAL and currently in pre-production for The Academy at Ocean Reef’’s Broadway Review, she has also directed and co-produced the Miami Stage Company?s production of Noises Off and critically acclaimed CATS, which was a national first and triumphant Community Theater undertaking.

Other directorial credits include The Ocean Reef Yacht Club's version of American Idol and Sacha in Concert (in which she also performed), The Odd Couple, An Evening To Remember (The Wilton Theater, CT) and several Miami productions of Who Killed The Director for which she received several awards. Her acting, singing, and dancing talents have also won her awards as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for her roles "Miss Hannigan" in Annie and "Widow Corney" in Oliver

She has costarred in a Philip Michael Thomas and Sandi Morays production of Sacra (Hollywood Playhouse) and stepped-in as “Harriet The Horrible Owl” and “ The Mother” in Sacra on Broadway (Riverside Theatre, New York City.) Her numerous performing credits include " Grizabella / Electra / Griddlebone  " in various productions of CATS throughout southern Florida, "Joanne" in Company (The Riviera Theater, Miami), the "Wicked Stepmother" in Cinderella (Actors Playhouse, Miami) as well as many other starring roles including Hello Dolly, Candide, Cabaret, Carousel, Lost in Yonkers, Blithe Spirit, Songs for a New World, Godspell, Some Enchanting Evening, and The Seven Year Itch. Although Debra has enjoyed a successful 28-year career on Wall Street she has never lost her love for the theater.

You can visit her personal website: www.debraginsberg.net

STEPHEN GAIR (Roger DeBris), a Miami native, is making his Miami Acting Company debut with The Producers though he has shared the stage often with many of the company’s cast and crew. Steve, who has a Bachelor’s in Television Broadcast Communications, worked for several years both in Manhattan and in Miami, ending his TV career on the Skipper Chuck Show. He later became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and now works for Dade County Schools. Bitten by the acting bug later in life, Steve has been delighting audiences throughout Dade and Broward Counties for the past eleven years. Favorite performances include Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors, Cladwell in Urinetown, and Mathew Shepard’s father in the Laramie Project all with Main Street Players in Miami Lakes. Additionally, Steve enjoyed his roles in Anne of Green Gables at Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theater, CATS and Cabaret with the Miami Stage Company, Oliver, The Dining Room, Lost in Yonkers and Pirates of Penzance with Main Street and Oklahoma, South Pacific and Hello, Dolly! with the Alper JCC Players. Steve wants to thank Debra for this marvelous opportunity and thanks Janice for supporting me and you, for supporting live theater. 

ANITA GARCIA is thrilled to make her debut with the Miami Acting Company. She has lived in Miami most of her life and is a graduate of Florida International University.  She would like to thank the Miami Acting Company for the opportunity of a lifetime.  She sends her love to J & J the inspirations of her life. 

AMANDA CABANAS is originally from Tampa but is currently living with her husband in Homestead, FL. She is the product of a family passionate for the musical arts. Her parents, proprietors of the Blake Leopold School of Music, have shaped her affinity for music and the performing arts.

Since her childhood, she has been performing as a vocalist in ecclesiastical productions as well as school theater. She was also a featured mezzo soprano soloist for the prestigious Tampa Treble Choir, Tampa, FL from 1997-1999.

Thanks to Debra and the Miami Acting Company for the opportunity to be involved in such a wonderful show and to her husband and parents for all of their faithful support over the years.

CRAIG DEARR (FRANZ LIEBKIND) Miami native, Craig Dearr, has been performing in South Florida theater for over a decade.  He is best known for his comic roles, including his performances as Luther Billis, the good natured con man most famous for his hula dance in “South Pacific”, Ali Hakim, the Persian peddler in “Oklahoma!” and Rabbi Michael Wolfe in the hilarious interactive comedy “Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral” at the Broward Center.  Craig has also appeared in more serious roles such as the head master in “Children of a Lesser God” and Max in “Cabaret”.  A performer of music from a very young age, having studied classical piano beginning at age 4, Craig was accustomed to performing at recitals including performances at Gusman Hall at the University of Miami while attending law school.  His musical performances continued after he became a lawyer appearing with several South Florida rock’n’roll bands.  Craig currently plays drums and sings with the classic rock band, “The Bogs”.

BURGESS WARREN (Kevin the costume designer & storm trooper) Making a welcome return to the theater after 35 years, Burgess is originally from Penzance, England (Yes as in Pirates of Penzance) and was born in a pub owned by his parents, but grew up in London near Wimbledon. As a young boy he performed in many amateur musicals at the Richmond Theater including the Song of Norway, Carousel and the Gondoliers. At the same time he sang with the Wandsworth Schoolboys choir which, at that time, was the English equivalent of the Vienna Boys choir. The choir performed at many leading venues in England including the Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Festival Halls.  Recordings were made with composer Benjamin Britten and conductors Sir Colin Davis & George Solti. Burgess worked his way up to lead boy soloist until tragically, during the summer of 1970, his voice went through the change!  A long time resident of Key Largo since 1993, Burgess became a U.S. citizen on the Monday after Tuesday 9/11/01

DAVID SOLOMON (Scott, the Choreographer / Rolf) is happy to be a part of Miami Acting Company's production of The Producers.  He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Performance from Florida International University, majored in Theater at Coral Reef Senior High and was chosen as an Acting Apprentice at the Tony® Award winning Williamstown Theatre Festival.  David was last seen as Petruchio in Shakespeare Miami’s production of Taming of the Shrew; other credits include his solo performance on the life of Jim Morrison, Silence (Eadric), Balm in Gilead (Joe), Tartuffe (Valère), Inspecting Carol (Larry), Hair, Dracula (Arthur), Cabaret (Rudy),  Bye Bye Birdie (Albert), and The Apple Tree (Adam).  When he is not performing he works as a Scenic Carpenter and IATSE Local 500 Stagehand for various theater venues. He would like to thank his amazing family and girlfriend Erika (see Ulla) for all their love and support.  

ERIKA DIANE JOHNSON (Ulla) is excited to join Miami Acting Company's very talented cast of Mel Brooks' "The Producers."  Born and raised in Miami, Erika started performing traditional German dance at the tender age of 2, started studying ballet with Martha Mahr at the age of 6, and represented Florida at the Junior Olympics Gymnastics Level 8 Regionals with her Floor routine at the age of 12; since then she has progressed to study/perform with The Miami Ballet (now the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet under the direction of Ruth Wiesen), The School of American Ballet in New York, American Ballet Theater and The Juilliard School.  She majored in Musical Theater at New World School of the Arts and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and BA in English from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.  She's graced the stage in such shows as "The Nutcracker" (Clara and other roles), "Peter and the Wolf" (The Bird), "Little Red Riding Hood" (Little Red Riding Hood), "Jesus Christ, Superstar" (Apostle),  "Anything Goes" (Brother John), "Barnum, the Musical" (Circus Star), "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" (Snoopy), "Oklahoma" (Dancing Laurie), "The New World Connection," The Royal Ballet's tour of "Still Life at the Penguin Cafe" (Endangered Native), the New England tour of "Foodplay" (Janey Junkfood), "Sesame Street Live" (Tumbling Clown), "Paint" (Tumbling Cow), and MAC's production of "A Chorus Line" (Cassie). 

She currently dances with Momentum Dance Company, The Kevin and Caruso Magic Show, The Original Auerhahn Schuhplatter of Miami, and moonlights as a Contortionist/Aerialist/Hula Hoop Artist doing circus acts for weddings, mitzvahs and other special events.  She would like to thank Debra and the cast for this amazing opportunity, and her family and incredible boyfriend David (see Scott, the Choreographer) for their infinite love and support.  Visit www.erikadiane.com for more information.

MANNY CATALINO (Leo Bloom) has performed in such productions as Edward Albee's The   Sandbox ("Daddy"), Antonio Martinez Ballestero's Los Esclavos, A Postcard From Paris, Fuenteovejuna, a co-production  with the Hispanic Theater Guild and Belen Jesuit Prep. Other credits include: Noises Off (Lloyd Dallas), CATS (Bill Bailey/Admetus) and Miami Acting Company's production of Stephen Sondheim's Company (Peter). You may also see Manny in public service announcements for Miami-Dade TV.  Scripted acting aside, Manny has also been an improvisational actor for 6 years.  He's a performer, sketch writer, instructor and director of Just the Funny, Miami's Home for Improv and Sketch Comedy.  In 2005, he assisted in the production of  the Miami Improv Festival 2005, presented by JTF.  Manny has studied under the direction of local acting coaches as well as having the privilege of studying with members of nationally recognized improv troupes from Chicago and LA, including The Second City, BassProv, ComedySportz & The Groundlings.  In his free time, Manny works in sales & marketing  for a global telecommunications company.  Special thanks to Mom, Debra, the entire cast and crew, and of course his adoring fans from coast to coast, aka. friends.

PENNY GORDON is a Certified Financial Planner and Managing Director of Gibraltar Private Bank at the Ocean Reef Club.  She’s truly grateful to Debra for encouraging her to get back on stage after many moons! This is her first production with MAC, but she’s been performing since she was a child living in Spring Grove, PA.  After high school, Penny was a cast member of the international group “Up With People” where she performed throughout the US, China and in a Superbowl halftime.  She graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Musical Theatre before moving to New York City.  Past shows include “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, “Rabboni”, “Company”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “The Magic Flute”, “Carnival”, “Annie Get Your Gun” and “The Music Man”. Penny’s been a member of Screen Actors Guild since 1990 (Penny Jo White).  She enjoys doing local voiceover work and she once played a receptionist on the ABC soap opera “Loving”.  A 13 year resident of Homestead, Penny would like to thank her husband, Danny, and their 2 wonderful children for their loving support.

KAREN SHANE returns to the musical theater stage after embarking on a jazz singing career in 1998 and the recording of a jazz vocal CD entitled “It’s Anybody’s Spring”. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio to a musical family, her professional musical background began while in high school performing in a rock 'n roll band with singer/songwriter Eric Carmen (“All By Myself”/“Hungry Eyes”). This led her to Los Angeles and New York where she worked as a studio singer and also as a second engineer at A&M Records. Karen's musical theater experience has included the roles of “Gumby Cat/Jenny Any Dots” in CATS (Miami Stage Company), "Jenny" in Company (Miami Acting Company), “Edith” in Pirates of Penzance (Key Biscayne Music & Drama Club) and a principal role in Grand Night for Singing (Coral Gables Country Club Theater Group). Her other stage experience included performing as a “supernumerary” character actor with American Ballet Theatre, performing in such stages as The Metropolitan Opera House, The Kennedy Center and theaters in Japan. Karen is delighted to be back on the musical theater stage and thrilled to be a part of this talented cast of The Producers! You can visit her personal website: www.karenshane.com

DARLENE MOORE, a South Florida native is thrilled to return to the stage after raising twin girls and enjoying a long and successful career in banking. She has been dancing since the age of 7, and has performed at various venues throughout Florida.  While she has never considered herself a singer, she enjoys the challenge of singing and dancing (all at the same time). The experience of performing again has been uplifting and came at the perfect time in her life.  Darlene is thrilled to be coming out of “retirement” and wants to thank Debra and The Miami Acting Company for giving her the opportunity to perform on stage again. She also wants thanks her husband Terry, for his support and picking up the slack at home.

JUNE BENDAYAN has studied various forms of ballet, tap, jazz, and modern ballroom dance for more than fifteen years.  She was a member of the Miami Ballet Company.  June has also competed in the Miss Dance America where she placed third.  Additionally she was a finalist in the Miss Miami Pageant.  Theater and dance have always been her passion.   June wants to thank Debra for the opportunity to again practice her passion, and also wants to thank her family and friends for their support.

MARYANN WARREN has been a successful Realtor in the Florida Keys for over 10 years and is thrilled to be making her debut performance with the Miami Acting Company in The Producers.   Originally a farm girl from Ohio, Maryann has had a lifelong passion for musical theater and the arts having been in choral recitals and community playhouse productions prior to embarking on hatching her own budding performers – two beautiful and supportive daughters who just love costume designers (dad) and little old ladies (mom)!  She is thankful to Debra for this opportunity and so happy to be a part of such a talented cast.  It is amazing to be able to perform in her own community of Key Largo that she has been “Sold” on for over 17 years!

ANTHONY CAMPISI is currently a private voice and musical theatre coach and the Musical Director for BROADWAY MUSICAL THEATRE.  He has trained in both areas of music and theatre. He has directed and musically directed such shows as: Catfish Moon, Bye Bye, Birdie, Seussical the musical, The Boys Next Door, The Death and Life of Larry Benson, Fame, Crazy For You, Dancing Solo, Children Of A Lesser God, Up the Down Staircase, God's Favorite, High School Musical and many more.  Anthony has conducted shows for many high schools and community theatres in Atlanta and Miami.  He founded a Not-For-Profit Organization in 2002 called JAM Ministries which is a free summer camp program for children grades 3-8.  Formerly the Program Director for the Miami Children's Theatre, he directed, assistant directed and lighting designed, technical directed and stage managed, up to 8 shows a year and taught classes from ages 5 and up.  He continues to work with local public school drama departments, advising them on productions.  Anthony  is a member of EDTA (Educational Theatre Association), Georgia and Florida Music Educators Association, and is also a member of The International Thespian Society.  He has done workshop classes with many of the top broadway music directors and performers.  Currently he is an adjudicator for Middle and High School Thespians and has judged events all across the southeast. and is a Board Member for the Miami Acting Company.

JULIO PEREZ is a Miami native who spent his high school career in the theater.  He furthered his education in the art of acting at Miami Dade College.  Julio played many comedic characters such as The Orderly in the play Harvey and Rapunzel’s Prince in the musical Into The Woods.  He soon stumbled upon a woman named Norma Castillo, an acting agent, who led him to the path of television as well as mothering his journey to the theater.  Now making his debut with the Miami Acting Company, Julio will be playing the role of Carmen Ghia, Roger Debris' Common Law assistant, with a bigger than life personality and a twinkle in his toes.

SYNOPSIS

"THE PRODUCERS is outrageous, hilarious, a teeny bit offensive, off the wall, and the winner of a record 12 Tony Awards. You will find yourself holding your sides with laughter as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom sing and dance their way through the greatest show biz scam that there ever was!”
 
“THE PRODUCERS is, quite simply, the winningest Broadway musical in history. Nominated for 15 Tony Awards, the show won 12, breaking the record previously set by Hello Dolly in 1964.”

SERENA SALVA Serena (Choreographer/Ensemble) a Miami native has been performing since the young age of three. Though she has been on television and danced for crowds her favorite place is to be on a theatre stage. She was a student of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York where she learned that this was truly her passion in life. Currently, she is a manager for Express, an international clothing company and achieving her Bachelors in Fashion Merchandising. This is her second show with Miami Acting Company; her first was “A Chorus Line” in which she played Sheila Bryant. She has also played roles as Anna Leonowens in “The King and I”, Glinda in “The Wizard of Oz”, Urchin in “Little Shop of Horrors”, Lisa in “A Boy’s Life”, and Shelby in “Steel Magnolias” for several different companies and organizations. She has also been a high school thespian Troupe Sponsor and is a member of the International Thespian Society. She is now proud to be one of the newest members on the board of Miami Acting Company. She sends many thanks to her family and friends for their constant love and support.

MARIA (TORY) RUIZ-LEGG, Advanced Placement Literature teacher at School for Advanced Studies where her seniors recently crowned her "Most Dramatic" for her literary recitations, is delighted to be making her stage debut with Miami Acting Company in "The Producers". It is with great appreciation that she would like to thank Debra Ginsberg and the rest of the Company for the opportunity to be part of this stellar cast. Tory, a member of the ensemble, can be seen as an old lady, an accountant, and a hooker; Only in the production, that is....