FRANKENSTEIN – Creative Team
Eric B. Sirota (Book, Music and Lyrics)
Eric B. Sirota is a composer and playwright, as well as an established and highly published research scientist, with a PhD in Physics from Harvard. He studied music theory and composition at Brown University. Under the original title Day of Wrath, FRANKENSTEIN was an Official 2015 Selection of the New York Musical Festival’s Reading Series. His musical Your Name On My Lips, an original love story, played at the award-winning venue Theater for the New City, March 2017. www.YourNameOnMyLips.com Other works include: Go, My Child, A Day at the White House and The Flemington Oratorio. Eric and his wife, the artist Cara London, were recently featured in the New York Times.
John Lant (Producer / Producing Artistic Director)
John is a 35-year veteran in the entertainment industry and has been involved in over 600 television, film, music tours, and theatrical productions as a creative director, consultant, and/or above the line entity. An award-winning producer, director, writer, lighting and set designer, John has mounted productions at Cal Arts, Ricardo Montalban, Powerhouse, Glendale Center, Hollywood Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, the Jewel Box Theatres and Write Act Repertory. His work and productions garnered DramaLogue, Diamond, ADA, NAACP Awards, LA Weekly and Backstage Picks of the Week, Garland and Valley Theatre (LA) nominations. John worked with Jonathan Sanger at Chanticleer Films, on two shorts that won an Emmy and an Oscar, and mentored under Howard Storm. Scripts he has developed include Children’s TV Pilots Symphology, Carrot Talk, and cable-themed Anonymous Confessions, and several adapted musicals. John received the California Service Award from the State Legislature for his Community Outreach and Service to the Arts in 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009. In NYC, he is current Production Manager at Carnegie Hall, and on down time redesigns, redevelops and refurbishes theatres including the upstairs Davenport Theatre, Elektra Theatre, Times Square Arts Center Theatres, the Richmond Shepard, and a new exciting project for late Summer 2017, refurbishing an old off-Broadway in the Theatre District to it’s old glory. John’s 30-week off-Broadway production of FABULOUS! The Queen of Musicals! was recently licensed through Steele Rights. This past year he produced 2 off-Broadway Shows at St. Luke’s Theatre: An Equity production of 2 By Tennessee Williams and the new musical Pillars of New York. He is the current Producing Artistic Director of Write Act Repertory and Founding Member of newly formed N.M.C.L.O. (New Musical Civic Light Opera), concentrating on the development of second stage full musical workshop / productions for off-Broadway shows, and is also the Director of Development for Twisted Media NYC, his current musical production Lili Marlene played in LA prior to coming to Off-Broadway, and now current off-Broadway production of Eric Sirota’s Frankenstein resides here at St. Luke’s Theatre.
Tamra Pica (Producer/Casting Director)
Tamra is excited to be back on the East Coast with Frankenstein and Lili Marlene. Tamra’s theater and television work spans nearly 30 years and over 250 productions as a prop designer, AEA Stage Manager, producer and casting director of plays, musicals, dance and ice shows. She’s worked in television for companies such as Disney, Sony, Cartoon Network, NBC Studios, TBS, CBS, MTV, ABC and FOX in production and development. Recent credits include Caldwell’s Bomb for the New York Venus/Adonis Theater Festival, Renewal, Your Name on My Lips at Theater for the New City and the long running musical Fabulous! Queen of the New Musicals where she served as a casting director and producer.
Clint Hromsco (Director / Choreographer)
Clint is thrilled to be working on this new musical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. As a Director and Choreographer, Clint has worked Off-Broadway with Vital Theatre Co., where he created and staged the NYC and National Touring productions of Flight School the Musical, Pinkalicious, and Twinkle Tames A Dragon. He has also acted as Assistant Director and Assistant Choreographer on various productions at Little Theatre on the Square in IL and has assisted Broadway choreographer Wendy Seyb. As an actor, Clint has performed on several national tours, in various regional productions and many smaller productions in NYC. He can also be seen on TV in different documentaries on the Discovery Channel and has been featured in several regional and international commercials and print ads.
Kent Kim (Musical Director)
Kent Jeong-Eun Kim is a composer, musical director and pianist based in New York City. Originally from South Korea, she studied classical piano performance at Hansei University, and completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Composition at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 2017. Career highlights include a collaboration with Alan Ferber’s Big Band in 2016, a reading of her full-length musical Out With a Bang, in 2017, playing in Icon with Broadway legend Donna McKechnie, and ongoing pianist and musical director work at St. Luke’s Theatre (Frankenstein, It Came From Beyond, Geek, Wicked City Blues).
Ellen Máirín Johnston (2nd Keyboard)
Ellen Máirín Johnston is a musician, writer and theatre artist based in Brooklyn. She has a Master of Fine Arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Writing credits include: Apollo (Tisch New Musicals Workshop), Duty (In Tune Musical Theatre Festival/short film), God From the Machine (North American Fringe tour), and Zookeeper (National Asian Artists Project). A classically trained pianist with a side interest in world folk music, especially Cante Flamenco and West African percussion, she has performed at venues across New York City, Canada, Andalucía and Mexico City. Current projects include: Don’t Look For Me, a concept album and drama about a musician who disappears, and the daughter who goes to find her 18 years later (songs premiered at the Bowery Electric in April 2019).
JENNIFER ANDERSON (Costume Designer)
Jennifer’s long line of credits include costume Designs for Elizabeth I: A Reality Show, and Tom Jones the Musical at Theatre for the New City, and Curse of Booth. Other work includes theater and film such as A Good Marriage, Naked Brothers Band, A Good Marriage, and Naked Brothers Band. She is the owner of J. Anderson Costumes and has worked throughout the country as a costume designer and producer.
MAARTEN CORNELIS (Lighting Designer)
Maarten is a Belgian born American Light Designer and Actor. He is a recent transplant from Los Angeles and is happy to be working in NYC (the capital of all theatre). He has been in the entertainment industry professionally since the age of fourteen. During the span of the last 20 years, Maarten has worn multiple hats. His interest in the technical world of entertainment spiked after studying at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles. He led their theater group, producing and directing their shows and holding the role as the institute’s Technical Director. Over the years, Maarten has been designing the lights for many live events, working with/for Francis Ford Coppola, Stephen Rivkin, Lloyd J. Schwartz, Martin Landau, Mark Rydell, Dino De Laurentiis, Ennio Morricone, and many more. He is happy to be back at St. Luke’s Theatre and to be working with this talented group of people. Please check www.maartencornelis.com for more info.
MATTHEW IMHOFF (Set Designer)
Matthew, a New York based designer, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Production Design from Michigan State University and degrees in Theatre and Music at Luther College. Most recently, his scenic designs include Carrie The Musical directed by Joe Barros; Cyrano de Bergerac with collaborator Edward Daranyi of the Stratford Festival (Michigan State University); Sirens directed by Tony Caselli (Williamston Theatre); U.P. (world premiere, Michigan State University); Spring Awakening: A New Musical (collegiate premiere, Luther College Theatre); Cosi Fan Tutte (Luther College Music Department Opera); Hairspray; Rent; Grease; Street Scene (Luther College Music Department Opera); The Producers, and All Shook Up. Matthew was the resident scenic designer and technical director for the College Light Opera Company’s 45th through 47th seasons, designing twenty seven productions including: Iolanthe; 42nd Street; Fiddler on the Roof; The Most Happy Fella; The Pajama Game; Carousel; Oklahoma!; Titanic; West Side Story; Into the Woods; Les Misérables; and H.M.S. Pinafore. He also served as the director/designer for the musicals Sidd (regional premiere at Luther College, 2010), Into the Woods (2017 Best of Madison, Capital Times), Our Town, Jekyll & Hyde, Into the Woods, and The Wedding Singer. Matthew is the 2015 recipient of the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival Regional Scenic Design Award for his design of Pericles, the 2014 recipient of The Lansing State Journal Thespie Award for his design of Cyrano de Bergerac, the 2012 recipient of the Bodensteiner Excellence in Theatre Award, a national finalist in the 2013 Rose Brand Scenic Design Competition, and a proud member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects, and Technicians. Matthew freelances full time and is available to design, assist, and teach.
Nilton Emilio (Production Stage Manager)
Tessa Ramírez-Keough (Stage Manager)
Tessa Ramírez-Keough, originally from Arizona, is a current freelancing actor, singer, dancer, photographer, and stage manager. Through her studies of Visual Storytelling at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, she has discovered her love for beauty and style both on stage and on screen. Her recent work as the director and writer for her short film, “Muerte,” earned her two recognitions at film festivals in the city. Her last acting job, “Kept in the Dark,” won second place at the Boo! Play Festival. As well as this, she is the company manager for Little Man’s production of “Skinnamarink,” and preparing for her off-Broadway debut. She is thankful for her family, friends, John, and everyone that brought her so much joy and opportunities. All of her digital productions can be found on her Behance account. firstname.lastname@example.org for all inquiries
Anessa Marie (Original music director/ some arrangements)
Anessa is a music director, pianist, performer, composer, educator, and orchestrator based in the NYC area. Musical Direction: NYC: City of Light (dir. Cady Huffman), An Intolerant Vaudeville, Breakup (reading), Stinky Kids, The Bully, Your Name on My Lips (TNC); Regional: 25th Annual Putnam…, Parade, Children of Eden, Oklahoma, Runaways, Godspell, Ragtime. Composer: Beautiful, Gender Boot Camp; Performer: Rocky Horror (Frankenfurter), Godspell (Jesus), MCMo40 (Helsa). Her debut album will be released in 2018. When not in the theatre, she performs at jazz venues throughout Manhattan. She is also an avid gender activist, and works with the Trevor Project to serve LGBTQIA youth; her book Privilege from a Dual Point of View will be released in 2018. She is the founder of Beyond Gender Love Transcends, and currently serves as the director of the organization. www.anessamarie.com
Austin Nuckols (Previous Musical Director)
Hailing from Mechanicsville, Virginia, Austin studied Mathematics and Music at University of Richmond, and received his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University. As a musical theatre composer and lyricist, his work has been performed across the nation, through his children’s shows (After Ever After (TheatreWorks, Texas), Alison Wonderland (Pantomonium Productions, NYC)) and larger scale works (Same Old Tune (University of Richmond). Working with his librettist, Lily Dwoskin, his most recent show, Hyena in Petticoats received a reading at the Dramatists Guild in NYC, which, coincidentally, happens to be about Mary Shelley’s mother: Mary Wollstonecraft. Their other shows include a one act superhero musical, The Scarlet Savior, as a commission from University of California, Irvine, along with an adaptation of The Marvelous Land of Oz as a trans fairy tale. An accomplished pianist, he has music directed in NYC over the past year (Off Broadway: It Came From Beyond, Lili Marlene) and has worked extensively as a music director for children and adults with developmental disabilities. He wrote Inside Cloud 9 as a commission from the Dreamers Theatre/Firehouse Theatre; a devised musical theatre piece from the troupe’s life experiences as adults with autism. austinnuckols.com
Johna Mancini (Original Creature Makeup Designer)
Johna’s big break in the industry was with Fellini in 1982’s Eight and The Ship Sails On as a make-up artist and actor. After moving to New York, 21 years ago, he worked as a make-up artist for clients such as Mercedes Benz, Chanel, La Perla, Dolce & Garbana, films such as Respiro, and Il Divo. He also work on the crew of Je Suis Zu (I’m Zu), a documentary, opening the 28th of October at the New York Gay Center.
JACOB SCHOTT (original Production Stage Manager)
After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University Irvine in Theater Arts, Jacob moved to NYC from California to find creative freedom. Jacob is a member of InViolet Theater Company where he is able to direct, act and produce work that empowers the actor and emerging writers by providing an artistic haven. Jacob is a co-founder of his Improv group The Downtowners, which focuses on educating the city about the art of comedy and giving chances to upcoming writer to make the world laugh! Jacob is currently an Assistant Producer for Entertainment Events and The Shulberts, as well as an aspiring photographer www.jacobpeterschott.com
MORGAN YACHINICH (original Stage Manager)
Morgan is a recent graduate from Concordia University Irvine California. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Her off-broadway credits include stage management for 2 by Tennessee Williams, and production assistant for Pillars of New York. Other credits include Your Name on My Lips, Hedda Gabler, Holiday House, Two Rooms, and Drowsy Chaperone. She also works as a production assistant for Distinguished Concerts International New York. Above all else, she would like to thank her family, friends, and God for her journey in life.