Creative Team

JIMMY ROBERTS (Music and Lyrics) composed the music for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, second longest-running Off Broadway musical in New York theater history (after The Fantasticks). Written with playwright Joe DiPietro, I Love You received both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations as Best Musical when it opened in 1996. It has since played in all fifty states as well as over 25 countries around the world. Mr. Roberts also composed The Thing About Men (2003, New York Outer Critics Circle award for Best Musical). His latest show, All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go, written with Catherine Filloux and John Daggett, was just presented at a successful reading at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. His songs were featured in two other Off Broadway musicals: A…My Name Is Still Alice and Pets! For television, he composed the theme for the weekly PBS show, Theater Talk. His children’s musical, The Velveteen Rabbit, toured the United States for well over a decade. Among his recent compositions is a commissioned work: The Heart of the Matter, words by poet Dana Gioia, performed at the Guggenheim Museum, and I Sing, I Pray, for Cantor Roslyn Barak, Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco. Another exciting new musical, Rex & Lilli & The Master, about the lives and careers of Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer, and Noel Coward, and written with Harrison's son, playwright Carey Harrison, is also in preparation.

Jimmy Roberts is a sought-after performer and vocalist, delighting audiences with his wit and special way with a song. His entertaining programs feature unique mixtures of classical and popular music (i.e. Sondheim and Bach, Vivaldi and The Beatles), along with large helpings of Gershwin and Broadway. Recent engagements include: Merkin Concert Hall, the Time Warner Center, the 92ndStreet Y, Steinway Hall, St. Peter’s Church, the National Arts Club, “Music at Meyer” series (San Francisco), Off Centre Music Salon (Toronto), Community Synagogue of Rye (NY), and The Rockefeller University Friday Music Series in New York City.

 

He has presented educational programs at St. Francis College (Brooklyn), the Cab Calloway School of the Arts, (Wilmington, Delaware) and The Newark School of the Arts, where he offered a concert/lecture as part of the Leonard Bernstein 90th birthday festivities. In the summer of 2010, he was guest artist at the inaugural season of the Buck Hill-Skytop Music Festival in Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with noted pianist, Constance Keene. 

 

Jimmy Roberts is also a poet whose work has appeared often in the New York Times Metropolitan Diary, and most recently in a newly-published anthology entitled, The Traveler's Vade Mecum (Red Hen Press), available on Amazon.com and other websites.

CATHERINE FILLOUX (Book)is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for twenty-five years.  In New York City, Catherine was honored with the 2017 Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre and with the 2015 Planet Activist Award.  Filloux’s new play “whatdoesfreemean?” produced by Nora’s Playhouse, premiered in New York in July, 2018.  Her play Kidnap Road premiered at La MaMa and was presented by Anna Deavere Smith as part of NYU’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue.  Catherine is the librettist for three produced operas; and her most recent is Olga Neuwirth’s new opera, Orlandoto premiere at the Vienna State Opera in 2019.  She is developing a new musical, All Dressed Up and Nowhere To Go,with composer Jimmy Roberts, and John Daggett, which is a 2018 NAMT finalist.  www.catherinefilloux.com

JOHN DAGGETT (Book & additional Lyrics) is a differently-abled actor who has starred Off-Broadway in the critically acclaimed plays Lemkin’s HouseTeahouse of the August Moon, and Love Lemmings.  Other New York credits include: Rome, Portrait of a President, An Artist’s Life, The Witches Triptych, and his one-man show Flying by the Seat of my Pants (Theatre Row).  Regional: Guthrie, Merrimack Rep, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage, Roxy Theatre, Odyssey Theater, Kavinoky Theatre and H.T.Y.  Numerous roles for Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Orlando Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare and Sherwood Shakespeare.  John served as a member of the Government Relations Committee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

HANNAH RYAN: Resident Director Hamilton: An American Musical on Broadway & US Tour, An American in Paris on Broadway, Founding collaborator of Nettelworks: a creative collective, Director Every Path (La Jolla Playhouse & Moxie Theatre- WoW Festival) Still Life (Keller Gallery) The Guys (NYC site-specific locations commemorating FDNY’s 150th anniversary- Davenport Theatre) Ascended (Zoetic Stage) New York Theatre Workshop Gala (Plaza Hotel), Drama League's 100th Birthday Celebration starring Lena Hall, Bebe Neuwirth, John Gallagher Jr., Adam Kantor, et al (54 Below),  The Big Announcement (Drama League’s Rough Draft Series) Let’s Misbehave: A Tribute to Cole Porter (Mr. Finn’s Cabaret) Cendrillon and Gianni Schicchi (Point Loma Opera Theatre) Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Forced Marriage, Only in New York, et al (Point Loma Playhouse).  Associate Director The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway, a new musical Circus in Winter (Goodspeed Musicals & Center Ring Theatrical), world premier The Golem of Havana (Barrington Stage Company & Miami New Drama) Assistant Director to Des McAnuff on Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago and Billy Crystal 700 Sundays (HBO), Christopher Plummer’s A Word or Two (Center Theatre Group and Stratford Festival- Ahmanson Theatre), Fetch Clay, Make Man (New York Theatre Workshop), Sideways and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse). Chasing the Song, A Dram of Drummhicit and A Midsummer Nights Dream with Christopher Ashley (La Jolla Playhouse), Sleeping Beauty Wakes with Rebecca Taichman (La Jolla Playhouse), God of Carnage and Nobody Loves You (The Old Globe), Kiss Me Kate (Barrington Stage Company)Member of SDC, Drama League Director’s Project Fellow, SDC Foundation Denham Fellow.  http://www.hannahmryan.com/