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Evangelia Kingsley was seen as Signora Naccarelli in the First National Tour of Light in the Piazza as well as in the Choir in Broadway's Coram Boy.  Her previous jaunt on Broadway was in Puccini’s La Boheme, directed by Baz Luhrmann. 

Other recent credits include Rivkah in the Off-Broadway production of The Magdalene, Queen Aggravain in the Princeton Festival's Once Upon A Mattress, the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha at the Arts Center of the Coastal Carolinas, Ludmilla in a concert version of Mother Russia at Zankel Hall, Consuelo in I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky with the new music ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Senorita Gomez in Gauchito and the Pony with the Queens Symphony Orchestra, the Beggar Woman in the Princeton Festival’s production of Sweeney Todd and Zita in OPA!  The Musical at Queens Theatre in the Park. 

She has sung the roles of Goffredo in Handel's Rinaldo with Les Talens Lyriques, in Beaune, France, a performance which was broadcast live over Radio France and Europe, der Trommler in Victor Ullman's opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis at the Cleveland Public Theatre which received the Northern Ohio Live’s Achievement Award for the category of Classical Music and Opera, and the Witch in Lyric Opera Cleveland's production of Sondheim's Into the Woods. 

An active recitalist and cabaret singer, Evangelia has most recently performed with the enCANTA Collective in Hindemith's setting of Wilder's Long Christmas Dinner and as Julia Child in Hoiby's Bon Appetit.  Her one-woman shows Places to Live:  Travelling Music for the Restless, Twisted:  A Tribute to Lunacy, Tell Me the Truth About Love and Fancie:  The Songs and Words of Shakespeare were performed nationally and at the Metropolitan Room, Danny’s Skylight Room, the Cornelia Street Cafe and at South Oxford Space in New York.  She has also performed the songs of Richard Rodgers with the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra and has narrated Peter and the Wolf and The Restless Giant for the 9th Street Philharmonic in Missouri. 

She holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University where she was seen as Medea in Cavalli's Il Giasone, Grace in Ward's Roman Fever, Zita in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and the Old Lady in Bernstein's Candide. 

She also holds an MFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and continues to perform in theatre, having played Lady Macbeth with Hip to Hip Theatre, the Marchioness Matilda Spina in Pirandello’s Henry IV at the Storm Theatre in New York, the Gatekeeper in Strindberg's A Dream Play at the Cleveland Play House, Dolores in the Cleveland Play House's production of Yerma, Charmian in Great Lakes Theatre's Antony and Cleopatra, Channa Esther in their production of The Dybbuk and Morning Star in the Ensemble Theatre's production of The Kentucky Cycle.  Proud member of Actors’ Equity, SAG and AFTRA.

No one would pay to see Chip Prince dance, though he does, as a square- and contra dancer.  More often, though, he plays piano for dancing:  English Country Dance, Royal Scottish, Contra, that sort of thing.  When he's not hobnobbing with folk dancers, he conducts and plays for shows, often on the road but also occasionally in New York:  Mary Poppins, Happy End, Coram Boy, the Deaf West Big River, Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème, Ragtime, Titanic, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, and many others.  Chip hails from northern New Hampshire and spent time in Utah in the '80s, where for a time he was music director at Sundance Summer Theatre.  Some of those shows: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Annie, The Sound of Music, and Damn Yankees.  Prior to moving to New York, he was a bandleader for a few months on Holland America cruise ships.  Chip is happy to collaborate with Evangelia Kingsley again, having worked with her on two of her prior shows, Twisted and Places to Live.  He also appears occasionally at the Triad with chanteuse/voice teacher Mary Setrakian in Mary's Salon.  In November he will join the National Tour of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess as pianist and Associate Conductor.

Eliza Beckwith has directed four plays in Ensemble Studio Theatre's Marathon of One-Act Plays (The Once Attractive Woman by Christine Farrell, Little Airplanes of the Heart by Steve Feffer, Ukimwi by Tom Coash, The Moon Bath Girl by Graeme Gillis) and was E.S.T.’s Managing Director from 1999 to 2001.  Most recently, Eliza directed the world premiere of Tiny Bubbles by Richard Willett for New Directions Theater.  Also with NDT:  The Delusion of Angels by Don Rifkin; Cute Lonely Guys Looking for You by John Attanas; Anapest by Lee Wochner; F-Stop by Olga Humphrey; and Hot Air, Triptych, Random Harvest, and the critically acclaimed, The Flid Show all by Mr. Willett with whom she shares Co-Artistic Director duties.  Other NYC credits:  Anchors by Tony Zertuche (Living Image) at the Kirk Theatre; Evangelia Kingsley’s cabaret Places to Live: Traveling Music for the Restless (The Metropolitan Room) and Death to the Book Club by Olga Humphrey at Alfred University, her alma mater, where she has twice been a visiting instructor.  Eliza began her New York theatre career backstage with the original production of Little Shop of Horrors, where she was the wardrobe mistress and “Stage Right Finale Plant,” and spent five years paying the rent as the Staff Chef for The Cosby Show. 

Kurt Kingsley (Actor) New York credits include touring the parks of Queens as Leonato, McDuff, Polonius and others with Hip-to-Hip Theater Company, the role of Bill in the moving Woman with Coffee as well as roles in numerous other original one-acts at Emerging Artists Theatre, work with the American Globe Theatre, New Ensemble Theater; Stella Adler Studio Theatre, Dysfunctional Theatre and appearances at the New York Fringe Festival.  Regionally, he has worked with The Northeast Theatre Company in PA and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  He has happily collaborated with Evangelia Kingsley for the last ten years!

Jeff Casper (Dancer) After surviving Stella Adler, NYU, and a stint teaching at Arthur Murray's, Jeff has hopped (both gracefully and un-) between musical theatre, non-musical theatre, dance, and writing.  He has played Billy Flynn in Chicago, Motel in Fiddler…, Arab in West Side Story; square danced with Henry Kissinger as part of the Foot & Fiddle dance troupe; performed with various dance theatre companies; and achieved a pinnacle of sorts in playing Sam Feinschreiber in Awake and Sing starring Tovah Feldshuh.  Jeff is thrilled and grateful to be hopping around once again, thanks to Evangelia. Here's to the wife and kids!

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Elise Morris Singer/songwriter and composer, Elise Morris has built a varied and multi-dimensional career. She has been honored, by both ASCAP and BMI for her vocal and song work. In 2010 she received the Sound Sculpture Prize from I-Park for her 4-voice acapella piece, “Dawn,” and later performed it for the Thanatopolis Gala at I-Park. As a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, Morris studied the craft of songwriting for the theater under such luminaries as Maury Yeston, Skip Kennon and Richard Engquist. Renowned songwriter Doc Pomus was an early mentor of her song craft. In 2008 Elise was commissioned to write a vocal score, “Qui Suis-Je?” for choreographer Gabi Glinz, which premiered in Bamako, Mali, Africa. Elise also performed live onstage with the dancers. She has performed throughout the world, onstage and in the studio, both as a solo artist, and with or for artists Joe Jackson, Cy Coleman, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Tan Dun. As a composer, she has created both underscores and song cycles for numerous theatrical productions including, "Opa!" (co-written with composer Nick Carras), playwrights Laurel Ollstein and Mari Carras, “By Oscar Micheaux” by playwright Cheryl Davis, “Tallahassee” by playwrights Len Jenkin and Mac Wellman, “The White Doe” and “12 Iron Sandals” with Vit Horejz and The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, as well as many children’s audiobooks with Scholastic Books. In 2011, Elise Morris was an Artist-In-Residence at I-Park where she composed the 20-minute score “Silent Harvest” based on the tsunami disaster of Japan. She is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Music Composition. Morris currently resides in New York with her husband, composer Doug Katsaros and two daughters.  www.elisemorris.com and Reverbnation/Elise Morris.

Adam Overett is a musical theater writer and performer living in New York City. He was a Musical Theater Fellow at the Dramatists Guild (2010-2011), and a Lucille Lortel Award nominee for his contribution to the score of the Off-Broadway musical WE THE PEOPLE (2011). He has also been a resident writer at the Goodspeed Mercer Colony and CAP21 (2013).  He wrote the book, music and lyrics for POPESICAL, which had a developmental production at the Lyric Theatre in Los Angeles (2012), as well as for MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL, which was presented as a staged reading at the SoHo Playhouse (February 2013). His musical CALL IT COURAGE (based on the Newbery Medal-winning book by Armstrong Sperry) received its premiere youth production at the Zachary Scott Theatre in Austin, TX (2010), where it was nominated for five B. Iden Payne Awards, including Outstanding Original Script and Outstanding Production of Youth Theatre. The show has been a selectee for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and a finalist for the Bloomington Playwriting Contest and other awards. It was given a staged reading at the York Theatre in 2004, and was featured on the “Bound For Broadway” concert series at Merkin Hall in 2005.  www.adamoverett.com

Karl Straub is a D.C. area songwriter whose material has been covered by numerous artists, including Last Train Home, Mary Battiata and Little Pink, the Grandsons, Mark Noone, Virginia Coalition, Kevin Johnson, Lisa Moscatiello, the Kennedys, Cowlick Lucy, Eugene Chadbourne, and Lee Wilhoit.  His latest album is “Harlem Hayride,” the last Graverobbers full-length which was unfinished for years but recently polished off and sent out into the world in both digital and vinyl incarnations.  Upcoming releases include “Hangtown Dancehall,” a song cycle collaboration with Eric Brace that features Kelly Willis,  Jason Ringenberg, and John Wesley Harding, as well as an album of trashy rock and roll with side project CrowTown.  Straub songs have been performed everywhere from open mikes to Wolf Trap, the Birchmere, and the Kennedy Center, and reportedly a festival in Antarctica. Straub’s cult following includes cross dressers, rednecks, and sushi chefs, as well as many musicians and children, (most of whom remember his lyrics better than he does).  Straub has been performing original songs since 1985. His former band, the Graverobbers, released 3 albums and 3 singles, as well as contributing tracks to various compilations. “Americana Motel,” (a collection of cuts by local roots-oriented acts) featured Straub’s material, and a smorgasbord of local players and singers recorded his song “Don’t Take Advice.” The album was on the Wall Street Journal’s top ten list for 2001, and the recognition by his peers helped garner Straub a Washington Area Music Association nomination for Songwriter of the Year.  Currently, Straub is performing with his Karl Straub Combo.  The live shows are always a little different, and always feature the compositions that inspired Pete Kennedy to call Karl Straub the area’s best songwriter.  www.karlstraubmusic.com