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Daniel Kilyobas Obadiah — Author

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 in Authors

Daniel Kilyobas Obadiah is a photographer by day and a playwright by night. He holds a BA in Mass Communication from the University of Jos. Born a Nigerian and in Nigeria, on the 3rd  of October 1986, he wishes to share his Mormon faith and impact his society through the medium of drama. His plays: ‘Come What May’  and ‘Pastor Jolly‘  both LDS themed, were produced by the Jos, Nigeria District of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints.   Plays Pastor Jolley (Zion Theatricals) Come What...

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Taylor Williams (Composer)

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Authors

Taylor Ross Williams Taylor is a Utah based musician who currently works as the resident music director at Brigham’s Playhouse in Washington, Utah. He has been doing performances as a musician since he was twelve years old, including shows at the state fair in 2002 and 2003. He has two beautiful children, a girl and a boy, and a loving and supportive wife that sings his songs with him whenever he writes.   MUSICALS: Joseph Smith: Praise to the Man (Zion Theatricals) It’s A Wonderful Life (Leicester Bay...

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Jamie Young (Author)

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Authors

Jamie Young (a.k.a. James Brigham Young) is the Executive Producer of Brigham’s Playhouse and one of its owners.  He recently left a 19 year career as a professor of Musical Theatre to pursue his dream of running a professional theatre company.  He served as the head of the theatre program at Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs for twelve years, where he was responsible for producing, directing, and/or choreographing six to nine productions annually.  He also served as the Artistic & Managing Director of the college’s professional summer stock theatre company and summer theatre camp for youth. Before moving to Wyoming, Young worked in North Carolina.  While serving for four years as the creator and director of a Musical Theatre program at College of The Albemarle in Elizabeth City, Jamie also managed a large performing arts training studio with...

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Heather Young — Author

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 in Authors

Heather is best known for her acting abilities. During the four years she was under contract with 20th Century Fox Studios she did a great deal of television, including Batman, Judd for the Defense, The Time Tunnel, and Galactica 1980, movies and she co-starred as Betty Hamilton in Irwin Allen’s TV series, Land of the Giants. She also originated the role of Julie in Saturday’s Warrior. She left Hollywood to focus on her family and wrote two musicals, Charly – A Love Song based on Jack Weyland’s best selling novel, and Debbie: Diary of a Mormon Girl.   MUSICALS Authored Charly – A Love Song Debbie: Diary of a Mormon...

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Lex de Azevedo

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 in Authors

Lex de Azevedo has had one of the most diverse careers in the music industry as a composer, pianist, producer, arranger and conductor.  Beginning as a producer for Capitol Records, Lex produced several #1 hit singles among numerous other successful recordings.  Following Capitol Records, he served as the musical director on a number of television shows, including The Sonny and Cher Show, Michael Jackson & The Jackson Five, and The Osmonds.  Turning to feature-length motion pictures, Lex’s career spans from the classic Where The Red Fern Grows to the animated musical feature Swan Princess.  He has written five stage musicals, including Saturday’s Warrior and My Turn on Earth, and produced his own record albums across a wide musical spectrum, from the jazz of Mountains and Moab to the new contemporary classical works of Variations on a Sacred Theme and...

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Mark Ogden

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 in Authors

Mark Ogden, composer, lyricist and book writer, and also founder of St. George Musical Theater, often said writing and producing a play was like having a baby. Once he conceived of an idea, it would grow and grow until he had to put it on paper and write music to accompany the dialogue. Finally, when the baby emerged on stage, it was a joy to behold as the newest member of his family. St. George Musical Theater was another of his babies. Conceived in the mid 1980’s, this tiny nursery of players rehearsed, presented, reviewed, and revised Mark’s dramatic work. In 1988, Mark’s directing abilities won him the privilege of directing It’s My Life by Carol Lynn Pearson. Sponsored by Southwest Mental Health, he and the show traveled to many Southern Utah schools and kept the dream of St. George...

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M. Ryan Taylor

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 in Authors

M. Ryan Taylor I’ve written operas, dozens of choral works, art songs, song cycles, pop songs, children’s songs, hymns (are you noticing a trend toward vocal music?) as well as other works of chamber music . . . I’m also a hiker, recipe hacker, a multi-media artist, a choral conductor, a performing baritone, an ukulele/tuba/piano/pennywhistle and once-upon-a-time bassoon player, a son, a friend, a husband, a father, a sci-fi and Tolkien fan, a poet, a book-lover, a hymn-arranger, a gardener, a church organist, a some-time animator, a party-thrower, a concert-producer, a web-builder, a collector of music toys and oddities. These are some of the things that inform and shape my music. OPERA: My first opera, Abinadi, was premiered, filmed and broadcast by Brigham Young University in 2003. I then self-produced, directed and performed in my second opera, The Other Wise Man : a chamber opera in one-act,...

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Mark Stoddard

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 in Authors

Mark Stoddard’s first taste of theater came in a co-starring role at the Rudolph Steiner Theatre in London’s West End. He’s quick to point out it wasn’t much of a production, but it gave him a feel for theater life and wished to studiously avoid it. But, like the name of the production, Not to Be, Stoddard’s end of theater magic was premature. He went to Brigham Young University for a BA in English and History, and Master’s work in English and Theater Arts. He wrote a one-act comedy, “An English Toffee in American Molars” which was selected for production at the BYU Mormon Festival of Arts. But he left a potential university teaching career and become a General Contractor in California with his father and brothers. During this time he was asked by Michael Girlikhes, creator of Disney...

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Doug Stewart

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 in Authors

Doug Stewart lives in St. George, Utah.  One of the most influential writers in the history of Latter-day drama, Stewart was the playwright and lyricist of the groundbreaking Latter-day Saint-themed musical Saturday’s Warrior (1974), a project staged by California college students independent of institutional Church sponsorship. He followed this up with a sequel, the musical Star Child. “Saturday’s Warrior” was adapted to a direct-to-video feature film in 1989 by director Bob Williams and producer David West, and has been widely seen by Church members. A “Star Child” video was released in 1999. Stewart also wrote the screenplay for the major Church-produced film “The Lost Manuscript” (1974), which was directed by Wetzel O. Whitaker. He wrote the screenplay for the independent family film “Where the Red Fern Grows” (1974), produced by Lyman Dayton. Doug brings with him a distinguished career...

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Carol Laycock

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 in Authors

Carol is a teacher of speech and dramatic arts who lives in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. She is well known as a director, performer and clinician. The theatre company for whom she writes and directs, delights audiences wherever they perform. She received her B.A. in Speech and Dramatic Arts from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and her Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama from Trinity College in London, England. Her love for the theatre began at an early age where she grew up in Mesa, Arizona, singing, dancing, acting in and writing for community theatre productions before going on to BYU where she toured Europe, the U. S. and Canada with Program Bureau, the forerunner to The Young Ambassadors. Today she writes and adapts many stories for the stage and is thrilled to have worked with Wayne in bringing...

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Wayne Burton

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 in Authors

Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, Wayne began pursuing his musical interests early in life. His mother recalls that he was playing some songs on the piano by ear at the age of three. With a musical family and a mother who was a piano teacher, Wayne went through training mainly on the piano in his younger years. During high school, Wayne began taking a great interest in singing and songwriting. While his parents were gone for their nightly walk, Wayne would pour out his heart though original love song ballads. Over time he overcame his shy nature and began to perform his songs for more people. Prior to serving a mission for the church, Wayne wrote his first gospel song for a friend’s missionary farewell. This was the start of a powerful interest in sharing faith and bearing...

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Ralph G. Rodgers, Jr.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 in Authors

Ralph G. Rodgers Jr., has long been associated with theater along the Wasatch Front – from teaching drama at Granite High School to operating the Pages Lane Theatre in Centerville – thousands of patrons knew Rodgers from his performances as Scrooge in a variety of “A Christmas Carol” musical adaptations, Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner of Titipu in “The Mikado.” Born August 16, 1936, in Salt Lake City, the son of Isabelle Stagg Rodgers and Ralph Gilbert Rodgers, Sr. He married Joan Williams on June 17, 1960 in the Salt Lake Temple. Rodgers served a mission for the LDS Church in Samona in 1956-59 and later spent much time in the islands as a regional representative for the church and, during the early 1970s, as president of the Samoan Mission for three...

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James Arrington

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 in Authors

James Arrington 
Associate Professor, Former Department Chair at Utah Valley University Professor James Arrington was schooled professionally at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and has earned a Masters Degree in Theatre from Brigham Young University. He has worked professionally for 30 years and became a local sensation on the Utah theatre scene when returned to create and star in his well known groundbreaking one-man show, Here’s Brother Brigham. He followed this by displaying a quirky writing talent with The Farley Family Reunion and J. Golden. He starred in the former and wrote, directed and produced the latter. He went on to write and produce numerous works including Farley Two: the Next Gyration, Wilford Woodruff: God’s Fisherman, Farley Family Xmas, Tumuaki! Matthew Cowley of the Pacific, and the pioneer musical The Trail of Dreams. He has written and...

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Pat Davis

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Authors

Pat Davis has been in show business in some form or another since she was 16 years old. A mainstay for many decades in Utah with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Promised Valley Playhouse, as director of the Triad Theatre, with the theatre department of Salt Lake Community College, and founder and Executive Director of The Grand Theatre, also a long-time member of the Church Activities Committee, Pat has excelled in all artistic and management endeavors. She is an actress, a director, producer, playwright and encourager of youth. For many seasons she directed and produced the 12 yearly productions at The Heritage School in Provo, Utah, where she was recently honored by having the 700-seat, multi-million dollar theatre, the “Pat Davis Theatre,” named after her. Pat, now a member of the Heritage School Governing...

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K. Newell Dayley

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Authors

Newell K. Dayley His parents bought a piano when he was four-years-old. Mother was determined. But Newell wasn’t, even though he kept up piano lessons through the 6th Grade. Guitar? No. Violin? No. He had a wonderful band teacher in 7th Grade who got Newell started on the cornet, and he never stopped. After receiving a B.S in Music Education from BYU, a Masters in Music from USC, he received his Doctorate of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. He is Professor Emeritus of Music at BYU, where he also served as an Assistant Professor and a Professor and Chairman of the Music Department and Dean & Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications. He also found time along the way to direct the Entertainment Division for 5 years. He is currently the Dean of...

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Steven Kapp Perry

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Authors

STEVEN KAPP PERRY is a full-time songwriter and playwright whose musical adventures include everything from singing the National Anthem at Wrigley Field for the Cubs to leading the music in LDS General Conference and singing Mozart from atop the altar in Notre Dame in Paris. As part of Peace Mountain MediaWorks, he helped create “The Scripture Scouts,” “Alexander’s Amazing Adventures,” and “The Allabouts” with his co-writers Marvin Payne and Roger & Melanie Hoffman. He has written projects for National Geographic, Prime Recordings, Deseret Book, and other companies. He is also a volunteer for Reach the Children, a non-profit organization providing education, nutrition, and vocational training (learn more at www.reachthechildren.org). He has eleven albums of original music. Steve loves music, cream cheese on bagels, his wife Johanne, and whichever of their four children slept through the night.      ...

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Marvin Payne

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Authors

MARVIN PAYNE  is an actor, writer, songmaker, and recording artist living in Alpine, Utah. After attending BYU on Music Performance and Creative Writing scholarships, he released a dozen albums of original songs and toured the country extensively as a solo concert artist throughout the decade of the seventies. In the early eighties, his career expanded into the world of theatre and film, where he became the Man who Searches for Happiness, Sweeney Todd, El Gallo, and the Phantom, but is most often recognized in the mall as the guy behind daddy’s nose in Saturday’s Warrior. His acting has shown up on the Disney Channel, the major networks, and PBS. He is a familiar lead at Sundance. He is an inventor of Scripture Scouts (he is Boo Dog!) and the Allabout Family, and in the nineties focused increasingly on creative...

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J.A.C. Redford

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Authors

J.A.C. Redford is an accomplished composer of concert music, film and television scores, and music for the theater. His concert music compositions span a wide range of forms from symphony, choral music, and ballet, to art songs and chamber music. His larger works have been performed by the Utah Symphony, the American Chamber Orchestra, the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Singers and the Utah Chamber Artists, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel and at London’s Royal Albert Hall. His chamber music has been performed by the Debussy Trio, Liona Boyd, the Philadelphia Brass, the Westminster Brass and Zephyr. Recent compositions include the score for subVersions, a site-specific modern dance work created in an abandoned subway tunnel in Los Angeles by the Collage Dance Theatre. Over the past year,...

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Maughan W. McMurdie

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 in Authors

Dr. Maughan W. McMurdie, an operatic baritone and bass, taught in the music department at Western Illinois University as a full Professor, Director of Opera Theater, Choir Director and Voice Teacher and also performed throughout the region from 1969 until his retirement in 1992. He was an accomplished singer, pianist, performer and composer who often performed with his wife, Dorothy, also a talented musician, who died in 1996. McMurdie received his bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in 1954. He served in the United States Air Force as a military-commissioned officer from 1954-57. He received his master’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1959, and worked on his doctoral degree at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1966-69. An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was well known for his work as...

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R. Don Oscarson

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 in Authors

R. DON OSCARSON was involved in Marketing and Sales Promotion for most of his working life. He is currently Director and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Kohl’s Illinois, President at Discovery LLC and Donsco, Inc. He is on the Public Relations Board for the Philadelphia Orchestra, A Board Member of the Milwaukee Music Conservatory, Chairman of the St. Louis National Alliance of Businessmen, an Honarary Vice-Consul to Sweden and a former Air Intelligence Officer with the USAF. He even has the time and energy to devote to mentoring and sponsoring others in the Arts, especially theatre. He wrote the Book and Lyrics to the following musicals: Sand In Their Shoes and A New Land Called Home with Crawford Gates, City of Joseph and Christopher with Maughan McMurdie, My San Diego with Robert Brunner, and Six Sent South...

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Jack Weyland

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 in Authors

Jack Arnold Weyland (born 1940) is a professor of physics at BYU–Idaho,  and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a prolific and well-known author of fiction for LDS audiences, including many novels and short stories, mostly placed in contemporary settings. In fact, the modern genre of Latter-day Saint-themed popular fiction is one he is largely responsible for creating with his overwhelmingly popular novel, Charly, which was made into a feature film in 2002. Weyland was born in Butte, Montana. He graduated from Billings Senior High School and then attended Montana State University where he majored in Physics. Upon graduating he served a mission for the LDS Church in New York and Pennsylvania. After completing his mission he went to BYU and received his Ph.D. in Physics. While attending BYU, Weyland decided to...

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Jerry Argetsinger

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 in Authors

Gerald Argetsinger, Ph.D. (Bowling Green State University), is an Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Studies, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He joined NTID in 1975, where he has taught a variety of courses and chaired two departments. Argetsinger has had a distinguished career in theater and film as a scholar, playwright, director and producer. He has authored a major study on the Danish playwright Ludvig Holberg including eight comedies by this Father of Scandinavian theatre, as well as numerous articles and essays on the literary and dramatic arts. He has published a dozen scripts and directed and produced a number of major theatrical productions, He is a nationally recognized director of outdoor drama, including the Hill Cumorah Pageant (for which he was the Artistic Director...

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Christie Lund Coles

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 in Authors

Christie Lund Coles was born in Salina, Utah, in 1906 but had resided many years in Provo, Utah, until her death in 1991, where she was a housewife and a free-lance writer. Widely published, Mrs. Coles has poems in such periodicals as Dialogue, BYU Studies, Western Humanities Review, Saturday Review, Ladies’ Home Journal, McCalls, Saturday Evening Post, the New York Times, the New York Herald-Tribune, and the LDS Church Magazines. She has published three volumes of verse: Legacy (1958), Some Spring Returning (1958), and Speak to Me (1970). Mrs. Coles wrote plays, short stories, and poems which won numerous contests. She has served as president of the League of Utah Writers, State fine arts chairman for the State Federation of Womens Clubs, and for the Women’s Council of Provo. An active member of the LDS Church. She served in...

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Rob Lauer

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 in Authors

  Rob Lauer is an award-winning playwright, theatrical and television director, and the host of two TV shows in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Rob’s first play “Digger” won the 1982 Mayhew Award, and later came to critical acclaim when it was published in 1988 in Sunstone Magazine. In 1990 he became the first playwright to win both the Best Play of the Year Award (for his satire, “Tom and Penny’s Yard Party”) and the Paul T. Nolan Award (for his urban drama, “The Church Street Fantasy”) at the Deep South Writers conference. Currently Rob has been commissioned by the Mountainside Theatre and the Cherokee Historical Association (in Cherokee, North Carolina) to write a new musical, “Chief Little Will,” inspired by the life of William Holland Thomas—the only white man to ever serve as chief of the Eastern...

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Carol Lynn Pearson

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 in Authors

Carol Lynn Pearson is a well-known writer in a variety of genres. The unlikely area of poetry provided her first major success. Well over 250,000 copies of her poetry books have been sold and poems have appeared in literature books as well as Ann Lander’s column.  A book that brought major recognition in a different way is “Goodbye, I Love You”, the story of her life with her husband, a homosexual man struggling with the conflicts this brought to his life and marriage. After twelve years and four children, the couple ended their marriage and vowed to remain good friends. Six years later, in Carol Lynn’s home, where she was taking care of him, Gerald died of AIDS. Believing their story could help many others, Ms. Pearson decided to tell it. The book made her a popular guest on...

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Tim Slover

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 in Authors

Tim Slover, Assistant Professor, directs the playwriting and London Study Abroad programs for the University of Utah Department of Theatre, where he also teaches dramatic literature and script analysis. His plays have been produced off-Broadway and in professional regional and university theatres all over the US and in Canada. Tim’s writing awards include the Grand Prize in the 65th Annual Writers Digest Writers Awards; the Christopher Brian Wolk Award for Playwriting Excellence; a Cine Golden Eagle; a Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor Medal; a Hopwood Award for Best Play; an American Screenwriters Association Award, three Association for Mormon Letters playwriting awards (plus an honorable mention), and he was also a finalist for a Television Arts and Sciences Community Service Emmy. His plays are published by the Samuel French Co., Encore Performance Publishing, Leicester Bay Theatricals and Zion Theatricals. More...

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Rodger Sorensen

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 in Authors

Rodger Sorensen is a professor of Theatre and Media Arts and serves as Associate Dean in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University. Prior to his appointment as Associate Dean he served as the Chair of the Theatre and Media Arts Department for seven years. Before coming to BYU in 1996 Sorensen taught at the College of Eastern Utah from 1974-1979 and also at Ricks College (BYU-Idaho) from 1979-1996, serving as the Theatre Department Chair at BYU-I for ten years. He completed his PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas (1999). His dissertation explored  “Alchemy, Nature, and Time in ‘Pericles’ and ‘The Winter’s Tale’”. Sorensen has directed over a hundred theatre productions, including premieres of original scripts, adaptations of his own devised pieces, a range of interdisciplinary projects, many operas, musicals, dramas, and comedies....

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Eric Samuelsen

Posted on May 31, 2013 in Authors

Eric Samuelsen taught at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio before joining the faculty at Brigham Young University in 1992. He became head of the Playwriting program at BYU in 1999. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Religion department. He retired from BYU in 2012. As a playwright, Samuelsen has had twenty-seven plays professionally produced in Utah, Indiana, Louisiana, New York, and California. Some of his plays include Gadianton, which has seen three professional productions across the country, A Love Affair with Electrons, Family, The Plan,’ and The Way We’re Wired.  He is resident playwright at Plan B Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, who has designated their 2013-14 season a ‘Season of Eric, including productions of six plays. He is a member of the Playwrights’ Circle, and the Dramatists Guild. He is three-time...

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J. Scott Bronson

Posted on May 20, 2013 in Authors

J. Scott Bronson is a middle-aged man from San Diego with one wife, five children, a cat and a dog.  He studied theatre at Albert Einstein Jr. High School, James Madison Sr. High School, San Diego Mesa Jr. College, and BYU.  He has written a dozen plays or so including a couple of Mayhew Award winners and the Association For Mormon Letters’ 2001 best drama, Stones.  He is a published playwright, and fiction writer, a stage director who has served on the boards of two theatre companies in Utah County, one of which he co-founded and for which he was the Artistic Director.  He has acted in scores of stage, television and film productions.  He is a cancer survivor and a  couch-potato.  He likes Jazz, Blues, Classical and Rock-and-Roll music.  He loves Big Macs, pizza and Cap’n Crunch and...

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C. Michael Perry

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Authors

Be Sure to visit c.michaelperry.com for more information.   C. Michael Perry – was born in Colorado and raised in Chicago. He found the theatre in High School and has made a living in theatre, film and television since then. He has worked major network television shows, including the original Donny and Marie Show for ABC, and many commercials, and several Shows for PBS and ABC, along with two independent films. As an Actor/Performer he has played in front of live audiences from Chicago to Utah to Canada to Germany and Italy in various plays and musicals. He has received acting awards for his many leading and supporting roles. He has served as Director for over 40 shows on the Community, Educational and Professional level. As a Choreographer he has prepared over 50 productions. His Musical Direction and Vocal...

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