LA Production Team

MICHAEL UNGER

Director

Michael Unger is a theatre and opera director whose work has been seen on stages from Los Angeles, to New York, to Yekaterinburg, Russia - and many places in between.  He is the Associate Artistic Director of the York Theatre in New York City and the Artistic Director of the 12.14 Foundation (www.1214foundation.org) which brings high-level performing arts education and programming to the inspiring and resilient community of Newtown, CT.  For the 12.14 Foundation, Michael produced and directed Seussical: The Musical starring John Tartaglia, the world premiere of A ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream (co-adapted – CD) and The 101 Dalmatians Musical (featuring 107 Newtown kids - co-adapted with Dennis DeYoung of Styx).  Michael also directed From Broadway With Love: A benefit concert for Sandy Hook which was also televised on PBS (CD/DVD).  Recent directing credits include A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre – 17 seasons), Period of Adjustment (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre and The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival), Two Point Oh (59E59 Theatres - New York Times Critics' Pick), Rigoletto (Opera Idaho - DVD) and the musical Big (York Theatre - Mufti - starring John Tartaglia, Kerry Butler and lyricist, Richard Maltby, Jr.) World premieres include Caligula (NYMF – Audience Favorite Award),  Retribution (Off Bway - Lambs Theatre), Haven (University of Judaism) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Barrington Stage).  Michael also produced the Richard Rodgers award-winning Whatnot (Musical Theatre Works).  Michael has directed operas at Sarasota Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera New Jersey, Vertical Player Repertory, and the Sverdlovsk Academic Theatre of Musical Comedy in Russia. At the Steppenwolf Theatre, in his hometown of Chicago, Michael assistant directed Buried Child for Gary Sinise (also on Broadway) and A Clockwork Orange for Terry Kinney.  Other Broadway assisting credits include Steel Pier, King David and A Christmas Carol.  Michael directed many of the Great Evenings at the Great Hall for The Cooper Union to celebrate it’s sesquicentennial.  He is married to actress, Janet Metz and is the proud father of twins, Phoebe and Nathaniel. www.ungerdirect.com 

 

 

JEAN DOHERTY

Saluma Studios, inc.Projection Images

Jean Doherty has been involved as a consultant and technical advisor for large format projection for over ten years and the past five years has added designing scenic projection with her partner, Kristin Kwiatkowski. Together they make up the heart of Saluma Studios, Inc. She has consulted on such projects as the Opening Ceremonies for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta and designed images for the 73rd Academy Awards show. She is pleased to be included as part of the design team of Haven.
 



JIM FURMSTON

Musical Director

Jim Furmston (Musical Director/Conductor) is honored to be a part of the Haven company. A native of Canada and graduate of the U.S.C. Thornton School Of Performig Arts, Jim's musical interests have always been wide-ranging, from a debut recital at Lincoln Center to the inaugural concert of the Arnold Schoenberg institute in Los Angeles. In musical theater Jim's credits include musical direction for such shows as Side by Side by Sondheim, Cabaret, Follies, and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Currently Jim is musical director of the critically acclaimed An Evening with Groucho starring Frank Ferrante, and a new work called A Peek at a Poet with actor James Wheaton. Jim began his collaboration with Bill Goldstein in the 1999 concert performance of this work at the Museum of Tolerance. When Jim is not working on musical projects, he can usually be found on a squash court or in front of his computer tracking the music of the markets.
 


 
BRUCE NEWBERG,CSA

Casting

For Reprise: The Most Happy Fella, Rodney Gilfrey, George Ball, Anastasia Barzee 1776 (starring Roger Rees and Orson Bean), Hair(Sam Harris, Steven Weber & Jennifer Leigh Warren), Strike Up The Band(Charles Nelson Reilly, Ruth Williamson). Other theatre includes: Happy Days, the musical directed by Garry Marshall(George Wendt & Erik Palladino), The Odd Couple (Barbara Eden & Georgia Engel), Big River (James Black & Mary Jo Catlett), Showboat at the Hollywood Bowl(Doug Sills, Alice Ripley & Shirley Knight), Hurry, Hurry! Hollywood!(Brent Barrett & Marcia Lewis). Feature films include: Walking Across Egypt(Ellen Burstyn, Gwen Verdon), The Cherry Orchard (Alan Bates & Charlotte Rampling), Spawn(John Leguizamo & Martin Sheen), Just Write(Sherilyn Fenn & JoBeth Williams), Zack & Reba (Brittany Murphy & Debbie Reynolds), The Maker(Mattew Modine & Mary Louise Parker), Edie & Pen(Stockard Channing & Jennifer Tilly), When The Party's Over (Sandra Bullock), Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes(Steven Weber & Swoosie Kurtz) and Creature Features(Randy Quaid, Carla Gugino, Rufus Sewell, Dan Aykroyd) for HBO. With writing partner Sam Harris, he created the television series Down to Earth(TBS)and the original musical Hurry! Hurry!Hollywood!
 



DEENA NOVAK

Properties Master

who most recently did Hair Pieces at the Hudson spent many years in the garment industry, in production, as a designer and a manufacturer. Currently, she is on the faculty of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising as well as plying her craft for stage and screen.
 



STEPHANIE COLTRIN MEYER

Production Stage Manager

has stage managed over fifty productions throughout the Los angeles area. Her credits include Shakespeare's Villains, the world premiere of Steven Berkoff's Massage, the world premiere of John Ford Noonan's Music From Down the Hill, Quilters, Taking Sides, Hamlet and Richard III with the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, Hair Pieces at The Hudson, West Side Story and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Additionally, she has recently produced the hit productions of Will Strip For Food at Glaxa Studios, Spit Like a Big Girl at the MET, and Frankie and Johnny in The Clair de Lune at the Tamarind Theatre.

 


 

KEVEN BLEUER

Assistant Stage Manager

After over 10 years and 100 productions to his credit in virtually every aspect of production, Kevin still considers himself a bit of a spring chicken, learning new and interesting things about this industry every day. Some of his favorite performance credits include tap dancing in the movie I'll Do Anything, playing character leads in the musical revues aboard Holland America Cruise Lines, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities and Shakespeare Orange County.

Production and technical credits include: Asst. stage manager/head audio engineer for the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, MTV's Blame Game, Pat Benatar, Peter Frampton, ClosBC, Long Beach Opera, and The Odyssey Theatre Group's production of Taking Sides for which he earned his equity status. Kevin knows now that he's in this business for the long haul and couln't do it without the love and support of his family and his beloved wife Nancy.

 



JUDY ARNOLD
We mourn the loss of Judy Arnold ...2007

Producer

Judy Arnold(Producer) is the recipient of Backstage West, Drama-Logue, Garland, GLAAD, L.A.Weekly and Ovation Awards. Her most recent production at the University of Judaism's Gindi Auditorium was the highly acclaimed Charles Fox Song Book, starring Hal Linden, Michelle Nicastro and B.J. Ward, staged by Paula Abdul. Additional recent productions include King Levine; Laura, starring Linda Hamilton; and the six month run of the Last Session, all at the Tiffany Theater, where Ms. Arnold has produced over a dozen shows. Other favorites include the world premiere of Hyam Maccoby's The Disputation(with subsequent productions at the Gindi, The Jewish Rep in New York, The Coconut Grove Theater in Florida and the New End Theater in London); Give'em Hell Harry, starring Jason Alexander, and We Interrupt This Program, with performances by Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Lorraine Newman and Julia Sweeney to benefit the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Program, for which Ms. Arnold was honored by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Musical productions include extended runs of Good, Bad But Beautiful at Luna Park, the CineGrill, and the Coast Playhouse; The Eleventh starring Shelley Berman at the Off Broadway Theater in Florida; and Broadway on Sunset's Musical Theater Revue at LATC. She also produced the film Walking to Waldheim, starring Doris Roberts, John Randolph and Kaye Ballard which premiered at the American Film Institute, and was most recently a finalist in the Hollywood Film Festival. Ms. Arnold is also the Personal Manager for legendary comedian Shelley Berman.

 



 PERLA KARNEY

Producer

Perla Karney started producing theater in Los Angeles in 1984 with the world premiere of the award winning production of Cat Killer at the Access Theater in Hollywood. She went on to bring the West Coast premiere of Hannah Senesh to the Zephyr Theater which won the Anti-Defamation League Award for Excellence and top acting honors for its star, Lori Wilner.

Her numerous producing credits include Joe Orton's Loot, the West Coast premiere of Barbara Lebow's A Shayna Maidel which became one of the longest running hits at the Tiffany Theater (Drama Critics Circle Award, best actress, Gordana Rashovich), Alan Acykbourn's Los Angeles premiere of Woman in Mind starring Academy award nominee Helen Mirren, the West Coast premiere of Diane Samuels' Kinder transport with Holland Taylor and Jane Kazmarek(Ovation Award, best actress), and the Los Angeles premiere of the Obie award winning play 2.5 Minute Ride starring Lisa Kron and directed by Mark Brokaw, which has recently been released in audio book form by Dove Books. Ms. Karney's next projects include the East Coast premiere of John Murrell's acclaimed play The Faraway Nearby, and a documentary on Hannah Senesh. She serves on the boards of The Jewish Federation's Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and The Center for Policy Options of The University of Judaism. Perla dedicates this production to all her fellow DP residents of Pockig, Feldafing and Fohrenwald.

 


MARC BERMAN

Producer

Marc Berman is a thirty year veteran of the live entertainment industry. Mr. Berman is con sidered among the most successful concert promoters in the world. He has produced concerts with world reknowned entertainers ranging from The Rolling Stones to Pavarotti, Elton John to Neil Diamond. He is credited with developing the pay-per-view concert division at Showtime Entertainment, producing the premier musical events for television. Credits include performances by: The Grateful Dead, The Jackson Five, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue in Moscow and Together Sinatra, Liza and Sammy Davis Jr. He is currently working on routing and producing a United States tour of Haven culminating with an extended run on Broadway. Mr. Berman remains involved in all aspects of the live entertainment industry. He resides in the Los Angeles area and loves to spend as much time as possible with his daughters, Brittany and Brooke.

 



JIM GARDIA

General Manager

Shows include: Picasso At The Lapin Agile, The Last Night Of Ballyhoo, After-Play, Bermuda Avenue Triangle, Nude Dude Totally Nude, Ruthless! The Musical, Forever Plaid, Party, BASH, Bill Graham Presents, Promises, Promises. As Producer: Ruthless! The Concert, Elegies...For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.