CREATIVE

Jeremy Dobrish

(Writer)

Jeremy wrote the original stage adaptation for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and Clifford The Big Red Dog for Mills Entertainment. His adaptation of Curious George, and his productions of The Teacher from the Black Lagoon, Virtually Me and Paul Revere tour the country with Theatreworks USA. He is a seven-time published playwright, and has directed across the country at some of the top regional theatres, as well as all over NYC where his productions have received several Lortel and Drama Desk nominations, He founded adobe theatre company, and is the co-founder of Midtown Direct Rep, in Maplewood, NJ. He has taught theatre at several schools including NYU, and is a Creative Director with Proscenium.

Voodoo Highway Music & Post

(Music Composer)

A full- service audio post-production house, composing music and designing audio for animation, films, video games, advertising, and a number of live-action television series for some of North America’s largest networks. Founded in 1999, Voodoo Highway Music & Post is a collective of composers based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with additional studios in Seattle, Washington and Hollywood, California. The writing team consists of Gemini-nominated composers, Brian Pickett, Graeme Cornies, David Kelly, and James Chapple. What began as strictly a music-house, eventually expanded to include a whole team of audio-post professionals.

Geppetto Studios

(Original Puppet Designer)

Select Film Credits: Fabricated costumes, puppets, and props for Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures, Universal Studios, Dreamworks SKG, Greg Stump Films, Heaven with Diane Keaton, the kangaroo in Big Daddy co-starring Adam Sandler.

Television: “Moonman” costume rocked the white carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards Show, Comedy Central, The View, Nickelodeon, HBO, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, SONY Music, Celebrity Apprentice, and MTV’s Wonder Showzen.

Stage: Geppetto is endlessly thankful to Gregg Barnes, Tony Award Winning Costume Designer, for pulling them in on several projects including touring productions of Dora the Explorer and Mattel’s Barbie Fairytopia. 

Geppetto’s highly skilled artisans crafted many costumes for Pokémon Live, Beauty and The Beast (Baci Entertainment), Nickelodeon/Broadway Across America’s Storytime Live!, Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana and Broadway’s Porgy and Bess. 

Puppet Kitchen Productions

(Puppet Designer)

Designing, building, performing, directing, and teaching puppetry since 2008.

Recent Projects: The Little Mermaid (MUNY), The San Diego Zoo’s Centennial Celebration, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (AUS, NYC, UK) The King and I and The Wiz (Maltz Jupiter Theater), and Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (TWUSA). PKP also has workshops for the public, and creates original programming for all ages.

David Miller

(Original Scenic Designer)

Tours: Tyler Oakley’s Slumber Party, Cake Boss: Bakin’ with the Boss Tour, Cake Boss Homemade for the Holidays Tour, Clifford the Big Red Dog Live!, Last Comic Standing Live.

Awards Shows: Fox Reality Awards, Movie Guide Awards for seven straight years; Assistant to Set Designer Keith Gonzales on Jane Eyre, Broadway.

Regional: An Infinite Ache, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia.

Jim Sandefur

(Scenic Designer)

Primarily known for his scenic design for the landmark ’87 Broadway production of August Wilson’s FENCES for which he received the American Theater Wing Heyes Award for Excellence in Design, Jim prefers working in the many regional theater “families” across the country. Highlights of those regional productions include: Citizen Thom Paine at the Kennedy Center Theater, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the Missouri Rep, Two Trains Running at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and the American premier of Rough Crossings at the New Theater of Brooklyn.

After a 20 year hiatus while using his skills designing corporate showrooms and special events for Barbie and other toy favorites at Mattel Toys, Jim is back at work in the theater once more, reestablishing his long time association with The
Weston Playhouse Theater Company Vermont where he recently designed productions of Bad Dates, A Chorus Line, and Man of La Mancha.

Having recently moved back to his home town of St. Louis, Jim has most recently been working with St. Louis STAGES where he designed Alice in Wonderland for the their Theater for Young Audiences and the Gateway Men’s Chorus of St. Louis for which he has been assisting with the visual aspects of their concert seasons.

Mr. Sandefur is a graduate of the SMU and Yale School of Drama design programs.

John E. D. Bass

(Lighting Designer)

Toured as a lighting designer and stage manager with Diavolo Architecture in Motion and most recently for Mills Entertainment with Youtube’s Lilly Singh’s A Trip to Unicorn Island. Previous national tours designs include Peter Pan and Camelot for McCoy Rigby Entertainment as Tom Ruzika’s associate.  Past design highlights include The Soze Project at the The Apollo NYC and Azure – an underwater fantasy show at the Silverton Las Vegas.  Architectural credits include design team for the Eastern Columbia building in downtown Los Angeles and Spring, a Claes Oldenburg sculpture in Seoul, Korea.  John is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.

Daniel Lundberg

(Sound Designer)

Design Credits: Fireface (The Brick), Freaks: A Legend About Growing Up (FringeNYC), and The Ballad of Beckett Kruszynski (Kraine Theatre).

Assistant Design Credits: Amazing Grace (Broadway), The Tallest Tree in the Forest (BAM Harvey), On the Twentieth Century (Broadway), and You Can’t Take It With You (Broadway).

Daniel has consulted on sound systems for Cirque du Soleil, Franco Dragone Entertainment Group, and Universal Studios, among others, and toured the US as head of audio with An American in Paris and 42nd Street. BFA Carnegie Mellon. It’s grr-ific to be here!

Isabel Rubio

(Costume Designer)

A Mexican Costume Designer who resides in Brooklyn NY. Isabel is honored to be part of the FRC & Mills Entertainment Families.

Mills Credits: Clifford The Big Red Dog National Tour and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood National tour.  

Theatre Credits: King Stag, Syracuse University. Theatre includes Superior Donuts, director Mark Fleisher; Peer Gynt, director Andrei Serban; Filming O’Keefe, directed by Martha Banta; Tick Tick Boom and Love Song, both directed by Gabriel Barre. Ballet Designs for Prima Ballerina Diana Vishneva, The Kirov Ballet as well as The Bolshoi Ballet.

Film Designs: Mattie Fresno; Mexican Ariel Nominated Film NOMADAS with Lucy Liu. TV credits: Madam Secretary; Law & Order; Late Night With David Letterman as an Assistant Designer. Isabel teaches Costume Design at SUNY FIT.

Honors: juried exhibitor Prague Scenofest Quadrennial / USA National Exhibit 2007 and the recipient Virginia Museum Costume Design Fellowship.

Thanks as always to my sons Alex and David.

Nathan Crosby

(Prop Designer)

Nathan is a scenic and properties designer from Portland, Oregon. He has designed for several companies including Portland Center Stage, Theatre Vertigo, Nesting House, Broadway Rose Theater, and Portland Actors Conservatory which also happens to be his Alma Mater. Nathan is excited to be joining the Daniel Tiger Tour!

Wojcik Seay Casting

(Casting Director)

WSL is the partnership of Scott Wojcik & Gayle Seay, and with Holly Buczek they cast all mediums.  

National & International Tours: RENT, Kinky Boots, Motown, Vocalosity, Flashdance, Dreamgirls, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Jekyll & Hyde, Joseph….Dreamcoat, A Chorus Line and Odd Squad, Live with Mills Entertainment.

Off Broadway Credits: Othello: The Remix, Church & State, The Portal, Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play, Handle With Care, Triassic Parq and more! Regional: Multiple seasons/ shows for Riverside Theatre-FL, The Engeman Theatre – NY, Theatre Raleigh-NC, Stages St Louis-MO, Theatre Aspen-CO, Gretna Theatre-PA, The Arvada Center-CO and Tuacahn PAC-UT.

Tom Helm

(Music Director)

On Broadway, Tom has music directed/conducted Souvenir (Florence Foster Jenkins), Les Miserables, Me and My Girl, Cats and Brigadoon (revival), and national tours of Cats and Me and My Girl.  He has been the resident musical director of Pittsburgh CLO for 21 seasons (@65 productions) and the Paper Mill Playhouse for 17 seasons (@55 productions).  He has musically supervised various national tour productions of Dora the Explorer, Diego, Rugrats and Madagascar, and was music director of the PBS production of Crazy For You, and the Showtime presentation of Mornings at Seven.

Justin Levy

(Marketing & Publicity)

Justin has been with Mills Entertainment for eight years. His twenty-four years of experience in the entertainment industry (marketing & publicity) has included stints with House of Blues Concerts, Comedy Works Entertainment, SFX Entertainment & Fey Concerts.

Samantha Statham

(Technical Director)

Samantha is excited to be returning once more to the Neighborhood as Technical Director and Lighting Director! Originally from Ashland, OH, she previously worked on the premiere tour of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in the same position, HGTV presents The Scotts Brother House Party as Assistant Tour Manager and Lighting Director, Bring It Live! as the Assistant Production Manager, and The Dolan Twins 4OU Tour as Stage Manager and Technical Director. Thanks to family and friends for dealing with our constant travel and to Corey for being my person! Ding Ding!

Corey McIntyre

(Master Carpenter)

A touring audio engineer and video operator; recent favorites include The Scott Brothers House Party and The Dolan Twins.

Liz Shapiro

(Company Manager)

Liz has toured the world with many amazing shows and is very excited to be a part of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live.  Enjoy the show!

Becca Smith

(Stage Manager)

Becca is a NYC-based Stage Manager and technician originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Previously, she was the Stage Manager and Lighting Director for Odd Squad: Live! Most recently she has worked Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company (Derren Brown: Secret) and with Lesser America at Cherry Lane (in a word).

Other Selected Credits: assisting with the 2017 Drama Desk Awards, APM / SM for the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017, The Radium Girls Radioactive Festival, and Flight: A Crane’s Story with Heather Henson’s Ibex Puppetry. 

Jonathan Irizarry

(Audio Engineer/Assistant Technical Director)

Jonathan comes back to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood from his home town of Lajas, Puerto Rico. After graduating from Full Sail University, Jonathan went on to be the Front of House Mixing Engineer and stage technician for various bands in Puerto Rico, including the Hip-Hop/Jazz Funk Fusion band Misa E’ Gallo. Jonathan runs his own recording studio in Puerto Rico called Haze Valley Recordings.

Touring Credits: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Neighbor Day.

I am thrilled to be touring with the love of my life, my wife Anie.

Anie Smith-Irizarry

(Wardrobe and Puppet Supervisor)

Anie is glad to return to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! Anie is the winner of several costume design awards from regional and academic associations. She holds an MFA in Costume Design from The University of Oregon and a BFA in theater design from The University at Buffalo.

Touring Credits: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Neighbor Day, and Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic.

Costume Design Credits: Silent Sky, Rapture Blister Burn, Stupid F*#%ing Bird, Shrimp and Grits (Oregon Contemporary Theater); Bat Boy: The Musical, bobrauschenbergamerica, and I Ain’t Yo’ Uncle (U of O). All my love to my husband, Jonathan, and our ridiculous puppy, Digby.

Paige Selene Luke

(Production Manager)

Selected P/SM Credits: The Kids in the Hall Tour (KITH), John Cleese & Eric Idle Together Again at Last… for the Very First Time (Mills Entertainment), Jennifer Aniston Stole My Life (Hollywood Fringe) Resurreccion Mexican Folk (Ford Theatres).

Selected LD Credits: Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, Tyler Oakley’s Slumber Party (Mills Entertainment), Safe, 2nd Saturdays, Andy Dick’s Christmas Extravaganza (Six01 Studio), Ballet Folklorico Ollin (Ford Theatres), Tennessee in the Summer, Perennial (Sidewalk Studio Theatre), Angels in America (Stella Adler LA), and Dirty (Zephyr Theatre).

Natalie Malotke

(Associate Director)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, (Choreography Assistant/Joshua Bergasse), Little Dancer (NYC Workshop with Susan Stroman), and Assistant Director on Really Rosie at City Center (dir. Leigh Silverman).

Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Music Theatre Wichita, Pioneer Theatre Company, TexARTS, Wagon Wheel, and Jenny Wiley. TV: PBS’ A Capitol Fourth (Assistant Choreographer). Industrial creative projects for Target, The Robin Hood Foundation and Nickelodeon on board NCL. Natalie is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center and is on the Artist Board of Off-Center at City Center. Proud graduate: The University of Michigan.

Jenn Rapp

(Director)

Jenn is the current associate for The Illusionists with runs on Broadway for the past three years. Director/Choreographer for Norwegian Cruise Line’s Le Cirque Bijou and Prison Dancer at NYMF. She choreographed Community Works and Song for a Future Generation at Williamstown Theatre Festival. As an associate director to Stafford Arima, she worked on the MCP Lincoln Center concert productions of The Secret Garden and Ragtime.

Off-Broadway credits include Bare, Lucky Guy, Carrie and Indian Ink.

For companies such as Dreamworks, Nickelodeon and Disney Creative, she has traveled to numerous countries, directing original musicals from many popular cartoons.

Ryan Amstad

(Producer)

Selected Mills Credits: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live, Odd Squad Live, Let’s Play Live, #IMOMSOHARD Moms Night Out, Camp17, Kian & JC’s Don’t Try This At Home World Tour, Mel Brooks: Back in the Saddle Again!, Ricky & Trevor’s Gold Alive Tour, The Dolan Twins 4OU World Tour.

Silent House Productions Credits: Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour, Britney Spears’ Piece of Me Las Vegas Residency, American Idol XIII, Katy Perry 56th Grammy Awards and BRIT Awards, P!nk 56th Grammy Awards.

Proud Graduate of Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

Simone Gianfrancesco

(Executive Producer)

A Producer and Development Executive with Mills Entertainment.

Select Mills Credits: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live, Clifford the Big Red Dog Live, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train, Tyler Oakley’s Slumber Party, Lilly Singh’s A Trip to Unicorn Island World Tour, John Cleese & Eric Idle Together Again At Last…For the Very First Time, Lifetime’s Bring It! Live, and SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody.

Select LA and Chicago Credits: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Universal Studios, About Face Theatre.

Proud graduate of Smith College.

“There are three ways to ultimate success: the first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” – Fred Rogers

Mills Entertainment

(Producer)

The leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment in the United States. Mills brings a wide variety of entertainment to live audiences, from top stars of television and film, to children’s theatricals, and beyond.

Select Current Tours: Mel Brooks Back in the Saddle Again!, TLC’s Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo: The Live Experience, John Cleese and Eric Idle: Together Again At Last…For the Very First Time, Jungle Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live, Cesar Millan Live, and Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood from ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?”