TOVAH FELDSHUH (Director) Starred on Broadway as Irena Gut Opdyke in Irena’s Vow, for which she received the BroadwayWorld.com Theatre Fans’ Choice Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play. Other work on the New York stage ranges from Yentl to Saravá! to Lend Me a Tenor, Tovah Feldshuh has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desk Awards (including one for Golda’s Balcony), four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award and the 2003 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress (Golda’s Balcony). Some of her other New York credits include the title roles in the Roundabout Theatre’s She Stoops to Conquer and Mistress of the Inn; BAM’s Three Sisters with Rosemary Harris and Ellen Burstyn; the long-running hit The Vagina Monologues; and roles on Broadway in Cyrano (with Christopher Plummer), Rodgers and Hart and Dreyfus in Rehearsal.
NAOMI RAGEN (Playwright) Was born in Brooklyn, New York and has lived in Jerusalem for the past 40 years. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in English and a concentration in writing, and 1976 received her Master’s Degree in English from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A successful freelance writer, she wrote numerous articles published in Hadassah Magazine, The Jewish Chronicle, The Jerusalem Post, and many other publications.In 1988 her first full-length novel, Jephte’s Daughter was published and became an international bestseller, which was listed as one of the 100 most important Jewish books of all time. Her subsequent novel, Sotah, spent 92 weeks on Israel’s bestseller list, and Ragen was voted one of the three most popular authors in Israel.
Three-time Tony Awards winner Hinton Battle is recognized as one of Broadway’s most respected musical stars. He began his career on stage at the age of 15, as the Scarecrow in the Broadway production of The Wiz.
He has since gone on to build an impressive portfolio of work, dazzling audiences across the country and around the world for over three decades, starring in some of the most memorable musicals ever, including Dancin, Dreamgirls, Sophisticated Ladies, Chicago (Billy Flynn), Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Miss Saigon and The Tap Dance Kid.
He is the recipient of numerous awards honoring his versatility as an entertainer, among them the NAACP Image Awards, Midtown International Theatre Festival Award, Fred Astaire Awards, Ira Aldridge Awards, the Choreographer Media Honors, Planet Connection Award, the 2012 Champion of the Arts Award from Big Boi’s “Antwan Patten” Big Kidz Foundation, and the Amas 2014 Rosie Award for lifetime achievement in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in theatrical arts.
Hinton has easily crossed from stage to television and film. He choreographed and starred in Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story for ABC, as the legendary Bill “Bojangles” Robinson; appeared in These Old Broads, Foreign Student, Touched By An Angel, was the dancing demon “Sweet” in the musical episode of the hit television series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, played Wayne opposite Jamie Fox in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls and Smash on ABC.
As a choreographer, Hinton’s credits include the 65th and 66th Academy Awards, the Outkast musical film, Idlewild for which he created a new dance style SWOP (a union of swing and hip-hop). Additionally he has directed and choreographed ballets for the Baltimore School of the Arts, Washington Reflections Dance Company, and Philadanco.
He directed and choreographed the Off-Broadway musicals Respect, The Marvelous Wonderettes, the stage production of Evil Dead: The Musical and he is currently one of the producers of the hit Off-Broadway show, Sistas: The Musical, entering its third year at St. Luke’s Theatre in New York City and aired 2013 on BET.
He now adds to his long list of accomplishments as author, producer and director of Hinton Battle’s Love Lies which starred Grammy winners Brian McKnight, and Angie Stone and also played a starring role of Pastor Milkum. The play was part of the 2012 Midtown International Theatre Festival where it received 9 MITF Award nominations and was the recipient of two awards. In 2013 the production went on to have a cross-country national tour that began at the Warner Theater in Washington D.C.
Maria Torres is an acclaimed Performer, Choreographer and Director with extensive experience in the Theater, Film, Television, and Video and Commercial industries.
Maria as a performer has graced both the Broadway stage, starring in Swing!, and the big screen in “Dance with Me," starring Chayanne and Vanessa Williams.
Maria worked on projects in the music industry ranging from choreographing the video for Enrique Iglesias hit single Bailamos to hailed Reggaeton artist Don Omar's most recent tour-King of Kings and The International Dance TV show “Quiero Bailar” where Maria was on Camera as Guest Choreographer and on the hit show "So You Think You Can Dance “.
In the world of film, Maria has worked with world-renowned production houses and directors such as MTV, NBC, HBO, BBC, Walt Disney, and John Leguizamo. Most recently, Maria's work in the motion picture industry has allowed her the opportunity to work with John O'Connell and train renowned actors such as Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams in Disney's "Enchanted” to Raven Simone in College Road Trip. She did the Choreography for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony in “El Cantante” which Maria also appeared in.
As a teacher, Maria has taught all over the world at an array of prestigious institutions with the goal of sharing her Latin culture with people of all backgrounds.
This year she is launching several projects including a new musical ‘’ MAGIC OF SALSA ’’ that will debut in UK and new Dance program at Manhattan Theatre Lab High School
Maria’s choreography can been seen in the upcoming Movie ‘’ The Six Wives of Henry Le Fay starring Tim Allen, Andie McDowell, Jenna Elfman, Epatha Merkerson and Paz Vega. Also The Lux Commercial starring Rachel Weisz Directed by Joel Schumacher
Maria is Artist in Residence at Amas Musical Theatre and Director of the Emerging Artist Project.
She is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and proud member of SAG, AFTRA, AEA, AGVA and SSDC.
“Lauded by the Chicago Sun Times as "brilliant... steel-cut perfection," Mark Stuart has been named a rising star of the entertainment world by The Times Square Chronicle. As Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Mark Stuart Dance Theatre, Stuart's powerfully elegant choreography has revolutionized story-telling with intense gravity-defying partnering. His choreography and performances have been featured in films, commercials, music videos, on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center..
Stuart most recently served as Choreographer on the Diesel: Fuel for Life television ad campaign. He currently appears in a Revlon commercial with Olivia Wilde, was recently featured in an exclusive performance for Madonna, and served as Assistant Choreographer for the world-premiere Broadway musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Stuart is the recipient of 2011 BroadwayWorld Award for Choreography for The Wiz, hailed as "a work of art."
A two-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner for Choreography (Swing!, The All Night Strut), Mark is also an LA Ovation Award nominee for Featured Actor in a Musical (Swing!). Choreography credits include Broadway: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Chance and Chemistry, Broadway Bares XXI, Gypsy of the Year. Regional: Lincoln Center Spring Gala, Babalu, Erotic Broadway, The Wiz, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Life Could Be A Dream, among others. Performance credits include Cats, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Swing!, and Miss Saigon. While film credits are as diverse as Idlewild, Bolden, and The Great Observer, Mark Stuart has also appeared in and choreographed several music videos. A two- time American Lindy Hop Champion, Stuart has enjoyed international celebrity for his role in Swing!, appearing in numerous TV specials and concerts worldwide.