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MATT SHAKMAN (Director) is the founder and artistic director of the Dahlia. His work here includes David Schulner’s Forgiveness, Austin Pendleton’s Orsons Shadow; Richard Kramer’s Theater District; and Adam Rapp’s Nocturne. He has directed several plays by Stephen Adly Guirgis and Stephen Belber, including the world premiere of Den of Thieves and the west coast premiere of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Belber’s Finally and Dusk Rings a Bell. His directing work has received the Ovation, Garland, GLAAD and LA Drama Critics Circle awards. Matt recently directed the Off-Broadway production of Jonathan Tolins’ Secrets of the Trade at Primary Stages and the Live Nation tour of The Nightman Cometh featuring the cast of Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

MATTHEW FOGEL (Composer/Book & Lyrics) is a screenwriter and journalist.

DAVID RICHMAN (Composer/Music Director/Bass) is one heck of a guy. Past theatrical credits include Hamlet, Les Miserables, Starlight Express, and Copenhagen, playing the role of “Audience Member” in each production. He also sings and plays guitar in THE LINCOLN BEDROOM, whose second album will be released later this year. More info can be found at – www.thelincolnbedroom.net

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COURTNEY MILLER JR. (Choreographer) Author, Choreographer, and Director whose credits include: Michael Jackson, Usher, Britney Spears, and Beyonce. Courtney’s Television and Film credits include Disney’s That’s So Raven, Jesse, Freaky Deaky starring Christian Slater and Andy Dick, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 3D, Good Burger, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Fox’s New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel and many more. He has also appeared on the documentary about Michael Jackson’s last tour This Is It.

JOANNE HERRERA (Assistant Choreographer) was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Through dancing and performing, she has travelled and trained in LA, New York and Vegas. Some credits include dancing for Rhys Bobridge (So You Think You Can Dance Runner Up), Marcia & Deni Hines (Australian Idol Grand Finale Performance), The FOOTY Show, Mornings with Kerri-Anne, ABCs The Chasers, and was a featured dancer on So You Think You Can Dance Australia making it through to the Top 40 Dancers. She has been featured in music videos of Cassie Davis, D-Minus and Nikki Webster. Joanne has also produced/ choreographed her own show, PURE ESSENCE.

MIKE WENDLAND (Guitar) Although a native cheese-head, Mike grew up in the culturally asphyxiating yet undeniably cozy suburb of Simi Valley, CA. He took up the guitar at the tender age of 11, feebly attempting to play Metallica songs on his mother’s catalogue-ordered Sears & Roebuck acoustic. He currently convinces people to part with their hard-earned banknotes for his musical services, and runs the illustrious Beer City Studios in Van Nuys, CA.

JON LEE (Guitar) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer-songwriter active in the Los Angeles music and theater communities. Most recently, Jon served as Composer and Music Director for Santa Monica Rep’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Annenberg Community Beach House. On Friday nights Jon leads the house band for the show Up Late with Adam Fisher at ComedySportzLA. www.jonleesongs.com

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SEAN DOUGLAS (Keyboard) Like Morgan Farkas, Sean grew up in the Tony Hills of Brentwood. Unlike our protagonist, he did want to go to Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied Anthropology. Since college Sean has pursued a career in the music industry in spite of his better judgment. He currently works as a songwriter/producer and screenwriter in Los Angeles.

RYAN JANKE (Drums) is a graduate of the percussion program at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Since making the journey to LA from Santa Barbara to further his musical education he has provided the backbeat for a wide variety of bands and musicians. He currently performs in the bands Professor Calculus (noise-punk), Freaks in the Wild (weird-rock) and Trio non Grata (jazz-metal). Hey, Morgan! is his first foray into musical theater.

RUTH MCKEE (Literary Manager) is a playwright whose work has been produced and developed by Abingdon Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alliance Theatre, Black Dahlia, Center Theatre Group, Chalk Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, HB Playwrights Foundation, The Road, Six Figures Theatre Company, SPFNYC, and Working Class Theatre, among others. She has a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, an MFA in

Playwriting from UCSD and is a founding member of Chalk Rep and the Playwrights Union.

DAVID McKEEVER (Sound Designer/ Engineer) David’s sound design work has been heard in over 40 professional theatrical productions and earned a 2003 Helen Hayes Award nomination. He serves as Producing Director for The Hollywood Fringe Festival, a massive uncurated arts festival taking place in Hollywood every June (hollywoodfringe.org

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). He is a company member and head of video production for Lost Moon Radio (lostmoonradio.com
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). His work as a composer, editor, DP and sound designer has been seen and heard in numerous film projects.

MIKE DURST (Lighting Design) Mike’s work includes designs for premieres by Jonathan Tolins, Stephen Adly-Guirgis, Austin Pendleton, and Stephen Belber at the Dahlia. In Chicago Mike has designed for Looking Glass Theatre, About Face Theatre, Shattered Globe, Chicago Public Radio, Adventure Stages, and Theater Wit. Other credits: Pete Townshend in Concert at La Jolla Playhouse, X Live in Los Angeles at The House of Blues, Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s The Nightman Cometh National Tour, Splitting Infinity (Summer Play Festival), and Stock Home for NYC Fringe. Off-Broadway: Extinction at Cherry Lane (Red Dog Squadron), Secrets of the Trade for Primary Stages at 59e59. Mike has received Chicago’s Jeff Award, Los Angeles’s Ovation Award, and San Diego’s Craig Noel Award.

CRAIG SIEBELS (Scenic Design) is a designer and artist with an eclectic career. As a designer of theatre and opera, Craig has designed over 150 productions at venues including the Hollywood Bowl, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, and many shows here at the Black Dahlia. As a production designer, Craig designs “Burn Notice” on the USA network, on which he also serves as a producer and director. Craig spent much of 2009 adapting Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” for the stage, along with co-adapter Eric Ting. The first production, at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, was Craig’s debut as a produced playwright. As an architect, Craig designed the renovation of the Marilyn Monroe Theatre inside the Lee Strasberg Creative Center in West Hollywood. Craig has also worked professionally as a furniture designer, graphic designer, storyboard artist, and lighting designer.

EB BROOKS (Costume Designer) Black Dahlia Theater: Forgiveness, Finally, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Secrets of the Trade. RedCat CNP: What to Wear directed by Richard Foreman, Brewsie and Willie (2010 LA Weekly Award – Best Production Design) directed by Travis Preston. A Noise Within: Blithe Spirit (2010 Ticket holder award-Best Costume Design) directed by Damaso Rodriguez. Theater 150: Hamlet. Boston Court Theater: Courting Vampires directed by Jessica Kubzansky. Celebration Theater: Take Me Out, directed by Michael Matthews. She has designed the following films: Storage, Growth, Sawdust City, and The Murder of Hi Good. She currently designs costumes and lectures at California Institute of Technology.

GAALAN MICHAELSON (Producer) has been developing new theatre for 15 years. Currently, Gaalan is Producing Director of The Black Dahlia Theatre. His productions here include: Huck & Holden by Rajiv Joseph (Garland Award, Production, Writing, Lead Performance, Set), Tryst by Karoline Leach (Ovation Award, Costume; Garland Award, Direction, Set; LADCC Award, Lead Performance; L.A. Weekly Award, Two Person Play, Performance), Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Forgiveness by David Schulner (Ovation and LADCC Nominations), Ruth McKee’s Stray, and most recently Broadsword by Marco Ramirez. In 2010 Mr. Michaelson formed 11:11 PRODUCTIONS, a for profit company producing new theatre and film. His first production was Gwendolyn Yeo’s Laughing With My Mouth Wide Open. In New York, Gaalan produced both On and Off-Broadway, including Squonk – BigsmorgasbordWunderwerk at the Helen Hayes Theater; Jodie’s Body (Drama Desk nomination), Hallow’d Ground, Desperalex, How To Cook A Man, One For The Road and The Collection at The New York Mercury Players, where he was the founding Artistic Director; and A Mom’s Life (directed by Jack Hoffsis, starring Catherine Grody), Tennessee Williams Remembered (directed by Gene Saks, starring Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach), and It’s My Party… (starring F. Murray Abraham, Joyce Van Patton, Adam Grupper and John Cariani), all at the Arclight Theatre, which Mr. Michaelson co-founded. He also co-produced the LABrynth Theater Company’s workshop production of Jesus Hopped the A Train by Stephen Adly Gurgis, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and starring John Ortiz.

LAUREN PASTERNACK (Producer) Lauren is thrilled to join the Dahlia’s producing staff, after being involved with the theatre for the past year. Previous work here includes David Schulner’s Forgiveness and Marco Ramirez’s Broadsword. She has Assistant Directed/Produced several shows in Los Angeles, including The Actor’s Studio Project of Cats-Paw. She primarily works as an Assistant Director in Film/TV and has worked on many films and television series including JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, The Informant, Inception, The Lincoln Lawyer, Welcome to People, and most recently The Dark Knight Rises. She is a graduate of the Directors Guild Assistant Directors Training Program and has been nominated for a DGA Award.

JEN BENDIK (Producer/ Production Stage Manager) Is a part of several annual projects in her native city of Philadelphia including GreenFest Philly, CineFest and QFest, as well as Eastern State’s Terror Behind the Walls and Pennhurst Asylum, two of the top nationally ranked haunted attractions. In Los Angeles, Jen is participating in AIDS/LifeCycle (a 565 mile bike ride) for the 4th time and stage manages as much theatre as possible while transitioning into the world of film and television. Most recent favorites: Ghost Road’s Stranger Things; Red Dog Squadron’s Greedy; Black Dahlia’s Forgiveness and don’t miss her upcoming holiday show: Bobs Holiday Office Party!

EMILY LEHRER (Assistant Stage Manager) Thrilled to be working at The Dahlia again. Her past productions include Broadsword: A Heavy Metal Play, Shakespeares R&J, Stage Directions, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, The Importance of Being Earnest, Oklahoma!.

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