Tony Award winners and NYTW Usual Suspects Rebecca Taichman and Enda Walsh bring John Carney’s “funny, joyful and effortlessly cool” indy hit film SING STREET to the stage.
Dublin, 1982. Everyone is out of work. Thousands are seeking bluer skies across the Irish Sea. Sixteen-year-old Conor and his schoolmates turn to music to escape troubles at home and impress a mysterious girl. With a score that embraces the new wave sounds of the era, SING STREET celebrates the thrill of first love and the power of music.
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MAX WILLIAM BARTOS is a 16-year-old high school junior from Lancaster, PA, making his NYTW debut! Max is a singer/musician/songwriter who plays acoustic and electric guitar and piano. He founded his own production company, Bartos Theatrical Group, LLC, and recently debuted an all-teen production of EDGES, in which he performed and also directed. Max has performed in several NYC workshops, including those for Sing Street, Other World, and Against the Wall and has also performed at many theaters in his hometown of Lancaster, PA. Max was recently crowned “The Future of Broadway” at a Broadway Artists Connection cabaret event. Films include: Uncut Gems, The Lottery, and Forget-Me-Not. Max is represented by Nancy Carson of Carson/Adler Agency and has trained with Drew Gasparini as well as the many instructors at Stagedoor Manor. Max is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. www.maxbartos.com. Twitter: @maxbartos. Instagram: @drama_king37.
BRENDAN C. CALLAHAN is happy to be making his NYTW debut in Sing Street! Hailing from Boston, Brendan performed this past summer as a member of Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s street performer program. New England theatre credits include She Loves Me (Greater Boston Stage Company), A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theatre), The Who’s Tommy (Seacoast Repertory Theatre), Spring Awakening (Seacoast Repertory Theatre). Brendan was nominated for an IRNE Award in 2018 for his performance as Arpad in She Loves Me. When not performing, Brendan has worked as a graphic designer and as a music director. BrendanCCallahan.com. @BrendanCCallahan.
BILLY CARTER Broadway: A Moon for The Misbegotten. Off-Broadway: Hangmen, Shining City, The Weir, Port Authority, 39 Steps, All That Fall. UK and Ireland: West End, Royal Shakespeare Company, National, Royal Court, Almedia, Lyric Hammersmith, Abbey. TV: “Titanic: Blood and Steel,” “Luke Cage,” “Turn,” “Sons of Liberty,” series regular for various BBC and as Walter Winchell in HBO’s upcoming The Plot Against America.
ZARA DEVLIN Recent theatre: Hecuba (Rough Magic), The Glass Menagerie (Gate Theatre), Richard III (Druid), On Raftery’s Hill – Irish Times Nomination (Abbey Theatre). Film: The Other Lamb, A Bump Along the Way.
ILAN ESKENAZI is thrilled to make his NYTW debut as a part of the Sing Street company. On television, he recurred on the Marvel’s “Iron Fist” Netflix series. A graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Ilan’s favorite role was Herbie in Gypsy. Eskenazi is currently working towards his BFA in Pace University’s Acting for Film Program.
GUS HALPER can currently be seen in a major recurring role on Cinemax’s thrilling series “Jett,” opposite Carla Gugino. Halper was recently seen in the feature film Cold Pursuit, opposite Liam Neeson as well as the lead role of ‘Erik Mendendez’ in NBC’s “Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Murders.” Gus got his first big break opposite Nick Jonas and Ben Schnetzer in David Gordon Green’s Goat, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He also made his New York theater debut in the original musical comedy Ride the Cyclone, for which he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award. Other TV credits include recurring roles on “Power” (Starz) and “Happy” (SyFy), as well as a guest spots on “Ramy” (Hulu), “Chicago P.D.” (NBC), and “Madam Secretary” (CBS).
JAKEIM HART A.R.T.: We Live in Cairo. Off-Broadway: Saturday Night In Concert (Dino), Second Stage. Regional: Next to Normal, Casa Mañana (Henry). Workshops: The Visitor (Ensemble), Public Theater; We Live in Cairo, NYTW/A.R.T. TV/Film: “Blue Bloods,” CBS; “The Affair,” Showtime. Education/Training: Muhlenberg College; Accademia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy).
MARTIN MORAN’s latest play, Theo, premiered this year at Two River Theater. His play, All The Rage, received a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Off-Broadway Solo Show. He received a 2004 Obie and two Drama Desk nominations for his solo play, The Tricky Part, based upon his memoir which won the 2005 Lambda Non-Fiction Prize and B&N Discover Award. Broadway and Off-Broadway performances include roles in: Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Wicked, Bells Are Ringing, How To Succeed…, Big River, Floyd Collins (Playwrights Horizons), A Man of No Importance (Lincoln Center Theater), 3 Kinds of Exile and Cider House Rules at The Atlantic Theater Company and Mans A Man at Classic Stage Company. Film and television appearances include: “The Newsroom,” “The Big C,” “Z-Nation,” “Possible Side Effects,” Private Parts; various “Law & Order” shows, “Dellaventura” and “Mary and Rhoda.” Moran’s writing has appeared in Ploughshares, the Pushcart Prize anthology and The New York Times. He was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant for Creative Non-fiction. His second memoir, All The Rage, was released in 2016 by Beacon Press. He is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect.
ANNE L. NATHAN NYTW: Once. Broadway: It Shoulda Been You, Once, Sunday in the Park with George, Chicago, Assassins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ragtime. Off-Broadway: Broadway Bounty Hunter (Greenwich House Theater), Sundown Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/WP) Carmelina (The York) Taming of The Shrew (Delacorte), Wings (Second Stage), Music in The Air (Encores!) Road Show (The Public). National tours: Chicago, Les Misérables, Aspects of Love. Regional: The McCarter, Barrington Stage, Kansas City Rep, The Huntington, George Street Playhouse, LaJolla Playhouse, The Citadel. Film & TV: You Must Be Joking, Sugar, Baby Mama, King of California, “Little America,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Dirt,” “Law & Order (SVU, Criminal Intent, Trial By Jury),” “Veronica Mars,” “What I Like About You,” “Submissions Only.” AnneLNathan.com
JOHNNY NEWCOMB Broadway: The Last Ship. Off-Broadway: The Low Road, Into the Woods (The Public Theater), Ride the Cyclone (MCC). National Tour: American Idiot. International: Rent (Edinburgh Fringe). Regional: Once, Spring Awakening, Next to Normal (Zach Theatre).
BRENOCK O’CONNOR TV: “Alex Rider,” “Derry Girls,” “Living the Dream,” “The Split,” “Game of Thrones.” Film: Vita & Virginia, The Bromley Boys, Another Mother’s Son. Recent theatre: Plastic.
GIAN PEREZ Currently, Gian is a BFA acting student at the University of Michigan (Class of 2020). His previous theatre credits include Usnavi in In the Heights, Oliver in Trevor, and Feste in Twelfth Night. Apart from playing Feste, Gian also wrote the music for Twelfth Night, which he released in an EP titled That Strain Again: Songs from Twelfth Night, or What You Will. He has released two solo records, Baby Blue (2017) and Revelations (2018), which he wrote, arranged, and performed. Other music projects include the rock band, Office Hours, most noted for their single, “Sunday.” They’ve also released an EP titled Late Night Korean BBQ. Gian’s music is available on all streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, etc.) Instagram: @giansound
SAM POON is thrilled to be making his NYTW debut in Sing Street with such an outstanding cast, crew, and creative team! Over the years Sam has played principal roles in a range of shows on stage and on-camera, including MacBeth and The King and I on Broadway. Off- Broadway: Runaways. National Tours: Les Misérables, Billy Elliot. Regional: Camelot, Miss Saigon, Oliver, The Jungle Book, Soldier Songs. Off-Off Broadway: The Secret Garden. Select Film & TV: Boychoir, Crazy Famous, Portraits in Dramatic Time, Generation Wrecks, “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “The Today Show.” With Sing Street, Sam is able to merge his love for the stage as a musical theater performer with his love for being a musician. Recently, under the name Spoonuel, Sam released an EP entitled ORANGE-ADE. In a review of ORANGE-ADE, Rebecca Cullen states, “Spoonuel lays out a brilliantly dreamlike set of vibes on this latest release. The project Orange-ade is incredibly smooth, delicate in nature but cool and intentional …” You can learn more about Sam the musician and actor at www.spoonuel.com and www.SamPoonOnline.com.
SKYLER VOLPE is thrilled to make her NYTW debut! Most recently, Skyler played Suzanne Prevôt and the acoustic guitar in the World Premiere production of The Hello Girls with Prospect Theater Company. She also played and sang on the original cast album and on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Favorite credits include Anita in West Side Story (Barrington Stage, Outer Critic’s Circle Award), Edwina/Mariana/Sudabey in Passing Strange (Playhouse on Park), and Mimi Marquez in the inaugural cast of the 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT. Instagram: @svulpes. skylervolpe.com
AMY WARREN Select roles: Joyce Gabriel in The Gabriel’s: Election Year in the Life of One Family at the Public Theater and subsequent international tour; Dorothy Parker, Mrs. Harris & others in Act One at Lincoln Center; Karen Weston in August: Osage County on Broadway and on tour; Daisy in Adding Machine: A Musical (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel Nomination Best Featured Actress in a Musical); Mrs. Schlemiel in the musical Schlemiel the First (TFANA); Melancholy Play: A Chamber Piece by Sarah Ruhl. Regional: numerous productions at Steppenwolf including The Weir; Rabbit Hole (and others) at The Goodman. Amy fronted the Chicago pop rock band Tallulah, sings in many Aluminum Group releases and composed and performed the music for the play PULP. She also wrote 4 songs for Theater Ooblecks’ Baudelaire in a Box.
ENDA WALSH is a Tony and multi award-winning Irish playwright. His work has been translated into over 20 languages and has been performed internationally since 1998. His recent plays include Max Porter’s Grief is the thing with Feathers (2018/19), The Same (2017), produced by Corcadorca, Lazarus (2016) with David Bowie at NYTW; Arlington (2016), Ballyturk (2014), Misterman (2012) produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival; and the operas The Second Violinist and The Last Hotel with Donnacha Dennehy for Landmark Productions and Irish National Opera. His other plays include Once (2011) with NYTW; The New Electric Ballroom (2009), Penelope (2010) and The Walworth Farce (2006) with Druid Theatre Company; Chatroom (2005) with the National Theatre; The Small Things (2005) with Paines Plough; Bedbound (2000) with Dublin Theatre Festival; and Disco Pigs (1996) with Corcadorca. For the past 10 years he has been supported and shown work at St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York. He has made five installation ‘Rooms’ with Paul Fahy and the GIAF: Room 303, A Girl’s Bedroom, A Kitchen, Bathroom, Office 33A. His film work includes Disco Pigs for Temple Films and Renaissance; Hunger for Blast and FILM4; and The Last Hotel which was made into a film for Sky Arts, produced by Brink Films, Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera. In 2014, he received an honorary doctorate from NUI Galway.
JOHN CARNEY was born in Dublin in 1972, and began his film career writing, producing and directing two award winning short films (Shining Star and Hotel) and directing videos for the Irish band The Frames, with whom he also played bass guitar from 1991 to 1994. His first feature film, November Afternoon—a self-financed black and white production—was voted Best Feature of 1997 by the Irish Times. His next film, Just in Time, was an hour-long TV film starring Frances Barber and Gerard McSorley which the Irish Times voted Best TV Film of 1998. He subsequently co-wrote and directed On the Edge, starring Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea, which won the Silver Hitchcock Award for Best Film. He then co-created, wrote/directed three series of the hit RTÉ television series “Bachelors Walk,” the most successful independently produced drama in the history of Irish television. In 2007, he wrote and directed the musical feature film Once, winner of the Sundance Audience Award, an Independent Spirit award for Best Film, a National Board of Review award, the Academy Award for Best Song, and 8 Tony Awards for the stage musical adaptation including Best Musical. Subsequent films written and directed by John include the original feature Begin Again and Sing Street, which premiered at Sundance in 2016 and was nominated for a Golden Globe award. John has most recently finished shooting his New York set anthology series Modern Love for Amazon with an all-star cast including Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel and Andrew Scott.
GARY CLARK began his career as singer-songwriter-instrumentalist in late ’80s band Danny Wilson, penning the band’s 1987 international hit “Mary’s Prayer.” Now considered classic, it still regularly re-enters the top 100 airplay charts in the UK. After the band split in 1990 he moved into songwriting and production for other artists including Natalie Imbruglia, Liz Phair, Lloyd Cole, Melanie C, Emma Bunton, The Veronicas, Skin, Delta Goodrem, McFly, Lawson, Gin Wigmore, Mark Owen, The Xcerts, The Wanted and Demi Lovato. In 2014, he had two of his biggest international successes to date with Kim Cesarion’s “Undressed” and Alex Hepburn’s “Under,” both of which were top five singles across Europe and number 1s in numerous countries. His songs have been used frequently in film and television, including There’s Something about Mary, “Nightwatch,” Jawbreaker, Wild Things, Charlie’s Angels, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “666 Park Avenue,” “Underbelly,” “Teen Wolf” and “Pretty Little Liars.” Clark has 3 BMI awards, has won Nordoff-Robbins/PRS songwriter of the year and has an Ivor Novello nomination for “Mary’s Prayer.” He recently wrote/co-wrote the original songs for John Carney’s movie Sing Street. To date, his song “Drive It Like You Stole It” has won Best Original Song at the Nashville Film Festival, Best Song at the Atlanta Film Critic’s Society Awards, and was nominated for Best Song at the U.S Critic’s Choice Awards. He is currently writing the music for the Nanny McPhee stage musical with Dame Emma Thompson and is executive music producer and composer of Modern Love with John Carney for Amazon.
REBECCA TAICHMAN. 2017 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play, Obie, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Indecent written by Paula Vogel (Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Vineyard Theater, Broadway at The Cort Theatre). Rebecca has directed on and Off-Broadway, new plays and classics, musicals and opera. She has worked with writers Jocelyn Bioh, Sarah Ruhl, Danai Gurira, Enda Walsh, Brian Selznick, Kirsten Greenidge, Nico Muhly, David Adjmi, and Stephen Karam among others. She has worked at theaters such as The Roundabout Theatre, Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, MCC, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Old Globe Theatre, ART, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, McCarter, and Woolly Mammoth. Rebecca is a resident director at The Roundabout Theatre in NYC, a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute, and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. rebeccataichman.com
SONYA TAYEH is a New York City based choreographer and director. Since paving her professional career, her work has been characterized as a blend of powerful versatility and theatrical range. Selected credits include: Moulin Rouge! Broadway (Hirschfeld Theatre/Dir Alex Timbers), Fall For Dance/City Center (Reclamation Map with Heather Christian), Rent Live! (FOX Network/Dir Michael Grief and Alex Rudzinski), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova/Dir. Anne Kauffman), Face the Torrent for Malpaso Dance Co. (commissioned by The Joyce Theatre), You’ll Still Call Me By Name(commissioned by New York Live Arts and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival), Martha Graham Dance Company’s Lamentation Variation Series, Hundred Days (New York Theatre Workshop/Dir. Anne Kauffman), The Skin Of Our Teeth (Theatre for a New Audience/Dir. Arin Arbus), Andrew Lippas’ The Wild Party (City Center Encores!/Dir. Leigh Silverman), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre/Dir. Leigh Silverman). Tayeh has directed and choreographed for world renowned music artists including Miley Cyrus (Directed and Choreographed The Gypsy Heart Tour), Florence and the Machine (Choreographed performances for The Brit Awards, The Voice and American Idol), Kyle Minogue (Aphrodite Tour). She has gleaned many accolades for her versatile work, including two Emmy nominations for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, a Drama Desk nomination, an Obie Award and two Lucille Lortel Awards for “Outstanding Choreography” for her work on Kung Fu and The Lucky Ones.
His designs for the NT include Pinocchio, Collaborators, Travelling Light, The Habit of Art, The Power of Yes, Phèdre, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Gethsemane, Fram (co-director), The History Boys (also Broadway, Tony Award) and Mourning Becomes Electra; for the RSC more than twenty-five productions including Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Plantagenets (Olivier Award); for Broadway The Glass Menagerie (West End), Carousel (Tony Award), The Capeman, Sweet Smell of Success, Disney’s Aladdin (West End), Aida (Tony Award), Tarzan (directed), Mary Poppins (Tony Award), The Year of Magical Thinking, Coast of Utopia (Tony Award) and Once (Tony Award). Other designs include My Name is Lucy Barton, Allelujah!, Alys, Always (Set Design), The Inheritance, The Moderate Soprano, An American in Paris (Broadway/London/Paris/Tony Award/Olivier Award), The Audience (West End/Broadway), Skylight (West End/Broadway), Great Scott (Dallas Opera), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale and Strapless (Royal Ballet), The Cunning Little Vixen (Châtelet), Don Carlo and La traviata (Royal Opera). Film credits include Othello, Tales from Hollywood, Suddenly Last Summer and The Crucible (costumes). He received The Royal Designer for Industry Award and the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design.
CHRISTOPHER AKERLIND has designed lighting and sometimes scenery for over 600 productions at theater, opera, and dance companies across the country and around the world. Broadway credits include: Indecent (Drama Desk and Tony Awards), Rocky the Musical (Tony nom.), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony nom.), Superior Donuts, Top Girls, 110 in the Shade (Tony nom.), Talk Radio, Shining City, Awake and Sing (Tony nom.), Well, Rabbit Hole, A Touch of the Poet, In My Life, The Light in the Piazza (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Tony awards), Reckless, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Seven Guitars (Tony nom.), and The Piano Lesson among others. Recent projects include, Merrily We Roll Along at the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theater, Katya Kabanova for the Scottish Opera, Martha Clarke’s new pieces L’Altra Metra del Cielo (Teatro alla Scala), Angel Reapers (Signature Theater, NY), and the revival of Garden of Earthly Delights (Minetta Lane Theatre), Franco Dragone’s KDO! (Foret Nationale, Brussels), the world premiere of Philip Glass’s Appomattox, and Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claibourne (San Francisco Opera), Janos Szasz’s production of The Seagull (American Repertory Theatre), Dimitri Kourtakis’ Kafenion (Athens/Epidaurus Festival), Anne Bogart’s production of Alcina (Washington National Opera), and Robert Woodruff’s production of Rinde Eckert’s Orpheus X (TFANA, Edinburgh & Hong Kong Festivals). He is the recipient of the Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design, the Chicago area’s Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration, and numerous nominations for the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Awards among many others. He has taught on the faculties of CALARTS, Bowdoin College, the University of Southern California, and the Broadway Lighting Master Class, and as a guest teacher for the graduate Design Department of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the University of Connecticut, the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, and at his graduate alma mater: the Yale School of Drama.
Martin Lowe’s theatre credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End and Broadway), Pinocchio, Once, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, The Twits, The Light Princess, War Horse, Caroline or Change, Jerry Springer the Opera, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Mamma Mia!, The Full Monty, Once on this Island, Cats, Les Misérables, Jedermann and The Threepenny Opera. He won a Tony, a Grammy and an Olivier award for his work on Once, and won a Golden Reel award for his work on Mamma Mia! The Movie.