DOROTHY MARCIC - PLAYWRIGHT
Dr. Dorothy Marcic started her career in the arts as a production assistant on the TV program, Mister Rogers Neighborhood. More recently, she authored RESPECT: Women and Popular Music, which traces Top 40-songs with women’s development in the 20th century, which is the basis for her four-woman musical theater production RESPECT: The Musical Journey of Women (www.respectthemusical.com) which has played in 14 cities (including Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Sydney) with 2000 performances and 500,000 audience members. In its early stages, Dorothy traveled the U.S. and the world doing the one-woman show version, which was been well-received in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Holland, England and South Africa. She has appeared on C-SPAN, CMT, and Bravo Network.
Dr. Marcic is a former professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and previous to that was Director of Masters and Doctoral Programs in Human Resource Development. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics-Prague, teaching MBA students and practicing managers, and she was also a visiting faculty member at the Autonomous University in Guadalajara, Mexico; Technion University in Israel, City University in Slovakia and Monterrey Institute of International Studies. During the past 25 years, Dorothy has conducted over 1000 seminars on many topics and done consulting for executives at Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola Corp, AT&T Bell Labs; the Governor and Cabinet of North Dakota; the US Department of State; and Hallmark Corporation. She has worked with health care organizations in the US and Latin America and served as a faculty member in Health Administration. While in Europe, she served as advisor to the US Ambassador of the Czech Republic and was a delegate to both the United Nations Economic and Social Develop Summit in Copenhagen, as well as the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Her degrees include a bachelors in Radio-TV-Film, a Masters in educational Media, another Masters in Public Health and a Doctorate in Organizational Behavior.
In 2000, Dorothy left her full-time academic position at Vanderbilt University to devote herself to playwrighting. In addition to RESPECT and this show, What I Did for Love, Dorothy has completed two other works: The musical, If I Give My Heart to You and the play One Born Every Minute. She has two others in process. She is a member of The Dramatists’ Guild.
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HINTON BATTLE - CO-WRITER & MUSIC ARRANGER
Hinton Battle is a 3-time Tony winner who is a director, choreographer, performer whose Broadway credits include The Wiz, Dreamgirls, Bob Fosse's Dancin', Sophisticated Ladies, Ragtime, Miss Saigon, The Tap Dance Kid, and Chicago. He is the winner of numerous awards, including NAACP, Fred Astair and the 2014 Rosie Award for Lifetime Achievement. He choreographed and starred in Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story for ABC and was choreographer for the 65th and 66th Academy Awards, Outkast The Musical film, as well as Idlewild and many others. He has directed Off-Broadway shows including RESPECT: A Musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes and produced SISTAS: The Musical, now in its 5th year Off-Broadway in New York City.
WILLIAM FRANZBLAU - PRODUCER
William Franzblau created and produced the TONY Nominated Best Play Say Goodnight Gracie, Produced David Mamet’s American Buffalo on Broadway, and the tour of Little House on the Prairie the Musical starring Melissa Gilbert. He also served as the Executive and Lead Producer for Broadway’s Wonderland. He licensed and produced the off-Braodway shows, SISTAS the Musical (recently shot and broadcast on BET) Jewtopia, Evil Dead the Musical, The Male Intellect: an oxymoron, RESPECT, and iLuminate (America's Got Talent Finalist) while developing several Broadway shows, including Paramount’s Crazy People.
From 1990 through 1992 Mr. Franzblau served as producer of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles touring show, a 21-month tour involving 500 appearances in 200 cities and 10 countries, for which he managed all aspects of the business development and operations. The tours grossed over $60 million in sponsorships, ticket sales and merchandising as well as spinning off a double platinum record and a national pay-per-view.
Previous to the above Mr. Franzblau served as Executive Producer of three tours of the Moscow Circus on Broadway and throughout North America and produced the touring productions of the Broadway hit Beatlemania.
KENNETH FERRONE - DRAMATURG
Kenneth Ferrone was Associate Director of Wonderland on Broadway as well as the Off-Broadway Premiere of In Transit at Primary Stages. Other recent credits include work at the Alley Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Steppenwolf, and the Straz Center for Performing Arts. He
currently works on SMASH, a new drama series airing Mondays at 10/9c on NBC. Kenneth is a theatre graduate of Northwestern University.
JOSHUA QUINN - STAGE MANAGER
Joshua Quinn is currently on tour with The Lightning Thief. Off-Broadway: Sistas, A Loss of Roses, Buyer & Cellar, F#%ing Up Everything. Tour: Fly Guy. New York: Manuel vs the Statue of Liberty, The Travels, The Tenth Floor, POPart. The Farm, Requiem for Sherlock, Thicker than Water, Helicopters, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Yorktown, Sister Myotis's Bible Camp, Engaging Shaw, Dreyfus in Rehearsal. Proud member of AEA.
MUSICAL DIRECTOR - ERIC DOZIER
Eric Dozier is a cultural activist, theologian, musician and father. The former musical director for the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir, Eric is co-founder and National Director of Arts and Education for One Human Family Music Workshops, Inc., an organization devoted to eradicating discrimination by ‘Uniting the World.. One Song at a Time"; and one-half of the duo Moanin' Sons, which develops a creative context, through music, to address racial inequality. Through his insightful lyrical stylings, soulful melodies, and interactive workshops, he continues to dedicate his musical, spiritual, and intellectual talents to welding the hearts and minds of a divided humanity into one loving fellowship. Eric believes, as Dr. King said, that "Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."
GILBERT L. BAILEY II
Gilbert is so excited to sing the hits in What We Do For Love or Other Desperate Measures with this great cast and wonderful creative team. A proud graduated of Penn State, Gilbert has performed in New York, internationally, and at several regional theaters. Some favorite venues include The Public, Music Theatre of Witchita, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, and Teatro Montecasion (South Africa) and most recently in the first regional production of The Scottsboro Boys at Philadelphia Theatre Company. Gilbert thanks to God for every blessing! Thank you also to my family and friends for the love, to Hinton and Dorothy for bringing me into this ride, everyone at Harden Curtis, and The Planet Connection Festivity. MTX!
Credits include: Broadway: Wonderland, Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie u/s opposite John Stamos) & Grease (Cha Cha). Las Vegas: Jersey Boys (Mary Delgado), Footloose (Rusty).Natnl Tours: Joseph..Dreamcoat (Narrator opposite Patrick Cassidy), Hairspray. Regional: Miss Saigon (Ellen-Pioneer), Romeo and Bernadette (Papermill/Coconut Grove-Best Actress Carbonel Nomination); Camille Claudel & Brigadoon (Goodspeed); WSS (Anita); 2002 Olympic Torch Ceremony (National Anthem). Omaha Symphony soloist, TV, film, commercials, and more. BM:NYU.
Credits inclued: Broadway: LES MISERABLES. Other NYC credits include: DICE HOUSE (Matthew) THE LIBERTINE (Billy), SOCKS THE MUSICAL (Shrunk). UK credits include: LITTLE SHOP... (Seymour), PERSONALS (Sam), HONK! (Drake), ANYTHING GOES (Purser), WHEN MIDNIGHT STRIKES (Alex). Film/TV: NURSE JACKIE, NYC 22. Thanks his family for all their support, and his training for enabling him to play a variety of characters ranging from a shrunken sock to a philandering duck to a girl in a blue dress. Training: Guildford School of Acting. BSc Psychology University of London. Check him out in his new webseries "Henry Vs. The Doorman" - you might like it. www.simonpearl.com
CARLA R. STEWART
Carla (Roberta), a native of the windy city Chicago, is overjoyed to be a part of this Production of What We Do For Love And Other Desperate Measures. Stewart is an AMDA graduate, and her recent credits include Ain't Misbehavin'(Nell) Herb Strauss theatre, Rent (Joanne) Surflight, Grease ( Miss Lynch) Surflight, Hairspray (Dynamite) Eldorado Casino and The Wiz (Dorothy). Stewart would like to give a special thanks to her family and friends who encourage and support while on this journey. TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR EVERYTHING HE HAS DONE!
Morgan is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this wonderful show! She can currently be seen in the revival of RENT at New World Stages! Recent credits include: Off-Broadway: NEXT TO NORMAL (dir. Michael Greif), SAVED (dir. Gary Griffin), Regional: DANGEROUS BEAUTY (dir. Sheryl Kaller), VENICE (dir. Eric Rosen), IN THE BUBBLE (dir. Michael Greif), THE BOYS ARE COMING HOME (dir. Gary Griffin), WAS (dir. Tina Landau). Workshops: FLY (dir. Jeffrey Seller), PRETTY FILTHY (dir. Steve Cosson, Civilians/Center Theater Group), THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE (dir. Oskar Eustis), THE BOYS ARE COMING HOME (dir. David Petrarca). Education: Northwestern University.
Ryan was last seen Off Broadway as a "rubber faced" Soothsayer in the Sphinx Winx and as a boorish severed hand in the "slash" hit Evil Dead The Musical. National Tour: Les Miserables (Enjolras u/s), Grease! (Danny & Kenickie) Regional: The Full Monty (Jerry Lukowski), Joseph..Dreamcoat (Pharaoh), Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie), Romance Romance (Alfred). TV: "All My Children", "Guiding Light". Ryan is a graduate of Shenandoah University. Thanks to Hinton, Dorothy and my incredibly supportive parents. All my love to Kristin.