Mr. Hirson has written extensively for the theater, movies and television. His Broadway credits include Pippin, Walking Happy, which starred Norman Wisdom, and Darling of the Day, featuring Patricia Routledge. He won the Emmy for his six-hour television mini-series A Woman Named Jackie. Mr. Hirson's adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which starred George C. Scott, was honored by a Royal Command performance. He wrote the film Demon Seed, starring Julie Christie and the story for The Bridge at Remagen.
Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics for the current Broadway hit WICKED, and has also contributed music and/or lyrics to GODSPELL, PIPPIN, THE MAGIC SHOW, THE BAKER'S WIFE, WORKING (which he also adapted and directed), RAGS, and CHILDREN OF EDEN. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein's MASS and wrote the title song for the play and movie BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE. For children, he has written songs for two musicals, CAPTAIN LOUIE and MY SON PINOCCHIO. He has also worked in film, collaborating with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney's ENCHANTED as well as the animated features POCAHONTAS and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, and writing the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature THE PRINCE OF EGYPT. His first opera, SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON, was produced at Opera Santa Barbara and New York City Opera. A book about his career, "Defying Gravity," has been released by Applause Books. Mr. Schwartz has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies. http://www.stephenschwartz.com.
Diane Paulus is the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, and was selected for the 2014 TIME 100, TIME Magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulus is the 2013 recipient of the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical (Pippin). A.R.T.: Eve Ensler's >In the Body of the World, Waitress (currently on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater), Crossing (a new American opera with music and libretto by Matt Aucoin), Finding Neverland (currently on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre), Witness Uganda, Pippin, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Prometheus Bound, Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera, Best of Both Worlds, Johnny Baseball, The Donkey Show. Her other recent work includes Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna, currently on tour in Europe, Invisible Thread at Second Stage, The Public Theater's Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR on Broadway and London's West End. As an opera director, her credits include The Magic Flute, the complete Monteverdi cycle, and the trio of Mozart-Da Ponte operas, among others. Diane is Professor of the Practice of Theater in Harvard University's English Department. She was selected as one of Variety's "Trailblazing Women in Entertainment for 2014" and Boston Magazine's "50 Thought Leaders of 2014."
Multi-Award Winning Director/Choreographer CHET WALKER has garnered acclaim onstage in theaters across the globe, in television, film, music video and all commercial media.
Chet originally conceived the 1999 Tony-Award-winning musical FOSSE which also won an Outer Critics' Circle Award and the Toronto Theater Alliance Award for Choreography. Other award nominations for FOSSE include the L.A. Critics' Award and the Outer Critics' Circle Award, both for choreography, and the Olivier Award for Conceiver of Best Musical. Chet is also recipient of the L.A. Drama-logue Award for Best Choreography for BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS; Sweden's equivalent of the Tony Award for Best Choreography for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN; and Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award for his co-choreography of PAL JOEY at the Goodman Theatre.
Also, as director/choreographer, Chet created SWEET CHARITY (BOB FOSSE'S ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY) in the United States, Holland, Japan, Mexico, Norway and London's West End; further credits include the London revival of PIPPIN at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Tenth Anniversary Tour of LA CAGE aux FOLLES, CHICAGO in Atlanta and in Norway, A CHORUS LINE, FOLLIES, WORKING in Los Angles, FUNNY GIRL in Amsterdam, A FUNNY THING HAPPEN ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Chicago's Goodman Theater, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN in Mexico City (Nomination for Best Musical), CABARET in Norway and in Belgrade, Serbia, SINGING IN THE RAIN in Madrid, THE PRODUCERS in Israel, Brazil, Argentina, (ACE AWARD nomination for Best Choreography), and the critically acclaimed THE DANCING MAN and JAZZ ON JAZZ in Norway. His creative talents have also produced five dance operas: CALOR, FEVER, CONFESSION OF LOVE, LOOK BACK IN LOVE and The New York Times critically acclaimed SEDUCTION; as well as three ballets: ANGER, THE DOWN LOW, and NIGHTCHASE for Julio Bocca's Ballet Argentina. Chet recreated the original Bob Fosse choreography for the Chocolate Factory's London revival of Pippin¸ directed by Mitch Sebastian.
His Broadway performing career began at the age of sixteen when he appeared in the first revival of ON THE TOWN. Other Broadway credits include: LORELEI, THE AMBASSADORS, and four Bob Fosse musicals: THE PAJAMA GAME, DANCIN', SWEET CHARITY and PIPPIN.
Chet most recently received the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Astaire Award, and a Tony nomination for his choreography of Stephen Schwartz's PIPPIN, the acclaimed Broadway revival which performed at the Music Box Theatre, directed by Diane Paulus. This production is now on a US Tour. The revival garnered an astonishing 10 Tony Award nominations, winning for several, including Best Revival of a musical. Chet will choreograph a new production of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM for the Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv, Israel. Chet's newest project in development is the musical, HEAT WAVE, which he will direct and choreograph for Broadway. In 2016, Mr. Walker will direct/choreograph for the West End, FEELIN' IN THE MOOD, the new Glenn Miller Musical. Other shows he will be directing and choreographing are: THE FULL MONTY in Texas, recently directed and choreographed SWEET CHARITY in Athens. Greece, and a new ballet with composers Stephen Schwartz and Andrew Lippa.
Gypsy Snider is co-founder and artistic director of The 7 Fingers, a contemporary circus collective from Montreal, Canada.
In the last 15 years the collective has created over ten original shows using their own flavor of acrobatic story telling. Several of these productions continue to tour internationally today. Gypsy wrote, directed, and choreographed five productions within the collective: Loft, Traces, Amuse, Un Dia, and Intersection. She is currently creating and directing the company's upcoming touring show, Reversible. Gypsy has also choreographed televised feature performances for America's Got Talent, Her Majesty's Royal Variety Performance, The illusionist: Darcy Oake's Edge of Reality and the Underwear and Denim Fashion show for Bench Philippines. The 7 Fingers have collaborated on NYC's Queen of the Night and several productions for the Cirque du Soleil as well as the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympics. In 2013, working with director Diane Paulus on a new vision of Pippin, Gypsy integrated circus into the narrative and choreography of the Broadway musical. Pippin received four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Gypsy's work on Pippin also earned her a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. Originally from San Francisco, Gypsy is the daughter of the founders of one of America's first contemporary circus companies, The Pickle Family Circus. She received her degree in Physical Theater at the Scuola Teatro Dimitri in Switzerland in 1993, and then continued to perform internationally for 18 years. Gypsy is also a guest teacher and director at the National Circus School of Montreal. In 2015, she received the Evolving Circus Award in New York City.
Mia is thrilled to be diving back into Diane Paulus's fearless Broadway revival of Pippin. Mia was the Assistant Director on the Tony Award-winning revival production, from its birth at the American Repertory Theater, to Broadway, to the first national tour. Other assisting/associate credits include the Broadway and national tour productions of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Finding Neverland, and the current Broadway production of Waitress. Recently, Mia directed Jaime Jarrett's new musical Normativity at New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Education: B.A. Harvard University. www.miapwalker.com
Resident Casting Director, Artistic Producer for Prather Toruing and Prather Entertainment Group. For the past 29 years and over 200 shows, he has also served as director, choreographer and actor for the Dutch Apple and Broadway Palm theatres. Favorite directorial credits include Aida, The Civil War, Cabaret, Jekyll and Hyde, Evita, Les Miserables, South Pacific and The Drowsy Chaperone. Roles include the King (King and I), Applegate (Damn Yankees), Pilate (Jesus Christ Superstar),Daddy Warbucks (Annie), Zach (A Chorus Line), Buffalo Bill (Annie Get Your Gun), Emcee (Cabaret). A proud graduate of Millersville University here in Lancaster.
She has been a part of Prather Touring for over 22 years and has either produced, directed, choreographed, cast or performed over 85 productions for the company. Recent credits include: National Tours: Million Dollar Quartet (Director/Choreographer/Casting), Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Choreographer), Fiddler On The Roof (Choreographer), Gypsy and Annie Get Your Gun. Regional: A Wonderful Life, Shrek, Honky Tonk Angels, A Christmas Carol, How To Succeed..., Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music.
designs include the national tours of Million Dollar Quartet, Memphis, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Hair, Fiddler on the Roof, All Shook Up, Footloose, The Wedding Singer, S'Wonderful and Beehive the 60's Musical, The world premier of Around the World in 80 Days and the regional premiere of The Civil War. PEG designs include Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, Rent, 9 to 5, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat, Jekyll & Hyde, Phantom, Swing, Ragtime, Peter Pan, Buddy, Legally Blonde and CATS. His designs for West Side Story, Aida and Miss Saigon have earned him three Ari-Zoni Awards. Prior to joining Prather Touring, Russell lived in New York where his credits ranged from Club MTV to Manhattan School of Music. Originally from Luckey, Ohio he now resides with his wife Alecia in Cape Coral Florida.
is happy to design once again for Prather Touring. Besides wrangling production designs and details for high profile events and installations around the world, Mr. Temby also acts as the Chief Operating Officer for Clearwing Productions. And, when not managing hundreds of employees, events, and production design responsibilities, his antics are lovingly tolerated by his awe-inspiring wife, Gretchen. More information about Mr. Temby and his credits can be found at clearwing.com.
Selected credits: Lift, Flight, The Naked Side of Grace (NYC Premieres), Company, The Rocky Horror Show (both directed by Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse), Ordinary Days (SE Premiere), john & jen, Shipwrecked!, (Serenbe Playhouse),The Marvelous Wonderettes (Penobscot Theatre Co. & Rocky Mountain Rep.), Oklahoma!, Jesus Christ Superstar (Waterside Theatre), Rudolph, Cinderella Della Circus, Beauty and the Beast (Center for Puppetry Arts). Music Supervisor for Norwegian Creative Studios.
is a second generation theatre producer following in the footsteps of his very successful parents, Tom and Debbie Prather who produced live theatre for over 50 years. He is a 1991 graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and returned to the family business in 1993 after spending a couple of years in the corporate world. Pippin is Prather Touring's ninth national tour, following Million Dolar Quartet, Memphis, the Musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and previously touring under the Prather Entertainment Group name with Beehive, the 60s Musical in 2007, the 10th Anniversary tour of Footloose in 2008/2009, The Wedding Singer in 2010, All Shook Up in 2011, Blast in 2012 and Fiddler on the Roof in 2013. Over the past 28 years, PEG has grown into the largest operator of dinner theatres in the United States with the assistance of his parents who serve as mentors and executive managers. He currently owns and operates with his parents the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers, FL and the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, PA, producing more than 300 shows since they were established. Will lives in Fort Myers, FL with the joy of his life, his teenage son, TJ.