Meet the people behind THML Theatre's upcoming workshop production of Where Angels Fear to Tread at the Players Theatre in New York, NY
Kit Goldstein Grant
Book, Music & Lyrics
Kit Goldstein Grant is a prize-winning New York City-based composer, lyricist and librettist. Her musicals have been seen at the Master Theater (THE NOSE), the Midtown International Theater Festival (THE NOSE, nominee Best Musical), the Strawberry One-Act Festival (THE COMMUTERS, Calendar Boys Productions, nominee Best Musical), the Emerging Artists Theatre New Work Series, the Musical Theatre Factory, and the National Opera Center (THE WRONG BOX). Upcoming: Anex Theater Productions will be producing her musical THE NOSE at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa in Summer 2017. Five of her musicals for young audiences have toured schools with the Schenectady Theatre for Children, including IT’S RAINING TAMALES!, which is published by YouthPLAYS. Kit has studied at Juilliard and the Tony-Award winning BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, and she is a member of The Dramatists Guild and ASCAP.
Kayla Friend is an actress, singer, and director in New York City; she is the founder and Artistic Director of THML Theatre Company, a fiscally sponsored project through Fractured Atlas. Kayla originally hails from California and received her B.A. in Theatre and Anthropology from California Baptist University. Kayla was head of the Incirlik Fine Arts Society in Adana, Turkey, from 2014-2015 acting as the lead producer and director for all theatrical productions on the military installation. Kayla most recently directed Cagebirds by David Campton at the renown Producers Club in Manhattan with THML Theatre Company and In Our Words. Kayla is also an active volunteer with Women for Afghan Women and The Accompany Project.
Rachel Dean is a music director, composer, and pianist originally from Iowa. An ASCAP award recipient, she is a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and works as a rehearsal pianist for Hamilton. Her musicals include: Medusa (with Wes Braver), The Anxiety Project (with David Brush), and The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts (with Giancarlo Rodaz).
Jordan is excited to join the team of Where Angels Fear to Tread and SM his first show in NYC! Mostly from Utah and a graduate of Brigham Young University's Public Health program, Jordan fell into stage management while working with the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble. Previous NYC credits include: Annie Warbucks, Madeline's Christmas, A Hundred Dresses, Lyrics for Life (ASM, Kids of the Arts); Manon/Traviata (ASM, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble) The Commuters (ASM, Calendar Boys Productions); other credits include: Manon, Hansel & Gretel, The Marriage of Figaro (SM, BYU Opera) and BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble, Ballroom in Concert (SM, BYU Dance) and Contemporary Dance Theatre (ASM, BYU Dance), Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella, The Nutcracker (ASM, Utah Regional Ballet)
Barret Germain is the principal tubist for the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, Albany Pro Musica Orchestra, Signature Brass Quintet, and is a founding member of The Route Fifty 5. Additionally he performs with many classical and chamber ensembles based in the Capital Region and Southern Adirondacks, and is the adjunct tuba instructor at Union College.
An avid arranger and conductor, Barret has debuted many works for various brass ensembles. He has previously worked with composer Kit Goldstein-Grant, orchestrating "The Wrong Box - Studio Recording", released in 2013.
Barret is the Music Director for The First Reformed Church of Scotia NY, which is celebrating its 200th Anniversary in 2018; and also currently serves as the Director of Community Programs for the Schenectady-Amsterdam Musical Union - AFM Local 85-133, working to present annual concert series free to the public.
Ben Morris is a prolific composer who frequently crosses genres and media, working on diverse projects including chamber and large ensemble compositions, jazz pieces, theater music, film scores, and electroacoustic works. A graduate of Rice University and the University of Miami, Ben is currently living in Oslo, Norway with a Fulbright Grant to study jazz composition. A variety of professional ensembles have performed his music throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. www.benjaminmorrismusic.com.