Karmine is so excited to be a part of the In the Heights family, especially to once again share the stage with her sister Yassmin, “what a gift.” Broadway credits include On Your Feet (u/s Gloria Fajardo, Consuelo) and Rent (Mimi), and appeared in the national tour of On Your Feet (Ensemble, Gloria Fajardo). Regional credits include Aida (Aida), and television/film credits include Naked As We Came (Netflix), Blood Bound (Indie) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix). To my siblings, Yassmin, Papito, Wally and Jo-Ann, who I shared plenty of open hydrants with, and to Eddie and Brandon, my Romeos. This and every performance is dedicated to my mom Carmina, who was my constant, with adoration, your #5. #Alabanza #ToLife #ParaSiempre
Yassmin is delighted, not only to revisit this beautiful show, but to share the stage once again, with her wonderful sister Karmine. Theatre credits include On Your Feet (Broadway), In the Heights (Geva Theatre Center), Women on Fire (Royal Family Productions, New York), The Rocky Horror Show (Broadway), Paul Simon’s The Capeman (Broadway), Rent (Broadway and national tour), The Ten Commandments (Dolby Theatre Los Angeles), The Who’s Tommy (European Premiere), As Much As You Can (Celebration Theatre, Los Angeles) and The Third from the Left (Edinburgh, Scotland). Television/film credits include Madame Secretary, The Americans, High Maintenance, Elementary, The American Mall and Across the Universe. Bendiciones to my parents (Ma + Nene) and my abuela Mama — “Seguiras en mis recuerdos para siempre.”
Broadway credits include On Your Feet (original cast/cast album). Off-Broadway and New York City credits include 4 Guys Named José… and una Mujer Named María (original cast/cast album), I Am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center Theater), Jose Limon (SymphonySpace), The Mapmaker’s Opera (The Pearl Theatre Company) and Zapata (Signature Theatre). International credits include Grease and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Regional credits include In the Heights (The Kennedy Center), Goodspeed Opera House, Arena Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Playhouse and Zoetic Stage. Television credits include Saturday Night Live, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Good Morning America, The View, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Stephen Colbert and The Tony Awards. Concept albums include Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland: A New Alice and Tears of Heaven. Henry is also an award-winning songwriter having been honored by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the USA Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Contest. ¡Para Abuela... Para Siempre!
Stephanie is thrilled to be continuing her dream role of Vanessa here Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park! Since graduating from Binghamton University, Stephanie has performed in the original, off-Broadway musical Green Card and originated the role of Posey in a new musical, The Human Incubator. She has also worked on music videos and shows such as Power, Younger, Orange is the New Black and more. She wants to thank the cast, crew and production team for this amazing experience, as well as her family and friends for their undying support! A final thanks to her idol Lin-Manuel Miranda for creating the show that showed her that theatre is for everyone. Theatre is life and life is colorful!
Alyssa is honored to be a part of this familia with a show so close to her heart! A New York native with a BA in Acting/Directing from Emerson College, Alyssa was last seen playing Rizzo in Grease at the Ivoryton Playhouse and Nina in In the Heights at Musical Theatre West. National tours include Motown the Musical (second Broadway national). Regional credits include Rent (Mimi), American Idiot (Whatsername), Legally Blonde (Pilar) and In the Heights (Nina) at Toby’s Dinner Theatre and Midtown Arts Center. All my love to Mami, Ryan, KOTU and mi familia, who continue to teach and inspire me every day. “No pare, sigue sigue!” Please visit www.alyssavgomez.com. Instagram: @alyssavgomez
Sophia is honored and humbled to tell this powerful story of family, legacy and heritage at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. A Chicago resident, Sophia earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre at Oklahoma City University. Credits include Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) at Indiana Repertory Theatre; The Crucible (Abigail u/s) at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Romeo and Juliet (Juliet u/s) at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona at Goodman Theatre; How To Defend Yourself at Victory Gardens Theater; When You Wish (Pocahontas/Ensemble); and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Phantom Ensemble) at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. All her love and gratitude to Jim McCaffrey and the Stewart Talent gang, the amazing cast, crew and creative team, and to her greatest inspiration and reason she lives to tell stories — her familia. Instagram: @sophialinnmacias
Theatre credits include West Side Story (Guthrie Theater and The Ordway); In the Heights (The Ordway); Cabaret (Theater Latté Da); Still Dance the Stars (Yellow Tree Theatre); Hairspray (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres); Bye Bye Birdie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Little Mermaid (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres); Promise Land (Transatlantic Love Affair); Queens (Sandbox Theatre Company); Calvin Berger (Minneapolis Musical Theatre); and CABARAVE: #sexuality, MadHaus, Love.Trumps.Hate, Light the World and Love Languages (RatHaus Productions). Choreography credits include A Raisin in the Sun (Park Square Theatre), Leap of Faith and Toxic Avenger (Minneapolis Musical Theatre); and CABARAVE: #sexuality, MadHaus, Love. Trumps.Hate, Light the World and Love Languages (RatHaus Productions). Instagram: @emilydmads
A proud artist and activist of color from Seattle, UJ is honored to share such an important American story with this talented cast. A self-taught hip-hop dancer as an outlet after moving to a rural town for high school, UJ has since been featured by Amazon, T-Mobile, Macklemore and The Filipino Channel (Wowowee). He has premiered multiple musicals at The 5th Avenue Theatre (Secondhand Lions, Paint Your Wagon) and was most recently seen as Romeo in Village Theatre’s Newsies. Throughout his career, UJ has prioritized providing youth and youth of color a voice in their stories through his choreography at Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE and touring educational musicals to schools. Shout-out to them and love to his mentors Ioana, Sheri, Mar and Ben. Make him check his Instagram @ulyberr.
Gabriela is a native from Puerto Rico and relocated to the United States at the age of 14. She graduated from the Ailey School Certificate Program. Gabriela has performed works by William Forsythe, Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Matthew Rushing, Elisa Monte, Robert Battle, Francesca Harper and Jae Man Joo. She was recently in the New York City Center mainstage production of Brigadoon, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Love and endless thanks to my husband and mom! Instagram: @gabrielamsoto_
May is thrilled to direct In the Heights at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She has worked nationally, primarily directing new plays, including Qui Nguyen’s award-winning Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Repertory Theatre). Her work has been seen at Lincoln Center Theater, The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Second Stage, The Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Goodman Theatre, Two River Theater, Portland Center Stage, Cleveland Play House and Syracuse Stage. She proudly serves as an Associate Artistic Director at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She is a former Director of On-Site Programs at The Lark and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater. She received the 2018 Alan Schneider Director Award, TCG New Generations Grant, Denham Fellowship and Drama League Fellowship. May holds a MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Please visit www.mayadrales.net.
Directorial credits include East O’ West O’ at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre and Seussical! at Marriott Theatre. Choreography includes In the Heights at Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Seattle Repertory Theatre, Shrek at Marriott Theatre, Once at Paramount Theatre; Teatro Vista’s La Havana Madrid at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre and Goodman Theatre (ALTA Award, Outstanding Choreography); The Bridges of Madison County at Marriott Theatre; A Disappearing Number at TimeLine Theatre Company; Ragtime at The Den Theatre (Jeff Award nomination, Outstanding Choreography); The Full Monty at Peninsula Players; and West Side Story at Paramount Theatre (Jeff Award, Outstanding Choreography). He has served as teaching artist and choreographer at Indiana University, Millikin University, Northwestern University, Goodman Theatre’s Center for Education and The Arts Academy of Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and Drama from Indiana University and trained on scholarship at Hubbard Street Dance Center and Ballet Chicago.
Dan is a New York-based composer, actor, music director, educator and is an Associate Artist at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. His recent musical director credits for Milwaukee Repertory Theater include The All Night Strut, Murder for Two, Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha, Dreamgirls and A Christmas Carol. In Philadelphia, Dan recently musically directed Big Red Sun, See What I Want to See (Barrymore Award nomination), Herringbone (Barrymore Award nomination), and orchestrated and musically directed the world premieres Field Hockey Hot (Barrymore Award nomination), Tulipomania and Opera Philadelphia’s Queens Of The Night. He received Barrymore Awards for 11th Hour’s Avenue X and Lizzie. Dan’s music has been performed at the Cirque de Demain in Paris, Ballet Fleming and in 213 Productions collaborations Untitled Project #213 and Your Attention Please! Dan is also the composer of a new musical, The Tapioca Miracle.
David is a costume, scenic and exhibit designer pleased to be making his Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park debut. He is the Obie Award-winning costume designer for Punchdrunk’s international sensation, Sleep No More (New York and Shanghai), and the creator/director of Optika-Moderna’s innovative Waking La Llorona. He most recently designed The Tempest (starring Kate Burton) and the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Wanderers for The Old Globe, where he previously collaborated with May Adrales on tokyo fish story. David is recognized for his widespread work with regional theatres and dance companies such as La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, CONTRA-TIEMPO, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, The Gloucester Stage Company and Lyric Stage Company, among others. His scope of work extends beyond theatre to exhibit designs such as PostSecret and Living with Animals for The San Diego Museum of Man. David is the recipient of the Creative Catalyst Grant, an Elliot Norton Award, a Craig Noel Award nomination, and multiple IRNE and BroadwayWorld Award nominations. Please visit www.davidreynoso.com.
Megan is thrilled to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park! She is a Milwaukee-based designer and has served as designer and assistant designer on shows large and small. Favorite designs include Guys and Dolls (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); The Bridges of Madison County (Peninsula Players); Sweeney Todd (Skylight Music Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams Street Repertory); R.R.R.E.D. A Secret Musical (New York Musical Theatre Festival); 42nd Street (Theatre of the Stars tour); The Martian Chronicles (Fordham University); and Turn of the Screw (Lyric Opera of Kansas City). Assistant designs include You’re Welcome America, Ghetto Klown, Stick Fly and Blithe Spirit (Broadway); and Company (Lincoln Center Theater).
Nancy’s theatre credits, as a performer, include the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s How to Transcend a Happy Marriage (Lincoln Center Theater). Her Broadway credits include Chicago, Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out, Never Gonna Dance, Kiss Me Kate, Dream, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and Guys and Dolls. Her regional credits include Sex with Strangers (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), What We’re Up Against by Theresa Rebeck (world premiere, Alley Theatre), Other Desert Cities (Pioneer Theatre Company), Benediction (world premiere, Denver Center Theatre Company), God of Carnage (John W. Engeman Theater), Sense and Sensibility (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Romeo and Juliet (Virginia Stage Company) and Smart Cookie (world premiere, Alliance Theatre Company). Her Carnegie Hall debut was in 2004 with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. Nancy’s film/television credits include Ocean’s 8, The First Purge, Jessica Jones, Madame Secretary, Gypsy, Elementary, Girls, The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock, Law and Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: SVU. Nancy's theatre credits as a choreographer/associate director include Animal Farm (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Bette Midler’s solo show (private performance, Chicago), with Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler; and Camelot with Gabriel Byrne filmed for "Live from Lincoln Center." She is an adjunct professor at Pace University and a proud member of The Actors Center.
Dale is delighted to be working with May Adrales again on In the Heights. His recent New York work includes Life Jacket Theatre Co.’s acclaimed production of America Is Hard to See at HERE Art Center and the Drama Desk nominated Daddy Long Legs. Some his other regional credits include Paul Gordon’s musical Sense & Sensibility for Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Disgraced for Syracuse Stage; and The Who and the What and the upcoming production of Things I Know To Be True for Milwaukee Repertory Theater. In collaboration with Duncan Stewart & Co., Dale cast the new musical Nerds for the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the New York City lab production of Maltby and Shire’s new musical Waterfall, and a tour of Kathleen Marshall’s production of Anything Goes. Dale spent over five years with Tara Rubin Casting, maintaining the North American companies of The Phantom of the Opera and Billy Elliot, and worked on the Broadway productions of A Little Night Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys & Dolls and Old Jews Telling Jokes off-Broadway. Dale is a member of the Casting Society of America and an honors graduate of Kalamazoo College and the British and European Studies Group program, in London. Please visit www.dalebrowncasting.com.
Regional theatre credits include Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Alaska Repertory Theatre, The Alliance, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, CenterStage in Baltimore, Cleveland Play House and The Arkansas Repertory Theatre. New York credits include Manhattan Theatre Club, James Binder Casting and the Dramatist Guild. Michael lives in Seattle and stage manages for Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, American Conservatory Theater and Intiman Theatre. Michael is pleased to return to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for the first time after four decades. He was a stage management intern and appeared in The Threepenny Opera in 1977.
Brooke is pleased to return for her fourth season with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Her off-Broadway credits include Breathing Time, The Faire and From White Plains (production stage manager, Fault Line Theatre). Regional theatre credits include Million Dollar Quartet, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Summerland and Native Gardens (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Hair: Retrospection, Stillwater, The Whipping Man, August: Osage County, Cabaret and five seasons of A Christmas Carol (production stage manager, Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Peter and the Starcatcher and Richard II (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Center Stage in Baltimore); and The Drowsy Chaperone, Is He Dead? and Harry the Great (Creede Repertory Theatre). Assistant stage management credits include Our Town, A Flea in Her Ear, Clay, Jitney and Love, Janis (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); and work at Starlight Theatre, Stages St. Louis and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Brooke also has worked in opera, with credits including Moscow, Cherry Town and Medea (PSM, Opera Long Beach); and The Coronation of Poppea, Frida, Die Fledermaus and Tosca (ASM, Cincinnati Opera). She also spent two seasons at The Santa Fe Opera.
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