Jayne Ackley Lynch has been an entertainment industry professional for over twenty five years with extensive experience as an actor/singer and more recently as a theatrical producer.
Jayne knew she was destined to be in the theater from the age of four. She studied dance, voice and acting from childhood through her years at Towson State University as a theater major. In the 1980s Jayne moved to NYC, continuing her acting studies with Marcia Haufrecht and Phil Gushee, and voice and dance with several private teachers. Her professional performing career immediately took off and eventually she garnered roles on Broadway and in National Tours, such as Lady Thiang (cover) in THE KING AND I, starring Rudolf Nureyev and Mme. Firmin in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Off-Broadway Jayne has been featured in several productions at THE IRISH REP, ie; FINIAN’S RAINBOW, with Melissa Errico and Malcolm Gets, which had an original cast recording. And with the NEW YORK GILBERT AND SULLIVAN PLAYERS she has been featured in many principal roles Jayne has performed in shows for NYMF, MUSICALS TONIGHT, and the JOHN ENGEMAN THEATER, including JEKYLL AND HYDE and I MARRIED AN ANGEL. In between her musical theater career she found time to star in a few opera productions in such roles as Mimi in LA BOHEME and TOSCA. Currently she will be featured in writer/director Brad Mays’ independent feature film, ROAD RAGE, to be shot in the summer of 2014.
Jayne has always had a passion for the production side of theater as well. She has produced many benefit concerts and staged readings, like the original play THE PARIAH at the LEO BAECK INSTITUTE. She also produced and directed a multi-cultural music festival, with 100 performers, as part of a symposium at Teacher’s College in NYC. In 2012 Jayne was accepted into the Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) prestigious mentorship program for emerging producers. This led to her first commercial producing experience on Broadway, with GRACE, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Ed Asner. Through TRU she also met the multi-Tony award winning producer, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, and has had the great fortune to be mentored by her. Jayne’s next “role” will be as producer on 2 new Broadway bound projects.
Gary Schocker is a multi-talented musician of remarkable versatility. A notably prolific composer, he is recognized worldwide as a flutist and also performs as a pianist and harpist. Schocker often performs his own works, many of which have become standard concert repertoire for flutists around the world. His compositions appear on many commercial recordings including the all-Schocker CDs “Garden In Harp” and two Christmas collections for solo harp, performed by harpist Emily Mitchell. Schocker’s recordings of his own flute music include the CDs “Airborne,” Regrets and Resolutions,” “Dream Travels” with guitarist Jason Vieaux, “For Dad,” and “Flute Forest,” as well as two Music Minus One collections performing his own works. Schocker has also performed solo recital CDs of the Mozart flute quartets, and baroque repertoire by Bach, Handel, and Telemann. His musicals “Far From the Madding Crowd” and “The Awakening” can both be heard on the Original Cast Recordings label and have been performed in New York, Cardiff, Christchurch, and Edinborough. Both shows were winners of the Global Search for New Musicals in the UK. Schocker is also involved in the design of flutes, and the Gary Schocker Headjoint was created together with flutemaker David Williams. As a flute teacher Schocker has a reputation worldwide for an incisive and sensitive approach which helps connect and free players through examining their underlying physical choices, based in part on the Alexander Technique of which he is a longtime student. He maintains busy private teaching studios in New York City and his home town of Easton, PA. Schocker is also on the faculty at New York University. Schocker’s popular flute retreats have been given since 2003 at Holy Cross Monastery on the Hudson River in upstate NY.
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Barbara Campbell began her musical theater career as an actress, performing in summer stock and dinner theatre. She met composer Gary Schocker while attending the Lehman Engel/BMI Musical Theatre Workshop in New York City.
She has written more than a dozen musicals for children and families. Her choral pieces have been published by Theodore Presser, Warner/Chappell Music, Columbia Pictures/ Belwin Mills, Coronet Press, and Falls House Press. They have been performed throughout the U.S. and as part of Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artist” series. With composer Byron Janis, she wrote “A Hero Passing By,” the theme from the TBS television special “Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend.”
Her first full-length musical, Far From the Madding Crowd, has been showcased at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the Global Search for New Musicals, the Edinburgh International Festival, and Theater League’s Festival of New Musicals. The Awakening, her second full-length collaboration with Mr. Schocker, was showcased at the Global Search for New Musicals and received a concert reading at Theatre Building Chicago.
In addition to writing for the musical theatre, Barbara is the author of the epic fantasy trilogy Trickster’s Game published by DAW Books (Heartwood, Bloodstone, Foxfire), 2010 finalist for the Mythopoeic Award for Fantasy Literature. As Barbara Ashford, she wrote the award-winning Spells at the Crossroads series (Spellcast, Spellcrossed), a romantic fantasy based in part on her experiences in summer stock theatre.
Robin Carus has been casting for 17 years. She was Head of Casting for TheatreworksUSA for nine years. While there, she auditioned thousands of actors and cast over 200 national tours and countless off-Broadway shows created by emerging playwrights and directors. Since then, she has cast countless Off- and Off-Off Broadway shows, regional theatre, festivals, and films.
Tour: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, Family Life Theatre, TheatreworksUSA Regional: The State Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company International: Sunfish (dir. Will Pomerantz, Daegu International Theatre Festival, Korea), Sarah, Plain and Tall (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Conference) Off-Broadway/Off-Off Broadway: Woman at the Funerals(IATI Theatre), Pete the Girl (The Living Theatre), Aesop’s Fables (dir. Theodore Mann/Circle in the Square), The Last Castrato, Like You Like It (dir.Igor Goldin/Gallery Players), The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks, Seussical (dir. Marcia Milgrom Dodge), Max & Ruby, Henry and Mudge, Cam Jansen (dir. Gordon Greenberg), Walk Two Moons (dir: Melissa Kievman); Summer of the Swans, Junie B. Jones (dir. Peter Flynn), Sarah, Plain and Tall (dir. Joe Calarco), Romeo and Juliet. Workshops & Readings: Valentino’s Tango (dir: Chet Walker), Folk City (Theater for the New City), Art (dir. Dan Cordle), Caught (dir. Nick DeGruccio), Dani Girl (dir. Scott Schwartz) Concerts/Special Events: Like You Like It (54 Below), 2014 Planet Connections Gala: One Acts For A Cause (starring Melissa Leo, Mary Beth Hurt, & Caissie Levy), 2014 JFest (Resident Casting Director), 2013 One Acts For A Cause: An Evening of New One Acts by Neil LaBute, John Patrick Shanley, and Winter Miller: a benefit for Safe Horizon (Signature Theatre, NYC), FX’s “Archer Live” (Irving Plaza, NYC & Theatre of the Living Arts, PA), I Stand Before You Naked (Gerald Lynch Theatre),Speargrove Presents (Julia Miles Theatre), 2009 Marathon Festival (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Strange News From Another Planet (dir. Michael Alltop/Fringe), City of Dreams (dir. Michael Alltop/MITF), Roadicide (HERE/Lincoln Center American Living Room Festival), Like You Like It (dir.Jen Bender/NYMF, Musical Mondays Theatre Lab) Film: Love True, Weathering, Running With Sharks, The King’s Pawn, Disgrace, Elvis, Rover, No Vagrancy, Skook (Additional Casting), A Breath Away, Breaking the Chain, Tiger, Underwear (Winner Best Short Savannah Film Festival). TV: “Whistler and the Case For Beauty” (PBS), commercials.
In addition to her casting experience, Robin is on the Young Leadership Board of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Robin lectures and teaches audition workshops in New York and at colleges around the country.
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