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Ashley Marinelli

Writer / Choreographer

Ashley is an award winning performer, choreographer, director, and filmmaker who is based in NYC. She is a proud graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (B.F.A. in Dance, B.A. in English and American Literature) and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria.

​As a performer, Ashley splits her time between the concert, commercial and musical theater worlds. She has performed with Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Ne-Yo, Lady Sovereign and Shakira and at events for for X-Box, Wii, Rite Aid, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, The American Heart Association, Shoemania, Bose Headphones, Ray Ban, and Cirque du Soleil. She has worked with choreographers  Susan Marshall,  Jill Johnson, William Forsythe, Andrea Miller, Sidra Bell, Andy Blankenbuehler, Jen Jancuska, and Jeffry Denman, and has trod the boards for many regional and off-broadway musicals, including An American in Paris, Newsies, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, A Funny Thing...Forum, and White Christmas.

Choreographic credits include special events for the Walt Disney Company, Dorothy Parker: The Musical, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, benefits for The Trevor Project and Planned Parenthood, An American in Paris, Newsies, How Did We Get Here? : The Story of The Donner Party, Fairy Tale Christmas, West Side Story, You Me I We, Once Uponzi Time, and a numerous concert dance presentations.

When she is not writing or choreographing, Ashley teaches at Peridance NYC, Broadway Dance Center, and various conventions across the country. She is also the founder of  Marinelli Moving Pictures, a videography and film editing business which specializes in performance recording and dance film.

Ashley lives in Brooklyn with her partner, her puppy and their plants. She dreams about one day becoming a chick punk drummer.

www.ashleymarinelli.com

@alm433

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Greer Gisy

Creative Producer

Greer Gisy is a world traveling performing artist. She is the Dance Supervisor for the HAMILTON Angelica Tour and the Creative Producer of the upcoming play FALL OF THE HOUSE. As the choreographer and creative consultant, she was responsible for setting Andy Blankenbuehler’s original Broadway choreography on the Brazilian cast of IN THE HEIGHTS in São Paulo, one of her 8 productions of the show to date. Greer has taught at Alvin Ailey, R.Evolución Latina, Broadway Dance Center, Texas State University, London's Pineapple Studios and D & B Performing Arts Academy, among others. She has served as associate director and associate choreographer to Michael Balderrama on many shows including two new works for HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE LINES and was the dance captain for EVITA under the direction and choreography of Nick Kenkel. She helped create movement and content for the world premiere of WHEN CHANGE COMES conceived, directed, and choreographed by Mark Stuart and Jaime Verazin. Greer was Lorin Latarro’s associate choreographer for both of Public Theatre's Public Works productions of TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare in the Park, and serves annually as the Associate and Supervising Choreographer for McCarter Theater's renowned A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Greer is also the founder and CEO of the app LALUZ: Meditations for Performers

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Jessica Wu

New-Works Consultant

JESSICA WU is a New York City based writer, director, and song-writer who began her professional theatre career over a decade ago as a dancer/singer/actor/musician/whatever-you-want-me-to-do-if-it-pays-the-bills. As the latter, she has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, in a half-dozen National Tours, regionally, on television, on YouTube, and "For free because you're my friend, but I swear this is the last time". 

Select credits include the Broadway Revivals of Miss Saigon and A Chorus Line, Shakespeare in the Park, The Radio City Spring Spectacular, Lincoln Center, BAM, Signature Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, the National Tours of Doctor Dolittle, The King And I, Wizard of Oz, Miss Saigon, and A Chorus Line, as well as on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

 

Jessica's songs have been featured in concerts and events at 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, The Triad, Green Room 42, Symphony Space, and The Cell. Her full-length written works include YOU, ME, I, WE and Brass Heart the musical. For their 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons, Jessica served as Associate Artistic Director of Royal Family Productions in Times Square where she acted as Associate Director and Dramaturg for numerous productions, including Women on Fire: Stories from the Frontlines, Women on Fire: Scorching the Dividing Lines, thoughts of a COLORED MAN on a day when the sun set too early, MM2000, and Anne of Green Gables: Parts I and II.

 

She is the owner of Inspirate Creative, specializing in Collaborative Creative Consulting and Development - which is a fancy way of saying Jessica will roll up her sleeves and help you work through your creative sh*t. 

 

Jessica lives in East Harlem with her husband Ian, her rescue dog Howie, and two feline overlords named Oscar and Sammy. 

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Mary Jessica Colvin

Showcase Director

Mary Jessica Colvin works as an director, actor and photographer. Directing credits include Relief, (film., Catherine Waller), Jack + Jill (Sarah Hammond, winner of Samuel French OOB Festival) and more as co-director and co-artistic director of HoosierMuse. She has a BFA from Millikin University and has collaborated with artists including Matt Nakoa, The Move Shop and R Osh An

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Lily Desmond

Composer

Lily Desmond is a musician driven by story-telling. Growing up in a creative household in Los Angeles, she has been singing since before she could talk, playing violin since she was 7, and writing concept albums and music to accompany visual medium since she was 15. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Presser Scholarship for Music, Desmond studied music theory and history, voice, violin, composition, anthropology and writing. She broadened her performance vocabulary by studying Hindustani and Karnatic Raga, Irish fiddle, and jazz standards in various academic and independent collaborations. Since graduating she has been playing with as many people as she can. She has been in the musical ensembles for off-Broadway stage productions (The Cave: A Folk Opera) YouTube series (Apartment Sessions), and podcasts (36 Questions). She writes with and plays in many bands throughout the five boroughs, ranging from country and folk to noise and heavy rock to bands that are genre-breaking. She writes for chamber ensembles as well as for solo violin-loop pedal compositions and songs that she performs in the music scenes of New York and Los Angeles. She can be seen on stage as her self-titled solo act for which she has two releases (Growing Flowers EP and Desert), or as the leader of a four-piece band Lily & The Goddamns. You can also occasionally catch her busking in the subway or on the streets of the east and west coasts.

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Creelo Moves

Choreographic Consultants

Christopher and Lauren Grant are NYC based choreographers, performers, and teachers. The couple met in 2007 while auditioning for Pilobolus Dance Theater. Shortly after joining the company, they began touring the world and soon fell in love. Lauren and Christopher realized that although they

were strong performers individually, they were at their best when performing and working together.Their experience encompasses a wide range of genres including physical

theater, contemporary dance, ballet, shadow dance, street styles,

immersive theater, and have worked both on and off Broadway. As

choreographers, Lauren and Christopher love to bring stories to life through imaginative movement, play, and partnership.

Credits include: King Kong, Alive on Broadway, Apple’s holiday spot, ‘Sway,’ Virgin Galactic/Under Armour Spacewear reveal, Spike Jonze’ Changers, A Dance Story, Advil PM’s, ‘Dancing Around Pain,’ Seeing You,Fuerza Bruta Wayra, Queen of the Night, The Portuguese Golden Globes, The Royal Variety Performance in honor of the Queen of England, and The

Conan O’Brien Show. Lauren and Christopher also host the popular Vanity Fair YouTube series Movies in Motion. They have worked with choreographers and directors including: Spike Jonze, Randy Weiner, Sam Brown, Ryan Heffington, Denna Thomsen, John Poliquin, Drew McOnie, Stacey Tookey, The Kuperman Brothers, Alison Chase, Jennifer Jancuska, and Nick Kenkel. Currently, the duo is wildly excited about choreographing

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo’s, The Romeo and Juliet Project.

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Jeanette Abell

Associate Choreographer

Jeanette Abell is a professional dancer and choreographer currently working in NYC. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from University of California Irvine where she performed with the late Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble. She has performed and collaborated in the Bay Area with Garrett+Moulton Productions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and LEVYdance Company in their immersive work called ROMP. Her focus is in contemporary, with recent projects in the realm of dance for film, and NYC performances at Dixon Place and Le Poisson Rouge for philanthropic events. Before living in the Big Apple, she performed with Disney Cruise Line as a main stage dancer and Dance Captain aboard the Wonder and Dream. In 2018 she went on a North American National Tour with Cirque Musica and RWS, and continues to teach, choreograph, and adjudicate dance  youth on both the east and west coasts. 

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Roni Pillischer

Sound Designer

Getting her start in the music industry, Roni started off strong with credits on the hit soundtrack for the award winning show, Glee. As well as assisting on countless other records and singles for artists like Wyclef Jean, Dropkick Murphys and live performance recordings of Sheryl Crow and David Gray, to name a few. Landing work in the post-production industry, her sound design, ADR, and SFX can be found in films and television shows such as Captain Phillips, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I, Frankenstein, Iron Man 3, Dexter, The Walking Dead, and Smash, among others. Moving into the trailer industry, she was nominated for an Emmy for Black America MLK: And Still I Rise as well as working on mini series by Ken Burns called Vietnam and HBO’s The Defiant Ones. Always searching for quality projects that pique her interest, she can be found experimenting with sounds and design from everyday life to create a visioned soundscape. The Bloomberg corporation may have taken her in for the day job shift, but she’s still on the hunt for great projects that will tell a great story, and she’ll be there to sound it out.