WHIT BALDWIN* originally from Mt. Olive, NC and is thrilled to be a part of Project Footlight. Most recently in New York he was seen as Peter Hale in the NYMF 2008 production of That Other Woman's Child. Regional credits include A Little Night Music-Quintet (Baltimore Center Stage, directed by Mark Lamos); Oklahoma- Curly (Hangar Theatre, directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges); Carousel (Walnut Street Theatre); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers-Ephraim (PCLO); Anything Goes-Billy Crocker; 1776-Edward Rutledge; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying-Finch; Candide-Maximilian; Crazy for You-Trio/Bobby u/s (National Tour); Take Flight-Orville Wright (Concert directed by Richard Maltby Jr.) Whit holds a BM in Music Theatre from Florida State University. Thanks to family, friends, and The Mine.
RIAN BODNER* is very excited to be part of Project Footlight. His theatre credits include: Jesus-Godspell, Finch- How to Succeed...- Motel-Fiddler on the Roof, Hero- A Funny Thing Happened...., Josh Baskin- Big, Sr Robert Anne- Nunsense A-Men, Scarecrow- The Wizard of Oz, Brad- The Rocky Horror Show. As well as performing, Rian also makes sock monsters. Check them out at Sockenstein.com. Many thanks to Michelle for this great experience!!
FIONA CHOI is an Australian actress who has been living and working in New York since 2003. Favorite credits include the original Australian companies of RENT (dir: Michael Greif), Mamma Mia! (dir: Phyllida Lloyd), Metamorphoses (dir: Mary Zimmerman) and productions of Assassins, The Tempest, Little Shop of Horrors and the one-woman chamber musical The Silken Phoenix. In New York Fiona has created the roles of Babbett in APATHY – The Gen X Musical, and Tiki King in The Street (Winner Best Actress in a Musical, MITF 2007). Television credits include guest starring on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Blue Heelers, a recurring role on Aussie soap Neighbours, and narrating A&E Television Network’s Biography: Giorgio Armani.Most recently Fiona has been relishing her role as doting mama to Anton and Baby Max.
BRANDON JAMES ELLIS* is thrilled to be a part of project footlight. Broadway: Company (Tony award for best revival) Off bway: Of Mice and Men at the York (Curly) Regional/tour: Burnt Part Boys (original Chet in world premier), Man of La Mancha, Children of Eden, Beauty and the Beast, A Streetcar Named Desire, etc. Proud member of AEA.
SOARA-JOYE ROSS* is excited to be part of Project Footlight’s 1st winter festival! Soara-Joye has just returned to New York after starring in the popular European show Palazzo Colombino in Basel, Switzerland. She will begin rehearsals soon for her next project the highly acclaimed 2 woman comedy Single Black Female where she had a fantastic run last spring in N.Y.! Her Broadway & Off-Broadway credits include Les Misérables, Dance of the Vampires, Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall), Dessa Rose @ LCT (Annabel/performed Dessa-Original Cast Recording) & Single Black Female @ The Duke on 42nd & Playwrights Horizons. Tours include Smokey Joe’s Café w/ Gladys Knight & Ain’t Misbehavin’. Regional credits include Aida (Aida-Colorado Theater Guild: Outstanding Leading Actress Nominee), Tick, Tick…Boom (Susan), Ragtime (Sarah), Once on This Island (Asaka) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Armelia) and she was in the Feature Film Garden State as the Handi-World Cashier. All thanks be to God!
ALLISON LINKER is delighted to be a part of Project Footlight 2009! Allison is an alumna of Wellesley College with degrees in Theatre and Psychology. Since graduation she has helped develop many new works for theatre and film (fav: Albine in Laura Harrington's N, Bonaparte at World Premiere and KO International Theatre Festival). Boston: David the Musical (original production), Top Girls, Arcadia. TV: Food Detectives. Thanks to Sara, Alex and my wonderful family.
SANDY ROSENBERG* credits being a Sarah Lawrence College alum and an outbreak of the flu for her association with this year's Project Footlight. Broadway credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel (1.0 and 2.0), Mamma Mia and (really close to Broadway), Candide at NYC Opera at Lincoln Center. She was in the Los Angeles and 1st National Companies of Les Miserables as well as the pre-Broadway tour of Jekyll and Hyde . Regional credits include Agnes Gooch in Paper Mill's Mame, Carlotta in Phantom, Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, Paper Moon and Cinderella. One of Sandy's fondest TV moments came in Buffalo Bill when, while playing a Jerry Lewis impersonator, she got picked up and hurled against a wall by Dabney Coleman. Love ya Sid.
ERICA ROBINSON* is very excited to be a part of the Project Footlight festival. She is originally from the two great states of Texas and Washington. After receiving her B.S. from TWU she moved to NY to attend AMDA (The American Musical & Dramatic Academy) Where she graduated and went on to do several National Tours including: Ain’t Misbehavin, and FAME. She has just recently finished the 1st National Tour of Avenue Q. Erica is grateful for every opportunity she get s to perform and has a great respect and passion for acting, singing, and songwriting. Through this collaboration she hopes to help make a story or song come to life and breathe something visceral into all her works. She wants to thank God for without him nothing would be possible, her husband (Troy) and all her family and friends who continue to love and support her. Proud AEA member!
RICHARD TRUE* is a proud member of Actors Equity. Tours: 25th anniversary of Evita(u.s. Che’ and Magaldi) and Jesus Christ Superstar(Annas and Jesus) . Regional: West Side Story(Tony), South Pacific(Cable), Joseph...(Joseph), and Forever Plaid/Plaid Tidings(Jinx & Frankie) The Full Monty (Teddy/Tony Giordano). New York projects include The Good War by Craig Carnelia and David H. Bell at the York, and readings for the NYTW, The Directors Company, and NAMT. Richard is married to actress Amy Eschman True.
MEGHAN WILSON is thrilled to be a part of Project Footlight! A New York transplant via Chicago, Meghan graduated from Northwestern’s Theater program in 2007. Chicago credits include the world premiere of A Fairy Tale Life with Emerald City Theatre Company, as well as productions of The Robot Show, Stages of Grief, and Cherrywood at Northwestern. Film credits include The Detention Teacher, a Student Emmy Award winner, and I’m In Love With a Nun, a SAG musical short comedy. You may have also seen her roller skating in a McDonald’s commercial. She is currently studying with Peter Jensen at T. Schreiber. Studios. Thanks to Emily and mom and dad!
* Members of Actors' Equity Association (AEA)
ADAM WIGGINS graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BA in music theory and composition and is happy to finally be back in New York City. His most recent project was Want the Change, a charity event with the broadway cast of Spring Awakening, which featured several of his arrangements of popular Beatles hits. He is currently teaching musical theatre at a private school in New Jersey and working on various projects in the city.