Meet the Creative Team of Frankenstein

Michael Sgouros (Composer/Musical Director/Percussionist) Michael has served as music director and composer for the Off-Broadway shows Percussion People, The Selfish Giant, Treasure Island, Stone Soup, A Christmas Carol, Cinderella, Phantom of the Opera (Sgouros and Bell), The Little Mermaid, Alice In Wonderland, Tico Tales, Sleepy Hollow and Beauty and the Beast.   A native New Yorker, Michael has enjoyed performing as drummer/percussionist in a variety of musical settings which have included the American Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Ethos Percussion Group, Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus and the Broadway productions of The Secret Garden, Falsettos, The Goodbye Girl, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera. He has toured nationally with A Chorus Line and has traveled to Singapore and Costa Rica with the touring productions of Anything Goes and Tico Tales. Mr. Sgouros has worked professionally with Eartha Kitt, Mandy Patinkin, Michael Rupert, Bernadette Peters, Martin Short, Danny Aiello, Michael Kamen, Alison Janney, Laura Linney and Richard Thomas. He has also collaborated with notable percussionists Glen Velez, Stefan Harris, Michael Markus, Danny Druckman and Samir Chatterjee.

Brenda Bell (Book & Lyrics, DirectorBrenda founded Literally Alive Theatre in 1999 and Be Bold! Productions in 2009. She has written the book and lyrics for each production, including 12 with composer, Michael Sgouros. Her adaptations of A Christmas Carol and original musical Tico Tales where featured in Costa Rica at Teatro Jaco. Rumor has it that she wrote, produced and directed her first show at age 6 when the summer proved to be too boring. Her first love has always been dance and Bell is committed to increasing the role of dance in Off-Broadway musicals.  Working with Choreographer, Bekah Shade, is a dream come true for her.  As the owner of the Showboat Theatre, she wrote and produced shows for theatre legends including Mickey Rooney, Jamie Farr, Van Johnson, Mimi Hines and Frank Gorshin. Her writing credits also include Reading is Cool for Reading is Fundamental and Chasing Phantom: a travelogue that traced the novel of Phantom of the Opera through Paris. She would like to thank this talented cast and creative team for bringing Frankenstein to life and the Players Theatre for providing the perfect home for her whimsy and always encouraging her to be bold!  Special thanks for Michael Sgouros for everything!

Bekah Shade (Choreographer) is very excited to be working again with Be Bold! and all the wonderful people involved with this company! She studied Music Theatre and Choreography at Western Kentucky University and has worked relentlessly across the east coast for the past ten years. Bekah Shade is ever so thankful to Brenda Bell who has given her this (and many other opportunities) to grow here at The Players Theater.

Courtney Hansen (Costume Designer) spent most of the 90’s in a basement office in Washington, DC; investigating the paranormal, the 1870s in Dodge City, Kansas; following the marshal around, the 2360s aboard the Enterprise-D, and the 2370s lost in the Delta Quadrant. For nearly the last 10 years, she could be found at the Players Theatre where she is currently the theatre manager (except on Tuesdays when she moonlights as a special baby squirrel consultant for NCIS). She loves sci-fi, costumes, and musical theatre so being a part of Frankenstein has been a dream for her.

Michelle Lynch (Set Design), who collaborated on set design with Liz Chaney, is a young professional with a passion for the arts. She graduated with degrees in Curatorial Studies and Fine Arts from Moore College of Art & Design in 2013, and most recently, with masters degrees in History and Archival Management from Simmons College in 2016. With a love of classic literature and an appreciation for the voices of female authors, Lynch was excited for the opportunity to help bring Frankenstein to life at the Player’s Theater. Though Frankenstein is Lynch’s first experience working with sets, she has enjoyed contributing design work and imagery for previous productions on MacDougal Street, like Sleepy Hollow the Musical, and the Glass Menagerie.

Elizabeth Chaney (Set Design) is an Associate Professor of Theatre at BMCC/CUNY. Her scenic and lighting designs have been seen at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Central Park Zoo Wildlife Theater, Abingdon Theatre, Roulette, The Whitney Museum, Alaska Theatre of Youth, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival and the SconfinArti Festival in Bolzono, Italy. Elizabeth adapted, designed and produced Dark Hollow, an Appalachian Woyzeck for the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival. elizabethchaney.carbonmade.com.

Ali Hall (Lighting Designer) Ali is a Brooklyn based artist working in the fields of performance art, theatre, and dance. Her recent and upcoming projects include A Burial Place (New Light Theatre Project), Race (York College), The First Man (The New Natives), Things I Don’t Want to Talk About (March Forth Productions), and Nothing (Unity Productions). She is also a Teaching Artist for various inner city schools and Resident Designer at York College.

Emma Ruopp (Production Manager) NYC: Picnic; Asleep at the Wheel (Brooklyn College), The Misanthrope; A Doll’s House (BMCC), Dadabomb (Giants Are Small), I Am Not I, Colorblind’d (FringeNYC), The Gulf (Samuel French OOB). She is a Production Supervisor for Literally Alive and Be Bold! Productions at the Players Theatre.

Emily Grayson (Stage Manager) is a freelance stage manager/ theatre technician.  Recent credits include Holy Moly (The Flea Theatre), The Jungle Book (La Mama), Driving Miss Daisy (The Players Theatre), A Little Night Music (Theatre 2020),Privatopia (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center), and Merrily We Roll Along (Dir. James Lapine, City Center; PA).  She also works as a theatre technician at the Kaye Playhouse and the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre at the West Side YMCA.

Kate Fuller (Assistant Stage Manager) is happy to be returning to The Players Theatre, where she previously worked as assistant stage manager for Driving Miss Daisy. Other recent productions include The Expulsion at Thespis Festival and assistant stage managing Brooklyn 2020’s revival of A Little Night Music. Kate is currently stage managing Literally Alives’ production of Stone Soup, also located at The Players Theatre. She would like to thank the cast and crew and wishes them the best.

Max Darwin (Illusion ConsultantMax is a theater artist and magician.  He has designed illusions and/or appeared in “Gotham” (Fox), “America’s Got Talent” (Fox), and “Brain Games” (Nat Geo).  As an actor TV credits include “Girls” (HBO), “Sneaky Pete” (Amazon), “Blindspot” (NBC), “Black Box” (ABC) and host of “Game Farm” (Nickelodeon).  He lives in NYC and stars in the hit family magic show, The Amazing Maxwww.theamazingmax.com

Joshua Barry (Makeup Artist) – is so honored and excited to be working on Frankenstein the musical! This is his second production with the Players Theatre and he couldn’t be more thrilled. He has provided makeup for many different shows such as, Marry Poppins, Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast,La Cage Aux Folles, and more. Follow him on instagram: Joshuabarrymua enjoy the show!

Be Bold! Production (ProducerBe Bold! Productions was formed in 1999 to give artists a safe and creative environment to work their magic.  As the song written by Sgouros & Bell says: “Courage is not, not being afraid, it’s facing the things that you fear”. Sometimes just stepping on to the stage takes all the courage you can muster and Be Bold exists to support those small steps that lead to artistic discovery.  Previous productions have included Phantom of the Opera, A Christmas Carol and Sleepy Hollow.  Be Bold is in residence at the Players and also produces the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical festival which runs three times a year.